|This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic Boom continuity.|
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This deadly floater is programmed for destruction.
— Description, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
The Stingers are orange robots with grey joints. They have a round torso with a large cannon attached on the bottom and cone-shaped forearms with two claws for fingers. For head, they have a large red eye with green sclera, half-closed eyelids and a "v"-shaped horn on top. Down their spine they have layers of spiked arches.
Five millennia ago, Lyric the Last Ancient created the Stingers in the Robot Facility to help him destroy the earth's lifeforms and conquer it. During an attack on the remaining Ancients however, the Stingers were shut down when Lyric got imprisoned. When Lyric escaped in present-day, he recovered the Stingers to search for the Crystal Shards as well.
The Stingers are found in Seaside Beach and the Robot Facility. In gameplay, they normally stay in a stationary position in midair on standby. When spotting the player though, they take aim for a few seconds before firing shots that temporarily home slightly in on the characters. After a few seconds however, their shots will disappear. Often, the Stingers are placed (sometimes in rows) so the player can cross gabs or reach out-of-reach areas by targeting the Stingers from afar with the Homing Attack. However, destroying a Stinger will only cause a new one to respawn later on to take its place. Additionally, the thirteenth Toy the player purchases from Q-N-C's Toy Shop will be a Stinger figurine.
The Stingers are first and foremost mindless and silent drones unwaveringly loyal to Lyric the Last Ancient, having been programmed to obey his every command. The Stingers are in particular deadly robots programmed solely for destruction.
Powers and abilities
The Stingers can float in midair and are able to fire missiles or laser beams from their cannons.
- The Stingers' abilities and attack patterns are virtually identical to the Armorillos'.