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Quotation1 Don't underestimate G.U.N.! Quotation2
— GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog

The GUN Soldier (GUN兵士 GUN Heishi?)[1] is a recurring character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It refers to the individual trooper that comprise the backbone of the Guardian Units of Nations, if not their robotic counterparts.

Appearance

GUN Soldiers are human combatants that wear ballistic combat helmets with solid white visors concealing their identities. The standard GUN troop wears a blue or black uniform with a ballistic vest, while others wear camouflage gear, such as desert or jungle colors, to match the environment in which they are deployed.

Behavior

Unlike other enemies in other games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, GUN soldiers talk and communicate with one another, in addition to yelling battle cries in combat. As G.U.N. is the Sonic the Hedgehog equivalent of the real-life U.S. Army, they act similarly to real soldiers; giving orders to attack, devising tactics, providing status reports and requesting assistance, in example.

While GUN Soldiers are dedicated and loyal, they are also stubborn. When issued to attack Shadow the Hedgehog, they show no hesitation in going head-on against him. When Shadow defeats the troops, leaving them wounded on the ground, they will show mercy and beg Shadow to spare their lives, showing that they may only fear dying. 

GUN Soldiers are shown to take orders rarely without question. G.U.N.'s raid on the Space Colony ARK fifty years prior to the events of Shadow the Hedgehog showed that the troopers in that time period had a merciless attitude towards their mission, unafraid to terminate nearly all the Ark's inhabitants.  

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2, aside from the typical robot forces tasked with stopping any threat, GUN Soldier make a few appearances in cutscenes. They are also seen controlling robotic forces like the F-6t Big Foot.

Shadow the Hedgehog

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GUN Soldier as seen in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, they are the primary enemies/allies in the game, at war with the Black Arms. After the mission in Westopolis, they begin to attack Shadow on behalf of the Commander's orders. GUN Soldier have a diverse arsenal of weaponry at their disposal, ranging from firearms such as handguns, automatic weapons and Bazookas or knives for close-range attacks. They are one of the weakest enemy types in the game and can be defeated with one hit using most attacks.

GUN Soldiers do not technically die when they are defeated, but are instead knocked to the ground, severely wounded. In this state, they will groan and beg Shadow the Hedgehog to spare their lives, even though Shadow does not have the option to finish them off. However, if the player heals them with the Heal Cannon or Heal Units, they will salute and compliment Shadow, and no longer fight, until the player attacks them, upon where they will start attacking him again.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), a total of four GUN Soldier make appearances during gameplay, but only in Shadow's story. They each provide Shadow, who is an agent of G.U.N. in this game, with one of his Town Missions. Two of them have known names (Herman and Parr), while the other two are unnamed.

GUN Soldiers provide the following missions:

In other media

Sonic X

The troopers appear in Sonic X, guarding the GUN Fortress when Sonic the Hedgehog was placed in captivity, while Shadow the Hedgehog was the one they were meant to capture.

Trivia

  • GUN Soldiers will stop firing if the player use the Heal Cannon and will salute Shadow.
  • As it may have been considered inappropriate for a Sonic game, GUN Soldiers are never shown dying.
    • The only time any soldiers are shown to presumably die is during the opening cinematic for Shadow the Hedgehog, where most are caught in explosions or shot, as well as in the scene when Shadow angrily stands on top of a lone soldier. 
    • Although soldiers are seen piloting the F-6 series in Shadow the Hedgehog, when the mechs explode, there is nothing left of the pilots. 
  • Due to the clumsy enemy AI in Shadow the Hedgehog, GUN Soldiers and Black Arms cannot engage in combat properly. Even when there are no remaining alien targets, GUN Soldiers will continue to fire their weapons, shout combat dialogue and strafe around as if they were still battling. 
  • The GUN Soldiers in Sonic Adventure 2 are voiced by Scott Dreier and Marc Biagi, and in Shadow the Hedgehog (including Blue Falcon and Heavy Dog) are voiced by Andrew Rannells in the Western release.

Quotes

"Find them before they escape!"
—GUN soldier in Shadow's flashback in Sonic Adventure 2.
"Don't move! Stay where you are! Keep your hands up in the air!"
—GUN soldier with more GUN forces surrounding Sonic in Sonic Adventure 2.
"HQ, come in."
—GUN Soldier's most common quote in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Forward all information on those Black Aliens."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"This is for my friends!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Don't touch the Red fruit!"
—When they're near some of the red fruits.
"This is why I was against these Experiments..."
—GUN Soldier about the Artificial Chaos, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Where the heck are our reinforcements!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Nobody gets away from G.U.N.!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"We should just run..."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"These guys are monsters!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Tornado! Tornado is approaching!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Men... forgive me."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Hold the line, men!"
—GUN soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Yes sir!"
—Another one of GUN Soldier's most common quotes.
"I can't get a lock!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Uh, testing... testing..."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Freeze!"
—Another one of GUN soldier's common quotes.
"You have my thanks."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Blue Hedgehog spotted."
—When seeing Sonic in Westopolis.
"Let's show them what we're made of, soldiers!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Red Echidna sighted."
—When seeing Knuckles in Glyphic Canyon, and Central City.
"The ARK is now under our control."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"You call yourself GUN soldiers?!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"We have visual confirmation on Sonic."
—When seeing Sonic in Lethal Highway.
"Do not let this ship fall into enemy hands!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Commencing attack plan A/B/C."
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"We have spotted the Bat Girl."
—When seeing Rouge in Death Ruins.
"I repeat: This is NOT a drill!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Everyone who can still move, grab a weapon and take your positions!"
—GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog

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References

  1. Kaizen Media Group (22 November 2005). "Data Appendix". Shadow the Hedgehog: Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 90. ISBN 978-0761551959.

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