|Tikal the Echidna|
Tikal is a young echidna girl from 4,000 years ago
Over 4000 (physically 14)
95cm (3ft 1in)
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Tikal the Echidna (ティカル・ザ・エキドゥナ Tikaru za Ekiduna?) is a fictional, female anthropomorphic echidna from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of games released by Sega. She first appeared in the game Sonic Adventure for Sega Dreamcast, which was released in Japan on December 23, 1998.
Tikal was born as the daughter of Chief Pachacamac in the Knuckles Clan about 4000 years prior to Sonic Adventure. As her mother died when she was young and her father became cold and distant following Tikal's mother's death, Tikal was left to be raised by her grandmother. During her upbringing, Tikal's grandmother passed on her teachings, beliefs of morality, and mythology of their people to Tikal. Tikal, in turn, respected her grandmother and believed everything she taught her with all her heart, resulting in her becoming a peace-loving pacifist. After her grandmother died, Tikal always cherished her words and followed her wishes to oppose Pachacamac's power-hungry ways in invading others territories, especially the Nocturnus Clan's.
During her teens, Tikal opposed and detested her father's greed. She would often plead to her father to stop all his "fighting, stealing, and killing," and struggled with him to be on the right path to peace. No matter how much Tikal begged him to stop her father's warmongering ways, however, she would come out fruitless. During these times, Tikal would often seek sanctuary and tranquility at the Altar of the Emeralds, a location close to her home, the Mystic Ruins, whenever she was angered by her father. There, Tikal would entertain herself with the friendly Chao residing there, along with their guardian, Chaos, who she befriended and was somehow able to communicate with.
Tikal's Last StandEdit
As time passed for Tikal, things took a turn for the worse when Pachacamac decided to attack the altar to steal the seven Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald residing there, in order to gain total power. Once learning of this, Tikal tried to find a peaceful solution to her father's immoral plan, but could not convince either Chaos and the Chao, or her father of a peaceful alternative.
One faithful night, Pachacamac, with a group of Echidna warriors, attacked the Altar of the Emeralds, ready to take control by force. Tikal intervened, however, and stood in his way, intending to make her final stand. Attemping to block her clan, Tikal begged her father and her people to stop their greedy ambitions. Pachacamac, however, was stubborn and refused to listen to his own daughter, but Tikal continued to beseech with them to stop. Ignoring her words, Pachacamac charged forward with his men, trampling over Tikal and knocking her unconscious.
When Tikal came to, despite her wounds, she was horrified to see the destruction that had befalled the area; it turned out that when Pachacamac and his men attacked the temple, they injured the Chao. This incurred the anger of Chaos, causing the creature to be comsumed by rage, who in turn used the negative Chaos Energy of the seven Chaos Emeralds to become Perfect Chaos and killed Pachacamac, his men and nearly all of the Echidnas. Understanding that Chaos was blinded by rage and would not stop its rampage, Tikal decided to stop Chaos before it could destroy the rest of the world. Using the Master Emerald and her grandmother's prayer, Tikal managed to strip Chaos of its power and seal it away in the Master Emerald. Unfortunately, the resulting ritual sealed Tikal's spirit inside the Master Emerald as well, leading to her demise.
Release and Aiding HeroesEdit
For the next few thousand years, Tikal's spirit existed inside the Master Emerald with Chaos, their hearts coexisting with one another. In the present day, some time prior to Sonic Adventure, Doctor Eggman found ancient tablets describing the event with Perfect Chaos, and decided to use it to help him conquer the world by making it into Perfect Chaos again. In order to recruit Chaos' help in his quest, Eggman shattered the Master Emerald, awakening Chaos and Tikal's spirit. While as a spirit, Tikal strove for peace by subsequently transporting Sonic and his friends to the past, hoping they would see the trouble that befell her world before, and what would happen if Chaos obtained the emeralds again.
Despite her best attempts, Chaos managed to obtain the Chaos Emeralds and used their negative energies to become Perfect Chaos again. As it began destroying Station Square, Tikal appeared and told Sonic that Chaos had to be sealed in the Master Emerald once again. However, Sonic disagreed, as Chaos would still be angered, and history would likely repeat itself once again. Instead, he used the positive energy of the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Sonic, then battled and defeated Perfect Chaos. After being defeated by the positive energy of the Emeralds, Chaos was neutralized and calm. Tikal then explained to him that the Chao were alright and happy, and she and Chaos rose into the air and disappeared in a flash of light to live their lives in peace.
