Top 10 Most Powerful Sonic Characters

The Top Ten
1 Shadow Shadow the Hedgehog is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega. He is an artificially created black and red hedgehog whose hover shoes propel him at extreme speeds that rival those of Sonic.

Tails should have gotten this spot in my books but, Shadow deserves it.
He has all of that power but, it isn't something he can over use.
Silver and Infinite both rely on the powers while Tails relies on his brains, Shadow on the other hand got a gun thrown at him.
Tails tops him in more ways than one and his number four on this list.
As I said before knowledge is power...

…Tails is a chaos vampire that- oh wait, we're talking about Shadow now.
Shadow is pretty powerful but, Tails is more powerful than he'll ever be.
However, Shadow is pretty powerful and well deserves his spot on this list.
Tails just deserves to be a bit higher than his best friend Sonic, he did beat him in the comics after all.
Shadow should stay as the most powerful but, Tails needs to be higher...

YES! Shadow is and should always be number 1! Shadow can fly, sonic can't! Shadow is immortal, sonic isn't! and technically speaking, Shadow can go faster than Sonic if he wishes to, his rocket boosters make him fly and he can reach speeds faster than Sonic's! Shadow is also a great deal stronger than Sonic as well! Shadow could probably beat ANY character on this list if he desires. Sure he might be a bad guy, but at least he is one AWESOME bad guy! He could outmatch anyone and everyone on this list and in the Sonic universe! Shadow is so awesome, they literally made a separate game for him! So vote for Shadow so he can remain superior! Shadow shall always be number 1!

He's an incredibly powerful* character who can match Sonic, Knuckles and Silver, 3 almost equally strong fighters. Shadow has a disadvantage and advantage over all of them. He's, by a margin, slower than Sonic, but quite stronger and more powerful. For Knuckles, he's a margin weaker, but quite faster. Finally, for Silver, he's less powerful (I believe, but only by a nigh unnoticeable difference) but stronger and faster.

*my preferred difference, for those who believe being strong and powerful are the same thing, I prefer my definition of strong being physical strength, and powerful meaning energy techniques' (Chaos Attacks) strength. Meaning Sonic's Sonic Wind projectile can't match up to Shadow's multitude of Chaos abilities.

2 Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, 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.

Well, for the argument of Sonic vs Shadow, I believe that they are equal to each other in combat. Shadow is a bit physically stronger than Sonic, while Sonic is faster than Shadow. It is hinted that there isn't actually an upper limit to Sonic's speed in some games and comics. Some people even theorize that Sonic chooses not to run at full speed to avoid damaging the world around him and so that he can avoid Eggman/Robotnik's traps.

Shadow may have a some Chaos power, but it is limited without the assistance of a chaos emerald; without one he can only teleport short distances, (by the way Sonic can use Chaos control as well if he were to hold a Chaos Emerald) and the only Chaos attack Shadow can use without an emerald is Chaos Spear, while this is still a cool attack it is not all that powerful. Now Shadow can use more Chaos power by removing his inhibitor rings, an example of this is Chaos Blast, but doing this will drain away his stamina in less then a minute, possibly even ...more

Guys I'd like to point something out about sonic
In the IDW comics (which are canon), Shadow is not able to overcome the Metal Virus by himself. Sonic, however, is able to burn off the virus by running. This is very effective for a long period of time.
Shadow is the most powerful character, but Sonic is a close second.

It is kinda obvious that Sonic is the most powerful. I mean he can turn into so many different forms, e.g. Base form/Super sonic/Hyper sonic/Ultra Sonic/Dark Sonic/Super Dark Sonic/Dark Spine Sonic/Sonic the Werehog/Nazo(NOT Official) etc. What can Shadow turn into? Oh, I dunno, just super shadow, and even then he can only hold it for a few minutes, then slips into a COMA and gets COMPLETE AMNESIA. and I know people have said this before but everything good Shadow has done has been an ASSIST TO SONIC. Then the one game that SEGA made to try and give shadow a name, what did he use? A DAMN GUN!
HOW WEAK! If you don't think Sonic is the most powerful, you seriously need to review your sonic knowledge.

