Vector the Crocodile (ベクター・ザ・クロコダイル Bekutā za Kurokodairu?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic crocodile and the current director and head honcho of the Chaotix Detective Agency, which he founded with his close friends Espio and Charmy. Large and imposing with a kind heart beneath his scaly exterior, Vector is ready to take any job that pays, but will always help those in need for free, a charitable nature leaving his agency perpetually short on money.
Known for his great love of music, Vector's trademark is a pair of headphones which he always listens to. Despite his rough appearance and sometimes rude manners indicating otherwise, Vector is a capable detective and natural leader with a clear, deductive mind who will always see cases through until he deems them solved.
Concept and creation
Vector was originally going to appear as one of the members of the Sonic the Hedgehog Band during the early development of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. The Sonic the Hedgehog Band was created to be part of the early idealized Sound Test, which was eventually dropped from the final version of the game due to time constraints. Vector was going to be the keyboard player of Sonic's band. Many early concept sketches featured in the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Collected Works art book show Vector and the other band members having a more prominent role in the game, appearing even on the Sega screen and in the game's ending. In terms of game appearances, Vector is thus among the oldest characters of the series alongside Flicky, Eggman and Sonic himself.
In the early development of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Vector looked quite different compared to his later designs and was more resembling an ordinary crocodile. The scales seen on his back and tail lacked their red color, and despite his taller and sturdier build, his hands and feet were smaller than in later designs. Furthermore, Vector's belly, neck and the underneath of his tail were gray rather than light green. He also wore shoes identical to Sonic's, just like every other member of the band. While missing most of his attire such as his gold chain, Vector was already wearing his pair of headphones, which later returned as his trademark accessory.
A later revision of the band artwork stepped away from Vector's bulky build and made him more lanky, shortened his neck, and also reworked his head, eyes and snout, looking closer to following interpretations of the character.
Sega Software R&D Dept. 8 created an alternative design for Vector, illustrating the character wearing sunglasses, hat and tie. The design was found alongside concepts for the Sonic the Hedgehog manga published by Shogakukan, where characters Amy Rose and Charmy Bee debuted.
Despite the band's appearance being scrapped from Sonic the Hedgehog, they briefly appeared performing in the tie-in manga Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Vol. 1 as well as in various gaming publications around the game's release. Sprites for them were also found in a prototype of the unreleased game, SegaSonic Bros..
Sometime prior to the release of SegaSonic the Hedgehog, Naoto Ohshima revised the character design. This version of Vector made cameo appearances in the April 1992 issue of Shogaku Gonensei and the August 1992 issue of Shogaku Ichinensei, alongside the Sonic the Hedgehog manga cast, and appeared as a playable character in 1995's Knuckles' Chaotix.
Vector is a large, green-skinned crocodile with spiky red scales down his tail and goldenrod eyes. Vector sports a thick body that resembles an S-shape, with his broad upper body getting slimmer towards his tail and legs. By contrast, his arms start out thin and thicken closer to the wrist. His belly, snout and arms are light green, while the rest of his body is dark green.
For attire, Vector wears small, black shoulder pads, white gloves with black-and-orange cuffs, embellished with gold buckles as well as black shoes figured with white and orange colors. He also wears a gold chain around his neck, serving as his trademark accessory alongside his pair of black-and-gray wireless headphones, and the crocodile is rarely seen without one or the other. With the exception of his chain, Vector's complete attire is frequently shown to be made out of leather.
For the purpose of Extreme Gear racing, Vector wears more sporty shoes of the same color scheme as his regular pair, with white shoelaces fixated with golden clamps.
In Knuckles' Chaotix, Vector's build was a bit shorter and more slim in general, and his red scales, while similar, parted into two arrays starting from his upper body, forming a V-shape. Compared to his Sonic Heroes incarnation, his arms had a darker shade of green matching the rest of his body, while his belly and snout had a more ochre color tone. His attire was also different: Vector wore yellow-and-blue circular headphones, connected to a Walkman which he had attached to his body using a belt. Furthermore, Vector wore dark blue-colored shoes with yellow zip-cuffs.
