Tangle & Whisper Uncovered in Sonic Dash Datamine!

Sonic’s mobile games have been focused on making more Sonic characters playable for years now, making deeper and deeper cuts into the game canon. Now, Hardlight seems to be mining Sonic’s IDW comics for new characters, according to data uncovered by Twitter user Bluwolfboy. He dug into the latest build of the Android version of Sonic Dash, and uncovered two new characters: Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf! These two characters were introduced early on in Sonic’s IDW run, and became so popular the soon got their own four-part mini series!

Bluwolfboy uncovered fully 3D models and character icons. They also posted proof that the characters are in the data, and Tails Channel was able to independently verify it themselves.

This is a major milestone, not just for IDW Sonic, but for Sonic comics in general. Aside from the Freedom Fighter’s cameos in Sonic Spinball, and a few canceled games, this marks the first time Sonic comics characters have been present in a game! That said, we’re probably still a long way off from any members of the Archie cast popping up in anything.

You can check out Tangle and Whisper’s game assets below. If you want access to the actual models, check out the source at the bottom of the page! Obviously, it is currently not known when these characters will be available, but given they are in the data we probably won’t be waiting too long!

via Twitter

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Nuckles87 has been an editor at Sonic Stadium since 2007, and has been covering events like E3, PAX, and SDCC since 2010. An avid retro gamer, he runs a monthly stream on Twitch where he explores obscure Sonic oddities, and how aspects of the franchise have evolved over the decades.


  1. It’s too bad the fanbase is so jaded it would be nice to see other “noncannon” characters be featured in these app games rather than fuss over console releases…

  2. And I thought Longclaw’s appearance in Speed Battle was surprising, this is a nice surprise though.

    1. I totally agree with you 100%, Snatcher. After all, fate has determined Sonic Forces Speed Battle and also Sonic Dash, as the new home for the Sonic characters who don’t have a home anymore. Indeed, these two video games are not canon, but they are more popular even than canon video games. So please don’t listen to Mikey H. Oh yeah, by the way, I have also founded this twitter account that you can visit: https://twitter.com/Ral4Sal. Well, I only like positive opinions, according to what my mother suggests.

  3. If Sega and IDW are collaborating on stuff like this, then I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see comic characters in other Sonic games in the future.

    1. I agree with you. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle and Sonic Dash can be the good home for the Sonic comic characters and the Sonic cartoon characters.

  4. Could be a good way of promoting the Japanese release of IDW’s comic in Japan, couldn’t it?!…

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