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26th Nov '16 4:07:38 PM DarkStorm
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[[http://www.toplessrobot.com Topless Robot]] (which, despite [[IThoughtItMeant the name]], is [[BrainBleach usually]] [[{{NSFW}} safe-for-work]]) is a Village Voice Media owned blog dedicated to nerdy interests, formerly run by Rob Bricken, a former writer for ''[=ToyFare=]'', ''Anime Insider'' and Anime News Network. The site has become well known for its daily lists, entertaining contests which get hundreds of entries, and the notorious Fan Fiction Fridays, in which Rob gave the [[{{MST}} MST3K treatment]] to incredibly awful fanfic. In November 2012, Rob moved on from Topless Robot to io9, where he writes a column titled "Postal Apocalypse". Unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on your point of view), io9's higher-ups asked Rob to stop doing FFF after some readers complained that the concept was mean-spirited. His replacement as TR head was long-time contributing editor Luke Thompson, who revived FFF as a video series under the name "I READ YOUR FANFIC!".

The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice. Unfortunately, later that year, the site stopped publishing new articles citing [[http://www.therobotsvoice.com/2015/12/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-whose-responsible-this.php financial difficulties]] as the reason for the blog's closure.

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[[http://www.toplessrobot.com Topless Robot]] Robot (which, despite [[IThoughtItMeant the name]], is [[BrainBleach usually]] [[{{NSFW}} safe-for-work]]) is a Village Voice Media owned blog dedicated to nerdy interests, formerly run by Rob Bricken, a former writer for ''[=ToyFare=]'', ''Anime Insider'' and Anime News Network. The site has become well known for its daily lists, entertaining contests which get hundreds of entries, and the notorious Fan Fiction Fridays, in which Rob gave the [[{{MST}} MST3K treatment]] to incredibly awful fanfic. In November 2012, Rob moved on from Topless Robot to io9, where he writes a column titled "Postal Apocalypse". Unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on your point of view), io9's higher-ups asked Rob to stop doing FFF after some readers complained that the concept was mean-spirited. His replacement as TR head was long-time contributing editor Luke Thompson, who revived FFF as a video series under the name "I READ YOUR FANFIC!".

The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed [[http://www.therobotsvoice.com/ The Robot's Voice.Voice]], complete with a new URL. Unfortunately, later that year, the site stopped publishing new articles citing [[http://www.therobotsvoice.com/2015/12/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-whose-responsible-this.php financial difficulties]] as the reason for the blog's closure.



*** Which was latter topped [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/05/fan_fiction_friday_fievel_from_american_tail_in_th.php The Fievel Story MST]], which required ''over 50 Tohts'' to properly express his horror. By the time he's done he's worshiping {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and calling for him to end everything.

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*** Which was latter topped [[http://www.toplessrobot.therobotsvoice.com/2012/05/fan_fiction_friday_fievel_from_american_tail_in_th.php The Fievel Story MST]], which required ''over 50 Tohts'' to properly express his horror. By the time he's done he's worshiping {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and calling for him to end everything.



* SchmuckBait: Admit it, the way in which Rob introduces [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/03/fan_fiction_friday_the_other_story.php "The Other Story"]] (real title: "How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish") just makes you want to read it ''even more.''

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* SchmuckBait: Admit it, the way in which Rob introduces [[http://www.toplessrobot.therobotsvoice.com/2010/03/fan_fiction_friday_the_other_story.php "The Other Story"]] (real title: "How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish") just makes you want to read it ''even more.''



** And [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/08/my_internet_killed_fan_fiction_friday_or_fff_kille.php now]], one session of FFF was deleted before he could save it. Rob explains it as either the Internet refusing to upload it, or the fic being so bad it killed his connection.

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** And [[http://www.toplessrobot.therobotsvoice.com/2012/08/my_internet_killed_fan_fiction_friday_or_fff_kille.php now]], one session of FFF was deleted before he could save it. Rob explains it as either the Internet refusing to upload it, or the fic being so bad it killed his connection.



