|Wave the Swallow|
Wave the Swallow
110 cm (3 ft 7 in)
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Wave the Swallow (ウェーブ・ザ・スワロー Uēbu za Suwarō?) is a fictional anthropomorphic swallow from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is the technical and mechanical expert of the current generation of Babylon Rogues. She is the daughter of the tech expert of the previous generation of Babylon Rogues, which she takes after, and takes care of her groups' customized Extreme Gears.
Because of her knowledge on Extreme Gear, Wave is brimming with self-confidence and can be a bit of a trash-talker, being highly critical of others' work with Extreme Gear. She hates thick-headed or stupid people and she tends to give advice only she can understand. Regardless, Wave is level-headed and serves as the voice of reason in of the Babylon Rogues, though she is often mistreated by the other members.
Wave was born into a clan of thieves known as the Babylon Rogues. She is a descendant of the Babylonians, an alien race that stranded on Earth in ancient times and 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 Wave being one of the Babylonians' few latest descendants.
During her early life, Wave was raised by her father, who taught her his technical and mechanical skills. At some point in her life, she became a member of the Babylon Rogues, where she was joined by Jet the Hawk and Storm the Albatross. Together, the three of them formed the newest generation of Babylon Rogues and continued their clan's legacy of theft, with Wave serving as the team's technological genius and Extreme Gear mechanic.
During her carrier as a member Babylon Rogues, Wave and her team engaged in a number of unknown criminal activities, and managed to build up an infamous reputation.
In Sonic Riders, Wave and Storm found Dr. Eggman arriving on their airship with a proposition for Jet. The two got to Jet's office to bring the news, where Wave noticed the Key to Babylon Garden, which was said could reveal Babylon Garden and its hidden treasure, but Storm kept her from looking at it. Eggman then arrived 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. The plan was then to have Wave and her team win it and claim the Emeralds. Traveling to Future City, Wave and his team successfully stole a Chaos Emerald as an entry feed. While escaping, Wave caught Storm when he was knocked off his Type-S by Knuckles and got away with her team.
With the Chaos Emerald, the Babylon Rogues entered the EX World Grand Prix. After the qualification rounds, Wave met Team Heroes in Splash Canyon where she intended to investigate the group's Extreme Gear. After being allowed to take a look at Tails' Blue Star, Wave secretly planted a bomb on it, before openly dismissing it as a piece of junk and left. In the following races, Wave beat Amy, but was eventually eliminated from the competition herself.
A while later, Wave returned to the Babylon Rogues' headquarters where she argued with Storm when he blamed her for his loss to Knuckles. After being quieted by Jet, Jet told Wave and Storm that he suspected Eggman was hiding something and as such send Storm to find whatever the doctor could be hiding. As Wave and Jet awaited Storm's return in Green Cave, Wave began to fret. When Jet then told her to calm down, Wave became frustrated by his attitude and lecturing him on his responsibilities, until she noticed Jet had snuck away.
At the finals of the World Grand Prix, Wave and Jet waited outside Sand Ruins when Storm returned, having brought Eggman's diary with him. As Wave examined it, the group learned that the Treasure of Babylon was not a gem as Eggman made them believe, but actually the Babylonians' advanced technology, which the doctor hoped to use for world domination. When Jet tried abandon the plan after hearing this, Wave convinced him to stay and win the finals by stating the possibility that the treasure could still be valuable.
At Jet was losing to Sonic in the finals, Wave detonated the bomb below Sonic's Blue Star, allowing Jet to win. Jet then used the Chaos Emeralds with the Key to Babylon Garden to unearth Babylon Garden, but Eggman stole the Key and went to get the treasure for himself, promoting Wave and the others to chase after him. Arriving on Babylon Garden, Wave and Strom met Tails and Knuckles, when a group of E-10000s attacked. Recognizing the danger, Wave escaped the robots with Storm. When they found Jet, he was trying to give the Key to Babylon Garden back to Sonic after he gave it back, because he lost a race to him. Wave, however, took the Key on behalf of Jet, insisting "treasure is treasure". The Babylon Rogues then entered Babylon Garden to get the treasure, but accidently awoke the Babylon Guardian.
