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Cubot, Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Animals,[1] also known as Friends,[2] Animal Friends, small animals[3] (小動物[4] shō dōbutsu?) or critters,[5] are a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It refers to the collection of various species of small, yet intelligent, non-anthropomorphic animals. They are also known for being the friends of Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies.

Residing in their own wildlife communities in many places both near and far, the Animals make up a proportion of the indigenous fauna on earth. They are also often the targets of Dr. Eggman who seeks to use them as organic power sources for his Badniks.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Animals are generally found inside Badniks or Capsules to be freed after defeating enemies or opening Capsules. Other times, they simply make small cameos.

Concept and creation[]

Animals are presumably created by Naoto Ohshima, the character designer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. However, Flicky is the exception, who starred in her own eponymous arcade game released in 1984, and was designed by Yoshiki Kawasaki.[6] From the first Sonic game onward, Flicky became a recurring minor character in the series and Naoto Ohshima redesigned her to fit in with the other animals. In many games, advertisements, and instruction manuals have revealed the names of the rest of the animals to be Ricky (squirrel), Pocky (rabbit), Rocky (seal[note 1]), Pecky (penguin), Cucky (chicken) and Picky (pig).

When the first Sonic the Hedgehog game was localized to western markets, Sega of America renamed almost all of the animals and give them different backstories, which are explained in the Sonic Bible documents, and the guidebook Stay Sonic. The animals were renamed Sally Acorn (Ricky), Johnny Lightfoot (Pocky), Joe Sushi (Rocky), Tux (Pecky), Chirps (Cucky), and Porker Lewis (Picky). Certain drafts of the Sonic Bible explained that Sonic's Animal friends all have large families, and that it is the family members who must be rescued throughout the levels of the game.[7] These alterations have become part of early Sonic canon, and many of the Animals have been influences for certain characters in various Sonic the Hedgehog media, including characters like Sally Acorn, Rotor Walrus, and Bunnie Rabbot from the Sonic the Hedgehog television series and Archie Comics' comic series, and also served as the basis for Porker Lewis and Johnny Lightfoot from Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions.

List of Animal species[]

Image Name Species First appearance (Title) First Appearance (Date)
Bat
Bat Bat Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Bear
Bear Bear Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S2 becky
Becky Bear Sonic the Hedgehog 2 21 November 1992
Boar
Boar Boar Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Cheetah
Cheetah Cheetah Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Condor
Condor Condor Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S2 cucky
Cucky Chicken Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Advance1deer
Deer Deer Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Dragon
Dragon Dragon Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Advance1elephant
Elephant Elephant Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
S2 flicky
Flicky Bluebird Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Advance1gorilla
Gorilla Gorilla Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Halffish
Half Fish Amphibian Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Advance1kangaroo
Kangaroo Kangaroo Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Advance1koala
Koala Koala Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Lionsprite
Lion Lion Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
S2 locky
Locky Eagle Sonic the Hedgehog 2 21 November 1992
S2 rat
Micky Mouse Sonic the Hedgehog 2 12 November 1992
Molesprite
Mole Mole Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Parrotsprite
Parrot Parrot Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Peacocksprite
Peacock Peacock Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
S2 pecky
Pecky Penguin Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Penguinsprite
Penguin Penguin Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Phoenix
Phoenix Phoenix Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S1 picky
Picky Pig Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
S2 pocky
Pocky Rabbit Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Rabbitsprite
Rabbit Rabbit Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Raccoon
Raccoon Raccoon Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S2 ricky
Ricky Squirrel Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Puffin
Robin Robin Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
S2 rocky
Rocky Seal Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) 23 June 1991
Advance1a
Sea Otter Sea otter Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Sealsprite
Seal Seal Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Sheep
Sheep Sheep Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
Skeleton dog
Skeleton Dog Dog Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
Skunksprite
Skunk Skunk Sonic Adventure 23 December 1998
Tiger
Tiger Tiger Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S2-Turtle
Tocky Turtle Sonic the Hedgehog 2 21 November 1992
Unicorn
Unicorn Unicorn Sonic Adventure 2 23 June 2001
S2 wocky
Wocky Monkey Sonic the Hedgehog 2 21 November 1992
S2Bird
N/A Bird Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) 16 October 1992
Canary
N/A Canary Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
Dove
N/A Dove Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
Fish1
N/A Fish Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
Fish2
N/A Fish Sonic the Hedgehog CD 23 September 1993
Seagull-in-sonic-3-&-knuckles
N/A Seagull Sonic 3 & Knuckles 18 October 1994
Cat-Sonic-Rush
N/A Cat Sonic Rush 23 November 2005
Camel-Sonic-Rush
N/A Camel Sonic Rush 23 November 2005
Monkey-Animal-Sonic-Rush
N/A Monkey Sonic Rush 23 November 2005
Fish1sprite
N/A Fish Sonic Rush 23 November 2005
Fish2sprite
N/A Fish Sonic Rush 23 November 2005

List of specific Animals[]

Notes[]

  1. In the Nick Arcade prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, an object list and raw source code can be found. Rocky is listed here as "azarpat," and "azarashi" is the Japanese word for seal.

References[]

  1. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 14-1. "Knuckles: Yeah. This factory closes now. The Animals need to be living in harmony with nature again!"
  2. One of the artworks showcasing Flicky and Pocky, from Sonic Jam.
  3. Sonic Team (19 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/level: Chao Race - Challenge Race. "Small animal challenge."
  4. Sonic Adventure 2 web page (Japanese). Sega (21 October 2016). Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  5. Sonic Team (18 October 2013). Sonic Lost World. Wii U. Sega. Cutscene: Opening. "Sonic: Drop the critters, Eggman!"
  6. Flicky. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 24 April 2015.
  7. Sonic Bible Draft II (PDF). "Sonic's main buddies are Johnny Lightfoot, Sally Acorn, Porker Lewis, Chirps, Tux, Flicky the Blue Bird, and Joe Sushi. Each comes from a large family, and each is playful and friendly."
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