Announced on October 2, 2013, Sonic Boom is a CGI animated series in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. Much like Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and other series by DiC Entertainment, its animation has been outsourced to a French animation studio, this time, the fledgling OuiDo! Productions.
Like the games, the show features a new world with new characters and redesigns of existing characters. Unlike the games, the show is a more comedic take on the franchise while still keeping its knack for high-speed action intact.
Protecting a mysterious and exotic island and the village that inhabits it isn't an easy job, but there's one super-speedy resident hero up to the challenge: Sonic the Hedgehog. Backing him up are his friends— young and intelligent inventor fox Miles "Tails" Prower, the brawny but not-too-bright Knuckles the Echidna, compassionate and strong-willed Amy Rose (who can occasionally be a little bossy), and jungle survivalist Sticks the Badger, whose somewhat... off-kilter way of thinking makes her the wild card. Together, Team Sonic is always willing to head into action to defend everyone's way of life from the evil scientist Dr. Eggman, their sometimes-friendly arch-nemesis who's bent on taking over the village as the start of his plans for world domination (but he's far from the only villain Team Sonic has to deal with). Though not every adventure of theirs involves battling evil, each one the team goes on is packed with action and hilarity. And one thing's for sure — Sonic and friends are always ready for whatever journey comes next.
Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham, Nika Futterman, and Mike Pollock reprise their in-game roles as Sonic, Knuckles, Sticks, and Dr. Eggman, while Tails is now voiced by Colleen Villard, and Amy appears for the first time in a Western Animation series within the Sonic franchise, also voiced by her in-game voice actress, Cindy Robinson. Production is handled by SEGA and directly supervised by Sonic Team's very own Takashi Iizuka.
The series debuted in the US on November 8th, 2014, and in the UK on June 1st, 2015. The first season was broadcasted on Cartoon Network in the US and France's Canal J and GULLI. The second season premiered on October 29th, 2016 in the US, after which, new episodes were broadcast on Boomerang, with Cartoon Network airing an encore the following week. The second season ended up being its last however as the series was cancelled after its run. note
Not to be confused with a Los Angeles fan event held as a Transatlantic Equivalent to the Summer of Sonic convention in the United Kingdom, or the North American main theme of Sonic CD, or any of the other numerous things related to the franchise with that name. There are quite a few.
The Sonic Boom animated series is part of the spin-off franchise of the same name, a western branch of the main Sonic games, with the video games on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS serving as a prequel to the show. Initial impressions for the television series were fairly positive, a sharp contrast from the mixed-to-negative reception of the games, managing to keep the spin-off franchise afloat. Tropes for the games should be placed here.
Not surprisingly, it also had a short-lived comic book series from Archie Comics, a company that has had plenty of experience with Sonic. Tropes for the comics go here, currently in a rough state that could use more tropes.
Sonic Boom provides examples of:
- 10-Minute Retirement: In "Just a Guy", Sonic, fed up with being hated by the village for something as simple as calling Mike "just a guy" and the villagers "you people", in spite of all the times he's saved them from Eggman's evil schemes, decides to quit the hero business after an angry outburst about said issue towards Amy's sensitivity training group (which he also quits). Even when the villagers come to him to plead him to stop the Lightning Bolt Society's "rampage" upon learning of his retirement, he refuses to on the basis that the villain group is a bunch of total pushovers. It's only after he's noticed the stampeding flock of sheep they let loose, thus scaring the villagers, that the hedgehog is forced to put an end to his short-lived retirement in order to fix it.
- 13 Is Unlucky: "Unlucky Knuckles", a Superstition Episode, is the 13th episode in the series and the day before its airing date was February 13th.
- Absent Animal Companion: * In the episode "Buster", after Sticks shakes a kitten out of a tree, Amy decides to get Sticks a pet to teach her the responsibilities of animal care. When Sonic takes Sticks to the pet store, Sticks finds every pet there too cute, fuzzy, and adorable for her tastes. She then finds a disgusting robot dog that spits slime in a trash can and names him "Buster". Buster quickly annoys Sticks' friends, and it is later revealed that Buster was created by Dr. Eggman. When Buster transforms into a monster and attacks Sticks' friends, Sticks disciplines him to get him back to his normal self. At the end of the episode, Sticks lets Buster go, having found out he's an evil robot unfit to keep as a pet. Buster has not been seen or referenced since.
- Adaptational Villainy: Shadow is a flat out villain here, whereas he was an Anti-Hero in the original games.
- Action Dress Rip: In "My Fair Sticksy", when Eggman takes hold of Sonic and co during a gala, Sticks tries hard to be a proper lady, but eventually rips off her dress, reveals her normal attire, and starts fighting.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- Throughout the Sonic series, the brotherly relationship between Sonic and Tails has been a near-constant element ever since Tails debuted in 1992. However, while still often the two closest characters in Boom, Tails is much more independent and the two seem to possess a lot of mutually exclusive hobbies, leading to relatively less character interaction between the two.
- On the other hand, Sonic and Knuckles's frat-boyesque friendship has been gaining more and more of a presence on the show, to the point that an entire episode was dedicated to it. In the mainstream franchise, Sonic and Knuckles rarely interact one-on-one, and their relationship is frosty at best and downright hostile at worst.
- Traditionally, Amy has stalked Sonic with the single-minded goal of coercing the hedgehog into marrying her, and Sonic has subsequently avoided her like the plague if possible. Although this element has been more downplayed in the mainstream franchise and the comics as of late, the relation between the two changed drastically with both the Sonic Boom games and TV show. Here, Sonic and Amy are mutually friends and both have deeper feelings of affection for each other that they sometimes let slip. Amy doesn't place Sonic on a pedestal and isn't afraid to call him out for being boorish or stupid, while Sonic is usually the first person to make an effort if he thinks he or someone else has hurt Amy in some way.
- Mainstream Eggman will seemingly only do something if it either furthers his goal of world domination or prevents some other party from conquering / destroying the world in some way. Here, Eggman will very occasionally forego personal gain for someone else's benefit. This is how he and Amy Rose ultimately form a friendship over Fuzzy Puppy Buddies.
- Then there's the whole relationship between Eggman and the protagonists. In other media, Eggman is a definite villain who has tried on numerous occasions to kill Sonic, and whose schemes rarely have a smaller focus than absolute and utter global domination, and when said ambitions are actually achieved, Eggman's rule is nothing short of a social and ecological disaster.
- On the TV show, at least, Eggman's stated goal is to take over a small village and raze it to build a theme park. Half the time, Eggman doesn't even really seem to be trying; It's not uncommon for him to only bring along his weakest and most easily-destroyed mook-bots into battle. As implied in numerous episodes, a major element in the conflict between Sonic's team and Eggman's forces is that they give each other something interesting to do on a daily basis (which could apply to other villainous groups originating in the show), due to Sonic's hyperactivity, his friends' want of an outlet for that hyperactivity, and Eggman implied to be a rich, bored old man who would quickly atrophy without something giving him focus. Outside of fighting, Eggman is seen running errands in the village and seems to be regarded as yet another citizen of it by most of its residents. Meanwhile, it's not uncommon for Sonic and Company to casually waltz into Eggman's lair for more-or-less peaceful purposes, and although Eggman might be annoyed by this, it's not really indicated that he makes any attempt to defend his island when this happens.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "Dude, Where's My Eggman?", "Let's Play Musical Friends", and "Beyond The Valley of Cubots" for Orbot and Cubot.
- "Hedgehog Day", "Aim Low", "No Robots Allowed", "Mombot", "Inn Sanity", "Mister Eggman" and "The Haunted Lair" for Dr. Eggman.
- "Unlucky Knuckles", "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", "Mayor Knuckles", "Two Good To Be True", "Counter-Productive", "Knuck Knuck! Who's Here?", and "Knine-to-Five Knuckles" for Knuckles. Knuckles gets a lot of these.
- "Next Top Villain" for Dave the Intern.
- "Late Night Wars" for Comedy Chimp.
- "Translate This", "How to Succeed in Evil Without Really Trying" and "Tails' Crush" for Tails.
- "Chez Amy" and "Give Bees A Chance" for Amy.
- "Buster", "My Fair Sticksy", "Nutwork" and "In the Midnight Hour" for Sticks.
- "Three Men and My Baby!" for Chumley, the infant son of Lady Walrus.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: From the second episode:Eggman: Obliterator Bot, destroy Sonic and his four friends!
Obliterator Bot: For... tress? Fortress. Destroy fortress. Destroying island fortress.
Eggman: What? No! That's not what I said!
Orbot: We're still working out a few kinks.
Eggman: (hanging on to Obliterator Bot's leg) Obliterator Bot! Do not destroy island fortress! Do not destroy island fortress!
Obliterator Bot: Affirmative. Playing up-tempo music while destroying fortress.
- Nominatus seems to be a completely digital entity that seeks to destroy all organic life, having deemed it illogical and messy.
- FiendBot is an inversion. In "FiendBot" he was created to destroy Sonic by Eggman but his AI was so advanced he realized that Sonic was a hero and underwent a HeelFace Turn.
- An Aesop:
- In "Just a Guy", the end all lesson is normal guys (and not just heroes) can help save the day which is ironically spliced in with the fact that Sonic convinces the town that they should shut their mouths about what he does and remember he saves the whole village (which can technically be its own Aesop about being grateful to people that help rather than constantly correcting said people for minor mistakes).
- In a bizarre example in "Tails' Crush", Tails is told by Sonic that to get a girl he has to act like an aloof jerk, by Knuckles that girls love muscles and toughness, by Amy that girls love romance and theatre, and by Sticks that he should essentially do a traditional bird mating dance. Eventually he's told the best advice by the villain: Stop trying to be someone else and be yourself, and in the end it turns out to be the best advice.
- In the episode "Role Models:, the lesson basically comes down to "stop being so politically correct that it ruins your life".
- "Buster": Discipline your pets.
- All Just a Dream: The wackier half of "Chili Dog Day Afternoon" was Knuckles' pepper-induced hallucination.
- Alternate Continuity: The show, games and comic are part of a "sub-franchise", which is separate from the main games.
- Alternate Universe: In-universe. Multiple alternate universes have either appeared or been mentioned.
- In "Two Good to be True", we see an alternate universe where Eggman wears green, Amy is head-over-heels for Knuckles, Dave the Intern is a supergenius, Sonic is a clumsy oaf, and Knuckles is the main, and most intelligent, person in the group. After an attack by Eggman that sends him into a new universe, he meets the cast of the show that the viewer sees (Sonic the narcissist, Knuckles the idiot, etc).
- In "Eggman's Brother", Steve Eggman is revealed to be a shape-shifting robot hailing from another dimension, which was blown up by it's native Eggman.
- In "Where Have All The Sonic's Gone?", Sonic is sent to a third alternate universe by Eggman and Steve, where Sonic never existed, Eggman rules the island with an iron fist with Tails as his lab assistant, Sticks is leading a rebellion against him, and Meh Burger uses real meat in their food. This universe, along with it's Eggman, briefly reappears during "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2: The End of the World".
- Animalistic Abomination: Buster, after being fed a mechanical dog bone from Eggman
- Animation Bump: As Season One progressed, the show's animation got increasingly more fluid and rubbery, with a better display of facial expressions.
- Animesque/Moe: Most of the non-anthropomorphic animals tend to have cute anime-like eyes.
- Apathetic Citizens: "No Robots Allowed" and other episodes establish that the loosely-formed government of the archipelago could try to give Eggman more trouble than they do, but they're fine with his village-destroying plots as long as he doesn't specifically flout their rules. In a larger sense, episodes like "Next Top Villain" and "Counter Productive" show that villainy in itself isn't disapproved and is even seen as a legitimate career path, if not quite as glamorous as heroism, as long as proper procedure is followed.
- Art Evolution: And how. While Tails and Amy just get normal wardrobe changes, Sonic's arms are now blue, and his quills are scruffier. Knuckles...seems to have moved into a gym for a month and now towers above the other three. Sports tape also seem to be a motif among the characters now, who all have them in some way (with Sonic and Tails even sports taping their shoes).
- Artsy Beret: In the episode "Eggman the Auteur", Eggman takes to wearing one of these while making a movie, and in an argument over creative differences, makes clear he considers the attire to make the role:Eggman: If you know everything, Mr. and Mrs. "Know Everything", where's your camera, your robots?! Neither one of you even has a beret!
- Ascended Extra: In the games, Orbot and Cubot had their moments, but rarely appeared in any significant capacity. By contrast, they're major supporting characters in the cartoon, typically getting at least one scene per episode and even A Day in the Limelight on occasion. Amy and Knuckles as well, as they've been demoted in recent games, but the cartoon returns them to their role as main characters.
- Ascended Glitch: "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" has a nod to a patched infinite jump glitch from the Rise of Lyric video game.
- Ascended Meme: In one episode, Dr. Robotnik accuses Sonic of "snooping as usual, I see."
- Baby See, Baby Do: In "Role Models", Sonic and his friends throw their food wrappers into the trash and Lady Walrus's baby son Chumley imitates them. When Lady Walrus sees the incident, she calls them bad role models but then puts Chumley on a ledge to play.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison:Sticks: But pretty things attract government agents! And possums! And you know how horrible they smell! The possums too.
- Balcony Wooing Scene: In one episode, after Sonic and Knuckles' advice on how to impress women fails to win him the heart of Zooey, Tails turns to Amy, who says he should be romantic and chivalrous. Tails dresses like the title character from The Phantom of the Opera, calls Zooey from her balcony and tries to recite some flowery poetry for her, but messes up his lines, and Zooey, who has become sick of Tails' odd behavior, shuts him out.
- Bastard Understudy: "Double Doomsday" revolves around Eggman getting one, named Dave. When Dave gets fed up of doing menial chores and not being allowed to do actual evil, he snaps and activates Eggman's Doomsday Device.
- Babysitting Episode: "Three Men and My Baby!" involves Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles taking care of Lady Walrus' youngest son, Chumley, after they accidentally injure her.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: At the start of "Fortress of Squalitude", as Eggman's going through his mail:
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: One example features the mayor repeatedly shouting at an open door in Mayor Knuckles while expecting for someone to conveniently walk in and cover for him while he goes fishing, that someone angrily walking in after he shouts: "so we can GET THIS STORY STARTED!?"
- Big Ball of Violence: Present in "Flea-ing from Trouble", when Team Sonic are trying to beat up the Fleabots, on themselves.
