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Shadow the Hedgehog
Hedgehog\Black Arms\Artificial Life Form
100 cm (3’3)
35 Kg (77lb)
50 (in canonic material it is always marked as “Unknown”, but simple logic tells, that if Black Comet path through planet every 50 years and Shadow was created with Black Doom’s help, at the moment of Shadow the Hedgehog the game Shadow is 50 or almost 50)
Real Name : Shadow the Hedgehog
International Name : Shadow
Species : Hedgehog\Black Arms\Artificial Life Form
Gender : Male
Height : 100 cm (3’3)
Weight : 35 Kg (77lb)
Age : 50 (in canonic material it is always marked as “Unknown”, but simple logic tells, that if Black Comet path through planet every 50 years and Shadow was created with Black Doom’s help, at the moment of Shadow the Hedgehog the game Shadow is 50 or almost 50)
Status : Alive
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Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, Omega)
Team Dark (Shadow, Eggman, Rouge)
Team Dark (Shadow,Rouge,E-10000B(Metal Sonic))
Character Type : Speed
First Appearance : Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Special Ability : Chaos Control
Teams : Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, Omega)
Team Dark (Shadow, Eggman, Rouge)
Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, E-10000B (Metal Sonic))
Classic Version : Doesn’t exists
Transformations : Available
Eye color : Red
Fur : Black-red
Live & Learn [Sonic Adventure 2]
The antipode of Sonic, having the same speed and abilities, however, Shadow is completely different in behavior and has a much different outlook on life. Like Sonic, Shadow despises lies and senseless cruelty and will go to great lengths to prevent injustice, but Shadow is dark, vengeful and often cruel. He is silent and single-minded, always doing whatever it takes to achieve his goal.
Shadow rarely works with anyone, yet he is one of the most loyal friends of all the characters in the Sonic universe. Shadow is willing to destroy the world just for a friend.
Shadow will achieve his goal by any means necessary. While his and Sonic’s goals are often the same, Shadow is much more brutal and radical in achieving them, which gives him a rather dark reputation and makes most characters either fear or hate him.
Although Shadow often talks about himself in a respectful tone, considering himself the strongest and fastest, he has a very troubled past for which he largely blames himself. He considers himself the Ultimate, but is afraid of the darkness within him.
- Super Shadow
- Hero Shadow
[Heroic Chaos Boost]
- Dark Shadow
[Dark Chaos Boost]
- Chaos Boost
[Chaos energy boost]
Immortality, Speed of sound, Flying using Air Shoes, Chaos Control (teleportation), Spin Attack, Spin Jump, Spin Dash, Homing Attack, Light-Speed Dash, Light Speed Attack, Grinding, Brake, Fire Brake, Chaos Spear, Super Shadow form, Black Tornado, Triangle Jump, Chaos Control (time stop), any weapons using, any vehicles driving, Dark Spin Dash, Hero Shadow form, Chaos Control (flying boost), Dark Shadow form, Chaos Blast (around), Chaos Burst, Chaos Snap, Chaos Nightmare, Chaos Magic, Roaming Chaos, Chaos Upper, Chaos Attack, Chaos Boost, Chaos Lance, Chaos Control (time slow), Chaos Blast (targeted), Chaos Rift, Telekinesis, Boost, Stomp.
- Wasting time
- Being referred as “evil”
- Anyone ordering him what to do
Shadow has monstrous strength but tires quickly. In order to limit Shadow’s own energy output, he wears Inhibitor Rings. Also, being infantile (psychologically he is 0 years old) and emotional, Shadow allows himself to be manipulated at times.
- Games Shadow [Canon]
- Shadow Androids [Canon]
- Sir Lancelot [Canon]
- Boom Shadow
- IDW Shadow
- Archie Shadow
A black hedgehog who looks exactly like Sonic.
He is the Ultimate Life Form created by Dr. Eggman’s grandfather, the genius scientist Profesor Gerard. He has been given the ability of “Chaos Control,” which uses the Chaos Emeralds to distort time and space.
He has a dangerous attitude that will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
Many years before the events of the games, mankind was created space research facility – Space Colony Ark. Professor Gerald Robotnik (Doctor Eggman’s grandfather) along with a few dozen researchers worked on the colony on various projects that were dangerous to conduct on the planet. Along with Gerald on the colony lived his granddaughter, Maria. Alas, Maria was terminally ill and Gerald’s strongest wish was to find a way to prolong her potentially short life. Therefore, Gerald began a project to create the Ultimate Life Form, an eternal life with the power to protect humanity from all dangers. Research into immortality in the process would find a cure for Maria’s disease. During the research process, Gerald tried to refine the ancient robot of Nocturnus (Gizoid Emerl), and succeeded, but the Gizoid, being Ultimate, was still more of a robot than a life form. The next step of the project was to mutate the lizard (varanus, probably) into something capable of absorbing Chaos energy. The result was a creature without a mind, unable to exist without a life support machine. Finally, Gerald realized that he was unable to create the Ultimate Life Form himself, so he began to develop an updated project. Project Shadow.
