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Give it your all, Sonic! You'll always be our shining hope!

Miles "Tails" Prower, Sonic Forces

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.

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 Dr. 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.



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Sometime in the past, Sonic befriended Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, who joined the hedgehog on an adventure to escape Eggman Island and take down Dr. Robotnik after the doctor captured and imprisoned them.[2][3]

Sonic Generations

Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic meet each other, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In Sonic Generations, while running through Green Hill, Sonic witnessed the arrival of the Time Eater, who sent him and Tails to White Space. There, he briefly met another Tails (whom he mistook for his own) before setting out to restore the victims of the Time Eater, who had been caught in White Space and turned into colorless statues, by passing through the frozen areas in White Space. What Sonic did not know, however, was that Modern Sonic, a future version of Sonic from another dimension, was doing the same thing. When Sonic and Modern Sonic passed through a Boss Gate, however, they came across each other. However, their meeting got interrupted when Sonic went ahead and faced Dr. Eggman when the doctor seemingly appeared. Appearing onboard the Death Egg, Sonic defeated Eggman and his Death Egg Robot, only to witness the doctor getting kidnapped by the Time Eater. After that, the Sonics discovered with the help of Modern and Classic Tails that they were travelling through time and space.

Teaming up to stop the Time Eater, the Sonics progressed through White Space, restoring the frozen areas and their friends. Along the way, they learned from the Tails' that the Time Eater's actions ripped space apart, that their speed was the key to restoring space and time and finally, the Chaos Emeralds were the Time Eater's weakness, which they set their sights on collecting. When Modern Sonic later defeated Dr. Eggman in his Egg Dragoon, Sonic and his friends witnessed Eggman getting kidnapped by the Time Eater again, much to their confusion.

Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic both become Super Sonic, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

The Sonics eventually obtained all the Chaos Emeralds and freed their friends before facing the Time Eater in its own domain. There, Modern Eggman and his time-space counterpart, Classic Eggman, revealed themselves as the ones behind the Time Eater in an attempt to erase the Sonics from history so that the doctors would be victorious in the present. The two Sonics squared off against the Time Eater, but got knocked out. While passed out, however, the Sonics got support from all of their friends, allowing the Chaos Emeralds to activate and transform them both into Super Sonic. Together, they defeated the Time Eater and stopped the doctors' plan. As a result, time was restored and the Sonics were sent to Modern Sonic's world with their friends where Modern Sonic's birthday party left off. After showing his Modern counterpart that he had begun picking up the Boost, Sonic and Classic Tails returned to their world through a Time Hole left behind by the Time Eater, although not before Modern Sonic promised Sonic that a great future awaited him.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Eggman set out to re-launch the Death Egg from where it had crash-landed on Angel Island. Having detected the hubbub on an island, Sonic and Tails went to investigate, eventually discovering Eggman's operations. The pair would go on to engage Eggman's forces and Knuckles the Echidna, the guardian of Angel Island who had been tricked into thinking by Eggman that Sonic was out to steal the island's Master Emerald, in battle on several occasions. After making the Death Egg crash on Angel Island again when it tried to re-launch, Sonic and Tails set out to destroy the Death Egg for good, convincing Knuckles about Eggman's true nature along the way. After Eggman then stole the Master Emerald and used it to re-launch the Death Egg, Sonic and Tails would defeat Eggman, destroy the Death Egg and get the Master Emerald back to Knuckles. Sonic soon after lent Knuckles a helping hand when the Master Emerald got stolen by Eggman's robots.

Sonic Mania

Sonic and Tails with the Hard Boiled Heavies, from Sonic Mania.

In Sonic Mania, some time after saving Angel Island, Sonic and Tails were relaxing when the fox cub picked up a strange energy reading coming from Angel Island. Tails subsequently convinced Sonic to investigate the power source with him.[4][5] Upon their arrival, they found five Egg-Robos called the Hard Boiled Heavies excavating the island already. The robots soon found a mysterious gemstone called the Phantom Ruby and activated it, causing Sonic and Tails, along with Knuckles, who was resting nearby, to get teleported away. The trio ended up in Green Hill Zone, along with the newly upgraded Egg-Robos, who retreated with the ruby, leaving Sonic and his group to chase them down.

