References to Sonic in print

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Due to Sonic the Hedgehog's popularity, his series is often featured or parodied within a large amount of books, comics, and magazines.


Book Date Author Description Image
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. Notavailable.svg
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. Notavailable.svg
Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten 1994 Shogakukan An official 1994 Nintendo-licensed Mario compendium portrays the Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 enemy Harisu with a distinctly Sonic-like facial appearance. References PerfectBanMario Harisu Sonicface.png
Incredible Inventions: So Real It's Unreal 1996 Nick Griffiths The book extensively features Sonic the Hedgehog in its chapter on video game history.[1] References IncredibleInventions Print Sonic.png
Disney's Year Book 2005 2005-01 Fern L. Malmberg In the "Up, Up, and Away!" section of the book, a group of hot air balloons can be seen on page 94, including a Sonic the Hedgehog balloon. References DisneysYearBook2005 print Sonicballoon.png
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. Notavailable.svg
Encyclopedia Horrifica: Terrifying Truth About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More 2007-08-01 Joshua Gee The book uses a screenshot of Silver the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) to illustrate the concept of telekinesis.[1] References EncyclopediaHorrifica Print Silvertelekinesis.png
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. Notavailable.svg
Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race 2010-09 Jon Stewart The book's section on video games describes them as "interactive, graphically rich worlds where we could act out our dreams of being professional athletes, Italian plumbers, mutant hedgehogs, and psychopaths who beat hookers to death". References EarthTheBook Print mutanthedgehog.png
Level Up 2011-06-07 Gene Luen Yang When comparing video games to real life, Dennis Ouyang mentions Sonic the Hedgehog's goal of eventually defeating Dr. Robotnik. Notavailable.svg
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. Notavailable.svg
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. Notavailable.svg
Ready Player Two 2020-11-24 Ernest Cline An OASIS virtual reality world modelled after Mobius is created by Kira Morrow, containing recreations of Sonic the Hedgehog-series stages and settings. Additionally, the creepypasta story "Sonic.exe" is also mentioned.[2] Notavailable.svg

Comics and manga

Publication Issue Release date Description Scans
Oh My Goddess! #7 1992-10-23 After a first class demon named Marller escapes from her seal, she possesses the body of Keiichi's sister, Megumi. When the Third Class Earth Spirit realizes this, he proceeds to attack, but is defeated and is turned into an early Sonic the Hedgehog plushie (most resembling the UFO Catcher prize plushie known as "Stringy Sonic"). Later on, the possessed plushie manages to headbutt Marller, yelling "Super-Sonic Attack!" Eventually, Megumi regains control of her body and finds the Sonic plushie, deciding to keep it. References OhMyGoddess print Sonicplushie.jpeg
Clamp School Detectives #3 1993-12-01 In the omake section, the authors of Clamp, personified as chibi characters, talk about their favourite consoles and games. They mention they own a Mega Drive and Mega-CD, with Puyo Puyo and Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Sonic appears in one panel, with Amy and Shadow appearing in another, all drawn in humanized forms. References ClampSchoolDetectives print Sonic.png
Buster 1994-03-11 For the Spring Carnival, Tom enters a costume contest with a Sonic the Hedgehog costume that his mother made, though he is unenthusiastic about its quality. References Buster print Sonic 1.jpeg
1995-12-22 In the special Christmas with Tom Thug, one of the guests at the Christmas costume party is dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog. References Buster print Sonic 2.jpeg
1995-06-03 An issue of Sonic the Comic is seen on Tom's floor. References Buster print SonictheComic.jpeg
Green Goblin 1995 The Green Goblin and his friend go to a video game convention filled with statues and costumes resembling characters from popular culture, including a red-furred Sonic the Hedgehog. References GreenGoblin print Sonic.jpeg
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
Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen 1997-11-10 Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the Sega franchises parodied in the 1997 gag comic Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen. References GameGag1PComicSegahen print Sonic.png
NiGHTS into Dreams #3 1998 Features posters of Sonic and Knuckles on Elliot's wall. References NiGHTSintoDreamscomic print SonicKnuckles.jpeg
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo 2001-07-09 The character Don Patch is an allusion to Sonic the Hedgehog in both design and attitude, even featuring the ability to enter a Super Sonic mode. References Bobobo Print DonPatch.jpeg
Simpsons Comics #110 2005 In the conclusion of the story "Bad News Bearer", Ned Flanders hallucinates that he and the Simpson family became video game characters - with Lisa portraying Sonic the Hedgehog. References SimpsonsComics print Sonic.jpeg
Scott Pilgrim 2007-11-14 In Volume 1, Scott can be seen wearing a shirt with the Sonic & Knuckles logo on it. In Volume 2, in a flashback, Scott can be seen playing the same game, and reveals that his high school band also went under the name Sonic & Knuckles. Later, Scott phones up Wallace to ask if he still knows any cheats for Sonic the Hedgehog 3.[3] In Volume 3, Ramona's former university resembles Little Planet from Sonic the Hedgehog CD, including it being chained to a nearby mountain. Volume 4's splash page is directly based on the title screen of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with Scott and Ramona replacing Sonic and Tails. Additionally, after Scott defeats Roxie, she explodes into a cascade of small woodland creatures. References ScottPilgrim Print Sonictitlecard.jpeg
Luluzinha Teen e sua Turma #4 201x One of the players who appear to help Aninha fight against Vergerus is using an avatar very similar to a fusion between Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. References LuluzinhaTeenesuaTurma print Sonic MegaMan.jpeg
Mameshiba 20xx In one comic, a landscape is designed as an homage to Green Hill Zone.[4] References Mameshiba Print GHZ.jpeg
Turma da Mônica #24 2011 In the spin-off series Clássicos do Cinema, Sonic the Hedgehog appears alongside several other blue-colored pop culture characters as one of the inhabitants of the planet Pandemora. Notavailable.svg
#32 2012 In the spin-off series Clássicos do Cinema, Sonic appears again alongside other game characters in a special room known as "The Nerd's Paradise." References TurmadaMonica 32 print Sonic.jpeg
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Megami Tsuushin #1 2011-08-11 In Chapter #4, one of ingredients needed for Gust's "Totori" alchemy method is a hedgehog quill. IF and Compa head to a bar at night where Compa, wearing a hedgehog mask, seduces a drunken hedgehog that resembles Sonic. When the hedgehog grows aggressive, IF knocks him and plucks one of his quills. References HyperdimensionNeptunia print Sonic 1.png
#3 2013-03-15 In Chapter #24, Neptune and Nepgear joins the newly-awakened goddess, Plutia, on their way to a quest to protect the Mega Dragon from being poached by mysterious poachers in Ancient Planeptune. As the trio tries to search for the dragon, Plutia accidentally steps and slips on Opa Opa, causing her to roll sideways into a curved tunnel which leads to loop and a Spring that ejects Plutia onto a tree. As they continue searching, they later encounter a nest of "blue sphere-hogs." References HyperdimensionNeptunia print Sonic 2.jpeg
#4 2014-02-15 In Chapters #29 and #30, the Planeptune sisters and the recently awakened goddesses, Plutia and Peashy, travel back in time to discover the reason for their cold-sleep statis. After arriving, they meet up with a younger IF and Compa, who are both looking for the seven life gems that contain a mysterious power called "Kabosu Emeralds" (a further pun on the Japanese citrus fruit). After a while, the group meets up with the past version of Plutia, who explains that the Emeralds' power are used to seal a demon lord. While explaining, some of the blue sphere-hogs can be seen in the background.

