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For the other uses of the term, see Eggman Empire (disambiguation).

The Eggman Empire decal, from Sonic the Hedgehog Modern Style Guide.

Long live the Eggman Empire.


Sonic Adventure 2 dark side trailer

The Eggman Empire (エッグマン帝国 Egguman Teikoku?), also known as the Robotnik Empire[note 1] or the Dr. Eggman Empire,[1] is a political body that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It refers to the totalitarian regime of scientists and robots ruled by the infamous Dr. Eggman who seeks to lay claim to the entire globe. Although it has occasionally been established, the Eggman Empire has never managed to hold its ground, and merely refers to the territories Eggman has claimed and plans to claim. Its main enemies are Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies, and the United Federation, though other factions have opposed it as well.[2]

In his bid to establish the Eggman Empire as the world's dominant superpower, Eggman continuously seeks to establish Eggmanland (エッグマンランド Eggumanrando?) (also referred to as Robotnikland[3]), a city from where the doctor plans to spread his rule from.[3][4][5] Every time Eggman has hatched an evil plan for the Eggman Empire though, Sonic and his friends have been there to stop him.[4]

Description

The Eggman Empire's structure is a technocratic one. In general, as far as the social order spans out in the Eggman Empire, robots and scientists employed by Dr. Eggman are granted greater social status than that of other citizens, who are to serve Eggman unquestionably as his mindless slaves. The Eggman Empire priorities industrialization above all else and seeks to establish a mechanized environment wherever their outposts are without regard for nature or the local ecosystem.

While the Eggman Empire refers to all the areas controlled by Dr. Eggman, the nation of the Eggman Empire, Eggmanland, does not actually exist; Eggman constantly strives to establish it with various plans, several of which involve the use of Chaos Emeralds, befriending mythological deities or a combination of both. While the Eggman Empire is always establishing cities and military factories (even Eggmanland at one point), these locations usually end up being decimated by the efforts of Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies.[6]

History

Past

The idea for the Eggman Empire was formulated by Dr. Ivo Robotnik himself. During his villainous career, Robotnik became convinced that a world ruled by his iron fist would make the world a better place and benefit all of its inhabitants.[7] As such, he set out to conquer the earth and establish what would become the Eggman Empire. However, every one of his early plans were laid to waste by one heroic hedgehog: Sonic the Hedgehog.[8]

Years ago,[9] Robotnik would establish MeteorTech. Despite appearing as a legitimate weapons/security manufacturing company, Robotnik was using it to seed his robots everywhere. When ready, he would then issue a call to them to make them start a rampage that he could use to take over the world.[10]

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit), Dr. Robotnik learned that South Island housed powerful relics known as the Chaos Emeralds, relics which Robotnik sought to harness to help him conquer the world, presumably to create nuclear and laser-based weaponry.[8] To help him collect the Emeralds from South Island and battle Sonic when he inevitably arrived, Robotnik created his first generation of Badniks—robots powered by Sonic's Animal friends that Robotnik had kidnapped from South Island.[8][11] He would also create his first base on South Island. However, Robotnik's plans for world domination were foiled when Sonic got the Chaos Emeralds first and defeated Robotnik in the heart of his base.

Despite his defeat, Robotnik would be inspired to moved on to bigger, deadlier pursuits.[12]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit), Robotnik followed Sonic to West Side Island, where he made his next move for world domination. Discovering the Chaos Emeralds were on the island, Robotnik began turning the local Animals into Badniks to have a workforce for finding the Emeralds and constructing his ultimate weapon—the Death Egg, a massive space station to take over the planet with.[11][13] It was also at the island that Robotnik created his first major stronghold for his empire—Metropolis. However, Sonic and his new ally, Miles "Tails" Prower, were able to liberate West Side Island from Robotnik's forces and make the Death Egg crash after it took into space.[11]

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Dr. Robotnik invaded Little Planet during its annual visit to obtain its Time Stones, whose powers would let him conquer the world. Chaining the planet to the surface, Robotnik turned the planetoid into a fortress and, utilizing the planet's lack of boundaries on time, conquered the planet's past so that he could control its future.[14] This way, Robotnik temporarily succeeded in creating his own utopia in the future world of Little Planet—this dark future was mainly a bleak post-apocalyptic world with all of Robotnik's robots being broken down and the scenery rusted and deteriorating. He also began powering his robots with seeds from Little Planet. As an extra contingency, he created Metal Sonic, a mechanical replica of Sonic, to serve as his enforcer. Soon after, however,

Regardless of Robotnik's plans, Sonic soon arrived on Little Planet and began destroying the robot transporters Eggman had placed in the past to take control of Little Planet's future. Sonic also secured the Time Stones before Robotnik, who was eventually driven off the planet by Sonic.

