Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow the Hedgehog (シャドウ・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Shadō za Hejjihoggu) is an anthropomorphic black hedgehog, dark doppelgänger, and arch-rival of Sonic the Hedgehog. He was created as the "Ultimate Lifeform" (究極生命体, Kyūkyoku Seimeitai) by Professor Gerald Robotnik using the DNA of Black Doom from a government research project known as Project Shadow. He is also known as the Black Hedgehog, Black Blur, and the second World's Fastest Hedgehog. Shadow is immortal, and does not nor ever age. His past was almost a complete mystery until the Black Arms attack revealed the events surrounding his creation. Since then he became a member of G.U.N., teamed with Rouge the Bat, E-123 Omega, and Topaz. His Camelot counterpart is Sir Lancelot.


Voice actor: Jason Griffith (English), Kouji Yusa (Japanese)

Shadow is a tan skinned hedgehog with black hair with crimson red streaks on it and white fur on his chest. he usually wears lightweight, hyper friction resistant white, black, red and yellow jet hover shoes with black cuffs, white gloves with black cuffs and both his gloves and shoes wears Inhibitor Rings on them.

In most cases of his appearance as a hedgehog, he even looks like Sonic. His height is 100cm. (3ft 3in), weight is 35 kg (77lb.) and was created abord Space Colony ARK.



Shadow is dark, brooding and completely loyal and determined to whatever cause he has. He is anti-social and does not speak or smile much. He prefers to work alone and distances himself from essentially everyone, with few exceptions. Though soft-spoken and reserved, he never bluffs; if he makes a threat, he has every intention of carrying it out. Shadow views Sonic as his rival and equal in all aspects of his life, but still sees him as annoying and foolish as he can be. Shadow has a rivalry with Sonic due to their animosity with each other in terms of how they view their own methods of justice and morality, but will (later willingly) work together despite certain problems they have with one another. Shadow is known to treat others in a very callous manner, and in combat he displays a natural "hunter's instinct" that Sonic lacks.

Alongside Shadow's dark demeanor, he can be smug, stubborn, and somewhat sarcastic. Based on this, he shares a competitive ego that is close to Sonic's. He is also constantly serious, even when not on a mission, and he has little to no regard for silliness. But deep down, he does have a heart. He cares for those who cared for him such as Maria, Molly, and Ash Ketchum and often follows in their goals in his own fashion no matter what the effort. He can show caring to Sonic by showing up and saving Sonic when he needs it most.

Shadow only talks when it's absolutely necessary and dislikes being in groups, much preferring solitude. Shadow often thinks teamwork is unnecessary because he can handle everything on his own. On occasion, Shadow appears to have some degree of mental instability. This can be seen when he would often hallucinate Maria's face or through his numerous threatening speeches.

Shadow also has a strong sense of identity, as evidenced when he states to Rouge after being told that he isn't the Ultimate Lifeform due to a lab report that even if his memories were fake, he is still Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow firmly believes that he is the "Ultimate Life Form" and almost all other life forms are lesser beings (except Mewtwo and any other artificial being; to a degree though). Similarly even without his memories and suffering amnesia, he is still the Ultimate Lifeform, Shadow the Hedgehog. Because of this strong sense of identity, he is possesses a strong will, making him very rarely susceptible to being manipulated by other forces. This is especially evident with his encounters with Mephiles the Dark, where, even after learning of the possibility that he was sealed away for all of eternity due to humanity fearing his potential and feeling he was responsible for Iblis's ruin of the world, Shadow still refuses to aid Mephiles in his plans, and states that "he determines his own destiny."

Shadow also has a sense of justice, as he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring justice to any kind of threat. But unlike Sonic and Ash, Shadow's approach towards bringing justice is more merciless, egotistical, aggressive, intimidating, and violent, as shown when he is willing to "end" the Team Rocket trio (JessieJames and Mewoth) permanently for their constant interference with Sonic, Ash and their friends, and everybody else, as well as their criminal activities as spies and field agents of their organization, whereas Sonic and Ash just defeat the trio by sending them on a "blast off," even though he sees them as incompetent, annoying fools due to their immaturity in the field. 

