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That body of light is the sign of a super-dimensional life-form. Standard attacks won't work on him. He eats dimensions for lunch!


Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)[2]

Solaris (ソラリス Sorarisu?) is an antagonist that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is the sun god of Soleanna, as well as a super-dimensional lifeform and a god of time, who is worshiped by the people of Soleanna. A living flame, Solaris was split into two halves during the Solaris Project: Mephiles the Dark (his cunning mind) and Iblis (his raw power). Both of Solaris' fragments were subsequently sealed away inside of the Scepter of Darkness and the princess of Soleanna.

Ten years later, Mephiles and Iblis were freed and rejoined, recreating Solaris who sought to destroy time itself, but was defeated by Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver. Solaris was subsequently erased from existence, ensuring his wrath would never be unleashed on the world.

Appearance[]

Tiny flame

Solaris' original form, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Prior to the Solaris Project, Solaris was nothing more than a white flame. After his rebirth, Solaris took on a more creature-like form made of light with a red orb holding his consciousness in the center. His base form has no head, with a piece above his core resembling an upper torso with a curve behind the "neck", and a lower body that resembles a stalactite. He also has two palm-less arms not connected to his body at his shoulders, each with three fingers.

In his first form, Solaris wears three cyan shells of light, two of which covered each of his forearms. The third covered his chest are and core and has a figure on top that resembles an eagle head with glowing yellow eyes and antlers. Additionally, he has a ring with six triangular pieces floating at the edges, resembling a sun on his back. In his second form, Solaris loses his light shells, and the ring on his back is replaced with a plate that has a pair of wings "attached" to it, each made of five segments.

History[]

Past[]

Solaris' backstory for the most part remains a mystery. At some point, Solaris had been entrusted to the royal family ruling over Soleanna as a sentient flame and was worshiped by the citizens of Soleanna. Legends foretold, however, that Solaris' wrath, the Flames of Disaster, were destined to one day awaken.[3]

Solaris Project In Process

The Duke of Soleanna performing experimentations on Solaris, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

During the reign of the Duke of Soleanna, when Solaris' flame had grown large enough, the duke initiated the Solaris Project in hopes of harnessing Solaris' power so that humanity could change history to correct past mistakes (and allow himself and his daughter, Elise, to see his deceased wife again).[4] During the duke and the researchers' experiments on the deity however, Solaris became unstable and split into two forms in a massive explosion: Iblis, the raw power, and Mephiles, the cunning mind. Mephiles was sealed inside an artifact known as the Scepter of Darkness by the time-traveling Shadow the Hedgehog, while the Duke sealed Iblis inside of Elise's soul. Before dying from the wounds caused by the accident, he told his daughter to never cry, as doing so would destroy the seal holding Iblis within her.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)[]

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Solaris recreated, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Mephiles was freed and began plotting to reunite with Iblis. By making Elise cry after killing Sonic the Hedgehog, Mephiles released Iblis and the two entities rejoined to create Solaris again. Solaris immediately plunged the world into darkness and prepared to devour time itself by consuming all existing timelines. Before he could achieve this, however, he was defeated by a combined assault from Super Shadow, Super Silver, and a resurrected Super Sonic. The three heroes managed to defeat Solaris by destroying his consciousness. Solaris' defeat reverted him back to his original form and spirited Elise and Sonic back to the time before the fateful experiment. After some contemplation, Elise chose to blow out the flame that would become Solaris - thus changing history by erasing his corporeal form from existence.

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Runners[]

In Sonic Runners, Solaris is mentioned on Mephiles the Dark's character profile.

Personality[]

As a singular being, Solaris' personality was mostly never fully explored. His vocalizations are calling noises resembling that of an elk’s. He can be seen as an archetypal being considering how the citizens of Soleanna worshiped him. As stated by Dr. Eggman though, Solaris could be gluttonous and amoral as he would freely consume different timelines until there was nothing left. In Japanese version of the dialogue, Solaris is said to possess Unprecedented and Supernatural Will.

As a tiny flame, Solaris was completely subtle and peaceful, however, during the Solaris Project, the experiments performed on the deity left lasting effects which crazed him.[5] Solaris' wrath was manifested during the project through refusal to cooperate with the Duke of Soleanna and causation of an explosion that took the lives of everyone involved.