Vector is easy-going and loud-mouthed with the heart of a child. As the brains behind the Chaotix Detective Agency's operations, Vector is a true leader that keeps a cool head even in the most difficult situations. Unfortunately, his position as leader tends to get to his head, which often leaves Vector split between the "bossy" and "easy-going" parts of his nature. Nevertheless, Vector enjoys his profession as a leader and detective. He takes his profession seriously and uses his powers of deduction and common sense to solve any case with dignity and respect, although he is not above showing them off.
Vector normally displays a tough exterior. He speaks in a rough tone and may not sweat the details. He likewise quick to start a fight, often taking an aggressive approach when facing troubles, but he is always on the side of the weak. Despite his aggressive approach though, he is able to find a peaceful solution to a problem, though he will only do so as a last resort.
Deep down, Vector has a kind heart with an optimistic viewpoint and a wealthy personality. While keeping a calm head and a decisive determination when on a case, Vector can at the same time show a cool and relaxed sense of humor with some attitude. At the same time, Vector is charismatic and charming, allowing him to get along well with others no matter how different they may be, which is especially apparent in his close friendship with Espio and his occasional engagement in groups outside of Team Chaotix, such as Team Vector or Team Rose. Equally, Vector cares deeply for his friends and is always loyal to them.
Nonetheless, Vector has a short temper and aggressive manners. His pretended gentle behavior in front of strangers quickly changes to a rough demeanor with a snappy attitude when things do not go his way, especially when he feels insulted or peeved, and is generally very direct in his choice of words. He always says what is on his mind, often ending up being downright rude. While Vector is aware he has a big mouth, however, he is not bothered by the fact. Despite his charitable nature with clients, he has also shown a slightly selfish streak in front of his team mates, such as eating Charmy's pudding or only buying dessert for himself.
One of Vector's most defined traits is his dream of getting rich. His behavior is mostly geared around earning money, and his policy is to never turn down work that pays. He will do almost any kind of work if it means a good income and gets motivated by the thought of money alone. Because his business does not run as expected very often, Vector usually worries about rent payments and bills and has made remarks about being unable to afford adequate meals for himself. He likewise hates working for the landlord, who he is constantly at odds with. As a consequence, he may ask friends for jobs and is willing to do things that have nothing in common with detective work at all.
Despite his love for cash, Vector has strong morals and will not get involved in anything illegal or dirty. Similarly, Vector has a strong sense of justice and kindness, despite his argumentativeness. As such, Vector is very charitable and is known for helping those in need for free, such as finding a lost child or take up meager chases for children. Because of this, Vector will take up cases without any sort of compensation. Despite any money problems his generosity may present, however, Vector believes that helping out those less fortunate is the best reward. He is not above embarrassing himself either if it helps the well-being of others, even at the chance of it staining his good reputation.
Next to money, Vector's other great passion is music, which he always listens to. He is often being seen turning up and grooving to his current jam and usually becomes oblivious to the world around him. He also likes to perform in his own band, converting his detective team into one whenever feeling like it, and believes himself to possess a great singing voice. Even if Vector listens and plays music loudly, he only enjoys the music if it sounds good, while disliking general noise.
Vector is also quite crazy about bubble-gum and food in general. While not always able to afford adequate meals, Vector is quite the connoisseur and enjoys trying a wide variety of food ranging from chili dogs to foreign sweets, and tends to be well-informed on culinary matters.
Powers and abilities
Classified as a Power Type, Vector is strong, possessing impressive brute strength that few can question. In fact, his feats of strength rival the likes of Knuckles, Big and Omega. Notably, he can smash giant boulders, punch down thick metal doors with ease, and throw objects high into the sky and out of eyesight. By combining his strength with his weight, Vector can as well land downward blows that can not only heavily damage an enemy, if not outright crush them, but also produce a fiery shockwave upon impact. Most of his power, however, lies in his powerful jaws, which are a formidable weapon and possess razor-sharp teeth, attributes of which let Vector chew through robot metal with ease. As gentle with them as he can be brutal, Vector can effortlessly defeat enemies by crunching on them with his mouth yet he can store Espio and Charmy between them without injuring them. He is even able to spit out objects with such force that they ignite from the friction. Physical strength aside, Vector is also rather fast, having been able to keep up with his speedy teammate Espio during the Neo Metal Sonic incident and even Shadow during the Black Arms incident. In addition, Vector has displayed impressive reflexes and acrobatic skills, enough to let him execute unique tricks and movements while in mid-air, pull off various Spin Attack maneuvers at high speed, and grind on Grind Rails with ease.
Vector is also able to perform the Spin Attack, a technique where he curls into a concussive ball or cutting disk and directs himself at him targets. With it, Vector can shred or burrow through just about any substance given enough speed. Adept in its usage, Vector can utilize several variants of the Spin Attack for both ground- and aerial maneuvers, including the Spin Dash, Spin Jump, and Homing Attack.
As a crocodile, Vector is naturally good at swimming, using the typical movement of a crocodile in water to accelerate effortlessly. His unique swimming stroke is known as the "Crocodile Paddle" or the "Gator style". He can also carry this kind of movement over to the ground or even the air by sliding forward head-first on his stomach, allowing him to accelerate and plow through obstacles.
Although it is hard to imagine from his rough appearance and behavior, Vector is an accomplished detective and he is usually the one who deduces the solution to a crime. While he is not a genius like Tails or Dr. Eggman, Vector still possesses a clear, sharp, and brilliant mind, along with a keen eye for detail and remarkably good instincts. Having a knack for solving riddles and mysteries, Vector's keen intellect can piece clues and other minor hints together to often reach correct conclusions that his teammates and most others would have overlooked or failed to reach. His skills at deduction are very profound, especially during his investigations, as Vector seldom, if ever, chooses the wrong individual as his prime suspect. Additionally, he can use his investigative techniques for other purposes, like locating lost things or even predicting his enemy's actions. Intellect aside, Vector also has charismatic leadership skills, having been described as a true leader.
Vector possesses a number of offensive breaths to attack foes with. Notably, he can either produce a concentrated sonic scream as a destructive stream with concussive force behind it, or breathe fire. The former breath might be connected to his singing voice, which he can use to generate extremely destructive sound, causing all nearby Badniks to explode as a result to the noise. Additionally, Vector is very skilled at blowing chewing gum; he can blow a huge bubble to ride through midair or knock smaller projectiles away from him, and, combined with his breath skills, spit out multiple bubbles that detonate into large explosions upon impact.
Vector has also proven himself a capable Extreme Gear rider, having established himself as a worthy competitor in the second EX World Grand Prix amongst the world's best riders. Specializing in Bike-type Extreme Gear, he can perform various athletic stunts and punch his way through giant obstacles while riding his Extreme Gear. Vector actually refactored his Extreme Gear, the Hard-Boiled himself, indicating he might have some skills in machinery as well.
By harnessing different variants of Hyper-go-on from Wisps, Vector can use specific Color Powers to transform into a certain form, such as a drill, a laser or even a planet, each one possessing its own unique abilities. So far, Vector has been able to transform into the Cyan Laser, Yellow Drill, and Indigo Asteroid. However, these transformations require a steady supply of Hyper-go-on to be maintained.
The youngest member of Team Chaotix often gets on Vector’s nerves. Charmy Bee jumps at every chance to tease Vector, like calling him dumb in Sonic Colors for giving Sonic a lead to nowhere when it actually came from Charmy himself. Thanks to his short temper, Vector almost always rises to Charmy's provocations and they are seen bickering most of the time, with Vector shouting at Charmy. Alternatively, Vector sometimes simply deals with Charmy by putting his hand over the bee’s face, especially when the Chaotix are in a hurry. They also start quarrelling over the smallest of matters, like during their conversation with Shadow in Final Haunt’s Expert Mode where Charmy accuses Vector of eating all of his pudding, leading to a huge fight.
