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The Guardian Units of Nations, often abbreviated as G.U.N., is a group in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a worldwide military and law enforcement organization. Run by a man only known as the Commander, G.U.N. seeks to protect the earth from all sorts of threats, including Dr. Eggman and the Black Arms.
G.U.N. has vast resources, including an army of soldiers and peacekeepers, fighter planes and other instruments of warfare. While G.U.N. receives orders from the President of the United Federation, it operates under the sole discretion of the Commander, who has been known to use G.U.N.'s resources to bring down enemies.
When first introduced in Sonic Adventure 2, G.U.N. is portrayed as being completely ruthless with absolutely no sympathetic qualities. Their raid on the Ark triggered the the events of the game, they relentlessly hunt down Sonic without even attempting to hear his side of the story and show zero concern over any of the potential collateral damage they're causing during their pursuit of him. Come Shadow the Hedgehog, they're shown in a much better light, as while the still antagonize Shadow, they're shown to have the planet's best interest at heart and bravely fight off the Black Arms invasion. By Sonic '06, they're portrayed as being completely heroic and are nothing but helpful to Shadow and his allies.
Sonic Adventure 2
The army believed that Gerald Robotnik's research would be a threat to the planet, and so organized a plan to shut down ARK and destroy Project Shadow. They would invade the ARK under the ploy that there was an accident and do away with anybody that worked on Project Shadow. They then captured the Biolizard and encapsulated it. However the then-finished project, Shadow the Hedgehog, fled in an escape capsule. During the video game Sonic Adventure 2 the G.U.N. army's robots are constant enemies.
Shadow the Hedgehog
The role of GUN in Shadow the Hedgehog's' plot is to repel the invasion of Earth by the forces of the Black Arms by any means necessary - including the (presumingly unwanted) assistance from Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends. During the opening FMV sequence, it is shown that Earth is being overrun, with GUN's forces almost helpless - hence the temporary alliance. It is also strongly hinted during the game and FMV sequences that GUN's mission is the investigation (and possible destruction) of Shadow himself, depending on the player's moral choices within the game. (Their attempts at doing this are mainly caused by the commander of GUN due to his personal hatred of Shadow, although in one ending he realizes Shadow isn't evil.)
GUN's role in Sonic Adventure 2 was also expanded in Shadow the Hedgehog, where a one of the levels takes Shadow and Maria through the colony during the GUN incursion and it also shows Shadow fighting one of the weapons after they harm Maria. This is the only game where GUN was not a villain. It is likely that they, like Dr. Eggman, have merely temporarily allied with Sonic for convenience.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Sonic Chronicles: the Dark Brotherhood
Sonic the Hedgehog
Pre-Super Genesis Wave
Post-Super Genesis Wave
It is presumed that G.U.N. is part of the IDW Sonic continuity, as many events from the games also happened in the comic series. However, it is unknown if any operatives besides Team Dark will make an appearance due to mandates put in place by SEGA.