Follow TV Tropes


Memes / Sonic the Hedgehog

Go To

Sonic the Hedgehog shows the world the real super power of memework & Knuckles! Gotta meme fast!

  • The Tails Doll from Sonic R is a Demonic Dummy that will eat your soul. Can you feel the sunshine?
    • Heck, all of the songs from Sonic R are memetic to some extent, thanks to the eurobeat soundtrack.
  • Offbeat lines:
    • Sonic Spinball: WORM BAGGED Explanation 
      • CLUCK ALERT! Explanation 
    • Mr. Needlemouse Explanation 
    • Too black. Too strong. Explanation 
    • Advertisement:
    • TELEPORTATION YEAH! explanation 
  • The notorious drowning mus5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 (drown)Explanation 
  • Eggman is the fastest thing alive! Explanation 
  • Tails can't dienote 
  • The fanart of the series is a meme in itself, to its huge amounts of "original characters" note  to bizarre permutations of Rule 34.
    • "Your name" The HedgehogExplanation 
    • Advertisement:
    • As well, Christian Sonic fanart. Explanation 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  • The infamous spike pit Explanation 
  • NOT ENOUGH RINGS Explanation 
  • After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, comparisons to Oil Ocean Zone have been a recurring joke.

Sonic 3 & Knuckles

  • 3, 2, 1, GO! FAULTExplanation 
    • This may have become a minor Ascended Meme in Sonic Riders, where you are prevented from crossing the starting line by an electric barrier. Do so before the countdown finishes and you'll be zapped by the barrier. Incidentally, this mechanic is actually taunting you — you're allowed to cross the line the very instant the barrier disperses, so the game challenges you to play chicken with it.
  • Robotnik's diabolical traps. Explanation 
  • Knuckles' chuckle Explanation 
  • Knuckles is an idiot. Explanation 
  • The Barrel of DoomExplanation 
  • Everything & Knuckles Explanation 
    • What do you mean I can't play [incompatible game] & Knuckles (and other variations thereof)?Explanation 
    • Becomes an Ascended Meme in Sonic Mania with the unlockable "& Knuckles" mode: the player can choose any of the three protagonists and Knuckles will accompany them, much like how Tails does in Sonic & Tails mode. Beating this mode with Knuckles (i.e. a Knuckles & Knuckles game) results in an ending in which the events of the game turn out to be Knuckles reading a story called Sonic Mania & Knuckles.

Sonic Adventure 1 & 2

  • Big The Cat is Duke Nukem. Explanation 
  • "That's Eggman! I wonder what happened to Sonic?" explanation 
  • ↑ & ↓ & ↻ Explanation 
  • "Oh no." Explanation 
  • Woah! That's interesting, but I sure don't care! Explanation 
  • "We all did it together!"
  • Hi, I'm Omochao! I'm here to help you!Explanation 
  • Yosh Yosh Yosh Yosh Explanation 
  • I'm the coolest! Explanation 
  • You're not even good enough to be my f-I'LL MAKE YOU EAT THOSE WORDS! Explanation 
  • Knuckles' theme "Unknown From M.E." has created some memetic lines (probably due to how cheesy it is):
    • Unlike Sonic, I don't chuckle. note 
    • I get it on by myself!
    • Knock knock, IT'S KNUCKLES.
    • Here I come, Rougher than Knuckles / The best of them, Tougher than Knuckles / You can call me Knuckles! / Unlike Knuckles, I don't chuckle. I'd rather flex my Knuckles! Explanation 
  • R.I.P. Larry, a ghost got him Explantion 
  • Aw yeah! This is happening! Explanation 
  • Watch out! You're gonna crash! Ahh! Explanation 
  • "Sonic Adventure 3 when?/never."
  • "All's well that ends well, right?" Explanation 
  • Much of the lip-syncing and animations in Adventure have become memes because they're a bit too fluid and exaggerated.
  • The scene where Eggman holds a gun to Amy's head.Explanation 
  • Pretty much anything from SnapCube's Real-Time Fandub:
    • "I've come to make an announcement: Shadow the Hedgehog's a bitch-ass motherfucker."Explanation 
    • "I'm pissing on the MOOOON!"Explanation 
    • Do you know where the nearest hot topic is?! Za warudo!Explanation 
    • *Sigh* I miss my wife, Tails. I miss her a lot. I'll be back.Explanation 
    • It would seem that you bitches have come to a standstill in Tarzan's forest. You have thirteen seconds before the island fucking explodes, you Hot Topic wannabe and you blue gumball son of a bitch. You have done nothing but destroy my life, I hope you both die.Explanation 
    • It looks like a fucking walnut! Blam! And it busted a nut, right then and there!Explanation 
    • Talk about a low budget flight!Explanation 
    • What the FUCK! Is that Shadow's Dick?!Explanation 
    • I'm going to kill you... And then kill you again.Explanation 
    • I peed on your wife, Robotnik. She's mine now. That's the law.Explanation 
    • WHO posted my NUDES on!Explanation 
    • Maria... *Giant Explosion*Explanation 

