Characters / Sonic the Hedgehog - Other Protagonists

The various allies that have helped Sonic on his many journeys through the years.

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    The Chaotix 
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Espio: "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
Vector: "Espio, don't be silly. Besides, you know our policy: We never turn down work that pays."
Charmy: "Yeah, you know our policy!"

Classic Debut: Knuckles' Chaotix (as the Chaotix Crewnote )
Modern Debut: Sonic Heroes (as Team Chaotixnote )

Vector: Voiced by Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Mark Biagi (English, 2004), Jimmy Zoppi (English, Sonic X, 2005), Dan Green (English, 2007-2010), Keith Silverstein (English, 2010-present)
Espio: Voiced by Yūki Masuda (Japanese), Bill Corkery (English, 2004), David Wills (English, 2005-2010), Troy Baker (English, 2010-2016), Matthew Mercer (English, 2016-present)
Charmy: Voiced by Yōko Teppōzuka (Japanese), Emily Corkery (English, 2004), Amy Birnbaum (English, 2005-2010), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English, 2010-present))

A band of misfits constantly trying to earn a living. Vector the Crocodile, Espio the Chameleon, and Charmy Bee initially made their debut being captured by Dr. Eggman, but Knuckles managed to save them and the four of them along with now defunct member, Mighty the Armadillo drove Eggman out of the island. The crew didn't appear for almost a decade until Sonic Heroes which gave them all new redesigns and seemingly ignoring the team's history with Knuckles. Since then, they've appeared occasionally taking on any job they can to support themselves.

These are a rather dysfunctional bunch, often serving as the Plucky Comic Relief with their antics. Vector is the leader and the one who makes the big decisions on jobs; he's loud, immature, and somewhat of a seedy individual but nonetheless has a good heart and even willing to do a job without pay (Much to Espio's chagrin). Espio is the team's ninja expert and Vector's right hand man; a quiet and serious minded individual who constantly hones his skills as a ninja. He prefers not to use his skills for dishonorable means, but constantly goaded into doing so by his peers. Charmy is the team's youngest member, and by far its most immature. He spends most of his time being a typical kid; hyperactive and constantly getting on Vector's nerves, but he does look up to his peers and does occasionally prove useful in the team's efforts.

Tropes applying to Mighty, Heavy and Bomb don't appear here; they have their own sections here.

