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Sonic redesign- Metal Sonic by Nerfuffle Sonic redesign- Metal Sonic by Nerfuffle
I really wanted to learn more about character design. The idea of re-imagining the Sonic cast intrigued me because it seemed to present a lot of fun and interesting challenges.
Not only did I find that the franchise had a lot of cool, weird concepts to work with, like “ purple kitty pyro queen” or “evil shape shifter”, but there was the issue of creating a sense balance and diversity between the characters as a whole.

For reasons unknown to my self I kept adding to the project. Earlier drawings were more zany, illustrative and experimental and later versions were softer and three dimensional.
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Metal Sonic

I’d imagine it keeps up with Sonic by spin dashing while tearing up the environment as it rolls. I forfeited aerodynamic design and speed for a hulking strength and heightened senses. It is near impossible to leave its detection. One of those baddies you know you can keep away from for now, but they will find and get you eventually.
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:iconlanternjoe:
lanternjoe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
CRUSH
KILL
DESTROY
SWAG
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:iconjackthecat779:
JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Seems more like a Mecha Sonic 2.0
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:iconmariomarioaqw:
mariomarioaqw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Now that is a sparring partner that could put the blue blur in stitches, and in an emergency room to boot!! May not necessarily be a great idea to fight that thing head on without help...
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:iconprivatedoomsday:
PrivateDoomsday Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Interesting...perhaps it could be a parallel universe?
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:icondalek1965:
Dalek1965 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
It looks so DEMENTED! I love it.
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:iconsonicluvr5:
Sonicluvr5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
...like the freak he is...

btw your work is awesome :)
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:iconpalfrost:
Palfrost Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat.
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:iconpartner345:
partner345 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Should of made the eye a spiral a good reference to the Dreamcast's Logo 
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:iconheyyaduh:
heyYAduh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
uh-oh

[runs away]
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:iconandros27:
andros27 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Its like if Shockwave, The terminator, and Megaman were fused into one badass machine...
Is he sentient?
Does it have any hidden gadgets?
CAN IT SPEAK?
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:iconmazoonon:
mazoonon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh I like it but... His red eyes are iconic.  Remove the spirals and give him his classic eyes and we're on a winner :D
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:iconaerobian-angel:
Aerobian-Angel Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm not gonna lie: This is pretty freakin' awesome. I think having a Counterpart that is more beastly and savage than similar and mirroring really works in this way.

I kind of want to draw this guy now. C:
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:iconpeorgey:
Peorgey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
DAMN! thats awesome and really original
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:iconoptinal:
Optinal Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Werehog much?
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:iconinkbottleinc:
InkBottleInc Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
YUP.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS AWESOME.

This looks like if Eggman really did create a double of Sonic but wanted it to be MEANER, BADDER, and an all out MONSTER as compared to the heroic hedgehog. I can see this thing blazing through the forest at top speeds just PLOWING through trees and decimating ANYTHING that gets in its way until it reaches Sonic.

And the sheer size of it compared to Sonic itself? Yeah, it is a MONSTER.
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:iconkeytee-chan:
Keytee-chan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks more like Mecha Sonic... I love it! ^__^
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:iconphsycothedark:
phsycothedark Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I really like this price of art.May I use it for a story I am working on?
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:iconnerfuffle:
Nerfuffle Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
The design? Sure, go ahead!
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:iconphsycothedark:
phsycothedark Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot.
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:iconmechking4511:
Mechking4511 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
well . . . shit . . .
something tells me this would make me run much faster in a sonic game.
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:iconalexgamer9000:
AlexGamer9000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Sonic:  Hey Metal Sonic I see you got an upgrade!

Metal Sonic: You must be terminated!
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:iconredpanda7:
RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
An excellent design and redesign, especially since the original metal sonic is just what the name suggests
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:iconganameron:
Ganameron Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
this is super AWESOME!!! Love it!
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:iconsoniciathehedgehog:
SoniciatheHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
BEAST MODE: ACTIVATED
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:iconkornrule23:
KoRnRULE23 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Now, that is awesome :D
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Looks absolutely mental. Reminds me of that one roley-poley Badnik from Spring Yard Zone in Sonic 1. (When I was a kid, I thought that that was the absolute earliest Metal Sonic.) I'd love to see this guy in a boss battle!
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Also, you say that this Metal Sonic design forfeits speed? I don't think you've seen a Big Daddy from BioShock. Those things are huge, and they are also the fastest enemies in the game. I could easily see this Metal Sonic going Big Daddy to bum-rush the target of its ire.
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SnackKracker101 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The art style fits into the Genndy Tartavosky/Rob Renzetti designs!
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:iconrogerbacon:
Rogerbacon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
The design seems more akin to Mecha Sonic from Sonic 3 & Knux than it does Metal Sonic.
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:iconevilfrenzy:
EvilFrenzy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I wish he looked like this in the original
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:icongolden-anchor:
Golden-Anchor Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013   General Artist
omg that is just too cool!!
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WTF EPIC
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todpole Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
While I don't think he or his fellow Team members won't start like this, I do see him becoming this over time. Upgrading himself after every defeat so one day he'll finish is mission: Destroy Sonic.
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:iconbrermikey:
BrerMikey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude that's AWESOME!!
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:iconryu238:
ryu238 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
...Remember, metal is a robot meant to not only copy his abilities but exceed Sonic's limits, so an aerodynamic design makes more sense for him.
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:iconkindlingtaco:
kindlingtaco Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I like the big hulking look
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:iconjaspergunner02:
JasperGunner02 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This is awesome! :iconadmireplz:
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:iconseasaltswagger:
SeaSaltSwagger Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for designing my favorite sonic character.
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:iconeverydaysensei:
Everydaysensei Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This version is better than sega's version!
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:iconchippuuuu:
chippuuuu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I admire this design more than sega's.
:)
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:iconmadnessabe:
MadnessAbe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa! It's like if you made a Doomsday Sonic!
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:iconbranden982:
branden982 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Ok, THAT'S intense! I can really see Sonic trying to fight this thing...
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:iconirmath:
IrmaTH Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why "Blaze the Cat" is in heading?
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:iconnerfuffle:
Nerfuffle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
............ssssssssshhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttt (brb)
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14-Spades Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a little big for my tastes, but I see exactly what you did with metal sonic. It looks positively demonic. It doesn't look as much like a doppelganger of sonic, but more of a foil. Sonic is small and nimble, but this metal sonic looks like a jet propelled garbage truck. A whole lot of raw, destructive power; but not much to do when you have to push that power in a right angle. Very awesome design.
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