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|Sticks the Badger|
Sticks the Badger
Claire Morin (French)
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Sticks the Badger is one of the main characters in the Sonic Boom series. She is an anthropomorphic jungle badger and a force of nature in every way. She has spent most of her life living alone and flourishing in the wilderness and is as such new to friends in general. After meeting Team Sonic, however, she forms a strong bond with the group, particularly with Amy Rose.
Concept and Creation
According to Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Chief Content Officer for the Sonic Brand, Sega of America, "Sticks is a significant addition to the Sonic Boom universe and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise" and is meant to form the core ensemble featured throughout the Sonic Boom franchise alongside Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles. She is meant to bring a quirky personality and perspective to the team dynamic and her character adds an endless amount of humor and surprise to the Sonic Team.
Early artwork of Sticks shows she was supposed to have white sports tape for her hair locks and only have one eyelash. The sports tape was eventually changed to auburn strings and she ended up having two eyelashes.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Sticks is set to appear as a non playable character in the Wii U version of Sonic Boom on November 11th 2014.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
In Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Sticks entered a ravine for the purpose of "gettin' info from the rocks" where she was caught in a rockslide, but was saved by Sonic, Tails and Knuckles and Amy. Back on safe ground, Sticks told her friends that an underground army would rise and destroy them all, but was met with severe skepticism. Later on, Sticks teamed up with Sonic, Tails and Knuckles to track down and save Amy who had been kidnapped by Lyric and his robot army, who sought to use her archaeological knowledge to find a Lost Crystal of Power and seize unlimited power.
When Sticks and her friends visited Tails' house, they discovered that Sonic and Tails were letting Dr. Eggman, Orbot and Cubot stay here while their lair underwent repairs. Sticks however, believed it was an evil plot by the doctor to destroy them with an "Obliteratorbot". Though her paranoia was dismissed, Sticks' fears were confirmed two days later, after Eggman had kept Sonic and Tails up all night and exhausted them, where Eggman revealed he lied about his lair to exhaust Sonic and Tails, and summoned his Obliteratorbot to destroy them, as Sticks predicted. However, the robot got Eggman's orders wrong and attacked his lair instead. Convinced by Eggman to help them, Sticks and her team got to the lair where she, Knuckles and Amy distracted Obliteratorbot long enough for the others to reach its kill switches, though they were too late to save the lair.
As Sticks was relaxing with Sonic, Amy and Knuckles on the beach, Tails came and demonstrated his invention UT, a robot capable of translating any language, to them. However, tension was created between Sticks and the team when UT translated their private thoughts from the subtext of their speech. The next day, Tails and UT came back where the robot "translated" their comments into insults. As every began fighting, Tails learned this UT was a fake send by Eggman to tear the team apart. However, Sticks and the others did not come with Tails on his mission to save the real UT, thinking UT was too troublesome. Later, UT returned to Sticks and the others with a message from Tails and translated it into a call to rescue Tails from Eggman's lair. Sticks and the team soon got to Eggman's lair where they freed Tails and defeated Eggman's guard robot. While the rest of her team liked UT now, Sticks did not and threw it into the sea.
When Eggman attacked the local village with his Anti-fire Bot, Team Sonic came and put a end to it. After the mission though, Sticks showed a kitten ill treatment which made her team-mates convince her to get a pet to learn compassion. While out finding a pet with Sonic, Sticks chose a disgusting robo-dog who she named Buster. While Sticks loved her new pet, Buster was an annoyance to her other friends. After Buster ruined the team's chances to stop Orbot and Cubot from robbing a warehouse, they tried to make Sticks get rid of Buster, but she refused. Eggman then came by with a gift for Buster and revealed he created the robo-dog. However, Eggman's gift turned Buster into a large robot that caught everyone except Sticks, but Sticks managed to assume control over Buster and had him release her friends and get rid of Eggman. Knowing though that Buster was too dangerous, Sticks released Buster after a heartfelt goodbye.
While her friends were fighting Dr. Eggman Sticks saw a "cyborg rock golem" rise up from underground beneath Tails' house and left with the whole house on top of it. In panic, Sticks hurried out and found Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy and told them that Tails' house had been "robbed". However, it was first when Sticks brought her friends to the former site of Tails' house that they understand what she meant and she explained what had happened to the house.
