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A Cybernik is a powerful badnik created by Doctor Ivo Robotnik in the continuity of Sonic the Comic by Fleetway Editions. Constructed of the nigh-indestructible alloy called Megatal, the Cyberniks also have a range of other abilities, such as flight and powerful blasters.
Cyberniks are, like many other badniks in this continuity, powered by organic batteries. However, as the Cyberniks are generally indestructible, it was believed impossible to ever remove these organic batteries from their metal shells. Both Cyberniks were eventually removed from their armour, however.
Two Cyberniks were depicted during the series. The prototype was a squirrel-shaped badnik, but an error occurred during the installation of Shorty the Squirrel as its organic battery, allowing Shorty to resist Robotnik's brainwashing. Shorty took on the name Shortfuse the Cybernik, and became an outlaw, striving to defeat Robotnik's forces. Shortfuse possessed blasters on his arms and the ability to fly.
The second Cybernik, a rat named Vermin, was created to destroy Shortfuse. Although he could not fly, he was super strong and had more powerful blasters which were emitted from his eyes. He also possessed the ability to inject a crippling computer virus by means of his prehensile tail.