Roboticization is the process by which an organic creature is converted into a robotic being. This is usually accomplished by a Roboticizer; the reversal of the process is simply called de-roboticization.
Professor Charles the Hedgehog developed the process to save lives, particularly from life-threatening injuries or conditions. It took him some time to develop, and unfortunately was not viable in time to save the life of Nikki the Lynx. However, he was able to use it to save the life of Bunnie Rabbot, who suffered grave injuries during Dr. Eggman's takeover of Mobotropolis. Unfortunately, Eggman would later usurp the process for his own twisted ends, using it to turn Mobians into obedient slaves to serve him as laborers and troops. However, by some means the process appears to have been at some point rendered ineffective, though the possibility of it becoming viable again remained a source of fear for Eggman's underlings, such as Egg Boss Axel the Water Buffalo. Eggman lamented the loss of the process, though not without acknowledging its limitations. (SU: #73; SSD: #9; StH: #253, #259, #266)
In the version of reality altered by the second Genesis Wave, Eggman, with the aid of Dr. Wily, employed a slightly altered method of roboticization which turned victims into robots modelled with robotics technology from Wily's native alternate reality of Earth 20XX. The two scientists captured Sonic's circle of friends and had them undergo the proceedure, the with the new group of brainwashed heroes christened the "Roboticized Masters". None of the new "masters" proved a match for Sonic and his new ally Mega Man however, who were both able to defeat and restore each of them to normal faster than the full roster could even be filled (Tails-as Tails Man-was restored to his original self before even the final member of the original group, Rouge Woman, was created). (MM: #24-#26, SU: #51-#53, StH: #248-#250)
Eventually, Dr. Eggman came up with a new approach to Roboticization. This version of the process is still highly experimental, so Maw the Thylacine and his Egg Army unit were given the task of running many tests on at least one unlucky individual using it. (SU: #86)
Roboticized beings—at least when made so by Eggman—lost all free will and independent thought, and became solely subservient to the evil doctor. While Eggman enjoyed the obedience displayed by these subjects, even he would admit that they were somewhat lacking in terms of original idea and personality.
Known Subjects of Roboticization
- Bunnie Rabbot-D'Coolette (partial)
- The Roboticized Masters (modified- all reversed)
- Miles "Tails" Prower (becoming Tails Man)
- Amy Rose (becoming Rose Woman)
- Knuckles the Echidna (becoming Knuckles Man)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (becoming Shadow Man)
- Charmy Bee (becoming Charmy Man)
- Vector the Crocodile (becoming Vector Man)
- Espio the Chameleon (becoming Espio Man)
- Silver the Hedgehog (becoming Silver Man)
- Blaze the Cat (becoming Blaze Woman)
- Rouge the Bat (becoming Rouge Woman)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (becoming Sonic Man)
- Mega Man (becoming M'egga Man) (as Mega Man is already a robot, his "roboticization" merely involed being remodelled and reprogrammed with Eggman tech)
- The process is based upon the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series's originating incarnation of roboticization, where an animal is forcibly stored at the heart of a robotic body and is kept as its respective power supply. Unlike the extremely difficult process of de-roboticizing in the Sonic-Archie universe, the process of its originating game merely allows one to break open the robot to free its captive within.