Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Sonic the Hedgehog) is the main character of the Sonic the Hedgehog games and the mascot of Sega. Sonic was first introduced by Sega in 1991 in the game Sonic the Hedgehog to combat Nintendo's Mario. He is often thought of as Mario's unofficial rival, though they have appeared in games together. He makes his first Smash appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as one of the third-party characters, the other being Solid Snake. Sonic was announced to make a return in Super Smash Bros. 4 during a Nintendo Direct on October 1, 2013.
Sonic is a male, 16 year-old, anthropomorphic hedgehog. He has spiky blue hair, green eyes, and red and white running shoes with gold buckles. 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. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. 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 enjoyable to him; another chance to get moving. However, he does take time to relax once in a while. Early Western profiles sometimes portrayed Sonic as being from the imaginary planet Mobius, while Japanese profiles (which Western territories would follow starting in 1999 with Sonic Adventure) state his birthplace is Christmas Island, a real-world dependant territory of Australia.
Although Sega and Nintendo were hardware and software rivals at the release of the GameCube, Sonic's creator Yuji Naka claimed that there existed a possibility of including Sonic in Melee, though time constraints apparently caused these plans to fall through. It would later be revealed that both Shigeru Miyamoto and Masahiro Sakurai would have been fine with the idea of Sonic in Melee.
While unofficial, an infamous hoax claimed that Sonic and Tails were unlockable in Melee. While later proven false, the hoax remains well-known in both the Smash community and the wider world of gaming.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sonic is a playable character in Brawl and was confirmed on October 9th, 2007. He has the fastest running speed in the game, with attacks based largely on his earlier platforming games, and some from the obscure game Sonic the Fighters. Sonic's Final Smash, Super Sonic, allows the player to fly around the stage at incredible speed. Sonic also appears very late in the game's story mode, helping to defeat Tabuu in the final battle.
Sonic is ranked 22nd on the current tier list in D tier.
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.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
Sonic was confirmed to be a returning playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 during the Nintendo Direct of October 1st, 2013. He retains the same four special moves from Brawl, but his voice changes. Rather than Jason Griffith who previously voiced Sonic in Brawl and previous Sonic games (2005-2010), he is now voiced in SSB4 by Roger Craig Smith, who has taken the role since Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colors (2010-present). His design is similar to his appearance in Sonic Lost World, as his quills are a bit smaller and is a brighter shade of blue than previously. Sonic is the first and so far, only third party character in the series to be a veteran.