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The Aotento (青テント Ao tento?)[1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, ladybug-like Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman and a variant of the Moto Bug.

Appearance

The Aotentos are based on ladybugs. They have round, blue body armor much like Moto Bugs, but with black spots similar to ladybugs, and gray edges. They also have wide, cartoony eyes, yellow bodies, and a yellow tailpipe. Like Moto Bugs, the Aotentos mode of transportation is a single black wheel underneath their bodies. However, unlike Moto Bugs, they do not have arms.

Overview

The first and only appearance of the Aotentos were in Sonic Advance 3, where they appear as enemies. They are only encountered in Route 99.

In gameplay, Aotentos behave in a more simple way than Moto Bugs, as they will not even chase the playable character if they spot them. Rather, they only move backwards and forwards within a certain area without stopping. As such, the only way to get hit by an Aotento is to touch it accidentally. Otherwise, they pose no threat. The player can easily take them out with a simple attack, like a Spin Jump or a Spin Attack. Upon their defeat, the Aotentos release a Ring, but they will not award the player any points.

Powers and abilities

Aotentos are some of Dr. Eggman's weakest Badniks. In addition, they are not equipped with any means of defense.

Variants

Akatento

Main article: Akatento

The Akatento, from Sonic Advance 3.

The Akatento is a variant of the Aotento. Design-wise, they are exactly the same as the Aotentos, except that they have red armor instead of blue. They only appear in Sonic Advance 3.

Trivia

  • "Ao" means "blue" in Japanese, whilst "tentō" is derived from "tentōmushi", the Japanese word for "ladybug".

References

  1. (in Japanese) ソニックアドバンス3最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. July 2004. p. 20. ISBN 978-4091061737.

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