Was I not to blow off a little steam?
— Zan, Sonic the Hedgehog #107
Zan is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He was a large Dragon native to Mobius and the former mate of the Knothole Freedom Fighters' ally Dulcy.
Zan's appearance is based off of Oriental depictions of a dragon: a long, serpentine body with four legs ending in four-toed feet with golden claws. His eyes were red to match most of his body, with the exception of a golden beard, horns, eyebrows, and a darker gold ridge of spines that ran along his back. Zan also possessed two long whiskers on his snout.
Zan was the abusive mate to Dulcy during her time spent near the United Federation territory. When Station Square sent military officials to scope out the island where he and Dulcy were living, Zan was infuriated, attacking Station Square in retaliation. Sonic the Hedgehog was then sent to help G.U.N. defeat Zan in order for Station Square to take in some Overlander refugees. Once the strike force landed Zan started to pick them off one at a time. Sonic, Tails, and Bunnie were soon reunited with Dulcy in Zan's cave. When Zan found the three "lesser beings" he was going to fry them, but was calmed down by his mate. Sonic and company soon fought against him for Dulcy's sake (due to the fact that they saw him abuse Dulcy). In the end it was not Sonic who slayed the dragon - the remaining G.U.N. troops blew the cave up ensuring Zan's death.
Zan was a cruel, violent, savage individual who literally hated all who were not Dragons. Zan was contemptuous of all other intelligent creatures on Mobius and viewed them as his enemies because he considered them inferior to dragons. Even those who are Dragons are not above his violence at times, as Dulcy obviously suffered both emotionally and physically while the pair were together.
Powers and abilities
Zan was quite strong, challenging the Freedom Fighters in battle and could put up a good fight against Sonic. Zan possessed a fire breath and flight abilities common to most Dragons, except he did not need wings to maintain flight. He also had a powerful tail which he could send Dulcy flying a considerable distance with through the air with a single swipe.
- Ian Flynn previously indicated that other Dragons similar to Zan might be explored, but Worlds Collide and the resulting reboot of the franchise-which saw the disappearance of many elements not created by SEGA, the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series staff, or the Archie staff under Ian Flynn from the comics-makes this unlikely.