Top 10 Best Sonic the Hedgehog Characters

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is a sprawling landscape of characters, a testament to its over 30 years of history. Since the release of the original game in 1991, a vibrant cast of heroes, villains, sidekicks, and rivals has emerged, each leaving their mark on the series. From the eponymous blue blur himself to the nefarious Dr. Eggman, and a multitude of other personalities in between, the franchise has cultivated a rich universe of characters that have resonated with audiences of all ages.

Who are the best Sonic characters? Some might gravitate towards the iconic heroes who embody speed, bravery, and the fight for good, while others might find themselves drawn to the charismatic villains with their elaborate schemes and larger-than-life personalities.
The Top Ten
1 Sonic the Hedgehog 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.

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.

2 Shadow the Hedgehog 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.

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 sophisticated 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 demonstrates inclusivity 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... more

3 Miles "Tails" Prower Miles Prower, more commonly known by his nickname Tails, is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a significant main character after the title character Sonic, who is also his best friend.

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

4 Knuckles the Echidna 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.

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!

5 Silver the Hedgehog

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.

6 Blaze the Cat

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.

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

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.


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

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.

9 Rouge the Bat

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!

10 Amy Rose Amy Rose is a fictional character in SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is a pink anthropomorphic hedgehog with a cheerful, competitive personality, and is infatuated with the series' main character, Sonic. She serves as the first playable female character in the series.

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.

The Contenders
11 Espio the Chameleon Espio The Chameleon is a Sonic character first appearing in the 1995 Sega 32X title, Knuckles' Chaotix alongside Charmy Bee and Vector the Crocodile. Espio's appearance in Knuckles' Chaotix depicts him as a character with a hot temper which causes Charmy to remind him about his manners. In Sonic Heroes,... read more

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 number one. 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! This can only mean 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.

12 Cream the Rabbit

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.

13 Vector the Crocodile Vector the Crocodile is a fictional anthropomorphic crocodile from the Sonic the Hedgehog series who debuted in Knuckles' Chaotix in 1995, and later returned in Sonic Heroes as head detective of the Chaotix Detective Agency. With a great love for music and money (the latter which he is always short... read more

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.

14 E-123 Omega

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.

15 Jet the Hawk Jet the Hawk is a character from SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series. Jet is very arrogant, prideful, and always seeks riches and fortunes. While also the Babylon Rogues' leader, Jet rarely takes his responsibilities seriously, though he knows how to assert his authority.

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.

16 Mephiles the Dark

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.

17 E-102 Gamma

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.

18 Tikal the Echidna

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!

19 Chaos

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.

20 Shade the Echidna

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!

21 Sticks the Badger

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!

22 Mighty the Armadillo

Come on, guys, Espio is my favorite, but Mighty needs some love! Show me the love, SEGA! Put Mighty and Espio in Sonic Boom for me!

Mighty is one of my favorite Sonic characters. I hope he comes back in the new Sonic Boom.

MIGHTY! This guy needs some SERIOUS recognition! He is the best character in the series! It's a shame that he hasn't been back since Knuckles Chaotix.

23 Marine the Raccoon

Marine isn't as bad as Big. Heck, she is even shipped with Tails alongside Mina, Cream, and Cosmo. Tails is just 100% awesome. Marine is a lying brat at times, but still, she is awesome as well.

It's a shame SEGA and Sonic dislike her for her childish behavior! She's a very nice character if you give her a second chance!

Marine is a cute 7-year-old raccoon who should be in more Sonic games!

I think Marine should be playable!

24 Sally Acorn Sally Acorn is a Mobian chipmunk, the daughter of King Nigel Acorn, and the leader of the Freedom Fighters. She is also the heroine of the SatAM television series... read more

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.

25 Helen

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. Secondly, why does she look like Helen from NiGHTS?

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