|Sonic the Hedgehog/|
Sonic the Hedgehog is an 15-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.
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.