— Cheese, Sonic the Hedgehog #18
Cheese is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a Chao and the closest friend of Cream the Rabbit. He lives in Floral Forest Village with Cream, Vanilla, Gemerl, and his brother Chocola.
Cheese is a Chao of standard coloration: light blue with yellow hands and feet, pink wings, and large blue eyes. Like other normal Chao he also has a pointed yellow head with a yellow orb floating above it, but he is distinguished by his red bow tie.
Alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends, Cheese has gone on several adventures with his companion, Cream, and took it upon himself to protect her each time. Following one particular adventure, Tails repaired the robot Gemerl after he had been programmed to be violent by Dr. Eggman. Gemerl then went on to live with Cheese, Cream, and their family in Floral Forest Village.
Floral Forest Village was soon invaded by Dr. Eggman in his new flying fortress, the Faceship. With it, Dr. Eggman poured a large batch of the Metal Virus into the village, creating several Zombots. Vanilla requested Cream to stay inside during this attack but the young rabbit wished to aid the villagers as she had Cheese by her side, just as Vanilla had Chocola. Vanilla still did not grant Cheese and Cream permission to leave though, so Gemerl was tasked with aiding the village instead.
Soon after, Cheese, Vanilla and Chocola were surrounded by Zombots inside their house. Cheese immediately attacked the leading Zombot twice though Cream protested against this. Cheese was soon caught by the Zombot though, as was Chocola, who only tried to help his brother. Due to having touched the Zombot, the duo soon became Zombots themselves and turned their attention to Cream and Vanilla. Fortunately, Sonic arrived and helped Cream and Vanilla evacuate their house. Cheese tried afterward to attack Sonic, but Gemerl got in the way. Sonic then trapped Cheese and Chocola inside glass jars to prevent them from posing a larger threat due to their flight abilities. Unbeknownst to Sonic though, Cheese and Chocola began to break out while he was preoccupied.
The Last Minute
After the duo freed themselves, Cheese and Chocola made their way to Central City, where they came across Tails at his lab but he did not notice them. Cheese and Chocola found the mains supply for the lab and proceeded to destroy it, cutting off all the power there. Soon, Tails rushed out of the lab in his Cyclone, which prompted the Zombot Chao to chase after him. However, Tails managed to pull off enough evasive maneuvers to leave the Chao in the dust.
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, which included Cheese. After the Faceship was effectively destroyed by Rouge, Zavok grew to a giant size to attack the survivors on Angel Island. From this, he grabbed a handful of Zombots, including Cheese, and threw them onto the island's surface to face the survivors there. Cheese and Chocola chased after Tails, eventually pinning him down by grabbing hold of his twin tails. After Super Sonic and Super Silver had reversed the effects of the Metal Virus all around the world, the Zombots were no more and were cured. This act turned both Cheese and Chocola back to normal, leaving them to joyfully celebrate with Tails.
Out of the Blue
Cheese was called upon by Cream down below to help attack Zavok. The Chao complied and flew straight down to hit the Zeti in the face. He then flew away and stuck his tongue out as him as Zavok was angered. Eventually, the Zeti was restrained by Silver's psychokinesis. Some time later, Cheese visited the Chaotix Detective Agency with Cream, Vanilla, Chocola and Gemerl to gift the Chaotix with treats for their hard work. So as to relieve them of their more strenuous tasks, Vanilla tasked Cheese and Chocola with putting files away. Later on, Cheese went to Tangle's party that she was hosting in Spiral Hill Village and danced with Chocola. Though he enjoyed his time for a while, the party was soon crashed by Eggman arriving in a large mech suit with the intent of destroying everyone.
Cheese is a friendly and caring Chao. Kind-hearted and very loyal to his friend Cream, Cheese is quite determined and brave as he will not hesitate to protect his friends in their time of need, even at the risk of his own well-being.
Powers and abilities
- Amy Rose
- Big the Cat
- Cream the Rabbit
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Team Dark
- Vanilla the Rabbit
- Despite first appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog #18, Cheese already made a cameo appearance on cover RI for Sonic the Hedgehog #9.
- Cream and her friendship with Cheese are a pun on "cream cheese."
- Vanilla, Cream and Cheese are all names that involve some sort of dairy product.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Cheese's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"