Sonic the Hedgehog, the protagonist of Sega’s franchise of the same name is one of the fastest characters ever created. Son Goku is the protagonist of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball and one of the most powerful fictional characters ever created. If the two ever fought, who would win, Sonic or Goku?
Son Goku is one of the most powerful characters ever created and he would beat Sonic in a fight. While both of them have several different versions, each one more powerful than the other one, Goku is ultimately a much better fighter with a wider array of different skills; he may not be faster than Sonic in every form, but he is definitely stronger.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why Son Goku would ultimately be able to defeat Sonic the Hedgehog in a direct fight.
Sonic the Hedgehog and his powers
Sonic the Hedgehog is the main protagonist of the video game saga of the same name and Sega’s mascot. He is an anthropomorphic hedgehog born with the ability to run faster than sound, hence his name.
The origin of its name obviously comes from its supersonic speed and its strong point. It is also an innate asset of hedgehogs like him. Renowned as “the fastest being in the world”, and perhaps even in the universe, he can run to break the sound barrier (Mach 1.6). Right off the bat, Sonic has complete control over his speed; he handles it with brio and without hindrance.
However, over his years of battle, he has used it as an asset to develop new varieties of visually impractical and extremely complex skills. Since Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic demonstrates new skills, dedicated to increasing his standard speed. His maneuver to hover allows him to gain momentum, before launching at supersonic speed. It goes so fast that it becomes a living projectile itself.
Sonic tells Infinite that he “grows more powerful every second,” and his victories over Dr. Eggman and Perfect Chaos in Sonic Generations vindicate his ever-evolving and true power. Sonic’s speed seems limitless and Sonic inexhaustible. The latter claims that he can move several times at the speed of sound. During his duel against Ultimate Emerl, he achieves ten consecutive victories in less than thirty seconds.
The Sonic Unleashed instruction manual states that it can break the sound barrier (from 1577.157 km/h = Mach 1.3 to 6179.881 km/h = Mach 5) and that of Sonic Adventure even further. beyond (from 6179.881 km/h = Mach 5 to 12359.761 km/h = Mach 10). His maneuver, Light Speed Dash, states that Sonic runs at the speed of light.
In Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS), E-123 Omega calculates that Sonic’s speed can exceed the speed of light and Sonic replies that it’s “too little”. Along with being fast, Sonic is strong. The strength present in his legs allows him to make high leaps to reach the roofs of the huts of the Mazuri village. Without relying on his chubby appearance and his small size, Sonic has the stamina to spare.
He can survive shoals of spikes, Infinite’s overpowered strikes, and his lasers. He has also survived many dangers and disasters that even Dr. Eggman could not escape alone. Sonic’s body temperature is adaptable to all environments. It tolerates terribly hot or cold places perfectly well, without mounting the slightest sign of weakening. Even its race remains unchanged.
Like any regular hedgehog, Sonic can curl up into a ball and his quills play a vital role. When he retracts into a ball, his quills are long enough to completely cover his back like a blanket and thus protect him. Sonic can even lengthen them and turn them into edged weapons, identical to woodpecker benches. They are also real presence detectors.
At the slightest danger nearby, they emit vibrations. Even in a ball, Sonic can attack and move. Indeed, he can jump and roll as if he were running. Among his abilities, the Spin Jump and the Spin Dash are the most recurrent. Sonic has the power to manipulate the power of Chaos and adopt Super Transformations.
Son Goku and his powers
Son Goku is the main protagonist of the manga Dragon Ball, and their animated adaptations, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball Kai, then Dragon Ball Super, as well as the alternative animated sequel to the first two series, Dragon Ball GT. An orphan exiled from the defunct planet Vegeta, he lands on Earth where he grows up with his adoptive grandfather. His adventure begins the day he meets Bulma, a young adventurer, who invites him to look for the Dragon Balls.
He is an expert in martial arts, having been taught the style of the Turtle School; he is known to be close to a prodigy, managing to learn techniques and levels of strength that other individuals would take time to learn. He even knew how to use skills such as reading minds without even knowing how to do it. Goku has been shown to use different parts of his body to help him in combat, such as shooting a Kamehameha with his feet, using his eyes to launch a ki laser beam in the Frieza Saga among other examples.
Son Goku is a born martial arts expert and fan, managing to read his opponents’ movements and get used to his attacks and speed. Usually, in combat, Goku reserves large amounts of strength and restrains himself to the point of apparently lowering his ki level to absurdly low points in order to conserve energy, however, he also demonstrated the ability to unleash his full power just in the nick of time, when he launched a physical attack.
As a Saiyan, Goku is able to use the Saiyan Power, which allows him to surpass his strength whenever he takes large amounts of damage or fatal wounds. Goku being an alien also has enhanced senses of smell, taste, and sight, which further enhances his combat senses. Goku’s body is much more durable than normal human beings, being essentially invulnerable to all Earth-made weapons.
However, while he is naturally durable thanks to his Saiyan physiology, he has limits, as other powerful beings like himself can hurt, and potentially kill, him if he doesn’t defend himself properly. Also compared to most humans, including those trained in the ki arts, Son Goku possesses a great deal of strength, speed, and stamina.
For example, when he was a young child, he could lift a car over his head and throw it with ease, and during his training with Kame-Sennin, Goku could push massive rock formations that would at least weigh over 100 tons. At the height of his strength, he displayed the ability to destroy mountains, islands, and even heavily damage entire planets with physical force alone.
For speed, he displayed supersonic speeds even faster than light when he reached the Saiyan Saga. By the time he became a Super Saiyan God, his speed had reached speeds massive than the speed of light, and his physical strength was enough for one of the shockwaves from his punches to be felt throughout the universe, damaging incalculably and destroying many planets and stars, up to this point, just four hits between Beerus and Goku are enough to completely destroy the universe.
Goku usually uses techniques based on ki, using them in a fight as support, defense, and attack such as the Kamehameha, these are performed through the control and mastery of ki, born from the creativity and skill of the character. Son Goku is one of the strongest characters in the series, rivaling Vegeta for the position of the most powerful Z Warrior and Universe 7 warrior.
Sonic vs. Son Goku: Who wins?
The bottom line here is – Son Goku is an exceptional fighter, an alien deity and undoubtedly one of the strongest fictional characters ever created. His innate ability to grow stronger as time passes, especially after facing a loss, is something that makes Goku stronger than most other fictional characters.
Sonic, on the other hand, is primarily fast. Sure, he’s not useless in a lot of other aspects and throughout the games, he has defeated some formidable foes, most of which do not come from his original universe though, but that doesn’t mean much. Sonic also has a variety of different forms, each one stronger than the other, but we do not think he can really compare to Son Goku.
It all comes down to the fact that Goku is a fighter and even if Sonic could actually pull something, Goku would probably come back stronger and defeat him. He has done that before (Piccolo, Frieza, etc.), with the exception of Beerus, but Beerus is an actual god, while Sonic isn’t. This is why, ultimately, we think that Goku would defeat Sonic in a direct fight.