Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Sonikku za Hejjihoggu?), trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is a video game character and the titular protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as in numerous spin-off comics, cartoons, and a feature film. The first game was released on June 23, 1991, to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship character Mario (see 1991 in video gaming). Since then, Sonic has become one of the world's best-known video game characters, with his series having sold more than 80 million copies. In 2005, Sonic was one of the first game character inductees into the Walk of Game, alongside Mario and Link.
While many individuals at Sega had a hand in Sonic's creation, programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ōshima are generally credited with the creation of the character, a blue 15-year-old anthropomorphic hedgehog, who has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies. This is a major part of the gameplay of the series.
Modern and classic Sonic designs, as they appear in Sonic Generations
|Series||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Created by||Yuji Naka|
|Designed by||Video games
Naoto Ōshima (Sonic the Hedgehog) Artwork Akira Watanabe (Sonic the Hedgehog) Yuji Uekawa (Sonic Adventure, Latest release: Sonic Generations)
|Voiced by (English)||Video games
Keiko Utoku (Sonic CD) Ryan Drummond (1998-2004) Jason Griffith (2005-2010) Roger Craig Smith (2010-Present) Cartoons Jaleel White (AoStH, SatAM, Sonic Underground) Samuel Vincent (Sonic Underground singing voice) Anime Martin Burke (Sonic OVA) Jason Griffith (Sonic X)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Video games
Takeshi Kusao (1993) Junichi Kanemaru (1998-present) Tomokazu Seki (Werehog form, Sonic Unleashed) Cartoons Kappei Yamaguchi (AoStH and SatAM) Keiko Toda (Sonic Underground) Anime Masami Kikuchi (OVA) Junichi Kanemaru (Sonic X)
|Nickname||The Blue Blur|
|Likes||Chili dogs, Running, Adventure, Helping others|