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Vanilla the Rabbit (ヴァニラ・ザ・ラビット Vanira za Rabitto?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is an anthropomorphic rabbit and the respected mother of Cream the Rabbit. Vanilla lives in a small cottage close to Night Carnival with her daughter, Cheese, and Gemerl. Vanilla is a skilled homemaker who has taught her daughter polite manners under her kind, but strict, discipline.[1]


Vanilla is a tall, cream-furred anthropomorphic rabbit with a white muzzle that possess a small brown nose, brown eyes and a tuft of dark orange hair on her forehead. She has brown eyelids and dark orange markings around her eyes and on the ends of her lopped ears. For attire, she wears a long lavender dress with a white trim at the bottom of the puffy sleeves and the skirt, a burgundy-fitted vest with golden buttons, a blue or orange ascot, white gloves with gold cufflinks, burgundy low-heeled shoes with a yellow detail and gray soles, and pink lipstick.


Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance 2

Sonic saving Vanilla from her fall, from Sonic Advance 2.

In Sonic Advance 2, six years after Cream's birth, Vanilla, Cream and Cheese were kidnapped by Dr. Eggman. Cream and Cheese, who were saved by Sonic the Hedgehog, came along with Sonic to find her mother, knowing she was still in trouble. Eventually, Vanilla was found by her daughter in Leaf Forest after Eggman was defeated.

Unfortunately, Vanilla was later kidnapped by Eggman again with his mech and taken into space. There, Super Sonic defeated Eggman, and Vanilla's Capsule plummeted down to Earth. Amidst her fall however, she was saved by Sonic. Upon being welcomed back by Sonic's friends, Vanilla was reunited with Cream, though she noticed that Sonic had already left for another adventure before she could thank him. Regardless, Vanilla has been grateful to Sonic ever since.

Sonic Advance 3

Vanilla, Cream, Cheese and Gemerl, from Sonic Advance 3.

In Sonic Advance 3, Vanilla was taking Cream and Cheese to the beach where they found the damaged Gemerl laying helplessly in the sand. After Tails had repaired Gemerl and reprogrammed him to be a friend of Cream, Vanilla took Gemerl with her to live a happy life in her cottage with Cream and Cheese.

Sonic Rush

In Sonic Rush, Vanilla allowed Cream and Cheese to go out and play near Night Carnival Zone one day. When Cream returned, she brought Blaze the Cat, who she had met earlier.[2] Vanilla got the reluctant Blaze to stay for tea, during which Blaze explained her mission to save her world. Vanilla advised her to see Sonic the Hedgehog for help and she allowed Cream to go with Blaze on her journey.[3]

Later on, Sonic and Tails arrived at Vanilla's cottage looking for Blaze. Vanilla informed them that Cream had gone out with her to find him, and told the duo where they could find them.[4]

Other game appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Vanilla is mentioned in Cream the Rabbit's trophy description which tells about how Cream's polite and courteous manners stems from her discipline.[1]

Sonic Free Riders

In Sonic Free Riders, Vanilla is mentioned twice by Cream, both times when she tries to address her on live television.[5][6]

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, Vanilla is mentioned by Cream in White Space, where she notes that Vanilla told her to return once she left Sonic's birthday party.[7]

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Vanilla makes a small cameo appearance on a bonus artwork in the Collection Room.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Sonic Runners

In Sonic Runners, Vanilla is mentioned in Cream's character profile.


A beloved mother and respected elder, Vanilla is a calm and composed woman, never raising her voice. Like her daughter, Vanilla is kind, polite, and always ready to help those in need.[2] Apparently possessing a strong faith in Cream and her friends, Vanilla is not bothered by how Cream goes out on dangerous adventures with Sonic and his friends.[3] However, she does seem to prefer a quiet lifestyle, as she has been known to get somewhat frazzled by Sonic and his friends' adventurous ways.[4]


Cream the Rabbit



In other media

Sonic X

Vanilla from "Defective Detectives".

