Yes, I Can Feel the Sunshine: The Myth of the Tails Doll Dispelled | Teen Ink

Yes, I Can Feel the Sunshine: The Myth of the Tails Doll Dispelled

December 2, 2008
By Anonymous

It's evil. Its eyes are chillingly blank. It scares all who witness its physical form. Most of them never see much else again. Oh, and it's soft, cuddly, orange, and plushy. If you recognize this description, you know that "it" is the "Tails Doll," a mythical, demonic being that holds many gamers in its grip of fear.
For those who don't know, the Tails Doll is a hidden character in the video game "Sonic R," an installment in the "Sonic the Hedgehog" franchise created by SEGA Enterprises, SONICTEAM Corporation and Traveler's Tales Incorporated. Released for the SEGA Saturn in 1997, the PC in 1998 and 2004, and re-released as a part of "Sonic Gems Collection" for the Nintendo GameCube and the Playstation 2 in 2005, "Sonic R" was the only game that ever had the Tails Doll in it, though it wasn't the only game with the character on whom it is based (Miles "Tails" Prower, a genius fox with two tails who is Sonic the hedgehog's best friend). The Tails Doll looks somewhat different than its origin - it is, of course, a doll, and also has a red gem affixed to its forehead.
Supposedly, the curse of the Tails Doll is that if you beat "Sonic R" completely, the Tails Doll will jump out of your TV (or spontaneously appear) and kill you. "Sonic Gems Collection" was supposedly free of this curse, but there have been several accounts of the doll breaking out after tagging Sonic's alternate form, Super Sonic, in a tag match (alledgedly giving him the sould force strength to break the seal). Frequently, the song "Can You Feel the Sunshine," composed by Richard Jacques and sung by T.J. Davis as the theme of "Sonic R"'s "Resort Island" track) appears in accounts of the doll.
An immediate indicator of the Tails Doll being a myth is the sheer amount of contradictory records of encounters with it. The doll has killed people in several different ways, including: converting victims into new Tails Dolls; latching onto victims and pulling them into a PC where they become trapped in cyberspace; shoving game discs and stuffing down victims' throats; stabbing victims and then placing the murder weapon in their hands so it looks like a suicide; wiping victims off of the face of the earth so that only the eyewitness recalls them ever existing; and casting a spell on them which makes them blank, empty shells or servants of it. There are also conflicting methods of summoning the doll, sometimes going beyond or not even involving completion of "Sonic R." One person talks about locking yourself in a room and playing "Can You Feel the Sunshine" backwards in pitch blackness, while another tells all who will listen that he didn't even beat the game, but flew into a rage at losing a match, tossed the disc into the microwave and looked in a few minutes later to find that the Tails Doll had taken its place.
Another indicator of the Tails Doll as a false rumor appears by gathering facts and reaching a logical conclusion. The line of reasoning goes like this: the doll is a physical being (as it can do physical harm to humans) and is therefore composed of matter. "Sonic R" is on a disc, which is written with unchangeable data by a computer. Data is composed of information (on/off signals) which are converted directly to energy when read by a machine. There is no way known to man as of yet to convert matter to energy or vice versa without massive amounts of effort. "Sonic R" was never significantly understocked, meaning that production and assembly ran like it would to make other games, leaving no room for such effort. Therefore, for the Tails Doll to exist, it must: know of a fast and simple way to convert matter to energy; be able to put that method into computer code; be able to hack the computers that control and cause the creation of "Sonic R" and "Sonic Gems Collection;" be able to flit between Saturn consoles, GameCubes, Playstations and PCs which are not connected to the internet; be able to go through the surface of a TV screen without breaking it; and be able to turn the visuals that result from the reading of data into actual data, among other things. Another notable trait it must posess is the ability to move without any form of motor capability, which is another concept know to be impossible in the current reaches of human knowledge.