Sonic Chaos

In Sonic Chaos, Eggman tried to conquer the world again by stealing one of the Chaos Emeralds from South Island for his latest plot. This created an imbalance between the other Emeralds that caused the island to slowly sink.[15] However, Sonic and Tails soon took the Emerald back, ruining Robotnik's plans.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Dr. Robotnik and his Death Egg had landed on Angel Island, a floating island held aloft by the Master Emerald, after Sonic and Tails made the latter crash during their adventure on West Side Island. Detecting the power of the Master Emerald, Robotnik plotted to use it to energize the Death Egg and resume his plans for world conquest. Robotnik subsequently built a base on the island to repair the Death Egg with while transforming the island and producing new Badnik workers from the island's Animals.[16] Robotnik also met Knuckles the Echidna, the sole inhabitant and guardian of Angel Island. Passing himself off as a benevolent scientist who had come to study the Death Egg, he tricked Knuckles into thinking that Sonic and Tails were coming to the island to steal the Master Emerald.[11][17] Knuckles thus aligned himself with Robotnik, thus unwillingly helping Robotnik with his plans.

Several days later, Knuckles and Robotnik would attack Sonic and Tails several times when they arrived on Angel Island in order to occupy them, allowing Robotnik to repair. Eventually, Death Egg was fully repaired, and Robotnik was able to relaunch it relatively undisturbed into the skies. However, Sonic and Tails were able to board the Death Egg in time and make Robotnik and his space station crash again after defeating Robotnik's Big Arm onboard the Death Egg.[11]

Sonic & Knuckles

In Sonic & Knuckles, Robotnik and the Death Egg crash-landed on Angel Island again, making Robotnik resume his reconstruction efforts.[11] Eventually stealing the Master Emerald from the Hidden Palace Zone for his Death Egg while Knuckles was occupied fighting with fighting Sonic, Robotnik was able to escape with the massive gem and use it to re-launch his space station once more. However, after the Death Egg had made it into space, Sonic and Tails would engage Robotnik and his Great Eggman Robo, powered by the Master Emerald, onboard the Death Egg. Upon his mecha's defeat however, the Death Egg was destroed. Robotnik then made a final attempt to escape with Master Emerald in his Final Weapon, but was defeated by Sonic. Some time later, an Eggrobo and Mecha Sonic attempted to steal the Master Emerald, but they were stopped by Knuckles, with the unexpected help from Sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

In Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, Dr. Robotnik had secretly acquired all the Chaos Emeralds, only to accidentally scatter them across the planet during a weapons test. After finding one of the Emeralds, Robotnik tried to get the rest before Sonic could.[18] To this end, he tricked Knuckles into helping him with him scheme and oppose Sonic's efforts to get the Emeralds.[19] Like before however, his plans were foiled by Sonic and Tails.

Knuckles' Chaotix

In Knuckles' Chaotix, a few months after his last trip to Angel Island, Robotnik discovered the Chaos Rings while investigating a newly formed island. Learning that these rings could help him summon the Master Emerald, which he could use to conquer the world, Eggman quickly erected a new fortress right on the mysterious island while synthesizing Dark Rings to power his army of Badniks.and rebuilding Metal Sonic.[20] However, Robotnik's operations were ruined by Knuckles and the crew that would go on to become Team Chaotix.

Sonic Labyrinth

In Sonic Labyrinth, Robotnik managed to cripple Sonic with his Speed Down Boots. With Sonic having been stripped of his speed and agility, and with the Chaos Emeralds in his possession, Robotnik began conquering South Island by constructing a Super Labyrinth version of Eggmanland.[21] Using his Spin Dash however, Sonic overcame Robotnik's Super Labyrinth, took back the Emeralds, defeated Robotnik, and regained his speed.

Sonic the Fighters

In Sonic the Fighters, Robotnik had completed his Death Egg II and was ready to release its army of Badniks upon the world to conquer it. However, the fighting champion of thee world soon arrived onboard the Death Egg II, where they made it self-destruct and defeated Robotnik in battle.

Sonic 3D Blast

In Sonic 3D Blast, Robotnik targeted Flicky Island after detecting the Chaos Emeralds there. Discovering the island's unique Flickies, whose existences were closely tied to the Chaos Emeralds' locations, Robotnik put his next plan for his empire into motion. Without wasting any time, he set up a base on Flicky Island and began turning the local Flickies into Badniks that could help him retrieve the Emeralds.[22] However, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles soon showed up and ruined Robotnik's plot.

Sonic Blast

In Sonic Blast, Robotnik tried shooting Sonic with a laser, but missed him and hit a nearby Chaos Emerald instead, causing it to shatter into several shards that spread everywhere. Pleased with the results nonetheless, Robotnik began plotting his next attempt to establish his empire by seeking out the Emerald Shards to fortify his new aerial base, the Silver Castle.[23] However, a team-up between Sonic and Knuckles ensured that the Silver Castle was destroyed.

Sonic R

In Sonic R, Robotnik set up a more convoluted scheme for his next attempt to establish his global empire. By signing himself up for the World Grand Prix, Robotnik lured Sonic and his allies into participating in this event. Robotnik then planned to let the heroes find the Chaos Emeralds, which he knew were located somewhere along the racetracks, and then steal them with his robots and use them to conquer the world.[24] At the end however, Robotnik's scheme was never realized.

Sonic Adventure

In Sonic Adventure, Dr. Robotnik (referred to as "Dr. Eggman" from then on) made another attempt to establish Eggmanland, which he sought to build over the ruins of Station Square after destroying it. To do that, he released an ancient deity called Chaos from the Master Emerald and searched for the Chaos Emeralds in order to make Chaos evolve into Perfect Chaos and have it destroy Station Square. The Doctor also prepared a base called the Final Egg and the Egg Carrier battleship. However, Eggman's plans went south when Sonic and his allies ruined his operations and Chaos turned on him, leaving it to Sonic and his allies to stop Chaos.

Sonic Adventure 2

Dr. Eggman's threat message to the world, from Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2, Dr. Eggman took another drastic effort to establish his "Eggman Empire" (also referred to as the "Robotnik Empire"[note 1]). Learning about the military's top secret weapon called Shadow that his grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik, had created, Eggman attacked Prison Island and released Shadow, who turned out to be a hedgehog and the "Ultimate Lifeform". Shadow promptly led Eggman to Space Colony ARK, where he had Eggman take control of the Eclipse Cannon, a weapon capable of destroying planets that was created by Eggman's grandfather. Eggman thus planned to supply it with Chaos Emeralds and use it to force the President to surrender, thereby establishing the Eggman Empire on a global scale. He was also joined in his campaign by Rouge the Bat, who was secretly an agent working for the government.

After getting six Chaos Emeralds, Eggman demonstrated his newfound power to the world by blowing up half of the moon, before giving the world an ultimatum: either the world surrendered itself to the Eggman Empire's rule, or Eggman would fire the Eclipse Cannon at the earth. Meanwhile, Sonic and his friends tried to thwart Eggman's plans. However, Eggman ended up saving the world alongside Sonic and his allies when his scheme to use the Eclipse Cannon led to the activation of a program onboard the Space Colony ARK installed by his grandfather that would have destroyed the planet.

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

In Sonic Advance, Dr. Eggman attempted to establish the Eggman Empire by building an army of Badniks and acquiring the power of the Chaos Emeralds.[1] He also created a base in space called the Cosmic Angel Zone. However, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy put a stop to his plans, and Eggman was defeated on the moon during a showdown with Super Sonic.

Sonic Advance 2

In Sonic Advance 2, Dr. Eggman attempted once more build the Eggman Empire by building an army of Badniks. This time however, he also kidnapped Sonic's friends and other innocent people to distract the hedgehog.[25] He would also create the Egg Utopia space station. Sonic, however, would free his friends, who in turn helped him stop Eggman's plans for the Eggman Empire. Despite this, Eggman did not give up and thus kidnapped Vanilla, Cream's mother. However, Super Sonic took Eggman down and saved Vanilla.

Sonic Advance 3

In Sonic Advance 3, Dr. Eggman used Chaos Control to split the world into seven parts. He then planned to turn each part into an Eggman Empire in the ensuing confusion and build Eggman Land.[26][27] He also created the ultimate fighting robot in the form of G-merl from Emerl's data to help him with his scheme.[26]

Eventually, Sonic and his allies mobilized to save the world. When they got to the Altar Emerald to fix the world with the Master Emerald, Eggman took control of the altar to secure the Master Emerald so that Sonic and his friends could not rebuild the planet. Ultimately, however, Eggman was defeated and betrayed by G-merl, who soon became Ultimate G-merl and left to cause chaos. Eggman thus teamed up with Super Sonic, and together they defeated G-merl.

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, Neo Metal Sonic imprisoned Dr. Eggman and took control of the Eggman Empire in an attempt to conquer the world, establish his own robot kingdom, and finally defeat his rival Sonic for good. To this end, he mobilized Eggman's Egg Fleet to launch a full-scale assault on the world while copying the data of Team Sonic, as well as data of Team Dark, Team Rose and Team Chaotix, who got caught up in the events. At the same time, Eggman hired Team Chaotix to find and release him. In the end though, Neo Metal Sonic was defeated by the combined forces of the four teams and was reverted to his original form. Meanwhile, Eggman took back control of the Eggman Empire, although not before trying to avoid paying Team Chaotix for their services.

Sonic Battle

In Sonic Battle, Dr. Eggman got a hold of the Gizoid, an ancient battle robot that, when powered by the seven Chaos Emeralds, would help him conquer the world. Being unable to make the Gizoid respond to his commands however, Eggman threw it out after getting what he needed from it to create an army of E-121 Phis. When Sonic got a hold of the Gizoid (whom he named "Emerl") and made it work however, Eggman tried repeatedly to reacquire Emerl. TO achive this, he sent out Chaos Gamma and the E-121 Phis after them. When all his attempts had failed however, Eggman decided to unveil his newest Death Egg, now equipped with the Final Egg Blaster, a laser with the power to destroy entire star clusters. Eggman then then lured Emerl to the Death Egg and demonstrated the Final Egg Blaster to him in hopes that his demonstration of power would make Emerl form a Link with him. However, Emerl went out of control and had to be destroyed by Sonic.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Eggman Empire went into war against the Black Arms when they invaded the earth, as Eggman could not establish the Eggman Empire if the Black Arms destroyed the planet.[28] He also had to contend with being attacked by the Guardian Units of Nations as well, making it a three-way fight between G.U.N., the Eggman Empire, and the Black Arms. During this conflict, Eggman launched his entire army of Badniks and the Eggman Fleet. Along the way, Shadow the Hedgehog would occasionally lend the Eggman Empire a hand.

