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A meat bun pro who has been serving them up for 90 years now. Technically, Lin is retired, having passed the extent of her bun-craft on to her only daughter. Decades of customer interaction have made her an excellent judge of character; she only needs one glance.

— Directory, Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)

Lin (リン Rin?) is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. She is a human resident of Chun-nan, the mother of Jinlin and the grandmother of Hualin. A meat bun maker by trade, her family's recipe is famous throughout Chun-nan. While Lin is retired now, she remains active in the business and now focuses on teaching her family's next generation of meat bun makers.


Xbox 360/PlayStation 3

Lin was born into a family of meat bun makers. In her youth, as part of her family's tradition, Lin was taught by her family on how to make top-quality meat buns and to eventually take over the family's meat bun shop. Over the years, Lin became a professional meat bun maker and came to have a great affection for meat buns, living off them on a daily basis, and taking great pride in her profession. Eventually, Lin was taught the family recipe for meat buns and eventually took over the family's meat bun shop.

Over the next decades, Lin ran her family's meat bun shop and upheld her family's reputation for making delicious meat buns. While working in her shop, Lin's interaction with customers made her an excellent judge of character to the point where she only needed one glance to judge a person.

At some point in her life, Lin had a daughter named Jinlin. Following her family's traditions, Lin trained Jinlin to be the next meat bun cook in her family and began teaching her all she knew about meat buns and eventually taught her the family recipe. During her training of Jinlin, Lin proved to be a strict teacher towards her daughter, but her daughter proved dedicated to the art of meat buns making, and Lin managed to make Jinlin a good meat bun cook.

Sometime after Jinlin married Wang, Lin had a granddaughter they named Hualin. Lin and Jinlin then began training Hualin to be the next in line to take over the meat bun shop. However, this proved much of a challenge for Lin, as Hualin had no interest in making meat buns, and she would often butt heads with Hualin. Despite Hualin's refusal, however, Lin persevered, and would often have Hualin work with Jinlin in the kitchen and as well nag Jinlin to pass on the family recipe for meat buns to Hualin. A little while before the events of Sonic Unleashed, after cooking meat buns for 90 years, Lin retired from the meat bun shop and passed on the position as cook to Jinlin, though Lin continued to participate in Hualin's training and the shop's daily affairs.

During the events of Sonic Unleashed, following the earth's shattering, Dark Gaia's Minions appeared outside Chun-nan, and to top it, the village's treasure had gone missing, leading to the village elder Zonshen's disappearance when he when looking for it. Due to such events, Lin deemed the village's Entrance Stage too dangerous and had it closed up, with Wang guarding it, so that no one got leave the village without her permission.

Sometime after, Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip arrived in Chun-nan. At first, Lin warmly welcomed the traveling duo, but was unable to give them a proper welcome and explained to them about the village treasure, the village being in a uproar due to Zonshen's disappearance and their situation at hand. Lin was however pleasantly surprised to hear Sonic offering to go find Zonshen, and gave Sonic and Chip permission to enter the Entrance Stage. When Sonic and Chip later returned with Zonshen, Lin gave them her gratitude along the rest of the village. With the danger past, Lin asked Sonic and Chip if they wanted to help her make meat buns, but was disappointed to hear that they had to go back and report to Professor Pickle, though she told them to come back anytime.

Not long after, Eggman's robots began roaming outside the village. Fortunately, Sonic and Chip soon after returned, and Lin filled them in on the village's situation upon meeting them. After Sonic and Chip returned from outside the village, having driven the robots off, Lin told them cheerfully that she liked them.

A while later when Sonic and Chip visited Chun-nan again, Lin thanked them for all that they had done for the village and told them that they would always be welcome here, before hearing that they had to see Professor Pickle and told them to be careful. Later, during nightfall, Lin met Sonic and Chip again and told them that the village was sleeping due to being so tired from all these events. Sonic and Chip then asked Lin why she was not bed, and she explained that it was because of her meat bun diet which kept her healthy and that she was older that she could stay up late. Lin also told Sonic and Chip that her meat buns were hers and the village's pride and joy, though, due to Hualin not wanting to learn how to make meat buns, she had some doubts about the present day's youth upholding the family's meat bun reputation.

When Sonic and Chip later returned to Chun-nan, Lin told them about how their recipe for meat buns had been in the family for generations and admitted that she would teach her family secrets to Sonic and Chip if they were her boys. She also told them about how she was supposed to pass the meat bun shop on to Hualin despite her protests.

Not long after, Lin got into an extremely heated argument with Hualin as she told her to stop goofing off and help her mother make meat buns, Hualin had reached the end of her limit, and yelled at Lin, telling her that she had had enough with meat buns and her village, and that she was running away. Hualin proved to stand by her words and ran away from Chun-nan, leaving Lin furious. After this, Lin encountered Sonic and Chip again, and told them what had happen before claiming furiously that Hualin could do what she wanted, as she did not care about it.

Despite her statements, Lin grew concerned for Hualin's well-being due to the chaotic state the world was in at the moment, though she kept her emotions in check. When Sonic and Chip returned to Chun-nan after having been in Empire City, Lin asked them how this place was and if people there could be trusted, as she feared Hualin could was there. She only got more concerned when Sonic and Chip later returned and told her that they had restored another continent, and she wondered if Lin was in Empire City, fearing she could get hurt in the tremors. Nevertheless, Lin told Sonic and Chip when they came to the village, though with some doubts, that Hualin would soon come home.

Eventually, Hualin did come home on her own, and Lin was ready to give her a piece of her mind. However, the joyful return of Hualin, along with the fact that she had decided to join the family tradition and become a meat bun cook, made Lin too happy to be angry at her and she welcomed her back. Not long after that, Lin met Sonic and Chip again, and told them that Hualin had returned and that she was too happy for words.

Following that, Lin resumed training Hualin, but she was still dissatisfied with her granddaughter as she proved herself to be a klutz. When Sonic and Chip met up with Lin again after that, she explained the progress she had with Hualin, and announced, though satisfied, that she was going to have her work cut out for her.

Lin later watched on in horror with the rest of her village, as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, but later rejoiced, while talking to Zonshen, when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.

Wii/PlayStation 2

During the events of Sonic Unleashed, when Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip arrived in Chun-nan for the first time, Lin was tending to some medicine when she saw the duo. She asked them if they had come to visit the village, but then remarked that their timing was terrible, as the village had been a whirlwind of activity since the disappearance of the village elder Zonshen. As Sonic and Chip offered to help, Lin noted that they had a talent for finding trouble, but that she liked like her men like that. As she thought Zonshen could be in trouble, Lin asked them if they could find Zonshen and told them to ask Shuifon for details. When Sonic and Chip returned with Zonshen, Lin told Sonic and Chip that the village was in their debt and congratulated them for a job well done.

Lin later watched on in horror with the rest of her village, as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, but later rejoiced, while talking to Zonshen, when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.


Lin is a expert meat bun maker, though she is very stubborn about keeping family traditions. She is a very good judge of character from having interacted with customers for years; she only needs one glance.


  • One possible interpretation of Lin's name in Chinese is "林", meaning "Forest", which is a common surname in China.


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