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Characters / Sonic the Hedgehog - Infinite
Edit locked, debut: sonic forces voiced by: takashi kondo (japanese); liam o'brien (english) additional vas patrick borg (french), andrea bolognini (italian).
A vile individual who joins Eggman's bid for world conquest in Sonic Forces . Originally a self-styled "Ultimate Mercenary" jackal hired by Eggman and leader of his own "Jackal Squad", a crushing defeat by Shadow led him to start wearing a mask and pursue power even greater than Shadow's Chaos abilities � which he believes he has now thanks to Eggman's Phantom Ruby. open/close all folders
- 0% Approval Rating : He is hated by just about everyone around him; even his own allies.
- His past as a mercenary and how he was employed by Dr. Eggman were only revealed in the prequel comics.
- His ultimate fate after the final battle was left ambiguous until the Encyclo-speed-ia came out, in which it was revealed that he and his prototype were "consumed by the original Phantom Ruby."
- The Phantom Ruby's illusions are powerful, but they can be countered by someone who has a Phantom Ruby as well, and being in close proximity to a Phantom Ruby weakens his own. The Avatar manages to find a Phantom Ruby prototype left behind by Infinite, allowing them to survive Infinite's illusion during their fight with him, and allowing them to ultimately foil Eggman's plan to destroy the Resistance with a virtual sun.
- Infinite's character bears one perhaps even more noteworthy than the rare possibility of a second Phantom Ruby nullifying his powers : namely, his hopeless addiction to sadism . Infinite isn't interested in pragmatism; his personal agenda is domination , to relish in the fear, suffering, and subjugation of others as much as possible, constantly playing it off as it "not being worth the time" to finish off the enemy. Even after Eggman calls him out on letting Sonic live when he had him cornered, the one person who could absolutely ruin everything , Infinite tries to rationalize it away. Even beyond that, Infinite failed to recognize what he'd inadvertently created when he subjected the Avatar to the same experience that led to him becoming so powerful .
- The Phantom Ruby can't function without an external power supply of some sort. If all power supplies are destroyed, Infinite would no longer have access to his greatest weapon and be substantially weakened. This one isn't fully exploited, as Eggman had a backup power supply when the primary one, the Death Egg, was destroyed.
- Episode Shadow reveals that he was this to Shadow. He was the captain of a mercenary squad and touted himself as the "Ultimate Mercenary" until he was dealt a crushing defeat at the hands of the Ultimate Life Form . The humiliation drove Infinite to seek power so he'll never be weak again.
- His seeming mastery of his powers granted by the Phantom Ruby makes it appear as though he's the only one who could use them. However, the prequel comics reveal that Eggman was the Ruby's original wielder � however brief � and he could utilize it with far greater ease, and when he takes it back at the game's climax, he immediately demonstrates a greater level of power in projections than Infinite ever had.
- Always Someone Better : He has Sonic's number in hand-to-hand combat, able to defeat him effortlessly. Of course, as the game progresses, Sonic eventually returns the favor.
- The game reveals that the gem embedded into his chest is the Phantom Ruby, or rather, the finalized version of a prototype Phantom Ruby created by Eggman. What happened to the original and how Infinite is connected to said Ruby remains unknown... Unless you play Episode Shadow, wherein you learn that Infinite was the leader of the Jackal Squad Eggman hired to protect his base in Mystic Jungle, where the real Phantom Ruby was being analyzed.
- It's also left vague on whether the Phantom Ruby's abilities are just illusions, outright reality warping, or a mix of the two. While the villains are revealed to be virtual reality constructs and the obstacles that appear during his boss fights are illusions manifested by the Ruby's power, Infinite's energy attacks and the Phantom Ruby's ability to distort gravity and create Null Space implies that there's more to the Ruby's power than what has been told.
- And I Must Scream : Never outright confirmed, but strongly implied by the "Sonic Encyclo-speed-ia" to be his ultimate fate — "consumed" by the Phantom Ruby alongside the prototype Ruby. It largely depends on whether or not he's still alive and conscious in there .
- Animal Stereotypes : He's a black-furred jackal who started off as a thief and later grew to be a menacing villain, a common stereotype of jackals.
- Apocalypse How : He nearly pulls off a Class 6 when he tries to erase the resistance by dropping a construct of the sun onto them.
- Can be seen as one to the Avatar. The Avatar's fellow soldiers were killed by Infinite, and since then, they have developed a fear of him, something Infinite uses to torment them. However, some encouragement from Sonic helps the Avatar to conquer their fear of him and help Sonic take him down for good .
- Infinite views Shadow as one, considering he's the reason Infinite sought to become who he is today. After Infinite accepts that Shadow has no reason to remember him , but also proves in his mind that he has become more powerful than Shadow by toying with him in an illusory world, Infinite moves past this as well.
- Artificial Person : Infinite is shown to be this in the opening, as Eggman's latest and most powerful experiment, though he most certainly wasn't always .
- Asshole Victim : Shadow was cruel to him and his team... but they'd already put their lot in with Eggman to help take over the world and get power at that point.
- Attack Drones : His red energy cubes serve as these for him, as his main fighting style is to send his cubes to attack opponents, arranging them in various shapes and formations.
- Asskicking Leads to Leadership : He's The Leader of the Eggman Army, and by far and away its most powerful member.
- Authority Sounds Deep : Has a deep, commanding, echoing voice, and is clearly one of the powerhouses of Eggman's army.
- Ax-Crazy : He hides it well , but it's pretty clear that Infinite is quite unhinged underneath it all, as he relishes in causing death and destruction. In the final issue of the tie-in comic, when Infinite strikes the Phantom Ruby with his sword, he's shown what he desires most: a desolate, destroyed world, implying that he was crazy even before he gained the Ruby's power.
- Badass Armfold : His default pose.
- Badass Normal : The final tie-in comic shows that before he gained the power of the Phantom Ruby, he was a highly skilled mercenary captain. He managed to fight his way through hundreds of Eggman's robots and came within a hairsbreadth of actually killing the good doctor, only failing due to the Phantom Ruby's interference.
- Battle Aura : Gains one when using his powers, but how it looks depends on the version. In the PS4/XBOX One version, he glows with a red aura and is surrounded by a purple haze that occasionally flickers with red, glitching static. In the Switch version, he has a simple red outline. In the comics, his aura resembles crimson flames.
- Berserk Button : He does not like being called "weak" very much.
- Bragging Theme Tune : His theme is essentially just bragging about how dangerous and awesome he is.
- Break the Haughty : Episode Shadow reveals that prior to the game, he was the captain of a mercenary team called Jackal Squad, and touted himself as the "Ultimate Mercenary". That all changed one fateful day when he and his squad were hired by Eggman to protect one of his laboratories in Mystic Jungle, where they encountered Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow effortlessly destroyed his entire squad and handed Infinite a humiliating defeat, which would lead to Infinite's vow to become stronger and lead to him obtaining the power of the Phantom Ruby.
- Bring It : Makes this gesture to Sonic at the beginning of their final battle, right before growing to giant size.
- Bond Villain Stupidity : In his second fight with Sonic, despite still being more powerful than him, Infinite decides against killing him, deeming him not worth the effort . Eggman utterly blasts him for this , and indeed, it comes back to haunt him later as Sonic eventually becomes strong enough to defeat him.
- Boss Remix : An instrumental version of his theme song plays during the first two boss fights with him.
- The Bully : When you get right down to it, at his core, Infinite is nothing but a superpowered bully who enjoys flaunting his power and superiority over others. He constantly insults Sonic and his allies, hovers above his opponents so he can literally look down on them, and shows no respect for anyone. His backstory in Episode Shadow reveals that the reason he became Infinite in the first place was that he was handed a humiliating defeat by Shadow and wanted power so he'll never be weak again, much like how real-life bullies are often motivated by a need to feel powerful.
- Character Tic : His mask appears to be very loose-fitting, as he has to frequently adjust it.
- Chekhov's Gun : During his fight with Silver, Infinite drops one of the Phantom Ruby prototypes he was supposed to destroy. The Avatar would later find that same prototype, allowing them to survive Infinite's illusion during their fight with him, and allowing them to ultimately foil Eggman's plan to destroy the Resistance with a virtual sun.
- Classic Villain : He has a distinctly evil appearance, acts as an Evil Counterpart to the Avatar, and is guilty of all of the Seven Deadly Sins .
- Cold Ham : Despite his calm demeanor and subdued voice, practically every line of dialog that comes out of him is an over the top Badass Boast .
- Colony Drop : Eggman and Infinite's plan to destroy the Resistance? Use the Phantom Ruby to create a virtual reality construct of the Sun and drop it on them.
- Colour-Coded Timestop : While not exactly a time-stop, his teleportation produces the same effect as the Phantom Ruby. This is not a coincidence.
- Cool Sword : The final issue tie-in comic for Sonic Forces shows that Infinite's weapon before gaining the power of the Phantom Ruby was a red sword curved like a scimitar.
- Create Your Own Hero : Infinite himself would inevitability create someone who would oppose him � the future Rookie of the Resistance, who would go on to be the key player in stopping Infinite once and for all.
- Create Your Own Villain : He was hired by Eggman to protect the facility the Phantom Ruby was being studied in � then Shadow rolled around and mercilessly crushed him. Infinite was so taken by terror and humiliation that he more or less sold his soul for the sake of power, giving himself over to Eggman to become the Ruby's testing grounds.
- Cunning Like a Fox : His mask is modeled after a fox's head and he has a bushy tail like a fox, even though he's actually a jackal .
- An unmasked Infinite is on the receiving end of this to Shadow in Eggman's Facility in Mystic Jungle, which would lead to his Start of Darkness and him becoming Infinite.
- In Issue Three of the Sonic Forces prequel comic, Looming Shadow , Eggman dispatches Infinite to deal with Omega when he rampages through his Arsenal Pyramid as a test of his abilities. It's not a spoiler to say he won decisively.
- His first meeting with Sonic has him and the other villains dealing out a brutal one to Sonic, with Infinite in particular not even using his hands. The Blue Blur is unable to fight back at all and is soundly defeated.
- A flashback shows him dealing out one to the Avatar and his team, frightening the Avatar so much that they ran away in fear .
- In Mystic Jungle, Silver tries to hold his own against Infinite. Key word is tries . It ended as well as you'd expect, and Silver would've been killed had Sonic not stepped in.
- Cutscene Power to the Max : All those energy attacks Infinite uses? You won't see them in his boss fights. Possibly justified by his need to prove himself stronger, and thus holding back.
- Cyborg : The heroes believe he was built by Eggman, but in actuality he seems to be this. If nothing else, he has Eggman's perfected artificial Phantom Ruby embedded in his chest and some sort of upgrades that increased his physical abilities.
- Dark Is Evil : He's one of the villains and his predominant colors are black and white, with hints of red here and there. When his aura is active, his entire body, sans the gem on his chest, turns black.
- Dash Attack : One of his attacks during the Avatar's boss fight with him has him dashing at the player like a rocket, similarly to Sonic's Homing Attack.
- Deadpan Snarker : Has a few moments of this, surprisingly. Infinite: More ants to crush. I wonder if this world can give me a real challenge. (the Avatar slowly approaches Infinite) Infinite: And as if to answer, the world sends me a trembling child.
- Deal with the Devil : Issue Four: Rise of Infinite reveals exactly who Infinite once was: he was the leader of a band of thieves before Eggman offered him and his band the chance to work for him, having been given a glimpse of Infinite's own secret desires and tempted him with the chance to see them realized. And true to the trope, Infinite finds out too late he was on the losing end when Eggman decides he's screwed up one time too many and shows Infinite he was just a disposable pawn the entire time.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype : Of the Sadist and Darker and Edgier archetypes. Infinite is extremely dangerous, but his constant need to relish in the pain and suffering of others screws him and Eggman over on several occasions, such as letting Sonic live when he could have easily finished him off, or killing the Avatar's squadmates, an act that would inspire the Avatar to become stronger and ultimately be the one to foil Eggman's plan to incinerate the Resistance with a virtual sun. His motives also turn out to be due to him being little more than The Bully , reveling in pain to support his own wrecked confidence after Shadow handily beat him .
- The Dragon : Is Eggman's right-hand man in Forces . The fourth comic that was released alongside the game reveals that Infinite's squad was raiding Eggman's base to make quick cash. Eggman offers Infinite the chance to help take over the world .
- Dragon-in-Chief : Subverted . Eggman probably couldn't have defeated Sonic and taken over most of the world without him. Though Infinite would be absolutely nothing more than a sellsword without Eggman giving him the power of the Phantom Ruby, so it really all evens out. Ultimately, in spite of Infinite's impudence towards Eggman heavily implying a betrayal, it is the doctor that ultimately dismisses him and takes the Phantom Ruby for himself after he fails too many times.
- To the Resistance. Infinite defeating Sonic gave him quite a fearsome reputation, and Knuckles states that most soldiers that see him flee in terror.
- To the Avatar. The Avatar's fellow soldiers were killed by Infinite, and since then, they have developed a fear of him, something Infinite uses to torment them. However, some encouragement from Sonic helps the Avatar conquer their fear of him and help Sonic take him down for good .
- Driven by Envy : Everything he is today is a desperate attempt to one-up Shadow.
