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 SatAM 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. 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.Protecting a mysterious and exotic island and the unnamed village that inhabits it isn't an easy job, but there's one resident hero up to the challenge: Sonic the Hedgehog. Along with his friends— young and intelligent inventor fox Miles "Tails" Prower, the brawny but not-too-bright Knuckles the Echidna, compassionate and strong-willed (and sometimes a little bossy) Amy Rose, and paranoid but skilled hunter and wild card Sticks the Badger— the speedy blue hedgehog is willing to defend everyone's way of life from his arch-nemesis, the evil scientist Dr. Eggman, who's bent on destroying the heroes with his endless army of robots and subsequently taking over the village as the start of his plans for world domination. Though not every day involves battling the egg-shaped villain (or any kind of evil), each adventure the team goes on is packed with more action and hilarity than the last. And one thing's for sure— Sonic and friends are always ready for what's next.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. 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, or any of the other numerous things related to the franchise with that name. There are quite a few.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 games 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 in the UK June 1st, 2015. Despite the game that the show was based on being less then impressive, initial impressions for the TV Series were fairly positive, managing to keep the spin-off franchise afloat.
Sonic Boom provides examples of:
- Adaptational Personality Change:
- Throughout the Sonic series, the brotherly relationship between Sonic and Tails has been a near-constant element ever since Tails debuted in 1992. However, while still often the two closest characters in Boom, Tails is much more independent and the two seem to possess a lot of mutually exclusive hobbies, leading to relatively less character interaction between the two. Even Tails's status as Sonic's sidekick seems to be less because of his friendship with Sonic, but more because it's something to do to pass the time. He's not even distraught when Sonic temporarily pulls this position from him, just mildly perplexed.
- On the other hand, Sonic and Knuckles's frat-boyesque friendship has been gaining more and more of a presence on the show, to the point that an entire episode was dedicated to it. In the mainstream franchise, Sonic and Knuckles rarely interact one-on-one, and their relationship is frosty at best and downright hostile at worst.
- Traditionally, Amy has stalked Sonic with the single-minded goal of coercing the hedgehog into marrying her, and Sonic has subsequently avoided her like the plague if possible. Although this element has been more downplayed in the mainstream franchise and the comics as of late, the relation between the two changed drastically with both the Sonic Boom games and TV show. Here, Sonic and Amy are mutually friends and both have deeper feelings of affection for each other that they sometimes let slip. Amy doesn't place Sonic on a pedestal and isn't afraid to call him out for being boorish or stupid, while Sonic is usually the first person to make an effort if he thinks he or someone else has hurt Amy in some way.
- Mainstream Eggman will seemingly only do something if it either furthers his goal of world domination or prevents some other party from conquering / destroying the world in some way. Here, Eggman will very occasionally forego personal gain for someone else's benefit. This is how he and Amy Rose ultimately form a friendship over Fuzzy Puppy Buddies.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "Dude, Where's My Eggman?", "Let's Play Musical Friends", and "Beyond The Valley of Cubots" for Orbot and Cubot.
- "Unlucky Knuckles", "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", and "Mayor Knuckles", "Two Good To Be True", and even "Counter-Productive" for Knuckles. Knuckles gets a lot of these.
- "Next Top Villain" for Dave the Intern.
- "Late Night Wars" for Comedy Chimp.
- "Tails' Crush" for Tails.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: From the second episode:Eggman: Obliterator Bot, destroy Sonic and his four friends!
Obliterator Bot: For... tress? Fortress. Destroy fortress. Destroying island fortress.
Eggman: What? No! That's not what I said!
Orbot: We're still working out a few kinks.
Eggman: (hanging on to Obliterator Bot's leg) Obliterator Bot! Do not destroy island fortress! Do not destroy island fortress!
Obliterator Bot: Affirmative. Playing up-tempo music while destroying fortress.
- Nominatius, the villain of "Let's Play Musical Friends," seems to be a completely digital entity that seeks to destroy all organic life, having deemed it illogical and messy. He is defeated after Orbot and Cubot's stupidity is too much for his AI to comprehend.
- Aesop: In "Just a Guy", the end all lesson is normal guys (and not just heroes) can help save the day which is ironically spliced in with the fact that Sonic convinces the town that they should shut their mouths about what he does and remember he saves the whole village (which can technically be its own Aesop about being grateful to people that help rather than constantly correcting said people for minor mistakes).
- In a bizarre example in Tails' crush, Tails is told by Sonic that to get a girl he has to act like an aloof jerk, by Knuckles that girls love muscles and toughness, by Amy that girls love romance and theatre, and by Sticks that he should essentially do a traditional bird mating dance. Eventually he's told the best advice by the villain: Stop trying to be someone else and be yourself, and in the end it turns out to be the best advice.
- In the episode Role Models, the lesson basically comes down to "stop being so politically correct that it ruins your life".
- "Buster": Discipline your pets.
- All Just a Dream: The wackier half of Chili Dog Day Afternoon was Knuckles' pepper-induced hallucination.
- Alternate Continuity: The show and games are part of a "sub-franchise", which are entirely different from the main games.
- Alternate Universe: In-universe. In "Two Good to be True", we see an alternate universe where Eggman wears green, Amy is head-over-heels for Knuckles, Dave the Intern is a supergenius, Sonic is a clumsy oaf, and Knuckles is the main, and most intelligent, person in the group. Aftern an attack by Eggman that sends him into a new universe, he meets the cast of the show that the viewer sees (Sonic the narcissist, Knuckles the idiot, etc).
- Animalistic Abomination: Buster, after being fed a mechanical dog bone from Eggman
- Animation Bump: As Season One progressed, the show's animation got increasingly more fluid and rubbery, with a better display of facial expressions.
- Apathetic Citizens: "No Robots Allowed" and other episodes establish that the loosely-formed government of the archipelago could try to give Eggman more trouble than they do, but they're fine with his village-destroying plots as long as he doesn't specifically flout their rules. In a larger sense, episodes like "Next Top Villain" and "Counter Productive" show that villainy in itself isn't disapproved and is even seen as a legitimate career path, if not quite as glamorous as heroism, as long as proper procedure is followed.
- 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 and even A Day in the Limelight odd occasions. 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 Eggman?" 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:
- Bizarro World: In "Two Good to be True" many of the Bizarro characters are different:
- Knuckles is smarter than the original.
- Eggman wears green.
- Amy is more aggressive.
- Tails looks like he is staring off into space. He might not be very bright.
- Sonic is a wimp who idolizes Knuckles.
- Dave The Intern is one of the good guys.
Eggman (French Version): Damn you, Sonic! I just took a shower!Eggman (English Version): Curse you, Sonic! I just had this washed!
- In the French version of "Closed Door Policy", when Knuckles asks Tails what the word for "not smart" is, he responds by by saying, "Retarded?" This was replaced with "Obtuse?" in the English version.
- In that same episode, Eggman curses at Sonic after he kicks his spider-bots back at him. This was taken out of the English version.
- One of the nicknames Eggman has for Knuckles in the French version of "Mayor Knuckles" is Nipples. He calls him Nurples in the English version instead.
- For the above examples, as well as most of the series, it's actually an Inverted Trope - both episodes referenced were written in English by American writers. The French version simply aired before the English version.
- Box-and-Stick Trap: Sonic's plan for catching whoever was stealing Tail's and Eggman's tools.Sonic: What? This is how you catch stuff. Haven't you seen TV?
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Occasionally in the first half of the first season, and more routinely after that, The show's characters reference everything, from the writing, to montages, to other various things going on, as if aware they're cartoon characters.
Knuckles: But, but I thought this was gonna be a Sonic and Knuckles episode.
- Knuckles in Bro Down Showdown
- Eggman explicitly refers to Shadow as the "second-most popular character in the whole canon".
- At the end of the same episode, Orbot and Cubot outright discuss the idea of another season, with Cubot suggesting an internet petition.
- Brick Joke: The fish with Irritable Bowl Syndrome from "My Fair Sticksy" re-appears in "Blue With Envy" 23 episodes later, for an identical joke.
- By "No", I Mean "Yes": In New Years Retribution, we get this:Eggman: Sonic my old friend! And by "friend" I mean enemy. Happy New Year! And by "happy" I mean "awful", and by "New Year" I mean "not yet New Year".
- Canon Foreigner: Sticks the Jungle Badger, the new girl introduced in the video games.
- 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.
- "Cowbot": While Sonic, Tails, and Eggman are waiting for the titular robot to show up at Eggman's fortress, they decide to pass the time by playing a game Coconut Hurl, but Sonic can't quite pick up and toss Eggman, so they opt to throw Eggman out of a catapult. When Cowbot shows up the next morning and the defense system they built malfunctions from the marshmallow gunk stuck on their fingers from the night before, they use the catapult to launch Sonic at Cowbot so that he can short-circuit Cowbot with the marshmallow gunk.
- In Fuzzy Puppy Buddies, at PuppyCon, Amy gets the Cuteness Hat from Zooey, with Zooey explaining that the Cuteness Hat makes a pup too cute to resist. Amy later uses it to defeat Eggman at Fuzzy Puppies after Amy is down to her bulldog, which allows Amy to take out each and every pup Eggman has.
- Characterization Marches On: Some of the directions of the cast have altered slightly. Amy for example was much more of a Genki Girl in early episodes, while in later episodes she tends to be more uptight and temperamental. Sonic in contrast seems less jaded than before, and a bit more childish and arrogant.
- Circus Episode: In "Circus of Plunders", after a fall-out with Tails from one of his inventions, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks get jobs at T.W. Barker's Circus of Wonders, as most of his performers were reportedly sick from eating bad sushi. Sonic is given the job of running in the "Sphere of Fear" at unparalleled speeds, Knuckles becomes a Human Cannonball, Sticks becomes an acrobat, and Amy becomes a Sad Clown (much to her dismay). It is later revealed that Barker is an extremely cunning Con Man with two bears dressed as clowns as well as some robots he ordered from Dr. Eggman as Mooks, and that his other performers actually ran away from the circus. Thus, when he holds Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks hostage, it's up to Tails to rescue them.
I added cinnamon sticks to mine[...] And if you lock yourself in, you can eat them until the firemen rescue you!
- 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?!"
- However, she's downright rational compared with Knuckles, who seems to be a little dim on a good day, and inhabiting his own little reality for the most part.
- Downplayed with Amy. While being taught knot-tying by Sticks so she can survive out in the wilderness, this happens:
(Beat), Sticks glares at her
Amy: (sheepishly) So I hear.
- Coconut Meets Cranium: Happens to Amy near the beginning of "Cowbot" and to Sonic in "Sole Power".
- Color Blind Confusion: In the episode "Bro-Down Showdown", Sonic and Knuckles compete on the titular game show to win a new couch for Amy after they spill nachos on her old one. Sonic is teamed up with Dr. Eggman, and Knuckles is teamed up with Mike the Ox. At one point, Comedy Chimp asks Mike what color Knuckles is. Due to being colorblind, Mike guesses green, even though Knuckles is red. When he finds out he answered wrong, he admits he's colorblind, and when a red light flashes, he asks if the light was green.
- Companion Cube: Tails is very attached to his plane.
- 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. It helps that Dave becomes a Recurring Extra and shows up more and more as the series goes on.
- During the training in "Unlucky Knuckles", Orbot and Cubot wear their masks of Sonic and Tails from "Buster".
- "Just A Guy" features several, such as the Walrus lady referencing her baby being in danger from "Blue With Envy" when it happens again, and the Lightning Bolt Society referencing the events of "Eggman Unplugged".
- 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.◊ Also, the tone of voice Knuckles took when calling out Sonic in "Just a Guy" is the same one he took when Sonic got the group locked up in Lyric's Tomb.
- Eggman, pretending to be Sonic, mangles Knuckles' name as a Running Gag in "The Meteor". He continues to mangle it sometimes as himself in later episodes.
- Dave gives Sonic a Mehburger with extra pickles when he ordered no pickles. In later episodes, he keeps doing this.
- Conveniently Timed Distraction: In "Unlucky Knuckles", Sonic and the gang have Dr. Eggman cornered but when Knuckles, who's going through some bad luck, arrives, a metal debris comes falling from the sky and almost hits Sonic and the gang, allowing Dr. Eggman to escape.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Justin Beaver's producer exploited him and his fans using mind control in order to make money off his sub-standard merchandise. Fortunately, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles manage to foil his plans with their own music.
- Crazy Memory: Knuckles' interpretation of him defeating Eggman in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?"
- 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.
- After discovering that one of the trees in the orchard actually was a spy, Tails informs her "Your psychotic ramblings weren't entirely divorced from reality."
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Sonic, as usual.
- Orbot, particularly in "Beyond the Valley of Cubots".
- Delayed Explosion: When and why gumberries explode is left unexplained; all we know is that Sonic stand around with a cup brimming with them for about ten seconds before they do.
- Denser and Wackier: Inverted. While the show is definitely one of the most comedy-centric, episode plots are generally much more mundane, including scenarios like Sonic firing Tails from his sidekick position (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.
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", Amy says Eggman isn't so bad after all... cut to him shooting lasers at the gang.Eggman: Hahahahaha! I'm gonna wipe you filthy rodents off the face of the planet!
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Tails confronting Dr. Eggman in "Translate This".Tails: Give me back my robot!
Eggman: Or what?
Tails: ... That's a fair question.
- In "The Sidekick", Sonic's scheme to discourage Tails from joining him on dangerous adventures. It eventually leads to a direct confrontation between Tails and Eggman.Sonic: The plan had holes!
