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Quotation1.svg You know, I won't miss you when you're gone. Human beings are stupid and unreliable, and I care very little about them. But my machines are diligent, relentless. THEY'RE EVERYTHING TO ME! Quotation2.svg
— Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Doctor Robotnik[1] is the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog film. He is an evil, eccentric scientist that plots to capture Sonic the Hedgehog in order to drain and harness his powers and use them to take over the Earth.

Appearance

Dr. Robotnik in his original outfit, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Dr. Robotnik is an average sized human with dark brown (almost black) hair, peach skin, brown eyes, a mustache and ample stubble across his jawline. His hair is usually combed back, and his mustache was usually thin and dark brown (almost black) with handlebar curls at the ends. For attire, he was usually seen wearing a black trench coat with customized tails and red piping, a dark grey tunic, black trousers, black shoes, black gloves and black sunglasses; later, he dons a red flight suit with black and brown accents and black goggles with red lenses.

After spending nearly three months alone on the Mushroom Planet, Dr. Robotnik has adopted significantly different appearance: he has shaved his head completely, his mustache is overgrown, unkempt, and a more mahogany color, his nose features a notable pinkish-red sunburn and the sleeves of his suit are torn off.

History

Film series

Past

In the past, Dr. Robotnik grew up as an orphan, causing him to resent family. In school, Robotnik was punched in the face by the resident bully, giving him a black eye and humiliating him. Instead of reporting him to the principal, Robotnik achieved revenge through technological means, causing the bully to spend the next year eating through a straw. At some point, Dr. Robotnik managed to get five PhDs. He was also trained in tracking by the Native American Shadow Wolves.

At some point, Robotnik was eventually employed by the United States government and became known for his vast use of robotics. At some point in time, he allegedly helped stop several coups in the Middle East.

Sonic the Hedgehog

After Sonic the Hedgehog accidentally caused an electromagnetic pulse, resulting in a massive power outage, the United States Department of Defense elected to dispatch Dr. Robotnik to resolve the matter quickly and quietly.

Robotnik confronting Major Bennington, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Upon arrival at the site, Robotnik immediately established himself as the one in charge, belittling Major Bennington. Robotnik then initiated a preliminary sweep of a ten mile radius using his Badniks. One of them found a footprint left by Sonic. Robotnik analyzed it and determined that it was from a creature outside all known species, becoming very excited by his discovery.

Robotnik was shortly later able to trace Sonic's energy signature to Tom Wachowski's house. Initially posing as a representative from the power company while secretly sending drones into the house, Robotnik was tricked by Tom into giving himself away. However, Robotnik then forced his way into the house after Sonic makes a commotion fleeing from the drones. He then found one of Sonic's quills, and ordered a drone to target Wachowski, threatening to kill him in five seconds if he did not reveal Sonic's location. When Sonic revealed himself, Robotnik freaked out, giving Tom enough time to knock him out. After Sonic and Tom fleed, Robotnik berated his minion Agent Stone for not pursuing them and instead checking on the doctor's well-being. Robotnik then ordered Stone to bring the quill with them.

Later, Robotnik and his agents were present in the Green Hills Police Station and monitoring a call from Tom. Robotnik then took over the call and proceeded to threaten Tom, only for the latter to hang up.

After interrogating a bar patron Sonic had previously injured in Piston Pit and determining their location, Robotnik sent a tank drone to intercept them. After Sonic destroyed it however, Robotnik sent a smaller robot eject from the wreckage and continue the pursuit. Sonic proceeded to destroy it with its own EMP mines. Afterward, a single-wheeled robot emerges, only it to be destroyed by Tom, angering Robotnik. A tiny helicopter drone ejected from the remains, and managed to surgically remove the top half of the truck before Sonic snaps it in half. In a last-ditch effort, the drone's eye becomes a sticky bomb and attaches itself to Sonic's glove. Sonic and Tom were able to remove the bomb, but Sonic is rendered unconscious in the explosion.

Robotnik, outraged at having been bested again, proceeded to vent his frustrations on Agent Stone, but notices the energy emanating from Sonic's quill. Analyzing it, Robotnik discovered that it had an unlimited energy supply, and ordered Agent Stone to prepare the Eggpod.

Robotnik in his flight suit, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Some time later, Robotnik, sporting a red flight suit and black goggles, intercepts Sonic, Maddie, and Tom before Sonic can teleport himself to the Mushroom Planet. Using Sonic's quill, Robotnik's Eggpod achieves supersonic speed, and almost prevents Sonic from getting the Wachowskis to safety. Dubbing his adversary "Eggman", Sonic leads Robotnik on a chase around the Earth with his Rings, going through Paris, the Great Wall of China, and Egypt, before returning back to Green Hills.

