Weird details abound about one of gaming’s greatest mascots.
Even with numerous missteps throughout the years, Sonic the Hedgehog remains an integral part of gaming culture. He’s the first mascot to ever really compete with Mario, spawned many of his own imitators and would help Sega build its own venerable empire in the days of the Sega Genesis. However, for all the things you may know about Sonic, there are plenty of interesting facts that are worth noting.
What exactly inspired Sonic’s rather garish look? As it turns out, the overall colour scheme of his boots is based on Santa Claus’s outfit (with the design inspired by Michael Jackson’s boots). His blue colour was meant to match Sega’s logo at the time but his attitude? Well, that’s based off Bill Clinton’s “Can do” persona back when he was at the centre of US politics.