|This object exists primarily or exclusively within the Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity.|
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
- For the version of this object before the Super Genesis Wave, see Chaos Emerald (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
The Chaos Emeralds are objects that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. They are mysterious magical gemstone of nearly infinite power that come in seven distinct colored varieties: peridot (green), aquamarine (cyan), sapphire (blue), ruby (red), amethyst (purple), topaz (yellow) and diamond (grey). Due to their properties, the Chaos Emeralds have often been the center of conflict across space and time in several different realities.
The Chaos Emeralds have been at the center of many plots by Dr. Eggman. The emeralds have been gathered multiple times and their powers harnessed, having known to have been used to power up the water god Chaos, to power the Eclipse Cannon and numerous other super-weapons usually of Eggman's making. In the majority of these instances, Sonic the Hedgehog and others have foiled these plans by harnessing the emeralds power themselves and becoming their Super States Super forms. The emeralds have sometimes been the sought after by other major threats, such as the Black Arms.
The blue Chaos Emerald was found by one of Dr. Albert W. Wily, who decided to analyze it which brought him into contact with Dr. Eggman. Deciding it was in their best interest to meet, Wily created the Skull Egg Zone with the blue Chaos Emerald for them to meet in. Deciding to join forces in conquering their respective worlds, Eggman and Wily devised the agenda to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds to unleash a "Super Genesis Wave" that would let them reshape their universes to their liking.
Using the blue Chaos Emerald's power inside their Wily Egg, Drs. Eggman and Wily initiate a regular Genesis Wave, reshaping the Prime Zone and the Earth in the year 20XX to their benefits. This Genesis Wave, however, scattered the other Chaos Emeralds across both worlds, leaving the doctors to collect them.
Using the Roboticized Masters, Eggman and Wily collected five of the Chaos Emeralds. At some point afterwards, the Roboticized Masters found the sixth Chaos Emerald inside the National Bank in Mega City. Despite some interference from Mega Man and Proto Man, the Roboticized Masters got the sixth Chaos Emerald to the Wily Egg. Not long after, the last Chaos Emerald was found by Silver Man and Blaze Woman and brought to the Wily Egg as well.
With all seven Emeralds, Drs. Eggman and Wily plugged them into the Genesis Reactor from the Genesis Chamber and had them power it up. At the time where Eggman and Wily had captured Sonic and Mega Man inside the Wily Egg, the Emeralds had finished charging. As the doctors gloated over their impending victory, however, Knuckles and Proto Man attacked. In an attempt to get rid of the duo, the doctors drew power from the Chaos Emeralds and super-charged their Egg-Wily Machine X. Then, just as the Super Genesis Wave was unleashed and rewrote the two universes, Sonic and Mega Man harnessed the seven Chaos Emeralds as well, transforming into Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man, allowing them to defeat the doctors. The two heroes then tried to restore their worlds to normal with Chaos Control, but while Mega Man succeeded without interference, Sonic's attempt was disturbed by an attack by Dr. Eggman.
Shattered World Crisis and Worlds Unite
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where the Chaos Emeralds' original timeline ended.
When the Shattered World Crisis occurred, both Eggman and the New Freedom Fighters learned from the Gaia Manuscripts that the seven Chaos Emeralds could reassemble their shattered planet if they were brought to the Gaia Temples. As such, both the Freedom Fighters and the Egg Army began scouring the planet for them, with both Sally Acorn and Eggman hiring the Chaotix and Hooligans, respectively, to aid them. The Freedom Fighters soon located the purple Emerald in Crystal Cave under guard by the Badnik Horde, but were able to retrieve it while ensuring that the cavern would not be damaged. The red Emerald was found by Chip, who was briefly kidnapped by the Hooligans along with the Emerald, but both were rescued by Knuckles the Echidna and the Chaotix and brought to Angel Island for safekeeping. The Hooligans were subsequently ordered to take part in the Chaos Emerald Championship in Casino Park in order to obtain the green Emerald which Breezie the Hedgehog's crew had found while overseeing some repairs. Meanwhile, Egg Boss Thunderbolt obtained the white Emerald and was instructed by Eggman to use it as bait for the Freedom Fighters.
The Freedom Fighters soon took the bait and fell into Thunderbolt's trap, but were able to recover the white Emerald regardless thanks to Sonic's unexpected transformation into the Sonic the Werehog. Unfortunately, a second trap involving the blue Chaos Emerald saw the Emerald being secured by Eggman's forces, with the Freedom Fighters barely escaping when they tried to steal it. They soon learned that the green Emerald had been put up as a prize for the Chaos Emerald Championship. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman, having learned of the sheer power of Dark Gaia released by the planet's shattering, determined to secure the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples to prevent the planet's restoration so he could collect Dark Gaia's power. The yellow Emerald was then discovered on Isolated Island, its power making the local Lake of Rings produce Red Star Rings, and became contested between a small squad of the Freedom Fighters and a force of Badniks under Phage, though the heroes managed to secure it. The final Chaos Emerald, the cyan one, was found by G.U.N. forces at Crystal Desert Zone, only for Metal Sonic to snag it from the dig site. Luckily, the Freedom Fighters arrived and Sonic managed to take the Emerald back with some help from Silver the Hedgehog after chasing the robot into the Burning Ruin Zone.
The Freedom Fighters and Eggman later pooled all seven Emeralds during the conflict with Sigma, where they were used by Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man to defeat the maverick overlord. However, Xander Payne later reversed these events using one of the Genesis Portals, leaving the Chaos Emeralds divided between Eggman and his foes once again.
Powers and traits
Each emerald contains supposedly unlimited quantities of pure Chaos Energy, a highly powerful form of energy able to warp space and time when properly utilized. Alone, an emerald is able to act as an extremely effective energy resource for machines, empower an individual with magical powers, enhance innate talents, and cause supernatural phenomenon. When all seven emeralds are gathered they have unlimited energy potential and can imbue whoever wields them with a powerful, nigh-invulnerable state.
- Emerald is the name of a specific gem of the beryl variety, a family known for its wide array of possibly colours. "Emerald" is also used in Japan as a generic term for jewels.
- "Chaos" in the English language means disorder and an irregular, unpredictable action that was remarkably sensitive to regular changes in environment, similar to how the Chaos Emeralds in the series act. "Chaos" as used in Greek refers to a large emptiness, or space. "Space" in English came to be a general term meaning both everything outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the placement of objects in relation to one another.
- The colors of the chaos emeralds were chosen based on the three primary colors of light (red, blue, and green), the three secondary colors wich are mixtures of the primary colors (red + blue = purple, blue + green = cyan, and green + red = yellow), and finally grey which is a mixture of all three primary colors (red + blue + green = grey).
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog series
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #63, "The Great Chaos Caper Part One: On The Hunt"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #260, "The Light in the Dark Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #261, "The Light in the Dark Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "The Light in the Dark Part Three"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sonic Universe #64, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Two: The Usual Suspects"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #65, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Three: Chip Off The Ol' Emerald!"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Sonic Universe #66, "The Great Chaos Caper Finale: Water Way ToGo!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #271, "Champions Finale: The One Left Standing"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Consequences"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #264, "Control Part One: Breaking Point"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #265, "Control Part Two: Unleashed"
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #266, "Ambushed! Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #267, "Ambushed! Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #73, "Spark of Life Part Three"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #74, "Spark of Life Part Four"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "A Ray of Hope"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #75, "Fury"
- ↑ Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing the Giant"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #276, "Back in Business"