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Dr. Eggman breaking the fourth wall in Sonic X.

At times, characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series will say something that implies that they know they are fictional characters in a video game, movie, television show, or book; this is referred to as breaking the fourth wall. The term originated from plays, in which actors would do something that involved the audience. Due to a stage looking similar to a box with two walls on the left and right, and two more in the front and back; the front wall, or the direction where the audience is sitting, is called the fourth wall.

Common elements

  • Characters tell the player about commands such as "Press the A button to Jump. Press the A button again to do a Homing Attack".
  • After finishing a stage, the character(s) will strike a pose toward the player and comment on the Rank they receive.
  • In the 2D games, characters will look at the player and act impatiently if left stationary for a while.
  • In most character artwork for games, TV shows, etc, the characters often pose towards the viewer.


Sonic 1/2/Spinball/3/& Knuckles/4/Mania

  • When the character is idle for a while, the character will turn to the player and perform various actions.
    • If Sonic is idle, he will turn to the player, giving an annoyed look and start tapping his foot. In Sonic 2 and Sonic 4, he will look at his arm as if he had a watch with him. In Sonic 3, if the player waits long enough, Sonic will look at the player and point in the direction he's facing.
    • If Knuckles is idle, he will turn to the camera and start punching.
    • If Tails is idle, he will look at the player and yawn.
  • When the player hits Dr. Robotnik, he will look to the player with a shocked expression. If he hits the player, he will laugh directly at the player.
  • After finishing the game in Sonic 1 or Sonic 4, Sonic will turn to the camera and strike one final pose.
  • After finishing Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Tails can be seen waving at the player.
  • In Sonic & Knuckles in the player crouches in a certain area in Sky Sanctuary Zone, Knuckles will make a "shooting" gesture at the player.
  • After the credits from the true ending of Sonic 1 and true ending of the Sonic 2 2013 re-release by Christian Whitehead, Robotnik angrily will crush the title: "End", steadily.

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

  • If Sonic is idle for three minutes, he will turn to the player and say "I'm outer here!"[1] and jump off the screen with an annoyed look on his face while still looking at the player. This results in an instant Game Over, regardless of how many lives the player has.
  • Before the player is able to control Sonic in the Special Stage, Sonic will turn around, as though saying "Hey! Pay attention!"
  • Before Sonic races against Metal Sonic, Metal will do Sonic's finger wave toward the player. If the player loses against Metal Sonic, he will do it again.
  • In the good ending, Sonic will glance, then turn to the player and pose before the credits play.
  • There is an unlockable extra which has a picture of Tails saying to the player "See you next game!"

Knuckles' Chaotix

  • When Robotnik is being lifted by Metal Sonic, he is seen laughing at the player.
  • Once Vector reaches top speed, he occasionally looks at the player.

Sonic Adventure

  • If the player moves the camera around a lot while playing as Knuckles, he will state that he doesn't want to fall.
  • After finishing their respected stories, the character (with the exception of Gamma) will turn to the player and strike one final pose, as though thanking the player for their help.
  • In the cutscene of Amy's Story where she sees Sonic at Casinopolis, she turns to the camera and says, "my hero."
  • In the CGI intro, Sonic does a quick glance and smirks toward the viewer while running.

Sonic Adventure 2

  • During the CGI intro of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (except for the re-release in the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC), the various playable characters look at the player and perform various actions like smiling.
    • At the end of the intro, Sonic and Shadow strike a pose in midair.
  • Many of the characters (depending on the character theme) will say a line that is directed toward the player, like asking the player which stage or story they want to play.
  • During the CGI ending for the Hero Story, after shutting down the Eclipse Cannon, Sonic turns to the camera, smiles and gives a thumbs up.
  • During the title screen, after enough demos play, a character can be heard saying "Sonic Team!"
  • During the City Escape stage, there are posters telling players that "Playing SA2 is a habit forming" and to not turn off their Dreamcast. In the remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the posters say not to turn off their GameCube. In it's Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC Re-release, the posters say not to turn off their consoles/PC even though their console/computer is not mentioned.
    • There are also posters of Soap shoes, which are what Sega helped promote at the time. That has since been removed in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 re-release due to licensing issues. Because of this, posters of Sonic Team are also present throughout the stage as a replacement to the Soap shoes ads, although it can be restored in the PC version.
  • When starting a level the character will say something about what happened or what is going to happen directed towards the player.

