Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Sonic the Hedgehog) is the titular character of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the mascot of Sega. After making a cameo in 1991's Rad Mobile, Sonic debuted a few months later in his eponymous game. In addition to succeeding Alex Kidd as Sega's mascot, Sonic was also the company's attempt at rivaling Nintendo's mascot, Mario, during the fourth and fifth generations of video games.
Upon debuting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sonic became one of the first third-party characters to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series, a noteworthy distinction he shares with Solid Snake. By extension, the announcement of his appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4 on October 1st, 2013 gave him the distinction of being the first third-party veteran in the series' history. With the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sonic has appeared in more Super Smash Bros. games than any third-party character.
Sonic is a male, 15-year-old, anthropomorphic hedgehog who, as his name suggests, is capable of running at supersonic speeds. He is 3 ft, 3 in (1 m) tall; weighs 77 lbs (35 kg); and has large quills, blue fur, and green eyes. Sonic also wears a pair of Power Sneakers, which are red with white stripes and gold buckles, alongside a pair of white gloves. The self-described "fastest thing alive," Sonic is confident, quick-witted, carefree, virtuous, and adventurous to the point that he hates being constrained, yet he can also be impulsive, hot-headed, snarky and cocky. As a result of his love for freedom, Sonic always campaigns to stop subjugation of any kind, most notably the plots concocted by his arch-nemesis, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.
Sonic gathers golden rings for energy, and when he collects the seven Chaos Emeralds, he can transform into Super Sonic, which grants him flight and invincibility so long as he has a sufficient number of rings. Early Western profiles sometimes portrayed Sonic as being from the fictional planet Mobius, whereas Japanese profiles (which Western territories would follow starting in 1999 with Sonic Adventure) state that his birthplace is Christmas Island, a real world dependent territory of Australia.
Although Sega and Nintendo were hardware and software rivals at the release of the Nintendo GameCube, Sonic's creator Yuji Naka claimed that it was possible to include Sonic in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, time constraints apparently caused these plans to fall through. It would later be revealed that both Shigeru Miyamoto and Masahiro Sakurai would have approved the idea of adding Sonic to Melee.
An infamous hoax claimed that Sonic and Tails were unlockable in Melee. Despite having been proven as false, the hoax became well-known in both the Super Smash Bros. community and the wider world of gaming.
As a playable character
Main article: Sonic (SSBB)
Sonic is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and was confirmed on October 9th, 2007. Fittingly, he has the fastest dashing speed in the game, and is one of the overall fastest characters in the game. Although he uses his design from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), his moveset is largely based on attacks from a number of games within his home series.
Sonic's Final Smash, Super Sonic, functions almost identically like in his home series: he is rendered invincible and can fly, yet his transformation only lasts for a fairly short amount of time. Sonic also appears very late in Brawl's Adventure Mode, The Subspace Emissary, in which he plays a pivotal role in the defeat of the Subspace Army's leader, Tabuu, during the final battle.
Sonic possesses amazing frame data and movement options alongside an effective combo game, which enable him to rack up damage very reliably. However, his strengths are almost completely offset by his severely unimpressive KO potential and most of his moveset generally having minimal utility. Despite his flaws, Sonic has managed to achieve decent tournament results, even at the national level. As a result, he is ranked 22nd out of 38 on the current tier list, placing him in the 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.
As a playable character
Main article: Sonic (SSB4)
Sonic's return to the series was confirmed during the Nintendo Direct of October 1st, 2013. Unlike in Brawl, his design is now based on his appearance from Sonic Unleashed and onward. This is further reflected by him now being voiced by Roger Craig Smith, who succeeded Jason Griffith in 2010. Sonic also holds the distinction of being the first third-party character to be a veteran.
Sonic has been heavily buffed in the transition from Brawl to Super Smash Bros. 4. Sonic's previously abysmal KO potential has improved significantly, and a number of his moves have improved utility. Outside of this, Sonic's outstanding speed and mobility have improved even further, thanks to his air and fast falling speeds becoming noticeably faster. Although Sonic's recovery was slightly weakened and some of his moves, particularly his KOing options, had their lag increased, these nerfs are largely outweighed by his aforementioned buffs.
Thanks to his improvements and consistent tournament success at all levels of play, Sonic is currently ranked 7th out of 55. This places him in the A tier, and ties him with Fox.
As a playable character
Main article: Sonic (SSBU)
Sonic returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As with Brawl, he is an unlockable character instead of a starter character. Sonic retains his Final Smash, Super Sonic, but its function has been altered: while it still launches foes on contact, Sonic's speed is rapidly increased to the point where he automatically moves horizontally across the screen, so only his vertical position can be controlled. Sonic can potentially be the first character unlocked in the game as the first character in Mario's character unlock tree.
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