Who is ready to soar like an eagle!?
— Soar the Eagle, "Aim Low"
Soar the Eagle is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom television series. He is an anthropomorphic eagle, and a television personality who runs a business as a motivational speaker and life coach. Aided by the Walrus Camera Man, he also serves as the local news journalist and anchorbird for the television network on Seaside Island.
Concept and creation
According to Bill Freiberger, Soar the Eagle was added to the series for the purpose of the plot of "Aim Low". Soar originally came from Alan Denton and Greg Hahn who were very specific about his design to emphasize his role as a motivational speaker. However, because the show had a limited budget for how many characters they could produce, Soar was given another profession to fill out the cast, and it was decided that newscaster seemed the logical choice for him. This morphed Soar into a television personality for the series.
Soar is a very muscular, wingless, and tall humanoid bird at Dr. Eggman's height. His plumage is mainly turquoise while white around his head, neck, chest and tail feathers. Additionally, he has a pair of feathers sticking out from his forearms, chest and the back of his head. He also has bushy eyebrows, a sharp yellow beak with uneven teeth, and orange eyes with black rims behind them. His attire consists of a pink and dark pink polo shirt, a pair of dark blue headphones with a microphone, white gloves, long yellow socks, and white, and turquoise and red sneakers. Both his shoes and shirt are emblazoned with his logo.
Supposedly, Soar did not have the best of relationships with his father, which made him want to show him up. Eventually, he also had a daughter. To pay for his daughter's private school, he used the money he had saved up for some golf cubs. Soar eventually broke up with his wife though, who would help herself to a lot of their stuff (including their beach house).
At some point, Soar joined an awards ceremony for journalism, but only got an award for participation out of it.
Having launched his advertisement for his life coaching seminar, Soar was contacted by Dr. Eggman who needed help getting his confidence back. Seeing a challenge in Eggman, Soar got the doctor fired up and rebuilt him by having him achieve some small evil successes. In the middle of Soar's seminar however, he was fired by Eggman when he got arrogant, making Soar warn him of the consequences of his choice.
Soar later did a live news report on the trial between Sonic and Eggman when the latter sued Sonic, right from the beginning to its aftermath which concluded in Eggman's defeat. Being the television personality he is, Soar later helped promote the "Survival Skills Made Easy" show on TV. Returning to the news business, Soar would do news reports on the Battle of the Buns and on how Sonic's infamous "just a guy" comment sent the Village into an uproar by interviewing an angry mob.
Receiving a video from Dave the Intern declaring he had caught Eggman and hijacked his forces, Soar did a news report on it. As Soar interviewed Sonic on what he made of this, both of them agreed that Dave was no threat. When New Year's Eve later arrived, Soar came to the party in the Village Center where he not only did a TV report on the events alongside Comedy Chimp, but also got to enjoy the festivities. Amidst this, Dr. Eggman used his Slow Motion Machine to slow down time long enough for him to beat Sonic in something before New Year, though Soar did not see Eggman's victory as it happened too fast for him to notice. Soar soon after had a new assignment where he did a coverage on Justin Beaver's rise to fame, though Soar was little bitter about it as Justin made his daughter think he was not cool anymore.
When Knuckles became a celebrity, Soar tried in vain to interview him. When Comedy Chimp then had to take a temporary leave, Soar offered to guest host the Comedy Chimp Show, secretly hoping the network would make him the permanet host. Instead however, Knuckles was chosen. Soar later joined an angry mob at the town hall when Sonic was apparently robbing the Village, where Knuckles volunteered to find Sonic. Soar and some other villagers followed Knuckles on his hunt to help, but soon lost both him and Sonic. They then tried looking for Sonic alone, unaware Sonic had cleared his name in the meantime. Another time, Soar came to the Robot Battle Royale, where he saw Eggman steal Tails' Hypnobot at the end.
While Tommy Thunder was in town, Soar did several news reports on the action movie star and his activities, including Tommy's latest movie promotion, his "capture" of the Weasel Bandits, and his supposed victory over Obliterator Bot. Hearing later that an asteroid would impact the earth, Soar showed up to buy a spot in Eggman's bunker to ride out the impending apocalypse in. Although Soar did not get a spot, Team Sonic would stop the asteroid. Soar later did a news story on a new scissor factory before being inspired by Sticks to interview Mayor Fink, but on his new puppies instead of his relation to the current water crisis as Sticks wanted. Soar later got fired as a journalist, but got his job back when his replacement Sticks quit, and was soon back to doing fluff news despite having gotten a newfound appreciation for his job.
Soar was soon called in by [Team Sonic to help Sonic's aquaphobia. After a small mishap with water, Soar threw Sonic into the sea as the first step of his system. He later returned to Sonic at a bad time for his system's second step. Soar later flew around with his jetpack when Orbot and Cubot asked him for a ride. Soar, however, got them to meditate while he got away. Then, as a crime wave hit the Unnamed Village, Soar would do a live news report on the criminal activities currently being conducted. Soar would go on to interview Dr. Eggman on his victory in a referendum to determine a new town name, during which Eggman revealed that he had used the referendum to get elected as the new Village leader. On a slow news day, Soar would report live and commentate on a contest between Dave the Intern and a new robot employee at Meh Burger, which ended in Dave's defeat. He later also did a news coverage of the Science Fair Awards with the Walrus Camera Man. Soon after, Soar was back to do a reportage on the "Muckfoot Mania" that followed after Tails seemingly proved Muckfoot's existence.
