- This is the article on the time traveler. For one of Dr. Ivo Robotnik/Dr. Eggman's robots, see Silver Sonic.
|“||If I told you that you do succeed, then everything will be fine, right? And if I said you're destined to fail--would you really accept that? Would you give up?||”|
–Silver on changing the future, SU: #75
Silver the Hedgehog is a Mobian Hedgehog who hails from 200 years in the future, who has traveled back in time upon occasion to help deal with great threats to the planet that affect not only the present but also his future. Currently, he is dealing with the appearances of the Genesis Portals appearing across all of time and space.
Travels to the Past
Silver comes from 200 years into the future, and has travelled back in time to the present day many times in order to prevent disasters that would lead to a ruined world in his own time. He has often found himself collaborating with Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends in these efforts.
- See Silver Man
In an altered version of reality, Silver appeared to Sonic, who was running through Green Hill Zone in search of Tails, Amy, and Knuckles, who had gone missing. The time-traveler informed Sonic that he had sensed a disturbance in space-time that he had traced back to this period. Much to Silver's surprise, Sonic agreed when he informed the latter that the only thing he had to act on was a gut feeling that something was wrong. Concluding that Eggman was most likely the cause, Silver agreed to help Sonic track down his missing friends, but seconds later, the psychic hedgehog was shot down by a mysterious blue robot... (SU: #51)
After being ambushed, Silver was captured and turned in a Roboticized Master. Now known as Silver Man, he was sent with Blaze Woman to recover the green Chaos Emerald. They succeeded in recovering the Emerald and brought it back to their new masters---Eggman and his partner Dr. Wily---in the Skull Egg Zone. Subsequently, the pair joined their fellow Masters in confronting Sonic, Tails, and their new allies Mega Man, Proto Man, and Rush. When Proto Man refused to take part in the doctors' games and went off on his own, Eggman and Wily sent Silver Man, Shadow Man, Knuckles Man, Rose Woman, and Blaze Woman after him and promptly returned their flying fortress, the Wily Egg, leaving Vector Man, Espio Man, and Charmy Man to fight the remaining heroes. (SU: #52, STH: #249)
Sonic, Mega Man, Tails, and Rush managed to defeat the roboticized Chaotix and restore them to normal. As a result, Silver Man and Blaze Woman were recalled to the Wily Egg, and later ambushed the heroes at a waterfall. In the ensuing fight, Silver Man incapacitated Rush before turning to Mega Man. The two robots then blasted each other at the same time, restoring Silver to normal, although Mega Man was paralyzed by Silver's psychokinesis.
After helping Mega Man up, Silver turned his attention to Blaze Woman, who was fighting Sonic and Tails, and immobilized her, allowing Mega Man to revert her back into her usual self, Blaze the Cat. While the six rested after the skirmish, Blaze recalled being in her home world before the Genesis Wave hit while Sonic filled her and Silver in on what the heroes had discovered during their trek through the Skull Egg Zone, leading Silver to realize that this was tied to the space-time disruptions he had sensed and had come to warn Sonic about. He and Blaze wanted to help in the fight against Eggman and Wily, but were exhausted from their recent ordeals, so they had to stay where they were to recharge. Silver optimistically agreed to watch over Blaze (and vice versa) while Sonic, Tails, and co. went on to face the last two Masters. Later, after defeating, and restoring, Amy and Knuckles, Sonic sent Mega Man and Rush to fetch Silver and Blaze for the upcoming showdown with the evil doctors and their forces. (MM: #26, SU: #53)
Along with the other former Roboticized Masters, Sonic's party, and the newly arrived E-123 Omega, Silver soon found himself facing a massive army of Robot Masters outside the Wily Egg. Throwing himself into the battle, he quickly found that his powers gave him an edge, allowing him to immobilize several opponents, including Junk Man and Magic Man. His overconfidence was short-lived, as he was then stunned by Flash Man's time-stopping power, and terrified even more when the bald Robot Master became fascinated with his large amount of head fur, which Flash Man interpreted as hair. Silver managed to escape this predicament, and came to Vector the Crocodile's aid, defending him from an attack by Pharaoh Man. Unfortunately, he and the other heroes were soon surrounded by the attacking Robot Masters, but gamely continued battling, Silver using his powers against Air Man. Fortunately, he and the other heroes were soon surprised-and relieved-by the arrival of the other Light Labs Robot Masters. Reinforced, they continued to fight, only to be caught up in the Super Genesis Wave, the effects of which were then reversed by Super Sonic and Super Mega Man, though not without consequences for the universe. (StH: #250, #251, MM: #27, SU: #54)
Genesis Portal Problems
- From the perspective of readers, these events pick up from where the Pre-Super Genesis Wave article left off.
Unfortunately, Silver's future-or at least Onyx City-had become a dystopian society ruled over by the Onyx City Council. Silver opposed this council and their Civil Protection Robots, but out of fear for being captured had to act covertly, such as causing a robot to slip so that a citizen who had been apprehended could escape. He then made his way back to his hideaway, only to be discovered by Professor Von Schlemmer, who was curious about his psychic abilities. A Genesis Portal then opened nearby, and a mysterious entity or entities attempted to emerge from it. Reacting quickly, Silver forced it back and closed the portal, much to his surprise and Von Schlemmer's delight. The professor insisted that Silver return with him to the Onyx City Science Center, something Silver was reluctant to do on account of rumors he had heard regarding the center and other Mobians with special powers. However, Von Schlemmer refused to take no for an answer, and forced Silver to accompany him. (SU: #79)
After these events, Von Schlemmer briefed Silver on the Genesis Portals more thoroughly, explaining that they had been created due to the shattering of the multiverse that followed the Super Genesis Wave. Silver set out on a mission to close as many Genesis Portals as he could, and ended up in Apotos where he and Sonic found themselves facing the evil Ifrit after it escaped its dimension through a Genesis Portal. With help from Sonic, the two of them were able to lure the beast back to its home dimension and seal it off. He and Sonic parted ways to continue their jobs, only to meet again in the Burning Ruin Zone when Sonic and Metal Sonic passed through yet another portal. Metal Sonic escaped with a Chaos Emerald he had acquired, while Silver reported on Sonic as to his activities since their last meeting. He happily informed his old friend that there were several portals forming nearby, and a large number of the ones he had encountered previously had opened to Sonic's world and time. The pair soon tracked Metal Sonic down and managed to recover the Chaos Emerald before trapping Metal Sonic in another universe. Silver then saw Sonic home before passing through another portal that he closed behind him. (FCBD: 9; SSSM: #14; SU: #75)
As his quest continued, Silver eventually crossed paths with X, Axl, and Zero, who were searching for their dimension-hopping nemesis Sigma. After helping them defeat Vile, he provided them with some help in trying to track down Sigma by using the villain's own machinery to open a Genesis Portal, something that he admitted wasn't exactly his area of expertise. His words proved true, as the Hunters' attempt to pursue Sigma to Mobius landed them in the Sonic Boom Zone instead. Sigma's trip back in time was later prevented by Xander Payne using a Genesis Portal; as such, the Hunters never left their world, but were still aided in stopping Vile by Silver. (WUB: MM; SB: #8; MM: #52)
Silver is a very light gray (almost white) with white fur on his chest surrounding his neck with yellow eyes and tan skin. He wears white gloves with cyan circles with lines sticking out of the bottom leading to his golden bracelets accented in cyan. The tops of his boots are of a similar fashion with a red gem set in gold. The rest of his boots are navy blue, white and cyan. He has two large spines at the back of his head, while at the front of his forehead there are five distinct spines flared up and back, the two final ones covering up most of his ears. The glow from his telekinesis is cyan, though it has often been miscolored green.
Silver has a strong sense of justice and it is this personality trait that motivates him to head back into the past to correct the future to help his people at whatever the cost. However, this eagerness to do good is coupled with a strong naivety; he often jumps to conclusions and readily believes anything he's told. Thus he is prone to manipulation and making poor decisions; he often benefits from having someone to assist and guide him in his actions. Somewhat awkward, he has a tendency of hiding behind bravado. While determined to do the right thing, he lacks ruthlessness and sometimes has trouble figuring out the best way to attain his goals. He's also noticeably shy and somewhat polite. This kindliness often clashes with his sense of justice. Silver's sense of justice goes deeper than just saving the future, though. Regardless of his own goals, he is unable to ignore those in need of help and will put his own missions aside if there's someone in danger. He has a certain arrogance about him as well, often becoming overconfident in his powers and previous successes, which can lead him into compromising situations.
Silver is possessed of the power of psychokinesis, which allows him to move objects-himself included-with his mind. This ability can be used to manipulate energy as well, such as when he set out to close the Genesis Portals. He is also capable, rather like Sonic and Shadow, of undergoing a Super Transformation through the power of the Chaos Emeralds, becoming Super Silver. Silver also wears a pair of gloves that glow when he uses his powers, and which can apparently project-whether of their own accord or serving as a channel for his power-maps that can be used to pinpoint disturbances in reality.
- Some fans have speculated that Silver could possibly be descended from Shadow, Sonic, Amy or another famous hedgehog, but this has not been confirmed. Evidence to support this theory for the game universe appeared in Sonic and the Black Knight, where Silver was depicted as Sir Galahad, the son of Sir Lancelot who was played by Shadow the Hedgehog, hinting at Silver's heritage.
- There are some similarities between Silver and Trunks (Dragon Ball character) being the most notable their original situation (both characters live in a world in chaos) and their mission in time (to prevent their future from happening) and some fans speculated that Silver could be descended from Shadow, just as Trunks is the son of Vegeta.
- When writer Ian Flynn was asked if he was going to reveal who Silver was descended from, he said "No". He went on to further explain that he is "not touching or even hinting at that in fear of Sega will make it official and make [him] look stupid. That said, [he doesn't] think Sega will ever delve into Silver's back-story. Short of cameo appearances or non-main-series games, [he] think[s] we've seen the last of him. All that said, [he's] sure [Silver]'ll remain a familiar face. And given how much SegaSonic parallels Dragon Ball Z, [he]'d wager Silver is somehow descended from Shadow and Amy. He also said that people should not ask him "how that'd work", and that he was "just going off the patterns,".
- Sonic Team member Takashi Iizuka confirmed on his Facebook that Silver is not a descendant of Shadow.
- When writer Ian Flynn on Twitter was shown confirmed proof stated by Takashi Iizuka that Silver is not a descendant of Shadow, followed by how the theory of Shadow and Silver being related is false, he replied, "Yup." Ian Flynn on Twitter
Silver first appeared in 2006 in the poorly received Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, a game released to celebrate the Sonic series' 15th anniversary. Fan reception towards Silver is generally mixed, due mostly to the stigma of being introduced in what has been condemned by fans as one of the worst Sonic games of all time. Despite this, the character himself has been mostly accepted.