  • Animal Gender-Bender: Charmy is a male bee, but he has a stinger.
  • Anti-Hero Team: They will do good, but they expect to be paid-handsomely. Vector at least has his better moments, such as finding a kid's lost toy for free.
  • Badass Adorable: Charmy.
  • Badass Baritone: In English, Espio sports one of the deepest voices among his peers despite only being 16 (compare this to similarly-aged characters or even Vector, who is four years Espio's senior). Coupled with his lack of eccentricities, this only serves to make Espio come across as even more serious. He's more of a tenor in Japanese.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Charmy, of course.
  • Big Eater: Vector, who dreams of having 50 five-course meals in Sonic Free Riders.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Vector (Big), Espio (Thin), and Charmy (Short).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Charmy, much to Vector's annoyance.
  • Breath Weapon: Vector in Heroes. He can breathe fire, musical notes, and bubblegum bombs.
  • Brown Note: They sound dreadful.
    • In the Olympic crossovers, Vector's special moves are augmented by musical notes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Chaotix are goofy, clumsy, and mostly inefficient as detectives, but they always get the job done.
  • Butt-Monkey: Vector in particular in the Archie comics, though the whole team often act as luckless comic relief in most incarnations (particularly in Sonic X).
  • Canon Discontinuity: Their classic selves in Knuckles' Chaotix, although this is susceptible to Flip-Flop of God — according to Takashi Iizuka, the Chaotix were reimagined and reintroduced as "new characters" in Sonic Heroes; however, he later rescinded this.
  • Canon Immigrant: Charmy Bee debuted in a manga featured in the September 1992 issue of Shogaku Ninensei (Second Grade), though he looked very different.
  • Cast Herd: They are rarely ever seen apart.
    • Espio is playable in Sonic the Fighters while the others don't appear.
    • Except in Sonic Free Riders, where Vector is part of Team Rose, but the rest of Team Chaotix is neither seen nor mentioned.
    • Espio works alongside Silver in Sonic Rivals 2. At least Vector actually has something to do with this game.
    • Vector's the only member who shows up in Sonic Chronicles, but the other two get mentioned (and even then, only as "Team Chaotix").
    • Vector is the only playable one in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series, but Espio and Charmy routinely appear as officials or NPCs.
  • Comic Trio: Vector is the schemer, Charmy is the follower, and Espio is powerless.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Vector and Charmy.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Charmy. Vector has his moments as well, especially in Sonic X.
  • The Comically Serious: Espio's attempts to uphold a mystical and dignified composure are usually destroyed by his wackier teammates.
  • Comic Trio: Vector is the schemer, Charmy is the dumb follower, Espio is reasonable but powerless.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Charmy, again.
  • Eyes of Gold: Espio.
    • Vector's eyes have taken on a more golden appearance over the years. They were vermilion when he re debuted in Heroes, but now, orange-gold would be a more accurate description.
  • Face of a Thug: As a big buff crocodile, Vector looks somewhat rough, but he's really a big softie.
  • Flechette Storm: Espio does this in Sonic X with explosive shuriken.
  • Flight: Charmy is almost always in flight, and is the Flight of the team.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Vector (Sanguine): He's the charismatic yet easily annoyed leader of Team Chaotix (Chaotix Detective Agency). Although he's much older than Charmy, he acts just as loud, obnoxious, and childish as him. That leads to a whole lot of petty arguments between the two of them. He has a short temper and can be very bossy and materialistic. Despite his intimidating appearance and his flaws, he's a nice guy who can be mildly easygoing and has strong morals despite being focused on making money.
    • Charmy (Choleric): He's a hyperactive little bee who is always being a nuisance, especially towards Vector. He can be obnoxious, materialistic (he gets that from Vector) and scatterbrained. On the other hand, he's kind-hearted and very helpful to the team. Like most kids his age, it's expected of him to act this way.
    • Espio (Melancholic): He's the cynical and somewhat arrogant member of the team who tries his best to do his job efficiently and remain apathetic to his associates's constant squabbles. He's a no-nonsense individual who's soft-spoken and aloof. He's disciplined, level-headed, and tends to talk in a sort of businesslike manner.
  • Freudian Trio: Vector is the Id, Charmy is the Ego, Espio is the Superego.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Espio uses large shuriken in Sonic Heroes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Vector is both the muscle and the brains behind the bunch.
  • Genius Ditz: Vector might seem like the Dumb Muscle, but he's still a great detective. In Sonic Heroes, he knew all along that Dr. Eggman was their client, and in Sonic Generations, he's the first to suspect that someone might be controlling the Time Eater, a hunch that later proves to be correct.
    • Alternately, Espio is the smartest member, but Vector makes the Zany Schemes in order to lead the group; depending on whether or not you believe Sonic X or Sonic Heroes.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Charmy rarely, if ever, wears his helmet-goggles over his eyes.
  • Greed: Charmy and especially Vector love cold hard cash.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In Sonic X at least, the Chaotix are occasionally shown to resent Sonic for his popularity and bravado, while they struggle to make ends meet as detectives.
  • Hero-Worshipper: From Charmy's point of view, Shadow is the greatest animal to walk this planet.
  • Hot-Blooded: Espio is described like this in the manual of Knuckles Chaotix. "He has a hot temper and an intense drive in everything he does, and sometimes his friend Charmy Bee has to remind him of his manners." Ironic, considering their modern day characterizations.
  • Image Song: "Team Chaotix"
  • Informed Ability: Charmy is said to have excellent tracking skills, which is the reason Vector and Espio put up with him.
  • Informed Poverty: Vector is apparently so broke that he can't even afford dinner, which is his reason for participating in the Grand Prix in Sonic Free Riders.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Vector, Espio, and Charmy are 20, 16, and 6, respectively.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Vector and Vanilla.
  • Invisibility: Espio via blending in with his surroundings. Named Ninja Art: Camouflage in Sonic Generations.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore" and "Oresama" for Vector, "Jibun" for Espio, and "Boku" for Charmy.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Charmy.
  • Kid Hero: Charmy is tied with Cream as the youngest recurring character in the series, being only six years old. At sixteen, Espio is young enough to qualify, too.
  • Keet: Charmy.
  • The Lancer: Espio.
  • Large and in Charge: Vector is much taller than the rest of the team. He's also the second tallest heroic character, second only to Big the Cat.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Vector initially started as this before he eventually became a Mighty Glacier.
  • Likes Older Women: Vector for Cream's mom Vanilla.
  • Limit Break: Their Team Blast, "Chaotix Recital", in Sonic Heroes.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: One of Vector's Breath Weapons.
  • Man Child: Vector, though the oldest of the team, has moments where he doesn't act quite his age. Arguing constantly with six-year-old Charmy doesn't help much. Though it helps that Vector is still young, only being 20 years old.
  • Meaningful Name: Espio's name comes from either "espionage", or the Spanish word for "I spy." Vector was initially this, due to being able to air-dash in eight different directions in his Chaotix appearance (hence "Vector") but this was scrapped for his Sonic Heroes reinvention, making his name another Odd Name Out.
    • Vector can hurl Classic Sonic along a trajectory in Generations, making his name meaningful again.
    • And it turns out that Vector has been called that since 1991 officially, so neither of those definitions were accurate. You can count vectors of sound waves, though, which fits in with the conceptual band motif.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Vector is not only the greediest, he is gluttonous and somewhat short-tempered. Beneath it all, however, he's a playful softie, and implied to take a few free cases to those who deserve it.
  • Musical Assassin: Their Team Blast in Sonic Heroes destroys robots by singing and playing instruments.
  • Ninja: Espio.
  • Never Bareheaded: Charmy has never been seen without his pilot helmet on his head.
    • Similarly, Vector is rarely seen without his headphones.
  • Odd Name Out: Unlike most of the characters' names, Charmy's doesn't seem particularly meaningful. Vector's name was initially meaningful, but became this as of Sonic Heroes.
    • In the original western bios at least, Charmy was stated as having a polite demeanor about him, ie. a charming personality. Given his later incarnation's character, his name could almost be considered ironic.
  • Only Sane Man: Charmy is a hyperactive child, and Vector acts like a child most of the time. Espio, on the other hand, is very quiet and serious.
    • At times Vector can become this to Charmy and Espio due to his detective skills and focus on finishing a job cutting through any distractions that may happen. He also acts as this when hired by Team Rose for Sonic Free Riders.
  • Only in It for the Money: Though Vector will occasionally do a job for free if he's feeling good enough, much to Espio's annoyance.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Espio in Sonic the Fighters. Apparently Sonic Team forgot he could do that as he's never shown this ability since then.
  • Parental Substitute: Vector & Espio are pretty much Charmy's legal guardians.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Espio. Considering that he's serious, he doesn't smile that much. It also doesn't help the fact he's surrounded by the loudmouth Vector and the scatterbrained Charmy.
  • Perpetual Poverty: It seems like no matter what they do, they can't seem to make enough to pay for their expenses.
  • Petal Power: Espio can make a storm of leaves in Heroes.
  • Playing with Fire: One of Vector's attacks in Sonic Heroes has him spitting out flames.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: When they're playable, they usually do it for the money and not for saving the world.
  • Power Trio: Vector is the brawn, Espio's the brains, and Charmy's the speed.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Espio.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Vector the Crocodile was actually intended to appear as a keyboardist in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, along with other members of a musical band featuring Sonic. The band was apparently meant to appear together in the sound test, the startup screen, and the ending sequence, as well as individually throughout the game, but was cut due to time constraints in favor of the iconic "SEGA" chant from Japanese television commercials, which ended up taking 1/8 of the 4 megabit ROM. Vector was brought back for the games, but the other bandmates — Max the Monkey, Mach the Rabbit, and Sharps the Chicken — weren't so lucky.
  • Shout-Out: In Sonic Free Riders Vector has a green and black motorcycle called Hard Boiled. Why does that sound familliar?
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Charmy.
  • Spanner in the Works: During the Last Story of Shadow the Hedgehog, while the three are trying to hack into data disks they discovered earlier, Charmy manages to activate a recording left by Professor Gerald when he was still sane wherein he and Maria urge Shadow to fight back against the Black Arms. Their inspirational words give Shadow the strength to break free of Black Doom's control and fight on.
  • Species Surname: For some reason, Charmy's name is Charmy Bee, and not Charmy the Bee.
  • The Stoic: Espio, who usually shares Straight Man duties with Vector.
  • Super Speed: Espio is the "Speed" of the three.
  • Super Strength: Vector is the "Power" of the three.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Vector is this in his 1991 design for the Sonic Band thanks to having a thicker, more muscular shape and a significantly darker color palate.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Charmy can do this by pollinating flowers.
  • The Power of Rock: Their blast attack in Sonic Heroes.
  • Thinking Out Loud: When getting ranked it Sonic Heroes and Espio is the one who has the most points he will almost always talk like he is talking to one person, when they get an E rank he will say "Insulting. Your training has been a waste of time.", D rank; "Be on guard! Focus, and prepare yourself." He also always looks directly at the camera, implying he is either talking to the viewer or he could be talking to himself.
  • Token Wholesome: These characters wear more clothing than other males, with Charmy wearing the most.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Charmy's is, fittingly, honey. Vector has a huge appetite, but bubblegum seems to be his personal favorite. Espio supposedly likes apples.
  • Wall Crawl: Of the three characters that can use the triangle jump in Sonic Heroes,note  Espio is the only who can stick to walls indefinitely. Being a ninja chameleon probably helps.
    • In Knuckles' Chaotix, Vector was able to grip onto and scale walls in a similar way to Knuckles by Vector Dashing into them. Unlike Knuckles, however, you had to keep the jump button held down or else he'd loose his grip and fall.

    Tikal 
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"The servers are the seven Chaos. Chaos is power, power enriched by the heart. The controller serves to unify the Chaos."

Voiced by Kaori Aso (Japanese), Elara Distler (English, 1999-2001), Karen Neill (English, Sonic X)

A mysterious girl from the distant past with a connection to Chaos.

  • All-Loving Hero: She acts as an assistant to all the playable cast in Sonic Adventure, even Gamma pre Heel–Face Turn. Despite him helping Eggman power Chaos, the imagery she grants Gamma implies she is sympathetic towards his position.
  • And I Must Scream: Her original method of dealing with Chaos was sealing it and herself inside the Master Emerald until Eggman shattered it several thousand years later. She was planning to try again before Sonic decided otherwise.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Although it's done through the use of recycled quotes, Tikal seems to hate harming her opponents in Sonic Adventure 2, begging them to stand down and even flat-out apologizing for attacking them with her Hammer Drop special.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Though she "sacrificed" herself to seal Chaos, her "Deadness" level is rather vague and she still seems pretty solid.
  • Exposition Fairy: Her flashbacks explain the backstory of Sonic Adventure.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She loves little creatures, sentient robots, and the Chao.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She sealed herself and Chaos away with the Master Emerald's power to prevent further destruction from happening.
  • Invisible Anatomy: Despite wearing sandals and having five fingers, she has no toes, oddly enough.
  • Last of Her Kind: After Chaos wipes out the Echidna clan.
  • Leitmotif: Tikal's Theme. On top of playing when she appears physically, it also plays as she's about to send a character to the past. Also counts as Long Song, Short Scene, even in the game's truncated form you never hear it in full.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In Adventure 2, she can dish out blows like Knuckles and Rouge (albeit with less range) and is moderately faster than either of them.
  • Martial Pacifist: As shown in the likes of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Runners, Tikal can run, jump, glide and fight just like the rest of her Knuckles tribe brethren. Though she never seems to be very happy about resorting to using such force.
  • Waif-Fu: As gentle as she may be, she's STILL a member of the powerful Knuckles tribe and can pull off the same feats that Knuckles can.
  • White Sheep: Of the original Echidna clan.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's the token female echidna, who was smart enough to realize that her father's tampering with the Master Emerald's power was a bad idea. Too bad he didn't listen. Reversed between her and Sonic, it is the latter who decides to deal with Chaos the more direct and effective way, allowing for a more peaceful outcome than what her original method would have been.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: All in all, Tikal is a very graceful, gentle and caring princess who handles herself with an air of elegance. That won't stop her from doing everything she can to protect the Chao, however.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Though she put up a great battle regardless of the outcome. Sonic also points this out to her regarding Chaos, sealing him only delays the problem.

