Sonic the Hedgehog’s Secret Backstory Revealed

You may not know this, but Sonic The Hedgehog was inspired by “Hedgehog the Human,” a WWII fighter pilot. That’s the (fictional) backstory that the original Sonic The Hedgehog team game designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and character designer Naoto Oshima revealed in a talk at GDC 2018 — along with the original design docs to prove it.

Below you’ll find the full secret origin story of Sonic The Hedgehog, as well as some other interesting secrets revealed by the ’90s team that developed the original Genesis mega-hit.

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