Metal Sonic (Sega)

"IS THERE NOT ONE PERSON IN EXISTENCE WITH AN OUNCE OF ORIGINALITY IN THEM?!"

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Name: MX-01 Metal Sonic / Merce Shandar
Nicknames: Metal (preferred), Gramps (by other Eggbots), Metallix, Lixxy (By Maze), Plum (By Eiffel), various insults.
Species: African pygmy hedgehog modeled metallix
Gender: Genderless, male oriented
Age: 7
Alignment: Neutral (Lawful Neutral)
Type: Speed
Height: 3'3''
Build: Sleek and streamlined, very lightweight by robot standards.
Residence: Wherever Eggman's current base is.
Occupation: Second in command to the Eggman Empire
Likes: Having his freedom, organization, order, psychology, learning, solitude, pinball, being respected for the intelligent being he is, success, keeping his armor polished.
Dislikes: Sonic, his pseudo identity, being called by his full name, being manipulated, dysfunction, boredom, the media/paparazzi, crowds, attention, having his integrity challenged, getting his armor scuffed/damaged, being treated like an object.
Hobbies/Talents: Reading, people watching, web lurking, puzzles, sculpting figurines out of spare or useless parts, taking apart and/or fixing things… Also, strangely, he's scarily good at pinball and has been known to waste hours playing it.
Played By: Jamie 'SwiftRunner' Lee
Theme: "Me Against The World" - Simple Plan
"Skin" - Oingo Boingo (Theme of Merce)
"Revvin' Up" - Crush 40 (Theme of Sonic and Metal)

Personality

Originally designed as a mindless machine, Metal over time began to develop self-awareness, and with it the ability to think for himself and feel emotion. However, he has found that certain emotions are, as of yet, too complex to fully understand, and instead seems in a perpetual state of frustration. He suffers from a severe inferiority complex. As a self-defense mechanism against accepting his low self-esteem he tries to act self-righteous, superior, and an authority, as well constantly belittles and criticizes others. He has absurdly high expectations of himself (which he seldom reaches to his satisfaction) and acts intrepid and overconfident, making it hard for him to accept defeat. He has an inability to stand up to criticism and an overambitious drive to prove his competence to his peers, to Eggman, and especially to Sonic and himself.

Metal is very cynical and jaded, preferring his solitude and avoiding attention if he can help it. He prefers to work alone, feeling he can accomplish more faster if he isn't being slowed down relying on others. However, when necessary he is capable of working with a group - though very reluctantly. He has a quick temper, but in spite of this he's usually fairly calm, quiet and reserved. He suffers from social anxiety that borderlines on phobia, and when caught off guard his underlying feelings of inadequacy and insecurity come through. Often times he'll try to avoid trouble/fighting and usually won't lash out unless he's been given orders or under a high level of stress (in which case he's prone to snap on anyone). Overall, he carries a policy of 'respect me and I will respect you'. The trouble is with his grouchy attitude, on top of his reputation as Eggman's most infamous creation, he rarely receives that luxury.

For those he doesn't like or respect he can be extremely rebellious and spiteful toward, and the mere sight of Sonic in his presence often throws him into a childish temper tantrum. He DESPISES his pseudo identity and often snaps at anyone who brings it up. Earning his trust is extremely difficult, and earning his loyalty is nigh impossible. However, for those who manage to pull off this feat he possesses a strong sense of commitment and may have a hard time turning down tasks if he feels he can reasonably handle them. To anyone outside his circle of trust, however, he absolutely will not stand taking orders and will fight tooth and nail if he feels he's being manipulated.

He's extremely loyal to Eggman except for that one time. He supports his ideals and reasons for world conquest and will go to great lengths to back his cause, even to the point he's willing to risk his 'life' to protect him. In a way he's yet to realize he views him as a father, and as such looks to him as a role model and craves for his approval. He's extremely dependable, and though he might drag his feet when presented with a task or problem he's not comfortable with, once he's given his word to someone he respects he will follow through with it to the best of his ability. He takes his sense of duty and integrity very seriously. However, this won't stop him from questioning or speaking out against something that doesn't make sense to him or doesn't seem to have any practical purpose.

