Amy Rose (エミー・ローズ, Emī Rōzu?), once known as Rosy the Rascal, is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is a pink, female hedgehog who plays the part of Sonic's self-proclaimed girlfriend. She has chased Sonic since her first debut in 1993, and has been trying to win his heart in everything from the series' animated TV shows to comics and games. She is the first female character introduced into the game universe and is also one of the most popular, coming in fifth place on an official popularity poll.
Like Sonic and other characters in the series, Amy is significantly shorter and lighter than humans her same age. To be precise, she is 12 years old, 90 cm (2'11") tall (although at times it looks as if she's almost the same height as Sonic), and keeps her weight a secret. She was described as being 8 years old in Sonic CD, but as of Sonic Adventure and onwards she has grown older (by 4 years). Also, with the addition of Cream the Rabbit, Amy seems to have found herself a sidekick similar to Sonic's own Tails (as implied by Sonic Battle, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Advance 3, and Shadow the Hedgehog.)
The alias "Rosy the Rascal" is most likely a play on of "Rosie the Riveter", a feminist character and national icon which represents the women that had to work during World War II when all of their husbands were drafted. The name is rather suiting as both characters are extremely tough and motivated females.Amy Rose is also noted to be very popular among fans of Sonic and also to remain attractive to the series' older members.
Despite her frequent use in Sega games (especially since the Dreamcast era), Amy was not actually created by Sonic Team. A prototype version of her appeared in the Sonic the Hedgehog manga published in 1992, and there she was literally "the girlfriend of Nikki (Sonic)", as the description translates. After that appearance, Sega took the character, and Kazayuki Hoshino redesigned her for Sonic CD in 1993. It is said that she is always wearing a red dress and Converse-like running shoes.
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Amelia Rose IV was born July 7th, 1997, along with her younger twin sister Melanie, to their mother Amelia Rose III. Amy and her sister Mel spent almost all of their time together until they were eight. At this time, Amy was kidnapped by the villanous Badnik, Metal Sonic, and she never saw her family since. However, the famous Sonic the Hedgehog rescued her while on a mission to save the Time Stones of Little Planet.
Amy eventually became Sonic's #1 fan and even dreamt of marrying him one day. However, Sonic didn't return her love. For five years, Amy spent her time chasing the super fast blue hedgehog and trying to win his heart. Eventually, they mysteriously made love, and Amy became pregnant.
Amy decided to move to the newly created Green Hill Town so she could spend a great deal of time with her baby. Eventually,she gave birth to it, breaking her hips. (She was only 13.) The baby was a boy, and he looked a lot like his father.
The baby was named "Sonic Junior". Amy did her best to take good care of her child.
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Amy in the early games is presented as being kind and sweet, and a good victim for holding hostage by her enemies. Her kind and caring nature seems to have given her the ability to talk almost anybody out of destruction, from Eggman's supposedly single-minded and emotionless robots like E-102 Gamma (who then released her and turned on Eggman) to bitter, revenge-seeking villains such as Shadow the Hedgehog (who after talking to her, helped Sonic save the world in Sonic Adventure 2).
In the more recent games, she has become far more violent and aggressive, much to Sonic's dismay. Her former image, that of being what could be described as the series Ingenue (the "sweet and innocent girl"), appear to have been taken over to the new character of Cream the Rabbit. However, she is extremely protective of her friends. Despite her violent tendencies, Amy has a very good heart, she never gives up, and is one of the most optimistic and cheery characters of the series.