|Honey the Cat|
Honey the Cat
Sonic the Fighters (2012 HD re-release)
in other media
|Skills, abilities and powers|
Honey the Cat (ハニー・ザ・キャット Hanī za Kyatto?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series who appears in the 2012 HD re-release of Sonic the Fighters for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network (she was meant to appear in the original version, but was scrapped). She is an anthropomorphic cat who competed in a fighting tournament for the Chaos Emeralds and the right to destroy the Death Egg II.
Concept and Creation
Honey was designed by Kazunori Oh and Takako Kawaguchi, the character model designers for Sonic the Fighters and the game Fighting Vipers, the latter which uses the same engine that Sonic the Fighters was built on, albeit without the armor system and breakable walls. According to an interview with Hiroshi Kataoka, director of Sonic the Fighters, Honey is based off the character of the same name from Fighting Vipers (Honey's name in English territories were "Candy"). Kataoka confirmed that since Sonic the Fighters was initially designed around Fighting Vipers by simply placing Sonic characters in it, the Honey in Sonic the Fighters was modeled around the Honey in Fighting Vipers.
The Honey in Fighting Vipers has the same poses and look as Honey the Cat, even having a special attack called "Cat Punch" in her move set (as well as several other cat-themed move names). These cat-themes may have be what inspired the designers to make the Honey for Sonic the Fighters a cat. The original Fighting Vipers version of Honey is easily comparable to Honey the Cat as seen below:
Honey is a humanoid cat about a meter tall. She has close-lying orange-yellow fur, a peach muzzle, and long black hair on top of her head that she keeps in two voluminous ponytails on the upper back of her head. She also possesses triangular and perked ears with peach inner ears, a small black nose, large sharp eyes with big and completely black pupils, thin arms and legs, and a slim, simple tail.
Honey possesses a very elaborate attire. In her hair, she wears a red hairband in front of her ears, and securing each of her ponytails are elaborate white laced cloth-like hair barrettes. She wears a red dress with poofy shoulders, black straps at the end of her sleeves, black collar, a pair of white wings on the back, and white laces. Her dress also has black outlines around the waist and shoulders, and a black area on her front skirt with white string fasteners. For her hands, she wears white gloves with red backs and laced cuffs, and black arm wrappers around her wrists. Finally, she wears black shocking and red knee-high high-heeled boots with pointed toes.
When Dr. Robotnik constructed the Death Egg II to help conquer earth with his robots, Honey entered a fighting tournament where the winner would get the Chaos Emeralds belonging to the other participants. If she won all the Chaos Emeralds, Honey would earn the right to use them to power Tails's single-seat Lunar Fox and use it to travel to the Death Egg II and destroy it.
At the end of the tournament, the victor got all the Chaos Emeralds and used them to go to the Death Egg II in the Luna Fox. There, the victor beat both Metal Sonic and Robotnik using the Emeralds and rigged the Death Egg II to self-destruct before heading back to earth in the Luna Fox moments before the massive space station exploded.
Powers and Abilities
Honey has efficient skills in hand-to-hand combat, enough to let her fight on the same level as profound fighters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna. Her fighting style involves a series punches and jabs combined with wind-up punches, a jumping uppercut, and a variety of high and fancy kicks.
Honey has proven herself to be very fast and agile. She can jump high into the air, kick opponents in a fluid bucking-like fashion, run up along walls, and can swiftly circle around and strike opponents so fast that she appears as a blur. With the wings on back of her dress, she is also able to glide through midair like Knuckles.
Appearances in Other Media
Honey also appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. Initially, she did not appear in the comics as an actual character, and instead only made cameo appearances, such as on the front cover of Sonic Universe #40. However, she is stated to make her first official appearance in the comics' storyline in Sonic the Hedgehog #268 following the comics' adaptation of Sonic the Fighters.
Orignal Sonic the Fighters
Although she was scrapped, Honey's data still exists in the arcade version of the Sonic the Fighters, which was discovered through hacking after the release of Sonic Gems Collection. Her in-game data is near complete, allowing players to hack the game's data and play as Honey in normal gameplay, albeit with a few glitches. With her re-integration in the digital re-release of Sonic the Fighters on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, however, all her glitches and problems are fixed.
