- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Vector the Crocodile (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
I'm Vector--Detective Vector! The best detective in town--er--anywhere!
— Vector the Crocodile, Sonic Universe #91
Vector the Crocodile is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a mobian crocodile and the head honcho of the Chaotix, a trio of detectives. Usually intending to earn money, Vector has led his teammates on adventure that often contributed to the welfare of the planet.
Vector is a large, green-skinned crocodile with red scales down his back. Vector sports a thick body; his stomach, as well as arms, are light green and his eyes are goldenrod. The scales down his back are vermilion. He has small, black shoulders. He wears white gloves with black-and-white cuffs and shoes embellished with gold buckles and a large gold chain around his neck. His wireless headphones are black and are somewhat chunky in design.
At some point in the past, Vector and his teammates Espio the Chameleon and Charmy Bee would become involved in fighting for their world's welfare when they teamed up with Knuckles the Echidna and Mighty the Armadillo to fight Dr. Eggman's machinations near Isolated Island. Later, the trio would cross paths with Knuckles again-this time as a member of Team Sonic-and they joined Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, and the members of Team Dark and Team Rose in battling the threat of Metal Overlord and the forces he had usurped from Eggman. They also fought alongside these allies when the Black Arms invaded Sonic's World, while Vector alone joined Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit on an Extreme Gear racing team. Reunited, the trio of detectives investigated Eggman's machinations involving the Wisps, and were among the friends of Sonic captured by the Time Eater, though they were all eventually rescued.
- Note: Due to the Genesis Wave, Vector's history from this point were changed to be nearly identical to that of his game counterpart's.
When another Genesis Wave was launched, Vector, Charmy, and Espio's lives remained largely unchanged in this altered version of their world. They were approached by Sonic to help him in his search for the missing Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. However, their investigation led to an encounter with the villainous Copy Robot, who knocked Vector and his teammates out in order to deliver them to Eggman and Dr. Wily. Shortly thereafter, Vector-now transformed into Vector Man-joined his fellow Roboticized Masters in attacking Sonic, Mega Man, and their allies. He and the other Chaotix members-now Charmy Man and Espio Man-continued to battle the blue heroes, Tails, and Rush after their teammates left to pursue Proto Man. Vector Man was the first to be restored to normal by Mega Man's Mega Buster, which had been modified to emulate Sonic's Spin Dash attack. With his teammate likewise restored to normal, Vector expressed his gratitude to Mega Man and offered him one free job from the Chaotix. The robot hero accepted, and promptly asked Vector and his teammates to find Proto Man.
Vector and his partners soon caught up with Proto Man, although Vector developed the misconception that their new ally was named "Pogo Man." The group eventually caught up with the doctors' flying fortress, the Wily Egg, as it hovered above a teleporter pad in their Skull Egg Zone. Vector and his teammates proved unable to crack the security code, the panel having been designed with colored buttons rather than numbered ones. However, they were soon joined by the various restored Roboticized Masters and other heroes, and forced to do battle with a massive army of Robot Masters created by the doctors. As Sonic led the charge, aiming for the teleporter, Vector reminded him that they hadn't cracked the code while trying to hold onto Centaur Man. He proved a formidable combatant afterwards, working together with his Chaotix teammates and alone against such foes as Snake Man.
Sadly, the tide of battle soon turned against the heroes, and Vector began suffering injuries. One such nearly left him at the mercy of Pharaoh Man, but fortunately Silver the Hedgehog intervened to protect him. Eventually, the heroes found themselves surrounded by the enemy, but reinforcements then arrived: the Light Robot Masters. The battle continued for a time, but heroes and villains alike were then hit by the Super Genesis Wave, which rewrote both their native worlds. Fortunately, Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man reversed its effects, though their world suffered some damage thanks to Eggman's interference.
Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Vector's original timeline ended.
In the midst of the Shattered World Crisis, Vector and his team were hired by Sally Acorn to help find the Chaos Emeralds, which were key to returning the planet to its previous condition. Their search eventually led them to Pumpkin Hill Zone, where they arrived just in time to help Knuckles fight off a band of Dark Gaia Creatures. The old allies decided to work together to locate the Chaos Emerald, though Vector tested Knuckles' patience with his teasing after he was told about Relic the Pika. After searching through the area-aided in part by their Sling Rings, much to Vector's trepidation-they ran into a rival search party: the Hooligans under Nack the Weasel. After a brief skirmish, the two groups realized that neither was currently in possession of the Emerald and parted ways. Knuckles and the Chaotix then entered Aquatic Mine Zone, where Vector's impatience quickly wore on Knuckles, who became determined to leave-until he sensed the Emerald nearby. The four allies then discovered the gem in question, in the possession of a small, strange creature.
