- For the character in Sonic X, see Bio Lizard (Sonic X). For the character in the Archie Comics, see Biolizard (Archie).
The Biolizard (バイオリザード Baiorizādo?) is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He was the first Prototype of the Ultimate Life Form (究極生命体プロトタイプ Kyūkyoku Seimeitai Purototaipu?) created by Gerald Robotnik during Project Shadow, but was far too dangerous and flawed. After the final version of the ultimate life form, Shadow the Hedgehog, was created, the Biolizard was encapsulated by GUN, but was later used by Gerald Robotnik as a part of his plan to destroy the earth to avenge his dead granddaughter, Maria Robotnik.
The Biolizard was a colossal and grotesque lizard-like beast, easily over two hundred feet long from the tip of its nose to end tip of its tail, about one hundred feet wide, and about sixty feet tall at the tallest point on its back. It had flame skin with a dark grey underbelly, and possessed a long neck, a flat and almost round torso with gill-like flaps on the sides, and a thick tail. It also had two stubby and thick forelegs, each with three thick toes on a foot inextinguishable from the leg, and four short flippers on the rear. Additionally, it had a large and pale toothless mouth with black lips and four yellow spikes on the lower jaw. On its neck, back, hinder quarters and tail, the Biolizard had yellow patches of skin.
The Biolizard had several robotic parts implants. Its eyes were like gun-turrets and it had a large disk-shaped machinery with a red orb in the middle on its back which was its life support system. It also had several cables on its back and a set of green cables on its jaw joints connecting with its life support system, along with a stump of green cable on its forehead. It also seemed to have vents near the foot of its neck.
The creation of the Biolizard was conceived when "Project Shadow" was launched by the President of the United Federation. This government project, led by Professor Gerald Robotnik, was intended to create an "ultimate life form" for humanity to research immortality with and create an "immortality formula" for war. However, Gerald's own motives for creating this creature was to use the immortality research from the project to develop a cure for a fatal disease afflicting his granddaughter, Maria Robotnik.
The Biolizard was created by Gerald onboard the Space Colony ARK as the first prototype for the ultimate life form and was made in the image of a lizard. At 12:30 A.M. on the 27th of January, the Biolizard was successfully brought to life, with his eternal engine and Chaos Control-inducing organ working normally. However, because the measurements of the experiment were higher than expected, the Biolizard was moved to the Central Dome for further tests.
As he grew, the Biolizard showed many of the researchers' desired traits, including regeneration, restoration, and self-reproduction, but he required a life support system fueled by Chaos Drives to sustain himself. Over time, the Biolizard proved too flawed. Besides having an unexpected and exponentially fast growth rate (growing to be 2,7m long and weighting 350 kg in just a couple of days) that strained his vital organs' control parts, he possessed a mind of a primitive animal, reacted violently to the Chaos Emerald's power, and was too weak to walk at that time. As such, it was required to keep him under observation. Over time, the Biolizard became unruly and hard to control, causing many problems onboard the ARK. In the end, the Biolizard was abandoned when Gerald produced a more advanced being with Black Doom's DNA: Shadow the Hedgehog.
Eventually, the private information about the Biolizard's violence somehow leaked to GUN, supposedly by those on the ARK fearing him, which made the government deem Gerald's work a danger to humanity. When GUN invaded the ARK to eliminate everything related to Project Shadow, the Biolizard was found and encapsulated in the deepest part of the ARK. He did not go down without a fight though, and he destroyed almost the entire group of GUN soldiers before being subdued. When Gerald later tried to destroy Earth to avenge Maria's death by having the ARK collide with the planet once the seven Chaos Emeralds were inserted in the Eclipse Cannon, the Biolizard was retrieved by Gerald and programmed to ensure the ARK would stay on its collision course in case someone would interfere.
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2, the Biolizard had remained in suspended animation for over fifty years until Dr. Eggman initiated Gerald's program that sent the ARK falling towards Earth when trying to use the fully-charged Eclipse Cannon. When Sonic and Knuckles came to Cannon's Core to stop the ARK by deactivating the Chaos Emeralds, the Biolizard awakened and appeared in front of them, blocking their path to the Emeralds. However, Shadow then arrived to keep him at bay. Despite his best attempts, the Biolizard was defeated when Shadow managed to damage his life support system.
After Knuckles stopped the Chaos Emeralds, the Biolizard made a fast recovery and used Chaos Control to teleport outside of the ARK and fused with the space colony itself, becoming the Finalhazard, to keep it on its collision course. Shortly after, he fought both Super Sonic and Super Shadow, but was defeated and destroyed as the ARK entered the atmosphere.
Other game appearances
Shadow the Hedgehog
The Biolizard made an appearance in Shadow the Hedgehog, but only in one of Shadow's flashbacks, when he remembers his apparent death after defeating it. His faint cries can also vaguely be heard in the background of The Doom, which is set at the time the ARK was raided by GUN, probably referencing the battle to contain the Biolizard that went on while Shadow was trying to save Maria.
Sonic Rivals 2
Modern Sonic fights the Biolizard in the Cannon's Core in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations. The boss fight remains somewhat unchanged from his Sonic Adventure 2 appearance except done on a 2D plane. He also seems to have gotten stronger as at times, balls of light can appear in front of Sonic as he runs from the Biolizard's head or tail, which must be jumped or slid under. He also has a new tail slam attack and he chases Sonic as he tries to crush him with his tail.
Unlike Shadow, the Biolizard was more akin to a primitive animal, possessing a low intelligence and learning ability. It was extremely unruly, reckless and hostile, causing so many troubles that the researchers onboard the ARK feared for their lives. It was also sensitive to temperature and humidity changes, and would react violently when possessing the power of the Chaos Emeralds.
Powers and abilities
As the prototype of the ultimate life form, which was aimed to create immortality, the Biolizard has many of the abilities attributed to the desired end-product. However, the various experiments had severely weakened it, and it required a life support system to stay alive.
The Biolizard possessed a regenerative healing factor which let it restore itself quickly whenever it was injured and fully regenerate any lost limbs. It could as well asexually self-reproduce itself by creating pinks eggs seemingly out of nowhere. The surface of the Biolizard's skin was as well designed to absorb all outside attacks. With its life support system aiding it, the Biolizard's skin could resist attacks to such a degree that any blow would just bounce off it, making it virtually invulnerable. Additionally, the Biolizard was noted to possess a strong neck and tail. While it was also not able to walk at one point, it was a very fast crawler, being able to keep up with both Sonic and Shadow's running by crawling.
The Biolizard could project dark energy balls from its mouth and direct them in curved formations. It also had the ability to create a magnetic field, which it could use to either lift opponents helplessly into midair or move and repulse objects, allowing it to turn its eggs into projectiles or arrange them in different formations. The Biolizard was also capable of harnessing chaos energy from the Chaos Emeralds and could perform Chaos Control (through a special organ) which let it warp both time and space.
By merging with the Space Colony ARK at the tip of the Eclipse Cannon, the Biolizard could transform into the Finalizard. In this form, it could harness the energies of both the ARK and the Chaos Emeralds, making it strong enough to fight on par with both Super Sonic and Super Shadow. Additionally, it could fire energy beams, and its magnetokinesis was more refined. However, because its life support system had been demolished, the harsh conditions of space would create vulnerable spots on its body.
The Biolizard's main weakness was its own flawed design. It relied heavily on the power of its life support system, and destroying it would leave it vulnerable. It also appeared to have low stamina, as it would quickly exhaust itself with its attacks.
The Biolizard appears as the preulimate boss in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, and the second boss in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations. During each battle, the player has to evade the the Biolizard's bites, energy balls, tail whips, and egg projectiles until it tires and then attack the life support system on its back to damage it.
