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|Knothole Freedom Fighters|
The Knothole Freedom Fighters
|Group Overview and Statistics|
The Knothole Freedom Fighters are one of the first modern Freedom Fighter groups, formerly based and operating out of Knothole, and, like other groups, are opposed to the tyranny of Mobius' tyrannical despot ruler Dr. Ivo Robotnik, and as such spent years fighting his reign via guerilla warfare and sabotage. Their headquarters is Freedom HQ, which is now the sole-remaining building in Knothole following its destruction by Dr. Eggman and his Egg Fleet. Shortly after the first Genesis Wave, they split into Team Freedom and Team Fighters. After the timeline was rewritten by the Super Genesis Wave, the Knothole Freedom Fighters have returned to active service.
The original members of the Knothole Freedom Fighters (Sonic, Tails, Princess Sally, Rotor, Bunnie Rabbot, and Antoine D'Coolette) were children evacuated to the hidden village of Knothole in the Great Forest following the fall of Mobotropolis to Dr. Robotnik, and the first resistance operations began when the Original Freedom Fighters formed, serving in this capacity until Robotnik trapped, roboticized and banished the group to the Zone of Silence. Inspired by their sacrifice, and many of their number looking up to them as inspirations and guides, the Knothole Freedom Fighters, the kids being the main core of the team, formed to carry on in their stead. (StH: #142, #143)
Campaigns Against Robotnik
Despite being only a small band of Mobians, with time, the group quickly stood out among the rest as a major force to be reckoned with. Their members, led by Sally and their primary agent Sonic, quickly gained experience and intelligence with time, performing many operations against Robotnik; launching several guerrilla tactic strikes, sabotaging supply lines, destroying factories, interfering with his projects etc., effectively doing anything to hamper and/or ruin Robotnik's plans, all in the name of their primary objective: to defeat Robotnik forever, reclaim Mobotropolis and restore the Kingdom of Acorn. Other missions included helping Mobians across the planet in need. (StH: #1, #13 TMS: #1, #2, #3)
On a personal level, the group's members began friendships and relationships with other members, and the group joined several other Freedom Fighters groups, mostly getting along well (the only exception being the Rebel Underground, the "official" underground resistance movement against Robotnik started by the last members of the Royal Secret Service under the pompous and imperious Geoffrey St. John). (StH: #20, #26, #46)
Eventually, the group succeeded in its mission; with Robotnik being killed by the Ultimate Annihilator while engaging Sonic in combat, and Maximillian Acorn was retrieved from the Zone of Silence and resumed the role as king. Upon their victory, the Kingdom was quickly re-established and Mobotropolis re-captured, with time becoming habitable and functional again. With time, Max began to see no need for the group to continue fighting; as he considered Freedom Fighters; who were nothing more than children (according to him), no longer preferable in favor of the restored Acorn Kingdom Army, and as such, eventually officially disbanded the team, in favor of using the rebuilt Royal Secret service under St. John. (StH: #43, #50, #70, SSS: #2)
This policy was changed when, following the coming of an alternate-reality version of Robotnik; called Dr. Eggman, and his attack and re-invasion of Mobotropolis, the group was officially reformed and relaunched by King Max, with their group changing from ragtag rebels righting a ruthless dictator, to soldiers fighting a threat to the Kingdom. (StH: #75, #76, #78)
Upon their revival, their old base was restored and links with other groups established, most especially the Chaotix under Guardian Knuckles. The group fought threats by Eggman across the world and other threats such as Mammoth Mogul and the Dingo Regime. (StH: #130, #132, #133, #138, #139)
After years of fighting, with professional and personal struggles, and the comings and goings of allies and other members, the group suffered a massive defeat when Eggman launched an all-out assault by Eggman's Egg Fleet, which razed Knothole to the ground, and all but a handful of Freedom Fighters taken prisoner. Quick actions were taken by the remaining team members, however and the population of Knothole was rescued from the Egg Grape Chambers and sent to safety in New Mobotropolis. (StH: #175, #176, #177)
Following this the Freedom Fighters began to rebuild Freedom HQ. Not long afterwards, they fought to defend it against the invading Suppression Squad. Although withdrawing for the time being, they later allied with the Suppression Squad to take down Scourge and send him back to Anti Mobius. (StH: #185, #189, #190, #195, #196)
With the Suppression Squad defeated, the Knothole Freedom Fighters pressed their assault against the crumbling Eggman Empire. Working along side the Chaotix, they managed to force the Dark Egg Legion to retreat, and defeated the Egg Phoenix. The next day the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix proceeded to break into the Eggdome and face off again with Dark Egg Legion. (StH: #198, #199)
After Bunnie and Mighty the Armadillo finally managed to knock down the barricade, all of the Freedom Fighters entered and found Eggman broken and defeated. Having finally won, they all went back to New Mobotropolis to celebrate. The festivities were cut short, however, as Monkey Khan arrived with news that the Iron Dominion had taken over the Eggman Empire. Not long afterwards, the Freedom Fighters were forced to battle Bunnie as she was manipulated by the Iron Queen's magitek powers, and then Monkey Khan as he was similarly affected. This would be the first of many engagements with the Iron Dominion, as they were forced to confront the Iron King, Queen, Yagyu Clan, and Dark Egg Legion in a battle over the escaped Dr. Eggman. Later, the group would lose Nicole to the Iron Queen's power, forcing them to fight the Iron Dominion inside New Mobotropolis as they attempted to evacuate civilians. Sally was later able to free her, and left Nicole as a spy to aid resistance forces-including teammates Amy Rose and Antoine-against the Iron Queen while she, Khan, Sonic, and Tails set out for the Dragon Kingdom. The group of four set out to break ties between the Dominion and the Clans that had sworn loyalty to it, and later returned to join their teammates in a final battle with the enemy. (StH: #200, #201, #203, #206, #208, #209, #211, SU: #13, #14, #15)
The Freedom Fighters previously used guerilla tactics. Since they are in an open state of war with Eggman, they have become more forward about their attacks.
- Knothole Freedom Fighters at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki