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    Knothole Freedom Fighters 

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The defenders of Mobius who oppose the tyrannical rule of Dr. Eggman. Originally stationed in Knothole, the team waged war against "Robotropolis" to reclaim their old kingdom.

Eventually they succeeded and Sally's father was restored as King—but they fell prey to internal politics as the survivors flooded back into Robotnik's rusted-out city, and the reconstruction effort was at a standstill. Other villains would come and go, such as Ixis Naugus, Mammoth Mogul (kind of a mix of Wilson Fisk and Vandal Savage), and the High Sheriff (a remnant of Robotnik's colonial force). When "Eggman" arrived from another reality to seize the city, the population was forced out again and the comic reset to square one.

This new Doctor wasn't there to play games; he later razed Knothole to the ground, and the Freedom Fighters relocated to New Mobotropolis, which was terraformed to conveniently resemble their old kingdom before Robotnik took it over. This new city was a lot harder to conceal than Knothole was, so it continually fell under attack, though it remained their headquarters for the duration of this timeline. Along the way, they did battle with the bellicose Dingo Regime, the returning Dark Legion (though they were primarily Knuckles villains), and the Suppression Squad (a Mirror Universe version of the Freedom Fighters who hail from a hilariously-opposite version of Sonic's world and debuted way earlier in the comic).

In the Post-Reboot world, the Freedom Fighters eventually created a new mobile airbase dubbed the Sky Patrol (A direct reference to a`Gaiden Game, Tails' Skypatrol) 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.
  • Moral Myopia: The Freedom Fighters are genuinely altruistic and courageous, but still flawed beings prone to impulsive decisions and sometimes conflict with allies over their inability to practice what they preach:
    • Despite being the ones to put the Council of Acorn in charge in the first place to keep order, they routinely defy or ignore them whenever they don't make the decisions they want. Sally, ironically the most strategic and political of the group, was actually rather bewildered and hurt when they took offense to this.
    • They have a wavering view of using firearms Depending on the Writer. Rotor to his credit lampshaded his hypocrisy on the matter at one point.
    • In issue 221, Mina calls them out on this. When Sally tries to lecture her on being responsible after her songs end up rallying the public against Nicole, Mina turns it around and retorts she and the rest of the Freedom Fighters have no room to lecture her on responsibility considering the fact that even after Nicole was hijacked by the Iron Queen, they continue to keep her in power at New Mobotropolis and don't even bother coming up with any failsafes to prevent her from being compromised again.
  • 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 Ace/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 best warrior.
    • 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 Chick/Tsundere: 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.
    • Cyborg/The Big Girl: Bunnie. Probably the strongest of the team 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.
  • Relative Button: Given how many friends and relatives they've lost in their war against Eggman and other villains, the Freedom Fighters are very protective of whoever they have left. Even allies such as Mina and Silver met an uncharacteristic fury from them for making accusations towards their group. For cases such as Mina and Dr Ellidy however, it does sometimes get thrown back at them, since many are more than willing to point out that they're not the only ones who lost people and in some cases it's even because of their poorer decisions.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: They find themselves increasingly falling into this in the face of the Council of Acorn pre-reboot. Best displayed during the "Bold New Moebius" arc; when Scourge and the Suppression Squad invade Mobius Prime and boot them out of Freedom HQ, the Council refuses to let them retake their base in favor of focusing on their ongoing assault on Eggman, believing that Scourge couldn't possibly make as much of a gain on their world as he did on his own. In response, the Freedom Fighters not only chase Scourge out of Freedom HQ on their own, but counter-invade Moebius to deal with him for good.
  • 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?: Thanks to Rule of Drama, the comic is chock full of complicated love tangles with each character dating pretty much everyone else through the entire series run. In all of this, the only confirmed romances are Sonic and Sally, who are Married in the Future (they were also the Official Couple in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), which inspired this series) and Bunnie and Antoine, who married (before being roughly broken up again late in the series). Then the comic ended, preventing any of the other romances (of which there are many) from concluding.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 
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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.

While some of the events have changed Post-Genesis Wave, not much as really changed about his history save for the fact he's now parent-less (due to the lawsuit as his parents were a Pender's creation).


Tropes Applying to Both Versions

  • Adaptational Jerkass: While not to the extent of his Sonic the Comic counterpart, Sonic's flaws are emphasized more in this incarnation, and he verges into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory more often than not. Examples include the following:
    • On top of dating Fiona despite full knowledge of Tails' crush on her, during the House of Cards arc, he ends up criticizing and insulting Tails' father for kick-starting a Velvet Revolution, and when trying to stop his mother from breaking him out of jail to continue it, fully expects Tails to be 100% okay with him doing so, going so far as to gloat to Rosemary and Amadeus' faces that even if they are his parents, Tails worships him and will get over it. Instead, Tails is justifiably pissed over all of that, on top of his dating Fiona, and hearing that leads him to snap and try to beat the crap out of Sonic.
    • In comparison to his games counterpart, who was perfectly willing to forgive and forget Silver for doing such acts as trying to kill him out if misguided heroism, Sonic's attitude towards him for similar acts here is much less relaxed, leading him to end up smashing Silver through a wall, trying to Spin Dash him to oblivion, and give him a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Even after calming down, the next time they meet, Sonic still sees red, telling Silver in no uncertain terms that he's done listening to anything he has to say and ordering him to screw off. To be fair, this was right after Sonic had just witnessed Sally's roboticization and Antoine, one of the people Silver accused of being a traitor with little-to-no evidence to back it up, had been rendered comatose after saving Elias and the Acorns from Metal Sonic.
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct/Big Brother Mentor: Usually towards Tails, though he sometimes passes it off to younger heroes.
  • Big Eater: Sometimes justified as a side-effect of how much energy his Super Speed antics burn up, but even so, Sonic can really pack away a lot of food without gaining weight.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's do it to 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 games and Sonic X, while also retaining some of his 90's-era attitude from his American portrayals, along with a sprinkling of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog's comedic trickster.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Takes this trait from the games and amps it Up to Eleven.
  • Determinator: No matter the odds or how bleak it looks, Sonic never gives up, and this inexhaustible determination is one of his strongest character traits.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A recurring problem with him. Pre-reboot, this nearly cost him his friendship with Tails when he, hurting over a recent breakup with Sally, pursued a relationship with Fiona despite full knowledge of Tails' own crush on her. When Tails confronts him about being so insensitive over it in issue 179, Sonic explains that he knew that Tails liked Fiona and that she had no interest in him, so he went out with her to prevent Tails' own feelings from getting hurt and hoped it would help him get over it, while acknowledging that it was a spur of the moment idea and he didn't think before he took action.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Plot Armor prevents him from losing outright. If he does get his butt kicked by the end of one issue, or at least close to, it's guaranteed he'll kick back in the next one.
  • Heroic Willpower: Sonic's willpower is practically his secondary super-power, after his trademark Super Speed.
  • 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. While the comics were mandated to have Sonic always win, there was plenty enough Loophole Abuse allowed to how gruelling or bittersweet a victory it could be so as to keep him fallible. The best example is during the events of Sonic #175, where Eggman manages to obliterate Knothole HQ and hand Sonic his prickly behind. What happened later, however....
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Occasionally, he will stumble into this role.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: One of Sonic's biggest flaws is a tendency to let his impatience get the best of him, leading to him rushing headlong into danger.
  • 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.
  • 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. His frequent use of the power-boosting Power Rings (and, by extension, the Chaos Emeralds) may have played a factor to this trope.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Friendship: Sonic believes in it.
  • Super Mode: Super Sonic, of course.
  • Super Speed: He's not called Sonic for nothing. He can run faster than the speed of sound. He can run even faster by performing a figure-8 technique with his legs. He can also use his body and quills like a buzzsaw.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: 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: Along wth SatAm, this was one of the first iterations of the franchise to emphasize Sonic's love of chili dogs.

Pre-Reboot Tropes

  • All-Loving Hero: Some Sympathy for the Devil moments during the Iron Dominion arc (some of which towards Eggman of all people) seem to approach him as this trope....only for it to all backfire on him straight after in the Mecha Sally arc, with a merciless string of hardships from both foes and allies leaving him much more cynical and unforgiving. It is only just before the effects of the cosmic wave retcon that he shows signs of regaining his more trusting qualities.
  • Balloon Belly: In the chapter The Return of Uncle Chuck.
  • Battle Couple: Whenever he fights alongside Sally.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When pushed to his limits, will break limits. And walls. With your face, as Silver will attest to.
  • 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.
  • Break the Badass: There are rare times this happens to him, specifically in the pre-SGW era, but they just as rarely last long.
    • He thought to have lost everyone and everything to Robotnik's Ultimate Annihilator during the Endgame Saga.
    • Losing his original timeline, and everything in it, to King Shadow in the future.
    • Lost his old friend Tommy Turtle during their final battle against ADAM.
    • Lost a battle against Eggman after the latter destroyed Knothole and captured most of his friends and family.
    • The worst of it occurs when Sally is roboticized after she prevented the world from suffering the same fate, Ixis Naugus takes over as the new king of New Mobotropolis, Antoine is critically injured, and Bunnie runs away, not to mention putting up with Silver's search for an alledged traitor in the team. He was certainly down as a result but, rather than give up, he and his remaining friends come up with a way to reform the Freedom Fighters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: As long as it's for what's right, he's willing to defy orders from Max, Elias, and even Sally to save the day. He comes to blows with Geoffery St. John most often due to their differences in this end goal. He's also way past cool.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He occasionally runs into this, where despite his numerous acts of heroism, King Max and Geoffrey St. John treat him with no respect and have no interest sending him out on missions, despite that he has list of heroic acts that would take too long to list.
  • 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).
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: His middle name is Maurice, and he hates it. He also hates his first name, which was never spoken in the comic. The Sonic Encyclopedia revealed that his full name is full name is Olgilvie Maurice Hedgehog.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. Has frequent brushes with death but, unlike Knuckles, Sonic has never died once.
  • Hypocrite: While he retains his "like the wind" ethics of the games counterpart, Sonic tends to be one of the Freedom Fighters most wary to others stepping out of line or not listening to him, in some cases bordering a tantrum prone Control Freak. Add to that he has an inconsistent attitude to pacifism and forgiveness; while he has considered sympathy even for his mortal enemy, Eggman at times, he held a rather lengthy violent grudge against both Silver for his rather tasteless (and badly timed) approach to heroics and Knuckles for...just plain out not liking each other.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He has his moments. For example, he, after his breakup with Sally, ends up pursuing a relationship with Fiona despite full knowledge of Tails' crush on her, leading to quite a strain on their friendship, which progressively gets worse when Tails' parents lead a Velvet Revolution; Sonic tactlessly criticizes Amadeus for leading an angry mob to Castle Acorn and calls it a stupid move right in front of Tails, dismissing Nicole's concerns over it and suggestion that they talk things out as they were "practically brothers" and would be fine. Later, when he tries to keep Amadeus in prison and Rosemary calls him out over his loyalties to Tails, Sonic smugly gloats that he and Tails grew up together, and that since Tails worships him, he'll get over it; this is what pushes Tails to his Rage Breaking Point and triggers a massive fight between the two. Throughout the entire exchange, Sonic has no clue why Tails is so pissed at him until Tails flat-out screams it at him in a fit of rage; now knowing what it's all about, Sonic apologizes, explaining that he knew that Tails liked Fiona and that she had no interest in him so Sonic went out with Fiona to keep Tails from being hurt, while acknowledging that it was a spur of the moment thing done because he was still hurting over Sally, and he didn't think before he took action.
  • Jerkass Realization: He dates Fiona despite full knowledge of Tails' crush on her, both because he was hurting over his recent breakup with Sally, and because he knew that Fiona had no interest in him and he wanted to stop Tails from being hurt. Instead, it just heavily strains his friendship with Tails, Sonic unaware of just how angry and hurt Tails is over the mess until the tensions explode and lead to a physical fight between the two shortly after the destruction of Knothole. All the while, Sonic is confused and has no clue why Tails has such a beef with him until Tails flat-out screams it at him in a rage and chews him out over dismissing his feelings for Fiona and lack of sensitivity. It's at that moment Sonic realizes just how insensitive and selfish his choosing to date Fiona really was, and leads him to apologize and even offer to let Tails beat him up as payback.
    Sonic: I've been a jerk to you, man. I didn't mean it, but it doesn't change the fact that I was.
  • Knighting: He was dubbed "Sir Sonic" by King Max at one point, only to be stripped of the title much later by his son, [the acting ruler] Elias Acorn note  When offered to be reinstated some time after several heroics, Sonic declined, more interested in action than titles.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Sometimes shows psychological dependency on Sally, who constantly watches over his abrasive and reckless attributes (and, y'know, he has a crush on her). 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.
  • Married in the Future: In the "X years future" arc, he's married to Sally and has two children by her.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Though he survives some near-fatal adventures, his friends and family thought he had died more than once.
    • Issue 125 was easily the most dramatic as he stopped a doomsday device from destroying the planet. Everyone thought he was vaporized when he was really warped halfway across the universe. It took him a year (in Mobius time) to get back.
  • 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 Modes (see below).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sometimes his actions may do more harm than good, even for the right reasons.
    • 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.
  • Official Couple: Ever since the earliest stories in the comic, the mutual crush between Sonic and Sally has been shown in continual, obvious display, despite constant, arguably excessive Will They or Won't They? throughout the history of the comic. In later issues, it's revealed that Sonic has become her consort, and the future stories confirm that they have children and rule Mobius together.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: When his parents return, they reveal his middle name is Maurice, but Sonic cuts them off before they reveal his first name; the Sonic Encyclopedia reveals his real name is Olgilvie Maurice Hedgehog. The Encyclopedia also reveals that he hates his real name so much that he actually had it legally changed to Sonic.
    Sonic: The name is Sonic, period!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The story gets really serious when he puts aside all of his humor and quips if pushed to the brink.
    • Losing virtually everything in the Endgame Arc is one prime example.
    • After dealing with Silver's Windmill Crusader escapades at a very difficult time for the Freedom Fighter group, Sonic hits his Rage Breaking Point and violently warns him to stay the hell away from them. This proved not to be an isolated outburst either; when Silver appears later in the arc to make amends, a disgusted Sonic still sees red (complete with standard "You!" Exclamation and Let Me at Him! tussling) until the others eventually convince him to listen. Given this is the guy who was laid back enough to reevaluate his grudges against Eggman, it's telling Sonic does not take idle accusations towards his friends well.
  • 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.
  • Plot Armor: No matter how bad things get, Sonic is always guaranteed to win in the end or eventually rebound from a short term defeat. It's eventually revealed to be an In-Universe case: according to Mammoth Mogul and Eggman, Sonic's long-term exposure to Chaos Energy has essentially made him an Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos, a living unknown factor; no matter how strong the bad guys get, no matter how ingenious their plans are, and no matter how far they calculate and plan, Sonic will win at the last minute. This has driven Mammoth Mogul to play the Long Game, using his immortality to his advantage to simply wait it out until Sonic dies of old age or just gets too old to fight, and is what led Eggman to create the reality warping Genesis Wave tech to have a way to counter it.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Sonic usually keeps a cool head, but not even he is immune to this if pushed too far:
