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Doctor Robotnik is the primary antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. Formerly known as Julian until his coup, he overthrew the King of Mobotropolis, renamed the city "Robotropolis", roboticized its citizens to be his mindless Worker Bots and polluted the environment, becoming the dictator of Mobius. He has an army of loyal robots and is assisted by his conniving nephew Snively and pet robot chicken Cluck. His rule is opposed only by the Freedom Fighters, particularly Sonic the Hedgehog.
Robotnik is a tall human man of imposing girth with a bald, conical head, a dark orange mustache and black eyes with crimson irises. Robotnik is also partially roboticized, resulting in his left arm from the shoulder and down to be completely robotic. In the place of his ears, he had small metal stubs.
His usual attire is a jumpsuit, red above the waist and black below, with yellow lines spanning up, down and around his body; grey leggings; black-and-red boots; wide, red shoulder pads; a black sleeve on his human arm; a yellow cape; and grey gloves.
While Minister of War of Mobotropolis, prior to his coup (before he was partially roboticized), Julian wore a white militaristic uniform with blue chains across the front, black-and-red epaulets, medals on the left side of his breast and a bearskin hat.
Robotnik was originally named Julian. He once worked as an assistant for Naugus, a wizard who discovered a limited dimension known as the Void. Julian betrayed Naugus and trapped him within the Void, but continues to dread the possibility of Naugus getting loose.
Julian later headed up the Ministry of War in the King's regime, and was instrumental in winning the Great War for the monarchy. The King allowed Julian to dismantle the military — from his perspective, this was because the War's end no longer necessitated it, while Julian's motive was to set up a coup. Julian stole the plans for the Roboticizer from Sonic's uncle, Sir Charles Hedgehog, who originally had positive intents for the device.
Robotnik's left arm was replaced with a robotic substitute when Sonic knocked him off-balance during an early encounter (his arm getting caught in a roboticizer as he tried to steady himself). His legion of SWATbots make up the majority of Robotnik's army. He will occasionally engage his enemies by himself if need be, using laser weapons either handheld or as part of his left arm. He also employs his nephew, Snively, as his chief adjutant and overall lackey; Snively often serves as a target for Robotnik's rage whenever his plots are foiled.
Robotnik is cruel, sadistic, cantankerous, ruthless, and egotistical.
Robotnik has a relatively short temper and is often brash and overconfident with his designs. A personal grudge he holds against Sonic frequently clouds his better judgment. This is shown when he took the chance to fire a missile at Sonic even though his escape pod was short on fuel and if he fired the missile, he would crash (but the missile didn't fire because of damaged circuitry). He has also tried to roboticize Sonic to be his slave several times, but this has often failed.
Production background and future plans
Because the producers of the show had been given no definitive backstory, they created a "White Paper" setting out the histories of the characters. According to Ben Hurst, Julian and Snively were human space travelers from Earth who travelled thousands of years into the future because of time dilations effects of space travel. On returning home, they found that humans had gone extinct and animals had mutated into sentient beings and renamed the planet Mobius. In Hurst's own words:
The cartoon ended after two 13-episode seasons, but the same characters continued to appear in the American comic Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series based on the show.
Television writer Ben Hurst said that, had the cartoon not been canceled, it would have been revealed in the third season that Robotnik survived the destruction of Doomsday by being sucked into the Void, where he was captured by Naugus, serving as the wizard's lackey just as Snively had served Robotnik himself before.
- "I really hate that hedgehog, I hate him, I hate him, HATE HIM, hate, hate, hate, HATE!"
- "We're home, Cluck. I do miss the beauty of this place when I'm away."
- "Before this day is done, you and the Power Rings will be right in the palm of my hand."
- "Snively, what color is my heart?"
- "Excellent! Stand by for my signal! Air Command. Sweep laser fire, Forward."
- "My, such a challenging tone. Hardly appropriate for a princess. Not to mention the slender of poor Cluck species. Where is the hedgehog?"
- "Now let's see if that Power Ring will live up to it's name."
- "A nice dream. But dreams are meant to be...broken."
- Robotnik is one of only three video game characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series who appear on the show, the others being Sonic and Tails.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog, "The Void"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog, "Blast to the Past, Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog, "Blast to the Past, Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog, "The Doomsday Project"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog, "Sonic's Nightmare"
- ↑ "Ben Hurst on SatAM" (written by Ben Hurst, compiled by PorpoiseMuffins, 11/10) at Saturday Morning Sonic
- ↑ "SatAM Season Three", Sonic HQ. Retrieved from the Wayback Machine 2010-08-06.
- ↑ "The Lost 3rd Season". Fans United for SatAM. Retrieved 2012-10-17.