The Power Type was introduced in Sonic Heroes. Power Type characters are the main fighting force in the team. Power Type characters can use their attacks to break through doors and push large objects, as well as aerial descent moves such as the Triangle Dive which can be used in combination of fans to reach otherwise inaccessible heights.
The Power Type returns in Sonic Advance 3. Power Type teams use stronger attacks and can break through special barriers to reach certain areas. The Power type can be gained by any creating any team involving Knuckles with the exception of the Fighting Buddies (Sonic and Knuckles) team (as that is a Speed team).
Power Type teams
Tails and Knuckles
Knuckles and Amy
Knuckles and Cream
Sonic Riders series
InSonic Riders, Power Type characters can smash through certain obstacles and barricades, usually allowing them to reach special shortcuts and earn Air in the process. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, although Power Type characters (except for Dr. Eggman and SCR-GP) can use any other ability, their exclusive Gears are Boards which had a Gear Part which enabled the ability to smash obstacles to reach special shortcuts. (In the case of the two aforementioned characters, they already have this ability from the start.) In Sonic Free Riders, Power Type characters can race with any ability. Regardless, all Power Type characters have excellent durability stats with average, variable rating among the other stats (acceleration, top speed and curving).
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series
In the Mario & Sonic series, the Power type is one of the four character types, along side the Speed, Skill, and All-around types. Power characters are best suited for events like the hammer throw as well as other strength-based events. Although unplayable, Dry Bowser and E-123 Omega appear as power type rivals.
Knuckles is the only power type character in Sonic Heroes to not be notably larger than the other members of their team.
This is the only ability type without a female character in it.
Vector is the only power character to be the leader of his team. Also he is the eldest playable character (not including Shadow) in Sonic Heroes.
Omega is the only power character in Sonic Heroes to not be the oldest of their team (robots are not normally given an age regardless) as Shadow is around 50 years old (though, technically, he is ageless) and Rouge is 18.
The Power Type is the only type to not have any named teams in Sonic Advance 3.