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** There's also an inversion - while some consider Eggman an idiot for simply throwing Emerl out, it turns out that there's no way Emerl could ever have become so powerful if he hadn't, and when he realizes what's happened, the lesser Emerl-based robots provide an excellent way for Sonic and his pals to inadvertantly 'train' Emerl.

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** There's also an inversion - while some consider Eggman an idiot for simply throwing Emerl out, it turns out that there's no way Emerl could ever have become so powerful if he hadn't, and when he realizes what's happened, the lesser Emerl-based robots provide an excellent way for Sonic and his pals to inadvertantly inadvertently 'train' Emerl.


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* UnexplainedRecovery: Shadow is back, none the worse for wear after his ''orbital re-entry'' at the conclusion of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. It would be a couple of real-life weeks before ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' came out and bring up how he survived, with ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' concluding that story arc about two years later.


->''"Unknown item identified. This weapon was discovered in the ancient ruins. Identified as "'''Gizoid'''". Techniques to acquire all forms of weaponry is based on super-science technology. This process has no apparent limitations and will continue to loop indefinitely. However, in repeated experiments, the continual feed of data has caused an overload, resulting in the subject going out of control."''\\
--The Central Lab's main computer, about Gizoid, more commonly known as "Emerl"

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->''"Unknown item identified. This weapon was discovered in the ancient ruins. Identified as "'''Gizoid'''". Techniques to acquire all forms of weaponry is based on super-science technology. This process has no apparent limitations and will continue to loop indefinitely. However, in repeated experiments, the continual feed of data has caused an overload, resulting in the subject going out of control."''\\
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Central Lab's main computer, about Gizoid, more commonly known as "Emerl"


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: ''Hoo boy...!'' Despise all the taboo about "bringing science facts on fantasy settings" thingamajig, let's just say that the ending lays all its weight on a single moment that either shatters the player's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, or puts Eggman into abyssal levels inside the MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In order to take over Sonic's cliam over Emerl, due to the Gizoid's core systems defining that he ''will'' obey the strongest, Eggman fires his flagship's blaster onto... Some stars. Which ''erase'' them all. So either this universe's laws are big on VoodooShark, or Dr. Ivo Robotnik just committed ''multi-galaxy genocide'' in order to seize control of a single robot!]]

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: ''Hoo boy...!'' Despise all the taboo about "bringing science facts on fantasy settings" thingamajig, let's just say that the ending lays all its weight on a single moment that either shatters the player's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, or puts Eggman into abyssal levels inside the MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In order to take over Sonic's cliam over Emerl, due to the Gizoid's core systems defining that he ''will'' obey the strongest, Eggman fires his flagship's blaster onto... Some stars. Which ''erase'' them all. So either this universe's laws are big on both VoodooShark, or Dr. Ivo Robotnik just committed ''multi-galaxy genocide'' '''[[InferredHolocaust multi-galaxy genocide]]''' in order to seize control of a single robot!]]

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: ''Hoo boy...!'' Despise all the taboo about "bringing science facts on fantasy settings" thingamajig, let's just say that the ending lays all its weight on a single moment that either shatters the player's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, or puts Eggman into abyssal levels inside the MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In order to take over Sonic's cliam over Emerl, due to the Gizoid's core systems defining that he ''will'' obey the strongest, Eggman fires his flagship's blaster onto... Some stars. Which ''erase'' them all. So either this universe's laws are big on VoodooShark, or Dr. Ivo Robotnik just committed ''multi-galaxy genocide'' in order to seize control of a single robot!]]


* CutLexLuthorACheck:Eggman sells his designs for lesser robots to finance his evil schemes.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck:Eggman CutLexLuthorACheck: Eggman sells his designs for lesser robots to finance his evil schemes.



* ExcusePlot: The game can be paraphrased as "You found a mysterious robot in the beach. Teach it some fighting moves along with the rest of your buddies!" [[spoiler: Subverted in the later parts of the game, ESPECIALLY the tear jerking ending]].

