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Shadow the Hedgehog
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Shadow the Hedgehog

Game series

Sonic the Hedgehog

First game

Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)

Created by

Takashi Iizuka

Voiced by (English)

Video Games
David Humphrey
(2001-2004)
Jason Anthony Griffith
(2005-2010)

Kirk Thornton (2010-Present)

Anime
Jason Anthony Griffith
(Sonic X)

Voiced by (Japanese)

Kōji Yusa

Information

Nickname

Shadow, The Ultimate Life Form

Species

Artificially-processed Transgenic Hedgehog with Black Arms DNA (Hedgehog/Black Arms hybrid)

Age

Ageless
Physical Age: 15
Chronological Age: 50+

Likes Maria Robotnik, Rouge the Bat, E-123 Omega,Amy Rose,being left alone, having the Chaos Emeralds in his posession, Professer Gerald Robotnik, GUN, Sonic and freinds (to a degree), Silver the Hedgehog, keeping his promise to Maria (protect Earth and Humanity), protect others, Humans (as long as they respect him and leave him alone), Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, honor Gerald and Maria's memory, Wish, Princess Peach, Toadette, Yawning, Take A Nap, Going To Sleep, Sleeping
Dislikes Dr. Eggman, Sonic and his friends ( to a degree), not having the Chaos Emeralds in his possesion, people with a hyper attitude, Black Doom, The Black Arms, Humans (if they disrespect him and don't leave him alone), failing to protect someone, people who holds against his will, selfish people, anyone who could rival him, thoes who threat mankind,Does Not Want To Wake Up

Skills

Chaos Control, Chaos Spear, Chaos Blast, Super Skating Speed, Super Transformation, Skills with firearms, hand to hand combat

Abillity Type

Speed

Family Black Doom (biological father), Gerald Robotnik (serrogate father), Maria Robotnik (serrogate sister and mother figure), Silver the Hedgehog (illegitimate future son), Black Arms (half -siblings), Biolizard (older half-brother)
Alignment Neutral (considered a hero)

Shadow the Hedgehog is a red and black anthropomorphic hedgehog and an anti-hero of the Sonic series. He is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, an artificially created life form in the design of a male, anthropomorphic hedgehog. He resembles Sonic in many ways, such as how his hover skates propel him at extreme speeds to rival those of Sonic; but he distinguishes himself with greater use of his signature ability to use Chaos Control with Chaos Emeralds. He is Sonic's rival and is the antithesis of Sonic himself in all aspects of his life. He is currently considered the second most popular character in the series, second only to Sonic himself and is voted as a fan-favorite multiple times, especially in recent years. He has been featured in a variety of media, including his own self-titled game and has made cultural impacts. Shadow is an anti-hero of sorts, and easily works together with either Sonic the Hedgehog's group or Dr. Eggman by all means to obtain what he knows to be right.

CreationEdit

Shadow (known as Project Shadow) is the result of Professor Gerald Robotnik's research to create the "Ultimate Life Form". A portion of his DNA, more specifically his blood, is from the Black Arms alien species, making him half hedgehog and half alien. Robotnik created Shadow also to try to cure his grandaughter, Maria Robotnik from NIDS.

Conception and HistoryEdit

The character of Shadow was conceived by Takashi Iizuka, director of Sonic Adventure 2, the game in which Shadow was first introduced. The character was first shown to the public in a game trailer; however, his name was not revealed. GameSpot described what little was shown as an "evil version of Sonic himself - similar in appearance, but with darker skin, more angled eyes, and a fearsome snarl instead of Sonic's trademark grin." Takashi Iizuka said that they maintained the mystery around the character of Shadow the Hedgehog and had wanted to feature him in his own game since he was introduced. After feeling that it would be inappropriate to give Sonic's character a gun as fans had requested in mailings, Yuji Naka believed that by focusing on Shadow for his own game, they could use his different identity from Sonic to build upon the Sonic brand. The character was featured as a guest announcer and performed other promotional work for the game's release during a wrestling show set up by the Japanese league, Pancrase, in December 2005. Shadow's scrapped name was Terios.

Game HistoryEdit

Shadow's debut was in the game Sonic Adventure 2, where it is explained that he was created fifty years prior to the game's events, by Professor Gerald Robotnik, who had been charged with the task of researching a path to immortality, something that he does in the hopes that he could cure his granddaughter, Maria, of the terminal illness "NIDS" (Neuro-Immune Deficiency Syndrome). He created Shadow as "The Ultimate Life Form", a first step towards achieving that goal, but Maria was killed in the aftermath. Before she died, she ejected Shadow towards Earth in an escape pod. Gerald, driven insane by her death, designed a program that would cause the research station, Space Colony ARK, to crash into Earth once all seven Chaos Emeralds were placed inside it. Back on Earth, he modified Shadow's mind so that he would carry out Gerald's plan if he was ever released.


