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

The Eggman Empire[1] is a political body that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It refers to the totalitarian regime ruled by the infamous Dr. Eggman that 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.

History

Past

Some time ago, the Eggman Empire got taken over by Neo Metal Sonic after the robot gained an independent personality and overthrew Dr. Eggman. However, after Team Sonic defeated Neo Metal Sonic, Eggman regained control over his empire. He also repaired Metal Sonic and removed his rebelliousness from his coding.[2]

A while after that, the Eggman Empire went to war with the Black Arms when they invaded the world. Thanks to the empire's efforts, the heroes of the world managed to last long enough to defeat the Black Arms.[3]

The Eggman War

The Eggman Empire Fortress, the site of the final battle during the Eggman War, from Sonic the Hedgehog #1.

In the recent past, Dr. Eggman managed to expand the Eggman Empire across the majority of Sonic the Hedgehog's world after catching Sonic off-guard and imprisoning him. However, a resistance army soon formed to bring down the empire's regime and managed to free Sonic from his incarceration.[1][4] At one point, Eggman teamed up with Mimic, a member of the Diamond Cutters, who were responsible for numerous attacks on the Eggman Empire's bases. Mimic told Eggman that he would betray his team and lead them into a trap if his crimes against the Eggman Empire were forgiven. Eggman agreed, and soon the Diamond Cutters were eliminated by the Shadow Androids. After Eggman had pardoned Mimic though, he noticed that the last member of the team was still alive and Eggman sent Mimic to finish the matter. Eventually, Mimic brought Eggman a Wispon and a mask that belonged to Whisper. The doctor was thus unknowingly fooled into believing that all the Diamond Cutters had been killed.[5]

In hopes of having a superweapon on his side for the war's final battle, Eggman began the process of converting Metal Sonic into Neo Metal Sonic again.[2] Before Neo Metal Sonic could be completed however,[2] Sonic and the Resistance beat Eggman and broke the Eggman Empire's control over their world.[1] In the aftermath, Eggman disappeared, leaving the Eggman Empire's army directionless[1] and causing the scattered Badniks to randomly attack anyone they came across.[6]

Soon after, Neo Metal Sonic was completed. Seeing the state of the Eggman Empire, Neo decided to take it upon himself to continue the doctor's legacy by assuming Eggman's persona and lead the Eggman Empire for the doctor, his goal being to help the Eggman Empire conquer the world and then hand the control of the world over to Eggman once he found him.[2]

Fallout

Neo Metal Sonic's first known move was making the Eggman Empire's scattered Badniks attack towns in a more organized manner, mainly to act as trials for Sonic.[1][4][6][7] After learning Knuckles the Echidna had abandoned his post on Angel Island, Neo Metal Sonic decided to plot a course for the island.[7]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman

Following an unforeseen encounter between Sonic, the Chaotix and his troops, Neo Metal Sonic had the Eggman Empire mobilize the Egg Fleet for a trip to Angel Island.[3][8] On his way to join the Egg Fleet though, Neo Metal Sonic had a brief encounter with Sonic, who managed to escape Neo's clutches after learning of his motives. Although Sonic had been alerted to Neo Metal Sonic's activities, Neo Metal Sonic proceeded with his master plan by invading Angel Island.[2] In no time at all, Neo Metal Sonic conquered Angel Island and seized the Master Emerald for himself.[9]

Battle For Angel Island

Master Overlord, from Sonic the Hedgehog #10.

With Angel Island turned into a flying fortress under the control of the Egg Fleet and the Master Emerald in his possession, victory seemed all but certain for Neo Metal Sonic. However, the Resistance and their allies soon made an attempt to liberate Angel Island. Upon their arrival in a battleship, the Egg Fleet shot their vessel down. However, the heroes still made it onto Angel Island. There, most of the group worked on breaking the Egg Fleet's control over Angel Island while Sonic and Knuckles confronted Neo Metal Sonic inside his fortress on the island.[10] However, while the heroes were succesful in freeing Angel Island, Neo Metal Sonic managed to complete his plan for turning himself into Master Overlord by combing Sonic and Shadow's bio-data with the power of the Master Emerald.[11] However, Master Overlord was eventually defeated by Sonic and his allies, causing him to de-transform back into an offline Metal Sonic. With that, the Eggman Empire was left without a leader again.[12] However, in the meantime, Dr. Starline successfully managed to find Dr. Eggman and help him recover from his last defeat, allowing the doctor to take his rightful place in the Eggman Empire once again.[13]

Infection

Beginning a new plan for world domination, Eggman created the Metal Virus. Upon seeing it exhibit the ability to turn organics into metallic slaves, Eggman hastily began implementing it into the next phase of his plan.[14][15] He had Rough and Tumble face Sonic and Amy in Echo Mine but secretly equipped them with backpacks filled with Metal Virus that would swiftly turn them into Zombots. In the skirmish between the four, Sonic was infected.[16] Eggman moved on and began infecting several towns and cities with the Metal Virus in order to expand his new army.[17]