With the timely arrival of Team Heroes and Amy, Wave and the others defeated the Babylon Guardian and found the Treasure of Babylon, which they discovered was a Magic Carpet, much to Eggman's disappointment. Wave and Tails however, saw that the Magic Carpet was an ancient prototype of Extreme Gear. With the ordeal over, Wave and the rest of the Babylon Rogues left Sonic and his friends until they met again.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, a few months after the EX World Grand Prix, Wave and her 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, Wave noticed a shooting star in the sky and tried to make a wish, despite being ridiculed by Storm. Shortly after though, some falling meteors created some small tremors that re-activated the ruins' trap, causing some boulders to drop down on them. However, Wave and her team were saved when Jet used the Ark of the Cosmos and they escape the ruins safely.
Back on the Babylon Rogues airship, Wave began analyzing the Ark of the Cosmos and told Jet about her discoveries. Having also read up on the Babylonian scrolls that there were five Arks of the Cosmos in total, Wave had just been ordered by Jet to by build a radar to find the Arks of the Cosmos when Storm came in and showed a news report saying that a SCR-GP stole an Ark of the Cosmos from the Megalo City Museum. The Babylon Rogues then left for Megalo Station, intending to claim the artifact from the robot.
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, Wave saw 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, Wave and Storm rejoined Jet and they went ahead of Sonic's group to MeteorTech to gather information.
Arriving at MeteorTech, Wave 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 Wave greeting Tails. When more security robots showed up though, Sonic and his friends left, promoting Wave and Jet to chase after them.
When they got to the control room, Wave and the others found Dr. Eggman, who owned MeteorTech. Under persuasion, the doctor revealed that the MeteorTech mother computer had an Ark of the Cosmos, and that the robots that were currently on a global rampage were collecting more Arks of the Cosmos which was due to the Arks of the Cosmos' influence on them. Wave and the others then noticed that both Amy and Storm were gone, and saw on monitor images that Amy was currently being chased by Storm and SCR-HD. Returning to the Babylon Rogues' airship, Wave worked on analyzing some ancient Babylonian texts. When Storm returned with two Arks of the Cosmos, Wave had deciphered from the texts that the Arks of the Cosmos were severed from Babylon Garden's engine because they almost triggered a "lightless black". No sooner though, Wave and the others discovered that two of their Arks of the Cosmos had been stolen by 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 Eggman.
Arriving at the Crimson Tower, Wave and her team met Sonic and his friends, and Wave explained to them about the Crimson Tower. She and her 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 with a tie, Eggman was stopped and the global robot rampage came to an end. After Babylon Garden appeared due to all Arks of the Cosmos being present and Sonic handed over his Arks of the Cosmos, Wave packed the Arks of the Cosmos and prepared to head to Babylon Garden with her team. However, she was attacked by SCR-HD, who 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", which would consume the planet. After Wave said they could stop the black hole by disconnecting Babylon Garden's engine, the Babylon Rogues followed Team Sonic to Astral Babylon, where they faced and defeated Master Core: ABIS, saving the world.
With the world returning to peace and Astral Babylon back into space, Wave asked Jet if he was okay with the truth about their origin. Hearing that Jet was content with it, Wave took her leave with her team.
Sonic Free Riders
In Sonic Free Riders, Wave 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 Wave and the others only joining to seek fame. When Omochao had an interview with the team, Wave wished for the races to start so they could win the huge cash prize and be on their way, though she was convinced by Jet to pity their first opponents.
In their first race, Team Babylon faced Team Dark. As Team Dark trash-talked about Team Babylon, Wave advised Jet to just ignored them. After Team Babylon won their first race against Team Dark, Wave defended Jet when Rouge rebuked his complement, before seeing Storm argue with E-10000B, to which she questioned Storm of why he was arguing with a machine. After defeating Team Dark, as Omochao reached Team Babylon for comments, Wave expressed her absolute confidence in winning the tournament.
For their next race, Team Babylon went up against Team Rose. As Team Babylon won one challenge after another, Wave taunted Vector by saying that he had to have a hard time racing while babysitting his teammates.
