Robotnik and the Egg Robo were continuing their review of planned military operations on-board the Egg Carrier when Egg Robo halts to inform him that Snively has requested immediate contact.
Egg Robo: He claims it is a dire emergency, Doctor.
Robotnik: Oh, for the love of… put him on!
Snively appears on screen, obviously panicked over something.
Robotnik: What do you want!?
Snively: Well, sir, you see, I, er, it’s just that- well, sir--
Robotnik: SPIT IT OUT, BLAST IT, SNIVELY!!!
Snively: Please, sir! I didn’t-
Snively: The hedgehog has escaped!
For the briefest of moments, there is complete silence. Then, Robotnik slowly curls his hands into fists. He rises, and even though the screen which currently displays Snively is much taller than Eggman, the Doctor instead gives the impression of towering over his nephew. At least this is how Snively currently feels, especially since at his end, Robotnik’s enlarged face is almost as menacing as it is face-to-face.
And of course, had this been any other slip up, Snively knew that Robotnik would have merely scared Snively into submission, as usual. But this was not one of Snively’s usual failures, and he knew it. Sonic was the Priority One Hedgehog, and Dr. Eggman’s arch-nemesis, no less. What Snively had done was perhaps his greatest failure.
This was unacceptable.
Robotnik: What… did you say, Snively…?
Snively: I-it’s not my fault, sir! E-100 Alpha was instructed to make sure Sonic was completely unconscious before he opened the cell to prep him for roboticization once you--
Robotnik: YOU WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO TOUCH THE HEDGEHOG UNTIL I GAVE YOU THE ORDER DIRECTLY!!!
Snively: I’m sorry sir! Please don’t-…
Robotnik no longer appeared angry. Now, it seemed, the Doctor was in fact…
… chuckling? No, he’s laughing! Despite Snively’s failure, Dr. Eggman begins to laugh maniacally.
Robotnik: OH HO HO HO HO HO!!!
Everything is going according to plan!
Snively: P-please forgive me, sir… I don’t understand…?
Robotnik: Of course you don’t! Anyway, I knew you couldn’t keep that hedgehog contained for long! That’s why I left you in charge of keeping watch over him!
Robotnik is barely able to keep himself from bursting into laughter as he speaks, which both confuses and angers Snively.
Snively: Then… why did you get upset at me?
Robotnik: Sometimes I just love messing with you. You’re just lucky that this was according to my plan. If this had been at any other time… well… you get the idea.
Robotnik flashes a maniacal smile at his nephew, and Snively cringes in fear of his uncle.
*gulp* P-paperweight, sir…?
Robotnik responds with sarcasm.
Robotnik: Well, maybe you’re not such a dimwit after all.
Now, get to work! Sound the alarm, alert the troops, and all that.
Robotnik smiles once more.
After all, we can’t allow his escape to seem too easy.
Snively: Yes, sir.
But… there’s still one thing I don’t understand.
*sigh* What is it, Snively?
Snively: Why are you allowing the hedgehog to escape?
Robotnik walks past the monitor Snively is on, to the large window overseeing the deforestation wrought by the Egg Fleet. Eggman gazes into the horizon as he continues, more to himself than to his nephew.
Robotnik: That hedgehog… is supposed to be my greatest foe. He was supposed to be the one, the only one, who could stop me, and I the valiant conqueror who finally destroyed the “Hero” of Mobius…
Dr. Eggman snaps back as he walks back to the captain’s chair.
Besides, it’s no fun fighting your greatest enemy when he can’t even put up a fight. Where’s the entertainment?
Rest assured, that hedgehog has realized his mistakes. He’ll be back, and he’ll be ready to finally face me…
… for our grand finale! The day I finally defeat that meddlesome hedgehog is very near, indeed.
Snively remains utterly confused.
Snively: I- erm, yes, sir… good luck, sir…
Robotnik: Ha! As though I need luck to defeat that hedgehog. Now, do as I’ve told you!
Snively: Yes, sir.