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Prank is a character that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. He was a resident of Shanazar and member of Death-Trap, a group of hired mercenaries. He was killed when Medusa turned him to stone.


Prank was once a child chosen to visit the Mystic Mountain, giving him the ability summon a Mystic Genie to do his bidding at the cost of drastically shortening his lifespan.[1]

When Sonic the Hedgehog destroyed the tradition of making children become genie containers, Grand Vizier Dr. Robotnik hired Prank and Death-Trap to capture him. Death-Trap's investigation took them to the capital city, with Totem Billy feeling Sonic's presence. The citizens denied all knowledge of seeing Sonic, so Prank asked if he should interrogate them, but was shot down by Kalus, preferring to use Totem Billy. Sure enough, Sonic came down to fight and Kalus ordered Prank to take care of him. Prank himself summoned a red genie and ordered it to kill Sonic, despite Kalus' orders to capture him. However, Sonic simply ran after to avoid taking a further beating.[2]

After Totem Billy recovered from a cold, Death-Trap tracked down Sonic once more. Kalus told the other two to stop bickering about the delay, instead wishing to "enjoy the thrill of the hunt". However, when called upon to fight the monster Medusa, Prank was instantly turned to stone.[3]

Original plans

Nigel Kitching revealed that he originally planned to have Death-Trap appear in more stories, chasing Sonic across Shanazar, as this would allow him to have a running story arc that would not impact on Lew Stringer (as Sonic would escape Death-Trap each time):

"[Prank] would have been the nastiest character I had ever written for Sonic. He actually likes inflicting pain on people and has no mercy at all. He would be capable of terrible things if he wasn't kept in check by the stone guy. Maybe there is some secret between the two that keeps the stone bloke in charge. I also think Robotnik has struck some secret deal with the genie guy..."[4]

Kitching's plans were cut short when he was fired and Lew Stringer was eventually trusted with the task of tying up their loose ends.


  1. Sonic the Comic #153, "Heart of Evil"
  2. Sonic the Comic #157, "No Escape, Part 2"
  3. Sonic the Comic #163, "Medusa"
  4. Nigel Kitching (14 November 2004). For the discussion of Sonic The Comic. Yahoo! Groups. Retrieved on 5 March 2016.

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