Characters: My Life as a Teenage Robot
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"I want to have friends, and hang out like normal teenagers do! But who would want to hang out with a rusty hunk of metal like me?"
Voiced by: Janice KawayeThe main protagonist and the "16-year-old robot" to which the title refers, a state-of-the-art sentient gynoid automaton created by Dr. Noreen Wakeman five years prior to the series, though she was designed as a 16-year-old girl. Though XJ-9 was designed to be Earth's protector, armed to the teeth with a wide range of weapons, devices, and transformations, she desires to live the life of a normal teenager and often makes this desire quite apparent to her friends and creator.
- Action Girl
- Adorkable: When she gets acquainted with the real world for the first time.
- All of the Other Reindeer: No matter what she does, she will always somehow end back up as the school freak.
- Badass Adorable and Cute Bruiser
- Balloon Belly: She inflated more than once, despite being made of metal.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her chassis design is meant to mimic this, complete with a large exposed screw for a "belly button".
- Beware the Nice Ones: Her temper is incredibly human, all things considered. Combine that with a Hyperspace Arsenal, and you get literally-explosive anger.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: To Nora sometimes.
- Comically Missing the Point: She takes Tucker's literal advice and eats a bunch of cotton balls to experience feels.
- Cool Loser: It's hinted that if the school weren't under the tyrannical reign of two Alpha Bitches, Jenny wouldn't be a reject at all.
- Cute Machine
- Deadpan Snarker: Started developing into this by season two.
- Do-Anything Robot: Her arsenal is downright Hammerspacey.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Sometimes, depending on if it's funny at the moment.
- Fem Bot
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- The Heroine
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Combined with I Just Want to Have Friends: Being a superpowered robot wouldn't be so hard for her if there were more bots as advanced as her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Nice Girl: She often shifts between these, depending on whether the episode is making liberal use of Surrounded by Idiots.
- Jetpack: Not so much as one as a flying robot, as she has rockets as part of her body.
- Magic Skirt: Justified, that skirt's made out of metal.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Averted - she's perfectly fine with being a robot, but wants acceptance and assimilation... which sometimes means playing the trope straight.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Once had red body paint, and her makeshift human form is a redhead.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Robot Girl
- Robot Hair: She sports a pair of metal pigtails. They house two of her jet thrusters.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 6 1/2 feet tall and really cute to boot.
- Super Strength: "The strength of a million-and-seventy men," if the theme song is to be taken literally. note
- Surprisingly Good Japanese: Helped by the fact that her VA Janice Kawaye is a Japanese-American who speaks the language fluently.
- Telescoping Robot: She provides the trope picture.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- Younger than She Looks: Technically has been alive for about 5 years, but has all the mentality of a teenage girl... usually.
- However the fact that Jenny being physically five years old, has had a drawback of being forced to be in Kindergarden for the majority of the episode "I was a Preschool Dropout".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most of her body is baby-blue metal, jet-powered pigtails included.
Voiced by: Chad DoreckJenny's best friend and next-door neighbor.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Cool Loser
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His over-enthusiasm for trying to be a hero can be more trouble than help, but when he gets serious he can be pretty significant help.
- Distressed Dude: Well, he is a Non-Action Guy.
- I Just Want to Be Special: To contrast him with Jenny's desire to be a normal teenager.
- Nice Guy
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Red-Headed Hero
Voiced by: Audrey Wasilewski, Jess HarnellBrad's little brother.
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- Badass Adorable: He knows almost as much as Dr. Wakeman about robots.
- Distressed Dude: Almost as often as his brother.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Large Ham
- Only Sane Man: Slides in and out of this if the situation calls.
- Wholesome Crossdresser:Tuck: What? Can't a guy wear pearls and taffeta around here?Nora: Strictly speaking, only after 6.
Voiced by: Candi MiloAn elderly spinster robotics scientist and the one who built XJ robots, who is often simply refers to as "Mother" or "Mom" by Jenny and her sisters.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: On occasion.
- Cool Old Lady
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Mad Scientist: One of the saner ones.
- Mama Bear
- Meddling Parents
- Motherly Scientist
- Never Mess with Granny: She used to be part of the skyway patrol prior to the series. And even in present-day she's far from any definition of "weak".
- Parental Obliviousness
- The Professor
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Wisteria, science VS nature.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Wakeman created Armageddroid to stop aliens, but his mind couldn't distinguish friend from foe.
- Truly Single Parent
Sheldon Lee/Silver Shell
Voiced by: Quinton FlynnJenny's self-proclaimed romantic admirer.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Agent Double-0 Sheldon".
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Jenny at first, but mellows out of his stalking in later episodes.
- Adorkable: He is quite geeky, but has likeable traits to him.
- Asian and Nerdy: He's apparently half Asian.
