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->''Blue streak, speeds by; Sonic the Hedgehog''\\
''Too fast for the naked eye, Sonic the Hedgehog''\\
''Sonic - He can really move!''\\
''Sonic - He's got an attitude!''\\
''Sonic - He's the fastest thing alive!''\\
''Look out when he storms through, Sonic the Hedgehog''\\
''Don't doubt what he can do, Sonic the Hedgehog''\\
''Sonic - He can really move!''\\
''Sonic - He's got an attitude!''\\
''Sonic - He's the fastest thing alive!''\\
''He's the fastest thing alive!''\\
''[[RuleOfThree He's the fastest thing alive!]]''
--->--OpeningTheme [[note]]Which is a BraggingThemeTune.[[/note]]

''Sonic the Hedgehog'' is the [[DarkerAndEdgier more serious]] ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon adaptation made in the 1990s. Produced by Creator/DiCEntertainment, it inspired the [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics series]] that's still ongoing ([[AnimationLeadTime though the comic book came to the consumers first]]). It is a very sharp contrast to its contemporary and [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog much more comedic weekday counterpart]] where Sonic was a drifter [[WalkingTheEarth traveling the planet with Tails]]. Also known as ''[[FanNickname SatAM]]'' (as in [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning]], when it aired on the American Creator/{{ABC}} network), to distinguish it from ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' (which was in syndication on weekdays) and the games alike.

The series featured Sonic as a resistance commando, fighting against Dr. Julian Ivo Robotnik, a [[EmperorScientist dictator]] who has already enslaved most of the planet Mobius and [[PollutedWasteland turned it into a cold, urban, metal nightmare]]. Unlike other versions of the character, Robotnik's armies are comprised of factory-assembled [[MechaMooks robot shock troops]] rather than from animals trapped in robot shells; said trapped animals underwent UnwillingRoboticisation and served as forced laborers instead. Also, Sonic is [[TheLancer not the actual leader of the resistance group, but serves as their most reliable soldier]]. The leader, Sally Acorn, lost her father, while Sonic lost his uncle as one of the mindless robots. The show dealt with much more mature subject matters than other parts of the ''Sonic'' franchise, (as well as most mainstream Western cartoons in general) such as coping with loss and the trials of war.

The series fell victim to the demise of Saturday Morning Cartoons, cancelled after two seasons with a CliffHanger ending. Even when it was originally aired on the air on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets. Some didn't see it until it was re-aired on Creator/{{USA Network}}. Despite being an InNameOnly adaptation, the series is still highly regarded by its fans and is critically acclaimed, though to a degree that in recent years has caused a great deal of friction within the notoriously [[BrokenBase broken]] wider ''Sonic'' fanbase over how much of its style (if any) should be adopted by modern ''Sonic'' works.[[note]] Creator/{{Sega}} already tried their hand on the DarkerAndEdgier aspect of the series, but it only made things [[BrokenBase more divisive.]][[/note]] Ironically enough, the one time Sega tried to make this series into [[VideoGame/SonicSatAM a SpinOff game]], [[VaporWare it was cancelled]].

In addition to the aforementioned ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'', this show also should not be confused with the other [[WesternAnimation western animated]] series WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground, the {{Anime}} ''Anime/SonicX'', the {{OVA}} ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', or the upcoming ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.
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!!The show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Bunnie, Sally, and Dulcy.
** FauxActionGirl: Bunnie is demoted into this in the second season. Sally and Dulcy are such half the time as well (Sally's abilities are mostly intellectual rather than physical, while Dulcy's main utility is usually acting as a flying vehicle than actually going into missions).
*** Lupe is boasted as a capable and wise leader of the Wolf Pack, however she and her team spend both of their appearances as TheLoad, left in the sidelines in the first and getting captured in the second.
* AdaptationNameChange: Several. Thanks to the heavy overlap of themes and characters between [=SatAM=] and the Archie Comic series, the names are used somewhat interchangeably (and, thanks to the comics' much longer run and more developed storyline, the comic names have often overtaken the official show names [[IAmNotShazam to the point where many fans are unaware that the show HAS different names for some characters]]).
** "Robotnik" is revealed to be a pseudonym - his real name is Julian. Contrast this with other Sonic media, where he is either given the name Ivo, Eggman, Ovi, or simply "Robotnik" without any mention of a pseudonym.
** Antoine Depardieu, known as Antoine D'Coolette in the comics (though the latter seems to originate from early conceptual notes for the show, as does Sally's unmentioned surname of Acorn).
** The sorcerer Naugus, known as Ixis Naugus in the comics
* AdaptationalVillainy: Dr. Robotnik was already a villain in the games, but even in installments at the time was portrayed as somewhat clownish and whimsical ([[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore despite the West's best attempts to harden him up]]). In the show however, he is a sadistic overlord of Mobius and, for the most part, taken dead seriously. He leans ''slightly'' closer to his original counterpart in later episodes, but is still a much more repulsive character.
* AffablyEvil: Naugus.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Along with some instances of Antoine speaking French.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The Nasty Hyenas from "Fed Up With Antoine."
* AndIMustScream: Roboticized victims remain fully aware of everything they do while under Robotnik's control. As [[spoiler:Uncle Chuck states when restored]]: "we just can't ''do'' anything about it."
* ApocalypseHow: Type 2, steadily progressing to type 4, with [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Mobians]] replacing humans.
* ArcWords: At the end of "The Void", King Max tells Sonic "Take care of her" when he refers to Sally. In "Spyhog" Uncle Chuck tells Sally "Take care of him" when he refers to Sonic.
* ArgumentOfContradictions: Some arguments between Sonic and Sally devolve into this.
* ArmiesAreEvil: General (Dr.) Robotnik and his initially [[GovernmentConspiracy "defensive"]] army of [=SWATbots=].
* ArtShift: Many character designs were changed for the second season, if even just slightly (like giving Bunnie pupils) or drastically (looking at Rotor, you wouldn't recognize him from season one to season two).
** Also, while during season 1 the animators seemed much more concerned with their artwork keeping with the show's "realistic" physics. In season 2, although the characters seem more artistically complete, the focus on smaller details falters. Not ''quite'' OffModel, more like Off-Scenery. Shading, actual muscle movements, and realistic ("gritty") fragmentation effects on the backgrounds as lasers hit walls are all examples.
