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Sonic the Hedgehog is a cartoon adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog produced by DiC Entertainment, and currently distributed by DHX Media. The cartoon is quite unique for airing simultaneously with another, entirely different cartoon based on the exact same character: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Being the more serious of the two, it is a very sharp contrast to its similarly named but much more comedic weekday counterpart. The show is commonly known as Sonic SatAM (as in Saturday Morning, when it aired on the American ABC network) to distinguish it from the other show, which was aired in syndication on weekdays. It premiered on September 18, 1993, replacing Goof Troop on the 9:00 AM time slot. It was bumped to the 8:30 AM time slot for season two, where it remained until it ended on December 3, 1994.


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

The series fell victim to the demise of many Saturday Morning Cartoons, being abruptly cancelled after two seasons on a Cliffhanger, on a total of only 26 episodes. Even when it was originally aired on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets: some viewers didn't see the show at all until it was re-aired on USA Network.

Sonic Spinball is based on some of the show's concepts. Sega had also planned to make a proper spinoff game of the show, but that was also cancelled.


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

In addition to the aforementioned Adventures, this show is not to be confused with Sonic Underground, Sonic X, the Sonic animated film, Sonic Boom, or the 2020 movie of the same name.

The show provides examples of:

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    Tropes # to C 
    Tropes D to F 
    Tropes G to J 
  • Gasshole: Sonic projects quite the belch whenever he's he had a chili dog, much to Sally's disgust.
  • Genius Bruiser: Rotor, who was the smartest and one of the strongest members of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik also fits this trope by way of his mechanical arm, which demonstrates great strength.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Bunnie: "What in the hoo-hah just happened?"
    • A very subtle but clever example occurs during in "Warp Sonic", with Sally cutting Sonic off just before he recites a famous rhetorical question:
    Sonic: Sal, is the sky blue? Is dirt dirty? Do bears-
    Sally: Sorry I asked.
    Antoine: Gringo!
    Rotor: Antoine... it's bingo, not gringo.
  • Ghost City: Mobius is full of these - vast cities and city-sized complexes outside of Robotropolis that are absolutely, completely, empty of any life except for plant overgrowth and what few birds and rats avoided being Roboticized.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Sonic: Well this hedgehog's never giving up!
    Sonic: I give up! Suckers!
  • Good Bad Girl: Bunnie is unambiguously a G-rated version of this tropenote  At one point she casually, yet seriously jokes about eyeing Uncle Chuck. She is very flirty, and wears a somewhat skimpier version of a well known sexy outfit. Along with Antoine, Bunnie is one of only two characters in the show who will fuss over their appearance, and is the only one to wear makeup. She's also easily the sweetest character in the cast, and has a good rapport with nearly everyone: a Femme Fatale she is not.
    Bunnie: "Speaking of be-hinds,... I dearly love boys. I can sit for hours and watch em' walk by one by one. Um-um."
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Bunnie frequently uses "colorful metaphors" when surprised. Sonic does too, but less frequently. They also cuss outright, but that's always obscured through a careful choice of words or cutting them off before they actually say it.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Dulcy's and Lupe's names, which mean "sweet" and "wolf" respectively.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Great War mentioned in "Blast to the Past part 1". No reference is ever made to it outside of one line from King Acorn. Additionally, it's revealed in various episodes that Mobitropolis was not the only power on the planet, however, everything left of the other cultures on the planet is unpopulated ruins.
  • Green Aesop: invoked Taking cues directly from Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic CD,note  Sonic SatAM features a message about preserving nature. The show is consistently noted to be a refreshingly subtle example of this trope, as a result of adhering to Show, Don't Tell via the distinct contrast between Knothole Village and Robotropolisnote  rather than resorting to preachy diatribes a-la Captain Planet.
