Howard Watcher is a minor character in the anime series Sonic X and its comic series published by Archie Comics. He was the chief watcher of Prison Island, tasked with the vigilance of Sonic the Hedgehog's cell when he was arrested, but after Amy Rose broke him out of his prison, Watcher lost his credibility and was fired from his position. This caused him to join the S.O.N.I.C.X. organization, in order to get his revenge on Sonic and his friends for making him lose his job.
Watcher is seen on the anime during Episode 35, "Sonic's Big Break". As in the comics, he is charged with watching over Sonic's cell, and after Amy manages to reach him to get him out (only to figure out Sonic could escape by himself), Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat are detected invading the prison as well. Watcher sends improved G.U.N. robots after each, but Sonic and Amy leave the building while Rouge destroys a robot in the security area, which initiates a detonation sequence around the island. Watcher, along with the other officials present at the time, evacuated the island in helicopters before it explodes.
Watcher is introduced as a S.O.N.I.C.X. member along with the others in Issue 23, where the group captures Sonic to try and attack him directly. After he mocks their group's name, believing it to be a fan-club, he easily escapes them. He is again seen on Issue 25, when he and the other members shoot a final Sonic clone created by Dr. Narasu to attack the original Sonic, mistaking it for Sonic himself. Watcher, along with the other members, appears in following issues, but is never seen doing anything important for the plot aside from a few commentaries, being one of the few members to do so.
Watcher is, much like the other members of the group, arrogant and proud of his profession, and after the loss of his job hurt his pride, he also became obsessed with destroying Sonic out of revenge. Watcher can be very loud and over-the-top when doing his job, and thanks to his perfect record, he is really dedicated to not letting anyone escape prison under his supervision. Thanks to Sonic, it was laid to waste along with his job.
- The surname "Watcher" is an obvious reference to his job.
- Watcher is one of the members of S.O.N.I.C.X. to almost have no role on the overall plot of the comics, despite claiming he wants to destroy Sonic.
|Heroes||Sonic | Tails | Amy | Knuckles | Cream | Cheese | Christopher Thorndyke | Big | Tikal | Vector | Espio | Charmy | Cosmo | Chuck Thorndyke | Helen | Danny | Frances | Nelson Thorndyke | Lindsey Thorndyke | Sam Speed | Ella | Mr. Tanaka | Mr. Stewart | Topaz | Hawk | Froggy | Emerl|
|Neutral/Anti-hero||Shadow | Rouge | Chaos | Gamma | ZERO | Beta | Delta | Epsilon | Zeta | Pachacamac|
|Villains||Eggman | Decoe | Bocoe | Bokkun | King Boom Boo | Bio Lizard | Dark Oak | Red Pine | Yellow Zelkova | Pale Bayleaf | Black Narcissus|
|Groups||Eggman Empire | E-Series | Chao | S-Team | G.U.N. | Chaotix | Cosmo's species | Metarex|
|Miscellaneous||Vanilla | President | Christina Cooper | Jerome Wise | Scarlet Garcia | Captain Westwood | Gerald Robotnik | Maria | Lily | Doctor Kai Narasu | Hector Dragg | Li Yan | Howard Watcher | Card Passer | Albert Butler | Elmer Johnson | Principal | Mayor | Next | Molly | Leon | Earthia | Galaxina | Landar | Daisy | Starla|