Eventually, Team Babylon defeated Team Rose and advanced to the finals with Team Heroes. Wave, however, remained unconcerned about facing them, believing that Team Heroes could not win using Tails's Extreme Gear. As her team stood strong against Team Heroes, Wave, with Storm's help, began to sabotage Team Heroes' Extreme Gear. At the final race, Wave rudely rebuked Tails's complements and mocked his work, before assuring Jet that he would win. Jet grew suspicious that Wave had cheated for him, but Wave pretended to know nothing. After Jet defeated Sonic, Wave was accused Jet for messing with Sonic's Extreme Gear after hearing that he had mechanical issues, but Wave played innocent. Regardless, Jet got a rematch with Sonic and won, ensuring Team Babylon's victory, and Wave praised Jet for his victory. As Tails told Wave that he would research more on Extreme Gear until next time, she told him not to expect catching up to her level of expertise, but encouraged him nonetheless.
Over the course of the World Grand Prix, Team Babylon had their own number of losses, with Wave staying confident and mocking their opponents at the beginning, only to be in disbelief (once even in denial) at their defeat. At the end of the tournament, all teams had an equal amount of victories and losses, and Wave 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, Wave mocked Eggman's lack of knowledge about Extreme Gear, 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 Wave and the others to a race, but lost, and Wave mocked the doctor's inability to determine the reason for his loss, before dismissing Storm suggestion to take the racing data because it was useless to them. 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.
Jet 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, Wave was upset about leaving the competition empty-handed, which would kill the Babylon Rogues' reputation.
Because of her knowledge, Wave is brimming with self-confidence. She is very arrogant about her expertise at constructing any type of Extreme Gear, certain that no one can match her in the field of Extreme Gear mechanics. She is a super achiever and holds very high standards for how Extreme Gears should be and never hesitates to dismiss others Extreme Gear. She takes great pride in her skills and is passionate about her profession, becoming indignant when someone insults or blames her work for their own failures. She has a keen eye for detail, takes notice of everything and hates thick-headed and stupid people. Also, she tends to give advice understandable to only herself and not others.
Wave often refuses to admit others' talents with Extreme Gear mechanics due to her dislike of anyone who could rival her. She often hold back on her compliments and will either continue to dismiss or deny that the person has any skill at all to cover up any sense of generous gesture she may hold. In the cases she does give compliments, she will disguise them as insults. It is only in the rarest of cases that Wave gives well-meant compliments.
While generally fun-loving like the rest of the Babylon Rogues, Wave is very level-headed and serve as the voice of reason amongst her group, often lecturing Jet and Storm of their responsibilities. Because her teammates' unreliability, Wave believes that she has to take change of the team if anything is to get done. She is very serious on a job, staying dedicated to the task at hand and insists on no lack of dedication. When things do not go as planned, however, she tends to get impatient. Also, she can also be quite stubborn and obstinated when making a decision.
Wave is usually rude, and has a sly attitude and snide sense humor. Being the most outgoing of the Babylon Rogues, Wave has no problem insulting others and mock others' Extreme Gear. She will also take complements or conversations from others and twist them around so that she can throw them back at others as a snide comment. Also, in races, Wave finds fun in insulting and degrading her opponents' skills.
When it comes to accomplishing her teams' goal, Wave is perfectly willing to cheat in official competitions, such as sabotaging Sonic's Extreme Gear in Sonic Riders and Sonic Free Riders, even without Jet knowing it. Likewise, she will gladly take whatever beneficial chance that might present itself, such as taking the Key to Babylon Garden on behalf of Jet when Sonic returned it, despite Jet refusing.
Wave also has a great deal of greedy love for money and treasure, and her primary motive in life is to acquire as much wealth as possible, which was the sole reason she willingly competed in the World Grand Prix in Sonic Riders and Sonic Free Riders.
Powers and Abilities
Mechanical Skills and Intelligence
Easily the most intelligent of the current generation of Babylon Rogues, Wave is very knowledgeable and a superb mechanic. Her specialty lies in the field of Extreme Gear mechanics, and is presumably the foremost Extreme Gear expert in the world. Described as a really brilliant mecha mechanic, Wave is a mechanical genius, gifted in craft of Extreme Gear mechanics, and has advanced mechanical knowledge and experience about tuning, building and the workings of Extreme Gear that far surpasses that of both Tails and Dr. Eggman.
Besides Extreme Gear, Wave is also well-versed in other types of mechanics and technologies, being able to fix many things and shows well-above general knowledge of the functions and operations of different technology, such as microchip-sized diaries, MeteorTech's signal network, explosives, and even the Babylonians' technology. Additionally, Wave is also quite intelligent in the field of science and physics, being able to analyze and understand the scientific concepts of the Arks of the Cosmos. She also has knowledge about how to decipher the ancient texts written by the Babylonians.
