Arrogant bully. Though and through.
Good god is Sonic a supreme dick in STC. Just the way he tore strips off Porker Lewis for showing signs of what was obviously PTSD after his experience on the Little Planet when the Metallix took it over was bang out of order and makes Sonic very unlikable.
It was always intended that Sonic’s little outburst here was because of his frustration with Porker - He despised his cowardice but he never wanted him to leave yet his inability to express what he feels in a positive way is what makes him come-off as such a prick.
What also gets me about this Sonic’s ‘attitude’ was the sheer difference in behavior between his Bob Beaky alter ego disguise and his unconcealed normal state. Beaky acts for the most part cheerful and amiable. Sure it’s a facade but it may very well prove that Sonic is capable of normally being as such if he wasn’t so fixated on being such a jerkass.
That’s certainly one take, but I’d like to offer a rebuttal- my opinion is that Sonic just has absolutely no clue about acceptable social norms. By this point in STC, we’ve seen he has a bizarre and warped sense of humour with his favourite trick being conning his friends into thinking he’s at Death’s door; he regularly pokes fun at his closest friends, not realising when he’s being inappropriate; and he generally shows he’s not very good at being a people person with the citizens of Mobius.
But I don’t think any of this is because he’s a bad person. Obviously he’s a “good guy”- he has to be, he’s the main character in a kids’ action comic- and he has a strong determination when it comes to justice, but he still does shitty things to the people he cares about because he just doesn’t have a bloody clue.
Sonic flips out at Porker because he just doesn’t have any idea how to handle the situation. He knows, deep down, that Porker is not a coward, just like he knows Johnny isn’t the Mr Useless he paints him to be and nor is Tails the pixel-brained idiot. I think part of why he says these things is to goad his friends into proving themselves and, I dare say, part of it is because he has to face all sort of frightening situations and he has to look like the brave super hero for the sake of those he fights for.
One of the pieces of sourcework STC used is a really rather excellent book called Stay Sonic. STC used it to inform the backstory of STC’s Sonic- now, if I recall correctly (and do feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, readers) that book has Sonic as an orphan with no memory of his family. If that is, indeed, the case, then of course he’s not going to follow social norms exactly the way someone with a loving, healthy family environment would. He was raised by his friends and, let’s face it, the Green Hill Folk are flipping mental and not very bright between them, so it’s no surprise Sonic turned out a bit maladjusted!
STC’s Sonic isn’t always nice to be around, he’s not necessarily charming, he’s egotistical and, yes, arrogant. But I’d never call him a bully. Sonic hates bullies- especially fat, ginger ones.