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

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  • 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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  • The_Phantom_Cat
    The_Phantom_Cat Day ago +1

    Can Tails fly?
    Well yes but accualy no

  • Michael Alexander

    Tails is dumber than Kars, woth an IQ of 400

  • Spoop Dogg
    Spoop Dogg Day ago

    YEAH GO BLUE DEVILS

    even though everyone around me likes other schools 😢

  • Emerson Rogers
    Emerson Rogers 2 days ago

    Matpat, the back rotor is for stability and direction. The front motor does control speed

  • dras sanchez
    dras sanchez 2 days ago

    tails have 2 tails, why should they turn in the same direction ?

  • shadow PlY3r
    shadow PlY3r 2 days ago

    Matt: *SONIC IS SLOW, TAILS CANT FLY*
    Me: Cant you leave my childhood alone?

  • Marc Pineda
    Marc Pineda 2 days ago

    Tails is cutw

  • quốc tuấn đặng

    May be his tail is rotating oppositely...

  • Luna_wolf Animation
    Luna_wolf Animation 2 days ago

    I always thought his tails didn’t spin but go in the opposite directions

  • Ashley Mays
    Ashley Mays 2 days ago

    0:22 Jevil has joined the room

  • Edward Smith
    Edward Smith 3 days ago

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  • Swagy shrek pickle dude boi

    7:40 ...thats moden tails,you said the top one is classic tails but you show the sonic advance tails..why?

  • Adam Hužička
    Adam Hužička 4 days ago

    Stop at 9:57 And look at the helicopter the thing Near the tail🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰 SLOVAKIA

  • EruptionBlade 4565
    EruptionBlade 4565 4 days ago

    what if tails tailed tails using his tails.

  • x_ǤachaSadiɇ_x
    x_ǤachaSadiɇ_x 4 days ago

    C r e p n o

  • TeamTDM Official
    TeamTDM Official 4 days ago

    Tails the op character on sonic cause he can swim and fly

  • HNATC & the world
    HNATC & the world 5 days ago

    11:47 Ohh yeaaa.... you mentioned it, now ya have to do it 😉

  • Temm Oi
    Temm Oi 5 days ago

    His twisting tail.... If a real animal could do that it can get hurt

  • Girlly animates
    Girlly animates 5 days ago

    The sonic movie will be trash if they dont change the desine

  • poneoulaaka
    poneoulaaka 6 days ago

    tails can fly are u serious?

  • Walden
    Walden 6 days ago

    3:25 the extra weight would easily come from the extra tail and the odd proportions

  • Kiddie winnie
    Kiddie winnie 6 days ago

    Boring

  • NeonFox Gaming
    NeonFox Gaming 6 days ago

    ummm tails is 8 years old and is a humanoid fox wich means the theyry is busted

  • David Vandyke
    David Vandyke 6 days ago +3

    I have a lot of emotional attachment to Tails
    Soooo....
    *What did Tails ever do to you Matpat*

    • Kandy Kola
      Kandy Kola 3 days ago

      I have emotional attachment to him too, we might never know what tails did to matpat

  • Rainbow Doggo
    Rainbow Doggo 6 days ago

    Mathpat lol

  • Nerdy Squirtle
    Nerdy Squirtle 6 days ago

    Tales is my fave sonic character

  • Cristina Deniega
    Cristina Deniega 7 days ago

    Please do iron man suit theory

  • Static Sarah123
    Static Sarah123 7 days ago +3

    Teacher: Go home and watch something with big words.
    Me: Go home and watch this

  • Fusion Blade
    Fusion Blade 7 days ago +1

    I don’t want to be that sonic nerd but


    He twist his tails then unwinds them really fast

  • heatmor 72-74
    heatmor 72-74 7 days ago

    Now that I think about it.....
    What if mobius has lower gravity and sonic has some traction on his shoes, making both your videos wrong due to mobius logic.

  • Sonic Nikolai
    Sonic Nikolai 8 days ago

    Why does MatPat have something against the Sonic universe

  • hipersonicrace 1000
    hipersonicrace 1000 8 days ago

    You gotta know that moebius isn't exactly earth so it could have different physics and different gravitational pulls

  • The Marshmellow Wolf likes to oh yeah yeah

    I'll make this theory quick
    Tails tails are broken because sonics chili dog fatass is grabbing him on his tails

  • •Mega •Awesome• Memes• Memes

    Tales is a mechanic, robot tails

  • Greg Atlas
    Greg Atlas 9 days ago

    Simple answer. Tails has two butt holes that act like jet engines. One works as intake and the other as outtake thus counteracting the rotation in a really gross way. or they're physical ports aside from the butt hole.

  • Raptorsue Demondrake

    Rewatching this episode i had a thought.
    Dr. Robotnik likes adding machine parts to anthropomorphic animals right? Is there anything in the sonic canon that says he didnt do something like this to Tails?
    Surgically implanting two mechanical tails and a small helicopter rotor into an anthropomorphic fox's behind to see if it will function like a real helicoptor sounds like something a cartoon mad scientist would do. And it would give a semi believable backstory as to how Tails and Sonic met and why Tails would help Sonic fight before becoming legally an adult.

  • GirlBossOfDoom
    GirlBossOfDoom 9 days ago

    Matpat but what if he did what if he did make himself another set of tails that look exactly like it but are hidden in his fur

  • Monika Paliwoda
    Monika Paliwoda 9 days ago

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  • Erri
    Erri 10 days ago

    tbh this was a question i was thinking of for y e a r s

  • Travis Mudd
    Travis Mudd 10 days ago +1

    "Everyone's favorite anthropomorphized fox"
    Well for the sfw crowd, sure. Otherwise Krystal takes 1st place.

    • Travis Mudd
      Travis Mudd 8 days ago

      @Greg Atlas
      I only label her as number one because she's the one I see most frequently.

    • Greg Atlas
      Greg Atlas 9 days ago

      Even that's debatable depending on the crowd.

  • CapLightning 75
    CapLightning 75 11 days ago +3

    Sonic top speed is over MACH 1...


    Says Ritley is faster than Sonic who's top speed is only MACH 0.88 (Sorry I'm from the future)

  • ItsDan
    ItsDan 11 days ago +1

    Mat he does tangle his tails but when that happens he starts to spin them the other direction

  • KaleKaZaM
    KaleKaZaM 12 days ago +1

    So that why helicopters spin out if the tail gets shot. I thought it was just to have it steer left and right! 🚁

  • death master
    death master 12 days ago

    He as two of other thing

  • Mr. sans kid
    Mr. sans kid 12 days ago +1

    Hey i know and beat that game oblivion.

  • Old Toy Bonnie
    Old Toy Bonnie 13 days ago

    Hey talk slow i cant translate

  • Bighead
    Bighead 13 days ago

    7:35 THERE BOTH MODERN :0

  • furry gamer lopez
    furry gamer lopez 13 days ago

    Wondering is why are you talking s*** about a game if it's just a game but it doesn't matter how they fly or not it's just a game will you talk about games that are actually be stuff routines this is pissing me off every time you talk about my favorite games

  • Atomic Flounder
    Atomic Flounder 13 days ago

    it would work, IF he had tail rotors attached to his shoes, and if he exsisted.

  • David’s Vlogs and gaming

    How about one of his tales is shorter than the other and they both spin an opposite directions ha ha beat you again

  • BallCrusher6
    BallCrusher6 14 days ago +1

    Every time he said miles per hour it sounded like he was saying miles prower

  • limeade lemon
    limeade lemon 15 days ago

    But he somehow does

  • limeade lemon
    limeade lemon 15 days ago

    Hes not a bloody fox

  • memesgalore05464
    memesgalore05464 15 days ago

    Actually, it’s been confirmed in the Sonic Twitter Takeover 4 that Tails has modified his shoes to make them a perfect fit. Maybe he also made it so he has stabilizers in them?

  • Ian 060707
    Ian 060707 15 days ago

    Now talk about shadow s air shoes.

  • Aiden Gray
    Aiden Gray 15 days ago

    Me equal 4rth grade you equal 100000000000000th grade

  • Randall Murray
    Randall Murray 16 days ago

    How can sonic spin in place

  • Joey Wagers
    Joey Wagers 16 days ago

    9:08 Did I just see Sonic.exe on the screen?

  • 1 - 800 - voltron - trash

    That's great and all, but how the hell does Tails have an IQ of 300 when the literal perfect score is about 160?

  • Logan Adam
    Logan Adam 16 days ago

    How about the Mets' hard-helmets from Mega Man?

  • Mystic2760
    Mystic2760 17 days ago +3

    "Everyone's favorite anthopomorphic fox"
    Carmetlia and Krystal: Am I a joke to you?