During the development of Sonic the Fighters, Honey's character model was based on Amy Rose's character data. This is displayed when playing as Honey in hacked gameplay where when Honey is smashed by anything, such as Amy's Piko Piko Hammer or Bark's punches, her outfit will turn into Amy's for a few seconds. If smashed again, her outfit will return to normal. Also, her squished head and hand models load fine, but the rest of her body was not left in the game, which is probably a good indicator of how far into development Honey was at the time. Additionally, her pre-fight stance is the same as Amy's (a curtsy before assuming her fighting position), while one of her victory poses is based on one of Tails' poses. This is corrected in the 2012 re-release, though her pre-fight stance and victory pose are unchanged.
Another hacked gameplay video of Honey reveals another victory pose for her, where she stands in a position that resembles Sonic's pose, only she does not make a peace sign with her fingers. Additionally, the pose reveals another eye glitch; here, her eyes become completely white. This is corrected in the 2012 re-release.
In the hacked gameplay of the Arcade game, there is a glitch with Honey's eyes that causes one of her eyes to look towards the player while the other looks at her opponent. There is no known method of fixing it properly, not even in recent emulators. However, the intro before entering Death Egg's Hangar after beating Metal Sonic, and even playing Death Egg's Hangar, seems to fix the glitch. However, when the cutscene that takes place after Metal Sonic is defeated begins, it seems to be fixed. This glitch is fixed in the 2012 re-release.
In the hacked gameplay of the Arcade game, Honey does not have any artwork for the pre-level scenes. Instead, it defaults to Eggman. This is fixed in the 2012 re-release where she is given her own loading portrait, though it only shows a white silhouette of Honey's fighting pose in the 'cat paw' and bent leg stance.
In the hacked gameplay of Sonic the Fighters, Honey possesses a complete moveset, albeit with moves borrowed from other characters because Honey did not have a moveset of her own when the game was released, so the programmers "borrowed" attacks from the other fighters to compensate. She has the same kicks and fighting stance as Sonic, though in the character select screen, the cutscene before fighting Eggman, when she executes a few moves, and the name entry screen, her stance is the same as her source character's. Some of Honey's punching type moves are from Tails, while her head clap move is from Bark.
Mirror Honey is the opponent fought in the hacked gameplay of the original Sonic the Fighters when the player uses Honey in mirror matches (when two players use the same character). While the second player normally will be a gray-scale version of the character due to Robotnik using a machine, however, Honey's clone her own palette, which include blonde hair, a blue dress and hairband, a white muzzle, and pink fur. Mirror Honey has no moves at all (except for blocking and maneuverability), and is as such completely useless. She is also the only Mirror Version in the game to actually be colored. In the 2012 re-release of Sonic the Fighters, Mirror Honey serves as an alternate color for Honey.
The Mirror Honey also appeared in the short clip intro Sega Saturn version of Fighting Vipers. Mirror Honey is the only version of Honey the Cat to actually appear in a game prior to Sonic the Fighters' 2012 re-release. This most likely indicated that Honey would have been playable in the Sega Saturn version of Sonic the Fighters if the game's programmers had the time to get her ready.
- Honey's wings on her back are the ones on the rubber dress ("fairy suit") that her Fighting Vipers counterpart made herself.
- One of Honey's moves, which includes her head slide and hip attacks which she has borrowed from Amy, is similar to a move used by her source character called "Bootie Bop".
- The song "Sunset Town", which could be found in the original Sonic the Fighters data and Sonic Gems Collection would have presumably been played in Honey's stage.
- Honey is the second female character in Sonic the Fighters next to Amy Rose.
- Honey is the first cat-species character in Sonic the Hedgehog video games, although Honey did not originally make the cut in Sonic the Fighters.
- Overall, Honey is one of the only hackable characters in the series to appear after her unofficial debut. She appeared in another game, and also made a cameo on the cover of Sonic Universe #40 published by Archie Comics.
- Due to an exceedingly huge amount of fan requests, however, Honey is scheduled to appear in Sonic the Hedgehog #268.
- Honey is technically the first Sonic game character to wear high heels. This would be followed by Vanilla the Rabbit, Blaze the Cat and Princess Elise.
- When Honey was originally discovered through hacking, her pigtails and cat tail weren't seen due to an emulation glitch. This is fixed in newer emulators and the HD release.
- To select Honey in the 2012 re-release of Sonic the Fighters, the player has to go to Amy's picture and pressing Start. Doing so unlocks both her and her achievement, "Honey the Cat."
Sonic the Fighters (re-release)
Sonic the Fighters (Arcade)