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[[caption-width-right:330:In case you didn't get the memo, he's the fastest thing alive.]]

->''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!''\\
''He's the fastest thing alive!''
--->--OpeningTheme [[note]]Which is a BraggingThemeTune.[[/note]]

''Sonic the Hedgehog'' is one of two contemporary ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon adaptations made in the 1990s, that were produced by Creator/DiCEntertainment. Being the [[DarkerAndEdgier more serious of the two]], it is a very sharp contrast to its [[SimilarlyNamedWorks similarly named]] but [[DenserAndWackier much more comedic]] weekday counterpart, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. The show is commonly known as ''[[FanNickname Sonic SatAM]]'' [[note]](as in [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning]], when it aired on the American Creator/{{ABC}} network)[[/note]] to distinguish it from the other show.[[note]](which was aired in syndication on weekdays)[[/note]] It premiered on September 18, 1993, replacing ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' on the 9:00 AM time slot. It was bumped to the 8:30 AM time slot for season two, which ended with the show on December 3, 1994.

The series uniquely features Sonic as a [[TheHero primary member]] of the [[LaResistance Freedom Fighters]], a [[BadassCrew closely-knit resistance force]] attempting to overthrow the dominion of Dr. Julian Ivo Robotnik, a [[EmperorScientist genius dictator]] who has [[VillainWorld already conquered most of the planet Mobius]] and [[PollutedWasteland turned it into a cold, urban, metal nightmare]]. All of the conquered peoples are forced to undergo UnwillingRoboticisation and [[AndIMustScream serve his empire as forced laborers]].

The series fell victim to the demise of many Saturday Morning Cartoons, being cancelled after two seasons with a CliffHanger ending, on a total of 26 episodes. Even when it was originally aired on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets. Some viewers didn't see it until it was re-aired on Creator/{{USA Network}}. Despite being an [[VideoGameMoviesSuck adaptation of a videogame]], the [[AvertedTrope series is still highly regarded]] [[CultClassic by its fans]]. However, it's also one of the biggest BaseBreaker works in the franchise. Its nature as an InNameOnly adaptation 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. ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball'' is based on the show's early concepts. Sega had also planned to make [[VideoGame/SonicSatAM a SpinOff game]] of the show, [[VaporWare but it was cancelled]].

The [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics series]], which went on for 24 years before being cancelled in 2017, [[ComicBookAdaptation began as a spin-off of this show]], [[AnimationLeadTime though the comic book came to the consumers first]]. The comic has since [[ContinuityDrift completely shifted from the show's continuity and tone]].

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'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', or the anime ''Anime/SonicX'', and ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', or the upcoming [[Film/SonicTheHedgehog2018 film adaptation based off the character]].
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!!The show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Bunnie, Sally, and Dulcy.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Dr. Robotnik. While he was always a villain, in the games and most continuities, he's generally portrayed as clownish and whimsical. In this series, however, he is a sadistic [[EvilOverlord overlord]] of Mobius who is, for the most part, treated [[TheSociopath very seriously]] (at least during the first season). That said, his game counterpart is less of an IneffectualSympatheticVillain more of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass who [[BewareTheSillyOnes should never be underestimated]], as his conquest of the world in the ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' future and ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' shows, and tends to get his hands dirty personally fighting Sonic more often, keeping this Robotnik from also being a case of AdaptationalBadass.
* 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 every other Sonic media, where he is either given the name Ivo Robotnik or Eggman, sometimes both with the latter being the 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.
* AffablyEvil: Naugus.
* AirVentPassageway: One of the Freedom Fighters' favorite ways of getting around Robotropolis. [[JustifiedTrope Since the main characters are so small, it makes sense.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Along with some instances of Antoine speaking French.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The Nasty Hyenas from "Fed Up With Antoine."
* AndIMustScream: [[UnwillingRoboticisation 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."
* AndroclesLion: In "Blast To The Past", Sonic and Sally save Dulcy's mother, Sabina, from several Swatbots. She later returns the favor by destroying Robotnik's airship, and saving Sonic and Sally from the ensuing fall.
* 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 [[NotSoDifferent devolve into this]].
* ArmiesAreEvil: General (Dr.) Robotnik and his [[GovernmentConspiracy initially]] defensve [[RobotSoldier army of [=SWATbots=]]]. They were originally called [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Peace-Bots]].
