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Tikal

From Sonic Retro

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Tikal

First Seen: Sonic Adventure (1999)

Biography
  • Species: Echidna (Knuckles Clan)
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 14 (at time of disappearance)
  • Height: 95cm (3'1")
  • Weight: Unknown

Tikal is a female echidna spirit who had disappeared 3000 years ago and was the princess of an ancient tribe of echidnas known as the Knuckles Tribe. She debuted in Sonic Adventure as a non-playable character where she played a central role. Appearing as a small ball of light in each stage she would offer help and advice, and would give the main characters visions of her past in an effort to prevent Chaos from destroying the world.

Abilities

In Sonic Adventure she was able to appear as a ball of light, assume a ghostly form of herself, give visions to other characters, communicate to Chaos and use the power of the Master Emerald. In her 2-player cameo appearance in Sonic Adventure 2 she was shown to have the ability to climb, dig and glide.

Personality

A kindhearted and gentle pacifist, Tikal is extremely compassionate and non-discriminatory. She strongly opposes greed and conflict and wishes to see nothing more than peace, harmony and tranquility. Despite this, she does seem to have her moments of oversight. She often chooses the quickest path that will restore immediate peace, rather than what might restore harmony and be for the greater good of everyone involved. Still, her heart is in the right place and she's quick to forgive and forget.

History

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Tikal's discorporate form, a hovering pink light.

Tikal was the daughter of Pachacamac, the chief of the Knuckles Tribe, but was raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother was knowledgeable in the tribe's legends surrounding the Master Emerald, Chaos Emeralds and their mysterious guardian and passed these teachings onto her, including the mantra:

"The servers are the seven chaos.
Chaos is power,
Power enriched by the heart.
The controller is the one that unifies the chaos."

For a long time, Pachacamac yearned to expand his power over rivaling tribes, but the presence and wishes of Tikal's grandmother prevented him from doing so. When her grandmother died Pachacamac soon transformed his tribe into a group of warriors that easily subdued their rivaling tribes. But land and control over its people wasn't enough. Soon he turned his sights to the old legends and sought the power of the Chaos Emeralds for his own.

With these teachings, the echidna civilization was modeled after Chaos and the Emeralds. Pachacamac was intrigued by the Emeralds' power and secretly desired them for his own greedy purposes. Before she passed away, the grandmother taught her granddaughter Tikal of the Chao, Chaos, the Emeralds, and especially the legend related to them.

While her father waged war on their neighbors, Tikal came to be friends with the Chao that lived in their land, and by chance she discovered the mysterious water spirit that was said to guard the Master Emerald. Chaos initially startled and frightened her, but soon Tikal realized the friendly and gentle would-be deity for who it was and they formed a connection with each other, becoming friends. Chaos eventually revealed the Master Emerald shrine and the Chaos Emeralds to Tikal, and it was here that she would from then on often seek sanctuary when her father became too much to bear.

This fit perfectly into Pachacamac's plans, as now he knew where he could find the legendary gemstones. Disregarding the dignity of his people's lore, he and his soldiers charged the shrine, intent on seizing the emeralds for their own. Tikal tried to reason and plead with her father, and as a last stand she and the chao tried to blockade them. But it was to no avail; Pachacamac ordered his warriors to charge, trampling Tikal and wounding her.

Before the soldiers could seize the Master Emerald, however, Chaos intercepted them. The water spirit was enraged by the insolence of the tribe and their treatment to its chao kin. As the warriors shrieked in surprise and fear at the appearance of the monster, Chaos went berserk, absorbing the power of the emeralds and transforming into Perfect Chaos. It proceeded to utterly decimate the tribe and its land.

Despite her wounds, Tikal awoke and was immediately terrified at the carnage being wrought. Running toward the Master Emerald, she began to pray, reciting the ancient mantra her grandmother had passed to her and begging the powerful gemstone to end the destruction. Using her spirit as a catalyst, she sacrificed her body to seal Chaos within the massive emerald.

The subsequent influx of power tore the land itself from its resting place, and in repentance the remaining echidnas that had survived vowed to protect the master emerald to prevent Chaos from returning and destroying the world. It was then that Chaos was given its name and subsequently became both worshiped and feared as the God of Destruction.

Fast forward 3000 years. The last remaining survivor of the echidna race had been sitting before the emerald alter in contemplation. In a flash Dr. Eggman, having heard of the old legend, appeared and shattered the massive gemstone, freeing Chaos its imprisonment. Unintentionally, a ball of light also shot forth from the broken shards.

This ball of light was Tikal; now an ethereal ball of spiritual energy. She journeyed the land, seeking those she felt would be the most able to heed her warning and cry for help; Chaos had returned, the world was in danger, and if not stopped the spirit would complete the task it had set out to do all those centuries ago.

Eventually Chaos stopped obeying Eggman, and upon gathering the seven emeralds once again became Perfect. Sonic and co. arrived to see Station Square be wiped out by the beast's wrath, and it was then that Tikal finally revealed her true form. She begged Sonic to return Chaos to the Master Emerald before it could destroy the world, but Sonic refused. Determined that simply patching the problem wasn't going to sooth Chaos' anger, Sonic took on his super form using the positive energy of the emeralds and proceeded to pummel Chaos into submission. Finally defeated, Tikal showed Chaos that the chao it so cared for were safe, cared for and protected by the people of earth. Pacified, Chaos finally calmed down, and vanished with Tikal.

Chaos' eventual reappearence (though as mute and inscrutible as ever) atop Holy Summit in Sonic Battle leaves the possiblity that Tikal too may still be around, somewhere.

Appearances

Trivia

  • Tikal was named after the Mayan ruins in Central America, and was the largest and center of the five city-states that made up the ancient Mayan lands.
  • "Tikal" is the Mayan word for "bread".

Voice Actresses

English voice actors:

Japanese voice actors:

See Also

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 | Deadly Six | Lyric | Hard-Boiled Heavies | Infinite
Teams   Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Other   Gerald & Maria Robotnik | Big | Chao | Tikal | E-101 Beta | Heavy and Bomb | Flicky | Animals