The Motobug 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, ladybug-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 History
- 3 Personality
- 4 Powers and abilities
- 5 Variants
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Motobugs resemble robotic versions of the typical ladybug, but much larger. These Badniks have round red body armor with gray spots covering their backs and blue faces which come together with their bodies in a round shape. They also have white eyes with black pupils, two white mandibles, and yellow antennae. Their source of locomotion is reliant on the simple wheel mechanism located in their undercarriages. A small engine with a white exhaust pipe on both sides of their rear propels their wheels across the ground. They also have short arms with yellow forearms and a single claw at the tip.
At some point in the past, Dr. Eggman took many Motobugs to the Lost Hex for "The Lost World Project". They were soon taken over by the Deadly Six after Sonic the Hedgehog unwillingly freed them. Regardless, Sonic soon put a stop to their evil deeds, relinquishing their control of the Motobugs. Later, after Sonic thwarted Eggman in their last encounter, the doctor disappeared while his Motobugs and the rest of his Badnik army remained. Without a leader however, the Motobugs were directionless and no longer a unified threat. Even so, they would still randomly attack anyone they came across (although such incidents were more accidental than aggression-based).
Soon after, the Motobugs and some other Badniks launched an attack on a small town called Vista View. There, some Motobugs went after some civilians trying to seek safety, only for these Badniks to be destroyed by Sonic after he came to the town. Eventually, the Motobugs tried to escape the town when Sonic and Tails began overpowering their troops. As they neared the town's exit gate however, the Motobugs got cut off when Tails closed the town's gate, which caused them to crash into the gate and get destroyed.
Some time afterward, a larger-than-average battalion of Motobugs sat their sights on attacking Spiral Hill Village. In the sky above the village was a battleship variant of the Buzz Bomber that was dropping Badniks into the village, including the giant variants of the Motobug. Sonic soon after met up with and joined forces with Tangle the Lemur and disposed of some Egg Pawns, but then a giant Motobug with a turret on its head and an Egg Pawn at the helm of its turret appeared and began shooting at Sonic and Tangle. Then, another giant Motobug without guns appeared, causing both Sonic and Tangle to be surrounded by the two giant Badniks as well as more Egg Pawns. Just then, Blaze the Cat made an appearance and disposed of some of the Egg Pawns. After some introductions, the three teamed up to defeat all of the surrounding Badniks, including the battleship variant of the Buzz Bomber that was dropping Badniks into the village as well as its load of Motobugs.
Battle For Angel Island
After the Badniks came under the control of Dr. Eggman again (who had regained his memory and old personality), several Motobugs assisted Dr. Starline with clearing out the contents of an Eggman base in Frozen Peak while under the protection of Metal Sonic. With the aid of a wormhole provided by Starline's Warp Topaz, the Motobugs were able to quickly get the base's contents to safety.
Tangle & Whisper
Several Motobugs were provided to Mimic by Dr. Eggman so that he could attack Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf at the former Diamond Cutters' base. They were transported to the base by a Blowfish Transporter but were knocked into the Clove Sea after Whisper destroyed the docks.
The Last Minute
Following the Zombot apocalypse, a group of Motobugs were sent to arrest Dr. Starline when he was trying to take control of Egg Base Sigma. However, these Badniks were destroyed by Starline with his Multi-Tool Heel Spurs. Later in Dr. Starline's repository, Motobugs in service to Starline would work around the base. At some point, one of Starline's Motobugs would be unwillingly driven around by Rough. Not long after, Dr. Starline's Motobugs would move Starline's items into Egg Base Sigma, after the scientist managed to seize the base for himself.
Chao Races and Badnik Bases
Having gathered several used Motobugs in his suite at the White Park Grand Chateau, Clutch would activated them and have them attack Amy, Cream, Gemerl and Belle after they had crossed him. During the fight, Gemerl tore the head off of one of the Motobugs. As the battle continued, Gemerl dealt with more Motobugs by destroying several of them. However, one of the Motobugs managed to hit Gemerl from behind. Fortunately, all the Motobugs were eliminated with the aid of the liberated Chao that Clutch kept imprisoned in his suite.
Imposter Syndrome and Trial by Fire
On the Forest Ridge Zone Campground, a Motobug ran into Belle, whom it accidentally knocked out. As it turned out however, the Motobug was good-natured, which it showed by dragging Belle away from the fire. As Belle then came to, the Motobug extinguished the fire on Belle's hand. Belle in returned convinced Tangle to not harm the Motobug when she found them. The Motobug subsequently came along on Tangle and Belle's search for Ashe and Red Hot, whom they found on the other side of a ravine. As Tangle and Belle began sliding uncontrollably towards the ravine however, the Motobug got both of them to ride it, and by working together, they crossed the ravine. Regrouping with Ashe, the Motobug tried to make out of the burning forest with the others. However, when a caving tree made its friends fall towards the ravine, the Motobug went to check on them. Finding its friends dangling from the edge, the Motobug got knocked into the ravine as well by the caving tree with the others when the cliff's edge gave in. Landing in the river below, the Motobug was held onto by Tangle's tail as the river took the group to the local campground. Upon arriving there, Belle noticed the Motobug had lost one of its antennae along its river trip. Its appearance also startled Jewel, but Belle and Tangle assured her that the Motobug was nice. The Motobug would then help Belle rescue campers that got caught up in Jewel's plan to stop the forest fire. Afterward, the Motobug was brought to Tails' workshop. As it picked a flower for a new a new antenna, Tails planned to take a look at it to see if they could find a way to make lesser Badniks defy their programming like this Motobug had.
Basically, the Motobugs 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 are cold and merciless machines who carry out their commands without question.
Powers and abilities
The tank variant of the Motobugs is essentially a giant version of the basic Motobug, being several times larger than the average Egg Pawn. Some of them have twin Gatling guns mounted on their heads behind what would be antennae, in which case the holes where the antennae would be can be seen in front of and to the sides of the guns. The guns are strong enough to turn a regular Badnik to dust in a matter of seconds. The gun usually has a lesser Badnik controlling it.
- Belle the Tinkerer
- Blaze the Cat
- Cream the Rabbit
- Dr. Starline
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Tangle the Lemur
- Whisper the Wolf
- The Motobugs are based on the enemy of the same name that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #47, "Trial by Fire, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Ambush"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1, "A Few Bad Men"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2, "Smash & Grab"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, "No Honor Among Thieves"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #35, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #36, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #1, story one
- Sonic the Hedgehog #45, "Trial by Fire, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #46, "Trial by Fire, Part 2"