In contrast, he often comes across as naive and he's driven by an intensely strong curiosity that can easily lead him to trouble, consciously or not. He has a strong interest in learning and puts tremendous amounts of effort into his pursuit of knowledge. Though he can be surprisingly insightful at times, he usually has difficulty understanding things that are different from his own perspective. Despite what his impulsive nature and occasional childish tantrum might suggest, he's extremely intelligent and analytical, able to think and improvise quickly on his feet and look at things logically and rationally. In particular he enjoys observing organic people and studying their psychology and behavior in an effort to better understand his own emotions. When things are slow and he's not required for any sort of purpose, he'll seek out ways to stimulate his mind. If he's denied this he becomes restless and often childishly irritating.

Abilities


Physical

Aside from having a wicked set of talons in place of normal hands (which are still surprisingly nimble) and above average strength and durability over the average person, he's capable of mach 1 speeds and can utilize flight with his jet engine. He can generate electrified barriers around himself that he uses both in offense and defense in battle, as well as for protecting himself from obstacles while traveling at high speeds. Additionally he's able to shoot a blue laser beam from his engine's air intake and as a robot his memory and attention to detail are especially sharp.

In more recent times, Metal's body has been converted into a nanite collective which gives him additional abilities. One of these is a self-repair system. Though much faster in comparison to organic creatures, this process is by no means instant and varies depending on how severe the damage is. It's important to note that while he can still meld objects into himself to a limited extent, Metal Overlord is never making any comebacks. His ability to meld objects is mostly only used to help aid and speed up his self-repair.

He's also capable of limited shapeshifting, having a set of pre-programmed forms in addition to the ability to steal life data. In terms of life data, he can steal it from any organic person (only one at a time) and use it to copy all of their special moves, or even completely assume their likeness, with freedom over clothing. Once he discards a person's life data it is gone unless he steals it again. The only exception to this is Sonic's data, which has been hard-wired into him. In all assumed forms he has a full range of senses. In terms of his pre-programmed forms excluding the original, he has the following:
Liquid: What may now be considered his 'true' form. This is the stage between his solid forms, which is basically a puddle of metallic liquid comprised of his raw nanites. Though all of his normal abilities are lost and he becomes his most vulnerable, there are advantages to assuming it. He still retains all sight, hearing and mobility (though all are warped or hindered in some way), and thus becomes able to reach places otherwise inaccessible to him in addition to potential stealth advantages.
Neo Metal Sonic: Heavier and more decorative armor that bares a resemblance to Shadow. His strength and durability are increased dramatically, but in balance his speed is also significantly reduced. It's very unlikely that he'd ever assume this form unless he absolutely had to due to mental reservations.
Merce Shandar: (Currently Crossover only) A hedgehog android form created from a modified copy of Sonic's life data. Due to space constraints, all normal abilities, including his speed, are lost except his shield and is the most frail of all his solid forms. However, he gains the ability to blend into public without assuming a specific person's form. He guards this form from his true identity fiercely and goes to great lengths, sometimes at the risk of his own safety, to protect it.

Learned

Mastery of all moves Sonic is capable of preforming. He has a vast knowledge of mechanics, electronics and programming, can communicate and interface with other computers, and is capable of low-level hacking. He knows how to pilot a range of vehicles and mechs; those he doesn't he can probably figure out fairly easily. Though it's not his preference, if necessary he can use a variety of weapons. While he technically can't swim, he is waterproofed and can propel himself forward by using his engine as a sort of crude pump jet. He can speak in a variety of different languages. Technically he can be programmed to know anything necessary, but he prefers to learn for himself.

Chaos/Sol

Chaos Volt: Manipulation over electricity, mostly limited to firing off bolts and enhancing his electrical shield, but can be used in creative/resourceful ways.
Chaos Control: Used for either teleportation or entering bullet time (moving so quickly the world appears in slow motion).
Chaos Birdstrike: Sucks enemies into his turbine and spits out in little pieces from the other side. :D

Also boosts his nano healing. Capable of gaining a super form with all seven emeralds. Sol Emeralds would cause him to act contrary to his normal behavior (I'm guessing he'd become more pleasant and sociable).