- Big "NO!": Sonic in "The Haunted Lair", when he discovers that Eggman is building a house next to his.
- The Big Race: "If You Build It, They Will Race" revolves around a race between the five members of Team Sonic, some of the villagers, and Eggman, all in their own vehicles.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: On several occasions:
Amy: Studios should stop recycling the same tired old properties and make something original for once! (long silence)
- In "Alone Again, Unnaturally", Sticks refers to "blast processing" as just "some phoney-baloney buzz words to fool the simple-minded."
- In "Fiendbot" upon finding a copy of the video game "Tomatopotamus 2", the cast comments (in order) that "Tomatopotamus never worked in 3D, game companies always ruin their beloved franchises, and they should never have changed the color of Tomatopotamus' legs."
- Then there's this line from "Mech Suits Me."
- The core concept of the series' gameplay has been mocked at least twice. In "Let's Play Musical Friends", Tails describes a game where you run, roll, and collect rings as fast as possible. Cubot calls it a a terrible idea. Likewise, in "Mister Eggman", when the team is trying to keep a washer ring away from Eggman, Sonic says that catching rings is boring.
- Bizarro World: In "Two Good to be True", many of the Bizarro characters are different:
- Knuckles is smarter than the original.
- Eggman wears green.
- Amy is more aggressive.
- Tails looks like he is staring off into space. He might not be very bright.
- Sonic is a clumsy wimp who idolizes Knuckles.
- Dave The Intern is one of the good guys and is a genius.
- In the French version of "Closed Door Policy", when Knuckles asks Tails what the word for "not smart" is, he responds by by saying, "Retarded?" This was replaced with "Obtuse?" in the English version.
- In that same episode, Eggman curses at Sonic after he kicks his spider-bots back at him. This was taken out of the English version.Eggman (French Version): Damn you, Sonic! I just took a shower!
Eggman (English Version): Curse you, Sonic! I just had this washed!
- One of the nicknames Eggman has for Knuckles in the French version of "Mayor Knuckles" is Nipples. He calls him Nurples in the English version instead.
- For the above examples, as well as most of the series, it's actually an Inverted Trope - both episodes referenced were written in English by American writers. The French version simply aired before the English version.
- Black Comedy:
Knuckles: Well, if you say so. (holds Chumley over the blender)
- In "Three Men and My Baby!", when Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are attempting to feed Chumley, Lady Walrus' infant son that they're babysitting, Sonic suggests they give him a chili dog, but Tails informs him that the baby can't eat solid foods, so they decide to put the chili dog in the blender. Knuckles misinterprets this, however.
Sonic: The chili dog, not the baby!
Knuckles: Oh, okay. That makes more sense.
- Dave the Intern repeatedly hitting the elderly monkey with a car in "Chain Letter". There's no blood and the monkey doesn't get harmed, but still.
- Black Screen of Death: "Into the Wilderness" ends with a black screen accompanied with sounds of a missile crashing into Eggman's lair. Let's just say that Eggman survived.
- Bland-Name Product: In "Chain Letter", there's FriendSpace, Snarkchat, and Scrambler.
- Blinding Camera Flash:
- In "Next Top Villain", Dave takes a pic of himself to celebrate his presumed victory, only to blind himself and lose control of his stolen Octopus Bot long enough for Sonic to stop it.
- In the first season finale "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", after Shadow beats the tar out of Sonic and has him at his mercy, fanboy Eggman decides to take a premature "victory selfie" with him as celebration for finally defeating his archnemesis... and he forgets to turn the camera's flash off, blinding Shadow. Even worse, Sonic's down but not out, so he gets back up, runs over to Shadow, and knocks him away with a wicked right uppercut while he can't do anything to stop it, causing the dark hedgehog to abandon the fight because he can't take Sonic down properly with Eggman around. Whoops.
- Box-and-Stick Trap: Sonic's plan for catching whoever was stealing Tail's and Eggman's tools.Sonic: What? This is how you catch stuff. Haven't you seen TV?
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Occasionally in the first half of the first season, and more routinely after that. The show's characters reference everything from the writing to montages, as well as various things going on, as if aware they're cartoon characters:
- Knuckles in "Bro Down Showdown":Knuckles: But, but I thought this was gonna be a Sonic and Knuckles episode.
- Eggman explicitly refers to Shadow as the "second-most popular character in the whole canon".
- At the end of the same episode, Orbot and Cubot outright discuss the idea of another season, with Cubot suggesting an internet petition.
- Sticks in "In the Midnight Hour":Sticks: I knew TV was just a big conspiracy to control everyone's mind! *looks to camera* I'm not talking to you. You keep watching.
- At the end of the season 2 finale "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2", Eggman shrugs off the loss of his video game data by saying "there's always next season". If only he knew.
- Knuckles in "Bro Down Showdown":
- Brick Joke: The fish with Irritable Bowl Syndrome from "My Fair Sticksy" re-appears in "Blue With Envy" 23 episodes later, for an identical joke.
- By "No", I Mean "Yes": In "New Year's Retribution", we get this:Eggman: Sonic, my old friend! And by "friend" I mean enemy. Happy New Year! And by "happy" I mean "awful", and by "New Year" I mean "not yet New Year".
- "FiendBot" has a large amount of call backs in the form of a montage where Eggman is downloading video data into the titular robot that showcases Sonic's abilities, which will allow him to predict the hedgehog's every move. The montage contains scenes taken directly from previous episodes of the show, namely (in order of appearance) "Just a Guy", "Aim Low", "Next Top Villain", "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots", "Eggman the Auteur", and "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog".
- The end of the episode has Team Sonic entrust the newly-named FriendBot with the responsibility of taking care of the Cubot prototypes from "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots", who were relocated to a different canyon after the events of said episode; Tails tells him that seeing as they're former Eggman robots like him, he'll fit in.
- In "Og Man Out," when Sticks offers to let Og stay in her burrow, Sonic mentions the door in there the Froglodytes nearly escaped from the last time Team Sonic encountered them in "Closed Door Policy", refusing to let him live there in case he's a spy trying to let them out, though Og eventually annoys everyone on the team to the point where he ends up in Sticks' Burrow anyway; when the Froglodytes do emerge later in the episode (by completely different means), upon hearing Og was moved to Sticks' Burrow, Sonic rushes over there, blames Og, and checks the door only to notice it's still blocked off by the designer shelf placed in front of it.
- Og's name itself is another call back to "Closed Door Policy", where one of the Froglodytes stated that "Og is home sick."
- Back in season 1's "Aim Low", Sonic unwound the village's roadside attraction, a large ball of twine, to save the Village from a rockslide; in season 2's "Unnamed Episode", Mayor Fink brings up that his doing this caused village tourism to grind to a halt and asks for ideas to revitalize it, thus setting up the episode's events.
- Near the end of "Nominatus Rising", Tails and Knuckles confront Eggman in his lair about the appearance of Nominatus in the real world, believing him to be responsible for it. When Eggman expresses he has no idea what happened, they show him security footage of Nominatus and his minions from Tails' Workshop. Upon seeing the footage, Eggman remembers all too well that Nominatus pretended to befriend him so he could hack into his technology back in season one's "Let's Play Musical Friends", and that drives him to team up with Team Sonic in order to take him down.
- At the end of "Robot Battle Royale", Tails' robot that hypnotizes other robots, creatively named Hypno-bot, was destroyed by a Brick Joke. End of his story, right? WRONG. Hypno-bot returns in a big way in "Robots from the Sky" Part Three, now a sentient robot; he's revealed to have survived and been taken to Morristown to be repaired and granted sentience, and he's the one who infected all robots with a malware signal to do his bidding and destroy organic life. And his reasoning for this? Tails pretty much forgot about him, and he's not happy about it.
- The premise of "Planes, Trains and Dude-Mobiles" involves Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles learning they have a gig for their band, Dude-itude, on the other side of the island and taking a road trip there; they formed said band back in "Battle of the Boy Bands".
- In "Inn Sanity", Orbot suggests that Eggman sell his Doomsday Device in order to have enough money to maintain his lair, mentioning that he "[hasn't] used it since the beginning of season one"* . Later, during the climactic fight scene, the device is accidentally activated, destroying the lair, but fortunately, the red herring from earlier is an insurance agent and offers to pay for its repair.
- "Lair on Lockdown" sees Eggman and Knuckles getting trapped in a room full of Eggman's failed inventions following the lair... well, entering lockdown, one of which happens to be Zippy, Eggman's first robot that he mentioned way back in "Robot Battle Royale". Zippy's inability to communicate using anything except Morse Code proves to be integral to getting the lockdown undone.
- "Return to Beyond the Valley of the Cubots" directly establishes the events of Fire & Ice as canon to the show (in fact, Word of God had already stated the game took place sometime during season two shortly before the game's release); that game was the debut of D-Fekt, a material-magnetizing robot built by Eggman who appears in the episode and plays a major role. F&I ended with Eggman deciding D-Fekt was more trouble than he was worth after he nearly got the doctor killed in his final attempt to defeat Team Sonic, dumping the robot on the gang out of gratitude for saving him. D-Fekt is first shown in the episode as having become Tails' lab assistant, and Eggman continues to regard him as obsolete and a reject, leading him to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
- In "Eggman: The Video Game Part 1", Eggman tracks down Shadow to offer him a proposition, but he can barely get in the first sentence before Shadow shoots the offer down, saying he refuses to work with the doctor ever again before firmly showing him the proverbial door. Considering their previous team-up in "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog" went south, courtesy of Eggman making a fool of himself in Shadow's eyes, then costing him the final blow on Sonic with his "victory selfie" during the climax, his reaction is pretty justified. As a result of this refusal, Eggman enacts a riskier plan: trick Shadow into doing his bidding.
- Transported to an otherwise Sonic-free dimension in "Where Have All the Sonics Gone?", Sonic handed its Eggman— Lord Eggman— his first defeat with the aid of the dimension's versions of his friends before returning home. Lord Eggman, his dimension, and the Inter-dimensional Portal Creators used to send Sonic there in the first place would return in "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2: The End of the World"; Lord Eggman's desire for revenge on Sonic allows main-dimension Eggman to guide him to his dimension to achieve it using the Portal Creators, with Lord Eggman unknowingly becoming part of his plan to have another Eggman get beaten up by a vengeful Shadow in his stead. Eggman's plan would set in motion a chain of events that nearly brought about some rather dire consequences, however...
- "FiendBot" has a large amount of call backs in the form of a montage where Eggman is downloading video data into the titular robot that showcases Sonic's abilities, which will allow him to predict the hedgehog's every move. The montage contains scenes taken directly from previous episodes of the show, namely (in order of appearance) "Just a Guy", "Aim Low", "Next Top Villain", "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots", "Eggman the Auteur", and "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog".
- Cartoon Creature: The Widabits in "Do Not Disturb".
- Canon Foreigner: Sticks the Jungle Badger, the new girl introduced in the video games.
- Chain Letter: Exactly what Eggman gets in "Chain Letter".
- Characterization Marches On: Some of the directions of the cast have altered slightly. Amy for example was much more of a Genki Girl in early episodes, while in later episodes she tends to be more uptight and temperamental. Sonic in contrast seems less jaded than before, and a bit more childish and arrogant.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- In "Double Doomsday", one scene has Tails briefly show off his newly-invented Reverse Polarizer. He and Sonic later use it to reverse the black hole created by the Doomsday Devices.
- In fact, the Doomsday Devices themselves count; Eggman shows one to Dave early on, and after Dave gets fed up of being treated like a janitor, he goes ahead and activates it. Eggman then activates his own one in revenge.
- "Cowbot": While Sonic, Tails, and Eggman are waiting for the titular robot to show up at Eggman's fortress, they decide to pass the time by playing a game Coconut Hurl, but Sonic can't quite pick up and toss Eggman, so they opt to throw Eggman out of a catapult. When Cowbot shows up the next morning and the defense system they built malfunctions from the marshmallow gunk stuck on their fingers from the night before, they use the catapult to launch Sonic at Cowbot so that he can short-circuit Cowbot with the marshmallow gunk.
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies," at PuppyCon, Amy gets the Cuteness Hat from Zooey, with Zooey explaining that the Cuteness Hat makes a pup too cute to resist. Amy later uses it to defeat Eggman at Fuzzy Puppies after Amy is down to her bulldog, which allows Amy to take out each and every pup Eggman has.
- In "Give Bees a Chance," Amy uses a hoop so that Bea can catch it during a montage earlier in the episode. Later in the episode, Amy uses the hoop so that Sonic and company can tell which Bee Bot is Bea.
- Eggman's doomsday device reappears in "Inn Sanity", apparently having no involvement in the episode other than a setup for a fourth-wall-breaking joke, but in the episode's climax, the doomsday device is reactivated, destroying Eggman's lair.
- In "Eggman's Brother", there's a joke with Knuckles where a store owner claims Knuckles devoured his vegetables and Knuckles states he doesn't even eat vegetables. Immediately afterwards, another store owner says Knuckles ruined his storage of glue, to which Knuckles claims he doesn't even eat glue. It seems like a joke, but how does Steve capture Amy? He drops a bucket of glue on her, trapping her to the ground.
- In "Dude, Where's My Eggman", Orbot reboots a crashed Cubot by poking him in the eyes. At the end of "The Evil Dr Orbot", Cubot does this to Orbot to erase the evil study guide he downloaded.
- Circus Episode: In "Circus of Plunders", after a fall-out with Tails from one of his inventions, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks get jobs at T.W. Barker's Circus of Wonders, as most of his performers were reportedly sick from eating bad sushi. Sonic is given the job of running in the "Sphere of Fear" at unparalleled speeds, Knuckles becomes a Human Cannonball, Sticks becomes an acrobat, and Amy becomes a Sad Clown (much to her dismay). It is later revealed that Barker is an extremely cunning Con Man with two bears dressed as clowns as well as some robots he ordered from Dr. Eggman as Mooks, and that his other performers actually ran away from the circus. Thus, when he holds Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks hostage, it's up to Tails to rescue them.
- City with No Name: The island's name is never mentioned in any episode, and the village is also unnamed. However, it's eventually revealed in the fittingly-named "Unnamed Episode" that the village was named "Badgerville" after its founder, Sticks's corrupt great-great-grandfather Jebediah Badger. At the end of the episode, Sticks decides they should rename it "Hedgehog Village"— no, not after Sonic, but Amy. The name has stuck since.
- Cliffhanger: The first three episodes of the "Robots From The Sky" four-parter end with these, each leading into the next part.
- Sticks. "Crossing paths with a cross-eyed moose brings a curse upon the moose-crosser and the non-moose-crossed friends! Don't you people know anything about science?!"
- However, she's downright rational compared with Knuckles, who seems to be a little dim on a good day, and inhabiting his own little reality for the most part.
- Downplayed with Amy. While being taught knot-tying by Sticks so she can survive out in the wilderness, this happens:I added cinnamon sticks to mine[...] And if you lock yourself in, you can eat them until the firemen rescue you!
(Beat), Sticks glares at her
Amy: (sheepishly) So I hear.
- Coconut Meets Cranium: Happens to Amy near the beginning of "Cowbot" and to Sonic in "Sole Power".
- Color Blind Confusion: In the episode "Bro-Down Showdown", Sonic and Knuckles compete on the titular game show to win a new couch for Amy after they spill nachos on her old one. Sonic is teamed up with Dr. Eggman, and Knuckles is teamed up with Mike the Ox. At one point, Comedy Chimp asks Mike what color Knuckles is. Due to being colorblind, Mike guesses green, even though Knuckles is red. When he finds out he answered wrong, he admits he's colorblind, and when a red light flashes, he asks if the light was green.
- Comm Links: Team Sonic regularly uses their wrist-mounted Communicators to keep in contact with each other when they're separated (well, everyone except Sticks, who prefers using an old-fashioned telephone that can somehow pick up the others' Communicators).
- Companion Cube: Tails is very attached to his plane.
- Composite Character: Sticks looks very similar to Marine's design and is as active as she is. Also, she seems to be new to friends like Blaze.
- Continuity Nod:
- At one point in "Cowbot", Eggman references Dave the Intern from "Double Doomsday", averting the Negative Continuity in the rest of the series. It helps that Dave becomes a Recurring Extra and shows up more and more as the series goes on.
- During the training in "Unlucky Knuckles", Orbot and Cubot wear their masks of Sonic and Tails from "Buster".
- "Just A Guy" features several, such as the Walrus lady referencing her baby being in danger from "Blue With Envy" when it happens again, and the Lightning Bolt Society referencing the events of "Eggman Unplugged".
- There are a few references to the Sonic Boom video games here and there. In particular, Sticks is nominated◊ for an Awardy Award in one episode, while in another, Sonic reads◊ his autobiography.◊ Also, the tone of voice Knuckles took when calling out Sonic in "Just a Guy" is the same one he took when Sonic got the group locked up in Lyric's Tomb.
- Eggman, pretending to be Sonic, mangles Knuckles' name as a Running Gag in "The Meteor". He continues to mangle it sometimes as himself in later episodes.
- Dave gives Sonic a Mehburger with extra pickles when he ordered no pickles. In later episodes, he keeps doing this.
- In the season 2 episode "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er", Tails mentions while carrying barrels that he's doing it for Zooey as a favor; this implies the two have continued to see each other after the end of the season 1 episode "Tails' Crush", where Tails managed to win Zooey over with his heroics.
- Eggman's love of the Fuzzy Puppies board game, as first revealed in "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", is brought up again in "The Evil Dr. Orbot". Naturally, Amy is the first to reference it, seeing as she also loves the game and the two bonded over it in the former episode.
- "Og Man Out" begins with Eggman digging for an Ancient mech suit to call his own, complaining that despite them being scattered around the island, he can't find one; he's no doubt referring to Charlie and Sonic each finding one in "Counter Productive" and "Mech Suits Me", respectively.
- In "Blackout", Tails is chronicling Team Sonic's journey to find the power crystal in the form of love letters to Zooey, implying they are still together after "Tails' Crush". After Sonic causes the snow around the ruins to collapse on him, Tails complains that he has to start writing his letter all over again, then continues to write while buried in snow.
- Back in "Mayor Knuckles", Eggman expressed his annoyance that the garbage man hadn't picked up his garbage. In "Unnamed Episode", having tricked the villagers into voting him as supreme ruler, Eggman takes his revenge by forcing the garbage man to take it out in an orderly manner.
- In "Robots from the Sky" Part 1, upon being asked what the name of their city is, Knuckles answers that it was Unnamed Village until recently, and now it's called Hedgehog Village; this happened at the end of "Unnamed Episode", when Sticks renamed the Village after Amy for sticking by her throughout the episode.
- During Sonic and Eggman's Mech Suit fight near the end of "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom", a boulder with an impression of Eggman can be seen in the background. This is a nod to "Mech Suits Me", in which Sonic's Mech Suit slammed Eggman into the aforementioned boulder, leaving the impression.
- In "Lair on Lockdown", Knuckles and Eggman end up in a storage room of the latter's lair containing his failed inventions. In particular, the doctor finds one of his robotic sauce cans he created to take over the village's electronics in "Dr. Eggman's Tomato Sauce", as well as the head of one of his Swifty robots he used to get Sonic banished from the village in "Blue with Envy".
- Conveniently Timed Distraction: In "Unlucky Knuckles", Sonic and the gang have Dr. Eggman cornered but when Knuckles, who's going through some bad luck, arrives, a metal debris comes falling from the sky and almost hits Sonic and the gang, allowing Dr. Eggman to escape.
- Cool Bike: In season 2, Sonic gets his own vehicle named Blue Force One, which he uses to navigate areas he can't run through thanks to its multiple traversal modes.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Justin Beaver's producer exploited him and his fans using mind control in order to make money off his sub-standard merchandise. Fortunately, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles manage to foil his plans with their own music.
- Crazy Memory: Knuckles' interpretation of him defeating Eggman in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?"
- Cringe Comedy: In "You and I Bee-come One", Sonic is forced to dress in an embarassing sunflower costume.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Almost all of Eggman's robots, with the exception of Cubot and Orbot, are all designed to only fulfill a certain purpose (generally combat-related), and do badly when forced by Eggman to work outside that function; in "Strike!", when Cubot and Orbot go on strike for being poorly treated, Eggman tries to use another robot to clean up a mess he made, but all of them, particularly Burn-Bot and Ballot Bot, do nothing but make the mess worse because the former can only burn things, and the latter was designed to stuff ballots.
- Crowd Song: The "Not a Doctor" song in "Mister Eggman", sang to the tune of "Telephone Hour" from Bye Bye Birdie.
- Cryptid Episode: "Muckfoot" deals with a cryptid known as Muckfoot and Tails trying to prove that it's real. Muckfoot is later found, which is later revealed to be Knuckles dowsed in mud. At the end, Muckfoot is revealed to be Real After All.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right:
- Sticks's paranoid rambling about Eggman moving in as a front to build a robot to destroy them was dead on, even down to the name.
- Her theory about the luck balance of the universe being thrown out of whack, giving Knuckles constant bad luck, is also proven to be true when Sonic manipulates Knuckles into joining up with Eggman (temporarily) to save the day, with the echidna's bad luck overpowering the evil scientist's newfound good luck.
- After discovering that one of the trees in the orchard actually was a spy, Tails informs her "Your psychotic ramblings weren't entirely divorced from reality."
- The entire plot of "In the Midnight Hour" is basically this as Sticks tries to tell everyone that a robot named Dreamcaster is trying to hypnotize people while they sleep by using their televisions. When nobody believes her, she admits it's hard to be taken seriously when you're crazy (to herself).
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Sonic, as usual.
- Orbot, particularly in "Beyond the Valley of Cubots".
- Delayed Explosion: When and why gumberries explode is left unexplained; all we know is that Sonic stand around with a cup brimming with them for about ten seconds before they do.
- Denser and Wackier: Inverted. While the show is definitely one of the most comedy-centric, episode plots are generally much more mundane, including scenarios like Sonic firing Tails from his sidekick position (to assure Tails' safety) and Eggman driving Sonic crazy while moving in with him for a while.
- Description Cut:
- In "Fortress of Squalitude", Eggman is sure the incoming representative from Modern Lair magazine will praise his lair...cut to said representative denouncing it.
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", Amy says Eggman isn't so bad after all... cut to him shooting lasers at the gang.Eggman: Hahahahaha! I'm gonna wipe you filthy rodents off the face of the planet!
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Tails confronting Dr. Eggman in "Translate This".Tails: Give me back my robot!
Eggman: Or what?
Tails: ... That's a fair question.
- In "The Sidekick", Sonic's scheme to discourage Tails from joining him on dangerous adventures. It eventually leads to a direct confrontation between Tails and Eggman.Sonic: The plan had holes!
- Tails confronting Dr. Eggman in "Translate This".
- Discredited Meme: In-Universe with "Chain Letter":Sonic: Dude, this meme is like five years old!
- Distinction Without a Difference:
- Happens very frequently, usually between Orbot and Cubot.Orbot: But what will we do in your absence?Cubot: Never mind that, what are we gonna do while you're away?
- Knuckles gets in on the act a few times:Tails: Ever since Eggman got depressed, Sonic's been making me nuts!Knuckles: He hasn't cooked for me. He's just been driving me crazy.
- Happens very frequently, usually between Orbot and Cubot.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Truth in Television example. SEGA sent a notice that they will take down full Sonic Boom episodes on YouTube, which meant viewers had to watch them on another site, on TV, or on demand legally. Now with season 2 running, users upload episodes with most recorded in low-quality and it seems now that SEGA doesn't care.
- Do Androids Dream?: According to Eggman, Orbot and Cubot don't have souls, to which they glumly agree. Played for laughs.
- Don't Ask: When Eggman is teaching the now evilized characters proper moustache care, he tells them to brush stroke each side exactly 50 times, and no more. When Tails asks why, see Sticks with a now very bushy moustache who mutters "Don't ask."
- Downer Ending: Downplayed, but "Bro Down Showdown" ends with both Sonic and Knuckles losing the showdown, and Amy's couch being destroyed by a missile. It's played for laughs though, given that Sonic and Knuckles don't seem all that downhearted by the latter— heavily implying that they deliberately arranged for the missile to hit in order to cover up them spilling nacho cheese on the couch earlier.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Under normal circumstances, taking Knuckles' advice on anything would be a recipe for disaster but many viewers point out that his assessment of feminism in this clip is not only entirely correct but the healthiest possible way of looking at it. He also gives another benefit to Eggman's completely non-evil theme park plan by stating that it'll create jobs.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- Early on, Knuckles was much more of a Cloud Cuckoolander with not uncommon moments of lucidity when he made practical observations pertaining to the current situation. His character quickly became almost exclusively The Ditz (his Sanity Ball returns occasionally however, eg. "Battle of the Boy Bands").
- In contrast, Sticks, while still very much a paranoid Cloud Cuckoo Lander, seems more intelligent and unaggressive in later episodes, even managing to pull off a dry wit at times.
- Also, during the first few episodes, comedic moments and intense action sequences were more equally balanced. Later on, the fights with Eggman became more and more incidental.
- In the earliest episodes, Eggman was more similar to his mainstream counterpart in that he wanted Sonic eliminated and would fly into temper tantrums if things weren't going his way. Later, Eggman is more liable to troll Sonic, if he messes directly with him at all, and sees confronting the heroes as secondary to his larger goals of domination and theme-park construction (that is, Eggman more often attacks the town, not Sonic himself). Also, Eggman is now more likely to brush-off or even become depressed by his defeats.
- In the early episode "Translate This", Eggman uses his fake UT to break apart Sonic and his friends, and specifically gets Amy angry at Sonic. He avoids doing this in other episodes, trying to kill them both but not break them apart, and confirms in "Tails' Crush" that his bro-code trumps the enemy thing.
- Amy was much more of a Genki Girl and sometimes even a Cloud Cuckoo Lander in early episodes, and as liable to become as hyperactive and fun loving as the other heroes. Later on, she's more uptight and pompous, and tends to get irritated by the others a lot more often (if still very much Not So Above It All in how she vents it).
- For viewers who missed the early episodes the first time around and are used to Amy's later characterization, her introduction in the first episode is simply bizarre. She mistakes a job interview for a theater audition and starts juggling and singing.
- "My Fair Sticksy" is another strange episode for Amy's character. When the village is bombarded with a meteor shower, she wants to stand there and wish on the shooting stars. Later on she convinces Sonic to be Sticks' escort at a formal gala, a situation that would normally make her ridiculously jealous.
- In "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?", Amy endorses inoffensive therapy between Sonic and Eggman such as using "I"-statements. By "Role Models" even she finds the method completely ridiculous.
- As the voice actors grew into their roles, their dialogue became less stilted and much more dynamic. The animation similarly became far less stiff, with more attention to fluid movement and expressions.
- Enemy Mine:
- In "Let's Play Musical Friends", with Sonic's crew and Eggman and his lackeys against Nominatus.
- The main premise of "The Curse of the Buddy Buddy Temple" is that Sonic and Eggman are trapped in a temple that forces them to work together to survive.
- Sonic and Eggman have a unique one against the rest of the heroes in "Eggheads".
- Team Sonic and Eggman join forces again to deal with the returning Nominatus, his minions Retro and Beta, and his army of Caterpixels near the end of "Nominatus Rising".
- Egocentric Team Naming: Played for laughs in "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor" when Sonic explains to the eponymous character why he can't follow the hedgehog around and observe his heroic acts.
- Epic Fail: Dave the Intern pulls one of these in "Chez Amy":
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In "Just a Guy", while fighting Eggman's robot, Eggman is trying to get everyone's attention during the attack because they're too busy calling Sonic out on saying Mike was "Just a guy". Eggman actually stops once he hears that and calls Sonic out on it.Eggman: Yeah, Sonic. That's a really crummy thing to say to a dude!
- In "Tails' Crush", he flips out after Tails uses his friends' horrible advice to try and woo Zooey, and just tells him to be himself.
- In "Just a Guy", while fighting Eggman's robot, Eggman is trying to get everyone's attention during the attack because they're too busy calling Sonic out on saying Mike was "Just a guy". Eggman actually stops once he hears that and calls Sonic out on it.
- Even the Rats Won't Touch It: Meh Burger's "food" is so terrible that wild animals won't eat it, according to "Og Man Out".Dave: ... we've run tests, animals won't eat this stuff.
- Everybody Did It: In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop" it turns out Sonic, Knuckles and Amy were all responsible for contributing to the fire in Tails' workshop, but were preemptively overridden by Tails' security system failing as soon as they entered, which he realized after Sonic told him that he only heard some pops and noises upon entering instead of being trapped. (Though considering it came up at the very end of the episode instead of at any point during Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, or Perci's stories, it wouldn't be too surprising if Tails just made the system failure up as a lie to take the blame to spare everyone's feelings and stop them from fighting with each other.)
