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I've suffered quite the indignity during my last setback. Now the world will be made to suffer in return!


— Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog #12

Doctor Eggman[9] is the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is an evil human scientist and the arch-nemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. Dreaming of ruling the entire world, he constantly seeks to create his Eggman Empire and spread it across the globe, but his various plots for world domination are always thwarted by Sonic and his allies.

After losing the war between his Eggman Empire and the Resistance, Eggman lost his memory and took up residence in an idyllic town as a reformed handyman under the alias of "Mister Tinker".[3] However, thanks to Dr. Starline and Metal Sonic, Eggman was eventually returned to his old self and resumed his evil ways.[10]

Appearance

Dr. Eggman's full profile, from Sonic the Hedgehog #12.

Dr. Eggman is depicted as a human with a rotund and burly appearance, his torso and head coming together in an egg-like shape. He possesses no visible neck, a bald head, a bright red nose, and a very bushy mahogany moustache. He also has long, almost disproportionately thin arms and legs.

For attire, Eggman wears tinted, navy blue pince-nez glasses and green-lensed goggles as headwear and an elegant, red coat sporting two square metal buttons on both sides of the chest in gold. These buttons have white straps that run across the coat's sides to identical buttons on the back. The coat also has silver, zipper-like linings down the back, arms and front, yellow cuffs, and two extensions on the front that have large silver buttons. In addition, Eggman also wears white, cuff-less gloves on his hands and a pair of black pants with matching boots seemingly attached to them bearing circular plates on the both sides of the ankles and three square ones riding up the shin.

After losing his memory and gaining the new alias "Mr. Tinker", Eggman began to wear green overalls, a pink shirt, and pink and green slippers.

History

Past

Sonic recounts some of Eggman's past schemes, from Sonic the Hedgehog #5.

For years, Dr. Eggman has been attempting to achieve world domination, only to be thwarted by Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies at every turn.[9] Some of Eggman's plots have included trying to take ownership of the Chaos Emeralds (multiple times no less),[3] and attempting a plot involving the Death Egg. Each time however, Sonic stopped him.[3]

While Eggman created many machines over time, his finest creation was none other than Metal Sonic. One time, Eggman personally repaired him after the robot took a beating from Sonic.[10]

A while ago, Eggman would pay a visit to Angel Island. While there, he would cause a lot of earthquakes in Marble Garden by drilling around underground recklessly with his machines.[11]

One of the earliest known conflicts between Sonic and Eggman included a battle between the two where Eggman piloted his Egg Viper mech at Final Egg. However, Sonic ended up defeating him.[3][9] Another encounter involved the Space Colony ARK, in which Eggman used its Eclipse Cannon to blow up a part of the moon in order to show the world the power that he wielded. These events lead to Eggman teaming up with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Rouge, and Shadow to stop a bigger threat endangering the world.[3][12]

Eggman being betrayed by Neo Metal Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #7.

Later, Eggman was betrayed by Metal Sonic, who had somehow transformed into a new form known as Neo Metal Sonic.[6] Neo Metal Sonic disguised himself as the doctor and tried to take over the Eggman Empire, clashing with Team Heroes along the way.[6][9] In the end though, the heroes prevailed and defeated the robotic menace, causing him to revert back into its normal form. Eggman would then repair Metal Sonic and remove his rebelliousness from its coding.[6] At a later point in time, Eggman built Gemerl and programmed him to be violent. However, Gemerl was eventually defeated by Sonic and his allies.[13]

When the Black Arms later invaded, Eggman fought this alien menace with his forces alongside other factions, thus giving the heroes of the world the time needed to stop the Black Arms.[12] Eggman would later shatter the planet with the Chaos Energy Cannon, but had his plot undone by Sonic.[3] Eggman soon after attempted a takeover of Planet Wisp, but Sonic put a stop to his plans, thus saving the Wisps inhabiting the planet.[14] Following this, Eggman discovered the Time Eater and used its powers to mess with time.[3] During this incident, the doctor fought Sonic with the Egg Dragoon at Eggman Land, but lost.[9] Eventually, Eggman tried using the Time Eater against Sonic, only for the hedgehog to defeat him.[3] Not beaten yet, Eggman attempted a plot on the Lost Hex that he called "The Lost World Project". There, he used an ancient relic to take control of the planet's local inhabitants, the Deadly Six. Sonic had later unwillingly freed the Zeti from Eggman's control. The Deadly Six thus turned on Eggman and used their electromagnetic powers to take control of his Badniks. Regardless, Sonic had managed to stop them and Eggman.[3][15]

At some point in the past, Eggman hired a group of mercenaries. However, they did not last long against Sonic and Shadow.[10] Later on, Eggman struck a deal with a mercenary named Mimic to destroy the latter's own team, the Diamond Cutters, who had been previously taking down several of his bases. After Mimic lured them to another one of Eggman's bases, the doctor locked them in a room and unleashed his Shadow Androids on them to kill them. Following this, Eggman forgave Mimic for his "crimes" against him. Eggman soon discovered that one of the members, Whisper the Wolf, was not killed and ordered Mimic to finish the job. Mimic later brought Whisper's Wispon and mask before him as evidence that he killed her. Eggman accepted this and let Mimic go.[16][17]

The Eggman War and aftermath

Dr. Eggman upgrading Metal Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #7.

Eventually, Dr. Eggman managed to defeat Sonic and lock him up, thus allowing his Eggman Empire to conquer the majority of Sonic's world. However, after six months of conquest, Eggman's empire began to fall apart after Sonic's friends freed Sonic.[4] As a part of his preparations for what he thought would be the final battle, Eggman began the process of upgrading Metal Sonic to Neo Metal Sonic in order to use him as his greatest weapon in said final battle. In addition, the doctor uploaded his own bio-data into Neo Metal Sonic, giving the robot his genius, drive and vision.[6] He also removed the limitations that kept Neo Metal Sonic from achieving his final form.[18] Before Eggman could complete Neo Metal Sonic however,[6] Sonic and the Resistance broke the Eggman Empire's control over the world.[9] During this decisive battle, Eggman fought Sonic in the Death Egg Robot. After being defeated, Eggman disappeared.[9]

Having somehow survived his defeat, an amnesiac Eggman turned up in Windmill Village. The villagers quickly locked Eggman up, only for Eggman (now displaying a friendlier disposition) to break out and reinforce his cell. The villagers proceeded to test Eggman for days, and never once did he show signs of his villanous ways, leading them to the conclusion that he suffered from amnesia. Eventually, the villagers nursed his wounds and took him in. Returning the villagers' kindness, Eggman would repair anything the villagers brought him, both big and small. In time, Eggman became beloved by the village, who began calling him "Mr. Tinker".[3] At some point, to aid him with his workshop endeavors, Eggman created a wooden robot named Belle the Tinkerer. While Eggman came to care for Belle like a daughter, Belle in turn would care about Eggman like a father and pick up things about him, including his favorite coffee order.[19][20][21][22] Eventually though, Eggman introduced Belle to the townspeople, who decided to give her a chance. From there, Belle would help Eggman with various repairs.[23]

Approximately a month after disappearing, Eggman would, after observing a child cry over a broken wagon from the shadows, promise that he would soon fix it and "everything" else.[4]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman

Eggman was eventually discovered by the Chaotix, who wanted to bring Eggman to justice. Having a hard time believing the story about Eggman's amnesia, the team interrogated and observed Eggman for a couple of days, only to conclude that his amnesia was legit. However, this presented the Chaotix with a new dilemma: whether or not it was right to penalize Eggman now that he was a good man with no recollection of his evil deeds.[3]

Sonic meets "Mr. Tinker", from Sonic the Hedgehog #5.

