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A dragonfly that lazily defends its territory


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Tonbo[1][note 1] is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, dragonfly-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.

Appearance

Based on dragonflies, Tonbos loosely resemble the first variation of Poh-Bees. They have a thick green and black thorax each with a pair of transparent wings on their backs, a black head with two red antennas each, and black eyes with orange sclera, four gray insectoid legs, and a thin abdomen with green plating on their tip each.

Overview

A Tombo, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Tonbos appear as enemies in Tidal Tempest. In gameplay, they simply fly both back and both, and up and down within their designated areas without using any attacks, making them one of the weakest enemies in the game. However, they can still be a threat when they fly into the path of the playable character while they are running or when they are using a Spring, as the Tonbos can still inflict damage by touching the playable character. Regardless, they can easily be defeated with the Spin Jump.

In the Bad Future, or occasionally the present timeframe of the Round, Tonbos appear as decayed; their armor has partially fallen off and their eyes have turned blue. In addition, they fly around slower, but also more chaotically. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Tombos 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 Tombos are capable of flight.

Trivia

  • "Tonbo" (トンボ?) is the Japanese word for "dragonfly".

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 "tonbo".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Tonbo - A dragonfly that lazily defends its territory."

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