Much of the excitement surrounding Sonic 2's release focused on the blue blur's new vulpine pal as much as it did on the prospect of more rip-roaring hedgehog hijinks. A darling, freaky fox who could fly with his two tails and owned his own aeroplane: what wasn't there to like?
Well, a lot as it happened. The fleet-footed fox might have found a trick or two come Sonic's third adventure, but for his first outing he was the very definition of lackey. Going solo, the hilariously monikered Miles Prower was identical to his idol, but offered nothing of his own. His claim to plane was even bogus - Sonic could fly the Tornado just as competently, and it even had his name on the side!
Joining Sonic, Tails turned into a hindrance, a menace. Aside from running into bombs during special stages like a right thick f*ck, your maladroit mate would often get in the way during boss fights, sheepishly flying off after causing Sonic to plummet down a chasm in his wake. Quarter of a century later, he still won't bugger off. That's the cost of fame.