Characters: Sonic the Hedgehog - Antagonists
These characters openly and consistently antagonize Sonic and his allies. Most of them wish to Take Over the World
or destroy it.
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Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik
"I know, I say that every time, but this time, really, nothing will stop me!"
Sonic's longtime nemesis and primary antagonist of the series. He boasts an IQ of 300 and is marked by his comically obese appearance.
- Ace Pilot: Considering the number of Humongous Mechas he's piloted over the years and the number of times he's shot down Tails's plane, he fits this to a T.
- Acrofatic: He can keep pace with Sonic for some reason, despite his pudgy exterior.
- Actor Existence Failure: Eggman's original English voice actor, Deem Bristow, died of a heart attack in early 2005, which is incorrectly thought to have led to the entire voice cast being replaced. note
- Aesop Amnesia: From Sonic Adventure through Sonic Unleashed, he never seemed to learn that Evil Is Not a Toy. He seems to have recently learned in Sonic Colors.
- In Sonic Generations, he finally manages to harness the power of a Cosmic Horror without losing control of it at any point. Though it did help that the Time Eater was out of commission when he came upon it.
- And again in Sonic Lost World, he manages to take control of The Deadly Six, a group of six powerful Zeti and keep them in line with the Cacophonic Conch and he only loses control of them because Sonic impulsively kicks the conch out of his hand. It seems he's getting better with experience.
- Affably Evil: Despite really wanting to Take Over the World (and occasionally going to some extreme lengths to achieve this goal), Eggman's a fairly pleasant fellow who treats his enemies with respect. Well, most of the time.
- In the Heroes manual, he's described as a romantic and a feminist, as well as being a self-professed gentleman.
- Said manual then points out that it's a tad hard to see such qualities behind the maniacal laughter often accompanying his announcements of Global Domination.
- In Colors, he takes Sonic's advice regarding threatening him directly rather than going through a bunch of terrible amusement-park-related puns on the way — for which Sonic then thanks him.
- In Sonic Lost World, he saves Tails' life from rogue Cubot, even though it isn't necessary for his master plan, and seems to genuinely respect Tails. He's a complicated guy.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: In Japan, he was always the Affably Evil Egg-themed Eggman with silly animations and a happy disposition, but for most of his American history (not counting AoStH), he was sinister and considered a huge threat. Nowadays, he seems to be a strange mix of the two personas.
- Anti-Villain: In Sonic X, at least. Arguably more an Affably Evil villain early on, but by the third season, his role as true villain is all but gone.
- Was arguably in this trope in Sonic Heroes, as it is heavily implied that he regretted the outcome of Metal Sonic revolting against him.
- Appropriated Appellation: "Eggman" was introduced stateside as a mocking nickname, but he seems to have embraced it.
- Arch-Enemy: To Sonic, and seemingly small animals everywhere.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: An early Archie Comics description of him described him as Supreme Dictator, Industrial Polluter, Meglomaniac, Corrupt Politician, Underhanded Reprobate, Rainforest Ravager, Puppy Kicker, Oil Spill Coordinator, Holiday Hater, and an Insurance Salesman.
- And it happens again in Sonic Lost World. When the Deadly Six fail to beat Sonic, he angrily lists the things he's done for them.
Eggman: I hone your abilities. I equip you with the most powerful mechs I can create! I even give you a giant sandwich! And you still disappoint me!
- Awesome McCoolname: Doctor Ivo Robotnik.
- Bad Liar/Suspiciously Specific Denial: Claiming that his amusement park was created to make up for his past transgressions and is in no way secretly covering up an evil scheme.
- Badass: As goofy as he can be, Eggman has come quite close to taking over the world multiple times.
- Bald of Evil: He is bald, and he is evil, so....
- Batman Gambit: He's pulled off quite a few over the years.
- In the Movie. He lures Sonic to Robotropolis by claiming a villain named Metal Robotnik had taken over and that the generator powering it was set to overload. In reality, it was a ruse to lure Sonic there to copy his data and activate Metal Sonic.
- In Sonic Chronicles. He pretends to have undergone a Heel-Face Turn and helped Sonic and the gang until they left for the Twilight Cage allowing him to take advantage of its Year Outside, Hour Inside properties and build up his army.
- In Sonic Unleashed. He built a fleet in outer space to lure Sonic there so he could drain the energy of the Chaos Emeralds to power his cannon and shatter the earth, freeing Dark Gaia.
- In Sonic Lost World, after the Deadly Six turn his Badniks against him, he immediately devises a plan to turn things back in his favor by using Sonic to defeat the Zeti and allow him to use a giant robot to finish off his nemesis.
- Big Bad: As mentioned above, he is the central antagonist of the series. Lately, however, he has taken a more secondary role in certain titles due to more fearsome antagonists entering the scene. It doesn't help that he ends up a patsy for so many of them. Apparently, SEGA had paid attention to this, and now Dr. Eggman is the main Big Bad of the recent Sonic games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Colors. In Sonic Generations, not only is he the Big Bad, but he also makes an alliance with his past self.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Underground, and Sonic SatAM animated series.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Eggman makes absolutely no pretense about the evil he does and he even revels in it.
- Catch Phrase: Eggman is well known for having a certain phrase that he repeats over and over again in his boss fights in several games.
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- The Chessmaster: He obtains all the Chaos Emeralds in Adventure 1 by showing up where the various characters are and often surprising them by just taking the emeralds from them. Also see Batman Gambit and Dangerously Genre Savvy below for more instances where he is this trope.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Despite Eggman's ego and childish personality, he has shown on occasion that he has the capacity to plan ahead.
- In Sonic Chronicles. He anticipated that he would be defeated during the fight on his Egg Carrier and planned ahead by calling a Med Bot to pull him from the wreckage and nurse him to health. He also took full advantage of the Nocturnus Clan invasion by pretending that he had undergone a Heel-Face Turn and helped Sonic and co. along until they left for the Twilight Cage. Knowing full well about the Twilight Cage's Year Outside, Hour Inside properties, he used the time to rebuild Metropolis and build up his army. And thanks to the game's Cliff Hanger ending, He practically won!
- In Sonic Unleashed. Prior to the game, he kidnapped Professor Pickle for his research on Dark Gaia and concoted a scheme to awaken the beast. He set up a massive fleet in outer space to lure Sonic, knowing full well Sonic would plow through his defenses as Super Sonic. He then begged for mercy once it looked like Sonic had foiled his plans again... only to trap Sonic in a device that drained him of all of his power, forcefully taking him out of Super Sonic form and using the Chaos Emeralds energy to power his cannon and shatter the earth, awakening Dark Gaia. When his plan doesn't go the way he liked due to awakening Dark Gaia too early, he immediately comes up with a plan B: draw all the Dark Gaia monsters to his base and put Dark Gaia back together to harness its energy to create Eggmanland.
- In Sonic Colors. Despite foolishly leaving the key in the elevator and allowing Sonic and Tails to infiltrate his Interstellar Amusment Park, Eggman tries his best to distract Sonic and keep him in the dark about his plan to build a Mind-Control Cannon. Though he fails to stop Sonic from destroying all his generators, Eggman still had enough energy to power his machine. In fact, the only reason his plan didn't work was because Sonic's fight with the first boss caused its arm to get stuck in the cannon, causing it to backfire when he activated it.
- In Sonic Lost World. Prior to the game, he traveled to the Lost Hex, encountered the Deadly Six, and used the Cacophonic Conch to keep them under his thumb and use their abilites for his plans. His plans inevitably fall apart when Sonic kicks the conch away, but even then he's still showing remarkable Genre Savvy. His backup plan was to team up with Sonic and Tails, knowing that they would eventually defeat the Six, and later faked his death so he could shut down the Extractor and power up his mech using Earth's energy. To put this into perspective, despite his plans unraveling completely, he managed to claw his way back to the title of Big Bad and Final Boss with nothing but determination and cunning. Nice to see you back, Eggman.
- Deface of the Moon: He blows up half the moon in Sonic Adventure 2. It's still like that; we're just seeing the good side.
- The Determinator: You do have to give him credit, for no matter the setbacks, he'll always try to defeat Sonic. Deconstructed in the Archie comics during Ian Flynn's run; there, the constant setbacks were slowly cracking his mind until issue 200, in which he finally suffers from a completely disturbing and realistic Villainous Breakdown. However, not long afterwards, he recovers from said breakdown by reasoning himself out of it.
- Dirty Old Man: In the Movie, he planned to marry Sera after Metal Sonic destroyed Planet Freedom. Keep in mind that Eggman is in his fifties and Sera is a teenager.
- Ditzy Genius: He has an IQ of 300, but is simultaneously very childish.
- Dub Name Change: From "Eggman" to "Robotnik". Eventually, due to the western continuities becoming obsolete once Adventure came out, they eventually decided to name him "Ivo Robotnik" (with "Eggman" as a nickname) in all versions.
- Egopolis: Eggman wants to create Eggmanland, a city bearing his likeness. In Sonic Unleashed, he succeeds at this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Frequently downgraded to assisting the heroes, lest an even crazier person tries to destroy the planet. Is also genuinely horrified when he learns that Gerald Robotnik apparently sold out his home planet to Black Doom for the sake of research.
- In "Sonic X", when he catches Black Narcissus torturing Chris Thorndyke and Cosmo, Eggman was upset at Narcissus's actions, explaining that "it's one thing to threaten people and take them prisoner, but when you actually hurt them, that's going too far."
- In Sonic Rush Adventure, He freaks out when Eggman Nega activates the Egg Wizard's Planet Buster Laser in a last ditch effort to defeat Sonic and Blaze.
- In Sonic Unleashed. when Chip states that Eggman might be starving Professor Pickle when he had him imprisoned, Tails remarks to Chip that Eggman's most likely going to be feeding him while imprisoned, as "even he isn't that cruel." Of course, that's not saying that the food is actually edible, but still.
- In Sonic Lost World, he's appalled at how the Deadly Six wish to outright destroy Earth instead of conquering it.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Grandpas: He has a deep respect for his grandfather, Gerald Robotnik, and it is heavily implied that he may have desired to conquer the world because he felt that his grandfather was unjustly arrested.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tails in several ways, especially in Sonic Adventure 2.
- Evil Genius: What did you expect?
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Is Not a Toy: In many of the 3D games from Sonic Adventure through Sonic Unleashed, he's displaced by the evil he's unsealed as the Final Boss. By Sonic Generations, Evil is a Toy.
- And back again in Sonic Lost World, though ironically it was Sonic's fault in that case. Regardless of this trope, he still manages to be the game's final boss.
- Evil Virtues: Hard worker and a lifelong admiration of his grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik. Word of God also states Eggman as a wannabe feminist with a hidden romantic side, though we never see it in action. On that note, judging by two Freeze-Frame Bonus moments in Sonic Unleashed, Eggman is also a fan of the Sega Dreamcast, carrying it with him all the way to Sonic's battle with Dark Gaia.
- Failure Is the Only Option: He never succeeds at any of his plans, either due to Sonic getting in the way, or because whatever force he's using spirals out of his control. Eggman Nega in Sonic Rivals reveals that he will never succeed, and that his failures ruin the Robotnik name.
- Fat Bastard:Is grossly obese and endorses animal cruelty.
- Fat Idiot: Inverted: Eggman, though bumbling and slightly unstable, is a technological genius.
- Faux Affably Evil: Most of the more ruthless alternate incarnations (e.g. the SatAm and Archie comic interpretations) at least have some moderate goofy or whimsical traits.
