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What happens when you take the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, cover it in Stylistic Suck, and throw in lots of zany, irreverent humour and a whole lot of lampshades? You get Sonic in X Minutes, a series of parodies by Roger van der Weide of Kingdumb Hearts fame. It's effectively The Abridged Series of the entire Sonic franchise, with each instalment lampooning an individual Sonic game within a given number of minutes (until the later instalments, when the length constraints were done away with). The first one, parodying Sonic Adventure 2, was released in 2004, and since then almost every post-Adventure Sonic game has been parodied, as well as Sonic CD.
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You can find them, including the older ones, on Roger's YouTube channel.


This series provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Amy in most of her appearances, to the extent that Sonic will literally run away screaming every time he sees her. She actually exploits this in "Riders" by attaching herself to him with a piece of bungee cord, knowing that when he sees her approaching, he'll panic and run away at top speed. It works, and Sonic duly wins the Extreme Gear race.
  • Affectionate Parody: Averted, actually. While most parodies are done in good fun, Roger tends to be more negative and mean to the games he dislike the most, which includes Sonic Free Riders. Amusingly, many fans call that one of his best parodies.
  • Art Evolution: The animation has improved over the years, thought the artwork still looks crappy in Roger's own word.
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  • Art Shift: In "Lost World", after The Deadly Six leave, the animation becomes poorly-drawn for the rest of the segment.
  • Ax-Crazy: Amy is sometimes portrayed like this, most notably in "Heroes" where she chases just about everyone with her hammer at some point.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the remake of "Rivals", Eggman Nega succeeds in turning the world into a card, but dies in the cold vacuum of space as a result.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Rush Adventure, unlike the game, Sonic and Blaze go along with Marine's assertions that she is their captain - but insist that, as captain, it's her responsibility to do all the hard work (like hurtling through Plant Kingdom and battling Captain Whiskers) while they sit around doing nothing. This in turn backfires on them at the end - having to do all the work herself causes Marine to grow strong enough to tear the final boss apart with her bare hands, at which point she forces Sonic and Blaze to start doing their share of the work (i.e. all of it).
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  • Be Yourself: Heavily parodied in "Rush". Everyone Blaze meets keeping telling her to "be herself". However, being herself in the parody does not mean figuring out what she truly wants, but sitting in the background so that Sonic can be the hero. She gets fed up when Sonic spells it out for her.
    Sonic: You should act more like yourself. Cower in fear and ask me for help!
  • Berserk Button: Knuckles really doesn't like being confused.
  • Big "NO!": Eggman gets in a pretty good one at the end of "Riders":
    Eggman: Umm, mind if I say a few words, that I have lost and all?
    TV Reporter: Sure, sure, go ahead!
    Eggman: Okay, thank you. Ahem... NOOOOOOOOOOOOO-!!
  • Britain Is Only London: Played for Laughs in London Olympics, with Bowser boasting that one of his and Eggman's fog machines is hidden in "the most well-known and important part of London: Stonehenge!"
  • Canned Laughter: Used repeatedly during "London Olympics".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Tornado in "Heroes", which goes out-of-control after Tails and Knuckles jump out, then shows up during the final battle to slam into Metal Overlord.
  • Create Your Own Villain: "Shadow and Infinite" shows that it has become bad habit for Shadow. Anyone who considers themselves "Ultimate" is immediately put down by Shadow, causing them to become edgy Shadow-expies who want to destroy everything.
    Villain in the making: Hello, I am the Ultimate X.
    Shadow: Hmph. No, you're not.
    Villain in the making: RAAARRGGH! (Turns into a Shadow Expy and destroys the city)
    • This even leads to Sonic becoming Scourge.
  • Designated Villain: invoked In Sonic Forces in minutes, after Eggman takes over the world, he actually makes it a better place. He's still the main villain of the video, however. This is Played for Laughs, of course.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Eggman Nega describes his plan in "Rivals" thusly:
    Eggman Nega: You see, I came from the future, and went to the present to turn the world into a card, which I can't do in the future for some reason, and then after that, I'll... die in the cold vacuum of space...
