- The version of this character after the Super Genesis Wave, see Metal Sonic (Archie). For other uses of the term, see Metal Sonic (disambiguation).
Metal Sonic v3.0 is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It was a powerful Badnik line based on Sonic the Hedgehog that was created by Dr. Eggman to serve as the ultimate match for Sonic, succeeding Robotnik Prime's original Metal Sonic.
This badnik has usually been loyal to Dr. Eggman to an extent and has proven to be an effective adversary against Sonic on numerous occasions. Numerous versions of Metal Sonic have been produced by Eggman, as successive units are destroyed in battle against Sonic and other enemies. Nevertheless, each successive model became more dangerous to confront, eventually gaining self-awareness, and its threat potential only increased after being joined by other similar Badniks as part of the Metal Series.
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-colored fur 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.
The Good, the Bad & the Unknown (v3.0)
When the Knothole Freedom Fighters and Shadow the Hedgehog found a lost military base from before the Xorda attack, Dr. Eggman constructed his first known Metal Sonic since arriving on Mobius Prime and sent him to investigate, as well as engage Sonic in combat.
Sonic, Metal Sonic and Shadow all got into a three-way brawl upon meeting up, with the latter two eventually teaming up against the blue blur. When the three were separated, however, Metal Sonic found himself conversing with the base's caretaker, Isaac, about his corrupted recorded history of the instillation and Mobius itself.
When the three started fighting again, they stumbled upon an ancient missile that Isaac was about to launch. The missile was stopped by Shadow and Sonic, and the new Metal Sonic was defeated and destroyed.
System Shutdown and Unburying the Hatchet (v3.1)
Following this encounter, Shadow located the facility on Prison Island where Professor Gerald Robotnik had finished creating him and was last seen alive. There, a replacement model of the destroyed Metal Sonic surprised and engaged Shadow in combat. The two were rendered unconscious when Metal Sonic fired a super charged weapon that caused a major explosion nearby. Eggman's "daughter" Mecha retrieved the damaged Metal Sonic and brought him back for repairs, while also bringing Shadow with her.
Some time later, Metal Sonic captured Sonic and brought him to Dr. Eggman, who used a device to control Sonic's body. When Metal Sonic went into some sort of stasis, Snively, frustrated with Eggman's childlike methods of defeating Sonic, decided it would be a good time to betray his uncle once again. When he attempted to reprogram Metal Sonic to work for him however, he found that it was spying on him. Eggman revealed that he knew of Snively's treacherous ways, and programmed Metal Sonic, along with every other robot, to monitor Snively in case he decided to back stab him once again. When Knuckles destroyed the device in Sonic's ear, Eggman and Metal Sonic attacked Knothole City, but Metal Sonic was easily destroyed by Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles.
Bold New Mobius (v3.2)
A new Metal Sonic was produced and used to attack Freedom HQ. Unlike previous models, this Metal Sonic allowed Dr. Eggman to speak through it via radio transmission. When Scourge the Hedgehog explained to Eggman that he and the Suppression Squad had taken over Freedom HQ, Eggman simply had the new Metal Sonic attack him. Sonic arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, but Scourge decided he preferred to fight alone and not get help from Sonic, despite having little success against the robot. Metal Sonic then proceeded to attack both Scourge and Sonic, and reinforcements arrived moments later in the form of Metal Scourge.
While holding the upper hand against their organic counterparts, both Metal Sonic and Metal Scourge were quickly destroyed by the Suppression Squad. Their parts were salvaged, however, and used by Sir Charles Hedgehog to reconstruct Shard.
Hedgehog Havoc and the Shadow Saga (v3.3)
Shortly after the destruction of both Metal Sonic and Metal Scourge by the Suppression Squad, Eggman created a new Metal Sonic model, this time using the newer SXSU-401 engine instead of the typical STH-25, allowing the robot to transport to any other dimension to pursue Sonic. Metal Sonic then left for Moebius against his creator's will to find and attack Sonic and the others in Castle Acorn. Sonic later made an offer for Metal Sonic to help him take out Scourge first, instead of attacking everyone else, and the robot nonchalantly agreed. Scourge didn't give up, however, and rushed to the throne room, followed by Sonic and Shadow. Scourge then turned the tables on everyone by revealing that he had placed Anarchy Beryl in his throne. This allowed Scourge to transform into a stronger form; Super Scourge.
Metal Sonic was temporarily defeated by Super Scourge along with the others and then tried to attack Sonic again when he deduced that defeating Scourge was no longer an option. It was later transported to another location along with Shadow when he tried to override Metal's teleporter engine with Chaos Control. Arriving in an alternate universe, Metal Sonic was employed by that reality's version of Dr. Eggman to attack everyone, but was once again transported to a different reality by Shadow.
