- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Orbot (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Orbot is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a robot created by Dr. Eggman and one of the doctor's highest-ranking lackeys, alongside his partner Cubot.
Orbot is a diminutive robot with a round head composed of a semispherical red cap with a smaller black semisphere under it for a lower face. His lower face can separate to reveal a light blue cover, representing his mouth, and he has two grey-framed and pupil-less eyes. He has also a black ball joint for a chest and red gloves for hands. His arms and back consist each of two thin grey bars that are joined by a black and red ball joint. His lower body is a small back semisphere with a grey inside and a ball joint connecting it to his back.
At some unknown point, Eggman created and activated Orbot and Cubot to serve as his lackeys. They later took part in his operations involving the Wisp, and thus encountered Sonic the Hedgehog and a number of his allies.
- Note: Due to the Genesis Wave, Orbot's history from this point were changed to be nearly identical to that of his game counterpart's.
When Eggman joined forces with Dr. Wily from Mega Man's World and rewrote their natives worlds with the Genesis Wave after Eggman's plot involving the Time Eater failed, Orbot and Cubot would end up waiting upon the doctors as they observed a cleverly orchestrated battle between Sonic and Wily's own heroic nemesis, Mega Man. They were thus present when Eggman became aware of Dr. Light, Mega Man's creator, who enabled Mega Man's return to his own world from Sonic's World. The pair later played a game of cards with a Crabmeat and Wily's robot pet Reggae. Both were also in attendance as the doctors observed Copy Robot and the Genesis Unit attacking Mega Man, Sonic, Proto Man, Tails, and Rush, and when two of the doctors' Roboticized Masters arrived with the last of the Chaos Emeralds.
The two continued to wait on Wily and Eggman as Sonic's party made its way deeper into the Skull Egg Zone. Orbot later appeared to Eggman to report the loss of both Wily's Shadow Man and Eggman's Shadow Man, and got himself launched from one of Wily's robots for his trouble. Orbot and Cubot were soon put to work creating a combined vehicle for the pair of doctors: the Egg-Wily Machine X. Later, when the doctors were working on it themselves, Orbot and Cubot appeared to report that all of the Roboticized Masters had been returned to normal and that Rouge the Bat had sabotaged the Wily Egg and was being pursued by Metal Sonic and Bass. The two later found themselves at the mercy of Bass' pet Treble, though Orbot found time to report a transmission coming from the prison level of the brig, originating from the captive Dr. Light. The two then bore witness to Wily's fury unleashed on Eggman after he returned from an attempt to kill Dr. Light, and were later narrowly missed by Mega Man's ally Duo as he crashed up through the levels of the Wily Egg to reach Mega Man and Sonic. They later joined Eggman in his cockpit of the Egg-Wily Machine X when Knuckles the Echinda and Proto Man attacked the mech, with Orbot filling out a will as the damage grew worse. After helping Eggman undo Wily's sabotage to his defenses while Wily undid Eggman's sabotage to his own, they watched as the final battle unfolded between the doctors and Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man. They were then carried along as Eggman launched a final, desperate attack, dangerously disrupting Sonic's efforts to restore their world to normal...
Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Orbot's original timeline ended.
Orbot, Cubot, and their master crash-landed on the Efrika Plains in the wreckage of the Egg-Wily Machine X after reality was drastically rewritten by actions taken by Dr. Eggman. With Eggman's Egg Mobile offline and no means of calling for help, the trio were forced to travel across the planes under their own power, rolling the inactive transport as they did so. They eventually made contact with the Efrika Egg Army, led by Axel the Water Buffalo, who took them to the army's base. As they traveled, Orbot noted that reality had obviously changed, as he did not remember Eggman's forces being called the Egg Army or Axel being among his minions. The trio subsequently departed for Avalon in a repaired Egg Mobile, with Eggman anxious to get back to the Death Egg Mark 2 due to strange readings he was getting from the planet. Arriving in the middle of a G.U.N. attack on the Eurish Egg Army base, they were informed by Egg Boss Mordred Hood that the Woodland Kingsmen had been harassing their forces, allowing a G.U.N. carrier to get into attack range. Undeterred, Eggman modified his Egg Mobile a final time into a walker with seats for Orbot and Cubot, who rode along as he attacked and sunk the carrier. The three then stole and G.U.N. fighter and made their way towards Artika to return to the Death Egg.
