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Team Sonic are the protectors of the Unnamed Village (later known as Hedgehog Village). While this group of five friends may have their differences and occasional disagreements, they're still close-knit and always come together to save the day.


  • Mysterious Past: There were plans for Rise of Lyric to involve exploring the backstory of Sonic and pals, but it went nowhere. As such, none of the main characters have a clear backstory with the exception of Sticks.
    • Knuckles also gets hints of backstory, as it's revealed he is the Last of His Kind and comes from Angel Island, but other than sharing his main counterpart's origin, this is never brought upon in the series.
  • True Companions: The five are really close friends, and they spend most of their downtime hanging out together, goofing off or enjoying a meal at Meh Burger (or trying to, anyway). Their bond has gotten to the point that the other members of the team consider themselves Knuckles' family, and even in the rare event that they split apart from conflict with each other or other means, they always reconcile and reunite, just as strong as before.
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    Sonic 

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Voiced By: Roger Craig Smith (English), Junichi Kanemaru (Japanese)

As is fitting for a team named after him, Sonic is the spearhead of the bunch. He may have a smart remark for many occasions and tends to be a bit egotistical, but he's always willing to use his superhuman speed and signature Spin Attacks to lead his friends into battle and protect the innocent from evil of all kinds.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His arms are blue here, while they're skin-colored in the main series.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Eggman.
    • To Lyric in Rise of Lyric.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He wears a neckerchief and is undeniably badass.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: He's a rare male example of the "Beauty" to Tails' Brains and Knuckles' Brawn.
  • Being Good Sucks: Going hand-in-hand with Dude, Where's My Respect? below; no matter how much good he does, the villagers always seem prepared to believe the worst in him and turn on him at a moment's notice. This reaches a head in "Just a Guy," where he launches into a rant over it and ultimately goes into a 10-Minute Retirement:
    Sonic: You know what I think is "compassionate?" Saving the village from Eggman! Like, every week! But do I get any props for that? No! Everyone just goes around gasping at me whenever I call a guy a "guy," or people "people!" I quit heroing! And I quit this stupid group!
  • Berserk Button: Don't say that you're faster than he is.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As per usual with most versions of Sonic, he is very protective and caring towards Tails.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Thin to Knuckles' Big and Tails' Short.
  • Brutal Honesty: When fed up with Eggman being The Thing That Would Not Leave in "Can an Evil Genius...", he does not try to hide it:
    Sonic: How do I say this delicately? You're a horrible roommate and nobody in this house likes you.
    Amy: Let's frame our statements with "When you do this, it makes me feel this."
    Sonic: Fine, okay. Uh, let's see... When you... live here... it makes me... feel angry... because you're a horrible roommate and nobody in this house likes you.
  • Collector of the Strange: Coconut husks, as revealed in "Fortress of Squalitude".
  • Commitment Issues: Give Bees A Chance he's rather nervous when Amy uses the word relationship. Bear in mind, Amy was using it in a general sense and didn't add any hidden meanings.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Surprisingly sometimes acts like this concerning Amy, such as in "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies" when the group spies on Amy apparently getting ready for a date.
    Sonic: A-a date? That's cool. Why would I care? Stop staring at me!
    • In "Alone Again, Unnaturally", when he's unable to find Tails he wonders if he's with Amy (i.e. dating), before sighing that it's his own fault. He rushes over to Amy's house, and sighs with relief when he realises they aren't there.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Cold Open to the game (seen in the Gamescom 2014 trailer) has Sonic surrounded, and subsequently shot, by several of Lyric's drones.
    "Ugh... not my best moment. But hey, even in the face of certain doom, I still look good."
  • Dance Battler: As usual, Sonic is packing a lot of break-dancing inspired kicks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on "deadpan". No matter how ridiculous a situation will get, you can expect Sonic to have an exasperated look on his face while commenting on it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sonic's profile pic shows that "planning ahead" is one of his dislikes. Sidekick gives a demonstration:
    Sonic: I was just trying to protect you...
    Tails: How? By putting me in more danger?!
    Sonic: The plan had holes!
    • Sonic's plan to lure Eggman and Lyric away from town and play Keep Away with the Radiant Crystal ends with half of Slowpoke Isle razed via Metal Sonic.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the cartoon, no matter how many times Sonic saves the village from Eggman, they turn on him or assume the worst of him at the drop of a hat over anything, no matter how large or small. This causes him to have a go at his team during one of Amy's seminars because he's fed up with how he gets treated.
  • Everyone Can See It: On several occasions, other characters mention how close Amy and Sonic are. On one occasion, Eggman straight up asks what's going on between them, and on another, Sticks snaps "I'm not Amy," when a drowsy Sonic calls her "sugar plum".
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Sonic has these after a while of living with Eggman who did his utmost to keep Sonic and Tails up as part of a Batman Gambit.