* UpToEleven: In one episode of Fanfiction Friday, he [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/02/fan_fiction_friday_harry_potter_and_the_surprise_p.php makes a brief reference to a fic he believes to be worse than]] ''The Pokémon Story''.
** He then ran that one ("[[SickAndWrong How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish]]"), necessitating more BrainBleach. He's now got ''another'' [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/10/um_fan_fiction_friday_just_defeated_me.php fanfic]] that he refused to post, even unriffed. [[note]]He described it as like ''KanashiiNoImi'', only written as legitimate erotica.[[/note]]

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* UpToEleven: In one episode of Fanfiction Friday, he [[http://www.toplessrobot.therobotsvoice.com/2010/02/fan_fiction_friday_harry_potter_and_the_surprise_p.php makes a brief reference to a fic he believes to be worse than]] ''The Pokémon Story''.
** He then ran that one ("[[SickAndWrong How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish]]"), necessitating more BrainBleach. He's now got ''another'' [[http://www.toplessrobot.therobotsvoice.com/2011/10/um_fan_fiction_friday_just_defeated_me.php fanfic]] that he refused to post, even unriffed. [[note]]He described it as like ''KanashiiNoImi'', only written as legitimate erotica.[[/note]]
21st Nov '16 2:37:49 PM lamoxlamae
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The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice. Unfortunately, later that year, the site stopped publishing new articles.

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The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice. Unfortunately, later that year, the site stopped publishing new articles.
articles citing [[http://www.therobotsvoice.com/2015/12/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-whose-responsible-this.php financial difficulties]] as the reason for the blog's closure.
20th Mar '16 5:36:55 PM nombretomado
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** The entire latter half of the MSTing of ''MILF from UNCLE'' consists almost entirely of Toht Faces (understandable, since it combined AngryBeavers with ParentalIncest). He finally [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation went mad from the revelation]] upon realising that the author [[spoiler:was too busy masturbating to complete the story]] and spammed almost a dozen of them.

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** The entire latter half of the MSTing of ''MILF from UNCLE'' consists almost entirely of Toht Faces (understandable, since it combined AngryBeavers ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' with ParentalIncest). He finally [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation went mad from the revelation]] upon realising that the author [[spoiler:was too busy masturbating to complete the story]] and spammed almost a dozen of them.
5th Mar '16 5:57:28 AM bwburke94
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[[http://www.toplessrobot.com Topless Robot]] (which, despite [[IThoughtItMeant the name]], is [[BrainBleach usually]] [[{{NSFW}} safe-for-work]]) is a Village Voice Media owned blog dedicated to nerdy interests, formerly run by Rob Bricken, a former writer for ''[=ToyFare=]'', ''Anime Insider'' and Anime News Network. The site has become well known for its daily lists, entertaining contests which get hundreds of entries, and the notorious Fan Fiction Fridays, in which Rob gave the [[MSTing MST3K treatment]] to incredibly awful fanfic. In November 2012, Rob moved on from Topless Robot to io9, where he writes a column titled "Postal Apocalypse". Unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on your point of view), io9's higher-ups asked Rob to stop doing FFF after some readers complained that the concept was mean-spirited. His replacement as TR head was long-time contributing editor Luke Thompson, who revived FFF as a video series under the name "I READ YOUR FANFIC!".

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[[http://www.toplessrobot.com Topless Robot]] (which, despite [[IThoughtItMeant the name]], is [[BrainBleach usually]] [[{{NSFW}} safe-for-work]]) is a Village Voice Media owned blog dedicated to nerdy interests, formerly run by Rob Bricken, a former writer for ''[=ToyFare=]'', ''Anime Insider'' and Anime News Network. The site has become well known for its daily lists, entertaining contests which get hundreds of entries, and the notorious Fan Fiction Fridays, in which Rob gave the [[MSTing [[{{MST}} MST3K treatment]] to incredibly awful fanfic. In November 2012, Rob moved on from Topless Robot to io9, where he writes a column titled "Postal Apocalypse". Unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on your point of view), io9's higher-ups asked Rob to stop doing FFF after some readers complained that the concept was mean-spirited. His replacement as TR head was long-time contributing editor Luke Thompson, who revived FFF as a video series under the name "I READ YOUR FANFIC!".



