The Mantis Bot is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom series. It is a mass-produced, mantis-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and one of the doctor's newest classes of robotic foot soldiers.
Based on the praying mantis, the Mantis Bots have thin and elongated bodies and spikes down their back. They possess a red metathorax with a black and grey underbelly, a black mesothorax, and a red upper torso with sharp shoulders. On their metathorax, they have two pairs of thin insect legs. The first pair is set on the sides. Thicker than the other pair, these legs are red with grey undersides and yellow feet, and point away from the torso. The second pair of legs are placed closer to the Mantis Bots' belly and are mostly grey and black with long and red claws. The Mantis Bots also have red raptorial forelegs with serrated cyan blades for claws. Finally, they have a black neck, a red head with cyan lenses over their cyan eyes (which has slit-like pupils), and two yellow antennas.
The Mantis Bots first appeared when Dr. Eggman brought them along for an attack on Team Sonic. Their debut performance was a poor one though, as they were no match for Team Sonic. The Mantis Bots later aided Eggman on an excavation search for Ancient mech suits. On Eggman's second order though (as they misread his first), the Mantis Bots would attack Team Sonic when they showed up, only to get crushed by the heroes. On Eggman's orders, the Mantis Bots tried to attack Sonic when Mombot had him over for a playdate with Eggman, but they withdrew when Mombot disapproved of this. Another time, Eggman brought some Mantis Bots to a battle with Nominatus and his gang. There, the Mantis Bots fought Nominatus' Caterpixels until Nominatus and his gang were stopped and captured.
Eggman soon attacked the Village with his Mantis Bots. There, they cornered a lone Sonic, as Eggman had intended. however, Sonic's team soon came and helped trash the Mantis Bots. Eggman later thought Team Sonic had stolen change from him, so he sicced his Mantis Bots on them. As the Badniks got crushed by the heroes, Mighton and Bolts intervened to avenge the Mantis Bots. A few hours afterward, the other Mantis Bots got infected by malware from Hypnobot, who made them attack the Village alongside other infected robots. There, their onslaught was kept at bay by Team Sonic, whose members eventually split up, leaving the Mantis Bots with fewer foes to deal with. As the battle raged on, the Mantis Bots slowly overwhelmed the remaining heroes, even after Og joined the fight, until the villagers began fighting back too. Hypnobot's control was subsequently broken, and the remaining Mantis Bots returned to Eggman. The Mantis Bots fell under Hypnobot's command again though when he and Eggman made an alliance. Joining the villains' army for an invasion of Morristown, the Mantis Bots met opposition from Team Sonic and their allies after arriving in the city, until the heroes fell back when Hypnobot began turning the robots in the city against them. However, the Mantis Bots were defeated when Team Sonic returned with Team Cybonic as support and destroyed Hypnobot.
A few Mantis Bots got called in by Eggman to fight Team Sonic when they came to Eggman's lair, but the Badniks had little success despite the team being crippled by FleaBots. More later helped Eggman attack what appeared to be Sonic, which was revealed to be a decoy doll in the aftermath. Discovering that Amy and Sticks set the doll up to trick him, Eggman attacked the girls with his Mantis Bots, but the duo quickly destroyed them. T.W. Barker soon after conned Eggman out of all his properties, effectively making the Mantis Bots his. The Mantis Bots would be used by Barker to attack Team Sonic, who had a hard time handling the Mantis Bots due to the strategies Barker deployed. However, the Mantis Bots turned on Barker when Eggman had them infected with a virus. After Eggman forced Barker to give him back his properties, the scientist deactivated his Mantis Bots' virus and had them battle Team Sonic again.
During his search for the Tummel Crystal, Eggman took some Mantis Bots with him to excavate Buddy Buddy Temple. When they breached the Froglodyte Caves however, the Mantis Bots got taken out by a natural AI-disabling pulse. Back in the lair, when Eggman's Anti Gravity Ray got stuck on Cubot in high gear and messed with Cubot's mind, a few Mantis Bots got called in by Eggman to help the doctor when he got caught in his device's anti-gravity field. However, they too got caught by the device. When Cubot and the device then got flung out of the lair on a small trip, one of the Mantis Bots got pulled along until Team Sonic grounded it. Afterward, Eggman had a Mantis Bot help his robots turn his lair away from the Sunday breeze manually. When Eggman later had to keep Sonic from delivering the doctor's order from Meh Burger to his lair within three minutes, in an attempt to humiliate Sonic for his incompetence at delivering his order on time, a few Mantis Bots would serve as obstacles at Eggman's lair. However, they got smashed when trying to stop Sonic.
