Who do you think is the most overrated character in the Sonic franchise?
Was there any doubt?
To this day, this fellow is hyped up by plenty of fans - even those who hate the game he hails from - as this super intelligent mastermind who deserves kudos for killing Sonic, among other things. He is frequently considered one of if not THE best villain in the franchise, again due to his reputation as a master manipulator.
But let’s actually go over his Jenga tower of a plan, shall we?
- His manipulations are only successful because the characters have been turned into idiots, regardless of their previously established intelligence. Meaning that the plot had to rely on everyone acting completely stupid in order for his plot to go anywhere other than nowhere.
- He has the ability to warp all of the Chaos Emeralds to where he is as indicated by the Last Story. You would think someone who had such a ridiculously convenient ability would make immediate use of it, yet he never does use it until near the end.
- There is nothing within the game itself that suggests that Mephiles couldn’t rejoin with Iblis whenever he wanted, meaning he’s only wasting his own time even further than he already would be.
- Mephiles had no reason whatsoever to waste time convincing Silver to go and kill Sonic when he could - and later on, did - do the deed himself. This is doubly annoying because up until the Last Story, there does seem to be an established concept of Mephiles being physically weak despite his powers (which would make sense since he’s the consciousness of Solaris, whereas Iblis is the raw power)… but then the Last Story comes along and ruins that idea entirely by having him whip out a giant laser that he never used at any point beforehand.
- His side hobby of goading Shadow to his side is equally pointless and results in nothing other than reinforcing Shadow’s own beliefs (and also becoming a victim of slapstick comedy courtesy of Omega). And given his nonchalant attitude about the whole thing, indicating he wasn’t too bothered about his failure to sway Shadow, why did he bother spending so much time with Shadow in the first place then? Because… evil? Even Black Doom had more of a legitimate reason to focus hard on Shadow.
- Mephiles’ grand, widely praised action of killing Sonic only succeeded because Sonic was randomly distracted by a light that Mephiles… just summoned I guess. It’s an insulting death for Sonic, and it’s an unimpressive way to kill a hero for Mephiles. If you had to kill Sonic, surely you would have him:
1. Know anything about his murderer other than “I noticed he looked like Shadow. Except I didn’t, because that was Knuckles who noticed that.”
2. Do the classic heroic routine of Mephiles aiming at Elise, only for Sonic to take the hit, as that would highlight not only Sonic’s noble side, but also Mephiles’ penchant for cunning.
- Mephiles didn’t even need to get Sonic out of the way in the first place because if the reports of Elise’s death in Crisis City are anything to go by, her OWN death is enough to make Iblis get out of bed. So Mephiles could have went straight for her, and he would have gotten what he wanted a lot sooner.
- When he finally does rejoin with Iblis and becomes Solaris, he makes the sound decision to toss the Chaos Emeralds over the time-space abyss like javelins when he could have kept them in his possession. This is one of the exact reasons for why Sonic’s friends were eventually able to revive Sonic and turn him super, which directly contributed to them rendering Mr. Hylian Shield a dead man.
- His ultimate objective is to cause the end of all existence. Typical objective for mindless monsters, but why is Mephiles hoping for this? What is he expecting? Does he plan on sticking his thumb up his ass in a void of nothingness for all eternity? Or would he also cease to exist? Either way, it’s a pretty stupid end goal for someone who is set up to be a master schemer.
Not only are his planning skills akin to a frat boy jumping into a pool of piranhas with a cheeky thumbs up, but he didn’t even need to utilise a large amount of planning to begin with, due to the aforementioned, various ways he could have rejoined with Iblis immediately. Remember: Your villain’s evil plan is not automatically more intelligent and impressive by how complex it is. That’s something a lot of people forget, including many of Mephiles’ own fans.
Take all of that into account - along with his poor design, his one-dimensional personality, and his tendency to bark more than bite - and you have the perfect recipe for a character that is nowhere near deserving of the popularity that he receives.