Razor the Shark is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-off comic series published by Archie Comics. He is a mobian shark and the self-proclaimed protector of the Eusebes Shrine. A former pirate, he was thrown overboard by his former crewmates after a "disagreement", after which he was found and nursed back to health by the shrine priestess, Coral the Betta. He also has a Chao named Crusher.
Razor is a mobian shark colored slate with very light grey strips around his muzzle and torso. He has gold eyes. Razor has a necklace around his neck and a green rope around his waist in which he carries a dagger and a pouch. His ears and the fin on his head are pierced with rings.
Hailing from another sea, Razor and his sister Blade tried to steal pirate treasure from the Knives but were caught by a rough-crowded pirate crew. The pirates decided to let the pair join their ranks until one day Razor had a "philosophical disagreement" with his crewmates which turned into a fight that he lost, and he was cast into the sea. Badly wounded, the tides carried Razor to the Eusebes Shrine where he was saved by Coral the Betta and Pearly the Manta Ray. Coral told him of her duty as the priestess of Eusebes Shrine and Razor realized that she was just as lonely as he was. Later on, Razor was interrogated by Captain Striker the Mantis Shrimp and the Meropis City Guard as they believed he was behind a string of robberies in the city. Razor denied this, leading to a heated argument and eventually a brawl. Coral had defended him, saying that Razor had remained by her side the entire time. Echo the Dolphin then informs Striker that the thief had been apprehended and the Guard left Razor be. Deciding to remain near Coral, he became the protector the Eusebes Shrine and the Chao Garden that surrounded it.
Shattered World Crisis
During the Shattered World Crisis, Sally Acorn had sent Sonic the Hedgehog, Amy Rose, and Rotor the Walrus to a possible location of a Gaia Temple, the solution to restoring the planet back together. When Amy heard Coral the Betta's voice from a hole underground, Coral, believing the mysterious spirit was true about helping the heroes, had sent Razor and Crusher the Chao to escort the three Freedom Fighters to the Eusebes Shrine at the outskirts of Meropis. Arriving at the Eusebes Shrine, Razor, Crusher, and the Freedom Fighters watch Coral use the Mystic Melody to seal the ancient Chao Aquarius into a cocoon. The next day, the Freedom Fighters wake up, only to hear Coral panic that Aquarius has not been reborn. Sonic tries to help Coral, but Razor attacked Sonic, believing Sonic had hurt Coral. Before any fight could be initiated, Captain Striker and the Meropis City Guard ambushed the heroes, questioning their reasoning for trespassing sacred ground.
Razor and Striker immediately butted heads, with Striker deeming Razor an amateur unworthy of the task of protecting the shrine. Razor was further angered and frustrated when King Puff and Queen Angelica stripped Coral of her title as priestess, deeming her a failure given Aquarius' failure to reincarnate. He was then surprised when Sonic and his friends offered to take him, Coral, and Coral's apprentice Pearly the Manta Ray aboard their Sky Patrol base. Not being from Meropis himself, Razor was open to going, but only if Coral wanted to do so. Unfortunately, the strain put on Coral by the current crisis disrupted her performance of the sacred rites, and the protective shield over Meropis collapsed, opening the city and shrine to an attack by Dark Gaia Creatures.
Razor and the Freedom Fighters fought off a group of attackers, only to be informed by Coral that hundreds of the creatures were likely to have come. Coral blamed herself for these developments, but Razor reasoned with her and helped her to realize that nothing about the current situation was her fault. Thanking him, Coral noted that he hadn't given up on her, to which he responded that she had yet to give up on him. Despite realizing that Meropis was undoubtedly under siege, Razor refused to leave Coral and the shrine unprotected. As such, he remained there with Amy to guard Coral while she attempted to perform the shield rites again while Sonic and Rotor went to aid the citizens. Razor's efforts were eventually rewarded with the arrival of reinforcements from the Meropis City Guard. Chaos and Tikal also appeared to aid in driving off the enemy, and Coral was subsequently reinstated as priestess. Razor and his friends-old and new-were then summoned before the king and queen to be thanked for their heroism.
Razor later went surfing with Sonic and Crusher where he told him of his past and how he met Coral. Sonic teased him for liking her which Razor denied. While Sonic ran off, Razor returned to the sea and muttered to himself that Coral would probably want nothing to do with a guy like him.
Razor later joined other citizens of Meropis in watching the Chaos Emerald Championship in betting on the outcomes of each match. While he predicted Nack the Weasel's victory over Bean the Dynamite and Knuckles the Echidna's victory over Amy, he failed to anticipate Nack's loss to Knuckles, and was thus forced to hand over his winnings to Pearly.
The Case of the Pirate Princess
Following the events of the Crisis, Razor took it upon himself to search for Princess Undina, who had been reported missing as he had felt sorry for Coral. Alongside Crusher, Razor set out on his quest to recover the missing princess, first looking at an area called the Knives. He ran headlong into Echo the Dolphin and the Chaotix, who also happened to be searching for Undina. Both Echo and Vector the Crocodile found it convenient that Razor happened to be in pirate-infested waters. But before any interrogation could be done, they were all spotted and caught by a pirate submarine.
Razor is an intimidating and not easily impressed warrior. He is a bit blunt and short-tempered, being prone to attack others when provoked, and supposedly lacks in foresight. However, he is a devoted and caring friend and a fierce protector, willing to do anything for those in his charge, particularly Coral. While somewhat mistrustful of surface-dwelling Mobians, he lacks the outright paranoia displayed by some other denizens of the Great Blue Realm.
Powers and abilities
Razor carries a dagger with a long grey blade, a dark grey handle and a yellow ring-shaped pommel. It has no guard except for a small rim. It serves as his primary tool for self-defense.
Coral the Betta
Razor is extremely loyal to Coral, having appointed himself as her "unofficial" protector and has sworn to look after her. Whenever he thinks Coral is harmed or being talked down to, he is easily provoked and quick to defend her and her honor. He is also very supportive of her as he never loses faith in her and is always willing to give her support. Additionally, wherever Coral goes, he will follow her.
It has been implied that Razor has feelings for Coral. This was seen after Sonic teased him after listing to his story of how Coral saved him. Razor was quick to deny it at first, before questioning to himself whether Coral would ever be in interested in him.
Pearly the Manta Ray
Razor is very close to Pearly the Manta Ray and is like an older brother to her, though he likes to pester her and usually refers to her by "squirt."
- In Sonic Universe #92, Razor's dagger was changed into a much longer, Tanto-style like sword, with the blade's length in this issue being more than twice as long as Razor's palm.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Aleah Baker. Lea's Unimportant Farewell to BK Q&A!. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Universe #92, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part Two: The Princess was Shanghaied"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sonic Super Digest #15, "Sonic Comic Origins - Castaway"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #261, "Waves of Change Part Two: Current Events"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #259 variant cover ending
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #260, "Waves of Change Part One: First Ripples"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "Waves of Change Part Three: Terror in the Deep"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "The Mission"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #287, "Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #91, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part One: Dial "C" for Chaotix"