Eggman was soon after introduced to Sonic, whom the Chaotix had brought in, by Charmy. Seemingly not remembering Sonic, Eggman attempted to greet him. However, Eggman got scoffed by a suspicious Sonic, who began questioning him. When Eggman proved unable to answer Sonic's questions, Vector had him return to his work while he and the others discussed what to do about Eggman. When Badniks then approached the town, Eggman took in upon himself to ensure the safety of the village's children, much to the surprise of Sonic, whom Eggman begged to help them. After the Badniks had been dealt with, Sonic and the Chaotix decided to leave Eggman to his new life in the village. Eggman's thus had a proper greeting with Sonic when he and the Chaotix prepared to leave. However, after Eggman expressed his hope that the hedgehog would come back to visit so that he could show him "Eggman Land" once it was completed, the group noticed Shadow and Rouge on the rooftops, with the former seeking to eliminate Eggman after hearing him mention "Eggman Land".[3] When Shadow tried to get to the nervous Eggman however, Sonic intervened and lured Shadow away. Eggman subsequently withdrew to his house with Rouge watching over him until Shadow returned. The hedgehog abrasively demanded that he showed him "Eggman Land", to which Eggman complied: he took the heroes to a cabin that held a kids play area that he had been constructing in secret. Eggman explained that name "Eggman Land" came to him while constructing it, and believed it to be a ridiculous-sounding name that the kids would find funny. After Shadow and Rouge departed, Eggman and Sonic shared some parting words, with Sonic promising Eggman that he would be back soon.[12]

Battle For Angel Island

Eggman being electrocuted, from Sonic the Hedgehog #11.

While singing for the children playing in his Eggman Land amusement park, Eggman received a visit from Rough and Tumble. The skunk brothers proceeded to kidnap Eggman, who cried out for help as he was being taken away.[18] He was subsequently brought to the Final Egg and was restrained. There, Eggman met Dr. Starline, who was interested in bringing back Eggman to his former glory. Despite Eggman's protests against being anyone else but the one he was now, Starline ignored him and started to electrocute him through the use of special goggles. After finishing the first round of his procedure, Starline asked Eggman if he was feeling more like himself.[24]

After three sessions using neuro-stimulants and aggressive hypnotherapy, Eggman began gravitating towards his old inventions, but not his old personality.[10] By the time Eggman had built a shrub-trimming Motobug though, he realized that his fate was sealed. Having seen that Starline may be right about him being the infamous would-be despot and that he would eventually regain his original persona in spite of his wishes, Eggman wrote a confession for Belle to ease his conscience and tell how much he loved her, which he then hid away inside his newly-made Motobug.[10][22] Soon after, Orbot and Cubot tried helping him remember by suggesting that he should abuse them amongst other things. However, Eggman dismissed this notion and instead showed them kindness. When a badly damaged Metal Sonic then arrived in the Final Egg, Eggman initially took pity on him. However, the sight of Metal Sonic made Eggman remember his past with him, prompting his memories and old personality to resurface. Having no recollection of his time as "Mr. Tinker", Eggman demanded an explanation on everything. While Dr. Starline introduced himself and brought Eggman up to speed, Eggman went to work repairing Metal Sonic while ordering Orbot and Cubot to fetch his old clothes. Eggman was then introduced to Starline's associates, Rough and Tumble, who did not impress Eggman until he heard that they hated Sonic. As such, he offered to make them weapons and sent them after Sonic, something the skunk brothers gladly accepted. As he got dressed, Eggman heard how Starline helped get him back to old self. During Starline's story, Eggman was also introduced to Starline's Warp Topaz. Although the gem did not impress him, Starline instead provided Eggman with the seven Chaos Emeralds as his "apprenticeship application". Impressed, Eggman accepted Starline as his newest lackey.[10]

Dr. Eggman begins his new plan, from Sonic the Hedgehog #12.

After reviewing the attempts Neo Metal Sonic made to return the Eggman Empire to global dominance in his absence with Starline, Eggman decided to go with a new plan instead of trying with Neo Metal Sonic again. However, he needed time to test and prepare, so he assigned Starline to distract Sonic in the meantime. When Rough and Tumble then complained to the doctor about their weapon designs, the doctor simply swapped the blueprints between the brothers as they had each received the incorrect one. Afterward, Eggman began reviewing the schematics on the Metal Virus. Although, Cubot was unsure if he wanted to unleash it on the world, Eggman was firm in his decision, having decided to make the world suffer for his latest indignity.[10]

Infection

Taking Dr. Starline's advice to mess with Sonic, Eggman had him sent Sonic a message instead of making a global proclamation that foreshadowed his return and would bait him into Rough and Tumble's hands. When Eggman later finished his first batch of the Metal Virus, Starline confirmed the execution of his bait for Sonic. Although Starline thought an ambush would be sufficient, Eggman assured him that this was subtle for him. After that, he and Starline began experimenting with the Metal Virus. Using a flower and some animals as test subjects, Eggman saw with glee how his virus transmuted flora and fauna into robotic slaves through touch while leaving processed and inorganic matter alone, making him declare his Metal Virus a success. Noticing Starline's pride in their collaboration, Eggman questioned him about how he found him, to which Starline explained that he used his Warp Topaz. With it, Starline showed Eggman the battle Sonic and Tails had with Rough and Tumble. When the skunk brothers stood to loose though, Eggman turned his attention towards implementing the Metal Virus for the next phase of his plan in spite of Starline's reservations about having so few data samples on it. When Rough and Tumble then asked for a second chance, Eggman saw Metal Sonic step up to take a shot at Sonic. While Eggman found it delightful, Starline offered to let him take a shot at Sonic.[25]

Eggman furious at Starline, from Sonic the Hedgehog #14.

After sending Starline, Eggman returned to his studies of the Metal Virus. After an experiment, he discovered that the virus's infection of a victim accelerated with each new exposure to infected victims. With this discovery, Eggman begun planning to administer the Metal Virus in different places for the next phase of his plan. However, he got interrupted by Rough and Tumble, who were tired of waiting and wanted him to make good on his promise to help them beat Sonic. Noticing an opportunity, Eggman told them that his "latest weapon just got out of beta". Later, after seeing Starline's attempt to kill Sonic with a bomb, Eggman angrily pulled Starline through his Warp Topaz's portal when he tried to return to base and told him that Sonic was his to kill and that simply destroying him is unsatisfying to him. After Starline apologized, Eggman let him go and checked the video feed from the bomb site. As Eggman had suspected, Sonic survived the explosion. Eggman then asked Starline why he saved his "obsolete junk" at the bomb site, to which Starline explained that they were collectibles of Eggman's legacy to him. Allowing this, Eggman asked Starline of his impression of Sonic, to which Starline said that the experience had "put a lot of things into a new perspective."[26]

Later, Dr. Eggman, Orbot and Cubot were preparing special backpacks containing the Metal Virus when Starline informed Eggman that Sonic and Amy had hacked into the Eggnet in Echo Mine. Taking this well, Eggman told Cubot to get Rough and Tumble to meet him in hangar three. As Eggman walked off with his backpacks, Starline worried about the situation, but Eggman told him to get used to them. In the hangar, Eggman showed Rough and Tumble the backpacks and told them to open them in case Sonic gained the upper hand. However, Eggman did not reveal what would happen to them. He then presented the skunk brothers with a large tank with a drill and cannons to use against Sonic. Rough and Tumble soon after attacked Sonic and Amy in their tank, which Eggman and Starline observed through surveillance. However, the skunks quickly lost their tank and then got themselves unwillingly covered in the Metal Virus in their backpacks, turning them into Zombots. Although Rough and Tumble got trapped in a refuse pit, Eggman was pleased with the outcome, as they had managed to infect Sonic with the Metal Virus. He then explained to Starline that it was time to share the Metal Virus with the rest of the world.[27]

Dr. Eggman talking to the residents of Windmill Village, from Sonic the Hedgehog #16.

