The Ricky (リッキー Rikkī?) is a creature in the Sonic the Hedgehog series which first appeared in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. They are a race of squirrel Animals that live across various regions all over Sonic's world, and are close friends of Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies. The Rickies are constantly targeted by Dr. Eggman who seeks to use them as energy sources for his various Badniks and often imprisons them in Capsules for later use.
The general Ricky resembles a brown-furred and round-shaped tree squirrel slightly less than half a meter tall, although their anatomy is slightly humanoid. They have large heads with a small torso, arms with five-fingered hands, thick yet stubby legs with long feet and three toes each, a long and curled bushy tail each, two large grey eyes (originally black), and round ears on top of their heads. Additionally, they have peach fur around their faces and on their bellies. Other features include cheek tuffs, medium-long brown noses, and hair bangs on their foreheads.
Like actual animals, the Rickies can only speak in a language consisting of small ook-sounding noises. Although recognized as animal life, Rickies are remarkably intelligent and sociable, being capable of understanding normal language and establishing their own Animal communities. All Rickies are generally good-hearted, helpful, friendly and playful, but their small stature leaves them rather defenseless on their own. They also have great respect and appreciation for nature, choosing to live in complete harmony with it.
Rickies inhabit various natural environments like forests all around Earth and its unusual satellites, such as South Island, West Side Island, Little Planet, Angel Island and the Lost Hex, where they have established their own small villages, more often than not with other Animal species.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
The first appearance of the Rickies was in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog. In this game, the Rickies were some of Sonic's animal friends on South Island whom Sonic went to rescue after Dr. Robotnik captured them and turned them into power sources for his Badniks - all as a part of a plot to collect the Chaos Emeralds. They can be found in Marble Zone where they pop out of destroyed Badniks or the opened Capsule at the end of the third Act. They also appear in the ending cinematic where they celebrate Sonic's victory.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
In the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Rickies repeated their roles from the first title. In this game, they and the other Animals of West Side Island were captured by Dr. Robotnik and used to power Badnik workers which Robotnik needed to finish the Death Egg. The Rickies can be found in Emerald Hill Zone where they pop out of destroyed Badniks or the opened Capsule at the end of the second Act.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Rickies are shown to inhabit Little Planet. In this game, Rickies will appear and happily prance around in the Zones of Palmtree Panic and Quartz Quadrant alongside other Animals after certain conditions are met. The players can either ensure a good future for these Rounds by collecting their Time Stone or destroying the robot teleporters hosted there to make the Rickies appear in the good futures, or they can destroy a Zone's Metal Sonic Projector to make the Rickies appear in every timeframe of said Zone.
Sonic & Knuckles
In Sonic & Knuckles, the Rickies reprise their role from the first main installments. In this game, the Rickies and the other Animals of Angel Island were kidnapped and turned into Badniks by Dr. Robotnik to aid the doctor with the relaunch of the Death Egg. The Rickies can be found in the Mushroom Hill Zone, Flying Battery Zone and Death Egg Zone where they pop out of destroyed Badniks or opened Capsules (excluding the Death Egg Zone which has no Capsules).
In the beginning of Knuckles' storyline, a herd of Rickies and Cuckies can be seen playing around in the Mushroom Hill Zone where Knuckles is relaxing until an EggRobo scares them away by dropped a bomb down in front of Knuckles.
Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld
In Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, Ricky is seen along with Sonic, Tails, Amy and other Animals. Here, Ricky appears on a pair of cards featured in the Concentration mini-game. The Japanese version of the game also features Ricky in the Poker Game and Bakudan Nuki mini-games.
Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
In Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, the Rickies reprised their roles from the first main titles where they are captured by Dr. Eggman and used to power his Badniks. In this game, they have either light brown, red or light yellow fur.
Rickies can be found in every Zone in the game where they pop out of destroyed Badniks or opened Capsules. Several Animals, including Ricky, are also seen in the game's perfect ending that appears after clearing Chaotic Space Zone, where they cheer over Sonic's victory over Eggman.
Sonic Lost World
In Sonic Lost World, the Rickies and other Animals are shown to inhabit the Lost Hex. During the events of the game, Dr. Eggman, with the assistance of the Deadly Six, resumed kidnapping Animals, the Flickies being among them, to create a new Badnik army. A single Ricky and a few other Animals who managed to escape capture, remained with Knuckles and Amy while Sonic and Tails went out to save their friends, during which they had fun at the expense of Knuckles.
