Granting a random power-up.
Random  ( is a recurring ランダム Randamu ) ? monitor power-up in the . When obtained, it gives a random power-up.
Sonic the Hedgehog series
The Random's icon on the
monitors containing them feature a flickering white screen with a red question mark on it.
This power-up only appears in the multiplayer of the respective games it appears in. When picking up a Random, the player obtains a randomly-selected power-up from those available in its game (excluding the Random power-up itself).
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The Random first appeared in
as an unnamed Super item exclusive to the "2 Player VS" competition. In this game, it is the default and only Sonic the Hedgehog 2 monitor power-up encountered in the Zones in "2 Player VS".
After breaking a Random's monitor in this game, it gives either a
Super Ring, Invincibility, Shield, Power Sneakers, 1-Up, Eggman Mark or Teleporter.
2013 enhanced port of the game, it is possible to use Random in a single player No Save mode by accessing the Level Select and can bring up a special menu by playing the specific tunes at Sound Test in the following order: 00, 00, 00. The player can toggle to one of the two options in the Items category which replaces all Monitors in the Acts with the Random Monitor which will give a different range of Power-ups when broken depending on which option is selected; the first causes the Random monitor to grant Super Ring, Invincibility, Shield, Power Sneakers, 1-Up, Eggman Mark or Teleporter while the second grants either the Flame Shield, Bubble Shield and Lightning Shield in addition to the aforementioned items.
, this power-up is referred to as Sonic Mania Random for the first time. Much like in  , it is exclusively to the game's Competition mode. However, it only appears in this mode's Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Zones if the players enable the "Random" feature in the game rules before a match, which causes all monitor power-ups throughout the mode to be replaced with Random power-ups.
After breaking a Random's monitor in this game, it gives either a
Super Ring, Hyper Ring, Invincible, Blue Shield, Power Sneakers, 1-Up, Eggman Mark, Bubble Shield, Fire Shield, Lightning Shield or Player Swap.
glitch on the PC version of the game allows the player to use Debug Mode to set a Random Item Box in regular Zones too.
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