* 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: Tails started out as a TagalongKid with moments of minor usefulness. In the second season, his role was substantially expanded in the last few episodes to TVGenius. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He was also apparently supposed to become even more prominent if the show hadn't been canceled.]]
* BadassAdorable: Most of the [[BadassCrew Freedom]] [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Fighters]] qualify.
* BadassMustache: Dr. Robotnik has one.
* 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.
* BodyHorror: Roboticization involves physically transmuting flesh, bone, organs and blood into metal, cybernetic components and oil. It's little wonder why the half-converted Bunnie is yearning for the day she can change herself back into a normal rabbit again.
* 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: [[QuarterHourShort "Fed Up With Antoine"/"Ghost Busted"]] and [[QuarterHourShort "The Odd Couple/Robo-Becca".]]
* BridalCarry: Sonic carries Sally in this fashion when they escape from danger. This even occurs in the theme song!
* BrokenAesop:
** Despite being known for its refreshing lack of preachiness, the show 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''. Note she ''does'' add playfully how careless Sonic had been however, which he can only sulkily accept.
** 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.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Sonic in the ironically named episode "Super Sonic".
* BulletSeed: Roboticized Muttsky.
* ButtMonkey: Antoine and Snively. Definitely whipping-boys existing solely for comic relief. Robotnik also becomes a bit of this in the second season, especially in any scene involving Naugus.
* 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 [[WesternAnimation/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!]]".
** And for the Freedom Fighters as a whole, it's "Let's do it to it!"
* CharacterExaggeration: Literally every character that was taken from the games became this in the show:
** [[MascotWithAttitude Sonic's attitude]] was exaggerated much more than in any other adaptation to the point of parody.
** The first season famously exaggerated Robotnik's evilness and ruthlessness much more than any other adaptation. Then the second season did a 360 and exaggerated his other bumbliness and comical traits to the point of giving the goofiest incarnations of the character a run for their money.
** Tails' role as Sonic's less experienced young sidekick was exaggerated to the point he became a DistressedDude who couldn't fight and had to [[DemotedToExtra stay home all the time]], even when the more inept Antoine was allowed to accompany the Freedom Fighters on missions.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Most of the cast were at least moderately goofier in the pilot episode. In addition, several characters were changed in Season Two, but [[ThisIsNotThatTrope not in the way this trope implies]]. For those examples, see {{Flanderization}}.
** Snively was actually a sincere YesMan to Robotnik in Season One, even taking pleasure in what rare praise he received from his BadBoss. In Season Two he blatantly loathes Robotnik and plots behind his back.
** In the pilot and odd early episodes, Rotor was more clumsy and dorky, a role that was associated more with Antoine and Dulcy afterwards.
* ChasteToons: This cartoon 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 thrown 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: Antoine, [[{{Flanderization}} especially in season 2.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Sonic and Sally have known each other since they were preteens living in Mobitropolis.
* ChildSoldier: Almost all of the Freedom Fighters are teenage or younger.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Cluck and Muttski.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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 [[ContinuityDrift 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: [=SWATbots=] have a single red glowing visor.
* 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. They're about as far as the anti-heroes of cyberpunk can be.
* {{Cyborg}}: Bunnie was in the middle of undergoing the [[UnwillingRoboticization roboticization process]] before being rescued; as a result, both of her legs and one of her arms are robotic. [[CursedWithAwesome However]], she retained her free will and gained SuperStrength in the bargain.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This is the easily the darkest incarnation of Sonic, detailing a dystopia where [[VillainWorld Robotnik wins]] and [[CrapsackWorld turns the world into an industrial wasteland,]] with [[UnwillingRoboticisation most of the population turned into robotic slaves.]]
** 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, though they are still invulnerable to normal attacks.
** Possibly justified if the chemical came from the "metal-eating plants" (see the above ChekhovsGun entry).
* DemotedToExtra: Bunnie and Rotor get smaller roles in season two than they had in the first season. Tails in the whole series.
* 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, Tails, Sonic, Sally, and Robotnik all have traces of this.
* DisappearedDad: Sally's father King Max. [[spoiler: He has been trapped in the void.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Though a competent Freedom Fighter, Sally falls under this role on a few odd occasions. Antoine also plays a comical male variant on occasion.
