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Dr. Eggman and Cubot, Team Sonic Racing

Cubot (キューボット Kyūbotto?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a robot built by Dr. Eggman. One of Eggman's aide robots,[1] Cubot mainly assists the doctor in his schemes for world domination, with his partner Orbot working alongside him to perform various duties.[2]

While loyal to Eggman, Cubot is dim-witted and lazy. He also has a faulty voice chip which causes him to randomly switch between different accents and personalities.[1]

Appearance[]

Cubot is a diminutive robot, but slightly taller than Orbot. He has a black square head with a flattened, yet wider yellow square cap on top and a larger black square on the bottom, the latter of which resembles a jaw. His jaw can separate from his head to reveal a light blue cover resembling a mouth. He also has two gray-framed and pupil-less light blue eyes. His chest consists of a smaller yellow cube, and he has yellow gloves for hands. His arms and back consist each of two thin gray bars that are joined by a black and yellow ball joint. His lower body is a black open cube with a gray inside and a ball joint connecting it to his back.

History[]

Games[]

Past[]

Created by Dr. Eggman to kill some time,[3] Cubot was later given the purpose of aiding his creator in his various schemes.[1]

Sonic Colors[]

In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, Cubot and Orbot assisted Dr. Eggman in his scheme to enslave the world with a mind control cannon by capturing the Wisps from their planets in Egg Planet Park and harvesting their Hyper-go-on. At some point prior, Cubot received a new voice chip to replace his old voice but occasionally got stuck with a cowboy accent.

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Cubot out hunting for Wisps, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

Before the opening day of the amusement, Cubot and Orbot were out trying to capture Yacker and a Cyan Wisp until Sonic the Hedgehog arrived and saved the Wisps. Later, Orbot and Cubot presented the Wisps they had caught to Eggman and were just sent out to get more when Sonic arrived. After the Rotatatron had then been released and destroyed, Cubot and Orbot were sent to clean up the robot's remains. Though they were unable to find Rotatatron's arm, Cubot was unconcerned, not aware it had been jammed into Eggman's mind-control cannon.

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Cubot getting his old voice back, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

Following that, Cubot continued working on his voice, but without much luck. When the mind control cannon later was ready, Cubot watched Eggman activate it, only for it to backfire due to the Rotatatron's arm being stuck in it. As Eggman was in denial of what was happening, Cubot remarked that Sonic always foiled his plans. Cubot was then praised by Orbot for being attentive by getting a slap on the back, which gave Cubot his original voice back. When Eggman then faced Sonic in his Nega-Wisp Armor and was defeated, Cubot was pulled with Eggman and Orbot into a temporary black hole created by the mind-control cannon. Now stranded in outer space, Cubot and Orbot began helping Eggman get back to civilization by pushing him in his trashed Egg Mobile through space while Cubot continued to talk endlessly about a random number of subjects.

Sonic Generations[]

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Cubot and Orbot with Dr. Eggman when they discovered the Time Eater, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, a short while after the destruction of Egg Planet Park, Cubot and Orbot were still pushing Dr. Eggman in his damaged Egg Mobile through outer space when they encountered the primordial form of the Time Eater. As Eggman decided to harness the creature's powers for his own needs, he had Orbot and Cubot push him into the Time Eater, leaving the robot duo behind in space.

Sonic Lost World[]

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, Cubot and Orbot were working for Dr. Eggman with his newest scheme to conquer the world with the help of the Deadly Six, who Eggman had forced into serving him with the Cacophonic Conch. After kidnapping a capsule full of Animals for Badniks, Cubot was flying through the sky with Eggman and Orbot in the Egg Mobile, where they were pursued by Sonic and Tails in the Tornado until Eggman shot the Tornado down.

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Cubot's decapitated head being caught by Orbot, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

Returning to Eggman's factory on the Lost Hex, Cubot worked with Orbot on making Badniks. Later on, when Eggman tested his Extractor, Cubot accidentally, but delightfully, drank a portion of the harvested energy, until Eggman shut the machine down as the Extractor could destroy the earth. Later in Desert Ruins, Cubot and Orbot were with Eggman as he punished the Deadly Six for their failures with the Cacophonic Conch when Sonic arrived and knocked the conch away. As the Deadly Six then rebelled against and attacked everyone present with Badniks, Cubot got his body destroyed, leaving only his head functional. Fortunately, Cubot's head was caught by Orbot, and they soon after escaped with Sonic, Tails, and Eggman.

With Orbot serving as his carrier, Cubot left with Orbot and Eggman after they and Sonic and Tails escaped the Deadly Six. When they learned the Deadly Six were using the Extractor to destroy the earth, however, Cubot, Eggman, and Orbot came back and teamed up with Sonic and Tails to stop the Deadly Six before they could destroy the world. Along the way, Cubot briefly got the body of a Crabmeat from Tails, but got mean urges from being attached to a battle bot and nearly killed Tails. When the group got to Sky Road, Cubot got his head attached to Orbot's body by Eggman.

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Cubot and Orbot finding Dr. Eggman after his fall, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

At Lava Mountain, the group was attacked by Zazz and Zomom, who made Cubot and Orbot fall into a lava pit. However, they were saved by Eggman, who faked his death by falling into the same lava pit and then flew them to safety with a jetpack. After Eggman then shut down the Extractor and charged his mech, Cubot and Orbot joined Eggman in his mech as the doctor faced Sonic and Tails but was defeated. After that, Cubot and Orbot followed Eggman to earth when he fell from the Lost Hex where they found him in a hole, though with half of his mustache gone. Cubot was convinced by Orbot to wait to tell Eggman about his mustache until he separated them, but Eggman overheard them, scaring Cubot and Orbot away.

Sonic Forces[]

In Sonic Forces, Cubot was cleaning up Dr. Eggman's newest secret lab while the doctor was attempting to design new robots. Eventually, however, Eggman discovered the Phantom Ruby outside his lab. As Eggman sought a name for the gem while studying it, Cubot came up with several suggestions, all of which were shut down by Orbot.[4]

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Cubot showing Eggman the destruction of the Death Egg, from Sonic Forces.

Months later, Cubot was cleaning the tube containing Eggman's so-called greatest weapon to date. While Eggman was ranting about his hatred for Sonic and how his weapon would not only defeat Sonic, but also ensure his conquest of the world, Cubot got pushed aside by the doctor but agreed nonetheless with Orbot that Eggman actually meant it this time. Orbot's hunch soon proved to be correct, as Eggman soon after conquered over 99% of the world.

Six months later, Cubot showed the destruction of the Death Egg to Orbot, Eggman, and Infinite, and attempted to flee with Eggman when the latter suggested they do a "tactical retreat" to cut down on their losses.

Back in Metropolis, Cubot left the scene when Infinite opened a portal into Null Space, which sucked Sonic and the Avatar into it. Cubot soon after helped Eggman until he and Eggman's gang discovered that Sonic and the Avatar had escaped Null Space. As Eggman and his henchmen fled the scene, Cubot fell behind when he tried listening to Sonic's conversation with the Avatar, prompting Orbot to smack him on the head.

Team Sonic Racing[]

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Cubot going over his list of duties, from Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, Cubot and Orbot were stationed at Dr. Eggman's home base, the Final Fortress, while the doctor took part in the Grand Prix organized by Dodon Pa with his Eggpawns. There, Cubot and Orbot would perform their list of duties while staying in contact with Eggman via radio.

While in contact with Eggman, Cubot took one of Eggman's figures of speech literally, prompting Eggman to call him a "special kind of idiot", which Cubot took as a compliment. Later, Cubot complained to Orbot about how Eggman chose to race with his Eggpawns instead of them. However, Orbot reminded him of the duties they had to perform, which Cubot read backways in spite of his illiteracy. Later, Cubot confided in Orbot that he felt jealous seeing Eggman hanging out with other robots, something which Orbot found odd since Eggman could not stand him. When Orbot later tried presenting his list of ways Eggman's latest plan could fail, Cubot helped remind Orbot that they should not make such lists because they make Eggman angry. When Eggman later invited Zavok onto Team Eggman, Cubot replied over the microphone that Zavok should be prepared for losing, making Eggman angry. When Orbot asked him why he held the mic button down when he said that, Cubot replied that he likes buttons.

After Dr. Eggman, Zavok, and Metal Sonic brought a kidnapped Dodona Pa onboard the Final Fortress, the villains forced Sonic and his allies to race them so that Dodon Pa could capture the teams' Ultimate Team Energy and use it to finish his Ultimate Energy Engine. A little while afterward, Cubot and Orbot warned Eggman that his Death Egg had gone crazy and was heading straight for the energy core. Cubot, Eggman, and Orbot thus evacuated from the Final Fortress before the fortress crashed due to the destruction of the energy core.

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Runners[]

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Cubot, from Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, Cubot assisted Dr. Eggman during various operations as Eggman concocted one plot after another to achieve world domination. While Cubot was usually Eggman's second choice next to Orbot, he would occasionally be assigned to collect Animals with the Badniks to use as power sources. Other times, he was relegated to heavy lifting. More often than not though, Cubot got tricked by Team Sonic into treating the team as his friends. This allowed Team Sonic to throw wrenches into many of Eggman's plots, prompting Eggman to scold Cubot.

When Eggman began his endgame, Cubot had had enough of Eggman's callous treatment and decided to go on strike. In a further act of defiance, Cubot let Team Sonic know of a trap Orbot had set up for them when they arrived at Eggman's HQ to stop his final plan.

Mario & Sonic series[]

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[]

In the Wii version and Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Cubot appears as a non-playable character.

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Cubot and Orbot speaking on behalf of Metal Sonic in London Party, from the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the Wii version of the game, Cubot serves as the referee in a number of different events. He also appears in London Party where he serves various roles. One of these roles includes him appearing as a "?" mark effect with Orbot to copy one of the player's stickers onto another empty space on their sheet. He and Orbot also appear to provide dialogue for Metal Sonic when the player meets him on the streets of London in London Party Mode and speaks to him (since Metal Sonic cannot speak himself). In addition, Cubot and Orbot play a role in the "Orbot & Cubot Tag!" bonus game in London Party Mode, where they will chase after the players and try to catch them in cages.

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Cubot arguing with Wario, from the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Cubot appears in the Long Jump and Triple Jump events as the referee. In these events, he will indicate if the player performs a foul by crossing the takeoff line or not. He also makes an appearance in the game's story mode. During the events of the story, Cubot came to London with Dr. Eggman, Orbot, and Metal Sonic. When Eggman beat Metal Sonic during one of their training sessions, Cubot and Orbot suggested that Eggman could have programmed Metal Sonic to lose to him. Eggman then suggested that Cubot and Orbot tested out Metal Sonic themselves, much to their horror until Eggman told them that he was joking and needed a better idea. Spotting Waluigi on the monitors, the group headed out to get him to test Metal Sonic out. Cubot and Orbot tried to convince Waluigi to face Metal Sonic, but Waluigi refused. Before Waluigi could leave though, Eggman showed up and scolded Cubot and Orbot before convincing Waluigi to challenge Metal Sonic. After Metal Sonic won, the group left to further improve Metal Sonic. Later, Cubot and Orbot tried convincing Wario to challenge Metal Sonic using Eggman's method of convincing but failed. Instead, Wario offers to take Metal Sonic on if Cubot and Orbot would come and work for him if he won. Eggman immediately showed up afterward and accepted Wario's terms, though he had to give him something if he lost. Fortunately, Cubot and Orbot got to stay with Eggman after Metal Sonic won, and Eggman received the Fog urn from Wario as his reward. Returning to their base, Cubot and Orbot saw Eggman open the Fog urn a bit, causing it to release some fog. Cubot and Orbot then noticed Sonic emerge from the fog. After Eggman defeated Sonic, he explained to Cubot and Orbot that this Sonic was a imposter made of fog. He also explained to them the history of the Fog urn, which contained the magical Phantasmal Fog that Eggman planned to use later, but had to shelf for now in favor of focusing on the Olympics. When Cubot and Orbot accused Eggman of not training for the games though, Eggman threatened to change their voice chips, prompting the two robots to run from Eggman as he began chasing them.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, a badge of Cubot can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[]

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Cubot and Orbot as the Action & Answers Tour hosts, from Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Cubot appears as a non-playable character once more. In this game, he serves as one of the hosts for the Action & Answer Tour quiz, alongside Orbot.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[]

In the Wii U version, Nintendo 3DS version, and arcade version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Cubot once again makes an appearance as a non-playable character.

