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Better watch out for her dangerous jumps and her trusted Motobug, Jimmy.

— Description, Sonic Mania manual

Jimmy[1] (ジミー[2] Jimī?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. A Motobug, Jimmy is the trusty steed of the Heavy Rider, one of the Hard Boiled Heavies.

Concept and creation[]

Jimmy's name pays homage to the late Polygon Jim, a member of the Sonic hacking community who was known for making a ROM hack of the original Sonic the Hedgehog titled Motobug the Badnik in Sonic the Hedgehog, where a Moto Bug is the playable character instead of Sonic. It was able to jump by extending its wheel, an ability which would be used by Jimmy during the Heavy Rider boss fight in Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus.[3]



Jimmy is a regular-looking Motobug from Dr. Eggman's Badnik army. However, Jimmy possesses two distinguishing features: its large size for a Motobug and the red rings around its pupils.


Jimmy’s more motorbike-like design, from Sonic Mania

During the Phantom Egg boss fight, Jimmy was modified to resemble a bulky motorbike with long tail pipes and thick wheels.

In Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode, Jimmy's head is tinted brown instead of blue.


Sonic Mania[]

Hard Boiled Heavies Green Hill Act 2

The Heavy Rider driving Jimmy with the other Hard Boiled Heavies, from Sonic Mania.

In Sonic Mania, sometime after coming to Green Hill Zone, the Heavy Rider acquired Jimmy as her steed. The Heavy Rider would subsequently ride Jimmy everywhere. After the Heavy Rider got defeated by Sonic and Tails in Lava Reef Zone though, Jimmy fled the scene.

Eventually, while Sonic and his crew fought the Phantom Egg, the Phantom Rider and Jimmy, now modified into a bulky motorcycle, were given the opportunity to fight the heroes when they got sent to their arena. However, they failed to defeat the trio.

Sonic Mania Plus[]

In Sonic Mania Plus, it was revealed that Jimmy was destroyed after his battle in Titanic Monarch Zone, its remains ending up on Angel Island along with the broken-down Phantom Heavies. However, Jimmy got revived after the Phantom King got his hands on the Phantom Ruby and used it to revive himself, Jimmy, and the broken-down Hard Boiled Heavies. Not long after, Jimmy and the Heavy Rider got reunited in Green Hill Zone. Afterward, the Heavy Rider would ride Jimmy everywhere as before. However, Jimmy ran away after Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray defeated it and the Heavy Rider in Lava Reef Zone.

Eventually, while Sonic's group fought the Phantom Egg, the Phantom Rider and Jimmy, now modified into a bulky motorcycle again, were given the opportunity to fight the heroes when they got sent to their arena. Like before, however, they failed to defeat the heroes.


Jimmy is shown to be rather wild and restless for a Motobug, and it is said to act like a raging bull.[2]

Powers and abilities[]

Jimmy has proven itself to be much faster than the average Motobug, even able to almost reach Sonic's speed, who can run at supersonic speeds. It also possesses a telescopic wheel which it can use to make surprisingly high jumps.





In other media[]

Books and comics[]

IDW Publishing[]

Fang the Hunter miniseries[]

Once Fang's Gang was on board the Heavy Wing they manage to get past the Hard Boiled Heavies defenses which Heavy Rider and Jimmy would confront them she would fail though as Fang and Bean threaten to blow up Jimmy. Shortly after she would be tasked by Heavy King to chase after the gang but she would be slammed by Bark and would be destroyed.



  1. Sonic Mania (PC) English digital instruction manual, "Characters".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Mania (PC) Japanese digital instruction manual, "キャラクター紹介".
  3. Yin-Poole, Wesley (4 September 2017). Sonic Mania has a lovely tribute to a Sonic hacker who tragically died. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 5 September 2017.