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This is my power, and I'm not using it to run away anymore. I'm using it to protect... my... friends!


— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Sonic the Hedgehog is the titular protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures and its spin-offs. He is an anthropomorphic alien hedgehog with super speed who hails from Mobius.

After being forced to flee to Earth to escape those seeking his power, Sonic remained in hiding for ten years until he accidentally made his presence known, becoming the target of the sinister Dr. Robotnik. However, thanks to the help of Tom Wachowski, Sonic managed to banish Robotnik from Earth and establish himself a better life with the Wachowski family.

As time went on, Sonic tried beginning a superhero career with limited success. Regardless, his moment came when Robotnik returned with Knuckles the Echidna, seeking the Master Emerald. Teaming up with his new ally Tails, Sonic embarked on a globetrotting adventure to stop Robotnik, during which he befriended Knuckles. After defeating Robotnik, Sonic would form a new order with Tails and Knuckles to safeguard the Master Emerald from evil.

Concept and design

Sonic's original design, from the Sonic the Hedgehog 30 April 2019 trailer.

The production crew used Ted, the living teddy bear from the Ted films made by Universal Pictures, as an influence on making a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog and studied different variations of the character to develop the character's final design.[6]

Due to the negative criticism of Sonic's original design, it was eventually decided that Sonic had to undergo a redesign.[7] This redesign was handled by Tyson Hesse.[1] When re-designing Sonic, the team started with Sonic's face. They compared the design shown in the initial trailer with the "Modern Sonic" design and tried to find a compromise between the two. A new rig also had to be created based on the new design and then everything would have to be reanimated using that rig. Although some old animations were able to be salvaged and reused, many had to be animated from scratch.[8] Animator Max Schneider stated that the redesign took around five months and was achieved without stressful overtime.[9]

Between the first and second film, Sonic has a notable increase in height. In Sonic the Hedgehog, his height only goes up to Tom's upper thigh, while in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, his height goes up to Tom's torso. According to Tyson Hesse, this was done to make Sonic's, alongside Tails' and Knuckles', height in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 match how his main series counterpart's height is compared to human characters in the games.[10]

Appearance

Sonic is an anthropomorphic hedgehog with predominantly blue fur. He has small, triangular ears on the top of his head, seven quills that extend from the back of his head, with three on his back and a tail.[11] He also has green eyes, a black nose, and peach fur on his belly and muzzle, with his muzzle fur extending to the center of his nose ridge. His eyes in particular glow blue whenever he utilizes his chaos energy powers.

In his younger years, Sonic sported a much shorter stature, complete with shorter limbs and quills, more dilated pupils, and a slightly more visible neck. Several months after his first bout with Dr. Robotnik, Sonic had grown considerably larger in size, now almost a head taller than Ozzie sitting on his hind legs.

For attire, he wears a pair of white gloves, a pair of white socks and red Puma Dare sneakers with white straps, white soles and yellow Puma tags. For prior footwear, he wore mismatched shoes that were completely worn out; a left greenish-gray sneaker and a right white trainer with tape around it, and when he was a baby, he wore a pair of basic, small, brown boots.

History

Film series

Past

Sonic was born with his extraordinary powers on a distant planet. During his early childhood on his home planet, he would live on an island where he was looked after by his caretaker, Longclaw. As a child, Sonic spent most of his time running around the island despite Longclaw warning him not to reveal his powers.

Sonic bringing a flower to Longclaw, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

One day, when Sonic returned to Longclaw from a run across the island to give her a flower, they were attacked by a tribe of echidnas seeking Sonic's power. As Longclaw escaped with Sonic however, she got hit by an arrow, thus keeping her from flying. As such, she resorted to her Rings. Using one, she opened a portal to Earth for Sonic to escape through. Despite Sonic's reluctance to go without Longclaw, he received her bag of Rings nonetheless and was instructed to stay in hiding on Earth no matter what. After Sonic went through the portal however, he saw Longclaw bidding him farewell before making a stand against the echidna tribe to keep them from crossing the portal in pursuit of him. Sonic tried to come back for her, but the Ring closed right before him before he could get through.

Over the next ten years, Sonic remained on Earth, hiding in a cave in the woods on the outskirts of Green Hills, Montana, where he edged out the best life he could. During his time on Earth, he learned about human pop culture and the local people. In his cave, he also amassed a collection of various finds. He also made several trips to Green Hills, where he took notice of Tom Wachowski and his wife, Maddie, whom he often spied on, and nicknamed them "Donut Lord" and "Pretzel Lady" respectively due to Tom's habit of talking to donuts and Maddie's yoga hobby. Along the way, the local looney, Crazy Carl, caught onto Sonic and tried to catch him, but Sonic always eluded his traps while playing around with him. Despite trying to convince himself that he was a part of Green Hills though however, Sonic never made contact with the locals, causing him to suffer from loneliness. In addition, much to his chagrin, Sonic was obligated to follow Longclaw's late instructions to escape to the Mushroom Planet in case he was ever discovered on Earth.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic playing baseball with himself, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

One day, Sonic watched a local baseball game and began to long for real friends. The same night, when the baseball field was empty, he started playing by himself. However, upon coming to the hard truth that he really was all alone, he became upset and began running faster and faster around the baseball field, his sadness turning into anger and fueling his powers until he released a powerful electromagnetic pulse that cut off power across the Pacific Northwest. Concerned that he had made his presence known, Sonic fled.

Not long after, Sonic found the United States Army and Badniks out in the woods looking for him. Returning to his cave, Sonic gathered his most prized possessions, including Longclaw's bag of Rings, intending to escape to the Mushroom Planet. However, with intruders at his doorstep and afraid that he would be discovered if he tried to leave now, Sonic went to Tom Wachowski's garage to use a Ring there in peace. However, Tom, upon hearing Sonic break a flowerpot, intruded on him just as he was about to use a Ring. The two quickly got scared of each other, prompting Tom to fire a tranquilizer dart into Sonic's leg. Before Sonic passed out however, he saw the words "San Francisco" on Tom's T-shirt and accidentally opened a portal there with a Ring that he dropped, with Sonic dropping his bag containing the rest of his Rings into the portal, where they landed on top of the Transamerica Pyramid, and the portal closing before Sonic could get through. An unconscious Sonic was then caged by Tom in his house. When Sonic woke up from the sedative however, he escaped the cage and met Tom face to face for the first time. However, their conversation was interrupted when a United States truck arrived at Tom's house. Sonic would then persuade Tom to help hide him since his legs had still not recovered from the dart. Tom proceeded to hide Sonic in his attic. However, two spy drones showed up shortly afterward. Sonic tried to hide from them by pretending to be a ball, but ultimately could not keep his cool and tried to escape them, rolling down from the attic and into the kitchen. From his new hiding spot, Sonic saw the newly arrived Dr. Robotnik threaten to shoot Tom with his Badnik after figuring out Sonic's presence from one of his quills that Tom had found. Before Robotnik could shoot Tom though, Sonic came out of hiding, asking him not to hurt him, which scared the mad doctor. Tom then cold-clocked Robotnik while he was shocked by Sonic's appearance, causing the Badnik to start shooting all around. Fortunately, Sonic and Tom managed to destroy the drone, and they quickly escaped in Tom's pickup truck.

Sonic asking Tom for his help, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

While on the road away from Green Hills, Sonic explains to Tom who he was and that he needed to retrieve his Rings to escape to the Mushroom Planet. Not wanting to sow any more trouble for himself, Tom tried at first to ditch Sonic and make him run to San Francisco himself. Sonic, however, did not know where San Francisco was and returned to Tom after he ran into the Pacific Ocean. After that, Sonic convinced Tom to take him to San Francisco after blaming him for the trouble he was in, and the two set off on what Sonic called a "road trip."

As evening came around, they pulled in at a rest stop so Tom could make a phone call and get them something to eat. Although Sonic was supposed to stay in the truck, he quickly noticed the nearby Piston Pit bar. Unable to resist the temptation to visit it, he disguised himself and went to the bar. Tom found him shortly after, but Sonic persuaded him to let them stay at the Piston Pit for now. Meanwhile, Tom managed to convince the waitress that Sonic was not an alien. As Tom then brought up the bucket list concept, Sonic was convinced to make one for himself, listing the many things he wanted to do before leaving Earth. As Sonic realized how many things he had not done yet though, Tom decided to help him make the most of the evening. During this, the two began to bond. However, the fun was interrupted by a Roadhouse Thug and his companions who did not like Sonic because he was a "hipster". In response, Sonic provoked them into a fight. Sonic, however, was too fast for the thugs and managed to overpower the whole bar with his speed and save Tom. With the Piston Pit in disarray, the two escaped. Eventually, the duo found a motel, where they spent the night. During this time, Sonic bonded more with Tom when he expressed his disappointment about leaving Earth to him. Soon after, Sonic passed out in bed despite his intention to suck up every last minute he had left on Earth.

