Princess Sally (born 3219) is one of the main characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. She is an anthropomorphic chipmunk, the princess of the kingdom of Mobotropolis and the daughter of the King, making her the rightful heir to the throne. After Dr. Robotnik rose to power, Sally fled to Knothole Village where she and other children refugees became the Knothole Freedom Fighters.
Sally is accompanied by her intelligent computer, Nicole, with which she can access nearly any form of information. From childhood, she grew up with Sonic the Hedgehog, whom she would develop romantic feelings for. Apart from overthrowing Robotnik's tyranny, Sally's goal is also to find her father.
Concept and creation
Sally was created during the early development of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Initially, Sally was drawn as a human redhead with purple skin. She was later drawn with blonde hair but retaining her skin color. These designs were ultimately scrapped through unknown circumstances, however, and Sally was redesigned as a chipmunk.
An early design of Sally was featured in an article of Sonic the Poster Mag #1 that announced a new animated series starring Sonic the Hedgehog. Within the four pages of plot synopsis and concept art, a group of screenshots that greatly differ from the rest appear without explanation. These screenshots include a character named "Princess Acorn", a Mobian (presumably a squirrel) with yellow fur and blond hair wearing a red dress. She shows up alongside characters that have since been featured in Sonic the Comic. This character, however, shares few similarities with Sally's final appearance, which was settled to be that of a squirrel with red hair, high blue boots, and a sleeveless vest.
Sally is an anthropomorphic squirrel with brown fur, light tan skin, blue eyes and auburn hair. In the first season, her only outfit is blue knee-high boots, but in the second season, she gains a blue formal vest to match her boots.
Sally was born into the royal family ruling the kingdom of Mobotropolis in 3219 as the daughter of the King. From childhood, she was raised to take over the throne. Her father taught Sally their family's secret creed and she was over by her nanny, Rosie. Sally also grew up with Sonic, whose behavior sometimes irritated her. At some point, she also received a portable computer known as Nicole. In 3224, however, at the age of five, Sally had to flee to Knothole Village after Dr. Robotnik took over Mobotropolis. For the next several years, Sally was a member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters and led a number of activity against Robotnik, who occupied Robotropolis. She also set herself the goal of finding her father, who had not been seen after Robotnik's coup.
While in Knothole Village, Sally and Rotor worked on building catapults, but they lacked parts. As such, Sally sent Sonic, with whom Tails went along with, to Robotropolis to get the parts they needed. Although Sally would worry about Sonic and Tails, they finally came back during the night, only to warn everyone that a Buzz-Bombers squadron was approaching the Great Forest with a chemical agent that would expose Knothole. Making a plan for a counterattack, Sally decided to use their finished catapults loaded with water balloons to fight off the Buzz-Bombers. This plan ultimately succeeded and Knothole was saved, and Sally returned with Sonic to the forest.
During a mission to Robotropolis to sabotage Dr. Robotnik's Stealthbots, Sally hijacked one of the Swat-Bots and rode it into a hangar in Robotropolis, where she met Sonic, Antoine and Cat. When she went for the Stealthbots, Sonic came with her. Using Nicole, Sally hacked into a computer where she received the message "Bean" from Ironlock Prison in the Dark Swamp. Sally decided to go there with Antoine, suspecting that the message came from her father. Meanwhile, Sonic chose to stay in Robotropolis to save Cat, who had been captured. After arriving in the Dark Swamp, Sally and Antoine found a suspension bridge leading to Ironlock Prison. Although the bridge was shaky, they managed to get over it and get inside the prison. There, Sonic would join them soon after. Eventually, the heroes found a computer which Sally gained access to using the codeword "Bean". However, after Sally received the message, which turned out to be a map of the tunnel network underneath Robotropolis, a trapdoor was activated and the heroes fell into the sewers. There, they were attacked by a monster that Sonic managed to destroy. Afterward, Sally and co. discovered that the monster was just a robot. From here, Sally led Sonic and Antoine back to the Stealthbot hangar using the map she had received. After sabotaging the Stealthbots, Sally escaped Robotropolis with Antoine and Sonic. When Robotnik then sent the Stealhbots after them, they were destroyed due to Sally having changed their programing.