  • Extremity Extremist: When not using his Rolling Attack, Sonic is almost exclusively using kicks.
  • Fatal Flaw: As with many previous interpretations, Sonic can be rather cocky and reckless at times (see Didn't Think This Through).
  • Freudian Slip: After he and Knux take down the first boss in the Pit, Sonic says, "We did it!" even though he's supposedly a loner (and insists that Knux misheard him when he points it out).
    • In the cartoon, Sonic sometimes blurts out Amy's name (e.g. in "Designated Heroes", he sleepily muttered, "Not now, Amy, I'm not in the mood..." when Eggman interrupts his nap) despite vehemently denying any sort of romantic attachment.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded in "My Fair Sticksy", wherein he agrees to escort Sticks to an award ceremony, but under the condition of not wearing pants. At the ceremony itself, all he wears is a sport coat.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Including his legs, and his shoes.
  • Hates Being Touched: Whenever he and his friends do a "group hug", Sonic can be seen with a apathetic and disgusted look on his face. He even flat out says "No" when Amy suggests a pre-mission hug in the episode "Can An Evil Genius Crash On Your Couch For A Few Days?".
  • The Hero: But of course.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tails (as usual) and Knuckles.
  • Informed Flaw: According to the developers, Sonic would start out the video games as a loner, and would need to learn the value of teamwork. When Rise of Lyric starts out, Sonic is fighting Eggman alongside his friends as he always does. Shadow even considers Sonic's reliance on his friends to be a weakness. Whenever Sonic tries to take the credit for what the group does collectively, it comes off more like his usual showboating instead of a genuine "I Work Alone" attitude. In fact, in "Shattered Crystal", Sonic is always the first to suggest teamwork.
  • Ironic Echo: Due to a Stable Time Loop.
    "You and I have unfinished business."
  • It's X. I Hate X.: When introduced to the snakelike mechanoids in the Pit, we get this Indiana Jones-ish line.
    "Snakes. I hate snakes."
  • I Work Alone: Word of God says he's reluctant to work with others, but it's more of an Informed Flaw. However, he tries to take responsibility for setting Lyric free by isolating himself from the group en route to Slowpoke Isle, but the resulting events come back to haunt him with a vengeance. He also tries this again at the Purification Plant; Amy was not having it.
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: Par for the course with Sonic portrayals, though he leans one or other depending on the writer of the episode.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sonic is usually on top for his heroism. Odd times when he acts like a Jerk Ass, however, usually backfire on him:
    • Into the Wilderness: Despite Amy and Sticks helping the boys behind the scenes, Sonic walks off snickering about their predicament when they're stuck in a hole. Said hole is a missile silo, which helps the girls win the race.
    • Designated Heroes: Sonic tries to hog the glory for caging Eggman at the end after the group get him ensnared. They proceed to disable the barrier long enough to stuff Sonic in there with him.
  • The Leader: A level headed, Deadpan Snarker Only Sane Man type. In contrast to his main series counterpart who was a headstrong type blasting through every challenge with Sonic Speed.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: According his official bio, Sonic hates planning ahead. There is a multitude of evidence from the TV series that supports this.
  • Moment of Weakness: Sonic hesitated when a horde of robots under Eggman's command descended upon the group outside of Lyric's Tomb, and he opened the door (despite Amy telling him, twice, not to do it) after Metal Sonic showed up instead of moving to help them in advance. Besides Eggman and Metal Sonic, everyone present at the event was angry with Sonic for what transpired, including Shadow. Not only does this kick off the plot of the game, but Sonic makes things worse during one of his attempts to rectify his mistake.
  • Not So Above It All: He tends to be as silly and goofy as his teammates.
  • Only Sane Man: Often comes off as this in many plot lines, between his dysfunctional team and Eggman's antics. Being Sonic, he's not completely lucid however.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Knuckles Red.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The apathetic Savvy Guy to Amy’s spunky Energetic Girl.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Tails’s sensitive guy.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Says this about Amy when Eggman taunts him in "Bro Down Showdown".
  • Spell My Name with a "The": A lot of jokes treat the "The" in "Sonic the Hedgehog" as his actual middle name.
  • Spiky Hair: His quills are designed to invoke this sort of impression.
  • Straight Man: In most episodes he often falls into this role, especially when around Knuckles.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Sidekick reveals that Sonic still can't swim, requiring Tails to bail him out.
    • The main plot point of I Can Sea Sonic's Fear From Here.
  • Super Speed: Natch. It's also his defining characteristic in the video game.
  • A Taste of Defeat: At least two episodes have ended with him sharing the Butt-Monkey role with Eggman after getting too egomaniacal (see Laser-Guided Karma above).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Still loves his Chilidogs as seen in "Cowbot".
  • Tranquil Fury: His reaction when Swifty the Shrew claims to be faster than he is.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Knuckles. The situation is reversed from the main line, with Sonic playing the loner role.
    Sonic: If you can't keep up, just go along with [Tails and Amy].
  • Vocal Evolution: Roger Craig Smith gives Sonic a somewhat deeper and more serious sounding voice this time around, probably to better emphasize his loner status.