* DodgeTheBullet: Sonic uses his SuperSpeed and SuperReflexes to do this throughout Season 1.
* DoomedHometown: Mobotropolis.
* TheDitz: Dulcy. Bunnie to a lesser extent on occasion as well.
* DownerEnding: "Ultra Sonic", and "The Void".
** BittersweetEnding: However, both also 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 has a different, goofier looking design. Franchise/ArchieComics would keep that design for their adaptation.
** It also contains an example of EarthDrift. Sonic mentions [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] while playing the guitar, and the show takes place on Mobius in the 33rd century. No more references to real life places or people are made after this.
* {{Egopolis}}: Robotropolis, formerly Mobotropolis.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal:[[spoiler:Sally becomes this in the last episode, when she uses [[GreenRocks Deep Power Stones]] along with Sonic to destroy Robotropolis.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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: Sonic (Also The Hero.)
** TheLancer: Sally (Also TheStrategist and, to a lesser degree, TheSmartGuy.)
** TheSmartGuy: Rotor
** TheBigGuy: Bunnie
** TheLoad: Antoine
** TagalongKid: Tails
*** Uncle Chuck takes up Rotor's [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] role while Dulcy does the same for Bunnie's [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] role in season 2. Tails also becomes quite TheSmartGuy himself in ''Drood Henge'', which resulted in him being bumped up to [[TheSixthRanger Sixth Ranger]] status.
* {{Flanderization}}: Between the two seasons of the show, several characters had parts of their personality exaggerated to the exclusion of other important personality traits.
** Sonic was originally a ''somewhat'' BookDumb hero with a not totally undeserved, but [[{{Pride}} still problematic arrogant streak]]. He was a master of ImprovFu, and when he slowed down and stopped letting his ego dictate his actions, he could be quite perceptive and even a bit manipulative. In the second season, this was exaggerated to [[IdiotHero complete idiocy]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe borderline narcissism]], making him so cocky and incompetent that more than half of the episodes are devoted to him making some sort of error out of recklessness and needing to be bailed out by the rest of the team. In addition, his tendency to improvise simply disappeared, and got replaced with [[PowersDoTheFighting simply abusing the heck out of his speed.]]
** In direct contrast, Sally had her positive aspects exaggerated: In season one, she was a NotSoDifferent {{Foil}} for Sonic, often unnecessarily competing with him out of selfish pride, and suffering similar BreakTheHaughty moments. In Season two she acts as his HyperCompetentSidekick to accommodate his increased recklessness. Case in point: "Sonic And The Secret Scrolls" is a role reversal of later episodes' standard formula, with Sonic playing TheStraightMan to a blundering plan of Sally's.
** Antoine was originally rather pompous and cowardly, but had some amount of [[HiddenDepths lucidity and nobility]]. However, in Season Two he is a full time StrawLoser who is barely able to last 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.
* 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. The two ended up DemotedToExtra in Season Two.
* FunctionalMagic: Lazaar and Naugus. Arguably Sonic, through his use of the Deep Power Stones and Power Rings.
* UsefulNotes/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.
* Gasshole: At the beginning of the third episode of the second season, Sonic starts burping more often during the last episodes of the series.
* 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.
** In "Sonic and Sally"", Robotnik successfully creates a robot duplicate of Sally and puts her in a holding cell while hiding the real Sally elsewhere - his plan was to let Sonic rescue the fake, [[TheMole which would allow him to locate their hideout]]. Going even further, he deliberately keeps some guards around when sonic comes to the rescue, lest Sonic suspect [[ItsQuietTooQuiet something is up]]. In his own words, "we can't make it ''too'' easy".
** In "Sonic's Nightmare" Robotnik tries to shoot Sonic and the gang with a missile launcher from his [[InvisibilityCloak cloaked stealthpod]] after his main ship crashed. If it wasn't so damaged from [[spoiler:Sonic weaponizing an oil derrick against the ship, [[TotalPartyKill he could've won right then]]]].
** In "Sonic Conversion", Sonic attempts to [[ISurrenderSuckers "surrender"]]; Robotnik instantly smells a rat and immediately orders him into the roboticizer.
** In "Cry of the Wolf", Robotnik is able to spot the wolf pack's tendency to disguise the entrances to their hideouts [[HyperAwareness within seconds of getting a video feed of the area]].
** 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A very subtle but clever example occurs during in Warp Sonic, with Sally cutting Sonic off just before he recites a famous rhetorical question:
-->'''Sonic:''' Sal, is the sky blue? Is dirt dirty? [[CurseCutShort Do bears-]]
-->'''Sally:''' Sorry I asked.
** For those not versed in English idioms, he was about to ask if [[ToiletHumor bears shit in the woods]].
** Another episode had Sonic using [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything suggestive dialogue]] while leading them around Robotropolis:
-->'''Sonic:''' (to Sally and Bunnie): Come on! It's okay ladies, I'll show you the pipes!
* 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, the Power Rings and 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: Sally and Sonic often compete with each other. Also, Sonic and Antoine often argue with each other or competing for Sally's affections. (Though that particular "competition" is [[OfficialCouple very one-sided]]) As Sally once [[VerbalBackspace inadvertently]] pointed out, should one get captured, the other likely wouldn't even lift a finger if she didn't lecture them enough.
* TheHeavy: Robotnik. With very few exceptions, he drives the plot of nearly every episode, typically in the form of him doing something to obtain a powerful artifact, create an unstoppable weapon, and/or destroy the Freedom Fighters.
* HeelFaceTurn: Snively was going to become this and join the Freedom Fighters in the lost third season.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: [[OfficialCouple Sonic has a thing for Princess Sally]].
* 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.
* 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]] and [[TheStarscream Snively]] are the only two human characters in the story. Neither of them are a shining example of humanity's positive virtues.
* 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 is surprisingly one, being able to 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.
* 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.
* JustEatGilligan:
** Why the team always take Antoine to missions over more useful (or at least less detrimental) Freedom Fighters is never explained.
** At least one episode showed that Sonic can easily break into Robotnik's lair and deliver a CurbstompBattle as a distraction. Why in over a decade of warfare has he never attempted to capture or destroy Robotnik this way is unexplainable.
* JustInTime: Sally was nearly turned into a robot in ''Sonic and Sally'', but Sonic managed to rescue her and replace her with the fake.
* KidAppealCharacter: Antoine has his moments of this, although it mostly falls to the role of Tails.
* KillerRobot: Almost every robot built by Robotnik is one of these.
* LackOfEmpathy: Robotnik has this 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.
* 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.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Sonic almost always refers to Robotnik as "Robuttnik." This originated in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog,'' and carried over to ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' and the Sonic comics based off the [=SatAM=] show.
* MeaningfulEcho: Near the end of the Season 1 episode "Sonic and Sally" , after stopping Robotnik's current plot, Sonic smugly tells him that he came close, "but close only counts in Horseshoes." One season later, toward the end of "Blast to the Past, Part 2", Sonic and Sally argue about whether or not going back in time was a total waste:
-->'''Sonic''': We still didn't stop Robuttnik!
-->'''Sally''': But we came close!
-->'''Sonic''': Sal, this ain't Horseshoes!
* 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, Tails, and Dulcy.
* MortalityPhobia: [[spoiler: Chuck's motivation to build the Roboticizer.]]
* MurderByInaction: 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.
* MythArc
* TheNapoleon: [[spoiler:Snively]] was set to become this in the third season.
* 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 unintentionally pivotal for Robotnik's takeover of Mobius by creating the robotocizer and leaving it's blueprints out in the open, allowing Robotnik to steal the design and pervert it.
* 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.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Sonic and Tails, as the show's original characters don't really match the character design style of the games. Most notable is everyone else's lack of WhiteGloves.
* 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.
* NotSoAboveItAll:
** Sally, though usually OnlySaneMan to the other Freedom Fighters, could be arrogant and fallible at times. This more commonly happened in the first season.
** Though the show boasted a far more sinister and fearsome rendition of Dr. Robotnik, he couldn't go ''completely'' without comical moments. His fear-driven demeanor throughout "The Void" in particular is quite clownish.
* 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.
* OfficialCouple: Sonic and Sally. They [[RedOniBlueOni greatly differ]] in their way of handling things, but are very much in love, and [[BattleCouple often fight side-by-side.]]
* OfficialKiss: Sonic and Sally get one of these at the end of the second season. Though they had already kissed before, this one was entirely spontaneous and had no ulterior motive. See the entry for PostKissCatatonia for details on their previous [[TheBigDamnKiss big kiss]].
