->''"[[YouMeddlingKids I hate that hedgehog!]]"''[[note]]You love that hedgehog![[/note]][[note]] Which makes this a little opposing now due to ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: The Game]]''.[[/note]]
-->--Dr. Robotnik in nearly every episode.

''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'', a syndicated SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon produced by Creator/DiCEntertainment, is the first AnimatedAdaptation of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. It stars Sonic and Tails as they [[WalkingTheEarth run around the planet Mobius]] while trying to foil Dr. Robotnik's plans. Meanwhile, ol' Robotnik and his two (sometimes three) incredibly [[TooDumbToLive incompetent helpers]], robots Scratch and Grounder (and sometimes Coconuts), try to TakeOverTheWorld.

The show deviates from the games a ''lot'', but does feature occasional nods to them (compared to ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM SatAM]]'' which was an InNameOnly adaptation, and ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', which was pretty much ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs, this series is a bit more faithful to the games, although even that is beaten out [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie by the movie]]). Mostly, it's a humorous series with abstract art style, putting it in stark contrast to the ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' series that came out right alongside it on Saturday mornings on Creator/{{ABC}}, better known as ''[=SatAM=]''.

In addition to the aforementioned ''Sonic [=SatAM=]'', this show is not to be confused with the other {{Western animat|ion}}ed ''Sonic'' adaptation ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', the {{OVA}} ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', or the {{Anime}} ''Anime/SonicX'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' or the [[Film/SonicTheHedgehog upcoming film adaptation]].

!!This show provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Katella the Intergalactic Huntress is this to Robotnik due to her [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased overaggressiveness]].
* AbusiveParents:
** Robotnik's mother is incredibly abusive to him. In some cases, she almost makes him into a JerkassWoobie.
** This eventually carries over to Robotnik himself, who is also incredibly abusive to the robots he creates.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: The knowledge that Tails has these sometimes is what propels the resolution of an episode.
* AchillesHeel: In a more literal sense than usual: Robotnik falls into a vat of super-strength potion, and the only part that didn't hit was his... well, as he terms it, "caboose". Terms it after calling it his "unmentionable" two seconds before.
-->'''Scratch:''' "Gasp! He mentioned it!"
* AcronymConfusion: From the "Zoobotnik" episode.
-->'''Coconuts:''' I only wanted to tell you I saw one of those F.O.U's - I mean, C.I.A's, uh, or C.O.D's...\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Robotnik]]:''' Get to the point or your name will be M.U.D.
* TheAhnold: Arnold Robonegger in Robolympics".
* AIIsACrapshoot: Quark's minion D.U.F.U.S. is considerably smarter than Scratch and Grounder, which eventually leads to him [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters rebelling]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Submerged Sonic" has quite a bit of this.
** Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: At least [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68ywx_video-sonic-sonic-le-herisson-heris_music one for France]], which also uses the same tune as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kQANR9krcY Italian version]].
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** Scratch seems to show a little too much like for Robotnik.
** Robotnik occasionally has these moments.
* AmnesiaDanger: As a result of being hypnotized by Robotnik into considering himself an "ordinary slow-mo", Sonic has a tough time dealing with a gang of bikers in "Road Hog".
* AnimationBump: Creator/TMSEntertainment animated the opening like they did for ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. The five episodes done by them are also light years above the others in terms of animation quality. They would also go on to do ''Sonic X''.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Sonic Says. Got {{mythology gag}}ged in ''[[SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'', and referenced in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
* AndThatsTerrible:
** See above. "If someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good!" Admittedly the show was aimed at kids generally under 10 who probably could use the warning.
** When Sonic and Tails are pulled over (on foot) for speeding, Tails suggests they outrun the policeman before he takes them to court. Sonic replies, commenting on how that would be illegal.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: Robotnik does so in order to obtain a Chaos Emerald in "Prehistoric Sonic". [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Scratch and Grounder are the sacrifices]], but since the supposed lava is actually volcanic mud, they survive.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** From the episode, "Spaceman Sonic":
-->'''Robotnik:''' ''"You lost my rocket ship, you let the hedgehog ruin my plans, and NOW YOU'RE RUNNING UP MY LONG DISTANCE BILL!"''
** In the episode, "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad", when listing Sonic's offenses, Robotnik tells his men that Sonic ruins his schemes, he escapes his traps, and he helps nice people.
** From the episode, "Birth of a Salesman":
-->'''Robotnik:''' ''"Listen, Weasley, you are brash, arrogant, obnoxious, pushy, rude, and you dress funny. [[NotSoAboveItAll You're my kind of guy!]]"''
** The Weapons Detector in "Mass Transit Trouble" has settings for bombs, knives, guns, and spitballs.
** In "Coachnik", Dr. Robotnik puts every kind of explosive into his Long Bomb, with the final one being a well-shaken can of soda.
* AscendedExtra: Several background characters from the second (officially aired) pilot "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad" are used as opponents in the Genesis video game ''Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine'', being given slight redesigns and individual names and personalities most of them didn't even have long enough to establish in their one appearance in the show. Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts themselves come from badnik designs from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' (with Scratch being the most radical change).
* AsideComment: "I'll have to give myself a [[MemeticMutation PROMOTION]]!"
* AsideGlance: Usually done by Sonic when he is about the break the fourth wall.
* AssKicksYou: In "Zoobotnik", Mama Robotnik rams into Katella butt-first, leaving her [[SquashedFlat flattened]] against the wall.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Tails in one episode. In the Chaos Emerald saga, the Supreme High Robotnik, Master of the Universe. As well the odd walker machines used by Scratch and Grounder which are basically cockpits attached to massive walking steel beams with overly massive shoes. Sonic panics when he sees some massive robots in ''The Last Resort'', but before he has to fight them, they surrender and run away for no explainable reason. Also Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts are caught in a huge explosion at the end of the episode "Trail of The Missing Tails" and become extremely huge.
* AutobotsRockOut: "The titular Sonic's Song". So much so that Kitty Carlisle sings it for Sonic and Tails after they rescue her at the end of the episode.
* BabysittingEpisode: In the episode "Baby-Sitter Jitters", Sonic and Tails wind up babysitting a trio of baby beavers. Tails made the offer to the parents because Sonic "loves babes".
* BadButt: This incarnation of Sonic is one. On one hand, he's supposed to be a cool character with attitude. On the other one, [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle he delivers boring PSA speeches]] to kids at the end of every episode in the infamous Sonic Says segments...
* BalloonBelly: Tails is forced to eat tons of junk food ([[BigEater although he's rather happy to do so]]) in order to create a dream creature to combat a nightmare monster, and ends up massively bloated, triggering the GrowlingGut trope to happen to him.
** In another episode he practically turns into a parade float after eating a huge quantity of dehydrated food, then drinks a glass of water.
