The Chaotix, also known as Team Chaotix, are a group that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. They are a trio of detectives from the Chaotix Detective Agency consisting of Vector the Crocodile, Espio the Chameleon, and Charmy Bee.
When Dr. Eggman disappeared, the Chaotix were hired by the Resistance to look for the doctor to bring him to justice. After finding nothing in the ruins of Imperial City, they tracked down and interrogated Orbot and Cubot, but they knew nothing. When Eggman's computer showed no trace of escape plans either, the Chaotix searched Eggman's other bases in Mystic Jungle and elsewhere, only to find nothing but trouble. Eventually though, they received an anonymous tip that led them to Eggman in an idyllic village. However, it seemed like Eggman had lost his memory, leading to him becoming a productive member of the village, now with the name of "Mr. Tinker". After interrogating and observing Eggman for a couple of days, the Chaotix concluded that Eggman's amnesia was legitimate. However, this presented the Chaotix with a new dilemma: whether or not it was right to penalize Eggman now that he was a good man with no recollection of his evil deeds.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
The Chaotix eventually had Espio bring Sonic to the village, where they brought him up to speed on the situation with Eggman, so he could help them figure out what to do. While Vector and Espio discussed with Sonic and the head of the village however, a horde of Badniks approached the village. Suspecting the Badniks to be Eggman's rescue force, the Chaotix engaged the Badniks while Sonic confronted Eggman. Sonic soon after joined the Chaotix, though, and helped clear out the Badniks while informing them that Eggman wanted nothing to do with his old robots. Believing now that Eggman was a changed man, the Chaotix prepared to leave Eggman to his new life. Shortly after the Chaotix had said their piece, however, Shadow and Rouge showed up, with the former seeking to eliminate Eggman after hearing him mention Eggman Land.
While Sonic and Shadow began fighting, the Chaotix turned their attention to Rouge, whom Vector blamed for Shadow's arrival. However, Rouge revealed that she was on their side. As it turned out, Shadow was already looking for Eggman, and would have hurt the Chaotix if they got in his way. As such, she gave the Chaotix the anonymous tip that led them to Eggman so they would have time to verify Eggman's situation and bring in Sonic before she "helped" Shadow find Eggman. Afterward, the Chaotix tried to stop Shadow from getting to Eggman, but failed. Fortunately, Shadow had been convinced by Sonic to talk to the amnesiac Eggman first. After Eggman showed Shadow that his "Eggman Land" was but an amusement park for children, Shadow and Rouge took their leave. Luckily for the Chaotix, Rouge promised they could keep the full fee for finding Eggman.
Battle For Angel Island
Eventually, the Chaotix were called to Resistance HQ. There, they and the Resistance's other allies were informed that the Resistance needed their help to liberate Angel Island, which had been conquered by Neo Metal Sonic and turned into a flying fortress. To make matters worse, Neo had also secured the Master Emerald for himself on the island. Eventually, the Chaotix were assigned to help two of the assembled group's factions with breaking the Egg Fleet's control over Angel Island while Sonic and Knuckles confronted Neo Metal Sonic.
On the way to Angel island, the Chaotix spent the time playing cards. As soon as their ship approached Angel Island however, the Egg Fleet shot it down. Fortunately, the Chaotix and their allies got off the ship before it crashed. Landing then on Angel Island, the Chaotix were instructed to "do [their] thing", and began battling the island's legion of Egg Pawns. Eventually, they began focusing on destroying the right wing unit that had been attached to Angel Island, but they were unable to make much progress until Tails hijacked an Egg Fleet battleship and began bombarding the wing unit with it. As the wing unit fell apart, the Chaotix escaped it and made it onboard the battleship Tails had secured. When Master Overlord (a transformation Neo Metal Sonic had achieved with the Master Emerald) then attacked the battleship, the Chaotix joined their allies in a midair assault on Master Overlord, whom they forced closer to Angel Island (which was in freefall due to the absence of the Master Emerald) while Knuckles focused on removing the Master Emerald from Master Overlord's body. During the battle, the Chaotix got shaken off Master Overlord, but were rescued by Silver with his psychokinesis. Knuckles subsequently got the Master Emerald away from Master Overlord and brought it back to Angel Island, returning the island to the sky while Master Overlord powered down to normal. With the battle over, the Chaotix took a much needed breather on Angel Island.
As everyone got ready to leave Angel Island onboard a repaired Egg Fleet battleship, the Chaotix went to see Amy to collect their payment for their services, which included finding Dr. Eggman, uncovering the identity of the doctor's impersonator, and helping bring down Metal Sonic. Being unprepared for the request, Amy tried insisting that being part of the Resistance was its own reward.
