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Quotation1 You're a class act, buddy. Quotation2
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #1

Miles Prower, more commonly known by his nickname Tails, is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a two-tailed anthropomorphic fox with a high intellect, and the sidekick of his best friend, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Appearance

Tails is a young, anthropomorphic fox cub with a unique mutation of two tails instead of one. He has mostly yellow-orange fur with white fur around his muzzle, front torso, and the tips of his tails. He also has blue eyes. Typically, his attire consists simply of white gloves and red shoes with white toes.

History

Past

For some time, Tails has been best friends with Sonic the Hedgehog, with whom he would travel the world with and battle the tyranny of Dr. Eggman.[2] According to Amy, Tails was practically raised by Sonic.[3]

Some time ago, Tails participated in a situation involving the Space Colony ARK, in which Eggman used its Eclipse Cannon to blow up a part of the moon in order to show the world the power that he wielded. These events let to Tails teaming up with Sonic, Knuckles, Rouge, Shadow, and even Dr. Eggman himself to stop a treat to the world.[4][5]

Later, Tails, Sonic and Knuckles formed a team. Soon after, a battle happened between Team Sonic and Neo Metal Sonic - the powered up form of Metal Sonic - who was impersonating Eggman. This time, the fake Eggman was piloting the Egg Emperor mech, but Tails and his friends defeated the mech.[2][6] After learning that Neo Metal Sonic had taken over the Eggman Empire however, Tails and his team defeated the robot and made him revert back to normal.[6]

At a later point in time, Tails reprogrammed Gemerl, thereby turning the robot from Eggman's lackey into a reformed robot who came to live with Cream's family.[7]

The Eggman War

During one of Tails' more recent adventures, Sonic got caught-off guard and captured by Dr. Eggman, who soon after conquered most of the world. Believing Sonic had been killed, Tails was emotionally traumatized.[2] Before going "solo" in the aftermath however, Tails gave a ragtag resistance group the ciphers they needed to communicate with the Wisps, thus allowing the group to recruit the Wisps for their cause.[8] Later on, Tails was reunited with Sonic, and together with him and the Resistance, Tails was able to put an end to Eggman's reign and break the Eggman Empire's control over the world.[2]

Fallout

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Tails' worries being eased by Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #1.

Some time later, Tails arrived at a local town under attack from a Badnik force. He found Sonic already on the scene and helped him take care of some Egg Hammers who were able to put the pressure on the hedgehog. After the duo handled the rest of the Badniks, Tails confided in Sonic that the Badniks had been undergoing much more coordinated attacks following Eggman's absence. As Tails suggested that there could be something controlling them, Sonic thought it might be Eggman, but Tails did not believe so, as Eggman was known for making sure they knew he had returned before attacking. Regardless, Sonic remained determined to take care of the rest of the Badniks like he always had. This made Tails express his worry over the thought of Sonic losing again, but his mind was put at ease after Sonic promised to be careful. Sonic then offered Tails to come along with him on his quest. While eager to accept the offer, Tails decided it was more important to help the town that they had just saved rebuild and recover, a decision which Sonic commended before taking off.[2]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman

Eventually, Tails joined up with Sonic again, whom he began raiding bases with in search of clues to whom was commandeering the Badniks. While flying through the sky in the Tornado however, the duo encountered an Egg Fleet battlecrusier. Seeing this as an chance to get a noteworthy clue, Tails had Sonic board the battlecruiser with his Miles Electric so that he could download any information he could from the first computer he saw aboard the battleship. Tails later ended up saving Sonic when he jumped off the battlecruiser in order to escape Neo Metal Sonic and landed on the Tornado. The duo subsequently traveled to Resistance HQ, where Tails, Knuckles and Amy learned from Sonic that Neo Metal Sonic was the ringleader behind the Badnik attacks. Apparently, he had taken over the Eggman Empire in Eggman's absence in an attempt to continue Eggman's rule for him and give him back command after finding him. In an effort to undermine Neo Metal Sonic's scheme, Tails and co. decided to search for any old plans that could tell them what Neo Metal Sonic was up to.[6]

Battle For Angel Island

Eventually, Tails was called to Resistance HQ. There, he and the Resistance's other allies were informed that the Resistance needed their help to liberate Angel Island, which had been conquered by Neo Metal Sonic and turned into a flying fortress. To make matters worse, Neo had also secured the Master Emerald for himself on the island. While they made plans on how to liberate Angel Island, Tails discouraged Blaze from going after Neo as Burning Blaze, believing that Neo could just copy Blaze's powers and become an even greater threat during their confrontation. Eventually, Tails was assigned to help two of the assembled group's factions with breaking the Egg Fleet's control over Angel Island while Sonic and Knuckles confronted Neo.[9]

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Tails and Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #9.

While taking the group towards Angel Island in one of the Resistance's battleships, Tails got a visit from Sonic. As the two friends were having a moment however, the Egg Fleet began bombarding the ship. Fortunately, Tails managed to steer the doomed ship towards Angel Island. Before the ship crashed on the island however, Tails and the ship's passengers managed to evacuate. Arriving then on Angel Island, Tails had Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf assigned to him as protection "while he [did] something smart". Soon after, Tails was busy fighting the island's horde of Egg Pawns.[9] However, while he fought by Amy's side, Tails noticed that they were not making much progress. Seeking a smarter approach, Tails got an idea. With Silver's aid, Tails managed to take control of an Egg Fleet battleship, which he used to destroy the last of the wing units attached to Angel Island's shoreline. Afterward, most of Tails' allies regrouped on the battleship.[3]

When Neo Metal Sonic―in his new Master Emerald-induced transformation, Master Overlord―approached the battleship, Tails took the battleship straight towards the robot, refusing to leave Sonic, who was in the grasp of Master Overlord, and Angel Island, which was currently in freefall, at Master Overlord's mercy. The crew was soon after instructed by Knuckles to force Master Overlord towards Angel Island while he focused on retrieving the Master Emerald from him. While the others attacked Master Overlord, Tails remained behind on the battleship. However, when his friends were about to get attacked by Master Overlord, Tails would ram the battleship into Master Overlord. This distracted the robot long enough for Knuckles to get the Master Emerald away from Master Overlord and bring it back to Angel Island, returning the island to the sky while Master Overlord powered down to normal. Tails then reunited with Sonic on Angel Island. With Angel Island now back to normal and Metal Sonic offline, Tails and Sonic celebrated their victory.[10]

In the aftermath, Tails made a few repairs on Metal Sonic without bringing him back to full strength. Then, upon Sonic's request, Tails reactivated Metal Sonic, and Sonic offered the weakened robot to make a truce with them and start a new life. Metal Sonic refused, however, and ran off. Tails wondered if they should go after Metal Sonic, but Sonic noted that they should respect the robot's choice. Remembering that Eggman could no longer repair Metal Sonic or weaponize him either, Tails went to work repairing the Egg Fleet battleship they had used earlier so they could get everyone on Angel Island back home. Although uncertain that he had repaired the "notoriously weird" Eggman tech onboard the battleship, Tails managed to get it flying by the time Sonic went to check on him. As they took off, Tails and Sonic congratulated each other on another adventure done in style.[11]

Jet Set Tornado

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Tails and Sonic flying the Tornado in pursuit of a Stealth Balkiry, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019.

Tails later installed a new jet booster on the Tornado that was supposed to allow the biplane to reach even greater speeds. Tails, however, gave Sonic the privilege of flying the Tornado for this test because he thought he would be perfect to try out this speed. During the flight, however, the heroes stumbled upon a Stealth Balkiry who had stolen supplies from a Resistance warehouse. Sonic and Tails subsequently chased the Badnik to a volcanic island. There, they directed the robot so that it was hit by lava fired from a geyser. After Sonic then destroyed the Stealth Balkiry, Tails took over the Tornado's controls and grabbed his friend in midair. He then decided to fly until the fuel ran out, as the new jet booster's off button was broken, and decided to notify the Resistance so that they could collect the stolen supplies. He also offered Sonic to sit at the controls again, but Sonic declined.[12]

Infection

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Tails fighting Rough, from Sonic the Hedgehog #16.

Tails shortly became a member of the Restoration at some point.[13] While working in his workshop, Tails got a letter out of nowhere that foreshadowed Eggman's return to his evil ways in Windmill Village. Brining the letter to Sonic, the two decided to investigate the matter by heading to Windmill Village. There, they found no one, except for Elder Scruffy, who had been beaten up and hung up in a tree. While helping him, Elder Scruffy revealed that Eggman had been kidnapped a week ago by two thugs, who had since returned and locked up the villagers in the community center. Immediately after, the thugs appeared, who turned out to be Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk, now wielding weapons. While Sonic distracted them, Tails helped Elder Scruffy free the villagers. However, Tails had Elder Scruffy and the villagers stay hidden while he went to help Sonic. After the two heroes split Rough and Tumble up, Tails took on Rough, whom he defeated by using his Vapor Condenser against him. Destroying the Vapor Condenser afterward, Tails met up with Sonic after he beat Tumble, but before they could get Rough to tell them where Eggman was, the skunks vanished through a portal. Seeing that Rough and Tumble could not have acquired weapons like that on their own, Tails deduced that Eggman was back and helping the skunks, something which Sonic, who suspected that another one must have broken Rough and Tumble out of prison and told them where to find Eggman, hoped was not true. As Sonic prepared to set out to find clues, Tails opted to remain in Windmill Village and help clean up before joining up with Sonic.[1]

Tails later met up with Sonic, who needed his help dealing with an Eggman-created virus that was slowly turning him into a Zombot. While running some tests on Sonic in his workshop, Tails received a visit from Tangle. After discovering the extend of how contagious Sonic was, Tails concluded that Sonic had forced the virus into remission with his speed. Once Sonic had brought Tangle up to speed, Tails realized they had to start warning people about the Zombots. After then hearing about what Tangle had been up to, Tails said he was not sure of what they should do next. Since Amy had discovered plans for a battleship that Eggman was planning to spread his virus with, they should find it. After Sonic deliberately avoided a high-five with Tangle however, Tails saw that Sonic's infection had returned, which made him realize that Sonic's speed could only burn off the virus and keep it in check. Although Tails wanted to run some more tests on Sonic, Sonic took off to find Eggman's battleship. Tangle, however, assured Tails that he would find a cure for the virus.[14]

Crisis City

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Tails carries Omega's head to safety, from Sonic the Hedgehog #20.

Soon after, Tails called Vector and informed him about recent events, including the return of Dr. Eggman, the Zombots, and Sonic's Metal Virus infection.[15] Despite his efforts, Tails was not able to find a cure for the Metal Virus from the data he got from Sonic due to it being too robust. At some point, after Cream, Vanilla and Gemerl arrived at Restoration HQ, Tails helped to repair the latter. Later, Tails was called to action after he had gotten word about the Zombot outbreak in Sunset City. He took the Tornado there and was accompanied by Silver following the latter's injuries. As soon as the duo arrived on the scene, Silver used his psychokinesis on the many Zombots who were surrounding Sonic and Omega. After clearing a path for Sonic to retreat, Silver allowed Tails to grab Omega's head from his damaged body and released the Zombots. As soon as this happened, Shadow, who had fully become a Zombot, lunged at Silver but the latter narrowly dodged his attack. He then retreated with Tails. Back at Restoration HQ, Tails asked to see Sonic. When the hedgehog came by, Tails explained that he will soon find a substitute body for Omega when he had the time. Tails then told the two that he created a device to read Sonic's biometrics as he ran to give more insight as to how his speed combated the Metal Virus. However, he also stated that the computers in the HQ would not be able to read that kind of data and planned to go to his lab in Cental City instead but was wary that he may get attacked by Zombots. Silver proposed to cover him, despite the risk that he may be called elsewhere.[16]

Personality

Tails is a young fox cub who has a pure and courageous heart. Loyal and trustworthy, he can be counted on to stand firmly by the side of his friends and help them out however he can. While still young, Tails has time and again proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with, especially with his high intellect.[2] As a result of being raised by Sonic though, Tails has been known to carry out his plans without warning or a heads-up.[3]

Powers and abilities

Gifted with a pair of twin tails, Tails can utilize these unique appendages to achieve flight by twirling them around like rotary blades, similar to a helicopter.[2] He can even use them as an extra pair of limbs to catch and throw objects.[1] He is also very agile and can keep up with Sonic at quite high speeds.[2]

Tails also has a high intellect which has allowed him to construct many machines and devices to help him in his adventures.[6] In fact, Tails can do a number of advanced calculations in his head in a matter of seconds, and can do so even in the heat of battle to deduce the most efficient way to attack an opponent.[1] He is also a capable pilot, particularly when it comes to the Tornado plane.[6]

Like Sonic, Tails can attack enemies by curling into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directing himself at his targets, allowing him to perform moves like the Spin Attack or the Rolling Combo.[2]

Relationships

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Tails and Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #1.

Sonic the Hedgehog is Tails' best friend and one who acts as an older brother figure to him. Tails is likewise considered Sonic's personal wingman and partner in their various adventures.[9]

The two of them have been together for a long time, and, as such, have developed a close, brotherly bond. Though Tails tends to get annoyed by Sonic's recklessness and smugness, this does not truly hinder their bond. In fact, the very thought of losing Sonic is enough to greatly worry Tails, especially after he thought Sonic had been killed.[2]

Friends/allies

Enemies

Quotes

"Those are better left to the professionals!"
—Tails and Sonic teaming up to defeat some Super Badniks, Sonic the Hedgehog #1
"J-Just... be careful, okay? If you get caught off-guard again... get hurt..."
—Tails expressing his worry for Sonic's well-being, Sonic the Hedgehog #1

Gallery

Trading Cards

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Tails' measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Jet Set Tornado"
  13. Tails' Trading Card.
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"

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