Robotnik finally managed to hit Sonic with an energy blast, critically injuring him. While Robotnik gloated, Tom used a Ring to get behind the doctor and make a surprise attack. The two engaged in a fistfight until Robotnik managed to throw Tom off of his Eggpod. As Robotnik prepared to kill Tom and Maddie, Sonic succumbed to his wounds. Robotnik prepared to depart with the body, but was stopped by the residents of Green Hill, headed by Tom and Maddie. Tom berated Robotnik for his heartlessness, declaring Sonic to be his friend. Hearing this, Sonic's emotions caused his power to peak, reviving him.

Tired of running from danger, Sonic vowed to protect his friends and attempts to reclaim his stolen power from the quill, but Robotnik retaliated and fired a volley of seeker missiles at the hedgehog. Using his power, Sonic attacked the Eggpod at lightspeed velocity, bombarding it with spin attacks and critically damaging it. Not wanting to leave his friends behind, Sonic instead used a Ring to banish Robotnik to the Mushroom Planet, destroying the Eggpod in the process.

Robotnik upon his sanity deteriorating, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Nearly three months later, Dr. Robotnik was revealed to have survived, though with his head shaven, his mustache overgrown and unkempt, and his sanity deteriorating. Equipped with nothing but salvaged parts from the wreckage of the Eggpod, his wrist device, and Sonic's energized quill, Robotnik declares that he will be back on Earth by Christmas.

Game appearances

Sonic Dash

Dr. Robotnik in Sonic Dash.

In promotion of the film, Dr. Robotnik makes an (unseen) appearance in the Eggpod as a boss in Sonic Dash.

Personality

Quotation1.svg Allow me to clarify: in a sequentially-ranked hierarchy based on level of critical importance, the disparity between us is too vast to quantify. Quotation2.svg
— Robotnik describing his superiority to Major Bennington, Sonic the Hedgehog

Dr. Robotnik's genius intellect makes him somewhat of a narcissist, as he immediately declared himself to be superior to Major Bennington and later stated everyone around him is inferior and less evolved. He is so arrogant and condescending that he has told Agent Stone multiple times that "the hardest thing about being the smartest person in the world is that everyone else is stupid". He is also somewhat eccentric, as while talking to said military officer, he briefly moves stiffly and makes robotic noises as he does so. He prides himself in being prepared for any situation, and refuses to admit surprise. He also enjoys dancing wildly when he believes he is alone, and loves the lattes prepared by Agent Stone. Additionally, due to his intellect, he is capable of using large and complicated words to describe a simple situation. Robotnik is not one who tolerates failure, and is very quick to lose his temper when it occurs (yelling quite frequently as he does so). He also has a large chip on his shoulder about being bullied as a child, and he hates being punched in the face as it reminds him of how he used to be at the mercy of unintelligent brutes like the bully who picked on him.

Described as "pure, unbridled evil",[2] Robotnik is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals, as evidenced by the numerous lethal drones that he sends after both Sonic and Tom Wachowski. Despite his claims of wanting to improve the Earth, he is happily aware that he is "evil" and thus wishes to achieve improvement the way he envisions it. For example, he put a label on his light switch that says "evil lab". He also has no qualms about the level of destruction he causes, like the damage to San Francisco and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

Robotnik suffers from a severe inferiority complex, which stems from childhood neglect. As a result, he sees himself as an insignificant speck, and yearns for acknowledgment and recognition. He often brings up personal accomplishments in order to make himself feel superior, doing this with both Bennington and Tom. He even claims to have been a genius since he was a toddler.

An egomaniacal sociopathic misanthrope, Robotnik often voices his distaste for humanity, only displaying affection towards his Badniks, gently stroking and praising them. A staunch perfectionist, Robotnik views humans as inefficient beings of hubris and desire, and robots as practical and functional. Human beings bore the doctor to the state that he considers their lives sad and meaningless and therefore he has no desire for having friends. He is completely devoid of empathy, unable to understand why Tom Wachowski would risk everything to help Sonic, and proudly states that he has no friends. Robotnik hates everybody, and barely tolerates Agent Stone, often subjecting him to physical and emotional abuse; however, he does compliment Stone on his lattes, albeit very aggressively. Interestingly enough, despite him openly stating that he will not miss Agent Stone, he creates a stand-in of his lackey to keep him company on the Mushroom Planet. He may not actually like people, but he at least needs someone to abuse. Despite this, he did praise Agent Stone on his cappuccino-making skills, albeit aggressively, so he may possess a tiny degree of compassion.

Robotnik is also incredibly sadistic, seizing any opportunity to inflict pain upon other people, and relishing every second. He also shows his sadism by happily talking about how he wants to experiment on Sonic and "see what makes him tick", and smiling as he threatens to kill Tom while interrogating him.