Other Game Appearances and CameosEdit
Sonic Adventure 2 (Battle)Edit
Tikal is an unlockable character in the Dreamcast game, Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. To acquire her, the player has to complete all of Knuckles the Echidna's missions with an 'A' rank. She is then available to play in 2-player in the treasure hunting game as well as in the kart game. In the GameCube remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, she is initially playable in Treasure Hunting. Sonic Adventure 2 reuses several quotes from Sonic Adventure rather than using new lines from Tikal. Some people believe that her appearance in 2-player clears up the plot hole of her disappearance, while others think SEGA put her there for fans.
Sonic Pinball PartyEdit
Tikal makes a cameo appearance in Sonic Pinball Party as an animated stone carving on the Angel Island board.
Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2Edit
Tikal additionally appears in a Chao mini game in Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2 that is playable by combining one of the games with Sonic Adventure DX. This game involves Tikal giving Sonic tips on where to find a specific Chao for Cheese the Chao.
Sonic Rivals and Sonic Rivals 2Edit
Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit
Tikal also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark BrotherhoodEdit
Though Tikal does not appear in person, she is mentioned, along with Chaos and Pachacamac, several times by the characters in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, as the events of the game centers around the history of the Echidnas. Additionally, information about Tikal can be read in the game's codex.
Sonic and the Black KnightEdit
In Sonic and the Black Knight, even though Tikal is not mentioned in the game, when a file is chosen, Tikal is one of the default names.
In the console version version of Sonic Colors, even though Tikal is not mentioned, when a file is chosen, Tikal is one of the default names, just like in Sonic and the Black Knight.
Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic GamesEdit
In the console version of Sonic Generations, Tikal makes another cameo on a billboard in Speed Highway advertising a movie in the Chao in Space series, titled "Chao in Space III: The Search for Tikal".
Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedEdit
Tikal additionally appears in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed as a sticker.
Tikal was a passionate, gentle pacifist. She never wavered in her attempt to oppose her father Pachacamac and was determined to have her tribe in peace. She had tried to stop her father in peaceful ways and never once resorted to violence. Tikal's peaceful temperament and beliefs drastically contradicted with her father's, who was fierce and warlike. Though she begged him to stop in his conquest, his greed and ambition overcame everything else, eventually causing him to lose his love for his daughter.
Although Pachacamac lost his compassion for his daughter, Tikal cares for him and for the rest of the tribe. She is an amiable person with a good nature and, according to the official Sonic Adventure 2: Battle website, Tikal is "...a caring person, and everyone loves her."
In the comic books, Sonic the Comic, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic X, Tikal acts similar to her game personality. However, in the Archie comic book Sonic X, Tikal is more willing to fight as she had assisted Sonic and his friends against the angry Chaos. In the cartoon Sonic X, Tikal acts more eager to stop Chaos from wreaking havoc in the world than in the game. She also believes that "...if our hearts have nothing except anger and fear, they will only bring destruction!".
One of Tikal's abilities in Sonic Adventure is the ability to transport people to the past in their mind (similar to a vision), which affects the plot of the game. With it, she is able to show Sonic and his friends her past and try to persuade them to stop Chaos from obtaining the seven Chaos Emeralds (notably, Tails finds an upgrade in his vision, and still gets to use it in the present). Tikal is also able to turn into a floating red and white sphere of light, which enables her to quickly go to different places where Sonic and his friends are located. She can also communicate with Chaos, which allowed her to mollify his anger by telling him that the Chao are fine. She also seems to be able to teleport herself and others, like Chaos. Presumably, this may have been a use of Chaos Control.
In Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tikal appears as a 2-player character. She can fight, dig and glide through the air just like Knuckles. Being a fellow echidna of his tribe, Tikal had the same abilities and attributes as Knuckles in the Dreamcast original. In the GameCube version, she was tweaked slightly to play differently. Her punches have shorter reach than the other treasure hunters, and she doesn't sense Emeralds as well. However, this is made up by the fact that she is quicker than them. She wears brass knuckles to fight, and for every twenty rings she obtains, she will receive one of three supernatural attacks. These attacks are Wrath of Gaia, where she punches the ground to create a small earthquake, Heaven's Justice, where she makes lightning strike an enemy from the skies, and Captive Light, where she freezes the enemy for 30 seconds.
In the Archie comic books, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic X, Tikal is telepathic, which allows her to communicate with Chaos. In Sonic the Comic, she has a staff, which allows her to battle complacently. In the Sonic X comic book, Tikal mentions that the tribes' elders taught her how to fight, which explains how she knows how to defend herself.
