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King Nigel Acorn is the King of Mobotropolis and the father of Princess Sally Acorn. Many years ago the king was betrayed by his former adviser Dr. Robotnik which would result in the evil scientist's rise to power. However, Sally and her Freedom Fighters later rescued the king, who returned to his throne.
Early Life and Imprisonment
King Acorn was an affectionate father to his daughter Sally and a just ruler of the Kingdom of Acorn. At some time in the past, one of his royal advisors, the scientist Dr. Ellidy, retired from King Acorn's service. The king bid his old friend farewell as he was leaving, and later watched as Sally said her goodbyes as well. Ellidy presented Sally with the parting gift of a handheld computer, and was stymied when the princess asked what "her" name was. Seeing his friend struggling, the king suggested naming it after a past queen-Nicole Acorn-and the name Nicole was happily accepted by Sally. (SU: #71)
Some time after, he made the mistake of trusting both Walter Naugus and Dr. Eggman as royal advisors. After earning his trust, the two villains and Dr. Julian Snively attempted to convince the King that the infamous United Federation sought to invade his kingdom, which worked as the two nations had a questionable history in the past. Eggman's schemes eventually succeeded, and he imprisoned both King Acorn and Naugus in the Special Zone, taking over Mobotropolis in their absence. Some time later, King Acorn would be rescued by the Knothole Freedom Fighters, lead by Sally and Mobotropolis was restored to its former glory. However, Sally came to enjoy her new lifestyle as a hero and appealed to her father to let her stay that way. King Acorn stopped her and admitted that it would work out for the best, as her actions honored her Kingdom and that while he would always worry for Sally's safety, it made sense for her to be out on the field, protecting the world from Eggman, while he handled things back in Mobotropolis. (SCO: #1, #7, SU: #87)
Shattered World Crisis
- From the perspective of readers, this is picks up from where the Pre-Super Genesis Wave article left off.
Some time after losing his magical powers, Naugus kidnapped King Acorn and held him captive, usurping the throne and seeking a means of regaining his mystical abilities. the King was eventually rescued from his captivity by Sonic, Tails, and NICOLE, the latter of whom he felt had been captured by Naugus due to his own hesitation. Sonic and Tails, who both had their memories distorted by the recent Super Genesis Wave, filled him in on events. Sonic was taken aback by the King's positive health and demeanour, a stark contrast to how he appeared in their distorted memories. The pair then asked him if he could help them get in touch with the other Freedom Fighters, and Nigel gladly provided his service. Informing the pair that the Freedom Fighters had been working on a classified project, he showed them a single message sent by Rotor, which included a set of encrypted coordinates. As the heroes prepared to leave to find their missing friends, Nigel made one request: that they let him know as soon as they found Sally. He was later reunited with his daughter after her return from scouting the Death Egg. (StH: #251, #252, #256)
The Shattered World Crisis soon forced the reunited family apart again, but Westside Island was fortunate enough to be spared the worst of the planet cracking apart. King Acorn and Vanilla the Rabbit later contacted the Freedom Fighters aboard the Sky Patrol to trade notes on the current situation. Despite the difficulties, King Acorn remained optimistic and confident in the abilities of the young heroes. However, he was later approached by a somewhat embarrassed Sally with perturbing requests for use of the Kingdom's treasury for use in their efforts to acquire the Chaos Emeralds. (StH: #257, #268)
In an alternate timeline, the King sent a distress call out to his daughter when Mobotropolis came under attack by one of the new Roboticized Masters, M'egga Man. This event was later erased from the timeline by a time paradox. (SB: #8; MM: #52)
Later, the King was visited by Cream, Big and Gemerl and was given custody of the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys until it was time to enact Sally's plan to restore the planet. Soon after, he is visited by both Team Dark and Knuckles alongside Amy Rose, with each group asking for permission to search the Kingdom of Acorn for the Dark Arms and Master Emerald shards respectively. He gives them all his blessing but makes clear his displeasure of being informed of the Dark Arms' return so late and his worries that G.U.N. might be turning back to their old ways, prompting a nervous Rouge to promise to let her superiors know about his concerns. King Acorn then appoints Amy to act as the crown's liaison during the missions. Sometime later, Mobotropolis comes under attack by Eggman's forces who've come to steal the emeralds and keys needed to fix the world. The Hooligans manage to make their way to the royal vault where they find Nigel waiting for them. Activating the bracelets on his wrists, he branched a sword and shield make of pure energy and proceeded to attack the intruders. Although Nigel knocks away both Bean and Nack with ease, he is rendered unconscious by Bark in a single blow. (StH: #283, #284, SU: #87)
The King is considerate and has a jovial demeanor, and he displays quite friendly regards towards Sonic, Tails, and Nicole. He is a beloved family man and hold a great deal of fatherly concern for Sally, though he also expresses confidence in her abilities and understands her important contributions to the Freedom Fighters. As such, he allowed Sally to remain with the Freedom Fighters even after Mobotropolis had been reclaimed from Dr. Eggman. He can also be surprisingly serious at times, as when he believed that G.U.N. was withholding information from him his demeanor became so grave and somber it caught Rouge off guard.
As with many of the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series characters featured in the comics, the King underwent a change in appearance following the Worlds Collide crossover. His accelerated aging seems to have been undone, leaving him with red hair, eyebrows, and mustache, all of them smoother than in the unaltered reality. While he retains his two-toned light brown coloring, his appearance has become reminiscent of Ray the Flying Squirrel, including a rounded, bushy tail as opposed to his former fox-like one.
The King's new outfit in the altered reality resembles his previous usual attire, but with a number of differences. He wears a blue-colored uniform trimmed with red at the collar, sleeves, and bottom, with a red belt with an acorn-shaped buckle. He also took to wearing white gloves, and his red boots were replaced with blue ones with buckles on the feet and red cuffs on top. Also, like Sally's redesign, he no longer has his cheek fur.
Much like Sally, Nigel wears a pair of bracelets which lets him generate a sword and shield made of solid energy for combat.
- The Kings species is implied to be different from his original counterpart from Sonic SatAM. While he is said to be a squirrel in the comic, his physical traits in the cartoon more closely resemble that of a fox.
- In the original continuity, his name was Maximillian. The reason his name was changed is most likely due to the fact that the name was coined by former writer Ken Penders.
- Nigel shares his name, speech pattern and mannerisms with Nigel Thornberry, a character from the animated TV series The Wild Thornberrys: Nigel was famously voiced in the show by British actor Tim Curry, who also voiced the King in Sonic SatAM.
- Aside from Sabina Dragon, King Acorn is the only parent of a SatAM character to survive the Super Genesis Wave, this being due to the fact that he himself is also a SatAM character, and not a character created for the comic by a previous writer.
- Max is so far the only king of the Republic of Acorn to serve two terms of rule, since his son will never appear in the comics again.
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