Archie Comics Sonic The Hedgehog: Freedom Fighters
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One of the twonote aside from the Secret Freedom Fighters of course currently active teams of Freedom Fighters, Team Fighters' mission is to seek out and defeat threats to New Mobotropolis from abroad. Its current roster consists of Sonic, Tails, and Amy, who are currently pursuing the Death Egg II.
Sonic the Hedgehog
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Billed as "the Hero of Mobius," this version of Sonic is still brash, irreverent, and cocksure, but also has heroing as a full-time job that he couldn't quit if he wanted to (not that he does). Robotnik's coup against the government happened when Sonic was five years old, and for the ~10 years of Comic Book Time since he's spent the majority of his energy enthusiastically opposing him. Though not the tactical leader of the Freedom Fighters, he is certainly their most iconic member, and one of their greatest assets against Robotnik. Sonic's ego, though undeniable, is braced somewhat by a spirit of teamwork and a genuinely selfless impulse, against a backdrop of sobering losses to a tyrant who has wreaked havoc amongst the lives of Sonic and his friends and family. Thus at his worst Sonic is occasionally thoughtless or insensitive, but generally friendly and easygoing, quick to forgive and loyal to a fault.
Blood Knight: He's not murderous and is nowhere near the psychopathic extreme that defines this trope, but certain stories have shown that Sonic enjoys fighting Robotnik and the rest of his various Rogues Gallery a bit too much.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Some aspects of Sonic's character from the earlier stories seem jarring when compared to elements that have become generally accepted aspects of his character. Such as his lack of hydrophobia, which has since been incorporated into more recent stories.
Embarrassing Middle Name: Maurice... though not any more. An issue revealed it, and Ken Penders had intended to give him the first name of Olgilvie, but it was never revealed in the comic. Current writer Ian Flynn has refused to acknowledge the canonicity of said name, but went so far as to explicitly retcon it in a later Data File.
Genre Savvy: Emphasized more since the beginning Ian Flynn's run — though he can still make some critical mistakes.
The Hero: He's Sonic the Hedgehog, what did you expect?
Made of Iron: Sonic's taken a lot of punishment over the years, but even after being beat down, he'll get right up and come back for more.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Sonic was prone to this in some of the earlier days of the comic, and it kept creeping in and out over the years. The most egregious example comes from the myriad ways the writers have abused his "Figure-8 Super Peel Out." He also fits trope due to his sizable amount of Super Forms (see below).
Not So Different: From characters like Knuckles, in that his own background is less that straightforward. The difference is that Sonic tends to take it all in stride.
Parental Abandonment: Sonic basically grew up without parental influence. Eventually, the mobians turned into robots were freed of Robotnik's influence, and later most of them (saving Sonic's dad) were turned flesh again as well, and so he has since reunited with them, but the lack of supervision during his formative years causes Sonic's father some angst.
Sins OF Our Fathers: Issue 50 revealed his dad and uncle brought Julian Kintobor to King Max in the first place. That and they chased down a young Regina (the Iron Queen) sometime prior.
Spanner in the Works: Commented on in-universe: Mammoth Mogul has realized that for whatever reason, he can't beat Sonic, so he'll stay out of the way until Sonic dies. Eggman worked himself out of his insanity once he realized this, likening it to an unpredictable element in any experiment. He's rationalized that Sonic has become an element of chaos because of all the chaos energy he's been exposed to over the years.
Super Form: There's the usual Super Sonic, but the comic has added a few others to the mix:
Ultra Sonic: Attained by absorbing a large number of Power Rings, giving him Elemental Powers and a couple other Stock Superpowers. He also has the ability to transform into the following terrain based variants:note Note that all three of these have only been seen once.
All five of these forms were seen when Sonic was using a single Super Emerald, a reference to Hyper Sonic from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. This would suggest Sonic could obtain that form as well, except it would be far stronger than anything we've seen.note if a Super Emerald is the equivalent of roughly seven Chaos Emeralds, the whole set would be about 50, making Hyper Sonic four times more powerful than Enerjak or Master Mogul, the strongest opponents the book has shown. Bear in mind, either of those are considered mutli-verse level threats, so if Hyper Sonic really would be that strong, it'd basically require divine intervention to stop him.
Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Definitely not a total jerk, but his tendency to let his ego rage out of control and insensitive behavior is called out more often than some of his otherportrayals, where they're usually brushed off or accepted. Furthermore, he's able to work past and make up for them with surprising sensitivity.