    Lumina Flowlight 
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"The next Precioustone is over here!"

Voiced by Ikue Otani (Japanese), Elara Distler (English)

One of the main characters of Sonic Shuffle. She represents positive feelings which give people the ability to dream. She serves as the protector of the Precioustone, and summons Sonic and his friends to Maginaryworld to restore it when it is shattered by Void.

    Omochao 
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"Hi, I'm Omochao! I'm here to help you!"

Voiced by Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Lani Minella (English, 2001-2003), Liza Jacqueline (English, Sonic Riders), Rebecca Handler (English, Sonic and the Secret Rings), Laura Bailey (English, 2010-present)

A robotic Chao who appears in a variety of games and places to serve as an informant for characters and offer hints and advice to players whether they want it or not. He also works as a TV personality.

  • Abnormal Ammo: One of the bonus guns in Shadow the Hedgehog is the Omochao gun, which, you guessed it, fires Omochao.
  • Ascended Extra: Sonic Runners promotes Omochao to a standard character and makes him relevant to the story, living amongst the animals and interacting with Team Sonic on a regular basis. When trouble arrives, the animals turn to Omochao, and Omochao turns to Team Sonic.
  • Butt-Monkey: He can be this when the player picks him up and abuses him by either throwing him at an enemy with Sonic, Shadow, Knuckles or Rouge or shooting him with Tails or Eggman.
  • Captain Obvious: Omochao's advice can often be as insultingly obvious as "Keep your health meter above zero."
  • The Chew Toy: Players always make him get abused whenever possible.
  • Drama Queen: He'll turn into this when he gets picked up or abused.
  • Easy Amnesia: Can sometimes fall under this after being broken. He returns to normal very quickly, though.
  • Exposition Fairy: His most prominent role, and one of the most infamous examples in video gaming.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: You can throw him as a projectile against an enemy in Sonic Adventure 2 which shows that he's strong enough to destroy jets. He's also used as a boxing glove by the Chao Walkers in the multiplayer mech shootouts.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Becomes one in Sonic Free Riders.
  • Mission Control: To some extent in some games.
  • Robot Buddy: Serves as one to everyone.
  • Shopkeeper: Runs the Extreme Gear Shop in Sonic Riders and the Skill Shop in Sonic Generations.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Of the robotic variety.
  • Unfortunate Names: Extremely unfortunate. Basically the only thing distinguishing Omochao from the other Chao is the "Omo" at the beginning... however, "Omo" is also another term for omorashi.
  • Verbal Tic: In Japanese, he nearly always adds "Chao" in the ends of his sentences.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Just like anyone would do with a Chao, Omochao can be picked up, carried around everywhere, thrown about and shot at in his debut game. He even makes for a satisfying weapon against enemy robots, complete with him breaking.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Doing any of the abuse in Video Game Cruelty Potential above will provoke him to call you out on your behavior.

    Maria Robotnik 
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"Give them a chance, to be happy!"

Voiced by Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Moriah Angeline (English, 2001), Rebecca Honig (English, 2005)

Granddaughter of Gerald Robotnik and cousin of Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, she was a terminally-ill patient on the Space Colony ARK and close friend of Shadow.

  • All There in the Manual: The Sonic Adventure 2 manual states that Maria is Ivo's cousin.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: At least, in Sonic Adventure 2. In later entries, she was given blue shoes - even for the scenes SA2 had already established her outfit for.
  • Females Are More Innocent: She tries to make GUN have peace with her grandfther and wants Shadow to do the same.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair matches her personality very well.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She stayed on the ship while letting Shadow initiated his escape pod, as she begged him to protect all the people on Earth.
  • Ill Girl: She had Neuro-Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which motivated her grandfather into finding a cure via his Project Shadow research.
  • Killed Off for Real: Offscreen in Sonic Adventure 2, but not in Shadow the Hedgehog, where GUN agents shoot her.
  • Kill the Cutie: You get to see how she dies in Shadow the Hedgehog at the hands of GUN.
  • Morality Chain: For Gerald and Shadow. The former jumped off the slippery slope after her death and the latter was very willing to go through with the former's Colony Drop had he not been talked out of it by Amy. He does however struggle with Black Doom's plan for revenge on the humans and Maria wanting to reconcile.
  • Nice Girl: The main reason why Shadow has a soft spot for her. She's an innocent girl who just wants the world to be a better place. Even after a G.U.N agent pointed a gun at her, she still begged Shadow to help the humans.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: It's her death that starts Gerald's Start of Darkness, and by extension the one who motivates Shadow upon awakening.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the time the events of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: She's playable in one level in in Shadow the Hedgehog, and to facilitate this she's suddenly strong enough to slap robots to death. She's still the weakest playable character by far, though, with her jump being the lowest and her speed being the slowest.
  • Token Heroic Orc: She's a member of Eggman's infamous family, but is the only one that wishes to help man instead of help machine.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: At least, this is what Gerald thought of her and Ivo.
  • True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue dress.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She doesn't look anything like her grandfather Gerald, her cousin Eggman, or her descendant, Eggman Nega.
  • White Sheep: The only known member of the Robotnik family that isn't a deranged mad scientist.
  • Younger Than They Look: You wouldn't tell by looking at her, but she was only twelve.

    Emerl / Gemerl 
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"Show me your power... OR I sh...all not ob...ey... I represent all things, and Sha...ll become Gizoid, the conqu...erer of a...ll.."

An ancient robot called a Gizoid that can learn to copy the traits and skills of others; Emerl is a unique model that can also absorb Chaos energies. Said to have wiped out the civilization that made him. However, he picks up better traits by hanging out with Sonic and his friends — but has to be destroyed once his old programming kicks in.

