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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]

Description

Anatomy

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

BraveWisps

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]

History

Past

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.[1]

Yacker and Sonic

Yacker and Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #3.

At some point in the past, a White Wisp named Yacker met befriended Sonic.[1]

During Sonic's adventure on the Lost Hex, the Wisps helped him out.[1]

Eventually, gadgets called Wispons, which were designed to clear out crowds of robots using the Wisps' power, were developed.[1][2][3][4]

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, Slinger 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.[2][5]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Fallout

After the Eggman War ended, the Wisps seemingly stuck around in the various town that still needed them to power their Wispons.[3][4]

Celebration

The Wisps and villagers celebrating their liberation, from Sonic the Hedgehog #3.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

Tangle & Whisper

TangleandtheWisps

The Wisps support Tangle in her quest for adventure, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1.

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.[10]

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.[5]

The Last Minute

As Whisper used her Variable Wispon to fend off against the Zombots in Central City, her Orange Wisp showed signs of fatigue.[11]

List of Wisps

Trivia

See also

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Bonds of Friendship"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"

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