Sonic during his first fight with Robotnik's Badniks, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

The next day, Sonic and Tom would discuss their friendship and Tom's own bucket list while on the road. During this, Sonic found out that Tom wanted to leave his post as Green Hills' sheriff and become a street cop in San Francisco permanently. Sonic did not approve of this, however, as he insisted that Tom should stay with his friends and the people he was supposed to protect. Their argument was soon interrupted though by an attack from a tank-like Badnik deployed by Robotnik. As Sonic and Tom tried to escape the Badnik, Sonic's emotional state over Tom's abandonment of his home and friends caused his power to fluctuate again. Fortunately, a freak accident allowed Sonic to knock the Badnik down with an accidental Spin Attack. However, a smaller Badnik tank soon emerged from the wreckage, forcing Sonic and Tom to try and escape again. Eventually confronting the Badnik himself, Sonic used its own electromagnetic mines against it, causing it to crash. When a smaller Badnik emerged from the wreck and resumed the pursuit though, Sonic got behind the wheel of Tom's truck himself while Tom toppled the Badnik at close range. Soon after however, a miniscule Badnik appeared from the trashed Badnik and cut off the roof of the duo's truck with its laser. While Sonic managed to catch it and snap off its flight gear, the Badnik turned into a bomb that got stuck to Sonic's hand. Sonic and Tom proceeded to pull over and attempt to unhook the bomb. Ultimately, they succeeded, but the bomb's explosion was so great that Sonic got knocked out by it.

Afterward, Sonic was taken to the house of his sister-in-law, Rachel in San Francisco. There, Maddie tried to treat Sonic's injuries. Eventually, Maddie woke up Sonic with some smelling salts, who was left to himself while Maddie talked to Tom. In the meantime, Sonic received some new shoes to replace his worn-down ones from Tom's niece, Jojo. After then meeting Tom's dog, Ozzie, Sonic set out in Rachel's "borrowed" car with Tom and Maddie to the Transamerica Pyramid. After driving the car up in front of the building, Sonic did a quick scouting of the building, before returning to Tom and Maddie, revealing that they needed a key to reach the top. Thankfully, Tom was able to get the key and smuggle Sonic up to the top of the building in a bag. There, Sonic found his bag of Rings. After saying what he believed to be his final goodbye to Tom and Maddie however, Robotnik showed up in his Eggpod with an army of flying Badniks. Taunting Robotnik with the nickname "Eggman", which he got from his egg-shaped Badniks, Sonic told Robotnik that he could never catch him. In response, Robotnik targeted the trio with his Badniks. To save Tom and Maddie, Sonic pushed them off the edge of the Transamerica Pyramid, intending to catch up to them and send them to safety with a Ring. While nonchalantly evading and destroying Robotnik's Badniks at super speed however, Sonic, to his surprise, noticed Robotnik catching up to him with his Eggpod and firing a laser at him.

Sonic using his power to fight Dr. Robotnik, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

The blast knocked Sonic out briefly, but he soon woke up while falling down from the Transamerica Pyramid. Fortunately, he managed to grab a stray Ring with one of his quills and use it to send the falling Tom and Maddie to Green Hills in the last second. Now alone with Robotnik, Sonic decided to escape him. Regathering his scattered Rings, Sonic began to flee through the streets of San Francisco, opening Rings portals to Paris, the Great Wall of China, and Egypt along the way in an attempt to escape Robotnik and his Eggpod. Eventually though, he got hit hard by Robotnik's laser and launched through a Ring portal he had opened up to Green Hills. Unable to continue his escape any further due to the laser blast, Sonic passed out. However, Tom managed to awaken Sonic and his full power by admitting to all the residents of Green Hills and Robotnik that he was his friend. Now exhibiting control over his peaked powers, Sonic announced that he had no intention of using his power to run away anymore, but to use it to protect his friends. During this, Sonic drained the power from a loose quill of his that Robotnik was using to power his Eggpod. Sonic then ran about, repeatedly striking the Eggpod into submission. At the end, Sonic had Tom open a Ring portal to the Mushroom Planet. Then, with a final head-on Spin Attack, Sonic knocked the Eggpod and Robotnik through the closing portal, trapping the doctor on the Mushroom Planet. When it was over, Sonic and Tom shared a high-five, something which Sonic had always dreamed of. Tom then revealed his intention to stay in Green Hills.

Sometime later, Sonic would visit Tom and Maddie in their house to hang out with them. There, the couple revealed to him that they wanted him to stay with them. Sonic was then given his own room in their attic, which touched him very much. Afterward, Sonic gave both Tom and Maddie his heartful thanks before Ozzie came in and began licking him in spite of Sonic's amused protest.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic introducing himself to the public as "Blue Justice", from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

Several months after his battle with Dr. Robotnik, Sonic decided to become a vigilante superhero as a way of making Longclaw proud. As such, he would sneak out several times and lie to Tom and Maddie about it, attempting recklessly to prove his worth as a hero. Whenever Tom discovered him however, they would have talks about it, although Sonic did not refrain from his escapades. During one night in Seattle in particular, Sonic intruded on the Seattle Police Department's chase after some armed bank robbers who had hijacked an armored money truck. Though Sonic took out the robbers and got behind the truck's wheel, he was unable to stop the truck and ended up setting off the robbers' bombs. Although he got rid of the bombs, he would cause massive destruction by disposing of them into a garbage truck and the sewage system. Eventually, Sonic stopped the truck by taking it apart at super speed. Having deemed his heroics successful despite the bystanders' claims to the contrary, Sonic declared loudly to the public that no thanks were needed for "Blue Justice" before heading home.

Returning to Green Hills, Sonic tried sneaking back into his room and go to bed unnoticed. When he tried putting away some mud-covered banknotes stuck to his shoe, Sonic came across a feather from Longclaw in his drawer, which made him recall Longclaw fondly. Sonic tried then to go to sleep, but was awoken by Maddie and Ozzie when they entered the attic, with Maddie reminding him of an arranged fishing trip with Tom. Meeting up with Tom, the two would fish out in a lake until an exhausted Sonic fell asleep while Tom tried striking a conversation with him and fell into the lake. After Tom fished him out, he would reprimand Sonic about his reckless heroics, having seen through his attempt to fake his presence in the attic during his absence, before presenting him with a newspaper about the havoc he caused in Seattle. As Sonic insisted that he was a hero despite all that and that he could take care of himself, Tom would give him a lesson about how being a hero meant taking responsibility for others rather than themselves and being ready to use his powers when his moment arrived, but that he had to be more mature until then. Agreeing to that, Sonic would give Tom and himself some high-speed sailing. Soon after, Tom and Maddie had to go to Hawaii to attend Rachel and Randall's wedding. As such, Sonic was to be left home alone with Ozzie in an attempt to test his responsibility. When the couple had to leave, Sonic provided them with a Ring portal to Hawaii, and gave Tom another one to use to go home with. As soon as the couple were gone, Sonic began partying around the house. His fun got interrupted at one point though by a phone call from Tom, who wanted to check up on him. Despite this, and quickly cleaning up his mess to avoid raising suspicion, Sonic assured Tom to just enjoy his vacation.

Sonic charging at Dr. Robotnik, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

As Sonic later watched TV with Ozzie, the house suddenly experienced a blackout. When he went to check the door, Sonic found Robotnik at the doorstep when the doctor forcefully opened it. As banter ensued, Sonic would charge at Robotnik, only to get knocked through a wall by Robotnik's new ally, Knuckles the Echidna. Believing Robotnik was back for his powers, Sonic tried fighting Knuckles, only to get punched through another wall and get overwhelmed by Knuckles as he pinned him against a tree. Then, to Sonic's confusion, Knuckles would mention a feud between Longclaw's people, the owls, and the echidnas over the "ultimate power". Before Knuckles could finish Sonic off, however, he got rammed by a police cruiser driven by Tails, who claimed to be on Sonic's side. Having no choice but to trust Tails with Knuckles recovering, Sonic joined him in the car. Though Robotnik got on the hood, they shook him off and drove away. With Knuckles hot on their trail though, Sonic demanded an explanation, to which Tails told him about Knuckles and his quest for the Master Emerald, an object of which Sonic did not believe existed. Regardless, Knuckles soon caught up to the pair and began tearing their car apart. Fortunately, Tails got Knuckles off their tail by driving the car over a cliff and then flying away with Sonic using his twin-tails. Hiding out at Wade's, Sonic and Tails tried figuring out why Knuckles wanted him and Longclaw's connection to the Master Emerald. Recalling seeing an emerald on Longclaw's map of safe worlds that she had given him, Sonic took a look at it, only for the map to show a holographic message to him from Longclaw. In this message, Longclaw told Sonic of the Master Emerald, which had been hidden on Earth, and that she was now passing her duty of safeguarding it over to him. She then instructed Sonic to follow the map to the Master Emerald to ensure that it would not fall into the wrong hands. Promising not to let her down as the message ended, Sonic saw that the map was showing the location of a compass in Siberia that would lead to the Master Emerald. Opening a Ring portal to Siberia, Sonic convinced Tails to join by promising to protect him.

