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This article is about the Badnik. For the alien species, see Wisp.

The Whisp[1] (ブンブン[2] Bun-bun?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, fly-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.

Appearance

Whisp resembles a flying insect, most likely a fly. Whisp has small, blue body with two wings connected above. The behind of the Badnik contains grey / yellow motor. It has six mechanical legs as three on each side. Whisp has two red compound eyes and yellow mouth. Whisps are seen flying around in the air and usually it will start following its target until it gets change to attack. It normally appears in small squads of about three Whisps.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Whisp-sprite

The first appearance of Whisp Badniks is in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. These Badniks can only be found at routes above the water sections of Aquatic Ruin Zone where they fly around in swarms of three or five. They are usually positioned near jumps where the player has little protection from them. Whisps will start following and fly down to attack the player, but will not follow the player underwater. Also, if they chase Sonic for long enough, they will fly away. However, Whisps can easily be destroyed one by one with the Spin Jump or while charging a Spin Dash.

Sonic Pocket Adventure

Whisp Pocket Adventure

Whisps make their latest appearance in the Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, as these fly Badniks are featured at routes above the water of Aquatic Relix, which is almost identical to Aquatic Ruin Zone with its gimmicks and Badniks. In the game, Whisps appear now by themselves instead of in groups with three of them. Despite its blue and white appearance, Whisps appear to have same attack pattern.

In other media

Sonic the Comic

Whisps the Comic

Whisps in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Whisps are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. They only appeared a few times during the comic's run. One time, they attacked Sonic when he tried to investigate the Aquatic Ruin Zone. Years later, many more would ambush the Freedom Fighters over Flickies' Island.

Trivia

  • Flybots in Sonic Underground bear close resemblance to Whisps.
  • Whisp's Japanese name, "Bun-bun", is the Japanese onomatopoeia for buzzing.
  • Whisps were going to reappear in Sonic Mania, but were cut from the game. Here, they would have acted like Shutterbugs.[3]

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References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 13.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 48.
  3. Sonic Mania. The Cutting Floor. Retrieved on 4 November 2018.

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