Turtloids (ドースン,Dawson?) are reoccurring enemies in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are turtle-based Badniks created by Dr. Eggman and function as two separate Badniks: one bigger one, that is able to hover and shoot small projectiles from its mouth, and the smaller one, which rides the bigger one. They are always seen in pairs.
Turtloids consist of two robots: one large and one small. They are based on turtles, hence its name. The larger, tired-looking robot flies by means of a grey jet engine on its backside. It also has a grey metallic head with a turtle nose and front legs. It also got a large, green shell with two small arrow sticker on both sides and a yellow underbelly. The smaller turtle robot stands on its back, apparently piloting it while hanging onto the pole set on the larger one's shell. These smaller variations are largely similar to the big ones, with exception of being able to stand on two back feet and having more enthusiastic expressions.
Turtloids Sonic the Hedgehog 4 are more detailed. Here, they have a more turtle-looking design and slightly larger jet engines. The top of the larger Badniks have a straighter platform for smaller ones to hang on. In Sonic Lost World, they are chubbier and the smaller Badniks have yellow pacifiers in their mouths.
Powers and abilities
Larger Turtloids are able to fly by using their hind legs as rocket engines. They hover in place and wait for Sonic and Tails to approach. If the player is directly in front of it, the larger robot will shoot fireballs at them from its mouth. This attack seems to be controlled by the smaller robot. If the smaller turtle is destroyed, the indestructible larger one floats helplessly in the air, no longer posing any threat.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
First appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Turtloids are sent to as an air strike in Sky Chase Zone. These larger Badniks move slowly forward in the air and shoot small sparkling projectiles once from their mouth that move slightly faster in the linear way. The smaller Badniks do nothing but control the larger one they ride.
The larger Badniks cannot be destroyed, but it becomes harmless once its rider is gone. After the small one is destroyed, the player can hop onto the larger one's shell as a platform from the Tornado.
Turtloids make a small appearance as a collectible card in Sonic Rivals.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Turtloids make a return appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, where they are featured at Sky Fortress Zone 1 and 2. These Badniks have the same attack pattern as in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but come in a new, upgraded design. They are guarding the Metal Carrier ridden by Metal Sonic in the first act. In the second act, they float by Sky Fortress Zone. The player can used the Homing Attack to hit the smaller Badniks easily and stepping above on the bigger one, making it wobble.
Sonic Lost World
In Wii U version of Sonic Lost World, Turtloids appear regularly in Tropical CoastZone ?, Sky Road Zone 3 and Hidden World Zone 2. During the game's storyline, the Badniks, the Turtloids included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six. In the game, their attack pattern is relatively the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In Hidden World Zone 2, Turtloids do not have smaller Badniks riding on them, as the larger Badniks function as hovering obstacles that cannot be defeated.
Turtloids have made only appearance in the original run of Fleetway's Sonic the Comicissue 20' story "Hill Top Terror", where they are standard flying units in Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army and are being sent after Sonic and Tails above Hill Top Zone at the beginning of story. Despite the air strike, all Turtloid Badniks got easily destroyed. In the comic, larger Badniks are seen to shoot laser waves from their mouth rather than projectiles.
Turtloids make small appearance in Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog#241 and #242. Instead of small Turtloid Badniks, Doctor Eggman sends bigger Turtloid Badniks to serve as flying mounts for Egg SWATs for air strike against Team Fighters. Team Fighters destroyed easily Egg Swats and Turtloid Badniks by Tails's Tornado, while Amy Rose utilized one larger Turtloid Badnik to use it against Egg Swats as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
Similar looking, small turtle Badnik has be seen in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, as one of two missiles of Robotnik's purple Egg Mobile. While the rabbit missile manages to be success to hit Tornado, while Robotnik thinks the turtle missile being design failure due being slow moving in the air. In the ending of movie, it is still seen hovering in the air, while Robotnik gloats about creatin a new, stronger Hyper Metal Sonic with his CD copy including Sonic's copied abilities. Suddenly the turtle robot appears and catches the CD, exploded with it right in front of Robotnik's face.
In Tails' Skypatrol, a turtle enemy called Dorigame bears a heavy resemblance to the smaller Badniks. However, they are not seen with their inseparable counterparts and have totally different behavior.