Characters: Sonic the Hedgehog - Neutral Characters
These characters aren't particularly allied to the Good characters or the Evil characters.
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Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega form a Power Trio
known as "Team Dark", with its current and most common lineup first appearing in Sonic Heroes
. They can be considered an Evil Counterpart
to Team Sonic
. They do help save the world, but they each have their own reasons for doing so. They all currently work as G.U.N. agents.
- Anti Hero Team: Since Sonic Heroes.
- Cast Herd: As of Sonic Heroes, they are rarely seen apart. If they are, it's always Shadow without the other two. Sometimes it's Shadow and Rouge without Omega.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They aren't completely good, but they aren't evil, either.
- Elemental Powers: Due to the game mechanics of Sonic Heroes they were (like every other team) each given an element. This didn't really stick with them after Heroes and they have occasionally been associated with other elements at different times (Shadow has used all three of them, amusingly enough).
- Blow You Away: Shadow. He had the power to create tornadoes.
- Playing with Fire: Omega. He could shoot Shadow and Rouge out of his hands, covering them with an aura of fire. Shadow previously had this element in Sonic Adventure 2, where he could preform a flaming somersault
- Shock and Awe: Rouge . She could launch an electrified shadow and Omega at enemies. Shadow's chaos spears sometimes have an electrical effect.
- In Sonic Adventure 2 Rouge was associated with Casting a Shadow by way of her attack Black Wave.
- Fire-Forged Friends: At least both Shadow and Omega in Sonic Heroes. They were hostile in the beginning of the Team Dark Story, but their hostility died down later on.
- Psycho Rangers: To the Main Trio.
- Image Song: "This Machine"
- Limit Break: Their Team Blast "Chaos Inferno" in Sonic Heroes.
- Power Trio
- Freudian Trio
- Id: Shadow.
- Superego: Omega.
- Ego (with Id traits): Rouge.
- Satellite Character: In Shadow and 2006, Omega and Rouge are given little characterization other than "Shadow's Team".
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Anytime whenever Rouge fights with Knuckles and Shadow fights Sonic. Omega during his two battles with Mephiles.
- Terrible Trio: Rouge is the leader (though after Sonic Heroes it says it's Shadow), Shadow and Omega (and at one point Metal Sonic) are the henchmen.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While Shadow and Rouge aren't the most pleasant people to talk to, Sonic Free Riders takes their antagonistic tendencies Up to Eleven. Shadow's ego is as inflated as ever and Rouge's greed is just as big as Shadow's ego. And that's not even going into the horribly apathetic way they treat E-1000B, working the poor robot to the point where his circuts are overheating from exhaustion. The other teams are downright disgusted at their behavior and Cream in particular practically begs them to get E-1000B fixed.
- True Companions: They're a surprisingly tight group. They provide both combat and moral support for each other.
- Wild Cards: While they always end up doing the right thing, they're allegiances are shaky at best; Shadow fights whoever gets in the way of his goals, Rouge is only interested in jewels, and Omega attacks whatever the former two point him at.
Shadow the Hedgehog
"If the world chooses to become my enemy, I will fight like I always have."
Voiced by Koji Yusa (Japanese), David Humphrey (English, 2001-2004), Jason Griffith (English, Sonic X, 2005-2010), Kirk Thornton (English, 2010-present)
An ultimate life-form who looks a lot like Sonic through sheer coincidence. He's the current primary rival to Sonic. Uses hover skates to move at extremely fast speeds, just like his rival.
- The Ageless: Most likely due to the genetic material contributed to Project Shadow by his biological "father," Black Doom. The reason behind this was that Shadow's creator, Professor Gerald Robotnik, wanted to study immortality and use the fruits of his research to find a cure for his granddaughter (and Shadow's surrogate sister) Maria, as she was terminally ill and suffering from a fatal disease known as NIDS (Neuro-Immuno Deficiency Syndrome).
- Aloof Ally: He helps the rest of his teammates and even assists Sonic and his friends on occasions, but that doesn't make him a big fan of team spirit.
- Amnesiac Anti-Hero: His fall to Earth at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 caused him to lose all his memory.
- Anti-Antichrist: Shadow was created by Black Doom so as to aid him in conquering Earth. However, Shadow eventually went against said destiny and destroyed Black Doom and is now one of the chief defenders of the planet.
- This happens to Shadow a lot. Post-breakdown Professor Gerald reprogrammed Shadow's mind to carry out his plot to destroy Earth, but his memories of Maria caused him to decide to save it instead. Later, Mephiles tried to convince Shadow to fill this role again, but he'd finally learned his lesson.
