Characters / Sonic SatAM
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
- Adaptational Ugliness: While not exactly ugly, Sonic uses his less cute looking westernized design with the "mohawk".
- Big Brother Instinct: To Tails, as with most interpretations.
- Big Eater: He is a complete glutton when given the option. In fact, he thinks about food so much that he screws up a mission based on time-traveling back to the palace in the past, so he and Sally can warn King Acorn about Robotnik's impending takeover, because he throws off the time-travelling MacGuffin by starting to daydream about his uncle's chili dog shop.
- Blow You Away: Sonic's great speed allows him to weaponize air against his foes very easily. His Tornado Move notably averts Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud.
- 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!"
- Character Exaggeration: His attitude and recklessness were exaggerated much more than in any other adaptation to the point of parody.
- Cool Big Bro: Naturally this to Tails.
- Deadpan Snarker: He definitely had his moments of this.
- Fastest Thing Alive: He's the Trope Namer via his Bragging Theme Tune.
- Fatal Flaw: The number of times his cockiness has 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 initially more playful rivalry towards Antoine also became flat out naked contempt, to the point where he is rarely able to even look at Antoine without bursting into snide insults. By "Hooked On Sonics" he hates Antoine enough to sincerely refuse to rescue him from Robotnik. Other traits were effected, though were usually more a case of Depending on the Writer.
- Fragile Speedster: He's extremely quick and agile, but he doesn't have a lot of power. There's a reason the most iconic team on the show is him (speed), Sally (brains) and Bunnie (brawn).
- Heroes Want Redheads: He has a thing for Princess Sally.
- Humble Pie: Several times over after his arrogance screws up a mission.
- Idiot Hero: Is fairly Book Dumb and often needs Sally's guidance in missions. He has notable showings of resourcefulness however.
- Improv Fu: When Sonic is involved, basically anything that isn't nailed down can and will be used as a weapon. That, and the land, too.
- In the Hood: He 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 Lost Episode.
- 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 enthusiasm, he is only looking out for others.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He became this in the second season. His recklessness is often Lampshaded.
- Malicious Misnaming: He almost always refers to Robotnik as "Robuttnik." This originated in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and carried over to Sonic Underground and the Sonic comics based off the SatAM show.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He's very prideful.
- Murder by Inaction: In a couple of instances, his 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Although hardly the only one who does so, his overconfidence, impulsiveness and ego often leads him to make mistakes that threaten or even ruin a plan to oppose Robotnik. Perhaps the best example of this is in "Blast to the Past", where he can't focus on the time and place they intend to Time Travel to in order to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, resulting in the complete failure of the mission and creating a Stable Time Loop.
- Opposites Attract: With Sally.
- Rebel Leader: Leader of the Freedom Fighters.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Sally's blue.
- Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: 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.
- 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 that more than a few villainous schemes were designed to manipulate his ego. Sonic is genuinely competent and heroic, however he has no problem constantly bragging about it. In the second season, he would even screw up missions due to his overconfidence.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: While not completely dumb, this version of the character was noticeably more idiot prone than other incarnations, and more reliant on other teammates strategising for him or clearing up his errors, especially after the aforementioned Flanderization.
- Totally Radical: The series tuned up his attitude to the point of parody.
- 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
- Adaptational Wimp: Even more so than in AoStH; he is consistently victimized in the few occasions he has any focus in the series.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Desperately wants to prove he can be trusted with the responsibilities of a full-fledged Freedom Fighter, but he's not competent enough to pull it off.
- Age Lift: His age was lifted up from eight to ten.
- Ascended Extra: He started out as a Tagalong Kid with moments of minor usefulness. In the second season, his role was substantially expanded in the last few episodes to TV Genius. He was also apparently supposed to become even more prominent if the show hadn't been canceled.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Sometimes.
- Character Exaggeration: His role as Sonic's less experienced young sidekick was exaggerated to the point he became a Distressed Dude who couldn't fight and had to stay home all the time, even when the more inept Antoine was allowed to accompany the Freedom Fighters on missions.
