- This article is about the Badnik from Sonic's World; you may be looking for Ground Man or Ground Scaravich.
Grounder is a Badnik created by Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik and a member of the Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad. The least intelligent member of the trio, he performs various unspecific duties for their employer Breezie the Hedgehog, and only usually accomplishes anything through dumb luck.
Grounder was part of the Super Special Sonic Search & Smash Squad during Sonic's youth. At one point, while trying to rescue his pal Tails from Eggman, he and Scratch allied themselves with Breezie the Hedgehog to capture Sonic. The young hedgehog defeated the two robots and "rescued" Breezie, who was able to backstab Sonic later on. (StH: #268)
During the Shattered World Crisis, Breezie came into possession of one of the seven Chaos Emeralds, and decided to organize a competition to determine who would obtain it from her. Her former captors-turned-underlings Coconuts, Scratch and Grounder actually found the Emerald, with Grounder spotting it during a repair operation organized by Coconuts and supervised by Scratch. The trio excitedly presented it to Breezie, each with their own suggestions as to how she might employ it to her advantage. To the chagrin of his teammates, Grounder suggested that she could make a snowglobe out of it. later informed her of Knuckles the Echidna's illegal addition to the tournament roster, but she allowed it excitedly. (StH: #267, #268, #271)
Grounder is based on the badnik with the same name. Grounder is colored teal with two gray drills, one where each hand should be. He has yellow lines around his neck and upper torso, and has a gray antennae behind his head.
Grounder's current design is mostly the same as his previous one in the Pre-SGW Timeline, albeit with some modifications; he no longer has cartoon-stylized eyes that look like gauges, but rather eyes that resemble screw tops (similar to the badnik it's based from). He now wears a black and white tuxedo with a giant red bow tie.
Grounder is only fitted with drill hands, and appears to possess no other equipment. Because of this, his dexterity is quite the struggle, making it difficult for him to operate the simplest of devices.
Of the members of the S6 Squad, Grounder is the least intelligent, and is often blissfully unaware of certain realities. He seems perfectly happy to serve a purpose and be put to work, whereas his somewhat smarter teammates have aspirations to greater position and power.
- Grounder is loosely based on a mole-based badnik of the same name (known as Handrill in Japan), from the Aquatic Ruin Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis version), the main difference being the color. They are considered an upgraded version of the classic Burrobot design.
- Grounder was originally a regular in the TV series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Grounder was voiced by Gary Chalk in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog TV series who also voiced Dr. Robotnik in Sonic Underground.