Shortly after arriving in Siberia, Sonic and Tails got caught in a blizzard, prompting them to seek shelter inside a nearby bar in disguises. Despite an icy reception from the Russian patrons, the duo got a table for themselves where Sonic took an interest in the gadgets Tails was using to communicate with the waitress. As Sonic heard about how Tails had invented them himself, Tails would explain that he discovered Sonic with his inventions just after he unleashed his electromagnetic pulse in the baseball stadium all those months ago, and how he became his hero after seeing him defeat Robotnik. During this, Sonic got a text message from Tom, prompting him to answer back with a lie about how he was back home and relaxing. Soon, when Tails' Miles Electric got a translation wrong when he tried to complain about their order to the waitress however, they incurred the patrons' anger, who tried having them thrown into the fireplace after they had their alien natures unveiled. However, Tails managed to invoke Pivonka—a dance-off for settling disputes—in the last moment with a patron. While Sonic wanted to grab the map and just go, the map ended up being claimed by the Pivonka challenger. Having no choice but to participate, Sonic and Tails tried dancing, but could not match the local's dance moves. Sonic thus had the speakers play his own music and encouraged Tails to follow his moves. Thanks to Sonic's moves and music, and holograms provided by Tails, the duo won the Pivonka and got the map back. As Sonic and Tails later rested, Sonic got an unexpected hug from Tails when he declared him his friend. He then heard Tails talk about how he never had any friends due to his twin-tails and how Sonic had inspired him. Calling in a night, Sonic and Tails would spent the night sleeping in the bar before heading out the next day.

Sonic and Tails in the owls' ancient temple, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

Finding an ancient owl temple within a cave in the mountains, Sonic and Tails found inscriptions there which Tails could translate. From them, they learned how the Master Emerald was forged with the seven Chaos Emeralds by the echidnas, who would use its power to defeat entire armies. Disapproving of anyone wielding such power however, the owls stole the Master Emerald, sparking a centuries-long feud with the echidnas. Deeper inside the temple, Sonic and Tails found a statue with slots on it that Sonic was able align properly using a clue on Longclaw's map, thereby unlocking the compass they needed to find the Master Emerald. Immediately after, Robotnik and Knuckles showed up in the Egg Mobile with Badniks. As a fight broke out, the temple began to cave in from the collateral damage. Sonic and Tails, however, were able to escape, with Tails taking the high route while Sonic snowboarded down a mountainside using Badnik piece as a snowboard. While Sonic dealt with the Badniks pursuing him, Knuckles caught up to him using a Badnik piece as a snowboard as well. As they raced down the mountain, Sonic got toppled by Knuckles, causing him to drop all his Rings over a cliff. Sonic would then banter with Knuckles about how echidnas had a habit of ruining his life, only for Knuckles to tell him the opposite as he revealed how he lost his father and the rest of his tribe when they came after Longclaw. As Sonic began sympathizing with Knuckles over his loss, Tails interrupted them by attempting to bind Knuckles with a gadget. Calling Sonic out for being a deceiver, Knuckles broke free despite Sonic's attempts to defend himself. Sonic then tried throwing the compass over to Tails, only for Robotnik to snatch it and deploy some missiles that knocked Tails out. Coming to Tails' aid, Sonic noticed an impending avalanche. With Robotnik and Knuckles taking their leave, Sonic tried escaping the avalanche with Tails on his improvised snowboard.

Having lost all his Rings and unable to escape the avalanche, Sonic called Tom in the middle of Rachel and Randall's wedding ceremony on Hawaii and told him to open a Ring portal in his location. When Tom finally got the portal open, Sonic and Tails came blasting through it with part of the avalanche, ruining the wedding ceremony. After telling Tom and Maddie of Robotnik's return, Sonic quickly turned his attention to the unconscious Tails, only to get hit by a taser net and taken captive by Guardian Units of Nations, who had staged Rachel's wedding to apprehend him. Now trapped in cages, Sonic and Tails were taken prisoners into the hotel alongside Tom. Fortunately, the trio were freed by Maddie. While tending to the unconscious Tails, Sonic and the Wachowskis saw a green pillar of light emerge in the horizon, which Sonic took as a sign that Robotnik and Knuckles had found the Master Emerald. Feeling guilty over what happened to Tails, Sonic decided to head out to the site alone in order to not endanger anyone else. Leaving his friends behind, Sonic used his full power to race across the sea, but would stumble and fall when the waves got rough. Fortunately, he would flush up on the island that held the entrance to the Master Emerald's temple. Entering it, Sonic began speeding through the temple's trap-ridden labyrinth in hopes of reaching the Master Emerald first.

Sonic fighting Knuckles, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

Eventually arriving in-between Robotnik and Knuckles, and the Master Emerald, Sonic made his stand against Knuckles. Though he tried going after the Master Emerald at first, Knuckles intercepted him and two began a long fight with the balance of power constantly shifting between them. When Knuckles got him pinned down however, Sonic made Knuckles see that Robotnik was stealing the Master Emerald. After having mocked Knuckles' inability to predict his betrayal, Robotnik grabbed the Master Emerald and disappeared in a flash of energy that destabilized the temple. As the temple began collapsing, Sonic noticed that Knuckles had been pinned down by a column in the rising water. Jumping in to save Knuckles, Sonic helped him get free. Due to his inability to swim however, Sonic almost drowned himself. Fortunately, Sonic was rescued by Knuckles and brought back on dry land. Curious about why he would save him, Sonic provoked the mopping Knuckles into answering him. Knuckles told Sonic that he was repaying him for saving him despite not understanding his tactics for doing so. Sonic replied that he just could not let him die, which Knuckles did not understand given their past conflicts. Sonic proceeded to recite Tom's earlier advice about heroism, which Knuckles could understand. As Tails then showed up in the Tornado, Sonic encouraged Knuckles to come along with them and stop Robotnik. While Knuckles wondered how Sonic could move past his losses, Sonic advised him to find new friends to help him through it like he did, which convinced Knuckles to join Sonic's team.

Using a Ring, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles flew back to Green Hills in the Tornado, just in time to see Robotnik finish constructing the Giant Eggman Robot with the Master Emerald's power. As Knuckles then jumped off the plane to deal with Robotnik alone, Sonic and Tails used the Tornado to approach the Giant Eggman Robot, which proceeded to fire a missile barrage at them. While Tails managed to steer the Tornado through the barrage, Sonic got caught by a missile, which he managed to steer back into the Giant Eggman Robot's knee. although it did little damage. Reconvening with Tails and Knuckles on the Main Street, who had faced similar failures, Sonic convinced them to work together as a team against Robotnik. As the Giant Eggman Robot unleashed Badniks upon them, Sonic and his team tried coming up with a plan. As they discussed finding the Giant Eggman Robot's weak spot, Sonic realized that he was Robotnik's weak spot: if he could get Robotnik's attention, Tails and Knuckles could sneak into the Giant Eggman Robot and get the Master Emerald back. Beginning their plan, Sonic lured Robotnik and his Giant Eggman Robot out of Green Hills, during which Sonic learned of Robotnik's insane quest to enslave the multiverse before coming under fire by eye lasers. As Sonic reached a bridge, he began to run out of steam, allowing the Giant Eggman Robot to destroy the bridge with a nose laser and send Sonic plummeting down. Fortunately, Tails and Knuckles managed soon after to make Robotnik lose the Master Emerald, which fell out of the now-deactivated Giant Eggman Robot.

