Penguinator[1] (ペンギネーター[2] Penginētā?), later known in Japan as Pen Pen (ペンペン[3][4]?), is a recurring enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, penguin-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman that attacks by sliding towards its target.


Based on penguins, the Penguinators have a black body covered in blue armor with long arm plates and a pair of black eyes with a yellow beak between them. Their silver bellies have an orange line across their lower section and they have thin, orange feet.

In Sonic Lost World, the Penguinators' design remained mostly the same, the only difference being their eyes which had been colored cyan.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3


This Badnik made its first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, where it is referred to as Penguinator[1] (ペンギネーター[2] Penginētā?). In these games, they can be found in IceCap Zone.

In gameplay, they slowly waddle back and forth. When the player gets close though, the Penguinators will charge towards the playable character by belly sliding to attack. The player can easily dodge this attack, but the Penguinators will only turn around and repeat their attack. Regardless, the Penguinators can be defeated easily with a Spin Jump or Spin Attack.

Sonic Rivals 2

In Sonic Rivals 2, the Penguinator appears as a collectible card that the player receives after getting the high score in Sunset Forest Zone Act 3. It also unlocks the same Zone's Chao Detector.

Sonic Lost World

Penguinators appeared in both the Wii U/PC and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World. During the game, the Deadly Six hijacked all Badniks under their command, including the Penguinators.

Sonic charging towards Penguinator in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Wii U/PC version, Penguinators appear either alone or in groups in Frozen Factory Zone 4 and Silent Forest Zone 3. Overall, they use their attack patterns from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. In the 2.5D sections of the Zones, they waddle back and forth, but will attempt to slide into the player when approached. However, some Penguinators will keep repeating their attacks, even when the playable character is not close by. In the 3D pipe sections, the Penguinators initially stand still, but will start belly sliding towards the playable character once they are approached.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Penguinators appear in Frozen Factory. In the 3D sections, they generally appear as stationary obstacles during the Snowboarding sections or will charge towards Sonic when he is approaching. In the 2.5D sections, they use the same attack pattern from the Wii U/PC version.

In the Wii U/PC version, the Penguinators appear either alone or in groups in Frozen Factory Zone 4 and Silent Forest Zone 3, while they appear primarily throughout Frozen Factory in the Nintendo 3DS version.

Powers and abilities

Penguinators attack by charging towards their targets with belly sliding, as their regular speed is too slow.


In other media

Sonic the Comic

Penguinators in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Penguinator are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army and are among the third generation of Badniks the doctor produced.

Archie Comics

Main article: Penguinator (Archie)

A Penguinator, from Sonic the Hedgehog #276.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Peguinators are models from the Badnik Horde which are employed by the Artika Egg Army in the frozen regions of Artika.

Sonic Adventures

Penguinator in Sonic Adventures comic book.

In the Sonic Adventures comic book, Robotnik sent numerous Badniks (including Penguinators) on a huge chase after Sonic and Tails when they escaped from his spaceship. One Penguinator also acted as Robotnik's right-hand assistant throughout the storyline.

At the beginning, the Penguinator assistant reported Sonic's capture to Robotnik and granted him the Chaos Emerald which Sonic had before his capture. Later, the Penguinator confirmed that the signal was still active after Robotnik thought he had gotten rid of Sonic and Princess Alucion.[5]


Unused Penguinator sprites

Penguinators in LEGO Dimensions.

  • In LEGO Dimensions, Penguinators appear in the Ice Cap Zone portion of the Sonic the Hedgehog World. They remain stationary when approached and make no attempt to attack, even when provoked.







  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction booklet, pg. 23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 24.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 card number 10 from Sonic Tweet.
  4. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 13. ISBN 978-4091024794.
  5. Smoldo (October 1994). Sonic Adventures: Dans Les Griffes De Robotnik. Sirène.

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