Sonic and the Secret Rings
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185cm (6ft 1in)
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King Shahryar (シャフリヤール王 Shafuriyāru-ō?) is a character in Sonic and the Secret Rings. He is the alternate reality counterpart of Dr. Eggman from the world of the Arabian Nights. He is also the main character of the Arabian Nights storybook, and the creator of the Arabian Nights.
At some point in the past, Shahryar created the Arabian Nights, and came to be the main character in the Arabian Nights storybook.
During the events of Sonic and the Secret Rings, the Erazor Djinn's evil spirits appeared out of nowhere in Shahryar's palace. With his guards and servants having run away, Shahryar hid himself away in a large jar. When Sonic the Hedgehog and Shahra later arrived in his palace to save the king's life from Erazor, the jar Shahryar was hiding in tipped and broke, revealing Shahryar. Upon seeing him, Sonic believed Shahryar to be Dr. Eggman. Shahryar, however, understood nothing of Sonic's accusations. Furious at Sonic's insolence, Shahryar ordered his guards to seize him, only to remember that they were gone. He then explained to Sonic and Shahra about what had transpired, but was no sooner kidnapped by Erazor on a pterosaur, and was carried off.
The pterosaur eventually took Shahryar to Dinosaur Jungle. Seeing Sonic nearby, Shahryar told him to save him, just as the pterosaur dropped him from the sky. Before Shahryar could fall to his death, however, he was saved by Sonic, who reluctantly grabbed the king's robe from a cliff. Furious at Sonic for his behavior, Shahryar berated the blue hedgehog for treating him like that. When Shahra then asked Shahryar of where Erazor had gone, Shahryar told them that Erazor was heading to the Evil Foundry, with his minions assembling there.
Much like his alternate reality counterpart, Shahryar is short-tempered and loud, though he does not have the evil ambitions that Eggman are renowned for. He hold himself in high regard due to his status as king, and expects to be treated as such. He has no tolerance for insolence or rude behavior, and will willingly seize his forces on those he dislike without a second thought. Much like Eggman, Shahryar also tends to overlook crucial details in his rashness, such as when called upon his guards when he knew they had all left.
- King Shahryar is based on the real King that was told in the story of the Arabian Nights.
- This is the first character from the Arabian Night book that is a dopplegänger to someone in Sonic's world.
- His artwork pose is similar to Eggman Nega.
- Though Shahra states that the king created The Arabian Nights, it is a collection of Arab folk tales connected by a central story. King Shahryar's brother's wife was secretly seeing another man. After she was put to death, the king came to believe that all women were evil, and began to marry one, kill her, and marry another the next day until all women were exterminated. Shahryar's visor's daughter, Scheherazade, wanted to put an end to the senseless killing. To do this, she persuaded her father to give her to the king, allowing her to stall him each night with stories (such as "Aladdin", "Sinbad the Sailor and Sinbad the Porter", and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves".) Scheherazade managed to convince the king that women were not evil, and (as most western "fairy tales" end) they married and lived happily ever after.