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Is Knuckles A Bad Guy and Who Voices Him In Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

December 10, 2021

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 just received its first trailer at The Game Awards 2021 and it revealed Knuckles for the very first time, leading people to wonder if he is a bad guy and who voices him in the movie.

Video game movies have typically been very poorly regarded by critics and fans alike, but Sonic The Hedgehog surprised a lot of people when it was released in 2019.

Fans were even more excited for a sequel with how the movie ended, including the tease of Tails. He isn’t the only big character from the games to be showing up this time though, as Knuckles is going to be playing a big part as well in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

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Who Voices Knuckles In Sonic The Hedgehog 2?

Sonic the Hedgehog cast Ben Schwartz in the role of Sonic himself and it turned out very well, as he was able to capture just what fans wanted from the character.

Rather than a recast like with Sonic, the mid-credits tease for Tails used Colleen O’Shaughnessey, who many people thought would be replaced with a bigger name for the sequel. However, it was just confirmed that O’Shaughnessey would be reprising the role in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

That brings us to Knuckles, where they decided to bring on a Hollywood superstar in the form of Idris Elba.

Idris Elba is known for many roles over the years, with Knuckles set to be an interesting one. When he was asked about the role itself, he made a point to say his turn as Knuckles would not be sexy.

Is Knuckles A Bad Guy In The Movie?

For anyone that has been playing the Sonic games since the Genesis days, you will know the origins of Knuckles came in Sonic The Hedgehog 3.

In that game, Knuckles was tricked into thinking Sonic and Tails were bad guys, so he served as an antagonist until he turned good in Sonic & Knuckles.

From what we can tell, it looks like they are taking a similar route with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 here as well. We already saw his species, the Echidnas, in the first game going after Sonic’s adoptive mother, but we haven’t seen more out of them.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Dr. Robotnik, as played by Jim Carrey, returns from his exile and it seems he has brought Knuckles with him based on the trailer.

Robotnik will definitely be using Knuckles to fight Sonic during the movie as we saw in the trailer, with him likely turning good when all is said and done.

It’ll be curious to see if this is a conflict that will last the whole movie or if Knuckles turns to the side of good earlier on for an inevitable final battle with the trio of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles able to go up against him.

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Dean (He/Him) has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got a SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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