Harpio is a character that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. He is a native from Super Marxio World and one of the Marxio Brothers, a trio of villainous electricians closely allied with Dr. Ivo Robotnik. During the RBR era, Harpio and his brothers would run Robotnik's various casino and carnival Zones.
Concept and creation
Harpio was created by Nigel Kitching and Richard Elson. He, along with his brothers, are based on the Marx Brothers. Harpio is specifically based on the stage persona of Harpo Marx, who never spoke during his performances.
Harpio is a short, middle-aged man with curly orange hair who has a lazy expression constantly on his face. He wears green overalls with a blue shirt and brown shoes.
Harpio and his brothers were three electricians who came from Super Marxio World, a place they are terrified of. It is implied that they were brought out of this world to Mobius by Dr. Robotnik, after which they worked to run his 'commercial ventures'.
Ruled by Robotnik
In the Casino Night Zone, Harpio and his brothers were tasked by Robotnik to stop Sonic the Hedgehog. The brothers released Badniks to attack Sonic, and while the hedgehog was distracted, they captured Porker Lewis. By holding Porker hostage, Harpio and his brothers got both him and Sonic tied to a railroad for a train to run them over. However, Sonic and Porker would escape and Sonic went after the brothers. Though the trio engaged Sonic in combat to keep his Disruptor from him (eventually by destroying it), Porker was able to un-rig their gaming machines in the meantime.
Harpio and his brothers were later put in charge of the Carnival Night Zone on the Floating Island. After discovering Knuckles the Echidna in their park, the echidna caught the brothers trying to snipe him, and they quickly offered him a deal. By offering Knuckles some of the earnings they would get from their park, which he could use to fix up the island for the return of his people, Harpio and his brothers mellowed out Knuckles and got him to try out the Hell House Ride, secretly planning to kill him using the ride. While that did not work, Knuckles accepted the Marxio Brothers' business proposal.
After Harpio and his brothers made Knuckles their 'marketing consultant', they had to turn on him when the echidna attempted to destroy Robotnik's Launch Base Zone, since the brothers were secretly working for Robotnik. Confronting Knuckles in their weaponized hovercraft, they took down the echidna. However, while the brothers were distracted while taking on the phone with Robotnik, Knuckles retaliated and took down their weaponized hovercraft. As the first visitors to the new park arrived, Harpio went to welcome the guests while Chicio called in a Badnik horde to deal with Knuckles. Nevertheless, Knuckles beat the Badniks and struck a fault-line before the guests entered the park, splitting the Carnival Night Zone away from the rest of the Floating Island and dropping it to the surface of Mobius, along with Harpio and his brothers.
Post-Ruled by Robotnik
Harpio would later work at the Chemical Plant Zone when Grouchio was put in charge of the place. With his brothers and him seemingly reformed thanks to no longer being under the rule of Robotnik, they asked Sonic and Miles "Tails" Prower to help with a problem they had with their factory. The heroes discovered and defeated Megatox, the source of the problems, garnering thank and praise from Harpio and his brothers, although Sonic still remained skeptical about their true intentions.
Harpio is a complete mute. Either unable or unwilling to talk, he prefers to communicate with his horn by use of well-timed honks. He appears to be lazy, always having a tired look on his face, and even falling asleep in the middle of their battle against Knuckles on the Floating Island.
- Harpio is a clear mockery and parody of the Super Mario Brothers, Mario and Luigi.
- Harpio and his brothers have a video game series based off of them, although Sonic is not a fan, saying; "who cares about the adventures of three electricians?"
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Comic #18, "Casino Night, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #19, "Casino Night, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #39, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #40, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #41, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 3"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Comic #42, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 4"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #43, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 5"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #44, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 6"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #114, "Crisis in the Chemical Plant, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #115, "Crisis in the Chemical Plant, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #26, "The Sonic Terminator, Part 3"