Knuckles the Echidna

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Knuckles the Echidna
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Official artwork of Knuckles for Team Sonic Racing.
Universe Sonic
Debut Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Team Sonic Racing (2019)
Console of origin Sega Genesis
Species Echidna
Gender Male
Place of origin Angel Island
Designed by Takashi Yuda
English voice actor Travis Willingham
Japanese voice actor Nobutoshi Canna
German voice actor Claus-Peter Damitz
Italian voice actor Maurizio Merluzzo
Article on Wikipedia Knuckles the Echidna

Knuckles the Echidna (ナックルズ・ザ・エキドゥナ, Knuckles the Echidna) is a character from the Sonic series.

Origin[edit]

Knuckles digging for a piece of the Master Emerald on Red Mountain in Sonic Adventure.

Knuckles first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and is one of the main characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is aptly named for both his spiked gloves and immense physical power, only rivaled by Sonic's supersonic speed. He lives alone on Angel Island, the location of an ancient and powerful jewel known as the Master Emerald, which is said to be able to control the power of all seven Chaos Emeralds. Since birth, he has been tasked with guarding the Emerald from potential intruders. He is serious and headstrong, but due to his isolation, very gullible and easy to manipulate. On multiple occasions, Knuckles was tricked by Dr. Eggman into thinking that Sonic was attempting to steal the Master Emerald. Due to this, along with their conflicting personalities, he sometimes clashed with Sonic as a rival. However, upon realizing his mistake, he assisted Sonic in defeating Eggman, and has since become a close ally.

In Ultimate, Knuckles has three abilities as an Assist Trophy: the first is digging into the ground like a drill and then uppercutting back up. Knuckles's ability to dig into surfaces first originated in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2; however, in both games he could only dig if he had the Level Up Item Shovel Claw. He could also dig into the ground and then uppercut in Sonic Battle. It was not until Sonic Generations that he could dig without the Shovel Claw. The uppercut resembles the Spiral Upper, an ability Knuckles first learned in Sonic Adventure 2, though he does not necessarily need to dig into the ground first before performing it in his own games.

His second ability is the Homing Attack, which also made its debut in Sonic Adventure as a move only Sonic could perform. Knuckles was first able to use it in Sonic Heroes, though he could only perform it when following Sonic. He could first use it on his own in Sonic Advance 3. His third ability is simply punching the opponent with his fists. Knuckles is often associated with punching in many Sonic games and often has the ability to punch enemies as a part of his moveset in his playable appearances in Sonic games, more specifically the previously mentioned Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 as well as in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). He is also seen punching, specifically shadow boxing, during his idle animation in Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Blast, and Sonic Mania. His punch-punch-uppercut combo closely resembles a combo he could perform in Sonic the Fighters.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Knuckles (left) on Green Hill Zone in Brawl.

Knuckles, like Tails and Silver the Hedgehog, appears running through the shuttle loop in the background of Green Hill Zone. Just like many other characters in the Sonic series, Knuckles appears as a Sticker that Sonic can use and a Trophy in the game.

Trophy[edit]

Knuckles' trophy in Brawl.
Knuckles

A powerful red echidna also known by his full name, Knuckles the Echidna. Knuckles resides on Angel Island, where he guards the Master Emerald. Both friend and rival of Sonic, Knuckles is a martial-arts expert who can glide through the air.

  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3
  • SONIC & KNUCKLES

Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Knuckles The Echidna Sonic the Hedgehog 3 DefenseElectric+023EffectIcon(Electric).png Resistance +23 SonicSonicHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Knuckles The Echidna (Sonic The Hedgehog 3).png
Knuckles The Echidna
(Sonic The Hedgehog 3)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Knuckles reappears as a background character in Green Hill Zone in the 3DS version.

As a costume[edit]

Two Mii Brawlers dressed as Knuckles.

Knuckles appeared as a downloadable Mii Brawler costume as part of the final wave on February 3, 2016.

Trophy[edit]

Knuckles's trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is part of the Sonic & Friends Trophy Box.

Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles the Echidna is the dedicated guardian of the Master Emerald, rarely leaving his post on the floating Angel Island. His serious, one-track-minded approach puts him at odds with his rival, Sonic, but the two somehow manage to be friends all the same.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (02/1994)
Sonic & Knuckles (10/1994)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Knuckles attacks nearby fighters with his fist. He can also dig into the ground and then attack with an uppercut, so be careful!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site
Knuckles as he appears in Ultimate.

Knuckles appears in Ultimate as an Assist Trophy. He attacks opponents with Homing Attack, and also digs into the ground and then uses an uppercut to attack. He may also simply punch opponents with his fists. He is also able to be KO'd.

Knuckles is voiced by Travis Willingham, though like Sonic and Shadow, it is via recycled voice clips from other Sonic games. He also has five other voice actors for different versions of the game. Here they are:

    • Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese: Nobutoshi Kanna
    • French: Sébastien Desjours
    • German: Claus-Peter Damitz
    • Spanish: Sergio Mesa
    • Italian: Maurizio Merluzzo

As a background character[edit]

Knuckles also once again appears as a background element of Green Hill Zone. However, his assist trophy will not appear when playing on the stage.

As a costume[edit]

A Mii Brawler wearing the Knuckles hat and costume.

The Knuckles Mii Brawler costume from the previous game was not in the base game, but was rereleased as DLC on April 17th, 2019.

Spirit[edit]

Knuckles also appears as a summonable primary Spirit. He can be summoned with the spirit cores of Muddy Mole (a character who digs through the ground and throws heavy objects like Knuckles) and Gordo (a character with spikes like Knuckles' fists).

No. Image Name Type Class Ability Series
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Knuckles
Grab
★★★ Fist Attack ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog Series

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The picture of Knuckles with Sonic on Palutena's Temple on the Ultimate website is likely referencing the Sky Sanctuary from Sonic & Knuckles, of which Knuckles is often associated with. The Sky Sanctuary is also where Sonic saved Knuckles in Sonic Generations.