Black Doom

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Black Doom
First seen: Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)
Species: Black Arms
Gender: Male
Age: + 2,000 years

Black Doom is the principal antagonist of Shadow the Hedgehog. He is the leader of the Black Arms aliens and the overlord of the Black Comet. Depending on which path the player chooses (Hero or Dark), Black Doom will either be ally or foe of Shadow the Hedgehog; he is still the villain in general, however.


Like all self-respecting villains, Black Doom's objective is to conquer the world with the aid of the Chaos Emeralds. However, as with many characters from the Sonic games, information about Black Doom's past is spotty at best. By his own testimony, Black Doom has lived for at least 2,000 years, since he claims responsibility for having planting the Glyphic Canyon temple-ships on Sonic's world (Shadow the Hedgehog (game), Sky Troops cutscene).

50 years prior to Shadow the Hedgehog, Black Doom formed a sort of alliance with Gerald Robotnik during the work on Project Shadow. He and Gerald created the Ultimate Lifeform - Shadow - ostensibly in order to expand Gerald's research, although Black Doom's ulterior motive was to create an agent who would one day retrieve the Chaos Emeralds. To this end, Black Doom donated some of his own blood to Gerald's project, making Doom Shadow's biological "father".

When the Black Comet returns to the inner solar system 50 years later, Black Doom appears before Shadow at the beginning of the game as a hologram projected by Doom's Eye, to inform Shadow that "the day of reckoning" has arrived. Black Doom instructs Shadow throughout the game to retrieve the seven Chaos Emeralds for him, although whether Shadow pays any attention or not is for the player to decide.

At the end of the game, Black Doom reveals more about himself and his plans: his motive for collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds throughout the game was to teleport their home, the Black Comet, down to Earth using Chaos Control. (The Black Comet's velocity wasn't fast enough to pass through the Earth's atmosphere by itself). According to Black Doom, he isn't trying to kill the humans; he is trying to bring salvation to them. His true intention for humans is to enslave them and have them serve as an energy source for the Black Arms, something they could not obtain while the Black Comet was in space.

As Sonic the Hedgehog and friends tries to stop Black Doom from taking over the world and Shadow from giving him the Chaos Emeralds, they are paralyzed by a special gas inside the Black Comet. Black Doom then reveals his true intentions about using humans as an "energy source"; they would become food for the Black Arms' larvae. Shadow and the others are shocked by Black Doom's goals. As everyone stands paralyzed about to be devoured by Black Doom's offspring, Shadow starts remembering about his past and about things that have been going on throughout the game. He then stands up in order to confront Black Doom once and for all.

Meanwhile, the members of the Chaotix Detective Agency are in the Space Colony ARK, trying to reactivate an old program left behind by Gerald. Eventually, they are successful in beaming it down to Shadow (after Charmy Bee headbutts the machine). The video reveals that Gerald created Shadow to defeat the Black Arms by destroying the Black Comet with the Eclipse Cannon. This gives Shadow the motivation to stand up and defeat Black Doom. Before Shadow can do anything however, Black Doom uses Chaos Control and transforms into his ultimate form, Devil Doom. Shadow uses the Chaos Emeralds that Black Doom left behind and transforms into Super Shadow.

Devil Doom is defeated by Super Shadow, who uses Chaos Control to send the Black Comet and all the Black Arms inside to space, where the Black Comet is finally destroyed by the Eclipse Cannon. As for Black Doom, he is last seen falling down towards Earth below, and is presumed dead.

Boss Fight

Main article: Black Doom (boss)
The boss fight under GUN Fortress.

One of three potential last bosses of Shadow the Hedgehog's normal story, Black Doom is fought in routes where Shadow has taken a more GUN-friendly route through the game; as such, he appears after Final Haunt (Hero), Cosmic Fall (Hero), and GUN Fortress (Hero).

Black Doom has numerous abilities which make him a fearsome foe for those who would dare challenge him. On top of his numerous cutscene-demonstrated strategic abilities (Chaos Control, levitation, telepathy, Tikal-style time projection), Doom also possesses an array of brutal tactical attacks, including flaming meteors and energy slashes.

Devil Doom

Main article: Devil Doom

Devil Doom is the ultimate form of Black Doom, using the energy he drained out of the very planet itself. Mutated beyond belief, the only trace of Black Doom in this creature is Doom's Eye, which also happens to be the weak point. He has two heads in the image of a gargoyle, with a mouth resembling Black Bull's, and roots at the bottom of him. This gives him the slight resemblance of an uprooted plant. Devil Doom is blind, and needs Doom's Eye to see. Which means the two headed gargoyle has no eyes, but Doom's Eye will exchange between heads to give them sight. Devil Doom's skin is red. He is attached to the Black Comet, can breathe fire, and manipulate objects or portions of the comet to use as weapons against Super Shadow. The background of this fight is the same as the background for Metal Overlord, the differences being a red sky instead of blue, and a city to replace the fog.

In other media

Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comics)

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In Shadow the Hedgehog, Black Doom had one character-specific theme song: an instrumental piece that played during boss battles with him in the standard story (not including the Devil Doom fight). This song was simply called "Black Doom".

The character is voiced by Sean Schemmel in English and Ryūzaburō Ōtomo in Japanese.


Characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series
Recurring characters
Heroes Sonic (Super, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy Rose | Cream | Big | Blaze (Burning) | Silver (Super) | Sticks
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Shadow (Super) | Rouge | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Mighty (Super) | Ray (Super) | E-102 Gamma | E-123 Omega | Jet | Wave | Storm
Villains Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic (Rocket, Neo, 3.0) | Fang | Chaos (Perfect) | E-Series | ZERO | Eggman Nega | Orbot | Cubot | Deadly Six (Zavok, Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena, Zor)
Teams Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Other Animals (Flicky) | Froggy | Chao (Hero, Dark) | Tikal | Pachacamac | Omochao | Chaclon | Gerald & Maria Robotnik | President | King Boom Boo | Cheese | Chocola | Vanilla | G.U.N. Commander | Wisps
One-off characters
Heroes Emerl | Marine | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Avatar | Barry
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Bean | Bark | Shade | Merlina
Villains Witchcart | Hocke-Wulf | Bearenger | Carrotia | Battle Kukku Army (15th, 16th, Dr. Fukurokov) | Tails Doll | Metal Knuckles | E-101 Beta | Void | Biolizard | Gemerl | Black Doom | Shugo-hei | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Erazor Djinn | Captain Whisker | Johnny | Master Core: ABIS | Ix (Super) | Dark Gaia | King Arthur | Hard Boiled Heavies | Infinite | Sage | The End | Trip
Other Illumina | Secretary | Elise | Duke of Soleanna | Coconut Crew | Vikings | Professor Pickle | Wentos | Don Fachio | Dodon Pa | Koco | Ancients | Conductor | Conductor's wife | Heavy | Bomb | Tiara Boobowski | Honey