I'll probably be on this floating island forever, guarding the Master Emerald again. I may not know the whole story behind this, but perhaps it's better that way.


Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles is the Guardian of the Master Emerald and Angel Island.
First appearance

Sonic 3

Appears in

Sonic 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic 2 (when locked on to Sonic & Knuckles)
Sonic Drift 2
Sonic Triple Trouble
Knuckles Chaotix
Sonic 3D
Sonic Adventure
Sonic Shuffle
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Heroes
Sonic Riders
Shadow the Hedgehog
Sonic Rush
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Sonic Rivals
Sonic Rivals 2
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Sonic and the Secret Rings
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Sega Superstars Tennis
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (cameo)
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
Sonic & the Black Knight
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

Appears in
(other media)

Sonic the Comic
Sonic Underground
Sonic X
Archie Comics
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie


Takashi Thomas Yuda

Voice actor(s)

Dan Green
Scott Dreier
Ryan Drummond
Michael McGaharn
Bill Wise
Ian James Corlett

Voice actor(s)

Nobutoshi Canna
Yasunori Matsumoto

Also known as

Rad Red, Knux, Fists of Fury, Knuckie (by Rouge), Knuxter (used by Sonic once), Knucklehead (by Sonic and rouge when Knuckles is tricked, and sometimes by Eggman), Dread, Sir Gawain, Sinbad the Sailor, Mister Guardian, Na-Na (by Knecapeon Mace), Red Mutt (used by Wave once), The World's Greatest Treasure Hunter (used by Sonic (most likely to get on his good side) and Knuckles), That spiky-headed mole (by Sonic in the Japanese version of Sonic Battle), Partner (by Emerl once or twice in Sonic Battle) Knuckle (in the Japanese manual of Sonic 3 as his original name)






110 cm (3 ft 7 in)


40 kg (88 lb)


Takashi Yuda


Angel Island


15 (Sonic 3)
16 (Sonic Adventure onwards)

Color scheme

Red/Peach/White (for Birthmark and gloves)/Black (for nose)






Grapes, quiet, fighting, training, relaxing, playing pinball, hip-hop, jazz, reading, fruits, being left alone (unless he likes you), guarding the Master Emerald, practicing his fighting skills, treasure hunting, Sonic, Tails, Amy, Cream, Espio (according to the American manual of Knuckles' Chaotix), Rouge the Bat (to a degree), Emerl, Shadow the Hedgehog, Shade the Echidna, Tikal the Echidna, Blaze the Cat, thinking or proving he's better than Sonic, proving his strength, anyone or anything that can put up a challenge


Not being left alone, being taken advantage of (trust), ghosts, being betrayed, fighting/hurting innocent people, roller coasters, being disturbed while focusing on something, Dr. Robotnik (Eggman), Being embarrassed, Unfair play, being tricked, crowded places, Peer pressure, anyone who comes after the Master Emerald, Sonic making fun of him, Metal Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Black Doom, Rouge (to a degree), Ix, Shade the Echidna (formerly), being ignored, Gemerl (formerly), Black Arms, Biolizard, Chaos (before he learned Chaos was the guardian of the Master Emerald), people thinking him and Sonic are "buddies", thinking Sonic is better and stronger than him, anyone who questions his power, being thought of as weak, failing to protect the Master Emerald


Super-Strength, Super Durability, Deep Impact (Can split hydrogen in the air with a punch), Spin Attack, Spin Jump, Digging, Wall Climbing, Gliding, Drill Claw, Spiral Upper, Punch Attack, Charge Punch, Maximum Heat Knuckles Attack, Spin-Dash, Hammer Punch, Thunder Arrow, Fire Combination, Fire Dunk, Triangle Dive, Screwdriver, Knuckle Slam, Power Flash, Using The Master Emerald, Super Transformation, Uppercut, Quake Punch, Revolver Slam (requires Sonic), Knuckles Express (Requires Shadow), Knuckles Sandwich (Requires Sonic and Amy), Hard Line (Requires Shadow and Shade), controlling the Master Emerald, sensing the Chaos Emeralds

Ability type


Knuckles redirects here. For other meanings of the word, see Knuckles (disambiguation)

Knuckles the Echidna (ナックルズ・ザ・エキドゥナ Nakkurusu za Ekiduna?), or "Knux" for short, is a red 16-year-old anthropomorphic echidna, who is both physically powerful and highly resilient. He has a white crescent symbol on his chest. The character is both a friend and a rival to Sonic the Hedgehog.

