''Robbie the Reindeer'' is a reindeer character who made his debut in the 1999 ChristmasSpecial ''Hooves Of Fire''.

In the first one, Robbie, the son of Rudolph arrives at the North Pole in August to become the leader of Santa's sleigh. Unfortunately, he's out of shape and not particularly dedicated. Blitzen in particular is angered at the lazy reindeer, who also is in love with Blitzen's girl. Robbie gets kicked off the reindeer team and has to work humiliating odd jobs, but he can't even do ''those'' right and thus considers himself a failure until Donner convinces him to participate in the Reindeer Games.

Robbie is then coached by Old Jingle, whose mental faculties are in question. Although he does get shaped up somewhat, Robbie ends up lagging in the race after having to rescue Old Jingle from his falling house. After a kiss from Donner, Robbie then starts breaking records in all of the Reindeer Games events. It comes down to a photo finish; Blitzen won by a nose, but is disqualified for taking drugs, so that means, of course, that Robbie won!

The first special was well received in the UK, where it's a Christmastime staple on the Creator/{{BBC}}. It was comparatively unknown stateside (having aired on [[Creator/{{Freeform}} Fox Family]] and all) until 2002, when Creator/{{CBS}} re-dubbed the entire special with American voices (and of course, a few dialogue changes). Creator/BenStiller took the title role, and other celebs who particpated include Creator/BradGarrett, Music/BritneySpears, Creator/JamesBelushi, Hugh Grant, Dick Enberg and Ben's dad, Jerry Stiller. The Americanised dub has been fairly popular in its own right and has re-aired several times through CBS.

Two sequels have followed: ''Legend of the Lost Tribe'' (2002) and ''Close Encounters of the Herd Kind'' (2007). In the former, Robbie discovers a tribe of lost Vikings, and in the latter, Donner is kidnapped by aliens. Clearly, neither special was Christmas-oriented.

!Tropes present in ''Hooves of Fire'':
* AndThisIsFor: Blitzen pushes Robbie with a reasoning of "this is for you", then moves one of the race obstacles while saying "and ''this'' is for daddy!"
* BarbieDollAnatomy: A variant; the female reindeer clearly have breasts and presumably nipple-hiding fur á la [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog Sally Acorn]].
* BettyAndVeronica: Donner and Vixen.
* BigBad: Blitzen.
* ChristmasSpecial: Duh.
* CloudCuckooLander: Old Jingle.
* DartboardOfHate: Blitzen has one with Robbie's picture on it.
* DisneyDeath: Parodied. Robbie's mentor, Old Jingle, appears to die tragically in his arms. Then Jingle starts snoring.
* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Blitzen wins a race but runner-up Robbie is declared the winner once Blitzen is disqualified for racing while under the effect of drugs.
* EccentricMentor: Old Jingle.
* ExposedAnimalBellyButton: Robbie and Prancer.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Present in the original dub but removed from the CBS version:
-->'''Vixen''': I'm chilly. I wish someone would stoke my fire.
-->'''Blitzen''': My my. Looks like Christmas has come early.
* GilliganCut: With Old Jingle: "I'd have to be raving mad to push my house up the hill." Guess what he does in the next shot.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Shows up during the Reindeer Games; Vixen, Donner, and Robbie are all wearing only shirts.
* HartmanHips: Every female reindeer.
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: Averted; they have relatively normal hooves. Their hands, however...
* InksuitActor: Or possibly typecasting - Santa (in the British version) is voiced by Ricky Tomlinson, who is in fact a big fat man with a beard.
* JerkAss: Blitzen ''really'' has it out for Robbie.
* LoveTriangle: Robbie and Blitzen are both in love with Vixen. Robbie falls in love with Donner at the end though.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: British sportscasters Alan Hansen and Des Lynam are caricatured as Alan Snowman and Des Yeti.
* PopStarComposer: [[Music/DireStraits Mark Knopfler]] did the music.
* RasputinianDeath:
-->'''Blitzen''': Let's crush him, trample him into dust, then throw the remains of the dust to the wolves, then blow up the wolves!
-->'''Prancer''': [[LampshadeHanging You don't like him, do you?]]
-->'''Blitzen''': Not especially, no.
* SameLanguageDub: The CBS dub.
* SantaClaus and MrsClaus: Even ''she'' has a beard.
* TheScottishTrope: One RunningGag involves Blitzen preventing anyone from saying Rudolph's name (due to copyright issues).
* ShutUpKiss: Between Donner and Robbie near the end.
* StandardSnippet: "Chariots of Fire" in one montage.
* StealthPun: Seal, the musician, as a singing seal.
* StopMotion: Yep.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Happens to Robbie when Donner kisses him for the first time.

!Tropes present in ''Legend of the Lost Tribe'':
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Blitzen's Reindeer World theme park. He plans to use Robbie's friends as tourist attractions.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Robbie is about to fall into a DeathTrap at Reindeer World, the tourists on the ride turn out to be the Vikings, who save Robbie in the nick of time.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Old Jingle claims that the last Viking was so desperate for someone to fight, he ripped his own arm off and ''beat himself to death with it''.
* FurryDenial: "No one wants to stay in huts, they're not animals! Well, they ''are'' animals, but that's beside the point."
* HairRaisingHare: Long-Eared Jack and his rabbit thugs.
* HornyVikings: Subverted; the Vikings aren't terribly interested in pillaging.
* IKnowKarate:
--> '''Robbie:''' You can't escape, Blitzen!
--> '''Blitzen:''' Is that right? Do you ''know'' what I practiced ''every day'' in prison?
--> '''Robbie:''' Was it the flute?
--> '''Blitzen:''' No!
--> '''Robbie:''' Conversational Spanish?
--> '''Blitzen:''' No! Kung fu!
--> '''Robbie:''' Oh, I was hoping it wasn't gonna be that...
* MasterOfDisguise: Parodied with Long-Eared Jack, who is supposed to be one and has a succession of LatexPerfection masks that all look practically the same. [[spoiler: Until it turns out he's actually Carlos the Hamster.]]
* MidBattleTeaBreak: While Robbie is fighting Blitzen, Donner complains to him about how she feels he doesn't appreciate her, and Robbie just tells her they'll talk later. Finally, tired of hearing them quarrel (because "How can we have a decent fight if you're going to have some ghastly heart-to-heart?!"), Blitzen ends up pausing the battle so they can settle things between them.
* PlanetOfSteves: The vikings are ''all'' called Magnus. Even the women.

!Tropes present in ''Close Encounters of the Herd Kind'':
* AlienInvasion
* CastingGag:
** Creator/GillianAnderson of the ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' fame was cast as an alien invader.
** Music/OzzyOsbourne as a bat.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin