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Robert Scorpio
General Hospital
Portrayed by Tristan Rogers
Current status Recurring
Duration 1980-92, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2012-present
First appearance December 1980 (on GH)
Created by Gloria Monty
Pat Falken Smith
Margaret DePriest
Introduced by Gloria Monty (1980)
Wendy Riche (1995)
Jill Farren Phelps (2006)
Lisa de Cazotte (2008, NS)
Frank Valentini (2012)
Book appearances Robin's Diary
Spin-off appearances GH: Night Shift
Alias(es) Mr. McKenna[1]
Roger Edward Ashton[2]
Maestro Vladimir Daganov
Namesake(s) Noah Robert Scorpio-Drake
Nickname(s) Sonny (by Brighton O'Reilly)
Ethnicity Australian-American
Gender Male
Born September 15
  • Spy
  • WSB agent
  • MRA containment specialist
  • Residence Wisconsin

    Agent Robert Xavier Scorpio is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

    He has been portrayed by actor Tristan Rogers, on and off, since December 1980.

    He has a daughter named, Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake with his ex-wife, Special Agent Anna Devane. Through his daughter Robin and her husband, Dr. Patrick Drake, he has two grandchildren: Emma and Noah.


    Tristan Rogers originally played the role from December 1980 through February 25, 1992. The popularity and longevity of the character was furthered by his involvement with the monumentally popular "supercouple" Luke and Laura, whose 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.[3][4]

    While Rogers' Scorpio had been "killed with no body found" when he left the series in 1992, Rogers returned briefly from November 15 to 22, 1995, as Scorpio's spirit to comfort the character's daughter Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who is dealing with the loss of her boyfriend to AIDS-related illness and is herself HIV-positive.[5]

    He returned again on January 27, 2006 till March 1, 2006, this time with Scorpio being very much alive. Rogers reappeared on April 13, 2006 and left again on November 16, 2006.

    From August 5, 2008 through October 21, 2008, Rogers reprised the role of Robert Scorpio on the Season 2 of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift, a prime time spin-off of General Hospital which stars Scorpio's daughter Robin.[6][7][8]

    He was featured in 12 of the season's 14 episodes, and Soap Opera Digest named the appearance their "Best Return" of 2008.[9] Rogers later reappeared on General Hospital for four episodes starting December 22, 2008, as Scorpio attends Robin's wedding.[10][11]

    Rogers reprised the role for a brief period of time in February 2012, following the departure of Kimberly McCullough in the role of Rogers' on-screen daughter, Robin. Rogers reprised the role once again on November 15, 2012 to December 18, 2012.

    Rogers reprised the role once more beginning on October 4, 2013 as part of the return of the character's on-screen daughter's return. However, head writer Ron Carlivati confirmed on November 14, 2013 that Rogers would be departing the series in order to return to The Young and the Restless as Colin Atkinson. He departed on January 30, 2014.[12][13]

    On October 28, 2015, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Rogers would reprise the role of Robert Scorpio, set to appear in December 2015.[14] It was also revealed that it his return is only for a short time as he is not leaving his role on Y&R.[15] He returned on December 17, 2015.

    On February 28, 2018, Soap Opera Digest announced that Rogers will return to GH first appearing on March 19.



    Robert and Robin

    Robert, an Australian, has a heroic past. He was involved in many adventures with his good friend Luke Spencer and his wife Holly Sutton. He has been an international spy for the WSB spy agency, served as police commissioner of Port Charles from January 24, 1983 until early December 1985, was acting WSB Drector in the Spring and Summer of 1987, then served again as PCPD Commissioner from January 1988 until early February, 1992 when he supposedly perished in an explosion in South America. When he resigned as police commissioner in 1985 he moved to Australia with his wife Holly to start anew.


    Robert and Holly

    He had a bad relationship with his brother Mac Scorpio when he first came to town because he blamed Mac for the death of their parents. Eventually the brothers patched up their relationship. Robert was presumed dead along with his wife, Anna Devane, in 1992. Their teenage daughter Robin Scorpio was left behind to be raised by Robert's brother Mac Scorpio. Anna Devane reappeared in 2001, but told her family that Robert was dead. However, Robert resurfaced in 2006, when Port Charles was stricken with a deadly strain of encephalitis. It came out that he was forced by the WSB to be incognito for 15 years as the only way to keep his families alive; he had no choice but to let them think he was dead. His daughter is having a difficult time forgiving him for his absence.


    Robert and Anna

    Robert Scorpio and Holly Sutton married under strange circumstances. Holly was pregnant with the presumed dead Luke Spencer's baby and was about to be deported so Robert stepped in and married her. She ended up miscarrying the baby but she and Robert eventually fell in love. Robert married Anna Devane when the two were on assignment for the WSB in Italy. The two were married in secret before either character showed up in Port Charles. After Holly "died", Anna and Robert remarried in 1991. When the evil Cesar Faison kidnapped Anna, Robert left Port Charles for South America to rescue her.


    Robert walks Robin down the aisle.

    Both Robert and Anna turned up alive in Port Charles in 2006 much to the surprise of their daughter, Robin.During his return in 2006, Robert told Robin that he was in the South Pacific trying to track a lethal dose of encephalitis. He said that he quarantined a village and torched it but two potential carriers slipped through the net: one was a chimp, and another was Luke Spencer. When Anna returned in the summer of 2007, she explained that Robert was deep undercover on a mission to recover black market alien remains. Later, at the end of the summer both Anna and Robert were assigned on a mission in the Amazon.


    Robert meets his granddaughter, Emma

    In 2008, Robert returned to walk his daughter Robin down the aisle at her wedding to Patrick Drake. While in town, he also met his new granddaughter, Emma Scorpio-Drake.

    Night Shift
    Robert Scorpio returned to General Hospital when his plane crashed near Port Charles. Jagger Cates rescued him and brought him to General Hospital where it was revealed that he has a brain tumor. During an MRI, Patrick Drake told Robert that the brain tumor was the result of another tumor. Sadly, Robert learned that he has colon cancer and has fallen into a coma. He came out of the coma October 14, 2008 after being confronted by Luke, Sean, Tiffany and his family when he was in the coma.

    In March of 2012, Robert returns to Port Charles after Anna tracks him down because their daughter Robin tragically died in a lab explosion at General Hospital. Robert arrives not knowing why he has been summoned. He bonds with his granddaughter Emma, giving her mother and baby stuffed koalas. Anna then tells him about their daughter's death. He insists on seeing her body, even after Anna tells him she was burned beyond recognition. Robert goes to the hospital morgue and views her body.


    Robert finds Robin and attempts to free her.

    He then takes off and Anna later gets a text from him saying goodbye. Luke finds Robert standing on the ledge of the bridge where Robin and Stone used to go, ready to jump to his death. Luke tries to talk Robert down and gets on the ledge with him, saying that he deserves to die too for killing a child. Luke tells him about Jake's death and how he was responsible. Luke finally is able to get Robert down after telling him that Ethan Lovett is his son, not Luke's. Luke tells him this lie because he feels it is the only way to get him down. Luke tells Robert that Ethan has taken off and Helena Cassadine is after him so that Robert will feel that his life has purpose and take off to save him. Robert then leaves town to find Ethan, and Holly goes with him, to keep up the ruse that Ethan is Robert's son.


    Robert is reunited with his daughter, Robin.

    In November-December 2012, Robert returns to Port Charles after Luke reveals the truth about Ethan's paternity.  Robert realizes there is something wrong with Duke Lavery after Luke contacts him about the situation.  Robert helps Anna realized that the man that she was falling back in love with was not Duke and was actually their arch-enemy Cesar Faison.  Robert then accompanies Anna to the mental institution that Cesar Faison has connections to.  Anna and Robert find the real Duke.  Anna stays behind while Robert heads outside of the room.  Robert hears screams and finds Robin but Faison's partner in Liesl Obrecht then injects Robert with a lethal dose of a chemical.  He is currently in a coma clinging to life.

    On October 4, Robert wakes up from the coma. Mac and Anna go see him and they are very happy that he is awake. He can't remember what happen right before he was injected. He goes over it in his head and finally remembers that he saw Robin alive and tells Anna. Robert is finally reunited with his daughter on 11/25.

    At the end of January in 2014, Robert left town to help Holly and Ethan.

    On August 27, Anna says that Robert is investigating what happened to Maxie and Lulu from Wisconsin.