Knuckles' name is derived from the four knuckles, two on each hand, which are actually sharp spikes. According to official Sonic Team polls, Knuckles is the fourth most popular character in the series, behind Tails, Shadow and Sonic.

His first game appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, released on February 2, 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. He was described as being 15 years old when he made his debut, but since Sonic Adventure, he is now given the age of 16. Knuckles has two spikes or claws on each hand, and his dominant trait is his strength. He can also glide by trapping air under his dreadlocks, and is very skilled at a wide variety of martial art forms.

Conception and creationEdit

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During conception of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the development team wanted to create a new rival for Sonic. The final design of Knuckles was the result of dozens of possible designs inspired by numerous different animals. The emphasis of the character was to break walls.



Encounter With SonicEdit

Knuckles lives on Angel Island, which hovers in the sky thanks to the power of the Master Emerald, which he is charged with guarding. Knuckles is the last surviving member of the Echidna people who once inhabited the island, though it is later revealed that he is not the last of his species entirely. Due to his rather remote location and the fact that he rarely strays far from his duty, Knuckles is often alone, and as thus can be quite antisocial and distrusting, but on the other side, he is often quite gullible. One example of this gullibility is the belief that he held throughout Sonic the Hedgehog 3: that Sonic and Tails were attempting to steal the Master Emerald and that the infamous mad scientist Dr. Robotnik was trying to protect it.

Dr. Robotnik, of course, had lied to Knuckles, and was planning on using the emerald to power his space station, the Death Egg. In the Hidden Palace Zone, Robotnik's betrayal was revealed to him very bluntly, in the form of (quite literally) breaking into the Master Emerald's chamber in the Hidden Palace Zone and electrocuting Knuckles.

Joining the TeamEdit

Knuckles then joined Sonic and Tails in their quest to stop the villain. Knuckles has been a (sometimes reluctant) friend to Sonic and Tails since then, sharing many of their adventures, getting tricked by Dr. Robotnik, and catching the thieving eye of a certain white bat named Rouge, who tries to steal the Master Emerald for herself (Sonic Adventure 2).

Aside from appearances in the main Sonic series, Knuckles featured prominently in Knuckles Chaotix, a relatively unknown spin-off title developed for Sega 32X. The game also introduced Team Chaotix, a group of comical misfits.

In Sonic & Knuckles/Sonic 3 & Knuckles/Knuckles in Sonic 2, Knuckles is able to use the Chaos Emeralds to go Super, changing into Super Knuckles. In Sonic 3 & Knuckles, he is able to use the Super Emeralds to change into Hyper Knuckles.

In other Sonic titles, he has been seen away from the Master Emerald at times, as in Sonic Heroes, where Knuckles joins forces with Sonic and Tails, becoming the power member of Team Sonic. Knuckles has appeared either as a playable character or in a supporting role in almost all later Sonic titles, although not always with particularly major role in the storyline.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, he helps out in the Glyphic Canyon, Central City and the Black Comet stage in which the player can choose to help him get to the Center of the Comet so that he can attempt to destroy it with his bare hands. He also appears in the Black Comet Egg Dealer boss battle.

No Longer the LastEdit

He has an important part to play in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for the Nintendo DS, in which he encounters an extant tribe of Echidnas (the Nocturnus Tribe) who had warred with his people (the Knuckles Clan Echidnas) in ancient times. On Voxai Colony Alpha like the rest of team he is under the Overmind's control saying the following "Must protect Overmind" until he is freed. When Knuckles gets captured by Ix the history of the Nocturnus Clan is revealed. At first it seems like Knuckles is going to join Ix but declines, saying that he stole the Master Emerald, that it does not belong to him and he will find a way to help Shade's Clan his own way before fighting Ix. In the game, Knuckles is a playable character, although he is not available for the second to final battle (he is containing the power of the Master Emerald, and in the final battle it's Super Sonic VS Super Ix). He is of the Power Class, which means that he can hit hard and pierce armor. He also has a wide range of navigational skills, as he retains the ability to glide, climb and destroy obstacles from previous games. He is the second strongest and has the second highest defense in the game, losing both titles to E-123 Omega.