Fifty years later, Shadow was released from suspended animation by Dr. Eggman, grandson of Gerald Robotnik, who sought after Shadow after learning from Gerald's diary that he was the ultimate life form his grandfather had created, hoping to use him to conquer the world. Shadow, under Gerald's programming and enraged at the death of Maria, who was his only friend, tricked Eggman into helping him collect all seven Chaos Emeralds with the help of Rouge the Bat , and in placing them in the ARK, almost allowed it to crash into Earth. Amy Rose managed to trigger his memory of Maria, and the ARK was placed back into orbit using his skill, Chaos Control, using up the last of his energy and sending him falling to Earth, and was presumed dead


In Sonic Heroes, Rouge the Bat discovered Shadow in a stasis tube in Eggman's secret base. Suffering from amnesia and unable to remember anything except his name and brief images of Maria's death, Shadow joined forces with Rouge and E-123 Omega in order to track down Eggman; after defeating the final Eggman robot, Rouge stumbled into a room full of what appeared to be Shadow clones, and deduced that Shadow was also a clone. Omega walked in, and after a brief explanation from Rouge, stated that the original Shadow must exist, and began to search for him. They then went on to fight Metal Sonic with the others.


In Sonic Battle, Rouge saves Shadow while they are investigating Dr. Eggman's secret base. Believing that he is a weapon, he insists the people of Earth must destroy him, but it is revealed that he ultimately has the heart and soul of Maria Robotnik and so he is not the enemy of humanity. In one of Gerald Robotnik's journal entries, he mentions that "Project Shadow" was put on hold because of Project Gizoid.


In Shadow the Hedgehog (game), Shadow, still with no memory of his past, meets the Black Arms and Black Doom, who seems to know Shadow. Throughout the game, Shadow has constant flashbacks of his past. Black Doom also baits Shadow with the knowledge of his past, while Eggman tells him that he is simply an android created by Eggman to mimic the real Shadow. In the final story, Black Doom reveals to him that while working on his immortality project, Gerald Robotnik contacted Black Doom and made a deal with him; if Black Doom helped him with his research, Gerald would deliver the seven Chaos Emeralds to him in fifty years' time. Using his own blood, Black Doom helped Gerald create Shadow, an immortal life form that would both help with Gerald's research, and who would collect the Chaos Emeralds for Black Doom in the future. However, once Gerald learned of Black Doom's plot to take over the world, he created the Eclipse Cannon as a means to destroy the Black Comet, and left it up to Shadow to stop the Black Arms. While fighting Black Doom, Shadow also learned from Eggman that he in fact not an android, but the original Shadow, whom Eggman had rescued with one of his robots after Shadow fell from space (Sonic Adventure 2). He destroys both Black Doom and the Black Arms, and accepts a job offer at GUN from the Commander, who previously blamed Shadow for the death of Maria and after that, Shadow becomes mankind's greatest ally. While the game features several alternate endings and certain routes leading to those endings, this ending is generally accepted to be the true outcome of events due that Shadow is considered a hero now.


In the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog video game, Shadow works with Rouge and Omega after confronting Mephiles the Dark, a manipulative darkness spirit created when a time-travel project went haywire. One of Mephiles' goals is to interfere with Shadow's future, but along with Sonic and Silver the Hedgehog, Shadow transforms into Super Shadow and manages to defeat Solaris for good, and Mephiles, as part of Solaris, with it.


Shadow appears in Sonic Rivals as a playable character alongside Sonic, Knuckles, Silver, and Metal Sonic, where he locates and uncovers the truth about Dr. Eggman. He also appears in the sequel, Sonic Rivals 2. He is an unlockable character in the game Sonic Riders, and is a Speed type character, whilst he also appears in the sequel, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. Shadow also appeared in the game Sonic and the Secret Rings, being the first unlockable character for the Party Mode and also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an assist trophy and a sticker, due to his overwhelming popularity and multiple requests from the Smash Bros franchise, it is possible that Shadow would appear as a playable charachter in the next Smash Bros, if it occurs.


Shadow appears in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood , the Sonic RPG game by Bioware. In-game, his screen abilities allow him to Dash and Teleport, and during battles, he can use his Chaos Powers, including Chaos Spear and Chaos Blast, while a new one, Chaos Rift, appears. His three team abilities are with Sonic, Omega, and both Rouge and Omega. In the plot, Shadow appears as he is searching for his friend, E-123 Omega, who has gone missing after Omega began to try and find any of the notorious Dr. Eggman's robots so he could destroy them.


Shadow most recently appears in Sonic and the Black Knight, portrayed as Sir Lancelot, one of the Knights of the Round Table. He is the first of the knights encountered in the game, and the closest to Sonic in terms of gameplay.


Shadow is a playable story line character in the Team Dark storyline of Sonic Free Riders. He stars with Rouge and instead Omega the third member is a generic E-5000 robot picked seemingly random off the street.

CharacteristicsEdit

According to official profiles, Shadow was created long ago by Prof. Gerald Robotnik as the Ultimate Life Form. Sharp witted and seemingly always on the edge, Shadow is described as the dark incarnation and rival of Sonic the Hedgehog. Once he has set himself to a goal, he will do whatever it takes to accomplish it, regardless of any danger. Shadow is also known to be soft spoken and reserved although if he makes a threat, he will carry it out until the end. This is seen in the game Shadow the Hedgehog where he threatens to kill Sonic if the blue hedgehog got in his way. After the trauma of the death of his first and closest friend, Maria Robotnik, Shadow strives to fulfill his purpose and keep the promise he made to her, despite his lack of trust towards mankind, something that he eventually put behind after the events of the game Shadow the Hedgehog. Humans are one of his closest allies now and works together as a team. Although his relationship with Sonic seems to have developed from antagonistic to friendly rivalry, animosity from not understanding their different mindsets continues.


Shadow is known to be extremely protective. He always fear for his team's safety. He also is ashamed when ever he fails to protect some one, especially failing to protect a human. In recent Sonic games such as the DS version of Sonic Colors he is known to watch over Sonic and Tailes to make sure they are alright. This mainly haves to do with his promise to Maria, to protect every living being on Earth and befriend them.Amy and him have a small bond together in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle they interacted two times once when Amy mistaken him for Sonic and the secound time on the Space Colony ARK when Amy saw Shadow's tear which means Amy is the only person to see him shead a tear then he said he would keep his promise to Maria and her


Shadow is ageless and immortal. However, Shadow shares a lot in common with Sonic. Although Sonic's speed is described as "second to none," Shadow can skate at speeds fast enough to rival the speeds of Sonic's running. He can also perform spin attacks common to Sonic, which are a variation on the tendency for hedgehogs to roll into tight balls for protection. Additionally, with the power of a Chaos Emerald, Shadow can warp time and space with Chaos Control.Shadow is also able to use a variety of other Chaos powers, such as "Chaos Spear" and "Chaos Blast". New ones are being introduced and though of such as the "Chaos Lance" and "Chaos Rift."


By harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Shadow is able to use super transformation to transform into Super Shadow. He is bestowed with the new abilities of flight and near invulnerability, like Super Sonic, and his normal abilities of speed and his Chaos powers are greatly enhanced, and (as seen in Sonic '06), he becomes rather cocky.


Despite his natural killer instinct, dark personality, and mental illness, Shadow is considered a hero. He does do good deeds such as protecting mankind, thoes who are innocent, and helpless people. For example in the game Shadow the Hedgehog when the comet was about to hit Earth he came to push it back to space by useing Chaos Control and made the ARK destroy the comet. He also nearly gave his life to save the planet in the end of Sonic Adventure 2. So Shadow is what you would call a Anti-Hero, a charachter with a evil-like personality but has a good heart and a caring soul and Shadow is one of the best examples.

Other appearancesEdit

Sonic XEdit

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Shadow the Hedgehog from the TV series Sonic X

Shadow also appears on the anime Sonic X voiced by his game voice actor in Japan and by Jason Anthony Griffith (who also voices Sonic) in the English version. Although his character has little difference from the games, the series is the first to introduce Shadow's ability to increase the powers he draws from the Chaos Emeralds when he removes the rings on his wrists, but he loses power after a short time. Shadow is only featured briefly in the opening sequence during Season 2, but does not appear until Episodes 32 through 38, which are based on Sonic Adventure 2. However, it was Chris Thorndyke who reminded Shadow of his true promise from Maria, instead of Amy Rose, like in the games. Afterward, he makes short appearances in flashbacks, but he makes his true return in Season 3 Episode 60, “The Return of Shadow”. During this season, Shadow had no clear memory of his mysterious past. Only a fragment of his memory returns when he meets Molly, who reminds him of Maria. In the Japanese version, Molly is killed and Shadow is seen putting a flower on her makeshift grave. In the English version, however, Molly is last seen flying off into the clouds. At the end of the season, he appears to sacrifice himself again to warp away the explosive seed of the defeated Metarex, but is hinted to be alive. This is Shadow's only appearance in a Sonic TV series so far.


Sonic the Hedgehog (comic)Edit

Shadow also appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. His origin is similar to that in the games in that he was created by Gerald Robotnik to stand against the threat of Black Doom and the Black Arms. He debuted in an adaptation of the game Sonic Adventure 2, with a few changes to accommodate the Archie version of Mobius/Earth. However, instead of the events of Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow later reappears explaining he was rescued by the alien race called the Bem to combat the Xorda.


Shadow often works alone to achieve his goal, which is to discover the truth about his mysterious history. He has at times allied with Sonic and the Freedom Fighters to fight greater evils, like the Xorda,
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Shadow in Sonic Universe Issue #1

and he has been known to work either for or against Dr. Robotnik depending on the circumstances. Often, he will side with whomever he believes will bring him closer to the truth. This search has led him to interact with various other characters, including the robot Isaac, Brotherhood of Guardians member Locke, and various versions of Metal Sonic. Hope is one of the few living beings to show compassion towards him besides Maria, and also bears a striking resemblance to her (enough so that he nearly mistook Hope for Maria at one point). After discovering and resolving to fulfill his creator's wish to protect Mobius from the return of the Black Arms, Shadow joined the Guardian Units of Nations, or G.U.N.


Shadow's abilities in the comics are similar to those in the games, but this version can directly access the "Chaos Force" and does not require a Chaos Emerald for any of his Chaos powers. The Chaos Force (also referred to as "The Power of Chaos") is a mystical energy field that serves as a wellspring for all Chaos powers of which Shadow is the first known to be able to harness outside of the Brotherhood of Guardians. When he removes the "inhibitor rings" from his wrists, his Chaos powers are greatly enhanced.


Shadow's most recent appearance was in issue #195,#196 where he uses Chaos Control to warp into Moebius (the Anti-Mobius) and gets drawn into a massive battle against Scourge the Hedgehog. During the battle, Shadow and Metal Sonic warp into the Sonic X universe, as featured in the sub-series' final issue (#40). The upcoming Sonic Universe sub-series will also explore more of Shadow's multi-dimensional encounters.


Shadow AndroidsEdit

Shadow Androids are robots based on Shadow that first appeared in Sonic Heroes, though it was never actually stated to be such. Instead, one Team Dark cutscene showed a broken Shadow robot, and another one showed an entire room of Androids in stasis, which affected the story in a way, making several characters believe Shadow was a robot. The Shadow Androids reappeared in Shadow the Hedgehog as somewhat strong enemy robots on the single-player mode's "Iron Jungle" and "Lava Shelter" stages, along with the "Iron Jungle" boss. These androids can counter Shadow's Homing Attacks, or lock-on to Shadow and toss rockets at him, which they seem to use more often than the Homing Attack. At the last Team Dark cutscene of Sonic Heroes, when Rouge finds the multiple Shadow androids, she suspects that Shadow is an android, but Omega says that the real Shadow exists, as there is no way anyone could make Shadow androids without the real Shadow. While Shadow is facing Black Doom in his Devil Doom form, Eggman says that he used a robot to rescue Shadow as or after he fell from the Space Colony ARK in Sonic Adventure 2, meaning that while Shadow was in a stasis tube, Eggman was making Shadow androids.


In the multi-player mode of Shadow the Hedgehog, there are six special Shadow Androids. Four of these robots are silver with green, pink, orange, or blue stripes, each wielding either an alien-like machine gun or a bazooka. All of these androids claim to be the "real Shadow", and claim that the others are fakes, and so do the other two Shadow Androids.


ReceptionEdit

Shadow has a large fanbase and is predominantly well received, however he has many controversies behind the media. Shadow was ranked as the 2nd favorite Sonic character only beaten by Sonic the Hedgehog himself in the official Sonic character poll. Game Revolution described his character as a "quintessential anti-Sonic." In a 1UP.com feature about "How Sega Can Save Sonic the Hedgehog," Jeremy Parish wrote that of the "tagalongs" that the series must ditch, Shadow's character was the most in need of it.

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