    • The Endgame Arc (Issues 47-50) placed Sonic through the wringer. Sally was seemingly murdered, and Sonic was framed for the crime. He was immediately found guilty and sent to a high-security prison, only to escape while under attacked. He was then chased down and a few friends turned on him until Dulcy set the record straight. And just as he saved the day as usual, Robotnik used a doomsday weapon to destroy Knothole Village. This was more than enough for him to lose it and face his nemesis in one last battle. Luckily, Knothole was just sent to a pocket dimension for several issues by Snively, who adjusted the weapon to only kill his uncle, and Sally wasn't dead after all.
    • Issue 175 has him in an even more high-stakes bout with Eggman. This time, Knothole is burned to the ground, almost all of his friends and family are abducted, he's on the losing end more than usual and, perhaps just as serious, Eggman takes a jab at him "reaching his limit". Sonic retaliates, hard, but it still wasn't enough and lost brutally. Luckily, he and his remaining friends save the day two issues later, and acquired a new home thanks to Nicole.
    • By issue 235, Sonic has put up with a lot of crap, including Sally being roboticized and Antoine having been rendered comatose after saving Elias and the Acorns from Metal Sonic. When Silver shows up from the future, this time believing that Antoine himself is the traitor to the Freedom Fighters after already having falsely accused Rotor and Sonic himself, Sonic smashes through the wall of his house and literally drags Silver to the hospital to show him Antoine, proving that Silver's accusations are once again wrong. They then subsequently find a note from Bunnie stating that she had left to "make things right", upon which Silver begins to accuse Bunnie of being the traitor solely on the evidence that she left without telling anyone; Sonic finally blows his stack and gives Silver a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, declaring that there is no traitor, that he believes in his friends, and they're all much better heroes than a "flake" like Silver could ever hope to be, before ordering him to just Get Out!.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sonic manages to combine this trope with deadpan snarking and Casual Danger Dialogue to great effect.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: With Silver by the final pre-reboot story. While Sonic's view of Silver, as mentioned above, was still incredibly coarse at first, after Silver apologises and explains his Windmill Crusader escapade is dealt with, Sonic, albeit with reluctance, agrees to work with him, ultimately forgiving him and even playfully congratulating him after he helps them capture the roboticised Sally. Incidentally this peacemaking would serve as the final interaction of the pre-reboot continuity.
  • 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. He even spells this out to them in issue 224, when they're legitimately considering voting to let Ixis Naugus become king, and Sonic objects.
    Sonic: No, no, no'! He's the bad guy! I beat him up, and that's it!
    Hamlin: Oh, what a surprise! Mr. Hero here thinks he can do whatever he wants and ignore the authority of the council- again!
    Sonic: I can and I will when you guys are being stupid!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In issue 172, Scourge gloats to Sonic that the reason Sonic hates him so much is because he knows they're Not So Different and that all it would take is "one bad day" to make Sonic just like him. Sonic turns it around by pointing out that all it would take is just a little kindness and selflessness to make Scourge just like him; these words shock Scourge to his core, and lead him to embark on a quest to make himself more than just Sonic's Evil Twin, and Anti-Mobius more than just a Mirror Universe.
    Scourge: I've got you figured out. I know why you hate me. I know... And it's just not the Fiona thing or that I'm better looking... It's that all it takes is one bad day and you'd be just like me.
    Sonic: No, that's not it, Scourge. It's because all it would take is a little bit of selflessness... a little bit of decency... And you'd be just like me.
  • 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 of old age. 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 Mode: There's the usual Super Sonic, but the comic has added a few others to the mix:
  • Super Mode: 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 
      • Solar Sonic
      • Polar Sonic
      • Eco Sonic
      • All five of these forms were seen when Sonic was using a single Super Emerald, a reference to Hyper Sonic from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. This would suggest Sonic could obtain that form as well, except it would be far stronger than anything we've seen.note 
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When Eggman has a full-on nervous breakdown after Sonic defeats him in Issue 200, Sonic is at first bewildered by his old arch-nemesis' reaction, which quickly turns into outright concern when it becomes increasingly clear to him that Eggman just simply won't bounce back from this defeat as he usually does. In the aftermath, Sonic finds that he cannot help but feel sorry for Eggman when looking at the gibbering, crazy shadow of his former self he has been reduced to, and he realizes that he is actually feeling somewhat guilty for putting Eggman in that state. Of course, Eggman eventually regaining his sanity and launching an attack that ends with Sally being roboticized leaves Sonic regretting ever feeling sorry for the doc, and he ends up Taking a Level in Cynic.
  • A Taste of Defeat: While no villain has ever stopped him from saving the world, and he usually manages to bounce back from a short-term defeat, Sonic has had his ass handed to him on rare occasions. Most notably in issue 175, where Eggman breaks out his Egg Beater armor, which is specifically designed to counter and defeat him; Sonic only manages to dent the shield the armor uses despite his best efforts, and Eggman beats him down both physically and mentally.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: While the aforementioned breakdown from Eggman that led to the Iron Dominion arc led to conveying Sonic at his most idealistic and forgiving, the ensuing blow of Sally being robotocized as soon as Eggman regains his sanity leaves Sonic regretting ever feeling sorry for the monster, and the escalating blows and losses suffered against him, Naugus and even former comrades such as Geoffery has a very blatant toll on Sonic's spirit and temperament, showing far less restraint towards antagonists and even allies that cross him and his friends the wrong way. After Silver finally taps his Rage Breaking Point and leaves Sonic questioning his chances, he starts to catch himself and get back on the mend afterwards, though still never quite fully recovers until the effects of the reboot.
    Scourge: All it takes is one bad day, and you'd be just like me.
  • Translator Microbes: Due to some adventures in space and acquiring a translator device, Sonic is able to understand all languages. Even his dog's.
  • Vague Age: Averted at first but later played straight. Sonic celebrates a birthday at one point relatively early in the series, where he is explicitly said to be 16. Later comics, however, quietly did away with this and played the trope straight instead. When Sonic is next seen celebrating his birthday, supposedly his 17th one, he and the guests at the party are all deliberately vague about his age. Sonic even makes a pointed comment about this, by asking his guests just to think of him as being in his teens "forever".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a scathing one to Silver in issue 235. First, when Silver appears and declares that Antoine is the traitor that will destroy the Freedom Fighters, Sonic smashes through his house's wall and literally drags Silver to the hospital to show him the comatose Antoine and to explain that Antoine had previously pulled off a Heroic Sacrifice to save the Acorn family and thus couldn't possibly be the traitor. It continues once they subsequently discover a note from Bunnie explaining that she had left to "make things right," and Silver quickly declares that Bunnie is the traitor based on the fact that she left without telling anyone; at this point, Sonic has finally had enough of Silver's Inspector Javert tendencies and snaps, furiously telling Silver that there is no traitor, that he trusts his friends, and that they're all bigger heroes than a "flake" like Silver could ever hope to be before ordering Silver to go home. When Silver tells him that he's Trapped in the Past, Sonic flat-out tells him to just go away.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: In "Mecha Madness", where he was roboticised and turned against his friends, but was turned back to normal in the end. Then again, years later, by the BEM, though he retained his free will this time, as part of an experiment. As Mecha Sonic, the following tropes apply:
    • Arm Cannons: He has palm-based energy blasters in Mecha Sonic form.
    • Eye Beams: He can also shoot lasers out of his eyes in Mecha Sonic form.
    • Flight: The jet engines that allow Mecha Sonic to move at Super Speed can also propel him clean off of the ground, allowing him to fly.
    • Shock and Awe: In a pinch, Mecha Sonic can discharge high-voltage electricity through his metallic skin.
  • 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.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: He's a pretty chill guy, even in the most extreme of situations. But if you genuinely piss him off, he can be very intimidating. Threatening his friends and loved ones is an especially bad idea. For example, the Battle Bird Armada practically nuked New Mobotropolis trying to find the Babylon Gardens underneath it. When Sonic found out the Babylon Rouges were partially at fault and had no shred of empathy for the citizens. He was more than itching to lay the hurt on them. Circumstances prevented him from doing so but he did keep them from getting what they wanted, ending with this threat toward the trio in an eerily stoic tone.
    Sonic: My friends and family better be alright. Because if they aren't, you better pray you're faster than me!