In the Wii U version of the game, Cubot appears as the referee for certain events. He also serves as the host of the game's multiplayer Single Matches. For this purpose, the player can talk to him at Maracanã Stadium on Copacabana Beach. By talking to Cubot, he will show the player the games available in multiplayer. The player can then choose to play a single match with other players.

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Cubot as a referee, from the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Cubot serves as the referee in different events. He also makes an appearance during the Road to Rio story mode at the entrances to stadiums where individual sports competitions are held. There, he will take the player to their event when they are ready.

In the arcade version of the game, Cubot makes a simple cameo as a non-playable character.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[]

In the Nintendo Switch version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Cubot makes an appearance as a non-playable referee in different 3D events.

Personality[]

Cubot is a good-hearted and easygoing robot.[1] Even though he is supposed to be built with the same CPU as Orbot's, he is somehow dim-witted and somewhat slow on the uptake;[1] he has no concept of sarcasm (as evidenced by his reaction when Eggman flippantly told them, after Orbot asked if he wanted the remaining Wisps, that Eggman actually wanted them to go fetch him "a cheeseburger and a shake") and even when things are explained specifically to him, it takes a while for him to catch on.

While still a competent henchman, Cubot is talkative, not very serious, and generally annoying to those around him. Also, despite his devotion to his master, Cubot is lazy.[2] Unwilling to take action until he is scolded, he actively tries to get out of doing any work.[1][2]

Cubot's personality can be affected by whatever accent his voice chip is currently set to, causing him to adopt mannerisms and behavior associated with his accent.[1]

IDW Publishing[]

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Cubot acts similar to how he does in the games. Unlike many of Eggman's robots, he is not a mindless drone and possesses both a personality and emotions of his own. Described as a "dumb bot", Cubot is not especially bright.[5] As such, he tends to do rather dim-witted things, like getting easily rattled by terrifying subjects, playing with an enemy, or making himself a prime target for abuse in an attempt to help.[5][6][7] He similarly also easily falls victim to reverse psychology.[8]

Powers and abilities[]

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Cubot's retracted state, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

Cubot has the ability to retract his body into a travel-sized cube. While in this state, he is fully capable of movement. While uncurled, he is also able to twist his neck 360 degrees.

Cubot is able to levitate and can move freely through midair. However, he is not able to levitate any higher than a few meters above the ground. He is also capable of projecting holographic videos and displays from his eyes.[9] As shown during the Lost Hex incident, his head also has the ability to operate independently from the rest of his body. Most notably however, Cubot possesses a special skill that lets him change both his personality and accent depending on the voice chip currently inserted into him,[1] although certain types of physical contact can yield the same effect.

IDW Publishing[]

Cubot has the ability to retract his body into a travel-sized cube.[10] He is also able to levitate and can move freely through midair.[5] He also has skills in cleaning.[11]

Relationships[]

Dr. Eggman[]

In contrast to Orbot's dislike of their creator and boss, Cubot likes and admires Dr. Eggman.[1][2] Despite getting nothing but mistreatment and abuse from Eggman in return for his services, Cubot has remained genuinely faithful and honest towards him. However, it has been hinted that Cubot has a hard time grasping the fact that Eggman is his boss, prompting him to forget who he is talking to.[12]

Despite his preference for Eggman, Cubot's laziness puts him at odds with his master. As such, Cubot often ends up upsetting Eggman.[1] Similarly, Cubot constantly annoys Eggman with his idiocy and voice chip issues. Also, while he might not understand the consequences of upsetting Eggman, Cubot is very much fearful of his wrath.

One of his aide robots, Cubot obediently follows Eggman's every order, although he is quite fearful of Eggman's wrath.[13] In addition, while Orbot is loyal towards Dr. Eggman and waits on him hand and foot, the doctor tends to prey upon his emotions and verbally abuses him with threats of dismantling him.[14] Cubot also serves Eggman as one of his head assistants on some of his projects, although he mainly cooks, cleans and make coffee for him.[13][15][16]

Orbot[]

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Orbot and Cubot, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

Orbot is Cubot's partner in the service of Dr. Eggman and the two are an inseparable pair. By comparison, Cubot is the comic relief to Orbot's straight man.[1]

Like Eggman, Cubot's dimwitted behavior does not sit well with Orbot, who mentioned during the Lost Hex incident that having Cubot attached to his body during the escapade was like a nightmare. When the duo work together, Orbot usually lets Cubot do all the work while he slacks off, normally without Cubot noticing it. During his time as a disembodied head, Cubot would also be fumbled around by Orbot for his amusement. Despite everything he has to put up with him though, Cubot is not bothered by Orbot at all and has often referred to him as a close friend of his, a feeling which Orbot ultimately reciprocates.

Due to Cubot being the less bright member of this pair, Orbot often has to explain certain things to him or keep him from revealing sensitive information to their enemies.[17]

Friends/allies[]

Neutral[]

Enemies[]

In other media[]

Comics[]

Archie Comics[]

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Cubot, from Sonic Universe #76.

Cubot appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-off comics. In this media, Cubot is one of Dr. Eggman's emergency lackeys and personal attendants, along with Orbot. When Snively betrayed Eggman and tried to seize control of the Eggman Empire, Cubot and Orbot were activated to help Eggman capture Snively. After the mission was completed, Cubot and Orbot were permanently instated as Eggman's foremost assistants.

Following the events of Worlds Collide, Cubot and his history became nearly indistinguishable from his game counterpart.

IDW Publishing[]

Main article: Cubot/IDW Publishing

Animation[]

Sonic Boom[]

Main article: Cubot (Sonic Boom)
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Cubot, from Sonic Boom.

In the Sonic Boom franchise, Cubot is one of Dr. Eggman's service robots, working alongside Orbot to assist the doctor in his endeavors to conquer the world and destroy Team Sonic. In this continuity, Cubot is depicted as the latest in a long line of failed robots known as the Cubot Series.

Sonic Prime[]

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Cubot, from "Shattered".

In Sonic Prime, Cubot is one of Dr. Eggman's service robots, working alongside Orbot.

Trivia[]

  • Cubot's name is a portmanteau of the words "cube" and "robot."
  • Cubot and Orbot share a similar role to that of several Sonic-related television shows, where Eggman has two henchmen he abuses and do most of his work, but are rather incompetent in their own right, such as Scratch and Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sleet and Dingo in Sonic Underground, and Decoe and Bocoe in Sonic X)
  • If Sonic Colors is set to Japanese, Cubot's voice chip accents are different: cowboy is changed to a "ninja setting," the pirate is instead a stereotypical Sumo wrestler, the gangster persona is instead a little girl who thinks of Eggman as her father. Cubot's original and final voice is actually an old-style, rapid-talking Japanese comedian.
  • In Sonic Colors, Cubot speaks as if he and Orbot had been around much longer than from Sonic Colors and onward. This is implied when Cubot says that "he stops you like it's his job or something, in fact I can't remember a plan he didn't stop" to Eggman, seemingly retroactively implying that the two have been around for several of Eggman's previous endeavors despite not appearing. The second instance of this is when he says "Did we destroy Sonic this time? Duh, sorry, dumb question! We never destroy Sonic!"
  • In the CGI intro of Sonic Colors, Cubot is seen with a mug of coffee, which is strange as robots are incapable of drinking.
  • In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, Cubot has multiple voice changes, but in the Nintendo DS version, his voice and accent stay the same throughout the entire game.
    • In one of the Nintendo DS version's cutscenes, though, Cubot has an audio clip in his pirate voice.
  • In the ending cutscene of Sonic Colors, where Cubot, Eggman, and Orbot are in space, there was a subtitle error when Cubot says "What's up with those things anyway?" but the subtitles incorrectly read "What's up with those guys anyway?"

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Orbot & Cubot. Sega (21 October 2016). Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 21 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sonic Colours (Wii) European instruction booklet, pg. 9.
  3. "Dr. Eggman in... My Greatest Invention". Sonic the Hedgehog: Rival Edition. Tomy. 2017.
  4. Sonic Forces: Rise of Infinite, "Rise of Infinite"
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  12. Sonic Team, Dimps (12 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Nintendo DS. Sega. Area/Level: Starlight Carnival. "Cubot: Who's this guy? Heh, he looks like a hardboiled egg with a mustache! / Eggman: You bucket of bolts! One little experiment and you forget who I am? / Orbot: I wouldn't say 'forgot.' He never seemed to grasp that you were his boss."
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