Sonic the Hedgehog (Japanese: ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Hepburn: Sonikku za Hejjihoggu) is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog character
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Modern and Classic Sonic designs as they appear in Sonic Generations
First game Rad Mobile (cameo appearance)
Sonic the Hedgehog (playable)
Created by Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, Hirokazu Yasuhara
Designed by Naoto Ohshima (1991–1997)
Yuji Uekawa (1998–present)
Voiced by (English) Ryan Drummond (1998–2004)
Jason Griffith (2005–2010)
Roger Craig Smith (2010–present)
Voiced by (Japanese) Video games
Keiko Utoku (Sonic CD)
Takeshi Kusao (Sega Sonic the Hedgehog)
Jun'ichi Kanemaru (1998–present)
Tomokazu Seki (Sonic the Werehog; Sonic Unleashed)
Kappei Yamaguchi (AoStH and SatAM)
Keiko Toda (Sonic Underground)
Masami Kikuchi (OVA)
Junichi Kanemaru (Sonic X)
Sonic is a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog who has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies. Throughout the course of the video games, Sonic most commonly has to race through levels, collect power up rings and survive against a host of natural obstacles and minions to achieve his goal. While many individuals at Sega had a hand in Sonic's creation, programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima are generally credited with the creation of the character.
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 selling 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.