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Professor Pickle's helper and his greatest admirer. He takes his sweet time with just about everything, which explains why he's often plugging away at the same work for three days when anybody else would have finished it in one.
— Directory, Sonic Unleashed
Professor Pickle's Assistant (ピックル教授の助手 Pikkuru Kyōju no Joshu?), or simply the Assistant, is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. He is a human resident of Spagonia and the assistant to Professor Pickle.
At some point prior to Sonic Unleashed, he took the job as an assistant to Professor Pickle. Being the biggest fan of Professor Pickle and his work, it was like a dream come true. Sometime before the Earth was shattered, the Assistant saw Professor Pickle being kidnapped by Dr. Eggman and his robots, but was unable to help him. Blaming himself for failing Pickle, the Assistant feared the professor would neglect him for that.
After the world was shattered by Eggman, the Assistant met Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails and Chip, who had come to Spagonia University to see Professor Pickle, and explained what had happened. Later, after Sonic, Tails and Chip brought Professor Pickle back, the Assistant told Sonic and Chip that he would watch over Professor Pickle's work with the Gaia Manuscripts, which Sonic needed to fix the planet.
Eventually, the Assistant was possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions, making him rude and throw dance parties in the streets with other possessed people during the night, only to return to normal during the day. One night, he dragged Amy Rose into a dancing party against his will, until Sonic the Werehog and Chip came and drove Dark Gaia's Minions out of the Assistant, completing their first exorcism. As the Assistant came to however, he had no idea what he just did.
After this, the Assistant remained near Spagonia University to observe Sonic's and Professor Pickle's progress. Whenever Sonic and Chip visited, the Assistant would talked with them about each part's progress and how happy he was that Pickle's work contributed to world peace. He would also wonder about how Sonic remained mentally unaffected by Dark Gaia's energy.
When Sonic passed through Rooftop Run during the day, the Assistant saw his dizziness-induced activities, which he told Sonic upon his return as he admitted how impressing and dashing Sonic looked. The assistant later felt as Spagonia's continent move back into place when Sonic restored it, which he would tell Sonic when he returned. Shortly after, he found Sonic and Chip at Spagonia's exist and heard to his surprise that they were heading for a Gaia Temple in Holoska. Durring Sonic's absence, the Assistant noticed Pickle was seemingly packing his stuff for a trip. He later told about this to Sonic when he returned, before asking how Holoska was.
When the Assistant was left behind in Spagonia while Pickle went to Shamar, he suspected it was because Pickle was mad at him for failing to save him. The Assistant later expressed his doubts to Sonic and Chip, thought he sadly remarked he had been expecting this. Fortunately, the Assistant soon got a letter from Pickle, who told him not to neglect his research in his absence. Overjoyed that he was not forgotten, the Assistant would tell Sonic and Chip about these news during their visits in Spagonia.
From this point on, the Assistant remained as Pickle's eyes and ears in Spagonia and served as Sonic's local guide using info sent to him by Pickle, though he was a little displeased since he now felt more like a guard than a scientist. As the planet was nearly restored, the Assistant would ask Sonic when he visited if he could assume that he would save the world.
Before the Earth was shattered in Sonic Unleashed, the Assistant saw Professor Pickle being kidnapped by Dr. Eggman and his robots, but was unable to help him. Soon after, the Assistant went on a busy search for Pickle throughout Spagonia.
After the world was shattered, the Assistant met Sonic the Hedgehog, Chip and Tails who sought Professor Pickle's laboratory. Though he initially dismissed them, he realized that they were looking for Pickle too, so he told them Pickle had vanished and lead them to the lab to explain further. Once there, he explained what had happened.
Eventually, the Assistant was possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions, making him rude and throw dance parties in the streets with other possessed people during the night, only to return to normal during the day. In that period, the Assistant would snarl and grow at Sonic during the night, expressing no familiarity with him, and tell him to go. During the day however, the Assistant could only tell Sonic about having muddled memories and his fear of his behavior. Pickle himself would later confront the Assistant about his behavior, which only made the Assistant feel bad for making the professor worry. Finally, one night, he dragged Amy Rose into a dancing party against his will, until Sonic the Werehog and Chip came and drove Dark Gaia's Minions out of the Assistant, completing their first exorcism. As the Assistant came to however, he had no idea what he just did.
When Pickle prepared to travel to Shamar, the Assistant helped the professor move the laboratory. After just setting up the laboratory in Shamar, the Assistant met Sonic and Chip and lead them to the laboratory. As the planet was nearly restored, the Assistant returned to Spagonia where he would ask Sonic when he visited if he could assume that he would save the world.
Professor Pickle's Assistant is the professor's greatest admirer. He looks very much up to him and tries his best to please him. He takes his sweet time with just about everything, though he tends to spend a lot more time with his work than most others.
- Professor Pickle's assistant is named "Cucumber" in the Archie Comics. This was first confimed in Sonic Super Digest #1.
- In an interview with Find the Computer Room, Jason Griffith states that he does not remember ever voicing Professor Pickle's assistant.