Sonic the Hedgehog is a popular video game character. Sonic is a blue hedgehog known for his ability to run at a high rate of speed and perform acrobatic maneuvers. Sega created the character to compete with Nintendo's most popular character, Mario. The first game featuring Sonic was released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis video gaming system.
Since the first "Sonic the Hedgehog" game was released in 1991 Sonic has become one of the most popular video game characters of all time. Video games starring him have sold more than 80 million copies and have generated spin-offs such as comic books, television shows and action figures. There have been more than 30 video games starring Sonic and numerous other video games in which Sonic is included as a playable character.
There have been two major cartoon series based on the character of Sonic the Hedgehog. The first was "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" which aired from 1993-1996. There were a total of 66 episodes aired which ended with a special Christmas episode called "Sonic Christmas Blast". The second major television show featuring Sonic was called "Sonic the Hedgehog: The Animated Series" and was a Saturday morning cartoon aimed at children viewers. This cartoon was largely the inspiration for the comic book spin-off.
Sonic's most noticeable attributes are high ability to run extremely fast. In the various forms of media in which he is featured, he is portrayed as a laid back hedgehog with a short temper. He is also easily annoyed with his slower counterparts for their inability to keep up with him. Sonic has a variety of sidekick's in his video games but the most prominent one is a character named Tails. Tails is a fox who has the ability to fly with tails and is one of the few characters who is able to keep up with Sonic due to his ability to fly. Tails is featured in many Sonic the Hedgehog games and also stars alongside Sonic in the television series.
To this day, Sonic remains one of the most popular video game characters of all time and continues to star in various video games, most recently appearing in "Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games".