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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 

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 note  to distinguish it from the other show.note  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 a primary member of the Freedom Fighters, a closely-knit resistance force attempting to overthrow the dominion of Dr. Julian Ivo 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 Unwilling Roboticisation and serve his empire as forced laborers.


The series fell victim to the demise of many Saturday Morning Cartoons, being cancelled after two seasons with a Cliffhanger ending, on a total of 26 episodes. Even when it was originally aired on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets. Some viewers didn't see it until it was re-aired on USA Network. Despite being an adaptation of a videogame, the series is still highly regarded by its fans. However, it's also one of the most divisive works in the franchise. Its nature as an In Name Only adaptation 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 the show's early concepts. Sega had also planned to make a spinoff game of the show, but it was cancelled.

The Archie Comics series, which went on for 24 years before being cancelled in 2017, began as a spin-off of this show, though the comic book came to the consumers first. The comic has since completely shifted from the show's continuity and tone.


In addition to the aforementioned Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, this show also should not be confused with the other western animated series Sonic Underground, Sonic Boom, or the anime Sonic X, and Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, or the upcoming film adaptation based off the character.

The show provides examples of:

  • 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's filling in for Rotor's would-be assistant and 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, and the straps on Rotor's inclined table can't contain the superstrong robot he's created.
  • Abusive Parents: Well, sort of. Dr. Robotnik is actually Snively’s uncle and he treats him like crap. As a result, Snively has grown an utter dislike of Dr. Robotnik and plans to overthrow him. He does take Robotnik's place in the series finale, although it only lasted for a few seconds as the series ended immediately after Snively declares that he's in charge now.
  • Action Girl: Bunnie, Sally, and Dulcy.
  • Adapted Out: For some reason the series never used Knuckles, Amy or Metal Sonic, despite the second season airing after their debut games came out. It didn't help that Sonic the Hedgehog CD's American localization insists that Amy is actually Princess Sally, despite the fact that the two characters look nothing alike.
    • Knuckles would have appeared had the series not been cancelled.
  • Adaptational Badass: Doctor Robotnik both inverts this trope and plays it straight. In the games, he's portrayed as a clownish and whimsical Mad Scientist who is threatening in a fight but largely incapable of gaining or maintaining his goal of world domination. In this series, he is the de-facto reigning Overlord of Mobius who rarely fights directly, preferring to use his Swat Bot army from a distance instead. 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 Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
  • Adaptation Name Change: Several. Thanks to the heavy overlap of themes and characters between SatAM and the Archie Comic series, the names are used somewhat interchangeably (and, thanks to the comics' much longer run and more developed storyline, the comic names have often overtaken the official show names to the point where many fans are unaware that the show HAS different names for some characters):
    • "Robotnik" is revealed to be a pseudonym - his real name is Julian. Contrast this with every other Sonic media, where he is either given the name "Ivo Robotnik" or "Eggman", sometimes both with the latter being the pseudonym. The comics ended up splitting this difference where his birth name was "Julian Kintobor" and he took the name "Ivo Robotnik" after he had overthrown the monarchy.
    • Antoine Depardieu, known as Antoine D'Coolette in the comics (though the latter seems to originate from early conceptual notes for the show, as does Sally's unmentioned surname of Acorn).
    • The sorcerer Naugus, renamed Ixis Naugus in the comics.
  • Adaptational Ugliness:
    • While not exactly ugly, Sonic uses his less cute looking westernized design with the "mohawk".
    • Eggman's cartoony Ugly Cute classic design is replaced with a genuinely ugly and more frightening design.
  • 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 just as ruthlessly ambitious as Robotnik, and willing to do anything in order to get his revenge on Robotnik.
  • 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.
  • Age Lift: Eight year old Tails is age lifted up to ten. This would have been played straight, except for the fact he is treated like a kid, rather than the Child Prodigy he is in the games and other adaptations.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: One of the Freedom Fighters' favorite ways of getting around Robotropolis. Since the main characters are so small, it makes sense.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Along with some instances of Antoine speaking 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 eat their own king and rush off to save Antoine.
  • All Work vs. All Play: While Sonic is one of the most active Freedom Fighters, he tends to treat missions like a game and fool around, while Sally is a humorless workaholic who constantly berates him for being reckless. A lot of the time Sonic's careless attitude gives an opening for the villains, though he has occasional moments of brilliance.
  • 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."
  • Animal Facial Hair: Uncle Chuck sports a large, bushy mustache.
  • 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.
  • Animation Bump: The show's animation was generally consistent, though some episodes such as "No Brainer" have a slightly wackier, more expressive method of animating the characters.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted in the series finale, when Sonic says, "No more Robotnik. Too bad." Sally looks confused until he adds, "Without a villain, what's a hero for?"
  • Apocalypse How: Type 2, steadily progressing to type 4, with Mobians replacing humans.
  • 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: General (Dr.) Robotnik and his initially defensve army of SWATbots. They were originally called Peace-Bots.
  • 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, while 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 Limbs: Dr. Robotnik had a robotic arm in the Sonic Sat AM cartoon because he accidentally roboticized it.
  • Ascended Extra: Tails started out 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. He was also apparently supposed to become even more prominent if the show hadn't been canceled.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The prior 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 sidesteps the issue by having Robotnik build the robots from scratch. This show thoroughly explores the Body Horror and loss of identity implicit in the robotic transformations; Uncle Chuck stated that roboticized people actually know what they are doing, but cannot do anything about it.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Tails is doted on and fussed over by the whole team of Freedom Fighters, probably due to his being the youngest of their group.
  • Badass Adorable: Most of the Freedom Fighters qualify.
  • Badass Mustache: Dr. Robotnik has one.
  • Bad Boss: Robotnik frequently takes losses out on Snively, even ones he had no direct responsibility for. He outright sentences Snively to die in their imploding lab out of fury of his final defeat in the show (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, completely with some "fake cursing".
  • Bald of Evil: Robotnik and Snivelly, who only has five hairs.
  • 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 only target. Snively hates his job and despises Robotnik.
  • Bifauxnen: Sally is an unintentional example. She is pretty much one of the only female characters in the entire franchise to dress in the same manner as the males.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Sonic takes Tails on training missions and teaches him the finer points about being a Freedom Fighter.
  • Big Eater: Sonic. Often chili dogs.
  • 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:
  • 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.
    • He even messes up ones from his own language.
    Antoine: Sacre bleu cheese!
  • Body Horror: Roboticization involves physically transmuting flesh, bone, organs and blood into metal, cybernetic components and oil. It's little wonder why the half-converted Bunnie is yearning for the day she can change herself back into a normal rabbit again.
  • Bond One-Liner: Sonic, occasionally.
  • Boobs of Steel: Bunnie. Well, she's not exactly stacked, but she does have more cleavage than Sally does, and she's also the group's primary melee fighter.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The opening theme song.
