Do the Chaos Emeralds Have a Canonical Origin? Ian Flynn Can’t Tell Us

Do you know who created the Chaos Emeralds? Chaos? Solaris? Dark/Light Gaia?

If you answered any of the above, you are probably wrong. And that’s not just my chipper, nihilistic self saying that, it’s also Ian Flynn, writer for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic and veteran of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic. On the latest BumbleKast podcast, host Kyle Crouse presented those four gods as possible origin theories in a Q&A, to which Flynn responded:

“I’m going to have to back out of this one too, because, again, I know things, and those things I cannot talk about as of right now. Suffice to say, none of those are right.”

Ian Flynn — BumbleKast April 26, 2021 – 18:58

Afterwards, Crouse playfully reminds us the creators of the emeralds were Yuji Uekawa, Naoto Oshima, and Yuji Naka.

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The mystery remains, though we’ve at least expanded our process of elimination. Indeed, who could have created the magical gems? Loki, god of Mischief? The eternal dragon Shenron? Some sort of chaotic chromium and hundreds of millions of years of intense heat and pressure? Wentos? I’m not saying it’s Wentos. I’m totally not saying it’s Wentos.

But it’s definitely Wentos.

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GX

A podcaster since 2008, GX originally founded The Spindash podcast, until joining Sonic Stadium's monthly Sonic Talk. He currently co-hosts the show and runs weekly streams on Stadium's Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/sonicstadium

14 Comments

  1. You know, I had this same thought when it comes to origin of rings in video games both in terms of conceptual and continuity sense. Why specifically choose golden rings as collectible items? I mean it’s been told how Mario games choose coins to be such, so what’s with rings?

  2. Rumor has it, the Chaos Emeralds are actually just regular emeralds that don’t do anything useful. Their effects are just placebo. Everyone believes in them so much that they just think weird things are happening.

  3. I’m also working on the comics and know the forbidden knowledge, but I’m here to share it instead like Prometheus giving fire to man.

    Big the Cat made the Emeralds. No further questions at this time.

  4. Hedgehogs. The ancient hedgehog race who created Sky Sanctuary and of which Sonic descends from created the emeralds. That is all.

  5. Who cares?
    Like does everything have to be explained? Things that are mysterious can remain mysterious, you start giving a backstory to every damn thing and it just loses all fun.
    Never needed to know the backstory to the Master Sword from Zelda, was fine with it being a legendary sword that the fabled hero always finds in times of need, but here we are with a boring explanation for it now.

    1. Fans care. Which is why one asked, and why fan theories exist.

      I do not personally need an explanation, but I don’t really think getting one is all that bad.

      Origins can be interesting, fun, and lead to their own mysteries. Like in the case of your example, “What the heck is Fi and why is she basically AI in a world that is primarily mystical in nature?”

      Yeah, mystery can be fun too, and the explanations can be boring. I think it depends on how it’s revealed, and what story they try to tell with that. Sonic stories aren’t typically very good, especially when they’re from the games. But I do think Sonic Adventure, which sought to add backstory to the master emerald, echidnas, and Angel Island, is one of the more interesting stories Sonic Team tried to tell. I’m at least interested in what backstory they might have in mind for the chaos emeralds as a whole.

  6. Tbh, I kinda wonder of the Emeralds don’t have a connection to the Power of the Stars from Sonic Rush Adventure.

  7. Do we really need Ian Flynn to write the entire franchise?

    The comics are one thing (i.e. a separate continuity), but there are just so many character/world building decisions that I just don’t agree with.

    Also, how much of what Flynn writes is acknowledged as canon to begin with? He’s not Yuji Naka (or Iizuka, for better or worse).

  8. If sol emeralds and chaos emerald like magnets. Chaos and Solaris must be related as well. I hope they use those characters again and add to the lore in the next game.

  9. Maybe we MIGHT get those answers in either a future game or the Encyclo-speed-ia.

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