- For the version of this character after the Super Genesis Wave, see Crabmeat (Archie).
Crabmeat (created 3235) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It was a crab-based Badnik variant created by Dr. Ivo Robotnik and among the Classic Badniks. One was in particular was a higher-ranked member of Robotnik's empire, outranking Snively.
In his earliest appearances, Crabmeat often served as Robotnik's lackey with numerous roles ranging from morale officer to guard and enforcer. Once, Robotnik sent a squadron of Crabmeat units to lure Sonic the Hedgehog into an ambush, and caused Sonic to have a nightmare in which Robotnik was an orphan living with Sonic and Uncle Chuck.
Afterwards, Crabmeat was used mostly as a security worker with jobs that included a failed attempt at getting rid of some flying ants, ushering some SWATbots into the Slag Shop for using a big crate to capture a small salamander, and being caught reading comic books, although Robotnik used Crabmeat's comic books as an inspiration for some robot superheroes known as the Super-powered 'Bots whom of which were destroyed with Robotnik having to use Crabmeat as a horse to gallop away.
Later jobs included asking why Robotnik is playing with Knothole Freedom Fighters dolls and getting gift wrapped by Bunnie Rabbot and Princess Sally, searching for a mole in the organization and bringing back a real mole, searching for King Gong on Skoal Island and nearly getting eaten alive, and rounding up some time-stopped soldiers while getting time-stopped himself.
Later, Crabmeat accidentally set a gauge for a six-pronged energy inducer, when Robotnik was using a 3-pronged inducer to draw energy from a Chaos Emerald. The resulting explosion split the emerald into two equal shards, one creating a new Zone, the other nearly blowing up the Floating Island.
His last scene with Robotnik was when Crabmeat was enlarged and used to send Nack the Weasel flying out of Robotropolis, only to be destroyed when Robotnik tested Mecha Sonic's new abilities. Crabmeat and the other badniks were eventually sent to the Robo Hobo Jungle, having been decommissioned from service for their lack of success. He was seen battling Sonic who destroyed him.
Ruler of surviving Badniks
Crabmeat made no real appearances until much later, when Sonic learned of the Island of Misfit Badniks and decided to investigate. Crabmeat was among the many badniks who fought Sonic, and witnessed his fight with Pseudo-Sonic. He was the first to notice that the two were evenly matched and suggested a "Bighorn Challenge" to settle the fight. The island sunk as a result, and the badniks faked their deaths to avoid suspicion. Their plan for revenge involving enlarging Pseudo Sonic didn't succeed, as Crabmeat was zapped by P.B. Jellyfish, while the other badniks were beaten by the Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters. All were eventually crushed into a cube when Big Fluke landed on top of the island and Pseudo-Sonic.
A Crabmeat returned when the Krudzu Hybrid Hydra was forced to fuse with it after being defeated in Titan Metal Sonic's body. Seeking a better body, it found the inoperable Metal Knuckles in Albion. The Krudzu would later merge its Crambeat parts with Metal Knuckles during the battle with Team Fighters to assist him.
In the reality created by the second Genesis Wave where the Crabmeats were created by Dr. Eggman, a Crabmeat joined Orbot, Cubot and a Reggae for a game of cards while Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily enacted their schemes for universal domination.
- Note: From this point, the Crabmeats' history continues from their new life in the altered timeline.
Robotnik's Crabmeat was small on brains but would work in a pinch.
Powers and abilities
As per their design, the Crabmeats each possess pincers. Robotnik's Crabmeat also had a built-in vocoder, allowing it to talk directly to the mad genius.
- Sonic Super Special Magazine #9 revealed Crabmeat's modern design, although it has yet to appear in the storyline.
- Crabmeat is based on the Badnik with the same name who first appeared in both the Sega Genesis and the Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Sonic the Hedgehog "#0, "Don't Cry for Me, Mobius!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Sonic Flashback!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Meet Me at the Corner of Hedgehog & Vine!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Triple Trouble"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "The Bomb Bugs Me!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "The Lizard of odd!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Bot's All, Folks!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "The Man From H.E.D.G.E.H.O.G."
- Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Gorilla Warfare/The Apes of Wrath"
- Sonic Super Special #5, "Stop... Sonic Time!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "Go Ahead... Mecha My Day!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, "Trriple Tttrouble!!!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #39, "Race Against the Machine"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #40, "Court-martial"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #170, "The Island of Misfit Badniks!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #185, "Misfit Badniks: The Soggy, Salty Sequel"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #244, "Endangered Species Part Two: Extinction Event"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #245, "Endangered Species Part Three: Restoration Efforts"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #246, "Endangered Species Finale: One of a Kind"
- Mega Man #25, "When Worlds Collide Part Four: Through the Looking Glass"
- Sonic Archives Vol. 2, "Crabmeat"