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Publication Details


Date Published 

October 2002

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
  • Aimee & Josh Ray
  • Justin Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 116 was the one hundred and sixteenth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One

"Operation: Off-Switch!" - Part One

Bunnie Rabbot and Sonic the Hedgehog meet with the President of Station Square, who informs them that Dr. Eggman is constructing a new robotic body in the ruins of an abandoned city in Mobius' northern hemisphere. The President sent Rouge the Bat to stop him, but they soon lost contact with her. He asks Sonic and Bunnie to find Rouge and stop Dr. Eggman. Sonic asks why they weren't his first choice and the President starts grovelling, begging them to forgive him for being so inconsiderate. Sonic tells him he was just joking and asks him to calm down.

"Operation: Off-Switch!" - Part Two

Sonic and Bunnie arrive at the ruins of Old Megaopolis, landing on a skyscraper to scope out their surroundings. Sonic notices that the ruined city is much smaller than New Megaopolis. Bunnie volunteers to search for Rouge while Sonic seeks out Eggman.

"Operation: Off-Switch!" - Part Three

Sonic quickly finds himself being chased by heat-seaking missiles and realizes Eggman must be nearby. He ducks into the subway system and hops back out. The missiles explode, unable to maneuver through the tight corners of the subway entrance. Sonic spots Eggman's base and races towards it.

"Operation: Off-Switch!" - Conclusion

As Sonic enters the factory, he's greeted by Eggman's new robotic body. Eggman talks to Sonic, hitting him with a robotic arm from behind while he's distracted. Sonic is slammed into a nearby wall, but he quickly recovers and runs circles around the robot arm. Getting bored with their fight, Sonic lights a stick of dynamite, sticks it in Eggman's mouth, and runs out of the building. From a safe distance, Sonic watches the factory explode.

Story Two

"Bat Fight!"
Bunnie Bashes Bat

Rouge and Bunnie fighting.

Rouge the Bat is stuck in a prison cell and thinks about how she was zapped and captured while flying through Old Megaopolis' defense grid. The electric "bars" locking her in her cell suddenly deactivate. Rouge walks out of her cell and sees Bunnie Rabbot standing nearby. Thinking that Bunnie is a cyborg programmed by Dr. Eggman, she attacks.

Bunnie and Rouge fight each other at length, crashing through buildings and windows, until they're both out of breath. Eventually Sonic finds them and tells them to calm down, explaining that they aren't enemies. Bunnie and Rouge apologize.

Story Three

"Ultimate Power" - Mid-louge: The Lesson

In the past, Knuckles is with his father, Locke, as they watch intruders enter the Chaos Chamber. Locke leaves his son behind while Chaos Knuckles watches his younger self tag along in secret. Chaos Knuckles realizes he's accidentally sent himself back in time due to something his father said in the present and follows his father into the chamber.

Locke encounters some of Dr. Robotnik's troops attempting to steal the Chaos Emerald. Locke tries to negotiate, asking them to take some of the Solar Cells from Hydro City instead, but the Robians refuse to compromise. The young Knuckles attacks the Robians, but is easily swatted aside. Chaos Knuckles wonders if he should help his father, but Locke uses the Chaos Emerald's power to disable the robots.

The young Knuckles asks his father what happened, and Locke explains that he used the Chaos Emerald's power to drain power from the robots' circuits. He promises to teach Knuckles how to use the emerald's power someday, and Chaos Knuckles realizes that he needs to take his role as Guardian more seriously and take responsibility by saving Dimitri. Chaos Knuckles reappears in the present just as they receive a message from Constable Remington.


  • Sonic: "Why didn't you call us in the first place?
  • President: "Oh, please forgive me! What was I thinking? I should've known better!"
  • Sonic: "Dude. Chill...I was only joking!"

  • Dr. Eggman: "Stop! My arm is killing me!"
  • Sonic: "Well, your face is killing me but you don't see me complaining!"

  • Knuckles: "With great power comes great responsibility!"

Key Events

  • Eggman appears in a new robotic body, but it is destroyed by Sonic.
  • Due to mistaken circumstances, Rouge and Bunnie temporarily fight.
  • Knuckles revisits his childhood to learn the secrets of the Chaos Emerald.

Background Information

  • The fight between Bunnie and Rouge is one of the longest in the comic series, spanning almost eight pages.
  • Old Megaopolis is based on New York City.

Cameos & References

  • Knuckles' line "With great power comes great responsibility!" is a reference to Uncle Ben's famous line from Spider-Man.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

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