In one possible scenario, Shadow, who was convinced he was an android made by Eggman, would attempt to kill the doctor whilst commanding the empire with the intent of having androids rule.[29] At the end though, Eggman helped with the attack on the Black Comet and the eventual destruction of the Black Arms, thus saving his plans for the Eggman Empire.

Sonic Rush series

Sonic Rush

In Sonic Rush, Dr. Eggman came into contact with a man who claimed to be his counterpart from Blaze's world: Dr. Eggman Nega. Together, these two teamed up to create a universe-encompassing Eggmanland upon Sonic's world and Blaze's world. To pull off this scheme, the doctors sought the power of both the Chaos Emeralds and Sol Emeralds. In the process, they nearly caused the destruction of both universes. However, their plans for Eggmanland were foiled thanks to the combined efforts of Sonic and Blaze.

Sonic Rush Adventure

In Sonic Rush Adventure, Dr. Eggman and Dr. Eggman Nega teamed up once more to built Eggmanland, this time bringing their operations to Blaze's world. There, they sent Captain Whisker and his pirate crew out to get the Jeweled Scepter for them. However, when Whisker and his crew were defeated, Eggman and Eggman Nega stole the Jeweled Scepter themselves. They then traveled to Deep Core, where they intended to use the Power of the Stars to turn their universes into their ideal version of Eggmanland. However, Sonic and Blaze stood up to oppose them. When the heroes were close to defeating them again, Eggman Nega tried using the Jeweled Scepter to destroy the planet, much to Eggman's chagrin. Thanks to a surprise attack from Marine however, Sonic and Blaze were able to defeat the doctors and save the world.

Sonic Riders series

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, Dr. Eggman discovered that the long-lost Babylon Garden hid a treasure within it that, according to a legend, was technology that he thought he could use to conquer the world and establish his empire with. Eggman thus made contact with the Babylon Rogues, who were in possession of the Key to Babylon Garden. Eggman then organized the EX World Grand Prix to collect the Chaos Emeralds, which were needed to activate the key with. Ultimately, however, Babylon Garden's treasure turned out to be just a flying carpet, which Eggman realized was useless to him and his plans.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Dr. Eggman's plans to establish Eggmanland via MeteorTech were initiated prematurely when an Ark of the Cosmos caused the robot produced by his company to go on a rampage that Eggman could not control. Ultimately though, Eggman acquired more Arks of the Cosmos to help him regain control of his robots. Before he could use them to issue his original command on schedule, however, he was stopped by Team Sonic and the Babylon Rogues, leaving his plans with MeteorTech in shambles. Soon after, Eggman escaped when his rebellious robot SCR-HD acquired the Arks of the Cosmos and formed a black hole.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Dr. Eggman learned of the Flames of Disaster and Mephiles the Dark, both of whom were the respective halves of Solaris, a deity with the power to reshape time itself. Eggman thus sought to gain control of Solaris' power and use it to dominate the world with his empire across all of time. To this end, he sought to kidnap Princess Elise the Third, who held the Flames of Disaster inside her. He also managed to secure the Scepter of Darkness, which contained Mephiles. However, despite numerous attempts to secure both Mephiles and the Flames for himself, Eggman's plan was ultimately thwarted by Sonic and his numerous allies. Eggman would later ally himself with his enemies to help destroy Solaris when the deity was reformed and sought to destroy time. When history was later rewritten so Solaris never existed, the Eggman Empire's plans for Solaris never came to be.

Sonic Rivals series

Sonic Rivals

In Sonic Rivals, Dr. Eggman Nega planned to disguise himself as Eggman and assumed his identity so he could take over the Eggman Empire in an attempt to take control of the past to ensure prosperity for himself in his time. As he executed his plan, he would turn Eggman into a card, although not before Eggman managed to sent a distress call to Shadow. Afterward, Eggman Nega went on a rampage in the present day. Soon after though, Eggman was restored and helped Shadow and Silver to stop stop Eggman Nega from turning the entire planet into a card. In the end, Eggman Nega was stopped by Sonic, Shadow, Knuckles and Silver.

Sonic Rivals 2

In Sonic Rivals 2, the Eggman Empire was taken over by Dr. Eggman Nega again, who this time used its forces and resources for his plans to unleash a monster known as the Ifrit from another dimension and have it destroy the world. Learning of Eggman Nega's plans, Eggman sent Metal Sonic out to make contact with Shadow and help him stop Eggman Nega. Ultimately, Eggman's plan succeeded, and the Ifrit was kept trapped in its dimension by numerous heroes.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Metropolis, about to be crushed by Angel Island in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, the Eggman Empire was put to the test when Dr. Eggman faced the combined forces of Sonic, his allies and GUN over his city of Metropolis in his Egg Carrier. In the end, Eggman disappeared when he crashed into Metropolis in his Egg Carrier, which marked the end of the Eggman Empire's threat. However, Eggman soon returned and was able to restore his empire to its former glory while Sonic and company were gone in the Twilight Cage (as a result of the time difference between earth and the Twilight Cage).

