Cream the Rabbit
From Sonic Retro
Cream the Rabbit (Japanese: クリーム・ザ・ラビット, Kurīmu za Rabitto) is a recurring character in the Sonic the Hedgehog games and related media. Introduced to the Sonic series in 2002 as hidden artwork in Sonic Mega Collection, Cream debuted for real as a playable character in Sonic Advance 2. A young rabbit with a polite manner and a perpetually sunny outlook, Cream is followed almost everywhere by her chao, Cheese.
During the development of Sonic Heroes, Sonic Team needed several new characters to fill out the 12-man playable roster. Along with a ressurected Team Chaotix, E-123 Omega and Cream were designed specificly for a Heroes role, with the big-eared rabbit to serve as the flight member for Team Rose.
However, with Sonic Advance 2 being developed in parallel, an opportunity existed to introduce Cream to the franchise earlier, so players would already be familiar with her by the time that the main series Heroes title was launched - rather than being confronted with two entirely new characters at once. As such, Cream's first playable appearence came in December 2002: 14 months before the release of the game for which she was actually devised. This had the added advantage of establishing Cream in the games before television, as she was to appear in the first episode of Sonic X in March 2003.
Personality and Traits
Cream is amongst the youngest of the Sonic characters, and still retains a childish naïveté which influences her interactions with other members of the cast. She's also one of the few animal protaganists to have any relatives in the games: her mother, Vanilla the Rabbit, who's raised Cream to be unfailingly polite and kind to others - even Dr. Eggman, despite being kidnapped by him (twice). At times, Cream is to Amy Rose what Tails is to Sonic: the younger and slightly awe-struck sidekick. While Cream's innocence and enthusiasm endears her to most of the other characters, it can occasionally get on the nerves of some of her more serious comrades - notably Blaze the Cat in Sonic Rush.
Although Cream can fight to help out her friends out on their mutual adventures, she dislikes violence in general and would prefer never to have to get antagonistic with anyone. Nevertheless, she has a variety of useful abilities, including the ability to fly by flapping her oversized ears. In Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Advance 3, Cream's greatest asset in a fight is Cheese; her Chao Attack alone is a complete game-changer, as Cheese can demolish badniks at range, on demand, and with no danger. This makes most bosses trivially easy as well.
Cream appears in the following Sonic games:
Sonic Advance 2
Cream's story debut is at the Egg Hammer Tank II boss of Leaf Forest. Sonic runs into his fat nemesis while Eggman's machine is gripping Cream and Cheese in its steely fist; and Cream grabs onto the hedgehog's spines after getting blown up at the boss' destruction. The rabbit is amazed to be rescued by "the famous Mr. Sonic", although the blue blur rather impatiently just runs off while Cream is trying to explain that Vanilla is still imperiled. As such, Cream decides to take on the fat man herself, using her ears to fly through stages and her friend Cheese as a method of attack
In the cutscene before True Area 53, Eggman captures Vanilla (along with a bunch of flickies) and takes her to space in an Egg Capsule - a development with which Cream is understandably upset. After Sonic (somehow) saves her mother from going splat after orbital re-entry, she and Cream share a tearful reunion. Sonic runs off before listening to anything they might have to say again.
Sonic Adventure DX
A member of Team Rose along with Big and Amy, Cream spends Sonic Heroes searching for Cheese's twin, a chao called Chocola. It transpires that Neo Metal Sonic has kidnapped the chao - along with Froggy - to extract the secret of Chaos Zero's transformative abilities. Cream's repertoire of skills includes Thunder Shoot and Chao Attack, as well as the Flower Festival Team Blast.
Even though it's her first time teaming up with Amy, Cream is quick to learn that it's best not to challenge the pink hedgehog's delusions about Sonic - backing quite quickly out of a conversation to that effect in Casino Park.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Cream is not a mission companion character in Shadow the Hedgehog, but does appear as the Hero mission objective for Shadow and Amy in Cryptic Castle. Amy reports that - rather unwisely - Cream just wandered off into Eggman's forboding fortress, and asks Shadow to help find her. Somehow the rabbit has gotten herself stuck behind a fake wall, and lost Cheese deeper in the castle. If Shadow chooses to keep on with the Hero route, the chao can be discovered hidden behind a giant moving wall, imprisoned with a load of other chao.
