Western Animation: Sonic Boom

(from left to right) Sticks, Knuckles, Sonic, Amy, and Tails

Announced on October 2, 2013, Sonic Boom is a CGI animated entry in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. Much like Sonic Underground, Sonic Sat AM and the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and other series by DiC Entertainment, its animation has been outsourced to a French animation studio, this time, the fledgling OuiDo! Productions. Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham and Mike Pollock reprise their in-game roles as Sonic, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman, while Tails is now voiced by Colleen Villard and Amy appears for the first time in a Western Animation series in the Sonic franchise, also voiced by her in-game voice actress, Cindy Robinson.

The series is a more comedic take on the Sonic franchise while still keeping its knack for high-speed action intact. It also features a new world with new characters and redesigns of existing characters. Production is handled by SEGA and directly supervised by Sonic Team's very own Takashi Iizuka. The show is broadcasted on Cartoon Network's USA feeds and France's Canal J and GULLI. Not to be confused with the Los Angeles fan event every year as a Transatlantic Equivalent to the Summer of Sonic convention in the United Kingdom, or the North American main theme of Sonic CD.

It has its own video games using the art style on Wii U and 3DS, serving as a prequel to the show. Tropes for the game should be placed here.

Not surprisingly, it also has a comic book series from Archie Comics, a company that has had plenty of experience with Sonic. Tropes for the comics go here, currently in a rough state that could use more tropes.

Has a recap page in progress.

The series debuted in the US on November 8th, 2014, and is set to premiere in the UK Autumn 2015, with initial impressions being fairly positive.

