Sonic the Hedgehog (character)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the hedgehog 2006 game.png
Basic Information
Creator(s)
Naoto Ōshima, Yuji Naka and Hirokazu Yasuhara
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Status
Alive
Actor(s)
Ryan Drummond (1999-2004)
Jason Griffith (2005-2010)
Roger Craig Smith (2010-Present)
Takeshi Kusao (1993-1998)
Junichi Kanemaru (1998-present)
First
Appearance
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Biographical Information
Age
15
Birthplace
Christmas Island
Gender
Male
Height
1 m (3ft 3")
Species
Hedgehog
Weight
35 kg (77 lbs)
Personal Information
Dislikes
Oppression, Being fussed over by Amy and Water
Favored weapon
Quills
Hobbies
Running and Eating Chilli Dogs
Likes
Freedom and Chilli Dogs
Powers
Super-Sonic Running speed, Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic, DarkSpine Ttransformation, Excalibur Transformation, Werehog Transformation, Final Color Blaster, Blue Tornado, Tornado Spin, Spin Jump, Spin Attack, Spin Dash, Spin Charge and Homing Attack
Skill(s)
Supersonic Running Speed and Super Sonic Transformation
Trademark(s)
Blue quills, red running shoes.

If you are looking for Sonic's first video game and not the character, see Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

Sonic's the name, speed's my game!
~ Sonic

Sonic the Hedgehog is the star mascot for the SEGA Corporation, who replaced earlier failed mascots Alex Kidd and Opa-Opa (of the Fantasy Zone fame). Star of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Sonic the Hedgehog burst onto the gaming scene in 1991 as the system-selling video game Sonic the Hedgehog for the Genesis. He's a blue hedgehog that rolls up into a ball to attack, and is noted for his amazing running speed.

He's associated with other characters of the series like Tails the two-tailed fox, Knuckles, the sharp-knuckled echidna, and about 300 other characters introduced later. Several of them are doppelgänger like rival hedgehogs (Though many of his enemies seem to become allies at some point) such as Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic and more recently, Silver the Hedgehog.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Rad Mobile[edit | edit source]

Sonic has an unusual appearance in Rad Mobile, as he appeared as an air freshener. Oddly, Rad Mobile predates the original Sonic the Hedgehog, making this small cameo his first appearance in a video game.

Sonic the Hedgehog[edit | edit source]

Sonic lives on South Island with his friends, but trouble is created soon, when Dr. Robotnik, known as Dr. Eggman in the Japanese versions and in later English instalments, turns the island's animals into badniks, genetically altered versions of the animals, to capture the Chaos Emerald and create Robotnik Land. Sonic travels through the various zones, battling Dr. Robotnik countless times. Sonic finally defeats him in the Scrap Brain Zone. After Dr. Robotnik is defeated, Sonic returns home to South Island.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

After the events of the previous game, Robotnik is shown to have survived and followed Sonic, who was on aboard his plane, the Tornado, to his vacation spot, Westside Island. Spoken of in legend, the people of Westside Island misused the power of the "Seven Stones". Upon arrival, Sonic meets a two-tailed fox named Miles Prower, though Sonic nicknames the fox "Tails" due to his two propeller-like tails. The two become good friends, but trouble starts as Robotnik tries searching for the "Seven Stones", referred to as the Chaos Emeralds, to fuel his most powerful creation, the Death Egg. Robotnik eventually attacks the island, genetically altering the inhabitants into badniks once again.

Sonic CD[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic CD

Sonic arrives at Never Lake to watch the yearly Little Planet arrive, which is said to appear on the last month of every year. Sonic arrives with a pink hedgehog named Amy Rose, only to find Little Plannet tied to a rock with a chain and covered in metal. Even worse, Amy is kidnapped by a robot that is similar in appearance to Sonic.

Sonic finds out Dr. Robotnik created the robot and is behind the capture of Little Planet. Sonic also learns that the robot that bears his likeness is named Metal Sonic. Sonic then goes on a journey to collect the seven Time Stones on Little Planet. With the stones, he can alter time on the planet. Sonic faces the evil doctor and Metal Sonic. After defeating both, Sonic leaves Amy as he watches Little Planet rise up into the sky.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (known as Sonic 3 in Europe) is a direct sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 2; the Death Egg falls out of orbit because of the battle. While the Death Egg does not crash on Earth, it does crash in the mysterious land known as the Floating Island. As Dr. Robotnik plans on fixing the Death Egg, he meets an echidna named Knuckles, the last member of an ancient group. Dr. Robotnik finds out that Knuckles is the holder of the Master Emerald and tricks him into believing that Sonic and Tails plan to steal the Master Emerald. Robotnik also finds out that the Master Emerald is what keeps the Floating Island suspended in mid-air.

Sonic and Tails fly to the island using the Super Sonic powers and the Tornado respectively. Upon land on Floating Island. Knuckles ambushes them and takes the Chaos Emeralds from them. Sonic and Robotnik face another time with the Death Egg ultimately being destroyed.

Sonic & Knuckles[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic & Knuckles takes place directly after the previous game; the Death Egg falls from orbit and lands in a volcanic crater. Sonic jumps off the Death Egg and finds himself in a mushroom-land. Sonic plans to destroy the Death Egg once and for all using the powers from the Chaos Emeralds. At a hidden palace, Sonic and Knuckles battle and Sonic emerges victorious. As Knuckles flees, he states that someone is trying to steal the Master Emerald. Sonic follows Knuckles to learn that Dr. Robotnik is attempting to steal it. Knuckles attempts to attack the evil doctor, but he is electrocuted. Robotnik escapes after a battle with Sonic.

Knuckles, realizing Sonic was on his side all along, joins Sonic to stop Dr. Robotnik. They teleport to the Sky Sanctuary, where they see the Death Egg launching back into orbit. Knuckles creates a bridge for Sonic to cross to reach the Death Egg. On the way there, he defeats a weak Metal Sonic in battle. Recovering from time, Sonic rushes onward and faces the evil doctor. After Dr. Robotnik's defeat, the Death Egg is completely destroyed, but Robotnik escapes with the Master Emerald. Sonic transforms into Super Sonic and chases after Robotnik.

Sonic defeats the evil doctor, and returns the Master Emerald to the Floating Island, allowing it to be airborne again.

Sonic Chaos[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Chaos

In Sonic Chaos, also known as Sonic & Tails in Japanese localizations and Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos in Europe localizations, Dr. Robotnik is attempting to use the powers of the seven Chaos Emeralds to build nuclear weapons and lasers.

Robotnik steals the Red Chaos Emerald, causing the other Emeralds to lose balance and be transported to a parallel dimension. Sonic and Tails recollect the Emeralds and stop Robotnik, so South Island does not sink into the sea.

Sonic Triple Trouble[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Triple Trouble

In Sonic Triple Trouble, Dr. Robotnik captures all of the Chaos Emeralds to power his newest invention, the Atomic Destroyer. Unfortunately, while testing out the Atomic Destroyer, all the Chaos Emeralds, with exception to the yellow Chaos Emerald, get scattered across the South Island again. Sonic and Tails try to recollect them, however, they encounter Knuckles, whom thinks that Sonic and Tails want to steal the Master Emerald, various times.

Elsewhere, Nack the Weasel, known as Fang the Sniper in the Japanese localizations, notices Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles distracted and takes advantage by trying to steal the Chaos Emeralds. He does not know the power the Chaos Emeralds have, however, Nack plans to sell them for a high price in the market. This leaves Dr. Robotnik, Sonic and Tails, Knuckles and Nack in four-way race to collect them all.

Sonic Drift[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Drift

Sonic Drift is the first racing instalment in the series that features Sonic, Miles 'Tails' Prower, Dr. Robotnik and Amy Rose as playable racers.

