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Knothole Freedom Fighters
The defenders of Mobius who oppose the tyrannical rule of Dr. Eggman. Originally stationed in Knothole, the team waged war against the doctor to reclaim the kingdom's throne. Eventually they succeeded and Sally's father was recommissioned as King. In the Post-Reboot world, they eventually created a new mobile airbase named the Sky Patrol (A direct reference to one of the series` Gaiden Games, Tails: Sky Patrol) to better aid the world wherever they need it.
Tropes associated with the entire Team
- Badass Crew: Oh so very much. They were able save entire planets through their teamwork.
- Character Magnetic Team: They also have many different factions around the world due to their effots.
- La Résistance: Started off as a small ban of rebels fighting against Eggman's tyranny, now they defend the entire world from his influence.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Let's see, an arrogant speedster, a princess, a young prodigy, a coward, a cyborg, and a weapons expert and the only thing they had in common was their desire to protect their home. And that's not even counting the later additions to the team.
- Signature Team Transport: Post-reboot, the Sky Patrol counts. It looks like a giant bumper seen in most of the series` games.
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Well, they sort of count. The whole "Teenage Superhero Animals" part anyway.
- The Team:
- The Leader/Rebellious Princess: Sally, the original founder and the one who directs the other members on their tasks.
- The Lancer/The Big Guy/The Hero: Sonic. He's still the main character of the series, but prefers to be out on the field in the thick of the battle and also get under Sally's skin occasionally with his attitude. He's also the team's strongest member.
- The Smart Guy/Child Prodigy: Tails. Originally was just the Tagalong Kid with no combat prowess, but grew into a capable asset of the team. He's also Sonic's Kid Sidekick whenever they're on a mission together.
- The Big Girl/The Heart: Amy. She's very eager to hit things with her hammer, but she's also compassionate and always tries to understand someone if they need help.
- Genius Bruiser: Rotor. Secondary Smart Guy along with Tails, but is much more physically capable after the Reboot. And his tech skills are generally in weaponry.
- Badass Normal: Antoine. No special superpowers or physical enhancements, he's just a really good swordsman.
- The Big Girl: Bunnie. Probably the second strongest of the team after Sonic thanks to her enhancements.
- Mission Control: Nicole. Being a program, she can communicate and direct the crew from time to time, but mostly stays inside Sally's handheld.
- Gentle Giant/Sixth Ranger: Big. A very recent addition after helping Sonic & Tails, and one of most docile members.
- Tagalong Kid: Cream. She's by far the youngest and least combat orientated member, but determined to defend her home.
- Team Pet: T-Pup and Cheese
- True Companions: Have been together for years and been though heck and back and still made it out friends.
- Will They or Won't They?: Averted in opposite directions. For Sonic characters drawn from the Saturday morning cartoons (Rotor/Boomer, Antoine, Bunnie, and maybe Dulcy?) relationships are possible with the Bunnie/Antoine pairing being the most obvious; these are all (or have potential to be) in the 'yes' direction. For core Sega properties (Sonic, Tails, Amy), these are all in the 'no' direction because Sega doesn't like the idea and has panned any possibility of Shipping.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Billed as "the Hero of Mobius," this version of Sonic is still brash, irreverent, and cocky, 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 the 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.
- Adaptational Badass: Much more powerful than the Sega version. He's a Lightning Bruiser as opposed to being a Fragile Speedster, and he has more abilities than the games version (can go intangible by vibrating his molecules, for example).
- On the other hand, however, he is much more flawed and vulnerable than Sega's version, which is showcased by how much he gets manipulated or emotionally broken, so it evens out.
- Also he beat Segata Sanshiro.
- Angst? What Angst?: In universe, Sonic's more likely to smile and crack a few jokes than wallow in depression. Though it takes a ton to make Sonic sad and down.
- Anti-Hero: Like other portrayals, but the comics tend to emphasize his flaws a bit more without making him an out-and-out Jerk Ass.