Despite their many arguments, Charmy actually looks up to his boss. He has a habit of repeating Vector’s statements and imitating him. When the Chaotix’s new client in Sonic Heroes promised to pay handsomely, dollar signs showed up in both Vector’s and Charmy’s eyes, although the bee is not really known to care about money otherwise. Also, Charmy sticks with Vector rather than Espio when there are differences within the group and helps persuade the other side. Furthermore, they have a familial bond with each other and Vector takes on a fatherly role in the team and towards Charmy.
Due to his age, Charmy would rather play than work and calls Vector boring for not letting him most of the time. However, Vector has faith in Charmy and appreciates his abilities as a tracker, even sending him on dangerous jobs from time to time, though fully aware Charmy uses his alone time mostly to have fun instead.
Espio the Chameleon
As a vital member of the Chaotix Detective Agency, Vector respects Espio the Chameleon as a colleague as well as a close friend. His ninja abilities often come handy for ongoing investigations and Vector even trusts Espio to handle cases on his own. However, Espio does not bother as much with payment as Vector does, occasionally leading to conflicts between the two, like in Sonic Rivals 2 where Espio failed to collect evidence to present to their client. Coupled with Vector's free-of-charge charity, this usually leaves the detectives in debt. Espio acts as the voice of reason among the group and may advise Vector against accepting certain jobs, like following their mysterious client's orders in Sonic Heroes, but likewise is unsuccessful due to Vector's readiness to take any work that pays. Generally, Espio is very loyal to his boss and always follows his orders.
As the calmest and most serious member of the Chaotix, Espio sometimes goes unnoticed between his louder colleagues. In Sonic Colors, Vector wondered about Espio's whereabouts, and neither he nor Charmy, Sonic and Tails realized that Espio had been standing next to them. Espio has also displayed some frustration with Vector's childish side, such as in Sonic Generations where the crocodile gobbled up three Chili dogs at once at Sonic's birthday party while Espio shook his head in embarrassment.
On top of being coworkers, the Chaotix share a residence and Vector often refers to Espio and Charmy as his "boys", showing a familial bond between the trio.
Amy Rose and Vector first met in Sonic Heroes. After saving the Chao in Lost Jungle, Vector addressed Amy politely to ask her a question, but was turned down by her, saying it would have to wait if it was about a date. Vector, who was not going to ask her out, called her a little brat in his fury, eventually leading into a fight between the two teams, Amy calling Team Chaotix a bunch of losers. They later put their differences aside to work together and distract Metal Madness before going separate ways again.
Later, Amy hired Vector to join Team Rose for the new World Grand Prix in Sonic Free Riders, promising him to get half the prize money if he would help her and Cream to their victory, in hopes of impressing Sonic. Unsurprisingly, they did not get along once again. Despite only hiring him half an hour prior to the championship, Amy blamed Vector for appearing almost too late to sign in. Then, Vector destroyed Amy's illusion about fate by calling her "a terrible actress" for pretending not to know about Sonic's participation. Amy, on the other hand, claimed him to be the one and only useless kid on Team Rose. Vector also had some trouble communicating with Amy due to their age difference, as Amy was outraged when Vector used a figure of speech to describe he was getting serious, believing they lost earlier because of him. Quarrelling their way through the Grand Prix with Cream caught in between, they eventually faced Team Dark in one of the finals, where Vector said "We'll show you what a team that actually cares for each other can do!" indicating they at least share some kind of sympathy for each other. In the end, Amy was not sorry for Vector having to return home broke, stating he should be happy for having had the chance to race with two cuties.
Despite their differences, Amy and Vector seem to hold some respect for each other. Amy appreciates Vector's reliability as a detective for hire, shown in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games when she first turned to him for help after finding out a trap was being prepared for Sonic.
Cream the Rabbit
Just like with Amy, Cream the Rabbit and Vector first met when getting into a fight in Lost Jungle, but unlike with her pink friend, Vector and Cream did not throw insults at each other thanks to the rabbit's good demeanor even in the most intense situations. Later, Vector and Cream teamed up in the Ex World Grand Prix thanks to Amy hiring the crocodile. The two generally seemed to get along with each other well, as Vector treated her more respectfully than Amy and likewise, Cream actually showed sympathy for him, being sad when it turned out Vector had worked for nothing. However, Cream was frustrated about her team mates' constant arguments, knowing her mother and Cheese were both watching them, and also was a bit annoyed at him day dreaming about the cash prize and often reminding her how they would split it. Just like with Amy, Vector was irritated by Cream's naivety, as due to her age, she did not understand Vector's figures of speech and was upset when she believed he did not take the competition seriously.