- Anti-Hero: As both Good Is Not Nice and, intially, as a Classical Anti-Hero.
- Anti-Villain: Was driven by the loss of his surrogate sister in his debut appearance.
- Artificial Hedgehog
- Badass: He's one of the few characters that can match Sonic in skill.
- Berserk Button: Don't harm his friends, whether it be Maria or any of his teammates.
- Blue Oni: This trope is Inverted when it comes to him and Sonic. Shadow has a partially red color scheme, but is reserved and collected most of the time. In contrast to the blue, but very extroverted Sonic.
- Breakout Character: Got a Story Arc centered around him even though he was originally meant to appear only in his debut.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Before she died, Shadow and Maria were a non-romantic version of this.
- Bullying a Dragon: Often is the case towards anybody who tries to manipulate or persecute him. It never ends well for them.
- Byronic Hero: A kid-friendly version anyway.
- Canon Immigrant: The Inhibitor Rings (see Power Limiter for more info), first seen in Sonic X, then later in the Archie Comics, became canon as of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
- Carpet of Virility: Type 1.
- Characterization Marches On: In his debut, Shadow's cocky behavior was similar to Sonic's, especially in the two hedgehogs' first fight where he shouts "I'm the coolest!" After that, his stoic, anti-heroic loner personality began to develop.
- The Chessmaster: Was clearly making use of Eggman's world-dominating ambition throughout Sonic Adventure 2 in order to further his own goal (and Gerald's) in wiping out humanity in revenge for the murder of Maria Robotnik.
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite his natural power, his own game shows that he'll use guns, swords, or pretty much ANYTHING as a weapon if the situation calls for it.
- The Comically Serious: His Archie comics interpretation is shown to lose his mystique a few odd times. The game's version also has a couple of... less than dignified moments, albeit much more toned down.
- Conjoined Eyes
- Contrived Coincidence: His very similar appearance to Sonic is only a coincidence, seeing as he was created many years before Sonic was born.
- Cool Bike: In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, his vehicle, the Dark Rider, is a motorcycle.
- Darker and Edgier: Designed as such from the start, invoked in his own game.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In Sonic Adventure 2. Blames himself for what happened to the Robotnik family and other citizens of Space Colony ARK and swears brutal justice for them. However, later on his story becomes so convoluted that it pretty much overshadows this piece of his past.
- Dark Is Evil: At first in Sonic Adventure 2
- Dark Is Not Evil: At the end of Sonic Adventure 2 and games beyond.
- The Dark Side: In Shadow, he can draw on the power of evil and unleash his Chaos Blast.
- A Day in the Limelight: At the height of his popularity, he got his own game.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog, due to his amnesia.
- Determinator: He will always fight on even if it's the world against him, also in any goal he wants to carry out, he is near unstoppable.
- Deuteragonist: From Sonic Adventure 2 to Sonic The Hedgehog 2006
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Eggman in Sonic Adventure 2, the agenda being annihilating the entire world.
- Energy Ball: He uses these in Sonic Battle and Sonic Riders.
- Several fans have noted that a lot of Shadow's personality traits, including his conception, are similar to that of the Pokemon Anime's depiction of Mewtwo.
- Likewise, his rivalry with Sonic has some hints of Vegeta.
- Fake Memories: Gerald altered Shadow's memories so that he could carry out Gerald's plan to take revenge on humanity. Fortunately, Shadow's actual memories of his promise to Maria shone through despite this.
- Fantastic Nuke: His Chaos Blast, which generates and explosion that destroys anything in the immediate vicinity.
- Flight: When using Chaos Control or if he's Super Shadow.
- Foil: He serves as one to Sonic. Whereas Sonic is the fun-loving, adventure-seeking hero, Shadow is the cold, deadly serious Anti-Hero. While they may be on the same side, often their methods of taking action can lead them to clash with one another.
- Fragile Speedster: When balanced, he's always this, generally offered as an alternative to Sonic.
- Glass Cannon: Usually some combination of this and Fragile Speedster, like Sonic. Notably in Sonic Battle, where he's very strong and very fast, but has the absolute worst healing skills of all the playable characters.
- Good Is Not Nice: Has no compunctions against lethal force in the games and the anime when against an evil foe. The Black Arms learned the hard way that this also means no compunctions against genocide when dealing with exceptional evil. He also can be kind of a dick at times.
- Grumpy Bear: Even if he's put his past behind and moved on to better things, there's no way Shadow will ever cheer up.
