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The Motobug is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom franchise. It is a mass-produced, ladybug-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman which makes up a part of Eggman's foot soldiers. They are usually stationed at Dr. Eggman's lair where they guard Eggman's fortress and have been used against Team Sonic on numerous occasions.
The Motobugs are diminutive robots about Orbot's size. As per their template, the Motobugs resemble ladybugs, with an oval-shaped and slim body with red elytra, a swirled rear and with two black spots on each side and one in the middle. Their head is grey with two sharp mandibles, four stubby spikes on the front of their face, cyan eyes with slit-like pupils and two lighting bolt-shaped antennas. They also have an yellow and grey appendage on each side with a claw for a hand, a black tire on the bottom of their body and an exhaust pipe on their left side.
On many occasions, the Motobugs have been deployed against Team Sonic and its members, only to quickly be destroyed by the heroes one way or another. Other times, they have guarded Eggman's lair, but with limited success.
When Dr. Eggman held a surprise party for Orbot and Cubot, a number of Motobugs participated in the festivities until Eggman brought them to an end. To guard the captured Team Sonic, T.W. Barker ordered a batch of Motobugs from Eggman which were all destroyed when the heroes escaped. A lone Motobug was also used to test a freeze ray and another helped Eggman in his laser tag exercise where it lost to its master. When later working on a Motobug, Orbot and Cubot were neglected by Eggman in favor of his new friend Nominatus, which made them deflect, though not before Orbot bid goodbye to a dear Motobug. However, Nominatus soon showed his true colors by taking control of the Motobugs to destroy all life forms, and used them to attack his enemies. Nominatus was soon defeated though, freeing the Motobugs.
Eggman later took a Motobug with him to Meh Burger to hold his place in the court, but it failed to keep Sonic from cutting in front. The Motobugs were later abandoned by Eggman when he deserted technology until the incompetent Lightning Bolt Society took over Eggman's lair, who made the Motobugs go on random rampages in both the Village and at the lair until Team Sonic and Eggman reclaimed the lair. Multiple Motobugs and other Badniks were later summoned by Eggman to kill Dave the Intern and destroy Chez Amy, but due to Team Sonic, they only accomplished the latter. When Eggman shot his mind-enslavement movie, several Motobugs served as actors during the filming. Some Motobugs later attended the screening, but when the movie turned out a failure, they were sent away by Eggman.
A Motobug squadron accompanied Eggman to the Valley of the Cubots to exterminate the residential Cubot prototypes. With Sonic and Tails protecting the prototypes though, the surviving Motobugs soon retreated. Another time, several Motobugs joined Giant Robot for an invasion of the Village, but were all destroyed solely by Tails. Eggman would later assemble his Motobugs again for a mission he sponsored to remove Knuckles as the host of the Comedy Chimp Show, as a part of a sponsor deal with Comedy Chimp (during which the Motobugs advertised Eggman Industries). However, Team Sonic made them retreat. Another time, the Motobugs were assigned to protect Hypno-bot which Eggman used to steal Tails' inventions. As the Motobugs fought Team Sonic, Tails got Hypno-bot to stop the Motobugs by making them dance.
When Eggman harnessed solar power, remotely super-charged Motobugs were sicced on the Village which Team Sonic kept safe. Meanwhile, Eggman tried hiding those in his lair from the Archipelago Homeowners Association or risk eviction. However, the Motobugs malfunctioned from power overload during a thunderstorm, making them uncontrollable and blow Eggman's cover. While Eggman avoided eviction by convincing the association that his Motobugs were art, he spent the night getting them under control.
The Motobugs have on several occasions been deployed to battle Team Sonic, only to quickly be destroyed by the heroes one way or another. During the Eggtoberfest, hordes of Motobugs were unleashed on the villagers by Eggman when he could not earn the villagers' trust. Fortunately, the Motobugs were crushed by Team Sonic.
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
In Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, the Motobug is one of the enemies encountered during the stages. When they spot the playable characters, they will start driving towards them for a premature collision. Like other enemies, they can be defeated with a single attack.
Silent, single-minded and unquestioningly dedicated to Eggman's orders, the Motobugs are ruthless and efficient. However, they also appear to possess some personalities of their own, including festive and celebrative emotions. As per their programming, they will only obey orders after being threatened.
Powers and abilities
The Motobugs have moderate speed thanks to their design and are equipped with several additional abilities. They are capable of flight for aerial combat, possess a laser targeting system on their forehead, and can fire small energy beams. They are also each fitted with a retractable missile launcher/laser cannon for ground- and aerial combat. Like other Badniks, they can also receive power remotely from Dr. Eggman's lair.
The Motobugs are rather clumsy and when they crash they are practically incapacitated. They are also fragile, as a simple well-aimed whack is enough to disable them. Their antennas are especially weak points as pulling them out will make them fall apart.
- The Motobug was the first Badnik-based robot from the Sonic the Hedgehog video games to appear in the Sonic Boom television series.
- Coincidently, the Moto Bug was the first enemy encountered in the video games.
- The Motobug is the first Badnik-based robot from the video games to be called by name.
- According to Eggman, the Motobugs are costly to produce.
- Bill Freiberger has explained that the reason the Motobugs have retained their name from their game counterparts is because their name describe what they are, as opposed to the Crabmeat/Crab Bot and Buzz Bomber/Bee Bot.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (28 November 2015). Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “Dustin Phillips: "Crab Bots?" You can get Motobugs right but not Crabmeat? #SonicBoom / Bill Freiberger: It's not a question of getting it right. We decided to call them Crab bots in #SonicBoom. / Dustin Phillips: Fair enough. I just found it weird since the Motobugs were called by name. / Bill Freiberger: That's because Motobugs describe what Motobugs are whereas crabmeat does not describe what Crab Bots are.”
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Polsky, Dave (15 November 2014). "Translate This". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 3. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Watson, Mitch (22 November 2014). "Fortress of Squalitude". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Beechen, Adam (17 January 2015). "Guilt Tripping". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 9. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (24 January 2015). "Dude, Where's My Eggman?". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Banker, Mark; Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (7 February 2015). "Circus of Plunders". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 12. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Pugsley, Tom; Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (31 January 2015). "Cowbot". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Polsky, Dave (14 February 2015). "Unlucky Knuckles". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 13. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Raut-Siezac, Natalys (25 April 2015). "Let's Play Musical Friends". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 23. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Gutierrez, Freddie (2 May 2015). "Late Fees". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 24. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Harrison, Reed (16 May 2015). "Eggman Unplugged". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 26. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (13 July 2015). "Chez Amy". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 27. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Freiberger, Sam (21 July 2015). "Eggman the Auteur". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 33. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Grenier, Benoit (24 July 2015). "Beyond the Valley of the Cubots". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 36. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (22 August 2015). "Tails' Crush". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 40. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Harrison, Reid (5 September 2015). "Late Night Wars". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 42. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Van Liemt, Romain; Grenier, Benoit (26 September 2015). "Robot Battle Royale". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 45. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Freiberger, Sam; Crede, Phaea; Shatraw, Justin (3 October 2015). "No Robots Allowed". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 46. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Sonic Boom #5, "Eggtoberfest!"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Van Liemt, Romain; Derrien, Christophe (21 February 2015). "The Meteor". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Lieblich, Doug (18 April 2015). "The Curse of Buddy Buddy Temple". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 22. Cartoon Network.
- ↑ Harrison, Reid (14 March 2015). "Don't Judge Me". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.