    • In addition, as with Sonic CD, technology itself is not the problem: the problem is Robotnik. Mobius was already enjoying advanced computer technology, Magitek, robots and flying machines... machinery only stared destroying nature after Robotnik took over and perverted it's use.
  • Green Rocks: The Deep Power Stones, the Power Rings, and the Time Stones.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: A memorable example can be found in "Sonic Conversion".
    Robotnik: Snively, what color is my heart?
  • Guardian Entity: Lazaar has one that ensures that only someone "evil enough" may approach him while he sleeps.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Robotnik wants everything on Mobius roboticized or dead - nothing less will do. On the other side, the Freedom Fighters explicitly mention that they want Robotnik dead, and it's obvious they wouldn't shed a single tear for Snively, either.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Snively used to have long wavy hair before a time-traveling Sonic accidentally blew it off.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the good guys are missing clothing in some way. In the main cast, only Antoine and Bunnie avert this trope.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In "Ro-Becca", Antoine gets struck by lightning and then shoots dozens of feet into the air, wailing like a dying cat, only to land right in Ro-Becca's arms.
  • Hartman Hips: Sally has these, depending on the artist.
  • Hate Sink: In most of his incarnations, Robotnik is selfish and cruel, but also bombastic, loves showboating, and his evil nature sometimes is overcome with a pang of remorse, so it's difficult to really hate him. Here, however, those redeeming features are stripped away and replace with pure seething sadism and malicious intent, making him truly repulsive and despicable.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sally and Sonic often compete with each other. Also, Sonic and Antoine often argue with each other or competing for Sally's affections. (Though that particular "competition" is very one-sided) As Sally once inadvertently pointed out, should one get captured, the other likely wouldn't even lift a finger if she didn't lecture them enough.
  • The Heavy: Robotnik. With very few exceptions, he drives the plot of nearly every episode, typically in the form of him doing something to obtain a powerful artifact, create an unstoppable weapon, and/or destroy the Freedom Fighters.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: For most "No Brainer", Snively, with the help of a "memory scrambler" device, has brainwashed Sonic into working for the bad guys, but by the end, the tables have turned, and Sonic brainwashes Snively. While he doesn't really force Snively into doing anything directly helpful for the good guys, Snively does physically attack Robotnik when he sees him, thanks to Sonic filling his freshly-laundered brain with insults about Robotnik. It doesn't end well for Snively. But then again, for Snively, nothing ever does.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lazaar the wizard once terrorized Mobius through the power of a spell-casting computer he created, which he filled with evil magic. For reasons unknown, he went to the Forbidden Zone, sealed himself inside a massive fortress full of all manner of deadly traps, and put himself into a magical sleep for centuries until someone vile enough came along to awaken him. During that sleep, he dreamed for centuries, reliving every evil act he ever committed. He eventually came to regret being so evil. Unfortunately, destroying the magic computer would release all the evil inside and cause a catastrophe, so upon being awakened, he took his magical computer and willingly left Mobius into another dimension to guard it, presumably for eternity.
  • Heinous Hyena: The Nasty Hyenas in "Fed Up With Antoine/Ghost Busted", are a biker gang who who come from a cannibalistic tribe who always eat their king.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Sonic has a thing for Princess Sally.
  • Heroic BSoD:
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Cat in "Sonic Boom", Ari in "Game Guy" and Uncle Chuck in "Blast To The Past Part 2."
  • Heroic Willpower: After several brief periods of freedom thanks to the Power Rings, Sir Charles (or "Uncle Chuck") ultimately breaks free of Robotnik's control this way.
  • Higher-Tech Species: Humans to Mobians. Julian Robotnik actually made it possible for King Maximilian to win the Great War by giving his forces advanced technology and an army of Peace-bots - once the war was over, Julian used that army to take the throne by ordering the machines to only respond to his voice commands.
  • Hi, Mom!: In the pilot, Sonic, Tails and Rotor are confronted with a surveillance orb. It's just Robotnik and Snively at the other end, but Tails still says this phrase.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: The Freedom Fighters' most common tactic is to sneak their way close to some important asset Robotnik has, blow it up, and run. They're forced to fight this way: Robotnik's power is too great for them to oppose in any conventional manner.
  • Honorary Uncle: Tails calls Sally "Aunt Sally," Bunnie "Aunt Bunnie", and everyone calls Sonic's uncle "Uncle Chuck."
  • Horrifying the Horror: As these pages have established, this version of Doctor Robotnik is a thoroughly nasty and scary individual. Naugus makes him quiver in terror at the mere sight of him.
  • How Do You Say: Antoine:
    Princess, I hate to be a, how you say, worryworm...
  • Humanoid Female Animal: All of the females except Dulcy.
  • Humanity Is Advanced: Over the last two decades, Mobius has seen sudden and extreme technological advancement, so much so that the population's entire way of life was irrevocably changed: portable computers, Artificial Intelligence, cybernetics, holographic interface technology, the deployment of fully automated warfare and directed energy weapons... all of it is derived from Human technology.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Robotnik and Snively are the only two human characters in the story. Neither of them are a shining example of humanity's positive virtues.
  • Humble Pie: Sonic several times over after his arrogance screws up a mission. Sally is made to accept this at least once too. Antoine also admits his mistakes after nearly dying in "Hooked On Sonics".
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Sally becomes the victim of magical hypnosis twice in the series - once in each season.
  • Hypocrite: Griff in "Warp Sonic" finds out about the Freedom Fighters power ring source. He declines a comrade's suggestion to ask for their help since he believes they can't be trusted, and makes an elaborate plan to trick Sally and steal it from them instead.
  • An Ice Person: Surprisingly, Dulcy is one, being able to shoot ice beams through her nose.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode in Season 1 (except for the pilot, "Heads or Tails") had "Sonic" in the title. Super Sonic, Ultra Sonic, Hooked on Sonics, etc.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Bunnie Rabbot hates having robotic body parts.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Sonic does this to Sally towards the end of the finale, a gesture which is generally unlike him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Done by Sonic in "Sonic Conversion" to keep his robotizised uncle from doing the same to Tails and Antoine. It worked.
  • Individuality Is Illegal: Robotnik runs the planet, and his society doesn't tolerate freethinking individuals of any stripe. Individuality is ruthlessly suppressed by either forcible transformation of the offender into a robotic slave, or death - whichever is more immediately convenient.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: In "Sonic Conversion", Sonic pretends to give up so he'll be taken to Robotnik and the roboticizer. When Robotnik demands to know why he's there, Sonic hams it up, saying he can't take the stress anymore and his nerves are shot. Robotnik is unconvinced, and after a little banter, orders the SWATBots that brought Sonic in to put him in the roboticizer anyway. They grab Sonic, but he quickly trashes them and takes Robotnik for a spin in his own command chair as a diversion before getting to the true purpose of his mission: stealing parts from the roboticizer to fix the deroboticizer the Freedom Fighters have been working on.
  • Implied Death Threat: Sums up Robotnik's relationship with Snively. In one episode, he threatens to turn Snively into a paperweight.
  • In a Single Bound: Sonic can jump quite high.
  • Industrialized Evil: Robotropolis is totally and completely devoted to roboticizing all living things as quickly and efficiently as possible, and killing whatever can't be roboticized. As such, the entire city is little more than a combination of a prison, a processing plant, and a war factory. Literally billions of Mobians were systematically roboticized there over the course of a decade.
  • In the Hood: Sonic wears a red hooded cloak in "Sonic Racer" when he arrives in Robotropolis to race against the robotic cheetah.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • When Robotnik orders Bunnie shot with a paralyzing ray in "Super Sonic":
    Sally: You are a miserable creep, Robotnik.
    Robotnik: Why, thank you, princess.
    • And again in "Blast To The Past":
    Chuck: You're pure scum, Julian.