Sonic Advance/2/3

  • Much like the other 2D games, if the character is idle, they'll perform various actions toward the camera.
    • If Sonic is idle, he will motion to the player, as though saying "Let's get moving!"
    • When Tails is idle, he will look through his binoculars, then turn to the camera and point, telling the player that they need to get moving.
    • When Knuckles is idle, he will look at the player with an annoyed face, clear his throat, and yell at the player, as if he's telling the player to "Hurry up!"
    • While Amy is idle for a while, she will wave at the player, before shouting something like "Hey!", and then repeatedly shout something and she will continue to do this until the player moves her.
  • While Cream is grinding, she will wave at the player.
  • During the Tornado Special Stage, the character will turn to the player and do something like give a thumbs up or wave.
    • After the character gains a Chaos Emerald, they'll show the Emerald to the player.
  • When Sonic does some stretches, he will look toward the camera while shaking his hands.
  • While Tails is about to start, he will look around, notice the player and nod.
  • When Amy is about to start, she will yawn but will notice the player and pretend to clear her throat.
  • If Cream is in the team when the player clears a zone in 3, the zone clear animation will end with her waving to the screen as she runs off into the distance with her partner.

Sonic Heroes

  • When Team Chaotix face the Egg Emperor, Charmy asks if it's the final stage, Vector the Crocodile says that it's not (foreshadowing the final battle against Neo Metal Sonic).
  • In Team Rose's opening cinematic, Amy is holding a newspaper clipping with a picture of Sonic (Metal Sonic in disguise) carrying Froggy and Chocola. The article on the newspaper appears to be an ad for a portable "Palm" version of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • While selecting Shadow or Omega to be Team Dark's leader, if the player uses the first-person camera to look at Rouge, she will turn her head in the player's direction and winks at him/her.
  • When playing as Team Dark, after being idle for a while Shadow will often remark (mostly at the start of the game) "no need to rush" which is both aimed at the player and also saying that there is no time limit.
  • If Team Chaotix gets an E rank, Espio says: "Insulting! Your training has been a waste of time!" (Referring to the player).
  • In the Final Story while Sonic will say "We'll show that creep the REAL SUPER POWER of TEAM WORK!" while everyone and Sonic will look at the camera.
  • At the end of the game Sonic will look into the camera while saying "Yeah! we're Sonic Heroes!".

Sega Superstars

  • At the start on the Sonic game, Sonic (or Shadow) will look at the player and give a thumbs up.

Shadow the Hedgehog

  • When touching the Hint Ring during the final stage of Expert Mode, Eggman can be heard telling Shadow (i.e. the player) "This is the final stage!"
  • When an ally character appears for the first time, they'll turn to the camera and pose.
  • In the Final Haunt level, when Shadow meets Sonic, Sonic will say "Hey Shadow, looks like we've reached the climax of this little game here." Of course, Sonic could just be making a joke. In Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic admits that everything is fun and games.
  • In the cutscene before the Lethal Highway stage, Sonic says "Welcome to the next level." This phrase was also a reference to one of the slogans used for promoting the Sega Genesis.

Sonic Rush

  • If the player taps Sonic with the stylus, he will swing his arms, as though saying "Come on! Let's go!"
  • If Blaze is tapped with the stylus, she will jump like a scared cat, stamp her foot, and turn her back to the player while tapping her foot until the player controls Blaze again or taps her again.

Sonic the Hedgeh​og (2006)

  • After Rouge briefly talks to GUN about the whereabouts of E-123 Omega, she will pose and give the player a seductive facial expression.

Sonic Rush Adventure

  • In the final part of the battle against the Ghost Kraken, it will shoot an ink ball at the screen, obscuring the player's vision. The player can wipe away the ink blot with the stylus, but this method is time-consuming.
  • Just like Sonic Rush, Sonic and Blaze will react when they are touched by the stylus on the lower screen (Sonic stretches while Blaze lifts herself in the air).

Sonic Rivals

  • When Sonic reaches the Sky Park, Sonic will say "Looks like we've been teleported to a completely different location...", possibly referring to both him and the player.

Sonic Rivals 2

  • In Neon Palace Zone, there are some neon signs with all the playable characters' icons, also some of them have the logo and the game title.

Sonic Riders/Riders: Zero Gravity

  • In the animated intro to Sonic Riders, Sonic gives the player the "Peace"/"Victory" sign just as he passes the camera.
  • After starting a race in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the character will turn around and look at the player.
  • When performing an "X"-Rank Trick in later games, the character will turn to the player, as he/she is saying "Good job!"

