For other uses of the term, see Cheese (disambiguation).

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— Cheese

Cheese (チーズ Chīzu?) is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a neutral Chao owned by Cream the Rabbit and the twin of Chocola.[4] They are often used as a method of attack by Cream in the many games they both appear in.

Appearance

Cheese has the appearance of a neutral child Chao: they are a light blue and have yellow markings at the tip of their head, hands, feet and tail, a bulb-shaped head, dark blue eyes, a floating yellow pom-pom ball hovering above the top of their head that changes appearance corresponding to their emotions, two pink butterfly-like wings and a small circular tail. They are distinguishable from other Chao by their red bow tie.

History

Early life

The majority of Cheese's past is unknown. They know that they have a sibling named Chocola. At some point, they met Cream and the two of them became inseparable friends, with Cream taking Cheese with her wherever she would go.[5]

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance 2

In Sonic Advance 2, Cheese and Cream were kidnapped by Dr. Eggman along with Vanilla when Eggman attempted to build the Eggman Empire. While Cream and Cheese were detained by the doctor, however, Sonic the Hedgehog showed up and freed them. Recognizing Sonic as the world-famous hero, Cream thanked Sonic for his help before he ran off to save his friends and stop Eggman. However, Cream wanted to save her mother from Eggman's clutches, so she and Cheese joined Sonic in his mission.

Joined by Tails and Knuckles along the way, Cream and her friends seemingly defeated Eggman. Shortly after, they found Vanilla, only for Cream to have her mother kidnapped in front of her by Eggman in a new mech. Heartbroken, Cream cried at the loss of her mother, but Sonic used the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Sonic and promised Cream to save Vanilla. True to his word, Sonic got Vanilla back, and Cream was happily reunited with her mother, though Sonic left before Cream could thank him.

Sonic Advance 3

In Sonic Advance 3, after the Earth was split into seven regions by a massive Chaos Control induced by Dr. Eggman, Cheese and Cream were taking a walk in Cyber Track, but got lost. There, they met Sonic and their friends, and joined up with them to undo Eggman's work on the planet.

While crossing the different regions, Cheese and the others successfully collected the seven Chaos Emeralds. Along the way, they also faced Dr. Eggman's newest creation, G-merl, a rebuilt version of Emerl. In the end, Cheese and the others got to the Emerald Altar where they beat the Hyper EggRobo and used the Master Emerald to restore the planet. Soon after, Cheese and the others found Sonic following his battle with Ultimate G-merl and welcomed him back before following him towards new adventures. Some time after, Cream brought G-merl to Tails, who repaired G-merl and restored his predecessor's friendly personality. Cheese and Cream soon after befriended G-merl, who came to live with them and Vanilla.

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, when Chocola had gone missing, Cheese and Cream went looking for them. They eventually met Amy and Big who revealed they were looking for Sonic and Froggy respectively. As they pondered on Amy's clue to their friends' whereabouts, Cheese, along with Cream, got it back when it nearly blew away. The two were also nearly blown away themselves, but were saved by Big. Regrouping, the quartet set out to find their friends, forming Team Rose.

Which searching near the sea, Team Rose ran afoul with Dr. Eggman, but Cheese and their team beat him and his Egg Hawk. After that, the team followed Amy's hunch about Sonic's whereabouts to Grand Metropolis. After escaping the Power Plant, Team Rose eventually found Team Sonic and fought them, hoping they could make Sonic tell them of Froggy and Chocola's whereabouts, but Team Sonic gave them the slip during the fight.

Getting to Casino Park, the team decided to find Eggman and thereby Sonic. While scrolling, they were met by Eggman's robot horde which they defeated. As they got to Rail Canyon, Cheese sensed Chocola nearby while their friends picked up on the others. When they reached Eggman's base, Eggman attacked them in the Egg Albatross, but they beat him. After the fight, however, they learned the Eggman they fought was a copy and Froggy and Chocola were not there. Suspecting that Eggman were behind their kidnappings, Team Rose decided to find Eggman to free their friends.

Continuing their journey through the jungle, Team Rose came across Team Chaotix who demanded Cheese, which made Cream suspect that they were the one who took Chocola. After having to fight Team Chaotix, Team Rose found Hang Castle. After they escaped from Mystic Mansion, Team Rose met Eggman and his robot horde, but they defeated it.

Following that, Team Rose got to the Egg Fleet where they searched for Eggman's fleet and eventually found the Final Fortress. There, they found Eggman in his Egg Emperor and beat him. Though their opponent turned out to be another fake, it released Chocola and Froggy, and Cheese was happy to reunite with Chocola.

Later, Teams Rose, Sonic, Chaotix and Dark witnessed the return of Metal Sonic, the true kidnapper of Froggy and Chocola and mastermind behind the teams' adventures, who had been impersonating Eggman so he could follow them and copy their data for a plan to conquer the world himself, and saw him transform into Metal Madness. Seeing that the teams had collected all the Chaos Emeralds, the real Dr. Eggman came up with the plan of using them against Metal Sonic. Cheese and their team then stayed behind to stall Metal Madness with the others while Team Sonic prepared the Chaos Emeralds. After completing their task, Team Rose watched Team Super Sonic beat Metal Overlord. Following the battle, Cheese and the rest of their team said goodbye to Amy as she resumed chasing Sonic.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Cheese and Cream wandered into Cryptic Castle. While inside, however, she was trapped and separated from Cheese. Fortunately, they were rescued by Shadow and Amy after they found Cream, and then Cheese was reunited with her.

Sonic Battle

In Sonic Battle, Cream and Cheese were dragged by Amy into helping her with boxercise training (though Cream did not like the violence or Amy's overexertion). Eventually, Cheese and Cream met Emerl, a Gizoid Sonic had found which she had heard of, when Amy came over with him.

A while later, Cheese, Cream, and Amy watched over Emerl while Sonic and Tails checked a lead on a Chaos Emerald. While they were on their own, however, Cheese, Cream and Emerl were taken hostage by Dr. Eggman and brought to the Gimme Shelter as a part of a trap for Sonic. There, they tried to escape when they were attacked by Guard Robos. By having Emerl trick Eggman, Cheese, Cream and Emerl learned of an escape route from the Gimme Shelter and the key for it.

When they reached the escape route they found Chaos Gamma guarding it. Though shaken, Cheese encouraged Cream and stood up to fight Chaos Gamma, giving them enough time to retreat from Chaos Gamma. Once Cream seemed ready, they returned to Chaos Gamma and defeated him. Eggman then arrived, but Cheese and their friends caught the doctor in one of his own traps, allowing them to contact Sonic to pick them up.

Some time afterwards, Cheese and Cream met Emerl again who had come to fight her so he could fight Shadow. Though Cream accepted, she was still defeated. Later, Cheese and Cream came to see Emerl stop Eggman and his Final Egg Blaster onboard the Death Egg through a monitor. When Eggman was defeated, he fired the Final Egg Blaster, destroying some stars, causing Emerl to revert to his original programming. Eggman could not control Emerl as expected, and Emerl prepared to fire the Final Egg Blaster at Earth. When Sonic's original plan to stop Emerl with the Master Emerald failed, he had to destroy Emerl.

Sonic Rush

In Sonic Rush, Cheese and Cream came across Blaze the Cat while on their own. While Cream hid from Blaze in the bushes so they could get closer to talk to her, Blaze noticed her, so Cream introduced herself and asked if she wanted to be friends. Once Blaze greeted her, Cream took Blaze to her home where they met Vanilla. Over a cup of tea, Cheese and Cream learned that Blaze was looking for the Sol Emeralds which had been taken by Dr. Eggman so she could save her world. Cream therefore offered out of friendship to be Blaze's guide when she refused to seek Sonic's help, which Blaze reluctantly accepted.

While looking for and collecting the Sol Emeralds, Blaze met Knuckles. After Cream introduced Blaze and Knuckles to each other, Knuckles grew suspicious of Blaze. Cheese and Cream had to leave with Blaze while leaving Knuckles buried under rocks. A while later, Cheese and Cream were looking for Sonic for his help, despite Blaze's protest when they met Amy. After Cream had introduced Amy and Blaze to each other, she decided after Amy had left that they should follow her, sure that Amy's inner "Sonic Radar" would take them straight to Sonic.

Sometime later, Cheese, Cream and Blaze finally found Sonic and Tails. However, Blaze still did not want their help and left. Cheese and Cream still followed her, despite wondering why she did not ask for their help. Later, after getting six Sol Emeralds back, they met Amy again until Knuckles came to settle the score with Blaze. However, Cheese along with Cream helped Blaze get away by flying off with her.

Cheese, Cream and Blaze eventually made it to Dead Line where they got the last Sol Emerald back and finally joined forces with Sonic and Tails. As Cheese and Cream were scared of hearing from their friends that both their dimensions were on the verge of vanishing due to Dr. Eggman and Eggman Nega's mischief, they were taken hostage by Dr. Eggman as a trap for Blaze. However, Cheese and Cream were saved by Blaze at Point W.

A while afterwards, Cheese along with Cream came to Blaze's aid with Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails when Eggman and Eggman Nega drained all her Sol Emeralds of their power to conquer both dimensions. There, Cheese and Cream and their friends gave Blaze their moral support, allowing Blaze to recharge the Sol Emeralds and become Burning Blaze. After Super Sonic and Burning Blaze had defeated the doctors and saved both dimensions, Cheese was with Cream while she was crying over that Blaze had left to go home to her world. However, the two cheer up after learning from Sonic that Blaze promised to see them again.

Sonic Colors

In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, Cheese and Cream accidentally wandered into Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park while out on a walk. There, Orbot and Cubot thought that Cheese was a Wisp and attacked Cream. Luckily, Sonic showed up and saved her.

Cheese was soon after attacked by Cubot again while protecting a Chao, but Sonic came to their aid.

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, Cheese and Cream attended and helped prepare Sonic's surprise birthday party. When Sonic arrived, Cheese and the rest welcomed him. As the party started, however, the Time Eater suddenly appeared, and Cheese and Cream were sucked into one of the Time Eater's Time Hole and ended up in the White Space, where they were turned into statues due to the Time Eater's effects.

Eventually, Cheese and Cream were returned to normal by Sonic and Classic Sonic. When Classic and Modern Sonic confronted the Time Eater, which was revealed to be controlled by Dr. Eggman and Classic Eggman, Cheese arrived Cream at the scene of the battle with the others to cheer both Sonics, allowing them both to transform into Super Sonics. When the Sonics defeated the Time Eater, Cheese and the others were sent back to the present. Continuing the party from where it left off, Cheese later waved goodbye to the younger Sonic and Classic Tails when they returned to their own world.

Other game appearances

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

Cheese makes a cameo in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut for the GameCube/PC and in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Adventure.

Sonic Riders series

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, Cheese appears as Cream's unique variety of attacks.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Cheese appears as Cream's unique variety of attacks again.

Sonic Free Riders

In Sonic Free Riders, Cheese is mentioned by Cream, when she tries to address them on live television.[6]

Mario & Sonic series

Cream appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and its sequel Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games as a referee in some sports.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Cheese makes an appearance as a non-playable referee along with Cream in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Cheese and Cream were out picking flowers in Green Hill Zone when they were attacked by wild animals and were separated. But thanks to Sonic, Cheese was found and returned to Cream.

In gameplay, Cheese is a Unique Chao in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, and raises the entire team's luck when bonded to a character depending on their level: at level 1 they increase it by 5, at level 2 by 10, and at level 3 by 15. Cheese is the only Chao in the game that cannot be attained from an egg, and is also the only Chao that has significance in a side-quest. Cheese is found in a cave that the player needs to climb to access.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Cheese makes an cameo being with Cream as one of the Trophies and Stickers:

Trophy
Name Image ID Description
Cream Cream Trophy.jpg 542 A young rabbit who is always accompanied by her Chao friend, Cheese. Once a member of Team Rose, she's a spirited go-getter who always gives it her all. Her polite and courteous manner is thought to be a result of her mother's strict discipline. Cream can use her large ears to fly, and her Chao Attack, where she launches Cheese like a missile, is a powerful weapon.
Sticker
Image Name Page ID Area of Effect Effect User
Sonicchannel cream nocircle.png
Cream the Rabbit & Cheese (Sonic Advance 2) 274 686 Electric Resistance +9 Everyone

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Cheese makes an cameo being with Cream appears as a trophy in both versions of the game:

Wii U Trophy
Name Picture Description
Cream the Rabbit CreamTheRabbitTrophyWiiU.png NA: Sidekick to Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit is a cute, hardworking friend. She has a Chao named Cheese, and they make a great team. She probably wants to cream the next person who makes a joke about their names, but I can't help but want a cream- cheese bagel when I talk about them...

PAL: You don't often see Cream without Cheese. (Excuse us, we're suddenly really hungry.) Actually, Cream is a lovely, hardworking little rabbit, and Cheese is her beloved pet Chao. They're the perfect, adorable little team, and not in the slightest bit edible.

Nintendo 3DS Trophy
Name Picture Description
Cream the Rabbit CreamTheRabbitTrophy3DS.png NA: Sidekick to Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit is a cute, hardworking friend. She has a Chao named Cheese, and they make a great team. She probably wants to cream the next person who makes a joke about their names, but I can't help but want a cream- cheese bagel when I talk about them...

PAL: You don't often see Cream without Cheese. (Excuse us, we're suddenly really hungry.) Actually, Cream is a lovely, hardworking little rabbit, and Cheese is her beloved pet Chao. They're the perfect, adorable little team, and not in the slightest bit edible.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Cheese appears as a spirit alongside Cream. They are an Advanced class support spirit and are a Grab Type.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 

In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Cheese makes a cameo.

Sonic Runners

In Sonic Runners, Cheese is mentioned by Cream.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, Cheese accompanies Cream who is a playable character who was added to the game's roster in the version 1.5.0 update.

On Easter 2019, Cheese and Cream were re-released as "Spring Cream", a variant character of Cheese and Cream dressed in Easter-inspired costumes as a part of the 2.10.1 update.

Personality

Cheese is a very loyal Chao and is always ready to help Cream. Cheese's mood also tend to reflect Cream's; whenever Cream is happy or upset, so is Cheese.

Powers and abilities

As a Chao, Cheese is capable of flight using their small wings.

Cheese is Cream's main form of attack - Cream launches Cheese as a 'homing missile' of sorts, as they home in on and, in the Sonic Advance games, destroys an enemy, making them a valuable weapon. They are also able to create tornadoes in Sonic Battle.

Cheese also has the ability to change into a Chao version of Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Amy. This only appears in the game Sonic Advance 3.

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Cheese has the ability to greatly increase the luck of all team members during battle.

Relationships

Cream the Rabbit

Cheese and Cream cheer up happily.

Cream is Cheese's best friend and partner. The two are rarely ever seen apart from each other and they share a close bond. The two of them work well together and even give each other courage.[7]

Chocola

Cheese with Chocola.

Chocola is Cheese's twin sibling that appears in Sonic Heroes. It appears that they care deeply for Chocola as they showed sadness in Sonic Heroes when they discovered that their sibling had gone missing and set off to rescue them.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic has occasionally came to Cream and Cheese's rescue throughout the series.

Friends

Enemies

In other media

Sonic X

Main article: Cheese (Sonic X)

In the Sonic X anime and comic, Cheese is a main character, appearing as Cream the Rabbit's faithful friend.

Archie Comics

Cheese also appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-off comic series published by Archie Comics. In this media, Cheese originally lived with Cream, Vanilla and his fellow Chao at a Chao Garden in the Southern Baronies until Snively Robotnik attacked and their home was destroyed. Upon Amy Rose's insistence, Cheese and his family moved to New Mobotropolis and set up their new home there. After getting themselves acquainted with their new home, Cheese accompanied Cream on all her adventures, helping her however he could every step of the way, and eventually joined Team Freedom with her, and later on, the Freedom Fighters.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Cheese (IDW)

Cheese in the IDW Publishing comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Cheese is Cream's loyal friend. In this media, they live in Floral Forest Village with Vanilla, Cream, Chocola and Gemerl. Their past is the same as their game counterpart's up until after the events of Sonic Forces.

Trivia

  • Though Cheese is genderless, they have been referred to as a male in several of their game appearances.[3]
  • Cheese's name comes from the food "cream cheese", which couples with the fact that Cream is rarely seen without them.
  • It is possible for the player to obtain more than one Cheese in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
  • Strangely, when Cream has Cheese equipped in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Cheese will stay next to her even when she throws them at an enemy.
  • In Sonic Colors, Cheese appears to be missing their signature red bow tie.
  • In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, there is a Chao named Cheezlet that is very similar to Cheese.
  • Sonic Free Riders is the first Sonic game that Cheese is not seen with Cream throughout the story, although she does reference them along with her mother in one cutscene.

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog Sticker Collection, p. 10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Cream & Cheese. Sega. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Evan Stanley on Tumblr. Tumblr (15 October 2020). Archived from the original on 16 October 2020.
  4. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) English instruction manual, p. 9.
  5. Sonic Advance 2 (Gameboy Advance) English instruction manual, p. 3
  6. Sonic Team (November 4, 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: After Team Rose Mission 10 "Cream: Mama! Cheese! I did it! I did it!"
  7. Sonic Battle US instruction booklet, pg. 5



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