Sonny is an anthropomorphic male sun bear.
"Sonny is a jovial racer with a love for racing, snacks and video games. Due to his optimistic and easy-going nature, he is quick to diffuse tension and provides the voice of reason even in heated situations.
He may be the friendliest guy to hang out with, but don't let his soft, fluffy exterior fool you – with his cool resolve and tricky moves, Sonny is still a force to be reckoned with."
As revealed in "The New Guy", by the time of the thirteenth Rimba Grand Prix, Sonny had been racing for three years. In "Welcome To The Big Time", he and longtime friend Meika introduced themselves to Tag, whose obvious admiration for the more experienced pair won them over. Despite this, they decided to test Tag during the race at Desert Rose, and were initially disappointed to see him suffering from nerves. However, Sonny was stunned when Tag managed to jump a pile up, successfully completing the race in second place.
In "Playing With Fire", Sonny and Meika commiserated with Tag over his embarrassing endorsement with Jump Jump Power Drink; at the same time, Sonny had apparently guessed at a connection between Tag and Riq. After Tag was attacked and ended up in the hospital, Sonny and Meelo came to visit, and Sonny hinted at his suspicions about Tag's heritage to Miles as they took over watch duty at Tag's bed side. Sonny was present when Tag awoke, and the two bonded before quickly going to stop Miles from hurting Meelo, whom he had come to suspect was behind the attack. During the race at Highland Air Race Track, Sonny came to Tag's aid, using the Boomboxer's special feature to halt an attacking Wrecks.
In "Shakes, Rattles, & Rolls", Tag and Miles are hanging out with Sonny in his room when the next race is announced as taking place at Pinewood Reservoir. Seeing Tag despondent and struggling with his racing after the news, Sonny and Meika take him to see Meelo, and at the chameleon's insistence subject him to a number of grueling tests. However, Sonny realizes that Tag is not suffering from "the shakes", but with the idea of racing at Pinewood. At his coaxing, Tag admits that Riq-who apparently died during a race at Pinewood-was his father, confirming Sonny's suspicions. Sonny expresses his full support for Tag, who manages to pass him during the race to win first place.
In "Can I Get A Ka-Ching!", Sonny explains to an ignorant Tag that money is often a problem for racers, due to the need for repairs and retrofits to vehicles between races. He informed the displeased tiger that sponsors were his only real answer. Later, he commented on Tag's last second arrival for the Blizzard's Bite race, only to struggle himself with the icy conditions. He was less than thrilled when Tag passed him, though Tag himself was beaten by Axle.
In "Mostly True Confessions", Sonny tries to help Tag overcome his obsession with beating Axle by taking him to the gym, only for Tag to break the racing simulator. He and Tag then find Meelo cornered by Krom and Wrecks, and with help from Meika manage to drag him away to safety. After a nerve-wracking interview with Ms. Dira, Sonny hides out with his friends in Tag's garage, only for Meelo to sneak out. However, their friend proves more than a match for Krom; in gratitude for their concern, he then gives them five years' worth of Axle's race footage to study.
In "It's Just Business", Sonny and his friends move swiftly up the rankings in the RGP, with Sonny beating out the others in the Sandbox Offroad Extravaganza. As a result of a bet made among the group, Meelo is subjected to various forms of humiliation, much to the amusement of Sonny and the others. Later, when the group are discussing their early races, Tag is inspired to reject a recent offer to join King's team. Sonny later watches in horror as Tag falls off the course during the Jungle Gym Invitational, before Tag approaches him, Meika, and Meelo in the lounge.
Sonny is a large, bulky figure, with a stockier build that leans more towards that of a bear than a human. He is nearly a head taller than Tag, though not quite as massive as Krom or Mr. King. Sunny's body is covered in black fur, with the exception of a peach face and a small matching patch on his chest, only visible in his racing outfit. He has small brown eyes, a large black nose, and small black ears.
Sonny's racing attire consists of a gray jumpsuit with a low neck, and what is either a black collar or his own upper torso visible. Black stripes run down the front of the chest to the legs, and his gloves and the undersides of the arms are also black. Sonny wears a pair of clear protective glasses with silver frames, and a black helmet with gray patches on either side that exposes his face but accommodates the glasses. Sonny's casual attire consists of a long white shirt with black and yellow stripes, surmounted by an orange collar. He wears pale green shorts with a white belt, and large white shoes with orange soles and marking on the side.
- "Nothing like a workout to work out the stress and clear the mind. Don't let this soft, bouncy exterior fool you! Underneath: abs of GRANITE."
- —Sonny to Miles[src]
Sonny is typically a laid back, jovial individual, with a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor. He takes insults and skepticism in stride, often cracking jokes and gently teasing. He is able to get along with most people, though he is quick to defend others from bullying. Friendship is very important to Sonny, and he is always willing to help a friend in trouble, though he respects everyone's right to have secrets. However, he has zero tolerance for friends lying to each other.