Sonic Drift 2[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Drift 2

The sequel to Sonic Drift, Sonic Drift 2 now includes seven playable characters. The original cast returns as well as three new racers: Knuckles the Echidna, Fang the Sniper and Metal Sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball[edit | edit source]

In Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (known as Sonic Spinball in Europe), Dr. Robotnik has captured Mt. Mobius to use as a base. Using magma energy from Mt. Mobius, Robotnik creates the Veg-O-Fortress to turn animals into Badniks. Sonic and Tails head to Mt. Mobius on Tails Bi-Plane, the Tornado. The Tornado is hit from the Veg-O-Fortress, and Sonic falls out. Sonic realizes that the Chaos Emeralds power is in Mt. Mobius and heads to retrieve them. Dr. Robotnik defends the Chaos Emeralds with a Pinball-like defense system.

In one of the mini-games, "Trapped Alive", it is revealed that Tails was captured and Dr. Robotnik is attempting to alter Tails into a Badnik.

Sonic Adventure 2/Sonic Adventure 2: Battle[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Adventure 2

In "Sonic Adventure 2: Battle", Sonic was being apprehended as a criminal suspect. When he jumps out of an airplane, he lands in an unknown city, and must escape. He meets Shadow the Hedgehog, who claims he is the "real" Sonic and summons a robot. After the battle, Sonic becomes a prisoner in jail, until Amy Rose and Miles 'Tails' Prower are able to get him out. After finding out Dr.Eggman's scheme, he has to catch up with the president and explain what is going on. Sonic, after breaking into the pyramid and finding Dr. Eggman's secret base, battles a large Pharoh, and finds out the plans of Dr. Eggman. Once he discovers the plans, he must locate the ARK and stop Dr. Eggman from killing Amy, then have a final duel with Shadow the Hedgehog.

Shadow the Hedgehog[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shadow the Hedgehog

In the game starring Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic appears in various levels. He appears in the first level (Westopolis) where he is the hero mission company with a mission to defeat all forty enemies, a possible fifth level (Space Colony Ark) where Shadow and Sonic race (Which beating Sonic is the hero mission), and as one of the final bosses, appearing with the Commander in his robot, Diablon.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit | edit source]

Sonic appeared in the E3 demo of Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character. He was revealed to be a playable character from the Sonic the Hedgehog Joins Brawl trailer. At the demo, he was a starter character, but was unlockable at release.

Like the other characters, Sonic has 4 special moves and a final smash. His Standard "B" move is the Homing Attack, which makes Sonic spin attack the nearest opponent while in midair. Sonic's side special is the Spin Dash, which makes sonic spin through the whole level until he is stopped by a wall or attacked by another character. Sonic's Up special is the Spring Jump, which launches him up in the air pretty far. Aside from being a recovery move, the spring also stays on the stage for a little bit, assisting others as if it was a regular spring item. Sonic's down "B" move is the Spin Charge, which is used to charge the Spring Dash. Sonic's final smash is actually a transformation into his ultimate form -- "Super Sonic". By using the powers of the 7 Chaos Emeralds, Sonic is now invincible and floats through the air, knocking enemies all over the place.

Sonic and the Black Knight[edit | edit source]

Sonic is summoned into the book of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, where he meets the Royal Wizard of Camelot, Merlina. She is being hunted down by King Arthur, who has been bewitched with the power of the mighty Excalibur's scabbard. To defeat the evil king, Sonic must partner up with a sacred sword named Caliburn. Once King Arthur is defeated, Sonic will find a way to restore Camelot and become an honorable Knight.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog 4

In the long-awaited sequel to the Genesis classics, it is set shortly after the events of Sonic & Knuckles. With the Death Egg destroyed and Angel Island returned to the sky, Sonic takes a break, not knowing that Dr. Eggman had survived the crash and remade some of his best robotic creations. Sonic sets off to explore new areas alone, leaving Knuckles and Tails behind.

In the first episode, Sonic travels between four new zones: Splash Hill Zone, Casino Street Zone, Lost Labyrinth Zone and Mad Gear Zone. Sonic soon boards the newly-created E.G.G. Station to finish off Eggman for a final time.

Sonic Colors[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Colors

Sonic stops Dr. Eggman when he captures aliens called Wisps.

Sonic Free Riders[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Free Riders

In this Microsoft Kinect-based game, Sonic and the cast will be once again be riding hover boards.

