The Roller Bouncer is an enemy that appears in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It is a mass-produced model of Destruction Troops created by Lyric the Last Ancient and a variant of the Roller Recoiler which is capable of bouncing.
The Roller Bouncers greatly resemble Roller Recoilers. They consist mainly of a giant light blue eye with a slit-like pupil and green sclera, which has a thin gray and orange leg connected on each side by a gray disk-shaped joint with orange knobs. On the bottom of their eye, they have several layers of orange plating which can slide over their eye for protection.
The Roller Bouncers were made by Lyric the Last Ancient about a millennium ago to aid with his plans to destroy the earth's lifeforms and conquer it. When Lyric was imprisoned before achieving his goal, the Roller Bouncers were shut down. As a contingency plan, however, Lyric left some of them behind to be found so the finders would set him free to learn the Roller Bouncers' secrets. Following Lyric's release in the present, he reactivated and/or reclaimed his Roller Bouncers to have them aid his schemes and battle Team Sonic.
The Roller Bouncers are not common, only appearing in a couple of levels. The player meets them in Crater Lake, Bygone Island, Creeper Gorge and Lyric's Lair. In gameplay, the Roller Bouncers can attack up close by skidding with their eyelids, which they signal by glowing yellow just before attacking. Their signature attack, however, is curling into a ball and growing blue before making seven bounces in a row while targeting the player. As long as they glow, the player can neither damage nor faze the Roller Bouncers. However, the player can still grab them in midair with the Enerbeam and throw them away to disable their defense and briefly immobilize them.
By comparison, the Roller Bouncers have more health than enemies like the Swordsman Troopers, but less than the Crusher Brutes, making them moderately tough to take down. When defeated, the Roller Bouncers release three Rings and a varying amount of Robot Scrap.
After Team Sonic defeated Lyric, all the Roller Bouncers were subsequently scrapped.
The Roller Bouncers are, at their core, mindless and silent drones unwaveringly loyal to Lyric the Last Ancient, having been programmed to obey his every command. Their loyalty is only superficial however, as the Roller Bouncers are just soulless machines adhering to their programing, meaning their allegiance can easily shift when someone else takes control of them.
Powers and abilities
The Roller Bouncers can curl into a ball and bounce around to land devastating impacts on those below them, similar to the Spin Jump. They can also temporarily cloak their entire bodies in a blue force field, making them invulnerable to harm.
- The Roller Bouncers' name was not revealed in the final version of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. However, their name is listed in an unused biography for the game.
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved on 6 March 2015.
- SONIC BOOM. Characters: Lyric the Last Ancient. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved on 25 July 2014. “As seen in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, Lyric is the last of his kind from an ancient civilization who lived a millennium ago. His race was devoted to peacefully controlling the world’s resources. Driven mad by power, Lyric turned on his fellow Ancients and took control of the resources. Building an army of robots programmed to obey his every command, the deadly snake-like villain set out to destroy everything organic and create a world of twisted metal and robots. However, just before he could successfully take over, he was attacked by the last surviving Ancients and imprisoned forever. With his army shut down and his plans ruined, he waited in prison plotting his revenge. Years passed and Lyric began to give up hope. That is, until Sonic comes across him. Now with his army rebooted, and his plans in place, the only thing stopping Lyric from total victory is Sonic and his friends.”
- Big Red Button Entertainment (21 November 2014). Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Nintendo Wii U. Sega. Area/Level: Abandoned Research Facility. "Dr. Eggman: Eggman. Dr. Eggman. But you can call me Dr. 'the guy who set you free so you can give me the secrets of your technology so I can be even more powerful than I already...' you know what? Just call me 'boss.' / Lyric: Who do you think made these robots and left them for you to find, you pathetic waste of carbon!"