Shadow admitted to sonic being the ultimate lifeform in the battle against the biolizard. He defeated ultimate emerl. Shadow uses tools that sonic doesn't need. Sonic did better against infinite than shadow

3 Knuckles Knuckles the Echidna is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a red anthropomorphic echidna who is determined and serious, but sometimes gullible. He has the ability to glide and climb up walls, and is a powerful fighter due to his spiked hands.

Ok, so check it out: you've got a guy who uppercuts a super transformation and succeeds in knocking him into his normal form. This same guy holds his own in a fight against Shadow in Sonic X when Shadow was completely broken in that show in terms of accurate power. We know already that Knuckles is intellectual in terms of combat and has a more tactical approach. It takes more than blunt force to be strong and Knuckles supports this as he is able to keep up with Sonic's speed in hand to hand combat. His knowledge of chaos energy rivals if not surpasses Shadow's.

Knuckles punches good.
Knuckles punched a rock, destroyed it.
Knuckles punched a baby, never saw it again - punched him, right out of existence.
(This is indeed a Markiplier joke)

Sonic has got his speed, and Shadow may be basically immortal, but Knuckles is pure muscle, unlike our hedgehogs. The dude is insane in Sonic Mania. He literally just walks through walls without a thought! He's the perfect guard for the master emerald.

This is a guy who punched Sonic in his Super form proving that he's as powerful as Sonic if not stronger as well as running almost as fast as him. There's a reason he guards the Master Emerald and that's because he's one of the most powerful Sonic CHARACTERS.

4 Silver

I've never had much experience with Silver, since I'd never had the "joy" of playing Sonic 06. But, from what I know about him, through the Archie Comics series and Sonic Generations, I find it clear that he is one of the most powerful protagonists in the series. His main advantage in power is that he's Psychokinetic which is the ability to move objects with your mind. With this ability, he can stop attacks coming at him, and he can lift about anything! His second most used and most powerful ability is mind-bending. In other words, he can control objects and make them into different shapes. But if that wasn't powerful enough, he was also given the ability to fly! Besides Tails, Cream, Rouge, and Charmy, there really aren't any other characters who can fly besides the super forms. Silver is lucky enough to have that ability when he doesn't even have all of the chaos emeralds. One final thing I should mention is his boss fights. The one in Sonic 06 (according to my experience of ...more

Silver was able to combat and almost kill Sonic, who is obviously extremely powerful (Main character, duh). He was only stopped by Amy, who he was "friends" with, this allowed Sonic to escape. Silver has a huge psychological factor over the other characters, he witnesses his best friend Blaze die (Or disappear to an alternate dimension, but he didn't know that) and still keeps his cool and effectively combats Iblis. Anyway, back to his fight with Sonic, he can use his powers to grab Sonic even when he was trying to run, showing that he can think just as fast as the blue blur can run. He is very durable as he can take a pounding by the Ultimate Lifeform and still fight on. Another ability he has is that he can use his powers to generate an aura shield around his body to protect him from damage. I think that Silver is the most powerful despite being limited to form changes, and I believe he deserves to be in more Sonic games and maybe his own game.

Well, Silver the Hedgehog has many abilities. He has psychokinesis which can stop even Sonic in his tracks and then just beat the heck out of them for however long he wants. He can also use the Spindash and Homing Attack. Not to mention his Super form, Time manipulation and ability to survive OUTSIDE the time stream. While Sonic, Shadow, AND Silver all fought Solaris who is a literal god, they had to defeat him in 3 different areas of time. So Silver REALLY defeated him single-handedly. He also defeated other enemies that not even Sonic could beat. While everyone else fights armies of robots, they all worked as a team. Silver came from an apocalyptic future, where everything is destroyed and/or on fire, he needs to fight a colossus everyday, and everything that normal people would need to survive is practically non-existent. And he only had Blaze. Some people may argue that he was tricked by Mephiles, making him not so strong in the intelligence department. But he was truly desperate, ...more

Silver is by far one of the most powerful character which is pretty amazing considering he's a naïve, immature 14 year old! To list his powers and abilities would take a very long time but just to note a few of them:

1) Psychokinetic grab- One of Silvers most well known abilities. He can grab almost anything with this ability, including rockets, bullets, people, cars and meteors. He can grab things 20 times his size and weight with ease!

