We serve no one-- as slaves or partners!
— Zavok, Sonic Universe #76
Zavok is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a Zeti and the leader of the villainous Deadly Six, a group who were forced to align themselves with Dr. Eggman after he discovered the Lost Hex.
Zavok is a red Zeti with a very stocky build. The majority of his upper body is pure red, as is his serpentine tail. He has five-fingered hands that end with sharp cyan-colored nails. Zavok's body from the waist down is black in coloration, ending in two-clawed feet with cyan toes. His head is relatively small compared to the rest of his body and his lower jaw sticks out, showing a row of spiked fangs. The upper half of his head is black save for red markings around his eyes, which are purple with yellow sclera. Zavok has what appears to be a relatively thick cyan-colored unibrow that forms a vaguely V-shaped crest. Sticking out from the sides of his head, Zavok has two vicious curved horns that are striped in varying shades of dark grey. Zavok appears to be bald, sans for a cyan ponytail sticking out from the back of his head. Zavok has two rows of sharp black spikes sticking out of his shoulders. His only attire is a pair of black bracelets with grey spikes jutting out.
While aiding Sigma, Zavok began wearing black chest and shoulder armor with the "Σ" symbol on front.
Zavok and his teammates were enslaved by Dr. Eggman using the Cacophonic Conch after he discovered the Lost Hex. However, Zavok soon found an unlikely benefactor in the form of Sigma, a computer virus from another world who had possessed Orbot. Sigma destroyed the Cacophonic Conch and freed the Deadly Six from Eggman's control, and in gratitude Zavok forced Eggman to assist Sigma by constructing a new body for him. He also joined his teammates in bullying Eggman and Dr. Wily at Sigma's behest, up until they were fitted with power-enhancing armor created by the doctors on Sigma's orders. While Zavok approved of Sigma's plans to rule multiple worlds, he intended for the Deadly Six to rule with no one as their superior or equal. Unfortunately for Zavok, Sigma had foreseen such betrayal, and despite the Deadly Six's commanding his body, he remained in control of his will and activated a trap implanted in the armor, which rendered the Deadly Six completely subservient to him. Zavok was subsequently deployed along with Zeena and Zor to Sonic's World to capture Sonic the Hedgehog while their teammates went to Mega Man's World to capture Mega Man. Despite Sonic's speed, he proved to be no match for Zavok's raw power and that of his teammates.
Zavok later reported to Sigma regarding the approach of the various heroes who had aligned under the cured Sonic and Mega Man. He and his teammates would then be called upon to lead an army of Mechaniloids against the restored Sonic and Mega Man and their growing force of heroes, who arrived aboard the Sky Patrol. Despite their superior numbers, the Zeti and their robotic minions were hard-pressed to defeat the heroes. As such, Zavok and his fellow Deadly Six members employed their robot-controlling abilities to turn the Robot Masters, Maverick Hunters, and Gemerl against their teammates. Zavok vetoed the suggestion of Zazz to crash the Sky Patrol into the planet's surface, as it would cause their deaths, and instructed his teammates to continue pressing their attack. However, they were defeated when Eggman and Wily employed their Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, which freed their victims and destroyed their armor. Freed from Sigma's control, Zavok still refused to surrender, but he and his teammates were captured and thrown in the Sky Patrol's brig. Time was later reversed to a point prior to Eggman's invasion of the Lost Hex, presumably returning Zavok and his cohorts to their home with no memory of the conflict.
Sonic Lost World
At some point in the not-so-distant future, Zavok encountered Dr. Eggman, Orbot, and Cubot when they came to the Lost Hex. Hearing Eggman planned to take control of him, Zavok found it laughable. In response, Eggman ordered his Buzzbombers to attack, but Zavok easily took control of them. No sooner though, he was brought under Eggman's thumb with the Cacophonic Conch. Zavok was then ordered by Eggman to round up the Deadly Six and capture Mobini, much to Zavok's bemusement.
Zavok is a brutal, villainous individual who disdains the idea of being in servitude or even partnership with another being unless he is forced to.
Powers and abilities
Zavok has strength exceeding that of a typical mobian or human, making him a formidable opponent even for a robot. As a Zeti, Zavok has the natural ability to manipulate magnetic fields which he can use to control machines and manipulate metals, though the latter application is limited by how advanced the machine he is trying to control is. Unique from the other Zeti, Zavok commands some power of pyrokinesis, allowing him to generate fire attacks for use against his enemies.
While in Sigma's service, Zavok wore armor constructed by Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily. This armor enhanced all his abilities to such levels that he could control even technology from the year 21XX, but it was also equipped with a device that let Sigma control his mind. This armor was later destroyed by the Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon.
- Sonic Universe #75, "Fury"
- Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Sonic the Hedgehog vs. Three of the Armored Deadly Six!"
- Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #274, "Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills"
- Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"
- Sonic the Hedgehog Halloween ComicFest 2013, "Lost World"