The Crusher Brute is an enemy that appears in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It is a mass-produced model of Destruction Troops created by Lyric the Last Ancient which is a massive powerhouse in terms of physical strength.
The Crusher Brutes are tall and massive blue robots with black joints. They have a bulky and broad upper torso with two green-glowing cylinders on their back, a thin black waist, a cup-shaped pelvis and three black legs covered in blue armor. They also have a left forearm with three black claws, a blue mace with black spikes for a right hand, and a red eye connected to their chest by a thin neck. Their eye has a green sclera, a slit-like pupil and armored eyelids with an adjustable horn on top.
About a millennium ago, the Crusher Brutes were made by Lyric the Last Ancient to help with his plans to destroy the earth's lifeforms and conquer it. When Lyric was imprisoned before reaching his goal, the Crusher Brutes were shut down. As a contingency plan however, Lyric left some of them behind to be found so the finders would set him free to learn the Crusher Brutes' secrets. When Lyric escaped in the present, he reactivated and/or reclaimed his Crusher Brutes to have them aid his schemes and battle Team Sonic.
The Crusher Brutes are a rare type of enemy that serve as small minibosses. They are encountered in Lyric's Weapon Facility, Cliff's Excavation Site, Ocean Purification Plant, Creeper Gorge, Sky Citadel and Lyric's Lair. In gameplay, the Crusher Brutes attack with their maces, either by swinging them around or smacking them into the ground to create a shockwave in front of them. Additionally, they can make themselves invulnerable to damage and unfazed by attacks for a few seconds by glowing blue.
The Crusher Brutes are some of the strongest enemies in the game: their attacks deal massive damage and they have a large amount of health. Also, their size make them impossible to be lassoed with the Enerbeam. If the player can stun them though, the player can lank the Crusher Brutes with the Enerbeam by pressing to instantly destroy them, where they will spin will around while leaking oil before blowing up. When defeated, the Crusher Brutes release six Rings and a varying amount of Robot Scrap.
After Team Sonic defeated Lyric, all the Crusher Brutes were subsequently scrapped.
Basically, the Crusher Brutes are mindless and silent drones unwaveringly loyal to Lyric the Last Ancient, having been programmed to obey his every command. Their loyalty is only superficial however, as the Crusher Brutes are just soulless machines adhering to their programing, meaning their allegiance can easily shift when someone else takes control of them.
Powers and abilities
Tougher than the run-of-the-mill Destruction Trooper, the Crusher Brutes are true juggernauts in terms of physical strength and durability, capable of creating small shockwaves by hitting the ground and enduring extensive amounts of damage. For armaments, their right arm is equipped with a mace which they can use with terrifying efficiently in close combat. They can also temporarily cloak their entire bodies in a blue force field, making them invulnerable to harm.
- The Crusher Brutes' name was not revealed in the final version of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. However, their name is listed in an unused biography for the game.
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved on 6 March 2015.
- SONIC BOOM. Characters: Lyric the Last Ancient. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved on 25 July 2014. “As seen in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, Lyric is the last of his kind from an ancient civilization who lived a millennium ago. His race was devoted to peacefully controlling the world’s resources. Driven mad by power, Lyric turned on his fellow Ancients and took control of the resources. Building an army of robots programmed to obey his every command, the deadly snake-like villain set out to destroy everything organic and create a world of twisted metal and robots. However, just before he could successfully take over, he was attacked by the last surviving Ancients and imprisoned forever. With his army shut down and his plans ruined, he waited in prison plotting his revenge. Years passed and Lyric began to give up hope. That is, until Sonic comes across him. Now with his army rebooted, and his plans in place, the only thing stopping Lyric from total victory is Sonic and his friends.”
- Big Red Button Entertainment (21 November 2014). Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Nintendo Wii U. Sega. Area/Level: Abandoned Research Facility. "Dr. Eggman: Eggman. Dr. Eggman. But you can call me Dr. 'the guy who set you free so you can give me the secrets of your technology so I can be even more powerful than I already...' you know what? Just call me 'boss.' / Lyric: Who do you think made these robots and left them for you to find, you pathetic waste of carbon!"