- Sally redirects here. For other versions or uses of Sally, see Sally (disambiguation).
Princess Sally Acorn is the daughter of King Nigel Acorn and leader of the Freedom Fighters. Born as the heir to her fathers throne, she was taken, as a child, to the sanctuary of Knothole Village in the Wood Zone by her Nannie Rosie Woodchuck when her father was betrayed by his royal adviser, Dr. Eggman and led the Freedom Fighters on many field missions against the scientist when he took power after banishing the King to the Special Zone. After King Acorn was rescued and resumed his role as king, Sally continued to lead the Knothole Freedom Fighters in the ongoing battle against the Eggman Empire.
Sally was born as the heir to the Kingdom of Acorn and lived a peaceful life in Mobotropolis, always playing and enjoying life with her father. However, one night, her sleep was interrupted by Rosie, who scooped her up in her arms and spirited her away to the safety of Knothole Village in the Wood Zone after the king's royal adviser (the man who would later come to be known as Dr. Eggman) betrayed him and banished both him and the royal wizard Naugus into the Special Zone, allowing him to take over the kingdom. Inspired by the heroism of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally assembled the Freedom Fighters, whom she led as the field leader, to combat the Eggman Empire. After several years, the Freedom Fighters were finally able to take back the the city and rescue King Acorn. With the Eggman Empire still possessing a strong hold in the rest of the world, King Acorn returned to his duty as King, allowing his daughter to continue leading the Freedom Fighters. (FCDS: #8; StH: #288)
Sally also appears to have been friends with the scientist Dr. Ellidy, who gifted her with a highly advanced handheld computer. Upon determining that the A.I. within was a "she," Sally asked the doctor for her name, and Ellidy found himself unable to answer. Her father suggested that she name the computer after a queen from their family line: Nicole. Sally became quite attached to Nicole, whose vast database seemed to her to be a match for any teaching, but was given a reality check by Rosie and realized that Nicole-at the time-lacked regard for anything beyond logic. Despite this, she kept Nicole even upon fleeing to Knothole, and eventually helped the computer discover her sentience. Ellidy, who went into retirement after giving Nicole to Sally, later developed the Ring-Blades, which would become Sally's signature weapon as a Freedom Fighter.(SU: #71, #72)
At some point in the past, Lupe the Wolf's village was invaded by Dr. Eggman's forces. Thankfully, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally Acorn and Antoine D'Coolette came to her aid. While Sonic ran off to follow and defeat Dr. Eggman, Sally remained and attempted to encourage Lupe to take a stand. (StH: #257, #277)
Countdown to Chaos
- From a reader's perspective, this picks up from where the original pre-Super Genesis Wave continuity left off.
During an undercover mission for the Sky Patrol, Sally found herself aboard the Death Egg evading capture. She managed to escape, but not before being caught on the Death Egg's security cameras. Eggman learned of her presence upon his return after a misadventure across the planet. He summoned Metal Sonic to hunt her down, vowing that Sonic will never see her alive. Sally evaded Metal Sonic until a well-timed hit sent her crashing into Mobotropolis and at the feet of Amy Rose, Cream, Bean and Bark. Members of the Royal Palace Guard attempted to aid Sally and Amy in fighting Metal Sonic, but were stopped, only for Sonic and Tails to rescue the two. After a tearful reunion from Sonic (at Sally's surprise, and confusion as Sonic then proceeded to talk about events she had no knowledge of) and a reunion with her father, Sally was requested by NICOLE to return to Sky Patrol. There, Sally and Amy were informed of the recent Super Genesis Wave, and how it had apparently rewritten their world, leaving Sonic and some of the heroes with memories of a former life and history, some of which Nicole were able to unlock due a glitch she suffered from the wave. Taking Nicole, in her handheld form, in hand together, both Sally and Amy gained memories their former lives. With Amy only shaken by the event, Sally broke down in grief, as she could recall her final few days and actions in the old timeline as Eggman's roboticised slave Mecha Sally. Though Bunnie comforted the princess, the time for processing was short - Nicole had finally succeeded in figuring out the dire consequences of the Super Genesis Wave; the Multiverse collapsed in on itself and been rewritten and, most urgently, the planet was strained by the excess energies of the wave piling on, causing it, at that very moment, to crack open. (StH: #252, #255, #256)
