Feist is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He was a gigantic being of unknown origin and power, and resembled a Mobian Panda. At some point, he was banished to the Zone of Silence, where he met and was defeated by Ixis Naugus. After Naugus escaped the Zone for the final time, Feist seized control and, using the power of all the galaxy's Chaos Emeralds, reshaped it into the Special Zone. He guards the emeralds he has in the Special Zone, but will allow those who complete his most difficult challenges to take one. Though not overtly good or evil, Feist judges others entirely on whatever satisfies or upsets his whims, such as when he let Geoffrey St. John leave the Special Zone with an emerald he stole after betraying Sonic, simply because it amused him.
Feist's appearance has changed throughout his encounters with the Freedom Fighters, initially resembling a Badger but later coming to look more like a Panda. In his first, the fur on his mostly black, with white around the mouth and down the center of his face. In his second, his face is white with black around his eyes, and his ears have a white outline. In his third, the outer part of his ears were fully black. Since then, his design has been more dedicated to continuity and appears generally the same.
All Feist's appearances have included what appears to be a large silver belt, his only known article of clothing. Feist's sheer size is such that his feet have never been seen on panel. Feist's eyes are also consistently colored yellow, with no visible irises or pupils.
Sonic and co. first learned about him during their use of a machine to get into King Acorn's dreams, during which dream versions of himself and Kodos attacked Sonic.
Feist later became the ruler of the Zone of Silence after all of the Chaos Emeralds in the universe were sent there by Turbo Tails and Super Shadow, having been gathered by A.D.A.M. With his newly unlimited power, he fused all of the jewels into seven Emeralds of varying color. In addition, he reshaped the Zone of Silence, renaming it the Special Zone. Thanking Sonic for his new power, Feist gave him the grey Emerald, saying that if he wanted more, he would have to work for it. Because they both see Ixis Naugus as an enemy, Feist came to regard Sonic as an ally—though this is clearly limited to their antagonism of the wizard.
Powers and abilities
As master of the Special Zone, Feist can control the very physics of the realm and give himself immense power. Feist also had his own powers before achieving omnipotence, such as being able to shoot energy beams from his eyes. Those who enter the Zone also become subject to his power, enabling him to shut off their special abilities, though this can apparently be fought through use of a Chaos Emerald. While he may be incredibly powerful within the Special Zone, he is neither omnipresent and omniscient, meaning he cannot know everything that happens in his realm, such as when Team Dark launched their surprise attack against him. He has also shown to have some vulnerability, as Omega was only able to stun him with a full weapon barrage.
- Originally, Feist's apparent species was uncertain, some thinking he could be a badger or skunk, but he was later revealed to be a panda. This later became referenced in Sonic the Hedgehog #220. It is also unknown whether he is actually a Mobian, or some strange native to the Zone of Silence.
- In his Q&A, Flynn stated that the Original Freedom Fighters-along with other contents/residents of the Zone of Silence and Void-were reduced to raw material and used by Feist to build the Special Zone, meaning that he is responsible for the deaths of that group's members.