Ray the Flying Squirrel
From Sonic Retro
|Ray the Flying Squirrel|
|First seen: SegaSonic the Hedgehog (1993)|
|Species: Flying squirrel|
|Created by: Manabu Kusunoki|
Ray the Flying Squirrel (レイ・ザ・フライングスクイレル Rei za Furaingu Sukuireru) 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. Eggman and imprisoned somewhere on an island fortress. Together, with the help of Sonic and Mighty, he avoided Dr. Eggman'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.
After 25 years of absence, Ray is set to finally return as a playable character alongside Mighty in Sonic Mania Plus, a definitive version of Sonic Mania. His design has received a slight modification, giving him double-striped blue sneakers; a change carried over from his appearance in the Archie comics.
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 in Other Media
Ray has been seen in the Archie universes where he has a greater role as an old and close friend to Mighty. In the original universe, Ray ended up getting trapped in a time warp when he grabbed the Power Gem in Robotnik's prison, but was eventually rescued by Mighty years later, and together they joined the Chaotix. In the Post-Super Genesis Wave universe, Ray and Mighty became an adventuring duo under the tutelage of Moss the Sloth with ties to—but not membership in—the Chaotix or the Freedom Fighters.
- Hiroko Yoshino (Japanese, SegaSonic the Hedgehog)