Ivo Robotnik, the evil Doctor Eggman from the titles of Sonices one of the most curious villains of the industry. Since his debut, this crazy scientist hasn’t stopped devising plans to kill Sonic, Tails and his friends. And, despite this, although he sounds incredible, he has managed to win the affection of the fans of the character.
Thanks to his dozens of appearances in different games of both the hedgehog and SEGA, Dr. Eggman has not stopped accumulate curious stories that could fill books. For this reason, today we are going to collect some of these and we are going to tell you several anecdotes of the character that, if you are not a very staunch follower of it, you may not have known.
10 facts about Doctor Eggman or Robotnik
Its base is a tribute to a well-known intergalactic saga
Like any evil genius, Ivo Robotnik also has a space base from which he operates and devises how to finish off his enemies. However, what few know is that its name is a tribute to Star Wars. Thus, the well-known “Egg of Death” is nothing more than a play on words in relation to the “Death Star” of the George Lucas franchise.
he’s a movie star
Dr. Eggman had already appeared in a movie long before Jim Carrey stepped into his shoes. To the surprise of many, SEGA’s evil scientist was one of the cameos that participated in Rompe Ralph. The Disney film, heavily influenced by the video game world, featured the appearance of several villains. And, in this select group, the “good” Robotnik could not be missing.
It is inspired by a US president
SEGA, the company in charge of Sonic, Robotnik and the other characters in the license, shared a curious reference some years ago. As detailed by the company, the evil scientist Ivo Robotnik was inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States who served between 1901 and 1909. Without a doubt, a rather varied way of paying homage to such an illustrious figure.
He hasn’t changed his voice since 2005
Sonic is a franchise that, in recent years, has undergone many changes. Whether it was due to the poor reception of some of its titles or the variety of products available, the license usually propose radical twists in its formula. This led him to change their voice cast several timesa situation that did not affect Dr. Eggman since, since 2005, Mike Pollock (in the western version) is in charge of giving him a voice.
He was a goalkeeper in a SEGA soccer game
Virtua Strikers It was a very successful SEGA license that, over the years, ended up disappearing. However, that has not prevented we can rescue one of the best curiosities of Doctor Eggman. Thus, if we meet certain requirements, in the third installment of the series we will be able to unlock FC Sonic, a team made up of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Robotnik in goal. Besides, the coach is Yuji Naka himself.
His name includes references to Slavic languages and Latin.
Nothing is premeditated in the choice of a name. And, in the case of Ivo Robotnik, much less. Ivo, the scientist’s name, is “ovi” backwards, the Latin meaning with which he called the egg
He is one of the 50 most important villains in history
The Guinness World Records, in its 2013 video game edition, wanted to classify the biggest villains in the industry. And, in said ranking, the main antagonist of the titles of Sonic got a respectable 43rd place. This, therefore, makes him one of the 50 most illustrious villains of all existing video games.
Quick round: appearances, glasses and starring games
As a general rule, Dr. Eggman appears in all the titles of the series Sonic. However, this rule was broken with the release of Sonic & The Black Knight for Wii, title that did not have the presence of the villain. In addition, another curiosity of the character is that he always appears with his glasses, although on one occasion we could see him without them. This happened in Sonic the Hedgehog
Finally, in this quick round related to video game curiosities, we must highlight the first title that starred Dr. Eggman. Two years after his debut, the popularity of the character led him to be the protagonist of Dr. Robotnik Mean Bean Machinea puzzle game in the style Puyo Puyo that delighted Mega Drive and Game Gear users. If your curiosity is piqued, you will be glad to know that is available in the Mega Drive retro catalog on Nintendo Switch Online.
The Dr. Ovi Kintobor
No one is unaware that «Ovi Kintobor» has a lot in common with «Ivo Robotnik». This, according to a line of Sonic-centric Archie Comics, was the name of Dr. Eggman before undergo a transformation that turned him evil. Before that, Robotnik, in this case Kintobor, was a kind scientist who never hesitated to help others.
He kidnapped his minions from another SEGA title
By now, many are aware of the character’s eagerness to transform things into robots. However, what few know is that the birds with which it operates in Sonic 3D y Sonic CD belong to another SEGA game. Flicky, a title that the company launched in 1984, put us in the shoes of a domestic cat that had to hunt birds. This is, at least, curious.
Via: iPlay Retro
These are the curiosities that today we wanted to collect from Doctor Eggman. And you, did you know any of those that we have exposed in this list? Do you know another that we have overlooked? We read you in the comments.
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