Jewel the Beetle is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. She is an anthropomorphic beetle and the curator of the Mineral Museum. She is also Tangle the Lemur's best friend.
Jewel is an anthropomorphic beetle with primarily light blue skin, pink eyes, a small black nose and a white muzzle. She has an even lighter blue iridescent exoskeleton with a pink, yellow, green, and blue rainbow-like sheen. Her antennae are light blue. The interior of her wings are cream.
For attire, she wears a pink blazer with navy buttons, a white cravat with a yellow brooch, a matching pink miniskirt, white gloves with navy cufflinks, navy tights, and pink wedge pumps.
Jewel has been a resident of Spiral Hill Village for years. She grew up with Tangle the Lemur, who became her best friend. Jewel would constantly look out for Tangle, as she had a tendency to run into danger head first. Over the years, Tangle would find several items during her adventures, which Jewel used to curate the Mineral Museum.
Bonds of Friendship
One day, as Jewel was working in her museum, Tangle barged in, startling her. Tangle introduced Jewel to her new friend, Whisper the Wolf. Jewel introduced herself and the museum, explaining how Tangle helped collect items for her to curate the museum. Soon though, the sky ominously turned dark. Whisper immediately after pulled out her Variable Wispon as she had heard a scream come from outside. A moment afterward, the Babylon Rogues broke in Jewel's museum and began stealing her exhibitions. Too scared to do anything, Jewel covered in a corner, only to be mistaken for a gemstone by Storm the Albatross, who put Jewel in his bag and took her up to the Babylon Rogues' blimp. After Storm unveiled Jewel to Jet and Wave however, Tangle and Whisper arrived to save Jewel. After a heated discussion with Wave about how they should handle this hostage situation, Jet got tired and told Storm to throw everyone out. Storm proceeded to throw Jewel out of the blimp. On the way, Jewel slightly cracked her wing against the hangar, preventing her from flying freely. Fortunately, Tangle and Whisper came to her rescue, with both Tangle and Whisper managing to hang onto her and Whisper using her Variable Wispon to gently lower them down. Jewel's wings soon got patched up. With Tangle having reclaimed the stolen minerals as well, Jewel and her friends began restoring the Mineral Museum. Meanwhile, Jewel thanked both Tangle and Whisper for saving her life and her livelihood.
Tangle & Whisper
Jewel later found Tangle recklessly swinging around in the streets of Spiral Hill Village. She asked for Tangle to stop before she ran into someone but Tangle dismissed her concerns. However, Jewel was right, as Tangle soon crashed into Ron's chili dog cart. The duo then ordered chili dogs and went to Jewel's museum. There, Jewel mocked Tangle for running into a stationary object and asked why she had been so restless lately. Tangle told her that the reason for that was because after fighting against robot invasions and meeting Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends, she no longer wanted to return to her boring life. Jewel asked her what was stopping her from finding adventures on her own, to which Tangle replied that she did not wish to have Dr. Eggman's Badniks attack the town again. She also stated that she would feel lonely without Jewel by her side. Soon though, the duo heard a crash from outside. Jewel immediately cowered behind her desk, worrying that the Babylon Rogues had returned. Tangle, however, told Jewel to hide while she checked the situation out.
When Jewel looked outside, she saw what appeared to be Sonic running away from Whisper. Later, Tangle, Whisper and Whisper's Wisps came to the museum where Whisper explained over some tea Jewel offered them that the Sonic that Jewel saw was a mercenary shapeshifter named Mimic whom Whisper had been tracking. Whisper also told the two that Mimic aided Dr. Eggman in destroying his own team a while back and had now resurfaced to impersonate Sonic and wreak havoc. In addition, Mimic was targeting not only Whisper but Tangle as well. Seeing this as an opportunity for Tangle to find adventure, Jewel told Tangle to join Whisper in her quest to stop Mimic. After Whisper was convinced to let Tangle come along, the trio heard a "thunk" at the door. Finding a message from Mimic struck to the door with a dagger that told Whisper that they should end this once and for all, Jewel was upset about the damage done to her door.
The Catalyst and The Last Minute
Some time after Tangle and Whisper's encounter with Mimic, Jewel learned from Tangle about the Metal Virus, a substance created by Dr. Eggman that turned those infected with it into Zombots. One day, Jewel was in village square when the president of the Sonic Fan Club approached and asked if she had seen Tangle, as he was hoping the latter could help him find his missing friends. Jewel told him Tangle was absent, but she offered to help him, saying she was sort of a hero herself after the number of times she had gotten Tangle out of trouble. The two went to Spiral Hill farms where the rest of the club members were last seen and soon found the club's vice president stranded on a haystack surrounded by a metallic liquid. Jewel, recognizing it as the Metal Virus' base form, warned the children not to touch it. Unaware that the vice president had already touched it and the president curiously touched the liquid anyway, Jewel helped the young wolf up. The trio then saw Eggman's Faceship appear over the farm again and dump more of the Metal Virus. Jewel grabbed the children and fled back to town, seeing more of the club members along the way; however, they did not call their attention as they had all turned into Zombots. When they arrived back at the village, Jewel discovered that the children were infected and, having touched them, so was she. To make matters worse, the Faceship arrived over Spiral Hill Village at that moment and began dumping the Metal Virus into it. Jewel desperately contacted Tangle and the Restoration for help, but she became a Zombot before they could arrive. Jewel had returned to the Mineral Museum by then and lurking on a podium when Tangle came to check on her later. She ambushed Tangle and struck her in the shoulder, infecting her, although the lemur enclosed the Zombot beetle in a glass case before she could do more harm.
All or Nothing
Jewel is a well-mannered person with a bright sense of humor and a passion for minerals. Whereas Tangle is reckless and loud, Jewel is more reserved and cautious. Jewel is also quite fearful and dislikes violence very much.
Powers and abilities
Jewel has the ability to fly with her wings, as long as her elytra are intact.
Tangle the Lemur
Jewel and Tangle have been best friends since their childhood. Jewel would always be there to look out for Tangle and make sure she did not fall into perilous danger. Though Jewel can get weary of Tangle's recklessness, she still cares for her.
- While her first chronological appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, due to a delay in the annual's release, Jewel's first published appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Jewel's Trading Card.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 David Mariotte on Facebook. Twitter (19 April 2019). Retrieved on 19 April 2019.
- ↑ Jewel's model sheet.
- ↑ Jewel's Trading Card.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, "Bonds of Friendship"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020, "The Catalyst"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #22, "The Last Minute, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"