  • Brainwashed: In "Super Sonic", Robotnik uses a "submission spell" to control Princess Acorn and Bunny.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The end of the season 2 premiere episode ends by Sonic grabbing the iris-out.
  • Breather Episode: Two of them both consisted of two shorts rather than a full episode, the show had a very dark theme most episodes were about the characters saving or attempting to save others from Dr. Robotnik or uncovering clues from the past while trying to avoid being caught by Robotnik. The first of these irregular episodes involves Antoine being kicked out of the Freedom Fighters and joining a gang of biker hyenas. The second short involved Sonic telling ghost stories to Tails and Antoine and they believe the ghost exists. 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 when 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 a broken Family-Unfriendly Aesop in the 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.
    • Punctuated by a role reversal in "Warp Sonic". Sally is also made wrong for not listening to Sonic and Antoine's claims of Griff being untrustworthy. While this was true, the only reason they disliked Griff in the first place was petty jealousy rather than any valid suspicion. It's kinda easy to see why Positive Discrimination took over since the rare times Sonic was "right" were skewed by his jerkass tendencies.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Sonic in the ironically named episode "Super Sonic".
  • Bullet Seed: Roboticized Muttsky.
  • 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. True, they are only part of a cliffhanger that was never expanded upon because the show was Screwed by the Network, but still...
  • 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: Tails in "Sonic and Sally".
    • 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!"
  • Character Exaggeration: Literally every character that was taken from the games became this in the show:
    • Sonic's attitude and recklessness were exaggerated much more than in any other adaptation to the point of parody.
    • The first season famously exaggerated Robotnik's evilness and ruthlessness much more than any other adaptation. Then the second season did a 360 and exaggerated his other bumbliness and comical traits to the point of giving the goofiest incarnations of the character a run for their money.
    • Tails' role as Sonic's less experienced young sidekick was exaggerated to the point he became a Distressed Dude who couldn't fight and had to stay home all the time, even when the more inept Antoine was allowed to accompany the Freedom Fighters on missions.
  • 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 revealing their feelings for each other in "Doomsday". Their relationship would eventually carry on in the comic adaption.
    • Antoine and Bunny are pretty much a Beta Couple of the former two who 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.
  • Civil War: The war for Mobius.
  • 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.
  • Comic Trio: Sonic, Sally, and Antoine. Sally leads, Sonic cheerfully follows (but busts her chops a lot) and Antoine is powerless to go against their ideas.
    • Sometimes reversed due to Sonic's arrogance, making him the leader, Sally the ignored Only Sane Man and Antoine the idiot (albeit not that willing). Arguably played more straight in this variant since, while Sally had the ego of the leader in the former setup, she was usually more genuinely competent as such than Sonic was.
  • Compressed Vice: In "Sonic and the Secret Scrolls" and "Warp Sonic", Sally becomes as reckless and pompous as Sonic. Punctuated in the former by Sonic randomly taking on a more cautious persona instead.
  • Computer Voice: Sally's personal computer Nicole.
  • Conservation of Competence: Most missions were fronted by Sonic, Sally and Antoine. Sally was physically vulnerable, but usually much more strategically competent than the powerful but childish and reckless Sonic, while Antoine was a useless imbecile that usually hindered stealth operations with his clumsiness or cowardice.
  • 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.
  • Court Mage: Ixis Naugus was originally this. He was one of the few beings War Minister Julian feared (because Julian's technology couldn't do jack against him), so when he decided to explore the Void Julian took the opportunity to leave him stuck there.
  • 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.
  • 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, a minor villain featured earlier in the series and a former partner of Dr. Robotnik. The intended story was adapted by the Archie comics, but because the comic strove to merge the other (often conflicting) versions of the franchise, it fell short of serving as a pseudo-conclusion for Sonic SatAM. Another thing that Hurst revealed is that Knuckles was supposed to appear at the end of that never to be made third season and was going to be more of a main character for an also never made fourth season.
  • Cyber Cyclops: SWATbots have a single red glowing visor.
  • Cyber Punk: The world has become a industrial nightmare, and cybernetics has 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.
    • Post-Cyberpunk: Despite how bad things have become, the heroes are trying to save the world. They're about as far as the anti-heroes of cyberpunk can be.
  • Cyborg: Bunnie was in the middle of undergoing the roboticization process before being rescued; 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.
  • Dangerous Device Disposal Debacle: Uncle Chuck created the robotocizer for the purpose of healing serious war injuries by converting their flesh into cybernetics, but discarded the invention after it turned out it also robbed people of their free will in the process. Leaving the blueprints unattended was the pivot in Julian Robotnik's conquest of the entire planet of Mobius.
  • Darker and Edgier:
  • Dartboard of Hate: A deleted scene that Snively has one with Robotnik's face on it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most characters have their moments of this, but Sonic, Sally, and Snively were the most prominent examples.
  • Defiant to the End: When Sally gets captured by Dr. Robotnik in "Sonic and Sally", he demands her to tell where Knothole is located. Sally's response: "Sure I will. When you get a life."
  • Degraded Boss: The Doomsday Test Pod in "Cry of the Wolf" proved itself to be almost indestructible and a robotic version of the Implacable Man, only destroyed when it was coerced into a lightning storm. In "The Doomsday Project", the pods are one-shotted by balloons filled with some kind of corrosive chemical, though they are still invulnerable to normal attacks. Possibly justified if the chemical came from the "metal-eating plants" (see the above Chekhov's Gun entry).
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Bunnie and Rotor get smaller roles in season two than they had in the first season.
    • Tails in the whole series. In the games he's Sonic's right-hand man and is his sidekick. In SatAM he's considered too young for adventures and is often a Distressed Dude. Weirdly, he's actually older than he is in the canon of the games (in the games he's typically pegged to be about 8 whereas in this universe he is 10), although the world they inhabit is also far worse than that of the games as well. Early drafts of the unproduced third season would have seen Tails get a more prominent role.
  • Designated Victim: Sally tended to face this problem repeatedly. Antoine also got into trouble a lot, but it was usually due to his own bumbling rather than acting as favored hostage bait for the villain.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Robotnik flirts between this and Dystopia Justifies the Means. While the "Blast to the Past" two-parter showed that Robotnik took pleasure in the polluted wasteland he was about to create, in the present, he seems to be mostly concerned with being the one ruling over Mobius.
  • Determinator: Antoine, Tails, Sonic, Sally, and Robotnik all have traces of this.
  • Dirty Coward: Antoine, initially more of an arrogant Lovable Coward, was Flanderized into this trope later on, at least once offering to switch sides when the Freedom Fighter base had supposedly been found. Even Snively found him to be a "little worm".
  • Disappeared Dad: Sally's father King Max. He has been trapped in the void.
  • Distressed Damsel: Though a competent Freedom Fighter, Sally falls under this role on a few odd occasions. Antoine also plays a comical male variant on occasion.
