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The Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops

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"The Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops" is the nineteenth episode of the series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Despite being produced as the nineteenth episode, it aired as the forty-fourth episode during the show's original run.





Sonic costumes

  • News reporter
  • Old Widow


The story starts with Sonic and Tails trying to escape a trio of Buzz Bombers in the plains. They then come to halt at a rocky wall, which Sonic burrows into like a drill before dragging Tails behind him, and the first two bombers ram into the cliff and fall.

Elsewhere, in a town, the gardener is reading a newspaper, while the the news hound is carrying some newspapers to the news stand when, all of a sudden, Sonic appears from beneath the sidewalk with Tails in tow, and the final Buzz Bomber follows suit. Sonic taunts the bomber by stating it is in the headline and spins like a vortex, sending the Buzz Bomber into a tree.

After destroying the Buzz Bombers, Sonic reads about a town called McGuffin has declared tomorrow to be "Sonic Appreciation Day" in the newspaper. Sonic and Tails head for the town. The dog who works the news stand makes a mysterious phone call telling someone that Sonic is on his way and he has his sneakers with him. The mysterious voice complements the news hound before stating the intent on heisting Sonic's hi-tops if it is the last thing he does.

At McGuffin, Sonic and Tails meet a parrot named Harry the Hawker who sells Sonic merchandise. At first, he thinks that Sonic is just a kid wearing a Sonic mask and tries to sell him some merchandise, including gum chewed by Sonic himself (despite Sonic claiming he doesn't chew gum). Sonic doesn't want to buy anything and Harry says that Sonic is a tough sell, to which Tails replies that he should be, because he's Sonic. Shocked, as a courtesy Harry gives Sonic a free blue Sonic book mark to show there are no hard feelings. Scratch and Grounder attack driving the Monster Robot Sonic tracking Device. Sonic uses a "Sonic Day" banner to tie up its legs and send it smashing to the ground. Sonic then hears cries for help on top of a near by building. A squirrel named Sonnette is on the edge of a building and she falls. Sonic runs up and catches her and she gets very excited and kisses him, introducing herself as his biggest fan and consumer of all Harry's cheesy Sonic Merchandise. Tails then asks her how she fell off the roof and she confesses that she jumped off the roof just to meet Sonic. Thinking she's crazy, Sonic drops her on the ground and leaves. Sonnette gets angry and swears she'll get even with him.

While checking into a hotel, Sonic and Tails are approached by a bell boy named Hodgepodge (to Sonic's dismay), who has met Sonic before. Hodgepodge is very happy to see Sonic and kicks him in the face, which Sonic explains to Tails is how Hodgepodge says "Howdy". Sonic challenges him to a race just like old times. They race on a track built for Sonic's speed demonstration on Sonic Day. Hodgepodge is very fast, but still can't keep up with Sonic. Hodgepodge tells Tails how he used to be the fastest until Sonic came along and he used to be very jealous of him. Sonic asks Hodgepodge if he is still mad, and Hodgepodge says that he is not mad because Sonic taught him he does not have to be the fastest to matter. He playfully kicks Sonic while Coconuts, in an Italian old man disguise, spies on him. Sonic runs away and Coconuts says Sonic will soon be checking out forever.

Meanwhile, at Dr. Robotnik's fortress, Robotnik loses at cards to a card playing Robot. In anger, Robotnik takes out a laser gun and shoots the robot multiple times until it is dead and he kicks it into a pile of other dead robots. Scratch and Grounder come and tell Robotnik they were defeated and about "Sonic Appreciation Day". Robotnik gives them his new Robo-Roller, a vehicle that can flatten an entire city. He gives the Badniks an order to squish Sonic and his fans into a squishy paste and later asks if they know how to play cards.

While Sonic and Tails are asleep in the hotel, a tube comes through the door and it sprays green gas all over the room. Sonic wakes up to find his Sneakers are gone. Sonic shows Tails that when he runs, his feet burn up when he runs without his hi-tops. Tails assures him that they'll solve the mystery of who took them and get his shoes back. While looking for clues, Tails finds Coconuts sleeping in the closet. They tie him up and threaten to take him apart. Coconuts tells them that he hid in the closet so he could get them in their sleep, but when the hose sprayed its gas in the room, he fell asleep.

