They're not responding! It's like they're completely soulless!
Eggman somehow turned them into zombie robots. So... "Zombots"? Yep! I'm going with "Zombots"!
— Amy Rose and Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #15
Zombots, also referred to as the infected, is a term that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It refers to animals who have been infected by the Metal Virus and had their infection reach its apogee.
Concept and creation
Zombots are made up entirely of an unknown metallic compound, giving their bodies a metallic sheen while retaining shades of their original colors. Their bodies are highly malleable, easily deforming from blunt impacts. They also possess dark red eyes with small, bright red pupils, but otherwise retain the general shape of their organic selves. Some Zombots may develop minor additional features, such as sharp claws, spikes, and more angular body markings.
Characteristics and culture
Described as "robot zombies" by Sonic, the Zombots are completely silent, emotionless and without personalities. They do not react emotionally to the environment around them and are completely unresponsive to verbal chatter; noticeably, a Zombot Tumble was unresponsive to taunts from Sonic that would have sent the old Tumble into a fury. This has led Amy to call them "soulless". However, some Zombots can apparently react to physical stresses, flinching or appearing dizzy when struck.
Due to the Metal Virus, Zombots are also deprived of free will. Initially, they would instinctively obey the orders of Dr. Eggman alone. However, supposedly due to random mutations in the Metal Virus's coding created from spreading through exposure, the Zombots have begun becoming more disobedient and unresponsive to Eggman's commands.
If left idle, the Zombots display aggressive tendencies towards all uninfected living organisms, relentlessly attacking them in order to spread the Metal Virus. However, they appear to be at least docile towards their own kind. If no uninfected beings are present, Zombots behave like they are in a mindless daze.
Powers and abilities
All Zombots possess increased strength; Zombot Rough was able to make a crack a rock wall with a single punch and regular citizens were able to smash though a thick wooden door using only their fists. Due to their robotic nature, Zombots are also immune to illnesses and have no need to eat.
Following their transmutation, the Zombots become much more durable; even a sharp object thrown directly into their bodies will just bounce off them without a scratch. If a Zombot does take damage, it can manipulate its own liquid body composition, allowing it to instantly reconstitute and restore its body from damaging blows. This makes them virtually unstoppable opponents.
Zombots are able to spread the Metal Virus to any living tissue, be it either flora or fauna, through the slightest physical touch; however, they cannot pass the virus onto processed or inorganic matter. Once the virus has been passed onto a victim, the infection will slowly spread across the victim until it is fully converted; however, the infection rate can be accelerated by repeated or prolonged exposure to the virus. As such, Zombots will often attempt to pin down a target until they are fully transformed.
The first "Zombot" (not yet named as such) to be created was a Pocky that Dr. Eggman used as a test subject. This Pocky was saturated in the Metal Virus, instantly turning it into a Zombot. Dr. Eggman then had the Zombot Pocky briefly grab a Picky, seeing that the infection had transferred to it. The next Zombot to be created was a Ricky in Eggman's captivity, who had been infected with the Metal Virus during Eggman's experiments; in an effort to circumvent the slow rate of secondary infection, Eggman used the Zombot Pocky to accelerate the virus's spread on it, quickly achieving full conversion.
While fighting Sonic and Amy in Echo Mine, Rough and Tumble unintentionally released backpacks full of the Metal Virus onto themselves, turning them into Zombots. They then resumed fighting Sonic and Amy, regenerating from any damage the hedgehogs inflicted. Although Sonic ultimately got rid of Zombot Rough and Tumble by knocking them into a refuse pit, he got infected with the Metal Virus in the process. Meanwhile, having heard Sonic call Rough and Tumble "Zombots", Eggman decided to call the infected just that, considering the name to be "catchy".
After checking in at Tails, Sonic discovered that he could keep his Zombot transformation in check with his speed, although he could not cure himself. In the meantime, Eggman used his Faceship to flood Windmill Village with his Metal Virus, transforming all of the inhabitants into Zombots either directly or by the attacks of their infected brethren. Afterwards, the Zombots followed Eggman's orders and dispersed across the countryside to create more Zombots, infecting plants and animals along the way. One Flicky in particular was transformed overnight as it slept in an infected tree; in the morning, it awoke as a fully-fledged Zombot and flew towards the nearest city.
A new Zombot infection broke out in Seaside City after the Faceship spilled a dose of the Metal Virus into the city. The Zombots soon reached and attacked the Chaotix's office, but the group managed to escape them. In the meantime, Zombots began to take over the city, infecting more and more residents. Vector, Espio and Charmy thus went to work distracting the Zombots while evacuating the uninfected residents. During the evacuation, Sonic saved Vector when a group of Zombots surrounded him and helped keep the Zombots at bay. After a Rescue Shuttle arrived, most of the Zombots headed for the docks where the survivors were gathering. There, the Chaotix fended off the Zombots while the survivors boarded the Rescue Shuttle. Charmy flew back into the city to save a partially-infected civilian that Vector had to leave behind; however, the civilian had already become a Zombot by the time he arrived. Startled by this, Charmy was grabbed by another Zombot and overwhelmed by a horde.
Another Zombot infection broke out in Floral Forest Village when Eggman's Faceship spilled another Metal Virus dose into the village. As the Zombots began wrecking havoc and infecting more villagers, Sonic came to hold them off and help evacuate as many villagers as possible. During this, the Zombots were ordered by Eggman to pile up on Sonic. However, they remained unresponsive to the doctor's commands, presumably due to mutations in the Metal Virus's coding brought about by spreading through exposure. More Zombots would press onward towards Cream's residence, but Gemerl got in their way. Unfortunately, a few Zombots managed to break into Cream's house. In an attempt to defend their family, Cheese and Chocola attacked the Zombots, only to end up touching them and getting caught by a Zombot, thus turning them into Zombots too. Just as the Zombots cornered Vanilla and Cream though, Sonic came and blew them away, allowing Cream and Vanilla to escape. The Zombots in the village then began attacking Sonic until the hedgehog decided to head to Sunset City.
List of Zombots
- Charmy Bee
- Elder Scruffy
- Rough the Skunk
- Tumble the Skunk
- Various citizens of Floral Forest Village
- Various citizens of Seaside City
- Various citizens of Windmill Village
- The Zombots are similar to the Robians from the previous Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, anthropomorphic animals that were converted into robotic slaves who acted as the primary labor force for Dr. Ivo Robotnik.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #15, "Patient Zero"
- ↑ Ian Flynn on Twitter. Twitter (27 February 2019). Retrieved on 27 February 2019.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"