Sonic Unleashed

Eggmanland, from the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed.

In Sonic Unleashed, Eggman launched a space armada under the guise of seeking to conquer earth. In fact though, this was all a part of a plot to lure Sonic and the seven Chaos Emeralds to his Chaos Energy Cannon. Tricking Super Sonic into the heart of the Chaos Energy Cannon, Eggman used the power of the Emeralds to break the earth into several fragments, thereby leading to the premature start of the time of awakening, where two primordial entities - Dark Gaia and Light Gaia - would clash. Eggman then ejected Sonic, who had become Sonic the Werehog in the process, from the Chaos Energy Cannon.

As the next part of his plan, Eggman sought to harness Dark Gaia's power in order to use its energies to fuel the construction efforts of Eggmanland. Although Dark Gaia's dispersion across the globe put a hamper on Eggman's plans, the doctor soon gathered enough of the beast's energies to finally build Eggmanland, which looked like a twisted mixture of a carnival and a factory, on a small continent. Unfortunately for Eggman, Eggmanland got torn down after Sonic and Chip arrived in the city. Eggmanland then seemingly collapsed in on itself when the hole leading to the earth's core that it was built upon was opened. In addition, Eggman was unable to control Dark Gaia, who swatted him away before being stopped by Sonic and Chip.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Episode I

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, after defeated by Sonic following the Angel Island incident, Eggman tried a new approach for ensure world domination: by focusing on eliminating Sonic with revised Badniks, he would be able to establish his empire undisturbed.[11] However, Eggman's efforts proved to be for naught as Sonic overcame all of his creations and eventually followed Eggman to his E.G.G. Station Zone where Sonic dealt Eggman another defeat.

At the same time, Eggman set up operations and facilities that ensured Metal Sonic would be restored and given greater power than ever. After retrieving Metal Sonic from Little Planet, Eggman brought him to Mad Gear Zone where he was repaired. Metal Sonic then went to Lost Labyrinth Zone where he retrieved a power that made him stronger than ever, before going after Sonic.[30]

Episode II

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, a few months after his plot to destroy Sonic failed, Eggman resurfaced on the neighboring continent for his next scheme to dominate the world with his empire.[11] With the aid of an empowered Metal Sonic, Eggman began turning Little Planet into a fuel source for his Death Egg mk.II upon the planetoid's return to Sonic's world by building his new space station around Little Planet. Along the way, Eggman and Metal Sonic tried to destroy Sonic and Tails when they tried to stop them, but they were eventually forced to flee to the completed Death Egg mk.II, where the two villains were defeated by Sonic and Tails. In the aftermath, the Death Egg mk.II got shut down by Sonic and Tails, thus allowing Little Planet's natural orbit to pull it out of the Eggman Empire's reach.

Sonic Colors

In Sonic Colors, the Eggman Empire took over numerous planets, populated by Wisps. Dr. Eggman then began capturing the native Wisps and draining them of their powers, which were to serve as energy sources for a Mind Control Ray with which Eggman planned to brainwash the entire universe into serving him. To have easy access to the planets, Eggman dragged the planets to Sonic's world and made them a part of Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park, which Eggman claimed to the public was built as an apology for his past misdeeds. Sonic and Tails soon discovered though that behind the benevolent façade of the park, Eggman was kidnapping the Wisps left and right.

Although Eggman got close to getting everyone on Sonic's world under his control, an energy leak in the cannon made by Sonic caused Eggman's mind control cannon to malfunction and create a black hole that destroyed the entire amusement park. Despite this, Eggman decided to destroy Sonic anyway, but was eventually defeated and left in space for a while.

Sonic Generations

In Sonic Generations, not long after his most recent scheme had failed, Eggman came across the Time Eater, an entity with the power to erase time and space. Hatching a new plan to ensure the Eggman Empire's dominance, Eggman took control of the Time Eater and began erasing Sonic's actions from history, which in turn would undo Eggman's past defeats and ensure his empire's rule over the world. As the universe fell into chaos, Eggman used the Time Eater to kidnap Sonic and his friends and sent them to White Space, a dimension without time. He then kidnapped his counterpart from a past world, whom he teamed up with to perfect the Time Eater. Ultimately, however, they were defeated when they were confronted by Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic, who destroyed the Time Eater and left the Eggmen stranded in White Space.

