Loving the background and the flames totally makes things more awesome. Yeah, he totally mean and creepy at the same time. He's someone I wouldn't wanna mess with at all or getting on his bad side. Totally going into my faves!
I'm extra confused because I have the feeling Maurice has something to do with the comics.
And I don't read the comics nor consider them canon.
But Silver was formerly named Venice because the game he was introduced in was Italy based, but changed his name due to the almost shiny color he ended up with in his character model plus to add alliteration to the other hedgehogs boys' S names, and thus have their names look better next to each other.
Mr. Needlemouse/Mr. Harinezumi was a cute nickname given while Sonic was still in design. While the literal translation for harinezumi is "needlemouse", it's simply the japanese word for hedgehog, so technically his prototype name is also Mr. Hedgehog.