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Tails' Lab, also known as Tails' Workshop or Tails' House, is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is Miles "Tails" Prower's basic operating location which he uses to construct his inventions. It also functions as his second home, where he usually can be found hard at work. In most games, the workshop's main purpose is to store the Tornado, a plane owned by Sonic but typically piloted and maintained by Tails.

Game appearances

Tails Adventure

Tails' house as seen in ending of Tails Adventure.

The first time Tails had an operating location is in Tails Adventure, where it is named Tails' House (テイルスハウス Teirusu Hausu?). It serves as Tails' base and home on the south shore of Cocoa Island. The Japanese instruction manual states the game taking place before Tails met Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as the house could be his temporal living place. However, the English instruction manual has its own variation, stating the game taking place after Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and describing Tails being on vacation at the his favorite holiday spot (dubbing it "Tails Island"). It is a small house with a hammock being set on the yard. The house has two main rooms for different purposes.

During Tails Adventure, Tails' house operates as a hub for swapping equipment and other mundane affairs, but not as a full playable stage. There also is the research lab where the Sea Fox is stored and is the place where the player can equip it.

Sonic the Fighters

Tails' lab as it is depicted in the intro of Sonic the Fighters.

The second, different operating lab is only seen at the intro demo and preclude scene of the Death Egg II fights in Sonic the Fighters, where it is located on the beach of an undisclosed tropical island. It is large grey house with yellow roof with large satellite dish on it, which can be utilized to get signals from the space. It has the large door of round shaped Tails' double-tail symbol on it. The Tornado is seen parked right next to the lab. The front yard has round launch area.

The inside of the lab is actually a large storage area and launchpad for the Lunar Fox. There are seen boxes and large computer table connected to the satellite on the roof. The upper layer leads to the cockpit of Lunar Fox. In the game, Sonic and Tails notices the terror of Death Egg II and tries to get eight Chaos Emeralds to power source of Lunar Fox. After for doing that, Lunar Fox is then moved to the outside to the round launch state and thus launched to the Death Egg II.

Sonic Adventure

Tails' Workshop initializing the airfield in Sonic Adventure.

A similar workshop owned by Tails is seen in Sonic Adventure, this time located at the Mystic Ruins, close to the Angel Island (which is located in the air before landing) and a wooden train station tower, that leads to Station Square. It is very similar to the one from Sonic the Fighters with the exception of it its size and having a separate small apartment on the top. It is seen that the workshop is powered with hydro power, as the generator is rotating next to the workshop. The player is only able to go to the small hall, where the first Tornado is always parked.

During the game, Sonic and Tails have to collect a crystal item on a small staircase of the workshop's door to access Windy Valley. As Eggman gets away with the Egg Carrier, after getting the fourth Chaos Emerald, Tails engages the airfield on the peninsula to launch the Tornado into the air. The small walking path disappears and the palm trees get moved horizontally while the airfield rises from below. After Sky Chase becomes a failure with the Tornado getting destroyed and the duo becoming separated, Tails got another Chaos Emerald, proceeding to build another Tornado at the workshop. Tails uses a separate launch tunnel for this new Tornado. It is located underground, leading out from beneath the waterfall near the workshop.

Sonic Battle

External view of Tails' Lab, from Sonic Battle.

In Sonic Battle, Tails' Workshop is separate from Tails' House, although both are located in Emerald Town. The lab contains a battle arena and a training area, as well as computers which fail in analyzing Emerl.

Tails' Workshop appears in Sonic Battle as his battle area when Emerl is chosen to train with him in the story mode. It also has a unique Virtual Training mode to truly test the Gizoid's abilities. The arena is almost entirely open, with only a few cylinders in the corners.

Sonic Rush

Tails' Workshop in Sonic Rush.

Tails' Workshop is seen briefly in Sonic Rush, where it is located to the west of Water Palace in Sonic's story. In this game it cannot be accessed. Based on its icon, the workshop has a similar appearance to the lab which appeared in Sonic Adventure.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Tails' Workshop in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.

Tails' Workshop is also seen in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood as it functions as the team's base for the first 4 chapters. In the north area of Central City, it serves as a hangar for the Tornado.

In the game, the workshop serves as the team's first stronghold. Here, it serves as a rest stop so that the team can rest and fully replenish their HP and PP after a battle and allows the player to select their party's characters upon leaving. In the game, there are other strongholds that also serve this purpose.

