- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Metal Sonic v3.0.
Metal Sonic is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a robotic doppelganger of Sonic the Hedgehog and the most famous creation of Dr. Eggman, having been created to match and surpass Sonic's abilities. It has been a formidable foe to the Freedom Fighters since its inception and has at various points even betrayed Eggman to pursue its own obsessive goals.
Metal Sonic was created in the image of Sonic the Hedgehog, and is thus mostly built of blue metal. He has a yellow circular depression in his chest with a black center, mirroring the peach skin on Sonic's chest. His head has metal fins resembling Sonic's quills, and a pair of triangular "ears." Metal Sonic has a muzzle, shoulder plates, and upper arms, legs, and fingers made out of silvery metal. His palms are black, while the backs of his hands are square yellow plates. His forearms and lower legs are blue metal like his head and torso, and he has red feet with white stripes designed to resemble Sonic's shoes. He has optic sensors with black sclera and red irises.
Metal was created at some point after Dr. Eggman began his campaign for world domination. The robot was first used during Eggman's plot to find the Time Stones on the Little Planet. During this time, Metal Sonic kidnapped a young Amy Rose and held her hostage. After traversing the miniature planet, Sonic the Hedgehog tracked Metal down and raced the robot, resulting in Metal being heavily damaged in the chase, allowing Sonic to rescue Amy and defeat Dr. Eggman. When the Little Planet returned, Dr. Eggman recovered and repaired Metal Sonic, who absorbed a powerful energy source before confronting Sonic and Tails, only to be defeated again.
Eggman would later hatch a plan to search the Eastwatch Islands for the Ancient Gears in order to run his new super-weapon, the Mega Drive. As such, he once again relied on Metal Sonic to aid him. Sometime during the course of obtaining and then losing six of the Ancient Gears to Sonic, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy, and Knuckles the Echidna, Eggman installed the last Ancient Gear inside Metal Sonic, making it more powerful. After Eggman's battle with the four heroes at Eruption Ruin Zone and subsequent loss of the sixth Ancient Gears he found, Metal Sonic swooped in to steal the five Ancient Gears that Tails had as well as kidnap Amy. Both Eggman and Metal Sonic then fled to Eggman's newest flying fortress. When Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles found them and handed over their Ancient Gear in exchange for Amy, thinking that Eggman did not have the seventh one, the team realized that Metal Sonic had the last Ancient Gear inside of it. After the three defeated Metal Sonic and saved Amy, Eggman and Metal Sonic fled to Eggman's deep sea base directly under the fortress.
The past incarnation of Metal later reappeared in the White Space created by the Time Eater, where it once again challenged Sonic to race and lost to the hedgehog, who went on to defeat the Time Eater. On another occasion, Metal Sonic was deployed against Knuckles the Echidna, the Chaotix, and their ally Mighty the Armadillo. Once again he was defeated by the heroes, though his defeat was preceded by the arrival of-or perhaps his transformation into-Titan Metal Sonic.
Much later, Metal Sonic returned, with a completely self-upgraded AI, complete with an independent personality. The robotic hedgehog devised a plan to copy the lifeform data of Sonic and his friends, a task he accomplished by kidnapping his former master Eggman and using metallic copies of him to fool the heroes. During this time, he contacted Breezie the Hedgehog, building Casino Park for her as part of her new financial empire under his Eggman disguise. Breezie recognized Metal as an imposter due to his actions, as Eggman would not be so generous. When Metal threatened to harm her should she warn Sonic, she brushed it off and the two apparently shared something of a relationship. Metal's plan was later discovered, but by then it was ready to use the gathered data to transform into Metal Overlord. Super Sonic, along with a super-charged Tails and Knuckles, were able to defeat the robot, returning him to his original powered down form. Metal Sonic, disguised as another Eggman robot, later ended up briefly joining Team Dark to take part in an Extreme Gear race, though his identity was eventually revealed.
- Due to Eggman and Wily rewriting history, Metal Sonic's history and memories were changed to be identical to that of his game counterpart's.
After the planet had once again been reset by the Genesis Wave, Metal Sonic was paired with Bass, the newest assistant of Eggman's new partner, Dr. Wily, and sent to kidnap Tails. The two henchmen swiftly overwhelmed the two-tailed fox and took his unconscious body back to the Doctors. Following this, Metal Sonic went to Mega City to attack Mega Man. He struck the blue bomber from behind and then fled through a warp ring to Sonic's world, where the real Sonic was chasing Mega Man's double, Copy Robot, in Green Hill Zone. Following instructions from the Doctors, the two evil doubles lured their counterparts to each other's location as part of a ploy to trick the two blue heroes into fighting each other, which was successful. His objective complete, Metal Sonic sped off to await further orders.
