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|“||Buddy, what I want is to live peacefully. But you just had to come to my town and cause a fuss. So instead, I'll make you rest in peace!||”|
Gemerl is a Gizoid rebuilt from the remnants of Emerl by Doctor Eggman. He now resides in Mobotropolis as a guardian to Cream the Rabbit and her family, as well as an ally to the Knothole Freedom Fighters.
Creation and Betrayal
Gemerl was created by Dr. Eggman using leftover data and parts from the destroyed robot Emerl. He clashed with Sonic several times in service to Eggman, before betraying the doctor and taking on a powerful new form, which forced Eggman and Sonic to join forces against him. After being defeated, Gemerl was found and reprogrammed by Tails so that he had the same personality as Emerl. Gemerl subsequently took up residence in Mobotropolis with Cream and her mother. During the shattered world crisis, Vanilla assured her daughter that Gemerl would help her to look after Cheese's brother Chocola. (VG: SA3; StH: #257)
Worlds UniteDuring M'egga Man's attack on Mobotropolis, Gemerl was collecting firewood when Vanilla informed him of a distress cal sent by Cream. Just as the corrupted Mega Man was about to complete his mission, Gemerl showed up to put an end to the Roboticized Master's rampage. Unfortunately, M'egga Man's arsenal proved to be a greater obstacle than the mighty Gizoid could counter, and he was defeated. Later, as Sigma-1's Unity Engines began merging the worlds of Mobius and Earth 20XX, Gemerl was called upon by Sally to help rescue civilians caught up in events. He promptly joined Dr. Light, the Freedom Fighters, the Robot Masters, Knuckles the Echidna, the Maverick Hunters, Team Sticks, and Auto aboard the Sky Patrol in order to take the fight to Sigma. They soon assaulted the Lost Hex, only to run into an army of Mechaniloids under the leadership of the Deadly Six. Gemerl rushed right into the fight, teaming up with Big the Cat to take on Zomom, but trouble soon arose as the Zeti took control of Mega Man, X, and their fellow robots and forced them to attack their allies. To make matters worse, Gemerl also fell under the command of the aliens, and would have attacked Sally had it not been for Knuckles' intervention. Fortunately, he and the others were promptly freed by the Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon created by Eggman and Dr. Albert W. Wily. (StH: #273, #274; MM: #50; SB: #9)
The heroes had little time to rest, however, as Sigma promptly attacked with a gigantic new robot body and an army of Time-Cloned Mavericks. Gemerl joined his weary allies in facing them, notably engaging Launch Octopus. After the Mavericks scattered to various worlds, Gemerl and his allies pursued them, while gathering additional fighters to join in the final assault against Sigma. It would eventually fall to Super Sonic and Super Mega Man to defeat the Maverick leader and to Xander Payne to undo all the harm his actions had caused; as such, Gemerl was returned to Mobotropolis with no memory of the conflict. (MM: #51, #52; StH: #275)
Fixing A Shattered World
Gemerl soon escorted Cream, Tails, and Big to Castle Acorn so the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys can be stored safely within its vaults. During the Hooligans' raid on Mobotropolis, Gemerl fought Metal Sonic until the Hooligans entrusted Metal with the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys, with the Witchcarters preventing Gemerl from catching up with him. Cream, Cheese and Big soon rescued him and managed to make the Hooligans and Witchcarters free. Gemerl then began fighting off the invading Badnik Horde. (StH: #283, #284, #285)
Like his previous incarnation, Gemerl wishes to enjoy a peaceful existence, and resorts to conflict only when no other options are viable.
Gemerl is capable of flight due to a rocket engine installed in his torso, and can move with speed equal if not superior to that of Sonic. He possesses a great deal of combat ability and a degree of super strength, enough to lift an entire tree with ease. Gemerl can also fire missles at his foes and has previously attained a Super Transformation-like state using the power of the Chaos Emeralds.
- Gemerl was introduced in the game Sonic Advance 3, which is also his only appearance in any Sonic game to date.
- In the games, Gemerl was constructed using surviving components of Emerl, a character whom Sega has requested not be used in the Archie Comics series due to his association with Sonic X. As Ian Flynn has stated in the past that Emerl and all concepts derived from him were off-limits, Gemerl's appearance suggests the mandate has been lifted.
- In some media, Gemerl's name has been spelled as G-Merl. According to Ian Flynn, he opted for the former spelling, as it more closely resembled the spelling of Emerl.
- Though Gemerl is a character from the games, he has a similar personality and color scheme to Shard the Metal Sonic.
- Gemerl at Sonic News Network