The Rickies and the other Animals serve as collectible content used to progress with the game. Once the players have collected a set amount of Animals, they gain access to the fourth Zone in each World. They player can collect Rickies by defeating Badniks, opening smaller Capsules in the Zones, and opening the larger Capsules at the end of most Zones. Rickies and other Animals can also be collected from Circus tents. The Rickies can be found in the following places (depending on the version of the game):
|Wii U/PC||Nintendo 3DS|
|Windy Hill Zone 4; Desert Ruins Zone 1, 3 and 4; Tropical Coast Zone 2; Frozen Factory Zone 2; Silent Forest Zone 3; Sky Road Zone 1, 2 and 4; Hidden World Zone 1||Tropical Coast; Sky Road|
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
|Fauna of Windy Hill||Windy Hill, a plain on the floating Lost Hex continent, is the first area in Sonic Lost World. It has giant windmills and mysterious caves and is home to a wide variety of animals...that Dr. Eggman has gone and used as a power source for his robot collection. Typical... Just destroy the robots and set those animals free.
Excluding the trophy, the Ricky also occasionally makes a cameo appearance in the background of the Windy Hill Zone.
Sonic Runners series
In Sonic Runners, the Rickies played supporting roles to the main cast in the storyline. In this game, most individual Rickies are referred to as "Ricky". Over the course of the game, Team Sonic comes across the Rickies several times, whom they usually save from Dr. Eggman and/or his lackeys. Occasionally, the Rickies will also ask the team for help solving different problems, whether it be either Eggman-related trouble or more personal issues. Sometimes though, the Rickies will help Team Sonic as well, usually by providing information or handling smaller tasks.
In gameplay, Rickies will pop out of destroyed Badniks and bounce a little further down the path before falling behind the player. If the player grabs them as they pass by, the player will build up their Combo and earn 2,500 bonus points on the result screen for each Ricky.
Sonic Runners Adventure
In Sonic Runners Adventure, the Rickies reprised their roles as power sources for Dr. Eggman's Badniks. In gameplay, Rickies will pop out of destroyed Badniks in any stage and then bounce out of the player's sight.
In Sonic Mania, the Rickies reprised their roles from the Sonic games on the Sega Genesis by being organic power sources for Dr. Eggman's Badniks again. The Rickies can be found in Chemical Plant Zone, Flying Battery Zone, Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1 and Lava Reef Zone, where they pop out of destroyed Badniks or opened Capsules.
When the player destroys the Metal Sonic Projector at the end of Stardust Speedway Zone Act 2, several Rickies will appear until they are chased off by Metal Sonic. Also, during the ending of the "& Knuckles" mode in Sonic Mania, a Ricky can be seen listening to Knuckles' retelling of the game's events.
In Sonic Forces, Rickies can be found inside Capsules in blue SOS Mission at random. The objective of these missions is to rescue the Rickies and the other prisoners in the Capsule using either Sonic, Classic Sonic, the Avatar or Shadow. After the Rickies and the other prisoners have been freed from their Capsule, the player has to complete their stage to complete the SOS Mission.
In other media
Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)
In Sonic the Hedgehog television series, Ricky's design served as the inspiration for an anthropomorphic female chipmunk named Sally. In this media, Sally is the princess and heir to the kingdom of Mobotropolis, but was forced into hiding when Dr. Robotnik overthrew her father. Finding sanctuary in Knothole Village, she became the field leader of the Knothole Freedom Fighters to reclaim their home. Over the years, she developed romantic feelings for her teammate Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic
Ricky along with other animal friends, appears in Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic manga. He appears in few panels in first and third stories. In Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Volume 2' story Clash!! South Island Picky tells to Sonic that Ricky and Cucky have become badniks. Later in "Sparkling Zone" Sonic destroys these badniks and rescues Ricky and Cucky, who then lead Sonic to the "Star Land Zone" where they saw animals getting imprisoned to the capsule. Sonic defeats Eggman and saves the animals from capsule.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the character Sally from the Sonic the Hedgehog television series which Ricky inspired was adapted as a part of the main cast named Sally Alicia Acorn. In this media, she was born during the Great War. She was raised as an only child to the "widower" King Maximillian Acorn and would not know the fate of her mother and older brother until years later. Sally was also raised and tutored by her royal mentor, Julayla Chipmunk, and royal nursemaid, Rosie Woodchuck.