  • Distress Ball: Sally, despite being The Smart Guy of the team, often got captured rather handily.
  • The Ditz: Antoine and Dulcy. Bunnie to a lesser extent on occasion as well.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Sonic uses his Super Speed and Super Reflexes to do this throughout Season 1.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Sally prefers not to be addressed by her full title, as she sees it as "meaningless" while her kingdom is under Robotnik's control.
  • Doomed Hometown: Mobotropolis.
  • Doomsday Device: The Doomsday Project, which was central to the show's climactic story arc, but was presented for most of it as not much more than a big, enigmatic machine that he was really excited about.
  • Downer Ending: "Ultra Sonic", and "The Void".
    • Bittersweet Ending: However, both also end with the team stopping Robotnik's current scheme and some small ray of hope of retrieving their lost companion.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Snively was shown stepping up to this role in the final episode after Robotnik fled, but the series was canceled before he got to do anything.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Snively in the final minutes of the series finale was revealed to be this.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Sally, Bunnie and Antoine do this in "Sonic's Nightmare", to less-than-desirable results. They do it again in season 2 with better results.
  • Dumb Muscle: Dulcy. She's kind of a thick-head.
  • Dystopia: Sonic is a member of a resistance force who rebels against the oppressive rule of Robotnik, who has already taken over the world and turns anyone who does not willingly submit to him into robotic slaves.
  • Early Adaptation Weirdness: The series has almost nothing in common with the series post-Sonic Adventure to the point where it seems In Name Only. However, much of this is due to Early Adaptation Weirdness. The writers didn't have much to work with so they exaggerated the plot of the first two games: The little animal friends are now equally anthropomorphic Sonic's co-stars, the Green Aesop is ramped up tenfold, and the villain Dr. Robotnik is made even more dangerous. Sonic's character wasn't concrete so he's even more of a Mascot with Attitude than normal and he has a Love Interest because he wasn't known to be a Celibate Hero yet.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the first episode, Sally had pink fur and black hair while NICOLE was a desktop computer.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The pilot episode, "Heads or Tails", has several noteworthy differences from the series proper:
    • Sally has pink fur and black hair, rather than the brown fur and hair she has in the rest of the show.
    • NICOLE is a computer monitor on a wheeled stand, rather than a handheld computer.
    • Buzzbombers appear in this episode, attacking Knothole, making them the only actual enemies from the games to appear in this series. They are never seen again.
    • The overall coloring and animation is brighter and lighter.
    • The episode's title doesn't have the word "Sonic" in it (though that naming scheme was dropped in the second season anyway).
    • Rotor has a different, goofier looking design. Archie Comics would keep that design for their adaptation.
    • It also contains an example of Earth Drift. Sonic mentions Axl Rose while playing the guitar, and the show takes place on Mobius in the 33rd century. No more references to real life places or people are made after this, although if the show had continued for longer, it would have been revealed that Mobius is a post-apocalyptic Earth.
      • During one episode of the second season, Robotnik makes reference to "Topeka" but then immediately muses he doesn't know where or what it is.
  • Ears as Hair: In the pilot, Bunnie is shown using curlers on her ears.
  • Earth All Along: According to the show's series bible, Mobius is a post-Apocalyptic version of Earth. It explained Robotnik and Snively's presence as them having been in a space colony when the Apocalypse happened, resulting in them being among the few humans still alive. This was backed by an episode featuring a third human in the form of an old wizard who had been in slumber for centuries.
  • Earth Drift: Sonic mentions Axl Rose in the pilot. This is a case of Early Installment Weirdness and these are averted for the rest of the show's run. But again, the original plan for Mobius was that it was Earth All Along, averting the trope if the show had continued.
  • Egopolis: Dr. Robotnik takes over Mobotropolis and renames it Robotropolis.
  • Emergency Transformation: This was Sir Charles Hedgehog's motivation for inventing the Roboticizer. He abandoned the project when it turned out it would rob the subject of their free will. Unfortunately, the Fallen Hero war minister with plans for world domination stole the plans.
  • Emperor Scientist: Robotnik conquered Mobius with his machines, and held on to it for 11 years.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Sally becomes this in the last episode, when she uses Deep Power Stones along with Sonic to destroy Robotropolis.
  • Epic Fail: Antoine's martial arts training. And then he gets flung into Sonic's house after running into a twig.
  • Episode Title Card
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Sally hasn't changed her title because her kingdom was taken from her by Robotnik. However, in the pilot episode, Sally states her title is meaningless out in the Great Forest, something mimicked by a robot duplicate in the regular show. This suggests that she can take the title of Queen, but chooses not to since she doesn't see the point.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: In "Ro Becca", Antoine gets a very aggressive femmebot to fall in love with him with his French accent. After a few minutes of trying to elude her in vain, he finally repels her with a surprisingly convincing Ahnold impression. Then he accidentally attracts her again by relapsing back to his French accent. Sonic later unintentionally attracts Robecca's attention with a little French of his own...
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: A 'baby brother' example, Tails is one of the main targets for Robotnik to grab, mostly due to a) his age, and b), his little brother relationship to Sonic. (If it's not Tails, Sally is who Robotnik will nab, being Sonic's love interest and all.)
  • Evil Counterpart: Naugus to Lazar.
  • Evil Is Hammy: While Robotnik's character was vastly different from other versions, he still made it a habit to chew the scenery all the same.
  • Evil Is Petty: Robotnik takes much pleasure in the fact his industries are polluting and destroying the planet, and rather actively belittles his minions (usually Snively) or gloats over his roboticized slaves.
  • Evil Knockoff: In "Sonic and Sally", Robotnik had kidnapped Sally and replaced her with a robot double that was so convincing, it fooled almost everybody. Tails was the only one who realized something was off, and Sonic only began to catch as on as well after Tails had warned him. In the end, Sonic was able to trick Robotnik by switching Sally out with the very same robot.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Snively gave an crazy one when he believed that Robotnik died with the Doomsday Project, and the being with the red eyes in the end also gave a creepy chuckle too.
    • Robotnik has a series of evil laughs, ranging from low, menacing chuckling to full on deranged cackling. The fact that he's voiced by Jim Cummings certainly helps matters.
  • Evil Overlord: Robotnik. There's a reason the Freedom Fighters want him overthrown.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Robotnik. Easily the most intimidating incarnation of the character, his dramatically reverberating voice usually stayed at the level of a whisper (at least in the first season), but its menacingly low tones are among the most memorable aspects of the series.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In "Sonic Conversion," the Freedom Fighters finally manage to make a working de-roboticizer, and use it to revert Bunnie back to normal. Seeing this, Sonic retrieves his Uncle Chuck from Robotropolis and subjects him to the process. Later, it turns out that the effects are only temporary when Bunnie's arm and legs revert back to robot form. Sally makes an attempt to comfort her and reassure her they'll restore her back to normal again in due time... only to realize that if the deroboticization on Bunnie was only temporary, then the same thing will happen to Uncle Chuck.
