- For other uses of the term, see Vector the Crocodile (disambiguation).
In other media
In Sonic X, Vector is the leader of the Chaotix Detective Agency, a trio of underdog detectives accepting any job available, similar to his role in other continuities. He first appeared in "Defective Detectives", where the whole detective office was transported to Earth, the same world that Sonic and the others had ended up in. In a well-meaning, but misguided attempt to reunite Vanilla with her daughter, Vector and the Chaotix ran afoul with Sonic and his friends before all misunderstandings were eventually cleared up. After returning to their own world, Vector and the Chaotix came across the crew of the Blue Typhoon during their space travels a few times before later joining them in the final battle against the Metarex.
In the Sonic Boom franchise, Vector is a solo detective on Seaside Island with his own crime investigation reality show on the local television network. While big on the attitude, rough-speaking and on the look-out for a good income, Vector is nonetheless a professional and honest detective who always sees his cases through until he deems them solved. He is also known by Team Sonic, whom he once helped when Amy's Hammer went missing.
Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic
Vector makes a one-frame appearance in Volume One of the Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic (actually a manga) from the magazine Mega Drive Fan. In this manga, Vector is seen playing the keyboard as part of Sonic's band. This manga was released before the original Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 and used beta concepts scrapped from said game, so Vector appears as he did in the scrapped Sound Test image.
Sonic the Comic
In Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, he is the intelligent leader of the Chaotix Crew and a close friend to the Omni-Viewer. He also has links to the Equinox Research Center, which is staffed entirely by crocodiles. As with the other members of the group, he is a native of the Special Zone, specifically New Tek City on the Planet Meridian. He acts as the basic straight man of the group and takes out enemies with his powerful jaws.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics, Vector is the head of the Chaotix, a detective agency he runs with his two colleagues Espio and Charmy. While often testing others' patience with his directness, Vector is a clever and capable detective who has helped save the world on numerous occasions.
Prior to the Super Genesis Wave affecting both the universe and its history, Vector was the loudmouthed de-facto leader of the Chaotix, a group of freedom fighters and close friends residing on Angel Island. While initially debuting in his design from Knuckles' Chaotix, it was later changed to resemble his modern counterpart, explained as a result of his intense training with Mighty the Armadillo.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Vector is the head honcho and leader of the Chaotix and their detective agency. He helped Sonic track down he location of Dr. Eggman, but discovered him to have forgotten his identity and history.
- Team Chaotix: This theme is shared with his team mates Espio the Chameleon and Charmy Bee. In the song, Vector is mentioned in the two lines "The muscle is Vector, the karma collector, and he's sworn to fight for you!" and "And the green one cheers them on!". At the beginning of the song, Vector can be heard shouting 'brain-damaged!' during the lyrics "Boy, you'd be brain-damaged, just to think that you could get away.".
- EVENT: TEAM CHAOTIX: Heard in two cutscenes in Shadow the Hedgehog, where the Chaotix are attempting to hack Eggman's and the ARK's main computer.
- Unnamed short beat which plays in Sonic Generations during Vector: Pick Up the Beat, which gets more frantic the further the player progresses through the Challenge Act.
- In Team Sonic Racing, Vector's theme is "Team Ultimate: Vector", a remix of "Team Chaotix" that plays during his Team Ultimate.
- "Besides, you know our policy. We never turn down work that pays!"
- — Vector reminding Espio of their policy in Sonic Heroes.
- "Perfect! The work of professionals, eh!"
- —When getting an A rank in Sonic Heroes with Vector.
- "Darn, I forgot to pay the electric bill for the office."
- —Vector's idle dialogue in Sonic Heroes.
- "There you are you mustache moron!"
- —Vector insulting Eggman in the cutscene before Robot Storm.
- "Once we start a job...we finish the job! That's our policy! We're Team Chaotix!"
- —Vector in the cutscene before Egg Fleet.
- "You know that Eggman fella pretty well, don't ya? Well, we need your help to hack into his computer...and don't ask why! And we don't have any more time to waste!"
- —Vector when seeing Shadow entering Eggman's base in Shadow the Hedgehog.
- "This may be THE big case. Espio, we're counting on you!"
- —Vector telling Espio to follow Shadow into the portal to Mad Matrix.
- "What? Are you kidding me? You know our client has paid in advance! And I already spent that money, because our office was behind on the rent payment as it is!!"
- —Vector at the end of Espio's story in Sonic Rivals 2.
- "Keh, you're a terrible actress...We all know you followed him here."
- —Vector interrupting Amy's talk about fate in Sonic Free Riders.
- "Now I can finally pay off Big Louie! And maybe Small Louie, too..."
- —Vector mentioning some shady acquaintances in Sonic Free Riders.
- "I can relate to wanting that money, believe me. But it's not worth sacrificing a teammate."
- —Vector talking to Rouge about her and Shadow mistreating E-10000B in Sonic Free Riders.
- "You really are something else, Sonic. Now if you could just learn to shut that big mouth of yours."
- —Vector making some kind of compliment to Sonic on Planet Wisp.
- "It's good work. It's got thrills, suspense, mystique...Every day's an adventure!"
- —Vector talking about the detective business in Sonic Colors.
- "Man, my singing voice just needed a warm up! Anytime you want a rematch, let me know!"
- —Vector commenting on Vector: Pick Up the Beat in Sonic Generations.
- "I heard you got a S Rank! What, surprised? You're not faster than the rumor mill, Sonic."
- —Sonic Generations, when getting a S Rank in Rooftop Run Act 2.
- "Looks like it's time to earn our pay, boys!"
- —Vector rallying the Chaotix in Sonic Forces: Moment of Truth.
- "Gah, this is the pits. It's messin' with my head! I just wanna smash everything and level the place!"
- —Vector echoing his frustrations with the Death Egg's gravity-switching nature in Sonic Forces.
- "I'm gonna get to the bottom of this!"
- —Vector taking up the case of Dodon Pa.
- "Uh, I'm out here freelancing. Yeah, that's it. Trying to make a little extra coin."
- —Vector lying about his real reason for joining the Grand Prix in Team Sonic Racing.
Due to Knuckles' Chaotix receiving no merchandise and the main amount of Sonic merchandise throughout the 2000s being dedicated to Sonic X, Vector didn't receive merchandise until 2010 when Jazwares created the first action figure of him. The figure was re-released the following year with slight changes as part of a Team Chaotix 3-pack. Great Eastern Entertainment and Tomy later produced plush toys of Vector in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Following the release of Team Sonic Racing, a personalized Team Vector jersey was made available on the Sega Shop. A player piece figurine of Vector will soon be available for the Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers board game.
- According to Takashi Iizuka, Vector and the Team Chaotix in Sonic Heroes were recreated as new characters from the same characters in Knuckles' Chaotix when Sonic Heroes was designed, ignoring certain traits that had been established in Knuckles' Chaotix that would have contradicted their intent in the game.
- Vector's connection to bubblegum is likely a play on the term "gumshoe", which is an old slang word describing a private detective or investigator.
- As a detective, Vector is often used to hint at a game's final story:
- In Sonic Heroes, he knew their client was the real Dr. Eggman while the one the Chaotix were fighting was an imposter.
- In Shadow the Hedgehog, Vector tried to convince Shadow that he may not have been created for evil causes, as would later be revealed in Prof. Gerald's message.
- In Sonic Generations, he presumed someone was controlling the Time Eater from behind the scenes.
- Vector is the second tallest organic non-human Sonic character behind Big the Cat.
- In the days of the Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega released a game starring a character called Vectorman, who, coincidentally, is also green.
- When walking in Special Stages in Knuckles' Chaotix, Vector puts his Ring around his neck, making it look like a gold necklace, similar to the chain he would later wear in his redesign for Sonic Heroes.
- Vector's Spin Jump in Knuckles' Chaotix resembles the form of the ancient symbol "Ouroboros", depicting a serpent biting its own tail, forming a circle.
- This form was later referenced in the Dream Long Jump event in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games when the player shakes the Wii remote to make Vector float in mid-air for a few seconds.
- Vector's design in Knuckles' Chaotix is very similar to the design of Fantasia character Ben Ali Gator.
- Vector is part of the most three-person teams at least once in the franchise, being part of Team Chaotix in Sonic Heroes, Team Rose in Sonic Free Riders, and Team Vector in Team Sonic Racing.
- In the first cutscene of Team Chaotix in Sonic Heroes, Vector can be heard listening to Team Chaotix, the team's theme song.
- Vector has become popular for his line "Find the computer room!" in Shadow the Hedgehog, which became an .
- Vector is the only friend character in Sonic Generations to say the same phrase to both Classic and Modern Sonic after being rescued, most likely due to it being relevant to the story.
- In Sonic Generations, Vector made some references to popular music in his quotes.
- "You've got the power Sonic!" is a reference to the song "The Power" by the German band "Snap", specifically the lyrics "I've got the power!".
- "Just press the Y/Triangle button and I'll be there!" references the song "I'll Be There" by "The Jackson 5", specifically the lyrics "Just call my name and I'll be there!".
- Early concept artwork of Vector shows him in attire referencing the The Blues Brothers.
- In the Challenge Act Vector: Pick Up the Beat, Vector is standing next to a piano, a callback to his history in the Sonic the Hedgehog Band. Furthermore, among several neon signs found in Speed Highway advertising "Club Vector", a few of them actually read "Band House Vector".
- Vector's arms were miscolored dark green in the intro of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as in the game's official artwork.
- This error was carried over to Vector's artwork for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
- Vector's official artwork for Team Sonic Racing uses the same model as the aforementioned games, and while the color of his arms has been corrected, an early demo version of the game still showed them as dark green.
- In the Mario & Sonic series, Vector acts as a rival to both Bowser and Donkey Kong.
- Although Vector never got to be released in Sonic Jump as the app ceased to get new updates, Vector and the other two unreleased characters are fully functional, and Vector's in-game description indicates he was going to have a powerful stomp as his special ability.
- Vector can be seen as a playable racer in an early roster mock-up for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing alongside Rouge, Espio, Blaze and Silver, but he was not included in the final game.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Vector. Sega (3 July 2015). Archived from the original on 25 May 2019.
- ↑ Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 7.
- ↑ Sonic Channel (Japanese). Sonic Comic: Act 011. Sega (9 September 2016).
- ↑ Sonic Team (June 24, 2015). Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Wii U. Sega. Level/Area: Copacabana Beach Mii: "Since I completed my Vector costume, I've had people approach me with all kinds of dangerous gigs. Guess he's a real talented detective after all, huh? The kids only dealt in candy, but I took their jobs anyway! Vector would never pass up a job, or a stick of bubblegum!"
- ↑ Sega Japan (October 13, 2009). Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Nintendo DS. Sega. Level/Area: Icepeak Vector the Crocodile: "I may skip out on work, but I'd never skip out on a competition!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (4 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. Level/Area: Metropolis Speedway. "Vector the Crocodile: Now I can finally pay off Big Louie...And maybe Small Louie, too..."
- ↑ Sonic Team (4 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. Level/Area: Final Factory. "Vector the Crocodile: I've had it up to here with robots and Eggman and ALL of it!"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #99, "Doomsday, Part 3"
- ↑ Electronic Gaming Monthly (3 February 2004). Afterthoughts: SONIC HEROES - A candid chat with Sonic Team's lord of the rings.. Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on 30 March 2004.