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''Robopon'' (short for ''Robot Ponkottsu'' in Japanese) is a series of [=RPGs=] produced by Creator/HudsonSoft and Creator/RedEntertainment and brought to the U.S. by Creator/{{Atlus}}. Three games in total have been released; three distinct versions for the first, ''Sun'', ''Star'', and ''Moon'' (released on the GBC), while the second had ''Ring'' and ''Cross'' (released on the GBA). There was also one other single-version game, ''Robopon 64'', for the N64.

The handheld games chronicle the adventures of a young boy named Cody, and his quest to become a Robopon master. Robopon, as the name implies, are robots, created by either catching them in the wild with magnets or "sparking" two batteries together; practically everyone has one, and uses them to participate in fighting competitions.

''Sun'', ''Star'', and ''Moon'' follow Cody's quest to become [[ToBeAMaster Legend1]] in the Robopon rankings of Porombo Island, while ''Ring'' and ''Cross'' detail his journeys in the country of Majiko and the tournament there.

Gameplay in the first game was similar to ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', but with a robot theme--some status effects, for example, were Fog, Rust, and Crash. You had 4 Robopon in a party and sent them out one by one, using Software to attack and Parts as equipment. Combining software could get you more advanced, powerful moves. Obtaining Robopon was done by catching wild 'Pons with magnets, and evolution was an option if you collected enough Energyballs after battles.

In the second game, gameplay was streamlined and less obviously ''Pokemon''-inspired. Your party was out all at once, Robopon had oil types that affected who they could multiheal or multiattack in battle, evolution was an option via leveling, and Robopon were no longer caught--you sparked them by combining two batteries. An overall faster game made for a better-received experience, though both games are well-regarded by fans.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: While Bisco is a bully, he and his gang hold sway over Libra School's teachers and principal.
* ActionBomb: Riggs Construction members make their exits in... memorably explosive ways. [[spoiler:In Riggs' case, though, this isn't so permanent.]]
** Out-of-control Robopon can selfdestruct randomly.
* AIIsACrapshoot: In the first game, several wild Robopon have too-small [=CPUs=] and are prone to violence, confusion, and going out of control.
* AnAesop: The epilogue of ''2'' has everyone you've met giving a different one, to the point of comedy.
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Zeke; he rescues Cody at the start of the game and isn't as evil as his brother.
* TheAlcatraz: Gust Prison.
* AmbiguousGender: In the first game, Kamat, the Legend4. The game describes Kamat as male, but ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' says Kamat is female. His/her sprites, on the overworld and in-battle, do not help in any way whatsoever.
* AndroidsArePeopleToo: Robopon are treated as living creatures, which is why Cody's grandpa is adamant he not use them for evil.
* AntiGrinding[=/=]{{Cap}}: ''Robopon 2'' does this in an interesting way. Some Robopon can be enhanced, but when they are, their level drops by half. Also, no matter what their evolutionary stage, they eventually reach a point where their levels increase but their stats do not. The game compensates by making the stats a bit higher than what the Robopon had at that level when it first reached it (i.e., a level 9 Sun-02 has higher stats than a level 9 Sunny), and enhanced Robopon learn more moves than their previous forms.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Cody has a bit of this in the first game.
-->'''Cody:''' Should I put an end to Bisco's goon's treachery?
* ArtEvolution: In a special version of ''Moon'', ''Comic Bon Bon'', the sprites for some Robopon were altered. Some new looks transferred to ''Robopon 2''.
* ArtShiftedSequel: The game went from [[http://i.imgur.com/UBUGk9N.png this]] to [[http://i.imgur.com/TVhuBJK.png this]] in the transition from GBC to GBA.
* ArtificialHuman: The three Zero cyborgs of ''Ring'' and ''Cross'' versions, created specifically to hunt down Cody, scrap his Robopon, and kill him.
* AvengingTheVillain: Subverted in ''Robopon 2''. Dr. Zeke is the previously unseen brother of Dr. Zero, from the first game. Rather than vowing to avenge his death, he goes back in time to ''save'' Zero so they can both destroy Cody.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The * (Star) software sort of falls into this. On one hand, the attacks they create can do obscene amounts of damage. On the other, they require a team of Robopon that mutually like each other, eat anywhere from a third to a half of a Robopon's Energy Points, and do pathetic damage if the enemy has appropriate stats.
