- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Silver the Hedgehog (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
If I told you that you do succeed, then everything will be fine, right? And if I said you're destined to fail--would you really accept that? Would you give up?
— Silver the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe #75
Silver the Hedgehog is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a mobian hedgehog who hails from two hundred years into the future of Sonic's World. Silver has occasionally traveled back in time to help deal with great threats to the planet that affect not only the present but also his future. Currently, he is dealing with the appearances of the Genesis Portals appearing across all of time and space.
Silver is a very light gray (almost white) mobian hedgehog with white fur on his chest surrounding his neck with gold eyes and tan skin. He has two large spines at the back of his head, while at the front of his forehead there are five distinct spines flared up and back, the two final ones covering up most of his ears.
For attire, Silver wears white gloves with cyan circles with lines sticking out of the bottom leading to his golden bracelets accented in cyan. The tops of his boots are of a similar fashion with a red gem set in gold. The rest of his boots are navy blue, white and cyan.
Silver hails from two hundred years into the future of Sonic's World, and on several occasions has traveled back in time in an effort to better his world. The first of these took place during an aborted timeline in which he and Blaze the Cat fought against an evil force known as Iblis. On the advice of Mephiles, who was secretly manipulating the pair, they traveled back in time in an effort to prevent Iblis from ever being released by destroying Sonic the Hedgehog. However, Silver would later learn of Mephiles' deception, and Blaze would sacrifice herself to stop Iblis in the future by sealing it within her and then teleporting them both to another dimension. Silver would then become Super Silver to aid Super Sonic and Super Shadow in defeating Solaris, the reunited form of Iblis and Mephiles. The actions of Sonic and Princess Elise later erased this timeline, so that Silver's future ended up different and his version of Blaze apparently never existed.
Silver later returned to Sonic's time, this time to fix the future, which was destroyed due to the efforts of his nemesis Eggman Nega. This led to a second—or rather new first—meeting between the heroic hedgehogs, who worked together to defeat Nega and return him to Silver's time where he belonged. Unfortunately, Nega returned to the past and became a threat again by summoning a fire monster named Ifrit. Silver teamed up with Espio the Chameleon, and attempted to hide the Chao so that Eggman Nega could not sacrifice them to the Ifrit. Nega's plans were once again foiled, and he was seemingly left trapped in the Ifrit's dimension. Some time afterwards, he would become involved in Dr. Eggman's schemes involving the Wisps.
Silver later found himself in the White Space created by the Time Eater. During this time he once again crossed paths with Sonic, the latter of whom was on a journey with his younger self to restore this world. Silver challenged the hero to a fight and ultimately lost. Afterward, Silver reappeared along with the rest of the heroes to cheer on the two Sonics in defeating the Time Eater. Upon the monsters defeat, Silver ended up back in the present with everybody else, where he stuck around for the remainder of Sonic's birthday party.
- Note: Due to the Genesis Wave, Silver's history from this point was changed to be nearly identical to that of his game counterpart's.
In a new world created by the Genesis Wave, Silver appeared to Sonic, who was running through Green Hill Zone in search of Tails, Amy Rose, and Knuckles the Echidna, who had gone missing. The time-traveler informed Sonic that he had sensed a disturbance in space-time that he had traced back to this period. Much to Silver's surprise, Sonic agreed when he informed the latter that the only thing he had to act on was a gut feeling that something was wrong. Concluding that Eggman was most likely the cause, Silver agreed to help Sonic track down his missing friends, but seconds later, the psychic hedgehog was shot down by a mysterious blue robot.
After being ambushed, Silver was captured and turned in a Roboticized Master. Now known as Silver Man, he was sent with Blaze Woman to recover the green Chaos Emerald. They succeeded in recovering the Emerald and brought it back to their new masters—Eggman and his partner Dr. Wily—in the Skull Egg Zone. Subsequently, the pair joined their fellow Masters in confronting Sonic, Tails, and their new allies Mega Man, Proto Man, and Rush. When Proto Man refused to take part in the doctors' games and went off on his own, Eggman and Wily sent Silver Man, Shadow Man, Knuckles Man, Rose Woman, and Blaze Woman after him and promptly returned their flying fortress, the Wily Egg, leaving Vector Man, Espio Man, and Charmy Man to fight the remaining heroes.
Sonic, Mega Man, Tails, and Rush managed to defeat the roboticized Chaotix and restore them to normal. As a result, Silver Man and Blaze Woman were recalled to the Wily Egg, and later ambushed the heroes at a waterfall. In the ensuing fight, Silver Man incapacitated Rush before turning to Mega Man. The two robots then blasted each other at the same time, restoring Silver to normal, although Mega Man was paralyzed by Silver's psychokinesis. After helping Mega Man up, Silver turned his attention to Blaze Woman, who was fighting Sonic and Tails, and immobilized her, allowing Mega Man to revert her back into her usual self, Blaze the Cat. While the six rested after the skirmish, Blaze recalled being in her home world before the Genesis Wave hit while Sonic filled her and Silver in on what the heroes had discovered during their trek through the Skull Egg Zone, leading Silver to realize that this was tied to the space-time disruptions he had sensed and had come to warn Sonic about. He and Blaze wanted to help in the fight against Eggman and Wily, but were exhausted from their recent ordeals, so they had to stay where they were to recharge. Silver optimistically agreed to watch over Blaze (and vice versa) while Sonic, Tails, and co. went on to face the last two Masters. Later, after defeating, and restoring, Amy and Knuckles, Sonic sent Mega Man and Rush to fetch Silver and Blaze for the upcoming showdown with the evil doctors and their forces.