* AscendedExtra: Three of the original Freedom Fighters are based upon the small animals released in ''Sonic 1'': Sally Acorn is a squirrel and Rotor is a walrus, both found in Marble Zone, while Bunnie Rabbot is a rabbit (found in Green Hill Zone), though both Bunnie and Rotor had different names and one of them a different gender from the original cast Sally was in.
** Tails probably also counts, as he's had some bigger roles in a couple of episodes and toward the end of the second season. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He was also apparently supposed to become even more prominent if the show hadn't been canceled.]]
* AscendedFridgeHorror: Done with the concept of roboticization.
* {{Badass}}: Most of the [[BadassCrew Freedom Fighters.]]
* BadassAdorable: Bunnie and at the end of the second season, Tails.
* BadassMustache: Dr. Robotnik.
* BadBoss: Robotnik.
* {{Badbutt}}: Sonic and Bunnie, completely with some "fake [[GoshDangItToHeck cursing"]].
* BattleCouple: Sonic and Sally.
* BigBrotherMentor: Sonic, for Tails.
* BigEater: Sonic. Often chili dogs.
* BigNo: Sally getting roboticized (in Sonic's bad dream) in "Sonic's Nightmare". Robotnik also gives these out a couple odd times he is foiled.
* BondOneLiner: Sonic, occasionally.
* BoobsOfSteel: Bunnie.
* BraggingThemeTune: The opening theme song.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The end of the season 2 premiere episode ends by Sonic grabbing the iris-out.
* BreatherEpisode: [[ThreeShorts "Fed Up With Antoine"/"Ghost Busted"]] and [[ThreeShorts "The Odd Couple/Robo-Becca".]]
* BrokenAesop: The show despite being known for its refreshing lack of preachiness, has a broken FamilyUnfriendlyAesop in the episode "Game Guy." In this episode, the heroes meet a strange freedom fighter called Ari. Although Sonic wants to trust him, Sally wants to err on the side of caution. Eventually Ari leads Sonic into one of Robotnik's traps in exchange for the freedom of his own teammates. When it becomes apparent to Ari that Robotnik has no intention of honoring his end of the deal, he "proves" himself trustworthy by freeing Sonic from the trap, sacrificing himself in the process. At the end of the episode Sonic gently chides Sally for not being trusting enough, and Sally admits she was wrong despite the fact that ''everything that happened in the episode proved that she was right.'' Granted he is lightly hit with karma since she also playfully mocks his recklessness and he gets an electric shock from sulkily messing with her device.
** Punctuated by a role reversal in "Warp Sonic". Sally is also made wrong for not listening to Sonic and Antoine's claims of Griff being untrustworthy. While this ''was'' true, the only reason they disliked Griff in the first place was petty jealousy rather than any valid suspicion. It's kinda easy to see why PositiveDiscrimination took over since the rare times Sonic was "right" were skewed by his JerkAss tendencies.
* BrotherChuck: Cluck and Muttski
* BroughtDownToNormal: "Super Sonic".
* BulletSeed: Roboticized Muttsky.
* ButtMonkey: Antoine and Snively. Definete whipping-boys existing solely for comic relief.
* CantCatchUp: Antoine to Sonic, both literally and figuratively. He was nowhere near as fast or competent as Sonic, and despite his efforts, he couldn't make Sally admire him as much as she does Sonic.
* CaptainCrash: Dulcy.
* CardCarryingVillain: While not as frequently so as the [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog AoStH]] Robotnik, he ''is'' inclined to boast about his evilness as if it's something to be proud of, especially in the company of those he believes are evil.
-->'''Robotnik''': I want the location of Lazar's lair. Name your prize.
-->'''Lazar's guardian''': You intend harm to my master.
-->'''Robotnik''': Oh, you wound me dear guardian! I merely want to wake the grand wizard and honor his evilness! We have much in common.
-->'''Lazar's guardian''': ... yes. I can see that.
* CassandraTruth: Tails in "Sonic and Sally".
** Sally after she travels back in time and tries to convince her father than Julian is evil.
** A less serious example in "Spyhog". Antoine genuinely did rescue Sally during a mission, but he plays up the story so much as he's retelling it that it's no wonder Sonic didn't believe him.
* CatapultNightmare: Sonic's nightmare has him waking up like this in the beginning of the selfsame-titled episode.
* CatchPhrase:
** For Sonic, it's "Gotta juice!" and "[[TotallyRadical way past cool]]!"
** For Bunnie, it's "[[OhMyGods Oh my stars!]]".
* ChasteToons: this continuity introduced Uncle Chuck and Snively Robotnik, meaning that Sonic ''has'' an uncle and Robotnik ''is'' an uncle. Neither Sonic nor Snively's actual parents are ever referenced.
* ChekhovsGun: Most Stealth Orbs (floating security cameras) in Season 1.
** Also in Season 1, one episode has the Freedom Fighters discover a species of "metal-eating" plants that instantly corrode metal into dust upon contact. The plants' harmless seeds are harvested before the episode is over, but they aren't ever brought up again directly. ''However'', come the final episode of the series, we discover that Rotor's been developing metal-eating ''balloons'' (water balloon-like tossable projectiles). Arguably, the chemical inside the balloons could have come from the aforementioned plants.
* ChekhovsGunman: Season 3 would've made [[spoiler: Naugus]] into this [[WhatCouldHaveBeen if the series hadn't been cut short]].
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey: Post-Retcon Antoine.
* ChildSoldier: The Freedom Fighters.
* CliffHanger: The Season Finale to Season Two was also The Series Finale. While the Freedom Fighters celebreate their triumphant victory, Snively is still around and planning to take over where Robotnik ended. And we see glowing red eyes from his accomplice who remains in the dark, unseen.
* CoolBigBro: Sonic to Tails.
* CoolBigSis: Sally and Bunnie to Tails.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Chuck.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The art promo of the series on Netflix. It's the dvd boxart of ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' volume 1, which also has that show's version of Robotnik, Scratch and Grounder on it. The only thing there from this show is the logo and Lazaar's guardian in the background.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Sonic is this in "No Brainer."
