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Remember; knowledge is power. And Eggman, being a genius, is very powerful.


— Orbot, "TailsTube #2 (feat. ???)"

Orbot (オーボット Ōbotto?) is an antagonist in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a robot built by Dr. Eggman. One of Eggman's aide robots,[1] Orbot mainly assists the doctor in his schemes for world domination and making sure his plans are carried out correctly, with his partner Cubot working alongside him to perform various duties.[2]

Serious and intelligent, Orbot is loyal to Eggman. However, he does not like him very much, and his spiteful sarcasm sometimes provokes the anger of his creator.[1][2]

Appearance

Orbot is a diminutive robot with a round head composed of a semi-spherical cap with a smaller black semi-sphere under it for a lower face. His lower face can separate to reveal a cover, representing his mouth, and he has two gray-framed and pupil-less eyes. He has also a ball joint for a chest and red gloves for hands. His arms and back consist each of two thin bars that are joined by a ball joint. His lower body is a small semi-sphere with a gray inside and a ball joint connecting it to his back.

Orbot has a red head cap and light blue eyes and mouth, while the rest of him is black and gray with a few red joints.

Personality

Orbot is a highly intelligent, serious and level-headed robot.[1] From the start, he has showed an eye for efficiency, taking close notice of Eggman's flaws or awry plans. He is as well rather sassy and shows a sense of spiteful sarcasm,[1] voicing facts and opinions as he sees fit, whether it is offering unsolicited, withering assessments of his master or asking a mourning Sonic to become his sidekick. As such, he comes off as straightforward, insensitive and brash. However, he does not mean anything by it, and behaves mainly as such to give constructive criticism and approach subjects matter-of-factly.[3]

Orbot's personality is, in comparison to his prototype, jaded and refined, giving him a wide spectrum of emotions and a polished demeanor which goes along with his smooth surface. As such, while sassy and sarcastic like his predecessor, he is more legal in his approaches and goes about them in a more diplomatic way. He therefore speaks calmly and formally, yet without a filter, and is more honest to a fault than outright rude.

Orbot slacking off, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

Orbot is a devoted follower, although not necessarily out of personal preference.[1][2] Also, while he takes his job seriously,[1] he tends to slack off when possible and cut corners when working. When slacking off, Orbot has a habit of resting on his side and hold his head up with one arm.

Powers and abilities

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

Orbot has the ability to retract his body into a travel-sized sphere. While in this state, he is fully capable of movements.

Orbot is able to levitate and can move freely through midair. However, he is not able to levitate any higher than a few meters above the ground and he requires a solid surface below him to float, meaning he will fall down if the footing below him is removed.[4] He also has special skills in data analysis and cleaning.[1]

Relationships

Dr. Eggman

Orbot is the aide robot and number one flunky of his creator/boss, Dr. Eggman.[5] Although Orbot obeys Eggman faithfully and shows concerns about his well-being, he really does not like him very much.[2] While Orbot generally assists Eggman's with his more delicate operations, he often makes spiteful sarcastic remarks for pointing out general flaws in Eggman's plans which sometimes angers the doctor,[1] prompting a quick smack in return.

Orbot is constantly bothered by Eggman's attitude and receives worse treatment from him than from enemies like Sonic and Tails.[6] As such, he agrees that Eggman is a "total bonehead". However, he is still capable of acknowledging Eggman; during the Infinite incident, he noted that his master meant business after hearing him gloat about his impending success in conquering the world and defeating Sonic.

Orbot will occasionally laugh at Eggman's misfortune and would early on insult him openly with sarcastic remarks. Additionally, he considers working for Sonic a better alternative than working for Eggman. Regardless of his dislike of Eggman, Orbot is very much afraid of his master's wrath and will try to not overstep his boundaries.

Cubot

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

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

In general, Orbot is not fond of Cubot's idiocy and considers him a dimwit, having expressed what a "nightmare" it was for him having Cubot's head attached to him. When they work together, Orbot usually lets Cubot do all the work while he slacks off. Also, while having to carry around with Cubot's head in Sonic Lost World, he would mostly fumble around with it for his amusement. Despite all this however, Orbot has a good relationship with Cubot and he considers him a close friend of his. Whenever Cubot regains his normal voice, Orbot will be very happy about his recovery, and when he once believed Cubot to be destroyed, Orbot showed genuine sadness over it.

Orbot is not above beating up Cubot for any failures, as shortly before retreating with Eggman from Metropolis during the War to Take Back the Planet, he was seen approaching Cubot and smacking him upside the head when he fell behind.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Orbot asking Sonic if he can become his sidekick, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

Though they are supposed to be enemies, Orbot does not really hold any personal hostility towards Sonic the Hedgehog besides his obligation to stop him. In fact, Orbot admires Sonic for his devotion to his friends, which makes him wish to work for him;[3] after Tails was captured by the Deadly Six, Orbot asked Sonic if he could become his sidekick in the case he could not save Tails as he considered working for him a better alternative than Eggman.[3]

Friends/allies

Enemies

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Orbot & Cubot. Sega (21 October 2016). Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved on 21 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sonic Colors (Wii) North American instruction booklet, pg. 5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic Team (October 18, 2013). Sonic Lost World. Wii U. Sega. Area/Level: Sky Road. Cutscene: Orbot's Offer.
  4. Sonic Team (18 October 2013). Sonic Lost World. Wii U. Sega. Area/Level: Lava Mountain. Cutscene: Eggman's Sacrifice.
  5. TailsTube #2 (feat. ???). YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog (9 June 2022). Retrieved on 9 June 2022.
  6. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Episode 36-1. "Tails: I feel bad about lying to Orbot. / Sonic: Don't sweat it, Tails! We still treat him better than Eggman does! Now come on, let's keep moving!"
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