The Red Wisps have heads that each looks like a flaming teardrop with two small spikes at the top. They also have three blue eyes that form a triangular pattern on their heads. They also have three flame-like tentacles that stem from their bottom.
The Red Wisps made their first appearance on both versions of Sonic Colors, though they only appear during cutscenes on the Wii version. When their homeworld was moved to Earth by Dr. Eggman in order to create his interstellar amusement park, the Red Wisps and the rest of their race were threatened to be enslaved by Eggman, who wanted their Hyper-go-on to control the minds of everyone on Earth using a weapon. Fortunately, the Red Wisps and the rest of their race were all freed thanks to the efforts of Sonic the Hedgehog. After Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park imploded into a black hole, the Red Wisps worked together with the rest of their race to stop the black hole and succeeded, before returning their homeworlds to their original places in the universe.
In Team Sonic Racing, the Red Wisps appear as Item Box power-ups. In gameplay, the Red Wisp power-ups provide the player with a continuous speed boost for a short time while flames shoot out of the back of the racer's vehicle.
Being Wisps, the Red Wisps are halcyon and social. Overall, they are peaceful, playful, non-hostile and friendly of nature, and enjoy spending most of their time playing with others. While they are not fighters, they are nonetheless brave and very helpful towards their friends and allies.
The Red Wisps are a lively and energetic type of Wisps, but come off as slightly scatterbrained.
Powers and abilities
The Red Wisps are able to levitate in midair at will, which serves as their main method of transportation.
The Red Wisps are able to generate and store their own unique variant of a powerful energy known as Hyper-go-on inside their own bodies, which is their life source. It is unclear to what extent they can use their own Hyper-go-on, through they have been shown being able to restrain black holes made of Hyper-go-on.
The Red Wisps are able to pass on a fraction of their Hyper-go by phasing into the recipient. When organic beings or robots receive their Hyper-go-on, they can transform into the Red Burst which can induce powerful explosions.
In other media
The Red Wisps made an appearance in the Archie Comics' adaption of Sonic Colors, in Sonic the Hedgehog #219. In the comics, some Red Wisps and a few other Wisps were chased by Orbot, Cubot and a pack of Egg Pawns, but one Red Wisp was saved by Sonic. After Sonic destroyed the Egg Pawns in a flash and send Orbot and Cubot running. A Red Wisp then joined Sonic, Tails, Yacker and some other Wisps, as Sonic ventured out to save the Wisp race from Eggman.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing, the Red Wisps are aliens from Planet Wisp. Much like in the games, some of them have settled down on Sonic's world where they help out the planet's inhabitants from time to time.