Soar soon let Sticks in on Knuckles' recent exile, but he did not like that she called him a "little birdy" when mentioning him. He was also at the scene with his camera man to report on the attack on the Village by malware-infected robots, ignoring peoples' cries for help along the way. Regardless, he was soon inspired by Knuckles to help Team Sonic and the villagers fight the invading robots. Ultimately, the Village prevailed when the robots withdrew. When local gossip later revealed that Dr. Eggman was no doctor, Soar began seeing him as a joke. After helping spread the word, Soar joined the villagers in mocking Eggman during the scientist's next trip to the Village, although Eggman later got a real doctorate. Soar and the Walrus Camera Man soon after surfaced again to do a live coverage of the soccer match between Team Sonic and Team Cybonic that would decide the rec center's fate, a match of which Team Sonic won. When Race Day arrived several months later, Soar acted as the TV commentator for both the event and its racing competition, the latter of which he followed live using his jet pack.
When an avalanche occurred at the set of the latest Tommy Thunder film, Soar showed up to do a news report on the catastrophe. Not long after, he saw Team Sonic arrived at the site to rescue the avalanche's victims.
Soar is confident, charming, encouraging and awe-inspiring, driving others to be the best they can be by following his motto "soar like an eagle". He is a hard worker and always faces his assignments to the best of his abilities. However, he is far from overconfident and stays realistic before idealistic. He also keeps a clear and rational view on the tasks ahead of him and understands the consequences of the wrong choices. That said, he is not above talking radical approaches to help his clients, like leaving the aquaphobic Sonic stranded in the sea so he could conquer his fear. Also, while he comes off as helpful during his seminars, it is only because that is what his job obligates him to do; when he is off-duty or when his job does not require him to be sympathetic, he tends to disregard peoples' issues entirely.
As a life coach, Soar can be quite stern and assertive when he has to, reaching the point where he appears scary, and he will downright insult his clients to push them to better themselves. However, he is a focused businessman first and foremost, going to the extent of bluntly asking for his payment and cleverly convincing his clients to buy his products. As a news journalist, Soar will also occasionally twist the words of the people he interviews. While Soar also usually acts professionally while on TV, he can be rather opinionated during his news reports as well.
Soar is normally cool-head, but is pretty angry beneath the surface. He also has a strong need to earn and showcase noteworthy achievements. He has been known to embellish his otherwise minor accomplishments and has shown an interest in presenting his success to others. Having the significance of his achievements called into question can quickly make his temper flare up. Along those lines, Soar is, as a journalist, not motivated by the ideals of his profession, but rather by the promise of personal recognition. At first, Soar also took the power he had as a journalist for granted, but after getting fired for a time, he came to understand the power of the truth and swore not to squander it again, though it still does not stop him from doing fluff news stories.
Soar is a germaphobe and does as such not like others touching him and vise versa. He is also a hypocrite, having cited society for being unwilling to help those in need, when he himself has occasionally ignored people's cries for help, even when there are people in distress right in front of him. He can be self-sacrificing in his own way though, having given up his own money to pay for his daughter's school in spite of his own wishes.
Powers and abilities
While not shown to have any special powers, Soar is in peak physical condition, capable of jumping as high as a professional basketball player and breaking a thick wooden plank with a single chop. As a life coach and motivational speaker, he is also very skilled in inspiring others and can instill confidence in even the most esteem-deprived individuals. Alternatively, Soar can use his motivational skills to manipulate others.
Soar owns a highly technological jetpack which he can use for flight and/or propulsion. It consists of a grey metal frame extending behind the neck and over the his shoulders like a backpack, a fastener in front of the chest, and an engine on the back that is aligned horizontally. It is controlled by four red buttons on the "straps".
Sticks the Badger
Soar does not have the best of relationships with Sticks the Badger. Not only does Sticks hold contempt at his profession as a journalist, but she also dislikes Soar's constant reports on fluff news stories. Meanwhile, Soar completely disregards Sticks' attempts to encourage him to investigate real news stories, although after she temporarily stole his job, he has come to better respect her viewpoint. Soar does also not like Sticks talking about him in a demeaning manner.
- "Thank you everybody, you're all clear for take-off, hahaha... who has my check?"
- —Soar after getting Eggman pepped up, "Aim Low"
- "If you think high-self-esteem, confidence and inner peace are things that can be achieved without outside help, you sir, are sadly mistaken!"
- —Soar warning Eggman about quitting his seminar too soon, "Aim Low"
- A running gag occurring in the series is Soar appearing in the subsequent scene after someone makes an assertion, asserting the opposite.
- Many fans have likened Soar to Silver the Hedgehog due to his black eye rims and bushy eyebrows resembling Silver's.
- The network Soar broadcasts for is sponsored by Meh Burger.
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