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  • Accidental Innuendo: The Absent-Minded Professor Von Schlemmer had a moment of the sort. Robotnik has him tied up, and he asks him what he can do to get Von Schlemmer's invention to work. He replies "I'll never tell you...unless, of course, you fiendishly torture me." Er...
  • Adaptation Displacement: While the show hasn't eclipsed the Sonic games themselves, some fans are much more familiar with Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts here, to the point where there are those who believe that they were created exclusively for the show, even though they're actually all based off enemies from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Compared to his SatAM counterpart, Tails being 4½ doesn't seem to mind not having parents and only relying on Sonic to look after him.
  • Anvilicious: The "Sonic Says" segments.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song and "Sonic's Song".
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: One "Sonic Says" segment tells kids not to climb into clothes dryers.
  • Cult Classic: The show has a sizable fanbase. Most of its fans grew up with it.
  • Designated Hero: Sonic's attitude and mischievousness is amped a fair degree in this series, sometimes making his role as a hero pretty questionable. Though this is balanced out by his selflessness, his Big Brother Instinct towards Tails, and the fact that Robotnik is still trying to enslave Mobius.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Robotnik. Many fans actually want him to beat Sonic despite still being as evil as his fellow counterparts. His Fountain of Memes and "the world's sexiest fat man" status certainly help.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Sonic the Hedgehog, You can't catch what you can't see. Sonic the Hedgehog, He's going to make Mobius free!" In-universe, even Scratch and Grounder dig it!
    • Robotnik's Leitmotif is also really catchy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Breezie for obvious reasons. Archie took notice and incorporated her into the comics.
    • The bounty hunters from "Sonic Search and Smash Squad", largely due to their reappearance in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, a rather extreme example of this since outside the game, most of the characters only appear for all of a couple of seconds in the show itself.
    • The good doctor himself, Robotnik, who´s far more popular than the show itself.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Katella, the co-antagonist of the episode "Zoobotnik."
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The show has a couple of real winners when it comes to its attempts at giving kids helpful advice:
    • One segment advises kids against running away from home by having Coconuts try it, and Sonic remind him of all the good things Robotnik does to take care of him, and how no one will be there to do those things if he runs away, to convince him to go back home. The thing is, Coconuts is The Un-Favourite among Robotnik's creations, and spends most of his time taking abuse and doing chores to clean up after the rest of the "family", so basically the message comes down to "Even if your family is abusive, it's better than risking it going alone".
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    • In another, Sonic and Tails are surrounded by enemies, so Tails suggests calling 911. Sonic shoots down this idea, saying that 911 is for real emergencies. In other words, being attacked by people who wish to seriously harm or kill you is not an emergency. This was corrected in another episode.
  • Foe Yay: In "Best Hedgehog", Sonic marries Robotnik as part of a prank and they're never technically shown getting a divorce. Sonic seals the deal with a big, sloppy kiss. In a later episode, "Sonic's Running", Sonic disguises himself as an attractive blonde woman and briefly seduces Robotnik to give his robot wife the impression the he was seeing another woman.
  • Fountain of Memes: Robotnik and the "Sonic Says" segments.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Adventures fans tend to get along very well with Sonic Boom fans, since both are clearly comedic shows that don't take themselves seriously and stand in opposition to Darker and Edgier efforts common to the fandom.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Mass Transit Trouble", an episode about Robotnik attempting to bomb three separate transit stations, feels darker than the other episodes because of similar bombings in real life. It doesn't help that Robotnik and his henchmen are far more competent than usual.
    • In "Sonic Breakout", Robotnik imprisons Sketch Lampoon for making fun of him in a satire based on Humpty Dumpty. This is less funny to watch after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in 2015. However, it becomes Hilarious in Hindsight after Donald Trump threatened to have the FCC go after Saturday Night Live for making fun of him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the four part Chaos Emerald saga episodes, "Hedgehog of the Hound Table", has Sonic going back to medieval times. Guess what the second entry in the Storybook Series from the modern Sonic games is about?