Minor AppearancesEdit

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, Knuckles took on the persona of Sinbad the Sailor from Arabian Nights. He also appeared as a playable character in Party Mode.

In Sonic Rush, he had a few minor appearances, the first was where Cream introduced him to Blaze, he got the wrong idea when Blaze told him that she didn't have any Chaos Emeralds (they were Sol Emeralds) and he attempted to attack her, ending up being buried under some rocks, the second was when he was saved by Sonic and Tails and he told them what happened and then got angry and destroyed the boulder allowing Sonic and Tails to continue on forward then the third was when he caught up with Blaze wanting payback, but he was distracted by Amy long enough for Cream to fly Blaze away, the last was when he was with the others, he has no hostile intentions towards Blaze at that time (implying that he has been informed about Blaze and why she is there), he joined the others in giving Blaze the support she needed to recharge the Sol Emeralds.

He also makes a cameo appearance in Sega Superstars Tennis in the Green Hill court, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (in the unlockable Green Hill Zone stage where he, Tails, and Silver run through the shuttleloop in the background).

Knuckles is in Sonic & the Black Knight. He is portrayed as Sir Gawain of the Knights of the Round Table, and uses the Galatin, two swords. He is guarding the cave when Sonic approaches him. Gawain thinks he is stealing the Dragon's treasure and attacks. After being defeated, he nearly commits suicide to avenge his honor, but Sonic asks him if there is more to being a Knight than serving a king. He later helps with stopping Merlina's corruption of the Kingdom. Other than looking like Knuckles, Sir Gawain seems quite gullible like Knuckles originally was, and defends the dragon's treasure, a parallel to Knuckles because he defends the Master Emerald.

Knuckles appears in the racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. His All-Star Move is Emerald Power, which allows Knuckles to glide above the track and unleash an earthquake that stuns all opponents.

Knuckles also appears in the game Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. In the game he is a power-type character. His main rival is Wario. Knuckles signature move is the Screw Driver on the Wii and Spiral Uppercut for the DS version.

Sonic the Hedgehog (comics)Edit

Main article: Knuckles the Echidna (Archie)

As in the games, the Archie Comics version of Knuckles is the guardian of the Master Emerald. However, in the Archie Comics, he is actually the latest in a long line of Guardians, collectively known as the Brotherhood of Guardians.

In the Archie Comics, the echidnas eventually returned from their mysterious disappearance (the only continuity in which they have done this en masse), and Knuckles was reunited not only with his people but his large family as well.

Knuckles has many enemies in this continuity, including the echidnas of the Dark Legion and the super-powerful Enerjak (an identity he was once brainwashed into assuming himself). He also has a long-standing love interest in the form of a former Dark Legionnaire Julie-Su, and the two of them have a daughter named Lara-Su in various alternate futures.

Many echidnas believe that Knuckles is a legendary Avatar, destined to deliver the world from suffering.

Sonic the ComicEdit

Main article: Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic the Comic)

In the UK publication Sonic the Comic, Knuckles is not only the guardian of the Master Emerald but the Chaos Emeralds and the Floating Island as well. Although he was duped by Doctor Robotnik during the comics adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, he remained sceptical enough to conceal the fact that he possessed the Grey Emerald, which could control the other Emeralds and which he eventually used to defeat Robotnik after being betrayed.

His uncertainty of the fate of his own people greatly affected him, even more so when the only other echidna he met (Doctor Zachary) proved to be a genocidal madman.

In this continuity, Knuckles was in fact over 8000 years old and had been the leader of the echidna armies under Pochacamac, fighting the Drakon Empire. However, he retained no memory of this, having presumably survived to the present day by being in suspended animation.


Knuckles is honest, independent, headstrong, devoted to his duty and often gullible. He is very serious and usually likes to be by himself, but can be relied upon to help out whenever the planet needs saving. In all versions of the Sonic universe Knuckles has a rivalry in some form with Sonic. He appears to be jealous of his independent nature and freedom. Knuckles being easily tricked into believing Sonic is the bad guy has become a recurring theme in the Sonic universe, even to the point of being a running gag (particularly when Sonic shouts, "Way to go, Knucklehead!", or, "You let Eggman trick you again?!"). According to the Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity instruction booklet, he has gotten better about this and is more suspicious concerning Eggman's trickery.

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Knuckles' personality varies, depending on the universe - the Knuckles of the Sega games is extremely stubborn and is loyal to his duty, although he does go with Sonic and company to save the world far more often than his counterparts in other continuities. He is easily fooled into walking into traps. Knuckles is said to be shy around women in his bio in Sonic Jam, which is not consistent with the new games, but can be backed up by the way he acts awkwardly around girls like Amy, Blaze, and Rouge. He is unaware of Rouge's crush on him. Knuckles is simple-minded (but not necessarily dull witted), often choosing force to be the solution. In Sonic Adventure 2, he claims that he is not scared of ghosts before the level, Pumpkin Hill, but before fighting King Boom Boo, he shows his true fear.

The Knuckles of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie is a devoted treasure hunter (perhaps because there are no Chaos Emeralds involved in the story), almost carefree and quite goofy at times. He is said to be Sonic's best friend, but he's still more serious than Sonic and he knows his priorities.

The Knuckles of Archie Comics is the devoted Guardian of the Master Emerald, and though he is more sulky, he is also perhaps more talkative and sarcastic as he isn't a social loner like his other depictions.

The Knuckles of Fleetway is even more devoted to his duty as a Guardian, to the point of an obsession. He finds Sonic's enhanced ego slightly obnoxious, and is an extreme loner. He is quicker to anger, slow to trust and slightly less gullible than usual. He guards not only the Master Emerald, but also the Chaos Emeralds.

The Knuckles of Sonic X gets mad very easily, but is slightly less stubborn than other incarnations and tends to give in to situations when others gang up on him. He is probably the most gullible of the versions of Knuckles, perhaps for the comedy factor involved in Sonic X. Perhaps he focuses less on his duty as a Guardian, but in the first season of the show Angel Island wasn't around to protect anyway. Knuckles spent the majority of the first season traveling on his own, resulting in a lack of screen time. Though during this season, there was at least one episode which focused on Knuckles, as the primary character, in a small side-story in which he ultimately gained possession of a Chaos Emerald with the help of a local resident named Hawk (more specifically the red one, a possible play on Knuckles' own body color). He also apparently likes cheese and crackers.

Love LifeEdit


Like Sonic, Knuckles has had a history of girlfriend relationships outside the game-related continuities. In the Archie Comic, Knuckles fell for a female Echidna named Julie-Su because both were destined for one another, though for a time he also showed romantic inclination towards Sally Acorn. In the comic's alternative M25YL storyline, Knuckles and Julie-Su are together (not married as both characters don't believe in ceremonies to prove their commitment to each other) and have a child, Lara-Su (though this is stressed to be a possible or alternate future in the comic, see Alternate Selves below).

In the Sonic Underground TV series, Knuckles showed interest in Sonic's sister, Sonia the Hedgehog.

In the canon series and Sonic X, it is hinted multiple times that he has some relationship with Rouge the Bat. It has been confirmed that she likes him, but Knuckles has never shown real affection towards her. It could be true that Knuckles doesn't really dislike her, it's just that he is unaware that she has a crush on him. Otherwise, Knuckles acts very angry and grumpy around her, which she uses to her advantage, even telling him that "You're cute when you're angry". Although Knuckles once said "I don't want anything to do with that burgling bat!"


Knuckles possesses immense superhuman strength, so strong that he can split the hydrogen in the air by punching with a technique known as Deep Impact (In the game Sonic Battle, this move results in an instant KO unless blocked). Another feat of strength is that he can punch the ground with enough force to cause fissures. Knuckles' strength is believed to be the equivalent of Sonic's speed, which would make him able to lift and press 100 metric tons, being stronger than all characters. His monstrous strength also enables him to perform other amazing feats such as punching holes right through thick steel, shatter boulders to smithereens and lift objects many times his own size and weight. His super strength seems to lie in his upper body, particularly in his arms and hands (or fists). He also possess near-maximized endurance; capable of taking some major punishment (like in the Sonic X episode "Zelkova Strikes Back" where Zelkova smashed Knuckles twice and when the two knuckles on one of his hands shatters after delivering a serious blow to Zelkova). Knuckles can also attack with Fire Punches, as shown in the games Sonic Advance 1, 2, and 3, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and Sonic Battle (However, in Sonic Adventure 2, Knuckles needs the Hammer Gloves to attack with Fire Punches). Knuckles can hold out against an army of robots (If they stay down).

