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First seen: Flicky (1984)
Species: Bird

Flicky (フリッキー)Media:Sonic1 MD JP manual.pdf[1] is the star of the classic Sega arcade game Flicky. Flicky and its species have also been incorporated in several Sonic games.

Role in the Sonic series

In four Sega Mega Drive Sonic games Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles, members of Flicky species were imprisoned by Dr. Eggman for use as power sources for his Badnik army. Sonic's goal is to free them from their Badnik shells, and also from the Egg Prison capsule that is found at the end of almost every boss fight. When using Tails' super transformation in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, he has four glowing yellow "Super" Flickies following him and attacking all surrounding enemies.

Flickies also make an appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. After destroying the Metal Sonic holographic projector the present time will be inhabited by Flickies and/or other animals, depending upon the stage.

The Flickies' Island flickies of Sonic 3D.

Flickies were also the central focus of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island. In this game, an interdimensional breed of Flickies inhabit their own island - appropriately called Flickies' Island. However, they (surprise, surprise) are trapped inside robots by Dr. Eggman, and require Sonic's help. Other members of Flicky species are also introduced. Not only is their design different than the blue bird versions, but they also come in different colors. When rescued from their Badnik shells they follow Sonic around the same way the Chirps would follow Flicky in his game. Other mechanics were also similar, such as losing Flickies that happen to touch an Badnik or hazard, or losing them all if Sonic himself bumps into a Badnik or hazardous obstacle. The point system (extra points awarded for rescuing Flickies/Chirps together instead of one at a time) had the same principle, as well.

  • Blue Flickies make a conscious effort to find Sonic. If they cannot find him, they fly around in a tight circle, making them easy to locate.
  • Pink Flickies act largely like blue ones, but fly around in bigger circles if unable to find Sonic. In the Volcano Valley Zone in the Mega Drive version, the pink Flickies are replaced with bright orange, flaming Flickies, presumably due to colour palette limitations.
  • Red Flickies constantly move between two close points, not making any effort to find Sonic. Their movement range is small, but they jump very high and can thus be hard to catch.
  • Green Flickies wander randomly with no interest in finding Sonic, they even sometimes appear to try to avoid Sonic.

Various standard looking Flickies (coloured blue, red, orange, purple and green) fly around in the Sonic World level, from Sonic Jam.

In Sonic R the four varieties of Flickies from Sonic 3D can be seen around the starting line of Resort Island.

Cocoa Island's Poloy Forest, of the Game Gear game Tails Adventures is shown to be inhabited with Flickies during the opening sequence - right before their larger cousins, the Battle Kukkus, set fire to the place.

Birds similar to Flickies play a role in the storyline of Sonic Adventure. Amy catches a blue bird after it falls from the sky. ZERO immediately gives chase to both. Later in the game the bird shows Amy a picture of two other birds, which appear to be members of its family. It turns out the two in the picture were entrapped in the robots E-101 Beta and E-102 Gamma. Fortunately Amy manages to reunite the three of them. The red bird that inhabited Gamma reappears as Sonic prepares to fight Perfect Chaos. In the Sonic X anime adaptation the blue bird is named Lily.

Flickies appear in the endings of Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3 and Sonic Rush. They also appear as spectators in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series.

