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Professor Pickle (ピックル教授 Pikkuru Kyōju?) is a supporting character in Sonic Unleashed. He is a human academic based at Spagonia University and a renowned expert in ancient literature. When Dr. Eggman sought to harness the power of Dark Gaia, Pickle was kidnapped by Eggman for his knowledge about the creature. After his research data was stolen by the doctor, Pickle was imprisoned in Eggman's base in Mazuri until he was freed by Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails and Chip. Pickle then assisted Sonic and his friends in their mission to put the Earth back together after it had been shattered by Dark Gaia by guiding them to the Gaia Temples.
Not much is known about Pickle's early life. Over 80 years prior to Sonic Unleashed, Pickle met Otto and became a life-long friend of his. At some point in his life, he was inspired by Otto to embark on a research career. Eventually, Pickle became a professor in ancient literature at Spagonia University, where he would teach students in a number of classes. He also became an expert scientist on the Gaia Manuscripts and made a number of researches finding on them. He later on met Tails and came to know him quite well.
Shortly before the events of Sonic Unleashed, Pickle was kidnapped from his lab by Dr. Eggman, who sought his research and the Gaia Manuscripts to awaken Dark Gaia and use the beast's power to complete his Eggmanland project. After being kidnapped, Pickle was carried off with his lab data by Eggman and was escorted to Mazuri, where he was imprisoned in a holding cell in Eggman's local base.
Some time after the Earth was split apart by Dark Gaia after Eggman awoke it, Pickle noticed that Tails, Sonic the Werehog and Chip had arrived at his cell when he was fussing over his food. After voicing his complaints about the food, Tails revealed that they had come to rescue him. Upon being freed, Pickle wanted to complain to the cook about his food, but was conviced to leave the base. Before leaving, however, Pickle told Sonic and Tails retrieve the Gaia Manuscripts from a nearby vault, before accepting some chocolate from Chip as they left. After returning to his lab, Pickle explained about how Dark Gaia was responsible for breaking the planet and told Sonic from what was written in the Gaia Manuscripts that he could bring the planet back together and seal away Dark Gaia by restoring the currently-drained Chaos Emeralds in the seven Gaia Temples scattered across the globe.
From there, Professor Pickle remained in his lab to research the Gaia Manuscripts, providing Sonic, Tails and Chip with info on the Gaia Temples' locations in Mazuri, Spagonia, Chun-nan and Holoska, and gave info on the status on the planet. While reseaching the Gaia Manuscripts, Pickle learned from them that Dark Gaia's Minions could possess people and make them act erratic. To counter this, Pickle designed the "Uncanny Camera" to free Dark Gaia-possessed people and passed it onto Tails and Sonic. Shortly after Sonic received his camera, Pickle saw Sonic perform his first exorism from a distance. After Sonic left, Pickle stepped forth and complemented his work, where he met Amy, who asked him to tell all he knew about what Sonic was currently doing. Despite finding himself dragged with her, Pickle gladly complied to Amy's request and explained everything he knew.
After having told Amy what he knew, Pickle continued researching the Gaia Manuscripts to aid Sonic with some additional help from Amy who had decided to help him. When Sonic and Chip returned to Pickle after restoring the fourth continent, Pickle had pinpointed the next Gaia Temple in Shamar and revealed to them that he that he would join them on their trip there to make his analysis more efficient. Moving his lab to his research facility in Shamar, Pickle met with Sonic and his friends there, where he continued researching the Gaia Manuscripts and located the Gaia Temples in Adabat and Eggmanland.
After Sonic, Tails and Chip went to Eggmanland to restore the final continent, Pickle contacted Tails over his Miles Electronic when Sonic and Chip restored the continent, where he reported that the continent was returning to its proper place until he was interrupted by an attack on Tails' Tornado-1. When Perfect Dark Gaia then began casting the world into darkness, Pickle and Amy got outside to see the darkning sky, where Pickle recognized the phenomenon and gave into despair as the world seemed doomed despite Amy's belief that Sonic would save them. However, Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus managed to defeat and seal Perfect Dark Gaia away, which Pickle praised as a miracle as the world returned to normal. As Pickle then admitted to Amy that she was right about Sonic, he reflected on how Light Gaia and Dark Gaia were perhaps a natural part of the planet's will for balance, but was shortly after dragged away by Amy to prepare Sonic's coming-home party.
Pickle is wise, calm and well mannered, but also sometimes absent-minded as he was more incensed about the poor sandwiches Dr. Eggman made than by the fact he was kidnapped and failing to realize the danger from being inside Eggman's base.
Pickle's favorite food is cucumber sandwiches and will happily share his knowledge over them. He is somewhat of a perfectionist about cucumber sandwiches, as he has a very firm and precise opinion on how they should be and will fuss over the smallest of details.
Powers and Abilities
Pickle is an accomplished researcher in his field. He is an expert in ancient literature and is the only person so far who knows how to read the incredible ancient texts in the Gaia Manuscripts.
In addition, Pickle is a capable teacher, given that he is able to teach students on Spagonia University, which is a highly prestige university in the world.
Appearances in Other Media
Professor Pickle appears in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic books and spin-offs where his full name is Dillon Pickle. In this media, he is a human academic from Spagonia stationed at Spagonia University and a renowned archeologist and historical anthropologist.
- "I'm half-starved after those terrible sandwiches."
- —Pickle when leaving Eggman's base in Mazuri.
- "My, My! Why, don't mind if I do!"
- —Pickle when Chip offers him chocolate.
- "It's just as the Gaia manuscripts foretold!""
- —Pickle when seeing predicted events in the Gaia Manuscripts happening.
- "How rude of me!"
- —Pickle when he finds out that he was being rescued from Eggman's base.
- "We cannot live without the night. We all must sleep. We all must rest. Darkness is a part of our world, just the same as light. It may be that the darkness has not been destroyed, but merely laid to rest. It grows strong over the eons, rises up, then is put to slumber by the light. Perhaps that is the true balance of Dark and Light Gaia. That balance may be the very will of the planet itself."
- —Pickle reflecting on the meaning of Light Gaia and Dark Gaia.
- Professor Pickle makes a cameo (along with Big the Cat) in the instructions guide for Sonic Tweet.