Clutch the Opossum is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. An elderly criminal ringleader, he eventually retired and became an expert Chao trainer and the reigning champion of the White Park Chao Racing Circuit. After his mistreatment of his Chao was revealed however, Clutch was forced to flee White Park Zone. Having lost much of his wealth following this incident, he is currently working on rebuilding his criminal empire with the aid of Rough and Tumble.
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.
A master criminal of a past generation, Clutch built himself a notable reputation in the underworld as an arms dealer. During his time, he swindled and beat many heroes. However, he eventually went into retirement and wound up forgotten.
During his retirement, Clutch 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. He also gained a reputation for himself on the underground market, being 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, whom he would keep locked up in a cage his his suite.
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.
Hit the Pavement
Seeing his home in White Park Zone and much of his accumulated property confiscated in the aftermath was a wake-up call for Clutch. Having realized that there was a new generation of do-gooders out there that he had never beaten or swindled, Clutch decided that this could not stand and so sought to rebuild his criminal empire. To start out, he began hiding out in a warehouse on Central City's docks, where he managed to move the remnants of his collection of Badnik parts and weapons that was not confiscated to, which he then planned to sell to other bidders. To help him with moving his precious cargo out of the city for his buyers, Clutch hired Rough and Tumble to carry them through his one cargo route in the sewers of Central City.
Eventually, Rough and Tumble reported to Clutch that their route had been discovered by the Chaotix. As Clutch expressed his dissatisfaction with the results, he heard sounds from Espio creeping around, prompting him to fire several shots at him. Moments later, Vector and Charmy intervened. Though Clutch tried to sneak away while Rough and Tumble engaged Vector and Charmy in combat, he was soon caught by Espio. Clutch was then led to Vector and explained his motives. In response, Vector sank Clutch's entire collection into the sea by smashing the floor in the warehouse. Regardless, Clutch, though disgruntled by this outcome, managed to steal some of Espio's smoke bombs, which he used to escape, and took Rough and Tumble with him.
Clutch is a highly collected and composed individual. Never showing any incline of shock or surprise, he is extreme adapt at keeping his emotions in check. He is also quite sly in his mannerisms and is not truly afraid of interacting with anyone. However, his calmness also makes him very intimidating; while he does not express his anger emotionally, he makes it evidently clear with firm statements and piercing glares.
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.
Clutch loved participating in Chao Races and took great pride in his status as a champion. However, he admitted himself that he only treats his Chao well when they bring him victories. He does not treat Chao too kindly either; while he treats Chao that win for him well, he would remorselessly lock those that let him down up in cages with multiple padlocks, even if they failed just once. For this reason, his Chao tried to do their best so that they would not be punished.
Clutch is also cunning and greedy, and enjoys hoarding his treasures and trading weapons with his clients. He claims to have fooled many of the heroes of the previous generation. After years of activity though, Clutch was satisfied with his retirement at the White Park Grand Chateau. However, he is also not one to stand by while heroes run about, especially those whom he has never been victorious over; after he was defeated by Amy, Rouge and Cream, he realized that a whole new generation of heroes had emerged into the world, many of whom he had not yet managed to swindle or defeat with his cunning. Seeing this as a wake-up call, he insists that this state of affairs cannot stand. As such, he has since decided to go back to the basics of his criminal life and rebuild his empire.
Powers and abilities
Despite his age, Clutch is an experienced villain and a dangerous foe; at the height of his career, he managed to outwit and defeat an unspecified number of heroes.
Thanks to experience, Clutch is a seasoned thief and a master criminal. He is an experienced pickpocket, capable of stealing his enemies' equipment unnoticed. As an opossum, he is also skilled at feigning unconsciousness. In fact, he was even able to make Gemerl believe he was unconscious, 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 #48, "Hit the Pavement"
- 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.