Sonic the Hedgehog
The main character of the series. He got his name for his ability to run at the speed of sound.
Voiced by Jaleel White
- Big Brother Instinct: To Tails, as with most interpretations.
- But Not Too Black: Voice actor Jaleel White wanted Sonic to sound "of no race".
- Catch Phrase: "Way past cool!", "Gotta juice", and "Let's do it to it!"
- Cool Big Bro: Naturally this to Tails.
- Deadpan Snarker/Obnoxious Snarker: He definitely had his moments of this.
- Fatal Flaw: The number of times his cockiness had almost gotten him killed…
- Flanderization: His arrogance and recklessness come at the cost of his competence a lot more in the second season, more than half the episodes revolve around him causing a problem by rushing into things. His originally more playful rivalry towards Antoine also evolved into flat out naked contempt, rarely able to even look at Antoine without bursting into snide insults. Other traits were effected, though were usually more a case of Depending on the Writer).
- Fragile Speedster
- Idiot Hero: Is fairly Book Dumb and often needs Sally's guidance in missions. He has notable showings of resourcefulness however.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sonic can be incredibly arrogant and frequently butts heads with the other Freedom Fighters (usually Sally or Antoine, even if the latter usually deserves it). He is altruistic to a fault however and in his reckless overenthusiasm, he is only looking out for others.
- The Lancer: Creates a strange dynamic where Sally is The Lancer to Sonic being The Leader, but Sonic is The Lancer to Sally being The Leader.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His recklessness is Lampshaded and the subject of many Aesops in the series.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He's very prideful.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Sally's blue.
- Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Usually the Wrong Way to Sally's more cautious and meticulous approach, especially in Season Two.
- Smug Super: To the point some of Robotnik's schemes manipulate his ego.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Sonic is genuinely competent and heroic, however he has no problem exaggerating this in his constant bragging, a lot of times actually screwing up missions due to his overconfidence.
- Totally Radical: The series was made in the 90's…
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chili-dogs.
- You Already Changed The Past: In the time-travel episode "Blast to the Past," it is shown that present-day Sonic is responsible for both the loss of most of Snively's hair and Robotnik's roboticized arm.
A young fox who was born with two tails. He can use them to fly by twirling them.
Voiced by Bradley Pierce
Princess Sally Acorn
She is the king's only daughter and leader of the Freedom Fighters in SatAM
and the Archie comics. Based very roughly on "Ricky", the captive squirrel freed from Badniks in the original games (Sonic the Comic
used a similar character more akin to her original games counterpart as a minor extra early on).
- All There in the Manual: Her surname 'Acorn' is never mentioned in SatAm, though is stated in the show's bible and frequently in the comic books.
- Anger Born of Worry: Endlessly involving Sonic.
- Ascended Extra: She was based on one of the animals that were freed from the badniks in the original game.
- Badass Normal
- Big Good
- Breakout Character: Sally originally had more of a supporting role in earlier episodes. She arguably became as prominent as Sonic himself later on.
- By-the-Book Cop: Was constantly trying to keep Sonic in line and endlessly chastised him for taking risks or going outside plans, regardless of whether or not it worked. Whether or not this was justified varied (especially in the second season, where Sonic made increasing fumbles and put the team in danger). She had her own careless bouts at times however.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Implied. In one episode, Sally is replaced by a robot duplicate. When asked for a high five by Sonic, the robot slaps him hard enough to knock him off his feet in full view of Rotor and Bunnie. While Sonic's surprised, that display isn't what tips them off that Sally was replaced, meaning that Sally has above average strength for her size.
- Closer to Earth: Albeit balanced by occasional bouts of arrogance and childishness equal to Sonic.
- The Comically Serious: Often when paired against Sonic, though she is often more jovial than most examples.
- Cool Big Sis: To Tails.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh yes.
- Disappeared Dad
- Distress Ball: Despite being The Smart Guy of the team, she often got captured rather handily.
- Distressed Damsel: Played with. She is one of the most competent Freedom Fighters, but also one of Robotnik's favorite hostage choices.
- Makes more sense when you consider that she's the leader of the Freedom Fighters. One great step to defeating a resistance is to crush its morale. What's a good way to do that? Take out the leader.
- The Ditherer: A few episodes play her as this, especially when conflicting with the very blunt Sonic. Less liable to happen in the Second Season, where she strategizes more aptly and usually acts as a far more competent alternative than Sonic's recklessness, though still appears on odd occasions.
- Don't Call Me Sir: She is a Princess, but prefers people not to address her as such, as her title is rather a hollow one while the kingdom is under Robotnik's control.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The pilot's version of Sally has a pink color scheme (with black hair) and a higher more childlike voice. This design would be used in initial comics as well, which initially used early concept work for the show to develop upon. Both medias also conveyed Sally as a more arrogant and brattish character initially, making similar impulsive mistakes as Sonic.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Fatal Flaw: Most of Sally's rare Not So Above It All moments were triggered by her prideful over competitiveness to prove Sonic wrong.
- The Finicky One: In contrast to the brash reckless Sonic.
- Flanderization: She had her positive aspects exaggerated, starting off as a Not So Different Foil for Sonic in season 1 and then practically acting as his Hyper Competent Sidekick in season 2 to accommodate his increased recklessness.
- Foil: Largely to Sonic, her meticulous and cautious personality contrasting Sonic's spontaneous and reckless persona. Both share a similar arrogance and ego that only fuels their bickering more. Also to Bunnie, but less so.
- Grumpy Bear: Downplayed case. While still friendly and having enthusiastic moments, Sally was generally the most irritable and acerbic of the main team.
- Honorary Aunt: To Tails, who calls her "Aunt Sally".
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Sally is often overbearing and condescending to her team about their blunderings, especially Sonic, though under pressure will often admit she is just terrified of what Robotnik might do to them. Spotlighted in "Sonic Racer".
- Jack of All Stats: Sally is the leader and tactician for the Freedom Fighters, she is also a hacking and computing expert, has almost as prominent mechanical skills as Rotor and frequently acts as a Team Mom. The only thing she seems inept in is physical power (though this was utilized more in the comic adaptation). This arguably also played part in her Spotlight-Stealing Squad status, since she could often take the place of other characters in a story with a compressed cast.
- Missing Mom
- Modest Royalty: As she herself puts it: "In the Great Forest, such titles are meaningless."
- Only Sane Woman: Definitely has traits of this in season 2, especially when frustrated by Sonic or Antoine.
- Positive Discrimination: Accused of such in the cartoon, especially in season 2, although it was more like Surrounded by Idiots. Often came off as the most competent and least flawed Freedom Fighter, with a lot of Idiot Balls performed by Sonic having been due to ignoring Sally's advice.
- Real Name as an Alias: When she travels back in time and meets her past self, she introduces herself as "Alicia". Past Sally comments that's her middle name.
- Red Headed Heroine
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sonic's red.
- Rightly Self-Righteous: Sally often lashes and condescends to Sonic for his potentially reckless and destructive approach. She's usually proven right.
- Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Usually the Right Way to Sonic's spontaneous (and usually reckless) approach, especially in Season Two.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- She's a Man in Japan: The squirrel she was based on was male in the Japanese version.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She's used as a co-lead in every second season episode (absent in only one Antoine short). It's not rare for her to be Sonic's only team mate in some episodes.
- The Strategist
- Surrounded by Idiots: More so in the second season, where more emphasis is put on her competence over the other Freedom Fighters. She had to more often stop Sonic from endangering himself via arrogance, or put up with Antoine or Dulcy's blundering. This appears in the first season too, but is more subtle (and she is more prone to acting up herself).
- Teen Genius
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bunnie's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy Princess
- Too Clever by Half: Intelligent and resourceful, but occasionally competes with Sonic in terms of haughtiness.
- True Blue Femininity
- Tsundere: She's a Type A with Sonic and Antoine and a Type B with pretty much everyone else in the Freedom Fighters.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Weak, but Skilled: As noted in Jack of All Stats and Distressed Damsel, she's skilled but gets captured a lot.
- Wet Blanket Girlfriend: Downplayed case. Sally's humorless, uptight and constantly on Sonic's back for showing off, but in a dystopian world where his recklessness often risks getting him robotocized or worse by an sadistic Evil Overlord, she's usually in the right to.
- Women Are Wiser: While she has some shortcomings, comparatively, she is almost always Sonic's moral and intellectual superior.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Sonic.
A coyote who was once a palace guard.
A cyborg rabbit who filled the role of The Big Guy
in the Five-Man Band
Rotor the Walrus
Voiced by Mark Ballou (Season 1), Cam Brainard (Season 2)
A Walrus who served as the team's smart guy
- Adorkable: Especially in early episodes.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Well, as much as they could get away with in a kids show, but Rotor prefers being alone and spends a little too much time on his niche, inventing things. His vocal inflections and overall social behavior are somewhat off as well.
- Art Evolution: While several other characters go through minor design changes, Rotor's are most evident, gradually becoming chubbier and more anthropomorphic. He goes through at least two drastic design changes throughout the show's run (once after the pilot, another during the second season).
- Demoted to Extra: In season two.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Rotor has a goofier design with a purple color scheme in the pilot episode. Similar to the Sally example this would be utilized in the comics (though actually was kept as his permanent design in that media). His design would be changed again halfway through the show's run. His personality is also a lot more buffoonish in the pilot, having more a Plucky Comic Relief role that Antoine and Dulcy would later usurp.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genius Bruiser
- Mr Fix It
- Nice Hat: It's red in the cartoon, and yellow in the pilot and comics design.
- Out of Focus: In season two.
- Same Character, but Different: Rotor's design was given an overhaul twice over in the series.
- The Smart Guy
Dulcy the Dragon
who was introduced in season 2.
Voiced by William Windom
Sonic's uncle who was roboticized when Sonic was very young.
The Big Bad
, responsible for overthrowing the king of Mobotropolis, and converting the city into a heavily industrialized center. He rules with an iron fist
, roboticizing the entire populace in order to quell any and all rebellion.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Admit it, you all cheered along with the Freedom Fighters when this bastard got killed in the finale. Even Snively was glad that Robotnik kicked the bucket.
- Adaptational Villainy: Before this show aired, Robotnik was either portrayed as Laughably Evil or a Large Ham, Sat AM not only showed his actions in a more serious and sinister light but it also made him a legitimate threat.
- Axe Crazy: Can be this at times, mostly in the second season.
- Bad Ass: This Robotnik is one of the few incarnations to have actually taken over the world! That alone is pretty badass in it's own right but this incarnation practically turns it up to eleven by also giving him a baritone voice, an even more badass mustache, a pair of black red eyes, and tops it off by making him half-cyborg!
- Bald of Evil: Naturally, there is not a single hair on his forehead. Interestingly, it seems he never had hair to begin with.
- Big Bad: Though this was going to switch over to Naugus in Season 3.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: They’re black pits with ominous glowing red lights.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He’s quite boastful of his evil.
- The Comically Serious: He does have his moments every now and then.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Season One, he has noticeable bouts of this, even playing on Sonic's flaws at times, and at least once actually would Just Shoot Him. Not as prominent in Season Two (see Stupid Evil).
- Emperor Scientist: Surprisingly downplayed considering who we're talking about here. He's far more emperor than he is scientist here.
- Evil Overlord: There's a reason the Freedom Fighters want him overthrown.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Deep voice? Check. Absolutely monstrous? Check!
- Fat Bastard: He's definitely one of the bigger Robotniks, even larger than the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog incarnation!
- Faux Affably Evil: He appears to polite and gentlemanly but don't let that fool you. He's notoriously known for his skills of deception!
- For the Evulz: He gets a disturbing, almost lustful looking enjoyment every time he causes pain and suffering around him (it just makes him "tingle all over").
- Hollywood Cyborg: His arm was roboticized.
- In Name Only: There are about 5 similarities that this Robotnik has with his game counterpart. His name, the fact that he uses robots to conquer things, that he turns animals into robots, his Badass Mustache, and the colors of his wardrobe. Remove his name and wardrobe coloring and this man would be a completely separate character.
- Killed Off for Real: Heavily implied to be this in the Series Finale.
