Wisps (ウィスプ Uisupu?) are a fictional beings from the Sonic the Hedgehog series which first appeared in Sonic Colors. They are a diminutive, yet playful and powerful alien species originating from Planet Wisp, but can also be found on many planets across the universe.
During one of Dr. Eggman's plots, the Wisps and their home world were enslaved by the doctor, but were freed by Sonic. While most of the Wisps followed Mother Wisp back home after that, some decided to stay behind as they had come to like Earth. In remembrance of his deeds, they will offer Sonic help whenever he needs it.
In gameplay, the Wisps can give Sonic different Color Powers to help him in the game's levels, which can be used once the player collects a Wisp. Since their debut, the Wisps have become a staple in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, having appeared several main titles since their introduction, and, as according to Takashi Iizuka, the Wisp powers will be a standard gameplay feature for future Sonic the Hedgehog games.
The Wisps are similar in overall appearance and motion to underwater cephalopods, such as squids, whose bodies are composed of Hyper-go-on. Regular Wisps come in fourteen known natural variants, each with their own unique skin color, body shape and number of eyes (ranging from one to three). However, regular Wisps all share certain common physical characteristics, such as having a mouthless head with three tentacles stemming from the bottom and being not much taller than half a meter. The Nega-Wisps, however, while having a head with three tentacles and same size as regular Wisps, lack any eyes and possess wide mouths with sharp teeth.
Mother Wisp is an unique variant of Wisps different from the regular ones in terms of anatomy, being almost eight meters tall and resembles more that of a jellyfish with four very long tentacles.
Characteristics and culture
The Wisps are a halcyon and social species, and are as much sentient beings as the dominant races on Earth, such as humans. While each type of Wisp tend to lean towards certain characteristics, the Wisps are overall peaceful, playful, non-hostile and friendly of nature, and enjoys spending most of their time playing with others.
The Wisps appear to possess no form of technology and only have an extremely minimal level of urbanized civilization, such as simple tree slides. Instead, they live a simple and naturalistic lifestyle that is completely in harmony with the nature of their homeworld.
The Wisps have their own unique verbal language that they use to communicate between themselves with, which comes off as an incomprehensible, warbling sound.
Powers and abilities
Though small and harmless of nature, the Wisps are an extremely powerful race when working together. All Wisps are able to levitate at will, which serve as their main method for movements.
Each Wisp has the natural ability to generate and store Hyper-go-on, an extremely powerful energy source inside their own bodies, which is their life source. Each type of Wisp generates it own unique version of this energy, with each variant having its own effects. When combining their collective Hyper-go-on, the Wisps are capable of unbelievable feats, such as carrying objects through levitation, move at nearly unreachable speeds, undo the mutation on Nega-Wisps, restrain and extinguish black holes made from negative Hyper-go-on, and even teleport planet-sized objects.
The majority of the Wisps possesses unique abilities known as Color Powers. By phasing into the bodies of other beings, they can lend them a fraction of their Hyper-go-on to grant special abilities, depending on the Wisp's type. However, the user can only carry one Wisp at a time to utilize a Color Power's full potential.
While much of the Wisp race's past is unclear, it is known that all Wisps originate from one progenitor Wisp, known as Mother Wisp. This single Wisp gave life to all the individual types of Wisp and raised them as her children. The Wisps then came to live on Planet Wisp, a small planet created by Mother Wisp as well, which served as their homeworld, though the Wisps eventually also emigrated to populate other planets and areas of space, such as Sweet Mountain, Starlight Carnival, Aquarium Park and Asteroid Coaster.
A short time prior to the events of Sonic Colors, the Wisp race came under attack by Dr. Eggman and his forces. The doctor (whom the Wisps refer to as Baldy Nosehair), having discovered that the Wisps' Hyper-go-on power could be used by him to create a Mind Control Ray that would let him enslave Earth, managed to kidnap the entire population of Wisp on their planets by dragging their entire homeworlds to Earth with his tractor beam generators, and chained them to the Tropical Resort to make Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park, leaving the Wisps trapped in the space above Earth.
With their homeworlds no longer safe, the Wisps were overrun by Eggman's forces, and they were scattered all over Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park in the following frenzy. The Wisps were then slowly, but steadily, captured by Eggman's forces. so they could be drained of their Hyper-go-on in the doctor's base on Asteroid Coaster, to create fuel for Eggman's global Mind Control Cannon. The process of harvesting of Hyper-go-on from the Wisps, however, created a new sub-breed of Wisps called Nega-Wisps, a violent type of Wisps that were forced to carry out Eggman's plans.
In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, it is revealed that Mother Wisp was captured and drained of her Hyper-go-on as well, transforming her into the Nega-Mother Wisp. However, the Nega-Mother Wisp was too unruly to be controlled. She eventually managed to escape captivity and went into hiding.
At the beginning of Sonic Colors, countless members of the Wisp race had been captured in Wisp Capsules and thousands of Nega-Wisps had been created. Fortunately for the Wisps, Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower arrived at Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park to foil whatever evil plan they thought Eggman was up to. When Yacker and a Cyan Wisp were about to be captured by Orbot and Cubot, Sonic managed to save the two Wisps, before the Cyan Wisp granted Sonic his first Color Power.
After having been saved by Sonic, Yacker came into contact with Sonic and Tails, with Tails attempting to turn his Miles Electric into an translator for the Wisps' language, while Sonic went out to rescue more Wisps and discover Eggman's plans. When Tails had his translator more or less ready, Yacker informed the two heroes of what was happening to the Wisps, while pleading them to save them, to which Sonic and Tails agreed to.
Sonic, Tails and Yacker began traveling across the trapped homeworlds for the Wisps. looking for clues to Eggman's plan and how to free the Wisps, all the while freeing any Wisps they met along the way. In turn, the Wisps aided Sonic in his quest by granting him new Color Powers. After inadvertently destroying two tractor beam generators that kept two of the kidnapped Wisp worlds trapped, Sonic learned from Yacker that destroying all the generators would cut Eggman off from the Wisps, thus allowing the Wisps to escape captivity and go back home with their worlds.
After discovering the factory in the Asteroid Coaster that produced Nega-Wisps, Sonic managed to destroy the generator and free the trapped planet, ensuring that no more Nega-Wisps could be created.
After all five tractor beam generators were destroyed, the Wisps regrouped in Tropical Resort where they met up with Sonic and Tails, now celebrating their freedom and expressing their gratitude to Sonic and Tails for saving them. As soon as the Tropical Resort began to implode due to a black hole created from Eggman's malfunctioning Mind Control Cannon, however, the Wisps quickly escaped.
When Sonic was later caught in the Hyper-go-on induced black hole, Yacker and a small group of Wisps managed to save Sonic's life and bring him back to Earth, while the rest of the Wisp race joined their powers together to keep the black hole from expanding. Yacker and his friends then joined their kind in returning all the Nega-Wisps to normal and in extinguishing the black hole, before it could destroy the Earth. Yacker and few more Wisps then quickly returned to Earth and exchanged some heartfelt farewell to Sonic and Tails, before rejoined the rest of the Wisp race, as they all returned the kidnapped planets to their original place in the universe.
In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Nega-Mother Wisp appeared and went on a rampage after Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park was destroyed. Fortunately, she was stopped by Sonic, who used the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Sonic, and was returned to normal.
Other game appearances
In Sonic Generations, Wisps appear in both Acts of Planet Wisp/Tropical Resort. On the console and PC versions, the only playable Wisps are the Orange Wisps (Modern Sonic only) and Pink Wisps (Classic Sonic only). In the 3DS version, the only Wisps that are playable are the Cyan Wisps (Modern Sonic only) and the Red Wisps (Classic Sonic only). Both Wisps are used in almost the exact same way as they were in the original Wii/DS version. White Wisps also make a cameo in the opening of Planet Wisp.
Sonic Lost World
Wisps return in Sonic Lost World. The Cyan Wisp and the Yellow Wisp are in the Wii U and the 3DS versions. The Red Wisp returned for the 3DS and the Orange Wisp could be used in the Wii U version. New Wisps include the Indigo Wisp, which allows Sonic to transform into the Indigo Asteroid, the Crimson Wisp which transforms Sonic into the Crimson Eagle, the Magenta Wisp which transforms Sonic into the Magenta Rhythm, the Ivory Wisp which transforms Sonic into the Ivory Lightning, the Black Wisp which transforms Sonic into the Black Bomb, and the Gray Wisp which transforms Sonic into the Gray Quake.
Types of Wisps
Turns Sonic Into
Fills up Sonic's boost gauge in order to use the Sonic Boost. White Wisps are the most abundant Wisps of them all. They are the friendliest, and enjoy talking and playing.