- Tails confronting Dr. Eggman in "Translate This".
- 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 Tails asks why, see Sticks with a now very bushy moustache who mutters "Don't ask."
- Downer Ending: Downplayed, but "Bro Down Showdown" ends with both Sonic and Knuckles losing the showdown, and Amy's couch being destroyed by a missile. It's played for laughs though, given that Sonic and Knuckles don't seem all that downhearted by the latter— heavily implying that they deliberately arranged for the missile to hit in order to cover up them spilling nacho cheese on the couch earlier.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early on, Knuckles was much more of a Cloud Cuckoolander with not uncommon moments of lucidity when he made practical observations pertaining to the current situation. His character quickly became almost exclusively The Ditz (his Sanity Ball returns occasionally however, eg. "Battle of the Boy Bands").
- In contrast, Sticks, while still very much a paranoid Cloud Cuckoo Lander, seems more intelligent and unaggressive in later episodes, even managing to pull off a dry wit at times.
- Also, during the first few episodes, comedic moments and intense action sequences were more equally balanced. Later on, the fights with Eggman became more and more incidental.
- In the earliest episodes, Eggman was more similar to his mainstream counterpart in that he wanted Sonic eliminated and would fly into temper tantrums if things weren't going his way. Later, Eggman is more liable to troll Sonic, if he messes directly with him at all, and sees confronting the heroes as secondary to his larger goals of domination and theme-park construction (that is, Eggman more often attacks the town, not Sonic himself). Also, Eggman is now more likely to brush-off or even become depressed by his defeats.
- In the early episode "Translate This", Eggman uses his fake UT to break apart Sonic and his friends, and specifically gets Amy angry at Sonic. He avoids doing this in other episodes, trying to kill them both but not break them apart, and confirms in "Tails' Crush" that his bro-code trumps the enemy thing.
- Amy was much more of a Genki Girl in early episodes, and as liable to become as hyperactive and fun loving as the other heroes. Later on, she's more uptight and pompous, and tends to get irritated by the others a lot more often (if still very much Not So Above It All in how she vents it).
- In "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?", Amy endorses inoffensive therapy between Sonic and Eggman such as using "I"-statements. By "Role Models" even she finds the method completely ridiculous.
- As the voice actors grew into their roles, their dialogue became less stilted and much more dynamic. The animation similarly became far less stiff, with more attention to fluid movement and expressions.
- Enemy Mine:
- In "Let's Play Musical Friends," with Sonic's crew and Eggman and his lackeys against Nominatius.
- The main premise of "The Curse of the Buddy Buddy Temple" is that Sonic and Eggman are trapped in a temple that forces them to work together to survive.
- Sonic and Eggman have a unique one against the rest of the heroes in "Eggheads".
- Epic Fail: Dave the Intern pulls one of these in Chez Amy:Eggman: "The soup is cold and the salad is hot. How is that even possible?!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Just a Guy", while fighting Eggman's robot, Eggman is trying to get everyone's attention during the attack because they're too busy calling Sonic out on saying Mike was "Just a guy". Eggman actually stops once he hears that and calls Sonic out on it.
- Eggman: Yeah, Sonic. That's a really crummy thing to say to a dude!
- Everybody Did It: In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop" it turns out Sonic, Knuckles and Amy were all responsible for contributing to the fire in Tails' workshop, but were preemptively overridden by Tails' security system failing as soon as they entered, which he realized after Sonic told him that he only heard some pops and noises upon entering instead of being trapped. (Though considering it came up at the very end of the episode instead of at any point during Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, or Perci's stories, it wouldn't be too surprising if Tails just made the system failure up as a lie to take the blame to spare everyone's feelings and stop them from fighting with each other.)
- Everyone Has Standards: In "Cowbot", Amy and Knuckles antagonize Sonic because he's all too keen of Tails' reprogramming of the titular monstrosity meaning the permanent end of Eggman.
- Also, in "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Weeks?", Amy thinks tossing Eggman out after he's been dickish to him and Tails is uncouth of Sonic.
- 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..."
- Nominatus from Episode 23 is even worse. He wears a cape seemingly just so he can dramatically throw it off and wreath his arms in flame when Orbot and Cubot finally reach him. And starts laughing evilly for little to no reason.
- 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.
- Eye Am Watching You: Sticks and Dave do this is "Mayor Knuckles". Dave just ends up poking his eyes out.
- Fastball Special: Three times, all with Knuckles as the thrower. He threw Sonic at a robot in "Bro-Down Showdown", Sticks at a robot in "Dr. Eggman's Tomato Sauce", and Sonic at a coconut tree in "Cowbot".
- Failed Attempt at Drama:
"They'll pay for this! They're all going to pay! *laugh*
- 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.
(to a customer) "You want fries with that?"
- Flaw Exploitation: Despite their buffoonery, several of the villains are good at exploiting the heroes' defining foibles and personality defects, Eggman frequently uses their current predicaments to fool them in his schemes for examples, while T.W. Barker handily exploits Sonic's hubris and Amy's obsession with charity to achieve his ends in "Circus Of Plunder".
- Foregone Conclusion: Due to Word of God enforcing Status Quo Is God, any new element introduced in an episode can be expected to either be removed by episode's end or fade into the background for good.
- Subverted to some degree, since many newly introduced characters have returned since their first appearance and several episodes have Call Backs to earlier ones. The gradual arc introducing and teaming up several side villains such as Dave and the Lightning Bolts is a key example.
- "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.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Amy uses it on Sonic when she's tearing into him in "Translate This".
- 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.
- Gentle Giant: Knuckles could probably count as this.
- 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.
Eggman: Something smells fishy here...Fish in a bowl: I have irritable bowl syndrome.
- From "My Fair Sticksy":
Tails: That is some... interesting cocoa.Eggman: Wanna guess my secret ingredient?Sonic: If he says "love," I'm outta here.
- From "Cow Bot":
Sticks: If he ever visited me, I'd disable all my booby-traps.Amy: You NEVER disable your booby-traps!Sticks: I know!Sonic: (looks at screen) Unrgh...
- From "Blue With Envy" (Talking about Swifty):
Comedy Chimp: Now Doctor Eggman, fill in the blanks: Whenever Sonic does blank, I blank myself.
- In Tails' Crush, when Zooey first notices Tails, he becomes so lovestruck that his tails accidentally propel him into the air. Naturally, some viewers thought it was an erection joke.
- From "Bro-Down Showdown":
Eggman: (arriving at the Fuzzy Puppy meetup) Hey guys! Sorry I'm late, I was polishing my schnauzer...
- From "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies":
Sonic: (Said while sleeping waiting for Eggman to show up) Go... Go away Amy, I'm not in the mood.
- From "Designated Heroes"
- Gilligan Cut: Sonic refuses to take Sticks pet-shopping in "Buster." Cut to Sonic and Sticks at the pet shop.
- "Designated Heroes" has Sonic brag about how he put Eggman in a cage despite the others doing most of the work. One cut later, Sonic's thrown in there with him as his friends walk off.
- Girls with Moustaches: Amy and Sticks in Eggheads. To be fair, Knuckles and Tails also have them.
- Going Commando / Panty Shot: Upon further inspection, neither Amy nor Sticks wear anything underneath their dress/skirt.
- While Zooey appears to be wearing boxers of the same color as her dress.
- 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.
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", when Amy and Eggman realize they share a love of the Fuzzy Puppies tabletop game, they begin playing it together, with Amy teaching Eggman how to play; even after he's become a top player and the rest of Team Sonic discovers their secret, the two continue the trend. Of course, they still consider each other enemies otherwise, so this is strictly during "after-business hours".
- Zig-Zagged in "Eggman the Auteur". Eggman is trying his hand as a movie director and briefly convinces Sonic to act for him, but he's using the movie production as a ruse to illegally dig for rare minerals. But that story is a double-ruse in order to trick Sonic into providing some convincing takes for his movie. But that story was a triple-ruse to brainwash everyone in the village with a machine while they're watching it. But when he learns that he and his robots never got around to installing the brainwashing machine, he doesn't mind much.
- 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.
- A similar scene occurs in "Eggman's Tomato Sauce" when Tails implores his plane, which had been reprogrammed by one of Eggman's tomato sauce cans, to remember the good times.
- Got Me Doing It: In "Circus of Plunders", Team Sonic refers to Eggman's Octopus-Bot as a "squid" many times to the point that Eggman does it himself.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The appropriately-named "Hedgehog Day", revolving around Eggman's attempts to escape a time loop he inadvertently caused.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded; pants, or the lack thereof, are almost becoming a Running Gag. When Sonic escorts Sticks to a dance in "My Fair Sticksy", he adamantly refuses to wear pants. Dr. Eggman has to point out in "Double Doomsday" that Dave isn't wearing pants, yet still has pockets. And when Amy suggests the loser has to do the winner's laundry for a month in "Into the Wilderness", Sonic complains it's unfair because he and Knuckles don't wear pants.
- Hammerspace: Amy and Sticks often pull their weapons out of nowhere.
- Heel Realization: Played for Laughs in "Counter-Productive", when Knuckles deduces that he is a horrible person based on subjective information.Knuckles: Don't look at me! I'm a monster! A MONSTER!
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Parodied in Mayor Knuckles:Mayor: Are you prepared to do your civic duty?Knuckles: *cracking up* You said "civic"...
- Sonic also snickers at the word, leading Knuckles to tell him to "grow up"...before laughing again.
- 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.
- Honor Before Reason: "Designated Heroes" has Team Sonic agree to fight Eggman separately after defeating him again. This turns out to be a bad idea.
- Hostage For Macguffin: In a heroic inversion, Sonic (who had switched brains with Eggman earlier) holds a pair of scissors to "his" mustache and forces Eggman to choose between keeping Sonic's body or saving his precious mustache.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: Inverted. Humans are mysteriously absent except for Eggman.
- Humiliation Conga: "Unlucky Knuckles" is just an episode long one aimed at Knuckles.
- Hypocritical Humor: This scene:Sonic: Yeah! Sonic's back, baby!Amy: Sonic, please don't refer to yourself in the third person. It's creepy.Knuckles: Yeah. Knuckles hates that.
- Idea Bulb: Knuckles distracts Eggman's moth-bot with one and pretends it's this.
- 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.
- I Have to Go Iron My Dog:
Eggman: I, um, left the oven on. (runs off)
- The episode Buster has this after Eggman's Anti-Firefighter Bot is destroyed.
Orbot: Who's up for charades? (holds up three fingers and makes a chopping motion with his arm)
- The episode Let's Play Musical Friends also has this.
Sonic: Oh, that reminds me. I gotta chop my arm off. (leaves)
Amy: Sonic, you forgot your axe! (runs after him)
Sticks: I need to go build traps for when you ultimately betray us all. (leaves as well)
Knuckles: Sorry, guys, I've gotta go think of an excuse not to hang out with you guys. (also leaves)
Tails: (is left alone with Orbot and Cubot, and can't think of an excuse to leave himself) Uh oh...
Amy: Uh, no— I gotta... water my cat. Yeah, I'm gonna go with that. See ya! (dashes off)
- In Fuzzy Puppy Buddies, when Amy and Eggman agree to meet up at the lair, Sonic asks Amy if she wants to go to the beach. Amy replies with this:
- "I Know What We Can Do" Cut:
Tails: How are we gonna convince this guy we're in the music biz?
- In the episode Cow Bot, while Sonic, Tails and Eggman are waiting for Cow Bot to (very slowly) get to the fortress, Sonic gives Coconut Hurl another shot, this time with Sonic trying to throw Eggman. Sadly, Eggman is too heavy. Later, Eggman says that he has an idea. The scene cuts to Sonic using a catapult to launch Eggman, and that causes Sonic to get a new record in Coconut Hurl.
- In the Episode Battle of the Boy Bands...
Sonic: I know just what to do...
Cut to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in Sonic's house
Sonic: We'll form our very own boy band!
Tails: Did you really have to bring us all the way down here to finish that sentence?
- Then Tails does it later in the same episode, and admits it's actually fun to do.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tails has one of these...with his plane.
- 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) Gah! Why would he leave your birthday present on his porch? Where's the logic there?
- I Resemble That Remark!:
Knuckles: I don't know what "obstinate" means, but I refuse to learn.
- In "The Curse of the Buddy Buddy Temple", Amy calls Knuckles obstinate.
Sonic: He may look like Knuckles but he sure doesn't talk like him.
- In "Two Good to be True", Sonic describes the Knuckles from another dimension.
Knuckles: Hey! I talk gooder then you!
- Joke Character: The bulldog in "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", whose mud-tracking ability instantly gets her removed from the game. Amy even states that she's the worst character in the game. That said, she can be useful with the right accessory; see Lethal Joke Character below.
- Kangaroo Court: Sonic ends up in one in "Don't Judge Me", when Eggman sues him for pretend injuries. The whole thing is quite clearly a sham, right down to the judge being one of Eggman's robots, but Sonic is still very nearly convicted.
- 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).
- Eggman actually gets away with ruining Amy's restaurant in "Chez Amy".
- Knuckles suffers no repercussions for abusing his power after Mayor Fink returns to his position in "Mayor Knuckles".
- Due to Sonic's infallible altruism, the Gogobas will always get away with shaming or manipulating him into following their whims. The Gogoba chief at least gets a small Karma Houdini Warranty when Sonic is too distracted in "Eggman Unplugged".
