- This article is about Sonic's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For other uses, see Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic The Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Sonikku za Hejjihoggu) is a character from SEGA who appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the two third-party characters, the other being Snake. A swift & fast character, Sonic runs at an extremely fast pace that surpasses even Captain Falcon. Sonic dashes so fast that when wearing a Bunny Hood, he can outrace both the Big Blue track and the water slope on Distant Planet, to the point of self-destructing.
Sonic is currently placed 22nd on the Brawl tier list due to having very few killing moves, and being lightweighted. Sonic has moved up from his last place in the tier list along with Olimar for showing a good selection of fast attacks and speed.
How to Unlock
Sonic can be unlocked doing any one of these four tasks:
- Play 300 Brawls, then defeat Sonic.
- Complete Classic Mode with 10 characters, then defeat Sonic.
- Fight for 10 hours or more (cumulative between multiple players) in Brawls, then defeat Sonic.
- Have Sonic join the player's party in the Subspace Emissary.
Note: Unless he is unlocked in the Subspace Emissary, the player will have to face Sonic in a Brawl in Green Hill Zone upon achieving any one of the above tasks.
Sonic is the fastest character in the game, in regards to movement speed (fastest dash speed, sixth fastest air speed, and very fast rolls). However, only about half of his moveset has speed to match, none of them being killing moves. Sonic's relatively small hitboxes and lack of a projectile (excluding his Spring Jump which can only be used in the air, travels downward, and can be used by opponents if used on the ground) mean that he must stay close to the opponent in order to attack, but his aforementioned speed helps this problem. His ability to Spinshot (hold Side B and release as one pushes the C-Stick downwards) allows him to quickly bypass the effects of most projectile campers, and his Spin Dash has enough priority to clank and cancel out the effects of certain projectiles, such as Snake's C4. His tremendous running speed, combined with his Spin Charge special, Spring Jump, and Down Aerial give him excellent follow up ability on pretty much every character.
Even though Sonic can easily rack up damage, he arguably has the hardest time landing a KO move, as he is nearly crippled in terms of KO power, and he has no guaranteed setups to them and he lacks an early KO move. Sonic has only four ways to reliably kill the opponent (Back and Up Aerials, and Side/Down Smash), all of which have weaknesses that prevent them from being reliable KO moves. All of Sonic's Smash Attacks have too much start-up time to be reliable finishers.
Sonic is one of the most difficult characters to gimp in the game, given his tremendous vertical recovery, as well as his theoretically limitless horizontal recovery (Homing Attack) should an opponent be off the stage with him. Sonic has the ability to wall jump, however, should an opponent be in place at all, invincible or not, Sonic will not have enough time to both attack and successfully grab the edge. Sonic also has surprising survivability despite being a lightweight by nature. His Spin Charge and Spin Dash serve as excellent Momentum Cancelers, which, when coupled with his ability to recover, can allow him to survive until very high percentages, not as long as the heaviest characters, but still fairly long.
Sonic's attacks are primarily offensive in nature, and his air game and air speed are good enough to accommodate attacking in the sky as well. Sonic can remain in the air indefinitely with careful use of his Neutral Special Move, Homing Attack, and with proper placement can either stage spike or gimp in this manner. Stage spiking in general is an excellent offensive strategy for Sonic; by running off the edge and immediately using Back Aerial, many opponents who focus on ledge-camping (such as Pit) can be caught off guard for either a kill or a tactical advantage. Sonic's speedy and long-lasting Dash Attack is another move that can catch opponents unexpectedly, and its traveling distance usually prevents significant retaliation, such as shield-grabbing.
Sonic has good punishment options. Many of Sonic's moves use the same spinning ball animation, making him a very difficult character to predict. Unlike some characters however, practice is required to fully unlock Sonic's punishment potential. Sonic has one of the best shields in the game, because of the speed it pops out and the multiple ways he can go into it. Sonic can cancel any of his Spin Dashes into a shield, Spin Dash from the ground and Spin Charge from the air. This allows Sonic to "fake-out" his opponents, causing them to make hasty moves on which Sonic can capitalize on. When an opponent goes into their knockdown animation, Sonic's superior punishment comes into play. By moving closer to the opponent, then stopping just outside their range, Sonic has the edge. Because of his speed, if they roll towards Sonic, away from Sonic or use their Floor Attack, Sonic can grab them as they finish their move. Sonic is surprisingly easy to grab out of his attacks, because many of his moves launch him straight at opponents, only to have Sonic finish the move next to the opponent.
