Johnny Lightfoot (Sonic the Comic)

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Johnny Lightfoot
Species: Rabbit
Gender: Male
Series: Sonic the Comic
First seen: "[[Issue #8]]"
Created by: Nigel Kitching and Richard Elson

Johnny Lightfoot was a member of Sonic's Freedom Fighters in the UK's Egmont Fleetway published Sonic the Comic.

Character conception

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Personality and traits

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Originally designed as a characterization of the rabbit animal that is freed from Badniks in Sonic 1 and 2, he became a major character as the comic progressed. His first major appearance was in issue #8 where Sonic, Tails, himself and Porker Lewis travelled to the Special Zone. After Dr. Robotnik sent them into the future where he ruled, Johnny became one of the Freedom Fighters.

He donned a red leather jacket with Sonic's head stitched into the back, and a metal staff that he sometimes uses as a weapon. Although not a central character, he usually contributes to the fighting and helps Sonic out. One of his major achievements was thwarting Brutus when he had his mind taken over (to find out the location of the Emerald Hill Zone folk); Brutus was unintentionally affected by his kindness and he destroyed many of his own troopers. Eventually he had to destroy the device and in turn he lost the knowledge of the Emerald Hill Zone people (who where hiding on the Floating Island).

In another story involving him, a mysterious creature called Shady copied his likeness and went under the alias 'Agent X.' and captured Sonic. Sonic and the real Johnny eventually defeated Shady and returned from the Shadow World as normal.

Finally, during the Chaos Saga, the Freedom Fighters were battling Chaos, and Johnny heroically sacrificed his life to save the gang and (temporarily) defeat Chaos. Amusingly, Nigel Kitching (the writer of the Chaos Saga) killed off Johnny because he found him "Dull and boring, he never did anything useful." Despite his death, Johnny Lightfoot is still a fan favorite with many StC readers.


Sonic the Comic characters
Main Sonic the Hedgehog | Miles "Tails" Prower | Porker Lewis | Johnny Lightfoot | Amy Rose | Knuckles the Echidna | Dr. Robotnik | Grimer Wormtongue
Recurring Dr. Ovi Kintobor | Megadroid | Charmy Bee | Espio the Chameleon | Mighty the Armadillo | Vector the Crocodile | Shortfuse the Cybernik | Metallix | Captain Plunder | Filch | Simpson the Cat | Omni-Viewer | Tekno the Canary | Nack the Weasel | Ebony | Super Sonic
Others Arachbot | Megatox | Grouchio | Chichio | Harpio | Errol Blackthorn | Shirob/Trogg | Evil One | Metamorphia | Morain | Commander Brutus | Doctor Zachary | Plasma | Arnem Abacus | Max Gamble | Lord Sidewinder | Proctor Speckle/Mr. Fry | Lightmare | Bio-Hazard | Old Sonic | Vermin the Cybernik | Pyjamas | Fabian Vane | Blockhead Bill | Society Max | Ring of Eternity | Colonel Granite | Crimson Cobra | Cribbins | Chaos | Tikal | Pochacamac
Groups Freedom Fighters | Emerald Hill Folk | Marxio Brothers | Enchanter Kings | Sky Pirates | Chaotix | Brotherhood of Metallix | Fundamental Four | Veg-Heads | Spice Maidens | Drakon Empire | D.R.A.T. | Plax | Death-Trap