- Everyone Can See It: By season 2, most of the main cast excluding Sonic, Amy and Knuckles make jokes about Sonic and Amy's secret crushes on each other.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- In "Cowbot", Amy and Knuckles antagonize Sonic because he's all too keen of Tails' reprogramming of the titular monstrosity meaning the permanent end of Eggman.
- Also, in "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Weeks?", Amy thinks tossing Eggman out after he's been dickish to him and Tails is uncouth of Sonic.
- Evil Is Hammy:
- "I'll be back, with a new robot! With an accurate name! And super laser eyes! And it'll feed me ham! Eeeeevil ham..."
- Nominatus from Episode 23 is even worse. He wears a cape seemingly just so he can dramatically throw it off and wreath his arms in flame when Orbot and Cubot finally reach him. And starts laughing evilly for little to no reason.
- Exact Words: When Sonic fires Tails and tries to find a new sidekick, both Tails and Eggman show up. When Sonic protests, they point out that Sonic's ad says "All qualified candidates welcome".
- Excuse Plot: There's no overarching plot to this show. It's about the shenanigans that Sonic, his friends and Eggman get into. Sometimes Eggman does evil plots, sometimes not, and even then they're hardly taken seriously (to the point it's just a routine thing for both sides). But anything about the world of the series, how the main characters came to be, or why they're doing what they're doing? Yeah, don't expect much. The show never answers these questions, very few plot elements stick around, and the island's a setting that the show takes place in and nothing more.note
- Eye Am Watching You: Sticks and Dave do this is "Mayor Knuckles". Dave just ends up poking his eyes out.
- Fastball Special: Knuckles uses these frequently, throwing his teammates.
- Failed Attempt at Drama:
"They'll pay for this! They're all going to pay! *laugh*
- After being fired from his position as sidekick, Tails attends Sonic's interview sessions wearing a cloak. Tails tries to dramatically reveal himself by throwing the hood off, but it gets stuck and he ends up tripping.
- In Double Doomsday as Dave's declaring his revenge.
(to a customer) "You want fries with that?"
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Whenever Shadow shows up, the show goes from G to PG really fast. His fight with Sonic in the season 2 finale eventually just devolves from stylish martial arts into them falling to the ground and brutally wailing on each other, and just before that, he'd taken down the rest of Team Sonic in a particularly ruthless fashion. In fact, the show rubs in just how badly Shadow beat them up by showing Sonic's friends struggling to get up when Sonic himself arrives, then the team still aching from the beatdown in Tails' Workshop some time after the fight. Any injuries Team Sonic suffers in the show usually don't affect them much or last too long, so this illustrates just how dangerous Shadow is compared to the other villains.
- Femininity Failure: The plot of "My Fair Sticksy".
- Fictional Video Game: The Tomatopotamus game series, which serves as a Take That! to Sonic the Hedgehog's decline in quality.
- Five-Man Band:
- Flaw Exploitation: Despite their buffoonery, several of the villains are good at exploiting the heroes' defining foibles and personality defects, Eggman frequently uses their current predicaments to fool them in his schemes for examples, while T.W. Barker handily exploits Sonic's hubris and Amy's obsession with charity to achieve his ends in "Circus Of Plunders".
- In "The Meteor", Sonic, (In Eggman's body) convinces Eggman (in Sonic's body) to switch back by threatening to cut off his moustache.
- Foregone Conclusion: Due to Word of God enforcing Status Quo Is God, any new element introduced in an episode can be expected to either be removed by episode's end or fade into the background for good. Subverted to some degree, since many newly introduced characters have returned since their first appearance and several episodes have Call Backs to earlier ones. The gradual arc introducing and teaming up several side villains such as Dave and the Lightning Bolts is a key example.
- Forgot I Could Fly: Tails could've used his tails to rescue Sonic from the chunk of ice in "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Worser."
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "The Meteor", Sonic and Eggman switch when they both touch a meteor that has magical properties. They switch back at the end using the same meteor.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Near the beginning of "Buster", you can clearly see a Sega Dreamcast logo on Eggman's new robot.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: Amy uses it on Sonic when she's tearing into him in "Translate This".
- Furry Confusion: The world apparently contains regular, non-anthropomorphic animals, as one episode involves getting Sticks a pet and another has pheasants served as a meal. Cute cat videos also exist, despite cat characters existing in other media.
- The Game Come to Life: In "Nominatus Rising", Tails has an invention, Build-it Box, which can transport digital entities, including video game characters, to the real world.
- Gentle Giant: Knuckles could probably count as this.
- Gilligan Cut:
- Sonic refuses to take Sticks pet-shopping in "Buster." Cut to Sonic and Sticks at the pet shop.
- "Designated Heroes" has Sonic brag about how he put Eggman in a cage despite the others doing most of the work. One cut later, Sonic's thrown in there with him as his friends walk off.
- The Mayor explicitly asks Sticks not to trigger one in "Nutwork." Apparently they are very painful.
- Girls Like Musicians: Subverted with Justin Beaver, whose Chick Magnet status is only because his manager wrote Mind-Control Music for him. When Sonic breaks Justin and his fangirls of their brainwashing, Justin loses his appeal and abandons his music career.
- Girls' Night Out Episode: "Amy and Sticks' Excellent Staycation" focuses on the girls of Team Sonic and a female super villain.
- Girls with Moustaches: Amy and Sticks in "Eggheads". To be fair, Knuckles and Tails also have them.
- Go-Karting with Bowser:
- Double Subverted in "Can an Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For a Few Days?" Eggman shows up on Sonic's doorstep and claims that his lair was trashed by a violent storm, asking if Sonic could put him up until his robots rebuild his lair. Sonic accedes, which leads to various mundane roommate hijinx between Eggman and Sonic and Tails. However, the plan is a ploy, which is revealed after an all-night board game session. Eggman was just there to exhaust everyone, then sic a new robot he built on them while they were unable to defend themselves.
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", when Amy and Eggman realize they share a love of the Fuzzy Puppies tabletop game, they begin playing it together, with Amy teaching Eggman how to play; even after he's become a top player and the rest of Team Sonic discovers their secret, the two continue the trend. Of course, they still consider each other enemies otherwise, so this is strictly during "after-business hours".
- Zig-Zagged in "Eggman the Auteur". Eggman is trying his hand as a movie director and briefly convinces Sonic to act for him, but he's using the movie production as a ruse to illegally dig for rare minerals. But that story is a double-ruse in order to trick Sonic into providing some convincing takes for his movie. But that story was a triple-ruse to brainwash everyone in the village with a machine while they're watching it. But when he learns that he and his robots never got around to installing the brainwashing machine, he doesn't mind much.
- The literal variant appears in If You Build It, They Will Race, where Team Sonic compete against each other in a race with vehicles made by a large Build-It Box, along with various other characters and Eggman.
- In Lightning Bowler Society after suffering one too many defeats by Sonic the "villain" group, the Lightning Bolt Society, decides on forming a bowling team. They even manage to defeat Sonic's team the Pin-Dashers.
- Good-Times Montage:
- Parodied. At one point, Sticks implores her robo-pet Buster to remember all the good times they had together, flashing back to scenes we didn't see in the episode. When Buster remains unconvinced, Sticks admits they didn't really do any of that.
- A similar scene occurs in "Eggman's Tomato Sauce" when Tails implores his plane, which had been reprogrammed by one of Eggman's tomato sauce cans, to remember the good times.
- Got Me Doing It: In "Circus of Plunders", Team Sonic refers to Eggman's Octopus-Bot as a "squid" many times to the point that Eggman does it himself.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The appropriately-named "Hedgehog Day", revolving around Eggman's attempts to escape a time loop he inadvertently caused.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded; pants, or the lack thereof, are almost becoming a Running Gag. When Sonic escorts Sticks to a dance in "My Fair Sticksy", he adamantly refuses to wear pants. Dr. Eggman has to point out in "Double Doomsday" that Dave isn't wearing pants, yet still has pockets. And when Amy suggests the loser has to do the winner's laundry for a month in "Into the Wilderness", Sonic complains it's unfair because he and Knuckles don't wear pants.
- Hammerspace: Amy and Sticks often pull their weapons out of nowhere.
- Heel Realization: Played for Laughs in "Counter-Productive", when Knuckles deduces that he is a horrible person based on subjective information.Knuckles: Don't look at me! I'm a monster! A MONSTER!
- Heh Heh, You Said "X":
Mayor: Are you prepared to do your civic duty?
- Parodied in Mayor Knuckles:
Knuckles: *cracking up* You said "civic"...
- Sonic also snickers at the word, leading Knuckles to tell him to "grow up"... before laughing again.
- Here We Go Again!:
- Subverted at the end of "Buster". Just as Sticks leaves her pet to find his place, Tails comes up with his own new pet... which he immediately decides against once it eats him.
- Played straight at the end of "Dude, Where's My Eggman". Eggman once again erases the memory of Orbot and Cubot and they soon have the same dialogue as the beginning of the episode. Eggman shows up to ask them where the Eggmobile is.
- Hidden Depths: Knuckles, at times. In "Eggman's Anti-Gravity Ray", he not only turns out to be a proud feminist, but accurately points out to Amy that drawing attention to women's achievements based solely on their gender undermines the goal of promoting social equality by celebrating the exception that proves the rule. After Knuckles says this, the others all look at Knuckles with Stunned Silence.
- Honor Before Reason: "Designated Heroes" has Team Sonic agree to fight Eggman separately after defeating him again. This turns out to be a bad idea.
- Hostage For Macguffin: In a heroic inversion, Sonic (who had switched brains with Eggman earlier) holds a pair of scissors to "his" mustache and forces Eggman to choose between keeping Sonic's body or saving his precious mustache.
- HULK MASH!-Up: In the episode "Don't Make Me Angry", the in-universe Clunk comic book stars Bruce Bandicoot, a Bruce Banner expy, who, from tripping over a wire and being exposed to purple rays, mutates into the Unenviable Clunk, a purple muscular version of Bruce with
- Human-Focused Adaptation: Inverted. Humans are mysteriously absent except for Eggman. In the games, Sonic lives on Earth and humans are frequently depicted. Here? It looks like a World of Funny Animals except for the Token Human Eggman.
- Humiliation Conga: "Unlucky Knuckles" is just an episode long one aimed at Knuckles.
- Hypocritical Humor: This scene:Sonic: Yeah! Sonic's back, baby!
Amy: Sonic, please don't refer to yourself in the third person. It's creepy.
Knuckles: Yeah. Knuckles hates that.
- Idea Bulb: Knuckles distracts Eggman's moth-bot with one and pretends it's this.
- When Eggman powers his fortress with solar power and finds he has excess power it shows him walking in front of a computer screen with an unlit lightbulb. Which of course comes on when he decides to supercharge is robot army.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: After an intelligent Knuckles from a Bizarro World shows up, he opts to wear a party hat to avoid confusion.
- If You Taunt Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: When Eggman is staying at Sonic's place, Amy actually argues for it. She says that if they don't help him, they'll be no better than he is. Eggman agrees.
- I Have to Go Iron My Dog:
- The episode "Buster" has this after Eggman's Anti-Firefighter Bot is destroyed.Eggman: I, um, left the oven on. (runs off)
- The episode "Let's Play Musical Friends" also has this.Orbot: Who's up for charades? (holds up three fingers and makes a chopping motion with his arm)
Sonic: Oh, that reminds me. I gotta chop my arm off. (leaves)
Amy: Sonic, you forgot your axe! (runs after him)
Sticks: I need to go build traps for when you ultimately betray us all. (leaves as well)
Knuckles: Sorry, guys, I've gotta go think of an excuse not to hang out with you guys. (also leaves)
Tails: (is left alone with Orbot and Cubot, and can't think of an excuse to leave himself) Uh oh...
- In "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", when Amy and Eggman agree to meet up at the lair, Sonic asks Amy if she wants to go to the beach. Amy replies with this:Amy: Uh, no? I gotta... water my cat. Yeah, I'm gonna go with that. See ya! (dashes off)
Sticks: That's the third time she's ditched us this week!
Knuckles: Yeah, I'm worried. I think she's overwatering that cat.
- The episode "Buster" has this after Eggman's Anti-Firefighter Bot is destroyed.
- "I Know What We Can Do" Cut:
- In the episode "Cow Bot" while Sonic, Tails and Eggman are waiting for Cow Bot to (very slowly) get to the fortress, Sonic gives Coconut Hurl another shot, this time with Sonic trying to throw Eggman. Sadly, Eggman is too heavy. Later, Eggman says that he has an idea. The scene cuts to Sonic using a catapult to launch Eggman, and that causes Sonic to get a new record in Coconut Hurl.
- In the Episode "Battle of the Boy Bands"...Tails: How are we gonna convince this guy we're in the music biz?
Sonic: I know just what to do...
Cut to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in Sonic's house
Sonic: We'll form our very own boy band!
Tails: Did you really have to bring us all the way down here to finish that sentence?
- Then Tails does it later in the same episode, and admits it's actually fun to do.
- In a different episode Amy does this with Sticks by suggesting a Spot of Tea. Sticks lampshades how weird it is to finish a sentence like that and Amy justifies it by suggesting an observer that only sees snippets of their activities which surprises Sticks, who asks if she can see them too with an Aside Glance.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tails has one of these... with his plane.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: When under the effects of Justin Beaver's Mind-Control Music, Amy says that "I don't want to overhype it... but he's the greatest entertainer who ever lived!"
- Informed Species: Essentially all the characters. Sticks the Badger looks nothing like a badger besides the fur pattern, and instead looks like Marine the Raccoon but with a boomerang for a head.
- Diane Aadvark looks like a canine, lacking the aadvark's long pig-like snout and opting for a typical Sonic-style snout.
- Insane Troll Logic:
- In "Eggheads", Eggman has a basket of evil cookies dropped off on Sonic's porch for him to eat but he doesn't eat it, but when Amy walks by and sees the basket of cookies:Amy: Aw. I knew Sonic wouldn't forget my birthday. It's four months late, but it's the thought that counts.
Eggman: (watching from his lab) Gah! Why would he leave your birthday present on his porch? Where's the logic there?
- Sticks has this in spades.Sticks: Crossin' paths with a cross-eyed moose brings a curse on the moose-crosser and the non-moose-crossed friends. DON'T YOU PEOPLE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SCIENCE?!