Post-Reboot Tropes

  • Superpowered Evil Side: Well, less "evil" and more "hard to control", but his Werehog form counts.
  • 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.

    Miles "Tails" Prower 
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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. Least pre-Genesis Wave, Post-Wave seems have done away with this (as well as his parents who were Penders creations) though he's still one of the main tech-heads of the Freedom Fighters.

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.


  • Age Lift: Tails starts out as ten and turns eleven later on. Tails in the games, however, is only eight years old.
  • 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.
    • This is especially true post-SGW, as Tails now has all of his SEGA counterpart's skills and powers, being the only Alternate Continuity version of Tails to do so.
  • 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. He went from annoying tag a long kid who disliked being in Sonics shadow. And did stupid things to get out of nearly being robotocized for his efforts. To the two tailed fox we all know and love.
  • Cheerful Child: Constantly displayed as happy and excited.
  • Child Prodigy: He has a knack for inventions like Rotor.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Although he had a number of major victories or assists against Dr. Robotnik, his friends kept treating him as a ten-year-old. It wasn't until he defeated Crocbot that they made him a major member.
  • Flight: He uses his tails to fly by twirling them like helicopter blades.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Not shown as often as in other continuities, though.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Post-reboot, Tails had all the abilities of his SEGA counterpart, making him this.
  • The Linus: While highly intelligent, his childlike perceptive shows up several times, especially in early stories.
  • Only Sane Man: In issue 247, when Silver reappears, still on his crusade to find the traitor in the Freedom Fighters, considering his previous Inspector Javert tendencies and how he nearly killed Sonic and Rotor under the believe they were said traitor, nobody, especially not Sonic, is happy to see him and initially refuse to listen to him at all. Tails, however, convinces them to hear what Silver has to say. After he badly words the discovery that Sally was the future "traitor", Tails is savvy enough to restrain an outraged Sonic and Amy from attacking Silver so he can further explain, though warning him he "better be going somewhere with this."
  • 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: Miles Tails Prower.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Tails' friendship with Sonic had been left rather rocky since the latter dated Fiona. After getting embroiled in his parents' warring with the Acorns, Sonic attempts to help keep them incarcerated. When called out over his loyalties to Tails, he gloats he's close enough with him that it will pass. Tails, who was secretly helping his parents and overheard, finally snaps and attempts to beat the living daylights out of Sonic, laying out all their previous hardships to him while doing so.
  • The Resenter: While Sonic was with Fiona.
  • Sore Loser: He didn't take losing to Honey well to say the least. It took him the entire arc to get over it, since he at least managed to stop Metal Sonic and claim the Chaos Emerald for the group.
  • Undying Loyalty: Tails has had a serious fallout with Sonic only once without any influences. Otherwise he has sticked by his side even times other allies have doubted him. Whenever Sonic has been Easily Condemned he is also usually among the few to always believe his innocence.
  • Yandere: Following the fallout between him and Fiona, he finally lost it when Sonic untimely snarked and offended his family. Thankfully, he easily forgives him when they talked it out about the girl.

    Princess Sally Acorn 
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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. 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. Most of her origin story is still intact save for her mother and brother, the former who died and the latter who no longer exists.

Sally is courageous, but also intelligent, pragmatic, and patient; often serving as a foil to the more assertive and bull-headed Sonic, and has an on-again-off-again relationship with him. While she's generally level-headed, she can be just as impetuous and stubborn as Sonic at times.


Tropes Applying to Both Versions

  • Action Girl: The main Leader of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Appropriate Animal Attire: Pre-Genesis Wave, Sally wears very little clothing; her typical outfit is just an open jacket and boots. This is because in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), which the comic was originally based on, Mobians as a species didn't seem to have a nudity taboo of any kind. note  As a result, character designs based on the SatAM style — Sally among them — also wear little clothing. Other female Mobians with a similar clothing sense include Fiona Fox, Barby Koala, and Liza the Chameleon. Averted in the Post-Genesis Wave series, where she gains a midriff-baring top and shorts along with the classic vest and boots.
  • Ascended Extra: She was based on one of the animals (Ricky the squirrel) that were freed from the badniks in the original game.
  • The Comically Serious: Often when paired against Sonic, though she is often more jovial than most examples.
  • 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. She also has moments of being this to some of the other younger Freedom Fighters like Tails and Amy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When not trying to be polite, Sally can be very sarcastic, using verbally cutting remarks to express her irritation.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father was cast into the Void ten years ago when Robotnik took over Mobotropolis.
  • 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).
  • Fiery Redhead: Technically, she has brown hair, but its reddish tinge and her own fiery temper fit the stereotype.
  • Foil: Largely to Sonic, her cautious and uptight personality contrasting Sonic's brash and reckless persona.
    • Also to Amy. Both are interested in Sonic on a romantic level, but Sonic actually shows some level of affection back for Sally sometimes, whereas with Amy, it is mostly a one-sided thing.
    • Both share a similar arrogance and ego that only fuels their bickering more.
  • Furry Female Mane: As the most prominent female character in the Freedom Fighters team, she sports a distinctive hairstyle to help emphasize that she's female.
  • Gratuitous Princess: She's always clung to the title of Princess, despite being the sole remaining Monarch of Mobius known to be alive for an extended period of time. This is a direct contrast to her personality in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), who didn't like the title.
  • Hartman Hips: Seeing as she's both Ms. Fanservice and Team Mom, this is kind of inevitable.
  • Honorary Aunt: To Tails, who calls her "Aunt Sally".
  • Humanoid Female Animal: 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. Despite her more humanoid shape, there is nothing visible beyond her fur; the most at any time being her navel.
  • Lethal Chef: Stated by Word of God that in Post-Genesis Wave comics she is a terrible cook and that a salad with nuts is the only edible thing she can make. Proven in-universe when she attempts to make Dr. Ellidy soup, using his household plants as herbs.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: In the original lore, Sally was described as being a squirrel/chipmunk hybrid who took after her chipmunk mother. This was then tweaked to Mobian breeding being a case of Gender Equals Breed: her parents consist of a male tree squirrel and a female chipmunk, so Sally is a chipmunk and her brother is a squirrel. Finally, it was retconned that she's a ground squirrel.
  • Only Sane Man: Definitely has traits of this at times, especially when frustrated by Sonic.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Originally averted in Sally's case, which makes her seem somewhat unusual among the female cast, especially today. Later played straight after the reboot arc.
  • Positive Discrimination: Occasionally leans as this due to her Women Are Wiser personality and prominent role. While several stories in recent years have attempted to tone this down and make her more fallible, her flaws and quirks are still not as defined as many other heroes, her characterisation still largely a more intelligent and dignified foil for her team mates.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Sally in many circumstances comes off as condescending, impatient and sometimes even contradictory of her own criticisms. As the likes of the Council of Acorn discovered however, it was hard to really put her on the spot over this since most of the time it was her strategies that got results and led to the Freedom Fighters saving the day. After the character started to gain scorn for this trope and her overbearing qualities never being rebuked, the later comics started to show her coming to terms with making bad decisions more often, though this trope is still generally the norm for her.
  • 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: Has joined her fellow Freedom Fighters on various missions since the beginning. 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.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Her and Sonic sometimes engage in this.
  • Tareme Eyes: For her modern design, earlier on they were reversed into Tsurime Eyes.
  • Team Mom: More so in the earliest days of the series; she tended to be the most mature and responsible member of the Freedom Fighters, comforting them with her "motherly" attitude and protecting them as if they were her children.
  • Teen Genius: More so in the earlier parts of the series, but when the Freedom Fighters were starting out, Sally was their predominant computer and technology expert; this trait was passed over more to Rotor, NICOLE and Tails as the series progressed.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Often takes command of her team and throne when the need arises, though she ends up losing both just as much. Most in the old continuity were due to the undermining of her father in the name of tradition. The new continuity allowed her to lead the Freedom Fighters while her dad watches over the kingdom; the latter much more understanding due to his health.
  • Tomboy Princess: She's had to fight for her throne as a resistance fighter for 10 years. As a result, she has no problem getting her hands dirty. She's an expert martial artist and acrobat, and is good with a firearm.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compared to her incarnation in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), she is far more physically powerful, to the point that she can fight one-on-one with a SWAT-bot and win.
  • True Blue Femininity: Inverted. The most prominent colour in her wardrobe is blue, both before and after the reboot, but she's probably the most tomboyish of all the girls in the Freedom Fighters.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Sonic.

