Wave the Swallow (ウェーブ・ザ・スワロー Uēbu za Suwarō?) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is an anthropomorphic swallow and is the technical and mechanical expert of the current generation of Babylon Rogues. She is the daughter of the tech expert of the previous generation of Babylon Rogues, which she takes after, and takes care of her groups' customized Extreme Gears.
Because of her knowledge on Extreme Gear, Wave is brimming with self-confidence and can be a bit of a trash-talker and highly critical of others' work with Extreme Gear. She hates thick-headed or stupid people and she tends to give advice only she can understand. Regardless, Wave is level-headed and serves as the voice of reason in the Babylon Rogues, though she is often mistreated by the other members.
Wave is an anthropomorphic swallow with light purple and dark feathers that cover her body and head. Her hair is styled like a pair of long braids. She has a curved beak, cobalt blue eyes, and two tail feathers. For attire, she wears white gloves with golden bracelets and red lining, a white tube top, and white flare-designed trousers. On her arms near her wrists are light purple fire-like markings. She also wears red boots with white accents, a necklace with a red utility gem, and gold glasses.
Because of her knowledge, Wave is brimming with self-confidence. She is very arrogant about her expertise at Extreme Gear, certain that no one can match her in this field. She is a super-achiever and holds very high standards for how Extreme Gear should be and never hesitates to dismiss others' Extreme Gear as 'junk'. She takes great pride in her skills and is passionate about her profession, becoming indignant when someone insults or blames her work for their own failures. She has a keen eye for detail, takes notice of everything, and hates thick-headed and stupid people. Also, she tends to give advice using terminology understandable to only herself and not others. Naturally, this causes tension and frustration between her and others like Jet.
Wave often refuses to admit others' talents with Extreme Gear mechanics due to her dislike of anyone who could rival her. She often holds back on her compliments and will either continue to dismiss or deny that the person has any skill at all to cover up any sense of generous gesture she may hold. In the cases she does give compliments, she will disguise them as insults. It is only in the rarest of cases that Wave gives well-meant compliments.
While generally fun-loving like the rest of the Babylon Rogues, Wave is very level-headed and serves as the voice of reason amongst her group, often lecturing Jet and Storm of their responsibilities. Because of her teammates' unreliability, Wave believes that she has to take charge of the team if anything is to get done. She is very serious on a job, staying dedicated to the task at hand, and insists on no lack of dedication from her companions. When things do not go as planned, however, she tends to get impatient. Also, she can be quite stubborn and obstinate when making a decision.
Wave is usually rude, with a sly attitude and snide sense of humor. Being the most outgoing of the Babylon Rogues, Wave has no problem insulting others and mocking their Extreme Gear. She will also take compliments or conversations from others and twist them around so that she can throw them back at others as a snide comment. Wave also finds amusement in insulting and degrading her opponents' skills during races.
When it comes to accomplishing her teams' goal, Wave is perfectly willing to cheat in official competitions, such as sabotaging Sonic's Extreme Gear in Sonic Riders and Sonic Free Riders, even without Jet knowing it. Likewise, she will gladly take whatever beneficial chance that might present itself, such as taking the Key to Babylon Garden on behalf of Jet when Sonic returned it despite Jet refusing to accept it.
Wave also has a great deal of greedy love for money and treasure, and her primary motive in life is to acquire as much wealth as possible. This was her sole reason for willingly competing in the World Grand Prix in Sonic Riders and Sonic Free Riders.
Powers and abilities
Like many other characters in the series, Wave is able to move around at super speeds on foot, enough to reach velocities well above 100 "Speed". Wave possesses as well above average acrobatic skills and agility, enough to pull off advanced tricks and movements while in mid-air. Also, though Wave is not as strong or durable as people like Storm, she is shown to have some degree of physical endurance, as shown when she was attacked by SCR-HD, who knocked her over and slightly injured her, but otherwise emerged unharmed.
