|The character R.O.B. did not originate from fanon, and more information can be found on their respective wiki(s). You may read more about it on the following wiki(s):|
|Full Name||Robotic Operating Buddy|
|Gender||Genderless (male pronouns)|
|Family and Relations|
|Professor Hector (creator)|
|First Appearance||Stack-Up / Gyromite (1985)|
The Robotic Operating Buddy, or R.O.B. (also known as The Ancient Minister during the events of The Subspace Emissary), was a peripheral created by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo Entertainment System. Due to stores wanting to avoid video games after the 1983 video game crash. R.O.B. was designed to be used as an optional peripheral with two games: Stack-Up and Gyromite. In video games, R.O.B. was said to be constructed by Professor Hector in order to defeat Professor Vector.
Though R.O.B. was only compatible with two NES games, he has since become a recurring character in various Nintendo games; making cameos in the Kirby and The Legend of Zelda series, and becoming playable in both the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros..
While R.O.B. has yet to get a game fully to himself, he was a focal character in The Subspace Emissary, posing as the Ancient Minister out of shame for what he was doing to his own kind. Prior to the events in the Subspace Emissary, R.O.B. was known as a leader to the other R.O.B.s on The Isle of the Ancients. Tabuu invaded the island and forced him to work under him, using the R.O.B.s as part of his forces to set up Subspace Bombs across the world of trophies. When he has nothing left to lose after the huge subspace explosion on the Isle of Ancients, destroying all of his kind, R.O.B. joins the fight against Tabuu.
As an Accessory
While, it had a short lifespan, R.O.B was instrumental in getting the N.E.S to toy stores. R.O.B. was released with the intention of portraying the Nintendo Entertainment System as a novel toy in order to alleviate retail fears following the North American video game crash of 1983. R.O.B. was available in the Deluxe Set, a configuration for the console that included, among other things, R.O.B. and Gyromite. Stack-Up was packaged separately and included its own physical game pieces.
The R.O.B. unit's height is 24 cm (9.6 in). It has a head movement range of a 45° horizontally centered tilt. The arm movement range is 240° left and right with five stopping points, 7 cm (2.75 in) up and down with six stopping points, and 7 cm (2.75 in) between hands when open. The unit has five accessory slots around the hexagonal base, numbered clockwise, starting at the rear-left from the robot's point of view; and notches on the hands allow for specialized parts to be attached for each game. The optional tinted filter can be attached over the eyes to compensate for overly bright televisions. The unit is powered by four AA batteries.
In 2016, a new model for R.O.B was revealed for Nintendo 30. This model is identical to old ones, more or less, but has a set of blue arms and amiibo functionality allowing for the usage of a blue-armed R.O.B in supported games. It also has other functionality that has yet to be revealed.
As a Character
Later in the game the Fighters arrive in the hangar of the Bomb Factory on the Floating Island of the Ancients, in time to see the Ancient Minister watching in sadness as the R.O.Bs load up the Bombs for distribution. Just as the fighters arrive A Holographic Ganondorf orders the R.O.B.s to unload the bombs and set them off. Enraged by this the Ancient Minister tries in vain to stop the R.O.B.s, but under Ganondorf's orders they shoot the Ancient Minister until he catches fire. While he Burns the R.O.B.s set up the Bombs to create an explosion large enough to kill all remaining R.O.B.s and create a portal large enough to send the City sized Subspace Gunship through. Enraged further, the Minister bursts free from his flaming robe to reveal he is really R.O.B. The fighters try to stop the explosion but are forced to give up and R.O.B goes into a state of shock. Donkey Kong carries him out, and they escape in the Falcon Flyer as the island explodes making R.O.B the last surviving R.O.B.
It is notable that even though The Ancient Minister is a robot he is able to show remorse and is deeply saddened by the deaths of his fellow R.O.B.s. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS references these events in the Boxing Ring stage in the NTSC version of the game, giving him the title The Last of His Kind.
This group was first introduced in Brawl. Three types were introduced: Blaster, Launcher, and Sentry. They acted as enemies in the Subspace Emissary mode in Brawl and have yet to make any kind of return.