Sonic Heroes

  • CHAOS CONTROL! Explanation 
  • "Let's show that creep the REAL SUPER POWER OF TEAM WORK!"Explanation 
  • SHIII!! RAUUGH! AGGHH!!Explanation 
  • "Take this! Take this! Take this! Take this! CHARGE!!!!" Explanation 
  • Because we're Sonic Heroes!Explanation 
  • Dabbing Shadow Explanation 

Shadow the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

  • "Yes, but that alone..." (dramatic finger point) "... is insufficient." Explanation 
  • HOW 'BOUT THIS?! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! Explanation 
  • Darn, we're not going to make it! Let's speed up! Explanation 
  • That tornado is carrying a car! Explanation 
  • DON'T TOUCH IT! Explanation 
  • Let's get moving!! Explanation 
  • I AM HERE TO SAAAAAVE THE FUTURE!!!!! Explanation 
  • The game's rushed quality is a meme in and of itself.
  • Agent Shadow. E-123 Omega has engaged Mephiles. Head to the Wave Ocean (restarts) Agent Shadow. E123 Omega has engaged Mephiles. Head to Wave Ocean immediately. explanation 
  • NOW LOADING...explanation 
  • Much like with Adventure 2, SnapCube's real-time fandub of the game has spawned many:
    • "Ha ha! Ha! One!"
    • "Count how many sand is here, Omega."
    • "My name is Memphis Tennessee."
    • "Welcome to Tilted Towers."

Sonic Colors

  • BBBE Explanation 
  • Baldy McNosehair Explanation 
  • "No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!" Explanation 
  • Good! Great! Awesome! Outstanding! Amazing! Explanation 

Sonic Generations

    • BE CAREFUL, SONIC! Explanation 
  • Rooftree! Explanation 
  • X? Is that really you, or are you just an impostor? The only way I can find out is by THROWING Y AT YOU. Explanation 
  • VIOLIN! Explanation 
  • Time for a change of pace! Explanation 
  • "Enjoy your future, it's going to be great!" Explanation 
  • "You got this, Sonic!" Explanation 
  • "That tornado is carrying the goalpost!"Explanation 

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

  • The music is dying cats.Explanation 
  • Pikachu in a sombrero.Explanation 
  • Castlevania Zone Explanation 
  • "This is truly Sonic 4 as you imagined it!" -Ken Balough Explanation 
    • Ken's Tails beard.Explanation 
  • The physics.Explanation 
    • Standing on the side of a platform.Explanation 

Sonic Lost World

  • ALL HAIL THE MAGIC CONCH! Explanation 
  • "I long for death's cold embrace." Explanation 
  • "HARDCORE PARKOUR!"Explanation 
  • Sonic/Jurassic Park crossovers.Explanation 
  • Sexy Tails.Explanation 
  • "I've been looking for you, Baldy McNosehair!" Explanation 
  • Sonic Lost X.Explanation 
  • Comparing Amy's voice to Minnie Mouse's voice Explanation 

Sonic Boom

  • Welcome to Sonic '14!Explanation 
    • Alternatively, the game can be described as "Sonic '06 2", for the same reasons above.
    • "I Forgot How to Even"Explanation 
  • HBRLRLRLRLExplanation 
  • "BOUNCE PADS!"Explanation 
  • The noticeably more buff iteration of Knuckles quickly became memetic.
    • In a similar fashion, the excessive amounts of sports tape on all the redesigns became a joke after their reveal, leading people to apply the principles to other video game characters.
  • "SONIC'S ARMS ARE NOT FRIGGIN' BLUE!"/Macing GameStop employeesExplanation 

Sonic Mania

  • Everything that comes out of the announcer's mouth. Explanation 
  • The title screen has Sonic rising out of an emblem as usual. The animation is based on the one from Sonic 1, but he also does a very fluidly animated spin before his finger waggle pose. A particular smear frame of that spin makes Sonic look very silly and has been the subject of parodies, much like that one scene from an early Sonic Unleashed trailer.
  • Given the sheer number of Promoted Fanboys working on the game, jokes about Sega finally getting fed up with the constant complaints no matter what they do and letting the fans handle things for a change is rather common. Similarly, subtitling the game as "Sonic: You f**king make it then if you're so damn smart!" is also pretty common, similar to reactions to Super Mario Maker.
  • "As you truly imagined it!" makes a return, albeit in a less sarcastic sense, in that this is a Sonic game for the fans, made by the fans.
  • Sonic gazing at the horizon is exploitable.
  • Due to a few mishaps that happen to Knuckles during the game, "OHNO" has made a return.
  • Spinning KnucklesExplanation 
  • An imageboard poster once claimed the level with ice and cherry blossom elements was called "Sakura Synagogue Zone". Afterwards, it was proven that all their information was fake, but some peope still jokingly insist Press Garden Zone really is called that.
  • A glitch involving using the Super Sonic transformation while either holding up or as seen here will cause Sonic's quills to stand up and start the Super Sonic theme, but otherwise not change Sonic at all. This includes his coloration, leaving him as blue. Thanks to the newest Dragon Ball anime introducing the Super Saiyan Blue transformation, and Super Sonic's original inspiration being Super Saiyan... well, Super Sonic Blue is born.
  • An artist on Twitter drew up a fan character design that was inspired from an initial misinterpretation of Eggman's upside-down sprite from the giant spider robot boss in Act 2 of Flying Battery Zone. People immediately took a liking to the design, dubbing the character "Eggette" (or "Omelette"; whichever you prefer). Fan art of the fan art was made, and fans crafted an identity for her as the Sonic equivalent of Bowser Jr., being Eggman's daughter/niece who helps him in his quest for world domination. Fans quickly began clamoring for her to become an official character.
  • It’s an Alaskan Bull Worm!Explanation 
  • Black SonicExplanation 
  • Photoshopping the zone introduction card to say other, less appropriate things.
  • From the first episode of Sonic Mania Adventures, people are already making reaction videos of the scene where Sonic is about to help Eggman, but changes his mind when he picks up a terminal he dropped. Like the above "Sonic gazing at a distance" meme, this one is exploitable too.
    • The sheer amount of smear frames in the series has also become a popular image macro to spam on the Sonic Twitter page, often as a shorthand for a lack of seriousness.
  • #RoomForOneMoreExplanation 

Sonic Forces

  • The reveal of the title Sonic Forces instantly sparked numerous jokes and snowclones. References to Star vs. the Forces of Evil as well as The Force Awakens are also becoming common. The latter especially with Sonic Forces' "Join the Uprising" tagline.
  • "Sonic Forces X to Y" Explanation 
  • The theme song "Fist Bump" has caused many fans to declare Forces as "Anime Sonic the Hedgehog" due to how it sounds like an anime theme.
  • The Custom Character Trailer reveal has resulted in the fandom cracking jokes about creating Coldsteel the Hedgeheg (or Lord Donut Steel or even Sonichu) in the game.
  • The Custom Character is often dubbed "Original the Character," a meme which itself is described below.
    • Plenty of people joke that new villain Infinite is actually Eggman's very own Sonic OC.
  • Mashups of the (instrumental) Sonic Forces Main Theme with other Sonic intros, such as Sonic CD, Colours, and Heroes.
  • Shadow is not the edgiest anymore. Explanation 
    • INFINITE EDGE! Explanation 
  • "But is X faster than Infinite?" Explanation 
  • Fursona 5. Explanation 
  • Silver getting increasingly more frustrated about having to fix the future... again.
  • This frame of the Avatar screaming as they fling themselves around a corner quickly became memetic.
  • "This time, it IS use!" Explanation 
  • Two blue dog-like characters in the background of the story trailer quickly became popular because of just how disturbing they look.
  • (Do X) as Shadow!Explanation 
  • During Tokyo Game Show 2017, SEGA revealed an advertising campaign between Sonic Forces and... Hooters. Needless to say, hilarity ensued among fans.
  • I AM NOT WEAK!!! Explanation 
    • Infinite is weaker than a tree.Explanation 
  • "Donkey Kong is the best Sonic character!"Explanation 
  • Shadow's on the ground. Explanation 
  • "Nothing about this is good, Vector. That's why it's called war." Explanation 
  • the SUCC Wispon Explanation 
  • VOID! Explanation 
  • 1.99$ Explanation 
  • Tails cowering at everything Explanation 
  • Double Boost! Explanation 
  • L O N G B O IExplanation 
  • Modern Sonic having no Idle Animations has created a lot of jokes, especially when it comes to his lack of blinking and breathing.
  • Green Hill's looking a lot like X Hill right now!Explanation 

