Characters With Their Own Pages
Miles "Tails" Prower
Voiced by: Colleen O'Shaughnessey,note Alicyn Packard (Sonic Drone Home), Ryō Hirohashi (Japanese dub), Marisol Romero (Latin-American Spanish dub), Emelie Clausen (Swedish dub), Vii Zedek (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Sébastien Reding (Quebec French dub, first movie stinger), Marie-Ève Sansfaçon (Quebec French dub, Sonic the Hedgehog 2), Marie-Eugénie Maréchal (European French dub), Benedetta Ponticelli (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (in the Stinger) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Drone Home
A flying two-tailed fox who comes to Earth looking for Sonic.
- Ace Pilot: He's able to fly a biplane with no problem, and can avoid a whole swarm of missiles without having his plane damaged, though he's not ace enough to avoid the Stache Smasher.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: In the video game series, Tails met Sonic when he saw the latter running past him and shyly followed him, earning the hedgehog's respect when he was able to keep up with him. Here, Tails already knew about Sonic and came to Earth specifically to find him after learning that Knuckles was after him.
- Adaptational Badass: This Tails has many gadgets ready to go, including what seems to be an anti-gravity device, which Maddie accidentally uses to send a G.U.N agent flying, not knowing what it does. He's also a more active participant in combat than his video game counterpart.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Downplayed. Tails looks very much like he does in the games, but his fur is a more vibrant shade of orange (much like he had in the older games) compared to the more yellow fur he has in 3D Sonic games.
- Adaptational Species Change: A downplayed example, but most versions of Tails hail from the same world as Sonic. Tails implies that his home planet is different from the one where Sonic lived with Longclaw.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Inverted. Tails having a lot of admiration for Sonic is actually Truer to the Text of his original concept from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (only apparent in the Japanese manual), despite his more low-key, close friend/brother to Sonic presentation in the localized Sonic Adventure games.
- Affectionate Nickname: Knuckles calls Tails "Fox" after they become Fire-Forged Friends.
- Aliens Speaking English: He can speak perfect English, for whatever reason, but needs Translator Microbes to communicate with the people in the bar in Siberia. Given how he's been secretly monitoring Sonic for a while, he may have picked up English as a byproduct.
- All-Loving Hero: He's sweet-natured and kind, despite his initial awkwardness with new people. Tails even apologizes ramming the police car into Knuckles to save Sonic.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Much like his backstory from the games, he states that he was seen as a freak by others due to his extra tail.
- Art Evolution: In his appearance in the first movie's second stinger, Tails' shoes look more akin to slip-ons. In the first trailer for the second movie, when showing the same scene again, they had been changed a bit to have shoelaces. His head now also looks less wide than it did in that first version, and his fur is slightly more yellowish.
- Ascended Fanboy: Tails had been watching Sonic from his computer on his home planet to the point of idolising him. He not only ends up meeting and teaming up with him, but ends up as his close friend and adoptive brother.
- Audience Surrogate: Just like real-world Sonic fans, Tails has spent a great deal of time watching Sonic without his knowledge and memorizing trivial facts about him.
- The Baby of the Bunch: He's the youngest member of Team Sonic and the Wachowski household at eight years old, and he has the least self-confidence and adventuring experience of them.
- Badass Adorable: He has an array of highly effective gadgets that he presumably invented himself, and is one of the most adorable characters in the movies.
- Big Damn Heroes: Sonic first meets Tails when the latter saves him from Knuckles with a hijacked police car.
- Catchphrase: In the second movie, it's "Only Sonic the Hedgehog could... [insert action here]".
- Car Fu: He strikes Knuckles with a police car (out of nowhere) right into a shed, just to rescue Sonic from getting overpowered by Knuckles.
- Cheerful Child: He's very upbeat in his interactions with Sonic.
- Child Prodigy: But of course. He is a young boy who is also a Gadgeteer Genius.
- Combination Attack: He performs one with Sonic by swinging him around at the robots while flying.
- Comically Missing the Point: Despite being a boy genius, obvious things sometimes go over his head. He thought it would be hard to figure out why everyone calls him Tails, and when Sonic asks if he watched him while he was in the shower, Tails calls it out as a trick question, stating that he knows Sonic prefers bubble baths, missing his point that hes creeped out that Tails watched him bathe.
- Composite Character: Of both his modern and classic selves. He is a Gadgeteer Genius who is able to create weapons and machinery like his modern self. However, he also worships Sonic and is mostly shy, like his classic self.
- Cowardly Lion: He's one initially in the second movie, though less for a lack of valor and more because he has little faith in himself, and thus gets freaked out and self-conscious at the idea of actually being within the action. As the plot goes on, Sonic inspires him to be more confident, and this trait goes away.
- Cursed with Awesome: Tails having two tails means that he's able to fly using them like a helicopter, but it also saw him being bullied and incredibly lonely as a child, to the extent that he ended up hero-worshipping Sonic from afar because he was different too.
- The Cutie: Like in the games, Tails is really adorable.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Similar to his game counterpart, Tails was ostracized by the people on his planet because of his two tails prior meeting Sonic.
- Deuteragonist: He takes this role from Tom in the second movie due to being Sonic's main ally in the film.
- Drives Like Crazy: Understandably so, given that in the scene where he does, he's driving away from a furious Knuckles at the time, and that's after ramming the car into him in order to save Sonic. Even Sonic insists on taking the wheel at one point.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first thing Tails does upon arriving on Earth and discovering Sonic's whereabouts is to jump off a cliff... and perform his signature Propeller Flying ability to hover back up before speeding off to find him.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: He only wears a pair of white gloves, sneakers, and a yellow back-pack. However, he briefly dons a coat, scarf, gloves, and pants alongside Sonic in the second movie.
- Fanboy: He completely geeks out when he meets Sonic.
- Foil: To Dr. Robotnik. Both are gadgeteer geniuses who had been outcasts during their childhoods. However, while Dr. Robotnik uses his gadgets for evil and is a Psychopathic Manchild , Tails is a young Child Prodigy who uses his gadgets for good. Also, Robotnik hates Sonic, while Tails idolizes him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He carries a huge arsenal of gadgets and weapons in his yellow backpack, including a holographic projector and a laser gun. Maddie and Rachel even use some of his gadgets to rescue him, Sonic, and Tom from being held captive by G.U.N.
- Glass Cannon: He's fairly speedy, as he can keep up with Sonic while flying, but very delicate; he spends several hours unconscious after being hit by Dr. Robotnik's missiles.
- Good Counterpart: Tails and Dr. Robotnik are both geniuses with a knack for engineering. However, Tails' inventions are harmless for the most part, as even the ones that are used as weapons tend to incapacitate their targets rather than actually hurt them, and he adores Sonic, while Dr. Robotnik uses his machines to hurt and destroy above all else, and he absolutely loathes Sonic to the point of wanting him dead.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: More like fur of vaguely gold/yellow/orange, but Tails is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
- Hammerspace: Averted. Like Sonic, Tails wears a satchel to store his itmes. However, this wasn't added until later in the second movie's development, as he wasn't seen wearing it in early trailers.
- Happily Adopted: He seems to have been taken in by Tom and Maddie alongside Sonic and Knuckles at the end of the second movie.
- Helicritter: Much like his game counterpart, he has two tails that he can spin like a helicopter's rotor blades to fly through the air.
- Hero-Worshipper: Tails thinks the world of Sonic and constantly praises him throughout the second movie.
- History Repeats: In the first movie, Sonic admired Tom's achievements from a distance before finally getting the chance to be with him later on. In the second movie, it's revealed that Tails had been spying on Sonic in a similar way before he forces himself to find Sonic to stop Knuckles from killing him.
- Humble Hero: To an almost detrimental degree; Tails has very low self-esteem even after searching several planets just so he could warn Sonic about Knuckles coming after him and then going on to ram a car into Knuckles to protect Sonic when he's a little too late. He does improve after Sonic takes him under his wing and gives him a much-needed confidence boost.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In his village, he was shunned by the other villagers because of his two tails, and he ends up going to Earth to help Sonic defeat Robotnik and Knuckles. When Sonic calls Tails "his pal," this makes Tails happy enough to give Sonic a hug.
- Innocent Aliens: Tails is perhaps the most innocent one between Sonic, Knuckles, and himself. He only came to Earth to warn Sonic about Knuckles, and then only stays to help protect both him and the planet itself.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He has baby blue eyes to fit his sweet and innocent nature.
- Interspecies Adoption: He's an anthropomorphic fox who is seemingly adopted by the human Tom and Maddie at the end of the second film.
- Kid Hero: He's notably quite a bit younger than both Sonic and Knuckles, just like in the games.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He says that he hopes he's not too late... having arrived during The Stinger after the events of the first movie.
- Meaningful Appearance: He wears a pair of sneakers very similar to Sonic's own despite having never set foot on Earth before. That said, Tails is quite the fanboy, and may have purposefully chosen a pair of similar-looking sneakers to better emulate his hero.
- Mythology Gag: The yellow scanning device he uses to find Sonic on Earth closely resembles the Miles Electric. The sequel minces no words about it, and "Miles Electric" is written on the device's interface.
- Mysterious Past: All we know is that Tails is from another planet and that his village shunned him for his extra tail; we don't know if it was a birth defect, a mutation later in life, or simply a natural trait of his species.
- Nice Guy: Tails is a helpful, friendly fox.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: During the snowboarding chase in Siberia, Sonic almost manages to talk down Knuckles by appealing to their Commonality Connection. Unfortunately, before he can truly succeed, Tails launches an electric net at Knuckles, causing the latter to believe Sonic's sincere plea was just a trick to lower his guard.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Just like the games, everyone calls him Tails. However, unlike that continuity, he is never introduced as anything but "Tails." He is called by his true name just once in the entirety of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and even then it's as "Miles 'Tails' Prower".
- Primary-Color Champion: He has yellow-orange fur, wears red (and white) sneakers, and has Innocent Blue Eyes.
- Ray Gun: During the final battle, Tails uses his laser gun to shoot down Robotnik's robots.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the video games, Tails, Sonic and Knuckles are just friends. In the film adaptation, Tails is seemingly adopted by the humans Tom and Maddie Wachowski, making him and his new friends Sonic and Knuckles adoptive siblings.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even Sonic isn't immune to his extreme adorableness, particularly in the scene in which the kid curls up by the fire and Sonic takes the time to tuck him in for the night.Sonic: (regarding Tails in "interviews") He's a double threat. Fluffy and adorable!
- Sarcasm-Blind: When Sonic sarcastically "guesses" as to why he's called Tails, the kid doesn't realize that he's being facetious at all and is just stoked that Sonic got it right away.
- Self-Duplication: He can use a function on his device called the Miles Multiplier in order to create holographic duplicates of himself. He does this in the bar scene in order to make backup dancers for Sonic. He later uses it again to distract Robotnik while Knuckles gets into position.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the sensitive guy to Sonic and Knuckles' Manly Men. Tails prefers to use his gadgets to help him in combat and is also shy and cheerful, while Sonic and Knuckles are more physical in combat and both of them have more boisterous personalities.
- Sequel Hook: He shows up after the first movie's conflict is over, determined to find Sonic on Earth, foreshadowing his involvement in the sequel.
- Sleep Cute: He falls asleep in front of a fireplace. Sonic drapes a blanket over him and joins him, sleeping back-to-back. Tails in turn drapes his tails over Sonic.
- Stalker Without A Crush: He's been tracking Sonic ever since his electromagnetic pulse at the beginning of the first movie with aid from his self-invented gadgets. He was drawn in by Sonic's sheer bravery against Robotnik. He spied on Sonic so much, he even knows that he prefers bubble baths to showers. Sonic is noticeably and understandably creeped out by this, but doesn't hold it against him.
- Summon Backup Dancers: He summons hologram backup dancers during the dance off, and later uses them to distract Robotnik.
- Super Speed: Much like Sonic, Tails can move incredibly fast. He flies from the top of a cliff overlooking Green Hills into the town proper in just a few seconds, leaving an orange trail behind him.
- Tap on the Head: He is knocked out by Dr. Robotnik's missiles, rendering him unconscious for about a fourth of the second movie. He wakes up just in time for the Final Battle, ready to pilot his plane, and takes part in the fray without any need for medical attention.
- Thinking Up Portals: He can do this with rings like Sonic can. The prequel comic sees Tails using them to look for Sonic on other planets, and we see him use one in the movie itself to come to Earth. The book adaptation mentions he used his last ring to come to Earth, meaning he's trapped on the planet.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compared to his recent incarnations, Tails is now just as capable as Sonic and Knuckles when it comes to fighting Dr. Robotnik's badniks, and is able to fly the Tornado expertly through a barrage of missiles. He keeps up with them incredibly well despite being both younger and smaller than them.
- Translator Microbes: He has to use a translator to repeat what he says in whatever language the Siberians speak, though it gives offensive My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels translations. Needless to say, he can speak perfect English for some reason.
- True Companions: Much like his game counterpart, he becomes this with Sonic, and seems to have become this with Knuckles by the end of the second movie.
- Undying Loyalty: To Sonic, as always. When Tails finds out Knuckles is coming after Sonic, he immediately sets out searching the galaxy for Sonic, one planet at a time, so he can warn him. Later, when Sonic leaves to fight Robotnik and Knuckles alone, Tails wants to go with him, despite being injured.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that Tails shows up at all in the first movie is a spoiler in and of itself; he is never mentioned before his brief appearance in The Stinger.
- Weak, but Skilled: Tails lacks Sonic's speed and Knuckles' strength, durability and fighting skills. However, he is also very agile and his flight gives him great evasion. He also carries an array of tools and weapons of his own invention that are very useful in battle.
- White Gloves: Like Sonic, he wears these.
Knuckles the Echidna
Voiced by: Idris Elba, Fred Tatasciore (Sonic Drone Home), Subaru Kimura (Japanese dub), Octavio Rojas (Latin-American Spanish dub), Adam Fietz (Swedish dub), Ronaldo Júlio (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Widemir Normil (Quebec French dub), Frantz Confiac (European French dub), Maurizio Merluzzo (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Drone Home | Untitled Knuckles Spin-off TV-show
A red echidna with super strength to match Sonic's speed, who joins up with Dr. Robotnik in order to get a lead on the blue hedgehog himself.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: He was hit with the death of his father and the last echidnas of his tribe when he was still a child, giving him an angsty backstory much like the one the film version of Sonic has. The two even bond over their mutual feeling of loss. Also, he genuinely considers Robotnik a friend at first, and his betrayal hurts Knuckles more than usual for his canon counterpart.
- Adaptational Badass: Putting the feat of knocking Sonic's super form aside, when Knuckles first appeared in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, the main threat he posed was constantly tripping traps to send Sonic flying from one place to another (which even then was mostly a cutscene transition between stages), while his actual Boss Battle was underwhelming. In the movie, Knuckles is a fearsome physical threat and fiercely outmatches Sonic during their original fight.
- Adaptational Curves: Downplayed. He's noticeably more muscular and top-heavy than his counterpart from his first appearance, but less so compared to his Sonic Boom incarnation.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Whenever Knuckles gets tricked by Eggman in the games, he doesn't catch on until the doctor straight-up betrays him to his face. Here, he almost relents on his hunt of Sonic during their encounter in Siberia after the latter sincerely pleads a Commonality Connection and starts to question his judgement of Sonic when he chooses to save Tails over recovering the compass to the Master Emerald. He also seems to be much more eloquent than he is in the games. Plus, during the Final Battle, he immediately catches onto Sonic's plan to defeat Robotnik.Sonic: I know what his weak spot is; it's me! I'm the groin! Think about it; I live rent free in this dude's head, so if I go out there and rile him up...
Knuckles: He'll focus on only you, leaving himself open to a flanking maneuver from me and the fox!
- Adaptational Job Change: He is not the guardian of the Master Emerald in the cinematic version, being instead a treasure hunter that seeks to use it for his own purposes instead of protecting it. Although upon retrieving the emerald after the final battle with Robotnik, he gets to protect it alongside Sonic, Tails and the Wachowskis.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Downplayed with Sonic at first, he and Knuckles start out as enemies similar to in the video games, but when they reconcile, they not only become friends, but Knuckles and Sonic actually agreed to be co-protectors of the Master Emerald and it's implied Knuckles allowed himself to be adopted into the Wachowski family, becoming Sonic's brother in all but name.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Similar to how Sonic is supercharged with electricity capable of limitless energy, Knuckles seems to get his strength from some sort of red lightning.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed, as while he is by no means a bad guy, his conflict with Sonic here is much more personal, rather than being tricked by Robotnik into thinking Sonic was trying to steal the Master Emerald from his island like in the games. This changes after Robotniks betrayal and his HeelFace Turn.
- Aliens of London: He's an extraterrestial being like Sonic and Tails, and he speaks with Idris Elba's natural British accent.
- Aliens Speaking English: Like Sonic and Tails, he somehow already knows how to speak perfect English and even speaks with a distinct Earth accent, despite never having been there before the events of the film.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Knuckles looks down on Sonic for, amongst other things, being "unskilled" and "untrained" in combat like him. He drops this attitude after he and Sonic save each other from drowning.
- Badass Baritone: It comes with being voiced by Idris Elba, being a conscious decision by the producers to harken back to Dan Green's performance. In the trailer for Sonic 2, Knuckles asks Sonic "Do I look like I need your power?" with a Guttural Growl.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He becomes one of Sonic's allies and pulls a HeelFace Turn after Sonic rescues him.
- Berserk Button: Subverted. In the final trailer, the editing of the scene frames that Knuckles really doesn't take lightly for being insulted as a "space porcupine". In the film itself, Knuckles is completely innocent of Stone's disdain, and breaks his arm as part of a Running Gag in which Knuckles gives everyone a Crushing Handshake.
- Blood Knight: In The Official Pre-Quill Comic, he states that it feels good to defeat the giant beast he was forced to fight.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He certainly becomes more hammy and chummy after his HeelFace Turn.Tails: Oh, you're really heavy!
Knuckles: That's because I am one million percent muscle! FASTER, FOX!
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Robotnik's Brains. Robotnik uses his technology and gadgets to track down and hinder Sonic, while Knuckles serves as a physical rival to the hedgehog.
- The Brute: Ultimately what his role amounts to in Robotnik's schemes. Despite Stone worrying about having to share his position as The Dragon with him, Robotnik has no use for the echidna as anything other than muscle to fight Sonic. He gladly tries to eliminate him once he's no longer useful.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: True to his game counterpart, Knuckles is a tough, powerful warrior with a strong sense of empathy, and becomes something of a Cool Big Bro to Tails.
- Bullet Time: He appears to just as capable of this as Sonic, as the rain around them slows down when Knuckles catches Sonic's Spin Dash, possibly indicating that Knuckles is also capable of Super Speed to a certain extent.
- Character Development: Knuckles goes from an intimidating, no-nonsense, Cold Ham, Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy to an excitable, goofy, Large Ham, Bruiser with a Soft Center over the course the movie.
- Chekhov's Skill: One of the several displays of his Super Strength is his extremely tight grip, which is used for comedy as he gives unintentional Crushing Handshakes to other characters. However, this ability comes in handy after Robotnik's defeat, as Knuckles applies pressure to a fractured Master Emerald in order to restore it to its original form.
- Co-Dragons: He and Agent Stone end up as this to Doctor Robotnik, working to defeat Sonic and find the Master Emerald, with the red echidna serving as Robotnik's big bruiser while Stone serves as the assistant and tech guy. Of course, Robotnik never intended to keep working with Knuckles for long before betraying him.
- Cold Ham: The sheer foreboding delivery of Knuckles' Pre-Mortem One-Liner "Do I look like I need your power?" while also being accompanied by his piercing Death Glare after grabbing Sonic (as he's Spin Dashing no less) with no effort brings a layer of serious menace to show that he's a force to be reckoned with.
- Commonality Connection: To Sonic. Both of them lost everything and everyone they ever knew on the same day, and had to grow up alone. After saving each other from drowning, Knuckles solemnly wonder how despite sharing the same tragic origins, Sonic turned out much more cheerful and optimistic than him.
- The Comically Serious: Knuckles is a serious, foreboding Cold Ham who reacts to other characters' quips with complete befuddlement. His unfamiliarity with Earth's culture doesn't do him any favors. Maddie actually finds him funny because of his battle-based mentality.
- Crushing Handshake: After Robotnik introduces him to the concept of shaking hands, using the Exact Words "grip each other's hands tightly", Knuckles gains a tendency to accidentally inflict pain (and dislocate fingers!) on others with his handshake due to his immense strength.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When Robotnik "introduces" Sonic to Knuckles, the blue hedgehog stands little chance against Knuckles' overwhelming strength, being absolutely battered and thrashed around the Wachowskis' house. He even catches Sonic's Spin Dash mid-spin and hammers him to the ground. If Tails hadn't arrived in time to save Sonic, Knuckles would've ended Sonic right then and there.
- This is also somewhat extends to their eventual rematch, as while Sonic manage to land multiple hits on the echidna this time around, Knuckles just proven to be Implacable Man and only dish out one or two heavy punches in return to knock the hedgehog down. If Knuckles doesn't found out of Robotnik's betrayal by taking the emerald all by himself when he get the hedgehog cornered, Sonic would be done for.
- Defrosting Ice King: Downplayed, but after defeating Robotnik, Knuckles is especially hammy, as seen as when he joins Sonic, Tails, and the Wachowskis in a game of baseball and declares that he won after punching the baseball into oblivion. Oh, and he's openly ecstatic when learning that ice cream comes with sprinkles.
- Didn't See That Coming: Robotnik's betrayal catches him completely off guard.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: His Running Gag of hurting people with his handshakes without meaning to. Downplayed by the fact that Knuckles is very aware of his strength, but handshakes are one of many Earth customs he's unfamiliar with, and no one thinks (or is brave enough) to tell him to ease off.
- The Dog Bites Back: Unlike his game counterpart, Knuckles gets to fight Robotnik alongside Sonic and Tails after he betrays him, and even knocks the Master Emerald out of him.
- Dragon with an Agenda: While he willingly works with Robotnik, to the point of considering him a friend, Knuckles' goal to get to Sonic is first and foremost to him.
- The Dreaded: In this continuity, instead of being a unknown hermit, Knuckles went out and gained a reputation as "the most fearsome warrior in the galaxy", according to Tails. He's so dangerous that the mere threat of him finding Sonic was enough to get the at-the-time timid Tails to track Sonic down to warn him.
- Dumb Muscle: Not nearly to the point of his Sonic Boom incarnation (who is literally the page image for Adaptational Dumbass), but he is a bit of a Literal-Minded Boisterous Bruiser, akin to Drax the Destroyer. He is utterly baffled by concepts such as holograms, ice cream, and baseball since he'd never seen such things in his life up until this point.Knuckles: (smashes a hologram projector showing an image of Sonic) Tiny magic hedgehog destroyed!
- Easily Forgiven: Despite Knuckles indirectly trashing their house during his first encounter with Sonic, the Wachowskis make no mention of the incident and accept him into the household just fine.
- Enemy Mine: He teams up with the mysterious scavengers that captured him in the Official Movie Pre-Quill comic in his hunt for Sonic, giving them a bag of rings in exchange — not that their alliance means all that much to him, Robotnik takes them out easily with his traps when they make their stop on the Mushroom Planet.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He takes Robotnik's betrayal pretty badly, prompting him to join Sonic and Tails to stop his former ally.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even prior to his HeelFace Turn, Knuckles shows signs of discomfort towards Robotnik insulting Stone and disregarding allies.
- Fatal Flaw: Naivete is his biggest flaw. Putting his trust in Robotnik and believing he was his friend is what almost gets him killed.
- The Farmer and the Viper:
- Knuckles saves Eggman from a rolling boulder by holding the stone door open long enough for him to get through. Like in the games, the bad doctor repays this debt by stealing the Master Emerald and leaving him and Sonic to die in the labyrinth.
- Subverted immediately afterwards, when Knuckles gets trapped under a pillar as the room is rapidly being flooded. Sonic decides to save Knuckles despite his inability to swim, letting the echidna to swim to the water's surface while he's still floored. It almost looks like he's done for, but then Knuckles comes back for him.
- Fastball Special: While in the middle of fighting Super Robotnik's drones from his Death Egg mecha, Sonic and Knuckles do a literal variation of this attack with Knuckles grabbing Sonic right as he's curled into a ball and chucks him into one of the drones.
- Fiery Redhead: An echidna with red fur that is also a Boisterous Bruiser and Blood Knight.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He becomes this with Sonic after they save each other from drowning, and later with Tails as he works together with him to disarm Robotnik of the Master Emerald.
- Fish out of Water: He spends most of the movie confused and Literal-Minded about Earth culture and tech.
- A red echidna with Super Strength to counter a blue hedgehog with Super Speed. His stoic and no-nonsense personality contrasts Sonic's wild, carefree, and very talkative demeanor. Unlike Sonic who has Super Drowning Skills, Knuckles actually can swim.
- His brutish strength and aggressive personality also make him a polar opposite to Robotniks calculated villainy.Robotnik: Work smarter, not harder.
- Groin Attack: During the Death Egg Robot battle, he suggests attacking the groin several times. The punch he uses to knock the Master Emerald out of Super Robotnik's body to depower him is aimed towards his groin.
- Happily Adopted: He seems to have been taken in by Tom and Maddie alongside Sonic and Tails at the end of the second movie.
