- Basic Info
- Canon History: Canon Update #1
- Canon History: Before Wake
- Nautilus History
Continuity: Sonic the Hedgehog (Games)
Age: 16 (Canon) 19 (Nautilus)
Fur Color: Red
Eye Color: Purple
Journal: Knuckles' Journal
Theme Song: Unknown from Me
The Canon Update
After Solaris was erased from the timeline, Knuckles lost his memories of the event. Nothing is really known about what Knuckles was doing during the Dark Gaia incident (the planet shattered and an evil being called Dark Gaia awoke early, causing monster to appear at night and make some people act strange), but it's pretty safe to assume he was on Angel Island during this time watching over the Master Emerald. It's unlikely the event had any effect on the island itself due to normally floating in the air.
Tails asked him and several others of Sonic's friends to throw Sonic a surprise birthday party for his 20th birthday (it's not clear if it's actually his 20th in-canon but for simplicity's sake, let's go with it). During the party, a monster called the Time Eater showed up and kidnaps him and the others. They get pulled into time holes and somehow he ends up stuck as a living white statue in a huge white limbo as a result of the Time Eater messing up the timeline.
Once Knuckles was restored by Classic Sonic (or Modern Sonic), he mostly waits around and cheers the Sonics on during the final battle. Once that mess was fixed, the party resumed but this time with more guests.
Sonic Lost World
During a normal fight with Eggman, one of the capsules full of kidnapped little animals dropped to the ground and both him and Amy happened to find it. They get into contact with Sonic and Tails, who have chased Eggman to a place called the Lost Hex. They both get assigned to watch over the animals and wait for them to get the rest of the kidnapped animals from Eggman.
Sometime after that, life energy suddenly started getting pulled from the planet. All life around them start dying off and it's sometime after that before even he and Amy get their own life energy taken from them, seemingly killing them.
While they and the planet do get restored to life, Knuckles gets pulled back to Nautilus before he could be brought back.
Although his early history isn't really known, he was born and raised on Angel Island, but it isn't known how his parents died. He's been assigned as Guardian of the Master Emerald for as long as he could remember, and as the last remaining member of his kind, it's something only he can do.
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
One day while guarding the Master Emerald, the Chaos Emeralds near the alter began glowing and causing tremors, eventually getting to the point where he was thrown out and lost consciousness. When he woke up, he discovered the cause was the crashed Death Egg, which Knuckles mistakes for a dragon in a prophecy about bringing disaster to the island. He spent the next few days trying to investigate until he runs into and meets Dr. Eggman, then known as Dr. Robotnik. Robotnik tells Knuckles that he was a researcher on the Death Egg and that Sonic and Tails were trying to steal the Master Emerald from him. Believing him, Knuckles worked to slow things down for Sonic and Tails and prevent them from reaching Robotnik, including forcing Sonic out of his super form. All the while not realizing that Robotnik was using him.
Eventually after a fight with Sonic at the Hidden Palace Zone, Knuckles finds out Robotnik's betrayal after another tremor hit and he went to check on the Master Emerald. He tries getting it back, but he gets electrocuted and Robotnik escapes. Realizing that Sonic and Tails are on his side, Knuckles helps them get to the Sky Sanctuary Zone so that they could get onto the Death Egg. There, they witnessed the re-launch of the Death Egg (which Sonic and Tails previously had made it crash before). He was too tired to help them fight, so he could only lead them. Later, Sonic and Tails returns the Master Emerald to the island.
The peace didn't last as RoboEgg ambushed him with a bomb and Knuckles survives it. Pissed, he goes after the RoboEgg and later get kidnapped by the robot. He was taken to Mecha Sonic, who had stolen the Master Emerald and tries to kill Knuckles. He manages to escape and defeat Mecha Sonic while it had gone into a super form by using the Master Emerald's energy. Knuckles and the Master Emerald ends up falling through the ground, but he and the emerald gets saved by Tails and Sonic by flying a plane up to catch him. The Master Emerald then gets restored to it's rightful place.
One night, Knuckles was dozing off when he was awoken by Chaos, a water creature having shattered the Master Emerald. He attacks Chaos, but Chaos dodges and takes off with the pieces, causing the island to fall into the ocean. He goes onto a search for the pieces of the Master Emerald, during which he runs into Robotnik, now going by Eggman and fights Chaos 2 when Eggman gave Chaos a Chaos Emerald. Eggman tricked Knuckles again by claiming that Sonic was after the pieces of the Master Emerald too.
Confused, he went off to find Sonic to speak to him (along the way finding more pieces). When he spots that Sonic has something shiny in his hands, he mistakes it for the shards and attacks him. After the fight, he makes Sonic drop the two Chaos Emeralds he has and Eggman steals them, giving them to Chaos 2 so that it transforms into Chaos 4. He goes off to find more pieces while Sonic and Tails go after Eggman. During the whole time he's been searching for the pieces, he keeps receiving visions of the past and about Tikal, another echidna, which confused him.
Eventually he gets all the pieces back and restores both the Master Emerald and the island. However it sinks again and Knuckles goes looking for advice from Sonic before getting ambushed by Chaos again. He ends up at a destroyed Station Square where he found four de-powered emeralds. He was there to help the emeralds get their power restored and watch Super Sonic defeat Perfect Chaos for good. Once Chaos was defeated, it returned to a more peaceful state and leaves with Tikal, who's spirit had been with them all along.
Sonic Adventure 2
Some time later, the Master Emerald gets stolen again, but this time by Rouge the Bat. He confronts her but then Eggman shows up to steal it. To prevent it from getting stolen again, he shatters the Master Emerald to pieces. He goes searching for them again. During his search, he gets lost and ends up in Central City, where he runs into Tails and Amy. He goes with them to help stop Eggman once they told him what was going on, which was that Eggman was trying to use something called the Eclipse Cannon to try to take over the world. During this time, he's forced to face his fears of ghosts and fights King Boo Boom. Eventually he, Sonic, Tails and Amy manage to get onto a space shuttle and goes to the abandoned Space Colony Ark due to where the Eclipse Cannon is located.
There he runs into Rouge and gets into a fight with her. When she slips, he catches up and pulls her up, almost accidentally kissing her in the process. She gives up her emerald shards to him, and he apologizes to her if he had hurt her.
After the Eclipse Cannon was stopped, the Ark started heading towards Earth for collision. He witnesses a recording of Gerald Robotnik and after banding together with Eggman, goes to help stop the colony's crash course. He uses the completed Master Emerald to try to stop the Chaos Emeralds from powering the core, but this doesn't work. He watches Sonic and Shadow go super with the Chaos Emeralds and after that, both Sonic and Shadow stop the Ark from crashing, though not without Shadow's sacrifice.
Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic '06
Sometime after that, Knuckles teams up with Sonic and Tails when Eggman challenges them to defeat him. He travels with them, gets into fights with Team Rose (Amy, Cream & Big) and Team Dark (Rouge, an amnesic Shadow and Omega), and later helps fight Metal Overlord with Super Sonic and Tails with some borrowed chaos energy.
A few months later, the Earth is hit with an alien invasion and he helps fight the Black Arms. Ultimately Shadow is the one to defeat and destroy all of them before they could become alien food.
Later, Knuckles receives a message from Eggman to give to Sonic. Eggman had kidnapped Princess Elise of Soleanna and demands the Chaos Emerald Sonic has in his possession. Knuckles goes along with Sonic and Tails and ends up being thrown 200 years into the future. There, they run into Shadow and Rouge. After fighting Iblis, Sonic and Shadow use their emeralds to get everyone back to the present.
