|What do you get when Sonic, or someone who is clearly supposed to be a representation of him (or some other character distincly from Sonic games like Tails, Amy or a Chao) appears in something that's NOT a Sonic show or game? You get a 'Sonic Cameo'! These aren't items, they're representations of Sonic or Sonic characters appearing outside of anything where you'd expect to find him. Items or areas from the games count too, sometimes stuff like this is an 'easter egg' in other games. Since Sonic is so popular it's no wonder that a variety of different media reference him. By looking at these photos, screen shots, videos and more, you can track down the original things and watch them/see them for yourself.|
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|It takes a Holiday Hawk-Eye to spot this!
Here's a photo from the Christmas movie "Jingle All The Way", which featured a breif scene of a Christmas parade. But...who's that walking along with other characters than...a Sonic Mascot Suit! The movie featured 'rampant commercialism' as one of it's themes, so naturally the part of the parade shown features
|collectible characters for kids to want / ask their parents for as toys at Christmas. You can spot Hello Kitty, a Cabbage Patch Kid, the blue Crayola Crayon, Gumby (that green pickle looking guy), Ernie from Sesame Street, Sonic (of course) & a Lego...guy. Remember when the movie was released...Cabbage Patch was still around more but it was way after the time of Gumby so who knows why he's here. But, it's still cool to see Sonic Mascot showing up on the big screen! Screen shot & spotted by: GamingChiliHedgehog|
|In an anime called "High Score Girl" you'd expect plenty of video game footage and jokes, so...a careful watch upon the background is required! And, in this case, it pays off with this scene in an arcade.
Look in the back there, that's clearly a screen cap of the Sonic the Fighters arcade game. You can even see part of Sonic & the health bars at the top. It is cool to include this semi-obscure game! Screen shot by Gaming Chili Hedgehog
|Here are 2 cameos that you can spot with a careful eye in the Steven Universe show on Cartoon Network. The animators here clearly know (and want to add) video game references.|
|The above left cameo has what's probably supposed to be Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7, possibly a Roblox looking guy? and an all-blue figure that's clearly supposed to be Sonic, even if it is just an outline of a spiky guy with pointy shoes and gloves. These seem to be sitting on a shelf. The right side cameo has a Pikachu-moogle looking thing, a guitar costume rocker that looks like maybe Adventure Time-esque & then...........Sanic. The poorly-drawn 'gotta go fast' circle Sonic 'creature' from a crayon scribble that got the name "Sanic" as a meme. Because it's just a meme...those aren't copyrighted at all, so it can be directly drawn and then still count as a cameo. It's good silly fun! Both screencaps by Gaming Chili Hedgehog|
|A clothing cameo!
As you'll have read a lot here on Cameos Gear, Phantasy Star Online and Sonic team are tied together so they enjoy crossing over Sonic stuff into their games.
|In this case it's PSO2 for Xbox (releasing in the spring of 2020 for the USA) and to celebrate there's a special package of the game that comes with Sonic stuff. They already had some, like character masks and statues that are already here on Gear. The clothing adds a kind of sci-fi outfit that's blue with white accents & big red shoes. It can be worn by male or female characters. Their helmets have spikes in the back & Sonic-like ears on top. The visor is meant to represent his eye.
Sonic actions: The package also gives you actions you can do by pressing certain keys in the game lobby. One lets you roll around as a spin dash ball, the other lets you hover a bit with Tails tails. With virtual items, your character can now be a Sonic fan too! Discovered by Taaron
|Fall Guys is a popular new game in 2020. White bean shaped little people (each one a player character) take a topple off an obstacle course trying to race for the crown in a colorful funny multi player game.
But, part of the fun is dressing up the little pill shaped players in silly costumes. So, of course, why not Sonic? Naturally with games like this, it's a pay item, but once you buy it you can race as this top/bottom half bean shaped Sonic suit. The Fall Guy dot eyes fit right into the Sonic mono-eye window.
|It's a cute gimmick that Sega approved of. Discovered by Taaron|
|Here's a merchandise cameo appearance.
In the Japanese show "Popee Performer", the title character interacts with a UFO catcher/claw machine as seen in this screen cap. The machine is full of fun Sonic & Tails plush dolls. It's probably no coincidence that they chose this machine for the setting because Sonic is so popular.
But what is the Popee Performer? It is this CG character here that is described as a somewhat-deranged clown with fake bunny ears & cat tail. The show seems likely to consist of him doing fairly bad things as he apparently dies at least 28 times over the course of it. It's seemingly all on purpose not-great CG so it looks a bit creepy too. To see it you can use Popee Performer Youtube. In this case, he's trying to get an action figure
|(it's CG too) of his friend a wolf creature that always wears scribbly white masks out of the machine. It is a commercial to announce that Popee Performer dolls will appear in Sega's UFO machines so the fans would know to try and go win them. The dolls are rare now, but the show still has fans. The show lasted until about 2001, so the era makes sense for this machine to appear. (You can also rather bet the show is real strange) Screen cap found by: CrystalSonicFan|
|The animated comedy show American Dad gets a cameo!
In this case, it's not actual-Sonic, but the famously goofy looking Sonic ice cream bar (with gumball eyes) that appears in the scene. They've even drawn it silly looking here, as it usually is when it is found irl. It is fun to see someone drawing the show remembering this wacky treat.
To see the cameo in action, it is Season 16, Episode 1 "Who Smarted". Screen cap & discovery by Rae Logan
|Little Big Planet is back with more Sonic themed costumes, and this time, it's got Eggman and the Werehog too. LBP protagonist is 'sackboy' a burlap looking creature with black button type eyes & a zipper because it is like a simplified plush. These costumes all have the same type of style with front zippers, dot-eyes, the ears/spikes as 'hoods' and a simple plushie type look|
|In late 2021, the game Monster Hunter gets some Sonic themed costume cosmetics you can add to your characters. And when you do...you can get this rather confusing scene...I guess. The world is supposed to be a bit mideval-ish with warrior people fighting wierd dragons all the time with home-made bone/etc armor so "random dude in a track suit" stands out...and that's before you notice that he has Sonic shoes. There's a short thing dressed up as regular Sonic & the guy's giant quadroped wolf sidekick there is trying to be Tails themed and also human themed at the same time?|
|Wolves don't wear bomber jackets and elbow gloves? I think it's even got pants? You can put a hat on him too....At left is someone dressed up in a mascot suit style to be Super Sonic in the game, complete with sparkles. Notice that the eyes to the suits don't have pupils or eye-shines to help keep them looking sewn or plush like to fit the need.
If the Monster Hunter players are ok with this sort of costume thing sort of breaking up the 'feel' of their game...well then here goes some interesting cameos.
|Fall Guys Game is back into cameos in 2021.
They started off with a somewhat-Sonic costume for their pill shaped player characters in 2020, and now they're back with a Knuckles one to add to the fun. Although it looks sort of like a red jar, it does give the mitten-type gloves and the distinctive shoes. The 'face' is replaced by a gap for the fall guy inside to look out of...though they don't have much in the way of facial features. As before, this is a pay item. Discovered by Taaron