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Moto Bug (Generations)

Moto Bug in Sonic Generations

Moto Bug (モトラ Motora?) is a ladybug-type Badnik model created by Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. It made its first appearance in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, as these Badniks travel everywhere in Green Hill Zone. Moto Bugs are usually slow-paced robots that move around back and forth, which makes them very basic enemies. Moto Bug is known for being the first enemy that Sonic has encountered in his first appearance and thus being the first enemy encountered in the entire series.

Appearance Edit

The Moto Bug resembles more or less a robotic version of a real-life ladybug. Its body armor is red and its face is painted dark blue. A pair of drooping yellow antennae protrude off the top of its faceplace. Under the antennae are a pair of glaring photo-receptor eyes (sometimes colored cyan) and a pair of steel mandibles stick out of the bottom of the faceplate. Its source of locomotion is reliant on the simple wheel mechanism located in its undercarriage. A small engine on the rear of the Badnik propels its wheel across the ground. Small pincers located below its head are its only source of defense. In certain games, its torso is decorated with black circles. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I features a more detailed appearance of Moto Bug, Sonic Colors makes Moto Bugs more closely resemble a real-life ladybug, and Sonic Lost World simply refines the Moto Bug's original appearance.

Powers and abilities Edit

Sonic meets a Moto Bug

Sonic runs into his first Moto Bug at Green Hill Zone

The Moto Bug is often considered the weakest Badnik created by Dr. Eggman. It simply coasts along the ground in an attempt to hurt enemies with its bladed pincers. Merely jumping on top of it will destroy it.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4, its arms look more scythe-like and it deliberately tries to chase Sonic, but apart from that, it still trundles around as usual.

Moto Bugs become a bigger threat in Sonic Colors, as they are able to move at speeds rivaling that of Sonic himself, and can only be attacked by throwing them off balance with a Quick Step into its side.

Sonic Generations brings back the Moto Bug, sporting the same design as Sonic Colors. This iteration of the Moto Bug will drive slowly forward in a single direction until Sonic approaches, at which point they peel-out their wheel (in order to "charge" its speed) to quickly ram into Sonic. This "charge time" is so lengthy, however, that it is rendered useless when subjected to a Boost, a Homing Attack or a Spin Dash.

In their appearance in Sonic Lost World, Moto Bugs will putter around without cause until Sonic comes within proximity. At this point, the Moto Bug will gain a determined expression and home into Sonic at a slow speed. A simple Homing Attack, Spin Dash, or Flying Kick is enough to dispatch the Badnik and free the animal friend inside it.

Game Appearances Edit

Moto Bug (Sonic 1)

Moto Bug's original appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog (Original Game) Edit

Moto Bug - Sprite

The first appearance of the Moto Bug is in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog. These Badniks only move back and forth in the zone, and will attempt to chase the player if they see them. However, it moves very slowly, and will not turn around if Sonic jumps over one. Moto Bugs are relatively harmless and can only hurt you if you run directly into them... or vice versa if you don't do anything and one runs into you. The player can easily destroy Moto Bugs by either Spin Jumping on top of them, or rolling into one with a Spin Attack

Moto Bugs also appear in the 8-bit version of the game, where these Badniks can only be found at the first act of the zone and behave the same way as their 16-bit counterpart, but are shown to be incredibly small, like a TechnoSqueek from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Moto Bugs in the 8-bit version don't have animal friends inside of them; this is rather common in Game Gear and Master System titles.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Edit

Moto Bug (Sonic 4)

Motobug in Sonic the Hedgehog 4

The Moto Bug returns in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal where its name is spelled Motobug. Motobugs can only found in Splash Hill Zone and Metal Episode Act 4. They function more or less identical to their first appearance, except they will deliberately chase Sonic and turn around if Sonic jumps over one. Much like the first game, the Motobug poses no real threat in its return appearance unless it is run into or if the player does nothing.

Sonic Colors Edit

Moto Bug (Colors)

Moto Bug in Sonic Colors

Moto Bugs make another appearance in the Wii version of Sonic Colors, with a brand new mod. They can be found in Starlight Carnival, Asteroid Coaster and Terminal Velocity, during the Quick Step sections.

In this game, Moto Bugs come in two sizes and are enhanced with extreme speed capabilities, rivaling Sonic himself. However, Sonic can still take them out pretty easily by Quick Stepping into them, and if Sonic destroys a large Moto Bug, all the smaller ones are destroyed with it. From this game onward, Moto Bug was given more of a ladybug look.

Sonic Generations Edit

The Moto Bug also returns in Sonic Generations; it only appears at both versions of Green Hill, the remake of the zone with same name from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. In this game, Moto Bugs actually put up a fight, as some Moto Bugs will rev up and charge at the Sonics at a decent speed if they spot them, making their behavior like that of a Rhinobot from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The game also features a gigantic version of the Moto Bug in one Challenge Act, along with a gigantic variation of a Buzz Bomber. They can't be destroyed, only stunned, by jumping on the head. However, they can be used to bounce Sonic up high into the air.

Sonic Lost World Edit

Moto Bug (Runners)

Moto Bug in Sonic Lost World

Moto Bugs made appearance in both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Lost World, where they are the most frequently seen enemies in the game, as they are seen at Windy Hill, Desert Ruins, Silent Forest, Frozen Factory and Tropical Coast. During the game, it turns out that Badniks, Moto Bugs included, were hijacked by the Deadly Six.

As sporting a simpler, cuter and softer appearance like the earliest games of the series, these Badniks now move mostly in groups and some groups of Moto Bugs have certain patterns as well. Moto Bugs will putter about without cause until they spot Sonic. Then they will become angry and home in on Sonic. These enemies are once again very easy to defeat, once again destroyed by simply jumping on them. In one cutscene, some Moto Bugs are seen to be powered with three animal friends instead of the standard one from earlier appearances.

Sonic Runners Edit

In Sonic Runners, Moto Bugs are one the most common enemies in the speed type characters' stages. In this game, their attack patterns varies, either remaining stationary or moving back and forth, and are placed either separately or in groups.

Moto Bugs in Sonic Runners come in three types. In addiction to the regular Moto Bugs, there are golden ones which grant 300 more points when defeated, and black ones called Super Moto Bugs which only Color Powers and power type characters can defeat. All variations contain Animals inside them.

Appearances in other media Edit

Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Edit

Moto Bug appears briefly in Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic manga in Vol. 3: Sonic Rampage!! as an individual Badnik. The robotic ladybug was teamed up with fellow Badnik Burrobot to defeat Sonic at the beginning of the book, but despite their fierce nature, they were both defeated by the hedgehog hero.

Sonic the Comic Edit

Moto Bug (Sonic the Comic)

Moto Bug in Sonic the Comic (picture by Jose Casanovas)

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Moto Bugs are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. They are among the first generation of Badniks Robotnik produced, who has threatened the people of Mobius since the earliest days of the doctor's reign of terror.  Depending on the artist, the Moto Bug's design has been altered slightly various times.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comic) Edit

Moto Bug (Sonic Archie Comic)

Motobug in Archie Comic Sonic the Hedgehog #226 (art by Patrick Spaziante)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Moto Bugs, here spelled "Motobugs", were among the first generation of Badniks produced by War Minister Julian Kintobor, and, after his demise, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. They were originally built as spy robots, though they were eventually rendered obsolete by more advanced robots and were decommissioned. Those Motobugs that survived were left behind in various outposts until Mammoth Mogul instated them as workers in his casino.

Following the events of the Super Genesis Wave, the Motobugs' history became nearly identical to that of their game counterparts.

Sonic Boom (TV Series) Edit

Moto Bug (Sonic Boom)

Motobug in Sonic Boom

In the Sonic Boom televisions series, the Moto Bugs, once again spelled as "Motobugs", are a mass-produced robot model created by Dr. Eggman. They serve both as Eggman's sentries and foot soldiers which the doctor uses for his frequent attacks on Team Sonic and Bygone Island. The Motobugs have moderate speed and are equipped with several additional abilities. They are capable of flight for aerial combat, possess a laser targeting system on their forehead, and can fire small energy beams. They are also fitted with retractable missile launchers or laser cannons for ground and aerial combat. Despite these various in-built weapons, they are not very powerful and are easily destroyed in intense combat.

Related Badniks Edit

  • New Motora
  • Snail (Scrapped enemy from Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
  • Stego (Scrapped enemy from Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
  • Anton
  • Rhinobot
  • Bane Motora
  • Lady Bug Boss
  • Unnamed Badnik of Great Turquoise Zone
  • Unnamed Badnik of Sunset Park Zone
  • Tentou
  • Akatento

Merchandise Edit

Sonic and Moto Bug Toys

Classic Sonic figurine; a small Moto Bug figurine comes with it

The toy company TOMY has released Moto Bug action figurine during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines. These figurines came in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles label. They were also released individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.

For the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, Jazwares decided to make figures of the characters and enemies from the series. A Classic Sonic was released and included a little Moto Bug figurine.

Trivia Edit

  • In several of its designs, the Moto Bug carries blades similar to the ones carried by the Slicer Badnik, except they are permanently attached to the Moto Bug chassis, whereas Slicer has the ability to throw its blades at Sonic.
  • Moto Bug appears in Sonic and the Black Knight in winning fan art.
  • The top speed of Moto Bugs has been changed regularly during the series as the Badnik has appears more and more times. In its appearances in Green Hill Zone and Splash Hill Zone, these Badniks have been remarkably slow, but later in Sonic Colors, Moto Bugs have shown to have enough speed to reach even Sonic himself. Because of the setting, Moto Bugs returned to its slow pattern in Green Hill of Sonic Generations, though they speed up when attacking Sonic.
  • Their design and general concept seem somewhat similar to that of Roaders in the Mega Man series.
  • On the English Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I website, their name is spelled "Motobug"
  • In an unused artwork of Sonic Colors, the Moto Bug is shown with a pair of tube-shaped appendages on its back that may be a type of weapon. However, this version of the Moto Bug never appeared in the game and was never used.

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