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Amy Rose (エミー・ローズ Emī Rōzu?), also formerly known as Rosy the Rascal (ロージー・ザ・ラ& #12473;カル Rōjī za Rasukaru?), is a fictional, anthropomorphic pink hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She has a major long-standing crush on Sonic the Hedgehog, and has been trying to win his heart by any means since meeting him. Such methods included impressing him by fighting robots, and threatening to leave him locked in prison on Prison Island. Introduced in the game franchise in 1993, Amy was the first — and most recurring — female character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and is also one of the most popular characters, coming in fifth place on an official popularity poll, being the most popular female character.
She was described to be eight years old in Sonic CD, but from Sonic Adventure onward she has grown older, by four years. Also, with the addition of Cream the Rabbit, Amy seems to have found herself a sidekick similar to how Tails is to Sonic (as implied in Sonic Battle, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Advance 3, and Shadow the Hedgehog).
Amy Rose is one of the few main characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series to have her first appearance outside the Sega games. She was created by Kenji Terada for the various Sonic the Hedgehog manga published by Shogakukan. She first appeared in the April 1992 issue of Shogaku Ninensei, written and illustrated by Sango Morimoto. She also appeared in the unrelated series from Shogaku Ichinensei, Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Gonensei, Shogaku Rokunensei, and Coro Coro Comics Special, all of which were written and illustrated by different mangaka but based on Kenji Terada's initial concept. In these series, Amy (no second name is given) is the girlfriend of Nicky, a nerdy young male hedgehog with the power to transform into the superhero, Sonic the Hedgehog. Amy is also the target of the bully Anton Verruca. Because of the vastly different styles of the illustrators for these series, Amy's design was different in each. She appeared most like her later games appearances in the Coro Coro Comics Specials, written and illustrated by Tanaka Kouichi.
In 1993, the manga character was adapted by the Sonic CD team to be used in Sonic's Mega CD debut. Her final design for this game was done by Kazuyuki Hoshino. She appeared infrequently thereafter, in ensemble spin-off games such as Sonic the Fighters, Sonic Drift, Sonic Drift 2, and Sonic R. She did not appear in any of the early TV series, although she was included in most comics, including the Archie Comics series, the British Sonic the Comic and the French Sonic Adventures.
When Sonic Team reunited and started work on their three-dimensional follow-up to the classic Sonic games, Sonic Adventure, it was decided they would revive the pink hedgehog and give her a starring role in the game. Yuji Uekawa, the man who would redesign all the classic characters, did the most drastic changes to Amy. While Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all received minor design changes, Amy's clothing and hairstyle were completely revamped. She also had her entire figure redesigned to make her appear older, perhaps in an attempt to appeal to a different demographic than the rest of the Sonic characters.
Following Sonic Adventure, Amy became one of the main characters of the series, and has appeared in nearly every Sonic game since, as well as the TV series Sonic X.
Kidnapped by Metal SonicEdit
Using her tarot cards, Amy learned that she was to have a "destined" encounter with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Little Planet. Excited, she rushed to Never Lake, the location of the small planet's appearance. It wasn't long until she ran into her crush, Sonic, in Palmtree Panic. Amy couldn't help but excitedly grab onto her hero, an action which Sonic did not find to be very pleasing. Amy's happiness was short-lived, for as she continued to follow Sonic into Collision Chaos, she was kidnapped by Dr. Eggman's latest creation, Metal Sonic. Though Sonic eventually rescued Amy from her capture—while saving Little Planet from Eggman's grasp—he did not reciprocate her advances.
Racing and FightingEdit
Apparently following Sonic, Amy ended up joining two drift-racing competitions, both of which offered Chaos Emeralds as prizes. Driving a blue car, and later a red one, she competed in both races in an attempt to impress Sonic. A short while afterward, Dr. Eggman planned to dominate the world from space, and Sonic’s friend, Miles "Tails" Prower, made a spaceship that only had one seat and required the power of the Chaos Emeralds. Wanting to use the ship, everyone who had an Emerald fought to gain the others, including Amy. Under the alias of "Rosy the Rascal", she competed for the chance to defeat Eggman and impress Sonic.
"Birdie" and the Chaos IncidentEdit
Upon her eventual return to her home in downtown Station Square, Amy lived a normal life in Sonic’s absence. During this time, she also had a makeover; her green sweater and orange skirt were replaced by a red dress with white trim, her blue-and-white shoes were substituted for red-and white boots, and she now sported a hair band and golden rings around her wrists. Amy also styled her spines in a manner similar to an echidna, rather than wear them up, as they had been beforehand. It was while shopping and reminiscing about her times with Sonic that the Egg Carrier flew over the city, and a small blue Flicky fell out and knocked Amy over. Amy named it "Birdie" and soon, one of Eggman’s robots, E-100 "ZERO" Alpha, arrived and chased the two of them. Amy and Birdie escaped by hiding in the burger shop, and Amy decided to find Sonic and make him Birdie’s bodyguard for a short while.
When she found him outside of Casinopolis, Sonic was shocked to see her, and refused her request, which led Amy to say that she would "tag along" anyway. After fleeing Alpha again, the three ended up in Twinkle Park, where Amy and Birdie lost Sonic, after being chased. But as they escaped, the robot soon caught up with them, kidnapping and forcefully taking them to the Mystic Ruins, where Eggman picked them up and had Amy and Birdie locked in a cell. After managing to turn E-102 Gamma’s allegiance, the two fled through the Hot Shelter.
However, the pair were transported to the past, where they found themselves in the land of the Knuckles Tribe, and watched Tikal with a group of Chao meeting Chaos. Returning to the present day, a somewhat-confused Amy and Birdie escaped to the flight deck, where Eggman was confronting Sonic and Tails. Although she was delighted to see them, Amy’s joy was short-lived when the Doctor grabbed Birdie and took a Chaos Emerald from the pendant he had been wearing. Eggman then called Gamma to destroy the intruders before fleeing himself. Sonic, Tails and Gamma were just about to finish off each other when Amy convinced them to stop. Sonic then told Tails to fly Amy away, which he did, just before the Egg Carrier lost altitude and exploded. Arriving in Station Square, Amy went to search for Birdie’s family, first in the Final Egg, and then the crash-landed Egg Carrier, where they were attacked by Alpha, who had hurt Birdie. Enraged, Amy attacked and destroyed the menacing robot. Birdie eventually found and returned to his family, who had been trapped inside of E-102 Gamma and E-101 Beta. As the birds flew off and Amy prepared to leave the Egg Carrier, she decided that she would not give up, and that someday she would make Sonic respect her.
Later, Amy returned to Station Square, which had been destroyed by Perfect Chaos. After Perfect Chaos had absorbed the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds and thrown them away, Amy grabbed one of them and brought it to Sonic, while Tails, Knuckles and Big the Cat brought the other six Emeralds. Together, they formed positive power through their caring for each other. Sonic tapped into this power and transformed into Super Sonic, and was able to defeat Perfect Chaos.
In Sonic Shuffle, Amy, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Eggman were all summoned to Maginaryworld by Lumina Flowlight, who needed them to help repair the Precioustone. Each character had his or her own role to play, and with each other’s help, the Precioustone was repaired, Maginaryworld was saved, and the heroes were returned to Earth.
Convincing Shadow of his DestinyEdit
Amy was an important supporting character in Sonic Adventure 2. Although not playable in the main story, she was playable in two-player mode. When Sonic was trapped on Prison Island, Amy somehow managed to arrive on Prison Island and accidentally stumbled upon Eggman, Shadow, and Rouge's plan to steal the Chaos Emeralds. She ended up cornered by Eggman as a consequence, but was saved at the last minute by Tails. With Tails' help, Amy managed to free Sonic—this is one of several times that Amy has saved Sonic, instead of the other way around. When she learned from Sonic that the reason why he was on Prison Island was because of the actions of a "fake hedgehog", she realized that he was referring to Shadow, and informed him of Shadow's allegiance to Eggman. She also briefly saw some writing on the wall of Sonic's cell, actually equations made by the former occupant of the cell, Professor Gerald Robotnik, to cause a catastrophic crash via the Space Colony ARK to destroy the planet as revenge for the death of Maria Robotnik, his granddaughter.
Because of the events of Sonic's escape, as well as her involvement in it, Amy was also targeted by G.U.N. to be arrested, even after Eggman's doomsday threat. She eventually was captured by Dr. Eggman on board the ARK. Eggman deduced that Sonic and Tails were carrying both a real and a fake emerald, and demanded the locations of the two while holding her at gunpoint. After luring them to the pinnacle area of the ARK and presumably killing Sonic via a rigged escape capsule, Amy broke down in tears, but was later relieved when learning that Sonic actually survived. She also managed to convince Shadow that Maria's true wish was for him to bring hope to humanity, not to seek revenge on them for her. Amy begged Shadow to help everyone, and he in turn ended up saving the world from the Biolizard, and later the Finalhazard.
Girl on the GameboyEdit
Amy was playable in Sonic Advance, but unlike the other playable characters, she could not spin and all of her attacks had to be triggered by a button press. She was an unlockable character in Sonic Advance 2, after collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds with all four of the other characters. She had apparently engaged in some training, as she was able to spin jump and spin dash in this game. She could also do this in Sonic Advance 3, but only if she was partnered with Sonic. If Amy is the leader, the partner behaves as she does in Sonic Advance.
Chasing Sonic with HelpEdit
In Sonic Heroes, Amy is the leader of Team Rose, and the team's speed type leader. She is accompanied by Cream the Rabbit and Big the Cat, who want to find Chocola (Cheese's brother) and Froggy, respectively. Amy, however, simply wants to find Sonic and express her love. She and her team eventually confront Metal Sonic with Team Sonic, Team Dark, and Team Chaotix, after he copied their data. They also find out that Metal Sonic is the one who has kidnapped Chocola and Froggy.
Boxercise and ParentingEdit
Amy appears in Sonic Battle as a playable character. In the story, Amy comes and asks Tails about Emerl, and Tails explains that Emerl is like Sonic's "child". Amy takes this literally and thinks that if Sonic is Emerl's "Daddy", he must want her to be the "Mommy", and that he is testing her to see if she could handle taking care of a real child. Amy then takes Emerl away and tells him to call her "Mommy", thus making Emerl believe that Amy is actually his mother. Amy also chases after and fights Rouge when she steals Emerl for her own purposes. Amy is often considered to be one of the stronger and more reliable characters in the game, since all of her attacks are fairly balanced, and contain a good mixture of speed and power. Her healing ability can quickly raise her HP, and she is the third fastest character in the game.
Sticking with ShadowEdit
Amy appeared alongside Sonic and the rest of the cast in Shadow the Hedgehog to try to convince Shadow to join their cause. Amy needs Shadow's help to rescue Cream and Cheese from Eggman's Cryptic Castle. No matter which mission the player chooses, after the stage is completed, Amy will assist the player in the fight against the Egg Breaker. Oddly enough, however, she does not appear in the cutscenes before or after the battle.
She later appears in the game's final story, where she attempts to dissuade Shadow from letting Black Doom get the Chaos Emeralds. After Shadow fulfilled Gerald Robotnik's original plans prior to his going insane, Amy expressed hope that Shadow survived as he is Shadow when Rouge questioned whether he survived. She also bore witness to Knuckles' chasing of Eggman.
Speeding along on the Pink RoseEdit
Amy is a playable character in Sonic Riders from the start. She is a speed type racer, and has stats equivalent to Sonic's and Jet's. She joins in the EX World Grand Prix because she wants to "keep her eye on Sonic".