* 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). Dragons also have kangaroo-like pouches where they hold their young, and according to Dulcy, newborns are fed off milk produced by their mother.
* OutOfFocus: Despite playing a big part in the games, Tails is more of a background character who is given the occasional DayInTheLimelight. WordOfGod says he would've played a much bigger role in the third season.
* 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: Sally occasionally has blatant treatment of this to Sonic, [[{{Flanderization}} especially in the second season]].
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Sonic and Sally.
* PetTheDog: 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.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Averted. The Freedom Fighters take great care to avoid causing damage, preferring things like sabotaging generators or uploading viruses into Robotnik's computer network over blowing up factories. Of course, this might have something to do with the fact that Robotnik's factories are staffed by Robians...
** Technically the Freedom Fighters are staging a ''counter''-revolution, as Princess Sally is the daughter of the former ruler whom Robotnik deposed in ''his'' revolution.
* 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: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. In the episode, "Hooked on Sonics" it looks like Sonic has fallen to this after Sally gives him a [[SmoochOfVictory peck on the cheek]]... but he gets back up, [[TheGadfly says he was just kidding, and that the kiss wasn't that great]]. He then ''[[TakeThatKiss shows]]'' her [[TheBigDamnKiss 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]]
* QuarterHourShort: The two BreatherEpisode pairs mentioned above.
* 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 either [[RuleOfCool exploded on contact]], or [[DisintegratorRay reduced things to ash]].
* RealityWarper: Naugus.
* RealMenWearPink: Robotnik's robe is purple and pink, with a giant collar for some reason. He also has pink sheets on his bed.
* RecycledPremise: Executive producer Robby London had previously worked on WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower which explains why both shows have a lot of similarities in setting and story.
* 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.]]
* RedRightHand: Dr Robotnik's left arm is [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic]]. [[spoiler: It's all thanks to Sonic.]]
* 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 robotised!
** Similarly Cat debuts at the start of "Sonic Boom" and while he gains some smidgeon of personality, he is quickly captured. Glaring case, since he isn't dealt with straight away, but Sally's (already long-cold) mission to find her father is treated as higher priority, with only Sonic really caring much about rescuing him...too late.
* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked: In "Hooked on Sonics", Antoine ends up captured by Robotnik in a reckless stunt with a power ring. While the other Freedom Fighters are horrified, Sonic just snarks it's his own stupid fault and refuses to go on a rescue mission. When Sally's chiding doesn't budge him (even she can't earnestly suggest Antoine wouldn't do the same to him), he begrudgingly goes through with it after she points out the more pragmatic issue of Robotnik using his power ring against them.
* 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. [[spoiler: Shortly afterwards, though, he gets sucked into The Void.]]
* 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 for Robotnik, although he's more of a Right Hand Mechanical Chicken.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Sonic and Sally. Originally, they were an even handed contrast of [[RedOniBlueOni meticulous and spontaneous approaches]], but they evolved into this as a result of Flanderization in the second season, with Sonic becoming more reckless and Sally being portrayed as more tactful. There was still the odd subversion however.
* TheRival: Antoine for Sonic in terms of winning Sally's affection. In one episode, a fellow Freedom Fighter named Griff had his eye on her as well.
* RoboCam: Stealth Pods.
* RobotGirl: 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 nearly always refers to Sonic as "the hedgehog" or derogatory names such "rodent". Oddly he gladly refers to other foes such as Sally and Chuck by their first names alone.
* SceneryPorn: The various backgrounds this cartoon were given a lot of love, especially in the first season.
* 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.
* ShoutOut: Nicole looks like the tricorders used in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/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.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The series is a Type 1 (InNameOnly) adaptation of the video games.
* 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.
* SneezeOfDoom: Tails suffers one of these in the pilot episode, blowing his and Sonic's cover right in front of Robotnik and a series of Swat-bots. Also, Antoine gives himself away with one while hiding from Ro-becca.
* 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]].
* SpaceJews: [[SarcasmMode In a subtle twist]] Antoine, a cowardly coyote like character, has a French accent.
* 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 [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain 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.]] His voice does, however, resemble that of Starscream, especially considering both are/have been performed by Creator/CharlieAdler.
* StrawLoser: Antoine is this in Season two. All the Freedom Fighters have noticeable 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, [[{{Flanderization}} 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 [[RobotSoldier [=SWATbots=]]] fit this trope in season 1: only [[SuperSpeed Sonic]] or [[{{Cyborg}} Bunnie]] [[CuteBruiser Rabbot]] could take them head on, and even then, [[RunOrDie they were both more likely to run]]. In Season 2, the [=SWATbots=] are downgraded to standard MechaMooks that any sufficiently skillful Mobian can defeat.
* SuperSpeed: Sonic. [[spoiler:Sally in the last episode, as she [[EmpoweredBadassNormal used the Deep Power Stones along with Sonic.]]]]
* SuperStrength: Bunnie, by way of [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetics]].
* 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: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. While Sonic's SuperSpeed, SuperReflexes and [[FunctionalMagic Power Rings]] make him blatantly superhuman, he is [[BookDumb somewhat average in terms of intellect]]. Even without his powers, he is good at ImprovFu and can be very perceptive. On the other hand, Princess Sally is a BadassNormal with [[TVGenius incredible hacking and computing skills]], almost as good a mechanic as Rotor and a [[TheStrategist trusted tactician]].
* TeenGenius: Sally and Rotor.
* TeensAreShort: Most of the main teenage group of Freedom Fighters are dwarfed by other older groups. Granted species may have something to do with this, but even then King Acorn is almost twice the size of his sixteen year old daughter.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Antoine doesn't get along with the Freedom Fighters very much, especially Sonic.
* 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 [[CuteBruiser badass of the two]], while tomboy Sally is the [[TheStrategist strategist]] and often a DistressedDamsel.
** Played with more in the later episodes, where Sally became more [[TooCleverByHalf egotistical]], while Bunnie's ActionGirl traits [[FauxActionGirl disappeared]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sonic's chili dogs. [[CanonImmigrant Now canon to the Sonic games]].
* 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: Both Rotor and Sally, in the first season at least.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Bunnie and Sally, before [[AffirmativeActionGirl Dulcy]] showed up.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The series is set years after Robotnik succeeds in enslaving Mobius.
* UndergroundCity: In the episode ''Warp Sonic'', the Freedom Fighters discover an underground city of the "Apocalypse Bunker" sort directly below Robotropolis. Called Lower Mobius, it is populated by surviving Mobians who are hiding from Robotnik and his army.
* 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 southern dialect and Robotnik and Snively's British accents may also count.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The TropeNamer, and TropeCodifier.
* VillainousBreakdown: Dr. Robotnik, in the last episode:
--->'''Robotnik:''' I really...hate...that hedgehog. I hate him. I HATE him. HATE HIM! Hate. Hate. HATE. HAAAAAAATTTTTEEEE!!!!
** That breakdown is also a MythologyGag to ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' 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!"
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Snively is generally comical compared to his evil uncle, Dr. Robotnik.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: This version of Robotnik is ''much'' scarier than other versions. One episode quite literally implies [[NightmareFuel that he doesn't have a heart!]]
* VillainDecay: Robotnik becomes much more buffoonish in the second season (after all, being [[StupidEvil unreservedly sadistic has its downsides]]), giving [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog the more clownish incarnations of the character]] a run for their money.
* VillainWorld: Robotnik controls most of the planet, and the heroes are struggling to take it back.
* WarmHeartedWalrus: Rotor the Walrus is a friendly GadgeteerGenius and a huge help to the heroic Freedom Fighters.
* 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.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Antoine and Bunnie. It was hinted that Bunnie had a small crush on Antoine, yet she put no effort whatsoever into winning his heart. Probably because she was too insecure about her partially roboticized state and Antoine was too busy flirting with Sally anyway. (They did however [[TheyDo get married]] in the Archie comics.)
* 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]].
* WomenPreferStrongMen: In ''Hooked on Sonics,'' Rotor suggested to Antoine that this is why Sally prefers Sonic over him.
* WomenAreWiser: Thanks to her {{Flanderization}} in season two, Sally became this 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 both ditzier than she is, though they both carry the IdiotBall a lot less often than [[TheLoad Antoine]] or even [[IdiotHero Sonic]].
* TheWorfEffect: Naugus introduces his power by effortlessly immobilizing Sonic with his magic.
* 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: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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