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The Robot Ant wanders left and right on its single wheel, scouting its territory for invaders!

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Windows 95) help file.

The Robot Ant[1] (アントン[2] Anton?), also known as the Anton,[3] is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, ant-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


Robot Ants are based on a terrestrial ant. They possess blue robotic armor with an upstanding ant-like upper body and two thin arms. Their heads on the other hand are large with wide eyes, two yellow antennae, and gray mandibles. They are capable of moving around thanks to a single thick yellow wheel on their bottom and two small engines with exhaust pipes on the sides.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

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In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Robot Ants[1] (アントン[2] Anton?), also referred to as Antons,[3] appear as enemies and are encountered in Palmtree Panic. In gameplay, the Robot Ants simply roll back and forth along the ground within their designated area, never leaving the platform upon which they move. While they can hurt a playable character through physical contact, they possess no offensive attacks and can easily be avoided and destroyed. When they are seen broken down due to age in the Bad Future pf Palmtree Panic Zone or sometimes in the present, these Badniks move considerably slower and have a depressed look on their faces. Regardless, they can be easily defeated by using the Spin Jump, Spin Attack, or Spin Dash. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Robot Ants are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, Robot Ants appear as enemies once more. In this game, they appear in Dessert Ruins Zone 3, often in single-file groups of three. This time around though, Robot Ants are powered by Animals instead of Little Planet flowers.

In gameplay, Robot Ants move back and forth one after the other within their designated area. Should they make contact with the playable character, they will catch them and carry them on their their back, only to self-detonate after driving a short distance, with the blast dealing damage to the playable character in the process. The only way to destroy a Robot Ant is to hit it with the Flying Kick. In addition, hitting a leading Robot Ant into its group with the Flying Kick will defeat them all in one stroke. Hitting a Robot Ant with the Homing Attack or any other move will result in the Robot Ant, after receiving a blow, leaning slightly forward, moving faster, and grabbing the playable character. Also, upon their destruction they release their Animals.

Powers and abilities

Robot Ants are able to self-detonate.

In other media

Books and comics

Sonic the Hedgehog (Shogakukan)

The Robot Ants, from Sonic the Hedgehog.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog serialized manga published by Shogakukan, Robot Ants are a Badnik variant that Sonic and Tails once got attacked by.

Sonic the Comic

The Robot Ant in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Robot Ants are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army, although they only made a few appearances during the comic's run. Depending on the artist, the Robot Ants' design would differ between their appearances.

Archie Comics

Main article: Anton (Archie)

Three Antons, from Sonic the Hedgehog #290.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Antons form part of Dr. Eggman's Badnik Horde. They accompanied Dr. Eggman to Palmtree Panic, but were defeated by Sonic.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Anton (IDW)

An Anton, from Sonic the Hedgehog #5.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Antons form a part of Dr. Eggman's Badnik army. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts', up until after the events of Sonic Forces. They were first seen attacking Sonic and Espio on their way to Windmill Village.


Concept artwork





  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Windows 95) help file. "The Robot Ant wanders left and right on its single wheel, scouting its territory for invaders!"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega Mega-CD) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Anton - A jolly bug unicycle."

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