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It hides in the tree, lobbing coconut projectiles

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

Coconuts[1] (アイアイ[2] Aiai?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, monkey-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, which throws explosive coconut bombs at their target from palm trees.


The Coconuts model is a monkey-based Badnik that has a somewhat sphere-shaped red body. Their heads are red and their ears are round tin plates. They also have cartoony black eyes and small black noses. In addition, the Coconuts' faces and half of their bellies are colored peach. Coconuts also have gray and red arms, feet and a metallic monkey tail each that is a part of their gray-colored lower bodies.

Coconuts' appearance in Sonic Blast is more simplified than in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In Sonic Lost World, Coconuts' appearance have got slightly altered, as their body have now brown and gray color scheme. Like other Badniks in the game, they have also got cyan colored eye pupils.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)

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In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit), its numerous ports and remasters, and the lock-on game Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Coconuts[1] (アイアイ[2] Aiai?) are encountered in Emerald Hill Zone.

In gameplay, Coconuts are seen climbing up and down palm trees, and as the player comes closer, they stop moving and throw a coconut, which look similar to the ones that are in the palm trees. The playable character has to look out and avoid coconuts that are thrown at them. In the 2013 remaster of the game, these coconuts can be deflected by using the elemental shields from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Some Coconuts climb higher on their palm trees, which might make it impossible to attack them from the ground. If the player is close enough to reach the Coconuts from the ground, it can be destroyed with the Spin Jump, but it is recommended to wait until it throws a coconut to jump, otherwise it may knock the player out of the air with one. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld

In Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, the Coconuts make a small appearance as a part of "Tree Climb" mini-game. In the mini-game, three competitors (including the player themself) have their own Coconuts, which they have to control. The player has to keep pressing button as much as they can, as Coconuts has to climb to top of the palm tree more times than the others. The winner is the player who's Coconuts has climbed to the top of the tree the most number of times.

Sonic Blast

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In Sonic Blast, the Coconuts appear as enemies and can be found in Green Hill Zone. Coconuts are little bit smaller, but despite the size, these Badniks act a lot like they did in their first appearance.

These Badniks hang on to palm trees and throw coconuts, which are really small and might be difficult to recognize. Like all Badniks in the Game Gear and Master System game, Coconuts don't have an animal friend inside of them.

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

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In Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, the Coconuts serve as enemies in Neo South Island Zone. Coconuts appear and have same attack pattern as they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Unlike in Sonic Blast, Coconuts again have animal friends inside of them.

Sonic Rivals

In Sonic Rivals, Coconuts appears as a collectible card. However, it is incorrectly labelled as Coconut.

Sonic Lost World

A Coconuts climbing on the palm tree, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World. During the events of the game, Dr. Eggman's Badniks, including the Coconuts, got hijacked by the Deadly Six. They are being featured as enemies in Tropical Coast Zone 4. This time, they use coconuts that will explode when thrown while climbing palm trees, but the player can kick them back at them to avoid damage. Also, upon its destruction, a Coconuts will release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

Coconuts are able to nimbly climb on palm trees. They are also able to throw an endless supply of explosive coconuts.

In other media


Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Coconuts, from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, Coconuts is one of the main antagonists in the show, though not appearing as frequently as Scratch or Grounder. In this media, he is one of Dr. Ivo Robotnik's Badniks, but had been demoted to the janitor of the doctor's headquarters. Furious over his low status, his primary goal was to capture Sonic the Hedgehog in hopes of earning a promotion from Robotnik. Whenever he appeared, he would usually attempt to go after Sonic himself and make sure that Scratch and Grounder did not beat him to the punch, but would ultimately fail every time.

Books and comics

Archie Comics

Coconuts, from Sonic the Hedgehog #267.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, a Coconuts base don the character from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series was originally part of the "elite" Badniks squad, the Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad, which was tasked with hunting down and defeating the young Sonic the Hedgehog. Coconuts, markedly more intelligent and threatening, was a late addition to the squad and often worked solo. But while Coconuts had some tactical skill, he fell prey to an ego and maniacal nature that surpassed even Scratch. Even after Scratch and Grounder had given up the chase, Coconuts tried to rally a few remaining Badniks and champion the return of Pseudo-Sonic, only to fail. Later, Coconuts would find work in Casino Nights as Mammoth Mogul's assistant, much to Coconuts' disgust; for all his delusions of grandeur, he had become just a "butler monkey."

After the events of Worlds Collide, Coconuts' history remained largely the same, although with a few differences. Currently, he works as Breezie the Hedgehog's personal assistant at Breeze Media.

Sonic the Comic

A Coconuts, from Sonic the Comic #52. Art by John Moore.

In the Sonic the Comic comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, the Coconuts made several appearances in the early issues of the series, where they belonged to Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. In this media, the appearance of the Coconuts was closely based on their design from the games, and the coconuts that these Badniks threw were actually grenades.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Coconuts (IDW)

A Coconuts, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #4.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Coconuts are Badnik models created by Dr. Eggman. Their pasts are virtually identical to their game counterparts', up until after the events of Sonic Forces.


  • Coincidentally, another Sega character, AiAi, from the Super Monkey Ball series is called "Coconuts" in Japan.

Coconuts in LEGO Dimensions.

  • Coconuts appear in the LEGO Dimensions level, Sonic Dimensions, during the portion based on Emerald Coast. Like previous appearances, they cling to trees and throw explosive coconuts at players. Their appearance is likely a reference to the Kikis that appeared in the original area.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 47.

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