In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, she finds one of the Arks of the Cosmos and, not knowing what it actually was, refused to hand it over to Jet. After being chased after by Storm, she throws it at his face and gets mad at him because he caused her to become lost. Amy forces him to lead her back to Sonic, but he ditches her when he finds a destroyed robot with another Ark of the Cosmos inside. She is then found by Sonic, and tells him that Storm mentioned the Gigan Rocks, a place where they could find information about the Arks.
Amy teams up with Cream and Vector in Sonic Free Riders in order to win the second EX Grand Prix and so she can see Sonic. In the Team Rose story, they must beat three teams in order to win the World Grand Prix. In the end, Amy celebrates her victory and rushes to Sonic, telling him he should go on a date with her because she won.
Amy appears in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and serves as an ally in Silver the Hedgehog's storyline. In this game, she mistakes Silver as Sonic. Learning that Silver was also looking for Sonic, she tries to enlist his help, not realizing Silver's true intentions on killing Sonic. Upon finding Sonic, Silver battles him and loses, but manages to catch Sonic off-guard afterward, and is able to hit him with a powerful blow, thus gaining the upper hand. However, Amy stops him from delivering the final blow. Amy also saves the damsel-in-distress Princess Elise—as well as Sonic—at one point in the story. She eventually found out that Silver didn't kill Sonic and that it was all part of Mephiles' plan to kill Sonic himself.
Amy can be played during the final level, End of the World, where she helps to revive Sonic by collecting one of the Chaos Emeralds. In the end, Solaris has been destroyed by Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver.
Attempting to Make a Blue Hedgehog Green with EnvyEdit
In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Amy went with Sonic to save Knuckles—and later the world—from Imperator Ix. Early on in the story, Amy claims to Sonic that she has found a new boyfriend called Dexter and tries at many occasions to present him as a great boyfriend, but without going into much detail about him. Depending on the player's choices, Amy will reveal to Sonic that she just made him up in an attempt to make Sonic jealous.
It is revealed in this game that Amy has started a club for young girls to protect themselves from bullies. When the Voxai Overmind brainwashed her, she says "You never pay attention to me". Also, the player can engage in a romantic subplot between Sonic and Amy, which varies based on the player's conversation choices. She is the first unlockable character and the second playable character.
Meet the WerehogEdit
Amy is one of the few Sonic characters to appear in Sonic Unleashed. She made her introduction, as she did in Sonic Adventure 2's Dark Story and Silver's story in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), by hugging someone who looks like Sonic the Hedgehog. Although she hugged the right hedgehog this time, she didn't recognize Sonic due to him being in his Werehog form. She apologized, saying that she could have sworn it was him, and then ran off, causing Sonic to become depressed, as he is shown that he is not the same at all in his new form. Later, after Sonic saves her from some people possessed by Dark Gaia, he dashed away. However, it is implied that Sonic may not dislike her as much as he thinks.
Amy later finds out about Sonic's new form, saying that although he's changed his look, he's still Sonic to her. She later helps out Professor Pickle, and in one cutscene, she talks about being interested in learning (Wii/PS2 version only). She follows Sonic, Tails, Chip, and Professor Pickle to Shamar. Sonic can talk to her between levels, just like before. At one point, she asks Sonic out on a date, and he can either agree or turn her down. She later strikes hope into Professor Pickle by showing unwavering faith in Sonic during his final battle. After the fact, Amy throws Sonic a "welcome home" party, which isn't actually shown, only mentioned.
Lady of the LakeEdit
Amy appears in Sonic and the Black Knight, portrayed as Nimue, the Lady of the Lake. She gives Excalibur to King Arthur, which later proves to be a mistake. Sonic backs away when he firsts meets her because he thinks she is actually Amy. Nimue tells him that whoever holds the scabbard of Excalibur will become corrupted by its influence. She gives three tests to Sonic: First, he must free the innocent people from King Arthur's dungeon. Second, he must show compassion to those in need, and finally, he must defeat King Arthur's Knights of the Underworld.
