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- "Muttski" redirects here. For the character in the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, see Muttski (SatAM).
Ben "The Mutt" Muttski is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-off comic series'. He was originally a Mobini dog that was the pet and loyal companion of Sonic the Hedgehog. Following Dr. Ivo Robotnik's takeover, Muttski was robotcized and became an enemy to Sonic and the Knothole Freedom Fighters until he was freed and later deroboticzed, where he returned to live with Sonic once again. When the timeline was rewritten by the Super Genesis Wave, Muttski became a Mobian dog and the apprentice to Charles the Hedgehog.
Pre-Super Genesis Wave
Born as a Mobini dog, Muttski lived an unprecedented amount of time with Sonic as his loyal pet in the period following the Great War. After Dr. Ivo Robotnik had successfully launched his coup and began consolidating his power, Muttski was captured by Robotnik's forces, alongside Charles, during the time Charles was running his chili dog stand. Muttski was soon Roboticized after his capture and became one of the dictator's mindless slaves.
During Sonic's time as a member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, Muttski was one of Sonic's more feared antagonists, because Sonic did not wish to harm his faithful pet. For years, Muttski remained an emotionless automaton in the service of Robotnik, until he was liberated and regained his free will after Sonic's final battle with Robotnik, which ended in Robotnik's death. Taking up residence in Knothole, Muttski once again became Sonic's close companion and came to live with Sonic, Jules, Bernie and Charles in their new home in Knothole, though Muttski still remained a robot.
Like the majority of the Robians on Mobius, Muttski was taken away from the planet by the Bem and was successfully deroboticized. Three weeks later, Muttski was returned to Mobius, where he was reunited with Sonic in Deerwood Forest, and later the rest of Sonic's family. When Sonic returned from his year-long absence in space (six weeks to Sonic), Muttski's bond with Sonic underwent an improving development, due to an alien implant installed in Sonic's ear that allowed him to understand and speak to aliens. This device translated Muttski's normal inaudible woofs into proper speech that Sonic could understand, allowing Sonic to communicate with Muttski and understand his responses.
Following the destruction of Knothole, Muttski took up residence in New Mobotropolis with Sonic's family and continued to live there until the Super Genesis Wave rewrote the timeline and remade the world.
Due to the warping capabilities of the Super Genesis Wave, Muttski was heavily changed, both physically and historically, when the timeline of the Prime Zone was rewritten. In this new world, Muttski was a Mobian dog and the apprentice of Charles.
In this new world, Muttski and Charles were out investigating one of the tremors that had been occurring in the Wood Zone, where they collected samples of strange energy emerging from within Mobius, while having Antoine as their body guard. When Sonic and Tails came to the Wood Zone to see Antoine, Muttski was happy to see the two of them, who were shocked by the changed that had happened to him. Not long after, more tremors occurred, and Muttski and Charles fell into a chasm. Fortunately, the two of them were saved by Sonic, Tails, and Antoine, with Muttski being very impressed by Antoine's way of swordplay to chop falling logs. After collecting their remaining portions of the strange energy, Muttski and Charles took off to Spagonia to do further research.
As a Mobini, Muttski was a very compassionate and affectionate pet towards Sonic, and also Sonic's adoptive brother Tails. When Muttski "talked", he spoke in third-person.
As a Mobian, Muttski is an excitable, happy and upbeat person. Even after having just been in mortal danger, he can quickly shift to a cheerful and excitable mood, such as cheering at Antoine's performance right after falling into a crack in the earth.
- Although Muttski is one of several characters to originate from the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, he only appeared in the pilot episode in his Roboticized form.
- It is possible that Muttski's birth name in the world created by the Super Genesis Wave may be based on Ben Hurst's name, who was the main writer of the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, from which Muttski originated.