Pre-Reboot Tropes

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Sally is notable for being one of very few females note  to fully avert Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females (by virtue of Early Adaptation Weirdness), wearing nothing more than a pair of boots and later an open vest. She appeared like this for most of the comics' run, to the point that her attire became The Artifact.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair only comes down to her neck, and she is Tomboy Princess.
  • 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: Losing her kingdom and family as a kid and leading a resistance ever since, not to mention balancing her personal and love lives, can be incredibly taxing. Sometimes even too much.
  • Battle Couple: Whenever she fights alongside Sonic.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Her responsibilities as heir to the Acorn line is, at worse, chaotic. Most times her leadership is stripped and undermined by her father due to tradition.
  • 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 consistently 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.
  • Chickification: The latter Bollers/Penders era saw her increasingly falling victim to this, as she went from being a Frontline General Action Girl to often playing a more passive role and being relegated to the sidelines.
  • Compressed Vice: Writers have frequently tried to make Sally more flawed in reply to complaints of her Positive Discrimination. A lot of her shortcomings however tend not to stick or conflict with her more constant personality. Her occasional bouts of recklessness (something she usually foils Sonic over) is a glaring example.
  • 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. Somewhat justified due to the comic's increasing Cerebus Syndrome, with the increased sense of threat and vulnerability within the Freedom Fighters making it harder to portray Sally as a comically persnickety character and anything less than perfectly justified in not wanting to take unnecessary risks.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Sally creates the Council of Acorn to compromise between the monarchy and the Prower's push for democracy. This ends up working against her when some of the members she inducts prove to be Obstructive Bureaucrats too cautious and no-risks in their decision-making for even her liking, along with members such as Hamlin proving to hold grudges when she and the Freedom Fighters overrule or ignore them, technically holding the power to prosecute them for treason.
  • Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Zig-zagged example. In her more "anatomically-correct" appearances (typically by Steven Butler), Sally is often drawn with a more detailed belly; complete with her navel visible through her fur. In most of her other appearances though (as above), it doesn't usually appear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: When Sonic chooses freedom fighting over staying with her, she accuses him of being selfish. Granted, she had nearly lost Sonic twice due to the latter injuring himself a second time, and she wanted to protect him from doing something stupid, but it was still uncalled for.
    • She has also had recurring (and increasing) displays of being reckless and impulsive, despite constantly chiding Sonic for such methods.
  • Intimate Marks: Her Royal Birthmark (only mentioned, not seen) is very heavily implied to be located in a private area. It's notably not visible at any time despite her minimal clothing.
  • Important Haircut: Following the Time Skip in the "Home" arc, Sally was depicted with long hair from issue 130, giving her a notably more feminine appearance, something which (especially in retrospect) became quite symptomatic of the Chickification her character underwent at the time. During issue 177, she asks Bunnie for a haircut, and goes back to her original short-haired tomboy look to signify her Character Rerailment.
  • Jerkass Ball: She's usually a nice girl, but she tends to act this way when she loses rationality through stress, such as slapping Sonic across the face and calling him selfish after the latter chose to - while handicapped - continue the fight against Eggman instead of ruling the Kingdom with her. It should be remembered that this took place after she'd suffered through a year of believing that Sonic had died.
  • Kill the Cutie: As a leader of a resistance force, and fighting an ongoing war, there were obviously many attempts at her life. The biggest examples were #47 and #225 (both of which were miraculously undone).
  • 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.
  • Married in the Future: In the "X years future" arc, she's married to Sonic and has two children by him.
  • Mama Bear: She punched Fiona Fox in the stomach for trying to manipulate Tails' feelings again.
    You've already toyed with him quite enough. If you want to deal with us, then deal.
  • Official Couple: Ever since the earliest stories in the comic, the mutual crush between Sonic and Sally has been shown in continual, obvious display, despite constant, arguably excessive Will They or Won't They? throughout the history of the comic. In later issues, it's revealed that Sonic has become her consort, and the future stories confirm that they have children and rule Mobius together.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Issue 134, Sally offers Sonic the opportunity to rule Mobius at her side. Sonic replies that he can't, since he needs to fight Eggman instead. He was quite injured and in no condition to fight at the time, to say nothing of the fact that being King doesn't disqualify him from fighting threats to the Kingdom. In response, Sally was so distraught that she actually lost her characteristic calm and smacked him across the face.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost identical to her mother, Queen Alicia Acorn.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: A frequent victim of "fatal" incidents, from near-lethal injuries to being robotocized, all in the name of drama.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sally is the heroic tomboy to Fiona Fox's villainous girly girl. Sally is a Tomboy Princess who has a very unfeminine appearance (at least in apparel), and is a character especially divergent from stereotypes associated with females. Fiona does have a pretty rough attitude and her appearance isn't completely girly, but the bow and skirt still make it more so than Sally's. Also, Fiona is a Femme Fatale and The Vamp who uses her feminine charms to manipulate male characters like Tails, much to the annoyance and disgust of Sally, who once gave Fiona a violent gut punch for doing this.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Willfully became a robot twice, thus inverting the trope.
    • Attempted to infiltrate Robotropolis under roboticization while using a chip that can keep her in control, but Robotnik removed it, allowing him to control her at the time. Dulcy saved the day with a device that changed her back to normal.
    • Years later when she sacrificed herself to prevent Eggman's Death Egg MkII from roboticizing the world.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: When her parents left her to guard the kingdom.
  • Women Are Wiser: In later issues. It was initially 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" persona:

  • 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. She got these in her gloves in the reboot.
  • Deflector Shields: Uses this to astonishing effect.
  • Energy Weapon: One concealed in her hair, of all places.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has these weaponized.
  • Flying Brick: Becomes this after being weaponized.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The story arcs involving her are noticeably dark.
  • Super Strength: Standard for any robotized mobian.
  • The Strategist: Retains her natural tactical brilliance, however, no longer being bogged down by emotions or ethics allows it to be even more effective.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In addition of getting robotized, Eggman went a step further and weaponized her; granting abilities beyond a regular robian.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dr. Robotnik, being robotized and all.

Post-Reboot Tropes

  • The Atoner: She showed signs of this once her memories of the old timeline, including her tenure as Mecha Sally, but Nicole snapped her out of it.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her redesign. Emphasized at one point when she discards her jacket. Bare-midriff brawler who is part of a group of freedom-fighters? She's basically Tifa as a redheaded chipmunk.
  • Berserk Button: While more controlled than Sonic's case, someone speaking poorly of NICOLE or even doubting her importance as a living being can earn a very pointed ire from Sally.
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers one when she learns of her actions as Mecha Sally in the post-Super Genesis Wave world. It takes NICOLE and Cream to snap her out of it when they go save citizens in Station Square.
  • Laser Blade: Her Ring-Blades. Carried over from her Metal Sally form the old Continuity. In the new one, she recieved these from Ellidy.
  • Missing Mom: In the Post Genesis Wave Timeline, as Alica Acorn doesn't exist in that one.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction after receiving the memories from her Pre-Genesis Wave life (particular the ones when she was under Eggman's control as Mecha Sally) is horrified remorse.
  • 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.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Became one for Fang the Sniper after an infamous Groin Attack, leaving him incensed on taking her out in particular. He even lampshaded his recurring humiliations against her, despite being a genuine threat against Sonic himself.
  • Take a Third Option: Often tries to find the best option with as few, or no, casualties or collateral damage on the heroes' end as possible. Gets called out on this trope by Egg Boss Clove.

    NICOLE 
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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.


Tropes Applying to Both Versions

  • Artificial Intelligence: An unambiguously benevolent one.
  • 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.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is a super-smart artificial intelligence, and once she gains a digital form, she appears as a brown-haired lynx.
  • Furry Female Mane: Her digital form sports a distinctive hairstyle, to emphasize her "female" nature.
  • My Nayme Is: For the record - "NICOLE" usually refers to the computer; "Nicole" is the actual "soul".
  • 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 seemed to have achieved this.
  • 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 used 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.
  • 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'.

