Grounder (born May 14, 1984, age 28) is a fictional Badnik robot created by Dr Ivo Robotnik as adversaries of Sonic the Hedgehog in the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. They form the greater part of Robotnik's "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad" (often abbreviated to SSSSS Squad and, occasionally, 6-S). Grounder was voiced by Gary Chalk, respectively.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Edit
Grounder was a largely comic relief character, and though charged with the capture of Sonic and his friend Tails, he almost always failed. Not only this, but he was also highly gullible, easily being deceived by Sonic no matter how bizarre his disguises. These repeated failures frequently result in the hapless robot receiving a lot of abuse (both verbal and physical) from Robotnik. They were often seen as the guinea pigs in the Sonic Sez segments which appeared at the end of each episode, where they were shown to be drinking alcohol, smoking, and vandalizing amongst other notable things.
Grounder is a sort of "clone" of Scratch. While being created by Robotnik in the cartoon, Scratch had his feather plucked and put into a cloner, but Scratch pulled another lever while it was cloning proclaiming; "You forgot to pull this one!". Robotnik shouts back "I didn't forget to pull that lever! I'm not supposed to pull that lever!" and the result was Grounder, who had "slight modifications".
Physical appearance Edit
Grounder is a small teal swiss army knife-like robot with tank tracks, gauge for his navel and a plate that reads "X-14" on his back, as well as drills instead of his hands and nose. Grounder's design was purposefully derived from the Grounder from Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Aquatic Ruin Zone, though those Grounders (named "Handrill" in Japan) were mass produced, their color schemes were different, and they attacked by bursting out of walls. He is notably less intelligent than Scratch, but once acquired a chip that made him super-intelligent - it was subsequently lost. While Scratch seems to be the brains, Grounder is the artillery - his robot body is filled with accessories, which switch usually in his drill hands.
Other appearances Edit
Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts all appeared as opponents in the game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, which was a clone of Puyo Puyo.
Scratch and Grounder also appeared in the earliest issues of the Sonic comic book published by Archie Comics. However, the characters themselves were prominently featured in their first appearance there, published in issue #2. Subsequent appearances of the two were minor. However, they (along with Coconuts) appear in issue #4. Later in the same issue, Scratch appears (without Grounder) in Tails' Little Tale. Grounder appears (without Scratch) in the story "Sonic Spin City!", published in Sonic Super Special #15. Scratch and Grounder, along with Coconuts, return to the Archie Comic in issue 187 as employees in Mammoth Mogul's newly renovated Casino Night Zone. Scratch has a job as the Concierge, while Grounder appears to be a chef.