The Wisps are creatures that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. They are a diminutive, yet powerful alien species from Planet Wisp. After their planet was saved by Sonic the Hedgehog, countless Wisps have since taken up residence on Sonic's world where they help the world's inhabitants out from time to time.
There are numerous breeds of Wisps, each with its own special ability. Being made of energy, these aliens can lend their energy to others, granting them incredible powers. The residents of Sonic's world harness their powers with gadgets called Wispons.
The Wisps are composed entirely of energy. Overall, they are similar, both in appearance and in motion, to underwater cephalopods such as squids. Physical characteristics all Wisps share include a "head" with tentacles stemming from the bottom. Also, regular Wisps are no bigger than the head of an average anthropomorphic animal.
Regular Wisps have three tentacles each. Their skin color, body shape and number of eyes (ranging from one to three) is determined by their breed. However, Wisps like the Violet Wisps have their own special anatomy: while they have the head, size and tentacles of their counterparts, they have no eyes and possess wide mouths with sharp teeth.
Characteristics and culture
The Wisps are a social species, and are as much sentient beings as the dominant races on Sonic's world. Halcyon and non-hostile, the Wisps do not like to fight. However, they are still immensely brave and good-hearted beings who do not approve of amoral actions and threats to their friends.
Wisps come in several known natural breeds that determine their appearance and powers. Overall however, the Wisps are peaceful, playful, helpful and friendly of nature, and enjoy spending their time with others. They get especially well along with the good people of Sonic's world, whom they gladly show affection for and will help out whenever they need them.
The Wisps have their own unique verbal language, which comes off as an incomprehensible, gibberish sound to those on Sonic's world.
Powers and abilities
The Wisps are said to be a powerful race. All Wisps are able to levitate at will, which serve as their main method for movement.
All Wisps have the natural ability to generate and store an extremely powerful energy inside their own bodies, which they can lend to others by phasing into the recipient. Each breed of Wisp generates its own distinct version of this energy, resulting in energies with different effects.
At some point in the past, the Wisps and their planet came under the threat of Dr. Eggman. Fortunately, they were saved by Sonic the Hedgehog, who was able to communicate with them using a translator provided by Tails. Afterward, a bunch of Wisps settled down on Sonic's world where they would help out the residents of Sonic’s world whenever they could.
At some point after the Wisps settled on Sonic's world, a group of Wisps became companions for the Diamond Cutters and helped power their Wispons during several missions. On one final mission, Mimic, one of the members of the Diamond Cutters, betrayed the team and led them into a trap by Dr. Eggman. While Smithy the Lion, Slinger the Ocelot and Claire Voyance were killed in battle, their Wisps remained trapped inside the room. Mimic's Blue Wisp immediately abandoned him after it had witnessed his betrayal. Whisper and her Orange Wisp had seen the entire act Mimic put on. Whisper later went to rescue the Blue, Cyan, Green and Pink Wisp from inside the Eggman base and then went back to the Diamond Cutters' base to retrieve the Variable Wispon, a device that would allow her to utilize the power of all of the team's Wisps.
The Eggman War
Shortly after the war between the Resistance and the Eggman Empire began, the former asked the Wisps for assistance in the Eggman War. The Wisps happily volunteered, even choosing to wait in Deployment Pods for when the Resistance's troops could enter an area.
Near the end of the Eggman War, Barricade Town, which served as a hub for Wispon distribution, was saved and subsequently conquered by mercenary duo Rough and Tumble. Additionally, while saving Barricade Town, a Yellow Wisp was used to power the Drill Wispon that Tumble wielded and a Red Wisp was used to power the Burst Wispon that Rough wielded. As a result of the duo taking over, many Wisps were hoarded in Deployment Pods and Wispons by the two skunk brothers.
In Barricade Town, the Wisps found salvation when Sonic and Knuckles arrived to stop Rough and Tumble. During the heroes' subsequent fight with Rough and Tumble, the Wisps were convinced by Sonic to not let the two villains boss them around. As such, the Wisps in Rough and Tumble's Wispons left them, leaving their arsenal powerless and allowing Sonic and Knuckles to defeat them. Afterward, the now-liberated Wisps decided to stick around and help the townspeople defend their town by powering their Wispons.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
During a trip to one of Dr. Eggman's bases, Whisper and her team of Wisps encountered Sonic and Silver. Despite Whisper's initial mistrust, once her Wisps openly greeted Sonic, Whisper chose to team up with the duo. When the newly-formed trio then took on E-107 Theta and a horde of Spinas, Whisper's Wisps came to Whisper's defense when she was at the mercy of the robots. Fortunately, Sonic and Silver destroyed the Badniks before they could harm them.
Battle For Angel Island
When Whisper joined the Resistance on a mission to liberate Angel Island from the Eggman Empire, her Wisps came along with her and aided her in battle. After accomplishing their mission, Whisper's Wisps celebrated their victory with Whisper.
