NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Dr. Ivo Robotnik from the Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). The mainstream version can be found here: Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.
|“||That's one small step for man... one giant leap for me.||„|
|~ Dr. Robotnik's most famous quote.|
Dr. Ivo Robotnik, also referred to as "Eggman", is the main antagonist of the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog, which is based on the blockbuster video game series of the same name developed by Sega.
He is a brilliant yet unstable and narcissistic roboticist who is hired by the government to capture Sonic the Hedgehog, but in actuality, he plans to take Sonic's powers for himself in order to conquer the world. He is the film's adaptation of Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik from the video games and Sonic the Hedgehog's arch-nemesis.
He was portrayed by Jim Carrey, who also played the title character in The Mask, The Riddler in Batman Forever, the title character in The Cable Guy, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Ebenezer Scrooge in Disney's A Christmas Carol and Steve Gray in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Doctor Ivo Robotnik grew up as an orphan, which caused the aspiring genius even to begrudge the concept of friends and family. As a boy, during his school days, young Robotnik got punched in the face by a local bully, humiliating him. Instead of reporting him to the school principal, Robotnik achieved revenge through technological means, causing his hated young tormentor to spend the next three years, as Robotnik puts it, eating through a straw.
At some point, Robotnik became an agent working for the United States government, where he allegedly helped them to stop several coups in the Middle East, including one in Pakistan and an uprising in Azerbaijanistan, with his revolutionary drone technology. He also earned five PhD's thanks to his high intelligence quotient. However, most US government officials actually disliked Robotnik due his personality and ego, though Vice Chairman Walters was the one who tolerated him the most.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Dr. Robotnik makes his first appearance at the baseball field in the peaceful American town of Green Hills, Montana, where Sonic accidentally unleashed a burst of energy that caused a massive blackout. Arriving at the scene in a heavily, modified truck, with his assistant Agent Stone. He proceeds to harass and belittle the military personnel there before dispatching an army of drones to locate the source of the energy surge. One of the drones discovers Sonic's footprints, and Robotnik uses his computer to analyze it. He determines Sonic's exact height, weight, and spinal structure, and discovers that no other organism in the animal kingdom matches Sonic's body shape. Realizing that Sonic must be an alien, Robotnik decides to find and capture the hedgehog and obtain his power for himself.
This leads Robotnik to the house of Sheriff Tom Wachowski, where he attempts to trick Tom into letting him into the house by claiming he is from the power company. When Tom doesn't fall for it, Robotnik forces his way into Tom's house and tries to compel him to reveal where Sonic is hiding. Tom tries to play dumb, but Robotnik is wise to the ruse. He notices one of Sonic's quills stuck in Tom's dinner table and becomes much more impatient, angrily demanding that Tom cooperate giving him 5 seconds or he'll give him with his drone. Meanwhile, some mini-drones infiltrate the attic, where Sonic is hiding. When Sonic freaks out and rolls into the kitchen, exposing himself to Robotnik, Tom punches Robotnik in the face. One of Robotnik's drones sees this and goes into attack mode, but Sonic and Tom work together to destroy it.
After they escape, Agent Stone enters the house to check on Robotnik, only to be berated by Robotnik for not apprehending Tom and Sonic. Later, while they are on the road, Robotnik catches up to Tom and Sonic in his truck, and he dispatches a robotic car to destroy them. The duo fights back, which proves difficult since the car has several smaller units hidden inside that activate after the original vehicle is destroyed. They eventually manage to destroy the whole thing, much to Robotnik's dismay, but an explosive device from the car leaves Sonic critically injured.
Meanwhile, Robotnik turns to the quill he found at Tom's house, using his technology to analyze and extract the quill's power. Through this process, Robotnik discovers that the quill has unlimited power and realizes he could use this power to take over the world. Thankfully, Sonic recovers after being examined by Tom's veterinarian wife, Maddie, but the friends are still not safe from Robotnik. When the trio heads over to San Fransisco to retrieve Sonic's rings from the top of the Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper, Robotnik confronts them in an upgraded aircraft called "Prototype", accompanied by an army of drones. Mocking the egg-shaped design of the drones, Sonic calls Robotnik "Eggman" and challenges him to a fight.
As Dr. Robotnik readies his weapons, Tom frantically reminds Sonic that he and Maddie are completely defenseless against the evil genius, so Sonic comes up with a plan and pushes the couple off the building. Doctor Robotnik is shocked by this, but quickly downplays it by claiming that he was expecting to not expect something. He and his robots go to attack Sonic, but Sonic slows down time so he can disarm the robots. He then goes to use one of his rings to warp Tom and Maddie to safety, but at this point Robotnik's aircraft has tapped into the power of the quill, allowing the aircraft to travel at the same speed as Sonic as Robotnik tries to hit him with lasers.
Sonic is able to send Tom and Maddie back to Green Hills, but has trouble shaking off Dr. Robotnik. He travels all over the world using his rings, but Robotnik's super-powered aircraft is right behind him at every turn. Eventually, Sonic and Robotnik return to Green Hills, where Robotnik lands a hit and knocks Sonic down.
As Dr. Robotnik celebrates his presumed victory, Tom, Maddie, and the other residents of Green Hills stand up to him. Then Sonic, who turned out to have survived the hit, wakes up, musters up all of his power, and bashes Robotnik's aircraft, while Tom uses one of Sonic's rings to open a portal to a world filled with nothing but mushrooms, aptly named "Mushroom Planet". The impact of the hit knocks Robotnik's ship straight through the portal with the doctor still inside, leaving him stuck on the Mushroom Planet and defeating him.
Some days later, Tom is visited by U.S. government agents, who thank him for getting rid of Robotnik and dismiss him as someone who never existed, assuring Tom that he will not face any retributions for his involvement on Robotnik's disappearance. Meanwhile, on the Mushroom Planet, Robotnik is revealed to have gained his iconic bald head and bushy mustache. He treks through the alien landscape, still possessing Sonic's quill that has some energy in it. With this knowledge and being aware that he is stranded on an uninhabited planet with no resources or supplies, Robotnik vows to be back on Earth by Christmas to get his revenge on Sonic. Since a sequel was announced that means he will return to face Sonic again.
In promotion of the film, Dr. Robotnik makes an (unseen) appearance in his Prototype hovercraft jet as a boss in Sonic Dash.
From the American government's description of Dr. Robotnik, he is said to be insanely over the top and weird to socialize with, which is why they were so hesitant to get him on the job. This is not far from the truth, as Robotnik is an egotistical, self-absorbed, misanthropic, narcissistic, and sociopathic man, who views the idea of having friends to be irrelevant to him and does not like having his authority questioned or challenged in any shape or way. His narcissism is so severe he quite literally cannot tolerate the presence of anyone who is never perpetually approving of and respectful of him. Robotnik is known for his explosive bursts of rage whenever things don't play out according to his planning and will lash out aggressively at anyone nearby should anything beyond his control crop up in his life. He only remains in a calm state when everything works efficiently and things go the way he plans.
His obsessive and controlling nature stems from his past. Robotnik was orphaned as a child and at school, and he was bullied by another student; his life of emotional deprivation caused him to be emotionally stunted and unable to form meaningful relationships with real people. He constantly feels the need to berate others and make fun of anyone less because of his own insecurity and because it was the only way he has ever received validation from others through inventing things. He also views his henchmen as completely disposable and he treats them very badly. Similarly to how outrageous of a personality his game counterpart may be, Dr. Robotnik can get into the zone of his own over-the-top behavior in having a lot of fun with himself, as he is seen dancing around his lab while creating his prototypes and inventions. However, do not be led into believing he is remotely idle or foolhardy: beneath his eccentricities lies a very sharpened and ruthless mind, and while Robotnik is not only cruel for the sheer sake of cruelty, he also has no concept of right or wrong and will go to absolutely any lengths, regardless of the cost, in order to fulfill whatever ambitions he sets his mind to. Completely uninterested in the concern of others, be they bystanders or opponents, Robotnik will remorselessly try to kill anyone who stands in his way.
He is also noticeably much more level-headed, mature, witty, suave and pragmatic than most of his other counterparts and has better control of his emotions and impulses. His IQ is so high he generally sees himself as the next step in evolution and above any other living thing, be they sophont blue hedgehogs or fellow humans. He also despises having humans work for him as they take time off work to dedicate it to socializing and taking vacations, preferring machines as they work non-stop to appease him. The only biological being apart from himself he can tolerate at all is Agent Stone, who he just barely stomachs having around due to his undying loyalty and blind compliance. One tiny little speck of altruism was shown when he praised Stone for his latte-making skills. He also carved a stone in the likeness of Agent Stone when stranded on the mushroom planet, showing he did miss Agent Stone despite his mistreatment of him.
