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The robot transporter,[1] also referred to as the robot teleporter,[2] is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a device that teleports Badniks into different areas.

Description

The robot transporter is a large machine with two silver 'shells'. These 'shells' also appear to have yellow, black and red stripes, and are divided by three columns of electricity.

There is a dilapidated version of the machine placed in the Present of the Rounds. It looks similar to the regular one, but all the colors are replaced by shades of blue and there's no electricity going through it.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

A robot transporter in Palmtree Panic in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

Although its story purpose is debatable, the robot transporter provides a very definite purpose in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. In gameplay, it is placed in the Past of every first and second Round. Robot transporters exist in the Present as well, but are inactive and indestructible, merely giving a clue for where they were placed. Destroying a robot transporter in one Zone will grant a good future for it and will destroy all Badniks there. Destroying all the robot transporters in the game will earn the player the Good Ending for Sonic CD. Alternatively, they can also collect all the Time Stones to destroy the robot teleporters, and so achieve the Good Ending for the game.

Sonic Mania

A robot transporter in Sonic Mania.

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, a robot transporter makes a cameo at the end of Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1, where it is destroyed by Sonic, Tails and Knuckles before they use a "Future" Time Warp sign to travel to the Present version of the Zone. Later, in Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode, the group, along with Mighty and Ray, would destroy another robot transporter in Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Badnik Factory

A Badnik Factory, from Sonic the Hedgehog #290.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, robot transporters appear under the name of Badnik Factory. In this continuity, Dr. Eggman would install many Badnik Factories around Little Planet to rewrite its history, although they were later destroyed by Sonic the Hedgehog.[3]

Trivia

  • Destroying all the robot transporters in the 2011 re-release, along with all the Metal Sonic Projectors, will make the player earn the "Savior of the Planet" achievement.
  • Robot transporters (called robot generators) appear in LEGO Dimensions in Tails' mission, "Tale of Tails". In this game, they have to be disarmed using characters that can handle technology.

References

  1. Christian Whitehead (December 14, 2011). Sonic the Hedgehog CD(2011). IOS. Sega. Instruction Manual: "To ensure a good future for a Zone, you must either collect all the Time Stones, or destroy Eggman’s robot transporter contained within the Past."
  2. Christian Whitehead (December 14, 2011). Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011). PSN. Sega. "Savior of the Planet Achievement: Destroy all the robot teleporters and Metal Sonic holograms in the past."
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #290, "Genesis of a Hero Part 3: Sonic's Cease and Desist"


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