|This group exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic Boom continuity.|
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
The Badniks, commonly referred to as minions, are a group that appears in the Sonic Boom franchise. They are a robot line that serves as the military backbone of Dr. Eggman's robot legions. The units consist of a number of mass-produced models designed for the purpose of overwhelming the enemy with numbers. Though easily replenished, they are expensive to produce and very fragile.
The Badniks have been deployed against Team Sonic and its members on numerous occasions, only to quickly be destroyed one way or another. They otherwise reside at Dr. Eggman's Lair, guarding the fortress and aiding Eggman with his projects.
The Badniks are based on regular non-anthropomorphic animals and are entirely mechanical. They are designed with a number of armaments and basic skills and can be equipped with extra gear. However, they are not very powerful and extremely fragile as a well-aimed whack is enough to disable them.
On the most part, Badniks possess a limited artificial intelligence, being almost completely silent and near-mindless drones that solely work for Eggman. However, they do possess a degree of free will and emotional capabilities, having showcased festive and celebrative gestures on a number of occasions and even behavior indicating surprise and fear. As per the programming demonstrating by most of them, they will only obey orders after being threatened. The first generation of Badniks is also shown being able to receive power remotely from Dr. Eggman's lair.
After Tails snuck past them when infiltrating Eggman's Lair, the Badniks cornered the fox when he gave himself to Dr. Eggman in exchange for UT's release. The Badniks later tried stopping Team Sonic when they came for Tails, but failed. Accompanying Orbot and Cubot on a robbery, the Bee Bots helped them rob the DangerCo Deadly Equipment Warehouse and kept Team Sonic busy. The Bee Bots were later summoned to the Awardy Awards by Eggman to help the doctor claim the Awardy Award, but they fled as Team Sonic began counterattacking. The Badniks were later called in to stop Team Sonic from breaking Amy out of Eggman's lair, only to get destroyed and mess up the lair for Modern Lair Magazine.
With Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks turned evil, the Badniks helped them and Eggman corner Sonic. When the evil heroes turned on each other though, the Badniks got caught in the crossfire and got destroyed by Sonic and Sonic Cookie Eggman. The Badniks were later brought to Sonic's Shack by a vengeful Eggman to attack Sonic and Tails, only to get destroyed. The Badniks were also the primary guests at the surprise party Eggman held for Orbot and Cubot where they enjoyed the festivities before Eggman brought them to a close. A lone Motobug Badnik was later used to test a freeze ray. Additionally, Eggman Industries would put some Badniks up for sale, which T.W. Barker bought to guard a certain group of captives, who destroyed them upon escaping.
While helping Eggman train during a laser tag exercise, a trio of Badniks lost to him by accident, making Eggman realize the luck balance of the universe was in his favor. Sonic (while stuck in Eggman's body) later assumed command of the Badniks to recover his body from Eggman, leading to many of them getting smashed. As Eggman got depressed, the Badniks were left on standby for a while, but got called in to battle Sonic when Eggman recovered. They were later summoned to battle Team Sonic again when Eggman's plan to sue Sonic failed. Soon after, some Crab Bots were sent by Eggman to battle Team Sonic and undermine the speed-inhibited Sonic for Eggman's latest plan. The same Badniks would be used by Eggman to attack Team Sonic when a time loop was created. Aware of this, Eggman would re-coordinate the Crab Bots for his attack until they got it right, but soon realized the time loop would undo their work.
When the rock monster appeared, Eggman tried capturing him with his Bee Bot Badniks. When that failed, Bee Bots engaged Team Sonic, who protected the rock monster, only for Sonic to turn them against Eggman, making him retreat. The Badniks later joined Eggman in a battle against Team Sonic in the jungle, but got driven off by the heroes. As Orbot and Cubot said goodbye to the Badniks when leaving Eggman for the time being, Eggman let Nominatus into his system. This computer virus took control of the Badniks to exterminate all life on earth. They then went to attack Eggman and his allies until Orbot and Cubot destroyed Nominatus.
After having a Motobug hold his spot at Meh Burger, Eggman used his Badniks to attack Sonic over a minor error, only for Team Sonic to arrive and destroy them. The Badniks were eventually abandoned when Eggman forsook technology, allowing the Lightning Bolt Society to take control of them and send them on random rampages. However, the Badniks returned to Eggman once he reclaimed his lair. Discontent with Dave the Intern service at Chez Amy, the Badniks were summoned by Eggman to kill Dave and destroy the restaurant. Thanks to Team Sonic though, they only accomplished the latter.
The Badniks were eventually called into the jungle by Eggman to force Monkey-Boy into his service. However, they were destroyed by Team Sonic. A number of Crab Bots soon after came to the Mayor's Mansion and helped Eggman find a form for his first law as ruler of the Village despite resistance from Knuckles. A fraction of the Badniks were later used to shoot Eggman's mind-enslaving movie, though the remainder joined the audience at its premiere. Because the movie ended up a failure though, the Badniks were sent away by Eggman. As Eggman attacked Seaside Island, Team Sonic would destroy the Baadniks accompanying him. Then, when an alternate-dimension Knuckles and Team Sonic attacked Eggman's lair, the Badniks tried miserably to defend it.
Deviating from their regular assignments, the Badniks accompanied Eggman to the Valley of the Cubots to destroy the renegade Cubot prototypes. With Sonic and Tails protecting the prototypes though, they had to retreat. On New Year's Eve, a swarm of Bee Bot Badniks was summoned by Eggman to fight Sonic, but were unable to do so due to the effects of Eggman's Slow Motion Machine. Motobug Badniks were later deployed to attack the Village Center, but Tails defeated them.
Several Eggman Industries-branded Badniks would join a mission sponsored by Eggman to remove Knuckles as host of the Comedy Chimp Show as a part of a sponsor deal with Comedy Chimp. However, they left after a battle with Team Sonic. Another time, when Eggman was stealing Tails' inventions using Hypno-bot, the Badniks protected Hypno-bot. While they were busy with Team Sonic though, Tails got Hypno-bot to stop the Badniks by making them dance.
Once he got a purplus in solar power, Eggman sent his remotely super-charged Badniks to attack the Village. While Team Sonic destroyed the Badniks, they alerted the Archipelago Homeowners Association to Eggman's illegal housing of robots. Eggman thus had to hide his Badniks from the association while he had them over for dinner to convince them he had no robots, or risk eviction. However, the Badniks went haywire from power overload during a thunderstorm and blew Eggman's cover. After avoided eviction by convincing the association that his Badniks were art, Eggman spent the night getting them under control.
Some Bee Bot Badniks later came to Eggman's aid as he stole a trophy. Though Team Sonic's image specialist held them back, thus letting the Bee Bots fight back, the bots got destroyed once Team Sonic got rid of the specialist. The Badniks would also join Team Eggman's fight against Team Sonic. Despite this, Team Eggman still got defeated.
One time, the Badnik came with Dr. Eggman to answer Tommy Thunder's "challenge" to Eggman on TV, but got destroyed when Sonic came to Tommy's aid. Another time, Eggman used his Badniks to ambush the Unnamed Village while Sonic was stuck on another plane of existence. As the Badniks overwhelmed Team Sonic, they were driven back once Tails brought Sonic to the fight. The Badniks were later pulled out by Eggman to attack Sonic while he was stuck on a floe, but the rest of Team Sonic soon came and eliminated them.
Both Crab Bots and the new Shark Bots would be used by Eggman in the sea to defend the Wave Machine. Though the undersea environment gave the Badniks the advantage when Team Sonic faced them, they were still beaten and even used to foil Eggman's plan. Eggman soon after had his new Beetle Bots aid the mind-controlled villagers with the construction of his Super Slumber Satellite. The first generation of Badniks was later called in when Sticks freed Team Sonic from the mind control, but got defeated. Another time, when his old Badniks got destroyed by the Village's new defense during an attack, Eggman brought his new Scorpion Bots with him past the defense to attack the Village. They too, however, met their end at Team Sonic's hands.
Fed up with Eggman's callous attitude, the Badniks joined Orbot and Cubot's strike action while also scorning Eggman's replacement lackeys. As they were about to give up though, Eggman cracked and agreed to treat them better (but still without respect).
Having been used many times before, the Badniks would be summoned to crush Sonic the Hedgehog, only to quickly be destroyed by Team Sonic. Hordes of Badniks were later unleashed on the villagers during the Eggtoberfest when Eggman realized he could not buy the villagers' trust. However all the Badniks were crushed by Team Sonic.
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
In Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, all three type of badniks appear as enemies during the stages. Each badnik has their own attack patterns and can be destroyed with one hit.
- Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom is the first and only media to use the term "badnik" for these robots.
- In the second season, multiple new badniks and Bea the Bee will appear.
- ↑ Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom. Sega. Retrieved on 1 July 2015.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Van Liemt, Romain; Derrien, Christophe (21 February 2015). "The Meteor". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Polsky, Dave (15 November 2014). "Translate This". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 3. Cartoon Network.
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Grenier, Benoit (3 December 2016). "Alone Again, Unnaturally". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 56. Boomerang.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Beardmore, Marie (14 January 2017). "Strike!". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 62. Boomerang.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Freiberger, Sam; Crede, Phaea; Shatraw, Justin (3 October 2015). "No Robots Allowed". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 46. Cartoon Network.
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- ↑ Watson, Mitch (22 November 2014). "Fortress of Squalitude". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Derrien, Jean-Christophe; Liemt, Romain Van (6 December 2014). "Eggheads". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 8. Cartoon Network.
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- ↑ Lieblich, Doug (18 April 2015). "The Curse of Buddy Buddy Temple". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 22. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Raut-Siezac, Natalys (25 April 2015). "Let's Play Musical Friends". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 23. Cartoon Network.
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- ↑ Harrison, Reed (16 May 2015). "Eggman Unplugged". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 26. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (13 July 2015). "Chez Amy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 27. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Raut-Siezac, Natalys (15 July 2015). "Curse of the Cross Eyed Moose". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 29. Cartoon Network.
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- ↑ Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (22 July 2015). "Just a Guy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 34. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Moarbes, Charles-Henri (23 July 2015). "Two Good to Be True". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 35. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Grenier, Benoit (24 July 2015). "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 36. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (8 August 2015). "New Year's Retribution". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 38. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (22 August 2015). "Tails' Crush". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 40. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (5 September 2015). "Late Night Wars". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 42. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Van Liemt, Romain; Grenier, Benoit (26 September 2015). "Robot Battle Royale". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 45. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harisson, Reid (24 October 2015). "Role Models". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 49. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (14 November 2015). "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 52. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Flynn, Ian (17 November 2016). "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 58. Boomerang.
- ↑ Raut-Sieuzac, Natalys (24 December 2016). "I Can Sea Sonic's Fear From Here". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 59. Boomerang.
- ↑ Shriver, Pauk (31 December 2016). "In the Midnight Hour". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 60. Boomerang.
- ↑ Lachenaud, Marine; Lachenaud, Cedric (7 January 2017). "Multi-Tails". Sonic Boom. Season 2. Episode 61. Boomerang.
- ↑ Sonic Boom #5, "Eggtoberfest!"