Team Sonic Racing

  • LET SHADOW SAY FUCKExplanation 

Other/Real Life

  • BLAST PROCESSINGExplanation 
  • Sonic is the fastest thing alive... in bed.
  • Dumb Running Sonic. Explanation 
  • I told Knuckles that Eggman was good, Sonic was evil, and The Other Wiki was as authoritative as a peer-reviewed scientific journal. He believed all of it. Explanation 
  • You're too slow! Explanation 
    • Now I'll show you! Explanation 
  • "GOTTA GO FAST", a phrase associated with two different memes: an infamous piece of Sonic fanart, and the North American opening from Sonic X. It also managed to get associated with Tribes due to the gameplay style of the latest installment revolving around speed.
    • Now also associated with Mario Kart 8 due to both having an amiibo suit based on Sonic and having a new super fast 200cc mode.
    • It's Ramadan, gotta go fast!Explanation 
    • Becomes an Ascended Meme in the English-language localization of Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX (which was also developed and published by Sega), which uses this meme as part of the description for the Sonic figurine. It's also the title of an event match in Super Smash Bros Wii U, but only in the European version. The Sonic Boom cartoon had a field day with it, the most notable being an entire SONG based around it.
    • Also an Ascended Meme in Yakuza 0, also published by SEGA. It's the name of a perk that, you guessed it, helps Kiryu run faster.
    • Referenced in Sonic Boom.
  • SANIC HEGEHOG. Often paired with "GOTTA GO FAST".
  • Shadow's angry faceExplanation 
  • I AM GOD!
  • Dankey Kang. Explanation 
  • Coldsteel the Hedgeheg: "Pssh... nothing personnel... kid..." Explanation 
  • The Sonic Cycle Explanation 
  • Sola Sonica. Explanation 
  • Thomas was EVERYWHERE. Explanation 
  • BZZZZZZZZZZZ Explanation 
    • Buzzbomber was in charge of the stream. Explanation 
    • We are happy to announce-Explanation 
    • Totino's presents Sonic's 25th Anniversary Event Explanation 
    • "What's that-[cue audio crackling] That's the sound of 25 years of Sonic!"
  • Alone on a Friday night? God, you're pathetic. Explanation 
  • Sonic ice cream barsExplanation 
  • Sonic Was Never GoodExplanation 
    • Sonic Forces Is As Bad As We All FearedExplanation 
  • Obama chuckled. "You mean the Chaos Emeralds?" Explanation 
  • Silver the Weedhog. Explanation 
  • Every single thing from this parody comic made by illustrator Tyson Hesse. Meme highlights include:
    • ALL facial expressions.
    • Everything surrounding "Nipples the Enchilada".
      • Oh, my mistake.
    • NOW YOU'RE A MAN!!
    • Original the Character! Do not steal!
  • SONEEK SKETBOARDExplanation 
  • NO FUN ALLOWED. Explanation 
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Joke Book has had some rather... inappropriate text edits, some of which have caught on widely.
  • Ugandan Knuckles.Explanation 
    • DO U KNOW DA WAEExplanation 
    • I NEVER FREEZEExplanation 
    • Has since snow cloned, with variations including Super Sayian Ugandan Knuckles, Russian Ugandan Knuckles, basically anything you can think of. Future Ugandan Knuckles, however, is regarded as going too far by everyone.
    • WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?Explanation 
  • Bench TailsExplanation 
  • Pink SonicExplanation 
    • Blue AmyExplanation 
    • Sonic RoséExplanation 
  • Sonic 3CD & Knuckles & Knuckles Explanation 
  • Why does Sonic need a car?Explanation 
  • "Who's your daddy, Shadow?"Explanation 
  • Sonic the Saber Explanation 

Social Media

  • @sonic_hedgehog Explanation 
    • Similarly, the Facebook page is basically nothing but memes and game updates. Mostly memes.
  • Your new national anthem... Explanation 
  • "Welcome to the list. It's a very special list of very special people. I look forward to crossing your name off it someday".Explanation 

TV Shows (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog has its own page)

Shadow: Yes, but that meme alone is insufficient.


Example of: