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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Shadow returns in Sonic #157. by contemplating Divine deeds or witnessing the marvels of nature. Most particularly, he seems to have some sort of feelings towards the Overlander girl Hope, who reminds Shadow of Maria. Rabbinic literature differs how this love can be developed, e.g. In his journey, he has run into various characters, including the E-102 Gamma-lookalike Isaac, the Guardian, Locke, and several others. As for the latter, one is commanded to love God "with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might" (Deuteronomy 6:5), taken by the Mishnah (a central text of the Jewish oral law) to refer to good deeds, willingness to sacrifice one's life rather than commit certain serious transgressions, willingness to sacrifice all one's possessions and being grateful to the Lord despite adversity (tractate Berachoth 9:5). Eggman, but will turn on them if they hinder his search for the truth. As for the former, the Torah states: "Love your neighbor like yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).

He has sided with the Mobians to fight greater evils, like the Xorda and Dr. Judaism employs a wide definition of love, both between people and between man and the Deity. 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. Other related but dissimilar terms are Chen (grace) and Hesed, which basically combines the meaning of "affection" and "compassion" and is sometimes rendered in English as "loving-kindness". 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. In Hebrew Ahava is the most commonly used term for both interpersonal love and love of God. Shadow proves useless against the Xorda and crashes into Mobius, surviving the fall, and is found by Sonic. A common viewpoint of Sufism is that through Love humankind can get back to its inherent purity and grace.

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. God in Sufism is referred to in three main terms which are the Lover, Loved, and Beloved with the last of these terms being often seen in Sufi poetry. 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. Sufism is oftentimes referred to as the religion of Love. Shadow has appeared in Archie's Sonic comics, but has only made a handful of appearances. Since everything is a reflection of God, the school of Sufism practices to see the beauty inside the apparently ugly. 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. God desires to recognize beauty, and as if one looks at a mirror to see oneself, God "looks" at itself within the dynamics of nature.

Again, Shadow the Hedgehog receives a faint memory of Maria as he is holding the white Chaos Emerald in his hands. Sufis believe that love is a projection of the essence of God to the universe. They later state that a girl was blown up in an airplane it is likely that Molly is the one who receives that fate. Ishq, or divine love, is the emphasis of Sufism. Molly, being a GUN agent, uses an aircraft similar to the X Tornado to destroy the Metarex alongside the others. All who hold the faith have God's love, but to what degree or effort he has pleased God depends on the individual itself. 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. One still has God's love, but how the person evaluates his own worth is to his own and God's own counsel.

It seems that she is already liked by another man, whose name is unclear. In Islam, love is more often than not used as an incentive for sinners to aspire to be as worthy of God's love as they may. Shadow and Rouge meet her; Molly takes one look at Shadow and blushes. It refers to God as being "full of loving kindness". Accompainied by them is a orange haired female teenager by the name of Molly. There are no direct references stating that God is love, but amongst the 99 names of God (Allah), there is the name Al-Wadud or 'the Loving One', which is found in Surah 11:90 as well as Surah 85:14. Robotnik is visited by a small troop of the GUN army, how they got into Sonic's world is uncertain for now. In a sense, love does encompass the Islamic view of life as universal brotherhood which applies to all who hold the faith.

In that same episode, Dr. The booklet Narada bhakti sutra written by an unknown author distinguishes eleven forms of love. But he cannot seem to find out who she really was. Hindu writers, theologians, and philosophers have distinguished nine forms of devotion that they call bhakti, for example in the Bhagavatha-Purana and according to Tulsidas. 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. A person who practices bhakti is called bhakta. 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".). Bhakti is a Sanskrit term from Hinduism meaning 'loving devotion to the supreme God'.

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. Karuna is compassion and mercy, which reduces the suffering of others. With the airing of Sonic X season 3 in multiple places, some hard proof that Shadow survived his fall to Earth is in place. In contrast to kāma, prema or prem refers to elevated love. (Much to the chagrin of David Humphrey fans). For many Hindu schools it is the third end in life (artha). 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. In Hinduism kāma is pleasurable, sexual love, personified by the god Kama.

For one, it was Chris Thorndyke who reminded Shadow of his true promise from Maria, and not Amy Rose. Many Christian theologians see God as the source of love, which is mirrored in humans and their relationships. Episodes 33 through 38 are based on Sonic Adventure 2, with a few differences from the game. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but the save the world through him." (NIV John 3:16-17). Shadow also appears on the cartoon Sonic X. John the Apostle wrote, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
. Christians also believe that God felt so much agape love for man that he sacrificed his son for them.

It is unclear whether or not this report will ever be updated with the information recently revealed in the Shadow game. Love never fails."(NIV 13:4-8). [1]. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. This backstory is also what the Journal Entries in Sonic Battle work with. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 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 is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

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. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. After Sonic Adventure 2 was released, a strategy guide was fashioned with the guidance of Sonic Team. Attempting to define it he wrote, "Love is patient, love is kind. 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. Saint Paul glorified agape love as the most important virtue of all in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13. Eggman tell Shadow that he was lying. Saint Augustine summarised this when he wrote "Love God, and do as thou wilt".

While fighting the final boss, Devil Doom, after around seven to ten minutes of battle, the player will hear Dr. See The Gospel of Mark chapter 12, verses 28-34). 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. Christians believe that to love God with all your heart, mind, and strength and Love your neighbour as yourself are the two most important things in life (the greatest commandment of God, according to Jesus). 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. Lewis, an influential Christian theologian, wrote a book called The Four Loves. In addition, Eggman has numerous Shadow robots called Shadow Androids. C.S.

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. There are several Greek words for Love that are regularly referred to in Christian circles. 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. The strongest motivation one has in order to take the path of the Bodhisattva is the idea of salvation within unselfish love for others. In Japanese, the words "Robot" and "Artificial Lifeform" translate to roughly the same thing (Jinzou). The Bodhisattva ideal in Tibetan Buddhism involves the complete renunciation of oneself in order to take on the burden of a suffering world. When Tails says: "Look at all of those eggmans robots!"). Instead, in Buddhism it refers to detachment and unselfish interest in others' welfare.

However, that may actually be faulty translation that the game is littered with (i.e. This is quite different from the ordinary love, which is usually about attachment and sex, which rarely occur without self-interest. The latter is bolstered by the fact that Rouge calls him one. This love is unconditional and requires considerable self-acceptance. There has been some debate on whether the current Shadow is the real thing, or a robot or clone created by Eggman. Advesa and maitrī are benevolent love. 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". It is complementary to wisdom, and is necessary for enlightenment.

Shadow shares every ability that Sonic has, meaning that they are truly rivals. Karunā is compassion and mercy, which reduces the suffering of others. He and Sonic have been observed using their chaos powers while Super Sonic and Super Shadow. It is an obstacle on the path to enlightenment, since it is selfish. Both Chaos Control and Chaos Blast allow Shadow to also gain temporary invincibility and unlimited ammunition. In Buddhism, Kāma is sensuous, sexual love. 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. Sayang is a word to express unconditional love, but also to express deep regret in losing something.

soldiers(or other hero based characters), healing aliens (or other dark based characters), and destroying regular parts of the environment (i.e. Jatuh cinta literally means falling in love: the initial action that triggers love. Attacking G.U.N. Cinta is a word that defines lust or love that involves physical attraction. 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. In Indonesian and Malaysian linguistics perspective, love can be defined in several ways:. Attacking Black Arms aliens (or other dark based characters), healing G.U.N. As it arises from a conflation with a Greek word, there is no corresponding verb.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow can use one of two Chaos-based moves, depending on what actions the player takes. This meaning, however, is not found in Classical pagan Roman literature. 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). Caritas is used in Latin translations of the Christian Bible to mean 'charitable love'. Shadow used Chaos Control at the end of his own game using all seven Chaos Emeralds. Observare is a synonym for 'diligere'; despite the cognate with English, this verb and its corresponding noun 'observantia' often denote 'esteem' or 'affection'. Sonic can also use Chaos Control, even with a fake emerald, though he only realizes this later. The corresponding noun diligentia, however, has the meaning 'diligence' 'carefulness' and has little semantic overlap with the verb.

Shadow, like Sonic, can use the light dash. This word would be appropriate to describe the friendship of two men. He uses it one last time to send away the defeated Finalhazard, although this results in his apparent death. Diligere often has the notion 'to be affectionate for', 'to esteem', and rarely if ever is used of romantic love. 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. Complicating the picture somewhat, Latin sometimes uses amare where English would simply say to like; this notion, however, is much more generally expressed in Latin by placere or delectare, which are used more colloquially, and the latter of which is used frequently in the love poetry of Catullus. 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”. Ovid wrote a guide to dating called Ars Amatoria (The Art of Lovers), which addresses in depth everything from extramarital affairs to overprotective parents.

