Tails (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Video game character
Miles Prower (Japanese: マイルス パウアー, Hepburn: Mairusu Pauā), better known by his nickname Tails (テイルス, Teirusu), is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the title character's best friend, sidekick, and most recurring ally. Tails also appears in his own spin-off series, comic books, cartoons, and films. He is the second character to consistently appear by Sonic's side in the series. The name "Miles Prower" is a pun on "miles per hour", a reference to the famed speed of Sonic the Hedgehog. He is a two-tailed fox, hence the nickname. A mechanical genius and skilled pilot, he can fly by spinning his tails like a helicopter rotor and can be seen flying in multiple games and TV shows created by SEGA. He debuted in November 1992 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In the mid-1990s, he was featured as the main character in a number of spinoff games: Tails and the Music Maker for the Sega Pico, and Tails Adventure and Tails' Skypatrol for the Game Gear. Tails was rated the third-most-popular character in the franchise, behind Sonic and Shadow, in an official poll from Sega in 2009.
Concept and creation
Yasushi Yamaguchi, originally the main artist and zone designer for Sega's Sonic Team, designed Tails for an internal competition for a sidekick to the speedy hedgehog. The character was based on a kitsune, a creature from Japanese folklore that could over time grow multiple tails. The character was also meant to hold a "deep admiration for Sonic".
While Yamaguchi's entry won, Sega of Japan wanted to name the character "Miles Prower" (the surname being a play on "per hour"), whereas the American subsidiary Sega of America preferred the moniker "Tails", respectively. Sega of America crafted a compelling backstory for the character to convince the Japanese parent company and Sonic Team to have him named "Tails". Yamaguchi ended up with a compromise, using "Miles Prower" as the character's real name; "Tails" would be his nickname, giving the character the full name of Miles "Tails" Prower.
The character debuted as Sonic's tag-along partner in the franchise's second game and has remained an important player since. However, the character's uniqueness was not established until Sonic the Hedgehog 3, when players were given the power to control his flying (although the AI would make Tails fly when he would get off-screen).
Tails was redesigned (along with all of the other Sonic characters) by Yuji Uekawa for Sonic Adventure. His fur changed color to a more yellow shade as opposed to the orange in his early appearances, and he gained blue irises.
In the American Sonic comic book, along with the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons, he was originally dark brown, but the comic artists and cartoon artists eventually decided to change this to match his in-game appearance.
Throughout the years, Tails has been voiced by several different voice actors. In the Japanese dubs, Tails was voiced by Nariko Fujieda from 1994 to 1996, Hekiru Shiina in 1996, Kazuki Hayashi in 1998, Atsuki Murata from 2000 to 2001 abd by Ryō Hirohashi since 2003.
In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails was originally voiced by Russi Taylor in the unaired pilot, Christopher Stephen Welch would later take over and voice the character throughout the entire series. He was then voiced by Bradley Pierce in Sonic the Hedgehog and then by Lainie Frasier in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
Beginning in 2003 with Sonic X, he was voiced by Amy Palant who would later take over the role in the video games, starting with Shadow the Hedgehog in 2005. Plant was replaced by Kate Higgins (who is well known for voicing Frankie Stein in Monster High) in 2010, beginning with Sonic Free Riders. She continued to voice the character for three more years until 2013, her final role as Tails was in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Since 2014, Tails has been voiced by Colleen Villard, beginning with the television series Sonic Boom.
The character of Tails is portrayed as a very sweet-natured and humble fox who, before he met Sonic, was often picked on because of his twin tails. Sonic, however, saw Tails' special talents and cheered him on, causing the fox to have some admiration towards the blue hero. As a longtime friend, he admires Sonic and dreams of being just like him. Though he lacks much courage, he wants to prove that he can be counted on, and has fought Dr. Eggman and his robots without the aid of Sonic before. He loves mint candy, tinkering with machines, and flying mechas. Despite overcoming most of his fears and becoming very bold, Tails remains keraunophobic.
Tails has been described as a mechanical prodigy who rivals Dr. Eggman but has not yet realized his full potential. Coupled with his skills as an airplane pilot, he uses a biplane nicknamed the Tornado to assist Sonic on their adventures. Additionally, by spinning his two tails like a helicopter rotor, he has the unique ability to push himself through the air to catch up with Sonic; however, this tires him quickly, hence his use of planes. Unlike Sonic, Tails has the ability to swim. Like Sonic, he can transform into Super Tails, but he requires either the Chaos Emeralds (Sonic Mania) or the Super Emeralds (Sonic 3 and Knuckles) to transform. Also, when in this form (In Sonic 3 and Knuckles only), a swarm of Flickies circle Tails, this is often referred to by fans as the "Flicky Army". This was seen first as what seemed to be a one-time appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles and then again in Sonic Heroes, where alongside Team Sonic members Sonic and Knuckles, would transform themselves into their super forms.
In video games
Tails debuted in November 1992 with the release of the 16-bit version and 8-bit versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, playing the part of Sonic's sidekick. In the Genesis version, he was a playable character from the second controller and could be chosen as player one for the main game. Sonic Chaos (1993), on the Game Gear/Master System was the second game where the player could control Tails and the first time the player could control his flight. Tails also made a minor cameo in Sonic CD for the Sega CD, appearing in the debug mode unlock screen. Tails makes an appearance alongside Sonic in the little known arcade game, SegaSonic Popcorn Shop, a Japanese arcade game which also dispenses popcorn.
Tails made his third major appearance in the 1994 game, Sonic 3(& Knuckles), with the ability to pick up Sonic and use his tails to fly him to other areas, rotating his tails like a helicopter. He also gained the ability to swim under water, something Sonic has never been able to do.
Tails has also starred in games without Sonic, such as Tails' Skypatrol, which is a side-scrolling score attack like game for the Game Gear released exclusively in Japan. This was followed by Tails Adventures later the same year, which is a Metroid-esque platformer with RPG elements. Tails is also the star of Tails and the Music Maker for the Sega Pico.
Tails was intended to appear in the Sega 32X game Knuckles' Chaotix, but was scrapped during development. Leftover data of him still remains in the game, and can be played as by using a cheat code.
In later games, Tails had roles that require unique modes of play including Sonic Adventure, where he appears as one of the six playable characters. His gameplay is based around standard platforming stages, but the goal of each stage is to get to the Chaos Emerald before Sonic, or to the missile dud in the final race against Eggman. In Sonic Adventure 2, he is featured in third-person-shooting segments, seated in his "Cyclone" mech. These stages, along with Dr. Eggman's shooting levels in the same game, were very similar to the E-102 Gamma levels of Sonic Adventure. In Sonic Adventure, he was given a theme song "Believe In Myself", of which another version appeared in Sonic Adventure 2.
Tails also appeared either as a playable character or in a supporting role in many later Sonic titles and still often resumes his role flying other characters around, such as in Sonic Heroes, where Tails appears on Team Sonic as their flight-type character, being capable of carrying both Sonic and Knuckles the Echidna.
Tails is seen in the background of Green Hill Zone along with Silver and Knuckles in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and also appears as a trophy, he makes an appearance in the game's two sequels as well. He is the third character the player unlocks in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, where he acts as a team medic.
Tails appears in Sonic Unleashed, where he helps Sonic restore the shattered planet, largely by flying Sonic from continent to continent in the game.
Tails takes a supporting role in Sonic and the Black Knight, portrayed as a local blacksmith who helps players craft goods from the items Sonic collects.
He appears as a playable character in all of the Mario & Sonic titles, as well as in Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and Transformed. He also appears in Sonic Colors as a non-playable character.
Tails celebrates Sonic's birthday along with his friends by setting up a party in Sonic Generations, but when the Time Eater appears, it warps them through various time holes, sending Tails to Green Hill. After Sonic frees him, Tails meets his classic counterpart (Classic Tails) and concludes that they were traveling through time and space. They accompany both Sonics throughout the game, later discovering that Eggman and Robotnik are controlling the Time Eater. Both Classic and Modern Tails, along with all of Sonic's friends, help motivate the 2 Sonics to defeat the Time Eater.
