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Storm the Albatross, Sonic Riders[1]
Storm the Albatross
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Storm the Albatross
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic Riders

Game
appearances
Appearances
in other media

Archie Comics

Voice actor(s)
English
voice actor(s)
Japanese
voice actor(s)

Kenji Nomura

Biographical overview
Age

19

Birthplace

Unknown

Family

The Babylonians (ancestors)

Physical description
Species

Albatross

Gender

Male

Height

140 cm (4ft 7in)

Weight

80kg (176.3lbs)

Feathers

Gray, dark gray, white, black, red

Eyes

Blue

Attire
  • Tan gloves with large, sock-like cuffs fastened with a dark gray metal hoop
  • Black sneakers with white and yellow stripe accents, which is reinforced by durable gray rubber soles
  • White socks
  • Small beige goggles with clear lenses
  • A necklace consisting of two strings of brown thread and three pieces of grey metal strung on both threads
Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Neutral

Affiliation

Babylon Rogues

Likes
Dislikes
  • Losing
  • Waiting
  • Rivals to the Babylon Rogues
  • Technobabble
  • Wave outwitting or mocking him
  • Knuckles the Echidna
  • Jet yelling at him
  • Failing to meet Jet's standards
  • Having his masculinity and toughness compromised or threatened
  • Darkness[2]
Skills, abilities and powers
Skills
  • World-class Extreme Gear rider
  • Super strength
  • Seasoned thief and talented with sleight of hand
Moves and techniques
Ability type

Power

Storm the Albatross (ストーム・ザ・アルバトロス Sutōmu za Arubatorosu?) is a fictional, 19-year-old anthropomorphic albatross from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is the muscle of the Babylon Rogues, a talented and legendary band of thieves that has existed since ancient times, and is Jet the Hawk's right hand man. An imposing sight, Storm is a hulking albatross that possesses incredible physical strength, making him capable of destroying just about anything in his path.

In general, Storm is somewhat dim-witted and slow on the uptake, but makes up for it in raw power. He is Jet's most loyal follower, and believes his loyalty to him is greater than anyone else's. Because of this, he is always ready for an assignment from Jet. Despite being committed to his duties though, Storm has a quick temper, and his clumsiness constantly succeeds in embarrassing himself and his teammates.

History

Early Life

Storm was born into a clan of thieves known as the Babylon Rogues. He is a descendant of the Babylonians, an alien race that stranded on Earth in ancient times, where they became a legendary band of thieves. Eventually, however, the Babylonians incurred the wrath of the gods and were scattered for all time while their home, Babylon Garden, was cast into the earth. The remaining Babylonians then became a collective clan of thieves, who would continue their legacy of thieving for generations, with Storm being one of the Babylonians' few latest descendants.

At some point in his life, Storm became a member of the Babylon Rogues, where he was joined by Jet the Hawk and Wave the Swallow. Together, the three of them formed the newest generation of Babylon Rogues and continued their clan's legacy of theft, with Storm serving as the team's brawn.

During his carrier as a member Babylon Rogues, Storm and his team engaged in a number of unknown criminal activities, and managed to build up an infamous reputation.

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, Storm and Wave found Dr. Eggman arriving on their airship with a proposition for Jet. The two got to Jet's office to bring the news, where Storm saw the Key to Babylon Garden, which was said could reveal Babylon Garden and its hidden treasure, but he kept it from Wave, thinking she would experiment on it. Eggman then came and revealed the Key to Babylon Garden could reveal Babylon Garden if they collected the seven Chaos Emeralds, though he warned Sonic the Hedgehog would get in their way. Wanting their ancestors' treasure, the Babylon Rogues agreed to work with Eggman.

As a part of Eggman's plan, the doctor hosted the EX World Grand Prix, where the contestants had to pay an entry free of one Chaos Emerald, and the winner got to claim all seven. Storm and his team then had to win it and claim the Emeralds. Traveling to Future City, Wave and his team successfully stole a Chaos Emerald as an entry feed. When they escaped, Storm was knocked off his Type-S by Knuckles, but he hitched a ride on Wave and got away with his team and his Type-S.

With the Chaos Emerald, the Babylon Rogues entered the EX World Grand Prix. After passing the first rounds, Storm bumped into Knuckles in the Egg Factory. Recognizing him from Future City, Storm wanted payback and got ready to fight Knuckles. As they heard that the next race was about to start, however, Storm and Knuckles decided to settle this with the race. Storm lost the race, however, and was eliminated from the competition.

