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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Gotta speed, keed!

Voiced by: Jaleel White (English), Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese)

  • Adorkable: He's sometimes shown to have such moments.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He manages to seduce Robotnik while dressed as an attractive Blonde in "Sonic is Running".
  • Badbutt: He has a stereotypical young man's attitude from the 80's and the 90's who lives to the extreme, being overactive, slightly sarcastic and cheeky and using Totally Radical phrases. In truth he is pretty mild compared to other more modern stereotypes.
  • Batman Gambit: He frequently does these to Robotnik and his lackeys in order to stop Robotnik's plans.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him slow really seems to tick him off.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Probably the most emphasized usage of any Sonic incarnation. He looks out for Tails constantly and regularly goes frantic the moment something happens to him.
  • Blood Knight: One of the nicer examples of how to be one. He always loves a good, risky challenge and fighting (without killing) Robotnik, but the moment Robotnik claims that he has given up his life of crime, Sonic respects it though clearly feeling that his life lost much of its momentum.
  • Burning Rubber: He often leaves a trail of fire when running. In "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-Tops", it is revealed that his shoes are friction-proof, and thus his feet would literally burn up if he tried running without them.
  • Catchphrase: "Up, over and gooone!", "I'm waaaaiiiiiiitiiiiiing…", "Gotta speed, keed!", "You got it ace - let's race!" amongst other rhyming phrases that have naturally a lot do with speed and running.
  • Chick Magnet: Tends to have a lot of fangirls.
  • The Chosen One: He was apparently prophesied to save the kingdom featured in "Hedgehog of the Hound Table", if the legend of the Holy Hedgehog is any indication.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Handily outsmarts and overpowers Robotnik and his goons for Laughs. There are occasional points the joke's over and Robotnik makes Sonic rough it for a victory however.
  • Determinator: Even the odd time his foes give him a genuine challenge, Sonic is not one to back down.
  • Disguised in Drag: He does this all the time, in addition to putting on ordinary male disguises. Despite always being obviously in disguise, Robotnik and his cronies never seem to be able to tell it's him, with a few small exceptions. This is slightly lampshaded in one episode where Sonic dresses up in a red dress, fruit hat, and lipstick to do something "really funny and cool" to Scratch and Grounder, but decides against because the two of them are already engaged in silly bickering over Grounder's nose of all things.
  • Fatal Flaw: Though he's not quite egomaniacal about it like some other incarnations, Sonic can be very confident in his abilities throughout the cartoon. Robotnik has exploited Sonic's cocky streak more than once.
  • Friendly Enemy: He at least tries to keep Robotnik's henchbots from hurting themselves in the "Sonic Says" segments.
  • Guile Hero: Achieves victory through his wits just as often as his speed.
  • Heroic RRoD: Very rarely, but yes, Sonic can be tired out. Exploited for Robotnik's Evil Plan in "Mass Transit Trouble".
  • Hidden Depths: As corny as the Sonic Says segments are, he shows this at times in them. In one he talks about how great reading is, and in many others, he shows genuine concern for the safety of children.
  • Invincible Hero: He's more-or-less this. Robotnik, Scratch and Grounder very seldom get the opportunity to lock him up in a trap he can easily escape from.
  • Karmic Trickster: The show nudges Sonic's characterization into this category, where he uses all sorts of mental tricks and misdirection to deflate Robotnik's plans.
  • The Kirk: This incarnation of Sonic enjoys adrenaline-inducing activities like his games counterpart, but is shown to take rules and responsibility seriously, as is shown in the Sonic Says segments and his relationship with Tails. Many of his antics are also intellectual as well as physical.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Takes up the mantle of the legendary "Holy Hedgehog" in "Hedgehog of the Hound Table".
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Occasional overconfidence which often leads him into serious trouble.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Much of Sonic's disguises are this. One's just Sonic with a hat and a bag of mail, and they fall for it.
    • Lampshaded by Sonic when, to his alarm, sufficient doses of downloaded ninjutsu allow Scratch and Grounder to see through a disguise.
      • Also in the episode Grounder the Genius twice. The first time Sonic visits the fortress as a "Chip Recycler" and looks for the genius chip. Grounder says he has it which Sonic tries to get him, however, Grounder, now being a genius, petrifies him aware that this would happen. Another example is later where Grounder makes out a trap and tosses it away far before anything bad happens. Sonic takes off his disguise and Grounder states he already knew Sonic was going to pull that.
    • At one point, Sonic even winks at the audience while showing himself through disguise.
    • In "Too Tall Tails" Sonic actually takes off his disguise midway through one of his schemes. Scratch and Grounder still don't recognize him!
      • Dr. Robotnik actually does manage to see through the majority of Sonic's disguises, however the few times he does it is either a few moments too late, or he's too far away to tell Grounder and Scratch, the ones typically being tricked.
  • Parental Substitute: To Tails, who happily accepts that Sonic's his "mom, dad, and picket-fence".
  • The Protagonist: As the main focal character of the series, Sonic's story begins and ends with him.
  • Race Lift: Type 5. Simply put, Jaleel White didn't want Sonic to sound too black.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Downplayed. Without his shoes, Sonic cannot use his Super Speed without burning his feet which means he has all the necessary secondary powers for super speed except "feet durable enough to withstand extreme heat caused by friction".
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Whenever he gets ready for action he uses one of his catchphrases that qualify.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Sonic in some of his disguises counts and is sharper than his quills.
  • Smug Super: At times. You could argue that this is his biggest character flaw though he isn't mean about it, he can be condescending towards non-powered individuals in other words, everyone else. He also sometimes fails to anticipate when Robotnik and his goons can be an actual threat to him.

