Princess Elise the Third
Princess Elise the Third (Princess Elise or Elise) is a major character from the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). She is Sonic's love interest and suffered from her father being killed when she was young.
Why She's Not Snazzy
- Elise's biggest flaw is the fact she is excruciatingly bland. She is so one-dimensional and forgettable to the point where it's hard to find any interesting points to bring up about her.
- Like Don Bluth's version of Thumbelina, she is way too much of a damsel-in-distress, though not as much as other better-written damsels such as Princess Peach.
- She serves little to no purpose to be a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She was meant to be Sonic's love interest, which felt incredibly forced and didn't work out as well as it could of. But her being Sonic’s love interest can be considered bestiality, since he is a hedgehog and she is a human. (Human X Anthropomorphic Animal relationships have worked in the past with a natural feeling, like Roger Rabbit and Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and at least Roger and Jessica both had cartoony appearances, which is appropriate, since that movie was about cartoons). The scene where Elise kisses Sonic on the lips to resurrect him has become one of the most infamous and despised moments in the entire franchise. To make matters worse, Sonic is dead in the scene.
- Her design makes her look like a creepy and lifeless mannequin (sometimes).
- She only exists so that the Sonic franchise would have more human characters.
- Again like Don Bluth's version of Thumbelina, she is ludicrously weak as she can't defend herself. Even though she has powers, she can't protect herself from being kidnapped, which happens five times. Instead, she decides to let Sonic save her. One could see her as Princess Peach's much blander, forgettable, and helpless counterpart.
- And even IF she couldn't control them, she could at least find something to use as a weapon instead of being the same old Damsel-in-Distress (but then again, what could she have used as a weapon for defense, so it's no surprise you can't blame her).
- She did have some potential to be a good character, as her backstory is extremely touching and she has some character development.
- Despite being bland, she has a caring and protective demeanor.
- Her theme music is pretty good.
- It's nice to see that she revived Sonic, say what you will about the kiss.
- Her Japanese voice acting is good with Maaya Sakamoto (Same deal with her English voice acting with Lacey Chabert).
- Sometimes, her design is nice to look at.
While Sonic '06 was widely panned as a whole, one of the most notorious criticisms was the relationship between Sonic and Elise, some even accusing Sonic Team of supporting bestiality (when a person is in a romantic relationship with an animal). Kotaku deeply criticized the kiss Elise gives to Sonic before he resurrects, calling it an unnecessary addition to justify a hedgehog "hooking up" with a human woman.
GamesRadar+ video game critics labelled Sonic and Elise's relationship as one of the worst moments of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, comparing their romance to that of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala from the Star Wars, another controversial couple among pop culture fans. They later listed their relationship as one of the eight "wrongest romances in video games", opining that it was nasty enough to vomit.
When asked about this controversy in an interview with GameSpy, Lacey Chabert, her voice actor in the English dub said, "Ha! No, you're just being silly. It's not an inappropriate relationship. Let's just say Sonic and Princess Elise have an attraction for each other."