Sonic Boom provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Knuckles and Sticks don't appear in "Double Doomsday" and "Guilt Tripping" (Amy also doesn't appear in the latter). Likewise, Sticks isn't anywhere to be seen in "The Sidekick".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Dude, Where's My Eggman? for Orbot and Cubot.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: From the second episode:
    Eggman: Obliteratorbot, destroy Sonic and his four friends!
    Obliteratorbot: For... tress? Fortress. Destroying island fortress.
    Eggman: What? No, that's not what I said at all!
    Orbot: We're still working out a few kinks...
  • Alternate Continuity: The show and games are part of a "sub-franchise", which are entirely different from the main games.
  • Art Evolution: And how. While Tails and Amy just get normal wardrobe changes, Sonic's arms are now blue, and his quills are scruffier. Knuckles...seems to have moved into a gym for a month and now towers above the other three. Sports tape also seem to be a motif among the characters now, who all have them in some way (with Sonic and Tails even sports taping their shoes).
  • Ascended Extra: Orbot and Cubot had their moments, but rarely appeared in any significant capacity. By contrast, they're major supporting characters in the cartoon, typically getting at least one scene per episode. Amy and Knuckles as well, as they've been demoted in recent games. The cartoon returns them to their role as main characters.
  • Ascended Glitch: "Dude, Where's My Eggaman?" has a nod to a patched infinite jump glitch from the Rise of Lyric video game.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Knuckles, apparently. (WARNING: Video contains spoilers!)
  • Bastard Understudy: "Double Doomsday" revolves around Eggman getting one, named Dave. When Dave gets fed up of doing menial chores and not being allowed to do actual evil, he snaps and activates Eggman's Doomsday Device.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: At the start of "Fortress of Squalitude", as Eggman's going through his mail:
    Eggman: Junk...[shredding sound]...junk...[shredding sound]...junk...[shredding sound]...junk...[shredding sound]..."Modern Lair" magazine...
  • Canon Foreigner: Sticks the Jungle Badger.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "Double Doomsday", one scene has Tails briefly show off his newly-invented Reverse Polarizer. He and Sonic later use it to reverse the black hole created by the Doomsday Devices.
    • In fact, the Doomsday Devices themselves count; Eggman shows one to Dave early on, and after Dave gets fed up of being treated like a janitor, he goes ahead and activates it. Eggman then activates his own one in revenge.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sticks.
    Sticks: Crossing paths with a cross-eyed moose brings a curse upon the moose-crosser and the non-moose-crossed friends! Don't you people know anything about science?!
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • Sticks's paranoid rambling about Eggman moving in as a front to build a robot to destroy them was dead on, even down to the name.
    • Her theory about the luck balance of the universe being thrown out of whack, giving Knuckles constant bad luck, is also proven to be true when Sonic manipulates Knuckles into joining up with Eggman (temporarily) to save the day, with the echidna's bad luck overpowering the evil scientist's newfound good luck.
  • Coconut Meets Cranium: Happens to Amy near the beginning of "Cowbot".
  • Composite Character: Sticks looks very similar to Marine's design and is as active as she is. Also, she seems to be new to friends like Blaze.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • At one point in "Cowbot", Eggman references Dave the Intern from "Double Doomsday", averting the Negative Continuity in the rest of the series.
    • During the training in "Unlucky Knuckles", Orbot and Cubot wear their masks of Sonic and Tails from ""Buster"".
    • There are a few references to the Sonic Boom video games here and there. In particular, Sticks is nominated for an Awardy Award in one episode, while in another, Sonic reads his autobiography.
  • Crazy Memory: Knuckles' interpretation of him defeating Eggman in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sonic as usual.
  • Denser and Wackier: Episode plots include Sonic firing Tails from his sidekick position (just to assure Tails' safety) and Eggman driving Sonic crazy while moving in with him for a while.
  • Description Cut: In "Fortress of Squalitude", Eggman is sure the incoming representative from Modern Lair magazine will praise his lair...cut to said representative denouncing it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Tails confronting Dr. Eggman in "Translate This".
    Tails: Give me back my robot!
    Eggman: Or, what?
    Tails: Well, that's a fair question.
  • Do Androids Dream?: According to Eggman, Orbot and Cubot don't have souls, to which they glumly agree. Played for laughs.
  • Don't Ask: When Eggman is teaching the now evilized characters proper moustache care, he tells them to brush stroke each side exactly 50 times, and no more. When Knuckles asks why, see Sticks with a now very bushy moustache who mutters "Don't ask".
  • Exact Words: When Sonic fires Tails and tries to find a new sidekick, both Tails and Eggman show up. When Sonic protests, they point out that Sonic's ad says "All qualified candidates welcome".
  • Expy: Sticks the Jungle Badger to Marine the Raccoon.
    • Her hair and choice of weaponry resembles those of Aika.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "I'll be back, with a new robot! With an accurate name! And super laser eyes! And it'll feed me ham! Eeeeevil ham..."
  • Failed Attempt at Drama:
    • After being fired from his position as sidekick, Tails attends Sonic's interview sessions wearing a cloak. Tails tries to dramatically reveal himself by throwing the hood off, but it gets stuck and he ends up tripping.
    • In Double Doomsday as Dave's declaring his revenge.
    "They'll pay for this! They're all going to pay! *laugh*
    (to a customer) "You want fries with that?"
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "The Meteor", Sonic and Eggman switch when they both touch a meteor that has magical properties. They switch back at the end using the same meteor.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Near the beginning of "Buster", you can clearly see a Sega Dreamcast logo on Eggman's new robot.