Sonic Lost World

In Sonic Lost World, Eggman moved his empire's operations to the Lost Hex, a floating continent where he had enslaved a group of villainous Zeti known as the Deadly Six with the Cacophonic Conch and forced them into serving as his enforcers and gathering Animals for him. There, he began building an army of Badniks for his empire to take over the world with while experimenting with his Extractor, a device he had built on the Lost Hex that could extract the world's energies, which Eggman planned to use to power his ultimate weapon. However, Eggman lost his grip on the Deadly Six when Sonic got rid of the Cacophonic Conch and had to escape the Zeti when they retaliated. Eggman and his lackeys then had to team up with Sonic and Tails to stop the Deadly Six when they took control of the Eggman Empire's forces and began using the Extractor to destroy the world. After later faking his death, Eggman tried double-crossing the heroes after the Deadly Six were defeated in an attempt to take over the remains of the world using his ultimate weapon. However, he was soon defeated by Sonic. Tails, in turn, would use Eggman's Extractor to return the energy the machine had stolen to the world, restoring it to its former self.

Sonic Forces

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Come Join the Eggman Empire!

The Eggman Empire propaganda video.

In Sonic Forces, Dr. Eggman found a mysterious and very powerful jewel that he dubbed the Phantom Ruby, which allowed him to control virtual reality. Soon after, Eggman made a mercenary, who would later be known as Infinite, the leader of his Eggman Army. Needing the perfect weapon to defeat Sonic and conquer the world, Eggman fused his finalized Phantom Ruby prototype with Infinite. This granted Infinite the ability to produce replicas. Using replicas of Shahow, Metal Sonic, Chaos and Zavok, Infinite defeated Sonic. After that, Eggman imprisoned Sonic onboard his Death Egg. Without Sonic to oppose the Eggman Empire, Eggman and his forces conquered 99.9% of the world over the next six months.

After imprisoning Sonic, the Eggman Empire began to implant its dominion over the world, initiating a period of wars and chaos. Several places in the world and the outer space surrounding it fell under the influence from the evil scientist. In addition, paradisaical locations like Green Hill were destroyed by desertification and then industrialization to serve as a weapons depot, while industrial areas like Chemical Plant were expanded to other regions on the planet, serving as both a chemical factory and a spaceport.

After six months of the doctor's tyrannical reign, the Eggman Empire was pushed back after Sonic broke out of prison. He, alongside Classic Sonic, the Avatar, and the Resistance, would soon after defeat Eggman and Infinite, and send the Phantom Ruby back to Classic Sonic's world, bringing an end to the empire's rule.

Armed forces and enforcers

The Eggman Empire commands a sizable proportion of military forces. Having the engineering genius of Dr. Eggman at the helm, the empire possesses disastrously destructive machines, nigh-impenetrable fortresses, diabolical robots, and tools of Eggman's own design that could have conquered the world many times over.[4][12]

Foot soldiers

  • Badniks: The Eggman Empire's brand of mass-produced robot forces. They serve as the empire's main foot soldiers. Various forces of Badniks occupy various regions of the world to supplement Eggman and his lackeys. Originally, the Badnik armies consisted exclusively of robot models based on non-anthropomorphic animals, but have over time expanded their roster to include models with more humanoid and weaponized designs. The majority of them consist of Egg Pawns.
    • E-Series: The elite line of robot models among the Badnik hordes. These units are known for their greater autonomy, skillsets, and weapon capabilities.
      • E-100 Series: An elite force of non-mass produced fighting robots developed by Eggman. A number of units have been destroyed and E-123 Omega is known to have defected, but a few still remain in service.
      • E-1000: A line of robots that saw multiple productions of the same model, apparently inspired by E-102 Gamma.
      • E-2000 Series: A mass-produced E-Series line consisting exclusively of E-2000s and E-2000Rs, transformable robots with devastating weapon and defense capabilities.
      • E-10000 Series: A mass-produced E-Series line consisting of humanoid robots designed especially for Extreme Gear riding.
    • Badnik doppelgangers: Highly advanced Badniks made to resemble those who have acted in opposition to the Eggman Empire. The most prominent of these robots is Metal Sonic. Lesser known models include Metal Knuckles, Silver Sonic, Mecha Sonic and Mecha Knuckles. Possibly also falling into this category is the Tails Doll.
  • Eggman Army: An armed fighting force under the leadership of Infinite that served the Eggman Empire during the Phantom Ruby incident. This was the Eggman Empire's first organized army and served as the empire's main invasion force and subsequent enforces after it conquered the world on behalf of Eggman. The army was made up largely of mass-produced replicas of Shadow the Hedgehog, Zavok, Metal Sonic and Chaos. The army also used militarized Badniks, such as Egg Pawns, Moto Bugs and Buzz Bombers, and the mass-produced Death Egg Robots, as foot soldiers. The Eggman Army was rendered defunct after the source of its replicas were destroyed however.
  • Freelance operatives: The Eggman Empire occasionally takes in outside criminals and agents to accomplish tasks that its standard operatives are unable to perform. However, all of them eventually left the empire due to their discontent with Eggman's traitorous or abusive ways, or due to their own personal reasons or allegiances. A few have even outright betrayed him and deliberately sabotaged his plans. Some of the freelance operatives who have served the Eggman Empire at one point or another include the Babylon Rogues, Rouge the Bat, Shadow the Hedgehog and the Deadly Six. Of these temporary partnerships, Shadow is the only one known to have assisted Eggman more than once. Even then, it is usually for personal reasons and not out of any loyalty or friendship, a testament to the doctor's extremely poor teamwork.
  • Infinite: Once an infamous outlaw known as the "ultimate mercenary", Infinite became the weapon he was after a run-in with Shadow, which ended in his humiliating defeat. Horrified and disgusted at his weakness, he abandoned his old identity and pledged allegiance to Eggman, who merged him with the powerful Phantom Ruby. With this power, Infinite helped Eggman expand his empire to its largest size to date, encompassing over 99% of the entire globe at its peak with Infinite serving as the doctor's second-in-command.