Heading into the new Faceship, Eggman told an amazed Starline about how he put it together so quickly and the limits of his Badniks, which he would replace with Zombots. Onboard the Faceship, Eggman had Orbot and Cubot launch it and take them towards their first target. Eggman then gave Starline a tour of the Faceship, showing him things like the power generator (which were the seven Chaos Emeralds), the viewing area, and the Metal Virus factory. In the meantime, Eggman gloated about the global army of Zombots he would soon command, which would allow him to carry out any project and conquer other worlds and dimensions. While Starline supported Eggman's vision, he noted that he could not cover the whole planet in his Metal Virus. In response, Eggman told Starline that by dropping the Metal Virus in a few populated habitats, the Zombots created would spread the virus quickly. Eventually arriving over Windmill Village, Eggman had the village dowsed in the Metal Virus. With the population quickly turned into Zombots, Eggman asked Starline for his opinion, who told Eggman that he had exceeded his expectations. Eggman accepted the compliment and immediately sent the Zombots out to invade other villages.[28]

As the Faceship moved onward, Starline asked Eggman about his penchant for building amusement park-like facilities, to which Eggman replied that he simply likes theme parks. While Starline got it, he noted that those resources could be spent more economically. In response, Eggman explained that he was simply making the world how he wanted it to be, as he will not settle with it as it was: if he wanted his enemies' last experiences to be amusement themes, then he would make it happen.[7]

Tangle & Whisper

Dr. Eggman soon discovered that Mimic had not only lied about killing Whisper the Wolf but she was the one who helped turn the tide of battle during the Eggman War. Eggman swiftly got back into contact with Mimic and ordered him to actually kill Whisper this time or he would hunt him down. Much later, Eggman was told by Mimic that he managed to kill both Whisper and Tangle the Lemur, but the doctor wanted physical evidence of that. When Mimic drove back to the site of where he blew up Eggman's former base to kill the girls, Eggman told him that he did not need more people opposing him and stated that he would send Metal Sonic after him if he did not succeed. Mimic did not manage to find the bodies of Tangle or Whisper but was led by footprints to a small ditch that had the words "WE END THIS WHERE WE STARTED" engraved into it. From this, Mimic asked Eggman for backup.[16][17]

Eggman's Day Off

In his Eggcave, Eggman screamed in fury as he could not find the light switch. Starline soon ran into him and some cardboard boxes. Eggman explained that the light switch was installed by a robot at the other end of the room. After turning on the lights, Eggman showed his Eggcave to Starline, his private sanctuary where he would relax on his days off, build figurines, work on personal projects and devise new strategies. Eggman then began to play with the figures of himself and his enemies, explaining in more detail what his days off were. Starline praised the detail with which the figures were made. Eggman explained that soon all of his enemies would turn into Zombots and serve him. As Starline was examining various figures, he came across one that represented himself as a Zombot. After a moment of awkward silence, Eggman took the statuette from him and asked him to knock next time, stating that whatever happened in the Eggcave stayed in the Eggcave.[29]

Crisis City

Eggman taunts Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #18.

Eggman next took the Faceship to Seaside City and distributed the Metal Virus there, transforming many of its citizens into Zombots.[30] Eggman later formulated a plan to distribute the Metal Virus in Floral Forest Village with the Faceship, which was where Cream the Rabbit lived, meaning Sonic would head into a Zombot outbreak to attempt to rescue Cream while risking his own safety. After Sonic arrived, Eggman mocked the hedgehog over the telecoms. Eggman later told his newly transformed Zombots to pile up on Sonic. However, Cubot reported back that the Zombots were ignoring his command. Orbot also showed him that there had been a steady decline in Zombots responding to Eggman's commands since the beginning of Eggman's plan. This made Eggman hypothesize that there had to be a random mutation in the Metal Virus coding due to it spreading from exposure. Starline thought that Eggman had accounted for this possibility, but the latter stated that he would work out any errors after the spread was finished since the virus was working anyway. Starline protested that the virus could get out of control, but Eggman snapped back, saying that he would find a way to control it. Annoyed with Starline, Eggman ended their conversation and went off to eat. Afterward, Eggman began heading towards Sunset City in the Faceship.[13] Arriving at the city, the doctor and his lackeys were able to create another Zombot outbreak.[31]

The Last Minute

Soon, after Starline and Eggman agreed to use tight-band, localized attempts with a frequency to control the Zombots again, the duo left the Faceship and went to test frequencies on the Zombots in Barricade Town. After several failed attempts, Starline noted that it would have been wise to have a failsafe for the Metal Virus mutating beyond control. Eggman suggested that they use the Warp Topaz charged with the Chaos Emeralds and then hook it up to the Faceship. Starline refused as he already knew of the stone's sensitive traits. After Starline pointed out that Eggman was not cautious about the Zombot situation as he had not yet inoculated them to the Metal Virus, Eggman revealed that there was no cure. This shocked Starline and Eggman further revealed that he proposed not getting infected by the virus by simply not touching the Zombots. Starline brought up several worst-case scenarios to counter Eggman's logic, only for the latter to dismiss his nitpicks.[32]

Eggman reflects on his past life, from Sonic the Hedgehog #23.

Soon, Sonic interrupted the duo's argument and questioned why Eggman went back to his villainous ways. Though Eggman gently reminisced on his past life, he told Sonic that he believed what he was doing currently was better than what he did as "Mr. Tinker" and that he had no plans to stop the Metal Virus. This infuriated Sonic and prompted him to fight the doctor. Soon, Eggman gloated to Sonic, saying that his time would soon run out and he will be too tired to run off the Metal Virus' effects. From this, Sonic attempted to grab Eggman and infect him with the virus but the doctor dodged him; this resulted in Eggman and Sonic falling to the ground below and soon finding themselves surrounded by Zombots. Before Eggman could get infected, Starline used the Egg Mobile to find a working frequency that commanded the Zombots to attack Sonic only. With this, a pleased Eggman ordered Starline to upload the frequency to the Faceship. Before the platypus could do anything, Sonic burst out from the Zombot horde and destroyed the Egg Mobile. Eggman quickly grabbed onto Starline's own transportation machine for a swift retreat. However, due to the added weight, the contraption crashed down onto the Barricade Town gate.[32]

As Eggman berated Sonic for his interference, Starline suggested that they retreat to the Faceship so that they could try something else. Starline used the Warp Topaz to create a portal to the Faceship for himself and Eggman to go through. Back aboard the Faceship, Starline said that he was unable to upload or memorize the working frequency; however, he was able to recall the range. To Starline's dismay, Eggman did not care to do anything about this; with close-range broadcasts being too risky and the Metal Virus likely adapting to resist it, he did not want to repeat the tedious process just for another failure. When Starline asked what the next move is, Eggman said that he will start by enjoying their next outbreak, asking for the Faceship's current location. Orbot reported that they were above Spiral Hill Village, and the Metal Virus had already been deployed. Satisfied by the news, Eggman announced that he will figure out his next move later. Later on, Starline told Eggman that he has a solution to controlling the Zombots once again, which Eggman dismissed and demanded that he stop pestering him about it. Instead, Starline used the Warp Topaz to bring his solution onboard the Faceship; the Deadly Six.[32][33]

All or Nothing

Eggman explains the eventuality of the Metal Virus, from Sonic the Hedgehog #25.