- For the Evulz: Some alternate interpretations, particularly the StC and SatAM versions, revolve many of their plans or pasttimes on the suffering of innocents. The games and Sonic X versions are more toned down, though they do retain Card-Carrying Villain traits on occasion.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Future Me Scares Me: "Will I really get that crazy?"
- Galactic Conqueror: Nearly mind-controlled the entire universe using the Wisps' Hyper Go-on energy.
- Game Over Man: While not explicitly appearing on the Game Over screen, the Megadrive game endings depict Eggman taunting you if you missed some Chaos Emeralds. (In Knuckles' Sonic 3 quest, this role is filled by Eggrobo/Metal Sonic.)
- Gasshole: According to Sonic in Sonic Colors.
- Get Back Here Boss: Most boss fights with Eggman involve him piloting a robot and running away from Sonic.
- Goggles Do Nothing: In his Sonic Adventure tenure.
- Gonk: Looks rather cartoonish compared to other humans in the series.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: This has been a running theme with Dr. Eggman since Sonic Adventure. It wasn't until Sonic Generations that he actually succeeded without it backfiring.
- Humongous Mecha: Has piloted many over the years.
- Image Song: "E.G.G.M.A.N.". More recently, he's had a Leitmotif used in three successive games - Sonic 06, Sonic Unleashed, and Sonic Colors.
- Informed Attribute: He's apparently a feminist◊.
- In-Series Nickname/Insult Backfire: How the "Eggman" moniker was adapted for the English audiences, starting with Sonic Adventure. It was supposed to be in mockery, but for some reason, it's all he goes by these days, even when referring to himself, almost to the point that the "Robotnik" name no longer has relevance (the only way it stays relevant is through his grandfather, Gerald Robotnik).
- "I Am" Song: Aptly titled 'E.G.G.M.A.N.'
"I am the Eggman! It's what I am, I am the Eggman, I got the master plan!"
- It's All About Me: Not only does he paste his own face onto almost all of his creations, he wants the entire world to admire him and his brilliance.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Washi".
- Jerkass: In the more comedic literations.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even when he acts like he is willing to save even his enemies, all that he really cares about is himself and his own power at the end.
- Lampshade Hanging: Not by himself, but the lyrics of his boss theme in the Japanese soundtrack of Sonic CD references his Bald of Evil as well as one of his more defining traits of being an Evil Genius.
- Large Ham: He's this in general, especially in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Laughably Evil
- Leitmotif: Has multiple, such as "Theme of Dr. Eggman" in the first Sonic Adventure and "E.G.G.M.A.N." in Sonic Adventure 2.
- Lethal Chef: In Sonic Unleashed, Professor Pickle complained about the food he served, and neither Sonic or Chip enjoy eating anything from Eggmanland.
- In Sonic Colors, Tails apparently paid an ill-advised visit to the Bucket O' Sushi food stall between cut-scenes. His only comment on the experience? "His cruelty knows no bounds".
- Mad Scientist: Of course.
- Malevolent Mugshot: Eggman must be proud of his work, because he stencils his cartoon mug on all of his inventions. The Death Egg even sported a giant mustache.
- There seems to be some history behind this. The Space Colony ARK in Adventure 2 bears a similar visage when the Eclipse Cannon is revealed, but there's no way Eggman contributed to that, since his grandfather was the last person to set foot on the station.
- The Man Behind the Man: He and Eggman Nega pull this off in Sonic Rush Adventure, being the ones who created Captain Whisker to steal the Jeweled Scepter.
- And he pulls it off again in Sonic Generations, teaming up with his past self to use the Time Eater to erase their previous defeats at Sonic's hands.
- Man Child: His idea of Eggmanland is an amusement park.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has manipulated Knuckles repeatedly (though by the fourth time or so, it might be more Knuckles' fault) and even tricked Tails into revealing he had a fake Chaos Emerald. Also, he tricked Sonic into getting in the center of his ray to unseal Dark Gaia.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Eggman's English VA, Mike Pollock, is very friendly and likes to keep in touch with fans.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Motifs: Eggs. It's in his name, and every one of his creations' names.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In Sonic 2006, every time Silver attempts to kill Sonic, Eggman kidnaps Elise. In a way, he actually saved the world, as Sonic being killed in front of Elise would have had far worse ramifications, as the Final Story revealed.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Particularly in the anime.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yes he's a Ditzy Genius who never seems to learn that Evil Is Not a Toy. But it's made clear time and time again throughout the series that if Sonic wasn't his adversary, he'd be ruling the world right now.
- Off Model: In Sonic The Fighters, in the final fight against him, he is inexplicably smaller than Sonic!
- OOC Is Serious Business: Eggman's default setting is Large Ham, but it's when he stops being a Large Ham that lets you know he is pissed. See Tranquil Fury below.
- Opaque Lenses: Eggman's blue pince-nez glasses.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Wears these in Sonic Shuffle and the Sonic X comic.
- Sonic accuses King Sharyar of doing this in Sonic and the Secret Rings, only to find out it's not Eggman. Then again, Sonic did this to almost everyone in the Sonic Storybook Series, but starts to get used to it eventually, only briefly confusing the blacksmith for Tails and then only stating that Gawain reminds him of Knuckles and not even mentioning Percival's resemblance to Blaze.
- He also tried this in Sonic Free Riders, disguising himself as King Doc in an attempt to steal the contestants' racing data for his own Extreme Gear. Needless to say, none of the characters fall for it.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In all of Eggman's schemes, he always manages to cause horrendous collateral damage, either directly or indirectly due to whatever Cosmic Horror spirals out of his control.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His outfit.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In most of the American/European non-game media. In the games, though, he has normal blue eyes hidden behind his glasses.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the red oni to Tails and Sonic.
- Robot Master
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one in the Sonic Riders series.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Manages this every once in a while, usually with a massive, toothy grin.
- Sinister Shades: The above-mentioned glasses.
- Stout Strength: On and off, he's shown to be stronger than he appears, smacking a giant robot's hand away with his stomach, and punching a(n albeit small) defense turret off the wall with his bare hands. Sonic Lost World has him punch through ice without so much of a scratch.
- He's also defined as a Power class in Sonic Riders, being able to punch out walls, cars, and even trains along the track.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Robotnik's AoStH robots.
- Also his robots Orbot and Cubot in recent games beginning with Sonic Colors.
- Take Over the World: What he wants to do in most installments/adaptations.
- Terrible Trio: Outside of the games, he formed one with Scratch and Grounder and Decoe and Bocoe. In the games, he forms one with Orbot and Cubot.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Sonic Adventure 2 in his plots, going so far as to take hostages. Even partly lampshaded by our boy in blue.
Sonic: "You turned into a BIG TIME villain, doctor."
- In Sonic Unleashed, he captured Sonic in his super form and drained his Emerald energy to power a machine that detonates the planet!!! Meanwhile, in Sonic Colors he creates a gargantuan space station that chains multiple planets together so as to capture aliens to power his machinery (with not a single treacherous Eldritch Abomination in sight).
- He goes through another level in Sonic Generations, where he, yet again, gets ahold of an Eldritch Abomination. Only this time, he manages to keep it under control without it betraying him!
- Another way of putting it is that Eggman, despite becoming a more comical villain, had become capable of a Class X Apocalypse How in Sonic Unleashed, then a Class X-2 in Sonic Colors, and finally a Class Z in Sonic Generations.
- Sonic Lost World has him gain control of six very powerful Zeti and take measures to prevent their betrayal. His control over them is so great, he only loses control thanks to Sonic. And that's not even mentioning him punching through a screen of ice and devising a plan to use Sonic to defeat the Deadly Six and regain his status as the Big Bad.
- To The Bat Noun: His weapons, vehicles, and a good amount of his Mecha-Mooks will inevitably have "Egg" in their name.
- Trademark Favorite Food: EGGman has a lot of egg-themed robots and vehicles. This obsession is so strong that his most powerful weapon was the Death-EGG.
- Robotnik had eggs in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. He apparently never got sick of that diet, so much so that he assaults Scratch and Grounder when they give him Hotcakes instead of his daily serving of eggs.
- He also apparently likes sub sandwiches, as he eats a whole one in just a few seconds in Sonic Unleashed.
- Tranquil Fury: Eggman is a Large Ham by default, but there are few times he will drop the Large Ham part in favor of being dead serious.
- In Sonic Adventure after Chaos 6 is defeated and his Egg Carrier crashes, he tries to fire a missile at Station Square in a desperate attempt to salvage something from having his plans completely fall apart in the last few hours. The missile, unfortunately, is a dud and Eggman has to detonate it manually, but Tails beats him to it and disables it. Eggman, though extremely pissed, barely raises his voice as he threatens to make Tails pay before summoning his Egg Walker.
- And again in Sonic Lost World. When Zavok and Zazz taunt Eggman about how the energy from the Extractor is making them stronger, Eggman threatens to destroy everything they love in the most chilling voice possible before smashing the ice wall they were speaking from.
- Vague Age: Unlike most of the heroes, Eggman's age has never been stated.
- He's supposedly in his fifties, though. He'd have to be to remember his grandfather.
- Victory Is Boring: In Sonic X, he starts crying out for Sonic's attention when he doesn't return to their home world for several months.
- Villain Decay: Starting with Sonic Adventure and continuing throughout most games since, Eggman has been consistently overthrown as the main antagonist by a kind of all-powerful Bigger Bad, due to his own evil schemes frequently involving awakening said power to harness it to take over the world. Starting with Sonic Colors, however, it appears he's recovering and has begun to reclaim his mantle as the series Villain.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The little known details about his planned Eggman Empire apparently involve scientists as the high class citizens, indicating that it is essentially the scientist version of Outer Heaven. If it is true that his world domination plans stemmed from the perceived injustice of Gerald Robotnik's arrest, that might give him an understandable reason for desiring this.
- What Could Have Been: He was initially designed to be the hero — his initial concept was "Theodore Roosevelt in pajamas".
- You Meddling Kids: "I hate that hedgehog!", his Catch Phrase from his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog portrayal, which gets the occasional Mythology Gag in other continuities.
"Sonic... I was created for the sole purpose of destroying you. But I can never seem to defeat you! That is why, I transformed my own body with my own hands."
Robotic replica of Sonic. Has disobeyed his creator Dr. Robotnik in the past.
Voiced by Masami Kikuchi (Japanese, OVA), Junichi Kanemaru (Japanese, games), Gary Dehan (English, STH: The Movie), Ryan Drummond (English, 2004)
- Accidental Pervert: In the OVA, Sonic deals a blow to knock Metal's head in the bottom of Eggman's machine, only for Metal to look up beneath Sera's dress. Made worse considering his telepathic bond with the real Sonic.
- A God Am I: In Heroes.
Metal Overlord: "See me as I am, no longer afraid of anything! I shall become the ultimate overlord, ruling as the world's most supreme being!"
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It's generally assumed that Robotnik made an upgrade to Metal that made him go mad with power and ego in Heroes. To elaborate, Metal deluded himself into believing he was the real Sonic, and that Sonic was his "loathsome copy"!
- In the Movie/OVA, his programming is based on Sonic's mind. After a while, this eventually becomes a crapshoot in the other direction, and he does things the real Sonic would do.
- All Your Powers Combined: As part of his DNA copying in Heroes. He gets the speed, power, and flight of Team Sonic, as well as Shadow's Chaos powers (particularly Chaos Control) and Chao shapeshifting abilities (via Froggy and Chocola), with his lines implying that he successfully copied all pertinent data from the rest of the cast.