Miles "Tails" Prower

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Voiced by: Christopher Stephen Welch (EN), Chris Turner (EN, Sonic Christmas Blast), Nariko Fujieda (JP)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the games, his fur is orange. Here, it's brown (Which is actually Truth in Television, as real-life fox kits are born with brown fur that turns orange as they get older).
  • Adaptational Wimp: While he was just as capable as Sonic in the games, here, he's the Designated Victim and gets kidnapped by Robotnik at least Once an Episode. He's not totally incompetent however and role reversals where he saves Sonic do occur.
  • Age Lift: He was aged down from eight in the games to 4 1/2.
  • Balloon Belly: A natural result of his eating habits is ending up with one. The most memorable one is in Boogie-Mania.
  • Big Eater: It's even a major plot-point in one episode, where he keeps getting bigger and bigger the more he eats (and the bigger he gets, the hungrier he gets).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sometimes. He can be self-centered and complaining as little kids can be and led by his vices, his gluttony most frequently.
  • Child Prodigy: Keeps up with Sonic, saves the day on occasion, built a flying bicycle from scrap, studies the Big Bang in kindergarten — and is four-and-a-half years old.
  • Cool Little Bro: So very much. The series emphasizes this relationship more than any other.
  • Designated Victim: He gets kidnapped at least Once an Episode.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": In "Tails' New Home", Sonic threatening to reveal his real name Miles is enough to get him to leave while Sonic deals with Scratch and Grounder.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Not as prominent as his video game counterpart (though this was at the time when the game series was still fairly new, with only three games out at the time), but he has his moments.
  • Girls Have Cooties: What he believes. It's actually helpful from time to time.
  • Happily Adopted: Sonic meets Tails when the fox is just a baby, orphaned and looking for a family. Sonic then adopts Tails as a brother and becomes his caretaker.
    • "Tails' New Home," focuses on Sonic trying to give Tails a stable life and a new family in concern for his safety. Tails, however, is perfectly happy living with the blue blur.
    Sonic: Sorry for all of the trouble, squirt. I was just trying to find you a real family.
    Tails: I got a real family. I got the best!
    Sonic: Yeah? Where?
    Tails: A family is just people who care about each other more than anyone else, right?
    Sonic: Right.
    Tails: You're it! You're my mom, you're my dad, and you're my picket fence!
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Not a surprise, considering that his big brother figure and idol is a superhero.
  • The Millstone: He has a habit of being this to Sonic. While still often helping Sonic, his childishness or slowness on the uptake sometimes causes complications. Robotnik and his minions also capture him or use him as a pawn against Sonic on several occasions.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: You can count the times he's called "Miles" on one hand. This actually becomes a plot point in "Tails' New Home", when a couple appears claiming to be his parents. Sonic eventually realizes that, if they were really his parents, they shouldn't have been calling him Tails; they should have been calling him Miles.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chili dogs, except he prefers his with extra cheese.

     The Badniks 

Dr. Ivo Robotnik

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I don't get in trouble! I make trouble!

