Top 10 Best Sonic the Hedgehog Characters
No one is a real Sonic the Hedgehog fan if they don't like Sonic. I mean, come on, he is the fastest character in the game. If he is facing Knuckles, he would beat him up in a second, just like when Emerl used Sonic's moves to defeat Knuckles in the Sonic X series. Sonic has also defeated Shadow many times in the games, like in Sonic Generations.
Don't get me wrong. I like all the characters on this list, but Sonic will always be first in my mind. People are starting to like Shadow and Silver more than Sonic. That's why I think they made Sonic the only playable character in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations. I think they should create new gameplay for Sonic. So stop making Sonic look lame and boring, and putting Shadow and Silver in the front.
Sonic is definitely the best character! Without him, all the Shadow fans wouldn't even have Shadow. He has a likable attitude, a great outlook on life, and will do everything he can to help people. He's also better because he doesn't have a whole bunch of powers. He just uses his wit and speed.
Unlike Shadow, who seems to be perfect, Sonic has flaws. He doesn't think things through all the time and makes mistakes. After realizing his errors, he fixes them and has fun while doing it. He then makes friends wherever he goes. His attitude and willingness to help and protect easily give him an atmosphere that people want to be around. He isn't uptight and is an all-around, fun-loving, adventurous, caring, great guy!
Shadow is better than Sonic in almost every respect for the following reasons:
1. Sonic cannot fly, while Shadow can, thanks to his shoes.
2. Sonic has stated that he would never touch firearms, but Shadow will shoot someone without a second thought.
3. Sonic may be the fastest thing alive, but Shadow can go much faster using his shoes and Chaos Control.
4. Although Sonic may live for centuries due to Sega's aging system, he will eventually die. Shadow, on the other hand, is immortal.
5. Sonic may have been created first in real life, but in the games, Shadow was created around 34 years before Sonic was born, making Sonic the faker.
6. Sonic's friends are an underage fox and a gullible anteater, whereas Shadow's friends are a sexy spy/professional thief and an awesome destruction-loving robot.
7. Sonic's quills turn up when he goes super, but Shadow's are already so cool that they look the same both ways.
8. Sonic is not badass, and Shadow most certainly is.
9. While there is nothing wrong with liking Sonic, liking Shadow proves non-racism as he is black.
10. Shadow can perform Chaos Control with one emerald, while Sonic needs all seven.
11. Chaos Control is the only Chaos power Sonic can use, but Shadow has Chaos Control, Chaos Blast, Chaos Spear, Chaos Boost, and Chaos Lance.
12. Shadow is able to kill Sonic (even if he doesn't actually do it), as proven by Shadow killing Sonic in several endings to Shadow the Hedgehog.
13. Sure, Sonic can drive a transforming car, but Shadow has military-grade training in almost every vehicle you can think of.
14. The most endings to one of Sonic's games was two (Sonic CD), but Shadow is so awesome that he got 11 endings to his game, and 326 separate stories altogether. That's a lot of replay value.
15. Mephiles the Dark agrees that Shadow is more useful and powerful, as Mephiles tries to kill Sonic but wants Shadow to join him.
16. Shadow has gained the trust of a ROBOT... more
I really don't understand why Silver is currently beating out both Tails and Knuckles on this list. I thought he was a pretty hated character! Anyway, Tails is by far my favorite Sonic character for a number of reasons:
1. He's pretty much just as iconic as Sonic himself, appearing in almost every Sonic game after Sonic 2. Correct me if I'm wrong, but other than Sonic 1, I think Sonic CD was the only main series installment in which Tails did not make an appearance.
2. He can fly! I know a lot of other Sonic characters now have flight abilities, but Tails was the first to possess this ability. Not only can he fly using his two tails to propel himself in the air, but he's also a pilot! Tails flies the Tornado, although I'm still not quite sure if the plane belongs to him or to Sonic.
3. He saved Sonic's life. If you beat Sonic 2 as Sonic but don't collect all seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic will be seen plummeting toward the earth. He then safely lands on the Tornado, piloted by Tails, of course. The same thing happens again in Sonic Advance, so Tails has really saved Sonic's life at least twice!
