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. Though this may be a subverted case due to several hints in the video that Robotnik twisting the story of how he intend to use the woodland critters similar to his father did to his dog Eggy to make himself look like the hero.
- Ambiguous Ending
- Ambiguous Situation: Either Ivo turned evil before meeting Sonic and twisted the story about protecting animals but actually abusing them or losing his sanity due to failure of defeating Sonic is
- 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.
- Formerly Fit: Robotnik used to have an average build but his depression made him eat too much trash food, gaining his famous fat.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The hard working, passionate and somewhat prone to emotional outbursts Ivo (Choleric) and his moody, cynical father Harold who misses his wife dearly (Melancholic) and the peaceful, easygoing Gerald (Phlegmatic) and although not seen in video, Maria in the games is social and extroverted people person (Sanguine).
- Goal in Life: Robotnik's happiest childhood memory comes from the day his father took him to an amusement park. Robotnik seeks to create the greatest amusement park in the world to give his life some meaning after everything he's been through.
- I Was Quite the Looker: Harold used to be good-looking before Ivo was born. Ivo used to be a cute child, then a muscular army veteran, to the Gonk Scientist we know today.
- 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.
- Identical Grandson: Before Ivo Gerald's death being the final nail in the coffin (no pun intended), Ivo resembles him very little until after his depressed period where he actually looks nearly identical to him
- 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.
- Perspective Flip: The final scenes are a brief one for Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Raised by Grandparents: It's implied that Maria's guardian was her grandfather, Gerald.
- Sanity Slippage: Ruth dying in childbirth sends Harold through this until his own death, shortly after which the Vietnam War kickstarts Robotnik's descent. The ending leaves the present and future extent of the latter's case ambiguous.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Ivo looks more alot like his grandfather after getting fat from his depressed period he had.
- 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.
- White Sheep: Maria is the only Robotnik present who unambiguously never turned evil or suffered Sanity Slippage.