Unwilling Roboticization: In "Mecha Madness", where he was roboticised and turned against his friends. Then again, years later, by the BEM, though he retained his free will this time. As Mecha Sonic, the following tropes apply:
Year Outside, Hour Inside: Due to being tossed to the other edge of the universe and the whole relativity thing, the trip home, which had been a relatively short period of time for him, amounted to a year for his friends back on Mobius. This also makes him physically younger than the other Freedom Fighters his age.
Miles "Tails" Prower
Sonic's best friend and sometimes-sidekick, Tails' earliest characterization suffered somewhat for being "the little kid who hero-worships Sonic and resents the other Freedom Fighters for babying him," and generally treated as more of an innocent in need of protection than an active asset to the team. Tails' first strike out at adventure on his own (where he met Fiona) was a rebellion in this spirit. Later issues worked to correct this by steadily upping his apparent maturity and skill with mechanics (which had the somewhat unintended consequence of rendering Rotor and Uncle Chuck redundant). Tails in the comics has also carried around the rather ambiguously defined title of "The Chosen One," for a destiny he may or may not have fulfilled by this point.Generally sweet and unassuming, Tails retains a good relationship with the other Freedom Fighters, who are still somewhat inclined to be protective of him — which he is more embarrassed than angered by, these days.
Badass Bookworm: Not only is he as smart as his Sonic X counterpart, but in some more recent issues, he's put up awesome fights against the likes of Monkey Kahn and even Sonic himself.
Beware the Nice Ones: Tails' wrath is hard to incur, but even Sonic himself isn't safe from it when it does come out.
The Chosen One: Of a prophecy that was either fulfilled by his battle with Mogul (which we don't talk about), his merging of the Void with the Zone of Silence and moving all the Chaos Emeralds in the universe there (resulting in creating the Special Zone), or some as-of-yet unrevealed destiny.
The tough-but-pretty, self-proclaimed love interest and friend of Sonic. Once a young child, Amy was made older by magical means. After earning her place as a Freedom Fighter, she is considered a powerful and capable member of the group.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Introduced as the eight-year-old Amy from Sonic CD, she used a magic ring to age herself to her modern design in time for the Sonic Adventure tie-in. It was acknowledged early afterwards that despite that, she is still a child chronologically.
The second officially active Freedom Fighter team, whose mission is to defend New Mobotropolis from threats personally. It was formed and is led by Rotor, consisting of himself, Big the Cat, Cream the Rabbit and Cheese, and the rebuilt robots Heavy and Bomb.
Rotor the Walrus
The team's resident mechanic and smart guy. Rotor is a somewhat retiring type, but strong enough to fill the role of The Big Guy if Bunnie hadn't occupied that slot. With Tails increasingly occupying The Smart Guy slot, Rotor unfortunately found himself pushed to the background frequently. He joined the Mobian Council until quitting the group in disgust, deciding to take action himself as the leader of the newly formed Team Freedom.
Demoted to Extra: Since sustaining a serious injury to his back, he's joined the council and retired from the Freedom Fighters proper.
Does Not Like Shoes: The only member of the Freedom Fighters (not counting Dulcy or Nicole) that goes barefoot on a regular basis.
Stout Strength: Implied at times to be out of shape, but can whack a wallop when he needs to.
Taking the Bullet: His injury was sustained while pushing Tails out of the way of a falling wall that would likely have killed him.
Word of Gay: The original writer of Mobius: 25 Years Later has confirmed that Rotor and Cobar, an Echidna scientist, were both gay and in a relationship together.
Shrug of Gay: Neither the current writer, Archie or Sega have confirmed or denied this as canon though, and there are no conclusive hints, so it may not be all that relevant.
Cream the Rabbit and Vanilla
A mother and daughter whose home, where all of Knothole's Chao had relocated, was destroyed by Snively. They were saved by Amy Rose, who brought them to New Mobotropolis. Cream quickly became friends with Amy, and participated in their adventure with Blaze and the Sol Emeralds. Recently, she became a part of Team Freedom to protect her new home, and has become the guardian of a certain doll that looks like Tails.note Due to the lack of significant material for Vanilla, she is listed with her daughter, but please note, she is not a Freedom Fighter.
Denizens of Mysterious Cat Country who became involved in the ordeal with Perfect Chaos. Big has since been exiled by the other Felidae and forced to take up residence in New Mobotropolis, where he soon became part of Team Freedom.
