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This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic Boom continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
You may be looking for the Mega.

Giant Robot is a character that appears in the Sonic Boom television series. It is a large robot model created by Dr. Eggman, which is based on an existing design.[2]

Appearance

Being based on the Mega, Giant Robot greatly resembles its template. It has a black upper torso with broad and round yellow shoulders which are dotted with short spikes, thick grey and black arms with yellow and black hazard stripes, and four-fingered hands. Its lower body consists of a red pelvis with grey tracks for legs and yellow and black hazard stripes on the front. It has an exhaust pipe on its back and large vent-like tubes next to the shoulders (the one on the right doubles as a laser cannon). For a head it has a red eye with a slit-like pupil and a thick yellow neck. Unlike the Mega, it has red form-fitting shields on its forearms.

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The Giant Robot model for Bot Racing.

An alternate version of Giant Robot features a different paintjob. This version's eye socket, torso, left arm and right forearm are black while its right shoulder and upper arm are red.[3] Another version of Giant Robot used for Bot Racing possesses a purple eye socket, purple shoulders, purple shoulder tubes, a blue torso, and a light blue eye. This model is also noticeably smaller than the original, is missing the shields on its arms, and has legs instead of tracks.

History

Games

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

Tails-bot vs Giant Robot

Giant Robot racing in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.

In Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, a scaled-down Giant Robot model was chosen as one of Dr. Eggman's EggBot Racers to beat Sonic in a racing competition. With Eggman's new Ragnium fuel (along with other upgrades), Giant Robot gained a massive speed boost. When its turn came to race Sonic, however, Giant Robot proved no match for Sonic.

TV series

Season one

The first Giant Robot was designed by Dr. Eggman to utilize the power gathered by the Power-absorbant Insoles. When Eggman tricked Sonic, whose speed was the ultimate power source, to wear these insoles, the doctor sent Giant Robot at Team Sonic. The heroes tried fighting it, but with Sonic constantly running around with the insoles, Giant Robot grew too powerful to defeat. However, Giant Robot's power source proved to be its undoing when Sonic began running around excessively and generated too much power for the robot to contain, causing it to explode.[4]

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Giant Robot during Eggman's filming.

A new Giant Robot was later used by Eggman during the filming of his mind-enslavement movie where it performed fighting scenes with Sonic, only for Sonic's stuntman, Knuckles, to take Giant Robot's beating in Sonic's stead.[3] Eggman later used Giant Robot to attack the Village, after he got his Background Music Generator. The robot managed to capture Zooey, but Tails arrived in his plane and destroyed the robot with his Unbolterizer, saving Zooey.[5]

Giant Robot was soon used to attack Team Sonic again, but was felled by Sonic's spin attack just as Eggman planned a Fuzzy Puppies session with Amy.[6] The next time, Giant Robot was used as an opening attack on Team Sonic by Team Eggman (Eggman's league of villains). As Giant Robot fought, Team Sonic was gradually divided by Team Eggman, leaving only Sonic to face Giant Robot, with Eggman and Charlie proving it with backup. However, Giant Robot short-circuited when Sonic knocked Charlie's Mech Suit into it.[7]

Powers and abilities

Team Sonic vs Giant Robot

Gaint Robot firing its laser.

Giant Robots possesses many of the same abilities as the Mega, along with some unique to itself. Like a tank, it is very sturdy, being unfazed by even Knuckles' punches to its body, and is strong enough to topple palm trees. It can also fire intense energy beams from its eye and right shoulder pad, launch missiles, and is equipped with red shields on its forearms which it can use to deflect or block projectiles, like Sonic's spin attack or Sticks' Boomerang.[4][6][7]

The first version of Giant Robot had no internal power source. Instead, it receiving power remotely from the Power-absorbant Insoles which drew energy from Sonic's running. The more power Giant Robot received, the stronger and faster it became.[4] This ability has seemingly been removed from the later designs.

Weaknesses

The first Giant Robot had an upper limit for how much power it could receive from the Power-absorbant Insoles. Receiving too much power would cause it to overload and explode.[4]

Trivia

  • Giant Robot was given its name because Dr. Eggman was too busy to plan his trap with the Power-absorbant Insoles to name it properly.[4]
  • The reason Giant Robot resembles the Mega is because Sonic Boom's limited design budget required the staff to reuse pre-existing designs to make new robots.[8]
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Giant Robot on the boxart of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.

  • There are some inconsistencies to Giant Robot's design in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. On the game's boxart, Giant Robot is depicted with the same design it has in the television series (not including its coloration), but in the game itself, its arms are much smaller and it has legs instead of tracks.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
  2. Bill Freiberger (30 March 2015). Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on 30 March 2015. “Bill Freiberger: Giant Robot is a new robot but is based on an existing design.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Freiberger, Sam (21 July 2015). "Eggman the Auteur". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 33. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Barichella, Thomas (28 March 2015). "Sole Power". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  5. Harrison, Reid (22 August 2015). "Tails' Crush". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 40. Cartoon Network.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harrison, Reid (10 October 2015). "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 47. Cartoon Network.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Denton, Alan; Hahn, Greg (14 November 2015). "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog". Sonic Boom. Season 1. Episode 52. Cartoon Network.
  8. Bill Freiberger (30 March 2015). Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on 30 March 2015. “Bill Freiberger: Due to the show's design budget we sometimes reuse pre-existing robot designs and make changes to create new robots.”

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