Gemerl is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is a robot that previously served Dr. Eggman. After being reprogrammed by Tails however, Gemerl became a reformed robot and began living with Cream and her family in Floral Forest Village. He serves as Cream's protector.
Gemerl is a humanoid, mostly black, robot. He possesses five-fingered gray hands and feet in the shape of shoes with black soles and yellow lines around them. His upper arms, abdomen and thighs are gray, and he has spherical black joints as shoulders and pelvis-leg joints. He also has relatively thick armor around his forearms and lower legs, (each one possessing yellow cuffs), fin-like yellow kneecaps, fin-like yellow objects on his forearms, and some kind of jetpack on his back. On his chest, he has three gray circles. Lastly, he possesses a spherical head with a gray mouth plate, blue eyes with red rims, gray caps for ears, and a curved yellow horn with points sticking out from the sides and a blue eye in the center on his forehead.
In the past, Gemerl was turned into a violent robot by Dr. Eggman. As such, all he did was fight and destroy. This brought him into conflict with Sonic and his friends. At one point, Gemerl fought Sonic at the Altar Emerald. In the end though, Sonic and co. did not destroy Gemerl. Instead, Tails fixed Gemerl by turning him into a kind-hearted robot. He then got to live with Cream and her family in Floral Forest Village.
Gemerl, Cream, Vanilla, Cheese and Chocola eventually got entangled in another threat from Dr. Eggman when the doctor invaded Floral Forest Village in his Faceship. Eggman dowsed a part of the village in a Metal Virus batch, creating a Zombot outbreak. When Vanilla convinced Cream and Cheese to hide with her and Chocola in their house, Gemerl accepted Cream's request to assist the village defenses to protect his family. Gemerl later attacked Sonic when he came through the village, having deemed him the greatest threat to Cream and the family since he was infected with the Metal Virus. Sonic explained that he could keep his infection in check by running, but Gemerl refused to consider Sonic less of a threat. Sonic suggested to Gemerl that he could remove the Metal Virus by interfacing with it, but Gemerl noted that he and the Metal Virus were incompatible. Nonetheless, Gemerl gave Sonic an ultimatum: either run away and burn off his infection or stay and be eliminated. In the end, Sonic chose the former, as his infection was reaching its apogee anyway. With Sonic gone, Gemerl turned his attention to the incoming Zombots and prepared to eliminate them. After firing his first barrage of missiles however, Cream arrived and stopped him. Cream told Gemerl that Sonic and the Zombots were just innocent victims of the Metal Virus, and thus did not deserve to be destroyed. Gemerl deemed this illogical however, because he had to defend Cream. As more Zombots approached though, Cream reminded Gemerl that he was once also programmed to be evil but was given a second chance and could thus live in peace with her family. Realizing Cream was right, Gemerl knocked a Zombot away and promised Cream to fight them non-lethally. After receiving Cream's gratitude and being told to apologize to Sonic when seeing him, Gemerl began occupying the Zombots. However, he was soon surrounded and could not answer Cream's call for aid. Eventually, after getting a few scratches, Gemerl saved Sonic from some Zombots trying to jump on him and apologized as Cream wanted him to. Sonic then told Gemerl that Cream and Vanilla were heading toward the north glade for the Rescue Shuttle. With Sonic covering him, Gemerl headed out to ensure the shuttle got off safely with his family.
Gemerl remained with Cream, Vanilla and the other refugees at Restoration HQ. While there, he was repaired by Tails. One day, when Sonic visited the HQ, he prevented him from entering Amy's office as his infection made him a "biohazard". This made Cream tell the robot off and say that Amy had personally requested to see Sonic anyway. With this, Gemerl moved aside to let Sonic in. Sonic in turn joked that the Metal Virus would make him a "mechahazard", a joke which Gemerl logged under "sass".
The Last Minute
Still at Restoration HQ, Gemerl got into an altercation with Vector the Crocodile, when he and Espio the Chameleon brought back a fully infected Charmy Bee in a Containment Bubble after their mission to rescue civilians from Pine Grove Village. Gemerl was concerned that the Zombot would pose a risk to Cream, however Cream - who overheared the argument - assured Gemerl that Vector and Espio would not let that happen and Gemerl begrudgingly stood down.