4. He's a skilled inventor. I'm not sure if Tails has an IQ of 300 like Dr. Robotnik, but he's one of the smartest characters in the franchise and the most mechanically experienced character other than the evil doctor himself. Tails is responsible for the creation of the Tornado II in Sonic Adventure, as well as the Tornado III in Sonic Adventure 2. The Tornado II and III are probably his most notable inventions, but he has also invented several other gadgets in other games in the franchise. Anyone who knows Tails even slightly knows that he's good with technology!
5. He's one of the most relatable characters. Tails is one of the few characters in the Sonic universe whom I think has a somewhat realistic personality and a detailed backstory. He's also one of the few characters that actually experiences progression! Because of his two tails, he... more
He's always been my favorite Sonic character. This guy is AWESOME! He started out as an anti-hero in Sonic 3. One day, Super Sonic was just flying around, being all cool and stuff, when BAM - a red echidna named Knuckles hits Super Sonic so hard that it knocks the Chaos Emeralds out of him! Then Knuckles steals all of the emeralds! It's up to Sonic and Tails to get them back.
Eventually, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles realize they have one common enemy: Eggman. By this time, Sonic had gotten all of the emeralds back. Now, Sonic and Knuckles team up. Sonic actually gives the emeralds to Knuckles so he can start collecting the Super Emeralds. These emeralds are much stronger than the Chaos Emeralds. Then Sonic gets the Super Emeralds and becomes HYPER SONIC! Sonic defeats Eggman and the world is saved!
But that is beside the point. Remember, in the beginning, Super Sonic is supposed to be invincible. BUT, Knuckles hits Super Sonic SO HARD that it knocks the emeralds out of him! Knuckles is SUPER STRONG! You can't forget that, unlike Sonic, he can glide. Also, he can climb up walls. He even wears gloves that have SPIKES on them! The three hedgehogs may be awesome, but make way for Knuckles the Red Echidna!
Personally, Silver is my favorite character from the Sonic franchise. His unique personality brings life to the underdeveloped Sonic '06, while also providing fun gameplay. Many anti-Silver fans dislike him simply because he is new.
Yes, Silver is immature, occasionally bratty, and naive. However, at his core, he is a righteous character with a strong sense of justice. Personally, I believe his character flaws make him a more complete and somewhat relatable character.
While telekinesis isn't a particularly original idea, Silver pulls it off in a new, unique, and fresh way. This is mainly because his personality gives him a somewhat unlikely aura for a telekinetic character. Sometimes, for a character to be good, giving them less-than-perfect personalities can be the key. In the case of Silver the Hedgehog, this holds true.
For a hedgehog, Silver is actually quite unique. He looks and acts so differently from the others. Instead of being the cool, fast hedgehog with no apparent weaknesses, he is slow and insecure but also realistic because of that. He is slow but has a unique ability to bend his surroundings to his will. He has his insecurities, but they make him seem more human, flaws and all.
If he just had the chance to show us who he really is, I'm sure Sonic fans would see him as more than just an annoying clone of Sonic with a crackled voice. He really acted like a child desperate to save his people from a horrible fate. To me, that is more honorable than even Sonic's goal. While Silver just wants to save the world, Sonic seems to want to kick Eggman's butt more than anything now.
It was really close between Blaze and Tails, but Blaze just barely wins. The fact that she initially starts out as a loner yet eventually learns about having friends in people like Cream, Marine, and especially Sonic shows that she knows she can trust others, even if she doesn't want to. This is due to the fact that she is the guardian of the Sol Emeralds, which are the polar opposite of the Chaos Emeralds.
Having the power to control flames, as well as having a fear of heights, shows that Blaze has her strengths and weaknesses. This makes Blaze one of the most interesting characters in the Sonic series.
I really like Blaze for many reasons. She's strong and very skillful, able to keep up with other speed-type characters like Sonic and Shadow. She has pyrokinetic powers, and even though she started out as a very cold person who doesn't rely on others, she began to trust other characters and become more open towards them. I find that really interesting. I also find her past life interesting - how she was alone and all. Even when she went through tough times, she still stood strong and independent, and I find that amazing! I think she should be second only to Sonic.
