Sonic (ソニック, Sonic) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch and a rival against Nintendo's Mario since Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His return in Super Smash Bros. 4 was announced on October 1st, 2013 during a Nintendo Direct. Sonic is one of the nineteen third-party characters in the game, alongside Bandai Namco's Pac-Man, Goku and Naruto, Capcom's Mega Man and Ryu, Konami's Snake, fellow Sega representatives Bayonetta and AiAi, Square Enix's Cloud, Golgoth Studio's Justice, Clamp's Sakura, Activision's Crash, Team Shanghai Alice's Reimu, Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob, Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim and Disney's Ralph and Elsa.
In the English version, Sonic is voiced by Roger Craig Smith, albeit via recycled voice clips from games such as Sonic Generations, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. This reflects Smith's succession of Jason Griffith as Sonic's voice actor, who voiced Sonic from 2005 until 2010.
The main star of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He's an easygoing hedgehog who blows past the competition with his speed. Seriously, on the ground he's faster than anyone else in Smash Bros. Use this to your advantage, avoiding blows while landing lightning-fast attacks.
- Sonic's dashing speed is so fast that if he were to be to customized with all speed-based equipment and used both a Bunny Hood and Superspicy Curry, he would outrun the Spirit Train.
- Additionally, an unedited Sonic using Superspicy Curry dashes at the exact same speed as the water slide in the Flood Chamber of Kalos Pokémon League and Distant Planet, which causes him to dash in place.
- Sonic is the only third-party character in the series to be present in more than one installment of Super Smash Bros. and the only one to be dubbed into languages other than English and Japanese.
- Despite having existing 8-bit sprites from the Sonic the Hedgehog games released on the Master System and Game Gear, Pac-Man and Duck Hunt's newcomer posters depict Sonic's 16-bit sprite from the Genesis/Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, there is a glitch that results in Sonic having two mouths when rolling forward or backward.
- This is slightly reminiscent of a similar glitch that he had as Super Sonic in Sonic Lost World.
- In non-Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Sonic reuses his voice clip from Super Smash Bros. Brawl when he is in the water because of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS' lack of swimming.
- This results in his voice reverting to his previous voice actor, Jason Griffith, as well as being one of four reused voice clips of him in SSB4 (the others used when Sonic is asleep, his up taunt, and one of his attacking grunts). However, Jason Griffith is not listed in the credits because of this developmental oversight.
- The European description for Sonic says "Unlike most hedgehogs, he's incredibly fast. Like most hedgehogs, however, he can't swim." This is incorrect on both counts. Like dogs, cats and most mammals, hedgehogs swim reasonably well. And while it is rare to see a hedgehog run, since they usually conserve their energy by strolling or curling into a motionless ball when threatened, their top speed is nevertheless respectable for their body size.
- On the official Super Smash Bros. Facebook page, there is a picture for every character in SSB4, including Sonic. Sonic's was posted on December 29th, 2014 with the caption "Five gold rings", in reference to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- Sonic, along with Bowser, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, Wario, Mr. Game & Watch, Little Mac, Young Link, Ganondorf, Corrin, Charizard, Lucario, Mewtwo, Pac-Man, Justice and SpongeBob are the only characters who transform during their Final Smash. Inkling, Goku and Sakura transform from one of their special moves.
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