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Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and produced by SEGA. The franchise centers on a series of speed-based platform games. The protagonist of the series is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series' main antagonist, Dr. Eggman. Typically, Sonic—usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles—must stop Eggman and foil any plans of world domination. The first game in the series, released in 1991, was conceived by Sega's Sonic Team division after SEGA requested a mascot character. The title was a success, it spawned many sequels, and it transformed SEGA into a leading video game company during the 16-bit era in the early to mid-1990s.

While the first games in the series were side-scrolling platform games, later games expanded the series into various other genre and sub-series, such as the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and Sonic Boom series. The series had sold over 80 million physical copies of games, and over 350 million units when combining packaged game software with mobile phone downloads. Outside of video games, the franchise has also been spun out into other media, including cartoons, anime and comics.

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  • Sonic the Hedgehog is the first video game series to be added to Chronicles of Illusion.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is Chronicles of Illusion's only main SEGA representation.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog currently has the most content in Chronicles of Illusion.
  • Despite not being that popular in Japan, the Sonic series has gained a huge fan following in other parts of the world, particularly in North America.
  • In 1993, SEGA commissioned Toei Animation to make the opening and ending cutscenes for Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
    • Also, in one of the secret illustrations in said game, there is a bizarre tribute to Batman.
  • The late Michael Jackson worked on music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but was left uncredited due to being unhappy with the sound quality.
  • In 1994, 2003 and 2004 respectively, Sonic the Hedgehog toys and handheld LCD games were released in Mcdonald's Happy Meals.
  • In Sonic '06, Lacey Chabert, better known as the voice of Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys and Meg Griffin in the first season of Family Guy, did the voice of Princess Elise.
    • It is also revealed that she use to play Sonic when she was a child.
  • DeviantArt and Twitter user, Jennifer Hernandez (also known by her internet alias, "Chibi-Jen-Hen"), and DeviantArt user, EvanStanley, have worked on a few issues of Archie Comics' Sonic series late into its run.
    • Their Sonic OCs even make a few brief appearances in the comics.
    • Jennifer would later go off to work on a few issues of IDW's Sonic comic series. But most notably, #3, in which all of her main Sonic OCs make a brief appearance.
  • YouTube users, Tee Lopes and Hyper Potions, have worked on music for Sonic Mania (and Plus) and Team Sonic Racing.
  • In 2017, SEGA partnered with Hooters to promote the release of Sonic Forces.
    • This resulted in Sonic fan artists on the internet drawing the characters (including OCs) in Hooters uniforms.
  • Sonic series creators, Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, would later create the NiGHTS series, as well as the upcoming Square Enix game, Balan Wonderworld.
  • Sonic music composers, Jun Senoue and Tomoya Ohtani, were brought in to make new arrangements for the Super Smash Bros. series, despite the Sonic series itself only getting one remix.
  • In the 2012 Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph (and its sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet), Sonic and Dr. Eggman make brief appearances.
  • In a Season 3 episode of the Cartoon Network series, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Sonic and Tails make guest appearances.
  • In 2016, members of IGN stated via video that the Sonic series "was never good." This has angered Sonic fans all over the internet.
  • In May 2019, MollyKetty took part of the fourth annual Sonic Twitter Takeover. However, she didn't get any of her questions answered.
  • On December 19, 2020, MollyKetty took part of ChaosCreatorsTX's Winter Festival Showcase stream on Twitch, which showcased some popular Sonic fan content creators, and got a special "Hi" from Jennifer Hernandez.
    • However, while the stream was archived, the video was later deleted.

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