A New Lease on Life
Dr. Eggman's past history is largely similar to his mainstream counterpart. But after his defeat during the events of Sonic Forces, the doctor disappeared without a trace. Around one month later, Sonic and his allies noticed that Eggman's Badniks have become more organized as they've attacked more villages as of late. This lead the heroes to believe that someone was controlling the robots from the shadows. However, thoughts that it could be Eggman were soon disregarded by Sonic, as he believed it wasn't the villain's style not to announce his return.
Sonic is eventually informed by Espio the Chameleon (after saving a couple of villages from destruction) that the Chaotix Detective Agency have found Dr. Eggman in a peaceful village. But after making his way there, the hedgehog is soon greeted by an amnesic Eggman who introduced himself as "Mr. Tinker". The Chaotix and village head explain that Eggman was no longer the maniacal madman he once was, as he had no memory of his past crimes or identity and used his inventive mind to help villagers with their problems out of gratitude for taking him in.
Suddenly, a small group of Badniks were spotted heading towards the village. While the Chaotix went ahead to stop them, Sonic raced to check on Eggman and found him hastily constructing a blockade while also trying to reassure frightened children. Sonic decided to play along and went to fight the Badniks, during which he realized they weren't attempting a rescue. Afterwards, the heroes were convinced that Eggman was no longer a threat, until the doctor brought up that he was building "Eggman Land".
But before they could learn more, Shadow and Rouge appeared with intent of destroying Dr. Eggman. Luckily, Sonic managed to convince Shadow to give the reformed villain a second chance before they both learned that the Eggman Land "Mr. Tinker" was referring to is an in-door amusement park created for children. Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the recent Badnik attacks watched on and announced it was time to move on to the next phase of his master plan, revealing himself to somehow be Dr. Eggman.
He joins his Egg Fleet as it set a course to Angel Island, but when Sonic boards an airship intending to learn more about the villain's plot, Eggman decided to confront him personally. He began to gloat about his plan upon meeting the blue speedster until Sonic called him a "faker" since he had met the real Eggman previously and asked about the impostors' true identity. The doctor then morphed into Neo Metal Sonic who explains that he had been upgraded by his creator during the war for the planet and was meant to be used as a last resort against his enemies, but when the war ended with Dr. Eggman's disappearance, Neo decided to usurp command of the Eggman Empire under the guise of its ruler until the real Eggman has been located.
The Return of Dr. Eggman
During the Resistance's battle for Angel Island, the amnesiac Dr. Eggman is kidnapped by the mercenary brothers Rough and Tumble and is taken a facility where he is strapped into an advanced device. Terrified, Eggman pleas to his captors and offers to build anything they need if they let him go. This behavior prompts Tumble to question if their captive really is Eggman, but then his employer Dr. Starline appears to confirm that it is him and expresses his own intention to return the Eggman Empire to it's former glory by restoring Eggman's lost memories. Their captive claims this to be is a mistake, saying he is Mr. Tinker and doesn’t want to be Dr. Eggman. Starline responds that Eggman would not want to be "Mr. Tinker" neither and says to think about Eggman Land as he lowers a visor to the handyman's eyes before inducing him with electric shocks. Later, following after Metal Sonic's defeat, Dr. Starline finishes the first part of his captive's treatment to help him regain his memories and asks him if he feels more like Dr. Eggman. However, even after three treatments, Eggman retained his new personality with no knowledge about his former identity.
Starline theorises that some sort of emotional or mental trigger was needed, prompting Orbot and Cubot to try and make their boss remember but to no prevail (although questioned if they really want their old boss back). Suddenly Metal Sonic enters the facility in rough shape, which gives Eggman concern. He offers to help to the robot before memories of his time with Metal and his past life come flooding back to him. This finally returns the doctor to his villainous ways, although with no recollection of his more recent activities as Mr. Tinker.
Dr. Eggman receives a change in clothing before repairing the damage done to Metal Sonic while being updated on current events by Dr. Starline. He learns of Metal's defeat on Angel Island and decides to move on with a new plan rather than restore the robot's ability to shapeshift. Eggman also decides to recruit Starline into his empire after the platypus offers the seven Chaos Emeralds as his "apprenticeship application" and gives Rough and Tumble weapons they can use against Sonic the Hedgehog. He then enters another room with Orbot and Cubot as he prepares to unleash an new weapon upon the world.
With the assist of Starline, Dr. Eggman begins experimenting with an artificial virus he created that can transform organic tissue into metallic matter. He first exposes a Pocky to a large dose of the virus which causes instantaneous transmutation into a suggestible, robotic, zombie-like being. Eggman then has the Pocky grab a Picky to transmute it's condition onto before exposing various other objects to the virus. From these experiments, Eggman concludes that creatures infected with the virus will aggressively try to transmute it, the virus' effects work slowly on those it is transmuted to and anything processed or inert is immune to the virus. Eggman is happy with these results and prepares the newly dubbed Metal Virus for its role in his plans, despite some concern by Dr. Starline who believed further testing was required.
Later, Dr. Eggman begins to ponder if there is a way to accelerate the spread of his Metal Virus on those already infected. He has the Pocky he experimented with earlier transmute the virus on an infected Ricky and the continued exposure completes the Ricky's transmutation much more quickly, to Eggman's delight. He then plots to use Rough and Tumble as a way of spreading the virus into Sonic the Hedgehog after they demand more weapons from the doctor. Moments later, Eggman becomes enraged after Dr. Starline tricks Sonic into almost getting himself killed in an explosion. He grabs Starline by the throat and tells him that Sonic is his to destroy, as he first wants to prove his superiority over his lifelong arch-nemesis. Eggman then throws Starline aside after the platypus mutters an apology and soon gets Rough and Tumble prepared for another assault against the heroes.
