When speed is of the essence, I'm the essence of speed.
— Sonic the Hedgehog, "Trail of the Missing Tails"
Sonic the Hedgehog is the main protagonist of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series. He is a teenage hedgehog and a world-famous Freedom Fighter who roams Mobius and battles the evil tyranny of Dr. Ivo Robotnik.
Like in the depiction of his game counterpart on the American Mega Drive game covers, Sonic is a blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog with a peach muzzle and belly. His head and back are covered in spines, which are instrumental in his buzz saw attack. He always wears the same red and white pair of shoes, which are heat-resistant and necessary for his incredible running ability. He also wears gloves and seems to have conjoined eyeballs.
Sonic loves to move at super speed, and he cannot stand moving slowly. Other than running, he also enjoys fast race cars and roller coasters. He can sometimes be impatient, and calls slow people (usually his enemies) "slow-mo's". Sonic takes great pride in his speed and his title of "the fastest thing alive" and becomes angered if someone mocks his speed or calls him slow.
Sonic is not just quick on his feet, but quick-witted. Coming up with plans and disguises on the spot, Sonic uses his smarts and impressive speed to trip up the devious Dr. Robotnik. Sonic is also very brave, almost never showing fear in the dangerous situations he finds himself in. He is also very adventurous, and loves seeing new places. He travels the world and never stays in one place for long.
Sonic is very compassionate and loves to help people. While Sonic enjoys helping people out, he can get annoyed if someone tries to help him out. He feels that this will land them both in danger, and his temper can get the better of him (like with Captain Rescue). Sonic usually apologizes later though, showing that he doesn't mean to get angry.
Sonic is very protective of his young charge, Tails. Tails is quite young, so Sonic is the role of big brother and parental figure to him. He does what he can to keep the fox safe and has some rules in place to keep Tails away from his dealings with Scratch and Grounder. He is shown to become angry with Tails when he disobeys these rules and puts himself in danger, indicating how important Tails is to him.
Sonic has a mischievous sense of humor, mostly shown by how he toys with Robotnik and his minions. Despite the mischievous attitude he is given in the main show, during the Sonic Sez segments he is illustrated as a responsible role model for the innocent Tails, often dealing advice to the fox when he gets into a difficult situation.
Sonic has been depicted as being quite the casanova (as referenced through his many love interests). He calls girls "babes" and tends to flirt and fool around with every attractive girl he meets, but he is also courteous and a gentleman. He also has a penchant for saying rhyming catchphrases, usually before he takes off running, such as "Let's speed, keed!"
Powers and abilities
Sonic can run at extremely fast speeds, assuming he is wearing his specially designed Hi-tops. While his top speed is unknown, he can run fast enough to reach the opposite side of Mobius in less than four minutes and forty-five seconds.
Sonic is capable of curling into a ball and performing a buzzsaw attack which can cut through most objects (similar to the spin dash) though there are various materials that are too hard for him to penetrate such as nuclear forged steel and diamondium laced metal. Sonic is also an incredibly efficient burrower; by cutting into the ground while spinning, he can dig through the underground at such speed that he can burrow directly through Mobius in less than twelve seconds.
Sonic is a master of disguise and often uses a variety of costumes to foil Robotnik's schemes; his disguises are made all the more effective thanks to the extreme gullibility and stupidity of Robotnik's minions. Some of these disguises even fool Robotnik himself.
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Professor Caninestein
- Merna the Merhog
- Professor Von Schlemmer
- Robotnik Jr.
- Da Bears
- Miss Possum
- Mayor Chestnut
- King Arfur
- Princess Gwendolyn
- Bert Whoo
- Sketch Lampoon
- Rocket the Sloth
- Sergeant Doberman
- Captain William Le Due
- Captain Rescue
- Prince Charnock
- Catty Carlisle
- Princess Sally
- Doctor Ivo Robotnik
- Mama Robotnik
- Doctor Warpnik
- Music Destroyer
- Dr. Qwark
- Pseudo Sonic
- Captain John Paul Memo
- Lt. Bananas
- Blackbot the Pirate
|Circus announcer||1. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"|
5. "High Stakes Sonic"
|William Tell's son|
|Pumpkin||1. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"|
|Doctor Pimento||1. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"|
13. "Best Hedgehog"
|Telephone repair man||1. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"|
