Turns out, with great power comes great power-hungry bad guys!
~ Sonic

The Echidna Tribe are the overarching antagonists of the 2020 live-action film Sonic the Hedgehog, which is based on the blockbuster videogame series of the same name developed by Sega. They are a tribe that seeks to obtain a great power source or lifeform for their own purpose.


Prior to the film, back when Sonic still lived with his caretaker Longclaw, the tribe attacked them one day. They likely did so because they knew of Sonic's existence, and thus they had secretly tracked down the hedgehog. When they finally confirmed Sonic's home location, the tribe decided to attack him, only being obstructed by Longclaw and repelled.

However, as Longclaw took Sonic to safety, one of the tribe bowmen shot an arrow that hit her, causing the tribe to run towards Sonic to either capture or kill him. Realizing that she would possibly be killed but that Sonic could still be saved, Longclaw gave Sonic a bag of portal rings and send him to Earth while she stayed behind retaining the Echidnas. Sonic did so and the portal closed, foiling the Echidnas' plan. Whether the tribe killed Longclaw or not remains unconfirmed.

The tribe was never seen for the rest of the film, but during a post-credits scene, a fox from Sonic's world named Tails tracks him down to Earth and expresses his hopes that it isn't too late to find Sonic, hinting that the tribe is still seeking Sonic during nowadays.





  • In the video game, the tribe's species were same with Knuckles the Echidna, who is famously one of the main stars in Sonic game. Their appearance may tease the appearance of Knuckles in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film sequel.
  • It is unknown why the tribe wanted to catch Sonic, but since the film is (likely) a prequel of the games (or, at least had the same setting with the games), they possibly view Sonic as a force to protect the Chaos Emeralds in the game.
    • However, given when Sonic gets more emotional, his power grew even more than his normal state (the clan likely notice this), it can also be assumed the Echidnas view Sonic as a threat to the Emeralds and attempted to kill him.
  • Many fans thought that Knuckles appeared within the Echidna Tribe, given the extreme resemblance these Echidnas have to Knuckles. But this is impossible, since considering the history of video games, Knuckles is almost the same age as Sonic.


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Eggman Empire
Doctor Robotnik | Orbot | Cubot | Metal Sonic | Mecha Sonic | Silver Sonic | Mecha Knuckles | Badniks | Tails Doll | E-100 Alpha | E-101 Beta | EggRobo | Eggman Enterprises | MeteorTech | SCR-HD | Time Eater | Jackal Squad | Infinite | Replicas | Zero

Team Dark
Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega

Fang the Sniper

Babylon Rogues
Jet the Hawk | Wave the Swallow | Storm the Albatross

Eggman Nega's Forces
Eggman Nega | Metal Sonic 3.0

Deadly Six
Zavok | Zazz | Zeena | Master Zik | Zomom | Zor

Black Arms
Black Doom | Devil Doom | Eclipse the Darkling

Nocturnus Clan
Imperator Ix

Dr. Eggman | Hard-Boiled Heavies (Heavy King) | Metal Sonic

Sonic Boom
Charlie | D-Fekt | Dave the Intern | Dr. Eggman | Lyric the Last Ancient | Mark the Tapir | Metal Sonic | Morpho | Nominatus | Shadow the Hedgehog | Swifty the Shrew

Babylon Guardian | Bearenger the Bear | Biolizard | Black Knight | Captain Whisker | Carrotia the Rabbit | Chaos | Dark Gaia | Dark Gaia's Minions | Dr. Fukurokov | Erazor Djinn | Fockewulf the Wolf | G-merl | King Boom Boo | Ifrit | Merlina | Solaris (Mephiles the Dark & Iblis) | Wendy Witchcart | Professor Gerald Robotnik | Pachacamac

Dr. Robotnik | Agent Stone | Echidna Tribe (Pachacamac)

See Also
IDW Sonic Villains | Sonic Cartoon Villains | Sonic Comic Villains | Sonic X Villains

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