The feature to play as Tails was added to the 2011 enhanced port of Sonic CD. He later appeared as a co-op character in the second episode of Sonic 4.
Tails was added as a playable character in the enhanced port of Sonic the Hedgehog released in 2013 for mobile devices. The port also has the option to play the "Sonic and Tails" mode as well.
Sonic and Tails end up facing a group of villains allied with Dr. Eggman, called the Deadly Six when they were shot down while chasing him in the Tornado in Sonic Lost World. They run into Eggman and notice him wielding a Cacophonic Conch to control the Deadly Six. Despite Tails' warnings, Sonic knocks away the conch, causing the Deadly Six to betray him. Eggman reluctantly teams up with Sonic and Tails to stop them. This causes numerous conflicts between Tails and Eggman and increases tension with his friendship with Sonic since Sonic believes Eggman is their only hope in defeating the Deadly Six. Eventually, Tails gets captured in a trap intended for Sonic, and the Deadly Six plan to use this to their advantage by turning Tails into a robot. However, Tails manages to reprogram the computer that would control his mind. The seemingly-roboticized Tails confronts Sonic at the game's final stage, but by retaining his free will, he takes the Deadly Six by surprise and attacks them. Later on, after Sonic defeats Eggman at the game's climax, Sonic apologizes to Tails for doubting him. Tails forgives him and the two return home.
He is a playable character in Sonic Mania (Plus), playing like his older incarnations... along with Sonic, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray.
Tails appears as a playable character in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Shattered Crystal and Fire & Ice.
Tails also was featured in the Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack of Lego Dimensions. He is also playable if the player uses the Tornado as Sonic to fly around. In the story mode for the Sonic level titled "Sonic Dimensions", Tails assists Sonic using the Tornado and his technological knowledge. In the hub world, Tails has a side quest for the player to aid him in disabling all of Eggman's roboticizers.
Tails is a supporting non-playable character in Sonic Forces, finding Classic Sonic and joining up with a resistance opposing Eggman
He also appears as a downloadable Mii Fighter costume in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Ultimate, as well as being featured as a Spirit in the latter.
In other media
Tails is a supporting character in the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X and Sonic Boom, as well as the Sonic the Hedgehog 1996. Tails also makes a guest appearance in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Let's Meet Sonic". In print, he is a supporting character in the Comics-produced Sonic the Hedgehog comic series as well as the Fleetway-produced Sonic the Comic.
Tails appears in the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog film during a mid-credits sequence, emerging from a ring portal onto Earth in search of Sonic. Early drafts for the film featured Tails in a bigger role, with some drafts featuring him as Sonic's best friend in his world, as in the games, while another draft featured him as one of the main characters in the film. However, when it was decided to center the film's storyline on Sonic being alone on Earth, the filmmakers decided to use Tails as a teaser for a sequel through a cameo in the film's mid-credits scene, a role co-writer Pat Casey compared to Nick Fury's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tails was confirmed to have a larger role in the sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with the release of the teaser trailer, which features an orange "2" with two tails attached. The film is expected to be released on April 8, 2022.
Reception and legacy
Reception to Tails has been widely positive. He was awarded "Best New Character" in Electronic Gaming Monthly's 1992 video game awards, stating "not only is he as cute as Sonic, but he actually serves a major purpose in the game."IGN editor Lucas M. Thompson listed Tails as one of the Sonic the Hedgehog characters who should be in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, citing his importance in the series and his abilities. IGN editor Levi Buchanan stated that the fan response to Tails' introduction was favorable, which led to further introductions such as Knuckles. Unlike most Sonic characters, Tails has received consistently positive opinions from the Sonic fanbase over the years.