Sally later took part in an attack on Robotropolis' Swat-Bot factory, along with Sonic and Bunnie. Sally in particular took control of the bombs Sonic planted around the factory, but before she could detonate them, Swat-Bots surrounded her. Sally was then captured and imprisoned by Robotnik, who used her to create an evil robot doppelganger, whose mission was to destroy Sonic and his friends. Sally was then set to be roboticized, but the Roboticizer malfunctioned and Snively had to wait until the next day before Sally could get roboticized. The next day, however, Sonic rescued Sally and had Sallybot take her place in the Roboticizer. After returning to Knothole, Sally met with Tails, who felt sad about Sallybot's presence in Knothole. Sally comforted Tails though by showing him that she was the real Sally by giving him the "funny kiss". Sally then gave a suspicious Sonic a kiss too, although that did little to persuade the playful Sonic. Some time later, Sally and Sonic infiltrated Robotropolis in an attempt to sabotage the Roboticizer, but Snively soon detected them and called in the Swat-Bots. During the heroes' subsequent escape, they met up with Antoine, Bunnie and Rotor. Together with them, they went to the Crystal Mine in order to rescue Sonic's roboticized Uncle Chuck, whom Sally and Sonic had seen board a train heading to the Crystal Mine. After capturing Chuck, Sally had the idea of using a Power Ring to restore Chuck's free will and mind, which worked. Sally and her friends then teamed up with Chuck, who revealed that he needed their help to stop the extraction of a massive Energy Crystal by Robotnik's forces, or Mobius's ecosystem would be destroyed. Together with Rotor and Antoine, Sally got into the control room, where they managed to turn off the robot guarding the room. Sally and her friends then tried to sabotage the crane that was pulling the Energy Crystal out of the mine. After the Energy Crystal was destroyed, Sally and the others escaped back to the train. However, they had to leave Chuck behind, as he soon reverted back to an aggressive Worker Bot once more and could thus hurt their escape from the Swat-Bots. While escaping onboard the train, Sally comforted Sonic, who felt terrible about abandoning his uncle.
Sally and the other Knothole Freedom Fighters later built the Freedom Stormer airplane for the purpose of flying to the ruins of Maga where they could find the Secret Scrolls. Sonic, however, objected to using this shaky airplane and decided to run to Maga on his own, while Sally, Rotor, Antoine and Bunnie flew there by plane. When they took off in the Freedom Stormer however, they almost crashed, but Rotor managed to stabilize the airplane. When Sally and co. later landed near Maga, Sonic kept them from slipping off a cliff. In the ruins of Maga, Sally used Nicole to translate various inscriptions and puzzles that gradually led them to the Secret Scrolls. Sally also discovered how to solve some of them. When they reached the temple with the Scrolls, they were given a choice between two sets of scrolls. Fortunately, Sally picked the right one, but then Dr. Robotnik, Snively and the Swat-bots appeared to take the Secret Scrolls for themselves. Sonic managed to distract Robotnik and his posse however, giving Sally and the others a chance to escape. After reuniting with Sonic, who was being pursued by a Surveillance Orb, Sally decided to use the Secret Scoils, which spoke of a wind tunnel called the Breath of Mobius that was somewhere in the ruins. Sonic thus lured Robotnik and his robots to the Breath of Mobius, where the villains were blown off a cliff by the strong wind emerging from the Breath of Mobius. With the scrolls in hand, Sally and the Freedom Fighters decided to fly back to Knothole, except this time, Sonic was piloting the Freedom Stormer.
