Headscratchers / My Life as a Teenage Robot

  • In the episode "Histrionics" Jenny and the boys are trapped in a (seemingly) deserted island and she's running out of power. She says once her auxiliary power runs out she's "just a 600 pound paperweight". Okay...except in one episode a bunch of kindergarteners picked her up body-surfing style and Brad carried her single-handedly in another.
    • I think she was just being sarcastic like "Oh nooo, I'm too heavy to carry. Do go on without me!!"
    • It could be more that, anytime anyone picks her up, she's helping them with unseen thrusters or such. She's initially breaking chairs with her weight, but learns how to sit on them without breaking them (ie: she's not actually sitting on them - you could remove the chair and she'd still be in the same position).
      • Related - Dr. Wakeman probably had to reinforce the whole house so Jenny wouldn't tear it apart every day.
      • That episode with Brad... I suppose you're referring to the one where Melody Locus helped him to escape with Jenny?
      • If that is the case, then he was far from single-handedly carrying her. It was already established that he couldn't lift her without help, and it was outright shown that Melody was helping him along the whole way.

  • Why is Dr. Wakeman always complaining about Jenny wanting to be like other teenagers when she intentionally made her that way?
    • A few good reasons, really. One notable thing is that Wakeman clearly does see her as an actual daughter, albeit one not as focused as she'd like her to be. As for why she doesn't modify her AI a bit, I guess it's just since that would be like a totally new person kind of. Related, a robot who thinks like an actual person would be much more efficient when coming up with unconventional solutions to trouble than one coldly mechanical, so maybe Wakeman figured it was worth the trade off.
    • It would also give her a sense of reason, and take care of those pesky paradoxes.
    • Meh. Typical mom?
    • Because having a parent who complains about your decisions is something normal teenagers have? So Dr. Wakeman is supporting her daughter's dreams by complaining about them? Fridge Heartwarming, or Logic Bomb?

  • The episode where they dragged her off to preschool just because she was built three years ago. Shouldn't her competence in high school prove that she was designed to be a teenager?

  • Is Jenny's town ever given a name? At all?
    • You meant town Tremorton?
    • Apparently you need to watch more episodes.

  • I am a die-hard fan of the show. Seriously. But there's one episode in particular that really, truly irks me. That episode is "Voyage to the Planet of the Bikers" from Season Three. The synopsis goes a little something like this; Letta and the Space Bikers fool around with Jenny and permanently weld her into a motorcycle. Instead of going to her mother for help (she says something about her 'warranty'), she decides to take Tuck with her to the Bikers' homeworld...where it's revealed that they're actually schoolteachers and far from the malicious bikers as we've come to know them. Jenny demands that they fix her, but they laugh it off some more; this results in Jenny exposing their biker identities to the entire town, ruining their lives. After she threatens to expose their schoolteacher identities to other villains, they finally agree to fix her.
    • First of all, her mother is far from the only person that can fix her. Sure, getting Sheldon to rearrange her anatomy may be a little embarrassing, but at the very least it would work. Plus, whatever happened to the biker shop that gave her the bitchin' hot rod makeover? Those guys would have gladly helped her out.
    • Second - though this is entirely subjective, depending on your view of the Space Bikers - Jenny's solution is a tad overblown. In the scant few seconds shown of the bikers in their teacher jobs, it's made very clear that they are loved by the community and that they are very good at what they do; they just come to Earth to "blow off steam". To me, it seems that the fact that they are valuable members of society on another planet is a far, far better thing than being criminal nuisances on Earth; if anything, Jenny's exposing them has made the problem even worse, because now they're doomed to be bikers for the rest of their lives. They've lost the respect of an entire town that they worked hard to deserve. Sure, what they did to Jenny was bad and they were unrepentant about it, but there were probably other solutions to the problem, in my honest opinion.
      • Their "relaxation" involves massive property damage, probable injuries, and generally criminal behavior. They rack up indictable offences at a frightening rate every time they show up; why shouldn't they be called to account?
      • If a real schoolteacher spends her vacation days trying to beat the hell out of people in another jurisdiction, we don't go that much easier on her just because she's not an asshole on her workweek.
    • Third, this troper recalls no such buildup to this twist anyway and couldn't buy into it. All these hints supporting Tuck's Rob Zombie-style fantasy about what kind of world the bikers live on (not to mention the implications of Ball And Chain), and then it just so happens that said world is as organized and tidy as Earth? Try again, writers.
      • To get your answer about Ball and Chain, you might want to check out this cool new profession called "acting".

  • Why does Dr. Wakeman dislike the other XJs so much, to the point that she forces them to stay in the basement ('Sister Sledgehammer') and refuses to turn them on to help in 'Escape from Cluster Prime?'
    • They are considered "failed models" and Dr. Wakeman probably thinks they'll blow up at the slightest provocation. She doesn't hate them, she just thinks Jenny is more competent. And less glitchy. Seriously, none of those girls have the ability to focus properly on anything for any length of time.
      • She does seem to gradually soften towards them, however; in later episodes, she's much more open to using them in times of need. She probably doesn't want to have to look after all nine robots at once. (After all, Jenny is more than enough trouble on her own).