Yet another piece of evidence for the doll's non-existence is the is its stereotypical nature. You can find most key elements of Tails Doll stories in mainstream horror movies. Objects jumping out of TVs, a cursed piece of electronic entertainment, and mysterious, threatening phone calls (which do appear many a time in Tails Doll records) are all key elements of "The Ring." Being attacked for mastering a video game is the very premise of "Hellraiser: Hellworld." And evil children's toy (a classic example of perfect innocence corrupted) is the main character of "Child's Play." Evil that has supposedly been permanently sealed away has a very large role in "Jason X" (of the infamously extensive "Friday the Thirteenth" series).
Furthermore, all of the online videos of encounters with the Tails Doll could have quite easily been faked. The camera always goes black before one can actually see the doll, or a freeze frame of its concept art is shown, doctored so that the eyes flash. Indeed, some of the videos are so obviously fake that it's insulting to realize that their creators thought they could fool you by flashing a red LED light and screaming. All of the written stories could be counterfeit as well, for none of the witnesses tell readers what their real name is or the real names of other characters in their stories. They don't have the kind of emotional depth one would probably find in a real account of the doll (if someone's friends or family were killed, they probably wouldn't be talking about it so lightly, and might not even want to talk about their experience at all). If "Tails Doll" is searched on Google, the first match is the website "," which has a large section dedicated to the gathering and archiving of Tails Doll stories (this site is the source for all of the written stories mentioned in this article; YouTube is the source for the videos). However, the only other things found on this site are humor and discussion forums. The site can probably not be trusted in its claim to truth, especially since some of the "eyewitnesses" tell of their own deaths and the Tails Doll section is listed under "For Your Amusement" on the site's homepage.
There are many possible esplanantions of the Tails Doll Myth. For example: on the website mentioned above, there is a story by "Inspector Todd," who claims to have discovered a cult that worships four gods, among them a being called the "Tails Doll," that is like its twin in name in every way not pertaining to electronics (appearence, intent, ect.). Assuming that this "Inspector" is telling the truth, then one could follow this string of ideas: "Tails" Prower could have actually been modelled after the god Inspector Todd is talking about, seeing as they are both gentle, fuzzy things on the outside but very powerful within. When "Sonic R" came around, the creators decided to throw in the original god into the character roster for fun (this claim has support in the fact that the Tails Doll is among the fastest and most powerful characters in the game). Then, an employee who knew of the god started the Tails Doll rumor just to see how far it would go. And, as a result, the more rational side of gamers is battling a wave of paranoia and fear from their less rational counterparts. You don't even have to assume that Inspecdtor Todd was right to explain the myth's origin. Like a man on, you could simply say that someone thought the doll looked kind of evil when he unlocked it and started the rumor just for fun.
However it started, the Tails Doll is a ridiculous myth. It has very little possible basis in fact, and is too stereotypical to be believed in. It is just another fulfillment of one of the world's favorite pastimes: being scared, be it by horror movies, campfire stories, or just sleight of hand tricks. It is yet another way to encourage the paranoid to look over their shoulders every few seconds. If you take one step deepr into the rumor than the surface of creepy tales and videos, you will discover that you have found an urban legend that the Mythbusters wouldnt need a second to undermine.