Only appears in Sonic Battle, but has been referred to since. Sonic Advance 3 has Robotnik build his own Gizoid, Gemerl, that can merge with machines. It's stated that Gemerl was created from the remains of Emerl.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played with throughout Sonic Battle.
  • Anti Anti Christ: To a degree. He was the most powerful of many robots with the power to level an entire civilization. Emerl, thanks to the bond he created with Sonic & co., goes on to help save the world... at the cost of his life.
  • Back from the Dead: Gemerl is actually a rebuilt and reprogrammed Emerl. After being defeated, Tails gets rid of the program that made him so violently loyal to Eggman, effectively reviving Emerl.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a robotic Physical God who can defeat even the toughest enemy and can level an entire civilzation, but his Innocent Blue Eyes and kind-hearted nature make him so endearing. And make his demise all the more tragic.
  • Badass Automaton: Possibly one of the most powerful robots in the Sonic universe. Professor Gerald theorized that he'd able to destroy the earth single-handedly. He nearly did due to going mad after absorbing the Final Egg Blaster data while charged with all seven Chaos Emeralds.
  • Blow You Away: His kick attack can stir up a small tornado.
  • Book Ends: At the beginning of Sonic Battle Emerl is found deactivated on Emerald Beach by Sonic. In the ending of Sonic Advance 3, he's found deactivated by Cream and Vanilla on a beach which may or may not be Emerald Beach.
  • The Cameo: His name appears as a random name for save files in Sonic Colors.
  • Character Customization: Due to his nature as a Gizoid, you can assign him any of the characters' movesets in Sonic Battle, even the Idle Animations and color schemes.
  • Evil Counterpart: It's hinted that he was this to Shadow in their past.
  • Flight: Gemerl uses a jetpack to fly.
  • Foreshadowing: His quote (As shown above)
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Ultimate Gemerl.
  • From a Certain Point of View: The Nocturnus appear to have been drawn into the Twilight Cage when they got too powerful, thanks in no small part to their Gizoid armies — and Emerl was the pinnacle of that technology, so he did lead to their downfall according to Professor Gerald's research.
  • Good Counterpart: To Metal Sonic in a sense as both are robots who can copy the powers of others.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes and is quite innocent to the ways of the world.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When he awakens as the Gizoid, he has access to all of his Ultimate Skills, making him stronger and faster than anyone in the game.
  • Like a Son to Me: Inverted with Amy and Rouge whom he calls "Mom and Mama Rouge" respectively.
  • Lost Technology: Emerl and Gizoids were created with super-advanced ancient technology. Chronicles reveals that he was created by the Nocturnus echidna clan.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Gemerl can fire missiles.
  • Nice Guy: He learns to be this from Sonic and friends, and very much so. It helps that he's heavily implied to have a soul.
    • He had shades of this back when he was the Gizoid, as he even had a friend, Nestor the Wise. However, according to Nestor, he "always had such a temper," indicating that he was quite mercurial.
  • No Mouth: He isn't drawn with a mouth.
  • Not So Different: Shadow acknowledges that both he and Emerl are weapons, and spends much of the story trying to destroy the Gizoid. However, Sonic rebuffs this by saying he and Emerl are alike in a different way—both Emerl and Shadow have hearts, and couldn't willingly kill anyone.
  • One-Winged Angel: Gemerl turns into an orb with flexible arms and lasers capable of stunning Super Sonic.
  • Override Command: After Emerl went out of control in the ARK and was sealed away, Professor Gerald, who couldn't find a way to destroy his core, installed a free-willed emotions-based AI program into him should Emerl ever awaken and act this way again. The phrase to activate it was "Bring hope to humanity", after Maria's last words.
  • Pet the Dog: As Gemerl, he became a friendly, gentle and supportive robot with the personality of Emerl. He even befriended Cream and came to live with her and Vanilla during the good ending of Sonic Advance 3.
  • Physical God: Designed to be this from the start.
  • Power Copying: His main superpower. Comes with the territory of being a Gizoid.
  • Punny Name: it's a variation on "Emerald", which was originally one of the few things he took interest into.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The end of Sonic Battle has him accepting his fate for all of the damage he inadvertently caused when he was possessed by the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Sonic X, his eyes turn red when he goes beserk.
  • Robot Buddy: To nearly the entire recurring cast, but mostly for Cream.
  • Robo Speak: In the Japanese version, his speech is written entirely in katakana, giving this effect. In English, it's averted, however.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: It's likely the Chaos Emeralds are giving the ability to have all the skills regardless of the Skill Point requirement.
  • SNK Boss: When you face Emerl awakened as the Gizoid, he has access to every Ultimate Skill available.
  • Superpower Meltdown: As shown in Sonic Battle and Sonic Advance 3, too much energy or too many copied abilities causes him to go berserk.
  • Third Eye: When he awakens as the Gizoid, the eye on his forehead opens.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As Gemerl during the good ending in Sonic Advance 3 after Tails reprogrammed/rebuilt him to be a friendly, gentle and supportive robot causing him to be much like Emerl. He's also seen to befriend Cream and came to live with her and Vanilla as well. He even patted Cream on the back after she fell and cried.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: After beating Eggman, he tells him that he's grateful to him for waking him up. Which makes it all the more tragic when Eggman inadvertently drives him insane with power.
  • Ultimate Life Form: While there may have been other models and varieties of Gizoids, Emerl was stated to be the most powerful of his kind. Rouge even says that Emerl was like Shadow in the sense of being the ultimate lifeform, just 4000+ years older.
  • Voice Changeling: Using certain skills allows him to use voice clips of the characters he copied (excluding Chaos).
    • The Voiceless: His Sonic X counterpart speaks only in beeps and buzzes. In the game, he has no set voice, defaulting to Sonic's.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Gemerl has not made an appearance since being found by Tails and being reprogrammed to be good again.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: When he's reawakened as the Gizoid after gaining emotions, and being unable to control the overwhelming power inside of him.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Subverted, as he eventually does fight Cream, but he outright states that the worst thing he could ever do is make a girl cry.

    Blaze the Cat 
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"I am the guardian of the Sol Emeralds... It is a fate that forces me to live with my curse, my flames... Because of my powers, I have always been alone... It's also why I must do this alone! It is my responsibility!"

Debut: Sonic Rush

Voiced by Nao Takamori (Japanese), Bella Hudson (English, 2005-2010), Laura Bailey (English, 2010-present)

A fire-wielding cat from another dimension and guardian of its own set of emeralds called Sol Emeralds. Blaze initially ended up in Sonic's world due to both of their worlds being on the verge of merging and breaking apart due to her own dimension's equivalent to Dr. Eggman, Eggman Nega. Blaze initially didn't care much for teamwork and preferred to solve her problems without anyone's aid, but thanks to bonding with Cream and Sonic reaching out to her, she eventually grew to embrace her friends and together with Sonic, stopped the two Eggmen. Afterward, she returned to her own dimension, but she does make occasional appearances now and then.

Blaze is a very introverted person; she doesn't socialize much, and even after growing fond of her friends, she generally dislikes having to rely on others. But this is just a facade to hide a very shy individual, as Blaze often gets flustered when she's forced to interact with new people. When Blaze is on duty, though, she's far more strait-laced and focused on her task. She's also rather temperamental and reckless when her buttons are pressed.

  • Action Girl: Notably, even Sonic is impressed by her skills. She's also the only female character with a "Super" form.
  • A-Cup Angst: Word of God says she is less than thrilled about her lack of size.
  • Adorkable: Whenever her shyness or fear of heights comes to the forefront.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: The second one after Rouge, but notably she's the first female character to explicitly be The Hero's near equal in combat, something only Knuckles and Shadow were really noticeable for before that. Doesn't get much more affirmative than that. She's also the only female character to have a Super Mode of her own.
  • A Friend in Need: Despite her antagonistic nature at first, everyone nonetheless tried to reach out to her and offer her friendship. It takes the entirety of Sonic Rush for her to accept.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was shunned and made fun of her pyrokinetic powers. Though, this may not be true for Rush Blaze. She never says that anyone mistreated her because of her powers, only that she was alone because of them and having to guard the Sol Emeralds. During Rush's ending, she reflects on what she's learned, and realizes that her duties and insistence on doing things alone caused her to shut others out. Furthermore, no one in Rush Adventure, which takes place in her dimension, seems to have a problem with Blaze or her pyrokinesis, and Setter, a koala, is even honored to have her grace his home with her presence.
  • Alternate Dimension: Where she's from.
  • Anti Heroine: Starts out as an antisocial loner. She evolves into more of a pure hero over the course of Sonic Rush with Cream's influence.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Possibly implied she's one in Sonic Generations as she states that Crisis City was her fault. Whether it's due to her own power or Solaris's power she possess or releasing Iblis isn't clear.
  • Badass Adorable: Espeically when she goes into her Shrinking Violet mode.
  • Badass Boast: Tends to let out a few in the Archie Comics, but the one she gives to Captain Metal after he (seemingly) kills Amy, Cream, and Marine stands out as the most terrifying.
    Blaze: Let me tell you of duty, Captain Metal. My duty is to protect the Sol Emeralds and this world. You hold the last emerald I seek. (Captain Metal tries to get her to cooperate with him.) Cooperate with a filthy pirate? Oh no. You'll pay for what you did to my friends. You'll pay for keeping this world in jeopardy by stealing that gem. You'll give me my emerald or I can pry it from your charred remains. Either way you will... BURN!
  • Badass Bookworm: She's quite knowledgeable on the geography and history of her world, and even knows how to read the language of an ancient civilization. A Sonic Channel wallpaper also shows reading to be a hobby of hers.''
  • Badass Princess: Don't let her royal appearance fool you, she's a master of fiery arts.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
  • Barrier Maiden: She becomes Iblis's new can. Then the reset button got pushed...
  • Battle Couple: Though it's up for interpretation whether there's anything romantic between the two, she and Sonic are rather close, and are battle partners at the end of Sonic Rush, and throughout Sonic Rush Adventure.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: This is why she's so protective of Cream at the end of Sonic Rush.
  • Beneath the Mask: She comes across as level-headed and reserved, but is far more emotional and insecure than she lets on, though these traits do come to surface from time to time in some games.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't tell her why you'd put the world in danger, like for gaining ultimate power, or to make it your plaything; you're just going to unleash her repressed anger issues.
    • Teasing her about her small bust size is a surefire way to anger her.
    • Harming Cream in any way is another way to invite her wrath.
    • Sonic Rush Adventure shows that threatening to destroy her kingdom is another way to make her mad.
  • Be Yourself: One of the lessons she learns from Sonic in Rush.
    Sonic: Listen, don't bite off more than you can chew. And be yourself. You don't need to do everything on your own.
  • Brutal Honesty: If the Bratty Half-Pint is a nuisance, she'll tell it to her face.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When she was younger, she had trouble controlling her powers, and other kids teased her for it.
  • Burning with Anger: Does this when she gets mad at times, mostly in the Archie Comics. Sometimes Played for Laughs, other times not.
  • Cast Herd: Despite the events of Sonic 06 being erased, and being from a different dimension and time period than him, she is still commonly seen with Silver, for the sake of audience familiarity if nothing else. Although she's not always with Silver as seen in the Sonic Rush Series and in Sonic Rivals.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. While standoffish at first, at her core Blaze is a good-hearted person.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Quite the smart-aleck.
  • Character Development: For most of Rush, she was very shy, and set on doing things alone. By Rush Adventure, due to the influence of Sonic and his friends in the previous, she's become much more sociable and willing to work with others.
  • Characterization Marches On: While she showed shades of it in the Rush games, in spin-offs such as the Riders and Olympics series, Blaze is shown to have become far more confident. Nearly all of her lines involve her bragging about how awesome she is, and she doesn't take losing well... Not unlike Sonic, one of the main influences behind her Character Development.
  • Cool Big Sis: Has played this role towards Silver (despite being the same age), Cream, and it's implied she may have become one to Marine.
  • Combat Stilettos: And no, they do nothing to slow her down or mess with her agility.
  • The Comically Serious: Her poor social skills (and being the one serious-minded member of the team) lean her into this, Depending on the Writer at least.
  • Compassionate Critic: It's implied that she only did this so Marine wouldn't follow them into danger and get herself hurt. The cutscene where it happens is even titled Cruel to Be Kind.
  • Continuity Snarl: Not even Sega themselves can decide whether she is from the future (according to Sonic '06) or another dimension (according to the Sonic Rush series).
  • Curbstomp Battle: In Rush, she takes Knuckles down without breaking a sweat.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Before she and Sonic became friends, she hated her powers, as they brought her nothing but loneliness and misery.
  • Crush Blush: Caliburn telling them to "save the hugs and kisses for later" after Sonic saved her from falling caused Percival to blush.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In Sonic Generations.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in Sonic Rush.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: They knew they weren't enemies, and only ended up fighting because Blaze was too stubborn to accept Sonic's help. Nonetheless, they become friends after duking it out.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Ironic, since she specializes in fire.
  • Determinator: A bit too much for her own good at first. She's extremely dedicated to her duties, and will stop at nothing to protect the Sol Emeralds. Even Sonic tells her that he admires her fortitude.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the Sonic Rush Series. Her and Sonic are the only playable characters in the series. This is shown clearly on the cover of Sonic Rush Adventure, Sonic is on the cover while Blaze...is not on it.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: Upon being saved by Classic Sonic in Sonic Generations, she points out that he's not as spiky as the Sonic she knows.
    Blaze: I wish I hadn't needed your help, Sonic, but thank you. By the way, you seem look less... spiky!
  • Dimensional Traveler: In her Japanese profile on Sonic Channel, it is mentioned that she can manipulate the Sol Emeralds to travel through time and space into Sonic's world and presumably return to her own world as long as she retains control over the Sol Emeralds.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Hates it when Guardon calls her Your Highness, and frequently corrects him.
    • She's called "Miss Blaze" in London Party, suggesting she also doesn't like to be called "Princess".
  • Dude Magnet: Attracts the attention of Sonic, Silver, and Amy.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: There's the time when Amy fawns over Blaze.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Despite a mistranslation calling her a queen in the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) manual, both Sonic Rush titles refer to her as a princess.
  • Expy: Why it could be a coincidence, she looks like a furry version of Elisabeth Blanctorche, including sharing some aspects of her personality.
    • She also suffers from A-Cup Angst and is a very powerful fire user, much like Lina Inverse.
    • She's also a lot like Knuckles, being a shy yet aggressive emerald guardian who uses fire, and initially refuses Sonic's assistance to help her.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her aloofness made it difficult for her to cooperate with Sonic initially (and at one point halted progress after starting a fight with him). It also made her rather cold-natured towards Marine. Character Development has toned this down to some degree.
  • Fate Drives Us Together: Seems to suggest this to Sonic at the end of Sonic Rush Adventure.
    Blaze: Do you think that maybe you were brought here for a reason?
    Sonic: Brought here? By who?
    Blaze: (smiling) By the Emeralds.
    Sonic: (pauses, looking confused, then smiles) Heh, well, you never know.
  • Flight: Is capable of flying according to Sonic Generations as well as in her Buring Blaze form.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Blaze's home goes back and forth between being an alternate dimensionnote  and the futurenote . Iizuka has, at Sonic Boom 2012, confirmed that Blaze is in fact from the Sol Dimension, and that '06's backstory for her should be ignored. He still didn't explain why she appeared to be from the future in Sonic 2006, though at this point it's likely that they no longer care either.
  • Foil: To Sonic.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: The pyrokinetic cat with the ability to take on a Super form chooses to... cheer Sonic on rather than enter the battle and take on the Time Eater in Sonic Generations.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: (Melancholic); She's introverted to the point that even after growing fond of her friends, she generally dislikes having to rely on others. Looking past her harsh facade, she's a shy individual, such as how she often gets nervous when she's forced to interact with new people. When she's on duty as protector of the Sol Emeralds, she's very driven and focused on her task. She's also rather temperamental and because of her fiery temper, she can be reckless at times.
  • Friendless Background: In the Sonic Rush Series; in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), however, she was Silver's childhood friend.
  • Furry Female Mane: Her mane, like Shadow's, extends from her lower neck down to her chest.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her fear of heights doesn't stop her from being incredibly acrobatic during gameplay.
  • Good Is Not Nice: A mild example (cold, detached loner) at first. Gets better with Character Development.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: A purple cat.
  • Grumpy Bear: In Sonic Rush. Toned down later on, but still shows up from time to time, Depending on the Writer.
  • Held Gaze: Can be seen doing this with Sonic a couple of times, first in Sonic Rush and then later as Percival in Sonic and the Black Knight.
  • Heroic Lineage: The Jeweled Scepter, and the presumably the Sol Emeralds as well, have been guarded by Blaze's royal family for generations.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), she becomes Iblis's vessel and seals herself in another dimension, possibly dying in the procces.
  • Holding Hands: With Sonic at the end of Sonic Rush. They don't let go of each other until their dimensions tear them apart.
  • Hot-Blooded: In the Rush series, and the spin-offs.
  • Hurricane Kick: According to the boss defeat cutscenes in Sonic Rush, Blaze's "Axel Jump" works this way.
  • Image Song: Vela Nova is presented as her theme as of Sonic and the Black Knight, although aside from the periodic "step by step," the song has no lyrics. Raisin' Me Up, which is from her point of view towards Sonic, is a better example.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Rather aloof and a bit above it all, but socially awkward and insecure.
    • She also becomes very defensive and snappy when Silver claims that he could have taken the robots out without her in Sonic Colors, immediately claiming that she could have taken them out without him as well.
  • Ineffectual Loner: At first. She's still a bit of a loner after her Character Development, but accepts help from others far easier.
  • Informed Ability: We see less of her guarding the Sol Emeralds and more of her hopping over to Sonic's dimension to have fun. Although her Japanese profile on Sonic Channel mentions that she needs the Sol Emeralds to even travel to Sonic's dimension in the first place.
  • Informed Attribute: Word of God has said that she wears her purple tailcoat to hide the fact that her body can control flames, which she used to be bullied for, hinting that her body may be scarred or otherwise affected by her powers; however, she will take it off in a pinch where she has to use her powers. So far, this has not been seen in any game she has appeared in.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The Sol Emeralds she carries allows her to travel between dimensions. Sonic Generations implies that Blaze visits Sonic's dimension often.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Cream and Marine.
  • Ironic Fear: She's an agile feline who can jump high and pull amazing aerial stunts, and can even outright fly, but she's terrified of heights. Cats are usually afraid of heights in real life. On the flip side, despite being a fire cat, she averts Cats Hate Water and is shown in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games to be a good swimmer.
  • I Work Alone: Initially in Sonic Rush.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Like Amy, she is able to hit hard enough (thanks to her flames) and run substantially fast. And she also is classified as a Balanced Character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
  • Kid Heroine: She's only 14.
  • Lady of War: Her fighting style is always poised and elegant, with graceful spins and twirls.
  • Large Ham: She dips into this from time to time. An example is when Eggman refuses to return the Sol Emeralds.
    Blaze: Hmmm, it seems you like to play with fire. Let me light up your fingers then!
  • Leave Me Alone!: At first until she learns to accept Sonic and the others' offer of friendship.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Shown near the end of Sonic Rush Adventure. When she gets angry, she has a tendency to blindly rush into battle. Fortunately, Sonic manages to calm her down.
  • Lethal Chef: She's apparently not very good at cooking.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Silver in Sonic '06. Due to Sonic '06 being erased from canon, the two are no longer childhood friends, being from different worldsnote . Though they do briefly interact in the DS version of Sonic Colors, and the console versions of Sonic Generations.
  • Little Miss Badass: She is only 14, after all.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: She was living by herself until Sonic met her.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: She Took a Level in Kindness after making friends.
  • Married to the Job: She initially pushed people away in part because of her duties as Princess and Guardian of the Sol Emeralds; until she learned that carrying the world solely on her own shoulders was putting the world at more risk than allowing others to help.
  • No Social Skills: In Sonic Rush, the other characters' overt friendliness clearly confused her, and she is known to be direct and blunt in her approach. She has since improved, though she is still somewhat brusque.
  • Not So Different: At times, she can be just as cocky as Sonic, if not more so.
  • Not So Similar: Blaze is often similar to Knuckles due to both being both guardians of powerful artifacts (Knuckles with the Master Emerald and Blaze with the Sol Emeralds) and both have served as Foils to Sonic where they started off as opponents before becoming friends of his. A few differences is that Knuckles fought Sonic due to Eggman's manipulations while Blaze fought Sonic due to her stubbornness in accepting his help. Also, both Blaze and Knuckles started off as anti-social loners; the only difference being that Blaze's development from loner to friend was more explicit while Knuckles' development was rather subtle. As for temperaments, while both characters are serious, Knuckles is rather hot-tempered while Blaze is more calm, but can get riled up on occasions.
  • Not Quite Flight: Can hover by igniting flames under her feet.
  • Only Sane Man: Although she was harsh about it, Blaze was the only one seriously worried about getting the Sol Emeralds and getting back to her world, because bad things could have happened if she didn't return on time.
  • Opposites Attract: She and Sonic are different as night and day, but ultimately, their differences only strengthen their friendship. Quite possibly lampshaded in the Rush series, where it's said the Chaos and Sol Emeralds are like magnets; they can be attracted to each other, or repel each other. Sonic and Blaze's personalities can be described the same way, and considering their connections to the emeralds, this parallel seems to be intentional.
  • Out of Focus: Her last major appearance was in Sonic Rush Adventure back in 2007. Since then, she's been relegated to spin-off titles and minor cameo appearances.
  • Parental Abandonment: In Sonic Rush, she states that she was always alone due to her powers and having to guard the Sol Emeralds. But in Sonic Rush Adventure, we learn that she does have a living family.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Before and during Sonic Rush; she was honestly surprised when Cream pointed out that she was smiling.
    • In the Mario and Sonic series, she is portrayed as much more jovial and enthusiastic, frequently displaying a large wide open smile, suggesting she maybe has more a Serious Business treatment of her duties rather than negative in personality.
  • Personality Powers: Played with. Usually, unlike most fire-wielders, she plays the Blue Oni to her more reckless and emotional teammates; however, when things get tense...
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In Sonic Generations, she states that Crisis City was her fault. Just how exactly she caused it isn't specified.
  • Playing with Fire: Obviously; her name is Blaze the Cat, after all. Oddly enough, she only seems to throw fireballs in her super form. In her normal form, she fights like Sonic, but with fire.
  • Power of Friendship: Had to learn about this before she could utilize the power of the Sol Emeralds.
  • Pungeon Master: Not as frequent as most examples of the trope, but she tends to let out a few fire-based puns.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She's a purple and powerful cat.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blaze is usually calm and reserved, making her the Blue to Sonic's Red. However, when things get tense, they swap.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Blaze recalls the events of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) in Sonic Generations despite said events have been erased from time.
    Blaze: "I never thought I'd find myself in Crisis City again. This world is full of surprises."
  • The Rival: Blaze was a bit of a rival to Sonic during the first half of Sonic Rush.
  • Royal Rapier: Wields one as Percival in Sonic and the Black Knight.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She kicks people's asses into next week.

