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In case you didn't get the memo, he's the fastest thing alive.

Blue streak, speeds by; Sonic the Hedgehog
Too fast for the naked eye, Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic — He can really move!
Sonic — He's got an attitude!
Sonic — He's the fastest thing alive!
Look out when he storms through, Sonic the Hedgehog
Don't doubt what he can do, Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic — He can really move!
Sonic — He's got an attitude!
Sonic — He's the fastest thing alive!
He's the fastest thing alive!
He's the fastest thing alive!
Opening Theme note 
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Sonic the Hedgehog is one of two contemporary Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon adaptations made in the 1990s, that were produced by DiC Entertainment, currently distributed by DHX Media. Being the more serious of the two, it is a very sharp contrast to its similarly named but much more comedic weekday counterpart, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. The show is commonly known as Sonic SatAM (as in Saturday Morning, when it aired on the American ABC network) to distinguish it from the other show, which was aired in syndication on weekdays. It premiered on September 18, 1993, replacing Goof Troop on the 9:00 AM time slot. It was bumped to the 8:30 AM time slot for season two, which ended with the show on December 3, 1994.

The series features Sonic as the leader and primary member of the Freedom Fighters, a closely-knit resistance force attempting to overthrow the dominion of Dr. Julian Robotnik, a genius dictator who has already conquered most of the planet Mobius and turned it into a cold, urban, metal nightmare. All of the conquered peoples are forced to undergo roboticization - a process that turns living creatures into automatons that serve his empire as forced laborers.

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The series fell victim to the demise of many Saturday Morning Cartoons, being abruptly cancelled after two seasons on a Cliffhanger, on a total of only 26 episodes. Even when it was originally aired on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets: some viewers didn't see the show at all until it was re-aired on USA Network. Despite being an adaptation of a videogame, the series is critically acclaimed and highly regarded by its fans. However, it's also one of the most divisive works in the franchise. Its nature as a very early adaptation based on an exaggeration of the original lore separates the show entirely from the later games, a fact that has caused a great deal of friction within the notoriously broken wider Sonic fanbase over how much of its style (if any) should be adopted by modern Sonic works. Sonic Spinball is based on some of the show's concepts. Sega had also planned to make a proper spinoff game of the show, but that was also cancelled.

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Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog was licensed as a spin-off of this show, though the comic book got to the consumers first. Despite being officially licensed as a spinoff, the comic has little similarity in its overall plot thanks to problems in communication early on.note  As a result, the comic quickly shifted away from the show's continuity and tone and - despite running for 24 years before being cancelled in 2017 - did not provide a conclusion for the cartoon's Cliffhanger ending.

In addition to the aforementioned Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, this show also should not be confused with Sonic Underground, Sonic Boom, Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, or the upcoming film adaptation based on the character.


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    Tropes # to C 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: In "Ro-becca", Rotor constructs a female cat robot who is supposed to be his lab assistant, but fixates obsessively on Antoine, who inadvertently activates her before she's finished. With tacky hair, a screechy voice, and an intimidating stature, the lovestruck android pursues the poor coyote rain or shine.
  • Abusive Parents: Dr. Robotnik is actually Snively’s uncle. He's still the closest thing his nephew has to a father, and he treats him like crap. As a result, Snively has grown an utter dislike of Dr. Robotnik and plans to overthrow him.
  • Action Girl: Bunnie, Sally, and Dulcy.
  • Adaptational Badass: Doctor Robotnik plays it straight. In the games, he's portrayed as a clownish and whimsical Mad Scientist who is suprisingly threatening in a fight but largely incapable of gaining or maintaining his goal of world domination.note  In this series, he is a high-ranking military genius and war hero who became the de-facto reigning Overlord of Mobius in a very carefully planned hostile takeover. He has so much power now that he usually doesn't need to fight his enemies directly: he just uses his Swat-Bot army from a distance, living quite comfortably in his lair - though some enemies can spur him into more direct action. He is also treated very seriously until his Flanderization in the second season, and even then he was a major threat to the point of possible global genocide.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Dr. Robotnik. While he was always a villain, in the game series and most spinoffs he rarely has truly evil intentions. Here, he is thoroughly, unrepentantly evil and downright scary.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Tails in the earlier games was a Lightning Bruiser who was almost as fast and powerful as Sonic. In order to give its original characters more screentime, the show changed Tails' role from Sonic's sidekick and main ally to a Tag Along Kid who only rarely ventured outside of Knothole Village and tended to play the role of Distressed Dude.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The Archie comics adaptation changed several of the characters' names. Thanks to the heavy overlap of themes and characters between SatAM and the comics, and the comics' much longer run,many fans are unaware that the show HAS different names for some characters:
  • Adopted to the House: In "The Odd Couple", the huts get destroyed by Dulcy when she crash-lands into it. Sonic moves into Antoine's until the storm blows over and he can rebuild his hut. Being a homage to the series of the same name, Sonic is the Oscar to Antoine's Felix. At the end of the episode, Sonic decides to rebuild his house, storm or no storm. However, a tree falls on Antoine's house, quicky turning it into a Here We Go Again! situation.
  • Affably Evil: Naugus seems surprisingly friendly and easy-going when the Freedom Fighters meet him. However, he's got a score to settle with Robotnik, and is willing to do anything in order to get his revenge.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Sonic tends to call Sally "Sal" and Tails a whole host of nicknames.
    • Bunnie tends to call Sonic "sugah-hog", Sally "Sally-girl", Antoine "sugah-'twan" and Tails "sugah-Tails".
    • Tails calls Sally and Bunnie "Aunt Sally" and "Aunt Bunnie". The former more than the latter.
  • After the End: At the start of the series, Mobius is not in a good place, what with civilization all but broken down and 90% of the entire planet's population enslaved as robots. The few survivors either moved underground or fled into the wilderness before forming scattered pockets of resistance.
  • Age Lift: Eight year old Tails is age lifted up to ten.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: One of the Freedom Fighters' favorite ways of getting around Robotropolis. Since the main characters are so small, it makes sense.
  • The Alcatraz: Ironlock Prison was one of these when it was in use.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Mobians are definitely not human. They all speak English anyway, and Antoine speaks French.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: In "Fed Up With Antoine", Antoine comes across a biker gang known as the "Nasty Hyenas" who promptly makes him their king. The other Freedom Fighters discover the Nasty Hyenas regularly eat their own king and rush off to save Antoine.
  • All Work vs. All Play: While this trope is completely averted the first season, in the second season, Sonic tends to treat missions to Robotropolis like a game and fool around, while Sally is a humorless workaholic who constantly berates him for being reckless. Sonic's careless attitude tends give an opening for the villains. See the entry for Flanderization for more details.
  • And I Must Scream: Roboticized victims remain fully aware of everything they do while under Robotnik's control. As Uncle Chuck states when restored: "we just can't do anything about it."