Sonic Generations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Generations

During Sonic's 16th birthday, a dark mysterious monster known as "Time Eater" sucks up all his friends and takes them to an unknown white world where timelines and continuities overlap, causing Sonic and Tails to team up with their classic selves and destroy Classic and Modern Eggman who are controlling time eater. The Sonic's return their friends and trap the Eggmen in the white world while they celebrate their party.

Sonic Lost World[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Lost World


The Sonic Boom series[edit | edit source]

In an alternate universe, Sonic and his crew get a redesign and go on many adventures, mostly defending their island from new monsters.

Sonic Mania[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Mania

Sonic Forces[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sonic Forces

Origins[edit | edit source]

Sonic's classic appearance, depicted in Japanese artwork.

Sonic's origins, however, date farther back than 1991, all the way back to 1990. Back then, Sega was struggling to gain a foothold in the gaming market. After Sega Master System's near world-wide defeat to rival Nintendo's Family Computer, SEGA fought in the new 16 bit market and faced heavy opposition from the then-massive PC-Engine. The PC Engine had already gained a stronghold in Japan, and was racing neck-and-neck against the Genesis in the United States. SEGA of Japan's president at the time, Hayao Nakayama, decided that the only way Sega could gain a strong portion of the gaming market was with a character that could not only stand up to video game super star Mario, but beat him at his own game. And thus, a massive campaign began to find Sega's Mario killer.

To find the image for Sega's new character, a contest was held internally that allowed employees to submit their own ideas of what the character should be. Failed submissions include a wolf, and Teddy Roosevelt (who would later be re-imagined into arch villain Dr. Robotnik), but the design that ended up winning was a small blue hedgehog drawn by Naoto Ohshima. Ohshima claims the idea came from a blending of Mickey Mouse and Felix the cat.

With Sonic's image defined, a dream team of then upcoming Sega programmers and directors was assembled to handle the ambitious project. Included in the project was Hirokazu Yasuhara, Yuji Naka (who had already achieved critical acclaim for his smash hit Phantasy Star), Takayuki Nakamura, Hiroshi Kubota, Jina Ishiwatari, Reiko Kodama, and Naoto Ohshima. In addition, Masato Nakamura, the guitarist for Dreams Come True, an insanely popular Japanese band, was signed on to do exclusive music for the game. Dreams Come True eventually became the lead promoters for Sonic in Japan, displaying flyers for the then-unannounced game on their touring bus with the ad slogan "for a little guy, he sure is tough" sprawled across.

Sonic from Sonic Boom
Sonic art

The team that was assembled was charged with the task of transforming Ohshima's character into a super star, and thus, Sonic Team was born. The team decided to tackle the Sonic project from a standpoint that they wouldn't try to beat Mario at his own game, but rather, they'd design Sonic to be everything Mario wasn't. Originally, the idea was to have a normal speed Hedgehog who picked up and threw rings at enemies to defeat them. The team decided that the idea was too Mario like, and shelved it, although it'd later resurface under the name "Ristar" and again in "Sonic Adventure 2."

Yuji Naka came up with the idea of sonic using his sharp quills to damage enemies by rolling into a ball. From there, they expanded the idea to be that of a Pachinko-like game, with Sonic rolling all around. To give the sense of rolling and pinball a greater degree of realism, the team decided to add insane speeds never before attempted in a video game. And thus, the Sonic the Hedgehog we know came to be.

By June 1991, Sonic's ad campaign world-wide was massive as his debut game received the final touches. In Japan, Dreams Come True stepped up its cross-promotion campaign with the release of their "Million Kisses" album - the song "Kusuriyubi no Kesshin" directly inspired the BGM for one of the game's levels - Starlight Zone, and Dreams Come True made this very public. In America, Sega began their massively popular "Genesis Does what Nintendon't" and "Don't Blink!" ad campaigns to announce Sonic's arrival. On June 23, 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog made his world wide debut in America. The game would launch a week later in Europe, and Japan would have to wait till July.

Sonic The Hedgehog became an instant success.