The World Shattering Crisis
With the world broken, Sally lead the Freedom Fighters to Station Square in order to help with rescue operations. During this time, NICOLE took notice of Sally's change in demeanor. Sally responded that she was doing this because of what she had done as Mecha Sally. NICOLE, however, stopped her before she could go any further - that Mecha Sally wasn't her and that they needed her in the here and now. When the Freedom Fighters' rescue efforts reached a major impasse, G.U.N. stepped in, lead by Captain Amanda Tower, who complimented Sally and the Freedom Fighters for their efforts, saying that had they not been there, it would have turned into a recovery effort. Sally took the compliment with tearful pride, seeing that her efforts to make up for those actions were worth it. Sadly, the happy moment was cut short, as Muttski contacted the Freedom Fighters with news of the abduction of Professor Charles the Hedgehog and Professor Pickle.(StH: #257)
Sally and her teammates soon intercepted the Egg Train carrying Eggman's captives, and Sally led one squad to the engine car to stop the train while Sonic led the other in searching for the missing scientists. Much to their chagrin, Sally's group awakened E-106 Eta, who destroyed the train controls and prevented them from learning the professors' exact location. This forced the groups to launch a car-by-car search for the missing pair while the train continued to accelerate uncontrollably. Fortunately, they managed to rescue the scientists, from whom they learned of Dark Gaia, a malevolent force affecting the shattered plant, and Light Gaia, a being with the power to restore it. The group thus set out on a mission to recover the Chaos Emeralds and locate the Gaia Temples in order to heal their world. Sally led Tails, Antoine, and Nicole on the first mission to recover an Emerald, penetrating Crystal Cave undetected. However, upon seeing the beautiful structures of the cave and realizing that they would be destroyed by Eggman's forces were the theft unnoticed, Sally persuaded Nicole to reactivate the security systems guarding the cave. After escaping, the group returned to the Sky Patrol, but their incursion alerted Eggman to the fact that Sally was making use of his stolen files. (StH: #258, #259, #260, #261, #262, #263)
The Freedom Fighters then made their way to Soumerca, where Amy and Sonic joined Sally in investigating reports of another Chaos Emerald found by Eggman's forces. They were attacked by E-113 Xi, but saved by the timely arrival of their old friends Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. The pair introduced the Freedom Fighters to their mentor Moss the Sloth, who sensed the Dark Gaia corruption that had been affecting Sonic for some time. Sonic insisted that he was fine, and Amy used her newly learned Mystic Melody to determine the location of the Chaos Emerald, which prompted Mighty and Ray to join the trio in journeying to the nearby Soumerca Egg Army base. Unfortunately, Egg-Boss Thunderbolt was waiting for them with an electric trap, which caused Sonic to take on a savage Werehog form. Sally, Amy, and Ray recovered the Emerald while Mighty pursued Sonic, who easily defeated the Egg Soldiers and would have dispatched Thunderbolt had Mighty not engaged him. After a brief fight between the two, Sally and Amy managed to talk Sonic down, and they returned to Moss' hut. To their relief, Sonic returned to his normal form upon daybreak, but fearing a savage relapse voted to remain with Moss until he could get a handle on his new form. (StH: #265, #265)
Determined to continue on, Sally soon had the team targeted on another Chaos Emerald, and led the D'Coolettes in while Rotor, Amy, and Tails waited in reserve. Sensing an obvious trap, Sally nonetheless continued, knowing how essential the Emerald was to restoring the planet. As expected, Eggman's forces were in place: E-108 Iota, E-109 Kappa, and E-110 Lambda appeared to attack the trio of Freedom Fighters. Worse, when their backup arrived, the Chaos Emerald was flown away and a laser net appeared to trap them all. Luckily, the remaining crew aboard the Sky Patrol, led by Cream, flew in to rescue their beleaguered teammates. The group soon rendezvoused with Sonic, who was stunned by their battered appearances, and Sally berated herself for acting foolishly and not guessing that Eggman had learned of the stolen data. Sonic encouraged her, but both were unpleasantly surprised to learn that the next Chaos Emerald was in the hands of an old acquaintance: Breezie the Hedgehog. Sally quickly registered Sonic, Amy, and Tails in Breezie's Chaos Emerald Championship, but was unable to get any more of the Freedom Fighters into the tournament or buy the Emerald from Breezie instead. Despite the urgency of the matter, she refused to condone stealing the Emerald, knowing that the world looked to them as heroes. When Sonic questioned how her father felt about her employing the kingdom's wealth as she had-paying the Chaotix to help locate Emeralds and attempting to pay off Breezie-Sally recalled the awkwardness of approaching her father for the funds, but would only tell Sonic that her father was "pragmatic." (StH: #266, #267, #268)
Sally joined her other teammates in watching the tournament on BreezTV, nervously watching as Tails faced off with Honey the Cat and later Sonic's match against Knuckles the Echidna. Following the tournament and the successful recovery of the Emerald, Sally and her teammates were contacted by Gregorios regarding the threat of Dark Gaia. Shortly thereafter, an attack by Dark Gaia's Minions on the Sky Patrol forced Sally and her teammates-minus the absent D'Coolettes, Sonic, and Amy-to do battle with them. When they were within two minutes of the sun causing the monsters to vanish, a group of them swarmed Tails, and Sally dove off the Sky Patrol in order to save him. Though Tails returned the favor, Nicole later berated her friend for her recklessness. However, the conversation was interrupted as Nicole received a distress signal from her creator, Dr. Ellidy, and left for the Digital World to help him. Fearing for both of them, Sally took Tails and Big the Cat in the Tornado to Isolated Island, where Ellidy had taken up residence following his retirement. They were greeted by Ellidy's repurposed Badnik helpers, and arrived just in time to greet the returning Ellidy and Nicole. Nicole later commented to Sally that Ellidy seemed to act strangely around her, and Sally did her best to comfort her friend. The A.I. then confided her fear that Ellidy had been trapped in the Digital World deliberately, and that the party responsible might now be aware of their location. (StH: #269, #271; SU: 71)
The following day Ellidy showed off his latest acquisition, a Red Star Ring produced by Isolated Island's Lake of Rings following the crisis. When Ellidy reported that the Badnik assigned to monitor the lake was no longer sending footage despite reading as active, Sally volunteered herself and Big to go check on things. During the trip, Sally questioned how Big felt about Nicole, and the simple Cat responded that he liked her and it didn't matter to him whether she was a machine or not. The two arrived at the lake just in time for another Red Star Ring to emerge, but were then attacked by Ellidy's Badnik. After Big dispatched the robot, the two headed back to Dr. Ellidy's House, where they reported their findings. While Big and Tails turned in for the night, Sally contacted the Sky Patrol on her MilesElectric to inform them of what was going on. She then noticed a curious shelter near the house, but upon investigation was confronted by an irate Dr. Ellidy. (SU: #72)
The confrontation led to a discussion of Ellidy's behavior towards Nicole, something that Sally couldn't understand, and Ellidy revealed that Nicole had been created to save the life of Nikki, his daughter. The effort had failed, and he had thus erected a shrine to her on the side of his home on Isolated Island. Sally's exchange with him grew heated, but she eventually realized that they were being affected by the energy of Dark Gaia. Much to her horror, Dark Gaia's Minions and Ellidy's Badniks closed in to attack, forcing them to take shelter inside the house. Closeting herself and Ellidy in the lab, the pair were confronted by Phage, the evil computer program who had taken control of Ellidy's Badniks and orchestrated the various attacks on them. An agent of Eggman's, she vowed to consume Nicole and claim Ellidy's research for her creator. This prompted Sally to use the Digitizer to go to her friend's aid, despite Ellidy's objections. Leaving the doctor a Ring Blade, she entered the Digital World and challenged Phage alongside Nicole. (SU: #73)
Despite Sally's bravery, Phage merely saw her presence as an added bonus, and set out to devour the pair of friends. Sally encouraged Nicole to flee, but instead the Lynx A.I. attacked Phage, causing considerable damage. The pair briefly escaped, and Sally questioned why her friend hadn't left when she had told her to. Nicole responded by revealing that Phage had prevented her from returning to her computer, and further insisted that she wouldn't leave Sally. Sally then bemoaned that she couldn't use the abilities Nicole displayed in the Digital World, which Nicole reminded her was due to the Digitizer accommodating her own understanding of reality. Sally then hit upon a strategy-luring Phage to an outside system and having Nicole create a digital copy of one of Ellidy's Sling Rings so that she could pull Sally back into Ellidy's systems. The plan worked, and Nicole then tried to seal Phage out, but the virus proved too powerful until Ellidy inserted a Red Star Ring into Nicole's computer, transforming her into Overclocked Nicole. Sally embraced her empowered friend, and they and their teammates were soon preparing to join the other Freedom Fighters in Apotos. Before leaving, Sally spoke with Ellidy about Nicole again, and learned that her friend had discovered her own origins during her time fleeing from Phage. After receiving the other Red Star Ring from Ellidy, Nicole surprised Sally by opting to travel with them as a hologram rather than returning to the inside of her computer. (SU: #74)
Sally and her team were later contacted by G.U.N. with information on the last unclaimed Chaos Emerald, and traveled to Crystal Desert Zone to rendezvous with a G.U.N. unit. Unfortunately, Metal Sonic beat them to the punch, and both he and Sonic disappeared through a Genesis Portal during the Freedom Fighters efforts to catch him. After contacting Rouge the Bat and providing aid to the injured soldiers, Sally began laying plans for the team to try and locate the missing Sonic. This proved unnecessary when another portal opened to admit Sonic, Emerald in hand, at their feet. (SU: #75
Days later, while searching for a possible Chaos Emerald in the Green Hill Zone, Sonic disappeared without a trace. When he did not return, his friends spent several hours searching for him, but they could not find him anywhere. Sally began to worry about her friend, uncomfortable with the thought of him assuming his Werehog form upon nightfall without being watched. Suddenly, Sally's father contacted her with dire news: Mobotropolis was under attack by an all-new and extremely powerful robot, M'egga Man. The Freedom Fighters quickly engaged the corrupted Robot Master, but found themselves to be no match for him. As such, Sally instructed Cream to contact her mother Vanilla so that Gemerl could come to their aid. However, even the mighty Gizoid proved to be no match for M'egga Man, who succeeded in activating one of Sigma-1's Unity Engines. (SB: #8; StH: #273)
As Sonic's World merged with Earth 20XX, Sally and her teammates were introduced to several Robot Masters from that world who had been fighting Sonic Man, Sonic having been corrupted in similar fashion to Mega Man. The unlikely allies found themselves helping civilians while the two Roboticized Masters attacked each other. After they were cured, the two groups were joined by other heroes: the Maverick Hunters from Earth 20XX's future and Team Sticks of the Sonic Boom Zone. Together, the heroes boarded the Sky Patrol in order to hunt down Sigma and thwart his plans to conquer the Multiverse. They were unexpectedly joined during a meeting of the group's leadership by Eggman, Dr. Wily, and Xander Payne, who informed them of Sigma's base on the Lost Hex. On the way there to confront him, Sally spoke with X and learned of his friend Alia, who had served him and his fellow Hunters as a "Navigator." Sally then volunteered herself, Nicole, Cream, and Roll to serve as Navigators for the assembled heroes. It wasn't long before they found themselves on their first mission, with their fellow heroes engaging an army of Mechaniloids controlled by Sigma's brainwashed commanders, the Deadly Six. Unfortunately, the villains later turned their robot-controlling powers on Sally's allies. (MM: #50; SU: #77; SB: #9)
