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Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Badniks[note 1] are a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures. They are a army of robot drones created by Dr. Robotnik to help him in his schemes.


Film series

Sonic the Hedgehog

When he was tasked with investigating the blackout across the Pacific Northwest in the United States, Dr. Robotnik took his Badniks with him. Arriving in Green Hills, he initiated a preliminary sweep of a ten mile radius using his Badniks. Eventually, one of them found a footprint left by Sonic the Hedgehog, which Robotnik was able to analyze and determine Sonic's anatomy from.

Afterward, some Badniks accompanied Robotnik into Tom Wachowski's house, where they traced some of Sonic's energy. After the hedgehog revealed himself, the Badniks tried to attack him, only to be destroyed by Sonic and Tom together.

Days later, Dr. Robotnik sent some Badniks to attack Sonic and Tom while they were going to San Francisco. While the robots were destroyed, Sonic got knocked out in the process.

Later, Robotnik and some of his Badniks attacked Sonic, Tom and Maddie Wachowski on top of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, only for many of the robots to be destroyed by Sonic.

Game appearances

Sonic Dash

In Sonic Dash, in promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog film, Badniks appeared as enemies, replacing Crabmeat and Spikes. To destroy them in gameplay, the player has to hit them with a Spin Attack.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, in promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog film, Badniks appeared as enemies on the Golden Bay Zone tracks. To destroy them, the player has to perform a Spin Jump or a Slide on them. Additionally, most Projectile power-ups can destroy them.

List of Badniks


Image Description
SonicMovieTransamericaPyramid69.jpg The most commonly used model is a floating robot with a red camera eye approximately two feet in length and one foot in diameter. They are equipped with two twin machine gun mounts, and four retractable missile launchers. In spite of their massive offense capabilities, they must reload their machine guns periodically, during which they are vulnerable.
SonicMovieBasementScene11.JPG A smaller reconnaissance variant of this model was deployed by Robotnik to search the house while he spoke with Tom Wachowski. This variant used rotor blades to hover through the air.
CuteEgg.png A tiny helicopter robot pops out of the remains of terrain drones. Highly destructive, this one is armed with a laser capable of cutting through steel. In a last-ditch effort, the robot's eye can becomes a sticky bomb and attach itself to any surface.


Image Description
SonicMovieTrailer2 63.png After pinpointing Sonic and Tom's location, Robotnik dispatches a massive six-wheeled tank robot to intercept them. This robot's primary offense is a harpoon gun capable of catching a pickup truck.
SonicMovieChaseScreenshot66.jpg Following the destruction of the tank's outer body, a smaller robot ejects from the wreckage to continue the chase. This robot attempts to disable Tom's truck by firing EMP mines, but is defeated when Sonic attaches one of the mines to its eye.
EggSegway.png Another robot emerges from the remains to pursue the duo. This robot is roughly the same size as the standard flying variant, but sports a slightly different design and instead travels on a single wheel. It is equipped with two tire-shredding blades. This one is destroyed by Tom, angering Robotnik.


  1. Although they have no official name, they are affectionately referred to as "Badniks" by Robotnik via a label on his breaker box.

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