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Archimedes, also known as Archy, is a fire ant master of the magician's art, and the mentor of Knuckles the Echidna that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. The latest in a long line of fire ants, he is the descendant of Christopheles, son of Semper Fidelis, grandson of Deo Volente, mentor and friend to Edmund and Steppenwolf, the original Guardians. Archimedes, like his ancestors and the Guardians, is long-lived, having served as mentor to Knuckles and his father Locke, among others. Archimedes is also one of the few residents of Mobius proper in constant communication with the Brotherhood of Guardians.
He has dark red skin, blue eyes and wears bone necklace, cowboy hat, brown vest and brown boots. He dislikes being eaten and is able to breathe fire through his mouth and disappear and reappear via teleportation.
To his friends, Archimedes goes by the nickname Archy (pronounced ar-kee). Archy is a respected member of the Fire Ant Council, the ruling body of his race, and is the only known member to have escaped being transported to the Egg Grape Chamber by Dr. Robotnik's henchman Hunter.
Versed in magical lore, Archimedes is master of smoke and mirrors and sleight of hand, allowing him to fool even the most clever of enemies. Like all members of his species, he can also breath fire, allowing him to take on opponents several times his size. Archy can teleport from place to place in a puff of smoke, though in order to do so for others he must be in physical contact with them, and he can also communicate telepathically with other Mobians. He also speaks with an Australian accent.
Archimedes first appeared when Knuckles and the Chaotix were investigating the Grand Conservatory. Testing their skills, Archimedes proved quite an aggravation-as well as an asset-with his fire-breathing, teleportation, and survival skills. Cast out into the desert of Sandopolis, he teamed with Knuckles to get back to the Conservatory and beat Enerjak. Ever since then, he has been a friend and mentor to Knuckles and the Chaotix. His focus has traditionally been on Knuckles, particularly in helping him come to terms with how he feels about his role as a Guardian. Unfortunately, Archimedes also seems to have no problem letting Knuckles suffer in order to achieve what he feels should be achieved. An example of this is when he didn't tell Knuckles that exposure to the Master Emerald, though it would restore his Chaos powers, would also cause him intense agony and weakness until this came about. Afterwards, Archy remained on Angel Island while Knuckles returned to the surface, helping out the Angel Island resistance as best he could. He later sensed Knuckles' return to the island, and was the only party of good witness to the horrifying chain of events as his student was captured, led to Dr. Finitevus, stirred to anger and tricked into absorbing the energy of the Master Emerald, finally becoming the reincarnation of Archy's worst nightmare: Enerjak. Combined with the apparent demise of Knuckles' grandfather Sabre and Locke going rogue to find his missing family, Knuckles' corruption left Archy despairing that perhaps it was his influence that had led to the corruption and seeming downfall of the Guardian line.
Regardless, he joined Sonic, Julie-Su, and Locke in fighting the Destructix in order to reach a weapon intended to destroy Enerjak, but like Sonic and Julie had no intention of allowing Locke to use it on Knuckles. Archy made Locke realize that the Brotherhood was as much to blame for Enerjak's rebirth as Finitevus was, having intended for Knuckles to become as powerful as Enerjak if not more so through their experimentation. He and Julie then confronted Finitevus while Super Sonic fought Enerjak, and Archimedes was ready to give his life to undo the doctor's spell on the Master Emerald and so free Knuckles. Locke took the role instead, and Archy used his teleportation abilities to take Dr. Finitevus away long enough for Locke to do what he needed to.
- Archimedes's name is the same as the Greek philosopher who discovered the principles of water displacement while taking a bath (and subsequently ran naked through the streets shouting "Eureka!") His nickname may be a reference to Archie Comics.
- Archimedes at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki