Sonic’s Dr. Eggman/Robotnik – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Remix of WeeklyTubeShow
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Sonic’s Dr. Eggman/Robotnik – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Remix of WeeklyTubeShow

August 24, 2019


Did you know? Rather than the iconic villain we know today,
Dr. Eggman was first conceived as a protagonist. In 1990, SEGA’s in-house development team,
AM8, were tasked with creating a mascot to rival Nintendo’s Mario. They experimented with severals concepts before
finally choosing one of Yuji Naka’s ideas: a character that could curl into a ball to
smash through obstacles. It was around this time that SEGA hit upon
the simple idea of making an “egg-shaped character.” Artist Naoto Ohshima’s original sketch was
close to Dr. Eggman’s eventual design, besides the polka-dot pyjamas. He was also made circular so he was easy for
children to draw. The team were fond of the character, and kept
the sketch even after they’d moved on with a different hero design. As the protagonist’s role had been filled,
they decided to recast this egg character as the villain. Eggman’s iconic moustache, glasses, and grin
bear a strong resemblance to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. That said, it’s unknown if this was intentional
or a simple coincidence. Eggman was also intended to embody industrial
development, to rival Sonic’s environmental themes. Ironically, Roosevelt was himself an environmentalist. He created wildlife sanctuaries throughout
the US, and founded the National Conservation Commission. When Sonic Adventure released in the West,
fans were surprised by some of the game’s canonical differences to the rest of the series. The villain they knew as “Dr. Robotnik” had
been renamed “Dr. Eggman,” and Sonic now lived on Earth as opposed to planet Mobius. The reasons behind these changes go back to
1991, when Sonic the Hedgehog was being prepared for release in America and Europe. Sega of America were given very little information
on the Japanese story, and wrote their own account of the Sonic world known as the “Sonic
Bible”. The Sonic Bible was an attempt to fill gaps
in the story, and was re-wrote several times. One early draft casted Sonic as a normal hedgehog
living in Nebraska, whose father had drowned in a poisoned pond. While the setting would change drastically
throughout the drafting stages, Robotnik’s origin story remained largely the same. The story says that he was once the selfless
scientist Dr. Ovi Kintobor, who attempted to rid the planet of pollution by drawing
all of the world’s evil into the Chaos Emeralds. Unfortunately, a freak accident caused Kintobor
to fuse with the evil energy and a rotten egg, transforming him into Dr. Ivo Robotnik. The Sonic Bible was never released publicly,
but the story was still considered canon by Sega’s divisions in America and Europe. It even became the foundation for tie-in publications
like Stay Sonic and Sonic the Comic. The name “Dr. Ivo Robotnik” itself was suggested
by Dean Sitton, a game counsellor at Sega of America. As one of Sonic’s earliest playtesters at
Sega of America, Sitton would often be asked to join brainstorming sessions for new storylines
and character names. Sitton suggested many names, including “Mr.
Badwrench,” “Mr. Bad Year,” “Dr. Badvibes,” “Nasty McRotten,” and “Fatty Lobotnik” before
Robotnik’s final name. The name “Ivo” was chosen because it vaguely
sounds like “evil,” and had multiple secrets hidden within it. The word spelt backwards is Ovi, which references
both the Doctor’s original name before fusing with a rotten egg, and the Latin prefix for
“egg,” ovi. It might seem like the name “Robotnik” was
derived from the word ‘robot,” but it’s actually the other way around. The 1920s play by Karel Capek, titled Rossum’s
Universal Robots, has the first recorded use of the word “robot” in the English language. It referred to a sub-class of synthetic people,
made to be slaves. The word was coined by Capek’s brother, and
was derived from Robotnik, the Czech word roughly meaning ‘servant’ or ‘slave’. The word ‘robot’ would go on to become a widely-used
term for man-made automatons. Sitton heard the term “Robotnik,” and thought
it was a good fit for the character. The Sonic Bible was considered canon until
Sonic Adventure released in 1999, when the Japanese continuity was adopted worldwide. To address the confusion surrounding Eggman’s
name, his two names were combined into one. Yuji Naka explained in an interview that “Dr.
Ivo Robotnik” was the character’s real name, with “Eggman” being an insulting nickname
used by Sonic and co. Sega had already done something similar in
the series, combining two potential names for Sonic’s sidekick into “Miles ‘Tails’ Prower.” This compromise is only true for Western audiences
however, as the name “Dr. Robotnik” has never been officially adopted in Japan. According to Eggman’s Sonic Channel profile,
his real name is unknown, but some references to the name “Robotnik” have slipped through
the cracks. In the Japanese version of Sonic Adventure
2, Eggman’s grandfather is called “Gerald Robotnik,” and the words “Robotnik Empire”
can be seen in the background of a cutscene. The Sonic Triple Trouble level “Robotnik Winter”
also retains its name in Japan. Dr. Eggman’s name wasn’t the only thing that
changed between continuities. The character’s appearance was completely
altered for the first animated Sonic adaptation: The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Animator Milton Knight was responsible for
Robotnik’s redesign, interpreting him as “the perfect image of self-love.” Robotnik’s narcissism manifested as a focus
on sex appeal, which was used for comic effect. Animators began drawing attention to his bottom
in particular, leading Knight to claim that he was “animation’s sexiest fat man.” The writers soon picked up on the joke, finding
excuses to dress Robotnik up in different outfits. Robotnik was recreated in order to make him
more expressive, with Knight instructing the show’s animators to defy conventional wisdom
and go “off-model” if they thought it would make a scene funnier. The design change became the template for
much of Robotnik’s merchandising in the West, which resulted in some confusion. For example, different versions of Sonic Spinball
have different Robotnik on their covers. The Genesis version features the original
Eggman design, but the Game Gear version featured the cartoon Robotnik. This version of Robotnik also introduced many
Western gamers to the Puyo Puyo series. The game Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
was simply a re-skinned Puyo Puyo for the SEGA Genesis. This version of Robotnik was redesigned yet
again for Sonic’s second animated series known as SatAM. In 1993, Dr. Cliff Tabin discovered a protein
essential to embryo development in many animals, including humans. This protein was named “Sonic hedgehog” at
the request of Dr. Robert Riddle, after his six-year-old-daughter brought a copy of Sonic
the Comic back from England. The name attracted outrage from members of
the scientific community. Many of Tabin’s collaborators hated the name,
having grown up in Liverpool where “sonic” was a slang term for “groovy.” And more seriously, many scientists felt the
name trivialised an important protein and gene. The gene is linked to several serious conditions,
and it would be inappropriate to tell a parent that their child’s illness involves “Sonic
hedgehog.” However, the name stuck, and when a molecule
was found that potentially inhibited the Sonic Hedgehog gene, it was name “Robotnikinin”
in honour of Sonic’s arch-nemesis. Despite supposedly having an IQ of over 300,
Dr. Eggman is often portrayed as a clumsy buffoon. In the 1996 Sonic movie, this was done to
show a more human side to the character in spite of his evil deeds. Did you also know that SEGA and Nintendo considered
making a Mario and Sonic platforming game multiple times? For more Sonic facts, check out the Did You
Know Gaming video on Mario & Sonic. Don’t forget to subscribe, and if you liked
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  1. I’ve come to make an announcement, Shadow the Hedgehog’s a bitch ass mother fucker. He pissed on my fucking wife. That’s right, he took his hedgehog little quilly dick out and he pissed on my fucking wife, and he said his dick was THIS BIG. And I said “that’s disgusting!” So I’m making a callout post on my twitter. com. Shadow the Hedgehog, you got a small dick, it’s the size of this walnut except WAY smaller. And guess what, here’s what my dong looks like: PFFFFFFFFGJT. That’s right baby. All point, no quills, no pillows, look at that it looks like two balls and a bong. He fucked my wife so guess what, I’m gonna FUCK THE EARTH. THATS RIGHT THIS IS WHAT YOU GET, MY SUPER LAZER PISS. Except I’m not gonna piss on the earth, I’m gonna go higher. I’m pissing on the MOOOOOON

  2. There needs to some people who wrote the names down,so I now think that "fatty lobotnik" needs to be a real charecter now

  3. Any one else see that there’s an anime girl at 0:42 and that he looks like he is in an anime

  4. Did you know that Eggman once pissed on the moon? After shadow slept with Eggman's wife Martha, Eggman had gotten drunk after learning of this and decided to piss on the moon. This what blown up half of the moon not the eclipse cannon.

  5. Maybe this is showing my age, but I still refuse to call him eggman. He's Dr. Robotnik, damn it. Now get off my lawn

  6. He will forever be Robotnik to me. Just because hew was called Eggman first isn't good enough to change that. For Super Mario Bros. Bowser was called Koopa in Japan, but he has remained Bowser outside of Japan so, Robotnik stays.

  7. Eggman could've been the President of the United States in Sonic X?!

    Did You Know Gaming is finding information from everywhere! But where did it find this weird info.

  8. WOW i forgot all about that movie I got it on VHS around the house somewhere. Shouldn't be that hard to find since the tape is white which i found odd for a vhs tape.

  9. Eggman: Shadow pissed on my wife so now I’m going to piss on the moon! How do you like that Obama, you IDIOT! I pissed on the MOON!

  10. "robotnik" means "worker" in my language, usually refers to someone who is construction worker or builder (physical worker). It doesnt mean slave or anything similiar, and its not connected to "robot" in any way, also "robota" means "a job/task to do". I find it very weird to call an obviously foreign character by an already existing word that doesnt even fit him. Eggman is just Eggman to me. It's his original name and it has been used in most countries while Robotnik was used only in USA I guess. Nowadays hes sometimes called Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik and I think its fine actually as it respects both. It still weird though.