As their robotic allies were forced to attack them, Sally went outside to help while ordering Cream to remain inside. She found Bunnie struggling to keep herself from attacking the others, the Zeti's abilities affecting her robotic limbs as well. Gemerl then tried to attack her, but was halted by Knuckles following his battle with Break Man. She then ordered the organic heroes back into the Sky Patrol as the robots pressed their attack. Fortunately, Eggman and Wily completed their Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, which stopped the Deadly Six and their robotic pawns. The heroes didn't have long to recover, however, before Sigma appeared in a giant new form and unleashed his Maverick army on them. Weakened as they were, the heroes were no match for the massive army, many of whom scattered to various worlds while a handful remained to continue attacking them. However, Sticks the Badger then arrived with some reinforcements: Chun-Li, Ken Masters, Ryu, and Guile of the Street Fighter Zone. Inspired by Sticks' quick-thinking, Sally directed her allies to split into small teams and follow the Mavericks in order to stop them and recruit other heroes. At Eggman's suggestion, however, a handful of them were assigned to remain on the Sky Patrol and await the arrival of Metal Sonic with Eggman's Chaos Emerald so that Super Sonic could be called upon if necessary. (StH: #274; MM: #51)
Sally and Wood Man traveled to the world of Ōkami, where they befriended Amaterasu and Issun and recruited them to their cause. They returned to the Unified World to find the Sky Patrol destroyed, but fortunately Metal Sonic had rescued the skeleton crew and the Chaos Emeralds. The expanded army of heroes then launched a massive assault on Sigma, only for him to unveil his final form and force Super Sonic and Super Mega Man to take him on. He was subsequently defeated, but the villain's actions left reality in a dangerous condition until Xander Payne acted to undo Sigma's trip to the past. As such, the Freedom Fighters were restored to the recreated Sky Patrol, with only Sonic retaining memories of the conflict. (SU: #78; SB: #10; StH: #275; MM: #52)
Fixing the World
Following the conflict with Sigma, Sally and her friends returned home and set about restoring the world to its proper state. This would lead Sally, Bunnie and Sonic on a mission to assist the Wolf Pack in battling against a Badnik Horde in Thunder Plains Zone. Sally and Bunnie then entered Egg Boss Clove the Pronghorn's territory to retrieve the last of the Chaos Emeralds, which soon resulted in a confrontation between both Freedom Fighters and their Egg Boss enemies. However, The pair still managed to escape with the final emerald and then Sally traveled to Spagonia with Rotor to obtain a pair of Gaia Keys from their respective Guardians. While there, the princess agreed to help the young key guardian Lucia to prepare for her mother's fiftieth birthday and get a status update on the city's defences from G.U.N. Captain Daniel Murer. Next, Sally traveled to Chun-Nan with Sonic, Antoine, Cream and Big to get another Gaia Key from Zonshen, while also aiding the Shijin Warriors in returning the Gaia Phoenix to its original state.
After collecting all the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys, Sally sent Cream and Big to hide them in Castle Acorn's vault. Afterwards, she and Sonic held a live broadcast to all their allies, wanting to get their support in a worldwide assault on the Eggman Empire as merely a distraction while they sneak into the Gaia Temples to fix the planet. Their allies all agreed on the plan, leading Sonic to plan an early celebratory party much to the worry of Sally. The festivities were cut short by an attack from the Battle Bird Armada and Phage. Sally attempted to fight against Speedy in order to protect Chip but the little spirit instead tried to help her and was kidnapped, leaving Sally to fight against two armada soldiers. (StH: #277, #278, #279, #280, #281, #282, #283, #284)
Sally is a natural leader and tactician, serving as the strategist and organizer of the Freedom Fighters. She has a very logical mind, but has experienced enough that she readily accepts the mystical forces she encounters. However, her thought process does have it's drawbacks, such as limiting her physical abilities in the Digital World to what she's capable of in the real world.