    Robotnik: I relish the thought.
  • Interspecies Romance: Sonic and Sally, a hedgehog and a chipmunk, respectively.
    • Also attempted with Ro-Becca and Antoine, a robot cat and a coyote.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Bunnie.
  • Insult of Endearment: Sonic and Sally often do this to each other.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Most of the Freedom Fighters and Uncle Chuck Hedgehog. Of course, it's most because his nephew is the show's star. The same could also be said with Tails and the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: Snively tortures Antoine by cooking escargot in margarine.
  • Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: Sonic makes extensive use of this. "Is grass green? Is water wet? Is the sky blue? Is dirt dirty? Do bears-"
  • It's Probably Nothing: In Sonic and Sally, this trope is used, bizarrely, between two SWAT-bots — who you'd think would have no business having separate thoughts. The two bots are in a hoverpod which happens to detect Bunnie with a built in heat sensor. The pilot is about to open fire when the co-pilot mentions that substation electricity interferes with the heat sensors. They opt to ignore her heat signature and move on.
    • Minimum AI necessary for guard units likely to encounter crafty intruders + Possibility of differing age/experience/previous assignments = Difference in thought/processing patterns.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Sonic can be incredibly arrogant and frequently butts heads with the other Freedom Fighters (usually Sally or Antoine, even if the latter usually deserves it). He is altruistic to a fault however and in his reckless enthusiasm, he is only looking out for others.
    • Antoine, who although being a cowardly, pompous oaf has proven to be unquestionably loyal to Princess Sally, and on occasion shown traits of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass when one of the others was in trouble, like when Sonic was about to be ambushed from behind by a Nasty Hyena.
  • Just Before the End: In Blast to the Past, Sonic and Sally use the Time Stones in attempt to go back before Robotnik took over and prevent his rise to power. It didn't work.
  • Just Eat Gilligan:
  • Just in Time: Sally was nearly turned into a robot in "Sonic and Sally", but Sonic managed to rescue her and replace her with the fake.
    Tropes K to O 
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: Dulcy the dragon has a pouch for her passengers.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Antoine has his moments of this, although it mostly falls to the role of Tails.
  • Kiddie Kid: Tails is ten instead of his game version's eight. He's not allowed to be a Freedom Fighter for his own safety, which closely matches the way adults would realistically treat a ten year old.
  • Killer Robot: Almost every robot built by Robotnik is one of these.
  • La Résistance: The Freedom Fighters.
  • Lack of Empathy: Robotnik has this in spades. Snively, while mostly only following orders, isn't exactly resentful about sending a good few Freedom Fighters to the robotocizer either.
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge:
    Snively: Your stupidity will ruin everything, you ugly boil.
    Dr. Robotnik: What was that, Snively?
    Snively: I said the doomsday machine is going to need more oil, sir.
  • Last Fertile Region: The Great Forest.
  • Last of His Kind: Thanks to Robotnik, the suburban monarch in "Sub Sonic" is the sole survivor of his kind. Also, Dulcy is close to becoming this.
  • Left Hanging: The final episode ends with Robotnik's sinister plot to launch doomsday pods all over Mobius ruined, and the city of Robotropolis can return to Mobotropolis as Dr. Robotnik is left to an unknown fate. Sonic and Sally realize their emotions for each other and kiss. But that's not it—Snively tells Sonic not to be so happy as it's now his turn, and a mysterious red-eyed figure (revealed in a later interview to be Ixis Naugus) laughs threateningly. Sadly, the show was canceled after Disney took over ABC.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: On occasion, sometimes without actually saying "Let's split up". Episodes include "Sonic and Sally", where Sonic, Sally and Bunnie go in different directions to detonate a robot factory, and later on when Rotor and Bunnie take care of said factory while Sonic rescues Sally. In "Ultra Sonic", where Sonic and Sally go one way to look for parts for a new project, and Rotor, Bunnie and Antoine go another, and later on when Rotor, Antoine and Sally go one way to get to a set of controls, while Sonic, Uncle Chuck and Bunnie go another to get to another set.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Season 2, compared to Season 1. Robotnik became more comical in tone, Antoine became much goofier than his season 1 persona: see the infamous "Margarine!" scene. Dulcy, a comical dragon, is also added to the main cast. It did, however, manage to keep dramatic storytelling intact, especially prior to the final episode.