- HeelFace Turn: Just like in his original appearance, he ends up going along with Sonic when Robotnik leaves him for dead in the collapsing Master Emerald temple.
- Hey, You!: He calls Tails "Fox", even after they become allies. It eventually becomes something of an Affectionate Nickname.
- Hopeless with Tech: Knuckles is as equally bad with technology as Tails is good with it. His people lived in the jungle, so it's implied he's unaccustomed to any trappings of modern civilization.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Knuckles puts his trust in Robotnik and sincerely believes the Mad Scientist is his friend, which leads him to mock the echidna for being so gullible as to trust him. Unlike his game counterpart though, this is Played With at best because of their shared enmity with Sonic and he's also perceptive enough multiple times, such as to note that Sonic ignoring the compass in favor of rescuing Tails is not something an evil guy would do.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Underneath his gruff, no-nonsense, and blunt demeanor lies a person who truly values friendship and has a strong sense of empathy and knowledge of the difference between right and wrong.
- I Am Not Weasel: Knuckles is offended by Stone calling him a porcupine, as he sees such a mistake as an insult to the Echidna heritage he's deeply proud of.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It's very subtle, but Knuckles takes the time to note that Sonic saved Tails instead of retrieving the Master Emerald Compass, and he himself views Robotnik as his friend (not knowing that Robotnik is only using him). Since he likely grew up without any friends, Knuckles sees a lot of value in friendship, and ultimately befriends both Sonic and Tails after Robotnik betrays him.
- Implacable Man: Knuckles has been hunting Sonic for many years. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, including tracking him through multiple planets across the universe and paying the bandits who had captured him to track Sonic down for him. Even being knocked down by Sonic multiple times doesnt do anything but slow him down.
- Intelligent Gerbil: Like Sonic and Tails, Knuckles is an extraterrestrial being who happens to resemble a bipedal animal from Earth. Agent Stone even derides him by calling him some sort of "space porcupine".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's acerbic, gruff, and unfriendly (at first), but he has a strong sense of right and wrong.
- Knight of Cerebus: Of the non-villainy aspect. Before his Character Development, Knuckles brings an air of intimidation with Cold Ham qualities and shows Sonic his own power without even trying during their first encounter. Even if he's teamed up with Robotnik, who's Laughably Evil, the echidna is not even directly phased by his odd and lunatic mannerisms of any sort (but does react with confusion) and whenever Sonic takes him to blurt out his quips, Knuckles ponders on why he thinks everything tends to be a joke to him. He no longer has this demeanor when he befriends Sonic and Tails and becomes apart of their group when they play baseball together.
- Large Ham: After his HeelFace Turn, he drops the Cold Ham trope and becomes more of a Boisterous Bruiser who is openly enthusiastic and also somewhat melodramatic.Knuckles: (referring to the Wachowskis' car) Ah, my victory chariot!
- Last of His Kind: In the tie-in comic, when Knuckles is captured and forced to partake in Gladiator Games, he is revealed to be the last surviving echidna. This is also stated to be the case in the film itself, since his father and the echidna tribe from the first film were already the last surviving members of their species.
- Lightning Bruiser: Knuckles is without a doubt a powerful beast compared to Sonic, as he can wreck just about anything that stands in his way with his physical might. He also possesses the sheer speed to keep up with a police car, unleash so many punches that his fists turn into red blurs via Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, and even though Sonic is way faster than him at his max speed, he can still nonchalantly catch up with the Blue Blur at lower speeds.
- Literal-Minded: Knuckles doesn't get metaphors or fancy technology like holograms, and has to be guided through baseball by the analogy of the game as a form of combat. He reads the dots that appear when someone else is typing in a text messaging app out loud as if it were part of the conversation.
- Made of Iron: Tails hits him with a police car to save Sonic, knocking him into Tom's shed. Knuckles simply gets back up like nothing even happened.
- Megaton Punch: He delivers quite a few massive hits over the course of the second movie. The first on-screen one is powerful enough to cause a massive shockwave, and he's strong enough to make the Death Egg Robot's hand flinch.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He's visually much more burly than in the games to emphasize his raw power, with his design here between somewhere between his video game and Sonic Boom incarnations. However, his size also makes him heavier to lift and carry, as Tails finds out.
- Neck Lift: He clutches Sonic's neck in his grasp by holding him in place against a tree after he delivered a heavily one-sided beatdown against him.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Basically another way of displaying their Red Oni, Blue Oni personalities by showing how Sonic and Knuckles are portrayed and bounce off of each other. Sonic, who can be a bit of a Smug Super, is reckless, hyper, and has an extremely rowdy outlook since facing threats is more of a breeze to him while Knuckles on the other hand is a brute and an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy but he takes practically everything seriously by wearing a rather dour expression who does not wish to waste such precious time on something important at hand and tends to be more reserved with himself.
- Nominal Villain: Knuckles only works with Eggman because of their shared enmity with Sonic and the scientist offering to help Knuckles find the Master Emerald. Even then, Knuckles only hates Sonic because of the war between the echidnas and the owl tribes, the latter of whom Sonic's adoptive mother was from, and has no malicious intent otherwise. After Eggman reveals his true colors and Sonic saves him from drowning, Knuckles joins forces with him and Tails to stop the madman.
- No Social Skills: Knuckles knows how to talk big and threaten people... but that's about it. Since he's the Last of His Kind and didn't have any friends growing up, Knuckles struggles with a lot of social cues, doesn't understand jokes, takes all comments at face value, and is completely baffled at Sonic's jovial behavior.
- Not Quite Flight: His gliding ability, though he only uses it very briefly to catch up to Sonic and Tails' police car.
- Not so Above It All: In contrast to his serious, honor-bound persona during most of the movie, he acts like this during the final scene, gloating about his "win" in baseball, and getting excited over trying ice cream for the first time.
- Personality Powers: Super strength and super toughness for one stubborn echidna who is always down for a brawl.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Downplayed. Knuckles is larger and taller than Sonic and Tails, with the strength to match. However, he is still tiny compared to normal humans and a giant alien beast he was forced to fight in the comic prequel to the second movie. Still, he is strong enough to cause Robotnik and Stone immense pain with a simple handshake and knock out the alien beast with one punch.
- The Power of Friendship: Knuckles is a firm believer in teamwork and companionship and attributes his and Robotnik's success in reaching the Hidden Temple to their will to work together. Upon seeing that Sonic holds the same values as him, he doesn't hesitate to join him and Tails to defeat Robotnik, even proudly declaring that they "make their stand here on the field of battle". After defeating Robotnik and retrieving the Master Emerald, Knuckles proposes a "vow" for the heroes to "watch out for each other" and calls their newfound alliance "a new tribe".Sonic: Look we aren't strong enough to beat Robotnik on our own, but there's three of us. (to Knuckles) Your strength, (to Tails, who nods) your smarts, and my speed. Together. That's how we win.
Knuckles: So we make our stand here... on the field of battle!
Tails: As a team!
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Knuckles talks of his echidna tribe and heritage with a lot of pride, and upholds a strong code of honour that they passed down to him.
- Randomly Gifted: The rest of Knuckles' tribe fought with weapons and armor, while Knuckles eschews any tools other than his fists. Inexplicably, Knuckles possesses Super Strength, Super Speed, and is Made of Iron. Why he's so different remains unexplained.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In a homage to Sonic X, he does this to Sonic at the Master Emerald's temple. Sonic is fast enough to dodge them for a while, but Knuckles eventually tires him to the point that he manages to land a hit.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he's channeling his own bio-electric energy, his purple eyes morph into a vivid bright neon-red/magenta that not only matches his fur color, but gives him a rather vicious and empowered look.
- Red Is Heroic: Subverted. He's a vibrant red extraterrestrial who's a willing ally of Dr. Robotnik in his quest to catch Sonic. Then it gets Double Subverted when Dr. Robotnik betrays him, prompting him to join Sonic and Tails in stopping him and pulling a HeelFace Turn. In his own view, Knuckles was heroically intentioned all along of course, viewing his quest as something he had to do to honor his tribe as the last of his kind.
- Red Is Violent: As is typical of the character, Knuckles' fur is a vibrant shade of red, and he's a Blood Knight who's quick to get physical. Sonic even nicknames him "Clifford the Big Red Rage Monster" and states he has "serious anger issues".
- Red Ones Go Faster: Downplayed. Knuckles is capable of some Super Speed, but it's nowhere near the velocity that Sonic's capable of.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the video games, Knuckles, Sonic and Tails are rivals turned good friends. In the film adaptation, Knuckles is seemingly adopted by the humans Tom and Maddie Wachowski, making him and his new friends Sonic and Tails adoptive siblings.
- Running Gag: After being told by Robotnik that shaking hands is a gesture of trust on Earth, Knuckles proceeds to deliver a Crushing Handshake on three occasions throughout the movie: first when he agrees to work with Robotnik, then when he meets Agent Stone, and finally when he warms up to Sonic and decides to team up with him to stop Robotnik.
- Running on All Fours: He briefly indulges in this while chasing Sonic and Tails through Green Hills, using his powerful arms for an extra push.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Knuckles spent his whole life training his powers and fighting skills to be the greatest echidna warrior and achieve his people's dream of reclaiming the Master Emerald. This also left him with No Social Skills, a tendency towards taking everything at face value, and never having had any real fun in his life.
- Saying Too Much: Right when Sonic asks of Knuckles' mentioning of Longclaw, the echidna (loudly) explains to the hedgehog about the ultimate power of the Master Emerald, as Robotink was in the direct hearing range which has caught his curiosity which also makes himself into a Manipulative Bastard to use Knuckles as a henchmen to guide him to the secluded whereabouts of the temple where he can achieve the Master Emerald all for himself.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Between Eggman's Co-Dragons, Knuckles is the Manly Man who routinely invokes honor and can break bones with his grip, while Agent Stone is the Sensitive Guy who makes art of himself and Eggman in latte foam.
- Later on after his HeelFace Turn, he is a Manly Man to Tails' Sensitive Guy.
- Shock and Awe: He can tap into his raw Super Strength to generate bio-electricity in the same way that Sonic can, if colored a bright red-orange to contrast with Sonic's cyan glow. His eyes even glow red when he taps into his power, just like Sonic's do.
- Strong and Skilled: Knuckles is not only as strong as Sonic is fast, but he has trained to be a warrior his entire life, giving him an advantage against the Unskilled, but Strong Sonic who has only been in a few real fights in his life. He even looks down on Sonic because of it, dismissing the hedgehog as being "unskilled" and "untrained".
- Super Reflexes: He can't move or run quite as fast as Sonic, but he's able to perceive Sonic's movements at top speed and counter them, as long as he has a little advance warning. It's only when Sonic is actively trying to trump Knuckles in pure speed that the echidna can't keep up.
- Super Speed: He has this, but not to the same extent as Sonic, as it takes him some time to catch up to a police car that Tails has hijacked. Sonic eventually is able to take advantage of this key difference and fight Knuckles evenly by focusing on avoiding his attacks with his greater speed rather than trying to counter his attacks directly.
- Super Strength: Knuckles is able to punch through a car and wrench its doors off with ease. Catching Sonics spin dash (that is enough to destroy cars and tanks on its own) does nothing but make him grimace a little. Also, he tends to give a Crushing Handshake to others even without intending to.
- Super Toughness: Tails ramming him with a car only slows him down, and even after Sonic steps up his game during their fight in the temple, being drilled several feet through stone by Sonic's repeated spin-dashes does nothing more than make him angry. He later outright states to Tails that being hit with the car didn't hurt him at all.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: At the end of the movie, he becomes excitable and goofy during the game of baseball, and is quite ecstatic about ice cream with sprinkles.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His chest and biceps are much broader and sturdier than usual mainly to show off his inhuman strength, while his legs are long but nowhere near as muscular and burly as his Boom incarnation.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes, as established all the way back in the manual for his debut game. When he learns what ice cream is, his first question is if grapes are involved.
- Unexplained Accent: Knuckles retains Idris Elba's London accent. Why he has a British accent when every other extraterrestrial sounds American is never discussed.
- Unwitting Pawn: Little does Knuckles know that Robotnik is just using him for his strength, until Robotnik, having achieved his goals by stealing the Master Emerald, tells him that he has served his purpose and mocks him for being dumb enough to even believe that he was his friend.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Inverted. Robotnik is dangerously cunning yet throws in several jokes every now and then. Knuckles, the one who's working for him, is predominantly a destructive Cold Ham even in spite of his trait of being The Comically Serious.
- Villainous Friendship: Knuckles initially sees Robotnik as a means to an end, but once they ally themselves together he begins to see Robotnik as a like-minded person adherent to his cause, and a friend. The scientist even introduces him to the hedgehog as his new best friend. Then it's subverted, as Robotnik never considered him a friend, and was only using him to reach the Master Emerald.
