Jet the Hawk (ジェット・ザ・ホーク Jetto za Hōku?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic hawk and the leader of the current generation of Babylon Rogues. He is known as the "Legendary Wind Master" (伝説の風使い Densetsu no kaze tsukai?) due to his mastery of Extreme Gear riding, which has earned him an impressive reputation.
Cocky and brash, Jet is very arrogant, prideful, and always seeks riches and fortunes. While also the Babylon Rogues' leader, Jet rarely takes his responsibilities seriously, though he knows how to assert his authority. For all his shady characteristics though, Jet is an honorable Extreme Gear rider.
Since losing to Sonic the Hedgehog in Extreme Gear, Jet has kept an intense rivalry with the hedgehog. Ever competitive, Jet has made it his foremost goal to best Sonic in speed and claim his title as the fastest thing in the universe.
Jet is an anthropomorphic hawk with emerald green and dark emerald green feathers covering his body and white feathers on his front torso. On his arms near his wrists are dark green fire-like markings. He has a gold beak and blue eyes with red and black markings on the sides. His hair is styled like a mohawk with dark green tips. He also has three tail feathers.
For attire, he wears a pair of white gloves with red and black cuffs and gray bands around each wrist. He also wears red, black and white boots with gray soles, and goggles with yellow lenses, white frames and gray straps.
Jet is highly arrogant, confident, conceited and holds high standards. He has a massive ego, considering himself the fastest, and holds everyone else in low regard, often bragging about his skills. While he is willing to praise others, he usually makes his compliments short and follows up with an insult. Over time, Jet has matured slightly and become more of a sport as he gave Shadow and Rouge genuine compliments on their skills.
Jet is usually very rude and disrespectful, and has a snide sense of humor. He enjoys insulting others and rubbing his victory or other's losses in their faces. Even when dealing with his own teammates, Jet cites both Storm and Wave with insults and ignores them.
Jet is extremely prideful and protective of his reputation, not wanting to look bad. He is also a sore loser and refuses the pity of others as he considers it a direct insult to his character. Regardless, he stands by his losses, even if it was because of unexpected events, and will work hard to overcome them. He also despises those who are faster or more confident than him.
Mostly, Jet is laid-back and nonchalant, though he chooses not to show this to people he does not explicitly know, as he is too prideful to show his less-likable traits. While he knows his duties as leader of the Babylon Rogues, he does not takes his responsibilities very seriously and remains unconcerned in the face of issues. However, he knows when to assert his authority. As a team leader, Jet is strict, has little tolerance for failure and dislikes showing any sign of weakness to anyone. Over time, Jet has become a better leader and leads his team with a better attitude.
Jet is shown to have a very short temper, throwing a fit when a portrait fell on top of him and even twitching with build-up anger. While Jet has become more level-headed in some fields, such as ignoring Wave and Storm's frequent arguments, he is still prone to make angry outbursts at times.
Jet has a defined love for money and treasure, which he likes the most besides himself. His primary motivation in life is to acquire as much wealth as possible, even having daydreams of stacks of gold, and if it turns out there is no profit to be gained from a heist, Jet quickly loses all interest in the matter. When it comes to acquiring wealth, Jet is very greedy and selfish, given that when he went after Eggman to get the Key to Babylon Garden back, it was because he wanted the Treasure of Babylon, rather than stopping Eggman from using it to conquer the world.
Jet enjoys Extreme Gear racing as well as any activity that requires extreme stamina and skill, and takes enormous pride in winning. While extremely competitive and only wanting victory, Jet opposes cheating and strives to win fairly. If he cannot win using his own skills, his victory is meaningless to him, and he will actively seek a rematch to achieve absolute victory. While he may not always show good sportsmanship, Jet enjoys racing worthy opponents and can be content with whatever the outcome may be after a good race.
Powers and abilities
Jet possesses well-above physical abilities. Like many other characters in the series, he is able to move around at super speeds on foot, enough to reach velocities well above 100 "Speed". He also has very high physical strength in at least his legs, enough to knock away an entire desk with a single kick. Jet possesses as well above average acrobatic skills and agility, enough to reach impressive heights when jumping, leap through treetops with ease, and perform advanced tricks and movements while in mid-air. He also has noticeable combat skills, as he could take down a couple of MeteorTech security robots by himself in midair using various maneuvers and kicks. However, he excels at attacking with warfans.
Above all else, Jet is a master on an Extreme Gear, being considered the most technically gifted Extreme Gear rider in all of history. Furthermore, his mastery of Extreme Gear are so impressive that he is revered far and wide as the "Legendary Wind Master", which has not only earned him an impressive reputation, but also signifies the immense level of skills he possesses. He is likewise very knowledgeable in the field of Extreme Gear riding, namely by knowing the secrets to become the fastest at Extreme Gear. On an Extreme Gear, Jet claims he has enough skills to outclass even Sonic's running speed. He can as well perform amazing fast and complex tricks and body movements with his Extreme Gear while in midair, balance and grind perfectly on Grind Rails, create currents that can blow opponents away, and engage in combat with other Extreme Gear riders without losing control over his Extreme Gear. In addition, Jet has the ability to accurately read the wind streams, allowing him to ride his Extreme Gear to the fullest.
