History VideoGame / ShadowTheHedgehog

30th Dec '17 4:10:40 AM Concrete4
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27th Dec '17 10:40:31 AM rjd1922
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* GangUpOnTheHuman: The Black Arms have invaded and human soldiers are apparently trying to fight them off. And the aliens you would be expecting to be killing off the soldiers. Except they don't; all they do is gang up and fire rapidly at YOU, even when you're on their team. Justified in that GUN has orders to bring Shadow in dead or alive. And in the only stage before they get those orders, they actually DO ignore Shadow. Black Doom, however, given he is trying to get Shadow on his side, has no such excuse.

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* GangUpOnTheHuman: The Black Arms have invaded and human soldiers are apparently trying to fight them off. And the aliens you would be expecting to be killing off the soldiers. Except they don't; all they do is gang up and fire rapidly at YOU, even when you're on their team. Justified in that GUN has orders to bring Shadow in dead or alive. And in the only stage two stages set before they get those orders, they actually DO ignore Shadow. Black Doom, however, given he is trying to get Shadow on his side, has no such excuse.
22nd Dec '17 8:15:16 AM CybranGeneralSturm
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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The GUN soldiers will try to kill Shadow in every stage except for Metropolis (since the Commander hasn't learnt Shadow is alive at that point and thus hasn't given out the order yet) and Lost Impact (which is a flashback taking place before the GUN raid on the ARK).

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The GUN soldiers will try to kill Shadow in every stage except for Metropolis Westopolis (since the Commander hasn't learnt Shadow is alive at that point and thus hasn't given out the order yet) and Lost Impact (which is a flashback taking place before the GUN raid on the ARK).
20th Nov '17 5:23:30 PM GF93
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* DoesntLikeGuns: Sonic states this outright as soon as you find one in Westopolis, [[TakeThatAudience in a way that implies you're a loser for needing it]]. Why he (or any other support character) can't pick up melee weapons either, nobody knows, though Tails does gush about a particularly well-designed gun turret.

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* DoesntLikeGuns: Sonic states this outright as soon as you find one in Westopolis, [[TakeThatAudience in a way that implies you're a loser for needing it]]. Why he (or any other support character) can't pick up melee weapons either, nobody knows, though Tails does enthusiastically gush about a particularly well-designed gun turret.turret.
-->'''Tails''': That turret is ''so cool!'' I've never seen vulcanized ceramic used for this sort of thing before!
15th Nov '17 10:07:02 PM LlamaAdventure
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* MultipleChoicePast: Played with, but ultimately subverted. The different endings each have Shadow coming to different conclusions about his true identity, including some objectively false ones like believing that he's a [[RobotMe robotic duplicate of the real Shadow.]] However, the true ending settles once and for all who Shadow really, canonically is.
15th Nov '17 9:57:52 PM LlamaAdventure
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* ArcWords: "This is who I am."* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shadow. It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, then boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.

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* ArcWords: "This is who I am."* "
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ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shadow. It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, then boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.
15th Nov '17 9:57:40 PM LlamaAdventure
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* ArcWords: "This is who I am."



* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shadow. It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, then boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.

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* ArcWords: "This is who I am."* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shadow. It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, then boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.
15th Nov '17 9:57:21 PM LlamaAdventure
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* ArcWords: "This is who I am."
13th Nov '17 5:32:14 PM MegaMarioMan
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* HundredPercentCompletion: Taken to a truly absurd extreme. There are ten endings (plus the GoldenEnding), but if you want ''true'' 100% completion, you can't just get all ten and call it a day. You can't just complete all 39 missions, either. You have to take ''all 326 possible paths''. Yes, the game ''really'' keeps track of this. And [[http://info.sonicretro.org/List_of_Shadow_the_Hedgehog_Library_sequences they're all individually named]].
* EleventhHourRanger: Notably, only Sonic, Vector, and Omega can assist Shadow in his various endings. (Rouge and Knuckles can help him during boss fights, but they won't show up in the corresponding cutscenes.)
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Super Shadow.
* NinetiesAntiHero: The advertising and aesthetic impose this on Shadow himself. He uses guns, kills people, has a name from the DarkAgeOfSuperNames, is brooding, sarcastic, and an over-the-top badass.



-->'''Shadow''': Damn! ''Not here!''
* AwesomeButImpractical:

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-->'''Shadow''': -->'''Shadow:''' Damn! ''Not here!''
* AwesomeButImpractical:AwesomeButImpractical: Despite the fact that filling either of your 2 Chaos meters grants you access to really powerful moves, the best use of either of them is often just the passive invincibility/unlimited ammo perks that come with filling either meter:



** Similarly, Chaos Blast allows you to unleash a powerful explosive attack, which does come in handy in a couple of missions, but mostly A) there usually aren't enough mooks to make it worthwile (esp. since most enemies are just fodder), B) when there ''are'' enough enemies that would otherwise make it worthwile, there are other enemies of the other alignment in range, which ultimately hurts your score, or C) the bosses are too mobile to make it effective (Shadow comes to a standstill while the cinematic plays, but bosses like the Egg Dealer can still move about, usually out of range). Unless the mission consists of getting to the end of the level, the best use of either Chaos power is often the invincibility/unlimited ammo perks that come with it.

