Ballhog in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
|Appearances in other media|
Ball Hog, also spelled Ballhog and known as Tonton (トントン) in Japan, is a pig-type badnik created by Doctor Robotnik. It first appears in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog. Ball Hog throw or roll bombs from its round belly.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Ball Hogs makes appearance in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, as these badniks can only be found first and second acts of Scrap Brain Zone. These badniks appear usually at the end of act on hall section which only can lead to up and down.
Ball Hogs are standing almost against the wall or the edge of the next layer, jumping on both feet and dropping bombs which slowly bounces down. The player has to jump over these bombs at the right time and at the same time to get up. The defeat these badniks, the player has to do Spin Jump.
Ball Hogs also appear in 8-bit version of the game with same name as these badniks also appear at Scrap Brain Zone. Similarly Ball Hogs can be found at hall sections, but unlike in 16-bit version, there are also halls that have no passages to up but platforms only where badniks throw bombs down of the hall. Ball Hogs like other badniks don't have animal friends as organic battery in 8-bit version.
Sonic Lost World
Many years later, Ball Hogs make a reappearance in Sonic Lost World. In Silent Forest, Ball Hogs are seen having darker color scheme and larger. They also have a different pattern now, as they can hop from lateral directions to another, while the player is moving on the route. Ball Hogs are able to squash the player by free falling to the route. There are also golden types of Ball Hogs, which fire bombs at the player, while he/she has to defeat him by kicking bombs back into them.
Ball Hogs also appear in Frozen Factory, where they are smaller and have the traditional purple color scheme. These variants have also the same attack pattern, in which the badniks throw exploding bombs onto the player.
Ball Hog is basic pink badnik model which wildly resembles real-life's domestic pig, but which is able to stand up on two legs. It has two ears on the head and grey, thick snout. It has trotter hands and two mechanical legs. Ball Hog's gray belly is actually door which can be opened with the attached handle.
Ball Hogs have nasty surprise to its target on their belly, as the badniks will start literally open their hatch and throw glowing bombs, which do not explode unless if the enemy hits them. Also these bombs can be tricky as it bounces down the hill. In Sonic Lost World, they are seen to be able to hop very high at high speed.
Appearances in Other Media
Sonic the Comic
Ballhogs appear infrequently in early issues of Sonic the Comic as being part of Robotnik's badnik army. Although having no specific role, it can be seen along other badniks in issues 1, 12, 121, 131 and pin-up.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Ballhog, along with Roller, appeared in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Untouchable Sonic". Their appearances are drastically different as having business suit and bird's beak instead of pig snout, but Ball Hog retains the ability to toss out bombs, although he used it once before Sonic tricked him into using it against Roller.
Ballhog and Roller are part of Dr. Robotnik's Or Else Protection Service, where they bully Mobians into paying them to not destroy their business. They are easily destroyed by Sonic. Later at the end of the episode, Tails had converted Ballhog and Roller's remains for an attraction for Bert's Diner.
Ball Hog appears as part of Robotnik's badnik army in early issues of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics. He was first seen as hiding along other badniks as no one of them does not want to face Robotnik's anger after getting Sonic the Hedgehog's bronzed baby shoes instead of treasure. Later at issue 16, Ball Hog and Newtron got the task of blowing up a unnamed place as attempting to flush out a spy, but bomb early explodes, because of Sonic who knew this and set them off before the bomb could reach its intended target. Even after that, Ball Hog has been seen at assault of so thought Sonic and Princess Sally wedding in issue 18.
Ball Hog has not seen since until as Sonic visits the Island of Misfit Badniks and fought badniks (Ball Hog being along with them) until Pseudo Sonic sunk the island down. Later on, Ball Hog along with other badniks fought against Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters while enlarging Pseudo Sonic. Ball Hog leads the second wave of badniks, which includes himself, Splats, Orbinaut, and Coconuts, but got defeated Bivalve and a moment later got compacted into a cube with the island by Big Fluke. Later he's been seen in Zone Jail, taking part in the riot.
Sonic X (Comics)
The toy company TOMY has released Ball Hog action figurine during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines and these figurines came in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles label and were also released individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.
- Early on during the pre-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Ball Hog was originally supposed to appear in Green Hill Zone. Also it has to note that Ball Hog was supposed to act really differently, as it was standing straight and throws bombs to the both sides from top of medium-sized hills. This early version of the game was playable during at Consumer Electronics Show 1991.
- One of small artworks featuring badniks at Japanese instruction manual, shows Ball Hog throwing bombs on both sides at the same time. This would possibly show how the badnik originally would act in Green Hill Zone.
- It can be noticed that Ball Hog has similar looking legs as Roller and Bomb in artwork illustration.
- Due the palette limitations, in-game sprite of Ball Hog shows to have green snout.
- Ball Hog is not seen throwing bombs in Archie Comics as all. However his ability has been mentioned at the badnik's bio in Sonic Archives #4.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, a small pig robot that resembles Ballhog appears on the middle side of Robotnik's Mobile as flag man for turtle and rabbit missiles.
|Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)/Beta Elements|
|Characters||Sonic | Dr. Robotnik | Flicky | Pocky | Pecky | Cucky | Ricky | Picky | Rocky|
|Badniks||Moto Bug | Buzz Bomber | Chopper | Crabmeat | Newtron | Caterkiller | Spikes | Burrobot | Jaws | Orbinaut (Unidus and Uni Uni) | Bomb | Ball Hog|
|Zones||Green Hill Zone | Bridge Zone | Jungle Zone | Labyrinth Zone | Scrap Brain Zone | Sky Base Zone | Special Stages|
|Moves/Techniques||Spin Attack | Spin Jump|
|Items||Ring | Monitor (Super Ring, Shield, Power Sneakers, Invincibility, Extra Life, Continue, Arrow Monitor) | Spring | Bumper | Switch | Air Bubbles | Signpost | Capsule|
|Other||South Island | Chaos Emeralds | Spikes | Totem Pole | Crusher | Spiked Ball | Fire Statue | Seesaw | Bomb | Electric Generator | Conveyor Belt | Teleporter | Flipper | Gallery|