Western Animation: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
aka: The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
, a syndicated 65-Episode Cartoon
produced by DiC Entertainment
, is the first Animated Adaptation
of the Sonic the Hedgehog
series. It stars Sonic and Tails as they run around the planet Mobius
while trying to foil Dr. Robotnik's plans. Meanwhile, ol' Robotnik and his two (sometimes three) incredibly incompetent helpers
, robots Scratch and Grounder (and sometimes Coconuts), try to Take Over the World
The show deviates from the games a lot
, but does feature occasional nods to them (compared to SatAM
which was an In Name Only
adaptation, and Sonic Underground
, which was pretty much This Is Your Premise on Drugs
, this series is a bit more faithful to the games, although even that is beaten out 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 ABC
, better known as SatAM
In addition to the aforementioned Sonic SatAM
, this show is not to be confused with the other Western animated Sonic
adaptation Sonic Underground
, the OVA Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
, or the Anime Sonic X
, Sonic Boom
or the upcoming film adaptation
This show provides examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Katella the Intergalactic Huntress is this to Robotnik due to her overaggressiveness.
- Abusive Parents:
- Robotnik's mother is incredibly abusive to him. In some cases, she almost makes him into a Jerkass Woobie.
- This eventually carries over to Robotnik himself, who is also incredibly abusive to the robots he creates.
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: The knowledge that Tails has these sometimes is what propels the resolution of an episode.
- Achilles' Heel: 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!"
- Acronym Confusion: From the "Zoobotnik" episode.
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... Robotnik:
Get to the point or your name will be M.U.D.
- The Ahnold: Arnold Robonegger in Robolympics".
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Quark's minion D.U.F.U.S. is considerably smarter than Scratch and Grounder, which eventually leads to him rebelling.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Submerged Sonic" has quite a bit of this.
- Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: At least one for France, which also uses the same tune as the Italian version.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- Scratch seems to show a little too much like for Robotnik.
- Robotnik has occasionally has these moments.
- Amnesia Danger: 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".
- Animation Bump: TMS Entertainment animated the opening like they did for Tiny Toon Adventures and 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.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Sonic Says. Got mythology gagged in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and referenced in Wreck-It Ralph.
- And That's Terrible:
- 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.
- Appease the Volcano God: Robotnik does so in order to obtain a Chaos Emerald in "Prehistoric Sonic". Scratch and Grounder are the sacrifices, but since the supposed lava is actually volcanic mud, they survive.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- 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. 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.
- Ascended Extra: 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 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (with Scratch being the most radical change).
- Aside Comment: "I'll have to give myself a PROMOTION!"
- Aside Glance: Usually done by Sonic when he is about the break the fourth wall.
- Ass Kicks You: In "Zoobotnik", Mama Robotnik rams into Katella butt-first, leaving her flattened against the wall.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: 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.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: "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.
- Babysitting Episode: 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".
- Bad Butt: This incarnation of Sonic is one. On one hand, he's supposed to be a cool character with attitude. On the other one, he delivers boring speeches and aesops to kids at the end of every episode in the infamous Sonic Says segments...
- Balloon Belly: Tails is forced to eat tons of junk food (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 Growling Gut 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.
- Batman Gambit: Sonic frequently does these to Robotnik and his lackeys in order to stop Robotnik's plans.
- Beehive Hairdo: Parodied in "Momma Robotnik Returns", when a social worker has actual bees flying around it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sonic, Tails, and especially his temporary pet alien Goopster.
- Beware the Silly Ones: 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.
- Big Bad: Robotnik. He's is always trying to take over Mobius.
- Big Damn Heroes: The show had their share of these. This is justified as Sonic and Tails travel all over Mobius In the episode "Zoobotnik", Mama Robotnik even makes one.
- Bigger on the Inside: 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.
- Big "NO!": Often done by Robotnik when he is mad or whenever Sonic stops his latest plans.