Upon seeing the Deadly Six, Eggman immediately sent Metal Sonic to attack them. Zavok swiftly used his electromagnetism to control the robot and tauntingly reminded Eggman how they were able to control robots. Following this, Starline presented the Cacophonic Conch and blew into it to try and control the Zeti. Once Zazz saw that Starline had left an opening after using the conch, he headbutted him which allowed Zeena to take the conch and give it to Zavok. With Starline and Eggman defenseless, Zavok commanded Metal Sonic to attack them; however, Starline hurriedly opened a Warp Portal that transported him, Eggman and Metal Sonic away. The trio landed on Angel Island, met by Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy. Before Amy attacked them, Sonic stopped her as the doctor's presence made no sense; he had Eggman explain how the Deadly Six had taken control of the Faceship due to Starline inviting them onboard. Espio came by to the group to inform them that they had gotten word from Rouge. On the Rescue Shuttle, while Knuckles and Espio kept an eye on Starline, Rouge reported that Eggman had been powering the Faceship with the Chaos Emeralds, which Zavok had now distributed to the rest of his team and then sent them out into the world. After Rouge revealed to Eggman that she snuck onto the Faceship a few days prior and planned to steal the Chaos Emeralds before the Zeti showed up, she went on to say that she was coordinating with Orbot to spy on their deployments and coordinate their counterattack. When Eggman began to gloat over his genius in his robots, an argument broke out between him and Tails over a cure for the Metal Virus, with the fox noting that he was close to making a cure himself before it was lost to Zombots. Eggman clarified that he did not need to have one as his research found that as the Metal Virus mutated, it became unsustainable; soon, every Zombot would disintegrate approximately two hundred years into the future. An injured Silver came onboard and confirmed this claim as it described his current future well. Amy rushed to Silver's aid and asked where the survivors from Ice Paradise were, only for him to report that the shuttle went down to the Zombots and he could not save anyone; when Silver thought his time may be doomed because of his failures in the present, Eggman asked if he was always this melodramatic only to have Amy snap back at him, saying that he did not get to judge.[34]

Later outside, Eggman and the others tried to come up with ideas on how to counteract the virus. When Amy suggested that Sonic go Super Sonic to combat the virus, he reminded her that the Deadly Six had the Chaos Emeralds. Amy told him that they had to take things one step at a time and she did not hear him coming up with any bright ideas. The doctor stated that he wanted everyone to exhaust themselves of bad ideas first and presented the idea to use the Warp Topaz, as if they had Super Sonic charge it with his power, they would be able to warp the virus away with one swoop. When Amy ironically pointed out that the Deadly Six had the Chaos Emeralds, Eggman quoted her saying "One thing at a time." Starline protested against it due to its instability and suggested putting in the work on their safe haven to find another way to solve their problem and win. Eggman reminded Starline that Sonic did not have long and since he did not want the Deadly Six using his genius against him, he wanted to end things his way. Starline again refused and decided to leave and create a solution on his own; instead, Eggman had Metal Sonic restrain Starline so that he could remove his glove that had the Warp Topaz attached to it, fired him and had the robot throw Starline out via a Warp Portal. Following this, Eggman surmised that Rouge would be able to steal the two Emeralds that were on the Faceship from Zavok; Espio noted that it left five Zeti left to deal with but Silver felt confident that they would be able to overwhelm them so long as they had each other. The group realized that they would have to split up and ambush the Deadly Six all at once since there was a risk that one could contact the others should they get a sense of their plan. While Eggman thought to work on a "Multi-Portal Generator" to help the others reach their destinations, Tails thought it would be better if each person had backup in case someone turned into a Zombot; this prompted Amy to call in the Babylon Rogues to increase their numbers. Sonic managed to convince Jet to help, even though the hawk wished to get a reward out of it.[34]

Eggman and Tails finish building the Multi-Portal Generator, from Sonic the Hedgehog #26.

A while later, Eggman and Tails worked together to build the Multi-Portal Generator using the the Warp Topaz so that it would send everyone where they needed to go all at once. When Eggman stated that the machine was not up to his regular standards, Tails took a light jab at him saying that they should focus on building something that would not cause the island to implode. Sonic returned from his run and had come up with a plan for who should be assigned with who and what Zeti they should go after. When Knuckles refused to partake in the mission in order to stay back so that the Master Emerald did not fall into the hands of Eggman and Metal Sonic, the offended doctor asked if the echidna was implying that he would betray them at this critical juncture. Realizing the liabilities, Sonic unhesitatingly agreed with the logic of Knuckles' decision, which annoyed Eggman. After Sonic's explanation, Eggman talked about how it was up to Rouge to steal the two Emeralds on the Faceship from Zavok and escape. He goes on to say that after everyone returns, Sonic would use the Chaos Emeralds to become Super Sonic and undo the Metal Virus, jokingly adding that he may succumb to his infection first. Shortly afterwards, Tails joined Eggman in building a treadmill for Sonic as his speed was no longer countering the Metal Virus as well as it used to.[35]

Soon, when Sonic was running on his new custom treadmill, he turned to Metal Sonic and talked about how Eggman did not get a chance to stay reformed due to Starline. However, Metal Sonic had a choice and chose to go back to Eggman, unlike the scientist's other sentient robots Gemerl and Omega. Eggman stepped into the conversation, asking if Sonic actually thought neutralizing the robot would make him less of a threat. When the hedgehog made it clear that he did, Eggman explained that he only neutralized his hardware but not his software, which demanded battle and conquest; his sole desire from that point on would be to become dangerous again. Sonic pointed out that they did not think anyone could restore him, to which Eggman found him to be right on; however, he did not know about Starline or his return, which had things take a turn for the worse for the hedgehog. Sonic then brought up how Eggman was living happily and peacefully as Mr. Tinker, bringing joy to others and slyly remarked on how it must have been a waste. When Eggman asked when Sonic is going to let that go, the hedgehog responded that it was to be done until he got a clue. Eggman told Sonic not to get too high-and-mighty on him, noting that he helped spread the Metal Virus. Though Sonic noted that he was not dumping gallons of it on people, Eggman clarified that Sonic did fight back the infection for a while and wondered how much it mutated after the failed attempts to remove it; Eggman continued asking how much he spread it fighting Zombots and many miles of infected grass he crossed, or rather caused. Sonic passed Eggman's comments as trying to get into his head and told him it will not work. The doctor did not believe this and told his archenemy that he had infected him with a little germ of doubt, noting that even when it was all over he would not be able to shake it; Eggman dubbed this as his passing gift to the hedgehog. Sonic told Eggman that they would go back to being enemies when it was all over, which the doctor responds saying that they never ceased their feud and that helping him was just a convenience. Soon, when it became time for the survivors to take off for their missions, Tails got all the coordinates set in and Eggman adjusted the Warp Portal apertures. Everyone shortly left after this.[35]

A cured Froggy rests on an annoyed Eggman, from Sonic the Hedgehog #29.

