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Nazo Unleashed is a fan-made Web Animation trilogy of Sonic the Hedgehog by Flash animator Aaron "Chakra-X" Cowdery (Newgrounds, deviantART, and YouTube). It is based around an unused screenshot from Sonic X that had a hedgehog with spiked-up quills and a silver coat.note  The mysterious character was Fan Nicknamed "Nazo", a Japanese word for "mystery", after the name of the image file on the website.

The premise of the trilogy is that Nazo is a sentient being created from the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds. Nazo is a hedgehog because the Chaos Emeralds have gotten accustomed to the forms of Sonic and Shadow. Of course, something made of negative energy like that is going to turn out evil. Nazo then goes around the world collecting the Chaos Emeralds in his plan to become more powerful, leaving much destruction in his wake. Sonic and his friends hear of this and go to take him down, but they are easily defeated. Shadow then comes in try to defeat Nazo, but is defeated too. Only when the two hedgehogs use their Super Modes together can they take him down, but it turns out Nazo has other plans...

The biggest claim to fame of this series are the masterfully animated fight scenes. Of course, it's quite obvious where they got their inspiration, but it pulls it off very well, as they carry the tension, action, and fluidity as expected of those scenes.

The originals can be found on Newgrounds (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). The series has undergone two rereleases by Chakra-X, both of which improve the animation with techniques that he learned after high school; one is the HD Director's Cut, which adds annotation commentary and cuts the three parts together as one movie. This version was further remastered as Nazo Unleashed DX, which more cleanly up-scales the movie to the video format and adds further additions.

Chakra-X eventually stated that he would like to make a fully official sequel 10 years after its original release. In February 2016, he has released the first official teaser for The Wrath of Nazo. It was originally scheduled for a 2019 release; however, due to the run-time ending up being longer than originally intendednote , the date was pushed back to a currently undefined date. Chakra has stated that he hopes to at least get Act I and II out by 2019, with Act III coming sometime after but doesn't want to give any solid dates due to how much the animation process can speed up and slow down during development. On July 13th, 2022, Chakra announced that the project was cancelled after not working on it for a year, though a 40+ minute animatic of it is planned to be released later. Part 1 was released on December 27th, 2023.

After Nazo Unleashed DX was marked "For Kids" by YouTube in 2022, an edit of the DX version was released including a disclaimer at the beginning and yet another edit to the Hyper transformations for Sonic & Shadow (and to an extent, Shadic).


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  • Adaptational Badass: Perfect Nazo is a lot more impressive here than in the original The Power of Nazo film that Nazo Unleashed is a remake of. Instead of losing to Hyper Shadic in a Curb-Stomp Battle, he is close to evenly matched, and then becomes even more powerful than that, forcing all the heroes to work together to defeat him.
  • All There in the Stinger: The Stinger shows Dr. Eggman finding one of Nazo's bracelets and laughing evilly to himself. Zigzagged: Chakra-X initially stated that he didn't want to follow up on the stinger, then announced The Wrath of Nazo as a sequel following on from said stinger, then cancelled it due to time constraints, then eventually committed to releasing it as a fully-voiced animatic.
  • Animesque: The art style is much like that of Sonic X.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: During the climactic battle, Perfect Nazo expresses his admiration for Sonic and Shadow's Fusion Dance into Hyper Shadic... then pointedly asks how many Rings they have left. Cue a massive Oh, Crap! moment for Hyper Shadic as they realise they can't sustain the transformation for much longer.
  • Art Evolution: Considering the creation of the series took place over several years, it was bound to happen. Chakra X stated he worked on the fight scenes first, and at some points (especially in part 2) it can show. However, episode three began work sometime after episodes one or two were done, and the contrast is quite impressive. Compare the rather stiff flash based movements of episodes one and two to the incredibly fluent episode three, which can give even hand drawn animation a run for it's money.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The series uses some of the songs from the Sonic games to emphasize the action. "Open Your Heart", "Live and Learn", and "His World", are just some of the tracks used to intensify the action on-screen.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Shadic. Strong enough to take out pretty much anything in the official canon with ease. However, the unification requires an amount of chaos energy to be present that can only be supplied by the Super Emeralds, and because of this, his default state is Hyper form and when his rings run out, he separates. On top of that, since he's both in Hyper form as well as two hedgehogs in one, he burns far more rings per second than a standard Super formnote .
  • Ax-Crazy: Nazo. He obliterated the city where one of the Chaos Emeralds was stored, just because he could.
  • Back from the Dead: Tails, thanks to Knuckles reviving him.
    • Averted: Perfect Nazo was still alive after taking a full-on blast from Hyper Shadic. Hyper Shadic then puts an end to him before he can do anything else.
  • Badass Boast: Nazo delivers two excellent ones, one before achieving his Perfect form and another just after powering up even further.
    Nazo: You Are Too Late, Sonic! I have all the Emeralds at the altar! With these Emeralds, I will annihilate this planet! I am pure Chaos! [Dramatic Thunder] With the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald, I will go beyond the strength of a god! Perfect Chaos is nothing compared to me! Sonic... Shadow... everyone and everything you know is now coming to an end. Witness the raw power... of Chaos!
    Perfect Nazo: Understand this — Shadic, Tails, Knuckles — all of you combined could not match the amount of energy which I now possess. Although you have always been faster than me, Shadic, your speed will mean nothing when I destroy this planet.
  • Bash Brothers: Super Sonic and Super Shadow, who take down Nazo working together.
  • Beam-O-War: Hyper Shadic engages in one against Perfect Nazo's giant Energy Ball. Nazo then adds more energy to it, increasing its size and Shadic starts to lose. Only with Hyper Knuckles and Hyper Tails' assistance does Shadic win.
  • Big Bad: Nazo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several times, but the one that especially stands out is in the aforementioned Beam-O-War. Knuckles and Tails finally transform into their Hyper and Super forms and provide the distraction for Shadic to win.
  • Big "NO!": Sonic, when Tails is killed by Nazo.
    • Perfect Nazo also gets one when Hyper Shadic takes the negative energy he absorbed from the Super Emeralds and uses them to transform.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Hyper Shadic apparently blasts Perfect Nazo into a void beyond space, Hyper Shadic then pulls out the extra energy that made Nazo perfect, turning him normal, then blasts him away.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Super Sonic, Super Shadow, (Perfect) Nazo and Hyper Shadic all do this.
  • Classic Villain: Nazo, who fits the mold of a Pride villain.
  • Color-Coded Time Stop : Perfect Nazo's Perfect Chaos Control creates this aura, and even uses this against Super Shadow's normal Chaos Control.
    • Eventually, Hyper Shadic uses a Hyper Chaos Control to equal Perfect Nazo's, resulting in a brawl within a time stop.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Hyper Shadic powers up his Billion Ring Chaos Wind by absorbing the rings throughout the world. Sonic's friends and rivals, as well as Mario and Luigi, help by raising their rings skyward.
  • Continuity Cameo: Team Rose, the rest of Team Dark, Team Chaotix, Dr. Eggman, and Metal Sonic, all make brief non-speaking appearances (though Amy gets in a singular distressed "Sonic!" when she sees the pillar of light emanating from Angel Island). Though Eggman does give a hearty Evil Laugh in The Stinger.
  • Continuity Porn: Despite taking a lot from Dragon Ball Z, the series still roots itself firmly into the games' canon. Chakra-X even identifies which moves originate from the games in the HD Director's Cut.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Anyone in anything short of Super Mode that engaged Nazo winds up on the receiving end of one of these. Nazo himself getting punched out by Dark Sonic somewhat qualifies as well.
    • After Nazo goes "Perfect", even the Super Modes get curb-stomped, and so they have to take it up to Hyper Mode Fusion Dance instead.
  • De-power: In the end, Shadic uses the Super Emeralds on the weakened Hyper Nazo to steal back the excess negative energy he stole to recharge the gems, then further drains out the energy he used to achieve his Perfect form before finally blasting Nazo into oblivion.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Before Perfect Nazo (who is said to be more powerful than the God of Destruction Perfect Chaos) destroys the Earth with a Chaos energy blast, Hyper Shadic kicks him in the face so hard that he flies right through and into a rock.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: The heroes are infuriated to learn that Nazo's callous motives for destroying the earth are to shatter the Master Emerald purely out of jealousy of its unlimited power.
  • Driven by Envy: Nazo's reason for wanting to destroy the Earth is that he's envious of the fact that the Master Emerald will always be more powerful than him, and plans on destroying Earth with the Master Emerald on it so that its shards will be scattered across space with no way to reunite them.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Nazo's ultimate goal, at least as far as the Earth is concerned. He can't stand the thought of always being second best to the Master Emerald, so he intends to blow the Earth and everything on it to bits in an attempt to destroy the Emerald.
