Harvey Who

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Harvey Who
First seen: Sonic the Hedgehog #16 (1994)
Species: Owl
Gender: Male
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics)

Harvey Who is a fictional owl from the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series by Archie Comics. He is a wise old owl who ran the Freedom Fighters' Secret Intelligence, and later created the Secret Freedom Fighters.

Character conception

Harvey Who was presumably created by either Mike Kanterovich or Ken Penders, who wrote the story introducing him, while his design was likely created by Dave Manak.

His redesign from issue #233 onward was created by Evan Stanley. According to her, she designed it in math class, and his mustache was added by her boyfriend.[1]


Harvey Who's original appearance

Harvey Who originally appeared as a one-off gag character in issue #16. In it, Dr. Robotnik attempted to figure out who led the Secret Intelligence of the Freedom Fighters, but unfortunately, he comically misunderstood the mole he interrogated's honest answer. As it turned out, "Who" did lead the Secret Intelligence, which was revealed as a punchline at the end of the story.

A mere 217 issues later (the longest time between any character's appearances in the Archie comics), Elias Acorn once again called upon Harvey Who's services to help him reclaim his crown from Ixis Naugus. Harvey was reluctant at first, but soon agreed to help Elias, creating the Secret Freedom Fighters. This team consisted of Elias, Silver the Hedgehog, Shard the Metal Sonic, Leeta and Lyco of the Wolf Pack Freedom Fighters, and Larry Lynx. He also had Uncle Chuck and NICOLE help them set up operations.

Harvey had his team spy on both Geoffrey St. John and Naugus, whom Who discovered was trying to mind control the city council of New Mobotropolis. His team was able to put a stop to this plan, and Who also helped Silver determine a so-called "traitor" in the Freedom Fighters.

Personality and traits

Harvey Who is a wise, and often stern older man. He expects a lot from his team, but he has faith that they can deliver the results he expects. He's overall friendly, and can be quite jovial in more relaxed settings. His motto is "keep it simple," and he abides to that, often finding or appreciating simple solutions to problems others would find complex.


Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics) characters
Pre-Super Genesis Wave
Main Sonic the Hedgehog | Princess Sally Acorn | Miles "Tails" Prower (Turbo, Titan) | Rotor Walrus | Bunnie Rabbot | Antoine D' Coolette | NICOLE | Knuckles the Echidna | Dr. Robotnik
Recurring Geoffrey St. John | Ixis Naugus | Julie-Su | Mammoth Mogul | Mina Mongoose | Monkey Khan | Scourge the Hedgehog | Snively | Uncle Chuck | Shadow the Hedgehog | Dr. Finitevus
Others Harvey Who | Isabella Mongoose | Arthur Mongoose
Post-Super Genesis Wave
Main Sonic the Hedgehog (Werehog) | Princess Sally Acorn | Miles "Tails" Prower | Rotor Walrus | Bunnie Rabbot | Antoine D' Coolette | NICOLE | Knuckles the Echidna | Amy Rose | Dr. Eggman
Recurring Cream the Rabbit | Cheese | Big the Cat | Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega | Vector the Crocodile | Espio the Chameleon | Charmy Bee | Silver the Hedgehog | Blaze the Cat | Metal Sonic (Neo) | Orbot | Cubot | Walter Naugus | Eclipse the Darkling
Others Uncle Chuck | Muttski | Black Death | Professor Pickle | Chip | Gemerl | Deadly Six (Zavok, Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena, Zor) | Gold the Tenrec | Professor Von Schlemmer | Wendy Naugus