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Humans (人間 Ningen?) are creatures that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They share the planet with other sapient creatures, but are notably the most populated beings on earth.



Sonic Adventure Human NPCs

Various humans from Station Square, from Sonic Adventure.

Humans' anatomy is very similar to their real-life counterparts, although various depictions of them often stylize them as either realistic, semi-realistic, anime-like or even cartoony with exaggerated features. Examples of humans with exaggerated features include Professor Pickle, whose eyebrows cover his eyes; Witchcart, who has a long, pointy nose; and Dr. Eggman, with his broad shoulders and spindly arms, round curves and noodle legs.

Humans' skin tones can fall into multiple shades of colors, such as peach or brown. Their hair colors can also differ, though it is rare to find a human with hair that is not brown, blonde, black, or white, unlike most anthropomorphic animals. In terms of body shape, humans are much more diverse than anthropomorphic animals, as they can range greatly between different individuals.

Characteristics and culture[]

I know that people fight over the most trivial things. Some people may be selfish, like the professor said... but they're basically good, if they try their best and never give up on their wishes. They always have a reason to be happy!

Amy Rose, Sonic Adventure 2[1]

Humans are, for the most part, a very diverse species. Due to the amount of civilizations they have formed, humans follow different cultures,[2] which include a variety of traditions, beliefs, and languages; some of which have endured for generations and are still practiced today.[3][4] This has allowed them to design and build impressive structures over time that are widely regarded as masterpieces in the current era.[5][6] Despite the craziness and disasters that happen around them though, humans just want to get on with their lives, as they do not like to concern themselves with trivial matters, like the time of awakening. While humans have an infamous history of causing many horrific incidents, and there are still many selfish individuals out there, it is attested that most of them are good-hearted and only want to live their lives.[1][7]

Humans are a very dominant species on earth, its settlements being divided by a plethora of countries, each of which feature their own cultures and peoples.[2] Politically, these countries may have different forms of government, including republics, monarchies and dictatorships. Humans are also capable of living in varied environments throughout the planet, almost making them a cosmopolitan species. These include rainforest, deserts and frozen areas. This does not mean that their populations are uniformly distributed across earth, however, as some areas might hold more or less inhabitants than others, or not even hold any settlements at all. Also, humans prefer to live in the planet's continents; most islands and other areas are, on the other hand, populated by anthropomorphic animals or other species entirely.[2] Furthermore, they have very limited presence in outer space, leaving earth so far the only planet able to support them.

Powers and abilities[]

Certain individuals among humanity have demonstrated exceptional intelligence and affinity for technology. This is evidenced by the complex machinery and inventions found in their cities, the different advanced mechs used by various parties, and their massive space stations orbiting the planet.


The energy field created by the combined powers of Sonic and Elise, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Fundamentally, humans have no special powers. Only a very small percentage of them have demonstrated a small degree of supernatural abilities. For example, Princess Elise the Third has demonstrated the power of visions and the ability to create an energy field by combining her powers with others (although this may simply be due to her having Iblis sealed within her) and Witchcart has demonstrated the ability to fire energy blasts and claimed that she can turn people into crystals. Certain distinct individuals possess the ability to sense and communicate with spirits. The Duke of Soleanna has also demonstrated the ability to harness Chaos Emerald energy despite seemingly being a normal human.

Dr. Eggman is arguably the most superhuman of any human, exemplified by his surprising feats of strength and speed on various occasions.

In other media[]


Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog[]

In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, humans live on Mobius along with anthropomorphic animals and many other exotic species. Some are depicted with realistic proportions while others are more cartoonish in appearance, such as with Dr. Ivo Robotnik's family, whose members feature fat, tall bodies and, sometimes, a rugged, orange mustache.

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog television series, humans live on Mobius along with anthropomorphic animals.

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie[]


A 'human' with animal appendages, from Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.

In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, humans with both long pointy and normal ears live on Planet Freedom. They appear to have formed a society with a White House at its center, lead by a president. Most humans on Planet Freedom live on floating islands in the Land of the Sky, where they co-exist alongside anthropomorphic animals. Dr. Robotnik is the only known living being who resides in the Land of Darkness.

The term "human" is never used in this media.

Sonic Underground[]

In the Sonic Underground television series, at least one other human is shown residing on Mobius in addition to Dr. Robotnik.[8]

Sonic X[]

Main article: Human (Sonic X)

In the Sonic X anime series, humans reside on Earth, a parallel planet to Sonic's home world. In this media, humans are even more similar to their real-life counterparts than in the games, as their technology was almost nothing special until they studied the otherworldly E-Series robots. However, one man, Gerald Robotnik, did not fit this stereotype, as he was able to create things such as the Eclipse Cannon and even Shadow, although there are some hints that he may have had contact with Sonic's world at some point, given his knowledge of the Chaos Emeralds.[9][10]

A different group of humans also exist within Sonic's home universe, who appears to be several times more technologically advanced than even those on Sonic's planet, who are in turn more technologically advanced than the humans on Earth.[11][12]

Sonic Boom[]

Despite being the only human to appear throughout the Sonic Boom television series, Dr. Eggman makes infrequent references to both of his parents,[13][14] as well as an unnamed great-aunt,[15] suggesting that there could be other humans.

