Over 100 characters who don’t get much attention can be found in the Sonic games. These are the best ones.
Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends have been in a lot of different types of media over the years, from old Sega video games to TV shows and live-action movies. The famous blue hedgehog has fought many enemies of different sizes and shapes with the help of many other cartoon animals and even people.
There are a few interesting characters you may have met if you’ve played most of the games in the series. But which of these should we look at more closely? This is why we’re here: to list the important Sonic characters and pick the best ones. Keep your rings on!
Silver The Hedgehog
Silver was first added in the controversial Sonic 2006, but it turned out to be a nice addition that made other games better. This strange hedgehog is fun to play in most games because he can throw things around however the Havok physics allow. This makes him different from the other characters in the series who are more focused on fighting.
When it comes to telling stories, Silver is a great way to make exciting plots happen. He’s an organic way to incorporate the more magical and cosmic parts of the Sonic world because he’s completely neutral.
Trip The Sungazer
This game, Sonic Superstars, picks up where 2017’s Sonic Mania left off. It’s a solid side-scrolling adventure that feels like it belongs in the good old days while also having a modern shine. Trip the Sungazer, a shy girl who’s spent most of her days on the Northstar Isles alone, is one of the new animals. She is a type of desert lizard.
Trip is so thirsty for friends that she gladly makes friends with Dr. Eggman and Fang the Hunter when they show up and start barking orders. She even offers to help the bad guys with their plan. Eggman’s new plan to take over the world is to bring back to life the old Black Dragon, which Trip is related to. Trip finally sees the light and joins Sonic and the others in their plan to permanently lock up the Dragon. It’s great to have Trip as a member of the Classic gang.
Cream And Cheese
People used to think that Amy Rose was the only interesting female character in the Sonic series. While she’s more than meets the eye, there’s always room in the group for more wonderful women.
Cream and her Chao-named pet Cheese are great examples of a very different type of hero. Because Cream is more of a passive spectator than an active fighter, and her main goal is to protect her pet, this makes her very likeable in any game she’s in. Don’t think she’s weak, though; if you mess with her mom or her friends, she’ll become very strong.
Bark The Polar Bear
Bark is from the often-forgotten arcade brawler Sonic the Fighters, and he hasn’t been in much other Sonic media since. This polar bear may not have been in a major game, but Bark is much more remembered than his short list of appearances would suggest. He is the only bear in Sonic history and has a unique wintery twist.
It’s also good to have bigger characters in the series, since Sonic the Hedgehog characters usually have pretty small bodies. Even though Bark’s form isn’t particularly unique or interesting, his outline is already very different from that of any other side character. It would be easy to pick him out of a crowd.
Tikal The Echidna
Tikal is even less common in the series. Most gamers know him from the first Sonic Adventure game and as a character who shows up often on the Sonic X show. She has been guardian of the Chaos Emeralds since long before Knuckles took over. Besides Chief Pachacamac and the minor heroes in the non-canon Sonic Chronicles, she is the only other Echidna in the whole series.
Given how many Hedgehogs there are in the series and how much fans love Knuckles, it’s odd how little Tikal shows up. Maybe the fact that she was crushed in a tragedy many years ago and turned into a sparkling spirit ball has something to do with it. To protect these famous crystals, she is cool and polite, and she can easily be Knux’s nice and positive opposite.
Around the middle of the 2010s, there weren’t many new characters in the Sonic games. It seems like Sega didn’t want to go too far from the “core four” characters—Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy—because they had been criticized for having too many characters in previous games. Sonic Frontiers, which came out in 2022, finally broke the run with Eggman’s new, cute AI friend Sage.
Eggman sends Sage to the Ancients’ Cyberspace network as part of his plan to take over the Starfall Isles. There, she quickly gains a mind, a personality, and a physical form from the vast amounts of information stored there. From then on, she alternates between getting in the way of Sonic and telling him about the risks on the island. In the heartbreaking ending, Eggman accepts her as his own daughter. Bring out the tears.
Fang The Hunter
Fang is by far the most stereotypically “badass” character in the whole series. Along with his debut in Sonic Triple Trouble, this gunner has only been seen in a few other games. With so many overly serious characters like Shadow and Silver, it’s nice to see a bad guy who knows how cool he is—so cool that he’s had at least five name changes since he first appeared.
He has appeared in Sonic Mania as a potential mini-boss alongside fellow Sonic the Fighters characters Bark and Bean, and as one of the main villains in Sonic Superstars, so we’ve seen him a little more lately.
Big The Cat
Big looks pretty scary, but there’s no doubt that it’s one of a kind. People will remember that thousand-yard stare for a long time. He’s another example of a kind person who only gets violent to protect his friends. Being close friends with Amy Rose, who is always after Sonic, he often finds himself in bigger problems than he would have liked. He only wants to hang out with Froggy, the dog he has had his whole life.
He is an isolated fisherman who likes to take things slowly, even though he is very big and strong. There’s something a little depressing about the fact that he’s big and stupid, but he’s more like Baymax from Big Hero 6. What’s not to love about him? He’s basically a big cat that you can hug.