Physical abilities and Extreme Gears skills aside, Jet is a talented and professional thief. Having pulled off successful heists and escaped capture from the authorities, Jet is a seasoned thief and talented with sleight of hand.
Besides Extreme Gear, Jet likewise has good piloting skills, being able to pilot the Babylon Rogues' ship on his own. Funny enough, he also has a talent for sneezing, which he uses to distract his opponents by sneezing at them.
Jet's choice of equipment is his Type-J. The Type-J is a Board type Extreme Gear, especially made for Jet by Wave for high speed. Over time, the Type-J has been redesigned to be so full of quirks so that only Jet can master it.
Jet also wields a pair of large fans called the Bashōsens which he uses with great proficiency. With one fan, Jet can release powerful wind currents to blow opponents off course and disorientate them. He can also use both fans in melee combat, either smacking his opponents or spinning then around to knock away anyone that gets too close to him.
Storm the Albatross
Since Jet is the leader of the Babylon Rogues, Storm the Albatross does not call Jet by name but rather "Boss", and does whatever he can to please Jet. Jet does not seem to consider Storm a close friend, usually acting like a leader and giving him missions.
Wave the Swallow
Jet is also Wave the Swallow's boss. Unlike Storm, Wave does not bother calling Jet "Boss", she simply calls him by his name. However, in Japanese, she refers to him with the honorific "-sama", indicating a degree of respect. She is the creator of Jet's Extreme Gear, Type-J. She also helps Jet by using her intelligence, but Jet sometimes seems to be bothered by her "long and boring speeches".
Sonic the Hedgehog
Jet and Sonic the Hedgehog have been rivals ever since they met. At first, when Jet was better than Sonic in Extreme Gear riding, Jet used to make fun of Sonic. In the last course in the World Grand Prix, Jet was surprised that he was actually losing against Sonic, so he (albeit unknowingly, due to Wave's deception) cheated, which allowed him to win. At the end of Sonic Riders, the two had a more friendly relationship bordering on friendship and promised each other to compete once again. In addition, although Jet desires to beat Sonic in racing, he does not wish to use unfair tactics to win against him, as he told Wave to not sabotage Sonic's Extreme Gear, and later told Wave off when he learned about the actual reason behind his win was indeed due to Wave sabotaging Sonic's Extreme Gear. Wave told Jet that it was time to split up and everyone hopped onto their Gears to go home. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, they met again and had a race, but it ended up as a draw. Sonic said at the end of the game that he would compete with Jet again in the World Grand Prix. However, in the final ending, when Sonic was in the car, Jet called his name and went after him asking for one last race. Sonic accepts it and the two compete against each other. It is unknown which one of them won the race as the credits of the game start.
In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Jet and Sonic have a special team animation, in which Jet does several leaps in the air while Sonic is waving to the audience. Sonic turns to Jet's direction and retracts just as the latter swipes out his hand as he finishes his movements, making Jet smirk while Sonic looks exasperated.
- Team Heroes
- Team Rose
- Team Dark
- Sega. Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Jet. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 30 August 2014.
- Devra Newberger Speregen (2016). Sonic: The Ultimate Character Guide. Scholastic. p. 53. ISBN 978-1338033243.
- Sonic Riders (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 7.
- Sonic Free Riders (Xbox 360) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
- Sonic Riders
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- Sonic Riders official website. Characters: Jet the Hawk. Sega. Archived from the original on 12 June 2006. Retrieved on 12 June 2006. “Has Sonic finally met his match? This mysterious new character is widely known as the "Legendary Wind Master" due to his impressive Extreme Gear skills. He leads a talented group of thieves known as the Babylon Rogues and he carries a mysterious control box said to have been passed down from the Ancient Babylonians.”
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Green Cave. "Jet: You know, I've checked you out actually. Not bad; I admit you're pretty fast on your feet. But here, it's a whole different story when riding with Extreme Gear! You see, to be the fastest on a Gear, you have to become one with the wind! Without wings, well, you might as well kiss the ground and go home!"
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Opening sequence (Babylon storyline). "Jet: Hmph. He may be the fastest creature on the ground, but in the air, with me and my Extreme Gear, he's just a joke. Ah ha ha ha ha!"
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Opening sequence (Heroes' storyline).
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- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Babylon Garden.
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. "Type-J's profile: Jet's gear, redesigned by Wave. Full of quirks, nobody but Jet could master this peaky ride."
- Sonic Team (10 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. "Type-J's profile: Wave rebuilt this gear for Jet from the ground up. It uses a peaky tuning only Jet can properly control."