Team Dark (チームダーク Chīmu Dāku?) is a recurring group in the Sonic the Hedgehog series who first appeared in Sonic Heroes. The team was founded by Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat and E-123 Omega, all of who joined forces to track down their common target: Dr. Eggman. Eventually meeting up with Team Sonic, Team Rose and Team Chaotix, the trio assisted in the defeat of the rogue Metal Sonic. Consisting of highly powerful and fearsome individuals in their own right, Team Dark is a force to be reckoned with and has often appeared to content with some of the world's greatest threats and champions.
Team Dark made its offcial debut in Sonic Heroes. The treasure hunter and thief Rouge hears of a secret treasure in one of Dr. Eggman's bases. Upon entering, she is shocked to find Shadow suspended in a stasis pod. After freeing him, she unknowingly activates E-123 Omega, the last and greatest of the E-100 line of robots. Unfortunately, it isn't until he opens fire that he makes his presence known. Shadow leaps in to action, protecting Rouge from the spray of bullets and telling her "stay here". Before Shadow and Omega are able to make matters any worse, Rouge leaps into the crossfire and is able to stop the chaos. After sitting them both down for an exchange of information, she pieces together the whole story: Omega is mad at the Doctor for sealing him and Shadow has lost his memories. Rouge decides that they team up, seeing that their problems point to Eggman, and officially founding Team Dark. Aside from their run-ins with Eggman, Team Dark also fought against Team Chaotix (due to disgust at being mistaken for Eggman's henchmen, as well as their potentially being rivals for Rouge's hunt for Eggman's treasure) and Team Sonic (simply due to their being in the way of locating Eggman).
This team's gameplay level is of hard difficulty, requiring patience and skill to endure battles. Their extra missions involve them destroying 100 enemies. During boss fights, Team Dark faces the hardest enemies with the least amount of available power-ups. Team Dark's Team Blast is Chaos Inferno. Shadow uses Chaos Control, Omega uses a Beam Cannon and Rouge flies with one hand on Omega's head. This moves deals damage and stops time for 5 to 10 seconds.
This team's theme song is "This Machine" by Julien-K.
Team Dark Objectives
- Seaside Hill — Get to the whale island! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Ocean Palace — Flee from the ancient ruins! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Grand Metropolis — Crush the city under the control of Eggman! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Power Plant — Escape from the chaotic plant!! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Casino Park — Blast through the giant theme park! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- BINGO Highway — Try the high-speed slides! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Rail Canyon — Find the entrance to Eggman's base! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Bullet Station — Annihilate Eggman's base! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Frog Forest — Get through the forest where the wild animals live! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Lost Jungle — Explore the deepest part of the jungle! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Hang Castle — Enter the spooky castle! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Mystic Mansion — Escape from the crazy castle! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Egg Fleet — Land on Eggman's flagship! / Defeat 100 enemies!
- Final Fortress — Get to the core where Eggman is! / Defeat 100 enemies!
Sonic Free Riders
Only two of Team Dark's main members, Shadow and Rouge, appeared in Sonic Free Riders, participating in Dr. Eggman's second World Grand Prix, apparently just to get the cash prize and treasure. After discovering that a third member of there is a requirement in order to participate, Rouge conveniently finds a robot called E-10000B, who acts as the power member of the group. On several occasions, E-10000B pleads at Shadow and Rouge to get some rest but the two denied it. Eventually, just when Team Dark is able to win against Team Rose, E-10000B finally is busted and is escorted away for repairs while Shadow and Rouge take on Team Rose themselves.
At the end of the story, it is revealed that E-10000B is in fact Metal Sonic in disguise, who joined the team in order to copy other character's abilities to make himself strong to enough to challenge Sonic in a race.
In other media
Team Dark finally appeared in the Archie continuity in Sonic Universe's fourth issue. They were sent to the Special Zone by G.U.N. to retrieve a Chaos Emerald. The team was later seen in Sonic Universe's 5th arc, "Treasure Team Tango" pursuing a Sol Emerald with Blaze, Amy and Cream.
Whilst Team Dark did not appear until Sonic Heroes there have been times where the three characters (or some similar combination) have worked together.
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow, Rouge, and Dr. Eggman form an alliance after meeting upon the Space Colony ARK. Together, the three work to gather the Chaos Emeralds, destroy Prison Island, activate the Eclipse Cannon and ultimately conquer the world.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Team Dark features primarily in Shadow's story. In it, Rouge and Shadow are in pursuit of the Scepter of Darkness and later Mephiles the Dark. Omega does not appear in Shadow's Story until Crisis City, where he is found offline. Rouge, after returning to the present and venturing through Tropical Jungle, finds Omega and commands him to deliver a Chaos Emerald to Shadow in the distant future. In Flame Core, after Shadow fights Iblis, he faces off against Mephiles the Dark. When it seems that Mephiles has the upper hand, Omega then comes to Shadow's aid. As Mephiles escapes to the present, Shadow and Omega follow him. Before the battle, Mephiles had shown Shadow that in the future, he will be blamed for the destruction of the world, and Omega then learned that he would be the one to capture him. Shadow later appears at Radical Train and saves Sonic from being killed by Silver. Shadow proceeds to fight Silver as Sonic goes off to chase Dr. Eggman. After Shadow defeats Silver, the two hedgehogs initiate Chaos Control and Shadow shows Silver who the true Iblis Trigger is. In the Aquatic Base, Shadow chases off Mephiles while Silver chases Iblis after the Solaris Project failed. Shadow then used the Scepter of Darkness, given to him by the Duke of Soleanna, to seal Mephiles. Later in Wave Ocean, Omega confesses about him being the one imprisoning Shadow in the future. In the end of Shadow's Story, Team Dark meets up and defeat Mephiles, but he later forms thousands of copies, and Shadow removes his inhibitor rings, and proceeds to destroy the copies, with Rouge and Omega by his side.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood all three members of Team Dark appear throughout the story as recruitable members of Sonic's party. Shadow, compared to other members, can be fought once depending on the player's choices and once more as a requirement before he joins the party. E-123 Omega is one of the two optional party members in the story and only be recruited in Metropolis before Angel Island crashes into it. If all three members of Team Dark are in the player's party, they can perform a special POW move called Metal Storm.
All three members have individual POW moves that pierce armor, Shadow having Chaos Spear, Rouge having Jewel Storm, and Omega having Beam Cannon. This is the only team where all members have all three different attack frequencies (in order from highest to lowest): Shadow attacks three times, Rouge attacks twice and Omega attacks only once.
- The team is supposedly named after the Dark story mode in Sonic Adventure 2, which was the first playable appearances of both Shadow and Rouge.
- In the Archie Comics, Shadow is the one who starts Team Dark, but in Sonic Heroes, Rouge starts it.
- This is the only team in the game with a member that debuts in Sonic Heroes as well as the only team with an inorganic member.
- This is the only team from Sonic Heroes whose power character is not the oldest. Knuckles is 16, Big is 18 and Vector is 20, all the eldest in their teams. However, Shadow is over 50 years old (chronologically) making him older than Omega who not only would have been created sometime much later by Dr. Eggman, but is the last in the line of E-100 series robots. Even withholding Shadow's case, Omega still ranks in as the group's youngest as Rouge is 17.
- This is the only Sonic Heroes team whose leader is a Flight type.
- This is the only Sonic Heroes team in which the Power Type is not specifically "male", as robot's do not technically have genders unless otherwise stated.