    Tails 

Miles "Tails" Prower

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Voiced By: Colleen Villard (English), Ryo Hirohashi (Japanese)

Sonic's closest friend and sidekick Tails serves as Team Sonic's brains, as well as their mechanic. Incredibly intelligent for his age, he creates new inventions that supply the team with the technological edge they need to battle evil. He tends to be a little naive at times, though; he's still a kid, after all.


  • Ace Pilot: Complete with a brand new Cool Plane. Of course, he still has a poor track record with safety.
  • Adaptational Badass: Like Amy, Tails is finally given a combat role after so many years of being put on the sidelines, with plenty of explosives to throw around.
  • Adorkable: See all of his attempts to woo Zooey in "Tails' Crush" when the advice the others give him fail.
  • And Then What?: In "Translate This", Tails demands that Eggman return UT to him, but when Eggman asks what would he do if he said no, Tails reveals that he didn't think that far ahead.
  • Attack Drone: Buddy-bot can short out remote terminals and attack robots while Tails attends to other matters.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He recalibrates the Enerbeam binding array into individual units for the group's use after their first contact with Lyric.
  • Badass Adorable: He hasn't lost any of his cuteness from the main series, and his gadgets arguably make him even more badass.
  • Badass Bookworm: Unlike his Sega counterpart as of late, Tails finally takes part in the action alongside his teammates without losing any of his intellect.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Sonic's Beauty and Knuckles' Brawn.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Short to Knuckles' Big and Sonic's Thin.
  • Bungling Inventor: Most of his inventions do work, but some not quite in the preferred manner. Universal Translator proves very unpopular after Tails fails to put any restriction into what it can translate out loud.
  • Captain Crash: As always, Tails seems literally incapable of flying a plane without crashing it— though, to be fair, it's usually because of being damaged in battle.
  • Chick Magnet: "Tails' Crush" has Zooey fall for him when he stops trying everyone else's suggestions, and "Fire in a Crowded Workshop" has Perci make bedroom eyes at him because she "like(s) a guy who's handy."
  • Cyborg: He accidentally merges with a Bee-bot in "You and I Bee-come One" and becomes this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It seems he gets this from Sonic, too. For instance, when Lyric states his plans...
    Tails: "Somebody needs a hug."
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Several of his inventions have this process, since Tails is a bit too eager to make new helpful gadgets.
    • In "Translate This", Tails sneaks into Eggman's lair to rescue UT, but when he confronts Eggman and the latter asks what Tails would do if he said no, the fox genuinely doesn't know what to do. Thankfully though, he does manage to improvise.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Like Sonic, Tails gets these once Eggman starts living with them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Tails often seems a bit over-fixated with his inventions, especially when they're not 100% fool-proof. A pivotal plot point in "Circus of Plunders".
  • Fear of Thunder: Tails is still absolutely paralyzed with fright when thunder sounds, as "Cabin Fever" shows.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Tails' ability to glide or fly would probably have come in handy when he needed to bail out of his plane in the first episode.
  • Fusion Dance: With a Beebot, albeit accidentally.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His penchant for mechanics hasn't changed, and he's packing plenty of gadgets for the game too.
  • Giver of Lame Names: He has a tendency of giving everything he invents a very descriptive and long name. He sometimes lampshades this later on.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: While they would come in handy while flying a plane, Tails doesn't bother putting them over his eyes in the trailer.
    • Kind of justified in the fact that you wouldn't expect them to cover his big, blue, cartoony eyes, anyway. He wears them on odd occasions of intense tooling however.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: He doesn't wear any on his hands, but like Sonic, he wears them on his shoes.
  • Here We Go Again!: Subverted. At the end of "Buster", when Sticks gives up Buster, Tails finds a stray octopus and asks if he can keep it as a pet, only for the octopus to promptly swallow him whole. Tails quickly changes his mind.
  • Heli-Critter: Tails's main method of movement, of course. In the games based on the show, this only amounts to gliding, unless in a cutscene. The show and comics have him flying around as usual, and using his tails to swim quickly.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sonic.
  • Hidden Depths: Implied to have potential in script writing in "Eggman the Auteur".
  • Improvised Weapon: While he fights Eggman's robots with bombs in the games based on the show and occasionally uses gadgets in the show itself, in the latter's case, he'll mainly grab an object in his vicinity and either throw it at the nearest bot or slam it down on top of them.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Tails is a gifted genius and inventor, but still often displays a childlike naiveté and enthusiasm.
  • Little Professor Dialog: Can slip into this sometimes, especially when explaining things.
  • Kidanova: In "Fire in a Crowded Workshop", while Sonic and Knuckles' attempts to woo Perci fail, she comes on to Tails at the end, possibly catching on that he lied about causing the fire to spare his friends' feelings.
  • Kid Sidekick: He's Sonic's, of course.
  • Mr. Fixit: "Dr. Eggman's Tomato Sauce" has a big case of this; with his friends asking him to repair their electronics. He also fixed up Eggman's robots(Cubot) or reverse-engineered them(Cowbot) a few times.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the time, he's generally the most mild-mannered out of the group.
  • Official Couple: With Zooey since Tail's crush.
  • Oh, Crap!: In 'The Sidekick', when he attempts to bail from the damaged Tornado, he pulls the ejection seat lever... completely out, looking at the audience with a look that says "I'm doomed."
  • Only Sane Man: If even Sonic screws up, Tails usually takes his position here instead.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Sonic’s manly man.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's the shortest character, and also the smartest.
  • Sidekick: To Sonic as usual.
  • Super Speed: Not as much emphasis is put on it as with Sonic, and he does it by flying instead of running (just like his main series counterpart in both respects), but in Rise Of Lyric he's the only other character who can run on water.
  • Tempting Fate: The group finds a red crystal out in the open, and Tails just had to open his mouth...
    Tails: Finally, an easy one!
    *Driller Worm emerges in front of the group and eats the crystal*
    Amy: You just had to say something, didn't you?
  • The Smart Guy: The smartest member of the four, as usual.
    • The Strategist: His profile states he's the one who comes up with the plans and initiative.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: In Shattered Crystal, Tails can "stick" enemies with grenades. He also throws explosives in Rise of Lyric.
  • Undying Loyalty: Predictably, towards Sonic. He is very protective of his sidekick role, and during one Feud Episode among the entire gang, it took a matter of seconds for Tails to reconcile and team up with Sonic.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sonic have light moments of this. There is also occasional heat between him and Sticks due to her paranoia towards technology.

    Knuckles 

Knuckles the Echidna

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Voiced By: Travis Willingham (English), Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)

Knuckles is the muscle of the group. Hailing from Angel Island, what this echidna lacks in brainpower, he more than makes up with with sheer strength. When there's something that needs lifting or breaking into pieces, he's the one for the job.


  • Adaptational Curves: He's a good deal more muscular than his main series counterpart.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the original games, Knuckles was merely gullible. Here, he's little more than Dumb Muscle; he's illiterate, it takes him a few seconds to understand left from right and he can't even count. Rise of Lyric tosses him the Smart Ball a couple of times throughout.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Compared to his main-series counterpart. In the main universe, he's single-minded, antisocial, and at best is a reluctant ally of Sonic and the gang. Here, he's good buddies not only with Sonic, but a whole group of friends, and is kind and outgoing.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • The official Facebook post about Knuckles says that he doesn't like "leg day", a meme that was commonly poked at him for having an extremely buff body but very skinny legs.
    • It was acknowledged again in "Robots From The Sky - Part 4", when Knuckles used his leg strength to destroy a robot.
    "Who says I skip leg day?"
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Sonic's Beauty and Tails' Brains.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • In the first issue of the comic. He really did not appreciate all the "Oh God, what an idiot" directed at him, most of which was from Amy.
    • Knuckles in general. He is an exceptionally powerful and skilled martial artist, and his typical silliness is almost completely absent whenever he and his friends battle Eggman and his army.
  • The Big Guy: As usual, except that he now looks the part even more so than before.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Big to Sonic's Thin and Tails' Short.
  • Blood Knight: He's not psychotic by any means, but he clearly loves to brawl. At one point in "Shattered Crystal", he gets excited at the idea of fighting his way through a canyon of death traps and enemies.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud and pretty adventurous.
  • Boxing Battler: His fighting style resembles this, with a few karate and wrestling elements mixed in.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He has frequently shown to be very patient and compassionate despite his macho flair. He also has a fondness for cute non-anthropomorphic animals.
    "I was voted "Sensitive Soul of the Month" by Hulking Brute Magazine."
  • Casanova Wannabe: Zig-Zagged. While Amy, Sticks, and Perci aren't nearly as fond of him as he thinks they are, he has no trouble charming minor female characters.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Not cool, Sonic". He usually say this missing the point.
  • Character Exaggeration: The main series Knuckles was known for being gullible and occasionally one track minded, though this was justified in-series by being the last of his kind and living alone with the sole duty of guarding the Master Emerald. His lack of socialization explains these traits nicely. This version makes him a full blown idiot, to the point that can't read and has trouble telling his left from right, and unlike his main-series counterpart, there's no attempt to justify or explain it- he's just dumb.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Downplayed. He delusionally sees himself as a total ladykiller, even believing that Amy and Sticks are head-over-heels in love with him. Despite this, he cares greatly about the well-being of his female friends and rarely has trouble getting along with them, especially in combat.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: See Dumb Muscle. Also he mistakes New Year's Eve with other holidays such as Easter, Christmas, Groundhog Day & many others in the episode titled "New Year's Retribution," which is extra impressive as these holidays don't even exist in this universe.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Knuckles often acts like a clueless manchild in the slice-of-life parts of every episode, but when a fight scene is involved, he proves to be an exceptionally competent fighter and team player.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yes, even he is capable of sarcasm.
  • Determinator: Always willing to fight evil, protect his friends, and defend the innocent...no matter how much it hurts.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Knuckles' IQ takes a real dive in this series. In the comics, at one point Amy says "I acknowledge I get... impatient with you sometimes." A few pages later Tails tells her, "Your impatience with him got us into this mess." But Knuckles isn't a little kid; he's 16. Now, what other kinds of people do you have to be 'patient' with?
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Amy suggests she accompany Sonic to acquire the Tidal Crystal while Knuckles and Tails return to the village in case Eggman pays a visit, Knuckles voices offence at her taking charge... and then suggests the exact same plan.
  • Drunk with Power: At the end of "Mayor Knuckles", in which he attempts to pass a law that gives him political power over everything.
  • Dumb Muscle: Says off the wall things in both the cartoon and the game. The opening cut-scenes have him struggle to even tell left from right, and the comics show him unable to even count properly.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He can get a little melodramatic from time to time. See Large Ham.
  • Extremity Extremist: Attacks primarily with punches, natch.
    "That's why they call me Knuckles!"
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of Issue #1 of the comic, Knuckles finally gets tired of Amy and goes to partner up with Eggman.
  • Fake Defector: It was all just an act to get back at her. Unfortunately he Didn't Think This Through and Eggman genuinely DID capture the gang in the process.
  • Fun Personified: Knuckles acts like a happy-go-lucky goof in this franchise. He gets along surprisingly well with snarky Sonic.
  • Glad I Thought of It: After acquiring the Enerbeam modules, Knuckles suggests using it to fling enemies at the statue.
  • Ground Punch: He's seen doing this in the TV series' opening and in a commercial for the upcoming games. He has disabled Eggman's machinery at least twice using this attack throughout the show itself. Fire & Ice states that it is his Signature Move.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: They do help in protecting hands after all.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sonic.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite failing in reading, writing, and arithmetic, Knuckles has a wide variety of talents.
    • In "My Fair Sticksy", Knuckles shows that he's surprisingly good at playing the piano.
