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This group exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic the Comic continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.

The Marxio Brothers are a group that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. They are a trio of villainous electricians and are closely allied with Dr. Robotnik's dictatorship of planet Mobius. They particular run his various casino and carnival zones.

Concept and creation

The Marxio Brothers were created by Nigel Kitching and Richard Elson. Some of the publication's earliest parody characters, they are based partly on the stage personas of Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx respectively of the early 20th century comedian group known as the Marx Brothers, and partly on the video game icons of Super Mario Bros..

The Marxio Brothers debuted in 1994, at a time when Sega and Nintendo were major rivals in the video game industry.

History

Past

The Marxio Brothers were three electricians who came from 'Super Marxio World', a place they are terrified of (most likely poking fun at the 'horror' of being in a Mario or Nintendo game and not a Sonic universe). It is implied that they were brought out of this world to Mobius by Doctor Robotnik, after which they worked to run his 'commercial ventures'.[1]

Ruled by Robotnik

STC18-Marxio

From left to right: Chicio, Grouchio, and Harpio. Art by Richard Elson.

In their first appearance, they were in charge of the Casino Night Zone for Robotnik. Chicio rigged all of the games in the zone to be unwinnable and they used a massive statue of Robotnik to hypnotise Mobians into becoming compulsive gamblers. When Robotnik learned through his spy network that Sonic the Hedgehog planned to make a raid on the Zone, he ordered the Marxio Brothers to make sure Sonic failed. They did manage to capture Sonic and Porker Lewis, and tie them to the roller coaster.[1] However, Sonic was able to free them. Sonic managed to keep the Marxios occupied while Porker reprogrammed the zone's master computer so that all games always paid out, then destroyed the hypnotising Robotnik statue.[2]

After Robotnik discovered the legendary Floating Island was real (by crash-landing on it),[3] he assigned the Marxio Brothers to build and manage a new theme park on the island as a money-maker: the Carnival Night Zone.[4] When Knuckles discovered it, Grouchio managed to convince him that Robotnik wasn't involved (they had merely purchased the patrolling Trooper Badniks from him) and that they would cut Knuckles in on the profits, with which he could renovate some of the older Zones on the island.[5] They tried and failed to kill him by means of a booby-trapped roller coaster, in the process convincing him to let them stay ("I loved the ride!").[6] They attempted to keep him busy as the park's "marketing consultant", and away from Robotnik's plans. However, when he insisted on leaving to destroy Robotnik's Launch Base Zone, Chicio let slip that they did indeed work for Robotnik, and the Marxios were forced to fight him.[7] When the guests started to arrive, they tried to keep Knuckles busy with a Badnik attack until the civilians were inside, knowing that he couldn't destroy the zone if innocent people were in there.[8] Nevertheless, Knuckles destroyed the Badniks and then struck a fault-line in the ground before the guests entered the park, splitting the Carnival Night Zone away from the rest of the Floating Island and dropping it to the surface of Mobius far below.[9]

Post-Ruled by Robotnik

Following Robotnik's removal from power, the Marxio Brothers convinced the Mobian authorities that Robotnik had duped them and were able to buy the Chemical Plant Zone, with the intent of making it environmentally friendly. They called Sonic in because of a problem that they felt might cause the zone to detonate, which turned out to be Megatox;[10] whether or not this was a deliberate trap for Sonic is left unknown, though the Marxios denied it.[11]

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Comic #18, "Casino Night, Part 1"
  2. Sonic the Comic #19, "Casino Night, Part 2"
  3. Sonic the Summer Special (1994), "Guardian of the Chaos Emeralds"
  4. Sonic the Comic #39, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 1"
  5. Sonic the Comic #40, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 2"
  6. Sonic the Comic #41, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 3"
  7. Sonic the Comic #42, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 4"
  8. Sonic the Comic #43, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 5"
  9. Sonic the Comic #44, "Carnival Night Conspiracy, Part 6"
  10. Sonic the Comic #114, "Crisis in the Chemical Plant Zone, Part 1"
  11. Sonic the Comic #115, "Crisis in the Chemical Plant Zone, Part 2"
  12. Sonic the Comic #26, "The Sonic Terminator, Part 3"