Metal Sonic and Shadow then ended up in the Sol Zone, floating above an ocean. Shadow tried to convince Metal Sonic to no longer obey Dr. Eggman, but Metal Sonic completely ignored Shadow's request and kicked him into the water before flying off to look for the zone's version of Eggman. Furious that he could not locate that zone's Robotnik, Metal Sonic began attacking Southern Island. Shadow, Blaze and Marine showed up shortly to witness the destruction Metal Sonic had caused. Blaze furiously attacked Metal Sonic, but the machine simply used his powers to reverse Blaze's attack. Neither Shadow or Marine could take down Metal Sonic. However, Shadow tried once again to convince Metal Sonic to work with him, but Metal Sonic simply pointed out they each had different goals, and his was to serve Dr. Eggman. Thus, Blaze set fire to Metal Sonic, and Shadow charged at him. The robot flew towards the Ocean Tornado, and Marine destroyed him with the ship's cannon.
Much later on, Super Sonic used Chaos Control in an attempt to reverse the Super Genesis Wave and Dr. Eggman interrupted this process, resulting in the entire original Multiverse being rewritten as a completely new Multiverse. This process would have potentially erased the Sol Zone, but thanks to the Jeweled Scepter, the Sol Zone simply was rewritten itself, with certain elements surviving the rewrite such as Metal Sonic v3.3, which was salvaged and rebuilt as Captain Metal.
The next Metal Sonic model appeared during Sonic and Sally's attempt to thwart Dr. Eggman's Operation: Clean Sweep aboard the Death Egg Mark 2. Soon after Eggman revealed his new World Roboticizer and a simulation of its devastating effects on Mobius, Sonic moved to attack the doctor when a new Metal Sonic swooped down from behind and charged him. Ranting on the latest model, Sonic battled his robotic counterpart as it worked in tandem with a damaged Silver Sonic v3.0 from an earlier fight.
As the fight went on, it seemed Metal Sonic and Silver Sonic would be victorious. A light then flashed from the Roboticizer as it activated, however the device exploded due to a malfunction and destroyed the room, heavily damaging the Death Egg. Already being a robot, Metal Sonic was incompatible to the Roboticization process just like other mechanics, and it blew up into a robotic mess with its head severed.
The sixth Metal Sonic was built after Operation: Clean Sweep and appeared alongside the upgraded Mecha Sally when Dr. Eggman attempted to assassinate Elias Acorn and his family while relocating from New Mobotropolis to Feral Forest, and at first focused on Sonic as it's primary target while proving to be too much for the deroboticized Bunnie. As the robots battled with the convoy's escort, Dr. Eggman ordered Metal Sonic to latch onto the Mobo-Cruiser carrying the Acorn family and detonate. Antoine removed Metal Sonic from the vehicle in time, however, and was the only one caught in the robot's explosion, which left him comatose.
Scrambled and Heroes (v3.6)
Dr. Eggman unveiled the seventh incarnation of Metal Sonic v3.0 to his Dark Egg Legion Grandmasters along with the rest of the Metal Series for the purpose of serving as the doctor's new enforcers as a result of Snively's betrayal. It accompanied Mecha Sally in joining the Eggman Empire's attack on Central City in an effort to find Snively. During the battle, Metal Sonic and Mecha Sally were able to take E-123 Omega by surprise and attacked him using their laser cannons. As Snively attempted to escape again, Mecha Sally and Metal Sonic effortlessly destroyed the G.U.N. fighters sent out to bring down Snively's craft before returning to the Egg 'Stache Flyer to continue the chase.
Metal Sonic was later dispatched along with Metal Tails and Metal Amy as Team Metal in New Mobotropolis with assistance from Tails Doll in an attempt to get rid of Team Freedom, but as it was about to engage Heavy and Bomb, Metal Sonic was attacked by Shard, the original Metal Sonic, who then proceeded to destroy it.
Forged in Fire (v3.7)
Dr. Eggman deployed the eighth incarnation of Metal Sonic to destroy Shard, who had defeated his predecessor. Equipped with Eggman's last Power Gem, memories of all the defeats of his predecessors, and greater free will, it was initially opposed to the idea of going after Shard as opposed to Sonic. However, having learned from his previous attempts, Eggman installed a soft-reboot defiance kill-switch, which quickly halted any inclinations of disobedience. Metal Sonic soon arrived in New Mobotropolis, arriving so quickly and disrupting Nicole's systems by some means that left her unable to prevent its entry. It proceeded to Tommy Turtle Memorial Hospital, where it located Antoine and was about to finish what Metal Sonic v3.5 had started when Shard arrived to confront it. Fortunately, Shard was able to goad Metal Sonic into fighting elsewhere and leaving the helpless Antoine where it had found him.