* BagOfSpilling: In the second game; somehow, Cody leaves Porombo Island for the tournament without carrying ''any of his Robopon'' (Bisco hastily shoving him aboard didn't help), and is shipwrecked in Majiko's Baba Village before he can turn back for them.
* BalefulPolymorph: Princess Darcy is imprisoned in a mirror, and her sprite 'becomes' the mirror until she's rescued--though oddly, there are no mirror-based Robopon.
* BigBad: Dr. Zero in the first game; Dr. Zero [[spoiler: Sr.]] in the second.
* BigNo: "OH NO! I left all my Robopon at home!"
* BlessedWithSuck[=/=]CursedWithAwesome: Mushroom effects in the second game basically fall under one of these two categories. There are three different mushroom colors, and each one has a specific set of spirits that can be summoned from it. Since the spirits are chosen at random, one may get the spirit that makes stuff cheaper at shops... or the spirit that ''throws stuff out of your inventory for no reason.'' SaveScumming is a must if you don't like letting the RandomNumberGod screw you over.
* BonusBoss: Several in the second game, including [[spoiler: Rena's restored-to-youth mother, the younger version of Nick D., the Robopon in Delica Castle's basement, and the W-King]].
** In the original, you can rematch the first six Legends in Zero Tower post-credits.
* BossInMookClothing: Near the end of the second game, the Marvel Lab where Dr. Don and his assistant Sam take refuge contains a special group of Robopon in a certain room that appear at random. Defeating them [[RandomlyDrops may get you a medal]] that can be used at Play-Land to play extra minigames. The main problem is that the group is highly leveled and will wipe the floor with you the first time you run across them unless you come prepared. There is a Dragon Robopon in the past version of Delica Castle that is the same type of battle.
* BrokenPedestal: Prince Tail's father had a shady past with Dr. Zero, and won the Legend1 title by nearly killing the doctor after Zero defeated him.
* TheBully: Bisco, the top Robopon battler at Cody's school.
* ButThouMust: In the second game.
-->'''Game:''' ''And so, the Pandora's Box that is the Battleship has been opened...Metaphors aside, will you press the red button?''
-->'''Player:''' ''No.''
-->'''Game:''' ''Umm...you should really think about pressing the button soon.''
* CaptainErsatz: Between the first game and the sequel, there are Expies or references to: VideoGame/{{Kirby}} and VideoGame/PacMan (Dotcom), VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} (Crowle's Oyajitchi-like design), ''Film/TheKarateKid'', Creator/JackieChan, and [[Franchise/MortalKombat Johnny Cage]] in one line (Ralph, Chan, and Luke); the "Monkeys-In-A-Barrel Game" (Chimp), Anime/{{Voltron}} (Voltone), VideoGame/MegaManClassic (the Gigapon[=/=]Micro and Negapon line, which is explained fully in the ShoutOut entry below), Niteboat from WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, Franchise/{{Gundam}} (Gundarn), Series/TheTick (El Seed), Disney/{{Fantasia}} (Hippon), Anime/{{Doraemon}} (Doraepon), Anime/SpeedRacer (Mock V), Franchise/KamenRider ([[Series/KamenRider Rider1]], [[Series/KamenRiderV3 RiderV]] and [[Series/KamenRiderSuperOne Super1]]) and finally a double reference to both Manga/ChoBits and Manga/MegaTokyo with an Robopon {{Expy}} of Chi named "Ping".
* ChainOfDeals: The FetchQuest to get Golden Sunny/Silver C-Cell in the first game.
* ComMons: Romby, Coball, Sumito, and Ramby in the first game.
* CombinationAttack: Combining software can get you more powerful attacks depending on what kind it is. Mixing Fire and Water will get you a Steam attack, which has a chance of causing a Fever.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Dr. Zero does this in the second game after you beat him, hilariously listing off every positive virtue in the book as he wonders how Cody was able to defeat him. [[spoiler: Then he declares that it doesn't mean anything when you have money and power]].
