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Encyclopedia > Knuckles the Echidna (comic character)
Knuckles the Echidna

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Knuckles

Publisher Archie Comics
First appearance Sonic the Hedgehog #13
Created by Ken Penders
Characteristics
Alter ego Knuckles of the House of Edmund
Affiliations Sonic the Hedgehog, Chaotix, Brotherhood of Guardians, Kingdom of Acorn, Freedom Fighters
Abilities Super strength, Reality warping abilities derived from Chaos energy, Skilled martial artist

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics, Knuckles is the eighteenth guardian of the Floating Island. He lives on the planet Mobius on the flying landmass known as Angel Island. He is supported by the Chaotix, and often works together with Sonic the Hedgehog and the Freedom Fighters. Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is the lead character in the self-titled comic book series. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... The Brotherhood of Guardians is an organization in the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic) series. ... The House of Acorn is a royal family of anthropomorphic squirrels from the Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM cartoon and Archie Comics // Members The House of Acorn has several prominent members, including: Maximillian Acorn See main article. ... Sally Acorn, Antoine DCoolette, Bunnie Rabbot, and Rotor Walrus are members of the Knothole Village Freedom Fighters Freedom Fighters are characters in several of the Sonic the Hedgehog fictional universes. ... The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #1, published by Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing series of comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring Segas mascot video game character Sonic. ... Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (UK) , and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the ABC cartoon Sonic the Hedgehog (known as SatAM... This article is about the fictional island. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ...

Contents

Biography

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Knuckles' Past

Knuckles initially lived alone, his objective in life being to protect Angel Island and safeguard the Master Emerald, until he learned of his noble heritage and the whereabouts of his people. His place in life was established centuries before his birth, as a descendant from Edmund who was the first Guardian. This continuity was the first to talk about Knuckles' relatives, introducing a group made up of his ancestors known as the Brotherhood of Guardians. This article is about the fictional island. ... Look up Noble in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Noble can refer to: Nobility, a hereditary caste Nobel Prize, awarded to people who have made outstanding contributions to society Noble gas, chemical elements in group 18 (old-style Group 0) of the periodic table Noble metal, metals that are resistant to... The Brotherhood of Guardians is an organization in the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic) series. ...


Knuckles' father, Locke, married Lara-Le from the House of Arian. After Knuckles was born, and without the knowledge or consent from his wife, Locke subjected Knuckles' egg to large doses of Chaos radiation in order to create a guardian that surpassed the abilities achieved by his ancestors. After Knuckles hatched from his egg, he quickly sported intellect and abilities that were very abnormal in children his age. Locke wanted to begin Knuckles' training as guardian at three, however Lara-le didn't want Knuckles to be raised this way, and the dispute ended their marriage. Locke won custody of Knuckles when he was five, and retreated to the Floating Island. Like his childhood friend Princess Sally Acorn, Knuckles would be to an extent secluded as a child, learning history, mathematics, geography, sciences, and other issues a guardian would need to know in order to perform his job effectively. When Knuckles was ten, Locke journeyed to the Forbidden Zone with the confidence that Knuckles could be the next guardian. Locke then joined the Brotherhood in Haven. This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Sally Alicia of the House of Acorn (Sally Acorn or Princess Sally Alicia Acorn) is a fictional character appearing in the American Sonic the Hedgehog animated series (commonly referred to by fans as SatAM) from 1993 to 1995 and Archies Sonic the Hedgehog comics. ...


