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.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A glaring issue with the first episode "Sonic Boom" is how the Freedom Fighters stall and waste time rescuing one of their captured comrades and their pretty apathetic reaction when they arrive too late because of it. "Blast to the Past" comparatively has Sonic and Sally much more torn up when they couldn't save two more comrades from the robotocizer.
  • 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 stereotipical 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?
  • 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 nephew 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Sonic's nightmare of Sally getting roboticized. If you've read the comic adaptation of the series, you can guess what happens from here.
  • 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.
    • A story where Eggman/Robotnik conquers most of the world with Sonic and friends serving as the resistance against him? Are we talking about this show or Sonic Forces?
    • The first episode is titled "Sonic Boom."
    • "Ultra Sonic" features a massive robotic dinosaur named "Dinobot". A name that should sound familiar to any Transformers fan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Narm Charm: What color is my heart? It's a weird Gross-Up Close-Up where Robotnik asks Snively to look down his throat in an effort to see his heart. Adler and Cumming really manage to sell the scene with the tackiness of Robotnik being "heartless" still sounding menacing.
  • 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.
  • 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. Given his own obnoxious ego doesn't always get him fans, Sally in turn mercilessly calls him out.
  • 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).
    • Tails. They took Sonic's best friend and sidekick from the games and reduced him to a minor character. He stays home most of the time, resulting in him hardly ever participating in any of the missions. When he does, his contributions are little at best or pretty much nothing at worst. A later season two episode tried to fix this, but by that point the show was almost over. Word of God said he would have been more important in the third season, but that still doesn't explain why it took so long to give a major character from the games a notable role.
    • One of the complaints against Dulcy is that she got introduced with little to no fanfare and the show expected everyone to just assume she was always there. She actually could have been a relatively interesting character, considering she lost her mom to Robotnik's takeover which could have been an interesting arc, she's a freaking dragon that has both fire and ice powers, and she serves as a mode of aerial transportation. Not to mention she's portrayed by well-known voice actress Cree Summer. A lot more could have been done with this character had they properly set up an arc where they find and save her, she joins the main Freedom Fighters and begins fighting to try and save her mom, taking several levels in badass in the process. Instead, she mostly serves as comic relief.
  • 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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