Little Planet (リトルプラネット Ritoru Puranetto?), also known as the Miracle Planet (奇跡の星 Kiseki no Hoshi?), is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a planetoid with mystical properties that appears timely above Never Lake for approximately one month out of every year, and vanishes completely for the remaining eleven months.
Little Planet is a small planet that resembles earth. It is mostly blue in color due to those parts being covered in water. Landmasses however, are depicted with greenish-brownish colors. Little Planet has many different natural environments, such as volcanos, caves and tropical lands. It also houses artificial areas, such as cities, warehouses and bases. So far, no people other than Animals have been shown inhabiting the planet.
In the past, Little Planet used to have more natural environments, with little civilization on it. Despite this, many industrial areas were already under construction. In the future, Little Planet became a polluted wasteland when Dr. Eggman re-wrote history in his own image. All the lakes were filled with chemicals, oil and/or radioactive waste, while other natural areas had been either mechanized or turned into factories whose operations backfired. No signs or life was present on the planet in this future. After Sonic the Hedgehog reverted the doctor's actions however, the planet's future changed to a futuristic utopia with no pollution at all. In addition, local factories would use more effective methods to avoid pollution, and the planet's areas were filled with life and color.
Little Planet is known for hosting the Time Stones, mystic relics that allow their user to travel through time and re-write history. There are also Time Warp signs around the planet, which are used to enter the Time Warp and travel between different time frames on Little Planet (the present, the distant past, and an unfixed point in the future) using speed.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Dr. Robotnik took notice of Little Planet when it appeared on Sonic's world. Coveting its Time Stones and their ability to re-write history, Robotnik chained Little Planet to a mountain near Never Lake and began the construction of his fortress on the planetoid before turning his sights on obtaining the Time Stones. Also, by using Little Planet's bizarre chronology to invade the planet in the Past with his robot transporters and Metal Sonic Projectors so that it would be under his control in the Future, Robotnik would transform Little Planet from a serene, untouched world into an ugly and bleak metal sphere.
Later, Sonic the Hedgehog went to Never Lake to watch Little Planet from there. To his surprise however, he found the planetoid in its miserable state and still chained to the nearby mountain. Thinking that Dr. Robotnik had something to do with this, Sonic traveled up to Little Planet along its chain. On Little Planet, Sonic discovered that he could restore the planet to its pristine state and free it from Robotnik's control by removing Robotnik's devices in the past and securing the Time Stones. Upon arriving in Collision Chaos however, Sonic met Amy Rose, a hedgehog girl who had come to Little Planet after predicting a destined encounter with Sonic there. Upon seeing Sonic, Amy instantly fell in love with him. However, Amy was soon after kidnapped in front of Sonic by Metal Sonic, an ultra-performance Badnik created by Dr. Robotnik, and the doctor's newest enforcer. Sonic was thus left with the tasks of saving both Little Planet and Amy.
Making his way across Little Planet on his own, Sonic continued to free the planet's areas one by one. Eventually arriving in Stardust Speedway, Sonic had a race against Metal Sonic. After winning the race, Sonic freed Amy from her restraints in Stardust Speedway and went to Metallic Madness, Robotnik's base. There, Sonic had his showdown with the doctor. After Robotnik was defeated, a chain reaction was triggered that caused the metallic shell around Little Planet to collapse. After Sonic then got Amy and himself back to their world, Little Planet disappeared from sight in a trail of stars in the shape of Sonic's head, now freed from Robotnik's control and with a peaceful destiny to follow.
In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Bad Future version of Stardust Speedway from Little Planet got transported to White Space as a side-effect of the Time Eater's time-traveling. There, Classic Sonic had a battle against Classic Metal Sonic. After defeating Classic Metal Sonic, Classic Sonic acquired his Chaos Emerald.
When the Time Eater later got destroyed, Stardust Speedway was seemingly return to its rightful place in the timeline.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal, Little Planet made its annual return to Sonic's world. Seeking to retrieve Metal Sonic's body in Stardust Speedway, Dr. Eggman sent a drone to Little Planet and used it to rejuvenate Metal Sonic, whom Eggman then guided back from Little Planet to Eggman's base. Afterward, Eggman began plotting to build a new version of the Death Egg, named the Death Egg mk.II, around Little Planet. Similar to a Dyson sphere, this Death Egg was seemingly designed to absorb the energy of Little Planet; this was apparently the method which Eggman used to power his new space station.
