Request acknowledged. Proceeding to assist village defenses to protect Cream, Vanilla, and family.
— Gemerl, Sonic the Hedgehog #18
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, which 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 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 thus 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 due to his hazardous infection. 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".
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 is also not shy about using 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.
- 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.