    Sally: It's okay, Bunnie. We'll get you back to normal again. Listen, all we have to do— Oh, no!
    Bunnie: What?
    Sally: Uncle Chuck!
  • Expository Theme Tune: Quoted above.
  • Family of Choice/True Companions: The Freedom Fighters are clearly a tightly-knit group of friends, all of whom have lost their actual families and so turn to each other for that kind of support; Tails even considers Princess Sally his "Aunt", and she treats him very much like her own son at times. Likewise, Sonic and Tails have a very brotherly relationship.
  • Fan of the Underdog: Tails is the only one who can bear Antoine's self aggrandizing stories. Sally also seems to defend Ant at times, if more out of pity.
    Sally: Come on Sonic, Antoine has his good points.
    Sonic: You mean besides his head?
    Sally: *thinks desperately* Errrr...he has a nice haircut.
  • Fat Bastard: Dr. Robotnik is definitely one of the bigger versions, even larger than the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog incarnation, and every single fiber of his being is incredibly repulsive.
  • Faux Action Girl:
    • Bunnie is demoted into this in the second season. Sally and Dulcy are such half the time as well (Sally's abilities are mostly intellectual rather than physical, while Dulcy's main utility is usually acting as a flying vehicle than actually going into missions).
    • Lupe is boasted as a capable and wise leader of the Wolf Pack. However, she and her team spend both of their appearances as The Load, left in the sidelines in the first and getting captured in the second.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In contrast to his more comedic portrayals in the rest of the franchise, Dr Robotnik is shown to be a complete sociopath with a goal to destroy all organic life on Mobius. He will happily take the shortest path to victory and has no qualms about killing or roboticizing literally everything and everyone that lives, including children. Despite all that, he is also well cultured and erudite.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sally has her moments of this.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence: Stealth Bots.
  • First Name Ultimatum: For the good guys, it was "ANTOINE!" For Robotnik, it was "Snive-LAAAAAYYYY!!"
  • Five-Man Band
  • Flanderization: Between the two seasons of the show, several characters had parts of their personality exaggerated to the exclusion of other important personality traits:
    • Sonic was originally a somewhat Book Dumb hero with a not totally undeserved, but still problematic arrogant streak. He was a master of Improv Fu, and when he slowed down and stopped letting his ego dictate his actions, he could be quite perceptive and even a bit manipulative. In the second season, this was exaggerated to complete idiocy and borderline narcissism, making him so cocky and incompetent that more than half of the episodes are devoted to him making some sort of error out of recklessness and needing to be bailed out by the rest of the team. In addition, his tendency to improvise simply disappeared, and got replaced with simply abusing the heck out of his speed.
    • In direct contrast, Sally had her positive aspects exaggerated: In season one, she was a Not So Different Foil for Sonic, often unnecessarily competing with him out of selfish pride, and suffering similar Break the Haughty moments. In Season two she acts as his Hyper-Competent Sidekick to accommodate his increased recklessness. Case in point: "Sonic And The Secret Scrolls" is a role reversal of later episodes' standard formula, with Sonic playing The Straight Man to a blundering plan of Sally's.
    • Antoine was originally rather pompous and cowardly, but had some amount of lucidity and nobility. However, in Season Two he is a full time Straw Loser who is barely able to last five seconds without saying or doing something stupid or narcissistic and acting like a full blown Dirty Coward. In response to this, Sonic's originally more playful rivalry towards Antoine evolved into flat out naked contempt.
  • Flawless Token: While it's slightly more nuanced than her comics counterpart, Sally was frequently emphasized as the most well rounded and competent Freedom Fighter, frequently having to keep Sonic in line or bail him out when his arrogance got the best of him. She is still a frequent Damsel in Distress and has occasional ego trips and neuroses, but her strengths outweigh it and she is primarily the Straight Man of the team, to the point that by the Second Season she even begins to render other characters like Rotor redundant in her abilities. Bunnie and Dulcy are played more as comic relief, but still have less Idiot Ball moments than Sonic or Antoine.
  • Foot Popping: In the final episode, Sonic kisses Sally, whose foot "pops" off the ground.
  • Forbidden Zone: Simply labelled as such, it's a hazardous slum of Robotropolis where the wizard Lazaar rested.
  • French Jerk: Antoine, who was quite rude to Sonic.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Regarding a case affecting Spotlight-Stealing Squad, Sonic rarely interacted with Bunnie, while Sally replaced Rotor as his confidant and foil, making them more this. The two ended up Demoted to Extra in Season Two.
    • The ones who interacted the least were Tails and Rotor, which is ironic given they're both tech-savvy.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: An angry Sally often calls the title character "Sonic Hedgehog". This raises the question of why he insists on having "The" before his last name... If you go by the contemporary comics, Sonic's name was actually "Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog" early on.
  • Functional Magic: Lazaar and Naugus. Arguably Sonic, through his use of the Deep Power Stones and Power Rings.
  • Furry Female Mane: Played Straight and averted. Sally and Lupe have a mane of hair, while Bunnie only has a tuft of fur on her forehead. Most male characters have just fur, though Antoine has a blond cut and some elderly characters such as Uncle Chuck and King Acorn have mustaches.
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • 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.
    Sonic: (to Sally and Bunnie): Come on! It's okay ladies, I'll show you the pipes!
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Sonic: Well this hedgehog's never giving up!
    Sonic: I give up! Suckers!
  • Good Bad Girl: Bunnie is the Y-7 version of this. She's flirty and wears a revealing outfit, but she's as kind-hearted as they come.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Bunnie, frequently.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Dulcy 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.
  • Green Aesop: It's pointed out that Robotnik was evil because he misused technology (some of which he stole and perverted — the Roboticizer was originally designed to allow elderly and terminally ill people to live longer) — not because technology is inherently bad.
  • Green Rocks: The Deep Power Stones, the Power Rings and the Time Stones.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Only one example, but a memorable one, found in "Sonic Conversion".
    Robotnik: Snively, what color is my heart?
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 Turn: Snively was going to become this and join the Freedom Fighters in the lost third season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Higher-Tech Species: Humans to Mobians.
  • 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 manages to make him quiver in terror.
  • 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.. Usually subverted for Antoine, who never learns, though he accepts his mistakes 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, so instead starts an elaborate plan to trick Sally and steal it from them instead.
  • An Ice Person: Dulcy is surprisingly 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, more than once.
  • In the Hood: Sonic wears a red hooded cloak in "Sonic Racer" when he arrives in Robotropolis to race against the robotic cheetah. He wears one again in the Lost Episode.
  • In Name Only: The series' resemblance to the actual games it was based on is minimal. It includes Sonic, Tails (with none of his game characterization and Demoted to Extra), Dr. Robotnik (in a much more villainous role and looking little like his game design), and a few other game elements like rings, an environmental message, and a few enemy designs. Other than that, however, nothing about the plot or characters resembles what little of a plot the games had at the time. Some of the Original Generation are loosely based on minor game characters but the resemblance is barely there.