As the brains of the Babylon Rogues and their top mechanic, Wave is an engineering genius. Described as a really brilliant mecha mechanic, Wave is a superb mechanic who is capable of everything from modifying the group's Extreme Gears to repairing the rogues' airship. However, while she is capable of fixing many things, Extreme Gear is her specialty. Gifted in the craft of Extreme Gear mechanics, she has advanced mechanical knowledge and experience about tuning, building, and the workings of Extreme Gear that surpasses both Tails and Dr. Eggman in this area. According to herself, no one else can tune an Extreme Gear they way she can. Besides Extreme Gear and mechanics, Wave is also well-versed in other types of technologies and shows well-above general understanding of the functions and operations of different technologies, such as microchip-sized diaries, MeteorTech's signal network, explosives, and even the Babylonians' technology. Additionally, Wave is quite intelligent in the field of science and physics, being able to analyze and understand the scientific concepts of the Arks of the Cosmos. She is as well a great scholar. Not only can she analyze information or plot strategy better than anyone else on her team, but she has also shown knowledge about how to decipher the ancient texts written by the Babylonians and is even capable of analyzing unknown treasures in her spare time.
As a member of the Babylon Rouges, Wave is a professionel Extreme Gear rider, enough to be acknowledged as a wind master on a legendary level. In fact, Wave is one of the best Extreme Gear riders in the world—she can move expertly at high speeds, perform complex and impressive tricks while in midair, and engage in combat with other Extreme Gear riders while maintaining precision and control. She is also able to ride her Extreme Gear through mid-air with great accuracy and control.
In addition to the above, Wave is a talented and professional thief. Having pulled off successful heists and escaped capture from the authorities, Wave is a skilled thief and talented with slight of hand. Additionally, Wave is skilled at utilizing various types of gadgets and tools efficiently in combat, ranging from giant wrenches or spanners to small explosives that she plants on her opponents.
Wave's choice of equipment is her Type-W. The Type-W is a Board type Extreme Gear, constructed by Wave herself for flight at high altitudes. Thanks to Wave's Extreme Gear mechanics expertise, the Type-W is a highly advanced piece of technology with an ultra-compact body that contains high-standard mechanics.
In combat, Wave's preferred choice of weapon is a large wrench or spanner that she uses skillfully as a club in melee combat. However, she also uses small packs of dynamite and other explosives that she plants on her opponents and then detonates. Also, the red gem attached to Wave's necklace doubles as a utility device that is capable of loading data, projecting holographs, and functioning as an alarm clock.
Jet the Hawk
Unlike Storm, Wave would not be bothered if she would call her leader, Jet, by his name. She is the creator of Type-J and always follows Jet's orders. She seemed annoyed when Jet told her that her speeches are boring. However, despite almost always listening to Jet, she says in Sonic Riders, "Unless I take charge, nothing ever gets done here!". In Sonic Free Riders, she acts much more loyal towards Jet when she shows concern for his disapproval of Team Dark, telling him that he should just ignore them. Also, in one cutscene, she slightly bows towards Jet, approving of his riding skills. Despite this attitude change, she lies to him in the game. In the Babylon Story, before Jet was about to race Sonic, he told Wave not to cheat by doing "something" to Sonic's Extreme Gear. Wave told him that she did not do anything to his Gear, and Jet proceeded to race with Sonic. Suspiciously, Jet won, much to his concern, and found out that Wave had, in fact, tampered with Sonic's Gear. Wave apologized and claimed herself guilty, while Sonic and Jet prepared for a rematch without Wave interfering.
Storm the Albatross
Storm the Albatross and Wave are friends, but the two seem to get into small arguments, much to Jet's annoyance. When Storm lost against Knuckles, he complained to Wave and Jet that he (Knuckles) must have cheated. Wave then thought he was criticizing how she built his Extreme Gear, which angered her and caused her to shout "What!? Are you implying that you lost because of MY Gear!!? No one can tune a Gear the way I can!!! Accept it, buddy! It's not the board. Your skills just suck!". Storm, feeling shocked and offended by this, repeated "Wh-wh-what?! Su...S...S...Suck!?" to which Wave witheringly replied; "Yes. S-U-C-K. Suck!" Other than this incident and others, they seem to get along just fine.