When Nicole began to malfunction, Sally had to get spare parts for her. She thus went to Robotropolis with Sonic. There, Sonic occupied the Swat-bots while Sally snuck into one of the factories and took the parts she needed. However, she was detected by one of the robots, who activated the alarm. Chased by Swat-Bots, Sally escaped to the Forbidden Zone, where Lazaar's Guardian destroyed the Swat-bots pursuing her and told her to leave. Sally later met up with Sonic and told him that the Forbidden Zone was the resting place of the wizard Lazaar. Despite Sally's warnings, Sonic went to the Forbidden Zone to acquire Lazaar's Computer, which held spells that could prove beneficial to the Freedom Fighters. Sally later helped Bunnie and Rotor with Knothole's new waterwheel, but she still worried about Sonic. Suddenly though, she and Bunnie got teleported to Robotnik, who had obtained Lazaar's Computer and used its teleportation spell to bring them to him. Sally and Bunnie were subsequently hypnotized by Robotnik with the power of Lazaar's Computer. When Sonic then came to get the computer, Robotnik ordered Sally and Bunnie to bring Sonic to the Roboticizer. Sonic, however, escaped them. While Sally and Bunnie tried to catch him, Sonic regained Lazaar's computer and canceled the spells cast by Robotnik. With Sally and Bunnie now free, they fled with Sonic to the Forbidden Zone. There, they returned the computer to Lazaar and said goodbye to him before he departed. Sally and her friends then returned to Knothole, where Rotor showed them that their new waterwheel was now operational.
Sally, Bunnie and Sonic would later destroy Robotropolis' power generator. However, it turned out that Robotnik had a backup generator ready, devastating Sally's spirit. Soon after, Sally, Sonic and Tails received information about a race that Robotnik had organized in Robotropolis. While Sally thought it was a trap, Sonic decided to participate in order to distract Robotnik's forces while his friends went after Robotnik's backup generator. Despite Sally receiving consolation from Bunnie though, she continued to worry about Sonic's safety. Later, on the day of the race, Sonic raced Robotnik's machines while Sally, Bunnie and Antoine went looking for the backup generator. When they found it, Antoine tried to sabotage it, only to end up on a conveyor belt taking him towards some gears to get crushed. Fortunately, Sonic came to the rescue, who saved Antoine and destroyed the generator by inserting a Power Ring into its gears. After the generator was destroyed, the heroes returned to Knothole, where Sally announced Sonic's heroic deeds.
Sally and the Freedom Fighters would later watch Sonic destroys the Shredder when it began cutting down the Great Forest. After returning to Knothole, Sally kissed Sonic and went for a walk with him. However, Sally later discovered that Antoine had disappeared with a Power Ring. Rotor then explained that he, in an attempt to help Antoine think of ways to impress Sally, jokingly suggested that he should capture Robotnik. Realizing that Antoine was attempting just that, Sally convinced Sonic to go save Antoine. Ultimately, Antoine was rescued by Sonic, and the two returned to Knothole, but Sally did not want to hear Antoine's story about how he saved Sonic. Later, Sally and the other Freedom Fighters were woken up during the night when a rocket booster crashed near Knothole. Guessing that this engine was part of one of Robotnik's plans, Sally took a look through her telescope and saw that Robotnik had sent a space station into space. Sally then managed to intercept Robotnik's radio signals, which revealed that the space station (called the "Sky Spy") was equipped with spy sensors for locating Knothole. In an effort to neutralize the Sky Spy, the heroes remodeled the rocket booster so it could fly Sonic and Rotor into space. Once they were done, Sally started the engine for Sonic and Rotor, allowing them to take off. After Sonic and Rotor came back, Sally noticed that the Sky Spy had been almost destroyed, but was now on a collision course with Mobius, meaning it could some serious damage if it landed in the wrong place. After showing her friends the Sky Spy's descend, Sally suggested that Rotor used his Super Magnet to control the Sky Spy's course. Following Sally's idea, Sonic and Rotor made the Sky Spy crash into the wastes. Afterward, Sally praised Sonic and Rotor for their efforts in the presence of all the Freedom Fighters.