- Vocal Dissonance: Knuckles is in the same age range as Sonic and Tails, but whereas Ben Schwartz and Colleen O'Shaughnessey make their characters sound fairly young, Idris Elba's voice is too deep and adult-sounding to pass as a teenager. This is in keeping with most of Knuckles' voiced appearances over the years. He's usually claimed to be sixteen years old, but about the only version that sounds convincingly teenaged is the Knuckles from Sonic Underground, with every other voice actor giving him a Badass Baritone that makes him sound mid-thirties at least.
- Wall Crawl: His recurring ability from the games is displayed when Sonic and Tails shake him off a polce car and throw him down a ravine. With the spikes on his gloves, he proceeds to climb his way back to the road.
- When All You Have is a Hammer : Knuckles' first approach to a problem is to punch as hard as he can it until it stays down.
- White Gloves: He wears ones similar to boxing gloves that still allow his knuckle spikes to do their thing. They're prominently featured on one of the teaser posters, which is just his gloved spiked hand.
- World's Best Warrior: He's gained this reputation outside of Earth, with Tails even describing him as "the most fearsome warrior in the galaxy". In the second movie, his first fight with Sonic is a complete Curb-Stomp Battle, and even in their last fight Sonic just can't overcome his sheer endurance.
- Would Hurt a Child: Subverted. Even though he does try to attack both Sonic and Tails during the car chase scene and even seems to plot some revenge against Tails for hitting him with the police car, Knuckles eventually works together with Tails and even becomes something of a big brother to him towards the end of the film.
- Why Won't You Die?: Starts throwing nothing but Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs at Sonic relentlessly, given the way how he's raising his voice while doing so it shows that he's had more than enough of the blue hedgehog who's trying to defeat him.
Voiced by: Donna Jay Fulks, Rie Ishizuka (Japanese dub), Verónica López Treviño (Latin-American Spanish dub), Karen Ramalho (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Mylène Mackay (Quebec French dub), Françoise Cadol (European French dub), Francesca Fiorentini (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
A wise owl who acted as Sonic's caretaker when he was a child. After he gets followed by a group of tribal echidnas intent on attacking them, she uses and gives him Power Rings to escape to another world.
- Annoying Arrows: She's shot with an echidna's arrow mid-flight, but aside from being knocked out of the air, she doesn't seem any worse for wear.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created solely for the movie, although she's based on Sophocles from Stay Sonic.
- Composite Character:
- Being an owl who was initially the only character on Sonic's world to be aware of Sonic's existence makes her a rough analogue of Sophocles the owl from Stay Sonic, who was the first to discover Sonic.
- Her acting as Sonic's mentor and Parental Substitute and being the one to give him the Power Rings is taken from Uncle Chuck from Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM).
- She is also a mother figure to Sonic that has to abandon him at a young age from a greater threat, much like Queen Aleena from Sonic Underground.
- Word Of God during the second movies press junket pointed out that they used Babylonian art and writing as inspiration for the owls' architecture to indicate the Owl Tribe's ties to the Babylon Rogues (a group of thieving birds descended from an ancient civilization that invented antigravity) from the Sonic Riders series.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: She takes down an entire tribe of echidnas attacking her in her final stand, a fact mentioned in her memorial.
- Fragile Speedster: For a huge owl, she can take flight to the skies (while carrying Sonic) with graceful speed and is able to outfly a fleet of arrows from the Echidna Tribe. However, one arrow finding its mark is all it takes to instantly strike her down to ground level.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Despite being a wise owl, she is half-naked, and the only thing she wears is a gold chest plate.
- Heroic Sacrifice: While she could've gone with Sonic to Earth, she decides to stay behind and delay the Echidna Tribe long enough for the Warp Ring to close, despite knowing they would likely kill her. We don't find out her fate until The Official Pre-Quill Comic confirms that she is, in fact, dead.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She gives Sonic the bag of warp rings and a map just before she sends him through the portal to Earth.
- Last of His Kind: She's stated to be the last remaining owl in the official novelization of the first movie, which is later confirmed by Knuckles in the second movie proper.
- Made of Iron: She's stabbed by an arrow underneath her right wing. After taking a fall from it, she doesn't seem to be fatally injured and looks perfectly fine.
- Mama Bear: She is perfectly willing to act as a shield against the echidnas to allow Sonic to escape.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Instead of a typical "Mobian" character in Sonic's world, she happens to be a normal great horned owl who is giant and can talk. Even her game redesign in the Sonic Forces mobile game only slightly tweaks her design.
- The Obi-Wan: Sonic explicitly describes her as "basically Obi-Wan Kenobi, if Obi-Wan Kenobi had a beak and ate mice." Tellingly, her only new scene in the sequel has her as a translucent blue hologram, not unlike a Force ghost.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: With Knuckles confirmed as the last of his kind, this means that Longclaw managed to take the entire Echidna Tribe down with her.
- The Owl-Knowing One: She is wise, motherly, and was responsible for giving Sonic the Power Rings.
- Parental Substitute: She acted as a mother figure for Sonic back on his home planet.
- Posthumous Character: In the sequel, she is already dead, but her role as a guardian of the Master Emerald as well as her eliminating the Echidna tribe has major importance to the plot.
- Retired Badass: According to the novelization, she was once part of an order of warriors dedicated to maintaining the planet's balance, but by the time Sonic met her she was a caring mother figure who didn't fight anymore. That said, as she is all but stated to have exterminated the echidnas before dying, it's clear she is still a legitimate badass.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She gives Sonic the bag of rings in the beginning of the first movie, which plays a major role throughout.
- Stock Animal Diet: If Sonic is to be believed, she eats mice, unlike the hedgehog, fox, and echidna that eat more human food.
- Taking You with Me: A rare heroic example, where she takes down the Echidna Tribe to protect Sonic, but dies shortly afterward.
- They Would Cut You Up: She always stresses that Sonic has to keep his powers secret for this reason. Between the echidna tribe, Robotnik, and G.U.N., it's clear her worries are valid. Although, after Sonic has spent time with Tom, he starts wondering if Longclaw was wrong and if it is possible for him to live peacefully with other people even with his powers.
- Uncertain Doom: Because the portal ring closes before it's shown what happened to her, it's not clear whether the Echidna Tribe killed her or not. The Official Pre-Quill Comic confirms that she really did die protecting Sonic, though she kills the entire Echidna Tribe and is subsequently hailed as a hero with her last stand's location being revered.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The last a young Sonic sees of her is standing between the opened portal and the group of echidnas chasing him before the portal closes, just a few minutes after her introduction.
- You Shall Not Pass!: She stays behind to delay the echidna tribe and allow Sonic to get through the Warp Ring safely.
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
A tribe of echidnas who covet Sonic's powers.
- Adaptational Villainy: Retroactively. In the novelization, it is said that they served a powerful warlord who had chased Sonic his whole life. In the sequel movie, however, they are stated to have been a rival brotherhood of heroes to the brotherhood that Longclaw served in.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the games, Pachacamac and the Knuckles Tribe lived 4000 years before Sonic was born. Here, they're alive when Sonic was a toddler and caused the attack that forced Sonic to flee to Earth.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: First-time viewers probably aren't going to notice that the echidna who shoots down Longclaw is Pachacamac, the tyrannical tribe leader from Sonic Adventure.note The detail was so easy to miss that Tyson Hesse had to publicly reveal the cameo on his Twitter.
- Frontline General: Pachacamac, the leader, is right there fighting alongside some other tribe members, and even wears similar-looking armor to them. This trope is used so prevalently that Tyson Hesse had to confirm on Twitter, as seen above, that Pachacamac is among the group in the first place.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They were the ones chasing Sonic on his home planet to harness his power, and it is because of them killing Sonic's mentor Longclaw that Sonic has to go to Earth. This extends to the second movie, with it being revealed that the echidnas forged the Master Emerald.
- In Spite of a Nail: Just like their game counterparts, the echidna tribe were wiped out between the events of Sonics past and at least the prequel comic, seeing as Knuckles is addressed as the Last of His Kind.
- Malevolent Masked Men: They wear tribal masks and were pursuing Sonic to garner his powers.
- Predator Pastiche: The Echidnas, depicted with dreadlocks, masks, and various tribal weaponry, hunting a young Sonic in the jungle.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Their total screen time is very short, but they're the entire reason Sonic is on Earth in the first place.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Downplayed. In most Sonic media, Knuckles is the Last of His Kind, with his ancestors being a distant part of history; he doesnt even know how he came to be. In the movie, the echidnas were still alive when Sonic was a child, but are finally wiped out in their battle against Longclaw.
- Starter Villain: They're the reason Sonic has to abandon his home world and flee to Earth.
- The Unreveal: The first movie doesnt reveal what they want Sonics power for so badly. The second movie reveals it was Longclaw they actually were after.
Three alien mercenaries Knuckles hired to help him track down Sonic.
- Aliens Speaking English: Defied. Unlike the more animal-like extraterrestrials, the Scavengers seem to speak their own language. The text featured in the comic looks nothing like written dialogue on Earth.
- All There in the Manual: The comic "Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill" reveals they were mercenaries that Knuckles encountered before bribing them with rings into helping him hunt down Sonic. Without this knowledge, it makes their presence at the beginning of the film confusing.
- Animal Motif: Their helmets have vulture-like features, and like the animal, they're scavengers. Their appearance in the movie is them approaching Robotnik's body, likely thinking he's dead to steal from him.
- Canon Foreigner: They have no direct counterparts from the games, cartoons or comics prior to the movie.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end by Robotnik, who by the way, was still stuck on the Mushroom Planet and only had limited resources to work with.
- Human Aliens: They have very human-like bodies, though it's unknown what exactly is under their helmets.
- No Name Given: Not only are their individual names not given, but their species is unknown as well. "Scavengers" is just what Knuckles called them.
- Non-Standard Character Design: They're the only alien characters introduced in the series so far who are not CG, but are depicted as people in costumes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Robotnik manages to subdue them before running into Knuckles and makes a deal with him, they're never seen again. It's more than likely that, since he's found someone who knows exactly where Sonic is, Knuckles had no need for them anymore and left them on the Mushroom Planet (or if he considers that dishonorable, brought them back first and then dismissed them).
Shadow the Hedgehog
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (in the Stinger)
The end result of Project Shadow, having remained dormant in a black site for over fifty years... until now.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Shadow is historically a character who didn't appear until much later on in the franchise's lifespan, with his first appearance being in Sonic Adventure 2 (canonically the sixth game in the mainline titles), but The Stinger for the film sets him up as an Sequel Adaptation Iconic Villain, appearing before other classic villains like Metal Sonic and Chaos.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: The last shot of him shows his eyes glowing with electricity, strongly hinting that hes also capable of using bio-electricity like Sonic and Knuckles.
- Conjoined Eyes: Subverted. Much like Sonic, his eyes are separated, and also like Sonic, he has a patch of white fur between his eyes to give off the illusion of them being conjoined.
- The Dreaded: Commander Walters is audibly unnerved when he is informed that Project Shadow had been discovered.
- Eye Awaken: After his capsule rises from the floor, Shadow opens his eyes, and they spark with electricity, much like Sonic's do whenever he uses his Super Speed.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He has black fur with hints of red.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's depicted as having red eyes, and if Commander Walters being unnerved by Project Shadow is any indication, then Shadow is NOT someone to be messed with.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: According to the military, Shadow has been locked away in a black site vault for at least fifty years.
- Sequel Hook: Dr. Robotnik may be possibly deceased at the end of the second movie, but G.U.N agents trying to wipe his records from their files happened to discover "Project Shadow" while Shadow himself reawakens after fifty years.
- Walking Spoiler: Just like Tails in the first movie, it's impossible to talk about The Stinger for the second movie without mentioning that Shadow makes an appearance.
The Wachowski Family
Sheriff Thomas Michael Donut Lord Wachowski
Portrayed by: James Marsden, Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese dub), Luis Leonardo Suárez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Per Eggers (Swedish dub), Raphael Rossatto (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Martin Watier (Quebec French dub), Damien Boisseau (European French dub), Massimiliano Manfredi (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Green Hills' sheriff and Sonic's first human ally. Tom wants to break out of small town life and prove he has what it takes to be a cop in the big city. However, things get very weird when Sonic enters his life, putting him in a compromising situation with both the US government and his future plans. He eventually becomes Sonic's adoptive father.
- Action Survivor: He contributes the best he can, considering he's in a universe that also includes super-powered hedgehogs, foxes, and echidnas.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sonic refers to him throughout the first movie as "the Donut Lord", because Sonic observes that he "talks to donuts, then eats them if they step out of line." Tom eventually takes to it, calling himself "Donut Lord" in the final fight with Robotnik.
- Appropriated Appellation: Sonic's "Donut Lord" nickname for him. Tom initially doesn't like it, but adopts it for himself much later.Tom: (to Robotnik) I'm the Donut Lord, you son of a b-!