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* ExcusePlot: The early parts of the game can be paraphrased summarized as "You found a mysterious robot in the beach. Teach it some fighting moves along with the rest of your buddies!" [[spoiler: Subverted in the later parts of the game, ESPECIALLY the tear jerking ending]].ending and the backstory-revealing secret reports]].


* CutLexLuthorACheck: Played with; Eggman sells his designs for lesser robots to finance his evil schemes.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: Played with; Eggman CutLexLuthorACheck:Eggman sells his designs for lesser robots to finance his evil schemes.


In the beach of peaceful Emerald Town, Sonic the Hedgehog finds a worn-out robot, which talks strangely and only adresses and obeys him. Upon investigation, Sonic and company find out that this robot comes from a great civilization from the past, and that he can [[PowerCopying absorb and learn the powers and moves of the people who battle him]]. He feeds on Chaos Emeralds, and for each one he gets, he gets smarter and has a more defined personality, so Sonic & company GottaCatchThemAll and give them to "Emerl", as Sonic names the robot.

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In the beach of peaceful Emerald Town, Sonic the Hedgehog finds a worn-out robot, which talks strangely and only adresses addresses and obeys him. Upon investigation, Sonic and company find out that this robot comes from a great civilization from the past, and that he can [[PowerCopying absorb and learn the powers and moves of the people who battle him]]. He feeds on Chaos Emeralds, and for each one he gets, he gets smarter and has a more defined personality, so Sonic & company GottaCatchThemAll and give them to "Emerl", as Sonic names the robot.
robot. But Dr. Eggman has plans of his own for the robot...


** Amy's ClingyJealousGirl tendencies are exaggerated significantly, to the point where the final fight in Rouge's chapter is her and a hallucination of Sonic she conjured up.

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** Amy's ClingyJealousGirl tendencies are exaggerated significantly, to the point where the final second-to-final fight in Rouge's chapter is her and a hallucination of Sonic she conjured up.

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* EarlyGameHell: You're forced to play as Emerl at certain points, which can lead to very difficult fights early on since his entire gimmick revolves around MagikarpPower.


* MeteorMove: Every character's Pursuit Attack is Type A; they bounce a bit after the first impact with the ground.

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* MeteorMove: Every character's If you launch an opponent with a Heavy move, you can pursue them as they go flying (and potentially bounce off a wall). You can then use a Pursuit Attack is Type A; they bounce a bit after Attack, which slams them into the first impact with the ground.ground for more damage.



* OneHitKill:
** Any Super Attack fully charged through the Ichikoro Gauge.
** The character combos that are exclusive to Emerl, if they fully connect.

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* OneHitKill:
** Any
OneHitKill: You can guarantee kills by using any Super Attack fully charged through the Ichikoro Gauge.
** The
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* PowerCopying: Emerl does this, usually by winning fights.

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* PowerCopying: Emerl does this, copies the battle techniques of others, usually by winning fights.


* AbusivePrecursors: The Fourth Great Civilization.

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* AbusivePrecursors: The Fourth Great Civilization.Civilization were the ones who angered Chaos and got themselves destroyed.



* AwesomeButImpractical: Knuckles' Ground Shot, the Rockfree Fall, is one of the most powerful shots in the game. However, it is hard to aim and very slow.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Knuckles' Ground Shot, the Rockfree Fall, is one of the most powerful shots Shots in the game. However, it is hard to aim and very slow.



* BackgroundMusicOverride: During the endurance mode in Emerl's Story, if [[spoiler: Chaos Zero]] makes an appearance, his theme song will override whatever the stage's main song is.

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* BackgroundMusicOverride: During the endurance mode in Emerl's Story, if [[spoiler: Chaos [[spoiler:Chaos Zero]] makes an appearance, his theme song will override whatever the stage's main song is.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Eggman's plans have been stopped, but Emerl was sacrificed in the process.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Eggman's [[spoiler:The game ends with Eggman's plans have been stopped, but Emerl was sacrificed sacrifices himself in the process.]]



* CoversAlwaysLie: See Shadow on the box art? You don't play as him until the last-but-one level, and you meet him the least often of all characters. While this doesn't make him a cameo character, it is a little deceptive. Even then, Sega knew what a popular and marketable character he had already become.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: See Shadow on the box art? You don't play as him until the last-but-one level, penultimate chapter, and you meet him the least often of all characters. While this doesn't make him a cameo character, it is a little deceptive. Even then, Sega knew what a popular and marketable character he had already become.



