Tails explains how Sonic’s animal/human population works

The Sonic universe is set to expand quite dramatically next month with the arrival of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The highly anticipated sequel hits theaters on April 1 in the UK and seven days later in the US. and will feature the big screen debut of Idris Elba’s Knuckles. The film takes place on Earth, although Sonic and co. arrive on the planet through the iconic blue blurring rings that act as portals to different dimensions in the movies.

The majority of the action taking place on Earth raised a question that Sonic fans have been asking for decades. What is the problem between Sonic, Tails and the rest of the anthropomorphic characters and the humans of the universe? Sonic has befriended a few humans in the movies, but this isn’t the first time he’s encountered them. Sometimes the NPCs in a Sonic game are human, sometimes they’re not, and of course the hedgehog’s nemesis, Dr. Robotnik, is a human.

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Sonic fans have theorized why humans are sometimes present and completely absent on other occasions. Just over a minute into Tails’ very first episode of TailsTube, the fox was asked about his and other Sonic pets’ relationships with humans, and in fact provided an answer. Tails kicked off a bird’s-eye view of the planet he and Sonic call home, highlighting the “bajillions” of tiny islands you can’t see until you zoom in.

According to Tails, these are the little islands that he, Sonic, and every other animal you’ve seen in a Sonic game call home. Since there are so many, this could explain why some characters disappear for years at a time. Meanwhile, humans reside on much larger continents, hence why they sometimes participate in games and sometimes not.

Thus begins the process by which Sonic fans go through every Sonic game ever made and find out why the bomb Tails just revealed isn’t quite accurate. This is something fans have been wondering about since Sonic Adventure launched in 1998. This might be an answer from an official avenue, but you can guarantee it will be challenged. As for Sonic and Tails, they’ll mix it up a lot with humans on April 1 when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hits theaters.

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