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Flicky

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Flicky (フリッキー) is the star of the classic Sega arcade game Flicky, and the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Flicky and its species have also been incorporated in several Sonic games.

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.

Role in the Sonic series

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 glowing yellow "Super" Flickies following him and attacking all surrounding enemies.

Flickies also make an appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. After destroying the Metal Sonic holographic projector the present time will be inhabited by Flickies and/or other animals, depending upon the stage.

The Flickies' Island flickies of Sonic 3D.

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 trapped inside robots by Dr. Eggman, 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.

  • Blue Flickies make a conscious effort to find Sonic. If they cannot find him, they fly around in a tight circle, making them easy to locate.
  • Pink Flickies act largely like blue ones, but fly around in bigger circles if unable to find Sonic. In the Volcano Valley Zone in the Mega Drive version, the pink Flickies are replaced with bright orange, flaming Flickies, presumably due to colour palette limitations.
  • Red Flickies constantly move between two close points, not making any effort to find Sonic. Their movement range is small, but they jump very high and can thus be hard to catch.
  • Green Flickies wander randomly with no interest in finding Sonic, they even sometimes appear to try to avoid Sonic.

Various standard looking Flickies (coloured blue, red, orange, purple and green) fly around in the Sonic World level, from Sonic Jam.

In Sonic R the four species of Flickies from Sonic 3D can be seen around the starting line of Resort Island.

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.

Birds similar to Flickies play a role in the storyline of Sonic Adventure. Amy catches a blue bird after it falls from the sky. Immediately E-100 gives chase to both. Later in the game the bird shows Amy a picture of two other birds, 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 X anime adaptation the blue bird is named Lily.

Flickies appear in the endings of Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3 and Sonic Rush. They also appear as spectators in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series.

List of in depth game appearances

Game Level
Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) Green Hill Zone, Star Light Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit) Green Hill Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) Under Ground Zone, Sky High Zone, Gimmick Mt. Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) Emerald Hill Zone, Aquatic Ruin Zone, Casino Night 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
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Neo South Island Zone, Secret Plant Zone, Cosmic Casino Zone, Aquatic Relix Zone, Sky Chase Zone, Aerobase Zone, Gigantic Angel Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Splash Hill Zone, Lost Labyrinth Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Sylvania Castle Zone, Sky Fortress Zone
Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Flying Battery Zone, Press Garden Zone, Stardust Speedway Zone, Lava Reef Zone

Other Media

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.

A Flicky was to make an appearence in an early Sonic cartoon as this artwork can attest to. His design was different as he was red, large, wore a coat and was a bit less pudgy.

Other Cameos

Flicky was also shown in various other Sega games and non-Sega games.

Trivia

  • A Hero Chao with a high flying stat has its appearance based on a Flicky.
Characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series
Heroes   Sonic (Super, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy Rose | Cream | Big | Blaze (Burning) | Emerl | Silver (Super) | Marine | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Sticks
Anti-heroes/ Neutrals   Shadow (Super) | Rouge | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Mighty | Ray | Chaos (Perfect) | E-102 Gamma | E-123 Omega | Bean | Bark | Jet | Wave | Storm | Shade | Merlina
Villains   Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic (Kai, Neo, 3.0) | Mecha Sonic (Super) | Fang | Witchcart | Battle Kukku Army (15th, Speedy, Dr. Fukurokov) | Tails Doll | Metal Knuckles | E-Series | ZERO | Void | Biolizard | Gemerl | Eggman Nega | Black Doom | Angelus | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Erazor Djinn | Captain Whisker | Johnny | Master Core: ABIS | Ix (Super) | Dark Gaia | King Arthur | Orbot | Cubot | Deadly Six (Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena, Zor, Zavok) | Lyric | Hard-Boiled Heavies | Infinite
Teams   Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Other   Gerald & Maria Robotnik | Froggy | Chao | Omochao | Cheese | Chocola | Vanilla | Tikal | Pachacamac | E-101 Beta | Illumina | President | G.U.N. Commander | Elise | Duke of Soleanna | Coconut Crew | Vikings | Professor Pickle | Wentos | Don Fachio | Heavy and Bomb | Flicky | Animals