- Kill It with Fire: Sticks' initial reaction to Alternate-Dimension Knuckles.
- 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!
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Aplenty. There's this example from the episode "Bro Down Showdown":Knuckles: But I thought this was gonna be a Sonic and Knuckles episode!
- Lennon Specs: Dr. Eggman sports both these and forehead-mounted lab goggles.
- Lethal Joke Character: The bulldog becomes this when she's wearing the Cuteness Hat. Normally, the bulldog is instantly removed from the game for leaving mud tracks around the house, but when the hat is equipped, the bulldog becomes too cute to blame for the mess, and so another dog must be blamed instead. Amy uses this technique on the Fancy Poodle Eggman stole from the walrus boy, which leads to her victory.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in Battle of the Boy BandsSticks: What should we wear?Amy: I was thinking about wearing the one outfit that I own!Sticks: Me too!
- Logic Bomb: Orbot and Cubot defeat the villain of "Let's Play Musical Friends" by playing "Rock, Donut, Thursday", a version of Rock-Paper-Scissors that makes so little sense that even they can't agree on the rules. The villain's attempts to comprehend it cause his head to explode.
- 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".
- Motive Decay: Some battles tend to devolve and go off track due to Eggman or the heroes' buffoonery. Lampshaded in "Mayor Knuckles":Sonic: Knuckles, you gotta let us fight or else....Eggman's.... trash will be collected in a timely fashion?Tails Wait, why are we fighting this?
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: The Fuzzy Puppy Buddies game appeals to Amy, Zooey, Eggman, Fastidious Beaver, and Dave.
- 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. Eggman himself even goes so far as to say "I hate that hedgehog" in "Eggman the Auteur".
- The description of the game Tails lets Cubot and Orbot plays sounds a lot like the original Sonic games.
- 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.
- "Battle of the Boy Bands" isn't the first time Sonic played a triple-necked guitar.
- Eggman's movie in Eggman the Auteur has his greatest dream to be... to build a theme park.
- "Cabin Fever" reveals that Tails is still afraid of lightning.
- In "Sole Power", Eggman foils Sonic with special shoes that can't be removed normally, which also happened in Sonic Labyrinth.
- Possibly incidental: in "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", Sonic's false account of Amy's characterization sure sounds a lot like her Sonic Adventure days.
- In "Translate This", Eggman says "Tails, be a doll...", a reference to the Tails Doll, which first appeared in Sonic R and became memetic due to its creepiness.
- In "Tommy Thunder, Method Actor", Sonic's battle with the Obliterater Bot has a remix of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog theme playing.
- Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: Eggman isn't sure about Amy's paint color choice as a contemporary up-beat take on evil for his lair until she points out it's named Contemporary Up-Beat Take On Evil Blue.
- Negative Continuity: It's been said that each episode will always start fresh with no attachment to the previous one. However the show plays closer to having a loose continuity:
- Burn Bot (from The Sidekick) and the Mega (from Unlucky Knuckles) reappear in The Meteor.
- Burn Bot also appears in Don't Judge Me under the guise of Judge Bot.
- Several side antagonists such as Dave have returned and even had their first appearance referred to in a later episode.
- Never Say "Die": Mostly averted, but "die" and "kill" do come up a couple of times. In "Cowbot," Sticks says that her breakfast is planning to kill her.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Justin Beaver.
- No, Except Yes: Happens very frequently, usually between Orbot and Cubot.Orbot: But what will we do in your absence?Cubot: Never mind that, what are we gonna do while you're away?
- Knuckles gets in on the act a few times as well:Tails: Ever since Eggman got depressed, Sonic's been making me nuts!Knuckles: He hasn't cooked for me. He's just been driving me crazy.
- Knuckles gets in on the act a few times as well:
- Nobody's That Dumb: In "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots", when Orbot and Cubot meet several prototypes of Cubots, they see how dumb they are that even Cubot thinks they're dumb. When Eggman attacks the prototype Cubots, Cubot tells them to run away but they just stand there.Cubot: When I told you to follow me you all ran off, now I tell you to run and you just stand there?! What's wrong with you guys?!
- 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.
- "The 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.
- Obvious Stunt Double: Knuckles in Eggman the Auteur, who is clearly larger than Sonic, wearing cardboard spines, and didn't even fully paint his whole body blue.
- 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.
- Oedipus Complex: In the French version of "Closed Door Policy", Eggman protests that he doesn't have an Oedipus complex when Amy claims that the spider-bots came from deep-seated mother issues, only to cry out for his mother when Sonic kicks the spider-bots back at him. In the English version they say "mother issues" instead.
- Only Smart People May Pass: In "Designated Heroes", Tails builds a magnetic field device that activates whenever the user says something smart. Later in the episode, Knuckes says something stupid using it, and the effects are reversed.
- O.O.C. 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. Obviously, the real Eggman would never do that.
- Out of Focus: Despite being billed as main characters, Amy, Knuckles, and Sticks don't have a lot screentime compared to Sonic, Tails, and especially Eggman. Unless they're the featured characters for the episode, they usually show up for about 2-3 minutes per episode and only get a few lines before they abruptly disappear.
- Out of Order: T.W. Barker's introductory episode, "Circus of Plunders", 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:
Knuckles: Awkward?Sonic: Awkward.
- 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 seems to be getting quite a few more of these, including the robotic ducks scene in "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", and the "What's the worst that could happen?" scene in "Mayor Knuckles".
- Palette Swap:
- Justin Beaver's producer is basically the photographer's assistant with a wine jacket and a pink and wine checkered cap.
- A fair few of them show up in "Battle of the Boy Bands". If you look closely at the crowd that shows up at Justin Beaver's concert, you can see a Lady Goat in a yellow dress, various pink Lady Goats in magenta dresses, a purple Zooey, various Lady Walruses in yellow dresses, a pink Lady Walrus in a purple dress, and various Percis with blue hoodies and boots.
- 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.
- In "...It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog", Sonic wears a pair of glasses and a hat to transform into "Bob" while the townspeople are chasing him for a theft.
- Pietà Plagiarism: Sonic carries an unconscious Tails away from the crashed plane this way in the first episode.
- Poke the Poodle: The Lightning Bolt Society commits acts such as gluing change to the ground to confound passers-by trying to pick it up, and that's on a good day.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: D.B. Platapus endorses this in "Role Models", forcing the heroes to take on extremely mannerly and inoffensive behaviour to set a good example for the rest of the town. Some examples include not allowing Amy to cook because of gender stereotypes, despite her enjoying cooking as well as being the only one on the team who can cook; and forcing them to confront Eggman by "using their words".
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: In "Can an Evil Genius...", Sticks tries to tell the Obliterator-Bot that she's unobliterable a few times before giving up and matter-of-factly saying "you can't kill me." instead.
