From Sonic Retro
|First seen: Sonic R (1997)|
|Species: Eggman's robots|
|Gender: None (attributed as Male)|
- Not to be confused with Mecha Knuckles from Sonic Advance or Mecha Knuckles from the Archie comics series.
Metal Knuckles is a robot version of Knuckles the Echidna created by Dr. Eggman, and appears as an unlockable character in Sonic R.
Metal Knuckles was designed by Yuji Uekawa.
In video games
Sonic Channel featured Japanese language profiles of the Sonic R characters; translated, Metal Knuckles' is as follows:
As with Sonic, Eggman prepared this secret weapon for the sake of overthrowing Knuckles, considering his existence to be a hindrance. Having the same power plant as Metal Sonic, speed and acceleration power are high, but like Knuckles, this robot can glide from high places.
[Appearance requirements] Collect 5 tokens in Reactive Factory in Grand Prix mode and finish better than fourth place to begin a one-on-one match with Metal Knuckles. Win this race and Metal Knuckles will become a possible choice on the character select screen.
— Sonic Channel
Metal Knuckles is often cited as the second-best racer in Sonic R, consistently beaten only by Super Sonic. The robot has not re-appeared in any official Sonic games since its debut, but was added to Minecraft as an official player skin, as part of the Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration on June 22nd, 2021.
In other media
Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics)
Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics)
Metal Knuckles along with Metal Sonic and Tails Doll were temporally taken control of by Heavy King. The three of them kicked Dr. Eggman out of his fortress in Winter Caverns Zone and were sent by Heavy King to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds. Metal Knuckles flew to Angel Island to collect the blue emerald. Metal Knuckles battled his organic counterpart in Mushroom Hill Zone over the gem but the red robot cut a mushroom stem which endangered the near by Animals. Metal Knuckles got away with the blue gem while the other Knuckles was stopping the falling mushroom. The three minions of Heavy King later obtained the rest of the Chaos Emeralds, which forced Dr. Eggman to work with Sonic and his friends. When Eggman and the heroes returned to Winter Caverns Zone, Robotnik got a hold of Tails Doll and used it's antenna to take control back of Metal Knuckles and Metal Sonic. The robots then worked with Sonic's team along with Fang's team to overthrow Heavy King.
- ↑ https://www.sonicstadium.org/2021/06/minecraft-sonic-dlc-its-official-and-out-now/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-06-22 21:35)
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special
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