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A bit more loose as a group than the other teams, Team Rose does not appear nearly as frequently as Team Sonic or Team Dark. Amy herself tends to spend more time as Team Sonic's unofficial fourth member, while Cream and Big would rather spend their days peacefully staying at home and fishing respectively. Nevertheless, if Amy ever needs backup, Cream and Big are always ready to help out.

Note that while Amy, Cream, and Big are the most recurrent and iconic members of the team, it has had several configurations throughout the years:

  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Amy was a part of the unofficial "Team Silver" alongside Silver the Hedgehog and Blaze the Cat.
  • In Sonic Free Riders, Team Rose had Amy and Cream as usual, but Vector from Team Chaotix filled Big's usual role as the team's muscle.
  • In Sonic Runners, Team Rose consisted solely of Amy and Blaze the Cat. Cream and Big instead joined with Silver the Hedgehog forming Team Easy.
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  • In Team Sonic Racing, Team Rose's racers consist of Amy and Big, with a group of Chao replacing Cream as the group's third racer.

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  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Amy, Big and Cream.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Big (well, Big), Amy (Thin), and Cream (Short).
  • Cast Herd: Though not as tight as the other teams. Amy is usually helping Team Sonic instead of managing her own team. Sonic Advance 3 refers to Amy and Cream as "Team Jubilee".
  • Cute Bruiser: All three of them: Amy is your average cheery and energetic young girl yet wields a huge hammer around like no one's business, Cream who's even younger can lay the smackdown with Cheese when she feels like it, and despite Big being a fluffy Gentle Giant most of the time, don't provoke him unless you want to get hurt.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Amy and Cream to Sonic and Tails. A hotheaded hedgehog speedster and a mild mannered younger flyer.
  • The Ditz: They can act very scatterbrained: Amy can act ditzy when in love with Sonic, Cream is extremely naive and rather brainless at times and Big is slow-witted.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Amy (Sanguine + Choleric): She's the charismatic leader of Team Rose who wears her heart on her sleeves and is an optimistic and caring yet overbearing individual. She can be very bossy and temperamental. Her optimism and hair-trigger temper can lead her to acting rather foolish.
    • Cream (Sanguine + Phlegmatic): She's the curious, extroverted and fun-loving member of Team Rose who has her moments of questioning Amy's ideas and sometimes proving her wrong on her decisions. She’s generally cheerful, honest and polite. She can be very sensitive and opinionated though. She's not afraid to voice her anger and disgust either.
    • Big (Phlegmatic): He's the upbeat and laid-back member of the team who enjoys laying around and fishing. He can be rather a slow thinker to the point that he can easily be regarded as an "idiot" when that's hardly the case. He's a loyal and reliable individual who cares a lot for his friends and almost always is calm during any situation.
  • Image Song: "Follow Me".
  • Kid Hero: Amy is 12 years old, and Cream is only 6.
  • Limit Break: Their Team Blast "Flower Festival" in Sonic Heroes.
  • Power Trio: They've became one since Heroes.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Because of them being Distaff Counterparts to Sonic and Tails, Amy and Cream have these role respectively. The latter is far nicer than the former who is easy-going, but is sometimes hot-headed.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Amy (Tomboy) and Cream (Girly Girl).
  • Two Girls and a Guy: With Amy and Cream being the two girls, and Big being the sole guy.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Most evident in the Sonic Advance Trilogy, Amy and Cream are the two girls of the 5 members of the heroes, the other three being Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles

    Amy Rose
Click here to see Amy's classic design. 

"I know that people fight over the most trivial things. Some people may be selfish, like the professor said... but they're basically good, if they try their best and never give up on their wishes. They always have a reason to be happy; that's why you should help them out."

Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (Japanese, 1998, 2001-present), Emi Motoi (Japanese, 2000); Lynn Harris (English, 1993), Jennifer Douillard (English, 1999-2004), Lisa Ortiz (English, 2005-2010), Cindy Robinson (English, 2010-present); Naïke Fauveau (French)

An energetic pink hedgehog whom Sonic rescued back in Sonic CD. Initially she was a fan of Sonic's who she desperately wanted to meet, but their meeting was soon cut short with the arrival of Dr. Eggman and his new creation, Metal Sonic. Metal kidnapped Amy and Sonic had to save her and stop Eggman's plan of using Little Planet to mess with the timeline. After Eggman's defeat, Amy fell completely in love with Sonic and has made numerous attempts to start a relationship with him, often getting mixed up in his adventures as a result, much to his chagrin.

Amy has a very sweet and understanding personality. She always tries her best to understand and see the best in people and help them in any way she can and is very protective of her friends. Underneath her sweetness lies quite the temper however, something that even Sonic isn't immune to being on the receiving end of.

  • Action Girl: Starts turning into one in Sonic Adventure, and fully blossoms into one by Sonic Advance.
  • Aerith and Bob: While the other Sonic characters have names like Cream, Espio, Knuckles, Rouge, etc, Amy is a very common name for females.
  • All-Loving Hero: Best demonstrated in the Adventure games. Her kindness and purity resonates upon all who meet her, with her genuine belief in and love for all the people on Earth has redeemed villains E102-Gamma and Shadow, showing them that there is goodness within them as well as others. Likewise her beliefs that no life is worth being sacrificed has Silver questioning his motivations, and just might have saved the world, well, had Mephilis not interfered.
  • All There in the Manual: Character profiles give her full name as "Amy Rose the Hedgehog".
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Her Piko Piko Hammer is a popular Japanese children's toy. In its original appearance, Sonic the Fighters, it even bears a stronger resemblance to that toy.
  • Always Save the Girl: As proven in Sonic 2006, she tells Silver that she would rather choose Sonic over the world.
  • Art Evolution: Here's what she used to look like. She was once 8, sporting that look.
  • The Artifact: Amy's name stands out amongst a cast where most other Funny Animals are named things like "Sonic", "Knuckles", "Big", and "Silver". This is because her name originates from a manga where everyone had "normal" names like "Nicky" and "Brenda". Amy's name (which was sometimes "Eimy") was kept the same even though it doesn't match the rest of the game's cast. For a while she was given the more 'Aerith' nickname of "Rosy the Rascal", but that was dropped after the Saturn era.
  • Ascended Extra: The biggest example in the franchise. She originated in a line of manga to tie in to the first game's release, but would've been forgotten if not for Sega of Japan liking her design and needing a character for Sonic to rescue. Even then, Amy was a very minor character in the classic Sonic era, with her only major role being in Sonic CD (and even that role was a small Damsel in Distress role)—otherwise she made no appearances in the main series games, and only made occasional bit player appearances in spinoffs, mainly Sonic R and the Drift games. It was Sonic Adventure that upgraded her into a major series character, coinciding with her second redesign and personality overhaul.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Gender-inverted. Started off as a Fangirl with a Precocious Crush, but has since become one of Sonic's closest friends.
  • Ass Kicks You: First in Sonic the Fighters, and then in Sonic Battle.
  • Badass Adorable: Her weirdness can sometimes obstruct the "Adorable" part, though.
  • Badass Boast: "You want a fight? You've got one! Let's get that bloated buffoon!"
  • Badass Normal: Compared to other characters. Sonic is fast, Tails can fly, Knuckles is strong, Blaze has pyrokinesis... and Amy has a hammer. She sometimes has super speed, but never to the same extent as even characters like Knuckles.
  • Badass Pacifist: While she has no reservations regarding violence, she has managed to convince two charactersnote  to perform a Heel–Face Turn with the power of her words. She also managed to stop Silver dead in his tracks with nothing but a glare when he tried to kill Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
  • Berserk Button:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be sweet and gentle, but it isn't wise to underestimate her. She can also be very unpleasant if you provoke her, although this aspect would be taken this too far often at times especially in later games. Not even Sonic is safe from her.
  • Blow You Away: Several attacks in several games show her to have tornado based hammer swings.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Was less like this in her first several appearances, but grew into a straighter example in the series over time. Most media after Generations however have been downplaying this once more in favor of her sweeter side.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in Sonic Mania, in the form of the Amy Doll.
  • Canon Immigrant: She debuted in a manga featured in the April 1992 issue of Shogaku Ninensei (Second Grade), technically making her Sonic's oldest recurring companion—though she originally lacked a surname, had brown or blonde fur, and she and Sonic (specifically his Secret Identity) were a definite Official Couple.
