Beauregard Rabbot (pronounced ra-boh), also known as The Baron, is the Grandmaster of the Great Desert chapter of the Dark Egg Legion and the uncle of Bunnie "Rabbot" D'Coolette. He was one of the many Robians who was pitted against the denizens of Sand Blast City before the mass de-robotization by the Bem. Afterwards, Beauregard and the other former robians went to the Eggman Empire for aid after claims of prejudice by the Sand-Blasters and were legionized and tasked with protecting the Oil Ocean Refinery. This would bring Beauregard into direct conflict with the Sand-Blasters, and would lead to encounters with his niece and other, more noble Freedom Fighters.
From Baron to Grandmaster
Beauregard originally hailed from the Southern Baronies, a region often at odds with the rest of the Kingdom of Acorn due to actions previously taken by King Silvanus Acorn. He took in his niece Bunnie after her parents died during the Great War, and raised her together with his wife Lulumae. Unfortunately, a rift was driven between them when Beauregard claimed that Bunnie's parents had died fighting for the Overland during the war. Refusing to believe that her parents were traitors, Bunnie-whom Beauregard had affectionately called Buns-left her uncle and aunt. Beauregard himself also held the Kingdom in some contempt, and apparently had some knowledge of the D'Coolette family and their support for the House of Acorn. He was also a loyal patriot of the Baronies, quoted by Bunnie as vowing that "the South will rise again." (StH: #217; CSE, MM)
Beauregard was one of the many victims of roboticization during the First Robotnik War. As a mindless robian, he was pitted against Sand Blast City as cannon fodder for its dome force field. However, when the Bem performed a mass deroboticization of almost all Robians on Mobius during the Second Robotnik War, Beauregard suddenly found himself returned to normal without knowing what had happened. He and the other former Robians attempted to settle in Sand Blast City; however, the Sand-Blasters didn't trust the former Robians and treated them as second-class citizens, driving them into the Badlands. Wanting to protect his group, Beauregard was forced to approach the Eggman Empire for help; the former Robians received cybernetic upgrades and joined the Dark Egg Legion, with Beauregard becoming that chapter's Grandmaster through the nomination of his comrades. (StH: #217, CSE)
Protecting the Oil Ocean Refinery
In exchange for being legionized, the new DEL chapter was ordered to run and protect the Oil Ocean Refinery for Dr. Eggman. Despite not wanting to help Eggman, he felt he had no choice in order to keep his people safe. This put him back in conflict with the Sand Blasters and their city, who sought to capture the refinery for themselves. (StH: #217)
Due to this conflict, however, Beauregard's niece Bunnie D'Coolette arrived in the region; the same measures the Sand-Blasters used against the Legion had affected her as well, causing her to fall injured and be found by the Legion. Beauregard had the Legion take her in and give her time to recover. Upon her recovery, he and Bunnie had a brief period of time to catch up - Beauregard discovered his niece had become a Freedom Fighter and married, while Bunnie learned the reasons why he and the other mobians under his command joined the Eggman Empire. Eventually, he managed to convince Bunnie to help him and his DEL chapter defend the refinery, as their failure to do so would result in severe punishment from Dr. Eggman. (StH: #217)
The next morning, Beauregard rode a Legion saucer to the refinery with Bunnie and a young Legionnaire, Matilda. He asked Bunnie if she would really be okay fighting what were technically other Freedom Fighters, but Bunnie insisted that she wasn't fond of the Sand Blasters, anyway. Beauregard was suddenly punched by Sonic the Hedgehog, who had arrived with the Sand Blasters in order to "rescue" Bunnie from the Dark Egg Legion. Bunnie, not wanting her long-lost family member hurt, threw Sonic towards the refinery, where they appeared to begin to fight. (StH: #217)
The Legion landed its saucers just outside the refinery while Beauregard observed the fight with binoculars. Matilda asked him how long they were to maintain their position, and Beauregard replied that they'd wait until Bunnie either had the situation under control or needed their help. Proud, he remarked to himself that his "Li'l Buns" was all grown up and even holding her own against the famous Sonic the Hedgehog. Eventually, Matilda noticed that the Sand Blasters were making their way into the refinery, and Beauregard announced it was time to move in, ordering her to power up the saucer. Matilda commented that, hopefully, they would be able to end the fighting before the refinery was further damaged; this caused Beauregard to pause, and he brought up his binoculars again. He saw that, rather than all-out brawling, Sonic and Bunnie were smiling and not fighting all that seriously; the fight was a pretense to allow them to destroy the refinery. Lowering his binoculars, Beauregard coldly commented to himself that he should have expected this; after all, his niece had told him she was a Freedom Fighter and, on top of that, had married a D'Coolette. (StH: #218)
