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"Flames of Disaster" redirects here. For other uses, see Flames of Disaster (disambiguation).

Eternal Sun! The Living Flame that has been entrusted to the royal family! Fall into slumber with my soul, Iblis! You cursed Flames of Disaster!


Silver the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Iblis (イブリース Iburīsu?), also known as the Flames of Disaster (炎の災厄 Honō no Saiyaku?, lit. "Calamity of Flames"), is an antagonist that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He was the raw power of the sun god Solaris and an immortal energy-based being of mass destruction. Iblis was born during the Solaris Project, when the experiments on Solaris split him into Iblis and Mephiles the Dark. Following his birth, Iblis was sealed inside the soul of Princess Elise by the Duke of Soleanna.

Ten years later, Iblis was targeted by Dr. Eggman, who sought his power for world domination. In the main timeline, Iblis was released and ravaged the world far into the future. However, this future was averted thanks to Silver, Sonic and Blaze. Regardless, Iblis was still released by Mephiles and the two rejoined and remade Solaris, only to be defeated by Sonic, Shadow and Silver, and was subsequently erased from existence.

Appearance[]

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Iblis' base form, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Iblis' body is composed entirely of magma and rock armor that varies between his forms. His original form was a giant, swirling ball of flames. After being released into the world, Iblis' primary evolved from grew tremendously and sprouted four arms with an armored head of molten rock, appearing to be a lava-like version of Perfect Chaos. His second form consisted of a giant serpent-like body while retaining the armored, ripped up head. His final and most powerful form appears to be larger than the previous forms but has a more human shape; he has two arms, legs (which have no feet, similar to Mephiles' crystalline form) and his head becomes less armored. However, he grows horns on both sides of his head and back, where he also grows a tail.

In all of his forms apart from his original, Iblis has green reptilian eyes. In his second and final evolved forms, he also had a third eye placed on his forehead.

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Rivals 2[]

In Sonic Rivals 2, Iblis appears on a collectible card:

Image Card Number Card Challenge Unlocked
Sonic Rivals 2 - Card Collection 114 114 Iblis Get an S Ranking in Zone 4 Boss N/A

History[]

Ten years before the events of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Iblis was accidentally created during one of the Solaris Project's experiments. In the experiment, a spatial meltdown caused Solaris to become unstable and split into two parts: Iblis (the raw power) and Mephiles (the cunning mind). Iblis was originally sealed inside Princess Elise by her father, the Duke of Soleanna, who, before dying of his wounds caused by the accident, told her not to cry no matter what happens (as her tears would otherwise release Iblis from her body). However, Iblis was inadvertently released by the "Iblis Trigger" with the death of Elise ten years later under unknown circumstances. As a result of Iblis' release, humanity blamed Shadow the Hedgehog for the world’s devastation and sealed him away in an energy prison for eternity. Despite this, Iblis continued to devastate the world up until and including Silver the Hedgehog's time period in the future.

In Silver's story, he and Blaze the Cat continuously battle Iblis, but he ended up proving too powerful for either of them to defeat, since he had the ability to constantly resurrect himself from his ashes. Thus, Mephiles appeared and advised Silver and Blaze to depart to the time period right before Iblis' transformation to stop Sonic the Hedgehog, referred to as the "Iblis Trigger", from releasing Iblis and destroying the world. However, Mephiles' advice was misleading - the Iblis Trigger was not Sonic, but rather Sonic's death at the hands of Mephiles, which caused Princess Elise to shed tears and thus releasing Iblis from within her. Nevertheless, Silver learned how to defeat Iblis when going back to the accident of the Solaris Project ten years prior to the present and returned to the future with Blaze to face him.

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Iblis regenerating himself, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Sonic and Shadow also encountered Iblis in their respective story arcs while searching for a Chaos Emerald to warp back to the present, having been sent to the future by Dr. Eggman and Mephiles, respectively, with Shadow also sensing his approach and warning Rouge not to touch the Emerald. After they defeated him, they warped back to their own time.

Silver and Blaze confronted and defeated the monster, but in order to stop Iblis permanently, Blaze was forced to seal him within her using two Chaos Emeralds, trapping herself in another dimension.

When Mephiles killed Sonic, Elise cried over his death, causing Iblis to be released from her body. Mephiles and Iblis then merged into Solaris and threatened to destroy time itself, but Solaris was defeated by Shadow, Silver and a resurrected Sonic. When Sonic and Elise went back in time to the point when Solaris was just a tiny candlelight, Elise extinguished the flame.

Personality[]

Iblis is a fierce, aggressive, and mindless creature without a consciousness trying to regain his wisdom (that is Mephiles), since he was split from Solaris during the Solaris Project. He only seems to be interested in wreaking havoc and creating destruction, as he continued to devastate the world in Silver's future. However, in Phase 3, he showed some amount of focus and concentration while battling Silver and Blaze.

Powers and abilities[]

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Iblis' fire breath in his first form, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Iblis possesses the raw power and strength of Solaris. Fitting his appearance, Iblis' attacks are lava-based. His main attack, which was available to all forms, was releasing molten fireballs from his body at enemies. By forming a specific hand sign, Iblis can summon a huge meteor and launch it at the enemy. Another similar power Iblis has is pyrokinesis (the manipulation of fire). With this, he could breathe large streams of fire and shoot waves of flames one after another. He could as well craft hordes of flaming monsters from his own flames.

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Even with his enormous size, Iblis can still make immense leaps, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Thanks to his enormous size, Iblis has great strength and durability, being strong enough to lift large buildings and smash stalactites at the size of himself. In his third form, Iblis could even break parts of Silver and Blaze's foothold by simply slamming it with his hands. Even in his original energy form, he was able to resist Silver's psychokinesis with brute force.

Iblis possesses shape shifting powers; he can change his form at will, ranging from a swirling ball of fire to a giant, monstrous creature of destruction. He can use these different forms to adapt to the environment when fighting. Like his other half Mephiles, Iblis possesses the power of immortality and can resurrect himself after being defeated.

Weakness[]

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Iblis in his purest and most vulnerable state, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

While Iblis' anatomy varies greatly between his forms, he always has a green eye on his forehead which is highly sensitive to damage. Also, when Iblis is defeated, he is reduced to his energy form before he can regenerate. While still indestructible, Iblis is almost helpless in this state and susceptible to being sealed.

Relationships[]

Friends/allies[]

Enemies[]

Battle[]

Main article: Iblis (boss)
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Silver fighting Iblis, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Iblis serves as a boss in the Sonic Episode, Silver Episode and Shadow Episode storylines. Sonic and Shadow fight Iblis' second form in Flame Core where they have to attack him close up across pool of magma, and Silver fights his first and third form in Crisis City and Flame Core respectively where he has to attack him using projectiles.

In other media[]

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Iblis appears in similar fashion to his game counterpart. Like in the game, Iblis was erased from history. He was listed in an entry in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia.

Films[]

Paramount[]

Main article: Fire Demon

Etymology[]

Iblis (Arabic إبليس), is a figure in Islam, which in general is the name of a creature, commonly known in relation to the creation of Adam and the command to prostrate himself before him in the Islam. Iblis leads the community of evil jinns (الجن) that has the ability to cast evil suggestions into the hearts of men, women, and other Jinn. A Jinn is also a creature of fire.

Trivia[]

  • Iblis is the one of the two bosses in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) that is fought with all three main characters, the other is Solaris.
  • As he summons the Ifrit Golem in Sonic and the Secret Rings, Erazor Djinn invokes Iblis' name as part of the incantation. Since Iblis is made of fire and often called as Abu Al-Harith (The father of the plowmen) in Islam, this is likely a reference to both the religion and the game.
  • The Ifrit from Sonic Rivals 2 is similar to Iblis. They are both fiery creatures named after powerful demons from Islamic Knowledge, and they both threaten Silver's future. Even the Ifrit's design is similar in appearance to that of Iblis.
  • Before the Day of Disaster, Iblis was called the "Flames of Disaster". However, in the future, he is called Iblis. This might suggest that Iblis got his name after he was released from Elise and began ravaging the world.
  • Strangely, Iblis' minions exist in the present time of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), despite Iblis still sealed within Princess Elise in that time. It is possible that Mephiles may have brought them to the present from the future or that Iblis' power may have leaked out.
  • It seems that some of Iblis' minions are based on Iblis' different forms, like how Iblis' Biter can look slightly like his first form, Worm looks like his second form, and Golems look like his final form.
  • It can be noted that, in his third form, Iblis has crude stumps where his feet should be, similar to Mephiles, perhaps further signifying their relationship to Solaris.
  • In Silver's storyline, Silver only fights the Phases that are an odd number, while in Sonic and Shadow's storyline, they only fight the Phase that's an even number.
  • Although most of the artworks published in Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide are identical to those released to the public, Iblis's third form has some artwork differences.
  • A demon resembling Iblis is depicted through puppetry in a low-budget rock opera in the Knuckles episode "The Flames of Disaster. The rock opera recounts an event in Knuckles' past, where he battled the Fire Demon in order to obtain the power of the Flames of Disaster, named after Iblis' title.

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