First Appearance: Sonic 2 (1992)
Role in Franchise: Perpetual sidekick & ally to titular character, Sonic the Hedgehog. Often playable, rarely headlined his own game.
For one, having an incredible intellect (IQ of 300, by some accounts) despite being 8-years old. Has constructed functioning mech suits, regularly maintains his own biplane.
Also, has physical abilities comparable to that of Sonic. Can match Sonic’s running speed by spinning his twin tails (hence the name), and can use the Chaos Emeralds. Unlike Sonic, Tails can actually swim.
Finally, seems comfortable with his role in the franchise. Usually relegated to either supporting Sonic’s efforts or acting as part of a larger force. Never bemoans his situation or feels he’s treated unfairly. Just embraces his role as a friend to Sonic, happy with his lot in life.
Generally loved – partly because he’s a loyal and capable sidekick, partly because when people see an orange cartoon fox they go “Awww…” Biggest complaint is that Tails’ popularity allowed for more unpopular characters to be introduced.
Like Shadow. Or Big the Cat…