Sonic and the Master Emerald being saved by Tom and Maddie, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

As the Giant Eggman Robot began coming back online, an injured Sonic got chased by the giant machine while he tried to reach the Master Emerald. Before the Giant Eggman Robot could stomp on Sonic however, Tom and Maddie swooped in with a truck and got both him and the Master Emerald to safety. However, the Giant Eggman Robot managed to topple the truck immediately after. Emerging from the wreck, Sonic hoped to use the power of the Master Emerald to defeat Robotnik, only for it to crumble in his hands. With the Giant Eggman Robot now surrounding them with a ring of fire, trapping them, Sonic urged Tom and Maddie to flee. However, they refused to leave Sonic behind. As Sonic and his foster family stood together and prepared to get crushed by the Giant Eggman Robot's foot, the hedgehog inadvertently absorbed the seven Chaos Emeralds released from the Master Emerald, transforming him into Super Sonic. With this power, Sonic saved his foster family by lifting and piercing the Giant Eggman Robot's foot, before cutting off its head and confronting Robotnik. As Robotnik tried talking Sonic into a truce though, he attempted to punch Sonic with the Giant Eggman Robot's fist behind his back. Sonic, however, effortlessly blew apart both arms and pierced the Giant Eggman Robot several times before toppling it with Robotnik onboard. As Sonic came back down to the ground, his friends worried that he had been corrupted by power. Sonic, however, remained in complete control and conjured some chili dogs for himself and Knuckles, before relinquishing the Chaos Emeralds and sending them away. As Tails questioned Sonic of why he gave up that power, Sonic answered that he still had some growing up to do. Meanwhile, Knuckles reassembled the Master Emerald, although he wondered what he should do now that his quest had been fulfilled. Following Tails' suggestion, Sonic had the three of them form a new order, like the owls and echidnas, to guard the Master Emerald, sealing it with a power-bump.

Some time later, Sonic had a baseball game with Tails, Knuckles, Tom and Maddie, which ended when Knuckles made them lose their only ball. As they headed out for ice cream, Tom congratulated Sonic for finding new friends while Sonic acknowledged Tom as his new father figure. As they left, Sonic quickly came back for the Master Emerald they nearly left behind in the cooler.

Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord

Born with extraordinary powers, Sonic used to live on Mobius, being guarded by Longclaw. However, a group of "power-hungry guys" wanted to take away his energy, which forced Longclaw to take Sonic to Earth with the use of a Ring. Before leaving the planet, Sonic was told by Longclaw that he should never be discovered by anyone, and if that happened, he should use a Ring to escape to another planet and never stop running. In Montana, United States, he made himself a home deep into a forest. However, not being able to interact with anybody made him feel lonely for many years.[5]

One day, Sonic ran past Green Hills sheriff, Tom Wachowski, while the latter was out looking for speed violations. With Tom unable to notice Sonic due to his speed, Sonic felt alive by that fact and noted how perfect Green Hills was despite not being able to interact with anyone there. Returning to his Hedgehog Cave, Sonic read through his entire comic collection and ran a few rounds on his treadmill before going out for some fresh air. Along the way, Sonic played some baseball by himself until he reached such speeds that his powers unleashed an electromagnetic pulse. Despite this, Sonic wished there were someone to take notice of him. The next day, a government surveillance truck came looking for him, prompting Sonic to go to Tom's garage to use his Rings to escape to the Mushroom Planet. However, he was discovered by Tom, whom Sonic explained himself to in order to clear up Tom's confusion. When the truck then came to Tom's residence, Sonic stayed in hiding while Tom checked up on it. While Tom talked with the truck's owner, Dr. Robotnik, one of the doctor's Badniks detected Sonic, prompting Sonic to run.[5]

While escaping, Sonic ran into Tom again. As Sonic explained how he was going to use a Ring to get to the Mushroom Planet however, Tom brought up San Francisco while they were talking, making Sonic accidentally open a Ring portal to that city. Immediately after, Badniks attacked them and made Sonic drop his Rings into the portal, which closed before he could get through it. As Sonic realized he had to get to San Francisco, Tom guided Sonic to his truck as they escaped the Badniks. There, Sonic tried to head to San Francisco by himself, but quickly realized he could not do it alone, prompting a reluctant Tom to take Sonic there. During their trip, Sonic and Tom ended up taking about bucket lists, which made Sonic make one of his own. As they discussed things Sonic could do, Sonic quietly mentioned finding a BFF, only to deny any mention of it when Tom tried asking him about it. When they came to the Piston Pit however, Sonic went against Tom's instructions and went inside. There, Sonic tried several things in order to cross things off his bucket list, including starting a bar fight with a Roadhouse Thug.[5]

The next day, Sonic and Tom were on the road again. As Sonic explained the nickname, he had given Tom though, Robotnik showed up in his truck. Fortunately, Sonic managed to destroy the truck and the Badniks Robotnik sent after them. Arriving in San Francisco soon after, Sonic and Tom picked up Maddie on the way to the Transamerica Pyramid. When they had to get Sonic to the top of the building however, Tom and Maddie smuggled Sonic up there in a gym bag, much to his chagrin. There, Sonic found his Rings and explained how he was going to use them. However, Robotnik showed up immediately after in his Eggpod with his Badniks, and opened fire upon them. In order to protect Tom and Maddie, Sonic got an idea. Telling them what they had to do, Sonic pushed the pair off the Transamerica Pyramid before running after them as they fell. He then used two Rings, opening portals to Green Hills and Egypt respectively, with Tom and Maddie falling through the one to Green Hills while Sonic fled through the other, with Robotnik hot on his heels. Sonic proceeded to use more Rings to escape to the Great Wall of China and Paris, but Robotnik kept following him through his portals. Eventually arriving in Green Hills, Sonic got cornered alongside Tom and Maddie by Robotnik, who berated Sonic. However, as Tom and Maddie stood up for Sonic and called him their friend, Sonic realized he finally had friends and resolved to use his power to protect them instead of running away. Awakening his full power, Sonic destroyed the Eggpod.[5]

Afterward, with Tom and Maddie deciding to stay Green Hills instead of moving to San Francisco, Sonic was allowed to move into the Wachowski residence, with the pair moving his cave into the attic. Having found a family and friends now, Sonic noted he could check "Find BFFs" off his bucket list.[5]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill

Sonic hanging out around Green Hills, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill.

On one day during winter, Sonic had the Wachowski house to himself while Tom was on vacation with Wade and Maddie had to go to the clinic. Despite promising to stay out of trouble, Sonic got bored after a few minutes and so went to into town to do some high-speed socializing. Despite this, Sonic kept himself at a distance from the townsfolk, who still thought of him as a government experiment or a hallucination. Eventually making a Sgt. Sprinkles for himself to talk to, Sonic chatted with it about wanting to be a real hero after having gotten a taste of the superhero life when he defeated Dr. Robotnik. As he started to think of a cool superhero name for himself, Crazy Carl came by and insisted on "Blue Devil". Dismissing it, Sonic elaborated to Sprinkles that he just could not handle the boredom coming from being out of hiding and having nothing to do. Back at home later, Sonic saw a news report about a bank robbery in Walla Walla, Washington. Seeing this as an opportunity, Sonic headed there to help.[3]

Arriving at the first bank of Walla Walla, Sonic met a woman named Lindsey. After Sonic's introduction was made, Lindsey told him that he could find the bank robber's leader in the vault. Hurrying in there, Sonic quickly searched the vault, but found no one. He was then tasered into unconsciousness by Lindsey, the real leader of the bank robbers. Sonic was then locked inside the bank vault, although not before hearing that Lindsey was working to deliver Robotnik's Robotnik Control Glove to someone. Recovering, Sonic worked on getting out of the vault until the vault itself got plucked out the bank by some aerial Badniks. Feeling the vault getting airlifted, Sonic began running around inside the vault, causing it to spin out of control until the Badniks forcibly dropped it. Recovering from the crash, Sonic decided to break out of the vault the hard way, and smashed its door open with a spin attack. As Sonic confronted the bank robbers, the latter began holding him at gunpoint. Sonic, however, quickly overpowered them. As the hedgehog began demanding answers, Lindsey called in a Badnik with the Robotnik Control Glove. However, in a surprise twist, the Badnik turned on Lindsey and began dragging her away through the air. Rounding up the bank robbers and helping the hostages, Sonic told them to keep quiet about him, as he was supposed to keep a low profile. As Sonic hurried back to check up on Robotnik's rejects, he chose to save Lindsey when she fell down from the sky. Despite the damage done and the Robotnik Control Glove now missing, Sonic still considered the day saved while dubbing himself "Blue Justice", having chosen it as his superhero alias. After that, Sonic left the site, although not before swiping some of the donuts the police at the scene of the crime had brought with them.[3]

Shorts

Around the World in 80 Seconds

After defeating Robotnik, Sonic decided to explore several other locations on Earth, which included France, Egypt, and Japan. Afterward, he went back home.