By the climax of the film, Robotnik's sanity has degraded to the point where he is completely obsessed with obtaining Sonic's power by any means necessary. He is even willing to place himself into a life-threatening situation, failing to realize the danger until it is too late. After spending almost three months alone on the Mushroom Planet, his grip on sanity has degraded even further (despite his claims to the contrary), as he talks to a stone that he named after Agent Stone, and a few mushrooms, as if they were real people.

Powers and abilities

Dr. Robotnik has a genius intellect, boasting five PhDs and an IQ of 300.[3] This enables him to create various types of highly advanced machinery and robots, which he can then remotely control using buttons on his gloves, or tablets in his mobile fortress. He was able to accurately determine Sonic's exact height, weight and entire skeletal structure based on nothing but a footprint of his (even though said print was found on a rock, and he was wearing shoes at the time). Growing up he was a child prodigy, apparently being able to articulate formulas around the time Tom was born. He is also multilingual, as when examining Sonic's quill glowing with energy, he mutters "omoshiroi" (面白い?), Japanese for "interesting", "amazing" or something fun.

Robotnik is also capable of hand-to-hand combat, and has above-average physical strength, as he managed to hold his own against Tom Wachowski, and throw a large bar patron through a window.

Robotnik also has an impressive drive for survival. After being stranded on the Mushroom Planet, he was able to fend for himself with only a pack of salvaged scrap, his wrist device and his intelligence.

Equipment

Robotnik's controller, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Dr. Robotnik's primary equipment is a large assortment of drones that he has created. His primary mode of transportation on Earth is a self-driving semi-truck that can also house most of his drones, lab equipment, and the Eggpod. At one point he wears a uniquely-designed controller on a glove on his left hand; with a few button presses and finger-thumb movements, he is able to program his drones, deployed from his truck, to search for his target within a ten-mile radius, or secretly and non-verbally dispatch reconnaissance drones into Wachowski's house. This controller also has standard internet functions. A variation of the device is incorporated into the doctor's flight suit. Robotnik later uses it to record his time on the Mushroom planet.

Additionally, despite his usage of highly-advanced technology, Robotnik is not above using more "primitive" forms of technology should the situation demand it. This is seen when he prepares to examine the energy output of Sonic's quill: upon connecting it to a pair of jumper cables, it immediately shorts out the power of his lab, forcing him to rely on the flame of a simple zippo lighter to find the fusebox and restore the power.

Weaknesses

Despite being well-versed in hand-to-hand combat, Robotnik is shown to have low durability, as a single punch to his jaw by Tom was enough to stun him long enough for Tom to escape with Sonic.

Robotnik has a massive ego, but it is also very fragile. As the film progresses, he becomes more unhinged with every defeat, until he is driven completely insane from his plans being foiled.

Relationships

Sonic the Hedgehog

Quotation1.svg You're an astonishing little creature! It'll be fun to take you back to the lab for a litany of invasive exploratory procedures. Any last words? Quotation2.svg
— Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Dr. Robotnik being mocked by Sonic, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Originally, Robotnik saw Sonic the Hedgehog as a specimen he was eager to dissect and examine. However, after witnessing the hedgehog's personality and abilities firsthand, he saw Sonic as his key to world domination, as well as a defiant, smart-mouthed teenager. Robotnik's resentment of Sonic grew throughout his first encounters as he was continuously bested and embarrassed by the hedgehog. He was greatly irritated by Sonic's mocking jokes and remarks towards him. By the time of the film's climax, he was determined to defeat Sonic no matter the cost, willing to literally destroy anything in the way. After losing his sanity, he now seems obsessed with getting revenge on the hedgehog.

According to actor Jim Carrey, Robotnik resents Sonic because he represents the youth and happiness the doctor never had.[citation needed]

Agent Stone

While Robotnik appreciates what Agent Stone does for him at times, he is shown to treat him with nothing but contempt, even being severely peeved when Stone thought to check on him (after Tom punched him in the face) instead of going after Sonic and Tom. Later on, when Stone comments on Tom and Sonic escaping his drones, Robotnik chides him by saying he will not miss him when he and other humans are replaced with machinery. After losing all his sanity on the Mushroom Planet, Robotnik created a stand-in of Agent Stone from a stone to keep him company, though throwing and mocking it as he did with his lapdog.

Tom Wachowski

Robotnik fighting Tom, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

Upon meeting Tom Wachowski, Robotnik initially viewed him with the same contempt he holds for humanity. As a seemingly average small-town police officer, Tom represents the "mediocrity" of mankind that Robotnik so despises, and Robotnik greatly underestimates his intelligence. However, he takes a greater disliking towards Tom due to the latter's uncooperativeness. This is further bolstered when Tom punches him in the face, an indignity he had suffered only once before. As Sonic and Tom continue to elude and humiliate him, his vendetta grows. By the end of the film, he holds a deep-seated hatred for the Montana policeman and anyone associated with him, second only to his hatred of Sonic.

Allies

Enemies

Quotes

"Listen, Major Nobody-Cares, you know why nobody cares who you are? Because nobody cares about your feeble accomplishments."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Oh, my babies! Look at what came out of my egg sack! You know what I love about machines? They do what they're told, they follow their programming! They don't need time off to get drunk and put the boat in the water!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Whatever this creature is, it's our job to secure it, neutralize it, uncover the source of its power. And if it resists... we take it apart, piece by piece, see what makes it tick."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"I was spitting out formulas while you were still spitting up formula!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"No, I examined the inefficiency of a world where brawn triumphed over brain, and I used technology to resolve that inefficiency. The bully ate his meals through a straw for a year, and I have never lost a fight... until today."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Eeny, meeny, miny...MAYHEM!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"OHHHH! GIVE ME A BIG FAT BREAK!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"What do I look like, an imbecile? Of course I want a latte. I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE THEM!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Confidence! A fool's substitute for intelligence."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"I was not expecting that... But I was expecting not to expect something, so it doesn't count."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"I don't have to tell you how many scientific breakthroughs have been made possible by animal testing. You're being very selfish."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Why would you throw your life away for this... thing? That's why I don't have friends. Next thing you know, you're somebody's best man, they want to have the wedding out of town... Like nobody has anything better to do! Anyway, where were we? Oh, right-you were about to die."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"My grasp on sanity remains... absolute. Isn't that right, Agent Stone? Why don't you get a head start, do some Rock-Connaissance! HAHAHAHAHA! ROCK-CONNAISSANCE! Come on, that's hilarious, what's the matter with you?!"
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)
"Here's the sitch: uninhabited planet, no resources, no supplies, no apparent way home... A lesser man would die here. I'll be home by Christmas."
—Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

Reception

On April 29, 2019, a first look at Jim Carrey's rendition of Dr. Robotnik was leaked, a day before the first trailer got released. Fans and media reacted mostly with surprise at Robotnik's first look.[4][5] On 30 April 2019, the first official trailer for the film was released, as well as its official poster. The trailer received mixed-to-negative reactions from the fans and media, mostly because of Sonic's initial design, however, Jim Carrey as Robotnik received mostly positive reactions, with some fans remarking that he's channeling his '90s era portrayals in a good way, and also that his appearance at the end of the trailer was more similar to Robotnik's game counterpart.[6][7][8]

On 10 January 2021, Jim Carrey won an award at the Critics' Choice Super Awards in the category "Best Villain in a Movie" for his portrayal of Dr. Robotnik.[9]

Trivia

  • Instead of his appearance, Robotnik's nickname of "Eggman" is a result of his Badniks that resemble eggs.
  • Robotnik seems to have a fondness for classical music, as he whistles "Ride of the Valkyries" when summoning a Badnik in the Wachowski residence.
  • In one scene, Robotnik can be seen playing "Where Evil Grows" by The Poppy Family on his personal music playlist called "Tunes of Anarchy". Other songs and playlists seen include, "Robotnik Rhythms", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Soulful Chamber Music of Oppression", "Nuclear Tempos of Rhapsody", "Dinner For One", "Acoustical Tempo for Tyranny", "Heavy Metal Bombing Over Babylon", "Obscure 1970's Canadian Jams", and "Crush 40".
  • In his appearance in Sonic Dash, Robotnik's voice clips are the same as Dr. Eggman's. Thus he is voiced in the game by Mike Pollock instead of Jim Carrey.
  • Robotnik is the only character in the Sonic the Hedgehog film to swear.

See also

References

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures. YouTube. Paramount Pictures (30 April 2019). Retrieved on 7 May 2019. “Synopsis: Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.”
  2. "IMDb on the Scene" CinemaCon 2019. IMDb (6 April 2019). Retrieved on 13 August 2019.
  3. "IMDb on the Scene" CinemaCon 2019. IMDb (6 April, 2019). Retrieved on 13 August, 2019.
  4. Here’s your first look at Dr. Robotnik from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Polygon (29 April 2019). Retrieved on 4 May 2019.
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog Fans React to First Look at Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik. Comicbook (29 April 2019). Retrieved on 4 May 2019.
  6. The New ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer Doesn’t Get The Reaction Paramount Hoped For. CartoonBrew (30 April 2019). Retrieved on 3 May 2019.
  7. Jim Carrey As Eggman Is The Saving Grace For The New Sonic Movie, According To Some Fans. Newsweek (30 April 2019). Retrieved on 4 May 2019.
  8. Sonic The Hedgehog: Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik Looks Great In Live-Action. ScreenRant (30 April 2019). Retrieved on 4 May 2019.
  9. Winners of the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards. Critics Choice Association (10 January 2021). Archived from the original on 11 January 2021.
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