Countdown to the 12th Doctor: #7
For most of these, it’s exactly what it sounds like on the tin: Cases in which Robotnik has become powerful beyond normal mortal standards. Incarnations detailed in this segment vary between possessing mystical powers, colossal abilities, or even just an ungodly amount of charm. (You know who you are, señor.)
First Appearance: 10/29/93, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog #51, “Prehistoric Sonic”
Noted Companions: N/A
In a rare case of AoStH Robotnik’s plans working out to the letter, our beloved doctor manages to collect all of the Chaos Emeralds* to essentially make himself a god. He becomes titanic in size and instantly ripped… along gaining with really long fingernails, for some reason. For a while, it seemed that Robotnik may have actually won this time. He was far more powerful than Sonic or Tails could handle, and on top of it, they’d been flung through time to die at the beginning of the universe.
It’s hard to say how much the transformation may have affected Robotnik’s personality, because we don’t get to see him this way for a very long time. However, one thing that I do think requires pointing out is that he did not go on a rampage across Mobius, which is more than can be said for some other incarnations. Upon gaining his powers, Supreme High Robotnik simply walked his happy ass over to the nearest town and started demanding worship. The citizens of the town made a pile of offerings and bowed down in respect, and Robotnik was perfectly content.
What this illustrates for us is that the AoStH version of Robotnik (and thus his sub-variants as well) is far less concerned with power and control than the other incarnations. I’m sure he still desires them, but they’re nowhere near as much of a priority as getting attention. When literally given the power of the gods, we might’ve expected Robotnik to start taking down centers of government so he would be the only authority figure left, but that wasn’t at the top of his agenda. He didn’t even damage anything, minus the impressions his footprints made in the ground. He leaned past the buildings to talk to the mere mortals below when it probably would’ve been easier to just knock them down. This could very well mean that he only pursues power as a means to an end, rather than for the power itself. After all, when you’re in a powerful position, it forces people to acknowledge you.
*Note: There are only 4 Chaos Emeralds in this continuity.
First Appearance: 11/5/93, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog #45, “Super Robotnik”
Noted Companions: Coconuts, Scratch, Grounder
Super Robotnik posed a similar situation to Supreme High Robotnik, but on a smaller scale — which is amusing when you consider that Super Robotnik demonstrated far more powers and abilities than his god-like form ever did. Hell, Super Robotnik had 3 separate super powers for his eyes alone.
Unlike the variant above, Super Robotnik did commit acts of mayhem, but it was more for his own fun than any real attempt to seize control of Mobius. Although he did lock up several world leaders in his dungeon, he did it to coerce Sonic into competing with him at the colosseum; he wasn’t anywhere near as interested in taking over their domains as he was with stealing candy from 4,822 babies.
Interestingly enough, Super Robotnik is surprisingly awkward when referring to his butt. To be fair, he does have an elaborate and quasi-regal method of speaking, but he’s so reluctant to refer to his own rear end that he ends up using euphemisms such as “my unmentionable” and “caboose.” This is highlighted even more sharply when Scratch and Grounder immediately start using the term “butt pliers” within their next few lines. AoStH Robotnik is a lot of things, but very rarely is he shy, and it’s ironic that this surfaced while he was near-invincible of all times.
Despite the fact that Scratch and Grounder were still present, they fell severely out of favor for the duration of the episode, while Coconuts was given a big promotion. (It should be noted that rankings are taken very seriously by this group, so this was a big deal.) It was a dream come true for Coconuts, as he’s forever trying and failing to win Robotnik’s praise, but it didn’t last long. Robotnik became frustrated that Coconuts couldn’t recreate the mixture that had produced the super powers, and when no results came, he restored all of the robots’ old ranks.
First Appearance: December 2007, Sonic X (comic) #26
Noted Companions: Decoe, Bocoe, Bokkun
Although there’s nothing supernaturally different about this Eggman, nor is he a dimensional counterpart in any way, I still find that Gran Gordo is an incarnation all his own — and even if I didn’t, Eggman himself clearly thinks so, and that should be good enough for anyone.
The flamboyant luchador Gran Gordo is a big hit on the wrestling scene, with a legion of adoring fans that Gordo loves right back. He enjoys the attention that his victories bring (as well as the prize money), but there’s more to it than that; Gran Gordo genuinely enjoys being a hero to his fans. He recognizes that the attention isn’t just stroking his own ego, but also giving the fans something to believe in and hold onto, and he takes that relationship seriously. It’s so serious to him, in fact, that he flat-out begged Sonic not to reveal his secret identity for the sake of the fans. The heart-felt sentiment was so foreign to Sonic that he was temporarily confused, and in an amazing turn of events, he decided to comply with the request.