When Sonic gets murdered, Knuckles and everyone else gets caught into a space-time distortion due to Iblis being released and Mephiles re-joining with it, becoming Solaris once more. There, they discover Sonic dead and after Elise senses Sonic's spirit, he and six others go through what's left of time to get all the Chaos Emeralds. After Sonic is brought back to life, Sonic, Shadow and Silver go super and defeat Solaris. This adventure got erased from the timeline when Elise blows out the candle containing Solaris. This timeline would be temporary put back on Sonic's birthday sometime later after the Wisps Incident and much later than the Dark Gaia Incident.
Knuckles first appears in Nautilus in the worst possible time, having successfully found the Light Blue Chaos Emerald but blacking out before he could take it. So when he discovered himself in a strange new place without being able to glide and that Sonic's alive here, he felt very confused. Eventually he, Tails and Sonic came together and to the conclusion that they are all from different zones, not times. While it didn't completely clear up the confusion, at least they were on the same page. Or at least as much as they could be.
His time has been rough for the most part. First he got fooled by Sonic into pranking Nott, then he became a victim of one of the Mouse Kings and getting a cold for a week after that. Then he temporary lost his sense of responsibility and got drunk a lot. He had even tried to offer Tails booze during that much to his later horror.
After a few months of having trouble, he learned how to bend from Hei during some sparing. During the Village Storm, he was among the unaffected but he ended up in rough shape as he spend the week trying, and failing, to rescue those trapped and then he turned to drinking when Sonic went back home. He was greeted by a man named Relius Clover, who seemed to be a bit of kindred spirit to Knuckles at the time.
During a sparring match with Relius, he was able to bend back his strength but he had re-learn how to handle his old strength at first. He's even agreed to let Relius mentor him.
When Knuckles went home, it took him two weeks time to come back. When he did, he collapsed outside of the Southern gate. Relius found him first and after a random sparing match, Knuckles loses. Relius then proceeded to shatter Knuckles' soul and brainwash him into becoming more loyal to him, though this caused the unintended side-effect of Knuckles' devotion to the Master Emerald translating into a puppy-love type crush. After sending Sonic through a wall and nearly killing him, he went into hiding and not too long after, transformed into a Battle Doll. It took over a month before he could get returned to normal and the brainwashing removed.
Thanks to Elias' prep talk, he started focusing on being a protector in Nautilus as his new purpose in life. However, this new focus and obsession with stopped Clover has started to blind him in terms of his hatred towards Clover. When Knuckles got into an argument with Augustus, it put a strain on their friendship. Even before things were slightly uneasy.
During Genesis of Nature, Knuckles ascended to Angelii status but then Irene warned him of what was going on. He took a couple days to think about it, but he ultimately resolved to accept the status despite the risks. He figured that since some of the ascended were immune, then he would be. Unfortunately it didn't take long before he started getting sick too, and started sprouting plants. That included Globe Amaranths in his dreads, and a Star of Bethlehem on his chest where his heart was located. On his birthday, during the invasion of plant and chaos monsters, he transformed into a tree next to where Sonic transformation at Tails' workshop. He was cured a few days later and received belated birthday gifts from the city when he returned to his apartment.
While the Gag Reel Storm was going on, Knuckles got his first kiss stolen by Shadow, due to the effects of both Chuck switching Shadow's personality with Sonic's, and the Spectacles of Eros that Knuckles was forced to wear during the storm. It wouldn't be until later after Sonic stepped down and had Shadow take charge of the team was when the awkwardness was resolved. It was also that point when Knuckles was assigned to be second-in-command.
When Klement snapped due to stress from everything plus Areva refusing to take responsibility, Knuckles was one of the victims of Klement's punishments by being transformed into a beast Echidna. The experience (plus helping Maria deal with her shadow) opened his eyes and he realized what Klement was trying to tell him. He managed to get back to normal with Maria's help and he visited Klement in jail to speak with him.
