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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.


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog CD (mobile)[1]

Little Planet[2] (リトルプラネット[3] Ritoru Puranetto?), also known as the Miracle Planet (奇跡の星[3] Kiseki no Hoshi?), is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a planetoid in Sonic's universe 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.[3]

Description

Little Planet, as its name hints, is a tiny,[1] spherical astronomical body with features similar to those from Sonic's world. As such, it possesses a breathable atmosphere and its own flora and fauna, which are very like those from Sonic's world. Described as a beautiful world[1] and a center of peace,[4] its surface is mostly covered by large landmasses that make it mainly green in color. There are also various bodies of water that are given a blue color when seen from space. Presumably due to its small size, the various forests and mountains on Little Planet can be seen from far away. Additionally, the planet possesses its own gravitational field. However, much of Little Planet remains surrounded in mystery.[1]

Unlike Sonic's world, Little Planet has many mystical properties; most noticeably, it is able to appear out of nowhere on Never Lake for one month every year,[3] though it is unknown where it can be found for the rest of the year. Additionally, it is able to freely fly around, and is thus unaffected by the gravitational pull of Sonic's world when it makes its visit on that planet. Described as "a world that defies time" and "where past, present and future collide",[1] Little Planet is known for hosting the Time Stones, mystic relics that allow their user to travel through time and re-write history to cause miracles to happen.[3][4] There are also Time Warp signs around the planet, which are used to enter the Time Warp and travel between different time frames: the present, the past, and a fluctuating future, by moving at the speed of light.[5] Also, it is possible that Little Planet might have a will of its own; after Sonic saved Little Planet at the end of its incident, the planet left Sonic's world while displaying sparkles that formed Sonic's face.

Collision Chaos, an area on Little Planet, from Sonic Origins.

The natural environments that can be found on Little Planet are, much like those on Sonic's world, very wacky, colorful, and even abstract at times. These range from deserts and caves, to plateau-like fields and massive, psychodelic forests. There are various artificial areas as well, like cities and massive facilities, though it is unknown where these are derived from. However, it can be safely assumed that the planet has had some civilizations on there at some point, as hinted by the Roman-like cities in the past and the ruins in the present.

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. Following Dr. Robotnik's takeover of the planet, it got turned into a huge fortress with no signs of peace.[4] At first sight, however, the changes made in the present were almost unnoticeable and rather vague, the most notable one being the lack of Animals.[4] In the future, though, Little Planet became a polluted wasteland. All the lakes were filled with chemicals and/or waste, while other natural areas had been heavily industrialized. No signs of life were present on the planet in this future. From space, natural areas were seen with a crimson tone and dead plants, while water was dark gray in color. After Sonic reverted the doctor's actions however, the planet's future changed to a futuristic utopia with little to no pollution at all. In addition, all of the planet's areas were filled with life and color.

History

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Little Planet under Dr. Robotnik's control, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Little Planet was making its annual appearance over Never Lake as usual. However, Dr. Robotnik took notice of the planet soon after. 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.[3] Following a series of rather vague and confusing events, the planet got devoid of peace due to Robotnik's actions. Even though the doctor apparently was unable to travel to the past,[4] that timeline got filled with robot transporters and Metal Sonic holograms, which heavily reshaped Little Planet's future into a dystopic, polluted wasteland. However, in the present timeline, the changes were hardly unnoticed aside from the mysterious absense of Animals, which hid under their breath in fear.[4]

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 Robotnik had something to do with this, Sonic traveled up to Little Planet along its chain.[3] There, 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.

Little Planet being freed from Robotnik's control, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

Making his way across Little Planet on his own, Sonic continued to free the planet's areas one by one. By destroying the robot transporters, Sonic was able to trigger a series of changes which steadily reversed Robotnik's actions on the planet and restored its future.[4] Additionally, after the Metal Sonic holograms got destroyed, the Animals were no longer afraid of anything and began wandering around freely.[4] 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 got Amy and himself back to their world, Little Planet then 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.

Sonic Generations

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 returned 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 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 the duo 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 space fortress 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.

Other game appearances

Sonic Adventure

In Sonic Adventure, its enhanced port Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, and the 2010 remaster, Little Planet is not mentioned in the English version; in the Japanese version, however, before visiting Casinopolis in Sonic's story, the player can find a boy at the station in Station Square that mentions Little Planet.[6]

Points of interest

  • 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

Books and comics

Sonic the Hedgehog (manga)

Little Planet under Eggman's control, from Sonic the Hedgehog (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special) Chapter 9

In the Sonic the Hedgehog manga published by Shogakukan, Little Planet is a small planetoid that occasionally appears over Earth. At one point, it was seized by Dr. Eggman for his own nefarious purposes. However, his plans were thwarted by Sonic and Tails.

Sonic the Comic

Tails looking at the Miracle Planet, from Sonic the Comic #27. Art by Richard Elson.

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.

Archie Comics

Little Planet, from Sonic the Hedgehog #290.

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.

Gallery

Concept artwork

Artwork

Sprites

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Miscellaneous

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (iOS) English instruction menu, "A World That Defies Time."
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Mega-CD) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 33.
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 16.
  6. くろはAi (10 July 2017). くろはAi on Tumblr. Tumblr. Retrieved on 8 May 2022.


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