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Quotation1 The past few days have been so crazy and cool! I don't think I can go back to my old life! Quotation2
— Tangle the Lemur, Sonic the Hedgehog #12

Tangle the Lemur[5] is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. She is an anthropomorphic ring-tailed lemur from Spiral Hill Village and a heroic ally of Sonic the Hedgehog. She first became acquainted with Sonic and his friends during the fallout after the Resistance-Eggman Empire war, when she sprang into action to defend her village from one of the Badnik hordes terrorising villages across the world.

Concept and creation

Tangle came about when the staff at IDW Publishing wanted a kick-butt female Sonic character who could accompany Sonic on his adventures. Since none of the main female Sonic characters were able to fit that occupation, Tangle, who would be able to easily go on Sonic's adventures and look cool while doing it, was conceptualized.[6]

Before even being given a name, IDW wanted Tangle "to be like a lot of other great Sonic characters and have a special ability tied to one of her features."[7] She was ultimately inspired by the prototype Sonic design. One of the concepts for Sonic was a rabbit that could use his ears to pick up and throw objects.[6] After brainstorming for animals who could do cool stuff with their features such as bendy rabbit ears and anteater type noses,[8] the staff decided on a ring-tailed lemur, whose tail could prove a very versatile weapon. Finally, she was given the name "Tangle" as a reference to how she likes to "tangle" with bad guys.[7]

Appearance

Tangle is an anthropomorphic ring-tailed lemur with primarily white fur and purple eyes. She possesses a small black nose and a long bushy tail with gray stripes. She also has gray fur around her muzzle and between her eyes, and dark gray fur around the sides of her eyes and on her round ears. She also has extra fur on top of her head and chest, and small cheek tufts.

Tangle wears a short-sleeved black bodysuit with orange stripes down the sides, a yellow sleeveless top, and detailed yellow hi-tops with white laces and soles, black details, and orange cuffs. She also wears yellow sportstape around her wrists and fingerless black gloves with orange backings.

History

Past

Tangle has been a resident of Spiral Hill Village for years. She grew up with Jewel, who became her best friend. Jewel would constantly look out for Tangle, as she had a tendency to run into danger head first. Over the years, Tangle would find several items during her adventures, which Jewel used to curate the Mineral Museum.[9] Tangle is also a regular customer of Spiral Hill Village's salon as she usually buys their brushes to keep her tail neat.[9]

After the Eggman War between the Eggman Empire and the Resistance ended, Tangle would defend her home village by fending off the raids committed by Dr. Eggman's directionless Badniks.[10]

Fallout

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Tangle and Sonic fighting Badniks together, from Sonic the Hedgehog #4.

While dealing with a large and much more organized Badnik attack on her village, Tangle met Sonic the Hedgehog when he came to help save her village. While fighting Badniks together with Sonic, Tangle heard from Sonic that the Badnik gangs had become more organized as of late. No sooner, the two got cornered by multiple Badniks. Fortunately, Blaze soon showed up and joined the fray. After the Badniks had been dealt with, Sonic introduced Tangle to Blaze, whom she thanked for her aid. Upon hearing from Blaze that she had come to Sonic's world to prevent some kind of "terrible event" however, Tangle brought up the possibility that the recent organized Badniks could be a sign that something worse was on the way. After Blaze decided to stay until she knew what her purpose here was, she offered to help Tangle quell the fires in her village. Amazed by Blaze, Tangle accepted her help and thanked Sonic for his help before he left village.[10]

Battle For Angel Island

Eventually, Tangle was called to Resistance HQ. There, she and the Resistance's other allies were informed that the Resistance needed their help to liberate Angel Island, which had been conquered by Neo Metal Sonic and turned into a flying fortress. To make matters worse, Neo had also secured the Master Emerald for himself on the island. During the meeting, Tangle became a little lost when the others began talking about Burning Blaze, but understood (with amazement) after Blaze gave a brief explanation (and demonstration). Eventually, Tangle was assigned to help two of the assembled group's factions with breaking the Egg Fleet's control over Angel Island while Sonic and Knuckles confronted Neo.[11]

