References to Sonic in film, television, and printed media

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Due to Sonic the Hedgehog's popularity, his series is often featured or parodied within a large amount of movies, shows and other non-game media.


Show Episode Date Description Screenshot
Space Ghost Coast to Coast S01E10 1994-11-11 In the episode "Gum, Disease", Space Ghost is playing Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles on his guest monitor after the commercial break. The Sonic & Knuckles main theme plays while Space Ghost guides Sonic and Tails through Hidden Palace Zone, only to have Sonic walk into Knuckles and causing him to lose all his rings. Right before he turns the game off, Knuckles' theme starts to play. Due to legal issues with Sega about the scene, this episode was left out of the DVD releases of the show. SG-plays-Sonic.png
The Simpsons S07E11 1995-12-17 In the episode "Marge Be Not Proud", Sonic appears in Bart's conscience convincing him to steal a video game, Bonestorm. Sonicbart.png
S19E11 2008-01-27 In the episode "That 90s' Show", he appears on a billboard alongside Amy Rose, in reference to "Sonic Says" from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and birth control. That 90s show.jpg
S23E05 2011-11-13 In the episode "The Food Wife", a very Sonic-looking character that almost looks like a fusion between Sonic and Blaze can be seen in the background when the Simpson family attend "E4" (a parody of "E3" the world's largest annual video game convention). The Simpsons TheFoodWife Sonic.jpg
The X-Files S03E03 1995-06-10 In the episode "D.P.O." the music for Green Hill Zone can be heard inside an arcade.
Malcom in the Middle S02E04 2000-11-19 In the beginning of the episode "Dinner Out", Malcom and Stevie are playing Sonic R with weird sound effects.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger commercial N/A 2002 The commercial for the video game Ty the Tasmanian Tiger features Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon completely covered in bandages in a hospital room, with boomerangs wedged in their bodies. The titular character walks through the ward and scares them. TyTheTasmanianTiger Commercial.png
Megas XLR S02E05 2004-11-27 In the episode "Thanksgiving Throwdown", Coop, Kiva, and Jamie are watching floats at a Thanksgiving Day parade. One of the floats is a character called "Auggie the Adorable Aardvark", a spoof of Sonic with spiky blue hair and red shoes. Strangely enough, this is the float in which an alien spore fuses with to fight Coop in his Megas. Auggie even uses a move exactly like the Spin Dash. MegasXLR AuggieTheAardvark.png
Robot Chicken S03E05 2007-09-09 One episode, "Shoe", features a Sonic parody in which Sonic spins over the speed limit in Green Hill Zone, causing two policemen from the SWAT team to stop him using a spike strip. Sonic is portrayed by a modified ReSaurus Sonic Adventure action figure.
Tosh.0 S02E16 2010-07-14 Daniel shows footage of a speed run of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and tends to do a speed run himself.
Parks and Recreation S04E05 2011-10-27 Ron Swanson looks through Andy's toolbox in which he finds "some cartridge that says Sonic and Hedgehog". ParksAndRecreationSonicAndHedgehog.png
Breaking Bad S04E04 2011-08-07 Jesse Pinkman plays Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with a prostitute. BreakingBadAllstarsRacing.png
S04E11 2011-09-25 Jesse plays Sonic 2006's multiplayer mode on Wave Ocean with his girlfriend's son. For some unexplainable reason they are having fun while doing this. BreakingBadSonic2006.png
S05E03 2012-07-29 Jesse plays Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing again, but this time with his girlfriend and her son.
Progressive commercial N/A 2012-01-06 Sonic runs around the Progressive store while Flo and another worker watch. The commercial uses two jingles from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The invincibility music plays as he runs and the extra life music plays after Flo tells him about their price compare. Sonic Progressive.png
MAD S01E16 2011-02-28 Amy Rose appears as one of the candidates in "Gaming's Next Top Princess". Compared to the other characters in the scene, she is drawn as-is and not as a parody.
S01E23 2011-03-30 One episode featured an ad parody of Sonic Brand Sneakers.
S03E01 2012-05-28 In the episode "The Iron Giant Lady", a look is taken at what a lady version of The Iron Giant would look like, briefly showing the success of other lady robots. Bunnie Rabbot is included in this, defeating Chuck Norris in a martial arts tournament. However, this is somewhat inaccurate, as Bunnie is a cyborg. BunnieInMAD.png
S03E02 2012-06-04 In the episode "Franklin & Crash", Sonic appears as a prosecutor at the trial, presenting compelling video evidence showing the Prince of All Cosmos in the process of creating various katamaris.
S03E11 2012-09-27 In the episode "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus", Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman can be seen as students at Video Game School. MAD-Ep60-Sonic.png
The Big Bang Theory S07E02 2013-09-26 In the bottom left corner of the screen as Sheldon is buying an Aquaman statue, the Shadow and Rouge Jazwares figures can be seen slightly.
Teen Titans Go! S01E29 2013-10-16 In the episode "Starfire the Terrible", Robin tries restyling his hair, with one of his hairstyles resembling Sonic's quills.
Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation S01E01 2016-01-07 The pond in the school's park is in the shape of Sonic's head, similar to the Sonic Team logo. Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation Sonic cameo.png
My Brother, My Brother and Me S01E05 2017-02-23 Griffin McElroy meets Sonic the Hedgehog and Benjamin Franklin and smokes a big bag of weed with them.
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes S01E20 2017-08-18 In the episode "Everybody Like Rad?", a minor character at RadCon, named Shadamy, has her pink bangs shaped like Amy's, pink hair shaped like Shadow's quills, limbs colored peach, wears cuffs and shoes resembling Inhibitor Rings and Hover Shoes, and white gloves. Shadamy is an obvious reference to a popular fan pairing of Shadow the Hedgehog and Amy Rose.
S01E24 2017-09-01 In the episode "One Last Score", Ginger convinces K.O. into one last heist. She wears a jumpsuit with heart chestplate similar to Rouge the Bat's jumpsuit except with yellow instead of pink. Her neckerchief may also reference Rouge's wings. OK KO GingerAsRouge.png
S03E10 2019-08-04 "Let's Meet Sonic", a special crossover episode, features Sonic and Tails themselves making an appearance, with Roger Craig Smith and Colleen Villard reprising their respective roles. OK KO LetsMeetSonic.png
Emmerdale Unknown 2018-12-26 After Bob Hope accidentally got his children PlayStation 3 games for Christmas instead of PlayStation 4, he goes out the next day to return them and get the correct games. The one game he returns with is a slightly worn copy of Sonic Mania Plus. Emmerdale SonicManiaPlus.jpg


Film Year Description Screenshot
Wayne's World 1992 Footage from Sonic the Hedgehog appears in the background of an advert for the fictional Noah's Arcade, including a prototype version of Marble Zone with UFOs. Wayne'sWorldSLZ.png
Hocus Pocus 1993 In one scene, a trick-or-treater wearing a Sonic costume walks past the three witches.
Jingle All the Way 1996 A person in a Sonic costume appears towards the end of the movie. JingleAllTheWay SonicCameo.png
Adeus, Pai 1996 At the beginning of the movie, Filipe is seen playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear. Sonic in Adeus Pai.png
Hitch 2005 In one scene near the beginning of the film, there is an ice cream truck with a very clear picture of the infamous Sonic ice cream bar on the side. Other recognizable characters include Mario, Dora the Explorer, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Incredible Hulk.
Drillbit Taylor 2008 At the beginning of the movie, a Knuckles the Echidna Toy Island action figure can be seen above one of the kids' beds.
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 Sonic makes numerous appearances throughout the movie, with his most notable appearance being a speaking role early on in the movie at Game Central Station where he warns other video game characters about the dangers of game-jumping. Some of his other appearances include attending Fix-It Felix Jr.'s 30th Anniversary party, and running through Chemical Plant Zone during the credits. Dr. Eggman also appears as one of the many attendees of the Bad-Anon support group alongside fellow Sega villain Neff. Tails appears as a drawing on the celebrity wall in Tapper. And finally, a Sonic the Fighters arcade cabinet can be seen during the 30-year timeskip at the beginning of the movie.
Ready Player One 2018 Sonic is used as an avatar by an unknown person to interact with others in the interconnected virtual space called the OASIS. He appears again very briefly in the Final Battle where he uses a Homing Attack.
Ralph Breaks the Internet 2018 In this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, Sonic makes more appearances in the movie. His most notable appearance is where he explains to Ralph what wi-fi is after Mr. Litwak installs the wireless router. He is also shown attending Zangief's book club during the ending. Dr. Eggman also appears as a background character in some scenes.


Manga Year Description Image
The One I Love 1995 Sonic appears as a plush toy in SCENE 6 – Together (pages 59-65). Scanlations of the full story can be found here. TheOneILove example.jpg


Book Date Author Description
The New Doctor Who Adventures: Conundrum 1994-01-20 Steve Lyons A character named Mel Joseph plays Sonic the Hedgehog on the computer in order to complete the Scrap Brain Zone.
The New Doctor Who Adventures: All-Consuming Fire 1994-06-16 Andy Lane Ace makes a joke with Dr John Watson that the Rakshassi would not worship Sonic, whatever else they would.
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All 2005-05-19 Jacqueline Rayner Mickey Smith has a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog, along with Grand Theft Auto and Gran Turismo, on his Xbox or PlayStation.
Doctor Who: Forever Autumn 2007-09-06 Mark Morris Martha Jones comments that the Tenth Doctor's hair is "very Sonic the Hedgehog" but the Doctor himself says he wants it more like Sid Vicious.
My Life as a Gamer 2015-04-07 Janet Tashjian At one point, Derek's tutor, Hannah, is described wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt.
Press Start! #1: Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! 2016-12-27 Thomas Flintham In this video-game-themed book, one of the inhabitants of Animal Town is Simon the Hedgehog, who is blue and fast, making him an obvious parody of Sonic the Hedgehog. King Viking, the main antagonist who is fat and uses robots to attack Super Rabbit Boy, may be a reference to Dr. Eggman. Simon the Hedgehog and King Viking are recurring characters in the later Press Start! books.