- Balloon Belly: In the chapter The Return of Uncle Chuck.
- Big Brother Instinct / Big Brother Mentor: Usually towards Tails, though he sometimes passes it off to younger heroes.
- Big Eater
- 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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Twice. The first time involved amnesia, and the second was when he was Roboticized into Mecha Sonic. Note that the latter involved him Fighting from the Inside.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: He'll banter or even flirt in the middle of a fight. One example was his cracking jokes while being controlled by Eggman in the first Free Comic Book Day issue.
- Catchphrase: "Let's do it to it!"
- Chick Magnet: Sally, Fiona, Amy, Mina; it seems that most girls are in love with him at one point or another. And unlike his games counterpart, he definitely doesn't try to avoid it.
- Child Soldier: He's been fighting Robotnik since he was a kid, all the while avoiding most of the Angst that comes with this trope.
- Composite Character: Of Sonic's myriad incarnations. He's got a bit of the adventure loving hero from the more recent games and Sonic X, while also retaining some of his 90's-era attitude along with a sprinkling of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog's comedic trickster.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: After being curb-stomped by Eggman's Powered Armor in #175, Sonic correctly deduces that said armor was specifically designed to fight and counter him, but no one else, and makes sure to bring the rest of the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix with him to take it on again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Takes this trait from the games and amps it Up to Eleven.
- Demoted To Supporting Character: For a whilenote , it seemed like other characters like Knuckles were more important to the world of the comic than he was.
- Easily Condemned: Sonic has been framed more than once for turning on the Freedom Fighters, with usually all but a token handful (usually Tails or Uncle Chuck) being perfectly convinced he has betrayed them. While some of these schemes are very elaborate, you'd think the others would be aware of what deception Robotnik is capable of by now (especially since it's happened to them before too).
- 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 Good Guys Always Win: According to Mammoth Mogul and Eggman, Sonic's long-term exposure to Chaos Energy has essentially made him an Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos; thus, no matter what plans the various villains try, Sonic will always find a way to win.
- A meta example also, since alleged mandates in the comic insist Sonic can't suffer a full loss against the villains (at least not without it being reversed by the end of it's respective story). Many of his victories however have been very bittersweet.
- Heroic Willpower
- Hidden Depths: Sometimes shows his sensitivity to his closest friends in rare situations where he isn't on bravado frat boy mode.
- Intangible Man: This version has the ability to vibrate his molecules to pass through objects a la The Flash.
- Invincible Hero: Definitely averted. The best example is during the events of Sonic #175, where Eggman manages to hand him his prickly behind. What happened later, however....
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Let's Get Dangerous: It's very rare, but there are times when he drops the corny jokes and carefree demeanor, and focuses on taking out the threat at hand.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Sometimes shows psychological dependency on Sally, who constantly watches over his abrasive and reckless attributes. Writers also have a fondness for letting horrible things happen to Sally in particular, in which cases Sonic's laid back demeanor very quickly cracks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Occasionally, he will stumble into this role.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very much Made of Iron and one of the strongest and the fastest in Mobius, in contrast to his Fragile Speedster games incarnation.
- 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).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He convinced EVE to overcome her limitations, the latter heading into space. When they met again later, EVE revealed that she had destroyed numerous inhabited worlds across the galaxy. In fairness, EVE was going to kill Sonic until he convinced her otherwise, and EVE's rampage started in self-defense, before going into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory. That and after Sonic made her realize the error of her ways, EVE gave Sonic one final bit of help before flying into a star.
- Not So Different: From characters like Knuckles, in that his own background is less than 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.
- The Power of Friendship: Sonic believes in it.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sonic manages to combine this trope with deadpan snarking and Casual Danger Dialogue to great effect.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Tended to do this when butting heads with Sally's father, and now more often thanks to the formation of the Council of Acorn.
- 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
- Super Speed: Duh.
- 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 other portrayals, where they're usually brushed off or accepted. Furthermore, he's able to work past and make up for them with surprising sensitivity.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chili dogs. Along wth SatAm, one of the first versions to emphasize it.