Returning to the Babylon Rogues' airship, Storm apologized to Jet for losing to Knuckles and blamed his loss on Wave's Extreme Gear, provoking an argument with her. After being quieted by Jet, Jet told Storm and Wave that he suspected Eggman was hiding something. As such, Storm was ordered him to sneak into Eggman's base to find whatever the doctor could be hiding, and Storm hurried out on his mission.

Getting into the Ice Factory, Storm stole Eggman's diary and escaped from a flock of E-10000Gs. Despite being late, Storm met up with Jet and Wave outside Sand Ruins just before the EX World Grand Prix finals. From the diary, the group learned that the Treasure of Babylon was not a gem as Eggman made them believe, but actually but actually the Babylonians' advanced technology, which the doctor hoped to use for world domination. Storm was initially disappointed to hear that, but Wave explained that the treasure could still be valuable, so Storm and his team headed for the stadium to finish the Grand Prix.

After Jet won the finals (due to Wave cheating for him), Jet used the Chaos Emeralds with the Key to Babylon Garden to unearth Babylon Garden. Eggman then stole the Key to Babylon Garden and went to get the treasure for himself, promoting Storm and his team to chase after him. Arriving on Babylon Garden, Storm and Wave met Knuckles and Tails, and Storm got ready fight Knuckles when suddenly a group of E-10000s attacked. Storm and the others then promptly made their escape from the robots. When Storm and Wave found Jet, Jet was trying to give the Key to Babylon Garden back to Sonic after he gave it back, because he lost a race to him, but Wave took the Key on behalf of Jet. The Babylon Rogues then entered Babylon Garden to get the treasure, but accidently awoke the Babylon Guardian.

With the timely arrival of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, Storm and the others defeated the Babylon Guardian, and they found the Treasure of Babylon, which they discovered was a Magic Carpet, much to the disappointment of Eggman. With the ordeal over, Storm and his team left Sonic and his friends until they would meet again.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, a few months after the EX World Grand Prix, Storm and his team were on a treasure hunt to Gigan Rocks to find an Ark of the Cosmos, an engine unit for Babylon Garden. After Jet disable the ruins' bobby-trap and got the Ark of the Cosmos, Storm saw Wave wishing on a shooting star and laughed at her, and expected Jet to agree with him, but saw Jet was wishing too. When another shooting star crashed, Storm nervously began to wish as well before the tremors created re-activated the ruins' trap, causing some boulders to drop down on them. However, Storm and his team were saved when Jet used the Ark of the Cosmos and they escape the ruins safely.

Back on the Babylon Rogues' airship, Storm found a news report saying that a SCR-GP stole another Ark of the Cosmos from the Megalo City Museum. Hurrying to Jet's office, Storm showed Jet the news report. Storm was then order by Jet, who wished to collect all five existing Arks of the Cosmos, to take them to Megalo Station, and Storm complied.

Arriving in Monopole, Wave and Storm followed Jet into a dome in Botanical Kingdom where Jet had knocked the robot with the Ark of the Cosmos into. There, Storm noticed that Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Amy were there, and that they had the Ark of the Cosmos they were looking for. Overhearing the group's conversation about MeteorTech, Storm and Wave rejoined Jet and they went ahead of Sonic's group to MeteorTech to gather information.

Arriving at MeteorTech,Storm helped Jet repel the security robots discovering them when he used his Ark of the Cosmos. The Babylon Rogues then met up with Sonic's group, with Storm telling Knuckles they were here to settle the score. When more robots showed, promoting Sonic and his friends to leave and Jet and Wave to chase after them, Storm stayed behind and tried to take Amy's Ark of the Cosmos. In response, Storm was hit by Amy with her Piko Piko Hammer, allowing Amy to get away, but Storm chased after her.

Storm chased Amy to Aquatic Capital, where he was knocked out by Amy's Ark of the Cosmos when she surrendered it to him. As he came to, Storm was scolded by Amy and was ordered to find a way out of there, which Storm agreed to. On their way though, Storm and Amy met SCR-HD, who suddenly blew up after scanning Storm's Ark of the Cosmos. Storm then found an Ark of the Cosmos in SCR-HD, and joyfully ran off to give the two he had obtained to Jet.

