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Quotation1 We underestimated the doctor the first time. This time we are prepared. We will punish him for our humiliation. We will destroy Sonic for defeating us. And we will grind their world to dust in retribution. Quotation2
Zavok, Sonic the Hedgehog #22

The Deadly Six is a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. They are a group of villainous Zeti who reside on the Lost Hex.

History

Past

In the recent past, the Deadly Six were enslaved by Dr. Eggman using an ancient relic to use them as his enforcers. Soon, after Sonic the Hedgehog had unwillingly freed the Zeti by kicking the relic out of Eggman's hand, the Deadly Six rebelled against him and took control of his Badniks using their electromagnetic powers. Despite this, they were soon defeated by Sonic.[1][2] Following their defeat, the Deadly Six took over one of Eggman's bases he left in Lava Mountain Zone and remade it in their image, calling it Zeti Castle.[3]

The Last Minute

One day at Zeti Castle, Zor reported to Zavok how the Eggnet was in chaos due to Dr. Eggman's doings on the world down below. The two were soon visited by a person named Dr. Starline. He introduced himself as an assistant to Eggman and requested that the Deadly Six help them with a current crisis that they were in. Starline let Zavok know that Eggman did not actually know he was on the Lost Hex but told him that working with the Eggman Empire once again would give the Deadly Six an opportunity to make amends with the doctor, command incredible power and destroy Sonic. Hearing all of this made Zavok accept Starline's proposal. After the doctor left however, Zavok confided in Zor how Starline made a mistake and that they would capitalize on it.[3] Zavok soon assembled the entire team to inform them of Starline's offer and how they would immediately betray him, though they all seemed to barely listen to him. Zeena initially showed dislike for the idea of going back to Eggman as it could very well be a trap. Zavok immediately snapped at this, saying that since they underestimated the doctor the first time, they were now well prepared. Zavok planned for them to punish Eggman for their humiliation, destroy Sonic for defeating them, and then destroy their world below.[4]

Some time later, Master Zik praised Zavok for his initiative on letting the Deadly Six bide their time to let their anger and hatred fester but warned that their vengeance against Sonic and Eggman must be exact. Soon, the duo were met by Starline, who told them that today's events cemented the fact that the team's help was needed. To prove that they could exert their will over machines, Zavok took control of a Moto Bug and has it drive around. Starline then told that after he made last minute preparations on his end, he would come back for the Deadly Six. After Starline left, Zik gloated as to how he was naïve and they would swiftly betray him. Zavok declared that they will use the Zombots to destroy Eggman, Sonic and the entire world below for merciless vengeance and absolute victory. Soon enough, the Deadly Six were brought onboard Eggman's Faceship via Starline's Warp Topaz.[5][6]

All or Nothing

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The Deadly Six are brought onto the Faceship, from Sonic the Hedgehog #25.

Upon seeing the Deadly Six, Eggman immediately sent Metal Sonic to attack them. Zavok swiftly used his electromagnetism to control the robot and tauntingly reminded Eggman how they were able to control robots. Following this, Starline presented the Cacophonous Conch and blew into it to try and control the Zeti. Once Zazz saw that Starline had left an opening after using the conch, he headbutted him which allowed Zeena to take the conch and give it to Zavok. With Eggman and Starline defenseless, Zavok commanded Metal Sonic to attack them; however, Starline hurriedly opened a Warp Portal that transported him, Eggman and Metal Sonic away. Noting that they were now left with the Faceship, the means to create Eggman's Metal Virus, and the fabled Chaos Emeralds, Zavok decided to remove an Emerald and place it on his chest to empower himself with it. He was met with praise for his intuition by Orbot, who claimed that he and Cubot were too spineless to turn on the Deadly Six; after Zavok commanded that the robot take them to the largest known pockets of survivors, Orbot complied but not before telling them that he will log their orders to keep them well coordinated. With this, Zavok plotted out the Deadly Six's new plan; each of them would take one Chaos Emerald to be empowered by so that they can control thousands of Zombots around the world instead of random, shambling masses. He planed to bring utter devastation to the world that Eggman and Sonic had been fighting over for so long; once every living thing had been infected and neither party had anywhere else left to run, they would give them mercy of a slow end by the Zombots themselves. The Zeti set out into the world controlling many Zombot hordes, as well as terrorizing several uninfected citizens. While Zavok stayed in the Faceship, he stated to Master Zik that he was not resting on his laurels and would see to it that they infect everything from coast to coast by that night, and by tomorrow, the world.[7]

