The Commander (司令官 Shireikan?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a human military leader and currently the Guardian Units of Nations's (G.U.N.) highest-ranking commander, as well as one of the most respected.
During his childhood when his family was aboard the Space Colony ARK, he befriended Maria Robotnik and witnessed the creation of Shadow the Hedgehog. After the ARK was invaded by G.U.N., the Commander blamed Shadow for his family's death. He carried a grudge against the hedgehog for fifty years, until he discovered the truth about Shadow and Gerald Robotnik, the latter of which he had considered insane. He now leads G.U.N. in homage to Professor Gerald, and even tried to make amends with Shadow.
The Commander is an aging human male with a lined face, peach skin and short grey hair. He has complete heterochromia, with a green left eye and a brown right eye. His attire consists of a gray service dress uniform with four gold stars on red backings upon the shoulder boards and jacket collar. There is a G.U.N. emblem on the upper left sleeve, and red and blue stripes on the lower sleeves and pants. The stripes, with gold detailing partially over a center red stripe, are present on the front left side of his jacket as well. He also wears black combat boots and white gloves.
The Commander grew up with his family on the Space Colony ARK, and was a good friend of Maria Robotnik. One day while playing with her, the Commander saw Shadow the Hedgehog being created by Black Doom and Professor Gerald. He was terrified at the sight of Shadow. His family and Maria were later killed in the G.U.N. military's attack. He harbored a deep personal hatred towards Shadow for this, blaming him for their deaths.
Shadow the Hedgehog
The Commander follows the events of the Black Arms' attack on earth from GUN Fortress. After being informed of how badly Westopolis was attacked and the rumors of Shadow's involvement, he ordered his troops to be deployed in order to hunt down the Black Arms and Shadow. He informed the messenger that Shadow was designated as the enemy and must be captured, dead or alive.
There are various events that occur in Shadow the Hedgehog, due to the plot going whichever way the player chooses. Almost all the Commander's scenes seem to link together when put in the right order.
If the player chooses to go to Death Ruins, a cutscene will play beforehand of the Commander being informed of Shadow and the Black Arms being forced into the forest. He will authorize the use of all tactical weapons in Sector B once he learns of Shadow and the Black Arms all being in the one place, saying that he wants both dead and failure is not an option. He then says to himself that the hedgehog will be exposed for the evil he is.
Should the player then complete The ARK, whether by the normal mission or dark mission, they will go against Blue Falcon and the Commander will be heard, responding to the pilot and ordering them to take Shadow out. After Blue Falcon is defeated, the Commander will hear the rants of Black Doom declaring humans pathetic and curse from his station.
Should the player choose to play the Air Fleet level, the Commander will arrive at the White House to escort the President to his ship. While the President sees himself as a failure for not protecting his nation, the Commander tries to motivate him, saying they will continue to fight the aliens, rally to restore themselves and that the President must keep his people united. While thinking on the Commander's words, the President looks at a photograph of Sonic and Shadow. The Commander urges him to go to his transport with the G.U.N soldiers, and when he leaves, the Commander looks at the picture and declares that the Black Arms will suffer before following him.
If the player goes to GUN Fortress, the Commander will support the President and put him in his own chair, asking if he's alright. The President will ask about what happened to the residents of Central City, and the Commander will inform him everyone has been evacuated to the safe zone due to orders being issued the day before. The alarm then goes off, and a G.U.N captain that serves as the Commander's messenger will then come in, inform him that over a thousand aliens are heading for the base after breaking their outer perimeter, and comment that Shadow has been spotted with them. Enraged, the Commander takes control of the situation and orders everyone to prepare for battle and mobilize Diablon, despite the captain's protests that it was incomplete. The Commander then grabs his Pistol and remarks, "It's been fifty years... justice will finally be served!" He and Sonic will then go against Shadow if the dark mission on GUN Fortress is taken, declaring Shadow the one who destroyed the ARK and killed everyone on it. Despite their best efforts, the Commander and Sonic will be defeated.
If the player completes the dark mission of Black Comet they will face off against Sonic and Diablon, and the Commander will declare Shadow the one who destroyed the ARK and killed everyone on it. He and Sonic will inevitably be defeated.
If the player completes the dark mission of Final Haunt, the Commander will fight alongside Sonic using Diablon, but will say nothing during the opening cutscene. He and Sonic will inevitably be defeated.
Should the player go to the level Cosmic Fall, as Shadow thinks over everything he has learned in the game, the Commander approaches him with a pistol, declaring him the one responsible for killing his family and Maria. He explains that Maria was like a sister to him and the only family he knew, and that Shadow was responsible for her death. He goes on further to explain that he witnessed Gerald and Black Doom create Shadow, dubbing the Ultimate Lifeform a horrifying evil creature. Due to Shadow's amnesia he doesn't remember any of this, and the Commander believes it to be a trick. He says that because of Shadow, everyone he knew and loved was killed when the ARK was destroyed. He declares justice to be served and fires on Shadow. Shadow uses his speed to avoid the bullet, and tells the Commander that if what he says is true, he will accept his fate. At this point, the Commander believes that Shadow has truly lost his memory and lets him go, falling to his knees in guilt as the hedgehog leaves the room.