After Shadow had kidnapped Tikal and went back to Sleep, Knuckles got left with a lot of baggage. Hurt by Shadow's betrayal, guilt over failing to protect Tikal, sadness due to Amy, Sonic and Antoine going back to sleep, and the heavy weight of being leader to the Freedom Fighters. Which didn't last when the final meeting made it clear that not many of them were left, Tails was planning on leaving and Knuckles' argument with Nott caused the fox to leave. Which pretty much spelled the team's doom.
One thing about Knuckles is that he's a very independent and loner type of person, as well as being a bit anti-social. Part of it is due to his strong sense of duty and responsibility as Guardian of the Master Emerald, but also due to his social awkwardness due to having been separated from society most of his life. He can be rather shy around strangers (especially women), though he usually hides it by acting tough. It's because of that, he tends to be blunt and not care about what others think.
He will however leave the island if his help is needed or when he feels the Master Emerald and the island will be safe. He has developed other hobbies such as treasure hunting, practicing his fighting skills, or hang out with his friends. He also sometimes does Extreme Gear races.
Like how Sonic is like the wind, Knuckles is the mountain, unmoving and stubborn. Once he makes up his mind, he won't be deterred from it. He prefers to do things his own way, regardless of whenever it makes it harder for him or not. He has been prone to do rash and ill-advised actions and isn't one to do complex strategies. He can be sneaky however when in the right element such as setting a bunch of traps for Sonic and Tails.
Despite how cool and collected he could be in battle, he has quite a short temper and it's not hard to set him off. He has learned to channel it in his fighting style.
Due to his isolation, he can be a bit on the naive side and has a strong belief in seeing good in everyone, which can cause him to be rather gullible. He's been tricked by Eggman multiple times, though he has gotten better at that such as finding him more suspicious. Past his tough facade, he has a softer side to him. He's heroic, brave and kind-hearted. He cares a lot about his friends and in a good mood, he can hold a nice conversation with someone.
Knuckles is as physically strong as Sonic is fast, so he has superhuman strength. He can smash large boulders, punch holes into tough steel and lift objects several times his own size and weight. He's even able to lift 100 metric tons. The majority of his strength lies in his upper body, most notably his arms and fists. He's been known to be able to throw things hard enough to ignite and can make an explosion by punching the ground hard enough.
He's also pretty tough in that he can take a lot of punishment. He can even survive a bomb blast in front of him. He can also handle fighting an army of robots without rest. He can be fast on his feet when he's running, but he's sadly not as fast as Sonic, Shadow and Tails and his movements in battle can be slow.
His spiked knuckles can allow him to attach himself to all kinds of walls and climb them up. It also helps with digging huge holes and tunnels. His dreadlocks can lock in air so that he can glide in the air over a long distance.
He has the ability to sense the chaos energy from Chaos Emeralds, as well as objects similar to them like the Sol Emeralds. While he does have a super form, it requires Super Chaos Emeralds (powered up versions of the Chaos Emeralds) and like all super forms, it has a time limit where if he runs out of rings it'll wear off.
As an expert treasure hunter, he has quite a bit of knowledge concerning ancient cultures, ruins and legends, and has once translated ancient text in Sonic Riders Zero Gravity. He's also an expert swimmer.
- Create shields. So far only the normal one but in time he'll learn how to bend up other types like bubble shield and fire shield.
- Firey Fist attack. Basically the combo attack from Sonic Heroes. He punches fast and hard enough to lit his fist on fire.
- Bend himself into a dog form (Afghan Hound)
To Be Decided
Tails - Another one of his best friends, even if he's clearly from the past. Much like with Sonic, it started out rather rocky, but once things were cleared up, things were much better. He originally thought of him like a little brother, but after the latest storm, he now thinks of him like a son despite his real memories being restored. So he has become a bit more protective than before of him. Especially after Sonic hurt the poor kid's feelings after Sonic's return.
He feels horrible for hurting him as a Battle Doll, and wouldn't blame him if the fox hated him now. It especially hurts him due to his father instincts.
Hei - A Freedom Fighter and an Angelii, he helped Knuckles figure out how to finally bend after having had months of trouble with it. He doesn't know him that well but he appreciates the help he gave him (as well as giving him material to bother Sonic with).