Voiced by: Jim Cummings (Pilot), Long John Baldry

  • Abusive Parents: Momma Robotnik showed him how to be an abusive monster of a parent and he implemented her teaching methods greatly when it came time for him to create life of his own (robotic one of course).
  • Ax-Crazy: While he is Played for Laughs most of the time, that still doesn't make him any less dangerous.
  • Badass Baritone: When he isn't in Large Ham mode, he's got this.
  • Badass Mustache: A cartoonishly long one.
  • Bad Boss: Robotnik comically verbally and physically abuses his "metallic moron" minions on a very frequent basis. On more than a few occasions he has also proved to find them rather dispensable as well.
  • Bald of Evil: Sonic has frustrated Robotnik so much, he made him "Tear every hair from my BEAUUUUUTIFUL HEAD!"
  • Berserk Button: Robotnik has many. Though Sonic himself is the main one.
    Robotnik: I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!
    • For instance, when served hotcakes for breakfast instead of his traditional eggs:
    Robotnik: Hotcakes! Isn't that nice? You know what I like with my hotcakes? (grabs Scratch by the neck)
    Scratch: (nervously) W-w-what?
    Robotnik: CHOPPED CHICKEN BRAINS!
    • Breaking his dishes:
    Scratch: (disheartened moan) Dr. Robotnik's gonna be very unhappy!
    Robotnik: (walks in the kitchen doorway) Robotnik isn't unhappy. In fact, he's... EXTREMELY TICKED OFF! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY CHINA?!
    Grounder: Uh... (in earnest) completely trashed it?
    • The nickname Robuttnik.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: It is often implied Robotnik is only ineffective due to Sonic. A lot of episodes show the heroes encountering civilians that have already been enslaved or terrorized by Robotnik due to Sonic not being around. Not to mention the odd occasion Robotnik even manages to get one over the hedgehog, as well as the fact that (as pointed in out in Sonic's entry) more often than not he can see through Sonic's disguises.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series.
  • Big Beautiful Man: In his own mind, at least; the chief animator paid special attention to trying to convey this, in hopes of making Robotnik "animation's sexiest fat man". Of course, the reality is that, in-universe and out, Robotnik's "sexy moments" are serious Fan Disservice: which is played entirely for laughs.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the Big to Scratch's Thin and Grounder's Short.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Has black sclera with glowing red pupils.
  • Black Knight: Briefly adopts this persona when attempting to overthrow King Arfur in "Hedgehog of the Round Table". He's even called the "Bloated Knight".
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A very good case can be made for Robotnik falling into this. In "Birth of a Salesman", Wes Weasley sells him a variety of weapons that are surefire tools to catching Sonic, yet Robotnik passes them all off to Scratch and Grounder, who of course fail miserably, being too dumb to use the gadgets properly. Oddly enough, Robotnik puts most of the blame on Weasley, demanding refunds and accusing him of selling defective products. Weasley points out that if anything, his gadgets have worked too well, and are in incompetent hands. Robotnik remedies this by... threatening Wes Weasley into going along with Scratch and Grounder to oversee Sonic's capture, despite clearly being the only one capable of effectively operating the weapons, or at least more capable than his minions "supervised" by an unwilling peddler. The good doctor doesn't seem to realize capturing his hated enemy may require physical effort on his part. You'd think he would either step up his game or quit whining.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sonic pulls no punches making him suffer. One of the best examples is the "Zoobotnik" episode: when Sonic, disguised as a justice of the peace, marries Robotnik to Katella, and then invites Momma Robotnik to the wedding for insult to injury.
  • The Caligula: What you get when a tyrannical, petty, immature little man gets enough power, which makes it fortunate that, despite being probably the richest guy on Mobius with infinite resources and robotic armies, he hasn't managed to conquer the planet yet.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Played with. Sure, he likes being called despicable but there are moments when he will pretend to be a hero if his plans require it. An example of this would be "Over The Hill Hero", where he says to Captain Rescue "I think we can fight rotten-ness just as good as that hedgehog".
  • Catchphrase: He yells "I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!" after every single defeat by Sonic.
  • Character Exaggeration: Dr. Eggman in the game's canon is also a hammy, childish Card-Carrying Villain, but nowhere near to the same extent as this Robotnik.
  • Composite Character: In Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, he uses the same AI as Satan, but he doesn't shake the ground when landing beans or create an explosion sound effect when making a combo.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is this in contrast to his game counterpart.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Has some of this trope's characteristics, most notably mustache-twirling, open and two-dimensional eeevilness and bombastic diabolical laughter.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Over and over again throughout the entire show.
  • Ditzy Genius: At times:
    Sonic: "You spelled "Kidnapped" with a 'C.'"
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dr. Robotnik fears his mother, but he still loves her, something that is exemplified in a lot of episodes and exploited in "The Last Resort" when he apparently goes into retirement to take care of her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He loathes his cousin, Dr. Warpnik, for being a creepy, freaky, utter loony with an unsettling fixation on fish. To the point he sealed him up in a pocket dimension called the Warp of Confusion to get him out of everyone's hair.
  • Evil Brit: Robotnik has a British accent and is the main villain of the series.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Robotnik takes his over-the-top villainy up to eleven.
  • Evil Is Petty: He commits petty crimes in his spare time when he's not trying to take over Mobius. For example, one of the ways he uses his new super powers in "Super Robotnik" is to steal candy from 4,822 babies.
  • Evil Laugh: Robotnik has a few utterly excellent ones.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: There's moments where he steps out of Large Ham mode and directly into this. Sometimes both.
  • Fat Bastard: He could cover the whole trope and the whole page image with his girth.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Though Robotnik's villainy is taken somewhat lightly, some of it can seem pretty extreme when you think about it.
  • Flaw Exploitation: As often as Robotnik is humiliated by Sonic, he knows his personality enough to get the upper hand many times, often exploiting his overconfidence or protectiveness of Tails.
  • Flowery Insults: Robotnik LOVES to insult people. A lot. Here's an alphabetized video of all of his insults throughout the whole series. It's literally as long as an entire episode of the series.
  • Freudian Excuse: Dr. Robotnik is implied to have one in the form of his abusive mother, Momma Robotnik.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: As buffoonish as he is, most of his gadgets do what they are supposed to and are pretty damn advanced.
  • Gonk: It says a lot that its not obvious at first glance that he is one of the human inhabitants of Mobius.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: He's occasionally seen wearing boxers that has polka dots or hearts on them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Uh, yeah flipping out is one of his default moods.
  • Harmless Villain: Zigzagged since he is implied to be rather imposing to anyone who isn't Sonic.note  His henchbots, however, are pretty incompetent for the most part, and when not being defeated by Sonic, are outmatched by random powerless civilians or even their own bumbling.
  • Hot-Blooded: Boiling blooded to the extent of tearing every hair out of his head and tattooing the word hatred on his teeth.
  • Humiliation Conga: Happens to him in nearly every episode. Particularly noteworthy is the ending of "Robotnik Express" and "Robotnikland".
  • In-Series Nickname: Sonic sometimes calls him 'Ro-butt-nik'. Predictably, Robotnik hates it.
  • It's All About Me: Definitely, to the point where he plans to destroy a village near his fortress purely so he can have a better view from his window, and attempts to force a famous singer to write and perform a song about him because she made a tribute song about Sonic.
  • Jerkass: Not only does he not think much about Scratch and Grounder, but he loves to go out of his way to taunt and insult Sonic and Tails — as well as other unsuspecting citizens — whenever they get involved in his schemes.
    • He has no problem with the idea of destroying a populated village, so he doesn't have to look at it from his window.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Story dependent case. When Robotnik was active the entire episode he was usually a Harmless Villain. When he sent his bots to do the dirty work first, they would be the first incompetent obstacle and Robotnik would reappear as a Not So Harmless final boss.
  • Lack of Empathy: He feels zero remorse in his efforts to kill Sonic and terrorize citizens, even children and women.
  • Large Ham: Oh God, yes! Thanks in no small part to the incomparable Long John Baldry. Robotnik actually invokes this in "Coachnik"; one of the ingredients he uses to create the titular Coachnik robot is "300 pounds of ham".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Sonic Brakeout", where Robotnik imprisoned cartoonist Sketch Lampoon for comparing him to Humpty Dumpty, Robotnik ended up falling in the same position as Dumpty (albeit not broken) and unable to get up on his own.
  • Last-Name Basis: Dr. Robotnik, whose first name "Ivo" is only mentioned twice in the whole series.
  • Laughably Evil: The doctor is completely ruthless, but it's hard to find a scene he isn't hilarious. Only upped even further due to YouTube Poop.
  • Manipulative Bastard: There are times Robotnik and his goons manage to convince others they are the heroes and Sonic is the villain. They also can rather easily pander to less scrupulous civilians such as Wes Weasley to assist them for a reward.
  • The McCoy: Volatile, childish, and expressive are some of the things that can describe Robotnik. Nearly all of his motivations stem from the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Mr. Fanservice: See Big Beautiful Man above. He was intended to be this, though whereas it worked or not is... controversial.
  • My Beloved Smother: Robotnik, despite his evil nature, is completely at the mercy of his mother, who is even more demanding and has a really bad temper. He has turned on her a couple of occasions though.
  • Narcissist: To quote Milton Knight:
    Robotnik is... the perfect image of self love. He's not perfect, he's imperfect... his full blown belief in himself. He is actually extremely excited by the fact that he exists, and the fact the others do not feel the same way simply spurns him on to greater heights of villainy. He is jealous of the hedgehog — why should he get the applause? Give it to Robotnik! He really believes in his own romantic self and... his sexiness.
  • Never My Fault: Combined with Screw the Rules, I Make Them!. What mistakes? He never makes mistakes and if something wrong happens he can decide on his own who was at fault because if he says it, then it must be true. On one occasion, he demotes Coconuts after he himself is tricked by Sonic, even though Coconuts wasn't even present at the time. As he puts it, "I'm the boss! I can blame whoever I want!"
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Robotnik seems to adhere to this quite diligently, even after episodes where the evil gadget of the week is never shown being destroyed.
  • No Indoor Voice: He has a very loud and exuberant voice, especially when he is excited or irritated.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Usually rather bumbling and defeated handily by Sonic. There are a fair few times he manages to outsmart the hedgehog and temporarily get the upper hand however. It helps he also knows just how to get under Sonic's skin (see above). Both "Mass Transit Trouble" and the large duration of the Chaos Emeralds four-parter are key examples where Sonic had extreme difficulty stopping Robotnik.
  • Obviously Evil: He's always scheming to take over Mobius.
  • Once an Episode: "I hate that hedgehog!". To the point there's variants.
  • Pet the Dog: In the first Mama Robotnik episode, he shows he sincerely loves and cares for his "Fuzzy-wuzzy", the teddy bear he grew up with a child and which was his only friend. True, Fuzzy-wuzzy is a killer robot that basically turns into a creepily real grizzly with four arms and two heads, but he still loves him all the same, even begging Sonic to save Fuzzy-wuzzy from being destroyed and promising to stop his latest evil plot.
    • "So Long Sucker" reveals that Robotnik still carries around a photo of his deceased pet cockroach, "Mr. Bobo", whom he was apparently quite fond of. He even sheds a few tears reminiscing.
  • Pirate: In the episode of "Blackbot the Pirate". He even looks the part. But he's mostly in it for the Chaos Emerald of Invisibility.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Never grew out of that first phase in his life where he was the center of the universe and everyone and everyone were meant to serve him. When he made a spelling mistake he decided to force everyone to write the word that way, instead of admitting that he was wrong which sounds more like a kindergartener's fantasy.
  • Robo Sexual: Robotnik himself proved this when he created a robot wife.
  • Robotic Spouse: Robotnik gets a couple of these for himself in a couple of episodes.
  • Slasher Smile: Among many of his emotes.
  • Sore Loser: His moustache usually suffers the worst from it, fortunately. His reaction when he loses a card game is to get out a laser gun and shoot his victorious opponent repeatedly, which he apparently considers an appropriate response.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He is prone to fits of yelling, especially when he's dealing with Sonic or his robots.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Well it takes one to make one and since he made most of them to primarily worship him they were not gonna be the sharpest tools around. The most prominent of Robotnik's robots, Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts, are also among his most idiotic and if one takes the convention fiasco into consideration things weren't any better with the bounty hunter Badniks.
  • Terrible Trio: Forms one with Scratch and Grounder in most episodes, playing the role of the boss, natch.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Eggs. He's had eggs for breakfast every day for the last ten years! No, he does not want any hotcakes for breakfast.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Does this quite frrrequently.
    "I'll have to give myself a PRRRRROMOTION!"
    "You lame-brrrrrain knuckle-drrrrragging dork! How dare you interrupt me when I'm having a bath with my rrrrrubber crrrrrocodile!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one at least once an episode.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's stated to Sonic before that if he had captured Tails, he'd be torturing him.
  • You Meddling Kids: His Catchphrase: "I hate that hedgehog!".
  • 0% Approval Rating: Which goes a long way towards explaining why most of his followers are inorganic. His horrible and treacherous character makes most people hate and avoid him and as such he uses his love for technology and robotics towards building people the way he wants them to be, with blind obedience and admiration.

