Emerl is a character in Sonic X. He was an ancient robot awakened by Bokkun to help him distract Sonic the Hedgehog while Doctor Eggman was being broken out of prison. He was found by Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao and joins Sonic and co., particularly becoming friends with Cream.
Being able to copy the moves of any opponent, Emerl proves a formidable opponent. He helped Sonic defeat the television robots. Later, in episode 46, Emerl competes in the battle tournament for a Chaos Emerald. After winning the tournament, he absorbs the Chaos Emerald; in turn restoring his old programming wiped from his defeat of Sonic. Emerl then goes on a rampage, with Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna, Rouge the Bat and the rest of the gang throw everything at Emerl until Cream and Cheese decide to attack him. They use moves too fast for him to copy and eventually defeat him, kicking him into the sea. The last thing he captures is Cream and Cheese crying, which restores his memory of his friendship with her. From this, Emerl learns how to cry. Thinking of his and Cream's friendship, he cries and then explodes.
In the Sonic X comics, Emerl seems to have mistaken Eggman for his grandfather, Gerald Robotnik and considers him to be his master. Emerl is also seeking his place in the world. He is disassembled by Eggman by issue 11.
- In the TV series, Emerl was called "Emel" because of a mistranslated R.
- At the end of the episode of Sonic X after Cream and Cheese defeat Emerl when he was underwater he was crying in tears, but in the Japanese version he was crying in oil.
- In contrast to his game counterpart who was capable of speech, Emerl is silent and he instead communicates by chirps, beeps, buzzes, and body language.