Pre-Reboot Tropes

  • 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.
  • The Exile: In several issues prior to the reboot, thanks to Naugus using his Hate Plague to turn all of New Mobotropolis against her, the Council of Acorn is forced to banish Nicole from the city and to Freedom HQ. After several more attacks on the city courtesy of Eggman, along with said Hate Plague waning, Mina is able to get enough support from the people for the Council to allow her to return.
  • 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. It's only made worse when Mina, having been traumatized by the occupation, tried to use her songs to spread messages warning about it to ensure that Nicole couldn't be Brainwashed and Crazy again, only for Ixis Naugus to use his Hate Plague to amplify the fear and hatred of Nicole brought about by both the songs and the Iron Queen's actions to turn the entire city against Nicole and get her banished from New Mobotropolis altogether. By issue 241, however, the Hate Plague begins to wane, and Mina is able to get enough public support to allow Nicole back in.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Swapping bodies with Sally causes Nicole to gain Sally's feelings for Sonic.
  • Nanomachines: She made extensive use of them, creating an entire cityafter Knothole was destroyed.
  • 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.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Occasionally, as she finds this helpful when it comes to dealing with her emotions.
    Nicole (after recovering from brainwashing): I have already downloaded logs of my previous actions. I am...furious? Mortified? Emotions are difficult to label when you actually experience them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She gradually works to bring the Nannite horde undercontrol and then uses them to become New Mobotropolis. With the wealth of Power she draws from the former irradiated capital, NICOLE had considerable power, being able to fend off Robotnik with ease and manipulate the nanites into strong offensive and defensive weapons.

Post-Reboot Tropes

  • 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. Or at least that's what he thinks, the comic seems to imply that it did work but wasn't as instantaneous as he wanted. So he deemed it a failure and gave the computer to Sally who's interaction with Nicole brought up more of her personalty, with it presumed that this is Nikki but "reborn" in a sense.
  • 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.
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    Bunnie Rabbot D'Coolette 
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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 and she was caught in the blast of one of his attacks. Uncle Chuck managed to save her with a prototype roboticizer, though she had to get used to her new prosthetics. Along the way she met Antonie, who she became close with and eventually married.


Tropes Applying to Both Versions

  • Arm Cannon: Her mechanical arm converts to this, except that it generates energy by tapping into her Life Force, so she has to be careful about using it.
  • Badass Adorable: She is an adorable looking, sweet-natured rabbit girl with a cute Southern Belle accent. She's also a cyborg with Super Strength who can kick ass and take names like nobody's business.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Does Not Like Shoes: Pre-Genesis Wave, she would never wear any sort of footwear in her unroboticized form, and even her roboticized form would give each foot individual toes, implying she was still "barefoot" (Depending on the Artist; this was less apparent in the earlier comics than the later ones). Downplayed (if not averted) post-Genesis Wave; her feet now look significantly more like pink shoes, although the white tips of each "shoe" still sort of look like a three-toed paw.
  • Bash Brothers: She and Sonic often had this dynamic when Knuckles wasn't around. As Knothole's best fighters they'd often pair off in missions.
  • Battle Couple With Antonie.
  • Beta Couple: She's coupled with Antoine. Their relationship was always more stable than Sonic & Sally's (which the writers often made turbulent for the sake of drama).
  • The Big Guy: While not "big", per se, her mechanical upgrades make Bunnie's quite tough and durable, beating out the other Freedom Fighters in terms of raw strength. When Sonic was roboticized as Mecha Sonic and unleashed on them it was Bunnie alone who had the best chance of fighting him one on one.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Sally, sometimes to Amy and Tails.
  • Cute Bruiser: As she was in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), she's a cute rabbit who can destroy a tank.
  • Cyborg
  • Deflector Shield: Generated from her robotic arm.
  • Funetik Aksent: In her earliest appearances the comics sure likes reminding the reader that she has a thick Southern accent, though with time it gets progressively downplayed and it finally ends up becoming more-or-less non-existent.
  • Happily Married: To Antoine.
  • Parental Abandonment: Post-reboot, a flashback revealed she was found as a child on the side of a road by Rosie and Uncle Chuck. Pre-reboot, her parents had gone off to war to fight on the side of the Southern Baronies during their rebellion against the Kingdom of Acorn, only to get killed and leave her to be raised by her aunt and uncle, according to The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia.
  • Power at a Price: She's a victim of partial roboticization, which grants her amazing — if occasionally unstable — cybernetic powers and physical strength, along with physical deformity. 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.
  • Second Love: To Antoine; he was originally fixated on Sally, but after Bunnie revealed her feelings to him, he moved on and began dating her.
  • Southern Belle: Albeit more tomboyish than most examples.
  • Super Strength: Her metal arm gives her this.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: She does speak with a southern accent.
  • Telescoping Robot: Literally; one of her lesser powers from her cybernetics that is rarely referenced is the ability to extend her cybernetic limbs.
  • Tuft of Head Fur: Starts out with one before gaining a Furry Female Mane later on.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Was stopped halfway in the old continuity, thanks to an unintentionally delayed rescue from Sonic. Was subverted in the new continuity, as she originally didn't want to, but had to when she was injured during Eggman's initial attack.
  • Women Are Wiser: Placed against Antoine, it's bound to happen at times.

Pre-Reboot Tropes

  • Adaptation Expansion: While she debut in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) with a robot arm and legs, one of the very first issues, during the old continuity, shows just how that came about.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Played With, while Bunnie is fairly confident in her own strength and abilities she always has an underlying fear of being a threat to the other Freedom Fighters on account of her roboticization. She's always been afraid that the machine in her would turn on them and, her being the strongest in the FF, she'd end up causing permanent damage.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As of 232, she lost her mechanical upgrades.
  • Can't Stay Normal: If the story didn't reboot, Bunnie would've gone and willingly gotten cybernetic implants after regaining her normal limbs, being unable to cope without them after having them for so long and wanting to continue helping her team.
  • Cast From Hit Points: She's powerful, but her robotics take their energy from her life force, making her Arm Cannon a Dangerous Forbidden Technique in practice.
  • Honorary Aunt: To Tails who calls her "Aunt Bunnie".
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Like Sally, certain Archie artists were prone to exaggerating some choice elements of her physique, going so far as to redesign her cyborg proportions to suit these changes.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Antoine; he's a coyote and she's a rabbit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She became this trope 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: She started wearing one after Sonic's year-long exile in space.
  • Ornamental Weapon: When she first started wearing the cowboy hat & jacket, she was also depicted with a pair of revolvers, even though she's never shown using them (she uses an Arm Cannon instead). The revolvers eventually disappeared.
  • Progressively Prettier: In her early appearances she looked similar to her appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): She was a cute looking rabbit with a fluff of fur on her head, contrasting against bulky cybernetic limbs. Later on she received a taller and more curvy figure, began wearing cuter clothes (and often a cowboy hat), and grew hair on her head.
  • Punny Name: Her name was originally this trope. However, the pronunciation was retonned to "Ra-beaux" instead of "ra-bot" late in the comic's run.
    • 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.
  • Sixth Ranger: At the start of the series she was this, being a late arrival to the team and being much more of a supporting character than a main member. As the comic went on and the plot grew she became a mainstay and other newer characters took her position.

Post-Reboot Tropes

  • Berserk Button: Do not imply that Bunnie wanted her robotic parts.
  • Emergency Transformation: In the new universe, rather then have been a victim of partial robotization. She was caught in an blast by an Eggman attack that nearly killed her. Uncle Chuck used a prototype Roboticazor to save her life.

    Antoine D'Coolette 
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An obnoxiously-French and somewhat cowardly member of the Freedom Fighters, despite his lack of anything approaching battle prowess. He ironically dressed like a palace guard (like his father) but, like the other core cast members, he was too young when Robotnik took over to actually serve. In the early days, he was a would-be rival for Sally's affections, but even this was beyond his grasp, as the dashing Geoffrey St. John fit the bill much better. (The only thing Antoine and Sonic agreed on was that they both couldn't stand him.) He mostly stuck to his bumbling role from the TV show, which was even more exaggerated in some stories—complete with a Dodgy Toupee (which kept flying off in times of stress). This peaked with Antoine prosecuting Sonic for his time as Mecha-Sonic under Robotnik's control; despite being annoyed at Antoine's grandstanding, the judges had no choice but to convict.

He later shed most of his unsavory traits and developed into a semi-capable agent. He also stopped pursuing Sally and instead struck up a romance with Bunnie (undoubtedly a reference to Rogue and Gambit from X-Men).

Antoine was critically-wounded and put in a coma during an attempt on Elias' life. Following the reboot, Antoine was never injured and is still an active member of the Freedom Fighters. In the new universe, he was a trainee in a royal guard exchange program, but graduated at the time when Eggman took over, and he fled with the others. Cursing his cowardice and doing his best to protect Sally, he vowed to become stronger. Along the way he met Bunnie and they became close through many trials (including the loss of his parents during his away time from home) before eventually marrying her.


