The Badniks are a group that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It is the personal robot army of Dr. Eggman from another dimension set in the recent past, consisting of robots of various designs that Eggman uses as his foot soldiers and work force in his efforts to conquer the world. They all seem to be powered by organic batteries, such as small woodland creatures.
For many years, the Badniks have tried to throw Dr. Eggman a great party in his honor on his birthday. However, Eggman would only sees their antics as nonsense and try to discourage them from hosting another one. However, all that would do was seemingly encourage his Badniks, who only wanted to make Eggman happy, even more.
Needing a chief commander to lead his Badniks into battle, Dr. Eggman rebuilt Heavy King. However, Heavy King soon began to plot against Eggman due to his programming. After his attempt to get rid of Eggman was foiled by Metal Sonic, Heavy King took control of Metal Sonic, Metal Knuckles and Tails Doll, and had them throw Eggman out of his base. He then had the Metals seek out the Chaos Emeralds so he could conquer the world.
Seasons of Chaos
A few Badniks would roam Spring Valley Zone, only to be destroyed by Sonic, Tails and Amy. A similar fate would befall the Badniks in Summer Falls Zone and Autumn Forest Zone when Sonic, Tails and Knuckles came through those locations. The Badniks guarding Winter Caverns Zone soon after got steamrolled by the united force of heroes and villains seeking to stop Heavy King. When Heavy King then got confronted by the group of allies, he attacked them with the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds he had gathered. However, Heavy King was stopped when the group took the Chaos Emeralds from him, allowing Sonic to defeat him. Afterward, Heavy King conceded to Eggman, who promised to take Heavy King back (after he had uploaded a software patch into him that would keep Heavy King from betraying him again). Eggman then ordered his Badniks to take the Chaos Emeralds from his former allies, only to discover that the group had already left with the Emeralds.
Sonic Learns to Drive
Dr. Eggman's Birthday
When Eggman's birthday arrived, his Badniks tried to do something different: instead of throwing Eggman a birthday party, which they suspected would not satisfy Eggman based on previous experiences, they sought to defeat Sonic as a birthday gift to the doctor. However, just as the Badniks got ready to attack Sonic and Tails, Eggman arrived and ordered them to return to base. Complying, the Badniks went home, where Eggman scolded them for their carelessness. However, he softened up a little after seeing his Badniks' devotion to making him happy. Afterward, the Badniks brought in Eggman's birthday cake.
List of Badniks
- Buzz Bomber
- Hard Boiled Heavies
- Moto Bug
- Star Pointer
- Turbo Turtle
- Uni Uni