** Blaze, the first of Zero's cyborgs, does this, {{lampshading}} whether robots have sentience and saying he doesn't want to find out by dying.
* ControllableHelplessness: In the second game, on the day Cody is to be executed, all you can do is wait, walking around your cell until [[spoiler: the time machine arrives]].
* CoolBike: Cycool.
* CopyProtection: An unintentional example. Since emulators can't emulate the TV remote interface and IR signals, opening all of the game's treasure chests and saving Princess Darcy becomes impossible.
* CreepyChild: At the end of Robopon 2, it's revealed [[spoiler: Dr. Zero and Dr. Zeke]] were this.
* {{Cyborg}}: Dr. Zero is one; after Prince Tail's father defeated him, he repaired his body with the latest robotics engineering.
* DamselInDistress: Lisa and [[spoiler: Princess Darcy]] in the first game.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Dr. Zeke in Robopon 2 is in possession of a time machine. His brother, Dr. Zero, perished in an explosion at the end of the first game. So he goes back in time to save Zero.
** In the first game, [[spoiler: Dr. Disc's]] tower has no door for you to enter; the only door is at the very top, on the balcony. [[TakeAThirdOption He didn't expect you to blow it up]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Happens with Amron, Mr. Wild, and Kamat after you defeat them.
* DefiantCaptive: When kidnapped by her own father, Lisa instructs Cody to find bombs and blow up his tower.
* DemotedToExtra: Lisa in the second game, who even lampshades this.
* DeusExMachina: In the second game, the day Cody is to be executed, Dr. Don and Sam show up in their time machine inside his cell, allowing him to escape.
* DifficultySpike: Around the fifth or fourth-ranked competitor of both games, things get hard ''fast''.
* DisappearedDad: Cody's dad leaves on a business trip at the very beginning of the first game and is never seen again, even in the sequel.
* DiscOneNuke:
** In the first game, you can find a [=LostCode=] in the first town, which acts as a free evolution. You can also find a hidden Shortcut in Cody's house, which acts as a free level up, ''and'' a hidden treasure chest that gives a chance of valuable items. Beating Bisco's thugs also gives a chance of dropping U-Magnets.
** Pegs in the first game; it is practically one robot that most players will have in their party due to its reliability. It became even better in the sequel with an evolution, [=PegSS=]... but sadly wasn't available til near the end of the game due to its rare sparking combination.
** Replacing Pegs in the Sequel is Hexbot (Cross), which you can immediately spark after getting all of the batteries from the Cave, including the hidden one. It can use instant death software and has decent growth compared to other Robopon you can spark early on in the game.
** Gigapon and its evolutions fill this role in ''Ring'', and is useful even in the endgame.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In the second game, Cody accidentally helps flood Delica Kingdom with a fishing rod. The punishment? ''Death by hanging''. If not for a conveniently-placed time machine, the game would end there.
* DistaffCounterpart: Cherry and Diane to Sunny and Sun-02.
* DoAndroidsDream: They most certainly do, according to one of Hoffman's Sunny employees.
* DominoMask: Dr. Zeke wears one.
* EasilyForgiven: Any rank holder, no matter how heinous, is forgiven once defeated. This is especially egregious with Mr. Wild, Kamat, and Circe.
* EnemyScan: Comes default with the battle system in Robopon 2, with the added bonus of not taking up a turn and telling you what the oil type of the scanned Robopon is. If you're packing the right kind of software and have it equipped on the right Robopon, you'll be able to tell how many enemies you can fry at once with one move.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Bisco introduces himself by calling Cody's Robopon junk and his grandpa senile.
** Dr. Zero introduces himself by effortlessly taking out Prince Tail's guards.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Zero and Zeke, their dog, [[spoiler: and their father]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Darcy from the first game and Princess Juliet from the second game.
* EvilCounterpart: Sun-Zero seems to be this to Sunny.
** Negapon to Gigapon.
* EvilDetectingDog: Inverted. The ''dog'' is evil, or at least under the care of villains. He growls at Cody when he approaches, too.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: [[spoiler: Dr. Disc's]] tower in the first game. In an example of being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, there's ''no door'' for you to enter the tower, except at the very top. Your solution? Blow it up.