    • In "Aim Low", he is seen setting up a birdhouse. He listed "woodworking" one of his manly attributes in "Tails' Crush", so it's safe to assume he made the birdhouse himself.
    • In "Mayor Knuckles", he produces a well-made drawing in less than five seconds.
    • In "Counter Productive", he bakes a pie, which appears to be well made.
    • In "Battle of the Boy Bands", he is shown be good at playing the drums.
    • In "Bro Down Showdown", it is implied that he knows quite a bit about animal care.
    Amy: Last time I left you two [Sonic and Knuckles] here, I came back to find a family of skunks living in the crawlspace.
    Knuckles: You should be flattered. Skunks are very picky.
    • In "Eggman's Anti-Gravity Ray", Knuckles is revealed to be something of a feminist:
    Amy: It all comes down to this one penalty kick. Can the young woman break the glass ceiling and prove once and for all that a female can be just as good as an athlete than a male?
    Knuckles: You know, Amy, anytime someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles, it ultimately undermines the concept of gender equality by implying that this is an exception and not the status quo. (Amy, Sticks and Tails are stunned silent) What? Just because I'm a meathead doesn't mean I'm not a feminist.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Despite his Super Strength (or maybe because of it), Knuckles challenges Eggman for victim of the most slapstick abuse throughout the show.
  • Just Eat the MacGuffin: After Lyric is tied into a knot, Knuckles rips out his control unit and throws it away, causing Lyric's army of Sentinels to power down. None of them counted on Eggman finding it, however.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He is incredibly patient, compassionate, and forgiving, despite his absurd delusions of grandeur.
  • Idiot Savant: He possesses a large number of specialized intellectual talents, despite lacking a grasp of elementary school subjects.
  • The Lancer: Just as his main series counterpart was a responsible and serious foil to the headstrong and cocky main series Sonic, this interpretation makes Knuckles boisterous Dumb Muscle to contrast with the jaded, toned-down Sonic. Both challenge Sonic's leadership, and he's more of a partner when they pair up rather than a sidekick like Tails.
  • Large Ham: He has the comedic tendency to speak in a dramatic or poetic fashion, especially in "Mayor Knuckles".
  • Last of His Kind: Like his mainstream version, he's the only echidna around.
  • Leader Wannabe: One cutscene shows him trying to take command, but it's clear the others don't really take him seriously. He also tries interviewing Sonic to be his sidekick in the first episode of the cartoon, despite the fact that Sonic's the one doing the interviews.
  • Literal-Minded: At least one instance, as he and Sonic descend into The Pit.
    Knuckles: Whoa. We are definitely not at the beach anymore.
    Sonic: You can say that again.
    Knuckles: Whoa. We are definitely not at the beach anymore.
    Sonic: ...Shoulda seen that coming.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Not cool, [character]."
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Likely the reason he's so buff.
  • Never Learned to Read:
    • "My Fair Sticksy" reveals that Knuckles can't read. He seems to have subverted this in "Mayor Knuckles" and "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", however.
      Knuckles: "Let me see that!" (grabs letter, scans it) "Oh wait, I can't read..."
    • Averted in "Chili Dog Day Afternoon", in which he can read, and "Mayor Knuckles", in which he can write too.
  • Nobody's That Dumb: Despite his airheadedness, Knuckles tends to catch on pretty quick when it's someone else's turn to hold the Idiot Ball. Even he is dumbfounded Amy would fall for Eggman's flattery in "Fortress of Squalitude" for example.
  • The Resenter: Knuckles acts incredibly jealous whenever Sonic is perceived as more competent or popular than him. When the opposite scenario happens, Knuckles is quick to boast.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: Diane Aardvark, a photographer was doing a photo shoot of Comedy Chimp, saw Knuckles attempting to photobomb the shoot with a trash can on his head and managed to create a completely serious and meaningful interpretation of his silliness.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He delusionally believes that he is much smarter or more popular than he really is. There were two instances where, upon being asked to recall events in the past, he developed an obviously fabricated story in which he was portrayed as an incredibly wise and capable leader who possessed powers he clearly doesn't have (maybe) and was admired greatly by a wimpy and idiotic Sonic, feared by Eggman (who can't even say his name right), and loved by every female character.
  • Smart Ball: There are also times Knuckles can be smarter than his standard fare. For one, he pilots the Riptide, which is not an easy task when Swarmer Bots are zerging the group. He also figures out in "Hedgehog Day" that he can keep the "Groundhog Day" Loop going by being as unhelpful as possible, to avoid going to the dentist on the following day. There's also this line midway through Lyric's Tomb.
    "When doors open that you don't have to knock on, that usually means bad things are ahead."
  • Super Strength: He's been known to effortlessly lift things that the rest of the cast combined couldn't so much as budge. He also obliterated the asteroid in Spacemageddonocalypse in one punch.
  • Super Toughness: Even for a cartoon, it's downright shocking how much punishment he can take and still keep going.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He takes masculinity very seriously. When Tails ask Knuckles for dating advice, he emphasizes the importance of lifting weights, eating red meat, and taking up woodworking. Things don't go as planned.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His design here makes him really beefy on the top, but his legs are pretty thin by comparison. Fittingly, "leg day" is one of his dislikes.
  • Tunnel King: His digging ability returns and now he shoots up with a Shoryuken.
    • Discard and Draw: This apparently comes at the expense of his gliding skills from the Modern games, at least outside of the Archie comic series.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Attempts to become this in "Mayor Knuckles".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sonic, unsurprisingly. See Sonic above.
    Knuckles: [after Sonic strongly hints that he should go join Amy and Tails instead] One of these days, I am gonna knock you out. Really.
    • Also Amy in the comics, between his increased dumbness and her increased snide temperament.
  • Wacky Guy: Most of his contribution to the comedy stems from his hammy and/or off-the-wall dialogue and behavior.
  • Wall Crawl: He can do this using his handspikes. He can even hang from the ceiling!
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being the strongest team member, he's unable to damage Metal Sonic in "It Wasn't Me, It Was The One-Armed Hedgehog."

