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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The Oracle of Delphius could actually be the true Big Bad of the show. He has amazing powers and could have killed Robotnik in his own bedroom as shown in a flashback in the first episode, but he instead gives him the heads up about the prophecy, which gets Robotnik to start looking for the trio. Also in the same episode, if he hadn't directed the trio to meet at a public place then their foster parents would have been safe and not turned into robots; as if the Oracle is going with an, 'I'll finish off whoever is left in the end' approach. Alternatively, the Oracle just likes to mess around with people.
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    • Queen Aleena is sometimes interpreted as a dead-beat mom trying to stay as far away from her children as possible while preaching about "responsibility" and "not turning away from the past." If she's not out-and-out abandoning her offspring, she cares about Sonia to a greater extent than her sons.
    • There's a point where Sleet and Dingo stop being typical Saturday morning cartoon villains and become tired employees threatened into a job they don't want at all, even purposely engaging in counterproductive work behavior to spite their boss.
  • Awesome Music:
    • If nothing else, the opening theme.
    • "Someday", "The Fastest Thing Alive", "True Blue", "The Sound of Freedom", "Have you Got the 411?" "Learn to Overcome," and "Home" are pretty good.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Bartleby, Sonia's fiance, is either hated for being a cowardly snob, or liked for being a morally grey neutral party in a black-and-white conflict with decent amounts of Character Development.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Tangled Webs", Sonic eats a flower for no reason at all.
  • Crossover Ship: The pairing of Sonia with Shadow the Hedgehog from the main continuity has its fans.
  • Cult Classic: While the show didn’t really do that great in reviews or ratings, it does have a small, but loyal fan following.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mindy LaTour only appeared once, but she's a popular character for being childhood friends with Sonia, having an interesting character design, and being the only non-band member to sing lead vocals.
    • Sonia, Manic and Queen Aleena are this outside of the Sonic Underground fandom, due to sharing Sonic's design and having distinct personalities that play off of each other.
  • Epileptic Trees: Thanks to so many original characters and the omission of almost all the official characters existing at the time, despite there being potential room for them, and since many of the background characters were more alien than any Earth-based animal, many Sonic fans and even fans of the series debated whether it was really even intended to be a Sonic show, and that the characters of Sonic and Dr. Robotnik were just a hook for Sonic fans. Even the series plot is basically a This Is Your Premise on Drugs take of the Sonic vs. Robotnik story.
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  • Evil Is Cool: This would be a primary reason for why Special Agent Sleet has as many fans as he does.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Who was the royal triplet's father? Many fans speculate through fanfiction that Sonic, Sonia and Manic are twins/half-siblings and have two different fathers, due to Sonia most resembling her mother Queen Aleena and Sonic and Manic most resembling either his father.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In "Art of Destruction", Manic complains to his siblings and the recently reformed ART that the prophecy never said when they would win, and that it could be twenty years later. Given the show was Cut Short before they could win, and the Development Hell and eventual cancellation of the epilogue meant to be in Sonic Universe, it's depressing if you were a fan of the show.
    • "Virtual Danger", the last aired episode of the show, ends with ships being flown into the tower that is Robotnik's main base, causing it to explode. This aired about two years before the 9/11 attacks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the halves of the names Sonia and Manic are switched, they make up the words "Sonic Mania".
    • Chomps, Knuckles' pet dinosaur, shares almost the exact same colors as the Biolizard.
    • One of the early concepts for Sonic 1 when it was still in production was to have Sonic as part of a rock band, though sources say they had to take that part of the game out to save space on the cart, and that Sega of America told their Japanese counterpart that that concept for Sonic wouldn't go over well with American audiences.
    • Some five years after the show stopped, Robotnik had to deal with The Power of Rock once again.
    • One episode has Sonic playing tennis against himself, and throwing a McEnroe-esque tantrum when the umpire (also himself) makes a call against him. Twenty years later, the second trailer for the film adaptation has Sonic playing both table tennis and baseball against himself.
    • In "No Hedgehog is an Island", when Dingo double-crosses Sleet and plans to become ruler of Mobius himself, Sleet objects, "You can't even drink a glass of water without using both hands!" 21 years later, Donald Trump drinking a glass of water with two hands was seized upon by opponents as a sign of him being physically unfit for office.