While her friends tried to make a plan, Sticks found the Rock-cyborg's footprints and began following them while sniffing the grass out of enjoinment (which gave the others the impression that she had picked up the robot's scent). When she finally cleared up the misunderstanding though, she had lead the whole group to the Rock-cyborg. There, Sticks climbed up on the top of the Rock-cyborg to check Tails' gutters for "illegal wire taps" as Sonic was leading it into an ambush. There, she met Tails who told her to get to safety, but she believed she would be safer up here. As Amy and Knuckles crippled the Rock-cyborg, Sticks and Tails struck it from behind and made it fall, giving Sonic the chance to destroy it and bring Tails' house back on its foundation. With the battle over, Sticks was liking how the Rock-cyborg's remains adorned the surroundings.
Sticks is energetic and rather primal, like a wild animal, and follows the laws of the jungle. She has sharp animal instincts and is a fearsome combatant and tenacious hunter, though when angry she enters a feral frenzy. Because of her isolated life, Sticks has become a little quirky, eccentric and overall nutty, and she thinks others are living in an alternate world different from the normal one. In spite of her background, she is intelligent, though her manner of speaking comes off as strange and grammatically incorrect to other people as she speaks in a primitive dialect she taught herself.
As a result of her background, Sticks is not very feminine. She does not know how to act like a lady and she is disgusted by anything cute, adorable and fuzzy. She loves spending time in her burrow and returns to it for safety when a situation becomes too bizarre for her.
Because of her wildness, Sticks' social skills need plenty of work. She is not the most trusting individual and is full of outrageous suspicions and paranoia (which are always proven right), and senses danger everywhere at all times, which means that she is always stressed. While the concepts of sharing, compassion, and friendship are foreign to her, Sticks has a good heart and a genuine desire to get closer to Sonic and his friends, and is fiercely loyal to them. However, this also creates an internal struggle for her; on one hand she is not sure she can handle the life outside her burrow, but on the other hand she loves her friends and wants to hang out with them.
Powers and Abilities
Sticks possesses unparalleled and quite accurate animal instincts, along with extremely sharp survival skills and good hunting skills. She is quite swift and agile, capable of dodging laser fire with little trouble. She has as well fearsomely great combat skills, as it is noted no one has to worry about her in battle. She is also well-versed in the usage of boomerangs, being able to throw even a boomerang made from a ladle with such precision that it hit Dr. Eggman's wrist gauntlet upon its return.
Sticks is armed with handmade weapons at all times, most notably a handmade boomerang that she keeps in tow. She is capable of not only using her boomerang for long-ranged attacks, but also as a short-range melee weapon.
Among her new friends, Sticks' best friend is Amy Rose, who is the one Sticks wants to get closer to the most. Amy helps Sticks adapt to civilization and in turn Sticks is willing to go to extremes to protect Amy. The two are also shown to work well together in combat.
- "Because we're a team! We got beaten to the punch, or in this case, the kick as a team. We can raise our heads proudly, knowing we've traveled all this way, just to watch someone else finish the job. When we walk down the streets and the people whisper "Those are the ones who couldn't quite save the day, almost, but not quite" will smile together because we didn't do it as a team! I finally understand teamwork... and it is beautiful."
- —Sticks' definition of teamwork, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
- "I knew it. He did have an Obliteratorbot. Why doesn't anyone ever believe me? Its not like I'm paranoid... (turns to her shadow) Stop following me!"
- —Sticks when her suspicions about Dr. Eggman is confirmed, "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?"
- "I knew you were coming, but you will never obliterate Sticks, because Sticks is unoblit... unoblu... unobliterebi... You can't kill me."
- —Sticks talking to Obliteratorbot, "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?"
- Sticks bears a very strong resemblance to Marine the Raccoon.
- As such, many fans initially mistook Sticks as a supposed Sonic Boom incarnation of Marine before she was revealed to be a new character.
- Sticks also bears a resemblance to Aika from Skies of Arcadia. Both characters have similar hairstyles and wield boomerangs as their main weapons.
- Sticks is the only member of Sonic's crew to not wear sports tape.
- However, her boomerang has sports tape on it.
- Early concept artwork of her also depicted her having sports tape for hair bands.
- Sticks is the only member of Team Sonic who does not wear any gloves.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Kellie (29 May 2014). Introducing Sticks to the Sonic Boom Franchise. Retrieved on 30 May 2014.
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nxgDyPlTTQ
- ↑ Sonic Boom episode 2, "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic Boom episode 3, "Translate This"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Sonic Boom episode 4, "Buster"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic Boom #1, "Getting a Little Boulder Part One of... Er... One"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 SONIC BOOM. Characters: Sticks the Badger. Retrieved on 25 July 2014.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sonic Boom episode 5, "My Fair Sticksy"