- Cheerful Child: Considering the situation, he has a generally upbeat attitude.
- The Cutie: He's universally considered an adorable little brother by the Freedom Fighters.
- Demoted to Extra: In the games he's Sonic's right-hand man and is his sidekick. Here he's considered too young for adventures and is often a Distressed Dude. Weirdly, he's actually older than he is in the canon of the games (in the games he's typically pegged to be about 8 whereas in this universe he is 10), although the world they inhabit is also far worse than that of the games as well. Early drafts of the unproduced third season would have seen Tails get a more prominent role.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: He's doted on and fussed over by the whole team of Freedom Fighters, probably due to his being the youngest of their group.
- Keet: This little guy is full of enthusiasm.
- Kiddie Kid: He's ten instead of his game version's eight, however he acts younger and is treated younger.
- Nice Guy: Mild-mannered, sweet natured, and kind.
- Out of Focus: Has a much smaller role than in the games and AoStH.
- He did get a bit more screentime toward the end, though. Word of God says that if there had been a third season he'd have gotten much more focus and his role would've been closer to the games.
- Side Kick: To Sonic.
- Tagalong Kid: 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: He went from a kid that didn't go on missions and got captured to fully-fledged freedom fighter. The planned third season would have taken this further.
Princess Sally Acorn
The king's only daughter, the Freedom Fighters' tactician and Sonic's love interest.
A coyote who was once a palace guard.
- Berserk Button: He will not let you get away with mangling French cooking. Especially if you try to make escargot... with margarine.
- Butt-Monkey: All kinds of bad things happen to him, and it's all played for laughs.
- Can't Catch Up: 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.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: He has a French accent, tends to speak with near-French syntax, and has stereotypical "Frenchy" attitudes... and is a coward, a bungler, and the worst fighter in the group.
- Child Soldier: He acts so much like a professional (if ineffectual) soldier that it's hard to remember he's supposed to be the same age as the rest of the group.
- Considering they are all teens or close in the present of the show, and it is shown in the time travel episode that they escaped as children, its more likely Antoine was slated to be trained as a royal guard, and might have even been in the cadet program when Robotnik took over, his cowardliness could stem from his lack of training, but in honor of the position he would have had, he goes along with the others on missions to protect the Princess, as he is the closest they have to a royal guard now. This is backed up by his over protectiveness of Sally in season one, and somewhat by the coat, and the boots he wears that seem a bit too big on him....was he playing dress up at the time of the attack?
- Dirty Coward: From time to time, but to most people he's the Lovable Coward of the group.
- Dumb Blonde: A Rare Male Example. His hair is dirty blonde, and he's certainly not the smartest member of the team.
- Flanderization: He 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 Straw Loser for Sonic, barely able to spend five seconds without saying or doing something stupid or narcissistic and acting like a full blown Dirty Coward.
- Freak Out!: Antoine has one hell of a freakout in "The Odd Couple" where he is forced to share his house with Sonic for a night.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a whiny asshole, but he always pulls through in the end.
- Gratuitous French: Constant "Frenchisms" spill from his lips, as part of his obvious stereotyping.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Sally.
- Interspecies Romance: His unrequited crush on Sally.
- Leitmotif: He has his own theme tune in Season 2.
- The Load: He is incredibly cowardly and almost never contributes anything of value, yet for some reason they frequently bring him along on action missions.
- Lovable Coward: Arguably what Antoine was aimed towards, though Flanderization leaned him more along the lines of a Jerkass Dirty Coward and an Upper-Class Twit.
- No Respect Guy: Sometimes to the point of making him The Woobie of the episode.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In season 1.
- The Rival: For Sonic in terms of winning Sally's affection.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The star of the second season shorts. Also often Sonic's second team mate in missions.
- Straw Loser: 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, Antoine has it tens times more.
- Two Guys and a Girl: In Warp Sonic. Antoine is Sonic's rival for Sally's affection.
- Weaksauce Weakness: 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 preparing French cuisine incorrectly (making escargot with margarine?!).