* CursedWithAwesome: Bunnie Rabbot, who lost half of her body and gained super strength in the process.
* CuteBruiser: Bunnie.
* CutShort: The series ended on a cliffhanger in which Dr. Robotnik appeared to have died but his increasingly dissatisfied henchman Snively has plans to usurped his place as the series' primary antagonist, revealing a threatening new foe, shown out of the darkness with menacing red eyes. Whoever this new character was, viewers never found out, as the series was abruptly cancelled. Writer Ben Hurst revealed his plans for a third season where the mysterious red eyes belonged to [[spoiler: Naugus]], a minor villain featured earlier in the series and a former partner of Dr. Robotnik. The intended story was adapted by the Archie comics, but because the comic strove to merge the other (often conflicting) versions of the franchise, it fell short of serving as a [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised pseudo-conclusion]] for Sonic [=SatAM=].
** Another thing that Hurst revealed is that Knuckles was supposed to appear at the end of that never to be made third season and was going to be more of a main character for an also never made fourth season.
* CyberCyclops: The [=SWATbots=].
* CyberPunk: The world has become a industrial nightmare, and cybernetics has transformed society. Young streetwise punks flaunt the law, conducting guerrilla raids to overthrow a corrupt government. Coming off the heels of the 1980's, it's no surprise that this show would feature these themes.
** PostCyberpunk: Despite how bad things have become, the heroes are trying to save the world. About as far as the anti-heroes of cyberpunk can be.
* DarkerAndEdgier: There were only two games, four counting the GameGear ones, so there wasn't much to adapt. The writers took certain ideas from the games and ran with them.
** Watching the pilot episode makes the series ''itself'' seem like this. Much of the animation in the pilot (particularly Sally and Bunnie) had a much brighter, softer look than the actual show and the story tone is slightly more whimsical.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters have their moments of this, but Sonic, Sally, and Snively were the most prominent examples.
* DegradedBoss: The Doomsday Test Pod in "Cry of the Wolf" proved itself to be almost indestructible and a robotic version of the ImplacableMan, only destroyed when it was [[spoiler:coerced into a lightning storm]]. In "The Doomsday Project", the pods are [[OneHitPointWonder one-shotted]] by balloons filled with some kind of corrosive chemical.
* DemotedToExtra: Since this show has a full cast of characters, soon-to-become iconic sidekick Tails is reduced to minor character status. Also, Bunnie and Rotor get smaller roles in season 2. However, Tails may have become an AscendedExtra in a couple of episodes of the first season and toward the end of the second season.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Writing duties for the first season were handed to several people, meaning occasional slight inconsistancies in character portrayals and what not (particularly Sonic himself). For the second season, most episodes were written by Ben Hurst, meaning a more consistent depiction (if still one occasionally rather different to previous writers).
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Robotnik has turned most of Mobius into an industrial waste and a huge amount of it's population into unsentient drones so as to maintain his power over the planet.
* {{Determinator}}: Antoine, Sonic, Sally, and Robotnik have traces of this.
* DeusExMachina: A glaring one appears in the Doomsday Project. After Robotnik successfully traps Sonic in a customised roboticiser, the hedgehog tries to overpower the machine with a power ring. Robotnik just laughs and presses a button to increase the power. Then, Sonic pulls out ''two more power rings'', even though previous lore states they can only acquire a single ring every 12 hours. Needless to say, as the machine overloads, Robotnik gasps [[ThisCannotBe "This can't be happening"]] before screaming '''HEDGEHOG!!''' and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny slamming the power button over and over again]] as Sonic breaks free.
* DisappearedDad: Sally's father King Max, [[spoiler: who is trapped in the void.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Though a competent Freedom Fighter, Sally falls under this role a few odd occasions (she ''is'' a princess after all). Antoine also plays a comical male variant on occasion.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Occasionally, Tails seems to be rather easily diverted. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrI6VQD-a0Y See link at 8:34...]]
* DodgeTheBullet: Sonic throughout Season 1.
* DoomedHometown: Mobotropolis.
* TheDitz: Dulcy. Bunnie to a lesser extent on occasion as well.
* DownerEnding: "Ultra Sonic", and "The Void".
** BittersweetEnding: Both end with the team stopping Robotnik's current scheme and some small ray of hope of retrieving their lost companion.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sally, Bunnie and Antoine do this in one episode in Season 1, to less-than-desirable results. They do it again in season 2 with better results.
* DumbMuscle: Dulcy. She's kind of a thick-head.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot episode, "Heads or Tails", has several noteworthy differences from the series proper:
** Sally has pink fur and black hair, rather than the brown fur and hair she has in the rest of the show.
** NICOLE is a computer monitor on a wheeled stand, rather than a handheld computer.
** Buzzbombers appear in this episode, attacking Knothole, making them the only actual enemies from the games to appear in this series. They are never seen again.
** The overall coloring and animation is brighter and lighter.
** The episode's title doesn't have the word "Sonic" in it (though that naming scheme was dropped in the second season anyway).
** Rotor is purple rather than blue. ArchieComics would keep Rotor purple for their adaptation.
* {{Egopolis}}: Robotropolis, formerly Mobotropolis.
* EpicFail: Antoine's martial arts training.
** [[CrowningMomentofFunny And then he gets flung into Sonic's house after running into a twig.]]
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sally.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: This is the reason Ro-becca is so obsessed with Antoine.
* EvilCounterpart: Naugus to Lazar.
* EvilLaugh: Snively gave an crazy one when he believed that Robotnik died with the Doomsday Project, and the being with the red eyes in the end also gave a creepy chuckle too.
** Robotnik has a series of evil laughs, ranging from low, menacing chuckling to full on deranged cackling. The fact that he's voiced by Jim Cummings certainly helps matters.
* EvilOverlord: Robotnik.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Robotnik.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Quoted above.
* FamilyOfChoice: The Freedom Fighters are clearly a tightly-knit group of friends, all of whom have lost their actual families and so turn to each other for that kind of support; Tails even considers Princess Sally his "Aunt", and she treats him very much like her own son at times. Likewise, Sonic and Tails have a very brotherly relationship.
