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Shadow... please, promise me that you'll help the people and be... friends with them. I'm sure you'll be very happy down there, Shadow. I only wish that I could go along with you. The world looks so beautiful from up here in space. But my grandfather says the people who live there, have to face many problems. That's why you were created, to help those people... and to be their friend.
— Maria Robotnik, "Showdown in Space"
Maria Robotnik (マリア・ロボトニック Maria Robotonikku?) is a character that appears in Sonic X. She was a young human, and the granddaughter of Professor Gerald Robotnik and cousin of Doctor Eggman. She was Shadow the Hedgehog's only close companion.
Maria was a normal, youthful and thin human girl. She had blond hair, peach skin and blue eyes. Her hairstyle was wavy and held back with a blue hair band. For attire, she wore a dark blue top with short puffy sleeves and light blue long sleeves, a light blue dress and white low heeled shoes.
Maria was a terminally-ill patient on the Space Colony ARK, who had contracted a deadly disease. During time onboard the ARK, Maria became close friends with Shadow the Hedgehog, the result of Project Shadow. While raised together, Maria remained by Shadow's side and they would spend their time together gazing down upon the Earth, wondering what it was like and wishing to go there. Sadly, Maria was shot and killed during the invasion of the ARK by GUN, after releasing Shadow from a cryogenic tube in the Japanese version. The agent who pulled the trigger to seal her fate, Mister Schmitz, is still haunted by his actions that took Maria's life. However, in the English dub, he remembered that she was taken away. With her last strength, Maria pleaded to Shadow to help people and be friends with them, just as he was jettisoned from the Space Colony ARK.
Maria's death was an event that deeply struck those close to her and would have a strong influence in several conflicts that would determine the fate of the world. Shadow, who witnessed Maria's death first-handed, was traumatized by this sight and came to loathe humanity for what they did. However, none was more affected by Maria's death than her grandfather, Gerald, who went mad with grief and made a plan to destroy the world to avenge her.
Maria was a very kind individual who always thought about others before herself. This is proven by the fact that after she was shot and was dying, she did not hold any ill will towards the people living on Earth and in her dying breath she requested Shadow to give them a chance for their future and that in doing so they will live very blessed lives and that was the reason that he was created.
Maria's most prominent relationship was with Shadow the Hedgehog. The two of them were raised alongside each other onboard the Space Colony ARK and they formed a very close bond, with Maria considering Shadow a brother of sorts. Maria also shared the same dream with him which was to visit earth, making them kindred spirits in a sense, and they tended to look at the earth from the Space Colony ARK together.
- In the Japanese version of Sonic X, it is explained that Maria is in space because her disease is contagious and could be deadly if allowed to spread though she herself is dying of it.
- Christopher Thorndyke and Molly both remind Shadow of Maria because of their similar selfless natures and the kind, loving look in their eyes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 File:Sonicx-ep37-eye2.jpg
- ↑ Masaki, Hiro (20 November 2004). "Shadow World". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 36.
- ↑ Yoshimura, Kiyoko (27 November 2004). "Robotnik's Revenge". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 37.
- ↑ Yoshimura, Kiyoko (4 December 2004). "Showdown in Space". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 38.