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The Marvelous Queen[1] (マーベラスクイーン[2] Māberasu Kuīn?) is a vehicle that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is Fang the Sniper's airbike and way of transportation. He uses it frequently because he lacks the speed to get out of trouble by his own means.

Description

The Marvelous Queen has moderately strong armor and a blue-and-yellow colored hull.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

Fang's airbike, originally unnamed, first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, when Fang used it as boss vehicle. When the player has passed through labyrinthine platforming section or collected enough amount of Rings from the sky with Tornado, the timer will stop and the player will face Fang with his airbike as mini bosses in the end of each Special Stage.

Like Dr. Robotnik's Egg Mobile, the airbike comes with a variety of attachments that Fang uses against Sonic or Tails to protect the Chaos Emerald located to the fair right. When the player has destroyed the attachment, Fang escapes to return in the next Special Stage. He seem to have more than one airbike, since all of them explode into nothingness upon Fang's defeat.

Emerald Description Image
1st (Blue Emerald) None. Fang jumps on a switch and laughs, only to get himself burned seconds later by flames coming from underneath him, much to his embarrassment. He then clumsily leaves the arena. Fang laughing in Sonic Triple Trouble
2nd (Red Emerald) The airbike is properly introduced with a spring attached underneath it. Fang pilots it as it bounces around the arena. To defeat it, the player has to hit it sixteen times. STTSpecialStageNack
3rd (Yellow Emerald) Having no attachments this time around, Fang simply dashes left and right across the arena on the airbike to swooping into the player. The player can beat this boss with three hits. Weasel on the way
4th (White Emerald) Fang launches a homing missile from underneath the airbike and then hovers around in the middle of the arena. The missile will fly around the room. The player can hit Fang numerous times, although the missile will eventually home in on the airbike and defeat Fang. So sniper wow
5th (Orange Emerald) The airbike has a drill attachment, while Fang keeps hovering above the player. The airbike will eventually drop to the ground, for then to hover up again and repeat the pattern. It is at this point the player can attack Fang. On the fourth strike, the airbike gets stuck in the ground, allowing the player to keep bopping on Fang until he and the airbike are buried in the ground. Flying drilling weasel

Sonic Drift 2

In Sonic Drift 2, the Marvelous Queen returned as Fang the Sniper's personal race car that he uses in the game's racing competitions. In this game, it has a different design compared to the ones it had in Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble.

In gameplay, the Marvelous Queen has high acceleration and speed, but low handling. Its low handling means that it has a hard time getting through tight corners. As its special ability, the Marvelous Queen lets Fang deploy "Oil Balls"[1] onto the track that causes any racer who touches them to spin out of control for a few moments. Using this ability however, costs two Rings.

Image Driver Vehicle Special Ability Attributes
Acceleration Speed Handling
Knack 3 Fang the Sniper Marvelous Queen Fang's a slick one. He chucks Oil Balls onto the track that, when hit, causes cars to spin out of control. High High Low

In other media

Archie Comics

Marvelous Queen Post-SGW

The Marvelous Queen in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Marvelous Queen originally only barely resembled its game counterpart, although they came to look much more like each other after the continuity was rebooted. In this media, the Marvelous Queen is Nack the Weasel previous hover-bike and a vehicle often employed by both Nack and his team, the Hooligans.

Trivia

  • The Marvelous Queen is the earliest example of an airbike in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, possible serving as inspiration for Extreme Gear.
  • The Marvelous Queen is first named in the manual for Sonic Drift 2, as in the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble manual, Fang's airbike is written as "flying bike" (飛ぶバイク tobubike?). In the Japanese Sonic Drift 2 manual, it is instead called an "aerobike" (エアロバイク?).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Drift 2 (Sega Game Gear) United States instruction booklet, pg. 8.
  2. Sonic Drift 2 (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 39.
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