After being provided a vehicle by Egg Boss Tundra the Walrus of the Artika Egg Army, the trio returned to the Death Egg and learned that an no-longer roboticized Sally Acorn had been aboard. Furious, Eggman ordered Orbot and Cubot to dispatch Metal Sonic after her. The robotic assassin failed thanks to the intervention of Sonic and Tails, but Eggman and his minions soon had bigger problems: the entire planet was breaking apart due to the residual effects of the Super Genesis Wave. After getting airborne, Eggman set out to find a means of mitigating the crisis, and found home in information regarding the Gaia Manuscripts. Orbot and Cubot were forced to inform him that none of the Egg Army units were in a position to act due to being occupied with the crisis, and were then ordered to contact E-106 Eta and his Badnik Horde to capture Professor Dillon Pickle and Professor Charles the Hedgehog and their research on the manuscripts. The Bullet Train carrying the captives was attacked and the professors rescued by the Freedom Fighters, and Orbot was forced to report that many of the supplies aboard had been destroyed. However, Eggman was more concerned with the professors' research, which he pored over.
Orbot and Cubot were later present when Egg Bosses Cassia the Pronghorn and Clove the Pronghorn reported the theft of a Chaos Emerald from Crystal Cave by the Freedom Fighters, who had accomplished this task using files stolen by Sally when she had infiltrated the Death Egg. Recognizing an opportunity to lure his foes into a trap, Eggman ordered his underlings to contact the Soumerca Egg Army. Making contact with Egg Boss Thunderbolt, they were informed that her unit had acquired a Chaos Emerald, which Eggman ordered be used to trap the bold Freedom Fighters. Thunderbolt would subsequently call back to report that the Freedom Fighters had captured the Emerald, and Eggman began complaining about the lack of Robian minions as opposed to those with free will. However, Orbot and Cubot then informed him that his forces had actually managed to secure new territory as a result of resistance forces being occupied with the Shattered World Crisis. Determining that causing the catastrophe may have been his most brilliant move yet-which prompted Orbot to remark on his sadism-Eggman set about on a scheme to collect the Dark Gaia energy around the planet to power his empire while securing the Emeralds to insure that no one else could restore the planet. This included a second trap for the Freedom Fighters involving three members of the E-100 Series, something Orbot regarded as "overkill." The Freedom Fighters managed to escape, but the Emerald they had been attempting to secure was delivered to Eggman.
Orbot later watched the Chaos Emerald Championship on Breeze Media with Eggman and Cubot, though not without noting that Eggman had pirated the network. They later accompanied him to the Lost Hex, and informed him of a transmission they received from Metal Sonic in the process.
After Eggman established a base on the Lost Hex, he was informed of Metal Sonic's exile to another dimension. Furious, he ordered Orbot to take care of some task, unaware that his robotic aid had been possessed by the villainous Sigma. The villain soon played his hand, using Orbot's body to smash the Cacophonic Conch and liberate the Deadly Six from Eggman's command. Orbot and Cubot then found themselves-along with Eggman-forced into Sigma's service. However, the actions of Xander Payne later reversed time to before the invasion of the Lost Hex, which Eggman decided to put off until a later date.
Eggman soon completed his Eggmanland energy refinery/amusement park/death trap, and began using it to harvest the energy of Dark Gaia in order to supercharge the Death Egg. However, Orbot took the opportunity to criticize him on his operations, as he had lost the only Chaos Emerald they had secured, but Eggman retorted that. He also reminded his master of the fact that, while the Egg Army units had managed to secure most of the Gaia Temples, they had yet to find a way to take control of them without risking their destruction. This led to a brief exchange between them about the reason for Orbot's personality.
Orbot's personality is overall sassy and sarcastic. While he is loyal to Dr. Eggman, he often insults the doctor by pointing out his flaws. Despite this, he is the more intelligent of him and Cubot, and fully grasps his creator's personality.
- Orbot's serial number, SA-55, is leet speak for "sass", which refers to his overall behavior.
- Unlike his video game counterpart, Orbot does not seem to float in the air very often while moving or standing. Instead, he usually stay on the ground and hop to where he needs to go.
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