** In the episode "Pseudo Sonic" Sonic ends up with this after he accidentally follows Pseudo Sonic into Poison Flower Valley, which has effects similar to poison ivy, causing Sonic to get extremely itchy, followed by making him bloat up like a balloon. He stays like that for pretty much the rest of the episode. Poor Sonic, he gets fat and stays like that once in a while.
* BatmanGambit: Sonic frequently does these to Robotnik and his lackeys in order to stop Robotnik's plans.
* BeehiveHairdo: Parodied in "Momma Robotnik Returns", when a social worker has actual bees flying around it.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sonic, Tails, and especially his temporary pet alien Goopster.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: How Mobius would fare if Sonic wasn't around to stop Robotnik's plans (or if Tails wasn't around to save the day whenever Robotnik, Scratch and Grounder actually succeeded in immobilizing Sonic) is surprisingly dubious for a show with ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog''[='=]s reputation for wacky comedy.
* BigBad: Robotnik. He's is always trying to take over Mobius.
* BigDamnHeroes: The show had their share of these. This is justified as Sonic and Tails travel all over Mobius In the episode "Zoobotnik", [[spoiler: Mama Robotnik]] even makes one.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Pseudo Sonic robot is this, since it's roughly Sonic's height on the outside yet oddly spacious inside when Tails and Laurence are piloting it.
* BigNo: Often done by Robotnik when he is mad or whenever Sonic stops his latest plans.
* BigWhy: The episode "Spaceman Sonic" gives us this [[MemeticMutation infamous]] quote from [[EvilIsHammy Dr. Robotnik]] as he yells at his minions. "WHY is my precious rocket-ship drifting off into deep space?! WHY am I reaching you at the coordinates of the abandoned space station?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?!"
* BirthdayEpisode: "Robotnikland". Also a ForgottenBirthday, though it doesn't ''quite'' follow the usual formula.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: In the American Spanish translation, Tails is translated as a [[ShesAManInJapan female character]]. For Latin fans of the games, this created a series-long problem, especially when talking to people who only knew of Sonic via the Spanish translation of the cartoon, and of course, were entirely (and understandably) convinced of Tails's female gender.
* BondOneLiner: In one of the {{P|ublicServiceAnnouncement}}SAs, when Scratch and Grounder get run over by a truck. "Looks like these dumbots were flat out wrong about going in the street!" Leads to a bit of a BrokenAesop as Sonic then spends the remainder of the PSA standing in the street.
* BoobsOfSteel: Katella the Intergalactic Huntress, one of the bustiest characters on the show and also one of the most aggressive. She has enough strength to break down a door and make an amazing entrance.
* BoundAndGagged: Many characters, including Sonic and Tails, end up like when they are captured by Robotnik.
* BrainWithAManualControl: In the episode "Honey, I Shrunk the Hedgehog", Sonic, Tails, and a gang of Mole Miners get shrunken by Dr. Robotnik. Towards the end of the episode, Sonic and Tails find their way into Scratch and Grounder and control them to turn against Robotnik, save the Mole Miners, and unshrink themselves. Of course, Scratch and Grounder are robots.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Sonic does this a lot. This is ''especially'' the case in the "Sonic Says" segments when he is taking directly to the viewers.
* BrokenAesop: Quite prone to this, since it tries to shoehorn Aesops in while being slapstick.
** An episode about the importance of reserving 911 for emergencies is broken by Sonic using two robots attempting to kill him as an example of what NOT to waste 911's time with. ''Sonic'' can defeat them fairly easily, but "don't call 911 if you think you can probably handle the life threatening situation" isn't nearly so great a message for helpless kids.
** Another Sonic Sez segment has Sonic give a message about not playing in the street ''[[HypocriticalHumor as he stands in the middle of the street]].''
* BrilliantButLazy: A very good case can be made for Robotnik falling into this trope. In the episode "Birth of a Salesman", Wes Weasley sells him a variety of weapons that are surefire tools to catching Sonic, yet Robotnik passes them all off to Scratch and Grounder, who of course fail miserably, being too dumb to use the gadgets properly. Oddly enough, Robotnik puts most of the blame on Weasley, demanding refunds and accusing him of selling defective products. Weasley points out that if anything, his gadgets have worked too well, and are in incompetent hands. Robotnik remedies this by...threatening Wes Weasley into going along with Scratch and Grounder to oversee Sonic's capture, despite clearly being ''the only one'' capable of effectively operating the weapons, or at least more capable than his minions "supervised" by an unwilling peddler. The good doctor doesn't seem to realize capturing his hated enemy may require ''physical effort on his part.'' You'd think he would either step up his game or quit whining.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Breezy and Robotnik Jr. Being robots, this is easy to miss, but both were invented by Robotnik. It's not helped by the fact that "Hero of the Year" gives Breezy's full name as "Miss Breezy Hedgebot Robotnik".
* BurningRubber: Sonic often leaves a trail of fire when running. In "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-Tops", it is revealed that his shoes are friction-proof, and thus his feet would literally burn up if he tried running without them.
* ButtMonkey: Pretty much all of the bad guys, but especially Coconuts. In Coconuts's case, Robotnik always yells at him and gives him demeaning jobs.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In one Sonic Says, Scratch and Grounder collapse after ''sharing one bottle'' of [[MemeticMutation "booooooooze"]].
* CaptainObvious: Some of the Sonic Says aesops are very obvious. For example, one warned kids to not to lay in dryers.
* CardCarryingVillain: Robotnik as he is the big bad.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Sonic: "I'm waiiiiiiting!", "Way past cool!", "Gotta speed, keed!", "Up, over, and GONE!" and "Gotta [verb], [noun that rhymes with the verb]!
** Tails: "Tres Cool!" in some episodes.
** Ivo Robotnik: "[[YouMeddlingKids I hate that hedgehog!]]"
** Robotnik Jr.: "Big Whoop!"
** Wes Weasley: "Hey palzy, how are ya', how are ya', how are ya'?"
** Scratch: [[AnnoyingLaugh His laugh.]]
** And in a few episodes, we have "DA BEARZ."
* ChristmasSpecial: ''Sonic Christmas Blast''.
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* ClipShow: "Hero of the Year".
* CluelessAesop: The Sonic Says segments were absolutely drowning in these.
** The first episode's [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Sonic Says]] segment showed Sonic and Tails surrounded by Badniks. Tails suggests they call 911 and Sonic tells him not to do that unless it's a real emergency. Although Sonic is very capable of trashing an army of Badniks, children could very easily get the wrong impression and think that GoodOldFisticuffs is the right approach when surrounded by bigger, stronger, and possibly armed attackers.[[labelnote:*]]Actually, fighting in self-defense may seem to be the right approach when you have no time to reach for a phone or cellphone by the time stronger foes quickly approach to kill you, or if the power is out when trying to use a phone.[[/labelnote]] Possibly, the writers themselves realized that this was a stupid lesson to teach kids, so in a later Sonic Says, Tails is being chased by Badniks, and calls for help by a nearby police officer. He arrests the Badniks, and Sonic congratulates Tails for doing the right thing.
