A selection of Badniks from the very first Sonic video game

Badniks are a series of robots that appear throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Created by the villainous scientist Dr. Eggman (Ivo Robotnik), Badniks come in a variety of configurations and can carry out different functions depending on their individual designs. Many Badniks are modelled after animals or insects while others may appear humanoid; others still may have no particular basis for their design.

Power Source Edit

Badniks have run on various fuel sources over the years. During the early years of the Sonic games and even in some newer titles, Eggman would power his Badniks using live animals he had captured. The animals would be inserted into their Badnik shells on an assembly line and would essentially become organic batteries for the machines. How long a Badnik could operate with a living creature inside its chassis is something that has never been explored within the Sonic universe. When Badniks are destroyed, the animals within are released, apparently unharmed.

Eggman has also powered his Badniks using other energy sources such as regular electricity, fossil fuels and Chaos Drives, an artificial form of Chaos energy.

Badnik DesignsEdit

Dr. Eggman has designed hundreds of different Badnik models over the years and re-designed a select few as well. Not all of these robots have been labelled with the Badnik name, rather they have been a part of another specific line of robots, though these have been listed here as sub-groups under the blanket term "Badnik". The following is a complete list of every Badnik that has appeared throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog video games in order of the game they first appeared in.

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog CD Edit

Sonic Chaos Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Edit

Sonic & Knuckles Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble Edit

Knuckles' Chaotix Edit

Sonic 3D Blast Edit

Sonic Blast Edit

Sonic Adventure Edit

In the Sonic Adventure titles, Dr. Eggman's then western name of "Dr. Robotnik" was phased out of the game continuity, and so the term "Badnik" was also removed. For several years onward, Eggman's robots were referred to as the E-Series, though the term "Badnik" would later be reintroduced in Sonic Rivals 2.

Sonic Adventure 2 Edit

Sonic Heroes Edit

Sonic Advance Edit

Sonic Advance 2 Edit

Sonic Battle Edit

Sonic Advance 3 Edit

Shadow the Hedgehog Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Edit

Sonic Rivals Edit

Sonic Rivals 2 Edit

Sonic Rush Adventure Edit

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Edit

Sonic Unleashed Edit

Sonic Colours Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Edit

Sonic Lost World Edit

Sonic Mania Edit

Sonic Forces Edit

Badniks in other media Edit

Several robots across other Sonic-related media have been categorized as Badniks. These robots have been listed below.

Archie Comics Edit

Pre-Super Genesis Wave Post-Super Genesis Wave

Sonic the Comic (UK Fleetway) Edit

In Sonic the Comic, not all Badnik models were created by Dr. Robotnik. Many of them were designed by his assistant Grimer and others still were created by the treacherous Commander Brutus who was a Badnik himself.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Edit