  11. Stefan Karl would have been an awesome live action Robotnik in a Sonic movie, Robbie Rotten is a very Robotnik like character.

  12. This video failed to mention that Shadow the Hedgehog pissed on Eggman's wife and that he has 71 twitter accounts.

  13. I still call him dr. Ivo juius robotnick.

    Julius from the satam series because it makes him sound more inportant before he became evil. Like a royal adviser or a high ranking doctor.

  14. There's that song again. What the fuck is the name of that song at 03:22? I've been looking for it for a good while.

    People really need to start giving credit when they use source material, even when it's fair use….

  15. the more you stare into the sonic universe, the more you realise just how big wonderful mess this is.
    I think the only thing we really can agree on its that a blue spinning "hedgehog" is fighting a fat red man and his army of robots, we not sure why tho, and witch one is the real villain.

  16. Eggman has nothing to do with Theodore Roosevelt go learn who Julian Robotnik is then make a video apologizing for not doing any research

  17. Did you know Julian Robotnik is Dr Eggman's real father and he is the son of Professor Gerald Robotnik? Did you know that is the reason why he was left behind and grew up in Sonic's homeworld Mobius? And did you know, that Gerald after discovering Mobius Sonic's home world and learned about Knuckles ancient echidna race and about Chaos the 7 emeralds and Master emerald and seen the mural of SuperSonic in the hidden Palace Zone on knuckles Island in Sonic 3 & Knuckles which inspired him to create Shadow the Hedgehog, he had to leave his son Julian behind because he was crazy and demented and roboticized animals. Like Sonic's Uncle Charles the Hedgehog for example. If not then do better research next time baka.

  18. Remember, if you ever see the sonic fandom's 'Eggfuckers' you can thank Milton Knight and the people who helped make AOSTH

  19. Did you know, Dr.Eggman has 70 alternate Twitter accounts which range from EggFucker 1 to Eggfucker70

  20. I've come to make an announcement: Shadow the hedgehog is a bitch-ass motherfucker. He pissed on my fucking wife. That's eight, he took his hedgehog fuckin quilly dick out and he pissed on my FUCKING wife, and he said his dick was t h i s b i g. And I said that's disgusting. So I'm making a call out post on my Twitter dot com: Shadow the Hedgehog, you got a small dick. It's the size of this walnut except WAY smaller. And guess what? Here's what my dong looks like. That's right baby. Tall points, no quills, no pillows, look at that it looks like two balls and a bong. He fucked my wife so guess what, I'm gonna fuck the earth. That's right, this is what you get! My SUPER LAZER PISS! Except I'm not gonna piss on the earth. I'm gonna go higher. I'm pushing on the MOOOON! How do you like that Obama? I PISSED ON THE MOON YOU IDIOT! You have 23 hours before the piss d r o p l e t s hit the fucking earth, now get out of my fucking sight before I piss on you too.

  21. Did you know?

    I've come to make an announcement: Shadow the Hedgehog's a bitch-ass motherfucker. He pissed on my fucking wife. That right. He got his hedgehog fuckin' quilly dick out and he pissed on my FUCKING wife, and he said his dick was t h i s b i g and I said that's disgusting. So I'm making a callout post on my Twitter dot com: Shadow the Hedgehog, you got a small dick. It's the size of this walnut except WAY smaller. And guess what? Here's what my dong looks like. [explosion sounds] That's right baby. Tall points, no quills, no pillows, look at that it looks like two balls and a bong. He fucked my wife, so guess what, I'm gonna fuck the earth. That's right, this is what you get! My SUPER LAZER PISS! Except I'm not gonna piss on the earth. I'm gonna go higher. I'm pissing on the MOOOON! [piss boom] How do you like that, OBAMA? I PISSED ON THE MOON, YOU IDIOT! You have twenty-three hours before the piss d r o p l e t s hit the fucking earth, now get out of my fucking sight before I piss on you too!

  22. I've come to make an announcement. Shadow the hedgehog is a bitch ass motherfucker, he pissed on my fucking wife. That's right, he took his hedgehog fucking quilly dick out and he pissed on my fucking wife, and he said his dick was "This Big" and I said "That's disgusting" so I'm making a callout post on my Twitter.com. Shadow the hedgehog you got a small dick! It's the size of this walnut except way smaller, and guess what? THIS IS WHAT MY DICK LOOKS LIKE! THAT'S RIGHT BABY! ALL POINT, NO QUILLS, NO PILLOWS. LOOK AT THAT, IT LOOKS LIKE TWO BALLS AND A BONG! HE FUCKED MY WIFE, SO GUESS WHAT? I'M GONNA FUCK THE EARTH! THAT'S RIGHT THIS IS WHAT YOU GET, MY SUPER LASER PISS! EXCEPT I'M NOT GONNA FUCK THE EARTH, I'M GONNA GO HIGHER. I'M PISSING ON THE MOOOOOOOON!!!

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