- Translator Microbes: Due to some adventures in space and acquiring a translator device, Sonic is able to understand all languages. Even his dog's.
- Unfortunate Names: At one point, his name was considered to be Olgilvie Maurice Takeshi Hedgehog.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Though it hasn't been entirely consistent, he generally has an aversion to water. As you can imagine, he's not exactly thrilled when in one of the newer Post-Genesis Wave arcs he has to visit an underwater city.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Slightly, mentioning his old days starting out as a Freedom Fighter. He knows he wasn't quite ready at the time but he doesn't like being reminded of it (When Antonine innocently mentions it in one Sonic Universe issue, Tails has to restrain himself from shouting at him). Also still being called a kid, as his evil alternate counterpart, Miles, loves to do.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tails' wrath is hard to incur, but even Sonic himself isn't safe from it when it does come out.
- Characterization Marches On: Thankfully.
- Cheerful Child
- Child Prodigy
- 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Not shown as often as in other continuities, though.
- The Linus: While highly intelligent, his childlike perceptive shows up several times, especially in early stories.
- Parental Abandonment: Par for the course among the Freedom Fighters, although Tails' parents weren't just turned into robots — they were abducted by aliens. He's since reunited with them.
- Punny Name
- The Resenter: While Sonic was with Fiona.
- Yandere: Then he finally lost it when Sonic untimely snarked and offended his family. Thanksfully, he easily forgives him when they talked it out about the girl.
- Sore Loser: He didn't take losing to Honey well to say the least. It took him the entire arc to get over it.
Princess Sally Acorn
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. Sally was roboticized and transformed into "Mecha Sally", who was then weaponized and turned against her friends by Eggman. Following the reboot, She was never altered and is still an active member of the Freedom Fighters, though what she does remember of her tenure as Mecha Sally haunts her greatly.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.
- Action Girl
- Ascended Extra: She was based on one of the animals that were freed from the badniks in the original game.
- The Atoner: Showed signs of this once her memories of the old timeline, including her tenure as Mecha Sally, but Nicole snapped her out of this.
- Badass Princess
- Bare Your Midriff: Her redesign (not reflected in her current character image). Emphasized at one point when she discards her jacket. Bare-midriff brawler who is part of a group of freedom-fighters? Loosely remind you of anyone?
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The reboot gave her a pair of bracelets that can manifest blades similar to those she had as Mecha Sally. They were sent to her by Dr. Ellidy, Nicole's creator.
- 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.
- Break the Cutie/Kill the Cutie: Over and over again.
- Characterization Marches On: Similar to her animated counterpart, Sally was initially developed more as a hypocritical equal to Sonic, and could frequently act rather egotistical, moody and bossy. As the series took a more serious turn, Sally mellowed out greatly, to the point of being the most consistantly mature and serious minded Freedom Fighter of the main team.
- Throughout Ian Flynn's tenure, Sally has also become less acerbic and cautious, gaining Sonic's penchant for acting on impulse and emotion. This has become even more apparent post reboot.
- 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.
- Cool Big Sis: She's developing into this towards Cream showing that, while she knows Cream wants to help out, she knows she's not ready to handle things.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh yes.
- Disappeared Dad
- 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).
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Fiery Redhead
- Foil: Largely to Sonic, her cautious and uptight personality contrasting Sonic's brash and reckless persona. Both share a similar arrogance and ego that only fuels their bickering more.
- Furry Female Mane
- Grumpy Bear: In earlier points of the comics at least. While still often enthusiastic, Sally was often the most sardonic and irritable of the main Freedom Fighters. Snarking aside, this is far less prominent in later issues.
- Hartman Hips: Seeing as she's both Ms. Fanservice and Team Mom, this is kind of inevitable.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Causing herself to get roboticized to prevent Eggman from doing it to the entire planet.
- The High Queen: Grows up to be this in the "Mobius: 30 Years Later" storyline.