However, Shadow isn't a madman. When Omega begins his attack, Shadow could have easily fled and left Rouge, but instead he defends her against Omega despite having absolutely no memory of her. Even with his lack of trust towards humans, Shadow would team up with them to fight for the greater good. He was also shown to be legitimately shocked and horrified when he learned that his gaining the Chaos Emeralds to restore his memories were actually manipulated by Black Doom in order to wipe out humanity. Likewise, when the GUN Commander finally confronts him, Shadow agrees to face judgement if he was indeed responsible for the Raid of the ARK 50 years ago.

Shadow is highly intelligent when it comes to technology. He was able to read the computer (as did Rouge) and identify that Omega was in standby mode. He seems to progress through Digital Circuit and Mad Matrix using his computer intellect. He is able to tell Egg Albatross, Egg Emperor and Metal Madness inside and out. He also shows over-average intelligence, as when fighting Black Arm ship when he realized a head-on attack wouldn't work, he switched for some advanced tactics and instead decided to shake the ship apart from the inside by striking its body at incredible speed.

It is possible that Shadow does not have much of a sense of humor or happiness, or he doesn't like others to see him acting in such a manner. Shadow brushes off any kindness or sympathy that is sent his way. This is shown when Rouge showed concern for Shadow when he saw a broken android. Shadow curtly brushed her concern away. Also after Sonic suggested some, "friendly competition" Shadow turned his back to Sonic and said, "Don't waste my time." One might assume that Shadow prefers not to let others see his emotions, and likes to be alone.

Despite Shadow being considered neutral in the beginning, he is considered a hero by the most part with his overall motivation which is dedicating his life to protecting mankind and joining GUN and the side of good. He has also been selfless, such as nearly giving his life to save Earth (if not for his immortality that saved and protected his life). He seems to despise evil above everything else, especially the Black Arms and Team Rocket.

Shadow is often depressed about the loss of Maria, and this is why he keeps to himself, but his love for Maria is obvious as he goes to great lengths to protect the planet and keep her dream of peace and prosperity alive. He has also been seen protecting other characters such as Ash, Molly, and Rouge, proving that while his attitude may be like a cold-blooded mercenary, he does have some compassion.

Shadow's characteristics and background are similar to that of Mewtwo. Both Shadow and Mewtwo were created artificially to be the the strongest and most powerful being in the world and for the purpose of discovering immortality and invincibility and their creators received help in creating them from their respective archenemy (Shadow was created by Professor Gerald Robotnik with the help of Black Doom, who gave Gerald a sample of his DNA in order for Gerald to create Shadow, while Mewtwo was created by Dr. Fuji through funds granted to him by Giovanni of Team Rocket and through a fossil, discovered by Team Rocket, containing the legendary Mew's DNA). Also, the traumatizing events they both experienced surrounding their creation (Shadow losing Maria when she was killed ("taken away" in the English dub) by soldiers sent to shut down Project Shadow and Mewtwo losing its first friend Amber (Dr Fuji's daughter) when her body dispersed into nothingness due to having a weak life force (although Mewtwo had its memory of Amber erased by its creators, the trauma of the event undoubtedly altered its personality) and being used by humanity like a slave, viewing all humans as selfish and cruel beings (from its expereince with Giovanni and Team Rocket)) had them introduced in the series as an initial antagonist, seeking revenge on the world. But after confronting Sonic the Hedgehog, Ash Ketchum, and their friends, Shadow and Mewtwo had a change of heart and later became more heroic in the series. Shadow and Mewtwo would eventually meet each other in the television special Mewtwo Returns, where Shadow saved the group and Mewtwo from an ambush by Giovanni after freeing Mewtwo from its imprisonment & helped Mewtwo defeat Giovanni and Team Rocket, thereby showing Shadow's compassion and sympathy for other beings that are similar to him. 







Abilities & Powers Edit

Physical Abilities Edit

Physically, Shadow's skills and traits are virtually identical to Sonic's, meaning he possesses many of the same abilities Sonic has, except that he has more raw power than Sonic, making Shadow one of the most powerful characters in the series. Although he cannot comparable to people like Knuckles the Echidna, Shadow has enormous physical strength. With effort, he is capable of overturning large objects many times his weight and size such as trucks, buses and large slabs of concrete that are too large to lift.

Like Sonic, Shadow is able to run at super speeds, and can even equally match Sonic's speed,[9][10] who can move at hypersonic speeds at least. With his Air Shoes, Shadow can hover-skate at speeds rivaling and even surpassing the speeds that Sonic can run at, making him one of the fastest characters in the series. Additionally, even without his Air Shoes, Shadow's powerful body lets him easily rival Sonic's world class speed. While there is some inconsistency about how fast Shadow ultimately is compared to Sonic, Shadow has admitted that Sonic is the faster of the two of them.

Shadow is highly acrobatic, agile and an experienced athlete, capable of gracefully leaping over many obstacles that comes in his way and performing various forms of nimble movements. He has as well radical reaction time to match his movements, being able to react to danger within a split second.

Shadow possesses incredibly high physical durability and is capable of surviving things that would normally be fatal to others, even by the standards of other superhuman creatures, making him nearly indestructible. As seen in the Black Arms Saga, Shadow is completely bulletproof while becoming Dark Shadow, as he brushed off all the gun shots from G.U.N. Soldiers as if they were not even there. He can also take a lot of major punishment in battle before he starts to wear down. The most prominent testament to Shadow's durability was where Shadow, after defeating the FinalHazard and sending the ARK back into orbit, fell down to Earth and through re-entry in the atmosphere and still survived long enough for one of Dr. Eggman's robots to rescue him. However, he did still receive some injury, as evidenced by the amnesia he got from his fall towards the Earth. Even after receiving major damage, Shadow displays a remarkably fast recovery rate, allowing him to quickly re-enter a battle after just a few moments.

As shown in the series, Shadow is able to release tremendous amounts of energy if he takes off the rings on his wrists. This drastically increases Shadow's power to the point where he can overpower hundreds of perfect copies of Mephiles the Dark at once. However, Shadow's increase in power through this method comes at the expense of reducing his stamina, causing him to become exhausted after its use.

Being the end-product of Project Shadow, which was meant to create an immortal life-form, Shadow is immortal and does not physically age. Also, given that Project Shadow was partially to develop cures for various kinds of illnesses, Shadow may be completely immune to disease. Because he also possesses Black Doom's blood, Shadow is able to sense the presence of Black Arms and is immune to the paralysis nerve gas that was being leaked upon the Black Comet's descent onto Earth.

Chaos Powers Edit

Shadow is naturally able to tap into the arcane powers of any nearby Chaos Emeralds and utilize their chaos energy to empower himself and use a wide variety of Chaos Powers. Shadow can specifically harness both positive and negative chaos energy, depending on his state of mind.

Shadow's trademark move and most frequently used Chaos Power is Chaos Control: this technique can warp space and time around him to his will - such as slowing down time or teleporting various distances. Shadow is perhaps the most adept user of Chaos Control in the series, since he makes the most extensive use of it and can be considered a master of this technique; he can shape Chaos Control into a variety of offensive and defensive attacks, and can even use it delicately enough to distort space in small centralized areas, such as around his fists, or use it to heal himself. It is currently unknown as to what extent Shadow can specifically use Chaos Control, as he has never been seen using it on another object without warping himself along with it, but it has been shown that he can warp objects and people with him, such as transporting the Black Comet off of Earth. His second most used Chaos Power is his Chaos Spear technique, where he throws bolts of chaos energy at his opponent. His most powerful and potent technique, however, is the Chaos Blast, which is literally a shockwave of chaos energy that eliminates anything and everything in a circular radius range. Shadow can, however, only use this attack when he is immersed in chaos energy.

Another special Chaos Power Shadow uses is his Chaos Boost technique. When using the Chaos Boost, Shadow covers himself in chaos energy. While in his Chaos Boost form, Shadow gains more destructive power and is immune to some enemy attacks. It also enables Shadow to utilize more Chaos Powers, such as Chaos Blast, Chaos Snap, and Chaos Lance.