While the Legion and Sand Blasters began to clash inside the refinery, Beauregard came across Jack Rabbit and Avery, who were preparing to fire a rocket at Bunnie and Sonic. Beauregard struck Avery over the head with his cane, causing the rocket to be fired straight up into the sky. He then grabbed Jack with his robotic arm, forcing him to drop his weapon; Jack called him an ungrateful backstabber, but Beauregard retorted, "Don't you dare lecture me, Jack." When Bunnie came running over, Beauregard angrily criticized her actions, reminding her that he and his chapter would suffer for failing to defend the refinery. Avery's rocket then fell down, causing a massive explosion. (StH: #218)
With the refinery burning around them, Beauregard cried that Bunnie had doomed them all. However, Bunnie and Sonic explained that they had prevented the refinery from falling into the hands of the Sand-Blasters, and that Sonic's mere involvement would shift the blame away from Beau. Accepting what had happened, he nevertheless told his niece she would one day have to fight him as a Freedom Fighter. He and Bunnie then said goodbye to one another and parted ways, as Beau ordered the Dark Egg Legion to retreat. (StH: #218)
Beauregard received a false message from Snively Robotnik reporting Robotnik's death and the destruction of the Death Egg Mark 2. Any illusions Beauregard may have had were short lived, as he and the other Grandmasters were summoned to the Death Egg for a meeting with Robotnik. After being informed that their cybernetics all contained explosives that Robotnik could detonate at will, the Baron and his peers were ordered to continue their appointed tasks, with the additional charge of seeking out the missing blue Chaos Emerald. His Legionnaires continued to come into conflict with the Sand-Blasters, particularly when the group were joined by Mighty the Armadillo. Having seen the super-strong Chaotix member easily overpower his forces, Beauregard was understandably suspicious when Mighty came to his camp offering himself up as a prisoner. After surviving the Legion's efforts to subdue him, Mighty met with Beauregard, who left Mighty unrestrained-partly due to his knowledge that Mighty would be hard to keep in chains.
When Mighty revealed that he had come looking for his long-lost sister, Beauregard realized that he was referring to Matilda, and summoned the young Armadillo. The Baron had hoped that being reunited with her brother would help the withdrawn youngster open up-both he and Mighty were disappointed when she displayed neither recognition nor interest in her sibling. Offering Mighty his condolences, Beauregard assured him that Matilda would be looked after in the Legion, which had become a family of sorts. Eager to maintain Mighty's cover so as to avoid reprisal from Eggman, Beau instructed his soldiers to forget hearing Mighty's story and dismiss it as another Sand-Blaster lie. He then had Mighty escorted to the brig, intending to return him to Sand Blast City as part of a prisoner exchange the next day so that the Armadillo could make an escape. Unbeknownst to Beauregard, however, Jack Rabbit decided to use the exchange as an opportunity to eliminate him once and for all. (SU: #37, #48)
At the exchange point, Beauregard had Mighty enter a large restraint on the Legion's carrier as part of the pretense that he was a prisoner. When the sorrowful Armadillo expressed his regrets over being unable to give Matilda the family and happiness she had been denied, Beauregard was reminded of Bunnie, and again expressed his sympathy. Matilda then informed him of the arrival of the Sand-Blasters, and Beauregard used a microphone to communicate with his nemeses. Answering Jack's demand that he hand over Mighty with derision, as the Armadillo was easily capable of demolishing the Legion's platform, the Baron declared that they would exchange hostages as usual. Though he took great delight in forcing Jack to ask for the return of his most valued operative, it was short-lived; several of Jack's hostages turned out to be Sand-Blaster supporters disguised as Legionnaires. Beauregard, realizing a new depth to Jack's underhanded nature, quickly ordered his forces to defend themselves, but cautioned them to watch out for their comrades amongst the prisoners. Mighty surprised Beauregard by begging him to allow him to join the battle, insisting that his cover was already compromised-Jack had overheard Vector address him by his real name. Beau was then surprised when Ray the Flying Squirrel landed on the carrier and demanded that he release Mighty, only to be grabbed by Matilda for threatening the Baron.
Mighty and Beau quickly called her off, and were then witness as she again declared that she had no feelings for her brother, only for Ray to deliver a heartfelt appeal to her. Jolt the Roadrunner took advantage of the moment to board the carrier, only to be dispatched by Matilda before he could harm Mighty. One of the Sand-Blasters' tanks then opened fire on the carrier, and Matilda intercepted the missile, and her injury led Mighty into a rampage that drove off the Sand-Blasters. Beauregard quickly rushed Matilda back to camp, and was able to stabilize her condition. However, he informed Mighty that she would need time to recover in their care, and that for her safety Mighty needed to leave. He quickly put down Mighty's suggestions about hiding amongst the Legion, and promised the Armadillo that he would be able to visit Matilda while she recovered-if they were careful about it. After the Chaotix departed, the Baron consoled Matilda and informed her that he would do everything to get her back to her family soon. She thanked him, and he simply responded that he understood the pain of a broken family, as he turned to regard his niece Bunnie standing in the doorway behind him.(SU: #49)
Beauregard is regal and easy-going; at the same time, he is a caring, decisive leader who is individually concerned for his various charges, particularly those who are younger. While pragmatic, he has a slightly jovial side and is gracious and appreciative of those working under his command. He seems to have a harder edge under his generally pleasant demeanor, which is usually brought out by his recognition of injustices-real or perceived-committed against those he holds himself responsible for. Despite the fact that he is a Legionnaire, he greatly loves his niece Bunnie and is proud of her for becoming a Freedom Fighter; however, he eventually came to believe that, due to his being a Legionnaire, they'll one day be forced to face each other as enemies.
Family is obviously very important to Beauregard, and he acts as a father-figure to his Legion. He also sympathizes with those whose families have been broken up by turmoil on Mobius, something that he's experienced firsthand. He seems to have a distaste for the Kingdom of Acorn, referring to the royal line as oppressors. According to Bunnie, he was known for saying, "The south shall rise again!", evidence of a certain patriotism for the Southern Baronies, which is likely the source of his contempt for the House of Acorn. (StH: #39, #217, #218, SU: #48, #49)
As a Baron, Beauregard is well accustomed to lead, his organization skills and leadership have allowed his chapter of the Dark Egg Legion to not only build themselves a home, but fight back against their enemies as well. Though he is often seen supporting himself on a cane, it hardly seem to hinder him in his daily life; he is later seen using it both offensively and defensively. The Baron has a cybernetic right arm and shoulder, giving him some enhanced strength. He mentioned that being Legionized "fixed my bum knee," implying internal augmentations as well. (StH: #217, #218)
Beauregard is a yellow rabbit with a white muzzle and blue/grey eyes. He has bushy eyebrows and his brown hair is styled into thick dreadlocks adorned with gray and red beads. As a Rabbit, he possesses a long pair of ears, which either droop naturally or are forced down by his hat. He wears a brown hat, a long brown coat with a red tie in the front, black Eggman-style bottoms and a blue fingerless glove on his left hand. As a Legionnaire, he has cybernetics, the most obvious of which being his robotic right arm. He carries a metallic cane. The character was designed by artist Steven Butler.
- Bunnie's "Uncle Beauregard" was first mentioned by name in StH #39. He was not introduced as a character until StH #217.
- Beauregard's desire for the South to rise again seems to be a reference to the attitude of Confederate States of American war veterans and certain passionate descendants. Beauregard's rebellious attitude toward the Kingdom of Acorn may be a continuation of this analogy, but for different reasons than the Confederates.