"You are aware that most of the Sonic Shorts are about me getting hurt and running into things, right?"
—Sonic to Knuckles after the latter decides to make his own shorts.
Sonic Shorts is a Newgrounds Flash collaboration by The Sonic Paradox Team set in theSonic the Hedgehog universe. As expected, the shorts parody various aspects and scenarios of the games and TV shows, but many of them contain plenty of meta-humor involving the characters' reactions to their own in-universe works.Currently, eight "volumes", two Musicals, a Spin-Off, and two parody volumes (known as Sonic Shits) have been released. The eighth volume was shown in Summer of Sonic 2013, seemingly acting as a Grand Finale to the series. However, the team is currently working on a new Shorts collab that goes beyond the Sonic franchise and instead pulls from all of SEGA's history. Many members of the team have since contributed to Sonic F as well.The Sonic Paradox Team has uploaded the entire series to YouTube. Individual shorts can also be found on their respective creators' YouTube channels.
Brick Joke: Comes up often, usually within the same episode. A few notable examples also reference jokes between volumes:
In volume 6, Eggman reveals that he is so fat that he can only fit into his machines by using butter as grease. Later in volume 8, he is shown to have butter stains on his pants after climbing out of a machine.
"And then I come in to save the day!"
Episode 8 is full of Brick Jokes.
In episode 6 Sonic tells Eggman to go ahead and shoot him with a wave of rings blasting out of his body which makes jokes of Knuckles breaking the master emerald (twice) and Eggman's robots jamming out
Carnivore Confusion: In volume 7, Chris tries to feed his furry friends, and provides them with what their real life counterparts would eat; Cream the Rabbit is in tears when Tails is served rabbit, and he loves it.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The subject of a short featuring the forgotten Sega characters Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel, and Bean the Dynamite... who even Mighty and Ray could not remember. [Bark was left out entirely.]
The Dog Bites Back: The final short of Sonic Shorts Volume 8 had the entire Sonic cast, from all continuities, tired of the jokes being made at their expense, go after the many Flash artists who make the shorts.
Item Get: Big the Cat does this when it seems like he finally got Froggy. Sadly, a condor suddenly showed up and took Froggy away.
I Got Better: Said by Knuckles when recapping the events of episode 5.
Lampshade Hanging: When Knuckles wants to create his own Flash movie, Sonic notes that a lot of the clips are him "running into things and getting hurt."
Left the Background Music On: The intro to the Newgrounds version of Sonic Shorts 6. Eggman's robots are also often seen providing the BGM when the scene is in one of his bases.
Mistaken Identity: Game Buddy has changed his user logo and animation style so many times it's difficult to determine which shorts he has actually created.
In-universe, one short has Sonic becoming extremely frustrated when other characters mistake any other hedgehog (including different-colored ones like Shadow and Silver) as him.
Musical Episode: For Summer of Sonic 2012, the Sonic Paradox Crew created Seaside Denied, which was one of these.
Likewise, for 2013's Summer of Sonic they created a sequel, "Metropolis Mayhem", which continues the characterization and humor of the Heroes characters from its predecessor, as well as implying that this will become a full-on series as the episode ends with the characters silhouettes on the backdrop of Casino Park as the BGM plays.
Self-Deprecation: Volume 8 ends with the all of the Sonic characters turning against the creators of the series and slaughtering all of them as revenge for making fun of them.
Shaggy Dog Story: In one short, Knuckles has had it with Eggman stealing the Master Emerald, so he decided to move it to another place where he can't find it. This being Sonic Shorts, Knuckles places his new hiding spot right in front of where Eggman was standing.
Ship Tease: Plenty of Sonamy moments exist in the shorts, and Sonadow is frequently hinted at (and, in one instance, Sonic and Shadow stumble across it... much to their mutual displeasure.) One skit even has a Die for Our Ship moment with Shadow hitting the wall as Sonic and Amy embrace.
Shadow discovering that Chris Thorndyke is actually a giant chicken.
Small Name, Big Ego: Knuckles. He made Knuckles Briefs because he was jealous of all the attention Sonic was gettingnote paying no attention to the fact that, as Sonic himself said, a lot of the shorts depicted the blue hedgehog crashing into things and getting hurt, and he wanted to show how awesome he was. However, half of the other characters (the Chaotix, his closer pals, being the biggest offenders) merely made fun of him or made him look ridiculous.
Sorry, I'm Gay: In one Volume 5 short, Sonic reveals to Amy that he is gay and in a relationship with Tails. Amy does not take this well. (Episode 8 reveals that he was joking, but Amy is still not amused.)
The Stoner: The Toxomister badniks in Lava Reef are portrayed as such, getting high off their own toxic fumes.
Stylistic Suck: Knuckles Briefs, a Spin-Off of Sonic Shorts, most prominently Big the Cat's brief. Justified by the creators, in that they had to put it together quickly for Summer of Sonic '09.
Sonic Shits and its sequel also fall under this category.
Tails's monotone voice in the Sonic Sez section of Volume 2 is clearly a parody of Corey Bringas's Tails voice for the Sonic Adventure games.
invoked The entire "How to make your own Sonic Fan character" bit in Volume 6 is one long, hilarious stab at fan-character Marty Stus.
In Metropolis Mayhem the things that Tails says at the very beginning and after taking after getting hit in the head by Amy's hammer are shots at Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)note specifically, the infamous kiss scene and Sonic Unleashednote specifically, the Werehog respectively.