- Honorary Aunt: To Tails, who calls her "Aunt Sally".
- Hypocrite: When Sonic chooses freedom fighting over staying with her, she accuses him of being selfish.
- She has also had recurring (and increasing) displays of being reckless and impulsive, despite constantly chiding Sonic for such methods.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Most apparent with certain Archie comic artists.
- Laser Blade: Her Ring-Blades.
- The Linus: In earlier issues, Sally was still intelligent but somewhat bratty tempered. Toned down in later issues where she arguably the most mature of the main Freedom Fighters.
- Missing Mom
- Only Sane Man: Definitely has traits of this at times, especially when frustrated by Sonic.
- Our Nudity Is Different: Unlike all of the female Sonic characters, Sally wore nothing but an open vest and boots long before the reboot. Subverted since then as she is now fully clothed; black undershirt, blue shorts, and the classic blue [closed] vest and boots.
- 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.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Robotic Reveal: Originally, it was planned for it to be eventually revealed that Sally had been Dead All Along since the Endgame arc and that the one we've seen since then is a robotic clone that did a Heel-Face Turn. This was scrapped due to Executive Veto.
- Royal Brat: Leaned as a light example in the earlier comedic issues. As the comic took a more serious tone she became near anything but (though it doesn't stop villains such as Snively mocking her as such).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: This is especially exemplified in the post-Super Genesis Wave world when King Acorn gives his blessing for her to keep fighting with the Freedom Fighters
- Screw Destiny: Sally was once possessed by the Sword of Acorns, who constantly took over her body and filled her with visions, despite her rejecting the Source of All. While the Sword refused to take "no" for an answer, Sally opted to hand the Sword over to the children of Uma Arachnis when they came looking for it.
- She's a Man in Japan: The squirrel she was based on was male in the Japanese version.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost identical to her mother, Queen Alicia Acorn.
- Tareme Eyes: For her modern design, earlier on they were reversed into Tsurime Eyes.
- Team Mom
- Teen Genius
- Tomboy Princess
- 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. She also is keenly aware that she's logical, even when it's a huge inconvenience or limits her ability - something she discovers while digitized, helping Nicole.
- True Blue Femininity
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Sonic.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: When her parents left her to guard the kingdom.
- Women Are Wiser: Albeit balanced by occasional bouts of arrogance and childishness equal to Sonic.
- You Are Worth Hell: In 230, she has the choice to invert the "World Roboticizer", or not and be trapped in a world controlled by Eggman with Sonic. She hesitates before she does the former.
Tropes associated with Sally's "Mecha Sally" personae:
- Amulet of Dependency: Eggman has made it so that she depends on a Power Ring to function. It makes her more powerful, but once it's depleted, Sally herself will go off-line and "die."
- Blade Below the Shoulder: One on each arm.
- Deflector Shields
- Frickin' Laser Beams: One concealed in her hair, of all places.
- Femme Fatalons
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.Following the reboot, the nanite city of New Mobotropolis has been replaced by the restored city of Mobotropolis. To compensate for the loss of the nanites, Nicole can project her holographic form by simply by attaching a power ring to her handheld unit. She now works in the field with the Freedom Fighters. In this continuity, Nicole was created by Dr. Ellidy, a scientist in the service of the Kingdom of Acorn, and given as a gift to a young Princess Sally.
- Artificial Intelligence: An unambiguously benevolent one.
- All of the Other Reindeer: After being restored to normal after being brainwashed by the Iron Queen, she loses the trust of the Mobotropolis populace, and eventually is forcibly confined into a single small computer.
- Ascended Extra: She was around almost since the beginning, but #151's "Stargazing" set her on a track that led from "occasional prop" to "front-line Freedom Fighter".
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal / Does Not Like Shoes: Initially anyway in the old verse's design. In the the new verse, she does wear shoes.
- Brain Uploading: Nicole's programming was based on the mind of Dr. Ellidy's terminally ill daughter Nikki, in a last-ditch, ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save her.