Present

Years later, Knuckles became the Guardian his father hoped for. With Princess Sally no longer able to see Knuckles now that Robotnik took over her father's city, his only friend would be the cockatoo Catweazle. Later on he became friends with Vector, Espio, Mighty, and Charmy-- soon to be members of the Chaotix. He was also mentored by Archimedes the fire ant since Guardians had previously relied on fire ants for this purpose. The Guardian eventually met Sonic the Hedgehog, with whom he formed a rivalry that gradually became mutual respect and friendship. Knuckles later found confrontation with Enerjak, who would turn out to be Dimitri, his great uncle. Later, Knuckles found himself confronted by the Dark Legion, a group founded by Dimitri's descendants, including his female arch-nemesis Lien-Da. In addition, he found himself facing such challenges as going through Roboticization to battle Mecha Sonic and being set the task of recovering the Sword of Acorns. During the latter, he unknowingly met a relative of his friend Tails in the form of Merlin Prower. Vector the Crocodile is a video game character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series and leader of the Chaotix detective team who debuted in the game Knuckles Chaotix. ... Espio the Chameleon ) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games. ... Mighty the Armadillo is a fictional character in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. ... Charmy Bee ) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games and a member of the Chaotix detective team. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Sonic the Hedgehog At left is official Sonic artwork from the original design of Sonic the Hedgehog game (artwork by Akira Watanabe) and at right is an artwork in the style of the upcoming new generation Sonic games. ... Dimitri (also known as Enerjak) serves as the Robotnik-counterpart to Knuckles the Echidna (and Knuckless counterpart to Mammoth Mogul) in the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics. ... The Dark Legion is a fictional organization from the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. ... Lien-Da (a. ... In the world of Sonic the Hedgehog, Roboticization is a name used to describe the process that the evil Dr. Robotnik uses to transform the anthropomorphic animals of Mobius into robotic slaves. ... Metal Sonic ) is the robotic counterpart of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... The House of Acorn is a royal family of anthropomorphic squirrels from the Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM cartoon and Archie Comics // Members The House of Acorn has several prominent members, including: Maximillian Acorn See main article. ... Miles Prower ), better known by his nickname Tails ), is a video game character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, comics, and animated cartoons released by Sega. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ...


Since then, Echidnaopolis was restored to the Floating Island. Knuckles then learned of his ancestry, reunited with family, and still struggled with his personal life. He had to bear the weight of being a living Chaos Emerald, not to mention being part of a prophecy that said he was destined to help save the world, while trying to be a normal guy. His time was occupied with quests and battles, among them numerous confrontations with the Dark Legion, taking over as Mitre of the Lost Tribe of Echidnas from his great-grandfather Athair, joining Sonic and Tails in a battle against Mammoth Mogul, and fighting the Overlander known as Hunter. Knuckles was then forced to deal with the disappearance of Echidnaopolis' population, a result of a discharge from the Dark Legion's Quantum Beam. The Brotherhood of Guardians is an organization in the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic) series. ... Mammoth Mogul is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics. ... In the fictional universes of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, cartoons and comic books, there are a significant number of villains present. ...


Knuckles later undertook an evolution that changed his pigment, and awakened greater powers. Using his new power, he joined forces with the Dark Legion in several efforts to alter history. After failing, he used his power to reverse the effects of the Quantum Beam himself. He died in a battle against Mammoth Mogul to protect his former enemy Dimitri, and then later came back to life after rejecting the ability to become one with the Chaos Force. Because of this, Knuckles lost his powers after he thwarted an earthquake on the battlegrounds with the Xorda. This confirmed his legendary status, as according to the prophecy of the Ancient Walkers, the Avatar (aka Knuckles) would bypass death and deliver the world from its suffering. In the various Sonic the Hedgehog continuities, there are several instances where the characters encounter extraterrestrials. ... In the fictional Sonic the Hedgehog universe, there are several characters who fall under the classification of deity. ...


Although he was not allowed to return to the Angel Island, Knuckles gathered the approval to go back from Sally. He then learned that Eggman had enslaved the populace and had the Dingo population enforcing his will. In the heat of the ensuing battle, Knuckles' regained his powers and the people praised him Avatar. After realizing that the rest of the world suffered like his people, Knuckles gained the will to extend his services beyond the Angel Island, much to the disapproval of his father Locke. Since that time, Knuckles and the Chaotix have lived in Knothole Village, working together with the Freedom Fighters. This choice resulted in Knuckles becoming involved in battles against the likes of the Destructix and Ixis Naugus. He also accompanied Sonic, Tails, and Merlin to the Bem homeworld of Argentium to rescue Tails' parents Amadeus and Rosemary Prower, and thus was among the first Mobians to learn of the threat posed by the Black Arms. In the fictional universe of Sonic the Hedgehog, Knothole Village is the hidden base of operations for the Freedom Fighters, a small band (led by Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Sally Acorn) dedicated to overthrowing the evil Dr. Robotnik. ... Sally Acorn, Antoine DCoolette, Bunnie Rabbot, and Rotor Walrus are members of the Knothole Village Freedom Fighters Freedom Fighters are characters in several of the Sonic the Hedgehog fictional universes. ... The Destructix are an organzation from the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics. ... In the fictional universe of Sonic the Hedgehog, Ixis Naugus (voiced by Michael Bell and Tim Curry) is a famed sorcerer who was known for creating the mysterious Void. He first appeared in the SatAM cartoon show (and would have become a more important villain had the show not been... In the various Sonic the Hedgehog continuities, there are several instances where the characters encounter extraterrestrials. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ... Black Doom, leader of the Black Arms In the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games by Sega, the Black Arms are a demonic alien race led by Black Doom. ...


