Grounder

grounder-1cIt’s been quite some time since I did any vectors, and indeed as virtually all (if not totally all) of my past efforts with paths have been of a Sonic the Hedgehog bent, I thought to carry on the tradition and revisit surely one of the best villains in the entire franchise: Grounder. Such acclaim should not be taken as if Grounder is a calculating, monstrous beast. He isn’t. He is quite adorable though, don’t you think?

Although created by Robotnik in the very first episode of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series – which I used to adore as a child, and would get up at six o’clock on Saturday mornings to watch on Channel 4 – to work alongside fellow henchman, Scratch (a giant robot chicken, natch) the mid-90s cartoon series is not his debut. Grounder is actually inspired by a robot villain that appears in 1992’s Sonic 2, patrolling (and destroying) parts of the Aquatic Ruin Zone. The original Grounders were quite menacing in appearance – not nearly adorable or amusing.

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Grounder in Sonic 2, before he became cute.

What perhaps caps off Grounder’s affability is his ineptitude. Built to supposedly be a super robot, Grounder is markedly slow-witted and gullible. A shame really, as he apparently has every weapon, tool and item conceivable inside that turquoise chassis, which he can brandish at will as the situation demands. He even has a telephone in his gut somewhere, which he can reach in and pick up to receive a bollocking from Robotnik when the latest scheme ends in utter failure with (the hugely, infuriatingly irritating) Sonic getting away unharmed.

This being said, there was one particular episode where Grounder mistakenly had a ‘genius chip’ inserted into his brain and, as you’d expect, became super smart, even overruling Robotnik himself. He spoke with uncharacteristic eloquence and kitted himself out in a monocle, mortar board and smoking jacket. This served only to make him more endearing. I believe he lost it clashing with Scratch, where even his genius couldn’t have predicted that he would come to help defeat Sonic.

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Grounder the Genius – surely one of the best characters ever created.

I feel the rest of Grounder’s involvement in any of the wafer-thin plots of these, by and large, pretty terrible cartoons could be summed up with ‘spectacular failure’. The good guys never go down. Loss and being somehow smashed to smithereens may have been a given, but the watchword of ‘The World’s Largest Paperweight’ was perseverance –  he never stopped trying, bless him. And have I mentioned he’s adorable?

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20 comments
  1. Jacob, your vector drawing is incredible. I love the chrome effect and the grid background. Grounder is a very cool character. I enjoy your versatile art styles.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Sharon – I thought it was time to mix things up a little, as it’s been all drawings lately!

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  2. Grounder!! I remember the game, but never saw the episodes! Can’t watch now because I’m already in bed and can’t find my headphones, but added to the list! Love your vector work! That expression is awesome!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! Come over anytime to play the Mega Drive!! Haha, you should add this particular episode to your list, not so sure about the rest of the series. The show is quite funny in a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of way – mostly textbook cartoon slapstick. And Sonic is intensely irritating, to me at least.

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      • Yeah… Sonic is super irritating actually! lol But sure… I’ll be over shortly for a rousing game of Mega Drive! 😉Hehe

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      • Jacob said:

        Yay! What a birthday party that would be!

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  3. Even when I’ve no idea what you’re talking about you still manage to make it absolutely fascinating! Grounder does look charming – perhaps he was just misunderstood.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Michael – I much appreciate that. I do sometimes get a little carried away! 😉 As for Grounder, yes, I’d like to think so. I’d quite like to adopt/rescue him!

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  4. jmnowak said:

    The cartoon has hints of Wily Coyote and Roadrunner…Grounder looks like a friendly chap, really. Love your vector-toon, Jay. Grounder would be pleased! 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Janina – I’d hope so! Yes, I think those sort of cartoons were very much an inspiration. I believe there were more ‘sophisticated’ Sonic cartoons after this, but I was too old by that point, and I’m not sure I’d have enjoyed them as much anyway!

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      • jmnowak said:

        Oh PS, forgot: did I say I like your vector rendition?! 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        You did! Thanks again!

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Yes!! Great illustration. I don’t remember this cartoon actually but I used to love Sonic 2 and remember him in there. He used to break down the walls and chase you! Scary!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee! Yes indeedy, there were some particularly nasty parts in the zone where you are essentially propelled into Grounders. They can be dangerous like that!

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  6. I’ve never played Sonic before…I know, where have I been? LOL!…but your Grounder is SO darned cute!

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    • Jacob said:

      Shocker!!! It must be just you and my mother, then 😛 Thanks, Teresa – I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks him adorable!

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      • I bet you I’m your mother’s age…which would explain a lot! 😀

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