Orbot is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is an emergency robot lackey created by Dr. Eggman, who was activated alongside Cubot to help hunt down Snively Robotnik. Once the mission was accomplished, Orbot was permanently instated as one of Eggman's personal attendants.
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.
Activation and service to Eggman
Orbot was stored aboard the Death Egg Mark 2 with Cubot until Eggman activated them when Snively made his move against their creator. Once they hacked into the Eggnet, Orbot discovered Snively was responsible for locking them out, which included a message to the entire Dark Egg Legion, saying that the Eggman Empire had fallen. Despite Orbot and Cubot's concerns over running on reserve power, they complied with Eggman's orders and beamed in the Grandmasters for an emergency meeting. Once they were assembled there, Orbot and Cubot served refreshments, much to Eggman's chagrin. With the meeting over, Orbot and Cubot joined Eggman and Mecha Sally aboard the Egg 'Stache Flyer and began their hunt for Snively while Orbot pointed out the tracker on Snively's Egg Jet had strangely not been disabled. Orbot and Cubot were each stationed aboard one of the Egg Camels deployed alongside Eggman's in the invasion of Central City, but later recalled when Snively was detected leaving the area.
After tracking Snively to the Dragon Kingdom, Orbot and Cubot joined Eggman on his tour of the Raiju Clan's Iron Fortress, and were thus present when their master ordered the Bride of the Conquering Storm and her clan to submit to Legionization. They then accompanied him to confront Snively, who had freed Regina Ferrum and gained possession of the mighty Iron Oni battle suit. After Orbot pointed out that Snively seemed to have the upper hand, he and Cubot were ordered to get Eggman a mech with which to combat the Iron Oni while Eggman stalled for time. They eventually produced the Egg Beater, and Eggman proved victorious. After appointing Regina as the new head of the Eurish Dark Egg Legion and gloating to an imprisoned Snively, Eggman made Orbot and Cubot his full-time lackeys.
Orbot and Cubot later watched with Eggman as his Egg SWATs captured the residents of Furville for Legionization and Roboticization. When Orbot questioned why he was not going to Roboticize them all, Eggman revealed that the effects of the first Genesis Wave had in fact only rendered half the planet's population susceptible to the process. They then bore witness as Team Fighters, born from the breakup of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, came to rescue Furville's citizens. Eggman quickly directed their course to Soumerca, where Orbot and Cubot were forced to cut him off during a transmission to Grandmasters Drago Wolf and Razorklaw of the Soumerca Dark Egg Legion due to dwindling supplies. The Death Egg later made its way to New Mobotropolis, where Orbot was soon forced to report that Team Freedom was keeping the invasion force at bay. Team Metal was deployed in response, but Orbot soon reported their destruction. Orbot took the opportunity to remind Eggman that their repair work on the Death Egg at the Temple of Shazamazon had been incomplete, and Eggman reluctantly ordered their departure.
Fleeing across the Mobian Sea with Team Fighters in hot pursuit, Eggman had Orbot deploy various robots against them while he looked for a more permanent solution to the problem until Cubot found a Krudzu Hybrid Hydra sprig, which Eggman allowed to assimilate a Titan Metal Sonic he had not yet completed. Orbot questioned the move given that Eggman had previously destroyed the Hydra for trying to kill Sonic, but Eggman replied that "This time it serves my purposes!" The Death Egg then stopped briefly over Albion before changing course to head for the Northern Tundra. Around this time, Orbot and Cubot opened a channel for Eggman to address his worldwide forces. In the midst of his tirade, the transmission made a connection to another world-that of Earth 20XX, the landing site of Eggman's long lost blue Chaos Emerald. This transmission led to an alliance between Eggman and the like-minded scientist Dr. Wily of that world, and the two joined forces to launch the second Genesis Wave from their Skull Egg Zone.
Along the way, Eggman discovered the existence of Shard the Metal Sonic, and had Orbot, Cubot, and Mecha Sally assist him in the reconstruction of his own robot to destroy this new threat. The upgrade included improved free will programming-which Orbot questioned the need for given the presence of Mecha Sally-and the installation of a Power Gem-which Orbot balked at since it was Eggman's last one. Metal Sonic soon needed to be rebuilt again, something that Orbot and Cubot had made a bet on that Cubot lost. They then watched as Metal Sonic departed for the Interdimensional Gateway. When the Death Egg was later invaded at the tundra by Team Fighters, Silver the Hedgehog, and the Arctic Freedom Fighters, Orbot and Cubot reported it and the ensuing damage to Eggman. In response, he had them prepare the gateway for his own use, and the second Genesis Wave soon washed across Mobius...
- 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.
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 Mobius. 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. The two 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...
- Note: From this point, Orbot's history continues from his new life in the altered timeline.
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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