Hohohoho. But that explosion! Isn't racing beautiful -- and dangerous?
— Dodon Pa, Team Sonic Racing One-shot
Dodon Pa (ドドンパ Dodonpa?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and a central character in Team Sonic Racing. He is an anthropomorphic Tanuki and the mysterious sponsor behind the Grand Prix, a race unlike any other. He is also the creator of all the competitors' cars.
Dodon Pa is described as a "funny-looking" and "chubby". An anthropomorphic Tanuki with orange fur, he has a fairly large and round torso, slightly short arms, and sharp fingers. He also has a wide head with no visible neck, and a long tail with brown stripes. He also has a black patch of fur across his face, a white muzzle, a small black nose, and a long and rugged white mustache. He also has large eyes with surprisingly small blue irises and pupils.
For attire, Dodon Pa wears a crown with a large round velvet cap. This crown also has a golden lower head rim, a golden point on the top, and an emblem on the front that resembles a black wheel with a pair of white wings and a purple hub cap. He also wears orange coveralls with golden cuffs on the sleeves, a red scarf around his neck, and a brown belt around his waist with a golden buckle that resembles the front of a car. Lastly, he wears a short leopard skin cape with a fuzzy white hemline, a tall collar, and golden fasteners on the front.
Dodon Pa's past is an absolute mystery, as no one knows where he comes from or why he hosts races.
Team Sonic Racing
In Team Sonic Racing, Dodon Pa sent invitation letters to Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends, hoping to have them participate as racers in his Grand Prix. His true intentions however, are an absolute mystery.
When Team Sonic and Team Dark had a race, Dodon Pa watched the action unfold as Sonic and Shadow went head-to-head. He also gave Tails a few hints regarding the team cars' capabilities through the in-car video links when the fox tried to figure the cars out. When Dr. Eggman then showed up unannounced during the race, claiming to be a special guest racer, Dodon Pa casually allowed Eggman, whom he found amusing, to participate. When Eggman then began asking for help, Dodon Pa filled him in on the Wisp power-ups that he could utilize. When all the racers then ganged up on Eggman, Dodon Pa was so invested in the beating Eggman received that he did not pay attention to whether Sonic or Shadow crossed the finish line first. Still, Dodon Pa was satisfied with how beautiful and dangerous the race was. As Eggman then moped over his loss, Dodon Pa told him that he looked forward to the doctor's participation with a team (since he found his passion against overwhelming odds inspiring) before watching a rematch between Sonic and Shadow.
Described as eccentric and mysterious, Dodon Pa is an enigmatic figure whose intentions for hosting the Grand Prix is an absolute mystery. At first glance, he looks like nothing more than a gentle, chatty person. However, it has been hinted that this is only a façade hiding his true personality.
Dodon Pa takes a great interest in the races he hosts, and appears more interested in the races themselves than their outcome. In fact, he comes off as rather disinterested about the end of his races, as he chose watching a massive showdown between Dr. Eggman and the other racers over watching who crossed the finish line first. He describes racing as something both beautiful and dangerous, and seems to be especially interested in the latter aspect, hinting a perhaps sadistic desire for anarchy and violence (something which there are plenty of in his Grand Prix).
Being the sponsor of his Grand Prix, Dodon Pa wants his races to go according to his rules. However, he seems to ignore fair-play when something unexpectedly entertaining happens in his races, like when he casually let it slide when Dr. Eggman showed up unannounced to compete on his own in his team-orientated Grand Prix and began cheating shamelessly. While Dodon Pa also appears helpful by providing his racers with advice on how to win, he does not care about whether those he help are good or evil, which makes his personal preferences hard to pin down.
Dodon Pa also possesses a distinct laugh: "Hohohoho".
Dodon Pa first met Dr. Eggman when the doctor showed up unannounced to his Grand Prix and began to compete under the pretense that he had been invited as a special guest racer. Despite knowing this was a lie, Dodon Pa allowed Eggman to compete, finding Eggman's efforts to join the Grand Prix amusing.
Even though Eggman is evil, Dodon Pa does not mind helping Eggman in his efforts to win the races in his Grand Prix. In addition, he finds Eggman's passion against overwhelming odds amusing.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog, whom Dodon Pa refers to as "blue hedgehog", is one of the participants in his Grand Prix. In regards to Sonic, Dodon Pa has deemed him a pretty good racer and finds his rivalry with Shadow amusing.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow the Hedgehog, whom Dodon Pa refers to as "black hedgehog", is another participant in Dodon Pa's Grand Prix. Like Sonic, Dodon Pa thinks Shadow is a formidable racer and finds his rivalry with Sonic amusing.
- "My expensive race, my rules! Hohohoho!"
- —Dodon Pa taking through the video monitors, Team Sonic Racing One-shot
- Dodon Pa shares his name with the roller coaster Do-Dodonpa (formerly Dodonpa (ドドンパ?)), which boasts the fastest acceleration in the world.