- Badass Normal: In "Agent Double-0 Sheldon".
- Chivalrous Pervert: Towards Jenny. It may seem sometimes that he's only interested in Jenny's robot abilities and design, but in other episodes proven otherwise. For example, once Jenny wanted him to remove all her equipment, and he complied (although reluctantly) and spent hours on end removing all of it despite knowing how she would look afterwards. It depends on the writer.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He was a space pirate for decades. And a secret agent.
- Distressed Dude
- Dogged Nice Guy
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: It's not that he can't ever get any respect, but he has to work much harder for it.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Hero-Worshipper: A variant in that he's smitten with XJ-9 as well as seeing her as a role model.
- Large Ham: As the Silver Shell.
- Older Than He Looks/Really 700 Years Old: After the episode "Good Old Sheldon" he's only physically 15, but now officially 105 years old. Holy cow.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: In the Christmas episode, Jenny gives him a peck on the cheek and he is frozen in position then slowly and rigidly tumbles down the stairs.
- Averted in "Double-0 Sheldon", were she once again gives him a peck on the cheek, and merely responds with a happy smile.
- Rescue Romance: Sheldon meets and falls hard for Jenny after she saves him from some bullies in shop class in the episode he's intoduced in.
- Robosexual: "Twin-manifold access ports? Ohh, baby!"
- Single-Target Sexuality: Jenny-sexual.
- Stalker with a Crush: In his introduction episode he was definitively this, but in later episodes he is more friendly and helpful towards Jenny.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Agent Double-O Sheldon".
- Undying Loyalty: In the Christmas episode, where he's the only person to stay by Jenny's side when the entire town has turned against her by this point.
Jenny's "sisters" XJ-1 through XJ-8
Voiced by: Janice Kawaye (XJ-1), Kath Soucie (XJ-2, XJ-3, XJ-4 and XJ-5), Candi Milo (XJ-6), Audrey Wasilewski (XJ-7 and XJ-8)XJ-9's prototypes and "sisters".
- Baby Language: XJ-1.
- Big Little Sister: XJ-8.
- Break Out the Museum Piece/Misfit Mobilization Moment: Once, after Jenny got captured by the Cluster. With the exception of XJ-8 they don't appear to be combat-ready, but do okay as they apparently have the same telescoping armor Jenny does.
- Crossdressing Voices: XJ-8.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: XJ-3.
- Cyber Cyclops: XJ-3 and XJ-6.
- The Eeyore: XJ-7.
- Flawed Prototype: All of them. Unlike most examples of the trope, though, they are clearly functional testbeds that do well within the parameters of their design.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: XJ-2.
- Hiccup Hijinks: XJ-2 again.
- Mood-Swinger: XJ-6.
- Motor Mouth: XJ-5.
- Neat Freak: XJ-4.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The XJ sisters appear to be gradually working towards this. May also be why XJ-8 isn't the last in the line.
- Super Prototype: XJ-8 is physically stronger than Jenny - to the point that she's really not looking forward to fighting her - but doesn't have Jenny's "quirk and charm" according to Dr. Wakeman.
Voiced by: Eartha Kitt, Cree Summer ("Around The World in 50 Pieces")The tyrannical queen of the Cluster who constantly tries to get Jenny to go with her to her homeworld of Cluster Prime through immoral means.
- Animal Motifs: She resembles an insect of some sort.
- Big Bad: Vexus is this for the entire show.
- Determinator: Even after losing multiple times to Jenny even to the point of losing her status as Queen, she still insists on attacking Jenny any chance she gets.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely cares about her people. Jenny even exploits this at one point, telling her that if she doesn't surrender, she will destroy one of Vexus' mooks.Mook: Mama!Vexus: (horrified) My baby!
- Evil Matriarch: Subverted. She may be evil and the Big Bad of the show, but she still loves Vega (almost to the point of being overprotective, even.)
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Cluster Prime's residents are actually good-natured, but they are forced to obey Vexus or be destroyed.
- Hellish Pupils
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Starts off as a huge threat, but becomes an easily dispatched threat later on. This really gets hammered home, though, when she eventually loses her dictatorship over Cluster Prime.
- Totally Radical: She would have blended in while she was destroying Jenny if she only realized that The Roaring Twenties was over for almost a century now.
- Tsurime Eyes
SmytusA large green robot from the Cluster who seems to have ties to its military division.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Even after he successfully takes over Earth with the Cluster, he winds up without a lower body. Krackus had to build him a few replacements out of trash.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Hinted at. He perks up quite a lot when he's complimented by the humans, and he has to remind his minions to laugh with him after he makes a short speech.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Shares this trope with Vexus and Krackus in Season 3.