Tails is remembered for helping Sonic 2 become the second-highest-selling game for the Genesis through allowing a second player to join the game. He has been featured on many "Top Sidekicks" lists. Maximum PC listed him as their third-greatest sidekick,Machinima.com ranked him fifth, and Maxim listed him as the eighth-most-underrated sidekick. Ranking him as the sixth-greatest, Mashable stated that Tails "pretty much embodies the definition of 'sidekick'". Sonic and Tails were together ranked as IGN's ninth-greatest gaming duo. Morgan Sleeper of NintendoLife called Tails "one of Sega's most beloved mascots".
However, IGN staff writer Levi Buchanan stated that when SEGA noticed the popularity of Tails, and, later, Knuckles, they "just kept stuffing new faces and names into the game, pulling attention away from their hero."GameDaily listed the "annoying sidekick" in their top 25 video game archetypes list, citing Tails as an example of this.GamesRadar+ listed him as number one on their list of cutesy characters they wanted to beat up, stating that while he started out as interesting, he led to the creation of other characters who "choked the life out the franchise". They cited him being a "know-it-all" in later games as to why they hate him so much.Official Nintendo Magazine listed him as the second-best Sonic character.
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Miles "Tails" Prower
Voiced by (English)
- Corey Bringas (1999-2000)
- Conner Bringas (2001)
- William Corkery (2003-2005)
- Amy Palant (2005-2010)
- Kate Higgins (2010-2013)
- Colleen O' Shaughnessey (2014-present)
Voiced by (Japanese)
- Kazuki Hayashi (1999)
- Atsuki Murata (2000-2001)
- Ryō Hirohashi (2002-present)
Smart, friendly, caring, loyal, innocent, selfless, sweet, gentle, brave, kind, cute, humble, heroic, big-hearted, timid, independent, talented, inventive, motivated, optimistic
- Machine maintenance
- Mechanical things and machines
- Helping others
- Believing in himself
- Mint candy
- Creating/Inventing new machines
- Being teased
- When his friends are hurt
- Thinking he cannot do something
- People mistreating machines
- Being bothered when he is doing something complicated
- Machine Tinkering
- Super Transformation
Miles Prower, better known by his nickname Tails, is a main character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
The name "Miles Prower" is a pun on "miles per hour", a reference to the famed speed of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a young, male, golden-yellow, anthropomorphic fox with two tails (similar to the mythological kitsune, or "yoko", which was often depicted with up to nine), hence the nickname. He is able to use his two tails to propel himself into the air like a helicopter for a limited time. His debut was October 16, 1992, in the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2; the 16-bit version was released that November.
During his first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, his fur was an orange color, but the color was changed to yellow-orange for Sonic Adventure and light-yellow for Sonic Heroes. In 1993 and 1995, he starred in his own games, Tails and the Music Maker for the Sega Pico, Tails Adventure and Tails' Skypatrol for the Sega Game Gear.
Yasushi Yamaguchi, originally the main artist and zone designer for Sega's Sonic Team, redesigned Tails from the "Tails and Guss" series series for an internal competition to add a sidekick to the speedy hedgehog.
After Yamaguchi's original suggestion for the name was rejected, he made a compromise. He sneaked the name "Miles" in as his legal name; "Tails" would be his nickname, ending up with the full name of Miles Prower.
Tails was redesigned (along with all of the other Sonic characters) by Yuji Uekawa for Sonic Adventure. His fur changed color to a slightly orange shade of yellow, and he gained visible blue irises.
In the Archie Comics, along with the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) cartoons, he was originally a brownish color, but the comic artists eventually decided to change this to match his in-game appearance.
Video Game Appearances
Tails was first seen in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Game Gear, where he was kidnapped by Robotnik/Eggman for ransom. He was first made playable in the Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, playing the part of Sonic's sidekick. He was a playable character from the second controller and could be chosen as player one for the main game. ''Sonic Chaos'' (1993), on the Game Gear / Master System was the second game where the player could control Tails, and the first time the player could control his flight.
Tails made his third major appearance in 1994 when Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released, this time acquiring the ability to pick up Sonic and use his tails to fly him to other areas, rotating his tails like a helicopter. He also gained the ability to swim underwater, something Sonic has never been able to do.
Tails starred in his first solo game in Tails' Skypatrol, which is a puzzle-like game for the Game Gear released exclusively in Japan. This was followed by Tails Adventures later the same year, which is a Metroid-esque platformer with RPG elements. Tails is also the star of Tails and the Music Maker for the Sega Pico.
- In the arcade game Sonic the Fighters, Tails is a playable character. In this fighting game, he can fly into enemies, spin dash and punch rapidly. He is the fifth character the player fights in the story mode, and his stage is "Canyon Cruise", which takes place on a boat hurtling down a fast-flowing river in a canyon.
- In Sonic R for the Sega Saturn, Tails is a playable character. He has good turning and can take shortcuts with his flying ability, but is not very fast.
- In Sonic Adventure, and its remake Sonic Adventure DX, Tails is one of the six playable characters. His gameplay is standard platforming stages; the goal of each stage is to destroy the capsule or get to the Chaos Emerald before Sonic or Dr. Eggman. Tails also saved Station Square from Dr.Eggman in his story and was praised as hero for the first time.
- In the sequel, Sonic Adventure 2, and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, he is featured in third-person shooting segments, seated in his "Cyclone" mech. Tails helps Amy in saving Sonic from Prison Island, and also finds himself facing Dr. Eggman during the course of the game and gives a hand in saving the world.
- In the Game Boy Advance series, Sonic Advance, Tails is a playable character. He can fight offensively with his Tails, along with jumping, swimming, flying and using the Spin Dash.
- In Sonic Heroes, Tails appears on Team Sonic as their flight character. Tails helps Sonic and Knuckles reach high places, damages enemies from high up above, and hits hidden switches in some of the stages. He teams up with Sonic and Knuckles to defeat Metal Overlord.
- In Shadow the Hedgehog, he helps Shadow out in the Circus Park and Air Fleet levels, and can be played using the second controller in the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions. He shows the ability to use Shadow's Homing Attack in this game, but cannot fly, though he uses his Tails to attack enemies.
- In Sonic Battle for the Game Boy Advance, Tails is a playable character. His story is second in the main mode. His specials include firing electrical energy with an arm cannon, setting "Chu2" bombs that seek out their target and cause a giant hand to appear and attack. His flying ability is present but very dumbed down, but it is made up with the fact that Tails has one of the best healing abilities in the game.
- In Sonic Rush for the Nintendo DS, Tails is a non-playable supporting character and a guide for Sonic. In the sequel, Sonic Rush Adventure, Tails is also Sonic's guide, and acts as Sonic's mechanic, by building ships and manning the Ocean Tornado and Deep Typhoon.
- In Sonic Riders, Tails is a playable character, and one of the main characters of the game. After Sonic's Extreme Gear "Blue Star" is destroyed, he gives Sonic the "Blue Star II" that he made, just in case something ever happened to it. Tails rides his own board, the "Yellow Tail" which he designs himself. Wave the Swallow makes fun of his board design, sparking a rivalry between them throughout the game. When racing, he has the best cornering of all characters, and fights with a giant electrical plug.
- In Sonic '06 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Tails is a playable character. He plays the role of a friend character along with Knuckles in Sonic's storyline and aids Sonic in his pursuits of rescuing Princess Elise from Dr. Eggman.
- In Sonic Rivals, Tails appears in Sonic's storyline as a cameo appearance. When both he and Sonic head over to the mysterious Onyx Island, they discover that Amy has been turned into a card by Dr. Eggman. When Sonic doubts Dr. Eggman, he turns Tails into a card as well. Sonic then sets out to rescue him. Tails appears as three collectible cards in the game.
- In Sonic Rivals 2, Tails is investigating the mysterious disappearances of the Chao. It turns out that Eggman Nega (Once again masquerading as Eggman), has stolen the Chao and hidden them inside a haunted mansion. With Sonic's help Tails eventually take all the Chao back to the Chao Garden where they belong.
- In Sonic and the Secret Rings, Ali-Baba appears to Sonic in the form of Tails, while the "real" Tails is a playable character in Party Mode. His purpose in the story is minimal, as he gives advice at various points in the game and tells Sonic where to find Sinbad, who is his close friend and also the Knuckles version of the Arabian Nights.
