Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow the Hedgehog as he stars in his own game, Shadow the Hedgehog.

Shadow the Hedgehog is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anti-hero and the dark rival of Sonic the Hedgehog and first appeared in the Dreamcast game Sonic Adventure 2. He has also appeared in some of the Sonic Archie Comics. Shadow is 3'3" tall, and weighs 77 lbs, exactly like Sonic.

Personality

Shadow is a lone wolf and an anti-hero; his motives are unknown and his true alignment (good or evil) is a mystery. He is generally quiet, and a loner - distancing himself from most of the Sonic cast. He is constantly haunted by his memories of his beloved Maria. He is cold, and arrogant. He generally isn't a very pleasant person to be around, but always loyal to his closest allies, unless he sees them as an obstacle. He is fueled by revenge on the humans for the death of Maria, and later his quest to discover the truth of his past.


After fulfilling his promise to Maria by defeating the Black Arms, Shadow leaves his past behind and moves on. His personality after this currently is not known, but people are assuming that he'll have the same personality as his first appearence. It is likely that his new personality will be revealed in the next game he is in, Sonic Riders, where he appears as an unlockable character. Some fans believe he may still want revenge on the Guardian Unit of Nations, but there is so far no evidence supporting this statement.

History

All of the details about Shadow's past are extremely clouded. Shadow is the end result of the "Ultimate Life Form" project (called "Project: Shadow"), a secret government genetics project shut down a half century ago whose objective was to reach immortality. He was created by Professor Gerald Robotnik, the grandfather of Doctor Eggman with the help of Black Doom (who had his own shifty motives to have Shadow collect the Chaos Emeralds so he can teleport the Black Comet to Earth and take over Earth) aboard the Space Colony ARK. Shadow seemed to have developed a friendship with the Professor's granddaughter, Maria Robotnik and often looked down to Earth, wondering what the purpose to his life was. When the military attacked ARK to shut down the Ultimate Life Form project, Maria supposedly sacrificed herself in order to let Shadow escape to Earth in a suspended animation capsule. Shadow still mourns over Maria's death.

His capsule was captured by the military and stored in the Prison Island for 50 years, until Dr. Eggman attacked the complex looking for "his grandfather's legacy" and freed him.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Plot summaries

Sonic Adventure 2

Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic Adventure 2 artwork.

As a reward for setting him free, Shadow promised to grant Dr. Eggman one wish, which was the domination of Earth.

In order to concede this and to fulfill Maria's last wish for (what he believed to be) revenge on those who lived on Earth, Shadow led Eggman to the ARK and showed him the ultimate weapon: the Eclipse Cannon, a giant laser cannon with the power to destroy an entire planet. The Eclipse Cannon required seven Chaos Emeralds to function. Together with a treasure hunter named Rouge the Bat, the three banded together and acquired six of the emeralds, providing enough power to destroy half the moon. During their final duel, it is not known if Sonic defeated Shadow or if Shadow defeats Sonic, but either way, the ending turns out the same because while Tails was distracted by this, Eggman stole the last Chaos Emerald and placed it in the Eclipse Cannon.

However, as Eggman had taken the bait, Shadow had completed his task. With the power of seven emeralds, the Eclipse Cannon would not unleash its full strength, but instead activate a program Professor Gerald Robotnik somehow managed to leave there. The ARK automatically moved the Chaos Emeralds from the central control room to the core of the ARK, and set itself on a collision course with Earth. With the seven emeralds powering it, the ARK contained enough energy to shatter Earth to pieces upon impact.

As everyone rushed to stop this from happening, Amy Rose stumbled across Shadow in the same room that he and Maria often spent time in. She begged Shadow to come to their aid, but he refused, insisting that the people of Earth didn't deserve his pity after killing an innocent and harmless Maria and that even if he wanted to help, the program could not be deactivated. Amy continued to plead however, and her words set off a suppressed memory of Maria, a memory of what Maria had really asked of him when she sacrificed herself — to give everyone on Earth a chance at the normal life her premature death at the hands of the Guardian Unit of Nations had denied her (to "give them a chance to be happy.") With a tear sliding down his cheek, Shadow realized that in trying to fulfill Maria's dying wish, he ended up dooming it, and rushed to redeem himself by helping Sonic and Knuckles seal the power of the Chaos Emeralds.

He reached the core to see Sonic and Knuckles unable to get past a large lizard-like creature, the Biolizard, a prototype ultimate life form created by Project: Shadow. Shadow urged Sonic and Knuckles to leave the Biolizard for him to deal with and to worry about stopping the Chaos Emeralds. Shadow fought with all his might, but Sonic and Knuckles stopped the emeralds before Shadow could finish off the Biolizard. The massive beast noticed, and in its determination to bring forth Earth's destruction, used a strange form of Chaos Control to merge itself with the ARK to continue the crash course as a new beast now known as Finalhazard. Using the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and Shadow transformed into Super Shadow.

Together they destroyed Finalhazard and used Chaos Control to stop the free-falling ARK from destroying the Earth. However, the already exhausted Shadow used the last of his energy to do so, and fell to Earth, supposedly dying.

Physically, Shadow appears to be 15 (around Sonic's age), though his chronological age is different. He has been in existence for well over 50 years but was kept by the military in chronic stasis for that time, and hasn't aged a day. On the other hand, Sonic Battle states that Project: Shadow was completed around a week before GUN attacked, meaning Shadow was anywhere between 3-7 days old when the ARK was shut down. There probably is no canonical age since Shadow is immortal.

Sonic Heroes

Shadow from Sonic Heroes.

In the game Sonic Heroes, Rouge discovered that Shadow was alive and in a stasis tube located in the deepest part of one of Dr. Eggman's bases. After saving Rouge from a rampaging robot called E-123 Omega, it was revealed that Shadow has amnesia and could not remember anything before his release from the stasis tube. He joined forces with Rouge and Omega to form Team Dark (as their speed member) and hunt down Dr. Eggman.

Soon after hearing Dr. Eggman proclaiming that he "has no past to remember," Shadow discovered a half-destroyed Shadow robot and realized that he too might just be a robot. As the team ran to continue the mission, Metal Sonic, who was disguised as the Eggman robot and was then out of earshot from the team, claimed that he had successfully copied the Ultimate Life Form data (Shadow's DNA). What this implies about Shadow is not known for certain at this time. Regardless, Shadow continued his mission, proclaiming that "even if I'm not real, I'm still the ultimate life form, Shadow the Hedgehog!" They defeated Dr. Eggman's Empire and discovered that the person they had been chasing was a fake Dr. Eggman. Afterward, Rouge stumbled upon a whole room filled with hundreds of cloned Shadows. As Omega arrived to destroy the room and everything in it, Rouge affirmed her belief that their Shadow was a robot, even though this is not known for certain. However, Omega reassured her that the original Shadow had to exist somewhere in order for Eggman to make copies. When Metal Sonic transformed into Metal Madness, Shadow worked with Rouge, Omega, and Teams Rose and Chaotix to distract him long enough for Sonic to power up into his Super Form. During the battle with Metal Madness, Metal Madness speaks that "even the Ultimate Life Form cannot stop me" which suggests that the Shadow that is in Sonic Heroes is indeed the real Shadow, created by Gerald Robotnik. At the end of the game, he was last seen with Omega and the defeated Metal Sonic. It isn't explained what happened to Metal Sonic or Omega, and they are missing from Sonic Battle. However, Omega does reappear in Shadow the Hedgehog, still trying to overthrow Eggman.

Sonic Battle

Shadow in Sonic Battle artwork.

In Sonic Battle, Shadow has apparently regained his memories, though it is never explained how. Sonic Battle occurs after Sonic Heroes. It has also been suggested that the game is not canon, but there is little evidence either way. Also if the player beats the game, the player can play each of the character's story again and when the player completes it, the player will discover that Project: Shadow was put on hold because of Emerl. Because shadow has his memories back in this game, many people now think that it takes place after Shadow the Hedgehog.

Shadow the Hedgehog

Shadow in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, which takes place after the events of Sonic Heroes and possibly before the events of Sonic Battle and Sonic Advance 3, Shadow is standing outside the city, reminiscing of the only memory he has, of Maria's death. He sees a cloud appear and the Black Arms fall from it into the city. A mysterious figure, Black Doom, appears before him and requests that he brings him the seven chaos emeralds "as promised", and then vanishes. He sets out to find them, however it gets him caught up in a conflict between the G.U.N. army from Sonic Adventure 2 and the alien race Black Doom rules known as the Black Arms, which Dr. Eggman soon gets involved in, resulting in the rest of the Sonic cast getting entangled in the conflict as well. The game centers wholly around Shadow and his mysterious past, and the player can choose between three moral positions: the hero side, represented by the G.U.N. army and Sonic and friends, the villain side, represented by the Black Arms and a neutral side, represented by Dr. Eggman. The player can change sides throughout the story, resulting in many forks in the plot, and the ending is influenced by the player's actions through the entire game. There are 10 endings, plus a "Final" ending, which ties together all the endings to reveal the truth about Shadow's mysterious past. This game also featured the long awaited return of Super Shadow.

