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|Ray the Flying Squirrel|
Ray the Flying Squirrel
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Ray the Flying Squirrel (レイ・ザ・フライングスクイレル Rei za Furaingu Sukuireru?) is character who makes his appearance as a playable character in SegaSonic the Hedgehog. Although he hasn't appeared in any subsequent games, he has an expanded role in the Archie Comics series, in which he was a member of the Chaotix team and has been the constant companion of SegaSonic costar Mighty the Armadillo.
Ray has golden yellow fur and dark tan skin on his muzzle, inner ears and torso. He has black eyes, a small tapered hair tuft at the top back of his head (making it appear somewhat teardrop-shaped), a furry skin membrane connecting his waist to his lower arms, small, perky triangular ears, a shiny, bulbous black nose and long, durable club-shaped tail.
He wears white gloves with large, sock-like cuffs, red sneakers with a white buckle-strap, and white socks. These shoes are apparently almost identical with Sonic's iconic sneakers.
SegaSonic the Hedgehog
Ray's only major appearance is in SegaSonic the Hedgehog arcade game. In the intro, Ray gets captured by Doctor Robotnik along with Mighty the Armadillo and Sonic the Hedgehog himself. After that Robotnik imprisoned them to his captive Island where trio has team up to escape from its dangerous hazards and traps. As the trio got to doctor's tower, Robotnik actives self-destruction of island, but luckily the trio and Robotnik manages to get out of island before its explosion. And thus Sonic, Mighty and Ray foiled Robotnik's plot.
In the game, one of the earliest to feature a voice cast, Ray's voice was provided by Hinako Yoshino (credited as Hiroko Kanamaru).
Years later Ray makes another cameo appearance in console/PC version of Sonic Generations, where he and Mighty can be seen on missing posters dotted throughout the City Escape. The poster mentions that they've been missing since 1993, referencing Ray's debut appearance in SegaSonic the Hedgehog.
Not much is known about Ray's personality, but it is shown during SegaSonic the Hedgehog that Ray acts as a semi comic-relief character of the trio. He's also shown to be slightly more fearful than Sonic and Mighty.
Due to Ray's sole playable appearance, Ray's moveset is very limited. In the arcade game, Ray shares the same abilities that Sonic and Mighty have, including the basic Spin Jump, and he is also rather agile. Being a flying squirrel, he has yellow prehensile tail that he is seen capitalizing as a third hand.
Apperances in other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Ray the Flying Squirrel was a member of the Chaotix and best friends with Mighty the Armadillo, having met him while both were held prisoner by Dr. Ivo Robotnik. The two teamed up with Sonic the Hedgehog during an escape attempt, but Ray ended up being trapped when he grabbed the prison's Power Stone energy source and was caught in a time warp. Years later, Mighty found and freed him, bringing him back to Angel Island. Joining the Chaotix, Ray became a loyal, if timid member, helping them face various foes on the island and then later on the surface as they fought Doctor Eggman alongside the Freedom Fighters. Later, Ray also became a part-time resident of New Mobotropolis. Mighty and Ray consider each other brothers, and treat each other as such. Following the comics' reboot, Ray and Mighty appear to be an adventuring duo with ties to-but not membership in-the Chaotix or Freedom Fighters.
- Ray is the first Sonic character depicted with toes on his feet, which can be seen in one of his animations in the game.
- According to an interview on Sonic Central, Sonic does not know the whereabouts of Ray, Bark the Polar Bear, Bean the Dynamite, Nack the Weasel, Chaos, or Tikal.
- ↑ Sega of America (March 2007). Sonic Central. Sega of America. “Stephen F. (a.k.a Sonic's number 1 fan.): Will Ray the Flying Squirrel, Bean the Duck, Chaos, Nack, Tikal, and Bark reappear? P.S: COOL SITE!!! / Sonic: Actually, I don't know exactly where they are…but we do have some old faces from the past that will be with me in Sonic Heroes…make sure to check 'em out!”