Blaze the Cat
While both attended Sonic's birthday party in Sonic Generations, Vector and Blaze had their first real interaction in Team Sonic Racing, where each of them arrived at the race hosted by Dodon Pa for their own reasons. In hopes of winning the cash prize, Vector persuaded Blaze to form Team Vector along with Silver, and they joined the Grand Prix together. Blaze taunted him for appointing himself the leader of their team and claimed he was the only racer interested in the prize money, which would be beneath a princess, but she eventually realized Vector was lying about his motivations. As the crocodile gave his team a pep talk, Blaze confronted him about it, and Vector complimented the princess for catching him in his lie before revealing the truth about his investigation.
Silver the Hedgehog
In Sonic Rivals 2, Vector linked several Chao disappearances to Silver and had Espio track the hedgehog down, unaware of him trying to protect them. The Chaotix later fought alongside Silver as part of the Resistance, combining their powers to take down Phantom Copies of their past enemies created by the Phantom Ruby.
Vector and Silver eventually found themselves in the middle of Dodon Pa's Grand Prix in Team Sonic Racing, where Silver was willing to join Team Vector, jokingly adding he would only do so to bail the crocodile out of trouble once he ran into some. In return, Vector suggested his two partners were unreliable, quickly adding they were the best team once he realized Silver was eavesdropping on the conversation. However, Vector admired Silver and Blaze's determination and was glad to team up with them, trying to lift their spirits with his easy-going nature.
Rouge the Bat
Vector and Rouge the Bat first met in Sonic Heroes during a big misunderstanding. Rouge believed Team Chaotix were after Eggman's secret treasure and attacked them as she wanted to have it for herself, while Vector only wondered who the broad was shouting at them, but decided to give her a fight if she wanted one. Rouge later doubted her actions, and they eventually worked together to fight Metal Madness.
Rouge and Vector have a common interest in everything valuable. In Sonic Free Riders, they both joined the World Grand Prix solely motivated by the prize money. When facing Rouge in the finale, Vector tried to reach through to her by saying while he could empathize in wanting the prize money badly, it would not be worth sacrificing her own teammate for it. However, Rouge brushed him off, not understanding why he, Amy and Cream would get worked up so much over a machine.
When both Vector and Rouge were transported to White Space by the Time Eater, Rouge showed big interest in acquiring a Red Star Ring for herself. It was hinted she hired Vector to collect one for her in Rooftop Run, because as soon as Sonic collected all of them in the stage, Vector worried about getting into trouble with her.
Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles and Vector are on good terms with each other, though they do not interact often with one another in the present day. Regardless, Vector gave advice to Knuckles when Team Sonic was fighting Metal Overlord, apparently acknowledging his great power.
In Sonic Free Riders, Knuckles felt underwhelmed having to race against Vector and the rest of Team Rose, treating them like a joke as he was irritated by their loud behavior. Although Vector managed to defeat Knuckles one time, the echidna still said he would not get far with brute force, enraging the crocodile.
Vector was a high-ranking member of the Resistance in Sonic Forces, acting under Knuckles as the commander. He unsurprisingly appreciated the echidna for his aggressive (yet sometimes short-sighted) generalship considering Vector's own liking of non-peaceful methods.
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, they trained together prior to the Olympics and later teamed up to track down Bowser. They also have a special winning animation in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In Sonic Heroes, Dr. Eggman somehow sent a walkie-talkie to the Chaotix Detective Agency after being locked up by Metal Sonic, claiming he heard good things about them and persuaded Vector to work for him by promising a great reward. Despite facing their client's supposed adversary, "Eggman", many times during their mission, Vector soon figured out they were hired by the real Eggman but decided to help him anyway, holding on to his promise to pay them handsomely. When it turned out Eggman was unable to pay them, however, Vector at last had enough of his lies and Team Chaotix beat him up. After helping the others fight Metal Madness, the trio caught Eggman trying to sneak away and chased after him, though it is unlikely they ever got their reward.
