For the Archie Comics character, see Egg Flapper (Archie) or Egg Flapper (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).

The Flapper (フラッパー[2] Furappā?), also referred to as the Egg Flapper,[1] is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, Egg Pawn-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman. Possessing no offensive capabilities, the Flappers are akin to surveillance drones. However, their design serves as the template for Badniks that are more equipped for battle.

Appearance

The Flappers look very similar to the Egg Pawn, possessing the round torso, black undercarriage, and dome-shaped head that the Egg Pawns have. However, the Flappers have airplane-like wings instead of arms, and two turbines on their backs that serve as jetpacks instead of legs. Additionally, while they have the Egg Pawns' pointy nose and panel-based mouth, they have flight visors instead of eyes.

The Flappers come in a variety of colors, although they are most typically orange-red with yellow noses.

During the Time Eater Incident, they were redesigned with a security camera monitor on the bottom and a flight visor similar to the Aero-Chaser.

Game appearances

Sonic Heroes

A Flapper in Sonic Heroes.

The Flappers made their first appearance in Sonic Heroes. In this game, they appear in Sea Gate, Seaside Hill, Ocean Palace, Grand Metropolis and Power Plant.

In gameplay, Flappers possess few hit points and no means of attacking the playable characters. When they spot the playable characters, they display a speech balloon with an exclamation point inside it. In terms of attack patterns, they either slowly fly back and forth within a certain area or hover in a stationary position. In fact, the only way the player can take damage due to the Flappers is by ramming into them. Their positions in midair are also often arranged so that the player can skip across them with the Homing Attack.

The easiest way to destroy a Flapper is by using Thunder Shoot to knock it out of the sky, leaving it open to any attack. If Thunder Shoot is leveled up to at least Level 2, then it may be enough to destroy a Flapper in one shot. Also, upon a Flapper's destruction, the player is rewarded with 100 points.

Besides the regular Flappers, Sonic Heroes also features various kinds of Flapper variants, each with different weapons, such as the Cannon Flappers, Laser Flappers, Search Flappers, Bomb Flappers, Needle Flappers, Gun Flappers and Solid Flappers.

Sonic Rush

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Flappers also appear in Sonic Rush, which introduces two new types of Flapper. The Egg Diver that moves underwater and the Battle Flapper. They are enemies in Water Palace, Night Carnival and Altitude Limit. Cannon Flappers and Laser Flappers also return.

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the Flappers appear in both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game.

In the Wii version of the game, the Flappers appear as obstacles in the Dream Platform event. Should the playable characters collide with a Flapper during this event, they will get slowed down and lose 500 points.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Flappers appear as targets in the Dream Shooting, along with the Kikis and Egg Pawns. Occasionally, these Flappers will also carry Item Boxes. Besides Dream Shooting, Flappers also appear as obstacles in some of the gallery minigames.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Flappers appear in both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game.

A Flapper in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

In the Wii version of the game, the Flappers appear as targets in the Individual and Team versions of the Dream Gliding event, where they must be shot down with Green Shells by the playable characters in order to earn points. This event also features both red and golden Flappers, with the red Flappers being worth two points each while golden Flappers are worth three points each. The Flappers also make an appearance as ornaments during the second segment of the Sonic World version of the Dream Figure Skating event, just before the ice rink assumes the likeness of the Death Egg Zone. As the prelude to this segment, a Flapper will fly down and nap the red Chaos Emerald from the rink. During the following segment, a second Flapper will join it. The first Flapper is later destroyed during the playable characters' routine when they jump into it, and has its Chaos Emerald taken from it. The second Flapper is subsequently subjected to the same attacks from the characters, but survives the onslaught.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Flappers appear as targets in the Ski Shooting event. During this event, Flapper will fly by carrying pairs of targets, which do not give any points when hit, and will drop their targets, meaning that points cannot be scored for these either. Flappers also appear in the Rocket Ski Jumping event, where they sometimes fly onto the screen to disrupt the playable character's flight path by making them collide with them. Should this happen, the playable character will lose speed and altitude. Also, in the Ultimate Figure Skating event, a huge Flapper appears as the boss during the Sonic Medley routine. To overcome this Flapper, the player has to adjust their rytme.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Flappers appear in both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

A Flapper in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the Wii version of the game, Flappers make an appearance as enemies during the Dream Fencing event. Here, Flappers will occasionally appear in the arena and begin hovering around it in straight lines. Should the playable characters get hit by these Flappers, they will get knocked back and lose some of their health. While the playable characters can destroy these Flappers with a single thrust, they will continue to respawn. The Flappers also appear during one of the mini-games in London Party Mode. Here, the player has to count the number of Flappers that fly across the screen.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Flappers make an appearance in the game's story mode. In this mode, a Flapper was harassing a Chao and Omochao alongside an Egg Pawn until it was destroyed by Bowser Jr.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, a badge of the Egg Flapper can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Blue Flappers in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, blue-colored Flappers appear as obstacles in the Golf Plus event on Hole 5. In this event, they patrol the field while emitting yellow spotlight beams similar to the Search Flappers' that will turn the golf balls entering them into iron balls for one stroke, making it more difficult for it to bounce.