  • The entire premise of the show deeply bothers me. Nora Wakeman constantly complains about Jenny not doing her job well enough and Jenny often screws up big time due to her emotions and teenager tendencies getting in the way. An unstable, emotional teenager wouldn't be a very good hero, as her social life will often get in the way. If Wakeman wanted a daughter so much, why didn't she make two separate robots: a normal Ridiculously Human Robot daughter with the mindset of a teenager, and a super powerful battle robot with an adult mindset as hero? Nora would then have a daughter and a more efficient robotic hero. Jenny gets to live a normal life and the world has a more reliable hero. Everyone wins.
    • Well, ignoring the obvious answer of "There wouldn't be a show" What if the Hero robot still just wanted to be normal? And the Teenage one might look up to the hero and want to be like her. That should answer your question. Maybe.
    • And there's the fact that Dr Wakeman did design non-teenager "hero" robots — XJ 8 and Armageddroid, for example. Both were proven to be far less _effective_ than Jenny, whose human tendencies give her things like the ability to think creatively.
      • Not to mention isn't it interesting how the XJ series is based on emotions/quirks, AND made after Armageddroid? For example, XJ-1 was based on a baby, IE a developing sentient being. X Js 2 and 3 were both focused on motor skills involving weaponry and walking. XJ-4 despite being a cleaning maid, was a completely operational and fully mobile machine that was able to function correctly. With each installment of the XJ a new overall quirk is introduced that all culminated to Jenny: a robot crafted to adapt with her own morality and ability to operate on her own accord after being raised by a positive influence, IE, Nora, her creator that raises her as a daughter as more than just a robot who was programmed. IE, more than Armaggedroid was. In other words: why doesn't Nora just program Jenny to be competent? Because she saw what happens when you try to program a robot to be the savior of humanity. Humanity needs more than a robot...and Jenny is definitely more than a robot.
  • Jenny often fails tests or has trouble at school. She's a robot. She can just download all the information and knowledge she'll ever need right away. She wouldn't even need to go to school, and can give herself intelligence rivaling that of Wakeman herself. It'd certainly help Jenny do her job better. Jenny has shown that she can download information, so why hasn't she done this already?
    • Plot-Induced Stupidity
    • The reason she goes to school is to have a social life, but yeah, your point about her tests still stands.
    • Maybe Jenny is Brilliant, but Lazy.
    • Because failing tests and having trouble at school are things normal teenagers worry about, and if there's one thing she definitely wants, it's to be normal. She's probably doing it on purpose to try and make herself more relatable.
    • Downloading information for tests is likely against the rules; if not the school's rules, then something in her programming.
    • There are usually reasons why she's failing. In one episode she gains nerves and is in constant pain and screams so the teacher flunks her for disrupting the class. In another, Killgore annoys her so much she's unable to finish her exam. In another, she stays up too late partying, not letting herself recharge and she sleeps in class. Plus she's often fighting monsters which likely eats into her school time.

  • I loved this show for as long as I remember, but one episode really bugs me, both positive ánd negative; The episode begins with Brad cycling while singing a REALLY bad song from apparently five years ago. Jenny then proceeds to tell him that she's technically five years old, while looking 16. So, the principal, overhearing the conversation of Jenny and Brad, then calls some kind of elite protection force to bring her to kindergarten. Even going as far to tell Brad that he has to stand down from the toddler and bring her down to the kindergarten by two bodybuilders of caretakers! Now, the second stupid fact here, is that the caretaker in the kindergarten is so blindfolded to not see that there's a f*cking girl made out of steel and capable of turning into a f*cking helicopter!!! The real stinger is when at the end Nora had to come down and show her a couple of drawings to show her that she's a f*cking robot! Are they just that stupid in this world or is something else happening in this world??!!
  • One thing that bothered me while I watched the show: Brit and Tiff. Why does Jenny have to be so naive when it comes to these two? I mean she should get the hint that they are not her friends.
    • She may be that desperate to fit in and have a normal teenage life.
      • Sadly Truth in Television, in high school sometimes people are so desperate for popularity they try and hang out with the wrong crowd.
  • Can somebody tell me, please, why is Sheldon so widely hated? Like, really hated? I agree that he was a bit of a creep in his debut, but people seem to forget that he mellowed out later on. And maybe it's just me, but when he has an implied perverted interest in robots, Jenny in particular, I only find it hilarious. I can understand why he would be disliked even, but people react like he's the worst imaginable pig of a person to ever exist because he has a romantic interest in Jenny. Uhmm...Hello? There are tons of characters like him out there who isn't as hated for some reason. Haven't we all had crushes, that sometimes borders on obsessive, when we were teenagers? Why is Sheldon such a damn special hatred target? I swear, my brother who has seen all the episodes (which I haven't), is just as confused at this.
    • I'm gonna guess at least some of his haters are evoking Die for Our Ship because they want Brad and Jenny to hook up. Other than that...yeah; I got nada, especially after the Christmas special where he was the only person to believe she was Brainwashed and Crazy while Brad, Tuck and her own mother tried to kill her (well, put her offline but that still counts)!
  • Sort of responding to the user above, how exactly is Brad x Jenny the Fan-Preferred Couple? Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but the majority of stuff I find supports Jenny X Sheldon. For example the most popular youtube video shipping Sheldon currently has 469K views over three years, while the most popular youtube video shipping Brad has 186K views over ten years. Most comments I see on reviews of this show that mention romance are pro-Sheldon, sure there are pro-Brad comments but they're rarer. It's possible that Brad x Jenny was the preferred ship earlier, but it seems Sheldon has prevailed.
    • Above user responding: you're right that Brad/Jenny was the preferred ship for the longest time. I wasn't aware of the shift but am very pleased that it's occurred; while I have nothing against Brad/Jenny (it can be rather cute when written right), I was displeased with the Sheldon hate that often came with it.
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