- Brainy Brunette
- Furry Female Mane
- Green Eyes
- Heroic BSOD: She could barely talk to anyone after Sally was roboticized and herself exiled. It wasn't until Mina talked to her and apologized for her actions that she was able to open up again.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Got hit with this before the reboot thanks to The Iron Queen taking control of her and turning her against the citizens she wanted to protect. Ixis taking over didn't help matters. Though things eventually get better thanks to the re-written timeline.
- Nanomachines: She made extensive use of them prior to the reboot.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Why she created her nanomachine/holographic form. Though it's a subversion as she acknowledges that she's already a fully sentient being who can think, reason, and understand basic emotions, she just wanted to experience and interact with the real world. Post-reboot, she seems to have achieved this. See Projected Man entry.
- Projected Man: She alternates between a real body constructed of nanites and a holographic projection. The latter is much less labor-intensive to sustain. Post-reboot, she instead uses power rings to create a solid form.
- Turned up a notch following the use of the red-star ring, which is implied to have changed the way she can physically interact with the world and possibly allow her to "feel"; overlaps with Pinocchio Syndrome. Lampshaded in the Off-Panel.
- 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'.
- Super Mode: Overclocked Nicole in the new universe. Triggered when she uses the power of a Red Ring. Still a bit unstable to use at the moment however.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Occasionally, as she finds this helpful when it comes to dealing with her emotions.
Bunnie Rabbot D'Coolette
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.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 unrevealed purpose.note Following the reboot, it was established that Bunnie was still roboticized, but instead of Unwilling Roboticization, it was to save her life at a young age after Eggman initiated his coup.
- Action Girl
- Arm Cannon
- Badass Adorable
- Brought Down to Normal: As of 232. Undone in the reboot.
- Cast from Hit Points: She's powerful, but her robotics pre-reboot take their energy from her life force, making her Arm Cannon a Glass Cannon in truth.
- Cool Big Sis: To Sally, sometimes to Amy and Tails.
- Cute Bruiser
- Deflector Shield
- Emergency Transformation: In the new universe, rather then have been a victim of partial robotization. She was caught in an accident that nearly killed her. Uncle Chuck used a prototype Roboticazor to save her life.
- Happily Married: To Antoine. Something that thankfully carried over into the reboot.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Until Ixis Naugus recently (accidentally) restored her biological limbs. They're back in the reboot.
- Honorary Aunt: To Tails who calls her "Aunt Bunnie".
- Interspecies Romance: With Antoine.
- Ms. Fanservice: Following a rather questionable "upgrade".
- 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. After switching out her original cybernetics, as they could no longer function properly, she ran the risk of dying from over exerting her powers. Her limits in the reboot haven't been established.
- Punny Name: You would think. Turns out it's actually pronounced "Ra-beaux".
- Lampshaded, too - her uncle points out that he just KNOWS that, due to her limbs, everyone assumes that that's how it's pronounced, because he's had the same thing happen to him.
- Southern Belle: Albeit more tomboyish than most examples.
- Super Strength: Her metal arm gives her this.
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Women Are Wiser: Placed against Antoine, it's bound to happen at times.
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.Antoine was critically wounded and put in a coma during an attempt on Elias's life, putting him out of commission. Following the reboot, Antoine was never injured and is still an active member of the Freedom Fighters.
- Butt Monkey
- Character Development: In the Archie comics they took his character from a Butt Monkey to Knight In Shining Armour.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: At first but he grows out of it.
- Child Soldier
- Cowardly Lion: Though more competent in later stories, he's still a tad jittery.
- Furry Female Mane: A rare male example.
- Gratuitous French
- Grew a Spine: His Character Development.
- Happily Married: To Bunnie
- Heroic Sacrifice: In 234. Thankfully undone by the reboot.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Sally.