- Praising Shows You Don't Watch: In-universe. Knuckles takes Soar the Eagle's words to heart in "Counter-Productive despite only learning them through a brief advertisement rather than the book advertised. Unintentionally lampshaded by Knuckles himself.
- 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.
- Punch Clock Hero: The premise of "Designated Heroes" - each of the gang has "shifts" where they take on Eggman alone.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When at full power, Metal Sonic can take several punches from Knuckles without flinching or taking visible damage. This was demonstrated in "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog".
- "Rashomon"-Style: "Fire in a Crowded Workshop" has Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Perci all giving different accounts of what happened when they came across Perci's broken bicycle.
- Accompanied by a whole ton of Flanderization on the part of each character about themselves - and the others - when they tell the story. Sonic sees Knuckles as an idiot and Amy as overbearing and insecure (along with violent) while he is amazing and desired, Knuckles thinks Sonic is an idiot and Amy wants to be just like him while he is a dashing genius, and Amy sees Sonic and Knuckles as giggling boys who think Perci is pretty and act like dopes around girls other than Amy while she is a level-headed and selfless person. It's only Perci who gives the final account that seems to capture Sonic's ego, Knuckles' stupidity, and Amy's jealousy.
- They even mess up Perci's personality repeatedly, Sonic remembering her as one of his giggling fangirls, Knuckles remembering her as being impressed with his Brain-Smartness and gift-wrapping, and Amy remembering her as faking the seriousness of her injuries for attention from Knuckles and Sonic. Eventually we hear Perci talk and we see she's nothing like any of the three.
- Accompanied by a whole ton of Flanderization on the part of each character about themselves - and the others - when they tell the story. Sonic sees Knuckles as an idiot and Amy as overbearing and insecure (along with violent) while he is amazing and desired, Knuckles thinks Sonic is an idiot and Amy wants to be just like him while he is a dashing genius, and Amy sees Sonic and Knuckles as giggling boys who think Perci is pretty and act like dopes around girls other than Amy while she is a level-headed and selfless person. It's only Perci who gives the final account that seems to capture Sonic's ego, Knuckles' stupidity, and Amy's jealousy.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Just a Guy", Sonic ends up being ostracized by the village for referring to Mike as "just a guy" and the villagers as "you people", in spite of all the times he's saved them from Eggman's evil schemes, and the fact they themselves had said that Mike was "just a guy" as well. After a passive-aggressive remark from Amy during her sensitivity training group, he finally snaps and tells everyone off, followed by him (as it turns out, temporarily) quitting the hero business—Amy: Alright, perhaps our enthusiasm yesterday was a bit premature, seeing as it turns out [glares at Sonic] some people still have a long way to go in their training. But, I'm sure we'll all learn to be compassionate, after tomorrow's...SENSITIVITY TRAINING CAMPING TRIP![Everyone except Sonic starts cheering]Sonic: [Furiously] You know what I think is compassionate? Saving the Village from Eggman! Like, every week! But do I get any props for that?! NO! Everyone just goes around gasping at me when I call a guy "a guy", or people "people!"Sonic: I QUIT HEROING! AND I QUIT THIS STUPID GROUP! [throws down his hat and storms out]
- Red Herring: In "Eggman's Tomato Sauce" the heroes suspect there's something wrong with Eggman's brand of tomato sauce, but Tails' tests don't detect anything bad in it. It turns out there really is nothing wrong with the sauce, but the cans it comes in are really robots that reprogram anything electronic to terrorize the village.
- Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: In "Cow Bot", when Dr. Eggman appears out of a black cloud in the sky, he tries to introduce Cow Bot to Sonic and the gang.Eggman: Behold, rodents! Prepare to face the most fearsome, destructive force ever to gaze this or any other world!
(Eggman presents his arm out to introduce Cow Bot who's still in the black cloud, Sonic and the gang stares at the cloud waiting for Cow Bot)
Eggman: It'll be a minute. Feel free to talk among yourselves.
(Eggman resumes presenting his arm out, Sonic and the gang continue to wait)
Eggman: Your doom is coming, I assure you.
(Eggman still continues presenting his arm, Sonic and Knuckles get bored, Cow Bot moos in the distance)
Eggman: Ah, here it is now!
- 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 in Sonic X.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: T.W. Barker, while not as big of a threat as Eggman, is still a very sneaky Con Man.
- Rube Goldberg Device: Eggman builds one to trap Sonic in "Designated Heroes", using Amy's hammer, Sticks' shoes (plus a bamboo cage she made), a magnetic field generator built by Tails and a metal paper airplane he had Knuckles make.
- Rule of Three: Brilliantly invoked/enforced by Knuckles in "Mayor Knuckles":Knuckles: This is an outrage! A travesty! A plooky-plock!Mayor: A plooky-plock?Knuckles: I made that last one up. Rule of threes, Your Majesty.
- Running Gag: In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", each version of events has Sticks giving a different conspiracy theory as to why Perci is evil.
- Sampling: The show's "Yakety Sax" ripoff contains a sample from the actual "Yakety Sax".
- Sanity Ball: Sonic, Tails, Amy, Sticks and Knuckles all juggle the Sanity Ball between episodes, sometimes even in the same episode.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud:
- Eggman actually says LOL out loud (while laughing) in Let's Play Musical Friends.
- In "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor", the eponymous movie star arrives at Sonic's Shack and says "Knock, knock!" because the hedgehog doesn't have a door. Similarly, Sonic responds to Tommy's "elaborate gift" of a melon sculpture in the shape of his head with a deadpan "Slam."
- Scarf of Asskicking: Sonic wears a brown one.
- Scenery Censor: Though it's not used for naughty bits: in "Designated Heroes", Sticks takes her shoes off (which Eggman uses in a Rube Goldberg Device). From there on, her feet are covered up by foreground objects and the camera angle (and later scenes during the battle show her wearing them anyway, only to go back to being blocked by the environment again right before the end).
- 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.
- When Orbot and Cubot move in with Tails, he offers to let them play a platforming game involving running really fast and collecting gold rings. Cubot thinks it sounds stupid.
- One of Sonic's biggest complaints about Eggman's script in "Eggman the Auteur" is how implausible it is that an evil genius inventor can be consistently defeated by a single hedgehog.
- In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Cubot and Orbot hope that there are more adventures next year, and Orbot says "Just think of the hundreds of stories to be told using the same eight characters and four locations! The possibilities are limitless!"
- At the end of "Circus of Plunders," Eggman fixes his remote and comments "Finally, I can turn off this dreck!" right before the cut to black.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The second episode. Sonic and his team tries to stop a robot from destroying Eggman's lair. Unfortunately, despite succeeding in defeating it, it succeeded its goal by the time they stop it.
