Miles “Tails” Prower serves as the sidekick to Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tails is a character who has shown that he can be his own hero when the situation calls for it. Tails is one of the mainstay characters in the Sonic franchise and is recognized as being in the Top 3 of popular Sonic characters, ranking along with Sonic and Shadow.
Tails made his official debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Game Gear/Master System, and then shortly after appeared in the more popular Genesis Sonic 2 on November 21. Tails would move on in the mid 1990’s and star in his own Game Gear games in Tails Adventure and Tails’ Skypatrol and a Sega Pico game in Tails and the Music Maker.
Miles Prower is a pun on “miles per hour”, a reference to the core theme of Sonic the Hedgehog, which is speed. The creation of Tails came from the mind of Yashushi Yamaguchi by way of winning an internal contest held within Sonic Team. The contest determined what Sonic’s sidekick would look like. Though Sonic Team only wanted the Tails nickname, Yamaguchi managed to fit the Miles Prower name in along with it.
Tails is generally described as a humble fox with a very sweet nature. Before he met Sonic, Tails was often picked on because of his two tails. Being a long-time friend of Sonic’s he admires the main hero and aspires to be just like him. Lacking courage it is often hard for Tails to take the initiative, but he presses on to prove that he can be reliable.
Tails’ main characteristic is that he specializes in flying. He will twist his two tails around and then take off like a helicopter when taking flight. He has the unique ability to push himself in the air in various directions for a short amount of time before he loses steam and has to reset. Tails is described as a mechanical prodigy who has yet to realize his full potential.
Tails has proven to have success as a playable character in multiple games such as Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Mania. Throughout the entirety of the Sonic franchise Tails has remained a constant fixture in game plots, whether canon or non-canon.
Miles Prower has also appeared in various other forms of Sonic media such as the long-running Archie Sonic comic book series (which ended in 2017), a feature length movie in Sonic OVA in 1996, the animated series Sonic X from 2003 to 2005, and the CGI cartoon series Sonic Boom since 2014.
Tails has ultimately received wide praise for his role in the Sonic franchise, being one of the most influential sidekick characters in video game history. Official Nintendo Magazine lists Tails as the second best Sonic character. Maximum PC lists Tails as their third greatest sidekick. ScrewAttack lists Tails as the greatest sidekick in gaming.
Value: The value that Miles “Tails” Prower brings to the Sonic franchise is hard to ignore. He has been around since the very 2nd game of the franchise and has remained an important figure in general Sonic media. In recent years, however, Tails’ role has diminished from being a playable character to just being “tech support” or giving Sonic advice in his adventures.
It is certainly important to acknowledge the longevity of a character like Tails as he has been active for 25 years. It’s really a matter of how to use Tails in Main Sonic games, how to properly implement Tails in game situations where he will be really needed, and that includes being in a playable role once again.