- For the version of this character after the Super Genesis Wave, see Cheese the Chao (Archie).
Cheese the Chao is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a Chao who is rumored to be on his fourth of fifth evolution cycle, and the closest friend of Cream the Rabbit who cares for him.
Cheese and many other Chao—including his "brother" Chocola—originally resided outside of Cream's home in one of the largest Chao Gardens on Mobius in the Southern Baronies where they were watched over by Cream and Vanilla. Their magical Chao Garden eventually attracted the attention of Snively Robotnik, who came in a giant mech to claim it and dig it up. Remaining clam, Cheese helped Cream guide the other Chao, until Amy Rose appeared and began a counter-attack, which destroyed the rabbit family's home and the Chao Garden in the process. Cheese later offered Cream some comfort, but when Amy suggested that Nicole could make a new Chao Garden in New Mobotropolis, Cream and her mother opted to stay with Amy and Cheese and the other Chao came along.
Following their move to New Mobotropolis, Cheese came with Vanilla and Cheese when Amy wanted to show them around Freedom HQ. However, their tour was cut short when Amy had to investigate a strange energy signature Nicole had discovered, but both Cheese and Cream convinced Vanilla to let them come with her. They soon after met Blaze the Cat and figured out they were all looking for one of Blaze's Sol Emeralds, so Cheese and the others teamed up with Blaze as Team Rose to find it. Cheese and his friends soon found the Sol Emerald, only to enter a four-way brawl with Team Dark, Team Hooligan and the Babylon Rogues who each wanted the Sol Emerald for their own reasons. In the ensuing fights and pursuits for whoever had the Sol Emerald, Cheese tried his best to help his team with his small size and flying skills, until Team Rose finally got hold of the emerald. With the Sol Emerald back in Blaze's possession, Cheese and his friends parted ways with Blaze and returned to Freedom HQ.
During Dr. Eggman's attack on New Mobotropolis after Operation: Clean Sweep, Cheese and Cream helped bring Bunnie to safety after she was injured in the battle. In the aftermath, Cheese and Cream joined Team Freedom as junior members to serve as protectors of New Mobotropolis after the Knothole Freedom Fighters were disbanded. During his service on Team Freedom, Cheese helped destroy debris from a collapsing building and later assisted Cream in getting the citizens of Mobotropolis to safety when Eggman launched another invasion of the city while the rest of Team Freedom cleared out the enemies. Later on, Cheese found the Tails Doll which made Team Freedom discover that it was a device send by Eggman to tamper with the city's Nanites. Team Freedom therefore set up a trap for the Tails Doll, but when Cheese and the others ambushed it, it transformed into a colossal and nightmarish monstrosity. However, the battle was cut short when he along with Team Freedom were caught up in a second Genesis Wave.
- Note: From this point, Cheese's history continues from his new life in the altered timeline.
Cheese is adventurous and very brave for a Chao, remaining clam whereas an entire colony Chao went into panic when Snively attacked them. Inspired by Cream's helpfulness and protectiveness, he is as devoted to protecting Cream as she is to the rest of his kind, and is always there to support her.
Powers and abilities
Cheese is said to be a Chao of incredible power, possessing enough strength to heavily dent an Egg SWAT's armor. As a Chao, Cheese can gain the traits of creatures to which he is exposed to as he grows. Once Cheese nears the end of his life-cycle, he can envelope himself in a cocoon and emerge as an egg—reborn as a new Chao with the traits he had in his past life. He is as well capable of flight.
- It is possible Cheese was at Knothole's Lake of Rings before its destruction, but this has not been confirmed.
- 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.
- The only thing that distinguishes Cheese from other Chao is the small red bowtie worn on his neck.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Rabbit Family"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #217, "Welcome Back, Chao!"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #21, "Treasure Team Tango Part One: "The Salida""
- ↑ Sonic Universe #22, "Treasure Team Tango Step Two: The Cruzada"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #23, "Treasure Team Tango Step Three: The Llevada"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #24, "Treasure Team Tango Step Four: The Parada"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #231, "Lost in the Moment"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #236, "Leader of the Land"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #240, "Heroes Part Two: For the People"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #247, "At All Costs Part One: Fate Interrupted"