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Quotation1 A friend of a friend is always a friend! Quotation2
— Cream the Rabbit, Sonic Rush[2]

Cream the Rabbit (クリーム・ザ・ラビット Kurīmu za Rabitto?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is an anthropomorphic rabbit and the daughter of Vanilla the Rabbit. She is a friend of the Chao,[3] especially to her dear Chao friend Cheese, who she takes with her everywhere. Originally living an idyllic life with her family, Cream had a chance encounter with Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends when the evil Dr. Eggman entered her world, and soon began joining them on their adventures. She is able to achieve flight by flapping her large ears.

Cream is very polite, well-mannered and pure, though she can be childish and naïve. She is full of curiosity and tries her best in everything she does. Though young, she is not afraid to stand up for herself and will always be there to help out her friends. Just as Tails is the sidekick of Sonic, Cream serves the same purpose for Amy Rose and Blaze the Cat.

Concept and creation

Like Sonic and Silver, Cream was originally supposed to be a different kind of animal: she was supposed to be a fox who looked very similar to Tails but in pigtails and the second design she appeared to be a squirrel with many tails.[4] Her name is a pun of the foods "vanilla cream," and "cream cheese" which underlines her relationships with Cheese and Vanilla the Rabbit.[5]

Cream was specifically created by Sonic Team for Sonic Heroes to fill out the role as the Fly Type character for Team Rose. However, the team decided to already introduce Cream in Sonic Advance 2 to make her more familiar to players and make Sonic Advance 2 feel fresher in comparison to Sonic Advance.

According to Sega, Cream was designed as a playable character for beginner players.[6] As her offensive maneuver, Cream was given the Chao Attack since it would damage her image as a sweet girl if she would attack enemies herself.[5]

Appearance

Cream is a small, anthropomorphic, lop-eared rabbit with cream fur and brown eyes. She has princeton orange markings around her eyes, on her head and at the ends of her ears. She wears a simple vermilion dress with a white collar and blue cravat, and orange and yellow shoes. Her ears are usually swiveled back and flop behind her head.

Personality

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Cream's profile in Sonic Generations.

Because of her mother's teachings in the importance of manners, Cream is a princess-like figure; she is very polite and well-behaved,[1][7] speaks courteously (often referring to people as "Mr." and "Miss") and does what she is told. With her politeness being like second-nature to her, Cream acts out her teachings with a cheerful smile on her face and a soft voice. Regardless of the situation and being used to getting what she wants,[8] Cream never forgets her manners, even offering a polite curtsy before attacking Eggman, with extreme prejudice.[9]

Cream is sweet, honest, innocent and has a generally happy attitude.[10] She is similarly very considerate, charitable and friendly, always eager to lend her friends a hand whenever the situation calls for it and tries to be close to everyone she meets. Very brave despite her age, Cream is full of curiosity and has a thirst for knowledge.[1][7] She is also not afraid to voice her anger and disgust, but never does so in a rude way. A spirited go-getter, Cream is very hardworking and always tries her best in everything she does.[11][12] Like Sonic, Cream loves adventures and is always eager to bravely charge off into the next one.[10] Because of her age and upbringing though, she is a little naïve and simple-minded at times.[9] As such, she does not always see things right away and can accidentally speak out others' flaws or get herself in over her head when wrapped up in other people's problems.[9] She can also be sensitive and childish,[12] being prone to start crying over smaller things, misfortune or sadness in general.

Cream is one who enjoys the simpler things in life and loves spending most of her time outdoors playing with her friends or collecting flowers which she finds pretty and joyful. Indoors, she enjoys watching TV and drawing pictures.

Cream loves being happy and seeing others the same way, and hates seeing others sad. As such, she is a pacifist and detests violence of all forms.[13] Even when beaten back by Chaos Gamma, Cream refused to fight back. However, she is willing to fight to protect her friends if their safety is threatened and there is no telling what she would do in such cases.[10]

Powers and abilities

Physical abilities

Cream's trademark skill is her ability to achieve flight by flapping her two large ears as wings, allowing her to move freely through midair. Although she cannot fly as high, fast or long as Rouge or Tails, she can fly a greater horizontal distance. Regardless, she can still fly fast enough to keep up with Sonic as seen in Sonic Generations. Cream can also carry weights much greater than that of her own while flying, without hindering her own flying speed, as seen in Sonic Heroes, hinting a great deal of strength behind her flying.

Like other characters in the series, Cream can run at super speeds and is said to be nearly as fast as Sonic.[14] When running, she uses a unique hopping running style that makes it difficult for her opponents to track her.[15] While not having highly professional skills in the field, Cream is also very acrobatic and agile, being able to perform simple, yet impressive movements and tricks while airborne, and grind on rails with ease.