- Large Ham: When making his entrance.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He puts on a wig and tries to pass of as Smytlana, a Ukrainian supermodel, after his attempt to break into a fashion designer's private boutique goes awry because the secretary called him fat. After a short while of being complimented, he falls for the disguise himself.
- Superhero Movie Villains Die: In the Big Damn Movie, Smytus' last resort is a self-destruct mechanism he had installed on his forearm.
KrackusA senile, older robot who often bungles his experiments and forgets where he is all the time. His inventions almost never last for very long, but he's not one to give up easily.
- Bungling Inventor: Most of his inventions fall apart after one use.
- Evil Old Folks: He seems mostly harmless, though.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Shares this trope with Vexus and Smytus in Season 3.
- Informed Ability: Inverted. He's called one of the most incompetent members of the Cluster, even getting laughed at. Yet most of the time, his inventions work as intended and he is a legitimate threat.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's the shortest member of the Cluster seen before the Big Damn Movie.
Voiced by: Tara StrongA small, adorable wind up robot from a toyline, Killgore somehow manages to attain sentience and decides to fulfill its purpose as a villain by joining the cluster. Things don't always go as planned for him, however.
- Badass Adorable
- Catchphrase: Surrender
- And "BA-NAH!"
- Card-Carrying Villain: Killgore insists you read his tag!
- Cute Is Evil
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Sure the name may sound threatening, but it's so gosh-darn cute!
- Enemy Mine: With Jenny in "Enclosure of Doom".
- Evil Sounds Deep: Spoofed in the first few seconds of the episode he's introduced, as it's not wound up yet.
- Harmless Villain: To the point where he was outright rejected by the Cluster.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Laughably Evil
- My Little Panzer
- The Napoleon: If it's 10 1/2 inch stature has any indication.
- Only One Name
- Out-Gambitted: In "Enclosure of Doom"
- Scare Chord: Spoofed in "Enclosure of Doom".
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: SMACK!
- Third-Person Person
- Villain Team-Up: With Armagedroid in "Enclosure of Doom", it worked...a bit too well.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Sure it may be threatening, but what part of "Villian" dont they (Refering to the people who take a liking to it) understand? All of it, apperently.
- Wind-Up Key: It's Powered by Watch Spring and a wind-up key.
Voiced by: Thora BirchA citizen of Cluster Prime who seems wholly nonconfrontational. She is Queen Vexus' daughter, and after the movie, the current Queen of the Cluster.
- Blade Below the Shoulder
- Expy: In universe, she's this for Jenny among her circle of friends, who, incidentally, look just like Jenny's friends back home.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She's a robot from Cluster Prime, a race previously seen only as hostile. She is also Queen Vexus' daughter.
- Power Gives You Wings: Dragonfly wings, in her case.
Voiced by: Audrey WasilewskiAn alien girl with superpowers who met Jenny as part of a team.
- Even Mercs Have Standards: Even though she only does hero work for money and sees no problem with meditating while a Killer Rabbit destroys the town, she was clearly disgusted that her former teammates lazed around and actually bet against Jenny as she fought against a Giant Monstrous Frog.
- Mercenaries Can't Comprehend Heroics: She was absolutely confused by Jenny's remorse for scaring the Krust Cousins to tears.
- Evil Former Friend: She was pretty much Jenny's best female friend. But Misty got more ruthless to the point she only thought of helping people if she could benefit from it. All to the point where Misty nearly kills Jenny in a fight where Jenny was clearly outmatched. The only thing that stopped Misty and snapped her somewhat back was Jenny still pleading that she still saw her as a friend.
- Morality Chain: Arguably Jenny.
- Punch Clock Hero: In "Mist Opportunities".
- Superpower Lottery: Let's see: she's a skilled martial artist, has Super Strength, can fly, turn into mist, shoot laser beams from her eyes, and control peoples' minds.
- Super Smoke: Her most often used superpower is her ability to turn into a cloud of purple mist at will (hence her name).
The Crust Cousins, Brit and Tiff
Voiced by: Cree Summer (Brit), Moira Quick (Tiff)The antagonists of Jenny's life in high school, they seek to humiliate her at every turn.
- Alpha Bitch
- Ambiguously Brown: Brit
- Bare Your Midriff: Tiff's normal costume. Some of Brit's fashions in "Victim of Fashion" do it at well.
- Heel Face Door Slam: In their first appearance, Brit and Tiff actually defended Jenny when the police were planning on bringing her downtown after the science lab caught on fire (which they caused), as thanks for saving their lives. They actually wanted Jenny to start hanging out with them, until Brit shook Jenny's hand too hard and dislodged the hair pin Tiff shot into it. As the two were being led away by the police they blamed Jenny for it.
- The Quisling: Sided with the Cluster after they invaded Earth in "Escape from Cluster Prime".
- Too Dumb to Live: More than one of their schemes have terribly backfired.
- Unlimited Wardrobe