Metal Madness (to Team Chaotix): "You're all useless now that I've copied all your data."
- Arch-Enemy: To Sonic since he is programmed to the sole purpose to kill him.
- Art Evolution: The original design is more simplistic and puppet-like, while his post-Sonic Adventure 2 design gave him a little more detail and played with his proportions a little.
- Ax-Crazy: Depending on the game.
- Badass Automaton: One of Eggman's best (if not the best) robots, capable of both matching and in some regards exceeding Sonic.
- Badass Boast: Lets out plenty of these during the fight with Metal Madness.
- Badass Longcoat: Neo Metal Sonic sports one in Heroes.
- Batman Gambit: The entire plot of Sonic Heroes was one big Batman Gambit. He issued a challenge to Team Sonic while impersonating Eggman just to copy their data and defeat them. What makes it so unique is that he was only after Team Sonic. Team Dark, Team Rose, and Team Chaotix got involved by themselves, but it still worked in his favor.
- Big Bad: In Sonic Heroes.
- Bishonen Line: His "Neo" form in Heroes is distinctly more humanoid than his CD look.
- Chest Blaster: His Plasma Pulse Attack in Knuckles Chaotix. Metal Overlord can fire cyrstals from the hole on his chest.
- Chewing the Scenery: Almost every one of his lines in Heroes, including the portions where he was disguised as Eggman. "All living things, KNEEL BEFORE YOUR MASTER!"
- Cool Plane: Pilots one in Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- Costume Copycat: Disguised himself as Eggman for the majority of Sonic Heroes. The real Eggman gave orders to Team Chaotix during that time in order to free himself.
- Also repeated in Sonic Free Riders, where he disguised himself as a blue E-10000 in order to copy everyone's data and prove himself the best user of Extreme Gear.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He was created to exceed Sonic's speed, which he does very well due to having a jet engine sticking out of his torso. However, since this causes him to outright fly, he often has trouble stopping.
- In addition, that kind of speed puts a huge strain on his insides — Metal Sonic is prone to overheating after traveling faster than Sonic for too long, when he has to spend time to cool down. In Sonic Generations, this is his one biggest weakness.
- A Day in the Limelight: A mini-Episode of Sonic 4 focuses on his return after his defeat in Sonic CD. He's even the playable character.
- Determinator: His resolve is almost as strong as Sonic's. To quote his only line of dialogue from Generations:
"I WILL BATTLE YOU AS MANY TIMES AS IT IS NECESSARY."
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted. He falls several thousand feet from the sky when defeated as Metal Overlord, but he survivies.
- The Dragon: To Eggman when Orbot and Cubot aren't filling the role.
- Dying as Yourself: While he didn't actually die in Heroes, after he's defeated he shrinks from his Neo Metal Sonic form into the Sonic CD appearance we're all more familiar with.
- Evil Knockoff: However, in Heroes, his desire to prove himself to be better than Sonic had progressed to the point that he thought he was the real deal.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In his Sonic Heroes appearance. Surprisingly, it's just Ryan Drummond's Sonic voice in monotone, with the pitch deepened and with a synthesized reverberation added. Hear it unaltered.
- Evil Twin
- Failure Is the Only Option: No matter how hard he tries, he can never defeat Sonic. Hell, in the Sonic The Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Collide comic series, Sonic even lampshades it by listing his previous defeats to rub salt in the wound.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: In the Movie, he basically committs suicide by allowing himself to be baked in the lava.
- Finger Firearms: He can fire his claws like missiles as Metal Madness. If it hits a character, he or she is trapped in a cyrstal dome. If all three characters are trapped, they lose a life.
- Flat Character: Initially, Metal was just a well constructed but otherwise mindless knockoff of Sonic. Subverted when Sonic Heroes gave him a personality, revealing him to be a cold-blooded, egotistical, domineering personality. Even after Eggman's subsequent reprogramming of him after his defeat, Sonic Free Riders shows that he still has enough persona to willingly go behind Eggman's back and study the other racers in disguise, all just to challenge Sonic to a one-on-one race.
- Flight: Thanks to a jet engine on his back.
- Flying Brick: Especially in the Movie. His main fighting style is to fly into things at top speeds, usually when performing the V Maximum Overdrive Attack.
- Fire Breathing Weapon: Metal Madness's right hand is a flamethrower that he uses against Team Rose and Team Dark.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Metal Overlord has some sharp and scary-looking wings.
- The Heavy: If he didn't challenge Team Sonic while impersonating Eggman, Sonic Heroes wouldn't even exist.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the Archie Comics, Metal sacrificed himself to save Sonic and Tails by stopping a lava flow, and was eventually engulfed by it.
- High Altitude Battle: The fight with Metal Overlord in Heroes.
- I Just Want to Be You: Implied to be his beef with Sonic, although it overlaps heavily with There Can Only Be One, as Metal's goal of defeating Sonic and proving his own self-worth is his sole purpose for existing.
- Image Song: Metal Sonic has many themes, which fit him extremely well:
- I Have Many Names: Metal Sonic, Mecha Sonic, Metallix...
- Though Mecha Sonic (at least in the games) is a separate character.
- In the Movie, he was called Hyper Metal Sonic.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
- The Juggernaut: Metal Overlord. It's saying something that it took 12 characters to put him down. Nine of them had to distract him so Team Sonic could use their super powers. Then the three of them had to finish him off.
- In his debut appearance in Sonic CD, Sonic can't even harm him due to his electrified force field, and Metal can effortlessly smash through obstacles that Sonic has to work around. Sonic has to rely on a combo of the raceways closing gate and Eggman's instant kill laser to bring him down.
- Killer Robot
- Knight of Cerebus: For Sonic Heroes, but nowhere near the level of the Black Arms and Mephiles the Dark.
- He's also this in the Movie. The movie starts off pretty lighthearted for the most part. There's copious amounts of humor due to Sonic's snark and Old Man Owl's ditzyness. Robotnik himself barely registers as a threat due to his Affably Evil, Go Karting with Bowser nature. But once Metal Sonic appears, the movie quickly goes from funny to frightening as we get a villain with no comedic traits and is genuinely threatening.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Metal Madness and Metal Overlord can fire missiles from the spikes on his back.
- Noble Demon: Toward the end of the Movie, thanks to his programming being based on the real Sonic's mind.
- No Mouth: In his normal and Neo forms. Subverted with his Metal Madness and Metal Overlord forms.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Implied, but not outright stated. During the Final Battle with him in Sonic Heroes, he mentions wanting to rule a robot kingdom, slightly implying he wanted to destroy all organic life.
- One-Winged Angel: Metal Overlord in Sonic Heroes, and even earlier he did this to become Mega Metal Sonic in Knuckles Chaotix.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Metal Madness and Metal Overlord.
- Out of Focus: Nowadays, Metal mainly makes cameo, playable, and boss appearances.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He's this in the movie, and in his Neo Metal Sonic and Metal Overlord forms.
- Pet the Dog: In the Movie, After defeating Sonic the first time, He tracks down Old Man Owl... to give him Sonic's favorite clothes.
- Power Copying: His main superpower, used to copy the abilities of everyone in Sonic Heroes. And he does it again in Sonic Free Riders, Diguising himself as a blue E-100000 to copy everyone's Extreme Gear data.
- Rage Quit/Sore Loser: In Sonic Free Riders. After challenging Sonic to a race and, predictably, losing spectacularly, Metal runs off in a rage.
- Ramming Always Works: His V. Max Overdrive attack, where he overclocks his systems to make himself hazardous to touch and zoom across the stage.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Redemption Equals Death: In the Movie, Metal Sonic saves the President and Old Man Owl from an exploding hovercraft, only to be smashed into a lava pool he had opened up a few minutes ago.
- The Resenter: To Sonic
- Robot Me
- Robotic Psychopath
- Sanity Slippage: He was created for the sole purpose of defeating Sonic, but each defeat caused his hate and resentment towards Sonic to build until it reached critical mass. And it all goes to hell when Eggman upgrades him during Sonic Heroes, driving him mad with power and ego and causing himself to believe that he was the real Sonic.
- Second Law My Ass: Pulled this one out in Sonic Heroes; Fed up with Dr. Eggman's failures, he threw the doctor into a room and took over the Eggman Empire himself to go about his own plans.
- Shapeshifting: He gained this ability circa Sonic Heroes, at least the ability to superficially imitate them in appearance. He gets the ability to outright morph, T-1000 style by copying Chocola Chao and Froggy's data (who had the DNA of Chaos in them), and Sonic Free Riders shows that he can still pull this off to some degree.
- Shock and Awe: Most of his attacks, such as the V. Max Overdrive Attack and the Ring Spark Field deal with electricity. Neo Metal Sonic can fire lightning from his hands, and as shown in Sonic the Hedgehog 4, he's still capable of this to some degree.
- Some Kind of Force Field: Besides the Black Shield ability from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, he also projects one in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie whenever he's flying around, especially when he piledrives into Planet Freedom from space.
- Spikes of Villainy: Neo Metal Sonic wears a spiked belt. His Metal Overlord form has spikes on his back. And they aren't just for show.
- The Starscream: In Sonic Heroes, although by his defeat, Eggman reprogrammed him to ensure this would never happen again — although that may not have been foolproof, since Sonic Free Riders shows he still has hints of free will, going behind Eggman's back to copy the racers' data, and promptly challenge Sonic to a new race.
- Super Speed: Naturally. He is a robot of Sonic after all.
- Talking to Himself: He and Sonic were voiced by the same American and Japanese actors in Heroes.
- There Can Only Be One: There is only one Sonic.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Sonic
- Villainous Breakdown: When defeated in Sonic Heroes.
- Villain Protagonist: In Episode Metal.
- The Voiceless: In all appearances barring Heroes (where he's Suddenly Voiced after receiving an upgrade) and The Movie (where he's The Quiet One, and has exactly one line of spoken dialogue).
- Walking Spoiler: For a while, in the wake of his role in Heroes, Metal served as this, although it's greatly diminished over time.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Read the above.
- Xanatos Gambit: His Batman Gambit to Team Sonic can be seen as this. If Team Sonic answers his challenge, he can copy their data, if they don't, he can conquer the world with his Egg Fleet. Either way, he wins.
- X-Ray Sparks: In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, he shows a skeleton when electrified.
A Badnik modeled after the good old Doctor himself, the Big Bad
of Sonic 3 And Knuckles
in Knuckles's Story who instil chaos in Angel Island after Sonic deafeats Eggman and possibly intended to reacquire the Master Emerald with the help of Mecha Sonic.
robotic replica of Sonic. Sometimes known as "Silver Sonic" and often confused with Metal Sonic, the two are actually completely different robots. He has made five appearances: First in Sonic 2 (both the genesis and game gear versions), returned in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, returned in Sonic Pocket Adventure, and made a cameo in Sonic Adventure. He also popped up at least three times in the Archie universe, the third time being as recent as issue #225!
- Art Evolution: The original design was a bulky, silver design that arguably resembled Sonic more than even Metal Sonic did. Sonic 3 & Knuckles did away with this, giving like a dark purple, sleeker design. While Sonic Pocket Adventure reused his Sonic 2 look, his Sonic Adventure cameo gave him yet another redesign.
- Badass: Most definitely in Sonic & Knuckles. Let's see here. Smart enough to pilot the Eggmobile and sabotage the teleporter needed to get to the Death Egg? Check. Much more deadly, durable, and faster than even Metal Sonic was at the time? Check. Survived his encounter with Sonic when older models didn't and surviving a fall from practically space? Check. Didn't get smashed to pieces by Knuckles the first fight around (and that was after already losing to Sonic)? Check. The first villain in the whole series to go Super? Check. First inorganic being to go Super? Check. First being to use THE MASTER EMERALD to go Super? Check. Said Super Form is unstable but outright invincible to even a Super Emerald Powered Hyper Knuckles? Check, check, and CHECK!
- Big Bad: Of Knuckles's story in Sonic & Knuckles. Robotnik is presumably elsewhere during that time, or Mecha is serving as his Dragon.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: In Sonic & Knuckles, he enlists the aid of an Eggrobo as his ally to try to defeat Knuckles in his story. By the time Knuckles reaches Sky Sanctuary, Mecha accidentally kills the Eggrobo by air-dashing right into his eggpod, thinking he would hit the trapped Knuckles.
- The Cameo: Gets a cameo in Sonic Adventure, which has been the only place he's been seen in years.
- Canon Name: For years, the distinction between him and Metal Sonic was in dispute, with the name "Mecha Sonic" being bandied about for both of them. Eventually, the name "Mecha Sonic" stuck for this one, and he's widely recognized as a separate entity from Metal.
- The Archie comics are more confusing about this, however. Though they originally called Metal Sonic "Mecha Sonic", they settled on referring to him by his proper name... while using "Mecha Sonic" for Sonic's roboticized form. Whenever robots based on this robot pop up, he's referred to as Silver Sonic, and the comics are the only medium where this title isn't of dubious canonicity.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Before the 3D era, he appeared in more main series games than Metal Sonic did. Since Sonic Adventure, he hasn't been seen at all — until Archie Sonic issue #225, bigger and stronger than ever!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In his first Sonic comic appearance, he is a hulking machine, completely invincible to Sonic's attacks and almost knocked Sonic unconscious with a single punch! Fortunately for true blue, it knocked open some of the Death Egg's internal wiring, which he quickly used to short-circuit the robot.
- The Dragon: For Robotnik.
- Evil Knockoff: Arguably more so than Metal Sonic, due to him having a variation of Sonic's spin attack and spindash move, though Metal Sonic himself got these added to his own skill set eventually.
- Flat Character: Unlike his more famous counterpart, Mecha Sonic is completely nondescript in personality, and is always presented as merely a mindless drone to Eggman.
- Heel-Face Turn: While Eggman built a second Mecha Sonic in the Archie continuity a year after the original was lost, Sonic managed to reprogram it to defend Station Square — until it was destroyed by Shadow.
- Hidden Weapons: In his Sonic 2 (GG) encounter, he has an extendable grappling arm built into his body.
- Humongous Mecha: In his first Archie comics appearance, Mecha Sonic is at least 10 times Sonic's size. If you look close enough, you can see Sonic's hand in contrast to Mecha Sonic's size.
- Megaton Punch: As mentioned in Curb-Stomp Battle, he almost knocked out Sonic with one punch!
- Nigh-Invulnerability: In his first comic appearance, he is completely unhindered by Sonic's efforts to fight it, and is only defeated when Sonic electrocutes it with the Death Egg's internal wiring.
- Nostalgia Boss: In Sonic 3 & Knuckles, during the Sky Sanctuary Zone, he provides this for the first two bosses from the first two games, and then finally for his own previous incarnation at the end.
- One-Winged Angel: His Super Mode form in the end of Sonic & Knuckles, where he absorbs the power of the master emerald, granting him even faster speed, as well as a energy blast attack and the ability to launch dummy rings.
- Powered Armor: In the Archie comics, after defeating him, Sonic crawls inside him to control him as armor while fighting Robotnik, and uses him to escape the Death Egg.
- Power Floats: Gains this in his Super mode.
- Robot Me: Shares this trait with Metal Sonic.
- Rocket Boots: Briefly uses them in Sonic 2, but only when he makes his entrance. He uses them much more often in his Sonic 2 (GG) encounter.
- Rollerblade Good: He achieves his super speed by the wheels in his heels.
- Super Mode: At the end of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, he gains one by absorbing the power of the Master Emerald.
- Super Speed: While his Sonic 2 (Genesis) encounter is sluggish, he is surprisingly fast in Sonic 2 (GG) and ups the ante in his Sonic 3 & Knuckles encounters.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Metal Sonic, though Sonic 2 and Sonic CD had overlapping development periods.
- Took a Level in Badass: Considerably in Sonic 3. In Sonic 2, he was a clunky, sluggish drone that could be taken down in less than 10 seconds. In Sonic 3, he recieved a considerable upgrade, getting a sleeker design, as well as super speed both on the ground and in-flight, a devastating air-dash move, the ability to slide backwards, and is much more durable, managing to survive his encounter with Sonic during the game, and later taking on Knuckles.
- The Voiceless: He has absolutely no vocal dialogue with other characters in the games.
Orbot and Cubot
"Now, the world shall be my plaything! I shall bring about an age of fear and chaos! And it shall be glorious!"
Robotnik's descendant from the far-flung future where Silver is from.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Espio and Sliver's story in Sonic Rivals 2, his legs are caught in debris following the Ifrit's defeat and he's forced to beg them for help. It doesn't work and they leave him in the Ifrit's dimension.
- And I Must Scream: The Sonic Rivals series has him on both ends of the trope. In the first game, he uses a special camera to turn people into cards and planned to do this to the entire world. He gets sealed in a card himself by the end of the first game, but he breaks out of the card by the second game only to get trapped in the Ifrit's dimension at the end.
- Arch-Enemy: To Blaze and later Silver.
- Ax-Crazy: Unlike Eggman, who wants to leave the world intact and take it over, Nega gets a kick out of wanton destruction.
- Badass Bookworm: Much like Eggman.
- Badass Moustache: Like Eggman, he has this.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: Of the Sonic Rivals games.
- Camera Fiend: A dark twist on the trope. In the first Rivals game, he uses a special camera that turns anything or anyone into a card.
- Cool Shades: Even cooler than Eggman's pince-nez, Eggman Nega sports a Kamina-esque visor.
- Calling Your Ancestor Out: Eggman Nega's primary motivation in Sonic Rivals is revenge against Dr. Eggman (who is his ancestor) because Eggman's various failures made him be looked down upon despite having high potential in terms of intellect.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Originally, he used the same voice clips as Eggman. As of Rivals 2, Mike Pollock gives him a more distinctive, higher pitched voice than Eggman.
- Evil Genius: And even has the benefit of 200 years of technological advancement over Eggman.
- Evil Old Folks: Probably. He has a gray moustache.
- Eviler Twin: Of Eggman, at least in the Rush series. The Rivals series reveals that he is actually Eggman's descendant.
- Fat Bastard: And even more of a bastard than Eggman.
- Freudian Excuse: In Rivals he was mistreated because of his ancestor's many failures.
- Faux Affably Evil: A reverse of the Affably Evil Eggman, Eggman Nega appears to be pleasant and well-mannered, but is a raving psychopath under the veneer of sophistication and class.
- For the Evulz: He does have a plan, but it's not hard to see that he enjoys the chaos he causes.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Sonic Rivals, he's trapped in a card himself due to an accident with the camera. In Sonic Rivals 2, he unleashed the Ifrit and, following its defeat, was sealed in the Ifrit's dimension.
- Identical Grandson: He is physically identical to Eggman, sans the white mustache. And in the Rivals series, he exploits this by diguising as him.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
- Kid from the Future: He is Eggman's descendant from approximately 200 years into the future.
- Knight of Cerebus: In contrast to Eggman, anything involving Nega is treated far more seriously.
- Mad Scientist: Even more mad than Eggman is.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Eggman Nega's motivation in the first Sonic Rivals game, which is only revealed in Shadow's playthrough, is to erase the "failures" of Dr. Eggman, because Nega apparently didn't have anyone recognize his genius because of Eggman's failures.
- The Man Behind the Man: He and Eggman pull this off in Sonic Rush Adventure, being the ones who created Captain Whisker to steal the Jeweled Scepter.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Rouge in Sonic Rivals 2, hiring her to collect the Chaos Emeralds.
- Multiple Choice Past: In the Rush series, he is from another dimension, in others (notably the Rivals series) he is from the future. The different writers work around each other by making sure that no one heroic character hears both stories.
- Never My Fault: Shadow accuses him of having this mindset, stating that his motive is merely an excuse to blame his own failures on the past.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In both the Rush and Rivals series, he wants to destroy the entire world somehow.
- Psychopathic Man Child: And he leans more on the "psychopathic" part.
- Sarcastic Clapping
- The Sociopath
- To Create A Playground For Evil: His motivation, shown in the quote above.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the End of Sonic Rush Adventure, he activates the Egg Wizard's Planet Buster Laser in a final attempt to defeat Blaze and Sonic, much to the dismay of Eggman.
- Villains Want Mercy: See Ain't Too Proud to Beg.
- White Mustache Black Heart
Prof. Gerald Robotnik
"All of you ungrateful humans, who took everything away from me, will feel my loss, and despair!"
- Bigger Bad: In Sonic Adventure 2.
- Broken Pedestal: Dr. Ivo Robotnik idolized Gerald... after the events of Sonic Adventure 2... not so much.
- Colony Drop: This is his way to gain revenge on humanity, by destroying the Earth with the ARK.
- Despair Event Horizon: Once Gerald was a highly respected scientist who wanted to help people through science. After his granddaughter Maria's death at GUN's hands, he quickly started becoming evil and ended up a wannabe Omnicidal Maniac as his Final Speech shows.
- Dying Declaration Of Hate / Final Speech: Gerald's speech to the firing squad set to execute him which outlines his Colony Drop to all of humanity is basically his Disproportionate Retribution.
- Humans Are Bastards
- Killed Off for Real
- Mad Scientist: Gerald, unlike his grandson, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, was not this and used his inventions to help humanity. Even the Eclipse Cannon was to be used to stop Black Doom as revealed in Shadow the Hedgehog. Then Maria died, and then he definitely became a Mad Scientist.
- His experiments and deal with Black Doom, allowed him to create both Shadow the Hedgehog and his prototype, the Biolizard.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Instantly became one after GUN killed Maria.
- Misplaced Retribution: Wanting to destroy all humanity when only GUN was responsible for his granddaughter's death.
- Omnicidal Maniac: But only after Maria's death, and the related plan happens far after his death.
- Posthumous Character: However, his plan to destroy the Earth by crashing the ARK into it keeps going on even fifty years after his death.
- Supervillain Lair: Used the ARK, a giant space station he created, for making experiments to destroy the world after becoming evil.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Black Doom and Doom's Eye
"I gave you life, and this is how you repay me? The irony of it is, I gave you life. And now, I'll take it back."
An alien being from the Black Comet who helped create Shadow and tries to enlist his help in conquering the Earth.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Well, yeah, pretty much.
- Arch-Enemy: To Shadow.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Black Arms and the most powerful of them all.
- Big Bad: Of Shadow the Hedgehog.
- Bling of War: Wears several necklaces and chains.
- Breath Weapon: Breathes fire as Devil Doom.
- Colony Drop: Tosses meteors at you.
- Cyclops: As Devil Doom.
- Disney Villain Death: After being defeated in the Final Battle in the sky, he is sent falling several thousand feet to the ground below. If that didn't kill him, then Shadow blowing up the Black Comet seconds later probably did.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: His name.
