The Badniks are a group that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It is Dr. Eggman's personal robot army, consisting of robots of various designs that Eggman uses as his foot soldiers and world force in his efforts to conquer the world, with some Badniks being made for building and others being made for war.
While most Badniks have their own mechanical power supplies, some of them use organic batteries in the form of small animals. These animals are kept alive inside the Badniks until they are set free or their Badnik shell is destroyed. The size of the Badnik horde is limited by the time it takes to construct the Badnik shells, round up the animals, and combine the two.
The Eggman War and aftermath
During the war between the Resistance and the Eggman Empire, the Badniks would fight for the Eggman Empire. Early on during this conflict, a Death Egg Robot sentinel arrived in Sunset City and tore the place up. On another occasion, one Egg Pawn almost got Silver, but it was sniped in the last moment by Whisper the Wolf.
Shortly before the Eggman War ended, a group of Badniks were driven back from Barricade Town thanks to the efforts of Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk. The two then lied about improving Barricade Town's defenses in order to take over the town's arsenal and keep the citizens imprisoned within their own town. With more Badniks stalking outside Barricade Town's wall, the citizens were forced to do whatever the duo said. The Badniks stalking outside of the town consisted of at least Egg Pawns and Death Egg Robot sentinels.
After Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies liberated their world from the Eggman Empire, Dr. Eggman disappeared while his global Badnik army remained, having been spread everywhere across the globe. Without a leader however, the Badniks were directionless and no longer a unified threat. Even so, they would still randomly attack anyone they came across (although such incidents were more accidental than aggression-based). The actions of the Badniks forced the Resistance to be more proactive and handle the rogue Badnik gangs' attacks.
During the following period, Sonic the Hedgehog came to the rescue of a small town besieged by Egg Pawns and Moto Bugs. While smashing small-fry Badniks that were attacking the civilians, Sonic got ambushed by some Egg Hammer Super Badniks. Thanks to the timely arrival of Tails though, the two heroes managed to destroy the Egg Hammers and the rest of their troop. Soon after, a Flapper watched Sonic travel away from the town, which had Neo Metal Sonic watching the visual feedback and planning his next moves with it.
A Death Crab soon after attacked another town in order to occupy Sonic and Amy while an army of Egg Pawns and Egg Walkers invaded the town from another direction. The Death Crab was eventually defeated by the combined efforts of Sonic and Amy however, who then caught onto what the other Badniks were up to. Soon after, the Badniks' first invasion wave made it inside the town. However, Sonic showed up and thinned out their numbers. Those that slipped past Sonic eventually made into the town's square. There, they got gunned down by the town's residential forces, who had been organized for battle by Amy. Although the rest of the Badniks continued their advances, their numbers got thinned out by Sonic and Amy so the town could handle the remaining ones. The duo eventually came across a Blowfish Transporter, which was releasing more Badniks. Utilizing their Croquette Bomber technique, they easily defeated the flying Badnik, ending the invasion. Meanwhile, Neo Metal Sonic's Flapper continued to observe Sonic for him. More Badniks, including a Death Egg Robot sentinel, who had surrounded the town under the control of Rough and Tumble, soon after got destroyed by Knuckles when he came to check up on said town. After Sonic and Knuckles then liberated the town from the skunk brothers, the town was finally safe from both the two mercenaries and the Badniks that were stalking outside the town. Unbeknownst to anyone, Neo Metal Sonic's Flapper would record the aftermath for him.
A large battalion of Egg Pawns and giant Motobugs onboard a battleship variant of a Buzz Bomber soon after attacked Spiral Hill Village, with the battleship dropping Badniks into the village. Although the Badniks were met with opposition from the town's militia, Tangle the Lemur, and new arrivals in the form of Sonic and Blaze, they were able to keep replenishing their ranks with more Badniks from their battleship faster than the heroes could dispose of them. However, Tangle and Blaze eventually got Sonic inside the Badniks' battleship, which Sonic trashed from the inside, causing it to crash outside of village (with a nudge provided by Blaze), with all of the Badniks inside it perishing in the process.
The Fate of Dr. Eggman
Along the way when Espio led Sonic to Windmill Village, a group of Antons and Hoverbys attacked the two heroes in a mountainous region only to end up being destroyed by them. More Anton and Hoverbys would not long after try to attack Windmill Village, but Sonic and the Chaotix were able to destroy them, including the Flapper that had been following Sonic for some time.
When Neo Metal Sonic made his move to invade Angel Island, he used Egg Pawns to man his numerous Egg Fleet battleships. A number of Egg Pawns were present when Sonic boarded an Egg Fleet battleship with the help of Tails and the Tornado. When he encountered Neo Metal Sonic, a group of Egg Pawns were present with the Badnik ringleader. The two began fighting, and Neo Metal Sonic threw pieces of an Egg Pawn that he had accidentally destroyed at Sonic, which the hedgehog successfully dodged. Neo Metal Sonic then commanded all of his Egg Pawns to attack Sonic, and they did so with Egg Spears and shields in hand, but Sonic disposed of them all and ultimately escaped. Regardless, the rest of the Egg Pawns carried on with the invasion plan under the orders of Neo Metal Sonic. In the meantime, some Spinas stationed in one of Eggman's bases tried to stop Sonic when he infiltrated their base, but their initial troops got destroyed by Sonic, Silver and Whisper. Soon after, in the center of the base, E-107 Theta and more Spinas attacked the trio of heroes. Although they put up a good fight, this horde of Badniks was still destroyed by the trio.
Battle For Angel Island
After Neo Metal Sonic conquered Angel Island and turned it into a flying fortress, Egg Pawns and Spinas were stationed around the island. However, these Badniks soon after came under attack by the Resistance and their allies, who sought to liberate Angel Island. Although the Badniks were no match for the heroes, they were able to slow down their efforts. In the end though, the Resistance and their allies succeeded in destroying the massive wing units added to Angel Island's shoreline that gave Neo Metal Sonic control over the island, leaving the Badniks on the wings to plummet down from the sky with them.
Jet Set Tornado and Sonic Fan Club
Eventually, a Stealth Balkiry stole a box of supplies from a Resistance warehouse. During its flight, it blew past Sonic and Tails, who decided to pursue it in the supped-up Tornado. The Stealth Balkiry tried to lose the duo through an island canyon, but the heroes quickly flew overhead it and forced it to fly into a geyser, causing it to drop the supplies it had stolen. Not long after, the Stealth Balkiry was destroyed by Sonic.
While wandering around on its own in a forest, an Egg Pawn got challenged by a member of the Sonic Fan Club. When the Egg Pawn attacked the child though, the whole Sonic Fan Club joined the fight. However, they could not even harm the Egg Pawn. The Egg Pawn then met some resistance when Tangle the Lemur showed up and began attacking it, but she ended up immobilizing herself. Fortunately, the Egg Pawn got destroyed by Sonic when he passed by.
After the Badniks came under the control of Dr. Eggman again (who had regained his memory and old personality), several Moto Bugs and at least one Snowy assisted Dr. Starline with clearing out the contents of an Eggman base in Frozen Peak while under the protection of Metal Sonic. With the aid of a wormhole provided by Starline's Warp Topaz, the Badniks were able to quickly get the base's contents to safety. In the meantime, the Badnik construction force was used by Eggman to build the Faceship in record time. After the Faceship took off and came over Windmill Village, a Nebula brought Eggman the microphone for the Faceship's speakers.
List of Badniks
- Blowfish Transporter
- Buzz Bomber
- Buzz Bomber (battleship variant)
- Egg Pawn
- Egg Walker
- Moto Bug
- Moto Bug (tank variant)
- Stealth Balkiry
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Roll Call"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout, Part 4"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Jet Set Tornado"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019, "Sonic Fan Club"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"