"If I had to choose between the world and Sonic, I would choose Sonic!"
— Amy Rose, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Amy Rose (エミー・ローズ Emī Rōzu?), also formerly known as Rosy the Rascal (ロージー・ザ・ラスカル Rōjī za Rasukaru?), is the tritagonist the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is a mobian hedgehog with a major crush on Sonic the Hedgehog. Since meeting the blue blur on Little Planet, Amy has become his self-proclaimed girlfriend and has attempted to win his heart by any means during their adventures. She wields the Piko Piko Hammer, a powerful melee weapon which she uses with skills second to none and never leaves home without.
Amy is a cheerful, though slightly erratic girl, with a positive attitude and boundless energy. However, she has a scary temper and her infatuation with Sonic makes her shortsighted and a bit obsessive about him, having followed him everywhere since meeting him. Nevertheless, she has a pure heart and will not let anything stop her.
Why She Rocks
- She is Sega's number one tomboy.
- Amy in the main series is presented as being somewhat kind and girly. In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, she was referred to as an "optimistic tomboy" who loves fortunes and uses tarot cards. Because of her tomboyish nature, she became a playable character as a fighter in Sonic the Fighters.
- After Sonic Adventure, Amy had grown a more feminine personality, such as an interest in shopping and fashion, but that did not remove her tomboyish nature. However, in the later games, she has the personality of a girly-girl more so than a tomboy, unlike the earlier games.
- In Sonic Battle, her attraction towards "Boxercising" plays to both elements of her ever-changing personality: the exercise helping her lose weight to maintain her girlish figure, and the boxing to help her train when she's forced to fight.
- Also in Battle, she had shown a very powerful and aggressive attitude, willing to fight whenever necessary.
- Despite her aggressive moments, Amy has a kind heart, never gives up, and is one of the most optimistic and cheerful characters.
- She's always full of hope and cheering on for the good side of things. She also almost never seems to find anything hopeless, as shown in Sonic Adventure, where she was determined to help the Flicky who lost its family.
- Amy's personality has added a humorous factor in games like Sonic Colors and Generations with her obsession for Sonic, which causes her to say silly and embarrassing things.
- While not superhuman, Amy possesses above-average physical attributes, making her a powerful figure in her own right:
- She has high physical strength, wielding her apparently heavy Piko Piko Hammers with little effort and swings them around with enough force to smash clean through metal, send enemies sky rocketing, fly around like a helicopter rotor, create whirlwinds, generate shock waves or send herself flying by hammering into the ground.
- She is also somehow able to keep up with the world's fastest hedgehog himself.
- Amy has some stalker tendencies, often trying to seduce or marry Sonic in one way or another (even if she feels the need of threatening him).
- She was heavily flanderized in Sonic X, to the point where she was downright unbearable, and the games beginning with Sonic Battle followed this personality until Lost World (aside from Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic 2006 and Unleashed).
- Said flanderization is at its worst in Free Riders, where she's even bossier, more obssessed with Sonic, splenetic and ill-tempered than she really should.
- Amy is the first and most recurring female character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- In the Sega CD release of Sonic the Hedgehog CD in America, Amy was referred to as "Princess Sally" in the game manual, possibly to connect her to the Sonic animated television series released that same year. However, the Sally that showed up in the cartoons was not Amy. Subsequent re-releases of Sonic CD jettison any references to Amy being named Sally.
- Interestingly enough, the European version of the game refers to her as "Amy".