    Silver the Hedgehog 
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"I will protect the future!"

Canon Debut: Sonic Rivals

Voiced by Daisuke Ono (Japanese), Pete Capella (English, 2006-2010), Quinton Flynn (English, 2010-present)

A telekinetic hedgehog from the future. Silver's timeline had been overrun by the "Flames of Disaster", also known as Iblis, one half of the time god Solaris. He and his best friend Blaze spent their days defending their home from Iblis, while trying to find a way to destroy it for good. One day, he is approached by Mephiles the Dark, the other half to Solaris and Iblis' opposite. Mephiles tells Silver that the only way to save his home is to return to the past and kill the one responsible for Iblis' release, our hero Sonic the Hedgehog. Silver jumps at the chance and he and Blaze go on a hunt for Sonic. Unsurprisingly, Mephiles was manipulating Silver to his own ends and after a brief fight with Shadow, he returns to the present to help Sonic rescue Princess Elise from Eggman. Later on, Sonic & Silver go their separate ways and Silver returns to the future with knowledge of how to stop Iblis for good, sealing it away. When Silver is unable to seal Iblis within himself, Blaze opts to take his place and seemingly erases herself from existence telling Silver good luck. After Solaris' defeat, and the reset of time, Silver now comes from a new restored future where Blaze does not exist. He travels back in time to capture Eggman Nega and bring him back to the future, and later, to prevent Eggman Nega from summoning a fire demon named Ifrit, who has destroyed the world in the future.