In the anime series Sonic X, Vanilla is a resident from Sonic's unnamed homeworld. There, she was separated from her daughter, Cream, when she was transported to Earth by Chaos Control. Vanilla was eventually transported to Earth herself by a second Chaos Control event, and was reunited with her daughter. After that, Vanilla moved into the Thorndyke Mansion. Weeks after, a portal was created which let Vanilla and Cream return home. Six months later, Vanilla took in an alien named Cosmo for a day, before she and her friends (Cream included) went into space to battle the Metarex. Meanwhile, Vanilla remained on her home world where she handled local affairs.

Archie Comics

Vanilla, from Sonic Universe #21.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Vanilla originally lived with her daughter, Cream, in the Southern Baronies in their estate. One day, however, she and Cream came under attack by Snively Robotnik. Though Amy Rose came to their rescue, Vanilla and Cream's estate got destroyed, so they moved to New Mobotropolis. While Vanilla initially had trouble adjusting to her new surroundings and the dangers Cream got involved in, she eventually came to accept it and even allowed Cream to join Team Freedom.

After the Super Genesis Wave rebooted the multiverse, Vanilla became virtually identical to her game counterpart. Currently, she lives in Mobotropolis with Cream, Cheese, Chocola, and Gemerl.

IDW Publishing

Vanilla, from Sonic the Hedgehog #36.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Vanilla is the mother of Cream the Rabbit. In this media, she lives in Floral Forest Village with Cream, Cheese, Chocola and Gemerl. Her past is the same as her game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Forces. During the Metal Virus pandemic, their home was attacked by Zombots. Fortunately, Vanilla and Cream managed to escape to Restoration HQ with Gemerl. When the HQ got flooded by Zombots however, Vanilla got overwhelmed by Zombots and turned into a Zombot herself. Fortunately, when the Zombot apocalypse got averted, she was returned to normal. In the aftermath, she and Cream visited the Chaotix to give them a gift as thanks for their help and hard work.


  • Although not having her own official character profile on the official Sonic Channel website, Vanilla is mentioned by name in Cream's character profile.[8]
  • Vanilla, along with Cream and Cheese, were the first new characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series to be introduced on a Nintendo video game console.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sora Ltd. (9 March 2008). Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Wii. Nintendo. Area/Level: Trophy Hoard. "Cream trophy: Her polite and courteous manner is thought to be a result of her mother's strict discipline."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team, Dimps (15 November 2005). Sonic Rush. Nintendo DS. Sega. Cutscene: Before Leaf Storm (Blaze's story). "Vanilla: Is that you, dear? Anything interesting happen today, Cream? / Cream: Hi, mom. I've brought a friend home today! / Blaze: A friend? / Vanilla: Well, it's nice to meet you. / Cream: I met my friend Blaze when I was wandering around! / Vanilla: Oh Blaze, I hope Cream wasn't bothering you. / Blaze: Um, no. But I... have an errand to take care of. ...Please excuse me! Unh! / Vanilla: Oh dear. Please relax. I insist you have some tea before you leave."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Team, Dimps (15 November 2005). Sonic Rush. Nintendo DS. Sega. Cutscene: Before Leaf Storm (Blaze's story). "Vanilla: So, you came here to find your Sol Emeralds... / Blaze: (Why... Why am I wasting time here sipping tea?!) / Cream: You know, I'd suggest that you talk to Sonic. / Vanilla: Yes, Sonic should be able to help you. / Blaze: Please don't worry. This is my problem, so I'll find them myself! / Vanilla: Tsk, don't say that. Sonic will be glad to help. Now then, Cream will show you the way. After all, we don't want Blaze to get lost, do we? / Cream: Nope!"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Team, Dimps (15 November 2005). Sonic Rush. Nintendo DS. Sega. Cutscene: After arriving at Cream's house (Sonic's story). "Vanilla: Hmm... I think they were headed toward the town. / Sonic: Thank you ma'am. Let's go, Tails! / Tails: Okay! / Vanilla: My, Cream's friends are always so busy."
  5. Sonic Team (4 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: After Team Rose Mission 06. "Cream: Hi, mama! I'll keep doing my best!"
  6. Sonic Team (4 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: After Team Rose Mission 10. "Cream: Mama! Cheese! I did it! I did it!"
  7. Sonic Team (1 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PC. Sega. Area/Level: White Space. "Cream: Um, where are we? I told Mama I'd be right back when I left..."
  8. Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Cream & Cheese. Sega. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.