— Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow the Hedgehog is an artificially-created hedgehog, billed as "The Ultimate Life Form". In BearfootTruck's stories, he does not serve with the Knothole Freedom Fighters, although he has sided with them on many occasions. Otherwise, he works behind the scenes, chipping away at the evil forces of the Eggman Empire and any other entities that pose a significant threat to the planet. Mostly, he's no different from the official Ultimate Life Form. For a bunch of other fakers, go here.
Shadow's backstory is exactly the same. One minor note, though: Due to the backstory of this universe, Maria's & Professor Gerald's last name may be "Kintobor" instead of "Robotnik".
For the most part, Shadow has the same cold, brooding personality as the official canon. However, in this universe, he is a bit more arrogant. He also seems to be a bit more mentally unstable (although is this really possible with Shadow?). Additionally, he's somewhat more aggressive, especially towards Sonic, even threatening to kill him once. However, he has also had moments where he seemed to be in a good mood.
No changes. He did, however, wear a Gestapo cap in "Two Kinds of Heroes"
Shadow retains all of his abilities in this universe, and he has a couple of new ones: Mechanical skills & piano playing.
Items & weapons
Shadow has an arsenal of firearms at his disposal: His main sidearm is a Walther P38, which he received in "Two Kinds of Heroes". For extra firepower, he carries a customized Smith & Wesson Model 29, which has walnut grips with the Black Arms emblem etched in them & Maria's name engraved on the barrel. He also has a Heckler & Koch MP5 in case he needs full-auto capability. At one point, he even owned a customized Colt Python, but he gave it to Sonic for unknown reasons. He also carries different types of ammunition with him, including special armor-piercing bullets for robots.
In this story, Shadow somehow makes his way to Hammelburg, Germany. Here, he joins the Gestapo after being duped into believing that they were part of a "Master Race". As a result, he becomes chief security officer for Stalag 13 and gets along poorly with the rest of Klink's staff. When Shadow & Sonic first encounter each other here, Klink warns the two hedgehogs that personal vendettas won't be tolerated in Stalag 13. Nevertheless, Shadow takes it upon himself to warn Sonic not to try anything funny or he'll kill him. Despite his commitment to his job, Shadow starts questioning whether he's doing the right thing.
Later, Antoine confronts Shadow and orders him to surrender. However, the Ultimate Life Form is undeterred and throws him out of Klink's office. In a further attempt to get on his good side, LeBeau brings him a tray of apple strudel. Shadow confiscates them and threatens to break LeBeau's neck. While no one is looking, though, he takes one and eats it. He loves the taste, and makes it his new favorite food.
That night, when Sonic & some other Heroes break out, Shadow conducts a surprise inspection. When he sees that Sonic is missing, he blames it on Sally and hits her a few times. However, he is interrupted when a group of Cylon Centurions invades the barracks. After helping Knuckles & Rouge take them down, Shadow has a change of heart and quits the Gestapo. However, he keeps the Walther P38 that he was issued as a sidearm.
Having escaped back to Mobius somehow, Shadow collides with Sonic. He gets mad at Sonic and chases him to the outskirts of Eggopolis, losing the Blue Blur at a junkyard. Though Shadow has given up for now, he still has a bone to pick with Sonic. He encounters Antoine & Rotor, who are also looking for Sonic. Antoine freaks out, but Shadow assures him that he's no longer with the Gestapo. Rouge is also present during this meeting. The next day, Shadow encounters Sonic (actually an impostor) and gets sprayed with sleeping gas. When he wakes up, he finds out that the impostor doodled all over his face, which makes him really mad. While searching for Sonic, he encounters Antoine & Bunnie, but neither of them know where the Blue Blur is.
Eventually, Shadow finds the impostor Sonic again. Seeing that he’s kidnapped Cheese, the Ultimate Life Form kills him with a Chaos Spear and tries to free Cheese. However, the impostor has recovered and become stronger, so Shadow engages him in a fierce battle. Despite wielding a .44 Magnum, Shadow is almost killed during the battle. In fact, he finally manages to defeat the impostor with the assistance of Silver and gives Cheese back to Cream. He asks Cream & Vanilla if they have any apple strudel, to which they reply negatively. Afterwards, he tells Silver to go away.
With one impostor defeated, Shadow uses his .44 Magnum to gun down the other one. However, this one also recovers, turning into a mad fire-breathing dragon. At this point, Blaze shows up and helps Shadow to defeat the dragon, in addition to destroying a bunch of stealthbots. In the end, Shadow confronts Sonic, thinking that he’s responsible for all the wrongs that the impostor committed.
Shadow is having a philosophical discussion with Sonic about mercy when Sally alerts Sonic to a distress signal at Kinto Village. When the Blue Blur responds, Shadow races him over there. However, it turns out to be a trap set by Dr. Robotnik. The two hedgehogs battle his forces, but Sonic steps on a spike and hurts his foot. Rather than helping him out, though, Shadow leaves him behind and chooses to pursue Robotnik's forces instead.
While Sonic is suffering from the effects of sodium barboxide poisoning, Shadow is fighting Robotnik's badniks in order to draw them away from the Atomic Decoupler, Robotnik's newest superweapon. He also appears in some of Sonic's dreams. In his most notable moment, Shadow appears as an NYPD officer who confronts a wounded Sonic. In a repeat of Dirty Harry, he "kills" Sonic with a .44 Magnum. In the real world, once Sonic recovers, Shadow encounters the Freedom Fighters outside of Robotnik's HQ and chides them for spending time helping Sonic. Nevertheless, he helps them by distracting Robotnik's forces, allowing them to destroy the Atomic Decoupler.
Shadow also appears in the "Sonic Says" segment, where he calls Antoine "ugly" and tells him that he should die, causing him to cry.
Like most of Sonic's friends, Shadow is a big fan of Super Changin' Muscle Rangers. He's probably the biggest fan of the show, too, because he refers to his favorite character – Walt Zacharias, the black Muscle Ranger – as being like a brother. He also calls the show a "glorious epiphany" and gets very mad at Sonic for badmouthing the show. When Shadow encounters Sonic later on, he gets into a fight with him regarding the show, but he stops fighting when Ol' Blue tells him that the Muscle Rangers stars were kidnapped. Using Chaos Control, he catches up with Rouge.
Shadow & Rouge go on a mission to rescue their beloved stars, where they are joined by Amy & Antoine. The operation appears to be going well at first. Unfortunately, Shadow is hit by a stun bolt and knocked out, and the group is captured. Luckily, Sonic & the rest of the gang show up to rescue them & the Muscle Rangers stars. After the rescue, Shadow expresses his gratitude to Manny Taylor, the actor who plays Walt, even going so far to refer to him by his character's name. Manny tells him that it’s only a TV show, causing Shadow to feel betrayed. Feeling that his favorite show was "ruined', he blames the whole thing on Sonic.
In the "Sonic Says" segment, Shadow is Tails' partner for a science project. He gets annoyed when Sonic delays Tails for this segment.
Shadow uses Chaos Control to teleport into Robotnik's lair. He expresses his gratitude to the Doctor for releasing him from Prison Island and gives him hotcakes for a gift. Of course, just like everyone else, he is rudely attacked by Robotnik's minions. However, he manages to escape using Chaos Control. Later, he saves Cream & Cheese from Robotnik's minions.
Shadow also appears in the "Sonic Says" segment, where he gets mad at Sonic because he got Sonic '06 for Xbox 360 as a Christmas present. As a result, he chases after Sonic.
Shadow makes a brief appearance in this story. He encounters Sonic in the Great Forest. The Blue Blur freaks out, thinking that he's Mephiles. However, Sonic calms down and apologizes when he realizes who he's really talking to. That aside, Shadow returns a copy of the book Mysterious Akavir to Sonic, but is perplexed when Ol' Blue says that it isn't his. Then, the Ultimate Life Form realizes that the book actually belongs to Knuckles. Although Shadow makes no further appearances after this, Mephiles mentions (to himself) that he finds Shadow to be very attractive.
Shadow shows up in the first chapter of this story. Here, he gives Sonic a cake, but then he throws it on the ground. The reason he does so is to get revenge for the Blue Blur (allegedly) ruining everything that he’s enjoyed. The Ultimate Life Form also claims that he's not yet even. When Sonic tries to give him a hug, Shadow kicks him in the crotch and runs away.
200 years later, in the epilogue, Shadow stops when he sees the statue of Sonic & Tails in Knothole. Naturally, he's ticked off because he only got a medal for saving the world at some point in the past. Shadow also claims to put in more effort than either of the two.
Shadow and Rouge have a birthday coming up soon. He not only sends a party invitation to Sonic, but also informs him in person after he bumps into him at Seaside Hill Zone. He also tells the Blue Blur to get him a gift and threatens to kill him if he doesn’t calm down. He later sends Omega to check up on Sonic’s progress being that him and Rouge are occupied with a mission. Shadow later shows up in his tank after Robotnik attempts to attack the repair shop, presumably having damaged the Eggmobile.