As mentioned before, Professor Gerald Robotnik was charged with the project of researching immortality. However, he had some troubles in his experiments, and in order to achieve his goals, he contacted the Black Comet, home to Black Doom and the Black Arms. He made a deal with Black Doom: if Black Doom helped him with his research, he promised to deliver to the alien the seven Chaos Emeralds. Using Black Doom's DNA, they created Shadow the Hedgehog, who would both aid Professor Gerald's research and help Black Doom get the Emeralds. Soon after it is revealed that Gerald Robotnik somewhat discovered why Black Doom desired the Emeralds, which involved the annihilation of all living beings (and androids) on Earth. Thus, Professor Gerald created the Eclipse Cannon, capable of destroying the Black Comet, and had depended on Shadow to execute this plan. After G.U.N. attacked the ARK, he went insane and planned to end all life on earth, but Shadow follows Gerald's original goal (while he was sane, it is considered his true goal).

Sonic Riders

Shadow in Sonic Riders artwork.

Shadow is a character in Sonic Riders. His purpose in the story is unknown, but he is a speed character like Sonic the Hedgehog, Jet the Hawk, and Amy Rose and uses Chaos Powers to attack his enemies. From information translated off of the Japanese gamesite, he seems to be trying to promote a "cool" outlook, which may explain the shades he's wearing, and the way he rides Extreme Gear.

Abilities

Shadow possesses many of his rival Sonic's abilities, namely the same blistering speed and agility. Shadow's trademark move is Chaos Control. Using the power of a single Chaos Emerald, he can warp time and space. In Shadow the Hedgehog, when he becomes Hero Shadow, he uses Chaos Control to fly through part of the level; doing damage to enemies he passes. The Chaos Control is usually used to freeze time or to teleport (or possibly both if those viewing someone move from somewhere to somewhere else in 'no time', then it would look like they warped). He is only seen freezing time in Sonic Adventure 2 in 2 player mode, but in Sonic Heroes the time freeze is an effect of Team Dark's "Team Blast" special move, “Chaos Inferno”. He uses the Chaos Control ability four times in Sonic Adventure 2: once to escape from Sonic using the green emerald, once to rescue Rouge from the military base before it blows up, and once during the final duel against Sonic. He uses it one last time to send away the defeated Finalhazard, although this results in his apparent death. Shadow, like Sonic, can use the light dash. Sonic can also use Chaos Control, even with a fake emerald, though he only realizes this later. Shadow used Chaos Control at the end of his own game using all seven Chaos Emeralds. Shadow also has a chaos move called Chaos Spear, a move that lets Shadow send a bolt of yellow energy at his enemies, and is similar to Sonic's Sonic Wind (although in Shadow the Hedgehog, he could only use Chaos Spear while in Super form). In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow can use one of two Chaos-based moves, depending on what actions the player takes. Attacking Black Arms aliens (or other dark based characters), healing G.U.N. troops (or other hero based characters) and clearing away environmental debris will fill Shadow's Hero Gauge, enabling him to become to use Chaos Control, which (in this game) lets him fly at blistering speeds through a portion of the level while doing a fraction of damage to enemies he passes and/or slow down time during a boss fight. Attacking G.U.N. soldiers(or other hero based characters), healing aliens (or other dark based characters), and destroying regular parts of the environment (i.e. trees, rocks) will fill up Shadow's Dark Gauge, allows him to use a new power called "Chaos Blast," a red wave of energy that destroys almost everything in its path at close range, 20 meters to be exact. Both Chaos Control and Chaos Blast allow Shadow to also gain temporary invincibility and unlimited ammunition. He and Sonic have been observed using their chaos powers while Super Sonic and Super Shadow.

Shadow shares every ability that Sonic has, meaning that they are truly rivals.

Another difference is that, while Shadow is willing to use guns, Sonic has said towards the beginning of Shadow the Hedgehog that he "wouldn't be caught dead using those things".

Hedgehog or Machine?

There has been some debate on whether the current Shadow is the real thing, or a robot or clone created by Eggman. The latter is bolstered by the fact that Rouge calls him one. However, that may actually be faulty translation that the game is littered with (i.e. When Tails says: "Look at all of those eggmans robots!"). In Japanese, the words "Robot" and "Artificial Lifeform" translate to roughly the same thing (Jinzou). Also Omega hints at the end of Sonic Heroes that Shadow may be a clone and the "original must exist somewhere." Then again, Omega also seemed pretty sure that the Eggman he fought before Last Story was the real one, but then again, Omega was imprisoned for some time, and most likely had no knowledge that Eggman had been contained elsewhere by Metal Sonic.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, two of the possible endings claims that the true Shadow died at the end of "Sonic Adventure 2" and that, in fact, the Shadow in the game is an android; Eggman tells Shadow this. In addition, Eggman has numerous Shadow robots called Shadow Androids. Also in the game, though unrelated, is the appearance of several "Metal Shadows" (and one normal-looking Shadow with yellow streaks instead of red) in the two-player mode. The Metal Shadows are built like Metal Sonic, though styled after Shadow, and in place of black skin they have silver, as well as four streak colors: orange, pink, green, and blue.

While fighting the final boss, Devil Doom, after around seven to ten minutes of battle, the player will hear Dr. Eggman tell Shadow that he was lying. He says he rescued Shadow with one of his robots when he fell from space at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 after Shadow defeated the FinalHazard, and that he simply lost his memory.

Japanese backstory: The truth about 50 years ago

After Sonic Adventure 2 was released, a strategy guide was fashioned with the guidance of Sonic Team. This official strategy guide offered eager players the chance to also learn a bit more about Shadow's past, in the form of a report written by Rouge the Bat. The report, a partial transcript, explained her findings on "Project: Shadow" which explains quite a bit about some questions fans have and brings up a slew of new ones. This backstory is also what the Journal Entries in Sonic Battle work with. [1]

It is unclear whether or not this report will ever be updated with the information recently revealed in the Shadow game.


Spoilers end here.

Other appearances

Sonic X

Shadow, as seen in Sonic X.

Shadow also appears on the cartoon Sonic X. Episodes 33 through 38 are based on Sonic Adventure 2, with a few differences from the game. For one, it was Chris Thorndyke who reminded Shadow of his true promise from Maria, and not Amy Rose. He made short appearances after Episode 38, in flashbacks or otherwise, but he makes his true return in episode 60, “The Return of Shadow.” In Japan he is voiced by his game voice actor; in the dub, due to 4Kids' usage of only a specific set of actors, he is voiced by Jason Griffith, who also plays Sonic in the dub. (Much to the chagrin of David Humphrey fans)

With the airing of Sonic X season 3 in multiple places, some hard proof that Shadow survived his fall to Earth is in place. It should be noted that in the first episode of Sonic X season 3, Sonic survives a fall from orbit to the ground after his battle with Dark Oak, his super powers fading as he fell; yet he survived. Shadow, who is similar to Sonic, would probably be able to survive a fall such as the one he took (and it would even be likely for Sonic, according to those who believe that he is actually "Shadow 2".)

In Sonic X's season 3, Shadow had no clear memory of his past; although in one episode (named "Molly's Dream" in the English translation of the Japanese anime) he seems to have an image of Maria in his mind, some sort of two-second flashback. But he cannot seem to find out who she really was. In that same episode, Dr. Robotnik is visited by a small troop of the GUN army, how they got into Sonic's world is uncertain for now. Accompainied by them is a orange haired female teenager by the name of Molly. Shadow and Rouge meet her; Molly takes one look at Shadow and blushes. It seems that she is already liked by another man, whose name is unclear. During the remainder of this episode, a group of Metarex come towards Eggman's base and Rouge, Shadow and Molly try to protect the base and get the white Chaos Emerald. Molly, being a GUN agent, uses an aircraft similar to the X Tornado to destroy the Metarex alongside the others. They later state that a girl was blown up in an airplane it is likely that Molly is the one who receives that fate.

Again, Shadow the Hedgehog receives a faint memory of Maria as he is holding the white Chaos Emerald in his hands. In the last episode of the 3rd season Shadow is in his Super form and, in his mind, there is an image of Molly, which used to be Maria in the episode "Molly's Dream", and then he takes off into space, leaving a slightly confused Sonic and company behind.

Archie comic

Shadow has appeared in Archie's Sonic comics, but has only made a handful of appearances. He first appears in Sonic #98, which is an introduction to the game Sonic Adventure 2, with a few changes to accommodate the Archie version of Mobius/Earth. The comic then skips over the events of the game, and Shadow reappears in Sonic #124 where he is rescued by an alien race, the Bem; only for them to use him as a distraction against another alien race, the Xorda, while they make a run for it. Shadow proves useless against the Xorda and crashes into Mobius, surviving the fall, and is found by Sonic. There was an error in this issue, however, it is said by Shadow that Sonic showed him the light to help save Mobius/Earth yet it was really Amy Rose.

Shadow is an individual, and usually works alone to achieve his own goals, which is currently to discover the truth of his mysterious history; as such, it is hard to peg him as good or evil. He has sided with the Mobians to fight greater evils, like the Xorda and Dr. Eggman, but will turn on them if they hinder his search for the truth. In his journey, he has run into various characters, including the E-102 Gamma-lookalike Isaac, the Guardian, Locke, and several others. Most particularly, he seems to have some sort of feelings towards the Overlander girl Hope, who reminds Shadow of Maria.

Shadow returns in Sonic #157

Fan reaction

When first introduced, many fans were put off by Shadow, seeing him as nothing more than an "evil twin" cliché, but much of that subsided when the game was released and Shadow developed into a full-blown character of his own. When Shadow re-emerged in Sonic Heroes, his fans were split into two groups; many fans wanted to see Shadow return, while others felt bringing him back cheapened his death in the previous game.

Until recently, Shadow's fan base was split over what the new Shadow was, as the new Shadow suffered from amnesia. It was not known whether he was the same Shadow from Sonic Adventure 2 or a robotic copy made by Eggman. But now, thanks to Sega's most recent Sonic game, Shadow the Hedgehog, it has now been confirmed that Shadow is indeed the same Shadow that was in Sonic Adventure 2 who was saved after Chaos Controlling the ARK and being used as a template for Doctor Eggman explained in Shadow the Hedgehog, as well as the ultimate life form that Professor Gerald Robotnik (Eggman's grandfather) created 50 years ago.

Voice Actors

  • In Sonic X and all future video games after Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow will be voiced by Jason Griffith, who also does the voice of Sonic in the same media. Previously, he was voiced by David Humphrey in the games; many fans want David Humphrey to return as his voice in that medium. In Japan, he is voiced by Kouji Yusa.

Theme Songs

While Shadow has his own game, Shadow also has his own theme songs even in Sonic Titles:

  • Sonic Adventure 2: "Throw It All Away", a techno-industrial metal song, sounds like Slipknot.
  • Sonic Heroes: Team Dark's "This Machine".
  • Shadow the Hedgehog: "I Am (All of Me)", a hard rocker which rips off Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone"



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. [55] [56] The defense of Stanley Tookie Williams stated that this was a lie purported by the police department, and in their Reply Petition for Executive Clemency they attached a declaration from Lafayette Jones' mother which declared, under penalty of perjury, that Lafayette was not Stanley Tookie Williams' son.
. The police department identified Jones as the son of Stanley Tookie Williams. While Shadow has his own game, Shadow also has his own theme songs even in Sonic Titles:. In November 2005, the Fontana, California Police Department advised print and television media that a warrant had been issued for a registered sex offender, Lafayette Jones. But now, thanks to Sega's most recent Sonic game, Shadow the Hedgehog, it has now been confirmed that Shadow is indeed the same Shadow that was in Sonic Adventure 2 who was saved after Chaos Controlling the ARK and being used as a template for Doctor Eggman explained in Shadow the Hedgehog, as well as the ultimate life form that Professor Gerald Robotnik (Eggman's grandfather) created 50 years ago. was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for second-degree murder.

It was not known whether he was the same Shadow from Sonic Adventure 2 or a robotic copy made by Eggman. Williams, Jr. Until recently, Shadow's fan base was split over what the new Shadow was, as the new Shadow suffered from amnesia. Stanley Williams' other son, Stanley "Little Tookie" Williams, Jr., a Neighborhood Crip, was found guilty of shooting a twenty year-old woman to death in an alley off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. When Shadow re-emerged in Sonic Heroes, his fans were split into two groups; many fans wanted to see Shadow return, while others felt bringing him back cheapened his death in the previous game. [54]. When first introduced, many fans were put off by Shadow, seeing him as nothing more than an "evil twin" cliché, but much of that subsided when the game was released and Shadow developed into a full-blown character of his own. He said, "I feel it's my duty to go on a worldwide campaign to show that redemption is real," he said.

Shadow returns in Sonic #157. According to the December 21, 2005 article, "Funeral Service Celebrates Williams' Conversion From Violence to Peace; About 2,000 mourners hear celebrities and friends call the Crips' co-founder's execution a waste and praise his advocacy for children" written by LA Times Staff Writer Lisa Richardson, Willliams' son "brought the church to its feet" when he promised to teach Schwarzenegger about redemption. Most particularly, he seems to have some sort of feelings towards the Overlander girl Hope, who reminds Shadow of Maria. Travon was the only family member who spoke at the funeral. In his journey, he has run into various characters, including the E-102 Gamma-lookalike Isaac, the Guardian, Locke, and several others. [53]. Eggman, but will turn on them if they hinder his search for the truth. [52] Travon is married, a father, owns a home and works for a social services agency in the Los Angeles area, said Barbara Becnel, Stanley Williams' co-author, according to Associated Press writer Kim Curtis in November 2005.

He has sided with the Mobians to fight greater evils, like the Xorda and Dr. He said he was at peace with himself and proud of his son," who avoided the gang life, according to Leslie Fulbright, a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Shadow is an individual, and usually works alone to achieve his own goals, which is currently to discover the truth of his mysterious history; as such, it is hard to peg him as good or evil. "He was great. There was an error in this issue, however, it is said by Shadow that Sonic showed him the light to help save Mobius/Earth yet it was really Amy Rose. Williams Taylor talked to her ex-husband by phone that day. Shadow proves useless against the Xorda and crashes into Mobius, surviving the fall, and is found by Sonic. Travon Williams, the older son by Bonnie Williams Taylor, whom Williams wed in 1981 before his conviction, was 32 years old at the time of his father's execution.

The comic then skips over the events of the game, and Shadow reappears in Sonic #124 where he is rescued by an alien race, the Bem; only for them to use him as a distraction against another alien race, the Xorda, while they make a run for it. "It's nine-fifteen on twelve-thirteen and another black king will be taken from the scene" [51]. He first appears in Sonic #98, which is an introduction to the game Sonic Adventure 2, with a few changes to accommodate the Archie version of Mobius/Earth. Rapper Snoop Dogg recited a poem to mourners about the execution-. Shadow has appeared in Archie's Sonic comics, but has only made a handful of appearances. Teach them to promote peace and teach them to focus on rebuilding the neighborhoods that you, others and I helped to destroy.” (Stanley "Tookie" Williams). In the last episode of the 3rd season Shadow is in his Super form and, in his mind, there is an image of Molly, which used to be Maria in the episode "Molly's Dream", and then he takes off into space, leaving a slightly confused Sonic and company behind. Teach them to strive for higher education.

Again, Shadow the Hedgehog receives a faint memory of Maria as he is holding the white Chaos Emerald in his hands. “Teach them how to avoid our destructive footsteps. They later state that a girl was blown up in an airplane it is likely that Molly is the one who receives that fate. I battled my demons and I was triumphant,” Williams said. Molly, being a GUN agent, uses an aircraft similar to the X Tornado to destroy the Metarex alongside the others. “The war within me is over. During the remainder of this episode, a group of Metarex come towards Eggman's base and Rouge, Shadow and Molly try to protect the base and get the white Chaos Emerald. At his funeral, the last words of Williams echoed from a tape played to mourners, whom he asked to spread a message to loved ones:.

It seems that she is already liked by another man, whose name is unclear. [50] It is planned that Williams' body will be cremated and his ashes will be sent to South Africa for scattering. Shadow and Rouge meet her; Molly takes one look at Shadow and blushes. Williams' funeral filled the 1,500 seat Bethel AME church and drew a wide variety of people from current gang members to celebrities and religious leaders. Accompainied by them is a orange haired female teenager by the name of Molly. [49] A memorial service was held in Los Angeles on 20 December 2005, where Becnel read his final wishes. Robotnik is visited by a small troop of the GUN army, how they got into Sonic's world is uncertain for now. The viewing drew approximately 2000 people.

In that same episode, Dr. Williams' body was laid out for viewing on 19 December 2005. But he cannot seem to find out who she really was. An archived copy of a Maura Dolan's Los Angeles Times November 29 article on the history of Becnel's efforts on behalf of Williams can be found here [48]. In Sonic X's season 3, Shadow had no clear memory of his past; although in one episode (named "Molly's Dream" in the English translation of the Japanese anime) he seems to have an image of Maria in his mind, some sort of two-second flashback. [47]. Shadow, who is similar to Sonic, would probably be able to survive a fall such as the one he took (and it would even be likely for Sonic, according to those who believe that he is actually "Shadow 2".). Williams’ spokeswoman and co-author, Barbara Becnel, said shortly after Williams's death that she is "now on a mission." [46] "That mission is one: to obtain justice for Stanley Tookie Williams by proving beyond a shadow of a doubt his innocence, (and) continuing to preserve the incredibly remarkable legacy of this man who personifies redemption." Williams directed Becnel to receive his body, and Becnel began making the funeral arrangements.

It should be noted that in the first episode of Sonic X season 3, Sonic survives a fall from orbit to the ground after his battle with Dark Oak, his super powers fading as he fell; yet he survived. So take care.”. With the airing of Sonic X season 3 in multiple places, some hard proof that Shadow survived his fall to Earth is in place. So with that, I am grateful….I say to you and everyone else, God bless. (Much to the chagrin of David Humphrey fans). And whether others choose to believe that I have redeemed myself or not, I worry not, because I know and God knows, and you can believe that all of the youths that I continue to help, they know, too. He made short appearances after Episode 38, in flashbacks or otherwise, but he makes his true return in episode 60, “The Return of Shadow.” In Japan he is voiced by his game voice actor; in the dub, due to 4Kids' usage of only a specific set of actors, he is voiced by Jason Griffith, who also plays Sonic in the dub. That's the beauty about it.

For one, it was Chris Thorndyke who reminded Shadow of his true promise from Maria, and not Amy Rose. It's accessible for everybody. Episodes 33 through 38 are based on Sonic Adventure 2, with a few differences from the game. And it doesn't -- is not predicated on color or race or social stratum or one's religious background. Shadow also appears on the cartoon Sonic X. That's how I would like my legacy to be remembered as: a redemptive transition, something that I believe is not exclusive just for the so-called sanctimonious, the elitists.
. And I say to you and all those who can listen and will listen that redemption is tailor-made for the wretched, and that's what I used to be….That's what I would like the world to remember me.

It is unclear whether or not this report will ever be updated with the information recently revealed in the Shadow game. So, therefore, I just stand strong and continue to tell you, your audience and the world that I am innocent and, yes, I have been a wretched person, but I have redeemed myself. [1]. This is pure faith, and predicated on my redemption. This backstory is also what the Journal Entries in Sonic Battle work with. It has nothing to do with machismo, with manhood, or with some pseudo former gang street code. The report, a partial transcript, explained her findings on "Project: Shadow" which explains quite a bit about some questions fans have and brings up a slew of new ones. In an interview [45] on WBAI Pacifica radio hours before the execution, however, he had this to say: “[M]y lack of fear of this barbaric methodology of death, I rely upon my faith.

This official strategy guide offered eager players the chance to also learn a bit more about Shadow's past, in the form of a report written by Rouge the Bat. [44] At the time of his execution, he provided no last words to the prison warden. After Sonic Adventure 2 was released, a strategy guide was fashioned with the guidance of Sonic Team. Williams requested no last meal and consumed only milk and oatmeal throughout the day. He says he rescued Shadow with one of his robots when he fell from space at the end of Sonic Adventure 2 after Shadow defeated the FinalHazard, and that he simply lost his memory. [43]. Eggman tell Shadow that he was lying. Adam Housley, a reporter for Fox News, described the experience as "choreographed", "sterile", and "clinical".

While fighting the final boss, Devil Doom, after around seven to ten minutes of battle, the player will hear Dr. Lora Owens appeared very upset, according to MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby. The Metal Shadows are built like Metal Sonic, though styled after Shadow, and in place of black skin they have silver, as well as four streak colors: orange, pink, green, and blue. Members of Albert Owens' family who witnessed the execution were described as stony-faced. Also in the game, though unrelated, is the appearance of several "Metal Shadows" (and one normal-looking Shadow with yellow streaks instead of red) in the two-player mode. He talked with his guards throughout the process. In addition, Eggman has numerous Shadow robots called Shadow Androids. Williams apparently exchanged many glances with his supporters.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, two of the possible endings claims that the true Shadow died at the end of "Sonic Adventure 2" and that, in fact, the Shadow in the game is an android; Eggman tells Shadow this. Witnesses described a somber mood in the execution chamber. Also Omega hints at the end of Sonic Heroes that Shadow may be a clone and the "original must exist somewhere." Then again, Omega also seemed pretty sure that the Eggman he fought before Last Story was the real one, but then again, Omega was imprisoned for some time, and most likely had no knowledge that Eggman had been contained elsewhere by Metal Sonic. Fagan later wrote a detailed description [42] of the execution. In Japanese, the words "Robot" and "Artificial Lifeform" translate to roughly the same thing (Jinzou). And most strikingly at the end of the execution, as those three were heading out, they yelled, “The State of California just killed an innocent man!” which is the first time I ever heard any outburst in the death chamber there.". When Tails says: "Look at all of those eggmans robots!"). We could see them, and throughout the last part of the execution -- or preparing him when he was still conscious, they gave what looked like black power salutes several times to him, one man and two women.

However, that may actually be faulty translation that the game is littered with (i.e. Becnel was among them, I understand. The latter is bolstered by the fact that Rouge calls him one. The most notable thing was that Williams had supporters at the back of the room… Ms. There has been some debate on whether the current Shadow is the real thing, or a robot or clone created by Eggman. A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Kevin Fagan said, "This is the sixth one I have seen here at San Quentin, and I have to say this was very different. Another difference is that, while Shadow is willing to use guns, Sonic has said towards the beginning of Shadow the Hedgehog that he "wouldn't be caught dead using those things". He kept them on, and he kept looking…".

Shadow shares every ability that Sonic has, meaning that they are truly rivals. He had his glasses on the whole time. He and Sonic have been observed using their chaos powers while Super Sonic and Super Shadow. Added Contra Costa Times reporter John Simerman, "They had some trouble with the second I.V., which was in the left arm… Williams, at one point, grimaced or looked almost out of frustration… at the difficulty there…. Both Chaos Control and Chaos Blast allow Shadow to also gain temporary invincibility and unlimited ammunition. [41]. trees, rocks) will fill up Shadow's Dark Gauge, allows him to use a new power called "Chaos Blast," a red wave of energy that destroys almost everything in its path at close range, 20 meters to be exact. The process which should take only a few minutes instead took about 20 minutes.

soldiers(or other hero based characters), healing aliens (or other dark based characters), and destroying regular parts of the environment (i.e. According to CNN, the staff had difficulty inserting the needles. Attacking G.U.N. An unnamed reporter at the execution said that Williams showed no resistance, neither when he came into the chamber shortly after midnight, nor after he was strapped onto the gurney. troops (or other hero based characters) and clearing away environmental debris will fill Shadow's Hero Gauge, enabling him to become to use Chaos Control, which (in this game) lets him fly at blistering speeds through a portion of the level while doing a fraction of damage to enemies he passes and/or slow down time during a boss fight. Their description is as follows: [40]. Attacking Black Arms aliens (or other dark based characters), healing G.U.N. PST (08:35 UTC), several reporters who witnessed the execution held a news conference.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow can use one of two Chaos-based moves, depending on what actions the player takes. After Williams was declared dead at 12:35 a.m. Shadow also has a chaos move called Chaos Spear, a move that lets Shadow send a bolt of yellow energy at his enemies, and is similar to Sonic's Sonic Wind (although in Shadow the Hedgehog, he could only use Chaos Spear while in Super form). He was the 12th person executed by the state since California reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Shadow used Chaos Control at the end of his own game using all seven Chaos Emeralds. Newsweek reported [39] thousands of protesters outside, most asking for clemency. Sonic can also use Chaos Control, even with a fake emerald, though he only realizes this later. After exhausting all forms of appeal, Williams was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, California, on December 13, 2005.

Shadow, like Sonic, can use the light dash. [38]. He uses it one last time to send away the defeated Finalhazard, although this results in his apparent death. Williams about an escape plan which involved the killing of a bus driver and another accomplice. He uses the Chaos Control ability four times in Sonic Adventure 2: once to escape from Sonic using the green emerald, once to rescue Rouge from the military base before it blows up, and once during the final duel against Sonic. Prosecutors had cited handwritten notes written by Mr. He is only seen freezing time in Sonic Adventure 2 in 2 player mode, but in Sonic Heroes the time freeze is an effect of Team Dark's "Team Blast" special move, “Chaos Inferno”. Williams.".

The Chaos Control is usually used to freeze time or to teleport (or possibly both if those viewing someone move from somewhere to somewhere else in 'no time', then it would look like they warped). Oglesby told Von Ellerman that he was using the documents to testify against Williams and others "to obtain a reduction or eliminate charges against him." Von Ellerman also observed Oglesby copying from samples of Williams' handwriting "to create incriminating documents that would appear to be written by Mr. In Shadow the Hedgehog, when he becomes Hero Shadow, he uses Chaos Control to fly through part of the level; doing damage to enemies he passes. Mr. Using the power of a single Chaos Emerald, he can warp time and space. He states that he had observed his cellmate George Oglesby receive police reports on Williams and others from the Sheriff's department. Shadow's trademark move is Chaos Control. It included reference to an affidavit by Gordon Bradbury von Ellerman attesting to belief in Williams' innocence and dated December 10 [36] states that he called the NAACP on December 8 after reading that date in the Daily Breeze [37] that his cellmate, George Oglesby, had testified against Williams.

