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Those Badniks are a threat to everyone, organized or not.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #1

The Badniks[1] 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 work force in his efforts to conquer the world, with some Badniks being made for building and others being made for war.[2]

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.[3] 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.[2]

Units more powerful than regular Badniks are designated "Super Badniks".[1] These models are much more of a threat than regular Badniks and are occasionally even a threat to Sonic.

Fusions between two or more separate Badnik models are designated as "Quasi-Badniks",[4] and posses features of all the Badniks combined to form them.

History

Past

The Deadly Six controlling the Badniks, from Sonic the Hedgehog #20.

Some time in the past, a Super Badnik named E-123 Omega was created. However, he ended up going rogue and began hunting other Eggman robots to destroy them.[5][6] Dr. Eggman later took many Badniks to the Lost Hex for "The Lost World Project". However, they were soon taken over by the Deadly Six after Sonic the Hedgehog unwillingly freed them. Regardless, Sonic soon put a stop to their evil deeds, relinquishing their control of the Badniks.[7] At another point in the past, an Eggman base that was guarded with several Egg Pawns was taken down by the Diamond Cutters. A Blaster tank nearly joined the fray but it was shot down by Whisper the Wolf.[8]

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 arrived in Sunset City and tore the place up.[5] On another occasion, one Egg Pawn almost got Silver the Hedgehog, but it was sniped in the last moment by Whisper the Wolf.[9]

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 Robots.[10]

The Badniks wandering aimlessly around after the disappearance of Eggman, from Sonic the Hedgehog #1.

After Sonic 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.[1][11] Without a leader however, the Badniks were directionless and no longer a unified threat.[1] Even so, they would still randomly attack anyone they came across (although such incidents were more accidental than aggression-based[1]). The actions of the Badniks forced the Resistance to be more proactive and handle the rogue Badnik gangs' attacks.[11][12]

During their investigating to uncover Dr. Eggman's whereabouts, the Chaotix met at least one Moto Bug, to which Charmy enjoyed himself by riding on top of it.[3]

Fallout

Eventually, the Badniks came under the control of Neo Metal Sonic, who made their army more cohesive. Under his command, the Badnik troops began attacking villages.[1]

During the following period, Sonic the Hedgehog came to the rescue of a small town called Vista View 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.[1]

The Blowfish Transporter releasing Egg Pawns to attack the town, from Sonic the Hedgehog #2.

A Death Crab soon after attacked another town called Riverside 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.[11] More Badniks, including a Death Egg Robot, who had surrounded Barricade Town, which was under the control of Rough and Tumble, soon got destroyed by Knuckles when he came to check up on said town. After Sonic and Knuckles 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.[10]

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.[12]

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.[3]

Egg Pawns fighting against Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #7.

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.[13] 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.[9]

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.[14] 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.[15]

While undergoing Dr. Starline's memory-restoring procedures, an amnesiac Eggman, who at the time was a reformed handyman, would built a Moto Bug that trimmed shrubs in the likeness of Sonic.[16]

Jet Set Tornado and Sonic Fan Club

A Stealth Balkiry stealing Resistance supplies, from Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019.

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.[17]

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.[18]

Infection

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.[19] 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.[2]

Tangle & Whisper

A group of Buzz Bombers shoot at Whisper, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4.

In an abandoned Eggman Empire facility, Mimic employed the use of an Egg Hammer that wielded a wrecking ball. It went on to attack Whisper. Whisper used her Variable Wispon's Spikes Mode to cut the chain of the Egg Hammer's wrecking ball. She then switched to the Wispon's Rocket Mode and shot at the Egg Hammer's torso, which destroyed it.[20] Later, Eggman provided Mimic with a large squadron of Badniks for him to attack Tangle and Whisper with at the former Diamond Cutters base. However, Whisper managed to destroy the entire horde using her Variable Wispon.[21]

The Last Minute

Some time later, Zavok used his electromagnetic powers to take control of a Moto Bug in order to demonstrate his powers to Dr. Starline.[22]

Out of the Blue

In Starline's repository, he had several Egg Pawns in his service move boxes with Eggman's items in them around.[23]

Bad Guys

At Egg Base Sigma, Egg Pawns and Moto Bugs would patrol the site. When Dr. Starline was discovered trying to break into the base however, some Moto Bugs tried to catch him, only to get destroyed by the doctor. Several Egg Pawns then came to apprehend Starline, but he managed to escape them. Later in Dr. Starline's Repository, Egg Pawns and Moto Bugs in service to Starline would work around the repository. Some time after Starline had recruited Mimic, Rough, Tumble and Zavok, an Egg Pawn walked around to serve them tea. Tumble sat on it and drank from the kettle it had while Rough rode around on a Moto Bug.[24][25]

