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Villain Overview

Doctor, in any conflict between positive and negative energy, the negative always prevails! Look at human history! Look at me!
~ President Stone describing his view on good and evil to Dr. Tenma.
The city elected me! I own it! It's mine!
~ Stone/Peacekeeper.

President Dufus Stone (also simply known as Stone), or better known as President Stone, is the main antagonist of the 2009 sci-fi film Astro Boy.

He was voiced by Donald Sutherland, who also portrayed President Coriolanus Snow in the The Hunger Games franchise and Donald McClintock in Outbreak. In the videogame adaptation of the film, he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore and Corey Burton.

Personality

Stone is known for being arrogant, xenophobic, power-hungry, and overall villainous in nature. He is a selfish, deceiving, manipulative, and pompous individual who only cares about himself and being reelected as President of Metro City. He is with his friends General Heckler and the Soldiers, He appeared to be disgusted with Dr. Packadermus J. Elefun (Dr. Hiroshi Ochanomizu from the manga) and idea in using the Blue Core energy to restore the surface, though this only due to him prefer his people to lived in Metro City than anywhere else and personal disdain with Surface Dwellers. He is also shown to be very rash and thoughtless (not thinking things through) such as when he placed the Red Core into the Peacekeeper twice, which resulted in Toby Tenma's death in first and last, the former absorbing him and exposing his malevolent and cruel side. He also despises his political opponent running for election, Robert Logan, whom the former calls him a "hippie".

While seemingly appealing and charismatic, this hardly veils his cruelty and lack of empathy or remorse or even mercy, as shown where he was unsympathetic to Dr. Bill Tenma over the incident that killed Toby that he started (even implied to give the mourning scientist cold shoulder), attempted to destroy Astro (the robotic clone of the boy that he accidentally killed) just for acquiring the Blue Core inside him, reveal his plans to wage war against Surface Dwellers just to boost up his popularity, and also implied in his disgust on Dr. Elefun's idea for using Blue Core for sake of everyone whom lived on the surface.

Thought most of these negative side remained less exposed, this was ultimately revealed after Stone merges with both the Red Core and the Peacekeeper, where he attempt to kill Astro's friends as he fight the robot boy and also causing Metro City to crash.

Biography

Plans for Re-election

Throughout the film, Stone is shown to be concerned with only one thing: to win the upcoming Presidential Election. He is even willing to wage a war against the Surface Dwellers to boost his popularity.

Toby's Death and Astro's Birth

During a demonstration of the Peacekeeper, a new robot designed to protect Metro City, Stone becomes intrigued by the space components, the Blue and Red Energy Cores. He shows a degree of disgust with Doctor Packadermus Elefun's idea in restoring the surface world as he only prefers the life of those in Metro City. He demands the Red Core (the negative one) be placed in the Peacekeeper for the demonstration, which inadvertently results in the death of Toby Tenma by the robot attempting to destroy the barrier through disintegration.

Following Toby's death, Stone believes that the Cores were destroyed while he giving cold shoulder over the consequence of actions (or at least that has seemed). However, one night he discovers that Doctor Bill Tenma made an AI robot replacement of Toby, powered by the Blue Core. Stone then ordered the robot boy's capture with flying shuttles utilizing suction tubes, leading to a chase around Metro City which resulted in property damage and accidentally capturing a dog and a woman about to propose; despite trying to fight back, the new Toby (later renamed "Astro") is ejected from the floating Metro City down to the Surface by the "Spirit of Freedom" flagship blasting missiles onto him.

However, seeing the robot falling with the Blue Core, Stone goes to Tenma's home and demands his guards arrest Tenma and his assistant Dr. Elefun for creating Astro and hiding the Core's existence from him. However, Tenma promises to give the Core to Stone after he retrieves Astro.

Rediscovering Astro

Later in the film, Stone arrives in his shuttle at the Robot Fighting Ring run by Hamegg, where he and his troops capture Astro. On the way back to Metro City, Stone mockingly offers Astro a "drink" of motor oil and brags of his plans to use the Peacekeeper to wage a war against the Surface to win the Election, wanting to boost up his ratings after losing ground to his political opponent, Robert Logan.

Tenma's Betrayal and Merging with the Peacekeeper

Astro agrees to be shut down, apologizing to Tenma. As Tenma gives up the core to Stone, he tells him that he'll have the funding to build toys once the former is re-elected.  However, Tenma, tells Stone that he will have to be killed once Stone has the Blue Core; as soldiers prepare to kill Tenma, Elefun protests that he created the core so he will be killed instead. As Stone demands Elefun to hand over the Blue Core, Tenma, realizing that Astro is still his son, reactivates him, allowing him to escape. Enraged, Stone orders Tenma and Elefun arrested and shot for treason before loading the Red Core into the Peacekeeper, reactivating it. However, the Peacekeeper absorbs Stone, allowing Stone to take control of the Peacekeeper’s body and releases his true, diabolical self. After scaring off most of the personnel at the Ministry of Science, Stone accidentally scares off an entire press conference he was supposed to go to. Stone proceeded to rampage through the city, growing in size, as he absorbed weapons and entire buildings to lure Astro out. Astro was prompted to engage Stone in battle upon sees his rampage. During the battle, Astro Boy used arm cannons to attack him, before managing to lift and throw him to a nearby building like a judo wrestler. Angered, Stone began to become more powerful as he clung on two buildings. However, Astro tricks Stone by having him destroy a building, only for the building to crush Stone instead. He still survives, though, as he grabs Astro by the hand in an attempt to kill him after the latter thanked the people for being saved.

As Stone began to eat him, guns begin to activate from Astro's behind and damage one of the eyes of the robot, resulting in him throwing off Astro in pain. Astro began to recover and discovered he had "machine guns in my butt?!" However, Stone lifts a building and flings off Astro like a baseball bat, causing him to crash into several other buildings before landing on the road, weakened. As Stone continued to rampage the city, he attempted to crush Astro. However, Cora, Zane, Sludge, Widget, and Trashcan (who have known about the attack) come to the rescue and save Astro. Stone then attempted to kill them, but ran over and destroyed a power station causing Metro City to fall and resulting Astro attempting to save it. Just as Metro City was saved, Stone was distracted by the presence of the Robot Revolutionary Front (a robot liberating group that Astro met earlier in the movie), who demands him to cease attacking Astro as the laws of robotics say that a robot can't harm a human.

Battle and Defeat

Stone then taunted Astro, telling him to come out since he knows the latter is alive. As Astro came out of the rubble, he then put a metal barrier in the robot's face. Astro then proceeded to punch the robot's face before attempting to escape. In the battle that ensued, Stone was briefly able to detain Astro and attempted to absorb him, but the resulting merging causes both of them agony. Tenma explains to Astro that the merging of the two Cores would destroy both of them. Stone captures Astro's friends and threatens to kill them unless they tell him the location of Astro,. As Tenma is about to take Astro away to their limousine, Astro tells Tenma his destiny; he was created to save Metro City and bids another goodbye to Tenma, saying "onward and upward". Stone prepares for battle, but realizes that Astro intends to sacrifice himself by merging with the Red Core. Before Stone can stop him, Astro flies into the Red Core, destroying the Peacekeeper and seemingly himself in the process.

However, Stone survived the battle, though he was returned to his human form. After awakening from a pile of rubble following the destruction of the Peacekeeper, Stone, apparently has gone insane due to the effect of the core, tries to shoot the the out-lookers in a childish manner with imaginative guns. However, Grace, a little girl from the Surface, kicks President Stone in the leg (presumably as payback for him endangering her friends). Angered, Stone complains that he got kicked by her, but his former troops arrest him for his crimes. As Stone and Heckler are taken away for their crimes, he protests that they can't do that to him because he has an election to win. This action simply ends his rule in Metro City for good; because of this, it is heavily implied that Stone was relieved of presidential duty for the crimes he caused at Metro City, which would likely result in his political opponent Logan winning the election by default. Nevertheless, despite Astro's sacrifice, he is successfully revived by ZOG, a 100-year old construction robot that Astro brought back to life earlier.