** Another one has Sonic talking about how bad an idea running away from home is. This one is fine in itself, but he was telling it to Coconuts, whose "parent" is [[BadBoss Dr.]] [[AbusiveParents Ivo]] [[CardCarryingVillain Rrrrrobotnik]].
** Sonic begins the "Poison Ivy" Sonic Says by saying "There may not be any poisonous flowers on Earth." [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poisonous_flowers ┐Que?]]
* CoDragons: Scratch and Grounder. Though Grounder is slightly more submissive and dumb, both don't hesitate to point out the others' follies in sucking up to Robotnik and maintaining his plans.
* ConjoinedEyes: Sonic and Dr. Robotnik.
* ConvictionByContradiction: In one episode Sonic's special sneakers are stolen. Sonic dismisses one suspect because his feet are too big to wear them, [[spoiler: but the guy who actually stole the sneakers didn't want to wear them either. In fact, none of the suspects did.]]
* CowboyEpisode: "Magnificent Sonic"
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%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DamselInDistress: Henrietta in "Blank-Headed Eagle".
* DartboardOfHate: Schoolteacher Lucinda keeps one of Robotnik in her classroom.
* DatingCatwoman: Sonic and Breezie, [[spoiler: at least in the beginning]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Any episode that focused on Tails. Also "Grounder the Genius" for Grounder and "Blank Headed Eagle" for Scratch as well as "Robot" for both Grounder and Scratch.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Averted. Sonic is temporarily put into the custody of [[AbusiveParents Momma Robotnik]], but a social worker annuls the adoption when it's revealed that Momma Robotnik disowned her own son.
* DerangedAnimation: Taken UpToEleven during the climax of "Robotnikland".
* {{Determinator}}: Even on the rare occasion he is faced with a genuine threat, Sonic is never one to give up.
* DisguisedInDrag: Sonic does this all the time, in addition to putting on ordinary male disguises. Despite always being obviously in disguise, Robotnik and his cronies never seem to be able to tell it's him, with a few small exceptions.
** Slightly lampshaded in one episode where Sonic dresses up in a red dress, fruit hat, and lipstick to do something "really funny and cool" to Scratch and Grounder, but decides against because the two of them are already engaged in silly bickering over Grounder's nose of all things.
* DisneyDeath: Sonic briefly has one in "Lovesick Sonic".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Doctor Robotnik. Over and over again throughout the entire show.
** In one episode, he imprisoned a cartoonist just for comparing him to Humpty Dumpty.
** Also when he was in high school, he wanted attention from a girl he admired by [[MurderTheHypotenuse attempting to kill his romantic rival by strangling him with a robotic snake]] [[CrazyJealousGuy out of jealousy]]. Robotnik was then expelled after the incident, and [[StartOfDarkness started his road to villainy]].
* DisqualificationInducedVictory:
** In one of the "Sonic Sez" segments, Sonic holds a race between Scratch and Edgar Eagle to determine who is the real Edgar Eagle. Scratch wins the race, but gets disqualified for not wearing his seat belt, leaving the real Edgar Eagle, who does, the winner by default.
** Another "Sonic Sez" segment involves Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Quark racing each other. Sonic disqualifies them both for cheating, the former for throwing a BananaPeel in the latter's path, and the latter for [[TiedTogetherShoelaceTrip tying the former's shoelaces together]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "The Robots' Robot"
** In one episode, Grounder makes a comment on the radio about being "single and willing to disassemble". Now think about what that would mean for robots.
** Also, the rivalry among Robotnik's robots seems to be a reference to sibling rivalry. "He made me first! I'm his favorite!"
** Scratch really goes to town with that plunger of his in the opener. He's got his tongue hanging out and everything!
* TheDogBitesBack: Scratch and Grounder are usually mindlessly loyal to Robotnik and recessive to his constant abuse. They are shown to exploit the odd moment to get revenge on him however (with varied success).
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Subverted. In "Zoobotnik" intergalactic huntress Katella falls in love with Robotnik, but she absolutely refuses to keep her hands off him. Robotnik doesn't love her but he's too scared to say anything, and is visibly relieved when Mama Robotnik shows up and interrupts their ShotgunWedding, whereby Katella calls off the whole thing because she refuses to have Mama Robotnik as an in-law. Sonic himself was the one who invited Mama Robotnik, but it was more to get rid of Katella than for Robotnik's sake, though Katella's abuse was not considered a good thing.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DrillSergeantNasty: Sergeant Doberman.
* DrinkOrder: Sonic orders a root beer in "Magnificent Sonic".
* DrugsAreBad: The main point of two of the Sonic Sez segments.
* {{Duck}}: Said by D.U.F.U.S. to Dr. Quark in "Robotnik's Rival". Quark, naturally, assumes he's being referred to as a [[IAmNotWeasel duck]]. [[RunningGag Again]].
* DumbIsGood: Pretty well averted. Scratch and Grounder are dumber than sin, and Sonic is just as likely to defeat Robotnik with his intelligence as with with his super-speed.
* DynamiteCandle: In "Robotnikland", Robotnik traps Sonic and his friends in a giant mechanical birthday cake and uses 10-foot sticks of dynamite to finish them off.
* EmbarrassingFirstName:
--> '''Sonic:''' "You get outta here now or I'll tell everyone your real name is Miles." \\
'''Tails:''' "[[AnythingButThat Not that!]]"
* EngineeredPublicConfession: The Scrap Valley episode has Sonic mess with Robotnik's speech in a way similar to a scene in ''Film/BatmanReturns''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dr. Robotnik was disturbed enough by his loony cousin Dr. Warpnik that he banished him to the Warp of Confusion just to keep the dangerous fish-obsessed loon away from Mobius.
** While not a villain per se, Wes Weasley is willing to aid villainous causes if paid enough. But even he wouldn't vote for a tyrant like Dr. Robotnik when he runs for office. Of course, that's quickly subverted when Robotnik shows him the payload he'll get for helping him.
* EvilIsPetty: In one episode, Robotnik captures Tails and coerces Sonic to race against his robot minions and lose (thus needing to walk at a depressingly slow pace) if he wants to see Tails again.
* ExactEavesdropping: In one episode, Sonic is trying to figure out Robotnik's plan, who then proudly recites his plan to himself next to an open window.
* ExitPursuedByABear: One episode ends with Robotnik being chased by the slime monster from the space station Sonic and Tails were on. Another ends with him chased by an alligator.