Sonic Drone Home

Sonic and Unit, from Sonic Drone Home.

After hearing from Wade that some strange noises had been coming from the Green Hills Junkyard lately, Sonic would take his team on a detour to the junkyard in order to conduct an investigation when they had to go to the library in order to return some books that Maddie had borrowed. Shortly after arriving in the junkyard, Sonic and his crew discovered Unit, a self-aware Badnik in the process of upgrading himself in order to conquer the world. Before Sonic could make a plan however, Knuckles faced Unit head-on, only to get ejected from the junkyard by Unit. Immediately after, Sonic and Tails came under fire by Unit. While Sonic began attacking Unit however, he got blinded by one of his components. Tails tried to save him from Unit with a bola, but Unit deflected it at Sonic, tying him up. Sonic was then pulled away from Unit by Tails, but Unit quickly caught up to them and slammed them into the ground. With Tails desperate for Sonic to do something despite him being unable to move, Sonic took Tails' suggestion and tried talking to Unit. Through their conversation, Sonic convinced Unit to pursue his own passion, which was poetry. Sonic and Tails would subsequently listen to Unit's poems until Knuckles returned and smashed Unit's body, much to Sonic's displeasure. When Tails then found Unit's core module, which was still operational, Sonic was convinced by Tails to let them adopt Unit, although he stressed that he would be Tails' responsibility. Afterwards, Sonic let Tails take him away on their next adventure: finding chili dogs for the way home.

Game appearances

Sonic Dash

In Sonic Dash, as promotion for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic makes an appearance as a playable character in two incarnations: "Movie Sonic" (formerly "Teen Sonic") and "Baby Sonic". In this game, both of these characters can be unlocked after participating in their respective events.

Image Unlock Requirement Upgrade Profile
Power-Up Highest level
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Collect 500 Teen Sonic tokens
(31 January 2020 - 6 February 2020)
(22 May 2020 - 28 May 2020)

Collect 250 Movie Sonic tokens
(31 March 2022 - 7 April 2022)
(28 April 2022 - 9 May 2022)

Dash Boost 11
x2 Multiplier 9
Magnet 10
Shield 9
Headstart 11
Image Unlock Requirement Upgrade Profile
Power-Up Highest level
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Collect 500 Baby Sonic tokens
(7 February 2020 - 13 February 2020)
(29 May 2020 - 4 June 2020)
Dash Boost 11
x2 Multiplier 9
Magnet 11
Shield 8
Headstart 11

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, as a promotion for the Sonic the Hedgehog film, Sonic makes an appearance as a playable character under the name "Movie Sonic" (formerly "Teen Sonic"). He was added to the game's roster in the version 2.16.0 update. He has the following gameplay characteristics:

Image Rarity Stats Items
Projectile Boost Trap
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Special

Speed: 10/10

Acceleration: 6/10

Strength: 5/10

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Whirlwind
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Ring Portal
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Zap Trap

On 7 February 2020, Sonic was re-released as "Baby Sonic", a variant character of Sonic as the younger incarnation of himself as seen in the Sonic the Hedgehog film, also as a part of the version 2.16.0 update. This character has the following gameplay characteristics:

Image Rarity Stats Items
Projectile Boost Trap
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Special

Speed: 9/10

Acceleration: 8/10

Strength: 2/10

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Whirlwind
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EMP Boost
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Storm Cloud

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

In Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Sonic makes a cameo appearance on one of the Player Icons available on the Customize menu.

Personality

Sonic playing with his nunchucks, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Sonic is adventurous, lively, fun-loving, and confident. A thrill-seeker who has a passion for enjoying life, he loves running fast and free, which much of his early childhood was spent doing. However, he is also quite reckless and quick to act before thinking. This tends to make him disobey authority at times, which has gotten himself and those around him into trouble more than once, such as when he used his super speed in the open despite being told by Longclaw not to do so, or when he went into the Piston Pit instead of staying in Tom's truck as he was told to.

Sonic usually keeps a laid-back and easygoing demeanor. However, he is still a kid at heart, and is as such very energetic, extremely talkative, and always ready for new exploits. Owning to his lively spirit, Sonic is happy about going on adventures and is always very enthusiastic about trying new things and ready to see new places. Notably, when he thought he was leaving Earth, this attitude was cranked up to eleven, as he wanted to soak up everything on Earth while he still had the time. Because he is so adventurous however, being constrained can often make him impatient and uneasy, which, at one time made him unable to resist the temptation to visit the Piston Pit.

While no stranger to worry, Sonic is usually fearless and cool under pressure when pushed against the wall, although he can be a bit impatient in serious situations. As such, he is ready to talk back at intimidating thugs and would usually banter with Dr. Robotnik during their violent encounters. This confidence in the face of dangers has given Sonic a mischievous sense of humor; he enjoys toying with his opponents, whether it is by verbally teasing or taunting his foes, or by playing pranks or overwhelming them using his super speed. Sonic also tends to give people nicknames, such as calling Tom "Donut Lord", Maddie "Pretzel Lady", and Robotnik "Eggman", and enjoys making jokes and pretending to be other people.

Possessing a big ego that stems from his positive attitude, Sonic always tries to be positive, even when he does not want to be, and thinks he can get out of nearly any problem with his powers. Despite this state of mind giving him a cocky attitude, a high opinion about himself, and prompting him to crack jokes in even the worst of situations though, Sonic's ego is not to be confused with pride or arrogance, as Sonic does not see himself as more important than others. In fact, Sonic is very benevolent and shows a lot of friendliness towards most living things he comes in contact with; after saving a turtle from becoming roadkill, Sonic took for a ride so it could experience being fast for a change, although he accidentally traumatized it in the process. A similar instance happened when he met Ozzie despite being miffed that Ozzie held the position as Tom's best friend. Sonic similarly puts others before himself, refusing to put others in danger because of himself, and will risk his life to save innocent people, friends, or even animals. Even when it comes to his enemies, Sonic is willing to rescue them when they face an otherwise unfortunate fate or injury.[3]

Sonic looking longingly at the Wachowski family, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

After living in self-imposed exile on Earth for ten years, Sonic became extremely lonely and longed to make connections with real friends, with one of the things on his bucket list being to make a real friend. Fortunately, he eventually found a connection in the Wachowski family, and by extension, the inhabitants of Green Hills. Due to his loneliness, Sonic has also developed a habit of talking to himself or inanimate objects when he has no one else to talk to, which is difficult due to his talkative nature, or when he feels alone.[3] Despite his quirks, Sonic is clever and quick-thinking, as shown by him plucking off one of his quills to grab a Ring when it was just out of his reach, or taking advantage of Robotnik's obsessive hatred of him to distract him with taunts. Maddie has also described Sonic as a “smart kid”.

Having spent much of his life on Earth, Sonic has taken a great interest in Earth's culture, and has picked up many interests and hobbies, such as baseball, playing guitar, watching action movies, keeping tabs on celebrities, and reading comic books. However, Sonic's hobbies, combined with his lack of experience dealing with humans, gives him a slightly unrealistic view of the world and causes him to occasionally act irrationally, such as mimicking the characters in Speed by starting a fight with the people in the Piston Pit.

Sonic is highly protective of his powers. After losing Longclaw because others sought his powers, a traumatized Sonic was willing to spend years running away and living in hiding, much to his own frustration and sadness, so that no one would discover him and try to steal his powers. During the climax of his first battle against Robotnik however, upon realizing that he had people on Earth who cared about him, he resolved to use them to protect his friends.

Sonic's newfound devotion to protecting others also opened his eyes to the superhero lifestyle, which he has gained a taste for due to the excitement it provides. As such, he strives towards becoming a hero in his own right, which is exemplified in the superhero nicknames he comes up for himself. While he sees his heroics as chances to get some thrills in his otherwise peaceful lifestyle, Sonic is nonetheless genuinely motivated by a strong desire to use his powers for good and help people out with them. However, his inexperience as a hero prompts him to act rather reckless and rush into chances to prove himself without an actual plan in mind.[3]

Despite his positive demeanor, however, Sonic possesses something of a vengeful side, which manifests itself when his loved ones are in danger; a prime example being during the climax of the fight for the Master Emerald: after absorbing the Chaos Emeralds and transforming into Super Sonic, rather than quipping or taunting Robotnik during their fight, Sonic simply glared at him and quickly took down his mech with brutal efficiency before toppling it and supposedly sending the doctor to his demise.