Game appearances

Game Level
Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) Green Hill Zone, Star Light Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit) Green Hill Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) Under Ground Zone, Sky High Zone, Gimmick Mt. Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) Emerald Hill Zone, Aquatic Ruin Zone, Casino Night Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Palmtree Panic, Quartz Quadrant
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Toxic Caves, Lava Powerhouse, The Machine, Showdown
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Angel Island Zone, Marble Garden Zone, Carnival Night Zone, Launch Base Zone
Sonic & Knuckles Flying Battery Zone, Lava Reef Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Neo South Island Zone, Secret Plant Zone, Cosmic Casino Zone, Aquatic Relix Zone, Sky Chase Zone, Aerobase Zone, Gigantic Angel Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Splash Hill Zone, Lost Labyrinth Zone
Sonic Generations Seaside Hill (Rescue the Animals!), Planet Wisp (Rescue the Animals 2!)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Sylvania Castle Zone, Sky Fortress Zone
Sonic Lost World Windy Hill Zone 1, Desert Ruins Zone 1, 2 and 4, Tropical Coast Zone 1 and 3, Silent Forest Zone 1, 2 and 4, Sky Road Zone 2 and 3, Hidden World Zone 3 and 4
Sonic Lost World (3DS) Windy Hill, Desert Ruins, Tropical Coast, Frozen Factory, Silent Forest, Sky Road, Lava Mountain
Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Flying Battery Zone, Press Garden Zone, Stardust Speedway Zone, Lava Reef Zone
Sonic Forces Found inside capsules in SOS Missions
Sonic Frontiers Cyber Space (4-A, 4-B, 4-D, 4-E, 4-F, 4-G, 4-H, 4-I)
Sonic Superstars Bridge Island Zone, Speed Jungle Zone (giant)

In other media

Flickies appeared in Sonic the Comic, often as a random Mobian but was phased out and featured less prominently in later issues. The comic also had a 3-part treatment of the Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island storyline. Robotnik used Flickies' Island as a base once he was ousted from power. He roboticised many of the Island's inhabitants and used them to launch attacks. He was thwarted however and his base on the Island was destroyed.

Flickies were also featured in the Archie Sonic Comic Book in an issue which covered the storyline of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island.

A Flicky was to make an appearance in an early Sonic cartoon. His design was different as he was red, large, wore a coat and was a bit less pudgy.

Flickies appear in the Lego Sonic the Hedgehog toy line as single-brick figures, included in the Sonic's Speed Sphere Challenge, Amy's Animal Rescue Island and Sonic's Green Hill Zone Loop Challenge sets. They also appear in the Speed Sphere Challenge game when a Badnik or capsule is destroyed.

Other cameos

Flicky was also shown in various other Sega games and non-Sega games.


Characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series
Recurring characters
Heroes Sonic (Super, Starfall, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy (Super, Hyper) | Mighty (Super) | Ray (Super) | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Cream | Big | Blaze (Burning) | Silver (Super) | Sticks
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Shadow (Hero, Dark, Super) | Rouge | E-102 Gamma | E-123 Omega | Jet | Wave | Storm
Villains Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic (Rocket, Neo, 3.0) | Mecha Sonic (8-bit, Mk. II, Mk. III, Super) | Fang | Tails Doll | Metal Knuckles | Chaos (Perfect) | E-Series | ZERO | Biolizard (Finalhazard) | Black Doom (Devil Doom) | Eggman Nega | Orbot | Cubot | Deadly Six (Zavok, Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena, Zor)
Teams Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Other Animals (Flicky) | Froggy | Chao (Hero, Dark) | Tikal | Pachacamac | Omochao | Chaclon | Gerald & Maria Robotnik | President | King Boom Boo | Cheese | Chocola | Vanilla | G.U.N. Commander | Wisps | Mother Wisp
One-off characters
Heroes Emerl | Marine | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Avatar | Barry | Trip (Super)
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Bean | Bark | Shade | Merlina | Sage
Villains Witchcart | Hocke-Wulf | Bearenger | Carrotia | Battle Kukku Army (15th, 16th, Dr. Fukurokov) | E-101 Beta | Void | Chaos Gamma | Gemerl | Shugo-hei | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Erazor Djinn | Captain Whisker | Johnny | Master Core: ABIS | Ix (Super) | Dark Gaia | King Arthur | Hard Boiled Heavies | Infinite | The End | Mirage Express
Teams Vector | Eggman
Other Birdie | Illumina | Secretary | Elise | Duke of Soleanna | Sonic Man | Coconut Crew | Vikings | Professor Pickle | Wentos | Don Fachio | Dodon Pa | Koco | Ancients | Conductor | Conductor's wife | Ariem | Heavy | Bomb | Tiara Boobowski | Honey