Tropes Applying to Both Versions

Pre-Reboot Tropes

  • Cerebus Retcon: Antoine's Funetik Aksent and Gratuitous French were subject to one in the Encyclopedia. His way of speaking was the result of his parents conflicting ideas on how to raise him when they immigrated to Knothole: his father wanted him to speak English to better integrate while his mother wanted him to speak French like in the old country. The ensuing war left his education incomplete and as such his manner of speaking is him struggling with English.
  • Character Development: While his hidden bravery, competence, and much of his depth was a clear case of his character marching on, he also developed in a number of ways. Antoine tries to better himself to properly live up to his family's legacy and most notably moves away from being Sally's Hopeless Suitor, acknowledging it as a one-sided crush and leaving her be.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: At first, but he grows out of it.
  • Child Soldier: In the original continuity, his father, General Armand D'Coolette, trained him.
  • Dodgy Toupee: The blonde tuft of hair on his head is a toupee that get's comically knocked off or mocked in earlier stories. Later stories either retconned that away or he grew an actual head of hair as this aspect of the character was dropped along with many of his other comically unflattering traits.
  • Grew a Spine: See the Characterization Marches On entry above.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In 234, leaving him comatose.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Sally.
  • Hypocrite: Antoine calls Sonic egocentric and does not play well with others which is sometimes true but Antoine isn't any better. He himself had an ego for a time and in all honesty Sonic has earn the right to brag about himself. Considering he runs head first into battle against tyrants that put him as number 1 on their shit list and never backs down or is intimidated. Antoine can only dream to get that far.
  • Idiot Hero: In the original miniseries before the regular, Antoine was much more competent.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Sonic is temporarily roboticized and set loose on Knothole, Antoine wastes no time arresting him on charges for treason. While Antoine is a French Jerk who's always hated Sonic, and spends the subsequent trial doing everything he can to make him look undeniably guilty, he does point out that it's definitely suspicious, since Sonic had previously approached them with a plan to let himself be roboticized using a Neuro Overrider to retain his free will so he could destroy Robotnik's empire from within, and the fact that Sonic was roboticized immediately after the other Freedom Fighters vetoed this plan makes it seem that Sonic just disobeyed orders and went through with it anyway. While that's not the case, even the other Freedom Fighters agree that Antoine's suspicions aren't entirely invalid.
  • 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.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Sonic loves to tease him about his Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys phase, as seen in issue 204:
    Sonic: Remember your old yellow streak?
    Antoine: Oui. I recall it all too well.
    Sonic: Because I totally could bring it up right now.
    Antoine: I know.
    Sonic: I've got a list.
    Antoine: Stop eet.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The reason behind his early portrayal as a bungling coward prone to verbal hiccups and accidents was, simply, to make him a comedic character.
  • The Resenter: Particularly at the start of the comic and usually (though not always) played for comedy.
    • He was this to Sonic a lot of the time. Sonic was faster, stronger, and braver than Antoine was and that served to give Antoine an inferiority complex. He saw himself as something of a romantic rival to him in regards to Sally, but ultimately she never returned his affections. A major part of his Character Development was him coming to terms with his strengths and he and Sonic end up becoming stronger friends.
    • Antoine was also fairly resentful of Geoffrey St. John though not to the extent of Sonic. In the arcs leading up to Endgame Antoine reveals that he never liked Geoffrey and viewed his formation of the Secret Service as a St. John stealing the idea from Antoine's father. He even comes to Sonic's defense when Geoffrey accuses him of being the traitor. Unlike his resentment of Sonic; Antoine's dislike of Geoffrey never seemed related to his courtship of Sally, and the dislike never really went away.
  • 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 Kindness: As the writers moved Antoine away from his old Straw Loser incarnation, Antoine became a lot nicer. Initially, Antoine was often the antagonist amongst the Freedom Fighters, even at one point trying to prosecute Sonic after he was roboticized and do everything in his power to ensure his conviction. He mellowed out considerably into a more noble and less uptight character and his relationship with Sonic improved tremendously to the point he even has Sonic as his best man at the wedding.
  • Trapped in Another World: He spent over a year stranded on Anti-Mobius when Anti-Sonic decided to swap him with Anti-Antoine after getting sick of Anti-Antoine's constant attempts at being The Starscream. He's finally brought home in issue 156, when Sonic discovers the switch and rescues him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A recurring motive for him is wanting to impress his father, General Armand D'Coolette. In issue 112, this led to him convincing Sonic to dress up as Anti-Sonic and stage a fight; instead, the real Anti-Sonic shows up, and Antoine defeats him with a single karate chop. In issue 168, Armand, on his deathbed, assures a morally-weak Antoine that he's anything but a failure and that he views his son as a far greater warrior than he.

Post-Reboot Tropes

  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: After the reboot, he ditched the coat entirely and pretty much joins the rest of the boys in the "go naked except for shoes and gloves" club.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both his parents were killed in an Eggman raid while he was away from home. He recieved an email from Nicole about it later.
  • Uptown Guy: The planned Sonic Universe 95 (of which the pencils were released online and fans refined it to make it a full color comic) reveals Antoine's family has lived in a castle for generations. This is definitely more upper class than Bunnie's background as an orphan found by Rosie and Uncle Chuck.

    Amy Rose 
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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. Not much is really known about her history in the new universe other than the fact that the events of Sonic CD did happen. Though more then likely she became older naturally rather then the power ring she wished on.


  • Age Lift: Amy in the games started out as eight in Sonic CD but was retconned into a twelve-year-old for Sonic Adventure. Amy in the Archie comics is more... complicated. She starts out as eight but physically ages herself up into seventeen in the Adventures arc. A few years pass in-series so by the end of the comic Amy is chronologically twelve like her game counterpart, but is physically an adult.
  • Badass Adorable: Ever more so in Mega Drive, when she's still young, and yet is still capable of smashing things with her hammer (and effortlessly catching one of Sonic's rings after he drops them).
  • 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.
  • Cute and Psycho: The pre-reboot issues adapted her Heroic Comedic Sociopath tendencies from Sonic X for a while, but slowly downplayed them by the end of it.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Sonic. They're the only hedgehogs on the Freedom Fighters, he's male, and she's female.
  • Drop the Hammer: When she whips out her hammer, she's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Tired of being on the sidelines, she aged herself up so that she could join the Freedom Fightes. It wouldn't be until she held off an army of Badniks following Sonic's return from space that Amy was made a member herself.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: More modern comics give her quite a nasty temper and make her fairly easy to set off.
  • 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. This trait slowly downplayed towards the end of the pre-reboot series, though she still retains odd moments as The Dreaded to foes.
  • Invisible Parents: Characters like Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles have Canon Foreigner parents, but Amy's parents are never shown on-screen.
  • 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.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: 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.
  • Plucky Girl: Seems to have this as her default attitude.
  • Pointy Ears: She is a hedgehog after all.
  • Squee!:
    • She totally fangirls over Honey the Cat, her favorite fashion designer, bowling over an entire crowd to meet with her.
    • Mega Drive has a moment where Sonic is forced to carry her when they flee an trap of Eggman's. Amy has a look of absolute bliss on her face the entire time.
  • Reality Ensues: Like in the games and Sonic X most of her Unstoppable Rage moments were Played for Laughs. Only more grave or no-nonsense threats like Scourge (who has a far worse version of her in his own universe) and Geoffrey No-Sell the gag and make clear she isn't scaring them in the slightest, with Scourge even adding a nasty punt to the gesture.
  • Tagalong Kid: Mega Drive has her accompanying Sonic and Tails on their adventure as one, though she does at least justify her inclusion by grabbing any rings Sonic drops (meanwhile, Sonic reasons bringing her along means he can keep an eye on 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 
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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.

In the new universe, he's was part of a tribe of warrior walruses where he was a techology prodigy, but his father, a very old fashioned being, hated technology and, according to his words, him as well. Rotor left home in hopes of finding a place in New Mobotropolis only to arrive when Eggman was in control of the kingdom. Sally saved him and he put his talents to use making weapons and gadgets for the Freedom Fighters. He, along with Tails, developed the Tornados and the team's base, Sky Patrol, .

