Pet and Hero
Cheese was a Chao of some age, rumored to be on his fourth or fifth cycle of evolution when he came into the care of Cream the Rabbit. He and many other Chao-including his more timid brother Chocola-lived outside Cream's home in the Southern Baronies due to its wooded lake and magical energies. These magical energies attracted the attention of Snively Robotnik and he came to claim the Chao Garden as his own so he could dig it up. Cheese kept calm and composed while all the other Chao began panicking and he helped Cream guide them. Snively was then brought to a stop when Amy Rose came and began a counter-attack, but the rabbits' home and the Chao Garden was destroyed in the process and Cheese later offered Cream some comfort by being at her side. But then Amy said NICOLE could make a new Chao Garden in New Mobotropolis around the city's Lake of Rings. and Cream and her mother then stayed with Amy and Cheese and the other Chao came along. (StH: #217)
Cheese is capable of flight, and in battle works in tandem with Cream.
- Cheese's brother, Chocola, was featured in the game Sonic Heroes as one of the objectives of Team Rose.
- Cream and her friendship with Cheese are a pun on "cream cheese."
- Before debuting in Sonic the Hedgehog #217, Cheese, Cream, and Vanilla co-starred in the Sonic X spin-off comic, based on the anime of the same name.
- The only thing that distinguishes Cheese from other standard Chao is the small red bowtie worn on his neck.
- In the Sonic X TV show, Cheese was referred to as a female, however the comic book counterpart of the character is a male.
- It is possible Cheese was at Knothole's Lake of Rings before its destruction, but this has not been confirmed.
- Cheese's name was never disclosed in the comics prior to Archie Sonic Universe Issue 21, but canon policy stated that Cheese's game name could be used.
Cheese appears in a number of the Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe Off Panel strips, beginning in StH #217 where he and Cream celebrated finally getting into the main comic prior to receiving a phone call from their former Sonic X costars.