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A [[WidgetSeries quirky, offbeat]] AdventureGame with the guts of a [[PlatformGame platformer]], ''Chibi-Robo'' tells the story of the Sandersons, a seemingly average [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] family. For her birthday, 8-year-old Jenny Sanderson receives a "Chibi-Robo," a tiny, 4-inch tall RobotMaid with a [[HyperspaceArsenal hyperspace head]], a [[RobotBuddy neurotic flying sidekick]], and the ability to turn just about anything into a [[DoAnythingRobot useful tool]]. By design, Chibi-Robo is supposed to perform simple household tasks: Cleaning up, entertaining children, cooking--the basics. But ''this'' particular Chibi-Robo doesn't have it so easy, as he becomes a kind of Armchair Psychiatrist to the Sandersons and all of their [[DysfunctionJunction severely messed up toys]].

What? Did we forget to mention that all of the toys in their house [[LivingToys are alive]]? Silly us.

Released in 2005 for the [=GameCube=], ''ChibiRobo'' is considered something of a cult hit. It was critically praised, but sold poorly--partially due to its [[WidgetSeries odd nature]] and partially due to the overall bad sales of the system it was on. Despite this, it managed to spawn a very cute sequel on the Nintendo DS, this time with a GreenAesop thrown in, but due to ExecutiveMeddling, it was a Wal*Mart exclusive until fairly recently, destroying the sales. If you have a Wii (or still have a [=GameCube=] kicking around), check this out--it's incredibly cheap, quite fun, [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute as a button,]] and [[HiddenDepths unexpectedly moving]].

Nintendo included it as one of their "New Play Control!" {{Updated Rerelease}}s for Wii. A third entry, ''Welcome Home, Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Big Sweep'' was released in Japan for the Nintendo DS in Fall 2009, but passed most of the country by due to lack of advertising. A 3DS game subtitled "Photo Finder" appeared on the 3DS, including augmented reality features.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer - Justified, as Chibi is only a few inches tall. What's huge to him is tiny to everyone else.
* TheAce - '''''DRAAAAAKE REDCRESSSSST!'''''
* AlienInvasion - Subverted. At first, the aliens seem mysterious and ominous. However, they're perfectly nice folks.
** There are evil spidery robots, as well, but [[spoiler:they're not aliens.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish - Apparently, alien language is just normal language, spoken really, really softly.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited - [[spoiler:Every lovestruck character in the game manages to avert this... except for Dinah, who never admits her liking for Phil to his face without trying to take it back as a joke even by the end of their subplot, which... must have been a pretty tough time for her, to say the least. Poor Sophie never really gets anywhere even once she mostly averts this, either.]]
* AmbiguousGender - The Phillies.
* AmbiguouslyGay - Ketschburg and Moustardin from ''Photo Finder.'' The only real ambiguity about it is the fact that they're never actually called a couple. They have lines where they talk about the fact that they were (literally) made for each other, and during one sidequest, when it looks like Miss Clayra might have designs on Ketschburg, Moustardin exclaims that she'll never let her take Ketschburg away from him.
* ArmCannon - The Chibi-Blaster
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther - [[spoiler:Mrs. Sanderson kissing Mr. Sanderson in the end.]]
* BadassCreed - "YOU'RE FREE RANGERS! YOU'RE HARD-BOILED!"
* BeastAndBeauty - The mummy action figure Mort loves the beautiful princess doll Princess Pitts.
* BenevolentArchitecture - No matter how out-of-the-way it seems, some part of the landscape will let you get up there.
** And, thanks to Park Patrol, you can even make the landscape that way!
* BigNo - Mr. Sanderson utters one when [[spoiler:he realizes that his wife wants to divorce him.]]
* BlandNameProduct - The company that made Chibi-Robo, Citrusoft, is a reference to {{Apple}}. In a similar vain, the company that made the [[spoiler:evil Spydorz]], Macroware, is a thinly veiled poke at {{Microsoft}}. Taking sides much? Or, it could be the other way around: Citru-SOFT=Micro-SOFT and MAC-roware. Or they could be combinations of the two companies. Take your pick.
** Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is a fan of Apple after all.
* BraggingRightsReward - Collecting all the stickers.
* BumblingDad - Mr. Sanderson is one for sure.