The Chaotix were later in their office in Seaside City when they received information from Tails. As it turned out, Dr. Eggman had returned and was using a Metal Virus to change people into Zombots, In addition, Sonic had been infected with the Metal Virus and now had to run excessively to keep his infection in check. Soon after, the Chaotix had to withdraw from their office when it got attacked by a Zombot. Once outside though, they saw that the whole city was under attack by Zombots. Determined to carry out an evacuation of the survivors, the Chaotix decided to lead the survivors to the docks. Vector then contacted Amy, asking her to send a Rescue Shuttle and support. The team then split up and started gathering various groups of uninfected civilians. Sonic soon after showed up as well, and helped them with the evacuation. When Espio and Charmy were leading a group of civilians down to the docks however, a civilian was revealed to have already been partially infected by the Metal Virus. Having no choice, Vector trapped the civilian in a cage of made of cars, which Charmy did not like. The Chaotix then brought the civilians to the docks, where they entered a Rescue Shuttle. There, Vector and Espio kept the Zombots at bay while Charmy counted the survivors. After a while, however, Charmy decided to save the civilian that Vector left trapped in the city. Ignoring Vector's orders, Charmy flew into the city where he was captured by Zombots. Vector wanted to go after him, but Espio stopped him. Having no other choice, Vector and Espio decided to depart in the Rescue Shuttle, leaving Charmy's fate in the hands of Sonic, who promised to find him.
After Vector and Espio reached Restoration HQ, they began regular shifts to find survivors and supplies while also looking for Charmy. They later met up with Sonic who was not able to find their partner.
On a transport back from Pine Grove Village, Vector complained about how they failed to find their teammate in yet another location even though days had passed since their evacuation. Espio reasoned with him and suggested to regroup at the HQ once they had dropped off the new survivors, but shortly afterwards, the shuttle started shaking as they found themselves attacked by a flock of Zombot Flickies. Among them, Vector suddenly recognized a fully-infected Charmy and rushed outside, much to Espio's alarm. Armed with a shield and a Containment Bubble, Vector fended off incoming Flickies while desperately attempting to capture his friend, but was unable to do so due to the bee's swift movements. Vector found himself in peril as five Zombot Flickies approached him from behind, but Espio, who had followed him outside, threw a smoke bomb to disperse them. The chameleon criticized Vector, reminding him he would not be any help to Charmy as a Zombot, but before Vector could respond, he noticed the flock separated and was stunned in their confusion. Deciding on a plan with Espio having his back, Vector headed straight for the Zombots and, listening for Charmy's buzzing sound, blinded them with another smoke bomb. As Espio lost sight of his friend, Vector re-emerged from the smoke with Charmy in the Containment Bubble, and they returned into the shuttle. In a moment of peace, Vector remarked the Chaotix found what they were looking for, even in the apocalypse.
The Last Minute
After successfully tracking down Charmy, the Chaotix returned to Restoration HQ, planning to store the bee in Tails' lab with Omega until Tails would return with the cure to the virus. However, they ran into opposition from Gemerl, who considered Charmy a potential threat for Cream. Vector reminded him that the Chaotix would never abandon their own, but they were unable to convince him of the plan until Cream intervened.
Shortly afterwards, one of the refugees from Pine Grove Village (who had kept his infection secret using a blanket) turned into a Zombot and caused panic to break out among the survivors. As everyone tried to flee the building, Vector was unsuccessful in calming them down and got pushed by the crowd, the impacts causing the Containment Bubble to shatter and unleashing Charmy. Espio sounded the alarm and Amy called for an evacuation, and the remaining Chaotix members went to launch bay to help refugees and stop Zombots. As Vector and Gemerl were about to seal the automatic door however, Charmy slipped through and flew past them, aiming for the survivors in the Rescue Shuttle. Vector immediately lunged at the bee and struggled to keep a grip on him, getting infected by the Metal Virus in the process. As a shocked Espio witnessed his second partner being infected, Vector used the short time he had left to push Charmy and other invading Zombots back into the base so his friends could escape. Requesting Gemerl to close the door behind him, Vector smiled at Espio and declared him the Chaotix's new lead detective.
All or Nothing
After the Deadly Six had taken over Eggman's plans, Zavok used his powers to lead a large horde of Zombots to Angel Island, including Sonic's former allies. As the sole detective left, Espio joined in on the plan to strike the Deadly Six in a simultaneous assault to retrieve the Chaos Emeralds. Taking on Zazz at Riverside, the chameleon managed to trick the Zeti with his camouflage skills, leaving a drawn note in the Emerald's place saying how justice had been served by the Chaotix Detective Agency. As Espio returned to Angel Island, he remarked to himself that even though they could not make it, he knew his partners were with him in spirit. After the Faceship was effectively destroyed by Rouge, Zavok became Giant Zavok to attack the survivors on Angel Island. From the wreckage, he grabbed a handful of Zombots, including Charmy and Vector, and threw them onto the island's surface to face the survivors there. Charmy and Vector openly attacked Espio but he managed to dodge them. Eventually, with the combined efforts of Super Sonic and Super Silver, they were able to warp the entirety of the Metal Virus away from the world and to the sun. This act turned Vector and Charmy back to normal, leaving the Chaotix to reunite and joyfully sing together.