- Heroic RROD: It's implied at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 that the he was overwhelmed by the power of his Chaos Emerald-induced Super Mode, which may part of why he lost his power and fell into Earth's orbit during the Heroic Sacrifice mentioned below.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Sonic Adventure 2, he helps save the world from the Final Hazard, but uses up all of his power before he falls from space towards the Earth. He was initially believed to have died, but Sonic Heroes reveals that he survived, but amnesiac.
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His initial attitude. He gets better after he remembers Maria's true wish.
- Irony: Shadow hated GUN for killing Maria Robotnik; he now works for them.
- Informed Ability: He tends to be fragile, despite his Immortality.
- Considering the nature of Gerald's research, it's more of a "absolute immunity to age and illness".
- Image Song: Throw It All Away, All Hail Shadow, Rhythm and Balance, The Supernatural, Supporting Me, I Am (All of Me), Almost Dead, Waking Up, Chosen One, Never Turn Back, Who I Am.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Boku".
- Jerkass: Is more than willing to fight the other heroes should they get in his way and pretty apathetic to things that don't relate to his goals.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But he's always at the frontlines whenever a new threat arises and is capable of working with the heroes too when they're on the same page. He cares very much for his two teammates, and his late surrogate sister Maria. Shadow cares very much for the well being of others (even his blue arch rival), even if he doesn't always express it.
- Knight of Cerebus: Was never a villain (even at his debut) but he is most certainly this for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Almost anything concerning Shadow is grimly serious and a harsh turn away from the jovial attitude the main protagonist embodies.
- The Lancer: Even though he's the most recognizable of Team Dark, he functions as this to Rouge, at least in Sonic Heroes and in the Archie comics, according to Word Of God.
- Large Ham: Mostly in Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). He engages in some Ham-to-Ham Combat with Mephiles in the latter.
- Leitmotif: His original one is Throw It All Away from Sonic Adventure 2. Lately, however, it's been All Hail Shadow used as the hero ending theme in Shadow the Hedgehog, as his main theme in '06, and as his Theme Music Power-Up in Sonic Generations.
- Multicolored Hair: He has black fur with red stripes.
- Mysterious Past: Was first presented as being a doppelganger of Sonic with a mysterious past involving the loss of a loved one. Ironically, this is averted at the end of his own Story Arc; more about his past has been revealed than any other character in the series, including Sonic himself!
- Nineties Anti-Hero: He's always sort of leaned on it (his name and color scheme being pretty harsh and a vengeful personality) but he dives in full-on for his own game (guns, swearing, and motorcycle riding galore).
- One-Man Army: Has decimated entire armies single handily.
- Perpetual Frowner: You'll only see him either frowning, indifferent, or smirking. That is, until Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, where you can catch him smiling if he does well at an event. Also subverted in Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, where he'll occasionally fist pump in excitement with a decidedly Out of Character look on his face before starting a race.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He's a walking mini nuke with the power (depending on the number of chaos emeralds he has) to devastate cities and most fortresses.
- Power Limiter: His Inhibitor Rings.
- Pragmatic Hero: He will always have absolutely no qualms in going the extra mile in reaching to his goals, even if this means fighting the other heroes if they would get in his way.
- Quest for Identity: His entire Story Arc from Sonic Adventure 2 to Shadow the Hedgehog.
- The Quiet One: Particularly in Heroes.
- Really 700 Years Old: Despite appearing to be the same age as Sonic, he's over fifty years old.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Though the "evil" part depends on the game.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Both in his default state, and when he's in super form.
- Reformed But Not Tamed: Even if he's fighting along the side of good since Sonic Adventure 2 and aside from having amnesia after his Heroic Sacrifice, Shadow hasn't really stopped being the cold, humorless, anti-heroic counterpart to Sonic.
- Reverse Grip: As Lancelot in Sonic And the Black Knight.
- The Rival: To Sonic. Notably he plays this even after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Rollerblade Good: He moves using rocket skates.
- Sealed Evil -> Anti-Hero in a Can:
- He was held in suspended animation in Prison Island after GUN raided the ARK. True to form, Eggman releases him.
- Happens again after Sonic Adventure 2, but in Sonic Heroes, Rouge releases him.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He pulled this on Black Doom and Mephiles, when they tried to get him to join their causes.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Only in his own game.
- The Southpaw: He holds his guns in his left hand in Shadow.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: From his debut to 2006, he had more plot focus on him than the main character himself.
- Out of Focus: Nowadays, he makes mainly cameo and boss appearances.
- The Stoic: He very rarely emotes, but he is capable of feeling which leads too...