Shadow possesses many of his rival Sonic's abilities, namely the same blistering speed and agility. That same day, Jonathan Harris, a New York counsel with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, filed a response [35], summarizing new evidence of innocence. From information translated off of the Japanese gamesite, he seems to be trying to promote a "cool" outlook, which may explain the shades he's wearing, and the way he rides Extreme Gear. Schwarzenegger summarized by basing his denial of clemency on the "totality of circumstances." (Summary – Details in PDF format). His purpose in the story is unknown, but he is a speed character like Sonic the Hedgehog, Jet the Hawk, and Amy Rose and uses Chaos Powers to attack his enemies. In his denial, Schwarzenegger cited the following:. Shadow is a character in Sonic Riders. On December 12, 2005, Schwarzenegger denied clemency for Williams.

attacked the ARK, he went insane and planned to end all life on earth, but Shadow follows Gerald's original goal (while he was sane, it is considered his true goal). Williams work." [34]. After G.U.N. This position of peace would honor my husband's memory and Mr. Thus, Professor Gerald created the Eclipse Cannon, capable of destroying the Black Comet, and had depended on Shadow to execute this plan. Williams to join me in sending a message to all communities that we should all unite in peace. Soon after it is revealed that Gerald Robotnik somewhat discovered why Black Doom desired the Emeralds, which involved the annihilation of all living beings (and androids) on Earth. I invite Mr.

Using Black Doom's DNA, they created Shadow the Hedgehog, who would both aid Professor Gerald's research and help Black Doom get the Emeralds. Williams' peace initiative. He made a deal with Black Doom: if Black Doom helped him with his research, he promised to deliver to the alien the seven Chaos Emeralds. By contrast, on December 9, 2005, Linda Owens, Albert Owens' widow, issued a statement in support of Williams’ efforts to bring an end to gang violence and his call for peace between gangs: "I, Linda Owens want to build upon Mr. However, he had some troubles in his experiments, and in order to achieve his goals, he contacted the Black Comet, home to Black Doom and the Black Arms. [33]. As mentioned before, Professor Gerald Robotnik was charged with the project of researching immortality. On December 8, 2005, Lora Owens, the stepmother of Albert Owens, one of the victims, made a statement expressing her opinion of Stanley Williams: "I think he [Williams] is the same cold-blooded killer that he was then and he would be now if he had the opportunity again." [32] Owens' two daughters, Rebecca and Andrea, who were 8 and 5 when their father was murdered, also opposed clemency and recalled that they were aghast when they had learned that their father's murderer was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

This game also featured the long awaited return of Super Shadow. Press conferences and rallies in more than a dozen California cities called for a halt to all executions and asked Governor Schwarzenegger to commute Williams’ death sentence to a sentence of life without parole; demonstrations against the death penalty also took place in numerous cities around the world. There are 10 endings, plus a "Final" ending, which ties together all the endings to reveal the truth about Shadow's mysterious past. The “California Moratorium on Executions Act”, A.B.1121, is scheduled to have its first hearing in January 2006. The player can change sides throughout the story, resulting in many forks in the plot, and the ending is influenced by the player's actions through the entire game. On November 29, 2005, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced [31] that more than 175,000 Californians had signed a petition requesting the temporary suspension of executions in California until the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice could complete its study due by December 31, 2007. Eggman. Tony Ford, who is up for execution on March 14 in a disputed conviction, helped organize a prisoners' strike in Texas protesting Williams's execution.

army and Sonic and friends, the villain side, represented by the Black Arms and a neutral side, represented by Dr. Other prisoners were also involved in activism to save Williams's life. The game centers wholly around Shadow and his mysterious past, and the player can choose between three moral positions: the hero side, represented by the G.U.N. See photos of some of the activist events to stop the execution. Eggman soon gets involved in, resulting in the rest of the Sonic cast getting entangled in the conflict as well. Celebrities also joined the fight, including Snoop Dogg, who appeared at a clemency rally wearing a shirt advertising the Save Tookie website and performed a song he had written for Williams, and Jamie Foxx, who - noting that Tookie's execution date was his birthday - publicly stated that the only birthday present he wanted was clemency for Williams. army from Sonic Adventure 2 and the alien race Black Doom rules known as the Black Arms, which Dr. Tookie's friend, co-author and political collaborator, Barbara Becnel, helped to spearhead much of the organizing.

He sets out to find them, however it gets him caught up in a conflict between the G.U.N. Many anti-death penalty and civil rights organizations around the country organized activist campaigns to stop the execution, including the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the NAACP, and others. A mysterious figure, Black Doom, appears before him and requests that he brings him the seven chaos emeralds "as promised", and then vanishes. The recurring segment offended some members of the public, who filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. He sees a cloud appear and the Black Arms fall from it into the city. In the hour, they interviewed advocates of both sides of the issue and expressed their support of the impending execution. In Shadow the Hedgehog, which takes place after the events of Sonic Heroes and possibly before the events of Sonic Battle and Sonic Advance 3, Shadow is standing outside the city, reminiscing of the only memory he has, of Maria's death. In mid-November 2005, talk show hosts John and Ken of the John and Ken Show on Clear Channel's KFI radio in Los Angeles, California started a "Tookie Must Die (For Killing Four Innocent People)" hour on their show daily until the execution of Williams.

Because shadow has his memories back in this game, many people now think that it takes place after Shadow the Hedgehog. Also during this period, the media, community organizations, and relatives of the victims were speaking out. Also if the player beats the game, the player can play each of the character's story again and when the player completes it, the player will discover that Project: Shadow was put on hold because of Emerl. [30]. It has also been suggested that the game is not canon, but there is little evidence either way. Supporters of Williams also made another plea directly to Governor Schwarzenegger to stay the execution. Sonic Battle occurs after Sonic Heroes. On December 11, 2005, the California Supreme Court denied Williams' request for a stay of execution.

In Sonic Battle, Shadow has apparently regained his memories, though it is never explained how. [29]. However, Omega does reappear in Shadow the Hedgehog, still trying to overthrow Eggman. On November 30, 2005, the California Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, refused to reopen Williams' case. It isn't explained what happened to Metal Sonic or Omega, and they are missing from Sonic Battle. While the clemency petition was pending before the governor, Williams also filed further appeals in the courts. At the end of the game, he was last seen with Omega and the defeated Metal Sonic. Schwarzenegger described the decision whether to grant clemency as "the toughest thing when you are governor, dealing with someone's life.".

During the battle with Metal Madness, Metal Madness speaks that "even the Ultimate Life Form cannot stop me" which suggests that the Shadow that is in Sonic Heroes is indeed the real Shadow, created by Gerald Robotnik. The one-hour, closed-door meeting took place as a crowd consisting of both supporters of Williams and proponents of capital punishment congregated outside the Capitol in Sacramento. When Metal Sonic transformed into Metal Madness, Shadow worked with Rouge, Omega, and Teams Rose and Chaotix to distract him long enough for Sonic to power up into his Super Form. On December 8, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger held a clemency hearing. However, Omega reassured her that the original Shadow had to exist somewhere in order for Eggman to make copies. At least one commentator felt this strategy was flawed: San Francisco Chronicle writer Bob Egelko noted doubts stated by the courts handling the appeals and quoted Austin Sarat, professor of law and politics at Amherst College in Massachusetts and author of Mercy on Trial, a book about clemency: "It's [actual innocence] about the only ground in which governors grant clemency in the modern period...I know of no case in which a death row inmate has been spared (solely) on the basis of post-conviction rehabilitation." [28]. As Omega arrived to destroy the room and everything in it, Rouge affirmed her belief that their Shadow was a robot, even though this is not known for certain. The clemency petition emphasized the theme of Williams' redemption, rather than his claim of actual innocence.

Afterward, Rouge stumbled upon a whole room filled with hundreds of cloned Shadows. Williams said he didn't want to be a "snitch." [27]. Eggman. The Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, and other law enforcement disputed that Williams had in fact reformed, saying that he refused to divulge information on other gang members, or debrief officials on the tactics and communication methods that gangs use. Eggman's Empire and discovered that the person they had been chasing was a fake Dr. The state, through the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, opposed the clemency petition. Regardless, Shadow continued his mission, proclaiming that "even if I'm not real, I'm still the ultimate life form, Shadow the Hedgehog!" They defeated Dr. (See below for the full text of the documents filed in these proceedings.).

What this implies about Shadow is not known for certain at this time. In early November, 2005, Williams' attorneys filed his formal petition for executive clemency, as well as a motion to obtain new evidence. As the team ran to continue the mission, Metal Sonic, who was disguised as the Eggman robot and was then out of earshot from the team, claimed that he had successfully copied the Ultimate Life Form data (Shadow's DNA). Those who campaigned against the execution included celebrities, politicians, and Nobel laureates. Eggman proclaiming that he "has no past to remember," Shadow discovered a half-destroyed Shadow robot and realized that he too might just be a robot. In late 2005, a campaign began to urge the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to grant clemency for Williams in consideration of his work as an anti-gang activist and asserted "redemption." Thousands of people signed online petitions calling for Schwarzenegger to commute the death sentence. Soon after hearing Dr. The appellate court denied Williams' appeal in 2002, but noted that the federal courts were not his only forum for relief and that he could request clemency from the Governor of California.

Eggman. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard Williams' appeal from the lower federal court. He joined forces with Rouge and Omega to form Team Dark (as their speed member) and hunt down Dr. In 2001, the U.S. After saving Rouge from a rampaging robot called E-123 Omega, it was revealed that Shadow has amnesia and could not remember anything before his release from the stasis tube. The lower federal court denied the habeas petition. Eggman's bases. The State courts affirmed the conviction.

In the game Sonic Heroes, Rouge discovered that Shadow was alive and in a stasis tube located in the deepest part of one of Dr. Williams appealed his conviction in the state courts, and filed a petition in the federal courts for habeas corpus relief. There probably is no canonical age since Shadow is immortal. The Nobel Prize may not be awarded posthumously, therefore Williams is no longer eligible. On the other hand, Sonic Battle states that Project: Shadow was completed around a week before GUN attacked, meaning Shadow was anywhere between 3-7 days old when the ARK was shut down. William Keach, a Brown University Professor of English Literature, nominated Williams for the Nobel Prize in Literature.[26] The Nobel Committee keeps nominations secret for fifty years. He has been in existence for well over 50 years but was kept by the military in chronic stasis for that time, and hasn't aged a day. Nominations came from Mario Fehr, a member of the Swiss Parliament [24] and four times by Notre Dame de Namur University Philosophy and Religion Professor Phil Gasper [25].

Physically, Shadow appears to be 15 (around Sonic's age), though his chronological age is different. Williams was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year from 2001 to 2005. However, the already exhausted Shadow used the last of his energy to do so, and fell to Earth, supposedly dying. [23]. Together they destroyed Finalhazard and used Chaos Control to stop the free-falling ARK from destroying the Earth. Bush commending him for his social activism, one of some 267,000 "Call To Service Awards" that were sent out. Using the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and Shadow transformed into Super Shadow. President George W.

The massive beast noticed, and in its determination to bring forth Earth's destruction, used a strange form of Chaos Control to merge itself with the ARK to continue the crash course as a new beast now known as Finalhazard. Harrison, a minister from West Monroe, Louisiana, Williams received a letter from U.S. Shadow fought with all his might, but Sonic and Knuckles stopped the emeralds before Shadow could finish off the Biolizard. On the nomination of William A. Shadow urged Sonic and Knuckles to leave the Biolizard for him to deal with and to worry about stopping the Chaos Emeralds. In 2004, he helped broker a peace agreement, called the Tookie Protocol For Peace, for what had been one of the deadliest and most infamous gang wars in the country, between the Bloods and the Crips, in both the state of California and the city of Newark, New Jersey. He reached the core to see Sonic and Knuckles unable to get past a large lizard-like creature, the Biolizard, a prototype ultimate life form created by Project: Shadow. In 1997, Williams wrote and posted on his website an apology for his role in creating the Crips.

Amy continued to plead however, and her words set off a suppressed memory of Maria, a memory of what Maria had really asked of him when she sacrificed herself — to give everyone on Earth a chance at the normal life her premature death at the hands of the Guardian Unit of Nations had denied her (to "give them a chance to be happy.") With a tear sliding down his cheek, Shadow realized that in trying to fulfill Maria's dying wish, he ended up dooming it, and rushed to redeem himself by helping Sonic and Knuckles seal the power of the Chaos Emeralds. Williams' books have not enjoyed strong sales [22], though they may have been distributed as donations to schools, children's centers, and the like. She begged Shadow to come to their aid, but he refused, insisting that the people of Earth didn't deserve his pity after killing an innocent and harmless Maria and that even if he wanted to help, the program could not be deactivated. He wrote several children's books advocating non-violence and alternatives to gangs, an autobiography Blue Rage, Black Redemption, public service announcements, and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, a Hollywood movie which honored him. As everyone rushed to stop this from happening, Amy Rose stumbled across Shadow in the same room that he and Maria often spent time in. After being released from solitary confinement, Williams gained world-wide attention and praise for his work in prison. With the seven emeralds powering it, the ARK contained enough energy to shatter Earth to pieces upon impact. [21].

The ARK automatically moved the Chaos Emeralds from the central control room to the core of the ARK, and set itself on a collision course with Earth. "The particular set is known as the Blue Note Crips, and that information we have received since his arrival here in April 1981 and as recent as June of 2000," Crittendon said. With the power of seven emeralds, the Eclipse Cannon would not unleash its full strength, but instead activate a program Professor Gerald Robotnik somehow managed to leave there. But we have also received information that has identified him as an active member of the Crips," Crittendon said. However, as Eggman had taken the bait, Shadow had completed his task. Though the prison guards noted that he still remained a member of the Crips gang, "The violations are usually involving batteries on inmates, batteries on staff. During their final duel, it is not known if Sonic defeated Shadow or if Shadow defeats Sonic, but either way, the ending turns out the same because while Tails was distracted by this, Eggman stole the last Chaos Emerald and placed it in the Eclipse Cannon. The prison official had observed no gang activity and complimented Williams on his behavior for the last ten years.

Together with a treasure hunter named Rouge the Bat, the three banded together and acquired six of the emeralds, providing enough power to destroy half the moon. According to a classification report found on page 8 of filings by his lawyers during the clemency proceedings [20], dated August 5, 2004, Williams had no violations since that time. The Eclipse Cannon required seven Chaos Emeralds to function. [19] The following is a list of Stanley Williams prison record through 1993. In order to concede this and to fulfill Maria's last wish for (what he believed to be) revenge on those who lived on Earth, Shadow led Eggman to the ARK and showed him the ultimate weapon: the Eclipse Cannon, a giant laser cannon with the power to destroy an entire planet. As inmate CDC# C29300 [17] Williams spent 6 1/2 years in solitary confinement in the late 1980s [18] for multiple assaults on guards and fellow inmates. Eggman one wish, which was the domination of Earth. In response to questioning by the trial judge, the alternate juror stated that the jurors sitting in the center of the jury box had told her that after the verdicts were read, Williams looked at the jury and said that he was going to get all of them.".

As a reward for setting him free, Shadow promised to grant Dr. The trial record shows that after the jurors returned their guilty verdicts, Williams said, “Sons of bitches,” in a voice sufficiently loud that the court reporter included this statement in the trial transcript." "On the day that the jury began its penalty-phase deliberations, an alternate juror reported to the bailiff that some jurors believed that Williams had threatened them. Eggman attacked the complex looking for "his grandfather's legacy" and freed him. The Court of Appeals summary of the case [16] Williams stated "that various jurors misconstrued as a threat a question that he asked defense counsel at the close of the guilt phase. His capsule was captured by the military and stored in the Prison Island for 50 years, until Dr. [15]. Shadow still mourns over Maria's death. According to Williams' defense attorneys, in two subsequent cases, District Attorney Robert Martin was censured by the California State Supreme Court for using race as a criterion in jury selection and had two murder convictions overturned on those grounds.

When the military attacked ARK to shut down the Ultimate Life Form project, Maria supposedly sacrificed herself in order to let Shadow escape to Earth in a suspended animation capsule. [14]. Shadow seemed to have developed a friendship with the Professor's granddaughter, Maria Robotnik and often looked down to Earth, wondering what the purpose to his life was. According to the clemency petition, in his closing arguments, Martin described Williams as a "Bengal tiger in captivity in a zoo" and said that the jury needed to imagine him in his natural "habitat" which was like "going into the back country, into the hinterlands." In a radio interview, Martin stated that the analogy was not meant to be racial, and instead was a metaphor to the fact that Williams appeared in court dressed in business attire much like an animal in a zoo appears more docile than it would be in the wild. He was created by Professor Gerald Robotnik, the grandfather of Doctor Eggman with the help of Black Doom (who had his own shifty motives to have Shadow collect the Chaos Emeralds so he can teleport the Black Comet to Earth and take over Earth) aboard the Space Colony ARK. [13]. Shadow is the end result of the "Ultimate Life Form" project (called "Project: Shadow"), a secret government genetics project shut down a half century ago whose objective was to reach immortality. The defense, however, has neither stated whether or not his mother was actually Filipino, nor refuted the evidence that McLurkin was black.

All of the details about Shadow's past are extremely clouded. McLurkin's driver license photo and the fact that both he and his mother were born in the Phillipines was presented as additional evidence in a November 2005 petition for clemency. Some fans believe he may still want revenge on the Guardian Unit of Nations, but there is so far no evidence supporting this statement. McLurkin was black. It is likely that his new personality will be revealed in the next game he is in, Sonic Riders, where he appears as an unlockable character. They maintain that the trial record indicates that none of the lawyers -- and particularly the prosecutor -- thought Mr. His personality after this currently is not known, but people are assuming that he'll have the same personality as his first appearence. [12] The defense responded that, contrary to the sworn affidavit, McLurkin did not appear black.


After fulfilling his promise to Maria by defeating the Black Arms, Shadow leaves his past behind and moves on. [11] The District Attorney provided proof, however, in the form of a death certificate and the sworn affidavit of another juror, that juror #12, William James McLurkin, was black. He is fueled by revenge on the humans for the death of Maria, and later his quest to discover the truth of his past. Williams' lawyers claimed that he was convicted by a jury that had no Blacks, one Latino, one Filipino-American, and "ten Caucasians". He generally isn't a very pleasant person to be around, but always loyal to his closest allies, unless he sees them as an obstacle. The prosecution removed three Blacks from serving as jurors in Williams' trial. He is cold, and arrogant. [10].

He is constantly haunted by his memories of his beloved Maria. "It's as simple as that," said Williams' spokeswoman Barbara Becnel. He is generally quiet, and a loner - distancing himself from most of the Sonic cast. They stated that people who appreciate Williams' work sent him money. Shadow is a lone wolf and an anti-hero; his motives are unknown and his true alignment (good or evil) is a mystery. Opponents also pointed out that he received a significant amount of money from outside sources. . When contacted about Williams' alleged ongoing gang activity, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman April Harding said there was no evidence of his gang leadership.

Shadow is 3'3" tall, and weighs 77 lbs, exactly like Sonic. Critics point to the fact that although he apologized for and renounced gangs and the founding of the Crips, Williams never renounced his gang membership, and allegedly continued to associate with Crips members in prison. He has also appeared in some of the Sonic Archie Comics. The shell recovered from the Yang crime scene was conclusively matched to Williams' weapon "to the exclusion of all other firearms."[9]. He is an anti-hero and the dark rival of Sonic the Hedgehog and first appeared in the Dreamcast game Sonic Adventure 2. The two shells recovered from the Owens crime scene were consistent with shells fired from this gun, with no exclusionary markings. Shadow the Hedgehog is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Williams' lawyers have claimed that the District Attorney quashed a murder investigation in exchange for their testimony.

Shadow the Hedgehog: "I Am (All of Me)", a hard rocker which rips off Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone". According to the District Attorney, the husband was undergoing sentencing for receiving stolen property and tried for extortion. Sonic Heroes: Team Dark's "This Machine". Williams' gun was found in the home of a couple with whom he had been living. Sonic Adventure 2: "Throw It All Away", a techno-industrial metal song, sounds like Slipknot. The Defense claims this expert's methodology was "junk science at best." [8]. In Japan, he is voiced by Kouji Yusa. No second examiner verified his findings.

Previously, he was voiced by David Humphrey in the games; many fans want David Humphrey to return as his voice in that medium. Even the shotgun shells found conveniently at each crime scene didn't match the shotgun shells that I owned." However, the prosecution's firearms expert, a sheriff's deputy, testified during trial that the shotgun shell recovered from the Yang murder crime scene matched test shells from the shotgun owned by Stanley Williams. In Sonic X and all future video games after Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow will be voiced by Jason Griffith, who also does the voice of Sonic in the same media. They didn't match my boots, nor eyewitnesses. From the beginning of his sentence, Williams maintained his innocence regarding the four murders, alleging prosecutorial misconduct, exclusion of exculpatory evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, biased jury selection, and the misuse of jailhouse and government informants.[7] Williams claimed that the police found "not a shred of tangible evidence, no fingerprints, no crime scenes of bloody boot prints. [6].

The jury recommended the death penalty, and the judge accepted the recommendation and sentenced him to death. The jury also convicted him of robbery in both cases, and found that he personally used a firearm in the commission of the crimes. Stanley Williams was convicted in 1981 of all four murders with special circumstances on each count of felony murder (robbery) as well as multiple murder in the case of the Brookhaven event. Witnesses testified that Williams referred to the victims in conversations with friends as "Buddha-heads", a derogatory term for Asians.

Yu-Chin Lin was shot once in the upper left face area at a distance of a few feet. Tsai-Shai also received two close range wounds, one to the tailbone, and the other to the front of the abdomen, entering at the navel. The forensic pathologist testified that Yen-Yi Yang suffered two close range shotgun wounds, one to his left arm and abdomen, and one to the lower left chest. It was later determined that the Brookhaven incident netted Stanley Williams approximately one hundred dollars.

Robert entered the motel office and found that his mother, his sister, and his father had all been shot; the cash register was empty. Shortly thereafter he heard a female scream, followed by gunshots. Robert, asleep with his wife in their bedroom at the motel, was awakened by the sound of somebody breaking down the door to the motel’s office. Inside the office, Williams shot and killed Yen-Yi, Tsai-Shai, and Yu-Chin, after which he emptied the cash register and fled the scene.

According to court transcripts, at approximately 5:00 am on March 11, 1979, Stanley Williams entered the Brookhaven Motel lobby and then broke down the door that led to the private office. Yu-Chin had recently joined them from Taiwan. They ran the Brookhaven Motel located at 10411 South Vermont Avenue in South Central Los Angeles along with their forty-three year old daughter, Yu-Chin Yang Lin, and son Robert. Yang, were immigrants from Taiwan.

The Yang family, husband seventy-six year old Yen-Yi Yang, and wife sixty-three year old Tsai-Shai C. Williams said that he “didn’t want to leave any witnesses.” Williams also said he killed Owens “because he was white and he was killing all white people.” Coward testified that Williams had bragged about the shooting, stating, “You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him,” as he made gurgling or growling noises and laughed about Owens’ death. Once back in Los Angeles, Sims asked Williams why he had shot Owens. They had netted approximately $120 in the robbery.

Williams, Darryl, Coward, and Sims then fled in the two cars and returned home to Los Angeles. Records show that Williams shot out a security monitor and then killed Owens, shooting him twice in the back at point blank range as he lay prone on the storage room floor. He then heard a shot and glass breaking, followed by two more shots. Coward said that he next heard the sound of a round being chambered into the shotgun.

Court records show that as Darryl and Sims walked to the counter area to take money from the register, Williams walked behind Owens, pulled the sawed-off shotgun from under his jacket and told Owens to “shut up and keep walking.” While pointing the shotgun at Owens’ back, Williams directed him to a back storage room and ordered him to lie down. Williams and Coward followed Owens into the store. When Darryl and Sims entered the 7-Eleven, Owens put the broom and dustpan he was using on the hood of his car and followed them into the store. The store clerk, twenty-six year old Albert Lewis Owens, was sweeping the store parking lot.

Transcripts show that next Coward and Sims followed Williams and Darryl to the 7-Eleven market located at 10437 Whittier Boulevard, near Whittier, California. He then told the men that they would find another place to rob, and that they would all go inside so he could demonstrate to them how a robbery was done. Williams reportedly became very unhappy that Darryl and Sims did not follow through on the plan. And then we left.".

Sims then "walked back from the back ‘cause there was somebody in there and just walked out the door and got back the car with, uh, Blackie. Garcia provided and lit one for him. Sims testified that he and Darryl entered the market, after which Sims walked to the back of the store while Darryl approached Garcia and asked for a cigarette. Johnny Garcia, the clerk on duty at the Stop-N-Go at the time, testified that he was just finishing up mopping the floor, and noticed a station wagon, along with four black men standing outside the door of the store.

Darryl was carrying the .22 pistol that Williams had deposited in the station wagon earlier. Darryl and Sims, at the request of Williams, entered the store with the apparent intention of robbing it. Both vehicles exited the freeway in the vicinity of Whittier Boulevard, where they drove to a nearby Stop-N-Go market. Darryl and Williams got into the station wagon, Coward and Sims got into the Cadillac, and shortly thereafter they were on the freeway headed toward Pomona.

Williams then suggested that they should all go to Pomona. Upon returning, Williams had a .22 caliber pistol, which he placed in the station wagon. Afterward, they went to another residence, where Williams left the others for a period of time. The three men then went to the home of Tony Sims, where they discussed where in Pomona, California they could go to make some money.

Williams went into the Garret residence, and in about ten minutes returned with the shotgun. Williams frequently stayed with Garret, and kept some of his personal effects at that location including a 12-gauge shotgun. Coward followed the two in his 1969 Cadillac. A time after the initial meeting, Darryl, driving a brown station wagon and accompanied by Williams, drove to the home of James Garret.

"Blackie", a reference to his African American heritage. Williams introduced Darryl to a friend of his, Alfred Coward, a.k.a. Court transcripts state that [5], Stanley Williams met with a man who is only identified in court documents as "Darryl" late sometime on Tuesday evening, February 27, 1979. Williams always maintained his innocence, though subsequent court reviews concluded that there was no compelling reason to grant a retrial.[4].

Williams was convicted of two separate robbery/murders in 1979. And eventually, we morphed into the monster we were addressing."[3] According to one version, the original name of the gang was the word Cribs from the first name of the gang, the Avenue Babies, and a reference to their youthfulness. But I was totally wrong. Williams said "we started out—at least my intent was to, in a sense—address all of the so-called neighboring gangs in the area and to put, in a sense—I thought I can cleanse the neighborhood of all these, you know, marauding gangs.

According to many of the original members of the gang, it was initially started as a means to keep the streets safe, reducing violence and police brutality. Williams joined Washington in 1971, forming the west side Crips. The eastern side Crips were formed by Raymond "Truck" Washington in 1969. Williams Jr.

[2] People mistakenly believe that "Tookie" was a nickname, but it was in fact his given middle name, which was shared by Williams and his son, Stanley T. Fremont Senior High School, but was expelled and did not graduate. He attended John C. Born to a 17-year-old mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Williams moved to the impoverished South Central Los Angeles neighborhood when he was 6, where he made a name for himself for being a fighter and a "general" on the streets of South Central's West Side.

. On December 13, 2005, Williams was executed via a botched lethal injection amidst debate over the death penalty and whether his anti-gang advocacy in prison represented genuine atonement. [1] A 2004 biographical feature film entitled Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story featured Jamie Foxx as Williams. He co-wrote children's books and participated in efforts intended to prevent youths from joining gangs.

In 1993, Williams began making changes in his behavior, and became an anti-gang activist while on Death Row in California, Although he continued to refuse to assist police in their gang investigations, he renounced his gang affiliation and apologized for the Crips' founding, while maintaining his innocence of the crimes for which he was convicted. While in prison, Williams refused to aid police investigations with any information against his gang, and was involved in attacks on guards and other inmates as well as multiple escape plots. In December 2005 he was executed for the 1979 murders of Albert Owens, Yen-Yi Yang, Tsai-Shai Lin, and Yee-Chen Lin. Stanley Tookie Williams III (December 29, 1953 – December 13, 2005), was an early leader of the Crips, a notorious American street gang which had its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969.

The Nation, (December 14, 2005). "Hypocrisy Trumps Clemency". Tookie's Mistaken Identity: On the Trail of the Real Founder of the Crips. The Peoples' Clemency Hearing Socialist Worker.

State's high court won't spare Williams. Schwarzenegger hears Snoop Dogg's clemency plea. NAACP Steps Up Efforts to Save Stanley Tookie Williams. THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Why 'Tookie' Williams?.

Retrieved December 8, 2005. October 26, 2005. "Stanley Tookie Williams, Could be First Gang Member Executed in California", Street Gangs Magazine. Alonso, Alex.

Retrieved December 1, 2005. December 1, 2005. "Reformed gang leader awaits death", BBC News. Leithead, Alistair.

Retrieved December 13, 2005. December 13, 2005. "Stanley 'Tookie' Williams Executed", ABC KGO-TV / Associated Press. Redemption : From Original Gangster to Nobel Prize Nominee - The Extraordinary Life Story of Stanley Tookie Williams (Paperback) by Stanley Williams, 2004, (HB) ISBN 1903854342.

Life in Prison by Stanley Tookie Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1998, (PB) ISBN 1587170949, 80 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8 (royalties donated to the Institute for the Prevention of Youth Violence). Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence.) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 1568381379, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8. Gangs and Your Neighborhood (Williams, Stanley. Tookie Speaks Out Against Gangs.) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 156838136, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8.

Gangs and Your Friends (Williams, Stanley. Gangs and Weapons (Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence) by Stanley Tookie Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 1568381328, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 9-12. Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence.) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 156838131X, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 9-12. Gangs and Wanting to Belong (Williams, Stanley.

Tookie Speaks Out Against Gangs.) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 1568381344 (HB} ISBN 0823923452, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8. Gangs and Violence (Williams, Stanley. Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence.) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, ISBN 1568381301, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 9-12. Gangs and the Abuse of Power (Williams, Stanley.

Gangs and Self-Esteem: Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence (Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1999, (PB) ISBN 061302690X, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8. Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence,) by Stanley Williams, Barbara Cottman Becnel, 1997, (PB) ISBN 1568381352, 24 pages, Reading level: Ages 9-12. Gangs and Drugs (Williams, Stanley. Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir (Paperback) by Stanley Tookie Williams, 2005, (PB) ISBN 0975358405.

In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do.". Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption. "Is Williams’ redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise? Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. "The dedication of Williams' book Life in Prison casts significant doubt on his personal redemption and… the mix of individuals on [the dedication] list is curious" … "but the inclusion of George Jackson on the list defies reason and is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed.".

From 1995 he "tried to preach a message of gang avoidance and peacemaking" … "It is hard to assess the effect of such efforts in concrete terms, but the continued pervasiveness of gang violence leads one to question the efficacy of Williams' message.". Williams had written books that instruct readers to avoid the gang lifestyle and to stay out of prison. A "close look at his post-arrest and post-conviction conduct tells a story different from redemption.". "Cumulatively, the evidence demonstrating Williams is guilty of these murders is strong and compelling" … "there is no reason to second-guess the jury's decision of guilt.".

The basis of his request for clemency is the "personal redemption Stanley Williams has experienced and the positive impact of the message he sends," yet "it is impossible to separate Williams' claim of innocence from his claim of redemption.". "The possible irregularities in Williams’ trial have been thoroughly and carefully reviewed by the courts, and there is no reason to disturb the judicial decisions that uphold the jury’s decisions that he is guilty of these four murders and should pay with his life.". 15). Exh.

(P. Subsequently, a stabbing instrument ("shank") made of sharpened plastic was recovered from where the fight had occurred. After a warning shot was fired, the fighting stopped. A guard ordered the inmates to stop, but the fight continued.

Williams was one of the combatants. On July 6, 1993, a large fight broke out in the shower area. 14). Exh.

(P. After the shot was fired, guards gained control over Williams. Eventually, gun officers responded by firing a round near Williams. Once again, despite being ordered to stop, Williams continued with the assault.

On December 24, 1991, Williams was involved in another fight with an inmate. 13). Exh. (P.

On October 19, 1988, Williams was placed in Administrative Segregation based on his association with the Crips street gang. 13). Exh. (P.

Prison officials subsequently learned that this stabbing was done in retaliation for a September 22, 1988 stabbing of another inmate ordered by Williams. On October 10, 1988, Williams was involved in a fight that led to him being stabbed by Tiequon Aundray Cox (aka Lil Fee), a Rolling 60s Crips member, and fellow death row inmate. 12). Exh.

(P. Eventually, after gun officers responded, Williams stopped the attack. The guard ordered Williams to stop but Williams continued with the assault. On July 4, 1986, Williams stepped between a guard and another inmate and began to beat up the inmate.

11). Exh. I have dusted many officers on the street, one more would not make any difference." (P. When the guard advised the female of the prison policies, Williams became verbally hostile and stated, "you are looking around too much and that's not your job.

On June 8, 1984, Williams was observed participating in inappropriate behavior with a female visitor. 10). Exh. (P.

Only after a guard fired a warning shot did Williams stop fighting. Williams, however, continued to fight. In an effort to stop the attack, the guard blew his whistle and drew his weapon. On February 16, 1984, a guard saw Williams bending over another inmate and striking him with his closed fists.

9). Exh. (P. On January 29, 1982, Williams again attacked a guard by throwing a chemical substance on him.

8). Exh. (P. As a result of that assault, the guard suffered from chemical burns to these areas and had to be taken to the hospital where he received emergency care.

In one of these instances, Williams threw a chemical substance in the eyes and on the face of a guard. On January 28, 1982, Williams had two separate instances where he threw chemical substances at guards. 7). Exh.

Williams responded by saying "you'll get yours boy, I can do anything now because I know what the gunmen will do…one of these days I'll trick you boy." (P. The guard then explained the line-up procedure to Williams. Williams refused the order and became hostile. On January 26, 1982, Williams was ordered to lineup for his return to his cell.

6). Exh. (P. Only after repeated orders did Williams stop.

When Williams was ordered to cease fighting, he ignored the order. Williams was observed kneeling over the other inmate and striking him in the head with his closed fists. On June 30, 1981, just two months after being sentenced, Williams was involved in a violent fight with another inmate.

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