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). Cicero wrote a treatise called On Friendship (de Amicitia) which discusses the notion at some length. 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. This same root also produces amicus, 'friend', and amicitia, 'friendship' (often based on mutual advantage, and corresponding sometimes more closely to 'indebtedness' or 'influence'). Using the power of a single Chaos Emerald, he can warp time and space. The corresponding noun is amor, which is also used in the plural form to indicate 'love affairs' or 'sexual adventures'. Shadow's trademark move is Chaos Control. From this verb come amans, a lover, amator, 'professional lover', often with the accessory notion of lechery, and amica, 'girlfriend' in the English sense, often as well being applied euphemistically to a prostitute.

Shadow possesses many of his rival Sonic's abilities, namely the same blistering speed and agility. The Romans used it both in an affectionate sense, as well as in a Romantic or sexual sense. 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. Amare is the basic word for to love, as it still is in Italian today. 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. The Latin language has several different verbs corresponding to the English word 'love'. Shadow is a character in Sonic Riders. The importance of this can be seen throughout Greek mythology, in particular Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

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). The host fed and provided quarters for the guest, who was only expected to repay with gratitude. After G.U.N. It was an almost ritualized friendship formed between a host and their guest, who could previously be strangers. Thus, Professor Gerald created the Eclipse Cannon, capable of destroying the Black Comet, and had depended on Shadow to execute this plan. Xenia (ξενία philoxenía), means hospitality in modern Greek, was an extremely important practice in ancient Greece. 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. Storge (στοργή storgē) means affection in modern Greek; it is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring.

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. Philia is motivated by practical reasons; one or both of the parties benefit from the relationship. 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. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. 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. Philia (φιλία philía), means friendship in modern Greek, a dispassionate virtuous love, was a concept developed by Aristotle. As mentioned before, Professor Gerald Robotnik was charged with the project of researching immortality. Some translations list it as "love of the body".

This game also featured the long awaited return of Super Shadow. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. There are 10 endings, plus a "Final" ending, which ties together all the endings to reveal the truth about Shadow's mysterious past. Eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. 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. Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Eggman. Plato refined his own definition.

army and Sonic and friends, the villain side, represented by the Black Arms and a neutral side, represented by Dr. The Greek word erota means in love. 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. Eros (ἔρως érōs) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Eggman soon gets involved in, resulting in the rest of the Sonic cast getting entangled in the conflict as well. It has also been translated as "love of the soul". army from Sonic Adventure 2 and the alien race Black Doom rules known as the Black Arms, which Dr. However, there are some examples of agape used to mean the same as eros.

He sets out to find them, however it gets him caught up in a conflict between the G.U.N. It generally refers to a "pure", ideal type of love rather than the physical attraction suggested by eros. A mysterious figure, Black Doom, appears before him and requests that he brings him the seven chaos emeralds "as promised", and then vanishes. The word agapo is the verb I love. He sees a cloud appear and the Black Arms fall from it into the city. The term s'agapo means I love you in Greek. 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. Agape (ἀγάπη agápē) means love in modern day Greek.

Because shadow has his memories back in this game, many people now think that it takes place after Shadow the Hedgehog. At the same time the ancient Greek text of the Bible has examples of the verb agapo being used with the same meaning as phileo. 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. However, with Greek as with many other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words totally. It has also been suggested that the game is not canon, but there is little evidence either way. For example, ancient Greek has the words philia, eros, agape, storge and xenia. Sonic Battle occurs after Sonic Heroes. Greek distinguishes several different senses in which the word love is used.

In Sonic Battle, Shadow has apparently regained his memories, though it is never explained how. Rather than using ai shiteiru (愛している) or koi shiteiru (恋している) to say "I love you", for example, most Japanese would say suki desu (好きです), which literally means "I like you" -- suki (好き) being the same word used to express preferences for food, music, etc., as in sushi ga suki desu (寿司が好きです), or "I like sushi." Rather than diluting the sentiment, however, the implied meaning of "love" is understood. However, Omega does reappear in Shadow the Hedgehog, still trying to overthrow Eggman. In everyday conversation, however, ai (愛) and koi (恋) are rarely used. It isn't explained what happened to Metal Sonic or Omega, and they are missing from Sonic Battle. The word aijin (愛人) means "lover" and implies an illicit, often extra-marital relationship, whereas koibito (恋人) has the connotation of "boyfriend", "girlfriend", or "partner". At the end of the game, he was last seen with Omega and the defeated Metal Sonic. There are of course exceptions.