* FanOfTheUnderdog: Tails is the only one who can bear Antoine's self aggrandizing stories. Sally also seems to defend Ant at times, if more out of pity.
-->'''Sally:''' Come on Sonic, Antoine has his good points.
-->'''Sonic:''' You mean besides his ''head''?
-->'''Sally:''' *thinks desperately* Errrr...he has a nice haircut.
* FatBastard: Dr. Robotnik.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The show's rendition of Robotnik is for the large part far more menacing and horrific than his more whimsical games counterpart. He retains [[DeadpanSnarker a sarcastic wit]] however and [[NotSoAboveItAll goofy traits]] do seep through every now and then.
* FieryRedhead: Sally has her moments of this.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: Stealth Bots.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Sally
** TheLancer: Sonic
** TheSmartGuy: Rotor
** TheBigGuy: Bunnie
** TheChick: Antoine
** TagalongKid: Tails
* {{Flanderization}}: Antoine was originally rather pompous and cowardly, but had some amount of lucidity and nobility. By Season Two however he is more or less a full time StrawLoser for Sonic, barely able to spend five seconds without saying or doing something stupid or narcissistic and acting like a full blown DirtyCoward.
** In response to this, Sonic's originally more playful rivalry towards Antoine evolved into flat out naked contempt. While DependingOnTheWriter came into play for a lot of his other aspects, he also became more cocky and incompetent in the Second Season. More than half the episodes are devoted to Sonic making some sort of error out of recklessness and needing to be bailed out by the rest of the team.
** Sally in contrast had her positive aspects exaggerated, starting off as a NotSoDifferent Foil for Sonic in season 1 and then practically acting as his HyperCompetentSidekick in season 2 to accommodate his increased recklessness.
* ForbiddenZone: Simply labelled as such, it's a hazardous slum of Robotropolis where the wizard Lazaar rested.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Regarding a case affecting SpotlightStealingSquad, Sonic rarely interacted with Bunnie, while Sally replaced Rotor as his confidant and foil, making them more this. As such the two ended up DemotedToExtra in Season Two. This is also evident in the Archie comic series, albeit to a lesser degree.
* FunctionalMagic: Lazaar and Naugus. Arguably Sonic, through his use of the Deep Power Stones and Power Rings.
* FurryFandom: At least partially due to the ParentService, this is popular among the subculture. Particularly the character [[NerdsAreSexy Sally Acorn]], who is the subject of ''a lot'' of fan art.
* GeniusBruiser: Rotor, who was the smartest and one of the strongest members of the Freedom Fighters.
* GenreSavvy: Robotnik, ''especially'' when compared to his other-continuity counterparts. At one point, Sonic attempts to [[ISurrenderSuckers "surrender"]]; Robotnik instantly smells a rat, and immediately orders him into the roboticizer.
** In "Sonic's Nightmare" Robotnik tries to shoot Sonic and the gang with a missile launcher from his cloaked stealthpod after his main ship crashed. If it wasn't so damaged from [[spoiler:Sonic weaponizing an oil derrick against the ship, he could've ''won'']].
** In "Spyhog", Robotnik immediately realized that Sonic's presence was just to distract his troops so that the other Freedom Fighters could sabotage the fuel convoy they had been guarding.
** In "Cry of the Wolf", Robotnik is able to spot the wolf pack's tendency to disguise the entrances to their hideouts within seconds of getting a video feed of the area.
* GilliganCut:
--> '''Sonic''': Well this hedgehog's never giving up!
--> '''Sonic''': I give up! [[spoiler:[[ISurrenderSuckers Suckers!]]]]
* GoodBadGirl: Bunnie is the Y-7 version of this. She's flirty and wears a revealing outfit, but she's as kind-hearted as they come.
* GoshdangItToHeck: Bunnie, frequently.
* GratuitousSpanish: Dulcy and Lupe's names, which mean "sweet" and "wolf" respectively.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Great War mentioned in "Blast to the Past part 1". No reference is ever made to it outside of one line from King Acorn.
* GreenRocks: The Deep Power Stones and the Power Rings. As well as The Time Stones.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Only one example, but a memorable one, found in "Sonic Conversion".
-->'''Robotnik''': Snively, what color is my heart?
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Snively used to have long wavy hair before a time-traveling Sonic accidentally blew it off.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Most of the good guys are missing clothing in some way.
* HartmanHips: Sally, depending on the artist.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Sonic and Antoine, constantly snarking or arguing with each other or competing for Sally's affections. As Sally once pointed out, should one get captured, the other likely wouldn't even lift a finger if she didn't lecture them enough.
* HeelFaceTurn: Snively was going to become this and join the Freedom Fighters in the lost third season.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Princess Sally Acorn.
* HeroicBSOD: In "Ultra Sonic", Sonic and the team convert Uncle Chuck back to their side, but by the episode's end, his robotic programming reverts him back into a mindless drone, and the team are forced to abandon him. [[BreakTheHaughty The normally overconfident and optimistic Sonic completely breaks down into tears as a result]].
** Sally has a similar, albeit more subtle one after her father returns to the title vortex of "The Void".
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Cat]] in "Sonic Boom", [[spoiler:Ari]] in "Game Guy" and [[spoiler:Uncle Chuck]] in "Blast To The Past Part 2."
* HeroicWillpower: After several brief periods of freedom thanks to the Power Rings, Sir Charles (or "Uncle Chuck") ultimately breaks free of Robotnik's control this way.
* HigherTechSpecies: Humans to Mobians.
* HollywoodCyborg: Bunnie was in the middle of undergoing the roboticization process before being rescued; as a result both her legs and one of her arms are robotic. However, she retained her free will and gained SuperStrength in the bargain.
* HonoraryUncle: Tails calls Sally "Aunt Sally," Bunnie "Aunt Bunnie", and everyone calls Sonic's uncle "Uncle Chuck."
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: All of the females except Dulcy.
* HumansAreBastards: [[EmperorScientist Robotnik is pretty damn evil.]] [[TheStarscream Snively isn't any better]].
* HumblePie: Sonic several times over after his arrogance screws up a mission. [[NotSoAboveItAll Sally]] is made to accept this at least once too. Usually subverted for [[SmallNameBigEgo Antoine]], who ''never'' learns, though he accepts his mistakes in "Hooked On Sonics".
* {{Hypocrite}}: Griff in "Warp Sonic" finds out about the Freedom Fighters power ring source. He declines a comrade's suggestion to ask for their help since he believes they can't be trusted, so instead starts an elaborate plan to trick Sally and steal it from them instead.
* AnIcePerson: Dulcy, who can shoot ice beams through her nose.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode in Season 1 (except for the pilot, "Heads or Tails") had "Sonic" in the title. Super Sonic, Ultra Sonic, Hooked on Sonics, etc.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Bunnie Rabbot.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: Sums up Robotnik's relationship with Snively. In one episode, he threatens to turn Snively into a paperweight.
* InASingleBound: Sonic, more than once.
* InNameOnly: The only thing the show has in common with the games is Sonic, Tails, the rings, Buzzbombers, and Robotnik who, even then, barely resemble the games characters in personality and in Robotnik's case both personality and appearance.
* InTheHood: Sonic wears a red hooded cloak in "Sonic Racer" when he arrives in Robotropolis to race against the robotic cheetah.
** He wears one again in the LostEpisode.
* InsultBackfire: When Robotnik orders Bunnie shot with a paralyzing ray in "Super Sonic":
-->'''Sally''': You are a miserable creep, Robotnik.
-->'''Robotnik''': Why, thank you, princess.
** And again in "Blast To The Past":
-->'''Chuck''': You're pure scum, Julian.
-->'''Robotnik''': I relish the thought.
* InterspeciesRomance: Sonic and Sally, a hedgehog and a chipmunk/squirrel hybrid, respectively.
** Also attempted with Ro-becca and Antoine, a robot cat and a coyote.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Bunnie.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Sonic does this a few times in the series, at one point even saying the line verbatim.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Antoine has his moments.
* KidAppealCharacter: Antoine has his moments of this, although it mostly falls to the role of Tails.
* KillerRobot: Every robot built by Robotnik.
* LackOfEmpathy: Robotnik in spades. Snively, while mostly only following orders, [[SmugSnake isn't exactly resentful about sending a good few Freedom Fighters to the robotocizer either]].
* LaResistance: The Freedom Fighters.
* LastFertileRegion: The Great Forest.
* LastOfHisKind: Thanks to Robotnik, the suburban monarch in "Sub Sonic" is the sole survivor of his kind. Also, [[spoiler: Dulcy]] is close to becoming this.
* LetThemDie: In a couple of instances, Sonic's hatred of Antoine actually reached such a level that he seriously considered leaving him at the mercy of a villain. Sally goaded him into rescuing him however.
* LighterAndSofter: Season 2, compared to Season 1. Robotnik became more comical in tone, Antoine became [[{{Flanderization}} much]] goofier than his season 1 persona: see the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2tmCvYoMQA infamous Margarine! scene.]] Dulcy, a comical dragon, is also added to the main cast. It did, however, manage to keep dramatic storytelling intact, especially prior to the final episode.
** Also the pilot episode (the one where Sally was pink and the Freedom Fighters fended off a squadron of Buzz Bombers with water balloons) when compared to the rest of the first season.
* LightningBruiser: Dulcy is both very strong and very fast, especially when she "Cracks The Whip".
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Planet Mobius has both anthros and humans living on it. Much more the former than the latter, though.
* TheLoad: Antoine. He is incredibly cowardly and almost never contributes anything of value, yet for some reason they frequently bring him along on action missions.
* LovableCoward: Arguably what Antoine was aimed towards, though {{Flanderization}} leaned him more along the lines of a JerkAss DirtyCoward and an UpperClassTwit.
* LoveableRogue: Sonic.
* MadScientist: Dr. Robotnik.
* MagicCountdown: In the opening, even.
* {{Malaproper}}: Antoine.
* MeaningfulName: Dulcy's name is Spanish for "sweet", and she is a very nice dragon.
** Also Lupe who's name means "wolf".
** Sonic himself.
** It's more a coincidence than anything else, but Sally's name comes from a Hebrew word meaning "princess".
** Ari from "Game Guy". He's a ram, which is often associated with the zodiac symbol Aries.
* MissingMom: Sally and Dulcy.
* MythArc
* TheNapoleon: [[spoiler:Snively]] becomes this at the end of the series.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: In "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally travel back in time and meet their past selves. Nothing bad happens from this and the past selves don't know who they really are.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Dulcy, despite displaying some incredibly powerful abilities such as ice breath at pivotal moments, rarely acts outside a mode of transportation for the heroes.
* NiceHat: Rotor's Cap.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Sonic and Antoine (and Sally on much rarer occasions) destroy a plan multiple times due to their bumbling or arrogance. Uncle Chuck was also the pivot for Robotnik's takeover of Mobius by creating the robotocizer and leaving it's blueprints out open.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: Especially in the second season. Princess Sally is gentle and rational, Antoine is a pompous DirtyCoward, while Sonic is altruistic but arrogant and hot headed. Antoine and Sonic sometimes interchange, DependingOnTheWriter (in some episodes Antoine is more just harmlessly stupid, with Sonic as a bullying GreekChorus to his antics). Sally can also sometimes be snarky and easily agitated, but usually still maintains the 'nicer' role in comparison
* TheNicknamer: Sonic, Bunnie, and Dulcy all were this at certain times.
* NonLethalWarfare: Used only in the first episode; the Freedom Fighters use water balloons to deter incoming robot armada. Afterwards, it's just smashing and blasting.
* NonSequiturThud: Basically Dulcy's defining characteristic. She acts like she's being scolded by her "Ma" every time she crashes.
* NoRespectGuy: Antoine, sometimes to the point of making him TheWoobie of the episode.
* NoSympathy: After Antoine performs a reckless stunt that gets him kidnapped by Robotnik, Sonic labels him an idiot and earnestly refuses to save him until Sally goads him into it. Keep in mind the inevitable fate from getting captured by this incarnation of Robotnik is being sentenced to living death as a robotic slave.
* NotBloodRelated: Tails refers to Sally and Bunnie as "Aunt Sally" and "Aunt Bunnie".
