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Swedish media debates dedicated 'toonophile'

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Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter recently published a commentary (translated by Ora) of Alfred Holmgren's interview of a literally diehard Sonic fan in gaming magazine Fienden.

At the center of the debate is French woman Alix Henriol, obsessed with Sonic since 2000:

I could have given anything to have become a robot or a character in a game.

The piece, posted on the newspaper's website, described Alix's desire to become cryogenically frozen until scientists can transfer her consciousness to a console, while referencing cosplay, erotic fan fiction and fantasy sex toy manufacturer Bad Dragon.

Front page of 'Fienden', featuring Sonic fan Alix Henriol

Though competing newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, called Alix "most likely" mentally ill, Dagens Nyheter felt her fantasies were "beautiful", comparing them to Christianity's "desire for a place where roses never wither."

Switch out Sonic the Hedgehog for Jesus and she will be a bride of Christ - only with a joystick instead of a crucifix. It is still considered more healthy to love a hippie nailed to a cross two thousand years ago than to love a blue hedgehog with sneakers.

Alix has taken Sonic Passion (her forum for lovers of game characters) offline, apparently due to harassment.

Clarification: The commentary was posted online; it is unknown whether it was published in the paper itself.

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Switch out Sonic the Hedgehog for Jesus

Alternatively, you can always combine the two. :P

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Yuck.

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Well, I say allow her to her delusion, as long as she isn't hurting others. It's her life.

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There wasn't any delusion there that I saw. She was fully capable of recognising what was and wasn't real, she just has a desire and is focussed on it.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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Poor word choice. I should not comment running on fumes. (heh...) Still, I don't really see her as insane. Overly hopeful, but sane.

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Was the harassment from a user called Amy Rose harassing her to "stay away from MY man?"

I used to be a big Sonic fan myself and even at some point had a way of combining all the games into a timeline, then they released the story book series, and I gave up in that department.

And in that regard I'm still blown away that my Sonic C2 community on FF.net has the most subscribers still, I haven't been to FF.net in years

But at least I can say this for Sweden, at least there IS a debate on it. In the American media I don't think there would be a debate.

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wow... I... don't even know what to say to that, Sonious... that is just messed-up on so many levels. I'm a Sonic fan, but even *I* think that's just beyond out of control.

~ The Legendary RingtailedFox

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I'll admit my past, I was a big Sonic fan, grew up on the video games, watched the Saturday morning cartoon. Had a massive hatred for all things Power Rangers since they were the ones that ultimately took the hedgehog's slot.

But as I said, even as dedicated as I was, Sega took one too many jumps off the mediocre game's nest and now I moved on to other things.

Tantroo_McNally actually comes from Tantrum. I just replaced 'ru' with 'roo' And made the M a last name initial. Tantroo M. Which second life made McNally.

So now my high school internet days are now linked with my college/post college internet days.

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