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ThePokemonStory, the fans demanded it, Rob refused to show it for ages. When he finally caved the fans instantly regretted it.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ThePokemonStory, the ''The Pokémon Story''. The fans demanded it, Rob refused to show it for ages. When he finally caved caved, the fans instantly regretted it.



* ComicsNix: His stories are not only ran on Fan Fiction Friday often, Roboteers REQUEST them because of the fics sheer [[SoBadItsGood insanity]].



* ForcedMeme: WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS. KnowYourMeme has it deadpooled because it didn't spread naturally.

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* ForcedMeme: WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS. KnowYourMeme Website/KnowYourMeme has it deadpooled because it didn't spread naturally.



* AGoodNameForARockBand: During Fanfiction Friday Rob would often stumble upon some combination of the words and comment "Great name for a rock band # XXXX".

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* AGoodNameForARockBand: During Fanfiction Friday FFF Rob would often stumble upon some combination of the words and comment "Great name for a rock band # XXXX".



** That applies to {{Transformers}} as well, although he does seem to like WesternAnimation/BeastWars and admits he doesn't have any opinion on TransformersAnimated because he never watched it. The [[TransformersFilmSeries live-action films]] [[BerserkButton are another story]]. He also isn't too fond of WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime, but he stated in a later post that it was more disappointment than outright hate, and in a LATER post, he admitted that, while he still doesn't like it, that he can see why others do.

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** That applies to {{Transformers}} as well, although he does seem to like WesternAnimation/BeastWars and admits he doesn't have any opinion on TransformersAnimated because he never watched it. The [[TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries live-action films]] [[BerserkButton are another story]]. He also isn't too fond of WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime, but he stated in a later post that it was more disappointment than outright hate, and in a LATER post, he admitted that, while he still doesn't like it, that he can see why others do.



** When in early 2011 he finally got around to the infamous ''FFVII'' fic "Beast & The Harlots", he went from typing using Toht's picture with the caption "HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE" in one section to '' "'''HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE'''" '' in a later one. And yes, the story really is that bad.

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** When in early 2011 he finally got around to the infamous ''FFVII'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fic "Beast & The Harlots", he went from typing using Toht's picture with the caption "HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE" in one section to '' "'''HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE'''" '' in a later one. And yes, the story really is that bad.



* SchmuckBait: Admit it, the way in which Rob introduces [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/03/fan_fiction_friday_the_other_story.php "The Other Story"]] [[spoiler: (real title "How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish")]] just makes you want to read it ''even more.''

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* SchmuckBait: Admit it, the way in which Rob introduces [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/03/fan_fiction_friday_the_other_story.php "The Other Story"]] [[spoiler: (real title title: "How Videl Discovered Her Abortion Fetish")]] Fetish") just makes you want to read it ''even more.''



* SitcomArchnemesis[=/=]ShadowArchetype: Abraxas is one of these to Rob, as well as being a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.
** It's ''Dr.'' Abraxas now. OH SHI--
* [[{{Spork}} Sporking]]: Done for all but the [[ThePokemonStory most vile]] of the [=FFFs=].

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* SitcomArchnemesis[=/=]ShadowArchetype: SitcomArchnemesis: Abraxas is one of these to Rob, as well as being a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.
** It's ''Dr.'' Abraxas now. OH SHI--
* [[{{Spork}} Sporking]]: {{Spork}}: Done for all but the [[ThePokemonStory most vile]] vile of the [=FFFs=].



* UpToEleven: In one episode of Fanfiction Friday, he [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/02/fan_fiction_friday_harry_potter_and_the_surprise_p.php makes a brief reference to a fic he believes to be worse than]] ThePokemonStory.

