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Your time is almost over, brash hedgehog. I shall prepare for you a lesson in respect. A painful lesson.


— Master Zik, Sonic Lost World[3]

Master Zik (マスタージーク Masutā Jīku?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a Zeti, the founder and the oldest member of the Deadly Six and the teacher of Zavok.[4] When Doctor Eggman came to the Lost Hex, Zik and the other members of the Deadly Six were forced into serving the doctor due to the effects of the Cacophonic Conch. After Sonic the Hedgehog arrived and got rid of the conch, Zik and the others rebelled against Eggman and took control of his forces. Afterwards, Zik followed Zavok's plans to make him and the other Deadly Six stronger, by using Eggman's Extractor while destroying the earth, but was ultimately defeated by Sonic, though not for good.

Appearance[]

Master Zik is a sky blue Zeti, as well as the smallest member of the Deadly Six. His head and body are indistinguishable and are of a spherical shape, with small limbs and a short tail. Only Zik's head is sky blue, while the rest of his body is black. He wears a robe that matches the color of his torso with a torn hem on his wrists and around the waist. His short black legs end with two blue claws, with a third claw on each heel. Zik has five fingers on each of his sky blue hands, each finger tipped with a blue nail.

Zik has wrinkles across his forehead and lips, as well as a long white mustache which reaches down to his feet. He has a pair of very short horns on his head, which are black and have a yellow horizontal stripe across each of them. He is largely bald sans for a long strand of white hair. Zik's eyes are purple with yellow sclera, while he has blue eyelids and black under-eyes. Zik carries a wooden staff that is taller than him, which ends in a inward swirl at the top.

History[]

Past[]

In the past, Master Zik had educated an number of disciples, the last of which was Zavok.[5] Taking Zavok under his wing, Zik would train his student into a formidable force[5] and teach him in various subjects. Many years ago,[4] Zik would go on to form the Deadly Six, which Zavok would take reign over due to his excellent leadership qualities.[5] Though he eventually went into semi-retirement,[4] Zik remained a member and advisor to the younger Zeti.

Sonic Lost World[]

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, Master Zik and the rest of the Deadly Six met Doctor Eggman, who enslaved them with a Cacophonic Conch. Zik then begrudgingly helped Eggman with his scheme for world domination by capturing Animals for an army of Badniks. Master Zik later joined Eggman and the Deadly Six for a Badnik-making lesson where Eggman told how they would help him beat Sonic the Hedgehog, before he saw Zazz leave to fight Sonic.

Traveling to Windy Hill, Zik and his team met Sonic, before coming with Eggman as he left Zazz to finish Sonic. Resuming the Animal hunt, Zik only got punished by Eggman with the Cacophonic Conch when Zavok spoke against Eggman's criticism of their efforts. Zik and the Deadly Six were soon after again scolded for their failures by Eggman with the Cacophonic Conch, only for Sonic to appear and get rid of the conch. Now free, Zik and his team took control of Eggman's Badniks and had them attack everyone present, driving Eggman, Orbot, Cubot, Sonic and Tails away.

Master Zik giving evaluation

Master Zik reporting on Sonic.

Now free, the Deadly Six took control of Eggman's operations on the Lost Hex. As Sonic kept opposing them, Zik decided to deal with him himself. Though Zavok disagreed, Zik convinced him to let him go by outmatching Zazz and Zomom. While he lost to Sonic, Zik was impressed by his power. Reporting back, Zik was pleased to hear Zavok's plan to destroy the earth with Eggman's Extractor and use the energies it harvested to make the Deadly Six stronger, thus getting their revenge at Eggman. Zik later took another crack at Sonic, but lost again.

The evil sage advice of Master Zik

Zik giving Zavok the idea of roboticizing Sonic.

As Zavok studied Sonic, Zik inspired him to turn Sonic into their robotic slave since Eggman had taught them how to make robots. The Deadly Six subsequently set up a trap for Sonic, only to find Tails caught in it when it returned. While Zik was disappointed, he would scowl at Zor who arrived to announce the failed capture of Sonic. Zik later teamed up with Zazz and Zomom to attack Sonic after he avoided their first assault, only to be beaten for good despite his Extractor-enhanced strength. What happened to Zik afterwards is unclear.

Other game appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Master Zik makes a cameo appearance as a part of the "Deadly Six" trophy which can be collected in the game.

