YMMV / Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Accidental Innuendo: The Absent-Minded Professor Von Schlemmer had a moment of the sort. Robotnik has him tied up, and he asks him what he can do to get Von Schlemmer's invention to work. He replies "I'll never tell you...unless, of course, you fiendishly torture me." Er...
  • Adaptation Displacement: While the show hasn't eclipsed the Sonic games themselves, people are much more familiar with Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts here to the point that some think they were created exclusively for the show, even though they're actually all based off enemies from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Anvilicious: The "Sonic Says" segments.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song and "Sonic's Song".
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: One "Sonic Says" segment tells kids not to climb into washing machines.
  • Cult Classic: The show has a sizable fanbase. Most of its fans grew up with it.
  • Designated Hero: Sonic's attitude and mischievousness is amped a fair degree in this series, sometimes making his role as a hero pretty questionable. Though this is balanced out by his selflessness and Big Brother Instinct towards Tails.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Robotnik. Many fans actually want him to beat Sonic. His Fountain of Memes and "the world's sexiest fatman" status certainly helps.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Sonic the Hedgehog, You can't catch what you can't see. Sonic the Hedgehog, He's going to make Mobius free!" In-universe, even Scratch and Grounder dig it!
    • Robotnik's Leitmotif is also really catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Breezie for obvious reasons.
    • The bounty hunters from "Sonic Search and Smash Squad", largely due to their reappearance in Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, a rather extreme example of the trope since outside the game, most of the characters only appear for all of a couple of seconds in the show itself.
    • And, of course, the good doctor himself, Robotnik, who´s far more popular than the show itself.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Catella, the co-antagonist of the episode "Zoobotnik."
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The show has a couple of real winners when it comes to its attempt at giving kids helpful advice:
    • One segment advises kids against running away from home by having Coconuts try it, and Sonic remind him of all the good things Robotnik does to take care of him, and how no one will be there to do those things if he runs away, to convince him to go back home. The thing is, Coconuts is The Unfavourite among Robotnik's creations, and spends most of his time taking abuse and doing chores to clean up after the rest of the "family", so basically the message comes down to "Even if your family is abusive, it's better than risking it going alone".
    • In another, Sonic and Tails are surrounded by enemies, so Tails suggests calling 911. Sonic shoots down this idea, saying that 911 is for real emergencies. In other words, being attacked by people who wish to kill or seriously harm you is not an emergency.
      • Although in a later episode they do correct this.
  • Fountain of Memes: Robotnik and the "Sonic Says" segments.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Mass Transit Trouble", an episode about Robotnik attempting to bomb three separate transit stations, feels darker than the other episodes because of similar bombings in real life. It doesn't help that Robotnik and his henchmen are far more competent than usual.
    • In "Sonic Breakout", Robotnik imprisons Sketch Lampoon for making fun of him in a satire based on Humpty Dumpty. This is less funny to watch after the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015.
    • "Zoobotnik" when taking into consideration the "Sonic Says" segment about sexual harassment. Catella the intergalactic huntress falls madly in love with Robotnik because of how evil he is. Robotnik doesn't feel the same way, but he's too scared to say anything because Catella won't keep her hands off him and is repeatedly manhandling him. In fact, her treatment of him could be considered, barely mind you, G-rated dry humping.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    Coconuts: Sonic Boom, hah hah, hoo, that's a good one!
    • An evil theme park called Robotnikland? Sounds familiar...
    • The way the sloths talk in "Slowwww Going". Fast forward to March 2016 with the Disney's Zootopia featuring sloths talking in a similar manner.
    • At one point, Robotnik kidnaps Sketch Lampoon, a comic artist, to make him create stories where he's the hero, and advises Sketch to make him look like a more muscular Top-Heavy Guy. Sonic Boom's incarnation of Eggman is a Top-Heavy Guy that looks less fat than any previous incarnations.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Robotnik is forced to "kiss and make up" with rival Dr. Quark in order to keep their Big Bad Duumvirate going. Afterwards, Quark spits; Robotnik blushes.
