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Shadi (シャーディ,Shādi?) is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. He is a human resident of Shamar and the son of Labib. Gifted with a world-class singing voice and a burning passion to match, Shadi dreams of becoming a professional singer, something which brings him into conflict with his father.
Shadi was born as the son to Labib. While growing up, Shadi was told by his father that he was to become a rug maker and take over his business someday. Shadi, however, did not want to become a rug maker as he found it boring and wanted more. Over the years, Shadi and Labib had their own share of fights, as Labib insisted that Shadi became a rug maker, but the two of them still kept a good father-son relationship, where Shadi nearly always obeyed his father. At some point, Shadi got the life-long dream of becoming a professional singer and wanted it fulfilled more than anything.
During the events of Sonic Unleashed, Shadi met Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip they first came to Shamar, where he asked Sonic hypothetically of how he would feel if someone told him to make rugs all his life. After hearing Sonic response, Sahdi told about his father's plans to make him a rug maker when he would rather become a professional singer.
Later, Shadi met Labib, who wanted to start training him to become a rug maker, but Shadi told him that he did not want to become one. As their conversation grew more heated, Shadi tired to tell Labib that he wanted to become a singer, but Labib refused to listen. Seeing Sonic and Chip nearby, Shadi asked Sonic if he could persuade Labib, as he really wanted his dream fulfilled. As Sonic agreed with Shadi's viewpoints, Shadi tried to tell Labib that while he thought being a carpet maker was a honorable job, he wanted to do other things, but Labib ignored him and left. After that, Shadi told Sonic and Chip about how he almost never disobeyed his father, but now had to because he would not give up on his dream.
Not long after, Shadi had another argument with his father about his dream, while ended in Shadi running away, something he had never done before, to think things over. During the night, Shadi was found by Sonic the Werehog and was brought back to Labib, who apologized for getting angry at him. Surprised, Shadi apologized to Labib for getting angry as well, though he told him that he still wanted to become a singer. As Labib thought it over, he allowed him to pursue his dream, which made Shadi thank his father deeply. After that, Shadi met Sonic and Chip again, where he told them that he was heading to Empire City to fulfill his dream and that he could not fail as he thought he could never face his father again if he did.
When Shadi arrived in Empire City, he was taken back by his surroundings, but soon realized that he did not know how to become a professional singer. During the following night, Shadi met Sonic and Chip again. Recognizing the duo, Shadi explained him problem to Sonic and asked him if he could find someone who knew about the music industry, which Sonic accepted. Soon after, Sonic returned with Def Big. After Def Big had introduced himself to Shadi, Shadi told about himself, and heard that Def Big was holding a singing audition this week to find a new popstar sensation; all Shadi had to do was to send him a demo tape with him singing, and Def Big would judge if he was qualified. Understanding this, Shadi told Def Big firmly that he got it down. After that, Shadi announced to Sonic and Chip that he would make his dream come true.
After that, Shadi began working on his demo tape, wondering if people in Empire City would like his style. Unfortunately, Shadi had trouble making his demo tape, as he had never done it before. As such, he only got it ready on the day Def Big's audition ended and with not enough time to deliver it on his own. Fortunately, Shadi met Sonic and Chip again, and he got Sonic to deliver his demo tape for him after explaining his situation to him. After Sonic had delivered the tape, Shadi thanked Sonic and noted that he now had to wait for the results.
Over the following period, Shadi was worried if his demo tape had caught Def Big's attention, something which he expressed to Sonic and Chip whenever he saw them. Eventually, Shadi met Li'l Kate, another contestant in Def Big's audition, and learned that they were the last two Def Big had to choose between, which made Shadi and Li'l Kate duke it out over who would win competition. At the day where Def Big would announce the result, Shadi and Li'l Kate were still arguing, until the two of them saw Sonic and Chip nearby, where Shadi explained to them of what Def Big would do today over his nervousness. As Li'l Kate asked Sonic to find Def Big so they could settle their dispute, Shadi asked Sonic of the same as he could not handle the wait and wanted to know won. Though Sonic accepted, Shadi told Sonic before could go that he thought Li'l Kate's enthusiasm was amazing and wondered if he could actually win against her.
Def Big eventually came to Shadi and Li'l Kate, where he announced that both of them had won the competition as he had decided to let them debut as a two-person singing act, to which both Shadi and Li'l Kate agreed on. After that, Shadi met Sonic and Chip again and told them what had happen, overjoyed to have his dream come true. Shadi then told them that he would write a letter to his father to tell him the news, before telling them of how he would sing duets with Li' Kate and go on a world tour with her.
At some point afterwards, Shadi traveled back to Shamar. While back home, Shadi rejoiced with the rest of his town, while high-fiving Layla, when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.
Shadi never made an in-game appearance during the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed, and only appeared during a pre-rendered cutscene. After Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus's confrontation with Perfect Dark Gaia, Shadi rejoiced with the rest of his town, while high-fiving Layla, when the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat.
Shadi in Empire City's Town Stage on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.