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Quotation1.svg These baddies fly by rotating the wings that jut from their sides like a propeller. That said, fly is all they do. Seeing as how they don't attack, they're actually kind of cute. Quotation2.svg
— Description, Sonic Unleashed[1]

The Spinner (スピナ Supina?, lit. "Spina"), also known as the Bladed Spinner[2][3] (スピナ[4] Supina?, lit. "Spina"), is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a model of bat-like Badniks created by Dr. Eggman. These flying robots mostly serves as Dr. Eggman's surveillance drones.

Appearance

The Spinners' overall resembles bats, but their design has been rather inconsistent. In Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Bladed Spinners have a hemisphere-shaped purple head with pointy yellow ears and menacing black and cyan eyes with white sclera. Below their head they have a conical frustum-shaped gray body, and on the bottom of it they have two cylinder-shape attachments. On the bottom and the upper edge of their body they have a line of black and yellow hazard stripes. Between their head and body, Bladed Spinners have a pair of giant hook-like blades spinning around them like a helicopter rotor.

In Sonic Unleashed, the Spinners received a noticeable redesign. In this game, their entire body is orb-shaped with purple still being their dominant color. They have yellow drill-like ears, empty cyan eyes and a row of cyan lights on the front, resembling a mouth. Around the middle of their body, they have a yellow ring with a transparent cyan semicircle (reminiscent of wings) attached on a purple point on each side.

In Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, the Spinners received a merge of their earlier designs. While their upper head and wings resemble those in Sonic Unleashed, their lower body look like they did in Sonic Adventure. Other changed details include their ears which look more like they did in Sonic Adventure, their cyan eyes have black pupils and sclera, their mouths are white, their wings are now solid and are colored purple, white and cyan, and they lack the hazard stripes.

In Sonic Lost World, the Spinners look more like they did in Sonic Unleashed in overall shape, but have more realistic ears, non-transparent wings, cylinders on the bottom of their body, and big, cartoon-like eyes.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

The Bladed Spinner in Sonic Adventure.

The Spinners first appeared in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, where they were known as Bladed Spinner[3] (スピナ[4] Supina?, lit. "Spina"). They can be found in the following Action Stages for each character:

Character Action Stage
Sonic Casinopolis, Speed Highway, Red Mountain, Sky Deck
Tails Casinopolis, Sky Deck, Speed Highway
Knuckles Speed Highway, Casinopolis, Red Mountain, Sky Deck
Amy Final Egg
E-102 Gamma Red Mountain

In gameplay, the Bladed Spinners' attack patterns differs between one another, depending on the situation: some stays in one place, others fly around in circles, and some others will move towards the player once they spot them. When attacking a Bladed Spinner, the player has to hit the Bladed Spinner either from above or below, as hitting them where their blades are spinning will damage the player. In Sonic's scenario, the player can use the Bladed Spinners to access hidden areas or paths by using the Homing Attack to skip across them (like stepping stones). Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance 2

In Sonic Advance 2, the Spinners appear as an enemy. In this game, the Spinners look almost identical to how they looked in Sonic Adventure, except that they have bigger wings. The player only encounters them in Egg Utopia.

In gameplay, the Spinners remain stationary in one place in midair where they spin their blades. Like in Sonic Adventure, Spinners can only be successfully damaged on the top or bottom, and attacking them head-on where their blades are spinning will damage the playable character. Also, upon their destruction, the release an Animal.

Sonic Advance 2

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In Sonic Advance 3, the Spinners appear as an enemy. In this game, the Spinners look like they did in Sonic Advance 2. The player encounters them in Route 99, Ocean Base and Chaos Angel.

In gameplay, the Spinners remain stationary in one place in midair where they spin their blades. Like in Sonic Adventure, Spinners can only be successfully damaged on the top or bottom, and attacking them head-on where their blades are spinning will damage the playable character. Also, upon their destruction, they release a Ring.

Sonic Unleashed

The Spinner in Sonic Unleashed.

In both the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version and Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed, this enemy is called simply the Spinner (スピナ Spina?, lit. "Spina"). In this game, the Spinners received a more modernized and less menacing design.

In Sonic Unleashed the Spinners are some of the most common enemies in the game and can be encountered in nearly all of the game's daytime Action Stages/Stages. In gameplay, the Spinners are virtually harmless as they only hover in mid-air and have no attack patterns, although the player can still take damage from them by touching their spinning blades. Instead, they primarily serve as stepping stones which the player can use to cross gaps and reach alternate paths by skipping across them using the Homing Attack. In some cases, when a Spinner is destroyed, another one will appear to take its place shortly afterward.

Sonic Colors

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In both the the Wii and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, this enemy is once again referred to as the Spinner (スピナ Spina?, lit. "Spina"). In this game, the Spinners received a new redesign, which resembles a hybrid of both their Sonic Adventure and Sonic Unleashed designs.

In Sonic Colors, the Spinners are once again one of the more common enemies encountered in the game. In gameplay, they have the same behavior and attacks patterns as they had in Sonic Unleashed. They also reprise their role as stepping stones for the player to cross to reach other paths by using the Homing Attack on them in a chain. They are also very useful for advancing upwards in the 2D side-scrolling sections of the Acts.

