Troopers are a group that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. They are Badniks and the main ground force used by Doctor Robotnik during his tyrannical rule of Mobius. The Troopers maintain order in the streets, guard Robotnik's important facilities, and round up Emerald Hill Folk to be turned into Badniks. Some have specialized functions beyond these.
In general, Troopers resemble humanoid robots, with red armour, bucket-like helmets (resembling German Stahlhelme) and grey, skeletal faces. They are often emblazoned with Robotnik's face as a logo. While Troopers are supposedly mass-produced, they appear to be highly variable. It is not unheard of for large groups of Troopers to have no two robots look exactly alike. Differences may include the shape of the jaw (pointed and square teeth are both common), adornments, and the shape of the armor. Some Troopers even have armor that is not red, such as the white Troopers in General Trusk's personal guard.
The Troopers were developed and first manufactured in a six month period, in which Sonic the Hedgehog and his closest friends were absent from Mobius due to Robotnik's trickery. In this same period, Robotnik conquered the entire planet, and Troopers became the most obvious sign of his rule.
In the early days of Robotnik's rule, most Troopers operated out of Robotnik's Egg Fortress in the Special Zone. They were able to warp to Mobius and back again by means of special, flying Troop Ships.
When Robotnik briefly became a god by absorbing the powers of the Chaos Emeralds, he altered history so that Sonic was never born, resulting in his completely uncontested rule over Mobius. The Troopers were once again his primary shock troops, and Sonic admitted that he kind of missed smashing them.
Powers and abilities
Troopers are much stronger and better armoured than regular Badniks, which initially made it difficult for Sonic to beat them. However, they also do not possess organic batteries, which allowed Sonic to use his full strength and destroy them that way.
The elite Troopers from the Special Badnik Service or S.B.S. (based on the Nazi S.S.) is also highly adapted and specialised. Commander Brutus was originally a member of the S.B.S. before being programmed with Robotnik's brainwaves into the ultimate Trooper.
List of named Troopers
- Although "Trooper" became the most commonly used name to refer to these types of Badniks, the term was not used until Sonic the Comic #45, "Enter the Cybernik, Part 1". Until then they had been referred to almost exclusively as "Soldier Badniks".
- Troopers are comparable to the Swat-Bots.
- The Troopers were intended to demonstrate how Robotnik had conquered Mobius. According to Nigel Kitching, they were his occupying army and "All good dictators have their own armies." In the script for their first appearance, Kitching described them as "Soldier Badniks", and they were designed entirely by artist Richard Elson. Other artists then followed Elson's lead.
- According to Elson, editor Richard Burton frequently pressed the artist to draw Troopers in different colours, leading to Trusk's white bodyguard in Sonic the Comic #24, but Elson soon went back to the uniform red designs. Since Troopers were essentially cannon fodder, he felt it was "daft" to make them overly elaborate or conspicuous, and that they should instead by instantly recognizable as an army.
- Sonic the Comic #24, "The Sonic Terminator, Part 1"
- Sonic the Comic #9, "Back to Reality"
- Sonic the Comic #100, "The Final Victory"
- Sonic the Comic #128, "Robotnik Reigns Supreme, Part 2"
- #8657 "Re: Soldier Badniks!" post by Nigel Kitching at sonicthecomic Yahoo! Group
- #8705 "Re: Soldier Badniks!" post at sonicthecomic Yahoo! Group