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For the Mega Man character in Worlds Unite, see Zero.

ZERO, also known as E-100α[4] or E-100 Alpha (E-100 アルファ E-100 Arufa?)[5] is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series who first appeared in Sonic Adventure. It is the prototype model for Dr. Eggman's E-100 series of robots, designating it as the zeroth E-100 unit.[5] During its last mission to recover Chaos Emeralds, ZERO relentlessly pursued Amy Rose for the Chaos Emerald she unknowingly had until it had harassed her to the point of being on the receiving end of Amy's hammer.

Appearance

Unlike the E-100 Series robots, it does not have "E-100" on its body, but instead has an "E" on both sides. Additionally, the headlight on ZERO is on its shoulder, in contrast to the E-100 Series robots in which it is on their mid-section.

History

In Sonic Adventure, ZERO made its debut by chasing a blue Flicky in the possession of a Chaos Emerald that had taken refuge with Amy Rose. ZERO chased Amy around Station Square, Twinkle Park, the Egg Carrier, Hot Shelter, and finally, the Final Egg base in the Mystic Ruins.

When it went back to the Egg Carrier, it saw Amy and the Flicky with the bird's relatives, who were inside E-101 Beta and E-102 Gamma. ZERO then attacked and knocked out the small Flicky with an extending punch. Amy, thinking that ZERO had killed her companion, became furious and attacked ZERO - finally destroying it by knocking it into an electric fence, scrambling its circuits, before smashing the vulnerable circuitry in its head with her hammer, causing him to explode.

Other game appearanes

Sonic Advance 2

ZERO makes a brief appearance in Sonic Advance 2, chasing the player around the Special Stages of the game. In this appearance, it is known as the Robot Guard (ガードロボ Gādorobo?, lit. "Guard Robo"), but otherwise looks identical to its previous appearance. If it hits the player, they will lose ten rings.

Sonic Rivals 2

ZERO appeared in Sonic Rivals 2 as collectible card No. 81. It was unlocked by obtaining the high score in Zone 6 Act 3.

Personality

ZERO pursues its target with a single-minded tenacity, even after birdie's Chaos Emerald had been removed. This also made it possible to trick it, as Amy could hide beneath barrels or around obstacles to elude it. When pushed to the brink, however, it becomes much more aggressive.

Powers and abilities

ZERO differed greatly from the other E-100 robots as it lacked a projectile weapon, mainly relying on locking onto an opponent and launching its fists to attack its foes, making use of a lock-on system and tethered hands. Unlike the standard E-series model, ZERO lacked legs or a Jet Booster, instead relying on a built-in propulsion unit for locomotion, which helped it to move over all possible terrain. It possessed impressive strength, able to smash through walls in pursuit of Amy and generate shockwaves by punching the ground. It also had strong defensive strength, as Amy could only inflict damage by electrocuting it. It also seems to possess an "overdrive" mode after taking a certain amount of damage, where steam begins bellowing from its smokestack-like head, rendering it invulnerable to any sort of blow from the Piko Piko Hammer.

Battle

Amy ends her adventure by battling ZERO at the Egg Carrier's deck as the final (and only) boss of her storyline. A small amount of Rings are spread around the arena for the battle.

Boss guide

The fight's strategy is to knock ZERO into the electric ropes that encircle the arena. When Amy swats ZERO into the hot wires, its body gets an unhealthy jolt, and the top of its green head flips back to reveal a big, blue core. The player must attack this core to deal damage to ZERO, who will then flip back his green top to cover his weak spot.

Arm Punch, the move seen during the Action Stages, is used by ZERO during this battle by first locking onto Amy and then shooting his hands towards her. ZERO also performs the Earthquake Attack. To avoid it, the player has to keep a certain distance between ZERO and Amy to hop over the shockwaves produced. When ZERO is almost finished, it sends an Electric Arm after Amy, which she must skip over to survive. The player must run in the same direction that the rope is turning and jump to avoid it. After landing four hits on his core, ZERO finally explodes, and the player will have cleared Amy's storyline.

Video

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Sonic Adventure DX- Zero -1080 HD-


In other media

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, ZERO chased Amy Rose and a Flicky around Station Square, eventually being destroyed by Amy.

Sonic X

Main article: ZERO (Sonic X)
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ZERO in Sonic X.

ZERO also appeared in the anime series Sonic X, in the Chaos Saga. His role in the series mirrors that of his role in Sonic Adventure.

Trivia

  • Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Similarly, Zero (AKA Alpha) is technically the direct predecessor of the E-100 Series robots.
  • It is never explained as to why ZERO continued to pursue Amy Rose and birdie after having successfully captured them once before. As birdie was no longer carrying a Chaos Emerald, and Eggman would have had no need to re-capture Amy, it is possible ZERO was only capable of following the most basic commands, and never received new orders after completing its original mission.
  • ZERO is not powered by an Animal like its immediate successors, as nothing is seen escaping from its body after its destruction.
  • ZERO, E-105 Zeta (the second form), E-121 Phi and E-123 Omega are the only earlier E-Series robots that do not follow the same basic design as E-101 Beta.
  • On the early Japanese Sonic Adventure website, ZERO is dubbed the "Prototype of the Eggrobo E-Series" (エッグロボEシリーズの試作機?).[4] It is uncertain if this is supposed to be meaning behind the "E" in E-Series, if it was actually intended to be a throwback to Eggrobo, or if this was outdated information by the game's final release.

Gallery

Artwork

Sprites

Screenshots

References

  1. Sonic Adventure online. Amy Rose tactical info: ZERO Attack Patterns. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016.
  2. Sonic Adventure online. Amy Rose tactical info: ZERO Attack Patterns. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016.
  3. Sonic Adventure online. Amy Rose tactical info: ZERO Attack Patterns. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://web.archive.org/web/20030226143545/sonic.dricas.ne.jp/sonicadv/kouryaku/boss/amy_zero_1.html
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Gamma. Sega. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.

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