Charmy Bee is the youngest member of the Chaotix detective agency, and easily the most hyperactive of them as well.
Charmy and the other Chaotix joined forces with Knuckles the Echidna, Mighty the Armadillo, Heavy, and Bomb to oppose a force of robots built by Dr. Eggman. They later made the acquaintance of Mighty's friend Ray the Flying Squirrel as well, before joining three other teams in doing battle with the evil Metal Overlord. (KC, SH, SU: #63)
Trouble on Two Worlds
- See also: Charmy Man
Like the rest of Mobius and the alternate reality of Earth 20XX, Charmy was caught up in the effects of the second Genesis Wave. Once again he found himself a detective working alongside Espio and Vector, searching for the missing Knuckles, Tails, and Amy at the behest of Sonic. An impatient Charmy left his teammates in search of ice cream, only to be ambushed and captured by the Copybot, an agent of Eggman and Dr. Wily. Transformed into the villainous Charmy Man, he joined in an attack by the eight Roboticized Masters against Sonic's team of heroes, including new ally Mega Man. Charmy Man was defeated using Vector Man's Acoustic Blaster weapon-which Mega Man had copied-and then restored to normal by Mega Man's modified Mega Buster. Quickly befriending their new allies-notably Mega Man's dog Rush-Charmy and his teammates then agreed to take off in search of Mega Man's brother Proto Man, free of charge. (StH: #249, SU: #51, #52)
Charmy and his allies quickly caught up to Proto Man, who found the trio something of an irritant. They soon arrived at a large monument to Eggman and Wily in the Skull Egg Zone, where their Wily Egg fortress floated to a stop above a teleporter pad that had previously been used to load it. Much to their chagrin, the Chaotix were unable to crack its security code, but remained there as their various allies gathered to join them. A battle soon erupted between the heroes and the doctors' army of Robot Masters, during which Charmy assisted Vector and was menaced by Hornet Man. Undaunted, he continued to fight, taking on Plug Man before being drive into a group with his friends and allies and surrounded. Luckily, help arrived in the form of the Light Labs Robot Masters, and the bolstered heroes continued to fight until the Super Genesis Wave washed over them all. The wave's effects were subsequently undone by Super Sonic, but his restoration of Mobius was disrupted by Eggman with grave consequences. (MM: #26, #27 SU: #53, #54, StH: #250, #251)
Working for a Princess
Soon after the Shattered World Crisis began, Charmy and his teammates were hired by Princess Sally to locate the seven Chaos Emeralds. Their adventure led to them crossing paths once again with Knuckles, when they helped him fight off several of Dark Gaia's Minions in Pumpkin Hill Zone. The old allies joined forces once again to look for a Chaos Emerald, though Knuckles also proved invaluable in helping Charmy deal with his fear of ghosts inhabiting the area. However, they were then forced to deal with the Hooligans, who had been hired by Eggman to hunt the Chaos Emeralds down for him. Following a brief battle, the groups went their separate ways, with the Chaotix entering the Aquatic Mine to continue their search. Charmy and Vector's antics proved too much for Knuckles to put up with, and he announced his intentions to leave them to their search. However, he then sensed the Chaos Emerald nearby, and all four heroes found it in the possession of a strange-looking creature. (SU: #63, #64)
Despite Knuckles recognizing the creature as a good spirit meant to help restore the world, the Chaotix only had eyes for the Emerald, and attempted to take it by force. Luckily, Knuckles halted them before they had terrified him too much, and Charmy later gave their new friend a new name to go by: Chip. Unfortunately, the Hooligans soon returned, and both teams were then attacked by a Dark Gaia Titan. The Hooligans proceeded to grab Chip and the Emerald, destroying all apparent exits to the chamber while escaping and leaving the Chaotix and Knuckles at the Titan's mercy. However, Charmy and his friends escaped thanks to Vector's quick-thinking, and Charmy tricked Bean the Dynamite into attacking the Titan. Thanks to the distraction, they were able to recover the Emerald and Chip, entrusting both to Knuckles after he dispatched the Titan. (SU: #65, #66)
Charmy is a hyperactive and playful kid who often comes off as scatterbrained but is loyal to his friends and their work. He is also a very cheerful and friendly bee who treats everyone with perky kindness. He is brave like the rest of the Chaotix and will willingly go into dangerous assignments with them and protect his friends as best he can.
Charmy Bee is a black-and-yellow striped bee. His design initially mirrored that of the early video games; he wore a black flight helmet with red trim and goggles, white gloves, and white and red sneakers. His shoulders were red. He typically had a single black stripe on each antenna, though this varied between artists. With the release of Sonic Heroes, his character was reintroduced with a new design and the comic followed suit; Charmy now wore an orange vest with a bee emblem on the left, white and orange shoes, and white gloves cuffed with black. The red shoulders became black and the antennae now sport three black stripes each. Like many in the early days of the comic, Charmy was given light blue eyes; these later changed to gold.
Charmy is generally smaller than average in height; while more consistent in later years, early on his size would vary wildly from one appearance to the next. To explain this inconsistency, he was said to have the ability to change between his normal size and a much smaller mode for flight; however, this itself was inconsistently used and later largely ignored as his game redesign better established his height.
For a period of time, Charmy was drawn without his helmet; however, he was drawn with the same red trim of the helmet around his eyes, usually taken as a mistake in the interpretation of the design. Many other bees at the time were given the same odd treatment. For his coronation, Charmy wore a red cape, red boots, white gloves with wide cuffs, and a small crown. He retained the cape in a later appearance. For Bunnie and Antoine's wedding, he wore a tuxedo jacket and red cummerbund.
Charmy is capable of apparently perpetual flight, and is constantly in the air. He is also surprisingly strong for his small size, capable of lifting both his larger teammates and flying with them over large distances. Charmy can also communicate with flowers, and a particular breed can be made to bloom by him to allow instantaneous travel to another flower of the same breed in a different location.
- When Charmy was originally designed, he was portrayed as a teenager, as his age as of Knuckles Chaotix was 16. However, Charmy was portrayed in the games as a 6-year old from Sonic Heroes onward. SEGA has not given much explanation for this continuity flub (it should be noted, however, that his age was not given in the original Japanese manual, but rather added for the releases outside of Japan). Because of this, the Egg Grape treatment was meant to cause him to act like the scatterbrained funny-kid he now is in the games. However, he already had his Sonic Heroes design by StH #138.
- Ian Flynn has since expressed regret at approaching his new personality in this way, as a character who is essentially brain-damaged being portrayed in a comedic light could be seen as insensitive to some. As a result, Ian has often avoided giving Charmy any comedic moments. This has since changed with the reboot however, as Charmy is now, and always has been, six years old.
- Charmy was the first of the Chaotix-besides Knuckles-to have his backstory delved into in the series.