On the way to Angel Island, Tangle spent the time playing card while messing with Silver. As soon as their ship approached Angel Island however, the Egg Fleet shot it down. Fortunately, Tangle and her allies got off the ship before it crashed. Landing then on Angel Island, Tangle and Whisper were assigned to protect Tails while the fox cub did his thing. Soon after, Tangle was busy busting up Egg Pawns.[11] Tangle later tried turning one of the Egg Fleet's cannons against the other vessels. Thanks to cover provided by Whisper, she succeeded. Later, while the last wing unit on Angel Island's shoreline was being blown off by an Egg Fleet battleship that Tails had hijacked, Tangle grabbed Vector with her tail when the crocodile was about to fall over the edge while yelling playfully at Tails to be careful. She subsequently took herself and Vector onboard the battleship that Tails had secured.[12]

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Tangle and Blaze destroying one of Master Overlord's wings, from Sonic the Hedgehog #11.

Tangle and Amy soon after found Blaze hovering above Angel Island when the island began to fall and got her onboard the battleship. When Neo Metal Sonic―in his new Master Emerald-induced transformation, Master Overlord―then approached the battleship, the crew was instructed by Knuckles to force the robot overlord towards Angel Island while he focused on retrieving the Master Emerald from him. With an opening provided by Sonic, Tangle and her friends joined the fray and followed Knuckles' instructions. During the battle, Tangle got shaken off Master Overlord, but was rescued by Silver with his psychokinesis. Knuckles subsequently got the Master Emerald away from Master Overlord and brought it back to Angel Island, returning the island to the sky while Master Overlord powered down to normal. With the battle over, Tangle was brought down on Angel Island. Much to her excitement, she was told by Amy that this adventure was nothing new to them.[13]

As everyone got ready to leave the island, Tangle found friendship with Whisper. When Sonic came by to talk to them, Tangle told him that she felt that she was not ready to return to her old life as her new one had become so crazy and exciting. After this, Tangle urged Whisper to tell Sonic the joke about a toaster she had told her. Whisper instead shyly put her mask scope back on, leaving Tangle to wonder if this was due to something she said. Sonic then left them, telling Tangle to give Whisper some space.[14]

Bonds of Friendship

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Tangle introducing Jewel and Whisper to each other, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019.

Whisper later came to Spiral Hill Village to visit Tangle, which pleased her very much. Tangle gave Whisper a tour of the village, including places like the salon and the bakery, where Tangle bought and ate a croissant. Tangle then brought Whisper to the Mineral Museum to meet Jewel. Tangle subsequently bursted through the doors, startling Jewel. Tangle then introduced Whisper and Jewel to each other, telling Whisper that she and Jewel grew up together. Jewel also explained to Whisper that Tangle collected many items during her adventures which Jewel used to curate her museum. Soon though, the sky started to go dark outside, which upset Tangle as she did not think it would rain that day. Whisper immediately after pulled out her Variable Wispon as she had heard a scream come from outside. A moment afterward, the Babylon Rogues broke into the museum and began stealing everything. After Storm accidentally kidnapped Jewel however, Tangle and Whisper began pursuing the Babylon Rogues after they retreated to their blimp. Through collaborative efforts, Tangle and Whisper managed to get onboard the Babylon Rogues' blimp. There, they confronted the Babylon Rogues and demanded Jewel to be handed over. As Jet and Wave argued over how to deal with their hostage situation though, Tangle secretly took their stolen loot back. When Storm then ended up throwing Jewel out of the blimp, Tangle stopped the Babylon Rogues from interfering any further as she and Whisper had it under control. She also threatened to poach the birds if they dared to cause trouble with her town or friends again. With that, Tangle leapt out of the blimp with the stolen goods. Catching an injured Jewel and Whisper on the way down, Tangle and Jewel were saved by Whisper, who used her Variable Wispon's Hover Mode to gently lower them all down. Afterward, Tangle helped her friends restore the Mineral Museum and its exhibits. There, after dismissing Jewel's thanks for saving her and her livelihood, Tangle thanked Whisper for her aid and fist bumped with her.[9]

Sonic Fan Club

Tangle later appeared at the first meeting of the Sonic Fan Club, whose members were busy fighting an Egg Pawn. After telling the kids that they should have a Tangle Fan Club instead, Tangle began hitting the Egg Pawn with her tail and began to tangle it up. However, she got tangled up in her own tail. Afterward, the members of the Sonic Fan Club told her that Sonic had come by and destroyed Egg Pawn while she was busy.[15]

Infection

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Tangle offering Sonic and Tails help, from Sonic the Hedgehog #16.

Tangle eventually traveled to Tails' Workshop to tell her friends about her latest adventure. Upon arriving there, however, she found Tails conducting tests on Sonic. Asking her friends about what was going on, Sonic explained what Dr. Eggman had been doing since after the Eggman War, and that the doctor was now back with some kind of Metal Virus that turns people into Zombots. Hearing that Sonic had been infected with that virus as well, Tangle got worried about Sonic, but Sonic explained that he had seemingly cured himself with his speed. Tangle then began telling Sonic and Tails about what she had been up to when Tails suggested warning everyone about the Zombots in order to avoid attacks like those on Spiral Hill Village. Afterward, Tangle asked what the heroes' next course of action was. As Tails explained that they had found schematics on a battleship Eggman was making to distribute the Metal Virus with, Tangle realized they were planning to find that ship. Tangle then tried to high-five Sonic, but Sonic withdrew before Tangle could touch him, as he had noticed that his infection had resurfaced. Sonic then took off to find Eggman's battleship before Tails could conduct more tests on him, but Tangle assured Tails that he would be able to find a cure.[16]

Tangle & Whisper

One day, Tangle began recklessly swinging out in the streets of Spiral Hill Village. Jewel arrived on the scene and asked for Tangle to stop before she ran into someone, but Tangle refused as she knew the streets well enough not to. However, Jewel was right in her guess as Tangle soon crashed into Ron's chili dog cart. The duo then ordered chili dogs and returned to Jewel's museum. There, Jewel mocked Tangle for running into a stationary object and asked why she had been so restless lately. Tangle told her that the reason for that was because after fighting against robot invasions and meeting Sonic and his friends, she no longer wanted to return to her boring life in Spiral Hill Village. Jewel asked her what was stopping her from finding adventures on her own, to which Tangle replied that she did not wish to have Dr. Eggman's Badniks attack the village again. She also stated that she would feel lonely without Jewel by her side. Soon though, the duo heard a crash from outside. Jewel immediately cowered behind her desk, worrying that the Babylon Rogues had returned. Tangle, however, told Jewel to hide while she checked the situation out. Tangle then opened the door to see Sonic running away from someone firing at him. Tangle jumped out to help her friend, only to see that it was Whisper who was attacking the hedgehog.[17]

Personality

Heroic and just as fearless as Sonic the Hedgehog, Tangle is scrappy and loves to tangle with bad guys.[7][18] Not intimidated by danger in the slightest, she has a thirst for adventure and excitement, which makes her reckless and prone to jump head-first into danger without a care in the world.[9][17] As such, she is capable of heading into mortal peril and face deadly odds, all while wearing a smile on her face and having the time of her life.[11][12] However, she can be somewhat careless in battle, like using her tail in a way that gets it injured and focusing more on cheering than watching out for enemies.[10]

Tangle is loud and excitable, but also friendly, polite, helpful and open. While having seen and overcome her own fair share of challenges in the form of Badniks, she is a novice hero, and has thus seen little of the more outlandish subjects that exist out there, like a pyrokinetic princess from another dimension who guards fiery Emeralds. While such signs tend to leave her speechless, she is nonetheless quick to be amazed by them.[10] Whenever she sees or reflects on something exciting, she tends to get starry-eyed.[13][17]

Tangle also has a bit of a mischievous side to her. When she played cards with Silver, she would deliberately try to mess with him while using her tail to peek at his cards.[11]

Powers and abilities

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Tangle using her tail in battle, from Sonic the Hedgehog #4.

