Roboticization is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. It refers to 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 involves converting living tissue into machinery: all parts of the person's body are transformed into mechanical equivalents. Fauna that have undergone roboticization are referred to as Worker-Bots. Due to the transformation, roboticized subjects typically possess increased strength, extra features and other abilities tied to their mechanical components, as in the cases of Sir Charles Hedgehog and Bunnie Rabbot, who possess telescopic limbs, retractable tools on their fingers, and control over their eye lights. Roboticization is carried out through a device known as a Roboticizer. The effects of roboticization are theoretically only reversible only through a De-Roboticizer, although such a device is still in development and has currently only progressed to the point where it can temporarily reverse roboticization.
Roboticized subjects lose their free will as a result of roboticization, becoming almost mindless automatons that obey only the orders of Dr. Robotnik. However, the subjects still maintain their overall awareness of everything that is going on around them. They are simply not in control of their actions. There have been cases in which roboticized subjects' mental capabilities were restored while the bodies remained robotic however, both temporarily and permanently. This can be done with Power Rings or through sheer force of will; Sonic managed to use his uncle's emotional attachments, sentiments and loyalties to fight off his "slave mind" programming. In some cases however, the slave programming can take over again, suggesting that it requires discipline to keep it at bay. Robotnik, however, possesses a device that he can use to plug free-willed Worker-Bots into in order to render them subservient to him again even after they have overcome their slave programming.
Robotization was first developed by Sir Charles Hedgehog with the intention of allowing the elderly to live longer. However, he abandoned the project as soon as he learned that roboticized people lost their free will. What Charles did not know however, was that Dr. Robotnik had stolen the plans for the Roboticizer which he intended to use for his plans of conquest. After Robotnik came into power, he began mass-roboticizing the captured population of Mobotropolis. Among his first victims was the inventor of roboticization, Sir Charles. The people roboticized by Dr. Robotnik became his Worker-Bot slaves and were left to work in Robotnik's factories and mines. Nearly all the dragons and several wolves belonging to the Wolf Pack also became victims of roboticization. Sally's nanny, Rosie, was also roboticized, but this event was erased from history after Sonic and Sally went back in time. Bunnie Rabbot and Dr. Robotnik, in turn, later became examples of people who had been partially roboticized: Bunnie received robotic legs and a robotic arm, while Robotnik received a robotic left arm.
Over the next eleven 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)
- Nearly all dragons on Mobius
- 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.
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