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Wednesday, August 14th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 984
Division West Division
Match # 45
Match Date Wednesday, August 14th, 2002
Vote difference 10,086
Sonic - 60.77%
(10,188 brackets)

As decent as Tidus's win over Claire Redfield seemed, the fact remained that most people cannot stand Tidus. This was bound to catch up with him sooner or later, likely sooner, despite the fact that a few people actually picked Tidus to win this match.

Sure enough, Tidus absolutely collapsed at the first sight of elite competition. What was a match that some people thought could be a shocking upset turned into a relatively easy win for Sonic. The only reason that Sonic didn't do better than he did was because of the Square tag attached to Tidus (it's very difficult to flat-out kill anything related to Square), and a small glitch in the poll that caused it to not count votes for a little while. But make no mistake. This was a thorough beating of Tidus, considering his status.

The odd thing about Tidus, and this plagues him even to this day, is the fact that he cannot seem to draw popularity from his own game. Every generation has a chosen Final Fantasy/Square title attached to it, and this generation's such title is Final Fantasy X. Despite Tidus being hated by so many sources, it's still hard to believe that he could be that much weaker than his game. It isn't like he's the only annoying character in that game, either. Wakka, Yuna, Kimahri, Seymour, and everyone on the Luca Goers need to be shot just as much as Tidus, if not moreso. Yet for whatever reason, Tidus not getting the full Square support still plagues him.

As for Sonic, it wasn't necessarily the blowout that he was hoping for, but it was good enough. After all, the only thing standing between Sonic and the Final Four at this point was the winner of the Sephiroth/Mega Man showdown. It isn't as if the likes of Samus or Ryu would beat him, and even though Sonic didn't flat out kill Tidus, a win is a win is a win, and Sonic's victory was impressive enough. There was absolutely no reason to believe that Sonic wasn't still an elite character in this contest with a fair chance at winning it after this match. Absolutely none. The only thing that really gets me are Sonic's low prediction percentage and relatively low odds of winning. 45:1 as a high-status 1 seed makes no sense, and neither does a mere 60% picking him to make it out of his four pack. I understand that Tidus and Redfield are popular characters, but to beat Sonic? Please.

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2002 Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Servbot
Morrigan > Spyro
Aya > Terry Bogard
Donkey Kong > Bub
Alucard > Tails
Duke > Iori
Pikachu > PaRappa
Cloud > Fox
Lara > Chop Chop
Ryo Hazuki > Guybrush
Crono > Simon
Dante > Q*Bert
Aeris > Kasumi
Tina > Gordon
Knuckles > Akira

Snake > Squall
Pac-Man > Goemon
Kyo > Abe
Scorpion > Kazuya
Max Payne > Dirk
Bomberman > Kane
Jill > Kirby
Strider > Raziel
Link > Little Mac
Sonic > Pitfall Harry
Tidus > Claire
Samus > Ken
Ryu > CATS
Mega Man > Ms. Pac-Man
Serious Sam > Mr. Driller
Sephiroth > Gabe
Crash > Ulala

Round Two
Mario > Morrigan
Donkey Kong > Aya
Alucard > Duke
Cloud > Pikachu
Lara > Ryo Hazuki
Crono > Dante
Aeris > Tina
Snake > Knuckles
Pac-Man > Kyo
Scorpion > Max Payne
Jill > Bomberman
Link > Strider
Sonic > Tidus
Samus > Ryu
Mega Man > Serious Sam
Sephiroth > Crash

R3 and following
Mario > Donkey Kong
Cloud > Alucard
Crono > Lara
Snake > Aeris
Scorpion > Pac-Man
Link > Jill
Samus > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Mario > Cloud
Crono > Snake
Link > Scorpion
Sephiroth > Samus
Mario > Crono
Link > Sephiroth
Link > Mario (Finals)