- This article is about the planet in the game series. For the equivalent in Archie Comics continuity also referred to as "Sonic's world", see Sonic's World.
— Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic Adventure 2
The earth (地 chi?), also referred to as Sonic's world (ソニックの世界 Sonikku no sekai?), is the main planet and overall setting in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The planet was originally unnamed except in other media, in which most early continuities instead took place on the fictional planet Mobius. With few exceptions, the planet's name in the games was never mentioned; however, games were generally assumed to take place on a fictional earth, with some locations based on real-world places. In keeping with the original Japanese script, it was called “earth” in Sonic Adventure 2, marking the first use of the name in a game's English localization. Since then, it has been reused in many scripts.
- 1 Concept
- 2 Overview
- 3 History
- 4 Main locations
- 5 In other media
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Sonic the Hedgehog was created as a mascot for Sega, replacing its former mascot Alex Kidd. In order to maximize the appeal of the new character, his background (and the planet on which he lived) was given no detailed information in any of the initial games of the series (from the first game through to Sonic R). This allowed the separate branches of the company (Sega of Japan, Sega of America and Sega of Europe) to each create its own stories to fit third-party sponsors such as comics and animated television series.
Sonic's planet was named Mobius by Sega of America in their 1991 series bible. This was adopted into the western cartoons and comics, and occasionally mentioned in the video game instruction manuals. However, since the release of Sonic Adventure, this name was no longer used in association with the video games. As of October 2012 the name Mobius was no longer used in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, following Sega's instruction.
In Japan, the name Mobius was only used in the instruction manual for Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, which was developed by Sega Technical Institute in the USA. The Japanese manual refers to planet Mobius as "the star of peace", which was suddenly invaded and conquered by Dr. Eggman, who remodeled every single one of its inhabitants into monsters under his control.
Humans are the dominant species of the earth coexisting with animals and plants just like the real-world modern day earth. However, a number of fictional deities are also present on the planet, such as Chaos, Solaris, Dark Gaia and Light Gaia. The term Mobian is sometimes used in other continuities such as comics and cartoons to describe Sonic the Hedgehog and other anthropomorphic animals, although the term really refers to people who hail from Mobius (according to Sonic X, these sapient animal-like creatures are aliens from an unknown planet). Regardless, humans and anthropomorphic animals live peacefully and are often affiliated with each other. Examples of this include Rouge the Bat and Shadow the Hedgehog both being part of the human military force Guardian Units of Nations.
Although many countries have been seen (especially in Sonic Unleashed), the country most games take place in appears to be the fictional United Federation, based on the United States of America. In the capital Central City lies a White House-like building with the President as the head of state. Its main military is GUN, which is shown to be a brutal "shoot now, ask questions later" organization that strive for justice but are often clouded in judgment. Some of the planet's larger cities seem to be very advanced and futuristic, as robots and breakthrough technology are commonplace especially to GUN, who create weapons, robots and air fleets primarily to combat the notorious Dr. Eggman. Cutting-edge cities like Grand Metropolis, Metal City and Monopole hold robots, flying cars, Extreme Gear and transport tubes. However, there are vast portions of nature preserved from the clutches of technology - which Dr. Eggman often seeks to corrupt.
The earth came into existence in the beginning of time. In that era, Dark Gaia and Light Gaia came to reside on it. Following a constant cycle, Dark Gaia awakens once every couple of millions of years to destroy the earth and Light Gaia then restores it in an event known as the time of awakening. The two of them would then return to sleep in the earth's core until they can awaken to continue the cycle.
Over 4,000 years ago, there were two warring civilizations of Echidnas known as the Knuckles Clan and Nocturnus Clan. In order to overcome their foes, Pachacamac, the leader of the Knuckles Clan, attempted to steal the mighty seven Emeralds from the Chao. His civilization was almost completely wiped out by their guardian Chaos in the process after he transformed into a terrible monster. Afterwards, the large jewel was known as the Master Emerald, and the other smaller ones were called Chaos Emeralds.
