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Sonic's the name, speed's the game!

— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog Classic Style Guide

Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu?), also referred to as Classic Sonic (クラシックソニック Kurashikku Sonikku?), is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog's counterpart from another dimension set in the recent past. Well-known for his supersonic speed, iconic blue spikes and red shoes, Sonic has a huge fondness for freedom and adventures, and has spent a long time defeating the forces of his arch-enemy, the evil Dr. Eggman.[2]

Basically a past version of his modern counterpart from his younger days, Sonic first appeared during the Time Eater incident where he helped his counterpart foil one of Modern Eggman's plots before returning to his own universe. Since then, he has continued his adventures alongside his friends, and even reappeared in the mainstream universe to help out where needed.


Sonic looks exactly like Modern Sonic before the time of the Chaos incident. Overall, Sonic is an anthropomorphic hedgehog with a round head and an equally round torso. He has blue fur (although in a slightly lighter shade than Modern Sonic's) that covers most of his body, as well as peach skin that covers his arms, muzzle and torso; and conjoined black eyes. He also has small, triangular ears on top of his head, six quills on his head that are shorter than Modern Sonic's, two spines protruding from his back, and a short tail.

For attire, Sonic wears two light-weight, hyper friction resistant shoes with a white strap, cuffs, dark red soles and a gold buckle; and a pair of white gloves with sock-like cuffs on his hands.

On holidays, Sonic wears a green Santa hat, a green jacket with a black belt with a golden buckle, green gloves with white and red cuffs, and black, rounded shoes.


Sonic's profile, from the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Generations.

Sonic is highly akin to his modern counterpart. Having been described as being "like the wind", Sonic is always on the move, and is noted for being free-spirited and adventurous.[3] Never in one place for long, Sonic loves freedom and thrives on excitement,[2][3][4] and is thus always moving forward to look for his next challenge, making his life a never-ending series of adventures. Like Modern Sonic, he also has a big attitude and possesses an equally big heart to match, as well as a strong desire to fight injustice.[3][4][5] Owning to his love of freedom, Sonic is also a very independent kind of person who is willing to live by his own rules.[2]

Sonic usually maintains a cool attitude and an easy-going demeanor.[2] At times, though, he can become rather excited when witnessing or accomplishing something cool, presumably as a result of his lack of experience in comparison to Modern Sonic.[6] To Sonic, defeating Dr. Eggman's forces and saving the world is just an opportunity to have fun.[2] Nonetheless, he is often impatient, and is shown to have a short temper.[4][5] Additionally, because of his impulsive nature, Sonic can be reckless and quick to act before thinking, often throwing himself into trouble without much of a plan in mind.[7]

Sonic is extremely benevolent, driven by his own strong sense of justice and fair play. He is never the one to stand idly by when there are people in need of help,[4] even if those people are his enemies.[8] He is likewise extremely loyal to his friends and has a strong desire to help them out when needed.[2] Equally, Sonic will always accept help from his friends and shows great trust in them.[7][9]

By comparison, Sonic is more impetuous, jaded, timid, and serious than his modern counterpart; when Classic and Modern Eggman confronted both Sonics near the end of the Time Eater incident, Sonic immediately chased after Eggman, whereas Modern Sonic, who has dealt with so many threats from Eggman that he is hardly fazed by them anymore, responded with a bored expression.[10] Also during the Time Eater incident, Sonic would have many rather awkward moments with Modern Sonic's friends after rescuing them, often responding with an annoyed or confused look. He was also shown to be a bit sensitive; when he rescued Modern Knuckles during the Time Eater incident, Sonic would look at his torso with a sad face after Knuckles asked him if he had gained weight.

A noticeable trait about Sonic is that he is rather silent and has rarely spoken; rather than words, he communicates through gestures, facial expressions, and simple sounds.

Powers and abilities

Sonic is shown to be Modern Sonic's virtual equal, and his various skills and attributes together make him a force to be reckoned with.[5] He has proven himself to be capable of matching most of Modern Sonic's physical abilities, although his skills are not as refined and evolved as Modern Sonic's.

Like Modern Sonic, Sonic's greatest strength is his super speed. In particular, he has proven himself in a class of its own with his speed, having been credited as the "world's fastest supersonic hedgehog."[4] He has the ability to instantly accelerate to and run at speeds greater than Mach 1,[11] which is at the blistering speed of about 768 mph. Due to such speeds, he can scale vertical surfaces and ceilings, and run over water. Even then, Sonic can take his speed even further; by revving up in one place, he can take off at turbo speeds in an instant. He can also envelop himself in a blue energy field that lets him accelerate beyond the sound barrier on both the ground and in midair for a short time, allowing him to not only smash straight through enemies and obstacles like a living projectile, but also fly through midair. It is unknown what Sonic's unaided top speed is however. It has been stated that he can run at supersonic speeds, which is 915-3,840 mph.[4]

Sonic has demonstrated complete mastery of his speed in any environment. As far as stamina goes, Sonic's is seemingly limitless as he is never winded from running. His speed also allows him to perform several impressive feats, like creating barriers of super speed.