Tikal's weakness is that she is not as physically strong as some of the characters, as shown in most media. In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, she throws short punches and can't sense Emeralds as well as the treasure hunters, but is instead faster than them.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Sonic the ComicEdit
Tikal appeared in the comic issues #180, #181 and #182 of Sonic the Comic. She was not around in present day, as the Echidna race was all but extinct. Instead, Tikal existed in the distant past - about 8000 years ago. At this period in history, the Drakons had taken over the Echidnas' sacred Emerald mines and, by obtaining the Emeralds therein, used the unstable "Chaos" energy source to create the Chaos Emeralds. They were waging war with the Echidnas because Pachacamac had defied the Drakons and taken the Emeralds back.
Fearing the danger, Tikal used the Power of the Chaos Emeralds to transport Sonic to her time period. She also asked Sonic if the echidnas were alive in his time, but Sonic couldn't bring himself to tell her the truth (the only echidnas alive were Knuckles and Doctor Zachary). Pachacamac then besought Sonic to assist Knuckles in the capture of a Drakon Prosecutor so he could make peace with the Drakons. However, after the two had captured the fish, the Drakons had attacked them. In the resulting firefight, the Chaos Emeralds were hit, which caused them to begin leaking Chaos Energy into the room. They all began to flee, leaving the captured Drakon Prosecutor behind, which resulted in becoming Chaos. The Echidnas then sealed Chaos in an enchanted container, but Dr. Robotnik's assistant, Grimer, later released him.
Because of Chaos' presence, a creature whom Tikal had seen in visions of the future, Tikal stated that this would be the beginning of the Great War. Despite this, Pachacamac returned Sonic to his own time by manipulating Chaos' energy with his staff. After a long fight with Chaos, they finally succeeded in capturing him. Pachacamac, Tikal, and Knuckles then thought about the beginning of a war that would determine the fate of the entire Echidna race. Although Tikal and Pachacamac knew Knuckles would live 8000 years, they realized that everything else was lost.
In the Archie comic book, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tikal first appears in issue #79, and then appears throughout issues #82, #83 and #84.
Throughout her comic book appearances, her artwork was done by Steven Butler, inked by Pam Eklund, and colored by Frank Gagliardo. Contrasting to the game, her eyes are green instead of blue. In the comic book, Tikal's tribe lived next to the Mysterious Cat City and fought against the Cat people. Later, Tikal found the ruins where the Chao resided and made friends with them. When the Echidnas started to lose to the Cats, they attempted to use the power of the Chaos Emeralds to win against them. The warriors attacked Chaos, who in turn used the Chaos Emeralds to turn into Perfect Chaos and kill them. Chaos began to wreak havoc on the world so in order to stop the disaster, Tikal and the Chao trapped Chaos in the Black Emerald. For a price, Tikal's spirit was trapped as well.
Later, Doctor Eggman's Robian slaves were digging up the Mysterious Cat City when they found a Black Emerald. Eggman broke it open and Chaos emerged while Tikal, in the form of a red light ball, flew by, unnoticed. Later, Tikal communicated with Knuckles through telepathy and told him her history. Some time later, Chaos acquired the seven Chaos Emeralds and used the negative energies of the emeralds to turn into Perfect Chaos. As he began to destroy Station Square, Tikal appeared to Sonic and showed him the past of Chaos’s origin. Then Tikal used a spell to weaken Perfect Chaos and positive-charged the Chaos Emeralds, which changed Sonic into Super Sonic. After Sonic neutralized Chaos, he and Tikal returned to their zone, which is Angel Island before the attack on the Master Emerald shrine.
In Mobius: X Years Later, Tikal is seen again along with Chaos. Somehow the two had combined into one being known as Tikhaos and was imprisoned in the Catacombs of Castle Mobius by King Sonic because she was too dangerous. After King Shadow was revived, he used his Chaos Powers to transform Tikhaos into Perfect Tikhaos. She was defeated when Sonia and Manik Acorn spin dashed Tikhaos' brain, reverting her back to her normal form.
In Sonic X, Tikal was a guardian of the Master Emerald until her father tried to take the seven Chaos Emeralds to defeat their enemies. In this process, she and several Chao were injured, which angered the water beast Chaos. Chaos killed Pachacamac and the remaining members of the tribe, thus Tikal traveled through time to stop and calm Chaos. She arrived into the time where Chaos had taken all of the Emeralds and become Perfect Chaos, in the presence of Sonic the Hedgehog and co. They gathered all seven Emeralds and restored their power, allowing Sonic to transform into Super Sonic. Tikal was surprised, as she thought the Chaos Emeralds' power could only be awakened by hate and anger until Miles "Tails" Prower and Knuckles the Echidna explained that friendship is stronger than hate, allowing Sonic to beat Chaos. He regained his sanity and returned to Chaos 0. Tikal then took him home.