The trio was eventually attacked by Dr. Eggman and his Death Egg Robot. Even so, they managed to defeat Eggman, causing him to fall into a hole. Following the doctor, Sonic and his team saw Eggman take the Phantom Ruby from the Hard Boiled Heavies, who had begun to disobey him. Once Eggman obtained the ruby, Sonic, Knuckles and Tails got sent to Chemical Plant Zone by the gem's power. Not set back by their displacement, Sonic and his gang continued their pursuit of Eggman, occasionally clashing with the Hard Boiled Heavies and other foes along the way. Whenever they caught up to Eggman, however, the doctor either gave them the slip or sent them away with the Phantom Ruby.

Along the way, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles found out that Dr. Eggman had seized Little Planet again. There, the doctor and the Hard Boiled Heavies housed a new base of operations: the Titanic Monarch. Eventually, the trio made their way to the heart of the robotic area where they faced Eggman in his Phantom Egg mech and four of the newly upgraded Phantom Heavies. When the heroes managed to defeat Eggman, the Phantom Ruby reacted violently and transported Sonic and Eggman to another dimension. The leader of the Hard Boiled Heavies, the Heavy King, was present here too and was now upgraded to the Phantom King. He took the Phantom Ruby for himself, but Eggman, who was not prepared to lose the ruby so easily, faced the traitorous robot in his Klepto Mobile. Knowing he had to combat them both, Sonic used the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Sonic. He managed to defeat both Eggman and the Phantom King and then reverted to his normal state. The Phantom Ruby subsequently reacted to the Chaos Emeralds' power and took Sonic with it through a warp, heading towards places unknown.

Sonic Forces

Sonic emerges from the warp to face a Chaos Phantom Copy, from Sonic Forces.

In Sonic Forces, Sonic arrived in Modern Sonic's world through the warp the Phantom Ruby took him through. Since his last visit, however, Modern Sonic had seemingly been killed by Dr. Eggman's right-hand man Infinite, allowing Dr. Eggman and his army to conquer over 99% of the planet. Upon his arrival, Sonic saved Tails by dispatching a Chaos Phantom Copy when it attacked the fox cub in the City. Getting reacquainted with Tails, Sonic confirmed Tails' theory about how he got here, learning in the process that this world's Eggman had obtained the Phantom Ruby and used it to conquer the world. With Tails believing that Sonic had arrived for the purpose of saving the world, the two of them set out to end the war between the Eggman Empire and the Resistance.

Setting their sights on defeating Eggman and learn the secrets of the Phantom Ruby in order to get Sonic home, Sonic and Tails tracked Eggman to Green Hill. There, they eavesdropped on a conversation between Eggman and Infinite, from which they learned that Infinite had harnessed a Phantom Ruby prototype, that Modern Sonic was still alive, and that Eggman was preparing a plan that would wipe out the Resistance. After Infinite took his leave, Sonic made his move and defeated Dr. Eggman when he tried to leave. After his Egg Mobile and Egg Dragoon were defeated by Sonic though, the doctor made his escape, although not before warning Sonic and Tails that his endgame would be ready in three days. Seeking now to tell Modern Sonic about Eggman's endgame, Sonic and Tails went to where Eggman mentioned that Modern Sonic was: Mystic Jungle. While looking around for Modern Sonic, the duo met the Avatar, a rookie member of the Resistance, who took them to the Resistance HQ. There, Sonic had his reunion with Modern Sonic while Tails informed everyone of Eggman's endgame.

