Manic the Hedgehog

From Sonic Retro


Manic the Hedgehog

Series: Sonic Underground
First Seen: Beginnings
Archie character? SSS #10 only

Manic the Hedgehog is a 15 (16 after Mobodoon) year old fictional character in the animated series Sonic Underground. He is voiced by Jaleel White, who also does the voices for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonia the Hedgehog, Manic's siblings. His singing voice is provided by Tyley Ross.


Manic was still a baby when he was separated from his mother, Queen Aleena. The queen left Manic in a basket at a doorstep on one night, where a thief stole the basket which Manic was in and brought it to Farrel.

Farrel raised Manic as a thief. One day, while Manic and Farrel were packing to leave the sewers, when Manic heard some music.

Manic told Farrel that he would be back, as Manic went off to find where the music came from. Manic then met his brother and sister. Unfortunately when Manic returned, he found out that Farrel was gone (and roboticized).

The Oracle of Delphius gave Manic and his sibs a map. The map lead them to a forest. Manic and his sibs trained in a forest and then was sent to complete their training in the City Of Clouds. But it was their journey to warn the Oracle that brought them together and got their powers permanently.

From that day onwards, Manic and his sibs formed a band called the 'Sonic Underground' and fight against the evil Dr. Robotnik. They made a vow their mother, Queen Aleena would be found, someday.


  • Residence: Rebel Base, SU van when traveling
  • Status: Master Thief, Freedom Fighter, Prince, SU drummer
  • Likes: Kids, drumming, surfing, stealing, his childhood home
  • Dislikes: Desert, putting back stuff he stole, Dr. Robotnik and the bad guys
  • Abilities: Drumming, stealing, disguising, hacking into computers, mechanic skills
  • Weakness: Gets carried away when stealing, close range combat
  • Weapon: Drums and drumsticks
  • Powers: Earthquake, lasers, shield
  • Transport: Hoverboard
  • Style: Manic has got a slight wild style and often uses slang when he speaks.
  • Personality: He is a good natured dude and sometimes a bit of a rebel. Although some people detest thieves, Manic is proud to be a thief. He is sensitive of his childhood. Manic is observant about and usually would manage to make a quick remark about something.
  • Role: Manic plays an important role as a drummer that keeps the rhythm right in the Sonic Underground band. Manic is the mechanic of the group, and the person who can build devices. If Manic wasn't in the SU band, the SU wouldn't have the advantage of thieving skills (such as picking locks) against Dr. Robotnik.

Queen Aleena's Favoritism

Have you ever noticed in the introduction and in most of the flashbacks that Queen Aleena almost always is holding Sonia in her lap? Usually, Sonic is right nearby, and Manic is off by himself in a corner, largely entertaining himself (poor Manic). This happens in several of the flashback scenes. It seems that Queen Aleena had a favorite child. And this is supported by subsequent facts as well. For instance, Sonia is the only hedgehog to receive a gift from her mother. After the debutante ball, she receives Queen Aleena's pendant from her own debut.

But most importantly, don't overlook the simple fact of the places in which she deposited each of the children. Sonia was left on the doorstep of a rich society woman to be raised in comfort and luxury. Sonic did not receive equal treatment. Although his family was good, they had none of the financial advantage of Lady Windimere. Now, some people may defend her about Manic. She certainly didn't intend for him to be stolen by a sewer dweller, but then again, she didn't pause to consider the neighborhood in which she dropped him off, did she? For this type of characters to be running rampant, it must not have been a terribly good neighborhood to begin with. This seems like a clear indication of her priorities.

But there's another way I prefer to look at this. Queen Aleena truly seems to love all of her children. She seems terribly pleased when she watches Sonic at the chili dog stand in "Head Games," and we can't forget the wonderful moment in "A Hedgehog's Home is her Castle" when she actually touches and speaks to Manic, an occurrence which never happens to Sonia. Perhaps her decisions about housing and her greater attention to Sonia is a result of her femininity. As strong feminists as some of us are, we must admit that sometimes girls aren't as strong as boys. This isn't the case with Sonia, and as time wears on, Queen Aleena seems to realize this as well, but in infancy, it might be an easy mistake to make and one which doesn't indicate any greater love for one over the other.

  • Update: Adina, a very dedicated fan of the French version of Sonic Underground has sent me these additional facts to supplement the favoritism theory: "I have another theory about QA favoritism. If you notice in the episode Mobodoon, when Manic and the Maier(the house lady) [Mayor Winnieham--E.] walk to the building, behind the big rock there is a picture over the door. The camera zooms in for a second. What is clear is that in the picture, Queen Aleena is holding Sonic and Sonia in her arms but Manic is left at her feet looking back at her. the "gravure" [engraving--E.] is not well defined and the only way you can make out who they are is by Manic and QA's hair. I can't tell in which arm she is holding the other two."

(Taken from Manic Panic.)

Manic left-handed?

The staff of Manic Panic mounted a scientific study, surveying screen shots from a representative sample of all the known episodes of Sonic Underground. Here's what they found.

They kept a tally of every instance in which Manic is doing something with a single hand, counting each instance once, of course (meaning that if we saw multiple angles of the same shot, or something to that effect, we wouldn't give it another tally point). The final tally result was as follows. They recorded six instances in which Manic used his left hand...and six instances in which Manic used his right hand. The results could hardly be more ambiguous.

So next, they compared what he was doing with each of his hands. With his right hand, Manic did the following things: push a button, hold his airboard, pick locks, and pull and hold various objects. With his left hand, Manic did the following: hold his airboard, gesture (multiple times), hold various objects, and twirl his drumstick. When we observed that Manic used his right hand for picking locks, we thought that was it. For a skill that well-honed and requiring such fine movements, it would almost have to be done with the dominant hand, we thought. But soon after we saw Manic twirling his drumstick with the left hand. That's no easy feat either. It leaves our conclusions ambiguous.

And such is the result of our survey. Manic could just as easily be right handed, left handed, or ambidextrous. If you have any conclusive evidence of Manic's hand dominance, such as having seen him write with one hand or the other, be sure to send it in and help solve the mystery.

Helen Holden conducted a study of her own.

I watched two episodes ("Mummy Dearest" & "Six is a Crowd") and recorded how many times Manic used each hand. In the end, a left hand was used 17 times and a right hand 8 times.

My guess would be that Manic IS left handed but I don't know for sure.

This certainly adds some new data to the pool. Of course, it still depends what he was doing with each hand and whether any of the actions were continuous, but I think we're on the right track.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Alternate Media) characters
Heroes   Sonic (Super, Dark Super, the Werehog) | Tails (Super, Turbo) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy Rose | Cream | Blaze | G.U.N. (Commander) | Emerl | Silver (Super) | Marine | Shade | Sally | Bunnie | Antione | Rotor | Sonia | Manic | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Cosmo
Anti-heroes/ Neutrals   Shadow (Super) | Rouge | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Mighty | Ray | Julie-su | E-102 Gamma | Chaos (Perfect) | E-123 Omega | Jet | Wave | Storm | Merlina | Aleena
Villains   Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic | Snively | Cluck | Dark Oak | E-Series | Fang | Bean | Bark | Eggman Nega | Battle Kukku Army | Metarex | Black Doom | Erazor
Teams   Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Others   Gerald & Maria Robotnik | Chris | Chao | Tikal | Big | E-101 Beta | Heavy and Bomb | Flicky | Animals | Galaxina | Earthia