Sonic Boom
Translate This

"Translate This" is an episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It aired on 15 November 2014.


Tails builds a translation robot that inadvertently reveals the subtext of what everyone is saying. This leads to disagreements and fighting among Sonic and friends.[1]



The story begins with Sonic, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks having a nice, relaxing day on the beach near Sonic's house. Sonic and Amy are enjoying the sun and Knuckles and Sticks are playing volleyball. Just then, Tails arrives with his "most brilliant invention yet" which he shows is a robot he calls "U-T" (Universal Translator), capable of translating any language into their own. To demonstrate its capabilities to his friends, Tails activates U-T and it translates the language of a bird in a nearby nest. Knuckles is impressed until U-T begins saying what Knuckles says as something completely different, and Tails reveals that even when U-T receives something that does not need to be translated, it will translate it into what the speaker really means, making it a form of mind reader. U-T then begins translating the subtexts of the group's conversations, such as Amy's disinterest in U-T, Knuckles' low opinion about Sticks, and Sonic's notes about Knuckles dimwittedness, which causes tension among them. Sticks however, just dislikes U-T for being a threat. Amy then convinces Tails to shut down U-T before it reveals anything "too sensitive" (just before it reveals from Amy's statement that she loves Sonic).

At Dr. Eggman's lair, Dr. Eggman Orbot and Cubot are observing Team Sonic's conversation through a fly-shaped camera. Noticing the friction U-T is creating between the team members, Eggman gets an idea: if he could replace U-T with an duplicate of his own, he would be able to make it say anything he want, thereby causing Team Sonic to be at each others' throat. Then, with the group divided, he would be able to kill them once and for all. Later at night, Tails is going to bed in his house nearby U-T, hurt that his friends did not like U-T but hopes it will go better tomorrow. As Tails falls asleep, Orbot and Cubot sneaks into his house, kidnaps U-T and replaces it with Eggman's duplicate.

The next morning, Tails meets up with his friends at the beach again with the U-T duplicate to get another chance. Sonic suggests to Tails that he should turn U-T off when the robot "translates" Sonic's comment into insults about Amy and Knuckles' replies into insults at himself and Sticks, causing them all to argue. It turns out that the translations come from who Eggman is talking through the U-T duplicate at his lair, and Eggman takes a liking to U-T who translates his monologue into praise about the doctor, which make him take a break. When examining the U-T duplicate for flaws, Tails discovers it is a fake made by Eggman and sets out to rescue the real U-T, but discovers that the others are not coming as they find U-T more trouble than it is worth. Tails therefore leaves on his own.

Tails infiltrates Eggman's lair, passing its robot defenses, and intrudes on the doctor as he is hearing more self-praise from U-T. As Tails is cornered by Eggman's robots, he offers a deal with Eggman; he lets U-T go free and Tails will become the doctor's assistant. Eggman accepts the offer and has Orbot draw up a contract, when he realizes Sonic will no doubt launch a rescue mission to free Tails. To ensure it would not happen, Tails has U-T take a message to his friends where he says he is staying with Eggman. U-T later returns to Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks where it shows the message, shocking them all. However, U-T then translates the subtext of Tails' message into a call for help and Sonic and the others head out to save Tails.

While Tails and Eggman are working in the lair's lab, Sonic and the others attack the lair with U-T, destroying the robotic sentries. Eggman arrives at the battle with Tails, where he insists Tails is staying with him since they had a contract. However, Orbot just arrives with the contract, unsigned, so Tails leaves. Eggman therefore calls forth a robot that proves impervious to Team Sonic's attacks. However, when the robot deploys its photon bombs, Sticks and Knuckles manage to knock one back at the robot, blowing it into the sea, and Eggman retreats back into his lair. Tails thanks his friends for the rescue, but they reply they could not have done it without U-T and promise more adventures together with it. However, when U-T reveals that Sticks plans to destroy U-T, the badger throws U-T into the sea and she tells Tails that "it had to be done."


  • This episode was first revealed on the 2014 Sonic Boom event.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Translate This. Cartoon Network (15 November 2014). Retrieved on 15 November 2014.
  2. SSF1991 (4 October 2014). Sonic Boom 2014: 2 Cartoon Episode Titles Revealed. Retrieved on 6 October 2014.
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