— Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is the hero of his self-titled video game series. Naturally, he's still the main protagonist in BearfootTruck's stories, where he leads the Knothole Freedom Fighters. For the most part, he's the same as his canon counterpart. Or, for portals to other universes, you can click here.
Sonic was born in the Kingdom of Mobius to unknown parents and was adopted by his uncle, a chili dog salesman/part-time inventor named Sir Charles T. Hedgehog, a.k.a. "Uncle Chuck". The two of them lived in Emerald City. Originally, Sonic was named "Sonny" and was colored brown. Growing up, young Sonny had poor eyesight and would often bump into things. Nevertheless, that didn't stop him from doing his favorite thing: running. He would run and run and run - all day, every day. Then, one day, Sonny ended up running so fast that he broke the sound barrier. This turned his quills blue and made them more streamlined. From that day forward, Uncle Chuck would call him "Sonic".
Life was good for Sonic & his uncle. Then, one day, a mad scientist named Dr. Ivo Robotnik staged a coup and overthrew the king & queen of Mobius. After taking over, Robotnik also roboticized most of Mobius' population. Sonic escaped, but he failed to save Uncle Chuck from being roboticized, so he went to the Great Forest. However, he had no friends, so all of his time was spent either running around, eating, drinking, or laying on the ground crying. Finally, he decided to stop feeling sorry for himself and fight, which set off the events in the first three Sonic games. Then, he met Sally Acorn and some Freedom Fighters, and the rest is history.
For the most part, Sonic's personality is the same as his canon counterpart: He's brave, bold, reckless, and a real joker. However, like his canon counterpart, he still believes in doing what's right and helping people out when they're feeling down. There's just one difference: Unlike in the games, Sonic doesn't mind chilling out and relaxing every now and then — as long as nobody's holding him involuntarily, anyways. On a lesser note, Sonic's brand of cockiness seems to reflect his AoStH & SatAM portrayals. Parallel to this, Sonic also sports a unique trait: He uses 70's slang such as "far out" or "jive".
Sonic's appearance hasn't been changed one bit. However, given that BearfootTruck's stories use elements from the classic & modern games, the stories were written such that Sonic could either look like his classic self or modern self, depending on the reader's point of view.
Well...he wouldn't be Sonic if he didn't have super speed now, would he? Aside from that, and from his usual abilities, Sonic is also quite artistic, and can paint a masterpiece in only a matter of seconds. He also has good martial arts skills.
Items & weapons
Like his game counterpart, Sonic shies away from the use of weapons (barring swords). While he can get the Chaos Emeralds, he hasn't actually used them in any of BearfootTruck's stories, but he has used Power Rings before. For stealth operations, Sonic also carries a bottomless bag of disguises just as he did in AoStH. On certain occasions, he may use vehicles. So far, he's owned the Tornado biplane and a Yamaha YZ400 "Whirlwind" motocross bike.
Sonic heads to Eggopolis with Tails & Knuckles, aiming to destroy a mech factory that Dr. Robotnik is constructing. However, due to a trap planted by Scratch & Grounder, plus a freak electromagnetic storm, he and his gang end up in Stalag 13. Here, they meet up with Colonel Robert Hogan and his Heroes. Sonic learns that Hogan has a similar mission: To take out a factory that makes E-75 heavy tanks. At first, Sonic doesn’t want to go on this mission; he wants to go straight home. However, after some prodding from Sally, he reluctantly agrees to stay for the mission.
Though Hogan's men are accepting of Sonic & co., the Blue Blur & friends will have to stay hidden from the rest of the German Army. In the meantime, Sonic plays some cards and tries to keep himself entertained. Disguised as "Colonel Sonicheimer the Hedgehog", he obtains the necessary components to build a teleporter machine to get the Freedom Fighters back home. When LeBeau cooks dinner, Sonic is disappointed that there are no chili dogs, but he chows down anyways.
Sonic is surprised when Shadow shows up as a member of the Gestapo. Here, Shadow warns Sonic not to try anything funny and threatens to kill him if he does so. Nevertheless, Sonic isn’t deterred from taking part in Hogan's mission. During the attack on the tank factory, he attempts to bust through a door using a spin attack, but fails, so Bunnie & Rouge take care of it instead. Once inside, he uses his super speed to draw the guards' fire and almost gets shot, catching a bullet in his teeth. He also takes down some of the defenses so Hogan & the others can escape. With the factory destroyed, Sonic & his friends go back home and destroy Robotnik’s mech factory like they were originally supposed to.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, Sonic warns everyone about the dangers of playing with unexploded ordnance.
