DISCLAIMER: This is not a thread for debating the aspects of Sonic lore. The purpose of this thread is for tracking down a specific quote from a specific source and combating misinformation. Someone asked Morio Kishimoto on Twitter recently about the whole "only male hedgehogs can turn Super" thing, and this was his response: So he's never heard of such a thing. This made me curious; What is the actual source of this supposed "mandate"? I've heard it thrown around my whole life, but not once have I ever seen an official source claim that. Or if I have, it's been so long that I seriously can't remember. After digging around, I found a thread on SonicStadium talking about a "Sonic Bible" written in 2010 where that is supposedly one of the rules for Sonic lore. It links to a quote from GeneHF here: Now, I'm not one to doubt Gene, given his connections to SEGA. However, he mentions that Iizuka has said this publicly. He must have, right? Otherwise, giving info like this out would be a breach of NDA. Well, that same SonicStadium thread uses the Sonic Boom 2013 Q&A panel with Iizuka as a source. So he supposedly said it there. Unfortunately, there's no evidence that he did. The official livestream is lost media, but I managed to find camera recordings of the event's Q&A panel, and found no record of him mentioning this during either the Twitter or live crowd questions. While he did say there that the Super Emeralds and Hyper Forms were no longer part of the continuity, he said nothing about male hedgehogs and super forms. I kept googling tons of different interviews and Q&A panels dating all the way back to 2011, but sadly I came up empty. Since I couldn't find a specific quote from Iizuka himself, I figured this was something relayed through some other person connected to SEGA. It could've been listed among the many so-called "mandates" detailed by Ian Flynn on his old forum, or Aaron Webber may have mentioned it on a livestream, similar to how fans first learned of the "two worlds" thing. But if that's the case, then just like the "two worlds" thing, it could be a misunderstanding or a mistranslation. So I'm wondering if anyone else here has any real proof that Iizuka, or some other SEGA representative somewhere, has ever made the claim that only male hedgehogs can go Super, or if this really was pure hearsay bullshit.