  • Characterization Marches On: She started off as basically Sonic's answer to Princess Peach, then Sonic Adventure gave her a much more outgoing personality, and a temper to match.
  • The Chick: To Team Sonic whenever she teams up with them. She also has elements of The Big Guy when she has her mallet.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She won't take it well if a girl her age or over so much as looks at Sonic despite that it's not what she truly thinks.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Like Sonic, her eyes are sort of right next to each other.
  • Cool Big Sis: A surrogate one to Cream and Tails to a certain degree.
  • Cute and Psycho: Her temper and obsession with Sonic reaches near manic levels at times.
  • Cute Bruiser: She may be cute, but she knows how to use that hammer of hers.
  • Damsel in Distress: How she made her debut into the series, also tends to play it from time to time afterward as well. Fortunately, she's taken enough levels in badassery to rescue herself most of the time.
  • Death Glare: There's this horrifying face seen in Sonic Rush, which is used exactly once in the game (when she demands to know who Blaze is and why Sonic seems so interested in her).
  • Depending on the Writer: She's hot-blooded and has a massive thing for Sonic, obviously, but how much either is in play tends to vary from game to game. Sonic Battle is pretty unkind to her, given that she apparently hallucinates so hard that she creates a dream-Sonic to help defend Emerl from Rouge. (As in, you have to fight both her and the imagined Sonic in one of the toughest fights of the game.)
  • The Determinator: No matter what happens, she is not going to give up on Sonic.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her Piko Piko Hammer is her weapon of choice.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The original manual for Sonic CD has a real whopper, because it gave Amy the name of a character from an entirely different Sonic series altogether; In a very odd attempt to tie-in the game to the more serious Di C Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon that was running around the time CD was initially released, Amy is inexplicably referred to as Princess Sally in the North American Sega CD manual, even though Sally has never appeared in the games note  and Amy looks and acts absolutely nothing like her. The PC manual corrected this mistake by referring to her as Amy.
    • Looking back at her first appearance, she's almost unrecognizable, sharing Sonic's quills, having a green and brown outfit with very little pink, not displaying anger at her capture by Eggman, and of course lacking her iconic hammer (which was called a "Magical Hammer" in Sonic the Fighters instead of a "Piko Piko Hammer"). Her manga appearances have her as a straight damsel.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Not In-Universe, but the teams she leads always go by "Team Rose."
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: Inverted: in her case, it's a Sonic-Detecting Radar. When Amy shows up as a character, she is very good at finding Sonic even if its by complete coincidence.
  • Fangirl: Of Sonic obviously, and later on, she's very obsessed with him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her one track obsession with Sonic has sometimes led her to get in danger's way. Some media also portray her as rather headstrong and prone to cause issues with her short temper.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine + Choleric
  • Friend to All Living Things: Will befriend innocent animals, rivals, enemies if they're willing to listen, and especially robots. If Amy thinks she can make friends, she'll gladly try to do so.
  • Genki Girl: Amy's very energetic and cheerful. There are times when even Sonic seems worn out by her.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Her fur is entirely pink, loves fashion and sweets and is very romantic, but she's also a formidable fighter and is very able to use her hammer.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's ladylike and has a rather childish crush on The Hero, but she also wields that hammer of hers like nobody's business.
  • The Glomp: Since Sonic CD, it's a Running Gag for her to attempt to glomp Sonic, only to end up clinging to another character altogether. She gets it right in Sonic Unleashed, only to believe otherwise due to the Werehog form.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: In Sonic Battle she's taken up boxercising to lose weight, so one of her attacks is punching opponents.
  • Go Through Me: Stood up to Sonic before he finishes Gamma (or before Tails does, or before Gamma defeats Sonic depending on who you're playing as) in Sonic Adventure and later in the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), when Silver tries to issue Sonic a killing blow, Amy jumps right in front of him.
  • Hair Decorations: Always seen wearing a hairband.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: At least since Taking A Level In Jerkass. She's prone to hit people with her hammer with little provocation, mostly Sonic.
  • Hammerspace: A rather literal example too.
  • The Heart: Her other signature ability (beside skill with a hammer) is single-minded charisma. She has managed to make a combat robot, a pissed-off super-being in the midst of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and a vengeful psyker all back down, triggering a Heel–Face Turn from two of them in the process. This is (at least part of) the reason why she's a Morality Pet.
