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This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic Boom continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.

Quotation1 Who is ready to soar like an eagle!? Quotation2
Soar the Eagle, "Aim Low"

Soar the Eagle is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom television series. He is an anthropomorphic eagle and a television personality who runs a business as a motivational speaker and life coach. Aided by the Walrus Camera Man, he is also the local news journalist and anchorbird for the television network on Seaside Island.[4][3][2]

Concept and creation

According to Bill Freiberger, Soar the Eagle was added to the series for the purpose of the plot of "Aim Low". Soar originally came from Alan Denton and Greg Hahn who were very specific about his design to emphasize his role as a motivational speaker. However, because the show had a limited budget for how many characters they could produce, Soar was given another profession to fill out the cast, and it was decided that newscaster seemed as the logical choice for him. This morphed Soar into a television personality for the series.[1][5]

Appearance

Soar is a very muscular, wingless, and tall humanoid bird at Dr. Eggman's height. His plumage is mainly turquoise while white around his head, neck, chest and tail feathers. Additionally, he has a pair of feathers sticking out from his forearms, chest and back of his head, and he has bushy eyebrows, a sharp yellow beak with uneven teeth, and orange eyes with black rims behind them. His attire consists of a pink and dark pink polo shirt, a pair of dark blue headphones with a microphone, white gloves, long yellow socks, and white, turquoise and red sneakers. Both his shoes and shirt are emblazoned with his logo.

History

TV series

Past

Supposedly, Soar did not have the best of relationships with his father and wanted to show him up.[2] At some point, he also had a daughter and would pay for her private school with the money he had saved up for some golf cubs.[3]

Season one

Having launched his advertisement for his life coaching seminar, Soar was contacted by Dr. Eggman who needed help getting his confidence back. Seeing a challenge in Eggman, Soar got the doctor fired up and rebuilt him by having him achieve some small evil successes. In the middle of Soar's seminar however, he was fired by Eggman when he got arrogant, making Soar warn him of the consequences of his choice.[6]

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Soar and the Walrus Camera Man doing a news report on Sonic's trial.

Soar later did a live news report on the trial between Sonic and Eggman when the latter sued Sonic, right from the beginning to its aftermath which concluded in Eggman's defeat.[4] Being the television personality he is, Soar later helped promote the "Survival Skills Made Easy" show on TV.[7] Returning to the news business, Soar would do news reports on the Battle of the Buns and on how Sonic's infamous "just a guy" comment sent the Village into an uproar by interviewing an angry mob.[8][9]

Receiving a video from Dave the Intern declaring he had caught Eggman and hijacked his forces, Soar did a news report on it. As Soar interviewed Sonic on what he made of this, both of them agreed that Dave was no threat.[10] When New Year's Eve later arrived, Soar came to the party in the Village Center where he not only did a TV report on the events alongside Comedy Chimp, but also got to enjoy the festivities. Amidst this, Dr. Eggman used his Slow Motion Machine to slow down time long enough for him to beat Sonic in something before New Year, though Soar did not see Eggman's victory as it happened too fast for him to notice.[11] Soar soon after had a new assignment where he did a coverage on Justin Beaver's rise to fame, though Soar was little bitter about it as Justin made his daughter think he was not cool anymore.[3]

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Soar trying to interview Knuckles.

When Knuckles became a celebrity, Soar tried in vain to interview him. When Comedy Chimp then had to take a temporary leave, Soar offered to guest host the Comedy Chimp Show, secretly hoping the network would make him the permanet host. Instead however, Knuckles was chosen.[12] Soar later joined an angry mob at the town hall when Sonic was apparently robbing the Village, where Knuckles volunteered to find Sonic. Soar and some other villagers followed Knuckles on his hunt to help, but soon lost both him and Sonic. They then tried looking for Sonic alone, unaware Sonic had cleared his name in the meantime.[13] Another time, Soar came to the Robot Battle Royale to watch the tournament, where he saw Eggman steal Tails' Hypno-bot at the end.[14]

Upon the completion of his self-help book Counter Productive, Soar made an appearance on the Comedy Chimp Show to tell the viewers about his new book.[15]

Season two

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Soar interviewing Sonic on Tommy's heroics.