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Snively is treated as a worthless toady by Robotnik, and something of a laughing stock to most of Freedom Fighters ([[WeaksauceWeakness except Antoine]]). However he has came closer to invading Knothole than his uncle ever did and in the planned Third Season would have briefly taken over as BigBad during Robotnik's absence.
* OminousFloatingSpaceship: Inverted. Dr. Robotnik is a human, and his CoolSpaceship ''wipes out'' nearly everyone in Mobotropolis.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Sally supplies mainly in computer knowledge and hacking, but is also shown to have archeological knowledge and is implied to be as profound a mechanic as Rotor, not to mention the most dominant OnlySaneMan of the team. Given a lot of this was expanded as [[BreakoutCharacter her role became larger]], it may also count as TheMainCharactersDoEverything.
* OnlySaneMan: Most characters take turns at this, but Sally is usually the best candidate.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Unlike other lore, the resident dragon Dulcy is a complete klutz with a child-like mentality, and while she retains flight and other mythical powers, only once do we actually witness her breathe fire (to destroy an antenna).
* OutOfFocus: Despite playing a big part in the games, Tails is more of a background character who is given the occasional DayInTheLimelight.
* PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales: Notably averted with Sally in Season 1 (she gains a vest in Season 2), but played straight with everyone else.
* ParentalAbandonment: Most of the Freedom Fighters have had this happen to them.
* [[ParentingTheHusband Parenting The Boyfriend]]: Sally occasionally has blatant treatment of this to Sonic, [[{{Flanderization}} especially in the second season]].
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Sonic and Sally.
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Robotic Chicken]]: Robotnik is a sadistic monster of the highest order, but he will affectionately pet and dote over his beloved Cluck endlessly. Curiously, however, Cluck disappears in the second season, thus eliminating Robotnik's one redeeming aspect.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified: Subverted with [[KnightTemplar Naugus.]]
* PhraseCatcher: "Shut up, Antoine!"
* PlayingWithFire: Dulcy, who is a fire breathing dragon.
* PokeThePoodle: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2tmCvYoMQA infamous Margarine! scene.]]
* PollutedWasteland: Robotropolis is depicted as being a dark, polluted, and industrialized city, and its immediate surroundings are fittingly littered with garbage and toxic waste.
* PositiveDiscrimination: A criticism occasionally issued towards Sally, who was of the strong independent woman type frequent in the early 90s. While toned down in the First Season, where her role was smaller and she was still prone to flaws in judgment or occasionally being as arrogant and stubborn as Sonic, the Second Season seemed to emphasize her more and more as the OnlySaneMan and the main entity keeping the team alive (not to mention an OmnidisciplinaryScientist). Sally did play the DistressedDamsel role on more than a few occasions, however.
* PostKissCatatonia: Subverted. In the episode, "Hooked on Sonics" it looks like Sonic has fallen to this after being kissed by Sally... but he gets back up, says he was just kidding, and that the kiss wasn't that great. [[TakeThatKiss He then "shows" her]] [[BigDamnKiss what a real kiss is]], much to Tails' disgust.
* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: "Super Sonic" involved Sonic losing his speed and saving the day without it.
* PunnyName: [[PlayboyBunny Bunnie]] [[HollywoodCyborg Rabbot]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Freedom Fighters, obviously.
* RayGun: [[FrickinLaserBeams The primary weapon of everything.]] Unlike most [[StunGun Western]] [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms examples]] they were portrayed as ''very'' fast-moving, potentially deadly weapons throughout Season 1, and they usually [[RuleOfCool exploded on contact]], or [[DisintegratorRay reduced things to ash]].
* RealityWarper: Naugus.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Uncle Chuck and Robotnik; this is how the latter was introduced actually. There's also the glowing red eyes in the final scene of the series, which WordOfGod revealed as belonging to Naugus.
** Subverted with Uncle Chuck after he breaks free of Robotnik's control, after which he only uses this to blend in with the other roboticized Mobians.
* RedOniBlueOni: Sonic and Sally. Ironically, "Red Oni" Sonic has blue fur, while "Blue Oni" Sally has [[HeroesWantRedheads red hair.]]
* RedShirt: At the beginning of Blast to the Past Part 1, along with Sonic and Sally, we are introduced to two freedom fighters we've never seen before - guess who get promptly roboticised!
* RememberTheNewGuy: Dulcy the Dragon. She just suddenly appears in the second season premiere as if she was one of the Freedom Fighters the whole time.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: For defecting along with his Uncle Julian and assisting in the coup and robotocization of millions of innocent people, Robotnik promotes his nephew Snively to his personal toady and punching bag.
** Also Ari, after capturing Sonic for Robotnik in return for releasing his Freedom Fighters. He sticks to his word and hands them back...robotocized, Ari himself barely avoiding the same fate.
* RightHandCat: Cluck for Robotnik, although he's more of a Right Hand Mechanical Chicken.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Sonic and Sally, originally a more even handed contrast of meticulous and spontaneous approaches, slowly evolved into this as a result of Flanderization, with Sonic becoming more reckless and Sally usually being portrayed as more tactful. There was still the odd subversion however.
* TheRival: Antoine for Sonic in terms of winning Sally's affection. At one point, it's also another Freedom Fighting goat named Griff.
* RhymesOnADime: Sonic.
* RiddleForTheAges: The identity of [[spoiler: Snively's mysterious ally at the end of the final episode]] was this for years after the show was CutShort and was debated about for years (the most popular assumption was that it was supposed to be Metal Sonic). Years after the show ended WordOfGod finally answered this particular riddle: [[spoiler: it's Naugus.]]
* RightHandCat: Cluck.
* RoboCam: Stealth Pods.
* RobotGirl =/= {{Fembot}}: A ''mean'' one appears in "Sonic and Sally".
** [[AbhorrentAdmirer Ro-Becca]], from the selfsame-titled episode.
* RobotWar: [[EmperorScientist Dr. Robotnik]] only uses [[KillerRobot robots in his military.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Sally.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Cat]] in "Sonic Boom."
* SayMyName: Robotnik always refers to Sonic as "the hedgehog" or degradory names such "rodent". Oddly he gladly refers to other foes such as Sally and Chuck by their first names alone.
