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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sonic the Hedgehog
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog #252

Real-world designer(s)
Creator
(real-world)
Biographical overview
Age

15

Also known as
Family

Charles the Hedgehog (uncle)[1]

Physical description
Species

Anthropomorphic Hedgehog

Gender

Male

Fur

Blue

Skin

Peach

Eyes

Green

Attire
  • Light weight, hyper friction resistant red sneakers with a white strap, cuffs and a gold buckle
  • White gloves with sock-like cuffs
Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Good

Affiliation
Favorite Food

Chili Dogs

Skills, abilities and powers
Skills
Moves and techniques

Sonic the Hedgehog is the main protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-off comics published by Archie Comics. He is an anthropomorphic hedgehog endowed with the power of super speed and the ability to control the Chaos Emeralds. Regarded as the hero of his world, Sonic has since early childhood stood as the primary opposition to the villainous reign of the evil Dr. Eggman and the Eggman Empire. He is the strongest and the primary agent of the New Freedom Fighters, a generation of heroes whom he inspired with his unyielding heroism and continues to be their source of strength to this day.

Sonic's speed is his ultimate weapon, and he has used it to help those in need, as well as foil his enemies' plans. Although he is sometimes overconfident and assumes he can deal with things on his own, Sonic also realizes he has friends to back him up when needed. Additionally, he is willing to put his life on the line for his loved ones.

History

Early Life

Not much is known about the Sonic's early life. When Dr. Ivo Robotnik began his attempts at world domination as Dr. Eggman, he would quickly make his presence known to the dictator, constantly thwarting his plans at every turn. Sonic's heroism would be quickly known throughout the world, inspiring many heroes as a result. At some point he joined the New Freedom Fighters, a group of heroes bought together by Princess Sally who had been inspired by Sonic's heroism, and they united in their efforts to save Mobotropolis.

Early Adventures

Few of Sonic's later adventures are known. He once went up against Eggman when the doctor hatched a plan involving his airship, the Egg Carrier, and the water-based demi-god Chaos.[1] Another time, he and Tails embarked on an adventure to save the Wisps.[2]

At another point, Sonic and Tails had been off on a different adventure when they decided to return to Mobotropolis to follow up on Nicole and to rescue King Acorn, who had been overthrown and imprisoned by Walter Naugus. They arrived to find the city being attacked by a transformed Tails Doll. The duo began battling the beast, during which Sonic took a nasty hit...[2]

Countdown to Chaos

Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Sonic's original history ended.

Sonic awoke, completely disorientated by what he was seeing: several townspeople fleeing for their lives from a terrifying monster in the middle Mobotropolis. Sonic suddenly had a completely different set of memories: ones that involved rescuing Mecha Sally at the Northern Tundra with Silver and Team Fighters, seconds before being pulled into an adventure where he teamed up with a hero from another world. Tails, who appeared to have no inkling that something was amiss, took a moment to check that Sonic was okay. A confused Sonic asked how they got there, having just been on the Death Egg rescuing Sally, and a bewildered Tails "reminded" him that they returned to the city to follow up on Nicole and to rescue King Acorn, and that the Tails Doll was already ravaging the city when they arrived. Sonic was even further confused by the absent of Amy and Silver. As their mission was to rescue King Acorn, Sonic wondered aloud whether Naugus was involved, moments before the usurper came crashing out of Castle Acorn in a blind horror. Tails contemplated whether they should follow him, but Sonic insisted they dealt with the monster first. During the course of the battle, Tails' memories of the unaltered reality returned, and the two swiftly acted to defeat the monster. As they headed for Castle Acorn, Sonic's memories of this new reality came to him. Upon freeing their monarch, the pair were surprised to find that he had become healthy and positive, which Sonic noted as one positive change to their world. After discussing the matter with NICOLE, Sonic and Tails determined that their best course would be to locate the other Freedom Fighters.[2]