Sonic and the Black Knight

In Sonic and the Black Knight, Flappers appeared in the Legacy versions of each locations level. They can only be destroyed by the Homing Dash or the glide.

Sonic Colors

In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Flapper appears as an enemy. In this game, they look like the red Flappers that appeared in Sonic Rush. The player can only encounter them in Starlight Carnival. In gameplay, Flappers have no form of attack. Instead, like in Sonic Rush, they just hover back and forth around a certain spot.

Sonic Generations

A giant Egg Diver in Sonic Generations.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Flappers return in Water Palace. In this version, they have the design they had in Sonic Rush; being more robust in design with more cylindrical-shaped jet engines on their back.

There are three types of Flappers in this game, all unarmed. The first type is the orange one which appears in the non-watery sections. This type does not move around the area it is patrolling, making it just an obstacle for the player to take care of since they can sometimes encounter them in tight sections. The second type is the Egg Diver, which is only encountered in underwater sections.

Sonic at the Olympic Games (2020)

In [Sonic at the Olympic Games (2020), Flappers are referred to as Egg Flappers.[1] In this game, they appear in some EX disciplines and mainly act as obstacles. In the "Shooting - Trap" event, they acts as a bonus target; if the player can shoot these Flappers they will get one of three power-ups:

  • Extra points: Increases the player's score by 10%.
  • Clay: Subsequent clay discs fired move in slow motion, which makes it easier to shoot them.
  • Reticle: Enlarges the player's target reticle for a specific period of time.

Variants

Battle Flapper

Main article: Battle Flapper

The Battle Flapper is a dark purple variation of the Flapper. This variation flies about like a bat. They first appeared in Sonic Rush.

Bomb Flapper

Main article: Bomb Flapper

Bomb Flapper

The Bomb Flapper is a magenta variation of the Flapper. This variation flies about, periodically dropping bombs. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.

Cannon Flapper

Main article: Cannon Flapper

Cannon Flapper

The Cannon Flapper is a green variation of the Flapper. This variation comes equipped with a cannon on their undercarriage. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.

Egg Diver

Main article: Egg Diver
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The Egg Diver is a green variation of the Flapper. This variation is equipped for underwater operations. They first appeared in Sonic Rush.

Gun Flapper

Main article: Gun Flapper

Gun Flapper

The Gun Flapper is a blue variation of the Flapper. This variation comes equipped with a machine gun on their undercarriage. Their only appearance is in Sonic Heroes.

Laser Flapper

Main article: Laser Flapper

Laser Flapper

The Laser Flapper is a neon green variation of the Flapper. This variation comes equipped with a laser cannon on their undercarriage that can fire lasers into the ground. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.

Needle Flapper

Main article: Needle Flapper

Needle Flapper

The Needle Flapper is an ultra violet variation of the Flapper. This variation has spikes that pop out at regular intervals, making them harder to attack. Their only appearance is in Sonic Heroes.

Search Flapper

Main article: Search Flapper

Search Flapper

The Search Flapper is a yellow variation of the Flapper. This variation has no weapons, but instead has a searchlight. If a person is caught in the light, the Search Flapper will summon several Egg Pawns to fight the intruder off. Their only appearance is in Sonic Heroes.

Solid Flapper

Main article: Solid Flapper

Solid Flapper

The Solid Flapper is a sliver-armored variation of the Flapper. This variation can only be destroyed by Power Formation attacks (although they can be destroyed by the Fly character if Thunder Shoot is used enough). They can also be equipped with any weapon their colored counterparts possess, or with no weapon at all. Their only appearance is in Sonic Heroes.

In other media

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Flappers (named Egg Flappers in this media) were created by Dr. Eggman to replace his decommissioned SWATbots. When the fourth Enerjak surfaced, however, the Egg Flappers were destroyed while attempting to subdue the chaos demigod.

After the events of Worlds Collide, the Egg Flappers became nearly identical to their game counterparts. In addition, Breeze Media has bought several outdated Egg Flappers to serve as her staff.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Flapper (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Flappers are Badniks created by Dr. Eggman. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts' up until after Sonic Forces.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sega. (7 May 2020) Sonic at the Olympic Games. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Shooting - Trap (EX). "Hint box: Shoot Egg Flappers to activate bonus effects."
  2. "Chapter 1" (in Japanese). ソニックヒーローズ最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. February 2004. p. 33. ISBN 978-4091061522.
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