YMMV / Sonic SatAM


  • Accidental Innuendo:
  • Anvilicious: Par for the course in terms of Green Aesops at the time, the domain of the villainous Robotnik is cold, mechanical and brimming with pollution (a fact that Robotnik openly revels in at one point), while the semi-virtuous Freedom Fighters dwell in a lush, green forest.
  • Awesome Ego: Sonic.
  • Badass Decay: Bunnie was a thoroughly inactive character in Season Two. Sonic, while still having many competent moments, also became a lot more error prone.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Sally is either a poignantly developed Action Girl and one of Sonic's best foils in the series (if not the entire franchise), or a bland, insufferable girl that lobotomised Sonic (and to an extent the rest of the cast) for the sake of Positive Discrimination. Her upgraded role in the Second season, as well as her continued legacy in the comic didn't help much. And we're not even going to bring up the fans of a certain pink hedgehog.
    • Fans are also completely divided over the more sinister interpretation of Robotnik, either adoring his more effective and terrifying presence in the show, or abhorring him for being a glorified Generic Doomsday Villain with none of the charisma of the other Eggman variants.
    • The show's rendition of Sonic is either considered a far more relatable and humanised take on the usually cartoony Ace-like games character, or an obnoxious Leeroy Jenkins who speaks in grating nineties slang. And let's not go into his relationship with Sally.
  • Broken Base: Was Season Two the show's Growing the Beard with more consistent writing and continuity or Seasonal Rot with Flanderized characters and more formulaic plot lines?
  • Better Than Canon: A lot of fans consider the show's Darker and Edgier elements a lot more successful than Sega's attempts from the late '90s to mid 2000s.
  • Complete Monster: Dr. Julian Robotnik is the absolute ruler of a roboticized Mobius, and is a far more chilling incarnation than the normally-bumbling character of Robotnik. A ruthless, ambitious backstabber with a series of treacherous moves to his count in the name of self-interest, Robotnik's first betrayal was his sealing of the wizard Naugus in the Void. Later becoming known to the King of Mobius, Robotnik became instrumental in the King's own military victories before deciding to take over Mobius himself. Staging a coup d'état and overthrowing the King from Mobotropolis, Robotnik stole the technologies of the Roboticizer from Charles Hedgehog, and used it to forcefully convert almost all of Mobius into a polluted dystopia. Reducing all of Mobius's inhabitants to his robotic slaveswhich they morally object to and fight against—Robotnik made fierce enemies with Charles's son Sonic and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik would demonstrate his psychopathic nature again and again, attempting to kill, torture, or otherwise roboticize the Freedom Fighters, happily willing to jeopardize the ecosystem in doing so. Robotnik also coldly abuses his own minions, his diminutive, weak-willed nephew Snively among them, and condemns them all to die for the sake of his own life in the finale. An emotion-deficient fear-monger with nary a comedic quirk to his name, Robotnik proved one of the most vicious incarnations of Robotnik seen in the franchise.
  • Creator's Pet: Both Dulcy and Sally were stated to be favorites of Ben Hurst, main writer for most of the second season. They also have a rather "conflicted" reception with the fanbase to say the least.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening theme is probably the most memorable thing about the show.
  • Cult Classic: It only got 26 episodes which made it the shortest of all the finished Sonic cartoons (even Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog got a good 65), and yet it was relatively well-received compared to other Saturday-morning fare at the time and maintained a notable fanbase since then, likely helped by the Archie Comics series based upon it.
  • Designated Hero: Sonic, though not unpopular in the show per se, gets occasional criticism from this. While a fairly effective hero, Sonic is by far the most dysfunctional and arrogant of the Freedom Fighters (Straw Loser Antoine not withstanding), frequently endangering the team due to his cockiness.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Bunnie Rabbot, which is why so many fans were understandibly upset when she was Demoted to Extra in Season Two.
    • This show's incarnation of Dr. Robotnik. He only made one more appearance after this show in Sonic Underground (the Archie comics version doesn't really count because of how massively different the characterization was), and yet he's often considered the scariest and best version of the good Dr. His voice actor really helped gain that reputation.
    • Sally is considered this to some fans. There is a reason why she got a lot of roles in season 2, after all. Some fans consider her relationship with Sonic to be better then Amy's from the games, as she is not clinging onto him constantly, and can reign him back in when he's in the wrong as well as hold her own in a given situation. Granted she's also a Base-Breaking Character, since just as many think she did this a bit too much.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: This is one of the reasons why Antoine gets a lot of hate. The character's entire concept is that he is a French guy who is useless in any action-related situation. He also gets flak for being rude to Sonic, even though Sonic is more or less equally rude to him. Even taking a level in badass in the comics didn't stop some of the hate since many felt it stripped him of any defining characteristics and reduced him to a Generic Guy with a French accent.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The plot of "Sonic Past Cool" has the Freedom Fighters rescue dinosaurs from Robotnik, one of whom makes friends with Tails via a translator. Seventeen years later...
    • "Blast To The Past" two-parter had Sonic teaming up with his younger self at one point. Seems someone on the Sonic Team caught the episode while trying to think of the premise of Sonic Generations.
    • Another Blast To The Past example: The whole concept of the gang using time travel which in later years would surprisingly become somewhat of a staple in the games.