    Crimes Committed

    • Shot Crane Tolliver [1983; Crane later killed himself at the hospital]
    • Fought with his brother, Mac on a ship in the harbor [1991]
    • Breaking and entering; he and Anna broke into the Cassadine Mansion looking for their daughter, Robin [Oct 21, 2013]
    • Was about to shoot Liesl Obrecht until Anna stopped him [Oct 21, 2013]
    • Knocked out Liesl Obrecht by hitting her over the head with a gun [Oct 21, 2013]
    • Hit one of the Cassadine guards with a metal tray, rendering him unconscious [Nov 13, 2013]
    • Shot Jerry Jacks in the leg [Nov 13, 2013]
    • Held Jerry at gunpoint, demanding to know where Robin and Duke Lavery were [Nov 13, 2013]
    • Held Jerry Jacks prisoner in a hotel suite at the Metro Court Hotel [Nov-Dec 2013]
    • Pointed a gun at Cesar Faison as he and Anna threatened to kill him [Dec 2013]
    • Held Faison at Wyndemere against his own will along with Anna [Dec 2013-Nov 2014]
    • Kept whatever he and Anna did to Faison a secret [Dec 2013-Nov 2014]
    • Held Jerry Jacks at gunpoint [Dec 18-21, 2015]
    • Assaulted Valentin Cassadine, handcuffed him to a chair, and threatened him at gunpoint [May 21, 2018]

    Health and Vitals

    • Shot during a hostage situation at General Hospital [1984]
    • Almost had a statue toppled on him and Luke Spencer by Peter Harrell [1984]
    • Hospitalized after a bomb was thrown through his office window while he was at his desk; suffered multiple contusions and a concussion that resulted in him being in a coma and almost dying from his injuries [late 1980s]
    • Shot at by a hit man named Rory in the Finger Lakes area of New York [1991; saved by his brother Mac, who killed Rory and donated blood for a transfusion he needed at a clinic in town]
    • Shot by Bill Eckert as part of their "faux death" arrangement [1992]
    • Almost got shot by Harlen [1992]
    • Believed to be have killed in the same explosion as Anna [1992]
    • Stabbed in the chest with a used syringe by Liesl Obrecht who injected him with a potentially-fatal dose of propofol [2012]
    • In a year-long coma due to the injection [2012-Oct 2013]
    • Couldn't walk without the use of a cane [Oct 2013]
    • Insisted on traveling with Anna to the Cassadine Island mansion despite his maladies [Oct 17, 2013]
    • Held hostage in Robin's lab and locked there with Anna by Jerry Jacks [Oct 22-Nov 13, 2013]
    • Drugged and kidnapped by Valentin Cassadine [May 4-21, 2018]

    Positions held

    Predecessor Chief of Police or Police Commissioner Successor
    Anna Devane
    Guy Lewis

    Robert Scorpio

    Anna Devane
    (1990; acting)

    Guy Lewis
    (1991; acting)
    Sean Donely
    unknown Commissioner
    Robert Scorpio
    Anna Devane
    Burt Ramsey

    Family tree


    See also


    2. Stated April 18, 2018 while helping Anna investigate Henrik.
    3. Wolf, Buck. "Luke and Laura: Still the Ultimate TV Wedding." November 16, 2006.
    4. West, Abby. "Luke and Laura: 17 Great Soap Supercouples", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2008-01-29. 
    5. Matheson, Whitney. "Recalling some of TV's dearly departed." August 31, 2005.
    6. Logan, Michael. "Soaps News: Tristan Rogers Checks Back into GH." June 18, 2008.
    7. Nordyke, Kimberly. "SoapNet renews Night Shift." The Hollywood Reporter. May 27, 2008.
    8. Scorpio on the Night Shift. Retrieved on November 18, 2012.
    9. (December 16, 2008) “The Best & Worst of 2008”, Soap Opera Digest. (Vol. 33, No. 51), 73.
    10. (December 16, 2008) “Scorpio Returns to GH”, Soap Opera Digest. (Vol. 33, No. 51), 4.
    11. (December 16, 2008) “Comings and Goings: Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio)”, Soap Opera Digest. (Vol. 33, No. 51), 16.
    12. Ron Carlivati Confirms Tristan Rogers's GH Exit. Retrieved on November 14, 2013.
    13. SON Staff. Tristan Rogers Leaving ‘General Hospital,’ Per Head Writer. Retrieved on November 15, 2013.

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