|Yellow||Yellow Drill||Gives Sonic the ability to drill underground. If the wisp power runs out while drilling underground, Sonic will die. This Wisp can also give Sonic the ability to go through water like a torpedo. The Yellow wisps are very fond of earth and water.|
|Cyan||Cyan Laser||Turns Sonic into a powerful "Cyan Laser", which allows Sonic to move at lightning speed and attack enemies in a zigzag pattern. In this form, Sonic can reflect off mirrors to control his direction. The Cyan wisps are a special breed. They never seem to stop moving and can be a bit scatterbrained as a result.||
|Blue||Blue Cube||Swaps blue rings and blue blocks, thus making routes that were previously inaccessible reachable. Also, nearby enemies can be destroyed when using this power and landing on the ground. The Blue wisps have sharp minds and are very good leaders. Whenever they decide to do something big, they are almost always successful.||
|Green||Green Hover||Turns Sonic into a round and spiky hovercraft to reach higher areas and allows use of a move similar to the light-speed dash. The Green wisps are subtle, yet pretty goofy.||
|Pink||Pink Spikes||Turns Sonic into a spikeball, allowing him to roll up walls and ceilings and allows use of a move similar to the Spin Dash. The Pink wisps can be somewhat harsh, but they are in fact very kind by nature and can be found near walls.||
|Purple Frenzy||Turns Sonic into a Berserker Chomper. While using this power, Sonic will eat anything in his way and at the same time, grow larger after each consumption. The Purple Wisps are Wisps who were captured and transformed into Nega-Wisps by Dr. Eggman and are forced to do his bidding.||
|Violet Void||Turns Sonic into a black hole that will suck in enemies, some objects, and rings. Sonic will also grow bigger with each enemy. The Violet Wisps are Wisps who were captured and transformed into Nega-Wisps by Dr. Eggman to do his bidding. When approached, they threaten by biting and barking.||
|Orange||Orange Rocket||Grants Sonic the power of a rocket. He blasts into the air like a rocket in an explosion of color, reaching unparalleled heights at staggering speed. The Orange wisps are very sensitive and emotional, and can easily be made happy, sad or angry.||
|Red||Red Burst||Turns Sonic into a living fireball, allowing him to perform mid-air jumps and cause chargeable explosions. The Red wisps are lively, but a bit scatterbrained.||
|Indigo||Indigo Asteroid||Turns Sonic into a floating orb surrounded by a ring, causing anything that Sonic touches to disintegrate and surround him in orbit, the more objects in orbit, the greater Sonic's range, allowing him to collect more objects.||
|Crimson||Crimson Eagle||Turns Sonic into a blazing eagle that can fly for a limited amount of time. He can also do a mid-air dash attack.||
|Magenta||Magenta Rhythm||Turns Sonic into a musical note that can bounce around, flip upside down, collect musical notes as a way of moving around.||
|Ivory||Ivory Lightning||Turns Sonic into a lightning bolt that can ram into enemies and obstacles very quickly and generate threads of electricity to shock opponents or charge coils.||
|Gray||Gray Quake||Turns Sonic into an iron ball that can scale walls and generate shockwaves that destroy enemies and obstacles by falling.||
|Black Bomb||Turns Sonic into a giant bomb that can roll over enemies and explode enemies at both the player's choice and before the Color Power ends.||
- In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the Wisps are only referred to by their true name in the Hint Rings and once by Tails in a cutscene: everyone else simply refers to them as aliens.
- The Red and the Violet Wisps are not shown in Sonic Colors' announcement trailer. This is most likely due to the fact that those two Wisps are only exclusive to the Nintendo DS version.
- On the cover of the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the Blue, Green, Purple, and Pink Wisps are shown. On the Nintendo DS cover they are replaced with the version exclusive Red Wisp and Violet Wisp.
- Despite being only exclusive to the Wii version, the Blue, Green and Pink Wisps appear in a few cutscenes from the Nintendo DS version and in the final cutscene in the Wii version Red Wisps and Violet Wisps are seen.
- According to Cubot, the Wisps "smell good".
- Since White Wisps spawn from badniks occasionally, it can be assumed that the White Wisps captured by Eggman were used as a power source for some of the enemy robots.
- According to Dr. Eggman in a deleted voice clip, the Wisps' Hyper-go-on power is even more powerful than the chaos energy. As chaos energy and Hyper-go-on have never been compared, this has never been officially confirmed.
- In Sonic Colors, certain Wisps allow Sonic to use abilities similar to past abilities that he was able to do in past games on his own. For example, the Green Wisp allows Sonic to do the Light Speed Dash, and the Pink Wisp allows Sonic to perform the Spin Dash.
- The Blue Cube is similar to the P-switch from the Mario franchise, as both change collectibles (rings or coins) into walkable surfaces (cubes or blocks) and vice-versa.
- The only time they appear to speak English is in the cutscene "A New Sonic Legend Begins" when Yacker is telling other Wisps about Sonic (Nintendo DS version only). However, this might be in Wisp language translated into English for the player, as Tails is not there.
- ↑ Sonic Team (February 25, 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 6. "Tails: He said everyone else followed Mama Wisp back to their home planet... but that he liked it here, so he stayed behind! (...) Tails: No, he says there are others who stayed behind, too. He says they all remember who you are Sonic, and he's sure they'd be happy to help you!"
- ↑ Diogo Miguel (6 August 2013). Iizuka: Color Powers will be standard in future Sonic games. seganerds.com. Retrieved on 3 December 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 16, 2010). "Sonic Colors (Wii)". Sega. "Tails: So anyway, these aliens are made up of a REALLY powerful energy source called Hyper-go-ons. It's inside of them ... It's their life source."
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 16, 2010). "Sonic Colors (DS)". Sega. "Tails: He also says only one colored Wisp will fit into the gauge at once, so to use its power again, you need to free another one."
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- ↑ http://www.sonicstadium.org/news/2010/10/new-sonic-colours-trailer-shows-purple-frenzy-wisp/
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- ↑ http://www.sega.com/soniccolors/