    • Also the pilot episode (the one where Sally was pink and the Freedom Fighters fended off a squadron of Buzz Bombers with water balloons) when compared to the rest of the first season.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Sonic and Sally's arguments with each other fit this to a T, thanks to their differing personalities and mutual stubbornness.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Tails has this relationship with both Sally and Bunnie. In the series' bible, the former even describes him as the little brother she always wanted but never had.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Planet Mobius has both anthros and humans living on it. Much more the former than the latter, though.
  • The Load: Antoine. He is incredibly cowardly and almost never contributes anything of value, yet for some reason they frequently bring him along on action missions.
  • The Lost Woods: The Great Forest, wherein in Knothole itself is located. Though not magical, the foliage is so thick Robotnik can't move his machines through it to find the Freedom Fighters. The show's somewhat green message meant that the plot of a few episodes had him trying to remove this problem through various nasty methods.
  • Lovable Coward: Arguably what Antoine was aimed towards, though Flanderization leaned him more along the lines of a Jerkass Dirty Coward and an Upper-Class Twit.
  • Loveable Rogue: Sonic fits the bill.
  • Low-Angle Empty World Shot: This filming style is used liberally to emphasize the devastation Robotnik caused.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Robotnik and Snively both qualify.
  • Magic Countdown: In the opening, the timer Sally sets actually counts down faster when it's not onscreen.
  • Magitek: The plot of "Super Sonic" involves an ancient computerized spellbook that actually traps concentrated evil inside it.
  • Make-Out Kids: Both of Sonic and Sally's big kisses were made during a celebration in full view of the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Had the series continued, Naugus would have taken over as the main villain, with Robotnik reduced to his lackey.
  • Malaproper: Antoine. In his world, a fool is a fuel, bingo is pronounced gringo, and fertilizer is fraternizer.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: Robotnik really likes to look at himself - his face is emblazoned on various building throughout Robotropolis and beyond.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Sonic almost always refers to Robotnik as "Robuttnik." This originated in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and carried over to Sonic Underground and the Sonic comics based off the SatAM show.
  • Manly Tears: At the end of Ultra Sonic, when Uncle Chuck's personality is taken over again by Robotnik's programming, Sonic cries.
  • Meaningful Echo: Near the end of the Season 1 episode "Sonic and Sally", after stopping Robotnik's current plot, Sonic smugly tells him that he came close, "but close only counts in Horseshoes." One season later, toward the end of "Blast to the Past, Part 2", Sonic and Sally argue about whether or not going back in time was a total waste:
    Sonic: We still didn't stop Robuttnik!
    Sally: But we came close!
    Sonic: Sal, this ain't Horseshoes!
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Dulcy's name is Spanish for "sweet", and she is a very nice dragon.
    • Lupe, who's name means "wolf".
    • Sonic himself.
    • It's probably more a coincidence than anything else, but Sally's name comes from a Hebrew word meaning "princess".
    • Ari from "Game Guy". He's a ram, which is often associated with the zodiac symbol Aries.
  • Mechanical Monster: Reflecting their maker, most of Robotnik's machines are designed in the spirit of cold, ruthless efficiency. However, he occasionally indulges himself in making more eccentric designs based on various animals.note  The animal designs are rare, and tend to be both larger and substantially more powerful than his standard machines.
  • Meat Sack Robot: Sally's villainous replacement robot in Sonic and Sally is one of these. A metal endoskeleton surrounded with artificial flesh copied from the real thing.
