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Gamma, E-102, Robot with a Soul, Assassin
215 cm (7ft 1in)
825.256 kg (1819.378 lbs)
Flight via Jet Booster, retractable legs, missile launcher on right arm
E-102 "Gamma" is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-off comic series'. It was the third robot of the E-100 Series line created by Dr. Eggman. Although Gamma was created by and made to work under Dr. Eggman, after encountering Amy Rose and her Flicky friend, he ended up abandoning his programming in search of something more. During that search, Gamma began to destroy any other E-100 units he could find, and when he destroyed the last known one, he continued to travel the world and fight the Eggman Empire.
About a year after Gamma's creation, Eggman deemed him too large a threat and ordered Gamma's "brother" E-123 Omega to track down and destroy him. At the same time, Commander Abraham Tower dispatched his top agent Shadow the Hedgehog to find Gamma and recruit him for G.U.N in order to help the failing robot. Shadow managed to locate Gamma, but Omega managed to find the two of them soon afterward. Omega then destroyed Gamma with his weapons after he had managed to get rid of Shadow, but Gamma, as his last act, gave Omega his free will and mission to fight the Eggman Empire, allowing his "soul" to live on in him.
Creation and Early Assignments
Upon awakening for the first time, Gamma began exploring the base he was in, observing two robotic duplicates of Sonic the Hedgehog. Soon afterwards, Dr. Eggman arrived and wanted to examine Gamma's weapon skills, sending him into a training area where he was to destroy dummies of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. Due to his resounding success, Dr. Eggman took an early liking to Gamma, and E-102 was later seen seen assisting in the attack on the Floating Island.
Following this, Gamma was sent to collect a group of emerald shards to help empower the water beast Chaos. Upon his return from completing this task, Gamma was put into competition with his sibling E-100 robots, which were ordered to retrieve a frog who had absorbed Chaos' tail. Gamma proceeded to locate Froggy at Big the Cat's hut, knocking Big over and capturing Froggy. When he returned, Eggman was delighted to see Gamma's success, while the other E-100's had all failed and brought back regular frogs. With Gamma as the victor, Eggman disposed of the other E-100's and assigned Gamma to his next mission.
Encounter with Amy Rose
Gamma's next assignment was to retrieve the Flicky sitting in a prison cell along with Amy Rose on board the Egg Carrier. Although Gamma demanded she hand over the bird, Amy refused. The tone of Amy's voice by contrast to Dr. Eggman's harsh orders enacted Gamma to remember the fate of his brethren and recall the recommissioning that befell them. This caused Gamma to have a revelation, thus he freed Amy and the Flicky.
Gamma had little time to deduce what he'd done before he was called up to the deck to dispose of the trespassing Sonic and Tails. A grueling battle ensued, but Gamma was ultimately defeated by Sonic. Before he could be destroyed however, Amy got between the two and informed Sonic that Gamma had helped her escape. Hearing this, Sonic left the robot alone, and Sonic, Amy and Tails all fled the descending Egg Carrier.
Lone Soldier Against the Eggman Empire
Gamma proceeded to destroy all of the other E-100s at any of Eggman's outposts, including E-101 Beta who had been upgraded. After the last E-100 was destroyed, Gamma continued to travel the world fighting the Eggman Empire and occasionally helping others in secret, such as saving Walt Wallabee of the Downunda Freedom Fighters from a Wing Dingo by blasting it from the shadows.
Attempted Recruitment by G.U.N. and Destruction
As time went on, Gamma began to wear down after going solo for so long. Commander Abraham Tower of G.U.N wished to change that by employing Gamma into G.U.N. and restoring him to his former glory, so he sent agent Shadow the Hedgehog to find Gamma and offer him asylum. But Dr. Eggman also wanted the rogue Gamma found and sent the last of the E-100 Series, E-123 Omega, to destroy Gamma so he couldn't interfere in his showdown with Sonic.
Shadow managed to locate Gamma in the mountains after Gamma attempted to ambush him, but soon realized Shadow was also an enemy of Eggman, and therefore a friend. Gamma agreed to work for G.U.N. and the two were to return to G.U.N HQ via helicopter, but Gamma picked up the signal of a hostile presence and Omega suddenly crashed through the trees towards the duo. Omega quickly subdued Shadow, but Gamma fired at him, making Omega realize that his primary target was present and that he must destroy him. Shadow then told Gamma to run while he distracted Omega. Shadow managed to briefly act as a diversion, but Omega simply captured him in his arm cannon and fired him over the treeline and returned to chasing Gamma.
While retreating, Gamma wiped away his tracks with a branch so Omega couldn't find him, then waited for Omega to show up to ambush him. During this, the two exchanged comments about their mutual strengths and weaknesses through radio signals, and just as Omega walked into his trap, Gamma added "You are a walking arsenal. I am an assassin" while knocking Omega down with three precise shots. Moving to stand beside Omega, Gamma explained that Omega was also right - he was outdated, and the fight against Eggman needed something better than him. Omega accepted this as surrender and planned to give Gamma a "glorious destruction" in some sense of admiration. Gamma replied that he couldn't be completely destroyed, as his soul would remain. Omega mocked this, saying that as robots, they don't have souls. Gamma replied that they can and that he would show him. As Omega prepared to destroy him, Gamma uploaded his free will and programming into Omega and was then eradicated.
The programming uploaded into Omega allowed for Gamma's "soul" and free will to be passed on to the giant robot. With Shadow's encouragement, Omega accepted his offer to join G.U.N. and follow in his "brother's" footsteps by fighting the Eggman Empire and built a grave-marker out of rocks for Gamma.
Like most of Eggman's robots, Gamma had a free will and personality, though unlike over-ambitious models such as the original Metal Sonic, Gamma's leave of duty was usually out of a compassion or remorse for his actions against Sonic and his friends. Gamma was renowned for gaining his sentience and more or less being the first to portray the thoughts of an average Eggman robot. However, given his mindless actions as Eggman's slave, it is unknown if he gained sentience or had it all along but simply disregarded it at first.
Even under evil alignment, however, he held a sensible and rational manner towards his enemies. However he became somewhat uncomfortable to vivid human emotions, to the point that the emotional conflict of his loyalty pained him, leading to his eventual leave of duty. Gamma was shown to be very rational, yet still showed a deep sense of dedication to the fight against Eggman. He was also very clever and cunning judging by how he quickly assessed a situation and made a trap to defeat an enemy in no time at all while covering his tracks.
Powers and Abilities
As one of Eggman's destructive gunner robots, E-102 was built for battle. His two main weapon are a blaster on his right arm that could lock-on with help from a targeting device, and a second laser positioned on the right side of his head. Due to the targeting device, Gamma's shots were almost always accurate, and allowed for pinpoint accuracy to find an enemy's weak spot. Gamma was also equipped with a Grav-Linked jet disk that allowed him to hover for some time and cross longer distances in the air. Gamma was even good at tactics in assassination, having the ability to take down an opponent without them even noticing that they were being targeted. He was also skilled at making traps by using only elements from his surroundings, such as false foot steps in the snow while he lied in wait for someone to spot them and then ambush them.
- Although in Sonic Adventure, Gamma was destroyed after destroying Beta, in the comic series it is stated that after destroying Beta he traveled the world fighting the Eggman Empire.
- The Flicky powering Gamma in the video game series was pink. However, in the comic series, it is brown.
- E-102 Gamma at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki