They are most commonly birds - indeed, their original appearance was as a family of deep Sega-blue birds. However, in the Sonic the Hedgehog series other animals such as bears, mice, rabbits and so on, are erroneously referred to as 'Flickies' in the game manuals.
In four Genesis Sonic games Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles, members of Flicky species were imprisoned by Dr. Eggman for use as 'organic batteries' for his badnik army. Sonic's goal is to free them from their badnik shells, and also from the Egg Prison capsule that is found at the end of almost every boss fight. When using Tails' super transformation on Sonic 3 & Knuckles he has four Flickies following him and attacking all surrounding enemies.
Flickies were also the central focus of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island. In this game, an interdimensional breed of Flickies inhabit their own island - appropriately called Flickies' Island. However, they (surprise, surprise) are robotizsed by Dr. Robotnik, and require Sonic's help. Other members of Flicky species are also introduced. Not only is their design different than the blue bird versions, but they also come in different colors. When rescued from their badnik shells they follow Sonic around the same way the Chirps would follow Flicky in his game. Other mechanics were also similar, such as losing Flickies that happen to touch an badnik or hazard, or losing them all if Sonic himself bumps into a badnik or hazardous obstacle. The point system (extra points awarded for rescuing Flickies/Chirps together instead of one at a time) had the same principle, as well.
Various standard looking Flickies (coloured blue, red, orange, purple and green) fly around in the Sonic World level, from Sonic Jam.
Cocoa Island's Poloy Forest, of the Game Gear game Tails Adventures is shown to be inhabited with Flickies during the opening sequence - right before their larger cousins, the Battle Kukkus, set fire to the place.
Flickies also play a role in the storyline of Sonic Adventure. Amy catches a Flicky after it falls from the sky. Immediately E-100 gives chase to both. Later in the game the Flicky shows Amy a picture of two other Flickies, which appear to be members of its family. It turns out the two in the picture were entrapped in the robots E-101 Beta and E-102 Gamma. Fortunately Amy manges to free the birds.
In the Sonic Adventure Chao Gardens, the Flicky species became part of a different variety of animals that are small even in comparison to the playable "animals." This species is known as "small animals", but some fans still refer to them as Flickies.
Flickies have not been featured in many games since its appearance in Sonic Adventure, however it did appear in Sonic Pocket Adventure, some Sonic Advance games, Sonic Rush, and also appear in Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics.
|Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)||Green Hill Zone, Starlight Zone|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)||Green Hill Zone|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)||Emerald Hill Zone, Aquatic Ruin Zone, Casino Night Zone|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)||Underground Zone, Sky High Zone, Gimmick Mt. Zone|
|Sonic CD||Palmtree Panic, Quartz Quadrant|
|Sonic Spinball||Toxic Caves, Lava Powerhouse, The Machine, The Showdown|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 3||Angel Island Zone, Marble Garden Zone, Carnival Night Zone, Launch Base Zone|
|Sonic & Knuckles||Lava Reef Zone|
Flickies appeared in Sonic the Comic, often as a random Mobian but was phased out and featured less prominently in later issues. The comic also had a 3-part treatment of the Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island storyline. Robotnik used Flickies' Island as a base once he was ousted from power. He roboticised many of the Island's inhabitants and used them to launch attacks. He was thwarted however and his base on the Island was destroyed.
Flickies were also featured in the Archie Sonic Comic Book in an issue which covered the storyline of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island.
Flicky was also shown in various other Sega games and non-Sega games.
|Sonic the Hedgehog (game series) characters|
|Heroes||Sonic (Super, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy Rose | Cream | Blaze (Burning) | G.U.N. Commander | Emerl | Silver (Super) | Marine | Shade | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Sticks|
|Anti-heroes/ Neutrals||Shadow (Super) | Rouge | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Mighty | Ray | E-102 Gamma | Chaos (Perfect) | E-123 Omega | Bean | Bark | Jet | Wave |Storm | Merlina | Illumina|
|Villains||Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic | Mecha Sonic (Super) | Metal Knuckles | Tails Doll | E-Series | Fang | Gemerl | Eggman Nega | Battle Kukku Army | Biolizard | Black Doom | Ix (Super) | Void | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Dark Gaia | Witchcart | Erazor | King Arthur | Orbot | Cubot | Lyric|
|Teams||Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon|
|Other||Gerald & Maria Robotnik | Big | Chao | Tikal | E-101 Beta | Heavy and Bomb | Flicky | Animals|