>>113455305>having less than 0 chemistry.
I don't know, that worked even if done terribly.
With her forced history as sad, caged princess, Elise does have the right character premise to hope for a wandering hero to sweep her away from her worries.
Sonic's just trying to keep her head up because she's having a bad day.
He's cordial with every girl he runs into during his adventures like Amy, in so far as literally letting her down easy instead of dropping her and running off, Rouge, Cream, Blaze, Shahra, Merlina, when she wasn't being a bitch, so it's nothing new or bad.
The thing is Sonic usually gets it across he's just being friendly on his way out the door, so there's never the impression something is meant to be developing from anything said or done even if the girls start blushing.
They didn't do that with Elise until the end, in fact they went the opposite route and had scenes of them frolicking with meaningful music, possibly to frame things from Elise's side, not Sonic's, but by the time she's looming over him, lips moistened, it's not clear to the player what's about to occur isn't wanted by Sonic or recommended by the writers.
Elise's side of things is also mostly to snowball the story since she has to feel strongly enough to cry, dumb as that whole plot was, and then try to save Sonic and everyone because of her earlier weakness.
Though you're still right in that regardless of all this Sonic doesn't feel correctly integrated in the on-goings.
The most he's given is his usual opposing of Eggman, and Silver's idiotic assumptions.
I'd be more forgiving of a lot of Sonic '06's narrative hurdles if like SA1 and 2, which have just as many writing oddities we're distracted from, they at least gave a clear personal involvement for Sonic to be pulled to and focus on like pursuing Chaos and Shadow for crossing him, with Elise he isn't interested in her personally, he's just doing his job.