Powers and abilities[]

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Super Shadow fighting Solaris, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Solaris is one of the most powerful entities in the Sonic the Hedgehog series; Dr. Eggman theorized that without targeting Solaris' weakness, the deity was impossible to stop. Along with possessing several godlike traits, it took the combined might of three Super States to defeat him, and even then, they could not actually destroy him. As another testament to his power, Solaris is one of the few beings that can bypass the invulnerability of a Super State through sheer force.

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Solaris's energy beams, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Much like his two halves, Iblis and Mephiles, Solaris is immortal and virtually indestructible. His body is unaffected by standard attacks,[2] and it takes no less than super-charged chaos powers from Super State users just to inflict harm on him. Even then, he was able to easily revitalize himself after taking extensive injuries from Super Sonic, Super Shadow, and Super Silver. He is also able to project energy as massive lasers and purple spiked orb which are coming out of Eyes of Solaris, they are powerful enough to bypass the invulnerability of a Super State. In his second form, Solaris also demonstrated the ability to generate an impenetrable force-field. However, this field partially works both ways, so Solaris has to lower it when attacking using lasers, however, even with it Up, he can still generate Eyes of Solaris each of which can still throw Spiked Orbs at his enemies.

Solaris is capable of at least limited shapeshifting, allowing him to assume new and stronger physical forms, as seen when he changed the sun-like appendage on his back into wings and expanded upon his limit for firing energy beams and his attack velocity. According to Princess Elise and Eggman, Solaris also possesses pyrokinetic abilities, which is further enforced by his relationship to Iblis, a being of fire, and how he can create Iblis's Minions, which would also mean he likely has most if not all abilities of both of His Halves. He is also capable of flight.

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Solaris distorting the fabric of reality, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Being a god of time, Solaris can freely manipulate and change the fabric of time itself; according to Dr. Eggman, Solaris is capable of devouring time and space on an incomprehensible scale, encompassing consuming entire dimensions and all existing timelines, and causing world-wide instabilities that create distorted time-space rifts filled with the remains of the planet. As said by both Eggman and Duke of Soleanna, power of Solaris allows to change history and Fate itself, in Duke's case - Fixing past mistakes and ressurecting his Wife.

As a transcendent life form, Solaris possesses a unique state of existence that lets him exist in the past, present and future simultaneously, making him omnipresent throughout time and virtually impossible to defeat unless he is attacked simultaneously in all eras.[6][7][8] He can also create time-space rifts which can either suck objects into oblivion or hurl meteors of condensed matter from other places at enemies which can injure even a Super State user.

Solaris also doesn't seem to be able to be defeated in a conventional way, as he can seemingly continuously ressurect himself from death, simmilarly to his Halves, and can possibly only be dealt with by erasing him from History.

Weakness[]

Solaris' only vulnerable point is the red core in the center of his body that holds his Consciousness or Will (Japanese). By destroying it, Solaris' body would be left perfectly intact but he would be unable to do anything.

Relationships[]

Enemies[]

Battle[]

Solaris is the final boss of the Last Episode of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), and the overall final boss of the game. He is engaged directly after completing End of the World and is fought with Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver.

Boss guide[]

When fighting Solaris, the player takes control of Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver. Like most Super States, Rings are required to maintain them during the boss battle. If the player runs low on rings, they can switch characters to collect more. The boss has two phases. Getting hit by an attack from Solaris will cost the player ten Rings.

Phase One[]

To defeat this form of Solaris, the player must target the "light shells" on his body. Solaris mainly attacks by throwing Spiked Orbs from his red eyes at the hedgehogs as well as firing a laser from his chest. He can also create an invisible force field to protect himself, which is always active on wrong to use characters at the moment, leading all of their attacks, including Sonic's Arrow of Light always being blocked. To start the fight, the player must switch to Super Silver and use his Shield of Light power to grab the meteors that Solaris throws. before hurling them back to destroy the light shell on his left arm while continuing to move. Once that light shell is gone, the player must switch to Super Shadow and use his Spear of Light to destroy the light shell on his right arm, while using the Turbo Boost to dodge attacks.

