|Vanilla the Rabbit|
Vanilla is the mother of Cream the Rabbit
in other media
|Also known as||
Cream the Rabbit (daughter)
Domestic Lop-Eared Rabbit
Cream and Orange
|Alignment and character traits|
Vanilla the Rabbit (ヴァニラ・ザ・ラビット Vanira za Rabitto?) is the beautiful and respected mother of Cream the Rabbit and lives in a small cottage near Night Carnival Zone with her daughter, Cream, and Gemerl. It is unknown whether she is widowed or divorced as she does not have a husband and is a single mother. Vanilla is a skilled chef, knitter, cleaner and has always taught her daughter to never forget saying "please" and "thank-you".
Sonic Advance 2
Six years after Cream's birth, Doctor Eggman kidnapped Vanilla and her daughter and held them hostage to Sonic the Hedgehog. Unfortunately, Sonic at first only managed to rescue Cream, who was determined to rescue her mother. Soon, Vanilla was freed and reunited with her daughter, who was overjoyed. But Eggman had another trick up his sleeve and snatched Vanilla back soon after. However, Super Sonic managed to save her again and defeat the doctor. Cream and her mother went back to living peacefully and Vanilla was grateful to Sonic ever since.
Sonic Advance 3
One day, Vanilla took Cream and Cheese to the beach for some fun. Instead, they found the largely damaged Gemerl laying helplessly in the sand. Seeing this, Vanilla took the robot to Miles Prower, who repaired him and gave him a good personality. She then took Gemerl with her to live in their cottage with Cream, Cheese and Chocola so he could live a happy life.
Vanilla, still living peacefully with Gemerl and her family, allowed Cream and Cheese to go out and play near Night Carnival Zone one day. When Cream returned, she came with Blaze the Cat, who she had found on the ground earlier. Vanilla insisted that the reluctant Blaze stay for tea, which she eventually did and explained her story over the table. Vanilla advised her to see Sonic the Hedgehog for help and she allowed Cream to go with her on her journey. Later on, Sonic and Tails arrived at the hut looking for Blaze. Vanilla informed them that Cream had gone out with her to find him, and pointed them in the right direction before they left.
Appearances in Other Media
Vanilla also appeared in the anime series Sonic X. Originally from Sonic's unnamed homeworld, she was separated from her daughter when Cream was kidnapped by Doctor Eggman and transported to Earth by Chaos Control. Vanilla was eventually transported to Earth herself by a second Chaos Control event, and immediately hired the Chaotix Detective Agency to find Cream. Their leader, Vector the Crocodile, initially mistakenly believed that Sonic the Hedgehog had kidnapped Cream. While the Chaotix investigated, Vanilla came across Sonic, who then took her to her daughter at the Thorndyke Mansion. Cream was overjoyed to reunite with her mother and they embraced in a nice warm hug. After that, Vanilla moved into the mansion and cooked with Cream and Ella, as well as constantly looking out for Sonic and the others. Weeks after, a portal was created which could return them to their own world. Vanilla and Cream happily departed and returned to their cottage.
Returned back to their peaceful lifestyle in their cottage, Vanilla and Cream were happy once again. Vector the Crocodile and Vanilla had also appeared to develop a crush on each other, but neither of them had made any moves. After a few months, the Metarex declared war on the planet and Cream and Vanilla participated in helping the inhabitants of Mobius. She asked Vector to deliver Chris' things (that Chris' family sent from Station Square) to the Blue Typhoon in space and was not present at the downfall of the Metarex and the death of Cosmo the Seedrian, a new friend of Cream.
In the Archie Comics continuity, Vanilla originally lived with her daughter Cream the Rabbit lived in a mansion near a Chao Garden in the Southern Baronies. One day, however, she and Cream came under attack by Snively Robotnik in a large drilling mech, believing he had found a mystical energy source under their home. The moment she saw Snively, however, Vanilla radioed for help, and Amy Rose soon came to their rescue. With help from Cream, Amy managed to stop Snively and save Vanilla and the Chao residing there, though she ended up wrecking Vanilla and Cream's home in the process.
With their home destroyed, Vanilla and Cream were offered to live in New Mobotropolis by Amy, to which Vanilla and Cream accepted. After taking up residence in New Mobotropolis, however, Vanilla had some trouble adjusting to hers and Cream's new surroundings as she was used to a quiet lifestyle and that she found Cream attracted and involved in the dangerous adventures the Knothole Freedom Fighters had. However, after some encouragement from Amy and having witnessed the Freedom Fighters' heroism, Vanilla came to accept her new home and even allowed Cream to join Team Freedom.
- Vanilla does not have her own official character profile on the official Sonic Channel website, but is mentioned by name in Cream's character profile.
- Vanilla's game appearances have been all on hand-held systems. So far the only time she was in 3D/CGI was in the Sonic Rush cutscenes.
- In the games, Vanilla's ascot was orange, but in Sonic X, it was blue.
- In Sonic X, Vanilla was never called by her name; instead, she was always referred to as "Cream's Mom/Mother" or "Madam".
- While Vanilla herself doesn't appear, Cream calls out to her "Mama" in two cutscenes of Sonic Free Riders.
- Vanilla has a non-playable appearance in all the games she appears in so far.
- Vanilla, along with Cream and Cheese, was the first Sonic character to be introduced on a Nintendo console.
In addition to information taken from the Sonic the Hedgehog games themselves, content from the instruction booklets of the U.S. and Japanese versions of the games were also used as references for this article.