Game Theory: Could Tails Really Fly? (Sonic the Hedgehog)

  • Published on Jan 29, 2019
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    We've done TONS of research on Sonic's speed over the years. From how fast he REALLY is to if he can even survive his own speed - we've covered it all! Well, that's only partially true. Until now we've only turned our Theorist eyes towards the blue hedgehog. That ends today! Enter Tails, the lovable fox sidekick. He's famous for helicoptering his way around with his, you guessed it, tails. What I wanted to know was whether or not Tails SHOULD actually be able to fly. Today Theorists, we are going to find out if this fox is flying high or about to crash and burn!
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  • Preston Elhard
    Preston Elhard Day ago

    I’m interested in the girl

  • silver dragania [dragania cnl]

    even if he couldn't fly he could still use his tails as thrust forward like one of the vehicles which only have only one rotor system so he can still use his twin tails to thrust him on the ground he just need a pair of wheels on his shoes

  • TomPen94
    TomPen94 2 days ago

    How about one of his tails spinning in one direction and the other tail spinning in the other? Would that work?

  • GalaxZ -chan
    GalaxZ -chan 3 days ago +1

    Tails da best character.
    Do not mess with da wae of Tails

  • The Super Sonic God 23

    9:09 Sonic.exe... what are you doing in game theory?

  • F U
    F U 6 days ago +2

    All you have to do to get my dog to rotate her tail is call her and all of a sudden it's going at speed of light whipping everything in its path

  • Lauren GJ
    Lauren GJ 6 days ago +2

    I've always had a theory about this as well.

    Because technically, both his tails connect in different spots, there is a slight space between them, now I don't know if this actually could work, but if he spins them in two opposite directions, it keeps him from getting tangled, as well works as TWO SEPERATE ROTORS. Might want to look into this if you haven't before :)

  • Ayla Bennett
    Ayla Bennett 6 days ago

    thicc fox

  • Georgia Kountou
    Georgia Kountou 6 days ago +2

    If tails can fly then ninetails is a drone

  • MC King
    MC King 7 days ago

    Matt proved his own theory wrong. Never thought I'd see the day. #MattIsHisOwnEnemy

  • MC King
    MC King 7 days ago

    So that's why in the movie whenever a helicopter's tail rotor gets blown off it just stars going haywire and spinning all over the place before crashing to the ground. Because, helicopters in movies are just meant to be...destroyed...

  • MC King
    MC King 7 days ago

    When tails spins his Tails around at 1343.4 RPM, he can almost reach the number of revolutions France has had in the last 300 years.

  • Themain_ Main57
    Themain_ Main57 8 days ago

    Well he can still fly

  • Cristal gail Padua
    Cristal gail Padua 9 days ago


  • Paul Vartolomei
    Paul Vartolomei 10 days ago +2

    who knows? Maybe it's tails work like counter rotating propellers. A tail in one direction, and the second in the other direction.

  • Danny Key
    Danny Key 11 days ago

    9:08 Hey MatPat, maybe you should do a theory on Sonic.EXE and how he can kill Flickys and his friends and enemy.

  • Husbee All
    Husbee All 12 days ago

    More​ like​ 10000000 IQ Oh​ wait​ HE​ cant​ fly Plane

  • Adny Angrand
    Adny Angrand 12 days ago

    WAIT.... one sec.
    While researching insect wings for a story I'm writing I found that some insects rotate their wings in a sort of figure 8 motion to be able to fly. I'm far from the researcher you are, and about a billion times less smart. But considering Tails and all things Sonic is literally fiction, what if Tails don't rotate his tails like a chopper? As you mentioned, he don't seem to have rotters on his butt (that would just become a tangled mess). But if his tail was whipping back and forth in a super fast manner like an insect, and it appears to our naked eyes as spinning in a circular motion, maybe that could explain how Tails is able to spin his tails?

  • Trainboy WooWoo
    Trainboy WooWoo 13 days ago

    if you watch adventures of sanic Tails twists his tails to fly

  • Azarías Tapia Troncoso

    What ir he's two tails go in oposite direction?

  • Saiseila Tuliau
    Saiseila Tuliau 14 days ago

    My bro thinks you suck and your a buzzkill.(but I subscribe to you unlike my bro)

  • Creepy Killer
    Creepy Killer 14 days ago

    What if one tail spins just slightly below the other but in the opposite direction? Would that be enough to counteract the spinning of the other?

  • Brian Plays
    Brian Plays 15 days ago

    i thought that you spelled talls into tails,how silly of me

  • Banana boat
    Banana boat 15 days ago

    Tales Not a Fox

  • Crismon And Skyler
    Crismon And Skyler 15 days ago


  • Coffee doodles
    Coffee doodles 15 days ago +3

    What about knuckles!?
    Like if you want that theory?

