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Villain Overview
Maria... I still remember what I promised you: For the people of this planet... I promise you... REVENGE!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic Adventure 2.
If the world chooses to become my enemy... I will fight like I always have!
~ Shadow confronting Mephiles.

Shadow the Hedgehog is a major character in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series and other adaptations, first appearing as the main antagonist of Sonic Adventure 2. He also appears as the main protagonist of his own video game Shadow the Hedgehog, and as a minor antagonist in Sonic Generations. A fake Replica of him also serves as a secondary antagonist in Sonic Forces.

Although he is Sonic's arch-rival, Shadow is not truly villainous, as he is mostly considered an anti-hero, once that in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Shadow saved Sonic's life despite their rivalry, and has sacrificed himself to save others multiple times. However, at times, tragedies have occurred that have led him to commit villainous acts, either for revenge or to find his purpose.

Shadow was created as the "Ultimate Life Form" by the late Gerald Robotnik, using the DNA of Black Doom, and is the final result of Project Shadow. His purpose was to provide ways of developing cures for deadly illnesses that had no cures, namely for Gerald's granddaughter Maria Robotnik, whom Shadow was very close to, but he was captured and put into stasis by the military when he was deemed a threat to humanity. Shadow's last moments with Maria are of her saying "sayonara, Shadow the Hedgehog", and then being shot and killed immediately after.

50 years later, Shadow was released by Dr. Eggman to help him conquer the world. Initially, Shadow sought to destroy Earth to avenge his late cousin Maria, who had been killed by the military, but was persuaded to help save it from Gerald's doomsday plans. In the process, Shadow lost his memories and he sought to uncover his past, which brought him into contact with the Black Arms. Ultimately, Shadow thwarted Black Doom and saved the world. From there, Shadow continued his mission to protect humanity by becoming a special agent of G.U.N. (Guardian United Nations).

He was voiced by David Humphrey, Jason Griffith, and Kirk Thornton in the English version. While he was voiced by Kōji Yusa, originally in the Japanese version.

Powers and Abilities

Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow the Hedgehog

The basic physical traits and abilities between Shadow and Sonic are virtually identical. As such, Shadow possesses many of the same skills and abilities as Sonic does, along with greater raw power than Sonic, making Shadow one of the most powerful characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

  • Superhuman Strength: Although he is not nearly as strong as Power characters like Knuckles the Echidna, Shadow is quite physically strong. With effort, he is capable of overturning large objects, such as trucks, buses and large slabs of concrete.
  • Superhuman Speed: Like most other characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Shadow is able to run at super speeds. With his Hover Shoes, Shadow can hover-skate at supersonic speeds, even nearing that of hypersonic speeds, and is fast enough to nearly equal the speeds that Sonic can run at, making him one of the fastest characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. While most games place Sonic and Shadow as equals in speed, character profiles in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Rivals claim that Sonic is faster. Also, in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Shadow personally admitted that he was not faster than Sonic. While it is unknown how fast Shadow actually is without using his Hover Shoes, it has been hinted that Shadow can still move at speeds rivaling that of Sonic's, but he simply prefers not to.
  • Superhuman Agility: 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.
  • Superhuman Durability: 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 Shadow the Hedgehog, 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 during Sonic Adventure 2, where Shadow 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.
  • Inhibitor Rings: As shown in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Shadow is able to release tremendous amounts of energy if he takes off the rings that are on his wrists. This gives Shadow a drastic increase in overall power, reaching the point where he can plow through what appears to be hundreds of perfect copies of Mephiles the Dark, who can be regarded as one of the more powerful foes in the series. While most of the media state that Shadow's increase in power through this method comes at the expense of reducing his stamina, causing him to become exhausted after its use, Shadow has shown no sign of fatigue in the videogame series when restoring to this method.
  • Immortality: 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 diseases. Because he also possesses Black Doom's blood, Shadow is also immune to the paralysis nerve gas that was being leaked upon the Black Comet's descent onto Earth.

Chaos Powers

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, such as Chaos Control, Chaos Spear, and Chaos Blast. 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. Aside from its final usage in Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow has used Chaos Control with three Emeralds at most, using Chaos Control to save Rouge from Prison Island. As described in Shadow the Hedgehog, all of Shadow's Chaos powers increase in power with the number of Chaos Emeralds he possesses. 

