Excuse me. I'm the head of the village. May I weigh in on the subject?
— Elder Scruffy, Sonic the Hedgehog #5
Elder Scruffy is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is an anthropomorphic goat and the head of Windmill Village. He has currently been turned into a Zombot after being infected by the Metal Virus.
Elder Scruffy is a heavyset anthropomorphic goat with gray fur, pink skin and blue eyes. He possesses thick eyebrows with dark gray fur around his eyes, a wide black nose, and dark gray horns that curve to the side and back. He also has extra long fur beneath his chin in the form of a thick beard and medium-long sideway ears.
For attire, Elder Scruffy wears a purple sweater, a green jacket, fingerless black gloves and black shoes with golden buckles on them. He also carries around a wooden cane.
After Dr. Eggman appeared in Windmill Village and got locked up in a cell, Elder Scruffy saw the next day that Eggman had broken out of his cell, albeit for the purpose of reinforcing it. When it became apparent that Eggman suffered from amnesia and was now a benevolent man, Elder Scruffy and the other villagers decided to nurse Eggman's wounds and take him in. He even joined Elder Scruffy and the others for at least one meal. In return, Eggman repaid their kindness tenfold. He repaired anything they brought him from the smallest, most delicate work to the largest, most grueling efforts. This seemingly included at least one windmill that Elder Scruffy and Eggman celebrated the reopening of.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
Elder Scruffy eventually saw that Sonic the Hedgehog had come to Windmill Village to discuss with the Chaotix Detective Agency about what to do with the amnesiac Eggman. Introducing himself, Elder Scruffy wanted Sonic to hear what he had to say before letting Sonic pass judgement on Eggman, and began telling him of Eggman's time in Windmill Village and about how he had been a blessing to the village. He then finished by adding that he would rather see this new Eggman do some good for others instead of rotting in a cell and do nothing. When Badniks began approaching Windmill Village however, Sonic, who suspected the Badniks were here for Eggman, shot Elder Scruffy, who could only give an awkward smile, a dirty look. Fortunately, Eggman was proven innocent, and Elder Scruffy saw Sonic make peace with Eggman, whom the hedgehog allowed to remain in Windmill Village.
About a week after Dr. Eggman was kidnapped from Windmill Village by Rough and Tumble, Elder Scruffy and his village was assaulted by the skunk brothers. Ultimately, Elder Scruffy was left hanging from a tree while the villagers got locked up in the community center. Fortunately, Elder Scruffy was freed by Sonic and Tails when they came to town. After he told the duo of what he knew and what had happened though, Rough and Tumble showed up. While Sonic distracted the villains, Elder Scruffy helped Tails free the villagers. However, he and the others were told by Tails to stay hidden while he and Sonic dealt with Rough and Tumble.
Not long after, Elder Scruffy and the villagers found Dr. Eggman appearing above Windmill Village in his Faceship. Immediately after, Eggman dropped a large batch of his Metal Virus agent from his Faceship that flooded the village. Elder Scruffy tried to protect a child from the virus flood, but it was no use, as it immediately transformed him and the child into Zombots.
All or Nothing
Elder Scruffy is a wise and polite man who priorities his village and its inhabitants over himself. He is also extremely compassionate and willing to forgive and forget. Noticeably, he wanted Dr. Eggman to be free to do some good after the doctor had lost his memory and became a reformed man that would help out Elder Scruffy's village in wondrous ways in spite of having heard stories of the doctor's horrendous acts that he could hardly imagine.
- Although he first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog #5, Elder Scruffy did not receive a name until Sonic the Hedgehog #13.