- Idiot Hero
- Interspecies Romance: With Bunnie, and his unrequited crush on Sally.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In earlier issues, Antoine was obsessed with motions, committees, subcommittees, and any other bureaucratic obstacle that could possibly hinder/prosecute Sonic or glorify himself.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- 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. His rank following the reboot is unknown, but he's more physically able, having displayed a spin dash attack of his own by sticking his sword out during the move.
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.
- Action Girl: When she whips out her hammer, she's a force to be reckoned with.
- Badass Adorable
- Charm Point: Her Piko Piko Hammer.
- Cool Big Sis: To Cream.
- Cute Bruiser: She's short and spunky, and takes on hulking foes such as the Iron King head-on with her hammer, looking sweet all the while.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Sonic.
- Drop the Hammer
- Hair Decorations
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Similar to Sonic X, the comic is fond of playing up Amy's occasionally violent mood swings. A fair few enemies, and even some allies are terrified of her when angered.
- Green Eyes
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She hasn't given up on Sonic, but if Sally makes Sonic happy in the here and now, she'll support their relationship. It helps that she thinks Sally is kinda cool.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded when Honey recognizes her outfit as one of her designs, and Amy tells her she loves it so much she practically wears nothing else.
- Never Live It Down: In the post-Super Genesis Wave universe, Amy's game history is fully intact. As such, Sonic refuses to let her live down the fact that she mistook Shadow for Sonic.
- 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.
- Plucky Girl
- Pointy Ears
- Squee: She totally fangirls over Honey the Cat, her favorite fashion designer, bowling over an entire crowd to meet with her.
- Took a Level in Badass: During their underwater trip, Amy ends up learning the Mystic Melody, which is upgraded from just finding hidden paths to out and out turning Amy into a living Chaos Emerald detector.
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. Following the reboot, Rotor was never injured and is still an active member of the Freedom Fighters.Since the Cosmic Retcon, Rotor's now much younger, stronger and has his smarts to fight alongside his friends once more.
- Abusive Parents: In the post-Super Genesis Wave world, Rotor's father hated new things and never liked him. Prompting Rotor to seek greener pastures.
- Demoted to Extra: Pre-Retcon, 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) who goes barefoot on a regular basis. Subverted in Post-Genesis Wave as he now wears flipper-shaped sneakers.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genius Bruiser: How he is portrayed in the post-Super Genesis Wave world
- He's Back: After quitting the Mobian Council, Rotor returns to active duty, donning Powered Armor to circumvent his injured back. Post-Genesis Wave, he's now much more fit and able.
- Mr Fix It: Shared with Tails.
- Nice Hat
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: He started wearing a brown jacket in later issues, but has dropped it as of Team Freedom's formation.
- Powered Armor: Pre-Genesis Wave, he wears one of his own design that was constructed with the help of NICOLE, which he uses to make up for his back injury. It's gone as of the reboot, but at least his back was never injured.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When The Mobian Council votes to banish NICOLE to Freedom HQ, Rotor quits in disgust, especially since they give him the reason of "It's what the people want".
- Stating the Simple Solution: Rotor points out that they can just take Breezie's Chaos Emerald by force, instead of fighting in her tournament, since they're trying to save the world. It gets shot down by Amy and Sally because they, as heroes, provide moral support to the world by example.
- 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.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Shown in the Post-Genesis Wave, being an aquatic animal allows him reach underwater areas the rest of the Freedom Fighter either can't get to and wouldn't be able too without a breathing apparatus.
Cream the Rabbit & 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 was the guardian of a certain doll that looks like Tails until the reboot.note
- A Girl and Her Chao
- Actual Pacifist: Cream doesn't like fighting at all. She get mad and frustrated, but if anyone's doing the attacking, it's Cheese.
- Berserk Button: Won't tolerate rudeness. Omega was particularly flummoxed by this.
- She also will be legitmately angry if her friends (particullarly Cheese) are harmed.
- Cool Chao
- Friend to All Living Things: To Cheese, and all of the Chao who and her mother came to take care of.
- Kid Hero: Like Tails and Amy before her, however, while she genuinely wants to go out and help the other Freedom Fighters, Sally calmly tells her to stay behind, mostly because she knows that there are more terrible things out there.
- Rant Inducing Slight: Yes, even Cream has her limits. In the Archie Comics, when Nack captures Cheese and the Sol Emerald, Cream lunges at him only to be stopped by Bark. She then proceedes to rattle off the following quote.Cream: How dare you kidnap Cheese! Don't hold him by his wings like that! Do you know how sensitive they are? And give back Miss Blaze's Sol Emerald! We have worked very hard to get that back for her, you know! This whole day has been nothing but roughhousing and rude people and I simply will not tolerate it!
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: "Too cute to eviscerate," according to Omega.
Big the Cat & Froggy
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. He works with the regular Freedom Fighter team as of the reboot.
- Angst? What Angst?: In-universe. Cheered up after being exiled from his home when Sonic told him the fishing was great up north.
- A Cat and His Frog
- Big Damn Heroes: When he gets into the thick of things, he's very good at using his strength and fishing pole to help out, from punching Drago Wolf straight through a stone wall to saving Sally, Bunnie, and Antoine from three E-series Super-Badniks with his fishing pole.
- Black Sheep: Openly resented by his fellow Felidae for consorting with outsiders, and for being a simpleton.
- White Sheep: Albeit also being far more friendly and good natured than standard vicious and war mongering Felidae.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted. Big is pretty much one of the few denizens of Cat Country that aren't downright hostile.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Commuting on a Bus: Has been making infrequent appearances in the comic over the years, but has recently moved to the same area as the rest of the main cast.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- The Ditz
- Genius Ditz: Has shades of this post reboot.
- The Fool
- Gentle Giant
- Kind Hearted Simpleton: Big may not be the smartest of the bunch, but his heart is as big as his body.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: Seems to be gaining a penchant for this following the reboot. This is easily exemplified when Sally questions what he thinks of NICOLE and if it's weird that she's not flesh and blood like the rest of them. His response?"Uh, nope? As long as they're nice, I don't care what anyone is."
- Sixth Ranger: In the reboot. After guiding Sonic and Tails to, and subsequently helping defend, the Sky Patrol, he and Froggy are now part of the team.
- Stout Strength: And HOW. Big is THE strongest character in the Sonic universe.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Needed others to tell him to defend himself in pre reboot stories. Downplayed post reboot where he is more capable of thinking for himself.
Pre Genesis Wave Characters
Secret Freedom Fighters
A black-ops team formed by Elias Acorn and Harvey Who to fight against Naugus, who was crowned king and seen as a hero by the citizens of New Mobotropolis in the wake of Eggman and the Battle Bird Armada's attacks on the city. As much of the members were created by former writer Ken Penders, the team has been removed from continuity as of the crossover, with the only confirmed members in the new continuity being Silver the Hedgehog and NICOLE the Lynx.
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.
- Dark Furred Redhead
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of exotic-looking... daggers?
- Happily Married: With Megan, who he met after running away from home.
- 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.
- Heroic BSOD: The look on his face when he learns Sally was Roboticized. He is clearly broken because of the news, and can't fight Naugus because of it.
- Succession Crisis
- 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.
- Karma: His dad's poor decisions (see Horrible Judge of Character in Max's entry) are ultimately why he lost the kingdom to Naugus.
- Informed Species: Elias is a squirrel, yet he looks more like a fox. This is especially evident when you look at his ears and tail. These traits are also present in both his father Max, and grandfather Frederick.
- King Incognito: During his brief time as a runaway.
- Long-Lost Relative
- Modest Royalty
- Prince On a White Pasha.
- Put on a Bus: Can no longer appear due to the Penders lawsuit. One hopes Ian Flynn's 'Lost Hedgehog Tales' will reveal what would have been his fate.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Ungrateful Bastard: Somewhat. Elias openly called Harvey crazy when he first met the team, and monologues that they wouldn't be his first, second, or even third choice. It takes Lyco and Leeta calling him out to get him to accept their help.
- Warrior Prince
- "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.
- The Wise Prince
- See under Time Travelers in the main page.
Shard/Metal Sonic (Ver. 1.0/2.0/2.5)/"Jack"
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. He has sadly been confirmed to be removed as of the reboot; his power gem core was a Penders idea so there's too much potential hassle to bring him back.
- AI Is A Crap Shoot
- Arm Cannon
- Chest Blaster
- Deadpan Snarker
- Healing Factor: He has a self repair function that also assimilates and adapts new technology.
- Heel-Face Turn
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: "Metal Sonic" was the name of a line of Sonic-themed robots, which conflicted with Sega's version. To avoid confusion, Shard was described as "the first Mecha Sonic" in the book.
- Morph Weapon: His whole body, thanks to his Power Gem.
- Mythology Gag: His sacrifice and seeming demise in the volcano are undoubtedly references to Metal Sonic's actions in the Sonic OVA.
- Meanwhile, his color-scheme as Shard is based on Metal Sonic 3.0.
- Put on a Bus: Can no longer appear for legal reasons.
- Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: He'd fought against two newer versions of Metal Sonic, with his last appearance fighting the one that went on to the crossover.
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.
- Cosmic Plaything
- The Jinx
- My Greatest Failure: Before being recruited by Harvey, Larry was really depressed over the Substitute Freedom Fighter thing not working out.
- Put on a Bus: Thanks to the Penders Lawsuit, Larry can never appear in the book again.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Not even Larry's sure what his "wild card" status and bad luck bring to the team. Harvey Who seems to think there's something special about him.
- Wolverine Claws: In his Secret Freedom Fighters uniform.
Leeta and Lyco/"Queen of Diamonds" and "Queen of Hearts"
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."
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Their outfits being Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Jumped at the Call: Literally; Harvey Who called Lupe to recruit agents and they accepted, wanting to experience adventure and do more for the common good.
- Leotard of Power
- Not So Different: The twins rag on Elias for not trusting him and being up to the task of their mission, but later they end up blowing it by being frightened and revealing their presence to Naugus.
- Put on a Bus: Can no longer appear due to the Penders lawsuit.
- Twin Switch: A variation where they both pretended to be the same twin was hilariously used to confound Silver in one "Off Panel" strip.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leeta is afraid of heights.
- 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.
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.
- Badass Mustache
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal
- Cool Old Guy
- Da Chief
- 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.
- The Owl-Knowing One
- Master of Disguise: He and his men disguised themselves as Badniks during the war with Robotnik.
- Put on a Bus: Much like the other members of the Secret freedom Fighters (barring Silver and possibly Shard), the Penders Lawsuit has made it so that he can never again appear in the comic.
- 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.
- His current design looks a lot like Kaepora Gaebora.
Inactive/Former Freedom Fighters
Dulcy the Dragon
A Mobian dragon. 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.
- Breath Weapon
- Cannot Tell a Lie
- Which allows her to "sense the purity of truth".
- 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.
- Giant Flyer
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
- Last Of Her Kind: Thanks to Robotnik, she is quickly approaching this.
- Missing Mom
- Our Dragons Are Different: "As You Know, they cannot lie." While she's based on a Western dragon, other dragons based on Eastern dragons have appeared as well.
- Out of Focus: Largely because the current writer cannot find a place for her as of yet.
- Remember the New Guy: Though the comic does a better job explaining how the Freedom Fighters met her than SatAm did, she was still essentially introduced out of the blue this way.
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 served as members of Team Freedom. Their status as of the reboot is unknown.
- Action Bomb: Bomb, naturally.
- AI Is A Crap Shoot
- Back from the Dead
- Genius Bruiser: Heavy.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Bomb communicates solely with a "Ping" sound, which Heavy conveniently translates for him.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Everytime Bomb uses his powers, his current body is destroyed - only for his consciousness to be uploaded to a new shell generated by Heavy.
- Super Strength: Again, Heavy.
- 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.