Every 50 years, the Black Comet, home to a race of alien beings called the Black Arms, passed near the planet. Black Arms fed on the energy of living beings, so they wanted to consume all life on the planet. However, the Black Comet could not overcome the atmosphere of the planet, so the Black Arms could not organize a full-scale invasion. And then, Gerald Robotnik contacted Black Doom, the leader of the Black Arms. Gerald proposed a deal – Black Doom helps to create the Ultimate Life Form by providing his biological sample, as an exchange, in 50 years the Ultimate Life Form will have to give Black Doom 7 Chaos Emeralds so that the Black Comet, thanks to teleportation of Chaos Control, can pass through the atmosphere. Black Doom agreed to the deal and so, from his blood, Ultimate Life Form is born.
As an Ultimate Life Form, however, Shadow did not know the reason for his creation. He cherished the dream of being on the planet, for he believed that once he got there, he would understand what he was created for. This was probably what led to Shadow’s close friendship with Maria Robotnik, for she, too, had never been to Earth. Shadow and Maria spent their days together, brightening up the dead blackness of space.
Gerald, however, was not going to keep his promise to Black Doom. He wanted to protect humanity, so he created a weapon capable of piercing stars – the Eclipse Cannon. It is hard to say whether this was the cause of further events, but the suspicious activity on the colony did not go unnoticed. GUN – Guardians Units of Nations decided to close the colony. Therefore, one day, a squad of soldiers raided the colony, killing many explorers and archiving projects. During the raid, Gerald himself was captured and Maria, sacrificing her own life, saved Shadow from the colony by evacuating him in an escape pod. In that moment Shadow was completely helpless, he failed to protect Maria, he will long remember that moment in his nightmares. However, despite Maria’s efforts, Shadow was caught by GUN immediately after falling to Earth and sealed right inside the escape pod. Thus, the Ultimate Life Form went to sleep for a full 50 long years. During this time, Gerald Robotnik, who was held captive by GUN, slowly went insane. After he learned of Maria’s death, hatred slowly but surely devoured his mind. Eventually, surrendering from fighting his own madness, Gerald changed Shadow’s memories and those of the prototype, Biolizard, to the attitude that Maria wanted revenge on mankind. Gerald created a special program that, using the energy of the 7 Chaos Emeralds, would force the colony Ark to fall directly on Earth, causing the death of all life on it.
Fifty years later, in Sonic Adventure 2 (2001), Gerald Robotnik’s grandson, Dr. Ivo Robotnik aka Eggman, learns of the existence of Ultimate Battle Life Form from his grandfather’s diary and covets this power to create Eggman’s Empire. Fighting his way through the GUN base, Eggman finds the sealed Shadow and uses the Emerald to free him from his 50-year sleep. After waking up with his memories already altered, Shadow promises to help Eggman take over the planet and use the Eclipse Cannon to do so. During the mission, the thief Rouge the Bat joins their team and agrees to find the Chaos Emeralds needed to power the weapon in exchange for Eggman’s Emerald Detector. The GUN trying to thwart Shadow also attack Sonic because of the hedgehog’s outward resemblance. Sonic, believing Shadow is deliberately impersonating him, attacks Shadow and they face each other in several skirmishes. In the end, Sonic is saved from death by copying Shadow’s Chaos Control and the two hedgehogs clash in a final battle for the fate of humanity.
After the fight, Eggman manages to install all the Chaos Emeralds in the Eclipse Cannon, but Sonic destroys the Cannon outside the colony. At this point, Gerald’s program is activated and the Ark colony begins to fall to Earth. The heroes along with villains try to stop the fall using Master Emerald, but the Ultimate Life Form prototype, Biolizard, gets in their way.
At this time, Shadow patiently awaits humanity’s demise. Suddenly, Amy Rose tries to talk to him. She tells him that some people are really cruel and indifferent, but many live for their dreams, for better things, that’s why protecting them is the right thing to do, so Shadow should give them a chance. Suddenly, Shadow’s real memories return and he remembers that Maria’s last wish was him to bring hope to humanity. Finally realising his true purpose, with a tear on his eyes, Shadow rushes to help the heroes. Sonic and Shadow use their Super forms to defeat Biolizard’s final form – Finalhazard and teleport Ark back to it’s place. Shadow, completing his promise, gives up and falls to the Earth. Everyone says farewell to Shadow and the memory of his heroic deeds flies through the whole Earth.
