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How to Dress Like Your Favorite Sonic Characters

The days of debating whether Nintendo or Sega is better in the schoolyard might be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. Cast your mind back to a simpler time, before the internet or mobile phones, when all that mattered was which side you were on: The jumping plumber or the spinning blue hedgehog.

If you found yourself firmly in the latter camp, then this cosplay collection is the one for you. Our Sonic the Hedgehog costume ideas cover all your favorite characters.

From the original Sega Genesis gang such as Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Eggman through to the Dreamcast era and beyond with Shadow the Hedgehog, Amy Rose, and Rouge the Bat.

Whoever your favorite character is, bring them to life with our step-by-step Sonic outfit guides. 

Sonic costume



How could we start our Sonic Costume Collection anywhere else? Sega’s answer to the dominance of Nintendo’s Mario, Sonic was meant for a more mature audience. Edgier, grownup, and more challenging.

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the greatest icons in video game history. While he might have experienced a shaky transition into the 21st century, Sonic is back on form with the brilliant live-action adaptations and games that have gone back to the fundamentals.

This Sonic cosplay is super fun and easy to make at home. A must for anyone who grew up with the speedy blue hedgehog as a linchpin of their childhood.

Tails costume



Sonic’s best friend and trusty sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower was first introduced in the sequel to the smash-hit Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis.

Gamers who grew up during that period have something of a love-hate relationship with Tails. Sure, we can respect Sega for trying something new and tapping into the, at that time, underserviced co-op market. But did he have to lose so many of our rings during single-player?!

Tails is another super easy costume idea that is perfect for a last-minute theme party. Needing little more than an orange tank top and sweatpants, check out everything you need in our step-by-step guide.

Amy Rose costume



Originally introduced as a starstruck fan and Sonic the Hedgehog’s main love interest, Amy Rose has since evolved into a beloved character in her own right.

Wielding an oversized hammer that she uses to smash Dr. Eggman’s robots into the ground, Amy also has a technical side to rival Tails’s tinkering skills.

This is a super cute outfit option that is perfect for all the millions of female Sonic fans. Could Sonic the Hedgehog and Amy Rose also be one of the most adorable couple costume ideas this year? We would love to see that!

Knuckles costume



Sonic the Hedgehog really grew up with the introduction of Knuckles the Echidna. Armed with spiked gloves that he literally uses to pummel his adversaries into the dirt – and sometimes scale walls – why would anyone not want to dress up as Knuckles?!

As the last member of the Knuckles clan, he is tasked with protecting the Master Emerald – a green gemstone with the power to control all Chaos Emeralds – from enemies with nefarious plans of world domination. We’re looking at your Dr. Eggman. 

Starting with a red full-bodysuit, Knuckles is a super cool costume idea that can be made with as few as 5 accessories (including his iconic gloves).

Eggman costume



A maniacal scientist with plans for world domination with the help of a robot army and some mystical gemstones, do we sense something of a Napolean complex going on here?

Dr. Eggman (or Dr. Robotnik, depending on where you grew up) might be short in stature but he dreams big. Sure, we could have based this outfit on Jim Carey’s brilliant portrayal but, to us, Eggman will always be an unfortunately portly man with tiny legs and the craziest mustache you could ever hope for.

Seriously, Dr. Eggman is a hilarious costume idea that deserves more love. From that stately mustache to a replica hoodie, we show you everything you need to take full advantage of this look.

Rouge costume



Rouge the bat is a woman who knows the value of shiny things. Whether that be Chaos Emeralds or gold rings, you are likely to encounter Rouge wherever the most treasure can be found.

With her incredible agility and ability to fly, Rouge spends much of her time trying to add to her ill-gotten gains. Though something of an anti-hero, she does occasionally ally with Sonic and the gang when mutual goals align. 

Our Rouge the Bat costume is a super sexy take on this mysterious character. All leather corsets, satin gloves, and knee-high boots. You don’t want to miss this one!

Shadow the Hedgehog costume



Did you know they once made a Sonic the Hedgehog game where you could dual-wield machine guns? Yup, you read that correctly. If you never played the Standalone Shadow the Hedgehog Game (on the PlayStation 2, original Xbox and the Gamecube) then you missed out. Seriously, check it out!

Shadow the Hedgehog was created to be the “perfect being” by Dr. Eggman’s grandfather. That’s a lot of pressure right out the gate and Shadow sure takes himself pretty seriously. Looking down on Sonic and the rest of the gang (who wouldn’t when you look this good?), Shadow is the perfect anti-hero.

This is certainly one of our coolest Sonic costume ideas. From his signature machine guns to a kickass leather jacket, we give you our take on a killer Shadow cosplay.