  • Mind-Control Device: In "Super Sonic", Robotnik uses a stolen crystal computer's "submission spell" to control Princess Acorn and Bunny.
  • Missing Mom: Sally, Tails, and Dulcy.
  • Modest Royalty: Sally, though heir to the throne of the House of Acorn, is far too busy leading a resistance movement of desperate refugees from Doctor Robotnik's regime, to bother with the niceties of being a Princess.
  • Mortality Phobia:
  • The Most Wanted: How Sonic is regarded by Robotnik's forces is is wrapped up in one line: Alert! Priority One: Hedgehog. Any nearby bots drop whatever they're doing to pursue.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Sonic has Super Speed, Super Strength, and Super Toughness, and is the only one who can use the Power Rings. Princess Sally is a Badass Bookworm. They're the Official Couple.
  • Murder by Inaction: In a couple of instances, Sonic's hatred of Antoine actually reached such a level that he seriously considered leaving him at the mercy of Robotnik. Sally goaded him into rescuing him however.
  • Myth Arc: The Second Season has one, focusing on the magical Deep Power Stones.
  • Mythology Gag: Robotnik's Japanese moniker of Dr. Eggman was given a subtle nod— Robotnik's citadel seems to be egg-shaped.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Aside from Robotnik's pollution, the rest of Mobius is an utterly beautiful planet... that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. Mobius has flesh-eating plants, plants secrete oil that can disintegrate anything it touches, naturally occurring explosive crystals, and predatory life forms. Even so, the planet never comes anywhere close to the lethality of Robotropolis.
  • Never Say "Die": Nope. Death is very directly mentioned in multiple episodes.
    Naugus: I misunderstood the Void's properties - it's drawing our life force. The only place I can control it is there. We must return, or we'll die.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: In "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally travel back in time and meet their past selves. Nothing bad happens from this and the past selves don't know who they really are.
    • Weirdly, Sally seems concerned that the possibility of their younger selves knowing their identities could be problematic so she and Sonic go by aliases. However, on at least two occasions, she uses Sonic's real name to refer to the older hedgehog with his younger self within earshot (and one of those time she does so right in front of the younger Sonic) yet the younger Sonic doesn't catch on.
  • Nice Hat: Rotor's cap. It's red in the second season of the cartoon, and yellow in the pilot, first season and comics design.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sonic and Antoine and Sally have all ruined more than one plan due to their bumbling or arrogance.
    • Uncle Chuck was unintentionally a pivotal part of Robotnik's takeover of Mobius by creating the robotocizer and leaving its blueprints out in the open, allowing Robotnik to steal the design and pervert it.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: This comes into play in the second season thanks to Flanderization. Princess Sally is gentle and rational, Sonic is altruistic but arrogant and hot headed, Antoine is cowardly, but not malicious.
  • The Nicknamer: Sonic, Bunnie, and Dulcy all were this at certain times.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: The series is set in a world where the heroes are a small band of Freedom Fighters struggling against difficult odds, so they had to have some losses eventually. However, the writers weren't allowed to show any death. The solution? Robotnik's main way of disposing of his enemies was to "roboticize" them—that is, use a machine to turn them into mindless robots that would follow his orders. This was very effective, as the person's personality essentially "died", and they were also forced against their will to act as Robotnik's soldiers. Robotnik's forces also used laser weapons, missiles, and so on, but they predictably never actually hit anyone.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Basically Dulcy's defining characteristic. She acts like she's being scolded by her "Ma" every time she crashes.
  • No Respect Guy: invoked Antoine, sometimes to the point of making him The Woobie of the episode.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Sally, though usually Only Sane Man to the other Freedom Fighters, could be arrogant and fallible at times. This more commonly happened in the first season.
