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Humans (人間 Ningen?) are creatures in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a sapient species and the most dominant beings on earth.

Description

Anatomy

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 and/or cartoony with exaggerated features. Examples of humans with exaggerated features include Professor Pickle, whose eyebrows cover his eyes, and Dr. Eggman with his highly disproportional arms and legs.

Humans' skin tones can fall into multiple shades of colors, such as peach or brown. Their hair colors can also differ, though its never anything out of the ordinary, 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

Humans, for the most part, are a very diverse species, living in many varied environments, from modern cities to more simpler settings. Depending on the locals and environment, humans may have different traditions and beliefs they follow. Politically, humans are divided among various nation-states, some of which include the United Federation which is lead by a president, and the Kingdom of Soleanna which is lead by a royal family. 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 shattering of the planet. While humans have a history of causing many horrific incidents over the most trivial things, Amy Rose and Chip have attested that they are basically a good-hearted species.

While humans and anthropomorphic animals mostly co-exist, as shown by Rouge's involvement with the mostly human-exclusive organization, GUN, it would appear that there is at least some level of very apparent segregation between the two, given how Station Square, New City, and other cities across the world are populated by humans with no known anthropomorphic citizens in any of these locales outside of Amy.

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.

Fundamentally, humans have no special powers. Only a very small percentage of them have demonstrated a small degree supernatural abilities. Princess Elise the Third, for example, 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). Certain distinct individuals possess as well the ability to sense and communicate with spirits. The Duke of Soleanna has also demonstrated the ability to harness Chaos 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

Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic

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

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, humans 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.[1][2] 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

In the Sonic the Comic British comic series published by Fleetway Editions, humans live on Earth, a planet parallel to Mobius.

Animation

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. Most of them feature realistic proportions, with the exception of Dr. Ivo Robotnik's family, whose members feature fat, tall bodies and, sometimes, a rugged, orange mostache.

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

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

Sonic Underground

In the Sonic Underground television series, at least one human resides on Mobius, in addition to Dr. Robotnik.

Sonic X

In the anime series Sonic X, 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 otherworldy 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.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

Films

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, humans with long pointy ears live on Planet Freedom. They appear to have a regular society akin to that of the United States which is lead by a president. The humans of Planet Freedom live in floating islands above the sky and have long pointed ears. Like in the video games, they live alongside anthropomorphic animals. The term human is never used in the series.

Sonic the Hedgehog (film series)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures, 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

Sonic the Hedgehog series

Archie Comics

Pre-Super Genesis Wave

Post-Super Genesis Wave

Sonic the Comic

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

Sonic X

Sonic Boom

IDW Publishing

Sonic the Hedgehog (film series)

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog #125, "Sonic Adventure 2.5 Omega"
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog #146, "The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown"
  3. Masaki, Hiro (30 October 2004). "Project: Shadow". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 33.
  4. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (27 November 2004). "Robotnik's Revenge". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 37.
  5. Masaki, Hiro (13 September 2003). "Sonic to the Rescue". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 2.
  6. Yoshimura, Kiyoko (18 February 2006). "A Revolutionary Tale". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 68.