Having recently binged TheGameApologist's reviews on Classic Sonic, I've come to realize that I am a fan of this franchise. …Kinda.
My adventure began with McDonald's toys from the early 2000s, those little self-contained Game & Watch style two-button plastic handhelds. Fun stuff, the Knuckles one was tricky.
Watched friends play Sonic Adventure, caught the occasional episode of X on Fox on Saturdays... didn't really get it then, but I'm going back through the series now, soooo...
First Sonic game I played was Secret Rings. Beat Erazor on it, then borrowed a PowerSave from a friend to fool around with everything unlocked.
Not a great game, but the soundtrack is always fun to revisit.
Got one of those plug'n'play Genesis knock-offs, so I've tried playing Classic Sonic, too. It's not for me, but I did enjoy Spinball. Friend of mine was really into Mean Bean Machine, so I have good memories of that, too.
I don't hate the fanbase. Granted, it's ground zero for furry cringe, but it also has some spectacular content, especially stuff relating to the Archie Comics run.
Which reminds me...
To triplets born, the throne awaits~!
A seer warns of a deadly fate~!!
Give up your children, sep-a-rate...
Bide your time, lie in wait~!!
they made a vow, their mother will be found...
I love most all of Sonic's modern supporting cast, but, just bein' real with you guys, I would gladly sack 'em all for further adventures with Sonia and Manic.
...Sonic Canon really is a pick 'n' choose adventure, isn't it?