All of Shadow's Chaos powers increase in power with the number of Chaos Emeralds he possesses. Furthermore he does not need physical contact to use an Emerald's power, as he can draw power from any Emerald within an unknown proximity.

Combat Skills Edit

In combat, Shadow is a fierce, dangerous, and extremely powerful force that few can defeat directly. He also never holds back on his immense strength, making him a powerful, brutal and deadly fighter with a distinct killer instinct. Shadow's skills are more than a match for even the strongest characters in the series, and has been able to take down some of the most fearsome foes seen in the series on his own, such as Black Doom. To best put his skills in perspective, as seen in some of the scenarios, Shadow is the only person so far who has been able to utterly defeat Sonic in combat, even when Sonic had support from his friends.

Fighting Style Edit

Shadow's fighting style focuses on direct, brutal, unrestrained and powerful hand-to-hand combat. In line with his nature and potent abilities, Shadow has adopted a fighting style where he fights his opponents using powerful blows, such as karate chops, swift punches and roundhouse kicks, to which many of his attacks have a significant amount of force behind them. With the speeds Shadow can move at, he can disable the opponent through the force of his blows alone, while leaving them at the mercy at his incoming attacks.

Shadow's fighting style revolves around making heavy use of his Chaos Powers, especially Chaos Control and Chaos Spear. Using Chaos Control, Shadow can teleport up in front or behind his opponents in battle to launch surprise attacks. Also, Shadow can use Chaos Control to increase the damage he deals to his opponent when striking them, often resulting in significant forces being released and blowing the opponent a certain distance away. To give himself the advantage over his opponents, Shadow will use powerful Chaos attacks involving chaos energy, such as energy bolts or even intense explosions.

Techniques & Moves Edit

Like Sonic, Shadow's basic combat moves revolves around the various forms of the Spin Attack, which is a variation on the tendency for hedgehogs to roll into tight balls for protection, and he shares many of them with Sonic. The Homing Attack allows Shadow to jump and home in on an enemy to get over large gaps he cannot normally reach, the Spin Jump lets him curl into a ball and attack opponent by landing on them, and the Spin Dash lets him shoot himself forward as an acceleration roll at high speeds to break barriers or mow down enemies, the Light Speed Dash and Light Speed Attack allows Shadow to achieve light speed movements by dashing through Rings and/or enemies. He is also able perform Sonic's Sonic Boost, a move where he turn himself into a highly destructive projectile by moving at high speed, though unlike Sonic's version of the move, Shadow uses the fire from his Air Shoes to propel himself forward rather than skating like usual.

Another technique, Shadow has is the Black Tornado witch is exactly the same as Sonic's Blue Tornado in witch Shadow jumps into the air, and creates a black whirlwind by circling a particular spot at high speeds which can throw his opponents into the air or blow away armor and weapons. For more direct combat, Shadow can use his Chaos Attack to deal a barrage of chaos energy-fueled strikes to his opponents, and his Spin Kick lets him create a small tornado that can suck enemies in and damage them.

Super Transformation Edit

Main article: Super Shadow
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Shadow's super form: Super Shadow

Like Sonic and Silver, by harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Shadow is able to use super transformation to transform into Super Shadow. In this form, he is bestowed with the new abilities of flight and near invulnerability. Also, like other super transformations, his normal abilities regarding speed, strength and power are greatly enhanced as well, and his skills with Chaos Powers are increased to their full limit.



Fifty years before the start of the series, a top-secret project known as "Project Shadow" had begun on the Space Colony ARK. Led by Professor Gerald Robotnik, it was a government-sanctioned initiative to create "The Ultimate Lifeform," an immortal being that could be used for the benefit of the nation, likely in a militaristic fashion. While Gerald had initial misgivings to the purpose of the research he was assigned to, he realized that his results might be able to save his granddaughter, Maria. Suffering from an incurable disease, Maria only had a short time left to live, and Gerald was willing to do whatever it took to save her life. Going against his worries of stepping into territory man had no business playing with, the professor immediately began work, hoping that he could apply any newly-gained knowledge to find a cure.

