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This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Amy Rose (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Amy Rose
Amy Rose Archie Profile
Amy Rose
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic Universe #55

Biographical overview
Age

12

Physical description
Species

Anthropomorphic hedgehog

Gender

Female

Fur

Pink

Skin

Peach

Eyes

Green

Attire
  • Red dress with white lining
  • Red boots with white stripes
  • Red hairband
  • White gloves with gold ring bracelets
Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Good

Affiliation
Likes
  • Shopping
  • Flirting with Sonic
  • Trying to get Sonic to marry her
  • Chasing after Sonic
Powers and abilities
Skills

Amy Rose is one of the main characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is a young, carefree anthropomorphic hedgehog who has had a crush on Sonic the Hedgehog for years. Originally starting out as just one of Sonic's most devoted young admirers, she would mature into one of his most trusted allies and after proving herself she became a member of the New Freedom Fighters who have sworn to protect the world from the evil scientist, Dr. Eggman and his Egg Army. Her loyalty to her friends and team is without question and her improving skills have assured her importance to the Freedom Fighters' cause. She is currently part of Team Fighters and the leader of the occasionally activated Team Rose.

Appearance

Amy is a pink hedgehog with green eyes. Unlike many other hedgehog characters, her spines are not spiky in appearance (though they were when she was younger) but rather are curved and stylized, somewhat resembling a bob cut.

As a child, Amy's appearance was generally based upon her look in the earlier games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Sonic the Fighters. At the time she wore an orange/yellow ruffled or pleated skirt, a white shirt with puffed green sleeves (sometimes colored entirely green), red, pink, or blue running shoes, white gloves, and a hairband. As a teen, she wears a short red dress with white trim, tall red boots with a white cuff and stripe, a red hairband and gloves with gold cuffs.

History

Early life

Amy first became involved in the conflict between Sonic and Dr. Eggman when she was captured by Metal Sonic and held captive on the Little Planet in order to force Sonic to come to her rescue.[1] Following this adventure, she joined Sonic's circle of friends, eventually taking part in an adventure when Eggman's robot ZERO came after a Flicky she had befriended. It was around this time that she donned her signature red and white ensemble, a part of the Dreamcaster line produced by her favorite designer Money the Cat, and began wielding the mighty Piko Piko Hammer.[2] Following this adventure and another in which she was introduced to Sonic's lookalike rival Shadow the Hedgehog,[3] Amy joined forces with her friend Cream the Rabbit, Cream's Chao Cheese, and Big the Cat to form the first incarnation of Team Rose. Looking to find Sonic and her friends' missing pets Chocola and Froggy, Amy's team found themselves competing with Team Sonic and Team Chaotix before joining them and Team Dark in facing the monstrous Metal Overlord.[4] At some point in the past, Amy was one of the many heroes caught up in the Black Arms invasion of the planet, where she and her fellow allies where briefly rendered immobile by a toxic gas released from the Black Comet. Fortunately, they were saved by the valiant efforts of Shadow, whom Amy also worked with to look for Cream and to challenge Eggman.[5][6]

ZERO and Amy

Amy recalls her past experiences as a captive.

Amy's adventures continued after she met the robot Emerl,[7] and also saw her helping Sonic confront the threat of Eggman backed by Emerl's upgraded and rebuilt form of Gemerl.[8] She later ran into Blaze the Cat, who became another firm friend,[9] and participated in Sonic's clashes with the Babylon Rogues,[10][11] even reforming Team Rose with Vector the Crocodile in place of Big to enter an Extreme Gear tournament.[12] She also participated in events that were later erased by Sonic's actions in battle against the evil Solaris, including a meeting with Silver the Hedgehog.[13] Amy also became involved in Eggman's machinations involving the Wisps,[14] and later the monstrous Time Eater,[15] though Sonic defeated the doctor on both occasions. Later on, she mysteriously vanished while guarding the Sky Patrol, Rotor the Walrus' greatest creation and the new base of the New Freedom Fighters.[16]

Pirate Plunder Panic

Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Amy's original timeline ended.
Girls Against Pirates

Team Rose fighting pirates.

Amy, Cream, Cheese, Bark the Polar Bear, and Bean the Dynamite-the latter two separate from Amy and her friends-were later whisked off to Blaze's home reality, the Sol Zone, by the power of the Sol Emeralds. With their memories of Sonic's World a blur, they joined Blaze, Marine the Raccoon, and the Coconut Crew aboard the Ocean Tornado in the hunt for the last Sol Emerald. They found it in the hands of the ruthless Captain Metal and his band of pirates, and became engaged in a battle with the fearsome warship known as the Metal Marauder. While Amy and her friends fought bravely, even providing Blaze the chance to sneak aboard the Marauder but the enemy vessel's arsenal proved too formidable. This forced the crew to take desperate action: the Coconut Crew abandoned ship while Amy, Marine, Cream, and Cheese hid in a chest that shielded them from the Ocean Tornado's destruction. Luckily, a school of Dolphins arrived to save them from drowning, and took them to Metal's stronghold of Pirate Island. There they found more new allies in the form of the Sprockets, whose Chief led them to Metal's fortress to rescue the captured Blaze. However, their attempt resulted in two unpleasant discoveries: the existence of Metal's Egg O' War and of his pet Kraken.[17][18]

Fortunately, the small band were able to escape due to a pair of distractions: Bean and Bark's sudden theft of Metal's stolen Sol Emerald, and its theft from them by Johnny, agent of Metal's rival and Blaze's old foe Captain Whisker. Pursuing Johnny, the four heroines and Cheese found and commandeered the Metal Marauder, shanghaiing the crew and finding themselves landed with Bark and Bean as unexpected-and at first unwelcome-shipmates. However, upon catching Johnny and engaging both Captain Whisker's Ship and the released Kraken, Amy and her friends turned to the pair of criminals for help. Bean responded by conjuring a massive bomb that Bark then lobbed into the Kraken's mouth, destroying the creature but also causing the Sol Emerald to go flying and land in the clutches of Captain Metal, who arrived via his submarine.[19]

Leaving Sol Zone

Amy and the others return to their own world.

Blaze engaged the robot while Amy and the others continued to battle Whisker's crew, with the fight ending as Metal captured Blaze and took her aboard the Egg o' War. A fleeing Whisker sank the Marauder as he was leaving, with the robot crew deserting Metal for him. Fortunately, Amy and her allies were able to claim the submarine, thanks to Bean chasing off Metal's lieutenants Swash and Buckle. Amy, Cream, and Cheese then boarded the Egg o' War to rescue Blaze, their efforts enabling her to claim the last Sol Emerald and add it to her collection. Using the power of all seven, she became Burning Blaze, and melted Metal's body only for him to upload himself into the Egg o' War. However, Burning Blaze easily shot down the flying menace after Amy and friends made their escape, and gratefully sent all five inhabitants of Mobius back to their home using the power of the Sol Emeralds.[20]

Countdown to Chaos and Damage Control

Amy and Sally1

Amy and Sally get their memories of the un-altered world restored.

Arriving in Mobotropolis, Amy and her allies found a returning Sally Acorn, who was being pursued by a murderous Metal Sonic. Amy moved quickly to assist Sally in battling the robot, who easily overpowered the Royal Palace Guard, while Bark and Bean took advantage of the robot's presence to escape. Fortunately, Sonic and Tails arrived just in time to relieve their beleaguered friends, luring Metal outside the city and damaging him too badly to continue the fight. Both Sally and Amy were happy-though confused-at Sonic's greeting, as he made strange references that neither understood. All was later made clear aboard the Sky Patrol, where a shared touch to Nicole allowed Amy to regain memories of a forgotten life. Regrettably, they had little time to process these revelations, as Nicole promptly revealed that the same phenomenon that had changed their universe had also left the planet dangerously unstable. The Sky Patrol took flight, and the New Freedom Fighters were treated to the site of their planet breaking apart.[21] Realizing that the cataclysm would have affected the entirely planet, the team headed for Station Square, where they divided into Team Fighters and Team Freedom in an effort to assist the citizens.[22]

Shattered World Crisis

Amy and her friends soon found themselves on another mission, this time to rescue the kidnapped Professor Charles the Hedgehog and his colleague Professor Dillon Pickle from an Egg Train bound for Rail Canyon Zone. Tasked with locating the missing scientists, Amy began smashing her way into train cars, but became more cautious upon nearly setting off an explosion that could have destroyed the whole transport. She quickly warned Bunnie D'Coolette of the danger as well, but the team soon had to deal with the damaged train picking up speed and the interference of E-106 Eta.[23] They eventually succeeded in rescuing the professors, who then explained what they had learned about the planet's condition from the Gaia Manuscripts. Pickle and Chuck then informed them of the corruptive nature of the power of Dark Gaia seeping from the planet, which Sonic-unbeknownst to most of his friends-had previously been exposed to. Brushing off the concerns of his teammates, Sonic insisted upon focusing on their new task: gathering the seven Chaos Emeralds and combining their power with that of the Gaia Temples to restore the planet.[24]

Eusebes Chao Garden

Amy in the Eusebes Shrine.