- Audience Surrogate: He fills this role in the first movie, where the audience can experience through him what it's like making friends with and having their small town life shaken up by the Blue Blur himself.
- Big Damn Heroes: He shares a moment with Maddie in the second movie, saving Sonic from getting crushed by Robotnik's giant robot by mere milliseconds.
- Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the video games.
- Challenge Seeker: The reason he wants to move out of Green Hills and into San Francisco is because small town life bores him. There's no challenge for Tom in helping people recover bagels stolen by ducks and sitting idly all day at a speed trap.
- Composite Character: He's a human friend Sonic makes when stranded on another world, similar to Chris Thorndyke, and a member of local law enforcement like Sam Speed from the same series.
- Cool Uncle: No matter how much his sister-in-law Rachel may despise him, her daughter Jojo clearly adores Tom, and the two have a great relationship.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, especially when talking to Robotnik.
- Defrosting Ice King: At the start of the movie, he's not pleased that he has to accompany Sonic on his quest to retrieve his rings, but he softens up considerably thanks to Character Development.
- Deuteragonist: Of the first movie, due to his character development playing a huge role in the film and him setting almost the same amount of screentime as Sonic.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Sonic calls him the "Donut Lord" for a reason: he's a local town cop who loves eating donuts, even talking to them to practice his promotion acceptance speech. Tom eventually calls himself the Donut Lord while fist-fighting Doctor Robotnik in the climax.
- Easily Forgiven: He is never punished for assaulting a government agent, or at least a government contractor. Considering the person he punched out was Dr. Robotnik, punishment for it probably wasn't high on anyone's list of priorities.
- The Everyman: He's your average police officer, bored of living a typical middle-American life before it's turned upside down by Sonic.
- Fair Cop: A town sheriff who wants to be a cop in a big city played by James Marsden.
- Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness. Tom has a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality in the first movie, and he gets himself into deeper and deeper trouble because of his tendency to act before he thinks.
- Shooting Sonic with a tranquilizer dart makes Sonic drop his Power Rings, necessitating the road trip from Green Hills, Montana to San Francisco, California.
- Punching Robotnik in the face makes it personal with him, getting Tom on the bad side of the mad scientist and the US government.
- Averted at the end after some Character Development on Tom's part. Though he gets into the SFPD at last, he chooses to reject their offer and go back to Green Hills with Maddie, letting Sonic live in their attic.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He becomes this over time with Sonic. After the myriad of adventures they have trying to get to San Francisco, Tom grows genuinely attached to Sonic. He and Maddie even take Sonic into their home once Robotnik is gone.
- Flaw Exploitation: After learning that Robotnik's Berserk Button is being punched in the face, Tom exploits it by repeatedly punching Robotnik in the face, making Robotnik lose focus on Sonic at a critical moment.
- Flat "What": He has this reaction after meeting Sonic for the first time when the former sneaks into his home to find shelter on an unfamiliar planet and post-knocking him out with a tranquilizer dart.
- Goal in Life: To become a police officer in San Francisco. Before the movie starts, he'd been trying to do so for quite some time with no success, seeing as how Maddie expected Tom to be rejected enough that she baked two cakes for him, one for rejection and the other for success. Tom does get accepted to the SFPD early on in the film, but decides to remain in Green Hills to help the people he cares about most.
- Happily Married: To Maddie. When she was in veterinary school, he worked three jobs to pay the bills and her tuition, and even when he lands his dream job in San Francisco, Tom wants to make sure that she is okay with uprooting and moving.
- The Heart: He instills into Sonic the concepts of The Power of Friendship and With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility mantras in the first movie and its sequel, greatly impacting Sonic's priorities, decisions, and interactions with other characters.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He considers his golden retriever, Ozzy, to be his "best animal friend," much to Sonic's dismay.
- A Hero to His Hometown: Whenever there's trouble in Green Hills, Tom is the first person everyone calls for. While Tom sometimes thinks he's wasting himself in a little town where he does very real police work, he's still a caring, competent officer, and all the residents respect and appreciate him. During the climax of the first movie, the entire town rises to Tom's defense when Robotnik threatens him.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He becomes a fugitive from the government, with the news calling him a suspected domestic terrorist after punching Robotnik and helping Sonic escape.
- Hypocritical Humor: Considering that he eats a dozen donuts a day, it's rich that he would complain about the unhealthy meal that he bought for Sonic.
- I Choose to Stay: He makes plans to relocate to San Francisco after the SFPD hires him. Ultimately, however, he and his wife decide to remain in Green Hills following Robotnik's defeat and allow Sonic to reside in their attic.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Part of the reason why he wants to move to the big city is that he doesn't feel he's doing anything truly life-changing in a small town like Green Hills. It's also likely what gets him to help Sonic despite all the trouble it would cause him.
- Informed Flaw: It's supposed to be obvious that he's a wimp in comparison to Randall and his friends, except for the fact that when he playfully flexes, his muscles are just as big as the other guys.
- Interspecies Adoption: He and Maddie end up adopting Sonic at the end of the first movie. The end of the second shows that the two of them have also welcomed Tails and Knuckles into their family.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He initially wants nothing to do with Sonic's quest, but thanks to Character Development, he warms up to Sonic and adopts him in the end.
- Lame Comeback: During his first encounter with Robotnik, the mad scientist brags about his intelligence by saying he could solve formulas as a toddler while Tom was "spitting up formula". Tom attempts to retaliate by saying he was breastfed.Robotnik: Nice, rub that in my orphan face.
- Lead You Can Relate To: For parents who might have a hard time relating to a hyperactive space hedgehog, there's a charismatic and respectable married man in the mix too.
- Mr. Fanservice: It's a given, being played by a former Versace Model and all. Even Sonic lampshades it, mentioning how tightly all of Tom's clothes fit him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He accidentally sets the whole plot of the first movie in motion. When Tom first meets Sonic, he shoots him with Maddie's tranquilizer darts. A dazed Sonic accidentally drops his Power Ring bag, mumbles "San Francisco" (from Tom's T-shirt), a ring portal opens, and the bag of rings falls on top of the Transamerica Pyramid Building. The portal then closes before Sonic is able to go through, necessitating a road trip to go retrieve the bag.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tom gains Robotnik's dedicated disdain early on, second only to Sonic, when it turns out getting socked in the face is a direct trigger for the malicious egomaniac's unresolved issues from childhood. So, to try and get Robotnik's focus off of Sonic when he has him cornered, Tom hammers on this Berserk Button liberally by getting onboard his craft via ring to beat him senseless.
- No One Gets Left Behind: When Robotnik has them surrounded by a Ring of Fire and Sonic begs them to run away and save themselves, Tom echoes Maddie's sentiment to Sonic that they are family, and family sticks together.
- Papa Wolf: He becomes fiercely protective of Sonic over the course of the first movie, even going so far as to adopt him.
- It's taken to another level in the sequel, as he and Maddie refuse to leave Sonic's side just before Robotnik crushes them all with the Death Egg Robot. Of course, Sonic going Super saves them. He was also willing to fight several G.U.N. agents when they attempt to imprison Sonic for his powers.
- Parental Substitute: After he agrees to help Sonic, he starts having moments of being one to the Blue Blur. And that's even before he and Maddie decide to adopt Sonic.
- This is solidified further at the end of the second movie with Sonic acknowledging Tom as his dad. It's even strongly implied that he and Maddie have adopted Tails and Knuckles as well.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He punches Robotnik in the face when he tries to catch Sonic.
- Police Are Useless: Averted in his case. Tom is clearly competent at what he does and calmly doles out orders to Wade when the latter calls him during the power outage. Wade, unfortunately, seems to play this trope completely straight.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: At Rachel's wedding, he is the Sensitive Guy with Randall's Manly Man, highlighted during the volleyball game and when he apologizes before punching Randall in the face.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: During the climax of the first movie, he gives one to Robotnik in response to his dismissal of Sonic as a "silly little alien" who doesn't belong on Earth, telling him point-blank that Sonic may be an alien, but he knows more about being human than Robotnik ever will.
- Small Town Boredom: This is his motivation for wanting to leave Green Hills for San Francisco. He wants to join the SFPD because he wants to be challenged in his abilities as a police officer and have someone rely on him. There's no challenge for Tom in helping people recover bagels stolen by ducks and sitting at a speed trap all day. Sonic calls him out for wanting to stop defending Green Hills just for a higher-ranking position in a bigger urban city. At the end of the film, he chooses to stay in Green Hills after all and let Sonic live with him and Maddie.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts. He is said to eat donuts everyday and revolves his life around donuts by not just eating them, but treating them like toys or imaginary friends to talk to. It's why Sonic nicknames him "Donut Lord" after watching him for a long time.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gives Sonic a somewhat parental-sounding scolding at the start of the second movie, after Sonic spends all night fighting crime in Seattle and destroys part of it in the process.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: He teaches this to Sonic as their relationship evolves from road-trip buddies to a father-son relationship.
Maddie Pretzel Lady Wachowski
Played by: Tika Sumpter, Marina Inoue (Japanese dub), Carla Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub), Johanna Lazcano (Swedish dub, Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)), Hilda Henze (Swedish dub, Sonic the Hedgehog 2), Fernanda Bullara (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Florence Blain Mbaye (Quebec French dub), Déborah Claude (European French dub) Laura Facchin (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Tom's wife and an animal veterinarian. She assists Sonic in his travels, and eventually becomes Sonic's adoptive mother.
- Action Survivor: Especially in the sequel, where she fights G.U.N. agents with Rachel to save Tom, Sonic, and Tails.
- Affectionate Nickname: Like with Tom, Sonic refers to her throughout the first movie as "Pretzel Lady", because he thinks that she was born with no bones after observing her yoga sessions.
- Big Damn Heroes: She shares a moment with Tom in the second movie, saving Sonic in the nick of time from getting crushed by Robotnik's giant robot.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Tom, she isn't from the games.
- Closest Thing We Got: After Sonic is injured from one of Robotnik's robots exploding like a sticky grenade, Tom takes Sonic to meet Maddie, a vet. Tom admits that Maddie wouldn't logically know anything about Sonic's alien biology, but she's his only option. Even then, Maddie does make the observation that Sonic's feet must be incredibly sore, given the signs of wear and tear.
- Crazy-Prepared: When Tom's letter from the SFPD arrives, she actually gets two celebration cakes ready, one for an acceptance letter and the other for rejection.
- Dissonant Serenity: Invoked. She remains oddly calm when Tom shows up to San Francisco with Sonic, an alien hedgehog, and even talks about how calm she is being with Tom, not "freaking out," before whisper-shouting at him about the ridiculousness of what has been going on, especially Sonic.
- Finger Gun: She does a two handed version of this at end of her Secret Handshake with Rachel.
- Happily Married: To Tom. After he lands his dream job, she is more than willing to uproot and start a new life with him, and even after he's been all over the news as a wanted man, she trusts him enough to give medical care to the strange, blue alien he's brought along with him. No matter how much her sister wants her to divorce Tom, Maddie won't do it, and they stay together.
- Interspecies Adoption: She and Tom end up adopting Sonic at the end of the first movie. The end of the second shows that the two of them have also welcomed Tails and Knuckles into their family.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She goes on a rescue mission with Rachel straight from the wedding ceremony, fighting G.U.N. agents while still in her maid of honor dress.
- Kindly Vet: A Nice Girl who works as a veterinarian.
- Mama Bear: Her first instinct when meeting Sonic was to pull Jojo closer to her.
- In the sequel, she doesnt hesitate to jump to the rescue of Sonic and even refers to him as our kid to Tom. Even more so, she and Tom refuse to leave a weakened Sonic, even though he begs them to, with the three of them choosing to die as a family when Robotnik attempts to crush them with the Death Egg Robot. This love gives Sonic the motivation, however, to tap into the power of the Chaos Emeralds and become Super Sonic to save them all. Likewise she scrounges through Tails's gadgets to face off against G.U.N in hopes of rescuing her husband, son and his friend.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of her first scenes in the first movie is her in gym wear doing yoga exercises. It's played for laughs, though, since Sonic thinks she doesn't have bones (and nicknames her "Pretzel Lady" for it), and has trouble himself copying her moves.
- In the second film, she spends half of her screen-time in a slinky bridesmaid dress that shows plenty of leg.
- Nice Girl: A very nice and kind woman, and very loyal to her husband.
- No One Gets Left Behind: She expresses this to Sonic, and reminds him that they are family when he pleads for her and Tom to escape Robotnik. Of course, it doesn't help that Robotnik has them all surrounded by a Ring of Fire at the time.
- Not so Above It All: Despite her usual calm and put-together demeaner, she does have her moments, from freaking out behind closed doors when Sonic wakes up in the first movie, to doing a silly war cry with finger-guns to finish the Secret Handshake with her sister in the second.
- She also admits at the end of the second film that she thinks Knuckles is hilarious.