Out of the Blue
Shortly after reuniting, Silver used his psychokinesis to carry the Chaotix down to the surface to fight Zavok after he began his attack on civilians. Vector and Espio took hold of the Zeti, allowing Charmy to headbutt him. Despite their efforts, Zavok only forcefully broke free of his hold and threw the reptiles back. Soon enough, Silver used his psychokinesis to keep Zavok in place while the Chaotix and the others stood around him on guard. Later on, when Metal Sonic critically injured Gemerl in order to retrieve Orbot and Cubot, Charmy attempted to fly after the robot. Vector immediately held him back, not wanting a repeat of previous events.
Some time later, the Chaotix became swamped with work on missing persons cases. Cream, Vanilla, Cheese, Chocola and Gemerl came by to gift the trio with treats for their hard work. Despite the kind gestures, the Chaotix had no time for it as they did not even have time to properly work. Vanilla took it upon herself to take over for the detectives; she planned to handle calls with Cream and update the trio as Gemerl processed information of the missing people. Realizing they could go do their thing, the Chaotix set off to find the missing people. Later on, the Chaotix were invited by Tangle to a party in Spiral Hill Village. Though they enjoyed their time for a while, the party was soon crashed by Eggman arriving in a large mecha with the intent of destroying them. Taking charge, Vector took command of a group of Sonic's friends for the attack on Eggman's mecha, assigning each one a proper role. Together with Espio and Charmy, he also took part in the attack. During the battle, Charmy tried to convince a disobedient Omega, who bad been incorporated into Eggman's mecha, to continue resisting Eggman, but the doctor soon managed to bring Omega back under control, forcing Charmy to flee. Eventually, Eggman was defeated after Sonic returned. After Eggman had departed, the Chaotix were embraced by a group hug arranged by Tangle.
The Chaotix were later summoned to the new Restoration HQ by Jewel the Beetle to resolve some attacks from "horned monsters". The trio quickly determined that the Deadly Six were responsible for the attacks and that their next target would be Sunset City. After arriving in Sunset City, the Chaotix would await the Deadly Six while discussing their plans for dealing with them via video communication with Sonic, Tails and Jewel. However, the Chaotix realized that they had been played when the Deadly Six attacked Restoration HQ instead. As such, the Chaotix hurried to the rescue. Unfortunately, the Chaotix got stuck in a traffic jam with the Beat Monster while trying to get to Restoration HQ.
With Belle the Tinkerer having been kidnapped by Dr. Starline in the meantime, the Chaotix managed to track down Belle to the hideout where Starline was keeping her prisoner. There, Espio quietly tried to free Belle while invisible, but Belle mistook Espio for a ghost and panicked, which got Starline's attention. Vector and Charmy were thus forced to confront Starline directly. However, Starline had already sent the data he had gathered from Belle to his personal data cloud. The Chaotix subsequently tried and failed to catch Starline, who escaped using his Tricore.
Trial by Fire
Espio and Vector would later visit Sunset City's K-TBR 199.2 radio station to pick up Charmy after they had returned his overdue books to the library. There, they received information from Nite about some strange incidents in Central City. Despite their initial doubts, the Chaotix decided to investigate the matter. Arriving in the heart of the chaos caused in the city, a citizen advised them to go check out the sewers, which the team did. Inside one of the corridors in the sewers, they found an unknown person carrying a crate. While they failed to catch this person, they did obtain a clue that led them to Central City's docks. There, Espio snuck into a boarded-up warehouse while invisible while Vector and Charmy waited outside. In the warehouse, Espio overheard a conversation that took place between Clutch the Opossum and Rough and Tumble. Although, Espio was eventually detected by Clutch, Vector and Charmy managed to intervene. While Vector and Charmy dealt with Rough and Tumble, Espio captured Clutch and led him to his team for questioning. After Clutch revealed his intention to rebuild his criminal empire by selling his stockpile of weapons and Badnik parts, Vector dumped his collection into the sea, However, Clutch quickly stole some of Espio's smoke bombs, which he used to escape with Rough and Tumble. Afterward, the Chaotix decided to wait for further developments as their current trail had gone cold.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020, "Flock Together"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #22, "The Last Minute, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #32, "Recovery, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #41, "Zeti Hunt, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #42, "Zeti Hunt, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #43, "Zeti Hunt, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #44, "Zeti Hunt, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #47, "Trial by Fire, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #48, "Hit the Pavement"