- Also, in "Bro-Down Showdown", Sonic and Knuckles go on to the titular gameshow to try and win a couch for Amy to replace the one they wrecked while they were house-sitting for her before she finds out about it. Not only do they end up failing to get the couch, a missile launched away in the fight during the climax ends up destroying Amy's couch right in front of her. Luckily, this was before she could see that they messed it up so they get off free... sucks for Amy though.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: In "Bro-Down Showdown", when Eggman calls Amy as Sonic's girlfriend, Sonic denies it but the game show indicates a wrong answer. Technically, it was because Sonic and Eggman's opinions were different, but the timing of it is still very suspect.Eggman: If you fight my robot, we'll be disqualified and you'll never win that couch for that whiny little girlfriend of yours.
Sonic: She's not my girlfriend!
(the game show light indicates Sonic's answer is wrong)
- Shipper on Deck:
- Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Sticks and even Eggman help Tails in wooing Zooey.
- In "Cowbot", Eggman asks Sonic bro-to-bro what's up with him and Amy, and in "The Meteor"...Orbot: [Eggman's] pretending to be Sonic again...
- Ship Tease: Regarding Amy's crush on Sonic, Sonic Boom heavily downplays it in comparison with the 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!".
- During her audition in "The Sidekick," Amy starts doing a really bad Italian accent, much to Sonic's horror.
- The painting Amy puts up on the wall of Eggman's lair in "Fortress of Squalitude" has drawn comparisons to a certain Hasbro cartoon.
- The title of the episode is a reference to Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
- 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!"
- "Cabin Fever" has one to The Glass Menagerie, of all things. Knuckles accidentally knocks down Amy's glass unicorn and the horn breaks off. Amy notes that "A glass horse is just as good as a glass unicorn, I suppose", similar to how the protagonist of the play brushes off her own glass unicorn getting it's horn broken.
- In "Don't Judge Me", when Amy interrupts Judge Bot just as he's about to declare Sonic guilty:Amy: That's not a gavel! THIS is a gavel! (pounds her hammer against the floor)
- "Let's Play Musical Friends" is chock-full of them, starting with this exchange:Cubot: Yeah! What if the princess is in another castle?
- In "Dr Eggman's Tomato Sauce," Tails mentions that he tested the tomato sauce for "acidity, radioactivity, arsenic, old lace, and mind control serum."
- In "It Wasn't Me, It Was The One-Armed Hedgehog", aside from the title itself, the scene where Knuckles offers to hunt Sonic is similar to Quint offering himself to hunt the shark, right down to the painful part.
- The opening scene of "No Robots Allowed" has Sticks taking Amy for a ride on a bicycle within a swirling indoor air current while saying "I'll get you, my pretty!", then spoofing the famous "flying past the moon" scene from E.T., down to the music (well, close to it). Mind you, this is in the span of five seconds.
- "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies" contains references to two well known internet memes. First Dave the Intern says "don't taze me bro!" when being escorted from PuppyCon by a police officer, then only seconds later Knuckles says "I guess his PuppyCon experience was [beat] ruff" while putting on sunglasses during the beat, referencing the famous one liners said before the opening credits in CSI: Miami.
- In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", Knuckles recalls Sticks mentioning that Percy was possibly a pod person and then says "IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"
- In the same scene, one of the evil things the aliens mean to do is "Phone home from our houses."
- In "Next Top Villain," Dave's fantasy includes him wearing a helmet and cape very reminiscent of Magneto's.
- 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.
- Simple Country Lawyer: Knuckles portrays himself as one when acting as Sonic's defense at his trail. Unfortunately, he spells out that he's doing this to relate to the jury, explicitly calling them dumb, which fails to win them over.
- Skewed Priorities: When Eggman has switched bodies with Sonic in "The Meteor," he keeps getting distracted by the gang's usual activities, to the point he has to keep rescheduling destroying his arch-enemies.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Amy and Sticks get humiliated and thrown around as indiscriminately as the male heroes.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In episode 43, after Knuckles is accused of partially being responsible for arson (he was showing off for a female that he believed was flirting with him, although she wasn't), he blurts out, "I can't help being attractive! It's a blessing and a curse!"
- Spiritual Successor: To Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, down to having a similar sitcom dynamic with Eggman.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Eggman has had the most focus out of any other cast member, even eclipsing Sonic himself. Not an episode goes by that doesn't feature him in some capacity, even when he has no role in the plot.
- 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.
- Story-Breaker Power: "Robot Battle Royale" has Tails create a robot that takes control of other robots. As Sonic points out, it would completely render Eggman a non-threat, so it's naturally destroyed by a Brick Joke at the end of the episode.
- Straight Man: Sonic, Tails, and Amy to Knuckles and Sticks wacky antics.
- Straw Loser: The Lightning Bolt Society consists of incompetent antagonists throughout the series that even Eggman thinks are pathetic. Their main plans consist of rummaging through Eggman's trash for discarded weapons so that they can steal from fruit stalls.Eggman: You dolts!
- Stylistic Suck: Dreamboat Express and their boy band music. The lyrics all make fun of how stale and overplayed that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles find the genre.You should expect the expected, and nothing more,
'Cause you've all heard this song and dance before!
- Surprise Difficulty: In-Universe, Fuzzy Puppies is implied to be a lot more sophisticated and difficult to learn than the name and theme suggest. The playing pieces are adorable puppy figures that each have their own unique ability, they can be equipped with cute hats that also bestow different abilities, you need to have a balance of enforcers, decoys, and support puppies on your team to play it well, the playing board is a hex-grid, and a 20-sided die is involved.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Coupled with Blatant Lies in "Let's Play Musical Friends".Cubot: He stole your coffee mug! Which I... then found... and am not lying about right now!
- The Mayor in "New Years' Retribution", with an added dose of Digging Yourself Deeper:Comedy Chimp: Mr. Mayor, a word?Mayor: *startled by the camera* Th-the allegations that I used the town's money to buy myself a vacation island are totally untrue!Comedy Chimp: I was gonna ask you to say a few words before the start of the [New Years' Eve] countdown.Mayor: Oh! Well, in that case, I just want to wish everyone a very happy new year, and you're all welcome to come visit me on my private vacation island- erm, I mean, if I ever get one, of course.
- This trope is also Shipping Fuel due to Amy's usage of it in some episodes.Amy (listing thing while teaching Sticks how to pack): Picture of a platonic friend I have no romantic interest in!
- Sonic gets in on the act at least once when the gang is spying on Amy setting up snacks.Knuckles: Looks like she's setting up for a date!Sonic (clearly agitated): A date?! T-that's cool! I mean, what do I care? ... Stop staring at me!
- The Mayor in "New Years' Retribution", with an added dose of Digging Yourself Deeper:
- Take Our Word for It: During Mayor Knuckles, Knuckles approves mobile sidewalks which we hear several of the characters praise. We never actually see the sidewalks move, as the single time they do appear onscreen they're broken (which may have been done to avoid having to animate a conveyor belt).
