Rouge the Bat is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. She is an anthropomorphic bat and a secret agent. She is also part of Team Dark and serves as the group's intelligence.
Rouge is an anthropomorphic bat with white fur, tan skin, teal eyes and endowed female features. She has large pointy ears, a bare muzzle with a small black nose, a short tail, and a pair of black wings on her back. Only her head appears to have fur. Her short white hair flares out at the back and she wears blue eyeshadow, as well as lipstick. Her typical attire consists of a black skintight unitard with no sleeves, a pink, heart-shaped chestplate-like top with white trim, and tall white gloves and boots with pink cuffs. The boots are high heeled and feature hearts on the toes.
Some time ago, Rouge 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 lead to Rouge teaming up with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, and even Dr. Eggman himself to stop a bigger threat.
Following Dr. Eggman's disappearance, Rouge aided Shadow in his search to hunt down Eggman and prevent him from launching a counter-attack. Rouge quickly found the doctor's location, but anonymously passed that information to the Chaotix Detective Agency in order for them to verify it was Eggman and to bring in Sonic the Hedgehog to help bring Shadow to reason.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
Approximately a month after the war between the Resistance and the Eggman Empire, Rouge and Shadow found a seemingly amnesiac Dr. Eggman dealing and becoming friendly with Sonic and the Chaotix. After Eggman mentioned Eggman Land however, Shadow revealed his and Rouge's presence and got ready to destroy the doctor.
An inevitable confrontation occurred between Sonic and Shadow, and during the battle, Rouge revealed herself as the Chaotix's anonymous source to the detectives and proceeded to speak with "Mr. Tinker" as he hid behind his barricade in his home, learning his story and apparent memory loss. Upon Shadow teleporting inside Tinker's home, Rouge tried to calm him down and explain but Sonic had already got through to Shadow. The hedgehog demanded to see the "Eggman Land" that Tinker had mentioned earlier, only for it to be a small playground for the children of the village. Rouge ribbed Shadow for taking the matter so seriously and bid farewell to Sonic and the Chaotix on good terms.
Battle For Angel Island
Rouge and Shadow were later called in to aid the Resistance against the new threat of Neo Metal Sonic, who had been impersonating Eggman, taken command over his Egg Fleet and the Eggman Empire, and had now successfully captured Angel Island and the Master Emerald. She and Shadow were appointed to team two as part of a three-pronged attack to take on Neo Metal Sonic. On the journey to Angel Island, Rouge questioned Shadow about his motives for going from lone wolf to joining a massive group like the Resistance for this battle, only for him to remain secretive of his reasons. After the Resistance's battleship was shot down, the fight began, with Rouge saving Tangle the Lemur by flying her out of the explosion. Shadow quickly disappeared from team two to no surprise of Rouge and she began taking orders from Amy to destroy the guns of the battleship they were attacking and managing to take out a few Egg Pawns with kicks and bombs in the process. A bold move by Tails led to the wing attached to Angel Island Rouge and her allies were on being bombarded by a hijacked Egg Fleet battleship. and Rouge quickly saved the life of Amy by flying her to another battleship. After a safe landing, the two women briefly conversed about Shadow discarding their plan and how he would most likely be going after Neo Metal Sonic on his own, a move which Rouge vowed to "chew him out" for later.
Whilst all this was going on, Neo Metal Sonic used the power of the Master Emerald and the bio-data of Shadow and Sonic to turn into Master Overlord. A new plan was quickly forged to disable the wings of the metal behemoth as Knuckles tried to remove the Master Emerald powering it. To this end, the Resistance, still aboard an Egg Fleet ship, charged towards the Master Overlord and swarmed on to his body once he caught the vessel in his grasp. Rouge flew Tangle and Whisper into the fight, planting her bombs along one of his wings and Whisper detonated them with her Variable Wispon, cleanly tearing it off. Master Overlord quickly threw off his attackers, sending them hurling towards the sea below before Silver caught them all using his powers. Master Overlord then attempted to attack on Silver, only for Tails piloting the Egg Fleet battleship to ram him and give Knuckles the chance he needed to finally remove the Master Emerald. With Angel Island floating again and Metal Sonic disabled and in his original form, Rouge and the Resistance were in high spirits, all except for Shadow who skulked away, which Rouge noted as being, "That's so [him]" before joining the after party.
As everyone got ready to leave, Rouge managed to find an Eggman beach chair and used it to relax on top of the newly repaired Egg Fleet battleship. Sonic soon joined her for a chat and asked if she was going to return to spying once they got back home. While Rouge remained ambiguous, she found enjoyment in the view of the Master Emerald. Sonic then left Rouge be, telling her to tell Shadow "thanks" once she saw him again.
Curse of the Pyramid
Rouge later went to the Lost Pyramid of Dr. Eggman in the Dusty Desert to find Eggman's hidden treasure. There, she met Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk who were also looking for said treasure, along other things. The brothers used their noxious stench on Rouge in an attempt to slow her down and prevent her from getting the treasure first. Rouge quickly moved from the area and entered another room, only to find Rough and Tumble fighting an Egg-Golem. She knew that in order to defeat it, she had to find its remote. Rouge looked around until she heard a beeping noise. Once she found the source, she found a small group of villagers who had taken refuge in the pyramid and were using its traps to scare off intruders. Rouge decided to help them and dressed herself up as a mummy in old curtains in order to scare off the superstitious Rough and Tumble. Sure enough, Rough becomes frightened by Rouge and ran out of the pyramid, carrying Tumble in his arms. Afterwards, the village elder permitted Rouge to help herself to the treasure but she was asked by another villager not to tell anyone where she found it.
Smart, confident, sassy and fearless, Rouge knows how to get what she wants. While she might appear to be ditsy and carefree at first glance, her mind is always active scheming. A calculating realist, she acts mainly on her mercenary instincts. Because her motivations do not always appear as what they seem at first, Rouge can come off as somewhat enigmatic.
Rouge is an ideal spy, able to be cunning, manipulative, deceitful, strategic, observational and tactful at the drop of a hat, such as when she delayed Shadow from finding Eggman and tipped off the Chaotix to Eggman's location, all to bring in Sonic to reign in Shadow and keep the situation from getting too violent. This suggests a more compassionate side to her as well, or at least that she is not narrow-sighted or willing to act without a full story.
Between Shadow and Rouge, the latter is by far the more reasonable of the group and she knows it, willing to hear someone out instead of rushing into violence, though she is hardly one to ignore obvious red flags. She also has a sense of humor, often at the expense of teasing her friends, and a disarmingly flirtatious nature.
Powers and abilities
In addition to being a super spy specializing in intelligence gathering, Rouge is capable of flight using the wings on her back. She is also strong enough to carry another creature to her own size at ease with just one hand. She is also a very competent combatant, often employing kicks with her powerful legs.
- Amy Rose
- Blaze the Cat
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Tangle the Lemur
- Team Dark
- Whisper the Wolf
- Several times throughout the comics, Rouge has been referred to as a spy. In the games, she works for the human-run organization GUN, yet it has never been mentioned who she is a spy for. Writer Ian Flynn has gone on record saying Sega's official policy is that the world Rouge comes from and the human world are two different worlds.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Rouge's measurements are the same as those of her game counterpart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Curse of the Pyramid"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #9, Roll Call
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman Part 1"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 1"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 3"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"