* {{Expy}}: Scratch resembles Clucker, a {{Mook|s}} who appears in the Wing Fortress Zone in VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2[[labelnote:*]]Although this particular character did appear in SonicTheHedgehogSpinball[[/labelnote]].
** Grounder resembles the badnik of the same name that appears in [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]], though the one in the game is red instead of green. As a reversal, the 2013 remake features a hidden green coloured Grounder as a MythologyGag.
** Coconuts similarly is a redesigned version of the badnik of the same name. Variants of Scorpius, Ballhog, Roller, Jaws, Buzzer, Octus, Masher and Chop-Chop also make appearances in the show.
** Breezie seems to be one of [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]].
** Wes Weasley is very clearly inspired by Phil Silvers.
** Scratch and Grounder also seem like evil but dimwitted versions of [[Franchise/StarWars C-3PO and R2-D2]]. There's Scratch, the tall and bossy robot, and Grounder, the stout Swiss Army-bot. On the flipside, they seem to form a FountainOfExpies, as other ''Sonic'' media tends to give Robotnik/Eggman ThoseTwoBadGuys as his dimwitted right-hand men.
* ExpressiveMask: In "Magnificent Sonic" Scratch uses a mask in the shape of a mustached man with a moving mouth in order to deceive Ms. Possum.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Robotnik almost quotes the trope by name when offering Professor von Schlemmer diamonds in exchange for converting his "Dream Machine" into a "Nightmare Machine". Von Schlemmer instinctively accepts, but then reconsiders.
* TheFaceOfTheSun: A somewhat bipolar variation of this appears in "Tails' New Home"
* FallingIntoHisArms: Two characters invoke this towards Sonic at separate points: {{Fangirl}} Sonette...and [[DisguisedInDrag Scratch]].
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: "Magnificent Sonic" in spades. Even the "Sonic Sez" that warns about the dangers of guns plays this straight.
* FanDisservice: There's many shirtless shots of Robotnik, as well as scenes that draw a little too much attention to his rear end. The epitome of this trope, however, is that bikini shot in "Hero of the Year." Seriously, are all those scenes of Robotnik bathing/shirtless/in skimpy clothes/wriggling his butt ''really'' necessary?
** What makes this all the more hilarious is how in an interview, Milton Knight (the show's head animator) mentions that in creating Robotnik's design for the show, he strove to convey the doctor's perception of his own sexiness. It's no wonder he calls Robotnik "animation's sexiest fat man." and why Robotnik-in-bikini is in the page picture of FanDisservice.
* FantasticAesop: One episode has Tails disobey the "No Flying" sign and Sonic heavily scolds him for it, and at the Sonic Sez at the end, Tails even has to go to the juvenile office for it. The moral is supposed to be "obey every law". We see quite a few avian characters throughout the show (hell, the judge in that episode is an owl), so the law probably applies to them as well.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Robotnik's quip against Sonic in the episode "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad":
-->''"He helps NICE people!"''
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Grounder becomes super-intelligent in one episode.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Sonic and Robotnik, at times, especially in "Best Hedgehog."
* FollowTheLeader: The abstract, Jackson Pollack-esque backgrounds? The thin, nonsensical plots? The loose, OffModel animation? Yeah, a lot of this show was, shall we say, ''inspired'' by ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Justified in that a number of ex-''Ren & Stimpy'' crew members actually ''worked'' on the show.
** [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes The classic animated shorts from Warner Bros.]] were also likely an inspiration. Compared to the games, this show portrays Sonic and Robotnik's rivalry more along the lines of [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner the Road Runner and Wile. E Coyote]]. It even features similar gags.
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' may have had some influence on this show, considering that the animation company TMS actually did work on all of those shows as well as ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog''.
* FountainOfYouth: Sonic, Tails, and Dr. Robotnik get turned into babies in "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby". Hilarity Ensues.
* FriendlyEnemy: Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts come across as being on better terms with Sonic and Tails in some of the "Sonic Sez" segments.
* FromBadToWorse: Coconuts tells Robotnik about the dream machine, but gets yelled at for not stealing it. Coconuts catches Tails, and gets demoted because it's not Sonic. Coconuts warns Robotnik that Sonic said he'll outsmart him, Robotnik takes it out on Coconuts and essentially demotes him as far as he can go. Each time it seems Coconuts falls farther and farther (literally).
** Sonic dupes Robotnik into trading loot he stole from a nearby town for fake gold. Coconuts gets blamed in spite of not even being around for the dupe.
* FunWithAcronyms: In the episode, "Robotnik's Rival", D.U.F.U.S., Dr. Quark's robot, stands for '''D'''esign '''U'''nit '''F'''lexible '''U'''nderling '''S'''ubstitute.
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* GadgeteerGenius: Bordering on MythologyGag and FridgeBrilliance, Tails gets to show this on occasion, repairing trucks and even building Sonic a hovercraft from scratch.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "You robot chickens make me sick. Get a couple of pints of [[DrunkOnMilk motor oil]] in ya and suddenly you're a tough guy!
** In "Lovesick Sonic", there's a scene where an arrow points to Robotnik's underground drilling vehicle that is labeled "The Dastard", but it looks like "The Bastard".
** Also when Katella the bounty huntress arrives, Coconuts falls to the floor and tries to look under her dress and smiles before she kicks him.
** Katella's whole role in the "Zoobotnik" episode was remarkably dirty for a kids' cartoon. It arguably qualifies as sexual harassment towards Robotnik, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage which seems odd in a show whose aesops are otherwise against sexual harassment]].
** There was also the sequence where Dr. Robotnik makes his extremely busty robot wife Omeletta.
---> '''Robotnik:''' "Well, what do you think?"\\
'''Grounder:''' "She has ''really'' big...."\\
'''Scratch:''' "HAIR!"
** Robotnik in a bikini.
** From "Birth of a Salesman"
---> '''Grounder:''' You can take your Freezebanger and-!
* GirlOfTheWeek : Examples include Breezie the hedgebot and Sonette the super sonic stalker fan in a few episodes.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's own.
** Oddly, her moustache appears during her second appearance, but was present in ever other appearance she made in the show.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Robotnik in "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad" and "Big Daddy". In the latter episode, said pointer finger was drawn big enough to take up a good portion of the screen.
* GloryHound: Scratch, Grounder and ''especially'' Coconuts are constantly trying to take credit for schemes or otherwise prove they're Robotnik's favourite minion.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Some of the "Sonic Sez" segments involve Sonic trying to give advice to Robotnik's mooks (with varying success).