Tails assumes Hodgepodge stole the hi-tops. They go outside and Tails jumps on Hodgepodge, shaking him and accusing him of stealing the shoes. Hodgepodge says that he did not steal the hi-tops and Sonic gets Tails off him and says he believes he is innocent, because Hodgepodge’s huge feet are much too big for Sonic’s hi-tops. Hodgepodge tells them that he heard Robotnik and his Badniks are going to attack the town. Upon hearing this, Sonic and Tails become extra determined to find the hi-tops, with Sonic sadly believing that he would be no help without his hi-tops. However, Hodgepodge give Sonic a pep-talk and tells him that it is not his shoes that make him a hero, but who he is.

While they continue searching, Sonic remembers how Sonnette swore she would get revenge on him. They see Sonnete and Sonic accuses her of sneaking into his room last night. She tearfully confesses that she did sneak in to his room and steal something, but she did not take his hi-tops. She stole a chili dog wrapper and a red Sonic bookmark (and also kissed Sonic in his sleep). She tells Sonic that she's ashamed of herself, but Sonic forgives her, much to her joy. Sonic has the mystery figured out, but it is too late. Scratch and Grounder attack the town in the Robo-Roller. Sonic tricks them into driving on the speed demonstration ramps. The trick backfires at first when Coconuts tells Scratch and Grounder they're being tricked, but Sonette shuts him up by covering him with bubble gum. Sure enough, Sonic's plan works and the Robo-Roller falls off the ramps and is destroyed. Sonic then places the flattened badniks in a giant envelope and puts it in the mailbox, calling it "junk mail".

Sonic gets a dog policeman to arrest Harry the Hucker. Sonic finds his shoes in Harry's souvenir stand and proceeds in telling Tails how he knew it was him. Sonic says Harry must have dropped the red bookmark and when he went to pick it up, he grabbed Sonic's blue one instead. Harry incriminates himself by explaining that he wanted to cut up the sneakers and sell the pieces as souvenirs, but they were so tough that he broke sixteen sets of steak knives trying. Sonic is furious at this. Fido takes Harry away. Sonic mails a talking "egg-belly sized" t-shirt of himself to Robotnik saying he is now a member of the Sonic fan club, annoying him. Robotnik yells "I hate that hedgehog!"

Sonic Sez

Sonic is showering and Sonnette grabs his shoes and runs, but an angel on her shoulder convinces her that stealing is wrong. The shower curtains go down and what looked like Sonic, is really just a wooden statue. The real Sonic thanks her for making the right choice and Sonnette states that stealing is just not right.


  • During flashbacks through the episodes Sonic has socks on, not his shoes.

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
French Élémentaire mon cher Sonic Elementary my dear Sonic
German Die verschwundenen Turbo-Schuhe The missing turbo shoes
Italian Il mistero degli Hi-top scomparsi The mystery of the missing Hi-tops
Japanese ソニックちゃんとソネッテちゃん、でもどこはハイトップか?! Sonic and Sonnette, but where are the hi-tops?!
Portuguese (Brazil) O Mistério dos Tênis Perdidos The Mystery of the Lost Sneakers
Portuguese (Portugal) O Estranho Caso das Sapatilhas Desaparecidas The Strange Case of Missing Sneakers
Spanish (Spain) El misterio de las zapatillas desaparecidas The mystery of the missing sneakers
Spanish (Latin America) El misterio de los zapatos perdido The mystery of the lost shoes


  • A rabbit appears reading a newspaper in this episode. This same rabbit was the gardener in "Lovesick Sonic" and will later be the sheriff in "Magnificent Sonic".
  • This episode reveals that Sonic's feet burn if he runs without his shoes on.
  • The episode's premise is similar to the book Sonic's Shoes Blues, and Sonic Labyrinth.
  • Sonic's socks are red and white like his shoes, and they look like the shoes Tails wear.
  • Even though Sonic can't run without his shoes on, in Sonic Sez he runs in without his shoes and his feet don't get burned.
  • Coconuts was shown wearing a Dr. Robotnik watch as a spoof of Mickey Mouse watches.
  • Harry the Hucker later appeared in Robotnikland after his sentence in jail for stealing Sonic's red Hi-Tops.
  • The scene where Robotnik's face turns red is used twice. One time when he is furious for losing at a card game and another when he is given a Sonic talking t-shirt.
  • Sonic's line to the police officer, "Cuff 'im, Fido", is a reference to Starsky and Hutch.