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For the robotic enemy with the same name that appears in Sonic Advance, see Tentou (Sonic Advance).

The Tentou[note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, ladybug-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


Based on the likeness of ladybugs, the Tentous have an oval, dome-shaped red body with a grey head and an elytra with black markings. On their head they have a pair of low-set black eyes and yellow antennas. On their bottom, they have a tube from where mines are dropped.


A Tentou in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Tentous appear only in Collision Chaos. In gameplay, they hover left and right along the ground, only to slowly fly away as the player approaches. As they retreat, they drop mines that explode after a few seconds. Use the Spin Jump while avoiding the mines to defeat this Badnik.

In the Bad Future or sometimes the present timeframe of the Round, Tentous have decayed; they have depressed-looking eyes and are missing the tubes underneath them, making them incapable of dropping mines. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Tentous are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Powers and abilities

Thanks to their wings, the Tentous are capable of flight. They also able to produce mines that they can drop on their enemies.


  • "Tentou" is short for "tentoumushi" (テントウムシ?), the Japanese word for "ladybird".


  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, in-game source code from the Sonic Gems Collection version of Sonic the Hedgehog CD refers to this Badnik as "tentou".