Powers and abilities

Sonic moving at super speed and appearing to be in several places at once, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Sonic possesses the power to move around at supersonic speed. Tails has even stated that Sonic is the fastest creature in the galaxy. Due to such speed, he can move fast enough to create blurry afterimages that appear in several places at once to the human eye, run along walls, and even generate tornadoes by running around in circles. He can even reach such speeds that his entire surroundings either freeze or slow down considerably from his perspective; even bullets appear to come to a near stand-still to him. As a side-effect of this ability, Sonic also has a super-fast pulse rate, even while unconscious. Sonic is even capable of thinking and processing information at super speed, being capable of reading through a meter-high stack of comics in about a second.

As an extraterrestrial, Sonic boasts high durability, having survived a near point-blank explosion caused by one of Robotnik's Badniks without any notable injuries, and taking direct punches from even Knuckles that send him flying through walls while retaining consciousness. Sonic is also quite strong, being able to catch and launch back missiles with equivalent force, effortlessly catch a full-grown human from multiple stories up,[3] and managed to barely lift an enormous stone pillar with help from Knuckles.

Sonic's core offensive maneuver is a technique where he curls into a concussive ball and directs himself at his targets. With it, Sonic can launch a "spin attack" that can shred or burrow through just about any substance given enough speed and hit with enough force to blow apart a section of one of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik tanks and smash Knuckles deep into solid rock with a single impact. Adept in its usage, Sonic can utilize it for both grounded and aerial maneuvers or just soft landings.

His spin attack aside, Sonic has some skills in hand-to-hand combat, being able to keep up and adapt to even Knuckles, who is renowned as the most dangerous warrior in the galaxy, in close combat. However, Sonic's fighting prowess is rather unrefined and crude, as he has undergone no forms of combat training for his entire life. Knuckles has even deemed him unskilled and untrained in the field of combat.

Sonic in control of his chaos energy, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Another aspect of Sonic's power is his ability to generate chaos energy. This power is linked to his emotional state. If he feels extreme emotions, Sonic will start generating blue energy that causes his quills and eyes to glow blue and his body to unleash surges of energy akin to lightning bolts. These energies are so vast that, should Sonic release this energy, he can unleash an electromagnetic pulse that can cover areas as large as the entire Pacific Northwest or reach otherwise inhabited planets across the galaxy. Conversely, should Sonic harness these energies for himself, they seem to amplify his speed, strength and spin attack, providing the latter with enough power to hit the Eggpod hard enough to send it flying in the opposite direction, break down a bank vault's sealed door,[3] and clash with the similarly charged Knuckles. If Sonic's quills are separated from him, they will retain some of the energy he creates and react to Sonic's emotional state from a distance; the energy output from these quills is astronomical, with even one of them possessing unlimited power. Sonic can also drain this power from his separated quills by literally pulling the energy out of them, although they will eventually regain their power. Initially, Sonic had no control of the energies he could generate, being capable of only summoning them during moments of extreme stress and anger. During his clash with Dr. Robotnik in Green Hills, however, Sonic gained complete control over his energy-based power, allowing him to properly harness it.

Sonic also possesses good survival skills, able to survive living alone in the wild on Earth for ten years. Sonic is a capable leader as well, able to inspire others and come up with good battle strategies.

Super Sonic

Super Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film).

By harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic can transform into Super Sonic. Possessing god-like powers in this state, all of Sonic's abilities far surpass his normal ones. He is also able to fly and can turn thoughts into reality, such as conjuring up chili dogs.

Weaknesses

While Sonic's super speed is his greatest asset, it can also be his greatest weakness in certain situations; if he cannot get good traction when trying to come to a stop, he can risk tumbling out of control. He also had little to no control over his chaos energy powers to begin with, which would result in him creating unintended energy surges at inopportune times. However, he has since overcome this weakness after gaining control over this ability.

Suffering from slight aquaphobia, Sonic is incapable of swimming and sinks in deep water, barely able to keep himself buoyant. While he is able to bypass this weakness somewhat by running along the surface of water at high speed, he needs to stay at maximum speed or risk sinking. He also has trouble maintain the speed needed to stay buoyant this way in rough waters.

Sonic is also very cocky at times, and often makes situations worse, like when he started a bar fight when attempting to knock out the Roadhouse Thug with a bottle by mimicking an action movie.

Relationships

Longclaw

Sonic parting ways with Longclaw, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

I miss you, Longclaw. I'm trying to make you proud.


— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)

Sonic's first parental figure was Longclaw, who served as both his foster mother and mentor, and took care of him in his early youth. Sonic evidently cared very much about Longclaw and reciprocated her love for him, having run across his island in the open just to bring her a flower. However, he did not always listen to Longclaw's warnings, namely by using his powers in the open despite being told by Longclaw to keep them concealed, certain that he was too fast to be noticed. This, unfortunately, led to the echidna tribe attacking their home and forcing Sonic to flee to Earth without Longclaw, something which Sonic was distraught about, as he did not want to part ways from her. Even then complying to Longclaw's orders, Sonic was unwilling to leave her, as he attempted to come to her rescue when she made her stand against the echidna tribe, only for the Ring portal between them to close up.

The loss of Longclaw had a profound impact on Sonic, traumatizing him with the knowledge of what could happen to those close to him if they got caught up in the struggle for his powers. As such, Sonic took Longclaw's last instructions to heart by staying in hiding on Earth for the next ten years and attempting to leave Earth after he was discovered there despite wanting to stay on Earth and hating his next hideout. Over the course of the hunt for the Rings he needed to leave Earth however, Sonic began wondering if Longclaw was wrong about him having a real life with friends on Earth. Eventually though, Sonic chose to stay on Earth with the Wachowskis, with no disrespect to Longclaw.

These days, Sonic still keeps mementoes from Longclaw, including a feather of hers, which tend to make him remember Longclaw with both fondness and sadness.

Tom Wachowski

Sonic and Tom, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

My favorite person is the Donut Lord. Protector of this town, and defender of all creatures big and small.


— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic saw Tom Wachowski as a role model even before they formally met, having formed his opinion of Tom by spying on him from a distance. Sonic would refer to him as "Donut Lord", since Tom talked to doughnuts and ate them "if they [got] out of line". He likewise saw Tom as one of the best people in Green Hills given how he defended "all creatures big and small". Sonic also tried to involve himself in Tom's life from a distance, such as by spying on his and Maddie's movie nights together. Sonic's longing to be a part of Tom's life and his family proved to be so great that he considered himself a part of his family through his spying and eavesdropping in order to deny his own loneliness. Regardless, Sonic trusted Tom to some degree, having gone to Tom's garage during his escape from the United States Army because he was the only one, he could think of.

When Sonic and Tom finally met each other face to face, their reaction was far from friendly, with both of them screaming in shock upon seeing each other's reaction and Tom shooting Sonic with a bear tranquilizer. This caused Sonic to accidentally send the Rings he needed to leave Earth to San Francisco, causing Sonic to blame Tom for his entrapment on Earth. Nonetheless, Sonic depended on Tom to stay safe from the United States operative, Dr. Robotnik. Sonic was likewise concerned about Tom's safety, prompting him to reveal himself to Robotnik in order keep Robotnik from killing him. At first, Tom helped Sonic escape Robotnik, but he refused to accompany him in the long run. Sonic, however, persuaded Tom to help him find his Ring, and the two set out on their quest. However, Sonic did not care too much about the whole situation and was even excited about finally being able to spend time with Tom.

During their trip to San Francisco, Sonic was still friendly to Tom and acted cool despite their predicament. However, Sonic would irritate Tom with his nonchalance and confidence, although it was soon revealed that he just wanted to make a real friend before leaving Earth. Sonic was likewise annoyed by Tom's attempts to keep him concealed and would disobey his orders to stay hidden. However, Sonic eventually won over Tom with his childish charm and humanity of his own, causing them to bond over a night at the Piston Pit where Sonic was happy for Tom's help in crossing things off his bucket list. During the fight in the bar, he expressed concern about seeing Tom being cornered by thugs and so rushed to his aid. They grew further closer as Sonic admitted his worries and vulnerabilities about leaving Earth for the Mushroom Planet to Tom. The next day, Sonic presumptuously began to see each other as friends, even though Tom said he liked his dog Ozzie more than him. However, Sonic's relationship with Tom got strained when he got personally offended over how Tom was leaving Green Hills for the San Francisco Police Department, and could not understand why he was leaving behind his home and those he knew when he himself had been forced away from his home and his loved ones. However, he eventually came to understand his decision. Sonic also began to see Tom as a protector after he helped him recover from an explosion.