** [[spoiler: Zero Castle]] is this too, though with the warp pads, you don't have to climb all the way up.
* {{Expy}}: ''Robopon 64'' had you play as expies of Cody and Bisco.
* FaceHeelTurn: Doctor Disc goes power-mad after being outed as the Legend3, kidnapping Lisa and threatening to destroy Cody's company. He calms down once he's defeated.
* {{Fembot}}: Several Robopon, such as Razor, Meddy, Betty, and Loopy.
* FetchQuest: Talking to Rena of the Elite 8 will start a trading quest with the other Elite 8 members; completing it gets you one of the game's OlympusMons, Golden Sunny/Silver C-Cell. Thankfully, you don't have to fight them for it.
** Searching for the wrench in the Cools Town well.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Tail Castle, an NPC mentions that long ago, Prince Tail's father defeated an evil doctor to earn his Legend1 title--but adds that he remembers the doc winning the fight and disappearing. [[spoiler:It turns out the latter is true]].
* FragileSpeedster: Most Move-type Robopon lean towards this. Some can compensate by randomly becoming afterimages ''when you hit them'', others reduce the damage that they take occasionally.
* FusionDance: The three Zero cyborgs in Robopon 2 do this to attack Cody one more time as he leaves the Pond Garden, creating the multi-faced abomination called Insector.
* GagBoobs: A couple girl Robopon have these, such as Uggy, Chubba, and ''Comic Bon Bon Moon'' and ''2'''s Razor.
* GameOver: Averted in the first game; like Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, losing your Robopon sends you back to town.
** Played straight in the second game.
* GeniusLoci: Volco, a living island Robopon full of treasure. Finding it is the goal of ''Robopon 64''.
* GirlinessUpgrade: Several Robopon became more feminine and cute in ''Comic Bon Bon Moon'', and in ''2''.
* GlassCannon: A couple Move-types, the Gidyup/Pegs/[=PegSS=] line in particular.
* {{Gonk}}: Quite a few Robopons' evolutions, particularly in the first game--Uggy is one example. Even more jarring if they evolved from something cute.
* GuideDangIt: Quite a few examples over the series.
** The first game has the Brownie sidequest, regarding where/when to move the rocks around.
** In the second game, discovering the battery combinations for some Robopon may necessitate a guide, either because you miss the person that tells you what batteries you need, or the Robopon is not available via sparking and has to be obtained some other way, like giving random and unrevealed passwords to Jasper the dog. What makes this really bad is that some of his passwords are ''one character long'' despite there being 5 spaces.
** The Pharo Ruins. To save a lot of mindless wandering, you can walk through certain walls, including in the leftmost ruin in the past. Moreover, specific switches need to be hit in the order of center, east, west, or nothing will happen. Aside from Maskman using the word 'correctly' this isn't even hinted at.
** Figuring out how to play the Playland minigames in ''Robopon 2''.
** When you get the [[spoiler: running time machine]] in the second game, it can make things ''more'' confusing if you're not sure what time era to be in.
* HeelFaceTurn: While not exactly a villain, [[spoiler: Bisco]] saves you from [[spoiler: Dr. Zero's collapsing tower]] at the end of the first game.
* HeroicBSOD: Prince Tail has one after [[spoiler: he loses to both Dr. Zero and Cody, and Princess Darcy is trapped in a mirror as a result]].
* HeroicMime: Averted; Cody ''does'' talk, just not that often.
* [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Dr. Zero]]: Prince Tail is known to be the Legend1 and anticipates fighting Cody at the end, but once you hit Legend3 status, [[spoiler: Dr. Zero comes in and defeats the prince, bumping him to Legend2 and making Zero the final boss]].
** In the second game, [[spoiler: Dr. Zero, Sr. does this to Zero Jr]].
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: In the first game, Dr. Zero traps Princess Darcy in a mirror because Prince Tail lost to him and to Cody.
* InevitableTournament: In ''both'' games, as the main point of the plot in general.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: This happens a lot, in the second game especially; the Pyramids of the Pharo Ruins, the Galileo Windmills, the Waffle and Box Towers, My Tower...the list goes on....
* JackOfAllStats: Arm-type Robopon.