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.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Turns out his father, Tundra, is one of Eggman's Egg Bosses who willingly surrendered his land when Eggman took it over. Rotor is less then pleased when he realizes this.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He's taken out of active duty as a Freedom Fighter when he suffers a severe back injury during the destruction of Knothole. After working for the Council for a time, and quitting, he returns to active duty, using Powered Armor to compensate.
  • Defector from Decadence: Already furious with the rest of the Council of Acorn, Rotor hits his limit when everyone but himself, including Uncle Chuck, votes in favor of exiling Nicole from New Mobotropolis because "it's what the people want." No longer able to stomach being part of the council anymore after this, Rotor, after giving the rest of them a tongue-lashing for doing so, resigned on the spot and left in outrage.
    Rotor: This council is for the citizens, and it just betrayed one of them.
  • 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 Guns: At one point, when Fiona suggests that they use guns, Rotor shuts it down, stating that the Freedom Fighters never use guns because it isn't their way. This was later explained as Rotor feeling guilt over accidentally hurting a civilian while using guns, and he admits that he might've overcompensated in his anti-gun stance.
  • 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: If it isn’t Tails they go to for gadgets it’s him.
    • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly became dishearted upon finding that his father was one of Eggman's Egg Boss and likewise still shows him no respect. Sonic manages to snap him out of it, stating that Rotor is more a man then he is because he was willing to fight Eggman rather then roll over like his father did.
  • Mr Fix It: Shared with Tails.
  • Nice Hat: In the old continuity, Rotor used to wear a yellow cap.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He started wearing a brown jacket in later issues, but has dropped it as of Team Freedom's formation.
  • Out of Focus: Rotor had a hard time staying relevant especially after Robotnik's original defeat. Though he had some stories focused on him (most notably his attempts to save his family) he just became less and less important than the other SatAM introduced characters and as the game characters began to take a bigger role in the stories, his importance shrank further. In the post-reboot world he gained a new personal conflict with an egg-boss his father, but in the end that plot point never paid off with the comic's cancellation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Post-reboot, his mother died of illness and his father pretty much disowned him and later joined up with Eggman.
  • 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.
  • Resign in Protest: When the Acorn Council votes to banish NICOLE from New Mobotropolis because "it's what the people want", Rotor is so disgusted and upset that he resigns from his seat on the spot.
  • 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.
  • The Runaway: Is this in the new universe since his father dictated everything on Might Makes Right and couldn't see Rotor's intelligence and inventions as part of that philosophy. Ultimately he had enough of father's bull and left his village to find someone who would appreciates his talents.
  • 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 & Cheese 
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A cute bunny girl 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.

In the new universe, despite the dangers, Cream and Cheese tag along with the Freedom Fighters, with permission from Vanilla, and mostly acts as support and mission control when Sally is needed on the field though Cream states she wishes she was able to do more.

  • Actual Pacifist: Cream doesn't like fighting at all. She get mad and frustrated, but if anyone's doing the attacking, it's Cheese.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Applies mostly to Cheese but Cream herself suffers from this as well. In the games, most evidently the Sonic Advance Trilogy, Cream is no less capable than any other character and, should the situation call for it, is willing to get fully involved in fights despite her dislike of violence. Meanwhile Cheese is usually strong enough to one-shot enemies and deals regular damage to bosses, which is saying a lot considering most other Chao are not anywhere near that strong. Here in the comics, however, Cheese is significantly weaker as his attacks do nothing more than distract enemies and he seems to daze himself in the process. While it remains to be seen if Cream is actually combat capable or not, she is much less willing to fight than her game counterpart and mostly takes part in battles by airlifting people out of harm's way instead of actually attacking. Granted, Cream & Cheese are presented as powerful in gameplay due to being one the "beginner's characters" but they have been shown as capable characters outside of gameplay.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In 267, when the Freedom Fighters (sans Sonic) fell into Eggman's trap and were ambushed by three E-100 Series robots with no hope for escape, Cream gathered the remaining Freedom Fighters (Big, T-Pup, and Omochao) and went out to rescue everyone, which proved successful. Were it not for Cream, the rest of the Freedom Fighters very likely would have been killed.
    • Newcomer Saves the Day: The above moment might also count as this, as Cream is a junior member of the Freedom Fighters and wasn't part of the team until 256, just eleven issues ago. True, the Chaos Emerald they were after couldn't be obtained and the Freedom Fighters suffered a crushing defeat all the same but at least they were spared from certain death. Although the solicits for 283 and Ian Flynn himself have confirmed that Cream is due to play a key role in the plans that will ultimately restore the currently Shattered World, possibly playing this trope a bit more straight.
      • Likewise did it again when Gemeral was getting overwhelmed by the Hooligans and the Witchcarters, managing to save him and forcing Nack to retreat.
  • Cool Chao
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: While she is a member of the Freedom Fighters already, it's just that they don't want her to go off fighting creatures from the planet's core because her mom would get VERY worried.
  • Flight: Via her bunny ears. You thought Tails is the only one who can fly without wings?
  • Free-Range Children: Cream is one of the few characters, and the only one from the games, with a known parent: Vanilla the Rabbit. Even though she is one of the youngest characters and not exactly the adventuring type, Cream is fully allowed by her mother to travel across the world and fight evil. To be fair, though, Cream is much more capable than she appears and is always accompanied by her much older and very powerful friends.
  • 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. When Nack captures Cheese and the Sol Emerald, Cream lunges at him only to be stopped by Bark. She then proceeds to rattle off the following quote, in a way only a well meaning, polite kid like her would do.
    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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Has been constantly on the receiving end of this by Sally. While Cream isn't an active combatant and isn't as experienced as the other Freedom Fighters (except Big, who has only participated in two adventures prior), she is still a capable team member and has taken part in numerous adventures in the pastnote  But despite her participation in those events, among other things that prove her worth as an ally, Cream is strictly kept out of the action by Sally due to her age and concern for her safety, which is unwarranted since Cream always manages to keep other characters safe via timely airlifts. Even after the aforementioned Big Damn Heroes moment, Sally continues to keep Cream out of the action under the belief she is not ready and/or couldn't handle the present situation. Though this finally seems to be changing as of 281.
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    Big the Cat & Froggy 
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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 with really no history to him other than just coming along for the heck of it and acting as extra muscle for the group.


  • Angst? What Angst?: In-universe. Cheered up after being exiled from his home when Sonic told him the fishing was great up north.]
  • Ascended Extra: Following the Sonic Adventure adaptation, the two made only sporadic appearances for a good few years. After Big is banished by his Felidae kin however, he and Froggy are allowed into New Mobotropolis as part of the Freedom Fighter group, making him a supporting hero in many of the late pre-reboot and post-reboot issues.
  • 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 considered this by his fellow Felidae due to being a simple-minded fellow and willingness to talk with outsiders. He was banished as a result.
    • White Sheep: To the outside world, Big is very much considered this when compared to his kin. He is a jovial, peaceful and friendly fellow in contrast to the standard vicious and war mongering Felidae.
  • Cats Are Mean: Inverted. Big is a very friendly and jovial fellow.
    • Played straight with most of his kind and he was kicked out for his amicable nature and willingness to talk to outsiders.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Still certainly out there.
  • 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:He may be a simple-minded cat, but he is canonically the strongest character, beating out powerhourses like Bark and Mighty.
  • The Ditz: Same ol' Big the Cat.
  • The Fool: Though he has his moments of brilliance and of course has Simple-Minded Wisdom.
  • Gentle Giant: He may be a giant fellow with the
  • Kind Hearted Simpleton: Big may not be the smartest of the bunch, but his heart is as big as his body.
  • Odd Friendship: Has gained shades of one with Sally, who being an intellectual, neurosis prone princess, is a total opposite of dopey, laid back hermit Big.
  • 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. Possibility even stronger than Knuckles.
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His dopey exterior led to him sparsely getting taken seriously by bad guys and getting somewhat patronising treatment from team mates such as Sally. A couple Big Damn Heroes moments seem to have rectified the latter at least.
  • World's Strongest Man: He is confirmed to be the strongest (as in physical might) character in the whole series, with Mighty coming in at second and Bark the Polar Bear at third.

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