After the light shell on his right arm is destroyed, the player must switch to Super Sonic and use his Arrow of Light to destroy the light shell on his body, dashing around using the Turbo Boost in between Arrows of Light to avoid being hit by Solaris' attacks. Once all three light shells are destroyed, Solaris can take damage from any of the three characters. The player must attack the red core on his chest until he is defeated.

Phase Two[]

As soon as the player can attack Solaris again, they should switch to Super Shadow and start charging up his Action Gauge. When it is full, launch a full salvo of Spear of Light and then Turbo Boost to either side of Solaris to avoid immediate retaliation. Super Shadow is the best hero to use in this final attack, so the player must take extra care to always switch characters before his Ring count dips below ten. Solaris increases the frequency of Orbs thrown through the void, so Super Silver is a pivotal hero to use in this second attack on Solaris, even if most of His orbs will get destroyed either by Solaris' own or his lasers. The player should use his Shield of Light to capture the Orbs and return fire. The player must always watch Solaris' wings, as when they begin growing especially bright, the player must be ready to Turbo Dash to either side to avoid an incoming beam attack.

When the player must let Super Shadow and Super Silver build up their depleted Rings, they can use Super Sonic's Arrow of Light when Solaris leaves his core completely exposed. When Super Sonic does not have a full Action Gauge, the player should use Turbo Boost to zip around Solaris and avoid incoming attacks. When Solaris' health bar is almost empty, the player should use whatever attacks they have available. In desperation, Solaris will unleash a violent torrent of Orbs and energy beams. The player should keep switching between Super Shadow and Super Silver so they can attack from a safe distance, preferably using Super Shadow as he can attack while moving. The player should avoid hovering in one place, as the instant Solaris draws a beam on them, he will release a flurry of attacks.

In between rounds of laser attacks, Solaris, upon sensing attacks on his core will activate Wings of Light, shield protecting him from all attacks, it falls off when he uses Lasers and for some time after them, it is the best time to attack him, since otherwise all of player's attacks will get blocked.

Music[]

Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"[Boss] Solaris Phase 1" Hideaki Kobayashi 3:27
"[Boss] Solaris Phase 2" Tomoya Ohtani 3:00

Video[]


In other media[]

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

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Solaris, from The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Solaris was originally a flame which was split into Mephiles and Iblis during experiments conducted by the Duke of Soleanna and his researchers. Solaris was eventually restored due to the actions of Mephiles and prepared to destroy time, but was stopped, and eventually erased from existence by Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Elise.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Solaris' history became nearly indistinguishable from that of his video game counterpart.

Trivia[]

  • "Solaris" is a Latin word meaning "pertaining to the sun".
    • According to the leaked script of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), just after Shadow had used Chaos Control to stop time around Mephiles in the "Sealing Mephiles" cutscene, Mephiles was supposed to say: "I am... the sun. I transcend... time itself. A bridge to.. other worlds!" implying that Solaris's flame originated from the sun.
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Solaris being praised by the ancient people of Soleanna.

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    Statue found in Dusty Desert with a hood highly resembling Solaris' head in Phase 1