- Not So Stoic: Less of this in Sonic X, but mostly this in the video games and Archie comics where wangst and compassion can be frequent.
- Smug Super: Fittingly, he rivals Sonic in terms of sheer arrogance.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: A bit of this in Sonic X if you consider Molly and Maria, but is mostly this in the video games and Archie comics.
- Super Mode: Super Shadow.
- Golden Super Mode: A different, lighter shade of gold than Sonic's, but still gold of some description.
- Superpower Lottery: Considering he was made to be the perfect weapon, this is hardly surprising.
- Ki Attacks: His ability to manipulate Chaos energy allows him to do these. His Chaos Spear is a dual example of this and Shock and Awe. There's also his Chaos Blast, in which he either makes an explosion of Chaos Energy from his body * , or shoots out a concentrated version through his hands * .
- Super Speed: Enough to rival Sonic's. Although unlike Sonic, he relies on his Hover Shoes to propel himself at fast speeds.
- Super Strength: In his self-titled game he can overturn buses and giant slabs of concrete that fell off highways with one hand, as well as punch through solid steel and concrete.
- Signature Move: Chaos Control. It's not exclusive to him, but he's the most proficient user, and even has several other Chaos attacks exclusive to him. Its uses include:
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You:
- He seemingly pulls this off by intervening in a fight between Sonic and Silver saving Sonic from a potentially fatal blow, offhandedly making sure he's okay, then fighting Silver in his place. That time, he had a very good reason besides this trope to save Sonic, as he deduced that Mephiles is intending to eliminate the past. Later on in the same game, he expresses silent remorse at Sonic's death, but once he finds out that the Chaos Emeralds can undo this, immediately takes on the toughest challenges in order to retrieve the gems.
- He also does this in the Archie comics, by literally throwing Sonic out of a hazardous area to safety, when Sonic was injured and cannot run.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsurime Eyes
- Ultimate Life Form: Trope Namer.
- Universal Drivers Liscence: He can pilot hang gliders, humvees, motorcycles, and alien hovercraft. He doens't even own any of this himself, he just finds them lying around!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's this to Rouge. He also displays this with Sonic as evident in Shadow the Hedgehog due to him being irritated of his friendly and adventurous nature.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Sonic this. In Sonic Adventure 2, he seemed pretty upset when it looked like Sonic died in Eggman's trap and was impressed when not only he survived, but managed to use Chaos Control with a fake Chaos Emerald. It was at this point Shadow acknowledged Sonic as his equal and how dangerous he is.
Rouge the Bat
"I despise anyone who takes jewels from me... all the world's gems are mine to keep!"
Voiced by Rumi Ochiai (Japanese), Lani Minella (English, 2001-2004), Caren Manuel (English, Sonic X, 2005-2010), Karen Strassman (English, 2010-present)
A treasure-hunting bat in search of gemstones, including the Chaos Emeralds and Master Emerald. She also works as a freelance government agent—paid in jewels, of course.
- Almost Kiss: Shares one with Knuckles after he saves her from falling into the lava pit in Sonic Adventure 2. Also shares one with Shadow in Sonic Battle after letting him spend the night in her house so he could recover from a fight.
- AntiHeroine: Of the Nominal Hero variety. She's a government spy, but expects to be paid with jewels.
- Anti-Heroines Want Redheads: Her (apparent) crush on Knuckles proves this.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Shadow, apparently.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in Sonic Riders as well as her alternate outfit in Sonic Adventure 2.
- Berserk Button: Don't get in the way of her and jewelry if you know what's good for you.
- Boobs of Steel: Has the largest breasts out of the Sonic girls due to her age and image. She literally kicks people asses with kickboxing, making her one of the stronger female characters.
- Buxom Is Better
- Casting a Shadow: Her "Black Wave" Limit Break from Sonic Adventure 2 as a boss and 2P Battle Mode character.
- The Chick: She's a lot less serious on missions than her teammates.
- Classy Bat Burglar: Ahem...
- Combat Stilettos
- Cute Little Fangs: You don't see them that often, but they're there.
- Dark Action Girl: Consider that before her, Amy was the only major female character, and this stands out a lot more.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite using attacks of darkness like "Black Wave", she's definitely not evil.
- Dating Batwoman: Her relationship with Knuckles and Shadow (due to the latter's "dark knight" personality - pun not intended) can be described as this. Although one-sided on Knuckles' part, whom he doesn't like her back.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the Japanese version of Sonic X and in Sonic Chronicles.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She became a much more caring person after striking up a friendship with Shadow, she's even shown to be concerned about his well being on occasion.