Weaknesses


Physical

CARDBOARD BOXES. Metal is physically incapable of running in his normal and Neo forms. His legs were only designed for aesthetic purposes, and at their fasted can only achieve a light jog. This forces him to be almost completely reliant on his jet engine - disabling it will severely cripple him. In his android form, his lack of experience with having a sense of touch causes him to be hypersensitive to sensations like pain or tickling and while he can physically run in this form, it's only at about the same pace as an average sprinter. Strong magnets can restrain him, EMP blasts will 'knock' him out, if his firewall can be gotten past he can be given viruses or be hacked, etc. He can't (or rather, won't) use his nano abilities during combat. Depending on how much damage he sustains, trying to change forms could cause him to be locked in his liquid form until his damaged nanites have repaired themselves. His raw nanites are also extremely vulnerable and fragile.

Mental

ELF SHOES. Metal is easily irritated and can be prone to impulsive behavior when he's upset. He has a severe underlying inferiority complex and suffers from social anxiety that borderlines on phobia. He has a tendency to be naive and also suffers from vulcanophobia (the fear of volcanoes and lava). The fact that he absolutely refuses to reveal his true nature in his android form to anyone outside the Eggman Empire except as an absolute last resort can also lead him into some pretty dangerous situations.

Pre-RP History

After Eggman's first failure against Sonic the Hedgehog he set to work creating two robots in the hedgehog's image in an effort to see which would prove to be the more effective model. Metal Sonic was the smaller of the two, lightweight and built purely for speed. His existence began with a simple enough task; Kidnap the young Amy Rose, forcing Sonic to come rescue her, then confront him to a race that was supposed to be rigged to spell the hedgehog's downfall. But as things usually did for any of Eggman's creations, things never went as planned, and Metal became doomed as a failure.

Unlike the lesser advanced badniks, Metal had been given a fuzzy logic AI, enabling him the ability to think, plan and learn to certain degrees to give him adaptability against Sonic. Though built as an emotionless robot, from his AI he slowly began to develop emotion and self-awareness. Over the years Metal made several reappearances into Sonic's life. Unlike his retired siblings who were content to sit on a shelf and collect dust, Metal began to feel an intense need to prove himself worthy of the tasks given to him, pushing his way into Eggman's plans whenever possible to find a purpose. Time after time he continued to fail against his organic doppelganger.

Metal was later placed into a stasis lock aboard Final Egg to have upgrades preformed. After the incident with Perfect Chaos, Eggman had temporarily left the base until he could get himself established again elsewhere. During this time GUN infiltrated and began a raid. Silver Sonic, also undergoing upgrades, was taken by the military, but Metal was jarred out of stasis and escaped. Afterward, due to the amount of time that had passed and having found himself alone, he came to the conclusion that he had been abandoned. Devastated, angered and fueled by ambition, he decided to take matters with Sonic into his own hands to prove he still had value. Taking advantage of his new upgrades, Metal began to develop an elaborate plan that would involve Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and everyone else closely associated to his rival. He eventually became so fanatical in this pursuit that his hold on reality snapped - and in that moment he turned on Eggman, imprisoning him in his own fortress and using the doctor's technology to his own advantage.

Unfortunately, his long term losing streak wasn't about to give in, and once again Metal became a failure. So stunned and drained was he after having given everything he had, all he was able to do was simply shut down in defeat. He wouldn't be left peacefully alone though, as Omega got a hold of him and later deposited him into a dump. Eggman eventually found him there, and rather that simply scrapping him for good, the doctor, deciding there was still a good amount of use in him, wiped his memories of the event, removed his ability to take life data and locked his nanites in their current form so they couldn't be altered.

