- For the Archie Comics interpretation of this character, see Speedy (Archie) or Speedy (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Battle Kukku XVI (バトルクック16世 Batoru Kukku Jūroku-sei?), also known as "Speedy" (スピーディ Supīdi?) due to his fast flying, is an antagonist and recurring boss in Tails Adventure. This green-feathered bird is heir to the throne of the invading Battle Kukku Empire.
Speedy appears to be very similar looking comparing to the soldiers of Battle Kukku Empire. Although being a little bit taller than normal soldiers and Tails, he has a green body with a orange beak, feet and wings, but which makes it a tad unclear whether Speedy has green hair or wears a war helmet similar to ones which Passive Combatants use. It also seems that he also has sort of string hanging behind his head, but due the sprite limitations this is almost impossible to see in the in-game graphics. He wears half of his egg as part of his uniform and brown boots with black belts on them.
During the last duel in Battle Fortress, he now wears armor with a blue and grey color scheme. The armor has blue neck guards and his arms are now laser blasters. He replaced his brown boots with blue shoes with white socks and has now a jet pack which he uses instead of hovering naturally.
In Speedy's only game appearance, as the Battle Kukku Empire discovers the Chaos Emeralds in Cocoa Island, Speedy and his troops were sent by his father from Battle Fortress to find them. In the game, Speedy can be first seen and encountered in command of the Kukku troops on Polly Mountain. After the battle he drops the Chaos Emerald which he has been found and flees back to the Battle Fortress.
He isn't seen until near the end of the game, as he challenges Tails to another duel in the end of Battle Fortress before Tails encounters his father, but this time he has now battle armor with a jet pack. Despite this Tails manages to defeat him and he's seen to explode and be gone for good.
Powers and abilities
During the battles against him, Speedy is capable of hovering at high speed in the air and is able to perform corkscrew dive-bombs.
In his second fight with Tails, Speedy uses battle armor with an energy gun and a jet engine on his back. This armor lets him take even faster flight and hover in midair, and its armaments can fire both energy projectiles and fiery waves.
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After fighting his way through the avian soldiers swarming Polly Mountain, Tails finally reaches Speedy, who immediately bolts straight up to the sky. Tails (with a somehow infinite flight gauge) must pursue the crown prince as they dart amidst the mountain's upper limits. Speedy periodically attacks Tails with a corkscrew dive-bomb from above.
There are no means of actually damaging Speedy during the encounter; similar to the Labyrinth Zone boss in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, victory comes simply by making it to the summit of the mountain. At this point, an exhausted Speedy drops the Pink Chaos Emerald and is shown flying back to the Battle Fortress.
Speedy is then fought as the second to last boss in Battle Fortress. At the beginning he is seen standing and then starts flying around in battle armor. The battle takes place in a room with four platforms around. Speedy starts moving around the room, and at times he quickly loads and releases a blue energy ball toward the player. When Speedy arrives to the left or right side of room, he will also shoot three waves of fire at the player with his jet pack. After doing his attack he will apparently change his flying pattern as well.
By simply touching Speedy damages the player and takes three rings. Tails has to dodge him, who can fly across the player and his attacks as well. To defeat Speedy, the player has to throw bombs at him twelve times until he starts to exploding and getting completely destroyed. The player has then fly up to the roof of the room, then the player will face his father in final fight.
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Battle Kukku XVI, more commonly referred to as "Speedy", was the son of the Grand Battle Kukku XV and the next in the line of Battle Kukkus to take over the Battle Bird Armada. Despite his loyalty to his father, he feared him and once tried to escape the armada, but to no avail. He also had a personal grudge at Jet after being snubbed years ago. During the armada's time on Cocoa Island, Speedy developed a respect for Tails after he foiled their operations there. Speedy later helped the armada seize Babylon Garden, but their plan failed when the Babylon Rogues betrayed them.
After the timeline was rebooted following Worlds Collide, Speedy is now virtually identical to his game counterpart.
- Bean the Dynamite and Jet the Hawk both look similar to Speedy, since all three have green feathers and yellow beaks.
- Speedy wears half of his egg as part of his uniform, which sometimes has been mistaken for a diaper.
- The Battle Kukku Empire appears to operate a rather idiosyncratic system of archontology, pre-emptively granting Speedy an imperial numeral while his father is still very much alive and well.