For fighter info, see Sonic (SSBB), Sonic (SSBWU/3DS), and Sonic (SSBU). For the universe, see Sonic (universe).

Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu?) is the titular main protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog game franchise, and the mascot of Sega. He was first introduced by Sega in the game Sonic the Hedgehog to combat Nintendo's mascot, Mario. He is often thought of as Mario's unofficial rival, although they have appeared in games together. He makes his first Smash appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as the second third-party character in Super Smash Bros. after Solid Snake but before Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta. He also returns as a veteran in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Sonic is a male, teenage anthropomorphic Hedgehog. He has spiky blue hair, green eyes, and red running shoes. He is only one meter (3ft 3in) tall (though, in his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his height is obviously increased). As his name suggests, he is capable of running at supersonic speeds. The self-described "coolest, blue-est hedgehog alive", he has a bit of an attitude and is impatient, but cannot resist helping someone in need.

He values freedom above all else, and constantly campaigns to free animals imprisoned by the evil Dr. Robotnik (also known as Dr. Eggman). Generally speaking, Sonic loves being able to do what he wants and loathes being constrained. He gathers golden rings for energy, and when he collects the seven Chaos Emeralds, he becomes Super Sonic, with yellow fur and red eyes, capable of flight. Most of the time, every challenge he faces seems fun to him; another chance to get moving. However, he does take time to relax once in a while. Sonic is easy and caring, he's laid back very much.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

Sonic, along with Tails, was rumoured to be unlockable in Super Smash Bros. Melee by defeating 20 Fighting Wire Frames in Cruel Melee. This turned out to be an April Fools' Joke by EGM. However, he was indeed requested to appear by Yuji Naka but was not added due to the game already being far in development.[1]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a playable character

Main article: Sonic (SSBB)
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Sonic was confirmed to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, on October 10th, 2007. He has the fastest running speed in the game, with his attacks based largely on his earlier platforming games, and some from the obscure game Sonic the Fighters. Sonic's Final Smash, Super Sonic, is a very powerful transformation and it allows him to fly around the stage at incredible speed. Sonic also appears very late in Subspace Emissary, the game's story mode, helping to defeat Tabuu in the final battle.

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The world's fastest hedgehog, who can run at supersonic speeds. Generally speaking, he loves being able to do what he wants and loathes being constrained. Holding still is something he would never consider. He's got a bit of an attitude but can't pass by someone in trouble. When he collects the seven Chaos Emeralds, he transforms into the mighty, gold Super Sonic.
  • (Wii) Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

As a playable character

Main article: Sonic (SSBWU/3DS)
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Sonic reappears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, being announced on October 1st, 2013 to commemorate Sonic Lost World being released that month. This time around, he is a starter character, meaning he does not need to be unlocked. Sonic's English voice actor has been changed to Roger Craig Smith, who succeeded Jason Griffith in 2010, and now has a different voice actor in different regions. His appearance has been updated to reflect his design in his more recent games such as Sonic Colors, which in turn are based on official 2D and CG artworks.

Sonic's moveset is almost completely unchanged from Brawl; with only real changes is that his Dash Attack now has him performing a flying kick at the end of the attack and his Down Smash is now a split-kick attack.


Sonic the Hedgehog
The main star of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He's an easygoing hedgehog who blows past the competition with his speed. Seriously, on the ground he's faster than anyone else in Smash Bros. Use this to your advantage, avoiding blows while landing lightning-fast attacks.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (06/1991)
  • (Wii U) Sonic Lost World (10/2013)
Sonic (Alt.)
Sonic's up special Spring Jump lets him reach great heights by jumping on a spring, becoming invincible for a moment. He can't use any other specials during the jump, but he can attack or dodge. This move's great for returning from a long launch. Other fighters can use the spring, though!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (06/1991)
  • (Wii U) Sonic Lost World (10/2013)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a playable character


Sonic was confirmed to be a part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside every character in Smash Bros history at E3 2018.

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  • Sonic's appearance in Smash is a throwback and reference to a long time standing rivalry between Nintendo and Sega during the long-standing rise of the video game giants during the 1990's; Sega's campaigns in the US often involved tongue in cheek jabs at Nintendo, including commercials boasting Sega's "Blast Processing" in comparison to Nintendo's systems, stating "Genesis Does what Nintendon't", and the parody of the Super Mario Bros in the Sonic Archie comic. Their rivalry long stood fiercely even in the face the rise of poorly applied gimmicky CD based fare and the infamous supposed hype of the 64 bit Atari Jaguar but would come to an end in the New Millenium due to another competitor that would claim Sega's glory- Sony.
  • Before fighting alongside Mario in Brawl, the two characters' universes formally met in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, which, true to its title, was set at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and featured various characters from both series.
    • Sonic also had a crossover comic series with Mega Man released from April to August 2013.
      • There was a second crossover comic that stretched out to other SEGA and Capcom franchises. It was released in May 2015.
  • Sonic is the first third-party character to return playable in multiple Smash Bros. installments. With three appearances he is the most reoccurring third party character in the series.
  • Coincidentally, Sonic, Mega Man and Pac-Man stretch out their arms when dashing.
  • Along with Kirby and Zero Suit Samus, Sonic can use all of his specials without touching the ground.
  • Even in the Japanese audio track, Sonic will speak occasional English phrases as a nod to his greater international popularity.
  • Sonic however serves in the series as a minor and major character of the series, instead of the main protagonist.
  • Mario and Sonic fighting was a dream many fans had.
  • Sonic is the fastest Smash fighter in terms of running speed, but not walking speed (Marth along with his echo Lucina each walk at the fastest pace, despite walking slightly slower than Fox in Melee).
  • Smash Bros. is not Sonic's first time in a fighting game; he appeared alongside Tails, Knuckles, and many others in Sonic the Fighters, an underrated fighting game from the Sonic franchise released in the arcades in 1996. In fact, some of Sonic's moves in Smash are from that game.

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