Western Animation / Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

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"I hate that hedgehog!"
—Dr. Robotnik in nearly every episode.

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.


TroPING AS usual, I see?!:

  • 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. It's implied this turned him to villainy.
    • 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.
    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...
    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.
    • The 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 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:
    • "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 PSA speeches to kids at the end of every episode in the 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 the latter 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 thwarts his latest plans.
  • Big "WHY?!": The episode "Spaceman Sonic" gives us this infamous quote from 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?!"
  • 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.
  • Bowdlerize: When the aforementioned "Mass Transit Trouble" episode was picked up for broadcast by Toon Disney, they removed a questionable scene where Sonic removes a bomb from the bottom of a chair.
  • Brain with a Manual Control: 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.
  • 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.
  • Broad Strokes: The mentality with which this cartoon adapts the Sonic games. While most episodes are typical cartoon plots set in whatever generic Wacky Land setting the show calls for, and centered around (often one-shot) Original Generation characters who stick out like a sore thumb compared to characters lifted from the games, don't be fooled - AoStH is actually the most accurate of the DiC Sonic cartoons by far in terms of the elements it lifts from the games. For example:
    • Grounder is a real Badnik from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 redesigned.
    • Scratch appears to be based on Clucker.
    • Other Badnik models from the games, like the Buzz Bombers in "Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops" and Choppers in "The Last Resort," appear as one-off enemies with heavy redesigns.
    • The Warp of Confusion from "Trail of the Missing Tails" is a vague impression of the Special Stages from Sonic 1, and a whole four-part Story Arc was made centered around the Chaos Emeralds from the games.
    • Some of the Zones from the games make appearances as well. The episode "Mobius 5000" sends Sonic and Tails on a race that takes them through Chemical Plant Zone (complete with Mega Mack), Casino Night Zone, and a fairly accurate representation of the Special Stage from Sonic 2!
  • 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 Says 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. 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.
  • Casino Episode: The episode "High Stakes Sonic" has Robotnik build a casino where all the games are rigged, so that all the sheep villagers who go there lose everything and are forced to work for him as slaves. Sonic goes to the casino to stop him, and plays many of the games to help the sheep. Also, in this episode only, Robotnik has a new henchman, an anthropomorphic shark (as in "card shark") named Smiley.
  • 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: "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.
  • Circling Birdies: Happens to Scratch when he regains his memory in "Blank-Headed Eagle".
  • 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?
  • Coconut Meets Cranium: In "Big Daddy", when Coconuts first meets Boom-Boom, the son of the titular ape, he tosses a coconut at his head, much like his video game counterpart does to Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Co-Dragons: 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.
  • 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: In "The Magnificent Sonic" Sonic becomes the Sheriff of Tranquil Gulch after defeating Six-Gun Pete, one of Dr. Robotnik's robots.
  • Cut Phone Lines: In "Momma Robotnik's Birthday", Sonic tricks Scratch and Grounder into thinking they are contestants on a game show he is hosting. Robotnik sees this from the monitor in his lair and tries to call them to warn them about Sonic, but Sonic literally cuts through Grounder's phone line with a knife, which also somehow cuts Robotnik's phone line, much to the latter's bewilderment. This scene, unfortunately, was cut from the Toon Disney broadcast.
  • Damsel in Distress: Henrietta in "Blank-Headed Eagle" when she is captured by Grounder.
  • 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. This is 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: Dr. Robotnik does this throughout the entire show. For example:
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory:
    • In one of the "Sonic Says" 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 Says" 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.
  • Distressed Damsel: Henrietta, the girl turkey in "Blank-Headed Eagle" who falls in love with Scratch, thinking he's a superhero.
  • Ditzy Genius: Robotnik at times:
    Sonic: "You spelled "Kidnapped" with a 'C.'"
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Door Slams You:
    • In "Momma Robotnik's Birthday", Robotnik orders Scratch and Grounder to stop whoever's invading his fortress. Just as they run up to the front door, Momma Robotnik kicks it open, and crushes them with it.
    • At the beginning of "Birth of a Salesman", Grounder tries to answer the door, but Wes Weasley crushes him with it when he opens it.
  • 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.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant Doberman. He treats Sonic and Tails like they are in boot camp.
  • Drink Order: Sonic orders a root beer in "Magnificent Sonic".
  • Drugs Are Bad: The main point of two of the Sonic Says segments.
  • Dub Name Change: The Mexican dub, Las Aventuras de Sonic, has a few, likely due to the source material (the games) not being a hot item in Mexico at the time. Robotnik is changed to Mostachón, and Tails becomes Colitas ("Little Tails") - not only did they give him a feminine name, the Mexican staff made him a girl!
  • 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:
