Dark Gaia is a guest antagonist who appears in the Sonic Adventures episode, Rise of the Werehog. It is a primordial hyper energy organism from the dawn of time and the incarnation of darkness, night and destruction. Since its birth, Dark Gaia has been in an eternal conflict with Light Gaia, where they maintain a cycle of destruction and rebirth of the planet.
In the present day, Dark Gaia was awoken prematurely by Dr. Eggman, who planned to use its power to establish the Eggman Empire, which caused it to break apart and scatter across the world. After being reassembled, Dark Gaia attempted to destroy the world, but was defeated and returned to dormancy by Sonic the Hedgehog and Light Gaia, restoring its cycle.
Dark Gaia is an gargantuan creature of such size that it makes characters like Sonicseem like grains of sand by comparison. In its incomplete base form, it has brown skin with its lower body and torso resembling that of a snake's, two thin arms with long neon-blue claws, and scaly shoulders. Its head itself is very wide, much wider than its main body and is mostly composed of its jagged mouth (which remains closed until it transforms) and has a single green eye on each end of it. Its central face looks like that of a reptile, with four small horns on the top of it, white eyes and one large green eye on the middle of its forehead.
On its back, Dark Gaia has seven purple flaming energy tentacles sticking out from it, and neon blue scaly fins that runs from its lower back, up to its head. It also possesses "hair" in the form of purple energy that emits from its head and back, giving it the appearance of a mohawk.
A primordial abomination born from darkness, Dark Gaia is a pure, malevolent force of nature. Seemingly lacking any form of consciousness or wisdom, it usually operates on little more than the mindset of a hostile and mindless beast, and will attack anyone in its way. Existing for the sole purpose of destroying the world, Dark Gaia is driven only by its singular instinct to bring the end of the world, not showing any reasons, regrets or thoughts about its actions.
Despite its bestial behavior, Dark Gaia appears to be a sapient being to some extent; it showed cunning in battle (like planning an attack that Chip could not figure out) and chose to extract its fragments from Sonic before continuing its assault. At times, it would also make body movements reminiscent of a mocking laugh.
- This is the only animated series to feature Dark Gaia.
- The name Gaia is derived from an ancient Greek goddess, who was the personification of the Earth. (A previous Sonic villain, Chaos, was also named after a Greek god.) Although named after a goddess, Dark Gaia is occasionally referred to as male.
- Dark Gaia is only given 3D animation, but is also cel-shade to make it look cartoony.
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