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The West Side Island bullies or fox bullies are characters that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are two secondary characters relevant to Tails's backstory from his home.

The bullies, similar to Amy Rose's Fortune Cards, were an off-screen element mentioned in the game's manuals until their appearance in Sonic Origins, where they were adapted as a pair of foxes.

Appearance[]

The fox duo are young anthropomorphic, brown-furred foxes with peach skin. Unlike their victim, the foxes only have one tail. They largely resemble Tails in other aspects, sporting a pair of large triangular ears, peach-colored muzzles with cheek tufts, ear canals, tail ends and chest fur, which are also tufted, and a similar body type, though slightly taller than Tails.

Separately, one bully had two sharp locks of hair sprouting atop his head, while another had one curly lock of hair pointing downward.

For attire, they wear a pair of white gloves and red strapped shoes, complete with white cuffs and soles.

History[]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2[]

The bullies are mentioned in the Japanese manual of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, although vaguely. The manual describes that because of Tails's mutated two tails, "everyone bullied him", with the text being vague on who exactly bullied him. After meeting Sonic, however, Tails gained a new confidence in himself and felt proud of who he was.[1]

Fox Bullies

The bullies approaching Tails, from Sonic Origins.

In Sonic Origins' cutscene, the bullies depicted physically for the first time in the game series as two older foxes who physically bully Tails by grabbing his tails, until Sonic stopped them while passing by.[2]

Relationships[]

Miles "Tails" Prower[]

Prior to the events of the West Side Island incident, Tails was bullied by the foxes for a while for him having an extra tail. Though one day being bullied by the foxes, Sonic dashed past them, making them dizzy. After that day, they have never bullied Tails since.[2]

Enemies[]

In other media[]

Animation[]

Sonic Prime[]

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The bullies hurting Tails, from "Shattered".

In the Sonic Prime television series, Sonic once reminisced of the time he saved Tails from the bullies who picked on him for having an extra tail.

However, in an alternate reality created by the Paradox Prism, a counterpart similar to Tails, Nine, got hurt by the same bullies without anyone saving him for years. This led him to gain a cynical attitude, and to create seven artificial tails so he wouldn't get hurt or bullied anymore.

Trivia[]

  • The first adaptation of the bullies from Tails' backstory was in the Sonic X episode "The Dam Scam," where they were depicted as a fox, a monkey, and a bear.
  • According to Ian Flynn, the fox bullies had internal development names. Their names were non-flattering adjectives.[3]
  • Both bullies have a similar color of fur to Tails in his American cartoons counterparts. It is unknown if this is deliberate.

References[]

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Japanese instruction booklet, pgs. 4-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team, Headcannon (23 June 2022). Sonic Origins. Nintendo Switch. Cutscene: Sonic 2 Intro.
  3. HWHOA-MOMMA! | BumbleKast LIVE! for July 31st, 2023 - Ian Flynn Q&A Monthly Stream (44:10). YouTube. BumbleKing Videos (July 29, 2023). Retrieved on July 31, 2023.
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