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Roboticization 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 de-roboticization.
The process was first developed by the brilliant scientist Sir Charles Hedgehog, who intended it to prolong the life of the elderly and sick. When his brother Jules Hedgehog was critically wounded, Charles decided to roboticize him in hopes of saving his life; however, when he discovered that the process had removed Jules' free will as well, Charles abandoned the project. The technology was stolen by the Warlord at the time, Julian Kintobor; during his military coup and the war that followed, he used the roboticizer on countless captured Mobians, creating a personal force of laborers. Roboticized Mobians were eventually dubbed Robians for short, though some found the term offensive. While many remained as Robians for years, almost all were eventually restored to their former bodies by the Bem scientist Ceneca 9009. As an after-effect, those restored by the Bem's process were rendered immune to further roboticization, making the process now ineffective against a large percentage of the population. However, Jules Hedgehog remained roboticized, as reversing the process would prove fatal due to the injuries he suffered prior to roboticization. Thanks to Dr. Eggman's Operation: Clean Sweep, the world was temporarily "reset," thus rendering the entire Mobian population vulnerable to Roboticization once more, but apparently when the world was returned to normal only 50% of those with the immunity regained it. Eggman then attempted to fire his World Roboticizer at the planet regardless, but the weapon backfired thanks to the efforts of Sally Acorn, causing her to be roboticized while Sonic and Eggman's immunities left then (relatively) unharmed. (StH: #43, #55, #78, #79, #123, #230, #236)
Robians typically lose their free will, becoming almost mindless automatons; however, there have been cases in which Robian mental capabilities were restored while the bodies remained robotic. Usually this happens via magical objects, such as Power Rings or the Sword of Acorns. In some cases, the subject's original personality may break through through sheer force of will, though this is often rare and short-lived. In some cases, usually due to reprogramming, Robians may act on their own and even recall facts of their previous lives in order to allow them to better operate on their own; in these cases, their memories have often been altered or rewritten, resulting in a twisted shadow of the subject's true personality. A small device, known as the Neuro-Overrider, may allow one to undergo the process of roboticization without losing free will; however, some later-model roboticizers incorporate a program known as Brain Burn-Thru, designed to ensure the subject's total obedience. (StH: #39, #118)
Physically speaking, the process of Roboticization converts living tissue into machinery: all body parts are transformed into mechanical equivalents. Due to the transformation, Robians typically possess increased strength and other abilities. While most are employed for slave labor, some Robians have been specially created and/or modified for combat, as in the cases of Mecha Sonic and Mecha Sally. The effects of Roboticization were usually reversible only through the use of the same Roboticizer used to bring about the transformation. However, some exceptions exist, including Mecha Sonic's restoration to organic form through residual Power Ring energy and the advanced technology of the Bem De-Roboticizer. (CSE)
As an oddity, unwilling Overlanders who are roboticized become little more than functionless statues. However, a willing Overlander can be roboticized while retaining both mobility and free will. (StH: #100, #105)
Known Subjects of Roboticization
- Jules Hedgehog
- Sir Charles Hedgehog (later reversed)
- Bernadette Hedgehog (later reversed)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (twice-becoming Mecha Sonic-later reversed)
- Sally Acorn (twice-becoming Mecha Sally)
- Bunnie "Rabbot" D'Coolette (partial; later reversed)
- Muttski (later reversed)
- Carl Condor
- Friar Buck (Later reversed)
- Several members of the Lost Tribe of Echidnas
- Crystal-La (later reversed)
- Some Chameleons of Rainbow Valley
- Several members of the Wolf Pack
- Several Dragons
- The Original Freedom Fighters
- Fly Fly Freddy
- Armand D'Coolette (later reversed)
- Isabella Mongoose (later reversed)
- Fanny Dupin (later reversed)
- Hunn (later reversed)
- Rudyard (later reversed)
- The Destructix (becoming the Mecha Destructix)
- All members of the Great Desert Dark Egg Legion
- Several Overlanders
- The Roboticized Masters
- Miles "Tails" Prower (twice-first becoming Mecha Tails, later becoming Tails Man-later reversed)
- Knuckles the Echidna (three times-including once in an altered reality-becoming Mecha Knuckles on the first two occasions and Knuckles Man on the third-later reversed)
- Amy Rose (becoming Rose Woman-later reversed)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (becoming Shadow Man-later reversed)
- Silver the Hedgehog (becoming Silver Man-later reversed)
- Blaze the Cat (becoming Blaze Woman-later reversed)
- Espio the Chameleon (becoming Espio Man-later reversed)
- Vector the Crocodile (becoming Vector Man-later reversed)
- Charmy Bee (becoming Charmy Man-later reversed)
- Rouge the Bat (becoming Rouge Woman-later reversed)
- The process is based upon the Sonic video game series's originating incarnation of roboticization, where an animal is forcibly stored at the heart of a robotic body and is kept as its respective power supply. Unlike the extremely difficult process of de-roboticizing in the Sonic-Archie universe, the process of its originating game merely allows one to break open the robot to free its captive within.
- The term was incorrectly referred to as "robotization" in StH #129. Some argue that this was the unique name of the Bem's process. However, Sonic refers to Dr. Robotnik's machine as the "Robotizor" instead of "Roboticizer", thus proving both terms were incorrectly spelled throughout the whole issue.
- Some uncertainty exists as to how much of Mobius' population was rendered immune to Roboticization by the Bem's efforts-many fans are of the opinion that the 50/50 ratio existed prior to the first Genesis Wave, while some feel that all Mobians were rendered immune and only half of them were made susceptible again.