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Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog,[5] 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.

Sonic is a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog who has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies. Throughout the course of the video games, Sonic most commonly has to race through levels, collect power up rings and survive against a host of natural obstacles and minions to achieve his goal. While many individuals at Sega had a hand in Sonic's creation, programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima are generally credited with the creation of the character.[6]

The first game was released on June 23, 1991, to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship character Mario.

[7][8] Since then, Sonic has become one of the world's best-known video game characters, with his series selling more than 80 million copies.[9] In 2005, Sonic was one of the first game character inductees into the Walk of Game alongside Mario and Link.[10]