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Metal Knuckles

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Metal Knuckles
First seen: Sonic R (1997)
Species: Robot
Gender: None (attributed as Male)
Not to be confused with Mecha Knuckles from Sonic Advance or Mecha Knuckles from the Archie comics series.

Metal Knuckles is a robot version of Knuckles the Echidna created by Dr. Eggman, and appears as an unlockable character in Sonic R.

Character conception

Metal Knuckles was designed by Yuji Uekawa.

In video games

Sonic Channel featured Japanese language profiles of the Sonic R characters; translated, Metal Knuckles' is as follows:

Metal Knuckles

As with Sonic, Eggman prepared this secret weapon for the sake of overthrowing Knuckles, considering his existence to be a hindrance. Having the same power plant as Metal Sonic, speed and acceleration power are high, but like Knuckles, this robot can glide from high places.

[Appearance requirements] Collect 5 tokens in Reactive Factory in Grand Prix mode and finish better than fourth place to begin a one-on-one match with Metal Knuckles. Win this race and Metal Knuckles will become a possible choice on the character select screen.

Key Advice:

  • Low turning ability. To turn without losing control, you must decelerate.
  • Due to inertia, traveling on water is possible. Falling in the water may cause Metal Knuckles to become confused.
  • From a high place, aim at a shortcut without pausing.

— Sonic Channel

Metal Knuckles is often cited as the second-best racer in Sonic R, consistently beaten only by Super Sonic. The robot has not re-appeared in any official Sonic games since its debut, but was added to Minecraft as an official player skin, as part of the Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration on June 22nd, 2021[1].

In other media

Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics)

Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics)

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