Scratch & Grounder

Voiced by: Phillip Hayes (Scratch) & Gary Chalk (Grounder)

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Robotnik's newest, dedicated anti-Sonic robots and general minions. Unfortunately for him, they're both total incompetents and idiots. Created at about the same time from the same machine, they would originally have been identical, but Scratch pulled a lever that caused Grounder to come out with a different chassis. Both Badniks are based off of badniks from Sonic the Hedgehog 2; Grounder is a straight lift of the Grounder badnik (itself a lift of Burrobot from the first game), while Scratch is a heavily modified Clucker (a turret-firing chicken badnik).


  • Adaptational Dye Job: While Scratch and Coconuts have design changes from their games counterpart, their color scheme is largely the same. Grounder however, despite ironically looking much closer to his games design, now sports a dark green paint job instead of red.note 
  • Affably Evil: In "Grounder The Genius" when Grounder gains super-intelligence, he also gains a considerable amount of charm to his personality.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Scratch seems to show a little too much like for Robotnik.
  • Amnesiac Villain Joins the Heroes: In "Blank-Headed Eagle", Scratch chases after Sonic with an Eagle-Copter kit he ordered from watching the Edgar Eagle TV show. After Sonic tricks him into shooting himself out of the sky, Scratch gets amnesia, and when Henrietta Peck finds him, Scratch thinks he's Edgar Eagle. Sonic takes advantage of this, and uses Scratch to help him save Farmer Peck's farm from destruction from Dr. Robotnik's machines. Scratch ends up regaining his memories near the end of the episode.
  • Annoying Laugh: Scratch has the screechy "Ba-HA ha-HAAAA!!"
  • Arm Cannon: Grounder has this along with many other weapons.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Scratch is the Thin and Grounder is the Short to Robotnik's Big.
  • The Bully: They are occasionally seen harassing random Mobian citizens for no good reason and once they even attempted to beat up an old (and seemingly weak) crane.
  • Butt-Monkey: Comes naturally with bosses such as Robotnik and prey such as Sonic. And being dumber than a box of screws.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In one Sonic Says, they collapse after sharing one bottle of "booooooooze".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Both, but Scratch takes the cake what with being very vocal about cheating and proud about it.
  • The Chew Toys: They have been blown up, frozen, melted, run over, squashed, tied together… at least half of the humor in the show revolves around them getting turned into spare parts by Sonic.
  • Co-Dragons: Though Grounder is slightly more submissive and dumb, both don't hesitate to point out the others' follies in sucking up to Robotnik and maintaining his plans.
  • Cocky Rooster: Scratch is a robotic example. He tries to ensure that he is Dr. Robotnik's favorite lackey, often resulting in arguments with Grounder. He also has a signature laugh, "Bwahahaha!", and is the twelfth and semi-final opponent in the Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine video game, wherein his introductory cutscene in the Genesis version, he makes a lot of chicken jokes to taunt the player.
  • Dirty Coward: Scratch resembles his master very much on this, being a bully who likes to pick only on those whom he deems as weaker than him and being quite open about it being more fun.
  • Disability Immunity: In the episode "Attack on Pinball Fortress," Dr. Robotnik creates a Stupidity Ray to use on Mobius, to make them too stupid to do anything against him. When Scratch gets hit by the ray, it has no effect, because he's already a complete moron.
  • The Ditz: Scratch is only slightly smarter than Grounder, which isn't saying a whole lot since they're both idiotic.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Scratch and Grounder are full of all sorts of tools, up to and including inflatable supermodel decoys.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Though usually undyingly loyal to Robotnik, there are odd times they attempt revenge over his abusive treatment of them.
  • Evil Laugh: Scratch's rooster laugh, which sounds like a trumpet.
  • Expy:
    • Scratch resembles Clucker, a Mook who appears in the Wing Fortress Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
    • Grounder resembles the badnik of the same name that appears in Sonic 2, though the one in the game is red instead of green. As a reversal, the 2013 remake features a hidden green colored Grounder as a Mythology Gag.
    • They also seem like evil but dimwitted versions of C-3PO and R2-D2. There's Scratch, the tall and bossy robot, and Grounder, the stout Swiss Army-bot. On the flipside, they seem to form a Fountain of Expies, as other Sonic media tends to give Robotnik/Eggman Those Two Bad Guys as his dimwitted right-hand men.
    • In the game, Scratch uses Rulue's AI, while Grounder uses Witch's AI.
  • Fat and Skinny: They're not organic beings, but they contrast appropriately in appearance.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Grounder becomes super-intelligent in "Grounder the Genius".
  • Genre Blindness: Sonic tricks Grounder and Scratch endlessly all the time with various disguises, yet as far as they seem to know there's just a lot of hedgehogs all over the planet with a series of different and very diverse jobs. Although Scratch does see through his disguises from time to time.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Their traps are not much filler considering the seconds that it takes Sonic to overcome them.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: For Robotnik, anyway. They were intended to be Hypercompetent Sidekicks who could easily defeat Sonic; instead, they're Lethally Stupid clowns who Sonic runs circles around and outwits on a regular basis.
  • Hammer Space: How Grounder carries all those arm gadgets.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In an inversion of Criminal Amnesiac Scratch temporarily turns good in "Blank-Headed Eagle" when he suffers amnesia and thinks he's a superhero named Edgar Eagle, whom he surprisingly admired.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Both want their maker's approval and to be called "His favorite" more than anything. They are too incompetent to earn it though.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While Robotnik could at least strive to be fearsome every now and then, Scratch and Grounder were completely incompetent for the large majority of the time, when not being defeated easily by Sonic, their plans were taken apart by random civilians or even their own bumbling.
  • Insufferable Genius: What Grounder becomes with the intelligence chip, though does manage to reach an epiphany at the end when Scratch in trying to help him, foils his plans, realizing even a genius cannot predict everything.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: Even Sonic is unable to put them out of commission permanently, as they can easily pull themselves back together, so that's one aspect of their design Robotnik got right. Pity about the brains though.
  • Jerkass: Scratch towards Grounder, often venting his frustration when the latter's stupidity results in Sonic's plans succeeding. Given Robotnik's treatment of the two, this might be to an extent understandable.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: The Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad. This combined with Goldfish Poop Gang. Robotnik created Scratch and Grounder for the express purpose of hunting down and killing Sonic, but since the two have only a quarter of a brain between them, Sonic always ends up the winner.
  • The Magnificent: Listening to how Scratch and Grounder address Robotnik is one of the best parts of the show. Such as "Your Masochisticness".
  • The Millstones: Whenever one of Robotnik's plans fail, it's typically because of their bumbling.
  • No Indoor Voice: Scratch's incredibly loud, braying voice.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They had odd times they could act out Robotnik's plans competently. "Mass Transit Trouble" has them successfully Out Gambit Sonic and escape for one example.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: They manage to produce tears in Sonic's Song.
  • The Pollyanna: Considering how abusive and uncaring their father-figure is, it takes a special kind of obliviousness to feel optimistic and believe they can be his favorites.
  • Psycho for Hire: They are both among the most pitiable cases of sadistic agents but they were quick to bring the torture implements when Von Schlemmer said that he would crack under torture and thought of it as a treat to be allowed to watch the Dr.'s disassembling of his other robots. When Robotnik had them demolish a city with giant robots Scratch even commented mirthfully:
    Scratch: And to think we get paid to do that!''
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Scratch, especially in the German dub.
  • Simpleton Voice: Grounder's standard tone of voice, except when he temporarily becomes a genius.
  • Smug Snake: Grounder, when he temporarily becomes a genius.
    • Scratch seems to have a high opinion of himself half the time, which is reflected by his rooster form.
    Scratch: He made me persistent! He made you too dumb to quit!
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Grounder is full of gadgets and gizmos, ranging from his default drills to proper hands to bizarre one-offs like blowing into his thumb to create a pumpkin to throw at Sonic.
  • Sycophantic Servant: No matter how often Robotnik abuses them, they're still willing to serve under him. They do have moments where they strike back at him for his abusive treatment, however.
  • Tank-Tread Mecha: Grounder is a groundhog-like robot with tank treads and drills for hands and a nose, much like his video game counterpart in Sonic 2. He also has the ability to swap his drills out for whatever he needs for the situation, most commonly, hands to hold things.
  • Terrible Trio: Robotnik is the leader; they're the two minions. They also sometimes play as such with Coconuts.
  • This Is a Drill: Grounder has three of them. One for nose and one per each arm.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: One classic duo with many of the stereotypes that accompany them, like the lack of intelligence, their arguments and their contrasting looks.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: With their comedic bumbling, Scratch and Grounder have this dynamic with Dr. Robotnik.
  • Villains Out Shopping: They have their moments when Robotnik's not around, such as in "Blank-Headed Eagle", where they're shown to be huge fans of the heroic "Edgar Eagle" TV character.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • If you watch some of the earliest episodes, you'll notice that they talk quite differently from their later performances— Scratch is voiced with a New York-influenced accent, whereas Grounder has a lower, stupider voice. These attributes disappeared over the course of the series. (Grounder still sounded dumb, but less so.)
    • An odd case in the German dub: Gerald Paradies and Oliver Feld had already adopted voices for the henchbots right from the get-go, but during the flashback in the first episode, Feld's voice for Scratch was really his own (up to the line "Mein zwillingsbruder? Bin ich so haesslisch?!"); then when he first interacts with Grounder, Feld switches back to the previous voice. Also, Paradies' Grounder also got slightly higher over the episodes.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tails most of the time of course, but any child is fair play.