Sonic Lost World

Tails' Lab on Sonic Lost World.

Tails' Lab reappears in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World to the left of Windy Hill on the World Map. After Sonic collects enough Materials from the Zones, Tails can build items and RC vehicles that can be used in-game. The Lab also allows the player to change the game's settings, listen to music (during which Tails will subtly dance to whatever's playing), re-watch cutscenes, and play in the various multiplayer modes.

Tails' Lab can be upgraded through the use of Material up to four times. Each upgrade adds additional decorations to the interior and also unlocks more RC vehicles. Once the lab reaches Level three, RC vehicles can be sent to the Wii U version of the game, to be controlled by a second player. In the Wii U version, the RC vehicles can assist Sonic in co-op mode by collecting Rings and other items while he progresses through the stage.

In other media

Animation

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Tails' lab is the welling place of Sonic and Tails on one of the floating islands at Land of the Sky. The island has ruins of a crashed Boeing 747 and USS Enterprise, that has a workshop inside, where Tails works. It is seen to have a satellite to collect radio signals.

Sonic X

Main article: Tails' Workshop (Sonic X)

Tails' Lab, from "A Chaotic Day".

In the anime series Sonic X, Tails established his own workshop at Mystic Ruins after the second Chaos Control occurred. Later, the workshop was sent to Sonic's world. After defeating the Metarex, Tails kept the pot in which the seed left behind by Cosmo grew from in his workshop.

Sonic Boom

Tails' Workshop, from the Sonic Boom television series.

In the Sonic Boom franchise, Tails has his own workshop located on Seaside Island, right next to his home. It looks like a huge tool shed. Inside it, Tails stores his various inventions, as well as his plane. The workshop is also equipped with a special defense system for dealing with uninvited guests.

In Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Tails's Workshop is one of the locations on Seaside Coast's world map. The player assemble Blueprints here to unlock new upgrades. Similarly, in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, in Tails' Workshop, the player can help Knuckles assemble Trading Cards in order to unlock new tracks on Thunder Island.

Comics

Archie Comics

Tails' workshop on Cocoa Island, from Sonic Universe #17.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Tails' workshop on Cocoa Island appeared. After discovering Cocoa Island, Tails dealt with Sonic's year-long absence by building his workshop on the island, amongst other things. Tails later returned to his workshop when he took Antoine and Bunnie on their honeymoon to Cocoa Island. There, he built T-Pup before the Battle Bird Armada attacked. After dealing with the armada, Tails and allies would celebrate in the workshop.[1][2][3][4]

IDW Publishing

Tails' Workshop, from Sonic the Hedgehog #16.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Tails has two locations where he does his tinkering. The first one is a workshop similar to the one from Sonic Adventure. Tails mainly works with the creation of his inventions here. During the Metal Virus pandemic, Sonic came to the workshop after he was infected with the Metal Virus, which Tails would research. Much later, Omega was brought to Tails' Workshop to be repaired by Tails.

In addition to his workshop, Tails also has a laboratory in Central City for more complex operations. This one looks like his home from Emerald Town in Sonic Battle. In this laboratory there are, among other things, a supercomputer and the Cyclone. During the Metal Virus pandemic, Tails infiltrated his lab while trying to find a cure for the Metal Virus, but the Zombots cut him off and forced him to flee. Later, Tails visited his lab again to prepare the Zeti Zappers and the Zeti Launcher.

See also

Trivia

  • In Tails' Workshop in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, by the window there is a pot with a sprout inside it. It is possible that this is a reference to the seed Sonic found when Cosmo sacrificed herself in the anime series Sonic X.
    • In artwork for Sonic Channel in 2021, in the background of Tails' lab is a similar pot with a sprout inside it.
  • The music that plays here in Sonic Battle is remixed for Route 99 in Sonic Advance 3.

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References

  1. Sonic Universe #17, "Trouble in Paradise Part One: No Rest for the Weary"
  2. Sonic Universe #18, "Trouble in Paradise Part Two: The Honeymoon's Over"
  3. Sonic Universe #19, "Trouble in Paradise Part 3: Undercover"
  4. Sonic Universe #20, "Trouble in Paradise: Stuff of Heroes"
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