  • Heart Beat-Down: Has had a few heart-themed attacks since Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Amy loves Sonic, but Sonic isn't interested. At the very least, Sonic considers her a good friend.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: In Sonic Adventure 2, she served as this for Eggman in exchange for a Chaos Emerald. As well as to lure Sonic into a deathtrap. Good thing he figured out how to use Chaos Control, or he would've been space dust.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Doing Boxercise to lose weight in Battle further gave her some punch to her fighting prowess.
  • Image Song: "My Sweet Passion". While it functions as the Team's over all theme, Follow Me" is more about Amy than her teammates.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Despite its portrayal as a deadly weapon, the Piko Piko Hammer is based on an iconic Japanese noisemaker of the same name, and "piko piko" is an onomatopoeia for the squeaking sound the toy makes when someone is hit with it. Yes; Amy's weapon of choice is, in fact, a novelty item.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Despite her occasionally brash and hot-tempered nature, she always sees the best in people and never gives up. It's her optimism that gets Shadow to make a Heel–Face Turn and remember Maria's promise.
  • Informed Ability: It's stated quite a few times that she has chased Sonic around so much that she became fast enough to actually keep up with him. However, she's only shown keeping up with Sonic when she's using a vehicle and/or Sonic isn't running at his top speed (or at least it's not made clear that he's running at his top speed). She actually runs pretty slowly in some of her playable appearances.
  • The Ingenue: During her debut in Sonic CD, Amy filled the role of the innocent damsel in distress. This role has since been passed to Cream.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's twice Cream's age, but they are shown to be close friends, almost akin to Sonic and Tails.
  • Invisibility: In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), for some reason.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Though this varies from game-to-game, she's in between Sonic and Knuckles in terms of speed and strength (thanks to her Piko Piko Hammer). She's even labeled as a Balanced Character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She's become a bit of a heroine in her own right, but she's still crazy for Sonic.
  • Large Ham: If it's not Sonic or Eggman, she's likely the one doing the shouting. While she's fully capable of speaking quietly, even gently at times, more often than not she's the loudest in a conversation.
  • The Leader: When Team Rose is assembled, she's going to be the leader.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Amy generally has a rather unique moveset from other characters in many titles, making her harder to master, but with special abilities that can be exploited effectively. Her platforming roles such as the Sonic Advance Trilogy, as well as many spin off titles like Sonic R or her PvP role in Sonic Adventure 2 are good examples.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Rouge the Bat's' Dark Feminine.
  • Little Miss Badass: 8 years old in her debut, 12 years old after the retcon, yet badass and cute all the way.
  • Lookalike Lovers: Subverted intentionally by SEGA who ported Amy to the games to chase Sonic indefinitely and In-Universe Sonic has never officially admitted being interested in her. However...
  • Loony Fan: As a result of Flanderization, though this has gotten better as of late, depending on the game.
  • Love at First Sight: She fell instantly in love with Sonic; in Palmtree Panic Zone 1 (Present) and/or Stardust Speedway Zone 3, she'll immediately run to hug him upon sight.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: She's very...aggressive about her feelings for Sonic, especially if she feels like another girl is making moves on him.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Not really dumb, but her love for Sonic can sometimes make her a bit sidetracked, considering the fact she mistakes other hedgehogs (and a Werehog) for him, although for the Werehog, she isn't aware that it really is Sonic until he saves her from a group of Dark Gaia's spawn later on, and is embarrassed to think its happened again.
  • Magic Skirt: Usually follows this despite her skirt belling out like it does. As a general rule, Amy has this except in games where she's playable. Some games seem to go out of their way to show her panties, though, particularly in Sonic Heroes, where Amy's underwear is literally the first thing you see in the Team Sonic vs. Team Rose cutscene.
  • Mama Bear: Amy is known to be quite defensive of her friends:
    • In Sonic 2006, she blocks Silver from trying to kill Sonic and while not trying to fight him, she chews him out on it.
  • In Sonic Adventure, she bravely refused to give Birdie to Gamma despite the latter's demands, which then caused Gamma to have a change of heart and release her from her cell inside the Egg Carrier. Then later on the game, she stood up to Sonic (or Tails if you play his storyline), pleading him not to hurt Gamma, causing Sonic to relent, which means she will stand up to her friends to protect others.
  • Maybe Ever After: Temporarily. In the HD version of Sonic Unleashed, Amy asks Sonic out on a date, which the player can either accept or decline. At the end of Sonic and the Black Knight, it's revealed that Sonic had a date with Amy, but missed it because of his adventure. Amy thinks it's just an excuse for him forgetting about their date, and promptly chases him with her hammer.