    • Around the same time the show started airing, Sonic the Hedgehog CD introduced a certain pink hedgehog whose main role is touching Sonic in a way that makes him feel uncomfortable. Incidentally, Sonic becoming a Chaste Hero in the main series contradicts his portrayal in this show.
    • The Macbeth level from Star Fox 64 unintentionally resembles "The Robotnik Express" - especially the ending - as seen here.
    • From "Mobius 5000":
    • In the unaired pilot for this show, Jim Cummings voices Robotnik, but the show proper has him voiced by Long John Baldry. He would voice the character in a different series. Similarly, Grounder's actor, Gary Chalk, went on to voice Robotnik in another Sonic show.
    • In the episode "Tails in Charge", Sonic saves Tails from being fried by a laser beam, but gets under it himself. Seventeen years later, Tails returns the favor.
    • Robotnik remarks in "Full Tilt Tails", "No wonder people say I look just like Santa Claus." In "Sonic Christmas Blast", he becomes Santa Claus.
    • In "Lovesick Sonic", when Tails is thrown underwater, a fish asks if Tails can swim. He tries using his dog paddle and says, "Not very well," before flying out of the waterfall. Then came Sonic 3 where Tails can actually use the dog paddle to swim, but only for a short time, as he will tire himself out if he swims too hard.
    • In "Sonic Gets Thrashed", Sonic states, "My name is not Roger!" Roger Craig Smith would later provide Sonic's voice starting with Sonic Free Riders.
    • Robotnik's henchbots are in stitches over a Pun in "Mass Transit Trouble":
    Coconuts: Sonic Boom, hah hah, hoo, that's a good one!note 
    • An evil theme park called Robotnikland? Sounds familiar...
    • The way the sloths talk in "Slowwww Going". Fast forward to March 2016 with the Disney's Zootopia featuring sloths talking in a similar manner.
    • At one point, Robotnik kidnaps Sketch Lampoon, a comic artist, to make him create stories where he's the hero, and advises Sketch to make him look like a more muscular Top-Heavy Guy. Sonic Boom's incarnation of Eggman is a Top-Heavy Guy that looks less fat than any previous incarnations.
    • Supreme High Robotnik from "Prehistoric Sonic" is essentially a Super form for Robotnik in all but name and is defeated by Sonic taking the Chaos Emeralds away from him. Eggman would later return the favor in Sonic Unleashed by creating a machine to extract them from Super Sonic. What's even more hilarious is that to defeat Supreme High Robotnik Sonic needed to team up with himself from different points of time.
    • At one point in "Lifestyles of the Sick and Twisted", Tails refers to "Robotnik" as "Eggman".note . At the time, it was just a typical instance of Robotnik being called names, with most viewers not suspecting that "Dr. Eggman" is Dr. Robotnik's name in Japan, which would start being used in North America beginning with Sonic Adventure.note 
    • The Sonic Says segment at the end of "Magnificent Sonic" teaches that guns are dangerous and not at all something to play with. A certain black-and-red hedgehog didn't get that memo. Joel of Vinesauce had a field day.
    • At one point, Robotnik wears a T-shirt with a red R on it, as if he was doubling as a member of a certain other famous cartoon Terrible Trio team.
    • In the episode "Zoobotnik", the bad doctor is almost forced into marriage by an intergalactic bounty hunter voiced by Kathleen Barr. Six years later, she'd go on to voice Marie Kanker, another woman who happens to be a Memetic Molester.
    • In "Tails' New Home", Sonic treats Grounder like an airplane and complains about the airline food he's served. In the opening Cut Scene to Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic complains about the helicopter being a low-budget flight with no food.
    • In "Attack on Pinball Fortress", after Robotnik is hit with the stupidity ray, he sounds like Big the Cat.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Robotnik is forced to "kiss and make up" with rival Dr. Quark in order to keep their Big Bad Duumvirate going. Afterwards, Quark spits; Robotnik blushes.
    • Scratch and Grounder have a weird Twincest going on between them.note 
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Coconuts, so very much. Especially in the Sonic Says segment of "Tails' New Home".
