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Quotation1.svg You might look like me, but I know you're just a fake. Quotation2.svg
— Shadow Android, Shadow the Hedgehog

The Shadow Androids (シャドウ・アンドロイド Shadō Andoroido?) are robots created by Dr. Eggman that are identical to Shadow the Hedgehog.


Shadow Androids essentially look identical to the original Shadow the Hedgehog though exclusively in the gameplay of Shadow the Hedgehog, there are several differences between the Shadow Androids and the real Shadow:

  • The androids' skin is darker than that of the real Shadow.
  • The androids' muzzle is smaller than Shadow's.
  • The androids' overall physical traits are more jagged and angled in appearance.
  • The androids' rings are smaller and darker than Shadow.
  • The androids cannot speak (excluding the multiplayer models).
  • Some androids are differently colored.
  • As video game models, the androids have less poly renders than Shadow's game model (excluding the multiplayer models which are simply recolors of Shadow's models.)
  • The androids possess no mouth.

In the multiplayer mode of Shadow the Hedgehog, there are six different Shadow Androids. Two of them look identical to Shadow, with one of them having yellow marking as opposed to red. The others were silver, resembling Metal Sonic, but with different stripe colors ranging from blue, orange, pink, and green. Two of them have a modified grenade launcher and the other two had rapid-fire machine-guns.

Game appearances

Sonic Heroes

Shadow Androids in capsules in 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

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.

Shadow facing one of the many Shadow Androids in Shadow the Hedgehog.


In gameplay, the Shadow Androids can activate Dark Shadow and all of its normal effects and attacks, just like the real Shadow. Hero Shadow is available, but is almost useless, as it simply flies the player around the stage (usually through loops and tunnels).


The Shadow Androids do not appear to have the ability of speech. However, the androids in the multiplayer mode of the Shadow the Hedgehog game were able to speak; each of them are egoistic 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.

The multiplayer Shadow Androids can move at great speed just like Shadow. The ones that look more organic can use a variety of weapons, while the metal 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. Also 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.

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.


"Let's see which one of us is the fake, then."
—Shadow Android ready to fight as the match begins in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Get outta my sight, Android!"
—Shadow Android after winning a match in Shadow the Hedgehog
"You can never defeat me."
—Shadow Android ready to fight as the match begins in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Humph! Are you ready to admit your own foolishness?"
—Shadow Android after winning a match in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Playtime is over. Time to step it up!"
—Shadow Android ready to fight as the match begins in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Very well. Let's do this!"
—Shadow Android when selected in Shadow the Hedgehog
"You have no right to call me a fake!"
—Shadow Android after winning a match in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Let me show you what ultimate power is."
—Shadow Android when selected in Shadow the Hedgehog
"It's like I said, I am the Ultimate lifeform!"
—Shadow Android after winning a match in Shadow the Hedgehog
"This can't be... "
—Shadow Android when hit without any rings or falling into a bottomless pit during a match in Shadow the Hedgehog
"Damn, not here... "
—Shadow Android when hit without any rings or falling into a bottomless pit during a match in Shadow the Hedgehog


  • 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.


  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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