Even with the resources at his disposal, Professor Gerald was unable to make significant progress. Without alerting anyone, Gerald decided to plea to the stars for help, contacting the Black Arms race. An alien civilization that lived upon the Black Comet, a celestial object that passed near the planet every fifty years, its leader Black Doom offered to assist Gerald in his quest. He offered Gerald his DNA - which ended up being the key to perfect the ultimate lifeform - in exchange for the seven Chaos Emeralds, which he would collect the next time he passed through. Knowing that the Black Arms' intentions were less than desirable, Gerald made the deal regardless, and was able to successfully create Shadow the Hedgehog, the final result of the project and the "Ultimate Lifeform."

Once brought to life, Shadow immediately befriended Maria, and they became close during their short time together. Gerald, meanwhile, made precautions for the return of the Black Arms, ensuring that the Eclipse Cannon - an extremely powerful laser built into the ARK - was compatible with the seven Chaos Emeralds, so that when they did return humanity would be able to defend itself instead of bowing to their whims.

However, Gerald's progress was ruined when it was leaked to G.U.N. how he was able to create the successful prototype. During the meeting between Gerald and the Black Arms, a young G.U.N. Commander among the children aboard the ARK had accidentally seen what transpired, and reported back to those in charge. As ties between the ARK and the United Federation had already been strained, hearing the news of the dealings with an alien race scared those in charge. Afraid of the implications and deeming Gerald's experiments as a threat to humanity, it was decided to launch an invasion and put a stop to the work being done there.

What happened next was nothing short of madness, as G.U.N. troops descended onto the ARK, causing chaos and confusion wherever they went. Immediately they went after the Biolizard, which they thought was the successful "Project Shadow" prototype, and in the process of putting the creature into stasis lost quite a few soldiers. From there they went about doing damage control, shutting down everything, getting everyone off the ARK, and killing those who resisted if need be. Knowing that the G.U.N. forces would be there at any moment, Maria convinced Shadow to enter an escape pod, her final wish to him that he give the people on the planet a chance to be happy. Wishing him goodbye, Shadow could do nothing as he watched the G.U.N. soldiers storm into the lab, firing a shot which forever changed the hedgehog's life.

Learning of his granddaughter's death, Professor Gerald soon went mad, swearing vengeance on humanity for taking away the only thing that ever meant anything to him. Though just what exactly transpired is cloudy, what is known is that both Gerald and the escape pod that held Shadow were gathered by G.U.N., Shadow being placed in cryogenic storage, and Gerald being incarcerated and charged with the crimes that happened aboard the ARK.

Present Edit

Sonic Pokemon Adventure 2: Project Shadow Arc Edit

Shadow debuted in the Sonic Pokémon Adventure 2: Project Shadow Arc as one of the main antagonists. Dr. Eggman, after stumbling upon his grandfather's diary with crucial information regarding Project Shadow, discovers and sets Shadow free from a G.U.N. base on Prison Island, where he spent approximately 50 years in suspended animation. In exchange, Shadow agreed to aid the doctor in his plans to take over the world; holding to himself his true intentions as wishing to get revenge for the death of his friend, Maria Robotnik, as he thought she wanted; it is strongly implied that his belief that Maria's final wish was revenge against humanity stemmed from Gerald Robotnik modifying Shadow's memories between Maria's death and Shadow's encapsulation. To achieve this, Shadow revealed the Eclipse Cannon to Eggman, who later destroyed half of the moon in a demonstration to the populace. Beforehand, he also stole the green Chaos Emeralds from a bank, unknowingly also framing Sonic the Hedgehog for the deed.

He later participated in the second heist alongside Dr. Eggman and Rouge the Bat against Prison Island, where he would plant explosives throughout the island as part of their getaway, although his resemblance to Sonic also resulted in Amy Rose mistaking him for the latter. However, because Tails came to Amy's rescue from Dr. Eggman, he was forced to act fast due to the unexpected delay. In addition, after Rouge ended up getting caught and stranded in the containment area with while recovering the four Chaos Emeralds, Shadow, largely because he realized that his plans of avenging Maria Robotnik would be for nothing if Rouge perished in the explosion, rushed to get to Rouge and by extension the Chaos Emeralds.

