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"It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog" is the fifty-second episode in the Sonic Boom television series and the final episode of season one.[3] It first aired on 20 September 2015 in France and on 14 November 2015 in the United States.


In his most diabolical plan yet, Dr. Eggman decides to band together with all of Sonic's enemies. Shadow the Hedgehog, joins the fight.







At the beginning of the episode, Dr. Eggman is in his lair and has gathered all of the villains on Seaside Island. Included are the Lightning Bolt Society, T.W. Barker and his Stunt Bears, and Charlie. Eggman says that one member has not shown up yet and explains that he has assembled the villains to finally beat Team Sonic. Meanwhile, at Amy's House, Team Sonic is busy putting together a Björnvaalden bookcase that Amy has bought at the foreign built-it-own furniture store, but all the pieces are together in the box and the directions are complicated. Back at the lair, Eggman has passed around cheese, but when Baker askes where the crackers are, the doctor reveals he has none but promises he will sent Cubot out to get some. Then, Eggman hears a voice behind him. It turns out to be Shadow the Hedgehog, and Eggman is overjoyed with him joining the team. The villains then start to argue about who should be leader as they take issue with Eggman's leadership, and Eggman decides he should train his recruits in team-building exercises to help get them all to work together.

While Team Sonic continues trying to build the bookcase, training starts for Eggman's recruits. In one game, the villains pass around an invisible ball saying "zip", "zap", or "zop", but when it comes to Shadow, he does not speak. Having grown tired of their games, Shadow states to Eggman that he and the villains he gathered are all fools that waste time and decides to go off on his own, shocking the recruits. He then teleports off. As Team Sonic goes out to buy a new bookcase after Knuckles accidentally breaks a piece of the original, Eggman despairs over losing Shadow as an ally, certain he was the key to his team's victory; however, his recruits insist they do not need an arrogant jerk like him and voice their trust in Eggman's leadership, which gives him the incentive he needs to go through with the plan anyway. Time passes as the two teams work hard on their respective projects, Team Sonic on their freshly-bought bookcase and Team Eggman on more training.

Back in the Village Center, Team Sonic thinks they are done with the bookcase, but there are a lot of parts laying around, and the bookcase itself looks horrible. Eggman then shows up with his Giant Robot. All the villains attack, and Team Sonic has to split up in order to defeat them. For example, Amy and Sticks chase after the Lightning Bolt Society because they have stolen Lady Walrus's purse, Tails pursues Willy Walrus piloting Moth Bot with his plane, and Knuckles battles T.W. Barker piloting the Octopus Bot. Eggman teases Sonic about his team being spread thin, but Sonic is confident he can still defeat him one-on-one. However, Charlie in his mech and several Badniks joins them, complicating things further. Eggman's plan actually begins to work as Team Sonic begins to have trouble fighting all the villains, but Sonic has an idea. He stands on one of the boards, like a seesaw, and calls to Giant Robot, getting it to slam its hand down on the other end. The makeshift seesaw catapults Sonic into Charlie's mech with enough force to disable it, and it crashes into Giant Robot, electrocuting them both and taking them out of the fight. Sonic then jumps onto Eggman's Eggmobile, threatening him to call off his recruits or else.

As Eggman attempts to talk his way out, Shadow appears and interrupts Sonic, unable to watch Eggman fail further even with all the help he has gathered. The hedgehogs then duel, with Eggman trying to keep up with the attack. Shadow is eventually able to knock Sonic into the air and kick him back to the ground with enough force to create a large crater, and Eggman gloats that Shadow has finally beaten his nemesis. Eggman moves next to Shadow to take a "victory selfie" (much to Shadow's visible irritation), but he forgets to take the flash off, blinding Shadow momentarily. Sonic then gets up and makes his move, knocking Shadow away. Meanwhile, the other members of Team Sonic defeat their respective villains. Having had all he can stand, Shadow tells Eggman he is unable to properly defeat Sonic with him around, then turns to Sonic and swears the two of them will fight again, but on his terms, before teleporting out of the Village Center. Team Sonic reunites, and they all fist-bump each other and briefly celebrate their victory before turning to the one remaining person responsible for all the trouble. Eggman tries to retreat inside his Eggmobile, but the team walks toward it.