As little as he cares for human life, he cares even even less animal life and happily supports animal testing. He even calls Sonic selfish for not donating his body for science for him to dissect and study. Even if he is totally apathetic towards humans, he sees nonhuman life, even intelligent, sapient beings, as mere tools he can kill and study, adding xenophobia to his rich repertoire of evil tendencies. Dr. Robotnik also has quirks in the way he monologues to an extended amount of verbal speaking on his detest over people that may or do have some weaker aspects that he succeeds in, and describes their flaws in support of himself to make statements in being better, even if that means they beat him in one scenario, he will either get angry like a child losing in a game, or say things along the lines of how he's still better than them as if he's somewhat of a comedian and does this by ignoring the fact that others can surpass him at some of his works in making claims that he will always remain above them.
Doctor Robotnik is a tall, (and unlike any of his other incarnations) lean, slick man with a full head of chocolate brown hair in an undercut style, along with a large elegant mustache, a normal healthy looking nose, brown eyes, and fair skin. Throughout most of the film, he wears a long black trenchcoat with customized tails and red piping, a dark grey tunic and trousers, black high top trainers and specially modified gloves. Later on, he ditches the trenchcoat instead for his flight gear; a red waist length jacket with black and brown accents as well as spandex leggings, he also wears goggles with red lenses along with this outfit.
Later, while trapped on the Mushroom Planet, Robotnik is shown to have adopted an appearance that is more similar to his video game counterpart, having shaved his head completely bald while his clothes are rendered tattered, his sunburned nose is pinkish-red, and his mustache has grown wildly out of control and turned brighter now resembling a more ginger or orange shade than before.
- Back when the first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer was released, which received mostly mixed-to-negative reactions, Jim Carrey's portrayal as Robotnik was well-received by most fans, with some even saying that Carrey's Robotnik is actually the only reason they would go to see the film. Indeed, once the film was released, Carrey's performance was positively received by film critics and audiences alike.
- This is likely because during his defeat and the credits scene, Jim's voice was almost matching Robotnik's game voice actor, Mike Pollock.
- This incarnation of Robotnik has somehow become Internet memes (alongside with his AoStH counterpart), mostly because of Jim Carrey's overreaction and his well known comical side, a few examples are "I was not expecting that, but I was expecting not to expect something so it doesn't count." and "OH!!! GIVE ME A BIG FAT BREAK!!".
- Ahead of the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, Jim Carrey noted the similarities between his portrayal of Robotnik and his portrayal of the Riddler in Batman Forever, feeling that their motivations to become evil came from the sense of neglect and even commenting that he believes that they would make a great team.
- Coincidentally, both of them were defeated by power they want (Edward wanted Batman's intellect, Robotnik wanted Sonic's quill power), however, after being driven insane, Riddler seem to be more weak, while Robotnik showed himself way more threatening as ever.
- Jim Carrey covered the Beatles song "I Am The Walrus" for George Martin's 1998 album "In My Life", which features a multitude of famous people covering various songs sung by The Beatles. The song contains the lyric "I am the egg man". Coincidentally, Carrey plays the role of Dr. Robotnik in the 2020 Sonic film.
- So far, this is the first-ever incarnation of Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik shown not to be bald and fat at first, as while all other incarnations have facial hair, there had yet to be one with hair on his head prior to the release of the film. Although, this changes by the end of the film as he shaves it off, making him more closely resemble his video game counterpart.
- Robotnik's lean appearance maybe inspired by his STC counterpart, where Ovi Kintobor, Robotnik's previous identity, is also a lean and stick man.
- Jim however stated he'll wear a fat suit for the sequel.
- His theme is almost a bit similar to his AoStH counterpart's theme song.
- The scene in which Dr. Robotnik chases Sonic across some of the Seven Wonders of the World may have been a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World, an script written by Richard Jeffries back in the mid-1990s for an unproduced Sonic the Hedgehog film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In Jefferies' script, Dr. Robotnik would have escaped from the Sega Saturn console alongside Sonic and try to take over the world by converting the Seven Wonders of the World into virtual reality experiences to profit off of people wanting to see them.
