From Sonic Retro
|First seen: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (1994)|
|Power source: Varies|
|Base character: Miles "Tails" Prower|
|Used in: Games, Comics|
Super Tails is Miles "Tails" Prower's Super form which is first seen in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Tails simply glows and is surrounded by Super Flickies that attack any enemy on screen (which is very similar to the later-seen Chao Attack used by Cream). Unlike Sonic and Knuckles, Tails requires all seven Super Emeralds to achieve this form, making it really more analogous to their Hyper forms, though unlike those forms, Tails still requires a Water Shield to maintain breath underwater. Additionally, Super Tails has the standard Super form powers of higher speed and invincibility.
In Sonic Heroes, Tails is powered up by Super Sonic. While the only physical change was a golden spherical aura (similar to Super Sonic's in Sonic Adventure), Tails received all of the modern abilities of a Super form. Additionally, Tails received the ability to use an attack similar to Sonic's "Light Attack".
In the Archie comics, Super Tails was called Hyper Tails (which is itself a common misnomer for Super Tails, made common by Super Tails' similarity to Hyper Sonic and Hyper Knuckles). He also has a form called "Turbo Tails," which was analogous to Super Sonic and to Super Knuckles (who in turn was called "Hyper Knuckles"), resulting in some confusion.
When hacking into a prototype of the combined Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Tails not only has a Super form, but a Hyper form as well. His Super form is much more similar to Super Sonic and Super Knuckles, in which he gets super speed and invincibility, but does not have the golden Flickies seen in the final version. His Hyper form has the golden Flickies intact, showing that he originally had both forms planned. It is unknown why this wasn't kept, but it was probably done to keep in continuity with the other Sonic titles where he can't go Super with the Chaos Emeralds alone, instead needing a stronger power source (the Super Emeralds) to achieve his form. It has also been alluded to that Yuji Naka said that the reason he can't go Super with the Chaos Emeralds is due to "inexperience" by his young age, and thus why he has a Super form only with the Super Emeralds.
After over 20 years of absence, Super Tails finally makes a return in Sonic Mania, and this time Tails can now go Super with just the Chaos Emeralds. He gets all the benefits of a Super form including invincibility as well as increased speed and jump height, but the Super Flickies from Sonic 3 & Knuckles do not return.
In the Sonic Origins version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Tails has both a Super form and a Hyper form, with the Super form functioning identically to the Prototype, and the Hyper form taking the traits of the original game's Super Tails.