Help! The miners are trapped in the mine! Can you help? Please save them! Oh, I'm gonna get fired for this!
— Foreman Fred, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Foreman Fred, more commonly referred to as Earl, is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom series. He is an anthropomorphic animal and construction worker who works at a warehouse in a different village on Seaside Island.
Earl is a lanky humanoid animal, slightly taller than Amy but shorter than Knuckles. He has long, thin arms and legs, a short pointy tail and an almost cylinder-shaped head with small triangular ears, brown fur with tan fur on his front torso, and a peach muzzle. The fur on top of his head is spiky, forming a hairstyle. He also has a long black nose similar to Sonic's and brown eyes. In the TV series, he is shown having blue eyes however. His attire consists of a yellow safety helmet, an orange vest, dark orange gloves and dark olive green shoes with metal tips. He wears a loaded tool belt around his waist.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
At some point, Earl was promoted too early – and probably without merit – leaving him in situations beyond his capabilities. He eventually joined Cliff at his excavation site where he worked with the miners to uncover the remnants of the Ancient's civilization in the undeground. When the mines collapsed and left some miners trapped inside though, Earl had no choice but to seek aid. While panicking, he got Amy Rose and Knuckles the Echidna to help him. After the duo rescued the miners, Earl gave them a Power Glyph, a relic the miners had found, as a memento of his appreciation.
Having taken up a job at a warehouse, Earl worked with Sonic (having gone underground as "Bob"). During their lunch break together, Earl told Sonic that he could find an imposter the hedgehog had been looking for in the East Forest after he saw said person pass through town. However, Earl got mortally injured by a stray horseshoe hitting him in the head, so Sonic brought an ingredient for his physician's Anti-Horseshoe Elixir which got Earl back on his feet. Wanting to thank Sonic, Earl brought an inert Metal Sonic to the Village Center in time to clear Sonic's name after he had been framed for thievery by the robot.
Earl is a friendly and helpful guy, providing Sonic with extensive aid during his escapades with Metal Sonic, and has a healthy workmoral. A noticeable quirk he has is making analogies that are hard to follow. He also appears to possess an extensive streak of bad luck, having a long history of getting hit by horseshoes.
While working with Cliff, Earl was well-aware of his limitations, knowing fully that he was in way over his head at the excavations. He knew the rules and regulations but not know how to apply them, and would as such get him extremely nervous and panicky in stressful situations. He is also not the quickest on his feet which only makes matters worse.
- Harrison, Reid (19 September 2015). "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 44. Cartoon Network.
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (21 August 2016). Retrieved on 23 August 2016. “Tailooey Fan: What place is this? From It Wasn't Me, It One-Armed Hedgehog. / Bill Freiberger: In the scripts it's referred to as "Different Village." I hope that helps.”
- Kellie (23 July 2014). Meet Characters in the Sonic Boom Universe. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved on 24 July 2014.