Fleets and cruisers

Piloted mechs and vehicles

The Eggman Empire has several machine units that can operate independently or with a pilot. These include:

Territories

While the Eggman Empire has rarely gained a substantial amount of ground, it has still managed to build bases within certain territories that give the empire a degree of control in some parts of the world. However, its influence is kept at bay thanks to the efforts of Sonic the Hedgehog and his allies, and other forces, like GUN.

Decal

Wherever Eggman is setting his operations, there is typically a traditional decal displayed. This decal is often also seen on his robotic creations, vehicles, battleships or weaponry. Many deadly in-game obstacles and structures are known to have Eggman's decal as well. The Eggman Empire's decal is known to have the smiling face of Doctor Eggman himself, which would be also shown everywhere on his empire, if he managed to succeed with his plans.

The earliest known stylistic "EG" logo can be found on the wings and doors of Wing Fortress Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but it can also be seen on the right shoulder of Grounder and the driving seat of the Egg Typhoon from Sonic Drift

The smiling face design of Eggman is introduced in Sonic Adventure, however, depicting Dr. Eggman's classic design, despite his then recent redesign. Eggman has other decals everywhere on his hidden pyramid base in Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Heroes features another decal on the Eggman Fleet which is also seen in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Sonic Unleashed, a decal similar to the one in Sonic Adventure is used, but now with Eggman's modern design. A more complex decal is used for the Eggmanland flag in the same game. A refined version of the decal from Sonic Unleashed has been used since Sonic Colors. Sonic Forces introduces a much more elaborate decal while incorporating the decal from Sonic Colors, prominently featuring the Earth with mechanical arms emerging from it, and the Eggman decal beneath it with chains.

Gallery

In other media

Animation

Sonic Underground

Robotropolis, the capital of the Robotnik Empire.

In Sonic Underground, the Eggman Empire (called the Robotnik Empire) was Dr. Robotnik's own state established in order to take control of Mobius, though he would be opposed by the Freedom Fighters. Between the nobility and the poorer inhabitants of the planet, the former were largely ignored by Robotnik (since they are the source of his money) while the latter were under the constant threat of roboticization.

Sonic X

The Eggman Empire's decal in Sonic X.

In the anime series Sonic X and its comic series published by Archie Comics, the Eggman Empire is Dr. Eggman's own state that he seeks to establish worldwide, with him as the ruling head. However, he is constantly thwarted by Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends.

While on Sonic's world, Dr. Eggman sought to spread the Eggman Empire across that planet. After being transported to Earth, however, Eggman tried re-establishing the Eggman Empire there, only to fail. After Eggman and his lackeys returned to Sonic's dimension however, the Eggman Empire would be forced to join forces with Sonic and his friends in order to stop the Metarex. After defeating the aliens, Eggman decided to continue his plans of establishing his empire on Sonic's world.

Comics

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Dr. Eggman established the Eggman Empire in order to take control of the states on Mobius that his predecessor had already conquered. However, he was opposed by several other factions, such as the United Federation and the various Freedom Fighter groups, especially the Knothole Freedom Fighters.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, the Eggman Empire's history was modified. In this new timeline, the organization was formed by Dr. Eggman after he betrayed the Guardian Units of the Nation and started the Eggman War. However, since he started his schemes for conquering Sonic's World, he would be opposed by several other factions, most notably the Freedom Fighters. After that, its past would become almost identical to its game counterpart's.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Eggman Empire (IDW)

The Eggman Empire's decal, from Sonic the Hedgehog #1.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Eggman Empire refers to Dr. Eggman's own state that he seeks to establish across Sonic's world. In this media, its past is virtually identical to its game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Forces. After the Eggman War, Eggman went missing and his Empire was taken over by Neo Metal Sonic, who temporarily conquered Angel Island. Meanwhile, Eggman had lost his memory, but he regained it when Metal Sonic found him. Soon after, Eggman began his to infect the world with the Metal Virus, but the resulting Zombot hordes soon got out of control and fell into the hands of the Deadly Six. After the destruction of the Metal Virus, Eggman began working on his Quasi-Badnik models.

Trivia

  • Originally the empire was not referenced in the first main installments of the series, as Eggman's basic objectives were collecting the Chaos Emeralds, kidnapping Animals and turning them into his Badniks, or building the Death Egg in the original instruction manuals, although it is implied that building his empire would be the next step after completing his early operations.
  • Even though Sonic Labyrinth was the first game to hint at an Eggmanland, the name and idea about Eggman's dream utopia most likely took its basis from Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, that had been released at Japan around that time.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, during the beginning scene for Hidden Base, Sonic refers to the Eggman Empire mockingly as "Emperial" in the closed captioning.[32]

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Sonic Adventure 2, the "Eggman Empire" and "Robotnik Empire" were both used. This can be presumed as two words in the background while Eggman was broadcasting his threat. Also, in the Dark Story, a scene is called "Eggman Empire".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  2. GUN: Guardian Units of Nations, Codex, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Team (June 27, 2003). Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. GameCube. Sega. Area: Mystic Ruins Adventure Field. "Dr. Eggman: Ooooh, yes! It's just as the stone tablets predicted. Ha ha ha ha ha! His strength increases every time I feed him a Chaos Emerald! With all 7 Emeralds in him, he'll be invincible! And work for me! Together, we'll destroy Station Square! And on its ruins, I will build Robotnikland, the ultimate city! Where I will rule it all! Come on Chaos! Let's find another Emerald, shall we?"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Collection Room. "Dr. Eggman's profile: With an amazing 300 IQ, Dr. Eggman uses his scientific expertise to create weapons and gadgets in his bid to take over the world and build "Eggman Land." However, Dr. Eggman's schemes are foiled at every turn by Sonic and his friends."
  5. Sonic Team (9 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Eggmanland. "Dr. Eggman: Oh ho ho ho! Welcome to Eggmanland, the brainchild of my heart and soul! This is my magnificent empire, made possible through my genius and the limitless energy harnessed from Dark Gaia!"
  6. Sonic Team (18 October 2013). Sonic Lost World. Wii U. "Sonic: Whoa, over compensate much? Man, how many military factories does a guy need? / Dr. Eggman: If you weren't always destroying them, I wouldn't need so many."
  7. Sonic Team (February 25, 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Birthday on Windy Hill. "Sonic: Time to come clean, Eggman—why are you doing all this? / Eggman: "Why"?! Isn't it obvious? I've spent my life trying to make the world a better place! Discovering lost continents, building theme parks... I should be the one getting the big birthday party, not you! / ... / Eggman: Don't be so blinkered! Look again at my good works, and you'll see they were all for the good of man and creature alike!"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 7-10.
  9. Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. "Mother computer: System error detected. All commands canceled. / Eggman: My Eggman land plans are in ruins, after all these years!"
  10. Sonic Team, CRI Middleware (22 February 2008). Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. PlayStation 2. Sega. "Tails: He's probably planning to use the stones' power to issue an order to all the worlds' robots from this tower. Sooner or later, he was planning to set the robots rampaging. / Amy: That was probably his reason for forming the MeteoTech in the first place. / Sonic: The Eggman Land project again, huh? He never gives up, does he?"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Sonic The Hedgehog 4. Sega. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved on 26 January 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 BioWare (26 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Codex: Dr. Robotnik (a.k.a. Eggman) was once an evil genius bent on world domination, a career choice that has brought him into conflict with Sonic and his friends many, many times. His first plan involved imprisoning animals inside robots to serve his every whim, but when Sonic thwarted that evil plan, he moved on to bigger, deadlier pursuits. An engineering genius with an IQ of 300, Eggman is a master at building disastrously destructive machines, nigh-impenetrable fortresses, and diabolical robots that could have conquered the world many times over. Thankfully, every time Eggman hatched an evil plan, Sonic and his friends were there to stop him!"
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-8.
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega Mega-CD) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-5.
  15. Sonic Chaos (Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-5.
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual, p. 4-6.
  17. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual p. 34-36.
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 4-6.
  19. Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble (Sega Game Gear) Japanese booklet, pg. 29.
  20. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) Japanese manual, pg. 4-5.
  21. Sonic Labyrinth (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-7.
  22. Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Genesis) North American instruction manual pgs. 2-3
  23. Sonic Blast (Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-7.
  24. Sonic R (Sega Saturn) Japanese instruction instruction, pg. 4-5.
  25. Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 4.
  27. Sonic Team, Dimps (7 June 2004). Sonic Advance. Game Boy Advance. Sega. Area/Level: Opening Sequence. "Narrator: The evil scientist, Dr. Eggman! Dr. Eggman is planning to use the Chaos Emeralds to build Eggman Land. Sonic and his friends must put a stop to his evil scheme! What will happen next?"
  28. Sonic Team (15 November 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. GameCube. Sega. Dr. Eggman: "Those idiots! They're destroying everything! How can I take over the city and build the Eggman Empire if there is no city?"
  29. Sonic Team (15 November 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. GameCube. Sega. Area/level: Lava Shelter. Shadow: "I am Shadow Android. The ultimate battle life form created by Eggman. You may have created me doctor, but I will now lead this empire and androids will rule! This is WHO I AM." / ... / Shadow: "Goodbye, doctor!!"
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal
  31. Satoshi Okano on Twitter. Twitter (21 June 2020). Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved on 21 June 2020.
  32. Sonic Team (May 3, 2002). Sonic Adventure 2. GameCube. Sega. "Sonic: I don't know what this space ]] is all about but I'll find and destroy that cannon...and then kick their emperial butts!"
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