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"You are aware that most of the Sonic Shorts are about me running into things and getting hurt, right?"
Sonic to Knuckles after the latter decides to make his own shorts

Sonic Shorts is a Newgrounds Flash collaboration by The Sonic Paradox Team set in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. As expected, the shorts parody various aspects and scenarios of the games and TV shows, but many of them contain plenty of meta-humor involving the characters' reactions to their own in-universe works.

Currently, eight "volumes", two Musicals, three spin-offs, two parody volumes (known as Sonic Shits) and a sub-series (called Sonic Seconds) have been released. The eighth volume was shown in Summer of Sonic 2013, seemingly acting as a Grand Finale to the series. However, the team is currently working on a new Shorts collab that goes beyond the Sonic franchise and instead pulls from all of SEGA's history. Many members of the team have since contributed to the Abridged Series Sonic F, also released under the Sonic Paradox banner. After many years and complications and several other videos to tide fans over, they finally released the Sega Shorts video on December 24, 2018.


The Sonic Paradox Team has uploaded the entire series to YouTube. Individual shorts can also be found on their respective creators' YouTube channels.

This collaboration contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • One short has Robotnik mournfully flying through his dystopia belting out "Let the Heartaches Begin" by Long John Baldry, his voice actor from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • A cut short found on one of the animators' DeviantArt accounts has a similar idea with Robotnik singing "It Still Ain't Easy," also by Baldry.
  • Alliterative Title: Sonic Shorts.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Silver the Hedgehog.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied, yet played straight in a Sonic Sez segment which tells the audience that copying Flash animations to YouTube without the author's permission is not cool.
    Tails: Now I know!
    Sonic: And Knowing Is Half the Battle!
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  • Antagonist in Mourning: In volume 8, Dr. Eggman cries holding a Sonic plushie after Knuckles calls him telling that Sonic died due to a life box falling on him.
  • Ass Shove: On volume 3, where Froggy has had enough of Big the Cat chasing him, it shows a reenactment of an incident where Froggy was shoved up Big's butt.
  • Berserk Button: Quite a few moments actually.
  • Black Comedy Rape
    Amy: Hey, Sonic! Guess who lost their virginity?
    Sonic: Uhm, y...
    Amy: ...You did! (Holds up a bottle of chloroform)
  • Brain Bleach: A common subject of shorts featuring Eggman.
  • Brick Joke: Comes up often, usually within the same episode. A few notable examples also reference jokes between volumes:
    • In Volume 5, a short features Knuckles punching Sonic's lights out as he was about to eat a chili dog, for an "Act Result" tally to appear and Knuckles to perform a victory pose. Later on the same short as Sonic is ranting his line from the OVA at Knuckles, the Echidna knocks him out again and a second result tally appears with him performing a victory pose again.
    • In volume 6, Eggman reveals that he is so fat that he can only fit into his machines by using butter as grease. Later in volume 8, he is shown to have butter stains on his pants after climbing out of a machine.
    • In the opening of Volume 1, Sonic tries to step on a dash pad to gain more speed and slams his face on it, sliding at high speed on his own face while leaving a trail of blood. Further along the same volume, he's shown to still be sliding with his face on the ground.
    • "And then I come in to save the day!"
    • Episode 8 is full of Brick Jokes.
    • In episode 6, Sonic tells Eggman to go ahead and shoot him with a wave of rings blasting out of his body. The sequence makes jokes of Knuckles breaking the Master Emerald (twice) and Eggman's robots jamming out.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone, but Knuckles seems to be the butt of a Butt-Monkey cast. Mighty can't catch a break either.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In volume 7, Chris tries to feed his furry friends, and provides them with what their real life counterparts would eat; Cream the Rabbit is in tears when Tails is served rabbit, and he loves it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The subject of a short featuring the forgotten Sega characters Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel, and Bean the Dynamite... who even Mighty and Ray could not remember. Bark was left out entirely.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Volume 5 is full of these to previous shorts.
