Tikal (ティカル Tikaru?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is an anthropomorphic echidna spirit and a former member of the Knuckles Clan who resided in the Mystic Ruins 3,000 years ago. She is also the daughter of Chief Pachacamac.
In her youth, Tikal lived in a period of war where she opposed her father's warmongering ways. During this time, she befriended the local Chao and their guardian, Chaos. When Chaos went on a destructive rampage after her father attempted to steal the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald, Tikal stopped Chaos by sealing it inside the Master Emerald with her own spirit. In the present era, Tikal was released when Dr. Eggman planned to use Chaos to take over the world, where she aided Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies. After Chaos was calmed, Tikal left with it to live in peace.
Concept and creation
Tikal is named after a ruined Mayan city in Guatemala whose name means "Place of Voices". Her father, Pachacamac, shares the name of both an Inca solar deity and a city of the Inca Empire, located near Lima, Peru. In addition to this, the pyramid in the Mystic Ruins, an adventure field in Sonic Adventure, resembles the one in the city of Tikal, and the Lost World level retains aspects of Maya ruins, such as the rotating snake and the jade. Tikal's attire is also derived from the Mayan civilization.
Tikal was once an peach-orange-furred anthropomorphic echidna girl with a peach muzzle, a small black nose, cobalt-blue eyes, dreadlock-like spines around the sides and back of her head and a medium-sized, tri-crooked tail. During those years, she wore a tank top-like garment which revealed her midriff and the traditional tribal skirt with beige, green, and red triangular patterns. As a sign of her lineage, she wore a golden armlet on her right arm, a golden necklace and a tiara-like band atop her forehead, both of which were decorated with triangles and a light blue jewel in the center. Her white gloves were adorned with thick, cobalt-blue bracelets around her wrists, and she wore white-strapped sandals. Her dreadlocks and left arm were also wrapped with similar white bandages.
In her spiritual form, she appeared either as a bright pink orb of light which hovered in the air, or as a full-bodied apparition resembling her once-physical self.
Tikal was born over 3,000 years ago as the only daughter to Pachacamac, a member of the family leading the Knuckles Clan. With her mother passing away after her birth, Tikal was raised by her peace-loving grandmother, the chief of her clan, who was knowledgeable in their clan's legends surrounding the Chao, the Master Emerald and the Chaos Emeralds. Under her tutorage, Grandma passed all her teachings, including an old mantra, and pacifistic beliefs onto Tikal. In turn, Tikal loved her grandmother dearly and cherished everything she was taught, making her a peace-loving pacifist, and she would often contemplate her teachings. After Grandma passed away, Tikal's father took over and directed their clan into a series of violent conquests of the neighboring countries. Standing by her grandmother's ideology, Tikal opposed her father's ways. However, Tikal held onto the hope that they would one day understand each other.
One day during the period of war, Tikal was at the Altar of Emerald where she discovered the Chao. While her presence frightened the Chao at first, Tikal quickly gained their trust with her gentle nature. This garnered the attention of the Chao's guardian, Chaos, who revealed himself to Tikal. Chaos initially startled and frightened Tikal, but she soon realized its gentle nature and its duty to watch over the Emeralds and the Chao at the altar. Over time, Tikal befriended Chaos and the Chao, as she would spend most of her time near the altar. Eventually, Tikal was allowed entrance to the inner altar by Chaos, having earned the guardian's trust. There, she saw the Chaos Emeralds and discovered the Master Emerald, where she had the revelation about how the Master Emerald controlled the Chaos Emeralds after understanding her grandmother's mantra.
Tikal soon after learned that her father planned to raid the altar and steal its Emeralds to gain the power to destroy the enemies threatening their survival. Appalled by the idea and the death it would cause, Tikal begged her father not to do this, insisting that plundering and killing was the wrong way to peace, but to no avail. Tikal returned to the altar to warn Chaos and beseeched it to take the Chao to safety, but neither it nor the Chao could leave the altar. Tikal thus promised to talk to her father again and assured the Chao she would not fail them.
Despite Tikal's attempts, Pachacamac lead his warriors in a brutal attack on the altar. Amidst the attack, Tikal and the Chao blocked Pachacamac's path to the Emeralds, where Tikal refused to move and begged them to stop. Knowing her people would never get enough, she tried to reason to them that greed were the enemy. However, Tikal's words were ignored and she was knocked unconscious as Pachacamac and his men trampled over her to storm the altar.
When Tikal came to, she saw the horrible destruction that had befallen the area; when Pachacamac and his men attacked, they angered Chaos, who used the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds to become Perfect Chaos and start a rampage where it had killed Pachacamac, his men and nearly the entire Knuckles Clan. Realizing that Chaos was now blind with rage and would not stop its rampage until it had destroyed the world, Tikal turned to the Master Emerald's aid and recited her grandmother's mantra, pleading the gem to stop Chaos. Using her spirit as a catalyst, Tikal sacrificed her body to strip Chaos of its power and seal it away within Master Emerald with her own spirit.
Over the millennia, Tikal's spirit coexisted inside the Master Emerald with Chaos, until it was shattered by Dr. Eggman, who sought to use Chaos to conquer the world. Tikal assumed a spirit form upon her release. Realizing Chaos would resume destroying the world once it got all the Chaos Emeralds, Tikal sought out others who could stand up to Eggman and hear her warning and cry for help.
She eventually found six heroes―Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big and Gamma―whom she appeared before in spirit form to assist them and bestow visions of the past to show the cataclysm threatening them. To Knuckles, she showed the result of her failures to persuade Pachacamac and Chaos; to Tails, she shared her ancient prayer; to Gamma she confined her worries about the Chao; to Amy, she showed her meeting with the Chao and Chaos; to Big, she showed the importance of the Emeralds; and to Sonic, she showed the fall of her clan.
Despite Tikal's best attempts, Chaos became Perfect Chaos again and began destroying Station Square. There, Tikal appeared before Sonic in physical form and told him about Chaos' sadness and anger. As Perfect Chaos then released the Chaos Emeralds, having drained them of their negative energy, Tikal pleaded Sonic to seal Chaos away in the Master Emerald again to prevent the destruction of the world, but Sonic refused as Chaos' anger would never vanish like that and that it would just be trapped forever. Sonic's friends then arrived with the rest of the Chaos Emeralds and Sonic used their positive energies to transform into Super Sonic and defeat Perfect Chaos, neutralizing its anger in the process. Tikal then showed Chaos that the Chao it had protected were still alive and were cared for. Thanking Sonic and his friends for their help, Tikal disappeared with Chaos to live their lives in peace. Though their whereabouts are unknown, it is presumed that Tikal and Chaos are still watching over the Chao.
Other game appearances
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tikal appears as an unlockable character for the games' multiplayer mode. To acquire her, the player has to complete all of Knuckles the Echidna's missions with an A-Rank. She is then available to play in 2-player in the Hunting mode as well as in Kart Racing. In Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, she is unlocked from the start for Hunting stages. Sonic Adventure 2 reuses several quotes from the previous game, rather than recording new lines for Tikal.
Sonic Advance series
In Sonic Advance, Tikal appears in the Tiny Chao Garden mini-game that is playable by combining the game with Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. This game involves Tikal giving Sonic tips on where to find a specific Chao for Cheese.
Sonic Advance 2
In Sonic Advance 2, Tikal once again appears in the Tiny Chao Garden mini-game that is playable by combining the game with Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. This game involves Tikal giving Sonic tips on where to find a specific Chao for Cheese.
Sonic Pinball Party
Sonic Rivals series
In Sonic Rivals, Tikal appears on the 43rd collectible card in the game.
Sonic Rivals 2
In Sonic Rivals 2, Tikal appears on the 24th and 136th collectible card in the game. The first card can be earned by winning a Knock Out match without getting knocked out, and the second can be earned by finding all the Chao in Neon Palace Zone Act 3.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tikal appears as a collectible Sticker:
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|Tikal (Sonic Adventure Director's Cut)||275||688||Flame||Attack +9||Sonic|
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Tikal does not appear in person. However, a Mii costume based on her can be unlocked in the game by placing first 100 times in the various London Party Bonus Games, after which Cream will send the player the costume in the mail.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Tikal does not appear in person. However, a Mii costume based on Tikal can be unlocked in the game. Tikal's name is also mentioned on a Chao in Space advertisement on Speed Highway during the Roller Coaster Bobsleigh event.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
In the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Tikal does not appear in person. However, a Mii costume set based on Tikal can be unlocked in the game. However, it must be collected in two separate parts, each with their own stat changes.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Tikal does not appear in person. However, she is mentioned, along with Chaos and Pachacamac, several times by the characters in the game, as the events of the game centers around the history of the echidnas. Additionally, information about Tikal can be read in the game's codex. Although due to the Ken Penders lawsuit, the validity of said information about Tikal in this game is uncertain.
Sonic and the Black Knight
In Sonic and the Black Knight, even though Tikal is not mentioned in the game, Tikal is one of the default names that can be chosen when creating a new save file.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
||A former member of the Knuckles clan, Tikal is a kind and fair-minded echidna spirit who has a special bond with Chaos.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, Tikal is one of the playable characters who was added to the game's roster in the version 2.18.0 update. She has the following gameplay characteristics:
|Chao Guardians||Chao Chase||Captive Light|
Being raised under her grandmother's teachings, and having inherited her mother's positive nature, Tikal is a gentle, fair-minded and kind-hearted pacifist with a peaceful temperament. She severely opposes greed, violence, brutality and fighting, and wishes for everything to be in peace, harmony and tranquility. She is very devout to her teaching, never once resorting to needless violence, and will try to resolve conflicts by trying to sway people away from their destructive paths peacefully. While she abhors fighting though, Tikal is also a strong defender of peace and is not above helping others fight to protect the world and its people. She is as well a proud warrior of her tribe, implying she will fight herself when necessary, but only for the right reasons.
Tikal is very caring, empathetic and compassionate about the people around her, being willing to put her own well-being on the line to keep needless harm from befalling the innocent, and is beloved by all. She is similarly very non-discriminatory, never treating anyone with prejudice, and is good at making friends with peaceful creatures; though she was frightened by Chaos at first, she found a way to befriend the foreign creature. Also, even when her entire warlike clan disapproved of her ideals, Tikal loved her people deeply and tried to talk them out of their violent ways and find a way for them to come to an agreement. When she failed to stop her clan's destruction, Tikal became determined to never let anyone relive such a tragedy. Also, despite Chaos' corruption and slaughtering of her clan, she still considered it her friend, showing a deep care and loyalty towards her friends.
While Tikal only wants everyone to live in peace, she tends to have moments of oversight while trying to achieve it. She often chooses the quickest path that will restore immediate peace, rather than what might restore harmony and be for the greater good of everyone involved. Still, Tikal is well-meaning in her intentions and she is quick to forgive and forget.
Powers and abilities
Despite her pacifism, Tikal is a trained warrior of the Knuckles Clan, meaning she possesses combat skills befitting her tribe. She is also noted to be very quick on her feet, surpassing the running speed of Knuckles and Rouge. In addition, she can climb, glide, and burrow.
Tikal is one of the few known people who is able to access and utilize the powers of the Master Emerald on her own by using the mantra of her grandmother, allowing her to harness its various abilities. She is also the only known person so far who is able to understand Chaos' language.
After she transcended into a spirit, Tikal gained a variety of mysterious spiritual powers. These powers include assuming the discorporate form of a floating and glowing orb, which can move very fast, and even spiritually assume her physical form if need be. She can also levitate and teleport herself and others, and harness her spiritual power for special attacks, such as creating earthquakes, lightning bolts, and flashes of light to blind opponents.
A prominent spiritual power of Tikal's is the ability to temporarily transport people's minds back in time. During these "visions", people can physically interact with their surroundings in the past and even bring things from there back to the present, such as when Tails brought back the Rhythm Badge. While people's minds are visiting the past, their bodies enter a trance-like state and can even move on their own accord until their minds return.[note 1]
By harnessing different variants of Hyper-go-on from Wisps, Tikal can use specific Color Powers to transform into a certain form, such as a drill, a laser or even a planet, each one possessing its own unique abilities. So far, Tikal has been able to transform into the Cyan Laser, Yellow Drill and Indigo Asteroid. However, these transformations require a steady supply of Hyper-go-on to be maintained.
Tikal's weakness is that she is not as physically strong as some of the characters, as shown in most media. In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, she throws short punches and cannot sense Emerald Shards as well as the other treasure hunters.
Tikal's pacifism also makes her reluctant to use violence, even when she is threatened. She made no attempt to defend herself against Pachacamac's men.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
In the Sonic the Comic comic book series, Tikal was the daughter of Pochacamac and a member of the Ancient Echidnas that fought a war against the Drakon Empire for control of the Chaos Emeralds 8,000 years ago. Fearing the danger, Tikal transported Sonic to her time to help battle the Drakon. However, when Sonic was about to be killed by Chaos, Pochacamac was forced to send him home.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Tikal was the member of the Knuckles Clan, a warrior caste of a group of echidna colonists from Albion. They settled in Soumerca, where she and the Knuckles Clan remained behind and entered a territorial war against the Felidae and the Nocturnus Clan. There, Tikal befriended Chaos and the local Chao. When Chaos went on a rampage following her father's attempt to steal the Chaos Emeralds, Tikal sealed herself with Chaos inside the Ancient Onyx to stop Chaos. Several hundred years later, Tikal was freed by Dr. Eggman where she aided the heroes in stopping Chaos for good. After that, Tikal returned with Chaos to their own Zone to rest in peace.
In the Sonic X anime series and its comic series published by Archie Comics, Tikal tried to stop her father Pachacamac from taking the seven Chaos Emeralds to defeat their enemies. In this process, she and several Chao were injured, which angered the water beast Chaos. Chaos killed Pachacamac and the remaining members of the tribe, forcing Tikal to stop and calm Chaos by trapping it and her inside the Master Emerald. When Chaos was resurrected by Dr. Eggman, Tikal arrived where Chaos had taken all of the Chaos Emeralds and transformed into Perfect Chaos in the presence of Sonic the Hedgehog and co. They gathered all seven Chaos Emeralds and restored their power, allowing Sonic to transform into Super Sonic and defeat Chaos. Tikal then took Chaos home with her.
In the comics, she traveled to the present along with Chaos and several other Chao to help Sonic and his friends to stop the rampage of Eggman's Dark Chao.
- "I'm sorry."
- —Tikal when using a special attack, Sonic Adventure 2
- "I must do something..."
- —Tikal at the beginning of the Treasure Hunt Race, Sonic Adventure 2
- It is unknown where Tikal actually went with Chaos after the events of Sonic Adventure. When asked about it to Sonic at Sonic Central, he responded that he did not "know exactly where they [Tikal and other characters] are". The image after the Super Sonic story credits shows Tikal at the Master Emerald Altar at Angel Island, but it is unclear on what the picture really depicts.
- Tikal is one of the few Sonic characters with visible feet. Most of the other characters wear shoes all the time.
- Her skirt pattern has differed from an X-shape to diamond-shapes in various media. This was because early reference material depicted her skirt to have an X-shape, while her final design in Sonic Adventure had it changed to a diamond shape.
- When playing as Tikal in Sonic Adventure 2/Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, her lines are simply reused voice clips from Sonic Adventure.
- It should be noted that in Sonic Adventure 2, Tikal is given hooked metal plates on her knuckles.
- Tikal's theme from Sonic Adventure was remixed as the music for the adventure field of Holy Summit in Sonic Battle. This particular music was also remixed as the music for Altar Emerald in Sonic Advance 3.
- While Sonic's mind was transported into the past by Tikal on Angel Island, Sonic appeared sort of conked out in the present, according to Tails. Also, while E-102 Gamma was shown the past by Tikal, his body was taking Froggy from Emerald Coast to the Egg Carrier, as seen when Knuckles and Big were following the robot to the Egg Carrier in the period of time where E-102 Gamma was visiting the past himself.
- Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Tikal. Sega. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
- "サブキャラクター紹介" (in Japanese). ソニックアドベンチャー オペレーションガイド. SoftBank. January 1999. p. 148. ISBN 978-4757203006.
- Act:024 かくれんぼ！ (Japanese). 関連タイトル！. Sega (9 December 2016). Archived from the original on 9 December 2016. Retrieved on 9 December 2016.
- Devra Newberger Speregen (2016). Sonic: The Ultimate Character Guide. Scholastic. p. 61. ISBN 978-1338033243.
- Sonic Team. Character Introduction: Hero/ characters for 2P battle. Sonic Team. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved on 30 November 2014. "She is the daughter of the ancient Knuckles tribe's leader, Pachacamac, who was in Sonic Adventure. She is a caring person, and everyone loves her, however, she sometimes opposes her father's ways. She moves very quickly and is a proud warrior of this tribe."
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Tails' version). Cutscene: Cutscene 10. "Tikal: The servers are the 7 Chaos Emeralds. Hello there, friend. How are you? / Tails: Um... What were you saying before? / Tikal: Huh? It's something my grandmother taught me. I never to forget it. It goes like this... "The servers are the 7 Chaos. Chaos is power... Power enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos." But I'm still not sure what it all means. But the number 7...is the same as the number of Emeralds there are."
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Tails' version). "Knuckles Clan tribesman: The Chief's daughter loved her grandmother so much. The country was a lot smaller back when Grandma was alive. But the Chief wanted to expand his kingdom. After Grandma's death, he made his move... He did well. He quickly took over the surrounding areas. But his daughter didn't like what he'd done..."
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Gamma's version). "Tikal: Now my father is trying to take their sacred home. It seems his heart is closed off to us all. My true hope is that one day, we'll understand each other."
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Tails' version). "Knuckles Clan tribesman: The Chief's daughter always seems to be hanging around the altar"
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Egg Carrier (Knuckles' version). "Knuckles: Is this a dream? It's more like a nightmare!"
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Egg Carrier (Amy's version). "Amy: Gee, what was that? I wonder if I'm dreaming."
- Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Sonic's version). "Sonic: What was that all about? I don't think I'm dreaming here."
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22
- Sega of America. Sonic Q and A. Sega of America. Archived from the original on 13 June 2004. "Stephen F. (a.k.a Sonic's number 1 fan.): Will Ray the Flying Squirrel, Bean the Duck, Chaos, Nack, Tikal, and Bark reappear? P.S: COOL SITE!!! / Sonic: Actually, I don't know exactly where they are…but we do have some old faces from the past that will be with me in Sonic Heroes…make sure to check 'em out!"