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Quotation1 An armadillo with remarkable defensive power! His hard shell protects him from attacks, and by curling up into a ball he can use it to smash through enemies. Quotation2
— Description, Sonic Mania Plus manual[2]

Mighty the Armadillo (マイティー・ザ・アルマジロ Maitī za Arumajiro?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic armadillo, and Mighty the Armadillo's counterpart from another dimension set in the recent past.

Appearance

An anthropomorphic armadillo, Mighty's body is black with red thick armor, which rounds from his forehead above to his lower back. His tail is black, like his body. Mighty's ears are side facing and funnel-shaped, and he has a medium-long and sharp black nose. Mighty's skin color, along with his ears, muzzle, arms and belly is tan. He also has interconnected, cartoonish, circular eyes with black pupils, and wears white gloves with sock-like cuffs. He also wears red sneakers with thick white soles, white cuffs, and white straps rounded off at each end, which do not reach the soles.

History

Sonic Mania Adventures

At some point, Mighty went missing, prompting his friend Ray the Flying Squirrel to go look for him.[3] During his absence, Mighty managed to find a Chaos Emerald.[4]

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Mighty protecting Ray.

Mighty would soon find Ray being attacked by Metal Sonic and rushed to his side to defend him. Mighty was able to briefly incapacitate Metal Sonic but soon found himself faced with an ultimatum. Metal Sonic held Ray in a chokehold and demanded Mighty's Chaos Emerald in order to release him. Having no choice but to comply, Mighty gave the evil robot his Emerald and watched him fly away despite attempting to stop him. He then helped Ray do a quick reconnaissance to find Metal Sonic flying towards an unknown fortress. Ray informed Mighty of this and they chased after the robot.[4]

Having arrived at Dr. Eggman's base, Mighty and Ray found a Chaos Emerald-powered Metal Sonic fighting Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower. He and Ray joined the duo in their fight against the robot but to no avail. Tails, however, managed to trap Metal Sonic and strip him of all the Chaos Emeralds. Eggman then attempted to use the Master Emerald to empower Metal Sonic and finish the four heroes off, but both villains were stopped by Knuckles. With nothing else to do, Mighty joined Sonic, Tails, and Ray on a small picnic with chili dogs.[5]

Game appearances

Sonic Mania Plus

Mighty appears as a playable character in Sonic Mania Plus, the upgraded edition of Sonic Mania.[6] In this game, Mighty has a move known as the Hammer Drop, which is a downward slam attack.

Personality

Mighty is a friendly and welcoming person. Mighty is also described as a pacifist, in which he is quite calm. However, he can be irritable, especially when under pressure.[7][4] He is also a loyal and trustworthy companion who values his friends' lives more than anything. Such was the case when he surrendered a Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic in exchange for the safe release of his best friend Ray.[4]

Powers and abilities

Mighty is capable of running at high speeds, like Sonic. He also possesses a great deal of super strength; he is powerful and tough enough to use his body to crash through the ground below,[7] lift large rocks and hurtle them with ease,[4] and even send Ray flying with a casual fist bump.[4]

Mighty's shell is shown to be quite durable, being capable of taking an attack from Metal Sonic's claws without taking damage.[4] When using the Spin Attack, Spin Dash, or any of their variants, Mighty is immune to any form of physical harm (e.g. touching spikes); however, fire and energy-based attacks will still hurt him though.

Super Mighty

Main article: Super Mighty

With the seven Chaos Emeralds, Mighty is able to attain a Super State known as Super Mighty. In this state, all of Mighty's abilities far surpass his normal ones. In addition, he is virtually invulnerable. However, this transformation consumes a lot of energy and requires Rings to be maintained.

Relationships

Friends/allies

Enemies

See also

References

  1. John Szczepaniak (21 February 2018) (in English). The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 3. SMG Szczepaniak. p. 309. ISBN 978-0992926083. "Manabu Kusunoki: Yes, I designed the armadillo [Mighty] and flying squirrel [Ray] characters. I did come up with backstories for them, but I can't recall them anymore. I do recall why I chose those two animals, though. In order for them to control just like Sonic did, they needed to be animals that could have the same proportions, with heads that were roughly half the size of the body. And since the game starred a hedgehog, which is a relatively obscure animal, I wanted his companions to be equally unusual."
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  3. Hesse, Tyson (31 May 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Hesse, Tyson (22 June 2018). "Mighty and Ray". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 4. YouTube.
  5. Hesse, Tyson (17 July 2018). "Metal Mayhem". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 5. YouTube.
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter. Twitter (16 March 2018). Retrieved on 17 March 2018. “Sonic Mania goes packaged with Sonic Mania Plus! Mighty and Ray join as playable characters, new Encore mode, 4P Competition mode, Holographic packaging, 32-page art book, and more. Summer 2018.”
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic Mania Plus - Official Trailer. YouTube. Sega (25 April 2018). Retrieved on 25 April 2018.

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