The pair flew to the Great Wastes, which Metal Sonic chose as their battle site because it was "proof of robotic superiority" given the success of Mecha Sonic against the Freedom Fighters there in the past. Shard pointed out the irony that despite the apparent "inferiority" of organic lifeforms, some robots strove to become more like them, and pointed out Metal Sonic's own increased personality. Metal Sonic claimed that it had been improved to perfection, and to which Shard demurred, citing his own efforts to help the people of the Republic of Acorn gain a more positive impression of robots. Metal Sonic expressed its utter lack of care for Shard's attempts or his own actions, and the pair quickly engaged each other in battle.
The battle was intense, each unit deploying their individual methods of attack and defense, but Metal Sonic soon gained the upper hand using the memories of its predecessors' battles. Held in Metal Sonic's grip, Shard attempted to reason with it, telling him that he could become more than just a weapon, reminding Metal Sonic of Shadow's efforts to convince v3.3 of the same thing. However, the kill switch activated again, and Metal Sonic prepared to terminate Shard before moving on to New Mobotropolis. Determined to stop it, Shard retaliated with his adaptive arm, using its cannon feature again before turning it into a drill in an attempt to finish Metal Sonic off. Metal Sonic severed the limb with its shield, but Shard was determined to destroy it even when warned of the danger to himself. He went after the Power Gem core, and Metal Sonic realized the vulnerability of the feature and caused it to explode, consuming itself and badly damaging Shard.
Dimensional Mission (v3.8)
Dr. Eggman created the ninth incarnation of Metal Sonic from the remains of the eighth incarnation after its battle with Shard. Retaining the previous version's memories, he reported Shard's apparent destruction and the loss of his Power Gem core. He then prepared to go after New Mobotropolis, but was informed that Tails Doll would handle that; he was also informed that, despite his desire to do so, he would not be sent after Sonic. Eggman deployed Metal Sonic to the Interdimensional Gateway to meet his new partner, whom he claimed Metal Sonic would like due to his status as a "base villain" like the robot itself. Metal Sonic accepted the assignment, and was informed by Eggman that it was his "undying, heartless weapon of misery and despair." Deciding that this was acceptable, it prepared to leave.
- Due to Eggman and Wily rewriting the history of Sonic's world, Metal Sonic's history and memories were changed to be identical to that of his game counterpart's.
After Mobius 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 resulted in Metal Sonic's multiverse undergoing heavy alterations.
- Note: From this point, Metal Sonic's history continues from his new life in the altered timeline.
Due to Eggman's experience with previous failures with free will, the majority of Metal Sonic's incarnations displayed little to no personality or sentience, as Eggman did not want to chance Metal Sonic turning against him.
As per its design, Metal Sonic was single-minded and unquestioningly loyal to Eggman and his assignments, and had no interest in anything else. Despite attempts by Shadow to reason with one model, all versions of Metal Sonic v3.0 have remained devoutly loyal to Eggman. However, it is notable, that the same model was also persuaded to join Sonic, Shadow, Amy Rose, Robert O'Hedge, and Silver the Hedgehog against Scourge; however, that was only because Metal Sonic deduced that it could more efficiently carry out its mission after finishing Scourge. As soon as the odds was against it, Metal Sonic abandoned its alliance, and went back to his original objectives before it was too late.
Metal Sonic v3.0-3.6 were best described as "silent killers", being cold and merciless, even mindless, drones and remained silent during the course of battle. For some, speech was not even an option: the fifth, sixth, and seventh models were voiceless, and the third model merely served as a radio mouthpiece for Eggman. This traits, however, was changed with Metal Sonic v3.7 and onwards, which were installed with a voice codex as Eggman decided that the "silent killer shtick was getting old." The eighth model was as well given a more developed personality programming, which expressed cold outrage at the losses of previous models and a single-minded desire to destroy Sonic. It also briefly expressed rebellious tendencies at the idea of being ordered to attack another enemy, but Eggman's safeguards quickly rendered it docile.
Powers and abilities
Being a robotic clone of Sonic, Metal Sonic has access to many of Sonic's powers and abilities. Metal Sonic's speed and power vary from the different models; while Sonic was able to handle Issac, Shadow and Metal Sonic v3.0 all at once, Metal Sonic v3.2 was too strong for both Sonic and Scourge to beat.
In addition to Sonic's abilities, Metal Sonic has numerous other capabilities. The Metal Sonic models possess impressive strength and moderately strong armor. The rocket pack in their back allows the Metal Sonic models to move at speeds equal to, or even possibly surpassing those of Sonic himself, and can even utilize them to gain flight. They can also perform several of Sonic's techniques, such as his Spin Dash. Because they are built in Sonic's image, the Metal Sonic models can counter most of Sonic's abilities. However, this trait is sometimes the Metal Sonic models' greatest weakness as well, as they are not always designed to take on opponents other than Sonic.
