what really bothers me about Knuckles is that as a character he mainly exists to be bullied. I usually ignore his whole gullible schtick cuz it’s honestly real ill-conceived but. even if Knuckles truly was very gullible like that…………. why is the response to make fun of him?? I never seen a character try to comfort Knuckles after thinking people don’t lie and then getting tricked by them. or try to help him understand how he can avoid being taken advantage of. and same thing, even if Knuckles truly was “unintelligent,” all I ever see is characters making fun of him for it, no one ever helping him or showing compassion, or even thinking “Knuckles is vulnerable in this area and we can help him cuz he’s our friend” or “we can pick things to do and ways to treat Knuckles that won’t make him feel bad CUZ WE’RE HIS FREAKING FRIENDS”
I don’t know, like I feel like I’m the only one who ever sees his friends constantly bullying him (about anything really) for fun, like it’s a game, just to see him get mad, and when he does get mad, the characters laugh and the viewer is supposed to feel “lol dumb ol Knuckles getting mad again” like……. I don’t see what’s funny about it.
Knuckles is gruff but I can’t think a single instance of him being an instigator of bullying or violence towards his friends. it’s always cuz he was tricked into thinking someone was doing something bad, or a reaction to them being mean to him. I just don’t understand. someone having a gruff personality, or not being socially ept, or being gullible, or “unintelligent,” doesn’t mean you can constantly make fun of them?? he has feelings dude. I really just, don’t understand and it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth