Slinger wasn't very open with his past or motivations, being a mystery even to Mimic. But when things got dicey, he was always by his friends' sides, wispons blazing.
— Description, Slinger's Trading Card
Slinger the Ocelot is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He was an anthropomorphic ocelot and was the marksman of the Diamond Cutters. He was betrayed by their infiltrator Mimic and killed by Shadow Androids.
Slinger was a teal-furred, anthropomorphic ocelot with pink eyes and a dark pink nose. He had triangular ears with tan canals and had white fur on his muzzle, chest and tail tip. He also had turquoise markings on top of his head, above his eyes and his tail.
For attire, Slinger wore a large, gray and dark gray scarf and a similarly colored military beret, which he hung on his right ear, as well as a dark gray belt with revolver holsters. Like the other Diamond Cutters, he wore dark gray gloves with gray palms and gray boots with dark gray toes and soles. For missions he would wear a cyan, black and gray monocle-like eyepiece with a white wire on his left eye.
Slinger used to be part of the Diamond Cutters, an elite anti-Eggman mercenary team, as their marksman. His Wisp companion was a Cyan Wisp. During one mission at an Eggman base, Slinger, along with Smithy the Lion and Claire Voyance, pretended to be captured by Mimic, who had shapeshifted into an Egg Pawn. After they managed to fool the guarding Egg Pawn there, Claire sensed a formation of Badniks on the far end of the base and two more on the inside that were recharging. This prompted Slinger to shoot down several Egg Pawns that stood in their way. He soon followed Mimic out of the facility after he created an exit with his Cube Wispon. Later, at the onset of the Eggman War, Mimic secretly betrayed the Diamond Cutters and aligned himself with Dr. Eggman. He brought a plan before the Diamond Cutters to take down an Eggman base that cause a blackout among his forces along the coastline. At the Eggman base that the team decided to take down, the Diamond Cutters found no opposition. Claire tried to use her powers but could not sense anything, deducing that Eggman must have been emitting alpha waves somewhere to block her. After Mimic went to scout for an ambush, Slinger, Claire and Smithy pressed onwards to find large capsules where Claire believed the source of the alpha waves was coming from. In the capsules, the trio discovered Shadow Androids. Suddenly, the room was automatically locked and trapped them inside. Slinger was then forced to fight the Shadow Androids with all his might and tried calling contacting Mimic and Whisper for an evacuation but they did not respond. Slinger was soon killed in battle.
Slinger was quite a suave and casual person who knew how to fight with style. He believed in justice and personally opposed everything Dr. Eggman stood for. He was quite calculated and often knew when to be cautious of his surroundings. Though he took his missions seriously, he often found the fun in fighting.
Powers and abilities
Slinger was also a trained soldier and thus, had experience fighting in war-like situations.
Weapons and equipment
Slinger used a monocle-like eyepiece during missions which would grant him communication with his teammates over large distances as well as translate the language of the Wisps. The monocle also had a built-in camera and was networked, so that all teammates could watch the footage as means of reviewing mission performance and studying each others' perspectives.
- Slinger's species of an ocelot and his choice of weapon being Wispon revolvers brings about a similarity to Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear series.
- Being 14 years old at the time of his death, Slinger was the youngest of the Diamond Cutters.