  • IvanielTV Müller
    IvanielTV Müller 15 days ago

    But what if he is using one tail to rotate in one direction and the other to fly in the other? then the physics would come out well, or do I miss something?

  • Ken Darling
    Ken Darling 16 days ago

    So according to you tails would 2 rotors two fly. Doesnt he have 2 tails? Couldnt he just spin them in opposite directions to stabalize himself? Like a drone?

  • AZ.9 Awesome Zone
    AZ.9 Awesome Zone 16 days ago

    Does Oswald have a better Chance at flying?

  • AZ.9 Awesome Zone
    AZ.9 Awesome Zone 16 days ago

    Wait what about Oswald from Epic Mickey 2?

  • Madness Dude
    Madness Dude 17 days ago

    So much math

  • PotatoPlays
    PotatoPlays 18 days ago

    I think BitF is ahead of you

  • Spirit Spray
    Spirit Spray 19 days ago

    What if tails works like a plain

  • Ass4Days
    Ass4Days 19 days ago +1


  • TMF 30000
    TMF 30000 20 days ago

    2:00 - 2:15 I was just playing sonic mania

  • Anadia Shark
    Anadia Shark 21 day ago

    Actually you could fly with one rotor, but you have to keep going forward, and have aerodynamic design, the wind rushing pass the aircraft would keep it straight. This is a tactic used in the event of tail failure.

  • Kevin Espinoza
    Kevin Espinoza 21 day ago

    Too every game matpat is bowser

  • Master n
    Master n 22 days ago


  • Kenji the 9 yr old
    Kenji the 9 yr old 25 days ago

    I only watched this for tails.

  • sholly loves jakey wakey


  • super luigi matthew !
    super luigi matthew ! 25 days ago

    Who else loves the intro

  • Shadow ZaneValore
    Shadow ZaneValore 26 days ago

    Now just saying it may not be possible for tails to fly but what about using his tails for horizontal thrust like he does when he is fallowing Sonic in some games.

  • Angel Mendez-Rivera
    Angel Mendez-Rivera 27 days ago

    This suggests that Mobius is unlike planet Earth, and that this universe in which Mobius is located does not obey the same scientific laws that our universe does.

  • GJ Studios
    GJ Studios 27 days ago

    Someone needs to paint or photoshop a helicopter to look like Tails

  • Tails and Sonic Pals
    Tails and Sonic Pals 27 days ago

    I can fly

  • Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson 27 days ago

    Now Sonic is broken? They should delete the game, it's rigged.

  • Kathy Havelka
    Kathy Havelka 27 days ago

    2:03 You Sure? Given FNAF made foxy, I’m not so sure anymore

  • Skeleton Gamer
    Skeleton Gamer 28 days ago +2

    You are ruining my childhood/but I do love game theory but plz stop

  • Yskariot
    Yskariot Month ago

    Look I'm not a Sonic fan, I'm really not. But I played one Sonic game in my childhood...
    It was Sonic Adventure. Here he gets an upgrade to his shoes. The jet anklet. So with jets attached to his shoes he should be able to counteract the spinning out of control. Meaning he can fly... In one game and one game only.

  • Strawberry Galaxians

    6:31 A mustache

  • Jay Kilkenny
    Jay Kilkenny Month ago

    Tails is my favorite Sonic character next to Sonic.

  • Jonathan Lipko
    Jonathan Lipko Month ago

    yet you wold be right but tails tails spin won way and then anuther... like he twist them up then he untwist them and then twist back up and so on.

  • يوسف ابراهيم

    tails have a brain and lol

  • star henley
    star henley Month ago

    I have a theory, could tail's twin tail's might have a special piece of bone or organ in his butt that allows him to fiy???

  • Mgnony
    Mgnony Month ago

    We need a Knuckles theory, ft Knuckles.

  • FireKeaton
    FireKeaton Month ago

    1:35 me

  • NICHO_ games
    NICHO_ games Month ago

    Me : oh math time!
    Matpat:u know what I'm going to skip the math!
    Matpat:go check the link
    Me : left the vid

  • generał mikol
    generał mikol Month ago

    This is funny for some reason

  • Hybrid Dinosaur
    Hybrid Dinosaur Month ago

    But tales does fly and if he can’t then how does he

    oh yeah and how does reqaza fly?

  • -Ryla_0251-
    -Ryla_0251- Month ago

    Where’s the Knuckles theory? He can glide, climb walls, and punch open walls with a single punch. You have a lot to look into