Angst? What Angst?: In-universe. Cheered up after being exiled from his home when Sonic told him the fishing was great up north.
Suddenly Voiced: It's a comic book, so it's not quite this trope, but the comic is one of the few mediums where we get a glimpse into Froggy's thoughts. As it turns out, he's a bit of a smart ass.
Heavy and Bomb
Robots who once served Eggman, but were liberated when exposed to the unique energy of Power Gems. After previously serving on the Secret Service, they were taken control of by Eggman and used to attack the Royal Family. Though they were destroyed and later replicated, the originals were rebuilt in new bodies and now serve as members of Team Freedom.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: No one seemed very concerned when they were destroyed, despite being loyal members of the Secret Service prior to being reprogrammed. Arguably fixed by the fact that they were eventually rebuilt and restored to their original personalities.
You Don't Look Like You: When they first appeared in the comics, they had different designs from their SegaSonic counterparts. When they were recreated by Eggman, they were given the Sega designs, and now that the originals are back, they have those designs as well.
Secret Freedom Fighters
Sally's brother, who was lost during the Great War and raised on the Floating Island. After being reunited with his family, he struggled under the weight of his responsibilities and eventually ran away from home. Nevertheless, after marrying his wife Megan, he returned to accept the crown. However, he soon found himself with new struggles, and was deposed as King by Ixis Naugus. However, knowing he would still have to protect his people from Ixis, he formed the "Secret Freedom Fighters" with the help of former Head of Secret Intelligence, Harvey Who. His code-name in this group is "King."
Cool Sword: The sword of Light, given to him by Sir Connery.
Heir Club for Men: He and Sally have been drawn into this by their father on several occasions, and his step-daughter Alexis is ineligible to succeed him, so this will likely be an issue in the future.
I Just Want to Be Normal: He originally just wanted a life of adventure, and then to live quietly with his new family. Elias constantly doubts his ability to rule, and Ixis Naugus wastes no time attempting to appeal to Elias's desire to "return to the simple life" when making his bid for the throne.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Like Sally, he's struggled to earn his father's approval. This clashes with his duty as King, and deciding to reform the kingdom into a Republic has only made their relationship more difficult.
A well-meaning time traveller from a Bad Future with a talent for psychokinesis. He means to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by outing a "traitor" in the Freedom Fighters, but he's not such a hot shot at correctly identifying said traitor. Has the added problem that traveling through time can take him to multiple timelines, and so far it's not confirmed if he's even gotten back to the past from his own timeline. After recently being trapped in the past, he agreed to help as a member of the Secret Freedom Fighters, becoming the group's "Ace."
Future Badass: Somewhat averted. He's quite capable, but he's also a bit too inexperienced and naive, which leads to him making a few mistakes.
Leeroy Jenkins: Silver'd probably do a better job of saving the future if he didn't jump to conclusions and confront "traitors" all of the time.
Inspector Javert: Has accused Sonic and Rotor of being the traitor that will bring his world to ruin, both times with very little to go on.
Psychic Powers: Like his video game counterpart, he uses telekinesis. He has some latent power for telepathy as well, but it apparently needs amplification in order to do much more than "give someone a headache."
Story Breaker Power: He's powerful enough to throw Enerjak around, not actually hurt him but still, and has a rough idea of what's going on in the current timeline. However, his desire to not excessively screw with the timeline is stopping him from just ending all the villains himself, or just staying in the timeline to help Sonic and his friends out.
Time Travel: By using a super charged warp ring, or one of the Time Stones, which utilizes a technique called "Chronos Control."
What the Hell, Hero?: When Silver reappears again to Sonic, he now tells him that it's Antoine who is the traitor. Sonic promptly puts Silver through a wall for that one. Why? Antoine almost gave his life just before Silver showed up.
Shard/Metal Sonic (Ver. 1.0/2.0/2.5)/"Jack"
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The original Metal Sonic created by Dr. Robotnik, the robot known as "Shard" was granted autonomy and free-will after exposure to one of the doctor's Power Gems. Eager to gain vengeance upon the hedgehog he was based, Metal Sonic attempted to destroy both Sonic and Tails, only to be turned by the the two friends' concern for one another. Metal Sonic sacrificed himself to save Sonic and Tails from the same volcano he attempted to trap them in, seemingly at the cost of his own life. However, he resurfaced years later, rebuilt and going by the name of Shard, the "Jack" of the Secret Freedom Fighters.