In the Last Story, Shadow confronts Black Doom on the Black Comet, and after learning part of the truth about himself he thinks back upon all he had learned, the Commander's vows of vengeance echoing in his head among other things.
Then, the Commander and the President see a message from Professor Gerald to Shadow, being broadcast to G.U.N. Fortress and the Black Comet by Team Chaotix on the ARK. The message was recorded before G.U.N.'s raid and Gerald explained how everything was his fault for making contact with the comet. Gerald revealed Shadow's past, stating that he and the Eclipse Cannon were made to put a stop to the Black Arms' attempts to destroy the planet, by decimating the Black Comet. After Shadow defeats Devil Doom and destroys the Black Comet, the President states how ironic it was that people treated Gerald like he was evil, and he ended up saving them all in the end. The Commander and the President realize they were wrong about Gerald's intentions and that he was truly a good-hearted person. The President declared they would pay homage to Gerald by working for a brighter future, and the Commander thought it an excellent idea.
Other game appearances
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
The Commander made an appearance in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood with a new design. He has a short role and only briefly appears in the first two chapters. After G.U.N. had spent much time tracking the Marauders and their exploits, Rouge the Bat provided the means for Tails to meet with the Commander in Central City under her escort, and Tails brought along Sonic and Amy. Though while the Commander was glad to see Sonic, he did not pay much attention to Amy, telling her to have a glass of milk and sit down while she was in the middle of speaking.
Assuming they were already briefed, the Commander got straight to it. He informed them that they did not know why the Marauders wanted the Chaos Emeralds, and that now they had all seven they were likely to go after the Master Emerald next. With G.U.N. troops guarding Angel Island, Tails' mission was to take his friends to find the person with the greatest intel in the Marauders: Knuckles the Echidna. With the information he knew, they could very well stop the Marauders. The Commander then got them started on where to search by providing them with the locations of four of Dr. Eggman's old hideouts in Green Hill Zone and Central City, found by Team Chaotix and G.U.N.'s own satellites. These bases were currently being occupied by the Marauders and were likely where Knuckles was being held, so the Commander ordered the trio and Rouge (as their G.U.N. contact) to investigate the four hideouts and find Knuckles. The Commander wished them good luck and ordered them to go. From this point on he's not physically seen for the rest of the game, as a G.U.N. soldier will claim he's busy.
The Commander is described as having a "heart of stone," an unshakable resolve, complete confidence and an iron will. This is something of a misnomer, as he is in fact passionate, though it has mainly been shown through his want for vengeance at those he cared for being killed. During Shadow the Hedgehog, he is determined and willing to sacrifice anything to stop Shadow and the Black Arms, but mainly the former.
Powers and abilities
As the highest-ranking commander of G.U.N., the Commander is an exceptional military leader and tactician, his skills in the field being best demonstrated during the war against the Black Arms. He is also shown to be an expert mech pilot, having piloted the Diablon in a heated battle with Shadow the Hedgehog.
The Commander is known to carry a Pistol. His exact proficiency with it is unknown.
Shadow the Hedgehog
The Commander initially considered Shadow the Hedgehog his enemy, as the Commander blamed Shadow for the deaths of his family and Maria fifty years ago during the G.U.N. raid on the Space Colony ARK. During the Black Arms' invasion on the earth, he ordered his troops to kill Shadow. However, after the events concluded, the Commander apologized and invited Shadow over.
During his childhood, the Commander became good friends with Maria Robotnik aboard the ARK, forming a brother-sister relationship. The two of them would often play merrily around with each other, though Maria would be annoyed with the Commander's antics and chase him around, but they still cared for one another. The Commander suffered a deep loss when Maria was killed during the G.U.N. raid on the ARK.
- Amy Rose
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Guardian Units of Nations
- Maria Robotnik
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Rouge the Bat
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Team Chaotix
- United Federation
- The President
In other media
Books and comics
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Commander is named Abraham Tower. Originally, he was an Overlander who was born in Mega Central and lived with his scientist parents on the Space Colony ARK. There, he befriended Maria Robotnik, as well as witnessing the nightmarish creation of Shadow the Hedgehog. Shortly after Shadow's birth, Abraham was whisked back to Mobius as the ARK went under military lockdown. Maria was one of the casualties cited, and the young Abraham blamed both G.U.N., for its seeming incompetence, and Shadow. Abraham later joined the Overland Military and took part in the Heritage Project, designed to restore ties between the Overland and their ancestral kin in the United Federation. He later served as a general during the Great War. After the war he helped lead immigrating Overlanders, and his military experiences saw him quickly rise through the ranks of G.U.N., eventually to become supreme commander of the organization. As commander, Abraham made sweeping changes to G.U.N., diminishing its ruthlessness and self-importance and making it the military force he wanted it to be. Despite their past, Abraham later allowed Shadow to join G.U.N., where he acts as his superior and arranging the formation of Team Dark.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures and its spin-offs, Commander Walters is the highest authority of the United States Armed Forces in the Pentagon. He is later revealed to be the commander of the Guardian Units of Nations.