Weaponry and Vehicle Skills

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow has shown that he can also skillfully use a wide range of firearms, semi-automatics, heavy assault, and close-combat weapons. He can also improvise with debris, and drive a wide range of vehicles, as shown in Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Riders and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Combat Skills

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 Sonic the Hedgehog series on his own, such as Black Doom. To best put his skills in perspective, as seen in some of the scenarios in Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow is the only person so far who has been able to utterly defeat Sonic in combat.

Fighting Style

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 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 of 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.

Transformation

Like Sonic and Silver, by harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Shadow is able to use super transformation to enter a Super State that transforms him into Super Shadow. In this form, he is bestowed with the new abilities of flight and near invulnerability. Additionally, his innate talents such as strength, and power are greatly enhanced as well and his skills with Chaos Powers are increased to their full limit. During his first use of this transformation, Shadow found it difficult to stay in this state due to his inexperience with it, but he has since mastered it in Shadow The Hedgehog.

Personality

Shadow is simply a reclusive and antisocial loner. He is rarely seen with others for an extended period of time, and distances himself from essentially everyone. He is usually persuasive and soft-spoken, as he only says what he needs to before a fight. If Shadow makes a threat, he has every intention of carrying it out. Shadow constantly refers to himself as the Ultimate Lifeform, and is extremely arrogant, egotistical, and self-absorbed, belittling his opponents and insulting their lack of strength. Shadow also has a ruthless and cruel edge in combat that all other characters in the series lack, and displays a natural "killer instinct". At times, Shadow is the most violent and merciless character in the series.

Shadow's infamous ruthlessness and aggression leads to fear and a nervousness that inhibits characters from his unshakable intent or sheer power in combat. Numerous characters from the Sonic series have shown absolute dread from encountering Shadow. Shadow's enemies never treat him lightly; he is one of the very few people Sonic takes seriously and acts hostile towards.

Alongside his dark and destructive demeanor, Shadow can be smug, stubborn, and complacent. He treats others in a very callous and insensitive manner, throwing in his opinion no matter how cold-hearted it is and not caring for whatever the response is. He is also consistently serious and thoughtful, even when not on a mission and he has no regard for silliness. On occasion, Shadow appears to have some degree of mental instability. This is proven by his frequent hallucinations about Maria's face and his numerous threatening speeches. In most games Shadow is featured in, he pursues his foes with disturbing determination. The canon ending of Shadow the Hedgehog showed Shadow willing to destroy anything in his way to get to Black Doom.

Despite Shadow being considered neutral in terms of alignment, he is considered an anti-hero by the most part with his overall motivation, which is dedicating his life to protecting mankind. He has also been selfless and altruistic, such as nearly giving his life at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 to save Earth. Regardless, Shadow is still neutral, because he does whatever is necessary to get what he wants.

Quotes

MARIA...!!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog, horrified by Maria Robotnik's death.
Hmph!
~ Shadow's catchphrase
Disappear!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog throwing Chaos Spears.
Chaos Control!
~ Shadow controlling time and space via the supernatural technique called "Chaos Control".
Chaos Blast!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog destroying everything in a large blast area via the destruction technique called, "Chaos Blast".
It all starts with this...
~ Shadow the Hedgehog's catchphrase
Outta my way!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog's catchphrase
Interesting...
~ Shadow about things he is mostly interested in.
This is the ultimate power!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog's catchphrase
Ultimate victory!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog catchphrase
Maria... I just don't know anything anymore. I often wonder why I was created; What my purpose is for being here. Maybe if I go down there, I will find the answers. Maybe...
~ Shadow while watching the Earth from above with Maria Robotnik 50 years ago.
My name is Shadow. Since you were so kind to release me, my master, I will grant you one wish. (...) Behold the true power I possess!
~ Shadow's first words in Sonic Adventure 2.
I'll be waiting for you... In the central control room... on the space colony ARK.
~ Shadow as Eggman warns him to wait.
Hmph, how pathetic!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog when surrounded by police forces.
It all starts with this... A jewel containing the ultimate power!
~ Shadow with the stolen Chaos Emerald from the Federal Reserve Bank.
My name's Shadow. I'm the world's ultimate life form. There's no time for games... FAREWELL!
~ Shadow introducing himself to Sonic before leaving.
I've been waiting for you, doctor. Now, I will show the glorious achievement of what the world's leading scientist, Professor Gerald has created. The ARK was the first space colony created by mankind. Not many people know that the ark contained a top secret research facility where weapons of mass destruction were being created. This is one of them. A weapon capable of destroying an entire planet... code named: The Eclipse Cannon. (Eggman: Destroying an entire planet, was this my grandfather's legacy?) But, it's been deactivated for sometime, now. To reactivate it, large amounts of energy are necessary. (Eggman: Oh... So THAT'S Why we needed the Chaos Emerald!) Exactly. To reactivate the machine, We need the seven chaos emeralds. Once you have that, then you'll have the ultimate power of destruction to use as you please. And then... The world could be yours!
~ Shadow to Eggman that the world will belong to Eggman.
What the-!?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog when being hugged by Sonic's girlfriend, Amy Rose.
Ahh... Shoot! Troublemaker!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog on his way to rescue Rouge after she's trapped inside a locked safe with a Chaos Emerald.
That blue hedgehog again of all places..!
~ Shadow stumbling upon Sonic again.
Faker!? I think you're the fake hedgehog around here! YOU'RE comparing yourself to me?! HA! You're not even good enough to be my fake!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog during his first clash with Sonic.
I guess he was just a regular hedgehog after all.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog witnessing the capsule Sonic's trapped inside explode.
So that was your plan from the very beginning, huh? Or was it a direct order from the president? NOW I know who you are! You're that government spy, Rouge the Bat, aren't you?!
~ Shadow meeting Rogue again in the Space Colony ARK's central control room.
You never cease to surprise me, blue hedgehog. I thought that capsule you were in exploded in space.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog meeting Sonic the Hedgehog again on the Space Colony ARK.
I see... But you know, I can't let you live. You're adventuring days are coming to an end!
~ Shadow, as he and Sonic begins their race for the Emerald
Before this is over... I'll show you the true power of CHAOS CONTROL!
~ Shadow, just before his second fight with Sonic.
Impossible...! I am the ultimate life...
~ Shadow the Hedgehog upon his defeat in the second clash.
It's all going according to plan. There's no reason for me to help them. Besides, there's no way to save anyone.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog trying and trying to ignore
That's what I've promised her. And I must keep that promise. That's what Maria wished for. I gotta go now! I have to keep my promise to Maria - And you.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog, after Amy Rose reminded Shadow of Maria Robotnik.
Get out you ugly prototype!
~ Shadow after defeating the Biolizard who is still alive
Sonic, leave it to me, I'll destroy him!
~ Super Shadow
Here I come, you creep!
~ Super Shadow the Hedgehog
(panting) Sonic... I think I've discovered who the ultimate lifeform is...it might be you.
~ Super Shadow the Hedgehog while fighting the Finalhazard at 3:50 as Sonic.
Maria... watch me. I will fulfill your wish!
~ Super Shadow the Hedgehog
I must destroy all the evil the professor has created.
~ Super Shadow the Hedgehog, after defeating the Finalhazard.
NOW, SONIC!
~ Super Shadow the Hedgehog to Sonic the Hedgehog before casting Chaos Control with him to intercept the ARK.
Maria, this is what you wanted, right? This is my promise I made to you...
~ Shadow the Hedgehog upon his death.
Stay here!
~ Shadow to Rouge, despite not remembering her, before he tries to battle E-123 Omega by a mistake, Sonic Heroes.
Is that so? Well then... It'll be a date to DIE for!
~ Shadow confronting Team Sonic.
What's wrong with me?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog getting an E-rank in Sonic Heroes.
You'll regret this, Doctor. Even if I'm not real, I'm still the ultimate lifeform, Shadow the Hedgehog!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog before attacking the Egg Fleet.
Useless heaps of metal!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog seeing Badniks.
So you're the one behind all of this, huh?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog's first encounter with Metal Sonic
Sonic, we're counting on you!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog to Sonic the Hedgehog and his team after the battle with Metal Madness.
You won't be able to move when he casts Chaos Control. Turn the Control/Left Analog/Left Thumb stick quickly to minimize the stop time.
~ Shadow's hint about when Metal Sonic uses Chaos Control.
You best try your hardest, or else you'll get hurt.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog, before fighting Emerl in Sonic Battle.
Shadow the Hedgehog... Why does that name haunt me...? It's the only thing I can remember... And... that gruesome image...
~ Shadow the Hedgehog suffering from amnesia.
Hmm. Look how pathetic they are! I don't have time for these humans.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog upon witnessing the arrival of the Black Arms.
Just what was that all about? If he says he knows the truth about who I am... Then like it or not, I have to believe him. The only way I'm going to get the secrets to my past is to get those Chaos Emeralds!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
You might look like me, but I know you're just a fake.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog in the multiplayer battle mode.
Where's that damn FOURTH Chaos Emerald!?
~ Shadow's most famous catchphrase
(cackling) The pieces are coming together. This ultimate life form they keep referring to is the black hedgehog, and he... Died! And I'm it's copy. I must be the android Dr. Eggman created. And it's clear what needs to be done! Doctor... You're going straight to the place you've created me from.
~ Learning that he is actually a Shadow Android and ready to drive Eggman out for creating him.
A Chaos Emerald? You've gotta be kidding me, guys! This is like taking candy from a baby, which is fine by me!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog before taking a hidden Chaos Emerald on aboard Tails' spaceship.
I'll be there Maria! I swear! Whatever it takes, I'll take care of the ARK and the professor!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog promising Maria Robotnik to save the ARK from the Artificial Chaos.
If what you say is true, then I will respectfully accept my fate. (...) But I just need some time... to uncover the real truth.
~ To Abraham Tower before leaving him to buy himself some time.
Yes Doctor, you will regret ever having created me...you're going straight to hell!
~ Shadow vs Egg Dealer.
Goodbye, Doctor!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog putting an end to Doctor Eggman.
I'm Shadow the Hedgehog, and I made a promise that I intend to keep. With the power of these emeralds, Black Doom and his army are finished! This is WHO I AM!!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog in his Pure Hero ending.
It's do or die, Sonic the Hedgehog.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog after defeating Sonic the Hedgehog and Diablon in the Final Haunt.
I've heard enough. You're boring me to death, Black Doom! You're going DOWN!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog confronting Black Doom.
You have no control over me. I know the reason why I'm here. I've made a promise, and I'm here to keep it! Today... I put my past behind me!
~ Shadow to Black Doom before he puts an end to him.
This is the end of you, and the end to my cursed past!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog after finally killing Black Doom.
Only one thing left to do... to put the past behind me!! CHAOS CONTROL!!!
~ Shadow putting an end to the Black Arms.
Goodbye forever, Shadow the Hedgehog.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog abandoning his past.
My assignment was to rescue you, nothing more.
~ Shadow to Rouge about what he needed to do in Sonic (2006).
Let's get this over with.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog facing Egg Cerberus.
Ha! There's no strength in numbers!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog destroying enemies.
Who are you? And how do you know my name?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog meeting strangers who know him.
Same to you.
~ When Sonic tells Shadow to not be late.
DON'T TOUCH IT!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog shouting at Rouge to stay away from the Chaos Emerald because Iblis is emerging.
That's absurd. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it alone. (Mephiles: You forgive humanity the folly, then?) I determine my own destiny.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog refusing to join Mephiles' side.
Don't bother to try and deceive me. I know who I am!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog as his first fight with Mephiles begins.
I'm Shadow. Shadow the Hedgehog.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog introducing himself in Sonic's way.
Don't bother. With a Chaos Emerald's power, I control time and space. You can't break free.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog to Silver about Chaos Control.
Mephiles isn't trying to help you create a better future, he's trying to eliminate the past. (Silver: What? What're you talking about?) To discover what happened, it seems we must see what took place 10 years ago. Follow me if you want the truth.
~ Shadow telling Silver that Mephiles is lying to Silver.
We'll have to split up. I'll pursue Mephiles.
~ Shadow demanding Silver to find their own target from the accident.
You have no desire for revenge. You only crave destruction. Your only lust is to fuel Iblis until there is nothing left of time itself.
~ Shadow to Mephiles.
Certainly, It might have been possible, if he was still alive.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog mourning Sonic the Hedgehog.
The time space rift is expanding. There's no more time, I need to hurry.
~ Shadow
A Super-Dimensional being… Heh. This might even be a fair fight!
~ Super Shadow When first facing Solaris.
I will release you from the chains of your past.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog As Super Shadow to Solaris.
Time to unleash the ultimate power!
~ Super Shadow
They have no idea how unfortunate they are!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog taunting the Babylon Rogues in Sonic Free Riders.
Three person team? I could've won that by myself.
~ Shadow thinking about having three people in a team after winning a race.
This had to be a mistake! How could I lose!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog after being beaten by the Babylon Rogues the third time.
Well, for a random robot we picked up off the street, I'd say he's doing pretty well.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog thiking that E-10000B is doing good.
If you don't believe me, let's go again.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog, after winning a race.
This victory will be an honor of our fallen comrade.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog claiming that defeating Team Rose will honor the broken E-10000B in Team Dark's story.
They'll witness the true speed!
~ At the start of a race.
Hmph, finally. (Sonic: Shadow!) Didn't think I'd find you still hanging around here.
~ Shadow meeting Sonic and Tails at Eggman's incredible interstellar amusement park in Sonic Colors.
You're finally here, Sonic. I don't know where we are, nor do I care. This is where I finish you, Sonic.
~ Shadow, after being approached by Sonic for the first time, Sonic Generations.
Hah, back for more, Sonic? Guess you never learn your lesson.
~ Shadow upon approached by Sonic again.
Why you...!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog, after losing rings when hit by Sonic the Hedgehog.
Eat THIS!!
~ Throwing Chaos Spears after getting two to three energy cores.
Get lost.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog taunting Sonic the Hedgehog.
You've got this, Sonic!
~ Shadow heering the two Sonics up.
This one looks like fun.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog demanding that Sonic's friends will help the two Sonics.
Let's finish this one off quick!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog ready to fight the Time Eater.
Sonic, you can switch with the Y/Triangle Button.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Sonic, attack with the A/Cross Button.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Sonic, press LB and RB/L1 and R1 Buttons at the same time to combine your powers.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Quickly rotate the left stick to escape.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Switch and go after it!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog when the Time Eater changes areas.
It's attacking!/Look out!/It's a warping arm attack!
~ Watching an arm warp out and in.
That's a homing shot!/Be careful, Sonic!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog about a shot that tracks Super Sonic.
You won't be able to move if that gets you!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog about the restraint trap.
Keep dodging or you'll be crushed!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Charge into the core!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Hey, don't let your guard down, now.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog after the first and third hits.
Time energy is building up!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Time's going to slow down!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
The time flow will be restored!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Incoming laser!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
What's wrong? Tired of being so weak?
~ Shadow's all-star move, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Someone needs to be taught his place.
~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Hmph. Is that all you've got?
~ Shadow, losing to Sonic in Sonic Generations, OR winning a race in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
It was one month before the doctor took over the world. The first time I encountered... him.
~ Shadow telling his story.
Hmph, should've hired some defense squads for the defense squad, eh, doctor?
~ Teasing Eggman for hiring the Jackal Squad.
Worthless. Don't show your pathetic face around me ever again.
~ Shadow after defeating Infinite since a couple of months ago.
I can't imagine the doctor would do something like that without reason. (Rouge: No kidding. And there's a rumor going around that 'ol rotten Eggman has been developing some kind of new weapon, so...) Yeah... looks like this won't be your garden variety recon mission. (Do it to it, Shadow. Omega went on ahead of you, so you can link up with him on sight.) I'm more than enough on my own. I'll handle things my way. (Heh, Omega said the same thing. You two go together like chili and hot dogs.) Cut the chatter, I'm on my way.
~ Shadow in the intro of Episode Shadow.
Got it!
~ Shadow following orders in his own game and Sonic Forces
You should've known better than to send Omega an op like this.
~ Shadow disappointed to Rouge about Omega going on ahead of him.
Already on it! Heh, I knew it. So much for recon!
~ Shadow following Rouge's orders as Rouge lost Omega's signal.
Omega, what happened? What's going on over there?!
~ Shadow trying to provide support to Omega.
I don't know you. And the only thing of no consequence around here is that big mouth of yours.
~ Shadow having forgotten the first time he met Infinite.
What the-! Where am I? That guy... What happened to Infinite?
~ Shadow confused about who is Infinite.
This is where Omega was destroyed... but there's no sign of him here.
~ Finding where Omega disappeared.
Ugh... What is this? My head...!
~ Shadow the Hedgehog hearing the words "I am not weak" echo through his mind.
Ngh... What...? Where? I'm back here? No, is this an illusion?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog after escaping virtual reality.
Sonic? What are you plotting? (hears an explosion) What--IS this...?! STOP!! WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING, INFINITE!?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog realizing Infinite's going up against Sonic the Hedgehog and chases after him.
Rgh! Withdrawing now! What's the meaning of all this?
~ Shadow before escaping the collapsing facility.
Rouge, are you telling me the truth?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog while Rouge is explaining what happened.
What is it, Rouge? What happened?
~ Shadow the Hedgehog when Rouge shouts his name to get over here.
That was a fake.
~ Shadow after saving Sonic's life from his duplicate.
Infinite can create virtual reality projections. They have mass and form, but no heart and soul. (Sonic: Virtual Reality? So all those familiar faces who were a part of Eggman's army...) Replicas. The problem is, they may not be real, but their powers are as formidable as the originals. According to Rouge, Infinite can create unlimited numbers of them. (Sonic: So fight after fight, he can just keep cranking up counterfeits?) Exactly. As it stands, there's no way we can win this. (Sonic: Of course we can win this! We always do! We just haven't figured that part out, yet.)
~ Shadow to Sonic.
This should effectively put a stop to the doctor's greatest weapon.
~ After the Death Egg blows up.
There's no more time. We have to break into the fortress now.
~ Before the final battle begins.
The Doctor hasn't given up. Don't let your guard down yet.
~ At the beginning of the Imperial Tower.
You deserve that!
~ attacking someone in Team Sonic Racing.