  • 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/squirrel hybrid, respectively.
    • Also attempted with Ro-Becca and Antoine, a robot cat and a coyote.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Bunnie.
  • 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 SWA Tbots — 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 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.
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: Dulcy the dragon has a pouch for her passengers. Of course, Western dragons (and some dinosaurs) look a bit like kangaroos to begin with, so this trope is not limited to mammals where SF and fantasy are concerned.
  • 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, however he acts younger and is treated younger. 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. This still does not explain his immature personality.
  • 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: Happened all the time between Robotnik and Snively:
    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: Dulcy is both very strong and very fast, especially when she "Cracks The Whip".
  • 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 prole 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.
  • Love Triangle: One plan for the third season had Sonic encountering a rival for Sally's affections. Naturally, Sonic comes out on top, but the identity of the third party is anyone's guess.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Robotnik.
  • Magic Countdown: In the opening, the timer Sally sets actually counts down faster when it's not on-screen. Potentially justified in that a few seconds could have been skipped between some of the camera changes (though that would be odd).
  • Magitek: The plot of "Super Sonic" involves an ancient computerized spellbook that actually traps concentrated evil inside it.
  • 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.
  • 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: Sonic did this at the end of "Ultra Sonic" when he failed to keep his Uncle Chuck's personality active. Sega said "no more" after that.
  • 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 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.
  • Men Don't Cry: The staff got called out by Sega for depicting Sonic crying (even though he had technically just lost a family member) and were forbidden from doing so in future episodes.
  • 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: Chuck's motivation to build the Roboticizer.
  • 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 a villain. Sally goaded him into rescuing him however.
  • Mythology Gag: Robotnik's Japanese moniker of Dr. Eggman was given a subtle nod— Robotnik's citadel seems to be egg-shaped.
  • The Napoleon: Snively was set to become this in the third season.
  • Never Say "Die": "Sonic and the Secret Scrolls" sees Robotnik and Snively blasted over a mountain ledge, and Bunnie says in shock "Robotnik's dead?!" Of course the show closes with them climbing to safety.
  • 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.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Dulcy, despite displaying some incredibly powerful abilities such as ice breath at pivotal moments, rarely acts outside a mode of transportation for the heroes.
  • 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 on much rarer occasions) destroy a plan multiple times due to their bumbling or arrogance. Uncle Chuck was also unintentionally pivotal for Robotnik's takeover of Mobius by creating the robotocizer and leaving it's blueprints out in the open, allowing Robotnik to steal the design and pervert it.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Especially in the second season. Princess Sally is gentle and rational, Antoine is a pompous Dirty Coward, while Sonic is altruistic but arrogant and hot headed. Antoine and Sonic sometimes interchange, Depending on the Writer (in some episodes Antoine is more just harmlessly stupid, with Sonic as a bullying Greek Chorus to his antics). Sally can also sometimes be snarky and easily agitated, but usually still maintains the 'nicer' role in comparison.
  • 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 were a small band of Freedom Fighters fighting against difficult odds, so they had to have some losses. However, they also could Never Say "Die". 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, but predictably, they never caused any fatal damage.
    • Early in the second season, a temporarily de-roboticized Uncle Chuck explains that the mind actually doesn't go away, and the roboticized person is simply aware of what is going on around them without any way to control themselves. It's debatable as to whether this made it better or worse.
    • There's also the first episode, where the Freedom Fighters fend off Robotnik's robots with catapults shooting water balloons at them.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Sonic and Tails, as the show's original characters don't really match the character design style of the games. Most notable is everyone else's lack of White Gloves.
  • 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.
  • No Sympathy: After Antoine performs a reckless stunt that gets him kidnapped by Robotnik, Sonic labels him an idiot and earnestly refuses to save him until Sally goads him into it. Keep in mind the inevitable fate from getting captured by this incarnation of Robotnik is being sentenced to living death as a robotic slave.
  • 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 complete opposites at first glance, but they both are a bit arrogant, they are Deadpan Snarkers at times, but in the end, they are willing do what they feel 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 (except Antoine). However he has came closer to invading Knothole than his uncle ever did and in the planned Third Season would have briefly taken over as Big Bad during Robotnik's absence.
  • Not the Intended Use: Uncle Chuck invented the Roboticizer to help treat injuries, replacing damaged flesh with cybernetic implants. Robotnik used it to turn the people of Mobotropolis into his robotic slaves. Chuck had feared this would happen; he abandoned the project after discovering it could remove people's free will, but made the mistake of not destroying his research. Robotnik proceeded to find the blueprints and make his own Roboticizer, gleefully embracing the horrific side effects.
  • Odd Couple: Shoehorned into one of the eleven-minute Antoine episodes when Antoine is forced to live with Sonic, who becomes conspicuously more of a comedic sociopath. The episode is actually called "The Odd Couple".
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
    • Sonic also name checks Axl Rose in the show's pilot episode as well. But then again, the third season was going to reveal that Mobius is a far-future Earth (an idea later adapted to the Archie comic series).
  • Orphaned Series: The series was cancelled after two seasons, despite the cliffhanger ending and a third season being planned. There is a fan-made web-comic that served as a continuation of the series.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Unlike other lore, the resident dragon Dulcy 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). Dragons also have kangaroo-like pouches where they hold their young, and according to Dulcy, newborns are fed off milk produced by their mother.
  • 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. It's when she replaces a "thumbs up" gesture with Sonic with a "thumbs down" gesture that Sonic gets it.
  • 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.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Notably averted with Sally in Season 1 (she gains a vest in Season 2), but played straight with everyone else.
  • Parental Abandonment: Most of the Freedom Fighters have had this happen to them.
  • Parenting the Husband: Un married example with Sonic and Sally. Though often depicted as rivalling egos, Sonic is usually far more childish and arrogant than Sally, who often needs to guide Sonic so he doesn't endanger himself (and at times the entire team by extention) with his recklessness.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Sonic and Sally.
  • Password Slot Machine: Sally and NICOLE hack into something of Robotnik's this way. A train and some acrobatics were involved in this scene as well.
  • Pet the Dog: Robotnik is a sadistic monster of the highest order, but he will affectionately pet and dote over his beloved Cluck endlessly. Curiously, however, Cluck disappears in the second season, thus eliminating Robotnik's one redeeming aspect.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Antoine!"
  • Pinball Zone: "Game Guy" saw Robotnik put Sonic in a pinball machine, presumably inspired by his game counterpart's frequent pinball adventures.
  • Playing with Fire: Dulcy, who is a fire breathing dragon.