- Doppelgänger Attack: During his boss fights, he'll leave behind afterimages of himself that will perform one of his attacks.
- Eldritch Abomination: Look at him!
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does seem to care for the Black Arms Soldiers, if even only a tiny, tiny bit. Plus, he would much rather have Shadow be his loyal second in command, rather than have to kill him.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Believes that humans' actions will only lead to their own extinction and that they serve a better purpose as food for the Black Arms.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Frickin' Laser Beams: As Devil Doom, he has meteors surrounding him that fire lasers.
- Galactic Conqueror
- Go for the Eye: As Devil Doom, his weakspot is Doom's Eye.
- Guttural Growler
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Son Goku. Scared yet?
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Although Shadow's immunity to Black Doom's use of We Can Rule Together's derivations are unknown, it's heavily implied that the reason why Shadow was immune to Black Doom's gas is because he has Black Arms blood in him, more specifically the blood Black Doom gave to give birth to Shadow the Hedgehog.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: See Evilutionary Biologist.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Oh dear God, yes. Though it's not Black Doom so much as the entire Black Arms race. And they don't seem to be content with just feasting on humans...
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ware".
- Killed Off for Real
- Knight of Cerebus: One of the few Sonic villains to be played completely serious. His invasion of Earth is reminisent of full-scale terrorism and he comes within a hairsbreath of turning the human race to lunch. He also serves as a personal one to Shadow.
- Knight Templar: Passes himself off as this, claiming that by feeding the humans to his larvae, he's offering salvation.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Kind of. His blood was used to create Shadow.
- Mind over Matter: Devil Doom will telekinetically manipulate debris from the city below to form a shield around him.
- Monster of the Week
- Multiple Head Case: Devil Doom has two heads on either side of his body and Doom's eye occasionally switches between them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- No Mouth: In his normal form. Subverted with Devil Doom.
- One-Winged Angel: His "Devil Doom" form. a freakish, gargoyle-like monstrosity. Looks something like this◊.
- Playing with Fire: Can toss flaming discs at you during his fights.
- Power Floats: Justified as he has no visible legs.
- Rasputinian Death: Is blasted several dozen in the eye with the Chaos Spear, plummets out of the sky and several thousand feet to the surface of the Black Comet, and if that didn't kill him, then the Black Comet being obliterated by the Eclipse Cannon definitely finished the job.
- Really 700 Years Old: Has been around for 2000 years.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Just like Shadow. This is not a coincidence.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sorcerous Overlord
- Timed Mission: The final battle with him plays with this trope. As the fight between him and Shadow rages in the sky, Sonic and co. are slowly choking to death from the toxic gas of the Black Comet. The longer the fight goes on, the more bleak it becomes for them.
- Third Eye: Doom's Eye, a tentacled monster that can move independently from Black Doom and can project holograms of himself. Black Doom can also speak through it.
- This Cannot Be!: Is left in complete disbelief when he's finally defeated in the Golden Ending.
- To Serve The Entire Planet: Black Doom's ultimate goal. And he would have pulled it off if Shadow didn't turn out to be immune to his nerve gas and We Can Rule Together antics.
- Voice of the Legion
- We Can Rule Together: He pulls this a couple of times, though he's (arguably) really bad at it, and seems to honestly be surprised when Shadow says no.
- Wings Do Nothing: Averted. As Devil Doom, he'll use his wings to defend against Shadow, Shadow can disable the wings to prevent this, but he'll still remain airborne.
Nack the Weasel / Fang the Sniper
Debut: Sonic Triple Trouble
Known as "Fang the Sniper" in Japan and "Nack the Weasel" in America. However, he was known as "Fang the Sniper" in the American release of "Sonic the Fighters". He's a treasure hunter out for cash. His only main appearance was in Sonic Triple Trouble
, and he had a few more in spinoffs, but that's it.
Mephiles the Dark
"Why fight at all? Why risk your life for those who will persecute you later?"
The true villain
of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
, and half of the god of light, Solaris
- Arch-Enemy: To Shadow.
- Attack Its Weak Point: As Solaris, the hedgehogs must hit the red orb to damage him.
- Ax-Crazy: Let's see, his plans essentially amount to the destruction of existence in itself, his hatred of Shadow is almost to the point of psychosis, and he also laughs exhileratedly at Sonic's (supposed) death? Seems to fit that to a T.
- Badass: Ridiculously complex scheming aside, this guy managed to succeed in his plan to destroy the timestream, and is the first and so far only villain in the series to actually kill Sonic!
- The Bad Guy Wins: He actually succeeds in his plan to destroy the planet, and also heavily damaged the time-space continnum, and it is even implied that the time-space continuum was also rapidly dying throughout the final story. The Final Story is basically the heroes trying to set things right.
- Big Bad: In Sonic 2006
- Casting a Shadow: He can meld into a Living Shadow, bring shadows to life and merge them together to form larger shadow monsters, hide in the shadows of others, absorb shadows to grow stronger, and fire dark energy blasts.
- Colour Coded Characters: The main difference between him and Shadow; initially, Mephiles's stripes are a gray-blue instead of Shadow's red.
- Complexity Addiction: His plans could be... a bit simpler.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He manipulated Silver's desire to fix his timeline into trying to kill Sonic and anticipated the likelihood that Silver will end up not going through with it, so he recovered one of the Chaos Emeralds and proceeded to use it to distract Sonic and Elise while he inflicts the coup de grace. Even afterwards, as Solaris, he had several rifts scattered throughout what's left of the world in order to stop the heroes from recovering the Chaos Emeralds and reviving Sonic.
- Dark Is Evil: Just look at his name; Mephiles the Dark.
- Dirty Coward: He fights usually when the opponent isn't looking, he even murdered Sonic while his back was turned.
- A dose of Fridge Brilliance, considering he was the mind and will of Solaris while Iblis, his counterpart, was the raw power. It'd stand to reason he's not powerful enough to take anyone on in a head-on fight without some additional support. In other words, he knows his limitations.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form is a transcendent time entity capable of devouring entire dimensions.
- Evil Laugh: lets out a good one when he kills Sonic.
- Evil Twin: To Shadow.
- Expy: Of Agent Smith.
- To a lesser extent, he also acts as the Sonic equivalent of Kefka Palazzo, due to their initially succeeding in their overall plans of destroying the world, frequently doing destructive acts for no stated reason besides For the Evulz at best, and their defeats resulting in at the very least a Bittersweet Ending and at worst a Pyrrhic Victory in their respective games.
- For the Evulz: The only suggestible reason that he wants to completely destroy space and time. Beyond being pissed at some scientists experimenting on him.
- Fragile Speedster: Played with: He's very intelligent, capable of teleportation, time travel, and energy manipulation. However, he has noticable trouble taking physical punishment while fighting Shadow, although he was shown taking on and withstanding several shotgun/minigun blows from Omega when confronting him in a cutscene.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His main attack as Solaris. Gets taken Up to Eleven when he Turns Red.
- God of Evil: Solaris.
- Mad God: Again, Solaris, although it's "mad" as in "rage" and not "mad" as in "insanity."
- Hellish Pupils
- Killed Off for Real: Heavily implied by the ending of the game (via Grandfather Paradox).
- Knight of Cerebus: Prior villains were either somewhat comical, or had some justifications behind their motives. Mephiles possessed none of these, and clearly enjoys causing destruction simply because he could, and was also the first major villain to canonically kill a major character (and in fact also killed Sonic), as well as succeeding in destroying the world as well as the fabric of existence, with the final act being to stop Mephiles' Fusion Dance god form and restore the timeline.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: The implied reason why he often pulls dirty tactics on his opponents.
- Lack of Empathy: He taunts Omega about his part in sealing away Shadow in the future, and he laughs after (supposedly) murdering Sonic, and especially at Elise's sorrow and mental anguish at his (Supposed) death.
- Large Ham: Probably the other reason a lot of people like him, what with being voiced by Dan Green and all...
- Laughing Mad: He laughs quite exhileratedly when murdering Sonic.
- Light Is Not Good: Solaris again.
- Literal Split Personality: Both Mephiles and Iblis. Mephiles being the conscious mind, and Iblis being the raw power.
- Living Shadow: Not only is he the Shadow Archetype to Shadow, but he's also born (well, reborn is more accurate) from Shadow's shadow. That's right, Shadow's shadow became a Shadow.
- Manipulative Bastard: This along with The Chessmaster. He manipulated seemingly everyone in the story over 210 years just so he could force Elise to develop feelings towards Sonic, only to kill Sonic, thus freeing Iblis from inside Elise, allowing himself to merge with Iblis to become Solaris.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Overlaps with Meaningful Name. Mephiles = Mephistopheles, the demon from Faust, sometimes associated with Satan. Likewise, Iblis is the Islamic name for the Devil before his fall. See below in the Iblis section for more.
- No Mouth: His muzzle kind of inflates and deflates when he talks, though.
- Obviously Evil: And yet, the plot hands out a 10-ton Idiot Ball to Silver and Blaze, as they believe him.
- They live in a post-apocalyptic world, and are among the few people left alive. It's doubtful they're familiar to this trope.
- He's the mind of Solaris given a physical form. The demonic appearance represents how angered and psychotic Mephiles/Solaris is.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to destroy all time and every timeline. Why? Never explained.
- It's heavily implied that his reason is because he loves destruction. Craves it, in fact.
- Plus you'd be pretty pissed too if some scientists decide to drag you out of your reality and experiment on you.
- One-Winged Angel; Aside from his true form as Solaris, before fighting Shadow, he transforms into a chrystalline version of himself as pictured above.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Physical God: If it wasn't obvious.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: An inversion. His irises are normally green, while in his One-Winged Angel form, the sclera (the white part of the eye) turns completely red.
- Ret Gone: Thanks to Elise blowing out the flame that is Solaris, Mephiles is erased from existence.
- Satanic Archetype: He's practically the Sonic universe's equivalent of this. See above.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Shadow sealed him in the Scepter of Darkness.
- Smug Snake: He's both manipulative and a big planner, but his lack of common sense makes him this.
- The Sociopath: The universe is just a stress toy to him. And he'll play with it until it breaks.
- Spacetime Eater: As Solaris.
- Story Breaker Power: He can Time Travel to any point in time at will, can transport anyone through any point in time, and can apparently summon all seven Chaos Emeralds to his side. It's a wonder as to why the plot doesn't end in seconds because of this.
- Straw Nihilist: He asks Shadow why he continues to fight and attempt to protect humanity when they'll only persecute him later on.
- Time Travel: Seems to be one of his main abilities. He can banish others to other time periods as well.
- Turns Red: During the fight as Solaris, He attacks more frequently and increases the number of laser beams he fires.
- The Voiceless: Doesn't say a word as Solaris.
A lava monster that devastated the entire world in the future where Silver and Blaze come from. He is the other half of the god of time and light, Solaris.
- Almighty Idiot: He has no other motive than to destroy everything in existence. This is justified as he is the raw power of Solaris, and has no mind to control him.
- Attack Of The Fifty Foot Lava Monster
- Ax-Crazy: Even more so than Mephiles
- Demonic Possession: Averted. Despite being sealed inside of Elise's soul, Iblis makes no effort to take control of her.
- Eldritch Abomination: Both as himself and as part of Solaris.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: He literally set the entire world on fire in the future.
- Flat Character: Justified in that he's a mindless force of nature as opposed to an actual villain.
- Fusion Dance: With Mephiles to become Solaris.
