Wade Whipple is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures and its spin-offs. He is a human, and one of Tom Wachowski's fellow police officers at the Green Hills Sheriff's Department.
Following a blackout in Green Hills blackout, Wade got entangled in Dr. Robotnik's hunt for Sonic the Hedgehog. Regardless, Wade would help Tom, Sonic, and Maddie when the time came to defeat Robotnik. When Tom later went on vacation in Hawaii, Wade took over as temporary sheriff, during which he let himself get entangled in Robotnik's schemes once again until Robotnik was defeated.
Wade is an adult human of average built. He possesses as well peach skin, brown hair, and blue eyes. He is usually wearing a beige police uniform with a white long sleeve shirt underneath.
Originally, Wade had short hair and a slight stubble. Several months afterwards however, Wade has grown his hair slightly longer, along with a short beard as well.
During middle school, Wade knew a boy nicknamed "Knuckles", who could put a whole fist in his mouth. At some point, he became a deputy for the Green Hills Sheriff's Department and became friends with Tom, his superior, often ice fishing with him. These trips gave Wade great insight into Tom's skills.
While at work, Wade once checked up on Tom's whereabouts by calling him, although he fell for Tom's sarcastic comment that he was in Barbados. He soon after called Tom to request his help back in Green Hills with some ducks that stole a bagel.
Sonic the Hedgehog
When a blackout hit Green Hills, Wade called Tom for instructions on how to handle the crisis. Although Tom gave him an emergency plan, Wade quickly lost track of what he was supposed to do when Tom ended their call prematurely, so Wade fell back on Tom's first instruction about staying relaxed, ignoring all the calls he was receiving.
Not long after, Wade was questioned by Dr. Robotnik and his agents about Tom, who was wanted for domestic terrorism, although Wade did not believe Tom had the skills to pull off such a crime. When he later received received a call from Tom in the Green Hills Sheriff's Department, Wade was forced to answer it in Robotnik's presence. As Wade conversed with Tom however, he slowly revealed that Robotnik and his people were eavesdropping, prompting Robotnik to snatch the phone from Wade and threaten Tom until the latter hung up. After that, Robotnik and his agents left the Sheriff's Department, leaving a nervous and confused Wade behind.
Later, when Tom was at the mercy of Robotnik's Eggpod in Green Hills after Sonic fell unconscious, Wade came to Tom's defense by firing a warning shot at the Eggpod with his service pistol, warning him that he was messing with Green Hills' sheriff, with a chainsaw-wielding Crazy Carl joining his side. When Sonic then gained his second wind and stood to face off with Robotnik, Wade took cover upon Tom's orders. After Sonic and Tom had then banished Robotnik to the Mushroom Planet, Wade calmed down the watching residents and had Crazy Carl return the chainsaw he had brought with him.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
While at the speed trap on the outskirts of Green Hills, Wade would greet Sonic upon his return from Seattle. Some time afterward, Wade would act as Green Hills' temporary sheriff while Tom was on vacation in Hawaii. During the evening following Tom's departure, Wade welcomed Sonic and Tails to his garage, which he called the "Wadecave" and wanted to show to a girl other than his mother. There, Wade watched Longclaw's holographic message to Sonic about protecting the Master Emerald, which had the power to turn thoughts into reality, something which Wade noted was similar to the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters before being shushed by Tails. When the message was over, Wade asked Tails if Longclaw was his dad. He also overheard Sonic and Tails' plan to stop Knuckles, which made him make an awkward comment about a boy nicknamed "Knuckles", and believed that if it was the same guy, they were doomed. He then saw Sonic and Tails head to Siberia through a Ring.
