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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.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Robot Ants (アントン,Anton?), also referred to as Antons, 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.
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.
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.