Metal Sonic (メタルソニック Metaru Sonikku?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an evil robot version of Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic's counterpart from another dimension set in the recent past.
Metal Sonic was created in the image of Sonic the Hedgehog and is thus mostly built of blue metal. He has a yellow circular depression in his chest with a black center, mirroring the peach skin on Sonic's chest. His head has metal fins resembling Sonic's quills and a pair of triangular "ears." Metal Sonic has a muzzle, shoulder plates, upper arms, legs, and fingers made out of silvery metal. His palms are black, while the backs of his hands are square yellow plates. His forearms and lower legs are blue metal like his head and torso, and he has red feet with white stripes designed to resemble Sonic's shoes. He has optic sensors with black sclera and red irises.
In comparison to his mainstream counterpart, Metal Sonic is slightly shorter and chubbier, just like Sonic himself.
In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, due to the actions of the Time Eater, Metal Sonic ended up in White Space where he came into possession of the purple Chaos Emerald. Within this dimension, Metal Sonic eventually met Sonic, who challenged Metal Sonic to a fight for his Chaos Emerald. Using the time-space passages in White Space, the two went back in time to a past version of Stardust Speedway where they had their battle. Despite Metal Sonic unleashing his full power against his rival, the robot was still defeated, and Sonic claimed his Emerald after they returned to White Space.
When the Time Eater was destroyed, Metal Sonic was seemingly returned to his rightful place in his world's timeline.
In Sonic Mania, Dr. Eggman made efforts to locate/contact Metal Sonic on Little Planet from Press Garden Zone. When Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles later destroyed a Metal Sonic Projector in Stardust Speedway Zone, the real Metal Sonic appeared and began his assault. He chased the heroes along a path, but eventually stopped to use a generator to produce Silver Sonics to assist him in battle. After the heroes destroyed the generator, Metal Sonic continued to chase them up the path. After finally reaching the top, Dr. Eggman appeared and gave Metal Sonic the Phantom Ruby, which he used it to transform into Giga Metal. Metal Sonic proceeded to chase after the heroes. By attacking the glass dome on his chest that housed the Phantom Ruby however, the heroes were able to defeat Metal Sonic's new form, reverting him back to normal in the process and defeating him.
Sonic Mania Plus
In Sonic Mania Plus, some time after Metal Sonic's last defeat, Dr. Eggman managed to locate/contact Metal Sonic on Little Planet from Press Garden Zone again. Later, on Stardust Speedway Zone, after Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray destroyed a Metal Sonic Projector, the real Metal Sonic appeared and began his assault. What followed next was a battle between Metal Sonic and the heroes that played out exactly like the last one that took place in that Zone, and ended with Metal Sonic being defeated yet again.
Sonic Mania Adventures
After the Phantom Ruby incident, Metal Sonic arrived at a damaged section of Angel Island, alone. Eventually though, he detected the last missing Chaos Emerald, prompting him to head out. On the way, Metal Sonic came across Ray the Flying Squirrel and attacked him. Before he could finish Ray however, Mighty the Armadillo appeared and intervened by blocking Metal Sonic's attack and temporarily subduing him. Detecting that Mighty had the last Chaos Emerald however, Metal Sonic recovered and quickly took Ray hostage. Demanding the Chaos Emerald in return for Ray, Metal Sonic forced Mighty to comply to his demands. With the Emerald in hand, Metal Sonic relinquished Ray and made his escape while dodging the boulders Mighty threw at it, before heading towards Eggman's local base.
When Metal Sonic returned, he gave the final Chaos Emerald to Eggman. Soon after, upon Sonic and Tails' arrival, Metal Sonic briefly trapped the duo and took their two Chaos Emeralds away. Metal Sonic then used all the Chaos Emeralds to empower himself and take Sonic on. He soon found more opposition in the form of Mighty and Ray again, but this did not slow him down. Before he could land a final strike on Sonic however, he got trapped and stripped of all the Chaos Emeralds by Tails. Despite this, Metal Sonic attempted to harness the power of the Master Emerald which Eggman had procured. However, he was immediately stopped by Knuckles the Echidna, who punched him out of the facility alongside Eggman. Crashing in the jungle on Angel Island with Eggman, Metal Sonic was left non-operational. When Metal Sonic would not get up on his own, Eggman decided to leave him behind in the jungle and left.
As the months passed, Metal Sonic did not move from his crash site. When winter fell, Metal Sonic was buried in snow. Eventually though, Metal Sonic was discovered by Amy Rose when she tripped over the robot, who responded by startling her with a glare. Regardless, Amy saved Metal Sonic when a palm tree was about to fall on him. However, she began hitting him with her hammer out of fear when he looked at her again. Being unable to move much though, Metal Sonic did not resist. Upon realizing how sorry a state Metal Sonic was in though, Amy helped Metal Sonic up on his feet. A Flicky, which had been stuck inside Metal Sonic for months, then flew out of the robot's torso and kicked him, causing Metal Sonic to fall down again. Taking pity on Metal Sonic, Amy dragged him through Mushroom Hill Zone and IceCap Zone until they reached Eggman's lair. Setting up Metal Sonic and putting a bow on his forehead, Amy rang Eggman's doorbell. Before hiding however, she placed a flower in Metal Sonic's hand. When Eggman then came out of his lair and found Metal Sonic holding a flower, the scientist decided to take Metal Sonic back into his lair.
Despite being built to match Sonic the Hedgehog in all aspects, Metal Sonic is very different from his organic counterpart in terms of personality. Rather than fun-loving, cool, and carefree, Metal Sonic is a violent, aggressive and cold-hearted killing machine. However, he does have a habit of mimicking Sonic's gesture, if not in a mocking manner.