Unfortunately, the presence of the newcomers frightened the being, whom Knuckles recognized as the spirit he had been sent to find. Vector and the Chaotix pursued the spirit, and cornered him until Knuckles got in their way. They soon befriended the spirit, whom Charmy dubbed "Chip." Unfortunately, the Hooligans soon arrived seeking to claim the Emerald, and were shortly followed by a Dark Gaia Titan. In the midst of the battle, the Hooligans captured Chip and the Emerald and escaped after destroying all the entrances, leaving Vector and his friends trapped in a rapidly flooding chamber. Seemingly doomed to perish in close quarters with their monstrous foe, the heroes were saved when Vector recalled some of Knuckles' reminisces about his previous travels in the area. Escaping through a flooded tunnel, they caught up with the Hooligans, and tricked Bean the Dynamite into furiously attacking the Titan for them. Vector then retrieved Chip and the Emerald, hiding them both in his mouth until the Hooligans departed. Knuckles then dispatched the Titan, and Vector was convinced to entrust the Guardian with the Emerald to keep it safe.
Vector later sent Espio to Casino Park to investigate the Chaos Emerald Championship, and was informed by his friend that he had managed to get Knuckles registered for the tournament. Vector proceeded to watch the Championship alongside Charmy, and chastised Espio for losing against Bean.
Later on, the Chaotix were contacted by Sonic and Sally to help launch a worldwide assault on the Eggman Empire to distract the mad scientist. While he struggled to get a clear signal, Vector promised to help and almost added a fee until a nudge from Espio stopped him from doing so. Later on, Vector worryingly oversaw the restoration of the world alongside Espio and Charmy.
The Case of the Pirate Princess
At some point after the world was restored, Vector and his crew met Echo the Dolphin of the Meropis City Guard, who needed help search for the missing Princess Undina. Echo would supply her, Vector, Espio, and Charmy's means of transportation: a car capable of travel above and under water. Their trip went relatively smoothly, save for some bickering, until Echo inadvertently bumped into Razor the Shark and his Chao, Crusher, resulting in a brief scuffle erupting between Vector and the shark. After being calmed, Razor explained that he, too, was out to look for Princess Undina, having been sent by his friend Coral. An argument nearly erupted between the two, after which a massive submarine appeared before them. Before Vector and the others could flee, however, they were captured and brought onto a deck, where they met the pirate crew and Princess Undina herself.
Vector is loud, obnoxious, and motivated almost solely by money and the thought of reward. While possessed of a heroic streak, he is also reckless and quick to act in his own interests, for his own interests. He is also not above teasing or even ridiculing close friends.
Powers and abilities
Vector possesses great strength, powerful jaws, and the ability to breathe fire. Though he does not always demonstrate it, he is also possessed of a keen deductive mind.
- Freedom Fighters
- Eggman Empire
- Dark Gaia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Vector's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic Universe #63, "The Great Chaos Caper Part One: On the Hunt"
- ↑ Knuckles' Chaotix
- ↑ Sonic Heroes
- ↑ Shadow the Hedgehog
- ↑ Sonic Free Riders
- ↑ Sonic Colors
- ↑ Sonic Generations
- ↑ Sonic Universe #51, "When Worlds Collide Part Two: Mistaken Identities"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #52, "When Worlds Collide Part Five: The Advance Guard"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #249, "When Worlds Collide Part Six: Friends or Foes"
- ↑ Mega Man #26, "When Worlds Collide Part Seven: Evening The Odds"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- ↑ Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #54, "When Worlds Collide Part Eleven: Worst of the Worst"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #64, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Two: The Usual Suspects"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #65, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Three: Chip of the Ol' Emerald!"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #66, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Four: Water Way To Go!"
- ↑ 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 #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "The Mission"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #287, "Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #91, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part One: Dial "C" for Chaotix"