Sonic and Tails soon found themselves the Mystic Ruins, searching for Rotor and finding Big the Cat instead. Fortunately, Big knew where their missing friend was located, and led them to the general area, which Sonic recognized as the Final Egg. Realizing that he recognized the area from his memories of the new timeline, Sonic noted that it was becoming harder to distinguish between the two. The unsettling thought was put on hold as they realized that the Sky Patrol, Rotor's location and the Freedom Fighters' new base, was under attack by Spinners. Sonic and his two companions engaged the enemy alongside Rotor, defeating the lesser robots and a new Silver Sonic who appeared to join them. Afterwards, Sonic and Tails reunited with Rotor, both of them nothing with surprise the Walrus' vitality given his previous injuries and girth in the original timeline. Knowing that it was the only real way to help their friend realize what had taken place, Sonic and Tails handed him Nicole, restoring his memories. Rotor reacted poorly, but managed to inform the pair that Sally and Bunnie were on deep cover missions, Antoine was with Uncle Chuck in Knothole, and Amy had disappeared mysteriously.[1]

Making their way to Knothole in the Wood Zone, Sonic and Tails found Antoine and Chuck, whom they were both happy to see given all the changes to reality and Antoine's previous condition. They were also stunned to encounter a new, and yet familiar face: Ben Muttski, Sonic's Mobini dog of the old reality turned Mobian. At Tails' urging, they refrained from restoring Chuck's memories, choosing instead to restore Antoine's. After telling him what little they could of Bunnie's whereabouts, the pair were suddenly shaken-quite literally-as a powerful tremor rocked the area. A massive fissure appeared, and both Chuck and Muttski fell in. The Freedom Fighters managed to save them, but in the process, Sonic inhaled some Dark Gaia Energy that the pair had extracted from below the surface for study. After displaying a brief, feral reaction, Sonic claimed to be fine, refuting Chuck's insistence that he see a doctor. Antoine reluctantly decided to escort the scientists to Spagonia, entrusting Sonic and Tails with the task of finding Bunnie and restoring her memories.[3]

The pair made their way to the Metropolis Zone, where they found Bunnie disguised as a member of the Egg Army. After discovering that she was still partially Roboticized in the new reality, they decided to wait to restore her memories until they could reunite with the others. Working together, they helped her complete her mission: acquiring a shield generator for the Sky Patrol from Eggman's Death Egg Mark 3 project. Returning to the Sky Patrol, they found Antoine waiting, and after restoring Bunnie's memories left the distraught Rabbit to be comforted by her husband. Still concerned over Amy's absence, Sonic decided to focus on locating Sally next. The heroes also had to deal with another dilemma: Nicole's diminishing reserves of Genesis Wave energy meant that she might only be able to restore one more set of memories.[4]

Sonic later arrived in time to aid Amy and Sally in defeating Metal Sonic with a surprise attack and challenges his damaged rival to a race. Outside Mobotropolis, Sonic taunted Metal Sonic for the damage he took from fighting the girls, distracting him long enough for Tails to hit him with a missile from the Tornado. Heavily damaged but still alive, Metal Sonic swore that he will surpass Sonic eventually, but Sonic dismissed it. Sonic then rushed back to the city and gave Sally a tearful embrace, much to Amy's chagrin and Sally's confusion. As Sonic heard Amy was in the Sol Zone, he theorized she was send there by the Genesis Wave, which confused the girls even more but Sonic remains happy at Amy's return and Sally no longer being a robot. The Freedom Fighters all assemble at the Sky Patrol in Soumerca, where Sonic asks Nicole if she is able to restore both Sally and Amy, to which the supercomputer replies that it is possible if they touch her simultaneously. Sonic then told Sally and Amy of how Eggman tried to rewrite reality using the Genesis Wave and how Eggman's interference disrupting the process, resulting in the world's timeline being changed. As a side-effect, some of the left-over energy from the wave was transferred to NICOLE, which damaged her systems, but also allowed her to restore people's memories of the unaltered world. Though the story surprises Amy and Sally, they agree to have their memories restored when they hear it let Nicole analyze and find out what has happened to their world. Though the process proves jarring for them both, Nicole suddenly had Sonic launch the Sky Patrol immediately, where she explained that the Genesis Wave had cause the entire multiverse to collapsed in upon itself and their planet was being torn apart. Sonic and Tails try to ask NICOLE how this can be prevented, but it is too late. At that moment, the planet is torn apart from the Genesis Wave's excess energy, and Sonic and the others watch in at the chaos unfolding. The Shattered World Crisis had begun.[5]