Coconuts

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One of Robotnik's earlier creations; pushed aside in favor of Scratch and Grounder, Coconuts yearns to re-earn Robotnik's attention and affection and so often works independently of his "little brothers", though he will work with them if he must. Coconuts' name and design are lifted directly from the "Coconuts" badnik of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.


  • Advertised Extra: He appears in the opening, but stars in only 17 episodes, roughly a quarter of the series. Which still makes him the most recurring of the secondary characters.
  • Ascended Extra: He appeared more regularly than Scratch and Grounder in the Archie comic series.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He is pretty aggressive for a pint-sized monkey.
  • Butt-Monkey: Takes abuse most of the time simply for existing despite his rather extreme effort and enthusiasm, getting demoted constantly for mostly nothing…and it's not like Scratch and Grounder have it good either.
  • Catchphrase: "Yeah! YEAH!"
  • The Chew Toy: This robot is the ultimate example of the Badniks role in the series, an evil yet hopeless metallic punching bag.
  • The Ditz: Memorable moments include believing Sonic that he would let him hit him and trying to shoot Sonic with an automatic weapon when he was standing on him.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Mostly subverted since he is a ruthless maniac monkey, but played straight from the viewers point of view as a funny chew toy.
  • Expy: He uses the AI of Harpy in the game.
  • Glory Hound: There is no one more persistent and more obsessed than him in proving himself to the Doctor.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: More so than the S.S.S.S.S. Squad, and he's desperate to be Robotnik's No.1 creation.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's slightly more savvy and crazy than Scratch and Grounder, though still very much a pitiful bumbler. And even at that he just wants Robotnik's approval.
  • I Work Alone: He sometimes works as a Terrible Trio with Scratch and Grounder, but more often desires to make his own solo missions to prove his superiority, even sometimes sabotaging their's so he can take full credit.
  • The Millstone: His egotism and shortsightedness has done more bad than good to his own team.
  • The Renfield: Is obsessed with gaining Robotnik's approval and respect, even more so than Scratch and Grounder.
  • Sixth Ranger: Of the Super Special Sonic Search & Smash Squad.
  • Smug Snake: He's a more pitiful case than standard examples, but he's still fairly assured he's smarter than Robotnik's other minions and his next plan will definitely get him on his boss' good books.
  • The Team Wannabe: By joining Robotnik's elite S.S.S.S.S. Squad, he plans to ascend from mere robotic scrap into what is really elite robotic scrap.
  • Terrible Trio: When he works with Scratch and Grounder, he actually fits perfectly with them.
  • The Unfavorite: Gets it much worse than Scratch and Grounder, which is really saying something.

Lesser known bounty-hunters who got easily tricked by Sonic and reappeared in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Arms

Voiced by: Terry Klassen

Frankly

Humpty

Voiced by: Ian James Corlett

  • Adorable Evil Minion: Some of them are kinda cute but his attitude makes him stand out.
  • Chew Toy: He is bandaged most of the time because he has balancing difficulties.
  • Expy: He uses the AI of Sukiyapodes in the game.
  • Nervous Wreck: The moment he sees his opponent he goes through a Freak Out.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite fighting you he is described as shy and is quick to retreat to his shell the moment he loses.

Davy Sprocket

Voiced by: French Tickner (First episode), Phil Hayes (The Last Resort)

Skweel

Voiced by: Gary Chalk

  • The Ditz: In the same way as Scratch and Grounder he got tricked by Sonic's poor disguise and fake carnival and fell from a cliff.
  • Drives Like Crazy: A literal road hog and very keen on using his tires.
  • Evil Is Hammy: This is probably the best example.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: His "sizzling" voice must feel like sizzling your ears.
  • Expy: He uses the AI of Panotty in the game.
  • Gluttonous Pig: Having the form of a wheeled hog he expectedly, spews tons of food puns at you pre-battle.

Dynamight

Voiced by: Scott McNeil

  • Complexity Addiction: He is still incredibly difficult and can create incredibly large combos to end you, but the time he spends doing overly elaborate combos means it's easier to overwhelm him.
  • The Ditz: In the same way as Scratch and Grounder he got tricked by Sonic's poor disguise and fake carnival and fell from a cliff.
  • Expy: He uses the AI of the Zombie in the game.
  • Mad Bomber: A given considering that he is a moving stick of dynamite.
  • The Napoleon: For someone so short he certainly has a short fuse.
  • Slasher Smile: Has a very wide one when he's winning which showcases his insanity.

Spike

Voiced by: Scott Mc Neil

Sir Ffuzzy-Logik

Voiced by: Long John Baldry

Dragonbreath

Voiced by: Phil Hayes

Other Robotnik Robots

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: At worst, some of Robotnik's droids can turn out to be disobedient or even worse, good willed. At best they are loyal but incompetent fools like Scratch and Grounder.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The Music Destroyer was built with hyper-sensitive hearing and an extreme intolerance for music, as though he had misophonia.
  • Ascended Extra: A lot of Robotnik's earlier robots from the pilot appear as enemies in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever play music around the Music Destroyer.
  • The Brute: Many of the one-episode badniks fit this role, being significantly larger and stronger than Scratch and Grounder, but possess otherwise just as unremarkable intelligence. Coachnik, Arnold Robonegger, and the Music Destroyer are all good examples of this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost any robot made to commit evil by Robotnik is doomed to be humiliated and turned to scrap by Sonic.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: During the bounty hunter convention Dr. Robotnik called them mean, malicious and his kind of rotten and it was a good motivational speech.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Ballhog and Roller were adapted for one episode with this persona.
  • The Gunslinger: The Despicable Desperados in "Magnificent Sonic", naturally using lasers in place of traditional pistols.
  • Living Prop: Many generic robots assist Scratch and Grounder in certain schemes, some with recurring designs.
  • Monster of the Week: The biggest role these characters play.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Despite being more synonymous with the Sonic Sat AM version, Robotnik used this odd times in the show, notably in the Chaos Emerald four parter, where he does this to Blackbot the Pirate. However, AoStH is also notable for being the only DiC Sonic show to feature the more traditional "organic battery" form of Unwilling Roboticisation from the games (where an animal is encased in a robotic shell and used as an energy source, rather than have its flesh turned into metal as in SatAM and the Chaos Emerald arc), albeit only once in the episode "Pseudo Sonic," where the titular character is piloted by a diminutive mouse. Needless to say, the vast majority of Robotnik's Badniks in AoStH are not Unwillingly Roboticized, but constructed out of parts like any other robot.

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Breezie

Voiced by: Venus Terzo

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A robotic female hedgehog created by Robotnik to run Sonic into an exhausted state by bending him around her little finger and sending him on impossibly long quests to please her. She has a change of heart when Sonic turns out to genuinely care for her and winds up joining a community of Robotnik's various "junked" robots.

  • Canon Immigrant: It took her 20 years, but she's making her debut outside of the cartoon in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog #268. She'd go on to become a massive Ascended Extra, too, with a very different role than in the show!
  • Easily Forgiven: After Tails found out about her true motive, Breezie disposes of Tails rather quickly and harshly. However after her Heel–Face Turn (which Tails was NOT present at as he was still subdued by her,) he still was very quick to forgive her.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Robotnik Jr. Subverted because they are both robots, they just look different.
  • The Mole: Designed to seduce Sonic and lead him into a trap set by Robotnik, before gaining genuine affections for the hedgehog and intervening.

Momma Robotnik

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

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Robotnik's harridan mother, normally held safely away in the "Mobius Home for Really Bizarre Mothers" but who sometimes escapes to harass her son and everyone else. She looks almost identical to her son, but she's considerably larger (usually twice his size, depending on the scene) and much nastier.

Robotnik Jr.

An artificial son created by Robotnik to inherit his empire, since the alternative, giving it to Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts, is unthinkable to him. Unfortunately for Robotnik, he turns rebel against him and goes to live with Robotnik's other rejects, where he develops a crush on Breezie.

