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This article is about the Badnik. For the alien species with a similar name, see Wisp.

They appear in groups of three or more, but will stop trying to hit Sonic and Tails after a few moments

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Whisp[1] (ブンブン[2] Bun-bun?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, fly-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


The Whisps resemble a flying insect, most likely a fly. They have small, blue bodies with two wings connected above each of them. Also, the rear of this Badnik model contains a grey/yellow motor. The Whisps also each have six mechanical legs as three on each side. They also have two red compound eyes and a yellow mouth each.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2


The first appearance of this Badnik was in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Whisp[1] (ブンブン[2] Bun-bun?). In this game, the player encounters them on the routes above the water sections of Aquatic Ruin Zone.

In gameplay, the Whisps fly around in swarms of three or five. They are usually positioned near jumps where the player has little protection from them. Whisps will start following and fly down to attack the player, but will not follow the player underwater. Also, if they chase the playable character for long enough, they will fly away. However, Whisps can easily be destroyed one by one with the Spin Jump or while charging a Spin Dash. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

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Whisps make their latest appearance in the Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, as these fly Badniks are featured at routes above the water of Aquatic Relix, which is almost identical to Aquatic Ruin Zone with its gimmicks and Badniks. In the game, Whisps appear now by themselves instead of in groups with three of them. Despite its blue and white appearance, Whisps appear to have same attack pattern. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

As per their design, the Whisps are capable of flight.

In other media

Sonic the Comic

Whisps, from Sonic the Comic #29. Art by Ferran Rodriguez.

In the Sonic the Comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, the Whisps are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. They only appeared a few times during the comic's run. One time, they attacked Sonic when he tried to investigate the Aquatic Ruin Zone. Years later, many more would ambush the Freedom Fighters over Flickies' Island.


  • Whisp's Japanese name, "Bun-bun", is the Japanese onomatopoeia for buzzing.
  • Whisps were going to reappear in Sonic Mania, but were cut from the game. Here, they would have acted like Shutterbugs.[3]







  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 48.
  3. Sonic Mania. The Cutting Floor. Retrieved on 4 November 2018.

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