After the Resistance's Operation Big Wave went down the drain thanks to Infinite and his Phantom Ruby prototype, the group found it necessary to uncover the Phantom Rubies' secrets. As such, Sonic and Tails went to Chemical Plant to search Eggman's database for intel. There, they discovered that the Phantom Rubies required a huge amount of energy, which only Eggman's new Death Egg could provide, to work. As such, the Resistance set out to destroy the Death Egg. After weakening the Death Egg's defenses, Sonic was sent onboard the Death Egg to blow it up, which he accomplished in spite of some unexpected opposition. However, the Resistance discovered while attacking Metropolis that Eggman had built a backup reactor for the Phantom Rubies underneath the Eggman Empire Fortress.

Eventually, Sonic took part in the final battle between the Resistance and the Eggman Army at the Eggman Empire Fortress, which the Resistance sought to break into in order to destroy the backup reactor and win the war. Just as Sonic and the others got pushed back by Infinite, however, Omega came and distracted the villain. After that, Infinite put Eggman's endgame into effect: using his Phantom Ruby prototype, he created a virtual sun above the planet to drop on the Resistance with and kill them all. While Sonic awaited the outcome, however, the sun was neutralized by the Avatar. Now able to continue the fight without worry, Sonic looked for a way into the fortress after Modern Sonic and the Avatar took care of Infinite for good. Eventually, he found a secret passage, which Modern Sonic and the Avatar used to reach the backup reactor and destroy it.

Sonic bids his friends farewell as he returns home, from Sonic Forces.

Sonic and Tails subsequently rejoined Modern Sonic and the Avatar, only for Eggman to reveal that the backup reactor was a decoy and that the real Phantom Ruby had been incorporated into his triumph card: the Death Egg Robot. This meant the Ruby had no weakness anymore. With the Eggman Army on the rise, thanks to the Ruby, Sonic, Modern Sonic and the Avatar fought Eggman. Destroying the robot, the trio ensured the Resistance's victory over the Eggman Empire. With the Phantom Ruby now gone, however, Sonic found himself getting pulled back to his dimension in the aftermath. As he faded back home, Sonic bid farewell to Tails and the Resistance. Modern Sonic, however, was sure that they would meet again.

Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic finds the trapped Ray and Mighty, from Sonic Mania Plus.

In Sonic Mania Plus, Sonic had just returned to his world from his adventure in Modern Sonic's dimension. Upon his arrival however, he discovered the Phantom Ruby had survived and followed him home. As Sonic attempted to retrieve the ruby when it floated away, he came across Mighty and Ray, both of whom were trapped in a capsule. After Sonic freed the duo though, the Heavy Magician revealed herself to be one of them in disguise. She immediately after took the Phantom Ruby and left. Though Sonic and his companion gave chase, they were too late to stop the Heavy Magician from using the Phantom Ruby to revive the Hard Boiled Heavies who had been destroyed. The robots' resurrection also warped them all to Green Hill Zone. There, the revived Hard Boiled Heaves ran off with the Phantom Ruby. Sonic thus set off in search of the Phantom Ruby again, but with Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray by his side.

The group was eventually attacked by Dr. Eggman and his Death Egg Robot. Even so, they managed to defeat Eggman, causing him to fall into a hole. Following the doctor, Sonic and his team saw Eggman take the Phantom Ruby from the Hard Boiled Heavies, who once again refused to obey him. Once Eggman obtained the ruby, Sonic and his group got sent to Chemical Plant Zone by the gem's power. Not set back by their displacement, the gang continued their pursuit of Eggman, occasionally clashing with the Hard Boiled Heavies and other old foes along the way. Whenever they caught up to Eggman, however, the doctor either gave them the slip or sent them away with the Phantom Ruby.

Eventually, Sonic and his comrades found out that Dr. Eggman had captured Little Planet once again and rebuilt the Titanic Monarch there. Eventually, the heroic group made their way into the heart of the fortress, where they faced Eggman in his Phantom Egg mech and four of the recently re-upgraded Phantom Heavies. Despite the odds, they managed to defeat the doctor, resulting in the Phantom Ruby creating a rift that began devouring the Titanic Monarch. Assuming their Super States with the aid of the Chaos Emeralds, however, Sonic and his group escaped the rift, knocking Eggman into it in the process. Afterward, Sonic and his friends closed off their adventure with a trip to an ice cream parlor, only for the Heavy King to make an appearance and surprise them with a sundae.