    Cream the Rabbit

"A friend of a friend is always a friend!"

First appearance: Sonic Mega Collection (as artwork)
Debut as a character: Sonic Advance 2
Voiced by: Sayaka Aoki (Japanese); Sarah Wulfeck (English, 2004), Rebecca Honig (English, 2005-2009), Michelle Ruff (English, 2010-present); Marie Millet (French)

A very young rabbit and her pet Chao, Cheese. Cream made her debut after her mother Vanilla was kidnapped by Dr. Eggman in another one of his schemes, but was ultimately rescued by Sonic. Due to her young age, she tends to stay out of the action most of the time, but can step up if the situation calls for it.

Due to her upbringing, Cream is an extremely docile and polite individual. She refers to almost every character by attaching the prefix "Mr." or "Ms." to their name. She's also a rather timid individual, but nonetheless tries her best to help her friends out when they need it.

  • A Day in the Limelight: She's a rather minor supporting character in the series, but she does get a substantial role in Sonic Rush as Blaze's primary partner and part of the reason she lightens up.
  • Action Girl: She can sometimes be one, as shown in Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Heroes.
  • Badass Adorable: Cream is the youngest playable character in the series, and she kicks ass just as well as the rest of them. Cheese is this too.
    • Sometimes, even better than her older teammates. Amy and Big both have a few games where they're completely reliant on their hammer or fishing rod, respectively, to attack. As often as she utilises Cheese to similar effect, Cream's always got the option of curling into a ball and slamming into enemies herself like Team Sonic always does.
  • Badass Pacifist: Cream has strong reservations against violence and tries to solve problems through other means. But if all options are exhausted, she will use force if necessary.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's kind, polite, and soft-spoken, but if you force her hand, she can and she will kick your ass.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Cream looks like a friendly little bunny girl.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite all of the dangerous situations she finds herself in, Cream is always polite and respectful.
  • The Chick: One of the most innocent and passive characters in the cast. While she can fight if need be, she prefers to stay on the sidelines.
  • Cool Pet: Cheese usually does most of the attacking for Cream.
  • Cowardly Lion: As she's a young child, she is easily frightened. However, she does have her moments of bravery, and will get involved if she has to.
  • The Cutie: A sweet-natured bunny.
  • Disappeared Dad: Strangely enough, despite being the only character with a parental figure.
  • Distressed Damsel: In Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Battle, Sonic Rush and Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • The Ditz: She can be a bit naive and simple-minded at times.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Sonic Mega Collection as concept art.
  • Ears as Hair: Her ears resemble Girlish Pigtails.
  • Ear Wings: Can achieve flight by flapping her ears.
  • Empathy Pet: Cheese often mirrors Cream's feelings.
  • Flight: Is able to fly by flapping her ears.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine + Phlegmatic
  • Free-Range Children: The only character shown to have a parent, and she's still seen to go wherever she wants, often without supervision.
  • Informed Attribute: According to the Sonic Generations bio for her, Cream is stated to have curiosity, and according to her Sonic Channel Japanese profile (per Google Translate), is stated to have a desire for knowledge. This isn't particularly seen in-game.