The Mantis Bots were soon unleashed on Team Sonic again by Eggman when the heroes came to Eggman's lair to stop the doctor's next scheme. Once again though, they got crushed by Team Sonic. In addition, a wayward claw from a Mantis Bot would set off the lair's sorting system when it hit the HQ room's console. More Mantis Bots were later called in by Eggman to fight Sonic after the hedgehog upset the doctor. Like always however, the Mantis Bots got pulverized by Sonic.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
In Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, the Mantis Bot made a cameo appearance amongst the sneak peaks at the concept artworks for the second season of Sonic Boom. Its concept artwork can be unlocked for one hundred Ragnium shards in Sonic's Shack.
Said to be bigger, meaner, and more dangerous than the classic Badniks, the Mantis Bots are silent, ruthless in battle, single-minded and unquestioningly dedicated to their leader's orders. Other than that, they do not have any noteworthy personalities, despite possessing an AI. They are also not very intelligent; they can take their orders very litterally and a few have gone as far as to heed the requests of their opponents while battling them.
Like their template, the Mantis Bots leap just like actual mantises.
Powers and abilities
The Mantis Bots are equipped with blade-based claws on their arms which they use for combat. For long-ranged attacks, they can detach their claws and throw them in a boomerang-like fashion. In addition, the Mantis Bots are able to perform short dashes in midair.
Despite their updated design, the Mantis Bots are very fragile, just like the classic Badnik. Also, being Eggman robots, the Mantis Bots rely on Eggman's lair to provide them with power. As such, should the lair run out of power, then they will too.
- The Mantis Bots were first revealed in the concept art featured in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.
- The Mantis Bots were the last new Badniks revealed in the concept art from Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice to appear in the Sonic Boom series
- According to Bill Freiberger, the Mantis Bots were not based on a particular enemy from the Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (1 February 2017). Retrieved on 1 February 2017. “Alexander Soerensen: What do you guys call the new mantis/grasshopper-like minion for Sonic Boom? / Alan Denton: Me? I call it Mantis Bot. / Alexander Soerensen: Does that mean it is referred to as something else? Because @BillFreiberger has confirmed Beetle Bot and Scorpion Bot's names / Bill Freiberger: It's Mantis Bot.”
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (11 February 2017). "FiendBot". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 66. Boomerang.
- Flynn, Ian (18 February 2017). "Og Man Out". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 67. Boomerang.
- Sellner, Joelle (1 April 2017). "Mombot". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 73. Boomerang.
- Raut-Siezac, Natalys (15 April 2017). "Nominatus Rising". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 75. Boomerang.
- Lachenaud, Marine; Lachenaud, Cedric (22 April 2017). "Eggman's Brother". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 76. Boomerang.
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg; Freiberger, Bill (6 May 2017). "Robots From The Sky Part 1". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 78. Boomerang.
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg; Freiberger, Bill (13 May 2017). "Robots From The Sky Part 2". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 79. Boomerang.
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg; Freiberger, Bill (20 May 2017). "Robots From The Sky Part 3". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 80. Boomerang.
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg; Freiberger, Bill (27 May 2017). "Robots From The Sky Part 4". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 81. Boomerang.
- Beardmore, Marie (3 June 2017). "Flea-ing From Trouble". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 82. Boomerang.
- Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (24 June 2017). "Sticks and Amy's Excellent Staycation". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 85. Boomerang.
- Joly, Sandrine (15 July 2017). "The Haunted Lair". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 88. Boomerang.
- Freiberger, Sam (22 July 2017). "Return of the Buddy Buddy Temple of Doom". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 89. Boomerang.
- Beardmore, Marie (29 July 2017). "Eggman's Anti Gravity Ray". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 90. Boomerang.
- Gutierrez, Freddie (30 September 2017). "Three Minutes or Less". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 97. Boomerang.
- Gralewski, Françoise (7 October 2017). "Lair On Lockdown". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 98. Boomerang.
- Derrien, Jean-Christophe (11 November 2017). "Eggman: The Video Game Part 1". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 103. Boomerang.
- Sanzaru Games (September 27, 2016). Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. Nintendo 3DS. Sega. Level/Area: Sonic's Shack. "Season 2 Exclusive: Minions, the New Class: Eggman hasn’t just been resting on his laurels during the hiatus between Sonic Boom seasons 1 and 2. Our favorite evil madman has been hard at work crafting a brand new class of minions. They’re bigger, meaner, and more dangerous than ever. …But don’t worry, Team Sonic will still tear through ‘em like tin foil (the cheap dollar store kind, not the name brand stuff)."
- Raut-Sieuzac, Natalys (4 March 2017). "Blackout". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 69. Boomerang.
- Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (27 April 2017). Retrieved on 28 April 2017. “Alexander Soerensen: Were the Mantis Bots/Beetle Bots/Scorpion Bots based on a particular enemy from the Sonic games? / Bill Freiberger: No.”