The past versions of Plutia Peashy untie their braids, revealing that some of their hair forms three quill-shaped strands. Plutia then runs up a large chain connected to the floating land of Segami Highland, described by Neptune as traveling at "supersonic speeds."

References HyperdimensionNeptunia print Sonic 3.jpeg
The Dandy #3578-#3583 2012-04-21 Short strips involving a Sonic parody named Chronic the Hedgehog. References TheDancy print ChronictheHedgehog.png
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #4 2013-01-09 A case involving the Riddler leads Batman to an abandoned casino. The casino's entrance is based on the entrance to Casinopolis from Sonic Adventure. LegendsoftheDarkKnight Comic 4 Casinopolis.jpg
Spider-Woman (Volume 5) #5 2015-03-04 While chasing the supervillain Porcupine, Spider-Woman makes a wisecrack that "hedgehogs are only super-fast in video games." References SpiderWoman print fasthedgehogs.jpeg
Plants vs. Zombies #7 2017 Mr. Stubbins, a hedgehog zombie, rides in a small red car which resembles Power Sneakers. References PlantsvsZombies print PowerSneakers.jpeg
My Hero Academia #13 2017-04-04 In "A Talk About Your Quirk", a hero from Gang Orca's hero agency resembles Sonic the Hedgehog. References MyHeroAcademia print Sonic.png
Off the Mark 2018-05-27 In one strip, Sonic the Hedgehog appears among various popular cartoon characters in a drug rehabilitation clinic, with his addiction being labeled as "too much speed."[5] References OfftheMark Print Sonicrehab.gif
Gravity Falls: Lost Legends 2018-07-24 In the story "Don't Dimension It", Mabel ends up lost in the multiverse, and falls through numerous different dimensions - including Green Hill Zone. References GravityFallsLostLegends print GHZ.jpeg
Uncle from Another World 2018-11-21 Takafumi's uncle awakens from a coma still loving video games as much as he did when he was younger, especially those related to Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog. This passion for Sega games serves as a recurring theme throughout the series. References UnclefromAnotherWorld print Tails.jpeg
Green Lantern The Green Lantern Annual Volume #1 2019-09 A new member of the Green Lantern Corps who resembles Sonic the Hedgehog is introduced. References GreenLantern print Sonic.jpeg
The Beano #4111 2021-11-10 Bananaman opens a portal to the Video Game World, where Phonics the Porcupine shows up. References TheBeano print Sonic 1.png
#4143 2022-07-09 The Prefect's mech suit is based on the Egg Mobile. References TheBeano print EggMobile.png
Bite Sized Archie #93 2022-09-16 A poster for a fictional video game can be seen hanging on Jughead's wall. Known as Cosmo Frontiers, it is a parody of Sonic Frontiers in both name and cover artwork. References BiteSizedArchie print CosmoFrontiers.jpeg


Publication Issue Release date Description Scans
Sega Visions Issue 7 1991 An advertisement for James Pond II: Codename RoboCod appeared in issue #7 of Sega Visions, featuring a distressed Sonic the Hedgehog fleeing the scene after James Pond boasts about his new robotic abilities. File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf
Animation Magazine Volume 6, Issue 2 1992 An advertisement for DIC Enterprises features Sonic the Hedgehog alongside a number of contemporary Western cartoon and video game characters - including Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. References DICEntertainment Print Sonic.png
Effingham Magazine Annual Veterans/First Responder issue 2022-08 Illustrated by Tracy Yardley, Sonic the Hedgehog makes an appearance on the cover of the magazine's annual 2022 issue, saluting the veterans and first responders of Effingham, Illinois. References EffinghamMagazine print Sonic 2022.png