- Driven to Madness : Overlapping a bit with Go Mad from the Revelation , when Infinite tries to avenge his squad's destruction at Shadow's hands, Shadow delivers an absolutely brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown , mocking him as he lies broken and trembling at Shadow's feet. The sheer terror this instilled in the mercenary positively broke him, and he became obsessed with obtaining power so that he would never be driven to that point again. Though it should be noted the vision he was given by the Phantom Ruby (a wrecked, desolate world) and that he completely willingly signed up with Eggman to take over the world implies he was somewhat insane to begin with and Shadow just made him more overtly so.
- Drunk on the Dark Side : It's pretty clear he's drunk with power and loves lording it over everyone else and abusing it to no end. Though slightly unusually for this trope, he's more of a Cold Ham . Unfortunately for him, he's so caught up in his own power and believed superiority that he makes serious mistakes that screw him and Eggman over on multiple occasions.
- Both of them had their entire squads destroyed by a powerful enemy and were belittled and mocked, leading them to vow to become stronger. However, the Avatar wants to be stronger to protect the world and his/her friends, while Infinite seeks power for his own sake.
- In a meta example, they are both nameless characters working for the main hero and villain, and thanks to them , most of the plot moves forward . The rookie is a custom character who wants to help save the world, while the so-called Ultimate Mercenary "gave up on his face" to help Eggman conquer the world, and took on the name of Infinite for his new identity. This likewise help differentiate Sonic and Eggman in how they treat their allies: the rookie grows and becomes a hero , while Infinite is betrayed ( supposedly ) by Eggman due to failling him too much.
- Evil Gloating : Constantly . Infinite just loves to talk on and on about how invincible he is to all his opponents. And, yes, while he can back it up, this trait likewise showcases how much his power blinds him to the potential danger that leaving his opponents alive poses in the moments they do overcome his power. By the time Sonic faces him for the third and final time, he indirectly tells him You Talk Too Much! in their banter.
- Eviler than Thou : Asserts that he sees himself as this compared to Eggman. Eggman later reveals he had no intention of Infinite being his end goal and already had a replacement prepared from square one in the form of his final mecha. When Infinite fails one time too many, Eggman disposes of him and takes his place without a second thought.
- Evil Is Petty : His motivation for wanting to destroy the world and seek power? Because Shadow destroyed his squad, defeated him and called him weak . There's also a part of For the Evulz in that as well due to his sadism .
- Evil Laugh : Will do this occasionally, such as when you die during the boss fights with him.
- Evil Tastes Good : Tying in with his sadism. During his first meeting with the Avatar, he reflects that he can "taste" his fear, anxiety, and doubt, and finds it "delicious."
- Evil Sounds Deep : Has a deep, scary voice that contains a noticeable echo effect , though that's likely due to the Phantom Ruby, as his voice before he had his mask was less intimidating, but still pretty deep .
- Evil Wears Black : Wears black gloves and boots and is one of the villains.
- Exotic Eye Designs : The mask and Phantom Ruby give him a golden pupil with red sclera. When not wearing the mask, he has a blue eye and a yellow eye.
- Extremity Extremist : In his first battle with Sonic, he manages to defeat him without even using his hands (save for using his energy blasts), literally kicking him around like a big blue ball.
- Facial Horror : He has a patch of fur over his right eye that makes it look like he has a scar.
- Failed a Spot Check : He dropped one of the Ruby prototypes and didn't notice it and the Avatar dropping that same Ruby later and Infinite not even seeing it right in the Avatar's hand.
- Pride . Infinite is undeniably powerful and dangerous, but he's so caught up in his own power and superiority that he never considers the possibility that he can lose . This pride causes him to make some careless errors, such as letting Sonic live when he could've easily finished him off . This is partly what makes his boss fights so satisfying, as you get to show Infinite the hard way that he's not as invincible as he thinks.
- His Inferiority Superiority Complex also lends itself to this; his sadism is largely about proving to himself he's stronger than anyone else, and as noted, his desire to draw out the pain backfires on him more than once.
- Faux Affably Evil : Infinite speaks in a calm, eloquent manner. However, it's blatantly obvious that his politeness is merely a smug facade� a facade that quickly cracks when things don't go his way.
- Feet of Clay : Infinite presents himself as an extremely deadly, nigh unbeatable monster no one stands a chance against... but he's actually a psychopathic bully who's power is literally all illusions. On top of this, he proves to be extremely incompetent, due to putting his sadism over actually being effective.
- Flash Step : He's quick enough to perform these.
- Flight : He's capable of flying. Mostly because of the Phantom Ruby.
- Flunky Boss : After damaging him enough during the Avatar's boss fight with him, Infinite will summon Eggman's robots to assist him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare : Infinite wasn't born with his powers, back then he was just a jackal. Episode Shadow reveals that he was once a mercenary who joined Eggman after taking his offer to help take over the world and was assigned to protect his lab in Mystic Jungle, where he encountered Shadow. After a humiliating defeat at Shadow's hands, he vowed to become stronger, leading him to become Infinite.
- Friendless Background : Infinite keeps reiterating that friendships are just illusions and keeps ignoring friendship speeches about how friendships are important. This implies that he never had any friends.
- General Failure : Infinite is Eggman's main enforcer and genuinely dangerous, but he's also an Axe-Crazy Sadist more fixated on relishing in his enemies' pain than actually doing his job effectively or pragmatically. Eggman's ultimate defeat in the game is entirely on Infinite for playing with his food too much.
- Hate Sink : Overall, Infinite is a Psychopathic Manchild with a constant Sadist streak, he may appear to be a badass, but by the end, it's clear that he's nothing but a bully .
- Hand Blast : He is able to fire laser beams and Energy Balls from his hands.
- The Heavy : He takes leadership of Eggman's army in Sonic Forces .
- Hero Killer : Downplayed in that the only people he actually kills are the Avatar's teammates , but he effortlessly defeats other powerful characters such as Sonic, Silver, and Omega.
- Hired Guns : He was a mercenary before Shadow inspired him to become more powerful.
- Hope Crusher : Infinite thrives on driving his opponents to despair with his immense power. As he tells Silver: Infinite: This wasn't part of my agenda, but I'm always happy to crush a hero. It keeps the rabble in line. Shows them that there is no hope.
- Humanoid Abomination : He appears to be the same kind of Funny Animal species as the main cast, but his design incorporates traits from different animal species, he possesses powers beyond anything seen so far, and Tails is unable to make sense of the readings he gives out on the Miles Electric. He's really a Funny Animal (a jackal, specifically) like everyone else, but powered up by the Phantom Ruby.
- I Can Still Fight! : His final words before he disappears.
- Imagination-Based Superpower : The Phantom Ruby allows him to conjure up anything he feels like to attack Sonic and the others with, ranging from lasers to cannons to an outright Colony Drop using a localized burning star that fills the sky , the requirement being that they have to come in contact with the Phantom Ruby's red cubes or be in close enough physical proximity to Infinite. They're actually just illusions, but they will still be injured or killed as if the illusions were real.
- Immune to Flinching : Played With during his boss fights. If struck by Sonic's Homing Attack or the Avatar's Wire Attack, he'll recoil from the impact. But if struck by the Avatar's Wispon attacks, he won't react outside of grunts of pain.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex : Heavily implied to have one. Episode Shadow reveals that prior to the game, he was the captain of a mercenary team and touted himself as the "Ultimate Mercenary". That all changed one fateful day when he and his squad were hired by Eggman to protect one of his laboratories in Mystic Jungle, where they encountered Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow effortlessly destroyed his entire squad and handed Infinite a humiliating defeat, which would lead to Infinite's vow to become stronger and led to him obtaining the power of the Phantom Ruby. This is why he constantly boasts about his power: to make himself feel strong. This is also why he objects to Eggman's strategy to retreat after the Death Egg is destroyed . To him, retreat is a sign of weakness.
- Informed Species : He's a jackal, despite looking very little like one.
- Interface Screw : Throughout the Capital City stage, Infinite will occasionally pop in and use the Phantom Ruby to screw with the gravity .
- I Work Alone : Espouses this sentiment during the final battle with him. Having his entire squadron wiped out by Shadow likely inspired a desire to never again rely on others. Infinite: Friends are nothing but a fleeting illusion. You can count on nobody but yourself.
- Jerkass : Exaggerated . Infinite spends nearly every second of his screentime behaving like a smug, sadistic bully that earns the ire of everyone from the Resistance, to the player, to even Eggman himself.
- Just Toying with Them : Infinite rarely actually fights seriously and enjoys toying with his enemies for his own amusement. This is a Fatal Flaw , as playing with his food rather than being pragmatic ultimately royally screws him and Eggman over.
- Kick the Dog : Does this near-constantly, but the shining example happens early on, when he massacres all of the Avatar's friends and spares the poor kid solely to mock them for being afraid.
- While Sonic Forces is one of the darker Sonic games to date, it still has some lighthearted scenes at times. Any scene involving Infinite, however, is utterly devoid of humor or levity. Notably, he is one of the few Sonic villains to be explicitly seen killing people onscreen.
- This is best shown in Stage 16, Capital City. Knuckles, learning that Eggman's army is undermanned in his home base in Metropolis, decides to order a full-scale assault on the city. Things quickly go to hell when Infinite arrives and, at the doctor's command, activates the Phantom Ruby's power to create giant, grotesque illusions of himself, throwing the Resistance into chaos . By the time the stage ends, 80% of the Resistance is utterly annihilated.
- Lack of Empathy : Infinite only cares for causing as much destruction and suffering as he can. He considers friendship to be a waste.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall : He remarks to Eggman that Sonic has beaten him "for decades."
- Literal-Minded : After Shadow wrecked his shit two months before the start of the game and told him to never "show your pathetic face around me ever again", Infinite took that to mean he should start wearing a mask.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming : After decimating the Avatar's squad, he deliberately allowed them to run away and live for this reason. Infinite : Give in to your fear. Flee, screaming, and I'll let you live.
- Madness Mantra : I AM NOT WEAK!
- Malevolent Masked Man : Wears a metallic mask shaped like a fox's head and is one of the main villains of the game.
- Mask of Power : Whenever he gets ready to attack, the right eye on his mask glows red.
- Master of Illusion : The Phantom Ruby's true power. It doesn't actually warp reality, but it mind-rapes anyone within range with illusions and hallucinations that seem so real that whatever happens in said hallucinations happens for real . In his boss fights, this is done through his energy cubes. Contact with them sends the player into a glitching illusion where they are attacked by objects manifested by the Ruby's power.
- Mirror Character : Presumably the reason he loves tormenting the Avatar: He lost his squad and was called weak by a much more powerful opponent. It reminded Infinite of himself that day when he takes out the Avatar's squad and calls them "weak". Except now Infinite's the big dog who belittles his opponents, much like Shadow.
- More Despicable Minion : While Dr.Eggman is, as usually, somewhat comical and buffoonish, Infinite is just a murderous tyrant with no funny moments.
- Mysterious Stranger : Infinite is presented as this, during the main story anyway. Sonic never discovers Infinite's backstory during the game. Only Shadow knows what he was before becoming what he is now. Sonic : I don't know anything about you. Not even your name.
- Narcissist : Infinite goes around flaunting his power and declaring himself superior to anyone who crosses him, and gets violently upset anyone bruises his ego. As Episode Shadow reveals, his entire reason for adopting his new persona was due to being defeated and humiliated by Shadow, and his fragile ego couldn't handle being considered "weak" by anyone .
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain : Tormenting the Avatar, dropping the prototype Phantom Ruby and leaving Sonic alive screws him and Eggman over in the long run.
- Non-Standard Character Design : Used intentionally to give Infinite an otherworldly, alien feel to him. While designed in the same Cartoon Creature style as other characters, his design incorporates both foxlike traits as well as the hairstyle used by both hedgehogs and echindas. He also has a red outline around him and is constantly emanating a purple aura that occasionally flickers with red static, as if he's out of sync with the Sonic universe.
- No Sense of Personal Space : When confronting the Avatar in Metropolis, he teleports right next to the Avatar, his mask mere inches away from his face, taunting him on whether he'll fight or run away again.
- Not Worth Killing : His initial reaction to Sonic after their second fight, similar to King Arthur . Infinite: As I predicted. You're not even worth the effort to finish off.
- Obviously Evil : Let's see: Has black fur and clothing? Check. Wears a metallic mask shaped like a fox's head that hides his face save for an eye that has a gold iris and red sclera? Check. Glows with a red outline and emanates a purple haze with red glitching static? Check. Is the right-hand man to the main antagonist of the series? Check. Has a demonic, echoing voice? Check. Openly relishes death and destruction? Check. Yep, definitely a bad guy.
- Ominous Visual Glitch : His aura occasionally has a glitch-like effect in some spots. The official Sonic Youtube channel's upload of his theme also has the image glitching out. His virtual reality constructs have the same glitching effect . Just before the final level of the game, Eggman is able to make him vanish like his constructs by recalling the Phantom Ruby, implying that part or all of his physical form had become a phantom construct.
- Infinite and Eggman's plan in Sonic Forces is to destroy the world and rebuild it from the ashes in their image. Infinite: We move forward with the plan? Eggman: Of course! When it's complete, the Resistance will be erased. The world will be nothing but ashes, from which a glorious Eggman Empire will rise! Infinite: And the Resistance will yield to the Phantom Ruby's power. All will submit.
- The vision he got from the Phantom Ruby in the prequel comic implies he may have had ambitions of being one of these before he became what he is now.
- Parody Sue : Has many traits of one of the "Villain Sue" variety. He's portrayed as faster than Sonic, able to curbstomp some of the strongest heroes in the series, forms a Legion of Doom of some of its strongest villains subservient to him, and spends every other sentence bragging about how powerful he is... because his one true, definitive power is the ability to make Your Mind Makes It Real illusions that make himself appear all-powerful. In actuality, he's nothing more than a sadistic bully with more power than he has any right to, and once ways around his power are found, he's not nearly as invincible and perfect as he thinks he is.
- Pitiful Worms : Constantly insults and belittles Sonic and the Resistance, referring to them with such terms as "rabble" and "ants" and "pests". In the Japanese version, he's quite fond of calling them "trash".
- Power Crystal : The source of Infinite's power is the gem on his chest, a finalized version of the Phantom Ruby prototypes created by Eggman.
- Power Incontinence : Implied. After being defeated by Sonic and the Avatar, Infinite's body begins to glitch and warp like his virtual reality constructs, implying that they did so much damage to Infinite that his body couldn't contain or control the Phantom Ruby anymore.
- Power of the Void : He can attack with Hard Light cubes of Pure Energy . A more straightforward example is the Phantom Ruby's ability to create Null Space, a seemingly inescapable void in space-time where nothing exists. He uses this in an attempt to kill Sonic, but Sonic manages to escape with help from the Avatar.
- Powers Do the Fighting : Gameplay-wise, anyway. In cutscenes, he's a dynamic, hands-on fighter who pelts opponents with energy attacks. In his boss fights, he mainly floats around and attacks with his cubes, arranging them in various shapes . Of course, given the nature of his powers , it's not entirely clear how much of what Infinite does is actually him and how much is an illusion created by the Phantom Ruby.
- Psycho for Hire : He's a Sadist who really enjoys his work as Eggman's Dragon . He also really enjoyed being a mercenary and willingly joined Eggman. Deconstructed to a degree, as his sadism is a Fatal Flaw that ultimately bites him and Eggman in the end and causes him to make mistakes that even Eggman realizes were blunders.
- Psychopathic Manchild : Pretty much the definition of the trope. His whole motivation basically boils down to him throwing a massive tantrum over being humiliated by Shadow.
- Punch-Clock Villain : He was originally just another hired goon in Eggman's employ. Then Shadow wrecked his shit, driving him over the edge and turning him into what he is today.
- Readings Are Off the Scale : While no numbers are given, Tails states that the readings he's getting off of Infinite don't make sense. Given the true nature of his powers, this was likely because what it was picking up and what Tails and Sonic saw happening didn't match up.
- Reality Warper : Of a sort. Infinite can't control conventional reality per sé, but he possesses absolute control of reality for anything caught in the Phantom Ruby's field of effect, casting a world of illusion that becomes tangible reality for all afflicted . This can have varied results ranging anywhere from confusing the senses, losing sense of time, altering the terrain, or dropping a star from the sky .
- Recurring Boss : You fight Infinite three times throughout the game. The first fight is with Sonic, the second fight is with the Avatar, and the final battle is with Sonic and the Avatar together .
- Red and Black and Evil All Over : He's colored black and red, and radiating reddish energy, and he is certainly not to be trifled with.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning : Subverted. He appears to have red sclera, but Episode Shadow reveals that it's just the red-tinted glass of the mask. His sclera is actually white.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni : The blue to Eggman's red. Best shown in their reaction to Sonic and the Avatar escaping the Phantom Ruby's Null Space . While Eggman is naturally having a Freak Out , Infinite merely responds with an unamused scoff. Ironically, Eggman is more of a Crazy-Prepared No-Nonsense Nemesis (Blue), while Infinite is a Stupid Evil Sadist (Red) .
- Restraining Bolt : Exactly how it works isn't made clear, but when Infinite fails one time too many, Eggman proves capable of effortlessly recalling him and reclaiming the Phantom Ruby and Infinite is powerless to do anything about it.
- Sadist : Hoo boy . Infinite absolutely relishes in causing terror and pain in others and he is not afraid to let it be known. A throwaway line in his theme song outright says that Infinite is at his best when people are at their lowest. Deconstructed, as his rampant sadism costs him and Eggman in the end. Infinite: ( To the Avatar ) Fine, I will teach you fear, then pain, and then... Well, at least the fear and pain will end. Infinite: ( To the Avatar ) I can taste your terror, child. All that anxiety and doubt... it's delicious. ( Fires an energy blast in front of the Avatar, intentionally missing just to startle them ) Give in to your fear. Flee, screaming, and I'll let you live. ( Evil Laugh )
- Sanity Has Advantages : While Infinite is extremely dangerous, he's also clearly an insane sadist . This screws over him and Eggman on several occasions, as he prioritizes his sadism over pragmatism.
- Sanity Slippage : In issue four of the prequel comic, Infinite was a ruthless mercenary, but a relatively stable guy (though his Phantom Ruby-induced vision of a desolate world implied there was some element of insanity). However, the death of his squad and his own humiliating defeat at Shadow's hand brought all of that madness to the surface.
- Lust: Infinite takes pleasure in spreading chaos and destruction wherever he goes, and was shown in the game's prequel comic to have already dreamed of a world in ruin before he even joined Dr. Eggman.
- Gluttony: Infinite has a constant and insatiable desire to relish in the terror and suffering of others to the point that it prevents him from acting pragmatically, which possibly also influenced his decision to spare Sonic and the Avatar in the times they showed that they didn't fear him as much as he'd wanted them to.
- Greed: Infinite also has a desire for raw power and domination, both to sate his desires of making others suffer and for the glory of becoming the most powerful warrior who ever lived.
- Sloth: Infinite completely relies on the power of the Phantom Ruby replica that Eggman made for him. Even then, he isn't even that good at using it on his own despite it giving him an Imagination-Based Superpower — his fighting style throughout the game typically involves using raw energy to create laser blasts or simple energy constructs that attack his opponents for him, and the only physical ability he ever thinks to utilize is a Dash Attack .
- Wrath: Infinite ruthlessly hurts and kills others for the sake of showing his dominance over them, and as stated above, desires rampant chaos and suffering more than anything else. He's also incredibly petty on top of it, and tries to psychologically torment his enemies any chance he can.
- Envy: Infinite is driven by a crippling inferiority complex , and his entire motivation for becoming Eggman's champion, as revealed in Episode Shadow , is that Shadow curb-stomped him after beating his flunkies and told him not to "show [his] pathetic face" around him ever again. Hence, Infinite donned a mask and the power of the Phantom Ruby purely out of a desire to be a bigger deal than Shadow, and the Cold Ham persona he picked up afterwards could possibly even be imitating Shadow's own stoic demeanor and tendency to belittle his opponents .
- Pride: Infinite appropriately has this as his true Fatal Flaw , with all the other sins discussed here meant to affirm it. Infinite believes himself to be the most powerful being who ever lived, constantly looks down upon his enemies and brags about how powerful he is , and is so rife with overconfidence to the point of believing he's invincible, which leads to him screwing over Eggman's plans on multiple occasions, to the point that Eggman pulls a You Have Failed Me when Sonic and the Avatar beat him for the final time.
- Skyward Scream : In his breakdown.
- Small Name, Big Ego : Even before taking up the mask and becoming reborn , he considered himself to be the "ultimate mercenary" before Shadow took him down in one battle . Even after his upgrade, Infinite isn't as big of a fish as he thinks he is, as he was little more than a pawn for Eggman that the good doctor disposes of the moment he's screwed up one time too many.
- Smug Super : Infinite has a bigger ego than Sonic and Shadow combined, and has all the power to justify it now. He was a relatively weak Miles Gloriosus originally .
- The Social Darwinist : Espouses this sentiment during his fight with the Avatar. As revealed in Episode Shadow, this sentiment is likely the result of his effortless defeat at Shadow's hands. He never again wanted to be as weak as he was that day, and that conviction and self-loathing seems to have inspired a hatred for those who are weak. Infinite: ( To the Avatar ) You must be a straggler who got left behind. The strong will always vanquish the weak. You have only your own frailty to blame.
- The Sociopath : Infinite is utterly devoid of empathy , takes pleasure in inflicting pain on others , and almost always speaks in a polite , yet condescending manner. However, he also lacks foresight, making him prone to screwing up his own plans due to poor impulse control and excessive need to be stimulated.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist : Rarely raises his voice above a cold, Creepy Monotone , even when committing acts of mass slaughter.
- Sore Loser : Infinite is motivated by his maniacal desire for a desolated world where he remains at the top, but his firsts actions once reborn is to trap Shadow in a world of illusions purely because Shadow defeated him and destroyed his squad. Infinite, pretending to be Omega : "Affirmative! I have never known d-d-d-defeat! I am not defeated. I am not weak, I am not weak, I AM NOT WEAK, I AM NOT WEAK... I AM NOT WEAK...!!! "
- Space Master : While the Phantom Ruby's powers are mostly centered around illusions and virtual reality, it does give Infinite some degree of spatial manipulation, mostly centered on controlling gravity . In Central City, Infinite uses the Phantom Ruby to screw with the gravity and he's also capable of creating Null Space, a seemingly inescapable void in space-time where nothing exists.
- The Starscream : Subverted. While Infinite does disagree with Eggman at times , he remains loyal (or at least subservient) to him to the end. However, given that Eggman had full control of the Phantom Ruby and could recall it at any time, it's likely that Infinite wouldn't have had a say in the matter.
- Episode Shadow reveals that he was once an ordinary jackal and a mercenary hired by Eggman to protect his lab in Mystic Jungle, where he encountered Shadow. After a humiliating defeat at the dark hedgehog's hands, he vowed to become stronger, leading him to become Infinite.
- The fourth and final tie-in comic shows it started a little sooner when despite failing to steal anything from Eggman, Eggman offers Infinite and the Jackal Squad the chance to become stronger and take over the world. Infinite is more than happy to oblige .
- The Stoic : To the point of Dissonant Serenity . Infinite is never seen to be anything other than unnervingly calm, barely raising his voice outside of the occasional Evil Laugh and two This Cannot Be! moments. It helps that the mask hides his facial expressions. Episode Shadow shows that he was more emotive prior to the game.
- Story-Breaker Power : Infinite is able to create " virtual reality constructs " that have the personalities and powers of the characters they are based on, so it's possible for him to create an army of giant Shadows , Chaoses and distorted versions of Perfect Chaos , Zavoks, and Metal Sonics .
- Stupid Evil : His primary flaw is that he prioritizes indulging his own sadism over the mission, with disastrous results for both himself and Dr. Eggman.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes : Well, only one eye, but his eye has a gold iris with red sclera.
- Superpower Lottery : The Phantom Ruby's illusion powers are incredibly versatile and dangerous. With the Phantom Ruby Prototype, Infinite can create intricate illusions that are so realistic that anything that happens to the victim in the illusion affects them for real . Infinite can also use this power to create virtual reality constructs of any character, complete with the memories, powers, and personalities of the original, and he can alter them to make them stronger and more dangerous, such making Metal Sonic bigger and granting him electrified versions of his energy cubes. Infinite can also use the Phantom Ruby to create Null Space, a seemingly inescapable void in space-time where nothing exists, much like a real-life black hole . Apart from that, Infinite has flight, super speed, super strength, energy blasts, and incredible durability .
- Super-Soldier : Episode Shadow reveals that he's basically one for Eggman. Infinite was already a highly skilled mercenary, but the "super" part didn't come in until he gained the power of the Phantom Ruby.
- Super-Speed : He's quick enough to Flash Step . It�s implied that it's not just actual speed, as he can seemingly teleport. Infinite's real power and the strange readings imply he can't even do that and is more using the Phantom Ruby to appear capable of it. In practice, Sonic is capable of keeping pace with him once the Phantom Ruby's power isn't at play. Tails: Whoa. This guy is faster than Sonic!
- This Cannot Be! : His normally unshakable demeanor has faltered on two occasions, the first being when the Avatar manages to survive Infinite's illusion during his fight with them , and the second being when he's defeated for the final time .
- Too Important to Walk : Highlighting his Smug Super nature, Infinite is never seen walking and prefers to just fly around as a demonstration of his power.
- Trash Talk : In the Japanese version, he frequently dismisses all his enemies as "trash".
- Uncertain Doom : While it is implied that his body started fading away after it was too damaged to handle the Phantom Ruby's power anymore, and made clear ( in the Japanese version especially ) that Eggman himself recalled him once he lost too many times , it's not made explicit as to whether he actually died following his last fight with Sonic and the Avatar, only that Eggman likely placed his Phantom Ruby into his Death Egg Robot. The Sonic Encyclo-speed-ia proposes that he and his prototype Phantom Ruby ended up getting absorbed into the original Phantom Ruby, though that doesn't clarify if he's gone for good, especially since the Ruby is still intact.
- Throughout the game, Infinite never considers Sonic and the Resistance to be a credible threat, passing up an opportunity to kill Sonic because he felt he was Not Worth Killing . Eggman even blasts Infinite for that, knowing that as long as Sonic was alive, he'd continue to be a thorn in their side . This would end up being a costly mistake, as Sonic eventually becomes strong enough to defeat him. Eggman: You let the hedgehog live?! That is a great source of concern! Infinite: For you, perhaps. He's beaten you for decades, but I defeated him in our first encounter.
- This caused his Start of Darkness to begin with; despite claiming to be the "Ultimate Mercenary", he hadn't counted on being beaten by Shadow .
- He also shows to be dismissive to Eggman and outright brags about defeating Sonic when Eggman couldn't. Cue Eggman effortlessly pulling a You Have Failed Me on Infinite after one failure too many on the jackal's part.
- Unskilled, but Strong : Implied. While Infinite has some skill in hand-to-hand combat thanks to his mercenary background and can steamroll through a good chunk of the cast, he is entirely reliant on the Phantom Ruby in combat. His boss fights mainly consist of him letting his energy cubes do all the work, with his only physical attack being an easily avoidable Dash Attack . In cutscenes, his fighting style basically boils down to "throw energy blasts at opponents until they die". He's shown to have trouble when its powers are weakened or neutralized. In addition, Eggman shows himself to be far more proficient in the Phantom Ruby's use.
- Unwitting Pawn : Infinite thinks he's a lot higher on the totem pole than he actually is and the more important one in him and Eggman's relationship. In reality, Infinite is little more than a disposable pawn that Eggman already has a replacement ready for and can get rid of with casual ease when he feels like it. Infinite doesn't realize Eggman has played him like a fiddle the entire time until Eggman decides You Have Failed Me after one screw up too many.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show : Infinite skirts the line about as razor-thin as you can get. His constant death threats and assurances that he will make things slow and painful for any opposition still avoid bumping the rating above "E-10+" (so no worse than the highest-rated games in the franchise like Shadow the Hedgehog , Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) , or Sonic Lost World ) and don't necessarily remove the usual Sonic feel from the scenes he's not in, but he definitely changes the tone of the game in comparison to the rest of the franchise.
- Villain Ball : After defeating Sonic in the Mystic Jungle, he lets him live, deeming him Not Worth Killing . Eggman calls him out on doing so, knowing that Sonic will continue to be a threat as long as he's still alive, and is ultimately proven right.
- Villainous Breakdown : He has a huge one after Shadow humiliated him, going into a insane freak-out which pushes him into becoming Eggman's weapon. He also has another (albeit brief) one when he starts to disappear after being defeated for the last time. Infinite: [notices his hand shaking] I... I'm shaking... Me!? Me... Afraid...!? Urgh. Pathetic!? Me... he's calling ME weak!? No! I am not weak! I'm... I'm not. I'm not weak! I AM NOT WEEEEAAAAAAK! URRRAAAAAAAAAAAGHH!
- Visual Pun : Infinite's habit of hovering above the heroes means that he's literally "looking down on them".
- Voice of the Legion : His voice sounds truly demonic.
- Was Once a Man : He used to be a regular guy like Sonic and his friends before aligning himself with Eggman. Episode Shadow reveals that he was once an ordinary jackal and a mercenary hired by Eggman to protect his lab in Mystic Jungle, where he encountered Shadow. After a humiliating defeat at the dark hedgehog's hands, he vowed to become stronger, leading him to become Infinite.
- We Can Rule Together : Eggman offers this to Infinite after a fight with him, and Infinite accepted the offer.
- We Have Become Complacent : The only reason he was able to beat Sonic the first time was because he had four of his replicas backing him up. That victory only made Infinite too overconfident in his abilities, which leads to his sadism making critical mistakes for Eggman.
- What Happened to the Mouse? : After his final defeat in Sonic Forces , he fades away into a light and flies into a tower, after which Tails tracks his Phantom Ruby leading to Eggman's final mecha with Infinite nowhere to be seen. It was later revealed in the Encyclo-speed-ia that he and his prototype were "consumed" by the original Phantom Ruby.
- White Hair, Black Heart : He has ghostly white hair and he's one of the bad guys.
- Who's Laughing Now? : His main ambition for utilizing the Phantom Ruby. Rather expectedly, Shadow, the one who started his embitterment, is the first person he personally toys with before starting about capturing Sonic.
- The Worf Effect : His first meeting with Sonic ends with the hero utterly trounced.
- Worthy Opponent : Averted. He treats everyone he fights with utter contempt, but his interactions with Omega, Shadow and Sonic imply that he sees them as the ones to defeat in order to prove he's the strongest. Once he defeats Sonic though, he doesn't bother taking him seriously afterwards.
- You Have Failed Me : All but said. After the virtual sun plan fails thanks to Infinite's screw-up and he's defeated by Sonic and the Avatar, he's teleported away against his will. Tails then tracks his Phantom Ruby underground� leading directly to Eggman's final mecha powered by it, with no sign of Infinite.
- Your Mind Makes It Real : Revealed to be the actual power of the Phantom Ruby: it creates illusions that nonetheless feel real to the victim's brain, causing injuries taken in the illusion to occur to the victim in reality.
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Infinite (インフィニット Infinitto?), also known as the "ultimate mercenary" (究極傭兵 Kyūkyoku Yōhei?), is an antagonist that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a jackal, and the former captain of the Jackal Squad mercenary group. During a raid, Infinite was hired by Dr. Eggman to become the leader of the Eggman Army, only for him and his squad to fall at the hands of Shadow the Hedgehog while protecting one of Eggman's facilities. Ashamed of his loss, Infinite decided to obtain the power of the Phantom Ruby not only as a means of becoming stronger, but also to abandon his "weak" past self.
With his newfound power, Infinite aided Eggman by helping him expand the Eggman Empire to its largest size to date after defeating Sonic the Hedgehog . Near the end of the war with the Resistance though, Infinite would engage Sonic and the Avatar on multiple occasions until he was defeated during the decisive battle for the planet.
Concept and creation [ ]
During the original drafts, Infinite was originally called "Zero". His final name ("Infinite") was intended to reference the nature of his ability.
According to the producer of Sonic Forces , Shun Nakamura, Infinite was created with an impressive and strong presence in mind since he would be accompanied by old bosses in Sonic Forces . This is the reason why he was made stronger and faster than Sonic the Hedgehog. His nature likewise inspired the staff to elaborate on his origin story. Sonic Team was also peculiar about giving him a cool, but evil design, with his mask being designed especially to emphasize his evil nature. Character artist Shinkichi Tanahashi later elaborated that Infinite was designed as a vicious existence that stood in the way of the bonds with friends that Sonic represents. His overall design motif was derived from the Namahage, a demon-like being in Japanese folklore, with focus on key words like "cruel", "clinging to power", and "not believing in bonds." Since Namahages look scary, they also made for a cool and catchy silhouette that Infinite came to possess. Tanahashi noted as well that the design process was difficult, but that the silhouette of Infinite's face logo worked well during development.
Infinite went through several design changes. His original design was that of a ghost-like figure, with one of the examples including one with monster-like horns. A common element his early design shared with his final one was his mask and large hands with sharp claws. The team later proposed a design using a buffalo motif, but it got scrapped in favor of his current jackal motif, which would settle as the outline for the character's design. Infinite's species in particular, the jackal, was derived from Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife, who possesses a jackal head. These designs included bandages to create an eerie sense of coolness. It was also around this time that Infinite's mask began to take on its current form, albeit with scars on it. This mask was given its patterns inside the ears (with one pattern on one side and the inverted colors on the other) because it gave it a geometric eeriness. Late in Infinite's design process however, it was decided that his bandages and the scars on his mask were to be removed because they made him "look weak." Following then an adjustment in colors, Infinite reached his current design.
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Infinite is a jackal with black fur. He has a white fur pattern on his back that resembles a ribcage, a bushy tail with five white tips, and long, white, stiff dreadlocks. His muzzle is white and protrouding with cheek tufts, and he has a black nose and noticeable fangs. He has complete heterochromia, with his right eye being blue and his left eye being yellow. There is a large white scar across the right eye. He wears a white collar around his neck and black gloves with silver designs on the backs, covering his sharp claws. He also wears pointed, metal and black hi-tops, with his personal infinity symbol engraved on the red soles.
After abandoning his old identity, Infinite began wearing a silver-colored mask with white and black circular patterns on the inside of the ears, with the right ear being black with white circular patterns and the left being white with black circular patterns. While his left eye is visible through a red visor, his right eye is covered by a black lightning bolt-shaped piece, similar to an eyepatch, that is connected to his mask's right ear, which glows red when he uses his power.
Infinite possesses the finalized version of the Phantom Ruby copies that is fused to his chest. When Infinite channels the power of the gemstone, he can surround himself in a red aura, with red, glitch-like pixel particles scattered throughout his body.
- It was also revealed by Flynn that Infinite, alongside the Jackal Squad, are not allowed to be used in the IDW Publishing Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- People say that infinite could be majin sonic from that creepy sonic cd easter egg
- Infinite is the second Sonic video game character to be depicted with heterochromia, with the first being the Commander.
- Infinite has a brief cameo in the "Come Join the Eggman Empire" propaganda video nearing the end, where he emerges from behind the Egg Pawns when the narrator claims that the possibilities for those under his Empire are "infinite", acting as a subtle pun as well as a foreshadowing.
- Infinite is the most frequently fought boss in Sonic Forces , fought a total of three times over the course of the game.
- Infinite is the second villain which disparagingly refers to Sonic as a rat with Sonic correcting him regarding his actual species. The first is Erazor Djinn.
- Concept artwork for the stage Null Space implied that Infinite would have been encountered in the level to some capacity.
- Infinite's Phantom Ruby-induced aura varies in design depending on the medium. In the E3 2017 trailer and the comic prequels, his aura is depicted as being flame-like. In the Xbox One/PS4 versions of Sonic Forces , his aura glows red and forms a purple haze with various glitch effects. In the Switch version of the same game, he instead merely has a red outline.
- Jokingly, according to Sonic Twitter Takeover 3, Infinite collects or at least has some form of media involving the popular romantic ship between Sonic and Shadow.
- In two pieces of concept artwork, it is shown that Infinite could have used his tail as a "third arm". The reason this idea got scrapped is unknown.
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- The sound effect made by the Phantom Ruby when it distorts space-time is the same as the one Infinite's cube attack makes in the Sonic Forces E3 Trailer. Extracted sound data from Sonic Mania reveals that the sound file's names for the sound effect were "RedCube_R" and "RedCube_L", further hinting at a connection between the Phantom Ruby and Infinite. Similarly, when it reacted to the Chaos Emeralds after the final boss in Sonic Mania, it briefly exhibited a cube-based distortion aura like Infinite's in the "Enter Infinite" trailer for Sonic Forces.
- Sonic also poses the exact same way as in the reveal trailer for Sonic Forces after the Phantom Ruby warps him somewhere. This has led many fans to believe that the ending of Sonic Mania may tie into Sonic Forces, which was later confirmed by Takashi Iizuka during the Tokyo Game Show 2017.
- Prior to officially being named by Dr. Eggman, Cubot proceeded to suggest names for it such as the Spooky Sapphire, Anarchy Beryl, and Precious Stone, with Orbot rejecting the names for various reasons (specifically, that it didn't shine blue, that it was too derivative, and it was from the wrong game, respectively). The latter two names were a reference to the Anarchy Beryls of anti-Mobius from the pre-Genesis Wave continuity of Archie Comics' Sonic storyline and the Precioustone from Sonic Shuffle, respectively.
- Despite the Phantom Ruby's powers being described as virtual reality, the correct term for its primary usage would actually be augmented reality, which is when another reality is laid on top of another, whereas virtual reality is when an entirely new one is made.
- Despite the user making perfectly rounded (or sharp) mass forms, in Sonic Forces, the Phantom Ruby can only create cubes as a main geometry, but they merge together to create well balanced forms.
- In the early script of Sonic Forces, the Phantom Ruby was called "Valtron" and described as a blue sparkling pebble.
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Giga Metal [note 1] is a transformation that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series . It is the result of Metal Sonic combining his power with that of the Phantom Ruby , resulting in a gargantuan robot with many unique abilities. Dr. Eggman utilized to his advantage in order to defeat Sonic and his friends in Stardust Speedway Zone .
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Appearance [ ]
The design of Giga Metal is heavily inspired by that of Metal Sonic Kai . Like that boss, much of Giga Metal's design borrows heavily from its base form, though Metal Sonic now stands many feet taller than his original form. By comparison, Metal Sonic is now more bulky, with a larger torso and a smaller head. His metallic quills on the other hand have grown longer and now extend down his spine. His ears and nose have also grown longer, while his eyes have become a lot narrower, being little more than a red line. His arms are likewise more massive and end with sharp claws on his hands. He also now has yellow bolts on his cheeks and a yellow cannon below his chin. His shoulder plates have become larger and longer as well, with their coloration having changed from gray to blue. They also have several cables attached to them that extend underneath them. Lastly, he has a glass covering the intake on his stomach, which contains the Phantom Ruby .
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Sonic mania [ ].
In Sonic Mania , during the final phase of his battle with Sonic , Tails and Knuckles , Metal Sonic received the Phantom Ruby from Dr. Eggman . The ruby's power allowed Metal Sonic to transform into Giga Metal, and he proceeded to fight the heroes with renewed power. However, by shattering the container on his chest that held the Phantom Ruby, the heroes managed to shatter the illusion that created Giga Metal's form, resulting in Metal Sonic's defeat.
Sonic Mania Plus [ ]
In Sonic Mania Plus , some time after the first Phantom Ruby incident , Metal Sonic received the Phantom Ruby from Dr. Eggman again while he was battling Sonic , Tails , Knuckles , Mighty and Ray . The ruby allowed Metal Sonic to become Giga Metal again. However, Giga Metal was eventually defeated again when the heroes' exploited his weakness from earlier.