Sonic later returned the favor by protecting Tom from Robotnik, and together they banished the doctor to the Mushroom Planet. By this point, Sonic saw Tom as the first friend he had been missing his entire life. Also, when Tom moved Sonic's belongings from his cave to the Wachowski house's attic, Sonic was overjoyed and felt like a member of the Wachowski family.

As time went on, Sonic and Tom's relationship would evolve from a friendship to a form of son-and-father relationship, with Tom trying to be a supporting presence to Sonic by reminding him that the time will eventually come for him to use the incredible powers he possesses, but are not allowed to use in public.[12] He would also try to teach him about responsibility and true heroism in order to steer him in the right direction. Although Sonic initially took his lessons lightly, he soon came to understand the depths of his words and used them to convince Knuckles to a truce after noting that he got it from someone who means a lot to him. Eventually, when they fought they were going to be killed by the Giant Eggman Robot, Sonic would tell Tom after he assured him that he was family that he had come to love him like a father, who returned those feelings. Afterwards, Sonic would openly acknowledge Tom as his father figure.

Maddie Wachowski

Sonic meeting Maddie face-to-face, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Hey, we're not going anywhere. We're family.


Maddie to Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)

Through spying and eavesdropping, Sonic got to know Maddie Wachowski pretty well before they met. He refers to her as "Pretzel Lady", as she is excellent at yoga. Sonic also liked Maddie because of her kindness towards animals. Sonic also tried to involve himself in Maddie's life from a distance, such as by mimicking her yoga poses and spying on her and Tom's movie nights together. Sonic's longing to be a part of Maddie's life and her family proved to be so great that he considered himself a part of her family through his spying and eavesdropping in order to deny his own loneliness.

Sonic eventually met Maddie properly after she woke him up from an injury, before greeting her in a friendly matter. After Maddie was convinced by Tom to help Sonic, he and Maddie quickly began collaborating to help Sonic find the Ring needed to go to the Mushroom Planet. While Sonic appreciated that Maddie came to like him, he nevertheless did not like how she called him and Tom "cute" together. Regardless, Sonic protected Maddie from Dr. Robotnik when he attacked them. After the threat of Robotnik had been dealt with, Sonic had come to see Maddie as a close friend. Also, when Maddie later moved Sonic's belongings from his cave to the Wachowski house's attic, Sonic was overjoyed and felt like a member of the Wachowski family.

As time went on, Sonic and Maddie's relationship would evolve from a friendship to a form of son-and-mother relationship, with Maddie helping to steer Sonic in the right direction with Tom's aid. Eventually, when they fought, they were going to be killed by the Giant Eggman Robot, Sonic would tell Maddie after she assured him that he was family that he had come to love her like a mother, who returned those feelings.

Miles "Tails" Prower

I'm really glad you're here, Tails.


— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)

Sonic first met Tails after the latter saved him from Knuckles. Initially, Sonic did not trust the fox due to having just met him, but faced with the threat of Knuckles and Robotnik, he saw he had little choice in the matter and so he accepted his help. However, Sonic soon became convinced of Tails' good intentions and helpfulness, which prompted him to accepting him as his ally. When Sonic saw Tails felt unsure about coming along on his quest for the Master Emerald, he won him over by promising to protect him with an unbreakable promise. During their subsequent journey in Siberia, Sonic grew slightly uncomfortable upon hearing that Tails had spent the past eight months spying on him, though the two grew a close bond after they won a dance fight and Sonic learned of how he had become Tails' hero after his first victory over Robotnik in Green Hills and admitted that he was good after showing profound knowledge about his preferences. He also learned about how Tails was insecure about his two tails, while also ensuring him that it was not a bad thing.

Unlike most others, whom he would show an occasional attitude towards, Sonic would remain consistently kind towards Tails. Even when he learned that Tails had been stalking him with his gadgets, he was impressed instead of being disturbed. After Tails was later attacked and knocked unconscious by Robotnik, Sonic put aside his current concerns and focused solely on ensuring Tails' well-being and protecting him. He was very worried when Tails did not wake up, even when the G.U.N. agents locked both of them away. After being rescued by Maddie, Sonic blamed himself for putting Tails in danger, which prompted him to go find the Master Emerald alone. After Tails arrived in the Tornado to pick him up, Sonic was relieved that he was alright and impressed that he was able to find him again. Later, during their fight with Robotnik's Giant Eggman Robot, Sonic and Tails would show close cooperation in battle while at the same time being open to each other's suggestions and ideas. Since then, the two of them have remained good friends, bonded by their oath to guard the Master Emerald with Knuckles, to the point of creating a brotherly bond.

Knuckles the Echidna

Sonic's relationship with Knuckles the Echidna did not get off to a good start. Sonic in particular would show slight distaste towards Knuckles due to his association with the echidna, who ruined his childhood by separating him from Longclaw and getting him banished from his home. Despite this, Sonic never showed personal hatred towards Knuckles, and would merely act in self-defense during their initial clashes.

Initially, Sonic saw Knuckles as a serious threat, who was a more experienced fighter and better suited for combat than himself, whenever he turned up. As time when on though, Sonic would get over his fear and begin seeing Knuckles as more of an annoyance while taunting his with mocking jokes about his temper and reputation. However, the two began to sympathize with each other after learning that they both lost the only people they considered to be their families due to the owls and the echidnas' feud, until Tails arrived and tried to refrain Knuckles, inadvertently causing him to think that Sonic was lying. When they met again in the temple holding the Master Emerald, Sonic stopped pulling his punches and began to brutally attack Knuckles, although with reluctancy since Knuckles forced his hand.

Despite the fact that Knuckles repeatedly tried to kill Sonic and treating him with disrespect, Sonic could ultimately not bring himself to treat Knuckles as a real enemy, and would even save him when he was about to drown. In return, Knuckles saved Sonic from drowning as well. The two would then bond after Sonic explained why he did not let Knuckles die even though he had tried to kill him several times, which got Knuckles to open up and convince him of Sonic's honor and heroism. Sonic was later shown to trust Knuckles as a friend from then on, as he affirmed to Tails that he was not a bad guy, but just "mixed up". When later fighting the Giant Eggman Robot, Sonic got Knuckles to acknowledge him as a brave and noble warrior when he offered to be bait for Robotnik. Since then, the two of them have remained good friends, bonded by their oath to guard the Master Emerald with Tails and a friendly rivalry. Despite this, he is shown to be exasperated by Knuckles' naivety and boastful attitude, as demonstrated when they played a round of baseball together.

Dr. Robotnik

Sonic facing Dr. Robotnik during the climax of his first adventure, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Your flying eggs are pretty impressive, Mr. Eggman. But let's face it, you'll never catch me!


— Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

As his arch enemy, Sonic sees Dr. Robotnik as a psychotic madman who only wants to use his power for his own gains and destroy him and his foster family. Despite this, Sonic would tease the doctor by calling him "Eggman" as a reference to his egg-shaped Badniks and making fun of his looks.

Sonic first met Robotnik when he came to the house of Tom Wachowski, who was hiding him, and threatened to kill Tom if he did not tell where Sonic was. Rather than letting Tom pay the price, Sonic revealed himself to Robotnik to save Tom. Robotnik, in turn, was shocked by the sight of Sonic, allowing Tom to knock him out, and him and Sonic to escape him. One of Sonic's primary reasons for leaving Earth after that was to protect those knowing of his existence, namely Tom and Maddie, from Robotnik's wrath. During their later confrontation at the Transamerica Pyramid, Sonic had developed a more fearless attitude towards Robotnik, which he showed by taunting him and boasting confidently that the doctor would never be able to catch him. However, when Robotnik proved himself a threat with his Eggpod vehicle, Sonic took the doctor more seriously, and would even begin to show slight fear of him after finding himself unable to escape him and his Eggpod. After resolving to use his power to protect his friends instead of running away however, Sonic faced Robotnik head-on, eventually defeating him and banishing him to the Mushroom Planet with Tom's aid.

When Robotnik returned, Sonic would treat the doctor with even more aggression, going as far as to attempt to attack him as he threatened his loves ones from his foster family. Despite this, Sonic would remain cheeky towards Robotnik, namely by mocking his new look, especially by pointing out his more unkept mustache. As Sonic kept returning to ruin Robotnik's plans though, he would eventually become Robotnik's greatest weak spot, something which Sonic recognized and used to his advantage when fighting Robotnik and his Giant Eggman Robot. Sonic's spite towards Robotnik further intensified after he nearly killed the Wachowskis, though he kept himself calm enough to give Robotnik the option to surrender. When Robotnik failed to do that though, Sonic destroyed Giant Eggman Robot and left him to fall with it.