- Birthday Episode: "Robotnikland". Also a Forgotten Birthday, though it doesn't quite follow the usual formula.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: In the American Spanish translation, Tails is translated as a 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.
- Bond One-Liner: In one of the PSAs, 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 Broken Aesop as Sonic then spends the remainder of the PSA standing in the street.
- Boobs of Steel: 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.
- Bound and Gagged: Many characters, including Sonic and Tails, end up like when they are captured by Robotnik.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sonic does this a lot. This is especially the case in the "Sonic Says" segments when he is taking directly to the viewers.
- Broken Aesop: 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 as he stands in the middle of the street.
- Brilliant but Lazy: 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.
- Brother-Sister Incest: 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".
- Burning Rubber: 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.
- Butt Monkey: Pretty much all of the bad guys, but especially Coconuts. In Coconuts's case, Robotnik always yells at him and gives him demeaning jobs.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: In one Sonic Says, Scratch and Grounder collapse after sharing one bottle of "booooooooze".
- Captain Obvious: Some of the Sonic Says aesops are very obvious. For example, one warned kids to not to lay in dryers.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Robotnik as he is the big bad.
- 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: "I hate that hedgehog!"
- Robotnik Jr.: "Big Whoop!"
- Wes Weasley: "Hey palzy, how are ya', how are ya', how are ya'?"
- Scratch: His laugh.
- And in a few episodes, we have "DA BEARZ."
- Christmas Special: Sonic Christmas Blast.
- Clip Show: "Hero of the Year".
- Clueless Aesop: The Sonic Says segments were absolutely drowning in these.
- The first episode's 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 Good Old Fisticuffs is the right approach when surrounded by bigger, stronger, and possibly armed attackers.* 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 Dr. Ivo Rrrrrobotnik.
- Sonic begins the "Poison Ivy" Sonic Says by saying "There may not be any poisonous flowers on Earth." ┐Que?
- Conjoined Eyes: Sonic and Dr. Robotnik.
- Conviction by Contradiction: In one episode Sonic's special sneakers are stolen. Sonic dismisses one suspect because his feet are too big to wear them, but the guy who actually stole the sneakers didn't want to wear them either. In fact, none of the suspects did.
- Cowboy Episode: "Magnificent Sonic"
- Dartboard of Hate: Schoolteacher Lucinda keeps one of Robotnik in her classroom.
- Dating Catwoman: Sonic and Breezie, at least in the beginning.
- A Day in the Limelight: 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.
- Department of Child Disservices: Averted. Sonic is temporarily put into the custody of Momma Robotnik, but a social worker annuls the adoption when it's revealed that Momma Robotnik disowned her own son.
- Deranged Animation: Taken Up to Eleven 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.
- Disguised in Drag: 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.
- Disney Death: Sonic briefly has one in "Lovesick Sonic".
- Disproportionate Retribution: Doctor Robotnik. Over and over again throughout the entire show.
- Disqualification-Induced Victory:
- 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 Banana Peel in the latter's path, and the latter for tying the former's shoelaces together.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "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!
- The Dog Bites Back: 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).
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: 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 Shotgun Wedding, 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.
- Drink Order: Sonic orders a root beer in "Magnificent Sonic".
- Drugs Are Bad: 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 duck. Again.
- Dumb Is Good: 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.
- Dynamite Candle: 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.
- Embarrassing First Name:
"You get outta here now or I'll tell everyone your real name is Miles." Tails:
- Engineered Public Confession: The Scrap Valley episode has Sonic mess with Robotnik's speech in a way similar to a scene in Batman Returns.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
- Evil Is Petty: 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.
- Exact Eavesdropping: 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.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: 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 who appears in the Wing Fortress Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2* .
- Grounder resembles the badnik of the same name that appears in Sonic 2, though the one in the game is red instead of green.
- Breezie seems to be one of Jessica Rabbit.
