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    Momma Robotnik (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)

    Momma Robotnik (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)
    "The Truth?! UGH! What kind of villain are you? I raised you to ALWAYS lie!"
    Gender: Female
    Type: Unnerving Abusive Mother
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Kathleen Barr
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog


    Sonic: "Robotnik in a dress?"
    Tails: "It's his mom, she's even worse."
    Sonic: "If you've seen one Robotnik, you've seen 'em all! Let's skid, kid!"
    - Tails describing Momma Robotnik to Sonic in "Momma Robotnik's Birthday"

    Momma Robotnik, also called Mama Robotnik, is a character that appears in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series as the overarching antagonist.

    She is an obese human and the mother of the infamous Dr. Ivo Robotnik. She is usually kept in a nursing home called "Mobius Home for Really Bizarre Mothers", though she tends to escape from time to time. Her viciousness is enough to scare even Robotnik himself, and Sonic considers her his second-greatest enemy.

    Why She Intentionally Is a Bad Mother to Dr. Robotnik

    Note: Her character only exists so we can root for Dr. Robotnik to succeed.

    1. While she is an intentionally unlikable character that solely exists to make us sympathize even more for Robotnik as the main antagonist of the show, she lacks all of the likeability her son has. Robotnik has so many moments in the show where he can be surprisingly affable, and have genuinely polite moments at times despite being an over-the-top and deceitful villain.
    2. She has an extremely cheesy character design, which is basically a feminized reskin of the iconic but grotesque-looking Dr. Robotnik himself (down to having the exact same mustache as him! Yes, women have facial hair, such as those who have PCOS, but not to this extent of looking masculine in a completely ridiculous way.)
      • Her facial design without the mustache isn't all that appealing either. In fact, it's nearly as ugly as Robotnik is without his mustache on.
      • Speaking of which, in the following episodes "Sonic is Running", "The Last Resort" and "Lifestyles of the Sick and Twisted", she starts to have a more unappealing, rough-looking and hideous character design than her first three appearances, as her design has less quality put into it in more of her appearances listed above.
    3. Her parenting skills are beyond abysmal and inept, mainly due to how heartless, careless, sadistic, chaotic, reckless and mean-spirited she is towards her own son.
      • For example, in the episode "Zoobotnik"; right after she ruined Robotnik's wedding by fighting Katella since Sonic called her in for the event to be trashed as Sonic planned it, Momma shamelessly tells her own son that she raised him to always be dishonest, a compulsive liar, and expected him to be more of a ruthless monster than before. This was right after Robotnik was being honest about why Sonic instigated the fight and admits that he didn't want to be affiliated with Katella in the first place. Then Momma starts spanking him for telling the truth. It's no wonder why Robotnik turned out to be the short-tempered and power-hungry villain that he is today.
      • In the episode "Momma Robotnik's Birthday", she told Robotnik to not lie to her about Robotnik knowing that it was her birthday that day, even when Momma Robotnik herself officially claimed to raise her own son to be a villainous liar who always lies about anything. Making her out to be a real hypocrite.
    4. Her atrociously lousy 'parenting' aside, she is still very much a selfish and pedantic jerk towards her own son. Often abusing Robotnik both verbally and physically to the point of making Robotnik genuinely fear her and feel overall miserable. Her blunt and brash behavior goes so overboard, it gets taken to the point of making her too much of an abusive mom and it gets to the point that it makes her irredeemably vile.
      • In the episode "Momma Robotnik's Birthday", she forces Robotnik to watch her capture Sonic in person since she wanted the Mobius National Park destroyed as her birthday gift. After Robotnik failed to please her because of his henchmen's blunders and Robotnik making white lies to her, she then kicks her own son out of his very own fortress. She also takes away Robotnik's own minions to be on her own (Coconuts being the only exception that eventually crawls back to Robotnik because of Momma putting him in sewage control).
      • In the episode "Momma Robotnik Returns", she proudly disowns Robotnik so she could try to adopt Sonic and abuse him, which she then makes a fool of herself for doing just that at the end, making it a dumb idea to kick her own son out of a fortress that only Robotnik knows how to operate it.
      • In the episode "Sonic is Running", when Robotnik wanted his own henchmen and family to vote for him during the debate Robotnik set up, Scratch and Grounder claimed to have forgetting to vote for him. Out of nowhere, Momma Robotnik shamelessly voted for Sonic even when she pressured Robotnik to conquer Mobius in the beginning of the episode. She flat-out betrayed her own son by voting against him because of considering her own son to be an incompetent person who "can't do anything right", and she had no good reason for doing this. This makes Robotnik get the idea to double-cross her with a trap; unpackaging the nursery people to capture Momma Robotnik and bringing her back to the asylum she was in without Momma knowing. Making the viewers sympathize for Robotnik himself a lot more.
    5. While she is greatly voiced by Kathleen Barr, her evil laugh sounded jarring in "Momma Robotnik's Birthday" and "Momma Robotnik Returns", especially when it sounded more like simultaneous gasping before she made a normal-sounding laugh. Not to mention that the moments of her yelling heard in "Sonic Is Running" and "Zoobotnik" sound very obnoxious and grating.
    6. Her motives are very idiotic, insane, extremely questionable, and a whole lot pettier than Robotnik's villainous and/or attention-seeking motives. There were many times when her immoral actions can make her out to be less competent than her own son towards defeating Sonic most of the time, even when she is delusional enough to think her son is incompetent despite what Momma's mistakes led her to. One good example of this is when she puts Tails in one of Robotnik's dungeons but doesn't think to realize how Sonic can rescue him in seconds since Momma kicked her son out of his own home in "Momma Robotnik's Return".
      • If she is supposed to be even worse than Robotnik as a psychopath , why not try taking over the world herself instead of doing pointless things?
        • Like if she wanted to conquer and terroize Mobius in fear of her, why even bug her own son to do it like a pedant would instead of doing it herself??
      • She, for whatever reason, comes back to Robotnik despite the latter supposedly driving her away from him.

    Intentional Redeeming Qualities

    1. She sometimes gets her comeuppance for her villainous deeds (especially when Robotnik gave her a satisfying comeuppance in "Sonic Is Running" for betraying her own son in a debate), which isn't saying much since she never learns from her mistakes at all, especially compared to what her son, his idiotic accomplices, and Dr. Warpnik all had received for their misdeeds and shortcomings as villains.
    2. As mentioned above, Kathleen Barr does a great job at voicing her since it matches the cartoonishly evil tone in Momma Robotnik's villainous personality that Robotnik himself already has in a way.
    3. While she is obnoxious, sadistic, self-centered, abusive and a relentless troublemaker, she does have funny moments at times, to the point there are viewers that can find her to be nearly (or just as) entertaining and funny as Robotnik already is, which could make Momma Robotnik seem like more of a "love-to-hate" type of villain, despite her having little comeuppance for her egregious behavior.
    4. For all of her blunders, she generally does stand out for being an actually threatening villain.
    5. It's very obvious that she is meant to be hated since she serves as the very reason for where a part of Robotnik's villainy comes from as she flat-out encourages her son to do evil misdeeds with abuse and forcing him to come up with evil plans to conquer Mobius (aside from the episode "Best Hedgehog" explaining how and why Robotnik started becoming a villain and the episode "Zoobotnik" having Momma Robotnik outright saying she raised him to be a deceptive villain).
    6. “Somebody called me and told me you were about to ruin your life.”

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