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Mobius (or Planet Mobius) is the setting of the Sonic the Hedgehog series as established in Sega of America's Sonic the Hedgehog Bible. Mobius featured in Sonic products and media produced in North America and Europe, but typically didn't feature in Japanese Sonic media, where Sonic's planet was usually left unnamed. The name Mobius was largely retired after the release of Sonic Adventure, as Sega of Japan's Sonic Team gained more creative control of the Sonic brand worldwide.

In the games following Sonic Adventure, the planet Sonic the Hedgehog lives on was sometimes called Earth, and later deliberately left unnamed and only referred to as "Sonic's world". As of 2022, Sonic's world is officially named Earth.[1]

Overview

In the Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide, Sonic says that Mobius is his planet and it was a real nice place before Dr. Ivo Robotnik showed up.[2]

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Use in games

The following Sonic games mention the planet Mobius in their North American and PAL region instruction manuals:


Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball's Japanese instruction manual also mentions planet Mobius, as its prologue was translated from the English language manual.

In other media

Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog (promotional comic)

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Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics)

The Archie comics version of Mobius was initially based upon its depiction in the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, while also incorporating locations from the video games. Like the TV series, Sonic and his allies live in Knothole, while Dr. Robotnik lives in Robotropolis.

Early in the series it was mentioned that Mobius and Earth exist in separate universes that can be reached through the Cosmic Interstate, an intergalactic road that connects different universes and realities across time and space. However, it was later revealed that Mobius is a future version of Earth, after various catastrophes destroyed most of human civilization. The planet is populated by Mobians (anthropomorphic animals mutated from "normal" animals) and Overlanders (four fingered humans who survived a genetic bomb attack).

Downunda
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Downunda is a continent on Mobius, located in the southern part of the planet. Consisting of mostly desert plains, the continent is inhabited by, and protected by, the Downunda Freedom Fighters. It was originally the location of Echidnaopolis and the Master Emerald until it was sent to the sky to avoid a meteor strike, leaving behind a massive crater. For a period of time, Downunda was ruled by Crocbot and his dingo robots, with help from Dr. Robotnik. Efforts by the Downunda Freedom Fighters, along with assistance by the Knothole Freedom Fighters, helped to stop his rule.

Sonic the Comic

Sonic the Comic portrays Mobius in a style similar to the early games, as the planet was divided into "Zones", each with a distinctive landscape and climate. At the start of the comic Robotnik was not the ruler but eventually took it over. He subsequently was overthrown, although he tried repeatedly to regain his position as dictator. Mobius and Earth are separate worlds in this comic.

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Sonic Adventures: Dans Les Griffes De Robotnik

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Television

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

The Sonic the Hedgehog TV series is set on planet Mobius. Sonic and his allies live in Knothole, an idyllic hidden village in the Great Forest. Dr. Robotnik resides over the heavily industrialized city of Robotropoplis, which was known as Mobotropolis before he conquered it.

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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Mobius is a surrealistic planet populated by anthropomorphic animals and humans. Sonic travels the world throughout the series, with each episode set in a new location, the only frequently recurring location being Dr. Robotnik's mountaintop headquarters. Some Zones from the video games are featured in the series, but bear very little resemblance to their inspirations beyond the names.

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Sonic Underground

In Sonic Underground, Mobius is ruled by Dr. Robotnik, who overthrew Sonic's mother, Queen Aleena. The series reuses several backgrounds from the previous Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, though in different contexts. As with the previous series, Dr. Robotnik's base of operations is the city of Robotropolis, known as Mobotropolis prior to Robotnik's conquest. Mobius is populated by anthropomorphic animals.

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Books

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Novelization

In the novelization of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Knuckles the Echidna calls Sonic "Child of Mobius".[13]

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References

Locations in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series
Islands   Christmas Island | South Island | West Side Island | Angel Island | Cocoa Island | Flicky Island | Prison Island | Onyx Island | Southern Island | Starfall Islands | Northstar Islands
Landmarks / Buildings   Never Lake | Mt. Mobius | Emerald Shrine | Super Labyrinth | Tails' Workshop | Babylon Garden | Gaia Gate
Regions / Nations   Eggman Empire | Station Square | Mystic Ruins | United Federation | Central City | Soleanna | Monopole | City | Mystic Jungle
Vessels   Death Egg | Death Egg II | Egg Carrier | Space Colony ARK | Eggman Fleet
Planets / Planetoids   Mobius | Little Planet | Black Comet | Interstellar Amusement Park | Lost Hex
Dimensions   Special Stage | Maginaryworld | Sol Dimension | Arabian Nights | Twilight Cage | World of Camelot | White Space | Dreamscape