Sonic Mania Adventures

Sonic, upon returning to his world, from "Sonic Returns".

After foiling the plans of Modern Eggman, Sonic returned to his own dimension and found himself on Angel Island, which he discovered was full of holes that had been dug by someone. Noticing then Dr. Eggman fly by in his Egg Mobile with a batch of Flickies trapped in a Capsule, Sonic hurried off to rescue the critters. Finding the Capsule in a clearing, Sonic got past the spike traps surrounding it and opened the Capsule, freeing the Flickies. The Capsule, however, was a trap, which flung Sonic into another trap that tied him up by the leg and left him dangling in front of the Capsule, which turned into a timed bomb. Eggman then appeared to gloat at the doomed Sonic. When Eggman was about to leave, however, Sonic managed to lure the doctor into his own trap by tempting him to steal the Chaos Emerald he had. Escaping from Eggman's trap, Sonic was ready to leave Eggman with his bomb, but was then guilt-tripped by Eggman. Before Sonic could free him, however, he found Eggman's handheld which revealed that Eggman had four Chaos Emeralds and that he planned to cheat Sonic out of his to complete his collection. Sonic thus accelerated the countdown on Eggman's bomb and left Eggman to have his bomb blow up in his face.[6]

Sonic sharing a fist bump with Tails, from "Sonic and Tails".

Sonic soon after met up with Tails and filled him in on what Eggman was up to. No sooner however, Sonic went ahead without Tails to check out an explosion nearby. At the site, Sonic found Eggman excavating another Chaos Emerald. Sonic tried to stop Eggman, but was easily repelled by the doctor's excavation mobile. Sent flying back to Tails, Sonic accepted the fox cub's aid when he offered it, and together, the two of them took on Eggman. During their battle, Sonic was almost done in by Eggman, but was saved by Tails in the nick of time. After he and Tails finally brought down Eggman. Tails found the Chaos Emerald Eggman had been looking for. With two Emeralds secured, Sonic and Tails celebrated their victory.[7]

Later on, Sonic and Tails would track down Eggman's base of operations and rush off to take on the evil doctor.[8] As they arrived, they were briefly trapped by Metal Sonic and had their Chaos Emeralds taken away. Metal Sonic then used their Emeralds and those provided by Eggman to empower himself and take Sonic on. Fortunately, Sonic and Tails soon found allies in Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, who would help them fight the evil robot. When they began to lose, Sonic noticed that Tails had an idea and began distracting Metal Sonic while Tails went to work. In the end, Tails managed to trap Metal Sonic and strip him of the Chaos Emeralds. With Eggman's aid, however, Metal Sonic attempted to harness the power of the Master Emerald, which Eggman had procured, to finish off the four heroes. However, the villains were stopped by Knuckles, who took back the Master Emerald. Soon after, Sonic joined Tails, Mighty, and Ray on a chili dog picnic.[9]

Sonic dumbfoundedly overlooking Amy's good deed, from "From: A. Rose".

Later on in winter, Sonic dumbfoundedly watched Amy Rose return an abandoned Metal Sonic to Dr. Eggman. Offering no other response, Amy simply gave the unamused Sonic a flower.[10]

Other game appearances

Sonic Dash

In Sonic Dash, Classic Sonic makes an appearance as a playable character. In this game, he can be unlocked after being purchased online for $3.99 USD or in special events.

Image Affinity Bonus Upgrade Profile
Power-Up Highest level

Sonic Dash Cucky.png

Sonic Dash Pocky.png

Sonic Dash Ricky.png

Dash Boost 11
x2 Multiplier 12
Magnet 9
Shield 9
Headstart 9

On 13 December 2019, Classic Sonic was re-released as Elf Classic Sonic, a character previously featured in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, as part of a Christmas event.

