10 Things You Didn't Know About Sonic the Hedgehog



6. Sonic Has No Neck--and Has One Eye

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Once you see it, you can't un-see it. Sonic does not have a neck, his torso connects directly to his head. He also has mono-eye, a single eye with two pupils.


7. Why Can't Sonic Swim?
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Sonic was designed as being unable to swim because of the mistaken belief that are unable to swim. How unfair for the blue guy!


8. Sonic the Hedgehog Was Named After a Medical Term

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"Sonic hedgehog homolog," known simply as SHH, is one of the three signaling pathway proteins in a family called hedgehog in mammals. It's responsible for cell division of adult stem cells, and it has been linked to the development of certain cancers.

If you couldn't tell by the oddly familiar name of this protein, it was named after Sonic the Hedgehog. The funny thing is, a potential inhibitor to this Hedgehog signaling pathway is found and called "Robotnikinin" in honor of Sonic the Hedgehog's nemesis, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.


9. The Noise that Sonic Makes When He Stops is From Another Game
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That "breaking" sound that Sonic makes when he stops running? That is the same sound used in Sega's 1986 arcade game, Outrun.


10. Sonic's Failed Designs Gave Birth to Many Popular Sega Franchises
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Ristar: Created as a Sonic reject
During the design process of Sonic, there were a few rejected ideas that eventually were used to create characters of other Sega franchises. One of his initial designs, for example, was an armadillo. This rejected idea eventually became Mighty the Armadillo. Another example is a dog that looked like Theodore Roosevelt in pajamas, which, as you can guess, turned out to be Dr. Robotnik. The idea that a rabbit with the ability to pick items up with his ears eventually became Ristar. It wasn't until Naoto Oshima suggested a 15-year-old anthropomorphic hedgehog who can run faster than the speed of sound that the idea of Sonic the Hedgehog was born.

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Amanda
Amanda

If you have been a fan if the series since your childhood, you probably know everything here already, no offence. :)

Ken Horowitz
Ken Horowitz

There is no evidence at all that Michael Jackson was ever officially involved with composing the music for Sonic 3. He may have worked on things off the record, but no contract was ever signed, no announcement ever made, and none of his work ever officially used.

Another little-known fact this article missed is that the word "the" in Sonic's name should be capitalized. Former Sega Director of Marketing Al Nilsen registered the character's name as "Sonic The Hedgehog," with "The" being Sonic's middle name.

Dgen
Dgen

This is a poorly written article.

Vee
Vee

No neck and one eye? Wow you guys just ran out of fun facts didn't you

guest
guest

Number 8 says sonic was named after a medical term and then it says the medical term was named after sonic.  What a poorly written article.

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"8. Sonic the Hedgehog Was Named After a Medical Term" followed by  "If you couldn't tell by the oddly familiar name of this protein, it was named after Sonic the Hedgehog" So which was it?

a2zStuff
a2zStuff

i know aal about sonic coz i am a drama queeen LoL

NeoTechni
NeoTechni

"Sonic was designed as being unable to swim because of the mistaken belief that are unable to swim."

What?

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Michael Jackson’s legacy as an icon of music history is soclouded by our media-biased views of his life that we’ll never know the manbehind all his rich music.  He is theultimate example of what happens when celebrity worship goes too far… havingthe press and court of opinion try him the last half of his life.  I created a before and after portrait of TheKing of Pop on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot... 

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

You know how to win all Sonic the Hedgehog levels?

Go right.

(This does not apply to the casino ones.)

DaRealPIPEgamer
DaRealPIPEgamer

I believe, "Sonic was designed as being unable to swim because of the mistaken belief that [hedgehogs] are unable to swim." is what they meant to say...

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