Rouge

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Rouge
Rouge Rio2016.png
Artwork from Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Full name Rouge the Bat
Species Bat
First appearance Sonic Adventure 2 (2001, Sonic the Hedgehog series)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo) (2008, Super Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Sonic Dream Team (2023, Sonic the Hedgehog franchise)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2019, Super Mario franchise)
Latest portrayal Karen Strassman (2010–present)
Rumi Ochiai (Japanese; 2001–present)

Rouge the Bat is a major character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, appearing regularly since her debut in Sonic Adventure 2. She is an anthropomorphic white bat whose wings enable her to fly. Rouge carries a lot of experience in treasure hunting, mainly focusing on the Master Emerald and Chaos Emeralds. In the Super Mario franchise, Rouge regularly appears in the Mario & Sonic series, usually as a rival or one of the playable athletes.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Rouge makes a few cameo appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there is a sticker of Rouge depicting her appearance profile picture, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is a spirit of Rouge.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Screenshot from the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Rouge the Bat as she appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Rouge in the Figure Skating event of the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Rouge makes an appearance as a boss in the Festival mode of the Figure Skating event in the Wii version. In single player mode, Rouge appears after the player trains in Figure Skating and challenges them with a high score to beat. In Co-op Festival mode, Rouge appears right before the halfway point of the festival with the same challenge. It is said by Toad and Cream that her performance is amazing and without a single mistake. Rouge also appears as a Mii costume in the shop for 300 star points, increasing the player's Skill points greatly.

In the DS version, Rouge is first seen in the area past the mechanical gate that Tails is required to fix in Frostown. When approached, Rouge is in deep thought as to the whereabouts of Shadow, and does not seem concerned with the stolen Olympic memorabilia. Later on in Cubyrinth, Shadow mentions seeing a flying treasure hunter and accepts to join the team in case any troubles might arise with the hunter (who is really Rouge).

Mario and Sonic make a deal with Rouge to exchange Whitestones with her for Olympic memorabilia; each piece is worth three Whitestones. Shadow, or anyone else who the player chooses, faces off against her when Bowser and Dr. Eggman bribe her with a ton of Whitestones to defeat the player in Figure Skating, tricking her. She accepts, unaware that it is a trick, but when defeated, she aids the player and helps free Blizza. While this is happening, Eggman and Bowser capture Frosty, but Rouge quickly pursues them. When talked to afterward in Frostown, Cubyrinth, or Sparkleton if the player is at that point already, Rouge apologizes for letting her greed get the better of her and mentions how Bowser and Eggman gave her the slip.

From then on, Rouge continues the Whitestones dealings and continues from town to town searching for memorabilia. She is later seen in the credits of the Adventure Tours after Bowser and Dr. Eggman are defeated again in a picture with the other villains: Bowser, Dr. Eggman, Bowser Jr., Metal Sonic, Eggman Nega, King Boo, Boo, Dry Bones, Big Bullet Bill, Omega and Jet. Dry Bowser is the only villain absent from the picture.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Rouge surrounded in The Mysterious Thief.

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rouge appears as a non-playable character. She is one of various characters that the players can speak to in the London Party mode and appears as a rival in 110m Hurdles. If the player defeats her they can receive a sticker. A Mii outfit based on Rouge also appears in this game.

Rouge only appears in the Story Mode of the Nintendo 3DS version, in which she is brainwashed by Dr. Eggman using the Phantasmal Fog, and initially tries to trap the girls and Toads in it. Peach challenges her in 100m Backstroke, and after being defeated Rouge begins to recover from her brainwashing and leads the group to the fog machine in Hyde Park. After Blaze destroys the machine and clears the fog, Rouge remembers more about being brainwashed, and then decides to stay with the girls in Hyde Park to keep an eye on things there. Rouge later calls Mario, Luigi, Sonic and Tails to support them when they face Bowser and Dr. Eggman, and also appears at the opening ceremony. A badge of Rouge can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Rouge appears as a boss in the Legends Showdown mode of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. As all of the playable characters are about to claim the Legend Trophy, she ambushes them along with Eggman Nega and Dry Bowser. The player must then face all three of them in the Winter Sports Champion Race event.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Artwork of the full roster of the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Artwork of Rouge with all of the playable characters from Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rouge appears yet again in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this time as a playable "guest" character. In the 3DS version she is exclusive to Golf, while in the Wii U version she is exclusive to Beach Volleyball.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[edit]

Rouge returns as a guest character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, this time exclusive to the Sport Climbing event. During this event, she wears her outfit from the Sonic Riders series.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Sticker
Rouge
Rouge Sticker.png
Artwork from: Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: [Tail] - Attack +10
Usable by: Yoshi, Pikachu, Diddy Kong, Pokémon Trainer

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Trophy
Rouge
RougeTheBatTrophy3DS.png
Game(s): Nintendo 3DS only
Category: Series Related
A treasure hunter with an eye for gems. Though bats are usually very mysterious, Rouge has no problem expressing her strong drive to get what she wants. She's foxy and clever, and even the infamous Dr. Eggman has been fooled by her on occasion. (American English)
A treasure hunter with an eye for precious gems. She wants to get every jewel and treasure in the world, and she'll never give up once she's got a target in her sights. She's smart and tactical, and can even manipulate Dr. Eggman. Definitely someone you want batting on your side! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirit
#790 Rouge the Bat
Rouge the Bat's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Series/game Sonic the Hedgehog Series
Type Support
Slots 1
Class Advanced
Strength / effect(s) Air Attack ↑
How to obtain World of Light (Final Battle); Spirit Board
Spirit battle Opponent(s) Fox
Conditions

  • The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
  • The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
  • The enemy has increased jump power
Stage Fourside
Song Sonic Heroes

Portrayals[edit]

  • Lani Minella (2001-2004)
  • Kathleen Delaney (2004-2009)
  • Karen Strassman (2010-present)
  • Rumi Ochiai (Japanese; 2001-present)
  • Marie Lenoir (French; 2011-present)
  • Jasmine Laurenti (Italian; 2011-present)
  • Marianne Graffam (German; 2011-present)
  • Ana Vidal (Spanish; 2011-present)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ルージュ・ザ・バット
Rūju za Batto
Rouge the Bat

Chinese 露姫
Lù Jī
Rouge

Spanish Rouge the Bat
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