Following the loss of several members, the Knothole Freedom Fighters were officially dissolved, leading Rotor and Sonic to believe they needed to change strategies. While Sonic opted to head Team Fighters in pursuit of the Death Egg Mark 2, Rotor Walrus decided to be the leader of a new team of heroes specifically meant to respond to threats against the city from the homefront. Even though King Naugus opposed the idea, the majority of the Council agreed to the proposal and voted in support of it. As the new leader, Rotor then rebuilt the former Badniks Heavy and Bomb with Tails' help, while also holding auditions for anyone interested in joining his team. By the end, there were only two(technically three) applicants: Big the Cat, and Cream the Rabbit, accompanied by Cheese. Rotor accepted all of them, bringing Team Freedom to a total of six members.
With the roster filled up, Rotor then held a public reveal of Team Freedom in front of New Mobotroplois's community center in order to gain support from the citizens. King Naugus attended the event as well, remaining doubtful of the group's reliability in dealing with potential threats from Dr. Eggman, and tried to dissuade the people from trusting in them. At that exact moment though, a corner of the community center vanished under mysterious circumstances, and the crowd panicked as the building started to topple. Team Freedom quickly sprang into action under Rotor's guidance as he, Cheese and Bomb caused an explosion to blast back falling debris, while Heavy and Big caught the building, and Cream began to airlift out people trapped on the upper floors. With the disaster averted, the people cheered their approval of Team Freedom's heroics, which worked against Naugus who had been unable to do anything due to inner personal matters, forcing him to think up new tactics to keep the city under his control.
Big the Cat
Cream the Rabbit
Cheese the Chao