El Gran Gordo demonstrates that Eggman does have a degree of physical power in addition to his mental abilities. He uses microtechnology to help win his matches, but when facing off against Sonic, the same technology ended up used against himself as well. Still, he was able to power through it, which indicates that his skinny legs and arms aren’t completely devoid of muscle. Gran Gordo also speaks some degree of rudimentary Spanish, although it’s not clear if he already knew it or only learned what he needed to know to play the part. For all we know, he could’ve been studying it all along to woo Ella.
Decoe and Bocoe find themselves in a bit of a role-reversal while Gran Gordo is on the scene. As Gordo’s managers, they’re often the ones giving instructions and seeing to it that Eggman obeys (typically in the form of making sure he actually remembers his own plans instead of getting swept away in the fantasy of his wrestling persona).
First Appearance: January 1999, Sonic Super Special #8
Noted Companions: N/A
One question that’s surrounded Doctor Who for years is whether or not Time Lords can change sex when they regenerate. While it’s been hinted at that it may be so, Robotnik once again pulls ahead of the Doctor by already having had a female counterpart.
Ivanna Robotina appeared in a parody of Sailor Moon, whereupon she had the ability to change people into monsters via magic beams. Not a terribly large amount of information exists beyond that, as she only appeared for a couple of pages before the story moved on. What can be noted, however, is that a pair of X chromosomes has never stopped the women in Robotnik’s family tree from maintaining some form of a mustache. While Momma Robotnik simply had one stuck onto her face in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (figure that one out), Robotina sports a pair of pigtails. They may not be on the front of her head, but they’re still two clumps of ginger hair, and that counts.
As a side note, I’d just like to point out that in the original arc of Sailor Moon, the ultimate boss at the end of the story was called Queen Metallia. It’s almost a shame that the parody comic didn’t cash in on that to some degree. It still would’ve been terrible, don’t get me wrong, but it might have been amusing to see what they could do with that.
First Appearance: November 2001, Sonic the Hedgehog #104*
Noted Companions: Silver Snively
Continuing the trend of horrendous parodies, the comics also did their own version of The Silver Surfer, which resulted in Robolactus. According to the comic, this form is a descendent of someone in Robotnik’s family tree named Ito Robotnik, and now roams the universe looking for planets to put into his galactic juicer. I wish I was making that up.
All opinions about the story itself aside, I do think it’s interesting to note that he seems to be the only negative version of Robotnik that’s not an active aggressor. He doesn’t go out looking for planets to devour; it’s Silver Snively, his companion (or herald, as he’s noted in the story) that behaves like a beacon for Robolactus to hone in on so he can feed. In this sense, Snively is the bigger problem to deal with, and acts more like a caretaker than an assistant. In fact, Snively is the one that handles most of the conflict in the story. Robolactus just kinda does his juicer thing in the background, only vaguely noticing that a battle is going on around him when the Freedom Fighters intermittently turn their attention toward him directly.
One thing that caught my attention about Robolactus is that, toward the end, he’s unexpectedly whiney. I realize we’re operating under the premise that he has a never-ending hunger, but come on, he actually gave Silver Snively a pouty face when it was recommended that they move on. I may not have been expecting great literature from this comic, but I also wasn’t expecting a god-like villain to use toddler tactics to get what he wants.
*There’s also one other god-like version of Robotnik called Robonicus, which bears a mild resemblence to Robolactus and was nearly included in this breakdown. However, after I reviewed the book (Sonic the Hedgehog #38, June 1996), it turned out that Robonicus was actually just a character in a comic book that Tails had made himself, not an actual incarnation of Robotnik.
First Appearance: May 2005, Sonic the Hedgehog #149
Noted Companions: N/A
He was in one page of one comic because there was yet another terrible parody of yet another comic for yet another multi-zone story arc. That’s all you need to know. I’M TIRED OF SQUEEZING WATER OUT OF ROCKS LEAVE ME ALONE.
Dr. Robotnik, Dr. Eggman, and whatever other forms of this character I managed to dig up for this thing are all © Sega one way or another, with lesser rights going to companies such as Archie, Fleetway, DiC, and whoever made that fan film. The inferences and summaries written throughout this piece are my own and my not be reproduced without my permission.
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