Team Sonic begins playing a volleyball-like game using the Eggmobile with Eggman inside. Watching him being thrown around, Orbot and Cubot express their fondness of this adventure and mention that they cannot wait for more adventures with the same eight people and four main locales. Cubot adds that maybe they should start an internet petition just to be sure. Meanwhile, Team Sonic continues to throw Eggman and his vehicle around.



  • When Shadow first appears in Eggman's Lair, Charlie and his mech appear much smaller than normal when a view of the villains' table is shown.
  • When Charlie catches Dave the Intern in his mech when he falls over, Charlie and his mech are much smaller than normal.
  • When Eggman is reciting the rules of Zip, Zap or Zop, Shadow is seen standing back from the rest of the group. However, when T.W. Barker passes the "imaginary ball" to him, he is standing directly opposite.
  • After destroying Team Sonic's shelf by landing on it and taunting Sonic about its shoddy construction, while speaking, Shadow's eyes are fully black instead of red.

Regional differences

  • In the Russian dub, when Orbot and Cubot say what they expect to see in season two, Orbot mentions seven characters instead of eight.


According to Alan Denton, it was initially decided during the writing process of the first season of the Sonic Boom television series that Shadow was not going to be used. The reason was that if they had to, it would have to be in a way that did not make fun of him or made him look stupid or goofy. After a lot of work though, the writers came up with "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog" which they believed both served the character and made for a funny episode.[4]

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Finnish Eeppinen taistelu Epic fight
French Il faut tout un village pour vaincre un hérisson It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog
Hungarian Egy egész falu sem tud legyőzni egy sünt An entire village can't defeat a hedgehog
Italian Sonic contro Shadow Sonic versus Shadow
Japanese ソニックが大ピンチ!? Sonic is in a big pinch!?
Korean 악당 연합군 Villain United Forces
Polish Super Team Eggmana Eggman's Super Team
Russian Обьединение зла Association of evil
Spanish (Latin America) Todo un Pueblo Para Ganarle a un Erizo A Whole Village to Beat One Hedgehog
Ukrainian Потрібне селище щоб здолати їжака Need a village to overcome a hedgehog


  • This episode marks the debut of Shadow the Hedgehog in the Sonic Boom television series.
  • The music used during the villains' training montage is based off the theme song of the The A-Team. This song was also used in "Closed Door Policy".
  • The foreign built-it-own furniture store Amy got her bookcase from was first mentioned on the introduction page of Sonic Boom #5.
  • The "Battleforce Galactica" franchise mentioned by Dave the Intern is a parody of the Battlestar Galactica franchise.
  • Eggman breaks the fourth wall by mentioning that Shadow is the second most popular character in the canon series.
  • Orbot and Cubot also break the fourth wall by saying what they expect in season two at the end of the episode.
  • This episode, along with the "The Sidekick", "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?", "Sole Power" and "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", were the only ones during the first season of Sonic Boom to be released in their production order in the United States.
  • In Finnish dub of this episode, Shadow was called by a name "Varjoisa". Controversially, he is sometimes called as Shadow.


  1. Sonic Boom: It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog. Retrieved on 4 November 2015.
  2. Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/11/30). Retrieved on 12 March 2017.
  3. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (21 October 2015). Retrieved on 23 October 2015. “Scott Devine: What are Sonic Boom's last two episodes' english names for the first season? / Bill Freiberger: "Counter Productive" and "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog".”
  4. Alan Denton on Twitter. Twitter (13 November 2015). Retrieved on 14 November 2015. “Alan Denton: Real quick, before the Twitter fun starts up again. "True story: During the Sonic Boom season 1 writing process, I had a document on my computer with every possible episode concept that we could think of. One of these ideas, way down towards the bottom, simply said, "Shadow Episode." And, next to that title, I had written these words. "Never Gonna Happen." The reason? Because if we were going to use Shadow, it had to be in a way that didn't make fun of him or make him look stupid / goofy. It took a lot of work, but finally we did come up with a concept that we think served the character AND made for a funny episode. It airs tomorrow as the final. I think you should watch it. Hugs and kisses, Alan Denton"”