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Princess Sally Acorn is a character from Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She is the tritagonist of the Saturday morning version of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), and one of the main protagonists in the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is a teenage anthropomorphic chipmunk with red hair, blue eyes, and light brown/tan fur. She was voiced by Kath Soucie, who also played Tillie in the The Little Blue Engine who Could, Phil and Lil in Rugrats and one of the voices of Daisy Duck in Quack Pack and the late Dana Hill as a child, who had also voiced Jerry Mouse in Tom & Jerry: The Movie and Max Goof in Goof Troop and Tabitha St. Germain in Sonic's Christmas Blast.
In the 1993 animated series, Sally is an anthropomorphic chipmunk with brown fur and tan fur around the front of her abdomen, muzzle and eyes. She also has blue eyes and voluminous auburn hair. For footwear, she wears tall blue boots. Later on in Season 2, she began wearing a blue sleeveless vest. Sometimes, she also carries a backpack. She was pink in the pilot Heads and Tails.
In Sonic's Christmas Blast, Sally was pink and had auburn hair. For footwear, she wore her boots.
In her reboot, her clothes consist of black shorts with white rimming, dark blue boots with white outlines on the buckles, and white gloves with her Ring-Blades. She wears a closed blue vest with a black crop-top hidden underneath. Her tan-colored underbelly can be seen in the her midriff. A red stripe runs from her hair and down her back to the tip of her tail.
Sally is strong-willed and always makes her opinions known. She is often logical and focused with a playful side and prefers to plan ahead in almost all situations. She often takes the role of a leader, directing and organizing people and also mediating and offering suggestions or compromises during tough situations.
Despite being sort of royalty, Sally, never hesitates to get into rough or messy situations when necessary and acts as a fighter rather than dressing or acting regally.
Sally is kind but also headstrong and tends to put too much pressure on herself to have the most levelheaded reaction. She can be somewhat insecure at times and allow her self doubts to overcome her in the face of a failed situation and a perceived inability.
Sally's views her position as the princess of the Acorn Kingdom as one that requires great duty. She strives to lead her peoples, and love and care for them in the best way she can. She is very caring as well and shows passion, bravery and determination, often remaining undeterred by setbacks, and goes out of her way to make sure her friends are safe and happy. While inwardly compassionate, she can often come off as confrontational, overbearing, hard, sardonic and condescending when stifled enough. However, when openly emotional, she is shown to be very protective of her friends, worrying about their well being in the field.
The crown princess of the Kingdom of Acorn, Sally became a fugitive after her father, King Maximilian Acorn, was usurped by the villainous Dr. Ivo Robotnik (later replaced by Dr. Eggman in the comics). While in exile, she formed a rebel group called the "Freedom Fighters", which, with the exception of Sonic and Tails, initially consisted of SatAM-exclusive characters (including herself). However, the Archie comics also have Team Rose (Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, and Big the Cat, plus the latter two's pets Cheese and Froggy) join them eventually, with Knuckles and Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega) as major occasional allies. Even after dethroning Doctor Robotnik/Eggman, she decides to keep leading the Freedom Fighters until the time comes for her to take the throne.
Along with Robotnik, his forces, and mercenaries he occasionally hires to do his dirty work, Sally and her friends also contend with other villains, such as the evil wizard Naugus. With Sonic by her side and she herself in the lead, the Freedom Fighters always succeed despite their adversaries' best efforts. Although Sally and Sonic have had romantic feelings for each other, they never truly acted on it and Sally has always taken her role as princess and Freedom Fighter very seriously, in contrast to Sonic's carefree attitude. Despite this, Sally, ever the tomboy, can sometimes be as stubborn and reckless as her speedy blue boyfriend. While she isn't a game original character, Sally is very popular among fans of the series, who never cease to ship her and Sonic.
Despite Sonic disobeying Sally's orders, they still care for each other and are both willing to risk their lives to save each other. However in the comics Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity, Sonic and Sally are no longer (and have never been) in a romantic relationship due to a mandate put in place by SEGA, although they still retain a strong friendship with each other and are considered to be close friends.
Powers and Abilities
Combatant: While her physical strength was average at best, Sally proved herself to be very agile and capable of acrobatic maneuvers. She is also proficient in basic combat, use of weaponry and martial arts, possessing high reflexes and abilities for self-defense.
Leadership: Sally is a natural leader and tactician, serving as the strategist and organizer of the Freedom Fighters. Her demonstrations of this include, coordinating her team's evacuation efforts of Station Square with effective results. She is logically minded, but has experienced enough that she readily accepts the mystical forces she encounters. However, her thought process does have disadvantages, such as limiting her physical abilities in the Digital World to what she is capable of in the real world.
Ring-blades: Sally wears a pair of bracelets around her gloves called the Ring-Blades which can project energy blades. These blades have been shown to be durable enough to withstand direct strikes Metal Sonic's claws, and to cut through highly solid substances such as metal alloys. Sally wields these energy blades with great proficiency in battle; in the Digital World, she could also conceive of them in other shapes such as a shield and sword.
Sonic Christmas Blast
For over a year, Sally had been Sonic's girlfriend. One year before the events of "Sonic Christmas Blast", she and Sonic agreed not to give each other presents for Christmas. Despite their agreement, Sally still gave Sonic the Ring of Ultimate Velocity among other things. Sally became angered when she discovered that Sonic did not get her any presents.
One year later, on Christmas, Sally and Sonic agreed to once again not give each other presents. Before Sally could say anything else, however, Sonic took off with Tails. On Christmas morning, Sally was waiting when Sonic arrived, having just saved Christmas with the Ring of Ultimate Velocity. Sally was then buried in the presents and Sonic explained that despite their promise, the ring she gave him came in handy. As Sally resurfaced, she received a kiss from Sonic before he took off.
In the 1993 animated series, Sally, Sonic, and the rest of the Knothole Freedom Fighters band together to overthrow the evil Dr. Robotnik. In the beginning the animated series, she originally had pink fur and brown hair. Sally and her team were getting ready for another battle against Dr. Robotnik's forces. She (along with Sonic) and the Freedom Fighters defeated Robotnik's robot army by getting them soaked with water balloons which shorted them out and caused the robots to blow up.
Pre-Super Genesis Wave
Post-Super Genesis Wave
- Sally's first and only appearance in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was the Christmas Special Sonic Christmas Blast.
- Apparently, Sally was going to make another return later on in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, but the idea never happened.
- In the UK Fleetway comics, Sally is a squirrel and not a princess but a news anchor.
- Her only game appearance is Sonic Spinball, where she appears in a cameo. Fans, however, makes this up by creating mods to play as her.
- Because of the lawsuits with Ken Penders and the conflicts with Archie comics Sega had reshape the universe in the Sonic comics because of these changes Sally and all the cartoon characters had to match with the design of the characters from the video games.
- Also because of the legal problems that were happening with the Sonic comics Sega had to make some changes that ended the love relationship with Sally and Sonic, along with Sonic's other allies because of this, the characters can only be friends and can no longer love relationships with their friends.
- Ian Flynn confirmed in a Q&A that Sally is a poor cook as indicated in Sonic Universe #71, and when preparing food for herself usually makes salad with nuts.