Silver is idealistic, headstrong, and more than a bit naive. His one true desire is a place where people can be happy and free from harm, but he's pretty rash and quick to make judgments without all of the details. Like Knuckles, he's quick to believe whatever people tell him to achieve his goals. Silver is still a kindhearted person though and always has everyone's best interests at heart.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's a little older than usual for this trope, but he is portrayed as a young boy who carries the world on his shoulders.
  • Anti-Hero: Sometimes, when he's really trying to focus on saving the world, he can get really impatient, and tends to lose all his respect for other people.
  • Anti-Villain: At first, due to being manipulated by Mephiles to kill Sonic.
  • Adorkable: Naive, insecure, and a total sweetie.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is pointed upwards.
  • Badass Adorable: He may look like Sonic, but his psychic powers prove he's more difficult than him.
  • Canon Discontinuity: His debut in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), due to the events of that game being erased. His first encounter with Sonic and friends was in Sonic Rivals. Not that it explains Crisis City returning in Sonic Generations with Blaze stating that she remembers it or Silver being around when logically he should have been erased from time.
  • Captain Obvious
    Silver: I can't deflect lasers with my telekinesis.
  • Carpet of Virility: He has a tuft of fur much like Shadow's, but subverted in that he is less competent and mature than some other characters.
  • Cast Herd: Even after the events of Sonic 06 were erased, and being from a different dimension and time period than her, he's still seen with Blaze in the Olympics series, Colors DS, and Generations, for the sake of audience familiarity if nothing else. However he's not always with Blaze as seen in the Sonic Rush Series and in Sonic Rivals.
  • Catch and Return: His speciality.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Just like with Sonic and Shadow.
  • Determinator: Much like Sonic, nothing will keep Silver down too long.
  • Deuteragonist: In Sonic '06, he fights against one half of the main villain (Iblis), whereas Shadow fights the other half (Mephiles).
  • Expy: His role and characterization are based primarily on Future Trunks; his entry in the game's script even ends with "basically, think Trunks from Dragon Ball Z.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) after learning that Mephiles deceived him into thinking he was the Iblis Trigger. However, as the events of the game were erased, Silver Took a Level in Jerkass and he and Sonic clashed again in the Sonic Rivals series. It wasn't until Sonic Colors DS that the two got along again.
  • Flight: By turning his telekinesis on himself, Silver can fly through the air.
  • For Great Justice: Sometimes he doesn't know what to do due to these two motives clashing; he wants people to be happy and to bring peace to his world, but he also wants to bring justice upon those who harm the future. Sometimes he leans more towards one side than the other.
  • Friendly Rival: Seems to take this role in later titles, particularly in his boss battle in Sonic Generations. He is giving Sonic all he's got, and they both seem to be enjoying it.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: (Supine); He's an idealistic, headstrong, and naive individual. His greatest desire is a place where people can be happy and free from harm. He has good intentions but can be very brash, awkward and quick to make judgments without all of the details. Like Knuckles, he's quick to believe whatever people tell him, so long as he ends up achieving his goals. He comes across as inexperienced and clearly needs a level-headed companion to assist and guide him or else he ends up lost and confused. Despite his fierce temper and brash behavior, he's a kind-hearted person who always has everyone's best interests at heart.
  • Future Badass: Subverted; he's younger and less experienced than Sonic.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Because of his strong sense of justice, he holds this demeanor towards the evils that would harm his future. Can sometimes double with Good Is Not Nice because this can lead him into conflict with the other characters whom he feels are preventing him from saving it, which may have been the case of his attitude in the Sonic Rivals series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Intially starts out as a pawn of Mephiles, but after Shadow helps him to see that he's being used, he fights against Mephiles along with the others.
  • Image Song: "Dreams of an Absolution".
  • Informed Flaw: He's been stated to be insecure when he's alone, but he's never really seemed to be for more than a moment.
    Silver: (having just arrived in the present, separated from Blaze) Blaze? Blaze! *looks around for a few moments* Now I must fight for the future!
  • Inspector Javert: Played straight. He caused a lot of problems for Sonic in Sonic 06. Said problems included nearly killing him twice in a row, allowing Eggman to kidnap Elise yet again. Ironically, Eggman kidnapping Elise those times actually might have turned out better in the short run, given what happened when Mephiles killed Sonic himself in front of Elise.
  • Interface Screw: His special ability in Sonic Rivals has him using his powers to scramble the opponent's controls.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore".
  • Kid from the Future: He's the exact same age as Sonic in his timeline.
  • Kid Hero: He's fourteen years old, one year younger than Sonic, and the same age as Blaze.
  • Knight Templar: Although (mostly) kept in check by Pet the Dog moments.
  • Large Ham: "IT'S NO UUUSE!!!"
  • Light Is Good: His dominant color is silver and is a hero at heart.
  • Light Is Not Good: Falls under this during his Knight Templar moments.
  • Mind over Matter: His main superpower is telekinesis.
  • Mundane Object Amazement
    Silver: This looks so beautiful.
    Amy: What? You mean this desert?
    Silver: Everything is so great here, isn't it? The sky is gorgeous, and everyone's happy...
  • Nice Guy: He can be one when he isn't stressing out about some future crisis.
  • Odd Friendship: He's seen high-fiving Yoshi at the Winter games.
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's very rare to see Silver smile, although this may have to do with him stressing over a crisis harming his future. However, there are some instances where he does smile (e.g., in Generations where he is excited at fighting Sonic again, as shown in the Blood Knight example above.)
  • Phrase Catcher: In the Archie comics, the phrase "It's no use" gets thrown around a lot whenever Silver is there to hear it. Much to his annoyance.
    Silver: "It's no use"... I'm getting really tired of people saying that.
  • Psychic Powers: Aside from his telekinesis, he can perform telepathy, but it's very limited and can only disorient foes at the most.
  • The Rival: To an extent, he started as one to Sonic due to Mephiles' manipulation (and briefly with Shadow). Then after Sonic 2006 was retconned, they started as rivals again (he also had some bouts with Shadow and Knuckles). After the Rivals series, they become friendly towards each other.
  • Rivals Team Up: Does this with Shadow and then Sonic in Sonic 2006 after finding out the truth about Iblis.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: A mix of both. Due to his young age, his skill in actual hand-to-hand combat is lacking and he can easily be manipulated, but his Psychic Powers make both of these relatively moot points.
  • Spirited Competitor: His reaction towards getting challenged to a rematch in Sonic Generations shows elements of this.
    Silver: This should be fun! Let's go, Sonic!
  • Super Mode: Super Silver.
  • Super Speed: Unlike Sonic and Shadow, Silver did not possess this ability in his debut, at least on foot. He could fly fast in cutscenes, but on foot and in-game, he was rather slow. In later appearances, his running speed has been greatly increased, being comparable to Sonic and Shadow's.
  • Teleport Spam: His Teleport Dash.
  • Time Travel: Any plot where he appears will involve this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His powers are much stronger in Sonic Generations, to the point where he can compress tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of pounds of cars and debris into a massive ball that chases Sonic.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Sonic Rivals games, he acts much ruder to everyone than in his debut. He seems to have gotten better in his cameo in Sonic Colors DS.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mephiles tricks Silver by convincing him that Sonic is the Iblis Trigger.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Severely downplayed. He has no qualms against killing Sonic to save his future, but getting an earful from Amy made him question if it's truly right to kill someone for his own ends.
  • What Could Have Been: Was originally depicted as a green eyed mink named Venice. In fact, Silver was said to have gone through fifty concept designs before settling on his final look.

    Princess Elise the Third 
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"We give thanks for the blessed flames. May we always continue to have peace. Sun of Soleanna, guide and watch over us with your eternal light..."

Debut: Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)

Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Lacey Chabert (English), Veronica Taylor (early voice clips).

The Princess of Soleanna who appeared as Sonic's human love interest (though the attraction is pretty much one-sided on Elise's part) in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

  • Barrier Maiden: When Sonic is carrying her, she can project barriers to protect him from hazards.
  • The Cameo: Appears as a card in Sonic Rivals and in the credits of Sonic Generations.
  • Damsel in Distress: She literally seems to be unable to go more than 5 minutes without being kidnapped by Eggman.
  • Emotionless Girl: Though much less colder to everyone than the standard, she had to completely suppress her emotions so that she wouldn't cry and unleash Iblis on the world. Sonic finally gets her to open up, which ultimately turns out to be a bad thing when Mephiles takes advantage of their friendship and murders Sonic.

    Shahra 
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"O Master, what is thy wish?"

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Bella Hudson (English)

The "Genie of the Ring", who enlists Sonic for aid in stopping the Erazor Djinn.

  • Back from the Dead: She's killed by the Erazor Djinn prior to the Final Boss, but resurrected afterwards by Sonic's first wish on Erazor's lamp.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: This was likely the reason why Shahra sacrificed herself for Sonic's sake and did not jump to Erazor's defense whilst he was dooming him to his eternal prison. Sonic was probably the first master who treated her with genuine kindness and concern, who didn't disrespect her or treat her like magical property who can fulfill his wildest dreams.
  • Benevolent Genie: As opposed to Erazor Djinn.
  • The Bus Came Back: She makes a return in Sonic Runners as an equippable buddy.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Sonic's arms, tearfully begging for his forgiveness. She gets better.
  • Exposition Fairy: Her main role during gameplay.
  • Fog Feet: Shahra appears like this for most of the opening cutscene.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She takes the bullet for Sonic when Erazor is prepared to sacrifice him.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Sonic's condition throughout the game, because Sonic took the flaming arrow that Erazor meant for her.
  • Literal Genie: When Sonic asks for "a few" handkerchiefs, she ends up summoning enough to literally bury him.
  • Our Genies Are Different: She's bound to a ring rather than a magic lamp, and is limited to simple wishes by her own admission.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After Sonic traps Erazor in his lamp for all eternity, Shahra cries for him.
  • Taking the Bullet: She jumps in the way of Erazor's sword strike to save Sonic.