* [[JokeCharacter Joke Robopon]]: Bulbots and Gears. They've got crappy stats and absolutely no ability to learn skills via software (due to their Boot-type nature) or natural training.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Dr. Zero traps Princess Darcy in a mirror because Prince Tail lost to him and to Cody]].
** Zero installed kill switches in his cyborgs to destroy them if they lose. They're sentient creations.
-->'''Blaze:''' When Dr. Zero installs a kill switch, he means it!
** Bisco proves he's a jerk by calling Cody's Robopon junk and his grandpa senile.
* KidHero: Cody.
* KleptomaniacHero: This is ''encouraged''. Going into others' houses and taking their things is a law of Porombo Island called "What's Mine is Yours."
* LethalJokeCharacter: In the first game, your reward for maxing your company: Teabot. Grandpa Hogle bought it from the shopping network, and its data asserts that it's "useless." It comes equipped with an equipment that can ''scrap Robopon with its basic attack'' and other incredibly powerful moves.
* LightningBruiser: Any of the OlympusMons, as well as some Move and Boot types.
* LoadBearingBoss: Dr. Zero in the first game.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: In the first game; even the menu screens took awhile to load.
* MadScientist: Dr. Disc and Dr. Zero in the first and second game.
* MadeOfExplodium: Virtually ''everything'' in Robopon 2.
** Though the first game had this too. To reach the Legend3, [[spoiler: Dr. Disc]], you had to blow up the floors of his tower with bombs, as well as the cave in Grease Mountain with walls you had to blow up.
* MassHypnosis: Miss Amron, the Legend6, uses a TV signal to hypnotize a town.
* MindScrew: Illusion Village in the first game is this, purposely.
* MiniGame: The first game had a couple, some of which were really fun. [[spoiler: When you go to fight Kamat, these games become mandatory, as each faction of his/her army specializes in one of the various games]].
* MissingMom: Cody's mom leaves to go to the market at the start of the game and isn't seen again until the ending. Lisa also has no mother, through her father is around.
* MoneyForNothing: Averted in both games; there's lots to spend money on, and increasing equipment prices mean you generally need some cash on hand.
* MoneySink: Expanding the floors of your company in the first game, and Hoffman Tower in the second game.
* MoneySpider: Most of the money you get from battles only comes from fighting against Robopon trainers; wild 'pon don't hold cash. But in the early stage of the first game, there's a little girl with a level 5 Meddy who will rematch you as often as you like, and happily dole out 100G or so every time you beat her. After you beat the first Legend, you'll also gain access to Battle Genesis 5, which you can play over and over again for 100G a win. In the second, if you're lucky, you'll run across a user in a random encounter, sometimes.
* MotiveDecay: In the first game, Dr. Zero wants revenge on Prince Tail and the royal family. In the second, he just wants to kill Cody, though it may be justified since he got to carry out his revenge in the first game.
* MysteryMeat: The food served at Gust Prison is filled with so many germs you can actually taste them.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Averted in the first game; the biker gang terrorizing a town calls itself the Smiley Gang.
* NeverSayDie: Mocked with the epitaphs in the Riggs co. chapter:
** Sly and Tetsuo weren't executed for [[YouHaveFailedMe their failure to defeat Cody]], they were just fired.
** Vinnie wasn't killed when he got too close to a building tagged for demolition, he just suffered a crippling injury and had to take a sabbatical.
** Knives wasn't blown up due to Riggs' clumsiness, he just got sent to the Shadow Realm.
** Riggs didn't commit suicide by grenade after Cody defeated Circe, he just retired from the company. [[spoiler: OK, ''this one'' was right]].
* NintendoHard: Knowing how to beat the system is the key to success; most of the difficulty comes from the fact that enemies can be surprisingly strong in dungeons and the fact that the bosses can be obscenely difficult if you don't come prepared.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The entire Macroworld/Waffle section of ''Ring'' and ''Cross'' is chock-full of this. Mr. Waffle is a washed-up computer maker, who was put out of business when a fire consumed his headquarters, Waffle Tower, twenty years ago. Now, his rival Mr. Gait has taken over the market with Macrosoft computers. [[spoiler:Things get nasty when you learn that he sabotaged Waffle in order to facilitate his little takeover....]]
** Also note that Gait uses Robopon called X-Dog and I-80. Neither of them are terribly good.
* OlderThanTheyLook: When Rena leaves behind her adoptive parents in the second game, she also leaves behind a sphere that makes them young and healthy again while allowing them to retain their memories. While her father becomes something akin to a cute boy, her mother becomes very, very pretty.
* OlympusMons: Golden Sunny, Silver C-Cell, Draco, Fencer, and Scar in the first game. The second game has Nebulus, who can only be obtained by Link Sparking.
** ''Moon'' and ''Robopon 64'' have Volco, a living island full of treasure.
* OminousFloatingCastle: The Death Gaia in the second game.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Much like how {{Pokemon}} uses its two versions to limit which mons can be found in which games, Robopon uses its two versions as a way of making [[GottaCatchEmAll sparking every Robopon]] much more difficult, especially in the second game; certain Robopon can only be created by "Link Sparking" with another person, and certain battery combinations may make different Robopon in different games (Ion+Moon in ''Ring'' version creates Sunny, while the same combination in ''Cross'' creates Sun-Zero).
* OverlordJr: In Robopon 2 it's revealed [[spoiler: Dr. Zero]] is this.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: In the first game, the key to grinding is finding an area that gives away more experience points than the norm, and staying there for a while. In particular, the waves in front of Vanza Village can carry you for at least a dozen levels early on, and the well in Cools Town is also useful.
* PetTheDog: At the beginning of Robopon 2, Dr. Zeke finds Cody washed up on the beach and saves him, taking him to his house until he wakes up. Unlike his brother in the previous game [[spoiler: and his father]], he seems to be an AffablyEvil kinda guy.
* PlotCoupon: The X-Stones of the second game. Each one is required to challenge a ranked competitor, and people will go to obscene lengths to hide them and keep their rankings.
* PowersAsPrograms: Skills are equipped to Robopon via "software", though most Robopon learn at least one skill on their own. Moreover, by combining specific types of software together, you can teach Robopon new techniques. However, Boot-type Robopon cannot learn techniques from software.
* RandomEffectSpell: Finding teddy bears causes the fairy inside them to bestow a random effect on you that occurs at certain hours for the rest of the game. It can be helpful or harmful, but luckily you can choose when to place them after receiving it.
* RandomEncounters: Oh, yes.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Miho gives an ''epic'' one to Tataki when she's finally fed up with his selfishness.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In the second game it's revealed that Dr. Zero's visible eye is red.
* {{Retraux}}: The GBA games' music sometimes uses sounds from the GBC games.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Several of the Robopon, like Sunny, Meddy, and Paws.
** And the Underwater Creatures.
** Kappas and Capris from the second game. And the aliens!
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: In ''Robopon 64'' Robopon can eat human foods such as cake.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Princess Darcy and Prince Tail commentate on Robopon matches, and Tail is an expert battler.
** Tail's father supposedly defeated Dr. Zero long ago.
** In the second game, the Kings of Wonder and Delica battle you.
* RunningGag: Destroying Dr. Don's time machines every time you return from the past (''Ring''/''Cross'').
** Getting a Snorkel to breathe underwater. This happened in both games.
* [[ShootTheMedicFirst Scrap the Medic First]]: A hard and fast rule of the second game for ranked battles. If a healer has the Revive+ spell, battles can turn into very long, very tedious battles of attrition.
** Rule of thumb: If it looks female and/or cute, kill it. No exceptions.
* SeriesMascot: Sunny.
* SeriousBusiness: Dr. Zero tries to ''kill'' Cody several times throughout the games, usually by siccing robots on him or attempting to blow him up.
** Kamat, the Legend4, used his/her influence to ''build an army''.
** Dr. Disc was so determined to defend his title of Legend3 in the first game that he kidnapped his own daughter and built a giant tower to hide from Cody.
** Becoming Legend1 allows you to essentially take over the world, which Dr. Zero is happy to exploit.
* ShootTheHostage: Mr. Wild uses a Robopon he stole from you, Dosbot, during your match with him. Before the fight, he taunts you by asking if you're going to scrap it. You have to.
