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Splats
Splats
The Splats
Appearances
Appearances
in other media
Biographical overview
Creator

Dr. Robotnik

Physical description
Species

Robot

Color scheme

Dark blue, gray, brown, red

Eyes

Black

Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Evil

Affiliation

Eggman Empire

Powers and abilities
Skills

Enhanced jump

Splats is an scrapped enemy from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). It is a bunny-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik, which was originally meant to appear in the game, but was removed from the game prior to its release. Splats bounces by the means of a pogo-like Spring on its underside and has appeared in promotional materials and comics.

Overview

Promotional merchandise implies that Splats used their pogo spring to crush Sonic by jumping on him.[1] However, Splats was scrapped from the final release of the game for unknown reasons, but their graphical data still exists inside the coding of NTRC and PAL releases.

There has been some confusion over the true color palette of the Splats, with the most common being shared with Sonic's sprite palette. This is because this Badnik is technically undefined in the game's programming. This palette is only available the 2013 re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), where the Splats appears as a functional enemy of Green Hill Zone by using the game's Debug Mode. Besides sharing Sonic's color palette, the Badnik moves at a similar pace to a Moto Bug, except it makes short hops.

Appearances in other media

Sonic the Comic

Cyborg-Splats

A Splats in Sonic the Comic. Art by Mike Hadley.

In the early issues of Sonic the Comic, Splats are one of the Badnik models that served Dr. Robotnik under his rule of Mobius. Their appearance is similar to their in-game sprites, though the artist Mike Hadley altered their design by adding a hatch on their belly containing suspension claws and two back legs instead of pogo springs.[2] The color scheme of Splats also changes in every story.

Splats along with two Moto Bugs were the first Badniks ever to face by Sonic. Capable of flight, the Splats ambushed him and attempted to grab him with its hidden claws, but it failed and Sonic crushed him with his Spin Attack.[2] The Splats is seen with other Badniks multiple times after that to defeat Sonic, but without success.[3][4][5][6] After many failures, Doctor Robotnik Appreciation Tribe acquired the schematics to build their own Badnik models along with Splats.[7]

Archie Comics

Main article: Splats (Archie)
Splats-Archie-Comics

A Splats in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series published by Archie Comics, The Splats was one of Robotnik's Classic Badnik henchmen. He was first seen beating Antoine in the high jump event of Olympic games founded by Robotnik.[8] Later, the Splats was seen with the other decommissioned Badniks in the Robo Hobo Jungle, but was defeated along with other Badniks by Sonic.[9]

Splats later relocated with the others to Island of Misfit Badniks to repair Pseudo-Sonic and capture Sonic, who quickly escaped, but the Badniks challenged him to fight against Pseudo-Sonic. The ensuring fight cause the island to sink, along with Badniks and Splats.[10] Later, Splats and other Badniks attacked the Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters, who tried to stop their plans to rebuilt Pseudo Sonic. As Splats fought against Bottlenose, it was waved by the gigantic Pseudo-Sonic and crushed by Bivalve.[11]

Merchandise

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A full set of figurines from TOMY's promotional toyline, featuring the Splats at center of the top line.

Despite the removal, the Splats has made few official appearances in promotional merchandise, including having its own promotional trading card after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)[1] and a figurine produced after the release of Sonic & Knuckles by TOMY in 1994.

Trivia

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Splats' promotional trading card included after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Comic #26, "Sonic's World - "Part 1: Kintobor spelled backwards is...""
  3. Sonic the Comic #1, "Enter: Sonic"
  4. Sonic the Comic #4, "Day of the Badniks"
  5. Sonic the Comic #4, "Day of the Badniks"
  6. Sonic the Comic #12, "Hidden Danger!"
  7. Sonic the Comic #121, "Hobson & Choy"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #5, ""Olympic Trials and Errors" - Part Two"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #40, "Court Martial Part 3"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog #170, "The Island of Misfit Badniks"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #185, "The Misfit Badniks Salty, Soggy Sequel"
  12. Heidi Kemps (30 September 2005). Sega's Yuji Naka Talks!. GameSpy. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.

External links

  • Splats at the Sonic the Comic Wiki
  • Splats at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki
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