* BunnyEarsLawyer - [[spoiler:Mr. Sanderson. Despite being a BumblingDad to the extreme, he's actually a brilliant inventor.]]
* TheCameo - A character named Kid Eggplant looks VERY similar to Eggplant Man from ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew''. There's also Primopuel, who is a real toy produced by Bandai (though only in Japan).
* CartoonCreature - Squid Vicious in ''Photo Finder'' is the AnimateInanimateObject version of this. For most of the other characters in the game, it's obvious what sort of objects they represent (plasticine clay, a tin robot, garden statuary), but Squid is just sort of a plasticky-looking strange... thing.
* CastFromHitPoints - Chibi has one stat for ''everything,'' from using special abilities to taking damage to time--it's his battery. Plugging into a handy outlet gives you a full heal.
* CloudCuckoolander - A few of the non-[[TheWoobie Woobies]].
* ConceptsAreCheap - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with Drake Redcrest. According to his "official" bio, he fights for justice, but he actually has no idea what justice really ''means'' and is in a state of mild existential crisis because of it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment - When Chibi plugs in to recharge, if the player mashes buttons in an effort to rush through Telly's save dialog (and on a heavy "15 minute" day this can be as many as 3-5 recharges), then when Chibi goes to unplug he gets harmlessly whacked with a pan or can top dropped from above. Telly denies it, of course, stating he has no idea where it came from, but counts the number of times it has happened.
* CuteMachines: The title character, along with his various [[RobotBuddy robot buddies]].
* DiscoDan - Funky Phil ("Awwww yeah! Are you ''funky?!'')
** Park Patrol follows up on this with the beatboxing Kid Kombo, mascot of Monkey Burger, who teaches you dance moves.
* DisneyDeath - [[spoiler:Funky Phil. He was just "turned off."]]
** Every time a toy runs out of energy in Park Patrol, complete with [[{{Narm}} cheesy parting words.]]
** [[spoiler:Dinah and Sophie]], though the "Disney" part can come in too quickly afterwards for it to be made particularly dramatic. [[spoiler:Dinah jumps out of her loft after you collect all of the lego blocks and smashes on the floor, but Mr. Sanderson puts her back together, which was part of her plan; Sophie passes out after giving Drake her letter and her butterfly-formed ghost is shown floating out of her body, but trying to talk to her revives her, and it also happens every time you use the ghost costume's pose on her.]]
** You yourself are able to pull one off. Telly Vision even cries over your 'grave' when you fall over.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - ''Sunshine wants his [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin nectar]]...''
* TheDragon - [[spoiler:Sergeant Smogglor to Miasmo in the sequel.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty - The Sergeant of the Free Rangers is a strange blend of this and AFatherToHisMen. He's hard on them, but he does truly care about them, and he's arguably harder on ''himself.''
* DysfunctionJunction - ''Everyone'' in that house has ''serious'' issues.
* EccentricTownsfolk - Added to the fact that they're ''toys...''
* {{Expy}} - Drake Redcrest's design was obviously [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]-based (his original name in the Japanese version was "Gocchiman"), and he seems to have a bit of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]] in him, as well.
** Funnily enough, he seems to have both of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear's]] personalities in him: he's completely aware that he's a toy, yet acts like a real super hero anyway.
** The American version of Drake Redcrest (with the yellow helmet visor) appears to be based on a rooster.
* TheFaceless - The inventor of the Park Patrol Chibi-Robo model. We see the rest of his body in the intro and tutorial.
** All the humans in Park Patrol are like this actually, which is weird considering in all of the other Chibi-Robo games you can see everyone's face.
* FanGirl - Sophie to Drake Redcrest, and Dinah to Funky Phil to a lesser extent.
* FetchQuest - That's what happens when you turn an AdventureGame into a platformer-esque game.
** And it gets worse when you merge it with a SimulationGame.
* FrothyMugsOfWater - Captain Plankbeard repeatedly drinks from a wooden jug during conversation. After a few drinks, he remarks that he "Love(s) the taste of water".
* GagLips - Sophie
* GRatedDrug - Sunshine and his "nectar" addiction.
* GenderEqualsBreed - More like, "Gender Equals Toy Line." The children of [[spoiler:Mort and Princess Pitts]] are [[spoiler:a male mummy action figure and a female princess doll.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - Sunshine and his "nectar" go without saying. Also, the first time Phil drops a seed, Dinah, while ranting, will say something to the tune of "Why am I blushing?! It's only a seed!" ...''Uhh''.
* GranolaGirl - Molly Mapleleaf in Park Patrol, a plastic tree toy whose goal is to help the environment in any way she can, and dreams of becoming a real biodegradable tree in the next life.
* GratuitousJapanese - Parodied extensively with Telly Vision's song "Teriyaki Blues." The opening lines of the song are "in Japanese," but consist entirely of loanwords like "ninja" and "otaku."
* HappilyMarried - [[spoiler:Mort and Pitts, once you complete their StoryArc.]]
** [[spoiler:The Sandersons, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther once you complete the main storyline]].]]
* HeroicBSOD - Parodied. The father has one of these whenever anything mildly interesting happens.
--> (after Chibi Robo ''picked up a flower''): Hot! Diggity! Dog! '''That's ''AWESOOOOOOOME!!!!'' '''
** Though in that last example, it likely was more over the fact that Chibi put the flower (which is quite a bit bigger than Chibi) in its [[{{Hammerspace}} head]].
** After [[spoiler:Funky Phil "dies", Dinah spends the next solid 24 hours (not in actual time, of course) standing next to him with wild eyes, talking nonsense]].
* HyperspaceArsenal - How ''does'' Chibi fit all that stuff in his head?
** It gets ridiculous enough to fall into RefugeInAudacity, as well. Like when you carry a pirate ship that is easily over 10 times Chibi's size.
* ImOkay - Sophie loudly proclaims "FEELS GOOOOD!" after falling down the stairs.
* InUniverseGameClock - You can customize the length. Shorter days mean less waiting for time-based events, but obviously, less time to do chores. Longer days mean more time to do stuff, but when it comes to time-based events, be prepared to wait unless you've got a pair of Pajamas.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Sergeant of the Free Rangers. While he is harsh on them and insults them despite hard work, he is genuinely worried about the youngest ranger, Memphis, who was kidnapped by Tao.
** Also, Captain Plankbeard, who is quite harsh-mouthed, but he is really attached to Giga-Robo.
* KleptomaniacHero - You'd think you'd lose points for having so much household stuff go missing. Oh well.
* LargeHam - Drake Redcrest, who for starters claims part of the Space Hunter code is to [[LampshadeHanging greet everyone by yelling]].
** Also Mr. Sanderson - see the above HeroicBSOD entry.
* LivingToys
* LostWeddingRing - Mr. Sanderson looses his after the main story. You have to fetch it up.
* LoveLetterLunacy - The literal ChewToy Sophie and her crush on Drake Redcrest.
* MacroZone
* {{Metamorphosis}} - Each of the [[DysfunctionJunction toys with problems]] in Park Patrol goes through this in a metaphorical rebirth after you help them with said problems.
* MoodWhiplash - Of a kind that can cause decapitation from it's severity. [[spoiler: It's a lot more potent to anybody playing who ''knows'' what it's like to be in a family where you get A) Ignored by a parent not due to ill will but because of circumstances (Jenny and her mother), B) have a family threatening to taken apart because of miscommunication (the father), or C)to care about somebody who tends to irresponsible and makes it difficult to keep making excuses for them, and then finding out they had a reason for it in the first place and didn't want to hurt you with it (the mother).]] and remember, that all happens after a playful romp with living toys and trying to make the family happy. And that's not all of the problems you face in the game.
* MoneyForNothing - After buying all the upgrades, there's really nothing more you need. You also don't need Happy Points after [[spoiler:completing the game]].
* MotorMouth - Dinah, not so much in the speed of her words as the quantity.
* MouseWorld - The setting.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - [[spoiler:General Greenthumb's original owner, thinking he's stupid since he can't win playing as him in a game, discards his Greenthumb figure at the park, thus providing the [[FaceHeelTurn perfect]] [[TheDragon minion]] for Miasmo.]]
* NoExportForYou - ''Park Patrol'' in Europe. The rest of the world likely won't see the third game with it being 2 years old, the DS being succeeding and [=NoA=] refusing to localize ''anything''.