In that same time, a series of sentient weapons, the Gizoids, were created by the Nocturnus Clan, one of which was thought to have destroyed the "Fourth Great Civilization." In actuality, this Great Civilization was the tribe themselves, and they were all really pulled into a different dimension known as the Twilight Cage after conquering nearly all of the ancient world.
The alien Black Doom of the Black Arms seems to have been observing the planet for aeons, as he has warped Glyphic Canyon to it over 2,000 years ago. His people's home, the Black Comet, passed by the earth every fifty years. However, it was eventually destroyed by the Eclipse Cannon when they posed a threat to the citizens of the world.
Fifty years before the present, aboard the Space Colony ARK, Professor Gerald Robotnik was forced by the President of that time to create the Ultimate Life Form. Aided by Black Doom, they created Shadow the Hedgehog. Gerald also studied the Gizoid, Chaos, and at least one Chaos Emerald. Later, GUN invaded the ARK and either imprisoned or killed all those related with "Project Shadow". This was because of their fear of Professor Gerald Robotnik's work. Gerald's granddaughter Maria Robotnik, who had become very close to Shadow, was killed and Shadow was sent to the surface. Gerald was later found and imprisoned on Prison Island under the pretense of disappearance, and heavily implied to have been executed by firing.
The planet has recently been constantly pained by the professor's grandson, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, who also goes by the alias Dr. Eggman with number of his attacks and bases being taken place in different types of islands and earth's natural satellite. It was also attacked by the monster Chaos, threatened with impact by the falling ARK, invaded by the Black Arms, nearly sucked into a giant black hole (twice), broken apart and plagued by the hyper energy organism Dark Gaia, and had its very existence in space-time threatened on multiple occasions. All disasters have been stopped by Sonic and his allies who use the powers of the Chaos Emeralds to protect the world time and again. At one point, Eggman managed to take over 99% of the world after Sonic was defeated by his new henchman, Infinite. However, Sonic was soon rescued and with the combined efforts of the Resistance, Eggman was defeated and the world was freed.
Parallel timelines and the future
More than 200 years after Sonic's time, the people of the world had evolved to the point where they gained psychokinetic powers, which they would use in everyday life. During the centuries leading up to that point, the earth would be largely destroyed by Iblis. Amidst Iblis' dark reign, a resident of the future named Silver tried to stop Iblis for good under Mephiles the Dark's machinations by traveling back to Sonic's time to find the Iblis Trigger, the person responsible for releasing Iblis. When Solaris returned as a result of that, the deity sought to destroy all existing timelines, but was defeated by Sonic, Shadow and Silver. Solaris was then erased from history by Sonic and Princess Elise of Soleanna to prevent his wrath from being released, thereby changing the future for the better. With the sole exception of Blaze the Cat, no one would remember this negated timeline.
In this reformed future, Dr. Eggman Nega, a descendant of Dr. Eggman tried to release a dimensional being, called the Ifrit into Sonic's world in the past, which in turn changed Silver's time frame for the worse. To restore the future, Silver went back in time where he prevented the Ifrit from destroying Sonic's world, and by extension his time frame.
Main political factions
Cities and territories
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the planet Mobius was originally the earth. In the early 21st century, earth was contacted by the Xorda. However, the Xorda ambassador was captured and dissected by humanity, and the aggressive Xorda race declared war on earth. Though some of humanity managed to preserve themselves, the Xorda ended the world with their Gene Bombs which broke all forms of life down to their basic components. Thousands of years later, this combined biomatter gave birth to the Mobian race, who would repopulate the earth and rename it Mobius.
Following the events of Worlds Collide that rebooted the continuity, the planet now shares the same elements as its game counterpart. However, it also has its own exclusive elements, and Mobians now live side-by-side with humanity. The planet is also only referred to as "Sonic's World"
Sonic the Comic
Earth appeared in the British series Sonic the Comic, but in this continuity it is considered entirely separate from Sonic's home planet of Mobius. In an early Sonic's World strip, the Kintobor Computer claimed that Mobius was in a small galaxy that was "117,63222 light years from Earth", in a parallel dimension, in a different time zone and the whole region is made up of dark matter.