The author's comments:
I first heard of the Tails Doll when talking with my friend at a party. The subject was fictional characters, particuarly in video games. My friend brought up the Tails Doll. I didn't take much of it in, but I knew there was a curse. The doll remained in the back of my mind for a couple of months, until it siezed the opporoutnity to emerge when I was looking up Sonic games on the internet. I clicked on the only reference in the doll's stub and got to the site in the article. After reading a few stories, I thought, wow, is this stupid. After searching YouTube and finding no clear evidence of the doll's existence, I was thinking about writing something for Teen Ink and thought, Tails Doll op! So now I wrote this, and I hope I've convinced you that the doll is a silly little myth.

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30kingswood said...
on Jun. 21 2014 at 2:05 pm
30kingswood, Southwest Harbor, Maine
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Wow, it has been a year since this comment string.  I am not even using the same email.  Anyways, though, I am really sure it wasn't an animal.  I know that, because it wasn't actually the barn itself, but a small house next to it, where no one was staying at the time. No lights would have been on, and no one would have been in there.   On a side note, recently, I tried the curse again, and I am back into researching it, because this is always in the back of my mind.  I played Can You Feel the Sunshine? backwards at 11 PM, in my dark bathroom, facing the mirror, locked door.  I started seeing a red light, it was a little faded, but I definately saw it.  So I immediately turned on my laptop's backlight, took off my headphones, and listened to the rest of the song on the speakers, with the backlight on.  I then turned on the lights, unlocked the door, and waited five minutes, before attempting to communicate.  I got no replies, although I thought I heard a growl once or twice, it might have just been the raccoon that was outside.  Might try it again tonight.  Don't mess with this stuff, though.  The only reason I am is because it won't leave me, so it is worth a shot to contact whatever this is.

on Jun. 17 2014 at 1:49 pm
One time I played 'can you feel the sunshine' backwords at 11:00 and I saw this red light and it said 'Be my servant for ever or die'

on Jun. 17 2014 at 1:42 pm
Lol.I can't believe it let you sleep with it that's so funny.Anyway I had a dream about becoming friends with the tails doll.It made me a cheese sandwich.

on Apr. 19 2014 at 11:53 am
once i went downstairs tails doll was there playing sonic lost world

the derp said...
on Apr. 13 2014 at 1:05 am
The tails doll is in my dreams anyone know what's going on I'm pretty worried about it

daniel said...
on Apr. 12 2014 at 3:36 pm
I'm going to to buy a tails doll plush and see what hppens

Daniel said...
on Apr. 12 2014 at 3:26 pm
Last night tails doll was in my dreams

Tails Doll said...
on Feb. 17 2014 at 3:36 am
last night i went to my bunkbed and found tails doll sleeping there it let me get in with it,i love it and the wikipedia

on Feb. 13 2014 at 8:20 am
Dude i,m gonna perform the curse because i wanto to see tails doll face to face.

Notch said...
on Feb. 3 2014 at 11:22 am
(*Sts down thinks about life.*)

Notch said...
on Feb. 3 2014 at 11:20 am
I just need to sit down and think about what is happening now...

Namama36 said...
on Jan. 23 2014 at 2:19 am
Namama36, Summer Looms , Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
I am bold, expressive and unique. Nationis Coniunge!

I love dolls, so i dont hate on them.(-:

Kitt said...
on Jun. 4 2013 at 3:32 pm
Are you sure it wasn't a farm animal because
you were looking into a barn at night, so.

Lugia said...
on Jun. 2 2013 at 7:18 pm
Lugia, Mich. Center, Michigan
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Yea,i can hear the laugh in the song,with or without headphones!,its really creepy!...and i am planing on getting Gems Collection jsut so i can do the curse..

Tails said...
on Apr. 9 2013 at 9:15 pm
Yeah, fears calmed for you, but I am still scared out of my socks. Help me. Gimme hope. I can't sleep. I can't stop looking over my shoulder. Everything scares me. Every noise, every single thing. I was in my basement once and my cousins snuck up behind me and went "BOO!" while I was busy thinking about TD, and I almost had a heart attack (and I'm only like, 12) so please. Help... me... give me some real proof! Oh, yeah, and I am really paranoid due to my class reading the Skeleton Creek series and watching all the videos 50 TIMES!!!!

ima10yearold said...
on Feb. 20 2013 at 7:35 pm
imvery scared is itpossible it is real

redshadow203 said...
on May. 10 2012 at 9:40 am
Not sure if you got the reply, but is anything odd happening? Did the taills doll show up at all?

redshadow203 said...
on May. 10 2012 at 9:38 am
Dude, did anything weird happen? Are you alright? o_O

on Mar. 6 2012 at 1:12 pm
I believe in the Tails Doll Curse sooooo much... So I will preform the curse (in all ways ecept the Sonic R way) on 3-10-12 at midnight! Wish me luck...

ivan99 said...
on Mar. 1 2012 at 2:25 am say tails doll is real.i trust you.cause i was see her on my room.sitting in the corner.i know how to call her.