From Sonic Retro
|First seen: Sonic Unleashed (2008)|
|Species: Eggman Robot|
|Gender: N/A, referred to as male|
|Height: 87cm (2'10")|
|Weight: 30kg (66.1lbs)|
The robot was not actually given a name until Sonic Colours, going through Unleashed merely as a nameless droid. Fans called him "Ergo" on account of his propensity to use the word frequently while dissecting Eggman's plans. SA-55 was the name used in the script of Sonic Unleashed, as revealed on the BumbleKing forums by Ian Flynn (head writer of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic).
The diminutive droid is a fixture of Eggman's control consoles for most of the game, relaying information to the Doctor and making sure the processes of his plans are carried out correctly. When inactive, he folds up into a sphere, and pops back up whenever Eggman needs someone to yell orders at. Although he is always obeys the Doctor's commands, Orbot is utterly, comicly tactless in criticizing his master when Eggman's plans go awry, and even laughs openly when the scientist takes a rock to the skull in Mazuri. Orbot's cynical opprobrium frequently proves annoying to the Doctor, prompting him to make flustered defences about how "That was... err... all part of my plan! Part of the big picture! Where's the fun in having my plans succeed without any challenge?!". In the final cutscene beside the wrecked Egg-O-Matic, as the robot lists all the ways in which the scientist's plans have once again failed miserably, Eggman finally snaps and chases Orbot off into the sunrise.
Orbot's official name, and news of his impending inclusion in Sonic Colors, first came in a Sega blog post by ArchangelUK. In this game, Orbot's upper hemisphere has been recoloured from white to red, matching his gloves, his personality is more refined and less sarcastic, and he is joined by Cubot, a bumbling, annoying, cubic foil with a dodgy voice chip.
Orbot and Cubot make a short appearance in Sonic Generations. In a flashback narrated by the modern Dr. Eggman, it is explained that after being sent into deep space at the end of Sonic Colors, Dr. Eggman and his hench-bots encountered a primordial form of what eventually became the Time Eater. Detecting its unique abilities to erase time and space, Eggman immediately schemes to exploit it for his own benefit. Orbot and Cubot are last seen pushing Eggman's crippled Eggmobile into the anomaly before it disappears with their creator.
Sonic Lost World
Orbot and Cubot somehow return from space to accompany Dr. Eggman once again in Sonic Lost World. When the Deadly Six rebel against Eggman, Orbot and Cubot manage to escape (although Cubot loses his body) and accompany Sonic and Tails. In Frozen Factory, Orbot tries to give Cubot some replacement bodies, such as a snowman and a Crabmeat, that don't work out. When Tails is kidnapped by the Zeti, Orbot tries his best to cheer Sonic up, even offering to be his sidekick, and later Eggman attaches Cubot's head to Orbot's body. At the end of the game, Orbot and Cubot pull Eggman out from the ground after his fall, and return home so Cubot can be repaired.
Orbot and Cubot appear as major characters in the Sonic Boom TV series, looking virtually unchanged from their main series counterparts. The two have had a few episodes focusing on themselves, including searching for Eggman after he goes missing, and being uploaded to a computer game to defeat a virus named Nominatus.
Orbot continues to assist Dr. Eggman during the story of Sonic Runners, where he would command Eggman's Badnik hordes during their hunts for Animals to use as power sources. Whenever encountering Team Sonic however, Orbot was met with failure, leaving him to be scolded by Eggman. In the endgame, Orbot sets up a trap for Team Sonic at Eggman's HQ, but that fails thanks to Cubot going on strike and telling Team Sonic about it.
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- SA-55 is l33t-speak for "sass", an accurate description of the robot's personality.
- According to an interview with Mike Pollock, in Unleashed Orbot is voiced by Chris Collet, the game's voice director, who also voices some humans in the cutscenes. In Sonic Colors and future games, Orbot is voiced by Kirk Thornton.