Many Badniks were guarding one of Eggman's warehouses housing Power Cores. These Badniks would fight Mimic, Rough, Tumble and Zavok when they arrived on the scene, but were soon disposed of.[25] More Badniks stationed at one of the Eggnet hubs were later attacked by the same crew of villains, but ended up getting wiped out by them as well. Soon after, Starline used the Eggnet to order all the Badniks in the region to protect them. In the meantime, Eggman mobilized his other Badniks for an aerial bombardment of the intruders at his Eggnet hub. Soon after though, Starline's allies turned on him, and Zavok forced Starline to put the region's Badniks under his command.[26] Zavok soon after had his Badniks in the hub search for Starline when he escaped them. When Dr. Eggman then arrived at the hub, Zavok ordered the local Badniks to shoot Eggman and his Balkiry squadron down. However, the hub, and most of its Badniks, were soon reduced to rubble by Eggman and his Balkiries. Regardless, Zavok survived the onslaught, and made an Egg Knight carry him to safety.[27]

Chao Races and Badnik Bases

After Sonic and Tails met Belle in an abandoned Eggman base, the residential Badniks were alerted to Tails' intrusions on the base's computer. As such, Beats began swarming the heroes. An Egg Keeper also tried to capture Tails, but ended up capturing Belle instead until Tails destroyed it.[28] As more Egg Keepers and Beats arrived though, the heroes managed to break out of the base and escape the Badniks with Belle's aid. Belle then came with Sonic and Tails to White Park Grand Chateau where she joined up with Amy's crew. Not long after, Clutch the Opossum, who had gathered a collection of used Badniks in his suite at the White Park Grand Chateau, would activate them and have them attack Amy, Belle and her friends when they crossed them.[29] Though Amy and Gemerl fought back, they were slowly overwhelmed by the Badniks. Fortunately, with assistance from the Chao that Belle freed from their cage in Clutch's suite, the heroes were able to turn the tides and defeat the Badniks.[30]

Test Run

Quasi-Badniks in Eggman's test chambers, from Sonic the Hedgehog #38.

In his bid to find new ways for his Badniks to evolve, Dr. Eggman began creating Quasi-Badniks, special Badniks comprised of two or more other Badniks in order to discover new ways to best dominate whatever environment they would find themselves in. He then had his Badniks stationed in a tower that he built out the coast of Seaside City, where he could personally bend the laws of spatiality. He then sent several of his Badniks into a labyrinth area that he built inside that tower that grew and folded back on itself ad infinitum but knew that his Badniks would burn out long before they could escape.[31]

Some Egg Pawns would manage Eggman's tower, only to be destroyed by Sonic, Tails and Amy when they arrived. At the same time, an Egg Pawn would traverse the labyrinth made by Eggman using chalk to draw on the walls. It did this until Sonic and co. arrived and destroyed it.[32] Meanwhile, other Buzz Bombers and Egg Pawns would continue their work inside the tower, not realizing that Tangle and Belle were sneaking past them. When an Egg Pawn patrol then matched through the tower, they would ignore Belle when she fell in front of them since she was a Badnik too. Meanwhile, inside Eggman's test chambers, Sonic and co. came across some Quasi-Badniks, which were quickly destroyed by Sonic and Amy. However, a horde of Quasi-Badniks soon after came marching down the streets, forcing Sonic and co. to barricade themselves inside a house.[33] As the army of Quasi-Badniks surrounded Sonic, Tails, and Amy when they got out of the house however, they all fell into the sky when Eggman reversed the gravity in their test chamber.[34] All the remaining Badniks in the tower would later be destroyed when it imploded from an overloaded test chamber portal.[31]

Zeti Hunt

Following the attack on the Eggnet hub, Zavok's Egg Knight continued to support the former on his march. Eventually, Zavok used it to connect to the Eggnet and determine the location of the closest Deadly Six members. This Egg Knight later helped Zavok and Zazz attack Riverside. However, it got destroyed by a Restoration soldier in Vista View.[35]

List of Badniks

Super Badniks

Quasi-Badniks

Trivia

Gallery

Concept artwork

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  4. Evan Stanley on Twitter. Twitter (24 March 2021). Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved on 27 March 2021. “Evan Stanley: They don't have individual names, but in the script, they're referred to as "Quasi-Badniks". Have fun coming up with names for the different combos!”
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Roll Call"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 2"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout, Part 4"
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
  17. Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, "Jet Set Tornado"
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, "Sonic Fan Club"
  19. Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"
  20. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #2, "Ambush"
  21. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Showdown"
  22. Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
  23. Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
  24. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1, "A Few Bad Men"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2, "Smash & Grab"
  26. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3, "Trust Issues"
  27. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, "No Honor Among Thieves"
  28. Sonic the Hedgehog #34, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 2"
  29. Sonic the Hedgehog #35, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 3"
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog #36, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 4"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #40, "Test Run, Part 4"
  32. Sonic the Hedgehog #37, "Test Run, Part 1"
  33. Sonic the Hedgehog #38, "Test Run, Part 2"
  34. Sonic the Hedgehog #39, "Test Run, Part 3"
  35. Sonic the Hedgehog #41, "Zeti Hunt, Part 1"

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