Quotes

Are you ready to blow me way today, Tenma? To make my hairs stand up? To knock my socks off?
~ President Stone's first words to Dr. Bill Tenma.
Oh, you leave Dr. Elefun to me.
~ President Stone To Tenma.
[Tenma sees his son Toby] (Tenma : Really, Toby?) Your boy, Tenma? (Tenma : Yes, Sir.) Well, let him tag along. Releasing potential threat. It'll be good for him. Educational. (Soldier : Yes, sir!)
~ Stone noticing Toby Tenma with Dr. Tenma before having the boy released.
So you are interested in robots, son? Robot weapons? (Toby : Absolutely, though I'm sure you'll agree the latest D-Class Interceptor underlying deployment-to-target system is quite old-fashioned) [sighs] Nobody likes a smarty pants, boy. Take this boy to a safe place and keep him there.
~ President Stone to Toby Tenma.
Oh, I like that one. Women voters are partial to the colour red, you know?
~ President Stone about the Red Core.
Hold on! This Blue Core is all sweetness and light, right? Like, "Save the Dolphins" and "Give Peace A Chance"?
~ President Stone about the Blue Core.
Call me a dreamer, but I think we'll get a bit more bang for our buck using the red one.
~ President Stone's Dream.
Listen, Tenma! I gotta an election to win! My Army Can Use the Robot Like That? I need my robot to be fighter and not a lover! Load the Red one. (Doctor : I Can't!) Hm, then I'll do it. Move Over, Sweetheart!
~ President Stone about Red Core.
HA! It's like a videogame!
~ President Stone Got a Peacekeeper Like a puppet.
(Peacekeeper : Red Core loaded.) Piece of cake.
~ President Stone after inserting the Red Core in the Peacekeeper during the first demonstration.
It's using that drone against the other drones. Well, I may have flunked out of college, but I was right about the Red Core! Fire Now!
~ President Stone attack Peacekeeper.
How can my approval ratings be this low? I was very popular in high school, I've cut taxes for some very influential friends. What more do people want? (General Heckler : We're trackin' an unidentified object flyin' over Metro City, sir.) The Surface dwellers are firing at us? Oh, this is what I've been waiting for! Declare war on them! This is gonna get me re-elected. (Soldier : This didn't come from the surface, sir.) Then, it's my opponent. He's taking the golves off, he's playing hardball. (Soldier : It's Blue Cord Emery, Sir.) What!? Elefun, told me that the blue core was destroyed! Give me a location, mobilize all units! I must have that thing now!
~ President Stone's Plan.
(General Heckler : It's that Tenma's Boy?) Of course not. Holy cow! Tenma must've lost his mind! Bring in!
~ Stone on Astro.
(Soldier : Woah! He just took off!) Commander, engage the subject with intend to capture!
~ President Stone coordinating with the military to engage Astro with intent on capturing him.
(Soldier : I'm just gonna take these things back!) GET HIM!
~ President Stone's Attack.
Send in the "Spirit of Freedom". Destroy the robot and collect the core! But with that thing I can rule the World!
~ President Stone in Spirit of Freedom.
Ready, Aim, Fire! Finish it! Touch down!
~ President Stone hi-fiving General Heckler after the Spirit of Freedom knocks Astro off Metro City.
Hey! Where's he going!? (Soldier : He's falling to the surface, sir!) GET HIM BACK! I'm declaring a state of national emergency! Leave for all military personnel is cancelled until Tenma's boy is found!
~ President Stone filled with iritation as he declares national emergency, stating that no one leaves until Astro Boy is found.
(Soldier : Excuse me, robot, Thank you!) (General Heckler : Search the apartment, leave no stone upturned!) Arrest this man!? (Soldier : Yes, sir!) Where is Tenma's robot-son?
~ President Stone arrest him.
You put the core from my "Peacemaker" into your robot! I'm running for re-election incase you haven't noticed, And we're in an arms race with the Surface!
~ President Stone telling Tenma that he hid the blue core inside Astro.
I know, I hate losing too. If you want proof of that, you can ask any of my wives. But we gotta get over our own personal stuff, Tenma. You're head of the Ministry of Science. It's time to move on. Get the core back, get it in "The Peacemaker". Let's some good come from all this mess.
~ President Stone giving cold shoulder to Tenma, encouraging him to remove the Blue Core from Astro so it would be put in the Peacekeeper
Good man. Let him go.
~ President Stone to Tenma.
I win again!
~ President Stone winning an arm wrestling contest against General Heckler after the former finds out that Astro is in the surface, competing in the Robot Games.