    • Though the show boasted a far more sinister and fearsome rendition of Dr. Robotnik, he couldn't go completely without comical moments. His fear-driven demeanor throughout "The Void" in particular is quite clownish.
  • Not So Different: Sonic and Sally may seem like complete opposites at first glance, but they are quite similar on a closer look. They are both arrogant for rather legitimate reasons, they are both quite snarky, and in the end, they are both willing to put aside their personal feelings to do what is best for their team.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Snively is treated as a worthless toady by Robotnik, and something of a laughing stock to most of Freedom Fighters. However, he has come closer to invading Knothole than his uncle ever did (through sheer luck), and in the planned Third Season he would have briefly taken over as Big Bad during Robotnik's absence.
  • Not the Intended Use: Uncle Chuck invented the Roboticizer to help older people live longer by replacing their decaying bodies with cybernetics. He abandoned the project after discovering that it also removed people's free will, however, he made the mistake of not destroying his research. Robotnik found the blueprints and made his own Roboticizer, gleefully embracing the horrific side effects as he used it to turn all the people of Mobotropolis into his willing robotic slaves.
  • Occupiers Out of Our Country: The Freedom Fighters want Robotnik and his robot army gone from planet Mobius.
  • Odd Couple: This trope was shoehorned into one of the eleven-minute Antoine episodes when Antoine is forced to live with Sonic, who conspicuously becomes more of a comedic sociopath. The episode is actually called "The Odd Couple".
  • Oddly Small Organization: The Knothole Freedom Fighters have fewer than 100 members, total, and out of those, less than two-dozen regular fighters.
  • Off-Model: Being a DiC cartoon, SatAM wasn't immune to the occasional animation error such as Sonic running up invisible walls or Tails' gloves being colored blue instead of white.
  • Official Couple: Sonic and Sally. They greatly differ in their way of handling things, but are very much in love, and often fight side-by-side. They're so official that they fight together in the opening.
  • Official Kiss: Sonic and Sally get one of these at the end of the second season. Though they had already kissed before, this one was entirely spontaneous and had no ulterior motive. See the entry for Post-Kiss Catatonia for details on their previous big kiss.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: Inverted. Dr. Robotnik is a human, and his Cool Spaceship wipes out nearly everyone in Mobotropolis.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Sally supplies mainly in computer knowledge and hacking, but is also shown to have archeological knowledge and is implied to be as profound a mechanic as Rotor, not to mention the most dominant Only Sane Man of the team. Given a lot of this was expanded as her role became larger, it may also count as The Main Characters Do Everything.
  • Only Sane Man: Most characters take turns at this, but Sally is usually the best candidate.
  • Orphaned Etymology:
    • Sonic name checks Axl Rose in the show's pilot episode. This never happens again.
    • In one episode, Sonic asked Nicole to repeat some Techno Babble "in English."
    • Lampshaded in "Sonic Conversion".
    Robotnik: Oh, please. Something is rotten in Topeka... wherever that is.
  • Orphaned Series: The series was cancelled after two seasons, despite the cliffhanger ending and a third season being planned.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dulcy the dragon is a complete klutz with a child-like mentality, and while she retains flight and other mythical powers, only once do we actually witness her breathe fire (to destroy an antenna). Instead, she breathes ice. Dragons also have kangaroo-like pouches where they hold their young, and according to Dulcy, newborns are fed off milk produced by their mother.
  • Our Founder: There was once a marble statue of the King outside his palace in Mobitropolis. After his takeover, Robotnik swapped it out with a metallic statue of himself.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: A variation of this occurs in "Sonic and Sally". Sally has been replaced with a robot duplicate, and the robot says a multitude of things she would never say.
  • Out of Focus: invoked Despite playing a big part in the games, Tails is more of a background character who is given the occasional Day in the Limelight. Word of God says he would've played a much bigger role in the third season.
