Sonic the Hedgehog is a 16-year old hedgehog and the titular protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, and is one of the most well-known characters in the history of video games. His first appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog, where he battled against the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik (now known as Dr. Eggman) to stop his Badniks from turning all the animals into his robotic slaves. Ever since his first appearance on the Genesis, Sonic has grown in fame and renown across the entire world, capturing the hearts of many fans with his "dude with the 'tude" personality and his incredible speed. He is typically seen as a rival to Nintendo's Mario from Super Mario, but as shown in the Olympics games, they seem to have a friendly rivalry going on. He has been voiced by Roger Craig Smith since 2010, ever since Captain America's voice in TV show Marvel's Avengers Assemble, succeeding from Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith respectively.
Sonic's general appearance involves his trademark blue color, with a peach muzzle, arms, and belly/chest. He has green eyes, and his quills are slicked back. From behind, it looks like he has six quills, and two more on his back above his tail. In Sonic Boom, he appears to have more quills on his head in a cow-lick style, and his arms are also blue to match the rest of his body barring his muzzle and chest.
His general attire consists of his trademark red and white sneakers with a gold buckle on each, plus cuffed socks and white gloves. In the Riders games, he has different looking shoes and wears a pair of green shades. In the Sonic Boom games and TV show, he has blue arms, appears to be wearing a brown scarf, and lots of what seems to be sports tape around his hands and feet.
Sonic's personality can be described as "one whose heart follows the wind wherever it blows". He's always on the move, never standing around in a single place for too long, and can often be seen tapping his foot impatiently while waiting to go somewhere. A drifter, he's always seen running around looking for his next adventure, whatever it may be.
Cool, carefree, and easygoing, Sonic is able to make friends easily. However, he also has a short temper, is impatient, and despises boredom. Sonic's reckless nature often makes him leap without looking into danger. Despite this, he's no liar, and keeps his promises no matter what.
A freedom fighter who passionately hates evil, Sonic is a loyal speedster who will stand by the side of good to the very end. Always ready to leap in and save the day at a moment's notice, Sonic also has the capacity to be serious when the situation calls for it, becoming intensely focused on the task at hand. Possessing a big heart, Sonic is always ready to help out any in need.
Possessing an ego to match his healthy self-confidence, Sonic tends to crack jokes and act snarky to lighten the mood. He also takes any moment he can to taunt his opponents, and has a good time doing so. However, he can also be a gentleman when he feels like it, and never lets past events get him down. No matter what has happened, he holds no regrets, and looks forward to the next adventure. Sonic also has a heroic will made of iron, allowing him to stay steadfast even when others cannot.
Incredibly loyal to his friends, Sonic often leaps into action in order to protect his allies, often without consideration. At times he may leave them hanging or even put them in harm's way due to his fast-paced attitude, but he doesn't do this intentionally. Sonic is also willing to accept help from others, and tends to show great trust in them.
Powers and abilities
Sonic's most notable ability is his super speed, allowing him to run at speeds far surpassing Mach 1 which is at the blistering speed of 768 mph or more. Due to such speed, he can scale vertical surfaces and ceilings, run over water, outspeed lasers, effortlessly create a sonic boom, and even cause the ground to explode in his wake. Even then, Sonic can take his speed even further. By revving up in one place, he can take off at turbo speeds in an instant. He can also envelope himself in a blue energy field that lets him accelerate beyond the sound barrier on both the ground and in midair for a short time, allowing him to not only smash straight through enemies and obstacles like a living projectile, but also fly immense distances through midair. Using certain techniques, he can even achieve light-speed momentarily.
It is unknown what Sonic's unaided top speed is. In Sonic Battle, he went at least ten rounds with Ultimate Emerl in less than thirty seconds. It has also been stated in Sonic Unleashed's manual to be able to move at the speed of light. Sonic has demonstrated complete mastery of his speed at any level. Not only can he run at maximum tilt in straight lines, but also in full tight circles and through sharp turns with full control over his momentum, and without recklessly crashing into unintended targets. However, he has trouble keeping his balance when coming to a sudden halt at full speed though. As far as stamina goes, Sonic's is seemingly limitless as he is never winded from running. Sonic can also set strong winds in motions with high-speed movements to attack opponents, similar to aerokinesis.