A little while later, Eggman and Sonic saw that the Faceship was approaching Angel Island, meaning that Zavok had found them. When everyone else arrived back on the island, except for Cream, Gemerl, and the Babylon Rogues, Metal Sonic caught Jet's Extreme Gear and Eggman retrieved the Chaos Emerald attached to it. The doctor realized that this meant that the Babylon Rogues did not make it. Once Tails sees that the Faceship drew closer, Eggman sarcastically told him that he caught on fast. The doctor contacted Rouge to tell her that they were out of time and she should quickly execute her plan. She soon flew out of the Faceship with the white Chaos Emerald in hand, forcing the ship to short circuit and fall into the ocean on top of the many Zombots Zavok had led there. Eggman complained that his best effort to date had gone to waste, with Sonic adding that he was glad that the Zombots could survive that sort of damage. When Sonic asked Rouge about Zavok's Chaos Emerald, she told him that they will retrieve it when the fires die down and stated that the Zeti was not going anywhere; Eggman contradicted this, pointing back down to Zavok who was emerging from the rubble and was heading straight for them. The Zeti proceeded to power himself up with his Chaos Emerald, transforming into Giant Zavok; he then shot a fireball from his mouth at the island in anger. To follow up, he threw a horde of Zombots onto the island, some of which were familiar faces to Eggman.[36][37]

As Sonic needed to reach Zavok in order to retrieve the final Chaos Emerald, he requested for Metal Sonic to help him fly over to him. Eggman allowed this and told Metal Sonic to activate his defensive measures and do as Sonic said. Soon, Eggman was approached by a Zombot Big but the cat was attacked by Amy and her hammer. Seeing a window of opportunity, a cowardly Eggman kicked Amy into Big and began to run off to the Rescue Shuttle to make his escape. However, Eggman slips on a Zombot Froggy, leaving the frog to pounce on the distraught doctor. Eventually, with the combined efforts of Super Sonic and Super Silver, they were able to warp the entirety of the Metal Virus away from the world and to the sun. This turned Froggy back to normal where he gave a "ribbit" while resting on an annoyed Eggman's back.[38]

Out of the Blue

Super Sonic had tried ditching the Warp Topaz in the Super Warp Portal he and Super Silver created, only for it to result in a large explosion that Sonic disappeared through. While everyone else had wondered where Sonic had gone, Eggman took the opportunity to sneak away to the Rescue Shuttle for a quick getaway. He did not give much thought to Sonic's disappearance, unlike the hedgehog's friends, as he knew very well that he would return eventually like he had done several times in the past. The doctor had made sure to only have repurposed non-essential parts of the shuttle for the Multi-Portal Generator. Soon, Eggman was able to begin flying away with the shuttle. When he received word from Orbot that he and Cubot had been found by Gemerl, Eggman had Metal Sonic attack him and retrieve the duo robots. On the shuttle, Cubot tried complimenting Eggman, only for him to shoot it down to tell him not to suck up to him as crashing the Faceship was a necessary evil. Orbot soon discovered the head of E-123 Omega, the latest of his E-100 series who now hated him. Eggman stated that he knew how to use Omega in order to crush Sonic's friends and needed to take advantage of Sonic's absence. Eggman then detected that Shadow was gaining on them and sent Metal Sonic to slow him down so that they could reach a secure escape altitude. Soon, Metal Sonic completed his mission and Eggman flew the shuttle away from Angel Island.[2]

Eggman arriving to destroy his enemies, from Sonic the Hedgehog #32.

Back in his lab, Eggman fixed Omega with a new body and told him that he will use him for a new special project. Orbot reported to Eggman that the Zombots did a number on his bases, and while Zavok was defeated and imprisoned, the other members of the Deadly Six were still at large. Realizing that there was nothing for it, Eggman decided to move onto his next project before Sonic could inevitably return and ruin it as usual. He also had to factor in the Deadly Six since the Cacophonic Conch was lost in the Faceship crash, meaning he was quite defenseless against them. Eggman then remembered that Starline was another potential concern but he did not know where he was. Soon after, the doctor crashed Tangle's party in Spiral Hill Village with his Giga Omega mecha (which incorporated Omega as its core) and prepared to destroy his foes.[39] As Eggman began shelling Spiral Hill Village, he succeeded in paralyzing Gemerl with Giga Omega's tethers and incorporating him into Giga Omega, doubling its computing power. Eggman later noticed that Tails and Rouge were sabotaging his Giga Omega from behind, which resulted in them freeing Gemerl from it. In response, Eggman pulled out a laser pistol and fired a shot at Tails, but missed. Moments later, Omega blocked Giga Omega's fire due to a conflict between wanting to destroy Eggman and being forced to eliminate his enemies. Sonic's friends then proceeded to launch another attack, prompting Eggman to try shooting his laser pistol at them. After Cheese hit him on the back of the head, Eggman closed his cockpit and brought Omega under control. He then intended to stop toying with his enemies and just annihilate them, but then Sonic returned in a fiery blast and released Omega from Giga Omega. Omega then blew up Giga Omega, forcing Eggman to fly away in his Egg Mobile. While Eggman was livid that Sonic had once again spoiled his plans, Sonic wanted Eggman to come closer, and Eggman had a feeling that Sonic wanted to pay him back for the Metal Virus pandemic. Eggman, however, decided to withdraw to plan his next scheme, reasoning he had won because he had destroyed the party.[8]

Bad Guys

Eggman setting off in the Egg Hawk, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3.

Eventually, Dr. Eggman and Orbot arrived at one of his bases which had been attacked the day before. Though Orbot showed Eggman that Sonic had been caught by the security cameras and thus seemed like the culprit, Eggman noticed several flaws about the clues left behind, doubting Sonic and Tails being involved in the assault. Eggman thus suspected that someone else was really behind the raid and decided to find out who it was.[40] Later, Eggman received information about an attack on one of his Eggnet hubs. As he sent Balkirys out to bomb the area, Orbot informed him about an update from the Eggnet that said that Sonic was now attacking a warehouse twenty miles north. Looking at the report, Eggman deduced that it could not be just a glitch. Orbot suggested that maybe Tails was trying to confuse them. In spite of everything though, Eggman decided to check both locations by first by bombing them and then shifting through the ashes. He subsequently set off in his Egg Hawk.[41] As Eggman was on his way, however, he received an updated report from Orbot. As it turned out, the report about the attack on the warehouse was false. In reality, Zavok was attacking the Eggnet hub. Eggman thus decided to head there with his squadron. He subsequently contacted Zavok via the Eggnet hub's main computer, through which he told Zavok of his intent to get rid of him once and for all, even if he had to destroy his precious Eggnet hub in the process. In response, Zavok fired at Eggman and his squadron with the Eggnet hub's armaments and Badniks. Despite this, Eggman eventually managed to bomb the hub into rubble. After returning to his HQ, Eggman learned from Orbot that they had found no trace of Zavok, which meant the Zeti was still alive. Eggman also suspected that Zavok was not behind the recent attacks; while he did participate in them, he was still unfamiliar with his technology and Power Cores. This made Eggman suspect that someone else was working against him.[42]

Test Run!

Deciding that the world's limitations no longer satisfied him, Eggman built a tower for bending the bend the laws of physics outside the coast of Seaside City. This tower would affect the weather, creating unnatural storms. In that tower's test chambers, Eggman created a space-denying maze for trapping Sonic in, which he tested out by sending Badniks into it despite knowing that they would burn out before they could escape. He also built a model of a town inside the tower's test chambers, which he used to test how quickly his Badniks could take over a town to "recruit" test subjects. Then, as a final feature in the tower, Eggman began creating Quasi-Badniks in order to discover new ways to best dominate whatever environment they would find themselves in. Nonetheless, while he worked in a remote location, Eggman had Orbot and Cubot continue his work in the tower.[20][21][43]

Eggman receiving a shock, from Sonic the Hedgehog #40.

