- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Tikal (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Tikal is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is the spirit of an ancient Mobian echidna who long ago sealed herself and Chaos within the Master Emerald. The daughter of Knuckles Clan chief Pachacamac, Tikal rejected her father's warmongering ways to befriend Chaos and the Chao he protected. Later, when he was released by Dr. Eggman, she joined forces with Knuckles the Echidna and Sonic the Hedgehog to try and stop his rampage. After her success, Tikal returned to the Master Emerald with Chaos, though the two remained aware of evils afflicting their former home.
Tikal was once an orange-furred Echidna girl with cobalt eyes, physically about 14-years old at the time of her demise. During those years, she wore a tanktop-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 necklace and tiara-like band atop her forehead, both of which were decorated with a 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 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 lived in the ancient past within what would later become known as the Mystic Ruins, the daughter of Pachacamac, the chief of the Knuckles Clan. Living in the future Mystic Ruin, the peace-loving Tikal befriended Chaos and the Chao it protected. Unfortunately, her warlike father led their people into a war that threatened to annihilate them. In desperation, her father attacked Chaos' shrine in search of the Chaos Emeralds kept there, but in doing so injured both the Chao and Tikal. Chaos, enraged, all but annihilated the Knuckles Clan, and would have destroyed the world had Tikal not stopped him. Using the power of her heart, she sealed herself and Chaos away within the Master Emerald. Millennia later, she and Chaos were released when Dr. Eggman shattered the Master Emerald, and she desperately reached out to Knuckles the Echidna-the last of her clan-and Sonic the Hedgehog in order to prevent Chaos' rise. Once Super Sonic had defeated Perfect Chaos, Tikal's old friend returned to his peaceful state, and Tikal happily accompanied him back to their home.
- Note: Due to the Genesis Wave, Tikal's history from this point were changed to be nearly identical to that of her game counterpart's.
When the Prime Zone's timeline was altered by the second Genesis Wave, Tikal's history remained virtually unchanged. Much like the original reality, Tikal aided Sonic in his battle against Chaos. Tikal and her reality was eventually returned to normal by Super Sonic, though not without consequences for her world.
The Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Tikal's original timeline ended.
When the planet shattered thanks to the Super Genesis Wave, Tikal and Chaos emerged out of the Master Emerald. While Chaos dove down to the world below, Tikal confronted Knuckles over what happened. She told him that the world shattering was natural, but that this one was wrong - there was supposed to be a Guardian to help guide it in repairing the planet, but something has possibly happened to it, so Knuckles agreed to go investigate. When Knuckles completed his mission, bringing Chip to Angel Island, Tikal was there to greet him, and encouraged him to rest up from his harrowing journey while meeting Relic the Pika.
Soon after, Tikal quickly answered Coral the Betta's prayer, apologizing profusely for not answering it sooner due to Dark Gaia's influence and reassuring her that everything would be alright. Working with Coral, Pearly, and a revived Aquarius, she helped to raise the mystical shield that protected the city of Meropis, thus repelling the Dark Gaia Creatures. After helping instruct Amy Rose in the Mystic Melody, Tikal informed the Freedom Fighters that it could be used to help locate the Gaia Temples. Unfortunately, she was then forced to withdraw due to her weakened state. Returning to Angel Island, she decided to take Chip to the Hidden Palace for safety after Relic reported that the island had been invaded. Much later, the Freedom Fighters and Chip managed to defeat Dr. Eggman and Dark Gaia, restoring the world in the process, which Tikal was grateful for.
As opposed to her clan of warriors and especially her father, Tikal is a devout pacifist and a gentle spirit. She severely opposes violence and greed, and abhors fighting, and will attempt to sway people away from their destructive paths peacefully. Regardless of her opposition to fighting, Tikal is a strong defender of truth and peace, and is not above helping others fight to protect the world.
Despite her people's warlike ways, Tikal loved her people deeply and tried to talk them out of the violent ways. When she failed, Tikal became determined to ensure that no one else to come to suffer under Chaos' wrath. Also, despite Chaos' hostile and violent nature after its corruption, she continued to consider it a friend, and wanted nothing more than to calm its anger so that it could find peace.
Powers and abilities
As a spirit, Tikal possesses a number of abilities, including projecting herself to locations around Sonic's World though her powers do have limits. She is also capable of performing the Mystic Melody, which she did alongside Coral and Pearly to restore Meropis' magical shield.
- Freedom Fighters
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Relic the Pika
- E-102 Gamma
- Coral the Betta
- Pearly the Manta Ray
- Tikal is one of the few Sega characters from the comics whose biological family was created for the video game continuity, a trait shared with Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, Cream the Rabbit and Jet the Hawk.
- Sonic Adventure/Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
- Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- Sonic Universe #63, "The Great Chaos Caper Part One: On the Hunt"
- Sonic Universe #66, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Four: Water Way To Go!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"
- Sonic Universe #67, "Total Eclipse Part One: Uninvited Guests"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #287, "Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold"