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Quotation1 I know fighting isn't your thing. But you've proven you're all powerful and brave! Quotation2
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #3

The Wisps[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]



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


A group of Wisps standing ready to defend their friend from harm, from Sonic the Hedgehog #8.

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.[1][2]

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.[1]

The Wisps have their own unique verbal language, which comes off as an incomprehensible, gibberish sound to those on Sonic's world.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2]

List of Wisps


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"

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