Sonic has profound acrobatic skills and agility that match those of Modern Sonic's, along with enhanced reflexes that let him avoid any incoming obstacles with precise and delicate movements. He also has incredible jumping skills, capable of jumping just as far as Modern Sonic.[12] While not his forte, Sonic is shown to have great strength, enough to push things several times bigger and heavier than himself, and is quite resilient to damage, having once survived a ruthless pummeling from the Time Eater.[12] He has also demonstrated the ability to harness Chaos Emerald energy for his own use; with a Chaos Emerald, he can gain a boost in power.

Sonic using the Spin Attack, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

Sonic's core offensive maneuver is the Spin Attack, a technique where he curls into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directs himself at his targets. With it, Sonic can shred or burrow through just about any substance given enough speed. Highly adept in its usage, Sonic can utilize several variants of the Spin Attack for both ground- and aerial maneuvers, including the Spin Dash, Spin Jump, Homing Attack and the Drop Dash.


Super Sonic

Main article: Super Sonic (Classic)

Super Sonic, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

By harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic can enter a Super State, transforming him into Super Sonic. In this state, all of his abilities far surpass his normal ones. He is also able to fly and is nearly invulnerable. However, this transformation consumes a lot of energy, meaning it cannot be maintained for long.

Color Powers

Main article: Color Power

By harnessing different variants of Hyper-go-on from Wisps, Sonic can use specific Color Powers to transform into a certain form, such as a drill, a laser or even a planet, each one possessing its own unique abilities. So far, Sonic has been able to transform into the Cyan Laser, Yellow Drill, Indigo Asteroid, Pink Spikes and Red Burst. However, these transformations require a steady supply of Hyper-go-on to be maintained.


Despite his great mastery over his speed, Sonic is shown to have trouble keeping his balance when coming to a sudden halt when running at high speeds. As with his mainstream counterpart, he also has trouble in aquatic areas due to his inability to swim.


Miles "Tails" Prower

Sonic with Tails, from "Sonic and Tails".

Miles "Tails" Prower is Sonic's best friend. While it is unknown how great their bond is, they are good coordinated fighters in battle, such as when they faced a Metal Sonic powered by Chaos Emeralds.[9] However, the hedgehog tends to ignore Tails when he learns of something catastrophic. Despite this, the fox cub will always be ready to lend a hand in dangerous situations, and Sonic will never deny his help.[7]

Knuckles the Echidna

Knuckles the Echidna is a good ally of Sonic. While one is serious about his duties while the other is happy and carefree about life, they seem to be good friends. The two first met during the Angel Island incident, where they were forced to join forces to defeat Dr. Eggman. However, Knuckles only helped him because the doctor had stolen the Master Emerald from him.

While Sonic trusts Knuckles and will not hesitate to help him in risky situations, the latter does not yet have full confidence in the hedgehog, occasionally viewing him as a thief who only wants to take the Master Emerald.[13] However, Knuckles can lend Sonic a hand if absolutely necessary, even having settled aside his duty to care for the Master Emerald twice to help him.

Dr. Eggman

Sonic and Eggman, from Sonic the Hedgehog Classic Style Guide.

Dr. Eggman is Sonic's arch-enemy.[14] Because of Sonic's hatred of anything unjust, he holds a great mutual hatred for the doctor and his evil plans to take over the world. Even so, Sonic is still willing (albeit reluctantly) to help Eggman out trouble he cannot get himself out of, like when he tried helping Eggman out of the rubble of his Death Egg Robot.[8]

Unlike Modern Sonic, who has beaten the Eggman from his world so many times that he considers it his everyday job, Sonic is shown to still take Eggman's threats quite seriously. For example, when both Sonics were faced with the same Eggman threat, Sonic's first action was heading off to stop Eggman, whereas Modern Sonic remained calm and bored in the face of the threat.[10]

Metal Sonic

Sonic fighting Metal Sonic, from "Metal Mayhem".