* SceneryPorn
* ScienceFantasy: The episode "Super Sonic" has a literal MagicalComputer, for one thing, and it's impossible to tell if phlebotinium like the Power Rings are {{Magitek}} or MagicFromTechnology.
* ScienceIsBad: Subverted; the Roboticiser in itself is not an evil device. It was created by Uncle Chuck to allow the elderly and the injured to live longer: and when he realized it also had the side effect of making them into mindless automatons, he immediately shelved it with the intent of not using it at all until and unless he could figure out a way to remove that side effect. Things only went bad when Robotnik stole it and began deliberately using it to conquer the world by converting every Mobian he could get his hands on into a robot slave.
* SealedEvilInACan: Robotnik steals a computer of magic spells from the [[HeelFaceTurn formerly evil]] wizard Lazar, and Sonic attempts to get it back. When asked why he can't just destroy the computer, Lazar says that would release all the evil it contains.
* SealedWithAKiss
* ServileSnarker: Snively in the second season.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The premise behind the Blast to the Past two-part episode. [[spoiler: Sonic and Sally fail in their attempt to stop Robotnik's takeover in the past, but do succeed in preventing the capture of Sally's nanny.]]
* SharpDressedMan: Antoine.
* SheepInWolfsClothing: Uncle Chuck, post UnwillingRoboticisation.
* ShesAManInJapan: Sally Acorn started as Sega of America and Europe's name for the tiny squirrel Sonic would rescue from badniks in ''Sonic 1''. In Japan, the tiny squirrel was male and named "Ricky".
* ShoutOut: Nicole looks like the tricorders used in [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration]] and [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNine]].
* SilenceYouFool: Issued a few times to Snively, especially in the second season.
-->'''Robotnik:''' Shut up, Snively.
* SketchySuccessor: Robotnik gets the job of dictator of Mobius by kicking the previous ruler into [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere another dimension.]] He then proceeds to turn Mobius into a polluted, mechanical wasteland where he alone gets to live in luxury (barring his nephew Snively, who while being regularly put down is at least not actively hunted.)
* SkunkStripe: Lupe has one in her hair.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Antoine. Sonic and Robotnik as well, even if they have far more valid reasons for it.
** Played with at the end of "Drood Henge", when Sonic was playing up how great the BatmanGambit that stopped Robotnik's plan of the episode was. When Sally calls him out on being egotistical, Sonic simply points out that plan wasn't even his, it was thought up by Tails.
* SmoochOfVictory: Sally gives these all the time.
* SmugSnake: Dr. Robotnik in the second season, as his overconfidence and increasing obsession with Sonic begins to hinder his plots (as well as becoming slightly more comical and bumbling in tone). His nephew, Snively, also counts.
* SmugSuper: Sonic likes to talk about his amazing speed and stealth a lot.
* SouthernBelle: Bunnie.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Variation: In the episode "Game Guy" [[spoiler:Ari gets sucked into The Void.]] A book called ''Sonic: Friend or Foe'' was made based on this episode, and in it [[spoiler:Ari escapes with Sonic unharmed]].
* SpellBook: Subverted by Lazaar, who used a ''[[MagicFromTechnology computer]]'' of magic spells, which is functionally identical beyond the user interface.
* SpiritualAntithesis: To other Sonic cartoons and most of the games. In most continuities, Sonic is just in for a thrill, and Dr. Robotnik/Eggman is pretty incompetent. In this show, Robotnik is extremely menacing, has already conquered most of the world, and Sonic is one of the few people who stand between him and total world domination.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Sally and Antoine join Sonic in the large majority of missions in the second season.
* SpottheImposter: The episode "Sonic and Sally"
* StalkerWithACrush: Ro-becca.
* TheStarscream: Snively constantly grumbles over having to serve the Doctor, but doesn't actually attempt to harm him. By the Second Season he has blatantly come to resent his uncle's abuse and makes a few shrewd plans behind his back (he once attempted an attack on Knothole while Robotnik was gone, as well as making alterations to his base that would ultimately save his life when it was destroyed). [[spoiler: He simply plays along until Robotnik is electrocuted in the final episode, then is seen donning his uncle's trademark yellow cape.]] He does, however, resemble Starscream in [[HeyItsThatVoice voice]], especially considering his voice is done by Creator/CharlieAdler.
* StrawLoser: All the Freedom Fighters have noticable flaws, Sonic in particular is incredibly arrogant and prone to endanger the team in his recklessness or lack of tact. Antoine however, is a bastion of negative human qualities and has few redeeming ones to compensate. In general, if one character has a flaw, [[ShadowArchetype Antoine has it tens times more]].
* StupidEvil: Robotnik. While much more GenreSavvy in the first season, later on, his sadistic tendencies seem to get in the way with many of his plans.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Bunnie's treatment in "Sonic and Sally", as before this she seemed to not be a fighter.
* SuperSoldier: The [=SWATbots=] in season 1.
* SuperSpeed: Sonic. [[spoiler:Sally in the last episode, as she used the Deep Power Stones along with Sonic.]]
* SuperStrength: Bunnie.
* TagalongKid: Tails to a degree, but not to the extent he was in the games.
** Begins to be averted in "Drood Henge", in which he revealed that Sally taught him some hacking skills, and he proved himself to be resourceful, clever, and great at coming up with plans.
* TalentedPrincessRegularGuy: Played with. While Sonic's SuperSpeed make a big difference on his side, he is somewhat average in terms of intellect and talent without his powers to back him up (though he can get down with the electric guitar). Sally on the other hand is a BadassNormal with incredible hacking and computing skills, almost as good a mechanic as Rotor and a trusted tactitian. As a final insult she actually outdoes the "Regular Guy" in snarkiness too.
* TeenGenius: Sally and Rotor.
* TeensAreShort: Most of the main teenage group of Freedom Fighters are dwarfed by other older groups. Granted species may apply to this, but even then King Acorn is almost twice as the size of his sixteen year old daughter.
* TemptingFate: In Blast To The Past, after Robotnik's successful takeover of Mobotropolis, Snively informs him of present day Sonic's activities. With some careful contemplation, Robotnik dismisses him as a minor inconvenience, believing he's not worth the trouble.
