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Rouge the Bat Archie

Rouge, from Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia..

Rouge appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. Very much like her video game version, Rouge is fond of riches, especially rare, beautiful gems, and has often searched for or stolen jewels. She has had several run-ins in the past with Fiona Fox and Nic the Weasel, often beating them to rare treasures, and thus has something of a former rivalry with the pair.

Sonic X

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Rouge in Sonic X.

Rouge appears in Sonic X and its comic book series as an agent for the President and friend of one of his agents, Topaz. She was recruited into GUN at some point after she was transported from Sonic's home world that is in parallel dimension to Earth. She fought in the Chaos Emerald Martial Arts Tournament and during after returning back home, she mainly sided with the heroes on their adventure to defeat the Metarex.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Rouge the Bat (IDW)
IDWRouge

Rouge, from Sonic the Hedgehog #10.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Rouge retains her status as a spy. In order to prevent Shadow from going on to destroy Dr. Eggman, she anonymously has the Chaotix check him out first. When the trio found him, he was revealed to have amnesia and no recollection of any prior events. Sonic managed to convince Shadow not to take out Eggman while Rouge revealed her actions to the Chaotix.

Theme songs

The background music for the stage Security Hall (titled "I'm a Spy") in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle is generally attributed to Rouge, despite technically having no relation to her. Like most characters, Rouge is associated with a genre of music, specifically smooth jazz/bossa nova/fusion with some feminine sighs thrown in (similarly to how Knuckles is associated with the rap genre). It is interesting to note that the background music in her Club Rouge stage from Sonic Battle also has feminine sighing. No other BGM in the game has any form of vocal.

Reception

Upon Rouge's introduction in Sonic Adventure 2, many game reviewers commented on her similarity to Knuckles,[4][5] including such critical remarks as "Knuckles with bat wings and breasts",[6] whilst some further criticized her design.[5][6] Her "daring attitude" and narcissism received further comment.[7][8] Rouge appeared on GamerRadar's list of "The Sexy Lady Beasts of Gaming", in which she is described as "Proof that voluptuous curves, thigh-boots, sexy eyes and rubber gloves can make any animal in the kingdom an object of lustful perverted desire. No matter how freaky-looking their real-world inspiration might be."[9]

In an official Sonic character poll by Sonic Team, Rouge was voted the tenth most popular character in the series, marking her as the second most popular female character next to Amy Rose.[10]

Merchandise

SA2 UFO plush Rouge

The Sonic Adventure 2 plush toy of Rouge.

Rouge has been featured in many advertising campaigns and advertising for the Sonic the Hedgehog series in North America and Japan. At the launch of Sonic Adventure 2, Rouge and a few other characters were featured in a line of plush toys advertising the game, available in claw cranes in Japan.[11][12] Sega in cooperation with McDonald's and Fisher-Price released a series of LCD Sonic-themed Games at McDonald's in 2004 bundled with Happy Meals to promote the North American release of Sonic Heroes. Rouge was featured in the game Amy and Rouge Volleyball in which, "Players are challenged to move Amy from side to side to return Rouge's serves and volleys.".[13] The remaining merchandise of Rouge throughout the 2000's was for Sonic X. Great Eastern Entertainment later made 8.5" and 21" plush toys of Rouge in the 2010's.

Quotes

"My name is Rouge the Bat. Better known as the treasure hunter, Rouge."
—The beginning of Rouge's recap in Sonic Adventure 2.
"I'm Rouge the Bat, but you can call me Rouge."
—Rouge introducing herself.
"I never fail my mission."
—Upon selecting her in multiplayer in Sonic Adventure 2.
"So, you did your homework, is that it? I'd say that's an invasion of privacy."
— Rouge talking to Shadow in Sonic Adventure 2.
"All the world's jewels will be mine."
—After winning in Sonic Adventure 2.
"This is Rouge. I've got a small problem... I can't believe that I'm trapped inside this locked safe with a Chaos Emerald! I guess I won't be able to call myself a treasure hunter anymore.""
—Rouge's report to Shadow having failed to escape from Prison Island in Sonic Adventure 2.
"You just wanted to hold my hand, didn't you? (teasingly) That's why you saved me; you're such a creep!"
—After being saved by Knuckles in Sonic Adventure 2.
"How's that? Perfect? Like me?"
—After getting an A Rank in Sonic Adventure 2.
"I've got something better than jewels that I'm thinking about right now... It'll all work out; you'll see."
—To Knuckles, during the credits in Sonic Adventure 2.
"Winning is everything!"
—Rouge after winning a battle in Sonic Battle.
"Shadow? Has the prince finally awakened?"
—Rouge asking Shadow if he woke up in Sonic Battle.
"Aw yeah baby, this makes us a team!"
—After assembling Team Dark for the first time in Sonic Heroes.
"Long time no see boys! Too bad you had to come all this way for nothing, we'll take it from here!"
—Taunting Team Sonic on their way to Eggman, before the teams fight.
"I haven't seen the President lately."
—Rouge when standing still for a while in Sonic Heroes.
"Wonder if there are any jewels around here..."
— Another of Rouge's lines when standing still for a while in Sonic Heroes.
"Better behave yourselves!"
Sonic Riders, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"Hey, ladies first!"
—When losing a race in the Sonic Riders trilogy and when she is behind in Bobsled Race in Sonic Heroes.
"Even if you believe everyone is against you, know that I'll always remain by your side. Remember that."
—Rouge telling Shadow that even if he is a threat to humanity she will always be with him in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"Oh, look who's here. I didn't expect to see you guys."
—Rouge upon when she and Shadow find Team Sonic in the future, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"Hi. Long time, no see."
— A few times during Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"No, that's not possible. We're still in the Doctor's base."
—When she and Shadow are trying to pinpoint their location just before they realize they are in the future, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"What'd ya think of my beautiful technique?"
—Rouge after getting an S Rank in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
"These ears aren't for show, you know."
—When she was being spied on by Espio in Sonic Rivals 2.
"These boots were made for racing."
—After winning a race in Sonic Rivals 2.
"Too bad, so sad."
—Another quote when winning a race in Sonic Rivals 2.
"(Sighs), you're so slow!"
—Another quote when winning a race in Sonic Rivals 2.
"I think... No. See ya later, Silver Boy."
—After arguing with Silver about Chao and Chaos Emeralds in Sonic Rivals 2.
"Oh great. Mama always told me that one day I'd get stuck in an alien dimension without a change of clothes.""
—Rouge when the heroes finally landed in the Nocturne in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
"Such a hard worker! How's about I give you a kiss for your troubles?""
—Rouge flirting with Sonic after he completes her mission in Sonic Colors (DS).
"Thanks Big Blue, that's the first time I've ever been stolen."
—Rouge after Modern Sonic rescues her in City Escape in Sonic Generations.
"That piece of junk robot is no match for my charms!"
—Rouge before the Seaside Hill mission with Modern Sonic begins from Sonic Generations.
"You did good out there. It's not like you just waited till that last to come in and act all cool saving the day.""
—Rouge to the Avatar, mocking Omega, at the end of Sonic Forces.

Trivia

  • Prima's Game Guide for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) states that there are rumors that Rouge has feelings for both Shadow and Knuckles,[14] although it is unknown how much of this is valid due to the book possessing a large amount of errors and contradictions. It also erroneously says above that in Omega's back history that it was his rampage that unleashed Rouge from Eggman's base.[15]
  • In Sonic Adventure 2 and its re-releases, Rouge's character model features breast physics. This is most easily visible in the brief pause before her intro sequence for multiplayer in the Dreamcast version. This was the only game to feature this trait with her.
  • In Sonic Riders, Rouge has blue eye shadow on the character select screen and in gameplay but when you see her icon on the race results screen she has pink eye shadow on, very similar to the eye shadow in Sonic Heroes.
  • Rouge may have been named after the jewel, the Rouge, relating to her jewel obsession. Her name could also come from a type of makeup applied to the cheeks (also called "blush").
    • Her name is also a pun on the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, due to her first name being Rouge and her being a bat. Her name also means "red" in French, possibly named after Knuckles' color or the fact that red is a color symbolizing love and Rouge is having a flirtatious and romantic attitude.
    • Another possibility is that her name is a play on the word "Rogue", often used as a synonym for "Thief", mirroring how she often steals other peoples’ jewels.
  • Although she told Knuckles at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 that she was done with jewelry, she is still hopelessly obsessed with jewels in later games.
  • Not counting team members in the support class, Rouge has the least team POW moves in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, with only one.
    • Also, Rouge is the only character with an Armor-Piercing move that hits all onscreen enemies instead of targeting one enemy. She is the second member of the Shifter class, and the only Shifter class member in Team Dark (Shadow and Omega are both in the Power class).
  • In Sonic Heroes, while selecting Shadow or Omega to be Team Dark's leader, if you use the first-person camera to look at Rouge, she will occasionally turn her head in the player's direction and wink.
  • Rouge and some other characters have a few locations named after them in Empire City, as seen on the street signs of the level's day time stages in Sonic Unleashed.
  • At one point in Sonic Battle while Rouge was around, Sonic says, "I smell perfume. Maybe Rouge is around.". This might mean that Rouge wears perfume, or Sonic was only making a joke.
  • After Sonic Battle, Rouge's design changed a bit, her wings become less detailed and only one color, also her blue eye shadow got darker after Sonic Adventure 2, (while becoming lighter again in Sonic Generations).
  • In Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge's outfit appears to be a purple/lavender color in game, but the concept art from the game has the outfit in its regular black color.
  • To date, Rouge has never appeared in any Sonic game without Shadow appearing in the same game, cameo or not.
  • In her alternate outfit model in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle her mid-driff shows her navel. However, in Sonic Riders onwards it isn't present. It is also true that Sonic characters do not have a navel (such as Wave and Tikal). Notably, though, Wave, as a bird, and Tikal, as an echidna, both hatched from eggs, which could account for the lack of a navel.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2 Rouge had fangs, but afterwards, they were absent. From Sonic Free Riders though, they have started to become visible again.
  • One of Rouge's unused lines ("Pleasure before business!") of Sonic Adventure 2 is used in one episode of Sonic X.
  • After Sonic Adventure 2, Sega decided to change Rouge's outfit (explaining why she wore something different in Sonic Heroes) to make her look less provocative, but they ultimately decided to change it back as they found the new outfit to be even more provocative than the old one.
  • Rouge was going to appear in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing as a playable racer alongside Vector, Espio, Silver and Blaze, but was scrapped from the final product.[16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Rouge. Sega. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
  2. Sonic Rivals 2
  3. Sonic Battle
  4. Sonic Adventure 2 Hands-On. GameSpot.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Johnny Liu. Sonic Adventure 2 Review for DreamCast (English). Game Revolution. Archived from the original on 22 May 2006. Retrieved on 2008-07-29.
  6. 6.0 6.1 GameJam: Yuji Naka Unleashes Sonic Adventure 2. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  7. A brief description of Rouge's traits. AbsoluteAnime. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  8. Rouge the Bat is detailed here. sonicretro.org (July 6, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-07-29.
  9. http://www.gamesradar.com/f/furverts-the-sexy-lady-beasts-of-gaming/a-20080326145123218031/p-3
  10. Sonic Channel (23 June 2006). Official Popularity Poll results (Japanese). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013.
  11. A description of all plush lines of Sonic the Hedgehog Characters. Retrieved on 2008-07-29.
  12. A description of all plush lines of Sonic the Hedgehog Characters. Retrieved on 2008-07-29.
  13. McDonald's and SEGA Reveal Details of New Happy Meal Promotion Featuring Sonic and 'Search for the Silver Game' Eight New Handheld Videogames Based on SEGA's Classic Character Sonic The Hedgehog Make Stopping at McDonald's During the Holidays a Fun-Filled, Interactive Adventure. Game Zone (12/2/04). Retrieved on 2008-07-29.
  14. Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "Cast". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 7. ISBN 978-0761555100. "However, there have been rumors that she has feelings for both Shadow The Hedgehog and Knuckles The Echidna. That's a love triangle that could really put off some sparks."
  15. Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "Cast". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 7. ISBN 978-0761555100. "Omega went into a rage one day and destroyed all the other robots in the base. After filling the halls with tons of scrap metal, Omega broke free (unleashing Rouge The Bat in the process) and vowed revenge against its perceived captor - using the very tools its creator gave it."
  16. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Concept Art Found!. YouTube. Parax (13 December 2013). Retrieved on 14 October 2018.
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