Not sure where to begin their search, the Freedom Fighters formed Amy into a team with Sonic and Rotor, who were dropped off on a beach. They were soon surprised to hear music coming from a nearby crevice, and upon calling out heard a response and were told to wait for someone to guide them. That guide proved to be Razor the Shark, accompanied by Crusher the Chao, who provided the trio with Air Charms to allow them to accompany him underwater. The stunned trio of heroes were shown the underwater city of Meropis, and then led to the Eusebes Shrine where they met the source of the music: Coral the Betta. The heroes spent some pleasant time exploring the shrine's adjacent Chao Garden before being alerted to a troubling development: the shrine's patron Chao Aquarius had gone into a cocoon and not emerged. Almost immediately, the shrine was then visited by members of the City Guard, who were quick to be suspicious of the surface dwellers.[25] When Aquarius' condition became known, Captain Striker the Mantis Shrimp took Coral, Razor, Amy, and Sonic before King Puff and Queen Angelica. Upon learning that the city was plagued by pollution and by monsters, the Freedom Fighters attempted to explain the situation but were dismissed. Coral was then stripped of her office and told to leave the shrine the following day, a development that broke her concentration during the evening ceremony at the shrine and brought down the city's protective shield.[26]

Amy and her friends-both old and new-were forced to engage the invading creatures, and defeated the first wave only to realize that more were coming. Amy volunteered to remain with Razor, Coral, and Coral's apprentice Pearly the Manta Ray to protect the Shrine while Sonic and Rotor went to aid the city and get reinforcements, with Coral endeavoring to raise the shield again. Amy and Razor's valiant efforts held for a time, though Amy found herself dealing with Pearly's unexplained fear of the Chao who inhabited the shrine. They then had an unpleasant revelation: Sonic and Rotor had taken Air Charms that were nearly depleted, and would leave them trapped underwater with no air supply.[27] Fortunately, Tikal and Chaos arrived to help both groups of heroes, and guardsmen under Echo the Dolphin soon arrived to reinforce the Shrine. The shield was soon raised again after Aquarius emerged from her cocoon in an evolved state, and Coral was reinstated as priestess. She then taught Amy the Mystic Melody, a skill that Amy developed surprisingly quickly, to help the Freedom Fighters in their search for the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples.[28] After returning to the Sky Patrol, Amy would join a reformed Team Rose for a training mission orchestrated by Nicole, which Amy noted was surprisingly intense. Nicole responded that Amy would have gotten mad if she had taken it easy on them.[29]

Amy would soon put her new skill to work in helping her teammates-this time Sonic and Sally-locate a Chaos Emerald in Soumerca. The trio were attacked shortly after their arrival in the Rocky Jungle Zone by E-113 Xi, who was dispatched by the arrival of two old friends: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. After catching up, the Freedom Fighters were introduced to Mighty and Ray's mentor Moss the Sloth, who sensed the growing darkness of Dark Gaia within Sonic. Brushing off his friends' concerns yet again, Sonic advised Amy to employ the Mystic Melody, and she detected it some distance south, which Mighty reported was in Soumerca Egg Army territory. The five friends made their way to the Emerald's location, only to fall into a trap set by Egg Boss Thunderbolt, who set powerful electric generators to zap the heroes. However, the Dark Gaia energies within Sonic caused him to transform into the fearsome Sonic the Werehog,[30] who made short work of the Egg Soldiers before pursuing Thunderbolt. Mighty managed to halt Sonic's rampage, and after a battle between the two Amy and Sally managed to talk Sonic down, helping him overcome his distorted perception of the world around him. Upon his return to normal with the rising of the sun, Sonic declared that he would remain with Mighty and Ray under Moss' tutelage until he could keep his new form under control.[31] Reluctantly, the Freedom Fighters embarked on their next mission without Sonic, and set out to recover another Chaos Emerald. Amy was teamed with Rotor and Tails as Team Fighters to serve as backup to the Team Freedom composed of Sally, Bunnie, and Antoine D'Coolette.[32]

They were quickly called into action as the first team was caught in a trap, only to become ensnared in another set in expectation of their rescue attempt. With the Emerald lost and no apparent means of escape, the two groups were saved by the brave efforts of Amy's old teammates, T-Pup, and Omochao, who arrived to save them from Eggman's energy net. A despondent group then picked up the confident Sonic, who reassured them all that this setback wouldn't stop them.[33]

Champions

Casino Park

Team Fighters arrives in Casino Park.

