Ray the Flying Squirrel is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is an anthropomorphic flying squirrel from another dimension set in the recent past, and Mighty the Armadillo's best friend.
Ray is an anthropomorphic flying squirrel with yellow fur and dark tan skin on his muzzle, inner ears and front torso. He has black eyes, a small tapered hair tuft at the top back of his head (making it appear somewhat teardrop-shaped), a furry skin membrane connecting his waist to his lower arms, small, perky triangular ears, a shiny, bulbous black nose and a long club-shaped tail.
For attire, Ray wears white gloves with large cuffs and blue and white sneakers with gray soles. Each of his shoes also has two white straps that do not reach the soles.
Seasons of Chaos
While training with Mighty in Spring Valley Zone by dodging the boulders he threw at him, Ray discovered Amy after she nearly got hit by a stray boulder. As Ray and Mighty went to check up on her, introductions were made between them. Learning soon after from Amy that Dr. Eggman was hunting the Chaos Emeralds again and that she needed help securing them, which she could locate with Tails' Emerald Radar, Ray and Mighty agreed to help Amy (and have another adventure along the way). Following Amy to Summer Falls Zone, the trio found the local Chaos Emerald when it landed on Mighty's head. Just happy about their luck, Ray told a puzzled Mighty to not question it and continued towards the next Chaos Emerald with his team.
After arriving in Autumn Forest Zone, the trio found another Chaos Emerald in a tree, which Ray retrieved. However, the trio then encountered Fang, Bark and Bean, who were hunting the Chaos Emeralds too. As things came to blows between the teams, Ray would fight Bean, only to struggle against his bombardment of bombs. Eventually though, Ray threw one of Bean's bombs at Fang and Bark with his tail to defend Mighty. The resulting explosion sent Amy flying. Though Ray caught Amy, he was quickly blown down by Bean. It was then that Metal Knuckles came by and escaped with the Chaos Emerald. As the group gave chase to Metal Knuckles, Ray and the others came across Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, who had Eggman cornered. Eggman proceeded to explain that Heavy King had overthrown him and begun collecting the Chaos Emeralds to gain ultimate power and conquer the world. Hearing this, Ray joined forces with their gathered friends and enemies to stop Heavy King. The group subsequently went to Winter Caverns Zone, where they got to the entrance of Eggman's base, only to come under attack by Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles. While Ray was defended from Metal Sonic by Mighty, Eggman managed to regain control of the Metals and have them team up with them. After then entering the base, the group found Heavy King, who began battling them using the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Ultimately, Heavy King was defeated when Ray and the others took back the Chaos Emeralds while Sonic distracted Heavy King. Afterward, Ray and his allies departed the base and decided to share the Chaos Emeralds between them to keep Eggman from getting them. Taking the turquoise and white Chaos Emerald with them, Ray and Mighty departed to continue their training and adventures.
Amy's New Hobby
While Ray and Mighty were passing by Amy's house, they got called back by Tails, who wanted them to see Amy's self-made comics. Seeing Amy's portrayal of themselves and their adventures in her comics, Ray and Mighty thought that they were funny in a good way, and so eagerly read more of them when Tails presented them. When Ray later saw Sonic arrive to see what the commotion was all about, Ray noticed Amy acting distraught for a while while Sonic took a look at her comics.
Ray is friendly, eager, carefree, and adventurous. Though he is a little shy in regards to meeting new people, he is nonetheless helpful and possesses a strong sense of justice, being unwilling to leaving those in need without aid or leaving villains to carry out their evil schemes.
Ray is a very optimistic and is thankful to catch a lucky break whenever it occurs, not even interested in knowing how events led to such outcomes. Although stressful situations can get him a bit teary-eyed, he is far from cowardly and will show no hesitation to head into danger when his friends are in a pinch. He is also quite resourceful.
Powers and abilities
Being a flying squirrel, Ray is able to glide on the wind using his skin flaps. He has also proven himself to rather agile, especially in midair, being able to dodge even missiles while gliding. He also has a prehensile tail that he is seen capitalizing as a third hand in order to grab and throw objects.
Ray is also capable of performing the Spin Attack, a technique where he curls into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directs himself at his targets. With it, Ray can shred or burrow through just about any substance given enough speed.
- Amy Rose
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Mighty the Armadillo (best friend)
- Sonic the Hedgehog