First Seen: SegaSonic the Hedgehog (1993)
Ray the Flying Squirrel (レイ・ザ・フライングスクイレル) is an anthropomorphic yellow squirrel with a long tail, and was introduced as one of three playable characters (alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and Mighty the Armadillo) in the Sega System 32 arcade game, SegaSonic the Hedgehog, released in 1993. He was created by Manabu Kusunoki.
Ray has only had a major role in one Sonic the Hedgehog title, in which he was captured by Dr. Robotnik and imprisoned somewhere on an island fortress. Together, with the help of Sonic and Mighty, he avoided Dr. Robotnik's traps and escaped, only never to be seen or heard from again. Despite his name, Ray is never seen "flying" (or gliding, as is the case with real world flying squirrels) in SegaSonic the Hedgehog, and from what little personality the game is able to convey, Ray is depicted as more of the comic relief character and the more fearful of the trio.
The character has seen a small number of cameo appearances, including in the Sega Saturn title, Gale Racer, in which he and several other Sonic universe characters were seen hanging from a car mirror, and in Sonic Generations where he can be seen on a "missing" poster as part of the City Escape stage. Ray has a greater role in the Archie comics Sonic the Hedgehog series where he is often paired with Mighty.
In SegaSonic the Hedgehog, Ray is voiced by Hiroko Yoshino.
|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|