- God of Evil: Solaris.
- Mad God: Again, Solaris, although it's "mad" as in "rage" and not "mad" as in "insanity."
- Go for the Eye: In its second and third forms.
- Green Eyes
- Lava Adds Awesome: Not to Silver and Blaze, anyway.
- Light Is Not Good: As Solaris.
- Literal Split Personality: See Mephiles.
- Meaningful Name: in Islam, Iblis was a djinn who refused to bow to Adam despite God's command, and was cast out. He then becomes A'Shaytan, or Satan. In other words, like Mephiles, his name references the Devil himself.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Playing with Fire
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: He was sealed inside of Elise. At the end of Silver's story, he's sealed inside of Blaze, but this doesn't stop Mephiles from merging with the present one inside of Elise.
- Spacetime Eater: As Solaris.
Born at the beginning of time, Dark Gaia is the incarnation of night, darkness and destruction. Sealed within the Earth for millions of years, he was woken up by Dr. Eggman as part of a scheme to dominate the world.
- Asteroids Monster: The dark creatures that plaque the world at night? Those are pieces of its body.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In its first form in both versions, Sonic must attack its green eyes. As Perfect Dark Gaia in the PS3/Wii version, Sonic must again attack its eyes.
- Attack of the Fifty Foot Dark Earth Spirit: Possibly the largest boss in the Sonic series. The boss fight can best be described as a flea attacking a dinosaur.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Dr. Eggman in Sonic Unleashed.
- Bigger Bad: Dark Gaia is the overriding threat of Sonic Unleashed and the one Sonic inevitably must stop, but it serves as a passive threat in comparison to Eggman, causing trouble through its offspring.
- Body Horror: When it goes One-Winged Angel, four arms sprout out of his body, complete with Alien Blood. Its jaw splits open to reveal seven large green eyes.
- Casting a Shadow: When fully matured, it can shroud the earth in darkness.
- Combat Tentacles: Large purple ones that can form a barrier around it.
- Complete Immortality: Much like Light Gaia, Dark Gaia can never die as he is neccessary for the planet's cycle of death and rebirth. Being defeated by Sonic will only render it dormant until it gains enough negative energy to destroy the earth.
- Dark Is Evil
- Demonic Possession: The Dark Gaia monsters can possess others, instilling negative emotions in them.
- Eldritch Abomination: Lives within the Earth and tries to bring its destruction, was born at the beginning of time, and is the representation of night, darkness, and destruction.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Light Gaia, AKA Chip.
- Eye Scream: Sonic inflicts this on him during the final battle and ultimately defeats it by charging straight into its eye.
- Flat Character: Much like Chaos before him, Dark Gaia has no real motivation for his actions or characterization. Justified in that like Chaos, Dark Gaia is a mindless, malevolent force of nature as opposed to an actual plotting villain.
- Final Boss: Of Sonic Unleashed.
- Fisticuffs Boss: The PS3/Wii version is basically a boxing match between him and the Gaia Colossus.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Its Signature Move is to fire large beams of energy.
- Green Eyes: Gains three green eyes when he absorbs Sonic's Werehog powers. Gets seven larger green eyes when he reaches maturity.
- The Heartless: The Dark Gaia monsters are basically negative emotions given form by its dark energy.
- Lovecraft Lite: Is a Lovecraftian Eldritch Abomination out to end the world, but Sonic can still kick its ass with assistance from Chip AKA Light Gaia, Dark Gaia's Good Counterpart.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has six arms as Perfect Dark Gaia.
- One-Winged Angel: Perfect Dark Gaia.
- Press X to Not Die: Makes the player do this 60 times in its Perfect Dark Gaia form in the PS3/360 versions of Sonic Unleashed.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Has been inside the earth since the beginning of time. Eggman opens the can at the beginning of the game, and he's back in the can by the end of the game.
- Time Abyss: Has been around since the beginning of time.
A robot pirate from the Sol Dimension.
Voiced by Masashi Ebara (Japanese), Peter Cormican (English)
The evil genie of the lamp who wants to erase the Arabian Nights.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He's reduced to begging Shahra to help him when he's being forcibly sealed into his lamp.
- A God Am I: In his One-Winged Angel mode.
- And I Must Scream: before his death in the lava.
- Badass Cape: He takes it off when he fights Sonic.
- Big Bad: Of Sonic and the Secret Rings
- Beware My Stinger Tail: As Alf-Wayla-La-Walya, his sword has now become his tail.
- Black Eyes of Evil/Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Body Horror: His transformation was both unsettling and painful to say the least.
- Clipped Wing Angel: His transformation is actually incomplete. Because he got the wrong sacrifice, he wasn't able to absorb all seven World Rings.
- Cool Sword: One that resembles a cross between a scimitar and a straight-edge razor.
- Death by Irony: Used a Flame of Judgement curse on Sonic to force him to retreive the Sacred Rings. Guess how he dies?
- Domestic Abuser: Heavily mplied to be this to Shahra. His We Can Rule Together offer to her sounds like something an abusive boyfriend would say and his Villainous Breakdown sounds like an abusive boyfriend trying to get his girlfriend back on his side.
- Duel Boss: Despite being an all-powerful genie who's power is described by King Solomon as "godlike", when it's time for the final battle with Sonic, he doesn't fight him with anything but his sword.
- Evil Is Hammy: Oh boy, is it ever.
- Expy/Shout-Out: An evil Djinn that seeks to conquer the world? He'd fit right in in the Wishmaster series. He also looks a lot like Dragon Ball's Majin Buu.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Baked in lava.
- Humiliation Conga: Hoo boy! It wasn't enough that he had to get his ass kicked by Sonic. Oh no, he had to suffer. To elaborate, Just as he's boasting to Sonic that he's immortal, Sonic pulls out the lamp used to seal him away. Sonic then uses the lamp to painfully force Erazor to grant him three wishes: That he revives Shahra, return the Arabian Nights to the way they were, and be sealed in the lamp for eternity. The mighty genie is reduced to shamelessly begging Shahra, a weak genie of the ring, for help as he's sealed away. The final nail in his coffin is when Sonic throws the lamp into the Ifrit's lava pool.
- Kick the Dog: Mocks Shahra as a mere Genie of the Ring after killing her.
- Killed Off for Real
- Lack of Empathy: Feels no regret when he accidently kills Shahra, and even has the gall to mock her.
- Manipulative Bastard to Shahra.
- Meaningful Name: Both. Erazor Djinn is a mix of 'Eraser' and 'Razor', as to how he's tearing apart the Arabian Nights and he uses a straight razor as a sword. And again as Alf-Layla-wa-Layla, which translates as 'A thousand nights and one night'. He's calling himself The Arabian Nights. Also doubles as a Bilingual Bonus.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has six arms as Alf-Layla-wa-Layla.
- One-Winged Angel: Alf-Layla-wa-Layla
- Orcus on His Throne: Spends his time at his Night Palace while Sonic's out collecting rings. He later summons the Ifrit demon to burn the remaning pages of the book.
- Playing with Fire: Ironic, considering his death.
- Power Floats: Is never seen walking.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has pink skin.
- Sadistic Choice: Gives one to Sonic at the outset of the game via the flame of judgement curse: Either Sonic delivers the Seven World Rings to him, or the flame will kill him. Then it's subverted when he reveals that he was planning on sacrificing Sonic to obtain complete control of the rings.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Prior to the game, he was imprisoned in his lamp and would not be released until he granted the wishes of 1000 people. He gets sealed back in the lamp at the end of the game.
- The Sociopath
- Villainous Breakdown: When Sonic reseals him back into his lamp.
Erazor: Shahra, I know you're there! Please, stop him! We can start over, the two of us! I swear! I swear it! The world is mine! I cannot be denied by that filthy rat! Whyyyyy?!
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Shahra.
E- 101 Beta
A robot in the E-Series made by Dr. Eggman. The first and final boss for Gamma.
The leader of the Nocturnus Clan and the final boss of Sonic Chronicles
- And I Must Scream: He's been trapped in the Twilight Cage for 4000 years, unable to age due to its Year Outside, Hour Inside properties.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass: One of the few villains who can survive a battle with Super Sonic.
- Badass Bookworm: Incredibly smart, a skilled manipulator, and more than capable of holding his own in a fight.
- Badass Grandpa: He's considerably older than most of the cast, but that hasn't slowed him down one bit.
- Blood Knight: His response when fighting Super Sonic? He calls him a worthy opponent.
- Broken Pedestal: For Shade, who swears off all loyalty to him when he reveals his true intentions for Earth.
- Energy Ball: His Doom Orb
- Evil Albino: Has albino fur.
- Evil Overlord
- Expy: A white technology-using echidna as a villain? Sounds like Dr. Finitevus and/or Dr. Zachary to anyone?
- Fantastic Nuke: His Overload attack as Super Ix.
- Final Exam Boss
- Frickin' Laser Beams: He can fire them from his staff.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: He even wears a big hat.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Shade points out that years in the Twilight Cage has driven Ix insane.
- Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat at Sonic's hands quite well before deciding to close the portal to the Twilight Cage and trap them with him.
- Knight of Cerebus: For Knuckles, much like Black Doom is for Shadow.
- Powered Armor
- Power Floats: In cutscenes only. In game, he'll run.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Recurring Boss: Fought three times throughout the game.
- Staff of Authority: And it's not just for show.
- Super Mode
- Taking You with Me: When beaten for the final time, he decides to close the wormhole to ensure Sonic and his friends would be trapped in the Twilight Cage with them.
- Villain Ball: Ix, was it really a good idea to shout your plans for world domination in front of your loyal Dragon?
- Villainous Valor: Despite being beaten twice by the team, Ix continues to fight and even when confonted by Super Sonic, he doesn't flinch and fights Sonic with everything he has.
- We Can Rule Together: He tries to offer this to Knuckles. Ends as well as you'd expect.
A floating doll-like robot from Sonic R
, made in the likeness of Tails.
E- 100 Alpha/"ZERO"
A robot who is sent to capture a Flicky in possession of a Chaos Emerald. As Amy protects that bird, he goes after her too.
An Eldritch Abomination
capable of destroying time and space, as well as altering time and space in various ways.
Time Eater starts destroying history and petrifies
Sonic's friends during Sonic's birthday, making Sonic team up with his past self to stop the Time Eater in Sonic Generations
.Time Eater is technically an Eldritch Abomination, but also a Humongous Mecha, transformed into such by the Villain Team-Up of Doctor Eggman and his past self. Both Eggmen control the Time Eater to erase their previous defeats at Sonic's hands.
- And I Must Scream: Does this to Sonic's friends, as they are Taken for Granite due to it, but implied to still be aware.
- Attack Its Weak Point: "Charge into the core!"
- Big Bad: Of Sonic Generations until it is revealed that Dr. Eggman and his past self are controlling it.
- Casting a Shadow: Can fire dark energy blasts that immobilize opponents.
- Clockwork Creature: Revealed to be this when Sonic and co. confront him.
- Dark Is Evil
- Detachment Combat/Weaponized Teleportation: Its Warping Arm Attack, where it sends its arms through time holes to attack unsuspecting opponents.
- Eldritch Abomination: It eats time and space. Nuff said.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Final Boss, New Dimension: Sonic and his past self fight the Time Eater and both Eggmen in the Center of Time, where pieces of various stages featured throughout Sonic Generations float around.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Can fire small green laser beams in the 3DS version. as well as a large laser from its mouth in both versions.