Seize the robot and secure the area!
~ President Stone to Astro.
No darn dirty hippie's gonna sit in my Oval Office eating mung beans and stinking of patchouli oil. I've got the Blue Core, my Peacekeeper's going to start a war with the surface. It's bound to get me reelected! (looks at Astro) Why the long face, robot boy? We're taking you home to your dad. (shows the robot a can of oil) Care for a drink? (laughs)
~ Stone as he succeeds in capturing Astro before he mocked him, bragging him his plans to win the election and beat his political opponent Robert Logan, realizing that his ratings have been low.
The experiment is over! I want the Blue Core removed and transferred into the Peacekeeper now!
~ President Stone in the lab.
Well, un-create him! Unplug him!
~ President Stone touch Astro.
Oh, Boo-hoo-hoo! It's a machine. Come on, let's get moving, people.
~ President Stone's sad and lonely.
Send in the "Onward and Upward". Load the Blue Core into the Peacekeeper!
~ President Stone's evil plan in Onward and Upward
Well, Tenma, is it done? (Tenma : Yes, It's Done.) Good man! When I'm re-elected, you can have the funding to make as many little toys as you want.
~ President Stone comforting Tenma about his future following the former's possible re-election.
Well, I think Metro City can learn to cope without you? Hand it over!
~ President Stone telling Elefun to hand over the Blue Core, only for the latter to reveal that he didn't find it before the former finds out Tenma had a change of heart.
TENMA! Tenma, open this! Open that door!
~ President Stone gets trapped after Tenma locks him so he can put the Blue Core on Astro and allow him to escape.
I said, open that door! (Elefun: NEVER!) NOW! If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.
~ President Stone gets Elefun's card after the latter refuses to open the door.
Stop Right There!
~ President Stone.
NO! NOOOO!!! Arrest them immediately! I want them shot for treason! We're gonna have to use the Peacekeeper to get the Blue Core back!
~ President Stone gets mad.
Doctor, Turn this thing on! (Doctor : I Can't!) I have 50 reporters waiting outside! Turn it on!
~ President Stone as he tries to force a scientist to load the Red Core.
Technology?! Who cares about technology? Who understands technology?! It's a robot, It'll do what I say?! (Peacekeeper : Red Core loaded.) You ready to do as you're told? You ready to rock 'n' roll? (Peacekeeper : Sir!) Destroy the boy robot and bring back the Blue Core. […] What Are you deaf!? I told you to destroy the boy robot- [The Peacekeeper absorbs Stone] and bring back the Blue Core! (Tenna : Let's get outta here!)
~ Stone commanding the Peacekeeper before the robot absorbs the former.
Is this thing on? What? (All People Screaming) Where are you going? Come back! (Soldier:-Monster, stand down! By order of President Stone!)
~ President Stone scared people.
Come Out, Come Out, Where you are? Where are you, robot boy? (Astro Boy:-Oh, no!) There you are!
~ President Stone to Astro.
It's Over, Robot Boy! Strike, Gotcha! Say Good Night!
~ President Stone gets smash.
This city elected me! I own it! It's mine!
~ President Stone gets stronger and bigger by absorbing more buildings.
(Astro : You got to be Kidding me.) So, You got the machine guns in your butt?! HA! Will See About That, Robot Boy! Batter up! Homerun!
~ President Stone strike Astro like a baseball.
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide!
~ President Stone's Walks.
Where are you, robot boy? I know you're still alive, You can't hide from me! (Astro's Knocks with the Head) That all you got? (Astro Fights) COME HERE! The party's over, kid! Blue core obtained!
~ President Stone gets Astro the red and blue core come together both die.
Where is your robot friend!? Where is he!? (Widget cries) I got an election to win! AND I WANT THAT CORE! Tell me where he's hiding? You hear me?! WHERE IS HE?!?
~ President Stone gets all scares.
Huh, You Again?! You're back for more?! Wait, wait! No-no... wait, wait! Please! No! AHH! Get out of me! NO! GET OUT! NO! NO! Aw, nuts!
~ President Stone's defeat.
Oh, seize this girl immediately! She kicked me; she came; she can't kick me!
~ President Stone complaining about a little girl kicking him (probably because of his notorious crimes), shortly before one of his guards tells him he's under arrest.
(Soldier : President Stone, Sir, You're under arrest.) No! You can't do this to me! I've got an election to win!
~ President Stone's last words as he gets arrested.

