The Roboticizer is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series. It is a device originally created by Sir Charles Hedgehog to help the elderly via the process of roboticization. However, its properties were corrupted and exploited by Dr. Robotnik, who utilized it to create Worker-Bots.
A Roboticizer is a machine that is used to roboticize living organisms. Various Roboticizers have appeared, but each of them share some common elements. The classic Roboticizer usually consists of a round platform which has lights from lamps on the ceiling that are directed at it and a projector device above it. Such a Roboticizer may also have transparent capsules that a person that is to be subjugated to roboticization is to be locked inside. If the Roboticizer is not using a capsule, a chair with straps or an operating table with straps may be used instead. In other cases, the Roboticizer devices just consist of an empty plaform. The Roboticizer is operated by a console, which is usually located near its platform.
When a Roboticizer carries out roboticization, it sends energy down from the ceiling device above it that roboticizes the person situated in the Roboticizer. The Roboticizer also only works properly on organic creatures; any attempt to roboticize robots can cause said robots to short circuit and go on a random rampage.
The Roboticizer was created by Sir Charles Hedgehog to help the elderly live longer through roboticization. However, Charles discovered that the Roboticizer caused those subjugated to it to lose their free will, so he destroyed it. However, war minister Julian managed to steal the Roboticizer's plans. Then, in 3224, following his successful military takeover of Mobotropolis, Julian, rechristened Robotnik, used the Roboticizer to transform eighty-five percent of the city's citizens into mindless Worker-Bot slaves loyal only to him.
Once, Dr. Robotnik tried to roboticize his prisoner Sally after he deceived Sonic into rescuing his Sallybot. However, the Roboticizer malfunctioned, leaving Snively to postpone Sally's roboticization for twenty-four hours until he could fix the Roboticizer. When Sally was about to be roboticized the next day though, Sonic snuck into the Roboticizer chamber and distracted Snively. He then had Sally and the Sallybot switch places. When Snively then started the Roboticizer, Sallybot short circuited from the roboticization process and began attacking everything around it. Sonic and Sally later tried infiltrating the Roboticizer's building and sabotage the device from a ventilation shaft. However, Snively detected them and sent Swat-Bots after them, thus forcing the heroes to abandon their mission. Later, Dr. Robotnik ordered a hypnotized Sally and Bunnie to catch Sonic and put him in the Roboticizer. When Snively was about to seal Sonic in the device's capsule however, Sonic broke free and escaped from the Roboticizer. Some time after, Swat-Bots transported Antoine to a Roboticizer, but Sonic lured the robots away from the Roboticizer and freed Antoine just as he was subjugated to the roboticization process.
Eventually, Sonic willingly gave himself up to the Swat-Bots. With Sonic captured, Dr. Robotnik told his Swat-Bots to put Sonic in the Roboticizer. However, Sonic quickly broke free and destroyed the robots. He then incapacitated Robotnik by throwing him into his chair, which he then span around. With Robotnik out of his hair, Sonic stole some parts from the Roboticizer that the Knothole Freedom Fighters needed for the De-Roboticizer, and left. Charles later learned that Robotnik intended to move the Roboticizer to another location, so he left a note for the Knothole Freedom Fighters about the news and decided to follow the situation. Later, Sonic noticed some Freedom Fighters being led to the Roboticizer by Swat-Bots. Acting quickly, Sonic defeated the robots and saved the Freedom Fighters, whom he also freed from the Roboticizer's capsules. In the process however, Sonic got hit by a Memory Scrambler fired by a Tech-Bot.
The Roboticizer's history was later slightly altered when Sonic and Sally went back in time in an attempt to change history. In this new timeline, Dr. Robotnik and Snively tried to test their first Roboticizer on a young Bunnie, but the present-day Sonic and Sally used Nicole to turn off the Roboticizer's power for two hours, leaving the device inoperable. They also managed to download the original Roboticizer plans. Later, Robotnik got ready to roboticize Sir Charles and the younger versions of the Knothole Freedom Fighters with the repaired Roboticizer. Beginning his robotization plans, he subjugated an anthropomorphic dog to the Roboticizer and turned him into a Worker-Bot. Swat-Bots then scanned the dog and confirmed the roboticization process was successful. Soon after, Sir Charles ended up in the Roboticizer and got roboticized. Immediately after though, the present-day Sonic and Sally arrived and saved their younger counterparts. During the ensuing battle, Sonic pushed Robotnik into the Roboticizer, causing Robotnik entire left arm to be roboticized.
During the Doomsday Project, Dr. Robotnik caught Sonic in a Roboticizer built inside the Doomsday Machine. In an attempt to protect himself from the Roboticizer, Sonic used a Power Ring to neutralize the Roboticizer's energy. Its power, however, was insufficient, so Sonic added two more Rings to the mix and overloaded the Roboticizer, thus making the capsule which Robotnik had trapped Sonic in fly out of the Doomsday Machine. Later, this Roboticizer was destroyed along with the Doomsday Machine when Sonic and Sally used the Deep Power Stones to wipe out the Doomsday Machine.
In other media
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, two types of Roboticizer devices appear, both invented and used by Dr. Robotnik. In the television series, Robotnik had a Robot-Transmogrifier which he used during his search for the Chaos Emeralds, and in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, he had his mean bean-streaming machine which he used to enslave the citizens of Beanville.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Roboticizer was invented by Sir Charles Hedgehog for medical purposes. However, when Charles' brother Jules Hedgehog lost his free will to the Roboticizer when Charles attempted to save his life, he surrendered the device to Warlord Julian Kintobor in shame. Julian, later rechristened Dr. Robotnik, would use the Roboticizer to transform much of the Mobian population into Robian slaves. Later picked up by Dr. Eggman, the Roboticizer was rendered ineffective on Mobius' population due to the intervention of the Bem, until after Operation: Clean Sweep, which rendered half of the planet susceptible to the Roboticizer again.
After the timeline was rebooted following the events of Worlds Collide, the Roboticizer's history remained relatively the same, except for a few minor changes.
- Even before its debut in the Sonic the Hedgehog animated series, one of the promotional pictures from the scrapped Sonic cartoon shows a different round-shaped illustration of a Roboticizer, doing the roboticization process and is titled Dr. Robotnik's Robotic Transformation Machine.
- In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Roboticizer-like devices called Eggman Devices were adapted into the Sonic the Hedgehog series. A similar device also appeared in Sonic Lost World.
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