- Wes Weasley is very clearly inspired by Phil Silvers.
- Scratch and Grounder also seem like evil but dimwitted versions of 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 Fountain of Expies, as other Sonic media tends to give Robotnik/Eggman Those Two Bad Guys as his dimwitted right-hand men.
- Expressive Mask: In "Magnificent Sonic" Scratch uses a mask in the shape of a mustached man with a moving mouth in order to deceive Ms. Possum.
- Every Man Has His Price: 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.
- The Face of the Sun: A somewhat bipolar variation of this appears in "Tails' New Home"
- Falling into His Arms: Two characters invoke this towards Sonic at separate points: Fangirl Sonette...and Scratch.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: "Magnificent Sonic" in spades. Even the "Sonic Sez" that warns about the dangers of guns plays this straight.
- Fan Disservice: 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 Fan Disservice.
- Fantastic Aesop: 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.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Robotnik's quip against Sonic in the episode "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad":
"He helps NICE people!"
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Grounder becomes super-intelligent in one episode.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Sonic and Robotnik, at times, especially in "Best Hedgehog."
- Follow the Leader: The abstract, Jackson Pollack-esque backgrounds? The thin, nonsensical plots? The loose, Off Model animation? Yeah, a lot of this show was, shall we say, inspired by The Ren & Stimpy Show. Justified in that a number of ex-Ren & Stimpy crew members actually worked on the show.
- Fountain of Youth: Sonic, Tails, and Dr. Robotnik get turned into babies in "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby". Hilarity Ensues.
- Friendly Enemy: Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts come across as being on better terms with Sonic and Tails in some of the "Sonic Sez" segments.
- From Bad to Worse: 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.
- Fun with Acronyms: In the episode, "Robotnik's Rival", D.U.F.U.S., Dr. Quark's robot, stands for Design Unit Flexible Underling Substitute.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Bordering on Mythology Gag and Fridge Brilliance, Tails gets to show this on occasion, repairing trucks and even building Sonic a hovercraft from scratch.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- "You robot chickens make me sick. Get a couple of pints of 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, 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...."
- Robotnik in a bikini.
- From "Birth of a Salesman"
Grounder: You can take your Freezebanger and-!
- Girl of the Week : Examples include Breezie the hedgebot and Sonette the super sonic stalker fan in a few episodes.
- Girls with Moustaches: 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.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: 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.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Some of the "Sonic Sez" segments involve Sonic trying to give advice to Robotnik's mooks (with varying success).
- I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday: Used twice in "Best Hedgehog".
- It Came from the Fridge: 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".
- Landslide Election: 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.
- Large Ham: 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".
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the episode "Sonic Brakeout" where Robotnik imprisoned a cartoonist for 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.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Lucas, seen in "Best Hedgehog", resembles the title character of the Where's Waldo? series.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: 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.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: 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 Sonic's, which doubles as the show's title theme. Robotnik also gets a pretty catchy one. Even Scratch & Grounder have one, which is just a shortened version of Dovregubbens Hall.
- Look Behind You: Sonic manages this by just pointing and saying "I'M over there."
- Losing Your Head: A constant occurrence with Scratch and Grounder.
- Mass Hypnosis: Wes Weasley's Hypno-Vision commercials during Robotnik's campaign do this, however Sonic is immune since his eyes are too fast.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: Robotnik gives 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 Face-Heel Turn.
- Medium Awareness: Sonic Says segments had this sometimes, as well as the show itself.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: How young gorilla "Boom-Boom" got his name in "Big Daddy".
- The Millstone: Bad guy example. In the first episode, Scratch and Grounder actually manage to capture Sonic and lock him in a cage. 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. Coconuts does so and Sonic escapes locking all three robots in the cage.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: 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.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The Merhogs, who are part hedgehog and part fish.
- Mythology Gag: 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.
- Near Villain Victory: 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.