Mastering Sonic's running game is crucial to Sonic's ability to perform at higher levels, and is one of the factors that makes him so difficult to play competitively. Sonic users take advantage of a variety of dash or dash-related techniques that are seldom used by other characters. Dash Dancing is much less useful in Brawl than it was in Melee, but it can be extremely useful for fake-outs in Sonic's gameplay, such as by running in one direction and then quickly turning the other way around to bait an opponent or catch him/her off-guard. It is often regarded by Sonic players that it is better to run away from the opponent and run back than to use roll-dodges to avoid opponent. This allows to avoid damage, not be as easily punished, have more control over actions, and be able to punish opponent's attacks. Dash-Dance Pivots (Foxtrot away from opponent, then quickly Dash-Dance backwards) are particularly effective for this, as they can cause almost immediate turnarounds, and then grabs can then be used to punish opponents.
- Neutral Attack - A left-handed punch, then a right-handed punch, then finally a side kick with the right leg. 7% damage. Can jab lock the first and second punch, much like Snake's neutral A. No lag, but extremely poor range.
- Dash Attack - Rolls into a ball to hit anyone in his way, similar to his Spin Attack in most Sonic games. 6% damage. Difficult to punish, even when shielded.
- Strong Side - Sticks out both of his feet, with both of his hands planted on the ground. Its appearance and knockback are comparable to Pikachu's Forward Tilt in Melee. 11% damage, in two hits. Decent in-close defensive move. Originates from Sonic Fighters/Championship under the same name.
- Strong Up - Kicks upward twice, but it hits three times, with its appearance comparable to C. Falcon's Up Smash. Decent knockback. 14% damage if all three hits connect (3% on the first hit, 4% on the second hit, and 7% on the third hit).
- Strong Down - Leg Throw - Foot sweep. Its appearance and knockback are comparable to Sheik's Down Tilt in Melee. 6% damage. Can trip at tip, be used to pseudo-crawl, and/or combine with itself or other attacks well at early percents due to IASA frames. Originates from Sonic Fighters/Championship.
- Side Smash - Windup Punch - Winds up his arm during the charge and attacks with a slow punch and yells "GO!". It has good knockback, yet poor range and slow speed are barriers, preventing it to be reliable. Can be angled. Tip of fist has high enough priority to clank with swords, and can punch through Meta Knight's Mach Tornado. 14-20% damage. Originates from Sonic Fighters/Championship under the same name.
- Up Smash - Sonic does a short jump and hangs at its apex for a bit doing a spin. Enemies that get hit are caught into this attack, and gets hit multiple times until the final hit, which does low knockback. Dreadful lag time makes it very punishable. On the upside, it has a somewhat unpredictable nature if dashing and C-sticking from long-range due to Sonic's speed, which works great to land in a hit from a distance. Has minor Meteor Smashing properties towards the back of the move, around the 6th and 7th hits. Do not try to use this attack as a KO move because of its lackluster power. However if used effectively, it works well as a damage builder. Also is useful as an Out of Shield dodging technique. 14-20% damage if all hits connect, which is unlikely, because opponents with medium to somewhat high damage (starting with about 50% or so) tend to escape during the attack, even if they don't use Directional Influence.
- Down Smash - Spin Dashes back and forth over a short distance around him. It has good knockback, and decent range, but its slow start-up prevents it from being a reliable finisher. Presents a moving hurtbox for Sonic, and works well on opponents descending onto Sonic. Possesses three hitboxes, 1st with good knockback and the last hit having no KO power. 12-19% damage.
- Ledge Attack - Gets up onto stage with a sort of flip-spin attack, returning to near the edge afterward. This attack resembles his "cliffhanger flip" attack in Sonic Spinball. 8% damage.
- 100% Ledge Attack - Sticks out foot then the other while on his back, two consecutive hits. 13% damage. The first hit rarely follows into the next, though.
- Floor Attack - Quick foot sweep, hits both sides. 6% damage.
- Neutral Aerial - Spins in place. Properties are similar to the properties of the Sex Kick. Low priority. This attack is more effective as a short hop aerial as opposed to high in the air, because its long animation can be punished easily. This move looks similar to his basic jump, which may be referencing the fact that in the classic Sonic games, Sonic only needed to jump in order to damage an enemy. Since jumping cannot damage in Brawl, this move simply accentuates his spinning motion to turn it into an attack that looks similar to his jump. 11% damage.