  • Plot Detour: Considering the direness of Robotnik's takeover, the heroes always had time for snarky banter and antics. Played with in "Sonic Boom", within all of Antoine's goofiness, Sally searching for her father (with the trail being cold for at least ten years anyway) and of course, the usual playful banter between Sonic and Sally, they seem to almost completely forget about the other Freedom Fighter captured by Robotnik. When they do come back for him, it's too late (none of this of course is recognised as the cause in universe).
  • Poirot Speak: Antoine painfully mixes English and French in his sentences and his accent makes certain words impossible to interpret, much to the confusion of the other characters.
  • Poke the Poodle: The infamous Margarine! scene.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Robotropolis is depicted as being a dark, polluted, and industrialized city, and its immediate surroundings are fittingly littered with garbage and toxic waste.
  • Positive Discrimination: A criticism occasionally issued towards Sally, who was of the strong independent woman type frequent in the early 90s. While toned down in the First Season, where her role was smaller and she was still prone to flaws in judgment or occasionally being as arrogant and stubborn as Sonic, the Second Season seemed to emphasize her more and more as the Only Sane Man and the main entity keeping the team alive (not to mention an Omnidisciplinary Scientist). Sally did play the Distressed Damsel role on more than a few occasions, however.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Subverted. In the episode, "Hooked on Sonics" it looks like Sonic has fallen to this after Sally gives him a peck on the cheek... but he gets back up, says he was just kidding, and that the kiss wasn't that great. He then shows her what a real kiss is, much to Tails' disgust.
  • Potty Emergency: In the pilot, Tails tells Sonic that he has to go to the bathroom, and starts shaking up and down.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: "Super Sonic" involved Sonic losing his speed and saving the day without it.
  • Princesses Rule: Princess Sally would be ruler if Robotnik hadn't taken over. Instead, she leads the resistance movement.
  • Punny Name: Bunnie Rabbot
  • Quarter Hour Short: The two Breather Episode pairs mentioned above.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Freedom Fighters consist of a super fast hedgehog, an innocent two tailed fox, a tomboyish princess squirrel/chipmunk hybrid, a sweet half robotized rabbit, a cowardly coyote, a walrus who's good with tools, and are later joined by a clumsy but good natured dragon and the fast hedgehog's robotized uncle. They band together to fight the evil Dr. Robotnik and free the Kingdom of Acorn from his control.
  • Ray Gun: The primary weapon of everything. Unlike most Western examples, they were portrayed as very fast-moving, potentially deadly weapons throughout Season 1, and they usually either exploded on contact, or reduced things to ash.
  • Reality Warper: Naugus.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Robotnik's robe is purple and pink, with a giant collar for some reason. He also has pink sheets on his bed.
  • Real Name as an Alias: When Sally travels back in time and meets her past self, she introduces herself as "Alicia". Past Sally comments that's her middle name.
  • Recycled Premise: Executive producer Robby London had previously worked on She-Ra: Princess of Power which explains why both shows have a lot of similarities in setting and story.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Uncle Chuck and Robotnik; this is how the latter was introduced actually. There's also the glowing red eyes in the final scene of the series, which Word of God revealed as belonging to Naugus. Subverted with Uncle Chuck after he breaks free of Robotnik's control, after which he only uses this to blend in with the other roboticized Mobians.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sonic and Sally. Ironically, "Red Oni" Sonic has blue fur, while "Blue Oni" Sally has red hair.
  • Red Right Hand: Dr Robotnik's left arm is cybernetic. It's all thanks to Sonic.
  • Red Shirt:
    • At the beginning of "Blast to the Past Part 1", along with Sonic and Sally, we are introduced to two freedom fighters we've never seen before - guess who get promptly robotised!
    • Similarly Cat debuts at the start of "Sonic Boom" and while he gains some smidgeon of personality, he is quickly captured. Glaring case, since he isn't dealt with straight away, but Sally's (already long-cold) mission to find her father is treated as higher priority, with only Sonic really caring much about rescuing him...too late.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked:
    • In "Hooked on Sonics", Antoine ends up captured by Robotnik in a reckless stunt with a power ring. While the other Freedom Fighters are horrified, Sonic just snarks it's his own stupid fault and refuses to go on a rescue mission. When Sally's chiding doesn't budge him (even she can't earnestly suggest Antoine wouldn't do the same to him), he begrudgingly goes through with it after she points out the more pragmatic issue of Robotnik using his power ring against them.
    • As his lair got torn apart by a super-charged Sonic and Sally in "The Doomsday Project", a very bitter Robotnik refused Snively access to the one escape pod. Snively, having predicted as much from his uncle, had implemented his own backup form of escape, ironically getting out fine while Robotnik's transport failed and got caught in the energy blast.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dulcy the Dragon. She just suddenly appears in the second season premiere as if she was one of the Freedom Fighters the whole time.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Averted. The Freedom Fighters take great care to avoid causing damage, preferring things like sabotaging generators or uploading viruses into Robotnik's computer network over blowing up factories. Of course, this might have something to do with the fact that Robotnik's factories are staffed by Robians... Technically the Freedom Fighters are staging a counter-revolution, as Princess Sally is the daughter of the former ruler whom Robotnik deposed in his revolution.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: The Freedom Fighters are a strictly heroic group that is trying to overthrow the evil Dr. Robotnik. Technically however this is a counter-revolution, as they are lead by a princess who happens to be the daughter of the king Robotnik deposed in his revolution.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves:
    • For defecting along with his Uncle Julian and assisting in the coup and robotocization of millions of innocent people, Robotnik promotes his nephew Snively to his personal toady and punching bag.
    • Also Ari, after capturing Sonic for Robotnik in return for releasing his Freedom Fighters. He sticks to his word and hands them back...robotocized, Ari himself barely avoiding the same fate. Shortly afterwards, though, he gets sucked into The Void.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sonic.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The identity of Snively's mysterious ally at the end of the final episode was this for years after the show was Cut Short and was debated about for years (the most popular assumption was that it was supposed to be Metal Sonic). Years after the show ended Word of God finally answered this particular riddle: it's Naugus.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Cluck for Robotnik, although he's more of a Right Hand Mechanical Chicken.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Sonic and Sally. Originally, they were an even handed contrast of meticulous and spontaneous approaches, but they evolved into this as a result of Flanderization in the second season, with Sonic becoming more reckless and Sally being portrayed as more tactful. There was still the odd subversion however.
  • The Rival: Antoine for Sonic in terms of winning Sally's affection. In one episode, a fellow Freedom Fighter named Griff had his eye on her as well.
  • Robo Cam: Stealth Pods.
  • Robot Girl:
    • A mean one appears in "Sonic and Sally".
    • Ro-Becca, from the self-titled episode.
  • Robot War: Dr. Robotnik only uses robots in his military.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: Romantic with Robotnik's industrialized city and roboticised minions while the heroes live in the forest and are led by royalty.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Sally. Granted; when your kingdom is now controlled by a megaolomanical tyrant intent on turning all living creatures into soulless machines, the options are few but to get some dirt under one’s fingernails, royal stature notwithstanding.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Cat in "Sonic Boom."