  • Energy Being: Nazo is made of Chaos Energy.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: Admittedly, people with epilepsy should be wary of the Shadic introduction bit of part three. Because of the setup, there are a lot of rapidly flashing lights courtesy of Sonic and Shadow's hyper forms and Sonic and Shadow's voice clips are overplayed three times as a result of Power Echoes. The end result is a bit that can be rather overwhelming on the senses. Even people who don't have epilepsy have reported getting mild headaches at this part.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Sonic and Shadow's Hyper forms constantly shift colors, and Hyper Shadic's Battle Aura is the rapidly shifting colors of the seven Super Emeralds, which resembles a rainbow. At least until he powers up to the max, upon which it becomes pure white.
  • Evil Is Petty: Nazo's wants to destroy the Master Emerald because no matter how much energy he absorbs it will always be more powerful than him and he hates being "subordinate to a rock". If the entire planet has to be destroyed, so be it.
  • Evil Laugh: Shadow laughs evilly before he rises from the ground after being knocked down by Nazo.
    • Nazo also delivers an evil laugh as he transforms into his perfect form.
    • Shadow gets another evil laugh when he removes his inhibitor rings on Angel Island to transform.
    • Eggman gives a hearty one in The Stinger.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: The noticeable change in Nazo's voice after transforming into his Perfect form, went from a smooth sounding tenor to a slightly high-pitched but hoarse voice that sounds almost similar to that of Imperfect Cell.
  • Expy:
  • Facepalm: Sonic does this in response to Shadow pointing a gun at Nazo.
    Sonic: [in his mind] You must be kidding!
  • Fan Edit: Four remakes featuring background music (as well as higher quality voice clips and SFX) from the English and Japanese versions of Dragon Ball Z as well as Dragon Ball Z Kai have been released. Take your pick:
    • Shunsuke Kikuchi Remake (music used in the original Japanese version Dragon Ball Z)
    • Bruce Faulconer Remake (music used in Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Z)
    • Kenji Yamamoto Remake (music used in Dragon Ball Z Kai)
    • Remix by HerotonVA. It includes actual voice-acting, improved lip-syncing, new animation, a new soundtrack and a new after-credits scene.
  • Fan Sequel: The Return of Nazo, made by Sunshinethefox, and approved by Chakra-X. Unfortunately, it reached Dead Fic status after only one part.invoked
  • Fake Shemp: Every character's dialogue except for Nazo's is made up of recycled sound clips from various games, up to Shadow the Hedgehog. The sentences are strung together to somehow form a narrative. While it can sound silly at times and is very noticeable, it sounds surprisingly, if mostly, professional.
  • Fighting Series: With this animation being modeled after Dragon Ball Z, its conflicts are solved with fisticuffs.
  • For the Evulz: Nazo destroys an entire city with a smile on his face, just because he could.
  • Fragile Speedster: Base Sonic lasts quite a while against Nazo's attacks just because he's so fast Nazo can't keep track of him. Nazo levels the playing field with Chaos Control though, and after one good hit Sonic is down for the count.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the sequence where Hyper Shadic draws in rings for the Billion Ring Chaos Wind, Mario and Luigi are briefly seen as those who are contributing their rings to the attack.
  • Fusion Dance: Sonic and Shadow, after assuming their Hyper Modes, Chaos Control into the same place to become Hyper Shadic.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Shadow's eyes glow red when he's starting to get pissed.
  • A God Am I: Nazo calls his eventual Perfect Nazo form more powerful than a god, specifically citing the God of Destruction Perfect Chaos as being "nothing" in comparison.
  • Handshake Substitute: Sonic and Shadow does the fist bump after defeating Nazo in stage 2. Then in the end, Sonic and Knuckles does this after the defeat of Perfect Nazo.
  • Healing Factor: Nazo, as a being of Chaos energy, isn't burdened by the limits of biological regeneration and, when given a moment, is able to heal from almost any damage. This is primarily why he was able to survive against both Super Sonic and Super Shadow, who could match and surpass him in a straight fight, but eventually run out of stamina or rings, as well as why Dark Super Sonic (despite being more powerful than his Base) couldn't kill him with just physical blows alone. It ups in power once he goes Perfect and Hyper, to the point that even Hyper Shadic's final energy beam that destroys his planet-busting attack and blasts him into space isn't quite enough to finish him. Nazo only goes down permanently when Shadic rips out the negative energy that made Nazo perfect and then blasts his Base form into nothing.
  • Healing Hands: Knuckles transfers rings to Tails to revive him. Visually, it looks very Dende-esque.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sonic undergoes one after Nazo kills Tails. Sonic then assumes his "Dark Super Sonic" form to beat Nazo down.
  • Heroic Resolve: Sonic and Shadow do their hyper fusion after they get knocked out by Perfect Nazo and after thinking about their friends and remembering Tikal's prayer to the Master Emerald
  • Ki Manipulation: Or Chaos energy attacks if you prefer. Nazo is literally made of the stuff and displays a wider variety of, and heavier reliance on, Chaos techniques than any of the protagonists.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Tails at Nazo's hands, though it's more like killed mid-word (as he was saying Sonic's name).
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Shadow removes his Power Limiter rings in order to perform a Chaos Blast to take Perfect Nazo down. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, and the effort wears Shadow out and leaves him vulnerable to an attack from Nazo.
  • Ironic Echo: After Shadow's Chaos Blast fails to harm Perfect Nazo, Nazo tells a shocked Shadow "I am the ultimate life form!"
  • It's All About Me: Nazo explains that since he's made of Chaos Energy, it makes him continuously hungry for more and more energy. He also plans to destroy the world in order to destroy the Master Emerald, since his Pride dictates that he can't be inferior to an inanimate object.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Shadow says a quote to Sonic from Sonic Adventure 2, stating that he came for the Chaos Emeralds, and not because he saved him from Nazo's attack.
  • Made of Evil: Nazo, who is made of the excess negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Meteor Move: As part of the Dragon Ball Z homages, this is used a lot.
  • Mighty Glacier: Nazo himself. While he's not actually that slow, he noticeably never displays the same level of speed as either Sonic or Shadow to the point that he couldn't even land an attack on Base Sonic without resorting to Chaos Control. In return however he's strong enough to effortlessly knock out Knuckles with one blow, match blows with Sonic and Shadow in their Super forms while only being in Base form himself and has a Healing Factor that allows him to recover from almost anything. Even after Perfect Nazo absorbs the negative energy of the Super Emeralds to achieve his own Hyper form he admits that Hyper Shadic is probably still his superior in pure speed.
  • Motive Rant: After Perfect Nazo absorbs the power of the Super Emeralds, he decides to give Shadic, Tails, and Knuckles an explanation of his plans and his motive before he destroys the world. Justified, since he's now significantly more powerful than even Hyper Shadic, and as he points out, Shadic has a very strict time limit in the form of rings while Nazo is self-sustaining.
  • Mr. Exposition: See Motive Rant above.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Subverted when Knuckles uses his Healing Hands on Tails. While there are no canon materials that even hint Knuckles can heal people on his own, it's revealed in the DX edition notes that all Knuckles was really doing was transferring rings to Tails to heal him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Transforming the Chaos Emeralds into Super Emeralds allows Sonic and Shadow to access their Hyper forms and perform a Fusion Dance to create Hyper Shadic. By all appearances, the heroes now have Perfect Nazo on the ropes... until he reveals that transforming the Chaos Emeralds into Super Emeralds, something Nazo points out he himself can't do, also amplified the negative energy within them and giving Nazo the means to become even more powerful.
    • Nazo's entire existence is the result of this. Every time the heroes used the power of the Master and Chaos Emeralds, negative energy was generated until it became Nazo.
  • No Sympathy: Shadow picks up Sonic, who was attacked by Perfect Nazo's energy blast, and then tells him his weakness disgusts him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Shadow gets this when his strongest Chaos Blast doesn't work on Perfect Nazo. Hyper Shadic gets one when Perfect Nazo reminds him that he has a time limit. Nazo himself gets this later on when Hyper Shadic is about to kill him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Nazo. He intends to become the most powerful entity in the universe, and is willing to destroy anything and everything in order to collect energy to achieve this.
  • Only Works Once: The news and military don't mistake Nazo for Sonic, as they had learned their lesson in making assumptions from Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Nazo's Establishing Character Moment has him blow up downtown Metropolis with a chaos attack. Sonic and Shadow in their Super forms are capable of similar destruction.