When Sonic brings home a 1978 Yamaha YZ400, Rotor asks him to bring home some batteries for a laser cannon he’s working on, while Tails agrees to modify his bike. On the way, Sonic accidentally bumps into Shadow, prompting Shadow to chase after him. However, Sonic evades him in a junkyard, and after this, he gets the parts that Tails & Rotor need. However, due to an unforeseen consequence of Dr. Robotnik's Inter-Dimensional Molecular Relocation Device, Sonic gets sent back in time and (unbeknownst to his friends) replaced with two impostor hedgehogs.
The rest of the story focuses on Sonic's trip through time & space, in addition to his friends' search for him. Sonic's journey takes him all over the place: The "caveman era", Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, the Salem Witch Hunts, the Battle of Gettysburg, and finally to New York City, 1977. It is here that he befriends a woman named Sharon St. Martin, an aspiring singer who works at a bakery. In addition to exploring the city on his own time, Sonic goes out with Sharon and attends a gig of hers at the Village Vanguard. Here, she is offered a recording contract, but gets a major case of butterflies in her stomach. After some encouragement from Sonic, though, she accepts the offer. Sonic & Sharon finish the night by dancing at Infinity Disco, where Sonic defeats a gang of muggers. Thus, the two go home safe & sound.
While sleeping that night, Sonic ends up in a mysterious void, where he encounters the Keeper of Time and Space. Here, it's revealed that because of Sonic's meddling, he must answer three questions before he can go home. The Blue Blur passes this test and gets back just in time to stop an attack on the Great Forest. He's about to try out his newly-modified YZ400, but then he's confronted by Shadow, Amy, Antoine, Rouge & Sally, who blame him for the things the impostors did, so he runs away. In the epilogue, it's shown that Sonic left a message for Sharon, along with some money & a gun. The message reveals that Sonic wouldn't have wanted a relationship with her because of the incident with Princess Elise, but that he still loves her and will never forget her.
In the "Sonic Says" segment for this episode, Sonic says that you shouldn't impersonate people unless you're on an undercover mission.
Sonic & Shadow respond to a distress call at Kinto Village. However, it was a trap set up by Dr. Robotnik, and during the battle, Sonic hurts his foot when he steps on a spike. Miles "Tails" Prower brings him back to Knothole, where Rotor & Sally tend to his injury. After eating a platter of chili dogs brought to him by Antoine & Bunnie, Sonic falls asleep early. While Sonic's asleep, he has a dream that he's at a schoolhouse, where a clone of Sonic shows him around. However, this clone turns out to be evil and is bent on tormenting Sonic. Despite his best attempts to escape, his evil clone follows him and eventually gives him a frightening bus ride. Afterwards, Sonic blacks out and ends up in a void, thinking he's escaped, but Nightmare Sonic is still there.
Sonic wakes up from this dream and goes back to sleep. The next morning, he says hello to all his friends, but Sally turns out to be Nightmare Sonic instead, which means Sonic's still dreaming. He wakes up from this dream and watches a movie the next morning. However, the movie is interrupted by a news announcement – delivered by Nightmare Sonic, of all people. The real Sonic wakes up from this, but when he goes back to sleep, he's awoken in the middle of the night by Tails, who has an urgent message. At first, the Blue Blur thinks it's a trick, but after some more prodding from Tails, he gives in and checks it out. He spots one of Robotnik's machines cutting down the Great Forest. Knuckles is already there, but it’s merely Nightmare Sonic disguised as him.
From then on, Sonic is trapped in a never-ending series of nightmares, trying to escape his evil clone. In one such nightmare, he goes back to New York City and meets Sharon, who is really the clone Sonic. Then, while running away from the NYPD, he is "wounded" by an NYPD officer and then "killed" by Shadow, who shows up in an unmarked police car. Eventually, Sonic confronts his clone, who has taken the form of a Tails Doll. He proceeds to punch the doll in the face, and despite the doll's head changing to those of his friends, he keeps punching it and wakes up for real. As it turns out, Sonic had been poisoned with sodium barboxide and had been cured by his friends.