    Tropes P to T 
  • Sonic says "What, I don't believe it!" when the Doomsday test pod continues to reactivate and attack them no matter how many times they trash it.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Though they will definitely use any weapon they can find, the preferred weapons of the Knothole Freedom Fighters tend to be absurdly powerful concussion grenades, which they use to destroy Robotnik's factories and other infrastructure. Additionally, the Wolfpack Freedom Fighters used thrown satchel charges to damage the Doomsday Test Pod.
  • 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 in the first season to a fully-fledged Freedom Fighter in the second.
  • 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 his Flanderization in season 2.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The series is set a decade after Robotnik succeeds in conquering Mobius and enslaving its people.
    Tropes U to Z 
  • Underground City: In the episode Warp Sonic, the Freedom Fighters discover an underground city of the "Apocalypse Bunker" sort directly below Robotropolis. Called Lower Mobius, it is populated by surviving Mobians who are hiding from Robotnik and his army.
  • Underside Ride: "Spy Hog" has the Freedom Fighters sneak into Robotropolis by way of riding on the bottom of a hover vehicle using magnets strapped to their hips.
  • Unexplained Accent: invoked Antoine has a French accent for no reason, besides the fact that he's a coward. Bunnie's southern dialect and Robotnik and Snively's British accents have no explanation at all.
  • Urban Warfare: A lot of battles in this the series take place within the city streets of Robotropolis; the Freedom Fighters use the confusing layout of the place to their advantage, using the back alleys and sewers to avoid aerial surveillance and strike from unexpected locations and disappear as quickly as they arrived.
Robotnik: I really...hate...that hedgehog. I hate him. I HATE him. HATE HIM! Hate. Hate. HATE. HAAAAAAATTTTTEEEE!!!!
  • We Need a Distraction: Sonic's role in missions often boils down to getting the SWAT-bots' attention while everyone else sabotages Robotnik's stuff. Robotnik hating Sonic so much that all of his robots have Sonic listed as "Priority One" tends to help, though that directive can be overridden.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It's hinted that Bunnie has a crush on Antoine, yet puts little effort into winning his heart because Antoine is obviously into Sally.
  • 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 afterward.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: Antoine tries to learn martial arts ("King Fu") from Bunnie in "Fed Up With Antoine", and clumsily epic fails at it for the most part, spouting Funny Bruce Lee Noises and making a mess of things. Subverted temporarily late in the episode when he flying kicks an enemy that was sneaking up on Sonic and subsequently demonstrates how he did it. But then he mistakes Bunnie's praise of the latter for the opposite, fumbles Demonstration #2, and lands on Dulcy's foot. Distracted by the pain, she wrecks the hut they're in.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • Antoine acts like a stuck-up jerk towards Sonic an awful lot, and Sonic constantly insults Antoine. While Sonic does show that he cares about Sally, Tails, Rotor, and Bunnie, it's really hard to tell if he cares at all about Antoine. In "Hooked on Sonics", when Antoine gets captured, Sonic just labels him an idiot and outright refuses to go after him. Sally is unable to really retort that Antoine would actually save him if the roles were reversed, only coaxing him into the job by reminding him of the potential danger if Robotnik gets a hold of the power ring he had at the point of his capture.
  • The Worf Effect: Naugus introduces his power by effortlessly immobilizing Sonic with his magic.
  • A World Half Full: Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and turns everyone he captures into robotic slaves, so the people struggle day in and out just to live; the show's premise is as dark as an early nineties Funny Animal show can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.
  • You Have Failed Me:
  • Enraged at his defeat, Robotnik kicks his nephew out of the only escape pod and leaves him to die in the detonating base. Snively had predicted this would happen and had created his own means of escape, while Robotnik's pod ironically got caught up in the base's destruction.
  • Your Size May Vary: NICOLE would vary from the size of a pocket calculator to the size of a textbook between appearances. She was supposed to be portable enough to be carried on Sally's hip.

"Let's do it to it."

Alternative Title(s): Sonic Sat AM


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