History ComicBook / AtomicRobo

7th Jun '16 8:15:39 PM Scorpio3002
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* BoxingLessonsForSuperman: Robo spent months learning martial arts from Bruce Lee, so that he wouldn't be dependent on just brute force. Bruce had already stopped taking students, but agreed to train him because Robo was the only person capable of surviving his full-strength attacks.
2nd Jun '16 2:05:49 PM nombretomado
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** ''Real Science Adventures'' shows a veritable dream-team of these back in the late 19th and early 20th century: UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, Charles Fort, George Westinghouse, [[HPLovecraft H.P.]]'s dad Winfield Scott Lovecraft (the President's [[OccultDetective occult secret agent]]), HarryHoudini, Anne Oakley and Wong Kei-ying.

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** ''Real Science Adventures'' shows a veritable dream-team of these back in the late 19th and early 20th century: UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, Charles Fort, George Westinghouse, [[HPLovecraft [[Creator/HPLovecraft H.P.]]'s dad Winfield Scott Lovecraft (the President's [[OccultDetective occult secret agent]]), HarryHoudini, Anne Oakley and Wong Kei-ying.
2nd Jun '16 2:04:37 PM nombretomado
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In addition to these, there's a spinoff series called ''Real Science Adventures'', with each issue containing several new stories, either one-shots or multi-parters, involving either Robo, side-characters from the main comic, or other people from the setting. One series deals with The Sparrow, while another focuses on the two-fisted science adventures of Tesladyne's predecessors; UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, Ehrie "Creator/HarryHoudini" Weisz, Charles Fort, HPLovecraft’s dad, George Westinghouse, Annie Oakley and Wong Kei-ying (father of UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung) - ''the Seven Centurions of Science.'' Which is ''exactly'' as awesome as it sounds.

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In addition to these, there's a spinoff series called ''Real Science Adventures'', with each issue containing several new stories, either one-shots or multi-parters, involving either Robo, side-characters from the main comic, or other people from the setting. One series deals with The Sparrow, while another focuses on the two-fisted science adventures of Tesladyne's predecessors; UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, Ehrie "Creator/HarryHoudini" Weisz, Charles Fort, HPLovecraft’s Creator/HPLovecraft’s dad, George Westinghouse, Annie Oakley and Wong Kei-ying (father of UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung) - ''the Seven Centurions of Science.'' Which is ''exactly'' as awesome as it sounds.
2nd Jun '16 12:09:08 PM DragonRanger
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* NoHuggingNoKissing: Quite logically for a robot (especially one lacking a ''mouth''), but rare in fiction: the robot hero does not try to romance any of the pretty women that end up near him. Or anyone else. (Well, except for in ''Deadly Art of Science''... But still, six out of seven ain't bad.)

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* NoHuggingNoKissing: Quite logically for a robot (especially one lacking a ''mouth''), but rare in fiction: the robot hero does not try to romance any of the pretty women that end up near him. Or anyone else. (Well, except for There is a grand total of ''one'' exception to this, as Robo and Helen are interested in each other in ''Deadly Art of Science''... But still, six out Science'', but even then a later adventure (''Temple of seven ain't bad.)Od'') has both dial it back as Helen has moved on since then. Supporting characters rarely get involved with each other either, with again just one big exception: Vik and Lang are shown to be a couple in ''Ring of Fire'' by a scene where she's nearly caught in his room after they spent the night together.


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* WorkingWithTheEx: Robo and Helen in ''Temple of Od''. There's a little awkwardness there since Helen has a new boyfriend, but overall they're AmicableExes.
27th May '16 7:40:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace: Robo's main argument against time travel is the colossal speed at which planets and solar systems are constantly moving.
3rd Apr '16 1:34:15 AM Kalaong
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* AlienGeometries: "Zorth", the fifth cardinal direction, is actually so alien it only comes into play when something capable of destroying reality intersects with the observable universe. Thus, though Robo has spent literally his entire life researching it and put it to use multiple times, it isn't actually of use much of the time - except as the source of his [[RunningGag bitter rivalry]] with Stephen Hawking.



** "What's this about a ''fifth'' cardinal direction?"

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** "What's this about a ''fifth'' ''[[AlienGeometries fifth]]'' cardinal direction?"