Combat skills

Cream has very little combat experience. She severely lacks in battle prowess and often has to rely on her friends' help in combat. However, she still possesses some fighting skills, having been taught them to better help her friends.[10] If motivated or pushed though, Cream can fight exceptionally better, being able to defeat some of Eggman's stronger creations, such as the doctor's combat mechs and the weaponized Chaos Gamma.

Fighting Style

In battle, Cream fights by working in collaboration with Cheese, commanding the Chao to attack the opponent for her in various ways, such as ramming directly into the enemy, dealing direct and crippling blows, blocking attacks, or even stir up tornadoes to blow opponents away, while she keeps a safe distance from the opponent.

When not fighting opponents herself, Cream focuses on providing support to her allies, such as in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood where her POW moves are all cheers that can empower and encourage her allies.

Techniques and Moves

Cream's signature technique and primary offensive maneuver is the Chao Attack, where she commands Cheese to charge into her target. This allows her to attack from long distance almost instantly, a contrast to other characters who lacks long-range attacks. Over time, Cream has developed several variants of this technique such as the Chao Rolling Attack and Step Attack where Cream has Cheese spinning around her to shield her from damage, the Chao Ball Attack where Cream has Cheese spin into a target, and the Chao Spinning Attack where Cream has Cheese somersault into an enemy for wider attack range.

Cream is able to perform the Spin Attack where she curls tightly into a concussive ball while in locomotion to damage, mow down, or burrow through obstacles and foes, along with the various forms derived from it. Using the Spin Jump, Cream can leap into the air and curl into a spinning ball to deal damage to anything she lands on, the Spin Dash lets her shoot herself forward as an acceleration roll at high speeds to break barriers or mow down enemies, and the Homing Attack allows Cream to jump and home in on an enemy to attack.

Miscellaneous Skills

Cream has good homemaking skills, such as cooking and decorating, most likely because of her mother's teachings. As an offspring of her good-hearted nature, Cream is able to heal herself using only the pureness of her heart.[16]

In Sonic Free Riders, Cream has demonstrated very high Extreme Gear rider skills, being able to hold her own against some of the best Extreme Gear riders the world has to offer during the World Grand Prix. While riding on an Extreme Gear, Cream can pulls off highly advanced tricks and techniques with her Extreme Gear while in midair, moving at incredible speeds, She is also able to ride her Extreme Gear through mid-air with great precisions and control.

Color Powers

Main article: Color Power

By harnessing different variants of Hyper-go-on from Wisps, Cream can use specific Color Powers to transform into a certain form, such as a drill, a laser or even a planet, each one possessing its own unique abilities. So far, Cream has been able to transform into the Cyan Laser, Yellow Drill and Indigo Asteroid. However, these transformations require a steady supply of Hyper-go-on to be maintained.

Relationships

Vanilla the Rabbit

Vanilla being Cream's mother is a very important role in her life. Cream, likewise, loves her mother as both shower love on each other. Basically because of her mother, Cream is such a well mannered rabbit as Vanilla brought her up very nicely.

Both share the same kind, loving and pious personality as seen in Sonic Rush as both were acting the same and kind way to Blaze the Cat when they had invited her to their home.

In Sonic Advance 2, Cream is worried throughout the game for her mother as she was kidnapped, and cried in grief after Eggman took her away when she was found again.

Cheese

Cheese is Cream's Chao friend along with his brother Chocola, they have been together since their debut in Sonic Advance 2, the two are rarely seen apart from the other and they go everywhere together. The two of them work well together and even give each other courage.[17]

Amy Rose

Cream and Amy share a very close relationship like sisters similar to how Tails and Sonic are like brothers. They are both a part of Team Rose along with Big. In Sonic Advance 3 they were known as "Team Jubilee". In Sonic Rush Amy seems to enjoy talking to Cream by stopping her from helping Blaze by saying "Cream, we better have a little talk..." and even took out her hammer when Cream replied "Not again!". Amy and Cream worry about each other and try to help each other. Amy is also very caring for Cream, in Shadow the Hedgehog she looks for Cream in Cryptic Castle and constantly tells Shadow that they must find her. In Sonic Chronicles, Amy tells Cream "You poor thing, what are you doing here by yourself?" when the player meets Cream and then she tells the player they have to find Cheese.

In Sonic Battle Cream looked upset when Amy was in battle with weights on in order to lose weight and to become stronger. In Sonic Free Riders when Amy and Vector get into an argument, Cream tries to get in and break the argument, reminding them that they have to race. Cream also describes Amy's obsession with Sonic 'short-sighted' in Sonic Rush. Despite not wanting to help Amy chase Sonic, Cream still sticks up to Amy and helps her out like a side-kick.

Blaze the Cat

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Cream and Blaze

As Blaze was traveling alone, after defeating Dr. Eggman for the first time, Cream had surprised her by hiding. Blaze was a little hostile, but Cream instead walked up towards her and invited her to her house, along with her mother, Vanilla the Rabbit. Blaze thought this to be calmly eerie about the way they would treat a stranger.

Cream then agreed to show Blaze around, starting their adventure, acting similar to Tails in the Sonic campaign. Throughout, Blaze was only focused on collecting all of the Sol Emeralds but as they travel, Blaze soon feels a bond, finally seeing Cream as a friend and not a guide. She was very worried about Cream's safety after she destroyed the Eggman robot that captured Cream and briefly thought she had been consumed in the explosion, causing her to frantically search the robot's wreckage before she found Cream had used her flying powers to escape the explosion.

When Blaze left to her own dimension, Cream was seen crying but was later comforted by Sonic. In Sonic Generations, they are seen interacting with each other again at Sonic's birthday party.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Cream basically looks up to Sonic as an older brother[18] and is like a sister to him.[19] She also takes him as her savior and highly respects him. She often calls him by the name of "Mr. Sonic" as, due to her polite nature, she believes it to be good manners.

They first met in Sonic Advance 2 where he was destined to save Cream and her mother which led to a soft relationship between the two. When they met, Sonic was shocked at how polite she was, when she bowed to thank him.

In Sonic Rush, Cream marks Sonic as the first one to look up for help to Blaze but left her uninterested. This shows her high caliber of respect. She also made Blaze's and Sonic's bond closer.

In Sonic Generations, Cream and Cheese were among the many characters that attended Sonic's birthday party. If Classic Sonic rescues them, Cream mistakes him for Modern and asks if he got a haircut. Classic Sonic would then look at his spikes and stroke them and if Modern Sonic rescues them Cream tells him that she was scared from the darkness, but tried to be brave.

Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow and Cream do not have any friendly relationship between each other but he rescued her in Cryptic Castle when Amy requested Shadow to find her in Hero mission in the game. After that, Shadow tells both Amy and Cream that if they want to stay clear of trouble, they better stay away from Eggman.

Friends/allies

Enemies/Rivals

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Cream & Cheese. Sega. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
  2. Cream telling Blaze about friendship.
  3. Sonic Generations (Console/PC), Collection Room, Characters.
  4. File:Creamprototype.PNG
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega.com: Where do you draw your inspiration for the many unique Sonic characters? Is there a story behind the creation of Cream and her little Chao sidekick called Cheese from Sonic Advance 2? / Yuji Naka: We think up characters from the game system. For example, Knuckles needed to break walls and Tails, to fly in the sky. Cream is a sweet girl who has a Chao as a partner. However, if she attacks the enemy by herself, it can damage her image, so we decided that she takes the offensive using her Chao. By the way, the name Cheese was taken from "Cream Cheese".
  6. ソニック アドバンス2 (Japanese). Sega of Japan. Archived from the original on 12 November 2005. Retrieved on 3 January 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:Cream profile SG.png
  8. Sonic Heroes official website. Characters: Team Rose. Sega. Retrieved on 24 June 2004. “Cream was brought up like a princess and is used to getting what she wants, but she never forgets her manners. She often curtsies before unleashing a vicious attack on Dr. Eggman, which often involves hurtling Cheese, her tiny Chao sidekick, straight into his contraptions, as seen in Sonic Advance 2. Cream keeps Team Rose out of trouble by using her ears to fly them out of harm's way.”
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) United States instruction booklet, p. 9.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Cream the Rabbit, Codex, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
  11. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008). In-game description of the "Cream" trophy.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic Advance 2 (Gameboy Advance) English instruction manual, p. 3
  13. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood EU instruction booklet, pg. 7
  14. Sega of America. Cream the Rabbit. Sonic Characters. Sega of America. Archived from the original on 5 March 2005. Retrieved on 26 October 2017. “Cream, and her Chao sidekick Cheese, joined Sonic in his fight against evil in Sonic Advance 2 for Game Boy Advance. She flies with her ears and is nearly as fast as her new blue friend. When Dr. Eggman is being especially meddlesome, he gets a blast from Cheese who is hurtled at his doomsday machines by Cream.”
  15. Cream Run, Sonic Battle
  16. Cream Heal, Sonic Battle
  17. Sonic Battle (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 5
  18. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  19. Sonic Advance 3 Japanese website. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
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