In my crew--before we rode for you and after--we look after each other. Doesn't matter if we hate each other's guts. You take care of the crew, and the crew takes care of you. The minute you betray that, the whole thing falls apart.
— Axel the Water Buffalo, Sonic Universe #85
Axel the Water Buffalo is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a Mobian water buffalo and Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army.
Axel is a large Mobian, roughly the same height as Dr. Eggman, and clad in a purple uniform. He has a black muzzle and brown fur, and his horns appear to be made out of metal.
Countdown to Chaos
Serving as Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army, Axel and his forces came across Dr. Eggman, Orbot, and Cubot wandering in the Efrika Plains, and confused the doctor briefly by recognizing him as a superior, whereas Eggman had no memory of ever meeting him previously. Eggman was able to learn who Axel was when the Water Buffalo assumed that Eggman was there for a surprise inspection. Axel was able to get Eggman back to their base and help him by providing him resources to get his Egg Mobile flying again. He also informed Eggman where the nearest base and Egg Boss were, namely Lord Mordred Hood in Avalon. Following Eggman's departure, Axel got into a discussion with one of his underlings about their servitude to Eggman. Despite clearly caring little for the doctor, Axel feared Eggman, especially since rumors had begun circulating that the doctor had succeeded in making the Roboticizer viable again.
Eggman later contacted Axel and ordered him to put his unit on high alert, as their base was an ancient structure that Eggman suspected to be a Gaia Temple. Later, while working on his vehicle, Axel and several of his underlings watched the Chaos Emerald Championship. Some time later, his forces would engage Sonic to prevent him from gaining access to the temple or the Gaia Keys needed to penetrate it. Eventually, Axel believed that they managed to drive Sonic off, not realizing that Sonic's allies had stolen what they needed from Axel's Egg Army while they were occupied.
Axel is a gruff individual, but a fairly loyal subordinate to Eggman-though this appears to be motivated by fear more than respect. Despite being the head of his Egg Army Unit, he is apparently not afraid of getting his hands dirty in the field or even in maintaining his own vehicle.
- Axel is the first character to be introduced on Sonic's World following the Worlds Collide special event who did not appear in the previous continuity. He further serves to replace a character from the old continuity, Grandmaster Diesel, who has presumably been left unusable due to being derived from Ken Penders' Bear Pack.
- Interestingly, Axel also has chain-wrapped gauntlets like Diesel did.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "Letter from the editor"
- ↑ Aleah Baker (7 February 2016). Lea's Unimportant Farewell to BK Q&A!. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #253, "Countdown to Chaos Part One: The Builder"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "Keys to Victory"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #83, "Eggman's Dozens Part One: Hostile Takeover"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #84, "Eggman's Dozen Part Two: Power Meeting"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #85, "Eggman's Dozen Part Three: Team Management"