E-123 Omega

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E-123 Omega
Sonic the Hedgehog character
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Omega as he appears in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
First game Sonic Heroes (2003)
Created by Takashi Iizuka
Voiced by (English) Jon St. John (Sonic Heroes)
Jeff Kramer (Shadow the Hedgehog)
Maddie Blaustein (died 2008; games released 2006–2009)
Vic Mignogna (2010–present)
Voiced by (Japanese) Taiten Kusunoki (2003–present)

E-123 Omega (E-123オメガ Ī-Wan-Tsū-Surī Omega?), a.k.a. "E-123 TWENTY(-)THREE", is a fictional robotic character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, starting with Sonic Heroes in 2003. Created by the character Doctor Eggman as part of the "E-Series" of robots, Omega is bulky, red, and physically strong and has a powerful gun built into his arm. He turns against Eggman and all of the doctor's other creations after Eggman confines him to a small area in a mission to keep Shadow the Hedgehog from escaping.

Omega has since appeared with both playable and non-playable roles in numerous Sonic games, starting with Shadow the Hedgehog. Many of these have shown him on quests to defeat Eggman's other robots as a process of continued revenge against the doctor. He has also made appearances in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. He has received mixed to negative opinions from critics, some of which have compared him unfavorably to E-102 Gamma, another major robotic Sonic character.

Design and characteristics[edit]

Named after the Greek letter omega (Ω),[1] E-123 Omega is the final robot created by Sonic series antagonist Doctor Eggman as part of the "E-100 Series" – a subset of his larger "E-Series" of robots. His original purpose is unknown, but Eggman later decommissioned him and locked him in a base to keep Shadow the Hedgehog from escaping his stasis capsule. While a robot, he has the capacity for intense emotions, such as a thirst for revenge.[2]

Omega has a red, heavily armored body with arms concealing a variety of powerful weapons.[2] He is large and bulky, standing 150 cm (4'11") tall and weighing 1230.512 kg (2,719 lbs).[1]

Appearances[edit]

Omega's first role was in the 2003 game Sonic Heroes, in which Rouge the Bat inadvertently awakens him in Eggman's base after freeing Shadow from his capsule. Omega mistakes Shadow for another of Eggman's robots and tries to kill him until Rouge breaks up the fight and suggests they team up and look for Eggman.

Reception[edit]

Omega has seen mixed to negative reception, with one writer confusing him with E-102 Gamma from Sonic Adventure – another well-known robot character in the Sonic series.[3] Ranking him sixth on a list of Sonic characters in need of retirement, Richard Coombs of Blistered Thumbs considered him to have been "wasted potential" as a successor. Coombs criticized his limited use in Sonic Heroes "to be the muscle" for two already powerful characters, as well as his relatively unexplored storyline and desires.[4] Similarly, Stephen Frost of PlayStation: The Official Magazine prefaced a positive statement about Omega's abilities with "He might not be E-102 Gamma",[5] and Joe Dodson of Game Revolution speculated that Omega has an inferiority complex in relation to Eggman's other contemporary and past creations.[6] Eurogamer staff writer Tom Bramwell called Omega a "lesser" character among the Heroes cast.[7] An Electronic Gaming Monthly preview of Heroes referred to him as an imitation of the T-1000s from the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.[8] However, Jeremy Dunham from IGN called Omega a "supreme machine".[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "キャラクターデータ" (in Japanese). Sega. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) instruction manual, p. 7.
  3. ^ "Sonic Heroes". Xbox World (Future Publishing) (2): p. 36. January 2004. 
  4. ^ Coombs, Richard. "The Top 9 Sonic Characters that Need to Retire". Blistered Thumbs. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Frost, Stephen (November 2003). "PSM Previews: Sonic Heroes". PlayStation: The Official Magazine (79): p. 88. 
  6. ^ Dodson, Joe (June 4, 2004). "Sonic Heroes Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bramwell, Tom (February 13, 2004). "Sonic Heroes Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sonic's Boom". Electronic Gaming Monthly (169): p. 102. August 2003. 
  9. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (December 2, 2003). "Sonic Heroes Profiles: Team Dark". IGN. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 

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