- In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Tails is a playable character. He contacts Sonic and tells him that Knuckles has been kidnapped by a mysterious group called the "Marauders", and that 6 Chaos Emeralds are also strangely missing.
It has been confirmed that in the unreleased Sonic X-treme, which was in development for the Sega Saturn platform, Tails would have appeared, playing in a first-person flight mode. Sonic CD only contains Tails in the form of a piece of artwork (Accessible via cheat only) that features him standing next to a race car with the caption "SEE YOU NEXT GAME" — a reference to Sonic Drift for the Game Gear. He is also seen in the unlockable D.A. Garden (Sound Test in the PC version), and is seen occasionally piloting the Tornado. He will also be seen in the next episode of The Simpsons motivating Lisa to grab coffee midnight. He is confirmed to be in the second sonic movie.
Tails is a very friendly and humble fox. He looks up to Sonic as a hero whom he wants to emulate. Though he lacks confidence, he is always quite capable around Sonic and often helps him out. He is very intelligent and at times he has even outsmarted Eggman. For a long time Tails seemed to be perfectly satisfied with just being a "sidekick", but in Sonic Adventure he expresses a longing to become more independent.
Tails has a few weaknesses; he lacks self-confidence, and his tendency to ramble causes him to accidentally blurt out secrets or plans (for example, in Sonic Adventure 2, he tells Eggman that the Chaos Emerald Sonic had was a fake, thus ruining the heroes' plans.)
Interaction With Other Characters
Tails has many friends besides Sonic, and his skills are respected by everyone who knows him. In Sonic Heroes, he is part of Team Sonic, along with Sonic and Knuckles. Tails mostly treats all of his friends the same with a caring yet somewhat passive attitude.
As with Sonic, Tails finds an enemy and intellectual rival in Dr. Eggman. The strongest grudge the two have had was in Sonic Adventure 2 when Sonic was supposedly killed in an explosion outside Space Colony ARK.
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Sonic has been Tails' long time favorite friend and leader.
Knuckles the Echidna
Tails and Knuckles are allies. Knuckles respects Tails' intelligence though he prefers to not hear the rambles of how his technology functions. As such, Knuckles seems to converse more with Tails than he does with Sonic, though they usually end up irritating each other from time to time.
Tail's shares a somewhat brother-sister relationship with Amy Rose, though he can find her constant drive to find and pester Sonic irritating. In spite of this they have been known to get on quite well, working together to help Sonic when it's needed.
Cream the Rabbit
Whilst having minimal interaction with Cream so far in the Sonic series, Tails is on friendly terms with her and is seen bonding a little with her at the very end of the Sonic X series, suggesting a possible development in their friendship. Though many fans believe them to be in love or a future couple, it has yet to be confirmed by Sega. In a scrapped script for Sonic Heroes Cream and Tails were supposed to confront each other when their team was split and Cream kissed Tails on the cheek.
Wave the Swallow
Tails also finds a rival in Wave the Swallow in Sonic Riders. In the game, she insults his Extreme Gear skills to lower his morale (though she was actually impressed by his ingenuity), but her action causes a determined Tails to beat her in a race. At the conclusion of the game Tails and Wave (supposedly) became friendly rivals with a remaining competitive streak.
Rouge the Bat
Tails seems somewhat intimidated by Rouge. In Sonic Battle, Rouge teases him and challenges him to a fight, betting her lab pass, and if she wins he will have to do hrt a favor to her. At the end, the player will be presented with a cutscene depending on the result.
1) Tails defeats Rouge and she will simply congratulate and award him with the lab pass.
2) Rouge defeats Tails. He will gloomily ask her what she wants him to do, she answers him by giving him the lab pass claiming that she had a good time anyway.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Tails acts as an ally in multiple Hero Missions of Shadow the Hedgehog, and despite Shadow's main interest being Tails' Chaos Emerald, Tails does his part and cheers Shadow on during the Last Story and as Expert Mode. In the anime series Sonic X, Tails is more intensive to Shadow the Hedgehog, specifically when Shadow attempts to kill Cosmo aboard the Blue Typhoon.