- Get Back Here Boss: The fight with it in the console version mainly consists of the two Sonics chasing it through the center of time. The 3DS version is more diverse.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Its perfected form is revealed to have small wings.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: During the fight in the console version, after taking enough damage, Time Eater loses two of its arms.
- Homing Projectile: "That looks like a Homing Shot!"
- Humongous Mecha: Turned into this so Dr. Eggman and his past self can control it to erase their past defeats at Sonic's hands.
- Leitmotif: Has two versions, in Modern and Classic.
- Living Shadow: Its initial appearance invokes this trope.
- Man Bites Man: Time Eater in the 3DS version will not hesitate to chomp on the two Sonics.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The console version in its perfected form.
- Playing with Fire: Its final, strongest attack in the console version is a massive fireball.
- Power Floats: Justified in that it doesn't have legs.
- Reality Warper: Done through destroying time and space.
- Some Kind of Force Field: Creates clock-shaped energy shields in the 3DS version.
- Super Strength: Able to easily knock out Sonic and his past self and nearly crush them, while holding back, with one arm. Fortunately, Sonic's friends cheering on both of them allows them to get up and defeat the Time Eater.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Shares multiple charateristics with Solaris from Sonic 06.
- Space Time Eater: Obviously.
- Taken for Granite: All of Sonic's friends who came to his birthday party have this happen to them, due to the Time Eater.
- Time Master: Can manipulate time and space, either by slowing down the flow of time or erasing pieces of the timeline.
- Turns Red: In the 3DS version, when down to its last hit, Time Eater frantically throws every attack in its arsenal to stop the two Sonics.
- Unwilling Roboticization: Done by Eggman and his past self.
- The Voiceless: It does grunt and growl sometimes even though both Eggmen are controlling it. They also talk while piloting it before the final boss fight.
The leader of the Knuckles Tribe and father of Tikal, he made Chaos angry. Sole appearance in the games is Sonic Adventure
, where his actions are revealed to be the mainspring of the games conflict.
The Deadly Six
Clockwise from the middle: Zavok, Zomom, Zik, Zeena, Zor, and Zazz
Zavok: "Your fate is to be destroyed. Why don't you just accept that? Lie down and die!"
Zazz: "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!!!"
Zeena: "I'll say you got the right girl for the job."
Zomom: "I think I'll have you for dessert!"
Master Zik: "I shall prepare for you a lesson in respect... a painful lesson."
Zor: "Another pointless conflict is about to begin... Sigh..."
The villainous team in Sonic Lost World
. They are Zeti, a race of creatures who reside on the Lost Hex, where the game takes place. After Eggman tries to control them to take over the world, they rebel and decide to take over it themselves. They are composed of Zavok (Red), Zazz (Pink), Zeena (Green), (Master) Zik (Blue), Zomom (Orange), and Zor (Purple).
- Abnormal Ammo: Zik uses fruit as attacks in his boss fight.
- Abusive Parents: Zomom appparently had a mother with zero faith in him:
Zomom: Mom's right - I'm a failure!
- Accessory Wearing Cartoon Aliens
- Achilles' Heel: The Cacophonic Conch, which emits a Brown Note that neutralizes their electromagnetic powers and debilitates them. So it really sucks for everyone when Sonic kicks the conch away, letting them run amok uninhibited.
- Acrofatic: Zomom is quite agile for such a big guy.
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Travis Willingham voiced a character who uses his guile to coerce a female ally.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Zavok's final battle with Sonic has him growing to giant size and chasing the blue hedgehog as he climbs a tower.
- Affably Evil: If they weren't trying to destroy the world, you'd think these guys were just a crazy, Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Though Zavok and Zazz tend to border on Faux Affably Evil.
- Aliens Are Bastards
- Alpha Bitch: Zeena.
- An Ice Person: Zeena attacks with snowmen and a giant snowman head during her fights, though whether she actually has ice powers or is just being an Improbable Weapon User is rather ambiguious.
- Animal Motifs: Zeena's single, curved horn, curled tail, green hair, and green skin tone make her look rather chameleon-like, almost like a Distaff Counterpart of Espio.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Zavok.
- Attack Of The 50 Foot Zeti: Zavok at his "full strength".
- A Villain Named Zrg: They and their species name all share the first letter "z".
- Ax-Crazy: Zazz is the most feral and manic of the Six.
- Badass: Silliness aside, the title isn't just for show. They nearly succeed in destroying Sonic's world and, by extension, killing Knuckles and Amy. And they nearly turn Tails into a robot.
- Badass Adorable: Zeena.
- Badass Baritone: Zavok. Comes with the voice acting of Travis Willingham.
- Badass Bookworm: Zavok and Master Zik.
- Badass Grandpa: Master Zik is the oldest of the Deadly Six and is equally dangerous as the rest.
- Badass Mustache: Master Zik. It reaches down to his legs!
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other members of the Six, Zeena doesn't seem to have any real superpowers. That doesn't mean she's not dangerous.
- Retired Badass: Master Zik founded the Deadly Six a long time ago (hey, he's only 1036) and, while having let his pupil Zavok take up the role of leader, still remains a part of the Six and is just as dangerous as he ever was.
- Submissive Badass: Zavok has shades of this in his interactions with Master Zik. Though he is officially the leader of the Six, he still has enough respect for him to defer to him for advice.
- Bad Boss: Notably averted with Zavok. Though he does get frustrated with the gang at times, he never punishes them. Especially shown when they accidently capture Tails instead of Sonic, he simply decides to improvise.
- Bald of Evil: Zomom is the only member with no hair. Zik comes close to it, however.
- Beware the Silly Ones: The Deadly Six are quite the Quirky Miniboss Squad. With each of their unique personality traits (Zazz's Blood Knight tendencies, Zomom's appetite, Zeena's narcissism, and Zor's nihilism), they're a barrel of laughter. But they're far from harmless and they truly live up to their title.
- Big Bad: Of Sonic Lost World.
- Big Eater: Zomom. He's practically gluttony personfied. During his boss fight, he holds a large piece of meat. He mentions wanting to eat Sonic, Tails, and Eggman several times. In one cutscene, Eggman even specifies getting the Six a large sandwich while angrily listing the things he did for them, and Zomom looks very ashamed.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Zavok is the only one with eyebrows (well, a unibrow). And it's thick and cyan.
- Blood Knight: Zazz likes fighting quite a bit.
Zazz: I feel like destroying something!
Zavok: That's what I like about you, Zazz. Always ready for a fight, even before you know what you're fighting.
Zazz: You bet! Bring it on, and I'll rip it up!
- Blow You Away: Zomom can create tornadoes by spinning.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Zazz in spades. It helps that he has No Indoor Voice.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Zavok. Instead of personally supervising the roboticization of Tails, he and Zomom just leave him all alone in the lab. Being the Smart Guy he is, Tails successfully modifies the machine he's bound to to his own advantage. Though in fairness, it's not his fault alone. See Chekhov's Gun below.
- Breath Weapon: Zavok can fire beams and fireballs from his mouth during the final battle.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Zeena is far from stupid and no slouch in combat, but prefers to work on her nails more than anything else.
- Brown Note: The Six are kept in line by Eggman blowing into a Cacophonic Conch, making a noise which causes them pain.
- Carry a Big Stick: Zik wields a staff that's bigger than him. He usually stands on top of it.
- Casting a Shadow: Zor is able to do this, combining it with Me's a Crowd to make shadowy copies of himself.
- The Charmer: Zavok knows exactly what to say to convince Zeena to attack Sonic.
Zavok: Why are you still here?
Zeena: I'm just getting ready.
Zavok: Well you seem to be taking your time.
Zeena: Well it is my time to take now, isn't it?
Zavok: Well what if I told you that you were the only one I trusted to be fast enough...
Zavok: smart enough...
Zavok: ...and pretty enough...
Zeena: Go on.
Zavok: to beat the blue nuisance?
Well, I'd say you got the right girl for the job! (gets up, does a Hair Flip and leaves.
Zavok: Well, that was so easy I almost feel guilty.
- Chekhov's Gun: Believe it or not, Zomom's giant sandwich, which he forgets on the roboticization machine Tails is tied to. After the Zetis leave him alone, Tails uses one of his tails to grab the toothpick stuck in the sandwich and uses it as a pen on the machine's touch screen to modify the program to his advantage.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: They've each got one predominant color: red, pink, green, blue, orange/yellow, and purple.
- The Comically Serious: Zavok and Master Zik's attempts to come off as intimidating are usually ruined by their teammates's wackiness.
- Cowardly Boss: Zeena in her first fight. She never attacks directly and runs away when Sonic forces her out.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: All of them have this to some extent.
- Cute Monster Girl: Zeena is the least feral looking.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Zor is able to use powers so dark and forbidden that none of the others dare use them.
- Dark Action Girl: Zeena.
- Deadpan Snarker: Zavok has his moments.
- Delinquent Hair: Zazz sports a purple mohawk.
- Disney Villain Death: Zavok and Zor both get baked in lava.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wanting revenge for being enslaved by Eggman? Understandable. Destroying the world and stealing its energy to do that? Overkill.
- Dragon Rider: Zavok's boss fights involve him riding a robotic dragon.
- The Dragon: Unwitting ones to Eggman at the beginning of the game, kept in line by the Cacophonic Conch.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the Wii U version. Well, you fight the Deadly Six fair and square, but the main issue are the deaths themselves. Zazz, Zomom, Zeena, and Master Zik are killed in-game rather than in cutscenes and they die like regular enemies. Zor and Zavok's deaths are a little more climatic, as they're baked in lava, but even then there's no big send off. They just... up and die. Though Eggman's line at the end of the game implies that they may not be gone for good.
- Subverted in the 3DS version. They merely fly away after their final battles.
- The Dog Bites Back: Once Eggman's Cacophonic Conch is kicked away by Sonic.
Zavok: Strike, brothers! Make the fool pay for our abuse and enslavement!
- Dumb Muscle: Zomom.
- The Eeyore: Zor.
Sigh... giving bad news is the one thing I actually enjoy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zavok does appear to genuinely respect his master.
Master Zik: It would seem the peaceful days of tending my garden will have to wait while I take care of these matters the rest of you cannot.
Zavok: Please, Master Zik; this is not something you should trouble yourself with. It's beneath you.
- It also seems to be his relationship with the others as well. They all seem to be on a first name basis with each other, Zavok even calling them his brothers at one point. And though they do frustrate them at times, he never mistreats them.
- Evil Albino: Zor.
- Eviler than Thou: The Six prove to be a greater evil than Eggman once they break free from his control.
- Evil Is Petty: Zeena calls out Sonic for runing her nails during their last fight.
- Evil Laughter: Zavok does this on occasion.
- Evil Mentor: Master Zik is Zavok's master.
- Evil Old Folks: Zik is the oldest of the team.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Zavok and Zomom.
- Expy: Hmm, a Quirky Miniboss Squad of six aliens that work for the Big Bad. Sounds like a certain band of Dragon Ball Z villains.
- Extreme Omnivore: Zomom is said to "eat everything in sight" and threatens to eat Sonic and Eggman at different points.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: It might not be an actual death (it's not really clear what happens to the Zeti in the end), but Zor falling into lava and welcoming it seems pretty messed up.
- Fangs Are Evil: Zavok, Zazz, and Zeena. Though hers is more of a case of Cute Little Fangs.
- Fat and Proud: Zomom will freely admit he's big. He won't react well to anyone else calling him fat, however...
- Fat Bastard: Zomom, again.
