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Are You Sure You Want To Know? - Chaotix Detective Agency


— Chaotix Detective Agency billboard, Sonic Generations (console/PC)

The Chaotix Detective Agency[1] (カオティクス探偵事務所 Kaotikusu Tantei Jimusho?) is an organization that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a detective agency run by Team Chaotix, a trio of crack detectives-for-hire. While having a noticeable reputation,[2] the agency is in constant debt due to Vector the Crocodile's free-of-charge charity.[3]

History[]

Past[]

The Chaotix Detective Agency was founded by Vector, Espio and Charmy.[4] Despite offering good services, the agency eventually entered a work drought, with very little work available.[1]

Sonic Heroes[]

In Sonic Heroes, a mysterious package was delivered to the Chaotix Detective Agency on a lazy day. Inside the package, Team Chaotix found a transceiver which mysteriously provided a handsome payment if the Chaotix would take on a case. While Charmy was thrilled about the offer in contrast to Espio, who remained skeptical due to the strange nature of the communication, Vector nevertheless had his team set out to follow their client's request.[1]

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The Chaotix on their mission, from Sonic Heroes.

Over time, The Chaotix Detective Agency went on several missions for their client, which brought them into contact with Dr. Eggman's Badnik hordes and other teams. Eventually, their job took them to Eggman's Final Fortress where they had to rescue their client from captivity. Having deduced that their client was Dr. Eggman, Vector busted him out of his prison so he and the Chaotix could talk.

Eventually, Eggman revealed that he had been imprisoned by his own creation, Metal Sonic, who had now gone rogue and sought to conquer the world. The Chaotix subsequently teamed up with Team Sonic, Team Rose and Team Dark to stop Metal Sonic when he tried transforming into Metal Overlord. After Metal Sonic had been dealt with, the Chaotix Detective Agency sought to get their payment, only to chase after Dr. Eggman when the doctor tried running away from his promise.

Shadow the Hedgehog[]

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Chaotix Detective Agency worked on a case surrounding Gerald Robotnik, G.U.N., and the project of the ultimate life form, although not many details were disclosed.

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The Chaotix on the Space Colony ARK, from Shadow the Hedgehog.

During their investigation, Team Chaotix visited places like the Mad Matrix, Cosmic Fall and Prison Island in search of data. Their investigation eventually took them to the Space Colony ARK. While there, the Chaotix gained access to a video by Gerald Robotnik which played all around the world and gave Shadow the determination to defeat the Black Arms, who were currently invading the world, once and for all.

Sonic Rivals 2[]

In Sonic Rivals 2, the Chaotix Detective Agency was paid in advance by an unknown client to investigate the recent disappearances of Chao. Espio himself took to the field to tail Silver the Hedgehog, whose appearance coincided with the Chao's disappearances. However, Espio soon learned that though Silver was involved in the Chao disappearances, the hedgehog was only trying to keep the Chao safe so that Eggman Nega could not use them to make a monster named the Ifrit invincible. Espio thus worked together with Silver to stop Eggman Nega from releasing the Ifrit into their world. After completing their mission though, Espio had to report to Vector that he had no evidence to show for his adventure, which was bad news because Vector had already used their payment to pay their rents.

Sonic Colors[]

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The Chaotix on Planet Wisp, from the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors.

In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Chaotix Detective Agency went to Egg Planet Park, their primary target being to find Dr. Eggman so that they could collect the bounty put on him. Arriving there, the group split up to scout Planet Wisp for clues. However, both Charmy and Espio got distracted by the local features. As both of them ran into Sonic and Tails, Vector awaited their reports before meeting Sonic as well. Although he feared that Sonic's involvement would cost the Chaotix their reward, Vector eventually allowed his help once Charmy provided a clue. When their search yielded no result though, Espio reunited with his team too. Vector soon after offered Sonic to join the Chaotix Detective Agency, but the hedgehog passed the offer.

Team Sonic Racing[]

In Team Sonic Racing, the Chaotix Detective Agency was assigned by Tails to investigate Dodon Pa, a strange Tanuki who invited Team Sonic and Team Rose to participate in a dangerous racing competition in cars he created. Tails suspected him to be working with Dr. Eggman and wanted the Chaotix Detective Agency to look into who he was, what his background was, and if he was working with Eggman or not. While Vector sent Espio and Charmy to perform a secret background investigation on Dodon Pa, Vector himself snuck into the competition to spy on their target and gain information directly from the competition, eventually joining Dodon Pa's competition with a team of his own. Despite trying to work in secret though, Vector's investigation was eventually revealed to his friends.

By the time Knuckles decided to face Dodon Pa, Vector had received Espio's report and began reading it for all to hear. Much to the surprise of mostly everyone, Vector revealed that Dodon Pa was the President of Donpa Motors and the king of a planet called Donpa Kingdom. Hearing afterward from Dodon Pa that he was hosting his competition for philanthropic reasons, the racers realized Dodon Pa was trustworthy.

IDW Publishing[]

The Chaotix Detective Agency makes an appearance in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series by IDW Publishing. In the comics, their office is depicted as being located in Seaside City.

After the Eggman War ended, the Chaotix Detective Agency took up a case: finding Dr. Eggman, who had disappeared after the war. After finding nothing in Imperial City, the Chaotix tracked down Orbot and Cubot in hopes that they knew something about Eggman. However, neither the duo or Eggman's computer could tell them anything. The Chaotix would afterward check Eggman's other bases, including the one in Mystic Jungle, but found nothing. Eventually though, the Chaotix found Eggman in a village after receiving an anonymous tip. However, the doctor seemed to have amnesia, which had led to him becoming a productive member of the village. The Chaotix thus spent the next few days interrogating and observing Eggman. Upon concluding that his amnesia was legit however, the Chaotix faced a dilemma: whether or not it was right to penalize Eggman now that he was a good man with no recollection of his evil deeds.[5]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman[]

To help them decide on what to do with Eggman, the Chaotix brought in Sonic. While discussing the matter with Sonic and the village's head however, a horde of Badniks showed up. The Chaotix aided in fighting the robots, which they initially suspected Eggman was behind. After beating the Badniks however, the Chaotix were convinced by Sonic that Eggman was indeed a changed man who wanted nothing to do with his old robots. As such, the Chaotix Detective Agency decided to leave Eggman to his new life, closing the case.[5] It was soon after revealed however, that the Chaotix Detective Agency's investigation had been managed from the shadows by Rouge in order to ensure the Chaotix's welfare. Nonetheless, she counted the Chaotix Detective Agency's investigation as their gig, meaning the Chaotix got to keep the finders fee.[6]

Out of the Blue[]
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The Chaotix are swamped with work, from Sonic the Hedgehog #31.

Some time later, the Chaotix became swamped with work on missing persons cases in the aftermath of the Metal Virus crisis. 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.[7]

Zeti Hunt![]

The Chaotix Detective Agency were later hired by Jewel the Beetle to resolve some attacks from "horned monsters". Arriving in the new Restoration HQ, the Chaotix quickly determined that the Deadly Six were responsible for the attacks and that their next target would be Sunset City.[8]

Trial by Fire[]
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the Chaotix Detective Agency investigating the chaos in Central City, from Sonic the Hedgehog #48.

Learning later about some strange incidents in Central City, the Chaotix Detective Agency decided to investigate the matter despite some inital doubts. Arriving in the heart of the chaos caused in the city, a citizen advised them to go check out the sewers, which the group did. Inside one of the sewer corridors, 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 soon 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 Detective Agency decided to wait for further developments as their current trail had gone cold.[9]

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood[]

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, the Chaotix Detective Agency volunteered to help G.U.N. gather clues about the Marauders and find out where they had imprisoned Knuckles.

Policy[]

The Chaotix Detective Agency is always ready at their client's service if the price is right.[1] They also never turn down work that pays, and will not cease their investigations until they finish them.[10][11] However, the Chaotix Detective Agency is also one of high ethical standards, as they will, per Vector the Crocodile's standpoints, not get involved with anything dirty or illegal.[3][12]

In other media[]

Animation[]

Sonic X[]

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The Chaotix Detective Agency, from "Defective Detectives".

In the Sonic X anime series and its comic series published by Archie Comics, the Chaotix Detective Agency was a business run on Sonic's world until it and the Chaotix got transported to Earth. There, they were hired by Vanilla the Rabbit to find her daughter Cream, which led to a comical confrontation with Sonic and his friends. The Chaotix Detective Agency later returned to their world, where they would run errands for their friends.

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Chaotix Detective Agency is a business run by the Chaotix. Some of the assignments they were given over the course of the comics' run included finding a Chaos Emerald for resolving the Shattered World Crisis and finding Princess Undina.

Trivia[]

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The Chaotix billboard in City Escape, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) European instruction booklet, pg. 10.
  2. Sonic Team (6 February 2004). Sonic Heroes. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Opening sequence (Team Chaotix). "Client: I've heard good things about you and require your detective services."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Vector. Sega (3 July 2015). Archived from the original on 25 May 2019.
  4. Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Collection Room. "Charmy Bee's character profile: Hyperactive, bee-brained Charmy is one of the co-founders of the Chaotix Detective Agency."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #41, "Zeti Hunt, Part 1"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #48, "Hit the Pavement"
  10. Sonic Team (6 February 2004). Sonic Heroes. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Opening sequence (Team Chaotix). "Vector: Besides, you know our policy. We never turn down work that pays!"
  11. Sonic Team (6 February 2004). Sonic Heroes. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Egg Fleet (Team Chaotix). "Vector: Once we start a job... we finish the job! That's our policy!"
  12. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) European instruction booklet, pg. 11.

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