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For the Badnik with the same name in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, see Tentou.

The Tentou[1] (テントー[2] Tentō?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, ladybug-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and a variant of the Moto Bug.


The Tentous are robotic ladybugs. They each possess a red back with three large black spots, a black head with cartoonish black eyes, orange mandibles, two orange antenna with blue tips, and six short blue legs.


Sonic runs under a Tentou, from Sonic Advance.

In Sonic Advance, the Tentous appear as enemies. They are only encountered in Secret Base Zone.

In gameplay, these robots fly left and right near the ceiling, occasionally pausing to fire energy balls from their wings. The Tentous are somewhat hard to avoid, especially when they come in large numbers. Once these Badniks fly however, the player has the chance to attack them with an offensive aerial maneuver, such as the Spin Jump. Also, upon their destruction, they will release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

The Tentous are capable of both flight and wallkcrawling. They can also fire energy balls from their wings.


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


  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Advance". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 122. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Tentou - A ladybug bot that flutters around the ceiling before taking its shot."
  2. (in Japanese) ソニックアドバンス必勝パーフェクトガイド Aspect. February 8 2002. p. 29. ISBN 978-4757209480.

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