While busy brainstorming, Eggman was contacted by Orbot and Cubot from the tower of his. Irked by his henchbots' interruption, Eggman learned from them that Sonic, Tails, and Amy were currently inside his test chambers. Instead of being furious, however, Eggman saw an opportunity in this situation and decided to take advantage of it by testing his new mechanical creations on the heroic trio. Establishing radio communication with Sonic from his position through kitchen appliances in his test chambers, Eggman gloated about Sonic and his friends' whereabouts and what he intended to do to them.[43] When Sonic and co. tried to escape their test chamber, Eggman assumed control of the area and reversed gravity there. He then brought the trio to a room where he had them face an upgraded Egg Viper. After the heroes destroyed this Egg Viper however, Eggman sent three new Egg Vipers after them, each one with different skills. Meanwhile, Eggman steered his creations with his personal VR headset, giving him a significant advantage.[44] Eggman continued to apply pressure to his foes until Tangle intruded upon the battle. Eggman proceeded to contact Orbot and Cubot about what they were doing that had let Tangle enter his test chambers. On the other end of the call however, he discovered Belle the Tinkerer. Setting his Egg Vipers on autopilot to focus on Belle, Eggman recognized Belle as a helper robot that he built when he was the amnesiac "Mr. Tinker". He then wanted her to remain where she was while he dealt with Sonic and co. However, Belle protested against this and pleaded for an reasonable reason for his evil deeds in this tower. He thus started telling her about the tower she was in, trying to convince her to stop looking at his old persona and to admire him as a genius of evil, only for Belle to drop the call. Returning to his Egg Vipers, Eggman saw that his foes had taken advantage of his absence to weaken his Egg Vipers. Fed up with them, he had all three Egg Vipers charge at the heroes. However, they managed to escape. Eggman would then receive a shock from his headset when his tower imploded from an overloaded test chamber portal.[21]

Zeti Hunt

Dr. Eggman eventually appeared in Winterburg in a snowman-based mech while tracking the Deadly Six. However, he soon encountered Sonic. While Sonic teased and fought him, Eggman would tell him about him reason for coming to Winterburg. A few days afterward, Sonic destroyed Eggman's Egg Base near Winterburg, prompting Eggman to fly away in his Egg Mobile while cursing Sonic.[1]

Deep Trouble

Traveling to Angel Island, Eggman would use a large drilling vehicle to mine for rare minerals in the underground of Marble Garden. However, his reckless drilling caused some unusual quakes in the region that caught the attention of Knuckles. Eventually, when Eggman emerged from a wall in Marble Garden, he came across Team Heroes. Displeased to find three of his most hated enemies there to spoil his work, Eggman used his vehicle to make rocks on the ceiling rain down upon them. When the trio still fought back though, Eggman tried burying them alive by triggering an earthquake with his vehicle. Unfortunately, Team Heroes survived this, and using teamwork, they brought down Eggman's vehicle. As he escaped Angel Island in his Egg Mobile though, Eggman claimed victory by having caused reasonable damage to Knuckles' estate.[11]

Imposter Syndrome

Dr. Eggman escaping his Badniks, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #4.

Back in his headquarters in Eggtropolis, Eggman would discover Orbot and Cubot's return after a prolonged absence. Although it was obvious that Orbot was trying over up something, Eggman did not care, as he currently needed them to hook up to the Eggnet and give him a sitrep of a present attack on Eggtropolis that was seemingly being committed by Sonic and Tails. When Orbot revealed that the details they received on the intruders were incongruent with Sonic and Tails' profiles however, Eggman was shown a visual of the real intruders: Surge the Tenrec and Kitsunami the Fennec. With Orbot unable to deduce their identities, Eggman decided to deal with the duo by sending Metal Sonic after them. When Metal Sonic got defeated, Eggman raged over the duo's lack of respect until Cubot told him that Dr. Starline was in his servers. Eggman demanded an explanation, having expected Starline to come groveling back to him instead of this. As Starline proclaimed that he was succeeding him however, Starline took control of all of Eggman robots around the world with an override code. As his robots in his headquarters moved in to apprehend him, Eggman squashed Orbot and Cubot and escaped through a chute to his Memorial Garage. There, Eggman had some thoughts about how he believed he had time refurbish his old mechas, before settling on one of them and activating its offline mode.[7]

Personality

Dr. Eggman is an evil and megalomaniacal genius who is constantly planning to take over the world and those beyond his. Showing contempt for how "filthy" and "irregular" the world is, he views himself as obligated to perfect it by ridding it of what he deems as imperfections, including hunger, disease and, above all, free will.[28] Arrogant, raucous and explosive, he believes that he is bringing peace and unity to the world under his brilliant leadership.[10][32] He also does not accept the world as it is as a whole. Instead, he wants to transform it and set up terrifying amusement parks like Eggman Land.[3][7] His reasons for doing so is that he simply likes amusement parks and does not care about their effectiveness; all he wants is to control precisely what his enemies experience in their last moments.[7] Eggman likewise prefers to show up and claim responsibility whenever he is carrying out his villainous deeds and make himself known to his enemies after he comes back from a defeat;[9][25] as put by Sonic, subtlety is not Eggman's forte.[45]

Eggman has a tendency to often personalizes his works by plastering his face or overall image all over his creations, like the Faceship.[28] Other times, he focuses his work around a specific theme.[23] He also uses every situation he can get to personally destroy his enemies and move closer to the realization of his ambitions, as well as evade every instance where he is supposed to take responsibility for his actions and the consequences that follows as a result of his half-baked schemes.[32] Having little to no honor either, Eggman is likewise depicted as having almost zero compassion and regard for others than himself. Cunning and lying, he will use and manipulate his minions and subordinates however he sees fit without a pang of remorse, not caring about ideals such as loyalty. He similarly uses them as tools that he can get rid of at any time after they either fail him or have served their purpose. Noticeably, he tricked Rough and Tumble into turning themselves into Zombots despite the skunk brothers being "perfect minion fodder" for him and that he owed them a deal for helping him back to his senses while he was an amnesiac.[27] He similarly seeks to enslave the whole world with fear. He is also shown to be extremely ungrateful, as some of his first victims during the Metal Virus plague were the people of Windmill Village who took care of him while he was suffering from amnesia.[28]

Dr. Eggman threatening a Ricky, from Sonic the Hedgehog #13.

Eggman is a very short-tempered and domineering man, which makes him rather intimidating and imperious. After regaining his old memories without being able to recall the events leading up to that point, Eggman's first actions were yelling out in unbridled anger for an explanation before taking control of everyone around him while showing pretentiousness towards those who saved him. He similarly always tries to take control of the situation around him and does not accept anyone being above him in the hierarchy.[25] He is also rather anti-social, as he has no permanent friends or healthy relationships. His bad people skills are also exemplified in how how limited interest he takes in others until they can prove useful to his plans and by how he treats his aides Orbot and Cubot as his servants. He also has little tolerance for failure, especially those of his minions, and stupidity.[10]

Perhaps Eggman's most noticeable trait is his refusal to give up. No matter how many defeats he has suffered over the years and constant defeats that accompany him, he always has another plan ready and refers to his defeats as little more than setbacks;[10] when one of his plans fails, he immediately abandons it and moves on to the next one.[39] However, he can be so overly obsessive about achieving his goals that he either overlooks important work, skips key details, or fails to take into account some important factors, like when he hastily began implementing his Metal Virus for his next plan despite only having some minuscule data samples on it.[25] As such, he can be quite sloppy with his work, although that lack of attention to details, combined with his recklessness and cruelty, nevertheless always manages to threaten the entire world.[3][32][8] Even in case his plans veer off course, Eggman remains unconcerned by whatever complications they might bring, certain that his genius will eventually allow him to find a way to regain control over it.[13]