Trivia

  • Despite being a movie-exclusive character, President Stone is one of the darkest villains in the Astro Boy franchise, even worse than the more antagonistic version of Dr. Tenma.
  • His troops closely resemble Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise, as well as Peacekeepers from The Hunger Games.
    • In fact, Donald Sutherland also starred in The Hunger Games, portraying President Coriolanus Snow. However, Stone and Snow aren't similar to each other, but they are both leaders who want to continue ruling their respective city; Snow wanting to keep Panem under totalitarian control, with Stone wanting to be re-elected by waging war on the surface in order to boost his popularity. Also, the Peacekeeper, which is the robot Stone controls during the climax of the film, even possibly foreshadows the minions of The Hunger Games, as Astro Boy was released 3 years before Hunger Games came out in 2012.
  • Much of his personality and actions seem to reference the American political climate of the era during which the movie was being developed. 2007-2008 was the last two years of the Bush-Cheney presidency, during which an enormous amount of jokes were made in popular media about inept and war-hungry politicians. Some reviewers of the film even have directly equated Stone to the Cheney parodies of the time.
  • Stone mentioned having multiple wives, although it is uncertain if they were formerly married to him (and that he has a single wife) or not. This seemingly implies that Stone was a womanizer, similar to the former 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton and the former 45th President of the United States and former billionaire Donald Trump.
  • It is remarked that he dropped out of college, and the official comic adaptation of the movie (as well as the junior novel of the film) contains a scene from the original script that reveals Stone always had trouble in school during his youth.
  • Stone bears a slight resemblance to the character Anton Ego from Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille.
    • However, his appearance also resembled that of the actor voicing him, Donald Sutherland.
  • Dominic Chianese, Victor Garber, Anthony Zerbe, Robert Davi, and John Lithgow were all considered for the role of Stone before Donald Sutherland was cast.
  • As the Peacekeeper, due it being loaded with the Red Core, is somewhat an evil representation of ZOG; as while the Red Core made the Peacekeeper cause destruction throughout Metro City and was intended to wage war on the surface, ZOG, having been revived by Astro's Blue Core energy, brought the latter back to life by sparing the last of its energy so Astro could live. Thus, showing that Dr. Elefun was right about the energy of the Red Core being dangerous if handled by Stone.
    • His Peacekeeper form is also somewhat similar to the the Iron Giant from the 1999 film of the same name when in attack mode.
  • His real age is presumably unknown, but the actor providing his voice was around 74 years old at the time; although, Stone would likely be in his early to mid 60s.
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