For other uses of the term, see Coconuts (disambiguation).

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 coconuts 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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The first appearance of this Badnik was in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Coconuts[1] (アイアイ[2] Aiai?). In this game, the player encounters them 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 ones that are in the palm trees. The playable character has to look out and avoid coconuts that are thrown at him. 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

Coconuts make short appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, being part of "Tree Climb" mini-game. In the mini-game, three competitors (including the player himself) have their own Coconuts which they have to control. The player has to keep pressing button as much as he / she 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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Coconuts made a reappearance in Sonic Blast, and these Badniks can be found at 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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Coconuts make appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, where they 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

Coconuts appears as a collectible card in Sonic Rivals.

Sonic Lost World

Coconuts climbing on the palm tree in Sonic Lost World.

Coconuts made an appearance in Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World. During the game, it turns out that Badniks, including 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.

Powers and abilities

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


Like many Badniks in the series, Eggman made many monkey-type Badniks that have similar appearances and attack patterns much later:

In other media

Archie Comics

Sonic the Comic

Coconuts as it appears in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series 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 throw are actually grenades.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Coconuts as he appears in 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.


  • Coincidentally, another Sega character AiAi from the Super Monkey Ball games 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 Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 47.

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