Tangle's main draw is a highly prehensile tail that she can use and manipulate in various ways as if it was a third arm. In practice, her tail can whip, snap, grip, curl, and even make a hand to form a fist with.[7][18] In addition, her tail can extend and contract at will, thus allowing her to wield it as a rope, a bungee cord, a slingshot, or even a pully for herself.[10] By curling it up like a coil, Tangle can also use her tail like a spring to bounce around.[9] Her tail also has enough strength to dent Badnik armor with a single strike.[10]

Physically, Tangle is very fit and agile, possessing the same level of athleticism as Sonic the Hedgehog.[18]

Relationships

Jewel

Tangle and Jewel have been best friends since their childhood. Jewel would always be there to look out for Tangle and make sure she did not fall into perilous danger. Tangle has become very grateful for Jewel's friendship as she feels lonely without her.[9][17]

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sonic and Tangle facing numerous Egg Pawns, from Sonic the Hedgehog #4.

Tangle has been described as a "kindred spirit" to Sonic the Hedgehog,[18] namely their skill and enjoyment in battling Badniks, as well as the confidence they share in doing so. Even after meeting for the first time, the two were able to synchronize with each other in their battle against multiple Badniks, including battling together with Blaze the Cat, who Tangle had also just met during said battle. Although their personalities seem to differ slightly, their enjoyment in fighting is something that they share together.

Blaze the Cat

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Tangle thanking Blaze, from Sonic the Hedgehog #4.

Tangle seems to look up to and admire Blaze the Cat, as she finds her abilities and status as a princess amazing.[10] Just like with Sonic, Tangle was able to fight together with Blaze, despite their personalities being a bit different. Tangle showed gratitude to Blaze for helping save her town, and when Blaze offered to help calm the many flames in Tangle's hometown, Tangle was very appreciative.

Friends/allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • Tangle is the first identified character exclusive to the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series that was revealed to the public, and the first not to appear in the Archie Comics.
  • Tangle was first teased as an obscured silhouette in an artwork on Facebook that featured her and Sonic. This image was first revealed five days prior to the release of the first four issues' solicitations for the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. The image was updated regularly to show more of the silhouette, up until her unveiling on 24 January 2018.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ian Flynn on Twitter. Twitter (24 January 2018). Retrieved on 27 January 2018. “Alexander Soerensen: Who designed Tangle? / Ian Flynn: @tyson_hesse took my vague ideas and made magic happen.”
  2. Ian Flynn on Twitter. Twitter (24 April 2018). Retrieved on 25 April 2018. “ Mlick: While sketching her, a question came to mind. @IanFlynnBKC May i ask, how old is Tangle? / Ian Flynn: 15yo like Sonic”
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 IDW Publishing on Twitter. Twitter. IDW Publishing (21 June 2019). Retrieved on 22 June 2019.
  4. Schoepfer, Nich (1 May 2018). BumbleKast #67: Does Tangle like to "Move it! Move it!"?!?. Sonic Source. Retrieved on 25 July 2018. “Ian Flynn: Her favorite food is strawberries.”
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #9, Roll Call
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thurmond, Joey (15 February 2018). Writer Ian Flynn Discusses Giving The Sonic Comic Series A Fresh Start. Gameinformer. Retrieved on 16 February 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Yehl, Joshua (24 January 2018). Sonic the Hedgehog's Newest Ally Is Tangle the Ring-tailed Lemur. IGN. Retrieved on 24 January 2018.
  8. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified.. Facebook (19 April 2019). Retrieved on 19 April 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Bonds of Friendship"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout Part 4"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 1"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 2"
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 3"
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Sonic Fan Club"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0, "Tangle & Whisper Exclusive Preview!"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 McDonell, Jeffrey (24 January 2018). IDW Publishing’s New Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Premieres in April. Gamnesia. Retrieved on 26 January 2018.

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