Klement - One of the Devas and Knuckles' teacher. He seems the most approachable of the Devas and the one who seems sane. He gained respect for him when he publicly apologized for their silence during the plant disease crisis. Despite having gotten punished by him by getting turned into a beast, he forgives him for what happened. If anything, he cares about him now since clearly the Deva was having a hard time with things and thus have a real, for lack of a better word, human side to him. Plus the Deva was right in that he was letting his hatred for Clover blind him and turn towards a dark path again. He does hope Klement will be okay and he looks forward to the Angelii training with him.
Marinette Dupain-Cheng - Someone he's talked to a couple times. She seems nice enough and perky, but he doesn't have much of an opinion of her yet though he was surprised she called him a friend.
Hazama - He never interacted with him, but he was very wary of him thanks to Nott warning him. He's glad the creep's gone.
Blaze - Silver's friend. He didn't have much of an opinion on her other than "don't piss her off". Something which only Amy Rose had been able to do in the past.
Miko - She reminded him a little of Amy but other than that, he didn't have much of an opinion on her.
Elias Acorn - Another Mobian and what he thought was a fox was actually a squirrel, as well as a former king. Already it felt like they had some things in common and he helped him out while he was still recovering from the Battle Doll fiasco. He's thankful for the help as well as giving him exactly what he needed sadly it didn't help him when Sonic confronted him a few minutes later. He's not happy that Elias went back to sleep, but not much you can do there. Just a shame they didn't get the chance to have that talk.
Scott Summers - A human that he spoke with a few times. He had tried to help him while he was a Battle Doll, but he was among those to help him while he was in Medbey recovering from the ordeal. He didn't know much about him, but he seemed nice (and apparently liked wearing sunglasses).
Maria - Gerald Robotnik's Granddaughter. He felt sorry for her, even if he didn't know her that well other than when she was in that video that played during the invasion of the Black Arms. She seemed like a nice kid either way. He wasn't sure how to feel about her crush on Shadow. Part of him felt disgusted due to the idea of a human and a mobian dating to be taboo back home, but at the same time, he figured she'll get over the puppy love crush eventually. He's a bit sad that she went back to sleep and passed onto the afterlife, but it's for the best.
Amy Rose - Another version of a friend that died back home. He was originally got shook up by seeing her in Nautilus, even if she looked different from the Amy he's familiar with due to his grief. While he's not completely over his grief of his version of Amy, he had gotten over his initial feelings he had before towards this one. He did find her interesting due to how different she acted and how she even fought differently. Too bad her world sucks and it's also too bad she went back to Sleep now. Which is hitting him a little hard at the moment since he still has issues of back home and what with others he knows having gone back to sleep too, he's feeling really crummy.
King Shadow - He was a different version of Shadow, but he had trusted him. In light of the truth coming out and finding out he had murdered his future daughter, he is quite angry with him now. He'll still treat a different version of Shadow like before and he'll defend him, but he won't hestate to stop him should he prove to be the same or another evil Shadow. At the very least he's actually glad he's gone now.
Sonic - Although neither of them would admit it so easily, they were close friends (even a best friend to Knuckles), as well as friendly rivals. Things started out rather rocky, but slowly he has since learned to trust Sonic, and is always willing to help out when he's needed. They tend to banter and fight a lot due to their polar opposite personalities. Part of Knuckles is jealous of Sonic's freedom but, again, this is something he wouldn't admit.
When he ran into Sonic in Nautilus, he was quite happy to see that he was alive and well, even if he's not the same Sonic that just died recently. Sonic's death back home really hurt him a lot more than he would like to admit. He was furious at Mephiles for killing Sonic, even if he hadn't witnessed it himself.
Before going through his own canon update, he had been simply mad at Sonic for hurting Tails. Due to Relius' brainwashing, he felt sheer hatred for him more than he ever had. It didn't help that he partially blamed Sonic for his death and Amy's death. Now that he's broken out of the brainwashing however, that hatred is gone and replaced with huge guilt. Things were strained between them for a while but it went back to normal eventually. Even if he did get mad at him for not telling him about what happened to his mom and his people in his zone.
With him, Amy and Antoine now gone, Knuckles is not having a swell time at the moment.
Antoine - One of the Freedom Fighters from Sonic's zone, though he seemed to be farther in the future than Sonic. Aside from being jumpy and having some strange accent, he didn't seem that bad, though it was hard to tell from the first meeting. He had been slowly warming up to him and after Antoine supported him in the aftermath of being a Battle Doll, his opinion of the coyote had improved. Even having started to consider him a friend. Even if he side-eyed the poetry thing that happened at the Talent Show.
He's sad that he, Amy and Sonic are all gone now.
Brentwood - A gargoyle that seemed rather slow though seemed to have been getting smarter. At first he thought of him as nothing more than a pet, but after the brainwashing was removed, he worried over the gargoyle and hoped he can be saved from Clover. At least he's gone back home where Clover can't reach him.
Relius Clover - When Knuckles tried to drown his sorrows, he was encountered by the strange man, but just from their meeting he has already gotten respect from Knuckles for seemingly being able to understand him in a way not many others do. He helped him get the focus he needed to get his strength back, and after showing him what souls look like and brainwashing fixing his Red Flicky problem, his respect for him greatly increased. He's agreed to let him mentor him and help him get stronger and become "perfect".
Due to Clover' brainwashing, he had become devoted to him in the same way he used to be for the Master Emerald. Somehow that translated into a crush. After he was broken from the brainwashing however, Knuckles' heart was broken and he felt betrayed. It was clear he was nothing more than materials for a weapon to be used to him.
For a while, he hated the man and considered him a bigger monster than Eggman and Black Doom (which he didn't think was possible), but after Klement punished him, that hatred disappeared. However, he didn't trust him at all and would never forgive him for what he did to him. Thus when he went back to Sleep, he actually felt relief. One less threat to the city and he can close that chapter in his life.
Kale - Odd fashion choices aside, he seemed friendly enough though he didn't know him that well. While he didn't agree with his anti-Deva views, he did seem like a reasonable guy and he could respect that. A shame he decided to go home and back to Sleep.
Augustus - Nott's boyfriend. He didn't know the cat well, though he did feel bad for him due to Nott having had rejected him at first. After Augustus had hurt Knuckles during the Monster Mash mini-storm, he disliked the cat even though he apologized. Especially what with his continued use of that same power he used against Knuckles made him think Augustus wasn't really that sorry after all.
He's also the reason why things were strained between Knuckles and Nott, but Knuckles didn't blame the cat at least, though eventually he asked him to let it go with Nott. Which Knuckles had (mostly) agreed to as a favor for helping him while he was an amnesiac Classic!Knuckles. While he did still not like the cat and found him creepy, he didn't detest him like he used to. He was not surprised that he went back to sleep and honestly it was a good thing since who knows how bad things could have gone if the cat went completely in the deep end.
Ascended: December 2015
Deva: Klement Devereux
Ascended Abilities: Sight
Currently working on: Flight
Currently has: A plushie of the Master Emerald, a birthday card with brochures for Alcoholics Anonymous, a plushie of himself with plastic chaos emerald, Dr. Finitevus' cape, a glass replica of the Light Blue Chaos Emerald (new one from the Nautilus Zone Storm), Shovel Claws, model of Angel Island, Life-size Master Emerald, Triple Snowball Blaster (aka a toy gun), some clothes such as several pairs of shirts, a hoodie or two, several pairs of pants and a brown jacket, Light Mobius outfit that his counterpart used to wear, a wedding suit and dress from Valentines day 2014, the same dress Elsa from Frozen wore, a pink tutu
Used to have: A glass replica of the Light Blue Chaos Emerald that originally belonged to Sonic