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Coconuts is one of the oldest Badniks and foes of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Freedom Fighters and also one of the most persistent. He was built by Dr. Robotnik as a member of the Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad, which also included Scratch and Grounder. Armed with coconut-like bombs, Coconuts has always tried to destroy Sonic and the Freedom Fighters, and has yet to succeed. After making a few appearances in the early freedom-fighting days of Sonic and his friends, Coconuts resurfaced on the Island of Misfit Badniks, and is now Mammoth Mogul's "butler monkey".
Coconuts made his debut when Dr. Robotnik "tested" him out on Crabmeat, who he blew up with a single coconut bomb. Robotnik then sent Coconuts after Sonic and Tails, who were both going out for a run. Coconuts ambushed the two and had the upper hand at first, but the two knocked one of his bombs back and forth between each other before knocking it into Coconuts, leaving him in pieces. Sonic then humorously mailed Coconuts' pieces back to Robotnik, who was outraged and decided to send Coconuts' teammates, Scratch and Grounder, after Sonic and Tails. (StH: #2)
Coconuts came into conflict with Sonic and the other Freedom Fighters several more times, such as when he kidnapped Sally Acorn, Rotor, Antoine D'Coolette, and Tails in an attempt to destroy Sonic and become Dr. Robotnik's favorite Badnik. Another attempt, this time to drive out a spy, had Coconuts and Jaws commit an undersea bank heist. Sonic knew what was happening and brought some friends to harpoon the two badniks. Coconuts was also present at Sonic and Sally Acorn's "wedding" along with other Badniks. Another time, he tried to stop an anteater from stealing Robotnik's Chaos Emeralds, not knowing the "anteater" was Bunnie Rabbot. (StH: #11, #16, #18, #30)
Island of Misfit Badniks
After a long absence, Coconuts reappeared on the Island of Misfit Badniks as one of the many lost Badniks there. Coconuts and the other Badniks tried to kill Sonic, and he was also one of the many who watched Sonic's fight with Pseudo Sonic. After Sonic trashed Pseudo Sonic, the island apparently sunk, but in truth, it transformed into an underwater fortress. Coconuts and the other Badniks planned to turn Pseudo Sonic giant and take over Mobius, but their plans were stopped when the Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters showed up and defeated most of the Badniks, including Coconuts. The blue whale, Big Fluke, then compacted Coconuts, Pseudo Sonic, and the other Badniks into a metal cube, leaving them trapped at the bottom of the ocean. (StH: #170, #185)
Working for Mammoth Mogul
Using sheer willpower, he got out of the metal cube and crawled all the way up to shore. He planned to restore glory to the Badniks, but he ended up meeting the ancient Mammoth Mogul, who had purchased the Casino Night Zone. The casino had the Badniks from the Robo Hobo Jungle as its employees, and even Coconuts' old teammates, Scratch and Grounder, were there. Coconuts became Mogul's butler and was in charge of his appointments and meetings. However, Coconuts told Grounder that he hated his new job as a "monkey butler". When Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, and the Destructix showed up at the casino's kitchen, the Bottom of the Barrel Bar 'n' Grill, with a captured Sonic, Coconuts, Scratch, and Grounder all started taunting him. However, all three were somewhat embarrassed when they couldn't even remember their team name. The Destructix's leader, Sleuth Dog, demanded that he get paid by Mogul, but Coconuts told the canine that Mogul would pay him when he was ready. Drago Wolf tried to intimidate Coconuts, but Sleuth merely told him to shut up and commented that even Coconuts could take him. (StH: #187, #188)
When Geoffrey St. John came to the casino with a purple Chaos Emerald, Coconuts and two SWATbots showed up to talk to him saying that no one sees "Mister Mogul" without an appointment. Geoffrey then beat him up and dragged him in, with Coconuts saying to Mogul "your 11 o' clock is here sir." Coconuts then walked away to repair himself. (STH #219)
Coconuts is monkey-like in appearance, with a particularly monkey-like head with an incandescent light bulb coming out of the top. His head is a dark brown except for his face, which has been shown in tan or orange, while his eyes are black. Coconuts' body and tail were originally gray, with the exception of a trio of buttons underneath a rectangle panel on his chest, while his feet were initially red. His arms were originally tan, as were his hands, with silver bands around his elbows. Coconuts appearance changed in StH: #187 to a tuxedo given his new job as a "butler monkey." His lower body and hands also became a darker brown to match his face.
Coconuts was originally very loyal to Dr. Robotnik, to the point where he endured considerable damage in his efforts to fulfill his orders. However, Coconuts wasn't without ambition, and after being abandoned with the other "Misfit" Badniks, he soon aspired to form them into an army with which to conquer Mobius. However, his plans were thwarted initially by the Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters, and then when Mammoth Mogul beat him to the punch in recruiting the surviving Badniks to his service. Grudgingly, Coconuts entered his service as well, though unlike his old teammate Grounder he found the job humiliating.
Coconuts only known abilities are throwing bombs in the shape of coconuts that make quite a bang and constructing half-thought traps. He does appear to be quite sturdy, however, as he has taken very heavy damage in the past, yet always returns repaired.
- Coconuts was loosely based on a mechanical monkey of the same name (known in Japan as "Aiai") from the Emerald Hill Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (the Genesis version). Aside from the color, the main design difference is a light bulb on top of the head. He also was a semi-regular in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which had numerous elements included in the comic before the writers and editors realized that they should take a more serious tone.