Sonic the Hedgehog


July 5, 2022

Sonic the Hedgehog (Japanese: ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu, English: Sonic the Hedgehog) is a character in video games by Sega. Sonic is now the mascot of Sega Corporation, which has released a series of games dedicated to Sonic. Sonic the Hedgehog is a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog who lives somewhere on the islands of Mobius (according to the comics and some cartoons). He has the ability to run at supersonic speeds, which is why he got his name (English sonic — sonic/one that has the speed of sound). Sonic replaced Alex Kidd, who was Sega's mascot until 1990.

Creation History

In 1990, Sega management tasked its AM8 division with creating a game that could sell more than a million copies and a character that could become the company's mascot. There were several contenders, including a dog, a rabbit, and even Theodore Roosevelt in his pajamas (which later became the basis for Dr. Robotnik). In April, the choice was narrowed down to an armadillo and a hedgehog. Preference was given to the hedgehog, which was created by Naoto Oshima for its "pricklyness". A group of 15 people called "Sonic Team" began working on the Sonic the Hedgehog game. The game's music was composed by Nakamura Masato of the band Dreams Come True, and Sonic was featured on the band's buses and flyers during their next Wonder 3 tour. In an interview with, Yuji Naka said that Sonic was created to show the struggle of nature against the progress of technology. Yuji Naka didn't talk about it in 1991, instead demonstrating his point of view in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. Dr. Eggman is shown as a villain who pollutes the environment and uses mechanisms to destroy him and Sonic must confront him.


Sonic's exact age, weight, height, and other physical characteristics have changed over time, including the portrayal style. In the video games, the original design was by Naoto Oshima, with Sonic being child-like, with short spikes, a round body, and eyes without irises. The art, which was drawn by Dag Williams, was featured on the box of the first Sonic the Hedgehog game, and subsequent games used a similar design. With the release of Sonic Adventure in 1998, Sonic was redesigned by Yuji Uekawa as a taller character with longer legs and a less spherical body. The needles have become longer, and the eyes have disappeared