    • In the remake, Eggman Nega actually succeeds in turning the world into a card, and really does die in the cold vacuum of space, his Evil Laugh petering out as he realises the mistake he's made. It also adds another example: Silver rescues those who got trapped in Eggman Nega's cards, but one of them contains the Ifrit, which then attacks him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Blaze the Cat in the Forces in minutes video keeps getting overshadowed by a ridiculous-looking bird rookie who does absolutely nothing, despite her doing all the actual work. She's understandably miffed.
  • Dumb Muscle: Knuckles is sometimes depicted like this, most noticeably in "Rivals".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Infinite, Metal Sonic, Chaos, Shadow, and Zavok all leave Eggman in the Forces video when Blaze reveals he was planning to make towns themed after Sanic and Ugandan Knuckles.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Parodied in Free Riders, where everyone wants to have butt-sex with Sonic. That includes Metal Sonic.
  • Face Doodling: During the events montage in "London Olympics", Shadow is seen doing this to Toadsworth and Rosalina on his way to winning the 100m hurdles, having stopped time with Chaos Control.
  • Fartillery: Eggman uses this against Jet and Wave during "Riders". When he tries it later again, Cream throws a stick of dynamite at him, blowing him off-screen.
  • Helium Speech: More common in the earlier parodies, where many of the voices were just Roger's sped up to different speeds. The most notable was "Riders", where everyone spoke like this. Cream still tends to speak like this, imitating her high-pitched voice in the games.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In "Lost World":
    Sonic: Ah, the machine!
    Eggman: Never mind the machine, I'm the new evil plot now!
  • How We Got Here: "Adventure" begins after the game has already ended, with Chaos defeated and Station Square a flooded ruin. The story is explained by Sonic and friends to a GUN officer who is interrogating them to try and find out just what the hell happened there and who's responsible for it.
  • Idiot Plot: invoked Exaggerated in "Riders" for comic effect. Instead of keeping the Chaos Emeralds safe, Sonic literally tosses them away just so he can find them again; once they've been collected, Eggman tricks the gang into handing them all over in exchange for being able to enter a race; Eggman then enters the race himself so he can win the Chaos Emeralds he already has, rather than just making off with them; and after winning the race and the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic decides to throw them away again so he can look for them again.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Parodied. According to Cream, Sonic is only interested in people who want to hurt him.
    Eggman: I'm going to slave you!
    Sonic: Robotnik! Let's play!
    Knuckles: I'll mortally wound you!
    Sonic: Let's be best buds!
    Shadow: I'm going to kill you, faker!
    Sonic: Shadow, I love you!
    Silver: I came from the future to destroy you all!
    Sonic: Have butt-sex with me!
    Amy: Sonic, I geniuenly love you.
    Sonic: Screams in horror.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Played with in "Heroes" where, like the original, some of the team battles are justified (Team Rose think Team Chaotix are the Chao-nappers), others have completely ridiculous excuses (Team Dark vs Team Chaotix), and then there's Team Sonic vs Team Dark:
    Sonic: [to Shadow] Hey, buddy! I'm so happy you're still okay, that's great! Say, we were just on our way to Eggman.
    Shadow: So are we.
    Sonic: Huh. [beat] Let's kill each other!
    • Also parodied in the "Rivals" remake: thanks to Knuckles and his constant confusion, everyone is so busy fighting each other that they forget about Eggman Nega, and he's able to carry out his evil plan unopposed.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Naturally, "Sonic '06" parodies this, along with the infamous guard puzzle, by inserting a brief loading screen between almost every line of dialogue. Eventually Knuckles gets so fed up that he rips away the loading screen and beats the guard senseless with it.
  • Loony Fan: Amy, naturally. Taken Up to Eleven in "Adventure" where she sees Sonic running from her screaming and hears, "If you prove yourself to be a capable mother then I'll marry you".
  • Mama Bear: Amy in "Adventure", dialled Up to Eleven. When Zero kidnaps Birdie and then insults her parenting skills, she literally roars with anger and smashes him to pieces with her hammer.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Ken Penders is subjected to this by a tribal echidna during "Adventure".
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted in "Riders". When Eggman is pondering what to do next, one of his minions reminds him of the time he tricked a bunch of bank security guards into entering a kart race in exchange for them turning off all the security, allowing Eggman to waltz in and steal all the money while the guards were otherwise occupied. He duly decides to pull the same trick again, throwing an Extreme Gear race in exchange for everyone giving him their Chaos Emeralds.
  • Noir Episode: Knuckles' story in "Adventure" is presented as one, complete with Chaos disguising itself as a Femme Fatale to get Knuckles on the case.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Heroes", when the teams all meet up to fight Metal Overlord, Sonic puts a paper bag over his head so that Amy won't recognize him and try to marry him again. It works.
    • In "Rivals", after Eggman Nega reveals himself, Sonic one-ups it by putting on a hat and declaring, "I'm not Sonic! I am... Sonic wearing a silly hat!" Eggman Nega seems to genuinely fall for it.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In "Heroes", as Metal Sonic shows off the powers he's stolen from each character, Shadow and Big's powers barely register on his gauge, but Cream's nearly send it flying off the screen. Cream then points out how she's been carrying Big around all day. Cheese also counts, as during the Egg Fleet sequence he's seen ripping apart an entire freaking battleship from the inside.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Like the game it's based on, "Adventure" has each character telling their story one at a time (except for Gamma, whose story is "told" by Dr. Eggman). Each character's recollection differs, but the differences are greatly exaggerated compared to the game: in Sonic's story, for example, he's hyper-competent while everyone else (especially Tails) is a complete idiot, while in Tails' story, it's the other way around.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A bonus section in "Unleashed" shows a human NPC accidentally stepping on a dash pad and being propelled through one of the game's daytime levels, showing how Awesome, but Impractical the levels' architecture would be for an actual city.
    • At one point in "Forces", Sonic attempts to do the Double Boost with the rookie, only to rip his arm off. This leads to a case of What the Hell, Hero? from Tails and Vector.
    Vector: What makes you think the poor rookie can keep up with you, Sonic? You're the Fastest Thing Alive!
  • Running Gag: Most of the videos have one:
    • "Rivals": Knuckles getting confused and attacking the person closest to him while yelling, "I'M CONFUSED! RAAAGH!" This one became the Running Gag for the whole series, with Knuckles saying it at least once every video.
      • This one gets a Call-Back in "Adventure" where Pachacamac's warriors (Knuckles' ancestors) have "I'M CONFUSED!" as a battlecry.
    • "Adventure 2" has everyone mistaking Shadow for Sonic. Even Sonic.
      Shadow: [after Amy confuses him for Sonic] For the last time, I am Sha- er, no wait, actually, I am Sonic. How about a romantic dinner at-
      • "Adventure 2" also has crowds popping up to cheer at random points - for example, when Eggman threatens Amy, a crowd labelled "Amy Haters" appears to cheer. When Shadow rescues Rouge from Prison Island, a single Shadouge shipper cheers, then immediately adds, "Uh-oh" as he realises the place is about to explode.
    • "Battle": Everyone's immediate reaction to meeting Emerl, and later Chris, is to yell "PUNCHBAG" and beat the crap out of him.
    • "Heroes": Rouge breaking up people's fights and asking why, instead of fighting, they can't all be friends and help her look for jewels.
      Knuckles: [staring at Rouge's breasts] Yeah, babe. I'd love to help you look for your... jewels.
      Rouge: [backing away] Never mind, keep fighting.
    • "Rush": Just about everyone Blaze meets tells her to not fight on her own, be herself, and ask Sonic for help.
    • "Free Riders": Amy, Jet, Eggman, and Metal Sonic want to impress Sonic with their skills so he'll have butt-sex with them!
    • "Olympic Games": "I know London is known for its fog, but this is ridiculous!" [Canned Laughter] Eventually Running Gagged at the end when Mario and Sonic beat Toad and Omochao to death.
  • Sequel Escalation: The episodes kept getting longer and more elaborate to the point that Roger stopped putting the number of minutes in the episode titles, because the numbers were getting silly. "Adventure", for example, is 22 minutes long (not the "5 million minutes" claimed in the title, but still very long for a Flash animation). "Heroes" was shorter at 12 minutes but boasted 3D backdrops in both Grand Metropolis and Egg Fleet, an impressive feat for a Flash animation (especially the latter, which featured dozens of crudely-rendered ships).
    • Forces consists of multiple episodes.