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • During Sonic's Side Taunt (the rev-up animation of his Super Peel Out from Sonic CD), he will turn to the player (possibly the opponent) while saying "You're too slow!"
  • During Subspace Emissary, Sonic appears before the final fight against Tabuu. This could be a nod to Sega's late acceptance to let Sonic join Brawl.
  • If the player fights Sonic while playing as Solid Snake and contacts Otacon, Snake will say that he doesn't like Sonic for some reason, but will not elaborate why. Otacon will then state that many fans are happy that he's in Brawl. Snake's unexplained dislike toward Sonic could, among other things, be a nod to the Sonic games selling better than the Metal Gear games (or simply, in relation to this, because the hype for Sonic's inclusion in Brawl overshadowed that for Snake's own inclusion).
    • It's more highly possible behind this is the fact that the Japanese voice actor for Snake, Akio Ōtsuka, is the son of Dr. Eggman's voice actor, Chikao Ōtsuka.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

  • Tails will constantly remind Sonic to save the game before certain areas.
  • Sonic and Tails cite the credits themselves, even making various comments; such as Sonic pointing out that one of the members who worked on the game is named "Miles." Omega eventually joins in, but ends up putting Sonic to sleep.

Sonic Unleashed

  • After Sonic realizes that Chip lost his memory, he asks the player if he fell on him.
  • After Sonic sulks away because Amy didn't recognize him as a Werehog, Chip will offer him chocolate, but Sonic will refuse. Chip will then shrug at the player before flying after him.
  • While Sonic is being graded in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions, he and Chip will look directly at the results.
  • After Eggman fails to kick Orbot and falls flat on his back, Orbot turns to the player, points at Eggman, and chuckles before the doctor gets back up.
  • While visiting any Gaia Gate, if Sonic is idle, he will sometimes lay down sideways with his hand propping up his head, stretching or turning around, as if heard something, and look at the area behind him. Sonic's reaction, named first, will also work in any Day-Stage when he's idle for a while.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

  • During races, Sonic or some of the other characters will look at the player.
  • When Big gains first place, he will put his hand on the camera to stop himself, jump off his bike, and pose.
  • In the CGI opening, after just beating Eggman and when gaining first place, Sonic give the player his famous thumbs up.
  • At the title screen, various characters will drive up, look at the player, and perform various actions.
  • When Amy won, her car would crash back-first into the camera, she'd step out, and giggled as if the "cameraman" was in a fairly sticky situation.

Sonic Free Riders

  • Omochao seems to be talking as though the player is watching television (although he is speaking to the "camera" that some of the other characters can see). It's also supported by the fact that the game is somewhat featured like a television show.
  • During Kinect calibration, characters will occasionally motion towards the player before jumping on their Gear.
  • When characters do their 'X' tricks, they would glance toward the player.

Sonic Colors

  • When Tails corrects Sonic by telling him that it's pronounced "Wisps", Sonic turns to the camera and tells the player, "Yeah. I'll just stick with 'aliens,' if that's okay with everybody."
  • In the CGI opening, a White Wisp looks at the camera in wonder, as though trying to look at something.
  • In the DS version, Tails offers Sonic to go over some tutorials.
  • Eggman in one of his PA announcements, he says: "Attention! If you find a gold ring, please return it to the lost and found, thank you!"

Sonic Generations

  • Both Sonics will look at their score after each stage.
  • Classic Sonic will look at the player in annoyance if he does not move for long enough and Modern Sonic would lie on the ground looking almost sleepy at the player.
  • When attaining an S rank, Modern Sonic will breakdance and then wink at the player.
  • If the player enters the Death Egg Robot boss gate as Modern Sonic, in the cutscene "Through The Glass," Modern Sonic will look at the player and say, "Another Sonic! What!?"
  • At the start of Speed Highway and some challenges, Modern Sonic will look at the player and give a thumbs up.
  • In the second-to-last cutscene, the hammerspace concept is referenced by Classic Tails, who asks his modern self about where Sonic puts all his gold rings. Modern Tails then says that he has no idea. However, this is not necessarily breaking the fourth wall, so much as "leaning" on it.
  • When Classic Tails refers to Classic Eggman as "Dr. Robotnik", Classic Eggman says "Nobody calls me THAT anymore" considering that he referred to himself as Dr. Robotnik until after Sonic Adventure, this comment is partly directed at the player.
  • In the post-credits scene, after Modern Eggman tells his younger self, "It'll be your plan pretty soon," Classic Eggman says that he will dedicate the rest of his life to forgetting it at the camera.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

  • Same as Episode II, excluding Tails.
  • In the iPhone/iPod Touch version, if the player stands still for a while, Sonic will take out an Apple handheld device, hold it up to his ear, and starts dancing a little, though this exclusive waiting pose was taken out in the HD version of this game on the iPad.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

  • If the player stands still for a while, Sonic will put his hands on his hips and Tails will look towards the player, followed by looking around. Super Sonic will cross his arms and face forward.