    • Jim Cummings voices a hyena in one episode.note 
    • Cluck is a Robot Chicken.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Many fans of the current game series become irritated by the mentioning of the show, due to many fans' tendency to boast its story and characters as superior to the SEGA canon.
    • Some feel that the show has been overhyped and viewed through the Nostalgia Filter. The Annotated Series has this reaction to the show when they riffed it and found that it had a lot more narrative flaws and issues with character likeability than fans admit to. Likewise many really disagreed with The Nostalgia Critic review of it as well, especially fans of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which he practically dismissed based on the art style alone.
  • In-Name-Only: Sonic, Tails, Robotnik, Buzzbombers, Rings, and the basic, general story concept are the only things this series has in common with the games after Sonic 1.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Antoine is a self centered Dirty Coward, but his constant failed attempts at respect and heroism (and Sonic's relentless jokes at his expense) make you feel some sympathy for him. After all, not everyone can be heroic.
    • Snively for the most part is suggested to be as remorseless and ruthless as Robotnik, still you have to pity the overwhelming amount of abuse he has supposedly suffered from his uncle (who is embarrassed to even acknowledge their relation) for over a decade. The fact the Freedom Fighters often trigger Robotnik's wrath onto him (at one point Sonic seemed to acknowledge and laugh about it) probably gives a valid excuse as to why he isn't sympathetic towards them.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Robotnik shows signs of this, from his manipulation of Sonic's egotism in "Sonic Racer" ("on with the race, and may my best... MACHINE... win.") to his ability (at least in "Sonic and Sally") to out-xanatos most of the freedom fighters...
    Sonic: ... except Tails.
  • My Real Daddy: In the early-to-mid 2000s, when the Sonic franchise began turning out numerous 3D games that were commercially and critically panned, a significant number of older Sonic fans disliked this. Amongst SatAM fans, some felt that SatAM's creators, particularly the late Ben Hurst, had handled the story and the characters of the franchise far better than Sonic Team ever did.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It has its own page. Well justified, too.
  • The Scrappy: Out of the main cast, Dulcy and Antoine are the least liked characters. Say what you want about Sally, but she still has a good amount of fans. Many felt that Dulcy was a pointless addition to the cast, especially since she appeared out of nowhere in the second season and the writers want you to pretend that she there since the beginning of the show. Also, many found her klutzy behavior to be more annoying than funny. Antoine gets a lot of flak for not really doing anything useful. His cowardly personality tends to annoy viewers more than amuse them, especially since he tend to be a Dirty Coward at times. If he was more of a Lovable Coward like Chuckie from Rugrats he probably would have been more liked. It also doesn't help that he really doesn't have any real redeeming traits (outside of a few Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments). Given that he is the Straw Loser of the group and Sonic doesn't like him, it could be intentional.
  • Screwed by the Network: More like "screwed by the affiliates". This was the end of the Saturday Morning Cartoon era, and many markets were already pre-empting the show in favor of Saturday morning news.
  • Seasonal Rot: Zigzagged. Season 2 is commended for its more developed continuity-based plot, but has multiple story criticisms compared to season 1, often concerning both Sonic and Robotnik's increased incompetence, overabundance of cheesy comic relief and the inexplicable introduction of Dulcy The Dragon. Also season 2 was written near entirely by Ben Hurst, making for a more consistent dynamic, albeit to the point of being streamlined greatly, with Hurst's preferred characters and enterpretations taking over (eg. Sally and Antoine were prominent in every episode, and were simplified to their positive and negative traits respectively, while fan favorites such as Rotor and Bunnie were Demoted to Extra).
  • Second Season Downfall: Though this was more due to the simultaneous cancellation of all of ABC's then-current lineup in favor of Disney-sourced programming than the actual quality of the writing.
  • Ship Tease: Bunnie pinching Antoine's cheek in "Sonic Racer." Made Hilarious in Hindsight by them becoming an Official Couple (and marrying) in the Archie comic.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The German version of the theme song.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The orchestral background music certainly sounds familiar... This extends even beyond the show's orchestral theme tune, to the point where the entire score is essentially one big riff on Alan Silvestri's style, complete with harmonies and dissonances based on octatonic scale patterns.
    • Robotnik's theme sounds a little similar to the Scarface (1983) theme.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Sonic lampshades Antoine's obnoxiousness and uselessness quite often.
    • Bunnie inexplicably reverting back to her half-metal body after what turned out to be a temporary de-robotocization.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Bunnie Rabbot made interesting use of the show's robotocization concept and had kickass cyborg powers to boot. However she had a supporting role in the majority of the first season and was Demoted to Extra in the second, arguably getting the least amount of development time out of the rest of the Freedom Fighters (Rotor and Tails were also heavily Out of Focus for most of the show's later run). The comics adapted from the show utilize her a bit more, but still play her as one of the more minor leads.
    • Tails, who according to Ben Hurst would have got a lot more screen time in Season 3 if it was finished.
  • Villain Decay: Robotnik debuted as a cunning Evil Overlord with a deathly serious attitude in stark contrast to his Laughably Evil persona in most other enterpretations. In the second season, while still somewhat fearsome, Robotnik gains more buffoonish qualities and also falls for Bond Villain Stupidity on several occasions due to his obsession with destroying Sonic.
  • The Woobie: Most characters had their moments of this. Sonic and Sally sure did, but Bunnie is the biggest contender by a long shot.


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