Buzz Bomber (ビートン Bīton?, lit. "Beeton") is a wasp-type Badnik model created by Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. It made its first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) as one of the most common enemies in the game. Buzz Bombers are able to hover in the air with its small but effective wings and can shoot rail charges at its target.
Buzz Bombers also have several upgraded models based on them. After the Buzz Bombers' first appearance, they or other similar bee-type Badniks (such as Buzzer) have become one of the most common enemies in the series. They are also known to be the second enemy, after Moto Bug, to appear in the series.
The Buzz Bomber resembles a mechanical mud dauber with a dark bluish-purple and black metal coloring. Two golden, drooping antennae protrude off the head, positioned over its photoreceptor eyes (which are sometimes colored cyan). Two steel mandibles are shown on the bottom of its faceplate. The stinger at the tip of its stripy tail is a rail detonator cannon, its primary weapon. Four mechanical devices resembling pink wings give it the ability to hover and help with flying maneuverability. Two engines are installed on the side of the Badnik's chest, allowing it to travel at very high speeds.
Originally they were shown with a rather soft appearance with two pale wings and wide glaring eyes. In Sonic Generations, they are more detailed, and there are shown two other Buzz Bomber models, one of which has a yellow, red, and black color scheme (like Buzzer), and the other a giant bluish-purple version. Since Sonic Lost World, Buzz Bombers have retained their softer appearance from earlier game appearances.
Powers and abilities Edit
Buzz Bombers glide across the landscapes of their territory, waiting for enemies to show themselves. When a Buzz Bomber targets an enemy, it will halt in mid-air, retract its stinger, and fire a rail charge, which appears as a concentrated orb of electromagnetic energy, at the target. However, their halting programming is their weakness, as they leave themselves open to attack.
Game Appearances Edit
Sonic the Hedgehog (Original Game) Edit
Buzz Bombers first appeared in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog. These Badniks were the most common enemies in the game, as they were featured specifically in Green Hill Zone, Marble Zone and Spring Yard Zone. In original 16-bit version, Buzz Bombers fly in single or in a group from the side of the screen, firing a single rail charge and then flying away. The player has to avoid the blasts and use the Spin Jump to defeat them when the timing is right.
In 8-bit version of the game with same name, Buzz Bombers have the same attack pattern and are featured in Green Hill Zone and Bridge Zone. Like many other Badniks in the Game Gear and Master System titles, Buzz Bombers don't have animal friends inside as an organic battery.
Sonic Chaos Edit
Buzz Bombers reappeared in Sonic Chaos, although they are slightly redesigned and do not shoot rail charges. These variations appear in Turquoise Hill Zone, Gigalopolis Zone and Electric Egg Zone. They fly around in the first two zones, but are stationary in the latter zone. They are simply called "Bugs" in English manuals, but the Japanese Game Gear Manual identifies them as Beeton, which is their Japanese name.
Sonic Spinball Edit
The bee-type badnik called Wasp (also called Skull-Buzzer) loosely resembles Buzz Bomber in terms of appearance and attack pattern in Sonic Spinball. They also closely resemble the Buzz Bomber from the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series. These enemies hover around and block pathways in The Showdown. It can be destroyed with one hit and in the 8-bit version of the game, destroying one of them rewards the player with 80,000 points.
Sonic Adventure 2 Edit
Buzz Bombers made an appearance in the bonus stage Green Hill in Sonic Adventure 2, as these badniks mostly act like in its first appearance. Appearance of Buzz Bomber is almost the same but more cubic, along with angry eyes.
Sonic Generations Edit
The Buzz Bombers reappeared in both console and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Generations, in three variations. The yellow ones hover in the air and attempt to shoot the player, appearing in their native Green Hill Zone and Modern Sonic's Planet Wisp.
The normal bluish-purple ones appears less commonly and only flies toward the player. There also exist giant ones at Knuckles' race challenge, which are similar to the regular bluish-purple, but can propel the character high in the air if struck by a Spin Jump on the head, which will stun it. It stars along with a giant version of Moto Bug.