A cyborg rabbit who filled the role of The Big Guy
in the Five-Man Band
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute (inching towards sexy) female bunny anthro with a Southern Belle type accent... who also has a cybernetic arm and legs she can use to smash tanks into pieces.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played with. In-Universe, Bunnie considers herself to be a subversion of this. Thanks to a partial roboticization, she is stuck with Artificial Limbs, which she utterly hates and would gladly be rid of, despite their utility.
- The Big Guy: In the first season, anyway, she's the go-to muscle for the Freedom Fighters.
- Boobs of Steel: Well, she's not exactly stacked, but she does have more cleavage than Sally does, and she's also the group's primary melee fighter.
- Catch-Phrase: "Oh my stars!".
- Cool Big Sis: To both Sally and Tails.
- Cursed with Awesome: A victim of partial robotocization, which grants her amazing strength. She hates it.
- Cute Bruiser: She's a cute-looking bunny rabbit with a sweet personality and a girlish disposition. She's also an amateur brawler strong enough to tear open fortified steel doors with her bare hands.
- Cyborg: Was partially roboticized, such that her left arm and lower torso are mechanical.
- Demoted to Extra: In Season Two.
- Faux Action Girl: Post Chickification in the second season.
- Girly Bruiser: She may have Super Strength and be willing to bash robots into kibble, but she'd rather be doing more conventionally feminine stuff, and is very much the girly-girl of the team.
- Good Bad Girl: A G-rated version—she's flirty and wears a skimpy outfit and makeup, but a Femme Fatale she ain't.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Thanks to cybernetic upgrades and martial arts skills, she needs no weapons to put the hurt on a tank.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Cybernetic arm and legs.
- Honorary Uncle: To Tails who calls her "Aunt Bunnie".
- Kiai: Always cries out loudly with each strike.
- Kung-Fu Kid: Somehow knows martial arts despite being a fugitive since she was 8 years old.
- Nice Girl: She's probably the nicest of the Freedom Fighters next to Rotor.
- Out of Focus: She stays behind a lot more in the Second Season. Even the odd time she takes part she rarely acts as little more than a generic teammate.
- Punny Name: Bunnie Rabbot
- Southern Belle: Much more of a tomboy than most examples.
- Super Strength: Her metal arm gives her this.
- Sweet Home Alabama: She's got the accent and the mannerisms down pat.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sally's Tomboy, ironically despite being the group's primary bruiser in the first season.
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).
- Characterization Marches On: In the pilot and odd early episodes, he was more clumsy and dorky, a role that was associated more with Antoine and Dulcy afterwards.
- 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: He builds all of the cool toys that the Freedom Fighters use.
- Genius Bruiser: He may be more of a stay at home engineer type, but he's quite willing to throw his ample weight around if he needs to.
- Mr Fix It: If the group needs something mechanical designed, invented or repaired, he's the guy they see.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters the show has.
- Nice Hat: It's red in the second season of the cartoon, and yellow in the pilot, first season 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: He's the group's inventor, engineer, and general tech-wizard, whilst Sally and NICOLE handle tactics.
- Warm-Hearted Walrus: He is a walrus, and he is not only loyal to the Freedom Fighters, but also one of the kindest characters in the show.
Dulcy the Dragon
who was introduced in season 2. She may not be the smartest member of the team, but she's willing to get in and bash bots all the same.
- An Ice Person: She can fire streams of cold vapour out of her nostrils.
- Captain Crash: She really needs to work on her landings.
- Cousin Oliver: Literally just showed up in the first episode of season two and everyone acted like she'd been there all along.
- The Ditz: She's kind of a thick-head.
- Giant Flyer: She's the only flying Freedom Fighter, and so big that she can carry several of them on her body as she does.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The theory behind her addition, anyway.
- Last of His Kind Thanks to Robotnik, she is quickly approaching this.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's both very strong and very fast, especially when she "Cracks The Whip".
- Meaningful Name: Her name is Spanish for "sweet", and she is a very nice dragon.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Sabina, was captured and roboticized.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Despite displaying some incredibly powerful abilities such as ice breath at pivotal moments, rarely acts outside a mode of transportation for the heroes.
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Basically her defining characteristic. She acts like she's being scolded by her "Ma" every time she crashes.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Unlike other lore, the resident dragon she's 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).
- Remember the New Guy?: She just suddenly appears in the second season premiere as if she was one of the Freedom Fighters the whole time. Much like the other Freedom Fighters, her back story wasn't given.
Voiced by William Windom
Sonic's uncle who was roboticized when Sonic was very young.
- And I Must Scream: Like all roboticized Mobians, Chuck was fully aware of everything he was doing while under Robotnik's control, but was unable to stop himself.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Like all "Robians", he's compelled to obey Robotnik's directives, no matter what.
- Cool Old Guy: Part of the reason the team is so fond of him
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's a very, very capable scientist and engineer.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He delayed Robotnik's attempts to roboticize Sonic and his friends when they were children so they could escape, but he was caught and roboticized in the process.
- Honorary Uncle: Everyone refers to him as "Uncle Chuck".
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He was pretty short compared to the younger King Max.
- The Mole: After they manage to break his programming and compelled loyalty to Robotnik, he stays in Robotropolis so he can spy on Robotnik for the Freedom Fighters undetected.
- Mortality Phobia: His motivation to build the Roboticizer.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He was the original inventor of the roboticizer, which was made to help old people live longer. Unfortunately, it had a side effect of wiping their minds clean and they had no will of their own, which is why Robotnik stole the idea from Chuck after he thought he destroyed the blueprints for it.
- Papa Wolf: Sacrifices his well being repeatedly for the sake of Sonic and his comrades. He even stays as a spy in Robotropolis simply to help them fend of Robotnik.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At first.
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.
- 0% Approval Rating: In the second season, even his formerly sycophantic nephew absolutely hates his guts.
- Abusive Parents: Well, sort of. He's actually Snively’s uncle and he treats him like crap. As a result, Snively has grown an utter dislike of Dr. Robotnik and plans to overthrow him. Which he does in the series finale, although it only lasted for that one episode as the series ended after that.
- Adaptational Name Change: His first name is actually Julian rather than "Ivo" of the games and other incarnations.
- Adaptational Ugliness: His cartoony Ugly Cute classic design is replaced with a genuinely ugly and more frightening design.
- Adaptational Villainy: Robotnik is still a villain here, but is outright monstrous compared to his video game counterpart. Also in a stark comparison to the games, here Robotnik has basically won and all Sonic and friends can do is put a stop to whatever his current plan is, or at least cripple his tyranny little by little.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Both the Freedom Fighters and Snively are quite glad once Robotnik's taken out of the picture.
- Axe-Crazy: Can be this at times, especially when angered. In the second season, this almost becomes his default mode much to his detriment.
- Badass Baritone: Provided by Jim Cummings.
- Badass Cape: He wears a yellow one.
- Bad Boss: Frequently takes losses out on Snively, even ones he had no direct responsibility for. He outright sentences Snively to die in their imploding lab out of fury of his final defeat in the show (ironically this act would end up saving Snively who escaped through safer means than him, while ensuring his own demise). Even in his better moods, his relationship with his nephew is not affectionate to say the least.
- 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: Very much so.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: They’re black pits with ominous glowing red lights. It's directly implied they're cybernetic; the irises can light up like flashlights, as was shown in an episode when the power is knocked out and his room is plunged into darkness.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Not as prominent as one would expect. He’s quite boastful of his evil when it suits him, but otherwise he cares more about expanding his influence than bragging about how evil he is.
- Character Exaggeration: The first season famously exaggerated his 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.
- The Comically Serious: Robotnik has almost no sense of humor and thinks in rigid, concrete terms. As such, he has his moments of this trope every now and then. One such incident occurs in the pilot episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: His most comedic output is his occasionally snide wit, especially around Snively or Sonic.
Snively: I don't understand sir.
Robotnik: I know.
- Emperor Scientist: He designed almost all of the machines in the entire setting, and rules the planet with a literal iron fist.
- Evil Laugh: He 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.