Powers and abilities [ ]
In his Giga Metal state, Metal Sonic possesses much greater physical strength, enough to walk through metal roads like they were made of paper. He also gains a cannon that can fire lethal energy beams and deploy timed bombs.
Weakness [ ]
As Giga Metal, Metal Sonic loses much of his original form's speed, although he is still able to keep up with the likes of Sonic . The container on his chest that hold the Phantom Ruby is also a weak point, as shattering it will undo Giga Metal's transformation. In addition, he will sustain heavy damage upon reverting back, eliminating him from further combat.
The Giga Metal battle, from Sonic Mania .
Giga Metal appears during the final phase of the boss battle with Metal Sonic in Stardust Speedway Zone Act 2. During the battle, Giga Metal will constantly approach the player from the left while either firing a laser beam or dropping timed bombs. In order to defeat him, the player has to strike the container on his chest a total of eight times.
- Before receiving the update from Sonic Mania Plus , Giga Metal was not included in the original Sonic Mania . Instead, during the second phase of the fight with Metal Sonic , there was a spiked wall moving towards the player. Meanwhile, Metal Sonic himself would attack the player in his base form from the right edge of the screen.
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- ↑ While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania Plus refers to this enemy as "GigaMetal".
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Infinite , formerly known as the " ultimate mercenary ", is the secondary antagonist in Sonic Forces . He is an anthropomorphic jackal , and the former captain of the Jackal Squad mercenary group. During a raid, Infinite was hired by Dr. Eggman to become the leader of the Eggman Army , only for him and his squad to fall at the hands of Shadow the Hedgehog while protecting one of Eggman's facilities . Ashamed of his loss, Infinite decided to obtain the power of the Phantom Ruby not only as a means of becoming stronger, but also to abandon his "weak" past self.
With his newfound power, Infinite aided Eggman by helping him expand the Eggman Empire to its largest size to date after defeating Sonic the Hedgehog . Near the end of the war with the Resistance though, Infinite would engage Sonic and the Avatar on multiple occasions until he was defeated during the decisive battle for the planet.
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Appearance [ ]
Infinite is an anthropomorphic jackal with black fur. He has white long and stiff dreadlocks, a white collar of some kind, and white stripes on his back that resemble a ribcage. He also has a bushy tail with a white tip, and wears black gloves with silver streaks on the back, covering his sharp fingers. He also has pointed, metal black hi-tops, with his personal infinity symbol engraved on red soles. His right eye is colored blue, though he has a scar across it, and his left eye is yellow. He also has a medium-long white muzzle with cheek tuffs, a black nose, and noticeable fangs.
After abandoning his old identity, Infinite began wearing a silver-colored mask with large ears with white and black circular patterns on the inside, with the right ear being black with white circular patterns and the left being white with black circular patterns. While his left eye is visible through a red visor, his right eye is covered by a black lightning bolt-shaped piece, similar to an eyepatch, that is connected to his mask's right ear, which glows red when he uses his power.
Infinite possesses the finalized version of the Phantom Ruby prototype that is fused to his chest. When Infinite channels the power of the gemstone, he can surround himself in a red aura, with red, glitch-like pixel particles scattered throughout his body.
History [ ]
Infinite was once the captain of the Jackal Squad , a band of mercenary thieves raiding others for a profit.  In time, he gained a public reputation as the "ultimate mercenary". 
One day, the ultimate mercenary led his squad on a raid of Dr. Eggman's base in the Arsenal Pyramid while the scientist was studying the Phantom Ruby in an attempt to steal his devices for a hefty bounty. Using the Phantom Ruby, Eggman created an army of Egg Pawn replicas to fend off the Jackal Squad. Slipping past the Egg Pawns, the ultimate mercenary ordered his squad to handle the robots while he moved in to kill Eggman with his sword. However, the ultimate mercenary accidentally struck the Phantom Ruby instead, causing it to show him an illusion of what he desired the most: a desolate, destroyed world. Using this to push the ultimate mercenary aside, Eggman, who also saw the vision, took a liking to him and offered to make him the leader of his Eggman Army so they could accomplish their goals together. Realizing he had grown bored of the world as it was, the ultimate mercenary took Eggman's offer in spite of his squad's protest. 
Some time later, the ultimate mercenary and the Jackal Squad got assigned by Eggman to guard his facility in Mystic Jungle . When Shadow the Hedgehog came to raid and destroy the facility however, the Jackal Squad got annihilated by the black hedgehog.   Berated by Eggman for his squad's incompetence at protecting the facility, the ultimate mercenary caught up to Shadow and tried to ambush him as payback for what he did to his squad. However, the ultimate mercenary was caught off-guard by Shadow's Chaos Control -abilities and ended up being soundly subdued by the brooding hedgehog. As he took his leave, Shadow called the captain "worthless". As he recovered, the ultimate mercenary realized, much to his horror, that he was afraid. The jackal then proceeded to throw a tantrum over how weak he was. 
Bitter about his defeat, the ultimate mercenary cast aside his old identity, going as far as to wear a mask to hide his face, in order to become stronger. He then obtained Eggman's finalized Phantom Ruby prototype , which granted him virtually limitless power.  Following a number of experiments in the innermost area of the Eggman Empire Fortress ,  Eggman managed to fuse the ultimate mercenary with the Phantom Ruby prototype, creating the weapon he needed to defeat Sonic and conquer the world with.  Reborn,  the mercenary renamed himself "Infinite" and became Eggman's right-hand man in his conquest. 
Shortly after obtaining his powers, Infinite was dispatched by Eggman to deal with E-123 Omega , who had proceeded to slaughter a whole lot of Eggman's henchmen on his way through Eggman's base . Confronting Omega, Infinite effortlessly defeated the robot with his new abilities.  Shadow soon after showed up at the facility to find Omega, and Infinite welcomed Shadow to their awaited reunion. When Shadow revealed that he did not remember Infinite however, Infinite proceeded undaunted to tell Shadow his backstory and what he had been up to since their first meeting a couple of months back. Once he was done, Infinite attempted to crush Shadow by trapping him in a virtual reality . Although Shadow broke free, Infinite was nonetheless impressed by the power he now possessed. After then hinting at his agenda to defeat Sonic, the facility he and Shadow were in began to collapse. Infinite, however, made his escape while cackling wildly.
Sonic Forces [ ]
In Sonic Forces , about a month after Infinite's last meeting with Shadow , Eggman launched an attack on the City . When Sonic showed up to stop it, Infinite appeared to fight him, alongside replicas of Shadow, Zavok , Metal Sonic and Chaos that he had created. Overwhelming Sonic with his power and replicas, Infinite defeated and captured Sonic.  
After imprisoning Sonic onboard the Death Egg , Infinite and Eggman went on with their conquest unrivalled. With Infinite's power and his replicas, the doctor was able to conquer over 99% of the planet , resulting in the Eggman Army controlling that much of the world.   In the meantime, Infinite worked alongside his replicas to instill fear into the subjugated population.   However, a rag-tag Resistance founded by Sonic's friends was soon formed to continued the fight for freedom, though they proved to be of little threat to Infinite.
A few months after defeating Sonic, Infinite wiped out a Resistance squad in the City, before turning his attention to the sole survivor, the Avatar , who cowered in fear. Mocking and taunting them, Infinite allowed the Avatar to flee with their life, only so he could relish in their terrified screams.
Six months after defeating Sonic, Infinite went to the Spaceport , but did not get involved in the Resistance's infiltration there. Some time later, Infinite went to the Mystic Jungle to pick up Eggman's remaining Phantom Ruby prototypes so they could be disposed of before they could be used against Eggman. While there, Infinite met Silver the Hedgehog , whom he decided to crush to send a message to the Resistance. Although Infinite easily defeated Silver, he did make Infinite drop a Phantom Ruby prototype without noticing it. Before Infinite could finish Silver however, Sonic, who had been broken out of prison, showed up and interrupted him. Intrigued by Sonic's arrival, Infinite attempted to rattle him, only to get brushed off by Sonic, who tried getting the secret to his power from him. Infinite refused, however, and knocked Sonic away to deal with him. Although Sonic put up a better fight than before, Infinite still beat him. Seeing Sonic as no threat to him, Infinite left.
Meeting Eggman in Green Hill , Infinite destroyed what was thought to be the last Phantom Ruby prototype. During their subsequent talk, Infinite revealed to Eggman that he let Sonic go after their last battle. While Eggman was greatly concerned over this, Infinite dismissed his worry. After then ignorng some sounds , Infinite asked Eggman if their plan to wipe out the Resistance went on a usual, which Eggman confirmed, and the two briefly relished at the thought of their victory before Infinite took his leave.
When the Resistance attacked Metropolis , Infinite showed up, and, on Eggman's orders, unleashed his Phantom Ruby prototype's power. Creating gravity shifts and giant monstrous versions of himself, Infinite cast the Resistance into chaos, resulting in the Resistance suffering huge casualties before withdrawing. Watching the anarchy, Infinite wondered aloud if the world would send him a challenge, just as the Avatar from all those months ago, now a Resistance rookie, approached him, though Infinite did not recognize them. Sensing their fear, Infinite tried to intimidate them. However, when the Avatar chose to stand their ground, Infinite fought them. After a bit of fighting however, Infinite recognized the Avatar. He proceeded to summon cannons to finish them off, but, because the Avatar wielded the Phantom Ruby prototype Infinite dropped earlier, they were immune to his attack. Though at first shocked, Infinite dismissed them upon defeating the Avatar and departed, stating that only two days remained before the Resistance was wiped out.
After the Resistance destroyed the Phantom Rubies' primary power source onboard the Death Egg (thus leaving the Eggman Empire with only their backup reactor underneath the Eggman Empire Fortress ), an infuriated Eggman had him, Orbot , Cubot and a reluctant Infinite retreat to Metropolis. When the Resistance attacked the city again however, Infinite appeared before Eggman when Sonic and Tails came to capture the doctor. On Eggman's orders, Infinite opened a portal into Null Space , which sucked both Sonic and the Avatar into it, seemingly trapping them forever. However, while Infinite and Eggman were losing Metroplis to the Resistance, Sonic and the Avatar showed up before them again, having just escaped Null Space. While Infinite was only slightly displeased about this, a furious Eggman had them withdraw to the Eggman Empire Fortress.
When the Resistance Army stormed the Eggman Empire Fortress, Infinite confronted them with an army of his replicas while the rest of Eggman's forces backed him up. Fighting through, Sonic and the core members of the Resistance faced him. Infinite, however, easily blasted them back and got ready to finish them off, only to get caught off-guard by a fully repaired and vengeful E-123 Omega . Growing irritated by the opposition, Infinite initiated Eggman's endgame: using his Phantom Ruby prototype, Infinite created a virtual sun that he planned to drop on the Resistance, which would destroy them. As Infinite was about to drop his sun however, it suddenly got canceled out by the Avatar and the Phantom Ruby prototype they were in possession of.
Weakened from creating his sun, Infinite withdrew to the center of the fortress, although Sonic soon caught up to him. Confident that he could still beat Sonic, even in his weakened state, Infinite engaged Sonic in battle until his Phantom Ruby was fully recharged. At he got ready to finish Sonic though, he was interrupted by the Avatar, who joined forces with Sonic. Working together, the Avatar and Sonic finally defeated Infinite. As Infinite was struggling to comprehend his defeat, Sonic told Infinite that it was heart, soul, and friendship that beat him. Unable to control his powers anymore, Infinite faded away as his Phantom Ruby prototype was pulled towards the reactor , all while protesting that he could still fight.
Personality [ ]
Before fusing with the Phantom Ruby prototype , Infinite was a violent, ruthless and vicious gun-for-hire whose main interest as a mercenary was to earn bounties. Openly encouraging his subordinates to go for the kill, he had no qualms about taking a life. Beneath this facade however, he harbored darker desires for anarchy: when he struck the Phantom Ruby, it caused it to reveal his deepest desires in the form of a desolate, war-torn world. Implied to greatly dislike stagnation and the current world, he admittedly joined the Eggman Empire because he had grown tired and bored of the world, and desired to change it, evidently for the worse, just to provide some amusement. 
Even before acquiring the Phantom Ruby prototype, Infinite was an arrogant individual. He took pride in his title as the "ultimate mercenary" and believed himself to be a powerful foe, seeing as he denied being weak after getting trashed by Shadow the Hedgehog . He was evidently also nearly fearless; before his encounter with Shadow, he had apparently never experienced fear himself.  Even when being on the receiving end of Dr. Eggman 's fury, he found the doctor to be little more than an annoyance.  It was first after standing face-to-face with Shadow, a being who was able to trump his speed and strength, that Infinite found himself so shocked that he was trembling in fear.  Prior to becoming Infinite, he also had at least some degree of care for his subordinates in the Jackal Squad , as he angrily confronted Shadow over the destruction of the Jackal Squad before fighting him.  Prior to gaining the prototype, Infinite was also very loud, boisterous and rough, and used very gruff and informal speech owing to his mercenary background.  
After casting his old self aside, Infinite picked up a person that greatly amplified his dark traits, becoming a much darker and more lethal figure as a result. He also gained a far colder, subdued, menacing, and outwardly composed demeanor, with his speech being more eloquent, formal, and theatrical.