Miles "Tails" Prower
Wave and Miles "Tails" Prower are rivals at inventing, since they are both intelligent. In Sonic Riders, Wave was impressed by Tails' inventions but couldn't admit it; when she examined the custom Extreme Gear Tails had created for Sonic, she privately noted that it was "not half bad, for an amateur...", but out loud she insulted it instead, saying that he had made "a piece of junk". She also teased Tails by calling him "shorty". In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the two did not seem to rival each other at anything. When Wave was injured by SCR-HD, Tails was seen trying to help her get up. In Sonic Free Riders, she called him "shrimp" instead and kept the same attitude towards him. Once again, they did not talk much or show much rivalry until one scene, when Tails examined the Extreme Gear she made, he commented, "Your Gear is still as amazing as ever, Wave...". However, Wave ungratefully replied, "Is that supposed to be sarcasm, shrimp?", much to Tails' dismay, and he told her that he actually meant it. This is if she loses the competition to Tails; if she wins the competition instead, her response to Tails' comment is "Try not to sound so surprised, shrimp". Wave and Tails have not spoken to each other since.
Rouge the Bat
Wave and Rouge have only interacted in Sonic Free Riders. They have shown to be competitive and put each other down if one of them wins. Wave has shown to be against Rouge's rudeness, like mocking Jet after he complimented Rouge's team in winning and showing apathy alongside Shadow at E-10000B's broken condition during the race.
- Team Heroes
- Team Dark
- Team Rose
- Sega. Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Wave. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
- Sonic Riders official website. Characters: Wave the Swallow. Sega. Archived from the original on 12 June 2006. Retrieved on 29 October 2020. "This mechanical-gifted member of the Babylon Rogues is a genius and Extreme Gear is her specialty. Her father, in fact, was the mechanic for the previous generation of Babylon Rogues. While Tails and Dr. Eggman are talented, Wave's skills are far superior."
- Devra Newberger Speregen (2016). Sonic: The Ultimate Character Guide. Scholastic. p. 54-55. ISBN 978-1338033243.
- Sonic Riders
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. Cutscene: After Security Corridor.
- Sonic Free Riders (Xbox 360) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. "Type-W's profile: Wave's own hand-designed gear. Its ultra-compacted body stands as proof of her engineering genius."
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Green Cave. "Tails: Yeah, but she has a point; she's a really brilliant mecha mechanic."
- Sonic Riders (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 8.
- Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (Wii) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 5.
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Ice Factory. "Wave: No one can tune a Gear the way I can!"
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Dark Desert.
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/level: Security Corridor. "Wave: They call it the Crimson Tower. It’s the MeteoTech's signal tower. Commands sent out here relay through facilities across the world to control the robots. In other words, you're looking at MeteoTech's brain!"
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/level: Nightside Rush. "Wave: I’ve figured it out, Jet. / Jet: Yeah? Whatcha got? / Wave: As I’d suspected, the Ark of the Cosmos is an engine unit for the Babylon Garden, invented by our ancestors. / Jet: An engine part...? / Wave: Not just any part. I’ll need to analyze it further, but I think this stone’s magnetic field is able to transmute a planet's mass energy, and create a singularity to... / Jet: Yaaawn, can the boring speech! What can this thing do for me? / Wave: To put it simply, the stone can temporarily charge up gravity, then covert it to power Babylon Garden's warp drive."
- Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. Cutscene: After Tempest Waterway. "Wave: I found a passage in that ancient text that has me wondering... I’ll try to paraphrase it simply enough for you to follow."
- Sonic Team (10 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. "Omochao: And at the end of the first race, it's Team Babylon that's come out on top! These wind masters live up to the legends! There's already talk of this team going all the way. Let's get a word with them!."
- Sonic Riders (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 7.
- Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (17 March 2006). Sonic Riders. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area/Level: Opening sequence (Heroes' storyline).
- Sonic Team (10 November 2010). Sonic Free Riders. Xbox 360. Sega. "Type-W's profile: Wave crafted this unique build exclusively for herself. Her high standards can be seen in its design and performance."
- Sonic Riders Japanese manual.