Wes Weasley

Voiced by: Michael Donovan

  • Arms Dealer: He could be seen as this, as he sells various weaponry and traps to Robotnik and Coconuts without any care about their plans to use them.
  • Con Man
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's willing to aid villainous causes if paid enough. But even he wouldn't vote for a tyrant like Dr. Robotnik when he runs for office. Of course, that's quickly subverted when Robotnik shows him the payload he'll get for helping him.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He dislikes Robotnik, especially when he bullies and cheats him, but whenever he is a potential customer, he is always right as far as Wes is concerned.
  • Honest John's Dealership: A walking, talking stereotype of one, fast-talking, tacky, intrusive, always smiling and wearing a garish yellow suit. Though in a bit of a subversion some of his merchandise works just fine in competent hands.
  • Motor Mouth: His most useful skill, as he is hasty to convince potential customers and tries to make them hasty as well while making them not overthink their purchase.
  • Nice Hat: A little fedora that- for some reason - floats a couple of inches above his head.
  • The Nicknamer: Everyone tends to be called "Pal-sie" in conversations.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Michael Donovan has admittednote  that Weasley's voice is his "bad impersonation" of Phil Silvers.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The smile is an integral part of his trying to cultivate a pleasant image and become liked by his targets. Therefore since he is a Consummate Professional he smiles every single moment. Unless someone cheats HIM out of his share.
  • Snake Oil Salesman
  • Unmoving Plaid

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Katella

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr
An infamous intergalactic bounty hunter. When she meets Robotnik, she immediately falls in love with him and won't take no for an answer.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Unusually, not because of looks, but because of demeanor.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: To Robotnik. Weirdly enough, she is the one who is first smitten with him, mainly because he's so evil.
  • Bounty Hunter: She kidnaps people from and sells them to intergalactic zoos.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her entire role in "Zoobotnik" consists of her manhandling Robotnik in what is blatantly sexual assault, including at one point jumping up and down on him in a way similar to dry humping. However, while she's not called on it, it's very clear that it is not okay and Robotnik is actually very afraid of her.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Very proud and full of herself, and she even carries a record player for her theme music.
  • Eviler Than Thou: It's not long before Robotnik becomes totally scared of Katella.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Katella against Mama Robotnik after the latter shows up at the wedding. Katella calls the marriage off because she refuses to have Mama Robotnik for a mother-in-law.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She makes frequent winks towards the audience.
  • Left the Background Music On: She carries around a portable record player with her own leitmotif.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's not exactly clear if she's a human, but she's definitely one of the most human-looking and attractive characters on the show.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Though it would help if she didn't beat up Robotnik every time she gets her hands on him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The minute she sees Robotnik she can't restrain herself from manhandling him.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Invoked when she coolly warns Robotnik that she "Doesn't handle rejection well."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She gets over her attraction to Robotnik after seeing what his mother's like, leaving Mobius for a planet that will "Appreciate her." She then literally chases after another planet with romantic intent.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: During her fight with Mama Robotnik, Katella gets squashed against a wall by Mama Robotnik's ass.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Which she tries to pull on Robotnik before his mom shows up.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Katella's one of, if not the, hottest character in the cartoon, while Robotnik is more or less a pointy-headed blob with a mustache. And yet Katella is absolutely nuts about him, though less because of how he looks and more because of how twisted and depraved he is.
  • Yandere: A more subdued version. She will not take no for an answer.

Goopster

A cute little Blob Monster from another dimension. He becomes Tails' pet in "So Long Sucker!"

  • Berserk Button: When he gets angry or hungry, he grows to enormous size and devours everything and everyone in sight.
  • Big Eater: The only thing that can satisfy his appetite is - you guessed it - chili dogs.
  • Cool Pet: To Tails, although Sonic thinks he's too dangerous to keep around.

Captain William Le Duck

  • Ace Pilot: Is said to be one of Mobius' greatest pilots.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Describes himself as such.
  • Badass in Distress: His episode opens with him getting his plane shot down by Scratch and Grounder, and he would've suffered a fatal crash if it wasn't for Tails' intervention.
  • Badass Unintentional: Since he's afraid of the dark, he ventures into the Temple of Komometz with his eyes closed and ends up falling through the floor... Only to land on Grounder, who had Tails at his mercy, incapacitating the badnik and allowing Tails to break free. Who immediately afterwards returns the favour by saving him from Scratch.
  • Chekhov's Skill: As an Adventurer Archaeologist, he can read ancient mobian hieroglyphs, which is how he figures out how to free Sonic from his cell in the Temple of Komometz.
  • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Zig-zagged; while he isn't fearless, Le Duck will still face his fears if it means saving his friends. See Cowardly Lion below.
  • Cowardly Lion: Is afraid of the dark, but still enters dark, spooky ruins to rescue Sonic and Tails. He is also afraid of flying, which isn't something you'd expect from an Ace Pilot.
  • Expy: A World War One-inspired Ace Pilot flying an all-red plane ? Are we talking about Le Duck, or the Red Baron ?
  • French Jerk: Averted. While he does seem to have a short fuse, he is nonetheless a rather nice fellow and is nothing but friendly towards Tails and Sonic.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He sports a pair of goggles, though this is justified since he flies an open-cockpit plane.
  • Gratuitous French: Le Duck peppers his speech with French words such as "sacrebleu!" or "mon dieu!", and has a thick French accent to boot.
  • Mythology Gag: Possibly; his plane is a red biplane that Tails ends up piloting. In the Classic games, Tails' plane, the Tornado, is a red biplane as well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Sonic wiki keeps spelling his name as "Le Due", even though it is quite obviously pronounced as "Le Duck" in the show proper.

Professor Von Schlemmer

Voiced by: French Tickner

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