2) Manipulation- With this power silver can use the environment around him to his advantage, such as bending 2 meter thick metal rods, moving stone platforms and using things as lifts. Oh yeah and he can also use this ability to distort and confuse people.

3) Flight- who needs to run fast when you can fly faster? Silver may be one of, if not the slowest character ON FOOT, but when he takes to the sky he becomes just as fast as Sonic himself. In Sonic Generations he was able to keep up with Sonic while flying backwards.

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5 Tails Miles "Tails" Prower is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the title character's best friend and sidekick.

Tails is 100% the most powerful because he can do anything you can think of with the chaos emeralds as well as going super, he even mastered both the turbo form and a titan form - he is by far the most powerful character with Shadow being the second but, as long as Tails doesn't have a chaos emerald he still takes the cake.
Turbo Tails or even Titan Tails would trump this list by how powerful they are - heck, Tails is a god when it comes to his super forms.
Now he made this list at number four which puts him above Infinite who came in at number 16 which he deserves because all of his power came from the phantom ruby and nowhere else, knowledge is power people and Tails has that in spades...

Tails is a god among Mobians and humans, he is the most powerful and smartest fox alive which has resulted in him defeating enemies such as Egg-man.

If knowledge is power then, Tails is more powerful than Shadow.

Tails's power is too much for anybody to handle, not even Shadow would believe it.

Heck, Tails's true power might be on the same level as the Ark of the Covenant.

Yeah, Tails's hyper form might be that powerful unless - it's the 100% form of Titan Tails, the nine tailed version of him.

Imagine a super form so powerful that you can't touch nor lay eyes upon or else, you die.

Tails's power is linked to his dangerously high IQ and the fact that his super bird army makes him more powerful than Cream and Cheese by a longshot, two tails not as powerful but when he gets all nine tails his going to be just like the Ark of the Covenant.

Heck, the Sonic series has mentioned the Ark of the Covenant in the adventure series seeing that ...more

SEGA and Sonic Team have completely forgotten just how powerful this little guy truly is in the main canon, Tails is a powerful mastermind with a dangerously high IQ and the wits to outfox anybody that comes his way.
Tails is a titan god when it comes to how powerful he is through his gadgets, high IQ, bombs and weaponry, his super forms are more than meets the eye and dare I say it... it gave Shadow the hedgehog a run for his money, Shadow is still well deserving of the number one spot on this list but... Tails should at least be number two or otherwise, power is power and brains is brains...

Tails is a titan god when it comes to his dangerously high IQ and his strong link to the chaos force, he is truly a god when it comes to the power of chaos.

His at number four on this list while his friends are a lot higher with Shadow at number one (I'm alright with this), his best friend Sonic at number two (too much speed) and his closest friend Knuckles at number three (Why is he below Sonic?) - heck, isn't Tails the chosen one.

Also Titan Tails still exists and is still canon to the fandom and series so... Tails still has the power to destroy worlds only, the power is spilt between multiple different versions of him making his power level god like.

The scariest thing about Tails is imagining him as a Resident Evil scientist/villain, believe me all hell will break loose if that happened - Tails would have created a virus that would have killed more people than both the T-virus and G-virus combined, Tails would be in the same shoes as Egg-man here who would ...more

6 Solaris

There are ten people ranked above Solaris right now. This is not good. First of all, it took Super Shadow, Super Sonic, and Super Silver's combined efforts to defeat Solaris, which means logically none of them could win in a 1v1. Since Blaze is an alternate Sonic, and Metal Sonic has been defeated by Sonic on multiple occasions, Solaris is stronger than both of them. The fact that Tails and Knuckles have been ranked higher than Solaris is insulting, mainly because we all know they are weaker than Sonic as well. Mephiles is most certainly a strong villain, but Solaris is the combined form of Mephiles and Iblis, so obviously Solaris is stronger. Nazo should not be on the list, as he is not canon, but I can probably assume that Nazo cannot destroy timelines, so he is weaker.

Solaris is number one.

The strongest being ever. If Dark Gaia were to kill him in the present, but Solaris exist throughout time, past present and future, Dark Gaia would be destroyed.

Solaris is literally a god of time. Time is literally the reason why he might not be dead. He could've escaped in time milliseconds before he was blown out after he reverted back to his ETERNAL flame state. Also, if there are legends written about him becoming The Flames Of Disaster BEFORE he became The Flames Of Disaster, I'd say he's done the whole 'Solaris Project' thing multiple times, been defeated, and escaped in time to another time. That would make him absolutely unstoppable...

Make no mistake, people reading this: THIS is number 1. Regular Shadow, Sonic, and Knuckles get absolutely CURBSTOMPED by this absolute unit. It took 3 Super States to defeat him, and even then he didn't get destroyed. He's so powerful that he didn't even get killed in direct combat; Sonic had to travel back in time to put out the original flame, his weakest state. This ABSOLUTE UNIT can rip apart entire timelines and distort space itself. Seriously, no one even comes close to this guy.

7 Mephiles the Dark

I liked Mephiles the Dark first when I saw him in Sonic the Hedgehog for PS3.
I would like Nazo to try this guy. I also believe Mephiles is immortal, according to what I've read. I even made this guy in some sonic rpg on roblox. I liked him better than Solaris even.

Mephiles: I killed him, in 3 seconds, made a princess kiss him for my amusement... And then sega brought him back to life. I was very successful at my job, thank you very little.

I was going to click on Shadow, but Mephiles has all of Shadow's powers, plus intelligence, manipulation, and duplication.

What kind of character would kill Sonic mercilessly and try to take over the world?
Mephiles the Dark of course!

8 Metal Sonic Metal Sonic is one of Eggman’s fastest and most powerful creations. Programed to be better than Sonic in any aspect possible, he can shoot electro balls, shoot electricity downward, do a boost, and make himself invincible. He fight’s Sonic each time he gets stronger, and when he gains enough power, ...read more.

This guy is super fast, can copy anyone's data, turns into a giant dragon like thing without the chaos emeralds, took not only 3 super forms but 9 other normal forms to defeat him. Chew on that Mephiles! Metal needs no stinkin emeralds to turn into a big form of power, also he could just copy your data and whoop your ass in seconds!

With his ability to copy skills other charters have it makes him incredibly dangerous. Also fighting him one on one is suicide unless you are a main character.
Also the fact that in his Metal Overlord form he needed 3 chaos wielding mobains to dent him proves that he is powerful.

Silver and Tails are above Metal Sonic... This pole is for the most powerful characters. In Sonic The Fighters, Metal Sonic was THE absolute best and strongest character, and the second best was Bark the Polar Bear. Anyways, Tails has nothing on this Badnik, same with Silver.

Anyone to play a game with Metal would find that Metal outmatches every character. The only one to truly surpass Metal is Sonic, but that is simply due to Sonic's main character status.

9 Super Sonic

A little weaker than Super Shadow but faster than Super Shadow and can rival Super Silver in his speed.

Super sonic can be tricked but his power and good looks totally make up for it.He is a lot stronger than tails and shadow so h should be higher up on this list

Okay... This seems odd. Super Sonic is the 2nd Strongest hedgehog canonically...

Not as powerful as Hyper Sonic, he might be x2 less powerful than Hyper Sonic...

10 Rouge

She'd be powerful with a Russian accent & a pear figure!

Rouge is stronger than Tails she kick his ass in sonic x!

Should be number 1 I love Rouge!

The Contenders
11 Super Shadow

Super Shadow is below Super Sonic?
Uh, no Sonic might be my fave, but Shadow, no SUPER Shadow is notably stronger and much more powerful than Super Sonic.
Super Sonic is faster however.

How come Shadow is in first, and Super Shadow is in ninth? I mean, Super Shadow is Shadow but stronger!

Really strong. Honestly stronger than Super Sonic but tied with Super Silver.

Super Shadow would obviously be better than Super Sonic.

12 Hyper Shadic

So shadow is super strong and sonic is the main character so what if you put them together and turn it to hyper form?

He is not canon that's the problem. I wish sega could make Sonic: Nazo unleashed canon :/

This character isn't real people! He doesn't count!

Legit the strongest person currently in the entire series behind Solaris

13 Dr. Eggman Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is a fictional video game character and the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, created by Sega.

In sonic 2..? Sonic tries to catch Eggman before he gets into the Death Egg Robot-Faster
In lost world, he punches down a wall, faster than knuckles-Stronger
Smarter than Tails-Smarter
done.

