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Light blue, orange, silver Dark blue, orange, cyan, grey Pink, orange, silver
Dragonfly  ( is a recurring enemy in the トンバー  Tonbar ) ? series. It is a mass-produced, dragonfly-based Sonic the Hedgehog Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman with spikes and flight capabilities.
Based off the
dragonfly, the Dragonflies are robotic insects with light blue armor. When first introduced, each Dragonfly had two pairs of transparent wings, an ellipsoid thorax with orange stripes, no head, two black eyes, a small mouth, and a long yellow and blue segmented abdomen with spikes.
Over the course of the series, the Dragonflies have undergone slight design changes. In
, the Dragonflies were redesigned with a shorter abdomen and larger, blue eyes. In Sonic Generations , they were given a darker color scheme, a longer abdomen, their own head, and cyan eyes with no pupils. Finally, in Sonic Lost World , they were colored pink and their bodies had six segments instead of seven, though the spiked segment on the end were larger than before.
Sonic & Knuckles
The Dragonflies first appeared in
, where they are encountered in Sonic & Knuckles Mushroom Hill Zone. In gameplay, they repeatedly fly up and down until the player interrupts them. They are also very tricky to avoid, as touching a Dragonfly anywhere else than on its head will damage the player. Only a Spin Jump or a Glide to the head will safely destroy a Dragonfly.
Sonic Rivals 2
, the Dragonfly appears as an unlockable card after getting the high score in Sonic Rivals 2 Neon Palace Zone Act 3. The card will also unlock the Chao Detector of the previously mentioned Zone.
Nintendo 3DS version of , the Dragonflies are encountered in Sonic Generations Mushroom Hill. In this game, their attack patterns and strategy remain the same as in , and their loud buzzing easily indicates their presence. Beside that, the player can defeat the Dragonflies with the Sonic & Knuckles Spin Jump or Homing Attack.
Sonic Lost World
Two Dragonfly Badniks in
Wii U version of . Sonic Lost World
Wii U version of , the Dragonflies are found in Sonic Lost World Silent Forest Zone 2. They should not be confused with the Tonbers in Silent Forest Zone 1 however. During the game, the Dragonflies and the other badniks got hijacked by the Deadly Six.
In gameplay, the Dragonflies retain a familiar attack pattern where they fly up and down in one place. To defeat a Dragonfly, the player has to use the
Focused Homing Attack on its head.
, the Dragonflies make an appearance as enemies. In terms of design, they look much like how they did in Sonic Mania , except for a new coloration and minor tweaks. In this game, they appear in both Acts of Sonic & Knuckles Press Garden Zone.
In gameplay, the Dragonflies behave just like in their debut appearance: they hover up and down and can only be damaged on their heads. Upon destroying a Dragonfly, it will release an
Powers and abilities
Dragonflies are capable of flight and are equipped with spikes on their abdomen which they can skewer their foes with.
In other media
Dragonfly Badniks as they appear in the
comic series and its spin-offs published by Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics, the Dragonfly is a mass-produced model in the Badnik Horde. They have been deployed at a number of locations, most notably Angel Island.
The Dragonflies' Japanese name "Tonbo" is Japanese for "dragonfly".
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