|This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity.|
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Maximillian Acorn. For the character in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series, see King (SatAM).
King Acorn is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-off comics. He is an anthropomorphic squirrel, the king of the Kingdom of Acorn, and the father of Princess Sally Acorn. Many years ago the king was betrayed by his former royal advisor, Dr. Robotnik which would result in the evil scientist's rise to power, while the King was imprisoned in the Special Zone. Thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog though, the King was rescue and restored to his throne, where he promised his daughter that that he would handle the matter of state so she could continue as a Freedom Fighter.
King Acorn is an anthropomorphic brown squirrel with blue eyes. He shares general coloration with his daughter; such as two tones of brown used for his fur, and auburn hair and eyebrows. He particularly has a short and smooth mustache and likewise smooth and flat hair, and possesses a large and rounded, bushy tail.
King Acorn typically wears a blue-colored uniform trimmed with red at the collar, sleeves, and bottom, with a red belt with an acorn-shaped buckle and gold epaulettes. He also wears white gloves, and blue boots with buckles on the feet and red cuffs on top.
King Acorn was an affectionate father to his daughter Sally and a just ruler; unfortunately, he made the mistake of trusting both Walter Naugus and Dr. Robotnik. After earning his trust, the two villains and Dr. Julian Snively attempted to convince the King that the United Federation sought to invade his kingdom. Eggman's schemes eventually succeeded, and he imprisoned both King Acorn and Naugus in the Special Zone, taking over Mobotropolis in their absence. Years later, King Acorn would be rescued by Sonic the Hedgehog who was part of the New Freedom Fighters, lead by Sally and Mobotropolis was restored to its former glory. However, Sally came to enjoy her new lifestyle as a warrior and appealed to her father to let her stay that way. King Acorn stopped her and admitted that it would work out for the best, as her actions honored her Kingdom and that while he would always worry for Sally's safety, it made sense for her to be out on the field, protecting the world from Eggman, while he handled things back in Mobotropolis.
Another of King Acorn's advisers was the scientist Dr. Ellidy, who retired from King Acorn's service prior to Eggman's takeover. The king bid his old friend farewell as he was leaving, and later watched as Sally said her goodbyes as well. Ellidy presented Sally with the parting gift of a handheld computer, and was stymied when the princess asked what "her" name was. Seeing his friend struggling, the king suggested naming it after a past queen-Nicole Acorn-and the name Nicole was happily accepted by Sally.
The Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where King Acorn's original history ended.
At some point, Max had run afoul of Naugus and was eventually captured by the wizard as he attempted to take the throne, and imprisoned under Castle Acorn. He was eventually rescued from his captivity by Sonic, Tails, and Nicole, the latter of whom he felt had been captured by Naugus due to his own hesitation. Sonic and Tails, who both had their memories distorted by the recent Super Genesis Wave, filled him in on events. Sonic was taken aback by the King's positive health and demeanor, a stark contrast to how he appeared in their distorted memories. Informing the pair that the Freedom Fighters had been working on a classified project, he showed them a single message sent by Rotor, which included a set of encrypted coordinates. As the heroes prepared to leave to find their missing friends, Max made one request: that they let him know as soon as they found Sally. He was later reunited with his daughter after her return from scouting the Death Egg.
The Shattered World Crisis soon forced the reunited family apart again, but Westside Island was fortunate enough to be spared the worst of the planet cracking apart. King Acorn and Vanilla the Rabbit later contacted the Freedom Fighters aboard the Sky Patrol to trade notes on the current situation. Despite the difficulties, King Acorn remained optimistic and confident in the abilities of the young heroes. However, he was later approached by a somewhat embarrassed Sally with perturbing requests for use of the Kingdom's treasury for use in their efforts to acquire the Chaos Emeralds. The next time the pair had contact, it was the king calling Sally for help, as Mobotropolis was under attack by one of the new Roboticized Masters, M'egga Man.
King Acorn is considerate and has a jovial demeanor, and he displays quite friendly regards towards Sonic, Tails, and Nicole. He is a beloved family man and hold a great deal of fatherly concern for Sally, though he also expresses confidence in her abilities and understands her important contributions to the Freedom Fighters. As such, he allowed Sally to remain with the Freedom Fighters even after Mobotropolis had been reclaimed from Dr. Eggman.
- King Acorn's name is presumed to no longer be Maximillian like his previous incarnation as he is never referred to by his birth name. This is most likely due to the fact that the name was coined by former writer Ken Penders.
- King Acorn's speech pattern and mannerisms closely resemble that of Nigel Thornberry, a character from the animated TV series The Wild Thornberrys: Nigel was famously voiced in the show by British actor Tim Curry, who also portrayed the King's voice in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series.
- King Acorn is the only parent of a Sonic the Hedgehog television series character in the Archie Comics to survive the Super Genesis Wave, this being due to the fact that he himself is also a Sonic the Hedgehog television series character, and not a character created for the comic by a previous writer.
- ↑ Sonic/Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2014, "Sonic Comic Origins: Sally--The Exiled Leader"
- ↑ Sonic Super Digest #12, "Sonic Comic Origins: The Traitor"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #71, "Spark of Life Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #252, "At All Costs Part 2: A New Lease on Life"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #256, "Countdown to Chaos Finale: The Princess and the Hammer"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #257, "Damage Control"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"