Themes

  • Throw it All away (Sonic Adventure 2)
    Throw it All Away
  • All Hail Shadow (Sonic the Hedgehog (2006))
    AHS C40

Trivia

  • Shadow claims that Sonic was a faker since they both look alike (despite Sonic's quills being blue and Shadow's black quills with crimson markings), even for speed types since Sonic Adventure 2 and other games.
  • The look and feel of Shadow's character was based on movie franchises such as Underworld, Constantine, and The Terminator.
  • In the Sonic Boom cartoon, Eggman breaks the 4th wall stating that Shadow is "the second most popular character in the whole canon".
  • In ScrewAttack's DEATH BATTLE, Shadow fought against Vegeta but he lost when the emeralds chaos stopped holding him in Super Shadow, allowing Vegeta to vaporize him.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the game incorrectly states Shadow's first appearance was in Sonic Heroes when he first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2. This was corrected in Super Smash Bros. 4.

See Also

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Eggman Empire
Dr. Eggman | Orbot | Cubot | Metal Sonic | Mecha Sonic | Silver Sonic | Mecha Knuckles | Badniks | Tails Doll | E-100 Alpha | E-101 Beta | EggRobo | Eggman Enterprises | MeteorTech | SCR-HD | Master Core: ABIS | Time Eater | Jackal Squad | Infinite | Replicas

Team Dark
Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega

Team Hooligan
Fang the Sniper | Bark the Polarbear | Bean the Dynamite

Babylon Rogues
Jet the Hawk | Wave the Swallow | Storm the Albatross

Eggman Nega's Forces
'''Eggman Nega''' | Metal Sonic 3.0

Deadly Six
Zavok | Zazz | Zeena | Master Zik | Zomom | Zor

Black Arms
Black Doom | Devil Doom | Eclipse the Darkling

Nocturnus Clan
Imperator Ix

Classic
Dr. Eggman | Hard-Boiled Heavies (Heavy King) | Metal Sonic

Sonic Boom
Charlie | D-Fekt | Dave the Intern | Dr. Eggman | Hypnobot | Lyric the Last Ancient | Metal Sonic | Morpho | Shadow the Hedgehog | Swifty the Shrew

Other
Babylon Guardian | Bearenger the Bear | Biolizard | Black Knight | Captain Whisker | Carrotia the Rabbit | Chaos | Dark Gaia | Dark Gaia's Minions | Dr. Fukurokov | Erazor Djinn | Fockewulf the Wolf | King Boom Boo | Iblis | Ifrit | Super Sonic | Mephiles the Dark | Merlina | Scorpius | Solaris | Wendy Witchcart

            Bro Villains

Subspace Army
Ancient Minister | Bowser | Duon | False Peach | False Zelda | Galleom | Ganondorf | Goombas | King Statue | Master Hand | Petey Piranha | Primids | Rayquaza | Ridley | Porky Minch | Shadow Clones | Tabuu | Wario

World of Light
Crazy Hand | Dharkon | Dracula | Galeem | Galleom | Ganon | Giga Bowser | Master Hand | Marx | Rathalos

Playable Characters
Bowser | Bowser Jr. | Dark Pit | Dark Samus | Donkey Kong | Ganondorf | Incineroar | King Dedede | King K. Rool | Koopalings (Larry, Roy, Wendy, Iggy, Morton, Lemmy, Ludwig) | Meta Knight | Mewtwo | Piranha Plant | Ridley | Wario | Wolf O'Donnell

Bosses
Crazy Hand | Dark Emperor | Dharkon | Dracula | Duon | Galeem | Galleom | Ganon | Giga Bowser | Marx | Master Hand | Master Core | Metal Face | Petey Piranha | Porky Minch | Rathalos | Rayquaza | Ridley | Tabuu | Yellow Devil

Assists Trophies and Poké Ball Pokémon
Andross | Arceus | Black Knight | Burrowing Snagret | Chain Chomp | Darkrai | Dark Samus | Devil | Deoxys | Entei | Elec Man | Ghirahim | Giratina | Ghosts | Gray Fox | Klaptrap | Kyurem | Metroid | Meowth | Mimikyu | Mother Brain | Lord Nightmare | Phosphora | Shadow the Hedgehog | Skull Kid | Starman | Waluigi | Wily Capsule

Others
Carmilla | Death | Kamek | Kritters | Nabbit | Shy Guys | Waddle Dees

           Deathbattlelogo Villains

DEATH BATTLE Combatants
Boba Fett | Shang Tsung | Akuma | Zangief | Goomba | Koopa | Riptor | Kratos | Shadow the Hedgehog | Vegeta | Starscream | Dr. Eggman | Eggman Empire | Badniks | Silver Sonic | Mecha Sonic | Mecha Knuckles | E-101 Beta | Shadow Androids | Scratch | Grounder | Metal Sonic | Dr. Wily | Yellow Devil | Guts Man | Metal Man | Slash Man | Magnet Man | Sheep Man | Napalm Man | Pharaoh Man | Bass | Treble | M. Bison | Shao Kahn | Ivy Valentine | The Terminator | Sektor | Fulgore | Gamera | Godzilla | Ryu | Scorpion | Deathstroke | Deadpool | Majin Buu/Kid Buu | Gaara | Segata Sanshiro | Nightmare/Inferno | Lex Luthor | Black Beast | Darth Vader | Doctor Doom | Donkey Kong | Trish | Jeanne | Bowser | Ganondorf | Quicksilver | Sweet Tooth | The Joker | Mewtwo | The Meta | Scout | Doomsday | Bane | Venom | Android 18 | Balrog | Silver Samurai | Shredder | Sephiroth | Vergil | Jin Kazama | Carnage | Lucy | Ultron | Sigma | Thanos | Darkseid | Namor | Black Widow | Widowmaker | Wario | King Dedede | Lobo | Tommy Oliver/Dragonzord | Mechagodzilla | Sasuke Uchiha | Hiei | Dracula | The Mask

DBX Combatants
Trish | Jeanne | Jango Fett | King Dedede | Sasuke Uchiha | Hiei | Liu Kang | Alucard | Predator | Meta Knight | Broly | Doomsday | Akuma | Magneto | Darth Vader | Vegeta | Zod | Demitri Maximoff | Kratos | Goku Black | Black Adam | Taskmaster | Juggernaut | Harley Quinn | Juri Han | Mileena | Vergil | Scorpion | Baraka | Dio Brando | Catwoman | Black Cat | Bendy | Metal Sonic | Venom | Frieza | Mewtwo |

Other
Wizard and Boomstick | Ringmaster | Possessed Super Saiyan God Goku Pop Vinyl Figure | Sarge

           One Minute Melee logo Villains

Akuma | Albert Wesker | Juri Han | Meta Knight | Bowser | Dr. Eggman | Deadpool | Deathstroke | Mewtwo | Frieza | Sakuya Izayoi | Dio Brando | Catwoman | Black Widow | Oni | Scorpian | Wario | Ryu | Vergil | Sephiroth | Baby Bonnie Hood | Bowser Jr. | Metal Sonic | Mecha Sonic | Master Hand | Polygon Man | Sasuke Uchiha | Heihachi Mishima | Geese Howard | Kuma | Godzilla | Cell | Meruem | Broly | Shadow the Hedgehog | Vegeta | Shang Tsung | Goomba | Ivy Valentine | Sasori | Decapre | M. Bison | Rugal Bernstein | Hiei | Bill Cipher | Gaara | Sir Crocodile | Terra

           Archieverse Villains

Archie & Riverdale
Alice Cooper | Andre | Black Hood | Cassidy Bullock | Chic Cooper | Chuck Clayton | Claudius Blossom | Clifford Blossom | Penelope Blossom | Paul Boucher | FP Jones | Gargoyle King | General Augustus Pickens | Geraldine Grundy | Ghoulies | Hal Cooper | Hermione Lodge | Hiram Lodge | Medlock | Mr. Avericci | Mustang | Michael Minetta | Nick St. Clair | Nilnewz | Penny Peabody | Riverdale Reaper | Rose Blossom | Scarlet Helsing | Small Fry Boucher | Southside Serpents | Sugarman | Sweet Pea | Tall Boy | Vampronica | Vinnie Wells

Sabrina the Teenage Witch & Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Satan | Father Blackwood | Madame Satan | Weird Sisters (Prudence Night, Agatha) | Dorian Gray | Bartel | Katrina Spellman | Anirbas | Libby Chessler | Jezebelda Spellman | Drell | Irma Spellman | Brad Alcero | Cassandra | Wish Spirit

Sonic the Hedgehog
Dr. Eggman | Dr. Robotnik | Snively | Metal Sonic | Mecha Knuckles | Tails Doll | Eggman Empire | Team Dark | Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega | Fang the Sniper | Bean the Dynamite | Bark the Polarbear | Jet the Hawk | Wave the Swallow | Storm the Albatroz | A.D.A.M. | Agunus | Anti-Geoffrey St. John | Auto Automaton | Auto-Fiona | Benedict | Black Death | Boomer Walrus | Brass Knuckles | Breezie the Hedgehog | Brutus Kintobor | Bzzzz | CD-ROM Ram | Captain Claw | Captain Metal Claws | Colin Kintobor | Combot | Comic Book Bots | Commander Brutus | Crocbot | Croctobot | D.R.A.T. | DYNAMAC | Dimitri | Doctor Finitevus | Downtown Ebony Hare | Drago Wolf | Dr. Finitevus | E.V.E | Eel Capone | Egg Sweeper | Emperor Metallix | Enerjak | Evil One | Ferron | Fiona Fox | Flame Legion | Flying Frog | Foxxy | French Frirus | Frost Legion | General Helmut Von Stryker | Grand Chief Whip | Grimer | Hired Mussels | Hunter | Iron Dominion | Iron King | Iron Queen | Ivanna Robotina | Ivo Robughnik | Johnny Snively | Kage Von Stryker | Kid Cruel | King Gong | Kodos | Kragok | Krudzu | Lien-Da | Lightning Lynx | Luger the Echidna | Mammoth Mogul | Marxio Brothers | Mathais Poe | Mecha Sally | Mechanaut | Menniker | Metal Scourge | Metal Sonic Troopers | Metallix | Miles "Tails" Prower | Misty-Re | Moritori Rex | Mr. Beta | Mr. Delta | Mr. Gamma | Ms. Alpha | Nusgau | Octobot | Order of Ixis | Overlord | Patch | Plasma | Proker Metallix | Predator Hawk | Princess Alicia Acorn | Professor Egg | Pseudo Sonic | Rabbot-Zilla | Raiju Clan | Rendfield T. Rodent | Robolactus | Rosy the Rascal | Rykor | Sallactor | Scourge the Hedgehog | Sergeant Simian | Serpentius | Shadowbots | Silver Snively | Sub-Boss | Suguna | Super Scourge | Super Sonic | Syntar | Termite-Nator | The Enchantress | Trogg | Universalamander | Wing Dingo | Xenin | Xorda | Yagyu Ninja | Zan

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