Amy Rose (Sonic Free Riders)

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Amy Rose (Sonic Free Riders)
Ooh! It's your fault (amongst other factors) Free Riders sucks so much, Amy! You better make it up to your fans by improving your character. You owe them!
Gender: Female
Type: Abusive rascal
Age: 12
Species: Hedgehog
Portrayed by: Taeko Kawata (Japanese)
Cindy Robinson (English)
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Sonic Riders

Amy Rose (formerly known as Rosy the Rascal) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, as well as one of the most well-liked characters in the series (despite the mixed reception). Unfortunately, she was not safe from the flanderization that Sonic Free Riders would bring upon the Sonic crew.

Note: This article will only talk about her behavior in Sonic Free Riders since Amy in the other Sonic games and other media is likable for the most part.

Why She's Exceptionally Dense

  1. Instead of being the kindhearted and kickass little girl with a crush on Sonic she's (almost) always been into an abusive little brat who became bossy and infuriated towards Sonic about going on a date with her. In fact, you could say that her behavior here is a lot like her Sonic X counterpart without the bits of likability she had every now and then.
    • Plus, her behavior in that game has been widely hated by fans and critics alike, becoming part of Free Riders' long list of flaws.
    • While Amy growing a backbone (albeit bluntly) isn't a bad idea, there were some previous Sonic games where Amy did so while still remaining likable as usual, but the way she does it here is in the most aggressive and arrogant way and totally comes out of nowhere.
  2. She's just another mean popular girl stereotype that is really annoying and troublesome to the point of making the likes of Wave and Rouge look harmless.
  3. When her team lost to Sonic's team, she gets mad at Sonic and she expects him to make it up to her by taking her out that night, thus making her a sore loser.
  4. She's extremely rude and disrespectful towards Vector to the point where she yells at him, berates him and blames him for not completing Team Rose's team registration. She would also order him around too.
  5. She's so eager to enter the competition that she even leaves her little sister figure Cream behind. Not only that, but she ignores her quite a lot.
  6. Even though Amy's "useless kid" insult was directed towards Vector, it looked like that she was using that towards Cream, which made a lot of fans and critics wonder why did she call her a "useless kid" as well as how she could be so insensitive to her own best friend.
  7. Regardless of all the comeuppance she gets, she remains the same angry brat throughout the game and doesn't even apologize to the rest of the cast in the end.
  8. Cindy Robinson's portrayal is downright irritating to listen, making her sound like a discount Minnie Mouse.
  9. Considering that many Amy haters point to this specific iteration, it's safe to say she actually gives the original Amy a bad name.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Amy was much more likable in the games prior to Sonic Free Riders (including the first Riders games) and depending on your view, she did redeem herself in games such as Sonic Generations, Lost World, Forces and etc, despite having little to no importance and screentime.
  2. At least her appearance stays faithful to her modern design.
  3. Despite being over-the-top splenetic to Vector, she still is quite a good friend to Cream (when she remembers about her existence).
  4. As mentioned in WSED#7, she does get a decent amount of karma, such as being called "exceptionally dense" by Knuckles and Vector begrudgingly telling her not to get distracted, as well as standing up to her by explaining why he shouldn't be blamed for the team being unable to complete the registration.
  5. Despite Cindy Robinson not doing a very good job, Taeko Kawata's performance hasn't downgraded one bit.
    • On top of that, Cindy would eventually improve in later games, reaching its peak in Sonic Boom and onwards.


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