Almost every gamer or comic book fan has heard of our favorite blue hedgehog - Sonic. Sonic, The Hedgehog was originally created by Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, and Hirokazu Yasuhara. To this day, there are tons of Sonic movies, video games, and comic book series.
Sonic was first introduced in a comic book called - Sonic The Hedgehog, which was released in 1991 and was featured in the Disney Adventures, Electronic Monthly, and Sega Visions magazines.
After that, the golden age for Sonic began. The second major hit in the comic series for Sonic was published in 1993. It was written by Ken Penders, Ian Flynn, Michael Gallagher, Dan Slott, Karl Bollers, and Scott Fulop. Today, we'll be talking about the ten facts that you probably didn't know about Sonic The Hedgehog
10 He Was A Lab Experiment
Sonic was actually a normal brown hedgehog until Doc. Kintobor decided to conduct different experiments on him which turned him into the Sonic we know today. This very experiment was also the reason behind his blue color.
Later on, he conducted those experiments on himself which made him the true antagonist in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Later in the '90s, many other villains like Nack the Weasel, Bark the Polar Bear, and Bean the Dynamite Duck, were introduced with each comic and video game release.
9 He Should Be Able To Swim
Today, we all know that Hedgehogs can't drown in the water. But back in the days when Sonic became a real thing, its creator Yuji Naka thought that hedgehogs cannot swim in real life which led to this feature in-game and in the comics that he would drown in the water.
Who knows, maybe in the future of video games, we'll see a game in which Sonic would finally be able to swim. Would you like to see an open-world Sonic The Hedgehog game?
8 There Are Over 70 Sonic Video Games
Since the first comic release for Sonic The Hedgehog, there have been over 70 video game releases for this Sega character. Some of the most iconic 2D platformers in the franchise are Sonic Blast, Sonic The Hedgehog series, and Sonic Mania.
If we talk about the 3D platformer, our most favorite Sonic games in this genre are, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic, and the Black Knight, and Sonic Forces. Now, we all know this list could keep going and never ends. But in the end, Sonic was a really unique and fun character of our childhood.
7 He Was Originally Named Mr. Needlemouse
Before our blue furry friend was even named Sonic, the designer Naoto Ohshima used the code-name "Mr. Needlemouse" which is actually the literal Japanese translation for "Hedgehog."
Sega used this term again when Sonic the Hedgehog 4 came out and introduced it as "Project Needlemouse" which was quite interesting at the time. After looking at how Sonic The Hedgehog 4 turned out, it was fair that they didn't use this term again.
6 He's The Fastest Hedgehog Alive
We've seen many speed features of Sonic which have been used in many comic book series to justify his speed abilities. Well, if you don't know, there is a hard-cap to Sonic's speed, he can run at or exceed the speed of sound which is 768 miles per hour.
Yes, we know that's very fast! And for that very reason, he has an insane appetite. Considering how fast Sonic can run, he has to take in a huge amount of calories. According to the many comic adaptions of the game, Sonic can eat hundreds of chilidogs raking up tens of thousands of calories.
5 Sonic Was Almost Ogilvie
In the official Sonic The Hedgehog comics, Sonic's middle name was - Maurice. It was apparently the name of one of his grandfathers'. Interestingly, Sonic's real first name, which he later changed to Sonic, wasn't officially revealed in the comics or video games.
However, the former head writer of the series - Ken Penders, said his original name was supposed to be - Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog. Yeah, we don't think that would've been the best name for this character.
4 Sonic's Love Interests
Obviously, we can't let this one pass. Throughout the series, Sonic The Hedgehog has had a number of different love interests.
In the original TV show, he was involved with Princess Sally Acorn of the Freedom Fighters. In Sonic X, he fell in love with Amy The Hedgehog. In the comics, Sonic was wanted by several characters including Fiona Fox, Mina Mongoose, Cosmo, Zooey (Sonic Boom), Julie-Su, and Cream the Rabbit.
3 Sonic's Original Design Became Dr. Eggman
Before Sonic became what he is today, Sega tried out many different designs. One of which, was the design of Dr. Eggman. Yes, it was first created for Sonic as a competitor for Mario at that time. But later on, Sega didn't want to lose the character and ended up making him of the main antagonists in the series "Doctor Eggman."
Sega tried many different mascots for Sonic. One of them was just a normal rabbit named "Feel the Rabbit." Yes, this was really a thing that later turned out to be a completely separate game.
2 Sonic’s Programmer Got Fed-Up With Sega
An OG game programmer in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise and one of the founders of the Sonic Team video game, Yuji Naka surprisingly didn’t get along with Sega when he was in the process of creating and publishing Sonic the Hedgehog.
According to reports, this was caused by Sega not giving him the proper credits for the video game. After the release and publication of Sonic, Naka left Sega’s Japanese headquarters and moved to America, where he ended up joining the company’s stateside office.
1 His Attitude Was Inspired By Bill Clinton
In the early days of Sonic in 1992, many of the Sega employees were inspired by Clinton's "Get it done" attitude during his election campaign which they decided to replicate these attitudes into Sonic's Character.
According to an interview held back in 2009, Naoto Ohshima revealed that Sonic's red and white shoes were also inspired by Michael Jackson's Bad - and also the Santa Claus which answers the red and white color of Sonic's Power Sneakers.