Concept and creation
Zooey is a humanoid vixen of average height and slender built. She has yellow fur with a white muzzle and inner ears, a small black nose, medium-large triangular ears, and blue eyes with one eyelash each. She also has a long fluffy tail with a white tip, long hair which she both wears in a red hairband and as a lock on each side of her head, a tuft of hair on her forehead, and white-tipped feet. For attire, she wears a crimson sheath dress with a white button near her left shoulder, crimson shorts, crimson bracelets, and crimson slippers.
When the Justin Beaver fever came to the Seaside Island, Zooey became a mindless Justin fan girl and consumer after hearing Justin's mind control music. After spending her money on Justin's merchandise and autographs, Zooey attended his concert where she saw Justin and Dreamboat Express have a sing-off. During it, Zooey was freed from the mind control by Dreamboat Express, now Dude-itude.
As Zooey carried on her daily routines around the Village, she was met by Tails, who had a crush on her, several times. In each encounter, Zooey saw him act either cool, manly, romantic or ritualistic towards her in awkward ways (as Tails just wanted to talk to her), but all it did was make her feel uncomfortable. When Zooey got caught by Giant Robot during one of Dr. Eggman's attacks though, she was saved by Tails, who got rid of the robots. Thankful to Tails, Zooey kissed her rescuer, now finally reciprocating his feelings. Zooey later came to the Robot Battle Royale, where she saw Eggman steal Tails' Hypnobot at the end.
Becoming a Fuzzy Puppies fan, Zooey attended several meetings with her Fuzzy Puppy fan group, where she helped fellow fan Eggman practice playing. Attending Puppy Con, Zooey traded game pieces with Amy when she saw Eggman's attempt to steal a rare playing piece, which Amy foiled in a game of Fuzzy Puppies using Zooey's trade.
When Tails had to leave on a dangerous mission with his team, Zooey came to see him off at the outskirts of the Village. Soon after, she would vote in a referendum for a new name for the Unnamed Village. When the Village then got overrun by malware-infected robots, Zooey was inspired by Knuckles to help Team Sonic and the villagers fight the robots. Ultimately, the Village prevailed when the robots withdrew. When local gossip then revealed that Dr. Eggman was no doctor, Zooey began seeing him as a joke. She thus joined the villagers in mocking Eggman during the scientist's next trip to the Village, although Eggman later got a real doctorate.
Eventually, Zooey saw Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles walk by while taking care of baby Chumley, and was moved by the sweet sight. When Race Day then arrived several months later, Zooey would watch said event's auto race competition at its site. Getting into Scrambler after that, Zooey was able to attend an exclusive promotional event through it. Resuming her daily routine, Zooey went to her nightly meeting with her book club in the library. There, she and her group got interrupted when Vector and his crew came and accused one of them of theft, only to be proven wrong.
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
Miles "Tails" Prower
Zooey has known about Tails for a while but was seemingly unaware of his crush on her at first. As such, whenever she met Tails, she would give him a casual friendly greeting. When Tails tried to approach her about his feelings, only for it to go wrong, Zooey would grow both concerned for Tails and uncomfortable around him. After Tails saved her from Giant Robot, however, Zooey began reciprocating Tails' feelings which she marked by kissing him. Since then, they have remained in a healthy relationship. Zooey particularly came to see Tails off when he went out on a dangerous mission once, showing that she cares very much about him.
- Many fans speculated Zooey would be Tails' love interest before her identity and role were revealed in "Tails' Crush".
- Zooey is the second character in a Sonic TV series whom Tails had a crush on, the first being Cosmo from Sonic X.
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (22 August 2015). Retrieved on 22 August 2015. “Bill Freiberger: Zooey was voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey.”
- Marie Ōi on Twitter (Japanese). Twitter (9 August 2017). Retrieved on 12 January 2019.
- Rescuing Zoe | Sonic Boom | Cartoon Network. YouTube. Cartoon Network (29 September 2015). Retrieved on 24 August 2016.
- Greg Hahn on Twitter. Twitter (21 October 2017). Retrieved on 5 January 2020. “Greg Hahn: Jk. She's 8.”
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (15 August 2015). Retrieved on 17 August 2015. “Bill Freiberger: I've seen the information online so I'll confirm that her name is Zooey and she's the girl Tails has a crush on”
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (6 July 2017). Retrieved on 8 July 2017. “#TeamRose i was wondering if we could know a little bit more about zooey, as a character? I know she hasn't appear in a while, but [...] She such a sweet character, and it would be nice to know some little extras about her. ^^) if thats okay. ; v ; ) / Bill Freiberger: She's named after Zooey Deschanel”
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