Scratch: Look at em' run! Fear, panic, dread, terror! BWA-HA-HA-HA!
Grounder: Yeah! Makes you proud to be a robot! Ha Ha!
~ Scratch and Grounder

Scratch and Grounder are the secondary antagonists of the Canadian animated series, The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog. They're Dr. Robotnik's dimwitted henchmen and the members of the S.S.S.S.S. Squad. They occasionally make appearances in other Sonic Media.

Scratch was voiced by Phil Hayes and Grounder was voiced by Garry Chalk.



Scratch is a tall, roughly humanoid robot with chicken-like features, including "scaled" feet, wing-like arms, a feathered tail, and a beak. Scratch seems to be the leader of the three badniks (himself, Grounder, and Coconuts), and is marginally smarter than Grounder, making up for his lack of Grounder's assorted gadgets - though Scratch does possess a laser pistol, a drawstring and hands that can turn into scissors.


Grounder was meant to be an identical twin to Scratch. However, because Scratch pulled a lever on the machine that wasn't supposed to be pulled, he came out entirely different to him.

Grounder is a short teal mole-based robot with continuous tracks for mobility. He has a drill for a nose as well as two on the ends of his arms. Grounder specializes mainly in gadgetry; he can turn his drill "hands" into any number of weapons or tools (including actual hands), stores assorted equipment (commonly, a telephone) in his torso, and (according to the episode showing his creation) even has the components of a Swiss Army knife installed in his tongue. Grounder also seems to be the most fragile of Robotnik's robots (himself, Scratch, and Coconuts), getting blown to bits slightly more often than the others, though he is able to put himself back together more easily than them.

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Scratch and Grounder make an appearance in the puzzle game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, where they try to stop the hero, Has Bean from stopping Robotnik from turning his kind into mindless robots.

Grounder is the eighth opponent in the puzzle game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. He is the margin point where the game becomes much more difficult. Scratch is the semi-final boss who you fight on Stage 12 and is almost as difficult as Dr. Robotnik himself. However, his style of gameplay causes him to do stupid things, which can end up killing himself.




  • Coconuts (depending on Coconuts' goal)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Miles "Tails" Prower
  • Knuckles the Echidna
  • Professor Von Schlemmer
  • Sally Acorn
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Wes Weasley (sometimes)


Scratch: He made me first. I'm his favorite.
Grounder: Oh yeah?! I've got more accessories. He likes
me best.
~ Scratch and Grounder upon meeting each other for the first time.
Scratch: We've got ways of making you talk, hedgehog.
Grounder: We do? What ways?
Scratch: Stupid!
Grounder: Yeah, right! We've got
stupid ways of making you talk! So start blabbin', Missy.
Scratch: Tell us where we can find Sonic!
~ Scratch and Grounder to Breezie.
BOTH: We hate that hedgehog!
~ Scratch and Grounder whenever they're defeated.


  • Scratch and Grounder are both based off of badniks from the mainstream games, specifically Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Scratch is based on the Clucker model while Grounder is based on the badnik of the same name.
  • Scratch and Grounder started a trend of Dr. Robotnik having two incompetent sidekicks.



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Shadow the Hedgehog | Rouge the Bat | E-123 Omega

Babylon Rogues
Jet the Hawk | Wave the Swallow | Storm the Albatross

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Eggman Nega | Metal Sonic 3.0

Deadly Six
Zavok | Zazz | Zeena | Master Zik | Zomom | Zor

Black Arms
Black Doom | Devil Doom | Eclipse the Darkling

Mephiles the Dark | Iblis

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Dr. Eggman | Hard-Boiled Heavies (Heavy King) | Metal Sonic

Sonic Boom
Charlie | D-Fekt | Dave the Intern | Dr. Eggman | Lyric the Last Ancient | Mark the Tapir | Metal Sonic | Morpho | Nominatus | Shadow the Hedgehog | Swifty the Shrew

Babylon Guardian | Bearenger the Bear | Biolizard | King Arthur | Captain Whisker | Carrotia the Rabbit | Chaos | Dark Gaia | Dark Gaia's Minions | Dr. Fukurokov | Erazor Djinn | Fang the Sniper | Fockewulf the Wolf | G-merl | King Boom Boo | Ifrit | Merlina | Wendy Witchcart | Professor Gerald Robotnik | Pachacamac

Dr. Robotnik | Agent Stone | Echidna Tribe (Pachacamac)

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