All hail our soon-to-be overlord! He simply cannot be outmatched with his mighty mustache and utter brilliance. Adding to that, the fact that he has the best character theme of the entire cast (his theme from SA1) makes it very clear that everyone should simply give up and join the Eggman Empire because of his clear superiority.
A very humble thesis of the true ultimate lifeform: he IS faster than Sonic!
Doctor Eggman is a mechanical genius, only surpassed in IQ by Tails. He's also hilarious in Sonic Boom! Forget all those people who say that Bowser is better. In my opinion, only Doctor Neo Cortex from the Crash Bandicoot series and Bowser Junior are better villains than Eggman. I love the names that Sonic calls him as well. They're so funny! Eggman is actually really underrated. He doesn't deserve to be in tenth place. He deserves to be in sixth.
Ahead of him are Tails in first place, then Sonic, with Amy edging out Shadow, followed by Sticks, and then Eggman. He shouldn't be insulted by being ranked below Rouge and Metal Sonic.
Metal is the only recurring true enemy that has almost beaten Sonic several times. He holds a wide array of his own weaponry, such as a chest-mounted laser, electrokinesis, shapeshifting, and the ability to copy other characters' moves and attacks. Not to mention, he rebuilds himself into Neo Metal Sonic and transforms into Metal Madness and Metal Overlord. He is also one of the strongest characters in the series, being able to destroy sets of spikes by simply floating into them. Ironically enough, he is the hardest boss in Sonic CD. However, he is not fought like a traditional boss. Instead, he is raced.
Metal Sonic is a villain that isn't afraid to kill in a kid's franchise. He's actually powerful enough to defeat Sonic and pretty much the whole cast. He copies abilities, so if anyone does beat him, he can overcome defeat. He's one of the first characters in the franchise (you meet him in the same scene as Amy!). I don't understand why he isn't more popular, other than because he hasn't been featured in a game for a while and kids haven't played games with him in it. Although, to be honest, I wouldn't want my favorite villain in a future game as all their games seem to suck now.
Amy is definitely the most underrated video game character I've ever seen! Whenever I look at lists for the top ten Sonic characters, Tails and Sonic are always really high up, but Amy tends to be around the eighth or ninth spot. I was absolutely outraged when I saw that on my last top-ten list. Amy is probably one of the four characters that I've liked the most at some point. The others were Tails, Luigi, and the group boss trio Nikki, Lindsey, and Ginny from Luigi's Mansion 3. But I digress. I think that Amy is one of the best characters of all time, and I don't understand why other people don't see that as clearly as I do.
Amy Rose has to be my favorite character. Many say she's obsessive, one-dimensional, and crazy, but I think otherwise. Amy is a character who represents hope and optimism. She also embodies perseverance and friendship.
I feel as if Amy is underappreciated, and that her character has regressed throughout the games. Why? In the Adventure series, Amy was portrayed as Sonic-crazy, yet very passionate about her beliefs, even if they contradicted Sonic's. However, her character took a step back in later games. The gag of her chasing and/or beating others, or Sonic, was overused, making that her only iconic trait, which I find unfair.
Much like what happened to Knuckles - him becoming increasingly less intelligent - has happened to Amy, with her becoming more and more obsessive. As of now, we haven't had a legitimate Sonic game for five years, although we do have Sonic Boom, which has portrayed Amy in a much more appropriate way in terms of her crush. Project 2017 is coming out next year, and if Amy is in the game, I hope to see that her character has improved and that she gets the love she deserves.
I can see why Sonic places first, obviously, but my favorite character is Rouge the Bat, and I'm glad she made it to the top 10. What sealed the deal for me was her character in Sonic X, where she was a sassy, seductive, smooth-talking badass who lightened the dark atmosphere of the show. She was certainly one of my favorite comic relief characters of all time.
I also appreciate her in the games, where she retains the same qualities she had in the show. I love the voice actor who portrays her, and I just love everything about her. You have my vote, Rouge!