    Amy Rose 

Amy Rose

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Voiced By: Cindy Robinson (English), Taeko Kawata (Japanese)

Amy is a kind person at heart, almost always showing kindness to everyone around her (unless you tick her off, in which case she'll let you know it). Don't mistake that compassion for incapability, though— she's the backbone of Team Sonic, and she can fight just as well as the others, courtesy of a really big hammer.


  • Action Girl: Despite being as much of a girly girl as ever, she can hold her own just fine against Eggman's robots.
  • Adaptational Badass: Amy could be pretty badass in the regular games Depending on the Writer, but the creators said they designed Amy to be a more capable character in this series. In Rise of Lyric, it shows.
  • Adventure Archaeologist: Amy is a capable explorer and archaeologist in this continuity, with added acrobatic talent to go with it.
    • Distressed Damsel: Which is precisely why Lyric emphasizes detaining her in Shattered Crystal.
  • All-Loving Hero: Deconstructed. While she's a believer in The Power of Friendship, the other characters find this behavior strange or annoying. In the episode "Can an Evil Genius Crash on your Couch for a Few Days?" Amy tries to show Eggman some sympathy and affection, and Eggman is weirded out by it. Not to mention, Amy actively campaigns for Eggman to stay, even when he's making the entire team miserable. She also raises money for charities in her spare time (most prominently a campaign to give penguins sweaters) and is easily sweet talked by Barker with the premise of entertaining children in "Circus of Plunders".
  • Always Save the Boy: When Lyric threatens to shoot Sonic if the Crystals aren't turned over to him, Amy drops them despite Sonic's plea and asks Lyric to let him go afterwards. Lyric proceeds to be a rat bastard and orders his bots to open fire anyway.
  • Aside Glance: Does this in Fire & Ice on first contact with D-Fekt.
  • Badass Adorable: More badass than in the main series, but just as cute as she ever was. Also counts as a Girly Bruiser.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Beauty. Often shares this with Sonic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Word of God states that Amy will always be the first to consider sympathy towards Eggman and other villains. When they try to exploit or betray her however, the gloves are off.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Amy still has the universal constant of being in love with Sonic. This time out, she keeps it to herself rather than fawn obviously over him. This leads to the rare sight of Amy and Sonic alone for an entire level without once asking about dates or marriage.
    • The cartoon, naturally, plays it for laughs. In "Translate This", Amy is actually visibly horrified when the Universal Translator nearly blurts out her crush for him. "Closed Door Policy" shows that she carries a picture of Sonic in her purse, but she insists it's a "picture of a platonic friend that (she has) no romantic interest in."
  • The Chick: Less so than in the original series, but she retains elements of it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In season 2, she never really likes it if Sonic shows any interest in another girl. An example is in Mech Suits Me, she's rather annoyed when Sonic under the influence of his mecha suits flirts with twins. After Sonic is freed, she makes a point of asking him if he remembered the twins and was annoyed when Sonic happily said yes.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Shows traces of this. In "The Sidekick" her idea of auditioning to be a sidekick is impersonating an Italian pizza man while juggling and singing "When the Saints Go Marching In".
    • In "My Fair Sticksy", she suggests making wishes on falling meteors and wishes for a pony... as they are falling inside the very same town square they're currently in!
  • Control Freak: Increasingly pushy and egocentric as the show goes on. Lampshaded by Sonic in "Closed Door Policy," when she organizes a yard sale for Sticks against her will after seeing all the junk she's hoarded:
    Sonic: Amy, do you think maybe you're being a little too...."take charge"?
    Amy: I'm only doing what anyone would do for a friend that's pathetic and hopeless.
    Sticks: Hey, HEY!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not far behind Sonic in this respect. Jury's out on whether Sticks has this trait, but it seems to be contagious amongst the core protagonists.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her Piko-Piko Hammer, as always.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the earliest episodes, Amy is a lot more goofy and tolerant of similar behavior. Later episodes have her displaying bossy behavior and anger issues, with most of her Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies toned down.
  • Everyone Can See It: On several occasions, other characters mention how close Amy and Sonic are. In "The Biggest Fan", when Amy mentions the titular fan has an unhealthy attachment to Sonic, Tails teasingly replies, "And you should know," before backing down when Amy growls dangerously at him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Amy can be a pretty effective Team Mom and voice of reason, when her ego doesn't take full control, making her cause problems by acting stroppy tempered or overbearing.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: As revealed in "Role Models", she's kinda feminine and is the only member of Team Sonic who can cook.