Sonic Lost World

  • In the cutscene preceding Zazz's second fight, Zazz looks at the player in shock after Sonic insults him for "needing a bath". At the same time, Sonic also glances at the player.
  • After Sonic, Tails, and Orbot raise their hands when they think Eggman is a total bonehead, Tails breaks the fourth wall looking at the viewers saying, "Well, there you go folks! The motion is passed unanimously!"
  • When Sonic is free-falling, if the player doesn't hold down the R-trigger button, he will turn around so his back is facing the ground, and look at the player as if to say "Oh, come on!".

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

  • In the cutscene right before the Ocean Purification Plant, Tails briefly looks towards the screen while Knuckles is attempting to boss the group around, as if to say: "Yep, there's Knuckles for you."
  • In another cutscene, Knuckles will playfully hit Sonic on the back, causing him to lose a ring and fall.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

  • In the cutscene before Shadow Canyons, after Sonic makes a pun on the word "shadow", Tails winks towards the camera and says: "And there's your irony!"

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

  • When Sonic and Amy first meet D-Fekt, Sonic says to Amy, "Looks like Eggman lost one of his toys". Amy then says, "Yeah, he'd make a great action figure if our adventures were ever merchandised." and winks at the camera.
  • At the end of the game after Sonic painfully catches Eggman he will look at the player and say "My back is never gonna be the same".

Sonic Forces

  • Classic Sonic will look at the player in annoyance if he does not move for long enough which is very similar to his idle animation in Sonic Generations.
  • At the end of the game while everyone is getting ready to leave and restore the world they will look at the camera as they celebrate victory.
  • If playing as Sonic or Shadow while skydiving they will rest and look at the player in mid air if they do not move.
  • The Avatar has two idle animations depending on which gender is selected.
    • If the Avatar is male, he will stretch and stall towards the player if he does not move for long enough.
    • If the Avatar is female, she will yawn towards the player.

Archie Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog

  • When Sonic destroys Robotnik's Robo-Machine, Robotnik states that it will take at least two issues to rebuild it.
  • When Sonic rushed off to save Sally from the trees, he uses a full panel to tell the viewer about the story and what he hopes he will be able to do, all while using all the bad tree puns that haven't been used up to that point. Later he states that he "feels like [he's] getting 'stalked,'" and the caption assures the reader that it was a corn pun, not a tree pun.
  • One of the early Off-Panels features some "deleted scenes" from the comics.
    • One of the Off-Panels has Sonic mentioning that there are more Rabbit characters in the comics.
  • In a bonus feature, Sonic directly addresses the reader and tells them to help him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #1:
    • When Sonic went to the Casino Night Zone, he told the reader to plug Sonic 2 on their Genesis to get him there, or just turn the page.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #2:
    • The reader may choose what Sonic says to get Tails to return to Knothole as Scratch and Grounder are out looking for Sonic. The options are: "to warn Princess Sally", "because I said so" and "to make it easier for the artist". None of them affects the story, though.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #3:
    • The comic cover had Sonic and Tails returning from their look at the other comics on the rack, telling the potential buyer that "this is the one you want."
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #4:
    • When the Freedom Fighters were looking at video footage of Universalamander, Rotor believed that Jurassic Park has been released for the Genesis.
    • When Sonic went into the Special Stage, a prompt appeared at the bottom of the page, telling the viewer to use their Genesis to help Sonic through the Special Stage.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #9:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #19:
    • Sonic and a large group of other Sonic from different dimensions enter the Neutral Zone, which is completely black and white. The reader is urged to color that colorless pages like a coloring book.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #71:
    • The entire issue is told backwards. With Sonic Grams (which are always at the back of the comic book) being first, followed by letters, fan art, pin-up, the backup story and finally the main story in that order.
    • On the of that, the main story is also told backwards. With the reader seeing the end result first, then seeing the events leading to it in reverse, finally ending with how it all started.

Sonic Universe

  • Sonic Universe #64:
    • Bean breaks the fourth wall when he tells Charmy that he needs to fix his word balloons before they engage in fighting.

Sonic Super Special


Sonic X

  • Sonic X #6:
    • Sonic shows off juggling 5 chainsaws while saying "Hey kids. Don't try this at home!".
  • Sonic X #17:
    • At the end of the issue, Sonic says "That's all folks!" and then tells the reader what will happen in the next issue.

