This is one of those characters, Muttski. Yes, the Hedgehog family dog. One thing I actually like about the Archie reboot is that this guy is a Mobian instead of just a regular dog, but I chose to take a different approach to him then the comic’s. He’s an archeologist (insert joke about dogs liking to dig up old junk here) and a friend of Sir Charles Hedgehog who becomes an ally to the Knothole Freedom Fighters. Since the KFFs seemed to either search for or run into a lot of mystical old doodads and such in SatAM quite a bit, I figure an archeologist would be a useful person for them to call on.
His career will bring him into contact with a variety of different characters and spur some interesting adventures for the good guys. He was named for his grandfather, but prefers going by his nickname, Muttski. Unlike many of the core good guys, Muttski's in his 30s. Although his appearance differs from his comic/SatAM selves, I’m keeping his classic cream and brown coloration. I’m still trying to figure out what his new personality could be like.
Kidding asides, I do love him. He looks to be a trustworthy explorer and friend to Chuck. I can see how his skills would come in handy for the Knothole Freedom Fighters. They need an expert who knows about mystical thingamijigs and doohickeys and who better than an archeologist? This is another reason why I love creating characters for shows; they can fill in gaps the shows haven't covered, and you did a fine job here, my friend.
I also like the idea of making him older than some of the main cast. I agree with Lilikoi; it's so refreshing to see someone who's older and has more experience than some of the members make it into the SatAM world. It can really add some world-building and/or room for different archetypes of characters than from what we usually see on the show. I'm sure that whatever personality you conjure up, it'll be a nice addition to the Freedom Fighters. I mean, for me, looking at Muttski, I can see him as a curious yet adventurous type who's not afraid to get his hands dirty. Literally!
Anywho, I really love this guy. Keep up the awesome work!
I totally wanted him to seem like a guy who Chuck would believably be buddies with. That, and I still wanted that connection to the Hedgehog clan there. Couldn't agree more about the fun of creating fan characters for our favorite things.
Most definitely. More variety in characters is always a good thing! I think having grownups being more visible in the Sonic world is more realistic as well. Your guess at what Muttski's personality is like is pretty close to what I've been devising for him. I think you really are psychic. XD
Once again, thank you for the great comment.
That said, you are so welcome!
Chuck really does deserve a buddy, I agree. Plus, LBR here -- as much as he loves Sonic and co, I'm sure he'd like to have somone other then teenagers and kids to talk to every now and then. I look forward to writing about some good ol' Muttski/Hedgehog family interaction.
Well, there's Rosie. Oh and Lupe, but she can't be there all the time of curse. And the other adults who come to mind either wouldn't get along with the group or be well-received by them, or are well, evil, lol. Yep, you got that right! They're talented kids, but they can't do everything.
Oh totally. I mean, Chuck does need to talk to someone who's around his age whom he can relate to and to hang out with when he's not busy taking care of the kids. Guy's gotta have his own life too, Knothole! ><;
Oooh I'm looking forward to that interaction between the two! I'm sure it'll be awesomely heartwarming. ^^
I can also see how his career of choice would be helpful. I know they just had Sally/NICOLE handle that part, but it makes a lot more sense having someone who's actually studied that specifically. Man, is there anything they didn't just make Sally an expert in? What I can say I liked about SU, Sonia would kind of know things, but she still had to go to experts for details and help. Like in one episode she was like "This is an artifact! I remember learning about it at school. Let's take it to my professor who knows a lot more than I do." That seemed so much more realistic.
I also like seeing another older character around. We need some more adults around that don't just fade away into the background. That was one of the biggest problems with giving Papa Doc a love interest NEGL. Most of the adults around were either parents, bland or just wouldn't mesh. I think Elias was the closest I could think of that was around enough and not a teenager, but I was never sure about that one. But seriously, why is it all teenagers in charge of the Resistance? That doesn't even make sense.
You did a great job on his redesign and I love the changes you've made!
BTW, there's some early concept art of Muttski at the Sonic wiki. It's surprising how diverse they got with his design. I actually like them better then what they went with for the show.
Delivering babies? I'd crack up if something like that occurred in the comics. XD Exactly! Yes, Sally would've been taught about history as part of her education, but she should not be super-knowledgable on something like that. Maybe NICOLE has Google or something, lol. I guess with her being a mythical animal I could swallow it in her case. But yeah, Sonia is the more realistic character. Dulcy kind of did that in "Blast To The Past".
Same. I remember your saying that before
Thank you! I'm glad I could justify this guy's existence.
And, I for one, am shocked the reboot is completely wasting the existence of his character LOL. And yeah, I try not to have deadweight around, too.
Two ideas I had so far was him clashing with Rouge over some treasure and introducing the lost Chaos Emeralds into the picture.
I like both those ideas! It'd also give Rouge something to do. It might not be taking a long walk off a short pier like I suggested, but it'll do.
I'll have to go check those concepts out! I'm curious to see what they have. NGL It's way too common for the concept art to be cooler than what they end up going with in animated stuff in general.
I'm genuinely shocked there hasn't been a plot where Sonic and Sally haven't had to deliver a baby LOL. But now we've said it, watch it show up. I don't mind Sally having some basic knowledge of stuff, but they really needed to have someone around to be the expert. She can't possibly know everything under the sun. I do think NICOLE is like a pre-Google Google LOL. Why did no one else have something like NICOLE though? She doesn't seem like she should be THAT advance for the tech they have... but then I guess the comics did do more with her to make her more advanced. It's just that, before the comics expanded on her, she just kind of felt like normal technology for the world they set up. It'd be kind of interesting if there were more robotic devices around like her.
And I knew you'd be able to come up with something good for him!
If that's your headcanon, then that's totally fine, but personally it's hard for me to buy that all but two or so adults are dead/robots.