Metal Sonic is one of Sonic's greatest enemies and rivals. Although they are supposed to be foes, Sonic more than welcomes a challenge from Metal Sonic when the opportunity presents itself. Noticeably, Sonic expressed open excitement about going head-to-head with a Chaos Emerald-empowered Metal Sonic. Even so, Sonic remains very serious about defeating Metal Sonic.[9]

Modern Eggman

Like Classic Eggman, Modern Eggman is a foe of Classic Sonic. However, it is implied that Modern Eggman does not consider Classic Sonic to be a viable threat, especially in comparison to his Modern counterpart, as he acted dismissively of him during the War to Take Back the Planet and tried to disengage him, before ultimately fighting him[15] when earlier he had scolded Infinite for letting Modern Sonic live.[16] However, he does acknowledge that Classic Sonic has "a lot of nerve."[17]

Modern Sonic

Sonic fist bumping Modern Sonic, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

Sonic is shown to be on very good terms with his mainstream counterpart, Modern Sonic. When they first met during the Time Eater incident, they were left somewhat confused about standing face-to-face with another one of themselves, although they put that aside to sort out the crisis at hand. After that, they quickly forged a bond based on their common interest in the adventure they faced together.

Due to them having so many things in common with each other, both Sonics have demonstrated great collaboration and teamwork in battle. Sonic in particular seems to admire Modern Sonic, having shown great excitement whenever the latter demonstrates a move Sonic has yet to learn, such as the Homing Attack and the Boost. Perhaps the best example of Sonic's admiration for Modern Sonic is that he would go on to pick up the Boost technique after seeing Modern Sonic use it.

Modern Tails

Modern Tails is the counterpart to Sonic's own sidekick Tails. The two of them first met during the Time Eater incident, although Sonic initially mistook him for his own Tails during their first encounter. After sorting out who was who, Sonic teamed up with Modern Tails, alongside his other allies, to stop the Time Eater.

Sonic later met Modern Tails again when he first appeared during the War to Take Back the Planet. After Sonic saved Tails from a Chaos Phantom Copy, the fox cub teamed up with him to save the world and help him get home. During their subsequent adventures together, Sonic would fill out the void in Modern Tails' life that had been created after Modern Sonic was seemingly killed by Infinite. Though Modern Tails later got reunited with Modern Sonic, however, he and Sonic remained as close as ever, with Modern Tails appreciating every effort Sonic made to help the Resistance. When the time later came for Sonic to return home, he bid the heartbroken Modern Tails goodbye with a fist bump and a smile on his face.



See also


  1. Webber, Aaron (2018). The Art of Sonic Mania. Sega. p. 2. "Drawn by Sonic Mania Art Director Tom Fry with guidance by Sonic Team's Creative Director, Kazuyuki Hoshino, the team was able to take inspiration from the originals while giving the characters a gorgeous facelift that still pays homage to their classic roots."
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Jonod (3 November 2014). A Not so Little Look at: Sonic The Hedgehog 2014 Classic Style Guide. Sonic Stadium. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved on 29 January 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Collection Room. "Sonic the Hedgehog's character profile: All spikes and speed, Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest hedgehog in the world- big on the attitude and with a big heart to match. Like the wind, he's always on the move, living a life of excitement and adventure."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Sonic Generations (PlayStation 3) European instruction booklet, pg. 5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sega. "Characters". Sonic Mania Introduction Manual. Sega. p. 1. "The world's fastest hedgehog! Although often impatient, Sonic has a heart of gold and a strong desire to fight injustice - which means putting a stop to the evil Dr. Eggman's plans. His blistering speed, Super Sonic Spin Attack, and sassy attitude make him a force to be reckoned with. After reconciling his differences with Knuckles, he's enjoyed some peace and quiet with Tails and their animal friends - until now."
  6. Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: You Got a Chaos Emerald!
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "Sonic and Tails". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 2. YouTube.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Eggman Abducted.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Hesse, Tyson (17 July 2018). "Metal Mayhem". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 5. YouTube.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Through the Glass.
  11. Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, Tantalus Media (15 August 2017). Sonic Mania. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: Special Stage.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: The Final Battle!.
  13. Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.
  14. Jonod (3 November 2014). A Not so Little Look at: Sonic The Hedgehog 2014 Classic Style Guide. Sonic Stadium. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved on 29 January 2022.
  15. Sonic Team (7 November 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: VS. Eggman. "Eggman: What!? You! I don't have time for this."
  16. Sonic Team (7 November 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: VS. Eggman. "Eggman: It doesn't matter now with the lab locked down in Mystic Jungle. Which reminds me, didn't you run into Sonic there after he escaped? / Infinite: Yes, but he was powerless against me. There is no need for concern. / Eggman: You let the hedgehog LIVE? That is a great source of concern."
  17. Sonic Team (7 November 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: VS. Eggman. "Eggman: You've got a lot of nerve for a pint-sized Sonic from another dimension."