The Heavy Magician (ヘビーマジシャン Hebī Majishan?) is an antagonist that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. A member of the Hard Boiled Heavies, the Heavy Magician is the enhanced version of an Egg-Robo created by Dr. Eggman after being struck with the power of the Phantom Ruby.
Originally an Egg-Robo, the Heavy Magician received a makeover when she stumbled upon the Phantom Ruby. Decorated as a magician, the Heavy Magician's design reflects that of a yellow-colored jacket with a standard black and white tuxedo underneath her chest. She also possesses a yellow top hat with a red band, a red bowtie, red eyes, gray appendages, and a black lower torso. Her forefront is yellow. She also possesses a pair of bumpers on her belt line.
The Heavy Magician was originally an elite Egg-Robo who handled the most extreme tasks for her creator, Dr. Eggman. After detecting a mysterious energy source on Angel Island, Eggman sent the Heavy Magician and the other Hard Boiled Heavies to investigate. Upon reaching Angel Island, she and her troop excavated the energy source, the Phantom Ruby, just as Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower arrived. The Phantom Ruby promptly warped space-time around them, transforming the Heavy Magician into her magician attire along with her troop. As a side effect of the ruby, the Heavy Magician and her team gained free wills and personalities of their own, though they were driven mad in the process.
The Phantom Ruby transported the Hard Boiled Heavies, along with Sonic, Tails, and a nearby Knuckles the Echidna, to the Green Hill Zone, where the troop fled with the gemstone. After that, the Hard Boiled Heavies planned to keep the Phantom Ruby for themselves. The Heavy Magician and her troop soon met Eggman again though, who tried to command the group. When they would not listen though, Eggman snatched the Phantom Ruby from their clutches. The Heavy Magician and her troop then fled the scene.
The Heavy Magician was the third Hard Boiled Heavy that faced Sonic and co. First, she ambushed the trio in Mirage Saloon Zone, during which she pushed Knuckles off of the Tornado they currently flew in. Later on, she created an Uber Caterkiller for the heroes to subdue. When the trio finally cornered her, the Heavy Magician fought back using illusions of Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, and Bark the Polar Bear, but was still defeated and forced to retreat.
Sonic Mania Plus
In Sonic Mania Plus, after the battle in the Titanic Monarch Zone, the Phantom Magician reverted back to her original form. However, she was the one of the Hard Boiled Heavies who survived their last battle, the others having reduced to scrap lying around on Angel Island.
When Sonic resurfaced with the Phantom Ruby, the Heavy Magician disguised herself as Mighty/Ray and pretended to have been encapsulated in a capsule with another one of Sonic's old friends. When Sonic freed them from the capsule, the Heavy Magician dropped her disguise and stole the Phantom Ruby. She then took the ruby to her teammates' remains and gave it to the Phantom King, who used it to revive himself and the rest of the Hard Boiled Heavies, just as Sonic and his companion caught up to them. The group's resurrection also triggered a warp that sent them all to Green Hill Zone. There, the Heavy Magician and the Hard Boiled Heavies fled with the Phantom Ruby in hand. When they regrouped, the group thought they could keep the Phantom Ruby to themselves. However, Eggman showed up again and took the ruby when they would not obey him, leaving the Heavy Magician and her troop to flee the scene.
When Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray got to the end of the Mirage Saloon Zone, the Heavy Magician fought the group using illusions of Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, and Bark the Polar Bear, but was still defeated and forced to retreat. When the heroic group later fought the Phantom Egg, the Heavy Magician, now re-upgraded into the Phantom Magician once more, fought Sonic and co. when her turn came, but was unable to defeat the heroes.
The Heavy Magician is said to have gotten a couple of screws loose after receiving newfound power from the Phantom Ruby. In addition to her already insane behavior, she commands tricks and illusions that add to her nature as a mystic performer. Like the other Hard Boiled Heavies, she wishes to do harm to Sonic and his friends whether it be by orders from Eggman or by her own, chaotic nature. Despite her insanity, however, she is also shown to be loyal to her Hard Boil Heavy compatriots, as she retrieved their scrapped remains and also used the Phantom Ruby specifically to revive them.
Powers and abilities
The Heavy Magician, as her name implies, is a master of magic and illusions. Using her shapeshifting hat, she has the ability to transform herself into any individual. Unfortunately, a well-aimed hit can dispel her illusions. She also has the ability to conjure up any Badnik from her hat, like a magician can do with a rabbit. She is also able to teleport by disappearing into her hat.
Through unknown means, the Heavy Magician can assume a more powerful state called the Phantom Magician. In this form, her external appearance does not change. However, the Phantom Magician can use and move around giant cups that can fire massive lasers from their openings.
After the player drops into the arena, the Heavy Magician will appear from her box on top of the stage and tip her hat to the player, before going inside her box to assume an illusionary disguise. After a few seconds of rumbling, the box will fall to the ground and split open, revealing the Heavy Magician in one of her disguises (which are based on those on the wanted posters in Mirage Saloon Zone), each of whom has a different attack pattern. She will always transform in the following order:
- Fang the Sniper: As Fang, the Heavy Magician bounces around on her tail while shooting corks from her Popgun.
- Bean the Dynamite: As Bean, the Heavy Magician throws bombs at the player.
- Bark the Polar Bear: As Bark, the Heavy Magician slams into the ground repeatedly using her hands to make the stage lights and other equipment from above fall on the player.
A simple Spin Attack to the Heavy Magician will break her illusion, after which she reverts to her normal form and remains stunned for a few seconds. In this state, the player is able to inflict damage upon her. After the first hit, she will resume the same illusion - a second hit will cause her to retreat to her magic box and transform into the next character in sequence. This will continue until the player has hit the Heavy Magician eight times, to which she will admit defeat and vanish. The player can then proceed to the Capsule and finish the Zone.
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In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Heavy Magician is a member of the Hard Boiled Heavies in service to Dr. Eggman. Her past is virtually identical to her game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Mania.
- The Heavy Magician transforming into Fang, Bean, and Bark marks the first time since Sonic the Fighters that the trio have appeared (cameos aside) in a Sonic the Hedgehog game.
- In the game files of Sonic Mania, the Heavy Magician is designated as the Heavy Mystic.
- The sound effect used when the Heavy Magician transforms into Fang, Bean, or Bark is taken from various 8-bit Sonic titles when the player loses their Rings. This may be a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, the game Fang first appeared in.
- It is unknown if the Phantom Magician ever turned back into the Heavy Magician in Encore Mode due to the fact that they both have the same appearance.
- Sonic Mania English instruction manual.
- Sonic Mania Japanese instruction manual.
- Sega. "Story So Far". Sonic Mania Introduction Manual. Sega. p. 1. "Some time after saving Angel Island, Sonic the Hedgehog and his best friend, Miles "Tails" Prower, are relaxing when Tails picks up a strange energy reading far away. Though different from the Chaos Emeralds, the reading is remarkably powerful, and Tails convinces Sonic to join him to check it out. Sonic and Tails take off on the Tornado towards the source, but sure enough, the evil Dr. Eggman has detected it too! Now it's a race between Sonic and Eggman to get there first and figure out what mysteries it holds. However, Eggman has been busy: he's just unleashed a new team of elite Egg-Robos to handle his most important tasks. They're called the "Hard-Boiled Heavies," and they're about to reach the source of the signal first! It's up to Sonic, Tails, & their newest ally, Knuckles the Echidna, to defeat the Hard-Boiled Heavies, unlock the secrets of the energy source, and stop Dr. Eggman!"
- Sonic Mania English instruction manual.
- Sonic Mania: Hacking Diccussion (29 August 2017). Retrieved on 31 August 2017.