With everything starting to go sideways for him, Dr. Zero merely ignores Spartan... perhaps proving that when the sticks and stones are coming in fast and furious, words just might not hurt a guy.
Perhaps he's more concerned about L'Char's battle-shout, which leaves him flat-footed for just long enough for L'Char to smash him with an energy axe. The axe crunches home, leaving a swathe of blacked, brittle looking metal.
Once L'Char has moved free, Marble Knight channels another torrent of jagged rubble at Dr. Zero. At the last second, Dr. Zero tears up his throne and uses it as a shield. The makeshift defense is not in quite the right place, and the shrapnel still plinks and scrapes against his arm and chasis.
Careful to avoid the cyborg Doctor's thrashing, and assorted incoming fire, Deje slips along the wall, until she finds herself in a safe place behind Dr. Zero. One of the hazards Deje had to navigate was the incoming mob of metal men.
Yes... Matrix discovers to his glee that the Com Bots are just not guileful enough to see through his ruse. The fact that Dr. Zero had just given them self-destruct orders only enforced the strength of his fast-talk. The Com Bots turn as a group, and clank their way towards Dr. Zero in a mob. While two of the enthusiastic robots tear the throne away from him, and proceed to beat it with their fists, two others grab at his arms, giving the fifth, last surviving Com Bot a decent shot at Dr. Zero's face... which connects.