  • Androcles' Lion: In "Blast To The Past", Sonic and Sally save Dulcy's mother, Sabina, from several Swatbots. She later returns the favor by destroying Robotnik's airship, and saving Sonic and Sally from the ensuing fall.
  • Animal Facial Hair: Uncle Chuck sports a large, bushy mustache and equally bushy eyebrows. The King has a mustache.
  • Animation Bump: Some episodes such as "No Brainer" have a slightly wackier, more expressive method of animating the characters compared to the rest of the series.
  • Apocalypse How: Thanks to Robotnik, Planet Mobius has experienced a worldwide societal collapse, and is steadily progressing towards the total extinction of all life on the planet unless he can be stopped.
  • The Archmage: Naugus was originally the King's court wizard. He was one of the few beings War Minister Julian actually feared - even his technology couldn't hope to control or harm someone so incredibly powerful. So, when Naugus decided to explore the Void, Julian took the opportunity to trap him inside it.
  • Arc Words: At the end of "The Void", King Max tells Sonic "Take care of her" when he refers to Sally. In "Spyhog", Uncle Chuck tells Sally "Take care of him" when he refers to Sonic.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Some arguments between Sonic and Sally devolve into this.
    • As revealed in "Blast to the Past Part 1", they've been arguing thusly pretty much all their lives. Sally's older self even lampshades this after overhearing her younger self and Sonic's argue over whether his messy eating and subsequent belch was cool or disgusting: "*sigh* Some things never change."
  • Armies Are Evil: During the Mobian Great War, Robotnik proposed to the King - Princess Sally's father - that he could win the war by personally leading an army entirely comprised of Peace-Bots (later known as SWATbots): robotic super soldiers of his own design. This landed him the job of being head of the King's War Ministry. After winning the war in the King's favor, Robotnik used that same army to overthrow the King in a Military Coup. Though the SWATbots are clearly able to think and act on their own, they are just machines: they are all programmed with a total and unwavering reverence to Robotnik and never fail to follow their orders, no matter how heinous, no matter how cruel.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Many character designs were changed for the second season, if even just slightly (like giving Bunnie pupils) or drastically (looking at Rotor, you wouldn't recognize him from season one to season two).
    • Also, during season 1 the animators seemed much more concerned with their artwork keeping with the show's "realistic" physics. In season 2, although the characters seem more artistically complete, the focus on smaller details falters. Not quite Off-Model, more like Off-Scenery. Shading, actual muscle movements, and realistic ("gritty") fragmentation effects on the backgrounds as lasers hit walls are all examples.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Unlike all the other machines in Robotnik's army, the SWAT-bots are shown to be quite sentient. They have separate identities, have varied emotions (including fear), engage in small talk, and it's recognized that their skill increases with experience. Occasionally, Robotnik even executes them for incompetence. The Freedom Fighters destroy them by the dozens, and it never morally affects them in any way.
  • Artificial Limbs: Dr. Robotnik's left arm is robotic, Bunnie Rabbot's left arm and both of her legs are robotic.
  • Ascended Extra: Tails started out in the series as a Tagalong Kid with moments of minor usefulness. In the second season, his role was substantially expanded in the last few episodes to TV Genius - the first time that Tails ever showed any great intelligence. He was also apparently supposed to become even more prominent if the show hadn't been canceled.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The early video games did not explore the process of roboticization in much depth, other than implying that the robots were more like mecha being piloted by a brainwashed animal (hence why a random critter pops out of one and runs away when a Badnik is smashed) while Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and later games sidestep the issue by having Robotnik build all of his robots from scratch. This show thoroughly explores the agony, Body Horror, and Loss of Identity implicit in being transformed from flesh into an obedient robot.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Due to being the youngest of their group, Tails is doted on and fussed over by the whole team of Freedom Fighters.
  • Badass Adorable: Most of the Freedom Fighters qualify.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Whenever Sonic and Tails team up, this trope is in effect: Sonic is the experienced and pragmatic one, while Tails is optimistic and surprisingly intelligent kid.
  • Badass Mustache: Dr. Robotnik, Uncle Chuck, and the King all have one.
  • Bad Boss: Robotnik very frequently vents his frustrations out on his subordinates, mechanical or otherwise - even for failures they had no responsibility for. In Hooked on Sonics, he executed a SWAT-bot for failing to save the Shredder when the problem was an inherent design flaw. Snively ends up being the target of most of his hostility, and in the final episode, when his greatest project is destroyed, Robotnik outright sentences Snively to die in the exploding city out of fury (ironically this act would end up saving Snively who escaped through safer means than him, while ensuring his own demise). Even in his better moods, his relationship with his nephew is not affectionate to say the least.
  • Badbutt: Sonic and Bunnie have the edgiest dialogue in the cast, complete with some fake cursing.
  • Bald of Evil: Robotnik is completely bald. Snively only has five hairs on his head. He used to have more.
  • Battle Couple: Sonic and Sally.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Robotnik isn't exactly incompetent, but he is prone to great outbursts of rage with Snively as the main target. Snively despises Robotnik.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Sonic takes Tails on training missions and teaches him the finer points about being a Freedom Fighter.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Sonic and Sally share two big kisses in this series.
  • Big Eater: Sonic can pack away a massive amount of food.
  • Big "NO!": Sally getting roboticized (in Sonic's bad dream) in "Sonic's Nightmare". Robotnik also gives these out a couple odd times he is foiled.
  • Big "SHUT UP!":
    • A funny moment in "Sonic and the Secret Scrolls". The heroes' plane is diving out of control and Antoine is yelling manically.
      All: Antoine, SHUT UP!
    • From the same episode:
      Antoine: BUNNIE! WOULD YOU PLEASE TO BE SHUTTING UP YOUR OWN FACE?!
  • Billions of Buttons: Parodied in "Sub Sonic" when Sonic sabotages Robotnik's oil drilling operation, though he takes out the drilling probes with their emergency destruct button first. ("I wonder what'll happen if I punch all these buttons? Only one way to find out!") He proceeds to do just that while singing a slight remix of the song he sang earlier in the episode, thus causing the drilling platform's destruction.
  • Bluff the Impostor: "Sonic and Sally" had Sonic bluff a robot imposter of Sally with a long and rather complicated handshake that they tended to use. However, he changed the last part from a thumbs-up to a thumbs-down. When Sally followed along and didn't correct him, Sonic knew she was an impostor.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Antoine is pretty good at this.
    Antoine: She was making me a bookcase!
    Rotor: You mean basket case.
    Antoine: Sacre bleu cheese!
  • Body Horror: Roboticization is not a pleasant experience: it involves physically transmuting flesh, bone, organs and blood into metal, cybernetic components and oil. It's little wonder why Bunnie is yearning for the day she can change herself back into a normal rabbit again.