He is also shown to be very fast on his feet, but still not quite as fast as Sonic or Shadow. Unlike Sonic, however, Knuckles can swim. He can glide in the air by apparently trapping air under his dreadlocks, and so far he is the only one who knows how to access and utilize the powers of the Master Emerald, other than Tikal the Echidna. He can also sense the Chaos Emeralds from a distance. Knuckles is also a proficient burrower, able to dig into any wall or floor.

Like Sonic and Shadow, Knuckles can power up into Super Knuckles using the Chaos Emeralds or the Master Emerald. Super Knuckles has a pale hot pink color and, as speculated by some fans, longer dreadlocks. Also Knuckles (Archie Comics) has achieved the ability to access the force known as "The Chaos Force", allowing him to perform Chaos-based abilities without the use of any emeralds. But this ability has been passed down from his ancestor, Steppenwolf and anyone with his bloodline can access the Chaos Force.

Game-specific abilitiesEdit

In Sonic Adventure, Knuckles can use the Maximum Heat Attack to do a punching version of Sonic's Light Speed Attack. In Sonic & Knuckles/Sonic 3 & Knuckles/Knuckles in Sonic 2, Knuckles does not have the ability to jump quite as high as Sonic or Tails. This is extremely apparent if the level select code is successfully used to play as Knuckles in the Sonic & Knuckles version of Death Egg Zone, which is normally only accessible to Sonic and Tails. Knuckles can only clear the level through use of the debug code.

In Sonic Heroes, Knuckles can use a move called Fire Dunk in which he uses Sonic and Tails as fire balls to destroy their enemies. In Sonic Heroes, Knuckles can slam the ground and kick up tremors to attack enemies. The range and power increases as Knuckles collects energy cores. At Level 3, Knuckles can kick up a small volcanic eruption, spewing fireballs at all enemies. It is worth noting that around the time of Sonic Heroes and Sonic Battle, Knuckles had begun to lose some of his speed but gain a lot more power. In Sonic & Knuckles, Knuckles has the ability to glide as his hair puffs out and catches the air. This move reappears in Sonic Heroes under the name of 'Triangle Dive'. Knuckles holds onto Sonic and Tails, gliding with his dreadlocks. Using this move and huge fans, it is possible to go up instead of floating down.

Knuckles can use the Mystic Melody which causes something to happen when played in front of a shrine (but in Sonic Adventure 2, so can everyone else). In the 2P Battle Mode in Sonic Adventure 2, collecting 20 rings allows him to punch the ground and stun the opponent. Collecting 40 rings allows him to utilize a move known as the Thunder Arrow, which shocks the opponent and makes them dizzy. Finally, 60 rings allows him to do a move called Power Flash and the opponent can't move for 10 or 20 seconds.

In the game Sonic Riders, Knuckles is a power-type character, and can bash his way through certain obstacles. When someone gets near him, or he catches up to them, he punches the opponent in one of two different ways - one being a normal punch and the other being one that leaves opponents in a screw form for a second or two. In Sonic the Fighters Knuckles can activate the Knuckles special where he spins around the opponent and punches them until they fall.

The following is a list of POW moves Knuckles has in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood:

  • Uppercut (アッパーカット): Knuckles delivers an uppercut to his foe, piercing armor.
  • Quake Punch (クエイクパンチ): Knuckles punches the ground, causing an earthquake that may stun the opposing team.
  • Revolver Slam (リボルバースラム): Sonic spinballs into Knuckles, sending him flying, then he punches the foe as he falls. This ignores armor and may leave the target vulnerable.
  • Knuckles Express (Knuckles Dive ナックルズダイブ): Shadow propels Knuckles with Chaos Control on an arc as he punches them. All foes caught in the arc may be distracted.
  • Knuckles Sandwich (Knuckles Throw ナックルズスロー): Sonic and Amy spinball jump, then Knuckles throws them as energized spheres. Impacts may stun the target.
  • Hard Line (Fly High Drop フライハイドロップ): Knuckles hurls Shade up into the air; at the apex of her ascent, Shadow teleports above Shade, and throws her up even higher. Shade then comes cannoning down on top of the opponent fists-first, delivering a considerable amount of damage and likely distracting the target.


Like Sonic and Shadow, Knuckles has the ability to power up using the Chaos Emeralds and become Super Knuckles, and he can also use the Super Emeralds from Sonic 3 & Knuckles and become Hyper Knuckles. As both he is in a hot pink form, an indication of his power increasing. Like Hyper Sonic, Hyper Knuckles has an after image effect. When he moves, there appears to be 3 of him. Knuckles is also thought to have not turned into Super Knuckles in Sonic Heroes because instead of a true super aura he only had a super shield involving him, similar to Super Sonic's appearance in Sonic Adventure.

When Knuckles is in a Super form, he gains invincibility and all his powers and natural abilities are enhanced up to their full limit. Super Knuckles can run a hundred times as fast, is a hundred times more powerful, and can climb walls twice as fast and fly. In the final battle of Sonic Heroes, Super Knuckles could also shoot Fire Balls from his fists. As Hyper Knuckles, he can destroy all on-screen enemies by gliding into a wall, causing the stage to shake. He also had the ability to fly at a fast speed without staying in the air long enough to reach the speed when he is normal. Hyper Knuckles is also incapable of drowning.

In the Archie Comics, Knuckles can use 7 Chaos Emeralds to turn into Hyper Knuckles, and use the Master Emerald to turn into Super Knuckles. (In Sonic the Hedgehog #141, the term "Hyper Knuckles" for his first transformation was scrapped in favor of "Super Knuckles", which correlates with the naming convention used by the games.) As both, Knuckles appears in a hot pink form, and Super Knuckles has the same powers he has in the games. Also, before his death, Knuckles was also able to turn into a green-colored Chaos Knuckles. Chaos Knuckles was incredibly powerful, he had all kinds of Chaos powers and he overloaded two Chaos siphons. His Chaos powers included Chaos Blast, the full limit of Chaos Control, healing ability, mind control and several others. This was Knuckles' most powerful form, but he lost this power when he came back from death. Chaos Knuckles was the most powerful Chaos entity on Mobius when he appeared. Another abnormality in Chaos Knuckles was that his form was permanent, and Knuckles would have remained in that state if not for his death.


[Note: Relationships unique to the Archie Comics version of Knuckles, including family members, are listed at Knuckles the Echidna (Archie character). See also: Knuckles the Echidna (disambiguation)]




The Battle: Sonic VS. KnucklesEdit


Knuckles and Sonic, back to back in artwork for Sonic Adventure.

Ever since Knuckles' introduction, there was recurring and unfinished battle between Sonic and Knuckles. Because of their differences and morals, the two are constantly getting into a crossroads, which then devolve into outright fisticuffs. However, they finish the battle tied, or something serves to interrupt the battle before its end, thus putting the fans in suspense as to who is the more powerful of the two.

The battle has appeared in the games, comics, and TV series. It occurs in many games featuring Knuckles since his debut in Sonic 3. It appeared in Archie's Sonic comics and Sonic X. It should be noted that in the Archie Comics, Knuckles was the one who went through roboticization in order to fight Mecha Sonic, becoming Mecha Knuckles. With Sonic's speed paralleling Knuckles' strength in every way, their fights are always climatic. (A similar rivalry is existent with Shadow in both Sonic and Knuckles, as all three have fought each other numerous times.)

The rivalry has all but disappeared in some continuities, and in others, it is a sort of game between the two, actually serving as the plot for the game Sonic Rivals.