Bonds of Friendship
When Jewel the Beetle and her exhibitions at the Mineral Museum got stolen by the Babylon Rogues, Whisper's Wisps helped Whisper and Tangle get both Jewel and the stolen goods back safely. Afterward, Whisper's entire Wisp team helped restore the Mineral Museum.
Tangle & Whisper
Whisper soon returned to the museum with her Wisps to inform Tangle and Jewel of a mercenary shapeshifter she was hunting down named Mimic. The Wisps decided to play around the museum while they waited. The Wisps then surrounded Tangle and Jewel to look at images of Mimic impersonating Sonic and causing trouble. When Tangle decided to join Whisper in her hunt for the shapeshifter, the Wisps supported her. Whisper initially refused but was soon convinced by the Wisps, especially the Blue Wisp, to let Tangle join her, leaving the Wisps to celebrate.
Later, after Tangle and Whisper encountered Mimic, the Wisps listened to Whisper as she told Tangle of her past. Tangle soon discovered from Whisper's Cyan Wisp that she the Diamond Cutters' masks allowed them to communicate with Wisps. The Wisps soon convinced Whisper to allow Tangle to see what Mimic did to the team. Later, the Wisps help create a message to give to Mimic so that he would easily find and challenge them again. The Wisps accompanied Tangle and Whisper to the former base of the Diamond Cutters and helped the latter fight against the horde of Badniks that Mimic brought to the base later. Whisper then helped Tangle fight against Mimic but was temporarily stopped after the Blue Wisp refused to fight against its former teammate. After the girls defeated the shapeshifter, the Wisps accompanied them to Tails' workshop where Mimic was left to be imprisoned. Afterwards, Tangle and Whisper parted ways and the latter enjoyed a walk with the Blue Wisp.
The Last Minute
In Spiral Hill Village, Whisper became hysterical upon learning from Sonic that Tangle got infected by the Metal Virus. Her Wisps helped Amy drag the wolf back to the Rescue Shuttle when she tried to run back in the village. In the shuttle, the Wisps tried to comfort Whisper as she cried into Cream's lap.
All or Nothing
Whisper's Wisps soon after came along with Whisper and Silver on a mission to get the Chaos Emerald held by Zor. Using Tails and Dr. Eggman's Multi-Portal Generator, they traveled from Angel Island to Orchardville where the Wisps and Whisper laid in wait while Silver faced Zor directly. When the time neared for Whisper to strike, her Wisps carried some prisms into position that allowed Whisper to shoot Zor's Chaos Emerald off him. The group then returned to Angel Island. There, Whisper's Wisps faced the fury of the Zombots that Giant Zavok threw up to the island, one of which included Zombot Tangle. Fortunately, Super Sonic and Super Silver managed soon after to remove and destroy the Metal Virus from around the globe, thereby curing all the Zombots, including Tangle, whom Whisper's Wisps embraced after she was cured.
Out of the Blue
Whisper's Wisps later took part in a party in Windmill Village until Dr. Eggman appeared in a large mech to destroy all the heroes present. While the Wisps helped Whisper fight back, Sonic arrived and ensured Eggman's defeat.
While Whisper's Wisps accompanied Whisper to Restoration HQ, some of them would assist Whisper when she fought the intruding Deadly Six, namely by powering Whisper's Variable Wispon so she could fire at the Deadly Six's members. After the fight however, the Wisps found out that Belle had been kidnapped by Dr. Starline.
Trial by Fire
It was later with some reluctance that Whisper's Wisps joined Whisper when she departed from Restoration HQ in order to keep her friends out of harms way after learning that Mimic was free. Although Tangle caught them departing, she was unable to convince the Wisps and their friend to stay.
Some time afterwards, at the Forest Ridge Zone Campground, a Red Wisp named Red Hot and their friend, Ashe, would play a prank on Ashe's father. Red Hot later got trapped inside a forest fire with Ashe. Fortunately, they were found by Tangle the Lemur and Belle the Tinkerer. Red Hot and Ashe would afterward follow Tangle and Belle in an attempt to escape the fires, only to be forced to the edge of a ravine by a falling tree. Red Hot attempted to grab Ashe, but he, Belle, Tangle and Ashe soon fell careening towards the river below. Landing in the river, the group found a log to hang onto. Once secure, the group would make it to the campgrounds via the river, where Red Hot joined Ashe as he was reunited with his father.
A Green Wisp would later power Gala's Hover Wispon while they found themselves in the middle of a swarm of Badniks. Before Gala could launch an attack however, Sonic swooped in and brought both Gala and her Wisp away to safety, whom he instructed to wait out the Badniks in a nearby house.
List of Wisps
- Blue Wisp
- Cyan Wisp
- Green Wisp
- Indigo Wisp
- Ivory Wisp
- Orange Wisp
- Pink Wisp
- Red Wisp
- Violet Wisp
- White Wisp
- Yellow Wisp
- The Wisps are based on the species of the same name that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Bonds of Friendship"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Showdown"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #32, "Recovery, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #43, "Zeti Hunt, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #45, "Trial by Fire, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #46, "Trial by Fire, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #47, "Trial by Fire, Part 3"