Bark the Polar Bear is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a anthropomorphic polar bear from another dimension set in the recent past, and a part of Fang the Sniper's mercenary team.
Bark is an anthropomorphic polar bear with light beige fur. He possesses a heavy and bulky lower body and is rather tall. He also has slightly thin, but muscular arms and short and thin legs. In addition, he has a triangular patch of white fur on his chest, a long peach muzzle with a pointy black nose, seemingly conjoined eyeballs with black pupils and peach eyelids, round ears with peach canals on top of his head, three locks of hair on his forehead, shoulder-length fur around his neck, and a ponytail. For attire, Bark wears an orange and red toque that has holes that allow his ears to poke out, a green scarf, a pair of brown mittens with yellow tips on the fingers and red wrist straps, and a pair of brown-toed orange and black boots with gray soles, red straps and yellow shoelaces.
Seasons of Chaos
Hired by Dr. Eggman to find all the Chaos Emeralds in exchange for a hefty reward, Bark and his companions Fang and Bean set out on their treasure hunt. Eventually coming across Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in Summer Falls Zone, Bark would occupy Knuckles while Bean fought Sonic and Fang tried securing the local Chaos Emerald. However, the Chaos Emerald got lost down a waterfall when Bark engaged Knuckles in a fistfight (which ended with Bark and Knuckles knocking each other out) to keep Knuckles from getting the Chaos Emerald. Deciding to retrieve the Chaos Emerald later, Bark got picked up by his gang and taken to Autumn Forest Zone where the next Chaos Emerald was. There, Bark and his gang found the local Chaos Emerald in the hands of Mighty, Ray and Amy. Taking on Amy, Bark easily overpowered her and hung her up on a tree before subduing Mighty. However, when Metal Knuckles appeared and escaped with the Chaos Emerald, Bark and the rest gave chase until they came across Eggman in the company of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles.
Eggman proceeded to explain that Heavy King had taken over his forces and was the one retrieving the Chaos Emeralds. Knowing Heavy King could not be allowed to have the Emeralds, Bark and the others joined forces with each other and went to Heavy King's base in Winter Caverns Zone. While there, Bark let Amy wear his scarf. The crew soon found Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles, but Eggman managed to override the signal Heavy King used to control the Metals. With the Metals on their side, Bark and Mighty prepared to force the base's doors up until Eggman opened it for them. Bark and his allies then confronted Heavy King, who was now possessing all seven Chaos Emeralds. Using their power, Heavy King overwhelmed Bark and his allies until Sonic managed to distract Heavy King, allowing Bark and the others to take the Chaos Emeralds back in secret. Escaping from the base afterward, Bark and took his leave with his gang, taking the purple Chaos Emerald with them as their reward, but not before bashfully taking back his scarf from Amy who suggested that Bark was secretly a "big sweetie".
Amy's New Hobby
Bark would later come to Amy's house to read some of Amy's self-made comic books. While there, he got shoved aside by Sonic when he came to see what this commotion was all about.
Completely mute, Bark is an enigma. Although he hangs out with the wrong crowd in the form of Fang and Bean, he is nonetheless a (secretly) kind-hearted person. Notably, he offered his scarf to Amy while she was in Winter Caverns Zone. He is also quite shy when dealing with others, especially when exchanging pleasantries.
Bark is shown to not get needlessly physical unless he is forced or provoked into, preferring instead to restrain and/or immobilize his opponents using his brute strength. When pushed over the edge however, be becomes a wild and aggressive opponent.
Powers and abilities
Bark possesses amazing super strength, enough to immobilize even Knuckles, move large blocks of ice, and overpower Mighty's Spin Attack. He is similarly very durable, being unaffected by the blows from Amy's Piko Piko Hammer and remaining conscious after taking a blow to the head from Knuckles. He is also an incredible hand-to-hand combatant, being capable of matching a fighting expert like Knuckles blow for blow.
Fang and Bean
Knuckles the Echidna
- Amy Rose
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Mighty the Armadillo
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Ray the Flying Squirrel
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Bark's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
- Bark's height is taken from the official Japanese guide for Fighters Megamix, in which it was comparable to the human characters in the game. This appears to be inconsistent with his height in Sonic the Fighters, which was relative to the rest of the playable characters (for reference, Sonic stands at 100 cm).