Possible Futures

Knuckles as he appears in the Mobius: 25 Years Later future.
Knuckles as he appears in the Mobius: 25 Years Later future.

A variety of Knuckles from alternate futures also exist. These include a future Knuckles who goes insane after absorbing a massive amount of Chaos energy and becomes leader of the Dark Legion. In order to protect their daughter Lara-Su from the knowledge of what her father had become, Julie-Su told her that Knuckles had been killed by Constable Remington. After Lara-Su traveled back in time and tried to thwart the alleged assassination, her mother revealed to her the true fate of her father. Image File history File links Knuckles_25_Years_Later. ... Image File history File links Knuckles_25_Years_Later. ... The Dark Legion is a fictional organization from the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. ... The Brotherhood of Guardians is an organization in the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic) series. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ...


The main future Knuckles appears in Mobius: 25 Years Later. This Knuckles is a powerful polictical figure in his role as Guardian, and is paired with Julie-Su. Due to their shared opinion that commitment matters more than ceremony, the two are not officially married, but have a daughter named Lara-Su. In this future, Knuckles and Sonic have had some bad shared history, leading to repeated disputes between them. Among these is an incident where, after becoming Chaos Knuckles once more, Knuckles attempted to remake Mobius as he saw fit following his defeat of Dr. Eggman. Before he could carry out his plan in full, Sonic stopped him with an alien device, thus robbing Knuckles of his right eye. Refusing to have it replaced with a cloned organ citing religious beliefs, Knuckles instead had a cybernetic right eye implanted that allows him to see in all spectrums.


Together with Sonic, Knuckles was brought into the confidence of Rotor and Cobar, who discovered the imminent collapse of Mobius' timeline. Putting aside their differences, Knuckles and Sonic agreed to work together in hopes of saving their shared planet. Before setting out on this mission, Knuckles granted his daughter Lara-Su's request to become the next Guardian, something he had refused for some time beforehand. However, Lara snuck aboard his transport, and when Sonic was sent into the past using the Tachyon Displacement chamber, Lara-Su disappeared as well. Rotor the Walrus is a protagonist from the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series, or SatAM for short as well as the ongoing comic book series Sonic the Hedgehog. ... The Dark Legion is a fictional organization from the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. ...


In the alternate Mobius: 25 Years Later, Knuckles retains his memories of the original timeline due to having been next to the Tachyon Displacement Chamber when it went off. This time around, Knuckles became chief enforcer to Shadow the Hedgehog, who became the despotic ruler of Mobius. Among his assignments were capturing not only the returning Lara-Su and Sonic, but also Tails. Held captive, the trio had to convince Knuckles that Shadow's rule was not the best thing for Mobius. Knuckles soon revealed to the three, and Rotor, that he didn't take them prisoner for real, and that he had planned the fake arrest from the very beginning so that he, Tails, Lara-Su and Sonic could rebel against King Shadow together. Shadow the Hedgehog appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics, in which he is one of the inhabitants of Mobius. ...

Spoilers end here.

Personality

Like his video game incarnation, Knuckles is honest, independent, headstrong, devoted to his duty and often gullible. He is very serious and usually likes to be by himself, but can be relied upon to help out whenever the planet needs saving. At times he seems jealous of the freedom that Sonic has, but is always ready to help his friends when needed. He also maintains close ties to his friends and family, though at times such relationships are tense.


However, Knuckles also faces a number of problems unique to the comics. Here, Knuckles is not the last of his kind, but comes to realize that he is a mutant among the Echidna people. Worse yet, he must come to grips with the fact that he is part of a prophecy that says he will help save the world, all while dealing with the pressures of being a teenager.


The comics also address how miserable Knuckles' existence has been. From day one, Knuckles has lived a life different from that of any normal Mobian. Combined with all the suffering he has been put through, this has led him to despise the legacy he is forced to carry. At one point, Knuckles determined that the Guardian line would end with him, so that no child of his would have to suffer through the same things he did.


Despite these setbacks, Knuckles remains stalwart. For a time, he was incredibly depressed, having lost his enhanced abilities and his homeland upon returning from the afterlife. Upon regaining both, he realized that Mobius as a whole needed him more than Angel Island, and he dedicated himself to protecting the entire planet.


