Rotor Walrus

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Rotor Walrus
Species: Walrus
Gender: Male
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)
First seen: Heads or Tails

Rotor Walrus is a fictional anthropomorphic walrus created by DiC for the 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog animated TV series. An original member of the Freedom Fighters, he serves as the team's resident mechanic and inventor, creating many of Knothole Village's surveillance and security systems.

Character conception

Rotor was conceived as a friend of Sonic the Hedgehog at some point in 1992, likely being based on the captured animal Rocky (later localised as Joe Sushi) from the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game. While created for the television show, his first public appearance was in the US comic book series published by Archie Comics almost a year prior, debuting in issue #¼.

As the cartoon had yet to be finalised, Rotor spent the first year being referred to as Boomer in the comics, until a request came through from Sega to make it more consistent with the TV show. His colour scheme also differs between the two, being purple with a green belt in the comics, and blue with a red belt in the TV show. Rotor usually wears a backwards yellow cap, though in later issues of the comic began wearing yellow goggles, and in late 2003, a brown jacket and glasses.

Outside of a cameo in the US-produced Sonic Spinball, Rotor has never appeared in a Sonic video game, and after the TV show ended in December 1994, the character was rarely seen outside of Archie publications.

According to Ken Penders, Rotor was set to be written in as a homosexual, notably in the "Mobius: 25 Years Later" saga. Ken had planted clues in the story to elude to this, but as Rotor was deemed to be underdeveloped, the idea was scrapped[1].


  • Full Name: Rotor "Boomer" Walrus
  • Better Known As: Rotor or Rote
  • Age: 16 years
  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Walrus
  • Abilities: Adept at creating tools and machines for use in the war against Dr. Robotnik.
  • Weakness: His large body lends itself toward appearing clumsy.

Background: Not much is known about his background (in the cartoon), but he's very good with machines.


Rotor's family includes, a mother, a father named Sherman, who disappeared along with Rotor's older brother, and also a younger brother named Skeeter. However, Dr. Robotnik has hypnotized the walrus herd, which included Rotor's Mom, and Skeeter.


Rotor and the other Freedom Fighters have made a slight cameo in the game .

Other Info

In late 2004 of the comics, Rotor gained a new intelligent partner named Tommy Turtle, who's also known as Agent from K.N.O.T.H.O.L.E.

He is voiced by Mark Ballou in season 1 of Sonic the Hedgehog and by Cam Brainard in season 2. In the Japanese dub, he is voiced by Kouzou Shioya.

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Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics) characters
Main Sonic the Hedgehog | Princess Sally Acorn | Miles "Tails" Prower | Rotor Walrus | Bunnie Rabbot | Antoine D' Coolette | 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
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Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series) characters
Main Sonic the Hedgehog | Princess Sally Acorn | Tails | Rotor Walrus | Bunnie Rabbot | Antoine D' Coolette | Dr. Robotnik | Snively
Recurring Cluck | Dulcy the Dragon | SWATbot | Uncle Chuck
Others xxxx