  • EnvyInspired
    EnvyInspired 17 days ago

    You are a killer of video game physics and characters

  • Julian Medina
    Julian Medina 17 days ago

    Tales of butt spins

  • Manda Donahue
    Manda Donahue 17 days ago

    FASE IT! It’s game logic . It defise it

  • 24 Hours of savagery
    24 Hours of savagery 18 days ago

    Well miles per hour is here a name sooooo

  • Shin Godzilla
    Shin Godzilla 18 days ago +4

    But what if Tails just spins one tale clockwise and the other counter clockwise.🤔

  • Kiefer Zenith
    Kiefer Zenith 18 days ago

    what if one tail is spinning one way, and the other spinning the opposite way? O U T S M A R T E D

  • Ozzy Slasha
    Ozzy Slasha 18 days ago

    Just give him a helicopter hat

  • Wolfe gamer324
    Wolfe gamer324 18 days ago

    What did tails ever do to you mat pat

  • Potato Foox
    Potato Foox 18 days ago

    when i was scrolling by this video and i looked at it it made me say " Gotta go die " in my head

  • Czech Seeker
    Czech Seeker 18 days ago

    9:57 Slovakian helicopter?

  • Jaruno
    Jaruno 18 days ago +13

    I just realized that "Miles Per Hour" sounds like Miles Prower, which is tails's real name lol

  • Andres Sartiaguin
    Andres Sartiaguin 18 days ago

    Hay did you say any thing? Im copying the anything meme. Dont worry i heard you

  • a bootiful child
    a bootiful child 19 days ago +6

    WHEN WILL YOU LEARN! WHEN WILL YOU LEARN! THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!!!
    :p

  • Ultra Luther
    Ultra Luther 19 days ago

    i am a sonicologist

  • BLUE PAWS FOX6
    BLUE PAWS FOX6 19 days ago

    Even I'm a fox

  • BLUE PAWS FOX6
    BLUE PAWS FOX6 19 days ago

    😺 tails is my favourite character cause its a fox and I like foxes

  • Janeice Caldwell
    Janeice Caldwell 20 days ago

    Can he please leave my fav sonic character alone?

  • Ultimate GameKing
    Ultimate GameKing 20 days ago

    MatPat: The pixel 3 has a lot of stuff
    Also MatPat: But wait! There’s more!

  • vatte Fabert
    vatte Fabert 21 day ago

    That makes sense bc from winky dink (cartoon characters hook up with each other) tails couldn't fly right when he was going to rouge

  • jamerius felder
    jamerius felder 21 day ago

    you can't just judge a game character the his tail

  • jamerius felder
    jamerius felder 21 day ago

    omg so rude

  • PsykicSlicer
    PsykicSlicer 22 days ago

    In the comics it states that mobius is a future version of earth

  • Moiz Abid
    Moiz Abid 22 days ago

    # sonic

  • Holly Marble
    Holly Marble 22 days ago

    is this walk like shawn from fgteev i love this song heck boi

  • Holly Marble
    Holly Marble 22 days ago

    matpat tails is a nine tail fox
    i love baby bendy from bendy and the ink machie

  • Greenlif plyz
    Greenlif plyz 22 days ago

    I love song

  • Duane Amezola
    Duane Amezola 23 days ago

    Vote who will Win
    Sonic or usian bolt

  • Donna B
    Donna B 23 days ago

    Some one call a doctor not he just a kid ( a kid that can take care him self and you should grant him not surgery he is a good pilot u just ingnore that egg man is responsible Shoots at a PLAN wait) u saw the lier’s super horror bro with creepy
    Never mind thanks for understanding

  • Liam Sigrist
    Liam Sigrist 23 days ago

    What is are the only one who noticed walk like Shawn music in the background.

  • Lionel LeBlanc
    Lionel LeBlanc 23 days ago

    Now try to explain how Knuckles can glide using his hair

  • SpaceMinerBlox
    SpaceMinerBlox 23 days ago

    And hedgehogs fly

  • cleonumber1
    cleonumber1 24 days ago

    I knew he couldn't fly anyway, his tails would get tangled up as soon as he tried to twist them. But it is a game and games aren't supposed to be realistic. ugh

  • Dan_the Weirdo
    Dan_the Weirdo 24 days ago

    TAILS IS A CYBORG! He has had his tails surgically added to act like a helicopter rotor. But yeah he will probably spin out of control without a second propeller.

  • Shadow Flame
    Shadow Flame 24 days ago +1

    Miles per hour sounds like Miles Prower! XD

  • ST Mafia
    ST Mafia 24 days ago +1

    This is sonic and egg man
    👴🏻
    🥼
    👖
    🥶
    👕
    👖
    👠

  • KoOL bEAnZ
    KoOL bEAnZ 24 days ago

    what if he were to spin one tail and the other the opposite direction

  • Bigfanofsb
    Bigfanofsb 24 days ago

    He could rotate his arm

  • Marv Esc
    Marv Esc 25 days ago

    It is fantasy matpat get over it

  • awesome lot
    awesome lot 25 days ago

    Gotta go fast