Eggman also has a personal room known as the "Eggcave" in Egg Base Alpha. Whenever, he takes breaks between planning world domination and destroying Sonic, Eggman retreats to this quiet refuge. There, he has a variety of robot models from his past, as well as toy figures of himself and his enemies, which he uses them to plan strategies and vent his anger. He also believes that everything that happens in Eggcave stays in the Eggcave.[29]

As the amnesiac Mr. Tinker, Eggman was the complete opposite of his regular persona. As Mr. Tinker, he was a very friendly and cheerful person who did not hold grudges against anyone and did not wish to make enemies. Mr. Tinker was likewise eager to fix whatever the residents of Windmill Village came to him with. He also had an irresistible urge to tinker and fix things by himself. This prompting him to built his own daughter, Belle the Tinkerer, to help him with his work, while at the same time giving him someone that he would show great love and faith in what she would become. While he also displayed a somewhat cowardly streak, being afraid of his own robots, it did not keep him from helping and comforting the innocent, like by building barricades for some children.[3][12][24][22] Furthermore, Mr. Tinker didn't believe he could be someone as cruel as Eggman, and he honestly did not want to be.[24][22] However, while thought of being Eggman filled him with dread and sadness, he was unable to resist Starline's logic. This prompted him to write a confession, in which he wrote that if he became Eggman again, which he would consider a nightmare, he apologize for his subsequent actions to the whole world and to Belle.[22]

Since regaining his original persona, Eggman has no intention of going back to being Mr. Tinker, or even trying to emulate him. For all his evil however, Eggman's past life does seem to have brought some good memories to him. At one point, he admitted that his life was more relaxing back then and even had a moment of regret for abandoning that life, where he was adored, listened to the laughter of children, and built what people need and use. However, he went back to his dark desires almost immediately afterwards, having decided that what he usually does was the better alternative.[32]

Powers and abilities

Eggman is a brilliant scientist and inventor with seemingly limitless mastery over technology. His remarkable skills as an engineer and programmer are best evidenced by the armies of robots, machines and mechs he has created for his numerous schemes. He is also an incredibly skilled pilot: able to manipulate many different kinds of his own mechs, robots and vehicles in difficult battles with Sonic.[9] He also has proficiency in using handguns.[8]

According to Rouge, Eggman is quite physically capable despite the shape of his physique. Even Mimic, a trained mercenary, shrunk away in fear when Eggman approached him.

Weapons

Eggman has been known to wield weapons on different occasions, including a small laser pistol that can fire large laser beams which can obliterate anything in their path.[8]

Relationships

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic and Dr. Eggman, from Sonic the Hedgehog #32.

I could carpet bomb him any day! That's not enough―that's not the point! I have to beat him! I have to prove I'm superior!


— Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog #14

Sonic the Hedgehog is Dr. Eggman's age-old archenemy and the one who has foiled his attempts at world domination for years. Possessing a great dislike for Sonic, Eggman has stubbornly returned time and time again to work towards the goal of making Sonic suffer and ensuring his demise.[10] At the same time however, Eggman is not out to simply destroy Sonic, which he claims he can do at any time he wants, as he believes that is not enough, nor the point of their feud. Rather, he wants to beat him and prove himself the superior to the hedgehog before trying to outright vanquish him. He similarly believes that he alone is entitled to destroying Sonic, and gets especially angry when someone else tries to snatch his victory away from him.[26]

While they usually duke it out on the battlefield, Eggman has also tried to mess with Sonic's head on a few occasions; during the Metal Virus plague, he tried to convince him that he had contributed to the mutation of the Metal Virus through his resistance. He also believed that even though Sonic refused to get Eggman's comment get to him, he had sowed a seed of doubt in him. He would later admit that despite their alliance to stop the Metal Virus, they never stopped being enemies, nor would they ever stop being it. Notably, Eggman only works with Sonic when his own life is at stake.[35] Eggman also claims that the two of them are not that much different, namely that they have their own styles that they will not change their ways. The only difference, however, is that Sonic is good and Eggman is evil.[32]

Eggman also has a certain respect for Sonic despite hating him immensely. He knows he is not easy to kill and was sure that Sonic would even return from the explosion of the Warp Topaz combined with the power of the Chaos Emeralds.[26][39] Also, while Eggman hates Sonic through and through and stops at almost nothing to destroy him, he has shown slight fear over the hedgehog's power and anger towards him before.[8]

While he suffered from amnesia and became a reformed handyman named "Mr. Tinker", Eggman, being unable to recall his past hatred for Sonic, would show the hedgehog nothing but hospitality and friendliness. Although Sonic initially refused to believe that Eggman had had a change of heart, which made him reject Eggman's attempts to show him friendliness, he eventually came around and managed to strike a friendship with the doctor. With Eggman's return to his old self however, the doctor forgot and dismissed the friendship he and Sonic had established.[10]

Dr. Starline

Dr. Starline is a kindred spirit who admires Dr. Eggman's work. He owes his career to Eggman and is a great admirer of him. It was for this reason that Starline helped Eggman back to his old self when he suffered from amnesia. After regaining his memories, Eggman took little interest in who Starline was or his origins, although he liked that Starline knew his place in the hierarchy when he introduced himself to him. As Starline continued to reveal his worth and the measures he had taken to help him however, Dr. Eggman took more interest in him. The moment Starline presented Eggman with the Chaos Emeralds, Eggman had become thoroughly impressed with Starline and accepted him as his new minion, claiming that he was his "best lackey yet".[24][10]

Eggman fires Starline, from Sonic the Hedgehog #25.

In no time, Starline quickly became something like Eggman's right assistant and protégé. Notbaly, he assisted him with his experiments involving the Metal Virus.[25] While Starline was happy beyond measure by the possibility of accompanying Eggman in his work, there would be several moments where he had doubts about his idol's plans. Notably, he believing that he had abandoned Neo Metal Sonic's plan too quickly and had not thoroughly researched his Metal Virus before approving its use.[10][25] However, while Eggman was impressed with Starline's tenacity, he did not respect him enough to care for his opinions on the matters involving his work, his plans for world domination, or his inventions, as he saw himself as the superior of the two of them, assuring him that he should trust his genius and learn to take advantage of sudden moments when the plan changes.[25][27] Eggman's opinion about Starline was later strained when the villainous platypus took measures to kill Sonic himself, an honor of which Eggman has reserved for himself. As such, he would brutally grab him by the neck and scold for his barbaric methods to kill Sonic, and in the "wrong way" no less.[26] In addition, Eggman was reluctant to accept Starline's compliments, considering them unnecessary as he was already aware of his genius. However, he willingly shared his worldview with him.[27][28]

After demonstrating his Faceship, Starline was touched by Eggman's genius and admitted that he had exceeded his wildest expectations.[28] Eggman also invited Starline to his private "Eggcave", where he spent his free time planning and relaxing. There, Starline saw a figure of himself in the form of a Zombot, indicating that Eggman had planned to enslave him from the beginning. Inr esponse, Eggman reacted angrily and ushered Starline outside, and the two never talked about it again.[29]

As the Zombot hordes later began growing out of control, Eggman would scoff at Starline's concerns, showing that he has no interest in Starline's viewpoints.[13][32] Meanwhile. Starline would notice Eggman's carelessness and soon come to the conclusion that his idol could not match his own legend.[13][32] When Starline later brought the Deadly Six to the Faceship, Eggman branded Starline a traitor. He would subsequently blame him for losing access to Faceship after the Deadly Six took it over.[34] Eggman and Starline had also been arguing with each other over Warp Topaz for a while; while Eggman claimed he could use it in conjunction with the Chaos Emeralds, Starline protested that it was too dangerous.[32] As such, Eggman began to tolerate Starline less and less.[32] IN the end, Starline's apprenticeship was officially terminated after Eggman no longer found his services required, Eggman took the Warp Topaz, fired Starline, and had him thrown off of Angel Island via a Warp Portal.[34]

Eggman had not been able to track Starline since parting ways, though he still considered him a liability, making ascertaining his whereabouts one of his priorities in the aftermath of the Metal Virus plague. He also does not consider him his assistant, or associated with the Eggman Empire.[39] At the same time, he is unaware of the operations Starline was waging against him and that they were a part of a larger plan. Despite all that has happened though, Starline still adores Eggman, but would plan to correct his flaws and take his place to prove the superiority of his methods by conquering the world.[23][42]

Metal Sonic

Metal Sonic is Dr. Eggman's finest creation to date and his right-hand robot, who serves him faithfully in all his endeavors. Eggman is very proud of Metal Sonic and seems to have a degree of affection that he shows to no one else. No matter how many times Metal Sonic is damaged and defeated after fighting Sonic and his friends, Eggman always repairs him thereafter, expressing anger at Sonic for damaging Metal and taking it as an act of disrespect to his creation and praising him for at least landing a blow on the him.[10]

Having great use for Metal Sonic, Eggman planned to make him Neo Metal Sonic again and have him serve as his ultimate weapon during the Eggman War.[6] Despite Metal Sonic's defeat though, Eggman praised him how close he got to victory without his brilliant guidance.[10]

Orbot and Cubot

Orbot and Cubot are Dr. Eggman's aide robots, who serve as his foremost assistants and servants. Despite showing Eggman nothing but loyalty and faithfulness though, Eggman, in contrast to Metal Sonic, often mistreats them, both emotionally, physically, and verbally. In fact, nothing cheers Eggman's more up than threatening to dismantle Orbot and Cubot.[10]

As Mr. Tinker, Eggman promised to take care of Orbot and Cubot and not let them hurt. He even argued that only a soulless monster could program them with emotions and then abuse them for it.[10]

Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk

Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk were only tools in Eggman's bigger plan. Furthermore, they irritated Eggman with their stupidity, pushiness and rhyming introductions. Regardless, Eggman agreed to equip them with weapons of his own design twice, as he took a liking to their shared hatred for Sonic. At the earliest opportunity however, he made them, without their knowledge, guinea pigs for the Metal Virus, even though they had previously played a vital part in Starline's plan to restore his memories and original persona.[24][10][25][26][27]

Mimic

In the past, Mimic was a member of the Diamond Cutters who opposed his global rule. During the Eggman War, Mimic would commit crimes against the doctor. However, Eggman would forgive him and was ready to let him go when he sold out his group to him. Before he could pardon him, however, he forced him deal with Whisper the Wolf, the last surviving member of the Diamond Cutters, or he would kill him.[17]

When it was revealed that Mimic had lied to Eggman about Whisper's death, Eggman got furious with him and questioned his abilities as an assassin before threatening to send Metal Sonic after him. He also added that Mimic would be on his list of distractions, along with Sonic, if he had not done his job. He was also hardly forgiving of Mimic and demanded hard evidence of the demise of Whisper, who had become an important symbol of hope during the Eggman War and repeatedly tipped the balance of power in favor of the Resistance.[46][17]

Following Mimic's failure and imprisonment, Eggman kept Mimic in his system, most likely because he was furious that he had failed him again and had wasted the entire Badnik squadron that was supposed to support him.[17][47][48] Eventually, however, Mimic was removed from his file, and Eggman had already ceased his interests in him, being preoccupied with more important matters.[41][42]

E-123 Omega

Eggman created E-123 Omega as the final model in his E-100 Series. Once regarded as his strongest robot, Omega became wayward and began to oppose Eggman and everything he created, namely by taking his anger out on all his robots. Due to this, Eggman continually began to treat Omega as one of his many enemies. Omega always makes it clear how much he wants to destroy Eggman. In contrast, the doctor treats Omega quite dismissively and does not see him as a particular threat.[2][15][31][39]

Deadly Six

In the past, Eggman enslaved the vllainous Deadly Six, but they were later liberated by Sonic. The Deadly Six are enemies of both Eggman and Sonic, and the doctor is well aware of their threat, namely because he knows they can control his robots. Despite this, Eggman is ready to go hunting the Deadly Six on his own, especially their leader, Zavok. He is ready to destroy even one of his bases in order to get rid of just one of them.[35][39][42][1]

Belle the Tinkerer

Eggman remembers Belle, from Sonic the Hedgehog #40.

Eggman created Belle when he had amnesia and was known as "Mr. Tinker". She helped him with his workshop endeavors and grew to acknowledge him as her father.[23] Eggman, in return, introduced her to the residents of Windmill Village so that they would not be afraid of her.[23] Eggman likewise loved Belle liek a daughter to the very end, and enjoyed seeing her grow, expecting her to become a wonderful woman. When he stood to regain his old persona though, Eggman decided to leave a farewell letter for Belle, fearing that he would soon become Eggman again and forget her love for her.[22]

This relationship did not last due to Eggman regaining his memories and returning to his evil ways. Belle does not like this side of him and initially believed that there was still good in him. As such, Belle set out for herself to find Eggman and get answers from him, although she only recognized Mr. Tinker as her creator, and not Eggman. When she finally met Eggman, he recognized his work in her. Though he admitted that Belle was the product of his own innovations, even in a handicapped state, he no longer had any sentiment or affection for her. However, he still spared her a moment of attention, claiming that she deserved a reply from him after taking good care of his alter-ego. To this end, he wanted to convince her of his genius and make her stop loving Tinker and appreciate his current persona instead.[20][21][49][23]

Allies

Neutral

Enemies

Trivia

  • Dr. Eggman once used to have a meticulous cardio regimen.[10]
  • Dr. Eggman's Trading Card uses an image of Neo Metal Sonic from when he was disguised as him in Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2".
  • As revealed by himself in Sonic the Hedgehog #26, when it comes to designing machines, he prefers to worry about making sure they look nice aesthetically, rather than making sure they work as intended.[35]

Gallery

Concept artwork

Trading Cards

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Head writer Ian Flynn has revealed on Twitter that Eggman's measurements are the same as those of his game counterpart.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #41, "Zeti Hunt, Part 1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout, Part 4"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019, "Curse of the Pyramid"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #4, story one
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #32, "Recovery, Part 2"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Sonic the Hedgehog Free Comic Book Day 2022, "Deep Trouble"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  19. Sonic the Hedgehog #34, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 2"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #37, "Test Run, Part 1"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #40, "Test Run, Part 4"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #49, "Wound Up"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #44, "Zeti Hunt, Part 4"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #15, "Patient Zero"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020, "Eggman's Day Off"
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
  32. 32.00 32.01 32.02 32.03 32.04 32.05 32.06 32.07 32.08 32.09 32.10 32.11 Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
  33. Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "A Sudden Shift"
  36. Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 2"
  37. Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
  38. Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
  40. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2, "Smash & Grab"
  41. 41.0 41.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3, "Trust Issues"
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, "No Honor Among Thieves"
  43. 43.0 43.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #38, "Test Run, Part 2"
  44. Sonic the Hedgehog #39, "Test Run, Part 3"
  45. Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  46. Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
  47. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Showdown"
  48. Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1, "A Few Bad Men"
  49. Sonic the Hedgehog #35, "Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Part 3"

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