    In Dusty Desert, there are ancient carvings depicting the ancient people of Soleanna worshipping what appears to be a griffon entity. Whether this implies Solaris had visited them as an incarnation of griffon or it had been a different entity is unknown, however, with people of Soleanna partially knowing what Solaris' greater form looks like, considering he is emblem of the nation, along with Dusty Desert also containing statues of people in hoods resembling Solaris' first form's head, it's very likely that it's him.
    • It is a popular belief among the the citizens of Soleanna that there was once a great fire in the country and that a big eagle came and saved the entire city, this eagle is likely Solaris himself, which leads to people worshipping him.[9]
  • Solaris is the one of the two bosses in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) that is fought by all three main characters, the other being Iblis.
    • He is also the only boss who is fought with all three main characters at the same time.
  • Solaris takes aspects from the previous 3D games's final bosses and merges them together.
  • In his first phase, Solaris has six stones on his back, six claws and six horn segments on his head. This may be a reference to the number 666, which is generally the accepted Number of the Beast from the Book of Revelation. The angelic second form of Solaris can also be looked upon as the true form of Satan, the Devil or Lucifer, who was once the highest and most beautiful of angels, which also is backed up by Lucifer from Latin meaning "Light-Bringer" or "Morning Star", both fitting Solaris as a Sun God.
    • In further reference to the Book of Revelation, Solaris' two halves, Mephiles and Iblis, represent the False Prophet and the Beast respectively. Both creatures' names are also derived from synonyms for the Devil.
  • Solaris is one of the only two bosses in the Sonic series that requires three super transformed characters to defeat (the other being Metal Overlord).
  • Solaris' eagle-like head in his first form is a reference to the eagle, which is the symbol of Soleanna.[10]
  • In his battle intro, Solaris can be heard making what appears to be an animal noise resembling that of an elk. in his battle epilogue, the same kind of noise can be heard, except it resembles excruciatingly painful shrieking. He can also be heard making the aforementioned noise when he transforms.
    • However, all of the battle scenes, except the intro, can be replayed when replaying the boss fight.
  • Despite the fact that Super Sonic is the only one shown during the final score screen, there are animation files for Super Shadow and Super Silver's victory poses in the game's files, suggesting that the two were also going to be shown in some way in the final score screen. Super Shadow performs the last stance of his normal pose floating, and Super Silver does the same pose he performs in his normal state.
  • Solaris' second form is referred to as "Phoenix" in the official Sonic 06 guidebook, a bird creature from Greek Mythology associated with the Sun and continuous Resurrection.
  • Resemblance
    His head resembles a headgear worn by a statue in Dusty Desert, which in turn makes it simmilar to Illumina's headgear, implying there possibly being some sort of connection between the two deities, but it's unknown if it's intentional.
  • Sonic Runners description of Mephiles states that he is was born from a fragment of the Solaris, implying that Solaris seen in the game is nothing but a part of a higher entity beyond comprehension.
  • While battling Solaris, Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver, depending on who the player is using, will say a certain line, "I Release you from your Chains of your Past!" for Super Shadow, "I will Protect the Future!" for Super Silver, "The Present Day, the here and now that you've stolen, time to take it back!" For Super Sonic. This could reference the three's connection in time.
    • Shadow for the Past, as his character is mainly about defining him by past or trying to remember it and his line may be a reference to how in his game, he puts the past behind him to defeat Black Doom.
    • Silver for the Future, as he comes from the future where the Flames of Disaster run rampede and he wishes to change it.
    • Sonic for the Present, as he personality is living life to the fullest in the here and now, never worrying about what came before or what might not come after.

References[]

  1. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: "New Character! Mephiles" notification.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Solaris. "Eggman: That body of light is the sign of a super-dimensional life form. Standard attacks won't work on him! He eats dimensions for lunch!"
  3. Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: Iblis' Seal. (Silver Episode). "Duke of Soleanna (translated from Japanese): This is a Living Flame that has been handed down to our royal family. If nothing is done, the Flames of Disaster will awaken according to the legend!"
  4. Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: Elise puts out the flames. (Last Episode). "Duke of Soleanna: When the flame has grown large enough, our world will change. Solaris will allow us to control time and move through history. People will be able to rectify past mistakes and avoid bitter fate. Elise: Will we be able to see momma? Duke of Soleanna: Yes, Elise. We'll both be able to see your mother once again."
  5. Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "Last Episode • Boss Battle: Solaris". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. pp. 322. ISBN 978-0761555100.
  6. Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: The time-space rift. "Eggman: It seems we were all caught by the spatial distortion."
  7. Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: The resurrection of Solaris. (Last Episode).
  8. Sonic Team, Blindlight (21 December 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: The time-space rift (Last Episode). "Eggman: Solaris flung the Chaos Emeralds to the distant corners of this distorted world..
  9. Sonic Team (14 November 2016). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Soleanna New City (Sonic Episode). "Woman: A long time ago, the city of Soleanna was hit by a huge fire. A big eagle appeared, and saved the whole city..."
  10. Sonic Team . SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (Japanese). Action Stage: Kingdom Valley. Sega. Retrieved on 22 August 2016.

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