- Femme Fatale: The closest you're going to get in a family-friendly series such as this.
- Flight or Not Quite Flight: Depending on the game, her wings allow her to either fly or glide like Knuckles.
- Foil: To Shadow (revealed in Sonic Battle) and Knuckles.
- Greed: She loves gems and wishes that all the world's gems were hers.
- Guile Heroine: She was Out-Gambitted by Shadow in Adventure 2, but she's still quite clever and crafty.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Even in one game, she was first a villain, and was later revealed to be working for the government.
- Image Song: "Fly in the Freedom"
- Improbable Age: She's a high-ranking government agent at the age of 18 years old.
- It's All About Me: Although she does have a Hidden Heart of Gold.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Atashi".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a selfish, vain seductress who feels all of her gems are hers to keep but she's capable of expressing gratitude when someone helps her and shows genuine concern for her two comrades.
- Jiggle Physics: Especially in SA2, though other games tend to do this as well.
- Kick Chick: In contrast to Knuckles' punches.
- The Leader: Even though Shadow is the "face" of the team, she's really the leader of the three, at least in Sonic Heroes and in the Archie comics, according to Word Of God.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Amy Rose' Light Feminine.
- Limited Wardrobe: A surprising aversion. Unlike most characters which basically keep the same outfit game after game (baring in game unlockable costumes of course) she regularly had different costumes
- Lovable Rogue: She's a government agent, but she's still a thief, too.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Uses one of these attacks in Sonic Chronicles, and it's the basis of her "Shot" attack in Sonic Battle, complete with a sound clip of a vaguely bat-like screech that plays whenever she fires it.
- Male Gaze: She tends to pose in... odd ways in Sonic X. She gets a bit of this in the games too, as sometimes it seems as if she poses for no apparent reason other than to highlight◊ her cleavage◊.
- Ms. Fanservice: It should be noted she's worn the most outfits out of any of the cast.
- Ms Vice Girl: Despite being heroic: No matter what side of the line she is on at the time, she wants "all the world's jewels".
- Parent Service
- Punny Name: Rouge the Bat —> Baton Rouge. Rouge is also the French word for "red".
- Reverse Mole: In Adventure 2.
- The Rival: Her relationship with Knuckles skits between this and Foe Yay, although one-sided since he doesn't like her back.
- Satellite Character: Though Sonic Adventure 2 gave her an interesting storyline and characterization, the majority of her appearances since has only revolved around being Shadow's teammate.
- Sexophone: Her appearances in Sonic X (in both English and Japanese) are usually accompanied by this... unfortunately.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Also with a pair of wings, no less.
- She's Got Legs
- The Smart Girl: She's easily the most cunning and clever of Team Dark.
- Smarter Than You Look: Said to be mistaken for a ditz due to her frivolous and flighty nature, but she's very sharp and cunning.
- Spy Catsuit: Her standard outfit, complete with Impossibly-Low Neckline.
- The Tease: She sarcastically flirts with the following characters - Knuckles, Shadow, Dr. Eggman, Tails, and Sonic (though Sonic 2006's "official" Prima Game Guide states that she has feelings for Shadow and Knuckles)
- Teen Genius: She's an expert treasure hunter and government agent despite being only eighteen years old.
- Ungrateful Bitch: In Sonic Adventure 2 where she continues to argue with Knuckles after he saved her from falling down to the lava. Then it's subverted when she gives him back the pieces of the Master Emerald that she stole, under the premise 'they stink like echidnas do'.
- The Vamp: In some of the darker interpertations.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To Shadow and Knuckles.
- Villain Protagonist: Some of the darker alternate media versions are this.
- Vocal Dissonance: Caren Manuel's Rouge voice makes her sound like she's in her 30's, even though she's only 18 years old.
- White Fur, Black Heart: She's not evil(not always anyway), but she's selfish and manipulative enough to qualify.
- Winged Humanoid
E- 123 Omega
E- 102 Gamma
"Doctor Robotnik... Enemy. Master Registration... Deleted. E-Series... Friends. Must save..."
Voiced by Joji Nakata (Japanese, games), Naoki Imamura (Japanese, Sonic X), Steve Broadie (English, 1998), Jon St John (English, 2004), Andrew Rannells (English, Sonic X)
An intelligent creation of Dr. Robotnik's who is convinced by Amy to rebel against his creator thanks to the memories of the bird trapped inside, and who goes on to liberate those trapped in the other E-Series robots.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted; he was intended to be a Killer Robot, but ended up turning good.