When Sonic Met Tails
Tails' first encounter with Sonic was on West Side Island, shortly after Sonic touched down on the beachside in his biplane, the Tornado. Tails was mesmerized by Sonic's speed, spinning abilities and glowing blue hair, and began discreetly following the blue stranger around the island (a 3D cut scene in Sonic Adventure also showed this in a flashback). Sonic ignored him at first, but was soon impressed with the fox's ability to keep up, and decided to let him tag along. When young Miles happened upon the Tornado later, his lust for all things mechanical took over, and from that point forward the plane more or less became his. After helping Sonic save West Side Island from Robotnik's Death Egg, Tails became his loyal friend, and continued following Sonic on his many adventures.
Like many of the other characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, Tails can race around at high speeds, which he achieves by propelling himself forward by spinning his Tails in a fan-like motion, allowing him to keep up with Sonic's basic cruising speeds in the process. He can also perform different forms of the Spindashes. Additionally, Tails also has several unique maneuvers, such as his trademark maneuver in which he can achieve flight by spinning his two tails around like a helicopter rotor, and can also use his tails for defensive and offensive purposes, since one quick swipe of them packs enough speed and force to slice weeds in two or puncture Eggman's robots. He can also swim quite well by dog paddling, which is an ability Sonic never had. Tails was first able to swim in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the ability has appearanced again in Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 3.
Tails has been described as having mechanical skills that rival or match Dr. Eggman's. With them, he has designed and maintained many vehicles and technologically advanced weapons. Some of his attacks have centered around these devices, such as Dummy Ring bombs. However it has been said that he has yet to realize his full potential.
Like many Sonic characters, Tails can transform into a Super Form, but needs the Super Emeralds instead of the Chaos Emeralds. He also has other transformations in media beside the games (such as Turbo Tails). Although he hasn't appeared in a super form since Sonic Heroes.
In Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Sonic Adventure, when the player opts to play in 'Sonic and Tails' mode (controlling Sonic while the AI makes Tails follow him), it's not readily stated in the manual, but a second player can use the 2P controller to use Tails. The action will continue to follow Sonic on the screen, making him the focal point, but Tails is fully controllable in every way that he is when playing as Tails alone. This can potentially be exploited by players who are having trouble with some problem areas or bosses, as Tails has the benefit of being completely invulnerable, with any "death" he suffers being quickly resolved as the character flies unharmed back onto the screen after a few seconds. Moreover, in Sonic 3, Tails is granted the ability to fly as he pleases, which can allow the Tails-using player to airlift Sonic wherever he might need to go, though Tails does have an endurance limit to his flight. Sonic Advance allowed this mode as well (via a code entered at character select), however, Tails can't be controlled by a second player this time. In the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions of Shadow the Hedgehog, all non-hovering characters, including Tails, can be controlled with the second controller.
Tails the Inventor
Although Tails can fly by twirling his two Tails like the blades of a helicopter, he also enjoys flying Sonic's red biplane, the Tornado. As the series progressed, it was obvious his interest in the old biplane went further than just piloting it - Tails is a prodigy with mechanics, and he has a mechanical ability stated to rival that of Dr. Eggman's (though Tails has never built sentient robots).
As a result, many modifications were made to the Tornado, and Tails even built planes of his own. Tails has also constructed a small blue submarine called the Sea Fox (Sonic Triple Trouble and Tails Adventure), a spaceship called the Lunar Fox (Sonic the Fighters), and a race car called the Whirlwind S7 (Sonic Drift and Sonic Drift 2), which is clearly based upon the Lotus/Catherham Super Seven (hence the name). In Tails Adventure he also builds a Remote Robot (named Mecha Tails in Japan), a small remote-controlled robot shaped like himself to help him on his quest.