  • Bond One-Liner: Sonic had a few of these.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Robotnik was portrayed far less competently in Season Two compared to his portrayal as a manipulative and cunning foe in Season One. While in his past he was able to make lengthy charades to maintain his plans for power, in Season Two, he just can't help from screwing up at the most inappropriate times. See the entries for Flanderization and Villain Decay for more info.
  • Boobs of Steel: Bunnie is the primary melee fighter of the Freedom Fighters. Accordingly, her breasts are notably larger than Sally's, and show more cleavage.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The opening theme song is definitely an example.
  • Brainwashed: The Roboticizer essentially does this to its victims, making them unable to act without being given orders first. Robotnik has programmed his roboticized minions to attack and detain any non-roboticized individuals that they encounter. In addition, Lazaar's magical computer has a "submission spell" which can be used to control a person's will in the same way - Robotnik uses it to control Sally and Bunny in Super Sonic.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The end of the season 2 premiere episode ends with Sonic grabbing the iris-out.
  • Breather Episode: Thanks to executive insistence that the show was too dark, the second season has two comedic episodes by mandate, both of which consisted of two 15 minute shorts rather than a full 30 minute episode. While the regular episodes had very dark themes, and were typically about the characters fighting Robotnik or uncovering clues from the past, the first of these irregular two-in-one episodes involves Antoine being kicked out of the Freedom Fighters and joining a gang of biker hyenas, and Sonic telling ghost stories to Tails and Antoine. The second two-in-one episode involves Sonic's house being destroyed during a snowstorm and moving in with Antoine, which drives him nuts, and the second segment was a more Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog-style episode where one of Rotor's robots falls in love with Antoine and keeps stalking him. As you can tell, Antoine is the most prominently featured character in these episodes.
  • Bridal Carry: Sonic carries Sally in this fashion whenever they escape from danger. This even occurs in the theme song!
  • British Brevity: Two seasons, each 13 episodes, curiously brief for a kids' show. It was planned to have a third season which would presumably have been the same length.
  • Broken Aesop:
    • Despite being known for its refreshing lack of preachiness, the show has an accidental Family-Unfriendly Aesop in the Season 2 episode, "Game Guy." In this episode, the heroes meet a strange freedom fighter called Ari. Although Sonic wants to trust him, Sally wants to err on the side of caution. Eventually Ari leads Sonic into one of Robotnik's traps in exchange for the freedom of his own teammates. When it becomes apparent to Ari that Robotnik has no intention of honoring his end of the deal, he "proves" himself trustworthy by freeing Sonic from the trap, sacrificing himself in the process. At the end of the episode, Sonic gently chides Sally for not being trusting enough, and Sally admits she was wrong despite the fact that everything that happened in the episode proved that she was right. Note she does add playfully how careless Sonic had been however, which he can only sulkily accept.
    • This is a role reversal of the Season 1 episode, "Warp Sonic", in which Sally was shown to be wrong for not listening to Sonic's claim of a mysterious Freedom Fighter named Griff being untrustworthy. The dichotomy between these episodes shows the difference in the character writing between the two seasons: Sonic playing the fool to Sally's unerring wisdom becomes a recurring theme in Season 2.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Sonic loses his speed in the ironically named episode, Super Sonic.
  • Bullet Seed: Muttsky, who has been roboticized, can use this as an attack.
  • Butt-Monkey: Antoine and Snively. Definitely whipping-boys existing solely for comic relief. Robotnik also becomes a bit of this in the second season, especially in any scene involving Naugus.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The eyes at the very end of the last episode.
  • Can't Catch Up: Antoine to Sonic, both literally and figuratively. He was nowhere near as fast or competent as Sonic, and despite his efforts, he couldn't make Sally admire him as much as she does Sonic.
  • Captain Crash: Dulcy almost always messes up her landings. The only time she doesn't is when she's carrying another dragon's egg.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: While not as frequently so as the AoStH Robotnik, he is inclined to boast about his evilness as if it's something to be proud of, especially in the company of those he believes are evil.
    Robotnik: I want the location of Lazar's lair. Name your prize.
    Lazar's guardian: You intend harm to my master.
    Robotnik: Oh, you wound me dear guardian! I merely want to wake the grand wizard and honor his evilness! We have much in common.
    Lazar's guardian: ... yes. I can see that.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In "Sonic and Sally", Tails is the only one who knows that Sally has been replaced with a robot.
    • Sally after she travels back in time and tries to convince her father than Julian is evil.
    • A less serious example in "Spyhog". Antoine genuinely did rescue Sally during a mission, but he plays up the story so much as he's retelling it that it's no wonder Sonic didn't believe him.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Sonic's nightmare has him waking up like this in the beginning of the selfsame-titled episode.
  • Catchphrase:
    • For Sonic, it's "Gotta juice!" and "way past cool!"
    • For Bunnie, it's "Oh my stars!".
    • And for the Freedom Fighters as a whole, it's "Let's do it to it!"
  • Characterization Marches On: Most of the cast were at least moderately goofier in the pilot episode. In addition, several characters were changed in Season Two, but not in the way this trope implies. For those examples, see Flanderization:
    • Snively was actually a sincere Yes-Man to Robotnik in Season One, even taking pleasure in what rare praise he received from his Bad Boss. In Season Two he blatantly loathes Robotnik and plots behind his back.
    • In the pilot and odd early episodes, Rotor was more clumsy and dorky, a role that was associated more with Antoine and Dulcy afterwards.
  • Chaste Toons: This cartoon introduced Uncle Chuck and Snively Robotnik, meaning that Sonic has an uncle and Robotnik is an uncle. Neither Sonic nor Snively's actual parents are ever referenced.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The series did not last long enough for Antoine to develop out of this trope.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Most Stealth Orbs (floating security cameras) in Season 1.
    • Also in Season 1, one episode has the Freedom Fighters discover a species of "metal-eating" plants that instantly corrode metal into dust upon contact. The plants' harmless seeds are harvested before the episode is over, but they aren't ever brought up again directly. However, come the final episode of the series, we discover that Rotor's been developing metal-eating balloons (water balloon-like thrown projectiles). Arguably, the chemical inside the balloons could have come from the aforementioned plants.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Season 3 would've made Naugus into this if the series hadn't been cut short.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Sonic and Sally are revealed to have known each other since the age of five in "Blast to the Past", and the two grew a strong relationship before finally (openly) revealing their feelings for each other in "Doomsday". Their relationship would carry on in the comic adaption, leading to Sonic officially becoming Sally's consort before becoming the new King of Mobitropolis.
    • Antoine and Bunny are pretty much a Beta Couple, and they eventually married each other in the comic adaption as well.
  • Childhood Friends: "Blast to the Past" reveals that the main Freedom Fighters have known each other since they were little kids.
  • Child Soldier: Almost all of the Freedom Fighters are teenage or younger.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Cluck and Muttski.
  • Civilization Destroyer: Robotnik is one of these.