    • Scratch and Grounder have a weird Twincest going on between them.note 
  • Love It or Hate It: You'll either think the show is a wonderfully funny wacky and creative Sonic series, or an incomprehensible pile of nonsense.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Coconuts, so very much. Especially in the Sonic Says segment of "Tails' New Home".
    • Scratch and Grounder are only marginally less pitiful than Coconuts, if anything their higher position leads to them suffering more abuse from both Sonic and Robotnik. Grounder's dopey, puppy eyed disposition doesn't help.
    • Robotnik himself comes dangerously close at times, especially in episodes involving his mother.
  • Memetic Badass: Doctor Ivo Robotnik.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Inverted with Sonic in this Sonic Sez. Played straight in YouTube Poop, thanks to Détournement.
    • Robotnik himself has become an example in regards to YouTube Poop, no doubt made worse by his numerous pervy expressions, constant ass wiggling, and desire for people to touch his "PINGAS".
  • Memetic Mutation: This show has provided ample material for many a YouTube Poop:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Although he is cartoonishly goofy, many, if not most of Robotnik's plans involved at best enslavement for life or at worst mass murder of civilians. For example, in "Sonic Gets Thrashed", his entire scheme revolves around killing his own robotic creations and enslaving many Mobian citizens.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "SONIC! HELP!"
  • Narm Charm: There's so much in this show it's not even funny. It's hilarious.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sonic could be seen as this as he sadistically tortures Robotnik, Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts. Though it can be argued that they deserve it, and Sonic does it, as much for other bullied citizens, as for himself, they are so pathetic, people will feel bad for them regardless.
    • When Coconuts decides to run away and possibly be good, Sonic tells him to stay with Robotnik. His scheme in the pilot episode also seemed reliant on Sonic being as obnoxious a customer as possible.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: In order to promote the show, Sega edited the Genesis and Game Gear title Puyo Puyo with AOSTH cosmetics, relabeling it Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. Despite these edits, and the odd omission of Sonic himself (instead of a playable character, opponents talk to the screen during cutscenes) the game is rather well received and considered a retro classic. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball also included briefer elements of the show (along with Sonic SatAM) as easter eggs.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Cathy Weseluck has a voice credit in this show under "Additional Voices".
  • Rooting for the Empire: Most fans seem to like the villains (Robotnik, Scratch, and Grounder) better than the heroes. So much so, these same fans will often remark that the show should really be called The Adventures of Dr. Robotnik.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The infamous "Bad Touch" segment, despite being corny due to being a kids' program, addresses an issue that needs to be touched on and very few other shows acknowledge.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Robotnik Jr., Scratch and Grounder.
    • Robotnik himself in some episodes ("Lovesick Sonic", "Robotnik Jr."), where the expressive animation makes him look like a big orange teddy bear.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The show had some decent one shot characters. Perhaps most blatantly were Robotnik's earlier bots who, despite being utilised and even given names and personalities in Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, made only cameos in the pilot and one or two more episodes if very lucky. The show also adapted Princess Sally for a voiceless cameo in the Christmas Special.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: This show is best summed up as Sonic the Hedgehog meets The Ren & Stimpy Show with some Looney Tunes sprinkles and a heapin' helping of Max Fleischer surreality.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Urkel for Sonic. A strange choice, to be sure, but what's even stranger is that it worked quite well, enough to do it on both Sonic shows that were running concurrently.
  • The Woobie:
    • Usually Tails. Sonic also has his moments, such as the episode "Sloooowwww Going". It's even Lampshaded in this YouTube Poop. For all the Rooting for the Empire the show garners, it did like to offer hard reminders why they weren't supposed to lose.
    • Coconuts could be this when you realize he is actually trying to get a promotion instead of being evil.
    • Goopster the alien in "So Long Sucker" is quite The Woobie as well.

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