14 Froggy

Froggy is the strongest character in all of Sega. He should be the main character. He can easily defeat Shadow, Sonic, Silver, and Knuckles all at the same time! Also, the sun is cold.

Froggy can defeat dark gaia only by staring at him, he's the most powerful character ever, not even super sonic can defeat him

He can destroy the world

15 Blaze

Blaze is, according to the developers, the female version of Sonic from another dimension. She's a bit slower, but has stronger attacks and better aerial game. Basically, they're canononical equals. And just like the Sonic V. Shadow fight in SA2, both Blaze and Sonic beat each other in their respective stories in a (partially literal ) head to head battle in Sonic Rush. Once again, since the outcome doesn't really affect the story, we could just say it ended in a stalemate.

She's super strong, super fast, can fly, control fire, got the Sol Emeralds, the power of Solaris, and the Power of the Stars. She took down Knuckles without breaking a sweat.

Blaze, Silver and Shadow all do hold physical abilities which can cause quite dangerous activity.

Many Sonic based characters can do so.

She is so cute and powerful also she is a cat.

16 Infinite

In sonic forces he easily defeated silver, trapped shadow in an illusion of green hill zone,helped eggman take over 99% of the world,defeated sonic twice and captured him. Compared to villians like solaris which took 3 super forms to defeat but what powered the super forms? The chaos emeralds,and the phantom ruby can neutralise the chaos emeralds like in sonic mania, also compared to mephiles who killed sonic with a surprise attack but infinite defeated sonic in a true fight and compared to metal sonic who has been defeated countless times by sonic infinite is more powerful and also he was defeated because the phantom rubies powers where drained

" 'Cause if you're messing with me
I am a dangerous weapon
I am the sharpest of blades
I'll cut you down in a second"

Best lines, Best song. Also can literally control time like shadow. please make him higher --kitykat

He should be number 5 because he is super edgy and total Bad ass kinda I mean have you seen him without his mask?

Infinite is the most powerful Character in the game! he's more powerful than silver!

17 Amy

Amy Rose needs more credit, when she chases Sonic, and he is the fastest thing in the WORLD, mind you, she is pretty close behind, and really, even Sonic is scared of her, I feel like nobody is actually voting because of strength, but in preference in character, and that is very ignorant, Amy Rose is probably one of the strongest females, if not the strongest.

It's hammer time! Amy is a female furry Thor

Amy is not a psychopath people...

She the best at drums!

18 Perfect Nazo

He is the most powerful and deserves to be number one he can also upgrade in hyper perfect nazo using the super emeralds. He is the strongest sonic character ever even stronger than Solaris who is the sun God and even said that if absorbs more energy he will be stronger than a God meaning he will stronger than Solaris. It also took. True hyper shadic to defeat him even he couldn't defeat him because he returned in nazo returns. Sega should make him a real character. I have loads of more reasons why nazo is number one but I am going to stop here because I Will be here forever.

Perfect Nazo can get as strong as he wants, he has no limit.

I can't believe this Perfect Nazo should be number 2 he can defeat all tails and sonic and shadow

NAZo yo he's so cool

19 Iblis

Literally the embodiment of Solaris' power.

20 Dark Gaia

Dark Gaia is without a doubt the most powerful thing in the Sonic Universe as it took both Light Gaia and Super Sonic to stop it and even then it's only really sleeping or trapped, waiting to make a return.

He is way stronger than solaris phase 2 even if he is not perfect dark gaia. He stomps solaris so hard he'll wish he was a dark gaia minnion.

Isn't this a god?

21 Chaos

Have you seen Creepshow?
Have you seen Creepshow 2?
Have you seen the creature in the water?
Well... that creature is the very same thing Chaos is, watch the movie if you don't believe me...

Chaos is the best.

His made of water...?

Resides inside the master emerald (I think) so it should be pretty damn powerful

22 Time Eater
23 Big the Cat

"As you may know, Big the Cat is, in fact, the strongest character within the Sonic universe, as well as the most loyal."

Just imagine it... Super Big the Cat

He climb fast. He flatten foes.

He is not powerful

24 Super Silver

Silver would be just as fast as Sonic and Shadow when he is flying, and this is his Super form. He's gotta be very strong.

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