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Sonic X

Main article: Amy Rose (Sonic X)
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Amy in Sonic X.

In the anime series Sonic X, Amy comes from a parallel version of Earth in another dimension. She is Sonic's self-proclaimed girlfriend and her long-term goal is to get him to notice, love and respect her despite her temper and bossiness. When participating in what seemed as a decisive battle against Dr. Eggman, Amy, her friends and Eggman were caught in a an accidental large-scale Chaos Control that send them all to the human world. There, Amy was initially split up from her friends and was forced to work with Knuckles until she was reunited with Sonic and the others.

With nowhere else to go, Amy took residence in the home of Christopher Thorndyke, one of Sonic's new human friends, with the others, where she helped fight Dr. Eggman's forces as the doctor attempted to conquer this new planet. As the population got acquainted with them however, Amy moved away to her own apartment. In the end though, Amy and everyone else from her world had to return to their home dimension or their presence would end up freezing time. When Sonic did not return with them however, Amy decided to wait for him, even if it meant wasting her life, but was overwhelmed with joy when Sonic returned shortly after.

Six months after their return to their own world, Amy joined forces with her friends once more to fight the Metarex, an alien race of cyborgs who were endangering the entire galaxy. After many battles, Amy and her allies beat the Metarex, and they returned to their home planet where Amy continued their ongoing battles with Dr. Eggman alongside her friends.

Sonic Boom

Main article: Amy Rose (Sonic Boom)
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Amy in Sonic Boom.

In the Sonic Boom franchise, Amy is the organizer, archaeologist and backbone of Team Sonic, a group of heroes who protects Seaside Island and the earth at large from Dr. Eggman and his legion of robots. Smart, independent, strong, and confident, Amy is the one taking care of her team, though she can be kind of bossy. She is also highly graceful and acrobatic, and wields her hammer to perfection. She has a crush on Sonic, but is very shy about admitting it.

Comics

Sonic Adventures

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Amy in Sonic Adventures.

Amy's first appearance in outside media was in Sonic Adventures a two-volume, French-made comic book published by Sirène, that was released in 1994. Amy appears in the first volume—"Sonic Adventures: Dans Les Griffes De Robotnik".

When Sonic escaped from Dr. Robotnik's clutches, Amy was kidnapped by Robotnik to be used as bait to lure Sonic out in the open, though Amy showed no hesitation about insulting the doctor once she was brought before him. Left dangling from a rope, Amy was dragged along with the doctor until Sonic showed up and tried to free Amy, only for Robotnik to cut the rope over a volcano and make Amy and Sonic fall into it. However, they were saved by a golden ring that transported them to the Special Stage from where they got safely back home.

Sonic the Comic

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Amy in Sonic the Comic.

In the UK publication, Sonic the Comic, Amy was a regular citizen on Mobius until she was arrested by Dr. Robotnik's Troopers for the criminal offense of association with Sonic the Hedgehog (she had been saying she was his girlfriend). However, Sonic and Johnny Lightfoot came to her rescue, and rather than returning her to her home where she would be in danger, she was made a part of the Freedom Fighters.

While initially having a rough start as a Freedom Fighter, Amy steadily grew into her new role and became a level-headed and pragmatic member of the team. She even became the leader of the Freedom Fighters while Sonic was trapped in the Special Zone. In their battles, Amy would use a crossbow for weapon, rather than the Piko Piko Hammer. She also became close friends with Tekno the Canary when she joined the Freedom Fighters and had many adventures with her while continuing assisting Sonic in the ongoing struggles against Robotnik.

Archie Comics

Amy Rose Archie Profile

Amy, from Sonic the Hedgehog #244.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comics and its spin-offs by Archie Comics, Amy is a prominent member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters. As in other continuities, she has a crush on Sonic. Amy was born to noble in Mercia before the influence of Dr. Robotnik head reached across the ocean. As her kingdom fell around her, stories of a heroic blue hedgehog reached her homeland. Amy was immediately enamored by the tales of the legendary "Sonic the Hedgehog" and began sending letters to him despite the ever-present danger.

With her parents missing and Mercia's capital being turned into Snottingham by Dr. Robotnik, Amy's cousin, Rob o' the Hedge, sent her to the presumed safety of Sonic's company. Her escort was captured along the way and Amy was made bait in a trap by Dr. Robotnik to destroy Sonic in Collision Chaos Zone. Once rescued, Amy was welcomed into Knothole with open arms.

Despite her fierce spirit, Amy was rejected frequently to get into the Knothole Freedom Fighters because of her young age, nor could she gain Sonic's romantic interest. In a desperate bid to get some recognition, Amy used the Ring of Acorns - a magic ring forged from the energies of a Super Emerald and of incredible potency. Supposedly, Amy used the ring's final wish to make herself older, causing her to absorb the ring's power and gained the ability to wield the Piko Piko Hammer, though her change was not enough earn her a place among the Freedom Fighters since she still had the mind of a young girl. Eventually, however, Amy did advance enough to be accepted as a Freedom Fighter, and became an important member of the team.

Following the Super Genesis Wave, Amy became virtually identical to her game counterpart. She had obtained her current attire from Honey the Cat's Dreamcaster line.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Amy Rose (IDW)
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Amy, from Sonic the Hedgehog #2.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Amy, much like in the games, is a longtime admirer of Sonic the Hedgehog, though she has no qualms about repressing her affection for him for the greater good. She also serves as a core staff member of the Resistance, a rag-tag band of freedom fighters.

Reception

A Games Radar article called Amy's introduction "the only bitter taste" in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, but added that she's "just a pink hedgehog here and not a whiny, annoying brat like in Sonic Adventure." [5] In an IGN article entitled "Smash It Up", Lucas M Thomas stated that "one of the coolest things about Amy Rose's character is her enormous, walloping hammer" that is often used for comedy in the series.[6]

Amy is overall very well received by fans and is considered to be one of the series "Top 10" characters, as evidenced by popularity polls. During an official popularity poll of the characters, she came in fifth place, marking her as the most popular female character in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.[7]

Amy is so far one of the only females to have a figure made by Jazwares, with the other figures being Blaze the Cat and Wave the Swallow (Rouge the Bat was planned but was cancelled.).

Theme songs

Quotes

"Gee, I'm bored. Every day's the same old thing, same place different day... I miss the gold old days, hanging out with my hero, Sonic... Chasing bad guys, and blowing them away - Haha! But now, he's gone, and there's nothing left to do, but shop 'till I drop. There was always something fun to do with Sonic around. I really miss him."
—Amy in the beginning of her story in Sonic Adventure
"Let me go, you hunk of junk! I MEAN IT!"
—When being taken away to the Egg Carrier by ZERO in Sonic Adventure.
"I hate it when they leave me behind!"
—Various times in Sonic Adventure 2.
"Have no fear! Amy Rose is here!"
—When Amy rescues Sonic from Prison Island in Sonic Adventure 2.
"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... Saving them is a good thing!"
—Amy Rose talking to Shadow in Sonic Adventure 2.
"Sonic! This time there's no way outta marrying me!"
—Amy to Sonic in the Team Rose boss battle OR in the Team Sonic boss battle in Sonic Heroes.
"I wish Sonic was here with me."
— Amy hoping to get along with Sonic sometime in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Love changes everything. It feels like every little moment in your life is huge!"
—Amy to Princess Elise in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"Sonic, I'm going to save you."
—Amy starting White Acropolis in End of the World in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"Fated lovers are always drawn together, silly! (...) Okay, you got me. I was running away from those robots. I was so scared."
—Amy giving Sonic an answer of what she's doing at the Botanical Kingdom in the second cut-scene in the Heroes Story in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
"Thanks to you, I got separated from Sonic, you big jerk! So you're going to find the way out. Am I clear?!"
—Amy after Storm forces her to be separated from her beloved Sonic in the Tempest Waterway in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
"Hey, out of the way, buddy! I'll lose sight of Sonic!"
—Amy after Storm confronts her in a Babylon Story cut-scene in MeteoTech Sparkworks in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
"You're crazy if you think you can get away from Amy Rose and.... Who are you?"
—Amy when she hugged Sonic the Werehog in Sonic Unleashed.
"I still can't believe it's you inside that... THING. But! No matter the package, you're still my Sonic, Sonic!"
— Amy learning that the Werehog is non other than Sonic the Hedgehog all along in Sonic Unleashed.
"Sheesh, Sonic! Would it have killed you to go easy out there?!"
—Amy scolding Sonic for not going easy on her in Sonic Free Riders.
"I'll help you jump higher with my Piko Piko Hammer!"
— Amy helping Sonic in the "Amy: Taking the Leap Together!" challenge act.
"Thank you, Sonic... Wow, you look younger every day. What's your secret?"
—Amy after Classic Sonic rescues her at Chemical Plant in Sonic Generations.
"You saved me, Sonic! I was afraid I'd never be able to flirt with you again!"
— Amy after Modern Sonic rescues her at Chemical Plant in Sonic Generations.
"Wow! Having two Sonics is so dreamy."
—Amy excited about being with two Sonics in Sonic Forces.