Amy Rose and Tekno the Canary crash-landed on Earth in a space ship after being teleported across the universe accidentally. During this short stay, they were mistaken for aliens. They befriended a human named Professor Cratermass and earned the enmity of Colonel Granite, the deranged commander of Operation Starwatch, who believed they were the vanguard of an invasion fleet. Amy and Tekno managed to escape and teleport back to Mobius with some help from Professor Cratermass, who deleted the teleportation program afterwards so that Colonel Granite couldn't follow. Amy and Tekno encountered Granite again on Earth during their trips through the Ring of Eternity, and as a result of this story, rogue British military forces led by Colonel Granite subsequently invaded Mobius before being hurled out by the spirit of the planet itself. An even later story showed that, due to their highly similar ecosystems, Earth and Mobius were twin planets.
In Sonic X, it is revealed that Sonic, his friends and Dr. Eggman originate from an alternate reality version of Earth. A long time ago, Sonic's world and Earth were once one, but a cataclysmic event split the planet into two and sent them to different dimensions. The flow of time in Sonic's world is considerably slower than on Earth, with one month in Sonic's world equaling an entire year on Earth.
When Sonic came to Earth, the two worlds began to merge into one once again, which would ultimately stop the flow of time completely, thus forcing Sonic and co. to return to their world.
In Sonic Boom franchise, earth is where the series takes place. In this media, the planet resides in the Sonic Boom World and holds a mysterious past that has spawned both legends and lore alike. Its surface consists mostly of lush and wild nature filled with jungles, mountains, undersea civilizations, cloud cities, and all kinds of other environments. The earth has very little urbanization and most of the residents live in and around a Village. The series centers around Seaside Island where Team Sonic fight against Dr. Eggman to keep the doctor from achieving domination over the planet.
The majority of the planet's population is made up of anthropomorphic animals referred to as "animal people", though humans like Dr. Eggman are also present. While civilization here is predominantly rustic, modern commodities such as ice cream stands, airplanes, televisions and highly advanced technology are also found here, though in much lesser quantity. A few places on the planet, like Dr. Eggman's lair and the Ancients' civilization, are highly futuristic and technological areas.
On this version of earth, the inhabitants celebrate New Year. This holiday sprung from the need to divide the year up according to the planet's calendar, meaning it does not have any religious or cultural origin. However, the inhabitants do not have holidays like Easter, Halloween, Christmas, or Groundhog Day. They also appear to be using a calendar identical to one in real-life.
Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
Earth is the main-setting of the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog film. Sonic is sent to Earth via a Ring to hide from people who want to use his power. Longclaw explains the planet is on the far-end of the known universe, where no one from their world will find him. The Earth closely resembles the real planet, with the United States responding to the EMP burst Sonic created and Sonic visiting various locations, such as France and Egypt, during his chase from Dr. Robotnik.
- Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is the first and only instance in the series so far to use the terms "earth", "Sonic's world" and "Sonic's World" in the same game.
- In Shadow the Hedgehog, when playing Air Fleet in Expert Mode, touching the Hint Ring will play a message from the President where his Secretary will remind him that he is late for tea time with the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.
- In interviews, Takashi Iizuka said that the Sonic games takes place across two worlds―one is human, and one is set on the non-human side, the latter which Sonic Colors takes place in. However, has not been clarified if whether this means the games literally take place across two different versions of the earth (like in Sonic X) or across different societies. The PR and Social Media Manager of Sonic the Hedgehog Aaron Webber (to his understanding) confirms the former while former Sega Europe community manager Kevin Eva disapproves the former. In a later interview, Iizuka stated that the portrayal and nature of the earth depends on which of these two worlds is being portrayed in each game, and sometimes there may be some crossover between them.
- Sonic Team (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. "Maria Robotnik: Shadow, what do you think it's like on earth?"
