Miles "Tails" Prower is a heroic, 8-year-old anthropomorphic fox and the sidekick of Sonic the Hedgehog ever since Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992), willing to go on any adventure with him. Though Tails usually helps Sonic out, he also looks up to him as a role model. He also has an interest in mechanics. This first became known in his debut, when he first laid eyes on Sonic's Tornado and then even drove it towards the end (note that he probably wasn't old enough to steer a bi-plane with a hedgehog on it). Tails can use his two-tail genetic mutation to his advantage, and it becomes very useful in the most dangerous situations. He also shows the ability of strength, as he's able to lift Sonic while in flight in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and he can also lift Knuckles in Sonic Heroes. Tails was originally supposed to be a raccoon, but they changed that when one of Mario's suits in Super Mario Bros 3 (Tanooki Suit) already had that. They changed him to a fox, and his original name was supposed to be Miles Prower, as a pun on miles per hour. Sega wanted to change his name to Tails, but Yasushi Yamaguchi decided to do a compromise and slipped in Miles Prower with Tails as a nickname.