>>111766692>He's a bore
Not for me. His slow development through the Iron Dominion arc, his responsibility to take blame and endure the consequences, and his interactions with Sonic and with others, as well his design were appealing to me. It was certainly fascinating to see the short-tempered angry guy become into a calm thoughtful man, and I also liked to see the effective build-up of his love for Sally without any single drama, which this was a huge breath of air if you take into account that Archie Sonic has gone through multiple moments of unnecessary love-triangles and cheap takes of romance.
Though, of course, I can understand why would you think he's a bore.>and romance doesn't fit Sonic.
I suppose what I'm about to say will sound very controversial, and I really apologize for that, but I disagree. Romance, passionate and sweet relationships can fit into the Sonic franchise as much as it can to any other existent franchise.
I like romance, and I believe it can work. The reason that it didn't in practice in the comics during the Bollers and Penders days lies over the execution: for the most part, it was cheap, crappy attempts of enacting romance in order to bring more love triangles, more drama, and simply chaos to the hearts of many characters, solely for the purpose of sales, attracting shippers to the comic book as quick as possible, and not because the writers actually wanted to write good relationships that provide insight into the couple itself. The latter option would have been wonderful, but in reality, we sadly were cursed to suffer with the former tragedies and disasters.
Oh, and obviously, Sonic itself can more than stay away from that. Any other character is more than alright, so as long it isn't Sonic. And also, it doesn't have to be with only hetero relationships. How about some focused gay mobian love instead? For starters, Rotor is a good candidate for that.