It starts with Robotnik's birth in the 1940s. After his mother's death when he was born, Ivo was raised by his neglectful scientist of a father. He began showing an interest in science in order to get closer to his dad. After getting first place in his 2nd grade Science Fair with his animal-powered electronic project, Robotnik's dad rewarded him with a trip to the local carnival. This engrained in young Ivo the desire to create his own amusement park one day.
The rest of the video shows how young Ivo Robotnik turned from a bright-eyed child to the campy villain he's known for as an adult.
His History Revealed: A Dr. Robotnik Biography blends realism with fantasy to give Dr. Robotnik an origin story. Much of the story is based on down-to-earth history but it's still a Sonic the Hedgehog work.
This video provides examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: Robotnik's badniks aren't dangerous to the animals. He takes care of the animals and protects them. It's Sonic who misunderstood his intentions and thought that he was hurting them. However, the ending implies that Robotnik was only heroic at the start of the series and quickly fell into villainy as time went on:
- Adaptational Villainy: Sonic is just an annoying rebel who keeps on breaking Robotnik's robots.
- Anachronism Stew: Ivo grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. It was a normal American Period Piece, except that there's also an advanced space colony in the sky.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: It was an unintentional death, but a sign of Harold's cruelty and Sanity Slippage is how he tried to power his engine using his son's puppy. It didn't work as expected and the puppy all-but exploded.
- Dark Fic: There's slight sexuality, cursing, and violence. For example, Robotnik has a Dark and Troubled Past that goes beyond the series' level of darkness. His first major traumatic experience was seeing the bloody remains of his puppy after his dad tried to use it to power his engine.
- Death by Childbirth: Robotnik's mother, Ruth Franklin, was infertile due to radiation poisoning. After a long period of trying, she ended up pregnant with Ivo, but she died in childbirth.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: Robotnik's large size stems from a several year depressed period he had. He'd eat junk food to try and make himself feel better. He also stopped working out. Robotnik also has PTSD from his time in Vietnam.
- Earth Drift: Inverted. Either the United Federation has real-world states or Robotnik grew up in the US.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Funny Animals are not mentioned until Sonic appears (aside from a cameo from Shadow), yet Robotnik isn't confused by Sonic, so it's assumed that they were always there in the background somewhere.
- Mythology Gag: The story is game-based except for a passing reference to Sonic fighting in the name of "freedom fighting". This is a reference to SatAM, Sonic the Comic, and the Archie's comics where Sonic's comrades are called the Freedom Fighters.
- Parental Abandonment: Ivo's mother died in childbirth. His father died of alcoholism-related liver failure when he was a teenager.
- Parental Neglect: Robotnik's father Harold didn't want kids. He preferred to focus on science rather than child-rearing. Robotnik also thinks his dad blamed him for his mother's death (which was later confirmed in his dad's drunken last words). As Robotnik grew older, his father grew more distant.
- Raised by Grandparents: It's implied that Maria's guardian was her grandfather Gerald.
- Troubled Fetal Position: When it's stated that Robotnik stayed in his room all week after a fight with his dad, he's depicted sitting in the fetal position.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Robotnik was a sweet child who became colder and more jaded as time went on.
- Villain Episode: His History Revealed: A Dr. Robotnik Biography gives Robotnik an origin.