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Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Western Animation
  • Transformers has, in fact, had pirate robots, ninja robots, and zombie robots. It seems Mechanical Lifeforms can in fact become undead enough to qualify as zombies. Almost all of them are aliens, they're all robots, and they're all Transforming Mecha. This trope is almost Transformers' raison d'etre.
    • The Dinobots - Fire-breathing Transforming Mecha robot dinosaurs.
    • Not only do we have robot zombies, we also have G1 Starscream, who was temporarily a robot ghost.
    • Transformers: The Movie, which is about 80s-Futuristic Transforming Mecha with Viking-Helmet-Heads fighting Robot-Squids of two different kinds (and members of one kind of Robot-Squid have five faces each) has Unicron, a Robot Satan.
    • Primus, Unicron's Good Counterpart and the Transformers' creator in-fiction. Transforming Mecha Physical God Planet-sized Reality Warper robot loaded with More Dakka that's all BFGs and Hand Cannons and also turns into a planet, once seen Dual Wielding moons as Epic Flails and also once seen using a Cool Starship as a Wave Motion Gun to close an Omnicidal Magic Black Hole.
    • Bludgeon, from G1 and the Revenge of the Fallen toyline, is a Dual Wielding Dem Bones Samurai Robot.
      • His Mirror Universe counterpart, however, is a cowboy tank.
      • A design for an Animated incarnation of the character (intended for the unproduced 4th season) made him a pirate robot tank with an undead motif.
    • Transformers Animated doesn't disappoint when messing with the Rule of Cool:
      • Prowl - a Robot-Ninja. He's a Friend to All Living Things, an alien, has Cool Shades, and his transformation is a cop's motorcycle. He has been a medic, a Bounty Hunter, a zombie, a Samurai, psychic, almost dead, a ghost in the machine, on the moon, can use an Improvised Weapon, and ended his career as an actual ghost.
      • Lockdown - his Robot-Pirate rival. He's a full-time bounty hunter, he collects trophies of his captures, his alt mode is a huge muscle car that's a mashup between a '60s Cougar and an '80s Corvette, he has what a human would call tattoos, a hook, a chainsaw, his own spaceship, and has worn a robot sized poncho. On the moon. He seems to also gain new abilities every time we see him - but then, he is a sucker for upgrades. He was designed to look a little like an undertaker with a skull for a head.
      • Lockdown is probably the closest literal use of this trope you can get. He trained as a ninja, has the whole pirate bounty-hunter theme going on, attaches robot corpse parts to himself, thus being part zombie, and is a robot.
      • Soundwave starts a robot uprising and wields a guitar and a keytar that double as sonic weaponry and mind control devices, all while wearing Cool Shades. And his sonic weapons can transform into robots as well. Robot animals, no less.
      • Starscream is kinda sorta a zombie robot, except he has complete sentience when he is brought back from the dead.
      • Which makes Starscream more like a robot lich.
    • Transformers Prime inevitably brings its own combos:
      • The new, even explodier incarnation of Wheeljack, a Samurai Cowboy Robot who specialises in dual katana and grenades. As if that weren't enough, he's also an Ace Pilot - by virtue of shooting down 'cons while flying his spaceship, rather than just being a spaceship.
      • Transformers Prime is the first Transformers continuity to use genuine Robot Zombies, not just some form of mind control. So I guess that's the complete set then?
      • Transformers Prime manages to kick things up another notch in the movie: Undead Dragons that are Transforming Mecha from Outer Space.
  • Marceline from Adventure Time is a Half-Demon Vampire singer/guitarist.
  • The title says it all: Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!
  • Predictably, the show Gargoyles contains gargoyles, including samurai gargoyles and gargoyle-bots. The undisputed winner, however, is Coldstone, an undead cyborg gargoyle.
    • An undead cyborg gargoyle with three souls in one body! Souls which, incidentally, have a Sibling Triangle.
    • Also the Mutates, who are human-cat-bat-eel hybrid mutants designed to look like gargoyles.
  • Speed Racer: The Next Generation turns Chim-Chim into a ROBOT MONKEY. Read that again.
  • Megas XLR features another example of zombie robots in the episode "Junk in the Trunk." Guess no combination is truly impossible.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: the KND once had to face an A.D.U.L.T in a 10 foot-tall, heavily armored mechanized suit with guns, missiles, and two flaming chainsaws.
  • Dexter's Laboratory used this in the Show Within a Show/Three Shorts companion, The Justice Friends, combining hard rock legend Eddie Van Halen with Thor to create "Val Hallen, the Viking God of Rock." Easily the coolest super hero in history, except possible "Monkey" the superpowered monkey from the same show.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had Hos Delgado, Spectral Exterminator, who is a cross between Ash from Evil Dead and Snake Plissken. He had an artificial hand whose main function is a chainsaw shooting crossbow.
