I haven't played a Sonic game since 1995. What is Shadow's deal? I know he's the Ultimate Lifeform.

I haven't played a Sonic game since 1995. What is Shadow's deal? I know he's the Ultimate Lifeform. Is he a clone of Sonic?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's basically the good version of the ultimate lifeform created by Gerald Robotnik who is Eggmans father. The evil version is the final boss of Sonic Adventure 2.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Eggmans father
      Grandfather. Not his father.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That is the most confusing and moronic explanation I've ever seen of it, congratulations

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Grandfather

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thread didn't even hit 1 post before the moronic headcanons got posted

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        ???
        That's literally the plot of SA2 moron-kun.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He was created by Gerald robotnik 50 years before SA2 with some black arms alien DNA.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    To follow up on the other posts people have already made: no relation to Sonic has ever been expounded. It remains unclear why Gerald Robotnik's "ultimate lifeform" looks almost exactly like Sonic who did not exist yet. It's possible he was inspired by the same prophetic mural that we see in Sonic & Knuckles.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sonic time traveled and met Gerald that way. The end.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nah he made it based off the mural of super sonic vs chaos. He literally saw a god on a mural and made his own.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        There is no such mural.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It made a lot more sense in the prototype stage when he was based on being a tenrec

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, at best we have good reason to be believe he was modeled after a mural of Super Sonic (thus the quills) but nothing has been confirmed.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >HyperBitHero makes a video essay on Shadow
    >This thread pops up

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      To be fair, this board has a Shadow thread every day.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's part alien/ demon, part reptile, and for some reason is a hedgehog, and is born in space. His sister is a human and his brother is a lizard.
    Sonic Adventure 2 had a surprisingly ballsy story. They needed to make an edgy rival and ran with it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Sonic Adventure 2 had a surprisingly ballsy story. They needed to make an edgy rival and ran with it.
      Helps they were willing to depict one that is allowed to tie/beat Sonic unlike Metal.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They often depict "stronger" villains but the thing is those villains just don't do much in the story, like Infinite, who is for some reason Eggman's henchman (even though he can just take over the world at a point)
        Meanwhile Shadow actually had presence in the story, scene cut and he's posing menacingly at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge surrounded by cops, "I promise you... REVENGE!"

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I know he's the Ultimate Lifeform.
    t. Hasn't played SA2

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Autistic person confuses thematic metaphor with literal plot
      Many such cases

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shadow was made for two reasons:
    >his creator, Gerald, was doing immortality research in the hopes of saving his ill granddaughter (Maria)
    >the military that was funding Gerald, GUN, wanted living weapons

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sonic is the true ultimate lifeform, capable of chaos control even using an imitation chaos emerald.
    So it makes sense that shadow is similar to sonic and the failed prototype is a fricked up monstrosity.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He was a clone of sonic but he became twisted after robotic spilled cherry Coca-Cola in the cloning vat

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's hard to actually describe Shadow's personality because it changes drastically every game. Even moreso than the rest of the cast

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    After decades of research on how to create the ultimate life form the end result of Dr.Gerald Robotnik AKA Eggman's grandfather research was a really fasr hedgehog that can use the power of chaos control.
    Sonic is the true natural born ultimate lifeform.
    It's a like an equation with two entirely different people working on it completely seperately through entirely different methpds, but both end up getting the same answer.
    Though in this case these two people are Dr.Gerald and nature itself.
    How Gerald reached that conclusion is up for debate.
    Most people like to think that Gerald used the hedgehog and perfect chaos murals in the angel island ruins from Sonic 3 and adventure 1 respectively as basis for Shadow and biolizard.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SHADOW SEXO!!!

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    If you played the games all you have to do is pay attention, sorry your a smooth brain homosexual

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >please spoil the 2 best games in the Sonic franchise for me
    No I won't do that
    Play Adventure 1 and 2

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Child murder, mass murder, execution by firing squad. Government conspiracy. Am I missing anything? Oh yeah aliens

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You missed out Maria having NIDS, the Sonic universe equivalent of AIDS.

      Not even joking about that look it up.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've heard Koji Yusa in plenty of series before, but I've never heard his Shadow until now.