- Forward Aerial - Drills at the enemy head first rotating his body, delivering multiple hits. Similar to Pikachu's/Falco's. Below average knockback, but is an excellent follow-up move out of throws and easy to follow-up on. Instantaneous start-up. Can also be effective when trying to gimp recoveries. Up to 14% damage. The player should be careful using it too close to the ground, as it has terrible lag should Sonic touch the ground before he finishes the attack.
- Back Aerial - Kicks behind him. Appearance and knockback are comparable to Samus's. One of Sonic's best killing moves. However, it's too slow and has too low range to be a reliable KO move. 13% damage.
- Up Aerial - First he splits his legs apart and out, being capable of hitting enemies a bit to his sides doing no significant knockback. Then he kicks up, knocking his opponents up with decent knockback. Good for juggling out of Spin Dash Moves at early-mid percents. Has the most priority of any of Sonic's attacks. Its lag is minimal, even when landing on the ground Sonic doesn't suffer any lag, and can follow through with another. 9% damage.
- Down Aerial - A Stall-Then-Fall aerial. Sonic stalls for a brief moment, then shoots downwards foot first. Appearance is comparable to Ganondorf's Wizard's Foot. This attack does not continue downwards until landing, but it does go down very far before stopping. After some frames it can be cancelled with a Spring Jump. It has a good amount of lag when hitting the ground if not performed from high enough. Knockback is either diagonally vertical, or slightly down and horizontal at onset of move. 8% damage.
Grabs and Throws
- Pummel - Knees the opponent. One of the fastest pummels in the game. 3% damage.
- Forward Throw - Kicks opponent diagonally upward using a straight up kick (like a vertical split). Can follow with Up Aerial juggles, but it can be heavily DI'ed backwards. 9% damage.
- Back Throw - Does a back flip while holding the opponent and slams them on the ground, sending them backwards with average knockback. Appearance is similar to Pikachu's Back Throw in Melee. 8% damage.
- Up Throw - Tosses the opponent slightly above him and then lands on his hands as if to do a push-up. His quills harden just before they make contact and the foe is shot upwards and at an angle. Excellent juggle early on, and great for follow-ups with Spring Jump later, though advanced players will horizontally DI. This throw is one of the most damaging in the game percentage wise, and its knockback can KO lightweights at high percents. 12% damage in two quick hits.
- Down Throw - Throws them down and spins on them, similar to Jigglypuff's Down Throw. Then he knocks them a bit forward against the stage. Does a good amount of damage but has set horizontal knockback. Great for tech chasing or for getting opponents off the edge. This can be followed up with a DACUS as well. 8% damage.
|Sonic's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Homing Attack|
|Side Special||Spin Dash|
|Up Special||Spring Jump|
|Down Special||Spin Charge|
|Final Smash||Super Sonic|
- Turns towards/away from the player, waving his finger in a patronizing manner while grinning. This is the same as the final part of his promotion video on the DOJO website before he takes off. He also did this on the title screen for a few of his games.
- Taps his foot impatiently. This is similar to his idle animation from the classic Sonic The Hedgehog games for the Sega Genesis.
- Does a backflip and poses, tutting.
- Runs in place, chanting "You're too slow!" facing the camera then gives an uncertain look. This taunt spawned a meme.
- Performs a breakdancing spin, chanting "Come on, step it up!"
"Go, Go Sonic!"
In competitive play
Role in Subspace Emissary
Sonic does not appear in the Subspace Emissary until the final battle with Tabuu, but unlike the secret characters (Wolf, Jigglypuff, and Toon Link), Sonic can be chosen to fight Tabuu after The Great Maze. When every fighter reaches Tabuu, he prepares his Off Waves, which had already turned every character (minus Luigi, Ness, and Kirby) into a trophy once before. As soon as he's about to release the attack, a blue blur rams into both of Tabuu's wings, weakening the attack. As the blue blur jumps up on a peak, he reveals himself to be Sonic. While he taunts, Tabuu's wings break apart, and then six fighters are selected to fight Tabuu in the final battle. Sonic's late role in the adventure mode is possibly a reference to the fact that he was added to Brawl's roster late in 2007.