Over time, the newer line of Metals began to get extra features and upgrades. The third Metal Sonic created by Dr. Eggman, had an energy cannon that it fired from the intake on its stomach. The fourth Metal Sonic was also able to teleport due to the SXSU-401 engine. The sixth Metal Sonic and its predecessors were equipped with a self-destruct mechanism. The seventh version of Metal Sonic can do a combo attack with Mecha Sally using a laser installed in its back.
After the seventh model's battle with Shard, Eggman installed his last Power Gem into the eighth model of Metal Sonic, containing the free will algorithm and all the battle data of the previous models battles, so it could think during a battle and learn from its mistakes. He also installed a soft-reboot defiance kill-switch to prevent it from rebelling against him. Unfortunately, the Power Gem was destroyed in Metal Sonic's subsequent battle with Shard, but the ninth model, rebuilt from the parts of the eighth, retained its free will and memories even without the Power Gem.
The eighth and ninth models also exhibited increased combat capabilities, including a variety of energy shields. One of these was a spherical defense mode, known as the Burst Shield. Another was first exhibited after the second Genesis Wave, and the Black Shield. Metal Sonic also displayed the V. Maximum Overdrive Attack, which created a field of energy around him that allowed him to drive Mega Man through several barriers before dissipating.
- CPU: Free will algorithm (8th model-present)
- Power Supply: Self-replicating, pre-programmed microchips
- Main engine: STH-25, SXSU-401 (4th model)
- Additional components:
- Curiously, another Metal Sonic was seen being built in the background when Espio was sneaking through Eggman's lab in Sonic the Hedgehog #174. It can be assumed that this is the Metal Sonic later used to attack Scourge at Freedom HQ.
- The inclusion of Eggman being able to talk through the third model via voice communication may be a reference to Metal Sonic's appearance in Sonic Rivals 2, as Eggman actually used Metal Sonic to talk to Shadow in the game.
- The fourth Metal Sonic spoke in a manner similar to that of HK-47, where he states what type of thing it's going to say before it says it. For example: it says "Explanation: Super form ensures 0% success rate." in Sonic the Hedgehog #196.
- The fifth Metal Sonic is strikingly similar to the second model as both were seen in action for only a short time and physical details.
- Metal Sonic's first engine is named the STH-25, after the Sonic the Hedgehog issue, Sonic the Hedgehog #25, which it first appeared in.
- Metal Sonic's other engine, the SXSU-401, is named after the first issue it appeared in Sonic X and Sonic Universe respectively:
- SX__-40_ = Sonic X #40
- __SU-__1 = Sonic Universe #1
- This Metal Sonic's designation as v3.0 was first confirmed by writer Ian Flynn of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic blog.
- Metal Sonic v3.6 is the only model that did not face Sonic and the only version to be part of the Metal Series. v3.3 and v3.7 onward are the only models capable of speaking.
- Before the introduction of Metal Sonic v3.7, Ian Flynn purposefully made Metal Sonic v3.0 a machine without personality, being of the opinion that it makes him "more creepy" and that it would be redundant to portray him as obsessed with beating Sonic as his game counterpart is, given that several characters-notably Shadow-already exist with that agenda in the comic.
- The large number of Metal Sonic v3.0 versions—some of them in rapid succession—is a sore spot with some fans, who feel that the character is not as impressive as he should be in terms of ability.
- Metal Sonic v3.8 currently holds the distinction of having the most on-panel appearances of any Metal Sonic v3.0 model to date, having appeared in twelve issues thus far, plus a brief mention at the end of Sonic the Hedgehog #255. Sega edict has mandated that v3.7 and beyond be the same Metal Sonic, thus he might be showing up a lot more.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Sonic Universe #50, "Forged in Fire"
- ↑ Ian Flynn. Metal Sonic - Keeping up appearances. Archie Comics.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Metal Sonic Series"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #146, "The Good, The Bad & The Unknown Part One: Prototype"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #147, "The Good, The Bad & The Unknown Part Two: Prototype"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #148, "The Good, The Bad & The Unknown Part 3: Genesis"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #149, "The Good, The Bad & The Unknown Part Four: Armageddon"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #157, story one
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog Free Comic Book Day 2007, "Unburying the Hatchet"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #191, "Metal and Mettle Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #192, "Metal and Mettle Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #238, "Foundation Work"
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #195, "Hedgehog Havoc! Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #196, "Hedgehog Havoc! Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic X #40, "The End!"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #1, "Living Weapons"
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- ↑ Ian Flynn (22 March 2015). Ask Ian - Year End Bonanza Thingie. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 26 July 2015.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #230, "...Two Steps Back"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #234, "Unthinkable"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #37, "Scrambled Part 1: The Man in Charge"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #38, "Scrambled Part 2: Family"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #240, "Heroes Part Two: For the People"
- ↑ 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"