Heavy the Mechanic
From Sonic Retro
|Heavy the Mechanic|
|First seen: Chaotix (1995)|
|Species: Eggman Robot|
|Gender: N/A (referred to as male)|
Alongside Bomb, he is described as being one of Dr. Eggman's mechanics (or "Mechanix") attempting to help Knuckles and his friends, although nobody knows if they speak the truth or if they are simply planted by Robotnik to slow them down.
Early Chaotix prototypes mislabled Heavy as "Heaby" in the level title cards, which in turn was picked up by the gaming media for a short period in early 1995.
Heavy and Bomb are booby prize characters in Chaotix, selected as partners via the game's Combi Catcher, in which they appear more often than the rest of the cast. Heavy is the slowest character in the game and can barely jump at all, making it harder to traverse across levels. This is partially made up by the fact that Heavy is invincible, and so can be used as a blunt object to tackle threats without the fear of losing rings.
Heavy is not usually a playable character, although can become one temporarily through the use of swap or change monitors, or through the hidden stage select menu. He is unavailable in the game's training mode (without the use of a cheat device) but can be made playable in the Bonus or Special Stages if he is thrown into the Giant Ring. In these situations Heavy plays identically to the other characters (and thus can lose rings).
Heavy's fate after the events of Chaotix is not known, and the character has not been seen since.
In other media
Heavy and Bomb also made appearances in the Archie Comics, serving in King Acorn's Secret Service under Geoffrey St. John. However, on one mission, the two were reprogrammed to assassinate the Acorn family, and were destroyed by the defending Sonic and co. Later, rebuilt versions of the two were sent to assassinate Mina Mongoose. However, they were also thwarted, and presumed destroyed (although they are never seen being destroyed; the new Heavy was last seen sinking in a lake).