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The Flapper is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It is a mass-produced model of Badniks created by Dr. Eggman, and a variant of the Egg Pawn.


The Flappers look very similar to the Egg Pawns. Possessing an orange color scheme, the Flappers have 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.



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


Eventually, the Flappers came under the control of Neo Metal Sonic, who made them and their fellow Badniks more cohesive.[1][3]


A Flapper watching Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #3.

Later on, a Flapper began secretly following Sonic around, discretely observing the hedgehog from a distance as he traveled from town to town to stop the Badniks attacking them. Additionally, Neo Metal Sonic was watching the visual feedback belonging to the Flapper, which he used to plan the Badniks' and his own next moves.[1][2][4]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman

Eventually, the Flapper followed Sonic to Windmill Village. When it spied on Sonic and the Chaotix while the heroes fought some Badniks however, Charmy Bee noticed the Flapper and destroyed it, much to the anger of Neo Metal Sonic who was watching its feedback.[5]


Basically, the Flappers are mindless and silent drones programmed to follow their leader's every command. As such, when left without a leader to follow, they become directionless and only able to cause harm by accident. Under a guiding force however, they carry out their commands without question.[1]

Powers and abilities

The Flappers are capable of flight, which is their main ability. They can also record everything they see and send the situation as a live video feed.[1]





See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"

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