The quest for the Emeralds soon led Team Fighters-with Sonic replacing Rotor alongside Amy and Tails-being registered for the Chaos Emerald Championship being held in Casino Park. Sonic shared with the group his history with Breezie the Hedgehog, the tournament's organizer, whose existence prompted some jealousy in Amy due to not having previously been told about her. Amy also briefly disputed with Rotor, who suggested stealing the Emerald rather than competing, and was backed up by Sally in her view that the Freedom Fighters couldn't afford to compromise their integrity. Amy and her teammates soon arrived in Casino Park, where they enjoyed a brief but tense interview with Breezie, before running into a far more thrilling new acquaintance from Amy's perspective: her favorite fashion designer Honey the Cat. Recognizing Amy's ensemble as one of her creations, Honey determined to release it as part of the "Rose Collection," something that thrilled Amy. After a disturbingly well-synchronized routine between the two of them, Amy introduced Honey to her teammates, and they explained their reasons for being in the tournament. Honey agreed to give them the Emerald in the event of her victory, though she hoped that the Freedom Fighters would all agree to model for her.[34]

During the first round, Amy alerted Sonic to the fact that the sun was about to set following his match with Segata Sanshiro. She then faced her own opponent, Pane the Boar, whose superior size proved to be no match for Amy. As the first round wound down, Tails was defeated by Honey, who was then set to face Sonic in the next round. Much to her horror, Amy's opponent for round two was an unexpected addition to the tournament: their old ally Knuckles the Echidna.[35] In facing him, Amy was confident in her ability to win, and was eager for the chance to move on and face Sonic. However, she allowed herself to become distracted by various concerns during the fight, and Knuckles managed to land a blow that knocked her into the stands. She went into a hospital, but fortunately her pride proved to be the most injured part of her, and she asked Sonic to "avenge" her and beat Knuckles in the finals.[36]

Worlds Unite

Personality

Amy is an interesting mix of personality traits, apparently as happy to be fighting Eggman as she is chasing after Sonic or shopping. Though she loves fashion and is often quite cheerful, she also possesses a temper rivaling if not surpassing that of Knuckles. Despite this, she is a dedicated hero, and balks at the path of "the ends justify the means." Her somewhat materialistic hobbies hide a deep concern for her friends-especially Sonic.

Powers and abilities

Amy is a powerful offensive fighter equipped with the mighty Piko Piko Hammer, her primary weapon in combat. She is able to conjure the hammer apparently out of thin air, one of many mystical properties apparently possessed by the object, which has also on occasion produced small cyclones. Amy appears to possess other mystical powers, as demonstrated by her proficiency in the Mystic Melody.

Relationships

Sonic the Hedgehog

Amy is head-over-heels in love with Sonic, taking advantage of every opportunity to express her affection. His rare instances of reciprocating this-if not in a romantic fashion-are enough to leave her dazed, though she becomes jealous at the very notion that another girl might be interested in him.

Friends/allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the English manual for Sonic CD Amy is credited as Princess Sally but the PC Version and all other games call her Amy Rose. The reason at the time was to support the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, but the attempt was scratched off.
  • The plot point of Amy's modern outfit being part of Honey the Cat's "Dreamcasters" line is a nod to the fact that Amy first appeared with this look in Sonic Adventure, which was released for the SEGA Dreamcast.

See also

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog CD
  2. Sonic Adventure
  3. Sonic Adventure 2
  4. Sonic Heroes
  5. Sonic Universe #59, "Shadow Fall Part One: Into the Unknown"
  6. Shadow the Hedgehog
  7. Sonic Battle
  8. Sonic Advance 3
  9. Sonic Rush
  10. Sonic Riders
  11. Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
  12. Sonic Free Riders
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog
  14. Sonic Colors
  15. Sonic Generations
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #253, "Countdown to Chaos Part One: The Builder"
  17. Sonic Universe #55, "Pirate Plunder Panic Part One"
  18. Sonic Universe #56, "Pirate Plunder Panic Part Two"
  19. Sonic Universe #57, "Pirate Plunder Panic Part Three"
  20. Sonic Universe #58, "Pirate Plunder Panic The Conclusion"
  21. Sonic the Hedgehog #256, "Countdown to Chaos Finale: The Princess and the Hammer"
  22. Sonic the Hedgehog #257, "Damage Control"
  23. Sonic the Hedgehog #258, "The Chase: Part One"
  24. Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase: Part Two"
  25. Sonic the Hedgehog #260, "The Light in the Dark: Part One"
  26. Sonic the Hedgehog #261, "Waves of Change Part Two: Current Events"
  27. Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "Waves of Change Part Three: Terror in the Deep"
  28. Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"
  29. Sonic Super-Sized Comics Digest #11, "Sonic Comic Origins - Nicole"
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog #264, "Control Part One: Breaking Point"
  31. Sonic the Hedgehog #265, "Control Part Two: Unleashed!"
  32. Sonic the Hedgehog #266, "Ambushed! Part One"
  33. Sonic the Hedgehog #267, "Ambushed! Part Two"
  34. Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
  35. Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
  36. Sonic the Hedgehog #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"

External links

  • Amy Rose at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki

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