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: While normally not a problem the all animal cast, "Fed Up with Antoine" featured Antoine becoming king of a group called "Nasty Hyenas" who plan to eat him as a sacrifice. And apparently they're a splinter group of a much larger group.
  • Say My Name: Robotnik nearly always refers to Sonic as "the hedgehog" or derogatory names such "rodent". Oddly he gladly refers to other foes such as Sally and Chuck by their first names alone.
  • Scenery Porn: The various backgrounds this cartoon were given a lot of love, especially in the first season.
  • Science Fantasy: The episode "Super Sonic" has a literal Magical Computer, for one thing, and it's impossible to tell if phlebotinium like the Power Rings are Magitek or Magic from Technology.
  • Science Is Bad: Subverted; the Roboticiser in itself is not an evil device. It was created by Uncle Chuck to allow the elderly and the injured to live longer: and when he realized it also had the side effect of making them into mindless automatons, he immediately shelved it with the intent of not using it at all until and unless he could figure out a way to remove that side effect. Things only went bad when Robotnik stole it and began deliberately using it to conquer the world by converting every Mobian he could get his hands on into a robot slave.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Robotnik steals a computer of magic spells from the formerly evil wizard Lazar, and Sonic attempts to get it back. When asked why he can't just destroy the computer, Lazar says that would release all the evil it contains.
  • Secret Handshake: In "Sonic and Sally", Robotnik replaces Sally with a robot duplicate. It's good enough to pass muster for most of the episode, but when it fails to perform the secret handshake, Sonic realizes something's up.
  • Servile Snarker: Snively often makes snide remarks about Robotnik behind his back, especially in Season 2.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The premise behind the "Blast to the Past" two-part episode. Sonic and Sally fail in their attempt to stop Robotnik's takeover in the past, but do succeed in preventing the capture of Sally's nanny.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Antoine.
  • Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: Uncle Chuck used his Unwilling Roboticisation to act as an inside agent for the Freedom Fighters. At least, he did after he regained control of his mental faculties.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Dr. Robotnik has massive shoulder pads and a cape for obvious Evil Overlord effect.
  • Shout-Out: Nicole looks like the tricorders used in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Silence, You Fool!: Issued a few times to Snively, especially in the second season.
    Robotnik: Shut up, Snively.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: Done twice. The first is when Robotnik builds a machine to track Sonic when he runs at super-sonic speed, and the second is when a wizard puts a spell on Sonic that prevents him from running fast, holding his speed ransom until Sonic reclaims a computer of magic spells that Robotnik stole.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Robotnik often made use of stealthy, floating camera robots to spy on Sonic and his friends...Popular Science had an article on similar technology in development by the US Military.
  • Sketchy Successor: Robotnik gets the job of dictator of Mobius by kicking the previous ruler into another dimension. He then proceeds to turn Mobius into a polluted, mechanical wasteland where he alone gets to live in luxury (barring his nephew Snively, who while being regularly put down is at least not actively hunted).
  • Skunk Stripe: Lupe has one in her hair.
  • Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: The series is a Type 1 (In Name Only) adaptation of the video games.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: While it starts with a more cynical Crapsack World setting, the series overall is leaning more on the idealistic end of the scale.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Antoine. Sonic and Robotnik as well, even if they have far more valid reasons for it.
    • Played with at the end of "Drood Henge", when Sonic was playing up how great the Batman Gambit that stopped Robotnik's plan of the episode was. When Sally calls him out on being egotistical, Sonic simply points out that plan wasn't even his, it was thought up by Tails.
  • Smooch of Victory: Sally gives these all the time.
  • Smug Snake: Dr. Robotnik in the second season, as his overconfidence and increasing obsession with Sonic begins to hinder his plots (as well as becoming slightly more comical and bumbling in tone). His nephew, Snively, also counts.
  • Smug Super: Sonic, to the point that more than a few villainous schemes were designed to manipulate his ego. Sonic is genuinely competent and heroic, however he has no problem constantly bragging about it. In the second season, he would even screw up missions due to his overconfidence.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Tails suffers one of these in the pilot episode, blowing his and Sonic's cover right in front of Robotnik and a series of Swat-bots. Also, Antoine gives himself away with one while hiding from Ro-becca.
  • Southern Belle: Bunnie is much more of a tomboy than most examples.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Variation: In the episode "Game Guy" Ari gets sucked into The Void. A book called Sonic: Friend or Foe was made based on this episode, and in it Ari escapes with Sonic unharmed.
  • Space Jews: In a subtle twist Antoine, a cowardly coyote like character, has a French accent.
  • Spell Book: Subverted by Lazaar, who used a computer of magic spells, which is functionally identical beyond the user interface.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To other Sonic cartoons and most of the games. In most continuities, Sonic is just in for a thrill, and Dr. Robotnik/Eggman is pretty incompetent. In this show, Robotnik is extremely menacing, has already conquered most of the world, and Sonic is one of the few people who stand between him and total world domination.
  • Spock Speak: Nicole. When Sonic insists she "Talk in English!" she starts using more slang than even Sonic. He approves.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Sally and Antoine join Sonic in the large majority of missions in the second season.
  • Spot the Imposter: The episode "Sonic and Sally".
  • Squashed Flat: In "Ro-Becca", Sonic and Rotor knock down a door that Antoine was standing behind. As they leave, the door goes back up, and we find that Antoine got flattened.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ro-becca.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Army: Robotnik runs a force composed of Robotic Grunts, Mini-mecha, Attack Drones, and Bombers. The Freedom Fighters have to make due with simple Infantry.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In several episodes, Robotnik has Sonic at his mercy, and Sniveley asks why Robotnik doesn't just roboticize him. Snively also has a habit of questioning Robotnik's more elaborate plots.
  • The Starscream: Snively constantly grumbles over having to serve the Doctor, but doesn't actually attempt to harm him. By the Second Season he has blatantly come to resent his uncle's abuse and makes a few shrewd plans behind his back (he once attempted an attack on Knothole while Robotnik was gone, as well as making alterations to his base that would ultimately save his life when it was destroyed). He simply plays along until Robotnik is electrocuted in the final episode, then is seen donning his uncle's trademark yellow cape. His voice does, however, resemble that of Starscream, especially considering both are/have been performed by Charlie Adler.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: In "Super Sonic", the wizard Lazar speaks similarly to Yoda, reversing nouns and verbs.
  • Straw Loser: Antoine is this in Season two. All the Freedom Fighters have noticeable flaws: Sonic in particular is incredibly arrogant and prone to endanger the team in his recklessness or lack of tact. Antoine however, is a bastion of negative human qualities and has few redeeming ones to compensate. In general, if one character has a flaw, Antoine has it tens times more.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Though in the games Sonic is usually much more a Fragile Speedster, here he can punch and kick robots (kicking makes sense...), and when already running, throw things multiple times his size with his momentum. He is also the only Freedom Fighter to have broken security cameras by throwing junk at them...with ONE hand...