Return Of The Freedom Fighters

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters quickly made their way to Station Square shortly after the planet tore itself apart. Sonic led both Team Freedom and Team Fighters into the city for search, rescue, and damage control while being monitored by the others on board the Sky Patrol. While rescuing civilians from a crumbling building, Sonic tried to call for help as he was moving too fast to stop himself from going over the edge. He again showed feral characteristics at the stress of the situation, but the reaction halted when Amy caught him on her Extreme Gear. Sonic asked Sally if they had an evacuation plan because they were running out of rooftops. While Sally thinks of a plan as the Sky Patrol has limited room, Sonic promised to not rest until everyone in the city was saved, when he was interrupted by Captain Amanda Tower of G.U.N. who states that G.U.N. troops have arrived to help with the rescue and evacuation procedures. After they rest for the ordeal, Tails mentions that due to the events of Station Square, his dual sets of memories were fading away, but Sonic tells him to relax. Sonic then asked Nicole to give Chuck a call in Spagonia, explaining that he thought what they just went through was related to the quakes and the gas Chuck was researching, which meant Chuck may know a connection to it all. However, Muttski interrupts the call with devastating news: Eggman's badniks broke into the university, kidnapped Professor Pickle and Chuck, and took all their research.[6]

On a Train and Under the Sea

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters managed to locate the captured scientists aboard an Egg Train heading for the Rail Canyon Zone. Intercepting it in Soleanna Forest Zone, the group split into two teams to board the train and rescue Chuck and Pickle. Sonic's team were tasked with locating the missing captives, and initiated a car-by-car search. However, the other group had the misfortune of alerting E-106 Eta to their presence, and the robot's rampage made the train accelerating uncontrollably. After fighting a number of Badniks, Sonic located his uncle and the professor, only for Eta to arrive in the car ready for a fight.[7] The battle with the super Badnik proved more challenging than Sonic expected, and the stress of the moment caused him to exhibit further signs of transformation. Fortunately, Amy arrived just in time to subdue Eta, and the heroes were able to escape the train with the two scientists. A subsequent debriefing made the Freedom Fighters aware of the existence of Dark Gaia and the effects of its essence, which Sonic-despite his efforts to appear nonchalant-was troubled by given his previous exposure to it. The Freedom Fighters were thus left with a new quest: to locate the missing Gaia Temples and Chaos Emeralds in order to restore the shattered planet.[8]

The search took Sonic, Amy, and Rotor to a seemingly uninhabited coastline, where they heard a mysterious voice coming from underground. Soon enough, Razor the Shark arrived to lead them to the Eusebes Shrine, where they were introduced to the voice's owner: Coral the Betta. The trio spent some time exploring the shrine and its adjacent Chao Garden, and getting to know Razor, Coral, and Coral's apprentice Pearly the Manta Ray better. Unfortunately, the pleasant visit was interrupted by the arrival of Captain Striker and the City Guard, who demanded to know what the surface dwellers were doing in the sacred shrine.[9] After a heated discussion, Sonic and Amy volunteered to accompany Coral and the guard in appearing before King Puff and Queen Angelica, rulers of the city of Meropis. Sonic attempted to explain that the recent problems that had befallen the city were caused by Eggman shattering the planet, but the king and queen refused to believe him. They thus stripped Coral of her title, and informed the Freedom Fighters that they were required to leave the city the following day. Sonic and Rotor briefly argued over helping Coral and her friends, but Amy diffused the situation and suggested that they take them aboard the Sky Patrol. Unfortunately, Coral was unable to maintain the city's mystical shield due to the stresses put on her, and it collapsed, allowing city and shrine to be swarmed by Dark Gaia Monsters.[10]

Sonic, his teammates, and Razor managed to fight off the first wave to attack the shrine, and Sonic and Rotor left to aid the city's defenders and see about getting help for the shrine. Sonic grabbed a pair of Air Charms to allow the pair to breathe underwater, and they soon located Captain Striker. Unfortunately, he refused to send any support to the shrine while the city was under attack, and Sonic and Rotor were left to continue fighting in defense of Meropis. They soon ran into the commander of the minions, a Dark Guardian, and began to battle it. Unfortunately, they realized too late that their Air Charms were not fully charged, leaving them on the bottom of the ocean with no air to breathe.[11] Sonic began to transform again, only to be interrupted by the Dark Guardian throwing Rotor into him. Just when the pair seemed doomed, however, an unexpected ally arrived: Chaos. Creating air bubbles around the pair, Chaos attacked the Guardian with the ocean as his weapon. The battle soon ended and Coral restored the shield, and she was subsequently reinstated as priestess. Tikal provided some counsel to help the heroes on their quest, and they set out with a new supply of Power Rings for the Sky Patrol.[12]