    Sonic: "You get outta here now or I'll tell everyone your real name is Miles."
    Tails: "Not that!"
  • 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 after Sonic promises that he can eat Robotnik if he helps them get back to Mobius. Another ends with him chased by an alligator.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap! In "Sonic Breakout", Robotnik builds a giant prison complex and imprisons a cartoonist who made fun of him, and later on, Sonic. When Sonic gets out of his Tailor-Made Prison, Robotnik is with the cartoonist when alarm sounds.
    Robotnik (to cartoonist): "Hm? You haven't escaped. I would have noticed that. The Hedgehog!"
  • 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. As a reversal, the 2013 remake features a hidden green colored Grounder as a Mythology Gag.
    • 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 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.
  • Eye Pop: Many characters usually do this when they are either surprised, shocked, or when something bad is about to happen.
  • 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 Says" 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."
  • Forced into Evil: In "Pseudo Sonic", Lawrence the Lab Rat was forced by Dr. Robotnik to pilot the titular robot and frame Sonic for various crimes because Robotnik threatened to kill his parents with a surface-to-Sonic missile.
  • 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.
  • Furry Reminder: In "Lovesick Sonic", Sonic is eaten by a giant python who then spits him out due to Sonic's quills.
  • 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".
    • 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 is remarkably dirty for a kids' cartoon. It qualifies as sexual harassment towards Robotnik, which seems odd in a show whose aesops are otherwise against sexual harassment.
    • 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-!
  • 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 his.
  • 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.
  • Glory Hound: Scratch, Grounder and especially Coconuts are constantly trying to take credit for schemes or otherwise prove they're Robotnik's favourite minion.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Some of the "Sonic Says" 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 the Goofuses to Sonic's Gallant.
  • Goofy Print Underwear:
    • Robotnik is occasionally seen wearing boxers that has polka dots or hearts on them.
    • In "Over the Hill Hero", Captain Rescue wears a pair of boxers with hearts on them.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In one episode, Robotnik gives Grounder super-intelligence. Grounder quickly turns on him.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Robotnik created Scratch and Grounder intending for them to be unbeatable Super Soldiers who could easily beat Sonic. Instead, he got the exact opposite: two Lethally Stupid bumblers who Sonic regularly outsmarts and runs circles around.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The quest for the four Chaos Emeralds in "Blackbot the Pirate", "Hedgehog of the 'Hound' Table", "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme" and "Prehistoric Sonic".
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: 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 pretty well-muscled in the Chaos Emeralds special part 2. Tails got a taste of the power too, just long enough to scratch Grounder and ground Scratch.
  • Harmless Villain: Zigzagged with Dr. Robotnik himself since he is implied to be rather imposing to anyone who isn't Sonic.note  His henchbots, however, are pretty incompetent for the most part, and when not being defeated by Sonic, are outmatched by random powerless civilians or even their own bumbling.
  • Haven't You Seen X Before?: "What's everybody afraid of?" "Yeah! You'd think they never saw a blue hedgehog before."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Robotnik Jr. and Breezie.
  • Hellevator: "Robotnikland".
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: Played with in "Pseudo Sonic". The titular robot helps an Eldery Lady cross the street deliberately at the wrong time so that she will get run over by a bus. This later comes to bite the real Sonic on the butt, as the Elderly Lady thinks he had her run over, and tries to alert the police to arrest him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Robotnik makes Sonic this in "Pseudo Sonic". He also does this to Tails in "Too Tall Tails".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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 Robotnik led him to believe.
  • High-Class Glass: Grounder gets one in the aforementioned "Grounder the Genius".
  • "Home Alone" Antics: In the episode "Tails in Charge", Tails sets traps for Scratch and Grounder to get back at them for turning Sonic to stone.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Captain Rescue in "Over the Hill Hero", who allows the Obviously Evil Robotnik to convince him that he's another hero who's overshadowed by the show-off Sonic.
    • Da Bears in "The Robotnik Express", who mistake Scratch and Grounder for Sonic and Tails, and vice versa.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Pretty much every human character is a villain, save for the Ambiguously Human Professor Von Schlemmer.
  • Humiliation Conga: Happens to Robotnik in nearly every episode. Particularly noteworthy is the ending of "Robotnik Express" and "Robotnikland".
  • I Am Not Weasel: Quark, who, despite his duck-like lower half, insists that "I'm not a duck!"
  • Ice-Cream Koan: 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."
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: 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.
  • I Have Your Wife: 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.
  • Impact Silhouette: 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.
  • In-Name-Only: 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 as wild variations from their game designs. 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".
  • Instant Mass Just Add Water: 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.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Even though they're both robots, Robotnik Jr. (human) is involved with Breezie (hedgehog).
    • Many of Sonic's Girls of the Week qualify.
  • Invincible Hero: 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.
