Sonic Man is a transformation that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, and the Mega Man comic series, published by Archie Comics. He is the evil Robian version of Sonic the Hedgehog, who has been upgraded using technology from the future of Mega Man's World that turned him into one of the latest Roboticized Masters.
Sonic Man retains Sonic's normal color scheme and sports his normal design, with a few added design choices. Among these, Sonic Man now has a Mega Buster on his right arm, his chest is made up of three horizontal segments in the same color as Sonic's skin, and Sonic's eyes now sport a color scheme similar to Metal Sonic's. He now has a golden. "W" shaped symbol across his head as a reference to Dr. Wily, and as well Robot Master-styled boots and shoulder pads.
As Sonic was caught and brought to Dr. Eggman's base on the Lost Hex, which Sigma had commandeered, he was imprisoned alongside Mega Man, the two of them being brought there at the suggestion of Eggman and his companion in slavery to Sigma, Dr. Albert W. Wily. Sonic was then transformed into Sonic Man and sent to attack Mega City while Mega Man became M'egga Man and was sent to attack Mobotropolis. Sonic Man was specifically formed by analyzing Sonic's data and fusing him with data from Quick Man. However, the two doctors secretly programmed in a secondary objective into the two that would have them restore each other once the two worlds were merged to make them fight Sigma.
Sonic Man made short work of the Light Robot Masters, his weapons proving too much for the non-combat designed machines. However, before he could set up a Unity Engine that Sigma sent to him through a Genesis Portal, he was attacked by several reformed Wily Robot Masters and Quake Woman. Even they failed to stop Sonic Man, who might have destroyed them had it not been for Break Man. Unfortunately, even he was unable to defeat Sonic Man, who used the Unity Engine's protective field as a weapon. The engine then began working with the one on Sonic's World to merge the worlds together, leading to the laid-out confrontation between Sonic Man and M'egga Man.
Sonic Man and M'egga Man battled each other as their respective worlds began merging, each proving a formidable match for the other. Eventually, their attacks acted in the manner that Eggman and Wily intended, restoring both Roboticized Masters to their previous, heroic persona.
Powers and abilities
Along with M'egga Man, Sonic Man is arguably the most powerful of the Roboticized Masters: he single-handedly defeated eighteen Robot Masters, including the prototype, Break Man, even after the latter took him by surprise. He appears to retain his normal self's capacity for improvising, as shown by how he knocked Break Man into the Unity Engine's shield to defeat him. His counterpart, M'egga Man, is his only equal in combat. He is also revealed by Dr. Wily to have been equipped with a processor similar to Quick Man's in order to account for his incredible speed.
Like his normal form, Sonic Man retains his Spin Dash abilities. His speed is also so great that even time-slowing weapons such as Time Slow and Time Stopper do not have a significant impact on him.
Sonic Man is equipped with a Mega Buster-like weapon, and have built-in Special Weapons. So far, the known weapons he uses are:
- Fire Dasher: Shoots fire out of his Mega Buster.
- Energy Shield: An energy shield that is powerful enough to hold back even Fire Man's flames.
- Thunder Dasher: Shoots lightning.
- Spin Dasher: Shoots out a blast that looks like a Spin Dash, similar to a Sonic Shot.
- Ring Launcher: Shoots rings in similar design to Power Rings. These rings can be used to bind his captives and incapacitate his victims.
- Spin Slash: A Spin Dash-like attack, but with blades protruding from his body.
- Homing Shot: Shoots multiple blue energy bolts powerful enough to disable a Robot Master with a single hit, which home in on their targets.
- Spring Shield: A red spring-based shield that can repel foes.
- Sonic Man's weapons are references to several abilities in the games and items that Sonic can acquire:
- Spin Dasher is a reference to the Spin Dash.
- Spin Slash is a reference to Spin Slash.
- Energy Shield is a reference to the Shield.
- Fire Dasher is a reference to the Flame Shield.
- Thunder Dasher is a reference to the Thunder Shield.
- Ring Launcher is a reference to Sonic's affinity for Rings.
- Homing Shot is a reference to the Homing Attack.
- Spring Shield is a reference to the Spring.
- Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Sonic Man vs The Robot Masters"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted"
- Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- Ian Flynn (6 June 2015). STH#273 - Worlds Unite 3/12 Discussion & Spoilers. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 19 July 2015.