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Knuckles – now a student at James F. Charleston High School in [[San Santos]] – is only too eager to participate in Mr. Obotir's experiment in History class, even being used as an example of perfect posture and discipline and later being asked to demonstrate the correct procedure for asking/answering questions to [[Blaze the Cat (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Blaze]]. At lunch, Knuckles calls the experiment one of the best things he's done all year. Of course, he gets easily flustered when [[Rouge the Bat (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Rouge]] starts teasing him.
When Day Two rolls around, Knuckles is only too happy to continue with "The Wave", as the experiment is now called. He also criticizes [[Sonic the Hedgehog/ BearfootTruck's Universe|Sonic]] and [[Miles "Tails" Prower (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Tails]] for not doing the salute and repeating the mottoes. On Day Three, Rad Red is one of those students who has chosen to wear a uniform for The Wave. When he receives his membership card, he learns that he is to become a Prefect, meaning that he must now make sure that everybody obeys the rules and report all infractions to Mr. Obotir. After class, he sings the praises of The Wave to Obotir and even decides to become his bodyguard, but Obotir turns him down. Later, he breaks up a fight between Sonic and another student and learns from [[Shadow the Hedgehog (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Shadow]] that Rouge has been spreading nasty rumors about the wave, which Knuckles initially attributed to Sonic.
Later that night, he confronts Rouge while she's taking a walk and accuses her of not taking The Wave seriously enough. However, she accuses him of taking it too seriously. He denies vandalizing her locker, but continues to hold his ground. When she attempts to tease him, he gets very nervous, so nervous that he ends up shoving her to the ground. She gets mad at him, tells him that she hates him and roundhouse kicks him into a fence. Though physically shaken up, Knuckles vows to continue with The Wave.
By Day Four, Knuckles is still committed to The Wave, so much so that he willingly helps Shadow drag Sonic to one of the bathrooms and holds the Blue Blur down while Shadow beats him up. However, [[Silver the Hedgehog (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Silver]]
intervenes and temporarily knocks Knuckles and Shadow out with his PK powers. During the chase, although Knuckles goes into the classroom where Sonic and Silver are hiding, he doesn't do a thorough search, thereby letting them go undetected. At lunch, Knuckles accidentally makes eye contact with Rouge, thereby earning an "evil eye" from her. Nevertheless, he is still committed to The Wave, and even goes to a party after school.
On Day Five, Knuckles still hasn't backed out of The Wave, and is only too content to join the rally and shoot at the two police officers who try to break it up. He even files students and faculty members into a classroom as hostages and opens fire on the other police officers under Shadow's orders. When the S.W.A.T. team shows up, however, Knuckles senses that something is wrong and questions Shadow's use of threats to keep the other Wave members in line. Nevertheless, after Shadow shoots [[Sally Acorn (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Sally]], he gets back in line and assists [[Ray the Flying Squirrel|Ray]] in opening up a case containing a Panzerschreck, which Shadow uses to blow up an APC approaching the school. Unbeknownst to him, Sonic, Tails, Rouge and Silver are assisting the S.W.A.T. team in infiltrating the school.
When Shadow has had enough of Captain Davison's talk, he snatches Knuckles' machine gun from him and attempts to gun the police down when Mr. Obotir orders all Wave members to report to the gym. In the gym, Knuckles – unaware of [[Dr. Robotnik (BearfootTruck's Universe)|Mr. Obotir's true identity]] – learns that there are no nationwide movements connected to The Wave and is shocked upon seeing a graphic documentary of the aftermath of the Tedescan Civil War. Then, when Rouge shows up, Knuckles frantically apologizes and says that he didn't mean to hurt her. She refuses his apology and leans in to suck his blood, but stops short of doing so, much to his relief. Unfortunately for him, such relief is fleeting when she starts tickling him.