  • Furry Confusion: The world apparently contains regular, non-anthropomorphic animals, as one episode involves getting Sticks a pet and another has pheasants served as a meal.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: From the very first episode:
    Sonic: You're gonna be able to play lots of golf, and spend time with the grandkids.
    Tails: I don't have grandkids.
    Sonic: Well, now's your chance to get some.
    • From "My Fair Sticksy":
    Eggman: Something smells fishy here...
    Fish in a bowl: I have irritable bowl syndrome.
    • From "Cow Bot":
    Tails: That is some... interesting cocoa.
    Eggman: Wanna guess my secret ingredient?
    Sonic: If he says 'love,' I'm outta here.
  • Gilligan Cut: Sonic refuses to take Sticks pet-shopping in "Buster." Cut to Sonic and Sticks at the pet shop.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Double Subverted in "Can an Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For a Few Days?" Eggman shows up on Sonic's doorstep and claims that his lair was trashed by a violent storm, asking if Sonic could put him up until his robots rebuild his lair. Sonic accedes, which leads to various mundane roommate hijinx between Eggman and Sonic and Tails. However the plan is a ploy, which is revealed after an all-night board game session. Eggman was just there to exhaust everyone, then sic a new robot he built on them while they were unable to defend themselves.
  • Good Times Montage: Parodied. At one point, Sticks implores her robo-pet Buster to remember all the good times they had together, flashing back to scenes we didn't see in the episode. When Buster remains unconvinced, Sticks admits they didn't really do any of that.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded twice. When Sonic escorts Sticks to a dance in "My Fair Sticksy", he adamantly refuses to wear pants and Dr. Eggman has to point out in "Double Doomsday" that Dave isn't wearing pants, yet still has pockets.
  • Hammerspace: Amy and Sticks often pull their weapons out of nowhere.
  • Here We Go Again:
    • Subverted at the end of "Buster". Just as Sticks leaves her pet to find his place, Tails comes up with his own new pet... which he immediately decides against once it eats him.
    • Played straight at the end of "Dude, Where's My Eggman". Eggman once again erases the memory of Orbot and Cubot and they soon have the same dialogue as the beginning of the episode. Eggman shows up to ask them where the Eggmobile is.
  • Humiliation Conga: "Unlucky Knuckles" is just an episode long one aimed at Knuckles.
  • If You Taunt Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: When Eggman is staying at Sonic's place, Amy actually argues for it. She says that if they don't help him, they'll be no better than he is. Eggman agrees.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In "Eggheads", Eggman has a basket of evil cookies dropped off on Sonic's porch for him to eat but he doesn't eat it, but when Amy walks by and sees the basket of cookies:
    Amy: Aw. I knew Sonic wouldn't forget my birthday. It's four months late, but it's the thought that counts.
    Eggman: (watching from his lab) Why would he leave your birthday present on his porch? Where's the logic there?
  • Karma Houdini: Willy Walrus in "Dude Where's My Eggman", assisting Eggman to break into a helium factory and is later accidentally busted out of jail by Orbot and Cubot. Said raid is also the one crime Eggman thus far has suffered no repercussions from (if an admittedly petty one).
  • Laugh with Me: Inverted in "Translate This" when Orbot and Cubot try to get in on Eggman's Evil Laugh:
    Eggman: Don't laugh with me, you're ruining it!
  • Lennon Specs: Dr. Eggman sports both these and forehead-mounted lab goggles.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Sonic fires Tails in "The Sidekick", he puts down "all qualified candidates welcome". Not only does this allow Tails to try to get his job back, but also Dr. Eggman.
  • Market-Based Title: The Japanese title is Sonic Toon.
  • Metaphor Is My Middle Name: Sonic in "Circus of Plunder" claims that "Capable" is his middle name.
    Knuckles: I thought your middle name was "The".
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Eggheads" spends the first 2 minutes building up an unstoppable, almighty invention by Eggman that'll apparently defeat Sonic once and for all. Dark machinery is busy at work, dramatic music swells to a crescendo... cut to the ding of an oven timer as he's baking evil cookies.
  • Mythology Gag: The athletic tape over Sonic and Tails' shoes hearkens back to the white stripes on the shoes of their game counterparts.
    • Tails and Eggman ride hoverboards at one point.
    • The first episode shows that Sonic still can't swim.
    • When Sonic comes close to falling into an abyss at the beginning of the first episode, he does his "balancing at the edge of a platform" pose from the classic games.
    • We also see in the same episode two old portraits of Sonic and Tails spending time together. In the first portrait, Sonic looks a bit like his Sonic Adventure design and Tails looks like Classic Tails, even having almost entirely black irises. In the second one, Sonic and Tails look somewhat like their Sonic Adventure 2 selves.
    • The last 3 notes of Eggman's theme are exactly the same as the last 3 notes of Robotnik's theme from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • In Dude, Where's My Eggman? our good doctor runs into a criminal walrus that look very similar, and the two quickly form an egocentric friendship comparing themselves to each other. A walrus was one of the last designs among Eggman's original concept art.
  • Negative Continuity: It's been said that each episode will always start fresh with no attachment to the previous one. However, after Fastidious Beaver's unexpected cameo in "Guilt Tripping", and Eggman referencing Dave the Intern in "Cowbot", the show slowly seems to be averting this trope.
    • Burnbot (from Sidekick) and the Megga (from Unlucky Knuckles) reappear in The Meteor.
  • Never Say "Die": Usually averted.
  • No, Except Yes: Happens very frequently, usually between Orbot and Cubot.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Burn-Bot (whose main feature is big painful claws). Lampshaded by Sonic who even proposes several better names for the thing.
    • Subverted during the second encounter, in which Eggman apparently takes Sonic's advice.
    • "Sidekick" also features, in Sonic's words, the "inaccurately named" Mount Safety.
  • Noodle Incident: In Knuckles' Self-Serving Memory flashback in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" Knuckles blasts Eggman's umbrella with a fireball, burning it to a crisp. We later see Eggman trying to return his burned umbrella, but we never learn how it really got burned.