After obtaining unrivaled power in the form of the Phantom Ruby prototype as well, Infinite believed himself to be unbeatable, causing his confidence and arrogance to grow to astronomical heights. Though his confidence was not without validity, his hubris proved to be so great that he would at times leave his enemies behind rather than kill then, believing fully that they were no threat to him. He would also often express a strong sense of superiority when speaking, all while showing no respect for others than himself, although people like Shadow would note that he had a "big mouth". Even in battle, Infinite would remain extremely collected, aloof and confident with a cynical, nonchalant demeanor; when he faced Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time, he barely spared his enemy a thought even as they engaged in direct combat.  Fittingly, Infinite would also mock those who found strength in others. He is, however, able to acknowledge attributes to his opponents he deemed commendable, as he acknowledged before attacking Omega that the latter was "spirited"  and during his rematch with Sonic, he begrudgingly acknowledged that Sonic had improved since their last time.
Following his change of identity, Infinite became endlessly cruel and extremely sadistic. He took great pleasure in causing pain and torment for others. He also relished in how the world's population was afraid of him and had a twisted need to see others fear him, expressing that feeling like fear, anxiety and doubt were "delicious" to him. He even willingly let the Avatar run unharmed from their battle, just so he could relish in their terrified screams.  He also proved to have a dry, yet dark sense of humor.
Unlike Dr. Eggman, who would reveal his plans and motives while gloating to his enemies, Infinite chose never to reveal anything vital about himself when confronting his enemies, making him mysterious and enigmatic; when Sonic tried getting information about his power from him in Mystic Jungle , Infinite ignored all of Sonic's attempts to provoke a response from him and instead tried to eliminate him.
After gaining the Phantom Ruby's power, Infinite grew very unconcerned with opposition, seeing military organizations like the Resistance as little more than "rabble" or insects to be crush by him. On some level however, Infinite desired a challenge, as he would wonder if the world had any real challenges left for him after crushing Operation Big Wave . Regardless, Infinite desired above all else to make sure everyone yielded to him, as he noted that " all will submit " when plotting to help Eggman dominate the world. To this end, he was willing to burn the whole world to the ground with his power.
Infinite's most notable character trait, however, was his inferiority complex , especially regarding any perceived weakness he might have. This was most especially apparent when he fought Shadow and was easily beaten by him. After Shadow bluntly told him he was worthless and told him to not show his "pathetic face" to him ever again, Infinite proceeded to rage about how he was not weak  before ultimately subjecting himself to being fused with the Phantom Ruby prototype, and completely discarding any trace of his old identity, to the point where he refused to show his own face. Indeed, when reencountering Shadow after the procedure, he acknowledged from Shadow's lack of memory of him that this meant his old self had been "too pathetic to remember." Other indications of this trait were shown where he expressed disgust at Eggman calling a retreat, viewing it as a tacit admission to weakness. Even after his defeat, Infinite tries to insist that he can fight on, even as he is pulled from the battlefield. This inferiority complex is implied to have developed into a mad obsession with strength. When Shadow runs through a Phantom Ruby-made Green Hill, Infinite's thoughts are echoed through a false Omega, constantly repeating that he was not weak, almost like a paranoid reassurance, showing Infinite as a perhaps insecure individual.
Owing to his obsession with strength, Infinite also demonstrated a Darwinian view of life, which is especially evident with his fight against the Avatar at Metropolis, where he declared that the weak ultimately exist solely to be vanquished by the strong, and later his admission that he underestimated how desperately the feeble will cling to life when the Avatar managed to hold their own against him.
Oddly, despite valuing the Jackal Squad enough to attempt to attack Shadow as revenge for the latter wiping the unit out,  he indicated during his final battle with both Sonic and the Avatar that friendships are a "fleeting illusion", and that one can only rely with certainty on themselves.  Whether this implied that he blamed his valuing the Jackal Squad for losing to Shadow is unclear. In addition, both Sonic and Amy noted that Infinite's existence was ultimately sad and lonely.  
Powers and abilities [ ]
Before obtaining the finalized Phantom Ruby prototype , Infinite was apparently a strong fighter in his own right, his skills having earned him the title as the "ultimate mercenary".  However, he was nowhere near as powerful as the likes of Shadow the Hedgehog . After being fused with the Phantom Ruby prototype however, Infinite gained powers superior to those of the Master Emerald 's (which is the most powerful relic in the world ). In his own words, Infinite had acquired "unrivalled" power and the "ultimate strength" through his gemstone.   Infinite's newfound strength proved so great that he was able to effortlessly defeat figures like E-123 Omega and Silver the Hedgehog , and ultimately best even Sonic the Hedgehog twice. He was even able to single-handedly overwhelm the entire Resistance army during Operation Big Wave . His power was such that not even the Miles Electric was able to give an accurate reading of his capabilities.
On his own, Infinite was shown to be fairly fast and agile in his movements, being capable of high-speed leaps and lunges across several metes, although his speed was easily outclassed by Shadow's Chaos Control abilities. He has also demonstrated above-average durability by taking a sound beating from Shadow and then getting back up. He was also skilled at swordplay. 
After Infinite's fusion with the finalized Phantom Ruby prototype, he acquired the ability to generate, destroy and/or manipulate virtual realities. The virtual realities in question are said to be illusions, which Infinite was able to generate by taking control of one's visual and depth perception to feed false information into the brain. The effects of these virtual realities are potent enough to be capable of causing any illusory injury or effect to affect the victim's physical body; for example, by making an illusion of him flying, he was able to make his real body fly, and by making an illusion of him firing a laser, he was able to injure people with it. Having no limitations to the illusions he could create, Infinite had, within the influence of his Phantom Ruby, unlimited abilities.
Within his Ruby's virtual realities, Infinite was able to make himself faster and stronger than even Sonic.  His speed was so great that he was able to easily dodge one of Sonic's attacks even when he was boosting at point-blank range, and move several meters almost instantaneously.   Similarly, his strength became potent enough to knock away someone of Sonic's size with enough force to crack a concrete arch upon impact.  He also used his Ruby to give himself the power of flight and levitation, deadly energy beam emission, energy ball projection, self-replication, size enhancement, shockwave manipulation, gravity distortion, object materialization and teleportation. He was even able to manifest giant monsters in his likeness, trap beings in virtual realities, create a whole sun that moved according to his will, and mimic the special techniques of others, such as Metal Sonic 's exclusive V. Maximum Overdrive Attack . In battle though, Infinite primarily used his Phantom Ruby to generate crimson cubes that he could skillfully and willingly move around. If an opponent got struck by these cubes, they would be sent into a virtual reality where they were assailed by objects manifested by his Ruby's power. He could generate a large numbers of these cubes and arrange them into a variety of different shapes and forms.
Infinite could also use his Ruby's power to create virtual reality projections that cause his victims to falsely perceive the presence of other characters. These projections are described by Shadow as having "mass and form, but no heart or soul". These projections, so long as Infinite desired, could also carry the memories, powers, and personalities of the originals. Accordingly, Infinite could create an unlimited number of them. He could also alter them to make them stronger than the originals, such as making a Metal Sonic replica bigger and granting him the ability to use electrified versions of his energy cubes as well as materialize objects to use as a shield.
Using the Phantom Ruby's power, Infinite was also capable of limited spatial manipulation, allowing him to create Null Spaces , which are seemingly inescapable voids in space-time where absolutely nothing exists. When opening portals into Null Spaces, Infinite could reinforce such portals to expand and suck everything nearby into them.
Weapons [ ]
During his time as the leader of the Jackal Squad , Infinite possessed a red sword. This sword was evidently very sharp, being able to cut through robots with ease.
Weaknesses [ ]
While Infinite's illusions are formidable, they can be neutralized by someone who has a Phantom Ruby prototype as well. Likewise, his Phantom Ruby prototype's illusions only work if the target is within the Ruby's field of effect. Also, his Phantom Ruby prototype requires a tremendous amount of energy to function. Should its energy supply be cut off, the Phantom Ruby prototype would be rendered inert.
Another weakness of Infinite's is his extreme sense of confidence and constant need to satisfy his sadism. When Infinite destroyed the Avatar's squad, he willingly let them run away unharmed as he enjoyed the sounds of their screams. Later, when he had Sonic at his mercy a second time, rather than finishing him there and then, he just left, seeing Sonic as something he need not bother himself with. Both these actions proved to be Infinite's downfall when Sonic and the Avatar later ended up beating him together.
Relationships [ ]
Shadow the hedgehog [ ].
Arguably the person who had the most impact on Infinite was Shadow the Hedgehog . After his squad was destroyed by the brooding hedgehog during an attack on Eggman's Facility , Infinite, furious, attempted to attack him, only to be effortlessly defeated. Before he left, Shadow made his disgust clear, and demanded never to see his "pathetic face" again. Infuriated that he had been humiliated, the mercenary took Shadow's words to heart, and went on to discard all remnants of his old life, becoming the entity known as Infinite.
Much later, Infinite once again encountered Shadow, having defeated Omega , and was ecstatic, though Shadow failed to remember him. Infinite's reaction to this was to cast Shadow into a false interpretation of Green Hill , where Shadow would be falsely contacted by an Omega who at first, seemed to be perfectly normal, but as time progressed, soon devolved into incessantly repeating that he was not weak. Infinite later uses a false Shadow to help instill fear into the Resistance during Eggman's reign.
It is implied that Infinite was afraid of Shadow before he took his current identity, visibly trembling as the hedgehog criticized him. Interestingly, after his transformation, Infinite seemed to pick up several of Shadow's personality traits, such as not finishing off opponents he deemed "too weak".
Sonic the Hedgehog [ ]
Infinite's first meeting with Sonic the Hedgehog had him beating the blue hedgehog effortlessly. This ultimately had Infinite's ego receiving a massive boost. When meeting Sonic for the first time since he defeated him at Mystic Jungle , Infinite proceeded to sense a smell from Sonic and assumed the smell was the fear of encountering him due to last time, though Sonic corrected him and explained the smell was actually sweat due to Sonic having ran all the way there, and also smugly explained that Infinite had not left an impression on him at all. After beating Sonic for the second time, he proceeded to spare him, solely because he deemed him not worth killing. However, he did express shock that Sonic held his own for longer than he expected, due to his data indicating he would not be a challenge from last time. Him sparing Sonic would ultimately prove to be Infinite's downfall, as not only did Sonic inspire the Avatar to fight against him, but both Sonic and the Avatar proceeded to bring him down for the count.
Similar to Erazor Djinn , Infinite also derogatorily referred to Sonic as a "filthy sewer rat".
Infinite had a personal connection with the Avatar , as he was responsible for slaughtering their friends during one of his raids during the six months between Sonic's defeat at his hands and the Avatar's joining of the Resistance, with Infinite ultimately sparing them simply to satiate his sadistic desire to watch them flee in terror. They later re-encountered each other at Metropolis , with Infinite trying to intimidate the Avatar, although they, due to Sonic's words of encouragement, ultimately chose to fight Infinite instead of giving in to fear. Infinite then tried to finish them off after remembering who they were, although due to Avatar's possession of a Phantom Ruby prototype , they managed to evade the attack, leaving Infinite shocked before ultimately dismissing the matter and leaving them be. Ultimately, the Avatar, alongside Sonic, ended up bringing him down for the count.
Dr. Eggman [ ]
When Infinite and his squad raided Dr. Eggman 's base for tech to sell, the doctor's army overwhelmed them. Also, the Phantom Ruby allowed Eggman to get the upper hand against Infinite. Impressed by the jackal, Eggman offered him a place in the Eggman Empire . Infinite, having grown bored with his life, agreed to his proposition. However, he did express some annoyance with the Doctor, especially when the latter scolded him, as evidenced by his grudging reply to Eggman's order to confront Shadow (which he was about to do anyway due to Shadow wiping out his squad).  Infinite was later a willing subject in the Phantom Ruby prototype experiments, and had the final version merged with his very being.
Following Eggman's domination of the Earth , Infinite would continue to prove loyal to the doctor, serving as his right-hand man and enforcer, though he did not hesitate to voice his displeasure with some of Eggman's choices. He also openly acknowledged himself as the better of the two, giving him somewhat more of an equal footing with the doctor than most. Interestingly, Infinite is one of the only powerful entities that Eggman aligned himself with who did not end up betraying him.
Jackal Squad [ ]
It would seem that Infinite was close to his former squadmates in the Jackal Squad , as he was furious when Shadow destroyed them. Likewise, the rest of the squad seemed to place a lot of faith and trust in Infinite, believing that they could survive on their own, though ultimately, Infinite's desire to end his boredom proved more important to him than the interests of his teammates.
Silver the Hedgehog [ ]
Infinite briefly encountered Silver the Hedgehog at Mystic Jungle . He admitted that killing Silver was not part of his agenda, but he was more than happy to do so due to his belief that it would keep "the rabble" in line to demonstrate that hope is not worth holding on to. However, Silver was unshaken by his claims before fighting him. He ended up being defeated easily by Infinite, and would have been killed had Sonic not interfered. Ironically, Silver, during this battle, ended up sowing the seeds for Infinite's ultimate defeat, as well as the failure of Eggman's plan to use an artificial sun to destroy the Resistance, as during their battle, one of Silver's blows caused one of Infinite's Phantom Ruby prototypes to be discarded, with Infinite not noticing this.
- Jackal Squad
Enemies [ ]
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Classic Sonic
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Vector the Crocodile
- Espio the Chameleon
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Rouge the Bat
- E-123 Omega
Theme songs [ ]
- " Infinite " - Tyler Smyth and Andy Bane
- Infinite's real name from before becoming Infinite is unknown. Fans have called him "Zero" based on his concept name or "Jackal" because of his species.
