- For other versions of the character, see Vector (disambiguation).
Vector the Crocodile is the leader of the Chaotix trio of detectives, and usually leads his teammates on adventures intended to earn money that often contribute to the welfare of the planet.
Vector and his teammates Espio the Chameleon and Charmy Bee first became involved in fighting for planet's welfare when they teamed up with Knuckles the Echidna and Mighty the Armadillo to fight Dr. Eggman's machinations near Isolated Island. Later, the trio would cross paths with Knuckles again-this time as a member of Team Sonic-and they joined Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, and the members of Team Dark and Team Rose in battling the threat of Metal Overlord and the forces he had usurped from Eggman. They also fought alongside these allies when the Black Arms invaded Mobius, while Vector alone joined Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit on an Extreme Gear racing team. Reunited, the trio of detectives investigated Eggman's machinations involving the Wisps, and were among the friends of Sonic captured by the Time Eater, though they were all eventually rescued. (KC, SH, ShH, SFR, SC, SG)
A Mega Problem
- See also: Vector Man.
The effects of the second Genesis Wave resulted in Vector, Charmy, and Espio again becoming a trio of detectives in an altered version of Mobius. They were approached by Sonic to help him in his search for the missing Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. However, their investigation led to an encounter with the villainous Copybot, who knocked Vector and his teammates out in order to deliver them to Eggman and Dr. Wily. Shortly thereafter, Vector-now transformed into Vector Man-joined his fellow Roboticized Masters in attacking Sonic, Mega Man, and their allies. He and the other Chaotix members-now Charmy Man and Espio Man-continued to battle the blue heroes, Tails, and Rush after their teammates left to pursue Proto Man. Vector Man was the first to be restored to normal by Mega Man's Mega Buster, which had been modified to emulate Sonic's Spin-Dash attack. With his teammate likewise restored to normal, Vector expressed his gratitude to Mega Man and offered him one free job from the Chaotix. The robot hero accepted, and promptly asked Vector and his teammates to find Proto Man. (StH: #249, SU: #51, #52)
Vector and his partners soon caught up with Proto Man, although Vector developed the misconception that their new ally was named "Pogo Man." The group eventually caught up with the doctors' flying fortress, the Wily Egg, as it hovered above a teleporter pad in their Skull Egg Zone. Vector and his teammates proved unable to crack the security code, the panel having been designed with colored buttons rather than numbered ones. However, they were soon joined by the various restored Roboticized Masters and other heroes, and forced to do battle with a massive army of Robot Masters created by the doctors. As Sonic led the charge, aiming for the teleporter, Vector reminded him that they hadn't cracked the code while trying to hold onto Centaur Man. He proved a formidable combatant afterwards, working together with his Chaotix teammates and alone against such foes as Snake Man. (MM: #26, StH: 250)
Sadly, the tide of battle soon turned against the heroes, and Vector began suffering injuries. One such nearly left him at the mercy of Pharaoh Man, but fortunately Silver the Hedgehog intervened to protect him. Eventually, the heroes found themselves surrounded by the enemy, but reinforcements then arrived: the Light Labs Robot Masters. The battle continued for a time, but heroes and villains alike were then hit by the Super Genesis Wave, which rewrote both their native worlds. Fortunately, Super Sonic and Super Mega Man reversed its effects, though Mobius suffered some damage thanks to Eggman's interference. (MM: #27, SU: #54, StH: #251)
Chaos Emerald Hunt
In the midst of the Shattered World Crisis, Vector and his team were hired by Princess Sally Acorn to help find the Chaos Emeralds, which were key to returning the planet to its previous condition. Their search eventually led them to Pumpkin Hill Zone, where they arrived just in time to help Knuckles fight off a band of Dark Gaia's Minions. The old allies decided to work together to locate the Chaos Emerald, though Vector tested Knuckles' patience with his teasing after he was told about Relic the Pika. After searching through the area-aided in part by their Sling Rings, much to Vector's trepidation-they ran into a rival search party: the Hooligans under Nack the Weasel. After a brief skirmish, the two groups realized that neither was currently in possession of the Emerald and parted ways. Knuckles and the Chaotix then entered Aquatic Mine, where Vector's impatience quickly wore on Knuckles, who became determined to leave-until he sensed the Emerald nearby. The four allies then discovered the gem in question, in the possession of a small, strange creature. (SU: #63, #64)
Unfortunately, the presence of the newcomers frightened the being, whom Knuckles recognized as the spirit he had been sent to find. Vector and the Chaotix pursued the spirit, and cornered him until Knuckles got in their way. They soon befriended the spirit, whom Charmy dubbed "Chip." Unfortunately, the Hooligans soon arrived seeking to claim the Emerald, and were shortly followed by a Dark Gaia Titan. In the midst of the battle, the Hooligans captured Chip and the Emerald and escaped after destroying all the entrances, leaving Vector and his friends trapped in a rapidly flooding chamber. Seemingly doomed to perish in close quarters with their monstrous foe, the heroes were saved when Vector recalled some of Knuckles' reminisces about his previous travels in the area. Escaping through a flooded tunnel, they caught up with the Hooligans, and tricked Bean the Dynamite into attacking the Titan for them. Vector then retrieved Chip and the Emerald, hiding them both in his mouth until the Hooligans departed. Knuckles then dispatched the Titan, and Vector was convinced to entrust the Guardian with the Emerald to keep it safe. (SU: #65, #66)
Vector later sent Espio to Casino Park to investigate the Chaos Emerald Championship, and was informed by his friend that he had managed to get Knuckles registered for the tournament. Vector proceeded to watch the Championship alongside Charmy, and chastised Espio for losing against Bean. (StH: #268, #269, #270)
Later on, Vector and the Chaotix were contacted by Sonic and Sally to discuss a worldwide assault on the Eggman Empire to distract the mad scientist. While he struggled to get a clear signal, Vector promised to help and almost added a fee until a nudge from Espio prevented him from doing so. (StH: #283)
Vector is loud, obnoxious, and motivated almost solely by money and the thought of reward. While possessed of a heroic streak, he is also reckless and quick to act in his own interests. He is also not above teasing or even ridiculing close friends.
Vector possesses great strength, a powerful bite, and the occasional spark of deductive skill. He also seems to retain some amount of fighting prowess, as seen when fighting the Dark Gaia Titan and Team Hooligan, respectively. He does not seem to be a good gambler, because during the Chaos Emerald Championship he lost a bet to Charmy in a match between Espio and Bean the Dynamite Duck. (SU: #64-66)
Vector is a large, green-skinned crocodile with red scales down his back. When young, he had a yellow front, large, rounded shoulders, and an overall slimmer physique. He wore white gloves, blue shoes with yellow cuffs and zippers and blue headphones with yellow speakers and a yellow belt on which he carried a blue Walkman. In the presence, Vector now sports a thicker body; his stomach, as well as arms, are light green and his eyes, as well as the scales down his back, are now vermillion. The large, round shoulders are much smaller and black in color. He wears white gloves with black-and-white cuffs and shoes embellished with gold buckles and a large gold chain around his neck. His now-wireless headphones became black and somewhat chunkier in design.
- Ironically, given his reputation for slick moves in the comics, Vector's game counterpart was, and still is, the slowest of the Chaotix regulars (not counting Heavy), and is one of the slowest game characters overall.
- In Sonic Heroes and in the Sonic X anime, Vector demonstrated the ability to breathe fire. Up until StH #250, he hadn't displayed this ability in the comics, and it is unknown if this is actually one of his normal powers or a result of the altered reality created by the Genesis Wave.
- Vector's favorite song is "Sonic Boom", which is the main theme of the American version of Sonic CD.
Vector made his debut in the 1995 game Knuckles Chaotix for the Sega 32X. Before that, Vector was originally conceived for "Sonic's Band", a scrapped sound test graphic for the original Sonic the Hedgehog which featured Sonic and other unnamed animals taking part in a music band.
After a long hiatus, Vector made his return in 2003's Sonic Heroes. According to Sega, this appearance, along with his teammates Espio and Charmy, should be considered as a hard reboot for the characters, and that their previous appearances in Chaotix are no longer canon. This incarnation of Vector has made regular appearances in the game series since.
- Vector the Crocodile at Sonic News Network