As a racer Sonny is a fierce competitor, not letting friendship stop him from doing his best to win, and at times demonstrating annoyed or vindictive behavior. However, he also isn't above helping out fellow racers during an event, particularly if they're in danger. Despite his bulky exterior, Sonny has an active mind, and was among the few to work out Tag's relationship to Riq based purely on having seen both of them drive. He seems to have set a goal of a balanced lifestyle, enjoying downtime alone or with friends and working out when he's not in the middle of a race.
Apart from competing against each other in RGP XIII, Sonny and Cuckoo had no real interactions.
Sonny and Krom are competitors and members of opposing factions, namely King's team and the Tag Team. Their antagonism became somewhat personal after Krom's tactics landed Sonny in the hospital. After recovering, Sonny would knock Krom out of the Ruby Rock race; however, he was nervous about competing on the same team as Krom during an RGP XIV event.
Sonny and Meelo are friends, though Meelo's quirks can be a bit unnerving to Sonny. Of course, Sonny has no qualms about teasing Meelo over embarrassing or sensitive subjects, and the two and their other friends have engaged in bets providing much material for Sonny to use.
Sonny and Meika have been close friends for some time, Sonny having come to Meika's aid during one of their first races together. The two often spend time together when not racing, and will often help each other out during races. Sonny, comfortable with everyone having their secrets, did not become angry with Meika after seeing her talking to King during the RGP XIV. However, after she broke into Meelo's room in her work as an operative for the Ringmasters, a hurt Sonny confronted her for lying and warned her to stay away from his friends.
However, Sonny and Meika's long-standing bond allowed them to reconcile, and Sonny was able to convince Meika to help the Tag Team against her employers.
As nominal head of the RGP, King's influence and machinations have been a threat to Sonny and his friends. King has even used his power to intimidate Sonny, at one point attempting to convince him to frame Tag for an accident in which he was involved. However, Sonny has remained firm in defense of his friends, and committed to their efforts to bring King down as part of the Tag Team.
As one of the more laid-back, outgoing racers, Sonny is on good terms with Ms. Dira and seems to have no issue with interviews.
Sonny and Torres have a professional relationship, though he seems to find her fairly intimidating. While Torres doesn't seem to hold any soft spot for Sonny, she has offered him helpful-if somewhat cryptic-advice in the past.
Sonny and Ooaa had no interaction apart from competing in the RGP XIII.
Pike and his fellow Ringmasters operatives are dedicated to bringing down Sonny and his friends and ending their racing careers. Of the Tag Team racers, Sonny seems to have attracted the least interest, though Pike did order him knocked out of a race on one occasion.
Sonny was the last member of the Tag Team to learn of the Ringmasters, and was thus shocked to learn of their existence. Despite this, he remained fully committed to helping his friends against them, even persuading Meika-previously one of their agents-to help.
Sonny is a long-time admirer of Riq, and so familiar with Riq's driving style that he instantly recognized Tag's unconscious emulation of it. He quickly deduced a connection between the two, and eventually convinced Tag to confirm it. Later, upon actually meeting Riq, Sonny was both starstruck and stunned, having believed him to be dead for fourteen years. Riq's continued existence proved something of a sore spot for him as one of the secrets his friends had kept from him, despite Meelo admitting that he had likewise been in the dark about the legendary racer. Riq, for his part, seemed to appreciate Sonny's admiration, and considered him worthy of trust.
Sonny took a liking to Tag upon their first meeting due to the rookie racer's admiration, but decided to test him during their first race together. Tag proved a stunning surprise, and Sonny quickly recognized the similarities between Tag's driving and Riq's. Sonny kept his suspicions quiet for a time, but became something of an older brother figure to the young tiger, dishing out advice and teasing in equal measure. Eventually he alerted Tag to his suspicions and had them confirmed, and their friendship has been firm ever since.
Sonny and Tamira are implicit allies as members of the Tag Team, but the two have not had much interaction.
As a member of the Tag Team, Sonny is aligned against Vyxx, who is an operative for the Ringmasters.
When Wrecks was still racing, he and Sonny were competitors, and on opposing sides of the conflict between King's team and the Tag Team.
As a member of the Tag Team, Sonny is aligned against Xeno, who is an operative for the Ringmasters. No particular antagonism exists between the two, though Sonny was once targeted by Xeno and knocked out of a race.
- According to the trivia section of his Rimba Racer character page:
- "Sonny has a huge collection of video games, comics, and trading cards of famous racers."
- "Sonny's music playlist is full of hip hop, rap and R&B tracks."
- "Sonny's favourite snack is honey or caramel coated popcorn."
- "Sonny's design is based on the Malayan sun bear and the Asian black bear."
- "Sonny has a huge family. They like to hold Sunday barbecues and watch racing shows on TV."
- "Sonny personally customised the Boomboxer's steering wheel to function like a game controller."
- "Sonny has been racing in the Rimba Grand Prix for three seasons."
- "Sonny loves to play video games. He even considered becoming a pro gamer before entering the RGP."
- "Sonny's favourite game is Rimba Racer Rush. He has the highest score among all the racers."
- "Sonny's look and personality were based on Chi-Ren Choong, the scriptwriter for Rimba Racer."