Extreme Gear Skills
As a member of the Babylon Rouges, Wave 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. When riding on an Extreme Gear, Wave can move expertly at high speeds, perform both complex and impressive tricks and body movements while in mid-air, and engage in combat with other Extreme Gear riders while riding her own Extreme Gear and not lose control. She is also able to ride her Extreme Gear through mid-air with great precisions and control over her movements.
Aside from her intelligence and Extreme Gear skills, Wave is a talented and professional thief. Having pulled off many successful heists and escaped captured from the authorities, Wave is a skilled thief and talented with slight of hand.
While not having been shown fighting in direct hand-to-hand combat, Wave is skilled at utilizing various types of gadgets and tools efficiently in combat, ranging from using giant wrench/spanners as clubs to planting small explosives on her opponents.
Weaponry and Equipment
Wave's main choice of equipment is her Type-W Extreme Gear. The Type-W is a Board type flight-based Extreme Gear, constructed by Wave herself, which is meant for flight at high altitude. Thanks to Wave's Extreme Gear mechanics expertise, the Type-W is a highly advanced piece of technology with an ultra-compact body that contains high-standard mechanics.
When engaged in combat, Wave preferred choice of weapon is a large wrench/spanner that she uses skillfully as a club in melee combat to whacks her foes. However, she also uses small packs of dynamite and other explosives that she plants on her opponents and then detonates for maximum damage.
Appearances in Other Media
In the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic books and spin-offs, Wave was a member of the Battle Bird Armada, but was put in brig when she tried to modify Dr. Fukurokov's engines. She was eventually freed by Jet the Hawk, alongside Storm the Albatross, 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, Wave and her team were employed by Dr. Eggman to defeat Sonic the Hedgehog, but failed. Following that, Wave and her team attempted to steal one of the Sol Emeralds when it showed up on Mobius, but she made her team retreat. Eventually, Wave and her team discovered the means of finding Babylon Garden, but were forced to rejoin the Battle Bird Armada. After finding Babylon Garden, Wave and her allies were stopped in their efforts by Sonic, who destroyed Babylon Garden.
Wave views Jet as an unreliable younger brother, but regardless, she does respect his role as leader and follows his leadership.
Unlike Storm, Wave would not be bothered if she would call her leader, Jet, by his name. She is the creator of Type-J and always does whatever Jet tells her to do. She seems annoyed when Jet told her that her speeches are boring. However, despite almost always listening to Jet, she says in Sonic Riders, "Unless I take charge, nothing ever gets done here!". In Sonic Free Riders, she acts much more loyal towards Jet when she shows concern for his disapproval of Team Dark, telling him that he should just ignore them. Also, in one cutscene, she slightly bows towards Jet, approving of his riding skills. Despite this attitude change, she lies to him in the game. In the Babylon Story, before Jet was about to race Sonic, he told Wave not to cheat by doing "something" to Sonic's Extreme Gear. Wave tells him that she did not do anything to his gear, and they race. Suspiciously, Jet won, much to his concern, and found out that Wave did mess up Sonic's gear. Wave apologized and claimed herself guilty, while Sonic and Jet were ready for their rematch without Wave cheating.
Storm and Wave are friends, but the two seem to get into small arguments, much to Jet's annoyance. When Storm lost against Knuckles, he complained to Wave and Jet that he must have cheated. Wave then thought he was criticizing how she built his Extreme Gear, which angered her and caused her to shout "What!? Are you implying that you lost because of MY Gear!!? No one can tune a Gear the way I can!!! Accept it, buddy! It's not the board. Your skills just suck!". Storm, feeling shocked and disheartened by this, repeated "Wh-wh-what?! Su...S...S...Suck!?" to which Wave replied; "Yes. 'S-U-C-K. Suck."
Wave and Tails are rivals at inventing, since they are both intelligent. In Sonic Riders, Wave was impressed by Tails' inventions but couldn't admit it; when she examined the custom Extreme Gear Tails had created for Sonic, she privately noted that it was 'not half bad, for an amateur...', but out loud she insulted it instead, saying that he had made "a piece of junk". She also teased Tails by calling him "shorty". In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the two did not seem to rival each other at anything. When Wave was injured by the robots in the game, Tails was seen trying to help her get up. In Sonic Free Riders, she called him "shrimp" instead. Once again, they did not talk much or show much rivalry until one scene, when Tails examined the Extreme Gear she made and commented, ''Your Gear is still as amazing as ever, Wave...". Wave ungratefully replied, "Is that supposed to be sarcasm, shrimp?", much to Tails' dismay, and he told her that he actually meant it. Wave and Tails have not spoken to each other since.
- "You think you could win with that board?" - Wave before starting a race.
- "This isn't half bad for an amateur." - Wave's thoughts on the Blue Star.
- "Man you really are worthless!" Wave to Storm when following him into Jet's room after Storm barged into the room.
- "What! Are you implying that you lost because of my Gear?!" - Wave hearing Storm blame his defeat on her Extreme Gear.
- "Really, Jet! How can you be so relaxed at a time like this? Don't you see? As a leader, you've got responsibilities." - Wave complaining on Jet being lazy and not taking the leadership seriously.
- "Unless I take charge, nothing ever gets down here." - Wave noticing that Jet left her.
- "Wha-? Are you crazy? If they don't want it, then let's take it. Treasure is treasure." - Wave shocked at Jet rejecting the Key to Babylon from Sonic.
- "Long time, no see, Shorty." - Wave meeting Tails in MeteorTech.
- "And just exactly what's wrong with being it for the treasure, hmm?" - Wave about competing for the prize of the World Grand Prix in Sonic Free Riders.
- "Wow, tripped over a monosyllabic word, Storm. Good for you..." - Wave on Storm's mistake of using the word 'food' instead of 'fued' in Sonic Free Riders.
- "Is that supposed to be sarcasm, shrimp?" - Wave in response to Tails' compliment in Sonic Free Riders.
- "If that was the result of your best efforts, this next race is going to be a disappointment." - Wave's comment on Tails's research on Extreme Gear.
- "Don't expect to catch up to my level of expertise, but hey... Knock yourself out, shrimp." - Wave to Tails after defeating Team Heroes.
- "It's bad luck. It HAS to be bad luck." - Wave after losing to Team Rose in Sonic Free Riders.
- "You call yourself a genius and you can't identify the problem?" - Wave taunting Dr. Eggman after he lost his race in Sonic Free Riders.
- Wave is the only female member of the Babylon Rogues.
- Even though her 2D art shows her hair with a dark part, this is nowhere to be found in her 3D art, but it can be seen in her Sonic Free Riders artwork.
- An odd trait that Wave has is her curved beak. However, her species have straight beaks.
- Her beak also has nostrils in her 2D artwork, as is the case for Jet and Storm.
- When Wave is scolding Jet about his responsibilities in Sonic Riders, she starts speaking quickly, to the comical point where her speech is sped up. When the scene is slowed down, it is revealed that she is speaking with her Japanese voice in the English version.
- Both her English and Japanese voice actresses play Sakura Haruno in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden as of 2010.
- Wave seems to be more loyal to Jet in Sonic Free Riders than in the first and second Riders games, possibly due to the fact that Jet has noticeably matured.
- Wave makes a cameo appearance in Speed Highway in Sonic Generations.
- Wave is shown to be very competitive and can't stand losing almost as much as Jet. However, she usually uses some dirty trick to sabotage Sonic and his friends.
- On Wave's Sonic Riders series 2D artwork the flames on her wrist are dark purple however on her Sonic Channel and 3D artwork the flames are pink or lavender.
- Wave is the only female bird character in the games.
- Wave (as well as Storm) has yet to appear playable in games outside the Sonic Riders series.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sonic Channel
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Riders official website. Retrieved on 2008-07-09.
- ↑ "No one can tune a Gear the way I can!" - Wave in Sonic Riders.
- ↑ "Yeah, but she has a point. She's a really briliant mecha mechanic" - Tails in Sonic Riders.
- ↑ "While she's capable of fixing many things, Extreme Gear is her specialty, and her knowledge and experience surpass both Tails and Eggman in this area." - Sonic Riders English manual.
- ↑ "The legendary wind masters of the Babylon Rogues certainly all talk a big game!" - Omochao in Team Babylon's story in Sonic Free Riders.
- ↑ Sonic Riders Japanese manual.