Books and comics[]

Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic[]

Sonic's Bodyguard Platoon

Sonic's Bodyguard Platoon, from Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Volume 1.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic promotional manga, Sonic has a group of humans called Sonic's Bodyguard Platoon, consisting of five human girls with animal features and playboy bunny-like outfits. Appearing at the concert for Sonic's Band, they are among the audience of animals from the games, acting as enthusiastic fans.

Sonic the Hedgehog (manga)[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog serialized manga published by Shogakukan, humans live on Earth alongside anthropomorphic animals. Aside from Dr. Eggman, very few humans appear and are implied to be an uncommon sight for the residents of Hedgehog Town, although those who live there are aware of human celebrities and own knick-knacks and toys modeled after humans.

Archie Comics[]

Main articles: Human (Pre-Super Genesis Wave) and Human (Archie)
Humans (Archie Pre-Super Genesis Wave)

Humans, from Archie Sonic Encyclopedia.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, humans[16][17] are said to be the ancestors of Overlanders, a species of devolved humanoids. Several thousand years ago, humans used to live on Mobius (back when the planet was still called "Earth") as the planet's dominant species. However, due to their actions towards the Xorda ambassador, they antagonized the Xorda, causing them to drop Gene Bombs on the planet, eventually leading to the mutation of most humans into Overlanders and the animal kingdom into mobians. However, some humans survived and lived in isolation in Station Square for thousands of years.[16][18] As such, humanity still maintains a presence on Mobius, albeit in much fewer numbers.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, humans became regular inhabitants of Sonic's World, with little to no distinct differences between their game counterparts.

Sonic the Comic[]

The Marxio Bros

The Marxio Bros, from Sonic the Comic 39.

In the Sonic the Comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, most humans live on Earth, a planet parallel to Mobius. However, apart from Dr. Robotnik, some other individuals are also shown to reside on Mobius.



Tom Wachowski - human article

One of humans from film series - Tom Wachowski, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

In the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures and its spin-offs, humans live on Earth. Due to the live-action nature of the film, they look similar to their real-life counterparts, with their technology being almost nothing special, with the exception of Dr. Robotnik's creations.

List of humans[]

Video games[]


Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog[]

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)[]

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie[]

Sonic X[]

Sonic Boom[]

Sonic Prime[]

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

Sonic the Comic[]


Sonic the Hedgehog (film series)[]


  • On the official Japanese website for Sonic Advance 2, Cream was stated to be six years old "in human terms".[19] This suggests that humans either have a different way of assigning dates or age at a different rate in comparison to the anthopomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals of the planet.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Team USA (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Cutscene: Cutscene 5 (Last Story). "Amy: I know that people fight over the most trivial things. Some people may be selfish, like the professor said... but they're basically good, if they try their best and never give up on their wishes. They always have a reason to be happy; that's why you should help them out! Saving them is a good thing! Shadow, I beg you, please do it for them! Give them a chance!"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TailsTube #1 (feat. Sonic). YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog (24 March 2022). Retrieved on 24 March 2022.
  3. Sonic Team (19 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/level: World Map. "Shamar - A town of ruins and ancient customs, now celebrating the Feast of Sun and Moon."
  4. Sonic Team (19 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/level: World Map. "Chun-nan - This small town in the mountains has passed down its pork bun recipe for generations."
  5. Sonic Team (19 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/level: World Map. "Adabat - This village is an architectural marvel, built atop the water in a jungle strewn with ancient ruins.."
  6. Gameloft (8 June 2009). Sonic Unleashed. Mobile. Sega. Area/level: Apotos. "Eggman has escaped to Athens, Greece, one of most beautiful cities in the world. He uses his best robots and traps to stop Sonic from finding him. But Sonic fears nothing!"
  7. Sonic Team (9 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: No Reason. "Chip: It's been so fun! Getting to see the world. I've lived here since the planet began, but... I didn't know a thing about it. That it's so pretty, or that food tastes so good, or that people are so nice! I'm so glad I got the chance to discover all that with you."
  8. Edens, Mark (13 September 1999). "Winner Fakes All". Sonic Underground. Season 1. Episode 11. First-run syndication.
  9. Masaki, Hiro (30 October 2004). "Project: Shadow". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 33.
  10. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (27 November 2004). "Robotnik's Revenge". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 37.
  11. Masaki, Hiro (13 September 2003). "Sonic to the Rescue". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 2.
  12. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (18 February 2006). "A Revolutionary Tale". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 68.
  13. Van Liemt, Romain; Grenier, Benoit (26 September 2015). "Robot Battle Royale". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 45. Cartoon Network.
  14. Trueheart, Eric (17 July 2015). "Closed Door Policy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 31. Cartoon Network.
  15. Raut-Siezac, Natalys (15 July 2015). "Curse of the Cross Eyed Moose". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 29. Cartoon Network.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #125, "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Omega"
  17. Sonic Universe #59, "Shadow Fall Part One: Into the Unknown"
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog #146, "The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown"
  19. Sega (2002). Sonic Advance 2 (Japanese). Cream. Retrieved on 6 February 2023. "テイルスより幼くて、人間でいうと6歳くらい? [Younger than Tails, about six years old in human terms?]"