** The [[AnotherDimension fifth cardinal direction]], Zorth - discovered by Charles Fort, and researched by Robo himself. Also the cause of an ongoing rivalry between Robo and Stephen Hawking.

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** The [[AnotherDimension [[AlienGeometries fifth cardinal direction]], Zorth - discovered by Charles Fort, and researched by Robo himself. Also the cause of an ongoing rivalry between Robo and Stephen Hawking.
30th Mar '16 8:26:46 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy:
** Robo's team of Action Scientists are understandably reluctant to break through a pair of huge, ornate, conspicuous locked doors in an abandoned Helsingard facility:

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GenreSavvy: Robo's team of Action Scientists are understandably reluctant to break through a pair of huge, ornate, conspicuous locked doors in an abandoned Helsingard facility:



** Just one look at the Quantum Decomputer, a giant room-filling behemoth made up of huge metal boxes, ominously large black cables and pipes jutting all over the place, is enough to tell Robo that no good will come of it:
--->'''Robo:''' Computers that ''solve'' problems don't look like this. They're unassuming boxes on desks. They're refrigerators without the exciting brand names. Computers [[AIIsACrapshoot that are]] ''[[AIIsACrapshoot evil]]'' have all sorts of unnecessary ornamentation. This one's ''venting steam''! Why's it doing that? It's like in nature. Like rattlesnakes or brightly coloured poisonous frogs. It ''wants'' you to know it's dangerous.
20th Mar '16 3:00:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* XMeetsY: ''Knights of the Golden Circle'' is described by its creators as "''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' / ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' crossover fanfic".
18th Mar '16 11:28:53 AM MattStriker
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* KillItWithFire: Robo's reaction to discovering a sub-basement filled with giant insects (triggering his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes phobia]]) is to flood the place with rocket fuel and burn everything down.
12th Mar '16 3:20:02 AM PaulA
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* AdaptationalVillainy: ''The Billion Dollar Plot'' guest-stars a trio of actual 19th-century DimeNovel {{Science Hero}}es -- as a triumvirate of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans villains.



* CallForward: Seen from time to time thanks to the stories being told out of order. During "The Trial of Atomic Robo", Dr. Dinosaur [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/v8fcbd-page-6 declares]] that his ''next'' monster will have a remote control. But we [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/vol5fcbd-page-5 already know]] how well that's going to work out.

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* CallForward: Seen from time to time thanks to the stories being told out of order. order.
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During "The Trial of Atomic Robo", Dr. Dinosaur [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/v8fcbd-page-6 declares]] that his ''next'' monster will have a remote control. But we [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/vol5fcbd-page-5 already know]] how well that's going to work out.out.
** The ''Real Science Adventures'' arc ''The Billion Dollar'' plot, set before Atomic Robo's "birth", features Nikola Tesla's first use of the telluric vest and hand blasters he brings out of mothballs to rescue Robo at the denouement of ''The Deadly Art of Science''. The final scene has him embarking on a line of research intended to [[spoiler:add flight capability to the ensemble, which he also uses at the denouement of ''The Deadly Art of Science'']].


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* CartoonBomb: A fight scene in ''The Billion Dollar Plot'' involves a stash of dynamite in the classic red cylinder form, with "TNT" helpfully printed on each stick for good measure.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: At the denouement of ''The Billion Dollar Plot'', the New York police arrive in force just ''after'' the heroes have disposed of the villains and their secret army, and attempt to arrest the heroes on the assumption that as the only people left standing they must be responsible for all the noise and property damage.


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* {{Dissimile}}: In ''The Billion Dollar Plot'', Annie Oakley and Wong Kei-Ying hijack a monocycle from an enemy mook:
-->'''Annie Oakley:''' How d'ya figure ya ride this thing?\\
'''Wong Kei-Ying:''' Much like a horse. But differently.


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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Exploited in ''The Billion Dollar Plot''; having reached the limit of what they can deduce about the villains' plans, the heroes allow themselves to be captured on the accurate assumption that one of the villains will fail his roll against gloating and explain exactly what they're up to.


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* PublicDomainCharacter: The villainous triumvirate in ''The Billion Dollar Plot'' are three 19th-century DimeNovel {{Science Hero}}es (Jack Wright, Frank Reade Jr, and "Electric Bob") gone bad.


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* TakeTheWheel: Annie Oakely to Wong Kei-Ying in ''The Billion Dollar Plot''.
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