Inspiration of Chao's physical appearance?

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  1. Zephyr

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    Has it ever been said what Chao (if anything) were physically based on? I know their concept is based on the Nightopian thing from NiGHTS. Maybe its just me, but they bear an eerie resemblance to Final Fantasy's Mog/Moogle creatures.

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  2. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    Moogle Cavern makes sense now.

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    <a href="http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes" target="_blank">http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes</a>
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sonic Adventure's showcase water babies, Chao, bear a striking resemblance to the hero (heroine?) of Sanrin Sanchan (tricycle Sanchan, aka Spatter), a 1984 coin-op on Sega System 1 hardware. Sanchan must roll through each maze on her tricycle, picking up flowers and avoiding bullies. Press the jump button to dodge enemies or knock away those on the opposite side of the fence.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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  4. MykonosFan

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    <!--quoteo(post=568411:date=Mar 13 2011, 04:56 PM:name=FlashTHD)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (FlashTHD @ Mar 13 2011, 04:56 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568411">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><a href="http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes" target="_blank">http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes</a>
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sonic Adventure's showcase water babies, Chao, bear a striking resemblance to the hero (heroine?) of Sanrin Sanchan (tricycle Sanchan, aka Spatter), a 1984 coin-op on Sega System 1 hardware. Sanchan must roll through each maze on her tricycle, picking up flowers and avoiding bullies. Press the jump button to dodge enemies or knock away those on the opposite side of the fence.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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    Oh wow, that's pretty incredible to see. References like these are always great to see.

    Though I see where Zephyr was coming from too, I wouldn't be amazed if Moogle's played even a small role on Chao's final appearance.
     
  5. Indigo Rush

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    [​IMG] + [​IMG]

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  6. GoGoThursday

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    Sanchan in turn seems to have been inspired by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster" target="_blank">Flatwoods Monster</a>, which has been referenced <a href="http://www.giantbomb.com/flatwoods-monster/94-17453/" target="_blank">many times</a> in video games.

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    The story (and image) of this absolutely terrified me when I was younger!
     
  7. ICEknight

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    Now that's a strech.

    You could also argue that the cards from Alice in Wonderland were based on that monster, since the head shapes look a bit similar... but no.
     
  8. MykonosFan

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    <!--quoteo(post=568634:date=Mar 14 2011, 02:17 PM:name=GoGoThursday)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (GoGoThursday @ Mar 14 2011, 02:17 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568634">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sanchan in turn seems to have been inspired by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster" target="_blank">Flatwoods Monster</a>, which has been referenced <a href="http://www.giantbomb.com/flatwoods-monster/94-17453/" target="_blank">many times</a> in video games.

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    The story (and image) of this absolutely terrified me when I was younger!<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->


    Ooh, local myths! Braxton county is just a few counties over from me. Granted I always studied the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman" target="_blank">Mothman</a> more since that's literally half an hour from me, but I digress.


    I do kind of doubt it was based on the Flatwoods monster though...wish we had easier contact with people at Sonic Team so we could just ask them things like this directly.
     
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    I've always seen them as water-themed tomogachi pets really, hence the drop shaped heads.

    After reading this topic, first thing that came to mind was Shizuku-chan. Then I found out the series was created after Sonic Adventure....by TMS studios...
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    <!--quoteo(post=568661:date=Mar 14 2011, 07:09 PM:name=ICEknight)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ICEknight @ Mar 14 2011, 07:09 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568661">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Now that's a strech.

    You could also argue that the cards from Alice in Wonderland were based on that monster, since the head shapes look a bit similar... but no.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    <!--quoteo(post=568663:date=Mar 14 2011, 07:18 PM:name=Mykonos)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Mykonos @ Mar 14 2011, 07:18 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568663">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I do kind of doubt it was based on the Flatwoods monster though...wish we had easier contact with people at Sonic Team so we could just ask them things like this directly.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    I agree that it is unlikely, but after all anything can be "inspiration" for something - the Moogle only has a bobble and wings in common with the Chaos, but could have served a vague basis.

    I do still think that Sanchan at least resembles a chibi version of the monster, which is a popular kaiju character in Japan.
     
  11. <!--quoteo(post=568411:date=Mar 13 2011, 08:56 PM:name=FlashTHD)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (FlashTHD @ Mar 13 2011, 08:56 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568411">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><a href="http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes" target="_blank">http://www.theghz.com/sonic/adventure/adventure.html#notes</a>
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sonic Adventure's showcase water babies, Chao, bear a striking resemblance to the hero (heroine?) of Sanrin Sanchan (tricycle Sanchan, aka Spatter), a 1984 coin-op on Sega System 1 hardware. Sanchan must roll through each maze on her tricycle, picking up flowers and avoiding bullies. Press the jump button to dodge enemies or knock away those on the opposite side of the fence.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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    And this is an inspiration of this?

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    For some reason,when I saw it, it reminded me immidietly Jigsaw.
     
  12. Trunks

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    <!--quoteo(post=569125:date=Mar 16 2011, 02:47 AM:name=FlackoWeasel)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (FlackoWeasel @ Mar 16 2011, 02:47 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=569125">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=568411:date=Mar 13 2011, 08:56 PM:name=FlashTHD)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (FlashTHD @ Mar 13 2011, 08:56 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=568411">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->http:[​IMG]<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    And this is an inspiration of this?

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    For some reason,when I saw it, it reminded me immidietly Jigsaw.
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    Which was inspired by this
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    Which is from this
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    Whose cover reminds me of this
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    Which is inspired by this
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    Which is where Sonic came from.

    See? I can string together seemingly unrelated things too!
     
  13. trakker

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    <!--quoteo(post=569264:date=Mar 16 2011, 08:32 PM:name=Trunks)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Trunks @ Mar 16 2011, 08:32 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=569264">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Which is inspired by this
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    Which is where Sonic came from.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Which is insipred by this due to TIME TRAVEL!
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  14. Indigo Rush

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    I truly believe his name should have been Pothead the Porcupine.
     
  15. DigitalDuck

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    <!--quoteo(post=569816:date=Mar 18 2011, 01:40 PM:name=Indigo Dude)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Indigo Dude @ Mar 18 2011, 01:40 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=569816">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I truly believe his name should have been Pothead the Porcupine.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Count the leaves on the plant. 7.

    Count the spikes on Silver's head. 5.

    It'd make more sense if you were talking about the field maple:
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    Which coincidentally is the leaf found all over the home of this guy:
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  16. Overlord

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    This thread is going nowhere, is it =P
     
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