|“||I am the guardian of the Sol Emeralds...I command their fiery power...I command ALL FIRE!||”|
–Blaze showing her power, StH: #250
Blaze the Cat is a Mobian Cat, princess, and Guardian of the Sol Emeralds. She hails from the Sol Zone, where she battles robotic pirates and their fiendish master Dr. Eggman Nega, whose machinations have occasionally brought her into contact with the villainous Dr. Eggman and the heroic Sonic the Hedgehog.
Not much is known about Blaze's early life. At some points in the past she'd journeyed to Sonic's World from her own to hunt down the missing Sol Emeralds. These excursions have previously brought her into contact with Sonic himself, as well as, most noteably, Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, and Cheese the Chao, whom all joined her as allies. Her searches have also seen her come to blows with the Hooligans and the Babylon Rogues. (SU: #55, #56, #57, #58)
- See: Blaze Woman.
One day Blaze, for the first time in a while, got to enjoy a quiet day while Marine was out at sea. Suddenly, however, she was overcome by strange flashes of light. She was then captured on the orders of Dr. Eggman and his new ally Dr. Wily and subjected to a modified form of Roboticization to become one of their Roboticized Masters. Under the name Blaze Woman, she was sent with Silver Man to retrieve the green Chaos Emerald, in which they were successful. The duo, along with the doctors and their fellow Masters, then attacked Sonic, Tails, and their new allies Mega Man, Proto Man, and Rush in the Skull Egg Zone. Proto Man, however, refused to participate in the doctors' proposed "tournament" and proceeded onwards alone, prompting the doctors to send five Roboticized Masters, Blaze Woman among them, after him before leaving themselves, granting the remaining heroes some breathing room and allowing them to devise a way to use Mega Man's Mega Buster arm cannon to restore their friends to normal. Blaze Woman and Silver Man wee subsequently called away from the pursuit for Proto Man as a precaution. (SU: #52, StH: #249)Later, Blaze Woman and Silver Man ambushed Sonic, Tails, Mega Man, and Rush at a waterfall. In the ensuing fight, Mega Man managed to change Silver Man back into normal Silver, who promptly immobilized Blaze Woman with his psychokinesis powers while she was fighting Sonic and Tails. Mega Man then changed Blaze back as well, though the whole process gave her somewhat of a headache. As it turned out, the strange lights Blaze had seen had also affected Mobius Prime and the world of Earth 20XX. While the six heroes rested following the skirmish, Blaze lamented that she and Silver, both exhausted from their ordeals, could not immediately aid their friends. In the interim, she and Silver optimistically agreed to look after each other, wishing Sonic, Mega Man and company luck as they continued on their way. Eventually, Blaze and Silver regained their strength and, on Sonic's instructions, were picked up by Mega Man and Rush for the upcoming battle with the evil doctors and their forces. (MM: #26, SU: #53)
The battle unfolded in a major way: the group of heroes against a massive force of Robot Masters. Blaze was set upon by a group of fire-wielding Masters: Heat Man, Pharaoh Man, Flame Man, Solar Man, Burner Man, and Magma Man. However, calling upon her own fiery abilities, she took control of their attacks and creating a raging inferno that consumed her assailants. She would then battle with Toad Man before posing a threat to Wood Man and engaging Pirate Man. As the battle continued, Blaze would engage Pump Man, who hit her with water-based attacks. Eventually, she and her allies were surrounded by the enemy army, but continued to fight their hardest. Help arrived in the form of the Light Labs Robot Masters, and the battle continued until all the combatants were caught up in the reality altering effects of first the Super Genesis Wave and then Super Sonic's use of Chaos Control. (StH: #250, #251, MM: #27, SU: #54)
Pirate Plunder Panic
- From a readers point of view, everything from here on picks up from where the original timeline ended.
With her memories of her recent ordeals intact, Blaze found herself back in her home dimension with some unexpected companions: her old teammates Amy, Cream, and Cheese. With their memories of home left somewhat hazy, the trio joined Blaze-who sensed that they might have been brought to her world purposefully-on the next leg of her quest: recovering the final Sol Emerald. After a lengthy search, the group learned that it was aboard a ship belonging to several of the Sol Zone Pirates, though a different group than previously encountered. The Ocean Tornado and this vessel engaged in battle, during which Blaze and her friends-along with the Coconut Crew-were bombarded with fused bombs. Blaze quickly made the decision to board the enemy vessel, leaving her friends to continue the fight, and ended up discovering the source of the projectiles: her old foe Bean the Dynamite, who along with his teammate Bark had also been inexplicably transported to the Sol Zone. Believing him to be a captive, Blaze modified her plan, intending to rescue the pair before sinking the ship, only to learn that Bean was in fact in league with the pirates. She then confronted the ship's master, Captain Metal, and demanded that he surrender his vessel and the Sol Emerald. He responded by destroying the crippled Ocean Tornado, and with it-so far as Blaze was aware-her friends. Heartbreak turning quickly to rage, Blaze ignited her powers and once again demanded the Emerald, though she vowed to destroy Metal regardless of whether he handed it over or not. Unfortunately, her lack of control cost her, and she was knocked unconscious by Buckle. (SU: #55)
The Metal Marauder soon delivered the captive Blaze to Pirate Island, where Captain Metal informed her of his intent to use both her and the Sol Emeralds in his grand schemes. Taking her to his lair, the captain unveiled the instrument of his plans for conquest: the Egg O' War. As Blaze continued to refuse him aid, the captain unleashed his Kraken robot, ordering it to devour her. However, Blaze was then surprised and relieved by the arrival of her friends, who had survived the Ocean Tornado's destruction and found her with help from the Sprockets. Adding to the confusion, Bark and Bean stole Captain Metal's Sol Emerald, only for it to be stolen in turn by Captain Whisker's underling Johnny. Blaze and her fellow heroes escaped and pursued the pirate, taking over the Metal Marauder in the process. When the Kraken attacked both their ship and Whisker's, the heroines were forced into an unlikely alliance with Bark and Bean, the latter providing a bomb that destroyed the Kraken. However, the Sol Emerald was sent flying by the explosion, and wound up once again in the clutches of Captain Metal. (SU: #56, #57)
Blaze flew to confront the robotic pirate yet again, only to once again be knocked unconscious. Upon awakening, she found herself inside the Genesis Reactor aboard the Egg O' War, where Captain Metal revealed his intentions to power it with all the Sol Emeralds. Blaze attempted to dissuade him, informing him that his actions would destroy their world; however, Metal ignored her due to the potential of his chosen weapon to travel to other worlds. The other six Sol Emeralds were forcibly summoned to join Metal's, and the Egg O' War powered up. However, Blaze's friends came to her aid yet again, freeing her and allowing her to obtain the Emeralds, which she used to transform into Burning Blaze. She reduced Metal to molten slag, only for the Egg O' War's internal security systems to start attacking, Metal having uploaded himself into his battle fortress. Blasting an escape route for her friends, Burning Blaze confronted the Egg O' War, and swiftly dealt it enough damage that it sank to the bottom of the ocean. With all seven Sol Emeralds recovered, her world safe, and her enemies fled or defeated, Blaze thank her allies-both friends and former foes. Using the power of the Emeralds, she then sent Amy, Bark, Bean, Cheese, and Cream back to their world. (SU: #58)
Normally cool and collected, Blaze gives the impression that she keeps a tight lid on her emotions, but this may not be her true nature. Despite her calm appearance she can lose her temper easily and when she does, she's quite scary to be around. Her temper also makes it more difficult for her to think clearly, leaving her prone to sneak attacks. While she may at times be tense, she usually remains at least polite; however, she tends to be distrustful of others, especially when the safety of the Sol Emeralds is involved. She dislikes being referred to by her title of "princess" and prefers just being called by her name. She often speaks her mind bluntly but feels grateful to those who have helped her and will do what she can in whatever way to fulfill the debt. She is also very dedicated to her duty as princess, much like Sally Acorn, and does whatever she can to protect her people from outside threats. She also has a fondness of Marine the Raccoon, though often has her patience tried by her.
Much of Blaze's coldness comes from the distance that is enforced between others and herself. However making friends like Sonic has helped her to become more relaxed and friendly, though any breach to her slowly developing trust is usually received harshly. Perhaps because threats to the Sol Emeralds are threats to the very survival of her world, Blaze holds little back in dealing with thieves, quickly expressing the possibility of employing lethal force. Under this hard exterior, however, Blaze conceals a fear of heights.
Blaze is a lilac cat with gold eyes. Her muzzle is white, her inner ears are peach colored and the tip of her tail dark purple (though it has often been miscolored white). She wears a long purple flared mantle-like coat of sorts with a gold collar and white tights; the cuffs are fuzzy and white (sometimes miscoloured lilac). She has plumes of "hair" done up in a high ponytail with dark purple tips. Her outfit is generally accented in pinks and reds, including her high heeled shoes, hairband, coat trim and a small gem on her forehead. She was once briefly shown with her mantle removed.
Blaze is a skilled fighter, gifted with the ability to create and control fire. Using her pyrokinesis, she can conjure fire at any place on or all over her body and even launch streams of fire at enemies, with temperatures that can heat up or melt metal. Blaze can also conjure up flames to use like solid weapons, as seen when she first battled Captain Metal on his submarine. She is able to move at high speeds that allow her to keep up with-or perhaps match those of-Sonic and his friends. By using this in combination with her fire, she turns into a veritable living comet, and is even capable of brief flight with an ability called Burst Hover. With the power of all seven Sol Emeralds, she is also able to teleport others to different dimensions and undergo a Super transformation to become Burning Blaze.
- Blaze is the first female character in the Sonic series-games, comics, or otherwise-to have a Super transformation, with the second being Nicole the Holo-Lynx.
Confusion of Title
- There has been a slight confusion as to her title of being either a princess or a queen. She is called "Queen Blaze the Cat" on the official Sega of America Sonic mini site, Sonic Central as well as the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) game website. However, in Japanese, her title is 皇女 kōjo, which translates to "imperial princess," and is also called princess in Sonic Rush Adventure. The comic consistently refers to her as a princess.
Confusion of Origins
- In the game universe, Blaze seems to have two different backstories as to where she came from. In her debut game Sonic Rush (and most other games afterward) Blaze is depicted as being a Princess and the protector of the Sol Emeralds in a parallel dimension to that of Sonic's world. The same backstory is applied in it's sequel Sonic Rush Adventure which takes place in her universe entirely (Marine the Raccoon also hails from Blaze's world).
- However, in her second appearance in the series, Sonic The Hedgehog (2006), Blaze comes from the future where she battles against the fearsome monster, Iblis (whom Silver the Hedgehog also combats at different times). At the end of Silver's story-line, Blaze sacrifices herself by sealing Iblis inside her body with two of the Chaos Emeralds and seemingly disappearing. At the end of the game, it was made so Iblis never existed, causing the events of the game to never happen, meaning that Blaze should still alive. A common theory that writer Ian Flynn also agrees with is that Blaze had removed herself from the universe/dimension and was rewritten after the events of the game were erased into always having lived in the parallel world seen in the other games. The possibility that she and Silver never even met each other is never clarified in the games universe, as in all future appearances they never appear together in their mutual stories and neither of them ever mention each other. Current comic writer Ian Flynn brought an end to the confusion-at least with regards to the comic continuity-when he thoroughly detailed how Blaze and Silver never met. (1) It is unknown if this theory is still viable given the events of the games becoming canon to the comic series.
- At the Sonic Boom 2012, Takashi Iizuka confirmed that Blaze comes from the alternate dimension.