The next day, Wade was on patrol through Green Hills, but he had to use a scooter since Tails had stolen and destroyed his police car. When he came to the Mean Bean Coffee Café however, he noticed that it had closed early, which he did not think could be right. Upon peaking through the café's letter slot however, Wade discovered Agent Stone, whom he ambushed, believing he was a robot due to his Robotnik Control Gloves. Upon realizing that it was just gloves though, Wade had Stone surrender and tie him to a chair. While G.U.N. subsequently gathered outside the café, Wade attempted to interrogate Stone, but his good cop/bad cop routine did not work on him. He was soon after taken by surprise when Dr. Robotnik, with his new power, teleported into the café. Frightened, Wade was forced to take Stone's place on a chair, where he got handcuffed. There, he would watch in surprise as Robotnik formed his Giant Eggman Robot, liking it to the Marshmallow Man.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord
After a blackout hit Green Hills, Wade had a conversation with Tom over the phone. While Tom promised to do what he could to help before moving to San Francisco, Wade was instructed to get back to him when he found out what caused the power outage, just as Tom had to hang up.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill
While out on a trip with Tom, Wade went ice fishing on a lake near Walla Walla, Washington. While the two talked, Wade thought they should get a police helicopter, but Tom spoke against it due his experience of falling off the Transamerica Pyramid. As Wade expressed hopes for a call to adventure though, the two of them received an all-points bulletin from the authorities in Walla Walla about a bank robbery in the First bank of Walla Walla. While Wade was amazed by the coincidence, he and Tom nonetheless headed out there to provide the local police with tactical support. Upon arriving at the scene of the robbery, Wade got exited about getting involved in the action. Suddenly, the group saw aerial Badniks arrive and try to tow the bank's vault away with them. When the vault then began spinning uncontrollably, Wade and the others took cover. Wade soon after ducked down while Tom destroyed two of the Badniks with his fishing pole. After the bank robbers had then been apprehended, Wade praised Tom for his efforts while noting that he would take down the next killer robot they met with something like a blow dart or a boomerang.
Sonic Drone Home
Wade is quite distractible and naïve, if not a little unintelligent, often overlooking the sarcasm Tom uses while on duty. Likewise, when in crisis situations, he often panics and is too nervous to come up with a plan of action on his own, leaving him to rely on Tom's instructions and initiative. He can also be quite goofy and awkward, and sometimes tactless and childish. When push comes to shove however, Wade can be an assertive and courageous officer, as demonstrated when he stood up to Dr. Robotnik with his service pistol in order to defend Tom and later when he dispersed the masses that had observed the battle between Sonic and Robotnik. He can also be surprisingly sharp and determined at times, although his attempts to act tough often puts him in embarrassing situations.
Powers and abilities
Wade has some skill in marksmanship, being able to fire an accurate warning shot without harming anyone.
As an officer of the law, Wade is armed with a service pistol.
Tom Wachowski is Wade's superior in the Green Hills Sheriff's Department and a good friend of his, both inside and outside of work, the two of them having quality time together with activities like ice fishing. As far as trust goes, Wade is shows to be completely loyal to Tom, whom he relies on to carry out the more tenuous tasks as a law enforcer. However, he often falls to see through Tom's sarcastic commentary. He even went as far as to threaten Dr. Robotnik when he messed with Tom. He is also shown to act as Green Hills' sheriff in Tom's absence. showcasing that Tom has come to trust Wade with the harder tasks that comes with their shared job.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic is shown to be a good friend to Wade. He first made his presence known by defending him and Tom from Doctor Robotnik. Eight months later, Sonic and Wade would greet each other when the former returned from Seattle, and later helped him and Tails when they needed brief shelter before embarking to Siberia.
- His name was originally listed as "Billy Robb"; however, it was changed to Wade Whipple for unknown reasons.
- In a deleted scene, Wade answers a call from Rachel, who had her car accidentally destroyed by Sonic but thinks Tom did it. As the car was returned to her, though Wade tells her that Tom would not do those kinds of things, she refuses to listen. Wade then goes off the subject and starts flirting with Rachel and she tells him to come and find her. After Rachel hung up, Wade wonders why everyone hangs up on him.
- ソニック･ザ･ムービー (Japanese). Fukikaeru (16 June 2020). Archived from the original on 3 August 2021. Retrieved on 9 January 2022.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord, "The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord"
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The Official Movie Pre-Quill, "Hedgehog Day Afternoon"
- Sonic Movie Deleted Scenes: Rachel And Wade Plan A Date. YouTube. Roth7000 (31 March 2020). Retrieved on 16 April 2022.