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Charlie is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom television series. He is an anthropomorphic desert rat from the Unnamed Village and an enemy of Knuckles the Echidna. A former archaeologist, Charlie turned to a life of villainy after Knuckles ruined his life with his buffoonery.
Charlie is a lanky anthropomorphic desert rat with green eyes and light blue fur. In terms of height, he is more than a head shorter than Knuckles. He has short cheek tuffs, small round ears on top of his head, and a light peach medium-long muzzle with a black nose. He also has long fur on his head arranged in a comb over and a long tail with a tuff on the tip. His attire consists of a white shirt with pens in its left chest pocket, square black glasses, white gloves, grey socks, and beige shoes with grey soles.
Years ago, Charlie worked for the Fennec Shopkeeper, but got fired due to Knuckles' constant foolery with the inventory. He soon found a new job at Mr. Slate's dig site for some Ancient ruins and made himself a good life with his wife, Belinda.
When Charlie met Knuckles again years later, the echidna wanted to amends for what he did. While Charlie assured him it was in the past, Knuckles persisted. However, Knuckles' attempts cost Charlie his job, his home and his wife. Driven mad, Charlie swore vengeance. Restoring an mech weapon from the dig site, Charlie began bullying Knuckles with his newfound power until the echidna fought back. Although Charlie was beaten and a (fake) truce was made, he had now won back Belinda's admiration and gotten a new job as a supervillain.
Answering Dr. Eggman's call to a meeting, Charlie met up with the other local villains and rogues at Eggman's lair where Eggman revealed he had gathered them to form a team to destroy Team Sonic. After some arguments over leadership and team exercises, Charlie wanted Eggman to lead them after Shadow the Hedgehog had left the group criticizing them. Attacking Team Sonic, Charlie helped Eggman and Giant Robot face Sonic after separating him from his team. However, Charlie was beaten when Sonic knocked his mech into Giant Robot, short-circuiting them both.
Charlie eventually returned to battle Sonic and Knuckles, but retreated after Sonic damaged his mech suit. After breaking some rules, Charlie was forced by law to get a permit for committing evil. To do so, Charlie had to take an exam, which he passed, although the law was soon rendered null and void. Charlie was later with Belinda when they met Knuckles, who was looking for a foster family. Following Belinda's plan for revenge, Charlie let Knuckles into his family and used his vulnerability to bond with him, before convincing Knuckles to become his fellow villain. Charlie later attacked Team Sonic with his mech and Knuckles, but as he used Knuckles as a shield, the echidna would rejoin his team and help beat Charlie, who retreated with Belinda.
Charlie was originally a mild-mannered guy taking diligent pleasure in his work. However, he was not much for confrontation, meaning he would not stand up for himself when mistreated and let people walk over him. He was also not one to carry around grudges for long and was willing to forgive past transgressions. Even when angered and pushed around, Charlie would suppress his frustrations in a passive-aggressive way.
After losing his job and getting kicked out by his wife, Charlie changed drastically as a result of his trauma. Becoming aggressive and vengeful, he became a unreasonable and sadistic bully who picks on his victims mercilessly. His resentment towards others also changed radically, as he would begin holding long-time grudges at his foes. On the positive side though, he became much more assertive. Having sworn to never let anyone wrong him again after his turn to villainy, Charlie shows no hesitation to seek strife against those who have wronged him and will fight dirty if needed.
Powers and abilities
Charlie wields a powerful mech suit from the time of the Ancients which he stole from a dig site. This weapon raw strength lets him fight on even grounds with the likes of Knuckles. It can also fire energy beams that can either immobilize or blow away opponents. At first, Charlie had trouble controlling it, but he has since mastered it.
Knuckles the Echidna
Charlie's arch-nemesis is Knuckles the Echidna, whom he holds responsible for the losses of his past jobs and for nearly ruining his marriage. During the early stages of their relationship, Charlie did get frustrated over how Knuckles' foolery affected him, yet he always suppressed his anger at him. However, after Knuckles nearly ruined his life, Charlie finally snapped and gained an explosive hatred for the echidna. He subsequently became a super villain and made it his mission to torment Knuckles as revenge. He thus gets really mad when Knuckles, in his stupidity, cannot remember him. Despite having dedicated himself to evil though, Charlie thinks of Knuckles as a menace and a "demon incarnate". Regardless, he remains aware of Knuckles' low intelligence, which is an endless source of frustration for him.
While Charlie hates Knuckles with a passion, Knuckles is responsible for making Charlie start standing up for himself, which ironically changed his life for the better. Also, while Charlie cannot stand Knuckles' company, he is willing to endure it for the sake of his schemes.
Charlie is very fond of Belinda, referring to her as "sweetheart" and "honey," even though they have their arguments. Charlie in particular appears to be very uncomfortable about disappointing her. Belinda leaving him was the final straw that pushed Charlie over the brink into villainy, implying that she means a great deal to him. However, Charlie would win her back by proving his newfound assertiveness after becoming a villain, who in turn fully supported his new career choice with evil glee by faking a truce with Knuckles.
Since Charlie became a supervillain, Belinda has acted as his partner in villainy. While Charlie provides the muscle with his mech suit, Belinda provides him with plans and tactics to use. In addition, she helps rein Charlie in when his anger gets the better of him.
- ↑ Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (25 October 2015). Retrieved on 21 November 2015.
- ↑ Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (5 February 2016). Retrieved on 5 February 2016. “Alexander Soerensen: Gooday Mr. Freiberger. Would you be so kind to explain what kind of animal Charlie from Sonic Boom is? / Bill Freiberger: Charlie is a desert rat.”
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Raut-Sieuzac, Natalys (28 January 2017). "Knuck Knuck! Who's Here?". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 64. Boomerang.
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Grenier, Benoit (7 November 2015). "Counter Productive". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 51. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (14 November 2015). "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 52. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Lieblich, Doug (10 December 2016). "The Biggest Fan". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 57. Boomerang.
- ↑ Grenier, Benoit (21 January 2017). "The Evil Dr. Orbot". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 63. Boomerang.