- Would have been subverted for the Third Season, where he would have been revealed to have survived the explosion and got teleported into the Void.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike most other counterparts of the doctor, Robotnik's actions are depicted in a far more serious and sinister light, his comedic aspects being more subtle and sparse. Lightened in the second season, where we are introduced to an entity that makes even him cower in fear.
- Large Ham: While not as extreme as his previous incarnation, this Robotnik was still pretty hammy, with his heavy breathing, low voice, and long pauses. Though these qualities were mostly present in the second season.
- Manipulative Bastard: Indeed! There's probably not a single character in the whole show that didn't get used by Robotnik.
- Not His Sled: His name is actually Julian.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red lights in his eyes flare when he gets pissed.
- Robotic Left Arm: It's not the only robotic thing about him either.
- Stupid Evil: More so in Season 2. While in his past he was able to make lengthened charades to maintain his plans for power, by Season Two, Robotnik just can't resist Kicking The Dog at the most inappropriate time.
- The Sociopath: A very chilling example. Robotnik only cares about himself and his empire. Everything else is just something for him to use or destroy.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compared to other incarnations at the time of course.
- Unwilling Roboticisation : His modus operandi.
- Villainous Breakdown: "I hate that hedgehog. I hate him! I hate him! HATE HIM! HATE! HATE! HATE!! HAAAAATTTTEEEEEEEE!!!!"
- Would Hurt a Child: He's perfectly willing to roboticize children as seen in "Blast to the Past". And very likely already has.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Very good at this.
Robotnik's nephew and right-hand man. Often used as the doctor's punching bag
, Snively has gained a conniving and ambitious personality intent on overthrowing his uncle.
- Butt Monkey: Starting in Season 2 he was regularly used as a punching bag by Robotnik and often treated as a joke by the Freedom Fighters. Granted, in that season his true conniving traits have been shown.
- The Dog Bites Back: Word of God states Snively would have betrayed Robotnik in the third season and joined the Freedom Fighters.
- Sycophantic Servant: In season One, he is far less hateful towards his uncle and even seems to enjoy getting his rare praise.
- Dirty Coward: As you'd expect.
- Gag Nose
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Snively is a treacherous weasel whose ruthlessness only pales compared to his uncle. However in action he is a pitiful, bumbling coward that Sonic and even the highly cautious Sally have problems viewing as a serious threat. He's got a terrifying brain, but in terms of brawn, you can tell by his spindly, twig-like physique he's a pushover, and would be quite justified in calling him spineless.
- Karma Houdini
- Laughably Evil: Not much more pleasant than Robotnik, though far more blundering and goofy.
- Laughing Mad: At the end of the finale, at which point it appears that he's gone stark raving bonkers.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While often seen as far more pathetic than Robotnik by the Freedom Fighters, he actually gotten closer to discovering and conquering Knothole than his uncle did. In the planned Third Season he would have briefly took control of Robotropolis, though would lose control later on.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: As seen here.
- Servile Snarker: Often makes snide remarks about his uncle behind his back, especially in Season 2.
- The Starscream: He 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). 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 voice, especially considering his voice is done by Charlie Adler.
- You Have Failed Me: Robotnik attempts this indirectly in "The Doomsday Project", leaving him to die in his imploding base out of spite. Snively however had predicted as much from his uncle and had made his own methods of escape.
Robotnik: Only room for one, Snively! *closes escape pod*
Snively: You don't give me enough credit, Julian!
Former King of Mobotropolis and father of Princess Sally. Deposed by Robotnik and exiled to the Void.
A wizard from the Void. Though he was antagonistic only towards Robotnik, he was slated to become season three's Big Bad
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad: Was meant to be this for Season 3.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Knight of Cerebus: Implied as such, had his role as Big Bad in the Third Season ever took place. This is the guy who makes Robotnik quiver in terror.
- Knight Templar
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In both SatAM and the comics, Naugus spent years trapped in the Void/Zone of Silence (the name depends on the continuity). In the comics, he escaped and was resealed several times before escaping permanently. In the cartoon, he escapes once but willingly returns once he realizes all the time spent in the Void made him unable to withstand being out of it for long.