    • "Metropolis Mayhem", the sequel to "Seaside Denied", has a lot of references to the latter.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Volume 8 lampshades the use of this trope in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
    Sonic: Whose idea was it to boat race in hot lava?!
  • Crack Ship: In-Universe. One short in Volume 7 has Amy and a captive Sonic being denied entry to Twinkle Park in favor of Big and Gamma of all characters, the latter of which the computer apparently considers a "cute couple".
  • Crapsaccharine World: Dr. Eggman's Interstellar Amusement Park, where you can get hit by giant missiles... ''filled with candy''.
  • Crossover: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Robotnik and SatAM Robotnik both express disapproval with Sonic X Eggman in separate skits. The latter Robotnik also voices his displeasure towards Sonic Underground.
  • Curse Cut Short: Sonic: *Sees instruction for barrel* "Up and Down? Up and down?!? What the fu-" *cue Time Over*
    • In Volume 8, it refers to Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine as a robot in the background says "I've got to prepare Dr Robotnik a beautiful bean feast, or he'll chop off my di-"
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Knuckles Briefs" and "Vector's Knickers".
  • Death by Irony: In Volume 8, Sonic gets crushed to death by an extra life monitor. Amy, Tails, and even Eggman are devastated, but Knuckles finds it hilarious.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Volume 7, after Dr. Eggman blows up the Earth with the ARK's laser:
    Shadow: You idiot.
    Eggman: Hmm? What are you talking about, Shadow? Everything went according to plan. Now I can build my new empire.
    Shadow: And exactly where are you going to build it?
    Eggman: Oh crud.
    • It happens again in Sonic Seconds Volume 1, when Eggman realizes a moment too late that he's much, much too close to his own artificial sun.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
  • The Dog Bites Back: The final short of Sonic Shorts Volume 8 had the entire Sonic cast, from all continuities, tired of the jokes being made at their expense, go after the many Flash artists who make the shorts.
  • Driven to Suicide: Big the Cat hangs himself in Episode 3 after Froggy calls him out as a loser and abandons him.
    • In the "How to make your own Sonic Fan character" segment, the announcer is seen putting a gun to his own head in one outtake.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: In Volume 4, Hyper Sonic shows up to challenge Knuckles... and the flashing strobe colors of his transformation causes the Echidna to fall into a convulsive seizure. Rouge then tries to steal the Master Emerald, only for her to suffer the same seizure upon looking at Sonic. Shadow teleports into the scene and gets a seizure as well.
  • Exact Words: In a re-enactment of the cutscene before the first Sonic vs. Shadow battle in Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic makes good on his promise that he will make Shadow eat his words. By taking the subtitles and shoving them down Shadow's mouth.
  • Expy: In "Robotnik Shorts", Dr. Robotnik and Scratch are ones of Dr. Weird and Steve respectively.
  • Eye Scream: In Sonic Shorts Volume 2, Sonic's eyes melt in bloody detail after watching Eggman's horrible dance.
  • Fan Disservice: Eggman's latest ultimate weapon? A shot of him posing in a thong set to Right Said Fred's Wonderman. Sonic is horrified.
    • One Running Gag has him taunting Sonic and friends by belly dancing while dressed as a Chippendale. He dances several times and nobody can deny that it's eye-melting.
    • Snively even joins in on it in one short.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs with an Orbulon, after realizing he can only move in one direction.
  • Flipping the Bird: Jet takes Sonic out of his board on Volume 4 and gloats about Sonic not doing much as the fastest thing alive. Cue Sonic overtaking him while running backwards and giving him the middle finger.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Metal Sonic, Chocola, and Froggy can be seen in the background of Metropolis Mayhem when Tails shoves a dummy ring down Cream's throat.
    • "Shadow Sucks Balls" can briefly be seen during the Guitar Hero segment of the Volume 2 short where Eggman tortures Sonic by dancing in front of him.
    • Eggman can be seen nude when Super Sonic throws a toaster at Perfect Chaos in Sonic Seconds 4.
  • Fun with Subtitles: In Volume 8, Sonic makes Shadow literally eat his words.
  • Grave Humor: Knuckles's tombstone in the Omochao short:
    Here lies Knuckles. Unlike Sonic I don't chuckle. I like to flex my muscles.
    He dedicated his life to the protection of a precious stone. Bit of a crap life, really.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Omochao: You got: the Fighting Gloves! They're yellow!
