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The Splats[1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a bunny-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.

Designed for the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the Splats would end up being cut from the final release of the game. Despite this, it would go on to appear in promotional materials and comics.

Appearance

Based on rabbits, Splats are small robots with round heads and torsos, and have cartoony eyes and flappy ears. They bounce around by the means of a pogo-like Spring on their underside.

Overview

Splats were originally meant to appear in Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), but were removed prior to its release for unknown reasons. However, their graphical data still existed inside the coding of NTSC and PAL releases.

While still not featured in the regular game, Splats appear as a functional enemy in the 2013 re-release of the game, where they are only featured as objects that can be placed in Green Hill Zone by using the game's Debug Mode. This Badnik moves at a similar pace to a Moto Bug, except it makes short hops.

Powers and abilities

Possessing springs on their bottoms, the Splats are capable of making extra high jumps.

In other media

Books and comics

Sonic the Comic

A Splats in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Splats were a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. Due to the different artists, Splats were often give a slightly different look between their appearance, though they retained their overall resemblance to their in-game sprites. Splats, along with two Moto Bugs, were the first Badniks ever to faced by Sonic. They teamed up with several Badniks multiple times to defeat Sonic afterwards, but without success and were eventually rendered obsolete.

Archie Comics

Main article: Splats (Archie)

A Splats in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Splats was one of Robotnik's Classic Badniks. Though initially used to combat the Knothole Freedom Fighters, the Splats were eventually rendered obsolete by more advanced robots and got decommissioned, the remainder being sent to the Robo Hobo Jungle and the Island of Misfit Badniks.

Merchandise

A full set of figurines from TOMY's promotional toy-line, featuring the Splats in center of the top line.

Despite the removal, the Splats has made few official appearances in promotional merchandise, including having its own promotional trading card after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)[2] and a figurine produced after the release of Sonic & Knuckles by TOMY in 1994.

Trivia

  • Yuji Naka mentioned the rabbit enemy being one of unused content from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), but he also commented about naming the Badnik "Rabbit-bus" or "Rabbit-taxi" (the former is a reference to Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro)".[3]
  • Promotional merchandise implied that Splats would use their pogo springs to crush Sonic by jumping on him.[2]
  • There has been some confusion over the true color palette of the Splats, with the most common being shared with Sonic's sprite palette. This is because this Badnik is technically undefined in the game's programming. This palette is used for Splats in the 2013 re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) when the Badnik is placed around by using the Debug Mode.

Gallery

Artwork

See also

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 254. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Splats - Revived from obscurity it ambushes from inkwells"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Splats' promotional trading card included after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (JPG). Sonic Retro.
  3. Kemps, Heidi (30 September 2005). Sega's Yuji Naka Talks!. GameSpy. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.

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