- Take That: Many examples:
- Swifty of "Blue With Envy" acts like a less than subtle parody of the Totally Radical interpretations of Sonic used in the nineties. Amusingly, the Sonic of this universe finds him unbearable.
- Mehburger seems to be a parallel to quite a lot of fast-food restaraunts: namely McDonald's.Sonic: Adequate burgers today.Knuckles: Yeah, you can barely taste the shredded newspaper.Amy: Ugh! I said no mayonaise!
- In "Battle of the Boy Bands" the concept and appeal of boy bands is amusingly torn apart and criticized, not to mention the fact that the star, Justin Beaver, is totally not Justin Bieber, a singer who is constantly mocked for various reasons.
- "Next Top Villain" takes some shots at printers and their overpriced ink cartridges by way of Octopus-Bot's ink attacks, which have the same problem.
- An in-universe example. When Sonic is recalling what happened during "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", he says Amy said this:Amy: This heating pad isn't enough. Knuckles, get Perci a pillow.Knuckles: You're not the boss of me! Sonic is!Amy: But I'm bossy and overbearing, and I need everyone to do what I say to compensate for my own insecurities!
- A Taste of Defeat: Some comedic cases have occurred where the heroes lose in some way:
- At least two episodes have ended on a Humiliation Conga for Sonic, both cases due to being at odds with his team mates rather than Eggman. "Into The Wilderness", where he and Knuckles lose an expedition contest with Amy and Sticks, and the aptly named "Designated Heroes" where the others lock him in the same prison as Eggman for becoming too much of a Glory Hound.
- "Chez Amy" ended with Eggman sending his robots onto Amy's restaurant. Though the heroes deal with the robots, the restaurant is still destroyed, leaving Amy back to dealing with Meh Burger.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In "Just a Guy", Sonic, fed up with being hated by the village for something as simple as calling Mike "just a guy" and the villagers "you people" in spite of all the times he's saved them from Eggman's evil schemes, decides to quit the hero business after an angry outburst about said issue towards Amy's sensitivity training group (which he also quits). Even when the villagers come to him to plead him to stop the Lightning Bolt Society's "rampage" upon learning of his retirement, he refuses to on the basis that the villain group is a bunch of total pushovers. It's only after he's noticed the stampeding flock of sheep they let loose, thus scaring the villagers, that the hedgehog is forced to put an end to his short-lived retirement in order to fix it.
- 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 Reveal: Beyond the Valley of the Cubots spends the entire episode showing other versions of Cubot that never made the cut due to serious flaws such as never learning from their mistakes, a thing that Cubot actually does. When Orbot returns to Dr. Eggman's lair, sad that Cubot stayed to help the other Cubot's because he is the perfect Cubot, Dr. Egmman reveals he scrapped the Cubot series because he never got it right and moved onto the Orbot series, meaning Orbot is the perfect Cubot.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Eggman becomes this when his lair is destroyed, forcing him to crash with Sonic a few days.
- Third-Person Person: Sonic occasionally in Episode 9, prompting his team-mates to tell him to stop.Knuckles: Yeah. Knuckles hates that.
- Tinfoil Hat: In "My Fair Sticksy", Sticks mentions her defense system against people trying to read her thoughts. It works like her meteor defense system except it has tinfoil trim.
- To the Batnoun!: Parodied in Episode 16.Eggman: To the Egg Mobile! (Cue Batman-style transition with Eggman's logo)
- Totally Radical: Swifty in "Blue With Envy", in a parody of Sonic's 90s incarnations, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Played for Laughs in Episode 2 when Eggman apparently hits poor Tails on the head so hard he has a short-term variance, and ends up accidentally repeating his own lampshading.Tails: I'm dizzy, and I have serious short-term memory loss! (Beat)...And I have serious short-term memory loss!
- Troubled Fetal Position: In "The Sidekick", Fastidious Beaver, the cowardly candidate, goes into this after he drops out.
- Two Girls to a Team: Amy and Sticks as the female members of Team Sonic.
- 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.
- Unobtanium: "Eggman the Auteur" features a mineral called "Unacquirum", which Eggman intends to use to build a new robot army. Except not really; it's just part of a ruse to trick Sonic into appearing in Eggman's movie.
- The Unreveal: In "Sole Power" Eggman somehow managed to make Sonic produce a deafening sound whenever he dashed, but when he tries to show a presentation explaining how he did it Amy smashes the projector. Sonic also never changes his shoes onscreen, preventing viewers from seeing the shape of his feet (the same applies to Sticks in "Designated Heroes").
- 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.
- In "Designated Heroes", Orbot refers to Eggman as a "middle-aged scientist" during the battle commentary near the end.
- Victory Is Boring: "Aim Low" has Eggman depressed, binging, and watching hedgehog soap operas. After seeing this, Sonic is relieved that he doesn't have to worry about him anymore... At first. After a while, he slowly starts going mad from the boredom, halting his friends' progress on their respective projects.
- Voices Are Mental: Averted in "The Meteor." While in each other's bodies, Sonic and Eggman think in their real voices, but speak in each other's voices — though keep the same mannerisms.
- Warm-Hearted Walrus: Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus. Most of the time, she is a bit of a snob, but is otherwise a good person, concerned for her baby's safety. She has done some morally ambiguous acts, but never on her own. When she acts more obnoxious than usual, it's mainly because all the townspeople are. See Wily Walrus below.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Orbot and Cubot in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" The title references Dude, Where's My Car?.
- What the Hell, Townspeople?: The villagers of the unnamed village that Sonic and his friends defend from Eggman are always quick to turn on Sonic, and think the worst of him no matter what the situation is.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: It's pointed out a few times that Sonic's middle name is "The," thus "Sonic the Hedgehog" is his proper name.
Sonic: "Capable" is my middle name!Knuckles: I thought your middle name was "the".
- Lampshaded in "Circus of Plunder", after the circus master implies that Sonic and his team wouldn't be capable of performing for him.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: In "Battle of the Boy Bands," Sonic states that the "Beaver Fever" going around is just a marketing ploy to sell sub standard music to gullible teenage girls, and wonders who could possibly fall for it. Cue Amy entering, covered in Justin Beaver merchandise.
- Wily Walrus:
- Willie the Walrus is a criminal who works for The Lightning Bolt Society.
- Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus. While she is one of the innocent townspeople whom Team Sonic must save from Dr. Eggman, there are times when the townspeople turn against Team Sonic, and she is quick to join them. Her most villainous role is in "No Robots Allowed", when she is part of the snooty homeowner's association that tries to evict Eggman for owning robots.
- You All Look Familiar: Aside from the examples under Palette Swap, the Lightning Bolt Society's lower ranks are filled out by copies of the same gray rat-like character.
- 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.
- He shows up to do it again in "Two Good to Be True," but Sonic catches on and stops himself.