- Evil Overlord: There's a reason the Freedom Fighters want him overthrown.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Deep voice? Check. Absolutely monstrous? Check.
- Fantastic Racism: He thinks of Mobians as an inferior species to humanity, worthy only of subjugation. Not that he actually respects the only other human on the planet in any way.
- Fat Bastard: He's definitely one of the bigger Robotniks, even larger than the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog incarnation, and every single fiber of his being is incredibly repulsive.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can appear to be polite and gentlemanly, but don't let that fool you. He's notorious for his skills of deception and persuasion.
- 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").
- The Heavy: 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.
- Hollywood Cyborg: His arm is a cybernetic prosthetic, a result of Sonic knocking him over, with his hand landing in the Roboticizer. Also, as mentioned above, it's possible his eyes are artificial as well. He also appears to have cybernetic ears.
- Hypocrite: He loathes organic life and wishes to blanket the planet in metal and robots yet resents Sonic for roboticizing his arm.
- Jerkass: When not being a diabolically malicious and calculating villain, Robotnik kills time engaging in petty abuse and insults, mostly directed towards Snively.
- Killed Off for Real: Heavily implied to be this in the Series Finale. He's actually still alive.
- 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 very serious and sinister light, his comedic aspects being generally subtle and sparse. The second season definitely softened this up, but not enough to reduce the impact of the trope.
- Lack of Empathy: In spades.
- 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. These qualities were exaggerated further in the second season.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The climax of "The Doomsday Project", if not the entirety of it. As his lair gets torn apart by Sonic and Sally, a very frustrated Robotnik storms off into his only escape pod, spitefully refusing Snively access. The pod fails to escape and is caught in the energy blast with the rest of the lair, while Snively, having expected as much from his uncle, escaped fine with his own planned method of transport.
- Manipulative Bastard: Indeed! There's probably not a single character in the whole show that didn't get used by Robotnik.
- In fact, his whole use of roboticized Mobians as slave workers showcases this side of him nicely. Aside from the dark practicality of turning his enemies into mindlessly loyal robot slave-workers instead of just executing them, he can then use the love and loyalty of any escaped Mobians against them. Even if they don't succumb to the urge to try and "rescue" a Robian, who will then capture them for Robotnik, the Freedom Fighters can't use more dramatic methods of fighting against Robotnik's rule. After all, everyone knows that roboticization can be undone; with that in mind, how can Mobians countenance killing their unfortunate family, friends and loved ones by doing things like blowing up Robotnik's factories, even if that would impede Robotnik's empire far more than generator sabotage and virus uploads would?
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: In Season One, Robotnik was plainly shown to be completely without limitations. In his very first appearance in the Lighter and Softer pilot episode, it was shown very plainly that he actually would just kill or immediately roboticize any of his enemies at the first opportunity he got, with no warning or scruples. In the Darker and Edgier episodes that followed, this trait was only magnified, resulting in him using any personality flaws and or feelings of attachment he could see in others as weapons against them. This is not as prominent in Season Two (see Stupid Evil), but still factors into his characterization late into the series.
- Not So Above It All: Though this Robotnik boasts a far more sinister and fearsome demeanor, he couldn't go completely without comical moments. His fear-driven demeanor throughout "The Void" in particular, though completely justified, is quite clownish.
- Obviously Evil: Robotnik somehow landed a good name for himself in his early days to achieve his conquest, despite his appearance and demeanour making him less than shrewd about how truly sinister he was.
- Pet the Dog: He dotes over Cluck devotedly in Season One. In Season Two, Cluck is inexplicably gone, removing Robotnik's single redeeming aspect.
- Pride: While this version of the doctor is genuinely calculating and dangerous, his Fatal Flaw is still his arrogant over assurance he is invincible. As the series progresses, he starts to display more foolish and delusional aspects, and ultimately his own downfall is caused primarily by careless oversights and blunt refusal to accept any possibility that Sonic was capable of defeating him.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His robe is purple and pink, with a giant collar for some reason. He also has pink sheets on his bed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red lights in his eyes flare whenever he gets pissed.
- Red Right Hand: His roboticized left arm and cybernetic eyes.