After a tearful reunion with his friends & a group hug, Sonic & the gang head for Eggopolis, where Dr. Robotnik has constructed a planet-killing weapon. They're temporarily held up by a Richard Nixon impersonator, but they move on. On the way, they meet Shadow, who draws the attention of Robotnik's badniks so Sonic & the others can destroy the megaweapon. Back home, Sonic & Tails hug each other.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, Sonic explains that bullying is a bad thing and gives tips on how to deal with it.
After one of his daily runs, Sonic decides to watch The Amazing Adventures of Edgar Eagle, only for Tails to run in & start watching Super Changin' Muscle Rangers (an obvious takeoff of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers). Sonic hates the show, so he gets into a fight with Tails over the TV remote, causing it to break. Sonic gives up and lets Tails watch the show.
Outside, he finds that all of his other friends are into the show, which causes tension between them. Sonic's hatred for the show stems from the fact that it beat his own show in the ratings race (a reference to Sonic SatAM being beaten by Power Rangers). After running around, this tension comes to a head when Rouge teases Sonic for being jealous of Super Changin' Muscle Rangers. For him, this proves to be the last straw, so he loses his temper and insults Rouge. After this outburst, he meets up with Cream & Cheese. To his relief, he finds out that they’re not Muscle Rangers fans, so he decides to stay at their house and cool off.
Sonic gets a surprise when he learns that the stars of Super Changin' Muscle Rangers – namely, the Rangers themselves – have been kidnapped. He finds himself conflicted because he hates the show, yet he feels a duty to help out those in need. After talking with Vanilla, he concludes that he should save the Muscle Rangers stars anyways, so he heads back for Knothole. Along the way, he apologizes to Rouge for insulting her and gets into a fight with Shadow. Both times, he tells them what happens, causing them to run off to Eggopolis without a plan, which results in them getting kidnapped as well.
Back in Knothole, he explains the situation to his friends, causing Amy & Antoine to run out and get kidnapped also. With people’s lives on the line, Rotor formulates a special plan. Once Sonic & friends get to Robotnik's base, they call upon the power of some DinoVords (thinly-disguised DinoZords) that Rotor built. At first, Sonic has trouble operating his RaptorVord, but he gets the hang of it, and thanks to the MegaVord Mode, they defeat Robotnik again and rescue the Muscle Rangers.
In the end, Sonic & friends are thanked for their help. It is here that Sonic confesses his true feelings about the show and how he felt conflicted about the whole thing. Here, Johnny Austin (the actor who plays Johnny Lee, the red Muscle Ranger) reveals that he is a big SatAM fan and was sad when it was cancelled, so he gives Sonic & Tails an opportunity to guest star in an episode of Muscle Rangers. Afterwards, Sonic asks Rotor why they can't use the Vords to crush Dr. Robotnik for good, and he’s told that the Vords have poor fuel efficiency and will only work really well with a rare crystal alloy.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, Sonic tells people not to judge others by their external appearance.
Sonic decides to cook some hotcakes for Dr. Robotnik as a peace offering. However, he nearly gets killed and decides not to pursue his plan any further. When he gets back, Sally decides to try the same plan tomorrow and fails. Furthermore, this causes Sonic's other friends to try the same plan, prompting him to rush to Eggopolis before any of them get hurt. Seeing that they all got out OK, he heads back to Knothole.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, he explains the joy of giving presents to family & friends during the holidays, but he has to run away from Shadow, who is angry at Sonic for giving him Sonic '06 for Xbox 360.
While Sonic doesn’t appear in the story itself, he returns for another round of "Sonic Says", explaining why it’s a bad idea to break into other people’s houses.
Sonic is running through Green Grove Zone when he encounters Mephiles the Dark (Shadow form). At first, the Blue Blur wants to get revenge on him, but Mephiles isn't there to fight; he just wants to apologize for killing Sonic because he felt so much regret. Furthermore, he wants to be friends. Sonic is hesitant to befriend him, but eventually, he decides that Mephiles is telling the truth. Just to be sure, though, the Blue Blur decides to have Mephiles run around with him. However, Sonic has second thoughts about the whole thing and decides to run away from Mephiles.
For the next couple of days, Ol' Blue becomes depressed, wondering if he did the right thing by running away. Because of his guilt, he ends up freaking out when he meets Mephiles again and runs away. This puts him in a paradox: He still can't bring himself to be near the Dark One, but he really wants to get over his sense of guilt. Then, when Rouge visits one day, Sonic tells everything to her – and by extension, to Tails. Rouge suggests that the two of them go on a trip together. Thus, the dynamic duo travels around the Kingdom of Mobius and the world, concluding their trip at Star Light Zone. As a result, Sonic feels much better, so he decides to go back out into the world despite Tails' concerns.
Suddenly, Sonic runs into Mephiles again, who starts beating him up. The two of them get into a fight, which culminates in Sonic almost getting choked to death. Fortunately for the Blue Blur, Mephiles lets go of him. At first, he is very angry at Mephiles and decides to continue beating him. He even tells the Dark One about how sad Tails felt when seeing his best friend die. However, Sonic changes his tune when Mephiles gives him flowers. Having accepted Mephiles' apology, he sits down with him so they can talk about their feelings, heal each other's wounds and meditate.
When they've cleared the air, Sonic continues running with Mephiles, along with playing catch, grinding rails & train surfing. He also teaches the demon various slang terms & gestures. They seem to be doing well, until they get to Seaside Hill Zone, where Sonic gets pulled off a cliff. Luckily, Big Blue learns how to swim. Upon surfacing, he tortures Mephiles by submerging him in the water. However, cooler heads prevail once again, and Sonic lets Mephiles go after the latter promises not to do that again. Despite the previous incident, Sonic decides that Mephiles is (mostly) trustworthy, but decides to give him one more test: The two of them are going to foil one of Dr. Robotnik's plans together.
To be precise, they end up destroying a new mind control device that Robotnik just built. Since Mephiles passes the test, Sonic decides to lay down in the grass with Mephiles and chill out. Here, the two of them have a philosophical discussion, touching on matters such as origins, race & immortality. Then, he takes the Dark One back to Knothole and introduces him to the others. At first, Big Blue's friends react with fear & distrust, with Sally even administering a lie detector test. However, Sonic convinces them all that Mephiles is legit. While in Knothole, he also has a little disco party with Mephiles. After having some chili dogs for supper, the two go to Azure Lake Zone, where they watch the sunset. Sonic is surprised when Mephiles embraces him, but he lets it pass.
After the sun goes down, Sonic heads back to Knothole with Mephiles. Back in his hut, he puts his flowers in a vase and watches a movie with Mephiles. He is surprised to see that Mephiles hasn't left, wanting to stay instead. Then, when Mephiles starts crying, Sonic comforts him and gives him some tissues. When the two of them go to bed, Tails asks Sonic if he's been replaced with Mephiles. To prove otherwise, Sonic has Tails move his bed over so the three of them can sleep together for the night.
In this episode's "Sonic Says" segment, Sonic congratulates Knuckles for donating to the Salvation Marine Corps and explains the importance of donating to the needy.
During an early morning run, Sonic encounters Shadow, who reminds him that it's his birthday today by giving him a cake. Actually, the Ultimate Life Form throws it on the ground and ruins it. At first, Sonic is shocked, but after hearing some of Shadow's ranting, the Blue Blur decides to give him a hug. Because of that, Shadow kicks him in the nads and runs away. After recovering from his groin injury, Sonic receives a cake from Scratch & Grounder. However, he smells something funny in the cake – literally – so he declines. It turns out to have a bomb in it, too.
Cake isn't the only food that Sonic gets for his birthday, either: He gets a sandwich from Knuckles, which turns out to be a knuckle sandwich. After getting physically injured again, Sonic encounters a parade that Cream & Amy set up for him. At first, Ol' Blue doesn’t want to ride along, but he gives in. His timing is fortunate, too: Dr. Robotnik & Snively show up in an attempt to disrupt the parade. However, with some assistance from Amy & Cream, he defeats them, after which he moves on.
Moving on, Sonic meets Rouge, who takes him to her cabin in Hill Top Zone for her gift: A spa treatment. To this end, she’s lit up some scented candles, which cause Sonic to become dizzy. First, Rouge leads him to her hot tub, and upon getting in, Big Blue falls into a trance. After spending a few minutes in the hot tub, Sonic is dried off and taken to a massage table. Once Rouge begins massaging him, he goes even deeper into his trance, losing the ability to speak. To him, the massage feels so good that he ends up having an orgasm. When the massage is done, he is barely able to get off of the table by himself. Nevertheless, after receiving a birthday hug from Rouge, Sonic is on his way.