Tangle & Whisper

With Mimic still an affiliate of the Eggman Empire, Whisper chased down Mimic to Spiral Hill Village, where the mercenary escaped her. He later left her a message proposing a duel.[18] At the site of their duel, Mimic set a trap for Whisper and Tangle in an abandoned Eggman Empire bunker. He then managed to trap Tangle in a safe and fight Whisper. Ultimately, he managed to mentally weaken Whisper and escape from the bunker when it exploded.[19] Mimic later returned to the ruins of the bunker to search it for evidence of Whisper's death. At the same time, he contacted Dr. Eggman, who was furious at him for his unfinished work. After a while, Mimic found a message on the ground that confirmed the girls were still alive and that Whisper awaited a final duel with him. Mimic decided to fight, but asked Eggman to send backup.[5] The Eggman Empire provided Mimic with an army of Badniks that were used to distract Whisper at the Diamond Cutters Base. All of them, however, were shot down by Whisper, and Mimic was defeated during the fight against her and Tangle. He was then locked up in a special cell designed by Tails, who had him transported to the nearest prison.[20]

Crisis City

While continuing to spread the Metal Virus across several settlements, such as Seaside City, Floral Forest Village and Sunset City,[21][22][23][24] Eggman discovered that the virus had begun mutating beyond his control, which resulted in the Zombots no longer listening to his commands.[22]

The Last Minute

After dispatching a batch of the Metal Virus in Central City,[25] Eggman and Starline eventually attempted to find working radio frequencies to control the Zombots with once again but to no avail. After Sonic had intercepted the duo, they retreated to the Faceship, where Eggman learned from Orbot that the Faceship had distributed a batch of Metal Virus down to Spiral Hill Village.[26]

All or Nothing

The Deadly Six are brought onto the Faceship, from Sonic the Hedgehog #25.

Having grown disillusioned by Eggman, Starline went behind Eggman's back and invited the Deadly Six onto the Faceship in an attempt to use the Zeti's powers to control the Zombots. Metal Sonic was unable to attack them as he was rendered powerless against Zavok's electromagnetism. Furthermore, Starline failed to control the Deadly Six properly with a Cacophonic Conch. Starline then opened a Warp Portal to get away from the Zeti, with Eggman and Metal Sonic following along. After they linked up with the heroes on Angel Island and told them of the Deadly Six's takeover, they soon learned from Rouge (who snuck onto the Faceship days earlier) that the Zeti were planning to control the Zombots by using the Chaos Emeralds to boost their powers. Eventually, the group devise a plan to have Sonic become Super Sonic and warp the virus away with the Warp Topaz. However, when Starline disagreed with this reckless plan and tried to leave, Eggman fired Starine from the Eggman Empire and forcibly took the Warp Topaz from him and left Metal Sonic to toss him away.[27]

The Warp Topaz was used to build a Multi-Portal Generator that would help send the survivors to the Deadly Six' locations simultaneously.[28] After all the Chaos Emeralds had been assembled, most of the survivors returned to the island to find that Zavok had found their location in the Faceship. Rouge managed to crash the Faceship after removing the ship's power source, leaving Orbot and Cubot to flee. This did not do much damage to Zavok and he grew into his large form to attack the island with fireballs and Zombots.[29] Eventually, with help from Metal Sonic, Sonic and Silver became Super Sonic and Super Silver, defeated Zavok and began to send the Metal Virus away from the world via a Super Warp Portal through the Warp Topaz. However, after Super Sonic tried ditching the Warp Topaz in the portal, a large explosion occurred that he disappeared through.[30]

Out of the Blue

Eggman prepares to fight his enemies in his new mecha, from Sonic the Hedgehog #32.

With everyone concerned over Sonic's disappearance, Eggman made his escape with the Restoration's final Rescue Shuttle with Metal Sonic, Orbot and Cubot. Coincidentally, Omega's head was found onboard, prompting Eggman to devise a plan to use him against the heroes. Shadow tried stopping the ship but was slowed down by Metal Sonic.[31] Later, Eggman completed Omega's reconstruction and welcomed the wayward (but immobile) E-100 model back to the Eggman Empire. 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. 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. The doctor later crashed Tangle's party in Spiral Hill Village with a large mech suit.[32] With Omega serving as his mech's core, Eggman planned to eliminate the enemies of his who were attenting the party. However, his plan was ultimately foiled when Sonic returned and freed Omega. Afterward, Eggman left to plan new schemes for his empire.[33]

Bad Guys

At Egg Base Sigma, the local Badniks discovered Dr. Starline was intruding on the base. Although Starline tried to fight back, the Badnik forced him to flee the site.[34]

Armed forces and enforcers

The Eggman Empire commands a sizable proportion of military forces. With 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.[1]

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. While many of the Badniks consist of robot models based on non-anthropomorphic animals, their rosters also include models with more humanoid and weaponized designs.
    • Super Badniks: Special Badniks that are more powerful and far more lethal that the regular Badniks.
  • Shadow Androids: Android copies of Shadow that Eggman mass produced for his own personal gain.

Fleets and cruisers

  • Egg Fleet: The Eggman Empire's aerial assault armada.

Piloted mechs and vehicles

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

Territories

While the Eggman Empire has rarely gained a substantial amount 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:

Trivia

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout, Part 1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout, Part 4"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout, Part 3"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #15, "Patient Zero"
  17. Sonic the Hedgehog #16, "Infection"
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
  19. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #2, "Ambush"
  20. Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Showdown"
  21. Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
  23. Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
  24. Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"
  25. Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"
  26. Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
  27. Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
  28. Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
  29. Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
  31. Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured"
  32. Sonic the Hedgehog #31, "Recovery, Part 1"
  33. Sonic the Hedgehog #32, "Recovery, Part 2"
  34. 34.0 34.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1, "A Few Bad Men"

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