|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..
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.
R.O.B. received commands via optical flashes in the screen. Once the screen lights up, R.O.B. was ready to receive six commands. Just like the NES Zapper, R.O.B. only functioned correctly when coupled with a CRT (cathode ray tube) type of television. Both Gyromite and Stack-Up included a test feature, sending an optical flash that should make R.O.B.'s LED light up.
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
R.O.B became a character in his own right during the events of the Subspace Emissary, the story mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The R.O.B that the game follows is shrouded in mystery for most of the story mode. Known as the Ancient Minister for much of the story, he is a reluctant antagonist who plans to engulf the world into Subpsace using Subspace Bombs. In the beginning of the game, his face is covered and cannot be seen.
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.
The ROB Blaster is a laser-firing common enemy variant of the R.O.B. Squad and has the white and gray (American R.O.B.) color scheme. Its only attack is to shoot a short, blue, double laser beam directed at the player. As the trophy description suggests, there are two versions to the R.O.B. Blasters: one that stays stationary and fires (like R.O.B. Launchers) and one that is mobile. The mobile ones are typically the fastest model out of all the R.O.B. Squad variants, as it constantly uses its boosters for movement and generally stay airborne at all times. While they do not directly attempt to recover from edges, they will inadvertently recover from pitfalls when chasing the player by using its hovering.
The ROB Launcher is a missile-firing common enemy variant of the R.O.B. Squad and is identified with its military green color scheme. A similar color scheme is available for the player-controlled R.O.B. character, but the R.O.B. Launcher is different in three areas: it has a blue cord on its back instead of black, brown coloration on certain parts, and has only one "eye." It's only attack is to launch a missile similar to Snake's side special remote missile (although much slower) that homes in on the player. R.O.B. Launchers are stationary, and do not move unless knocked astray by the player. Much like the R.O.B. Sentry, it does not attempt to recover when knocked off a ledge.
The R.O.B. Sentry is a melee-based common enemy variant of the R.O.B. Squad and has the default (Japanese R.O.B.) color scheme of R.O.B. with red arms and a white body. Their attacks are only limited to a single swipe with their arm not unlike R.O.B.'s standing neutral attack. When near the player, R.O.B. Sentries can jump to reach the same height as the player or to mix up its pattern. If knocked off a ledge, they do not recover. Otherwise, they generally stay mobile on the ground.
This type was introduced in Mario 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. 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.
R.O.B. is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. 2030. To unlock him, the player must complete Adventure with any character on any difficultly.
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 three alternates that reference the Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS (like the alternates he has in Project M).
|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)