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Sonic the Werehog Appears
Sonic the Werehog
First Appearance
Issue

Sonic the Hedgehog #264

Biographical information
Host Form

Sonic the Hedgehog

Transformation Requirements
Items
  • Inhalation of Dark Gaia energy.
  • First transformation triggered after extreme stress.
  • All further transformations occur at night time thereafter.
Gained Abilities
Abilities
  • Super strength
  • Stretchy arms
  

The Werehog is a bestial form that Sonic the Hedgehog transformed into. Sonic gained this ability after accidentally inhaling the purple gas that rose from the cracks in the Earth created by the earthquakes that proceeded The Shattered World Crisis.

History

Early signs of mutation

Sonic Feels Darkness

Sonic briefly becomes feral after inhaling the gas

During a mission to regather the Knothole Freedom Fighters, Sonic and Tails came to the Wood Zone where Uncle Chuck was in the middle of researching the earthquakes that had recently began occurring across the planet. After showing his nephew samples of a purple gas that had been emitted from the cracks in the earth, another earthquake struck and Sonic had to rescue his uncle from falling into an opened crater. As he dashed back down to retrieve the gas sample, a stray piece of debris smashed a part of the container open, giving Sonic a face full of purple gas. Upon returning to the surface, Sonic briefly displayed feral characteristics, which immediately passed, brushing off his uncle's suggestion of being checked over by a doctor. (StH: #254)

After the Shattered World Crisis had begun, Sonic continued to show brief moments of feral behaviour: during the Knothole Freedom Fighters rescue efforts in Station Square, and again during his battle against E-106 Eta aboard the Egg Train. Uncle Chuck became increasingly concerned for his nephew, after determining through his and Professor Pickle's experiments that the purple gas exhibited mutagenic properties. (StH: #257, #259)

During the battle of Meropis against the Dark Gaia monsters, Sonic nearly drowns while fighting off a Dark Guardian, and while he reached for the nearby air charm, he showed significant signs of transformation. However, the process was halted when the monster threw Rotor towards Sonic and slammed against him, leaving the two unconscious until they were saved by Chaos. (StH: #262, #263)

The Beast Unleashed

Sonic transforms

Sonic finally succumbs and transforms

Sonic finally underwent the full transformation during a mission to take the grey Chaos Emerald from a Soumerca Egg Army dog site. Egg Boss Thunderbolt used the emerald to lure Sonic, Sally, Amy, Mighty and Ray into a trap where they found themselves stunned by immense electrocution. The stress upon seeing his friends powerless tipped Sonic over the edge and his full Werehog form finally showed itself. He made quick work of the Egg Army forces, but became unbalanced, his state distorting his perception. An attempt to eliminate Thunderbolt was halted by Mighty, whom Sonic through distorted vision and hearing felt was accusing him of being unbalanced and dangerous. The Werehog and the Armadillo engaged in a brief battle which was halted by Sally and Amy, who-though they too were initially distorted by Sonic's transformed senses-managed to talk him down from his rage. He later returned to normal when the sun rose the next morning, but-fearing the harm he might do if he transformed aboard the Sky Patrol-elected to remain with Mighty's mentor Moss the Sloth until he could get a grip on his new form. (StH: #264, #265)

Sonic's lessons with Moss centered on him learning to accept that the Werehog was a part of him, to be embraced rather than controlled. Sonic soon mastered his lessons, and when night fall again he turned into the Werehog but retained his usual senses. He was then able to employ his new form to defeat a Flying Dynamo robot sent after him by the vengeful Thunderbolt. Shortly thereafter, upon entering the Chaos Emerald Championship, Sonic stipulated that he would only compete during the daytime, so as not to draw attention to his Werehog form. (StH: #266, #267, #268)

Abilities

In Werehog form, Sonic is possessed of incredible strength, rivaling that of Mighty the Armadillo. He is also capable of stretching his arms to great length, useful for attacking enemies or moving through rough terrain.

Background Information

  • The Werehog form was originally featured in the game Sonic Unleashed, and previously appeared in the comics via the Another Time, Another Place stories and Off Panel.
  • The Werehog is based on the famous mythical creature the Werewolf.
    • It's been commonly pointed out by fans that the term "Werehog" is not an accurate terminology. The word "Were", as used in the term "Werewolf", is a Latin word meaning "Man", making the term literally "Man-wolf", a man who became a wolf. This would make the literal version of Werehog into "Man-hog", implying that Sonic would've been a man that became a hog of some kind, which obviously is not the case.
  • The conditions met for Sonic to transform appears to differ between the comic and the Sonic Unleashed video game. In the game, Sonic would simply transform after sunset, while in the comic the transformation is not only triggured by Sunset but by extreme stress as well.

Off-Panel

Sonic the Werehog first made an appearance in Sonic Universe 29's Off-panel
Werehog-Off-Panal-1-
, when Scourge said he was sick of being picked around and asked if there was any other altered Sonic in the prison; the Werehog proved to be the only other candidate. Sonic Universe 32's Off-Panel also included the Werehog, this time as the puppeteer behind a Horizont-Al and Verti-Cal puppet show. The Werehog eventually returned in StH #264's Off-Panel, with Big the Cat and Cream the Rabbit using his elongated arms to play double-dutch. He appeared again in StH #267's strip, where he attempted to glide using his extending arms at the suggestion of Ray the Flying Squirrel, only to end up resembling a tree swing.

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