|Miner||2. "Subterranean Sonic"|
|Crossing Guard||2. "Subterranean Sonic"|
|IRS Auditor||2. "Subterranean Sonic"|
|Photographer||3. "Lovesick Sonic"|
|Snow Man||3. "Lovesick Sonic"|
|School Crossing Guard||4. "Slowwww Going"|
|Maintenance Worker||5. "High Stakes Sonic"|
|James Bond||5. "High Stakes Sonic"|
|Window Washer||6. "Sonic Breakout"|
|Surfer Dude||6. "Sonic Breakout"|
48. "Black Bot the Pirate"
50. "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme"
|Painter||6. "Sonic Breakout"
20. "So Long Sucker"
|Lady with Fruit Hat||8. "Close Encounter of the Sonic Kind"|
|Ready Robot Repairman|
|Game Show Host||9. "Momma Robotnik's Birthday"|
|SPCA Agent||10. "Big Daddy"|
|Mobius Tonight Host||11. "Sonic's Song"|
|Sid Sharkley, Executive Sales Manager||12. "Birth of a Salesman"|
|Lucinda||13. "Best Hedgehog"|
|Ticket Taker||14. "The Robotnik Express"|
|Football Coach||14. "The Robotnik Express"|
15. "Too Tall Tails"
|Crane Operator||15. "Too Tall Tails"|
|Fire Man||16. "Tails' New Home"|
39. "Tails Prevails"
|Mail Man||16. "Tails' New Home"|
|General Disorder||17. "Over the Hill Hero"|
|Police Officer||18. "Blank-Headed Eagle"|
|Stewardess||18. "Blank-Headed Eagle"|
|Doctor||18. "Blank-Headed Eagle"|
|News Reporter||19. "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops"|
|Old Widow||19. "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops"|
|Sandwich Face||20. "So Long Sucker"|
|Helga the Maid||20. "So Long Sucker"|
|Pizza Delivery Man||21. "Sonic Gets Thrashed"
56. "The Little Merhog"
|Computer Nerd||23. "Grounder the Genius"|
|Chili Dog Inspector||24 "Tails in Charge"|
|Weatherman||25. "Sno Problem"|
|Key Exchanger||27. "Boogey-Mania"|
|Baby||28. "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby"|
|Hillbilly||30. "Full Tilt Tails"|
|Gas Station Attendant||32. "Momma Robotnik Returns"|
|Space Policeman||33 "Spaceman Sonic"|
|Used Car Salesman||34. "Mad Mike, Da Bear Warrior"|
|WWI German Interrogator||34. "Mad Mike, Da Bear Warrior"|
|Delivery Boy||38. "Sonic the Matchmaker"|
|Justice of the Peace||40. "Zoobotnik"|
|Sailor||42. "Mass Transit Trouble"|
|Muscular Hedgehog||43. "Coachnik"|
|Ballet Teacher||43. "Coachnik"|
|Health Inspector||44. "Untouchable Sonic"|
|Bert Whoo||44. "Untouchable Sonic"|
|Mama Robotnik's Friend||44. "Untouchable Sonic"|
|Cushion Salesman||45. "Super Robotnik"|
|Chemical Cleaner||45. "Super Robotnik"|
|Sheriff||47. "Magnificent Sonic"|
|Clint Eastwood||47. "Magnificent Sonic"|
|Time Cop||18. Blank Headed Hero (as a normal cop)
48. "Black Bot the Pirate (as a Time Cop)"
|Sir Sonic the Speedy||49. "Hedgehog of the "Hound" Table"|
51. "Prehistoric Sonic"
|Skateboarder||50. "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme"|
|Fire Fighter||54. "Robotnikland"|
|Race Car Driver||55. "The Mobius 5000"|
|French Artist||55. "The Mobius 5000"|
|Scuba Diver||56. "The Little Merhog"|
|Professor||58. "The Robot's Robot"|
|Heckuba||62. "Lifestyles of the Sick and Twisted"|
|Construction Worker||63. "Sonic is Running"|
|Sexy Woman||63. "Sonic is Running"|
|Politician||63. "Sonic is Running"|
|Dentist||63. "Sonic is Running"|
|Ticket Vendor||64. "Robo-Ninjas"|
|Fishing Warden||64. "Robo-Ninjas"|
|Kwai Chang Crane||64. "Robo-Ninjas"|
|Police||65. "Sonically Ever After"|
|Hansel||65. "Sonically Ever After"|
|Squatty Guy||65. "Sonically Ever After"|
|Princess Rapunzel||65. "Sonically Ever After"|
|Sonic Claus||66. Sonic Christmas Blast|
- "Time to speed, keed (kid)."
- "We are up... over... and gone!"
- "I'm waaaaaaaaaaaitiiiiiiiiiing."
- "I feel a need for speed!"
- "Live fast, think fast, act fast."
- "Let's juice."
- "Juice time."
- "Way Past Cool!"
- "Gotta [verb], [noun that rhymes with the verb]!" (Example: "Gotta fly, Clyde!")
- "That's no good!"
- "Sonic says!"
- "It just ain't gonna be the same without 'im. Never thought I'd say that after the uncool way we met."
- Unlike most Sonic continuities, this Sonic is not afraid of water and can swim quite well. One of these moments is seen in the episode "Submerged Sonic".
- In the episode "Pseudo Sonic", Sonic is shown to be allergic to poisonous flowers, most of which are grown in Poison Flower Valley. If he is in contact with them, he will itch dreadfully and swell up like a balloon.
- This incarnation of Sonic was largely based on the version seen on the Western box art of the existing Mega Drive Sonic games, which lead to a number of diversions from his established Japanese design. Such changes include a mowhawk-like single row of spines on his head as opposed to three rows, a two-spined single row down his back as opposed to two single-spine rows, and the lack of a tail. This design would be carried over into the subsequent western Sonic cartoons, Sonic the Hedgehog animated series and Sonic Underground, and adapted for the first eleven issues of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- This is the first incarnation of Sonic to be voiced by Jaleel White.