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Nightmare Fuel / Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog
Issue 3 had everyone think Robotnik got hold of atomic bombs and went over the destruction the weapons could cause. While it turned out he had only gotten insecticide bombs, later on Robotnik did get atomic bombs.
The original Dr. Robotnik had many of these moments. Such as when he gleefully tests a matter-vaporizing weapon on a pleading Overlander.
"Whoops Apocalypse"◊ from issue #51, as Sonic is plunged into a VR world where his friends have all been roboticized and turned on him. Originally, the culprit would have been Sally, who had really died during Endgame and was replaced with a robot double of her.
The reveal of Robo-Robotnik being a robot is accomplished by melting his skin off with acid.
Robo-Robotnik destroyed future!Mobius with nuclear weapons.
Bernie's roboticization◊. Her husband Jules grabs her and throws her in, and her pained expressions are horrifying.
While the plot point didn't really go anywhere, from around issue 100 to 118 Robotnik could roboticize anyone with the slightest touch.
One Zone Wars story had Sonic accidentally kill an alternate, monstrous version of his father while retrieving half of a Chaos Emerald from him. Zonic the Zone Cop revealed himself to be an alternate Sonic, and reminded him that Jules was technically his father too.
Nack shooting Mina in the back with a realistic gun.
The fates of the original Freedom Fighters. They went off to save the king, only for Robotnik to reveal that they've been lured into a trap, which was set up by one of their own, Trey Scales (who claims that treachery is "in his nature", since he's a snake). Scales is promptly thrown into the roboticizer with his former teammates and all of them are roboticized and banished to the Zone of Silence, never to be seen or heard from again. If that weren't enough, it's later revealed by Word of God that they were eventually destroyed by Feist.
Robotnik's 'daughter' Mecha had laser eyes and nearly killed Sonic when she first fought him.
Eggman's Egg Grapes. Sounds like a goofy name right? Actually they're devices that suck the life from living beings and turn it into energy for Eggman to use. He ends up killing almost all of Albion's inhabitants using them.
In issue #60, the Iron Queen vowed to return after her defeat. When she finally did, she took over New Mobotropolis and Nicole.
Mina didn't take the Iron Dominion's invasion of New Mobotropolis well. Particularly Nicole being Brainwashed and Crazy.
"If you or any of your echidna-buddies cross me, you're all going up like a fireworks festival." Complete with a Slasher Smile and the green lighting, Eggman just proved he can still scare if he wants to.
Issue 256: Thanks to Eggman disrupting Sonic's Chaos Control at the end of the crossover, the entire multiverse collapsed on itself, with Mobius Prime and Blaze's world being the only confirmed survivors. Eggman has committed the single greatest act of mass-murder in the comic's history. And then Mobius breaks apart.
Sonic gets a face full of the dark energy that's seeping out of Mobius's core and, with every stressed-out moment from then on, comes dangerously close to snapping. This version of the Werehog may not be as benign as his game self.
In #262, Sonic and Rotor start drowning◊ because their air necklaces aren't fully charged, and Sonic starts to turn into the Werehog. The Off-Panel◊ is even worse about this as Sonic is his usual self... and still drowns.
In "Eggman's Dozen," Eggman shows his subordinates what he'll do to them if they rebel. He shuts off the Foreman's muscles, rendering him unable to move or talk, but can still hear and see, and locks him in a tiny, lightless box for 50 years. Sonic Universe #86 then has him change his mind, using the Foreman as the test subject for a new roboticizer instead.
Maw's ability is to inhale◊ his opponents, distorting them beyond recognition. Where they go is never explained.