* NoNameGiven - Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson are known as just that, with no mentioned first names.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind - This is the main conflict with the Free Rangers: A while ago, they let their youngest member, Memphis, get left behind, and they haven't recovered.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything - Both Captain Plankbeard (a literal pirate, who lampshades this to a degree "As ye know, pirates who aren't evil end up at theme parks...It be terrifyin'") and the Free Rangers (a military-esque group) don't seem to do much in the way of their official jobs--though the Free Rangers do train a lot.
* PlayableEpilogue - The game continues after [[spoiler:resurrecting Giga-Robo]], and a few sidequests are only completable after this.
** Park Patrol continues after [[spoiler:beating Miasmo and gaining Greenthumb's power source]], and the sidequest bit applies here as well.
* PunnyName - ''Photo Finder'' has Squid Vicious the [[Music/TheSexPistols punk]] squid.
* ReluctantRetiree - Bull in Park Patrol. He gets better about it.
* RewardingVandalism - As contrary to your main goal as it is, breaking things is required to progress in the game.
* RobotBuddy - The titular Chibi is one, but he has his ''own'' robot buddy in the form of Telly Vision. The Park Patrol version also has one in the form of the [[ApologisesALot overly-apologetic Chet.]]
* RobotMaid - Chibi may only be four inches tall, but he fits.
* SchizoTech - Despite being in a setting that has had functional robots with AI for years (though very power hungry), the Sandersons have two phonographs, no computers, [=TVs=] with ''dials'' and no bathroom.
* ShoutOut - The game was co-produced by Bandai-Namco, so a Tamagotchi appears in the game.
* SideQuest - The game is almost nothing ''but'' sidequests.
* SmoochOfVictory
* SpeakingSimlish - "Gubba gubba, doemingmee!"
* SpeaksFluentAnimal - [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Certain outfits]] allow Chibi to talk to animals.
* StalkerWithACrush - Sophie really "watches" Drake more than she follows him. Then again, she's slightly less mobile. [[spoiler:Once she "dies", though, she constantly flies behind him as a ghost butterfly.]]
* StealthPun - The princess doll's name is Princess Pitts. If that seems like an odd name for a princess, think about some ''other'' Nintendo franchises for a bit. [[spoiler:What do you find inside of a [[SuperMarioBros Peach?]]]]
* StuckInTheirShadow - In-Universe example with Fizz of the penguin mascot duo for [=PopFizz Soda=] in Park Patrol. [[spoiler:He gets fed up and leaves Pop after a while, but they patch things up later.]]
* ThemeNaming - The Free Rangers are all named after major US locations (at least in the American version). Most are cities or nicknames for cities (Frisco), with some oddballs like Maui, an island, and Bama, presumably Alabama.
* TimeSkip - The third game in the series, ''Welcome Home Chibi-Robo!'', features a grown-up Jenny as the owner of the household this time around. She even has her own son.
* ToyTime - Jenny's Room.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Nearly every toy in Park Patrol has one.
* {{Tuckerization}} - Family dog Tao was a real dog, owned by the game's creator. He looked pretty much exactly like the in-game one. He actually has appearances in many other Skip, Ltd. games (like ''CaptainRainbow''), but the real dog sadly passed away in 2009.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters - The Spydorz.
** [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn General Greenthumb]] once he gets his memory back.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: The Sandersons.
** [[spoiler: Mort and Princess Pitts.]]
* UnnamedParent: Jenny's son Keith (we never know who his dad is).
* VoiceForTheVoiceless
* TheVoiceless: The {{Protagonist}}.
* WalkingTheEarth - The puppet Francois, due to a desire to break his strings [[spoiler:borne from another toy [[ArmorPiercingQuestion wondering if he truly has free will.]]]]
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly - A version of it. Being a robot, Chibi runs off a battery, and he needs to "charge" it periodically. [[spoiler:Until the aliens show up and give every robot in the world, including you, perpetual energy.]]
** Apparently not. The Park Patrol Chibi [[spoiler:still needs to plug in every five seconds at the beginning of the second game.]]
*** The Park Patrol model of Chibi has the ability to convert happy points into energy, so [[spoiler:the energy crisis was averted anyway. Maybe ''that'' was technology derived from the aliens.]]
**** The toys in Park Patrol occasionally need this too, from Chibi-Robo itself. [[spoiler:Except for Smogglor/Greenthumb.]]
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