Sonic and Tails R is a fan-made audio play created by EmuEmi, based off of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
It opens with a classic battle between Eggman, Sonic, and Tails, which takes a turn once the latter reveals that he's recently found the seventh Chaos Emerald. When Eggman attempts to steal all seven from Sonic with a tractor beam, they end up shattering and spreading out all over the world. This sets the stage for Sonic and Tails to embark on another globetrotting adventure to find and restore them all.
While an unofficial fan project, it is notable for having several official voice actors (both current and former) involved with it, most notably the return of Ryan Drummond as Sonic, reprising his role as the main character for the first time in over 15 years. It's also laden with Continuity Porn, with numerous Call Backs to the games (mostly the ones Drummond voiced in).
The first episode can be watched here.
Has no relation to Sonic R. (The "R", in this case, stands for "radio".)
The play features the following tropes.
- Batman Gambit: The series starts with Eggman attacking Tails, but his goal isn't to kill the fox. It's not even to kill Sonic when he inevitably shows up to help (though he makes it clear he'd very much love to do so). His goal is to steal the Chaos Emeralds that he knows Sonic will have brought with him when he shows up. It nearly goes off without a hitch.
- Beyond the Impossible: The Chaos Emeralds have unlimited power, so you can't possibly make them any more powerful than they already are, right? Wrong. Eggman finds a way.
- The Cameo: Aaron Webber, the man previously responsible for Sonic's meme-tastic social media presence, voices one of the police officers in Episode 3.
- Big Bad: Eggman, naturally.
- Continuity Nod: Several per episode.
- At the start of the first episode, Tails shows off the 7th Chaos Emerald to Sonic and notes that he came across it during one of his test flights - just like he did near the beginning of Sonic Adventure.Sonic: Some things never change.
- When Knuckles declines to help out the duo due to his duties as guardian, Tails decides to use the jewel radar from the Japanese manual of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 to find the shards instead.
- Sonic and Tails have so far visited both Adabat and Holoska.
- Amy greets Sonic by glomping him, just as she tried to do in several previous games. For once, it actually is him this time.
- Episode 3 opens with Sonic hearing sirens and asking, "Huh? What's up?", just like in the opening cutscene of Sonic Adventure. He then ends up getting chased by the police himself, culminating in him tearing off a helicopter's propeller blade and using it as a skateboard in an obvious Call-Back to the City Escape level of Sonic Adventure 2.
- Episode 4 cranks it up to outright Continuity Cavalcade levels. To wit: Silver repeats his memetic "IT'S NO USE!" line (with the same voice actor, no less!), a group of Eggman robots show up in the Egg Hawk to attack the heroes, Tails comforts a Chao using his petting dialogue from Sonic Adventure 2 ("Everything will be okay!"), and later, he recalls how he single-handedly saved Station Square from a missile attack.
- In Episode 5, Sonic and Tails' confrontation with Eggman at the beginning contains several lines recycled from Sonic Adventure, such as Eggman gloating "Four! Count 'em, four Emeralds!", and Sonic calling Eggman a "giant talking egg". Later, Sonic and Tails using their Team Blast from Sonic Heroes to dispatch a group of Eggman robots.
- At the start of the first episode, Tails shows off the 7th Chaos Emerald to Sonic and notes that he came across it during one of his test flights - just like he did near the beginning of Sonic Adventure.
- The Chessmaster: Eggman is once again depicted as this, as his plan involves Sonic and Tails collecting all 7 Chaos Emeralds for him to swipe via tractor beam. When this backfires, and the Emeralds get shattered into pieces, Eggman adjusts his plans and instead finds a way to re-assemble the Emeralds in a way that make them even more powerful than before.
- Downer Beginning: The story begins with Eggman using a tractor beam to steal the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic, with the ensuing struggle causing them to shatter and disperse across the world.
- Downer Ending: Episode 5 ends with Eggman ambushing Sonic, knocking him out, and stealing the fifth Chaos Emerald.
- Fastball Special: In Episode 4, Silver and Sonic appear to finish off the Egg Hawk in this way, with Silver using his telekinesis to launch Sonic into it at high speed.
- Friendly Rivalry: For all of Sonic and Knuckles' conflicts, it's clear that they have a mutual respect for each other, with Sonic acknowledging Knuckles' detection skills and Knuckles trusting that Sonic will be able to find the Emeralds again.
- The Glomp: Any subjects Sonic to one early in Episode 2, with apparently enough force to knock him to the ground.
- Incoming Ham: When Sonic and Tails arrive in Adabat in Episode 2, they're discussing their next steps when they're interrupted by a faint but very distinctive cry of "SONIC!" The cry grows louder and louder, and by the time Sonic realises who it belongs to, it's too late. Cue The Glomp.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sonic's first line - and, by proxy, Ryan Drummond's first line as Sonic in 16 years - is "Did you miss me?"
- MacGuffin Delivery Service:
- Eggman attempts this at the start of the series, seemingly planning for Sonic and Tails to collect all the Chaos Emeralds before he attempts to steal them. Unfortunately, the ensuing tug of war ends up shattering them instead.
- Late in Episode 3, Sonic and Tails realise they can turn this back on Eggman by using their radar to track the corrupted Chaos Emeralds in his possession, and then swipe them back from him when the time is right.
- Mythology Gag:
- Power Limiter: Episode 3 reveals that the Chaos Emeralds' brilliant-cut form acts as some sort of limiter, but Eggman has found a way to reassemble the shattered Emeralds in a way that bypasses the limiter and makes them even more powerful.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: In Episode 1, as Sonic prepares to activate his Super Mode:Sonic: Hey, Eggman! What do you get when you cross a hedgehog with seven emeralds?Eggman: Phase Three!Sonic: Phase Three?[cue tractor beam]
- Spoiler Cover: A minor example: the artwork for Episode 3 depicts a handcuffed Sonic using a helicopter blade as a skateboard, spoiling a huge chunk of the episode's plot.
- Vocal Evolution: Ryan's performance of Sonic notably sounds older, seasoned and more relaxed than how he used to sound back in the Dreamcast era.