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|First seen: Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #2 (2019)
|Series: Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics)
|Members: Lanolin the Sheep, Whisper the Wolf, Tangle the Lemur, Wisps, Mimic (traitor, undercover as "Duo"), Smithy the Lion (deceased), Slinger the Ocelot (deceased), Claire Voyance (deceased), Silver the Hedgehog (formerly)
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The Diamond Cutters are a rapid-response team that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics by IDW Publishing. The group currently consists of three members of the Restoration - Lanolin the Sheep, Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf, the last of who was part of the original group. They were first mentioned in Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1.
The Diamond Cutters were created to fill in Whisper's backstory for the IDW comic series. Ian Flynn has said "they received just enough characterization and design so that they didn't feel like complete nobodies, but there never was an intention to do anything with them beyond that backstory. It was supposed to establish what the beef was between Whisper and Mimic, and we move on." He did say though that the Diamond Cutters would return if there was enough fan demand for it. The Diamond Cutters were also inspired by elements of the Metal Gear franchise. The references were made because Ian Flynn thought it was fun that the Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper mini series was going to feature a wolf with a sniper rifle and a decoy octopus. The members were designed by Evan Stanley.
The original Diamond Cutters banded together to battle the Eggman Empire during the Eggman War. Their members at the time were Smithy the Lion, Slinger the Ocelot, Claire Voyance, Whisper the Wolf and Mimic. For a time, they lived together in a base on the Clove Sea. The team wore masks that recorded video networked so they could review their missions and study each other. The masks also translate the language of their Wisp partners. Smithy designed the masks as well as their Wispons. The group was betrayed by Mimic, and were taken out by Shadow Androids. Whisper was the only survivor of the group, and continued to fight against Dr. Eggman as the "guardian angel of the battle field". She took Smithy's prototype Variable Wispon he designed that could use any kind of Wisp instead of only being limited to one Wisp per Wispon. The new Diamond Cutters were formed during the Eggperial City crisis. The group has since been infiltrated by the rogue Mimic, now under the alias "Duo".