Image Unlock Requirement Upgrade Profile
Power-Up Highest level
SonicDash Sprite ElfClassic.png

Collect 500 Elf Classic Sonic tokens
(13 December 2019 - 20 December 2019)
(11 December 2020 - 17 December 2020)

$3.99 USD
(16 December 2020 - 31 December 2020)
(13 December 2021 - 6 January 2022)

Collect 250 Elf Classic Sonic tokens
(17 December 2021 - 20 December 2021)

Dash Boost 11
x2 Multiplier 11
Magnet 10
Shield 8
Headstart 10

Sonic Runners

Classic Sonic, from Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, Classic Sonic is featured as a playable Speed/Hero Type character with the following characteristics:

Icon Type Controls Profile Unlocking Requirement
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  • Triple jump
  • 75% Distance Bonus
The Genesis-era Sonic, who collaborates with the modern Sonic in Sonic Generations. Available on Premium Roulette.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, Classic Sonic is a playable character who was added to the game's roster in the version 1.0.1 update. He has the following gameplay characteristics:

Image Rarity Stats Items
Projectile Boost Trap
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Speed: 9/10

Acceleration: 5/10

Strength: 5/10


On Christmas 2018, Classic Sonic was re-released as "Elf Classic Sonic", a variant character of Classic Sonic dressed in an elf costume, as a part of the 2.6.0 update. This character has the following gameplay characteristics:

Image Rarity Stats Items
Projectile Boost Trap

Speed: 10/10

Acceleration: 6/10

Strength: 5/10

Ice Boost
Flue Shot

Team Sonic Racing

The advertisement featuring Classic Sonic, from Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, Classic Sonic makes a cameo appearance. Various advertisements can be seen playing on digital billboards alongside the tracks; one of the advertisements is for a car air freshener, and the product uses Sonic's default sprite from Sonic Mania.

Sonic Racing

In Sonic Racing, Classic Sonic is a playable character. He was added in 2021 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise. He becomes available by reaching League 7.

Image Vehicle Skill Bio
SonicRacingClassicSonic.png Cyclone Slipstream A younger Sonic from older times. He has a habit of turning up when most needed!


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.[11] Never in one place for long, Sonic loves freedom and thrives on excitement,[1][11][12] 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.[11][12][13] Owning to his love of freedom, Sonic is also a very independent kind of person who is willing to live by his own rules.[1]

Sonic usually maintains a cool attitude and an easy-going demeanor.[1] 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.[14] To Sonic, defeating Dr. Eggman's forces and saving the world is just an opportunity to have fun.[1] Nonetheless, he is often impatient, and is shown to have a short temper.[12][13] 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,[12] even if those people are his enemies.[15] He is likewise extremely loyal to his friends and has a strong desire to help them out when needed.[1] 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.[16] 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 completely mute; 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.[13] 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.

Sonic's greatest strength is his super speed. Sonic in particular has proven himself in a class of its own with his speed, having been credited as the "world's fastest supersonic hedgehog."[12] He has the ability to instantly accelerate to and run at speeds greater than Mach 1,[17] 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 envelope 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.[12] He is also shown to match Modern Sonic's speed, who has been said is able to move at hypersonic speeds,[18] which ranges from 3,840-7,680 mph.

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 lets 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.[19] 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.[19] He has also demonstrated the ability to harness chaos 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.[20] 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

Dr. Eggman is Sonic's arch-enemy.[21] 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.[15]

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.[16]

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[22] when earlier he had scolded Infinite for letting Modern Sonic live.[23] However, he does acknowledge that Classic Sonic has "a lot of nerve."[24]

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.



In other media

Books and comics

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sonic is the past counterpart of Sonic the Hedgehog in the In Another Time, In Another Place universe. In this media, he appeared during the event where his modern counterpart set out to rescue his friends, who had been kidnapped by the Time Eater.

IDW Publishing

Sonic the Hedgehog, from Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Sonic is the counterpart of Sonic the Hedgehog from another dimension set in the recent past. Like his counterpart, he is a super speedy and heroic hedgehog who battles the tyranny of Dr. Eggman and his creations. His past is nearly identical to his game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Mania.