Spreading the Metal Virus
Dr. Eggman outfits the mercenaries with backpacks which he instructs them to use only in a emergency. However, Eggman knew that they would fail to defeat Sonic and would use the backpacks to unintentionally infect themselves with the Metal Virus. the doctor watches via security feed as Rough and Tumble become zombie robots and manage to infect Sonic, just as he hoped. He then decides to call the zombie robots "Zombots" (as he thought the name was catchy) before walking with Starline to begin the next big phase of his plan. The pair board a huge flying fortress known as the Faceship, which Eggman designed to produce and distribute massive quantities of the Metal Virus. Dr. Starline inquiries as to how Eggman was able to build new fortress so quickly, to which he responds that a large number of his Badniks were meant for building, like how many were meant for combat. However, even the amount of his workforce has its limits, which is something he believes will soon be a concern of the past.
Eggman orders Orbot and Cubot to launch the Faceship into the sky before offering Starline a tour of the station. He reveals to Starline that the entire fortress is powered by the seven Chaos Emeralds which he had given him earlier and were placed above the Faceship's throne, which doubles as a power generator. Dr. Eggman then shows his eager lackey a large mixing room where vats of a secret formula are blended into gallons of the Metal Virus. Despite this, there still wasn't enough of the virus for the Faceship to achieve global saturation. However, Dr. Eggman is instead planning to dose a couple of key residential areas on the planet and allow the newly-converted Zombot residents to spread their infections worldwide. His first stop is Windmill Village, the same village that took him in while he had amnesia.
The Faceship looms over the village while Dr. Eggman (referring to himself as Mr. Tinker) announces his return to its citizens and tells them that while his memories are little jumbled he does remember their kindness and hospitality. But he then claims that no good deed goes unpunished before unleashing a tidal wave of the Metal Virus upon the villagers, which instantly converts them into Zombots. Now under his control, Eggman tells the infected villagers to share the "gift" he gave them with other people in the world before the Faceship heads to it's next target.
After dowsing Seaside City with the Metal Virus, Dr. Eggman decides to divert from his set course and travel to Floral Forest Village in order to endanger Sonic's friends who live there. Dr. Starline questions this decision but Eggman explains to him that infecting the village will make it a veritable minefield of the Metal Virus that Sonic would have to run through to save his friends; speeding up the spread of his own infection. Eggman then orders the Zombots to attack Sonic, but is shocked to learn from Cubot that they hardly responded to his command. Orbot reveals that the doctor's command over the Zombots had been rapidly declining since they left Windmill Village, causing Starline to question his mentor further. Eggman theorises that spreading the virus through exposure may of caused random mutations in its coding, but he remains unconcerned as the virus was still mostly working as intended and any issues with control can be dealt with later on.
As the Faceship approaches the last village unaffected by the Metal Virus, Eggman and Starline head to the Zombot infested Barricade Village to test out different radio frequencies in hopes of communicating with the Zombots. Eggman was getting annoyed with how time consuming the tests were and thought he should of broadcast recordings of himself relaying orders from the Faceship. But Starline reminded him that he agreed to using tight-band broadcasts as they were the best next step. Dr. Eggman noticed the passive aggressiveness in Starline's voice and told him if he wanted to keep his position as apprentice, then he needed to show more support in their endeavours. The platypus replied that in hindsight, it would have been better if Eggman had built a failsafe for the Metal Virus growing beyond his control.
Both doctors continue their squabbling until Sonic suddenly appears before them and straight up questions why Eggman chose to return to his villainous ways after experiencing a more peaceful life as Mr. Tinker. Dr. Eggman reflects on his alter egos lifestyle and admits it was relaxing, but believes he is currently doing something better by achieving unity and bring guidance using the Metal Virus. He then remarks the similarities between him and Sonic by saying they both have their own styles that they are unwilling to change. Already done trying to convince him to give up, Sonic threatens Eggman to reverse the effects of the virus before attacking him upon his refusal.
Dr. Eggman defends himself using weapons attached to his Eggmobile, but as Sonic fights back against him, the doctor's hovercraft is flipped over and drops them both amongst the Zombot hoards. As the Zombots approach, Eggman desperately tries ordering them to stay away and is surprised when they actually comply, attacking Sonic instead. He is informed by Dr. Starline that a working command signal has finally been found and quickly tells him to upload the signal into the Faceship so he assert control over all the Zombots on the planet. But Sonic immediately stops this by destroying the Eggmobile and Starline's hovercraft, forcing both villains to flee on foot. They warp back to the Faceship where Starline admits at had forgotten the working frequency in their haste and asks if they should try again. But Dr. Eggman replies to him that the Metal Virus is probably adapting to resist it already. So instead he decides they will just focus on infecting Spiral Hill Village first before attempting to again tackle the problems with control.
Dr. Eggman is an arrogant, egotistical and ruthless megalomaniac who constantly attempts to conquer the world and create his dream utopia Eggman Land. He also desires to eliminate his most hated enemy Sonic the Hedgehog, although he is occasionally willing to work alongside him should any other great threats to the world arise.
Powers and Abilities
Dr. Eggman is an extraordinary inventor and programmer with an incredible intellect. He has created countless machines over the years to aid in his evil schemes and has also built many vehicles in which he can pilot with ease.
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