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"Circus of Plunders" is the twelfth episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 24 December 2014 in France and on 7 February 2015 in the United States.


A circus ringmaster captures Sonic and his friends in order to make them performers in his travelling circus. It's up to Tails to save them from becoming part of the circus.



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In a desert-like area, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks are on the run when Dr. Eggman bursts out of a nearby rock wall and ambushes them in his Octopus Bot. No sooner, Sonic appears and keeps Octopus Bot distracted while Amy and Sticks fight back. Tails then arrives in his plane to attack Octopus Bot with his untested laser-guided Unbolterizer, but misses and triggers a rockslide that proves a hindrance to his team. Meanwhile, Octopus Bot knocks Tails' plane off course, but Sonic sneaks up from behind the robot and tears up its wiring. With his robot disabled, Eggman flees in an escape pod.

Tails tries to explain what happened to his Unbolterizer, but Knuckles, Amy and Sticks angrily point out how his weapon nearly killed them. Sticks lets her paranoia run loose as she considers Tails to be a mole disguised inside. Sonic tries to defend Tails, but Tails admits his friends are right (except for Sticks) and files away in his plane, determined to not return to them until he has fixed his Unbolterizer. Sonic tries to tell the others to go easy on Tails, but is interrupted by a road train nearly running them over. The driver, revealed to be T.W. Barker, apologizes and introduces himself and his circus, T.W. Barker's Circus of Wonders, which he owns, much to their amazement. However, Barker tells that most of his performers, except his Stunt Bears, have gotten sick from eating bad sushi, so he will not be able to put up a show, which will disappoint the children. Sympathetic, Amy volunteers her teammates to perform in his circus; Sonic refuses to participate, but instantly changes his mind when Barker implies that Sonic cannot handle the challenge of being a circus performer. Sonic tries contacting Tails with his communicator to have him join them, but Tails ignores it to keep working on his Unbolterizer in his workshop (and unintentionally ruining Eggman's TV remote in his lair).

At the circus, Barker is assigning Team Sonic their roles in the show: Sonic is given the 'Sphere of Fear', which he must spin along within at unparalleled speeds, Knuckles is made a human cannonball, Amy is made a sad clown (much to her dismay) and Sticks becomes an acrobat. Meanwhile, Tails figures out what was wrong with his Unbolterizer and successfully tests it by destroying Eggman's TV remote (once again) at his lair. At the same time, the show at Barker's circus begins and Team Sonic puts on an amazing performance to the audience.

After the show, Team Sonic is proud of their performance, with Sonic willing to do another in the future. Barker obliges this thought by imprisoning Sonic in the Sphere of Fear and his friends in cages, revealing that this was all a trap to replace his previous group, who actually escaped. Sonic tries to break out, but Barker adds that he bought the sphere from Eggman Industries to ensure confinement, and summons Motobugs he also ordered to guard his captives.

Meanwhile, Tails contacts Sonic on his communicator as he could not find his friends at Sonic's Shack. Sonic informs Tails of what Barker has done, so Tails heads out to save them. He quickly finds the circus in his plane and tears off the tent where he, after dodging missile fire, uses his Unbolterizer to break the cages holding his friends and free the Sphere of Fear from its base, allowing Sonic to roll it. While the others take care of Barker's henchmen, Sonic pursues the Ringmaster and traps him in the Sphere of Fear as punishment. Tails is congratulated by his friends, who apologized for their judgmental towards him as they head home, leaving T.W Barker behind. The episode ends with Eggman finishing repairing his TV remote so he can shut off his TV.



  • When Tails arrives to rescue everyone from the circus, he tears away the big top tent around them. When Sonic then tells Tails to get him out, the background shows Sonic still inside the tent. In the following scene when Sonic is freed, he is no longer in it at all.
  • The lock used to keep Sonic in the Sphere of Fear is not present as he chases after and switches places with T.W. Barker.

Regional differences

  • In the Hebrew dub of the episode, Knuckles says that Sonic's middle name is Elijah.

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Chinese 强盗马戏团 Bandit Circus
Finnish Ryövärin Sirkus Robber's circus
French C'est quoi ce cirque? What's this Circus?
German Zirkus der Räuber Circus of robbers
Hebrew קרקס הנוכלים The Circus of Crooks
Hungarian A cirkuszi csaló The Impostor of the Circus
Italian Il circo degli inganni The circus of deception
Japanese ビックリ・サーカス The Circus of Surprises
Korean 서커스 소동 Circus Ruckus
Persian سیرک غارتگران Circus of Predators
Polish Cyrkowe szachrajstwo Circus swindle
Portuguese (Brazil) O Circo chega à Cidade The circus arrives in the city
Portuguese (Portugal) O Circo do Terror The Circus of Terror
Romanian Circul jefuitorilor Circus robbery
Russian Нелегальный цирк Illegal circus
Spanish (Latin America) El Circo The Circus
Spanish (Spain) Circo de Saqueadores Circus of Plunders
Turkish Harikalar Sirkinin Düzenbaz Müdürü Trickster Director of the Marvellous Circus
Ukrainian (Pixel TV) Цирк полонених Circus of captives
Ukrainian (PlusPlus) Цирк викрадень Circus of kidnappings


  • This episode was originally meant to air in the United States on 15 November 2014 as the fourth episode.[4]
  • This episode aired in France as the eleventh episode in the series.
  • This episode was originally called "Circus of Plunder".[4]
  • This is the first episode in which a character calls one of Dr. Eggman's minions by name. In this case, it is the Motobug.
  • When Eggman finishes repairing his remote, he mentions watching a show called Dancing with the Robots. The name may be a reference to the Dancing with the Stars television franchise.
  • A segment of the music from Carnival Night Zone can be heard during the circus performance.
  • The tent for T.W Barker's Circus of Wonders was first seen in "Buster", in Sticks' imaginary flashbacks.
  • This episode is aired in Finland as the fourth episode in the series.
  • Concept artwork for this episode appeared in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.


  1. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (18 March 2016). Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved on 18 March 2016. "Alexander Soerensen: Has Natalys Raut-Sieuzac directed every Sonic Boom episode? / Bill Freiberger: Yes she has."
  2. Sonic Boom : Circus of Plunders. Retrieved on 24 January 2015.
  3. Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/10/18). Retrieved on 8 March 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:SB S1E4.jpg