During their adventure to stop Eggman's scheme, Sonic and Tails could see Little Planet in the sky above Sylvania Castle Zone Act 3 and during their battle with the Egg Serpentleaf. When they confronted Metal Sonic at White Park Zone however, they noticed that Eggman had already begun building the Death Egg mk.II around Little Planet. By the time Sonic and Tails gave chase to Eggman and Metal Sonic after escaping the exploding Sky Fortress, the Death Egg mk.II had been completed, with Little Planet trapped inside it. After getting onboard the Death Egg mk.II though, Sonic and Tails destroyed Eggman's final contraption, thus triggering a chain reaction that shut down the Death Egg mk.II. However, the space station remained intact, with Little Planet left inside it.
- Palmtree Panic: A lakeside palm tree resort with invisible standing blocks and vertical ramps.
- Past; Very much like the Present, but with distinctive primitive vegetation and overall landscape.
- Present: A nice grassy plain with some hills and palm trees.
- Bad future: The lake and air are polluted, pipes are scattered all over, the trees are robotic, and the grass is dead, colored orange.
- Good future: Almost exactly like the Present and the Bad Future, but there are pink stars and is benevolently robotic towards the nature of the area.
- Collision Chaos: A pinball-themed stage with bumpers and spikes at every turn.
- Past: A large forest with a lake in the background.
- Present: Like Palmtree Panic at dawn, but with some mechanical objects such as pipes and a golden concealed sky.
- Bad future: Contains a dark sky, and several mechanical "enhancements."
- Good future: Much like the Present, but all mechanical objects are gone, the sky is visible, and there is more plant life.
- Tidal Tempest: A subterranean underwater labyrinth filled with vacuum pipes.
- Past: A prehistoric, shallow underground cavern.
- Present: Old ruins in a watery cave.
- Bad future: A rusty, polluted water plant.
- Good future: A bio-mechanical greenhouse and aquatic ecosystem with various flora.
- Quartz Quadrant: A mine-like cave with conveyor belts.
- Past: Set inside the cave (which has fewer gems), and next to a large peaceful lake.
- Present: A gem-filled cave.
- Bad future: An industrial city inside a gigantic cave.
- Good future: A city with tall skyscrapers and the quartz intact.
- Wacky Workbench: A large mechanized factory featuring electrical conduits and an electrified floor.
- Past: A construction site near a mountain.
- Present: A factory filled with strange-looking machinery and pipes.
- Bad future: A dark, rusted, overworked and neglected factory.
- Good future: A brightly designed toy factory, with safer technology and fewer hazards.
- Stardust Speedway: An area containing a complex network of highways.
- Past: A jungle filled with large vines and what appears to be some ancient buildings (along with a cathedral sealed with a dome).
- Present: A city with golden highways, a glimmering skyline, and a giant Robotnik statue under construction.
- Bad future: An industrialized, neglected city with polluted air, bleak storming crimson skyline, blue highways, and a finished Robotnik statue.
- Good future: A carnival-like city with purple highways, ocean skyline, and a grand purple cathedral in the distance.
- Metallic Madness: Robotnik's personal base, filled with mechanical contraptions.
- Past: The base still under construction.
- Present: A typical Robotnik Zone. Fully metallic and with tons of traps and robots.
- Bad future, the base is rusty and falling apart.
- Good future: A peaceful city with lots of plant life.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
In Sonic the Comic and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, Little Planet is referred to as the Miracle Planet. although some also know it as "Little Planet". In this media, the Miracle Planet is a planetoid in orbit around Mobius. It appears for three days out of every month above Never Lake. Once, Dr. Ivo Robotnik cyber-formed the entire Miracle Planet in order to use use it as a power source for Metallix, the Metal Sonic. However, Sonic managed to defeat Metallix and restore the planet to normal by using a Time Stone.
Some time later, the Miracle Planet was taken over by the Brotherhood of Metallix. As such, it was once again covered in machinery, this time making it appear like a giant Metallix head. During this period, it was used as a staging ground for the Metallix's attempts to conquer Mobius. However, their plans were thwarted by Sonic and the Chaotix, and the Miracle Planet was subsequently returned to normal yet again.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Little Planet is the hosts to the Time Stones, and appears over Never Lake once a year for one month. It is closely kept as secret by citizens of Albion and the current king of Mercia Rob o' the Hedge himself.
After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Little Planet and its history are now nearly identical to its game counterpart.
- Christian Whitehead (14 December 2011). Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Android. Sega. Level: Instructions. "A World That Defies Time: Little Planet; a tiny world filled with beauty and mystery. Appearing over Never Lake for just one month a year, it is a place where the past, present and future collide, thanks to the mysterious Time Stones that lie hidden deep within the planet.
Hoping to catch a glimpse of this cosmic event, Sonic travels to Never Lake, followed by the star-struck Amy Rose, only to find the once-beautiful world chained and imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. The evil genius Dr. Eggman has come for the Time Stones. and with them may soon be able to command time itself!
Can Sonic stop Eggman and free Little Planet?"
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) United States instruction booklet, p. 2.
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 4.