  • 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".
  • Key Under the Doormat: In "Blank-Headed Eagle", when Sonic tries to get an amnesiac Scratch to tell him what he knows about Dr. Robotnik, Scratch recalls that Robotnik leaves the key to his fortress under his "Unwelcome" mat.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 unaired 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 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.
  • No Fourth Wall: Seen throughout the series, most notably during the "Sonic Says" segments.
  • No Indoor Voice: Dr. Robotnik has a penchant for being loud and boisterous.
  • Nobody's That Dumb: In the episode, "Birth of a Salesman", this exchange occurs when Scratch and Grounder actually manage to catch Sonic and Tails in a gravity-stopper ray:
    Sonic: Just turn off that gravity stopper ray, and we're yours!
    (Scratch and Grounder laugh evilly, then stop.)
    Grounder: What's so funny?
    Scratch: We're dumb, but we're not that dumb!
    Grounder: That's right! We're not that dumb! We're not?
    Scratch: Of course not! If we shut off the gravity stopper machine, Sonic will fall back to the ground, and run away!
    Grounder: Oh yeah, I knew that!
  • Not Me This Time: 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.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While Robotnik and his mooks are frequently defeated rather handily by Sonic, the doctor does have a fair few smart moments, with some of his gadgets being genuinely deadly (at the very least, most of them do what he intends them to). There are a few times even Sonic seems genuinely unnerved by one of Robotnik's plans.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sonic claims to not know how Grounder's snare trap is supposed to catch him. Grounder frustratedly proceeds to demonstrate, and no points for guessing what happens.
  • Obviously Evil: Dr. Robotnik. He's always scheming to take over Mobius.
  • Of Corsets Funny: Any attempt to squeeze Robotnik into a corset ("Blank-Headed Eagle", "Lovesick Sonic") is doomed to end in failure.
  • Off Model:
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: 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.
  • Once per Episode: Robotnik's catchphrase "I hate that hedgehog!" which is generally said at the end of most episodes. This is 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".
  • Out of Order: The last episode to be numbered on The Other Wiki is "Sonically Ever After", while the last episode aired (and placed in the production code) is "Hero of the Year".
  • Overnight Age-Up: 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.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train:
    • 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.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Sonic is a master at this. It happens in almost every episode, and Scratch and Grounder fall for it every time. However, there were occasions where Sonic and/or Tails fell for these as well.
  • Parental Bonus: A few, one example being "Silence of the Yams".
  • Prepare to Die: During the fight with Boss Scorpion at the Pinball Fortress:
    Robotnik: Prepare to be exterminated!
  • Popcorn on the Cob: 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".
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: In keeping with the overall laziness of the show, public domain music pops up a lot. The Theme Song is literally just the Sonic theme from the SEGA games mixed with "In The Hall of the Mountain King."
  • Punctuated Pounding: I DON'T REMEMBER PROGRAMMING YOU TO BEAT ME!
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: In the episode "Full Tilt Tails", Tails tries to race a train but gets his foot caught in the tracks. Sonic saves him by quickly building a new set of train tracks out of harm's way.
  • 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.
  • Ret Gone: Robotnik tries to prevent Sonic from being born in "Robotnik's Pyramid Sceme", and nearly succeeds.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue: 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.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Scratch and Grounder. They are the most prominent of Robotnik's robots as they are seen together in every episode.
  • Thumbtack on the Chair: In "Super Robotnik", Scratch hangs up a picture in Robotnik's office and one of the nails accidentally falls on Robotnik's chair. Since Robotnik's butt was the only thing that wasn't affected by the Superpower formula Coconuts inadvertently created, it wasn't invulnerable like the rest of his body. Thus, he is in geunine pain when he sits on the nail.
  • Totally Radical: Both used and lampshaded. Sonic does this when he is about to run or is talking to Tails.
  • 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.
  • Trap Is the Only Option:
    • The plot of "Sonic Breakout" is based around Robotnik imprisoning a cartoonist who drew a less-than-flattering strip of the Eggman. In order to break into the prison and save him, Sonic willingly lets himself get captured by Scratch and Grounder... but not before putting them through the usual hijinx.
    • In "Zoobotnik", Robotnik teams up with Katella the Intergalactic Huntress, who has captured everyone on Mobius, in order to catch Sonic. They lure him using an obvious doll of Tails, whom Katella captured earlier. Even though Sonic knows it's a trap (he even informs the viewers of it), he willingly falls for it in the hope of finding Tails.
  • 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:
    • His "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.
    • His "Emporium of Devastation, Destruction and Demolition" from "The Robotnik Express" is destroyed when the train smashes into the factory due to failed brakes.
    • 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".
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Scratch and Grounder, the bumbling robot minions, have this dynamic with Dr. Robotnik.
  • 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 episodes, you'll notice that Scratch and Grounder talk quite differently from their later performances � Scratch is voiced with a Brooklyn accent, whereas Grounder has a lower, stupider voice. These attributes disappeared over the course of the series.note 
    • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog

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