  • Civil War: The war against Robotnik for Mobius is technically this, as Robotnik used to be the King's Minister of War, and the King's daughter is one of the most important Freedom Fighters.
  • Cliffhanger: The Season Finale to Season Two was also The Series Finale. While the Freedom Fighters celebreate their triumphant victory, Snively is still around and planning to take over where Robotnik ended. And we see glowing red eyes from his accomplice who remains in the dark, unseen.
  • Combat Parkour: Both Sonic and Bunnie fight this way - using acrobatic movements both to reposition themselves and dodge incoming attacks. With enough speed, Sonic becomes a Bouncing Battler instead.
  • Computer Voice: All robots in the series speak like this, from Lazaar's computer of magic spells, to the SWAT-bots, to Sally's personal computer, Nicole.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Spyhog", Snively tortures Antoine by offending his refined tastes in food: using too much batter for a crepe suzette, and using margarine for escargot.
  • Cool Aunt: Tails affectionately refers to Sally and Bunnie as "aunt". Whereas Sally takes on a paternal role, Bunnie is more sisterly.
  • Cool Big Bro: Sonic to Tails.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sally and Bunnie to Tails.
  • Cool Old Guy: Uncle Chuck.
  • Covers Always Lie: The art promo of the series on Netflix. It's the DVD boxart. of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog volume 1, which also has that show's version of Robotnik, Scratch, and Grounder on it. The only thing there from this show is the logo and Lazaar's guardian in the background.
  • Crapsack World: When Robotnik overthrew the monarchy with his technologically advanced robotic army, he immediately started conquering the rest of the planet with the goal of roboticizing absolutely everyone. The result of this has been years of world-spanning conflict, causing extensive damage to all civilization and most of the environment. The series begins ten years after Robotnik won: The native populations have all either been captured or forced into hiding, leaving behind nothing except empty, decaying cites where proud cultures used to stand. Nothing opposes him now but small groups of freedom fighters attacking from hidden bases, and they don't have it easy: the entire planet is against them. Yet, for all of that, they are making slow progress towards victory.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: Sonic is this in "No Brainer."
  • Cursed with Awesome: Bunnie Rabbot, who lost half of her body and gained super strength in the process.
  • Cute Bruiser: Bunnie.
  • Cute Indignant Girl Stance: Sally does this in some of her exceptionally childish arguments with Sonic, even adding a tantrum-esque foot stomp to the mix.
  • Cut Short: The series ended on a cliffhanger in which Dr. Robotnik appeared to have died but his increasingly dissatisfied henchman Snively has plans to usurped his place as the series' primary antagonist, revealing a threatening new foe, shown out of the darkness with menacing red eyes. Whoever this new character was, viewers never found out, as the series was abruptly cancelled. Writer Ben Hurst revealed his plans for a third season where the mysterious red eyes belonged to Naugus, an Evil Sorcerer who Robotnik betrayed years prior. There was a long running comic adaptation by Archie comics, but because the comic strove to merge the other (often conflicting) versions of the franchise together, it fell short of serving as a conclusion for Sonic SatAM.
  • Cyber Cyclops: SWATbots have a single red glowing visor.
  • Cyber Punk: The world has become an industrial nightmare. Cybernetics and other technologies have transformed society. Young streetwise punks flaunt the law, conducting guerrilla raids to overthrow a corrupt government. Coming off the heels of the 1980's, it's no surprise that this show would feature these themes. Interestingly enough, the essence of this trope is present in the earliest Sonic games, and still exists in Sonic Mania: as you get closer to Robotnik, you will see sprawling cities, humongous factories, and various pro-Robotnik propaganda.
  • Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: Robotopolis has consistently crummy weather.
  • Cyborg:
    • Bunnie was in the middle of being roboticized before she was rescued at the last second; as a result, both of her legs and one of her arms are robotic. However, she retained her free will and gained Super Strength in the bargain.
    • Robotnik has a mechanical arm, robotic eyes, and robotic ears.
    Tropes D to F 
    Tropes G to J 
  • Gasshole: Sonic whenever he's he had a chilli dog, much to Sally's disgust.
  • Genius Bruiser: Rotor, who was the smartest and one of the strongest members of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik also fits this trope by way of his mechanical arm, which demonstrates great strength.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Bunnie: "What in the hoo-hah just happened?"
    • A very subtle but clever example occurs during in "Warp Sonic", with Sally cutting Sonic off just before he recites a famous rhetorical question:
    Sonic: Sal, is the sky blue? Is dirt dirty? Do bears-
    Sally: Sorry I asked.
  • Ghost City: Mobius is full of these - vast cities and city-sized complexes outside of Robotropolis that are absolutely, completely, empty of any life except for plant overgrowth and what few birds and rats avoided being Roboticized.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Sonic: Well this hedgehog's never giving up!
    Sonic: I give up! Suckers!
  • Good Bad Girl: Bunnie is unambiguously a G-rated version of this tropenote  At one point she casually, yet seriously jokes about eyeing Uncle Chuck. She is very flirty, and wears a somewhat skimpier version of a well known sexy outfit. Along with Antoine, Bunnie is one of only two characters in the show who will fuss over their appearance, and is the only one to wear makeup. She's also easily the sweetest character in the cast, and has a good rapport with nearly everyone: a Femme Fatale she is not.
    Bunnie: "Speaking of be-hinds,... I dearly love boys. I can sit for hours and watch em' walk by one by one. Um-um."
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Bunnie frequently uses "colorful metaphors" when surprised. Sonic does too, but less frequently. They also cuss outright, but that's always obscured through a careful choice of words or cutting them off before they actually say it.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Dulcy's and Lupe's names, which mean "sweet" and "wolf" respectively.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Great War mentioned in "Blast to the Past part 1". No reference is ever made to it outside of one line from King Acorn. Additionally, it's revealed in various episodes that Mobitropolis was not the only power on the planet, however, everything left of the other cultures on the planet is unpopulated ruins.
  • Green Aesop: Sonic SatAM is consistently noted to be a refreshingly subtle example of this trope, as a result of adhering to Show, Don't Tell rather than preachy diatribes a-la Captain Planet.
  • Green Rocks: The Deep Power Stones, the Power Rings, and the Time Stones.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: A memorable example can be found in "Sonic Conversion".
    Robotnik: Snively, what color is my heart?
  • Guardian Entity: Lazaar has one that ensures that only someone "evil enough" may approach him while he sleeps.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Robotnik wants everything on Mobius roboticized or dead - nothing less will do. On the other side, the Freedom Fighters explicitly mention that they want Robotnik dead, and it's obvious they wouldn't shed a single tear for Snively, either.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Snively used to have long wavy hair before a time-traveling Sonic accidentally blew it off.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the good guys are missing clothing in some way. In the main cast, only Antoine and Bunnie avert this trope.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In "Ro-Becca", Antoine gets struck by lightning and then shoots dozens of feet into the air, wailing like a dying cat, only to land right in Ro-Becca's arms.