Efficient and to the point, Metal Sonic is cunning and intelligent, and knows how to manipulate his opponents and take advantage of their weaknesses. Notably, upon noticing that Mighty had the Chaos Emerald he was looking for, rather than fight Mighty, Metal Sonic took Mighty's friend Ray hostage so he could force Mighty to give up the Emerald. Along those lines, Metal Sonic has also displayed a sense of honor, namely by relinquishing Ray as promised after he got what he wanted.
While normally maintaining a very machine-like demeanor and no signs of a greater personality, Metal Sonic does display a strong desire to best Sonic and prove himself the superior of the two of them, having admitted that he will face him as many times as necessary if it means eventually beating him.
Powers and abilities
Metal Sonic was made to copy Sonic the Hedgehog in every way, including his speed and power. Capable of going toe-to-toe with the likes of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, Metal Sonic stands as one of Dr. Eggman's most powerful robots. As another a testament to his might, Metal Sonic is one of Sonic's few rivals who has come the closest to defeating the blue hedgehog.
Metal Sonic shares Sonic's super speed, which he can achieve using a powerful jet engine-based propulsion system. With this system, Metal Sonic is able to equal Sonic's speed. Even then, Metal Sonic can take his speed even further. By overloading his circuits, Metal Sonic is able to quadruple his speed for a limited time. He is also quite durable and has impressive strength, enough to punch streetlights into midair and take a boulder to the face. He can also fire plasma blasts and is equipped with sufficiently sharp claws. Metal Sonic can even channel internal radioactive force within him to produce powerful energy surges, and, when accelerating to maximum speed, surround himself in an energy field that lets him penetrate any substance caught in his path. Plus, by utilizing his jet engine, Metal Sonic can achieve high-speed flight.
Being a robotic clone of Sonic, Metal Sonic can imitate several of Sonic's signature techniques. The most prominent of these include Sonic's core offensive maneuver: the Spin Attack, a technique where he curls into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directs himself at his targets. With it, Metal Sonic can shred or burrow through just about any substance given enough speed. Highly adept in Sonic's usage of this technique, Metal Sonic can utilize other variants of the Spin Attack, including the Spin Dash and the Spin Jump.
Metal Sonic also comes equipped with a Chaos Emerald radar, which he can view both externally through projectable holograms or internally. He can also harness Chaos Emerald energy to empower himself. By using all seven Chaos Emeralds he obtains an extreme power up that grants him a golden aura and yellow eyes. This power-up gives him greatly increased strength and speed, enough to match the combined forces of Sonic, Tails, Mighty and Ray, although his power and durability were not as extreme as those displayed by a super transformation, like Super Sonic.
By using the Phantom Ruby, Metal Sonic is able to become Giga Metal.[note 1] In this form, Metal Sonic transforms into a huge, mechanical monster of enormous size. As Giga Metal, he possesses greater strength and is capable of deploying time bombs and emitting a large laser from his mouth. Other than that, Metal Sonic's speed is slightly reduced in this state, even though he can still catch up with Sonic. His weak point, however, is the Phantom Ruby stored in his chest; should the Phantom Ruby be removed from its compartment, Metal Sonic will return to his original form, talking severe damage in the process.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Metal Sonic's arch rival is none other than Sonic the Hedgehog. Designed for the sole purpose of destroying Sonic by copying the blue hedgehog in every way, Metal Sonic is Sonic's robotic alter ego. Aligning with his one true purpose, Metal Sonic is fiercely determined to defeat Sonic; even after losing to him once during the Time Eater incident, Metal Sonic kept accepting challenges from him, all while openly admitting that he will keep fighting Sonic until he defeats him.
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Mighty the Armadillo
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Ray the Flying Squirrel
- Sonic the Hedgehog (arch-nemesis)
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Metal Sonic is the counterpart of Metal Sonic from another dimension set in the recent past. Like his counterpart, he is the robotic replica of Sonic the Hedgehog, created by Dr. Eggman to serve as one of his top enforcers. His past is nearly identical to his game counterpart's, up until just after the events of Sonic Mania.
- Hesse, Tyson (30 March 2018). "Sonic Returns". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 1. YouTube.
- Hesse, Tyson (31 May 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.
- Hesse, Tyson (22 June 2018). "Mighty and Ray". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 4. YouTube.
- Hesse, Tyson (17 July 2018). "Metal Mayhem". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 5. YouTube.
- Hesse, Tyson (20 December 2018). "From: A. Rose". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 6. YouTube.
- Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: White Space. "Metal Sonic: I WILL BATTLE YOU AS MANY TIMES AS IT IS NECESSARY.
- Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Collection Room. "Metal Sonic's character profile: Metal Sonic is Sonic's robotic alter ego. created by Dr. Eggman to destroy our fleet-footed hero. Metal Sonic was made to copy Sonic in every way, including his speed and power- he is perhaps one of Sonic's few rivals who has come the closest to defeating him."
- Sonic Generations official website (Japanese). Characters: Metal Sonic. Sega. Retrieved on 18 March 2016. "ソニックに対抗すべくDr．エッグマンによって造られた超高性能ロボット。 ソニックと同等のパワーとスピードがあり、鋭いツメと 放電攻撃で、容赦なくソニックに襲いかかってきます。"
- Tyson Hesse on Twitter. Twitter (17 July 2018). Retrieved on 17 July 2018. "Alexander Soerensen: Serious question: in Metal Mayhem, was it a Super State Metal Sonic achieved (did we just see "Super Metal Sonic"), or was it just an extreme power-up? / Tyson Hesse: I'd say judging by his look that it was more of a power-up (The look, btw, was designed by the original creator of Metal Sonic). In my mind, "Super Metal Sonic" was what we were about to see at the end. Hopefully one day we can get a look at that too."