- In "Eggheads", Eggman has a basket of evil cookies dropped off on Sonic's porch for him to eat but he doesn't eat it, but when Amy walks by and sees the basket of cookies:
- The Internet Is for Cats:
- In "Chain Letter":Sonic: Another cat video?!
- Later...Amy: (laughing) A cat with a bag on its head?
- In "Chain Letter":
- I Resemble That Remark!:
- In "The Curse of the Buddy Buddy Temple", Amy calls Knuckles obstinate.Knuckles: I don't know what "obstinate" means, but I refuse to learn.
- In "Two Good to be True", Sonic describes the Knuckles from another dimension.Sonic: He may look like Knuckles but he sure doesn't talk like him.
Knuckles: Hey! I talk gooder then you!
- In "The Curse of the Buddy Buddy Temple", Amy calls Knuckles obstinate.
- Jerk Jock: The Cyborg counterparts of Team Sonic, when they get brainwashed by Eggman in "Victory".
- Joke Character: The bulldog in "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", whose mud-tracking ability instantly gets her removed from the game. Amy even states that she's the worst character in the game. That said, she can be useful with the right accessory; see Lethal Joke Character below.
- Kangaroo Court: Sonic ends up in one in "Don't Judge Me", when Eggman sues him for pretend injuries. The whole thing is quite clearly a sham, right down to the judge being one of Eggman's robots, but Sonic is still very nearly convicted.
- Karma Houdini:
- Willy Walrus in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?", assisting Eggman to break into a helium factory and is later accidentally busted out of jail by Orbot and Cubot. Said raid is also the one crime Eggman thus far has suffered no repercussions from (if an admittedly petty one).
- Eggman actually gets away with ruining Amy's restaurant in "Chez Amy".
- Knuckles suffers no repercussions for abusing his power after Mayor Fink returns to his position in "Mayor Knuckles".
- Due to Sonic's infallible altruism, the Gogobas will always get away with shaming or manipulating him into following their whims. The Gogoba chief at least gets a small Karma Houdini Warranty when Sonic is too distracted in "Eggman Unplugged".
- Kill It with Fire: Sticks' initial reaction to Alternate-Dimension Knuckles.
- Laugh with Me!: Inverted in "Translate This" when Orbot and Cubot try to get in on Eggman's Evil Laugh:Eggman: Don't laugh with me— you're ruining it!
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Aplenty. Take this example from the episode "Bro Down Showdown":Knuckles: But I thought this was gonna be a Sonic and Knuckles episode!
- Legion of Doom: In the season one finale, "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Eggman gathers almost every other villain that's appeared in the series thus far — plus Shadow the Hedgehog, for good measure — to defeat Team Sonic with their combined might. Despite the plan working initially, it ultimately fails.
- Lethal Joke Character: The bulldog becomes this when she's wearing the Cuteness Hat. Normally, the bulldog is instantly removed from the game for leaving mud tracks around the house, but when the hat is equipped, the bulldog becomes too cute to blame for the mess, and so another dog must be blamed instead. Amy uses this technique on the Fancy Poodle Eggman stole from the walrus boy, which leads to her victory.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in "Battle of the Boy Bands".Sticks: What should we wear?
Amy: I was thinking about wearing the one outfit that I own!
Sticks: Me too!
- Logic Bomb: Orbot and Cubot defeat the villain of "Let's Play Musical Friends" by playing "Rock, Donut, Thursday", a version of RockPaperScissors that makes so little sense that even they can't agree on the rules. The villain's attempts to comprehend it cause his head to explode.
- Loophole Abuse:
- When Sonic fires Tails in "The Sidekick", he holds sidekick auditions, putting down on the poster the words "all qualified candidates welcome". Not only does this allow Tails to try to get his job back, but Dr. Eggman also uses the loophole to audition in an attempt to defeat Sonic.
- In "Mayor Knuckles", when Eggman threatens Knuckles with his wrist laser, Knuckles responds by passing a law making it illegal to use your finger to activate a weapon. Eggman instead uses his elbow to activate the laser, but can't aim properly while doing so, and ends up shooting himself in the foot.
- Losing Your Head: In "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2: The End of the World", when Orbot and Cubot are left at Eggman's lair to distract Shadow while their boss makes a getaway, Shadow severely dismantles them and pops off their heads. They're still operational, though (justified, since they're robots).
- Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: Apparently, all slow-cookers in the Sonic Boom universe are powered by an energy core that locally manipulates time and space, unlike Orbot's original claim, which is how real-life slow-cookers work.
- Market-Based Title: The Japanese title is Sonic Toon.
- Medium-Shift Gag: "Just A Guy" has Sonic going well out his own happy places until he pops out of the show itself, cutting to a man dressed in a terrible Sonic costume taking out his garbage.
- "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: Sonic in "Circus of Plunders" claims that "Capable" is his middle name.Knuckles: I thought your middle name was "the".
- Mech suits, built by the Ancients, are mechs several times larger than most of the cast that grant improved strength and durability to those using them, with large cockpits that clearly show their pilots. Several of these suits are scattered around the island, but only three have been shown prominently in the series (and one of them isn't even made by the Ancients):
- Charlie's Mech Suit, which he dug up and reassembled in "Counter Productive" and continues to use in his future appearances in the series, is able to immobilize opponents in energy fields and fire concussive energy blasts; however, its hamstrings are fairly vulnerable to damage.
- Sonic's Mech Suit, which he and the team found intact in a cave in "Mech Suits Me" and has a striking resemblance to the hedgehog himself, is a little more fully-featured, with foot-mounted wheels for improved ground mobility, flight capabilities, an impenetrable full-body shield, and wrist-mounted laser blasters that can be charged up for a stronger blast. But there are downsides to its use— not only does charging the lasers draw power away from the shield, but the suit contains a symbiont chip that allows it to slowly take over the pilot, making them more aggressive and less prone to their usual inhibitions. Or at least, it used to until it was removed and destroyed. Sonic would rather use his own two feet, but he still keeps the Suit around for a rainy day.
- Eggman, after failing to find a Mech Suit himself, decided to just build his own in "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom". A second iteration of his MeBot from the Sonic Boom comics, according to Word of God, the mech suit is able to fly, fire chest-mounted lasers, utilize a wrist-mounted tractor beam to pull opponents in close, launch missiles from its shoulders, send out shurikens from its ankles, deflect projectiles with its shield, and (apparently) self-destruct. Plus, it has power windows!
- Mech suits, built by the Ancients, are mechs several times larger than most of the cast that grant improved strength and durability to those using them, with large cockpits that clearly show their pilots. Several of these suits are scattered around the island, but only three have been shown prominently in the series (and one of them isn't even made by the Ancients):
- Missed the Recital: Inverted in the episode, "Planes, Trains, and Dude-Mobiles". Tails takes Sonic and Knuckles on a road trip, as he booked a gig for Dude-itude, their rock band. After a hellish road trip which includes having to deal with an escaped criminal and a cop who mistakes them for criminals, Team Sonic arrive at their destination only to find the stage empty, save for a janitor sweeping it. When Tails asks the janitor if they missed they concert, the janitor tells them that they're a whole month early. Sonic and Knuckles glare angrily at Tails, who nervously tells them that he must have been so excited, he didn't pay attention to the date.
- Monochrome Past: The flashback scene in "Unnamed Episode" showing the early days of the village is in sepia tones.
- Motive Decay: Some battles tend to devolve and go off track due to Eggman or the heroes' buffoonery. Lampshaded in "Mayor Knuckles":Sonic: Knuckles, you gotta let us fight or else... Eggman's... trash will be collected in a timely fashion?Tails: Wait, why are we fighting this?
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: The Fuzzy Puppy Buddies game appeals to Amy, Zooey, Eggman, Fastidious Beaver, and Dave.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "Eggheads" spends the first 2 minutes building up an unstoppable, almighty invention by Eggman that'll apparently defeat Sonic once and for all. Dark machinery is busy at work, dramatic music swells to a crescendo... cut to the ding of an oven timer as he's baking evil cookies.
- Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: Eggman isn't sure about Amy's paint color choice as a contemporary upbeat take on evil for his lair until she points out it's named Contemporary Up-Beat Take On Evil Blue.
- Negative Continuity: It's been said by the show runners that each episode will always start fresh with no attachment to the previous one. However, the show plays closer to having a loose continuity than none at all:
- Burn Bot (from The Sidekick) and the Mega (from Unlucky Knuckles) reappear in The Meteor.
- Burn Bot also appears in Don't Judge Me under the guise of Judge Bot.
- Several side antagonists such as Dave have returned and even had their first appearance referred to in a later episode.
- Nemesis as Customer: "Three Minutes or Less" is about Sonic working as a deliveryman at Meh Burger with deliveries made over three minutes being free. Dr. Eggman tries to sabotage Sonic so that he will be late and can get his order for free, and is the only customer that gives Sonic trouble.
- New Year Has Come: "New Year's Retribution" is about New Year's Eve, despite first airing in August 2016.
- Never Say "Die": Averted. Although it doesn't happen often, the words "die" and "kill" do come up during Team Sonic's battles with Eggman.
Sticks: I knew you were coming. But you will never obliterate Sticks, because Sticks is unoblite— unobli— unobliterary... You can't kill me.
- "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?" has a hilarious double subversion:
- Never the Selves Shall Meet:
- In "Two Good to be True", a Knuckles from an alternate universe enters the main one. Although he can interact with regular Knuckles just fine, as time passes, both of them start weakening and flickering in and out of existence. Both Tails and Eggman say they must return the other Knuckles to his own universe or else there will be a cataclysmic anomaly that will cause both universes to implode.
- Defied in "Where Have All The Sonics Gone?", as Morpho ensures that he sent Sonic to an alternate universe where he never existed in the first place in order to prevent the anomaly from occurring.
- In "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2: The End of the World", Shadow invokes this trope to purposefully destroy the entire universe, hiding Eggman and his Lord Eggman doppelganger together in a secret location. The latter two on their first encounter are perfectly aware of this and try to get out of each other's universe as soon as possible.
- Nobody's That Dumb: In "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots", when Orbot and Cubot meet several prototypes of Cubots, they see how dumb they are that even Cubot thinks they're dumb. When Eggman attacks the prototype Cubots, Cubot tells them to run away but they just stand there.Cubot: When I told you to follow me you all ran off, now I tell you to run and you just stand there?! What's wrong with you guys?!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- No Fourth Wall: The fourth wall has been broken by every named character multiple times. Whether it's talking to the audience directly, admitting they're in a TV show, or that they're based on a video game, the show gleefully breaks the fourth wall quite often. Knuckles and Sticks are the most common offenders, with Knuckles breaking the fourth wall once every few episodes.
- Non-Indicative Name:
- The Burn-Bot (whose main feature is big painful claws). Lampshaded by Sonic who even proposes several better names for the thing. Subverted during the second encounter, in which Eggman took Sonic's advice and added flamethrowers to Burn-Bot.
- "The Sidekick" also features, in Sonic's words, the "inaccurately named" Mount Safety.
- Noodle Incident: In Knuckles' Self-Serving Memory flashback in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" Knuckles blasts Eggman's umbrella with a fireball, burning it to a crisp. We later see Eggman trying to return his burned umbrella, but we never learn how it really got burned.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Inverted, though not shown; when Tails frees and wakes a sleeping Knuckles from the former's barrel trap in "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er", Knuckles claims that he was having a dream where he came to school wearing pants.
- Obvious Stunt Double: Knuckles in "Eggman the Auteur", who is clearly larger than Sonic, wearing cardboard spines, and didn't even fully paint his whole body blue.
- Oh, Crap!: Tails gives two in the space of ten seconds in the first episode: First, when Burn-Bot attacks the Tornado, causing it to barrel-roll out of control and second when he pulls the eject lever, only for the whole lever assembly to detach from the mechanism. Second one comes complete with an Oh, Crap! Aside Glance.
- Oedipus Complex: In the French version of "Closed Door Policy", Eggman protests that he doesn't have an Oedipus complex when Amy claims that the spider-bots came from deep-seated mother issues, only to cry out for his mother when Sonic kicks the spider-bots back at him. In the English version they say "mother issues" instead.
- Only Smart People May Pass: In "Designated Heroes", Tails builds a magnetic field device that activates whenever the user says something smart. Later in the episode, Knuckles says something stupid using it, and the effects are reversed.
- Out-of-Character Alert: In "The Meteor", neither Orbot nor Cubot believe that Eggman and Sonic have switched bodies until "Eggman" says he appreciates their help. Obviously, the real Eggman would never do that.
- Out of Focus: A very downplayed example, but it's still there. Sonic obviously has the most focus, being the lead character, but as mentioned above in A Day in the Limelight some characters get way more focus than others.Amy and Sticks have only two. Tails, Orbot, and Cubot have three. Eggman and Knuckles however dwarf all them combined, being tied at having the most episodes about them, at seven.
- Outlaw Couple: Charlie and Belinda. When they first appeared, they were just an average married couple, but after Charlie turned evil, Belinda not only supported him, but seems even happier now, if anything. Charlie even gives Belinda a weaponized flight harness created by the Ancients as an anniversary gift at the end of "Sticks and Amy's Excellent Staycation", making her capable of fighting by her husband's side and the two of them, in her own words, the new "power couple" in Hedgehog Village.
- Overly Long Gag:
- In "Eggheads", Sonic finds cookies outside his hut, saying that he hopes it turns out better than the last time he found baked goods on his doorstep. Cut to Knuckles Jumping Out of a Cake, with the camera left running.Knuckles: Awkward?
- Knuckles seems to be getting quite a few more of these, including the robotic ducks scene in "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", and the "What's the worst that could happen?" scene in "Mayor Knuckles".
- In "Eggheads", Sonic finds cookies outside his hut, saying that he hopes it turns out better than the last time he found baked goods on his doorstep. Cut to Knuckles Jumping Out of a Cake, with the camera left running.
- Palette Swap:
- Justin Beaver's producer is basically the photographer's assistant with a wine jacket and a pink and wine checkered cap.
- A fair few of them show up in "Battle of the Boy Bands". If you look closely at the crowd that shows up at Justin Beaver's concert, you can see a Lady Goat in a yellow dress, various pink Lady Goats in magenta dresses, a purple Zooey, various Lady Walruses in yellow dresses, a pink Lady Walrus in a purple dress, and various Percis with blue hoodies and boots.
