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Created by Dr. Eggman, the Motobugs were first used during the doctor's takeover of Mobotropolis to attack the fleeing citizens and harass the inhabitants of Knothole Village in the time that followed. (FCDS: #8, SSD: #8)
A Motobug briefly teamed up with a Mettaur when Eggman and Wily made a bet to see which robot would take down Dr. Light first. However, both robots had walked into each other, and thus began to fight each other instead. The robots would eventually destroy each other, and Dr. Light made a transmitter from their parts. (StH: #250)
Shattered World Crisis
- From a reader's perspective, this picks up from where the original Pre-Super Genesis Wave continuity left off.
Dr. Eggman created and used the Motobugs on various occasions as minions. A number of them were left behind on Isolated Island following his failed operation there, and were modified by Dr. Ellidy to help him on the island and protect the area. (SU: #71)
The Motobug resembles more or less a robotic version of a real-life ladybug. Its body armor is red and its face is painted dark blue. 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.
- Motobug is based on the beetle based badnik of the same name (known as Motora in Japan) from the Sonic video games. They are often the first badniks encountered in the original Sonic the Hedgehog game in the Genesis and Game gear. As usual, the only difference is the color, as the game version is red with a blue face and yellow claws, instead of pink with a yellow face and grey claws. In either version of Sonic the Hedgehog, Motobug has only appeared in the Green Hill Zone, obviously used to test abilities. They only roll around and never even try to use their claws. Retools of Motobug have appeared in Undergound and Green Hills in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Game Gear only), Turquoise Hill and Mecha Green Hill in Sonic Chaos, and, curiously, as an obstacle in Hill Top in Sonic Drift 2.
- A Motobug appears on the Evil Friends Forever variant cover of Archie Sonic Universe #53.