Sonic Runners[]

In Sonic Runners, Master Zik made an appearance during the "Zazz Raid Event." Here, Master Zik tried to teach Zazz meditation to help him defeat Sonic. However, when he failed his training, Zazz got frustrated to the point in which he absorbed the force of the Power Rings through his fist. Later, Master Zik asked Zavok of why he encouraged Zazz to keep fighting Team Sonic since he would never be able to win. However, he was pleased to hear that Zavok's true plan was to gather data on Sonic from Zazz's battles for the Deadly Six's benefit.

Mario & Sonic series[]

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[]

In the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Master Zik is mentioned in Zavok's flag biography, mentioning how Zavok is his "last disciple".

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[]

In the Nintendo Switch version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Master Zik is the answer to the question of Zavok's trivia card, which asks who mentored Zavok in martial arts.

Team Sonic Racing[]

In Team Sonic Racing, Zavok will occasionally say “If only Master Zik could see me now” while racing.

Personality[]

Master Zik is the wisest of the Deadly Six,[6] serving as a source of wisdom for his student Zavok and others. He is very perceptive and has an eye for seeing potential in others.

Normally, Master Zik takes it easy in his semi-retirement.[4] He is most of the time very calm and in a state of peace, telling Zavok calmly not be concerned when he asked Master Zik to not trouble himself with Sonic and being impressed by the hedgehog despite Sonic being a threat to them. Likewise, he never shows any sign of distress or surprise and is never fazed by insults or taunts. Despite the air of peace around him though, Master Zik can be very firm. He has no problem about stepping into a situation to handle it himself where others cannot, and he can be very strict and grimly serious when the situation calls for it. He also does not tolerate disrespect, telling Sonic repeatedly that he needs to learn respect.

Master Zik is extremely confident in the wisdom granted him by his advanced age, believing it can always triumph over strength. He also looks down upon younger, less-traveled people in general, believing youth to be wasted on them. Regardless, he does take a certain liking to those that can impress him as he smiled after seeing Sonic's fighting skills. He also thinks highly of his student Zavok, believing that Zavok would eventually come up with the same idea he had for turning Sonic into a robot slave.

Like the other members of the Deadly Six, Master Zik is inherently malicious, sadistic, and violent. An omnicidal monster, he takes a leveled joy in inflicting pain, torturing and killing others, and has no qualms about causing global genocide for his own gain. He will also gladly encourage others' genocidal ambitions, praising Zavok for his plan to destroy the world. He also comes off as vengeful, given that once he was freed from Eggman's enslavement, Master Zik launched an attack on the scientist.

IDW Publishing[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Zik acts similar to how he does in the games. He is a calm and zen-minded individual who has a no-nonsense attitude towards everyone. He believes in survival of the fittest, meaning that the weak should be left behind, although he is willing to make exceptions under extraordinary circumstances.[7] He is very proficient in his work and always prefers it when things go according to plan.

Said to be craftier than the rest of the Deadly Six combined,[8] Zik is extremely wise and with a sage-minded disposition. He is quite tactical, even more so that Zavok, the header of the Deadly Six, and knows how to keep his vile mindset from blinding him to more rewarding opportunities and actions in order to focus on his goals. He likewise knows how to analyze his opponents and knows where to strike them where it hurts the most.[7]

Like all of the other members of the Deadly Six, Zik is malicious, enjoys violence, and does not care for the well being of anyone other than his fellow Zeti. Master Zik is also a very vengeful person and has no qualms in enslaving or destroying an entire world just to take revenge on someone that upset them, as evidenced when he and the other members of the Deadly Six tried to use the Metal Virus to turn every individual on Sonic's world into Zombots out of hatred for Dr. Eggman and Sonic. He likewise despises losing.[9][10][11][12]

Powers and abilities[]

Master Zik is a fighting genius,[13] possessing unparalleled wisdom and powers as well as skills in Kung Fu.[4][2] He was once regarded as the "strongest warrior"[13] and is the one who trained Zavok into the physical powerhouse he is,[5] suggesting he is extremely powerful. Despite being old and in semi-retirement, Zik's honed skills lets him fight with the strength and agility of someone a fraction of his age.[4]

Zik has great reflexes and acrobatic skills; he can swiftly outmaneuver both Zazz and Zomom at the same time, is able to balance perfectly on his staff, keep his balance standing on top of giant rolling fruits and perform body flips in a split second. He also has incredible accuracy, capable of throwing his staff next to his targets with less than a few inches distance from far away. He also has immense jumping skill, allowing him to leap high into the air and precisely across very large distances in an instant.