As a result, Vector loathes Eggman and prefers not having to deal with him, but often gets pulled near his presence due to the Chaotix's investigations. Eggman kidnapped Vector in Sonic Generations as bait for Sonic. Despite flattering them in Sonic Heroes, Eggman does not have a good opinion about Vector.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Vector shares a casual friendship with Sonic the Hedgehog as their easy-going nature and shared love for chili dogs makes them get along. They will hang out from time to time and will not shy away from making fun of one another, but also know they can rely on each other when the situation calls for it. Vector appreciates Sonic for his heroics and his abilities, while Sonic trusts Vector and his detective agency to get any job done, though he is usually puzzled by Vector's unconventional work policy. Thus, Vector has become one of Sonic's most dependable allies. Vector even offered Sonic to join the Chaotix Detective Agency, who declined since their adventures sounded like his average day.
However, their big egos have caused them to clash on occasion. Vector expressed some frustration in Sonic Colors when the hedgehog barged in on his investigation. Sonic teased him saying he never expected the Chaotix would get busy, and Vector later returned the favor when he complimented Sonic for his skills, only to add he wished Sonic could learn to shut his big mouth. Sonic then pointed out Vector himself was the one with the big mouth, but the latter felt falsely accused, stating he was a crocodile after all.
When working together, Vector and Sonic have surprised each other with their respective kind-heartedness and trust. Notably, Sonic is able to look through the detective's goofy façade and is willing to put his faith in him, recognizing that there is defined method in his otherwise unconventional methods. Also, at the end of the day, they are willing to acknowledge each other for being more than meets the eye.
In Sonic Forces, Vector got to know the Avatar, most often referred to as "the Rookie", when they joined the Resistance. Vector initially did not hold the Rookie in high regard: after their rescue mission in Prison Hall, Vector noted how the Avatar kept shivering throughout the operation, and advised Knuckles against sending the Rookie on a mission with Sonic. However, Vector's tone changed after cooperating in an evacuation mission in Park Avenue. While initially worried the Death Egg Robots might be too much for the Rookie to handle, Espio and Charmy soon commented at the Rookie's skills, leaving Vector somewhat astounded. After the mission, Vector half-jokingly added the Rookie would hog all of his glory. During later operations, Vector was a lot more supportive and had full confidence in the Rookie's abilities. In the end, Vector admitted he was not sure of the Rookie at first, but had changed his mind about that.
- Team Chaotix
- Mighty the Armadillo
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Rouge the Bat
- E-123 Omega
- Amy Rose
- Cream the Rabbit
- Big the Cat
- The Commander
- Blaze the Cat
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Classic Sonic
- Dodon Pa
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- Bandai Namco, Sora Ltd. (3 October 2014). Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo. Area/Level: Trophy Hoard. ""Vector the Crocodile" trophy: Presenting Vector the Crocodile, ace detective! Loud-mouthed and bossy on the outside, but a real softy on the inside. Despite having a business to run, he'll lend his keen eye and brilliant mind free of charge to anyone in need. ...Someone should really make a film about his life!"
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- ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ【公式】 (@SonicOfficialJP) on Twitter (Japanese). Twitter (29 March 2022). Archived from the original on 28 March 2022. Retrieved on 12 April 2022. "＜ベクター・ザ・クロコダイル＞ カオティクス探偵事務所の所長🐊 楽天家でありながら、短気なところも…😤 報酬があればどんな仕事も引き受ける💰 でも困っている人を見ては放っておけない🔥 情にもろく仁義に厚い、親分肌なイイ男です😎 (<Vector the Crocodile> Director of Chaotix Detective Agency 🐊 Even though he is an optimist, he has a short temper ... 😤 Take on any job if you get paid 💰 But I can't leave it alone when I see someone in trouble 🔥 A good man with bossy skin who is compassionate and thick 😎)"
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