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

Missile-dropping ladybug


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Tentou[1][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. Robotnik.

Appearance

Based on the likeness of ladybugs, the Tentous are small Badniks that 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 cartoonish black eyes and two yellow antennas. On their bellies, they have a gray tube from where mines are dropped.

Overview

A Tentou in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Tentous appear as enemies in Collision Chaos. In gameplay, they hover left and right along the ground within their designated areas at low heights, only to slowly fly away as the playable character approaches. As they retreat, they drop mines. These mines will lie on the ground and will explode after a few seconds or if the playable character touches them, dealing damage in the process. Aside from this though, this Badnik possesses no means of defense. Use the Spin Jump to defeat Tentous. Because they are armed though, the player should attack them from above so as to not accidentally get hit by any mines that they drop.

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 and deducing their movement speed. 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.

Trivia

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

Notes

  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".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Tentou - Missile-dropping ladybug."

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