When the battle between Sonic and Mega Man unexpectedly moved to Mega City in Mega Man's world, Wily guessed that it was the work of Dr. Light, Mega Man's creator. Worried that Light would be a threat to their plans, the two doctors sent Metal Sonic and Bass to deal with him. The pair subsequently kidnapped Dr. Light despite interference from Proto Man, and took him back to the Wily Egg in the Skull Egg Zone. When Rouge the Bat began sabotaging the flying fortress, Metal Sonic and Bass pursued her and cornered her in one of the laboratories, and managed to capture her despite her release of the Chaos Devil. The pair then took her to be Roboticized into Rouge Woman, who joined the army of Robot Masters sent against Sonic and Mega Man's team of allies. During the battle, Eggman had Metal Sonic accompany him to Dr. Light's cell, and had Metal Sonic drag the doctor to a large hatch on the fortress. Having determined that Light was too great a threat to keep around, Eggman had Metal Sonic throw him off the ship.
Metal Sonic, Bass, and Treble were then deployed to intercept Mega Man and Sonic, who had boarded the Wily Egg, and engaged the pair in battle. The villainous robots proved a formidable challenge to the heroes, and Metal Sonic proved just as dangerous an opponent to Mega Man as to Sonic. Employing several of his new weapons, Metal Sonic attempted to destroy Mega Man even after Bass was taken out of the fight, but proved no match for Sonic and Mega Man's combined power, especially with Mega Man's Roboticized Master weapons. The damaged trio eventually managed to pick themselves up, only to encounter a fleeing Knuckles, Proto Man, and Dr. Light and be caught up in the effects of the Super Genesis Wave. Due to Super Sonic's efforts, this wave's effects-as well as those of the preceding one-were undone on Sonic's world, but Eggman's interference had a dangerous impact on the world.
Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Metal Sonic's original timeline ended.
Metal Sonic was soon after sent by Dr. Eggman to hunt down and kill Sally Acorn after she had snuck inside the Death Egg and stolen files from the Egg Network. He successfully tracked down Sally at Mobotropolis where he fought against her, Amy, Cream the Rabbit, and Cheese. However, even the four of them and the Royal Guard could not subdue him until Sonic showed up and gloated the robot into a race. The two raced outside of Mobotropolis, only for Tails shot down the robot with missiles from the Tornado. While Metal Sonic was not completely destroyed, his lower body was ripped apart. Still functioning, Metal Sonic vowed revenge and flew off.
During the Shattered World Crisis, Metal Sonic was later rebuilt and was sent to Apotos to find the local Gaia Temple. Thus, he harassed Gregorios on the location of the temple, only for Eggman to interrupt, commanding Metal Sonic to head to an undisclosed location. With the coordinates, Metal Sonic left Apotos. Thanks to the Hooligans taking down the defenses, he was able to penetrate the facility with relative ease, but disrupted an attempt by Nack the Weasel to get revenge on Sonic and Knuckles. He was then thwarted by the combined efforts of Team Fighters, Knuckles, Espio, and Honey the Cat, and ordered by Eggman to withdraw.
Shortly afterward, Metal turned his attention to the G.U.N. troops stationed within the Crystal Desert Zone; the troops having just discovered the seventh Chaos Emerald. The Freedom Fighters converged in the area just in time to be caught up in Metal's attack. Acquiring the Emerald, Metal attempted its getaway with Sonic, Tails and Bunnie giving chase, when a Genesis Portal suddenly appeared. Sonic and Metal Sonic both disappeared into the Burning Ruin Zone where Metal managed to escape. With the help of Silver the Hedgehog however, Sonic caught up with his robo-doppleganger and after a battle with the hedgehogs, Metal lost the emerald to Sonic and was sent hurtling through another Genesis Portal to the Distant Abyss Zone. Following another alliance with Wily, Eggman volunteered to call Metal Sonic and have him retrieve the last Chaos Emerald so that it could be used to stop Sigma.
In an erased timeline, following another alliance with Dr. Wily, Eggman called Metal Sonic and have him retrieve the last Chaos Emerald to above the Unified World so that it could be used to stop Sigma. Metal arrived just in time to save the skeleton crew of the Sky Patrol from Sigma, and then took part in the final assault on the monstrous villain. These events were later erased by the actions of Xander Payne, thus returning Metal Sonic to his extradimensional exile.
Back in the Distant Abyss Zone, Metal Sonic sent out a distress signal. As Metal Sonic was running low on power though, Eggman came through his Genesis Portal-Maker to rescue him but was caught by a dimensional beast. Receiving his master's transmission, Metal Sonic used the last of his power to save Eggman, who then took him back to the Death Egg to have him recharged.