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. "Parental love", for example, is oya no ai (親の愛), while "to be in love with" is koi suru (恋する). 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. Generally speaking, most forms of non-romantic love are expressed using the former, while romantic love is expressed using the latter. However, Omega reassured her that the original Shadow had to exist somewhere in order for Eggman to make copies. Linguistically, the two most common words for love are ai (愛)and koi (恋). 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. Some sociologists (most notably, Takeo Doi) have suggested that Japanese social interactions in later life are modeled on the mother-child amae.

Afterward, Rouge stumbled upon a whole room filled with hundreds of cloned Shadows. Japanese mothers are expected to hug and indulge their children, and children are expected to reward their mothers by clinging and serving. Eggman. Amae (甘え), a Japanese word meaning "indulgent dependence", is part of the child-rearing culture of Japan. Eggman's Empire and discovered that the person they had been chasing was a fake Dr. It can develop towards either selfishness or selflessness and enlightenment. 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. In Japanese Buddhism, ai (愛) is passionate caring love, and a fundamental desire.

What this implies about Shadow is not known for certain at this time. Reports have appeared in Chinese newspapers and other media detailing the prevalence of the phenomenon and its perceived dangers to students and the fears of parents. 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). The concept essentially indicates a prevalent belief in contemporary Chinese culture that due to the demands of their studies (especially true in the highly competitive educational system of China), youth should not form romantic attachments lest they jeopardize their chances for success in the future. 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. Zaolian describes both relationships among a teenaged boyfriend and girlfriend, as well as the "crushes" of early adolescence or childhood. Soon after hearing Dr. Zaolian (Simplified: 早恋, Traditional: 早戀, pinyin: zǎoliàn), literally, "early love," is a contemporary term in frequent use for romantic feelings or attachments among children or adolescents.

Eggman. A similar conceptualization in English is, "They were made for each other," "fate," or "destiny". He joined forces with Rouge and Omega to form Team Dark (as their speed member) and hunt down Dr. It is very similar to serendipity. 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. A meaningful relationship is often conceived of as dependent strong yuanfen. Eggman's bases. Yuanfen (緣份) is a connection of bound destinies.

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. Emotional attachment toward another person or anything. There probably is no canonical age since Shadow is immortal. A person will express love by building good gănqíng, accomplished through helping or working for another. 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. Gănqíng (感情), the feeling of a relationship. 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. Although Mozi's thought was influential, the Confucian lian is how most Chinese conceive of love.

Physically, Shadow appears to be 15 (around Sonic's age), though his chronological age is different. Extravagance and offensive war are inimical to ai. However, the already exhausted Shadow used the last of his energy to do so, and fell to Earth, supposedly dying. Ai, in Mohism, is universal love towards all beings, not just towards friends or family, without regard to reciprocation. Together they destroyed Finalhazard and used Chaos Control to stop the free-falling ARK from destroying the Earth. The Chinese philosopher Mozi developed the concept of ai (愛) in reaction to Confucian lian. Using the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and Shadow transformed into Super Shadow. Lian should be pursued by all human beings, and reflects a moral life.

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. In Confucianism, lian is a virtuous benevolent love. Shadow fought with all his might, but Sonic and Knuckles stopped the emeralds before Shadow could finish off the Biolizard. In contemporary Chinese language and culture, several terms or root words are used for the concept of "love":. Shadow urged Sonic and Knuckles to leave the Biolizard for him to deal with and to worry about stopping the Chaos Emeralds. After that time, the passion fades, changing love from consummate to companionate, or from romantic love to liking. 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. According to current scientific understanding of love, this transition from the attraction to the attachment phase usually happens in about 30 months.

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. Likewise, when a person has known a loved one for a long time, they develop a deeper attachment to their partner. 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. At the attraction stage the person concentrates their affection on a single mate and fidelity becomes important. 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. So what starts as infatuation or empty love may well develop into one of the fuller types of love. With the seven emeralds powering it, the ARK contained enough energy to shatter Earth to pieces upon impact. However, as time passes, the other elements may grow and passion may shrink — this depends upon the individual.

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. Appearance, smells, and other similar factors play a decisive role in screening potential mates. 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 primary motivator at this stage is the basic sexual instinct. However, as Eggman had taken the bait, Shadow had completed his task. Generally love will start off in the lust phase, strong in passion but weak in the other elements. 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. Helen Fisher suggests three main phases of love: lust, attraction, and attachment.

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. Relationships based on similar love styles were found to last longer. The Eclipse Cannon required seven Chaos Emeralds to function. The Hendricks found men tend to be more ludic and manic, whereas women tend to be storgic and pragmatic. 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. Lee identified six basic theories that people use in their interpersonal relationships:. Eggman one wish, which was the domination of Earth. Susan Hendrick and Clyde Hendrick developed a Loves Attitude Scale based on John Alan Lee's theory called Love styles.

As a reward for setting him free, Shadow promised to grant Dr. Each of these elements can be present in a relationship, producing the following combinations:. Eggman attacked the complex looking for "his grandfather's legacy" and freed him. In psychologist Robert Sternberg's triangular theory of love, love is characterized by three elements: intimacy, passion and commitment. His capsule was captured by the military and stored in the Prison Island for 50 years, until Dr. Companionate love is affection and a feeling of intimacy not accompanied by physiological arousal. Shadow still mourns over Maria's death. Passionate love is intense longing, and is often accompanied by physiological arousal (shortness of breath, rapid heart rate).

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. The traditional psychological view sees love as being a combination of companionate love and passionate love. 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. Attachment between adults is presumed to work on the same principles that lead an infant to become attached to his or her mother or father. 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. The conventional view in biology is that there are two major drives in love — sexual attraction and attachment. 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. There are probably elements of truth in both views — certainly love is influenced by hormones (such as oxytocin) and pheromones, and how people think and behave in love is influenced by their conceptions of love.

All of the details about Shadow's past are extremely clouded. Psychology sees love as more of a social and cultural phenomenon. Some fans believe he may still want revenge on the Guardian Unit of Nations, but there is so far no evidence supporting this statement. Biological models of love tend to see it as a mammalian drive, just like hunger or thirst. 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. Refer to Religious Views below. His personality after this currently is not known, but people are assuming that he'll have the same personality as his first appearence. Some traditions encourage the development of passionate love in the believer for the deity.


After fulfilling his promise to Maria by defeating the Black Arms, Shadow leaves his past behind and moves on. Reciprocally, the followers may believe that the deity loves the followers and all of creation. He is fueled by revenge on the humans for the death of Maria, and later his quest to discover the truth of his past. This love can be expressed by prayer, service, good deeds, and personal sacrifice. 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. Most religions use the term love to express the devotion the follower has to their deity, who may be a living guru or religious teacher. He is cold, and arrogant. Religious 'love' might be considered a euphemistic term, more closely describing feelings of deference or acquiescence.

He is constantly haunted by his memories of his beloved Maria. Whether religious love can be expressed in similar terms to interpersonal love is a matter for philosophical debate. He is generally quiet, and a loner - distancing himself from most of the Sonic cast. If that desire reaches the point of being acted out, it may be considered unhealthy, and fall under the category of paraphilia. Shadow is a lone wolf and an anti-hero; his motives are unknown and his true alignment (good or evil) is a mystery. (ex: "I love cheese.") In some cases there may be an erotic component to such feeling of love. . People can also 'love' material objects, animals, or activities if they invest themselves in bonding their identity with that item.

Shadow is 3'3" tall, and weighs 77 lbs, exactly like Sonic. Similarly, compassionate outreach and volunteer workers' 'love' of their cause may be born not of interpersonal love, but impersonal love coupled with altruism and strong political convictions. He has also appeared in some of the Sonic Archie Comics. A person can be said to love a country, principle, or goal if they value it greatly and are deeply committed to it. He is an anti-hero and the dark rival of Sonic the Hedgehog and first appeared in the Dreamcast game Sonic Adventure 2. . Shadow the Hedgehog is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
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Shadow the Hedgehog: "I Am (All of Me)", a hard rocker which rips off Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone". Love is essentially an abstract concept, easier to experience than to explain. Sonic Heroes: Team Dark's "This Machine". Different people place varying degrees of importance on the kinds of love they receive. Sonic Adventure 2: "Throw It All Away", a techno-industrial metal song, sounds like Slipknot. Expressions of love may include the love for a soul or mind, the love of laws and organizations, love for a body, love for nature, love of food, love of money, love for learning, love of power, love of fame, love for the respect of others, etcetera. In Japan, he is voiced by Kouji Yusa. See the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

Previously, he was voiced by David Humphrey in the games; many fans want David Humphrey to return as his voice in that medium. It is precisely these cultural differences that make any universal definition of love difficult, but not impossible, to establish. 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. Love is inherent in all human cultures and thus may be seen as a defining trait of humanity, that is, love is a quality that makes one human. Or to put simply, love responds intentionally to promote well-being (Thomas Jay Oord). Love might best be defined as acting intentionally, in sympathetic response to others (including God), to promote overall well-being.

Probably due to its emotional primacy, love is one of the most common themes in art. In ordinary use, it usually refers to interpersonal love. It can describe an intense feeling of affection, an emotion or an emotional state. Love has several different meanings in every language, from something that gives a little pleasure ("I loved that meal") to something one would die for (patriotism, pairbonding).

Mihr — angel of love in Persian mythology. Raphael — Angel of love(agape) in Judeo-Christian theology. Haniel — Angel of Venus, and of eros, in Judeo-Christian theology. Xochipilli — god in Aztec mythology.

Venus — goddess of beauty and passionate love in Roman mythology. Rati — goddess of passionate love in Hindu mythology. Kama — god of sensual love in Hindu mythology. Ishtar — goddess of love and war in Babylonian mythology.

Inanna — goddess of love and war in Sumerian mythology. Freya — goddess in Norse mythology. Eros — god of passionate love in Greek mythology. Astarte — goddess of love in Canaanite mythogy.

Aphrodite — goddess of beauty and passionate love in Greek mythology. Aonghus or Aengus— god of beauty, youth, and sensual love in Irish mythology. Amor or Cupid — god of passionate love in Roman mythology. Áine — goddess of fertility and passionate love in Irish mythology.

Two other words for love in the Greek language -- Eros (sexual love) and storge (needy child-to parent love) were never used in the New Testament. Also known as "brotherly love". Phileo - Also used in the New Testament, Phileo is a human response to something that is found to be delightful. It is parental love seen as creating goodness in the world, it is the way God is seen to love humanity, and it is seen as the kind of love that Christians aspire to have for one another.

Agape - In the New Testament, agapē is charitable, selfless, altruistic, and unconditional. It is contained in the word aiqing (愛情); qingren (情人) is a term for "lover". Qing (情), commonly meaning "feeling" or "emotion," often indicates "love" in several terms. Lian (戀) is not generally used alone, but instead as part of such terms as "being in love" (談戀愛, tan lian'ai—also containing ai), "lover" (戀人, lianren) or "homosexuality" (同性戀, tongxinglian).

Wo ai ni, "I love you") or as a noun, especially in aiqing (愛情), "love" or "romance." In mainland China since 1949, airen (愛人, originally "lover," or more literally, "love person") is the dominant word for "spouse" (with separate terms for "wife" and "husband" originally being de-emphasized); the word once had a negative connotation, which it retains among many on Taiwan. Ai (愛) is used as a verb (e.g. Agapē — selfless altruistic love; spiritual. Mania — highly emotional love; unstable; the stereotype of romantic love.

Pragma — pragmatic love. Storge — an affectionate love that slowly develops, based on similarity. Ludus — love is played as a game; love is playful. Eros — a passionate physical love based on physical appearance.

"Without expression," he warns, "even the greatest of loves can die" (1987, p.341). He stresses the importance of translating the components of love into action. Sternberg cautions that maintaining a consummate love may be even harder than achieving it. Consummate love is the most complete form of love, and it represents the ideal love relationship for which many people strive but which apparently few achieve.

Consummate love is the only type of love that includes all three components--intimacy, passion and commitment. This type of love can be exemplified by a whirlwind courtship and marriage in which a commitment is motivated largely by passion, without the stabilizing influence of intimacy. Fatuous love has the passion and the commitment components but not the intimacy component. This type of love is often found in marriages in which the passion has gone out of the relationship, but a deep affection and commitment remain.

Companionate love consists of intimacy and commitment. Romantic lovers are bonded emotionally (as in liking) and physically through passionate arousal. Romantic love is a combination of intimacy and passion. Empty love can also be seen in couples that are estranged but feel that they are bound by commitment.

In cultures in which arranged marriages are common, relationships often begin as empty love. Sometimes, a stronger love deteriorates into empty love, in which the commitment remains, but the intimacy and passion have died. Empty love consists of the commitment component without intimacy or passion. Infatuated love consists solely of passion and is often what is felt as "love at first sight." But without the intimacy and the commitment components of love, infatuated love may disappear suddenly.

Sternberg says that this intimate liking characterizes true friendships, in which a person feels a bondedness, a warmth, and a closeness with another but not intense passion or long-term commitment. In this case, liking is not used in a trivial sense. Liking includes only one of the love components - intimacy.

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