Along with the other former Roboticized Masters and Sonic's party, Silver soon found himself facing the Robot Master Army outside the Wily Egg. Throwing himself into the battle, he quickly found that his powers gave him an edge, allowing him to immobilize several opponents, including Junk Man and Magic Man. His overconfidence was short-lived, as he was then stunned by Flash Man's time-stopping power, and terrified even more when the bald Robot Master became fascinated with his large amount of head fur, which Flash Man interpreted as hair. Silver managed to escape this predicament, and came to Vector the Crocodile's aid, defending him from an attack by Pharaoh Man. Unfortunately, he and the other heroes were soon surrounded by the attacking Robot Masters, but gamely continued battling, Silver using his powers against Air Man. Fortunately, he and the other heroes were soon surprised-and relieved-by the arrival of the other Light Robot Masters. Reinforced, they continued to fight, only to be caught up in the Super Genesis Wave, the effects of which were then reversed by Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man, though not without consequences for the universe.
The Silver Age
Back home, Silver's future—or at least Onyx City—had become a dystopian society ruled over by the Onyx City Council. Silver opposed this council and their Civil Protection Robots, but out of fear for being captured had to act covertly, such as causing a robot to slip so that a citizen who had been apprehended could escape. He then made his way back to his hideaway, only to be discovered by Professor Von Schlemmer, who was curious about his psychic abilities. A Genesis Portal then opened nearby, and a mysterious entity or entities attempted to emerge from it. Reacting quickly, Silver forced it back and closed the portal, much to his surprise and Von Schlemmer's delight. The professor insisted that Silver return with him to the Science Center, something Silver was reluctant to do on account of rumors he had heard regarding the center and other Mobians with special powers. However, Von Schlemmer refused to take no for an answer, and forced Silver to accompany him.
After Von Schlemmer failed to get the City Council's appeal, the professor briefed Silver on the Genesis Portals more thoroughly, explaining that they had been created due to the shattering of the multiverse that followed the Super Genesis Wave. Eventually Silver found himself confronting a monstrous force from beyond the Genesis Portals, but managed to reseal it within the Genesis Portals before it could destroy his world. At some point afterwards, Silver set out on a mission to close as many Genesis Portals as he could.
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Silver's original timeline ended.
Silver ended up in Blue Coast Zone where he and Sonic found themselves facing the evil Ifrit after it escaped its dimension through a Genesis Portal. With help from Sonic, the two of them were able to lure the beast back to its home dimension and seal it off. He and Sonic parted ways to continue their jobs, only to meet again in the Burning Ruin Zone when Sonic and Metal Sonic passed through yet another portal. Metal Sonic escaped with a Chaos Emerald he had acquired, while Silver reported on Sonic as to his activities since their last meeting. He happily informed his old friend that there were several portals forming nearby, and a large number of the ones he had encountered previously had opened to Sonic's world and time. The pair soon tracked Metal Sonic down and managed to recover the Chaos Emerald before trapping Metal Sonic in another universe. Silver then saw Sonic home before passing through another portal that he closed behind him.
As his quest continued, Silver eventually crossed paths with X, Axl, and Zero, who were searching for their dimension-hopping nemesis Sigma. After helping them defeat Vile, he provided them with some help in trying to track down Sigma by using the villain's own machinery to open a Genesis Portal, something that he admitted was not exactly his area of expertise. His words proved true, as the Hunters' attempt to pursue Sigma to Sonic's World landed them in the Sonic Boom World instead. Sigma's trip back in time was later prevented by Xander Payne using a Genesis Portal; as such, the Hunters never left their world, but were still aided in stopping Vile by Silver.
Silver has a strong sense of justice and it is this personality trait that motivates him to head back into the past to correct the future to help his people at whatever the cost. However, this eagerness to do good is coupled with a strong naivety; he often jumps to conclusions and readily believes anything he is told. Thus he is prone to manipulation and making poor decisions; he often benefits from having someone to assist and guide him in his actions. While determined to do the right thing, he lacks ruthlessness and sometimes has trouble figuring out the best way to attain his goals. His apparent kindliness often clashes with his sense of justice. Silver's sense of justice goes deeper than just saving the future, though. Regardless of his own goals, he is unable to ignore those in need of help and will put his own missions aside if there's someone in danger. He has a certain arrogance about him as well, often becoming overconfident in his powers and previous successes, which can lead him into compromising situations.
Powers and abilities
Silver possess the power of psychokinesis, which allows him to move objects with his mind. This ability can be used to manipulate energy as well, such as when he set out to close the Genesis Portals. Silver is highly proficient in the usage of his psychokinesis, being capable of briefly restraining beings like the Ifrit and deflecting attacks. Silver can also use his psychokinesis on himself to enable him to not only hover but also fly.
Silver wears a pair of gloves that glow when he uses his powers, and which can apparently project-whether of their own accord or serving as a channel for his power-maps that can be used to pinpoint disturbances in reality. Silver is also able to, like Sonic and Shadow, undergo a super transformation through the power of the Chaos Emeralds, becoming Super Silver.
- Freedom Fighters
- Gold the Tenrec
- Maverick Hunters
- Professor Von Schlemmer
- The Bits
- Sonic the Hedgehog (friendly rival)
- Dr. Eggman Nega
- Eggman Empire
- Onyx City Council
- Second Devourer
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
- Sonic Rivals
- Sonic Rivals 2
- Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS)
- Sonic Generations
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- Sonic Universe #52, "When Worlds Collide Part Five: The Advance Guard"
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- Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- Sonic Universe #54, "When Worlds Collide Part Eleven: Worst of the Worst"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- Sonic Universe #79, "The Silver Age Part One"
- Sonic Universe #80, "The Silver Age Part Two"
- Sonic Universe #81, "The Silver Age Part Three"
- Sonic Universe #82, "The Silver Age Part Four"
- Sonic/Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2015, "Sonic Comic Origins: Into the Unknown"
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- Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
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