- Anti-Villain: Started out as a Type I Anti Villain before his Heel-Face Turn.
- Arm Cannon
- Came Back Wrong: Eggman rebuilt Gamma to be more loyal to him in Sonic Battle. He pulls another Heel-Face Turn after Cream reasons with him.
- Captain Obvious: After being told to head to a (for him) unassuming destination, he stumbles upon his older brother being modified in a manner that is implied to be painful. His response upon slowly walking out and shutting the door behind him?
"This is the wrong room."
- Death Equals Redemption: Though, he never did anything truly evil while working for Eggman, he still decided to make everything right by destroying/freeing his brothers, before his final death. Of course, this overlaps with Heroic Sacrifice.
- Duel to the Death: He had one with Sonic, until Amy intervened. The winner of the battle is unclear, however.
- Green Eyes
- Heroic Sacrifice: Self destructs at the end of Sonic Adventure, to free the last trapped bird.
- Many fans think that Beta Mk. II's final attack simply proved fatal (with enough of a delay for Gamma to look at the released Flicky meaningfully), but given that he listed himself on the list of remaining E-Series units (read: targets), he probably would have done this even if he had survived the fight.
Gamma: Units remaining... *gazes at hand* ...Gamma...
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi", but before his 'death', he used "Boku".
- Killed Off for Real: There were a couple of half-hearted attempts to revive Gamma in spinoffs, but these stopped once Omega was introduced.
- Machine Monotone: Speaks in a deep, perpetually mellow voice. In both versions of Sonic X, he talks in Robo Speak instead.
Gamma: This presents a problem...
- Minion with an F in Evil: Ultimately turns out to be one after gaining self awareness.
- Mutual Kill: With Beta.
- Noble Demon: For most of the early half of his story, due to his limited sentience and over-logical programming, his "evil-doing" is never personal.
- Power Floats: He can hover above the ground, and also fly with the help of a built-in Helicopter Pack.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only one of the E-series robots who is neither blindly loyal to Dr. Eggman nor a Robotic Psychopath, thanks to two things: Amy showing kindness to him and his seeing Beta get heavily modified.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
"Give them a chance, to be happy!"
Voiced by Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Moriah Angeline (English, 2001), Rebecca Honig (English, 2005)
Granddaughter of Gerald Robotnik and cousin of Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, she was a terminally-ill patient on the Space Colony ARK and close friend of Shadow.
Shade the Echidna
"Please, I wish for a chance to prove myself, my new friend."
Introduced in Sonic Chronicles
as the commander of a mysterious group of warriors called the Marauders. Turns out the "Marauders" are actually a long-lost echidna clan called the Nocturnus. Shade wants to help the Nocturnus return to their homeworld, but when her boss explains that he intends to conquer
the world, she objects and joins Sonic's side.
- Action Girl
- Antivillain: At first...
- The Atoner: One half of the reason for her Heel-Face Turn—see below for the other.
- Dark Action Girl
- Easily Forgiven: Arguable example; she is made a trusted ally rather quickly, Knuckles even scolds you if you don't follow this trope with the branched dialogue options.
- Expy: Julie-Su: A member of a lost tribe of Echidnas known as the Dark Legion from the Archie Comics shares a lot of similarities with Shade. And the entire Nocturnus share similarities with the Dark Legion from the same comics. The most obvious example, in the comics the Dark Legion was sealed away in the Twilight Zone, while the Nocturnus were sealed away in the Twilight Cage. Both were alternate dimensions that seem like pretty terrible places to be. Word Of God says this is intentional.
- Laser Blade: One of her attacks.
- Really 700 Years Old: Found out in a conversation branch in the start of Chapter 6 that she's really 4000 years old. Due to the Year Inside, Hour Outside physics of the Twilight Cage, however, she is likely not much older than the others physically.
- Teleporters and Transporters
- The Stoic: Somewhat; she engages in friendly conversation with her comrades, but isn't exactly much for emotions.
- There Is Another
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She merely wants her people to return to Earth, though she abides by Ix's rather ruthless measures for doing so, going through with his invasion plans and brutal attempted execution of Sonic and Knuckles directly before he reveals his not-so well intentioned afterplans.
A water being that acts as guardian of the Chao. Went on a rampage when the Chao were attacked and was sealed inside the Master Emerald. Robotnik eventually set him free, but Sonic was able to purify him. Was the Bigger Bad
of Sonic Adventure
, and makes occasional other cameos.
- All There in the Manual: Sonic Channel says he's a Chao mutated by Chaos Energy.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied in the final ending.
