Sonic the Hedgehog is the titular main protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures. He is an anthropomorphic alien hedgehog with extraordinary powers, most notably his super speed, who hails from another planet. After being forced to flee to Earth to escape those seeking his power, Sonic remained in hiding for ten years until he accidently made his presence known, becoming the target of the villainous Dr. Robotnik. With the help of Tom Wachowski, however, Sonic managed to banish Robotnik from Earth and establish himself a better life with the Wachowski family.
- 1 Concept and design
- 2 Appearance
- 3 History
- 4 Game appearances
- 5 Personality
- 6 Powers and abilities
- 7 Weaknesses
- 8 Relationships
- 9 Reception
- 10 Quotes
- 11 Trivia
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
Concept and design
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.
Due to the negative criticism of Sonic's original design, it was eventually decided that Sonic had to undergo a redesign. This redesign was handled by Tyson Hesse. 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. Animator Max Schneider stated that the redesign took around five months and was achieved without stressful overtime.
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. He also has green eyes, a black nose, peach fur on his muzzle fur and his belly, and his muzzle fur extends to the center of his nose ridge.
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 a pair of worn out greenish-gray sneakers, and when he was a baby, he wore a pair of basic, small, brown boots.
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.
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, she saw Longclaw make a stand against the echidna tribe to keep them from crossing the portal. Sonic tried to come back for her, but the Ring closed before him.
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, 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
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 intruded on Sonic just as he was about to use a Ring. The two quickly got scared of each other, prompting Tom to fired 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 however, he escaped the cage and met Tom face to face for the first time. When a United States truck arrived at Tom's house however, Sonic convinced 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 ecape them, rolling down from the attic and into the kitchen. From his 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 Sonic's quills that Tom had found. Before Robotnik could shoot Tom, Sonic came out of hiding, asking him not to hurt him. Tom then cold-cocked Robotnik while he was shocked by Sonic, 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.
While on the road, 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 got them to 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 bucketlist 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.
The next day, Sonic and Tom would discuss Tom's own bucketlist. 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 fleeing again. Eventually, Sonic used the Badnik's own electromagnetic mines against it, causing it to crash. When a smaller Badnik emerged from the wreck though, Sonic got behind the wheel of Tom's truck himself while Tom toppled the Badnik. Soon after however, a miniscule Badnik appeared from the 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 stop up and attempt to unhook the bomb. Ultimately, they succeeded, but the bomb's explosion was so great that Sonic got knocked out.
Afterward, Sonic was taken to the house of his sister-in-law, Rachel in San Francisco. There, Maddie tried to treat Sonic's injury. 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 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 to 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.
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 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 ecape 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. 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 revaled his intention to stay in Green Hills.
Some time later, Sonic would visit Tom and Maddie in their house to hang out with them. There, the couple revealed to him that they wanted hin 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: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord
Born with extraordinary powers, Sonic used to live on another planet, 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.
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 Sonc 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 onwer, Dr. Robotnik, one of the doctor's Badniks detected Sonic, prompting Sonic to run.
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 accidently 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.
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.
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.
Around the World in 80 Seconds
In promotion of the film, Sonic makes an appearance as a playable character in Sonic Dash in two incarnations; "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|
|Collect 500 Teen Sonic tokens
(31 January 2020 - 6 February 2020)
(22 May 2020 - 28 May 2020)
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|Collect 500 Baby Sonic tokens
(7 February 2020 - 13 February 2020)
(29 May 2020 - 4 June 2020)
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, as promotion for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic makes an appearance as a playable character under the name "Teen Sonic". He was added to the game's roster in the version 2.16.0 update. He has the following stats in gameplay:
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 Sonic the Hedgehog, as a part of the 2.16.0 update. This character has the following stats in gameplay:
Sonic Colors: Ultimate
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 implusive, reckless, carefree and acts before thinking. These qualities tend 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, but is still a kid at heart, and is as such very energetic, 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 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 fear or worry, Sonic is usually fearless, chill, 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 encounters. This confidence in the face of dangers has given a mischievous sense of humor; he enjoys toying with his opposition, 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, as Sonic does not see himself as more important than others. In fact, Sonic shows a lot of friendliness towards most living things he comes in contact with; after saving a turtle from becoming road kill, 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.
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 also developed a habit of talking to himself, although he would slowly grow out of it as he began making real friends.
After spending 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 taps 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.
Powers and abilities
Sonic possesses the power to move around at supersonic speed. 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 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.
Sonic boasts high durability as an extraterrestrial, having survived a near point-blank explosion caused by one of Robotnik's Badniks without any notable injuries.
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. Adept in its usage, Sonic can utilize it for both grounded and aerial maneuvers or just soft landings.
Another aspect of Sonic's power is his ability to generate bio-electromagnetic energy. This power is linked to his emotional state. If he feels extreme emotions, Sonic will starting 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. Conversely, should Sonic harness these energies for himself, they seem to bolster his already impressive speed and empower his spin attack, providing the latter with enough power to hit the Eggpod hard enough to send it flying in the opposite direction while it was pushing against him from the opposite direction. 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 strees 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.
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 bio-electromagnetic 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.
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 mimicing an action movie.
Sonic's first parental figure was Longclaw, who took care of him in his early youth. Sonic evidently cared very much about Longclaw, 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. This, unfortunately, led to an 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 Longcalw'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 hidding 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 Wachowski, with no disrespect to Longclaw.
Sonic liked Tom Wachowski 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 creatues 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 reation and Tom shoting Sonic with a bear tranquilizer. This caused Sonic to accidently sent 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, and later find his Rings. Sonic was likewise concerned about Tom's safety, prompting him to reveal himself to Robotnik in order keep Robotnik from killing him.
During their trip to San Francisco, Sonic was still friendly to Tom and acted cool despite their predicament. However, Sonic was 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 buckket list. They further grew closer as Sonic admitted his worries and vulernabilities about leaving Earth for the Mushroom Planet to Tom. The next day, Sonic presumptiously 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, but eventually understood his decision. Sonic also began to see Tom as a protector after he helped Sonic 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 friend he had been missing his entire life, and perhaps as a new parental figure. 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.
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 collerborating 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, and perhaps a new parental figure. 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.
Sonic sees Dr. Robotnik as a psychotic madman who only wants to use his power. 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, Robotnik was shocked by the sight of Sonic, allowing Tom to kncok him out, and him and Sonic to escape him. One of Sonic's primary reasons for leving Earth after that was to protect those knowing of his existence 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 confindently 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.
On December 10, 2018, a teaser poster for Sonic the Hedgehog featuring a silhouette of Sonic's original redesign was released. The design was likened to those from the 2019 video game film adaptation, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. The reveal of Sonic's redesign received mostly negative responses from critics and fans alike. Naoto Ohshima, the original designer of Sonic, likewise expressed surprise at the design.
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."
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 has also been described as adjacent to the uncanny valley. On 2 May 2019, it was announced by Jeff Fowler that Sonic would receive a redesign after receiving criticism on the first trailer release.
A second trailer revealing the redesigned Sonic was released on 12 November 2019. The trailer received far more positive responses, with many praising Sonic's new design. The tone and the humor also received positive reviews. Naka likewise said he felt the new design was "much more Sonic-like".
- "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)
- "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)
- At one point in the movie, Sonic refers to himself as a "southpaw", indicating that he is left-handed.
- 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.
- Additionally, the line, "Perfect park!" was written as a reference to Ace Ventura, 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; however, the movie Idiocracy features a pro-wrestler president named Dwayne.
- Italian and Spanish (Spain) are the only languages where Sonic shares his voice actors with his video game counterpart.
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- Ben Schwartz on 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"