While Tommy Thunder was in town, Soar did several news reports on the action movie star and his activities, including Tommy's latest movie promotion, his "capture" of the Weasel Bandits, and his supposed victory over Obliterator Bot.[16] Hearing later that an asteroid would impact the earth, Soar showed up to buy a spot in Eggman's bunker to ride out the impending apocalypse in. Although Soar did not get a spot, Team Sonic would stop the asteroid.[17] Soar later did a news story on a new scissor factory before being inspired by Sticks to interview Mayor Fink, but on his new puppies instead of his relation to the current water crisis as Sticks wanted. Soar was later fired as a journalist, but got his job back when his replacement Sticks quit, and was soon back to doing fluff news despite a newfound appreciation for his job.[2]

Personality

Soar is confident, charming, encouraging and all-inspiring, driving others to be the best they can be by following his motto "soar like an eagle." He is fully dedicated to his jobs and always faces them to the best of his abilities. However, he is far from overconfident and stays realistic before idealistic, keeping a clear and rational view on the tasks ahead of him and understands the consequences of the wrong choices.[6]

As a life coach, Soar can be quite stern and assertive when he has to, to the point where he appears scary, and he will downright insult his clients to push them to better thmselves. However, he is a focused businessman first and foremost, going to the extend of bluntly asking for his payment and cleverly convincing his clients to buy his products.[6] Being also a news journalist, he will occasionally twist the words of the people he interviews.[4] In the field of journalism however, Soar is not motivated by the idea of seeking out the truth for the people, and is more easily persuaded by the promise of personal recognition. After losing his job though, Soar came to understand the power of the truth and promised not to squander it again, though it still does not stop him from doing fluff news stories.[2]

Soar is a germaphobe and does as such not like others touching him and vise versa.[6] He can be self-sacrificing in his own way though, giving up his own money to pay for his daughter's school despite his own wishes.[3]

Powers and abilities

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Soar chops a plank of wood.

While not shown on the level of superhuman, Soar is in peak physical condition, capable of jumping as high as a professional basketball player and breaking a thick wooden plank with a single chop. As a life coach and motivational speaker, he is also very skilled in inspiring others and can instill confidence in even the most esteem-deprived individuals.[6]

Equipment

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Soar with his jetpack.

Soar owns a highly technologically jetpack which enables him flight.[6] It consists of a grey metal frame extending behind the neck and over the his shoulders like backpack straps, a faster in front of the chest and an engine on the back that is aligned horizontally. It is controlled by four red buttons on the "straps".

Quote

"Thank you everybody, you're all clear for take-off, hahaha... who has my check?"
—Soar after getting Eggman pepped up, "Aim Low"
"I'm not sure it would work... well, if I was not a germaphobe, I'd slap you. Now, do as I say and show the world your greatness!"
—Soar coaching Eggman, "Aim Low"
"If you think high-self-esteem, confidence and inner peace are things that can be achieved without outside help, you sir, are sadly mistaken!"
—Soar warning Eggman about quitting his seminar too soon, "Aim Low"

Trivia

  • A running gag occurring in the series is Soar appearing in the subsequent scene after someone expresses their believe in the occurrences of events to state that the complete opposite has occurred.
  • Many fans has liken Soar to Silver the Hedgehog due to his black eye rims and busy eyebrows resembling Silver's.
  • The network Soar broadcasts for is sponsored by Meh Burger.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Boomcast Episode 8: Welcome to Freibergers. Sonic Boomcast (25 March 2015). Retrieved on 26 March 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Freiberger, Sam (26 November 2016). "Nutwork". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 55. Boomerang.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (15 August 2015). "Battle of the Boy Bands". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 39. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harrison, Reid (14 March 2015). "Don't Judge Me". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.
  5. Sonic Boom Commentary: Ep 15 - Aim Low with guest Bill Freiberger. Youtube (28 February 2014). Retrieved on 1 March 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (28 February 2015). "Aim Low". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.
  7. Harrison, Reid (9 May 2015). "Into the Wilderness". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 25. Cartoon Network.
  8. Harrison, Reid (13 July 2015). "Chez Amy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 27. Cartoon Network.
  9. Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (22 July 2015). "Just a Guy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 34. Cartoon Network.
  10. Harrison, Reid (1 August 2015). "Next Top Villain". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 37. Cartoon Network.
  11. Harrison, Reid (8 August 2015). "New Year's Retribution". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 38. Cartoon Network.
  12. Harrison, Reid (5 September 2015). "Late Night Wars". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 42. Cartoon Network.
  13. Harrison, Reid (19 September 2015). "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 44. Cartoon Network.
  14. Van Liemt, Romain; Grenier, Benoit (26 September 2015). "Robot Battle Royale". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 45. Cartoon Network.
  15. Grenier, Benoit (7 November 2015). "Counter Productive". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 51. Cartoon Network.
  16. Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (29 October 2016). "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 53. Cartoon Network.
  17. Sellner, Joelle (19 November 2016). "Spacemageddonocalypse". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 54. Boomerang.

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