When Eggman had finished, Metal had no data of what had taken place after he was placed into stasis (meaning he currently has no personal memories of the events in SA1, SA2 or Heroes). This both confused and frustrated him to have lost such a large chunk of time, but regardless he bought the story he'd been told that his software had taken irreversible damage and the files were corrupted beyond recovery.

Post-RP History


Metal is currently attending a lawsuit Eggman is filing against Jonas and Omega.

Crossover History


Affiliates

Dr. Eggman Leader of the Eggman Empire and Metal's creator. In a bizarre way he's yet to realize Metal views him as his father and as such looks up to him as a role model.
Sonic the Hedgehog Metal was modeled in this hedgehog's image and ever since the two have been constant rivals. Metal despises his resemblance to Sonic and gets upset when the two are compared.
Robo Knuckles Metal's eccentric younger brother whom was modeled after Knuckles. Metal considers him to be an unintelligent moron and often goes out of his way to avoid him.
Dr. Talon An inventor and mad scientist. He recently established himself as a rival to the Eggman Empire and has even managed to steal Metal's naked blueprints. Though Metal and Eggman aren't aware he is the self-proclaimed second-in-command to the Dark Legion.
Amy Rose Metal originally kidnapped her on Little Planet as part of a trap for Sonic. The two have had encounters since then and Metal's developed a grudging respect for the backbone she's developed.
Honey Cat A absurdly lucky vigilante who fanatically devotes her time to upholding TRUTH AND JUSTICE. Metal considers her to be absolutely insane.
Silver Sonic Mk3 Metal's brother. He was stolen and remodeled by GUN and now under Metal's suspicion.
Motobug An antique badnik Metal found and salvaged that can often be seen loyally following him like a dog. Though Metal vehemently denies it, he treats it as a pet. Off-Canon they form the MetaMoto pairing.
E-123 Omega A traitor to the Eggman Empire, Omega is dead set against murdering Eggman. He was the one responsible for restoring Metal's memories of the events of Sonic Heroes. Metal has a deep seated grudge against him.
Bogert An pacifistic alien AI who came to Gaia looking for research and other sentient AIs. Though Metal finds him to be annoyingly over-inquisitive, he seems to be able to tolerate him.
Professor Resson A professor who specializes in androids and artificial intelligence. So far from their few encounters he seems to be one of the few people Metal is actually able to get along with.
Metal Blaze Metal's interdimentional counterpart from Terra, modeled after Blaze the cat. Metal considers her to be one of the most annoying things ever to exist.
SR-1412 Heat A 'Metal Shadow' created by Talon using Metal's schematics. Metal not only sees him as an insult in using his stolen data, but by him being based off a person often mistaken for Sonic.
Bokkun A feisty and hyperactive little badnik who works as Eggman's personal messenger. Though Bokkun sees Metal as his older brother, Metal would prefer to avoid him like a plague.
ES-002 Selica A gynoid modeled after a human who considers herself to be a replacement for Metal. The two fight frequently and as Eggman himself once put it, they seem to get along about as well as oil and water.
ES-003 Ishntknew Another human modeled android and the most realistic of the three ES-Series. He and Metal are rivals who don't get along at all, but are unfortunately often paired with each other on assignments.
Metal Amy An anti-metallix unit created by Jonas Lans in response to the lawsuit Eggman had filed against him. To quote Metal: "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!"

Misc. Info

An interesting quirk, he very rarely uses contraction words. For example; can't, won't, and isn't each become cannot, will not and is not respectively. He also very rarely uses slang and generally has a very sophisticated style of speech. His voice, though described in writing as a slightly deeper version of Sonic's with a metallic overtone, actually sounds like Raziel from Legacy of Kain in my mind. Yes, he has a british accent. Shut up.

When happy his eyes flicker to a green hue. Obviously this almost never happens because happiness is currently one of the emotions he has little understanding of, and if he were aware of it, it would probably just piss him off seeing how he already throws tantrums over his pseudo identity XD This idea was inspired by the green flickering his eyes did in Sonic R.

Categories

Eggman Empire, Metallixes, Androids, Gaia, Canon Characters

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