- When Sonic attacks Robotnik's ship at the end of the movie, he hits the ship eight times, which is the exact number of hits it took to defeat Robotnik in the early Sonic the Hedgehog games.
- Robotnik got the name "Eggman" because of his drones appear to be egg-shaped, while his counterpart got his because his body's egg-shaped.
- Although only being called Eggman by Sonic, Robotnik's famous Eggman game logo appears in the 16-Bit end credits scene along with him using his Egg Mobile to lower a wrecking ball which references the very first boss battle of the first Sonic The Hedgehog video game from 1991.
- The truck that Robotnik owns is based on the mode of Megatron from Transformers: Age of Extinction.
- What attracted Jim Carrey to this project more than anything else was that his daughter was a big fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog games growing up.
- The villain was known as Dr. Robotnik outside Japan prior to Sonic Adventure(1998). Sonic the Hedgehog called him "Eggman" as more of an insult before the villain became known as Dr. Eggman.
- Jim Carrey entirely improvised Dr Robotnik's dance scene. Carrey also recommended the song "Where Evil Grows", which he had heard as a child.
- According to Van Robichaux, the original script had Robotnik owning a coffee machine which he refers to as the "Mean Bean Machine" (after Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993)) and subsequently using it to make coffee.
- In the final film, it was rewritten to Stone giving Robotnik some latte, to which he remarks "I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE THEM!!!"
- In his rambling assault against the Army Major, Robotnik mentions Charlotte's Web, then refers to his ovular white drones as his own eggs. In the movie's world, this will later become the source of Robotnik's nickname, Eggman, and Charlotte's Web ends with the birth of a bunch of baby spiders from an egg sac.
- Dr. Robotnik pretends to be chased by Tyrannosaurus Rex during a virtual simulation, a reference to Jim Carrey having been considered for the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the dinosaur film Jurassic Park (1993).
- During Robotnik's dance sequence with a VR screen, he pretends to be skiing; when he does the movement, it is highly identical to what Jim Carrey had done for the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' how the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- This is the third movie where Jim Carrey plays the villain. The first being Batman Forever (1995) as The Riddler, then A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Count Olaf. Although he played antagonistic roles in The Cable Guy (1996) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and A Christmas Carol (2009) he wasn't necessarily diabolical.
- This is the first movie Jim Carrey is in that was based off a video game. He had previously been approached to adapt the "Leisure Suit Larry" games into a film in the 1990s.
- First time Dr. Eggman is played by someone other than Mike Pollock in English since Sonic Advance 3 (2004).
- When Dr. Robotnik first appears, he's seen wearing rectangular sunglasses, which are a homage to Warden Zobotnik, an alternate counterpart from from the Archie Comics "Sonic the Hedgehog" series. It's not till the final battle that he dons his iconic goggles.
- Robotnik has a button on the circuit breaker in his party bus labeled "badniks." Badniks were the name sometimes used for the robotic enemies Sonic has faced throughout the franchise. In the film, the Badniks are the drones Robotnik deploys after Sonic.
- Dr. Robotnik keeps Sonic's quill in a cylindrical container, whose design resembles the Chaos Drive from Sonic Adventure (1998).
- Robotnik's red flight suit evokes the iconic red suit Dr. Robotnik generally wears in the games.
- In the scene where Eggman is stuck on the Mushroom planet, he says "I'll be back before Christmas." This could possibly be a reference to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a Movie in which Jim Carrey, who played Eggman, also played The Grinch (2000).
- At the end of the film when he is on the Mushroom Planet, Dr. Robotnik is seen shaving his head with a piece of metal while wearing goggles, a possible reference to Vin Diesel's Riddick character as Vin Diesel was referenced earlier in the film.
- Robotnik being a government scientist is shared with his grandfather from the games, Gerald Robotnik. His disdain for organic life and instead trusting machines, while is implied with Eggman in the games, is more in line with Lyric from Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.
- His final design, based on a flight red suit is in line with Eggman's design in Sonic Boom, with a certain dash of his infamous 2006 design. Both of these designs are known for not having the good ol' doctor as a comical Fat Bastard, but instead looking fit or average in shape, perfect for a live action movie.
- His personality is very silly and over the top, like in most games and cartoons. But when he is being threatening to Agent Stone, he comes off more like Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). Additionally, the egg-shaped drones he uses throughout the film bear a striking resemblance to the Stealth-Orbs from that cartoon.