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|Cream the Rabbit (Archie)|
Cream the Rabbit is a young Mobian rabbit who lives with her mother, Vanilla. She is very polite and enjoys the company of the Chao that live near her old house. When Snively Robotnik came to claim an energy reading detected at their home (which was caused by the Chao and their Chao Garden), Cream assisted their rescuer Amy Rose in beating back Snively, but Amy inadvertently crushed her house with the robot Snively was using. Wishing to make up, Amy insisted on Cream and Vanilla staying with her at New Mobotropolis until NICOLE could build them a home or they moved on to somewhere else, and after a little persuasion, Cream agreed to come along, feeling she had got a lifelong friend in Amy.
Better Homes & Chao Gardens
Cream and her mother lived in a large mansion in the Southern Baronies with a Chao Garden sitting on their front lawn. Cream became good friends with the Chao and even gave one a bow tie and named him Cheese. (StH: #217) Snively Robotnik with his machine then came to her home after tracking an energy source (similar to how his uncle had found a Chao Garden at the Lake of Rings) and claimed their home for the Eggman Empire. Cream tried to get all the Chao into the house's cellar with the help of Cheese, but they were frightened and she couldn't organize them. Vanilla then hugged Cream and told her she'd sent a distress call on the radio with no answer. Snively then gave them to the count of ten to move before he started drilling, prompting them to run for it before Amy Rose showed up on the scene and started knocking Snively's mech around. When she said she needed to get on top of the machine, Cream volunteered to help by flying her up. Vanilla instantly said it was too dangerous, but after Cream pleaded with her to let her help the Chao and Amy said she'd look after her, Vanilla agreed. Enjoying herself, Cream flew Amy up to the mech's cockpit so she could slam it with her Piko Piko Hammer, which crashed onto and destroyed Cream's house. Snively escaped and Amy later offered the rabbits her home, but Cream wanted to stay because it wasn't fair that the Chao didn't get anywhere to live. Amy then realized the Chao were the same ones from the Knothole Chao garden that must have escaped during its destruction. As thanks to Cream for looking after them, Amy said she could get NICOLE to make a Chao Garden at the Lake of Rings. Cream was jubilant and felt she'd found a lifelong friend in Amy. (StH: #174, #217)
While Cream and her mother were being given a tour of the Freedom HQ by Amy, NICOLE called in, reporting a mysterious signal. Amy decided to investigate, and, with Vanilla's permission, Cream accompanied her. Leaving with both Cheese and NICOLE's handheld form, the two set out, Cream delighted to be going on an adventure. She commented on how unfortunate it was that Freedom HQ was located in an "ugly" area, and Amy explained that it had once been beautiful, but the area had been burned to the ground during the Destruction of Knothole. Cream was upset and apologized for having brought up such a painful topic, but Amy wasn't insulted. Soon, Cheese spotted the glimmer of a mysterious object in the distance, but before they could get to it, they were attacked by Blaze the Cat, warning them not to touch it. Amy, not appreciating her attitude, confronted her, and soon, despite Cream's timid pleas, the two began to fight. Cream finally managed to make her voice heard, informing the two that the shiny object they'd seen was nothing more than a broken glass bottle. Mortified, the two stopped fighting, and Blaze apologized, attempting to leave. Noticing that she seemed upset, Cream chased after her, asking if there was anything they could help her with. While reluctant at first, Blaze explained that she was seeking a Sol Emerald; Cream and Amy eagerly offered to assist her. Somewhat dubious, Blaze followed them as NICOLE tracked the signal into the Great Forest. They searched a while before encountering Rouge the Bat, who claimed to also be following a strange energy signal and had overheard them talking about the Sol Emerald. Amy showed great distrust for Rouge, something Cream, having never met the bat before, didn't understand. Amy continued to voice her concerns and she and Rouge began to bicker, but an annoyed Blaze shut them up, saying she didn't care who any of them were; if they weren't going to help her, they needed to get out of her way. Her comment about not caring came off as somewhat hurtful to Cream. The group eventually tracked the signal to a deep ravine, over which an old, brittle tree had toppled; Cream showed some concern for the safety of the situation, but the group decided to head down anyway. Cream, happy to have been picked as Amy's partner, flew her down using her ears. When part of the tree broke off and threatened to strike them, Cream turned to Amy for instruction; while Amy quickly formulated a plan, Blaze and Rouge rushed ahead instead, destroying the branch before it could hit them and impressing the younger girls. At the bottom of the ravine, Cream thanked Cheese, who had also tried (and failed) to stop the falling branch. Within a large root-ball cave, the group finally found the Sol Emerald within the remains of a smashed capsule; an elated Blaze thanked the others for their help and apologized for her lack of trust, shaking Cream's hand. However, Rouge then announced she planned to steal the emerald for herself; the utter dishonesty affronted Cream, and she attempted to confront Rouge with the others. Rouge kicked the capsule towards the young rabbit, but Cheese deflected it. Cream, still unable to believe Rouge's behavior, demanded to know how she could be so discourteous, and was nearly knocked aside by the bat. When Blaze attempted to prevent Rouge's escape, backup arrived in the form of Shadow the Hedgehog and E-123 Omega; Rouge suggested they let her keep the Emerald, teasingly threatening that she didn't know if she could restrain the others. (SU: #21)