Remember Knuckles' and Rouge's themes in SA2 and how different they were? I mean, Knuckles' themes in his stages are hardcore gangsta rap, courtesy of Mr. "Emerools," while Rouge's themes in her stages are smooth, sexy jazz and R&B. It's almost as if Mariah Carey or 112 is singing the themes in her stages. They have that early-2000s vibe. I happen to like both Knuckles and Rouge, but the themes for both characters are incredible. It's like the creators kept up with the times when the game came out and let those themes stick.
Espio is my favorite. He has so many unique styles. He's a Ninja Chameleon. Who doesn't like Ninja Chameleons?
Also, I don't agree with Shadow being at #1. He is completely overrated. I know all you Shadow fanboys will give this comment a bad rating, but this is my perspective on Shadow: He's just Sonic with hover shoes and black and red skin! What's the point? Everyone talks about his special power of Chaos Control. Did you play Sonic Adventure 2? Sonic did it too! All this can mean is that you started playing Sonic after Sonic Adventure 2 came out. Sonic is way better than Shadow, but Shadow is overrated by everyone. He isn't original. He came out of a copy machine. But anyway, Espio is my favorite.
I have many favorite Sonic characters, including some higher up on this list, but Espio gets my vote! He encapsulates so many of the traits of other beloved characters in one extremely cool and unique style. He deserves way more love than he gets, and it saddens me that he (and the Chaotix, though not so much Vector because he has remained popular) have been present less and less in recent Sonic media. He's the only chameleon there is, and what an amazing one to have! Who doesn't love a ninja?
SEGA should have Cream become Tails' top-tier, number-one apprentice so that they can work together and hang out more. This would be fantastic and brilliant. They should change her age to 7 and give her a chance to start all over again, while retaining her sweet and helpful personality. Cream is incredibly brave and heroic. She will do whatever it takes to get the job done without breaking a sweat. Her voice is brilliant, and she knows how to defend herself and fight back with no problem.
Cream is never annoying and knows how to be mature. People seriously need to get their minds straight NOW. She is neither useless nor cowardly, as she can face all sorts of challenges, either with her friends or on her own, in order to succeed. Cream also knows how to save and protect others from any danger or harm. Even when she is doing her own secret vigilante crime-fighting, even just for fun, she is also supportive and extremely helpful to all her friends and others. Whenever they need her, even in the most challenging situations, she'll be there for them. She can kick some butt and have fun. Cream is truly one of the best and greatest Sonic characters of all time.
This music-loving, short-tempered crocodile, boasting one of the most unique designs in the Sonic universe, may sometimes appear to be solely after money. However, Vector has proven on multiple occasions that he is a capable detective who will always help those in need for free. As a result, his detective agency is constantly short on funds. He is the only member of his team who worries about the rent and is willing to take any job to pay off his debts.
Nevertheless, Vector is generally optimistic and somewhat childish. He enjoys spending time with his friends and serves as the lead singer of his own band. Interestingly, this band consists of the same members as his detective team. He believes he has a great singing voice, although others might find it more destructive than enjoyable.
In my opinion, Vector possesses both an awesome design and a unique personality. Despite being the underdog of the franchise, he is so passionate about investigating that he never considers giving up his agency. He often uncovers secrets before anyone else does.
The Sonic, Mega Man, and Crash Bandicoot franchises should not have a robotic setting where the main antagonists are old, male, and evil scientists, and the main protagonists are tall, lanky males obsessed with a single color and annoying hairstyles. On the other hand, the Pac-Man franchise should. Besides, Sonic is nowadays an adult.
He is awesome! Plus, I like his backstory as a robot, and he's still friends with Rouge and Shadow!
I love this guy. He constantly insults and shames everyone around him, including his destroyed enemies.
He is the best, along with Wave and Storm. It's a shame they were only in three games. Sega should either include them in future games or add more bird characters.
This character should be in first place because he's my favorite Sonic character of them all. Sonic is my second favorite.
In my opinion, Jet the Hawk is one of the most underrated characters that Sega has ever made.
This guy had a lot of potential, but in the end, he ended up being a generic doomsday villain with unclear reasons for his actions, who won't appear again. He still has some pretty neat aspects, as he's also similar to Shadow (time-space-related powers, born from an experiment, and obviously the same looks) but more deranged and creepy. From a certain point of view, he is what Shadow would have become if he let himself sink deeper into his hatred.
So, when Shadow battles him, he is, in a way, fighting his inner demons.
P.S. His general hamminess, Dan Green's voice, and awesome boss themes also make him more enjoyable.
Cunning, dark, and chaotic, Mephiles is a villain to behold. Having no mouth, he relies on actions to show his motives, in turn revealing more personality than most villains I've seen here. His appearance is utterly frightening and very unique, being the only Sonic character to be crystal-like.
While his backstory is flawed a bit, his personality makes up for it. His interactions with Shadow are exhilarating and tense. His boss music for his fights is stunning. And he simply chills you to the core.
Tikal is my favorite Sonic character. She is so calm, helpful, and always knows what's right. In the comics, she is a magical spirit, and people pray to her. If I get the chance to work at SEGA, I would absolutely make a game with her as the main character. "Chaos is power, enriched by the heart" - these are words I'll remember forever.
Tikal is also very beautiful, and her theme song always makes me happy. Even though she's not real, she gives my life meaning. Whenever I feel sad or depressed, I think about Tikal. She is my idol. I've never seen someone so awesome, so perfect as she is! I even like her more than Sonic. I draw comics about her and listen to her song almost all the time. The world would be a better place if we had more people like Tikal!
Definitely an underused character with lots of potential. Her interesting background and cool spiritual powers would make a great addition to the franchise, as well as provide a friend for poor, lonely Knuckles. She could have been a cool sidekick in guarding the Master Emerald. At the very least, have her be a recurring guide as the little ball of light from SA1. That would be better than Omochao (shudder) or basic question marks for sure.
Of course, with the series "returning to its roots" aka "we're killing off all the non-classic characters and not actually changing much else", this will never happen.
Really, guys! Come on, Gamma was programmed for mass destruction. Yet he made his own choices and decided to free the trapped animals in the other robots. He died just so the bird that was powering him could be free with his family. His death was the most heroic and human thing I've ever watched.
He had more character development in one game than Shadow had in three. He has a better story in a game with multiple storylines than Sonic 06's story. One of the characters with the most golden heart in the franchise is a robot. It's impossible not to like him.
E-102 had one of the best storylines! Even though he was only in one game, E-102 was the predecessor of the E-1000 Series, which includes E-123 Omega. Even better, Dr. Robotnik didn't know of his betrayal at the end of the game.
Protective, fierce, and a force to be reckoned with, Chaos shows very early in Sonic Adventure that he will go to great lengths to protect the Chao - even destroying Station Square out of anger. Chaos's appearance is amazing and quite unique, although his visible brain is unsettling. His friendship with Tikal is as sweet as that between Silver and Blaze. When he isn't on a rampage, Chaos is quite peaceful and content to guard the shrine. His personality is well-developed and amazing. His attacks and shapeshifting abilities are stunning. All in all, don't rile this creature.
Out of all the characters on this list, he has the most intriguing backstory and is truly awesome. Sadly, he hasn't made many appearances, but when he does appear, it's always a great ride. Originating as a being of Chao's and the Chaos Emerald, he mutated and was originally tasked with cleaning the water. When the Echidna clan tried to take the emeralds, he became Perfect Chaos and was then trapped by Tikal. After a while, he returned. In my opinion, nothing can beat this god of destruction. He is so cool, with his elastic, shapeshifting abilities and simple design.
Sticks is one of my favorites! She's strong and has great knowledge of how to survive out in the wild. She's a quality character in Sonic Boom! Yes, she's a bit crazy, but that just adds to her character.
I personally prefer her to both Knuckles and Amy in the show, and Amy is also one of my favorites! I think that they are both very underrated, but Sticks should at least be in the top ten, not twenty-fourth! She's by far the most underrated character in the series, and I hope to see more of her!
I've heard that people ship her with Tails, and yes, I do like the idea of them being a couple. But I'd rather see him end up with Cosmo or even Cream, for that matter. Taismo or Taiream, take it or leave it. Those are your only options in my book.