The following stickers can only be used by Sonic:
- Amy Rose: [Leg] Attack +14
- Classic Sonic JP Ver.: [Arm] Attack +21
- Classic Sonic US Ver.: [Throwing] Attack +20
- Dr. Eggman: Launch Resistance +39
- Espio The Chameleon: [Body, Spin] Attack +12
- Jet The Hawk: [Leg] Attack +17
- Knuckles The Echidna: [Electric] Resistance +23
- Metal Sonic: [launch power] +16
- Shadow The Hedgehog: [Specials: Direct] Attack +20
- Silver The Hedgehog: Launch Power +49
- Sonic The Hedgehog: [Body, Spin] Attack +32
- Super Sonic: [Electric] Resistance +27
- Wave The Swallow: [Arm] Attack +19
the following sticker are not only for sonic or not for sonic
- Shahra [Leg] Attack +7
- Erazor Djinn [Flame] Attack +28
- Storm The Albatross [Indirect] Attack + 12
chaos food effect +4 chao flinch resistance +49 emerl [arm] attack +6 big the cat [battering] resistance +14 E-102 gamma [flame] attack +11 rouge the bat [tail] attack +10 vector the crocodile [specials direct] attack +10 charmy bee [slash] attack +7 metal sonic launch power +16 blaze the cat shield recovery +7
- Along with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, Toon Link and Wolf, Sonic is one of the only characters to not be seen in trophy form during the Subspace Emissary, due to his late appearance.
- Sonic, Link, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Snake are the only characters to be playable in a fighting game other than the Super Smash Bros. series; Sonic appeared in Sonic The Fighters and Sonic Battle, Link appeared in the GameCube version of Soul Calibur II, Donkey Kong appeared in the Wii version of Punch Out, Mega Man appeared in the Marvel vs Capcom series, Pac-Man appeared in Street Fighter X Tekken, and Snake appeared in Dream Mix TV: World Fighters.
- Between the second and third Brawl Tier list updates, Sonic moved up 8 places from 31 to 23, making Sonic's tier placement tied with Olimar for the largest increase ever achieved in Smash Bros. history.
- Sonic The Hedgehog was statistically the most anticipated character for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- In the video game convention E for All, Sonic was the only unlockable character to be playable in the demo.
- Near the end of The Subspace Emissary, Sonic suddenly appears, seemingly from nowhere, and with no explanation provided of how he got there. There are speculations claiming Sonic was put so late in the game due to his late installation in the game itself. Also, as far as the storyline might have went, it is speculated that at the time before the Great Invasion (when the Smashers attacked the Subspace Gunship), the Subspace Gunship's first shot covered an area where Sonic was at in Subspace, and through Subspace, Sonic traveled to Tabuu's Residence just before Tabuu used his Off Waves.
- Even though Sonic is usually known for being unable to swim due to Sega mistake about hedgehogs, he is able to swim in Brawl. However, this is only for gameplay purposes.
- Sonic is the only unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl who has four unlock methods, rather than three.
- Sonic is capable of stalling by using Homing Attack under a stage such as Battlefield and Final Destination. This, and the fact that it doesn't put him in helpless state, makes up for a good tactic in Multi-Man Brawl.
- If Sonic uses his Spin Dash going upwards on a slope with a 45 degree angle or steeper, he will continue to spin dash horizontally even if there is no terrain for him to dash across. This technique can be seen on Pirate Ship when the ship is stuck on the island, the left pipe of Yoshi's Island, the staircase of Temple, and the bottom left leaf on Hanenbow. However, it's easiest to use on a custom stage.
- Sonic, Snake and Lucario are the only characters to wear their default costumes in team battles when they are on the blue team.
- Sonic's Victory Theme is the Stage Clear Theme in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), making it the only victory fanfare directly taken from another game.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl is one of the few games that Sonic himself changes color.
- This is the second time Sonic is seen using weapons (the first being Sonic and The Black Knight), despite the fact that in Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic states he is against the use of weapons - though possibly only specifically to guns - by saying, "Personally, I wouldn't be caught dead using one of those things."
- Despite this being Sonic's first Smash Bros. appearance, there were rumors about him being in Melee. According to these rumors, Sonic (and sometimes Tails, depending on the source) was unlockable, most sources claiming that this was after defeating 20 Wire Frames in Cruel Brawl. However, these rumors were proven false.
- Sonic's page at Smash Bros. DOJO!!.
- A video demonstration of Sonic against Link
- The Origin of Sonic's Moveset
- Sonic Character Guide at SWF
- Sonic's hitbox size of each of his moves