Meet Sonic's New Friend, Sticks

Sega unveils brand-new character to appear in upcoming Sonic Boom game, TV show, and merchandising.

Ahead of Sonic Boom's release later this year, Sega today announced an all-new character for the Sonic the Hedgehog universe: Sticks. She will play an "integral role" in the overall Sonic Boom universe, appearing in not only the game, but also the TV show and merchandising.

Sticks is described as a "jungle badger who has spent most of her life living alone in the wilderness." She rounds out the Sonic Boom roster, joining mainstays like Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy--all of whom received significant character design overhauls for the game.

"Sticks is a significant addition to the Sonic Boom universe and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise," Sonic chief content officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki said in a statement. "She brings a quirky personality and perspective to the team dynamic, and we look forward to sharing this energetic and funny new character with the world."

Sticks is said to be the "most primal character in the Sonic universe" and a "force of nature in every way." She is voiced by Nika Futterman, a prolific voice actress featured on shows like CatDog and Hey Arnold! as well as video games including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Army Men 3.

"Sticks is wilder than the other members of Sonic's team with unparalleled animal instincts and extremely sharp survival skills," Sega says. "She's a fearsome combatant and a tenacious hunter who's armed with handmade weapons at all times, most notably a handmade boomerang that she keeps in tow."

Because she's from the wilderness, she lacks social skills and she's not very trusting, Sega explains. Though the concepts of sharing, compassion, and friendship are alien to her, Sticks has a "good heart and a genuine desire to get closer to her new friends," specifically Amy, who helps her get acquainted with civilization.

Sonic Boom is in development for Wii U and 3DS. There's also a TV show and a toy line in the works, all of which will be available later this year. For more on Sonic Boom, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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83 comments
seven7swords
seven7swords

Well... At the very least she's not some angst ridden anti social Hedgehog. Looking at you, Silver....Shadow....

Foppe
Foppe

So much Rule 34...

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

For the love of god Sega... UP your demographic ages, PLEASE

GuyverX
GuyverX

So they couldn't use Ty the Tasmanian Tiger... No... No one remembers that game... shucks


Dem0nGam3r
Dem0nGam3r

"Kind of like lives in this other, like, alternate universe that she thinks everyone else is living in, but, you know, they're not"

Huh, sounds kind of, like, similar to Sonic Team's relationship with their fans.

dog
dog

Is it wrong that I find this attractive

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

the voice sounds very close to the way Fidget sounded in "Dust an Elysian Tail"

Paulf001
Paulf001

The Sonic Cycle is real.

Blk_Mage_Ctype
Blk_Mage_Ctype

From a design standpoint, I like the character and her quirky personality, but I dunno about that voice... I like the voice actress and the amount of spirit she puts into the character, but I'm worried that it might become a bit grating if I had to listen to it for an extended period of time.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

So uh...how about that Sonic Cycle, huh?


...Imma just go get the ten foot pole.

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

Hm.  Sticks, huh?


Still a better new character than that evil Cammy clone in Ultra Street Fighter.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

and since the franchise has been bashed for introducing too many characters, what do you do? Introduce more, of course! Zero sense is how you like it aren't you folks.

streetz_86
streetz_86

Sticks & Stones can break my bones...

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Is it somehow possible to revoke Sonic Team's game developer license? There's gotta be SOME way to make them stop this...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Oh no... more Sonic recolors.  What's next?  You gonna license Sonichu from Chris Chan?  LAME!

Chatch09
Chatch09

For the sake of preserving my childhood memories, I declare Sonic Boom to be non-canon lol.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Sticks..... Sticks? Seriously Sticks? What the hell are you smoking Sega?

playstationzone
playstationzone

well Sonic Boom going to fail bring back 2D Games and nice art but the name is wrong stick.

vibroknife
vibroknife

Yay now let's see some hedgehog hot banging.

Jaxith
Jaxith

I realize the general public reaction is to immediately hate any new Sonic character, but, to be honest, I kind of like this one.  She looks cool, she's a contrasting perspective to all the other characters, and when you get right down it, she's kind of a needed addition to flesh out the game's/show's new setting.  So I'm actually happy to see her.

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

look's nothing like a badger... well i guess sonic doesn't really look like a hedgehog 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

At least it's not another hedgehog.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Damn it Sega... Just bring back SALLY! 

raddys2001
raddys2001

Wow they got Olga Pataki from hey Arnold im impress.  

chuckles471
chuckles471

@lightning_kf The Dolls have always been part of Street Fighter.  And Decapre has always looked like Cammy, I think she was in one of the alpha games endings.

sanchango
sanchango

@DrKill09 tell me, what exactly is Sticks is a recolor of? Oh wait, you can't

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@DigitalDame 


Sally has never appeared in any game other than a small cameo in Sonic Spinball during the bonus minigame, so she probably wouldn't be a character that Sega would jump to being more in the territory of the comics and the old ABC tv series.  I agree that she would make a better addition though if they HAVE to keep adding extranneous characters to every game...

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

@chuckles471

Even if THAT were the case, they could've chosen someone else amongst the Dolls instead, but they went with the most uninteresting one of them all.