The Chao are creatures that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. They are a mystical species that dwells in various magical locations around Mobius.
The Chao are small creatures with pudding-like bodies. In general, Chao have round waterdrop-like heads with large eyes but no noses, round torsos smaller than their heads, smooth feet with no legs, and arms with no visible hands. Neither their arms or feet have digits. They also have a short tail, small wings, and an emotion-dot floating above their heads.
While Chao gain various looks over time, basic Chao have light blue skin with yellow tips on their arms, feet and head, blue eyes and pink wings.
Characteristics and culture
Chao are mysterious but cute and lovable creatures similar to infants that live almost exclusively in Chao Gardens, and their mannerisms are pleasant and relaxing. Spawned by Chaos, Chao hatch from eggs and usually spend their existence eating, sleeping, and playing. They grow and mature quickly, resulting in short lifespans. After a certain amount of exposure, a Chao will envelope itself in a cocoon before entering adolescence and mature into an adult Chao. At the end of its lifecycle, the Chao will enter another cocoon and emerge as an egg once more. This egg will then hatch into a new Chao with all the characteristics it had in its past life. In special cases, after a number of "resurrections," a Chao may evolve into a form that makes it immortal.
Chao grow through loving contact and whoever raises the Chao affects its development. If a virtuous person raises a Chao, it will probably mature into a kind of Hero Chao. If someone who is not so virtuous raises the Chao, however, it can turn into a kind of Dark Chao. Whether Dark, Hero or normal, all Chao are cute and loving. Chao can also become attached to individuals, as evidenced by the friendship between Cream the Rabbit and her Chao, Cheese.
Chao can usually only speak one word which is their own species' name. However, they have a very distinct form of communication: their emotion-dot. The emotion-dot, which floats above a Chao's head will change shape depending on what it thinks or feels.
Powers and abilities
All Chao are capable of flight. To compensate for their short lifespans, Chao have developed the natural ability to reincarnate themselves by reverting themselves back to eggs at the end of their lives, thus rejuvenating their bodies, and can potentially achieve immortality. Chao are also very special in that they tend to borrow the traits of animals they come in contact with. Their shape and color changes as they mature into one of five special types: Running, Flying, Swimming, Power and Normal. For example, a trio of Chao gained enhanced speed, flight, and strength after spending time with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles while a fourth one took on Robian qualities by bonding with Jules Hedgehog. In fact, some Chao can develop incredible power for their kind, such as Cheese who possesses exceptional strength and durability. However, a well-balanced Chao can look like it did on the day it hatched.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Sonic the Hedgehog #171, "Data-File: Chao"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Chao, Chaos & Tikal"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #173, "See Ya' Later Chao! Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #174, "See Ya' Later Chao! Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #240, "Heroes Part Two: For the People"