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The Battle Kukku Empire (バトルクック帝国 Batoru Kukku Teikoku?),[1][2] also known as the Battle Bird Armada, are the primary antagonists in Tails Adventure. They are an army of belligerent bird warriors lead by the Great Battle Kukku.


The Battle Kukku Empire invaded Cocoa Island to uncover the Chaos Emeralds which lay hidden there for ages. Tails fends off the invaders and defeats them. The Battle Kukku Empire consists of uniformed birds, somewhat intelligent robot drones and advanced machinery. The army lives on a huge flying fortress that posed as an island throughout most of Tails Adventure.



Heavy machinery


In other media

Archie Comics


Predator Hawk joining the army.

The Battle Bird Armada has appeared in the Archie Comics continuity. It was first mentioned in Sonic the Hedgehog #163, but made a full appearance in Sonic Universe #17.


  • The organization has never given official English name in western instruction manuals of Tails Adventure. North American instruction manual of Sonic Gems Collection refers members of the empire to as Kukku bird troops or simply Kukku,[5] though it is not clear whatever it refers the whole empire as itself.
  • Given the name of Kukku Island when the game is set to English (Coco Island), it is possible that Kukku was meant to be read as "Cuckoo". On the other hand, it could have been mistaken for the name of the game's setting, Cocoa Island. However, "Kukku" was used in compilations and later the Archie Comics as part of the main villain's name, confirming its official spelling.
  • The Battle Kukku Empire are the second villains (although the first chronologically) that Tails has fought single-handedly, the other being Witchcart.
  • In Ristar, another Sega game, both the first level miniboss and the end boss of Planet Sonata (Neuos in the Japanese version) bear a very uncanny resemblance to the bird troops.
  • There is a similarity between Speedy, Bean the Dynamite and Jet the Hawk; they are three bird characters who are all green. Also, both the Great Battle Kukku and Bean use bombs as their weapon of choice.


  1. Tails Adventure (Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual pg. 5.
  2. テイルスアドベンチャー. Retrieved on 18 May 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Tails Adventure (Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual pg. 28.
  4. Japanese titled enemies of Tails Adventure listed on the GHZ.
  5. Sonic Gems Collection (Gamecube) North American instruction manual pg. 14.

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