The Scrawls are bulky red robots with gray joints. Their upper body resembles a hunchbacked and wide humanoid torso. Instead of a head, they have a neck on their chest that connects to a large black eye with green sclera and thick eyelids. They also have two arms with four points of articulation, thick forearms, rolling spikes for hands, and a small pelvis with a few laser barrels on the bottom.
The Scrawls were created by Lyric the Last Ancient in the Robot Facility five millennia ago to help him destroy the earth's lifeforms and conquer it. During an attack on the remaining Ancients however, the Scrawls were shut down when Lyric was imprisoned. In the present day, they were recovered by Lyric after he escaped to search for the Crystal Shards and battle Team Sonic too.
The Scrawls are encountered in Scrapyard and Shadow Canyons. In gameplay, they normally move around on the ceilings, but they can also be found walking on the floors in rare cases. Notably, they constantly emit a red targeting laser. Shortly after they see the playable characters pass them, the Scrawls will constantly shoot a laser perpendicular from the surface they are on while pursuing the playable character along the surface they hang onto until they hit them. However, they cannot cross corners or walls and their laser cannot reach into corners. Also, if the player gets far enough away, they will cease their attack. In addition, even if a Scrawl is destroyed, a new one will later respawn to take its place. Also, the fifteenth Toy the player purchases from Q-N-C's Toy Shop will be a Scrawl figurine.
After Team Sonic and Shadow defeated Lyric, the Scrawl were stopped once more.
Powers and abilities
The Scrawls' unique hands allow them to climb on any surface. They are also equipped with barrels that can fire intense energy beams.
- The Scrawls' abilities and attack patterns are virtually identical to the Cliff Hangers'.
- 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.”
- Sanzaru Games (21 November 2014). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Nintendo 3DS. Sega. Area/Level: Sonic's Shack - Comic prequel.