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Badniks[note 1] are a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures. It is a line of revolutionary robotic drones created by Dr. Robotnik to help him with his schemes. They come in a variety of different, unnamed models and colors. Most of them, however, share a black and white color scheme and have one red eye each.
Developed by Dr. Robotnik, the Badniks became known among the United States officials as revolutionary pieces of drone technology. For the furtherment of Badniks, the United States devoted a sizeable amount of their tax dollars to them.
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When he was tasked with investigating the blackout across the Pacific Northwest in the United States, Dr. Robotnik took his Badniks with him to Green Hills, Montana. There, he sent his aerial Badniks out to do a preliminary sweep within a ten mile radius from the blackout's origin point. Eventually, one of them found a footprint left by Sonic the Hedgehog, which Robotnik used to determine Sonic's anatomy.
When Robotnik later tried getting into Tom Wachowski's house, he sent some small reconnaissance Badniks into the house in secret. Entering the attic, these Badniks scanned the room, eventually forcing Sonic, who was hiding in there, to leave. Soon after, Robotnik summoned another aerial Badnik and had it get ready to shoot him if he did not reveal where Sonic was. When Tom punched Robotnik when he saw Sonic reveal himself though, his Badnik began shooting all over the place. While Sonic tried taking it on, Tom knocked it down when it had to reload, allowing him and Sonic to escape.
After pinpointing Sonic and Tom's location, Robotnik sent a tank-like Badnik after them. While the Badnik managed to harpoon Tom's truck on the highway, Sonic took it out with a spin attack that destroyed its lower side. However, a smalle, four-wheel Badnik then emerged from the tank-like Badnik's underside and resumed the pursuit. As it deployed EMP mines at Tom's truck however, Sonic swept in, grabbed the mines, and destroyed the Badnik by placing its own mine on its head. From its wreckage however, a unicycle-like Badnik emerged and eventually caught up to Tom's truck. As it tried piercing the truck's wheels though, Tom managed to whack it with a stick, causing it to crash. However, from the remains of this Badnik, a small helicopter-like Badnik appeared. Catching up to the truck, it proceeded to cut its roof off with a laser. Though Sonic caught it and plucked its propellers off, it quickly turned into a sticky bomb that Sonic could not get off. Pulling over, Sonic and Tom worked together to get the bomb, and eventually succeeded, only for the Badnik bomb's explosion to knock out Sonic.
Taking his aerial Badniks with him to San Francisco in his Eggpod, Robotnik used them to surround Sonic, Tom and Maddie on top of the Transamerica Pyramid. After Sonic got Tom and Maddie out of the crossfire, the Badniks fired at him. However, Sonic used his super speed to evade the Badniks' weapons and destroy them.
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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord
When he was tasked with investigating a blackout in the United States, Dr. Robotnik took his Badniks with him to Green Hills, Montana. Upon arriving there, he would deploy his aerial Badniks to sweep the area with a full range scan. When one of them detected Sonic nearby, Robotnik sent his aerial Badniks after Sonic in order to capture him. Following Sonic into the woods, the aerial Badniks opened fire upon him and Tom, causing Sonic to accidently drop his bag of Rings into a Ring portal that closed up before he could get through. Afterward, the Badniks lost Sonic and Tom when they escaped them. Eventually, when Robotnik caught up to Sonic and Tom on the highway, he sent a four-wheeled Badnik after them. However, Sonic managed to destroy it.
Taking his aerial Badniks with him to San Francisco in his Eggpod, Robotnik used them to surround Sonic, Tom and Maddie on top of the Transamerica Pyramid. As the Badniks opened fire upon them however, Sonic managed to get Tom and Maddie out of their crossfire, before escaping them himself.
In Sonic Dash, in promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog film, the common aerial Badniks from the film would appear as the standard enemies in Golden Bay Zone. In gameplay, they only float in stationary positions without attacking, often appearing in rows to cover all three lanes in the Zone, or lined up one after another on a single lane. These Badniks can only damage the playable character if the latter runs into them without attacking. Regardless, the player can easily destroy these Badniks by hitting them with a Spin Attack or Dash Boost. Alternatively, the player can avoid them by either jumping over them or switching lanes. As the player starts to run faster, dodging or destroying the Badniks might become harder.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, in promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog film, the common aerial Badniks from the film would appear as the standard enemies in Golden Bay Zone. In gameplay, they only float in stationary positions without attacking. These Badniks can only damage the playable character if the latter runs into them without attacking. Regardless, the player can easily destroy these Badniks by hitting them with a Slide, Spin Jump, or a Projectile-based Item Box power-up in some cases. When destroyed, the player will be awarded five Rings.
List of Badniks
The most common Badnik model, it is an egg-shaped drone with a red camera eye approximately two feet in length and one foot in diameter.
In addition to being capable of flight, these Badniks are equipped with optical scanners, two twin machine gun mounts, and four retractable missile launchers. In spite of their massive offense capabilities however, they must reload their machine guns periodically, during which they are vulnerable.
A smaller Badnik model deployed for reconnaissance. It uses rotor blades to fly and hover in midair air.
Besides being capable of flight, these Badniks possess optical scanners for detecting lifeforms.
A tiny helicopter-based Badnik model. It can be deployed from the unicycle-based Badnik models.
This Badnik model is extremely fast and maneuverable for its size, capable of keeping up with and circling around a moving car with pinpoint precision. Highly destructive, it is armed with a laser capable of cutting through steel. Should its rotors be removed, the robot's eye can becomes a sticky bomb and attach itself to any surface. This tiny bomb packs enough power to produce an explosion several meters wide.
A massive, six-wheeled tank-based Badnik model with a red eye on the front. It is used for high-speed warfare.
Despite its bulk, this Badnik model is quite fast, capable of keeping up with a pickup truck. It also comes equipped with a frontal harpoon launcher to latch onto other vehicles and pull them towards it. It can also reject a lesser, four-wheeled Badnik from its undercarriage.
A four-wheeled Badnik model. It can be deployed from the six-wheeled tank-based Badnik models.
In addition to being fast enough to keep up with a pickup truck, this Badnik model comes equipped with EMP mines that it can fire from the front. Once deployed, its mines will sweep along the ground until they get under a vehicle, at which point they will attach themselves to them and disable their systems with a surge of electromagnetic energy. It can also deploy a lesser, unicycle-based Badnik.
A unicycle-based Badnik model. It can be deployed from the four-wheeled Badnik models.
This Badnik is fast enough to keep up with a pickup truck. It is also capable of protruding two blades from its hubcaps that it can use to shred tires. It can also deploy a lesser, helicopter-based Badnik model from its eye.
↑Although they have no official name, they are affectionately referred to as "Badniks" by Robotnik via a label on his breaker box.