This is what this phenomena is called.
A.k.a The Walking Dead.
As for my Fan-fic I don't think you'll have to worry about being like these...clop-fics...My Amy is not dark persay just more well-rounded. But I will let you make that choice.
Yeaaaaaaah... that explains my thoughts so much better.
Okay boys and girls... Here is one for you.
Improving the Swatbot. How can we make it more threatening and less of a red-shirted mook with stormtrooper accuracy?
I will answer with a question: Do you have to?
If you are making a SWATbot the top of the line in Eggman's factory, I would say yes. But there is something to be said about intimidation through numbers.
I think if Eggman is capable of making complex and accurate robots why does he go through all the trouble of robotization? I think he needs the flickies and mobians living essence to make his robots capable of being a threat. A SWATbot is muscle, it can comprehend data as only a robot. It can't understand motivation or intimidation. It just points shoots and leaves. A Robian can comprehend emotion because he or she used to have it. That's where the real threat is. the Robot capable of understanding that it can hold hostages and take advantage of the heroes' emotions.
SWATbots are intimidating as unfeeling and robotic as is. And when a battalion of them shoots, they're gonna hit something. I don't think it matters if it was a target. When Eggman needs something more subtle he'll send in the robians.