  • Ho Yay:
    • At the end of the second episode, Sonia kisses Sonic on the cheek for a job well done, and Sonic turns to Manic and says, "You're not gonna kiss me, are you?" Manic's answer? "No way, but you are kinda cute." This is one of the funniest lines on the show.
    • In another episode, Sonic asks for a dance while looking Sonia's direction. She accepts, but then he says he was talking to Manic, and the two begin slow dancing. The pair had a surprising amount of this.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Dingo at times, thanks to all the abuse he takes from his partner Sleet, and being mostly an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Memetic Mutation: Knuckles screaming "I HATE THIEVES!"
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Robotnik firmly crossed this in "Three Hedgehogs and a Baby" when he tricked Manic with a robot that resembled a baby hedgehog, in the hopes that he'd get attached to it and accordingly take it to — and thus reveal the location of — Sanctuary, a hidden place of refuge for children and infants. So he could destroy it.
    Robotnik: When we find it, Sanctuary will become... Cemetery!
  • Narm:
    • The characters' constant smiling in the early episodes.
    • Jaleel White voices Sonic, Manic and Sonia. As one might expect, he does fine with the first two, but Sonia ends up sounding like a cross-dressing Steve Urkel, which neuters any scene she has that's meant to be taken seriously.
  • Padding:
    • In "The Price of Freedom", the camera pans up to Dingo's face for seven seconds at one point.
    • Most of the songs can be considered this, especially "Where There's a Will, There's a Way".
  • Popular with Furries: Aleena, Manic, and Sonia have a popularity amongst furries.
    • Dingo also has a bit of a following in the muscle/bara crowd, especially with the rising popularity of "Himbo" type characters.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sonia's vain, germaphobic personality and annoying voice initially placed her squarely in this territory from the get-go. Jaleel White's voice is pretty flexible, but he probably shouldn't be playing a young girl. It eventually gets subverted, however; Sonia's bout of amnesia makes her more competent than when she was with her brothers, as well as the fact that she seems to get more Character Development over Manic and Sonic.
    • This show's version of Robotnik tends to be either ignored or outright loathed in comparison to his more popular and well known counterparts in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM).
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • The show does have its fans.
    • There's those who consider the songs to be this.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In "Art of Destruction", Manic complains that no matter how far they go or what they do, Robotnik will just throw something else at them, and the situation doesn't ever seem to change no matter what they do. When you look at many of the previous episodes where the robots seemed to only escalate in how powerful they are, as well as the generally unchanging nature of the show, it's hard to not agree with Manic.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Episode 13 has Robotnik trying to build a robot that can outrun Sonic in order to lead the heroes into a trap. This would've been the perfect way to introduce Metal Sonic, but no, instead it's just a generic, turtle-looking robot that serves no purpose to the overall plot and is defeated confortably.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: It's the classic Sonic vs. Robotnik story... except Sonic has siblings, is blood related to royalty, and they fight Robotnik through THE POWUH OF RAWK! ...and it's all animated poorly.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Some of the characters in this show really come close to this territory. For example, look at Sonia's adoptive mother in the first episode; she looks like someone pulled out of a Renaissance Fair.
    • This version of Mobius has plenty of insectoids and bugs, with some looking monster-ish.
    • The Do-Bot in "Haircraft in Space."
    • Dingo's character model sheets depict him with a jarring amount of lines in his face compared to the rest of his body. Thankfully, this was toned down in the cartoon itself.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Sleet and Dingo are surprisingly popular. Blame it on their fun voice acting and their Jessie and James-like appeal.
  • What an Idiot!: The Oracle tells Queen Aleena that her and her children will one day overthrow Robotnik.
    You'd expect: That the Oracle will keep silent about it, only telling the queen and her children.
    Instead: He gloats to Robotnik about the prophesy. Robotnik didn't even know there was a threat, and now has an actual reason to find the queen and her children.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • By the time the series aired, fans were used to Jaleel White's voice as Sonic. The voice he used for Manic isn't too bad, either. But having him voice Sonia as well might not have been the best decision. She sounds an awful lot like Sonic pretending to do a woman's voice and failing.
    • Knuckles' voice sounds like a nasal, slightly higher version of Manic's voice, even though a deeper tone would better suit the character. And this from Brian Drummond, known for Ocean's Vegeta of all characters!


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