- Infinite is the second Sonic video game character to be depicted with heterochromia , with the first being the Commander .
- Infinite has a brief cameo in the "Come Join the Eggman Empire" propaganda video nearing the end, where he emerges from behind the Egg Pawns when the narrator claims that the possibilities for those under his Empire are "infinite", acting as a subtle pun as well as a foreshadowing. 
- Infinite is the most frequently fought boss in Sonic Forces , fought a total of three times over the course of the game.
- Infinite is the second villain which disparagingly refers to Sonic as a rat with Sonic correcting him regarding his actual species. The first is Erazor Djinn .
- Concept artwork for the stage Null Space implied that Infinite would have been encountered in the level to some capacity.
References [ ]
- ↑ VOICE OF Infinite . Behind the voice actors . Retrieved on 7 November 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Forces Episode Shadow
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Sonic Forces: Rise of Infinite , "Rise of Infinite"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman's Facility. " Infinite: You. You destroyed my squad. I'll show you why they call me the ultimate mercenary!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman's Facility. " Dr. Eggman: Rrrrrgh! I went to great pains to get the best mercenaries around and he STILL totally wrecked the Defense Squad! SHADDDOOWWRRRGH!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman's Facility. " Dr. Eggman: We've got an intruder! Shadow has entered the facility! Defense Squad Jackal has already been completely annihilated! All available troops, intercept that blasted hedgehog by any means necessary!"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman's Facility. " Infinite: I... I'm shaking... Me!? Me... Afraid!? Urgh. Pathetic!? Me... He 's calling ME weak!? No! I am not weak! I'm... I'm not. I'm not weak! I AM NOT WEEEEAAAAAAK! URRRAAAAAAAAAAAGH!"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Sega. " Infinite: That day, I gave up my own unsightly face. And I let go of the old me, the one that was so weak, so that I could become stronger. And then, at last... I obtained the power. The power to make all yield to my will. I... was... REBORN!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Final Judgement. " Tails : So this is where Eggman built Infinite. / Amy : It's so sad. What a lonely place to be brought into the world."
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Sega. " Dr. Eggman: Sonic. How I hate him. And all of that loathing has been focused into this invincible instrument of destruction. Every defeat. Every humiliation at the Hedgehog's hands will be returned a thousandfold by my unstoppable creation. This is my dream come true. With this invention, I can expand the Eggman Empire across the globe, and conquer the world!"
- ↑ Sonic Forces - Story Trailer (English) . YouTube . Sega (22 September 2017). Retrieved on 22 September 2017. “Eggman has taken over the world. It's up to Sonic and the resistance to liberate it from his iron fists. But things won't be so simple with Eggman's new right-hand man, the mysterious Infinite. Get ready to take back the planet.”
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Sonic Forces: Looming Shadow , "Looming Shadow"
- ↑ Sonic Forces English instruction manual
- ↑ Sonic Forces Japanese website (Japanese) . Characters . Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved on 11 September 2017.
- ↑ SSF1991 (12 April 2017). Famitsu Has Released New Information On Sonic Mania & Forces, Iizuka Interview . Retrieved on 12 April 2017.
- ↑ SEGA® Releases New Sonic Forces™ Trailer and Key Art . Gamasutra (13 June 2017). Retrieved on 14 June 2017.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 media:SFscan 15.jpg
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman's Facility. " Dr. Eggman: Hey, you! I know you can hear me! You're the captain of Squad Jackal, aren't you?! Your squad was useless! Go clean up their mess already! / Infinite: Yeah, yeah, I got it..."
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 Sonic Forces - Enter Infinite . YouTube . Sega (20 June 2017). Retrieved on 20 June 2017. “Meet Infinite, a mysterious new foe in Sonic Forces with even stranger powers. With Eggman's army on the rise and Infinite at the tip of the spear, even Sonic and his strongest allies are in for a fight they won't soon forget.” Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "StHYoutube2" defined multiple times with different content
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 『ソニックフォース』プロモーション映像 (Japanese) . YouTube . Sega (13 September 2017). Retrieved on 14 September 2017.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman Empire Fortress: Vs. Infinite. " Infinite: Friends are nothing but a fleeting illusion. You can count on nobody but yourself! / Sonic the Hedgehog: Your mask can't hide how sad and lonely you are! That Phantom Ruby virtual reality of yours is the real illusion!"
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Eggman Empire Fortress: Final Judgment " Miles "Tails" Prower: So this is where Eggman built Infinite. / Amy Rose: It's so sad. What a lonely place to be brought into the world."
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. " Infinite : Hahah. The world's most powerful robot is no more a challenge than Crabmeat As I suspected, this power is without peer, It's the ultimate strength."
- ↑ Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces (Episode Shadow). Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. " Infinite : Hahah... Oh, this power, before we've even tuned it! Just as I thought. It is unrivaled!"
- ↑ Come Join the Eggman Empire! . YouTube . Sega (2 November 2017). Retrieved on 3 November 2017.
- 2 Sonic the Hedgehog
Inside The Phantom Ruby
[EDIT: Heh, two features in the span of one month. Quite the accomplishmnt eh? ]
The Phantom Ruby is a magical gem that can alter reality at will. It can create illusions, create a dimension and basically do everything that nobody can complain about. It's just so OP like that.
The thing is is that we have never seen it being used by the good guys. It's only used by the bad. Makes me think that there must be a reason to it, right?
But... Why is it so overpowered? Like, how can an innocent and small looking gem cause so much destruction? It can't be JUST a ruby. So here's a theory: What if an ancient spirit is trapped withing the ruby itself? They manipulate the ruby at will. Without a user, the ruby would do nothing, just like the Chaod Emeralds. Why is it so powerful and sentient at all times?
The Phantom Ruby is first found on Angel Island, just lying in the ground and pretty close to the surface. But has anyone ever thought "Why is it THERE?" If you look back at 3&Knuckles, then you don't see that bush it was hiding behind. I know, SEGA didn't think of the Ruby at the time, but still.
At the beginning of Mania, you can see the Ruby, just hiding behind some bushes under the ground. But in 3&Knuckles, the bush isn't there. So it could NOT have come from Angel Island. It had to have come from somewhere else, like another dimension. Like I said, it does what it wants. It has a mind of it's own.
It even has the looks of a sentient being, doesn't it?
In Sonic Mania, Eggman discovers the Phantom Ruby and sends his Elite Robots to get it for him. After they dig it out of the ground, what does the Ruby do? It immediately transform the Elite Robots to the Hard Boiled Heavies and manipulates reality to bring Sonic and Tails into Green Hill Zone. It's like the Ruby, or the spirit inside if there is one, punished them for disturbing it's peaceful slumber. And from that point on, whenever we see Eggman with the ruby, he uses it more and more. And the more they use it the more independent the Ruby becomes. The rest of the Hard Boiled Heavies don't use the ruby too much. It's actually the Heavy King and Eggman who want the ruby for themselves. In the final fight, the Heavy King betrayes his creator. Why? Because he fastened the Phantom Ruby for himself, turning on his former master and even though being a robot, felt like a living being with emotions, which were anger and rage towards Sonic and Eggman.
After the battle, the Ruby had enough of being a mere toy that was tossed around from one place to another and combined with the Chaos Emeralds, created a portal, though I doubt it even needed them to send them to another dimension. It then sends Sonic and itself into another dimension. And what is that dimension? Sonic Forces.
So in Sonic Forces dimension, the Ruby is First found by Dr. Eggman, who takes the ruby and sees an illusion, which is a vision of The Eggman Empire. Then Squad Jackal attacks, intended to destroy Eggman, but the leader (later known as Infinite) touches the ruby on accident and sees something he likes, the world cowering before him. Eggman and "the ultimate mercenary" team up.
When Shadow attacks Eggmans base at the jungle, he takes out all of the Jackals in the squad, WHICH WE DON'T EVEN GET TO SEE FOR DARN SAKE!
So Eggman sends the leader to deal with Shadow. The leader gets owned by the edgy hedgehog and because he is called weak and failed to avenge his squad, fastening the Phantom Ruby to himself, much like the Heavy King, and puts on a mask that would not show his old self. He was reborn as Infinite.
But unlike the Heavy King, Infinite, throughout the entire game does not betray Eggman, but isn't afraid to say his disappointments.
So what does the Ruby do in this game? It's not so sentient anymore, is it? Nope. It allows itself to be controlled by Infinite and Eggman during the Final Boss. It doesn't take the Character anywhere by will and doesn't create a stage, except for Null Space, which...we are only in for like 10 SECONDS! Jeez. But what if Infinite is being controlled by the spirit trapped inside the Ruby? Think about it, he liked his squad and always got their back, although I have no idea where he was when they got wiped out in Episode Shadow. But in his final battle, he said "Friends are nothing but a fleeting illusion. You can count on nobody but yourself!" which I found to be quite interesting. Why would he say that if he always stuck with his squad. Sure, they were wiped out, but after taking the Phantom Ruby for his own use, he changes not only in power and looks, but also in personality. The spirit inside the Ruby can very well be manipulating him into thinking like that. He doesn't need anyone anymore, but still chooses to obey Eggman. But why does he? Because he doesn't want to be alone without anyone. Even if the person he has to be stuck with is Eggman, then so be it for him.
So onto the final battle between Eggman and the Resistance. After Infinites defeat, the Phantom Ruby glitches him away. Why? It's like the Phantom Ruby thought "You have failed me for the last time, Infinite. There's no need for you anymore" and glitches him away to who knows where.
After that, Eggman appears, having incorporated the Phantom Ruby into a super powered Death Egg Robot. Phase 1 and 2 are not anything special, but what really interests me is Phase 3, the true final boss.
If you look at it's design, then where is the cockpit in which Eggman controls the robot? The robots head, when close to Sonic, is too small to fit Eggman. So what happens to him?
I mean, compare this....
Eh... It's a mystery and besides, when performing the triple boost, then they boost right through the red eye of the robot, in which the cockpit can be located in possibly. But that would only make a murder in a Sonic Game. We don't see Eggman escaping.
But in Phase 3, the boss changes very suddenly. Instead of being a massive killing machine, it turns into a smaller mech.
But why is it so different? Because it's actually the Phantom Ruby Sonic battles. It had enough of Eggman and decides to deal with Sonic himself, only to fail.
But is that battle the end of the Phantom Ruby? Defenately not
So I said that there could be an evil spirit trapped within, and once you think about it, it makes sense, doesn't it? Why would a mere ruby, a gem that in real life is super valuable, have so much independence in itself. The Chaos Emeralds have a lot of power too, but have never shown any independence.
So my theory is that an ancient spirit, maybe even from thousands of years ago, was trapped inside the ruby, controlling it's every move until it finds a worthy user (Heavy King, Infinite)
The spirit himself is in fact a spirit from another dimension, maybe a god or something... Worse.
Chaos Emeralds VS the Phantom Ruby
All right, so let's see... The Chaos Emeralds can give the powers of a god and travel through time and space while the Phantom Ruby can literally do anything the user wants it to do.
It can alter reality, open portals to other dimensions, is sentient and even created a dimrnsion in which nothing exist! But can it give the user a form? Well... It's not used by good so who knows. But if you count the Phantom Ruby changing Infinites personality then I guess it counts?
The Chaos Emeralds have existed for thousands of years and was the cause of the extinction of the Echidna tribe. But the Phantom Ruby has existed not very long, or has it? If the Phantom Ruby existed before, then I'm willing to bet that they would have discovered it a long time ago. It's hard to tell of it is more powerful than a Chaos Emerald, but no one can tell.
Chaos Emeralds don't act on their own. Sure, they send light beams into the sky and scatter when being collecred but none of them do what their power can do.
The Phantom Ruby on the other hand can do what it wants. It alters reality. So even of the Chaos Emerald user has a super form, the Ruby can overpower them because of the Virtual Reality. It creates an illusion to confuse the opponent and then takes advantage of that.
Phantom Ruby Prototypes
The prototypes are the gems Eggman created, for some odd reason. But there are limits to their power. For exaple, they "can only record the DNA of the one who triggered it" whatever that means. But they can cancel out the effects of the real ruby. But why the prototypes exist or why they were created is a mystery.
Why do I think a spirit is trapped?
Because it's a Sonic universe. Anything can happen. From water gods to Time Eaters, it seems logical that the Phantom Ruby is more than just a shiny gem of power. After watching the activity of the gem, it seems theoretical. From Sonic Mania to Forces, the list of proofs goes on to be honest. But the Chaos Emeralds also have immense power, yet only their power can be viewed when there is a user.
To sum it up...
I honestly don't know how to sum it all up. The theory can be a little overdue, since everybody knows about the Ruby at this point.
But let me know what you all think about this and if there really is something inside the Ruby, then what could it be...
Now possibly you are gonna say that the Characters defeat the villains using the Phantom Ruby without the Chaos Emeralds. Wanna know why? Because plot convenience. A Sonic game has never ended badly so... Yeah...
But okay I hope ya enjoyed this new blog. But what do you think? Is there a spirit or not?
What if it's Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, etc.
So does the Master emerald.
What if there are gems that helped form sonic's world, not talking about the chaos emeralds.
Well there could be. I mean, we never really got the background for any of the gems. Like: Master Emerald was just there. Chaos Emeralds were created by... Something. And the Phantom Ruby is just a complete mystery...
Ok here’s where I’m gonna bitch on the game a bit.