* ShoutOut: To VideoGame/MegaMan, in all 3 forms of Gigapon. The text for Gigapon describes him as having a strong sense of justice; his evolution, Protopon, has a sword and shield, like [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] and Proto Man; the third form, Soul, is described as the spirit of justice who fights for never-ending peace. All three robots look similar to Mega Man; Soul even has a jewel on his forehead. There's another reference in Negapon, an {{Expy}} of Bass. His later evolutions resemble Slash Man from ''7'', as well. Clearly, someone from Red Entertainment was a Capcom fan.
** An NPC says "[[ZeroWing All your vegetables are belong to me]]!" His wife apologizes for his poor grammar.
** We also have these gems:
---> '''Maskman:''' I could've been a [[Film/OnTheWaterfront ContendR...]]
---> '''Dr. Disc:''' [[Film/BackToTheFuture You must go back....to the present...to the future?]]
** There's a shout out to Anime/SpeedRacer in the Robopon Racer and its evolution, Mock V. Also its EvilCounterpart, [=DriverX=].
** Two shout outs to Anime/CowboyBebop with Jett and Spiky. Spiky even says [[FamousLastWords "...Bang."]] after you beat him.
** One to Franchise/{{Gundam}} with the family-friendly Gundarn.
** Dr. Zero's floating fortress of doom, the Death Gaia, bears a resemblance to one of [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Dr. Wily's]] castles.
** At a costume convention, you meet a man dressed as a convict, he claims to be a [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha character from a fighting game]].
* SideQuest: A couple in the first game. There's the Brownie quest with Sam, accessible only at 5 o'clock, rescuing [[spoiler: Princess Darcy]] with the Teardrop of Morris, found by [[spoiler: fighting Hunter on Cherry Hill]], and the Underwater Creature you give Dream Shells to in order to unlock the Underwater Health Spa.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the first game, Miss Amron is the only female Legend out of seven. (Kamat may or may not be a girl.)
** Averted with the Elite 8, though. ALL of its members are girls.
* SoLastSeason: Legend1 rankings don't mean much in Majiko; the tournament there is for Legend1s exclusively.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: In the first game. Going from a schoolyard bully and his gang to a brainwashing TV idol, then to an ''actual'' gang terrorizing a town, then to a would-be-dictator. Averted with [[spoiler: Dr. Disc and Prince Tail]], neither of whom are evil, but played straight with Dr. Zero, MadScientist and the final boss of the game.
* SquishyWizard: Mage-type Robopon, like Gidget, Charm, and the [=NexTrik=] line.
* StableTimeLoop: Of a sort. [[spoiler:Cody is the one that saves Majiko and the world from Dr. Zero, Sr., in the second game, about twenty years before the events of the first. The younger versions of Zero Sr.'s children, Zero and Zeke, are present to see their father (and the older Zero Jr.) defeated. Dr. Zero Jr., then became an evil scientist to live up to his family name, which in turn is responsible for bringing him into conflict with Cody in the first game. When the end of the second game comes along, Cody fights and defeats Dr. Zero Jr., followed by Dr. Zero Sr. shortly afterwards, with the young Zero and Zeke present. See the pattern?]]
* StandardStatusEffects: Played straight, but with a nice thematic twist; the names of the statuses match the kinds of conditions you would expect a robot to suffer from, e.g., Fog = Blind, Crash = Paralysis, Suspend = Sleep, Rust = Poison, and Virus = Confusion. While they are normally [[UselessUsefulSpell as accurate as status effect spells are in other RPGs,]] Virus is basically the best way of turning any ranked fight into a rout; most Robopon are surprisingly susceptible to it.
* StuffBlowingUp: Oh God, ''Robopon 2''. Almost ''everything'' blows up. Machines, people, floating fortresses, buildings, doors, [[spoiler: even an entire town]]. The story has a total of 36 explosions, not counting battles.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: In the finale of 2, you have to listen in on the Zeros' conversation. They know you're there, and drag you off to the Robopon Graveyard for the final battle.
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniQuest: The FetchQuest for Golden Sunny/Silver C-Cell in the first game; all it is is a trading game with the Elite 8.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Dr. Zero's ultimate goal.
