Of course, I can see the appeal. Again though, I'll have to go against this one also, what with me being a fan of Bastard Robotnik and all (not SatAM). I suppose I wouldn't have minded as much if it had been someone else comforting Tails.
While I don't want to get too
off topic, I feel that occasional moments of humanity don't necessarily have to take away from Eggman's "bastard" appeal. Even many terrible real-life dictators have been family men with soft spots for children and animals; In these cases, this could make them even more
unsettling, since they clearly understand the concept/appeal of love and kindness, yet can comfortably commit absolutely atrocious deeds to others anyway.
One could make the argument that such "nice guys" who are nonetheless completely uninhibited of wanton destruction and risking loads of innocent lives are worse
villains than completely hateful foes who hold not even the slightest
positive regard for anyone or anything. A psychopath's lack of empathy isn't an excuse
for his actions, per se, but it does give his actions an easy explanation. Conversely, an emotionally balanced human being who is more than capable of love, empathy, and positive regard- who nevertheless still
does some of the worst things imaginable- has no disorder or deficiency to blame his misdeeds on; He's just kind of a bastard, without all the baggage of psychosis to complicate things.
Personally, the idea of a man who can give uplifting, fatherly, and genuinely sincere encouragement in one moment and then launch a missile into Station Square the next moment delights
me to no end (Sonic X's Eggman has been committed both extremes), and I enjoy the complexity of Eggman's affable side, as I feel it only makes his evil even more
heinous. Not to mention more interesting as a fully fleshed-out character.
But anyway, since I'm posting here, I'll list another
We're back to the Sonic X comic for this one! It seems this time, Dr. Eggman's in love~
Over the course of the comic, Eggman develops a little crush on the Thorndykes' maid, Ella. He spends the entirety of a pool party showing off and trying to impress her, only for Ella to never really notice his advances. The party ends with Eggman doing a cannonball into the pool, only to splash everyone and embarrass himself. He leaves in shame, bemoaning the terrible impression he must have left on her.
But his feelings aren't totally dashed, nor are they totally unrequited. It's all come full circle, because El Gran Gordo
is back for this moment too!
Seems that while Ella isn't really that concerned with Eggman, she finds the mysterious hero El Gran Gordo to be quite the dashing gentleman. So, to recap, Eggman likes Ella, Ella is indifferent to Eggman, but Ella likes
Eggman's heroic alter-ego. Ian Flynn has vaguely commented that he wanted to expand on this subplot in the future, as well as a third and final El Gran Gordo story arc, but the comic's early cancellation means we probably won't ever know what might have been.
Still, seeing Eggman romantically attracted to someone was nice. And as much as I think Eggman/Sera is cute,
the implications of that relationship are more disturbing than heartwarming, since he wanted to destroy the world and forcibly marry her. In Ella's case, he just seemed like a socially-awkward fellow with a crush, and it was adorable.
Another reason I love the X comic so much.