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Proprietor of a beauty salon. She's famous in town for her novel hairstyles, and prides herself in always being able to spot the latest fads. Since laying her eyes on Sonic, Denise has been sighted carting home armfuls of mousse. What could she be planning?
— Directory, Sonic Unleashed
Denise (ドニーズ Donīzu?) is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. She is a human resident of Spagonia and the proprietor of her own beauty salon "Ricëmia". She is well-known throughout Spagonia for her novel hairstyles. Additionally, she is the unofficial adoptive mother of Mauro, who always pulls pranks on her.
As a kid, Denise was friends with a young Lucas and they remained close friends for many years. At some point in her life, Denise managed to get her own beauty salon, named Ricëmia, and her skills as a hair stylist became well known throughout Spagonia.
Years prior to Sonic Unleashed, Lucas disappeared in work-related incident and everyone believed that he had died in the incident, including Denise. Seeing that his son Mauro now no longer had any parents, Denise decided to help raise the young Mauro. Mauro, however, proved to be a tough challenge for Denise, as she found herself the primary target of his countless pranks. While Denise was always getting angry at Mauro for pranking her, she also understood the boy's reason to pull pranks, seeing it as a mean for Mauro to forget his own loneliness.
During the events of Sonic Unleashed, Denise met Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip when the duo first arrived in Spagonia to look for Professor Pickle. Upon seeing Sonic's quills, Denise told him that she loved his hairstyle and how much his windswept look fit him, though she worried that Sonic could ruin it when running around.
A while later, Sonic and Chip came running by Denise and she asked them where they were going in such a rush. When she then heard that they were looking for the Gaia Temples, Denise provided the duo with a hint to one of the temples' location, by saying that she had heard that there should be one in Mazuri.
As time passed, Denise started to hear from her customers that ordinary people were acting strange at nightfall, and began to notice that students at Spagonia University, which she was familiar with, was acting quite rowdy at night. She later passed this information on to Sonic when he came by and told him to be careful.
Over the course of Sonic Unleashed, Denise was constantly pranked by Mauro, who did things such as stopping all clocks in her shop which extended her lunch break, putting mayonnaise in the shaving cream canisters, changing her price for a haircut from up to 100,000 Rings and putting glue on the chairs. For each of these pranks, Denise would get furious at Mauro and chase after him, while yelling out loud to show himself when he escaped, but to no avail. The efforts from these outbursts would then often leave Denise exhausted. Between each of her chases after Mauro, Denise would then tell hers and Mauro's history to Sonic and Chip when they asked her what was going going on, and explained why Mauro kept pulling pranks on others.
At some point after Sonic and Chip restored Shamar's continent, Denise somehow learned that Lucas was still alive and that he had come back to Spagonia. She told her findings to Sonic and Chip when she met them afterwards, but made them promise not to tell a living soul about this. She later managed to locate Lucas in Spagonia, and began to track him down after closing her shop for the day.
Denise eventually managed to find Lucas and called out to him, thus drawing his attention. As they stood face to face with each other, Denise was both happy and in disbelief to see her old friend, and asked him if he really was Lucas. It turned however that Lucas had gotten amnesia after the incident, but upon seeing Denise, he managed to remember her. While Lucas was glad to see Denise again, however, Denise told him to forget her for now and that he should go talk to Mauro. Lucas could not remember Mauro, however, and Denise yelled angrily at him that “that kid”, as he called him, was his son and explained that ever since he had vanished after the accident, she had been raising him for him, much to Lucas's shock.
The following day Denise watched on satisfied, as Mauro and Lucas were reunited in joy, and said to Sonic and Chip when she saw them that she was happy for them, and that Mauro would now not have to feel lonely anymore.
Denise later watched on in horror with the rest of her city as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, where she was talking with Dora as the crisis unfolded, but later rejoiced when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.
During the events of Sonic Unleashed, Denise met Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip when the duo arrived in Spagonia. Sonic and Chip asked Denise if she knew Professor Pickle, but Denise said that she only knew that a famous professor lived in the area. Later, during the night when Sonic and Chip returned from Mazuri, Denise told Sonic that normal, decent people had started acting weird and wild during nightfall and told them to be careful.
Later on, Denise met Sonic and Chip again and commented on of how busy they seem to be and that they were such a inspiration for her when she watched them, before giving them Secret Soundtrack 39 as a token of her appreciation.
Denise later watched on in horror with the rest of her town as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia in the process and was talking with Dora during the crisis, but later rejoiced when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.
Denise prides herself in always being able to spot the latest fads regarding hairstyle fashion.