    Marine the Raccoon 
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"I don't have what it takes. I don't think I can do all this adventuring on my own. But I'm not going to give up. I need to keep trying harder and harder until I can do it!"

An excitable and hyperactive young raccoon from Blaze's dimension who dreams of having epic adventures.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Much to everyone's chagrin. Blaze calls her out on it near the end of Sonic Rush Adventure:
    Blaze: Since you don't seem to understand what we're getting at, I'll just say it: You're a nuisance!
  • Bungling Inventor: She improves with this on her second attempt to build a ship, managing to build a waterbike at the end of the game.
  • Cheerful Child: Very much so.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Adorable: She managed to get the Jewelled Sceptre back whilst being held hostage and seems to have some kind of power that she uses towards the end of the game.
    • And in the Archie Comics. Despite initialy proving useless in helping Shadow and Blaze against Metal Sonic, she manages to finish him off with a well aimed shot from her ship's cannons! However, in doing so she destroyed the dimensional buffer and Shadow's only way home, but hey, the kid gets an A for effort at least.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: The English-language version of the game gives her an Australian dialect. At one point she uses the term "bugger", meaning that the UK version of the game had to be awarded a 12+ age rating, despite otherwise being a totally innocuous platformer suitable for all ages. Oops.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Tails. Tails was even a raccoon at one point in design.
    • And to a degree, she's one to Sonic. Both are free-spirited adventure lovers, both have a bit of an ego to them, and both have a tendency to be Leeroy Jenkinses.
  • Fragile Flower: She's a Cheerful Child by default, but she can easily be driven to tears.
  • Genki Girl: And how!
  • Girlish Pigtails: Highlighting her childish personality.
    • And they're shaped like boomerangs.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: In the Japanese version, she speaks in the Kansai Dialect.
  • Leader Wannabe: She considers herself the leader in Sonic Rush Adventure, but no one else does.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Though she means well, she constantly rushes off to adventure and has to be rescued multiple times. Though at some points in the game, this actually helps the gang as they manage to find Whisker's hideout when she destroyed the statue and she manages to get the Jeweled Sceptre from him when he captured her.
  • The Load: Seen as this through most of Sonic Rush Adventure.
  • Neat Freak: According to her Sonic Channel profile.
  • Nice Girl: Her annoying traits can overshadow this part, but she really is this when you get to know her.
  • Out of Focus: Since her sole appearance in Sonic Rush Adventure, she has only been referenced by other characters.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents are nowhere in sight. The Coconut Crew appear to be the closest she has to a Parental Substitute.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Terrified of ghosts. She tries to hide it when the heroes visit the Haunted Ship.
  • Youkai: Just as Tails was partially based on a Kitsune, she was also probably based on a Tanuki.

    Chip 
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"Want some chocolate?"

Voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese), Tony Salerno (English)

Sonic's little flying sidekick from Sonic Unleashed. Also known as Light Gaia.

  • Funny Background Event: During some cutscenes, while Sonic is talking to someone, Chip is doing something in the background, like swimming in the air, and only contributes to conversations when food comes up.
  • Hammerspace: Apparently how he holds on to all his bars of chocolate.
  • Image Song: "Dear My Friend".
  • Keet: Must be because of all that sugar he eats.
  • Lovable Coward: In the Night of the Werehog short.
  • Nature Spirit: His purpose is to rebuild the planet after Dark Gaia shatters it.
  • Pals with Jesus: His friendship with Sonic is revealed to be this.

    Professor Pickle 
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"How dare they call this culinary concoction food? Look here, do you see this sorry excuse for a sandwich? The bread should be no less than 3/4 of an inch thick. Upon it, one tablespoon of mayonnaise and a pinch of black pepper. The contents FRESH cucumber sliced THINLY if you please! Am I quite right, Tails?"

Voiced by Shigeru Nagashima (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

A well known professor from Spagonia. His knowledge helps Sonic over the course of the story.

  • Mr. Exposition: He researches the Gaia Manuscripts and knows where all the Gaia Temples are.
  • Meaningful Name: "Pickle" refers to his love of cucumbers.
  • Picky Eater: He's very particular about how he likes his food, as his quote above demonstrates.
  • Punny Name: The Archie comics give him a first name, Dillon.
  • Skewed Priorities: He's more upset about Eggman's badly done Cucumber Sandwiches than his own safety when Sonic, Tails and Chip rescue him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cucumber sandwiches, if made right. In fact, he was more worried about how cucumber sandwiches should be made rather than his own safety when he was captured by Dr. Eggman.

    Caliburn 
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"Hmph! The impertinent one is you, knave! Brace yourself, for I shall train you until you are worthy!"

Voiced by Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese), Casey Robertson (English)

A sentient talking weapon and legendary sacred sword that becomes Sonic's partner to stop King Arthur. Though their relationship came off to a rocky start, Caliburn provided Sonic with the guidance and knowledge needed to be a true knight.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Can cut through even rock, though with some effort.
  • BFS: He's as big as Sonic is tall. Moreso when he becomes the Excalibur.
  • The Bus Came Back: He makes a return in Sonic Runners as an equippable buddy.
  • The Cameo: He appears in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate as a weapon for the Sonic costume that can be worn by the player's Palico.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Towards Sonic due to their clashing personalities.
  • Excalibur in the Stone: Subverted: It seems that the two are separate swords at first, but then it's revealed that Caliburn (which Sonic has been carrying around the entire game) is actually the true Excalibur, or rather Excalibur's base form without the other sacred swords.
  • Exposition Fairy: Takes over this role from Merlina, as he possesses a rather intensive knowledge of Camelot that he gives to Sonic.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Sonic do not get along at first, but over their adventure together Caliburn grows to trust and respect Sonic greatly, being the one to name him the "Knight of the Wind" and proudly calls him King Arthur.
  • Flying Weapon: He's capable of levitation, which he often does to keep up with Sonic when he's not being used
  • Stern Teacher: Shown to slightly have this sort of personality, usually calling Sonic a fool when he does something that Caliburn disapproves of or disagrees with.
  • Super Mode: Excalibur, after absorbing the power of the other Sacred Swords of the Knights of the Round Table. Notably, when Sonic becomes Excalibur-Sonic, he doesn't actually transform himself but simply gains golden armor heavily implied to be created from Excalibur's power.
  • Talking Weapon: And does it. Caliburn is amazingly egotistical.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Him and Sonic snark at each other despite being on the same side.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During the final battle, Merlina shatters his blade when Sonic uses him to defend against her attacks. His face noticeably goes blank when Sonic looks at him, heavily implying that either the blow knocked him out cold or it might have outright killed him. He recovers from the potentially fatal injury when he goes Excalibur.

    Custom Hero/Avatar 
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A member of the resistance who joins forces with Sonic to overthrow the Eggman Empire.

  • Character Customization: You can choose several factors about your character, such as gender and species.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Unlike Sonic and co. (except Shadow that one time), the Custom Hero is willing to use any weapons and gadgets they can get their hands on to fight.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A heroic example. You go from a random nobody to a hero of the resistance.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: No matter the customisation options, the Custom Character always has a grappling hook attached to a bracelet on their left wrist. It can be used to grapple on to certain points for alternative paths, in lieu of a homing attack or to trip up massive bosses The Empire Strikes Back style.
  • Heroic Mime: Appears in cutscenes, but only "speaks" in grunts.
  • O.C. Stand-in: A deliberate example, being a customizable character for the player to project themselves onto.
  • Super Speed: Quick enough to keep up with other characters such as Sonic.
  • We Need a Distraction: In the E3 demo for Green Hill Zone, their objective seems to be to cause as much havoc as possible to distract Eggman.

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