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's all just an excuse to have an edgy Sonic counterpart in a somewhat shitty game. I remember the good hedgehog/bad hedgehog commercial getting me hyped as a kid though.

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Someone post the webm of sonic shitting on amy

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    I didn't say it was canon though.
    I just said it was up for debate, but that most people like to think that.

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >Sonic is not the "true ultimate lifeform".

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      SA2 screenshots often don't convey who is talking.
      I can't tell if this is Sonic making a statement about Shadow or vice versa, or even if it's radio dialogue.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Perhaps try playing the game stoopid

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I got 120 emblems on the GameCube version over two decades ago

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

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    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Shadow is created as the ultimate lifeform, he is referred to as such objectively in SA2 and every game afterwards in-universe and irl. This is proof Shadow is the Ultimate Lifeform. Your proof it's Sonic instead comes from a dying delusional Shadow who survived anyway. Sod off headcanontard.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >character is stating out loud that sonic is the ultimate lifeform
        >NO IT DOESN'T COUNT

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BROS?

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    He's part alien/ demon, part reptile, and for some reason is a hedgehog, and is born in space. His sister is a human and his brother is a lizard.
    Sonic Adventure 2 had a surprisingly ballsy story. They needed to make an edgy rival and ran with it.

    isn't headcanon

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's just a real thug homie. A straight-up G, if you will.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Disgusting AIposter. Get out of my sight.

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Best character in the franchise

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Shadow gets way more shit than he deserves because of one bad game that misunderstood and mishandled the character. But he's popular for a reason, and his debut is one of, if not THE best Sonic game ever.

      I hope the movie does what it needs to to redeem a genuinely good character who caught a lot of bad flak.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        shadow should've been a one and done thing
        his arc is perfectly wrapped up in SA2 (as was the whole series really with eggman reflecting on things. If we had just jumped from SA2 to 06 to reboot shit (and 06 was good) that would've been for the best. Shadow was actually pretty good in 06

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Agreed. The issue was that the character was basically a foil to his own popularity.

          I remember in an interview, Maekawa the lead writer behind SA2 was very much against the idea of bringing Shadow back for Sonic Heroes, but upper management insisted and he had to concede. The character was just too popular. Which consequently also led to the development of Shadow the Hedgehog.

          It's interesting to think what Sonic Heroes would have been with the absence of Team Dark. Likewise if you delete Shadow the Hedgehog from existence, and Sonic and the Secret Rings, and pour all that development effort into Sonic 06, which would mark the return of Shadow.

  27. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's not a clone of Sonic, he's actually a lizard that just happens to look like Sonic.
    >inb4 he's not a lizard
    His prototype is a giant fricking lizard, you can't convince me he's not at least partially one himself.

  28. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >be Gerald
    >live on sterile space station with your granddaughter because she has space AIDS
    >glowies want you to create “the ultimate lifeform” as a weapon
    >agree to it because a perfect organism would also entail immunity to all diseases which you could use as a bases as a cure
    >first attempt is a giant lizard that requires life support
    >ayy with pussy face shows up
    >promises to give you some of his dna for you project in exchange for the chaos emeralds 50 years later
    >agree to it and secretly turn your station into a giant laser cause frick those black creatures
    >create shadow as ultimate life form (don’t ask how giant lizard dna mixed with flying starfish genes creates an emo hedgehog)
    >glowies discover your secret deal and arrest you and kill everyone aboard the ark
    >glowies still want you to work for them
    >discover your granddaughter was killed in the incident
    >go insane brainwash shadow to want to kill humanity and rig the ark to destroy the earth
    >get filmed being executed
    >50 years later grandson(eggman) releases shadow from glowie stasis
    >SA2 happens

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The story of SA2 was so fricking good. I always forget how intense it is.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I wonder if the Black Arms ever had contact with the Ancients? Would be kino

  29. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lazy new character for SA2. Trash downgrade from the first SA1 besides the Rail Grinding and Sonic levels. Also Shadow levels but really it was just Black person sonic levels.

  30. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It is just a joke about Eggman's grandfather predicting Sonic as the ultimate lifeform. Shadow's original story in adventure 2 is so popular because of his sacrifice, overcoming his creator's will. Everything else like aliens, emeralds and murals doesn't really add much of value.

  31. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's the coolest.

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