- BioWare (26 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Codex: When he found out about this, Robotnik went mad. He created a program that would cause the ARK to fall to earth and brainwashed Shadow to carry out the plan, which would require the power of all seven Chaos Emeralds."
- Sonic Team (12 November 2010). Sonic Colors (Wii). Sega. "Dr. Eggman: Soon the mind control weapon will be full of energy I've siphoned from the aliens, and Sonic's world will be the center of my interplanetary theme park."
- Dimps (21 April 2012). Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (Windows). Sega. "How to Play/Episode II Story: Months after the events of Episode I, the Little Planet of Sonic the Hedgehog CD fame once more nears Sonic's world."
- Sega. Sonic the Hedgehog European site. Characters: Silver the Hedgehog. Retrieved on 15 March 2007.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Silver's Episode
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Last story
- Sonic Team (11 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PC. Sega. Area/level: White Space. "Blaze the Cat: I never thought I'd find myself in Crisis City again. This world is full of surprises"
- Sonic Rivals 2: Silver's story
- Sonic Team, Dimps (16 November 2010) Sonic Colors. Nintendo DS. Sega. Area/Level: Sweet Mountain. "Silver the Hedgehog: They think THAT is what the future is like? Please. / Sonic the Hedgehog: Silver? / Silver the Hedgehog: Hey, Sonic. You planning on riding this thing? I'd give it a pass. The future's not all stone and buildings like that. / Miles Tails Prower: What's the future you came from like, Silver? / Silver the Hedgehog: A lot brighter than this. The sky is blue, and everybody's got a smile. / Sonic the Hedgehog: That sounds like the world now. / Silver the Hedgehog: Ha ha, exactly.
- Sonic the Comic #25, "Prologue: Once Upon a Planet..."
- Sonic the Comic #114 and #115, "Earthbound"
- Sonic the Comic #140 and #141, "Out of Time"
- Sonic the Comic #146 and #147, "Earth Attacks"
- Sanzaru Games (21 November 2014). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Nintendo 3DS. Sega. Area/Level: Shadow Canyons. "Tails: Well, y'know... multitasking. I also balanced my checkbook, invented a car that can circle the earth on half a jar of kosher pickles..."
- Hit new TV Series Sonic Boom Premiered #1 in its time slot with boys 6-14!* Now on Cartoon Network. Retrieved on 20 November 2014.
- Sonic Boom #1
- Freiberger, Sam (22 July 2017). "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 89. Boomerang.
- Harrison, Reid (8 August 2015). "New Year's Retribution". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 38. Cartoon Network.
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (28 August 2017). Retrieved on 28 August 2017. “Bill Freiberger: This world has a calendar which divides time into years so New Year's Eve doesn't have the religious or cultural origins as the others.”
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (15 August 2015). "Battle of the Boy Bands". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 39. Cartoon Network.
- Sonic Colours: Interview with Takashi Iizuka. GAME.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved on 13 August 2015. “GAME: Could you tell us a bit about the story behind Sonic Colours? It looks more like the old games, which were set on Moebius, than the new-style Sonics set in Station Square... / Takashi Iizuka: We have two different worlds for Sonic games – one is human, and one is set on the non-human side. Sonic Colours is set on the non-human side. The only human in the game is Dr Eggman, who tries to build this huge amusement park which, as you will see on the world map, ties all these planets together with a tractor beam.”
- Swingin’ Report Show #80: Interview with Aaron Webber, Sonic the Hedgehog PR & Social Media Manager. Youtube. SEGAbits II (2 July 2015). Retrieved on 13 August 2015.
- AAUK (Kevin Eva) (17 August 2015). Sega's Secret Sonic Bible that we'll probably never see "TO MARS!". Sonic Stadium Message Board. Retrieved on 20 August 2015.
- Brian Shea (10 June 2017). More Burning Questions About The Sonic The Hedgehog Franchise Answered. GameInformer. Retrieved on 10 June 2017.