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The Ginpe 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, penguin-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


Ginpes are penguin-like robots. They possess egg-shaped blue bodies with light blue bellies, yellow and rounded feet with gray screws underneath their heels, a short pointy tail, stubby and pointy wings, short and soft yellow beaks, and cartoonish black eyes with large pupils. They also wear large and metallic black top hats with a red band each.



After Sonic the Hedgehog thwarted Dr. Eggman in their last encounter, the doctor disappeared while his Ginpes and the rest of his Badnik army remained. Without a leader however, the Ginpes 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]).

Trial by Fire

A group of Ginpes were eventually gathered at Tails' Workshop for an experiment by Sonic, Tails and Belle. There, Belle would transfer Motobud's nonaggression subroutine over to the Ginpes using the Miles Electric. When Tails then unveiled Sonic in front of the Ginpes, these Badniks would mind their own business in pleasant ways, making the trio's experiment a success. Later at night, however, the Ginpes received a beacon signal that compelled them to head to Eggtropolis.[3]


Basically, the Ginpes 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] Conversely, with their attack responses negated, they become quite friendly with pleasant mannerisms.[3]






  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #49, "Wound Up"

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