* TheRival: Primarily [[JerkAss Bisco]] in the first game, and Nick D. in the second.
* TimeTravel: Part of the second game, and outright forced on you periodically. Most of the time, your trips to the 20-years-ago Majiko have something to do with getting those [[GuideDangIt damned X-Stones.]]
* TournamentArc
* TrippyFinaleSyndrome: In the second game, the final battle takes place in the Robopon Graveyard, which is in an unknown location. If Dr. Zero, Sr. is to be believed, it's [[spoiler: the place where the souls of scrapped Robopon go]]. And the graveyard is completely filled.
* UnderTheSea: In the first game, if you have any fishlike Robopon. It also has one of the best tunes in the game.
* UnexplainedRecovery: A lot of characters pull this, especially [[spoiler:Riggs, who ''blew himself the hell up'']] and [[spoiler:Dr. Disc, who was severely wounded when the Zeros fired on past!Baba Village.]] The former even lampshades it by [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall pointing out]] that [[spoiler:the epitaph caption that came up for him [[NeverSayDie didn't explicitly say that he was dead.]]]]
* VanishingVillage: Illusion Village in the first game.
* VendorTrash: Crysty, a Robopon found within the Shielder Tower in Apollo Fortress. It's only found during the evenings, but when it's out, it's surprisingly easy to come by. Its body is made of solid crystal, and while most Robopon sell for about 50-100 G per level, Crysty sells for ''250 G a level.'' The ones you find are between levels 23-27, meaning they go for around 6000 G a pop.
* VerbalTic: The residents of the Capri Colony practically prilight in this, pri! It's absolutely unprilievable!
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can sell your Robopon just to make some cash.
* VideoGameLives: The second of Zero's cyborgs [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, claiming the doctor gave him ''two'' lives, so he could continue to hunt down Cody.
* VillainHasAPoint: Dr. Zero is right when he says that Tail's father won the throne by cheating; he had defeated the King, but was attacked and left for dead, leaving the royal family to claim the title.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Played with in the first game. Miss Amron, the Legend6 and a TV idol, uses TV to hypnotize her viewers into loving her. When the broadcast ceases, however, she becomes unpopular.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Dr. Zero did this to himself. After defeating Prince Tail's father, the King attacked him and left him for dead. Zero repaired his original body with cybernetics.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: W-King lampshades his unimportance to the story and disappearance from the plot, as does Lisa.
* WhatTheHellHero: This happens surprisingly often.
** In the first game, refusing to help Lisa and the bullied kid makes them chastise Cody.
** If you give Dosbot up without a fight, the girl who gave it to you calls you a loser.
** Nick D. tries to guilt trip Cody into giving him the [=XStones=], because he needs them to provide money for the orphan kids at Chapel Academy.
** Dr. Don and Sam continually berate Cody for wrecking their time machines. Eventually, it drives Don ''insane'', though PlayedForLaughs.
** Dr. Zero, Sr. is horrified that Cody blew up the Battleship with his sons inside, gravely injuring Zeke.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: In the first game, refusing to help Lisa and the bullied kid makes them chastise Cody.
* WhenItAllBegan: In ''2'', Cody witnesses [[spoiler: the destruction of Baba Village]] in the past, which has been a mystery for the entire game.
* WhereItAllBegan: Barring the penultimate and actual final battle, Cody has to return directly to Baba Village at the end of the second game in order to confront the Zeros.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Taken as literally as possible when an NPC in the first game is named Dude.
* TheWomanBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Circe apparently kicked the crap out of Knives in a Robopon battle at some point after he got his title as Master, rendering him mute and giving her the title.]]
* WonderChild: Rena the alien girl in ''2,'' who gets taken in by an old couple who regard her as the daughter they'd always wanted to have. [[spoiler: In the end, she gives them back their youth as thanks for looking after her.]]
* WrittenByTheWinners: Dr. Zero calls out Tail for this; the King was defeated by Zero and only 'won' due to nearly killing him, but told everyone that he defeated Zero to begin with.
* {{Yakuza}}: Riggs Construction Company. Their formula is as follows--find people, tell them to pony up for protection, blow up the houses of the people that don't pay. Rinse and repeat.
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