Sonic Boom

  • Sonic Boom #1:
    • Sticks points at that Sonic just said her name in the form of a logo. In response, Sonic explains that its a first issue gimmick, and their names will be said normally in the next issue.
  • Sonic Boom #2:
    • Eggman almost destroys the credits with his Big Boy mech. Sonic also points out that all their names were said as logos in the previous issue and when Amy yells Knuckles' name, he tells her that his name was already said as a logo.
    • When Knuckles turns on Eggman and yells his name, Orbot compliments the logo.
  • Sonic Boom #3:
    • Sonic tells Amy that her crying is making his logo all gross.
  • Sonic Boom #4
    • Sonic and the team remember that they were supposed to battle Eggman in his Big Boy mech for the rest of the story arc.
    • Orbot encourages Eggman to keep fighting by saying his name as a logo.
    • After his defeat, Eggman shares his anger on wasting four issues on Big Boy.
  • Sonic Boom #5:
    • On the cover, Sonic yells at Eggman, telling him to get off of his cover.
    • On the first page, Sonic tells the readers to check out the credits and meet him on page two. He also tells the readers the name of the story.
    • Eggman shouts at Orbot for not showing him the "How to Win Back the Will of People" book at the top of the page.
    • Stratford realizes that none of the characters in Archie Sonic Boom will age, due to them being in a comic book.
  • Sonic Boom #6:
    • Sonic trips over his own intro box and comments that he liked it better when they said their own intros.
  • Sonic Boom #7:
    • Sonic tries to hang on to his own intro box but slips off.
    • Sonic asks his friends how they got there in time to save him so quickly but Knuckles replies it took them a whole month to arrive, referencing the scheduled release for the comic issue. Amy then pleads that they stop breaking the fourth wall.
  • Sonic Boom #8:
  • Sonic Boom #10:
    • When Axl and Sticks arrive in the world of Viewtiful Joe, Joe and Silvia realize that they've walked into a franchise crossover.
    • After battling, Joe and Silvia mention that they have been waiting for their own sequel for a while and when Sticks points out that they break the fourth wall too, their argument is that they do it mostly for the self-referential humor.
  • Sonic Boom #11:
    • After Eggman releases a gorilla in his home, he asks Sonic to view his problem by reading page three of the issue.
    • Kyle crashes into Sonic's word bubble.
    • After several failed attempts of Kyle getting a job, Sonic gets an idea and takes the light bulb that appeared above his head to fix the lamp.
    • Eggman was thinking bit by bit of a new approach and when he finally thought to get a gorilla, he and the himself of the near past agree on the idea. This joke was repeated in the next story when Eggman was searching for his wireless earpiece, much to Eggman's realization.
    • Eggman refers to Sticks as a main character.

TV series and animations

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

  • During the intro, Sonic and Tails give the viewer a thumbs up.
  • After changing "Sonic Sez" to "Sonic Says", Sonic gives the viewer a thumbs up.
    • The entire Sonic Sez segment has Sonic breaking the fourth wall, because he gives advice to the watcher (or audience) to do things like not to smoke, to stay in school, not to play with guns, or anything dangerous.
  • "Sonic Gets Thrashed":
    • After Sonic preforms a death defying stunt to get on Robotnik's blimp, he says, "Kids, don't try this at home."
  • "Sonic Christmas Blast":
    • At the end of the show, Sonic wishes the audience a very merry Christmas.
  • "Blank-Headed Eagle":
    • At the end of the show, Sonic declares that he wants his own television show by the name of "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog".
  • "Robotnik's Rival":
    • In the beginning of the episode, while Sonic and Tails were chased by Robotnik, Tails bumps into the large-font title, knocking it over.
  • "Sonically Ever After":
    • At the end of the episode, Sonic tells the audience to stay tuned for the next episode.
  • "Sno Problem":
    • At the end of the episode, when Grounder asks Scratch when they'll land, Scratch said "Probably some time at the next episode."
  • "Zoobotnik":
    • During the scene where Robotnik and Katella use a doll of Tails as bait for their trap to catch Sonic, Sonic informs the audience that he knows the doll isn't really Tails, but he will willingly fall for the trap in the hopes of finding the real Tails.

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

  • "Sonic Conversion":
    • At the end of the episode, Sonic squeezes through the black circle (which signifies the end of an episode), turns to the viewer, and says "Serious! Yeah!"

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

  • Towards the end of the first half of the film, Journey to Eggmanland, Tails flies past the camera and gives a wink and thumbs-up to the viewer before soaring off into Robotropolis.

Sonic Underground

  • Throughout the show, Sonic and his siblings summon their band instruments and perform an episodic music video for the viewer. These segments often take place during an action sequence, prompting any onlookers to either stare in confusion or join the number.

Sonic X

  • During the ending sequences in the first season, Sonic will watch footage from the episode.
  • "Chaos Control Freaks":
    • While Sonic is standing on one of the S-Team's race cars, Hector Dragg, the driver of the race car yelled at him, telling him that there are kids watching, which also brings Sonic to break the fourth wall, and his expression shows that he knows that in which ever dub the viewer is watching, it is unlikely to happen anyway.
      • While standing on top of the racer, Sonic then proceeds to say: "Kids, don't use Formula One cars to chase hedgehogs!"
      • In the original Japanese version, Sonic tells the viewers that they should not stand on top of speeding race cars.
    • When Sonic flies over the city and is subsequently about to fall into the pool, he looks at the viewer with an exasperated expression then says: "uh...oh...." makes an attempt to run to try to keep moving in the air, then proceeds to saying: "See ya!" right before he falls.
  • "Sonic to the Rescue":
    • In the English version, after Sonic, Cream and Cheese made it to the Tornado 2, Tails winks and talks to the audience and said "I helped Sonic the real hero!". In the Japanese version, he says "Hold on tight, so you don't fall!" advising the audience if they go on Tails' Tornado 2.
  • "Cracking Knuckles":
    • When Sonic fell into a small pond/puddle while fighting Knuckles, he will turn to the camera and sheepishly say "It's lucky I fell in the kiddie pool.", before returning to his fight with Knuckles.
  • "Unfair Ball":
    • In the Japanese version of Unfair Ball, when an Eggman robot was batting and hits the ball out of the stadium, Sonic who was fielding, goes and catches the ball and says, "Out!" but Chuck informs him that if the ball goes beyond or at the end of the stadium then that is a home-run. Sonic then says, "Why should we follow the rules? This is an anime!"
  • "Skirmish in the Sky":
    • In the Japanese version, when Sonic fails to reach the Egg Fort, he turns to the camera and says "No way".
  • "Cruise Blues":
    • In the Japanese version, Amy convinces Sonic to stop misbehaving by warning him about what fans of Sonic X would say to Sonic.
    • Decoe and Bocoe said that took a while to repair the Egg Fort because they didn't appear in the previous episode.
    • When Sonic got the idea to persuade Chris and his friends to get off his dad's cruise, he looked at the viewer with a sly smirk on his face.
    • When Eggman launches the Egg Fort II, he receives phone calls from the "viewers" complaining that they couldn't see the flying fortress. In response, Eggman tells them to get bigger televisions.
  • "Countdown to Chaos":
    • In the Japanese version, Eggman tells the audience not to change the channel before a commercial and when a eyecatch card showing a blacked-out E-99 Eggsterminator, Eggman appears and tells the viewer "I'm sorry!" before bringing out the Eggsterminator.
    • When about to deal a heavy blow to Sonic with the Eggsterminator in the Japanese version, when his robot minions ask if Sonic is going to survive, Eggman responds confidently by explaining that "no one ever dies in Animes", and then explains further with "Of course! The good guy never gets killed in an anime and the bad guy like myself never wins. In other words, not matter how hard we try, the show makers will always make us lose!" It should be noted that this particular exchange was the result of an ad-lib by Chikao Otsuka (originally, Eggman was intended to be silent throughout the whole thing as if to ponder whether it actually will kill his nemesis).
  • "Defective Detectives":
    • Vector and Espio give a description of themselves to the viewer. These descriptions take so long that when Charmy asks if it's his turn yet, Vector informs him that they don't have enough time, and that they have to cut to commercial. Charmy, desperate for some screen time, grabs the camera with a worried look on his face as the scene fades to black. In the Japanese version, Charmy fails to introduce himself before the eyecatch and instead the eyecatch details all of his stats for him.
    • In the Japanese version of the episode, Charmy shows Vector a DVD of Sonic X. Not long after, they can be seen watching short scenes and the beginning of the theme song
  • "Sunblock Solution":
    • When Eggman was viewed as a hero by many of the brainwashed civilians, Decoe and Bocoe pitched an idea of a TV show called "Eggman X", which is a clear nod to the show's title being "Sonic X."
      • Immediately afterward, Eggman tells the audience to "tune in next week".
  • "Teasing Time":
    • In the Japanese version, after Rouge destroys the fake Emerald producing machine she then moves off-screen complaining that this is all she does in the episode and even yells "Call the Producer!"
  • "A Fearless Friend":
    • Eggman and his crew have an entire argument about whether or not each were properly acting in character.
  • "So Long Sonic":
    • Charmy reminds Espio that he's acting out of character after the latter begs for more of Vanilla's cake.

