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Hero Chao[1] (ヒーローチャオ[2] Hīrōchao?) are creatures that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of Chao.

Description

Anatomy

Hero Chao are small creatures with pudding-like bodies. In general, Hero Chao have round, waterdrop-like heads with large eyes but no noses, round torsos smaller than their heads, smooth feet with no legs, and arms with no visible hands. Neither their arms or feet have digits. They also have a short tail, small wings, and a floating emotion indicator above their heads.

While Hero Chao can have various looks and features, the most basic form of a Hero Chao have white skin with dark blue and sky blue tips on their hands and feet, and their wings resemble angel wings with yellow tips. They also have a pale yellow oval color in their bellies' center, and the mood indicator above their heads is blue and shaped like a halo. Their eyes are also white with black sclera, and the point of their heads is shaped like two tuffs with blue tips. Lastly, they possess (usually) small, but genuine smiles and small round tails.

Characteristics and culture

The Hero Chao are good Chao children on the Hero side who are warm, kind, and polite.[1]

In terms of biology, all Hero Chao are by default genderless.[3][4]

Hero Chao can usually only speak one word which is their own species' name. However, they have a very distinct form of communication: their emotion-dot. The emotion-dot, which floats above a Hero Chao's head will change shape depending on what it thinks or feels: It becomes a heart when the Hero Chao is happy, a question mark when the Hero Chao is confused, an exclamation point when the Hero Chao is alarmed, and a swirl when the Hero Chao is unhappy.

Powers and abilities

As Chao, Hero Chao can absorb and learn skills and traits from other life-forms, adapting their shapes as they do.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

The Hero Chao made their first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2, and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure 2: Battle as a form that the player can raise a Chao towards. In this game, one can evolve a Chao into a Hero Chao by feeding them Hero Fruit and raise that Chao with Sonic, Tails and/or Knuckles. Once they go into their first cocoon, the Chao will be a Hero Chao.

One can evolve a Hero Chao into a type of Chaos Chao called an "Angel Chao". To get this kind of Chao, a Chao must be a Hero Chao and must have gone through two reincarnations already. Once the Chao is on its third life they will have to receive at least one of all the small Animals before the Chao has evolved to the second stage of its third life. It will then evolve into an Angel Chao.

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

In Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the player can raise Chao into Hero Chao. In this game, one can evolve a Chao into a Hero Chao by feeding them Hero Fruit. Once they go into their first cocoon, the Chao will be a Hero Chao.

One can evolve a Hero Chao into a type of Chaos Chao called an "Angel Chao". To get this kind of Chao, a Chao must be a Hero Chao and must have gone through two reincarnations already. Once the Chao is on its third life they will have to receive at least one of all the small Animals before the Chao has evolved to the second stage of its third life. It will then evolve into an Angel Chao.

Sonic Rivals

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In Sonic Rivals, the basic Hero Chao appears on two of the collectible cards in the game. The first card, which is the 96th one in the game, depicts a 3D artwork of the Hero Chao, and the second one, which is the 99th one in the game, depicts the 2D artwork of the Hero Chao from Sonic Adventure 2. There is also the 105th collectible card in the game, which depicts an Angel Chao (here called the "Hero Chao").

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the Hero Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo DS version. They primarily appear among the audience in the background of several events.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Hero Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game.

In the Wii version of the game, the Hero Chao appear exclusively among the audience in the background of various events.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Hero Chao appear in the background of various events, as a part of the audience. In the game's Adventure Tours mode, various variants of Hero Chao also appear as interactable characters that host events and set challenges for the playable characters.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Hero Chao appear as non-playable characters on both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

In the Wii version of the game, the Hero Chao appear in several events as a part of the audience seen in the background.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Hero Chao repeat their previous roles by appearing amongst the audience seen in the background during different events. A Badge of the Hero Chao can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Hero Chao reprise their role from previous games by appearing amongst the audience in the background of certain events.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Im the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Hero Chao once again appear amongst the audience in the background of certain events.

Sonic Generations

The Hero Chao statue in the Statue Room of the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Hero Chao is featured as a statue in the game's Statue Room.

Sonic Runners series

Sonic Runners

The Hero Chao in Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, the standard Hero Chao make a few appearances throughout the game's story. In addition, the standard Hero Chao appears as a Normal Speed Type buddy which boosts all score elements. The game also features an Angel Chao buddy (here called the "Hero Chaos"). This Chao is a S Rare Fly Type buddy that boosts the Rings acquired.

Sonic Runners Adventure

In Sonic Runners Adventure, the standard Hero Chao does not appear. However, the game does include the Angel Chao variant (here called the "Hero Chaos"), which is featured as a buddy that gives the playable character a 50% chance of keeping all their Rings when taking damage.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Hero Chao appears as a Primary Spirit with the following characteristics:

Image Stat statistics Spirit Battle
Base Max Enemy Fighter(s) Enemy Power Stage Battle conditions
HeroChao3D.png Power: 3,706
Attack: 1,692
Defense: 1,531
Power: 11,151
Attack: 5,091
Defense: 4,606
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Name Type Class Music Acquisition
Hero Chao Shield ★★★ (Ace) N/A Enhance the Chao spirit
No. Slots Ability
787 2 Fast Final Smash Meter

Team Sonic Racing

A Hero Chao among other Chao in Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, a Hero Chao makes up the team of Chao (which include Omochao, a Dark Chao, and a Neutral Chao) on Team Rose that drive the Chao Pod. In addition, several Hero Chao appear among the audience in the background of many of the racing tracks.

Sonic Racing

In Sonic Racing, a Hero Chao makes up the team of Chao (which include Omochao, Dark Chao, and a Neutral Chao) on Team Rose that drive the Chao Pod.

In other media

Archie Comics

A Hero Chao, from the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Hero Chao are a type of form a Chao can achieve when raised by a virtuous person. The first Hero Chao to appear in the comics was Aquarius.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Hero Chao (IDW)

A Hero Chao, from Sonic the Hedgehog #33.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Hero Chao is a breed of Chao that a Chao can be raised towards. The first Hero Chao seen appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog #33.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Prima Development (20 June 2001). "The Chao Primer" (in English). Sonic Adventure 2: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 168. ISBN 978-0761536147.
  2. スクリーンショット / チャオワールド (Japanese). Sega (3 April 2021). Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. “ヒーローチャオたちには、さぞかし住みやすい場所でしょう”
  3. Evan Stanley on Tumblr. Tumblr (15 October 2020). Archived from the original on 16 October 2020.
  4. Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Chao. Sega. Archived from the original on 30 April 2021. Retrieved on 30 April 2021.

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