- Fingerless Gloves: Zor.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Zeena, who is always seen painting her nails and values them above everything else.
- Five-Bad Band: Although all of them are somewhat on equal footing.
- The Leader: Zavok. He's the main instigator after the group betray Eggman.
- The Dragon/Evil Genius: Master Zik is Zavok's chief adviser as well as his mentor. He's also the one who comes up with the plan to set a trap for the heroes in hopes of forcing them to their side.
- The Brute: Zazz and Zomom are the most "hands on" when it comes to combat.
- The Dark Chick: Zeena and Zor are the least physically imposing of the group, after Master Zik anyway.
- Flaying Alive: During his second fight with Sonic, Zazz explicitly threatens to skin him alive.
- Flight: Zor during his second boss battle. The 3DS version gives them all the ability to fly.
- Fragile Speedster: Zazz. He's fast enough to keep up with Sonic, but is weak without his Moon Mech backing him up and doesn't take many hits to defeat.
- Genius Bruiser: Zavok and Master Zik are very strong and very smart. Notably, they set a good trap to capture Sonic, which is only foiled by Tails` intervention. Zavok also spends most of the game taunting Sonic over his continuing failures to save anyone.
- Get Back Here Boss: Zavok's second boss fight combines this with Ring Out Boss. Sonic and Zavok fight on top a robot dragon and after taking damage, Zavok will retreat to another part of the robot. The final leg of the fight involves Sonic attempting to knock him off the robot dragon.
- Glass Cannon: Though Sonic only starts fighting Zor pretty far into the game, he never requires more than three hits to take down. His second-most fragile teammate, Zeena, maxes out at six.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Zavok mainly uses his fists in battle.
- Goth: Zor, with his gloomy expression, white skin, combover purple hair, and general "woe is me" personality, brings this to mind.
- Hair Flip: Zeena does this at times.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Zazz has the shortest one of the lot.
- Hartman Hips: Zeena has a bit of them.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Zavok is voiced by Relius Clover.
- Hollywood Magnetism: The Six have the innate ability to manipulate electromagnetic fields, allowing them to take control of machines.
- Horned Humanoid: All of them, though Zavok has the largest ones and Zomom has the most.
- Hot-Blooded: Zazz.
- In a Single Bound: They are all capable of leaping incredible heights and distances. The 3DS versioon gives them the ability to outright fly.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Master Zik. Zavok seems to be able to do this as well, though it may be a result of becoming more powerful via Eggman's planet-draining machine.
- Ki Attacks: Master Zik can do them, as can Zazz and Zomom when hopped up on Earth's energy.
- Knights of Cerebus: Yea, the name isn't just for show. They nearly killed Sonic's world (and by extension Knuckles & Amy) by sucking it dry, and very nearly came close to turning Tails into a mindless drone. Even Sonic isn't joking around much anymore by the time he confronts them.
- Laughably Evil: Unlike many previous examples in the series, however, they're evidently quirky and get in a lot of laughs along the way. By Word of God they were described as made to "bring a sense of danger and humor" to Sonic Lost World'' and they do it quite well.
- Large Ham:
- You can tell Liam O'Brien was having fun with Zazz, as in every scene he's in he chews the scenery all the way.
- Zavok, though more subdued than Zazz, has his moments. Par the course when you're voiced by Travis Willingham.
- Lean and Mean: Zazz is the thinnest of the six.
- Leitmotif: They have three variations of it:
- One that's jazzy (played in their Zone 2 fights).
- one that's orchestrated (played in Zone 4 fights and Zavok's Sky Road Zone 2 fight).
- A chaotic mix played during the refights in Lava Mountain.
- Zavok has his own leitmotif when fighting him in Sky Road Zone 4 and in the Lava Mountain refight before he turns giant.
- And aside from their collective Leitmotif, they each have their own themes that play in cutscenes.
- Zavok is accompanied by a sinister violin theme.
- Master Zik's theme sounds like woodwind music that plays in Kung Fu movies.
- Zazz has a Punk Rock theme that befitts his rock star appearance.
- Zomom has a tuba that plays in his theme.
- Zeena's Leitmotif is accompanied by a Sexophone.
- Zor's theme is a somber piano mix of the Deadly Six theme.
- Lightning Bruiser: Zavok and Zomom stand out as the physically strongest of the Six and are much faster than their sizes imply.
- Make My Zeti Grow: Zavok's final fight with Sonic has him growing to a giant size while chasing him up a tower.
- Me's a Crowd: Zor can make shadowy copies of himself.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Zik is the oldest and shortest member of the six.
- Ms. Fanservice: Zeena, despite not having any real "attributes".
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Oh, surely these "Deadly Six" guys wouldn't hurt a fly?
- Narcissist: Zeena in spades.
- Never Say "Die": Averted hard. With all of their colorful euphemisms, they help the whole game avert this trope and make damn well sure you know it.
- Nonstandard Character Design: These guys wouldn't be out of place in Rayman Origins.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Zazz, who gets all up in Sonic's face during the cutscene before their second fight.
- Not So Different: In the Japanese version, Zor states that he and Sonic are very alike.
- Obviously Evil: Zavok and Zazz do not look like the members most likely to cuddle Cream the Rabbit.
- Older than They Look: You thought Zik was old? Zazz is 127 years old!
- Old Master: Zik is this to Zavok. He's even sometimes known as Master Zik.
- Omnicidal Maniac: The Six plan to use Eggman's unstable Extractor machine to drain all the energy of Earth at once, destroying the planet itself as revenge for their imprisonment.
- Our Demons Are Different: They're based on oni.
- Overly-Long Tongue: Zazz, who's tongue constantly hangs from his mouth.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Zor's right eye is obscured by his hair.
- Personality Powers: Some of the Six have powers that reflect their personality.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Zik is the smallest of the group, yet is just as deadly as the rest.
- Planet Looters: Eggman's plan was to use his Extractor machine to drain the planet's energy and power his machines, but as it was unstable, he decided to drain a little bit at a time. The Six plan to use the machine to drain all of the planet's energy at once, thus destroying it and making themselves stronger.
- Playing with Fire: Zavok can shoot fireballs during his final fight with Sonic.
- Prepare to Die:
Zavok: Your fate is to be destroyed. Why don't you just accept that? Lie down and die!
- Punny Name: "Zavok" sounds similar to "havoc".
- Puzzle Boss:
- Zeena's first fight with Sonic. Zeena hides in snowmen during the fight and Sonic must destroy them all to draw her out. If he takes too long or hits a snowman with a bomb on it, the snowmen will reset, forcing him to start over.
- Zor's fight in the 3DS version combines this with Timed Mission. Sonic is given 44 seconds to launch himself out of a cannon and attack Zor's Owl Mech and knock him to the ground or Zor will fire his laser. Compounding the difficulty is that he surrounds himself with fake Owl Mechs to confuse him.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Ragin' Cajun: Zazz sports a slight, but noticible Cajun accent.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: An Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, an Old Master, an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, an Extreme Omnivore, a nihlistic goth, and a narcissistic Alpha Bitch.
- Rapunzel Hair: Zeena.
- Really 700 Years Old: All of them are at least a century old, yet still look fairly young (except Master Zik, who's over a millenium old).
- Real Men Wear Pink: Zazz has magenta skin.
- Recurring Boss: Each of the Deadly Six are fought three times throughout the game.
- Recurring Element: A demonic monster who otherthrows Eggman as the Big Bad. However, this time there's six of them, and it happens at the beginning rather than the end.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Six are all opposites of each other in some way. Bonus points in that they resemble actual demons.
- Zavok is the red to Master Zik's blue, even reflected in their colors. And the two of them serve as the blue to the others' red.
- Zazz is the red to Zomom's blue.
- Zeena serves as the red to Zor's blue.
- Restraining Bolt: Eggman tortures them with a Cacophonic Conch to keep them in line. Once Sonic kicks it away, the zeti bite back.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Zavok.
- Sadist: All of the Deadly Six display some level of sadism, though Zazz stands out among them as the most sadistic.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Zeena, who takes Zavok's fake compliments and Sonic's Backhanded Apology at face value.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the game, Eggman says he'll find the Conch and control the Zeti again, implying they may not be gone for good. The theory is further supported by the 3DS version, where they fly away after their final battles with Sonic.
- Sexophone: Part of Zeena's Leitmotif.
- Shock and Awe: Downplayed, Zeti have the ability to control electrons. This is how the Deadly Six are able to control Eggman's machines.
- Shockwave Stomp: Zomom's Signature Move.
- Shout-Out: Zavok. Let's see... spiked accessories? Check. fire powers? Check. The ability to grow to giant size? Check. Looks like Zavok has a bit of Bowser in him.
- Slasher Smile: Zazz's default expression.
- The Smurfette Principle: Zeena.
- Something about a Rose: Zor carries a blue rose with him at (almost) all times.
- Spikes of Villainy: Zazz, Zomom, and Zavok all wear spiked accessories. Zavok also has spikes on his body.
- Zazz also has small spikes on his back. And lest we forget the fact that all six of them have horns.
- Spin Attack: Zomom can spin himself around as an attack. Zeena also swings a snowman head around like an Olympic hammer in her boss fight.
- The Starscream: They initially served under Dr. Eggman, but rebel against him after he loses his means of controlling them.
- Straw Nihilist: Zor is this trope in spades. He's constantly depressed, never smiles, doesn't care if he wins or loses, and is apparently suicidal.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: It appears that all Zeti have yellow sclerae.
- Super Strength: While all of them have this to varying degrees, Especially when they're hopped up on Earth's energy, Zavok and Zomom stand out.
- Two Words: Obvious Trope: As Zomom eats his giant sandwich;
Sonic: One word of helpful advice: diet and exercise.
Zomom: That's three words!
- Turned Against Their Masters: While initially working with Eggman, they very quickly decide to rebel. They also invoke this on Eggman's badniks.
- Tunnel King: Zomom can burrow underground at tremendous speeds.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Zeena.
- Villainous Glutton: Zomom very clearly embodies this vice.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not really clear what happened to them after their final encounters with Sonic. At least in the Wii U version. In the 3DS version, all of them are shown flying away after being defeated at Lava Mountain.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Master Zik will call out Sonic when beaten for the final time.
Master Zik: You've beaten an old man. Are you proud?
- Why Won't You Die?: Both Zavok and Zeena say this at different points.
Zavok: Your fate is to be destroyed. Why don't you just accept that? Lie down and die!
Zeena: Seriously still here? Why won't you just die?! Ugh! You're like a cockroach with a horrible fashion sense!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zavok's cyan ponytail/unibrow. And Zazz's purple mohawk, Zeena's green Rapunzel Hair, and Zor's purple combover.
- Youkai: The Six are based on oni, and are known in Japan as "the Six Oni".
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Zazz's above quote.
The Big Bad
of Tails Skypatrol
, which is her sole appearance. She rides in a mine cart.
- Evil Witch: Very straight example.
- Taken for Granite: What she threatens Tails with — she claims to have the ability to turn people into crystal. In-game, it's never made clear whether she actually has any magical powers, though, leading some to belief that she's just a crazy old lady.
- Terrible Trio: Her minions.
Great Battle Kukku 15th
Battle Kukku 16th/"Speedy"
Another villain in Tails Adventure
and heir to the position of the army's leader.
Voiced by Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Andrew Paull (English)
A robot created by Eggman's front company MeteoTech which serves as the main antagonist of Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. It went out of control when it was possessed by one of the Arks of the Cosmos.