Sonic Boom

  • "The Sidekick":
    • When Burnbot damages the wing for the plane, Tails accidentally breaks off the ejector seat switch and looks at the viewer with a puzzled look on his face.
    • When Knuckles tries to change Sonic's name to "Knuckles. Jr" for his sidekick, Sonic looks at the viewer with an annoyed look on his face.
    • When Sonic is done explaining to Tails that he's having "Early Retirement", he looks at the viewer and asks: "Wait, what just happened?"
    • When the camera takes a close up of Eggman, it immediately tilts to the floor, Eggman focuses the camera back to him, remarking, "Lousy security camera!"
  • "Double Doomsday":
    • Sonic stares at the screen with a bored facial expression while he and Tails are reviewing their plan over their communicators.
  • "Dude, Where's My Eggman?":
    • When Knuckles asks what rhymes with "governor", Sonic looks at the screen with an unamused look on his face.
  • "Cowbot":
    • During the various games of "Coconut Hurl" that are played throughout the episode, Tails constantly stares at the screen as he pretends to be the announcer for the event.
  • "The Meteor":
    • Eggman (inside Sonic's body) decides to test out his newfound speed, but crashes into the wall of Sonic's shack. He then looks at the screen and says: "Yeah, this might take some getting used to."
    • In the same episode, after Eggman (still in Sonic's body) is done reviewing Sonic's schedule and realizes that he won't have time to destroy his friends, he closes the book and looks at the screen as he says: "Guess I'll have to destroy them tomorrow!"
  • "Sole Power":
    • After Eggman reveals the power-source for the Giant Robot, he says: "Gee, I wish I thought of that." before looking at the camera and saying: "Oh wait, I did!"
  • "Sleeping Giant":
    • After Sonic and the gang rescue Sticks, Amy looks at the screen and says: "New fun fact about Granifier Giganticus : their breath smells like dead jellyfish."
  • "Mayor Knuckles":
    • After Mayor Fink laments about how busy his schedule is, he asks: "If only there was someone to cover for me", which he asks a second time, before finally asking: "So we can get the story started?"
  • "Blue With Envy":
    • As Sonic is scraping glue off his shoes, he looks at the camera while Amy and Sticks talk about Swifty the Shrew.
  • "Battle of the Boy Bands":
    • While Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are busy deciding on a name for their own boy-band, Sonic remarks: "Well, we've still got a little montage time left!" At the end of said montage, he then goes on to say: "Knuckles! Stop tearing pages off that calendar!"
    • Later on in the episode, then the boys inform Amy and Sticks about Dixon's evil scheme, Knuckles tells them how he "conveniently revealed the whole thing" in front of them. Then he adds: "Talk about lazy writing." and stares at the viewer, not amused.
  • "Tails' Crush":
    • When the heart-shaped iris out effect surrounds Tails and Zooey, Eggman says: "I'm glad I sprang for the heart iris upgrade."
  • "Bro-Down Showdown":
    • After Sonic is unwillingly paired up with Dr. Eggman, Knuckles frowns and says: "But I thought this was going to be a 'Sonic and Knuckles' episode!"
    • At the TV set, Comedy Chimp says: "Welcome to Bro-Down Showdown! The show where bros. compete toe-to-toe in an attempt to win a narratively convenient prize!"
  • "Late Night Wars":
    • While launching an attack on the studio for the Comedy Chimp Show, Eggman shouts: "FIRE MISSILES!!!" before looking at the screen and saying: "Brought to you by Eggman Industries!"
    • After busting a hole in the studio's wall, the doctor looks at the screen and says: "This hole in the wall was made possible by Eggman Industries!"
    • Immediately after, Eggman creates an even larger hole in the wall. After entering it, he looks at the screen and says: "Need a wall shattered? Call Eggman Industries!"
    • At the end of the episode, Comedy Chimp pulls a "Kitty Funball" out of its box, and realizes that it's a bomb. He then looks sheepishly at the screen and says: "This is not good."
  • "No Robots Allowed":
    • After Orbot suggests installing solar panels on the lair's roof, Eggman remarks: "Solar power? That's crazy! ...Just crazy enough to get this story started!"
    • The announcer on the radio says: "We interrupt this broadcast of public domain music for some important exposition!"
  • "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies":
    • Knuckles makes a notice that the week has been rather slow for the team, followed by Sticks suggesting that maybe something is going on and they're merely not involved in it. Finally, Tails says: "Yeah, whenever something happens, it's usually centered around you, or me, or Sticks, or...Amy!"
  • "Designated Heroes":
    • During the two major battles against Eggman, Orbot and Cubot constantly stare at the screen, acting like sports commentators.
  • "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog"
    • When the villains question who Shadow is, Eggman remarks: "He's only the second most popular character in the whole canon!"