    • Scratch and Grounder are only marginally less pitiful than Coconuts, if anything their higher position leads to them suffering more abuse from both Sonic and Robotnik. Grounder's dopey, puppy eyed disposition doesn't help.
    • Robotnik himself comes dangerously close at times, especially in episodes involving his mother.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As older viewers and critics generally prefer Sonic SatAM, many agree that this show is worth watching for Long John Baldry's performance alone, as the evil mad scientist.
  • Memetic Badass: Doctor Ivo Robotnik.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Inverted with Sonic in this Sonic Sez. Played straight in YouTube Poop, thanks to Détournement.
    • Robotnik himself has become an example in regards to YouTube Poop, no doubt made worse by his numerous pervy expressions, constant ass wiggling, and desire for people to touch his "PINGAS".
  • Memetic Mutation: A page full of them.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While Robotnik isn't anywhere near as terrifying as he is in Sonic Sat AM, many of Robotnik's plans involve at best enslavement for life or at worst mass murder of civilians. For example, in "Sonic Gets Thrashed", his entire scheme revolves around killing his own robotic creations and enslaving many Mobian citizens. If that wasn't bad enough, in "Hero of the Year," even after capturing Sonic, he still plans on drowning everyone who attended the ceremony for Sonic, just For the Evulz.
  • Narm Charm: There's so much in this show it's not even funny. It's hilarious.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: In order to promote the show, Sega edited the Genesis and Game Gear title Puyo Puyo with AoStH cosmetics, relabeling it Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. Despite these edits, and the odd omission of Sonic himself (instead of a playable character, opponents talk to the screen during cutscenes) the game is rather well received and considered a retro classic. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball also included briefer elements of the show (along with Sonic Sat AM) as Easter eggs.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Cathy Weseluck has a voice credit in this show under "Additional Voices".
    • During its run, the series ran a "Watch and Win Sweepstakes" contest. One of the two winners was a young boy named Christian Weston Chandler.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Most fans seem to like the villains (Robotnik, Scratch, and Grounder) better than the heroes. So much so, these same fans will often remark that the show should really be called "The Adventures of Dr. Robotnik."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The show has some decent one shot characters. Perhaps most blatantly are Robotnik's earlier bots who, despite being utilized and even given names and personalities in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, make only cameos in the pilot and one or two more episodes if very lucky. The show also adapted Princess Sally for a voiceless cameo in the Christmas Special.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: This show is best summed up as Sonic the Hedgehog meets The Ren & Stimpy Show with some Looney Tunes sprinkles and a heapin' helping of Max Fleischer surreality.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Robotnik Jr., Scratch and Grounder.
    • Robotnik himself in some episodes ("Lovesick Sonic", "Robotnik Jr."), where the expressive animation makes him look like a big orange teddy bear.
  • Vindicated by History: When the series first came out, Sonic fans labeled it inferior to SatAm due to the latter focusing on action and stealth rather than humor. This only got worse when SatAm got screwed over by ABC, and syndication markets continued to air AoStH even into the early 2000s. The backlash eventually died down by the time Toon Disney and Pop UK ran the show. During YouTube's infancy, a user named "sonicutie" uploaded most of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episodes, leading to their eventual use in various YouTube Poop, which kept the series from fading into obscurity.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Most people only care about "Boogey-Mania" for one line. One line that has nothing to do with its plot, no less.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Who would've thought that Urkel could do a pretty damn good job as the blue blur? Enough to do it on both Sonic shows that were running concurrently, as well as a third a few years later.
  • The Woobie:
    • Usually Tails. Sonic also has his moments, such as the episode "Sloooowwww Going".
    • Coconuts could be this when you realize he is actually trying to get a promotion instead of being evil.
    • Goopster the alien in "So Long Sucker" is quite The Woobie as well.
    • Lawrence The Lab Rat from the episode "Pseudo Sonic". He's basically an innocent teenage rat whose parents are being held hostage by Robotnik and he's forced to commit crimes with their lives on the line. On top of this, he gets a nasty rash from falling into a field of toxic flowers.
    • Captain Rescue from the episode "Over The Hill Hero" qualifies, considering the way that Sonic treated him in the episode.


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