Shortly thereafter, one of the Pine Grove refugees revealed himself to be infected and quickly turned into a Zombot, causing immense panic at the base. Gemerl quickly rushed into action, flying in to remove Cream from the situation and in the commotion, Charmy broke free of his container. Whilst trying to escort Cream to safety, Gemerl was attacked by the Pine Grove Zombot, crashing into Amy's office and losing Cream in the process. After receiving assistance from Amy, Gemerl began to head out back into the base in order to find Cream, but Amy ordered him to grab Omega - who had been reduced to a head - and go to the launch bay so he could scan the evacuees for the Metal Virus. Gemerl obeyed, as Amy vowed to find Cream and bring her to him. Gemerl, along with Vector, stood at the launch bay doors, scanning everyone for infection as they made their way through. After Cream and Amy reached the shuttle, Gemerl analyzed that everyone else within the base was infected and Vector began to close the launch bay doors so that the Zombot masses couldn't get through. Before he could, however, Zombot Charmy zipped through the doors, heading to the lone shuttle. With no alternatives, Vector grabbed his infected companion and slammed him into the ground, exposing himself to the Metal Virus. As Gemerl attempted to keep the launch bay doors closed by himself, Vector went through to the other side of the doors with Charmy in order to hold back the Zombot hoard, telling Gemerl to close the doors afterwards. With the shuttle safe, Gemerl advised Amy to leave, noting that Vector's strength would allow his Zombot self to break through the door easily.
Later, after the Restoration got word that Spiral Hill Village was suffering a Zombot outbreak, Gemerl arrived with the team there and created a choke point at the Rescue Shuttle with Amy. Gemerl kept watch for Zombots as well as scanning rescued citizens for any signs of infection from the Metal Virus. When Sonic arrived at the village to meet Amy, Gemerl performed a scan on Sonic silently. After the hedgehog left, Gemerl told Amy that, according to him, the level of infection Sonic had exhibited was higher than previous estimates should allow, meaning Sonic's speed was losing its ability to stop the Metal Virus.
All or Nothing
The Rescue Shuttle eventually went to Angel Island. While there, Dr. Eggman, Dr. Starline and Metal Sonic abruptly arrived via a portal after a run-in with the Deadly Six. While the others discussed current events, Gemerl and Metal Sonic stared at each other. Later, Gemerl watched Tails and Eggman build their Multi-Portal Generator with the Warp Topaz that would take everyone where they needed to go in an instant. Sonic returned from his run and had come up with a plan for who should be assigned with who and what Zeti they should go after. He claimed that since Zeena thought very highly of herself, she underestimates her opponents and assigned Gemerl to her so that he could use this to his advantage. While Gemerl accepted his mission, Cream pointed out how she was not picked to help out. Gemerl told her that it was too dangerous for her to go and stated that she has already proven to be brave; the robot could not lose her as well. After Tails and Eggman finally set the coordinates on the portals, Gemerl began to say his goodbyes to Cream; ever so determined to help outt, the rabbit instead went through the Warp Portal anyway. Now in Sunset City, Cream met Zeena and demanded that she hand over the Chaos Emerald to them. Zeena instead took control of Gemerl, joking that Cream was alone.
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.
Gemerl is an artificial intelligence, capable of making independent decisions. Originally though, all Gemerl cared about was fighting and destroying. After being reprogrammed by Tails however, Gemerl became a gentle and caring robot towards his friends and adopted family.
Gemerl is greatly devoted to Cream and her family, and will defend them by any means necessary. He is in fact so devoted to those he protects that he tends to go too far in his execution, like attacking a friend or innocents when he deduces that they are posing a threat, willingly or not. He will also not hesitate to use lethal force against his opponents. While these actions may make him seem like a jerk (as Sonic puts it) or even a ruthless machine just following his programming, they can actually be traced back to a genuine emotional desire to protect those he care about. As a testament to this, Gemerl is able to show regret about his actions and admit mistakes in his procedures, like when he hesitantly admitted that he was not "operating optimally" when he attacked an infected Sonic.
Gemerl uses a very robotic and computer-based speech pattern. He also tends to take comments too literally. Outside of that, he is remarkably life-like, being able to make gestures and understanding arguments that apply to emotional and moral values.
Powers and abilities
Gemerl is a very powerful robot. He possesses incredible speed, enough to earn even Sonic's acknowledgement, and is capable of flight using a jetpack on his back. He is also able to fire missiles that cause fairly small explosions, and possesses enough strength to overwhelm several Zombots at once. He is also able to bond with machines, although he cannot bond with machines whose infrastructure is incompatible with his.
Cream the Rabbit
As Cream's protector, Gemerl places her safety and well-being as his top priority, even above his own. Gemerl can be overzealous in his care, causing him to sometimes get into conflicts with friends and allies, much to Cream's annoyance. Despite this, his actions come from an genuine emotional desire to protect Cream from any and all threats. As an example of his devotion, Gemerl considers himself happy as long as Cream is safe and can become angered by anyone who harms her.
- Cream the Rabbit
- E-123 Omega
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Vanilla the Rabbit
- In the Sonic Advance 3 Strongest Strategy Guide book, Gemerl's name is spelled "G-merl". It was likely changed to be Gemerl as it closely resembles the spelling of Emerl, which was the reasoning for the previous incarnation's name change.
- Despite first appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog #18, Gemerl already made a cameo appearance on cover RI for Sonic the Hedgehog #9.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Gemerl's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #22, "The Last Minute, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Roll Call"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #27, "All or Nothing, Part 2"