** Coconuts tends to get the most sympathetic treatment from these. Scratch and Grounder usually serve as [[GoofusAndGallant the Goofuses to Sonic's Gallant]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * GoofyPrintUnderwear
* GoneHorriblyRight: In one episode, Robotnik gives Grounder super-intelligence. Grounder quickly turns on him.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The quest for the four Chaos Emeralds in "Blackbot the Pirate", "Hedgehog of the 'Hound' Table", "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme" and "Prehistoric Sonic".
* GrowingMusclesSequence: At least four times - ''Tails's New Home'' had Sonic puffing it up for about 5 seconds. Tails flexes comically in ''Spaceman Sonic'', Robotnik became and stayed [[StupidSexyFlanders pretty well-muscled]] in the Chaos Emeralds special part 2. Tails got a taste of the power too, just long enough to [[MemeticMutation scratch Grounder and ground Scratch]].
* HarmlessVillain: Dr. Robotnik himself.
** Robotnik is debateable since he is implied to be [[BewareTheSillyOnes rather imposing to anyone who isn't Sonic]] (and even then has [[NotSoHarmlessVillain the occasional formidable streak against him]]). His henchbots however are pretty incompetent for the most part, and when not being defeated by Sonic, are outmatched by random powerless civilians or [[TooDumbToLive even their own bumbling]].
* HaventYouSeenXBefore: "What's everybody afraid of?" "Yeah! You'd think they never saw a blue hedgehog before."
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Robotnik Jr. and Breezie.]]
* {{Hellevator}}: "Robotnikland".
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Robotnik makes Sonic this in "Pseudo Sonic" and Tails this in "Too Tall Tails".
* HeroicSacrifice: In Tails' Tale", Sonic brings [=LeQuack=] and Tails to safety from a cursed temple at the expense of having to remain prisoner in said temple. However, this convinces King Kommamachs that Sonic's not as evil as [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Robotnik led him to believe]].
* HighClassGlass: Grounder gets one in the aforementioned "Grounder the Genius".
* HomeAloneAntics: In the episode "Tails in Charge", Tails sets traps for Scratch and Grounder to get back at them for [[TakenForGranite turning Sonic to stone]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Captain Rescue in "Over-The-Hill Hero", who allows ObviouslyEvil Robotnik to convince that he's another hero who's overshadowed by show-off Sonic.
** Da Bears in "The Robotnik Express", who mistake Scratch and Grounder for Sonic and Tails, and vice versa.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Pretty much every human character is a villain, save for the AmbiguouslyHuman [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor Von Schlemmer]].
* HumiliationConga: Happens to Robotnik in nearly every episode. Particularly noteworthy is the ending of "Robotnik Express" and "Robotnikland".
* IAmNotWeasel: Quark, who, despite his duck-like lower half, insists that "I'm not a duck!"
* IceCreamKoan: Master Kwai Chang Crane perpetually rode the line on this. Some of his statements were alarmingly sensible.
-->"Surprises along the path of life are like dirty socks in the laundry of barefoot cousins."
* IfIWantedYouDead: In one episode, Tails had been kidnapped and Sonic thought it was Robotnik's doing. Robotnik denied it by claiming he'd be torturing Tails had he kidnapped him.
* IHaveYourWife: In order to get on "Lifestyles of the Very Good", Robotnik kidnaps host Throbbin' Screech's niece and threatens to drop her in lava. Screech acquiesces, although not without some consideration.
* ImpactSilhouette: Used to comedic effect in Pseudo Sonic in that while piloting the robot Tails had no way to go through doors other than bashing through them.
* InNameOnly: The actual stories told definitely don't have much to do with the games, and while the show borrows more elements from the games than Creator/[=DiC=]'s other ''Sonic'' shows do, the trope applies to about everything present: Badniks appear in the series, but [[OffModel as wild variations from their game designs]]. [[InNameOnly Completely reinterpreted]] versions of actual Zones from the games are featured in the occasional odd episode; "Submerged Sonic" takes place in Labyrinth Zone, "High Stakes Sonic" takes place in Casino Night Zone, and "Trail of the Missing Tails" features the Warp of Confusion as a tribute to the Special Zones. There's a short story arc that deals with the Chaos Emeralds, but of course, they look and work completely differently from their game counterparts, not even getting the number of emeralds "right".
* InstantMassJustAddWater: In "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby", Tails eats some dehydrated food at a factory, then drinks a glass of water. This results in him swelling up to the size of a parade float, and getting caught in the doorway when Sonic tries to get them away from Scratch and Grounder.
* InterspeciesRomance: Even though they're both robots, Robotnik Jr. (human) is involved with Breezie (hedgehog).
** Many of Sonic's [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] qualify too.
* InvincibleHero: Sonic is more-or-less this. Robotnik, Scratch and Grounder very seldom get the opportunity to lock him up in a trap he can easily escape from.
** The extent of this varied from episode to episode due to a bit of PowerCreepPowerSeep. There were at least a few odd times Sonic was [[BadassInDistress outsmarted or put in genuine danger by Robotnik]] (usually when the show wanted to play on Sonic's {{Determinator}} role or let [[ADayInTheLimelight Tails have a moment as the hero]], or just show what [[BewareTheSillyOnes an evil bastard Robotnik truly could be]]).
** ComicallyInvincibleHero: On average, how much of an edge he had over Robotnik [[RuleOfFunny depended on what was funniest]].
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* IRememberItLikeItWasYesterday: Used twice in "Best Hedgehog".
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Grounder gets attacked by lasagna come to life in "The Little Merhog".
* {{Knighting}}: Sonic is dubbed "Sir Sonic the Speedy" at the end of "Hedgehog of the Hound Table".
* LandslideElection: Occurs at the end of "Sonic Is Running". Not even Scratch and Grounder or Mama Robotnik vote for Robotnik, since the former forgot to vote at all and the latter was so disgusted by her son's campaign that she actually voted for Sonic.
* LargeHam: Robotnik, thanks in no small part to the incomparable Long John Baldry.
** Robotnik actually invokes this in "Coachnik"; one of the ingredients he uses to create the titular Coachnik robot is "300 pounds of ham".
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the episode "Sonic Brakeout" where Robotnik imprisoned a cartoonist for [[DisproportionateRetribution comparing him to]] Humpty Dumpty, Robotnik ended up falling in the same position as Dumpty (albeit not broken) and unable to get up on his own.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Lucas, seen in "Best Hedgehog", resembles the title character of the ''[[Literature/WheresWally Where's Waldo?]]'' series.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: In "Sonic the Matchmaker", Robotnik, wanting a wife, puffs out his chest and claims, "Any woman on Mobius would be ''proud'' to be 'Mrs. Robotnik'." The music dies as Scratch and Grounder look at him skeptically.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: And robots and aliens and sausage people and what not.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several of of the recurring characters have music that plays alongside their scenes. Most recognizable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WRK9uf-zOw Sonic's]], which doubles as the show's title theme. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK9I8RJdvcA Robotnik]] also gets a pretty catchy one. Even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYLxwWf5mQE Scratch & Grounder]] have one, which is just a shortened version of Dovregubbens Hall.