  • Pillar of Light: Super Sonic generates one during his transformation. Super Shadow finishes his Chaos attack beat-down on Nazo with a Chaos Spear that detonates as one. Hyper Shadic emerges from Sonic and Shadow's Fusion Dance in a multicolored one. As per the Rule of Cool, it gets used a lot in this series.
  • Power-Up Full Color Change: Nazo's fur changes from silver to red when he becomes Perfect Nazo.
  • Precision F-Strike: Sonic and Knuckles both use the word "bastard", generated by editing words together.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • Shadow delivers one before transforming into Super Shadow to give Nazo a beatdown.
      Shadow: I told you, didn't I? I am the Ultimate Life Form, Shadow the Hedgehog!
    • He delivers another later on, before he launches a barrage of Chaos attacks on Nazo.
      Super Shadow: You're going straight to hell!
    • Both Super Sonic and Super Shadow deliver one before they attack Nazo with their Light Speed Attacks.
      Super Sonic: Check out my speed now!
      Super Shadow: Just watch this!
  • Punch Catch: Dark Sonic catches one of Nazo's punches and counters with a punch one of his own.
    • Perfect Nazo even catches Super Sonic's spin dash.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Perfect Nazo's Battle Aura is dark purple with black mixed in.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Perfect Nazo, who is dark red, wears black boots and even more powerful than "normal" Nazo.
  • Rivals Team Up: Sonic and Shadow, especially in their super forms.
  • Rotoscoping: On the annotations for the HD Director's cut, Chakra-X admits to tracing over scenes from Sonic X and Dragon Ball Z, admitting at its laziness.
  • Satanic Archetype: Nazo is driven by an insatiable urge to gain an utmost amount of power, and wanted to become the most supreme force in the cosmos. He's also entirely composed of negative energy and uses said energy to either destroy anyone who opposes him or to augment his power even further. He's highly envious of the Master Emerald itself (created by gods) since it contains a limitless source of power that he desperately craves for. His Perfect form also deserves mention, as his red color along with the evil looking spikes protruding from him as well as his Chaos energy attacks being changed to a black and purple color, makes him look like the Sonic equivalent of a hedgehog devil.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The Stinger of part 3 has Eggman laughing to himself as he finds one of Nazo's rings. Directly after this in DX, an annotation pops up and hints at what a sequel would be like. Unfortunately, Chakra-X said that he didn't want to follow up on this hook.
    • He later would express interest in creating a sequel, with the first teaser revealed in February 2016. The first part of the sequel wouldn't get released until much later, premiering on December 27, 2023.
  • Shout-Out: The fight scenes are styled very similarly to those of Dragon Ball Z. Chakra-X justifies this saying that Sonic's creators admitted to using Dragon Ball Z as inspiration for the series; Chakra-X just takes the references up a notch.
    • The final beam struggle between Hyper Shadic and Hyper Nazo is modeled after a similar one seen in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming, where it is a giant beam (Hyper Shadic's Billion Ring Chaos Wind) vs. a giant ball of energy (Nazo's Master Breaker), Chakra-X stating as such in the annotations of the Director's Cut. It even has a moment where Nazo fires a number of smaller energy balls to power up his own attack, only to be attacked and distracted by the heroes, which gives Shadic an opening to penetrate through Nazo's Master Breaker.
    • The Billion Ring Chaos Wind attack draws inspiration from Vegeta's Final Flash in terms of attack posing, along with how characters would give their energy to the heroes, similar to the Spirit Bomb, though Chakra-X has said the comparison to the latter attack wasn't intentional.
  • Smug Super:
    • Nazo. He is so cocky and self-assured that he actually gets shocked whenever Sonic and Shadow manage to overpower him.
    • Shadow himself is a bit proud and cocky, due to being the Ultimate Life Form.
  • The Sociopath: Nazo is a cruel being who kills and destroys for power and because he can.
  • Speed Blitz: Super Sonic and Super Shadow engage Nazo in a super-powered Light Speed Attack, in which the two finally defeat him. They don't have the raw power to finish the job, though, and he opts to just lay low while they celebrate.
  • The Stoic: Shadow, Nazo and Knuckles.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Downplayed. In his base form, Nazo rarely spoke more than a few words but upon attaining his perfect form, he becomes more talkative and starts boasting about his powers.
  • Super Mode: Used very liberally in this series.
