All is fair in love and war--and business is a little bit of both.
— Honey the Cat, Sonic the Hedgehog #269
Honey the Cat is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is a mobian cat, fashion designer, and the founder and CEO of Honey Brand Clothes And Accessories. The mind behind her Honey Clothing label, she works to promote her products in any way possible.
Concept and creation
According to Ian Flynn, Honey's design was made to not only simplify her more complicated and armored design from Sonic the Fighters, but also keep her in line with the modern Sonic look.
Honey is a mobian yellow cat that has close-lying orange-yellow fur, a peach muzzle, and long jet-black hair that she keeps in two voluminous ponytails. She also two triangular perked ears with peach inner ears, a small black nose, large orange eyes, thin arms and legs, and a slim two-tone tail.
For her headwear, she wears a red hairband and elaborate white laced cloth-like hair barrettes around her ponytails. She also wears a red dress, black straps on the cuffs, a pair of white wings on the back, and white laces on the lower rim. Her dress also has black outlines around the waist, and a black area on her front skirt with white fasteners. Additionally, she wears white gloves with red backs and laced cuffs, black arm wrappers around her wrists and black and red boots.
At some point, Honey would finish all her design projects and become bored. She would then decide to learn martial arts in her spare time. In the recent past, Honey also met Princess Undina in Empire City, who was traveling the world on her own. Undina agreed to model some clothing Honey designed in return for payments. In addition, Honey gave her a specially-designed umbrella.
Shattered World Crisis
Honey took part in Breezie the Hedgehog's Chaos Emerald Championship in Casino Park along with the Hooligans and three of the Freedom Fighters. Unlike most of her fellow competitors, Honey was interested mainly in promoting her new fashion line, and agreed to give the Freedom Fighters the Chaos Emerald if she won in exchange for them modeling for her. This was particularly thrilling to her long-time fan Amy Rose, whose outfit was an old piece of Honey's from the "Dream-Casters" line. Honey was also thrilled to see Amy sporting the look, and determined to re-release it in Amy's honor as part of the "Rose Collection." While having good chemistry between them, it was somewhat unnerving to both Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower, the latter of whom was even more creeped out when Honey suggested that he could "accessorize".
Honey ended up facing off with Tails in the first round of the Championship, and proved to be quite the opponent for the young Freedom Fighter. She eventually used a trick to knock him out of the ring, and upon being accused of cheating by him replied that "all is fair in love and war." She then attempted to cheer him up-and failed miserably-by giving him one of her bow ties to wear. Following Knuckles the Echidna's victory over Bark the Polar Bear, Honey informed Amy that she was set to face Knuckles in round two, while Honey was going up against Sonic.
Honey offered to throw the fight against Sonic, knowing that he needed to stop Eggman, but Sonic wanted to give the crowd a show, so they fought anyway, with Sonic winning by throwing her sky high; despite her loss, Honey enjoyed the experience. She then excitedly watched Sonic and Knuckles brawl in the championship round, but the match was cut short when the Hooligans knocked out the power in Casino Park on Dr. Eggman's orders. His servant, Metal Sonic, then burst in and attempted to steal the Emerald. Honey and the others tried to stop the robot, but he managed to keep going until finally being stopped by Tails and forced to retreat. Later that day, Honey started a business partnership with Breezie to design clothes for her robot staff. Here, she took the opportunity to question Breezie as to how Eggman's minions were able to get by so easily despite Breezie's defense system, nearly costing Sonic's team the Emerald. Breezie thought nothing of it, since she still profited from the incident. Honey was disturbed by the extent of Breezie's deviousness, but the hedgehog reminded her that she herself used trickery to defeat Tails. Told she would one day understand Breezie's way of thinking, Honey left the office, albeit visibly conscience-stricken.
While in Spagonia, Honey met Sally Acorn, who was trying to book a table at Restaurant Swa for Lucia's family. Honey was willing to trade her own reserved table in return for Sally giving her a royal design job. Sally responded by saying that when the time came she would let Honey wardrobe her whole coronation in exchange for the table.
Honey was among the many allies informed by Sally and Sonic of their plan to fix the shattered world. Honey agreed to join the diversionary world-wide attacks on Eggman's forces. The plan was aborted when Eggman discovered it, but the world would still be restored. Honey herself would watch the world come back together while attending a meeting with Breezie in Empire City.
The Chase of the Pirate Princess
Honey is upbeat and friendly, but also a determined businesswoman; going to such lengths to join a fighting tournament and hire the Freedom Fighters as modelers in an effort to advertise her products. She has a very strong drive toward accomplishment, even taking up martial arts just for the sake of giving herself more to do between her work as a fashion designer and CEO of Honey Clothing. Even when facing a problem, she has enough confidence to somehow get around it. However, while she has noble intentions, she can be quite devious in battle, though until Breezie pointed it out she seems to have thought little of it.
Powers and abilities
Honey is quite the agile fighter. With her "Shadow Sneak" technique, she can move fast enough in short bursts to create the illusion of producing multiple copies of herself to confuse her opponent. She was able to go toe to toe during her match against Tails and eventually won once outsmarting him. She was even able to match Sonic the Hedgehog himself for a time before he finally defeated her. She also has the skills of the fashion designer she is.
Breezie the Hedgehog
Honey is a business partner of Breezie the Hedgehog to design clothes for her staff. Their relationship is quite professional but Breezie's approach to certain dangers makes Honey uneasy, seeing how Breezie only cared for how she benefited from the popularity of the Chaos Emerald Championship rather than how Metal Sonic nearly stole the prize.
Amy Rose is the biggest fan of Honey, whose attire she recognized and was an old piece of one of her creations of the line "Dream-Casters". Honey was also delighted to see Amy wearing the look and was determined to re-launch it in Amy's honor as part of the "Rose Collection". Honey also admires her because she is her favorite Freedom Fighter.
Miles "Tails" Prower
Honey was somewhat disconcerting to Miles "Tails" Prower and proves to be quite intimidating towards him. Nonetheless, she still appreciates Tails' work as a Freedom Fighter.
- Freedom Fighters
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Espio the Chameleon
- Echo the Dolphin
- Princess Undina
- Breezie the Hedgehog
- Honey was originally a scrapped character from Sonic the Fighters, an arcade fighting game developed by Sega in 1996. However, she was restored as a playable character in the Xbox Live Arcade and PSN port of the game. Her design is based off of the character with the same name from the game, Fighting Vipers, and the comics portray her as a fashion designer like her inspiration from that game.
- Prior to appearing in the actual comics, Honey appeared on the cover of Sonic Universe #40, which featured a "Fighter Select Screen" cover where Honey appeared as one of the options, as a nod to her role in Sonic the Fighters. An advertisement of Honey's clothing also made a cameo in Sonic the Hedgehog #264.
- Aleah Baker confirmed at one point that there were "long-term plans" for Honey prior to the comic's cancellation.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 BumbleKast - Episode 33 - Q&A Season Finale. YouTube. BumbleKing Videos (26 December 2016). Retrieved on 26 December 2016.
- ↑ Sonic Universe #92, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part Two: The Princess Was Shanghaied"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #271, "Champions Finale: The One Left Standing"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "A Special Occasion"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "The Mission"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #287, "Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #91, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part One: Dial "C" for Chaotix"
- ↑ Aleah Baker (19 January 2016). Lea's Unimportant Farewell to BK Q&A!. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016.