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Dark Chao[1] (ダークチャオ[2] Dākuchao?) are creatures that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of Chao.

Description

Anatomy

Dark Chao are small creatures with pudding-like bodies. In general, Dark 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 a floating dot above their heads.

While Dark Chao can have various looks and features, the most basic form of a Dark Chao have black skin with magenta and violet tips on their hands and feet, and their wings resemble bat/devil wings. They also have a light pink mark in the shape of a crescent moon on top of their chests (similar to Knuckles'), and the dot above their heads is pink and spiky. Their eyes are also white with blue sclera, and the point of their heads is slightly zig-zagged. Lastly, they possess (usually) wide smiles with sharp teeth and thin tails with triangular points, akin to the typical devil's tail.

Characteristics and culture

The Dark Chao are bad Chao children on the Dark side who are violent and like to play pranks. They like dark and mysterious places.[1]

In terms of biology, all Dark Chao are by default genderless.[3][4]

Dark 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 Dark Chao's head will change shape depending on what it thinks or feels: It becomes a heart when the Dark Chao is happy, a question mark when the Dark Chao is confused, an exclamation point when the Dark Chao is alarmed, and a swirl when the Dark Chao is unhappy.

Powers and abilities

As Chao, Dark Chao can absorb and learn skills and traits from other life-forms, adapting their shapes as they do. Like all Chao, they are also capable of flight.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

The Dark Chao made their first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2, and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure 2: Battle as a form that the player can raise a Chao towards. In this game, one can evolve a Chao into a Dark Chao by feeding them Dark Fruit and raise that Chao with Shadow, Rouge and/or Dr. Eggman. Once they go into their first cocoon, the Chao will be a Dark Chao.

One can evolve a Dark Chao into a type of Chaos Chao called a "Devil Chao". To get this kind of Chao, a Chao must be a Dark Chao and must have gone through two reincarnations already. Once the Chao is on its third life they will have to receive at least one of all the small Animals before the Chao has evolved to the second stage of its third life. It will then evolve into a Devil Chao.

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

In Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the player can raise Chao into Dark Chao. In this game, one can evolve a Chao into a Dark Chao by feeding them Dark Fruit. Once they go into their first cocoon, the Chao will be a Dark Chao.

One can evolve a Dark Chao into a type of Chaos Chao called a "Devil Chao". To get this kind of Chao, a Chao must be a Dark Chao and must have gone through two reincarnations already. Once the Chao is on its third life they will have to receive at least one of all the small Animals before the Chao has evolved to the second stage of its third life. It will then evolve into a Devil Chao.

Sonic Heroes

A Dark Chao in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, the Dark Chao appear appear in some of the Special Stages. In these levels, they will appear in a hot air balloon, from where they will drop bombs in the playable characters' path.

Sonic Rivals

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In Sonic Rivals, the basic Dark Chao appears on two of the collectible cards in the game. The first card, which is the 96th one in the game, depicts a 3D artwork of the Dark Chao, and the second one, which is the 95th one in the game, depicts the 2D artwork of the Dark Chao from Sonic Adventure 2. There is also the 105th collectible card in the game, which depicts an Devil Chao (here called the "Dark Chao").

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the Dark Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo DS version. They primarily appear among the audience in the background of several events.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Dark Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game.

In the Wii version of the game, the Dark Chao appear exclusively among the audience in the background of various events.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Dark Chao appear in the background of various events, as a part of the audience. In the game's Adventure Tours mode, various variants of Dark Chao also appear as interactable characters that host events and set challenges for the playable characters.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Dark Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

In the Wii version of the game, the Dark Chao appear in several events as a part of the audience seen in the background.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Dark Chao repeat their previous roles by appearing amongst the audience seen in the background during different events. A Badge of the Dark Chao can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Dark Chao reprise their role from previous games by appearing amongst the audience in the background of certain events.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Dark Chao make a few non-playable appearances in both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

In the Wii U version of the game, the Dark Chao make an appearance as a part of Dr. Eggman's float which occasionally appears on Copacabana Beach.

Im the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Dark Chao once again appear amongst the audience in the background of certain events.

Sonic Generations

The Dark Chao statue in the Statue Room of the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Dark Chao is featured as a statue in the game's Statue Room.

Sonic Jump Fever

In Sonic Jump Fever, the Dark Chao, its Devil Chao variant, and a Shadow-based variant can be collected by the player and be used during levels where they will grant the playable character a special ability.

Sonic Runners series

Sonic Runners

The Dark Chao in Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, the standard Dark Chao make a few appearances throughout the game's story. In addition, the standard Dark Chao appears as a Normal Power Type buddy which boosts the score for destroying enemies. The game also features a Devil Chao buddy (here called the "Dark Chaos"). This Chao is a S Rare Power Type buddy that boosts the score for destroying enemies.

Sonic Runners Adventure

In Sonic Runners Adventure, the standard Dark Chao appears as a buddy that increases the chances of defeating a missed enemy on the screen by 25% and can deflect the Iron Ball Eggmobile's Yellow Balls. The game also includes the Devil Chao variant (here called the "Dark Chaos"), which is featured as a buddy that increases the chances of defeating an enemy or destroying an obstacle instead of getting damage by 50% and can deflect the Iron Ball Eggmobile's Yellow Balls.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

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In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, a Devil Chao variant of the Dark Chao is used to illustrate Metal Sonic's Steal power-up. Also, when utilizing this power-up, a Devil Chao will briefly appear above the one targeted by the Steal.

Team Sonic Racing

A Dark Chao among other Chao in Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, a Dark Chao makes up the team of Chao (which include Omochao, a Hero Chao, and a Neutral Chao) on Team Rose that drive the Chao Pod. In addition, several Dark Chao appear among the audience in the background of many of the racing tracks.

Sonic Racing

In Sonic Racing, a Dark Chao makes up the team of Chao (which include Omochao, a Hero Chao, and a Neutral Chao) on Team Rose that drive the Chao Pod.

In other media

Archie Comics

A Dark Chao in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Dark Chao are a type of form a Chao can achieve when raised by a not-so virtuous person. The first Dark Chao to appear in the comics was Crusher the Chao.

Sonic X

Main article: Dark Chao (Sonic X)

A Dark Chao in Sonic X.

In the Sonic X comic series published by Archie Comics, the Dark Chao were a unique breed of Chao created by Dr. Eggman who had the ability to turn into their dark forms when exposed to a radio signal. Eggman tried using an army of wild Dark Chao to take over the world, but they got converted back to their docile states by Sonic and several of his allies.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Dark Chao (IDW)

A Dark Chao, from Sonic the Hedgehog #33.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Dark Chao are a certain breed of Chao. One Dark Chao in particular belonged to Clutch the Opossum from the White Park Grand Chateau. After this Dark Chao lost a Chao Race to Cheese however, they were locked in a cage by Clutch, along with the other Chao who had disappointed him. Later, however, Cream and Belle released all the Chao, who in turn helped them destroy Clutch's Badniks.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Prima Development (20 June 2001). "The Chao Primer" (in English). Sonic Adventure 2: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 168. ISBN 978-0761536147.
  2. スクリーンショット / チャオワールド (Japanese). Sega (3 April 2021). Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. "でも、ダークチャオたちは、ここが気に入らないようです。"
  3. Evan Stanley on Tumblr. Tumblr (15 October 2020). Archived from the original on 16 October 2020.
  4. Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Chao. Sega. Archived from the original on 30 April 2021. Retrieved on 30 April 2021.

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