    • First, there's Dark Super Sonic from Sonic X, seen in part 1, after Sonic witnesses Tails being murdered by Nazo and he channels the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds into himself.
    • Using the power of the seven emeralds, Sonic and Shadow are able to transform into Super Sonic and Super Shadow in part 2.
    • In part 3, this is where the various stages of super forms roll out of the woodwork. Nazo, using the seven Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald in Angel Island's altar, assumes a dark red form called Perfect Nazo. Sonic and Shadow then transform into their Hyper Forms thanks to the Super Emeralds right before they Fusion Dance into Shadic, then Perfect Nazo absorbs the new storage of negative energy from the Super Emeralds to reach his own Hyper Mode. During the last beam clash between Hyper Nazo and Hyper Shadic, Knuckles and Tails become Hyper Knuckles and Hyper Tails to assist Hyper Shadic defeating Nazo. Finally, Shadic takes back the negative energy Perfect Nazo used to reach Hyper form and uses the revitalized Super Emeralds to become Full Power Hyper Shadic in order to finish Nazo off for good.
  • Superpowered Evil Side:
    • Once Nazo induces a Heroic BSoD in Sonic by killing Tails, Sonic goes into his "Dark Super Sonic" form from Sonic X. Sonic then calms down to his base form and uses the seven Chaos Emeralds to transform into his Golden Super Mode. This dark state is said to be physically stronger than Nazo or Super Sonic by a fair margin, but, in addition to the altered personality, it's fueled entirely by negative chaos energy so it wouldn't be able to do much more than toss Nazo around as it fuels him too.
    • Shadow also augments his Super Form by removing his Power Limiter rings and tapping into Dark Chaos power as an act of desperation against Perfect Nazo in order to use Chaos Blast. It unfortunately doesn't make Nazo flinch.
  • Super-Strength: As in canon, Knuckles is by far the physically strongest of the main characters. In his base form he's able to damage Nazo with brute force alone, something that Sonic and Shadow needed their Golden Super Modes to do. At the climax, in his own Super ModeNote  and with a boost from Tails, he can manage to hurt Hyper Nazo, who is much stronger than even Hyper Shadic at that point.
  • Take That!: Word of God says that the scene with Shadow pointing a gun at Nazo's head and Sonic facepalming in response was one to his game.invoked
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Deconstructed. While fighting Hyper Shadic, Perfect Nazo has a tendency of monologuing and giving false Villain Respect. However, this is all a ploy to stall Hyper Shadic and cause his rings to run out, knocking him out of his transformation.
  • Teleportation: Shadow and Nazo use Chaos Control teleportation frequently. Perfect Nazo has the more powerful Perfect Chaos Control, allowing him to move and perceive so fast that Super Shadow using Chaos Control is barely moving by comparison. Later, Hyper Shadic's Hyper Chaos Control is able to match it point for point.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Nazo exclaims "Impossible!" after Dark Sonic deflects his Chaos energy blast.
    • After No Selling Super Sonic and Super Shadow's attacks, Perfect Nazo is completely assured of his invincibility and considers the newly-created Hyper Shadic to be beneath notice. Then Shadic kicks him in the face and sends him flying away into rock, with Perfect Nazo painfully dragging himself out and thinking "this is impossible..."
    • Nazo says something to this effect right before Hyper Shadic blasts him away after taking away the energy that made him Perfect Nazo.
      Nazo: No! You can't be doing this!
  • Updated Re-release: Chakra-X released a YouTube-exclusive update called the "Special Editions" which updated the animation with techniques that he learned later on. He also uploaded an HD Director's Cut that improves the animation further and melds together all three parts as one single movie.
  • Victory by Endurance: Nazo's manages to win his first bout against Super Sonic through this. Although he was overall weaker than Super Sonic, the fight dragged on for too long, causing Sonic to run out of rings and ended up depowering once Nazo managed to land a decisive blow. Later, while Super Shadow was fighting Nazo, Sonic collects 200 rings, 40 of which he gives to Shadow, in order to prevent this from becoming an issue again. Perfect Nazo later points this out when faced with Hyper Shadic, even though he was the weaker of the two he could maintain his Super Mode indefinitely whilst Shadic had a very strict time limit.
  • Voice of the Legion: Shadic, who speaks with both Sonic and Shadow's voices. As a consequence of the two characters' lack of overlapping lines, Shadic doesn't talk much.
  • Wham Line: Combined with Armor-Piercing Question.