Trivia Edit

  • In Sonic Chronicles, depending on the players choices after shutting down the 2nd generator in Metropolis Ground Zero Shade will call Knuckles "A descendant of Pachacamac" which suggests he is somehow related to Pachacamac and Tikal.
  • Knuckles has been tricked 6 times in all of the TV shows he stars in. Twice in Sonic Underground, and 4 times in Sonic X.
  • In Sonic 3 & Knuckles, finishing the game with only the Chaos Emeralds leaves a picture of the character's Super form on the Game Select screen. If the game is completed with Knuckles, an image of Super Knuckles is shown. In this image, he appears to be the same color as Knuckles but with a bright purple aura. A similar effect was used in episode 3 of Sonic X.
  • In the Mega Drive games he is playable in, the letters K.T.E. (Knuckles the Echidna) are by his life icon, instead of "Knuckles".
  • Knuckles's eye color has varied in the Sonic series, changing from blue to purple. In Sonic Battle, he is actually portrayed with both eye colors (blue for the fighting and purple for the cutscenes.)
  • He and Shadow were originally confirmed to appear in Sonic Unleashed as playable characters.
  • Knuckles's music was one of the reasons for the Mild Lyrics warning in Sonic Adventure 2, "Unknown From M.E." and "Wild Canyon's Theme".
  • Knuckles and Amy are the only 2 Sonic characters who appeared to have "aged" (Knuckles going from 15 to 16, and Amy going from 8 to 12, respectively).
  • Knuckles is the only playable character in Sonic '06 who doesn’t finish a level/boss/town mission. Despite this, Knuckles does have a victory pose. This can be seen if you glitch the levels to the end with Knuckles, the victory pose is almost identical to his Sonic Adventure 2 victory pose).
  • During multiplayer on Sonic Heroes, the white crest symbol on Knuckles' chest will disappear while he is taunting the opponent.
  • In Sonic Rivals 2, you can unlock an Eggman costume for Knuckles.
  • Knuckles could be considered the only non-hedgehog playable character in Sonic Rivals.
  • In one of Knuckles' Sonic Adventure 2 themes, A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup, he states that he is not afraid of anything, but before fighting King Boom Boo it is revealed that Knuckles is afraid of ghosts when he says, "What the? A-A ghost?!" in a scared manner. And in the Sonic Heroes levels, Hang Castle and Haunted Mansion, when one of the pumpkin-headed ghosts appear out of nowhere, Knuckles occasionally says in a shaken voice, "You surprised me!', trying not to show that he was scared. Also, an unused vioce clip for Sonic Adventure 2 has Knuckles saying "WHAT?! A ghost!" in a more terrified and frightened tone. In the Japanese version, his fear is more visible.
  • Knuckles, along with Shadow, are the only 2 characters with visible fangs as a sign of their violent nature, but Knuckles' fangs are only seen when he's smiling or grinning or in the 2D games, when undergoing a super transformation.
  • Though Knuckles has green socks, in every instance of when Sonic or Tails encounters Knuckles in Sonic 3, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, or Sonic & Knuckles, his socks appear yellow.
  • Knuckles is the only character in the games other than Sonic to have more than one type of transformation.
  • In the 2D games, the crest on Knuckles' chest is colored peach. But in Sonic Adventure and afterward, it's colored white.
  • Knuckles' nickname is actually "Knuckle", as stated in the Japanese manual of Sonic 3.

Solo Theme songsEdit

  • In Sonic Adventure, Knuckles' theme song is called "Unknown From M.E.". It is a mix of rap, jazz, and r&b. By Marlon Saunders, Dredd Fox (This theme also appeared in Sonic and the Black Knight when Sir Gawain appears and when the Medal of Gawain item is equipped).
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, Knuckles' theme song is also "Unknown From M.E.", but it has a faster pace and a greater focus on pure rap. By Hunnid P.

Shared Theme songsEdit

  • In Sonic Heroes, Knuckles' team, Team Sonic, theme tune is called 'We Can', and actively mentions him in the lines; 'And Knuckles by our side, makes this a safer ride.'
  • In Sonic Riders, Knuckles' theme, shared with Sonic and Tails, is an instrumental called "High Flying Groove".

Voice actorsEdit


For more see: Knuckles the Echidna/Artwork.

