- This article is about Maria of the Kintobor family. For the article on Lupe's daughter, see Maria (Wolf).
Maria Robotnik was the granddaughter of Professor Gerald Robotnik and cousin to Dr. Eggman. Maria had a rare but terminal disease called Neuro-Immuno Deficiency Syndrome. In order to save her life, Professor Gerald agreed to the President of Station Square's proposal to create immortality and took Maria to the Space Colony ARK. He managed to make a potential cure with the help of Black Doom, but Maria was shot in the back by a soldier when trying to escape the ARK when the project was terminated.
Life and Death
Maria spent most of her life on board the Space Colony ARK space station with her grandfather Professor Gerald, who was working to find a cure for her illness. During her time on the ARK she developed a close friendship with her grandfathers creation Shadow the Hedgehog. Maria's life was cut tragically short when G.U.N. raided the ARK, in which she was shot while helping Shadow escape. With her dying breathe, she begged Shadow protect the people of the world, seconds before Shadow was shot from the ARK down to the planet below. (SA2/SA2B, ShtH)
Once Shadow was reawaken nearly 50 years later, his further actions would be motivated by Maria's death, beginning by swearing revenge on the people of the world, to which he joined forces with his creators grandson Dr. Eggman to accomplish. It wasn't until the eleventh hour that Shadow was reminded of Maria's dying wish, and he immediately aided Sonic the Hedgehog and the heroes in stopping the very plan he'd set into motion, seemingly sacrificing his life in the process. Shadow survived his ordeal only to lose his memories as a result with the exception of a disturbing mental image of Maria being shot. When the Black Arms invaded the world, this set Shadow on a quest to rediscover his purpose, learning vital pieces of info from the Black Arms' leader Black Doom, who would use Maria's demise at the hands of the human species to sway Shadow to their side. Fortunately, Shadow finally learned of his true purpose from a final video message from Gerald: to protect the world from the Black Arms and all other threats, just as her granddaughter also desired. This gave Shadow the final motivation he needed, allowing him to obliterate Black Doom and his minions. (SH, ShtH)
Life on the ARK and Death
Maria suffered from the rare but terminal Neuro-Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, which Maria's grandfather, Gerald, had hoped to make a cure for the disease through his creation of Shadow the Hedgehog, an immortal life form that would allow man to live forever. Maria befriended Shadow shortly after his creation, and was also friends with Abraham Tower aboard the Ark. (StH: #98, CSE)
Before Project Shadow was completed, Station Square's military decided to use Project: Shadow as a weapon. When Maria spotted a military team's ship that was sent to Space Colony ARK to retrieve both Gerald and Project: Shadow, Gerald ordered Maria to take Shadow to an escape pod and escape with him. Although she got Shadow on board the escape pod, Maria was shot in the back and killed. (StH: #98)
Following Shadow's release by Dr. Eggman, the ultimate lifeform operated without knowing his true purpose. Believing his role was to exact revenge against G.U.N. for killing Maria, Shadow acquired a Chaos Emerald from Station Square's bank to help Eggman achieve this objective. It wasn't until over a year later that Shadow discovered a holographic diary of Professor Gerald's which would tell him of his purpose in life. While inside the diary, he met up with a holographic representation of Maria that led him to another hologram of Gerald. Gerald revealed to Shadow that he was to be the protector of all life on Mobius and defend them from the Black Arms when they returned in fifty years. Then the diary began to degrade into nothing and Shadow was forced to leave, but not before saying goodbye to Maria and saying he would hold her in his heart. (StH: #98, #171)
Maria was a kind, gentle soul, a caring and thoughtful person, always giving support to her friends when they needed it. Though young, she had a strong sense of righteousness, a trait which she passed on to Shadow, who was her best friend before her death. Maria and Shadow care for each other. Maria could have been a sister figure to Shadow or a mother figure to Shadow. Maria was also shown to be fond of her grandfather, who cared greatly for her, and her death was met with much anger from Professor Gerald.
- When Maria first appeared she was was portrayed with a white dress and brunette hair. Later her hair was changed to blonde and her dress was changed to blue so she resembled her game counterpart more.
- In StH: #158, Dr. Eggman claimed to Shadow that Maria was his half-sister as opposed to his cousin. This was later explained by writer Ian Flynn as an attempt to simply make the loss seem much more personal to Eggman, thereby winning Shadow's alliance much more effectively. Whether this is a retcon or Eggman simply lying to Shadow remains unknown, but further indications of Eggman lying are that he said he was an infant when Maria died, but he wasn't even born when this happened. It is most likely the latter event since Flynn (who took over as writer of the book two issues later) has been trying to make the comic's continuity closer to that of the games, and would therefore leave Maria as Robotnik's cousin.
- Maria's last name was confirmed as Robotnik on the Sonic Universe Blog.