Roboticization is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. It is the process by which an organic creature is converted into a robotic being. This is accomplished by a Roboticizer; the reversal of the process is simply called de-roboticization.
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 Sir Charles Hedgehog and Bunnie Rabbot. The effects of roboticization are theoretically only reversible only through a De-Roboticizer, although such a device is still in development.
Roboticized subjects typically lose their free will as a result of roboticization, becoming almost mindless automatons. However, the subjects still maintain their overall awareness of everything that is going on around them. They simply are not in control of their actions. There have been cases in which roboticized subjects' mental capabilities were restored while the bodies remained robotic. This can be done with Power Rings or through sheer force of will; Sonic managed to use his uncle's emotional attachments and loyalties to fight off his "slave mind" programming. In some cases however, the slave programming can take over again, suggesting it takes discipline to keep it at bay. However, if a subject is still roboticized, he or she can be plugged into a device that renders them subservient even after they have regained their free will.
The roboticization process was first developed by the brilliant scientist Sir Charles Hedgehog with the intention of allowing the elderly to live longer. However, he was forced to abandon the project when test subjects lost their free will. The technology was stolen by Dr. Robotnik, then known as Julian, the War Minister for the Kingdom of Mobotropolis; during his military coup, he used the Roboticizer on countless captured citizens, creating a personal force of laborers.
Over the next ten years, Robotnik used roboticization to maintain his grip of terror over Mobius. The Knothole Freedom Fighters put great efforts into developing the means of reversing the roboticization process, but so far, success has been limited.
List of known roboticized subjects
- Ari's Freedom Fighters
- Bunnie Rabbot (partially)
- Dr. Robotnik (partially)
- Rosie (later reversed)
- Several dragons
- Several members of the Wolf Pack
- Sir Charles Hedgehog
- 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 television series, the restoration process for Animals in the games is done by merely breaking open the robot to free its captive within.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hurst, Ben; Alle, Pat (17 September 1994). "Sonic Conversion". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 14. ABC.
- ↑ Villaire, David (2 October 1993). "Ultra Sonic". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 3. ABC.
- ↑ Janson, Len (11 December 1993). "Heads or Tails". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 1. Episode 13. ABC.
- ↑ Hurst, Ben (26 November 1994). "Spyhog". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 25. ABC.
- ↑ Hurst, Ben (8 October 1994). "Blast to the Past, Part 2". Sonic the Hedgehog. Season 2. Episode 18. ABC.