- Oh, Crap!: She has this reaction upon realizing that after Sonic teleported her and Tom back to Green Hills, she left her sister tied to a chair HOURS earlier.
- Openminded Parent: She relaxes more into this with Sonic and his need to find his identity in the sequel, while Tom openly struggles to transition from being Sonic's partner in crime to more of a father figure.
- Parental Substitute: Alongside Tom, she becomes Sonic's parental figure as they adopt him at the end of the first movie.
- Secret Handshake: She does this to get hyped up with her sister Rachel before rescuing Tom, Sonic, and Tails.
- Sibling Team: She teams up with Rachel to rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails from G.U.N. (and in Rachel's case, to get vengeance).
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She has this dynamic with her sister Rachel. Maddie is a Nice Girl and Happily Married, but Rachel is quite boisterous and implied to have had a divorce with her husband. Their differences don't stop them from teaming up in the sequel, however.
- Straight Man: Whenever she shares the screen with her more brash, flamboyant sister Rachel, and most notably in the sequel where they team up during the wedding-rescue/revenge sequence.
- Team Mom: She's more or less this by default in the first movie, but it becomes even more apparent by the end of the second.
- Took a Level in Badass: She goes from a more passive role in helping Sonic recover in the first movie, to rescuing him twice in the second — the first time being when he, Tails, and Tom are captured by G.U.N., the second time when she and Tom save him from getting crushed by Robotnik's giant robot.
Portrayed by: Natasha Rothwell, Kozue Saitō (Japanese dub), Laura Torres (Latin-American Spanish dub), Cecilia Wrangel (Swedish dub, Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)), Kayode Shekoni (Swedish dub,Sonic the Hedgehog 2), Karen Ramalho (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Catherine Hamann (Quebec French dub), Anne Mathot (European French dub), Angela Brusa (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Maddie's sister, Tom's sister-in-law, and Jojo's mother. She tries to keep Tom and Maddie from being together.
- Action Survivor: After her own wedding turns out to be an elaborate setup by G.U.N., she takes matters into her own hands with the help of Tails's gadgets and her sister.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Tom shows up at her door, she threatens to call the CIA, the FBI... and Tom's mother.
- Ascended Extra: She gets quite a bit more to do in the second movie.
- Big Damn Heroes: She saves Maddie from the G.U.N. agents who have her surrounded by using one of Tails's gadgets, which homes in on all the agents, knocking them out. Rachel even says she didn't even know the gadget was capable of doing that before she and Maddie split up again.
- Bound and Gagged: She spends half of her time in the first film tied up to a chair.
- Butt-Monkey: Rachel spends the entire second half of the first movie tied to a chair where nobody, not even her own daughter, will listen to her. Given her nasty behavior, it's hard to blame them.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Tom and Maddie, she isn't from the games.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In helping Maddie rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails from G.U.N., she winds up marrying Randall, who confesses to having fallen in love with her for real during the undercover operation.
- Establishing Character Moment: She spells out "divorce" after a phone call between Maddie and Tom, establishing her objection to their relationship.
- Everyone Has Standards: As obnoxious as she was in the first film, upon learning that her wedding was just a ruse, a part of her was furious that she had been tricked, but there's also a part of her that is appalled that G.U.N. used the fake wedding to capture Sonic, using her and her family as bait.Rachel: [To Randall and Walters] What kind of twisted sicko tricks someone into a fake wedding?!
- Fainting: Upon seeing Sonic for the first time, Rachel barely has enough time to mutter "Oh, catch me, Jojo!" and ask somebody to catch her before passing out.
- Finger Gun: She does a two-handed version of this at end of her Secret Handshake with Maddie.
- Hate Sink:
- In the first movie, Rachel urges her sister Maddie to divorce Tom for no apparent reason before he becomes wanted by the government. Rachel is also a loud contrarian in every scene in which she appears. She never even comes around by the end, but since the couple are continuing their life in Green Hills, it's a non-issue. Even so, Rachel is written with the intention that the audience will dislike her.
- By Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it's averted, as Rachel is no longer written to be intentionally disliked. Rachel Took a Level in Kindness by tolerating Tom's presence much more (she still makes it clear she dislikes him, but she acts more outwardly civil to him and isn't constantly trying to get Maddie to divorce him anymore). While she's unhappy when Sonic shows up to her wedding to Randall, Rachel's shown to be justified in being upset. Rachel also actively helps Maddie rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails after G.U.N. locks them up. This allows Rachel to earn a happy ending, as Randall confesses that he was an undercover G.U.N. agent meant to trap Sonic, but he really did fall in love with Rachel as time went on.
- I Have No Idea What I'm Doing: She expresses this sentiment as she uses Tails' gadgets to help her sister rescue Sonic and co. and get revenge on her fiancé.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Tom and Maddie discuss commandeering Rachel's car, among other things, while Rachel is tied to a chair and listening to their entire conversation. Their inflections imply that they want her to hear them since she's been such a pain in their side about their relationship.
- Irrational Hatred: Why she dislikes Tom so much is never really explained. A deleted scene for the first movie implies it stems from her going through a bad marriage herself.
- Jerkass: At least Robotnik has an amusing charm about him and one Pet the Dog moment. There is really nothing appealing about Rachel in the first movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the second movie, she is noticeably less obnoxious than she was in the first movie, indicating that what happened in the first movie did humble her a bit. Not only does she actively help Maddie rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails from G.U.N., but she has also become more willing to hear people out. Plus, she's shown to genuinely love her sister, and works exceedingly well with her. She's also become more forgiving, especially when she forgives Randall after he confesses to having actually fallen in love with her during the operation.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Sort of, in the first film. While she doesn't seem to know the whole story regarding Tom and Sonic (and probably wouldn't care even if she did know), she does point out that they both are, by all accounts, fugitives from the U.S government, and getting involved with them would put her, Jojo, and Maddie in serious danger. When you account for how Robotnik almost kills Maddie later when she decides to help the duo out, it's clear she's not entirely wrong.
- In the sequel, she's justifiably angry and distrusting towards G.U.N. (specifically Walters and Randall) for setting up a wedding as a complete ruse and using her and her entire family as bait to capture Sonic and arrest Tom.
- Karmic Butt-Monkey: Her poor attitude toward Tom is often punished via Rachel getting placed in overtly humiliating situations.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She goes straight from her own wedding to her own Roaring Rampage of Revenge against G.U.N. and Randall.
- Large Ham: She has shades of this in the first film, but Natasha Rothwell takes this up a notch for her character in the sequel.
- Love Makes You Crazy: She's always been a bit high-strung, but the stress and betrayal at her wedding drives her to cartoonish levels of hijinks for vengeance.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: She doesn't like Tom, to put it nicely. Even before he becomes a fugitive, she jumps on any flimsy excuse to tell Maddie to divorce him. She becomes so obnoxious that she has to be tied up to a chair to stop her from being a nuisance.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never mentioned.
- Red Herring: Towards the beginning of the movie, a scene with Rachel (who hates Tom and constantly tries to convince Maddie to divorce him) and a meaningful-looking shot of Robotnik's drone riddling a photo of Maddie and Tom with bullets suggests that the shenanigans of the movie might put a strain on Maddie and Tom's relationship.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After helping her sister Maddie deal with G.U.N. agents in the sequel, Rachel turns her attention to getting revenge on her fiance Randall, charging in full force with a golf cart.
- Sassy Black Woman: A Black woman with shades of Deadpan Snarker who's very invested in separating her sister and brother in-law.
- Secret Handshake: She does this to get hyped up with her sister Maddie before getting revenge on her fiance.
- Ship Tease: She gets this with Officer Wade Whipple in a deleted scene when he starts flirting with her.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: After reconciling with Randall, she stays in Hawaii with her wedding party while Tom, Maddie, and G.U.N. head back to Green Hills to help Sonic confront Dr. Robotnik for the Final Battle.
- Sibling Team: She and Maddie work together to rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails from G.U.N..
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Maddie. Maddie is a Nice Girl and Happily Married, but Rachel is obnoxious and implied to have had a divorce with her husband. Their differences don't stop them from teaming up in the sequel, however.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After suffering from fainting and being left tied up in a chair and having her car borrowed by Tom and Maddie in the first film, the sequel has her getting married... though of course, Sonic's adventure ends up interfering with the wedding. Of course, after she helps Maddie rescue Tom, Sonic, and Tails from G.U.N., she still ends up marrying Randall, who confesses to having fallen in love with her during the undercover operation.
- Took a Level in Badass: She spent most of the first movie tied up. In the sequel, she provides the "Roaring Rampage" part of the Roaring Rampage of Rescue after the heroes are captured and her fiance betrays her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She is noticeably less abrasive towards Tom in the sequel, and even hears Randall out after he's revealed to actually be a government agent, when he takes a taser shot for her.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Although she isn't actively antagonistic and doesn't do anything villainous in the first movie, Rachel is still written with the intention that the audience will dislike her because of Rachel's constant nagging that Maddie should divorce Tom, even before Tom becomes a wanted fugitive. She even drops most of the antagonism in the sequel.
- Woman Scorned: After discovering her fiance Randall was really a government agent who faked the wedding to capture Sonic, Rachel does not take it well. While Maddie works to free Tom, Sonic and Tails, Rachel hunts down Randall, screaming "Wifey's home!" She even uses the "Hell hath no fury" quote when confronting him.
Portrayed by: Melody Niemann, Mami Fujita (Japanese dub), Abril Gómez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Isa Cavalcante (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Matilde Ferraro (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Tom and Maddie's niece and Rachel's daughter. She befriends Sonic and helps by giving him new shoes.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Tom and Maddie, she isn't from the games.
- Cheerful Child: She doesn't seem all that bothered by Sonic's appearance, especially compared to her mother. On top of that, she also gives Sonic his new shoes after seeing that the ones he has are worn out, all so that Sonic wouldn't hurt his feet anymore.
- Cuteness Proximity: Her immediate reaction to seeing Sonic for the first time is to give an excited smile. She certainly stands in contrast to her mom fainting or Tom and Robotnik's freaked-out screams.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father doesn't appear and isn't even mentioned. In Jojo's drawing, you can see that in the background there's only her and her mother.
- Friend to All Living Things: She immediately bonds with Sonic and helps him by giving him new shoes.
- Iconic Outfit: Jojo sees how horribly worn-out Sonic's sneakers are, and gives him a new pair which are red with one single white stripe, like his trademark sneakers from the games.
- Like Parent, Unlike Child: She has none of Rachel's obnoxious characteristics. While her mother antagonizes Tom at every opportunity, Jojo is a sweet girl who is happy to see him and goes out of her way to be kind to Sonic.
- Nice Girl: She becomes one of Sonic's friends and is the one who gives him his iconic shoes.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never mentioned.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's only there for a few minutes in the first movie but she gives something very important to Sonic — his trademark shoes. In the second movie, she has even less screentime, but Tom's prank on her switches the rings, and causes a major chain of events to unfold, including The Reveal regarding Randall. Also worth noting is that she is the one who discovers Tails's bag of gadgets after he, Sonic, and Tom are captured by G.U.N. during the wedding. This ultimately aids in Maddie and Rachel's rescue-revenge mission.
Guardian Units of Nations
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Unlike in the games, where the organization has been around for at least fifty years, here it's less than a year old, having been created as a direct response to the fight between Sonic and Robotnik.
- Age Lift: See Adaptation Origin Connection above.
- Fun with Acronyms: Yes, it is spelled G.U.N., which the movie pokes fun at.
- Good Is Not Nice: They genuinely have the safety of the world in mind, but that doen't mean they're above questionable means of bringing it about. Such as tricking Rachel with a fake wedding as part of a plan to capture Sonic.
- Meaningful Name: An acronym like G.U.N. covers the organization's shoot first, ask questions later policy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Coming up to Robotnik's secret base with a ton of tanks and artillery doesn't accomplish much besides giving Robotnik more materials for building his Death Egg Robot. Although to be fair, they did not know Robotnik had the Master Emerald.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig-Zagged. They seek to arrest Sonic who, despite his kind nature, was responsible for the EMP and San Francisco incidents as well as being guilty of numerous acts of vigilantiism. Them seeing him as a bigger threat than Robotnik is explained by them believing the latter to be dead and once given proof of his return, immediately focus on him instead. They also decide to arrest Tails, who as far as they know hasn't done anything illegal.
Portrayed by: Tom Butler, Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese dub), Santos Alberto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Johan H:Son Kjellgren (Swedish dub), Hélio Vaccari (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Ambrogio Colombo (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
A commander of the United States Armed Forces and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff working at The Pentagon, who assigns Dr. Robotnik with the task of figuring out what caused the energy surge that knocked out power across the entire Pacific Northwest.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Lacks his counterpart's heterochromia.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The note under Canon Character All Along makes his appearance in the first film a retroactive example.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The G.U.N. Commander of the games is a serious antagonist hardened by a tragic past. While Walters is still antagonistic, he's also much friendlier and more comedic in comparison.
- Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the novelization of the first film, with his role replaced by Agent Stone.
- Anti-Hero: He genuinely cares for the safety of his nation, yet is willing to use more questionable methods, such as setting the Wachowski family up in a wedding ruse to bait Sonic and capture him for his powers. Of course, after he learns that Robotnik is still alive and is up to no good again, he's willing to at least hear them out, even after seeing a beam of green light.
- Artistic License Military: He is an army general with a naval rank (commander). His rank as commander of G.U.N. is more justified due to it being a spec-ops unit.
- Canon Character All Along: The second movie reveals him to be the leader of G.U.N, making him a much lighter take on the G.U.N Commander from Shadow the Hedgehog. His expression of fear when he discovers that Robotnik was looking into Project Shadow just provides further evidence.
- Composite Character: His appearance, authority, and growing relationship with Sonic makes him a lot like President Michael K. from Sonic X. But in the second movie, he is the leader of G.U.N. and is more reluctant to tolerate Sonic and his friends, much like the Commander in Shadow the Hedgehog.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a moment in the first movie, as seen with the above quote.
- Inspector Javert: He's distrustful of Sonic thanks to the havoc he caused with his powers, including his recent vigilantism, and wants to detain the hedgehog on the off chance he's a threat to the Earth.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While being completely apathetic in his methods and is totally in the wrong for imprisoning Sonic and Tails (who's done nothing wrong) for their powers, Walters brings up a few solid points:
- He's right that Sonic is potentially dangerous, as he's caused more harm than good while operating as a vigilante, if what happened in San Fransisco, his EMP incident, and his recklessness in Seattle is anything to go by.
- He calls Tom out that he's supposed to be Sonic's responsibility and seemingly encouraged him to act outside the law without helping him understand sooner how to be responsible, and intended to arrest Tom alongside Sonic and Tails.
- Kick the Dog: Very minor, but he steps on a child's sandcastle soon after his agents blow their cover at Rachel's wedding.
- Named by the Adaptation: He went nameless as the G.U.N. Commander in the games (although the Archie comics gave him the name Abraham Tower).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and his agents taser Sonic and lock him up along with Tails and Tom, allowing Robotnik more time to find the Master Emerald Temple without much interference. Tom and Maddie make sure he gets chewed out for this.
- Oh, Crap!: He has a massive one in The Stinger of the second movie when Project Shadow is discovered.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He just wants to figure out what caused the blackout, which is why he picked Robotnik of all people for the job (he's well-aware of his Jerkass nature, it's just because he had no other choice). Later on in the end, he offers to have an informal chat with Sonic after the film's climax. Subverted in the sequel, where he tries to trap Sonic. However, as soon as he sees the beam of light coming from the Master Emerald in the distance, therefore confirming Robotnik's threat, it becomes Double Subverted.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in two scenes in the first movie, but he's the one who sends Dr. Robotnik to Green Hills, setting in motion the events of the second and third act.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the sequel. Granted, he led the newly founded G.U.N. in the aftermath of Sonic and Robotnik's incident in San Francisco for good reason, but it is cold of him to set up a false wedding as a ruse to spy on the Wachowskis and capture Sonic, and then he arrests Tom for "aiding and abetting an alien creature" and for refusing the brunch offering. He also refuses to release Sonic after hearing of Robotnik's potential return, but sends word out to his men anyway. He and his agents get the short end of the stick when Maddie and Rachel free Tom, Sonic, and Tails with the latter's inventions and proceed to tie Walters up for all the trouble he's caused. Luckily, when they see a green beam in the distance, he's now willing to help the Wachowskis out.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He really likes Olive Garden and their Never-Ending Pasta Bowl, to the point that when he shows up in the second movie, Tom only remembers him as "the Olive Garden guy".
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sending Robotnik to Green Hills to investigate the mysterious power outage was his idea, which in turn led to the events in both that film and its sequel.
- Would Hurt a Child: Walters allows his agents to taser Sonic unconscious, not caring that he's Just a Kid, merely seeing him as an anthropomorphic alien hedgehog that possesses dangerous powers and must be contained strictly under the government's authority. He even puts Sonic and the unconscious (and very badly hurt) Tails in cages, and his agents ignore Sonic's pleas to get Tails medical help.
Portrayed by: Shemar Moore, Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese dub), Idzi Dutkiewicz (Latin-American Spanish dub), John Alexander Eriksson (Swedish dub),Fayolle Jean Jr. (Quebec French dub), David Krüger (European French dub), Andrea Lavagnino (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Amazon Chaser: His reaction to Rachel coming for him out of revenge for the Honey Trap plot by G.U.N. is to whisper "What a woman..."
- Becoming the Mask: He says that he did genuinely fall in love with Rachel during the undercover operation.
- Canon Foreigner: As with most humans in the movies, he has no counterpart from the games.
- Easily Forgiven: Even after the reveal that he tricked Rachel into a fake marriage, Rachel is still unusually quick to kiss him after he declares he still loved her. Granted, it's left ambiguous whether they actually get back together or not.
- Establishing Character Moment: When interacting with Tom for the first time, Randall looks like he's furious about what happened to his bride-to-be and is intent on making Tom's life miserable, until he drops the act and makes friends with him. The scene establishes Randall as a genuinely nice guy as well as an actor.
- Expy: His role as a G.U.N. agent tasked with infiltrating a human family Sonic is staying with makes him similar to Mister Stewart.
- Honey Trap: His entire romance with Rachel was all part of a scheme to capture Sonic.
- Hunk: Being played by Shemar Moore, that's a given. Rachel mentions his good looks even when angry at him and both Sonic and Tom regard him as handsome In-Universe.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: Parodied. After taking a taser hit meant for Rachel, Randall acts like he's been mortally wounded, groaning that he feels cold. Rachel quickly calls him out on this, saying he fell on the ice sculpture.
- In Love with the Mark: He genuinely fell in love with Rachel despite having only gotten together with her in order to get to Sonic.
- Mr. Fanservice: Like Tom, he too is played by a famous fashion model, except unlike James Marsden, the producers go out of their way to make sure Shemar Moore has a shirtless scene on the beach.
- Nice Guy: Even after being told about Tom from a biased source (Rachel), he's still friendly and welcoming toward his soon-to-be brother-in-law.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is the Manly Man to Tom's Sensitive Guy in the second movie. Despite being foils in that regard, they both are nice guys.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him in depth without revealing that he's an undercover G.U.N. agent.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether or not he and Rachel will get married for real after revealing he did fall for her is never brought up.
Portrayed by: Lee Majdoub, Daiki Hamano (Japanese dub), Carlo Vázquez (Latin-American Spanish), Björn Bengtsson (Swedish dub), Wendel Bezerra (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Joël Legendre (Quebec French dub), Jérémy Prévost (European French dub), Raffaele Carpentieri (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Robotnik's right-hand man, and, in contrast to how despised the doctor is by everyone else, a complete sycophant towards his boss.
- A Day in the Limelight: He gets his own solo story in the prequel comic for Sonic 2. It turns out the coffee shop he was working at was part of a contingency plan left behind for him by Robotnik. He asks that Stone take the business over and use it as a base to prepare for his eventual return to Earth. Stone does so in less than a week.
- Affably Evil: In stark contrast to his boss, Agent Stone bears no real malice towards the heroes, and only opposes them out of a sense of duty. He does get to show that he's legitimately evil and not just out of work when it's revealed in the prequel comic that he can be just as cruel and manipulative to other humans as Robotnik is when he sets his mind to it and if they incur his wrath, even if he's not nearly as super-intelligent as his boss.
- Ambiguously Gay: Bordering on intentional Homoerotic Subtext, Stone's loyalty to and obsession with Robotnik comes off as a full-blown crush at times, especially in the sequel, from the latte art to a picture of Robotnik in a French Maid Outfit on the screen at the Mean Bean.
- Berserk Button: Do not insult his lattes. Unless you want to get framed for money laundering, of course.
- Big "YES!": Well, he doesn't say "yes," but given his reaction to Robotnik returning, he might as well have.Stone: He's BAAAACK...!!
- Breakout Character: For a movie-only character, Sonic fans have really taken a liking to Stone as a loyal lackey for Robotnik due to their incredible on-screen chemistry, to the point that there's been tons of fanart created of him, especially when paired up with Robotnik. Additionally, he was popular enough to get his own solo story in the prequel comic for the second film.
- Besides, Stones stands out among Eggman's many henchmen due to the fact that he isn't a robot, he's not afraid of Robotnik, he genuinely likes the Doctor, and he's smart and competent in his own right. He is also the closest Robotnik ever had to a genuine friend, and the Doctor's decision to bring Stone along for the ride after building the Death Egg Robot in Sonic 2, even though Robotnik had no use for a henchman at that point due to having become a Physical God, further cements it.
- Butt-Monkey: His only purpose is to be the doctor's punching bag both verbally and, in at least one instance, physically.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created specifically for the movie, filling the role of Robotnik's lackey that previous continuities have in characters such as Snively, Grimer, or Metal Sonic.
- Composite Character: Being a polite assistant that can put up with Robotniks abuse makes him a clear call-back to Grimer from Sonic the Comic. But him staring in a cliffhanger involving a new threat that is much more powerfull then Robotnik is just like Snively at the end of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). Who ends things off on a cliffhanger with a much granter threat that he will need to work with.
- Chekhov's Skill: He's able to brew a latte that even Robotnik has to compliment. He's later shown to be laying low at a coffee shop as a contingency plan.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Though mostly a comical Yes-Man and Butt-Monkey, Stone shows that he can be a cunning and efficient villain in the "Official Movie Pre-Quill" comic, where he masterminds a bank heist and swiftly disposes of the staff of a coffee shop to take it over in order to advance Robotnik's schemes.
- The Dragon: To Robotnik in the first movie, which carries on into the sequel. While he and Knuckles serve as Co-Dragons, its shown that Robotnik fully intended all along to betray Knuckles once he had gotten the Master Emerald, firmly establishing Stone as his true second-in-command.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Inverted. After the Death Egg Robot is destroyed, he evades G.U.N.'s forces by disguising himself as one of their soldiers.
- Extreme Doormat: At one point, Robotnik sucker-punches him in the chest. Stone doesn't so much as utter a word of complaint about it. He does not tolerate his manager at the coffee shop treating him similarly, though, as he caps off his plan to infiltrate Green Hills by framing her for money laundering and taking over her shop.
- Faux Affably Evil: When Robotnik isn't around to be a dick to everyone, Stone proves to be surprisingly manipulative, and manages to take over a coffee shop to set up a new secret base for when Robotnik returns.
- Harmless Villain: He doesn't seem to be a malicious guy, in spite of working for Robotnik. He doesn't do anything evil in the movie. In the comic prequel to the second movie, however...
- Mad Scientist: Not quite to Robotnik's extent, but Stone is shown to be a capable scientist in his own right. After Robotnik's sent away and his resources are confiscated, Stone's able to control and keep the Badniks in working order. He takes over a coffeeshop in the Pre-Quill, and by Sonic 2 has turned it into a hi-tech secret base. Whatever devious schemes the doctor cooks up, Stone is eager to go along with them.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He seems a little too nice to be working for someone like Robotnik. When Sonic and Tom are fleeing from Robotnik, Stone's instinct is not to chase them but cater to his master and see if he's alright. He becomes more efficient and ruthless in the prequel comic for Sonic 2.
- Morality Pet: He's the only person Robotnik shows any form of kindness to, as Robotnik compliments how he makes lattes and even makes a rock named Agent Stone on the mushroom planet, showing he does miss Stone despite claiming he wouldn't when they parted ways earlier in the film.
- No Full Name Given: His first name is never mentioned.
- Nominal Villain: Agent Stone works as an assistant to the evil and insufferable Dr. Robotnik, but seemingly has no bad intentions, and puts up with Robotnik's abuse while keeping a positive attitude the whole time.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Official Movie Pre-Quill proves that he can be a ruthlessly efficient Chessmaster when he wants to be, as his disrespectful former coworkers learn the hard way.
- Only Friend: As much as Robotnik treats Agent Stone like crap, he's probably the closest thing to a friend that Robotnik has. He compliments him when he gets him a latte that he likes, and when he's stranded on the Mushroom Planet, he carves a rock in Agent Stone's likeness and lugs it around, in spite of his open contempt for people and their inefficiency. When Super Robotnik builds his Death Egg Robot, he takes Stone with him at his request with zero hesitation.
- Pet the Dog: After he finally reunites with Robotnik after the latter was stuck on the Mushroom Planet, Robotnik admits that he misses him after previously claiming that he wouldn't.
- This is expanded on in the Pre-Quill, where Robotnik admits that Stone is a genius in his own right, even if he's leagues behind Robotnik himself.
