Sonic The Hedgehog: 10 Best Quotes From The Games

With Sonic Frontiers on track to give Sonic his first “open zone” game and the third Sonic the Hedgehog movie already being in the works, fans are quite literally drowning in content, like the blue menace himself without a life jacket. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is now the highest-grossing video-game movie domestically, greatly expanded the Sonic fanbase in a way that could only be done with production of the hit family flicks.

In the meantime, fans have gone back to play some of their favorite Sonic games, like 2006’s infamous Sonic the Hedgehog and the legendary Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Each installment brought awesome concepts, stellar soundtracks, uniquely addictive gameplay, and various memorable (and sometimes meme-able) quotes to the franchise that continued to fortify the love held for the world of Sonic.


"I have no master, except the wind that blows free!"

Sonic (Sonic and the Black Knight)

Sonic in the Black Knight

Sonic just may be the only character that could get away with a line as cheesy as this one, but the meaning rings true. After all, no one is capable of controlling Sonic for long, always finding a way out of sticky situations and triumphing over his foes.

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Specifically in Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic’s abilities are tested when has to learn a new combat style, sword fighting. While this limited his freedom to run and pounce on things like he usually did, he was able to break through the handicap and turn it into something all his own to fight for what he believes in.

"I will release you from the chains of your past!"

Shadow (Sonic ‘06)

Sonic Team Dark

When Super Shadow is fighting Solaris, the god of sun and time of Soleanna in Sonic ‘06, he speaks the utmost truth. The chains of the fallen god-turned-antagonist refers to when Solaris was split in half during the Solaris Project: Mephiles the Dark.

The god’s conscious mind and Iblis sought to destroy each other, by which destroying itself and everything around it. Thanks to the chaos emeralds, Super Sonic, Shadow, and Silver were there to eliminate the threat. What really rings true about the quote, however, is Shadow’s wish to ultimately avenge those who deserve it.

“It was never about chivalry to me. I just gotta do what I gotta do, that’s all!”

Sonic (Sonic and the Black Knight)

A Sonic in golden armor holds a sword.

Sonic is never in it for the glory, which he reiterates in Sonic and The Black Knight while fighting the Dark Queen before he is given support by the sacred swords of his friends after Caliburn breaks in half in his hands.

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From the very beginning of Sonic, the hedgehog has held himself to a standard that most people could never dream of reaching, putting the safety of others over his time and time again. As something that Sonic has kept accomplishing throughout his many games, freeing others from unrighteous fates is the utmost important to him.

“I’ll make you eat those words!”

Sonic (Sonic Adventure 2 Battle)

Sonic and Shadow Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Green Forest

The iconic scene in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle before Sonic fights Shadow in Green Forest, calling him a faker for sullying Sonic’s good name after people mistake Shadow for him while he is wreaking havoc on the city, is the birthplace of this hilarious line.

The quote is loved by fans not just because of the words themselves, but because of the way Sonic immediately interrupts Shadow before he can finish his offensive sentence. Sonic definitely isn’t someone to let others insult him to his face, being way too cocky and impatient to let Shadow continue his slander.

“Talk about low budget flights! No food or movies, I'm outta here! I like running better!”

Sonic (Sonic Adventure 2 Battle)

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Helicopter City Escape

Quite possibly the best Sonic the Hedgehog meme that ever came out of the early 2000s games is still popular with fans 20 years after it was said by none other than Sonic himself. In Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic hitches a ride on a helicopter that is actively looking for a havoc-causing hedgehog that they think is Sonic, but is actually Shadow.

When the pilot finds out Sonic is on the plane and calls for backup, Sonic follows with this line. Sonic’s sarcasm is one of the many things fans adore about him. After all, a Sonic game without some teasing of those trying to capture him wouldn’t very much be a Sonic game at all.

“If the world chooses to become my enemy, I will fight like I always have!”

Shadow (Sonic ‘06)

Shadow and Team Dark vs Mephiles

Shadow belts out this phenomenal quote when team dark is about to fight Mephiles’ hoard of evil creatures, in response to the game’s main antagonist trying to convince him not to fight for a world that despises him.

The iconic line refers to his tragic backstory of being created as a weapon of mass destruction, as well as his constant inner struggle between good and evil. Luckily, the good in him prevails as he teams up with the rest of the game’s heroes to put an end to Mephiles’ sinister intentions. Shadow was one of fan’s most wanted new Sonic the Hedgehog movie characters and will, luckily, be making his debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in December 2024

“Nothing starts until you take action. If you have time to worry, then run.”

Sonic (Sonic ‘06)

Sonic and Elise Sit in a Field Sonic 06

While sitting in a field of grass talking to princess Elise, Sonic’s effortlessly inspirational and surprisingly humble sides are portrayed as beautifully as the meadow around them, the blue blur is always there when a friend needs a pick-me-up.

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Though the quote may seem to be advising the listener to run away from their problems when things get tough, it is actually saying the complete opposite. To Sonic, "running" is taking action, using his speed to thwart the doings of evil every chance he gets and maintain justice for all beings of each world he has ever been to.

"Dreams don't betray us. When we lose ourselves, that's when we lose our dreams."

Knuckles (Sonic Shuffle)

Knuckles in Sonic Shuffle

Sonic Shuffle is a game that most Sonic the Hedgehog fans never knew existed. It was a party game made by the studio that developed Mario Party, Hudson Soft, that came out on the Sega Dreamcast in the year 2000.

Though the game never had a massive following, those who played it will always remember this line that came out of left field. Said by Knuckles, the quote is a reference to how the echidna thought he had lost his dream when his people perished, but what he really lost was himself in his defensiveness and need for revenge.

Sonic (Sonic Colors)

Sonic Colors Ultimate characters

One of the best platformer games on the Nintendo Switch, Sonic Colors, wowed fans with its neon visuals and narrative, and this line making it that much more memorable. An announcement plays from a loudspeaker that all the planets in Eggman’s Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park are “wholly owned properties of Eggman Enterprises” and the list of what is prohibited.

In response, Sonic yells that he is going to save the enslaved planet and aliens, then belts out this ridiculously great quote before fighting a huge boss. The speech highlights Sonic's playful nature, that will never stop fighting for justice. From helping out aliens to ignoring copyrights, Sonic almost sounds like the government’s worst nightmare.

"Every world has its end. I know that's kinda sad, but...That's why we gotta live life to the fullest in the time we have.”

Sonic (Sonic and the Black Knight)

Sonic and Merlina in Sonic and the Black Knight

In the ending of Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic consoled Merlina in response to being horrified at the prospect of her eventual demise. His words showcase the intrinsic value of life, resonating deeply with the game’s players.

Even after all the anxious girl had done, the hero gives her a flower as she mourns her grandfather and the world she once knew. It isn’t often that players see the extremely sympathetic and compassionate layers of Sonic’s personality in such a raw way, truly bringing a sense of nobility to the knighted, though often jokey hedgehog. On top of this, what really struck fans is the symbolism, as this was Jason Griffith’s last time as the voice of Sonic, cementing himself in a way that brought tears to the eyes of every long-time fan.