Trivia

  • Amy is the first and most recurring female character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
  • In the Sega CD release of Sonic the Hedgehog CD in America, Amy was referred to as "Princess Sally" in the game manual, possibly to connect her to the Sonic animated television series released that same year. However, the Sally that showed up in the cartoons was not Amy. Subsequent re-releases of Sonic CD jettison any references to Amy being named Sally. Interestingly, she was clearly stated as "Amy" in the earlier European manual for Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the standard Shield will repel Amy causing her to jump backward, thus making her unable to hug Sonic.
  • In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Amy has three lashes instead of two on some sprites during cutscenes.
  • Amy was the first female character introduced in the game series as well as the only female hedgehog of the series.
  • In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Amy is the strongest character in terms of Smash ability, being the only character who can reach Level 3. (Knuckles and E-123 Omega can only reach Level 2 Smash ability.)
  • Amy Rose is the only member of Team Rose that is affected by the brainwashing of the Overmind Voxai in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
  • In Sonic R, Amy is one of two characters who races in a vehicle rather than on foot. The other is Doctor Robotnik.
  • If Sonic the Fighters is to be believed, Amy Rose did not wear undergarments in the classic era - harmless pink fur covers her body underneath her skirt. This was not changed in the HD release. In addition to this, Amy's muzzle and arms were colored the same white hue as her sclera instead of peach in the original arcade release of the game due to color palette limitations, although pre-rendered graphics featured her with the correct colors. This was not fixed in the Sonic Gems release, but was fixed in the HD release.
  • In Sonic Riders, Amy sports a different, racing outfit throughout the game, but in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Amy wears her usual dress in the story cutscenes and in the story level where she races Storm. However, in the Single and Multiplayer modes, she wears the same outfit that she wore in Sonic Riders.
  • Amy is the only playable character in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) to not travel through time at any point during the game.
  • Amy is the only character that appeared in Sonic Rivals that did not appear in Sonic Rivals 2.
  • Ironically, in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, despite being the speed leader of Team Rose, Amy's attack is slower than other speed leaders like Sonic and Shadow. She is also the strongest attacker of her team, despite Big being the power leader.
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Amy in the French guide of Sonic & Knuckles

  • Amy's hair has grown slightly longer in recent games. The back side of her hair was noticeably shorter than the hair at the side of her face in Sonic Adventure but that part of the hair has been longer since Sonic Unleashed.
  • In the DS version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Amy's character and vehicle selection picture shows her car with ears and head mirrors. However, while racing as her, they are not shown.
  • Strangely, Amy appears in the French guide for Sonic & Knuckles, even though she makes no appearance whatsoever in the game. In that guide, it was said that Amy had been kidnapped by Knuckles.
  • Amy is the only hedgehog from the games not to have a Super State.
    • She is also the only hedgehog whose name does not begin with an "S".
    • She is also the only hedgehog who is not shown to be able to use Chaos Control.
  • All of the cars Amy has driven in racing games have been old-fashioned convertibles, similar to how Sonic has driven sports cars and how Knuckles drives off-roaders.
  • Amy's last name, Rose, can be considered a play on words. A rose is a flower that is connected with love, which can be related to her crush on Sonic. It is also a play on her color, because in French, rose translates to pink, her fur color. Her first name, Amy, could also be derived from the Japanese word ame, meaning candy, related to Amy's cute personality, but also rain, which can be related to her quick changing temper and power when she's angry. It could also be derived from the French name Aimée which means beloved which also fits with her connection to love.
  • Like Blaze, Amy is a speed type character in the normal series, but in the Mario & Sonic series and in SEGA Superstars Tennis, she is an All-Around type instead.
  • Amy Rose is one of four characters to appear in every Sonic the Hedgehog series racing game to date.
  • Although in Sonic Advance Amy cannot typically Spin Dash or Spin Jump, when Amy is forced into a ball, Amy lacks the standard spin animation and an unusual, high pitched noise can be heard.
  • Amy Rose was one of Lisa Ortiz's favorite roles to do voice work for.
  • Amy is the only game character confirmed to use magic outside of the Storybook series.
  • In Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- 2nd, another Sega video game, Amy's iconic Piko Piko Hammer is an unlockable item for Kagamine Rin, where it is Rin's favorite item.
  • Amy is one of the few speed types not to enhance her natural speed in any way.
  • Amy is one of only two characters to appear on the tab for selecting Sonic World for Dream Figure Skating in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the other being Sonic.
  • Amy being Sonic's self-proclaimed girlfriend is actually a mythology gag based on her counterpart Amy, the girlfriend of Nicky, from the 1992 manga. Her personality seems to be very similar to that of her counterpart as well.
  • While Amy makes no appearance in Sonic Mania, smaller, robotic versions that resemble her are used by Dr. Eggman during the boss fight of Metallic Madness Zone against Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. These robots try to approach the heroes in a similar way the real Amy did with Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, except they explode upon contact.

References

  1. Naoto Ohshima on Twitter. Twitter (10 April 2017). “Naoto Ohshima: Sonic 1 character. Amy et al.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Amy Rose. Sega. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 6.
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
  5. Justin Towell. Sonic's 2D Classics Re-reviewed. Games Radar. Retrieved on 2009-04-03.
  6. IGN smash: It would be quite helpful if a URL to this article were to be supplied.
  7. Sonic Channel (23 June 2006). Official Popularity Poll results (Japanese). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013.
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