Friends/allies

Neutral

Enemies

Reception

On 10 December 2018, a teaser poster for Sonic the Hedgehog featuring a silhouette of Sonic's original redesign was released.[6] The design was likened to those from the 2019 video game film adaptation, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.[13] The reveal of Sonic's redesign received mostly negative responses from critics and fans alike.[6][14][15] Naoto Ohshima, the original designer of Sonic, likewise expressed surprise at the design.[16]

On 5 March 2019, a first view in Sonic's full design was revealed, which the fans gave mixed-to-negative reactions. Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team, explained on Twitter what he thought about it: "I feel like, with this Sonic here, visually, the important thing to look at is the head and body ratio and the roundness of the abdomen. I wonder if they couldn't have balanced them a little bit better...These images of Sonic aren't coming officially from the movie-making source; I think it's possible they're being strategically leaked, though getting people talking about it 'because it's bad' can't be good for Sonic's existing IP." He continued, "Well, there's also the possibility that this is fan-made, though even so, I'd still prefer it if they'd put some gloves on him. Seeing him bare-handed is quite a shock."[17]

On 30 April 2019, the first official trailer for the film was released, as well as its official poster. The trailer received mixed-to-negative reactions from the fans and media, mostly because of Sonic's humanoid-looking design, which was described as adjacent to the uncanny valley.[18][19] On 2 May 2019, it was announced by Jeff Fowler that Sonic would receive a redesign after receiving criticism on the first trailer release.[7]

A second trailer revealing the redesigned Sonic was released on 12 November 2019.[20] The trailer received far more positive responses, with many praising Sonic's new design. The tone and the humor also received positive reviews.[21] Naka likewise said he felt the new design was "much more Sonic-like".[22]

Quotes

"I'm Sonic, a little ball of super energy in an extremely handsome package!"
—Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film) second trailer
"So, I know what you're thinking. "Why is that incredibly handsome hedgehog being chased by a madman with a mustache from the Civil War?" Well to be honest, it feels like I've been running my whole life."
—Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"This is the island where I'm from. It had everything. Sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, public access to loop-de-loops. And I never had to catch a school bus, because I could run across the entire island in less than two seconds. Also, there was no school."
—Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"I really am alone. All alone… forever."
—Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Uh... meow?"
—Sonic after he is discovered as a hedgehog by someone, Sonic the Hedgehog (film), and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)
"Pop quiz, hotshot. You just picked a fight with a poorly disguised hedgehog who's seen way too many action movies. What do you do? What do you do?"
—Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Gotta go fast!"
—One of Sonic's catchphrases, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Guess what, Eggman?! I'm not leavin' Earth! You are!"
—Sonic before banishing Dr. Robotnik to the Mushroom Planet, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"No need to thank me, citizens! All in a night's work for... Blue Justice!"
—Sonic after "saving" the day in Seattle, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)

Trivia

  • Crazy Carl's nickname for Sonic (Blue Devil) is also the name of Metal Sonic's vehicle from Sonic Drift 2.
  • At one point in Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic refers to himself as a "southpaw", indicating that he is left-handed.[23]
    • Later in the movie Sonic is seen assuming a right-handed batting stance and writes his bucket list with his right hand, meaning he could be ambidextrous.
  • A couple of the things Sonic put on his bucket list are references to games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, such as "Find a genie lamp" (Sonic and the Secret Rings) and "Learn parkour" (Sonic Lost World).
  • Sonic's line, "I'm wet, I'm cold, there's a fish on my head!" was written by actor Ben Schwartz to pay tribute to Dumb and Dumber, a cult classic film featuring Jim Carrey in which Lloyd Christmas utters a sentence with a similar intonation ("We got no food, no jobs... our pet's heads are falling off!").[24]
    • Additionally, the line, "Perfect park!" was written as a reference to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, another character played by Jim Carrey, who was known for saying, "like a glove!" after completing a ridiculous (yet perfect) parking stunt.
  • Sonic appears to think highly of Dwayne Johnson, as one of his questions to Tom and Maddie (upon recovering from unconsciousness) was whether or not he was President. This is a reference to then-recent suggestions that Dwayne Johnson should run for president.
  • Italian and Spanish (Spain) are the only languages where Sonic shares his voice actors with his video game counterpart.
  • Due to all French dubs of all Sonic games being all European French, this marks the first time that Sonic is ever being dubbed in Canadian French in any Sonic media.
  • Sonic's original design from the first film would later be featured in the 2022 Disney film Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers under the name "Ugly Sonic" (though he is voiced by Tim Robinson rather than Ben Schwartz).
    • Despite Marc Stachel not reprising his role in the German dubs of the films, he does voice him as "Ugly Sonic" in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
    • It was revealed that Star Wars character Jar-Jar Binks was originally going to appear in the Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers movie before he was replaced by Ugly Sonic for the role at the film's final release.[25]

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Could use this move in Sonic Dash.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Could use this move in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tyson Hesse on Twitter. Twitter (12 November 2019). Archived from the original on 13 December 2019.
  2. Jeff Fowler about a Sonic sequel. YouTube. Will King (17 February 2020). Retrieved on 25 February 2020.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill, "Hedgehog Day Afternoon"
  4. EXCLUSIVE Interview With SONIC By CKN Toys. YouTube. CKN Toys (3 February 2020). Retrieved on 25 February 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord, "The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Schwartz, Terri (10 December 2018). Sonic The Hedgehog Movie First Look: Check Out the Exclusive Official Poster. IGN. Archived from the original on 22 November 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jeff Fowler on Twitter. Twitter (2 May 2019). Retrieved on 2 May 2019.
  8. Motes, Jax (29 November 2019). 'Sonic The Hedgehog' Animator Gives Details About The Redesign Process. ScienceFiction.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020.
  9. Donovan, Imogen (28 November 2019). Sonic the Hedgehog’s new look took almost five months of work. Videogamer. Retrieved on 13 December 2021.
  10. Tyson Hesse on Twitter. Twitter (18 April 2022). Archived from the original on 18 April 2022. Retrieved on 8 May 2022. "Tyson Hesse: He is taller, yes. Aging is one aspect sure, but this is also closer to Game Sonic's normal height which is where we wanted to be so that Tails and Knuckles would also fit with the humans better."
  11. VinMania on Twitter. Twitter (21 January 2020). Retrieved on 7 February 2020.
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Cast on the Little Details Fans Will Love | IGN Fan Fest 2022. YouTube. IGN (20 February 2022). Retrieved on 22 February 2022.
  13. Webb, Kevin (10 December 2018). A 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie is on the way, but fans think his new design looks awful. Business Insider. Retrieved on 13 December 2018.
  14. Schwartz, Terri (10 December 2018). Sonic The Hedgehog Movie First Look: Check Out the Exclusive Official Poster. IGN. Retrieved on 10 December 2018.
  15. Chalk, Andy (10 December 2018). The first Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie poster is creepy as hell. PC Gamer. Retrieved on 12 December 2018.
  16. Barder, Ollie . The Original Creators Behind 'Sonic The Hedgehog' React To The New Live-Action Movie Reveal. Forbes. Retrieved on 13 December 2018.
  17. Jackson, Gita (5 March 2019). The Internet, And Sonic's Creator, React To Sonic's Movie Design. Kotaku. Retrieved on 8 March 2019.
  18. The New ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer Doesn’t Get The Reaction Paramount Hoped For. CartoonBrew (30 April 2019). Retrieved on 3 May 2019.
  19. Asarch, Steven (30 April 2019). ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Movie Trailer Is No Gangster’s Paradise. Newsweek. Retrieved on 9 May 2019.
  20. Goldberg, Matt (12 November 2019). New 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Trailer Features a Glow Up for the Blue Speedster. Collider. Retrieved on 13 December 2021.
  21. Plunkett, Luke (12 November 2019). New Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Trailer Shows His Redesigned Face. Kotaku. Retrieved on 13 December 2021.
  22. Agossah, Iyane (2019). Yuji Naka Comments on New Sonic Movie Redesign. DualShockers. Retrieved on 13 December 2021.
  23. ; Hayner, Chris E.; Hornshaw, Phil 42 Sonic The Hedgehog Movie References And Easter Eggs You May Have Missed. GameSpot (4 March 2020).
  24. Ben Schwartz on Twitter. Twitter (3 April 2020). Retrieved on 11 October 2020. "The "There's a fish on my head" segment was my homage to Jim Carrey in this Dumb and Dumber scene. One of my favorite movies of all time and one of my favorite scenes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ViG0lQoW5w&feature=youtu.be"
  25. Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers Reveals Ugly Sonic Replaced Another Controversial Character. Comicbook (June 4 2022).
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