Sticks is really cool! Why do you hate her just because she doesn't have much money? That's like saying you only like snobbish brats like Amy! Sticks has way more swag than Amy Primrose.
Her Archie counterpart is overrated.
Modern Sally Acorn is so unlikable and overrated because she is a crybaby, has the personality of Princess Elise III, and loves to be angrily cruel to the nice, elite, awesome characters for no reason. Knuckles the Echidna is much better than Modern Sally Acorn - yeah, I just said that - and too good for Modern Sally Acorn.
I wish Classic Sally Acorn got more love for being a strong, independent female character. Yeah, I said it!
Sally is a great Sonic character. Even if she is a princess, she is not stuck-up or bratty. She is independent and cares about her friends. Why do people hate her so much? And why are people calling her a Mary Sue? Look, her kingdom was taken over, leaving her and her friends to survive in the woods - just leave her alone.
Sally is a great mother figure to Tails. She wants him to be safe because she doesn't want him to be roboticized. Sally is my favorite Sonic character.
She has a mix of Knuckles and Tikal, along with Shadow and Espio. She is what I like to call (from Pokemon) a Garchomp. Shade isn't in the series, but everyone can still know her story. Shadow - she's not afraid to kill someone or something straight away. Knuckles - she's kind of clever. Tikal - I think she was sweet until something happened. Espio - she has ninja-like skills! Who can't love her? If you don't like Shade, go sit in the corner and think about your life.
Shade has a lot of potential to become the most favorite female Sonic character, along with Blaze. She may need some character remodeling, but she could easily make it to the top 10. She deserves another chance to be in a Sonic video game!
A lamer version of Julie-Su. Kind of wish Ken Penders hadn't dangled a lawsuit in front of SEGA so they could still use her.
An amazing character with a sad backstory. The reason why Infinite got the powers of the Phantom Ruby was so he could get revenge. Shadow's story reveals that Infinite's whole team was killed, and then he was defeated by Shadow in battle.
Fed up with losing, Infinite chose to discard his old self and focus on getting revenge on Shadow, which he does. I would like to see a DLC where we find out more about Infinite and maybe even get to play as his unmasked form, like in that mod. Infinite lost everything, and he decided that to get payback, he would have to destroy the person who destroyed him.
Why is Infinite (cough, Tails from another dimension) so low on the list? He is the most over-the-top, edgy character since Shadow in Sonic Boom (who sucks), and his theme song is the best thing ever!
Infinite would make a great Sonic X character if Sonic Forces were ever remade as Sonic X.
Chip is my favorite character. He has a cute design, an awesome voice actor, and an adorable personality. He is consistently optimistic, hyper, and happy. However, when situations turn dire or someone is feeling down, he is always there for them like a true friend.
Chip also has an incredible backstory. Suffering from amnesia, he initially couldn't even remember who he was. When he later discovered that he is essentially the god of light and destined to save the world, it didn't change him. He remained the same sweet, childish individual he always was. Additionally, I share something in common with him: we both love food!
When I first played Unleashed on the PS3, I wasn't sure about Chip. I thought he was annoying and had no purpose in the game. But as I played through the game, he established a lot of character development. As you go and place the Chaos Emeralds in the Gaia Temples, and after you defeat the Egg Lancer, it's revealed that he's Dark Gaia's good counterpart, Light Gaia.
In the final battle, he takes control of an Iron Giant-esque stone golem constructed out of the Gaia Temples to defeat Dark Gaia. The ending, where his spirit floats in the air telling Sonic to live, the Gaia Colossus gets sealed in the planet's core, and Sonic receives a bracelet in memory of him. He is my favorite minor character in the game because he's so badass!
Helen is a kind, sweet, little girl, and she's so adorable! Chris is a stupid idiot who is very selfish and dumb. Helen definitely should have been a main character.
Very underrated! Helen is a sweet, kind girl and one of Sonic's friends. I wish we had her as one of the main characters in Sonic X instead of Chris.
First of all, Helen would be a great replacement for Chris, and secondly, why does she look like Helen from NiGHTS?