After Dr. Ivo Robotnik's takeover, the young sally dedicated herself to the rescue of her father and kingdom. Inspired by the Original Freedom Fighters, Sally rallied her own band of friends and led them in raids against Robotropolis. Despite her youth, Sally showed an uncanny ability to lead, strategize, and hold her ragtag team of would-be heroes together. Late in the First Robotnik War, Sally discovered a mysterious handheld device. The A.I. running it identified itself as Nicole and would be Sally's mentor and friend after the passing of Julayla. As Sally lead the Freedom Fighters to victory in the battle against Dr. Robotnik, she regained her family but faced a great deal of personal hardship. Her life of guerrilla warfare conflicted with the formalities of royalty. Torn between the life she had and the one she thought she wanted, Sally's spirit was strained. The final blow came when her first love, Sonic the Hedgehog, appeared to give his life for Mobius and then return from the dead. At her most confused, she broke up with Sonic for a time to prevent further heartbreak for herself.
Eventually she recovered to her old self, chose her role as the team's field leader and repaired her damaged friendships. However, Sally barley skirted death after the first Genesis Wave. She used her second chance at life to sabotage the Death Egg Mark 2's World Roboticizer. Her sacrifice saved Mobius but turned her into one of Dr. Eggman's minions until the second Genesis Wave arrived.
After the Super Genesis Wave, Sally's history remained basically the same, although with subtle differences. After retaking Mobotropolis from Dr. Eggman after he seized power, Sally now leads the Freedom Fighters against the Eggman Empire.
Sonic the Comic
In Sonic the Comic, Ricky was renamed Sally Acorn. In this media, she is an anthropomorphic female squirrel living alongside the Emerald Hill Folk. Before Dr. Robotnik's takeover, Sally would often be involved in Badnik businesses and would need Sonic's help with them. After Robotnik conquered Mobius, she would help the Freedom Fighters protect their Zone until she became a news reporter.
Early Sonic canon
Early on in the series, when all the Animals were renamed by Sega of America for the western media and market in the Sonic Bible, Ricky's gender was defined as female and was named Squirrel in the bible's first draft. It would later be reimagined as Sally Acorn in the bible's second draft. According to the Sonic Bible, Sally Acorn comes from a large family like other Animals (which was intended to explain the appearance of multiple identical Rickies in the games) and helped raise an orphaned Sonic. In the bible's first draft, Sally Acorn taught Sonic how to lob acorns down from trees to pester the unsuspecting victims below. In the bible's second draft and in the guidebook Stay Sonic though, it is said Sally Acorn taught Sonic how to leap incredible instances.
- The Rickies were presumably created by Naoto Ōshima, the character designer on the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- When Ricky is featured on his own card in Sonic the Hedgehog Online Trading Cards, he has been misleadingly named as Pocky. Pocky is also the name of another Animal, who has been misleadingly called as Picky in the same online trading card game.
- In the American credits of Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld he is labeled with his Japanese name, "Ricky" instead of his western name Sally Acorn during that time.
- Ricky is one of Animals in the series that has not make any appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 or any of the three episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
- ↑ Sonic Team (February 25, 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Episode 14-1. "Ricky: Ook! Ook!"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team (February 25, 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Episode 11-1. "Tails: Hey, Omochao, could you ask these guys where they were when Eggman's minions captured them? / Animals: (chatter chirp) / Omochao: They say their village is just east of here, and Eggman built a base right next to it!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (February 25, 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Episode 14-1. "Knuckles: Yeah. This factory closes now. The Animals need to be living in harmony with nature again!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 7-10.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Sonic The Hedgehog 4. Sega. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved on 26 January 2015.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Sonic's main buddies are Rabbit, Squirrel, Pig, Flicky the Duck, Penguin, Chicken, and Seal. Each comes from a large family, each is playful and friendly" - Description from Sonic the Hedgehog Bible Draft I page 11.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "Sonic's main buddies are Johnny Lightfoot, Sally Acorn, Porker Lewis, Chirps, Tux, Flicky the Blue Bird, and Joe Sushi. Each comes from a large family, and each is playful and friendly." - Description from Sonic the Hedgehog Bible Draft II page 15.
- ↑ "from Squirrel, he learns how to lob acorns down from trees to pester the unsuspecting victim below" - Description from Sonic the Hedgehog Bible Draft I page 6.
- ↑ "from Sally Acorn (the squirrel), he learns how to jump incredible distances" - Description from Sonic the Hedgehog Bible Draft II page 9.
- ↑ Pattenden, Mike (4 January 1993). "Sonic the Hedgehog". Stay Sonic. Fantail. p. 18. ISBN 978-0140903904. "Sally Acorn (the squirrel) taught Sonic how to leap incredible distances - a skill that has proved vitally important in combat with Robotnik."