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This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic Boom continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
You may be looking for Dixon.

Quotation1 Your idea of evil is totally retro; without the irony. Your lasers are a ridiculous shade of blue, and would you please turn that bunson burner 90 degrees before I get sick. Quotation2
Gunther, "Fortress of Squalitude"

Gunther[2] is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom television series. He is an anthropomorphic ferret who works as the assistant to Diane Aardvark at "Modern Lair Magazine" and Diane's own ad agency.[3][4]

Concept and creation

Gunther's redesign for the second season of the Sonic Boom television series supposedly came about when the staff wanted to differentiate him from Dixon, who shared an almost identical character model with Gunther.[5]

Appearance

Assistant profile

Gunther's design for season one.

Gunther is an anthropomorphic ferret of average height and slender built. He has light blue eyes, a long and slightly bushy tail, and oblique round ears on the sides of his head. His standard attire consists of a flat cap, a long-sleeved jacket, white gloves, and tall shoes with thick laces.

During the first season of Sonic Boom, Gunther had jasmine fur with old gold fur around his eyes, and light tan skin on his muzzle and chest. Also, his jacket was blue, his flat cap was a checkered blue and light-blue, and his shoes were red and white. He also wore rectangular glasses. For the second season, Gunther was given a significant redesign. Currently, he has completely amaranth pink fur and peach skin. Also, his flat cap is now teal, his jacket is now purple, and his shoes are now teal with purple laces. His glasses have as well been switched out with a white scarf that has flannel-like red lines and three grey earrings which he wears on his left ear.

History

TV series

Season one

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Gunter validating Egman's lair.

Gunther was first seen dispatched by Modern Lair Magazine to Dr. Eggman's lair to determine whether or not the lair qualified to be in their issues. At first, Gunther was not pleased, deeming the lair too old-fashioned. Upon Dr. Eggman's insistent begging though, Gunther gave him one week to redecorate. When Gunther returned, he was impressed with the improvements made (courtesy of Amy Rose). Deeming the lair acceptable, Gunther promised to return with the photographer Diane Aardvark the next day. When they arrived however, they found the lair in utter ruin from Team Sonic. Stunned by this sight, Gunther was fired by Diane.[3]

At New Year's Eve, Gunther came to the New Year's Eve party held in the Village Center where he got to see Soar the Eagle at work and have a chat with Wolfie.[6] Eventually rehired, Gunter would help Diane with a photo shooting of Comedy Chimp which soon shifted focus to Knuckles.[7] Another time, Gunther came to the Robot Battle Royale, where he saw Eggman steal Tails' Hypno-bot at the end.[8]

Season two

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Gunther having his work taken by Knuckles.

While working at Diane's ad agency, Gunther was more than annoyed when Diane made Knuckles her creative executive. His criticism dismissed by Diane, Gunther would watch Knuckles get credit for his work. When taken to Meh Burger by Diane to celebrate their recent work though, Gunther got attacked by Knuckles while he tried handling other tasks, costing Knuckles his job.[4]

Personality

Speaking in a slight French accent, Gunther is pompous, smug and not easily impressed. He holds high standards for modern designs, meaning that something as simple as a Bunsen burner being just a couple of degrees off is enough to disgust him. While strict in his judgment, he is not unreasonable and will give others a second chance to impress him. He is very no-nonsense orientated and rather fearless, remaining unaffected by Eggman's threats or sweet-talk. For all his composure though, extremely shocking sight are enough to leave him absolutely stunned.[3]

Quotes

"Danger up the entryway a little, and who knows? You might make the cover."
—Gunther showing generosity to the owner of an impressive site, "Fortress of Squalitude"

Trivia

  • Dixon uses the same basic character model as Gunther. In fact, prior to Gunther's redesign, the only distinguishing feature between Gunther and Dixon was the color of their clothes and Dixon's ponytail.
  • Except for "Battle of the Boy Bands", Gunther and Diane Aardvark have always appeared in the same episode in the Sonic Boom television series.
  • Diane Aardvark's rehiring of Gunther following the events of "Fortress of Squalitude" has no in-universe explanation; because Sonic Boom had a limited budget for character design, it was decided by Bill Freiberger to just reinstate Gunther as Diane's assistant instead of making a new character to take his place.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (8 March 2017). Retrieved on 8 March 2017. “Bill Freiberger: Gunther is a ferret. He is voiced by @RogerCraigSmith.”
  2. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (23 June 2016). Retrieved on 26 June 2016. “Tiara Kemuri: Umm did Photographer assistant have a real name? / Bill Freiberger: We like to call him Gunther.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Watson, Mitch (22 November 2014). "Fortress of Squalitude". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grenier, Benoit (25 February 2017). "Knine-to-Five Knuckles". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 68. Boomerang.
  5. Alan Denton on Twitter. Twitter (27 February 2017). Retrieved on 27 February 2017. “Alexander Soerensen‏': Do you know why Gunther was redesigned? And is there an in-universe explanation for it? / Alan Denton: I believe because he has the same design as Dixon and we wanted to differentiate the characters.”
  6. Harrison, Reid (8 August 2015). "New Year's Retribution". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 38. Cartoon Network.
  7. Harrison, Reid (5 September 2015). "Late Night Wars". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 42. Cartoon Network.
  8. Van Liemt, Romain; Grenier, Benoit (26 September 2015). "Robot Battle Royale". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 45. Cartoon Network.
  9. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (28 February 2017). Retrieved on 27 February 2017. “Elliot Matteson‏: Why did Diane rehire Gunther? / Bill Freiberger: Because the show has a budget for character design and model building and I don't like to go over budget. / Elliot Matteson‏: Perhaps an in universe explanation, to be exact? / Bill Freiberger: That's the reason. There is no in-universe explanation.”

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