    • Irwin, who's 1/2 mummy, 1/4 vampire, and 22/7 nerd, which is a result of having Dracula as a grandfather, a dhampyr as a father, and a mummy as a mother.
  • Dino Riders: Two races of aliens fighting with high-tech weapons while riding dinosaurs!
  • The Bots Master had cookbots, sports bots, and yes, a ninja bot.
  • In one episode of ReBoot, one game crashed, and the User loaded another game on top of it, resulting in a mishmash of a dinosaur adventure and a military game, notably including Pterodactyl jets and a Tankasaurus Rex.
  • Kim Possible. Monkey ninjas, and Mystical Monkey Powers. Really, monkeys are awesome.
    • And in one of the video games, robot monkey ninjas.
      • One episode went out of its way to invoke this with "Monkey Ninjas IN SPACE!". (The best thing about it was the title.) In a later episode, a director independently tries to use it as a movie idea, only to be shut down with a "been there, done that" reaction.
    • The Samurai Gorillas from "Gorilla Fist".
    • Kim Possible; Sumo Ninja.
  • More scary than cool, but The Batman vs. Dracula has Vampire Joker, which is at least as disturbing as you would think. The fact that the character in question is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson adds some awesome, however.
  • The Simpsons mentioned this, when Homer stood up against Mr. Burns:
    Mr. Burns: I suggest you leave immediately.
    Homer: Or what? You'll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths, and when they bark they shoot bees at you?
    • In a deleted scene, Burns goes on to sic a robotic Richard Simmons on Homer.
    • It is actually possible for characters to create the-dogs-with-bees-in-their-mouths-and-when-they-bark-they-shoot-bees-at-you in Mage: The Ascension and Mage: The Awakening — it just needs 3 dots of Life magic and a normal dog, or 5 if you have to make the dog too.
    • Also: the future has several Forbidden Zones. One has, flying, man-eating uni-clams.
    • Poochie from Itchy and Scratchy is intended to be this, as he introduces himself as being "half Joe Camel and a third Fonzarelli, I'm a kung-fu hippie, from gangsta city, I'm a rappin' surfer." However, he's actually a very unpopular character because of this, and annoys the viewers, the former Trope Namer for The Poochie (now Shoo Out the New Guy).
      • You forgot Mr. T. ("You the fool I pity.")
  • Most of the combat in Storm Hawks is swordfighting done on flying motorcycle-biplane hybrids.
  • Biker Mice from Mars
  • The Invader Zim episode "Zim Eats Waffles" features a flesh-eating robot demon squid that summons an army of cyborg zombie soldiers. Other episodes have mention of similar things, for example laser weasels and a mongoose dog (although the latter was courtesy of the series Cloud Cuckoo Lander).
  • In the Venture Bros. episode "Eeny Meeny Miney... Magic!", Brock Samson's Joy Can vision includes ninjas raining from the sky, cowboys with flamethrowers riding Tyrannosaurs, polar bears on motorcycles, and SCUBA divers with machine guns. And he has to fight them all. And he kills them all, winding up on a mountain of ninja/cowboy/dinosaur/bear corpses.
    • In the episode "Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny", the Monarch narrates one of his early attacks on the Venture compound, attributing his failure to Venture's "army of ex-navy seal cyborg ninja witches". The simultaneous flashback shows, however, that he was defeated by Venture's lone bodyguard Myra. Helper helped too...
      "These guys like their system. It's what they do. You take that away and you are looking at a bunch of pissed off nutbags with ray-guns and giant... I dunno, a giant octopus/tank with laser-eyes"
    • Fakeout: "Hey, it's that ghost pirate! Who's not a ghost. Or even a pirate, really."
    • Then there's the time Brock had to fight those Vatican karate gorillas...
  • Hilariously parodied on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, with Bloo's ridiculously over the top contest film T-Rexatron Alienwolf 3: A Prequel in Time: The Unrelenting.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    Plastic Man: Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Because I'm seeing gorillas, riding pterodactyls... with harpoon guns... stealing a boat.
    • The show also has a scene where Batman teams up with Vampire Batman, Cowboy Batman, Psychic Batman, Robot Batman, Gorilla Batman, and Space Batman. Words cannot describe how awesome it was.
    • Later, we got Batman being chased by skiing ninjas with lasers.
  • Futurama's Ford ThunderCougarFalconBird.
    • REAL HOLOGRAPHIC SIMULATED EVIL LINCOLN IS BAAAAAAAAAAACCKKK!!!!!
    • And then there's also General Major Webelo Zapp Brannigan.
  • At some point in the '90s, there was a CG show called Van Pires. In this show, the protagonists would fuse with various vehicles to combat other vehicles who turned into giant robots who woke up after dark drained normal vehicles of fuel (the Vanpires in question). They did every Saturday morning cliche in the book, but... man, mid-'90s CG cyborg car robot vampire hunters!
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants, in "The Idiot Box", mentions Robot Pirate Island, and Squidward wants to arm wrestle with cowboys on the moon.
    • Sadly, Robot Pirate Island turns out to be an island where robots fight pirates, not an island full of robot pirates, making it instead an example of a related trope.
  • South Park had a fabled discussion (among the members of KORN) over whether the apparitions of the episode were pirates who died and became ghosts, or ghosts who died and became pirates.
    • In one of the episode commentaries, an idea for an episode was mentioned involving a zombie werpechaun, or a leprechaun that was bit by a vampire and a werewolf who then died and came back as a zombie.
    • One news report was given by a midget in a bikini. (I mean, come on: Midgets are cool. Bikinis are cool. Put them together and you've got, like, a nuclear explosion of coolness.) Another was given by a Japanese man who looked kind of like Ricardo Montalban.
    • Manbearpig. Half man. Half bear.... Half pig.
      • No, it's actually half man, half bear-pig. (Or is that half pig, half bear-man?)
    • The "wizard alien" from "Sexual Healing." In this episode, the American government is trying to figure out what caused the "recent" trend of successful men having affairs with lots of women. Instead of just admitting that this kind of thing has happened throughout history and that most men have similar urges, the government blames it on a wizard alien living in Independence Hall. When a soldier calls BS on this, the other soldiers take him away, dress him up as a wizard alien, and have Kyle and Butters shoot him dead.
    • But all this pales in comparison to "Imaginationland", a mythical realm where every fictional character ever created in history lives together in some sort of Toontown on steroids. Their "Council of Nine" alone includes Luke Skywalker, Morpheus from The Matrix, Wonder Woman and Popeye. And where else could you see Santa Claus slaughtering Captain Hook?
  • There's an episode in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that has three Jedi and a bunch of clone troopers fight alien bug warriors who are also zombies.
  • [adult swim] once spent a week talking about a hypothetical battle between a flying shark and a flying crocodile.
    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force features The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future. The outrageous stories he tells also fall under this trope. In his first appearance, his stories are about a war between toy-making elves from "the red planet" and a large prehistoric ape who is actually Santa Claus (and for some reason, he also explains where baby robots come from). In his second appearance, he talks about hyper-evolved chickens who take over the world in the future.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, among Heloise's inventions are giant robot clowns and a cyborg Giant Spider.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Played with in the Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 episode, "Battleship 5", prior to some butt-kicking:
    Zoom: Hey, let's play Pirate! NINJA STYLE!
    • And also parodied in a ''Simpsons'' comic book as "Mutant Nunchuk Sewer Frogs".
  • Jonny Quest: Zartan's henchman, Scorpio, in "The Monolith Man", who was a fat cyborg mummy.
  • The Dinosaur Train
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades: They start with Bio-Vipers, then we get mech-suits, so it was inevitable they would create Mech-Vipers.
  • The Mega Man series featured many unique robots, including some mentioned on the Video Games page, but "Night of the Living Monster Bots" deserves special recognition.
  • Parodied in Avatar: The Last Airbender . All animals in the fictional setting are the combination of two or more real life animals; e.g., bat-wolves, platypus-bears, duck-turtles. The king of the Earth Kingdom is holding a party in honour of his pet bear, Bosco, and sends out invitations, the main characters, when reading the invitation, ask whether it's a string of bear hybrids. When they are told it's just a simple plain bear, they find the concept 'just weird'.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Him Diddle Riddle", HIM threatens to dump Ms. Keane into "this vat of boiling sharks".
    • Also, Abracadaver, the zombie magician.
  • One reviewer for Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers explained the Myth Arc as "Space Cowboys versus Space Zombies - how did this show not catch on?!"
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had one episode where the heroes had to deal with a gang of horse thieves. They weren't called that for stealing horses but for being thieves and horses.
  • The Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon had the villainous minions Scared Stiff and Long John Scarechrome. The former is a robot ghost that resembles a skeleton and the latter is a technology-themed ghost pirate from the future.
  • Captain Metalbeard from The Lego Movie is a Cyborg Pirate Transforming Mecha with Arm Cannons and a Shark arm. He pretty much runs on the Rule of Cool.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! featured ghosts of a Yeti, Mr. Hyde, and a werewolf.

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