Death Battle Combatant
Knuckles the echinda
The Guardian of the Master Emerald
Knuckles the Echidna
Origin Sonic the Hedgehog
Company Sega
Appearance(s) Donkey Kong VS Knuckles
I'll probably be on this floating island forever. Guarding the Master Emerald, again. I may not know the whole story behind this. But perhaps it's better that way.
~ Knuckles the Echidna

Knuckles the Echidna is one of the main protagonists of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He appeared in the 51st episode of Death Battle, Donkey Kong VS Knuckles, where he fought against Donkey Kong from the series of the same name and Super Mario series.


The sole Echidna on Earth, Knuckles is the protector of the Master Emerald on Angel Island. He rarely leaves the island unless something big happens to the emerald or somewhere else.

He first met Dr. Eggman, and was told by him that Sonic was after the Master Emerald, and he needed his help. Not knowing that this was a lie, Knuckles fought against Sonic, but was soon able to realize his mistake and turned his attention to Eggman and helped defeat him. Knuckles would later become a strong ally to Sonic and his friends in later adventures.

Death Battle Info


  • Age: 16
  • Height: 3'7"/110 cm
  • Weight: 88 lbs/40 kg
  • Sole survivor of the Echidna race
  • Actually does have spikes on his knuckles
  • Doesn't chuckle
  • According to a recent redesign, evidently skips leg day

Powers & Abilities

  • Super strength
  • Can expertly tunnel through the ground
  • Gliding
    • Does this by catching air under his dreadlocks
  • Limited pyrokinesis and geokinesis
    • Punches can leave trail of explosions or shoot flaming rocks out of the ground
  • Apparently can breathe in space


  • Can go toe-to-toe with Sonic the Hedgehog in combat
  • Outruns machine gun fire
  • Smashes through boulders effortlessly
  • Punches the ground with such force that it triggers volcanic eruptions
  • Runs so fast that he crumbles the ground beneath him
  • Defeated Super Mecha Sonic

Weaknesses & Stupidity

  • By far the stupidest of his friends
  • Illiterate
  • Falls for Eggman's deceptions time and time again
  • Jumps into fights without much in a way of strategy
  • Possesses a huge ego


One Minute Melee

Knuckles fought Wario from the Mario franchise in Season 2 of One Minute Melee and won.

He was also seen as a background character in Sonic VS Flash, where he and Tails were defeated by The Flash before Sonic faced the superhero.

He also appeared after Luigi VS Tails, where he and Tails beat up Dr. Eggman after Tails shot him out of the air.


Knuckles makes a cameo in Guile VS Paul Phoenix DBX, where he's seen working out at Macho 'Mon Gym.


  • Knuckles the Echidna is the 6th Sonic character to get into Death Battle. The first five were Shadow, Sonic, Dr. Eggman, Metal Sonic and Tails, followed by Amy Rose.
  • Knuckles is the third Sega character to fight a Nintendo character, after Sonic and Tails, with the next one being Shadow.
    • Unlike Sonic and Tails who won against Mario and Luigi before, Knuckles lost in his battle against Donkey Kong, making him the first Sonic character to lose to a Mario character.
    • He is also the first Sega character to lose to a Nintendo character, being followed by Shadow.
  • Knuckles is the third Sonic character to lose a Death Battle, the first two being Shadow and Dr. Eggman, and the next one being Metal Sonic.
  • Knuckles was originally planned to fight Wario from the Super Mario series in Season 1. This was planned to air even before the first Mario VS Sonic fight. This matchup was eventually made into a Season 2 episode of One Minute Melee.


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