In other media
The Biolizard also appears in the anime Sonic X, where it is named the Bio Lizard and its role parallels the one it plays in Sonic Adventure 2. Like in the games, it was created onboard by Professor Gerald, but was sealed away when the military shut down the ARK. Gerald later retrieved it and made it a part of his plan to destroy Earth to avenge Maria's death.
When Gerald's doomsday plans was put into motion by having the Space Colony ARK collide with Earth, the Bio Lizard tried to stop Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies from preventing the plan's completion, but was destroyed by Super Sonic and Super Shadow.
The Biolizard also appeared in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-off comic book series following the Sonic Adventure 2 comic adaption. However it was not until Sonic Universe #2, which retold the story, that the Biolizard made a physical appearance.
Like in the games, the Biolizard was created by Professor Gerald, but was later used by Gerald as a part of his plan to destroy Mobius to avenge Maria's death. When Sonic and Shadow tried to foil Gerald's plans, the Biolizard attempted to make the Space Colony ARK collide with the planet, but was defeated by Super Sonic and Super Shadow.
- It is often assumed that the Biolizard is female (due to the eggs), but this is unlikely because, additionally, Omochao refers to the Biolizard as a "he". The misconception is due to the fact that it appears to reproduce asexually. However asexual reproduction is largely done by species without clear gender differences and in the case of the Biolizard it is most likely that it is hermaphroditic.
- The Biolizard was likely just an example of Gerald's work before Black Doom assisted him, and thus is of little interest to the Black Arms and was not stable because he did not have Black Doom's DNA. However, this is not confirmed.
- It should be noted that after Black Doom transforms into Devil Doom, he has an identical cry to that of Biolizard. Several other Black Arms have similar cries. Also, the Black Annelids, Black Worms, and Death Leeches, have a skin texture very similar to the Biolizard's. This presents the possibility of the Biolizard actually being a Black Arms experiment, but it was simply unsuccessful. As it turns out, Devil Doom and Biolizard's cry is just a reused version of Perfect Chaos' cry.
- When Biolizard summons the pink spheres and later levitates Shadow, the roar used is the same roar used for Perfect Chaos in Sonic Adventure, but with a different pitch. In the 3DS version of Sonic Generations, Biolizard 's roar is now reused from Dark Gaia Phoenix's from Sonic Unleashed.
- The Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2 had glitches in the game that led to unavoidable deaths when fighting the Biolizard (such as landing in the water as opposed to on the platform).
- When playing the Dragon Slayer mission in Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic sometimes mentions the Biolizard. The Earth Dragon, in fact, may be the Arthurian version of the Biolizard due to being so similar in body type, having the same neck, and even a similar roar.
- After defeating the Biolizard in Sonic Generations (3DS), the following cutscene shows Sonic saying he fought it before. Technically, he did not fight the Biolizard in its normal form (it was fought by Shadow) but he did fight it when it transformed into the Finalhazard.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bio Lizard - Trying to clear the stage. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. “When the Biolizard's health is almost depleted, it generates a magnetic field that suspends you. Avoid the airborne spinning eggs and land on its life-support system to attack. Keep moving with the eggs and so you can attack as soon as you land.”
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic Team (May 3, 2002). Sonic Adventure 2. Nintendo GameCube. Sega. Area: Cannon's Core. "Omochao: The surfaces are designed to absorb attacks... it's invincible! As long as he's equipped with that red life support system, he's invincible!"
- ↑ Prof. Gerald Robotnik, Codex, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
- ↑ Sonic Team (February 27, 2004). Sonic Battle. Gameboy Advance. Sega. Area: Gimme Shelter. "Rouge the Bat: He was not interested in researching weapons. He was researching a way to bring happiness and hope to all people. But, he was forced by the government and by the military to use his research for war.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Enterbrain (10 October 2001 ). "５０年前の真実". ソニックアドベンチャー2パーフェクトガイド (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4757706255. Retrieved February 5, 2007.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 File:Biolizard file 2.png