Sonic Lost World Edit
In both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Lost World, only blue Buzz Bombers appeared, which in this game were given a softer and cuter design resembling their appearance in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. In gameplay, the Buzz Bombers appear in multiple Zones where they either just fly around or float stationary in one place from where they shoot rail charges at the player when they spot Sonic. Like in earlier games, the Buzz Bombers release Animals when defeated. Sometimes, the Buzz Bombers also appears in chains with E-06 Bladed Spinners which the player can use to traverse the Zone.
During the game, the Badniks, Buzz Bombers included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six when they turned against Eggman and were used to attack him under the Deadly Six's orders. When that happened, a few of them were destroyed by Sonic, while one Buzz Bomber managed to injure Tails. Sonic then retreated with his wounded friend.
Sonic Runners Edit
In Sonic Runners, Buzz Bomber are some of the more common Badniks in the flying type characters' stages. In this game, they do not fire projectiles and instead either fly around back and forth separately or in groups, though some of them also fly stationary in midair
Buzz Bombers in Sonic Runners come in three types. Aside from the regular types, there are golden Buzz Bombers which give 300 extra points each when destroyed, and black ones called Super Buzz Bombers which only Color Powers and power type characters can destroy. Any type of Buzz Bomber contain Animals inside them.
Appearances in other media Edit
Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic EditBuzz Bomber appears briefly in Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic manga. At the beginning of Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Volume 3' story Sonic Rampage!!, Buzz Bomber can be seen in the background getting defeated by Sonic with his Spin Attack as Eggman keeps mentioning how his arch-nemesis is always getting his way.
Sonic the Comic EditBuzz Bombers appeared in numerous issues of the Fleetway Editions's Sonic the Comic, in which they occupied much the same role as in the games as part of Doctor Robotnik's Badnik army. Buzz Bomber has appeared in pin-ups, Encyclopedia Badnika feature and few comic's covers.
Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comic) Edit
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Buzz Bombers, here called "Buzzbombers", were among the first generation of Badniks produced by War Minister Julian Kintobor, and, after his demise, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. During Warlord Julian's time, their design resembled that of their counterparts from the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. They would come to resemble their game counterparts after Eggman came to power. Over time though, the Buzzbombers were rendered obsolete by more advanced robots and were decommissioned.
Following the events of the Super Genesis Wave, the Buzzbombers' history became nearly identical to that of their game counterparts.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie Edit
In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, the Buzz Bombers were a brand of robots created by Dr. Robotnik that patrolled the Land of Darkness. Sonic and Tails encountered a swarm of them on their road to Robotropolis.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Edit
In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, the Buzz Bombers, here called Buzz-Bombers, were green with no engines, red eye visors, horns, fireball shooters in their mouths, and drills for noses. They would occasionally come after Sonic and Tails, but would prove no match for the dynamic duo.
Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) Edit
In the Sonic the Hedgehog TV Series, the Buzz Bombers, here also known as Buzz-Bombers, possessed a more sinister design, although they retained their wings and rockets, only their rail detonator guns were replaced by normal lasers. They only appeared in "Heads or Tails", where Dr. Robotnik deployed them twice, first to coax out Sonic and later to deploy a chemical weapon against the Great Forest. Both times though, they were stopped by Sonic and the Freedom Fighters.
Sonic Boom Edit
In the Sonic Boom TV series, the Buzz Bombers, here called Bee Bots, are a mass-produced robot model created by Dr. Eggman. They serve both as Eggman's sentries and aerial troops, which the doctor uses for his frequent attacks on Team Sonic and Bygone Island. While fast and agile, they are not very powerful and are easily destroyed in intense combat.
Related Badniks Edit
The toy company TOMY has released Buzz Bomber action figurine during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines and these figurines came in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles label and were also released individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.
- The Buzz Bomber's names might have been based on a game for the Intellivision called "Buzz Bombers", which is also the name of a minigame for Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.
- Buzz Bomber appears in Sonic and the Black Knight in winning Fan Art.
- The Corn Hornets which appear in Treetop Terrace, a chapter in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, bear a slight resemblance to the Buzz Bombers.