** While the title theme was used as background music on occasion, Sonic was more often accompanied by an extended remix of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5D9it4JDE original title theme from the Sonic games]].
* LookBehindYou: Sonic manages this by just pointing and saying "''I'M'' over ''there''."
* LosingYourHead: A constant occurrence with Scratch and Grounder.
* ManipulativeBastard: There are times Robotnik and his goons manage to convince others they are the heroes and Sonic is the villain. They also can rather easily pander to less scrupulous civilians such as Wes Weasley to assist them for a reward.
* MassHypnosis: Wes Weasley's Hypno-Vision commercials during Robotnik's campaign do this, however Sonic is immune since his eyes are too fast.
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: Robotnik gives [[HonestJohnsDealership Wes Weasley]] his own shopping channel in exchange for helping to capture Sonic and friends, but Weasley isn't actually allowed to broadcast. This inspires a FaceHeelTurn.
* MediumAwareness: Sonic Says segments had this sometimes, as well as the show itself.
* MetronomicManMashing: How young gorilla "Boom-Boom" got his name in "Big Daddy".
* TheMillstone: Bad guy example. In the first episode, Scratch and Grounder actually manage to capture Sonic and lock him in a cage. [[GloryHound Then Coconut ties them up, so that he can claim the reward]]. Sonic points out to him that the rope could break any second and suggests putting Scratch and Grounder in the cage. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Coconuts does so and Sonic escapes locking all three robots in the cage.]]
** Tails has a habit of being this to Sonic. While still often helping Sonic, his childishness or slowness on the uptake sometimes causes complications. Robotnik and his minions also capture him or use him as a pawn against Sonic on several occasions.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The reason why Robotnik's plan fails in "Hero of the Year"; Wes Weasley helps Sonic escape from his prison as a result of not being allowed to broadcast his shopping channel.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Merhogs, who are part hedgehog and part fish.
%%* MsFanservice: Breezie.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MusicalPastiche
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MusicalSpoiler
* MythologyGag: Despite being named Robotnik as opposed to Eggman, Robotnik makes a very, very large amount of references to eggs, either in puns or in his general planning (like the Omeletta episode noted above), in reference to his alter-ego; in the beginning of "Robotnikland", he even flies into a rage when Scratch and Grounder attempt to serve him pancakes for breakfast, rather than the egg-related dishes he prefers.
** The episode "Lifestyles of the Sick and Twisted" actually had Tails call Robotnik "Eggman".
** A cartoonist drew a story featuring Robotnik as Humpty Dumpty.
** One episode has Sonic find a tunnel full of rings.
** The unaired pilot episode contains several references to the games which includes the Egg Mobile-H from the original ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' and some of the Badniks from ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2''.
** The scene in the end credits originated from the pilot.
* NearVillainVictory: Robotnik did actually come ''very'' close to defeating Sonic a fair few times. He does so each time he gains a Chaos Emerald in the four parter arc, only for Sonic to usually manipulate some time paradox against him.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Robotnik seems to adhere to this trope quite diligently, even after episodes where the evil gadget of the week is never shown being destroyed.
* NeverSayDie: The show went to great lengths to avoid this, with "Road Hog" being an exception.
* NiceHat: Most of the characters have worn some of these during the show. Wes Weasley's is a noticeable example.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Collie Chang, Throbbin' Screech, Katty Carlise. Wes Weasley may have been based on [[ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NoFourthWall
* NoIndoorVoice: Dr. Robotnik has a penchant for being loud and boisterous.
* NotMeThisTime: One episode featured Tails being kidnapped and it wasn't Robotnik's doing. In another episode, somebody steals Sonic's shoes. The fact Coconuts had been caught at the crime scene suggested he had something to do it but Sonic reasoned Coconuts would have captured him instead of just stealing his shoes.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: While Robotnik and his mooks are frequently defeated rather handily by Sonic, the doctor does have a fair few GenreSavvy moments, with some of his gadgets being genuinely deadly (at the very least, [[GadgeteerGenius most of them do what he intends them to]]). There are a few times even [[{{Determinator}} Sonic]] seems [[OhCrap genuinely unnerved by one of Robotnik's plans]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sonic claims to not know how Grounder's snare trap is supposed to catch him. Grounder frustratedly proceeds to demonstrate, and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard no points for guessing what happens]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ObviouslyEvil: Dr. Robotnik.
* OfCorsetsFunny: Any attempt to squeeze Robotnik into a corset ("Blank-Headed Eagle", "Lovesick Sonic") is doomed to end in failure.
* OffModel: You won't believe how many times Sonic's arms turn blue. Or the time when his [[http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj141/1downpoison/w-1.png mouth disappeared]].
** Not to mention the character art inside the disk cases of the second box set.
** Doesn't help that the series was made by Creator/DiC on an extremely low budget ($6.5 million, or $100,000 per episode according to WordOfGod) and split between four animation studios[[note]]TMS, Creator/{{Saerom}}, Creator/HongYing and Creator/RainbowAnimation[[/note]].
** Done intentionally in Dr. Robotnik's case. [[TropesAreNotBad Unlike the above instances]], [[http://www.tesp.co.uk/Images/displayimage.php?album=1&pid=37026 the animators were actually encouraged to put accuracy second to emotion]].
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: In "Sonic's Song", Robotnik hands Grounder a sheet of paper that contains the location of the Rebel Radio Station....and sheepishly retracts it when Grounder reads it aloud and realizes it's a "lonely hearts" advert.
* OncePerEpisode: Robotnik's catchphrase "I ''hate'' that hedgehog!" which is generally said at the end of most episodes. Played with in "Over the Hill Hero," where, shortly after Robotnik has retreated with his mooks, Captain Rescue ends the episode with "I ''like'' that hedgehog!"
** Wes also says "I ''love'' that hedgehog" at the end of "Hero of the Year".
** There are a few episodes where Robotnik does ''not'' say the phrase once, including the above-mentioned "Over the Hill Hero".
* OutOfOrder: The last episode to be numbered on TheOtherWiki is "Sonically Ever After", while the last episode aired (and placed in the production code) is "Hero of the Year".
* OvernightAgeUp: Invoked by Robotnik in "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby". He plans to use his "decrepitizing ray" to age Sonic to the point where he'll be too old and feeble to escape him, but Scratch and Grounder's incompetence complicates things.
* PaintedTunnelRealTrain:
** In "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad", Scratch and Grounder try to paint a background on a wall in order to catch Sonic. They fail miserably at it.
