The Marauders are a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. They are a clan of armored echidnas who battled Knuckles the Echidna over a Chaos Emerald in an another reality.
The Marauders appeared on Sonic's world and began stealing the Chaos Emeralds until only one was left. That one was in the care of Knuckles the Echidna, who had Tails build a trap out of parts from the Tornado. The Marauders quickly arrived after the trap was set which temporarily caught them, but they broke free with their lasers. Knuckles then took them on, only for more Marauders to teleport into the fight until their leader Shade stepped in and defeated Knuckles. They then objected to her desire to take Knuckles prisoner, but were overruled and forced to obey.
The Marauders are equipped with very advanced technology such as laser blasters built into their armor and teleporting devices.
- There exists an alternate version of the Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood backup story featuring the Marauders. Originally, the story was to take place in main continuity (featuring Julie-Su, Mighty and Vector along with Knuckles, Shade and the Marauders), but Sega changed plans after it was penciled and inked, requiring the story in its entirety to be re-done in the non-canon adaption that would later be printed in #191. Writer Ian Flynn stated that there was a chance the original story could be completed and officially printed, but due to the Ken Penders case this is currently unlikely.