First of all YES as you said it can change reality. BUT in Forces they say it’s ILLUSIONS. But here’s my thought. Eggman’s phantom ruby ISN’t the real one. Think about the shape and power.
It don’t look like the original at all in fact the prototypes look more similar.
The power is just much more pale than the one in Mania which actually MADE Sonic teleport to Green Hill and changed the Egg Robots (dunno the name) into super charged Hard Boiled Heavy.
So yea might not be the original. But then considering how Mania Sonic got back to his universe (could be debatable did he actually did get back). It’s just makes it more confusing.
Reply to: Speed The Hedgehog (WangSonicS)
Yea but at the end of Mania, it teleports ITSELF and Sonic to Sonic Forces. So in Forces, there is the real one
Reply to: mardolaasma
You do have a point.
Wait then HOW THE HECK DID IT CHANGE FORM. It’s not like Eggman can shape the darn thing to whatever shape he wants. Can he?
I the one Infinite is holding is just a part of it? Think about it.
Eggman seem to have more powerful abilities than Infinite. Infinite could only create illusions but when it’s back to the original and at 100%, it can change reality hence how Sonic from Mania could go back.
It's the Phantom Ruby, it can take form of anything. But you do have a point.
I had thought it was common knowledge the Ruby was sentient, it was clear in the end of Mania it was stealing the emeralds to escape the madness of the fight over it. Personally I believe something along the lines of this: The Phantom Ruby is a dimension hopping macguffin that is attempting to find a serene and calm place to reside. It’s been using the emeralds from several other universes to dimension hop and find a new home. I don’t believe Mania and Forces are the canons we’ve known so far. I believe the dimensions of Mania and Forces are just bystander universes that came under the influence of this new bizarre gem (even so, they’re dimensions that have met before, possibly the 2 dimensions of Generations). Why do I believe they’re just bystander universes? Well it’s because of an interview from Iizuka himself. Iizuka states there’s 2 Sonic universes we’ve known so far at the time of the interview (shortly before mania if I remember correctly), the human universe (modern, Adventure to unleashed and such) and the animal universe (Classic). Now while Mania does only have animals from what we can see, it does have several plot inconveniences that discourage it from the universe we know, such as Angel Island being sank with the company of the emerald yet Knuckles not seeming to mind, which trust me I don’t think Taxman would just ignore such an important detail like that. As for Forces, it’s very clear this is a different universe. Places such as Chemical Plant look drastically different and are nowhere near where they belong canonically. And the biggest point being this is clearly a world populated souly with animals, while the Modern world we’ve known is more diverse, with a human world with an underlying animal population. This is just what I’d speculate it’s been but we don’t have much clear info to really tell
Huh.... Why didn't I put that explanation in the blog? Okay i'm kidding.
But actually you do make quite the good point there
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- Planet Level
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" I will teach you fear. Then pain. And then the fear and pain will end. " ― Infinite
Infinite is an antagonist in the Sonic the Hedgehog series introduced in Sonic Forces .
- 1 Background
- 3.1 Equipment
- 4 Weaknesses
- 5 Versus Compendium's Conclusions
Background [ ]
Not much is really known about Infinite's past, aside from that he used to be the leader of a group of jackals that were mercenaries hired by Dr. Eggman . Infinite encountered Shadow while on patrol outside of Eggman's base, though he was easily defeated by him. Humiliated by this, Infinite proclaimed that he wasn't weak before turning to the doctor to enhance himself. He did just that, utilizing a recently discovered Phantom Ruby, with the intent to turn Infinite into a weapon that would finally defeat Sonic - which he initially did.
Attack Potency : At least Planet Level , likely far higher (Stomped Base Sonic at the beginning of Sonic Forces. After his power-up, could match an endgame Base Sonic and the Rookie. Created a virtual sun that would have burnt the world to ash. Comparable to current base Sonic, who was able to defeat Emerl with all seven Chaos Emeralds, who is stated to be capable of destroying the Earth in that state. Should not be weaker than his illusion clones, which consist of the likes of Chaos and Metal Sonic , and are stated to be just as strong as the originals. Defeated Silver .)
Speed : Faster Than Light (Keeps up with Sonic, even blitzing him during their first encounter, who regularly dodges light-based lasers from Eggman's machines, including minor enemies such as the Hotaru .)
Durability : At least Planet Level , likely far higher (Takes multiple attacks from Sonic and the Avatar before being defeated by them. Before becoming Infinite, he took a blow from Shadow.)
Hax : Illusion Casting , Reality Warping , Battlefield Removal via Null Space portals, Gravity Manipulation, Duplication, Telekinesis, Size Manipulation, Creation
Intelligence : At least Above Average (Has no notable feats of intelligence, though is clearly not dumb and has been augmented by Eggman to an extent.)
Stamina : Unspecified
Powers, Techniques, and Equipment [ ]
Equipment [ ].
- Phantom Ruby: A mystical gem that Eggman gave to Infinite while augmenting him. The Phantom Ruby is the source of Infinite's powers (listed below). It was originally utilized by the Classic Eggman for use of his Hard-Boiled Heavies.
- Illusions: Infinite's primary power while utilizing the Ruby. He's able to create illusions to disorientate opponents or trick them into an attack, or create illusion copies of characters that are able to match the abilities and personalities of the original to a tea. He can even create an entire armies worth of these clones, and used this power to create a miniature sun to wipe out the resistance.
- Reality Warping: In Sonic Mania , the Phantom Ruby is shown distorting reality around it, as when it's first uncovered it warps Sonic and Tails to a different location and transforms generic Egg Robots into the Hard-Boiled Heavies.
- Portal Manipulation: Infinite can create portals to trap victims in an alternate dimension called Null Space, which he did so against Sonic and the Avatar.
Weaknesses [ ]
- Prideful and very monologue-heavy.
- It stands to reason that he would be left powerless if the Phantom Ruby is removed or somehow nullified.
- While Null Space can be used as battlefield removal, Sonic and the Avatar were able to escape from it with their Double Boost technique - which is essentially just running fast together.
Versus Compendium's Conclusions [ ]
Debates in Progress:
- 1 Dr. Jack Bright
- 2 Reinhard van Astrea
- 3 The Intruder (Mandela Catalogue)
- Wrong Hands Tools
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The Phantom Ruby is a mysterious and powerful gemstone discovered on Angel Island by a group of Doctor Eggman 's elite robots. Eggman himself has used the power of the Phantom Ruby to successfully conquer most of the planet with the Eggman Empire at his command until Sonic the Hedgehog and the Resistance managed to defeat the doctor's forces by fighting back against the ruby's illusions.
- 1 Powers and Abilities
- 2.1 Ruby Mist
- 2.2 Null Space
- 2.3 Phantom Ruby Prototypes
- 3.1 Sonic Mania
- 3.2 Sonic Forces
- 3.3 Sonic Mania Plus
Powers and Abilities [ ]
The Phantom Ruby has the power to manipulate people's minds, altering their view of the world by creating realistic illusions that somehow have the density and mass of something real through tampering with ones depth perception. This makes the illusions caused by the Phantom Ruby a part of one's reality (an phenomenon which is referred to as "virtual reality" in Sonic Forces ). The ruby also has the power to transport people and objects through space-time. It can either teleport things to different locations in the world or even send them to alternate dimensions.
Variants and Byproducts [ ]
Ruby mist [ ].
Ruby Mist is a byproduct of the Phantom Ruby that is found in the Titanic Monarch Zone's 2nd Act. The mist will instantly teleport anyone who comes into contact with it.
Null Space [ ]
Null Space is a realm presumably created by the Phantom Ruby's power. It is a place where absolutely nothing exists and appears to stretch on endlessly. Despite Eggman's belief that no one can escape Null Space, Sonic and his allies have managed to leave the realm using powerful boosts of speed.
Phantom Ruby Prototypes [ ]
After finding and studying the Phantom Ruby, Dr. Eggman attempted to create his own copy of the gemstone. This led to the existence of many imperfect Phantom Ruby Prototypes that Infinite was eventually tasked with deposing of. A imperfect prototype can only be used by the one who activated it’s power and can allow the user to dispel ruby constructs. The prototype Infinite has embedded on his chest is the finalized version that can be used to bend ones perception of reality to great effect.
History [ ]
Sonic mania [ ].
Sometime after the events of Sonic & Knuckles , a great power disrupted the energy flow of the Master Emerald which caused Angel Island to fall back into the sea again. Sonic and Tails flew out to investigate and discovered a group of robots excavating the Phantom Ruby from the island. A wave of energy suddenly emitted from the ruby which transported Sonic, Tails and Knuckles (who was nearby) to Green Hill Zone. There they realised the robots that unearthed the ruby had been transformed into an elite force known as the Hard Boiled Heavies . The Heavies took the Phantom Ruby to their creator Dr. Eggman who snatched it from their grasp and caused the ruby to emit another wave of energy that sent the nearby protagonists to Chemical Plant Zone. Eggman later used the ruby’s power at Press Garden Zone to relocate the heroes again before eventually installing the Phantom Ruby itself into his Phantom Egg mech at Titanic Monarch Zone. When the heroes managed to destroy the Phantom Egg, the ruby sent Sonic to Egg Reverie Zone where a three way battle ensued for possession over the gemstone. Afterwards, the Phantom Ruby came into contact with the Chaos Emeralds which caused a reaction from the ruby and it open a wormhole that transported Sonic and the ruby itself to an alternate dimension.
Sonic Forces [ ]
Several months prior to Sonic Forces, the Phantom Ruby (though it had no name at the time) was found by Dr. Eggman after the sensors of his Arsenal Pyramid detected an unusual energy signature outside, prompting Eggman to investigate. Upon touching the Ruby, Eggman had a brief vision of Eggmanland. Intrigued, Eggman researched the jewel, eventually coining the name "Phantom Ruby". However, his base was soon attacked by the Jackal Squad, led by the ultimate mercenary. During the attack, Eggman inadvertently used the Ruby to materialize a troop of Egg Pawns to exterminate the squad. The ultimate mercenary then tried to kill Eggman, but struck the Ruby instead, causing him and Eggman to see a ruined world based on the former's own violent desire for change. Impressed with the mercenary, Eggman got him to join his empire so they could achieve their mutual goals.
Seeking to test the Phantom Ruby, Eggman went to Angel Island where he used it to create an illusion of the Pachacamac's village and have Knuckles and Silver fight a replica Chaos. Although Knuckles and Silver overcame the replica, Eggman deemed the test to be a success. Eggman would afterward analyze the Phantom Ruby in his lab in Mystic Jungle in hopes of using it to take over the world. Using the data he gathered, Eggman created several defective "Phantom Ruby prototypes" which he used to experiment on until he created a finalized prototype. That prototype was given to the ultimate mercenary, who, after a humiliating loss to Shadow, cast away his previous identity and assimilated with the prototype after a number of experiments, becoming Infinite. Under the direction of Eggman, Infinite sought to destroy the world with the Phantom Ruby and allow the Eggman Empire to rise to power. While the original Phantom Ruby remained in Eggman's possession, he and Infinite put their plans into action by using the finalized Phantom Ruby prototype to take over more than 99% of the planet, sparking the War to Take Back the Planet. Six months later however, the Resistance discovered that the Phantom Rubies relied on the Death Egg to provide them with the power they needed to work. As such, the Resistance destroyed the Death Egg, weakening the Rubies. However, Eggman had anticipated this, and had a backup power reactor built underneath the Eggman Empire Fortress.
At the climax of the war, the Resistance destroyed the backup reactor. Having anticipated this however, Eggman incorporated the original Phantom Ruby into his own Death Egg Robot and its energy supply (making it an "invulnerable ruby") in an effort to crush the Resistance. By recklessly overclocking the Phantom Ruby, Eggman granted his Death Egg Robot powers beyond Infinite's, allowing it to create thousands of replicas to combat the Resistance with. During the Death Egg Robot's battle with Sonic, Classic Sonic and the Avatar however, the Phantom Ruby was seemingly destroyed by the trio, which undid all it had wrought.
Sonic Mania Plus [ ]
In Sonic Mania Plus, although the Resistance had defeated Dr. Eggman, it turned out that the Phantom Ruby had survived the Death Egg Robot's destruction and had returned to the dimension it came from. Upon returning to Angel Island, the ruby floated away somewhere, with Sonic chasing after it. This led him to a capsule with old acquaintances, Mighty and Ray, trapped inside. After Sonic set both allies free, one of them was revealed to be the Heavy Magician in disguise, who swiped the Phantom Ruby and passed it to the broken-down Hard Boiled Heavies, reviving them and sending the heroes back to Green Hill Zone. Thus, the heroes set off to chase the Phantom Ruby on another adventure similar to the first one.
After the Phantom Egg was defeated once again, the heroes got distracted by the Phantom Ruby as it floated there while Eggman snuck away. The Ruby then went out of control and created a space-time rift that began to suck in everything around it, including the Titanic Monarch. Eggman tried to make an escape, but the heroes escaped in their Super States and knocked him into the rift. It is unknown what has happened to the Phantom Ruby afterwards.
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- The Phantom Ruby is said to rival the powers of the Chaos Emeralds and perhaps even that of the Master Emerald.
- While the illusions cause by the Phantom Ruby have been compared to some sort of virtual reality, it actually seems more like augmented reality.
- 1 Damballa Chant
- 2 Curse of Thorn
- 3 Hell (theology)