Appearances in other media
Green, orange, silver
Enhanced agility Wallcrawling
Mantis (, マンティス Mantisu ) ?  also known as  Hopper ( ホッパー Hoppā ) ?  in Japan, is a recurring enemy in the  . It is a mass-produced, grasshopper-based Sonic the Hedgehog series Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman that can make rapid leaps while ambushing its target.
Despite their name, Mantids resemble and behave more like
grasshoppers than mantids. They have green armor with minor silver details such as feelers, mouth plate and pairs of bolts on their legs and heads. Their robotic hind legs are powerful and stretch backwards when preparing to jump.
, the Mantises look mostly the same, but with minor changes, like having eyes instead of bolts and longer feelers.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Mantises first appeared in
and its locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 . They are found in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Marble Garden Zone Act 2 and where they hide in the ground or stand around tricky sections. When the player comes near one, the Mantis leaps on the spot and keeps doing this for as long as the playable character is close to it. When finally moving, it can jump right over the player, making it very easy to avoid. They are easily defeated with the Spin Jump.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
, Mantises appear as enemies in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Sylvania Castle Zone. They behave much like they did in , although they are slightly less predictable. Some Mantises can also stand on ceilings and will drop down when the player gets close.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Powers and abilities
Mantises have enhanced agility and wallcrawling skills, allowing them to perform rapid leaps in one place and stand on ceilings.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
. Sonic the Comic
series published by Sonic the Comic Fleetway Editions, the Mantises are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army and are among the third set of Badniks the doctor produced. In this media, they look radically different from their game counterparts and are capable of flight.
In the French
comic book, Robotnik sents numerous Badniks (including Mantis) on huge chase after Sonic and Tails when they escaped from his spaceship.
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