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* UpToEleven: In one episode of Fanfiction Friday, he [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/02/fan_fiction_friday_harry_potter_and_the_surprise_p.php makes a brief reference to a fic he believes to be worse than]] ThePokemonStory.''The Pokémon Story''.




!!Notable fanfics featured on Fan Fiction Friday include:
* FanFic/RectifiedAnonymity: Rob ''[[TheWoobie discovered]]'' it and popularized the nickname of "The Pokémon Story". He initially refused to run it. The Roboteers begged him. He ran it. We needed BrainBleach.
8th Jan '16 6:59:18 PM nombretomado
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: invoked by Rob after a '''''really''' bad fic regarding SpiritedAway.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: invoked by Rob after a '''''really''' bad fic regarding SpiritedAway.''Anime/SpiritedAway''.
5th Jan '16 5:38:01 AM BugsFan17
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The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice.

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The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice.
Voice. Unfortunately, later that year, the site stopped publishing new articles.
18th Sep '15 3:56:21 PM nombretomado
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*** Which was latter topped [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/05/fan_fiction_friday_fievel_from_american_tail_in_th.php The Fievel Story MST]], which required ''over 50 Tohts'' to properly express his horror. By the time he's done he's worshiping {{Darkseid}} and calling for him to end everything.

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*** Which was latter topped [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/05/fan_fiction_friday_fievel_from_american_tail_in_th.php The Fievel Story MST]], which required ''over 50 Tohts'' to properly express his horror. By the time he's done he's worshiping {{Darkseid}} {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and calling for him to end everything.
15th Sep '15 7:22:06 PM BugsFan17
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''"Nerd News, Humor, and [[TakeThatUs Self-Loathing]]"''

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''"Nerd News, Humor, and [[TakeThatUs Self-Loathing]]"''
''"Unofficial Sponsors of Your Inner Childishness"''


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The site was given a new tagline in 2014, replacing the former slogan "[[TakeThatUs Nerd News, Humor, and Self-Loathing]]" for being too dark. The next year, the site received a total overhaul and was renamed The Robot's Voice.
15th Jun '15 9:45:53 AM nombretomado
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** Tons. Use of [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Toht's]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Toht_face_2898.PNG melting face]] or the [[YourHeadAsplode exploding head]] from ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' to illustrate FFF commentary, [[MemeticMutation WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS]], finding [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] to be "fucking horrifying", rampant and occasionally [[HoYay homoerotic]] JossWhedon fanboyism, and, most recently, Rob [[ADateWithRosiePalms furiously masturbating]] over any and all news about ''Film/TronLegacy''.

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** Tons. Use of [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Toht's]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Toht_face_2898.PNG melting face]] or the [[YourHeadAsplode exploding head]] from ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' to illustrate FFF commentary, [[MemeticMutation WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS]], finding [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] to be "fucking horrifying", rampant and occasionally [[HoYay homoerotic]] JossWhedon Creator/JossWhedon fanboyism, and, most recently, Rob [[ADateWithRosiePalms furiously masturbating]] over any and all news about ''Film/TronLegacy''.
19th Jul '14 7:21:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** Tons. Use of [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Toht's]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Toht_face_2898.PNG melting face]] or the [[YourHeadAsplode exploding head]] from {{Scanners}} to illustrate FFF commentary, [[MemeticMutation WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS]], finding [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] to be "fucking horrifying", rampant and occasionally [[HoYay homoerotic]] JossWhedon fanboyism, and, most recently, Rob [[ADateWithRosiePalms furiously masturbating]] over any and all news about ''Film/TronLegacy''.

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** Tons. Use of [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Toht's]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Toht_face_2898.PNG melting face]] or the [[YourHeadAsplode exploding head]] from {{Scanners}} ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' to illustrate FFF commentary, [[MemeticMutation WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS]], finding [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] to be "fucking horrifying", rampant and occasionally [[HoYay homoerotic]] JossWhedon fanboyism, and, most recently, Rob [[ADateWithRosiePalms furiously masturbating]] over any and all news about ''Film/TronLegacy''.
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