In Sonic Adventure, Tails experiments with a Chaos Emerald-powered prototype plane based on Sonic's Tornado, the Tornado II. The Tornado II has two modes. One is quite similar to the original Tornado, but with a button press, Tails can make it transform into a rather futuristic-looking little plane which outperforms the Tornado in all but one important function — landing gear. Big the Cat ends up flying the wrecked Tornado II to his home after Sonic and Tails crash-land on Eggman's flying fortress, the Egg Carrier. The Tornado II is then apparently altered so that it no longer requires a Chaos Emerald as its power supply, and reappears in cut-scenes in both Sonic Heroes and Sonic Riders, along with the Special Stage in Sonic Advance 3.
In Sonic Adventure 2, Tails has a new plane, the P-3a Tornado III. The Tornado III has three modes: a plane mode, a car mode, and a walker mode. The airplane is only seen in cut-scenes and the car is used on only one level (in the Kart minigame, Tails uses a go-kart), so the walker mode, called the Cyclone, is mostly used throughout the game. Tails uses the Cyclone during all other gameplay, except when visiting the Chao Garden. In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Tornado III reappears, and is also part of a spaceship used to travel to Space Colony ARK.
The Chao Walker also appears in Sonic Adventure 2. It is not used by Tails, but, according to the description in the manual, was built by him to allow Chao to defend themselves. Eggman countered this by building a Dark Chao Walker, which is only seen in the upgraded port, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
- Tails favourite food is said to be mint candy in Sonic the Hedgehog 2's manual. This was also the item he picked up in Tails' Skypatrol to stay airborne.
- Tails was voted as the third most popular Sonic character in a Japanese poll, behind Sonic and Shadow in first and second respectively.
- Tails has the most solo games from the cast outside of Sonic himself, with three titles to his name. They are Tails' Skypatrol, Tails Adventure and Tails and the Music Maker.
- Tails suffers from Astraphobia, a severe fear of thunderstorms. Ironically one of his abilities is called 'Thunder Shoot'.
- According to Big Red Button, Sega have a rule that only Tails and Dr. Eggman can be inventors in the Sonic the Hedgehog games, as they ran into some problems when trying to make Cliff an inventor in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. This however clashes with Sonic Riders where Wave the Swallow is also an inventor and Tails' rival.
- Tails is the youngest character in the series to have a super form.
- Tails has appeared in nearly every Sonic the Hedgehog animated series, with Sonic Underground being the sole series he doesn't appear.
- Tails makes an appearance in Segagaga. He and Sonic are the only Sonic the Hedgehog characters to appear in this title.
- Tails was a selectable caddy in Sega Splash! Golf. He and Sonic are the only Sonic the Hedgehog characters to appear in this title.
- Tails is a hatchable Sega character in Billy Hatcher & the Giant Egg. When hatched, he launches himself at enemies through the air.
- Tails' Tails are an item in the game Spiral Knights. Due to their limited run and Sega selling the IP back to Grey Havens, they have become one of the rarest items in the game and a collector's item.
- Tails appears as a Legendary yellow recruitable hero in SEGA Heroes.
- Tails is a playable character in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania alongside Classic Sonic.
- Tails, alongside Sonic, Knuckles and Amy appears as a wearable costume in Two Point Hospital as part of the Sonic 30th celebrations.
- Tails appears alongside Sonic in one episode of "OK KO".
- Tails' likeness appears in the Disney movie Wreck it Ralph. There is a blink and you miss it illustration of Tails on Tapper's bar wall.
[Sonic and Tails are flying their plane around the Egg Carrier]
Miles 'Tails' Prower : Alrighty, we're in!
Sonic : Tails, we gotta land on the Egg Carrier!
Miles 'Tails' Prower : Oops, I forgot something...
Sonic : What's that?
Miles 'Tails' Prower : There's no landing gear in this mode...
Sonic : WHAT?
Miles "Tails" Prower
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Viewing Sonic as somewhat of an older brother, Tails looks up to the hedgehog and aspires to be like him. Though lacking confidence in his abilities as well as experience, Tails does things in a more logical sense than Sonic, often using his ability with machines to turn the tides.
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