** "Coachnik" provides an inversion. When being chased by Scratch and Grounder, Sonic comes across a wall and is about to paint a tunnel on it, but the tunnel is already there. Instead, he paints over the tunnel, leaving Scratch and Grounder confused when they hear a train coming, but don't see it until after it runs over them.
* PaperThinDisguise: Sonic is a master at this. It happens in almost every episode, and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Scratch and Grounder]] fall for it ''every time''. However, there were occasions where Sonic and/or Tails fell for these as well.
* ParentalBonus: A few, one example being [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs "Silence of the Yams"]].
* PrepareToDie: During the fight with Boss Scorpion at the Pinball Fortress:
-->'''''Robotnik''''': Prepare to be exterminated!
* PopcornOnTheCob: In "Birth of a Salesman", Scratch accidentally clones Sonic with one of Wes Weasley's devices while hiding out in a cornfield. The real Sonic makes a trail of fire, and each of his clones holds a cornstalk over the trail of fire. This results in a giant popcorn ball which chases Scratch and Grounder away.
* {{Pseudolympics}}: Or rather, "Robolympics".
* PunctuatedPounding: [[NoIndoorVoice I DON'T REMEMBER PROGRAMMING YOU TO BEAT ME!]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ReachingBetweenTheLines
* RecurringCharacter: A couple, like Da Bearz.
** Other examples include Breezie, Wes Weasly, and Robotnik Jr.
* RecurringRiff: A section of "In The Hall of the Mountain King" plays repeatedly throughout the series, most notably during the end credits and often when Robotnik appears.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RetGone: Robotnik tries to prevent Sonic from being born in "Robotnik's Pyramid Sceme", and nearly succeeds.
* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: Parodied in Sonic's love poem to Breezie in "Lovesick Sonic":
-->Robotnik is rotten,\\
Alfalfa is sneezy;\\
The minute I met her,\\
I loved my Breezie.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RuleOfCool
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RuleOfFunny
* RushmoreRefacement: Done by Sonic, ironically.
* SaveTheVillain: Sonic actually tries to stop Robotnik's minions from killing each other in some of the "Sonic Sez" segments, even giving safety advise. The "Robotnikland" segment where he extinguishes Scratch and Grounder on fire is a key example.
* SavingTheOrphanage: "The Mobius 5000".
* SeriesFauxnale: The series was supposed to end after 65 episodes but after that they released "Sonic Christmas Blast" in December 1996, between ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM SatAM]]'' and ''Sonic Underground''.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Often times Robotnik put up a proper serious challenge for Sonic, his robot minions would disappear (usually due to already being defeated by Sonic prior).
* ShoutOut: Professor Caninestein is obviously a reference to Albert Einstein.
** There was also a rabbit character named Updike which is a reference to John Updike, the author of the book "Rabbit, Run".
** The end of Robotnikland is heavily indebted to ''WesternAnimation/BimbosInitiation'', going as far as to recreate three of that cartoon's visual gags [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDxLSzL-tZk almost scene-for-scene]].
** Energizer.
--->'''Sonic:''' It must be running on a battery! And batteries don't just keep going and going and going!
** The episode "Attack On Pinball Fortress" is based on ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball''.
** [[MadMax Mad Mike, Da Bear Warrior!]]
** [[Franchise/StarWars I...HAVE...YOU...NOW!]]
*** Just a few seconds later in the same episode, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "I'm givin' 'er all she's got, Captain!"]]
** Dr. Robotnik uses a cartoon version of Rod Taylor's [[TheTimeMachine Time Machine]] to search for the four Chaos Emeralds.
** [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Da Bearz!]]
** In 'The Magic Hassle', Robotnik's computer makes [[SuperMarioBros suspiciously familiar sounds]].
** The very first episode, "Super Special Sonic Search & Smash Squad", [[OsamuTezuka had this vaguely familiar creature]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNjFtHM6pUw#t=4m15s appearing for a moment in the background]].
** In 'Tails In Charge', after fooling Scratch and Grounder with improvised traps, Tails asks them if they want to give up. Their answer? "[[Film/HomeAlone Never!]]"
* SidekickGlassCeiling: Tails in ''Full Tilt Tails''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SilenceYouFool
* SingleEpisodeHandicap: Sonic loses his trademark sneakers in "Mystery of the Missing Hi-Tops", and as such can no longer run at his usual supersonic speeds without hurting his feet.
* SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish: When Grounder gets a genius chip, his usual SimpletonVoice changes to Received Pronunciation.
* SpaceEpisode: "Spaceman Sonic"
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Invoked in "Sonic the Matchmaker".
* SpinOff: Received a tie-in video game called ''VideoGame/DoctorRobotniksMeanBeanMachine'', in which Sonic is curiously absent. This is a subversion, as it's actually a DolledUpInstallment of the original ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo''[[labelnote:*]]which ironically, Sega now owns after original creators Compile went out of business[[/labelnote]].
* SquashedFlat: Robotnik, during the credit sequence of every single episode. Also happens numerous times to Scratch, Grounder, and Robotnik in the episodes themselves.
* StormingTheCastle: Done with Robotnik's fortress a number of times, but also in "Attack on the Pinball Fortress".
* StupidStatementDanceMix ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJI7gN4slk "Tomorrow I'll invent those blueprints, tomorrow I'll--start!"]]; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bNCfEvQFUY "Oh it's from the show! It's from the show, from the show!"]])
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * StripPoker: Parodied.
* StuffBlowingUp: ''Extremely'' frequent. "Robotnikland" alone has about three consecutive comical explosions.
* StupidityInducingAttack: One episode involves both a "smart chip" and a "stupid chip" that make whoever takes them become much smarter or dumber.
** In "Attack on the Pinball Fortress", Robotnik invents a Stupidity Ray, which becomes an object of interest to Sonic, [[TheNeidermeyer Sergeant Doberman]], and [[SnakeOilSalesman Wes Weasley]]. Sonic simply wants to save Mobius, Doberman wants to create an army of soldiers too dumb to question his orders, and Weasley wants customers gullible enough to buy his products.
* SuddenAnatomy: Grounder's drills are replaced with human hands whenever he needs to hold something. This is {{justified|Trope}} by him being a SwissArmyWeapon.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SuperheroEpisode: "Super Robotnik"
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SurrealHumor
* SurroundedByIdiots: Robotnik sometimes makes a variation of this statement.
* TakeThatKiss: Sonic gives one to Robotnik in "Best Hedgehog".
* TakenForGranite: Used four times throughout the series: first by Grounder in "Grounder the Genius", then by Scratch and Grounder in "Tails in Charge", then by Coconuts in the episode "The Magic Hassle", and last by Merlynx in "Hedgehog of the Hound Table", though that time it only affected Sonic's legs.
* TemptingFate: Complete with a YouJustHadToSayIt.
* TerribleTrio: Scratch and Grounder with Robotnik as the higher up. Sometimes Robotnik himself joined them, and led from the front. Semi recurrer Coconuts also joined the team on occasion.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In "Sonically Ever After" Sonic and Tails first end up in the story of Hansel and Gretel. Upon noticing he's been hampered with the latter role, Tails points out "Hey, I just noticed; I'm a girl!". Doesn't help that a handful of fans have probably mistook him for one in the past.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Catty Carlyle's song in "Sonic's Song" is the show's theme song WithLyrics. The theme song also uses portions of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and "Flight of the Bumblebee". Both of these (along with certain background tunes) also take elements from the title theme for ''Sonic 1'' and ''2'' for the Genesis.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Scratch and Grounder.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TickleTorture: Used a few times.
* TimeTravel: [[TimeTravelEpisode The Chaos Emeralds four-parter.]] Complete with a massive...
* TimeyWimeyBall: Sonic and Tails defeat Robotnik in several different eras, keeping the Chaos Emeralds out of his hands. Robotnik, in a rare flash of ingenuity, goes back to the time periods and grabs the Emeralds anyway. Sonic and Tails defeat him by traveling through time '''to the same time''' [[HelpYourselfInTheFuture until about a dozen temporal clones of each have assembled]], totally smashing any pretense of a StableTimeLoop in the process. The fact that it toys with so many time travel tropes is one reason this four-parter is well-regarded.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: A variant: Scratch and Grounder are in the Arctic cold, Scratch kisses Grounder, HilarityEnsues.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TooSmartForStrangers: "That's no good!"
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ToothyBird: Scratch.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TotallyRadical: Both used and lampshaded.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chili dogs for Sonic and Tails, eggs for Robotnik (to the point where he beats Scratch and Grounder for making him pancakes as a surprise).
* TrapDoor: Robotnik has used a few of these. For an example, Coconuts has been a victim of one, sometimes multiple in the same episode. One was even mobile with {{hammerspace}} inside it.
* TheTrapParents: "Tails' New Home" follows the standard plot outlined on the trope page.
* TrashTheSet:
** Some of Robotnik's minor one off bases end up being destroyed at the end of their episodes.
*** His "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Rot-Your-Life-Away Dungeons]]" in "Sonic Breakout" is destroyed by Sonic and Tails by triggering every alarm beam, causing the computer to breakdown and self-destruct.
*** Then his "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emporium of Devastation, Destruction and Demolition]]" from "The Robotnik Express" is destroyed when the train smashes into the factory due to failed brakes.
** And then in "Robo-Ninjas", Robotnik's main base and home inexplicably collapses and explodes, and did not appear anymore in the remaining two episodes.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Rrrobotnik, in almost every sentence.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Breezie and Robotnik Jr. after their HeelFaceTurn. Grounder also openly questions his allegience to Robotnik after becoming intelligent in "Grounder the Genius"
* TheUnfavourite: Coconuts, which is saying something considering how Robotnik treats his "favorites" Scratch and Grounder.
* UnfortunateItemSwap: Grounder accidentally swaps his stereo remote for Robotnik's radio-controlled anti-gravity ball remote in "Robolympics", much to the latter's dismay.
* VacationEpisode: "The Last Resort"
* VillainBall: Robotnik refusing to allow Wes Weasley to actually broadcast his shopping channel in "Hero of the Year".
* VillainProtagonist: The show sometimes borders near this. While Sonic and Tails are still often the center focus, ''a lot'' of screentime and focus is given to Robotnik and his henchbots in many episodes. The fact the show takes notes from [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner one of the most iconic Villain Protagonists to date]] probably only fuels this.
* VillainSong: Robotnik writes two brief ones in "Sonic's Song"; in his first attempt, Catty Carlyle twists it into a TheVillainSucksSong.
** The second attempt, which is sung very badly by Robotnik himself, actually becomes HilariousInHindsight (and a tad ironic), considering that his voice actor Long John Baldry was a professional blues singer.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Robotnik at times, such as in "Too Tall Tails".
* VisualPun
* VocalEvolution: If you watch some of the earliest Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog episodes, you'll notice that Scratch and Grounder talk quite differently from their later performances ´┐Ż Scratch is voiced with a Brooklyn accent, whereas Grounder has a lower, stupider voice. These attributes disappeared over the course of the series. (Grounder still sounded dumb, but less so.)
** An odd case in the German dub: Gerald Paradies and Oliver Feld had already adopted voices for the henchbots right from the get-go (Paradies adopting a nasally voice and Feld an appropriately chicken-y voice), but for some reason, during the flashback in the first episode where Robotnik is shown making Scratch, Feld's voice for Scratch was a rather cute variation of his normal speaking voice (up to the line "Mein zwillingsbruder? Bin ich so haesslisch?!"); then when he first interacts with Grounder, Feld switches back to the previous voice. Paradies' Grounder also got slightly higher over the episodes.
* VolumetricMouth: When Grounder's head lands on Robotnik's foot in "Grounder the Genius", it results in Robotnik's mouth briefly becoming as large as his body.
* WalkingTheEarth: Pretty much what Sonic and Tails do for the entire series because they are never sure where Robotnik will strike next.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Tails can grow one in his tail, as seen in one episode.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WhosOnFirst
* WilliamTelling: Sonic does this to one of Robotnik's robots. Getting up in RobinHood garb and balancing an apple on his head, Sonic tauntingly asks the robot (Called Dragon Breath in ''VideoGame/DoctorRobotniksMeanBeanMachine'') if he's ever heard of Myth/WilliamTell. Infuriated, Dragon Breath throws his spiked club at Sonic, but the hedgehog's super speeds allows him to dodge just in time, so that the only damage done is that apple is split in half... and the tree behind Sonic falls over onto Dragon Breath.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Sonic delivers a variant of this in "Over The Hill Hero" to Captain Rescue for cutting in on his heroism.
--->'''Sonic:''' [[WhatTheHellHero You're making my work go really slow!]]
--->'''Captain Rescue:''' I'm just trying to help!
--->'''Sonic:''' Yeah, well, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero with help like yours, we don't need badniks]]!
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: "What would I want with a two-ton baby ape who can lift giant rocks, fire bananas like a shotgun-- ''HUH?'' and help me capture that pesky hedgehog SO ROBOTNIK WILL TAKE ME BACK!"
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Happens to Grounder when he attempts to swashbuckle with [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Blackbeard]] in "Blackbot the Pirate".
* YouLookFamiliar: Some of the background badniks' designs were reused in different episodes tweaked or recoloured. DOS Holiday from "Magnificent Sonic" uses the same design as Humpty from the pilot and ''Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine'' for example, while Davy Sprocket from the same appearances reappears as a giant badnik in "The Last Resort".