  • Hartman Hips: Sally has these, depending on the artist.
  • Hate Sink: In most of his incarnations, Robotnik is selfish and cruel, but also bombastic, loves showboating, and his evil nature sometimes is overcome with a pang of remorse, so it's difficult to really hate him. Here, however, those redeeming features are stripped away and replace with pure seething sadism and malicious intent, making him truly repulsive and despicable.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sally and Sonic often compete with each other. Also, Sonic and Antoine often argue with each other or competing for Sally's affections. (Though that particular "competition" is very one-sided) As Sally once inadvertently pointed out, should one get captured, the other likely wouldn't even lift a finger if she didn't lecture them enough.
  • The Heavy: Robotnik. With very few exceptions, he drives the plot of nearly every episode, typically in the form of him doing something to obtain a powerful artifact, create an unstoppable weapon, and/or destroy the Freedom Fighters.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: For most "No Brainer", Snively, with the help of a "memory scrambler" device, has brainwashed Sonic into working for the bad guys, but by the end, the tables have turned, and Sonic brainwashes Snively. While he doesn't really force Snively into doing anything directly helpful for the good guys, Snively does physically attack Robotnik when he sees him, thanks to Sonic filling his freshly-laundered brain with insults about Robotnik. It doesn't end well for Snively. But then again, for Snively, nothing ever does.
  • Heinous Hyena: The Nasty Hyenas in "Fed Up With Antoine/Ghost Busted", are a biker gang who who come from a cannibalistic tribe who always eat their king.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Sonic has a thing for Princess Sally.
  • Heroic BSoD:
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Cat in "Sonic Boom", Ari in "Game Guy" and Uncle Chuck in "Blast To The Past Part 2."
  • Heroic Willpower: After several brief periods of freedom thanks to the Power Rings, Sir Charles (or "Uncle Chuck") ultimately breaks free of Robotnik's control this way.
  • Higher-Tech Species: Humans to Mobians. Julian Robotnik actually made it possible for King Maximilian to win the Great War by giving his forces advanced technology and an army of Peace-bots - once the war was over, Julian used that army to take the throne by ordering the machines to only respond to his voice commands.
  • Hi, Mom!: In the pilot, Sonic, Tails and Rotor are confronted with a surveillance orb. It's just Robotnik and Snively at the other end, but Tails still says this phrase.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: The Freedom Fighters' most common tactic is to sneak their way close to some important asset Robotnik has, blow it up, and run. They're forced to fight this way: Robotnik's power is too great for them to oppose in any conventional manner.
  • Honorary Uncle: Tails calls Sally "Aunt Sally," Bunnie "Aunt Bunnie", and everyone calls Sonic's uncle "Uncle Chuck."
  • Horrifying the Horror: As these pages have established, this version of Doctor Robotnik is a thoroughly nasty and scary individual. Naugus makes him quiver in terror at the mere sight of him.
  • How Do You Say: Antoine:
    Princess, I hate to be a, how you say, worryworm...
  • Humanoid Female Animal: All of the females except Dulcy.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Robotnik and Snively are the only two human characters in the story. Neither of them are a shining example of humanity's positive virtues.
  • Humble Pie: Sonic several times over after his arrogance screws up a mission. Sally is made to accept this at least once too. Antoine also admits his mistakes after nearly dying in "Hooked On Sonics".
  • Hypocrite: Griff in "Warp Sonic" finds out about the Freedom Fighters power ring source. He declines a comrade's suggestion to ask for their help since he believes they can't be trusted, and makes an elaborate plan to trick Sally and steal it from them instead.
  • An Ice Person: Surprisingly, Dulcy is one, being able to shoot ice beams through her nose.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode in Season 1 (except for the pilot, "Heads or Tails") had "Sonic" in the title. Super Sonic, Ultra Sonic, Hooked on Sonics, etc.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Bunnie Rabbot hates having robotic body parts.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Sonic does this to Sally towards the end of the finale, a gesture which is generally unlike him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Done by Sonic in "Sonic Conversion" to keep his robotizised uncle from doing the same to Tails and Antoine. It worked.
  • Individuality Is Illegal: Robotnik runs the planet, and his society doesn't tolerate freethinking individuals of any stripe. Individuality is ruthlessly suppressed by either forcible transformation of the offender into a robotic slave, or death - whichever is more immediately convenient.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: In "Sonic Conversion", Sonic pretends to give up so he'll be taken to Robotnik and the roboticizer. When Robotnik demands to know why he's there, Sonic hams it up, saying he can't take the stress anymore and his nerves are shot. Robotnik is unconvinced, and after a little banter, orders the SWAT Bots that brought Sonic in to put him in the roboticizer anyway. They grab Sonic, but he quickly trashes them and takes Robotnik for a spin in his own command chair as a diversion before getting to the true purpose of his mission: stealing parts from the roboticizer to fix the deroboticizer the Freedom Fighters have been working on.
  • Implied Death Threat: Sums up Robotnik's relationship with Snively. In one episode, he threatens to turn Snively into a paperweight.
  • In a Single Bound: Sonic can jump quite high.
  • Industrialized Evil: Robotropolis is totally and completely devoted to roboticizing all living things as quickly and efficiently as possible, and killing whatever can't be roboticized. As such, the entire city is little more than a combination of a prison, a processing plant, and a war factory. Literally billions of Mobians were systematically roboticized there over the course of a decade.
  • In the Hood: Sonic wears a red hooded cloak in "Sonic Racer" when he arrives in Robotropolis to race against the robotic cheetah.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • When Robotnik orders Bunnie shot with a paralyzing ray in "Super Sonic":
    Sally: You are a miserable creep, Robotnik.
    Robotnik: Why, thank you, princess.
    • And again in "Blast To The Past":
    Chuck: You're pure scum, Julian.
    Robotnik: I relish the thought.
  • Interspecies Romance: Sonic and Sally, a hedgehog and a chipmunk, respectively.
    • Also attempted with Ro-Becca and Antoine, a robot cat and a coyote.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Bunnie.
  • Insult of Endearment: Sonic and Sally often do this to each other.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Most of the Freedom Fighters and Uncle Chuck Hedgehog. Of course, it's most because his nephew is the show's star. The same could also be said with Tails and the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: Snively tortures Antoine by cooking escargot in margarine.
  • Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: Sonic makes use of this: "Is grass green? Is water wet? Do bears hibernate?". In one instance, Sonic was cut off just before the word "hibernate", which makes one wonder if that time they meant to evoke a different question involving bears.
  • It's Probably Nothing: Used, bizarrely, between two SWAT-bots — who you would think would have no business having separate thoughts.
    • Minimum AI necessary for guard units likely to encounter crafty intruders + Possibility of differing age/experience/previous assignments = Difference in thought/processing patterns.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Sonic can be incredibly arrogant and frequently butts heads with the other Freedom Fighters (usually Sally or Antoine, even if the latter usually deserves it). He is altruistic to a fault however and in his reckless enthusiasm, he is only looking out for others.
    • Antoine, who although being a cowardly, pompous oaf has proven to be unquestionably loyal to Princess Sally, and on occasion shown traits of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass when one of the others was in trouble, like when Sonic was about to be ambushed from behind by a Nasty Hyena.
  • Just Before the End: In Blast to the Past, Sonic and Sally use the Time Stones in attempt to go back before Robotnik took over and prevent his rise to power. It didn't work.
  • Just Eat Gilligan:
    • Why the team always take Antoine to missions over more useful (or at least less detrimental) Freedom Fighters is never explained.
    • At least one episode showed that Sonic can easily break into Robotnik's lair and deliver a Curbstomp Battle as a distraction. Why in over a decade of warfare has he never attempted to capture or destroy Robotnik this way is unexplainable.
  • Just in Time: Sally was nearly turned into a robot in "Sonic and Sally", but Sonic managed to rescue her and replace her with the fake.
    Tropes K to O 
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: Dulcy the dragon has a pouch for her passengers.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Antoine has his moments of this, although it mostly falls to the role of Tails.
  • Kiddie Kid: Tails is ten instead of his game version's eight. He's not allowed to be a Freedom Fighter for his own safety, which closely matches the way adults would realistically treat a ten year old.
  • Killer Robot: Almost every robot built by Robotnik is one of these.
  • Lack of Empathy: Robotnik has this in spades. Snively, while mostly only following orders, isn't exactly resentful about sending a good few Freedom Fighters to the robotocizer either.
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge:
    Snively: Your stupidity will ruin everything, you ugly boil.
    Dr. Robotnik: What was that, Snively?
    Snively: I said the doomsday machine is going to need more oil, sir.
  • La Résistance: The Freedom Fighters.
  • Last Fertile Region: The Great Forest.
  • Last of His Kind: Thanks to Robotnik, the suburban monarch in "Sub Sonic" is the sole survivor of his kind. Also, Dulcy is close to becoming this.
  • Left Hanging: The final episode ends with Robotnik's sinister plot to launch doomsday pods all over Mobius ruined, and the city of Robotropolis can return to Mobotropolis as Dr. Robotnik is left to an unknown fate. Sonic and Sally realize their emotions for each other and kiss. But that's not it—Snively tells Sonic not to be so happy as it's now his turn, and a mysterious red-eyed figure (revealed in a later interview to be Ixis Naugus) laughs threateningly. Sadly, the show was canceled after Disney took over ABC.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: On occasion, sometimes without actually saying "Let's split up". Episodes include "Sonic and Sally", where Sonic, Sally and Bunnie go in different directions to detonate a robot factory, and later on when Rotor and Bunnie take care of said factory while Sonic rescues Sally. In "Ultra Sonic", where Sonic and Sally go one way to look for parts for a new project, and Rotor, Bunnie and Antoine go another, and later on when Rotor, Antoine and Sally go one way to get to a set of controls, while Sonic, Uncle Chuck and Bunnie go another to get to another set.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Season 2, compared to Season 1. Robotnik became more comical in tone, Antoine became much goofier than his season 1 persona: see the infamous "Margarine!" scene. Dulcy, a comical dragon, is also added to the main cast. It did, however, manage to keep dramatic storytelling intact, especially prior to the final episode.
    • Also the pilot episode (the one where Sally was pink and the Freedom Fighters fended off a squadron of Buzz Bombers with water balloons) when compared to the rest of the first season.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
  • Like Brother and Sister: Tails has this relationship with both Sally and Bunnie. In the series' bible, the former even describes him as the little brother she always wanted but never had.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Planet Mobius has both anthros and humans living on it. Much more the former than the latter, though.
  • The Load: Antoine. He is incredibly cowardly and almost never contributes anything of value, yet for some reason they frequently bring him along on action missions.
  • The Lost Woods: The Great Forest, wherein in Knothole itself is located. Though not magical, the foliage is so thick Robotnik can't move his machines through it to find the Freedom Fighters. The show's somewhat green message meant that the plot of a few episodes had him trying to remove this problem through various nasty methods.
  • Lovable Coward: Arguably what Antoine was aimed towards, though Flanderization leaned him more along the lines of a Jerkass Dirty Coward and an Upper-Class Twit.
  • Loveable Rogue: Sonic fits the bill.
  • Low-Angle Empty World Shot: This filming style is used liberally to emphasize the devastation Robotnik caused.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Robotnik and Snively both qualify.
  • Magic Countdown: In the opening, the timer Sally sets actually counts down faster when it's not on-screen.
  • Magitek: The plot of "Super Sonic" involves an ancient computerized spellbook that actually traps concentrated evil inside it.
  • Make-Out Kids: Both of Sonic and Sally's big kisses were made during a celebration in full view of the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Had the series continued, Naugus would have taken over as the main villain, with Robotnik reduced to his lackey.
  • Malaproper: Antoine. In his world, a fool is a fuel, bingo is pronounced gringo, and fertilizer is fraternizer.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: Robotnik really likes to look at himself - his face is emblazoned on various building throughout Robotropolis and beyond.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Sonic almost always refers to Robotnik as "Robuttnik." This originated in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and carried over to Sonic Underground and the Sonic comics based off the SatAM show.
  • Manly Tears: At the end of Ultra Sonic, when Uncle Chuck's personality is taken over again by Robotnik's programming, Sonic cries.
  • Meaningful Echo: Near the end of the Season 1 episode "Sonic and Sally", after stopping Robotnik's current plot, Sonic smugly tells him that he came close, "but close only counts in Horseshoes." One season later, toward the end of "Blast to the Past, Part 2", Sonic and Sally argue about whether or not going back in time was a total waste:
    Sonic: We still didn't stop Robuttnik!
    Sally: But we came close!
    Sonic: Sal, this ain't Horseshoes!
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Dulcy's name is Spanish for "sweet", and she is a very nice dragon.
    • Also Lupe who's name means "wolf".
    • Sonic himself.
    • It's probably more a coincidence than anything else, but Sally's name comes from a Hebrew word meaning "princess".
    • Ari from "Game Guy". He's a ram, which is often associated with the zodiac symbol Aries.
  • Meat Sack Robot: Sally's villainous replacement robot in Sonic and Sally is one of these. A metal endoskeleton surrounded with artificial flesh copied from the real thing.
  • Mind-Control Device: In "Super Sonic", Robotnik uses a stolen crystal computer's "submission spell" to control Princess Acorn and Bunny.
  • Missing Mom: Sally, Tails, and Dulcy.
  • Modest Royalty: Sally, though heir to the throne of the House of Acorn, is far too busy leading a resistance movement of desperate refugees from Doctor Robotnik's regime, to bother with the niceties of being a Princess.
