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You might look like me, but I know you're just a fake.


— Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog

The Shadow Android (シャドウ・アンドロイド Shadō Andoroido?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are robots created by Dr. Eggman that are identical to Shadow the Hedgehog in both appearance and abilities.

Appearance

Shadow Androids essentially look identical to the original Shadow the Hedgehog, wearing similar white gloves and replicas of Shadow's Air Shoes. There are six Shadow Android variations. Two of them look exactly like Shadow, with one of them having yellow body stripes as opposed to red. The others are silver with black eyes, fully red sensor-like pupils, and several different body stripe colors ranging from blue, orange, pink, and green. Two of the silver Shadow Android variations each have a modified Grenade Launcher mounted to their left arm, while the other two have rapid-fire machine-guns.

Game appearances

Sonic Heroes

Shadow Androids in capsules, from Sonic Heroes.

The Shadow Androids made their debut in Sonic Heroes during Team Dark's story, though they are not named in the game. A Shadow Android that had been severed from the waist down was discovered by Shadow shortly after the team defeated a fake Eggman, with Rouge expressing concern for Shadow. This discovery led to Shadow wondering if he was a robot as well.

They made another appearance in the ending of Team Dark's story. After the trio had defeated Dr. Eggman and his Egg Emperor (who was actually Metal Sonic in disguise), Rouge went in search of the Doctor's rumored treasure trove on the flagship of the Egg Fleet. What she actually found was a room packed with Shadow Androids suspended in tubes just like the one she had discovered the real Shadow in. E-123 Omega then walked in and stated his intention to destroy the entire place, but before he could do so, he assured a distraught Rouge that the original must exist somewhere as there is no way anyone could make Shadow Androids without the real Shadow. With this new information, Rouge left Omega to his work. Whether Omega successfully destroyed the room and its Shadow Androids or got side-tracked after the incident with Metal Overlord is unknown.

Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow facing one of the many Shadow Androids, from Shadow the Hedgehog.

The Shadow Androids reappeared in Shadow the Hedgehog, serving Eggman as part of his army. They appear as enemies in the single-player mode's Iron Jungle, Iron Jungle's boss and Lava Shelter. Upon their defeat, they grant the player 300 Hero points.

They first appeared in Iron Jungle, where Shadow came face-to-face with a troop of them while they were receiving their orders from Eggman about how to take care of the Black Arms. The Shadow Androids mainly appeared within rooms of the Iron Jungle base and attacked the real Shadow in groups of three and later tried to assist Eggman when he battled Shadow and Omega in his Egg Breaker. They later tried to keep Shadow out when he infiltrated Eggman's Lava Shelter in his new quest to destroy Eggman.

The Shadow Androids also appear as playable characters in the multiplayer battle mode of the game.

Personality

In the multiplayer mode of the Shadow the Hedgehog, the Shadow Androids are shown to be able to speak; each of them are egoistical as all of them claim themselves as the real Shadow while calling the other androids "fakes."

Powers and abilities

Two Shadow Androids with built-in weapons, as displayed on the player select screen.

The Shadow Androids seem to have all the physical capabilities of Shadow and can withstand more damage than the average Egg Pawn. They fire tracer missiles from their hands[1] (similar to how Shadow can launch Chaos Spears from his hands) and can defend themselves from physical attack by jumping and mimicking the Homing Attack, so the only way to defeat them is with a weapon or the Spin Dash.[2] The Shadow Androids seem to be the only enemies that Shadow encounters that are resistant to punches or kicks.

Shadow Androids can move at great speed, just like Shadow. The two variations that look more like Shadow can use a variety of weapons, while the silver ones have unlimited ammunition in the form of bullets and explosive shells. However, the metal Androids cannot pick up any weapons, as the weapon they use is merged into their arm, disabling the use to pick up another weapon. The Shadow Androids appear to talk identically to the real Shadow unlike many other of Eggman's machines that are capable of speech like Metal Sonic, E-123 Omega and E-102 Gamma.

Transformations

Hero Shadow

Main article: Hero Shadow

The Shadow Androids are able to transform into Hero Shadow with the use of positive chaos energy. In this state, the Shadow Androids are temporarily invincible and can perform large scale uses of Chaos Control. However, it only lasts for a short period of time.

Dark Shadow

Main article: Dark Shadow

The Shadow Androids are able to transform into Dark Shadow with the use of negative chaos energy. In this state, the Shadow Androids are temporarily invincible and can perform large scale uses of Chaos Blast. Like Hero Shadow, this form lasts for a short period of time.

In other media

IDW Publishing

Main article: Shadow Android (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Shadow Androids are robots created by Dr. Eggman. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts' up until Sonic Forces. Prior to the series' events, Eggman used them to kill the Diamond Cutters. Because of the Shadow Androids' involvement in the incident, Whisper, the last surviving Diamond Cutter, dislikes being around the real Shadow.

Quotes

"Let's see which one of us is the fake, then."
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Get outta my sight, Android!"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"You can never defeat me."
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Humph! Are you ready to admit your own foolishness?"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Playtime is over. Time to step it up!"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Very well. Let's do this!"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"You have no right to call me a fake!"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Let me show you what ultimate power is."
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"It's like I said, I am the Ultimate Life Form!"
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"This can't be... "
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog
"Damn, not here... "
—Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog

Trivia

  • Shadow Androids could be analogous to Shadow as Metal Sonic is analogous to Sonic, except for the fact that Shadow Androids look exactly like Shadow.
  • In Sonic Heroes, besides the Shadow Androids in Team Dark's story, they also made an implied appearance in Bullet Station of Team Chaotix's story. During the stage, their mysterious client (who is the real Dr. Eggman) gave the Chaotix a mission to destroy the capsules. The capsules' design bore strong resemblance to the capsules used to contain the Shadow Androids seen in Team Dark's storyline. Why Eggman ordered Team Chaotix to destroy the capsules is never explained, although it can be inferred that he saw it as a viable alternative to Metal Sonic (who had at that point gone renegade) making use of the Shadow Androids for its own purposes.
  • In an unused voice clip from Shadow the Hedgehog, Dr. Eggman mentions that the Shadow Androids were made impervious to Homing Attacks in order to combat Sonic.

References

  1. Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (15 November 2005) Shadow the Hedgehog. PlayStation 2. Area/level: Lava Shelter. Shadow the Hedgehog: Hmm. looks like this robotic fake is equipped to fire tracer missiles.
  2. Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (15 November 2005) Shadow the Hedgehog. PlayStation 2. Area/level: Iron Jungle. Shadow the Hedgehog: "My Homing attack has no effect. Huh... I'll just have to find another way, then.

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