After getting back to the Babylon Rogues' airship, Storm gave Jet him his two Arks of the Cosmos, and was glad to see that Jet was pleased. Storm then heard Wave's description of an ancient Babylonian text about a "lightless black" tied to the Arks of the Cosmos, but discovered afterwards that the two Arks of the Cosmos that he brought back had been stolen by Dr. Eggman, who planned to use them to take control of the world's robots and conquer the world. Wasting no time, the Babylon Rogues followed the scientist.

Arriving at the Crimson Tower, Storm and his team met Sonic and his friends, and Wave told them about Eggman's theft. he and his team then raced against Sonic and his friends into Crimson Town with the Arks of the Cosmos at stake.

At the end of the race, which ended in a tie, Eggman was stopped and the robot rampage caused by the Arks of the Cosmos came to an end. After Babylon Garden appeared due to all Arks of the Cosmos being present and Sonic willingly handed over his Arks of the Cosmos, SCR-HD appeared and stole all the Arks of the Cosmos and took them to Babylon Garden. This transformed Babylon Garden into Astral Babylon and made it form a black hole, the "lightless black", that threatened to consume the planet. The Babylon Rogues then followed Team Sonic to Astral Babylon to disconnect its engine and stop the black hole, where they faced and defeated Master Core: ABIS, saving the world.

With the world returning to peace, Astral Babylon back into space and his team content with the events, Storm took his leave with his team.

Sonic Free Riders

In Sonic Free Riders, Storm and the rest of the Babylon Rogues entered the newest World Grand Prix, which was once again hosted by Dr. Eggman (under the alias as King Doc) as Team Babylon, with Storm and the others only joining to seek fame. When Omochao interviewed the team, Storm backed up Jet by saying that Jet was always at the top of his game.

For their first race, Team Babylon went up against Team Dark. After hearing Team Dark trash-talk about Team Babylon, Storm promised to smash them for talking down to Jet. After their first race´and victory, Storm complemented E-10000B, but got annoyed when he received no response and his praise fell on deaf ears. As E-10000B then said that it was a robot and not a machine, Storm took it as a mockery of him, and got angry at it.

Eventually, Storm and his team defeated Team Dark, and advanced to the next round where they faced Team Rose. After hearing Vector insisting on getting the prize money, Storm laughed at him for being so poor that he had to race to make ends meet. As his team secured one victory after another against Team Rose, Storm told his opponents that it was obvious that they would lose.

With the final race against their opponents, Team Babylon defeated Team Rose and advanced to the finals where they met Team Heroes. After Team Heroes had commented, Storm proclaimed that he would teach Knuckles some manners. As Team Babylon achieved a series of victories, Storm helped Wave cheat by sabotaging Team Heroes' Extreme Gear. After Jet defeated Sonic in the final race, and Jet accused Wave for messing with Sonic's Extreme Gear after hearing that Sonic had mechanical issues, Storm tried to pretend that he knew nothing about either. Regardless, Jet got a rematch with Sonic and won, making Team Babylon the winners, and Storm cheered at their victory. When Knuckles then promised that things would be different next time, Storm told him that he would like a challenge like that.

Over the course of the World Grand Prix, Team Babylon received their own respectable number of losses, with Storm initially acting high and mighty before his opponents and mocking them, only to get angry or upset about their losses. At the end of the tournament, all teams had an equal amount of victories and losses, and Storm and the other teams came to the awards ceremony to collect their prize. However, Eggman (as King Doc) made them have a final race against his ultimate Gear-Jockey robot.

After beating the robot, Storm demanded to see the cash prize, but then Eggman dropped his disguise and revealed that he used the World Grand Prix to get the riders' racing data with his E-10000 robots to create the ultimate Extreme Gear which he could use for his own agenda. Eggman then challenged Storm and the others to a race, but lost, and Storm, after backing Jet up on his mockery of Eggman, insisted that they grabbed the racing data. Metal Sonic then revealed himself as the one controlling E-10000B and passing fake data to Eggman, while taking the real data himself in an effort to beat Sonic in Extreme Gear riding.

Storm and the others following watched as Metal Sonic challenged Sonic to a race, in which Sonic defeated his robot copy. Afterwards, as the World Grand Prix came to a close and having learned that there never were a prize, Storm apologized to Jet for not getting anything out of it.

Other Game Appearances

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Series

Though he was not seen himself, a costume of him is seen. This costume makes the Mii's stats alter like all other costumes (excluding the Mario costume since both stats are the same). This costume can be bought using 10 blank cards.

