Tufftee wanted to be a hero like Sonic the Hedgehog. When he found a pair of Sonic's old Power Boots, he ran off to prove himself in the Marble Zone but was swiftly captured by Badniks. Sonic managed to rescue him from being turned into a Badnik himself; however, Sonic was nearly crushed by a falling spiked weight until Tufftee pushed him out of the way. Sonic then took Tufftee back to the Green Hill Zone and reunited him with his sister. While Tufftee gleefully informed his sister that he was a real hero (having saved Sonic), Sonic turned the young squirrel upside down and took back the old Power Boots, reminding him: "Don't mess about with things that only work for me! Remember, there's only one Sonic the Hedgehog!"
Many years later, he tried to be a hero again in The Battle For Mobius after relocating to the Turquoise Hill Zone, but was easily thwacked aside by Arachbot. This encounter was obscured within the actual story, but was revealed in one of the wallpapers. He was later presented with a Victoria Saltire by the Turquoise Hill Zone Leader, with Tux revealing that he had been captured eight times and beaten up a further five, but still kept coming back for now.