Knuckles the Echidna (ナックルズ・ザ・エキドゥナ Nakkuruzu za Ekiduna?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic echidna and Knuckles the Echidna's counterpart from another dimension set in the recent past. The last descendant of the ancient Echidnas, Knuckles is the guardian of the Master Emerald, a powerful ancient relic which is his solemn duty to protect from anyone seeking to abuse it, and lives alone on Angel Island.
Knuckles is an anthropomorphic echidna with red fur that covers most of his body, peach skin on his muzzle, a white crescent-shaped patch of fur on his chest, and black eyes. He also has seven dreadlock-like spines on his head and a medium-sized tail.
For attire, Knuckles wears red and yellow shoes, each with green cuffs and a grey, sextuple-bolted plate on top. He also wears white, mitten-like gloves with sock-like cuffs and two spiked knuckles on each hand.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Angel Island received an unwanted visit by Dr. Eggman when the Death Egg crash-landed on the island. To buy himself time to rebuild the Death Egg, Eggman tricked Knuckles into believing that Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower were going to steal the Master Emerald. Enraged, Knuckles clashed with the duo all over the island after their arrival. Some time after making the Death Egg crash once again, Sonic and Tails managed to convince Knuckles about Eggman's true nature, especially after the evil scientist stole the Master Emerald for himself. Sonic and Tails subsequently managed to destroy the Death Egg and return the Master Emerald to Knuckles. Not long after, Knuckles had to contend against an Egg-Robo and a robotic doppelgänger of Sonic for the possession of the Master Emerald. Luckily, with last minute help from Sonic, Knuckles was able to return the Master Emerald to its rightful place.
In Sonic Mania, sometime after Sonic and Tails saved Angel Island, Knuckles was relaxing on his island when he heard a loud noise. As it turned out, five Egg-Robos called the Hard Boiled Heavies had excavated the island in search of a mysterious gemstone called the Phantom Ruby. Knuckles prepared to fight them but the robots knocked him out, activating the ruby and transporting the echidna away. Knuckles ended up in Green Hill Zone, along with Sonic, Tails and the Egg-Robos. Having been upgraded by the Phantom Ruby, the Hard Boiled Heavies retreated with the ruby, leaving Knuckles and co. to chase them down.
The trio was eventually attacked by Dr. Eggman and his Death Egg Robot. Even so, they managed to defeat Eggman, causing him to fall into a hole. Following Eggman, Knuckles and co. saw Eggman take the Phantom Ruby from the Hard Boiled Heavies, who had begun to disobey him. Once Eggman obtained the ruby, Knuckles, Sonic and Tails got sent to Chemical Plant Zone by the gem's power. Not set back by their displacement, Knuckles and co. continued their pursuit of Eggman, occasionally clashing with the Hard Boiled Heavies and other foes along the way. Whenever they caught up to Eggman however, the doctor either gave them the slip or sent them away with the Phantom Ruby. During the adventure, Knuckles also kept the leader of the Hard Boiled Heavies, the Heavy King, from trying to steal the Master Emerald when the echidna got separated from his friends. Afterward, he caught up to his friends.
Along the way, Knuckles, Sonic and Tails found out that Dr. Eggman had used the power of the Phantom Ruby to make Little Planet reappear in its mechanized state. There, Eggman and the Hard Boiled Heavies housed a new base of operations: the Titanic Monarch. Eventually, the trio made their way to the heart of the robotic area where they faced Eggman in his Phantom Egg mech and four of the newly upgraded Phantom Heavies. Despite the odds, Knuckles and co. managed to defeat Eggman, resulting in the breakdown of the Titanic Monarch. While Knuckles and Tails managed to escape, Sonic and Eggman were transported to another dimension. Soon after, Little Planet was freed from its chain once again, and Knuckles and Tails smiled upon seeing a star constellation of Sonic in the sky as the planet vanished.
Sonic Mania Plus
In Sonic Mania Plus, after Sonic made his return from his latest adventure in another dimension, Knuckles teamed up with Sonic, Tails, Mighty and Ray to keep the Hard Boiled Heavies from harnessing the Phantom Ruby again.
The group was eventually attacked by Dr. Eggman and his Death Egg Robot. Even so, they managed to defeat Eggman, causing him to fall into a hole. Following Eggman, Knuckles and co. saw Eggman take the Phantom Ruby from the Hard Boiled Heaves, who again refused to obey him. Once Eggman obtained the ruby, Knuckles and his group got sent to Chemical Plant Zone by the gem's power. Not set back by their displacement, Knuckles and co. continued their pursuit of Eggman, occasionally clashing with the Hard Boiled Heavies and other old foes along the way. Whenever they caught up to Eggman however, the doctor either gave them the slip or sent them away with the Phantom Ruby.
Eventually, Knuckles and co. found out that Dr. Eggman had used the power of the Phantom Ruby to make Little Planet reappear in its mechanized state again. There, Eggman and the Hard Boiled Heavies had rebuilt their base of operations: the Titanic Monarch. Eventually, the heroic group made their way to the heart of the rebuilt Titanic Monarch where they faced Eggman in his Phantom Egg mech and four of the recently re-upgraded Phantom Heavies. Despite the odds, Knuckles and co. managed to defeat Eggman, resulting in the Phantom Ruby creating a rift that began devouring the Titanic Monarch. Assuming their Super States with the aid of the Chaos Emeralds however, Knuckles and his group escaped the rift, whereas Eggman got swallowed by it. Afterward, Knuckles and co. closed off their adventure with a trip to an ice cream parlor, only for the Heavy King to make an appearance and surprise them with a sundae.
Sonic Mania Adventures
Around the time of Sonic's return, Knuckles took the Master Emerald from its shrine and began bringing it elsewhere. His reason for doing so was to keep the Master Emerald safe after all the trouble that had showed up since Sonic and Eggman's arrived on Angel Island.
Just as he had found a safe place for the gem, Knuckles heard someone nearby, and thought it was Eggman, the Heavy King, or even Sonic coming to take the Master Emerald. However, the stranger turned out to just be Ray the Flying Squirrel, who was looking for Mighty the Armadillo. Just as Knuckles informed Ray that he had not seen Mighty however, he threw Ray away for trying to touch the Master Emerald. Three RhinoBots soon after showed up, which Knuckles destroyed. However, he then saw that the Master Emerald had been stolen while he was occupied. Spotting then the Tornado dragging the Master Emerald through the sky, Knuckles assumed Sonic had stolen the Master Emerald, and began chasing the biplane. Knuckles soon after spotted Sonic and Tails heading towards a foreign Eggman base on his island and began chasing after them.
Upon reaching Dr. Eggman's base, Knuckles immediately prevented Metal Sonic from harnessing the power of the Master Emerald by punching both him and Dr. Eggman into the distance. Having successfully retrieved the Emerald, Knuckles walked off, ignorant of Sonic, Tails, Mighty, and Ray who stared at him.
Other game appearances
Team Sonic Racing
In Team Sonic Racing, Knuckles makes cameo appearances along the race tracks in the game. For example, a sprite of Knuckles doing a Spin Dash can be found in Market Street, and behind the starting line in Sky Road a sprite of Knuckles doing his falling animation can be found.
Unlike his modern counterpart, who has become more sociable and friendly over the years, Knuckles is a hotheaded loner who has not had much contact with the outside world or other people. He is very loyal to his duty as guardian of the Master Emerald, and its safety is his primary concern. He is very serious about his task and when something is amiss on his island, he goes to investigate. When he is focused on protecting the Master Emerald, he stays uninterested (bordering on ignorant) about the unrelated matters surrounding him. His temper can sometimes get the best of him, making him run into situations head-first without thinking. Knuckles can also be quite gullible, but he is capable of learning from his mistakes. To make up for his flaws, Knuckles is heroic and does not hesitate to help those in need.
As a result of all the trouble that has appeared on his island after Sonic and Eggman arrived, Knuckles has become increasingly more determined to keep the Master Emerald safe, bordering on paranoia; when Ray tried to touch the Master Emerald out of curiosity, Knuckles responded by grabbing Ray and throwing him away.
Knuckles is also an ally of Sonic, although he does not fully trust the hedgehog, whom he is willing to think of as a thief just wanting to steal the Master Emerald.
Powers and abilities
Knuckles' trademark ability is his superhuman strength. He is said to possess unmatched strength, and can punch through even solid walls. His strength seems to lie in his upper body, particularly in his arms and fists. He has also high endurance and can run at speeds fast enough to keep up with Sonic. Knuckles is also an experienced swimmer, has sharp reflexes and acrobatic skills, and is well-versed in movements involving his hands.
Knuckles is capable of using the Spin Attack, Spin Dash and Spin Jump, which are techniques where he curls into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directs himself at his targets. He can also glide over long distances by trapping air underneath his dreadlocks and climb almost any surface with the aid of the spikes on his gloves.
With the seven Chaos Emeralds, Knuckles is able to attain a Super State known as Super Knuckles. In this state, all of Knuckles' abilities far surpass his normal ones. In addition, he is able to fly and is virtually invulnerable. However, this transformation consumes a lot of energy and requires Rings to be maintained.
- Dr. Eggman
- Hard Boiled Heavies
- Metal Sonic
- ↑ Sonic Mania manual scan
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sega. "Characters". Sonic Mania Introduction Manual. Sega. p. 2. "Knuckles is the last descendent of the ancient Echidnas. He lives alone on the floating Angel Island, kept in the sky by the Master Emerald, which he guards. Knuckles has unmatched strength, and can even punch through solid walls. Following the defeat of Dr. Eggman's previous scheme, Knuckles considers Sonic an ally. When Knuckles spots something amiss on the island, he goes to investigate."
- ↑ Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "Sonic and Tails". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 2. YouTube.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hesse, Tyson (31 May 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.
- ↑ Hesse, Tyson (22 June 2018). "Mighty and Ray". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 4. YouTube.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Hesse, Tyson (17 July 2018). "Metal Mayhem". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 5. YouTube.