- Blob Monster: Made of water.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten the Chao. Ever. Just don't. You've been warned.
- Chaos Is Evil: Presented as this at first in Adventure, but stops being hostile after his final defeat.
- The Dragon: To Eggman in Sonic Adventure. Elevates to Dragon-in-Chief after Eggman loses his grip on Chaos' reins and Perfect Chaos is realized.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He was in league with Eggman the whole time just to get a hold of the Chaos Emeralds.
- Demoted to Extra: He has no real role in Sonic Battle's plot; his appearance is just for the sake of having Emerl copy skills from him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Echidnas killing his fellow Chao, as well as trying to steal the Chaos Emeralds, made him so enraged that he not only outright killed the Echidnas (offscreen), he also tried to destroy the entire planet.
- Doing in the Wizard : The games seem to portray him as an actual deity that the Echidnas worshipped, even though Sonic Channel confirmed he is just a mutated Chao.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form. It look almost exactly like Biollante but fewer tentacles, and being made of water instead of plant-materia.
- Chaos is supposedly a Chao that was mutated eons ago. If that is the case, it has always been an Eldritch Abomination.
- Flat Character: Barring his vengeance-driven motives, Chaos is surprisingly nondescript in personality for what was a major character in Adventure, not helped by his lack of expressiveness and voicelessness. Althought it may be justified by how despite his sentience, he's more of a force of nature.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Green Eyes
- Kaiju: As Perfect Chaos, even as a Shout Out to famous Kaiju Biollante.
- Knight of Cerebus: He was the first significant Sonic antagonist to have no humorous quirks or traits whatsoever, and the threat he brought is far greater and darker than anything previously seen in a Sonic game.
- Mad God: In Sonic Adventure. Of course, the "mad" in this case refers more to unquelled rage than actual insanity.
- Making a Splash
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Especially Perfect Chaos.
- One-Winged Angel: Has seven of these, each one stronger than the last, the transformations for which occur every time he absorbs a Chaos Emerald.
- Papa Wolf: To the Chao, especially in his Sonic X incarnation.
- Physical God: Known as the God of Destruction.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed in the Master Emerald by Tikal for thousands of years due to him going berserk, only to be freed by Dr. Eggman when he shatters the Master Emerald. It should be noted however that he isn't actually evil—just angry and vengeful.
- Shape Shifter: By virtue of his water-based form.
- Shout Out: Perfect Chaos to Biollante, as noted above, his redesign in Sonic Generations further adds to this.
- The Speechless: Though he never talks, he is able to communicate with Tikal through ripples in the water.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His turn into an antagonist was triggered by a power-hungry tribe of Echidnas trying to steal the Chaos Emeralds, and killing several Chao via trampling in the process. While his desire was to avenge the Chao, his anger quickly went out of control to where he wanted the entire world to feel his anger and sadness.
The Babylon Rogues
Jet: Voiced by Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English, 2005-2010), Michael Yurchak (English, 2010-present) Wave: Voiced by Chie Nakamura (Japanese), Bella Hudson (English, 2005-2010), Kate Higgins (English, 2010-present) Storm: Voiced by Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Dan Green (English, 2005-2010), Travis Willingham (English, 2010-present)
Jet: "No way I'm gonna lose!"
Wave: "Unless I take charge, nothing ever gets done here!"
Storm: "I'll make sure to pay you back for this!"
A group of extreme gear riding birds from the Sonic Riders
series of games. Each member functions as The Rival
to a member of "Team Sonic". The Bablylon rogues are descended by the ancient Babylonian civilization. Consists of Jet the Hawk◊
, who is obsessed with being the best at extreme gear riding; Wave the Swallow◊
, a Wrench Wench
that maintains their extreme gears; and Storm the Albatross◊
, who acts as the Dumb Muscle
- Absentee Actor: Jet's the only one who appeared outside the rivals series.
- Anti Hero Team
- Arrogant Extreme Gear Guy: Jet.
- Bare Your Midriff: Wave.
- Bird People: All three are humanoid birds.
- The Brute: Storm.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Granted, his tough guy image fades rather quickly under the right circumstances. He acts flustered around girls and is shown to feel bad whenever he hurts someone he wasn't aiming for.
- Cast Herd: Like the Chaotix, they are rarely seen apart.
- The Dark Chick: Wave.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jet hates being pitied.
- Dumb Muscle: Storm, again.
- Dual Wielding: Jet's Paper Fans Of Doom when fully powered up.
- Fat Bastard: Storm.