  • Shout-Out: "Adventure 2" features cameos from Batgirl, the Ghostbusters, and Gollum. They all make sense in context.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Parodied in Rivals, as Eggman Nega's race is interrupted within seconds when Sonic finds a collectable card.
    Sonic: Hey, a card! Look, guys, I found a card!
    Knuckles: I want a card too!
    [everyone runs around collecting cards]
  • Spy Fiction: Amy's story in "Adventure" is told similarly to an action spy thriller, with Amy even being referred to as "Agent Rose".
  • Stylistic Suck: Like all Roger's animations. Especially so in the earlier episodes, when Roger's English wasn't as good, he did a lot of the voices himself, and his (still deliberately crude) art style wasn't as refined. "Adventure 2", the first parody, actually has a disclaimer in the preloader stating that it's supposed to look that crappy.
    • Also invoked in the last minute or so of Lost World in Minutes. After spending the entire animation using his current level of quality and art, the art suddenly nosedives down to the kind of quality he had when he first started animating a decade ago in order to reflect his feelings on the quality of the ending.
  • Snowclone: Each episode's title takes the form "Sonic [game] in X minutes". Until the later editions started to subvert it.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: A recurring element of the series. Roger is not afraid to take it out on characters he hates.
    • Chris Thorndyke shows up in "Riders" and "Battle" for the sole purpose of having the crap beaten out of him. If Roger's hatred of Chris wasn't obvious enough, he created a short Flash game based on the latter parody, called "Punchbag the game!!". The object of the game? Beat up Chris to your heart's content.
    • Big gets this treatment in pretty much every one of his appearances. Double Subverted in "Adventure" where he's depicted as a sophisticated, intelligent zoologist, only for the GUN commander to treat him like the Froggy-obsessed moron he's usually depicted as and throw him out before he can actually tell his side of the story.
    • "Rush Adventure" gives Marine this treatment, with Sonic and Blaze pushing her around for the entire episode, only to subvert it in the ending by having Marine take a level in badass and get her own back on them.
    • Amy is a borderline example, due to her consistent portrayal as an Ax-Crazy, Sonic-obsessed Yandere. Even in "Adventure 2", where a crowd labelled "Amy haters" cheers when Eggman threatens Amy's life, she isn't treated with anywhere near the level of vitriol that Big or Chris got.
    • "London Olympics" targets no less than three Scrappys: Toad, Omochao, and Bowser Jr.
    • The Deadly Six get this in a more subtle way, as they have even fewer frames of animation than the rest of the cast and their exit is just a lazy rotation effect. Eventually, they cease to even have lines.
  • Too Dumb to Live: As mentioned above, this is Big's usual characterisation, with the notable exception of "Adventure".
  • Unwilling Roboticization: Presented in the second Forces Episode.
  • Villain Ball: Lampshaded with Eggman in "Riders", after he organizes an Extreme Gear race with the Chaos Emeralds as the entry fee:
    Eggman: Muahahaha, it worked, I have all the Chaos Emeralds! Now I'm going to... join in that race, so I can win the Chaos Emeralds I actually already have! Muahahaha!
  • Wangst: In both "Riders" and "Rivals", Shadow is depicted as a big whiny ball of angst, lampooning his depiction in ''his eponymous game.
    Shadow: Maria... Maria, why... why me? Who am I, where do I come from, what is my purpose, who stole my wallet, why is everyone against me, why do I- [crashes into a dumpster] -ugh... why me...
  • We Need a Distraction: In "Heroes", Sonic tells the others to dress up in silly costumes to distract Metal Overlord while he goes off and defeats him all by himself. Partway into the battle, Metal Overlord ends up getting distracted by Big the Cat dancing the hula, complete with grass skirt and coconut bra, giving Sonic an opening to attack him.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In "Adventure", Eggman tells the GUN General that everything he did was completely above-board (his "secret base" was a puppy orphanage, and his missile was a scientific rocket), and that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles conspired to destroy all his good work. Not only does the GUN General believe him, he even gives Eggman a map to Prison Island and an admission pass, leading to the events of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Yandere: Amy in several parodies, but most prominently in "Heroes", where her idea of a marriage ceremony is to knock Sonic off the top of a skyscraper.

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