The next day, at the party, Shadow is desperately hoping that he won't have to kill Sonic and Tails. Fortunately, they show up, although he accuses them of having no concept of time, and he insists that they give him and Rouge their gifts first. However, Sonic thinks that they should save the best for last, so Shadow gives in and decides to open Amy’s gift first, but then Mephiles shows up, much to Shadow's surprise. After a brief explanation of how he came back, Mephiles forces himself onto Shadow as his present. Rouge attempts to save him, and he and Omega hold Mephiles at gunpoint. However, Mephiles threatens to kill Rouge, so they stand down and allow him to make out with Shadow. After recovering from the shock, Shadow is surprised to see Scratch and Grounder crashing the party, but he gets fed up with them arguing and repeatedly smashes them together until they’re nothing but two assorted masses of random parts. When Snively shows up, Shadow threatens to kill him until he gives Shadow a box of Swiss rolls.
After opening the rest of his presents, Shadow opens his birthday card from Sonic, and then opens his gift, which turns out to be a motocross bike. As a result, he decides to let Sonic and Tails live. He even accepts Ol' Blue's offer to have a race. However, when given a helmet, he chucks his away, insisting that he doesn't need one. Everyone capitulates to his wish, and the race is on. Shadow insists on racing dirty, doing whatever he can to knock Sonic off of his bike. However, it’s Big Blue who succeeds in knocking the Ultimate Life Form off of his bike, although in the ensuing scuffle, Shadow gets the upper hand. However, he stops short of beating Sonic to death, instead telling him that he couldn't destroy someone who helped him on the right path after Black Doom. Shadow also talks about the time that Mephiles killed Sonic and about how much he’s changed since he first met the Blue Blur, so much so, in fact, that he now considers him his best friend. Shadow nearly ends up crying when they hug each other. Nevertheless, he feels much better for it, and he even decides to forget about the motocross race. After the party, Shadow curls up with Rouge and reads a book, and he decides to go outside for a bit, but he fails to show up at the grand opening of the Glitter Palace discotheque, presumably abducted by Mephiles.
When Sonic asks Shadow what he thought of Mr. Obotir's experiment in History class, the Ultimate Life Form argues that it was logical, citing the sad state of the educational system in the country. When Mr. Obotir christens the new movement "The Wave", it is Shadow who designs the symbol for the movement. By the time Day Three rolls around, Shadow gets more and more involved in the movement, wearing a uniform and declaring himself "Grand Dragon". In spite of the fact that he hasn’t been chosen to be a prefect, Shadow takes it upon himself to inform Knuckles that Rouge has been spreading nasty rumors about The Wave. Later in the day, when Rouge is crying after being roughed up by Knuckles, he comes over to her house, and though he acknowledges her pain, he informs her that The Wave cannot be stopped.
On Day Four, when Mr. Obotir is talking about the widespread nature of The Wave and how it could positively impact the country, Shadow confirms his propaganda with a magazine advertisement for an electronics company, whose slogan seemingly confirms The Wave’s impact. When Sonic attempts to start a ruckus in the classroom, Shadow uses Chaos Control and escorts him to one of the bathrooms with Knuckles, where he beats Sonic up and argues that resistance is futile. Then, when Silver shows up and frees Sonic, Shadow and Knuckles attempt to pursue them, but end up losing sight of them. Later, at lunch, Shadow delivers a threat to Sonic. After school, he organizes a little shindig for fellow Wave members before the big rally in the gym tomorrow, where he gives a speech to energize his followers.
On Day Five, Shadow pays little attention to the absence of Sonic, Tails, Rouge and Silver. It is only when they sneak into the rally and Silver screams in shock that he pays any significant attention, whereupon he knocks them out. Later, when two police officers show up, he attempts to have them killed, but he keeps the rally going…that is, until Bean informs him that more police officers have shown up. Knowing this, Shadow mobilizes the Wave members against the police, taking numerous students and faculty members hostage in the process. He then fires the first shot against the police, but neither him nor any other Wave members are able to kill or even wound any officers. When Captain Davison attempts to negotiate with him, Shadow proves quite resistant and even wounds the members of S.W.A.T. Team 1 and the occupants of an APC to show how serious he is, even threatening to shoot a hostage.
When the members of The Wave decide that Shadow’s gone too far and attempt to surrender, he orders them to pick their weapons back up. Most of them comply, but when Sally continues to resist, he shoots her and puts her in a coma. Continuing to focus on the police, Shadow notices that Sonic, Tails, Rouge and Silver have escaped and attempts to have them killed. However, Silver deflects the rocket that he fires at them and pries his Panzerschreck away. Though he is angered when Silver uses a S.W.A.T. van to block his view of S.W.A.T. Team 2 entering the school, he continues to focus on Captain Davison, demanding an apology from the government for Maria's death.
Eventually, negotiations fall apart, and Shadow is about to kill all of the police officers when Mr. Obotir orders the members of The Wave to report to the gym, where he finds out that there is no nationwide youth movement connected to the experiment. After the documentary on the horrors of the Tedescan Civil War, Shadow decides that The Wave was too good to last and flees the school before the emergency services and news crews swarm the gym, leading the government to enact a nationwide manhunt against him.