Roboticization is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is the process by which an organic creature is converted into a robotic being. This is usually accomplished by a Roboticizer; the reversal of the process is simply called deroboticization.
Physically speaking, the process of roboticization converts living tissue into machinery: all body parts are transformed into mechanical equivalents. Due to the transformation, roboticized subjects typically possess increased strength, extra features and other abilities, as in the cases of Bunnie D'Coolette.
Roboticized beings-at least when made so by Eggman-lost all free will and independent thought, and became solely subservient to the evil doctor. While Eggman enjoyed the obedience displayed by these subjects, even he would admit that they were somewhat lacking in terms of original idea and personality.
Sir Charles the Hedgehog developed the roboticization process to save lives, particularly from life-threatening injuries or conditions. It took him some time to develop, and unfortunately was not viable in time to save the life of Nikki. However, he was able to use it to save the life of Bunnie Rabbot, who suffered grave injuries during the Eggman Invasion.
Dr. Eggman would later usurp the roboticization process for his own twisted ends, using it to turn Mobians into obedient slaves to serve him as laborers and troops. However, by some means the process appears to have been at some point rendered ineffective, though the possibility of it becoming viable again remained a source of fear for Eggman's underlings, such as Egg Boss Axel the Water Buffalo.
In the version of reality altered by the second Genesis Wave, Eggman, with the aid of Dr. Wily, employed a slightly altered method of roboticization which turned victims into robots modelled with robotics technology from Wily's native alternate reality of Earth in the year 20XX. The two scientists captured Sonic's circle of friends and had them undergo the procedure, the with the new group of brainwashed heroes christened the "Roboticized Masters". None of the new "masters" proved a match for Sonic and his new ally Mega Man however, who were both able to defeat and restore each of them to normal with the Sonic Shot (Tails-as Tails Man-was restored to his original self before even the final member of the original group, Rouge Woman, was created).
Eventually, Dr. Eggman came up with a new approach to Roboticization. This version of the process is still highly experimental, so Maw the Thylacine and his Egg Army unit were given the task of running many tests on at least one unlucky individual using it.
List of known roboticized subjects
- Bunnie Rabbot-D'Coolette (partial)
- The Roboticized Masters
- Miles "Tails" Prower (becoming Tails Man; later reversed)
- Amy Rose (becoming Rose Woman; later reversed)
- Knuckles the Echidna (becoming Knuckles Man; later reversed)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (becoming Shadow Man; later reversed)
- Charmy Bee (becoming Charmy Man; later reversed)
- Vector the Crocodile (becoming Vector Man; later reversed)
- Espio the Chameleon (becoming Espio Man; later reversed)
- Silver the Hedgehog (becoming Silver Man; later reversed)
- Blaze the Cat (becoming Blaze Woman; later reversed)
- Rouge the Bat (becoming Rouge Woman; later reversed)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (becoming Sonic Man; later reversed)
- Mega Man (becoming M'egga Man; later reversed)
- The roboticization process is based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series' concept of roboticization, where an Animal is forcibly stored inside a robot shell and is used as its respective power supply. Unlike the extremely difficult process of de-roboticizing in the comics, the restoration process for Animals in the games is done by merely breaking open the robot to free its captive within.
- Sonic Super Digest #9, "Sonic Comic Origins - The Belle in the Machine"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #266, "Ambushed! Part One"
- Sonic Universe #73, "Spark of Life Part Three"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase: Part Two"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #253, "Countdown to Chaos Part One: The Builder"
- Mega Man #24, "When Worlds Collide Part One: Kindred Sprits"
- Sonic Universe #51, "When Worlds Collide Part Two: Mistaken Identities"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #248, "When Worlds Collide Part Three: No Holds Barred"
- Mega Man #25, "When Worlds Collide Part Four: Through the Looking Glass"
- Sonic Universe #52, "When Worlds Collide Part Five: The Advance Guard"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #249, "When Worlds Collide Part Six: Friends or Foes"
- Mega Man #26, "When Worlds Collide Part Seven: Evening The Odds"
- Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #250, "When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!"
- Sonic Universe #86, "Eggman's Dozen Finale: Synergizing"