  • Gamer Chick: Tabletop version; "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies" has Amy playing the titular game with Eggman, even going to PuppyCon with him over it.
  • Genki Girl: A trait carried over from the main canon.
    Rings! Wee!
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: She's hopeless at carrying a tune, as shown during the Terrible Interviewees Montage of the first episode. "Sleeping Giant" has her singing irritate a rock monster to the point it gets up and leaves to avoid hearing it.
  • Large Ham: The episode "The Sidekick" shows that Amy can, indeed, be this way.
  • The Leader: Her profile states she has natural leadership qualities for those around her, which makes her the charismatic type. Sonic may be the main character as usual, but Amy is generally the one calling the shots from what we've seen. The only reason the trial in "Don't Judge Me" even gets started is because she's not around to call everyone out on how ridiculous it is.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's not any older than in the main series, but just as cute and much more badass.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: "Cabin Fever" has the cast finding and reading her play script-slash-fanfiction of them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Closed Door Policy," her Control Freak nature and forcibly organizing a yard sale for Sticks against her will ends up causing problems when it's revealed that the stuff Sticks had hoarded was blocking off a doorway that was keeping a group of evil Froglodytes from invading. Knuckles, Sticks, and Sonic all make sure Amy knows it's her fault.
  • Odd Friendship: She and Eggman hang out in several episodes while the two are off the clock. Usually this ends with Eggman resorting to villainy against her, bringing things back to the status quo. However, in "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies", he relents on an evil scheme to rob a poodle playing figure when Amy loses her patience and threatens to end their friendship.
  • Only Sane Man: She is the more emotionally mature member of the group, offering common sense when the rest of the team gets carried away. Then again...
  • Pink Is Feminine: Has Pink fur and is still a Genki Girl.
  • Rescue Romance: A subtle affectionate moment comes after Sonic saves her from an attack in "Translate This". The kicker comes when U.T. translates Sonic's usual cockiness into a compassionate comment.
  • Sarashi: Complements the Handwraps of Awesome and mitigates self-injury from the hammer.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Subverted in Rise of Lyric, and only that (see Three-Point Landing). The show's Amy has, among other things, been torched by Knuckles' fire breath, shot out of a cannon into a palm tree, and been thrown in as a sad clown for a circus act.
  • Spotting the Thread: Unlike regular most other versions of Amy, she almost instantly realizes that the Sonic she's faced with in "Where Have All The Sonics Gone?" isn't hers when Morpho-as-Sonic attempts to charm her into a trip to the canyon.
  • A Taste of Defeat: "Chez Amy" ends with her restaurant destroyed by Eggman, and her left dealing with Meh Burger once again. Similar to Sonic's examples this was a hubris pivoted downfall.
  • Team Mom: Her occasional moments of protectiveness have been emphasized much more in this series. Her profile lists her role as "The Backbone", and in Fortress of Squalitude, the group demonstrates trouble getting things done without her.
    • In "Don't Judge Me", after gatecrashing Eggman's Kangaroo Court just before it falsely convicts Sonic, she outright says, "I was only gone for the weekend and look what happened".
  • Three-Point Landing: Pulls it off in the game's first trailer, whereas the guys just fall on their faces. The game proper has it as her "long fall" landing pose.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While Amy is not afraid to get her hands dirty, she does know a thing or two about fashion and etiquette. In "Fortress of Squalitude", Eggman hires her to redecorate his lair to get himself on the cover of a magazine.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The show's Amy was initially somewhat pompous, but still usually a cheery Nice Girl. The comics convey Amy as far more snide and curmudgeonly, the first story even pivoted by her impatient attitude towards Knuckles. This was later carried over into the show itself, including a tendency to get bossy.
  • Vocal Evolution: She sounds far less shrill than in past few games; now she sounds more like Makoto Nanaya or Labrysnote .
  • Women Are Wiser: She's the backbone of the group, and arguably the de facto leader when it's not Sonic himself. She's also, presumably, still one of the younger members at 12 years old. Granted Amy's Fatal Flaw is that she thinks she's this trope more than she is, leading to role reversals on a less than uncommon basis.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her new design is certainly rocking some class A here.