For combat purposes, Sally employs her Ring-Blades, which were developed by Dr. Ellidy. These blades, projected from her bracelets, are strong enough to withstand Metal Sonic's claws, and can cut through solid substances such as metal alloys. Sally wields them with great proficiency in battle; in the Digital World, she could also conceive of them in other shapes such as a shield and sword.
Sally is strong-minded and is very opinionated. 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, not only in directing and organizing people en masse but also through mediation and offering suggestions or compromises to difficult situations.
Despite being a princess, Sally is a bit of a "tomboy", not hesitating to get into rough or messy situations if needed and does not typically dress regally or act as a damsel, but rather acts as a fighter.
Sally is known to be kind but headstrong and has a tendency to put too much pressure on herself to react in the most wise way. She can be somewhat insecure at times and should she think herself to have failed or misjudged a situation in the past, she will often have tremendous self-doubts in herself at the frustration of her perceived inability.
Sally's attitude towards her title of princess is one of duty; she is a firm leader with a strong sense of justice and a warm heart, and loves her people and strives to do the best she can for them. 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. When her emotions are open however, she is often only protective of her friends, constantly worried about their wellbeing in the field.
She is a brown chipmunk with red hair that connects to the stripe going down her back and ending on her tail. Her face has a lighter brown patch in which her large blue eyes are settled. Each of her eyes has two medium-long eyelashes. Her clothes consist of black shorts with white rimming, dark blue boots with white outlines on the buckles, and white gloves with blue power bracelets that produce energy 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 younger Sally wore an outfit inspired by her younger self from the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series episode "Blast to the Past," though with the addition of white gloves. She has also been seen in white pajamas decorated with acorn designs. When she was slightly older, she started wearing her hair (now shorter) in a ponytail, and sported an open blue vest with a collar, with a black tube-top underneath, black sports pants held up by a white belt with a square, golden buckle, and wore a pair of grey and white sneakers. (StH: #277)
- Sally's design appears to be heavily inspired by Mecha Sally's weaponized form in the pre-SGW timeline. As Sally was roboticized when the Super Genesis Wave hit the original timeline, it's possible that the form heavily influenced how the wave altered her look.
- Sally's energy blades also draw parallels to the blades that Mecha Sally was equipped with. They bear strikingly similar properties to those of lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise, though the attacks when using them are akin to certain Twin Blade based users such as Wolverine and Baraka's from the X-Men/Avengers and Mortal Kombat franchises.
- According to Ian Flynn, Sonic and Sally's relationship status in the new reality is currently "Just Friends". And since the Archie series is cancelled that is unlikely to officially change.
- On his podcast the BumbleKast, Ian Flynn stated, "I would dare say that if you go through the book since the reboot, you could probably make a case for [Sally and Nicole being in a romantic relationship]." Shortly after the Archie series' cancellation, he confirmed on Twitter that he and Aleah Baker had intentionally written this romance into the Post-SGW Comics.
- Ian Flynn confirmed in a Q&A that Sally is a poor cook as indicated in SU #71, and when preparing food for herself usually makes salad with nuts. 
- According to Aleah Baker on the Bumbleking Forums, Sally is 16 years old; though this could probably change.
- In the series, Sally was voiced by Kath Soucie, who also voiced NICOLE. Her young self was voiced by the late Dana Hill. In Sonic Christmas Blast, where she didn’t exactly talk, she was voiced by Tabitha St. Germain.
- Sally Acorn at Sonic News Network