- "Shadow? Deploy the troops, NOW! And if you find Shadow with the black aliens...then kill them all!"
- —The Commander after being told Shadow is in Westopolis, Shadow the Hedgehog
- "You can't fool me, Shadow! This time, you're MINE!"
- —The Commander after finding out Shadow was in Westopolis, Shadow the Hedgehog
- "It's over, Shadow. You'll finally be exposed and eradicated for the evil that you are."
- —The Commander determined to have the last laugh, Shadow the Hedgehog
- "So he's finally to show himself! Attention all command units, mobilize all mech battle sections. Prepare all weapons to strike incoming vessels. Mobilize Diablon! [...] I don't care! We have no other option! We must protect the president and the Chaos Emeralds at all costs!"
- —The Commander ordering his soldiers to defend their objectives, Shadow the Hedgehog
- "YOU! You're the one who destroyed the ARK and killed everyone on it! It's time to settle this once and for all!!"
- —The Commander teaming up with Sonic to defeat Shadow once and for all, Shadow the Hedgehog
- "Maria was like a sister to me, she was the only family I knew... and because of you she was killed! Witnessing it all, the plan to create that horrifying evil creature... that black creature and that insane professor who unleashed it all!"
- —The Commander talking with Shadow in person for the first time, Shadow the Hedgehog
- On the back of the physical covers for the European releases of Shadow the Hedgehog, the Commander is labeled as "The General". This is most likely an error, as this is is the only instance of when the Commander is referred to as such.
- The Commander is one of the only Sonic characters with heterochromia, (the other being Infinite) resulting in him having one green eye and one brown eye.
- However, this is not seen in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood as both of his eyes are entirely black.
- Confusingly, the Commander called Maria the only family he knew, but he later claimed that his family was also killed on the ARK.
- This, however, may be an error in translation as in the Japanese script, he said that she was like an older sister to him as he does not have any siblings.
- In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, the Commander's design was reused for the GUN Official, who is encountered in Blue Ridge Zone.
- Shadow the Hedgehog (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 9.
- Shadow the Hedgehog (Nintendo GameCube) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 11.
- Sega Studio USA (15 November 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. Nintendo GameCube. Sega. Area/Level: Space Gadget (Expert Mode). "Commander: Shadow, do you read me? First.. I want to.. apologize.. for the other day. Actually, I just became a grandfather last week, and I was thinking of maybe having you over."
- BioWare (20 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Commander: As you know, we've been tracking the Marauders for some time."
- BioWare (20 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Rouge: Mmm. Hey there, sweetie. I see the gang's all here. Let's go see the Commander. / Sonic: Why should we follow you, Rouge? / Rouge: Because I'm the only reason you're getting in to see the Commander, and the Commander is the only one who can help you."
- BioWare (20 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Commander: Ah! Tails! There you are. And you brought Sonic! Brilliant! / Amy: Actually, Sonic was nice enough to-- / Commander: That's lovely. Have a glass of milk and sit down."
- BioWare (20 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Commander: Tails probably briefed you on the situation, so let us begin. We don't know why the Marauders wanted the Emeralds, but now they have them, they're likely to go after the Master Emerald next. / Amy: What about Knuckles? / Commander: Knuckles is the only one who has seen the Marauders up close. He knows more about them than anyone in the world. I believe that to stop the Marauders, you need to extract your friend Knuckles and learn everything you can about them. / Tails: But Knuckles could be anywhere! We have no idea where to look! / Commander: Ah yes. Where to look. We have just the thing. As you know, we've been tracking the Marauders for some time. For a while, we had no luck. But recently, our satellites noticed some activity at Green Hill Zone and Central City. / Rouge: Recognize those places? / Tails: Those are Eggman's old hideouts. / Amy: Could the Marauders be working for Eggman? / Commander: We don't jump to conclusions here. We have to work with the facts. Unfortunately, we can't tell which, if any, of these hideouts is the one where they're keeping Knuckles. We're not taking chances. We've posted soldiers in Mystic Ruins to watch over Angel Island. Vector the Crocodile and Team Chaotix have volunteered to scout for further clues. They're on the channel now. / Vector: Yo, Sonic. It's about time you came back. / Commander: They have been instrumental in pinning down these four locations. Now it's up to you to explore them for signs of Knuckles. Sonic, you and your team will go to each of the hideouts and investigate. Rouge will go with you as your contact with GUN. / Sonic: So, instead of GUN troops, you're giving us ROUGE? / Commander: I can't spare troops, son. The Marauders are a major threat, and I can't leave the land unsecured. Besides, rescuing the echidna takes the kind of small-unit tactics you and your team are known for. / Rouge: I'm better than any boneheaded GUN troops, anyway. I promise, with Rouge around, you won't miss those soldiers a bit. / Commander: Good. Our satellites have picked up activity at two locations in Green Hill Zone and two places inside Central City. We'll mark them on your map. Visit each one, and you should find the echidna. Good luck, team. Now go."