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Excuse me. I'm the head of the village. May I weigh in on the subject?

— Elder Scruffy, Sonic the Hedgehog #5

Elder Scruffy[1] 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.[2]


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.



Elder Scruffy and the other villagers are introduced to Belle, from Sonic the Hedgehog #44.

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.[2] Elder Scruffy would eventually also be introduced to Belle the Tinkerer, a wooden robot that Eggman had made himself to be his aide.[3]

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.[2]


Elder Scruffy after being attacked by Rough and Tumble, from Sonic the Hedgehog #13.

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.[1]

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.[4]

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 Elder Scruffy. 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. As Elder Scruffy was back to normal, he helped support Vanilla the Rabbit up and made sure that she was okay.[5][6][7]

Out of the Blue

Elder Scruffy defends Belle from a distrustful villager, from Sonic the Hedgehog #44.

With the Metal Virus gone, Elder Scruffy joined the other misplaced victims of the Metal Virus in celebration of their newfound freedom.[8] Upon returning to Windmill Village however, Scruffy was forced to defend Belle from an angry villager accusing her of being an Eggman spy, though he also gave her a distrustful look. This distrust between Belle and the village led to her running away to search for her creator.[3]


Elder Scruffy is a wise and polite man who priorities his village and its inhabitants over himself.[1][2] 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.[2]

After the Metal Virus plague, Scruffy seems to have become more cautious of Eggman and his creations, even those he made during his time as Mr. Tinker, including Belle. However, he was still kind enough to protect her from the other villagers.[3]







  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #44, "Zeti Hunt, Part 4"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured, Part 1"

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