  • Mortality Phobia:
  • The Most Wanted: How Sonic is regarded by Robotnik's forces is is wrapped up in one line: Alert! Priority One: Hedgehog. Any nearby bots drop whatever they're doing to pursue.
  • Murder by Inaction: In a couple of instances, Sonic's hatred of Antoine actually reached such a level that he seriously considered leaving him at the mercy of Robotnik. Sally goaded him into rescuing him however.
  • Myth Arc: The Second Season has one, focusing on the magical Deep Power Stones.
  • Mythology Gag: Robotnik's Japanese moniker of Dr. Eggman was given a subtle nod— Robotnik's citadel seems to be egg-shaped.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Aside from Robotnik's pollution, the rest of Mobius is an utterly beautiful planet... that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. Mobius has flesh-eating plants, plants secrete oil that can disintegrate anything it touches, naturally occurring explosive crystals, and predatory life forms. Even so, the planet never comes anywhere close to the lethality of Robotropolis.
  • Never Say "Die": Nope. Death is very directly mentioned in multiple episodes.
    Naugus: I misunderstood the Void's properties - it's drawing our life force. The only place I can control it is there. We must return, or we'll die.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: In "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally travel back in time and meet their past selves. Nothing bad happens from this and the past selves don't know who they really are.
    • Weirdly, Sally seems concerned that the possibility of their younger selves knowing their identities could be problematic so she and Sonic go by aliases. However, on at least two occasions, she uses Sonic's real name to refer to the older hedgehog with his younger self within earshot (and one of those time she does so right in front of the younger Sonic) yet the younger Sonic doesn't catch on.
  • Nice Hat: Rotor's cap. It's red in the second season of the cartoon, and yellow in the pilot, first season and comics design.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sonic and Antoine and Sally have all ruined more than one plan due to their bumbling or arrogance.
    • Uncle Chuck was unintentionally a pivotal part of Robotnik's takeover of Mobius by creating the robotocizer and leaving its blueprints out in the open, allowing Robotnik to steal the design and pervert it.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: This comes into play in the second season thanks to Flanderization. Princess Sally is gentle and rational, Sonic is altruistic but arrogant and hot headed, Antoine is cowardly, but not malicious.
  • The Nicknamer: Sonic, Bunnie, and Dulcy all were this at certain times.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: The series is set in a world where the heroes are a small band of Freedom Fighters struggling against difficult odds, so they had to have some losses eventually. However, the writers weren't allowed to show any death. The solution? Robotnik's main way of disposing of his enemies was to "roboticize" them—that is, use a machine to turn them into mindless robots that would follow his orders. This was very effective, as the person's personality essentially "died", and they were also forced against their will to act as Robotnik's soldiers. Robotnik's forces also used laser weapons, missiles, and so on, but they predictably never actually hit anyone.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Basically Dulcy's defining characteristic. She acts like she's being scolded by her "Ma" every time she crashes.
  • No Respect Guy: Antoine, sometimes to the point of making him The Woobie of the episode.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Sally, though usually Only Sane Man to the other Freedom Fighters, could be arrogant and fallible at times. This more commonly happened in the first season.
    • Though the show boasted a far more sinister and fearsome rendition of Dr. Robotnik, he couldn't go completely without comical moments. His fear-driven demeanor throughout "The Void" in particular is quite clownish.
  • Not So Different: Sonic and Sally may seem like complete opposites at first glance, but they are quite similar on a closer look. They are both arrogant for rather legitimate reasons, they are both quite snarky, and in the end, they are both willing to put aside their personal feelings to do what is best for their team.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Snively is treated as a worthless toady by Robotnik, and something of a laughing stock to most of Freedom Fighters. However, he has come closer to invading Knothole than his uncle ever did (through sheer luck), and in the planned Third Season he would have briefly taken over as Big Bad during Robotnik's absence.
  • Not the Intended Use: Uncle Chuck invented the Roboticizer to help older people live longer by replacing their decaying bodies with cybernetics. He abandoned the project after discovering that it also removed people's free will, however, he made the mistake of not destroying his research. Robotnik found the blueprints and made his own Roboticizer, gleefully embracing the horrific side effects as he used it to turn all the people of Mobotropolis into his willing robotic slaves.
  • Occupiers Out of Our Country: The Freedom Fighters want Robotnik and his robot army gone from planet Mobius.
  • Odd Couple: This trope was shoehorned into one of the eleven-minute Antoine episodes when Antoine is forced to live with Sonic, who conspicuously becomes more of a comedic sociopath. The episode is actually called "The Odd Couple".
  • Oddly Small Organization: The Knothole Freedom Fighters have fewer than 100 members, total, and out of those, less than two-dozen regular fighters.
  • Official Couple: Sonic and Sally. They greatly differ in their way of handling things, but are very much in love, and often fight side-by-side. They're so official that they fight together in the opening.
  • Official Kiss: Sonic and Sally get one of these at the end of the second season. Though they had already kissed before, this one was entirely spontaneous and had no ulterior motive. See the entry for Post-Kiss Catatonia for details on their previous big kiss.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: Inverted. Dr. Robotnik is a human, and his Cool Spaceship wipes out nearly everyone in Mobotropolis.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Sally supplies mainly in computer knowledge and hacking, but is also shown to have archeological knowledge and is implied to be as profound a mechanic as Rotor, not to mention the most dominant Only Sane Man of the team. Given a lot of this was expanded as her role became larger, it may also count as The Main Characters Do Everything.
  • Only Sane Man: Most characters take turns at this, but Sally is usually the best candidate.
  • Orphaned Etymology:
    • Sonic name checks Axl Rose in the show's pilot episode. This never happens again.
    • In one episode, Sonic asked Nicole to repeat some Techno Babble "in English."
    • Lampshaded in "Sonic Conversion".
    Robotnik: Oh, please. Something is rotten in Topeka... wherever that is.
  • Orphaned Series: The series was cancelled after two seasons, despite the cliffhanger ending and a third season being planned.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dulcy the dragon is a complete klutz with a child-like mentality, and while she retains flight and other mythical powers, only once do we actually witness her breathe fire (to destroy an antenna). Instead, she breathes ice. Dragons also have kangaroo-like pouches where they hold their young, and according to Dulcy, newborns are fed off milk produced by their mother.
  • Our Founder: There was once a marble statue of the King outside his palace in Mobitropolis. After his takeover, Robotnik swapped it out with a metallic statue of himself.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: A variation of this occurs in "Sonic and Sally". Sally has been replaced with a robot duplicate, and the robot says a multitude of things she would never say.
  • Out of Focus: Despite playing a big part in the games, Tails is more of a background character who is given the occasional Day in the Limelight. Word of God says he would've played a much bigger role in the third season.
    Tropes P to T 
    Tropes U to Z 
  • Underground City: In the episode Warp Sonic, the Freedom Fighters discover an underground city of the "Apocalypse Bunker" sort directly below Robotropolis. Called Lower Mobius, it is populated by surviving Mobians who are hiding from Robotnik and his army.
  • Underside Ride: "Spy Hog" has the Freedom Fighters sneak into Robotropolis by way of riding on the bottom of a hover vehicle using magnets strapped to their hips.
  • Unexplained Accent: Antoine has a French accent for no reason, besides the fact that he's a coward. Bunnie's southern dialect and Robotnik and Snively's British accents have no explanation at all.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: The Trope Namer, and Trope Codifier. For details about how the trope was used, see the entries for And I Must Scream, Ascended Fridge Horror, Non-Lethal Warfare, and Painful Transformation.
  • Urban Warfare: A lot of battles in this the series take place within the city streets of Robotropolis: the Freedom Fighters use the confusing layout of the place to their advantage, using the back alleys and sewers to avoid aerial surveillance and strike form unexpected locations and disappear as quickly as they arrived.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Dr. Robotnik has one in the last episode:
      Robotnik: I really...hate...that hedgehog. I hate him. I HATE him. HATE HIM! Hate. Hate. HATE. HAAAAAAATTTTTEEEE!!!!
    • That breakdown is also a Mythology Gag to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog where Dr. Robotnik's Catchphrase was "I hate that hedgehog!"
    • Robotnik suffers a more minor one in "Blast to the Past, Part 2." During this time travel adventure, it turns out that Sonic accidentally caused Robotnik's left arm to be unwillingly roboticised. (He spun him around and tripped him up near the Roboticiser, you see.) Robotnik was not happy.
      "Get that hedgehog! Get him! GET HIM!"
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Snively is generally comical compared to his evil uncle, Dr. Robotnik.
  • Villain Decay: In the second season, Robotnik became a victim of Flanderization: his arrogance and pride were played way, way up while his tendency to manipulate the heroes and make quick and effective improvisation were almost totally erased, leaving him much more silly and much less competent than he had been before. By the end, even Snively is calling him out on his stupidity. Even his voice lightened up to reflect this change: it lost its creepy metallic filter, and Jim Cummings' started using a more comedic vocal range instead of the low, slow and intense tones he'd been using before.
  • Villain World: Robotnik controls most of the planet, and the heroes are struggling to take it back.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: Rotor the Walrus is a friendly Gadgeteer Genius and a huge help to the heroic Freedom Fighters.
  • War Is Hell: A kid-friendly version of this trope appears in most episodes. The fight for Mobius is a Civil War - Robotnik used to be the King's War Minister, and his opposition includes the King's daughter. Ben Hurst, the main writer of the show, insisted that the heroes should suffer some losses: Sonic and Sally both lost their father figures note , Tails lost both his parents, and Bunnie lost half of her body to the roboticizer. Several sympathetic characters are unceremoniously roboticized or thrown into the Void, never to be heard from again. Finally, the destructive aftermath of Robotnik's conquest can be seen everywhere on the planet.
    Lupe: After Robotnik captured my father and Roboticized most of the pack, a few escaped; although not without reminders. *touches the scar under her left eye* Only ten of us are left now. We returned to find our land being destroyed by the test pod.
  • The War Room: Robotnik has one of these, and is almost always seen inside of it, watching his city through remote cameras.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Despite all their durability and fire power, the SWAT-bots are not fully waterproof: rain doesn't affect them, but toss them into a sufficiently large body of water and they will short circuit.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: Type 2, with humans as the aliens.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: This happens twice in the show, once in the first season, and again in the second. Thanks to the second season being much more silly and much less serious than the first, the way it's handled in both cases greatly differs.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Sally, to Sonic.
  • We Need a Distraction: Sonic's role in missions often boils down to this - he gets the SWAT-bots' attention while everyone else sabotages Robotnik's stuff. Robotnik hating Sonic so much that all of his robots have Sonic listed as "Priority One" tends to help, though that directive can be overridden.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Antoine and Bunnie. It was hinted that Bunnie had a crush on Antoine, yet she put little effort into winning his heart. Probably because she was too insecure about her partially roboticized state and Antoine was too busy flirting with Sally anyway. (They did however get married in the Archie comics.)
  • Wham Line: There is one that stands out as a whole:
    Uncle Chuck: "The roboticiser, I know. I invented it."
  • What Does She See in Him??: Antoine asks this of Sally and Sonic.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The first season had at least one episode where Sally is searching for her father. In the second season, she finds him, but no attempt was made to connect it with the clues found in her previous searches.
    • In "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally alter the past to ensure that their nanny survives to the present day, and it's revealed at the end of the episode that she does — and is never seen again. (To be fair, she probably would have become a recurring character in the following season, which never got made.)
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: Antoine tries to learn martial arts ("King Fu") from Bunnie in "Fed Up With Antoine", and clumsily epic fails at it for the most part, spouting Funny Bruce Lee Noises and making a mess of things. Subverted temporarily late in the episode when he flying kicks an enemy that was sneaking up on Sonic and subsequently demonstrates how he did it. But then he mistakes Bunnie's praise of the latter for the opposite, fumbles Demonstration #2, and lands on Dulcy's foot. Distracted by the pain, she wrecks the hut they're in.
  • With Friends Like These...: Sonic and Antoine. Antoine acts like a stuck-up jerk towards Sonic an awful lot, and Sonic constantly insults Antoine. While Sonic does show that he cares about Sally, Tails, Rotor, and Bunnie, it's really hard to tell if he cares at all about Antoine.
    • In "Hooked on Sonics", when Antoine gets captured, Sonic just labels him an idiot and outright refuses to go after him. Sally is unable to really retort that Antoine would actually save him if the roles were reversed, only coaxing him into the job by reminding him of the potential danger if Robotnik gets a hold of the power ring he had at the point of his capture.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: In "Hooked on Sonics", Rotor suggested to Antoine that this is why Sally prefers Sonic over him.
  • The Worf Effect: Naugus introduces his power by effortlessly immobilizing Sonic with his magic.
  • A World Half Full: Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and turns everyone he captures into robotic slaves, so the people struggle day in and out just to live. The show's premise is as dark as an early nineties Funny Animal show can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Said by Robotnik to an ill fated SWATBot in "Hooked On Sonics".
    • He arguably does this to Snively at the climax of "The Doomsday Project": Enraged at his defeat, he kicks his nephew out of the only escape pod and leaves him to die in the detonating base. Snively had predicted this would happen and had created his own means of escape, while Robotnik's pod ironically got caught up in the destruction of the base.
  • Your Size May Vary: While not strictly a character, NICOLE would vary from the size of a pocket calculator to the size of a textbook between appearances. She was supposed to be portable enough to be carried on Sally's hip.

"Let's do it to it."

Alternative Title(s): Sonic The Hedgehog

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