Maria was Shadow's human companion in Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog. She is the cousin of well known Sonic antagonist Doctor Robotnik and the granddaughter of Gerald Robotnik. She is the main reason for Shadow's creation. Maria was a terminally ill patient on the Space Colony ARK, who had contracted the disease NIDS (Neuro-Immuno Deficiency Syndrome), which seems to be related to the disease AIDS. Her grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik, created Shadow as a means to study immortality and to use the fruits of the project to attempt to cure Maria. After Shadow's creation, he became close friends with Maria to the end. Maria died during the invasion of the ARK by the Guardian Unit of Nations, after releasing Shadow from a cryogenic tube. She had light blonde hair, blue eyes and wore a blue dress and blue shoes.
Maria has large bright blue eyes and gold-blonde hair. She wears it wavy and held back with a blue hair band. Clothes-wise, she wears a dark blue top and a light blue dress. Her shoes are low heeled blue pumps.
Maria is eternally cheerful, optimistic and kind hearted. She can see the good in almost anyone or anything, and she finds it easier than most to forgive and forget, not to mention trust.
Maria has shown no extraordinary abilities, although in Shadow the Hedgehog she can smash tough objects and enemies by slapping down on them and seems to be a fast runner.
Maria makes a small appearence in a SA2 related story. Otherwise there is a tounge-in cheek cameo of Maria named Hope Kintobor (Notice Kintobor is Robotnik spelled backwards), who looks very much like Maria and causes Shadow to mistaken her for Maria repeatedly.
Maria has been featured in these games:
- Shelly Fox - Sonic Adventure 2 Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
- Bella Hudson - Sonic X (2003) Offical U.S Voice Actor, 2005-2006 Offical Voice Actor, SEGA Sonic games.
Maria makes plenty of appearances in the anime Sonic X, partial to Shadow's memory.
- If you think logically, Maria didn't go to school because in the space colony, there wasn't any.
- If Maria hadn't died, she would have been in about the same age as Dr. Eggman and the G.U.N. Commander.
- There is no evidence that Maria was a relative to the G.U.N Commander.
- In Shadow The Hedgehog the video game, Maria can be played only by P2.However this is the only game where she's playable. (Not officially)