Love Life

In the comics, Knuckles developed a relationship with Julie-Su, a former Dark Legion member that defected to be with him. The two are linked by a sixth sense known as the Soultouch, which showed them that they were destined to be together. Because of their similar personalities, the two are very close. The creators of the comic have stated that Knuckles and Julie-Su will never have an actual marriage in the comics, likely stemming from the fact that, like Sonic getting married, this would ruin the series. However, several possible futures have been shown where the two live together, but are bound by commitment rather than legality. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Rouge the Bat has also made advances towards Knuckles, but due to his connection to Julie-Su and Knuckles displaying vehement dislike for her, it is unlikely that this will go anywhere. As if that weren't enough, Rouge has demonstrated that she has no romantic feelings for Knuckles; she simply wants to use him to get to the Master Emerald. These factors are likely to put an end to her membership in the Chaotix, since she joined them to help stop a plot by Dr. Eggman. Like many other characters from the games, Rouge the Bat appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics. ...


Abilities

Due to having altered DNA from his father's genetic experiments, Knuckles has strength far beyond that of an average Mobian. Knuckles also commands many of his abilities from the video games, including the power to glide and amazing burrowing ability.


In addition, exposure to the Master Emerald's radiation while still in his egg, combined with the DNA of his Guardian predecessors, has given Knuckles Chaos abilities far beyond that of almost any being on Mobius. Among the powers Knuckles has been granted by these energies are the ability to rapidly recover from any injury, the power to open portals to other places, the ability to generate matter from thin air, and various others. The Master Emerald is a large, green emerald depicted in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game and comic series. ...


Transformation

Like Sonic, Knuckles has a variety of powered-up forms that he can assume, among them Hyper Knuckles, Chaos Knuckles, and Super Knuckles.

See main article for more information.

In the various official Sonic the Hedgehog series media, a variety of Super Forms appear. ...

Alternate selves

Like several characters in the Archie Comics continuity, Knuckles has been depicted has having multiple counterparts in other realities. Among these counterparts are Anti-Knuckles, a version of Knuckles from the Anti-universe, which is the evil version of the main Sonic universe. Anti-Knuckles, like Knuckles, guards the Master Emerald, but is otherwise vastly different from his main universe counterpart. He is a pacifist, lives on the Sunken Island-home to the city of Atlantinopolis-and speaks with an Irish accent. He acts as rival to Evil Sonic, and unfortunately shares his Mobius Prime counterpart's trusting nature, which led Evil Sonic to fooling him into journeying to Mobius Prime. The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #1, published by Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing series of comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring Segas mascot video game character Sonic. ... Scourge the Hedgehog (nicknamed Evil Sonic) is a recurring villain found only in the Archie Comics series. ...


Knuckles also has a counterpart named Tuxedo Knux, from a Sailor Moon themed version of Mobius. This version of Knuckles wears the tuxedo, cape, and mask of character Tuxedo Mask, and his weapon is also a thrown rose. This version is also the boyfriend of Sally Moon, that dimension's Sally Acorn. Sailor Moon , officially translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is the title of a famous media franchise created by Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi. ... Mamoru Chiba Mamoru Chiba (地場 衛 Chiba Mamoru) is the only major male human character appearing in the manga and anime known as Sailor Moon. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Sally Alicia of the House of Acorn (Sally Acorn or Princess Sally Alicia Acorn) is a fictional character appearing in the American Sonic the Hedgehog animated series (commonly referred to by fans as SatAM) from 1993 to 1995 and Archies Sonic the Hedgehog comics. ...


Presumably, countless other counterparts of Knuckles from other dimensions exist. However, since having Knuckles join numerous counterparts of himself in battle would be cliché after the plot was used with Sonic and Tails, it is unlikely that a large number of these counterparts will ever appear.


Trivia

  • Cancelled storyline shone on Sonic HQ depicted a possible plot line in which Knuckles would have left the Chaotix to go on a world-wide martial arts pilgrimage. He also did this to prevent the Master Emerald from being sensed when it activated his Chaos Knuckles powers. This would lead him to the temple of Monkey Khan, where he would train before falling under the control of the Iron Queen. This would lead him to battle a similarly controlled Monkey Khan, until he achieved a functionally omnipotent status by absorbing power from the Master Geode.

This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ...

References

All information is taken from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna, and other such versions of the Archie Comics.


 
 

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