- Right-Hand Cat: Cluck, although he's more of a Right Hand Mechanical Chicken.
- Sketchy Successor: He gets the job of dictator of Mobius by kicking the previous ruler into 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).
- Smug Snake: 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).
- Stupid Evil: In Season 2. While in his past he was able to make lengthy charades to maintain his plans for power, in Season Two, Robotnik just can't resist Kicking The Dog at the most inappropriate times.
- The Sociopath: A very chilling, and very accurate example. Robotnik only cares about himself and his empire. Everything else is just something for him to use or destroy.
- Troubled Abuser: While Robotnik was never nice to begin with, a long period as Naugus' tormented underling likely only exacerbated his thrill in punishing and bullying his subordinates, especially Snively who laughed at his abuse at the hands of Naugus.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: He overthrew the king and turned Mobius into a Crapsack World, which the Freedom Fighters are trying to undo.
- Unwilling Roboticisation : His modus operandi. Also the Trope Namer and Trope Codifier.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This version of Robotnik is much scarier than other versions. One episode quite literally implies that he doesn't have a heart!
- Villainous Breakdown: In the last episode:
Robotnik: I really...hate...that hedgehog. I hate him. I HATE him. HATE HIM! Hate. Hate. HATE. HAAAAAAATTTTTEEEE!!!!
"Get that hedgehog! Get him! GET HIM!"
- Villain Decay: He becomes much more buffoonish in the second season (after all, being unreservedly sadistic has its downsides), giving the more clownish incarnations of the character a run for their money.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He was this during the Great Offscreen War, using his technology to improve the quality of life and fight a war for the King... until he was able to maneuver himself into power with his robot army just after the war ended.
- Who's Laughing Now?: His abuse towards Snively can be seen as this, given the latter's heckling over his own abuse from Naugus. In flashback, even when transformed into a crow, you can tell he's dwelling on how he'll get back at the little runt.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite his grudge against Sonic, he considers him his "most worthy adversary". When it seems he's finally about to roboticize him, he admits that he's almost sorry that it's over.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's perfectly willing to harm children as seen the Pilot and again in "Blast to the Past". He already has roboticized almost every child on the planet.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He's 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.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Thought Naugus' abusive spells on Robotnik were hilarious. Unfortunately for him, when Robotnik took over, he made sure he got a full taste of what he'd been through.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald and he's cruel.
- 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 were shown.
- Characterization Marches On: He was actually a sincere Yes-Man to Robotnik in Season One, even taking pleasure in what rare praise he received from his Bad Boss. In Season Two he blatantly loathes Robotnik and plots behind his back.
- Defector from Decadence: Had the show not been Screwed by the Network, he would have fled to the freedom fighters after realizing he's less than an abused lackey to Naugus, Robotnik already fills that role. Snively's nothing to him. Essentially joining Rotor to give Mobians much-needed technology. Very likely placed under constant guard watch from Dulcy lest he try to pull a Fake Defector move, which would've lead to some amusing interactions.
- The Dog Bites Back: Beyond his implied plans to betray Robotnik throughout Season 2, culminating in him usurping Robotnik's place as ruler of Robotropolis after Robotnik's apparent death, it was planned that he would eventually team up with the Freedom Fighters to defeat Naugus and Robotnik alike for Season 3.
- Dirty Coward: As you'd expect.
- Enemy Mine: In the planned Third Season, according to Word of God, after Naugus deposed him and usurped his place, he would have made a reluctant partnership with the Freedom Fighters to stop the Evil Sorcerer and the returned Robotnik.
- Evil Laugh: He 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.
- Gag Nose: He has an exaggeratedly long, pointy nose.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Apparently, the rush of wind from a time-travelling Sonic blasting by tore most of the hair from his head, leaving him with just a few long strands poking wildly out of his scalp.
- Heel–Face Turn: He was going to become this and join the Freedom Fighters in the lost third season.
- 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: Despite being Robotnik's loyal lackey, he gets away from the rift in reality that swallows his uncle, giving him the chance to take over Robotropolis himself.
- Lack of Empathy: While he's mostly only following orders, he isn't exactly resentful about sending a good few Freedom Fighters to the robotocizer either.
- Large Ham: He's voiced by Charlie Adler after all.
- 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.
- The Napoleon: He was set to become this in the third season.
- 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 taken control of Robotropolis, though he would ultimately lose control later on.
- Rewarded As The Traitor Deserved: For defecting along with his Uncle Julian and assisting in the coup and robotocization of millions of innocent people, Robotnik promotes his nephew to his personal toady and punching bag.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: As seen here.
- Servile Snarker: Often makes snide remarks about his uncle behind his back, especially in Season 2.
- Slimeball: A nice guy, he ain't.
- The Starscream: Zigzagged. 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.
- Sycophantic Servant: In season One, he is far less hateful towards his uncle and even seems to enjoy getting his rare praise. It's easily inferred that Robotnik's Bad Boss traits eventually resulted in a case of Broken Pedestal, causing him to hate his uncle and want to get rid of him.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: He's generally comical compared to his evil uncle, Dr. Robotnik.
- Villain Team-Up: It was planned that he'd do this with Naugus in the early part of Season 3, only for Naugus to betray him.
- Yes-Man: Enforced. Robotnik made clear Snively's sole purpose is to fulfil the doctor's schemes and compliment his brilliance. Any attempt Snively made at contradicting him or so much as indirectly implying his insight was not perfect tended to be met with violent rebukes.
- 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: *flees via a secret tunnel* 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.
- All There in the Manual: Again, the family surname Acorn is only stated in the show's bible, while the comics gave him the first name, Maximilian. In the show itself, he is known only as "the King".
- Cool Old Guy: Not as old as Uncle Chuck, but this still counts.
- Defiant to the End: His last words to Robotnik before being sent into the Void where: "You'll regret this Julian, you'll regret this!"
- First-Name Basis: He refuses to recognize the name "Dr. Robotnik," calling him "Julian" up to the very end.
- The Good King: He was a benevolent and much-loved monarch, when he held the throne.
- Large Ham: Cause it's Tim Curry, duh!
- Nice Guy: Like father, like daughter.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Following the end of the Great War, a complacent King Acorn left all the city's artillery in the hands of Robotnik, not once thinking he would use this power to overthrow him.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sealed Good in a Can: Spending all those years in the Void has affected his body; If he's outside of it for too long, he begins to slowly crystallise.
A wizard from the Void. Though he was antagonistic only towards Robotnik, he was slated to become season three's Big Bad
- Affably Evil: He seems surprisingly friendly and easy-going when the Freedom Fighters meet him. However, he's just as ruthlessly ambitious as Robotnik, and willing to do anything in order to get his revenge on Robotnik.
- Baleful Polymorph: He can do this to people, and enjoys tormenting Robotnik by transforming him into ridiculous shapes.
- Big Bad: Was meant to be this for Season 3.
- Chekovs Gunman: Season 3 would've made tim into this if the series hadn't been cut short.
- Enemy Mine: While Sonic was initially mad about being tricked into freeing him, Naugus points out that Sonic should be glad he's released since he's going to get rid of Robotnik and is even nice enough to let Sonic go back and rescue his friends from the Void. Word of God is that he'd have become more antagonistic towards the Freedom Fighters in Season 3.
- Evil Sorcerer: His Modus Operandi.
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Naugus spent years trapped in the Void. He finally manages to escape once, but willingly returns once he realizes that spending all those years in the Void has affected his body; If he's outside of it for too long, he begins to slowly crystallise.
- The Unfettered: He wants the same thing the Freedom Fighters want: to kill Robotnik. The problem is, he will do absolutely anything to do it, with zero concern for anything that gets in his way.
- Villain Team-Up: It was planned that, in the Third Season, he would initially do this with Snively (hence the ominous red eyes beside Snively in The Stinger for the show), as well as bringing along Robotnik as his tormented slave. However, he'd then betray Snively and take over himself, forcing Snively into an Enemy Mine with the Freedom Fighters.