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Team Sonic Racing Overdrive is a duo of web-cartoon shorts meant to advertise Team Sonic Racing. They're by Neko Produtions, the same who previously made the Sonic Mania shorts Sonic Mania Adventures.

The shorts can be seen combined together here.

Team Sonic Racing Overdrive provides examples of:

  • Brick Joke: Team Sonic's Team Overdrive blast Shadow's car out of sight. Then later, at the award ceremony, the same car falls out from the sky onto Eggman.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Shadow runs over a Egg Pawn disguised as a cat that Rouge had the heart to stop at, ignores his teammates' distress, and forcefully takes a Chao's popcorn and making it cry, all Played for Laughs.
  • The Comically Serious: Big faces every situation in the story with a perpetually dull expression, and Shadow acts no-nonsense unless Sonic is annoying him.
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  • Cel Shading: Like with the Eggmobile in Sonic Mania Adventures, the vehicles, while clearly CG, are colored and shaded well enough that they don't stand out from the traditionally-drawn racers...except for Omega, who is also CG.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Team Rose isn't seen in the second episode. The combined version repurposes The Stinger for episode one as an explanation for why (though it still doesn't explain Big's absence).
  • Denser and Wackier: While the previous mini series was similarly lighthearted, it had a more standard Sonic story, with Eggman seeking the Chaos Emeralds and clashing with the heroes. Here, the heroes are competing in a race while Eggman tries to sabotage them.
  • Drop the Cow: After Sonic and pals win the race, Eggman steals their trophy and happily dances with it. Then he's smashed by Shadow's car, which was sent flying earlier.
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  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Knuckles jumps out of his car to deflect a bomb from the Chao quartet aimed at Sonic, strikes a cool pose... and then tumbles down the road and is slammed back on his seat. Despite several bumps on his head and missing teeth he gives a thumbs up at Sonic, who gestures back while looking concerned.
  • For the Evulz: Dr. Eggman isn't participating in the story's race, but he starts a scheme to sabotage the other racers anyway.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Sonic, Amy, Rouge and Knuckles do this when they get ahead of their opponents. Sonic even shows off his mad drifting skills by turning his car and driving in reverse in front of Shadow.
  • Look Both Ways:
    • The main gag of the first episode. Big notices a salesman selling Froggy goods on the other side of the road, and after some hesitation decides to cross it. Sloooowly. Everyone else crashes into each other while trying to avoid him.
    • Eggman tries it twice in the second episode using an Egg Pawn dressed (poorly) as a stray cat. Rouge swerves into a boulder to avoid the robot, but Shadow plows it over without a second thought.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Chao, Amy and Sonic freak out when they see Big calmly tip toeing across the track and have no way to avoid him. Shadow, as stoic as ever, merely looks disgruntled as he also braces for impact.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: The series has no dialogue, though an unseen announcer calls out the name of every Wisp attack used.
  • Musical Nod: Brief arrangements of "Lazy Days ~ Livin' in Paradise", "Unknown from M.E.", "I'm a Spy ...for Security Hall", "Believe in Myself", and "All Hail Shadow" play at certain points.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When the Chao pass by the Egg Pawn's merchandise stand, the Egg Pawn changes it to be decorated like the Black Market from Sonic Adventure 2.
    • When Shadow steals a bag of popcorn from a Chao in the audience, the Chao starts crying and its body changes to a slightly darker color, the same color that baby Chao turn when they're on the path to becoming Dark Chao.
    • Sonic mocks Shadow by going in reverse right in front of him, something he did to Sam Speed's team in the first Sonic X episode (albeit without a car).
    • Similarly, Knuckles saving Sonic from a bomb by jumping toward it and punching it away mid-air is something he previously did in an early Sonic X episode.
  • Not So Above It All: In The Stinger for the first episode, Amy is upset at the Chao for also being distracted by the Egg Pawn's merchandise. Then he brings out some hammers, and she immediately gets an exclamation mark over her head to match the Chao's antennae.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Eggman had his Egg Pawn(s) disguise a souvenir shop owner and a stray cat as part of his plan to sabotage the race.
  • The Power of Friendship: Sonic, Tails and Knuckles help each other throughout the race, but Shadow refuses to spare any time for his teammates' troubles. This gets him blue-shelled out at the very end when Team Sonic is able to perform a combined turbo to the finish line.
  • Shmuck Bait: Eggman leaves one of his minions by the side of the track selling merchandise to distract the members of Team Rose.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sonic and Knuckles as usual. Near the end we can see Sonic pulling a Bunny Ears Picture Prank on the red echidna.
  • The Voiceless: Much like Sonic Mania Adventures, no dialogue is heard in these shorts—the actions the characters do speak for them.