* ThatManIsDead: From Blast To The Past part 2:
-->'''King Acorn''': You can't win this, Julian.
-->'''Robotnik''': The name is no longer Julian; from this day forward, I am Robotnik.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The theme that plays when Sonic uses a Power Ring.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ThisCannotBe: Robotnik says something to this effect when Sonic breaks out of the specially-built roboticiser with the combined power of [[DeusExMachina three power rings]].
** A heroic example occurs when Sonic says "What, I don't believe it!" when after trashing the Doomsday test pod multiple times, it ''still'' reactivates and continues attacking them.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Sally, more than once.
* TimeShiftedActor: Tahj Mowry as young Sonic in a few episodes.
* TimeTravel: In the two-parter "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally have to both think of the place they want to be while joining the [[PortalToThePast Time Stones]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Sonic's mind wanders]], placing them just in time to re-live ''the very holocaust they were trying to prevent''.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Inverted. Girly-girl Bunnie is the more badass of the two, while tomboy Sally is the [[TheLeader leader]] and often a DistressedDamsel.
** Played with more in the later episodes, where Sally became less [[TooCleverByHalf egotistical]], while Bunnie's ActionGirl traits [[FauxActionGirl disappeared]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sonic's chili dogs.
* TrapDoor
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: The form of almost all of [[LeeroyJenkins Sonic's]] {{Idiot Ball}}s in the series (as well some rarer ones committed by other Freedom Fighters such as Sally).
* TroubledAbuser: While still implied to have been a monster beforehand, Robotnik was constantly intimidated by his former master Naugus. In turn Robotnik is extremely abusive and domineering to his subordinates (especially Snively, who frequently [[WhosLaughingNow laughed at Naugus' treatment of him]]). WordOfGod has it that upon Naugus' return in the planned Season Three Robotnik would have been reduced to a sniveling toady for him [[NotSoDifferent much like Snively before]].
* TryNotToDie: Heavily inferred every time the Freedom Fighters mobilize.
* TVGenius: Rotor and Sally, in the first season at least.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Bunnie and Sally, before [[AffirmativeActionGirl Dulcy]] showed up.
* [[ThreeShorts Two Shorts]]: The two BreatherEpisode pairs mentioned above.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The series is set after Robotnik succeeds in enslaving Mobius.
* UndersideRide: "Spy Hog" has the Freedom Fighters sneak into Robotropolis by way of riding beneath a hover vehicle with magnets strapped to their hips.
* UnexplainedAccent: Antoine has a French accent for no reason, besides the fact that he's [[AcceptableTargets a coward]]. Bunnie's southerner dialect and Robotnik and Snively's British accents may also count.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The TropeNamer.
* VillainousBreakdown: Dr. Robotnik, in the last episode:
--->'''Robotnik:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD6CUAeKA1Y I really...hate...that hedgehog. I hate him. I HATE him. HATE HIM! Hate. Hate. HATE. HAAAAAAATTTTTEEEE!!!!]]
** That breakdown is also a MythologyGag to ''TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' where [[MadScientist Dr. Robotnik's]] CatchPhrase was "[[MemeticMutation I hate that hedgehog!"]]
** Robotnik suffers a more minor one in "Blast to the Past, Part 2." During this time travel adventure, it turns out that Sonic accidentally caused Robotnik's left arm to be [[UnwillingRoboticisation unwillingly roboticised]]. (He spun him around and tripped him up near the Roboticiser, you see.) Robotnik was not happy.
--->"Get that hedgehog! Get him! GET HIM!"
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: To say that this version of Robotnik is scarier than other versions is probably the biggest understatement in human history. That's not even getting into the episode that quite literally implies [[NightmareFuel that ''he doesn't have a heart''.]]
* VillainWorld
* WeaksauceWeakness: In one episode, Antoine is being held captive and interrogated by Snively. Antoine insists that Snively can visit whatever horrors he wants upon the beleaguered coyote -- his lips are sealed. Then Snively nearly breaks him... by [[spoiler: preparing French cuisine incorrectly (making escargot with ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor margarine]]?!'').]]
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: Type 2, with [[HumansAreBastards humans]] as the aliens.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Sally, to Sonic.
* WeNeedADistraction: Sonic's role in missions often boils down to this. Robotnik hating him so much that all of his robots have Sonic listed as "Priority One" tends to help.
* WhamLine: There is one that stands out as a whole:
--> '''Uncle Chuck:''' "The roboticiser, I know. [[spoiler:I invented it.]]"
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim?: Antoine asks this of Sally and Sonic.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Where exactly did Cluck go in season two?
* {{What the Fu Are You Doing}}?: Antoine tries to learn martial arts ("King Fu") from Bunnie in "Fed Up With Antoine", and clumsily epic fails at it for the most part, spouting FunnyBruceLeeNoises and making a mess of things. Subverted temporarily late in the episode when he flying kicks an enemy that was sneaking up on Sonic and subsequently demonstrates how he did it. But then he mistakes Bunnie's praise of the latter for the opposite, fumbles Demonstration #2, and lands on Dulcy's foot. Distracted by the pain, she wrecks the hut they're in.
* WithDueRespect: Snively to Robotnik, often with [[SilenceYouFool the same expected result]].
* WomenAreWiser: Sally, to Sonic and to an extent [[OnlySaneMan the rest of the Freedom Fighters]]. While balanced with occasional NotSoAboveItAll moments in the First Season, it is played more or more gratingly straight later on, to the point of almost becoming SurroundedByIdiots. Bunnie and Dulcy are somewhat ditzier, though still carry the IdiotBall a lot less often than [[TheLoad Antoine]] or even [[IdiotHero Sonic]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Said by Robotnik to an ill fated Swatbot in "Hooked On Sonics".
** He arguably does this to Snively at the climax of ''The Doomsday Project'': Enraged at his defeat, he kicks his nephew out of the only escape pod and leaves him to die in the detonating base. [[spoiler:[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Snively had predicted this would happen]] and had created his own means of escape, while Robotnik's pod ironically got caught in the implosion of the base.]]
* YourWorstNightmare: "Sonic's Nightmare".

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