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Orbot and Cubot raid a warehouse in "Buster" while wearing literal paper-thin masks of Sonic and Tails, crudely drawn in crayon. No one comments one way or the other, though.
- In "...It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog", Sonic wears a pair of glasses and a headband to transform into "Bob" while the townspeople are chasing him for a theft.
- Paparazzi: In "Flea-ing from Trouble", the Gogobas repeatedly take pictures of Amy reluctantly wearing her flea collar, which humiliates her.
- Parental Bonus: Especially in season 2, there are a lot of pop culture references (with a majority of them being late 20th century works) and Satire of the modern society that kids will usually not get.
- Pietà Plagiarism: Sonic carries an unconscious Tails away from the crashed plane this way in the first episode.
- Pocket Dial: In "Guilt Tripped", when Sonic and Tails finally get home from the Gogoba Village, they find four messages on their answering machine, all of which are from Dr. Eggman, who is planning to blow up the dam. However, one of those messages was revealed to have accidentally been butt-dialed.
- Pocket Protector: "Robots from the Sky" Part One ends with Tails getting shot by a laser in the middle of a sudden ambush; when Part Two begins, he recovers and reveals that he had a book on him, which took the hit.
- Poke the Poodle: The Lightning Bolt Society commits acts such as gluing change to the ground to confound passers-by trying to pick it up, and that's on a good day.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: D.B. Platapus endorses this in "Role Models", forcing the heroes to take on extremely mannerly and inoffensive behaviour to set a good example for the rest of the town. Some examples include not allowing Amy to cook because of gender stereotypes, despite her enjoying cooking as well as being the only one on the team who can cook; and forcing them to confront Eggman by "using their words".
- Porky Pig Pronunciation:
Sonic: Use this to build a bigger back-baggit-bot-build a begger- er, big-bugger-back-baggit-box-begger-buzzer...(shakes head) th-the answer is simple, but saying it, not so much.
- In "Can an Evil Genius...", Sticks tries to tell the Obliterator-Bot that she's unobliterable a few times before giving up and matter-of-factly saying "you can't kill me." instead.
- In "If You Build It, They Will Race", Tails uses his Build-it Box to create a bolt, but the others, knowing the device could make anything, suggest that he could make a car with it. He explains that the Box is too small for that, and Sonic tells him to build a bigger Build-it Box... or at least tries to, but gets his tongue twisted.
- The Power of Friendship: A common theme in the series. For example, in "Do Not Disturb", despite Tails being frustrated by Sonic's ways while the hedgehog was his roommate and vice versa, the two ultimately realize they've been acting like jerks towards each other and remain best friends.
- Power Outage Plot: In the fittingly-named episode "Blackout", the village's power suddenly cuts out one night. Investigating this, Team Sonic, after ruling an Eggman sabotage out, heads to Mayor Fink's mansion, where the Mayor himself initially lies about the blackout's nature but ultimately admits the truth: the Meroke Crystal, an Ancient relic that was long used as a power source for the village, has finally burnt out. He hands them a map to a temple where a replacement crystal is located, and they set out to retrieve it and restore the village's power.
- Praising Shows You Don't Watch: In-universe. Knuckles takes Soar the Eagle's words to heart in "Counter-Productive", despite only learning them through a brief advertisement rather than the book advertised. Unintentionally lampshaded by Knuckles himself.
- Precocious Crush:
- Downplayed with Amy. There's only a three year difference between her and Sonic, but she is a preteen (though it's hard to tell).
- In one episode, Tails falls for an older fox girl.
- Precursors: Despite not being quite as prominent in the cartoon as they are in the games, the mark that the Ancients— the long-dead advanced civilization that created incredible technology but respected nature— have left on Boom's world remains, as they're occasionally mentioned by name and said technology is found and used by others throughout the series.
- Production Throwback: The idea of the universe bending over backwards to dump on the protagonist in "Unlucky Knuckles" is used nearly identically to another Dave Polsky script, "Feeling Pinkie Keen".
- Properly Paranoid: In "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?", Sticks is convinced Eggman's presence is just a ploy to wear them down before he sics his Obliterator Bot on them... and she's absolutely right.
- Punch-Clock Hero: The premise of "Designated Heroes" - each of the gang has "shifts" where they take on Eggman alone. Complete with a literal punch clock, no less.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When at full power, Metal Sonic can take several punches from Knuckles without flinching or taking visible damage. This was demonstrated in "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog".
- Punny Name: Orbot is round. Cubot is square.
- "Rashomon"-Style: "Fire in a Crowded Workshop" has Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Perci all giving different accounts of what happened when they came across Perci's broken bicycle. Accompanied by a whole ton of Flanderization on the part of each character about everyone when they tell the story, specifically by making themselves look amazing. Sonic sees Knuckles as an idiot and Amy as overbearing and insecure (along with violent) while he is amazing and desired, Knuckles thinks Sonic is an idiot and Amy wants to be just like him while he is a dashing genius, and Amy sees Sonic and Knuckles as giggling boys who think Perci is pretty and act like dopes around girls other than Amy while she is a level-headed and selfless person. It's only Perci who gives the final account that seems to capture Sonic's ego, Knuckles' stupidity, and Amy's jealousy. They even mess up Perci's personality repeatedly, Sonic remembering her as one of his giggling fangirls, Knuckles remembering her as being impressed with his Brain-Smartness and gift-wrapping, and Amy remembering her as faking the seriousness of her injuries for attention from Knuckles and Sonic. Eventually we hear Perci talk and we see she's nothing like any of the three.
- Reality Ensues: Yes, even a show about a blue speedy hedgehog fighting a fat scientist has moments of reality:
- "Aim Low": Unlike his main game counterpart, who is up and at the world domination thing again after a few months to recover, this Eggman eventually falls into depression because of never being able to win, as anyone would if they failed at their lifelong goal on a weekly basis. Likewise, depression isn't overcome quite as easily as media would make it seem. Eggman's failure to complete his therapy has him fall off the wagon and become even more depressed. It's only The Power of Hate that gets him to start fighting Sonic again.
- "I Can Sea Sonic's Fear From Here": The old "face your fear" episode where Sonic must deal with his fear of water to defeat Eggman. He sucks it up, tries a crash course to overcome it, ventures into the water and beats Eggman... and ends up even more terrified of water than ever before. While not impossible, overcoming a fear in just a few hours is extremely hard, and given that Sonic nearly drowned during the course of stopping Eggman, he has a damn good reason to be more afraid of the water.
- "Three Minutes Or Less": Sonic succeeds in foiling Eggman's plan to get a free meal and completes his shift as a delivery man for Meh Burger, so he's rewarded with a load of chili dogs. He eats them... and is shown in the end to suffer from indigestion, especially subversive considering his Big Eater depictions in other Sonic universes. Meh Burger abandoning their Three Minutes Or Less policy after Sonic quits also arguably counts as this, since Sonic's speed alone made the policy remotely practical.
- When Sonic goes on a stakeout with Vector in "Vector Detector", he complains that they've been there for hours. As Vector explains, real stakeouts can last hours without anything happening and aren't like on TV, where people say two lines and then the person they're waiting for shows up. Played for Laughs, as the guy shows up right after he says that.
- Several episodes deal with the fact that the heroes have been saving the world so routinely that the population has gotten pretty lethargic about it, even becoming a bit over-expectant about it, Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like or rarely even bothering to prevent danger themselves, much like many real life people take safety authorities for granted ("Just A Guy" being a defining case). The show also demonstrates that the heroes have to save outright Jerkass individuals at times as well, even in cases they show ingratitude or try to take advantage of them.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Just a Guy", Sonic ends up being ostracized by the village for referring to Mike as "just a guy" and the villagers as "you people", in spite of all the times he's saved them from Eggman's evil schemes, and the fact they themselves had said that Mike was "just a guy" as well. After a passive-aggressive remark from Amy during her sensitivity training group, he finally snaps and tells everyone off, followed by him (as it turns out, temporarily) quitting the hero business:Amy: Alright, perhaps our enthusiasm yesterday was a bit premature, seeing as it turns out [glares at Sonic] some people still have a long way to go in their training. But, I'm sure we'll all learn to be compassionate, after tomorrow's...SENSITIVITY TRAINING CAMPING TRIP![Everyone except Sonic starts cheering]Sonic: [Furiously] You know what I think is compassionate? Saving the Village from Eggman! Like, every week! But do I get any props for that?! NO! Everyone just goes around gasping at me when I call a guy "a guy", or people "people!"Sonic: I QUIT HEROING! AND I QUIT THIS STUPID GROUP! [throws down his hat and storms out]
- Red Herring:
- In "Eggman's Tomato Sauce" the heroes suspect there's something wrong with Eggman's brand of tomato sauce, but Tails' tests don't detect anything bad in it. It turns out there really is nothing wrong with the sauce, but the cans it comes in are really robots that reprogram anything electronic to terrorize the village.
- In "Inn Sanity", Eggman is informed that an anonymous reviewer plans to review his newly opened hotel (ie his lair). He assumes that the posh, uptight Gull that approaches soon after is said reviewer. As in "Red Herring Gull", he's not the reviewer, he's an insurance agent. Amy Rose was the reviewer.
- Remember the New Guy?: Just like in Rise of Lyric, Shadow the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic are introduced with the characters already knowing who they are, even though the audience who isn't familiar with the characters will be confused. Doesn't help that, in Shadow's case, he seems to have no background at all.
- Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: In "Cow Bot", when Dr. Eggman appears out of a black cloud in the sky, he tries to introduce Cow Bot to Sonic and the gang.Eggman: Behold, rodents! Prepare to face the most fearsome, destructive force ever to gaze this or any other world!
(Eggman presents his arm out to introduce Cow Bot who's still in the black cloud, Sonic and the gang stares at the cloud waiting for Cow Bot)
Eggman: It'll be a minute. Feel free to talk among yourselves.
(Eggman resumes presenting his arm out, Sonic and the gang continue to wait)
Eggman: Your doom is coming, I assure you.
(Eggman still continues presenting his arm, Sonic and Knuckles get bored, Cow Bot moos in the distance)
Eggman: Ah, here it is now!
- Repulsive Ringmaster: T.W. Barker, while not as big of a threat as Eggman, is still a very sneaky Con Man.
- Road Trip Episode: "Planes, Trains and Dude-mobiles" takes Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles on a road trip to their concert.
- Robot Buddy:
- Sticks the Badger has a robotic dog named Buster, in the episode "Buster".
- Amy Rose has a Bee Bot, Bea the Bee, in "Give Bees a Chance".
- Rube Goldberg Device: Eggman builds one to trap Sonic in "Designated Heroes", using Amy's hammer, Sticks' shoes (plus a bamboo cage she made), a magnetic field generator built by Tails and a metal paper airplane he had Knuckles make.
- Rule of Three: Brilliantly invoked/enforced by Knuckles in "Mayor Knuckles":Knuckles: This is an outrage! A travesty! A plooky-plock!
Mayor: A plooky-plock?
Knuckles: I made that last one up. Rule of threes, Your Majesty.
- Running Gag:
- In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", each version of events has Sticks giving a different conspiracy theory as to why Perci is evil.
- Throughout the "Robots from the Sky" story arc, a good chunk of the characters, even Hypno-bot, agree that the name of the city Mighton and Bolts originate from, Morristown, is a bit of a weak name and suggest better names. This gag eventually pays off when they decide to change the name to "Roboken", which Team Sonic agrees is better, in the fourth and final part.
- Sampling: The show's "Yakety Sax" ripoff contains a sample from the actual "Yakety Sax".
- Sanity Ball: Sonic, Tails, Amy, Sticks and Knuckles all juggle the Sanity Ball between episodes, sometimes even in the same episode.
- Saved by a Terrible Performance: In the episode "Sleeping Giant", Stick's horrible singing actually manages to put the giant back to sleep.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud:
- Eggman actually says LOL out loud (while laughing) in "Let's Play Musical Friends".
- In "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor", the eponymous movie star arrives at Sonic's Shack and says "Knock, knock!" because the hedgehog doesn't have a door. Similarly, Sonic responds to Tommy's "elaborate gift" of a melon sculpture in the shape of his head with a deadpan "Slam."
- Scarf of Asskicking: Sonic wears a brown one.
- Scenery Censor: Though it's not used for naughty bits: in "Designated Heroes", Sticks takes her shoes off (which Eggman uses in a Rube Goldberg Device). From there on, her feet are covered up by foreground objects and the camera angle (and later scenes during the battle show her wearing them anyway, only to go back to being blocked by the environment again right before the end). The reason for this is most likely because Sticks' shoes are a part of her character model and can't be removed without making a new one.
- Scenery Porn: It has some of the best CGI seen on TV. It's on par with the fully CG clips seen in the recent video games.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Role Models", Sticks eventually gets fed up with having to answer to D.B. Platypus's overbearing politically correct attitude, so much that she bluntly tells how sick she is of hearing his whistle and being a role model, and to solidify it, she decides that the reward simply isn't worth it. Sticks destroys the trophy, gives it to Platypus, and leaves. Later on, she comes back and launches Platypus into the garbage so that she and the crew can fight without having to answer to him.
- Secret Test of Character: Parodied. In "Mr. Eggman", Eggman discovers that he forgot to take the last class needed for him to actually earn a PHD, which means he's technically not a doctor, evil or otherwise. Naturally, he rerolls in order to pass the last class he needs to officially earn his degree. Unfortunately, he quickly becomes the Professor Kingsford's favorite target to pick on. Even worse, Eggman's attempts to do well in the class are foiled either by the teacher, his fellow classmates, and Sonic and co. Finding out that the only way he could possibly pass is to make a perfect score on the final exam, Eggman sneaks into the teacher's office at night and steals the test answers so he can cheat. He does earn a perfect score, but Kingsford demonstrates that the answers on the answer sheet are most definately innane and not correct at all, loudly proclaiming that the only way Eggman could have gotten those specifically stupid answers was if he stolen the fake answer sheet he kept in the desk. And since this was a class on how to be evil, this means that Eggman, and only Eggman passed since the ideas was to cheat on the test. At the end of the episode, Kingsford is all too happy to give Eggman his PHD, once again making him Dr. Eggman.
- When Orbot and Cubot move in with Tails, he offers to let them play a platforming game involving running really fast and collecting gold rings. Cubot thinks it sounds stupid.
- One of Sonic's biggest complaints about Eggman's script in "Eggman the Auteur" is how implausible it is that an evil genius inventor can be consistently defeated by a single hedgehog.