- Pachacamac the Echidna (Father)
- Unknown Grandmother
- Unknown Mother
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Amy Rose
- Cream the Rabbit
- Big the Cat
- E-102 Gamma
- "The servers are the seven Chaos, chaos is power, power enriched by the heart, the controller is the one that unifies the Chaos." - A poem taught to her by her grandmother.
- "How can I make you understand?"
- "The fight is over, harmony is restored, and life goes on."
- "I beg of you.."
- "Gather 50 rings, and press the Action button while you're jumping. You'll transform into Super Sonic! But watch out for your ring consumption." - An unused line from Sonic Adventure.
- "I'm sorry, you're not one of them"
- "I'm sorry." - When using a special attack in Sonic Adventure 2.
- "I must do something.." - Tikal at the beginning of the Treasure Hunt Race in Sonic Adventure 2.
- "I'm Tikal!" - Tikal introducing herself to Tails and when being chosen for a Treasure Hunt Race in Sonic Adventure 2.
The main theme of Tikal from Sonic Adventure is "Theme of Tikal".
- Tikal is named after a ruined Mayan city in Guatemala whose name means "Place of Voices", and her father, Pachacamac, shares the name of both an Inca solar deity and a city of the Inca Empire, located near Lima, Peru. In addition to this, the pyramid in the Mystic Ruins, an adventure field in Sonic Adventure, resembles the one in the city of Tikal, and the Lost World level retains aspects of Maya ruins, such as the rotating snake and the jade. Tikal's attire is also derived from the Mayan civilization.
- It is unknown where Tikal really went with Chaos. It is possible that she may not reappear because when asked about it to Sonic at Sonic Central, he responded that he didn't "...know exactly where they (Tikal and other minor characters) are" - possibly suggesting that she will not be in the games any time soon. A popular theory was that she went back to the Master Emerald, but this is generally considered to be untrue, for when it shattered in Sonic Adventure 2, she was nowhere be seen. It is possible, however, she was within the shards. The image after the Super Sonic story credits shows Tikal at the Master Emerald Altar at Angel Island, but it is unclear on what the picture really depicts; the past, the future, a form of Heaven, or something else.
- She is one of the few Sonic characters with visible feet. Other characters wear shoes all the time.
- Her in-game model in Sonic Adventure shows her shirt as covering only her chest, though official artwork makes it into a tanktop-like garment revealing her midriff. (This could however just be how her model appears in the game)
- Her skirt pattern differs from an X-shape to diamond-shapes in various artworks.
- In her Sonic Adventure official artwork, Tikal has an extra wristband on her right hand.
- When playing as Tikal in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, her lines are simply voice clips from Sonic Adventure.
- Tikal's eyes are different colors in different continuities; in the video game series they're blue, in Sonic X they're purple, and in the Archie series they're green.
- However, in one scene of Sonic X, her eyes are blue.
- When Tikal does a victory pose in Sonic Adventure 2, her brass knuckle disappears.
- Her name derives from a powerful Mayan city-state that dates to 400-900 AD in present day Guatemala.
- There is an unlockable costume for your Mii in Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games based on her character appearance.
- In her Sonic Adventure Artwork, she has a long train on her skirt. But in her other appearances, she does not.
- In Sonic Chronicles, Shade refers to Knuckles as "Pachacamac's descedant", hinting that Knuckles may have some relation to Tikal.
- ↑ In Sonic Adventure, reciting the poem that her grandmother told her. This was also said by Knuckles in Sonic Adventure 2
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Concept Mobius: Game relations. Tikal's inspiration. Retrieved on December 13, 2006.
- Tikal the Echidna at Concept: "Mobius"
- Tikal at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki
- Tikal at the Sonic the Comic Wiki
|Heroes||Sonic | Tails | Amy | Knuckles | Mighty | Vector | Espio | Charmy | Big | Tikal | Cream | Emerl | Blaze | Omochao | Silver|
|Antiheroes||Chaos | Gamma | Alpha | Shadow | Rouge | Omega | Jet | Wave | Storm|
|Villains||Eggman | Metal | EggRobo | Fang | Nega|
|Other||Mecha | Gerald | Froggy | Cheese | Vanilla|