    • At the end of the episode, Orbot and Cubot start talking as they watch Eggman getting thrown around by Team Sonic. Cubot says, "What a swell adventure! Sure hope there's more next year!" Orbot then adds, "Just think of the hundreds more stories to be told using the same eight characters and four locations; the possibilities are limitless!" Cubot then replies with, "Just to be on the safe side, maybe we should start an internet petition."
  • "Spacemageddonocalypse":
    • Knuckles talks with Sonic about the TV listings for Sonic Boom after he asks that how often he saves the world.
  • "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er":
    • When Sonic and Tails make the bet, Sonic will say," I think the audience will appreciate that."
  • "In the Midnight Hour":
    • At Sonic's Shack, Sonic looks at the audience and expresses regret for saying "sugar plum" out loud.
    • Sticks declares that she knew that TV was a conspiracy to control everyone's minds, only to then look at the viewer and say "I'm not talkin' to you. You keep watching."
  • "Strike!":
    • After the heroic music and the blue exits the scene, Sonic says, "So, that way?" Amy replies with an "Mm-hm."
  • "Mech Suits Me":
    • Amy makes a speech about studios recycling tried old properties being a nod to how the Sonic Boom franchise is a reused concept of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.
  • "Knine-to-Five Knuckles":
    • Sonic tells Knuckles that he missed the most epic Eggman battle. Tails then told him "it was the perfect grand of new minions and classic favorites from years past!". Finally, Sticks told him "Easily the most action-packed battle we've ever had!", and then she looks at, and teases, the viewer by saying "And you missed it. That's what you get for following Knuckles around!"
    • T.W. Barker is unimpressed by the money Knuckles gives him, claiming he's "a little short." Knuckles shrugs: "That's not what the fans say."
  • "Give Bees A Chance":
    • When Sonic is falling, he informs Tails that he is coming for a hard landing. Tails replies with "Roger!", prompting Knuckles to ask who Roger is. Sonic then says in a deeper voice "He's talking to me." This is a reference to Sonic's voice actor, Roger Craig Smith.
  • "Nominatus Rising":
    • During the battle against Nominatus, Sonic looks at the camera asking if anyone has any cheat codes he can use.
  • "Robots From The Sky Part 1":
    • At the end of the episode, Knuckles says "Aw man! A cliffhanger?! I hate those."
  • "Robots From The Sky Part 2"
    • At the end of the episode, Knuckles says "To be continued again? The nerve of these writers!"
    • Before jumping out of the plane, Sonic looks at the screen and tells kids not to try it at home.
  • "Robots From The Sky Part 3":
    • At the end of the episode, Knuckles says "Aw man! To be continued? I hate that!"
    • While convincing people to fight back against Eggman's robots Knuckles refers a few citizens as "recurring background characters".
  • "Robots From The Sky Part 4":
    • Knuckles looks at the screen and asks "Who says I skip leg day?!"
  • "Sticks and Amy's Excellent Staycation":
    • Sticks questions the use of Amy's time-skip and the viewers watching the show.
  • "Inn Sanity":
    • Orbot tells Dr. Eggman that he hasn't used the Doomsday Device since season one.
    • In the same episode Sonic states that the writers are phoning it in for the episode's plot.
  • "Mister Eggman":
    • Staci finds out that Eggman is not a doctor, so she decides the spread the word in song, mentioning a musical number.
    • Amy breaks the fourth wall when she says she and the team will be able to find something to do during Eggman's failure montage.
    • Sonic breaks the fourth wall at the end of this episode when he sees Eggman graduating and says that he hopes they get to do more stuff next week, foreshadowing next week's episode.
  • "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom":
    • After the screen fades to black, Tails remarks that they forgot to end with a joke.
  • "Victory":
    • Mayor Fink breaks the fourth wall after stating they are only "two minutes into this thing."
  • "If You Build It They Will Race"
    • Sonic directly addresses the audience to explain why the gang is racing in cars "this week."
    • While chastising the group for not holding an officially approved race, Mayor Fink adds that "Not everything that goes on around here is about you five, you know!" Knuckles leans out of his car and remarks, "Really? Because it sure feels like it."
  • "Three Men And My Baby!":
    • Sonic saying that his team is saving Hedgehog Village on a weekly basis is a reference to how Sonic Boom is a television series that airs once a week in the United States, effectively breaking the fourth wall.
  • "Eggman: The Video Game Part 1":
    • At the end of the episode, Knuckles says "Aw man! A cliffhanger?! I hate those."
  • "Eggman: The Video Game Part 2: The End of the World":
    • When expressing disappointment in losing all of his game data, Eggman says "There's always next season."

Sonic Mania Adventures

  • "From: A. Rose":
    • At the ending of the episode, after Amy gives Sonic the flower and leaves, Sonic looks at the viewer with an unamused look.



  1. Masato Nishimura on Twitter (Japanese). Twitter (9 July 2017). Archived from the original on 22 February 2019.

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