Memorable quotesEdit

  • "Still got it!" - Winning in Sonic Rivals 2
  • "Ah finally..." - Restoring the Master Emerald in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "As far back as I can remember, I've been living here on this dark island... Always guarding the Master Emerald from anything that could harm it. I don't know why I was given this job... Why it was my fate... Destined to be here... forever!" - Knuckles thinking about his life at the beginnig of his story in Sonic Adventure
  • "The servers are the seven Chaos. Chaos is power. Power is enriched by the heart. The controller is the one who unifies the chaos. Only you can do this. STOP THE CHAOS EMERALDS!" - Knuckles pleading with the Master Emerald to neutralize the power of the Chaos Emeralds in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "It's closer..." - When the Emerald Radar turns red
  • "I found 'em!" - When finding the three pieces of the Master Emerald in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "Yeah, I feel good!" - After getting a B Rank
  • "What do you think you're doing Shadow!?" - Knuckles when Shadow destroys a G.U.N. robot or soldier in Shadow the Hedgehog
  • "Hey good going." - Knuckles when Shadow defeats a Black Arms alien in Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • "Hand it over Eggman. I'm losing my patience." - Knuckles demanding Eggman to give him the Emerald Detector in Sonic Rivals 2.
  • "No time for games..." - Knuckles when he is about to use a special attack in the 2-Player mode of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • "Look who's calling who a thief." - While Eggman was stealing the Master Emerald and Rouge called him a thief in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "I will protect the Master Emerald." - When starting a multiplayer stage in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "That's a good one, YOUR Emerald. Talking to you is a waste of time!" - Knuckles before his second fight with Rouge in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "Just enough to pass." - Getting an E Rank in Sonic Heroes.
  • "Whew, that was tough." - Knuckles when defeating Metal Overlord in Sonic Heroes
  • "Well if I can't convince them, then I'll just let my fist do the talking!" - Being the last one still on the field when facing team rose in Sonic Heroes
  • "Are you crazy!? Now what are we going to do!?" - Knuckles yelling at Sonic in Sonic X after Sonic gets rid of the Chaos Emeralds
  • "Sonic is not my buddy!" - Knuckles getting angry when Eggman called Sonic his "buddy" in '''Sonic X
  • "No way!" - When Knuckles tries to dig on something like metal or steel in Sonic Adventure
  • "Did she say red mutt?" - After Wave calls him a red mutt before leaving with Storm on the Babylon Garden in Sonic Riders
  • "Stone Fists! - After wining a fight in Sonic Battle
  • "It's not me! Blame Sonic!" - When talking to Rouge in the Japanese version of Sonic Battle
  • "Dang!" - Knuckles when he doesn't find anything while digging in Sonic Adventure
  • "I can't!" - When Knuckles tries to dig into something like metal or steel in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "Hey! No fair!" - After being attacked by Chaos in the beginning of his story in Sonic Adventure
  • "I feel some strange energy..." - While walking around in the Space Colony ARK right before Sonic Chaos Controls in front of him in Sonic Adventure 2
  • "As much as I hate to admit it, I think Tails is right about this." - Knuckles after hearing Tails' plan to defeat Perfect Chaos by helping Sonic go Super in Sonic Adventure
  • "AHHH! My hat's on fire! Help!" - Knuckles when his hat catches on fire after digging a hole through a volcano in Sonic OVA
  • "We've no time to waste. We've got to defeat it now!" - Knuckles' frutstration with Solaris ready to consume time itself in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
  • "I'll probably be on this floating island forever. Guarding the Master Emerald, again. I may not know the whole story behind this. But perhaps it's better that way. I am at peace once more." - Knuckles thinking once again about his role as Guardian of the Master Emerald in the ending of his story in Sonic Adventure
  • "I'm unstoppable!" - When Knuckles speeds up in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the Wii
  • "Hoo-hah!" - Whenever Knuckles speaks in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the DS
  • "Don't get in my way!" - When starting a race in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
  • "Anytime! Babylon Rouges!" - When finding the Babylon Rouges in MeteoTech
  • "Let's go... Yah!!" - About to perform a Gravity Dive in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
  • "The Gigan Rocks!" - When Amy was trying to remember what Storm said
  • "It's a pretty famous ruin among us treasure hunters." - Knuckles explaining the Gigan Rocks to Sonic, Tails, and Amy in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
  • "Stooop! I get it, okay?! It just floats and that's good enough for me!" - Knuckles asking Tails to stop explaining how an Extreme Gear floats in Sonic Riders
  • "WHAT?! A GHOST!!" - Unused line from Sonic Adventure 2


  1. Knuckles, at the end of his story in Sonic Adventure.
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