After meeting Sonic for a second time, Shadow also believed that Sonic was trying to copy him. They fought to a stalemate before Shadow was forced to leave to rescue Rouge (with Sonic also learning from Eggman via Shadow's radio that the island was about to blow up), and just barely arrived at Rouge's location and used Chaos Control to warp himself, Rouge, the four Chaos Emeralds, Ash Ketchum, Pikachu (who were there to keep the emeralds from falling into the wrong hands) and Team Rocket (who were following Ash and Pikachu as usual) out at the last possible second. After the demonstration, needing the final Chaos Emerald to fulfill their plans, Shadow pursued Tails' plane at a canyon. Although he was unable to stop them, he nonetheless reported to Eggman that they are headed his way. When Eggman discovered the presence of two apparent emerald readings, and thus deduced Tails' plan of placing a fake Chaos Emerald into the cannon, Shadow departed, apparently to confront Sonic and Tails to stop them for interfering, although Eggman stopped him, wanting to deal with them personally. After Sonic was seemingly killed by Dr. Eggman via a rigged escape capsule, Shadow, along with Ash, witnessing the explosion, stated that Sonic was just an ordinary and foolish hedgehog after all with Ash refusing to believe that Sonic is no more. Afterwards, Shadow stumbled upon Rouge's plan to steal the Chaos Emeralds, and deduced that she was in fact a spy for the President of the United Federations, although Rouge then unveiled a report from Gerald Robotnik regarding the Biolizard, claiming, it, not Shadow, was the actual Shadow. However, Shadow was forced to depart after Eggman mentioned an anonymous figure (Sonic) heading towards the Eclipse Cannon, although not before stating that he's still Shadow despite his memories possibly being fake, and that "the fake emerald is good enough for Rouge." He then discovers Sonic at the area. Shadow, impressed at Sonic's capability of using Chaos Control despite using a fake Chaos Emerald, nonetheless stated that he cannot allow him to live before fighting on a collapsing bridgeway. During Shadow and Sonic's fight aboard the ARK, Eggman inserted the final Chaos Emerald, only to initiate a destabilization program on the ARK. Professor Gerald Robotnik then revealed that he had made this function to have revenge for Maria, and that the ARK would destroy the Earth. Sonic defeated Shadow, but once the program activated, Shadow informed Sonic that it's all over for him and flees. Sonic, Eggman, Rouge, Tails and Knuckles banned together and took a shortcut to the cannon's core so they could stop the Professor's mad plan. 

Meanwhile, on their way to help Sonic and the gang, Ash, Misty, Brock and Amy Rose encountered Shadow. Ash, after getting brutally beaten by Shadow for attempting to pursuade him to help them, helped him realize Maria's true wish: to save and give hope to humanity. In a twist of fate, after shedding a tear for realizing his mistake, Shadow ultimately aided Sonic when realizing, with Ash's help, Maria's true wish. Meanwhile, Sonic, Knuckles, Decoe and Bocoe had reached the central core, where their presence inadvertently reactivate the Biolizard. Shadow showed up to the core immediately after the Biolizard's reawakening and fought it to allow them to reach the Chaos Emeralds. Shadow defeated the Biolizard and Knuckles used the Master Emerald to stop the Chaos Emeralds. But the Biolizard, being the prototype of Project Shadow, used Chaos Control to fuse with the ARK, continuing its fall. Then, Sonic and Shadow, using the Chaos Emeralds, transformed into their Super States, and teleported outside the ARK to fight the Biolizard, which became a monster, codenamed the Finalhazard. Using their powers, Shadow and Sonic defeated it and executed an enhanced Chaos Control which stopped the fall and warped the ARK back into orbit. Afterward, Shadow fell to the Earth and was presumed dead.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Shadow's background, abilities, characteristics, actions and motives, as well as his being an artificial lifeform created to be the strongest being alive, are similar to that of Mewtwo. Coincidentally, one of Shadow's archenemies, Mephiles the Dark, was voiced by Dan Green, who had previously done the voice of Mewtwo in Mewtwo Returns. Both Shadow and Mewtwo eventually meet each other and learn of each other's past in Mewtwo Returns.