Knuckles the Echidna

Knuckles the Echidna
First AppearanceSonic the Hedgehog 3

Knuckles is a red echidna who made his debut in Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and first became a playable character in Sonic and Knuckles. Knuckles is the current guardian of the Master Emerald, and his storyline is often tied to its fate. He's the last surviving member to date of the society that used to live on Angel Island. Since his first appearance, he's been a primary character in the Sonic series. He had his own spin-off game, named Knuckles Chaotix.


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[edit] Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Dr. Eggman's Death Egg had been critically damaged in the events of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, and plummeted toward the Earth with Sonic and Tails barely escaping. However, instead of crash landing on the planet below, it was caught by the fabled Angel Island, an island kept afloat in the sky through the mystical powers of Chaos. The weight of the giant space station was enough to bring the island crashing into the sea. Dr.Eggman didn't give up that easy, however. He'd heard of the legends the island held and decided to find the power that kept it airborne: the Master Emerald, a super-sized emerald housed in the Hidden Palace with the capacity to cancel or strengthen the might of the Chaos Emeralds and with equal capabilities of all 7 in one. While rebuilding his ship, Dr.Eggman met with Knuckles and told him that Sonic and Tails had stolen the Emeralds and were coming to the island to take the Master Emerald also. With this, Knuckles stood to stop Sonic in his tracks and prepared for their confrontation.

Concept art for Knuckles in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

Upon the duo's arrival to Angel Island, Knuckles made his move and jumped out on Sonic, making him drop all the Chaos Emeralds. Shocked, he watched as Knuckles raced off with the gems. The echidna then hid them in the furthest corners of the island. Knuckles then continued to hinder Sonic's progress as he fought towards Dr.Eggman. Nearing the end, Knuckles set-up a stand off at Dr.Eggman's launch base but was shaken off his stand by the launch of the repaired Death Egg with its Chaos Emerald power source.

[edit] Sonic & Knuckles

Knuckles had fallen into the Mushroom Hill valley below the Launch base. Later on, he learned that Sonic was still about and the Death Egg this time dropped straight into the volcano housing the Lava Reef. He recomposed himself with a more aggressive assault on Sonic, outraged that he would seemingly destroy his home to stop Dr.Eggman. He eventually began a more active strike down and then decided to stop him himself, tired of leaving it to Dr. Eggman. The final battle between them took place in the Hidden Palace, but Knuckles fell and submitted to Sonic. Suddenly, he realised the truth: Dr.Eggman extorted him, using him to slow Sonic down each time while looking to search for the Master Emerald. With both distracted, he took his chances to steal the massive gem and use it as a new power source. With their differences settled out, Sonic and Knuckles followed Eggman and worked to take back the emerald from the Doctor. He hovered away with the over sized jewel, however, Knuckles too tired from the previous battle to use his full strength. He led Sonic further underground to a concealed sky teleporter that transported them high above the clouds into some ruins hovering over the volcano, the Sky Sanctuary, towards Sonic's confrontation with Dr.Eggman, and his most testing trial yet.

[edit] Games featuring Knuckles

After being introduced to the series, Knuckles has remained one of the major characters of the series. He has one spin-off game of his own; Knuckles Chaotix. He also appears several times as a boss.

[edit] Voice Actors

  • Ryan Drummond (2000)
  • Scott Drier (2001 - 2004)
  • Dan Green (2005 - 2010)

[edit] Appearances in other Media

[edit] Animation

Knuckles features in the following animations:

In Sonic X his role is largely the same as in the games and in Sonic Underground, where he appears as a minor character, Knuckles is tricked by Dr. Robotnik into thinking Sonic and his siblings are the enemy.

[edit] Comics

Knuckles features in the following comics:

In the Archie comic series, Knuckles is the 18th guardian of the Chaos Emeralds and lives on the floating Angel Island as a member of the Brotherhood of Guardians, a society that protects the island from harm. Like in the games and several other portrayals Knuckles was tricked by Dr. Robotnik into believing that Sonic and Tails were the enemy, but he was later betrayed and realised the truth. Knuckles would later form the Chaotix with some of the few inhabitants of the island.

In Sonic the Comic Knuckles is introduced in an adaptation of Sonic 3, having been tricked by Dr. Robotnik. After realising the truth, Knuckles remains on the Angel Island, in this series simply named the Floating Island and protects it and the emeralds as the last of his kind. He often aids the Freedom Fighters and maintains a friendly rivalry with Sonic.

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