Larry Lynx, "super jinx." Never has a title been more appropriate, as Larry is a living embodiment of bad luck. After meeting Sonic, he eventually gained some confidence and eventually became the leader of the Substitute Freedom Fighters... only for the group to disband. Thanks to Harvey Who, Larry is back in action as the Secret Freedom Fighters' "Agent Joker," but it'll take a while before he has same confidence in himself that the director has.
Butt Monkey: Shard tends to treat him this way, as does the universe.
Leeta and Lyco/"Queen of Diamonds" and "Queen of Hearts"
Leeta (top) and Lyco (bottom)
Two wolves and members of the Wolf Pack. Originally without a pack, they were taken in by Lupe and helped her and the rest of the Pack fight the original Robotnik. After resettling in their people's ancestral homeland, they grew restless and sought to help beyond the reaches of their nation. Thankfully, Harvey Who contacted the Wolf Pack Nation in search of recruits, and they became members of the Secret Freedom Fighters. Their monikers are "Queen of Diamonds" and "Queen of Hearts."
Animal Theme Naming: As with most members of the Wolf Pack, Lyco's name is derived from a word for wolf; in this case, the Greek "lykos."
Woman Scorned: They were once two-timed by a wolf from another pack who took advantage of their being twins. After they dumped him, they found him in the Dark Egg Legion and were not amused.
Built by a future incarnation of Rotor, NICOLE is an an Artificial Intelligence sent to Sally in the past from her future self in a Stable Time Loop, but her origins are obscured from the others in the present (as well as to the viewers of the modern-day, considering how convoluted the time travel plots have gotten since her introduction). Loyal, intelligent (obviously), occasionally playful or sarcastic NICOLE has always evidenced aspects of personality, but her prominence in the series skyrocketed once she outgrew her handheld and learned to project herself into a solid form as a Lynx. NICOLE and her nanites are responsible for the construction of New Mobotropolis, but the populace's initial gratitude has turned to fear once it became apparent that her technological basis left her vulnerable to Magitek — and that under the influence she would turn the city against its citizens.After being exiled for her so-called "crimes", NICOLE was recruited by Harvey Who to aid the Secret Freedom Fighters.
Projected Man: She alternates between a real body constructed of nanites and a holographic projection. The latter is much less labor-intensive to sustain.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes changed from green to red when she was brainwashed during the Iron Dominion storyline.
Silk Hiding Steel: Not so much in her earliest appearances (she once shocked Sonic in retribution for shaking her), but since obtaining her lynx form she's been nothing but shy, sweet, and nurturing... when she's not Brainwashed and Crazy.
Stealth Pun: A lot of fans believe that the choice of a lynx as the species of her mobian form was a tongue in cheek reference by the writers to a hand-held video game system from Atari called the 'Lynx'.
The former director of Secret Intelligence and the current director of the Secret Freedom Fighters. Harvey Who aided in the battle with Robotnik, but retired soon after - only to be convinced to help Elias regain the throne and stop Ixis Naugus. Harvey is both experienced and wise, and able to see things in others that they may not see in themselves.
Ascended Extra: Appeared in one story way-back-when, and then disappeared forever - that is, until he was brought back to serve as the director for the Secret Freedom Fighters.
Glory Days: When Elias first visits him, he's convinced his best years are behind him. He even has a photograph of himself, King Max, and members of the King's court from the pre-Robotnik days in his house. That said, it doesn't take much for Elias to talk him back into action.
Master of Disguise: He and his men disguised themselves as Badniks during the war with Robotnik.
Shout-Out: Back when we first saw him, he and his men were this to the cast of Winnie the Pooh, consisting of an owl, a bear, and a donkey. Additionally, at the end of his first appearance, Sonic references the old tootsie pop commercial with the owl. According to Harvey, the amount of licks needed is classified information.
Daughter of the deposed king Maximillian Acorn, Princess Sally led the Freedom Fighters through their time of exile after the coup and saw her father, and subsequently her brother, re-ascend the throne after Robotnik's demise (which, alas, did not stick). For quite some time she was Heir Presumptive, and retired from field duties, but she has since reassumed her post after Elias was crowned instead. Recently, Sally was roboticized and transformed into "Mecha Sally", who was then weaponized and turned against her friends by Eggman.Sally is intelligent, pragmatic, and patient, often serving as a foil to Sonic who is also her main love interest. Among the fandom she is incredibly divisive, loved by many who see her as the heart of the team and hold "Sonally" to be the One True Pairing; and disliked by many others who see her as a Canon Sue and dislike all of the Love Triangle plots her presence spawns (and/or ship Sonic with someone else). Needless to say, such tropes should go on the YMMV page rather than here.