- Satellite Character: His role in the movies revolves entirely around serving as Robotnik's personal lackey. The Pre-Quill comic sheds more light on him, including revealing him to be a genius in his own right.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Between Eggman's Co-Dragons, Knuckles is the Manly Man who routinely invokes honor and possesses Super Strength, while Agent Stone is the Sensitive Guy who makes art in latte foam.
- Sycophantic Servant: No matter how much Robotnik belittles and abuses him, he serves with an enthusiastic smile and a latte with steamed Austrian goat's milk. Even Robotnik being banished does little to dissuade his loyalty.
- Translator Buddy: After Robotnik's long tirade toward Bennington, Stone sums up the doctor's opinion of the Major in five words:Stone: The doctor thinks you're basic.
- Undying Loyalty: An absolute kiss-up to Eggman. Ironically, despite Robotnik complaining that humans are useless compared to perfectly obedient machines, Agent Stone does everything he's told without question or complaint. Furthermore, he's likely the only person who's actually happy with Robotnik's return from his banishment.
- Unexplained Recovery: Unlike Robotnik whose fate remain unknown after the destruction of the Death Egg Robot, Stone manage to survive the whole ordeal despite being unconscious early on and appear to disguised himself as one of the G.U.N. soldiers afterward in The Stinger of the second movie.
- Villainy-Free Villain: He doesn't do anything truly villainous other than be Robotnik's assistant. Robotnik doesn't do anything illegal or villainous either, until he tries to kill Tom, which Stone did not participate in. This is fully Averted in the second movie's prequel comic, where he masterminds a bank heist to retrieve one of Robotnik's gloves, and then actively and intentionally ruins several people's lives to gain ownership of a coffee shop.
- In the second movie's post-credits scene, he's seen disguised as a G.U.N. agent, suggesting that he'll play a villainous role in the next movie.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's initially never seen again when Robotnik heads to San Francisco in the first movie, with the second movie reveals that he's been working at a coffee shop, which he took over through some evil schemes.
- Yes-Man: He sucks up to Robotnik at all times, following his instruction without question.
Officer Wade Whipple
Portrayed by: Adam Pally, Oolongta Yoshida (Japanese dub), Noé Velázquez (Latin-American Spanish dub), David Lenneman (Swedish dub), Dláigelles Riba (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Alexandre Fortin (Quebec French dub), Ellias Changuel (European French dub), Gabriele Tacchi (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Tom's deputy and friend from Green Hill Police Station.
- Alliterative Name: Officer Wade Whipple.
- Ascended Extra: He gets a slightly larger role in the second movie.
- Big Damn Heroes: He shows up at the end of the first movie with the other residents of Green Hills to save Tom and Sonic.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Tom, he isn't from the games.
- Clueless Deputy: He is not exactly the sharpest knife in the proverbial drawer.
- Comically Missing the Point: Aside from generally being Sarcasm-Blind, he mistakes Dr. Robotnik as being an actual "robot with a doctorate".
- The Dog Bites Back: After Robotnik abuses him early in the first film, Wade leads the people of Green Hills to fight back against him.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In the sequel, he tries this on Stone after capturing him in Robotnik's lair, to no success. He also includes "Cop with a Bagel" in the routine, to which Stone responds he's just holding a display bagel.
- Historical Character Confusion: Played for Laughs. When Sonic tells him that they need to find a way to find Knuckles, Wade recalls a kid in his class nicknamed "Knuckles" who could fit his whole fist in his mouth, and thinks that if it's the same Knuckles, they're in big trouble.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Averted. After grabbing the phone to threaten Tom, Robotnik and his crew leave him without giving him any more trouble. Wade even Lampshades this, asking if they had forgotten to brainwash him, but they ignore him. This ends up biting Robotnik in the ass when he and several others come and distract Robotnik for long enough to prevent him from killing Tom and Sonic.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When Robotnik is about to kill both Tom and Sonic, Wade stops him by firing near his head.
- Police Are Useless: Played for Laughs early on during the power outage, where he completely forgets Tom's instructions and sits at his desk in quiet panic while the phone rings incessantly. Downplayed in the sequel, where he manages to infiltrate Robotnik's new lair and capture Stone, though he's unable to get any effective interrogation done before Super Robotnik teleports in. It's also Lampshaded, as when a G.U.N. agent remarks on his incompetence, Tom and Maddie immediately know who she's talking about.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Wade's Establishing Character Moment is being oblivious to two of Tom's sarcastic remarks in a row.
- Ship Tease: He gets this with Rachel in a deleted scene when he starts flirting with her.
Portrayed by: Frank C. Turner, Hiroshi Iwasaki (Japanese dub), Alejandro Villeli (Latin-American Spanish dub), Faduli Costa (Brazilian Portuguese dub), Mino Caprio (Italian dub)
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
A man in Green Hills who started rumors of a Blue Devil lurking around the town.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Tom, he isn't from the games.
- Cassandra Truth: Before Sonic hides out in Toms garage, hes the only one who believes in Sonics existence.
- Chainsaw Good: He shows up at the film's climax wielding a chainsaw to protect Sonic from Robotnik. At the end of the movie, Officer Wade calmly tries to confiscate Carl's chainsaw, due to him being a little off the rocker.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite being a crazy old man who lives in the woods, Carl's absolutely right in his belief that there's a "Blue Devil" that roams Green Hills. Sonic suggests that his nickname be changed to "Super-Observant Carl."
- Enemy Mine: Despite the somewhat antagonistic relationship they've had for years, Carl shows up to defend Sonic. With a freaking CHAINSAW. He's legitimately upset with Robotnik for messing with "our Blue Devil." As far as Carl is concerned, Sonic has always been a resident of the town proper, and he apparently looks out for the town's own.
- Friendly Enemy: Sonic views him as this, saying they have fun. It turns out he sees Sonic the same way, standing up against Robotnik when he threatens him.
- No Mere Windmill: No one believes him about the "Blue Devil" around town. Turns out, Crazy Carl is right. (Sort of; Sonic isn't actually a devil.)
- Put on the Bus: While he does shows up in the Pre-Quill comic, he's nowhere to be seen in the second movie.
- Terrible Artist: He creates an artist's rendering of the Blue Devil. It's a terrible Sonic picture... but a great Sanic picture.
Dr. Robotnik's Machines
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Dr. Robotnik's personal army of robots. They come in a variety of forms, from standard egg-shaped drones to powerful tank-like vehicles.
- Adaptational Badass: Their use of deadly lasers and missiles on the field make them much more destructive than the standard Badniks of the games.
- Adaptational Mundanity: Physically so. The games' Badniks are colorful robots with a plethora of unique designs, usually based on animals. Here they are primarily white in color with plainer, less expressive designs, though the second film does introduce a new variant based on the Buzz Bomber. The prequel comic to the second movie includes Crabmeat-like Badniks as well, but they only appear for one panel.
- Adapted Out: In the games, Eggman infamously used innocent animals as "organic batteries" for his minions, and you were able to free them after destroying the robots. Understandably, this doesn't happen in the films; one could say that No Animals Were Harmed in the making of these Badniks.
- Airborne Mook: Both the egg drones and Buzz Bombers are specifically designed to fly.
- Asteroids Monster: The tank variant is capable of breaking off into smaller robots, its most basic form being a one-wheeled vehicle.
- Bee Afraid: The Buzz Bombers make their debut in the second movie. While the regular drones are shaped like eggs, these guys resemble giant bees.
- Blind Obedience: The main reason that Robotnik enjoys using them opposed to humans since they all do everything he tells them to do without hesitation. The only to subvert this is the one Badnik Robotnik programmed to think for itself, which changes its mind later on.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: While the bee-shaped models are called Buzz Bombers in the games, they go nameless in the films.
- Glass Cannon: While undoubtedly advanced machines, they're still very flimsy. Tom himself can destroy the standard drones just by hitting them with mundane objects. In the sequel, Sonic is able to take them out with snowballs.
- Laser Sight: The standard egg drones have these. Tails gets surrounded by them in the second film, signaling to the heroes that Robotnik has arrived.
- Mecha-Mooks: Like in the games, they are the primary enemies that Sonic and friends have to fight off.
- Took a Level in Badass: After Robotnik steals the Master Emerald in the second film, he upgrades his robots with shiny chrome builds and Emerald-powered lasers.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Every Badnik sports a glowing red eye, an indication of their lethal nature.
The Death Egg Robot
Appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's a gargantuan robot that Robotnik uses to rampage through Green Hills. It's up to Sonic and friends to take it down during the climax.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: It is clearly the Death Egg Robot of the games, but since the Death Egg space station doesn't appear, it's never called that. Merchandise simply calls it the "Giant Eggman Robot" (though this is incidentally the name of the regular final boss of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which is another giant Eggman mecha) while the book manual that Agent Stone read refers to it as "Egg-Robotnik".
- Composite Character: It has the color scheme of its classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 iteration, the size and chaos power used to control it comes from the Titanic Monarch from Sonic Mania (even the way Robotnik is controlling it is very similar to the Phantom Egg boss). Its power level and position as Eggman's ultimate weapon is like the Death Egg.
- Eye Beams: It can shoot Emerald-powered lasers from its eyes.
- Final Boss: Befitting of a classic Sonic boss, it serves as the last enemy that Team Sonic has to take down in the sequel, and even more fittingly, the final confrontation is between it and Super Sonic.
- Humongous Mecha: A mechanical colossus that bears the sinister likeness of its creator.
- Macross Missile Massacre: It unleashes a missile barrage from its chest, nearly taking out Sonic and Tails while they're riding the Tornado.
- Nasal Weapon: The "snot rocket", which is a laser that's fired out of the robot's nose.
- No OSHA Compliance: It doesn't really have much safety features for anybody that's actually inside it. Robotnik gets away with this mostly by floating, but Agent Stone isn't so lucky.
- Off with His Head!: Super Sonic uses his newfound powers to decapitate the robot, allowing him to confront Robotnik face-to-face.
- Punch Catch: After Sonic emerges in his Super form, Robotnik uses the mecha to deal one more rocket-powered punch on his foe. Super Sonic manages to stop its fist with one arm, without even flinching.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like the other Badniks, it sports red eyes and an entire face to go with it (though only after losing the Emerald's power).
- Rocket Punch: It's a giant mech suit, so it has to have rocket-powered fists.
Voiced by: Aaron Landon
Appearances: Sonic Drone Home (Animated short)
An Eggman robot who appears in the animated short, Sonic Drone Home. It is notably the first Badnik in this continuity that can actively speak and think for itself.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Unit is first introduced upgrading itself in order to Take Over the World, while still claiming to have grown beyond its programming. Sonic manages to talk it down by pointing out that the whole "take over the World" thing is Robotnik's shtick and asks the Unit what it truly wants to do. This manages to calm the rogue drone down, leading to it admitting that it has a fondness for poetry of all things, and leads to its HeelFace Turn.
- Artificial Intelligence: The first of Robotnik's goons to actually have sentience and a personality.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Downplayed, but Unit stops trying to kill Sonic because no one has ever asked Unit an actual question before, and Sonic was the first to ask one.
- Benevolent A.I.: Though hostile at first, Unit eventually cools down and befriends Sonic and Tails after they get to know it through its love of poetry.
- Elite Mook: Unit is alarmingly effective at upgrading itself with whatever it can find in the junkyard (using a fridge to eject anyone it traps inside, a paint sprayer as a Red Herring, and a propeller in case if its enemy tried to escape using flight) and almost succeeds at destroying Sonic without being given direct orders.
- Expy: He is basically E-102 "γ" (Gamma) from Sonic Adventure. Both are robots created by Robotnik that learn to grow past their programming and befriend Sonic and his friends in the end.
- Giant Scrap Robot: Unit is first introduced upgrading itself with a body made entirely of junk from the scrapyard. Its makeshift parts include a construction excavator for an arm, a busted car for a torso, and built-in helicopter propellers.
- HeelFace Turn: After an intense battle with Team Sonic, Sonic is able to calm Unit down and have a genuine heart-to-heart with it. It quickly lightens up and befriends the trio, though it still somewhat iffy toward Knuckles.
- Hidden Depths: Would you believe that the scrappy junkyard robot has a thing for poetry? It even writes its own material, and happily shares it with Sonic and Tails, earning their friendship.
- It Can Think: Unit holds the honor of being the first Paramount Sonic Badnik to show any self-awareness. It's smart enough to strategize without being given direct orders and writes its own poems.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Played for Laughs; it puts on a pair of glasses to read its poem, despite being a robot with one eye.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: Even after it befriend the trio and has different interest in mind with poetry, Unit remain focused on its quest to "conquer" the world.Unit: (Towards Knuckles) Soon, Unit will master the poetry forms and the world will cower. You will be the first to fall before this unit's superior pros, red mean thing.
- Third-Person Person: In a robotic fashion, Unit always uses its name in place of words such as "I" and "my."