The Werehog Unleashed

Personality

Sonic is overall a fun and fast daredevil out on an ego trip. Having saved the world numerous times has left Sonic with an inflated sense of self as he thinks highly of himself. Throughout his life, Sonic has exhibited a great desire for adventure and excitement, in keeping with his super speed. His greatest flaw in this area may be that he has developed something of a need for action, which often leaves him impatient and restless. Thrill-seeking aside, he genuinely cares for the people and things he fights for.

Sonic enjoys being laid back and confident, rarely showing any signs of being put off by anything. It is only in the moments of greatest loss that his macho and carefree appearance falls away. He has a bragging nature and that shows as he enjoys gloating about his accomplishments even going so far to rub others noses in it. Depending on the person Sonic can either treat them great and be happy to give them his time or outright ignore them.

In dealing with his enemies, Sonic is usually light-hearted in behavior, often mocking his opponents with insults and puns. Given how serious he can be in some cases, however, it is likely that these jokes are an attempt to lighten the mood or project an air of confidence. Of course, it also serves (in most cases) to aggravate his enemies to the point of distraction. A milder form of this behavior is found in ribbing of his various friends and allies, who he often aggravates while attempting to get them to loosen up.

Deeply devoted to his friends, Sonic enjoys helping them every chance he gets. In particular, he helps less confident individuals express themselves and toughen up. However, he also has something of a bullheaded streak which causes him to think that he is right and everyone else is wrong which make him clash with other strong personalities. Unlike the tactically orientated Sally, Sonic prefers to make up plans as he goes along.

Powers and Abilities

Sonic's most notable ability is his incredible super speed, allowing him to run at speeds far surpassing Mach 1 on his own which is at the blistering speed of 768 mph or more. Due to such speed, he is able to scale vertical walls and run right over water. Sonic also possesses high acrobatic skills, agility and astonishing reflexes to match his speed, enabling him to avoid sizably voluminous and minuscule obstacles with precise jumps and delicate movements despite their incoming speed.

Sonic's primary offensive maneuver is the Spin Dash, a technique where he homes in on the target while curled into a concussive ball or cutting disk which can damage, destroy, mow down, or burrow through many obstacles or foes.

Transformations

Super Sonic

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Super Sonic

By absorbing the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic can transform into Super Sonic. While transformed, Sonic's natural talents are not only increased exponentially, but he is also granted the ability to fly, is virtually invulnerability and possesses an open link to the Chaos Force.

Sonic the Werehog

When Sonic accidently inhaled a concentrated dose of Dark Gaia Energy, he unwillingly gained the ability to transform into Sonic the Werehog, a mutated version of his original form. In this form, Sonic is granted highly increased strength, stretchable arms and sharp claws. However, the corruptive influence of the energy twists his mind, causing him to lose control and become extremely violent and aggressive. When expose to sunlight, he reverts back to normal.

Relationships

Sally Acorn

Sonic is shown to retain a great fondness for Sally in the altered reality, expressing particular happiness over her return to organic form.

According to Ian Flynn, Sonic and Sally's relationship status is "Just Friends". This is mostly due to the fact that he got tired of the shipping wars.[citation needed]

Friends/Allies

Rivals

Enemies

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #253, "Countdown to Chaos Part One: The Builder"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #252, "At All Costs Part 2: A New Lease on Life"
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #254, "Countdown to Chaos Part Two: The Soldier"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #255, "Countdown to Chaos Part Three: The Rabbot"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #256, "Countdown to Chaos Finale: The Princess and the Hammer"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #257, "Damage Control"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #258, "The Chase: Part One"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase: Part Two"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #260, "Waves of Change Part One: First Ripples"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog #261, "Waves of Change Part Two: Current Events"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "Waves of Change Part Three: Terror in the Deep"
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"

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