5.5" Ultimate action figure of Classic Sonic, by Tomy.

Merchandise of Classic Sonic was released as early as the twentieth anniversary of the Sonic series. Jazwares produced various action figures and plush toys of Classic Sonic for the anniversary. A statue of modern and Classic Sonic was available with the collector's edition of Sonic Generations. First 4 Figures has produced several dioramas that feature Classic Sonic. A statue of Classic Sonic was available at Joypolis from claw cranes in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sonic series. Tomy produced plush toys and action figures of Classic Sonic for the anniversary, then later variant action figures, a 5.5" "Ultimate" action figure, and more plush toys. Kidrobot has produced blind box figurines and a diorama, and GNF Toyz and Totaku have produced figurines. A 12" statue of Classic Sonic standing on a Sega Mega Drive was available with the collector's edition of Sonic Mania. Exquisite Gaming has produced a controller holder, Jakks Pacific has produced figurines and a plush toy, and other various merchandise has been available from Sega Shop.


  • Prior to Sonic Generations, Super Smash Bros. Brawl used the term "Classic Sonic" to distinguish Sonic's appearance in the original titles from his more modern appearances. This is noteworthy, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl debuted three years before Sonic Generations.
  • Sonic is the first character from Classic Sonic's world to appear in a mobile game.
  • In early versions of Sonic Forces' script, Tails referred to Sonic as "Alt Sonic" to avoid confusion.[25]
  • In the 2017 Twitter Takeover, Modern Sonic refers to Sonic as "Classic Sonic".

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 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.
  2. Sonic Mania Plus (PC) English instruction manual, "Story."
  3. The Art of Sonic Mania. Sega. p. 6. "When Mighty and Ray last saw Sonic, they were escaping from Eggman Island. Time may have passed, but this duo are ready to prove they can take down the Doctor again!"
  4. Sonic Mania (PC) English instruction manual, "Prologue."
  5. Sega. "Story So Far". Sonic Mania Introduction Manual. Sega. p. 1. "Some time after saving Angel Island, Sonic the Hedgehog and his best friend, Miles "Tails" Prower, are relaxing when Tails picks up a strange energy reading far away. Though different from the Chaos Emeralds, the reading is remarkably powerful, and Tails convinces Sonic to join him to check it out. Sonic and Tails take off on the Tornado towards the source, but sure enough, the evil Dr. Eggman has detected it too! Now it's a race between Sonic and Eggman to get there first and figure out what mysteries it holds. However, Eggman has been busy: he's just unleashed a new team of elite Egg-Robos to handle his most important tasks. They're called the "Hard-Boiled Heavies," and they're about to reach the source of the signal first! It's up to Sonic, Tails, & their newest ally, Knuckles the Echidna, to defeat the Hard-Boiled Heavies, unlock the secrets of the energy source, and stop Dr. Eggman!"
  6. Hesse, Tyson (30 March 2018). "Sonic Returns". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 1. YouTube.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "Sonic and Tails". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 2. YouTube.
  8. Hesse, Tyson (22 June 2018). "Mighty and Ray". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 4. YouTube.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Hesse, Tyson (17 July 2018). "Metal Mayhem". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 5. YouTube.
  10. Hesse, Tyson (20 December 2018). "From: A. Rose". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 6. YouTube.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 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."
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Sonic Generations (PlayStation 3) European instruction booklet, pg. 5.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 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."
  14. Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: You Got a Chaos Emerald!
  15. 15.0 15.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Eggman Abducted.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Through the Glass.
  17. Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, Tantalus Media (15 August 2017). Sonic Mania. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: Special Stage.
  18. Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: The Final Battle!.
  20. Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.
  21. 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.
  22. Sonic Team (7 November 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Sega. Area/Level: VS. Eggman. "Eggman: What!? You! I don't have time for this."
  23. 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."
  24. 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."
  25. Sonic Wars (Forces) Scirpt from 2016 (25 July 2018). Retrieved on 25 July 2018.