ROB KarterMario Kart DS. They stay stationary in their karts, and have the North American color scheme. They can collect power-ups and drive like the other racers. They stay mobile on the ground, bound to the kart. R.O.B. Karters had three different karts that were exclusive to them:
- ROB-BLS - This kart featured a Stack-Up set up that was molded into the kart. This kart is known for it's high speed stat, average acceleration, fairly high handling, and extremely low drift. As such, this combination allowed for snaking, although it was one of the harder karts to pull this trick with.
- Standard RB - This kart was a fairly standard kart in design, and featured a high speed stat for standard karts. It also had average acceleration, fairly high handling, and low drift.
- ROB-LGS - This absurd kart was stylized in a way that gave R.O.B. a taller look, almost as if he had legs, towering over the other karts. Much like R.O.B's other karts, it had a high speed stat, average acceleration, fairly high handling, and extremely low drift.
R.O.B. is an unlockable character in Mario Party Star Power. His minigame is Gyromite (in 3-D). His stage is Robotland. His present are R.O.B. Arms and R.O.B. Goggles.
When most of Nintendo's universes crash, R.O.B. is the only one remaining in ROB Attack!.
R.O.B. is a boss that let players to know how to use F.L.U.D.D.
R.O.B. and R.O.B.E.R.T.A. appear as heavyweight partners who can obtain any special item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 3.
R.O.B is a agent for some secret organization that has not been confirmed as of yet. He is confirmed to be the Super Smash Brothers movie sequel.
He has his own movie that will be directed by Sorastitch. It will involve other dimensions and time traveling.
R.O.B. makes a cameo in Nintendo Tag-Team RPG, as he appears as the DTV's AI system.
In the SMASH film series, R.O.B is a machine sent by the gods to help. He was built with no feelings or emotions, but learns them over time.
A new R.O.B accessory has been created for Nintendo 30. This model calls back to the original design, but gives it a set of blue arms. This model is more of a collector's item than a actual accessory, but it also has amiibo functionality, allowing the player to scan the bottom of the model to play as a blue armed R.O.B. There is also other functionality, but it has yet to be revealed.
R.O.B will be appearing in Kingdoms of Fighters B: Fight for the Future with blue arms, similar to his Nintendo 30 appearance except lighter in color, resembling the shade of blue found on Samus' Zero Suit suit. Fittingly enough, R.O.B and Samus are depicted as being in a committed relationship, similar to Exotoro's The Girl and The Robot series on the Lapis Wiki.
- Main article: R.O.B. (Calamity)
R.O.B returns in Super Smash Bros. Calamity as a playable character, being a unlockable character. The only known changes to his moveset are his aerial side special and up special are now different versions of Robo Burner, relying on the same fuel as that move. He has his Famicom, American, an alternate that appears to be referencing his Kingdoms of Fighters B: Fight for the Future/Nintendo 30 appearance, and four alternates that reference the Virtual Boy, the Nintendo Wii, his appearance in Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS (like the alternates he has in Project M), and the Nintendo Switch.
Returning to the roster in Super Smash Bros. Discord, R.O.B is described as being part of the race that lived on the Isle of the Ancients, taking his backstory from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. R.O.B. is mostly unaltered from how he appeared in Super Smash Bros. 4, with several new customs referencing Stack-Em and Gyromite as he is still the sole representative of those games. In the X Marks the Spot story mode, he will be portrayed as in a relationship with Samus Aran, although this relationship is depicted as a secret unknown to the rest of the characters.
|An amiibo figure of R.O.B. exists! For more info about these amiibo, see this page.|
- R.O.B. has some rather... dark titles in the Boxing Ring stage in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.
- NTSC Region: The Last of His Kind
- PAL Region: Robotic Obliteration Buddy
- Mexico and Spain Region: Experto en Rayos Láser (Expert in Laser Beams)
- Japan Region: 灼熱のロボビーム (Red Hot Robo Beam)
- Germany Region: Randaliert. Ohne. Bedauern. (Rampages. Without. Regret.)
- French Region: Rectifier Oblitérer Broyer (Correct Obliterate Crush)
- Italian Region: Robot Obliterante Benevolo (Benevolent Obliterating Robot)
- Netherlands Region: Retro-Ogende Bondgenoot (Retro-Looking Ally)
- Portugal Region: Robô Obliterador Bondoso (Obliterating King Robot)