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Quotation1 Not a bad race, big guy! But there's no way I'm letting you trample that town! Quotation2
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #2

The Death Crab is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It is a crab-based, eight-legged Super Badnik created by Dr. Eggman that serves the Eggman Empire.


The Death Crab is a crab-based robot at the size of a building. It possesses a round, disk-shaped body with a massive and brown spiked shell on top and a pale underbelly. Up front on its body it has several red, featureless eyes, a small flat nose, and a pair of relatively small, brown claws. It also has eight massively large and long crustacean-based legs made of brown metal with spiked lower sections and flat feet. Several of its joints are also lit up by red lights.



After Sonic the Hedgehog thwarted Dr. Eggman in their last encounter, the Doctor disappeared while the Death Crab and the rest of his robot army remained. Without a leader however, the Death Crab was directionless and no longer a overshadowing threat.[2] Even so, it would still randomly attack anyone it came across[1] (although such incidents were more accidental than aggression-based[2]).


Eventually, the Death Crab came under the control of Neo Metal Sonic, who made it and its fellow robots more cohesive.[2][3]

Death Crab and Sonic

A Death Crab and Sonic about to battle, from Sonic the Hedgehog #2.

The Death Crab was soon after sent to attack a town in order to draw out Sonic.[1][2] Sure enough, Sonic soon showed up and defeated the Death Crab before it could trample the town. Although the Death Crab managed to get back up, it got finished off by Amy Rose wielding her Piko Piko Hammer. The two heroes soon found out though that the Death Crab's true intention was to serve as a distraction so that more Badniks could invade the town from elsewhere.[1]


Basically, the Death Crab is a mindless and silent drone programmed to follow its leader's every command. As such, when left without a leader to follow, it becomes directionless and only able to cause harm by accident.[2] Under a guiding force however, it is a cold and merciless machine that carries out its commands without question. It is also highly persistent for an Eggman robot, as it tried getting back up even in a badly damaged state.[1]

Powers and abilities

Owing to its massive size, the Death Crab possesses enough strength to topple trees with ease.[1]






  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
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