    Perfect Nazo: But tell me, Hyper Shadic... how many rings do you have left after that little transformation?
    • Another one comes right after that.
      Perfect Nazo: I also admit, that I admire your ability to turn Chaos Emeralds into Super Emeralds, something even I can't do. However, this also works in my favor... for now, I can absorb the new reservoir of negative energy!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sonic and Knuckles call out Shadow for going too far in trying to use his Chaos Blast to end Nazo.
    Sonic: Shadow! Have you lost your mind?!
    Shadow: [laughs evilly]
    Knuckles: That's going too far!
  • The Worf Barrage: Shadow removes the inhibitor rings from his body while in his Super Mode and uses Chaos Blast in an attempt to deal with Perfect Nazo. It completely drains Shadow of his energy and the light from the blast engulfs the entire island, but it utterly fails to visibly affect Nazo.
  • The Worf Effect: Shown when Nazo fells both Knuckles and Shadow with one blow each, though Shadow could at least evade him and counter Nazo's Chaos attacks. It's noted in the HD Director's Cut that Knuckles' Maximum Heat attack would have done a lot of damage if Nazo didn't K.O. him before it connected.
    • After Nazo absorbs the negative energy from the Chaos and Master Emeralds, achieving his Perfect form, both Super Sonic and Super Shadow (either one of whom are somewhat stronger than base form Nazo) attempt to battle him. Nazo No Sells a punch to the forehead and catches a Spin Attack from Super Sonic, casually backhands a Chaos attack and handily out-speeds Chaos Control from Super Shadow, and survives Super Shadow cutting loose with Chaos Blast with no visible damage.

    The Wrath of Nazo 
  • Art Evolution: While the original trilogy progressively got better and better with each episode, the official sequel takes this up a notch. Just by looking at the official teaser, his artwork has gone leaps and bounds to where it is easily comparable to quality animation on TV today. Helps that Chakra-X had become a professional animator by that time and worked on several official animated series.
  • Art Shift:
    • Knuckles' description of how Eggman tricked him into handing over the Master Emerald is illustrated by a crude crayon-like sequence.
    • When Eggman explains that Chaos Nazo's parts came from Mecha Sonic, a flashback to Mecha Sonic's Transformation Sequence from that game is shown in all its 16-bit glory, to hammer home just how bad of an idea this was.
  • Ascended Extra: Eggman and to a lesser extent, Metal Sonic. In Nazo Unleashed, they only had brief nonverbal cameos, while they have much bigger roles here: Eggman is the chief instigator of the plot and the one who revived Nazo, while Metal Sonic has a brief fight with them.
  • Battleship Raid: The story starts with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles going after the Super Egg Carrier to get back the Master Emerald.
  • Breath Weapon: Chaos Nazo destroys a Metal Nazo of himself using this.
  • Brick Joke: In the beginning of the video, Knuckles explains that Eggman stole the Master Emerald by disguising himself as a jewel-cleaning service. After Team Sonic plus Shadow make it aboard the Super Egg Carrier and Eggman unveils the Master Emerald, Knuckles can't help but note that it does look cleaner.
  • Denser and Wackier: While Chakra-X has said it's still going to have the epic fights the series is known for, he has also said he wants it to have more of a sense of humor to it. This is evident from the opening scene, wherein Knuckles sheepishly admits that Eggman tricked him into handing over the Master Emerald by posing as a jewelry cleaner, complete with cartoonish Art Shift.
  • Enemy Mine: Eggman makes one with Team Sonic and Shadow after Nazo goes rogue, instructing them to go to Angel Island with the Master Emerald to stop him.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Eggman revived Nazo from his remains after Sonic and Shadow previously obliterated him, intending to use him as a vessel to power his Super Egg Carrier as well as his Metal Nazos; he even planted a device to his heart that allows him to reign in him whenever he steps out of line. Unfortunately for the doctor, he never expected Nazo to absorb the stolen Master Emerald's energy to power himself up and seemingly bypass this, and he is eviscerated by Chaos Nazo's Chaotic Blast after attempting to stop him directly.
  • Evil Knockoff: Eggman created robotic versions of Nazo (aptly named "Metal Nazo") for Sonic and gang to fight when they board the Super Egg Carrier.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: After Nazo absorbs the Master Emerald's power despite Knuckles claiming that it should be impossible for a living creature, Tails asks Eggman about the source of Nazo's cybernetic implants. Eggman casually states that they came from Mecha Sonic before realizing how badly he screwed up.