  • The Ingenue: A role she inherited from Amy.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In Sonic Rush, when introducing Amy and Knuckles, who she calls "short-sighted" and "not very bright" respectively, to Blaze.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Most of her friends are twice her age and over.
  • Japanese Politeness: With her tendency of bowing politely and calling everyone "Mr." or "Miss", Cream seems distinctly more Japanese than the other characters. Especially when you consider that while most of her friends are older than her, the majority of them are still only preteens/teenagers.
  • Kawaiiko: Cute in a specifically Japanese sensibility (using honorifics or "Mr." or Ms" when addressing a character) in the series, contrasting with the rest of the cast's more Western behavior.
  • Kid Hero: Cream is tied with Charmy as the youngest of the heroes, at age 6.
  • The Lancer: She's Amy's best friend and acts as a calmer, nicer foil to Amy's Tsundere ways. She also acts as a Lancer of sorts to Blaze, as Cream helps her get over her antisocial ways.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She considers Sonic to be like a big brother to her.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: She never goes anywhere without her Chao friend Cheese.
  • Morality Pet: For Blaze throughout Sonic Rush.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her fur is mostly a cream color, but she has orange markings on it.
  • Nice Girl: She's the sweetest, most gentle character in the whole series. Vanilla taught her good manners.
  • Panty Shot: White.
  • Prone to Tears: She's usually a Cheerful Child, but she's highly sensitive and prone to tears.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Inverted. When Cream was introduced, she took on most of Amy's positive traits, such as her kindness and child-like innocence, while Amy's infatuation with Sonic was flanderized.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's an adorable bunny.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her dress resembles a simplified version of one of these.
  • Satellite Character: Most of the time she gets a prominent role, it's usually a secondary one at best for other, more central characters. Mainly Amy & Blaze respectively.
  • Sidekick: To Amy, and later Blaze.
  • Skip of Innocence: In Sonic Battle.
  • Spoiled Sweet: It's said that her mother treats her like a princess, but she's a friendly, albeit naive and sheltered girl.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Cream looks a lot like her mother outside of attire and body shape.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Not really brought to the player's attention very much, but the closest she ever comes to swimming is using a floatie to stay on top of the water. Underwater, trying to activate her flying simply does not work.
  • Sweet Tooth: Cream loves ice cream.
  • Tagalong Kid: Especially when paired with the older characters.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Amy's Tomboy
  • Technical Pacifist: She dislikes violence, but will get involved in a fight if there are no other options, though it's often Cheese that does all the fighting.
  • Theme Naming: Combine her name with her mother's and pets' names, and you get "Cream Cheese" and "Vanilla Ice Cream".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her idle animation in Sonic Advance 2 show’s her eating an ice cream cone.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Closest thing to it in the series, and one of the reasons she's not too popular outside of Japan.

    Big the Cat

"Froggy! Where are you?"

Voiced by: Shun Yashiro (Japanese, 1998-2001), Takashi Nagasako (Japanese, 2003-present); Jon St. John (English, 1999-2004, 2009), Oliver Wyman (English, 2010, 2016), Kyle Hebert (English, 2010, 2019-present); Antoine Nouel (French)

A very large purple cat who lives in the Mystic Ruins along with his pet Frog, Froggy. During the events of Sonic Adventure, Froggy ate a piece of Chaos which made him act strange and swallow the Chaos Emerald Big had found. Worried about his friend, Big set out to rescue him and gets caught up in the events as a result. Since then, he's become a good friend of Amy and Cream.

Despite his large size and strength to match, Big is a very gentle creature. He's also very laid-back preferring to spend his days fishing and sleeping in his house. Despite that however, Big is always there when his friends need him and really shows his true power when they're in danger.

  • Ace Pilot: He's skilled enough to pilot Tails's plane in Sonic Adventure.
  • Acrofatic: Big may be fat, but he is a decent jumper and is very fast for someone of his size, fast enough to keep up with Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit in Heroes. In Sonic Adventure, he can climb ladders the fastest out of any of the playable characters.
  • Action Survivor: Unlike the rest of the cast in Sonic Adventure, who arre all trying to stop Eggman (or in Amy and Gamma's case, helping a bird and finding its family respectively), Big is just someone who got caught up in the conflict because his pet was possessed by Chaos and he went on a journey to find him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Big's Big Fishing Adventure 3: The Trial, a game created by Sega of Virgin Islands for April Fools' Day 2016.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: He lacks sclera unlike the other characters in the series and is bit of a klutz at times.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten his frog or his friends.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It's not nice to tease Big's friends.
  • Big Fun: Big is very easy-going and fun to be around. He even lets people ride on his shoulders.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seems to play this role in Team Rose, especially for Cream. Bullying her is about the one point he is shown to be genuinely angered.
    Cream: I'm kinda scared...
    Big: Don't worry, I'll be right by you.
  • Big Friendly Cat: What else can you say with a cat who's a Gentle Giant?
  • Cats Are Lazy: Big the Cat is a very fat cat who spends most of his time fishing, rarely ever partaking in the series' adventures. Whenever he does, it's usually to find his pet frog, Froggy, whenever he goes missing.
  • Character Exaggeration: Happens to Froggy. In Sonic Adventure, Big is looking for Froggy because he ran off after being possessed by Chaos. In Sonic Heroes, Big is looking for Froggy because he was abducted. In more recent appearances, however, Froggy often disappears on Big for no apparent reason. This actually happens twice in the aforementioned A Day in the Limelight, with Eggman mocking Big for it and questioning whether Froggy even likes him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sega and Sonic Team rather deliberately pretended Big didn't exist for a few years , due to having little use for a character who's primary trait was being astonishingly slow-witted. He's starting to pop up more often now, though.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has a strange thought process, due in part to his rather easygoing nature.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he is seemingly dim and klutzy, he can pick up boulders and cars easily, exchange his fishing lure with an inner tube and a flail (on fire) and manages to stand up to not only Chaos, but Metal Overlord, actually telling the latter that they would pay for their actions prior and deals most of the damage to him during the Team Rose portion of the fight.
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted as Big is more of a slow thinker as opposed to actually being stupid.
  • Epic Flail: In Heroes, after gaining enough power-up boxes, his fishing pole upgrades to a fishing pole with a flail in the place of a lure; oh, and it's on fire, too.
  • Expy: Well, not of a specific character per se, but he's very similar in personality to a typical Hayao Miyazaki creation, e.g. Totoro.
  • Fat Idiot: Subverted: he's not really stupid, just simple.
  • Fishing Minigame: His gameplay in Sonic Adventure.
  • The Fool: Big and his Quest for the Possessed Frog spend pretty much all of Sonic Adventure being completely incidental to the plot of the game.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
  • Funny Background Event: In Sonic Adventure 2, he can often be seen in silly situations, hidden in the background of certain stages and boss battles. Not in the Battle remake / port, unfortunately.
  • Furry Ear Dissonance: His ears are much longer and pointier than a normal cat's.
  • Genius Ditz: Implied to be, considering he can pilot the Tornado 2 without wrecking it as well as Eggman's mech in multiplayer mode for Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Gentle Giant: Probably the most easygoing character in the series, despite being ostensibly one of its strongest.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In Team Sonic Racing, not only does he apologise to everyone he hits (implying he hit them on accident), but he also doesn't understand that items are intended to hit others, sometimes even thinking someone hit him by accident.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: In a literal sense. If his Image Song was any indication, it may as well be his philosophy.
  • Image Song: "Lazy Days (Livin' in Paradise)"
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Possibly one of the dimmest protagonists, as well as one of the most gentle and soft tempered.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In Heroes: like Knuckles, he's not hampered by loops and just runs through them.
  • Meaningful Name: He's big, just like his name implies.
  • Mega Neko: Appropriately, as he's a big cat.
  • Mighty Glacier: One of the slowest characters in the series, but is quite strong, enough to be classified as a Power-type in Heroes. He can effortlessly lift a car right over his head, throw boulders and smash right through stone obstacles.
  • Moveset Clone: He shares a lot of Knuckles's moves in Sonic Heroes.
  • Multicolored Hair: Downplayed. His fur is two shades of purple, one darker and a bit more blue.
  • Nice Guy: Docile, placid, gentle, protective, good-natured.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Despite sharing most features with the other anthro characters, his facial structure and limb proportions are different to most of the others. Even Blaze, another cat, looks drastically different from him.
  • Out of Focus: Due to the reception of his gameplay in Adventure, his appearances were decreased from being playable to the point where he was only occasionally mentioned. This has skewed back in the other direction in recent years.
  • Parasol Parachute: In Sonic Heroes.
  • Recurring Extra: He shows up a lot less frequently than other characters, which kinda makes his odd appearances stand out more.
  • Rod And Reel Repurposed:
    • In Sonic Adventure, while he does use his fishing pole primarily for fishing, he can use it to attack enemies from a distance by aiming his lure at them. He can also use his fishing pole as a club if he is close to an enemy.
    • In Sonic Heroes, Big can use his fishing pole as a bat and Amy and Cream as balls to attack enemies. He can also swing his fishing pole in a circle to attack enemies around him with his lure.
  • Running Gag:
    • Occasionally seen throughout both campaigns as Easter Eggs in Sonic Adventure 2.
    • In Sonic and the Secret Rings, he mysteriously pops up in the world of the Arabian Nights. By stopping at some particular places in particular missions, Sonic can see him. It's then possible to hear about this weird trip of his in the Bonus Book. Among the pictures you can get in the Bonus Book, many of those are about him trying to go fish... and one of those has him trying to fish in lava.
  • Shoulder Teammate: Amy and Cream can ride on his shoulders in Sonic Heroes
  • Simpleton Voice: Once initially provided by Jon St. John, normally known for voicing Duke Nukem!
  • Stock Animal Diet: Likes fish since y'know, he's a cat.
  • Stout Strength: Especially when he can lift up a car underneath a pothole in Sonic Adventure.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Inverted. His eyes have a yellow tint to them. This makes him look more like a regular cat, making him look more like the Kindhearted Simpleton he is.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His line to Metal Madness in Sonic Heroes where he flat out tells him that he's in for a world of hurt for all the crap he's pulled.
    Big: You're going to pay for this!
  • Took a Level in Badass: While having some degree of Super Strength, he had a rather limited range of abilities in Sonic Adventure and could only walk very slowly. In Sonic Heroes he can not only keep up with the rest of his team, but acts as their powerhouse, his weak pole attack now able to turn into a flaming flail that can take out mass enemies from a far away distance.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fish.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Sonic Adventure; In an action-platform game series, Big is a fisherman.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 18 years old, the same age as Rouge.


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