    Omochao: You got: the "I Am Gay" gloves!
    Knuckles: *angry growl*
    • Another one in volume four:
      Shadow: You blue idiot, you ate all the eggs!
      Sonic: Yeah, so what if I did? What're you gonna do, break my arms?
      *cuts to Sonic lying in hospital bed with broken arms*
      Knuckles: You really shouldn't be giving him ideas.
  • Groin Attack:
    • During the opening cutscene of Sonic CD, Sonic flies into a rock groin-first.
    • Sonic defeats Metal Sonic with this.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Sonic's foot in the final short of the first volume.
  • Guide Dang It!: You bet that the infamous "Barrel of Doom" from Carnival Night Zone makes an appearance in this series.
    Sonic: "What?! All I had to do was press up and down?! Up...and...down...? WHAT THE FU—" *lose a life*
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Volume 3, Tails Doll, after making a friend in Marine, appears to have become overall more benign.
  • Here We Go Again!: In Volume 5, SatAM Robotnik, fed up with Sonic X Eggman's Anti-Villain nature, decides to blow up 4Kids Entertainment as a result. After doing so, Snively changes the channel to Sonic Underground, infuriating Robotnik once again, then immediately starts setting up the coordinates.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Eggman in Sonic Seconds 1:
    "You will all be burned by the sun! ...Wait... *gets burned by the sun*"
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Silver from Knuckles Briefs.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Robotnik calls Sonic X Eggman and demands that he take his plans more seriously, then after the call, tells Scratch and Grounder to be careful with the parts for his bouncing raccoon cannon.
    Robotnik: We need to hitch it up to the ocean to stop Sonic once and for all!
    Scratch: Yes, your maliciousness!
    Grounder: This plan makes so much sense!
  • I Am the Noun: "I AM SEGA!"
  • Implausible Deniability: Rouge insists that she isn't a hooker. A ring chooses that moment to slip out of her cleavage.
  • Item Get!: Big the Cat does this when it seems like he finally got Froggy. Sadly, a condor suddenly showed up and took Froggy away.
  • I Got Better: Said by Knuckles when recapping the events of Volume 5.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Knuckles wants to create his own Flash movie, Sonic notes that a lot of the clips are him "running into things and getting hurt."
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: In Volume 2, Mighty and Ray both lament being forgotten in a bar, with Bean the Dynamite agreeing... Only for Mighty and Ray to have no clue who he is.
  • Left the Background Music On: The intro to the Newgrounds version of Volume 6. Eggman's robots are also often seen providing the BGM when the scene is in one of his bases.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Almost every Sonic continuity gets represented at some point during the series, common ones including the video games, their spinoffs, all three of the 90s cartoons (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), and Sonic Underground), the OVAs, Sonic X, and the Archie and even Fleetway comic books (the last most prominently during Vector's Knickers).
  • Meat-O-Vision: In one short, Sonic rescues a piglet from being trapped inside a badnik… and then hungrily pictures him as a chili dog.
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • Game Buddy has changed his user logo and animation style so many times that it's difficult to determine which shorts he has actually created.
    • In-universe, one short has Sonic becoming extremely frustrated when other characters mistake any other hedgehog (including different-colored ones like Shadow and Silver) as him.
  • Musical Episode: For Summer of Sonic 2012, the Sonic Paradox Crew created Seaside Denied, which was one of these.
    • Likewise, for 2013's Summer of Sonic, they created a sequel, "Metropolis Mayhem", which continues the characterization and humor of the Heroes characters from its predecessor, as well as implying that this will become a full-on series, as the episode ends with the characters' silhouettes on the backdrop of Casino Park as the BGM plays.
    • In a parody of the beginning of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Knuckles threatens Sonic for breaking into his home by using his singing voice. Volume 2 has two other singing segments, although the penultimate short is more of a "dance" segment.
    • A very, very disturbing dance segment: Eggman's the one doing the dancing. Admittedly, he's not half bad for a fat guy.




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Metal Sonics Realization

Metal Sonic realizes he's the faker and does not take it well.

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