Salty is a character from the Sonic Boom series that appears in the Sonic Boom franchise. He is an old anthropomorphic hippopotamus and an overconfident sailor with the self-proclaimed title of "captain of the ocean." On land, he works as a bouncer and doorman for hire.
Salty is a heavyset and burly anthropomorphic hippopotamus over a head taller than Knuckles and possesses a fairly round torso, long muzzle with two small nostril on top, flat teeth and a short tail. He has completely light blue skin, except around his muzzle which is darker due to stubbles, and has white mutton chops. For attire, he wears a black beret, a grey vest and fingerless gloves, and short umber shoes with white soles. On each arm, he also has a red mermaid tattoo.
In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Salty wore a black captain hat with a dark blue band, a red life-jacket, pink-colored fingering gloves, and a black bandage around his belly.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Salty was raised alongside his brother Pepper by their father to be sailors. When their father left them a nautical compass, Salty took it for himself, creating a hostile and large rift between them. From there, they would occasionally battle each other on the open sea. At some point, he sent Pepper to Crater Lake, but eventually forgot where he was.
Salty eventually acquired a residence at Cliff's Excavation Site where he kept his own personal boat, the Riptide, though it would not work since it lacked parts. There, he met Team Sonic, who needed a boat to reach the Pit. While Salty did not want to sell his Riptide, he would let them borrow it, if they could fix it. Team Sonic agreed to the deal and soon had the boat repaired. Keeping his promise, Salty wished the crew a safe journey.
Afterwards, Salty returned to Bygone Island where the looming threat from Lyric made him think about the important things in his life, including Pepper. Salty decided to make amends with his brother, but had no idea where he was. Fortunately, Salty met Team Sonic again when they came to the island, where he told them what he had been up to and asked them to help find Pepper, which Sonic agreed to. When Pepper returned, who had also decided to forget the past, the two brothers would reminisce about their mother until Team Sonic arrived. As a reward for their help, the brothers gave them a Power Glyph.
At some point, Salty took up the job as the bouncer for Justin Beaver and his producer, Dixon. Accompanying the duo, Salty denied Sonic, Tails and Knuckles an informal meeting with Dixon. When Salty met the trio later on though, they convinced him they were Justin's opening act, the Dreamboat Express. Salty thus allowed the group access backstage on two occasions. Salty would afterwards find work as a night club bouncer. During Knuckles' time as a celebrity, he let the famous echidna and his associates have the privilege of cutting in front of his night club's line.
Salty's next job saw him becoming a doorman for Meh Burger's secretive VIP room. He later became a guard/doorman at the "Muckfoot Museum" where his job was to safeguard Tails' photograph of Muckfoot. When Hedgehog Village then got overrun by malware-infected robots, Salty was inspired by Knuckles to help Team Sonic and the villagers fight the robots. Ultimately, the Village prevailed when the robots withdrew.
Salty soon started his own chain wallet business, only to get thrown in jail when the police thought he was the Bike Chain Bandit's associate. When Dreamboat Express joined him, Salty heard that they got arrested for the same reasons as him. Since Dreamboat Express could catch the bandit and clear their names, Salty distracted the jail guard while the band broke out and caught the bandit. When local gossip then revealed that Dr. Eggman was no doctor, Salty began seeing him as a joke. He thus joined the villagers in mocking Eggman during the scientist's next trip to the Village. Salty even dared to throw Eggman out of Meh Burger after a sick burn, although Eggman later got a real doctorate.
Salty is overly confident in his domain and does not care to take the opinions of others around him into consideration. His egocentric attitude is apparent, even though his words and actions are not always justified. He is also very stubborn and inflexible as it is either his way or the seaway to him. Salty is also not much for telling people about his past. He has also been known to hold long-held grudges, as demonstrated by his relationship with his brother, but he eventually realized after much reflection that those were pointless.
Salty is a gruff and dutiful worker. However, he is somewhat gullible, which makes it easy to trick him. Nonetheless, he is a helpful guy who will gladly lend his services to those who offer him help when he is in a pinch.
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For most of his life, Salty had an estranged relationship with his brother Pepper. When they were raised by their father, Salty never respected his brother. After Salty took their father's compass, their relationship was strained to the point where they would not speak with each other and had hostile confrontation.
When the danger of Lyric the Last Ancient was present, Salty reflected on his relationship with Pepper and came to realize that despite it all, Pepper was still an important and dear person to him. As such, he began to miss him a great deal and abandoned their feud to reconnect with him. Once he found Pepper, Salty reunited with his brother on good terms.
- "Are you looking for me, or Davy Jones locker. Arr-arr-arr. Thanks again for helping me out!"
- —Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
- Salty's first appearance in the TV series was in "Battle of the Boy Bands".
- The mermaid tattoos on Salty's arms bare a striking resemblance to Merna the Merhog from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
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