Sonic Underground

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
Left to right: Sonia, Sonic and Manic.

Adapted from a French cartoon called Sonic le Rebelle, this was the third Sonic Animated Adaptation made. It was produced by DiC Entertainment.

Sonic and his two siblings, Sonia and Manic, are left by Queen Aleena the Hedgehog as Doorstop Babies to families, each of a different class. Eventually, they meet together when grown up, and guided by the Oracle of Delphius, they set out to thwart Robotnik, find their mother, and form the Council of Four.

Widely panned among much of the fandom, although, like every show, it is not without its fans.

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 (Cyrus could easily have been Tails), 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 that it was really even intended to be a Sonic show, and that the characters of Sonic and 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.

Regardless of the characters used, it was most likely the "hook" for the show that resulted in its thorough panning. This was that the REAL premise of the show was that Robotnik had banned all music (if they'd made it more about the 'freedom of expression' that music represents it might have made sense, but Robotnik just hated music), and our three protagonists were Musical Assassins with The Power of Rock. Each episode's climax would inevitably be a song performed by the triplets, often with An Aesop based on the events of the episode.

Not to be confused with the two other western animated series based on Sonic the Hedgehog, the Anime series Sonic X, or the OVA Sonic the Hedgehog The Movie.

Tropes used in Sonic Underground include:

Emerald-powered Dingo: CHAOS....I...WANT...CHAOS!

  • Mama Bear: Queen Aleena shot down some Swatbots to save Manic from being roboticized.
  • Meaningful Name: Sonia and Manic both make the word "Sonic" when "ia" and "ma" are removed from their respective names.
  • The Mentor: The Oracle of Delphius.
  • Messy Hair: Manic has it.
  • Mind Control Device: The darts in "Bug!"
  • Mirror Universe: The hedgehogs entered one where they were the tyrants and Robotnik was a Freedom Fighter. It ended with them redeeming their evil counterparts. Strangely, there was no mirror Aleena.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Manic can't seem to get out of his old habit of stealing.
  • Musical Assassin: All three of the hedgehogs.
  • Myth Arc: Later episodes had more of a Story Arc, with the hedgehogs meeting Knuckles and Cyrus, and Bartleby joining the side of good. Who knows how it would've ended.
  • Mythology Gag: In the first episode, we can see Uncle Chuck and Sonic in Uncle Chuck's base from Sonic the Hedgehog. When Robotnik is taking over, we can see a statue of King Acorn (Also from SatAM) crumble.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A lot of trouble could have avoided if the Oracle hadn't told Robotnik about their plan to overthrow him.
  • No Ending: The show was canceled before an ending could be written; the final episode doesn't resolve anything.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted hard in the second episode when the trio fail a training excersice. Sonic: "I got us killed."
  • Photographic Memory: Sonia.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • The Power of Rock
  • There Was a Door: Sleet and Dingo have an exchange in episode 2:

Sleet: Go in and help the metalhead. Go!
Dingo: Y-you mean through the door there?
Sleet: No, through the wall, genius
Dingo: Okey-dokey! *charges through the wall*