Hoo boy…erm, Sonally shippers may want to look away for this one…
Also this is one of the exceptions to the rule. That, and she’s technically appeared in a game, so nyeh.
Characters involved: Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Sally Acorn.
Most well known nickname: Sonally, as well as Sonsal. They’re used interchangeably.
Original date of ship: 1993, when Sonic the Hedgehog (the cartoon) started airing.
Analysis of chemistry (aka why people do/don’t ship it): Sonic and Sally are foils for each other. With Sonic being cocky and overeager, it’s up to Sally to reign him in and teach him to be more careful. While Sonic is mostly about being a soldier, Sally is the smart all-rounder of the group, with tactical skills, hacking and computer knowledge, martial arts training and being a level-headed leader most of the time. In SatAM and the early comics, she was more neurotic in her manner, which gave Sonic the chance to reign her in. And there has been explicit showing of dating and kissing, so it’s got a lot more footing than most game-centred ships in its respective media.
Detractors tend to have a few reasons for not liking the foil, though. Yes, some of them are because they have a game-orientated ship that they like more, but I’ve already shown myself to be neutral on them. Most other reasons are linked back to Sally herself…as I’ll demonstrate.
Personal Opinion: I really don’t like this ship. It’s probably because I find Sally the worst thing about both media she’s in (bear in mind that I don’t particularly like Blaze either). She always seemed too controlling to Sonic, which is bad considering he’s very much a free spirit who only really takes the occasional obvious suggestion, if any, in the other media. Even Underground had the right idea with letting him travel around even with his siblings in tow. In the comics, she’s not even that interesting as a character to me despite all the focus she gets (well, pre-#230 anyway), so she comes off as someone who can deal with everything with no repercussions at times. And M:XYL will always seem out of character for Sonic, even if there are arguments that he’d be more willing to settle when older.
Likelihood in the games: None. It’s pretty much canon is SatAM. It’s on and off in Archie. But as long as Sonic Team are at the helm of the games, Sally won’t even make an appearance, let alone be a love interest.