- Feathered Fiends
- Gadgeteer Genius: Wave.
- Gravity Master: Jet's gravity control in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Jet.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Jet is voiced by Tobi, of all people.
- Wave shares both her Japanese and current English voice actresses with Sakura.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied with Wave in "Sonic Riders." In the story mode for the Babylon Rogues, while she insults Tails' hover board, she actually thinks (in her mind) that it wasn't so bad (also, in her bio, it states that she usually doesn't like admitting that someone has talent).
- Informed Ability: Whether or not the Rogues can fly withour their extreme Gear is... unclear.
- Insufferable Genius: Wave.
- Jerkass: Jet and Wave are not pleasant at all. In fact, they're the only ones of the current Anthro-cast to not have any redeeming qualities. Storm is slightly more sympathetic however, if only he's more of a blind follower.
- Japanese Pronouns "Ore" and "Oresama" for Jet, "Atashi" for Wave and "Ora" for Storm.
- The Leader: Jet is Type III.
- Like Brother and Sister: According her profile on Sonic Channel, Wave views Jet as an "unreliable younger brother", but respects his role as leader.
- Mighty Glacier: Storm.
- Motor Mouth: Wave
- Moveset Clone: Each Rogue has the exact same stats as their Sonic trio counterpart.
- Multicolored Feathers
- The Napoleon: Jet.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Take a good look at Wave's victory animation when you finish a race on a standard board in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
- Nominal Heroes: For a given value of "hero". In fact, they're only on this page because they are not outright evil and have had beef with Eggman as well.
- Only Sane Woman: Wave is this in the group, since she's the one who constantly reminds Jet and Storm of their responsibilities.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Jet uses these to attack other riders.
- Power Crutch: Jet can only be considered Sonic's rival because of Extreme Gear. Without it, he's probably nowhere near as fast.
- Power Trio
- The Psycho Rangers: They are counterparts to the Main Trio; they have even more parallels to them than Team Dark.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad
- The Rival: Jet to Sonic, Wave to Tails, and Storm to Knuckles. Jet definitely takes it the farthest, though.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: A common victim.
- The Smart Girl: Wave.
- Satellite Character: Wave and Storm to Jet
- Small Name, Big Ego: All of them, especially Jet and Wave.
- Smug Snake: Jet (and to some extent the other Rogues) in their more antagonistic bouts, are very overconfident jerks, despite their occasionally blundering nature.
- Speech Impediment: Storm s-stutters when he's f-f-flustered.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Wave has this perception sometimes. It doesn't help that in her official bio, she strongly hates stupid or thick-headed people.
- Talking to Himself: Jason Griffith as Jet with Sonic and Dan Green as Storm with Knuckles up to Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. Kate Higgins as Wave with Tails and Travis Willingham as Storm with Knuckles as of Sonic Free Riders.
- Teen Genius: Wave.
- Terrible Trio: At first.
- íThree Amigos!
- Two Guys and a Girl
- Verbal Tic: Storm's "-waina" in the Japanese version.
- Vocal Evolution: Jason Griffith's Jet in Zero Gravity is a lot deeper than in the first game.
- Wrench Wench: Wave (she even uses a giant wrench to attack).
"You could never understand my sorrow at seeing the ruinous future of this kingdom."
- Anti-Villain: Pretty much the main thing that seperates her from the other Sonic villains is that she is driven by purely altruistic motives. Merlina wants to make her world never end, by making it never change, so it won't end in warfare.
- Barrier Maiden: Uses one to defend against Sonic during her boss fight and in the fight before that.
- Batman-Gambit: Her plan was to trick Sonic into defeating King Arthur so she could take the scabbard of Excalibur and use its immortality granting powers to make the kingdom everlasting.
- Big Bad: Of Sonic and the Black Knight.
- Big Bad Friend: Merlina seems to be Sonic's ally early on, but is using him for her own means.
- British Accents
- Curb-Stomp Battle: This is the nicest way you can describe her first fight with Sonic. No matter how hard he tries, he can't land a hit on her thanks to her barrier. Then she snaps Caliburn in half and basically beats the everloving snot out of him. If Sonic had not gotten his Heroic Second Wind, she would've killed him.
- Dark Action Girl: Played with: she's an antagonist and the Final Boss, but is an Anti-Villain.
- Females Are More Innocent: One of two female villains in a Sonic game that is the Big Bad of her game, and is an Anti-Villain Well-Intentioned Extremist. Compare her to the other male villains on this page.
- Final Boss
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Merlina wants to save her world... by stopping it from ever changing.