* DittoFighter: Emerl, but also taken more literally by the Phi series of robots, which are always seen using the full moveset of a random character.

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* DittoFighter: Emerl, but also Emerl's moves are largely taken more literally by from the other playable characters, with his default set making him a weaker version of Sonic. The Phi series of robots, which are always seen using the full moveset of a random character.



* FinancialAbuse: Rouge planned to use Emerl to help her steal jewels.
* FixedFloorFighting: There are 3D levels where you can jump from one height to the next, but the stage itself is static.
* {{Flanderization}}: Amy's ClingyJealousGirl tendencies are exaggerated significantly, to the point where the final fight in Rouge's chapter is her and a hallucination of Sonic she conjured up.

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* FinancialAbuse: Rouge planned plans to use Emerl to help her steal jewels.
* FixedFloorFighting: There are 3D levels where you can jump from one height to the next, but the stage itself is stages themselves are static.
* {{Flanderization}}: {{Flanderization}}:
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Amy's ClingyJealousGirl tendencies are exaggerated significantly, to the point where the final fight in Rouge's chapter is her and a hallucination of Sonic she conjured up.



* FullNameBasis: Shadow has referred Sonic as "Sonic the Hedgehog" a couple of times in this game.

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* FullNameBasis: Shadow has referred refers to Sonic as "Sonic the Hedgehog" a couple of times in this game.times.



* GottaCatchThemAll: The Chaos Emeralds, and [[DismantledMacGuffin their shards]].

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* GottaCatchThemAll: The Most of the game involves collecting the Chaos Emeralds, and Emeralds (and [[DismantledMacGuffin their shards]].shards]]) to power up Emerl.



* LostSuperweapon: Emerl.

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* LostSuperweapon: Emerl.Emerl is an ancient robot designed as a PowerCopying superweapon.


The gameplay is simple, yet open to wide variation. There is roaming on small, multi-tiered maps, similar to ''PowerStone''. Each character has a basic combo, advanced directional moves, midair motion and attacks, and special moves of the Shot (projectile), Power (direct physical attack), and Set (land-mine type) classes, for both land and air. Before each respawn, you choose your land and air specials, leaving the last one to be auto-blocked if your opponent tries to hit you with that special type. While specials cost no "meter" of their own, you can charge a gauge that guarantees a OneHitKill for any special if it connects.

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The gameplay is simple, yet open to wide variation. There is roaming on small, multi-tiered maps, similar to ''PowerStone''.''VideoGame/PowerStone''. Each character has a basic combo, advanced directional moves, midair motion and attacks, and special moves of the Shot (projectile), Power (direct physical attack), and Set (land-mine type) classes, for both land and air. Before each respawn, you choose your land and air specials, leaving the last one to be auto-blocked if your opponent tries to hit you with that special type. While specials cost no "meter" of their own, you can charge a gauge that guarantees a OneHitKill for any special if it connects.


* DecoyProtagonist: It's called Sonic Battle, but the story focuses on Emerl more than him.


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* SecondaryCharacterTitle: It's called Sonic Battle, but the story focuses on Emerl more than him.


* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: A present feature with the AI opponents. They know where you are even when they shouldn't, like when you're using Knuckles' Air Power or Shadow's Ground Power to hide and move around, or when you're ''picking a place to respawn.'' See also GameplayAndStorySegregation.

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: A present feature with the AI opponents. They know where you are even when they shouldn't, like when you're using Knuckles' Air Power or Shadow's Ground Power to hide and move around, or when you're ''picking a place to respawn.'' They even are able to always recover very often from Heavy Attack knockbacks quite often while you yourself are forced to often guess (the wall right near me, or elsewhere?). See also GameplayAndStorySegregation.

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*** Tails' air attack is also a variation of this, only unlike Shadow's air attack, it can rack even more hits in one go; combine that on an AI opponent if you're quick enough in-between execution, and boom.

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