  • Oh, Crap: Tails gives two in the space of ten seconds in the first episode: First, when Burn-Bot attacks the Tornado, causing it to barrel-roll out of control and second when he pulls the eject lever, only for the whole lever assembly to detach from the mechanism. Second one comes complete with an Oh, Crap Aside Glance.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "The Meteor", neither Orbot nor Cubot believe that Eggman and Sonic have switched bodies until "Eggman" says he appreciates their help.
  • Out of Order: T.W. Barker's introductory episode, "Circus of Plunder", was one of the first episodes produced, but it was held back until mid-season, after his bit part in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" had aired.
  • Overly Long Gag: In 'Eggheads', Sonic finds cookies outside his hut, saying that he hopes it turns out better than the last time he found backed goods on his doorstep. Cut to Knuckles Jumping Out of a Cake, with the camera left running.
    Knuckles: Awkward?
    Sonic: Awkward.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Orbot and Cubot raid a warehouse in "Buster" while wearing literal paper-thin masks of Sonic and Tails, crudely drawn in crayon. No one comments one way or the other, though.
  • Piet Plagiarism: Sonic carries an unconscious Tails away from the crashed plane this way in the first episode.
  • Production Throwback: The idea of the universe bending over backwards to dump on the protagonist in "Unlucky Knuckles" is used nearly identically to another Dave Polsky script, "Feeling Pinkie Keen".
  • Properly Paranoid: In "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?", Sticks is convinced Eggman's presence is just a ploy to wear them down before he sics his Obliteratorbot on them... and she's absolutely right.
  • Role Reprisal: As stated, Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham, Cindy Robinson and Mike Pollock will all return to reprise their respective roles for Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Eggman. Kirk Thornton and Wally Wingert also return as Orbot and Cubot.
    • For Mike Pollock, he doubles down on this trope since he also voiced Eggman on Sonic X.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Sonic wears a brown one.
  • Scenery Porn: It has some of the best CGI seen on TV. It's on par with the fully CG clips seen in the recent video games.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The second episode. Sonic and his team tries to stop a robot from destroying Eggman's lair. Unfortunately, the destruction of the robot causes the island's destruction.
  • Ship Tease: Regarding Amy's crush on Sonic, Sonic Boom heavily downplays it in comparison with the games and anime, but it's still obvious in episodes such as "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch for A Few Days?" and (especially) "Translate This!".
    • Most episodes tease Sonic/Amy in at least one camera shot. How obvious or subtle it is depends on the moment.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The painting Amy puts up on the wall of Eggman's lair in "Fortress of Squalitude" has drawn comparisons to a certain Hasbro cartoon.
    • No points for guessing what movie inspired the title of "Dude, Where's my Eggman?".
    • When it looks like Cowbot is about to destroy them, Eggman screams "It's game over, man. Game over!"
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The bandaging on Sonic and Tails' shoes? That's called spatting, a practice in which athletes wrap sports tape around their shoes and ankles for stability and to protect their feet and ankles from injury.
    • Sonic's new Scarf of Asskickingnote  actually has some practicality: wind chill at the kind of speeds Sonic achieves can be murder on one's neck. This is a big reason why airplane pilots during World War I wore scarves, themselves: to protect their necks. It can also be pulled over his face to keep dust and bugs from flying into his mouth at high-speeds.
    • The bandages around Knuckles' arms and hands? Boxing tape. Serves the same purpose as Sonic and Tails' spatting, only for his hands and wrists.
    • Amy's handwraps and sarashi, too, are justified by the ginormous hammer she carries.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, down to having a similar sitcom dynamic with Eggman.
  • Status Quo Is God: It's confirmed that the cartoon's world will be set back to the way it was at the start of each episode by the end of each episode.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Dude, Where's My Eggman?", Orbot and Cubot search for their lost master. By accident, they find a walrus instead of an eggman.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: When Sonic is interviewing potential sidekicks. Even Amy's interview is horrible.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: When Sonic tells Eggman (who's staying with him while his lair is repaired) that he's a horrible roommate and nobody in the house likes him, Amy suggests doing this as a way to properly express his feelings. Sonic says "When you live here, it makes me feel angry...because you're a horrible roommate and nobody in this house likes you."
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Eggman becomes this when his lair is destroyed, forcing him to crash with Sonic a few days.
  • Ultimate Universe: From everything shown, the show and the sub-franchise it plans to launch will remain somewhat faithful to the original games, but has a lot of room to be as "fresh" as they want.
  • Vague Age: Sonic and Amy are in their teens, Tails is 10, Knuckles is 19 and "Eggman is as old as you think he is."
    • Later, it was said they may act a little older, but they're really the same ages as their video game counterparts - So while Eggman and Sticks still have vague ages, Tails is 8, Sonic 15, Amy 12, and Knuckles 16.
  • Voices Are Mental: Averted in "Meteor". While in each other's bodies Sonic and Eggman think in their real voices, but speak in each other's voices.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Orbot and Cubot in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?". The title references Dude, Where's My Car?.
  • You Make Me Sic: In "The Sidekick", Fastidious Beaver interrupts Sonic's description of the deadly jungle race he is just about to literally plunge into so he can correct Sonic's grammar... and his correction was wrong.
    • Fastidious later makes a cameo in "Guilt Tripping" to make another (incorrect) grammar correction.