Before making her debut in Sonic CD, Amy Rose was first seen in the Sonic comics. She is one of the most well-known female characters in the series. When someone writes her, she often seems like a character with two sides, which is a shame. She does carry that huge Piko Piko Hammer around with her everywhere, and she is strong enough on her own.
She, on the other hand, is always in love with Sonic and smothers him with herself like pancake syrup. There is nothing wrong with having a crush on a tween girl, but it can get a little crazy at times. No matter what, the mix of her cutesy look and the ironically huge weapon is still funny. Her happy mood might make some people feel good or annoy them, but she is definitely famous.
Shadow The Hedgehog
This character’s history is pretty complicated. He or she is the result of a science experiment run by Gerald Robotnik, who is Dr. Eggman’s grandpa. Gerald was a more traditional scientist than his grandson, who was sneaky and bad. Gerald’s good goals had unexpected consequences.
Shadow is more than just Sonic’s color swap. He’s the series’ anti-hero, who works alone most of the time but helps Sonic out every once in a while. He became famous right away and was so well-liked that his character was even brought back from the dead (with very weak reasons). Besides having an interesting birth story, he also has a striking black-and-red color scheme.
Rouge The Bat
At some point, Sega definitely began to look deep for other animals that they could make human-like. Rouge is often more interesting than Amy, in part because she has two different morals: “will she, won’t she?” She is a spy who is very good at fighting and has a soft spot for jewels, a lot like Catwoman.
She flirts a lot, fights hard, and her allegiances are always changing. In that way, she’s just like Espio, the Chameleon, in that she’s a typical character type. To be fair, she was probably one of the many new characters that made fans angry. She won’t be going anywhere soon, though, because she’s so famous.
As a chameleon, Espio is a lot of fun, and the show has a lot of fun playing with what that means. He can change into nothing and throw ninja stars in Sonic Heroes. His name is even short for “espionage.” But he’s best known for being one of the founders of the Chaotix Detective Agency. His role as a detective adds a fun touch to the series.
This group also takes care of two more fun Sonic characters, Vector the Crocodile and Charmy the Bee, whose name is very creative. Being shy is part of Espio’s attitude. He’s everything you’d expect from a hard-boiled detective, but that makes him fun to watch with his friendlier teammates.
Yes, making a Mechagodzilla is the only logical thing to do if Godzilla won’t go down. In all of Eggman’s products, this is one of the few that really poses a threat to Sonic and his friends. It is said that his skills are even better than Sonic’s, but he’s never been able to defeat him. Maybe it’s a classic case of going crazy over something.
Whatever you decide, Metal looks great, and since he can feel things, he’s definitely a “character.” When you think about how many drones Sonic destroys every day, Eggman’s other evil creations just don’t stack up. Just like Gerald’s best creation, Shadow.
Knuckles The Echidna
Knuckles used to be a bad guy because he was always serious and (funnily enough for an echidna) “hogging” all the attitude. But thanks to his skills, he became a beloved Doodle Baseball character, and he eventually finds out that Eggman lied to him. He’s an important part of the franchise’s history because he’s the last of his kind and was meant to keep the Chaos Emeralds safe.
These Emeralds are a huge mess, so let’s just say they’re like the Infinity Stones in terms of how powerful and secret they are. People liked Knuckles’s tough attitude, bright red color, and famous strength, so he’s been in a lot of movies and products.
Every Mario has to have a Luigi. The well-known flying fox Miles Prower is a really fun friend who isn’t just Sonic’s color swap partner. He has his own history and has had problems with bullies in the past, but he chooses to do something good with his strange appearance. His power to fly, which was introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, is especially useful in this line of platform games.
Tails is a skilled mechanic who gives the series a more “everyman” feel. He has always been treated like a little brother. For younger fans, he’s a mild-mannered character with a cute look, and he was even in the second Sonic movie.
Eggman, who used to be known as Dr. Robotnik before the Japanese and English localizations were synchronized in the early 2000s, is a standard bad guy who always wants to rule the world. But what makes him so interesting are the ways he does things. That humans make guns and destroy nature to turn local animals into robots is a very human way of thinking that might be too true to our real world.
In the real world, there has been a clear imbalance with our environment, and there have been people with missiles who want to start a war. But Eggman stands out even more because he likes to bring back old baddies like Chaos and Dark Gaia, which always goes horribly wrong. Eggman easily deserves his place as one of the most famous bad guys in video game history.
Sonic The Hedgehog
That was pretty clear. Who else but the big blue cheese could take the top spot? His need for speed really sets him apart from other platforming mascots. He has a cute, easy-to-recognize look and a “devil may care” attitude. Gamers don’t always pay attention, and we want things fast. This game’s main character made it possible for gamers of all skill levels to become speedrunners.
We’re all fans of Sonic on a basic level because his world is built on a simple idea that can be built upon, is full of brightly colored animals that are impossible not to like, and is ready to grow. Also, Sonic’s sense of right and wrong is always on point. His willingness to help others is very charming, and he’s shown a shocking amount of personality just in the games. Take a look at the speech that ends Sonic and the Black Knight.