While engaging in their various activities, the Deadly Six (besides Zavok) were met by unwelcome company that wanted to take the Chaos Emeralds. Zeena was met by Cream the Rabbit who demanded her Chaos Emerald; she instead took control of the robot that accompanied her, Gemerl. Zomom was greeted by Tails and Amy Rose who tried to trick him into thinking that Zavok needed his Chaos Emerald back; the Zeti refused to give it up and instead attacked them. While Zazz was riding on his Moon Mech around Riverside, he smelled an unfamiliar scent close to him. He reached out and grabbed Espio the Chameleon who was attempting to take his Chaos Emerald while invisible; Zazz instead dropped the chameleon to a be surrounded by a crowd of Zombots. In Orchardville, Zor was intercepted by Silver the Hedgehog who demanded the Chaos Emerald to save his ruined future; the Zeti instead broke out of his psychokinetic hold and engaged him battle, satisfied that what he was doing would bring about a future of ruin. In Winterburg, when Master Zik was busy ordering a horde of Zombots around the area, he was interrupted by the Babylon Rogues. He engaged them in battle, to the point where he took control of their own Extreme Gears and used it against them. Though Jet managed to take back control of his own board after knocking Master Zik off of it, Storm and Wave found themselves surrounded by many Zombots.[8]

As Zomom chased Tails and Amy while trying to attack them, though he was hit in the face by Amy's hammer, who was tired of running away and wanted to put an end to this nightmare. When it seemed Zomom was unconscious, he was actually trying to eat Amy's hammer. While the owner tried to pull it out of his mouth, Tails attacked him as well, forcing him to spit it our. Enraged, Zomom declared that "he was gonna chew them real hard now before swallowing", but when Tails mentioned something about dropping his lunch box while he was chasing them, the Zeti turned back to go find it. After tearing through a couple of buildings, he realised that he had been trick and was now "Hangry". He raised his hand and commanded the Zombots to attack them, forcing them to escape to higher grounds.

As the two continued to evade the Zombots from above, Zomom declared the duo annoying. He then burrowed under the ground, causing a mini-earthquake to collapse the building Amy and Tails were on. Zomom followed them while underground towards the town gate. Just as he was underneath it, he popped out. But this was revealed to be a trick; Amy and Tails slammed the gate shut onto his stomach, trapping him. As Tails and Amy expressed their victory to him, they took the Chaos Emerald and left. Zomom demanded them to give it back ,as this would mean he couldn't control the Zombots anymore. He suddenly became scared upon seeing the Zombots surround him. Even though it was not show, Zomom became infected and was turned into a Zombot, due to him being pinned down and being closed in by the infected, with no way to control them.

Meanwhile in Sunset City, Gemerl, now under Zeena's control, approached Cream. Cream pleaded to Gemerl, stating that he wouldn't let someone else push him around and that he had a kind heart. These words reached Gemerl and he was able to temporarily regain control of himself, giving himself an opportunity to destroy his wireless receiver, thus disrupting the electro-magnetic signals. Annoyed by this turn of events, Zeena instead used her energy tether abilities in conjunction with her Chaos Emerald to control Gemerl's limbs, akin to a puppet. Unable to do anything, Gemerl urged Cream to attack Zeena directly, which she does, landing a direct hit with a Spin Dash. Enraged that the little rabbit was able to land a hit on her, Zeena aggressively slammed Gemerl into the ground and threw him to the nearby Zombots.

In the panic, Cream let her guard down and got captured by Zeena. Seeing that Cream was in danger, Gemerl overpowered the Zombots piling on top of him and rushed to her aid, grabbing Zeena by the hair and smashing her to the ground. Gemerl attempted to fly Cream to safety, but Zeena used her tethering abilities once again, causing Gemerl to drop Cream. Before Zeena could fully ultlize her abilities, Gemerl flew around her, tying her up with her own energy tethers allowing Cream to take her Chaos Emerald, substantially reducing Zeena's powers. Now defenceless, Gemerl approached Zeena from behind. Noting that she "hurt Cream," he grabbed the Zeti by her hair once again, this time swinging her around before throwing her to the Zombot masses, causing her to get infected with the Metal Virus.

Despite their success, Cream revealed that she got infected during the battle and urged Gemerl to return to Angel Island without her, noting that she didn't want anyone else to get sick. Gemerl took Chaos Emerald and instead threw it into the Warp Portal up above. Gemerl then picked up Cream and flew her out of Sunset City, vowing to stay with her until she's cured.

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #22, "The Last Minute, Part 2"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
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