Clutch the Opossum is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is an expert Chao trainer and the reigning champion of the White Park Chao Racing Circuit. He also bears a large collection of technology and wealth and has been known to use it to trade with others under the table.
Clutch is a tall light green and dark green furred opossum. His muzzle and fingers are pale peach with freckles and he has a pink pointed nose. He has white eyes with black sclera. The fur around his face forms a spiky beard-like shape. He has five dark green tufts of fur that grow directly out below his muzzle. Clutch's ear stick upright and are dark green in color, as well as his thick eyebrows. He has dark green fur that cover his spiky-nail hands. He also has a large pale pink tail with faint stripes.
For attire, Clutch wears a white tuxedo jacket with a gold tie, gold buttons, gold pockets and gold-colored diamond cufflinks. He wears white shoes with gold accents. He is known to wear a white bucket hat with a yellow stripe running across the center. He is also known to wear a large dark gray and gray furred coat that makes his silhouette appear much larger. Also, his fourth tooth from the middle of his face on the left is gold.
Clutch had made a name for himself as the reigning champion of the White Park Chao Racing Circuit. He managed to accumulate a large amount of riches and technology that he stored in his penthouse suite in the White Park Grand Chateau. Over time, Clutch made another reputation for himself on the underground market, known for making the odd secret trade every now and again. He also became a great Chao trainer, but did not treat Chao that did not win races for him too kindly.
Chao Races and Badnik Bases
Eventually, Clutch participated in another race in the White Park Chao Racing Circuit with his Dark Chao. He boasted and celebrated with it after it had qualified for the grand prix that would take place the following day. Clutch had also taken the notice of one particular Chao, Cheese, and introduced himself to the owner of him, "Facet". Seeing through her lie, he invited "Facet" to his penthouse suite so that they could discuss shop. When "Facet" arrived, Clutch told her that he knew she was really Rouge the Bat, saying that their meeting was inevitable. He proposed a deal for Rouge; if Cheese managed to come out on top in the following day's race, he would provide her with anything she wanted from his collection. However, Rouge would have to trade Cheese himself as well. Rouge told him that she would think it over and left. The next day, Clutch joined more Chao Races with his Dark Chao, who was beaten by Cheese in the final race. As the race was wrapped up, Clutch sent Rouge a glare. Later, he met with Rouge and her friends in his suite, mocking them and provoking Gemerl. He also assured them that despite appearances, he was not defenseless. Rouge then made Cream and Cheese come to him, and Clutch realized that the Chao was actually Cream's. As he praised Rouge for her cunning though, he heard Rouge utter what sounded like a codeword to execute some kind of plan. Though surprised by this, Clutch calmed down when nothing seemed to happen. Immediately after, however, he was knocked out by Shadow. Amy, Cream and Rouge then discovered the cage in which Clutch kept his Chao. The heroes thus decided to free the Chao and guard the unconscious Clutch. In truth however, Clutch only pretended to be unconscious. When only Amy, Cream, Cheese, Gemerl and Belle were left in his suite, he managed to sneak away and fire a warning shot at Amy with his cane. He then activated the Badnik guards in his apartment, before leaving the heroes to their apparent doom.
Clutch is a highly composed individual. He loves participating in Chao Races and takes great pride in his status as a champion. However, he admits himself that he only treats his Chao well when they bring him victories. He is also quite sly in his mannerisms and is not truly afraid of interacting with anyone. He does not treat Chao too kindly either; while he treats Chao that win for him well, he will remorselessly lock those up that let him down even just once.
Clutch is highly intelligent and perceptive, having accurately seem through Rouge's attempts to disguise her identify and intentions, correctly guessed who Cheese's real trainer was after seeing her for the first time, and identified a seemingly random codeword after hearing it just once.
Powers and abilities
As an opossum, Clutch is skilled at feigning unconsciousness. In fact, he was even able to make Gemerl believe he was uncouncious, in spite of the robot's various sensors and scanning capabilities. He is also a good marksman, capable of firing an accurate warning shot at Amy with his laser gun.
Clutch is a skilled Chao trainer and believes he can train the most promising ones into legends. A testament to his skills is the huge collection of various treasures he has accumulated in his apartment via Chao Races.
Equipment and weapons
- Amy Rose
- Belle the Tinkerer
- Cream the Rabbit
- Team Dark
- According to writer Evan Stanley, Clutch is older than Eggman, and is meant to be of retirement age.
- Evan Stanley on Tumblr. Tumblr (15 October 2020). Archived from the original on 16 October 2020.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #34, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #33, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #35, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 3"
- Evan Stanley on Tumblr. Tumblr (25 August 2021). Archived from the original on 1 September 2021. Retrieved on 1 September 2021.