In line with his speed, Sonic has significant acrobatic skills and agility, sufficient enough to perform perfect synchronized mid-air movements. He also has astonishingly quick reflexes, enabling him to avoid sizable voluminous and minuscule obstacles with precise jumps and delicate movements despite their close proximity and incoming speed. When launched into the air, he can also pull off several tricks before landing. He also has incredible jumping skills, capable of jumping up to several hundred meters even with extra weight.
Sonic possesses significant physical strength, though he has been noted to lack overall raw power by comparison. Sonic is able to lift people and objects that are several times his weight, topple the Egg Golem with a single kick, trade blows with the tremendously strong Knuckles the Echidna, his spinning maneuvers can smash through metal and rock, shattered a 46,726,976 ton stalactite, held onto a rocket moving into space velocity, knock back several Egg Gunners at once, and send Badniks flying. This does not mean that Sonic's arms are not strong either; he has enough strength to tear robots apart with his bare hands, throw a small rock with a enough force to not only send it skyrocketing into the air, but destroy the Egg Mobile, and punch through a collapsed wall.
Sonic has several times demonstrated extreme resilience to damage. He can withstand the force exerted on him by a Hyper-go-on based Black Hole and come out unscathed, survive impacts from falls from extreme heights only to shake it off when landing, being pummeled with swords, and smash through several robots with his fist without discomfort, and take a ruthless pummeling from the Time Eater. Additionally, Sonic is able to withstand attacks from beings with super strength, survive extreme environments, resist re-entry & terminal velocity, and with stand six months of continuous torture at the hands of Dr. Eggman.
Sonic's main offensive maneuver is his "spin attack", where he curls tightly into a concussive ball. In this stance, Sonic can damage, destroy and mow down obstacles or foes when in motion. One of his signature moves is the Spin Dash, a nearly unavoidable move where Sonic spins on the spot before blasting off at full speed which can destroy most foes with a single strike.
Sonic also has very sharp senses. This power is seen when he is able to maneuver around perfectly in pitch black conditions and blinded. Sonic is extremely alert to his surroundings and can detect attacks beyond is field of vision.
Sonic possesses an indomitable force of will; in situations where most others would give up and where he is severely outnumbered and outgunned, Sonic never loses faith in himself and never surrenders.
Sonic's vast experience and years of battles, allow him to rapidly formulate effective strategies to deal with opponents who cannot be bested by his strength alone. While not as intelligent as Tails or Eggman, he constantly outdoes and outsmarts the latter. It also allows him to work well with other heroes he's familiar with and take advantage of their powers in concert with his own. Sonic can also rapidly notice patterns and tactics in his opponent's fighting style, and can predict their movements which he can use to his advantage, which helps him adapt and fight accordingly.
Sonic's years of combat experience has made him a skilled and powerful fighter. Specializing in a fluid, precise, and kinetic fighting style based on blitzing foes with a myriad of techniques that are based on all kinds of several fighting techniques ranging from Capoeira to straight up MMA fighting styles, along with Sonic's personal fighting style based on his species' ability to curl into a ball. He mostly relies on his fast footwork since the majority of his power lies in his legs, though he has been known to use his fists and arms as well, albeit in a rather straightforward manner. Sonic is also shown to excel in swordsmanship. With less than a day of training, he could best master swordsmen like the Knights of the Round Table. In addition to using advanced techniques, Sonic can apply his speed to his swordplay for quick and swift slashes, and become a buzzsaw by spinning with his sword, enabling him to slice clean through enemies.
Concept and Creation
In April of 1990, SEGA wanted a character that could rival Nintendo's Mario and that could sell over 1,000,000 copies. An armadillo (later known as Mighty), a Theodore Roosevelt lookalike in pajamas (Named Dr. Ivo Robotnik), a (sort-of) look alike of mario, were all suggestions. But Naoto Oshima's design won over the others, the character sported the blue color of the Sega logo, his shoe color was based off of Santa Claus, and The shoe buckle is rumored to bear connection to Michael Jackson, the connection, however, remains unclear.