During Eggman's later investigation of who had taken over his Eggman Land refinery, Metal Sonic was brought with him as back-up. There, they found several Egg Fighters crystalized, indicating the Naugus Twins' presence. Soon after, the Witchcarters appeared, whom Metal Sonic fought upon Eggman's order. After a fiery fight with Bearenger the Grizzly, Metal Sonic blocked a surprise attack on Eggman from Wendy Naugus, leaving him encased in crystal. Bearenger tried to finish off Metal Sonic, but Wendy's brother Walter had other plans for the crystallized robot.
After Eggman and his assembled Egg Bosses sabotaged Eggmanland's defenses in order to reclaim the facility, Wendy sent the crystallized Metal Sonic, which she dubbed "Crystal Sonic", to attack them. However, Eggman revealed his trump card: his Hard-Light Armor, which he used to free Metal Sonic from the twins' clutches.
Metal was soon after summoned by Doctor Eggman to aid the Hooligans in stealing the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys within Castle Acorn. During the raid, Metal Sonic fought Gemerl while the Hooligans entered the castle. After the Hooligans received the case containing the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys, Metal left Gemerl to the Hooligans and Witchcarters while he delivered the goods to Eggman. After doing so, Metal Sonic was made to stand guard in the Gaia Gate while Eggman went on to inspect the Gaia Colossus.
Metal Sonic's single desire is to surpass and defeat Sonic the Hedgehog, and at one point went to incredible lengths to destroy its "loathsome copy" by betraying Eggman and transforming into the monstrous Metal Overlord. After its betrayal, it appears that Eggman placed some form of safeguard on it to ensure that Metal Sonic remains obedient to him. Despite this safeguard, Metal Sonic still retains its single minded desire to surpass Sonic.
Powers and abilities
Having been created to destroy Sonic, Metal Sonic possesses incredible speed that can match up with the likes of Sonic's, incredible strength that lets him bruise even Sonic with a single punch, and rocket-powered flight. He also has sharp claws that allows him to scratch even the sharpest of metal (such as Eggman's escape pods).
Metal Sonic has an array of weapons and abilities at its disposal that is capable of manifesting energy in different ways, such his defensive Black Shield or offensive Burst Shield. Metal Sonic's ultimate move, however, is the V. Maximum Overdrive Attack. Unlike many of Eggman's other creations, Metal Sonic has also demonstrated the ability to exceed his original design and take on incredible powers.
Neo Metal Sonic
Under unspecified circumstances, Metal Sonic was once able to assume the form of Neo Metal Sonic. In this form he could morph his form into silvery metal and take on the appearance of others, most notably Dr. Eggman.
When Metal Sonic went rogue, he was able to assume the form of Metal Overlord using the data of Sonic and his allies.
When Metal Sonic has his metal frame transmuted by Crystalmancy, he turns into Crystal Sonic. In this state, Metal Sonic retains several of his abilities, but his new crystal frame renders his programming susceptible to the commands of the Crystalmancy's practitioner.
- As SEGA's mandate claims that there should only be one Metal Sonic in the new universe, it is possible that there has only been built one Metal Sonic model in this timeline, as opposed to his previous incarnation. However, Captain Metal (a previous Metal Sonic model) still continues to exist with his nature as a Metal Sonic.
- In the video games, Metal Sonic has little to no speaking role and the only games that give him speech are in Sonic Heroes and Sonic Generations, Sonic Heroes being the only one where he is actually given a voice.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Metal Sonic's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog CD
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #260 - "Waves of Change - Part One: First Ripples"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
- ↑ Sonic: Mega Drive - The Next Level, "Mega Drive Act Two"
- ↑ Sonic Generations
- ↑ Knuckles' Chaotix
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Sonic Heroes
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"
- ↑ Sonic Free Riders
- ↑ Mega Man #24, "When Worlds Collide Part One: Kindred Sprits"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #51, "When Worlds Collide Part Two: Mistaken Identities"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #248, "When Worlds Collide Part Three: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Mega Man #25, "When Worlds Collide Part Four: Through the Looking Glass"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- ↑ Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #54, "When Worlds Collide Part Eleven: Worst of the Worst"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #255 - "Countdown to Chaos - Part Three: The Rabbot"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #256 - "Countdown to Chaos - Finale: The Princess and the Hammer"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #268 - "Champions - Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #271, "Champions Finale: The One Left Standing"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "Ray of Hope"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #75, "Fury"
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #10, "Worlds Unite Part Ten: Justice Across Worlds"
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #83, "Eggman's Dozens Part One: Hostile Takeover"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #85, "Eggman's Dozen Part Three: Team Management"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #86, "Eggman's Dozen Part Four: Synergizing"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "Zero Hour"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #284, "Panic In The Sky Part One: The Best Laid Plans"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #285, "Panic In The Sky Part Two: Falling Into Place"