Nimue places a three-day time limit for the tests to be completed. On the third day, she disguises herself as a young child and asks Sonic to rescue her "parents" and the people from her village. He completes the test, but runs out of time. She reveals herself after he tells her everyone's okay. She states that he has shown courage, strength and compassion. Nimue then explains to Sonic that Caliburn, along with the swords of Sir Gawain, Sir Lancelot, and Dame Percival combined can stop Excalibur's immortality-giving ability. Nimue appears as the kingdom is falling into darkness and tells Sonic and the three knights to place their swords in four shrines to create a barrier around Camelot Castle. After the game, Sonic, who has been taken back to his world, explains his journey to Amy Rose, who then complains that he is lying and forgot about their date and proceeds to attack him with her hammer, as My Sweet Passion plays.
A Cosmic PicnicEdit
Amy appears in the DS version of Sonic Colors as a non-playable character. She is excited to see Sonic again and asks him to complete a mission for her entertainment. When Sonic finishes it, Amy comments that it was "dreamy" and asks Sonic to marry her, causing Sonic to ditch her and leave the problem to Tails. Later, Amy finds Sonic with Big, and asks him to complete one more mission for her. After Sonic is done, Amy decides to have a picnic with him. Amy then screams in joy, saying, "Eating together in an Aquarium! We are so gonna date!" Tails comments on this, explaining that they were in the middle of Eggman's base.
Chasing Two SonicsEdit
Amy appears in the console version of Sonic Generations. Amy and the others were celebrating Sonic's birthday, but were captured by the Time Eater. Amy ends up in Chemical Plant as a statue. If Classic Sonic rescues her, Amy notices how Sonic looks "younger every day" and asks about his "secret", leaving him annoyed. If Modern Sonic rescues her, Amy says she was afraid that she would never be able to "flirt with him" again, leaving him exasperated. Later, at the Center of Time, she encouraged both Sonics, alongside Knuckles. After the final battle, Amy and the others returned to the present and continued celebrating. She congratulates Sonic for being "great", as opposed to Knuckles' view of Sonic's performance as being "not half bad". After this, she joins the other characters in saying goodbye to Classic Sonic and Classic Tails.
Amy also appears in a Chemical Plant mission where she helps Modern Sonic jump to higher places underwater with her Piko Piko Hammer. She also races against Classic Sonic in a Sky Sanctuary mission. She stands outside Chemical Plant, in the Hub World, giving Sonic tips on the stage as he walks by. She also appears as a trophy in the trophy room, and her classic form was released as DLC as an Xbox 360 avatar costume.
Amy also appears in Sonic's storyline in Sonic Rivals. Amy has been turned into a card by Dr. Eggman and Sonic sets off to save both her and Tails. She also makes cameo appearances on three collectible cards. She doesn't appear in the story of Sonic Rivals 2, but she is featured on two collectible cards.
Amy is a playable character in the Party Mode of Sonic and the Secret Rings alongside Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Cream, Silver, and Blaze.
Amy appears as a playable character in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. Like all the other female characters, Amy sports a different outfit than her normal dress. Her dress is similar to her normal one, but different around the shoulders, with the addition of black leggings underneath it and a different pair of shoes.
Amy is a playable character in the game Sega Superstars Tennis. She also appears in the game Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games as an all-around type character. Her main rival is Princess Peach. Her signature move is Pink Typhoon for the Wii version and Rose Spin for the DS version. She wears a pink parka, black leggings, and pink boots.
Amy appears in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, alongside Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Dr. Eggman and Big the Cat. Her model car is the Pink Cabriolet, an old-fashioned pink buggy with a spare tire cover etched with "AMY", and a plate on the front that says: "AMY-ROSE". Her All-Star Move is the Piko Piko Hammer; she pulls it out and madly swings it around to smash anyone unlucky enough to get in her way. Her All-Star Theme is "My Sweet Passion" from Sonic Adventure. She will return as a racer in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Amy also appeared in Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as the third playable Sonic character. In her official artwork, she is shown to have a newly-designed swimsuit, although it will not be her new design in all of the new games.