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Harvey Who
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog #16

Biographical overview

None (Known)

Physical description




Color scheme

Red, Brown, Green (Previously)








Green Hat, Robot disguise, Red and Blue Robe

Alignment and character traits

Freedom, Sneaking, Spying



Powers and abilities

Sneaking, Spying, Doing things in secret, Eavesdropping

Ability type


Harvey Who is an Owl, a master of disguise and espionage, and was the head of the Freedom Fighters' Secret Intelligence Division. He lead the SID and its operatives that were placed in a sophisticated network among Dr. Ivo Robotnik's territories, collecting information on Robotnik's current plans and operations and spreading it to the rebel groups, allowing them to make them fail with ease. Because of his success as the leader of SID, Dr. Robotnik made frequent attempts to find out the identity of the SID's leader, so Harvey had made sure that no one outside the Freedom Fighters knew anything about him, except his last name. He has brown, cream and black feathers, brown eyes and an orange beak. He wears a green hat and a robot disguise (missions only).


Harvey is a large brown owl. In his first appearance, he wore a green robot disguise. However, his redesign makes him much older and now has a moustache.


Head of the Secret Intelligence Division

Harvey Who and his agents had managed to infiltrate many of Robotnik's plans and schemes, allowing the Freedom Fighter groups they contacted to foil them easily. After Robotnik realized the Freedom Fighters may have an inside man, he had Snively and Crabmeat do some literal digging with a shovel. They found a Mole miner whom Robotnik interrogated. He asked "Who is the head of the Secret Intelligence?" and the Mole replied "That's right!" Misunderstanding, Robotnik had his SWATbots take away the mole and went on to his next plan, the Wheel of Misfortune, which Harvey had secretly infiltrated disguised as a robot mover. He informed the Knothole Freedom Fighters of every move Robotnik made. He accompanied them when they made their attempts to stop Robotnik in his tracks and occasionally left behind notes to Robotnik's lackeys. Later when Sonic the Hedgehog and Sally Acorn went to Renobotnik after a hard day's work, Harvey had infiltrated Robotnik's casino as a card dealer. He was watching the two and slipped Sonic a card with a warning note, saving him from having his head crushed. After Sonic used static electricity to short out a particularly large SWATbot, he collapsed and was captured by Robotnik. Robotnik tied him to his Wheel of Misfortune so his robots could vaporize him. Luckily, Harvey managed to turn the lights off and saved Sonic and brought him back to Secret Intelligence Headquarters. Sonic said he was impressed with Harvey's disguises, how he rescued him, and asked Harvey a single question: "How many licks does it take to get to the chewy center of lollipop"? To which the owl replied "That information, my dear boy, is classified!" Following Robotnik's death at the hands of Sonic the Hedgehog, the re-formation of the Royal Secret Service and open war being declared with the Eggman Empire, the SID has likely been dismantled and Harvey retired as leader. (StH: #16, #50, #61, #130)

Forming the Secret Freedom Fighters

When Naugus becomes king, Elias goes to Harvey for help. Harvey tells Elias to move away like he had planned, and that he will come back in secret. In the meantime, Harvey promises to put together a team, the Secret Freedom Fighters.

Harvey takes a walk in the Julayla Memorial Park, and notices Silver sitting on a bench, reviewing his failures. Harvey asks him if he would like to set things right, save the city, and never get noticed by the history books. Then Harvey recruites Silver in the Secret Freedom Fighters.


External links

  • Harvey Who at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki

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