Breakout Character: Had more of a supporting role in early Archie. Arguably as prominent a character as Sonic himself later on. This is even more evident counting her earlier background as a minor captive in the games.
The Comically Serious: Often when paired against Sonic, though she is often more jovial than most examples.
Control Freak: Had shades of this in the earlier more comical issues, usually butting heads with the reckless and free spirited Sonic as a result. This was diluted as the stories matured, the rare occasion she delves back in this trope are more Played for Drama.
Distressed Damsel: Like Amy, she is still a pivotal hero, but also one of the villains' favorite hostage choices.
The Everygirl: Borderline example, despite her role as Princess, Sally is arguably the nearest to "normal" in terms of personality compared to most of her wackier comrades (her earlier depictions are slightly more pompous and clownish in their own right however).
Only Sane Man: Definitely has traits of this at times, especially when frustrated by Sonic.
Petting Zoo Person: Usually more a Funny Animal like the others, it was a trend to draw her this way during the mid-era of the Archie comics. Artists Steven Butler, J. Axer and Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante are especially known for their "suggestive" versions of Sally.
Positive Discrimination: Occasionally leans as this due to her Women Are Wiser personality and prominent role. Par a few notable moments, she at least isn't that known for making a fool of herself. Less prominent in earlier issues, where she was almost as blundering and wacky as the rest of the cast.
Too Clever by Half: While still highly intelligent in early issues, she had far greater superiority complex and arrogance that rivaled Sonic's. While this still appears every now and again, it is far more subtle.
A Southern Belle who was subject to Roboticization and rescued half-way, Bunnie retained her free will but put her powerful robotic limbs at the service of the Freedom Fighters. Bunnie has an outgoing but gentle personality who is nonetheless willing to throw her considerable weight around when the occasion calls for it. Though liked by pretty much everyone, she seems especially close to Sally, and to Antoine, her husband.Recently, Bunnie found herself restored to flesh and blood, and her husband put into a coma during an attack by Eggman's forces. Unable to deal with her feelings of helplessness, she set off on her own for an as of yet unrevealed purpose.
Murderous Thighs: She uses her cybernetic legs on a brainwashed Sonic in this fashion once, though he's able to break free. She calls it her "TLC: Tight Leg Crush".
Nice Hat: Started wearing one after Sonic's year-long exile in space.
Ornamental Weapon: Some artists drew her with a pair of revolvers when she first started wearing the cowboy hat & jacket, though these were deleted in later issues and she's not shown using them, since she has her Arm Cannon as her main weapon.
Petting Zoo Person: Again like Sally, usually a Funny Animal but prone to exaggerations by certain Archie artists. The fact they redesigned her cyborg proportions to suit this evolution doesn't help.
Power at a Price: A victim of Robotocization, which grants her amazing — if occasionally unstable — cybernetic powers and strength, but the expected deformities.
A French and somewhat cowardly member of the Freedom Fighters who was, in the early days, a would-be rival to Sonic for Sally's affections (but strictly a Hopeless Suitor). Generally used as the bumbling, occasionally overbearing comic relief, he eventually shed most of his jerkier traits and was allowed to take a level in badass when he stopped pursuing Sally and instead became involved with Bunnie. Antoine, like his father, wears the uniform of the Royal Guard, but like the other Freedom Fighters was too young to actually be a member before Robotnik's coup.Recently, Antoine was critically wounded and put in a coma during an attempt on Elias's life, putting him out of commission.
Squee: In an issue of Sonic Universe, after having gone through most of the arc without a sword, he has the reaction "Eek! Un sabre!" when he's finally given one, complete with a little jump for joy. At the end of the arc, he mentions that he might start up a sword collection.
Took a Level in Badass: Oh so much. He went from being basically afraid of his own shadow to Commander of the Royal Army.
Dulcy the Dragon
A Mobiandragon. Separated from her mother during Robotnik's coup, Dulcy grew up alongside the Freedom Fighters and served as both a comrade and a source of air transport. After Commuting on a Bus for several years, she was reunited with her fellow dragons, and has made infrequent appearances as of late.
Domestic Abuse: She once began a relationship with another dragon named Zan, who was heavily implied to be rough with her. To make matters worse, he was killed by the Station Square forces, denying her closure for this.