  • Fan Edit: While the plans for a fully animated sequel weren’t realized, Chakra-X gave his blessing for other animators to fully animate the scenes from the released animatic.
  • Here We Go Again!: Sonic's reaction to Knuckles having the Master Emerald stolen from him once again.
    Sonic: One job! You have one job, Knuckles! [groans] How'd he steal it this time?
  • Living Battery: Nazo has become this to the Super Egg Carrier, and is also used as fuel for the Metal Nazos. It doesn't last long.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Nazo's new "Chaos Nazo" Super Mode is green in color; the same color as the original design for his perfect form used way back in Chakra-X's Power of Nazo flash animation, the original inspiration for Nazo Unleashed proper.
    • Eggman's army of Metal Nazos is very similar to the Archie Comics and Sonic the Comic plot where Sonic had to contend with an army of Metal Sonics.
    • Chaos Nazo references the famous exchange between Metal Sonic and Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, as he brings a Metal Nazo to its knees.
      Chaos Nazo: My power gave you life, and your machines gave me mine... Strange, isn't it?!
    • Eggman says "Get a load of this!" as he attacks Chaos Nazo, only for Nazo to unleash Chaotic Blast. The last thing the doctor says before the attack envelops him is a simple "Yosh."
  • Original Flavor: Compared to the original, The Wrath of Nazo tones down the Dragon Ball Z influence that was used in the original to make it feel more like something from the Sonic games' canon instead. That said, there are still some DBZ-esque fights and influences, such as Nazo's Breath Weapon, modeled after something out of Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: If Knuckles flashback is anything to go by, Eggman used one to steal the Master Emerald from him... Again. Needless to say, Sonic and Tails are less than impressed.
  • Power Nullifier: Using the Master Emerald, Knuckles prevents Chaos Nazo from using Chaos Control to follow after the heroes as they go to Angel Island.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: A pretty simple one for Nazo once he realizes he can now directly draw power from the Master Emerald.
    Nazo: "Hehehe... I'm back."
  • Riding the Bomb: Sonic does this with one of Eggman's Airborne Mooks, using the missile it fired at him to take him out.
  • Scenery Porn: While the original was famous for its animation, the backgrounds usually consisted of generic mountain and desert scenery. The sequel, however, shows just how far Chakra-X has come as an artist, possessing a great amount of depth and variation, easily on par with that of an animated movie.
  • Speed Blitz: While present in the original trilogy too, Chakra-X has stated he wants to put far more emphasis on the Sonic side of things instead of the obvious DBZ-influenced fights of the original, and wants to focus more on Sonic's natural abilities more than energy-blasting, Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs action.
  • Super Mode:
    • Hey, it wouldn't be an official sequel without this trope. In the teaser alone, the trio already collected the Chaos Emeralds before going after the Egg Carrier, and Sonic is more than willing to use them to take out the ships defenses. When Shadow arrives, both he and Sonic enter their Super States to fight off the Metal Nazo army.
    • If the voice acting trailer is also anything to go by, Nazo is also going to get another Super Mode that excels passed his "perfect" form. Nazo himself dubs the form "Chaos Nazo" during Part 1.
  • Vocal Evolution: While the game characters (Sonic, Shadow, Knuckles, Tails) are all voiced by new actors that emulated the contemporary cast heard in the Sonic franchise around the mid-to-late-2010s and early 2020s, Nazo's original voice actor, Edwyn Tiong, reprises his role. His voice for Nazo in Nazo Unleashed was a smooth tenor, though a bit unrefined and rough in places. Tiong's voice for Nazo in Wrath of Nazo is much clearer and is closer to the actor's natural voice, especially after the years of experience that Tiong had gained over the years. Comparing his performances between Nazo Unleashed and Wrath of Nazo can show how much Nazo's voice has evolved.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Eggman claims that the Metal Nazo badniks are just as strong as the original, and to their credit, one of them does overpower a freshly revived Nazo. But once he absorbs the power of the Master Emerald and becomes Chaos Nazo, he easily tears through his robotic doppelgängers.
    • Super Sonic stood even less of a chance against Chaos Nazo than he did against Perfect Nazo, as he is immediately zapped out of his super form when he attempts to rush him. If Nazo's reaction and words are anything to go by, that wasn't even on purpose due to him not being in control of his powers.

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