Rough and Tumble are a pair of skunk brothers and mercenaries that serve antagonistic roles in the IDW Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Late into the war between the Resistance and Eggman Empire, a village in charge of Wispon distribution came under attack by Badniks. Rough and Tumble soon came to the towns aid and ferociously cleared away the invaders, saving the village. The pair then claimed they wanted to improve the town's defences, so were given access to all the Wispons the grateful villagers had to offer, but they instead used the weapons to enslave the townsfolk. The villagers had no choice but to comply to the pair's demands as they had nothing to fight back with, and it remained that way until a month later when Sonic and Knuckles went to investigate.

The heroes soon learned of the towns predicament before confronting Rough and Tumble inside a warehouse. The villainous duo put up a bit of a fight, but after Rough was hammered through the floor by Knuckles, the mercs prepared to use the Wispons against their foes. Thinking quick, Sonic rallied the Wisps that powered the weapons and turned the tables on the mercs, who were unable to use the Wispons without the alien's assistance, before knocking them both out. Rough and Tumble were arrested for their crimes but swore they would break free and get their revenge.

During a battle for control of Angel Island, Rough and Tumble escaped their imprisonment and kidnapped the amnesiac Dr. Eggman on behalf of a mysterious client. They take the doctor to one of his bases where they meet their employer Dr. Starline and assist him in restoring Eggman's memories. Eggman (under the kindly persona of "Mr. Tinker") begs Rough and Tumble to let him go, but the mercs ignore his pleas as they strap him a device and watch as the doctor receives electric shocks by Starline. However the tortuous treatment was not enough to restore Eggman to his former self.

After a few more treatments, Rough begins to get frustrated with Dr. Starline and reminded him that their deal was to give him Eggman in exchange for weapons to use against Sonic the Hedgehog (although the mercenaries also attempt to downplay their reliance on them). Starline assures the brothers that they will get their rewards as soon as Eggman's lost memories resurface, and luckily for them it's not long before this occurs thanks to the arrival of Metal Sonic.

The duo were outfitted with advanced weaponry and sent to terrorize Windmill Village (the village where Eggman was kidnapped from) in order to attract the attention of Sonic. However the hedgehog was unimpressed with their new tech and passed them off as a minor threat, being more concerned about finding Eggman. Infuriated, the pair attack while Sonic works with Tails to defeat them. Tumble tries to crush Sonic with his mechanical tail but it's soon destroyed using the titular windmill's blades while Rough uses his Vapor Condenser to launch large stink bombs at Tails only for the fox to throw one back at him. The skunks are soon defeated and were about to reveal who they were working for until a portal created by Dr. Starline's Warp Topaz opened up beneath them and warped the pair back to Eggman's base.


Rough is the short, teal-colored skunk while Tumble is the tall, cream-colored one. Although they've been described as bullies, using threats to intimidate people and boss them around, the brothers are willing to stoop towards more villainous acts if pushed far enough or to achieve their goals. Rough and Tumble also seem quite arrogant due to their strength and like to showboat using a routine they've come up with. The duo are said to be not very smart and reluctant to admit when they aren't strong enough to handle themselves in a fight with their brute strength alone.

Tumble appears to be sensitive about his short tail and implied it once use to be bigger. After losing a long mechanical tail given to him by Dr. Eggman, he was very saddened to the point of tears.

Powers and Abilities

Rough and Tumble are both strong capable fighters and can hold their own against the might of Sonic and Knuckles. Rough can also perform a technique called "Stink Bomber" in which he produces a fowl smelling odor while using a Spin Dash.


           IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Villains

Eggman Empire
Dr. Eggman | Dr. Starline | Metal Sonic

Hooligans | Rough and Tumble