- For the version of these objects before the Super Genesis Wave, see Inhibitor Rings (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
The Inhibitor Rings are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. They are rings worn by Shadow the Hedgehog to restrain his power. He has worn since his creation on board the Space Colony ARK.
The Inhibitor Rings are golden rings that Shadow the Hedgehog wears on his wrists. When worn, they limit the amount of Chaos energy Shadow uses during combat and other situations. When he takes them off, Shadow can tap into his full strength, giving him a drastic boost in power.
The Inhibitor Rings can be opened at a point, similar to a hinge.
During the invasion of the New Black Comet, Shadow took off his Inhibitor Rings for a power boost necessary to take down Black Death. Using a bolstered Chaos Blast, Shadow killed Black Death before putting his Inhibitor Rings back on.
- It was the anime Sonic X which first presented the idea of Shadow using up more energy when taking off his rings. This idea eventually made its way into the games in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and was then used in the comics.