    Sticks 

Sticks the Jungle Badger

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Voiced By: Nika Futterman (English), Aoi Yuuki (Japanese)

Rounding out the gang, Sticks is the team's wild card. Having grown up in the jungles of the island before Sonic and pals found her and took her into the fold (she formed a close friendship with Amy in particular), she's handcrafted a variety of weapons that she uses to help her friends fight the bad guys. She's a bit... out there, however, often rattling off outlandish conspiracy theories (that occasionally come true, by the way) or tending not to trust anyone around her— not even the other members of Team Sonic.


  • Angrish: Reduced to this when construction of a mall being next to her hut in "Mayor Knuckles".
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: She has a distinctive crouch she goes into whenever she feels threatened.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her pigtails are styled in the shape of a boomerang, her signature weapon.
  • Badass Adorable: A dangerous hunter in the form of a cute, furry badger.
  • Battle Boomerang: Her weapon of choice is one.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Brawn. Shares this with Knuckles.
  • Brooklyn Rage: She has a Bugs Bunny-style Brooklyn/Queens accent, though it's noticeably stronger in some episodes than in others.
  • Canon Foreigner: She's not a part of the original universe, even though she uncannily resembles Marine the Raccoon from that universe.
  • Canon Immigrant: She is appearing as a playable character in Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, making her one of the very few Canon Foreigners of the Sonic franchise to appear in the actual games. She also has official artwork dedicated to her in the Sonic Channel official website.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She's smart, but very paranoid and loopy. She's apparently not too fond of the government, either.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: On more than a few occasions, Sticks has been right to act abrasive with the strange inhabitants around her.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Living by herself has given her some extremely backwards ideas of how the world works. Chief among them being that everything is a massive conspiracy, and "the government" is out to get her. And then there's this gem:
    Sticks: "Crossin' paths with a cross-eyed moose brings a curse on the moose-crosser and the non-moose-crossed friends. DON'T YOU PEOPLE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SCIENCE?!"
  • Crazy Homeless People: Downplayed, but present. Sticks is kooky, gets lost in her own little world, dumpster dives regularly, and while she does technically have a home, it's a ramshackle burrow rather than a house.
  • Crazy-Prepared: "My Fair Sticksy" reveals she's outfitted the village with a defense system for wildfires, meteors, floods, and people trying to read her thoughts.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When interacting with Buster the robot dog. For a given value of "cute", anyway.
  • Expy:
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's revealed that her ancestor Jebediah Badger, stood for everything she was against.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her shoes and bracelets don't match. Partly justified since living in the wild for years would put functionality over fashion.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: She constantly talks to the audience in the show.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: A downplayed, G-rated example. Because she's lived alone for most of her life before Sonic and his friends showed up, she's very paranoid and has outlandish ideas about how the world works in the modern age.
  • Good-Times Montage: In "Buster", she tries to stop the now Eggman-controlled Buster from killing the gang by saying he should remember the good times they had... however, none of the events shown in the montage actually happened. Thus, Buster remains unconvinced.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her singing is even worse than Amy's, making all of her friends cower and cover their ears every time she tries. Strangely enough, the rock monster in "Sleeping Giant" is soothed by it. Lampshaded by Knuckles:
    Knuckles: That's not a lullaby. That's what happened when I drop bagpipes into a wood chipper.
  • Hypocrite: Compared to her constant paranoia of robots and obsession with trashing Tails' Univeral Translator in "Translate This" (which she does eventually act on), she is very defensive of the equally discomforting pet robot, Buster in the very next episode. Subverts Protagonist-Centered Morality however since she does begrudgingly let Buster free.
  • Improvised Weapon: She seems to have a knack for these. From bending a spoon into a boomerang to breaking a seashell in half, there's nothing she won't use as a weapon. Though when you've been living in the wild for so long, you'll come to realize that everything is a weapon.
  • Informed Species: Aside from the 'wild' nature of the species, she bears minimal resemblance to a real badger. (Though she may be based on the European or American Badger due to her fur pattern)
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Looks to be about Tails' age.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Sticks is the only character of the main cast to not be wearing any gloves.
  • No Social Skills: Living alone in the wild for years will do that. This gets deconstructed in the episode "My Fair Sticksy". Sticks gets invited to a gala at the mayor's mansion when she's nominated for an award, but she feels she's too feral to attend such a fancy party. And though Amy tries to teach her proper etiquette, Sticks' innate animal instincts fail her constantly. She sniffs people, licks her teacups, throws Knuckles across the dance floor, and slurps her soup very loudly, all in the same episode. The fact that "formal occasions" is one of her dislikes doesn't help her case. Ironically, her feral nature comes to the rescue when Eggman crashes the party with his robots.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: She can use it to tag out-of-the-way switches in Shattered Crystal, too.
  • Properly Paranoid: Can an Evil Genius... has Sticks predicting that Eggman has an Obliteratorbot ready to deploy against the group along with his latest evil scheme. Turns out he actually did have a literally-named Obliteratorbot and an evil scheme to go with it.
    "Why doesn't anyone believe me? It's not like I'm paranoid! (stops, glares at own shadow) Stop following me!"
    • In issue 6 of the comic, she doesn't trust Eggman's announcement of his Go-Karting Competition, because she says that Eggman will probably use some sort of 'bio-scanning Egg-what-cha-who-zits' to scan the others for a sinister plan. Turns out Eggman's karts do contain bio-scanning Egg-what-cha-who-zits(TM) that have scanned the other racers in anticipation for some unknown... operation.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She's a new character for this universe, but her introduction with the rest of the cast is completely unknown. The team just act like she's always been around.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: A strange roundabout case, since by default she's less virtuous and more a conspiracy nut and a dissenter of technology. But the show actually plays The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right way more often than not, her ramblings are actually seldom wrong, and out of the five protagonists she's actually least liable to suffer a comeuppance for her idiosyncrasies. Anytime Tails is vindicated is usually the obvious exception, though, as proven with U.T.'s fate, her unrepentant craziness can still just overrule the situation anyway.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Shown to be this after they rescue Amy in Shattered Crystal.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Even if she tends to willingly inflict it more than standard cases.
  • Spanner in the Works: Eggman's plan to hypnotize the entire village using the Dreamcaster would've succeeded if it weren't for Sticks not owning a TV and being paranoid enough to investigate.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: An orange-colored, hyperactive, scatterbrained girl with Australian-styled quirks? Marine, izzat you?
  • Technophobia: Having grown up in the wild, she's not exactly trustful of technology, only turning to it when she has no other choice. She doesn't really like robots much, either, as she's convinced they'll turn on everyone and cause a robo-apocalypse (turns out she'd be right). Somehow, she manages to be good friends with the technology-loving Tails despite this.
  • Tinfoil Hat: Suggested a few times in Shattered Crystal. "In My Fair Sticksy", she also specifies that her anti-thought-reading defence system is the one used to stop the meteor shower, only covered in tinfoil.
  • Vague Age: She's one of the few main characters that doesn't have a set age, but looks to be within the ages of the main cast. (Possibly in-between Amy's and Tails')
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of ending sentences with "man" when in paranoid mode.
  • Weapon of Choice: While Played Straight in season one with her boomerang, season two averts it, as she wields a large variety of weapons.
  • Wild Child: She spent most of her life in the wilderness, and as such, is wilder and has a greater animal instinct than the other characters.
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