Darkspine Sonic

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Darkspine Sonic
First seen: Sonic and the Secret Rings (2007)
Power source: World Rings
Base character: Sonic the Hedgehog
Not to be confused with Dark Super Sonic.

Darkspine Sonic is a powerful form that Sonic the Hedgehog takes at the end of Sonic and the Secret Rings, when Sonic accidentally absorbs the power of three of the World Rings, and uses it to fight and defeat Alf-Layla-wa-Layla.


Darkspine Sonic's quills point downwards and he gets a deep indigo color (which is much brighter in the CG cutscene). He loses his pupils, shoes and mouth, and his muzzle, chest, and ears turn white. He wears giant rings around his wrists and ankles and gains two stripes on the top of his head, the middle quill of his back and on his feet. He is also surrounded by a flaming orange aura. Additionally, Darkspine Sonic has a much gruffer voice than normal, which resembles the voice of the Werehog.

This transformation was brought on to Sonic by three of the seven World Rings, the rings of sadness (purple), rage (red), and hate (green). This form can thus be considered an incomplete transformation, as Alf-Layla-wa-Layla even comments that Sonic shouldn't be able to beat him as Darkspine Sonic, a form he presumes to be inferior to his, not understanding his own form also comes as an incomplete transformation, due to the failure in the ritual he used to attain it, possibly making Darkspine a more controlled and powerful form, even though it doesn't use all of the World Rings.


Darkspine Sonic is able to fly, but is not invincible (or at least not invulnerable to Alf-Layla-wa-Layla's powerful attacks) and doesn't depend on rings. He can be attacked just like regular Sonic and can keep his form with no rings. Unlike Super Sonic, Darkspine Sonic takes a more physical approach to fighting as he attacks with barrages of punches and kicks as opposed to Super Sonic's head butting.


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Voice actors

In English, Darkspine Sonic is voiced by Jason Griffith. In Japanese, he is voiced by Jun'ichi Kanemaru.



Characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series
Recurring characters
Heroes Sonic (Super, Starfall, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy (Super, Hyper) | Mighty (Super) | Ray (Super) | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Cream | Big | Blaze (Burning) | Silver (Super) | Sticks
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Shadow (Hero, Dark, Super) | Rouge | E-102 Gamma | E-123 Omega | Jet | Wave | Storm
Villains Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic (Rocket, Neo, 3.0) | Mecha Sonic (8-bit, Mk. II, Mk. III, Super) | Fang | Tails Doll | Metal Knuckles | Chaos (Perfect) | E-Series | ZERO | Biolizard (Finalhazard) | Black Doom (Devil Doom) | 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 | Mother Wisp
One-off characters
Heroes Emerl | Marine | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Avatar | Barry | Trip (Super)
Anti-heroes/Neutrals Bean | Bark | Shade | Merlina | Sage
Villains Witchcart | Hocke-Wulf | Bearenger | Carrotia | Battle Kukku Army (15th, 16th, Dr. Fukurokov) | E-101 Beta | Void | Chaos Gamma | Gemerl | Shugo-hei | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Erazor Djinn | Captain Whisker | Johnny | Master Core: ABIS | Ix (Super) | Dark Gaia | King Arthur | Hard Boiled Heavies | Infinite | The End | Mirage Express
Teams Vector | Eggman
Other Birdie | Illumina | Secretary | Elise | Duke of Soleanna | Sonic Man | Coconut Crew | Vikings | Professor Pickle | Wentos | Don Fachio | Dodon Pa | Koco | Ancients | Conductor | Conductor's wife | Ariem | Heavy | Bomb | Tiara Boobowski | Honey