Scratch & Grounder
Sonic symbol
Universe Sonic
First appearance The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog (1993)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993)

Scratch and Grounder are two robots that serve Dr. Robotnik in The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, appearing in The Subspace Emissary as bosses.

Role in The Subspace Emissary Edit

When Leonidas is chasing Robotnik through Sparta, he corners him after the latter captures a trophied Mama Luigi. Finding a way to escape, Robotnik phones Scratch and Grounder to take care of Leonidas. Leonidas destroys Grounder during the fight, causing Scratch to flee.

Scratch makes a small cameo in Lost Woods, where he saves Robotnik from falling to his death after I.M. Meen destroyed his Eggmobile.

Scratch reappears in Final Forest, where he and several Badniks attack I.M. Meen and prepare to detonate a Subspace Bomb to engulf the area in two minutes--in other words, the player must defeat him in a two-minute time limit. His efforts are futile, and the bomb is sabotaged by Meen.

Moveset Edit

Sparta Battle Edit

  • Grounder transforms his drill hands into hammers, then swings them as he moves across the screen.
  • Grounder blows into one hand and creates a pumpkin with the other, then throws it at the player.
  • Grounder extends his hand out.
  • Scratch drops egg bombs. The egg bombs are the only way to damage Grounder.
  • Scratch swoops down on the player.
  • Scratch grabs Grounder and flies away offscreen, then they come back onscreen with a large tank that fires four bombshells.

Final Forest Battle Edit

  • Scratch performs a fast swoop.
  • Scratch summons Rollers, which can be knocked into him to cause damage. If they are left alone, they will roll into the player themselves.
  • Scratch drops egg bombs, more frequently than in Sparta.
  • Scratch fires projectiles from a cannon attached to his crotch.

Origin Edit

Scratch and Grounder are recurring characters from The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, being designed by Dr. Robotnik as efficient Sonic hunters, yet they are portrayed as a pair of idiotic clowns that Sonic outwits and runs circles around on a frequent basis. Created at the same time from the same machine, the two would've been identical, but Scratch pulled a different lever that caused Grounder to come out with a different chassis. Both Badniks are inspired by two Badniks from Sonic the Hedgehog 2; Grounder is a direct lift of the Badnik of the same name, while Scratch appears to be a modified Clucker, a turret-wielding chicken Badnik.

Scratch and Grounder, like many characters from the show, also appear in the game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. Grounder is fought as the eighth opponent, while Scratch is fought as the twelfth and penultimate opponent.

Gallery Edit


  • Scratch is the only boss with a time limit.