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For the later robotic version of Knuckles, see Mecha Knuckles.
Metal Knuckles
Mecha knckles
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic R

Game
appearances

Sonic Gems Collection

Appearances
in other media

Archie Comics

Biographical overview
Creator

Dr. Robotnik

Physical description
Species

Robot

Color scheme

Red

Eyes

Green

Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Evil

Affiliation

Eggman Empire

Skills, abilities and powers
Skills

Gliding

Metal Knuckles (メタルナックルズ Metaru Nakkuruzu?) is a robotic version of Knuckles who appeared in Sonic R as an unlockable character. It was created by Dr. Robotnik, and its abilities are similar to Knuckles'.

History

To unlock him in Sonic R, the player needs to collect all five Sonic tokens in Reactive Factory, finish in at least third, then beat him in a one-on-one race.

Sonic Channel featured a Japanese profile of Metal Knuckles. Translated, it states,

"As with Sonic, Eggman prepared this secret weapon for the sake of overthrowing Knuckles, considering his existence to be a hindrance. Having the same power plant as Metal Sonic, speed and acceleration power are high, but like Knuckles, this robot can glide from high places."

Appearance requirements: Collect 5 tokens in Reactive Factory in Grand Prix mode and finish better than fourth place to begin a one-on-one match with Metal Knuckles. Win this race and Metal Knuckles will become a possible choice on the character select screen.

Key Advice:

  • Low turning ability. To turn without losing control, the player must decelerate.
  • Due to inertia, traveling on water is possible. Falling in the water may cause Metal Knuckles to become confused.
  • From a high place, aim at a shortcut without pausing.

Appearances in Other Media

Sonic the Comic

Main article: Knuckles Metallix
STC108-Metallix

The Knuckles Metallix from Sonic the Comic #108. Art by Richard Elson.

In Fleetway Editions' Sonic the Comic, Mecha Knuckles was a new version of the Metallixes loyal only to Robotnik. It made its debut capturing Sonic for the Drakon Empire[1] and then acting as a Prosecutor in Sonic's trial-by-combat. It came very close to killing him, but Tails managed to destroy it by sheer luck. The Metallix was only reused once, as Grimer used it to defeat Sonic so he could discover from him what happened to Robotnik; he then faked things so Sonic wouldn't remember this and instead think he beat Metallix. In its three clashes with Sonic, the Knuckles Metallix has never been defeated. It was once shown that Robotnik had a whole army of them, but they were never shown in use.

Archie Comics

Metal Knuckles also appears in Archie Comic's Sonic Universe #37 as part of the Metal Series, along with Metal Sonic, Metal Tails and Mecha Sally.

Gallery

Artwork

Screenshots

Other

Trivia

  • Curiously, while in Sonic R, Knuckles' own shoes are miscolored from his traditional design, Metal Knuckles' shoes are colored correctly.
  • Another Knuckles robot appears in Sonic Advance, this one designed to resemble Knuckles moreso than the original.

References

  1. Sonic the Comic #108, "The Evil Empire, Part 1"


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