- For the transformation seen in the In Another Time, In Another Place Zone, see Werehog (In Another Time, In Another Place).
Sonic the Werehog is a transformation that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. A transformation of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Werehog is a mutated and more aggressive form of Sonic caused by the Dark Gaia energy which Sonic had inhaled days prior to the first transformation. Sonic eventually lost this form permanently when Dark Gaia reclaimed the energy that caused the transformation.
In this form, Sonic resembles a werewolf. He grows slightly larger, his torso becomes broader, his muzzle becomes longer, his hands get larger, and his arms grow thick, longer and muscular. Additionally, he grows nail-like claws on his fingers, he gains lush, heavy, dark blue fur, his skin becomes pale blue, and his teeth become fangs. He gains fur in new places, such as on his arms and chest. Traits of white fur also appear on his wrists, the end of his quills and on his chest. Likewise, his ears become more curved.
For attire, Sonic loses his white gloves, exposing his hands, and his socks becomes slightly frilled in the back. The white stripe on his shoes is replaced with grey metal that has three spikes on the surface, and his soles are now covered with small metal spikes.
During a mission to gather the Freedom Fighters, Sonic and Tails came to the Wood Zone where Uncle Chuck was in the middle of researching the earthquakes that had recently began occurring across the planet. After showing his nephew samples of a dark gas that had been emitted from the cracks in the earth, another earthquake struck and Sonic had to rescue his uncle from falling into an opened crater. As he dashed back down to retrieve the gas sample, a stray piece of debris smashed a part of the container open, giving Sonic a face full of the gas, nearly suffocating him. Upon returning to the surface, Sonic briefly displayed feral reactions, which immediately passed, brushing off his uncle's suggestion of being checked over by a doctor.
After the Shattered World Crisis had begun, during the Freedom Fighters' rescue efforts in Station Square Sonic had another "feral" moment when the stress of the situation briefly got to him. He showed signs again during his battle against E-106 Eta aboard the Bullet Train, but he managed to suppress it with Amy Rose's interference. Despite insistence from Charles to beware of the gas' mutagenic properties, Sonic replied he would be fine.
During the battle of Meropis against the Dark Gaia Creatures, Sonic nearly drowned while fighting off a Dark Guardian, and while he reached for the nearby Air Charm, he showed intense signs of transformation. However, the process was halted when the monster threw Rotor towards Sonic and slammed against him, leaving the two unconscious until they were saved by Chaos.
The First Night
Sonic finally underwent the full transformation during a mission to take the grey Chaos Emerald from a Soumerca Egg Army dig site. Egg Boss Thunderbolt used the emerald to lure Sonic, Sally Acorn, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel into a trap where they found themselves stunned by immense electrocution. The stress upon seeing his friends hurt tipped Sonic over the edge and it caused his beast form to finally be shown. He made quick work of the Egg Army forces, but became unbalanced, his state distorting his perception. An attempt to eliminate Thunderbolt was halted by Mighty, whom Sonic through distorted vision and hearing felt was accusing and taunting him of being unbalanced and dangerous. The Werehog and the armadillo engaged in a brief battle which was halted by Sally and Amy who, though they too were initially distorted by Sonic's transformed senses, managed to talk him down from his rage. He later returned to normal when the sun rose the next morning but elected to remain with Mighty's mentor Moss the Sloth until he could get a grip on his new form, fearing the harm he might do if he transformed aboard the Sky Patrol.
Sonic's lessons with Moss centered on him learning to accept that the Werehog was a part of him, to be embraced rather than controlled. Sonic soon mastered his lessons, and when night fall again he turned into the Werehog but retained his usual senses. He was then able to employ his new form to defeat a Flying Dynamo robot sent after him by the vengeful Thunderbolt.
Shortly after, upon entering the Chaos Emerald Championship, Sonic stipulated that he would only compete during the daytime, so as not to draw attention to his Werehog form. The transformation forced him to make an early exit following his first match, as well as to observe the rest of the first round from his hotel room. He would later change again during the trip back to the Sky Patrol aboard the Speed Star, startling new companions Knuckles the Echidna and Chip.
Sonic transformed into the Werehog yet again in Apotos, where he and his teammates were forced to battle a Dark Gaia Titan. He also would assume this form while he and Rotor were imprisoned by the Artika Egg Army to make traversing the icy floors easier. Some time later, Sonic turned into his bestial form during a rescue mission in Shamar. He was confused when the Desert Raiders became worried over seeing him at night. Sonic once more became the Werehog before doing battle with the Dark Gaia Phoenix and the Egg Clan Army. The Werehog eventually managed to weaken the Gaia Phoenix enough for Chip to revert it back to normal, forcing the Egg Army unit to flee.
After a surprise assault on the Sky Patrol by the Battle Bird Armada, Sonic assumed his Werehog form while Sally briefed the Freedom Fighters on her plan to stop Eggman's latest plot. While searching the Gaia Colossus to save Chip from Eggman however, the doctor confronted Sonic in his Egg Dragoon and eventually frozen him in a block of ice. Luckily for Sonic, night fell and triggered his Werehog transformation, giving him the strength to free himself and destroy the Egg Dragoon. After Sonic rescued Chip however, Dark Gaia began drawing its energy from across the planet, including its energy inside Sonic, depriving him of his Werehog form permanently.
Powers and abilities
As a Werehog, Sonic possesses greatly increased physical strength, high enough to punch clean through metal and destroy Thunderbolt's robotic suit with a single punch. He is also capable of stretching his arms long distances, though the maximum length of how far he can stretch his arms are unknown. He is also quite resilient and tolerate towards pain, being able to withstand having his whole body being electrocuted without much trouble.
- "ALL THE ANIMALS--!"
- —Sonic being surrounded by animals, Sonic the Hedgehog #265
- "WEIRD! FANGS AND CLAWS ASIDE -- IT'S LIKE ALL MY SPEED GOT TURNED INTO MUSCLE, AND... AND... ARRROOOOOOO!"
- —Sonic to Ray what his Werehog form is like just before he howls, Sonic the Hedgehog #266
- Sonic the Werehog originally appeared in the video game Sonic Unleashed.
- Sonic the Werehog is based on the famous mythical creature the Werewolf.
- The term "Werehog" is derived from the words "werewolf" and "hedgehog." However, this is a misnomer. The word "Were", as used in the term "Werewolf", derives from the Old English "wer" which is a Latin word meaning "man", making the term literally "Man-wolf", a man who became a wolf. Literally, this means the term "Werehog" means "Man-hog" which is an incorrect reference to Sonic being a man that becomes a hog.
- The conditions needed for Sonic to transform into Sonic the Werehog the first time differs from the Sonic Unleashed video game. In the game, his transformation began when Dr. Eggman drained the power of the Chaos Emeralds while Sonic was in his Super Sonic form, while in the comics it was begun by extreme stress.
- Like in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic gloves are torn apart when he transforms into Sonic the Werehog, but when he reverts back to normal, he somehow regains them.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #278, "Face of the Enemy Part One: Friends in Need"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase: Part Two"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #286, "Panic in the sky: Part Three: Colossal Crash"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #254, "Countdown to Chaos Part Two: The Soldier"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #257, "Damage Control"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "Waves of Change Part Three: Terror in the Deep"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters
- Sonic the Hedgehog #264, "Control Part One: Breaking Point"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #265, "Control Part Two: Unleashed!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #266, "Ambushed! Part One"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #267, "Ambushed! Part Two"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #271, "Champions Finale: The One Left Standing"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "Ray of Hope"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #276, "Cold Hearted"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #279, "Face of the Enemy Part Two: Friends in Deed"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #282, "Wings of Fire Part Two: Fighting Fire With Fire"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #285, "Panic in the Sky Part Two: Falling Into Place"