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Contrary to their name, the Red Killer Bees look more like wasps than bees. Like other empowered members of Dark Gaia's Minions, they bear a strong resemblance to their weaker counterpart (Killer Bees), but possess a different color scheme. They have long, thin horns and antennae on their foreheads, and their mouths look like beaks with tusks. Their thoraxes are spherical, with small spikes and four wings, and they have purple smoke emitting from their backs. They also have stingers on the ends of their abdomens that resemble arrowheads. Finally, they have red, pink, magenta and black skin with cyan body markings.
The size of the Red Killer Bees differs between the versions of Sonic Unleashed. In the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, the Red Killer Bees are a little larger than Sonic the Werehog, but In the Wii/PlayStation 2 version, they are only about half his size.
The Red Killer Bees and the rest of Dark Gaia's Minions came into being when Dark Gaia broke apart at the beginning of Sonic Unleashed due to its premature awakening by Dr. Eggman. These fragments were then spread across the earth and became Dark Gaia's Minions, with the Red Killer Bees amongst them. They first appear in Arid Sands Night Act II: The City of Sand in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version and in Dragon Road Night Act 1 in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version.
The Red Killer Bees are some of the strongest and most dangerous of Dark Gaia's Minions. As an empowered version of the Killer Bees, the Red Killer Bees have faster movements and can deal more damage than their weaker counterparts, making them the fastest and one of the most damaging of Dark Gaia's Minions. They are, however, highly vulnerable to thrown objects. In the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed, the Red Killer Bees always appear in large numbers like the Killer Bees, but in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, they always appear either alone or in pairs.
In battle, the Red Killer Bees shares the same attack patterns as the Killer Bees. They will circle Sonic to signify they are getting ready to attack, and when attacking, they will strike using their large stingers, either by launching themselves into Sonic from behind at incredible speed or dealing a barrage of stings when up close. The Red Killer Bees also possess wide movement capabilities that let them dodge attacks by either moving out of the player's range or flying into the air for then to launch a counterattack, making it extremely hard to strike them.
Upon the reconstruction of Dark Gaia by Dr. Eggman, all of the Red Killer Bees (along with the other types of Dark Gaia's Minions) were returned to the beast, who was later defeated and sealed within the planet's core.
Powers and abilities
The Red Killer Bees are able to move around by teleporting into an area in a puff of purple smoke. As a Dark Gaia minion, the Red Killer Bees can possess people by latching onto the deepest, darkest part of the heart, and generate despair, negative emotions or even erratic behavior that are completely opposite to the person's personality.
As an empowered version of the Killer Bees, the Red Killer Bees possesses strength, speed and intelligence above that of the regular Killer Bees. With the wings on their backs, the Red Killer Bees can fly and can move swiftly through mid-air. In fact, the Red Killer Bees can move great distances in a matter of split-seconds, making them the fastest of Dark Gaia's Minions. The Red Killer Bees are also quite nimble and acrobatic while in flight, being able to dodge fast attacks with fluid movements.
The Red Killer Bees also possess a barbed stinger which they use to pierce their opponents.