Flashers are rather small Badniks comparing to other models. They have a small red head with two antennae and two eyes with black dots for pupils. The upper part of their body is black, while their underside is flat with an electric bulb covering it.
Powers and abilities
The Flashers are capable of flight, allowing them to move through mid-air. They also possess the ability to generate a completely impenetrable electrical force-field around themselves that can both any attack and as well electrocute those that make contact with it.
Flashers appear exclusively in the Mystic Cave Zone where they float around. Most of the time they are found in corners, narrow routes and can even fly through walls. Unlike enemies like Whisps, they do not usually move around in groups. Their flying pattern is also rather erratic.
When Flasher stops in one place after floating for three seconds, it creates a flashing barrier from its bulb that makes it impossible to hit it and cause damage to the player. Even when the player has obtained Invincibility or has gained invulnerability from taking damage, the Flasher stays invulnerable until it lowers its shield, upon where it can be taken out with a Spin Jump. With this ability, Flasher can block narrow routes.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
Flashers have made several appearances in Sonic the Comic as part of Robotnik's badnik army. Usually flying on swarms, these badniks are first seen in Sonic the Comic #23's story "Pirates of the Mystic Cave", where they are possible led by Captain Plunder. Flashers attacked against Sonic and Tails at Mystic Cave Zone, who are come to rescue Amy Rose from Plunder and apparently chose the wrong tunnel. They are unable to defeat Flashers while getting shocked and faint. Moments later, Sonic and Tails found themselves from Plunder's hideout.
Flashers later return in Sonic the Summer Special, where three of them were forcing Sonic to retreat, who almost fell down to a spike pit, but gets recurred by Tails in the last second. In Sonic the Comic #46's "Enter the Cybernik", Robotnik sends single Flasher to seal an Emerald Hill folk mouse in and then sent along with several badniks to capture more residents from to Emerald Hill Zone. It was quickly defeated by Shortfuse the Cybernik before even using its electrifying power.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, an enemy named Hotaru is similar to Flasher, as both being firefly-type Badniks and able to electrocute target with its weaponry.
- In its artwork as shown in Sonic Jam, Flasher's name is misspelled as "Frasher".