Crocbot is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a crocodile-based robot constructed by Robotnik. He was the Sub-Boss of Downunda.
In his original form, Crocbot was a green crocodile Badnik with black eyes, razor claws, and a spiked tail. Following his first defeat by the Downunda Freedom Fighters, the lower half of his body was attached to a large green tank.
For years, Crocbot maintained a moderate level of control over the continent of Downunda, though on occasion he would come into conflict with the Downunda Freedom Fighters, who would often spoil his plans. At some point, Crocbot employed the Wing Dingos as his main offensive support.
To ensure he had the necessary means to secure control of the continent fully, Robotnik shipped a zeppelin of SWATbots, Combots, weapons and other materials to Crocbot. Crocbot planned to use these supplies to eliminate the Downunda Freedom Fighters, but also betray Robotnik and take over Mobius for himself. Crocbot's first real defeat came when the D.F.F. received assistance from Miles "Tails" Prower. Just as the blimp full of SWATbots and supplies arrived, Tails and Barby Koala attacked, disrupting its docking procedures and causing it to crash. Crocbot then attempted to escape in his Mega-Mecha Tank, but one of Walt Wallabee's bomberangs (thrown by Tails and Guru Emu) knocked the tank off course, causing it to crash into the Great Crater (the former site of Echidnaopolis) and explode.
Crocbot barely survived the explosion, at the cost of the lower half of his body, and managed to salvage a tank from the remains of the supply blimp, which he attached himself to. Backed by an army of surviving Combots, he built a prison camp in the Great Crater, and sought to regain control of the continent. He was able to successfully capture Barby Koala, Walt Wallabee, Antoine D'Coolette and Bunnie Rabbot, and was in the process of mining mineral ore to power Robotnik's Ultimate Annihilator. Still wishing to rule Mobius alone, Crocbot secretly planted a thermonuclear device in the airbus which was carrying the ore, hoping to wipe out Robotnik with it. The device was found by Bunnie and stolen for other purposes. Crocbot succeeded in shipping the ore to Robotnik, but came under attack shortly after it left by the other Downunda Freedom Fighters. Crocbot was again seemingly destroyed by the attacking Freedom Fighters. His lower half was completely destroyed as a result of the attack, but Crocbot managed to survive once more.
Having planted a mind control chip on Duck "Bill" Platypus—one of the DFFs—Crocbot had Bill move his remains into hiding. Some time later, using Bill as an agent, he convinced the other platypus on Downunda to oppose the Downunda Freedom Fighters. Fortunately, Sonic and Tails soon showed up during their hunt of Ixis Naugus. They discovered Crocbot hidden under a building, and disconnected him from his power supply, though not before Crocbot began a cryptic warning regarding Bunyip, a monster of Downunda legend. Crocbot's remains were shipped to Mobotropolis (which had been retaken by the Mobians by this time), only to be apprehended by Snively's team of convicts, which had recently escaped from the Devil's Gulag.
Recovery and merging
Crocbot has the largest evil streak of all the sub-bosses and would do anything to dethrone Doctor Robotnik and also kill Tails, whom he blamed for destroying his body and fusing him permanently to his tank with a bomb.
Powers and abilities
Crocbot is probably one of the strongest sub-bosses that has been constructed. Additionally, he was skilled in tactics and scheming.
- The color of Crocbot's eyes throughout the series has been largely inconsistent. On the covers of Tails #1 and Tails #3, his eyes are colored completely yellow, while in the actual issues they are white with black pupils. In his appearances in Sonic the Hedgehog #50 and Sonic Super Special #4, his eyes were changed to red. However, in Sonic the Hedgehog #61 his eyes were changed back to yellow. Lastly, in Sonic the Hedgehog #160, when merged with Octobot to form Croctobot, his eyes returned to being white with black pupils.
- Tails #1, "Southern Crossover Part 1"
- Tails #2, "Southern Crossover Part 2"
- Tails #3, "Southern Crossover Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #50, "The Big Goodbye"
- Sonic Super Special #4, "Down and out in Downunda!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #61, "Outback Gut Check"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Crocbot, Octobot, & Croctobot"