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Once Wisps are captured by Dr. Eggman, they are converted into Nega-Wisps, like the Purple Wisps. These unfortunate Wisps are violent and are forced to carry out Dr. Eggman’s evil plans.

— Description, Sonic Colors (Wii)[1]

The Purple Wisp (パープルウィスプ Pāpuru Wisupu?) is a creature that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of Nega-Wisp that grants the Purple Frenzy Color Power.



Being a Nega-Wisp, the Purple Wisps have a more menacing look than the other Wisps. They have three tentacles that are wide near the middle and end in a jagged point, which stem from their heads, which split into two horn-like protrusions. They lack eyes, unlike normal Wisps, and have a wide, sharp fanged-like mouth in the style of a jack-o-lantern.

Characteristics and culture

Unlike the more civilized Wisps, the Purple Wisps are rather violent.[1] However, they are not evil by nature and do not like Dr. Eggman like the rest of their race, despite once serving him. As such, they are more willing to side with Sonic than him. In fact, the Purple Wisps are halcyon, social, bright, energetic, and pure of heart.[2] They are likewise playful and friendly of nature, and enjoy spending most of their time playing with others. Due to their innate good nature, they can get along with everybody, except bad guys.[2] Also, rather than aliens, with their floaty movements, they are more like fairies.[2] Additionally, while they are not necessarily fighters, they are nonetheless brave and very helpful towards their friends and allies.

Powers and abilities

The Purple Wisps are able to levitate in midair at will, which serves as their main method of transportation.

The Purple Wisps are able to generate and store their own unique variant of a powerful energy known as Hyper-go-on inside their own bodies, which is their life source. However, due to their mutation, the Purple Wisps' Hyper-go-on has been corrupted, resulting in a darker and negative version of their Hyper-go-on. It is unclear to what extent they can use their own Hyper-go-on.

The Purple Wisps are able to pass on a fraction of their Hyper-go by phasing into the recipient. When organic beings or robots receive their Hyper-go-on, they can transform into the Purple Frenzy which can eat anything in its path and grow larger from it.

Game appearances

Sonic Colors

The Purple Wisps made their first appearance in the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, and later the remaster Sonic Colors: Ultimate, though they only appear during cutscenes on the Nintendo DS version. Here, the Purple Wisps were originally normal Wisps, until they were captured by Dr. Eggman during Sonic Colors and siphoned dry of their Hyper-go-on in an attempt on the doctor's behalf to take over Earth with a Mind Control Ray. This process, however, mutated these unfortunate Wisps into the corrupted Purple Wisps, who were forced to carry out Eggman's evil plans. Near the end of Sonic Colors, however, all of the Purple Wisps were returned to normal by the remainder of the Wisp race with their own Hyper-go-on, who had been freed by Sonic the Hedgehog.

In gameplay on the Wii version of the game and in Sonic Colors: Ultimate, the Purple Wisps appear as Wisp Capsule power-ups that enable the Purple Frenzy. The player encounters the Purple Wisps in all Areas, except for Terminal Velocity.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Purple Wisp makes an appearance during the Dream Event "Sonic's Figure Skating Spectacular". Here, a Purple Wisp is one of the Wisps that the four participating characters free from a Wisp Capsule as the player(s) proceed down the event's course. When the player then has to defeat the Rotatatron, the Purple Wisp will appear alongside several others Wisps and join up with the four characters to perform the Final Color Blaster, which deals the final blow on the Rotatatron.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Purple Wisp (Archie)

A Purple Wisp, from Sonic the Hedgehog #219.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Purple Wisps made an appearance. In the comics, a Purple Wisp joined Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Yacker and some other Wisps, as Sonic ventured out to save its race from Eggman.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colors (Wii) United States instruction booklet, pg. 13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ソニック & ウィスプ キャラクター紹介 (Japanese). ソニック & ウィスプ キャラクター紹介. Sega. Archived from the original on 10 September 2021. Retrieved on 12 September 2021.

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