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** Similarly, Chaos Blast allows you to unleash a powerful explosive attack, which does come in handy in a couple of missions, but mostly typically A) there usually aren't enough mooks to make it worthwile (esp. worthwhile (especially since most enemies are just fodder), B) when there ''are'' enough enemies that would otherwise make it worthwile, worthwhile, there are other enemies of the other alignment in range, which ultimately hurts your score, or C) the bosses are too mobile to make it effective (Shadow comes to a standstill while the cinematic plays, but bosses like the Egg Dealer can still move about, usually out of range). Unless the mission consists of getting to the end of the level, the best use of either Chaos power is often the invincibility/unlimited ammo perks that come with it.range).



-->'''Sonic''': Woohoo! Now we're talkin'! Bring it on!

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-->'''Sonic''': -->'''Sonic:''' Woohoo! Now we're talkin'! Bring it on!



* {{Bowdlerise}}: The original idea for the game was to be much darker, with GUN soldiers actually dying, Black Arms bleeding red blood, and use of the word "piss" (by ''[[{{Badbutt}} Sonic]]'', no less). However, during production, the ESRB announced they were creating an E10+ category, so Sonic Team toned down the game to get an E10+ instead. It still was pretty edgy, as could be witnessed from the frequent use of "damn" and "hell" in the final product, with even [[{{Badbutt}} Sonic]], Espio, and other established characters cursing.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The original idea for the game was to be much darker, with GUN soldiers actually dying, Black Arms bleeding red blood, and use of the word "piss" (by ''[[{{Badbutt}} Sonic]]'', no less). However, during production, the ESRB announced they were creating an E10+ category, so Sonic Team toned down the game to get an E10+ instead. It still was pretty edgy, as could be witnessed from the frequent use of "damn" and "hell" in the final product, with even [[{{Badbutt}} Sonic]], Sonic, Espio, and other established characters cursing.



* CuttingOffTheBranches: Notable for doing this in the very same game the multiple endings were in instead of in the [[VideoGame/SonictheHedgehog2006 sequel.]] It's also a particularly annoying example, as in order to see the canon ending, you are required to see all ten non-canon endings first.

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* CuttingOffTheBranches: Notable for doing this in the very same game the multiple endings were in instead of in the [[VideoGame/SonictheHedgehog2006 sequel.]] sequel]]. It's also a particularly annoying example, as in order to see the canon ending, you are required to see all ten non-canon endings first.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Good lord, yes. To truly get what he wants, Shadow has to go through this living [[IncrediblyLamePun hell]] ''ten times'', and then defeat Devil Doom. He [[IncrediblyLamePun damn]] well deserves a happy ending when he does.
* EleventhHourRanger: Notably, only Sonic, Vector, and Omega can assist Shadow in his various endings. (Rouge and Knuckles can help him during boss fights, but they won't show up in the corresponding cutscenes.)
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Super Shadow.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Good lord, yes. To truly get what he wants, Shadow has to go through this living [[IncrediblyLamePun hell]] the game ''ten times'', and then defeat Devil Doom. He [[IncrediblyLamePun damn]] damn well deserves a happy ending when he does.
* EleventhHourRanger: Notably, only Sonic, Vector, and Omega can assist Shadow in his various endings. (Rouge and Knuckles can help him during boss fights, but they won't show up in the corresponding cutscenes.)
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Super Shadow.
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* HundredPercentCompletion:
** Taken to a truly absurd extreme. There are ten endings (plus the GoldenEnding), but if you want ''true'' 100% completion, you can't just get all ten and call it a day. You can't just complete all 39 missions, either. You have to take ''all 326 possible paths''. Yes, the game ''really'' keeps track of this. And [[http://info.sonicretro.org/List_of_Shadow_the_Hedgehog_Library_sequences they're all individually named]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shadow. Is ruthless in achieving his goals, acts callous, and is apathetic to (most) things that are going on in the world. However, he tries to stay on the side of justice, while still focusing on getting answers to his past. He also blames himself for Maria's death and views the humans as terrible beings for what they did, saved Sonic earlier on despite his annoyance of his presence, and was ready to go against Black Doom after realising that he wanted to use the Chaos Emeralds to destroy the planet. This is best shown in the Slightly Hero ending, where Shadow got completely wrecked after finding out that the world views him as a nightmare, going so far as regretting his own existance.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shadow. Is ruthless in achieving his goals, acts callous, and is apathetic to (most) things that are going on in the world. However, he tries to stay on the side of justice, while still focusing on getting answers to his past. He also blames himself for Maria's death and views the humans as terrible beings for what they did, saved Sonic earlier on despite his annoyance of his presence, and was ready to go against Black Doom after realising that he wanted to use the Chaos Emeralds to destroy the planet. This is best shown in the Slightly Hero ending, where Shadow got completely wrecked after finding out that the world views him as a nightmare, going so far as regretting his own existance.existence.



* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Samurai Blade, the unlockable melee weapon, is stronger than any other melee. In addition, its upgraded form [[RazorWind fires a shockwave that does just as much damage as a slash]] and doesn't use up one of its uses.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Samurai Blade, the unlockable melee weapon, is stronger than any other melee.melee weapon. In addition, its upgraded form [[RazorWind fires a shockwave that does just as much damage as a slash]] and doesn't use up one of its uses.



* KnightTemplar: Oddly, Shadow turns out to be this in the Pure Dark - Dark ending, claiming to bring justice and order on humanity.

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* KnightTemplar: Oddly, Shadow turns out to be this in the Pure Dark - Dark ending, claiming to bring justice and order on to humanity.



* LongSongShortScene: The game contains a rather neat remix of ''E.G.G.M.A.N'' by Paul Shortino. Unfortunately, the segment used in the game is less than 30 seconds long, only used in one cutscene, and is buried in the SoundTest behind the anonymous "Event" title. The full version of the track did eventually appear on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34JxbKDCYA "Lost And Found"]] soundtrack CD, however.

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* LongSongShortScene: The game contains a rather neat remix of ''E.G.G.M.A.N'' N.'' by Paul Shortino. Unfortunately, the segment used in the game is less than 30 seconds long, only used in one cutscene, and is buried in the SoundTest behind the anonymous "Event" title. The full version of the track did eventually appear on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34JxbKDCYA "Lost And Found"]] soundtrack CD, however.



* MultipleEndings: ''Ten'', all of which need to be seen in order to get to the TrueFinalBoss.

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* MultipleEndings: ''Ten'', all of which need to be seen in order to get to the TrueFinalBoss.TrueFinalBoss and OmegaEnding.



* NinetiesAntiHero: The advertising and aesthetic impose this on Shadow himself. He uses guns, kills people, has a name from the DarkAgeOfSuperNames, is brooding, sarcastic, and an over-the-top badass.



* NominalHero: Shadow is one if you complete various hero missions. He will help out the heroes, but only for the sake of finding the Chaos Emeralds to regain his memories.

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* NominalHero: NominalHero:
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Shadow is one if you complete various hero missions. He will help out the heroes, but only for the sake of finding the Chaos Emeralds to regain his memories.



* NostalgiaLevel: Space Gadget, which appears to be a [[MotifMerger mixture]] of Final Rush (taking place primarily outside of the Ark), and Crazy Gadget (the gravity gimmick), and Final Chase (the pillars Shadow has to move up).

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* NostalgiaLevel: Space Gadget, which appears to be a [[MotifMerger mixture]] of Final Rush (taking place primarily outside of the Ark), and Crazy Gadget (the gravity gimmick), and Final Chase (the pillars Shadow has to move up).



* ScoringPoints: You have three different meters keeping track of your points -- your neutral points, your hero points, and your dark points. If you finish a hero mission, your hero points are added to your neutral points, and your dark points are subtracted for your final score; the converse is true for a dark mission. On neutral missions, only the neutral points count. It's a good thing the neutral missions pretty much only involve getting to the end of the level, because your time bonus will probably account for most of your score -- neutral points are hard to come by. And, yes, the points matter. [[ScoreScreen You get]] [[RankInflation ranked]].

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* ScoringPoints: You have three different meters keeping track of your points -- your neutral points, your hero points, and your dark points. If you finish a hero mission, your hero points are added to your neutral points, and your dark points are subtracted for your final score; the converse inverse is true for a dark mission. On neutral missions, only the neutral points count. It's a good thing the neutral missions pretty much only involve getting to the end of the level, because your time bonus will probably account for most of your score -- neutral points are hard to come by. And, yes, the points matter. [[ScoreScreen You get]] [[RankInflation ranked]].



* ShipTease: At the end of the golden ending, Amy is practically swooning as she watches Shadow's victory and what she says afterward implies that she at least holds a pretty high level of admiration for him.
-->'''Rouge''': I hope he's okay.\\
'''Amy''': He'll be alright, Rouge. After all, he ''is'' Shadow!

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* ShipTease: ShipTease:
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At the end of the golden ending, Amy is practically swooning as she watches Shadow's victory and what she says afterward implies that she at least holds a pretty high level of admiration for him.
-->'''Rouge''': --->'''Rouge:''' I hope he's okay.\\
'''Amy''': '''Amy:''' He'll be alright, Rouge. After all, he ''is'' Shadow!



* ShoutOut: Two enemies are called "Blue Falcon" and "Black Bull", the names of two of the racing vehicles in the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series. It probably helps that Sega developed ''F-Zero GX''.

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are called a pair of bosses are "Blue Falcon" and "Black Bull", the names of two of the racing vehicles in the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series. It probably helps that Sega developed ''F-Zero GX''.



-->'''Sonic''': What's up, Shadow!\\
'''Shadow''': Not you again.\\
'''Sonic''': [[SarcasmMode Nice to see you, too]].

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-->'''Sonic''': -->'''Sonic:''' What's up, Shadow!\\
'''Shadow''': '''Shadow:''' Not you again.\\
'''Sonic''': '''Sonic:''' [[SarcasmMode Nice to see you, too]].too.]]
13th Nov '17 11:30:59 AM 313Bluestreak
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shadow. It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, then boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.
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