— Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles the Echidna is the guardian of the Master Emerald on Angel Island and one of Sonic's best friends. In BearfootTruck's universe, he also serves part-time with the Knothole Freedom Fighters. Other than that, he's practically identical to his canon counterpart. For other universes' versions, go here.
Knuckles' backstory hasn't changed much here. He was born to unknown parents without any knowledge of why he was here, just that the he had to protect the Master Emerald. Then Robotnik came along and set off the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 3/Knuckles. At some point after this, Knuckles signed up as a part-time member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters. The reason he signed on part-time is because he still has to tend to the Master Emerald.
Again, not much to speak of here. While Knuckles is still a hothead, he seems a bit more mellow here. Most prominently, he doesn't fight so often with Sonic. Sure, the two get into plenty of arguments, but compared to Shadow the Hedgehog, Knuckles is on very good terms with Sonic.
As with other characters, Knuckles retains all the abilities he had in the games. Strangely enough, he hasn't used his digging ability in these stories, even though he could've done so in "Two Kinds of Heroes".
Again, no changes here, but like Sonic & Tails, his appearance could either be based on his classic or modern appearance due to the way the stories are written.
Items & weapons
So far, Knuckles hasn't been shown using any weapons or using vehicles. As far as he's concerned, his fists are good enough.
Knuckles is guarding Knothole when Sonic & Tails drag him along for a mission to destroy one of Robotnik's mech factories. However, he & the other Freedom Fighters are teleported to Stalag 13 during a freak electromagnetic storm. Knuckles is eager to beat up some German soldiers, but first, they have another matter to take care of: Colonel Robert Hogan and his team are planning on blowing up a German tank factory that’s supposed to build the new E-75 heavy tank.
During the plan, Knuckles stays behind with Sally Acorn, Bunnie, LeBeau, Antoine & Kinchloe and keeps watch for the guards while Sonic attacks the tank factory. After a minor confrontation with Shadow the Hedgehog, he assists him in destroying some Cylon Centurions. With that taken care of, he heads back to Mobius and helps to destroy the mech factory.
Knuckles is fighting with Rouge over a Chaos Emerald when Blaze the Cat informs him that two of the Sol Emeralds have been stolen. He directs Blaze to Eggopolis while he heads over to Knothole. Here, he learns that Sonic has gone missing and that the future is doomed without him. Back in the present, he assists Silver in the search for Sonic. When Sally informs Knuckles that Sonic (an impostor, actually) has been found, he decides to go home, but Silver wants him to help rescue Blaze. Knuckles insists upon going home, but after some heavy-handed persuasion from Silver, he reluctantly agrees to go to Robotnik's lair with him.
With Blaze rescued and Silver back in the future, Knuckles goes back to Knothole, where the fake Sonic grabs his nose. After this, he returns to Angel Island to guard the Master Emerald. Up here, Knuckles meets Sonic again (actually another impostor) and witnesses him jump off the island. Thinking that Sonic has died, he returns to the Master Emerald, distraught. However, Rouge later informs him that Sonic's not really dead, which improves Knuckles' spirits. She also tries to steal the Master Emerald, but Knuckles gets into a tickle fight with her.
Knuckles makes a very brief appearance in one of Sonic's dream sequences. He tells them that Robotnik once used a saw-equipped robot in an attempt to deforest Angel Island. However, Knuckles is actually the evil clone of Sonic in disguise.
Knuckles, like most of Sonic's friends, is a fan of Super Changin' Muscle Rangers (a thinly-disguised version of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers). His favorite character is Frankie Thompson, the green Muscle Ranger. He gets into a brief argument with Sonic over the show before heading back to Knothole. When Sonic informs everybody of the Muscle Rangers' kidnapping, Knuckles initially thinks that Sonic is giving away the plot of an upcoming episode. When it turns out to be for real, he accompanies Sonic to Robotnik's HQ. Piloting the RhinoVord, Knuckles helps to defeat Robotnik & rescue the Muscle Rangers. In the end, he sneers at Rouge for flirting with Oliver, causing her to think he’s jealous.
Knuckles gives Robotnik some hotcakes because he admires his guts. Unfortunately, Robotnik doesn’t admire the gift and sics his badniks on Knuckles. Fortunately, he gets away.
Knuckles goes to Daniel Griffith High School just like Sonic & Tails. Unlike those two, he's actually quite happy to have Mr. Tobor as a science teacher because he feels that the new teacher has made science fun for him. Because of this, Knuckles doesn't think that he'll be held back this year. Also, he refuses to believe Sonic when he says that their new science teacher might be Dr. Robotnik, who in turn may be the man who stole the Quantum Transcalculator XP-6400. Nevertheless, Knuckles agrees to contact the Chaotix so they can dig up some information on Mr. Tobor.
The next day, after Sonic earns detention, Knuckles is starting to lose faith in Sonic’s hypothesis, despite the fact that the Chaotix drew a blank. Still, he agrees to participate in Sonic's new plan: First, Tails & Knuckles buy an old fire engine with some help from Vector, along with firemen's turnout gear. Next, Team Sonic plants some fog generators in their lockers. After the fire alarm goes off, Tails & Knuckles show up in the fire engine, joining up with Sonic. Inside the school, once they find a secret passage, Knuckles breaks down the wall and enters, fighting through the secret underground tunnels with his friends. Finally, during the battle with Dr. Robotnik, Knuckles helps Tails guard the Quantum Transcalculator XP-6400.
Knuckles appears in the "Sonic Says" segment for this story. He is walking down the streets of San Santos when he notices Mephiles soliciting donations for the Salvation Marine Corps. After some thought, he decides to donate $50.