Dr. Starline

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Dr. Starline
First seen: Sonic the Hedgehog #11 (2018)
Species: Platypus
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown (deceased)
Height: 120cm (4ft)Media:IDW Starline Orthographic.jpg[1]
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics)
Created by: Ian Flynn
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Dr. Starline is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing. He is a shadowy scientist who debuted as a fanatic of Dr. Eggman and would become his apprentice until he was fired. He still remained loyal to Eggman and aimed to conquer the world on behalf of him, but would soon decide to become his superior replacement, becoming an independent villain with plans to take down the Eggman Empire as well as Sonic and friends. To help him in his ambitions, he created the imposters Surge the Tenrec and Kitsunami the Fennec to surpass and replace Sonic and Tails.

Character conception

According to Ian Flynn, the idea for Dr. Starline was directly inspired by the "**********" character in Chaotix. The connections linking Starline to the glitch character include the white and red colour scheme, the platypus being a monotreme like the echidna, and his name coming from the "line of stars" that make up the glitch character's name in Chaotix's stage select screen[2][3]. The very early plans for Starline was to have him parallel Knuckles more directly but the direction of the character changed.[4]

According to Evan Stanley, Dr. Starline was created as a spiritual successor to white-furred echidna villains who have appeared in past comics, namely Doctor Zachary and Dr. Finitevus[5].

Also in the original pitch Starline, Surge and Kit would all appear together as a set.[4]


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Personality and traits

Dr. Starline is a huge fanboy of Dr. Eggman. Looking up to his idol, he became scientist himself.

He also owned many items to help him in a fight. The Warp Topaz was a gemstone he had studied for years and with it he could go anywhere. He also had Multi-Tool Heel Spurs that could destroy Badniks. He wore gloves he used to hypnotize people, notably Surge and Kit. After he lost the Warp Topaz he made the Tricore, a Power Core with all three different types combined together into one.



Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics) characters
Main Sonic the Hedgehog | Miles "Tails" Prower | Knuckles the Echidna | Amy Rose | Tangle the Lemur | Whisper the Wolf | Dr. Eggman (Mr. Tinker) | Dr. Starline
Recurring Blaze the Cat | Vector the Crocodile | Espio the Chameleon | Charmy Bee | Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega | Silver the Hedgehog | Cream the Rabbit | Gemerl | Rough the Skunk | Tumble the Skunk | Metal Sonic (Neo, Master Overlord) | Orbot | Cubot | Deadly Six (Zavok, Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena, Zor) | Jewel the Beetle | Belle the Tinkerer | Surge the Tenrec | Kitsunami the Fennec | Lanolin
Others Elder Scruffy | Vanilla the Rabbit | Cheese | Chocola | Jet the Hawk | Wave the Swallow | Storm the Albatross | Mimic | Claire Voyance | Slinger the Ocelot | Smithy the Lion | Big the Cat | Froggy | Nite the Owl | Don the Rooster | Clutch the Opossum | Marine the Raccoon | E-117 Sigma | Mecha Sonic | Mecha Knuckles
Classic era Mighty the Armadillo | Ray the Flying Squirrel | Fang the Sniper | Bean the Dynamite | Bark the Polar Bear | Tails Doll | Metal Knuckles | Heavy King | Kip the Capybara | Witchcart | Hocke-Wulf | Bearranger | Carrottia