  • Stupid Evil: Robotnik later on. While in his past he was able to make lengthy charades to maintain his plans for power, in Season Two, he just can't resist Kicking The Dog at the most inappropriate times.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Bunnie's treatment in "Sonic and Sally", as before this she seemed to not be a fighter.
  • Super OCD: Antoine; this is taken to the extremes in "The Odd Couple."
  • Super Soldier: The SWATbots fit this trope in season 1: only Sonic or Bunnie Rabbot could take them head on, and even then, they were both more likely to run. In Season 2, the SWATbots are downgraded to standard Mecha-Mooks that any sufficiently skillful Mobian can defeat.
  • Super Speed: Sonic. Sally in the last episode, as she used the Deep Power Stones along with Sonic.
  • Super Strength: Bunnie, by way of cybernetics.
  • Supervillain Lair: Dr. Robotnik's Robotropolis is pretty much a Supervillain Lair the size of an entire city.
  • Sycophantic Servant: In the first season, Snively is far less hateful towards Robotnik and even seems to enjoy getting his rare praise. It's easily inferred that Robotnik's Bad Boss traits eventually resulted in a case of Broken Pedestal, causing him to hate his uncle and want to get rid of him.
  • Tagalong Kid: Tails to a degree, but not to the extent he was in the games. Begins to be averted in "Drood Henge", in which he revealed that Sally taught him some hacking skills, and he proved himself to be resourceful, clever, and great at coming up with plans.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: Played with. While Sonic's Super Speed, Super Reflexes and Power Rings make him blatantly superhuman, he is somewhat average in terms of intellect. Even without his powers, he is good at Improv Fu and can be very perceptive. On the other hand, Princess Sally is a Badass Normal with incredible hacking and computing skills, almost as good a mechanic as Rotor and a trusted tactician.
  • Teen Genius: Sally and Rotor.
  • Teens Are Short: Most of the main teenage group of Freedom Fighters are dwarfed by other older groups. Granted species may have something to do with this, but even then King Acorn is almost twice the size of his sixteen year old daughter.
  • Tempting Fate: In "Blast To The Past", after Robotnik's successful takeover of Mobotropolis, Snively informs him of present day Sonic's activities. With some careful contemplation, Robotnik dismisses him as a minor inconvenience, believing he's not worth the trouble.
  • That Man Is Dead: From "Blast To The Past" part 2:
    King Acorn: You can't win this, Julian.
    Robotnik: The name is no longer Julian; from this day forward, I am Robotnik.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The theme that plays when Sonic uses a Power Ring.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Robotnik says something to this effect when Sonic breaks out of the specially-built roboticiser with the combined power of three power rings.
    • A heroic example occurs when Sonic says "What, I don't believe it!" when after trashing the Doomsday test pod multiple times, it still reactivates and continues attacking them.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Sally occasionally blushes.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Tahj Mowry as young Sonic in a few episodes.
  • Time Travel: In the two-parter "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally have to both think of the place they want to be while joining the Time Stones. Sonic's mind wanders, placing them just in time to re-live the very holocaust they were trying to prevent.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Inverted. Girly-girl Bunnie is the more badass of the two, while tomboy Sally is the strategist and often a Distressed Damsel. Played with more in the later episodes, where Sally became more egotistical, while Bunnie's Action Girl traits disappeared.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Tails went from a kid that didn't go on missions to fully-fledged freedom fighter. The planned third season would have taken this further, culminating with him single-handedly saving Knothole from disaster.
    • Said third season would have also seen Dulcy come into her full powers.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While not completely dumb, this version of Sonic was noticeably more idiot prone than other incarnations, and more reliant on other teammates strategising for him or clearing up his errors, especially after the aforementioned Flanderization.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sonic's chili dogs. Now canon to the Sonic games.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: The form of almost all of Sonic's Idiot Balls in the series (as well some rarer ones committed by other Freedom Fighters such as Sally).
  • Troubled Abuser: While still implied to have been a monster beforehand, Robotnik was constantly intimidated by his former master Naugus. In turn Robotnik is extremely abusive and domineering to his subordinates (especially Snively, who frequently laughed at Naugus' treatment of him). Word of God has it that upon Naugus' return in the planned Season Three Robotnik would have been reduced to a sniveling toady for him much like Snively before.
  • Try Not to Die: Heavily inferred every time the Freedom Fighters mobilize.
  • TV Genius: Both Rotor and Sally, in the first season at least.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Bunnie and Sally, before Dulcy showed up.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The series is set years after Robotnik succeeds in enslaving Mobius.
  • 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 beneath a hover vehicle with 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 may also count.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: The Trope Namer, and Trope Codifier.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Dr. Robotnik, 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.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This version of Robotnik is much scarier than other versions. One episode quite literally implies that he doesn't have a heart!
  • Villain Decay: Robotnik becomes much more buffoonish in the second season (after all, being unreservedly sadistic has its downsides), giving the more clownish incarnations of the character a run for their money. By the end, Snively is openly calling him out on his stupidity.
  • 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In one episode, Antoine is being held captive and interrogated by Snively. Antoine insists that Snively can visit whatever horrors he wants upon the beleaguered coyote — his lips are sealed. Then Snively nearly breaks him... by preparing French cuisine incorrectly (making escargot with margarine?!).
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: Type 2, with humans as the aliens.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Sally, to Sonic.
  • We Need a Distraction: Sonic's role in missions often boils down to this. Robotnik hating him so much that all of his robots have Sonic listed as "Priority One" tends to help.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Antoine and Bunnie. It was hinted that Bunnie had a small crush on Antoine, yet she put no effort whatsoever 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 Due Respect: Snively to Robotnik, often with the same expected result.
  • With Friends Like These...: Sonic and Antoine. Antoine acts like a stuck-up jerk towards Sonic a 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 even cares 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.
  • A World Half Full: Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and captures innocents robotic slaves, so the people pretty much struggle days in and out from being hunted. The show's premise is as much dark as what the early nineties Funny Animal shows can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: In "Hooked on Sonics", Rotor suggested to Antoine that this is why Sally prefers Sonic over him.
  • Women Are Wiser: Thanks to her Flanderization in season two, Sally became this to Sonic and to an extent the rest of the Freedom Fighters. While balanced with occasional Not So Above It All moments in the first season, it is played more or more gratingly straight later on, to the point of almost becoming Surrounded by Idiots. Bunnie and Dulcy are both ditzier than she is, though they both carry the Idiot Ball a lot less often than Antoine or even Sonic.
  • 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 captures innocents robotic slaves, so the people pretty much struggle days in and out from being hunted. The show's premise is as much dark as what the early 90s Funny Animal shows 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 in the implosion 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.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: "Sonic's Nightmare".

Alternative Title(s): Sonic The Hedgehog


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