Metal Knuckles is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a robot created by Dr. Eggman in the image of Knuckles the Echidna.
Metal Knuckles was created in the image of Knuckles the Echidna and is thus mostly built of red metal. He possesses a round head, a medium-long metallic gray muzzle with a pointy gray nose, and has green eyes with black sclerae and pupils. He also has five long strips of red metal with joints and white intake tips extending downward from the sides and back of his head which are meant to resemble Knuckles' dreadlocks. Metal Knuckles possesses a red ellipsoid torso with a rectangular intake with a white rim on his chest and a rocket exhaust on its rear. Meanwhile, his arms consist of gray upper arms, red forearms, and long and thick paws with two gray and sharp claws for fingers, white rims around the claws, and yellow circles on the back of the paws. Metal Knuckles similarly has gray upper legs and red lower legs. Lastly, he has two feet resembling Knuckles' shoes, complete with a red color scheme, green cuffs, yellow stripes across the middle, dark gray soles, and bolted gray plates on top of his feet.
Although he served Dr. Eggman, Metal Knuckles fell under Heavy King's control when the robot used an override signal to take control of Eggman's robots. As such, Metal Knuckles helped kick Eggman out of his base in Winter Caverns Zone. Afterward, he was assigned by Heavy King to seek out the seven Chaos Emeralds.
Seasons of Chaos
Arriving in Mushroom Hill Zone, Metal Knuckles ambushed Knuckles in order to take his Chaos Emerald. When Knuckles had him on the ropes, however, Metal Knuckles distracted Knuckles by making a giant mushroom cave in over some animals. While Knuckles hurried to save the animals, Metal Knuckles snatched the Chaos Emerald and escaped.
Later, Metal Knuckles found another Chaos Emerald, which he was bringing to Heavy King. Arriving in Autumn Forest Zone as well, Metal Knuckles forcefully snatched another Chaos Emerald from Bean and escaped with it. Afterward, Metal Knuckles and Metal Sonic would engage Sonic and his crew when they arrived in Winter Caverns Zone to stop Heavy King. Metal Knuckles fought Bean ferociously until Eggman overrode the signal Heavy King used to control Metal Knuckles. Metal Knuckles immediately after turned his attention to Knuckles, but Eggman made him stop and team up with Sonic's crew. The group proceeded to confront Heavy King inside the base, who used the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds he had collected to battle them. Eventually though, Heavy King was defeated and returned to Eggman's side, who then ordered Metal Knuckles, Heavy King and Metal Sonic to take the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic's crew. However, the group had already left with the Chaos Emeralds. Metal Knuckles subsequently collapsed, as all of his energy had been spent from his recent excursions.
Cold and machine-like, Metal Knuckles lack much of a personality. However, he is still intelligent and will use any means to achieve his goal (which Knuckles likens to Metal Knuckles resorting to dirty tricks). For example, he willingly endangered some animals in to distract Knuckles, knowing that the benevolent Knuckles would not allow harm to befall any creature, in order to steal his Chaos Emerald.
Metal Knuckles is shown to have a strong dislike of Knuckles, with his first act after being set free from Heavy King's control being to attack Knuckles. Despite this, Metal Knuckles is fully loyal to Eggman under the influence of his base programming and will obey his every order.
Powers and abilities
Metal Knuckles possesses super strength that is seemingly equal to those of Knuckles. Metal Knuckles also possesses a pair of blades on each of his hands that are sharp enough to cut a tree-sized mushroom down in one slash, and is capable of rocket-propelled, high-speed flight rivaling Metal Sonic's.
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- Bark the Polar Bear
- Bean the Dynamite
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- Knuckles the Echidna
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- Miles "Tails" Prower
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- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Metal Knuckles is based on the character with the same name that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games.