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Sonic entering the Time Warp.

The Time Warp[1] is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It refers to the phenomenon on Little Planet where the player time travels with the use of Time Warp signs.


The Time Warp refers to the space beings pass through when they use Time Warp signs on Little Planet. The Time Warp itself is presented as a sparkling green, pink, and white void. When entering the Time Warp, the traveler can pass through time itself to another point in time along Little Planet's timeline.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Time Warp appears as one of the main features of the game. To enter the Time Warp, the player must find a Time Warp sign. Depending on the type of Time Warp sign, the Time Warp will send the player to a different timeframe; A "Past" Time Warp sign will send them to the past, and a "Future" Time Warp sign will send them to the future. However, in the past, a "Future" Time Warp sign will send the player to the present, and the same with a "Past" sign in the future.

After touching a Time Warp sign, the player can enter the Time Warp after gaining enough speed and maintaining said speed for a few seconds. However, if this process is interrupted, the entrance to the Time Warp will be cancelled. Entering the Time Warp is essential for the player to travel to the past and destroy the robot transporters to make a good future. However, the Time Warp cannot be entered in the third Zones of the Rounds due to the lack of Time Warp signs there.

In Metallic Madness Zone 2, when the playable character enters the Time Warp with their size altered by the shrink ray, they will be returned to their normal size.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Classic Sonic, Classic Tails and Classic Knuckles used a "Future" Time Warp sign in the past of Stardust Speedway Zone to enter the Time Warp and go to the present of the Zone. Later, in Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode, the trio, along with Mighty and Ray, enter the Time Warp with the use of a "Future" Time Warp sign to travel to the present of Stardust Speedway Zone.

In other media

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, the Time Warp is a phenomenon that time travelers travel through to reach different destinations in Mobius's history. People are able to enter the Time Warp through the use of Professor Caninestein's machines.


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega Mega-CD) United States instruction manual, pg. 11.

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