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The Dark Masters appear as humanoid phantom-like wizards. They are dressed in dark purple clothes, have a pointy hat and cape, and are decorated with yellow symbols. The only things on their body that are shown are their yellow eyes and parts of their dark faces. They are also always carrying a cyan colored, hook-shaped staff with several thin spikes.
The Dark Masters and the rest of Dark Gaia's Minions came into being when Dark Gaia broke apart at the beginning of Sonic Unleashed due to its premature awakening by Dr. Eggman. These fragments were then spread across the earth and became Dark Gaia's Minions, with the Dark Masters amongst them. Due to being born with high intelligence, they are able to take on a near-perfect humanoid appearance. They first appear in Rooftop Run Night Act II: Jet Black Back Streets.
In battle, the Dark Masters attack by hitting Sonic with their staff. When the player attempts to attack them, they will try to avoid damage by either floating out of Sonic's attack range or by teleporting short distances away, which makes them hard to attack. The Dark Masters usually appear alone, but can appear in pairs as well.
Upon the reconstruction of Dark Gaia by Dr. Eggman, all of the Dark Masters (along with the other types of Dark Gaia's minions) were returned to the beast, who was later defeated and sealed within the planet's core.
Powers and abilities
The Dark Masters are able to move into an area by emerging from black puddles on the ground. As a Dark Gaia minion, the Dark Masters can possess people by latching onto the deepest, darkest part of the heart and generate despair, negative emotions or even erratic behavior that are completely opposite to the person's personality.
The Dark Masters are born with exceptionally high intelligence. They are also capable of casting spells which let them instantly teleport themselves over short distances.
The Dark Masters have the innate ability to levitate above ground and can move through mid-air rather quickly. They possess as well some skills in stick fighting, being able to use their staffs in close combat to hit their opponents using quick and swift movements.