Gameverse Antoine. I’m basing my redesigns on the cartoon, not comic, and his species was never addressed there so I wanted to figure out something else. I thought shrew at first because of his nose but he doesn’t have a tail. Then I hit on something better: the tenrec. Specifically the tailless tenrec, which matches his lack of tail, nose, ears, and colors. Also, as some tenrecs are considered false hedgehogs, it makes sense for Sonic’s romantic rival to be one. After all, Shadow was going to be a tenrec. Plus the comics have Gold the Tenrec as a match to Silver the Hedgehog. Gold’s also why I went with the split eye instead of mono eye, because I was going to go with mono eye originally.