Personality

One of Storm's most defining traits is his lack of intelligence. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, Storm is somewhat dim-witted and can be forgetful, easily mislead, and can trip over even the simples of words. He also gets happy and upset in a childish manner quite fast, hinting his simple mindset. However, what Storm lacks in smarts, he makes up for in raw power.[3]

When confronting others, Storm takes on a rough and tough attitude by expressing his strength or by making threats of payback and/or beating up the people in question, in an effort to daunt them. Storm likewise has a quick temper, easily getting angry when provoked or when he thinks that he has been insulted. When he is angry, Storm becomes a destructive force.[3][4] He is also always quick to start a fight with others without a second thought, always urging his opponent to start a brawl with him right on the spot. He is also rather impatient and hates to wait.[4]

Despite his tough exterior, whenever Storm gets excited, flustered or ill at ease, he tends to stutter, sometimes become gradually speechless, and will drop whatever façade of toughness he may have at that point, and acts like a bumbling and discouraged individual that easily succumb to the orders of others.[3] He is also rather clumsy, always barging into Jet's office, accidently bringing down stuff on the walls, and tripping on his own Extreme Gear.

Like the other members of the Babylon Rogues, Storm is a rather rude person, finding great fun in mocking and laughing at other people, though he rarely throws insults. Regardless, Storm is by far the most sympathetic of the Babylon Rogues, always being quick to apologize to those that he hurts unintentionally, physically or emotionally, such as when he apologized to a E-10000R for punching it, and when he apologized to Amy for chasing her.

Storm is extremely loyal to Jet, who he almost always refers to as "boss". He constantly seeks to please Jet, either going on his assignments without hesitation or helping him in any way he can. Storm will also always support Jet or back him up, and as well insist that Jet never made any mistakes and that it was others' fault. In line with his, Storm gets very happy when he is praised by Jet, and apologizes deeply with great remorse if he fails a mission or somehow insults Jet's pride or dignity.

Storm has a great deal of greedy love for money and treasure, and his primary motivation is to acquire as much wealth as possible, which was the sole reason he and the others on his team willingly competed in the World Grand Prix in Sonic Riders and Sonic Free Riders.

Powers and Abilities

Physical Abilities

As the muscle of the Babylon Rogues, Storm possesses extraordinarily amounts of raw superhuman strength, reaching the point where Storm is considered a force of nature. His strength is so high that the force created from when he claps his hands together can releases gusts of winds powerful enough to blow opponents off their footing and as well inflict damage, and he can as well knock entire cars away and smash nearly anything in his path with a single punch.

On his feet, Storm is noted to lack speed, and is very slow and sluggish with his movements. However, like most other characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Storm is still able to run at amazing speeds. As seen in Sonic Riders, Storm is able to run at high speeds on foot, reaching at least 100 mph.

Storm also has a high degree of physical endurance, being able to take a direct from Amy with her Piko Piko Hammer and only be slightly disorientated from it, and withstand getting hit by a direct jab from Knuckles the Echidna.

Extreme Gear Skills

As a member of the Babylon Rouges, Storm is a highly adept Extreme Gear rider, and is presumably one of the best Extreme Gear riders in the world, having been acknowledged as a legendary wind master[5], though his clumsiness tends to hold him back.

When riding on an Extreme Gear, Storm can move at high speeds and still remain in control of his movement, perform both complex and impressive tricks and body movements while in mid-air, and as well engage in hand-to-hand combat with other Extreme Gear riders while riding his own Extreme Gear.

Miscellaneous Skills

Aside from his strength and Extreme Gear skills, Storm is a talented and professional thief. Having pulled off many successful heists and escaped captured from the authorities, Storm is a seasoned thief and talented with slight of hand. As a testament to his thieving skills, Storm was able to single-handedly infiltrate Eggman's base, steal the doctor's private diary and as well escape capture from a horde of robots.

Equipment

Type-S

Main article: Type-S

Storm's main choice of equipment is his Type-S Extreme Gear. The Type-S is a Board type power-based Extreme Gear, constructed by Wave, which is meant for durable and destructive Extreme Gear riding. Over time, the Type-S has been redesigned to have a wider base to support Storm's bulk, and a maximum hover output to support Storm's weight.

Appearance in Other Media

Archie Comics

In the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic books and spin-offs, Storm was a member of the Battle Bird Armada, but was put in brig for beating up a superior officer. He was eventually freed by Jet the Hawk, alongside Wave the Swallow and together they formed the Babylon Rogues and intended to obtain glory by finding the fabled Babylon Garden before the Battle Bird Armada.

After deflecting from the Battle Bird Armada, Storm and his team were employed by Dr. Eggman to defeat Sonic the Hedgehog, but failed. Following that, Storm and his team attempted to steal one of the Sol Emeralds when it showed up on Mobius, but were forced to retreat by Wave. Eventually, Storm and his team discovered the means of finding Babylon Garden, but were forced to rejoin the Battle Bird Armada. After finding Babylon Garden, Storm and his allies were stopped in their efforts by Sonic, who destroyed Babylon Garden.

Relationships

Jet the Hawk

Storm greatly respects his leader, Jet and refers to him as "Boss". He will do anything to serve him and will always try to accomplish any mission given by him. In the Sonic Channel bio, it is mentioned that Jet is one of his favorite things.

Wave the Swallow

The two seem to get into small arguments, in Sonic Riders. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Storm was making fun of Wave as she was wishing upon a shooting star as he thought that it was childish to think that a shooting star can grant a wish. In Sonic Free Riders, Wave insulted Storm's skills in Extreme Gear, this disheartened Storm, and after that, the two have not talked to each other.

Knuckles the Echidna

When Storm and Knuckles met, Knuckles punched Storm really hard, which caused Storm to fall from his board. Apparently, this was because Storm was stealing at the time. Ever since then, the two have been rivaled for who's a stronger man. When Storm lost against Knuckles in the World Grand Prix, he falsely accused him of having cheated. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity the two showed a spark of anger when they saw each other again. Knuckles thinks of him as a "meathead" and Storm wants to settle the score causing great tension between the two.

Friends/Allies

Rivals

Quotes

  • "Well, uh, egg-head, egg-salad... no..." - Storm informing Jet that Dr. Eggman wanted to talk to him.
  • "I hope your ready for this!" - Storm before starting a race.
  • "Uh-uh! If you get your greasy little hands on this, you'll probably use it in some crazy experiment of yours." - Storm snatching the Jet's cube out of Wave's reach when she tried to grab for it.
  • "Boss... T-the red dude beat me in a race..." - Storm telling Je he lost to Knuckles in a race.
  • "We're here to settle the score from last time!" After meeting up with Sonic and the others in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
  • "Oops, can't let you by until you hand over that stone, little lady!" - Storm telling Amy to hand over the Ark of the Cosmos.
  • "C-crystal clear, ma'am, sir!" - Storm after Amy ordered him to help her find the way back after he chased her.
  • "It's finally time we settle this food! Er, I mean 'fued'?... Yeah, that." -Storm when facing Team Heroes in Team Heroes' story mode in Sonic Free Riders.
  • "Jet the Hawk, leader of the Babylon Rouges, is at the top of his game every day of the week!" - Storm to Omochao during their interview.
  • "I'll smash anyone who talks down to the boss!" - Storm after Rouge claimed that Team Babylon's win was a fluke.
  • "You mockin' me?! You're askin' for it, robot!" - Storm believing that E-10000B is making fun of him.
  • "Hah, hah, hah! This guy's so broke he's gotta race to make ends meet!" - Storm after hearing Vector wanting the cash prize.
  • "Hey, nobody talks thrash about the boss' wins! That was SKILL, not luck!" - Storm after hearing Sonic say that Jet won their race due to luck.

Trivia

  • He has a cameo as Bocoe's stuffed doll on the cover of Sonic X issue 15.
  • A running joke used a few times throughout Sonic Riders is that Storm tends to accidentally startle others. For instance, when he runs into Jet's office without warning, Jet, in a comical fashion, accidentally falls from his chair in surprise.
  • Storm appears as a cameo in Speed Highway in Sonic Generations.
  • Storm's 2D art shows him with nostrils, but his 3D art doesn't.

Gallery

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Storm the Albatross.



References

  1. Storm, to Knuckles in Sonic Riders
  2. Shown indirectly in the missions mode of Sonic Riders.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic Riders English manual
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Channel. Characters: Storm. Sega. Archived from the original on 2008-07-08. Retrieved on 2008-07-09.
  5. "The legendary wind masters of the Babylon Rogues certainly all talk a big game!" - Omochao in Team Babylon's story in Sonic Free Riders.

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