In Sonic Battle, Cream seems to be living at Amy's apartment in Central City. The rabbit's aversion to boxercise leaves Amy speculating that "She's been acting wierd lately. Maybe she's just going through some changes", but eventually Cream and Cheese are roped in to helping train Emerl. After Amy leaves the robot with Cream so she can go buy dieting equipment she saw on an infomercial, Dr. Eggman bursts in with Chaos Gamma and the E-121 Phis to kidnap them.
Cream's story is the sixth of eight, and is spent almost entirely inside Gimme Shelter, Eggman's base under Night Babylon. Eggman plans to use Cream and Cheese as hostages in a trap for Sonic, but after Emerl teaches Cream that violence really is the answer to life's problems, they all attack Chaos Gamma and escape.
Sonic Advance 3
After completing the first Act of Cyber Track in Sonic Advance 3, Cream descends from the sky with a voluminous parasol, much to the heroes' surprise. Cream confides that she was "out for a walk with Cheese" but just got lost, so the protaganists lead her out to a less deadly strolling route, after which she becomes a playable character.
When Cream is taken as a partner character, she enables a variety of of flying team moves. Her combination with Amy is her only named partnership: the pair of them form Team Jubilee. Cream's Tag Action is perhaps the most interesting in the game: Cheese shapeshifts to resemble Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, or Amy, and grants that character the ability to use Chao Attack themselves.
Although Cream - and everyone else - fails to recognise Gemerl as a rebuild of Emerl, it is her and Vanilla who find the robot in the game's end sequence, and take him to Tails' Workshop for repair. In the final scene, Cream is shown playing with the ostensibly reformed Gizoid.
Sonic and the Secret Rings
Cream is included in Party Mode for Sonic and the Secret Rings, but has no role in the game's story.
Cream plays no role in the storyline of Sonic Riders, but she is an unlockable character in free or multiplayer races (by beating the Hero story). She has a high Dash stat, but poor Power and Cornering. As in Heroes, Cream is Fly Type here, able to flap her ears and pass through flight rings above the racetrack. Her default board is the Smile Extreme Gear, manufactured by Robotnik Corp. Her attacks are:
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
As in Sonic Riders, Cream doesn't feature in the Zero Gravity plot, but can be used in free races after unlocking her by finishing the Hero story. She has good dash and curve stats, and is once again a Fly Type rider. Cream wears her Ark of the Cosmos around her neck like a medallion.
Sonic Free Riders
Blaze the Cat finds Cream and Cheese hiding in a bush in Leaf Storm Zone near the beginning of the game, and is rather unwillingly dragged back to Vanilla's house for tea. Although both rabbits advise Blaze to seek out Sonic to help with the cat's Sol Emerald difficulties, she's determined to solve her problems on her own. Nonetheless, Cream tails Blaze around for the remainder of the game, until she's kidnapped by Robotnik and Eggman Nega before Point W and saved by the cat. On the plus side, Cream's incompetence serves to teach the Sol guardian the true meaning of friendship.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
Along with E-123 Omega, Cream is one of two recruitable characters in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood who is not actually necessary to complete the game. Cream can be found in Green Hill Zone, where she's searching for a lost Cheese. Once the chao is recovered, Cream joins the party. At high level, she proves the game's most powerful support character by far, enabling PP replenishment for repeated POW moves.
Sonic Colours (DS)
Sonic and Tails run into Cream in Tropical Resort, while she's trying to fend off Orbot and Cubot, who have mistaken Cheese for a Wisp and are trying to capture it. When Tails questions what she's even doing in the Amazing Interstellar Amusement Park, Cream explains that she was out for a walk, and mistook the space elevator for a ride. Sonic encourages her to be more careful around machines. As Sonic completes more missions, Orbot and Cubot continue to mistake chao for wisps. Cream ends up feeling sorry for the defeated robots, since Eggman apparently keeps sending them to bed without dinner.
Sonic Generations (HD)
Once Speed Highway is completed by classic and modern Sonic, Cream and Cheese are unfrozen outside the stage. When the challenge gates appear for the Dreamcast-era levels, Cream has two missions to complete: in City Escape, she shepherds a cloud of chao to assist Sonic by passing him rings during the level, while in Speed Highway there's a race between rabbit and hedgehog to see who can rescue the most of the blue creatures first.
Cream in Other Media
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