Princess Sally (born 3219) is one of the main characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. She is an anthropomorphic ground squirrel and the daughter of the King, making her the heir to the throne as the future ruler of Mobius. When Dr. Robotnik rose to power, Sally and the other children were sent to Knothole Village for safety. Here, she became one of the Knothole Freedom Fighters and worked together with her friend over the next ten years at overthrowing Robotnik's tyranny.
Concept and creation
In an early prototype design made during the series' early development, Sally was drawn as a human redhead with purple skin. She was later drawn with blonde hair but retaining her skin color. These designs were ultimately scrapped through unknown circumstances, however, and Sally was featured with the same design used in the video games.
An early design of Sally was featured in an article of Sonic the Poster Mag #1 that announced a new animated series starring Sonic the Hedgehog. Within the four pages of plot synopsis and concept art, a group of screenshots that greatly differ from the rest appear without explanation. These screenshots include a character named "Princess Acorn", a Mobian (presumably a squirrel) with yellow fur and blond hair wearing a red dress. She shows up alongside characters that have since been featured in Sonic the Comic. This character, however, shares few similarities with Sally's final appearance.
Sally is an anthropomorphic squirrel with brown fur, light tan skin, blue eyes and auburn hair. In the first season, her only outfit is blue knee-high boots, but in the second season, she gains a blue formal vest to match her boots.
Sally was born into the Royal Family and was the heir to the throne. Becoming overwhelmed with these responsibilities left her isolated and sheltered from the outside. She befriended Sonic the Hedgehog during an arranged play date by Sonic's Uncle Chuck.
Following Dr. Robotnik's coup, Sally and the other children escaped Robotnik's force by fleeing to Knothole Village, but her father was imprisoned by Dr. Robotnik. While living in Knothole, Sally became one of the village's Freedom Fighters, serving as the group's strategist and de facto leader. She also became the surrogate aunt of Tails where she becomes overprotective of his safety. Over the next ten years, she and her friends then worked together to fight back and overthrow Robotnik's rule.
Sally is smart, confident, deliberate, and mature with a meticulous and no-nonsense personality. She is likewise strong-minded, logical and focused, preferring to plan ahead of situations, while having a loving devotion to her people and friends. Her attitude stems from childhood due to a strict upbringing of learning etiquette, royal studies, and the family credo. Most of the time, she prides herself on her intellect and leadership skills. Whenever she feels stressed out, she consults Bunnie to balance her frustrations.
In spite of being a princess and proud of her title and heritage, Sally is very down-to-Earth and dislikes being treated any differently from the rest of her friends. She has a pride that rivals Sonic's on the field however, and can be ornery and easily flustered when conflicting with another. Ultimately though, she is only concerned for her team's well being and shows extra concern for Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sally's friendship with Sonic is a conflicting one since Sonic antagonizes Sally due to her "slowness" while she tries to improve his mannerisms. Sonic was often an endless source of neuroses for Sally, who could be very sardonic and confrontational with his opportunistic, rebellious attitude, which contrasts her extremely meticulous and no-nonsense personality.
Originally, this was sometimes played against her, leading her to self righteously rival Sonic's on-the-fly methods and sometimes cause problems in her bull-headedness about her planning. Over time, however, her personality is calmed a little, where she is usually portrayed as more level-headed and tactful than Sonic, and often required to bail him out when his recklessness gets him into trouble. Despite their constant bickering, however, they do best as a team.
In other media
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sally was 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.
- Sally's middle name is Alicia.
- In the pilot episode of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally had pink fur with brown hair, much like her Archie Comics counterpart had in the early issues of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. In the following episodes, however, Sally was designed to have brown and tan fur and dark auburn hair. This design for Sally was eventually adapted into the comic books as well.
- In the English-language manual of Sonic the Hedgehog CD for the Sega CD, Amy Rose is credited as Princess Sally, in an attempt to support the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series (though the PC version and all later games called her Amy).
- In Japan, Sally was known by both her real name and a nickname of hers called "Ricki". This never made its way to America.
- Sally appears as a main character in Sonic Live in Sydney.
- Tiara of Sonic X-treme shares a similar appearance with Sally. Christian Senn claims that he did not intend for Tiara to look similar when he designed her.
- Interestingly, Sally's last name, Acorn, is never mentioned in the show itself, though is referred to in the show's bible.