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 as well as a secret agent and treasure hunter. 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 a curvaceous figure. 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 have heels and pink 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 for Eggman, quickly finding the doctor's location in Windmill Village. However, she kept this information secret from Shadow while anonymously informing the Chaotix Detective Agency about her sighting, knowing that they would investigate in order to verify it was Eggman and suspecting that they would call in Sonic the Hedgehog to see it for himself.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
Approximately a month after the war between the Resistance and the Eggman Empire, Rouge and Shadow went to Windmill Village, where they found a seemingly amnesiac Dr. Eggman becoming friendly with Sonic and the Chaotix. After "Mr. Tinker" mentioned Eggman Land, however, Shadow revealed his and Rouge's presence and got ready to destroy the doctor.
During the inevitable confrontation between Sonic and Shadow, Rouge revealed herself as the Chaotix's anonymous source, explaining that she had engineered the situation in order to prevent Shadow from doing anything reckless. She proceeded to speak with "Mr. Tinker" as he hid behind his barricade in his home, learning his story and apparent memory loss. When Shadow teleported inside Tinker's home, Rouge tried to calm him down and explain what she had learned, but Shadow told her that he had already talked it out with Sonic. The dark 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. Ribbing Shadow for taking the matter so seriously, Rouge bid farewell to Sonic and the Chaotix and left 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 impersonated 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; not surprised by this, Rouge followed Amy's orders to destroy the guns of the battleship they were attacking. During the assault, she took out a few Egg Pawns with kicks and bombs. When Tails hijacked an Egg Fleet battleship to attack the rest of the fleet parked on one of the wings protruding from Angel Island, Rouge grabbed Amy and flew her to another battleship. After a safe landing, the two women briefly conversed about Shadow discarding their plan; they suspected that he would most likely be going after Neo Metal Sonic on his own, which Rouge vowed to "chew him out" for later.
Some time later, the Resistance saw Angel Island beginning to fall as a massive robotic dragon approached them; Neo Metal Sonic had 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 onto his body once he caught the vessel in his grasp. Rouge flew Tangle and Whisper into the fight, planting her bombs along one of Master Overlord's wings; Whisper detonated them with her Variable Wispon, cleanly tearing off the entire structure. 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 Silver, only for Tails to ram him with his commandeered battleship and give Knuckles the chance he needed to finally remove the Master Emerald. With Angel Island floating again and Metal Sonic reduced to his original form, Rouge and the Resistance were in high spirits - except for Shadow who skulked away, which Rouge noted as "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 and Tumble, who were also looking for said treasure. 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 became 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.
Rouge later learned from some intel that Dr. Eggman (who had regained his memories and gone back to his old ways) was heading towards Sunset City in his Faceship to create a Zombot outbreak in the city. Needing help to intercept Eggman, Rouge called Sonic, who agreed to come and aid them. Regardless, Eggman still managed to distribute the Metal Virus in the city, creating a colossal Zombot outbreak. With Shadow finding transport for the uninfected citizens and Omega handling Zombots, Rouge coordinated an organization of the uninfected citizens at the Grand Gold Flicky Hotel. When Sonic arrived to help out, Rouge found him and told Sonic to bring the survivors to the hotel. Going there herself, Rouge would tell the city's defense force to protect their flank from an impending horde of Zombots she had discovered until Sonic arrived. As Rouge noticed the Metal Virus gunk on Sonic, Sonic told her that though he was infected with the Metal Virus too, his speed helped keep it in check. He also told Rouge that Eggman had already lost control of the Zombots, which irritated Rouge even more. Rouge, in turn, told Sonic that Shadow was getting a transport for the survivors. Soon after, Shadow returned with a truck to transport the uninfected citizens away in. Sonic then took off to subdue his infection, leaving Rouge to guide the citizens into the truck. In the process, Omega helped Rouge by keeping Zombots from coming close to the truck. Meanwhile, Shadow fought the other hordes of Zombots, which Rouge noticed was pretty reckless of him. Eventually, Shadow got infected. Rouge called for Shadow to retreat but he refused and continued to fight. Rouge asked Omega to cover Shadow with his gunfire, but Omega could not divide his fire, as it was needed to keep the other Zombots off the truck. As Shadow got overwhelmed by the Zombots, Rouge called Amy to send anyone she could to Sunset City as their Zombot situation had gotten out of hand. When Sonic returned, Rouge asked him to deal with Shadow, who had become a Zombot.
As Sonic fought Shadow, Rouge continued to guide the uninfected citizens into the truck. After she finished, Sonic told Rouge to go as he covered her. With little hesitation, Rouge drove the truck away from the hotel. Shadow attempted to chase the truck but he was stopped by Sonic. Rouge managed to make it to Restoration HQ with little problems. Much later, when Rouge was planning her next move, Sonic arrived at the HQ and confirmed to her that Shadow was lost to the Metal Virus. This angered Rouge and she took her leave, stating that Shadow should have run when she told him to.
All or Nothing
Days later, Rouge had managed to sneak onto the Faceship but did not contact anyone about this. She gathered intel on the ship and almost had a plan to steal the Chaos Emeralds that Eggman possessed to power it. However, after the Deadly Six were invited onboard by Dr. Starline, things started to get out of his and Eggman's control. Rouge decided to send a message to Orbot and Cubot; she requested for them to pretend that they were happy to now serve the Deadly Six so that she could coordinate with Orbot to spy on their deployments and coordinate a counterattack and they complied. She then contacted the Restoration, who were now on Angel Island and were abruptly visited by Eggman, Starline and Metal Sonic; she informed them of what Eggman had been up to with the Faceship and told them of her current plan with Orbot. When Amy checked in with Rouge later, she told her that Zavok was asking a lot of questions about Eggman, noting that their counterattack had to be done soon. After Cubot distracted Zavok, Rouge told him and Orbot to send Amy the latest coordinates of the Deadly Six and requested that they attack now. When Orbot asked how she will retrieve the Zavok's Chaos Emerald, Rouge claimed that she was weighing her options and asked the robots to keep playing along for now.
As the Faceship approached Angel Island, Rouge made her move and stole the white Chaos Emerald that had been left to power the ship. She taunted an angry Zavok and then escaped through the bridge windows. As she joined the remaining survivors on the island, the Faceship's systems short-circuited and it crashed down onto the large horde of Zombots that Zavok had led below. After giving the Emerald to Sonic, she stated that they would get the final Emerald after the fires died down as Zavok was not going anywhere. Contrary to this belief, Zavok simply emerged from the rubble and, boosted by his Chaos Emerald, grew to a giant size. He then attacked the island with fireballs and handfuls of Zombots, the latter of which included a number of familiar faces to Rouge. While Sonic, Silver and Metal Sonic went off to retrieve the final Chaos Emerald from Zavok, Rouge secretly evaded the battle and instead went to spend her final moments with the Master Emerald. Eventually, with the combined efforts of Super Sonic and Super Silver, they were able to warp the entirety of the Metal Virus away from the world and to the sun. Once Knuckles and Shadow caught wind of Rouge's antics, they shared their anger at her.
Out of the Blue
Rouge remained atop the Master Emerald for a while until Knuckles came by to tell her that Eggman had escaped and she was supposed to be watching him. Rouge turned it on him, saying that he should have been on watch since it was his island. As Eggman was no longer on the island, Knuckles said that it was no longer his problem and told Rouge to get off the Master Emerald. Rouge jokingly asked for five more minutes, to which Knuckles replied that he tolerated her presence this long since she just helped save the world but asked her not to make him throw her off of the island. Rouge noted Knuckles' stubbornness, but complied and ran her finger past his locks as she said her goodbyes and left. Some time later, Rouge discovered that the Deadly Six were laying low and not causing much trouble. She could not find Sonic or Omega anywhere and went to tell this to Shadow. After a difficult search, Rouge finally found the hedgehog in Forest Hill and told him of what happened. She questioned if Shadow was actually listening, to which he stated that he was. She then asked him why he was brooding more than usual and said that if he could not talk about it, she would leave it be. Shadow turned to her and said that he owed Sonic, but now he was gone and that was all to it. Rouge smirked and touched Shadow's shoulder. As she began to leave, she told Shadow of the party that was going to be hosted at Spiral Hill Village tonight but he passed on it. At the party, Rouge peered into the Mineral Museum with a high intrigue. Soon, the party was crashed by Eggman arriving in a large mech suit with the intent of destroying everyone.
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. She has shown this side of her before and will not hesitate to protect those in need. However, she would not consider herself as a self-sacrificing type of person.
Between Shadow and Rouge, the latter is by far the more reasonable of the pair 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 is also quite compassionate Rouge 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.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow is one of Rouge's trusted team members on Team Dark. Even though they would be considered closer than any of Rouge's other allies, Shadow rarely spends time with Rouge outside of a mission. Rouge has come to understand Shadow's dislike for wasting time but becomes annoyed by his often disregard for caution and lack of planning when handling situations on his own. She has also picked up on his habit of him not always listening to her during missions. Despite this, Rouge has a deep respect for Shadow and knows he has a soft spot under his somewhat cold exterior.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Rouge sees Sonic as a capable ally of helping out those in need. She knows that he has a strong sense of justice and has been known to manipulate it before. Nonetheless, Sonic trusts her to work alongside him and the two get on quite well, especially over their mutual teasing of Shadow.
Knuckles the Echidna
Rouge and Knuckles can get on well but the latter usually is annoyed by the bat's antics and greed over the Master Emerald. Rouge has teased Knuckles over this several times but he has not responded very positively to it. In addition, Rouge has been known to jokingly flirt with Knuckles which flusters him.
- Amy Rose
- Big the Cat
- Blaze the Cat
- Cream the Rabbit
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Team Dark
- 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 in the comics. 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 1.3 1.4 Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, "Curse of the Pyramid"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 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 5.3 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"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"