Sonic Generations

The Spinner, from Sonic Generations.

In both the console/PC version and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, this enemy is again referred to as Spinner. In this game, they feature the same design they had in Sonic Colors.

In the console/PC version, Spinners appear in Speed Highway, Seaside Hill and Rooftop Run. On the Nintendo 3DS version, however, they only appear in Tropical Resort. Like in Sonic Colors, Spinners in this game have the same behavior and attack patterns as they had in Sonic Unleashed. Also, on the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, a statue of a Spinner will appear in the secret Statue Room if the player enters the right code.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

A Spinner during the Dream Sprint event, from Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Spinners appear as obstacles. This time around, they possess their design from Sonic Colors.

In this game, Spinner make an appearance during a mini-game in London Party Mode where the player has to count the number of robots flying around the screen. They also appear during the Dream Sprint event on BINGO Highway. Here, they can be found hovering in midair above the track. Running into a Spinner in this event will make the playable character lose speed. Spinners are also featured in the Dream Discus event in Windy Valley. Here, they float along the racing course for the event. Colliding with one will stun the playable character. However, the player can also destroy them by ramming into them with the Boost maneuver. Doing so will earn the player five points.

Sonic Jump series

Sonic Jump (2012)

In the 2012 version of Sonic Jump, the Spinners appear as enemies. The player only encounters them in Blue Sky Zone. In gameplay, they circle around specific spots in midair, although the radius of this circular movement may differ between Spinners. Like all the other enemies in the game, the Spinners can only be destroyed from below.

Sonic Jump Fever

In Sonic Jump Fever, the Spinners appear as enemies. Like in Sonic Jump, the player can only find them in Blue Sky Zone. In gameplay, they circle around specific spots in midair, although the radius of this circular movement may differ between Spinners. Like all the other enemies in the game, the Spinners can only be destroyed from below.

Sonic Lost World

Spinner as it appears in Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Spinners once again appear as enemies. In this game, they have a design resembling the one they had in Sonic Unleashed, but with a more cartoon-like look. During the events of the game, the Spinners and the other Badniks got hijacked by the Deadly Six when Eggman lost control over the group.

In Sonic Lost World, Spinners can be encountered in both Windy Hill and Desert Ruins. In gameplay, they display the same behavior and attack patterns they had in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, and again mainly serve as stepping stones for the player to cross gabs by using the Homing Attack on them in a chain.

Sonic Runners series

Sonic Runners

In Sonic Runners, the Spinners appear as enemies. In this game, they retained their design from Sonic Lost World. They are also some of the more common foes encountered in the speed type characters' stages. In gameplay, they either hover in stationary positions or fly back and forth, either separately or as a group. Also, unlike in previous games, their spinning blades do not regularly hurt the player.

The player can destroy the Spinners with any move or offensive power-up in the playable characters' arsenal. When destroyed, a Spinner will grant the player 100 points.

Spinners in Sonic Runners come in three types. Aside from the regular Spinners, there are golden ones which grant 300 points when defeated, and silver ones that grant 200 points when eliminated and which only Color Powers, Invincible and the power type characters' dash attack can defeat. All three variations also contain Animals that are released when they are destroyed. The Spinners also appear as part of several episodes' narrative, which features them being defeated time and time again by Team Sonic.

Sonic Runners Adventure

In Sonic Runners Adventure, Spinners appear as enemies. In this game, they retain their design from Sonic Lost World. The player encounters them in Desert Ruins and Lava Mountain.

In gameplay, most Spinners behave much like its precessor by slowly fly towards the player. Other simply hover in place. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

The Spinners have the ability to fly in midair by rotating their wings like propellers. They are also able to use their wings as blades to slash their opponents.

Variants

Thunder Spinner

Main article: Thunder Spinner

The Thunder Spinner is essentially a Spinner that is able to discharge electricity, allowing it to shock its opponents. They first appeared in Sonic Adventure.

Metal Spinner

Main article: Metal Spinner

The Metal Spinner is a Spinner clad in steel armor, making it virtually indestructible. They appear in Sonic Colors.

Prism Spinner

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These type of Spinners are composed of the material that prisms are made of and have a sharp point on their bottom. These type of Spinners periodically disappears and can function as a regular prism when using the Cyan Laser on them. They only appear in the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Spinner (Archie)

Spinners in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Spinners came into being when the Prime Zone's timeline was rewritten by the Super Genesis Wave. In this world, they are Badniks and a part of Dr. Eggman's Badnik Horde.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Spina (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Bladed Spinners are called Spinas. In this media, they are Badniks and a part of the Eggman Empire's Badnik army. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts' up until after Sonic Forces.

Trivia

Sonic with the Spinner toy.

  • Spinner appears along with a figure of Sonic the Hedgehog with a background of Speed Highway. It was released along with other notable enemies for Sonic's 20th Anniversary.

References

  1. Description of the Spinners from the Bestiary, Eggman's Machinery, entry 015/030, in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.
  2. Sonic Adventure online. Sonic tactical info: Speed Highway-Scoring Level A. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, p. 31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 34.
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