I don't know why, after months of being quiet on DA, I decide to break the silence with a topic I didn't think I'd care about. Though I've tried my hardest to turn my attention away from the modern portrayals of characters I grew up with since it is rare that they will EVER be as good as the originals (let alone offer ANY respect for them), my attention was turned on what I believe to be horrible injustice.
How can he be powerful and have a deceptively average-looking frame? Knuckles is essentially a being of magic (Or magic/science if you want to follow the Archie Sonic universe). He has the power of the chaos emerald to provide all his strength and durability, therefore being beefy is not necessary; that's what people do to make up for the fact that they are, by default, average strength.
And if Knuckles needed a redesign for the sake of logic than he shouldn't be the only one to undergo change. Tails would have to find another way to fly because realistically they would never really be able to work as propellers, Sonic's legs would have to be beefier as well, and all the characters' heights, weights, colors, shapes, and voices would have to change. Hey it makes more sense for them to not talk because they're animals!
So yeah... they are CARTOONS. Anatomical logic doesn't have a big place in the cartoon world, especially Sonic's. They're anthropomorphic characters.
At the very least they could've met somewhere in between- it just doesn't look like Knuckles at all. It looks like one of those alternate dimension versions... like an anti-knuckles that became a villain because he was driven mad by his mutation.
But that's my personal opinion on the matter. I don't care for a huge debate and I can't believe I went out of my way to make a big deal out of it. I think I'm just getting so tired of modernized versions of things that were perfectly fine the way they were. I'm tired of 'fixes' for things that are not problems. Transformers Prime and the new Thundercats are the only exceptions for me... everything else is just CRAP.