Outside, Sonic stumbles around, struggling to keep his balance. When he comes out of his trance, he breaks out in a fit of laughter, an after-effect of his trance. Even after straightening out, he is giggly for a few minutes after that. Soon, Sonic encounters Silver, who gives him a self-help book titled Flames of Disaster: The Definitive Guide to Coping With and Overcoming Symptoms of Being the Iblis Trigger. Sonic insists that he’s no longer the Iblis Trigger, but Silver tells him that denial will only make the problem worse, so the True Blue Hedgehog reluctantly accepts his gift and moves on.
Just when Sonic is wondering whether he'll ever receive a normal birthday gift, Blaze arrives with a music box. Upon turning the crank, it plays the music from Star Light Zone in Sonic 1. Big Blue is captivated by the music, so much so that he doesn't even notice that Marine has arrived to give him a gift as well. Her gift turns out to be a boomerang. Sonic tries it out a few times, but he only manages to catch it once; he gets hit in the face on all his other attempts. Nevertheless, he thanks Marine for the gift and keeps going.
As he approaches the Great Forest, Sonic starts getting a weird feeling. Then, Espio shows up out of nowhere, spooking him. Shortly after, Charmy & Vector show up. Although Ol' Blue is skeptical about whatever gift they’ve got for him, his skepticism slowly dissipates when they unwrap it: It turns out to be a 1970 Chevy Camaro Z/28 with a supercharged big block, 4-speed manual and a host of features. At first, Sonic's not 100% enthusiastic because, being The Fastest Thing Alive, he doesn’t need a car. However, after some persuasion from the Chaotix, he relents.
Upon starting the car, Sonic hits the gas and speeds through the Great Forest, eventually taking the Camaro off a jump and landing in Knothole. The noise attracts the attention of Knothole's residents, including Tails & Sally. When informed that he has other presents waiting for him, Sonic is more eager to open them this time. However, his friends have to give him his cake first. Everything here goes smoothly, but after Sonic blows out the candles, two agents from the United Copyright Police show up. After Espio knocks them out with sleeping darts, Sonic is finally able to open his gifts. Then, Mephiles the Dark shows up with a gift of his own.
At first, Sonic suspects it to be a trap, but after some persuasion from the Dark One, he accepts. When the Blue Blur opens the box, he finds a bottle of poison in it. He’s confused as to why he’d need something like this, but Mephiles assures him that it'll come in handy eventually. The Dark One gives Sonic a hug before moving on. With that out of the way, the Blue Blur can open his official gifts. First, from Sally, he gets a DVD boxset of Richard Simmons' Sweatin' to Barry Manilow, which he is unimpressed with. However, he is impressed with Bunnie's gift: Backdraft 64 for Nintendo 64. Next comes Antoine's gift: An autographed picture of himself in a 24-karat gold frame. Sonic is perplexed by this one, but he accepts it. Conversely, Sonic has few qualms about receiving a self-cooking pancake pan from Rotor. The biggest gift of all comes from none other than Tails, which happens to be a case of Super Putty. Sonic is confused as to why his best friend would get him something like this, but he’s just glad that his friends would give so much effort to buy him special gifts.
Even Tails' gift pales in comparison to Sonic's last gift, something that all the Freedom Fighters made for him. The gift in question is a statue of Sonic & Tails with a special plaque honoring their quests. Ol' Blue really loves this gift and considers it to be his favorite gift of all, aside from the Camaro. His only concern is that no one will see it after he & Tails die, but the Two-Tailed Wonder assures him that people will get to see it. Speaking of seeing it, Amy & Cream congratulate Sonic on the statue, although Cream is disappointed because she doesn’t think Sonic will like the other gift she got: A bunch of flowers. Fortunately, the Blue Blur appreciates the flowers very much. Rouge also congratulates Sonic on the statue. However, she accidentally causes Sonic to fall into a trance when she pats him on the shoulder – presumably an after effect of her gift. According to Sonic's reactions, he is seeing pretty colors while in his trance and mistakes Tails' fingers for fish.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, Sonic orders Tails to bring Knuckles back home from a party because Rad Red isn't feeling good. He also tells people not to drive home from a party if they're drunk, but to get someone else to do it or to just sleep it off. Actually, he doesn’t mention anything about alcohol, but the phrasing is quite similar.