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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 and the late Dana Hill as a child, who had also voiced Jerry Mouse in Tom & Jerry: The Movie 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.
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.
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 make another return later on in the The Adventures 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.
- 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.