In Sonic Heroes (2003) Rouge the Bat sneaks to Eggman’s base to find a treasure but instead finds encapsulated Shadow. She accidentally releases him and suddenly an Eggman’s robot attacks just released Shadow with words “Must destroy all Eggman’s robots”. Rouge stops the fight and talks to both Shadow and robot. While Shadow couldn’t remember anything because of amnesia, the robot, named E-123 Omega was sealed by Eggman in that room with a purpose to protect Shadow. Offended by this attitude, Omega decides to take revenge on Eggman and destroy all his machines. Shadow, Omega and Rouge team up as Team Dark and seek to find Eggman, each from their own motives. Soon, the team finds capsules with the same Shadows inside. Shadow begins to doubt that he is alive and not an android.
In Shadow the Hedgehog (2005), Black Doom, along with the Black Arms, finally arrives on the planet. Black Doom approaches Shadow with a demand to keep the promise made by Gerald. Shadow, unable to remember anything, decides that the 7 Chaos Emeralds are the key to his past. Suffering from amnesia, PTSD and personality disorder, and having done many heroic and villainous deeds, Shadow finally collects the Emeralds and learns from Black Doom about his past. The realization that he was created from the blood of the Black Arms breaks Shadow, and for a time he is in despair. Black Doom, using Chaos Control, teleports the Black Comet to Earth and begins to take over the land. Sonic and the other heroes can’t resist Black Arms because of the paralyzing gas. Shadow finally decides to end his cursed path and challenges Black Doom, but Black Doom uses the blood bond to paralyze Shadow. Suddenly, Team Chaotix, accidentally activates the message Gerald left for Shadow. In it, Gerald explains the reason for creating the Eclipse Cannon. Gerald and Maria give Shadow a message from the past – they believe in him. With renewed vigor, Shadow has finally managed to cope with his paralysis and uses 7 Chaos Emeralds taking Super form to defeat Black Doom. While fighting, Eggman tells Shadow that he is an original one and not an android – Eggman saved Shadow right after he fell on Earth after the fight with Finalhazard. After defeating Black Doom, Shadow destroys Black Comet using the Eclipse Canon and finally saying “sayonara” to his past.
In Sonic Battle (2003) Shadow meets another Ultimate Life Form – Gizoid Emerl and at first wants to destroy him, but after some time, while wandering about what is actually the meaning of being “the Ultimate Life Form”, Shadow decides to help Emerl in finding himself. In the process, Shadow finds strength in his memories of Maria and learns how to use Chaos Control without Emeralds.
After the events of Shadow the Hedgehog (2005), Shadow joins GUN along with Rouge and Omega with a purpose to protect humanity. As a team, Shadow, Rouge and Omega create a close friendship bond to the point when they’re ready to sacrifice themselves for the sake of each other.
In Sonic Rivals (2006) Rouge was kidnapped by a new villain from the future – Eggman Nega and Shadow needs to join forces with Dr. Eggman and another guest from the future – Silver the Hedgehog to save his friend. In the process, Shadow and Silver build friendship based on rivalry and respect. In Sonic Rivals 2 (2007) Shadow faces Eggman Nega again, but this time Metal Sonic was helping on the way. In the process of their adventuring, Shadow and Metal Sonic build a close friendship. Metal Sonic even broke himself with a purpose to save Shadow and himself from a trap.
In Sonic Free Riders (2010) Shadow decides to help Rouge to win a world Race Grand Prix, but to join it they needed a third member, so they took a random robot of Eggmans, which was E-10000B. After winning a Grand Prix and waiting for a prize, E-10000B suddenly exploded and from its shell Metal Sonic appeared. All this time while the races Metal Sonic was collecting the racers data to defeat Sonic in a race, but in the end, even with all that data, Metal Sonic failed in a race with Sonic.
In Sonic Forces (2017) while destroying another Eggman’s base by GUN’s order, Shadow defeats another mercenary squad. The leader of the squad named Jakal cannot take defeat and decides to use Eggman’s help with his invention – Phantom Ruby to become stronger. After learning how to use a Phantom Ruby’s power, Jakal renames himself Infinite and decides to help Eggman to conquer the world. Team Dark, while attacking Eggman by GUN’s order another time, encounters Infinite. Using Phantom Ruby’s power, Infinite shutting down Omega and almost defeats Shadow. After that, Shadow and Rouge joined the resistance and together defeated Eggman and Infinite, in the process repairing Omega.