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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. Some churches use the same stripped Christmas tree as a Christian cross at Easter. While Shadow has his own game, Shadow also has his own theme songs even in Sonic Titles:. Such individuals and Christian denominations are unlikely to celebrate Christmas at all, for the same reason, such as the United Church of God. 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. Some Christians, again a minority, feel that since "Christmas Trees" are not biblically ordained, they should not be used.

It was not known whether he was the same Shadow from Sonic Adventure 2 or a robotic copy made by Eggman. The only consistancies with Christmas tree customs seem to be that both are made of wood and both are decorated. Until recently, Shadow's fan base was split over what the new Shadow was, as the new Shadow suffered from amnesia. They would also carry it from place to place as an object to be feared and worshipped. 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. A full study of the passage shows that the people would cut down a tree and work it with a chisel to engrave an image in it. 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. In other English translations of the Bible the verses more explicitly refer to the practice of making idols to be worshipped:.

Shadow returns in Sonic #157. Interpreting those verses as a ban on Christmas trees may be more common among individuals and Christian denominations that are part of the King-James-Only Movement. Most particularly, he seems to have some sort of feelings towards the Overlander girl Hope, who reminds Shadow of Maria. Some Christians, albeit a minority, feel that the practice of having "Christmas Trees" is prohibited by the Book of Jeremiah 10:1-5 which says,. In his journey, he has run into various characters, including the E-102 Gamma-lookalike Isaac, the Guardian, Locke, and several others. A recent campaign spearheaded by conservative Fox News Channel contributors Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity has resulted in a backlash from some Christian groups and individuals who feel the designation "holiday tree" is part of an alleged war on Christmas. Eggman, but will turn on them if they hinder his search for the truth. The term holiday tree has, since at least 1990 (and perhaps before), been used by some in the United States, Canada and the UK to reflect the winter holiday season instead of any specific religious holiday.

He has sided with the Mobians to fight greater evils, like the Xorda and Dr. The term comes from the appearance of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree in the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. 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. Some tree buyers intentionally adopt such trees, feeling sympathetic to their plights. 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. The term Charlie Brown Christmas tree can be used to described any sad-looking, malformed little tree. Shadow proves useless against the Xorda and crashes into Mobius, surviving the fall, and is found by Sonic. President Jimmy Carter only lit the crowning star atop the Tree in 1979 in honor of the Americans being held hostage in Iran; in 1980, the tree was only fully lit for 417 seconds, one second for each day the hostages had been in captivity.

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. Today, the lighting of the National Tree is part of what has become a major holiday event at the White House. 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 United States' National Christmas Tree is lit each year south of the White House in Washington, D.C. Shadow has appeared in Archie's Sonic comics, but has only made a handful of appearances. In some cases the trees represent special commemorative gifts, such as in Trafalgar Square in London where the City of Oslo presents a tree to the people of London as a token of appreciation for the British support of Norwegian resistance during the Second World War and in Newcastle upon Tyne, where the 15 m tall main civic Christmas tree is an annual gift from the city of Bergen, Norway in thanks for the part played by soldiers from Newcastle in liberating Bergen from Nazi occupation. 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. In some cities festivals are organised around the decoration and display of multiple trees as charity events.

Again, Shadow the Hedgehog receives a faint memory of Maria as he is holding the white Chaos Emerald in his hands. Many cities, towns, and department stores put up public Christmas trees outdoors for everyone to enjoy, such as the Rich's Great Tree in Atlanta, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City and the large Christmas tree at Victoria Square in Adelaide. They later state that a girl was blown up in an airplane it is likely that Molly is the one who receives that fate. The "First Christmas Tree in America" is also claimed by Easton, Pennsylvania, where German settlers purportedly erected a Christmas tree in 1816. Molly, being a GUN agent, uses an aircraft similar to the X Tornado to destroy the Metarex alongside the others. Windsor Locks, Connecticut claims that a Hessian soldier put up a Christmas tree in 1777 while imprisoned at the Noden-Reed House, thus making it the home of the first Christmas tree in New England. 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. There are several cities in the United States which lay claim to that country's first Christmas tree.

It seems that she is already liked by another man, whose name is unclear. Such patriotic prints of the British royal family at Christmas celebrations helped popularise the Christmas tree in Britain and among the anglophile American upper class. Shadow and Rouge meet her; Molly takes one look at Shadow and blushes. Images of the royal family with their Christmas tree at Osborne House were illustrated in English magazines, initially as a woodcut in the Illustrated London News of December 1848, and copied in the United States at Christmas 1850 (illustration, left). Accompainied by them is a orange haired female teenager by the name of Molly. The generous Prince Albert also presented large numbers of trees to schools and army barracks at Christmas. Robotnik is visited by a small troop of the GUN army, how they got into Sonic's world is uncertain for now. In 1847, Prince Albert wrote: "I must now seek in the children an echo of what Ernest [his brother] and I were in the old time, of what we felt and thought; and their delight in the Christmas-trees is not less than ours used to be".

In that same episode, Dr. After her marriage to her German cousin, Prince Albert, the custom became even more widespread. But he cannot seem to find out who she really was. All the presents being placed round the trees...". 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. Queen Victoria as a child was familiar with the custom, in her journal for Christmas Eve 1832, the delighted 13-year-old Princess wrote: "After dinner...we then went into the drawing-room near the dining-room...There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. 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 Britain, the Christmas tree was introduced by King George III's German Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, but did not spread much beyond the royal family.

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. In France, the first Christmas tree was introduced in 1840 by the duchess of Orleans. With the airing of Sonic X season 3 in multiple places, some hard proof that Shadow survived his fall to Earth is in place. Princess Henrietta von Nassau-Weilburg introduced the Christmas tree to Vienna in 1816, and the custom spread across Austria in the following years. (Much to the chagrin of David Humphrey fans). In the early 19th century, the custom became popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far as Russia. 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. It was regarded as a Protestant custom by the Catholic majority along the lower Rhine, and was spread there only by Prussian officials who were moved there in the wake of the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

For one, it was Chris Thorndyke who reminded Shadow of his true promise from Maria, and not Amy Rose. The Christmas tree remained confined to the upper Rhineland for a relatively long time. Episodes 33 through 38 are based on Sonic Adventure 2, with a few differences from the game. Wax candles are attested from the late 18th century. Shadow also appears on the cartoon Sonic X. By the early 18th century, the custom had become common in towns of the upper Rhineland, but it had not yet spread to rural areas.
. One Strasbourg priest, Johann Konrad Dannerhauer, complains about the custom as distracting from the word of God.

It is unclear whether or not this report will ever be updated with the information recently revealed in the Shadow game. During the 17th century, the custom entered family homes. [1]. The city of Riga, Latvia claims to be home of the first holiday tree, an octagonal plaque in the town square reads "The First New Years Tree in Riga in 1510", in eight different languages. This backstory is also what the Journal Entries in Sonic Battle work with. Another early reference is from Basel, where the taylor apprentices carried around town a tree decorated with apples and cheese in 1597. 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. It can be traced to 16th century Germany; Ingeborg Weber-Keller (Marburg professor of European ethnology) identified as the earliest reference a Bremen guild chronicle of 1570 which reports how a small fir was decorated with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers, and erected in the guild-house, for the benefit of the guild members' children, who collected the dainties on Christmas day.

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 modern custom, however, although likely related, cannot be proven to be directly descended from pagan tradition. After Sonic Adventure 2 was released, a strategy guide was fashioned with the guidance of Sonic Team. According to one legend, Saint Boniface attempted to introduce the idea of trinity to the pagan tribes using the cone-shaped evergreen trees because of their triangular appearance. 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. According to Adam of Bremen, in Scandinavia the pagan kings sacrificed nine males of each species at the sacred groves every ninth year. Eggman tell Shadow that he was lying. Among early Germanic tribes the Yule tradition was celebrated by sacrificing male animals and slaves by suspending them on the branches of trees.

While fighting the final boss, Devil Doom, after around seven to ten minutes of battle, the player will hear Dr. Patron trees (for example, the Irminsul, Thor's Oak and the figurative Yggdrasil) held special significance for the ancient Germanic tribes, appearing throughout historic accounts as sacred symbols and objects. 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. A branch of flowering Glastonbury thorn is still sent annually for the Queen's Christmas table in the United Kingdom. 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. Medieval legends, nevertheless, tended to concentrate more on the miraculous "flowering" of trees at Christmas time. In addition, Eggman has numerous Shadow robots called Shadow Androids. In Roman mosaics from what is today Tunisia, showing the mythic triumphant return from India of the Greek god of wine and male fertility, Dionysus (dubbed by some modern scholars as a life-death-rebirth deity), the god carries a tapering coniferous tree.

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. The Christmas tree is often explained as a Christianization of the ancient pagan idea that the evergreen tree represents a celebration of the renewal of life. 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. After the holidays, dead trees can be put to other uses:. In Japanese, the words "Robot" and "Artificial Lifeform" translate to roughly the same thing (Jinzou). These tips will ensure the tree will stay fresh for several weeks. When Tails says: "Look at all of those eggmans robots!"). This tradition seems to be limited mostly to the United States.

However, that may actually be faulty translation that the game is littered with (i.e. Flocking can be done with a professional sprayer at a tree lot (or the manufacturer if it is artificial), or at home from a spray can, and either can be rather messy. The latter is bolstered by the fact that Rouge calls him one. Typically it would be sprayed all over the tree from the sides, which produced a look different from real snow, which settles in clumps atop branches. There has been some debate on whether the current Shadow is the real thing, or a robot or clone created by Eggman. In the 1980s some trees were sprayed with fluffy white flocking to simulate snow. 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". A plain mat of fabric or plastic may also be placed under the stand and skirt to protect the floor from scratches or water.

Shadow shares every ability that Sonic has, meaning that they are truly rivals. Generally, the difference between a mat and skirt is simply that a mat is placed under the tree stand, while a skirt is placed over it, having a hole in the middle for the trunk, with a slot cut to the outside edge so that it can be placed around the tree (beneath the branches) easily. He and Sonic have been observed using their chaos powers while Super Sonic and Super Shadow. As Christmas presents arrive, they are generally placed underneath the tree on the tree skirt (depending on tradition, all Christmas gifts, or those too large to be hung on the tree, as in "presents on the tree" of the song "White Christmas"). Both Chaos Control and Chaos Blast allow Shadow to also gain temporary invincibility and unlimited ammunition. A nativity scene, model train, or Christmas village may be placed on the mat or skirt. 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. What began as ordinary cloth has now often become much more ornate, some having embroidery or being put together like a quilt.

soldiers(or other hero based characters), healing aliens (or other dark based characters), and destroying regular parts of the environment (i.e. Even when dripless candles, electric lights and artificial trees have been used, a skirt is still usually used as a decorative feature: among other things, it hides the tree stand, which may be unsightly but which is an important safety feature of home trees. Attacking G.U.N. Since candles were used to light trees until electric bulbs came about, a mat (UK) or "skirt" (US) was often placed on the floor below the tree to protect it by catching the dripping candle wax, and also to collect any needles that fall. 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. Many people also decorate outdoor trees with food that birds and other wildlife will enjoy, such as garlands made from unsalted popcorn or cranberries, orange halves, and seed-covered suet cakes. Attacking Black Arms aliens (or other dark based characters), healing G.U.N. Conversely, trees decorated by professional designers for department stores and other institutions will usually have a "theme"; a set of predominant colours, multiple instances of each type of ornament, and larger decorations that may be more complicated to set up correctly.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow can use one of two Chaos-based moves, depending on what actions the player takes. Individuals' decorations vary wildly, typically being an eclectic mix of family traditions and personal tastes; even a small unattractive ornament, if passed down from a parent or grandparent, may come to carry considerable emotional value and be given pride of place on the tree. 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). Baubles are another extremely common decoration, and usually consist of a fairly small hollow glass or plastic sphere coated with a thin metallic layer to make them reflective, and then with a further coating of a thin pigmented polymer in order to provide colouration. Shadow used Chaos Control at the end of his own game using all seven Chaos Emeralds. Strands of tinsel may be hung in groups from longer branches to simulate icicles, though this trend has gradually fallen off since the late 1970s. Sonic can also use Chaos Control, even with a fake emerald, though he only realizes this later. Lighting with candles or electric lights (fairy lights) is commonly done, and a tree topper completes the ensemble.

Shadow, like Sonic, can use the light dash. Delicate mould-blown and painted coloured glass Christmas ornaments were a specialty of Czech glass factories from the late 19th century, and have since become a large industry, complete with famous-name designers. He uses it one last time to send away the defeated Finalhazard, although this results in his apparent death. Tinsel and several types of garland or ribbon are commonly used to decorate a Christmas tree. 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. Organically grown Christmas trees are available in some markets, and as with many other crops, are widely held to be better for the environment. 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”. In some cases management of Christmas tree crops can result in poor habitat since it involves heavy input of pesticides and herbicides.

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). Live trees are typically grown as a crop and replanted in rotation after cutting, often providing suitable habitat for wildlife. 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. Real trees also help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while growing. Using the power of a single Chaos Emerald, he can warp time and space. Real trees are used only for a short time, but can be recycled and used as mulch or used to prevent erosion [2]. Shadow's trademark move is Chaos Control. Artificial trees can be used for many years, but are usually non-recyclable, ending up in landfills.

Shadow possesses many of his rival Sonic's abilities, namely the same blistering speed and agility. Polyethylene trees are less toxic, though more expensive, than PVC trees [1]. 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. For instance, the bark of a real tree can be used to surface an artificial trunk. 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. A small amount of real-tree material is used in some artificial trees. Shadow is a character in Sonic Riders. Some trees have a warning that dust or leaves from the tree should not be eaten or inhaled.

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). Artificial trees are usually made out of PVC, a toxic material which is often stabilised with lead. After G.U.N. There is some debate as to whether artificial or real trees are better for the environment. Thus, Professor Gerald created the Eclipse Cannon, capable of destroying the Black Comet, and had depended on Shadow to execute this plan. Real potted ones are often sold like this, and artificial ones often come with a "root ball" but only sometimes with decorations. 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. A long-standing and simple gimmick is conifer seedlings sold with cheap decorations attached by soft pipe cleaners.

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. Past gimmicks include small talking or singing trees, and trees which blow "snow" (actually small styrofoam beads) over themselves, collecting them in a decorative cardboard bin at the bottom and blowing them back up to the top through a tube hidden next to the trunk. 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. Retailers also claimed that the trees were popular because they allowed larger presents to be placed beneath the trees. 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. Customers then wanted to replicate the inverted tree. As mentioned before, Professor Gerald Robotnik was charged with the project of researching immortality. They were originally sold as decorations for merchants that allowed customers to get closer to ornaments being sold.

This game also featured the long awaited return of Super Shadow. In 2005 inverted trees became popular. There are 10 endings, plus a "Final" ending, which ties together all the endings to reveal the truth about Shadow's mysterious past. Some are instead lit partly or completely by fibre optics, with the light in the base, and a rotating colour wheel causing various colours to shimmer across the tree. 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. Since the late 1990s, many indoor artificial trees come pre-strung with lights. Eggman. Some skyscrapers will tell certain offices to leave their lights on (and others off) at night during December, creating a Christmas tree pattern.

army and Sonic and friends, the villain side, represented by the Black Arms and a neutral side, represented by Dr. A few hotels and other buildings, both public and private, will string lights up from the roof to the top of a small tower on top of the building, so that at night it appears as a lit Christmas tree, often using green or other coloured lights. 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. These lights are usually white, but often are green, red, red/green, blue/white, blue, or multicoloured, and sometimes with a small controller to fade colours back and forth. Eggman soon gets involved in, resulting in the rest of the Sonic cast getting entangled in the conflict as well. lawns in the 2000s, along with 1990s spiral ones that hang from a central pole, both styles being lighted with standard miniature lights. army from Sonic Adventure 2 and the alien race Black Doom rules known as the Black Arms, which Dr. Outdoor branched trees made out of heavy white-enameled steel wires have become more popular on U.S.

He sets out to find them, however it gets him caught up in a conflict between the G.U.N. Other artificial trees which look nothing like a conifer except for the triangular or conical shape, are also used as tabletop decorations, such as a stack of ornaments. A mysterious figure, Black Doom, appears before him and requests that he brings him the seven chaos emeralds "as promised", and then vanishes. More recent tinsel trees can be used fairly safely with lights. He sees a cloud appear and the Black Arms fall from it into the city. They were instead lit by a spotlight or floodlight, often with a motorised rotating color wheel in front of it. 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. They were aluminium-coated paper, meaning that they also posed a great fire hazard if lights were put directly on them (warnings to this effect are still issued with most christmas tree lights).

Because shadow has his memories back in this game, many people now think that it takes place after Shadow the Hedgehog. The first trees which were not green were the metallic trees of the 1950s and 1960s. 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. Around 2003, some trees with molded-plastic branches started selling in the U.S.. It has also been suggested that the game is not canon, but there is little evidence either way. Better trees also have more branch tips, the number usually listed on the box. Sonic Battle occurs after Sonic Heroes. Most of the better trees have branches hinged to the pole, though the less-expensive ones generally still come separately.

In Sonic Battle, Shadow has apparently regained his memories, though it is never explained how. Many trees now come in "slim" versions, to fit in smaller spaces. However, Omega does reappear in Shadow the Hedgehog, still trying to overthrow Eggman. These trees have become a little more realistic every year, with a few deluxe trees containing multiple branch styles. It isn't explained what happened to Metal Sonic or Omega, and they are missing from Sonic Battle. Many also have very short brown "needles" wound in with the longer green ones, to imitate the branch itself or the bases that each group of pine (but not other conifer) needles grows from. At the end of the game, he was last seen with Omega and the defeated Metal Sonic. Those first trees looked like long-needled pine trees, but later trees use flat PVC sheets to make the needles.

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. Each row of branches is a different size, colour coded at the base with paint or stickers for ease of assembly. 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. The bases of the branches were then twisted together to form a large branch, which was then inserted by the user into a wooden pole (now metal with plastic rings) for a trunk. However, Omega reassured her that the original Shadow had to exist somewhere in order for Eggman to make copies. They were made the same way, using animal hair (mainly pig bristles) and later plastic bristles, dyed pine-green colour, inserted between twisted wires that form the branches. 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 first modern artificial Christmas trees were produced by companies which made brushes.

Afterward, Rouge stumbled upon a whole room filled with hundreds of cloned Shadows. in 1913, in the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog. Eggman. The first feather trees came to the U.S. Eggman's Empire and discovered that the person they had been chasing was a fake Dr. Originating in Germany in the 19th century to prevent further deforestation, these "minimalist" trees show off small ornaments very well. 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. The first artificial trees were tabletop feather trees, made from green-dyed goose feathers wound onto sticks drilled into a larger one, like the branches on a tree.

What this implies about Shadow is not known for certain at this time. They may also be necessary for people who have an allergy to conifers, and are increasingly popular in office settings. 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). Artificial trees are sometimes even a necessity in some rented homes (especially apartment flats), due to the potential fire danger from a dried-out real tree, leading to their prohibition by some landlords. 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 the U.S., about 70% of trees are now artificial. Soon after hearing Dr. At the end of the Christmas season artificial trees can be diassembled and stored compactly, but some artificial-tree owners simply store the whole decorated tree covered in a large bag, ready for the next year.

Eggman. Trees come in a number of colours and "species", and some come pre-decorated with coloured lights. He joined forces with Rouge and Omega to form Team Dark (as their speed member) and hunt down Dr. Artificial trees are very popular, particularly in the U.S., where despite their lack of realism (both in looks and scent), they are considered more convenient and (if used for several years) less expensive than real trees. 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. In the UK, The British Christmas Tree Growers Association represents the interests of all those who grow Christmas trees in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Eggman's bases. In the past, Christmas trees were often harvested from wild forests, but now almost all are commercially grown on tree farms.

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. The shearing also damages the highly attractive natural symmetry of unsheared trees. There probably is no canonical age since Shadow is immortal. European tradition prefers the open aspect of naturally-grown, unsheared trees, while in North America (outside much of the Rockies) there is a preference for close-sheared trees with denser foliage, but less space to hang decorations. 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. Others are produced in a container and sometimes as topiary for a porch or patio. 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. These trees must be kept inside only for a few days, as the warmth will bring them out of dormancy, leaving them little protection when put back outside into the midwinter cold in most areas.

Physically, Shadow appears to be 15 (around Sonic's age), though his chronological age is different. However, the combination of root loss on digging, and the indoor environment of high temperature and low humidity is very detrimental to the tree's health, and the survival rate of these trees is low. However, the already exhausted Shadow used the last of his energy to do so, and fell to Earth, supposedly dying. Some trees are sold live with roots and soil, often from a nursery, to be planted later outdoors and enjoyed (and often decorated) for years or decades. Together they destroyed Finalhazard and used Chaos Control to stop the free-falling ARK from destroying the Earth. Norfolk Island pine is sometimes used, particularly in the Oceania region, and in Australia some species of the genera Casuarina and Allocasuarina are also occasionally used as Christmas trees. Using the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and Shadow transformed into Super Shadow. The long-needled Eastern White Pine is also used there.

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. Virginia Pine is still available on some tree farms in the southeastern United States, however it has poor winter colour and sharp needles. Shadow fought with all his might, but Sonic and Knuckles stopped the emeralds before Shadow could finish off the Biolizard. Less-traditional conifers are sometimes used, such as Giant Sequoia, Leyland Cypress and Eastern Juniper. Shadow urged Sonic and Knuckles to leave the Biolizard for him to deal with and to worry about stopping the Chaos Emeralds. Several other species are used to a lesser extent. 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. and in North America:.

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. Commonly used species in northern Europe (including the UK) are:. 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. The best species for use are species of fir (Abies), which have the major benefit of not shedding the needles when they dry out, as well as good foliage colour and scent; but species in other genera are also used. 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. Both natural and artificial trees are used as Christmas trees. With the seven emeralds powering it, the ARK contained enough energy to shatter Earth to pieces upon impact. In Germany, the Catholic people takes their Christmas trees down by the 2nd of February.

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. In Europe, private Christmas trees are not usually put up until at least the middle of December and are usually taken down by the 6th of January. 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. In more northern climates and into Canada, the tree (if not too dry) and other decorations are left up well into January. However, as Eggman had taken the bait, Shadow had completed his task. homes is to put the tree up right after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November) and to take it down right after the New Year. 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 most common tradition in U.S.

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. Modern commercialisation of Christmas has however resulted in trees being put up much earlier; in shops often as early as late October. The Eclipse Cannon required seven Chaos Emeralds to function. Traditionally, Christmas trees were not brought in and decorated until Christmas Eve (24 December), and then removed the day after twelfth night (i.e., 6 January); to have a tree up before or after these dates was even considered bad luck. 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. . Eggman one wish, which was the domination of Earth. It is normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is brought into a home or used in the open, and is decorated with Christmas lights and colourful ornaments during the days around Christmas.

As a reward for setting him free, Shadow promised to grant Dr. A Christmas tree is one of the most popular traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas. Eggman attacked the complex looking for "his grandfather's legacy" and freed him. In coastal areas, trees can be used to protect sand dunes from erosion. His capsule was captured by the military and stored in the Prison Island for 50 years, until Dr. Trees can be cut into small pieces and use for mulch or composted; some cities offer this service to their residents. Shadow still mourns over Maria's death. Use the tree as a bean or pea support pole.

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. Use needles in a sachet. 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. Use your tree as a bird feeder, hanging suet balls or other food from the branches. 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. Place your tree away from heat sources, including radiators and windows that get a lot of direct sunlight. 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. Only use plain water; research shows that additives such as sugar, cola and aspirin do more harm than good.

All of the details about Shadow's past are extremely clouded. Check it daily. Some fans believe he may still want revenge on the Guardian Unit of Nations, but there is so far no evidence supporting this statement. Make sure your tree has a sturdy Christmas tree stand that holds 4-6 litres of water. 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. This allows the tree to continue taking up water, by removing the resin-soaked wood at the original cut. His personality after this currently is not known, but people are assuming that he'll have the same personality as his first appearence. Just before placing it in the stand, cut 2-3 centimeters off the trunk.


After fulfilling his promise to Maria by defeating the Black Arms, Shadow leaves his past behind and moves on. Before taking your tree inside, gently bang the tree on its stump several times to dislodge any loose needles. He is fueled by revenge on the humans for the death of Maria, and later his quest to discover the truth of his past. If possible, the night before decorating, bring the tree into a partially heated area to allow it to adjust gradually to temperature changes. 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. If decoration is not planned immediately, store the tree in a cool environment protected from the sun and wind. He is cold, and arrogant. When transporting the tree, protect it from wind and road salts by covering it with plastic.

He is constantly haunted by his memories of his beloved Maria. Stone Pine Pinus pinea (as small table-top trees). He is generally quiet, and a loner - distancing himself from most of the Sonic cast. Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Shadow is a lone wolf and an anti-hero; his motives are unknown and his true alignment (good or evil) is a mystery. Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii. . Red Fir Abies magnifica.

Shadow is 3'3" tall, and weighs 77 lbs, exactly like Sonic. Noble Fir Abies procera. He has also appeared in some of the Sonic Archie Comics. Fraser Fir Abies fraseri. He is an anti-hero and the dark rival of Sonic the Hedgehog and first appeared in the Dreamcast game Sonic Adventure 2. Balsam Fir Abies balsamea. Shadow the Hedgehog is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris.

Shadow the Hedgehog: "I Am (All of Me)", a hard rocker which rips off Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone". Serbian Spruce Picea omorika. Sonic Heroes: Team Dark's "This Machine". Norway Spruce Picea abies (generally the cheapest). Sonic Adventure 2: "Throw It All Away", a techno-industrial metal song, sounds like Slipknot. Noble Fir Abies procera. In Japan, he is voiced by Kouji Yusa. Nordmann Fir Abies nordmanniana (as in the photo).

Previously, he was voiced by David Humphrey in the games; many fans want David Humphrey to return as his voice in that medium. Silver Fir Abies alba (the original species). 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.

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