SWATbots were military robots developed by Dr. Ivo Robotnik which served in a multitude of roles from infantry to vehicle crews.
The original SWATbot model was created roughly around 3225, the year of Ivo Robotnik's coup d'état. Armed with laser pistols and rifles, the SWATbots proved extremely successful against any of the early resistance forces. Within a matter of hours, the SWATbots had managed to take over numerous key points of Mobotropolis and rounded up thousands of Mobians, which would be roboticized shortly after the coup's end. (StH: #43, SSS: #9)
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Over the course of the First Robotnik War, SWATbots were used as the primary military force of Dr. Ivo Robotnik's army. However, as the various Freedom Fighter groups began to form and oppose Robotnik's reign, the success of the SWATbots gradually decreased. By the time the Knothole Freedom Fighters were teenagers, the original SWATbot model had become obsolete. During this time Robotnik turned to creating other robot models, such as the Badniks, E.V.E. and later Combots. (StH: #1, #21, #34)
As the SWATbots abilities to stop the Freedom Fighters dwindled, Robotnik began putting them to other uses, primarily as a labor force. When Robotropolis was essentially destroyed by Mecha Sonic and Mecha Knuckles, Robotnik had the SWATbots rebuild the ruined city. When Robotnik went onboard the Death Egg and left Snively in charge of Robotropolis, the latter changed the priority of the SWATbots from defending the city to acting as his personal servants and reshaping the city as he saw fit. (StH: #40, SMM, SQM: #1, #2)
Some time around 3237, Dr. Eggman switched from using Shadowbots to updated models of SWATbots and Egg Pawns. When Sonic the Hedgehog returned from his year-long absence in space, SWATbots of various designs were seen holding Geoffrey St. John and Hershey Cat prisoners. After the couple was officially married, the SWATbots were moments away from executing them, but were soon destroyed by Sonic. (StH: #130)
When Dr. Eggman was preparing a three-pronged offensive against the Kingdom of Acorn and the United Federation, he dispatched a large number of varied-modeled SWATbots to the dome shield surrounding the nuclear irradiated remains of Robotropolis in order to destroy the shield and cause the spreading of harmful radiation throughout Mobius. However, the garrison at Fort Acorn comprised of the Mes Braves Battalion and reinforcements from the Chaotix, Amy Rose and G.U.N. resulted in the entire SWATbot army's destruction. (StH: #131, #132, #133)
The SWATbot models were primarily decommissioned after the failure at Fort Acorn, though some of Eggman's Shadowbot-based SWATbots remained on Angel Island to support the Dingo Regime. Eggman had already begun to switch over to the new Egg Pawn model the year before, which became the new ground forces and laborers for the Eggman Empire following the SWATbots' decommission. Curiously, SWATbots appeared in the area of Knothole despite this, and were responsible for the capture of Blaze the Cat. However, they would be swiftly dispatched by Sonic when he arrived at their base to investigate. (StH: #136, #138, #160)
Despite three years having passed since the death of their master Dr. Robotnik, some of the original SWATbot models continued to exist, sparse throughout Mobius. Most, along with a few functioning Badniks, became employees of Mammoth Mogul when he took control of the Casino Night Zone. They served as the casino's bouncers, escorting the Destructix out after they "confessed" to using Mogul's bar for their mercenary operations. (StH: #187, #188, CSE)
While SWATbots were primarily mindless brutes and workers, designed with little intelligence, they gradually began to display more signs of personality, referring to Robotnik as "lord of lard" and other such names. This change in personality was likely due to the decommissioning of the Badniks and Robotnik's desire for his underlings to have some kind of personality instead of being mindless drones. An example of SWATbots having a personality was when Sonic was lured to the Robo Casino and the butler SWATbot attempted to get a tip out of Sonic. (StH: #1, CSE)
The SWATbots were all equipped with wrist-mounted laser cannons, and could also be fitted with additional features like jetpacks.
- SWATbots were originally robots from the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series, but they looked more like Shadowbots than the SWATbots in the comic as they were colored a dark blue instead of white and grey. The show's iteration of the SWATbots were however colored with the standard white and gray color scheme in its 13th episode, Heads or Tails, which was actually the first episode produced.
- One of the updated SWATbot models (the one to the far left in the picture above) is based on Dr. Robotnik's minions from the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA.
- In early issues, the SWATbots demonstrated both personality and independent thought, often cracking jokes and expressing opinions to one another. As the comic continued, the SWATbot's behavior became increasingly mechanical and devoid of character until they became mindless drones.