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Master Zik about to reclaim his staff with his mind.

Zik possesses psychokinetic power, being able to call his wooden staff to him with a gesture and make giant fruit move through mid-air with his mind.[2] In addition, he has the ability to project energy balls from his hands and is capable of flight.

As a Zeti, Zik possesses the innate ability to manipulate magnetic fields, which enables him to control electronics. This allows him to take control of robots and other kinds of machinery.

IDW Publishing[]

Master Zik possesses telekinetic powers, as demonstrated when he levitated a large broken water tower (that he also stood on) to command a large horde of Zombots from.[11] Though he would be considered quite old, Master Zik has amazing acrobatic skills.[8] He is also a cunning tactician.[7]

Like all Zeti, Master Zik has the ability to manipulate magnetic fields, which he can use to control machinery with his mind.[9]

Equipment[]

In combat, Master Zik uses his wooden staff like a club, which he can use to block enemy attacks. When Master Zik had a Chaos Emerald lodged to his head via a Chaos Emerald Siphon, it exaggerated his natural abilities and granted him immunity to the Metal Virus.[11]

Weaknesses[]

Like all other Zeti, Master Zik's powers are greatly inhibited when the Cacophonic Conch is blown, which causes him great pain.

IDW Publishing[]

His electromagnetic capabilities are as well hindered by EM shielding.[14]

Relationships[]

Deadly Six[]

The Deadly Six are the only people that Master Zik trusts as allies. Despite their differing personalities, they all have the same hunger for power, carnage, and destruction. Above all members, Master Zik respects his pupil Zavok the most for his natural leadership and his opportunistic thinking.[15][10] Nonetheless, Zik is always ready to provide Zavok with some much-needed counselling when he disagrees with his plans, although he is more playfully critical than outright stern when counseling him. In return, Zavok respects his master for his sage advises.[7]

Babylon Rogues[]

When Master Zik first met the Babylon Rogues, he considered them a bunch of children who needed to be taught a lesson. He also mocked Jet for being an incompetent leader, namely by reminding him that he had accidently left his friends behind in the heat of battle.[8] When Master Zik got defeated by them however, he berated them for the fact that there was no technique in their victory.[12] Even so, he later painfully admitted that they had earned their victory.[16]

Friends/allies[]

Enemies[]

Battle[]

Main article: Master Zik (boss)
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Master Zik taunting Sonic.

Master Zik is encountered at Tropical Coast in Sonic Lost World. In the Wii U version he is fought at Zone 2, as he rolls on a giant apple that can crush Sonic. In Zone 4, Master Zik is surrounded by fruit as Sonic must use the Homing Attack to destroy the fruit. Master Zik can also bring up a shield from the palm of his hand to block hits from Sonic.

In other media[]

Archie Comics[]

Main article: Master Zik (Archie)
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Master Zik, from the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Master Zik and Deadly Six were enslaved by Dr. Eggman with the Cacophonic Conch, but got liberated by Sigma, a villainous robot from an alternate world. As Master Zik and the Deadly Six received power-enhancing armor from Sigma to help with his plans, they betrayed him and tried subjugating him, only for Sigma to take over Master Zik's mind using a device hidden in his armor, and had him serve as one of his commanders until the unified heroes freed him. The Deadly Six's involvement would later be erased when Xander Payne erased all the events of Worlds Unite.

In the not-so-distant future, Master Zik would be enslaved by Eggman once again.

IDW Publishing[]

Quotes[]

"It would seem the peaceful days of tending my garden will have to wait while I take care of these matters the rest of you cannot."
—Master Zik wanting to deal with Sonic after noting that the other Deadly Six were incapable of doing so.
"It will be good to stretch these old bones"
—Zik assuring Zavok that he can deal with Sonic
"(sigh) Youth is truly wasted on the young. Thankfully, speed cannot defeat wisdom, little hedgehog!"
—Zik, Tropical Coast Zone 2.
"This little seeding will never have a chance to bloom, I'll see to that. It'll be a joy to cultivate his pain and make fertilizer out of him."
—Zik, Tropical Coast Zone 2.
"Some lessons can only learned at the end of a boot! It is time to TEACH you those lessons!"
—Zik threatening Sonic
"My skills are sharper than your words, brash one! Your insults cannot penetrate my thick, wrinkled skin! Of course, I might order certain moisturizers..."
—Zik, Tropical Coast Zone 2.
"Prepare to be tested, young one."
—Zik before fighting Sonic for the first time.
"Your moves are unique. Who is your master?!"
—Zik after being hit during his first battle with Sonic.
"The student has become the master."
—Zik after he is defeated the first time.
"Follow if you dare!"
—Zik's last words to Sonic during their next meeting.
"You have disrespected your elders, arrogant stripling! Now you shall reap what you have sowed."
—Zik, Tropical Coast Zone 4.
"I believe you youngsters refer to a beating as, eh, "being schooled"? In that case, class is in session."
—Zik preparing to fight Sonic, Tropical Coast Zone 4.
"Ngh! This arrogant youth disturbs the tranquility of my garden! I will PLUCK him like a spiny blue weed!"
—Zik in Tropical Coast Zone 4.
"It is glorious to prepare for battle once more! I feel like I'm a hundred years old again! Perhaps when I'm finished, I'll go clubbing!"
—Zik musing about his next fight with Sonic, Tropical Coast Zone 4.
"Your lesson begins now."
—Zik before fighting Sonic for the second time.
"Did you think I've been trying up till now?!"
—Zik during his second battle with Sonic.
"Your master should be proud."
—Zik after being defeated by Sonic for the second time.
"Correct! Revenge is a dish best served cold!"
—Zik as he joins Zazz and Zomom for their final battle with Sonic
"This time, I will hold nothing back!"
—Zik before fighting Sonic for the last time.
"You're only seeing me because I'm letting you!"
—Zik after being hit by a Homing Attack.
"You've beaten an old man, are you proud?"
—Zik after being being defeated for the last time.

Trivia[]

  • Master Zik is the only member of the Deadly Six to have a prefix to his name.
  • Master Zik's personality and appearance are based off of an early Chinese poet.
  • In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Master Zik is shown to be able to ride his staff like a surfboard.
  • Master Zik is the only member who carries a weapon-like tool.
  • Master Zik is one of only two members of the Deadly Six to incorporate a Color Power into his boss fight in the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World, the other one being Zomom.
  • The mechanical fruits that Master Zik uses during his boss battles in Sonic Lost World are known as Mecha Fruits (メカフルーツ Meka Furūtsu?).[17]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Lost World, Master Zik profile.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Devra Newberger Speregen (2016). Sonic: The Ultimate Character Guide. Scholastic. pp. 46-47. ISBN 978-1338033243.
  3. Master Zik in the cutscene before Tropical Coast Zone 4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Sonic Lost World. Retrieved on 6 October 2013. "Wise old Master Zik founded the Deadly Six many years ago. Whilst normally taking it easy in his semi-retirement, his unparalleled wisdom and powers allows him to fight with the strength and agility of someone a fraction of his age. This is one old guy not to be messed with!"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 SEGA (23 June 2016). Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Wii U. Nintendo. Area/Level: Collectibles (Flags). "Zavok is the strongest of the sinister Zeti and the leader of the Deadly Six. As the last disciple of Master Zik, he's a certified force to be reckoned with. Along with his formidable physical prowess, a calm demeanor and penchant for quick-thinking makes his well-suited to leadership. His greatest joy is in improving his skills, which makes the straight-forward competitive nature of the Olympic Games quite appealing."
  6. Sonic Lost World (Wii U) electronic manual
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #41, "Zeti Hunt, Part 1"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named StH20
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named StH25
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
  13. 13.0 13.1 Japanese profile for Master Zik: "Zavok's master, and a martial arts expert formerly known as the strongest warrior."
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2, "Smash & Grab"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog #22, "The Last Minute, Part 2"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
  17. 『ソニック ロストワールド』六鬼衆「ジーク」紹介ムービー (Japanese). YouTube. Sega (26 September 2013). Retrieved on 18 January 2022. "『ソニック ロストワールド』に登場する最狂最悪の敵「六鬼衆」のご意見番「ジーク」。若かりし頃はゼティ族最強の戦士と呼ばれていた程の武術の達人だったが、現在は弟子である「サボック」の指導に励んでいる。多彩なメカフルーツを操りソニックに襲い掛かる."

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