- Never Recycle Your Schemes: Robotnik seems to adhere to this trope quite diligently, even after episodes where the evil gadget of the week is never shown being destroyed.
- Never Say "Die": The show went to great lengths to avoid this, with "Road Hog" being an exception.
- Nice Hat: Most of the characters have worn some of these during the show. Wes Weasley's is a noticeable example.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Collie Chang, Throbbin' Screech, Katty Carlise. Wes Weasley may have been based on Phil Silvers.
- Recurring Character: A couple, like Da Bearz.
- Other examples include Breezie, Wes Weasly, and Robotnik Jr.
- Recurring Riff: 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.
- Single-Episode Handicap: 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.
- Smart People Speak The Queen's English: When Grounder gets a genius chip, his usual Simpleton Voice changes to Received Pronunciation.
- Space Episode: "Spaceman Sonic"
- Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Invoked in "Sonic the Matchmaker".
- Spin-Off: Received a tie-in video game called Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, in which Sonic is curiously absent. This is a subversion, as it's actually a Dolled-Up Installment of the original Puyo Puyo* .
- Squashed Flat: Robotnik, during the credit sequence of every single episode. Also happens numerous times to Scratch, Grounder, and Robotnik in the episodes themselves.
- Storming the Castle: Done with Robotnik's fortress a number of times, but also in "Attack on the Pinball Fortress".
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix ("Tomorrow I'll invent those blueprints, tomorrow I'll--start!"; "Oh it's from the show! It's from the show, from the show!")
- Stuff Blowing Up: Extremely frequent. "Robotnikland" alone has about three consecutive comical explosions.
- Stupidity Inducing Attack: 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, Sergeant Doberman, and 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.
- Sudden Anatomy: Grounder's drills are replaced with human hands whenever he needs to hold something. This is justified by him being a Swiss Army Weapon.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Robotnik sometimes makes a variation of this statement.
- Take-That Kiss: Sonic gives one to Robotnik in "Best Hedgehog".
- Taken for Granite: 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.
- Tempting Fate: Complete with a You Just Had to Say It.
- Terrible Trio: 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.
- That Came Out Wrong: 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.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Catty Carlyle's song in "Sonic's Song" is the show's theme song With Lyrics. 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: 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).
- Trap Door: 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.
- The Trap Parents: "Tails' New Home" follows the standard plot outlined on the trope page.
- Trash the Set:
- Some of Robotnik's minor one off bases end up being destroyed at the end of their episodes.
- 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.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Rrrobotnik, in almost every sentence.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Breezie and Robotnik Jr. after their Heel-Face Turn. Grounder also openly questions his allegience to Robotnik after becoming intelligent in "Grounder the Genius"
- The Unfavourite: Coconuts, which is saying something considering how Robotnik treats his "favorites" Scratch and Grounder.
- Unfortunate Item Swap: Grounder accidentally swaps his stereo remote for Robotnik's radio-controlled anti-gravity ball remote in "Robolympics", much to the latter's dismay.
- Vacation Episode: "The Last Resort"
- Villain Ball: Robotnik refusing to allow Wes Weasley to actually broadcast his shopping channel in "Hero of the Year".
- Villain Protagonist: 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 one of the most iconic Villain Protagonists to date probably only fuels this.
- Villain Song: Robotnik writes two brief ones in "Sonic's Song"; in his first attempt, Catty Carlyle twists it into a The Villain Sucks Song.
- The second attempt, which is sung very badly by Robotnik himself, actually becomes Hilarious in Hindsight (and a tad ironic), considering that his voice actor Long John Baldry was a professional blues singer.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Robotnik at times, such as in "Too Tall Tails".
- Visual Pun
- Vocal Evolution: 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.
- Volumetric Mouth: 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.
- Walking the Earth: Pretty much what Sonic and Tails do for the entire series because they are never sure where Robotnik will strike next.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Tails can grow one in his tail, as seen in one episode.