Eventually, Sally captured one Robotnik's broadcast, which revealed that he planned to collect chemicals from the Island of Nimbus for his Cloud Burster and then fill the whole atmosphere with chemicals that would turn into toxic rain. Dressing up as Swat-Bots, Sally, Bunnie and Antoine went to sabotage the Cloud Burster while Sonic was sent to the Island of Nimbus to check it out. After infiltrating the Cloud Burster, Sally tried to use Nicole to sabotage its brain. However, she and her friends ended up getting captured by Swat-Bots and brought to Snively. He then drove Sally, Bunnie and Antoine to the Island of Nimbus, where Dr. Robotnik confronted the heroes and locked them in a cage in order to lure Sonic into a trap. When Sonic finally came to their rescue, however, the Cloud Burster had already begun spraying its chemicals into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, Sonic, who had recently suffered a horrific nightmare, was too scared to do anything. Sally, however, snapped Sonic out of his nightmarish daze, and the hedgehog managed to destroy the Cloud Burster. Afterward, he handed Sally a Power Ring, which she and her friends used to disrupt the energy bars for their cage, thus allowing them to escape their cage. Sally, Sonic, Antoine and Bunnie then escaped from the Island of Nimbus, which subsequently sank into the river.
Later, Sally, Sonic and Antoine would destroy the traffic control center in Robotropolis. During their subsequent escape however, they were surrounded by Swat-Bots. Fortunately, they were saved by Griff, who led them to Lower Mobius, an underground city under Robotropolis. There, the heroes helped oust some Ratbots, which were plaguing the inhabitants. Later, Griff, Antoine and Sonic would competed for Sally's affection. When Antoine and Sonic began to quarrel however, Sally broke them up and decided to stick with Griff. Eventually, Griff drove Sally and her friends back to the Great Forest, only for his Hover Sled to seemingly break down after arriving there. Sally thus suggested that Griff could spend the night in Knothole, which he accepted. During the following evening, Sally tried to show Griff the Lake of Rings, but Antoine insisted that they stayed off the premised while he was on guard duty. Ignoring Antoine, Sally showed Griff where they got their Power Rings from. Afterward, later on, Sally would teased Sonic, who was jealous of Griff. However, Sally soon discovered that Griff had been manipulating her and had fled with the Power Rock from the Lake of Rings. Fortunately, Sonic would return with most of the Power Rock, having given a fragment of it to Griff after reconciling with him.
While trying to tend to the trees they had planted in the Great Forest, Sally noticed that the sprouts were dying. When Sonic later returned from fishing however, he would spill some strange green water from the Great River out of his ears, which caused plants to grow rapidly. Deciding to get more of this water, Sally went along with Sonic, Antoine and Rotor on a journey down the Great River. During the cruise, they were drawn into a contaminated, underground lake by a whirlpool. Soon after, Antoine went missing. Regardless, Sally and her remaining friends sailed on, hoping to find Antoine. Eventually, they came across increasingly polluted water and then a waterfall. As they went over the waterfall, however, Sonic managed to push their boat back up the waterfall and into a branching river, prompting Sally to kiss Sonic for his efforts. There, however, their boat began to sink into boiling water. Fortunately, Sally and her friends managed to climb up on dry land using vines growing from the ceiling. Soon after, they came across underground flowers that wanted to bite them. While Sonic dealt with the plants however, Sally was kidnapped by the Kraken and trapped in a pool, along with Antoine and later Sonic, which she was slowly sinking into. Fortunately, she was saved when Rotor came and got a Power Ring to Sonic, who in turn got his friends out of the pool. Sally and her friends then met the Kraken, who turned out to have been trying to kill them because he believed them to be behind the pollution that had infected his underground kingdom. In turn, the heroes explained that the one behind the pollution could be no one else by Dr. Robotnik. Soon after though, the Kraken got bound by Snake Probes, prompting Sonic to head up the surface to stop the Snake Probes. There, he managed to destroy Robotnik's drilling platform, which was polluted the Kraken's kingdom. Afterward, Rotor purified the water in the underground kingdom using some green water he had found. As thanks for their help, the Kraken gave Sally and co. a gift to help them with their plants. Returning afterward to Knothole, Sally used the Kraken's gift to revive their plants.
Some time after, Sally was helping Rotor adjust Bunnie's leg-ladder. Later, Sally was harvesting appels with her friends when Tails came and led them to a baby Terapod, named Baby T, whom he had just met. Knowing that Knothole was not the place for Baby T, Sally said that he should return to his herd. When said herd later passed by Knothole, Sally noticed that the Terapods, who were on their yearly migration to Boulder Bay, were migrate in the wrong direction. After Sonic stopped the herd, Sally found Momma T and tried to translate her speech with Nicole. Sally, Sonic, Tails, Rotor and Bunnie decided later to help lead the Terapods on their migration to Boulder Bay. Upon reaching the Great Jungle though, the heroes noticed that Stealthbots and Robotnik's hovercraft were approaching. As such, the heroes fled together with the Terapods into the Great Jungle. Along the way, Sonic was caught around the leg by a vine that pulled him over a mud pool. Sally, Bunnie and Rotor tried to give Sonic some solid footing to land on by trying to push a tree trunk into the mud pool, but they moved away so that Momma T could do it for them, which in turn saved Sonic in time. During their subsequent journey however, the heroes were attacked by Stealthbots. Sally and her friends thus fled on the back of Momma T and Baby T, only for Robotnik to trap them inside a force-field. Fortunately, Sally and her friends managed to escape after Sonic made a hole in the force-field with a Power-Ring-empowered Super Spin. Escaping to the river, Sally outfitted Momma T with a translator so that they could ask for her advice. Using Momma T's knowledge of the Great Jungle, the heroes soon managed to lose Robotnik. Afterward, Sally collected a few seeds from the Scorch Plants, a type of plant that could destroy metal, so they could grow them in Knothole and use them against Robotnik. Soon after, the heroes arrived at Boulder Bay, making Sally realize that the Terapods were migrating in the right direction all along. Then, in order to make it easier for Tails to part with Baby T, Sally put her translator on Baby T, thus allowing the two friends to understand one another as they parted way.
Sally is smart, confident, deliberate, and mature with a meticulous and no-nonsense personality. She is likewise strong-minded, logical and focused, preferring to plan ahead of situations, while having a loving devotion to her people and friends. Her attitude stems from childhood due to a strict upbringing of learning etiquette, royal studies, and the family credo. Most of the time, she prides herself on her intellect and leadership skills. Whenever she feels stressed out, she consults Bunnie to balance her frustrations.
In spite of being a princess and proud of her title and heritage, Sally is very down-to-Earth and dislikes being treated any differently from the rest of her friends. She has a pride that rivals Sonic's on the field however, and can be ornery and easily flustered when conflicting with another. Ultimately though, she is only concerned for her team's well being and shows extra concern for Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sally's friendship with Sonic is a conflicting one since Sonic antagonizes Sally due to her "slowness" while she tries to improve his mannerisms. Sonic was often an endless source of neuroses for Sally, who could be very sardonic and confrontational with his opportunistic, rebellious attitude, which contrasts her extremely meticulous and no-nonsense personality.
Originally, this was sometimes played against her, leading her to self righteously rival Sonic's on-the-fly methods and sometimes cause problems in her bull-headedness about her planning. Over time, however, her personality is calmed a little, where she is usually portrayed as more level-headed and tactful than Sonic, and often required to bail him out when his recklessness gets him into trouble. Despite their constant bickering, however, they do best as a team.
In other media
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sally was named Sally Alicia Acorn. In this media, she was born during the Great War. She was raised as an only child to the "widower" King Maximillian Acorn and would not know the fate of her mother and older brother until years later. Sally was also raised and tutored by her royal mentor, Julayla Chipmunk, and royal nursemaid, Rosie Woodchuck.
After Dr. Ivo Robotnik's takeover, the young sally dedicated herself to the rescue of her father and kingdom. Inspired by the Original Freedom Fighters, Sally rallied her own band of friends and led them in raids against Robotropolis. Despite her youth, Sally showed an uncanny ability to lead, strategize, and hold her ragtag team of would-be heroes together. Late in the First Robotnik War, Sally discovered a mysterious handheld device. The A.I. running it identified itself as Nicole and would be Sally's mentor and friend after the passing of Julayla. As Sally lead the Freedom Fighters to victory in the battle against Dr. Robotnik, she regained her family but faced a great deal of personal hardship. Her life of guerrilla warfare conflicted with the formalities of royalty. Torn between the life she had and the one she thought she wanted, Sally's spirit was strained. The final blow came when her first love, Sonic the Hedgehog, appeared to give his life for Mobius and then return from the dead. At her most confused, she broke up with Sonic for a time to prevent further heartbreak for herself.
Eventually she recovered to her old self, chose her role as the team's field leader and repaired her damaged friendships. However, Sally barley skirted death after the first Genesis Wave. She used her second chance at life to sabotage the Death Egg Mark 2's World Roboticizer. Her sacrifice saved Mobius but turned her into one of Dr. Eggman's minions until the second Genesis Wave arrived.
After the Super Genesis Wave, Sally's history remained basically the same, although with subtle differences. After retaking Mobotropolis from Dr. Eggman after he seized power, Sally now leads the Freedom Fighters against the Eggman Empire.
- Sally's middle name is "Alicia".
- In the pilot episode of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally had pink fur with brown hair, much like her Archie Comics counterpart had in the early issues of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. In the following episodes, however, Sally was designed to have brown and tan fur and dark auburn hair. This design for Sally was eventually adapted into the comic books as well.
- In the English-language manual of Sonic the Hedgehog CD for the Sega CD, Amy Rose is credited as Princess Sally, in an attempt to support the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series (though the PC version and all later games called her Amy).
- Sally appears as a main character in Sonic Live in Sydney.
- Tiara of Sonic X-treme shares a similar appearance with Sally. Christian Senn claims that he did not intend for Tiara to look similar when he designed her.
- Interestingly, Sally's last name, Acorn, is never mentioned in the show itself, though is referred to in the show's bible.
- ↑ Hurst, Ben (19 November 1994). "Drood Henge". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 11. ABC.
- ↑ Sonic SatAM Early Prototype Designs. Tumblr. PENCIL HILL ZONE (19 June 2014). Retrieved on 20 April 2019.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hurst, Ben (1 October 1994). "Blast to the Past, Part 1". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 17. ABC.
- ↑ Hurst, Ben (8 October 1994). "Blast to the Past, Part 2". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 18. ABC.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Janson, Len (18 September 1993). "Sonic Boom". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 1. ABC.
- ↑ Janson, Len (11 December 1993). "Heads or Tails". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 13. ABC.
- ↑ Allee, Pat; Hurst, Ben (25 September 1993). "Sonic and Sally". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 2. ABC.
- ↑ Villaire, David (2 October 1993). "Ultra Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 3. ABC.
- ↑ Diamond, Janis (9 October 1993). "Sonic and the Secret Scrolls". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 4. ABC.
- ↑ Dennis, Jules (16 October 1993). "Super Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 5. ABC.
- ↑ Janson, Len (23 October 1993). "Sonic Racer". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 6. ABC.
- ↑ Rogel, Randy (30 October 1993). "Hooked on Sonics". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 7. ABC.
- ↑ Villaire, David (6 November 1993). "Harmonic Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 8. ABC.
- ↑ Santopadre, Frank (13 November 1993). "Sonic's Nightmare". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 9. ABC.
- ↑ Uitz, Matt (20 November 1993). "Warp Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 10. ABC.
- ↑ Slade, Barbara (27 November 1993). "Sub-Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 11. ABC.
- ↑ Kuch, Kayte; Scarborough, Sheryl (4 December 1993). "Sonic Past Cool". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 12. ABC.