- In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Cubot and Orbot hope that there are more adventures next year, and Orbot says "Just think of the hundreds of stories to be told using the same eight characters and four locations! The possibilities are limitless!"
- At the end of "Circus of Plunders," Eggman fixes his remote and comments "Finally, I can turn off this dreck!" right before the cut to black.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story:
- The second episode. Sonic and his team tries to stop a robot from destroying Eggman's lair. Unfortunately, despite succeeding in defeating it, it succeeded its goal by the time they stop it.
- Also, in "Bro-Down Showdown", Sonic and Knuckles go on to the titular gameshow to try and win a couch for Amy to replace the one they wrecked while they were house-sitting for her before she finds out about it. Not only do they end up failing to get the couch, a missile launched away in the fight during the climax ends up destroying Amy's couch right in front of her. Luckily, this was before she could see that they messed it up so they get off free... sucks for Amy though.
- In "Translate This", Tails goes to rescue his UT (Universal Translator) robot from Dr. Eggman. He goes alone because the team dislike the UT robot so much. Tails pretended to join Dr. Eggman and sent a distress message to the team. After battling Dr. Eggman, Tails and the UT robot are set free. All this is rendered moot when the UT robot made another annoying comment, prompting Sticks to throw the UT robot in the sea.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: In "Bro-Down Showdown", when Eggman calls Amy as Sonic's girlfriend, Sonic denies it, but the game show indicates a wrong answer. Technically, the buzzer sounded because Sonic and Eggman's opinions were different, but the timing of it is still very suspect.Eggman: If you fight my robot, we'll be disqualified and you'll never win that couch for that whiny little girlfriend of yours.
Sonic: She's not my girlfriend!
(the game show light indicates Sonic's answer is wrong)
- Shifted to CGI: Sonic Boom is the first fully-CGI Sonic adaptation. It isn't terribly noticeable because the art style resembles the games so closely.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Sticks and even Eggman help Tails in wooing Zooey. The latter even uses his newly-ordered "background music generator" to play romantic music after a Rescue Romance.
- In "Cowbot", Eggman asks Sonic bro-to-bro what's up with him and Amy, and in "The Meteor"...Orbot: [Eggman's] pretending to be Sonic again...
Cubot: Well, I'm not going to be Amy this time.
- Ship Tease:
- Regarding Amy's crush on Sonic, Sonic Boom heavily downplays it in comparison with the anime, but it's still obvious in episodes such as "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch for A Few Days?" and (especially) "Translate This!". Heck "The Evil Dr. Orbot" shows the two of them on a picnic alone, Eggman honestly thinks the two of them are on a date. Though season two has amped up the Ship Tease between Sonic and Amy compared to season one.
- Slightly subverted in the episode where a psychotic fan decides to read his fanfiction to an incapacitated Sonic, admitting the one Sonic/Amy story as cliche and being written more out of obligation to the ship's popularity in the fandom.
- During her audition in "The Sidekick," Amy starts doing a really bad Italian accent, much to Sonic's horror.
- The painting Amy puts up on the wall of Eggman's lair in "Fortress of Squalitude" has drawn comparisons to a certain Hasbro cartoon.
- The title of the episode is a reference to Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
- No points for guessing what movie inspired the title of "Dude, Where's my Eggman?".
- When it looks like Cowbot is about to destroy them, Eggman screams "It's game over, man. Game over!"
- "Cabin Fever" has one to The Glass Menagerie, of all things. Knuckles accidentally knocks down Amy's glass unicorn and the horn breaks off. Amy notes that "A glass horse is just as good as a glass unicorn, I suppose", similar to how the protagonist of the play brushes off her own glass unicorn getting it's horn broken.
- In "Don't Judge Me", when Amy interrupts Judge Bot just as he's about to declare Sonic guilty:Amy: That's not a gavel! THIS is a gavel! (pounds her hammer against the floor)
- "Let's Play Musical Friends" is chock-full of them, starting with this exchange:Cubot: Yeah! What if the princess is in another castle?
- In "Dr Eggman's Tomato Sauce," Tails mentions that he tested the tomato sauce for "acidity, radioactivity, arsenic, old lace, and mind control serum."
- In "It Wasn't Me, It Was The One-Armed Hedgehog", aside from the title itself, the scene where Knuckles offers to hunt Sonic is similar to Quint offering himself to hunt the shark, right down to the painful part.
- The opening scene of "No Robots Allowed" has Sticks taking Amy for a ride on a bicycle within a swirling indoor air current while saying "I'll get you, my pretty!", then spoofing the famous "flying past the moon" scene from E.T., down to the music (well, close to it). Mind you, this is in the span of five seconds.
- "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies" contains references to two well known internet memes. First Dave the Intern says "don't taze me bro!" when being escorted from PuppyCon by a police officer, then only seconds later Knuckles says "I guess his PuppyCon experience was [beat] ruff" while putting on sunglasses during the beat, referencing the famous one-liners said before the opening credits in CSI: Miami.
- One of the bylaws the Archipelago Homeowners' Association spokesperson mentions is CRM-114, making a shoutout to Dr. Strangelove, of all things!
- In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", Knuckles recalls Sticks mentioning that Percy was possibly a pod person and then says "IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"
- In the same scene, one of the evil things the aliens mean to do is "Phone home from our houses."
- In "Next Top Villain," Dave's fantasy includes him wearing a helmet and cape very reminiscent of Magneto's.
- "The Biggest Fan" had a little bit of Misery thrown in, right down to a G-rated version of the fan breaking their idol's bones so he couldn't leave.
- "Mech Suits Me" has three:
- The opening "Jungle Predator" scene just screams... well, Predator.
- Eggman states that he likes the guy that goes to failing restaurants and yells at everybody.
- The episode's plot is pretty much a big shout-out to the Symbiote from Spider-Man.
- One of the crazy theoretical causes of the blackout in "Blackout" is Inspector 34.
- In the middle of the dogfight sequence in "Robots from the Sky" Part Two, Sonic screams "Do a barrel roll!"
- Morristown, the name of a floating city populated with robots, is taken from a real city in New Jersey. This continues once the city is renamed to Roboken at the end of the "Robots from the Sky" arc, as that name is based off another real city in New Jersey, Hoboken.
- The scene where Knuckles picks up the Bike Chain Bandit in "Planes, Trains, and Dude-Mobiles" is a reference to a similar scene in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, where Hamton's family picks up Mr. Hitcher. Aside from the obvious, of course.
- Professor Kingsford's name and appearance in "Mister Eggman" are based on Professor Kingsfield from The Paper Chase, as is a scene where he scolds Eggman for neglecting to do the first-day reading assignment.
- "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom" has one to 2010: The Year We Make Contact; before deactivating from an electromagnetic pulse, one of Eggman's robots asks "Will I Dream?", similar to how HAL and SAL 9000 ask the same question before their own temporary deactivation.
- In addition, the episode is basically one huge Shout-Out to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: the title, the protagonist group, the cap Tails wears throughout the episode similar to Short Round's, Eggman's skull headdress, and even the premise of the episode (aside from the part where Eggman builds a Mech Suit).
- "Mombot" has one to Chinatown, with Eggman even getting slapped across his face once.
- The whole plot of "You and I Bee-come One" is a parody of The Fly's.
- In "Where Have All The Sonics Gone?" AU!Sticks has an... interesting battle cry.
- The Unenviable Clunk in "Don't Make Me Angry".
- In "Eggman: The Video Game Part 1", Wild Cat says, "Shut up and take my money!" when he tries to buy Tommy Thunder's video game.
- Later, one of the moves Eggman performed to be motion-captured is the Hadouken.
- Shower of Awkward: In "Multi-Tails", a duplicate of Tails accidentally peeks on Eggman, who is taking a shower.
- Shown Their Work:
- The bandaging on Sonic and Tails' shoes? That's called spatting, a practice in which athletes wrap sports tape around their shoes and ankles for stability and to protect their feet and ankles from injury.
- Sonic's new Scarf of Asskickingnote actually has some practicality: wind chill at the kind of speeds Sonic achieves can be murder on one's neck. This is a big reason why airplane pilots during World War I wore scarves, themselves: to protect their necks. It can also be pulled over his face to keep dust and bugs from flying into his mouth at high-speeds.
- The bandages around Knuckles' arms and hands? Boxing tape. Serves the same purpose as Sonic and Tails' spatting, only for his hands and wrists. (Although in-universe Knuckles claims he's too dim to put mittens on, implying he has to settle for the tape.)
- Amy's handwraps and sarashi, too, are justified by the ginormous hammer she carries.
- Simple Country Lawyer: Knuckles portrays himself as one when acting as Sonic's defense at his trial. Unfortunately, he spells out that he's doing this to relate to the jury, explicitly calling them dumb, which fails to win them over.
- Skewed Priorities: When Eggman has switched bodies with Sonic in "The Meteor," he keeps getting distracted by the gang's usual activities, to the point he has to keep rescheduling destroying his arch-enemies.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Amy and Sticks get humiliated and thrown around as indiscriminately as the male heroes.
- Sleep Deprivation: In the episode "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?", Sonic and Tails are unable to get any sleep because of Eggman, who's become their roommate because his island fortress was damaged in a storm and needs repairs, and he keeps them up all night with TV, board games, and spontaneous pillow fights. It turns out this was part of his evil plan: he lied about the fortress getting damaged, and he intended to keep Sonic and Tails awake so they'd be too tired to stop his Obliterator Bot. This winds up coming back to bite him when Obliterator Bot mishears his commands to destroy Team Sonic and leaves to destroy Eggman's fortress instead; he asks for the help of his archenemies to prevent this, but when it comes time to defend the lair, Sonic and Tails are too tired to act on his instructions to disable Obliterator Bot, forcing him to use a kazoo to snap them out of it so the team can finally take the robot down (but even then, they couldn't save the fortress from getting destroyed for real).
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In episode 43, after Knuckles is accused of partially being responsible for arson (he was showing off for a female that he believed was flirting with him, although she wasn't), he blurts out, "I can't help being attractive! It's a blessing and a curse!"
- The Song Remains the Same: The Chinese dub of "Battle of the Boy Bands" keeps the songs that Justin Beaver and Dude-itude sing in their original English language.
- Spiritual Successor: To Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Spoof Aesop: Courtesy of "You and I Bee-come One":
- Sonic: I think we all learned a valuable lesson today.
Amy: And what lesson was that?
Sonic: I don't know; "Don't turn into a bee" or something?
Knuckles: I say that all the time.
- Spot the Imposter: Parodied. In the episode "Eggman's Brother", Steve Eggman real identity: Morpho, arrives to Eggman's lair. Before a single line of dialogue is uttered, Cubot grabs a gun and says "Oh, no, there's two of them! Which one do I shoot?!" Orbot quickly slaps the gun out of Cubot's hands.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Eggman has had the most focus out of any other cast member, even eclipsing Sonic himself. Not an episode goes by that doesn't feature him in some capacity, even when he has no role in the plot.
- Squee!: Both Amy and Sticks do this after listening to a few records from Justin Beaver. It leads to some OOC Is Serious Business observation from Sonic; while Sonic admits he can see Amy engaging in Fangirl behavior, Sticks is such a Cloud Cuckoolander that her acting the same way means something else is up.
- Start My Own:
- In "Chez Amy", Amy is disgruntled by the low quality of Meh Burger, so she starts her own (supposedly) high-quality restaurant.
- In "Battle of the Boy Bands", Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles start their own band, just to compete with Justin Beaver.
- In "Chain Letter", Eggman, after Sonic bans friend requests, decides to start his own social media network.
- Status Quo Is God: It's confirmed that the cartoon's world will be set back to the way it was at the start of each episode by the end of each episode.
- Stealth Pun: In "Dude, Where's My Eggman?", Orbot and Cubot search for their lost master. By accident, they find a walrus instead of an eggman.
- Story Arc: Most of the show's episodes are standalone from each other (though continuity is still established and certain plot points from previous episodes have a hand in the events of later episodes), but season 2 introduces the series' first story arc with a four-part adventure named "Robots from the Sky", which follows Team Sonic as they learn of the existence of a city in the clouds populated by robots and eventually deal with a robot uprising.
- Story-Breaker Power: "Robot Battle Royale" has Tails create Hypno-bot, a robot that takes control of other robots. As Sonic points out, he would completely render Eggman a non-threat, so he's naturally destroyed by a Brick Joke at the end of the episode. At least, until "Robots from the Sky" Part Three reveals Hypno-bot somehow survived...
- Straight Man: Sonic, Tails, and Amy to Knuckles and Sticks' wacky antics.
- Straw Loser: The Lightning Bolt Society consists of incompetent antagonists throughout the series that even Eggman thinks are pathetic. Their main plans consist of rummaging through Eggman's trash for discarded weapons so that they can steal from fruit stalls.Eggman: You dolts!
- Strike Episode: In "Strike!", Orbot and Cubot, fed up with Dr. Eggman's shabby treatment of them, follow Amy's advice on starting a strike. When Dr. Eggman's other robots (which he built for other reasons) fail miserably at cleaning up simple messes, they join Orbot and Cubot's strike, forcing Eggman to hire Mike the Ox, Fastidious Beaver, and Wolfie as scab minions.
- Stylistic Suck: Dreamboat Express and their boy band music. The lyrics all make fun of how stale and overplayed that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles find the genre.You should expect the expected, and nothing more,
'Cause you've all heard this song and dance before!
- Superstition Episode: "Unlucky Knuckles" is about Knuckles thinking he has bad luck and trying to restore his luck by putting himself in harm's way.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: Most of the members of Team Sonic* are equipped with wrist-mounted devices called Communicators which, besides the obvious, can be used for internet-surfing, interfacing with other electronic devices, timekeeping, Enerbeam generation, etc. Eggman's own wrist controller works in a similar fashion.
- Surprise Difficulty: In-Universe, Fuzzy Puppies is implied to be a lot more sophisticated and difficult to learn than the name and theme suggest. The playing pieces are adorable puppy figures that each have their own unique ability, they can be equipped with cute hats that also bestow different abilities, you need to have a balance of enforcers, decoys, and support puppies on your team to play it well, the playing board is a hex-grid, and a 20-sided die is involved.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Coupled with Blatant Lies in "Let's Play Musical Friends".Cubot: He stole your coffee mug! Which I... then found... and am not lying about right now!
- The Mayor in "New Years' Retribution", with an added dose of Digging Yourself Deeper:Comedy Chimp: Mr. Mayor, a word?
Mayor: *startled by the camera* Th-the allegations that I used the town's money to buy myself a vacation island are totally untrue!
Comedy Chimp: I was gonna ask you to say a few words before the start of the [New Years' Eve] countdown.
Mayor: Oh! Well, in that case, I just want to wish everyone a very happy new year, and you're all welcome to come visit me on my private vacation island- erm, I mean, if I ever get one, of course.
- This trope is also Shipping Fuel due to Amy's usage of it in some episodes.Amy (listing thing while teaching Sticks how to pack): Picture of a platonic friend I have no romantic interest in!
- Sonic gets in on the act at least once when the gang is spying on Amy setting up snacks.Knuckles: Looks like she's setting up for a date!
Sonic (clearly agitated): A date?! T-that's cool! I mean, what do I care? ... Stop staring at me!
- When the others find Amy playing Fuzzy Puppies:Sonic: Hey, Amy: what are you doing?
Amy: Nothing embarrassing, I can tell you that.
- This line from Mark the Tapir in "The Biggest Fan":Mark: You were all injured by a cleverly designed booby trap that I had nothing to do with.
- Coupled with Blatant Lies in "Let's Play Musical Friends".
- Synchronous Episodes: "Planes, Trains and Dude-Mobiles" focuses on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as they go on a road trip to the other side of the island so they can perform at a Dude-itude concert, and the following episode, "Sticks and Amy's Excellent Staycation", focuses on Amy and Sticks as they relax and defend the village in the meantime.
- Take Our Word for It: During "Mayor Knuckles", Knuckles approves mobile sidewalks which we hear several of the characters praise. We never actually see the sidewalks move, as the single time they do appear onscreen they're broken (which may have been done to avoid having to animate a conveyor belt).
- Take That, Audience!: Several times. "The Biggest Fan" is basically the plot of Misery, but with Sonic in the place of Paul Sheldon and Mark the Tapir satirizing the series' infamous fandom. There's even a part where Mark mentions that he'll try to find one of his fanfics that's family-friendly, a reference to the fanbase's infamous reputation for producing work with Geneva Convention-violatingly high amounts of Rule 34.
- Take That!: Many examples:
- Swifty of "Blue With Envy" acts like a less than subtle parody of the Totally Radical interpretations of Sonic used in the nineties. Amusingly, the Sonic of this universe finds him unbearable.
- Meh Burger seems to be a parallel to quite a lot of fast-food restaurants: namely McDonald's.Sonic: Adequate burgers today.
Knuckles: Yeah, you can barely taste the shredded newspaper.
Amy: Ugh! I said no mayonnaise!
- In "Battle of the Boy Bands" the concept and appeal of boy bands is amusingly torn apart and criticized, not to mention the fact that the star, Justin Beaver, is totally not Justin Bieber, a singer who is constantly mocked for various reasons.
- "Next Top Villain" takes some shots at printers and their overpriced ink cartridges by way of Octopus-Bot's ink attacks, which have the same problem.
- An in-universe example. When Sonic is recalling what happened during "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", he says Amy said this:Amy: This heating pad isn't enough. Knuckles, get Perci a pillow.
Knuckles: You're not the boss of me! Sonic is!
Amy: But I'm bossy and overbearing, and I need everyone to do what I say to compensate for my own insecurities!
- "The Biggest Fan" take some shots at obsessive annoying fans. The character of the week, Mark the Tapyr, has been interpreted as inspired by Chris Chan, but Bill Freiberger denies this.Sonic: He's just a fan, I've got dozens of them! Although he is the first one that doesn't criticize everything I do.
- At one point (also in "The Biggest Fan") Mark the Tapir mentions not being a fan of SonAmy, which could be taken as Take That, Audience! to the parts of the Sonic fanbase with other preferences regarding shipping.
- "Role Models" is a HUGE fuck-you to the idea of being a role-model.
- The discussion about Tomatopotamus in "FiendBot" is one to the Sonic fanbase, including Tomatopotamus 2 being the best in the series, Tomatopotamus never working in 3D, and Sonic saying they should never have changed the colour of Tomatopotamus's legs (a reference to the fan complaints about Sonic's arms changing colour).
- "Chain Letter" pretty much satires social media, such as Eggman repeatedly sending messages to Sonic, a jab at The Internet Is for Cats, and a scene of almost everyone looking down at their cell phones.
- "Lair on Lockdown" has Eggman considering his new plan as the pure essence of evil: Starting an online ticket retail service. Cure Team Sonic barging in griping about several extra costs from their recent purchase.
- A Taste of Defeat: Some comedic cases have occurred where the heroes lose in some way:
- At least two episodes have ended on a Humiliation Conga for Sonic, both cases due to being at odds with his teammates rather than Eggman. "Into The Wilderness", where he and Knuckles lose an expedition contest with Amy and Sticks, and the aptly named "Designated Heroes" where the others lock him in the same prison as Eggman for becoming too much of a Glory Hound.
- "Chez Amy" ended with Eggman sending his robots onto Amy's restaurant. Though the heroes deal with the robots, the restaurant is still destroyed, leaving Amy back to dealing with Meh Burger.
- In a less comedic example, the "Eggman: The Video Game" two-parter has Shadow beat the living crap out of Team Sonic because Eggman manipulated him into fighting them for his own needs; while his friends are taken down quite soundly, Sonic manages to hold up slightly better in his one-on-one duel with Shadow, but Shadow is still in better shape by the time he realizes Eggman played him and leaves to get payback, so it's quite clear this is a fight the team didn't— and perhaps couldn't— win.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: When Sonic is interviewing potential sidekicks. Even Amy's interview is horrible.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Parodied in "Nominatus Rising".Knuckles: Whoa, that's Miss Tomatopotamus, the game that shattered gender archetypes by putting a red bow on the pre-existing design!
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: When Sonic tells Eggman (who's staying with him while his lair is repaired) that he's a horrible roommate and nobody in the house likes him, Amy suggests doing this as a way to properly express his feelings. Sonic says "When you live here, it makes me feel angry... because you're a horrible roommate and nobody in this house likes you."
- That Poor Cat: Used occasionally in Season 1, and can be heard in every single episode of Season 2.
- The Reveal: "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots" spends the entire episode showing other versions of Cubot that never made the cut due to serious flaws such as never learning from their mistakes, a thing that Cubot actually does. When Orbot returns to Dr. Eggman's lair, sad that Cubot stayed to help the other Cubot's because he is the perfect Cubot, Dr. Egmman reveals he scrapped the Cubot series because he never got it right and moved onto the Orbot series, meaning Orbot is the perfect Cubot.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Soar the Eagle serves as one in his debut episode, and Amy seems to have some counseling training. Neither one is particularly effective though.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Eggman becomes this when his lair is destroyed, forcing him to crash with Sonic a few days.
- Third-Person Person: Sonic occasionally in Episode 9, prompting his team-mates to tell him to stop.Knuckles: Yeah. Knuckles hates that.
- Tinfoil Hat:
- In "My Fair Sticksy", Sticks mentions her defense system against people trying to read her thoughts. It works like her meteor defense system except it has tinfoil trim.
- These come in handy at the end of "In the Midnight Hour", where Sticks puts one on herself and gives four others to her friends to protect them from Dreamcaster's mind control so they can defeat him and Eggman, who turned out to be Dreamcaster's creator all along.
- To the Batnoun!: Parodied in Episode 16.Eggman: To the Egg Mobile! (Cue Batman-style transition with Eggman's logo)
- Totally Radical: Swifty in "Blue With Envy", in a parody of Sonic's 90s incarnations, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia:
- Played for Laughs in Episode 2 when Eggman apparently hits poor Tails on the head so hard he has a short-term variance, and ends up accidentally repeating his own lampshading.Tails: I'm dizzy, and I have serious short-term memory loss! (Beat) ...And I have serious short-term memory loss!
- Knuckles winds up suffering from this at the beginning of "Knuck Knuck! Who's Here?" as a result of being launched head-first into a rock during a fight with Eggman, knocking him out and forcing the still-conscious members of Team Sonic to wrap up the fight quickly. When Knuckles wakes up, he remembers nothing and has to be reminded of who he is, his home of Angel Island, and the fact he's the Last of His Kind, the last of which sets up the episode's plot of him attempting to find a foster family.
- Played for Laughs in Episode 2 when Eggman apparently hits poor Tails on the head so hard he has a short-term variance, and ends up accidentally repeating his own lampshading.
- Troubled Fetal Position: In "The Sidekick", Fastidious Beaver, the cowardly candidate, goes into this after he drops out.
- True Companions: All five members of Team Sonic. Always hanging out together, even when theyre not busy saving the day. In "Knuck Knuck! Who's Here?", after Knuckles tried to find himself a family due to being the last of his kind, Amy tells him that she and the others are his family. Cue Group Hug.
- Trust-Building Blunder: In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Eggman decides the team of villains he's gathered to take down Team Sonic, Shadow included, needs trust-building exercises to work together effectively. The first exercise is the classic trust fall, which goes well for the villains falling back... except Eggman, who chose Shadow to catch him; the serious-minded hedgehog, in a clear sign that he refuses to stoop to their level and participate, doesn't even bother to unfold his arms, so Eggman lands hard on the floor. Nonetheless, Eggman brushes it off and moves on to the next exercise.
- Two-Keyed Lock: The episode The Curse of Buddy Buddy Temple features, unsurprisingly, a temple with the theme building team-ship, which doesn't sit well with the two trapped people, Sonic and Eggman. Inside they have to alternate switches from across rooms to get across lava pools and the classic needing to press buttons at the same time to open doors.
- Ultimate Universe: From everything shown, the show and the sub-franchise it plans to launch will remain somewhat faithful to the original games, but has a lot of room to be as "fresh" as they want.
- Ungrateful Townsfolk: The villagers of the unnamed village that Sonic and his friends defend from Eggman are always quick to turn on Sonic, and think the worst of him no matter what the situation is.
- Unobtanium: "Eggman the Auteur" features a mineral called "Unacquirum", which Eggman intends to use to build a new robot army. Except not really; it's just part of a ruse to trick Sonic into appearing in Eggman's movie.
- In FiendBot it's revealed that an old videogame, Tomatopotamus 2, contained chips with "Sparcium" in them; so most copies of the game had been destroyed to get the rare mineral. In the same episode we learn that Eggman has used Sparcium in Fiendbot's AI processor, so the gang must destroy their copy of the game in order to save their new robot friend.
- The Unreveal: In "Sole Power" Eggman somehow managed to make Sonic produce a deafening sound whenever he dashed, but when he tries to show a presentation explaining how he did it Amy smashes the projector. Sonic also never changes his shoes onscreen, preventing viewers from seeing the shape of his feet (the same applies to Sticks in "Designated Heroes").
- Unusual Euphemism: "Doughnut hole", as used in "Do Not Disturb".Sonic: You know, you're being a real doughnut hole, Tails!Tails: You're the doughnut hole, "doughnut hole"!
- Vague Age: Sticks and Eggman's exact ages are unknown; Sticks looks to be around Amy's age, while Eggman is described as being "middle-aged" in "Designated Heroes".
- Victory Is Boring: "Aim Low" has Eggman depressed, binging, and watching hedgehog soap operas. After seeing this, Sonic is relieved that he doesn't have to worry about him anymore... At first. After a while, he slowly starts going mad from the boredom, halting his friends' progress on their respective projects.
- Villain Has a Point: Out of all the characters that try to give Tails advice in Tails' Crush, Eggman just tells him to be himself.
- Voices Are Mental: Averted in "The Meteor." While in each other's bodies, Sonic and Eggman think in their real voices, but speak in each other's voices — though keep the same mannerisms.
- Walkie-Talkie Gag, Over: Combined with Leaning on the Fourth Wall.Sonic: Coming in for a hard landing, Tails. You got me covered?
Knuckles: Who's Roger?
Sonic: [as a credit reading "Featuring the voice talent of Roger Craig Smith as Sonic" appears on screen] He's talking to me.
- Warm-Hearted Walrus: Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus. Most of the time, she is a bit of a snob, but is otherwise a good person, concerned for her baby's safety. She has done some morally ambiguous acts, but never on her own. When she acts more obnoxious than usual, it's mainly because all the townspeople are. See Wily Walrus below.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Orbot and Cubot in "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" The title references Dude, Where's My Car?.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: It's pointed out a few times that Sonic's middle name is "The," thus "Sonic the Hedgehog" is his proper name. Lampshaded in "Circus of Plunders", after the circus master implies that Sonic and his team wouldn't be capable of performing for him.Sonic: "Capable" is my middle name!
Knuckles: I thought your middle name was "the".
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: In "Battle of the Boy Bands," Sonic states that the "Beaver Fever" going around is just a marketing ploy to sell substandard music to gullible teenage girls, and wonders who could possibly fall for it. Cue Amy entering, covered in Justin Beaver merchandise.
- Wily Walrus:
- Willy Walrus is a criminal who works for The Lightning Bolt Society.
- Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus. While she is one of the innocent townspeople whom Team Sonic must save from Dr. Eggman, there are times when the townspeople turn against Team Sonic, and she is quick to join them. Her most villainous role is in "No Robots Allowed", when she is part of the snooty homeowner's association that tries to evict Eggman for owning robots.
- Would Hurt a Child: Knuckles shrugs and very nearly puts a baby in a blender in "Three Men and My Baby" after drastically misinterpreting one of Sonic's instructions.
- You All Look Familiar: Aside from the examples under Palette Swap, the Lightning Bolt Society's lower ranks are filled out by copies of the same gray rat-like character.
- Wrench Wench: Perci.
- You Go, Girl!: Deconstructed by Knuckles, of all people, in "Eggman's Anti-Gravity Ray".Knuckles: You know, Amy, any time someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles, it ultimately undermines the concept of gender equality by implying that this is an exception and not the status quo. [realizes everyone is staring at him in Stunned Silence] What? Just because I'm a meathead doesn't mean I'm not a feminist.
- You Make Me Sic:
- In "The Sidekick," Fastidious Beaver interrupts Sonic's description of the deadly jungle race he is just about to literally plunge into, so he can correct Sonic's grammar... And his correction was wrong.
- Fastidious later makes a cameo in "Guilt Tripping" to make another (incorrect) grammar correction.
- He shows up to do it again in "Two Good to Be True," but Sonic catches on and stops himself.