It doesn't take long for things to escalate, and soon everyone is scrambling for the Sol Emerald; Cream recovered it at one point, but as Omega loomed over her, she screamed in terror and threw the emerald at the robot's face. Eventually, Cheese got hold of the gem, and so Cream ordered him to flee into the forest, saying they'd meet up later. Unable to follow such a small target through the woods, Team Dark seemed to admit defeat for a moment, until Rouge tried to force another Sol Emerald from Blaze. However, this resulted in a fiery explosion that gave Team Rose the opportunity to escape. Amy told Cream to fly out of the ravine ahead of them to join up with Cheese; when the young rabbit did so, she was shocked to find both Cheese and the Sol Emerald in the hands of Nack the Weasel, leader of Team Hooligan. Nack taunted the young girl and was caught by surprise when she angrily lunged at him, enraged that Cheese was being mistreated. She was easily stopped by Bark the Polar Bear, who held her, dumbfounded, as she continued to scream and rant about all the rudeness she'd been forced to endure that day. When Blaze and Amy caught up, Nack ordered his team to escape on his bike, with Bark still holding Cream. However, using her flame powers, Blaze easily caught up and sent the bike and its passengers flying, catching Cream before she hit the ground. Before Team Rose could recover the Sol Emerald from Team Hooligan, Team Dark finally caught up to them, incapacitating Amy and Blaze. Cream bravely approached them armed with a stick but was snatched up by Omega; she began to cry, again put off by all this rude and aggressive behavior; she sobbed that they didn't even have the Emerald anymore. Eventually realizing that Nack and his gang had escaped with the emerald, the teams bickered until Amy pointed out that they could either keep fighting each other while Nack got away, or they could team up and track him down. With an uneasy alliance formed, the group headed off using Shadow's bike; Cream and Cheese happily sat in a sidecar with Omega, enjoying the ride through the forest and becoming more friendly with the killer robot (who had earlier deemed Cream "too cute to eviscerate" - a word she didn't understand). Eventually the group found not only Team Hooligan but the Babylon Rogues; while Amy proposed that their combined group could take out the thieves with ease, she soon confided with Cream and Blaze that she believed that Rouge would soon betray them again - something that saddened Cream. They were soon forced to enter a four-way scramble for the Sol Emerald. (SU: #22, #23)
As the battle erupted, Cream watched from the sky, fretting because she knew her mother wouldn't want her getting involved. However, watching how bravely Amy is fighting, and reminding herself that they had promised to help Blaze, she resolves that while fighting may not be proper, this time, it's the right thing to do. She drops from the sky onto Nack the Weasel, saving Amy from being ambushed. When Blaze apologized for getting the girls involved, Cream and Amy again reiterated that they had promised to see this through. Still, Cream didn't get too involved in direct combat; while apologizing, she jumped onto Storm the Albatross's shoulders, causing him to crash into both Wave the Swallow and Shadow the Hedgehog. Eventually, Teams Rose and Dark decided to corral the other two teams together; Cream gently led a distraught Bean by the hand, telling him it was time to go see his friends. Once the thieves were all assembled, Blaze caused one of Bean's bombs to ignite upon them all. Having had enough, most of them decided to drop the chase and leave. Cream happily sat on Omega's shoulder as the others decided what would be done with the Sol Emerald, and it was finally rightfully returned to Blaze. Cream bade her a tearful farewell before Blaze left in a spiral of flame, and then she and Amy made their way back to Freedom HQ. That evening, the two told Vanilla about their day, Cream generally oblivious to the fact that her mother was a little shaken to learn that their "quick investigation" had turned out to involve thieves, mercenaries, robots, gunfire and explosions. Amy complimented Cream on her ability to handle herself regardless, saying she could be a great Freedom Fighter one day... before realizing that she'd left NICOLE out in the Great Forest. (SU: #24)
Cream is similar in personality to her game counterpart. She was taught at a young age the importance of manners. She is a polite, considerate and brave girl, yet also very fun-loving and childlike. Unlike her mother, she is very enthusiastic about meeting new people and seeing new places. Even with her mother's lessons in manners, she can still be a bit forward, but is quick to apologize. Because of her emphasis on the importance of politeness and manners, she has a low tolerance for rudeness; even the thought of others being dishonest can cause her dismay, but she becomes especially upset - even angry - when chao are being mistreated. This makes Cream more aggressive than her game counterpart, who rarely ever shows signs of anger at all.
Using her lop rabbit ears, Cream is able to fly high off the ground, and the amount of lift she uses enables her to carry loads larger than herself (such as Amy and her Piko-Piko Hammer).
Cream is a small lop-eared rabbit with cream fur and brown eyes. She has orange/light brown markings around her eyes, on her head and at the ends of her ears. She wears a simple red/orange dress with a white collar and blue cravat, white gloves with gold cufflinks, and orange and yellow shoes. Her ears are usually swiveled back and flop behind her head. Her tail has sometimes been miscoloured white.
- For more artwork, please see Cream the Rabbit (Archie)/Gallery.
- Cream and her friendship with Cheese are a pun on "cream cheese."
- Cream's ears, like most lop-eared rabbits, flop behind her head. However, she swivels her ears before flying.
- Vanilla, Cream and Cheese are all names that involve some sort of dessert.
- Before debuting in Sonic the Hedgehog #217, Cream and her family co-starred in the Sonic X spin-off comic, based on the anime of the same name.
- In Free Comic Book Day 2012, during the extra text stories of each of the Freedom Fighters experiences from Operation: Cleansweep, Bunnie, in the alternate timeline, referred to Cream as her cousin. Whether this is true to the main Archie timeline or was erased when the timeline was restored to normal is unknown.