Western Animation / My Life as a Teenage Robot

The Hero of the show, saving her "regular" friends.

"Five O'clock get a call to go blading at the skate park down by the mall"
"But my mom says I got to prevent hostile aliens from annihilating us all"
"With the strength of a million and seventy men I guess I really shouldn't complain"
"Still I wish I could go for a walk without rusting in the rain, It's enough to fry my brain"
"So welcome to my life (as a teenage robot)"
"The story of my life (as a teenage robot)"
"My teenage robot....LIFE!"

My Life as a Teenage Robot was an Animated Series that premiered on Nickelodeon in 2003, and later aired previously-unaired episodes on Nicktoons Network from 2008—2009. It is the 18th show in Nickelodeon's popular Nicktoons series. It was adapted from the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short My Neighbour was a Teenage Robot.

The show, which takes place 20 Minutes into the Future, revolved around a Fembot named XJ9 (or simply Jenny Wakeman) who was designed in order to protect the Earth by a female scientist, but, after meeting her next door neighbor Brad and his little brother Tucker, decides she would rather live a normal adolescent life. Jenny attempts to fit in at school, but usually fails, with hilarious results.

Her antics cause friction with her "mother" Nora Wakeman. Nora's strict treatment doesn't sit well with Jenny, either. Despite this, they care about each other, and eventually accept each other as mother and daughter.

Jenny must also fight various menaces in the series, most notably The Cluster, a race of alien robots bent on conquering Earth, led by the evil Queen Vexus.

One of Jenny's friends, a nerd called Sheldon, has a crush on her, but she doesn't like him that way. He adopts the identity of a superhero robot himself (the Silver Shell) by wearing a suit of Powered Armor, but must keep this a secret from Jenny and the rest.

My Life As A Teenage Robot contains examples of:

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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Armagedroid was created to destroy and disarm all weapons. He just can't discern between friends and enemies.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: A rather extreme example in Todd, at the end of "A Robot For All Seasons". When he learns the true meaning of Christmas, his dour, dark face cracks and falls away revealing a smiling, rosy cheeked face.
  • Anime Hair: A lot of characters, actually, in this rare western example. The most prominent are Brad and Dr. Wakeman with Jenny's metal pigtails meant to mimic this.
  • Animesque: The style is a Shout-Out to Astro Boy. Amusingly enough, Candi Milo, voice of Dr. Wakeman, voiced Astro Boy around the same year.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Tuck tends to be an annoyance to his older brother Brad.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From "Unlicensed Flying Object":
    Tuck: You're going to blow us up, or vaporize us, or get us grounded! [Brad lifts off the UFO] Or get us un-grounded.
  • Art Deco: The art style of the title cards is meant to invoke this.
  • Art Shift: In "Daydream Believer", Jenny gets a hold of some software that allows her to dream, which she eventually abuses to work while she's awake. Each of her dream sequences has a rather large art shift, from Greco-Roman style to even more 1920s than the show was to begin with to - of all things - Dr. Seuss.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Plenty of the Monster of the Week fought by Jenny like Gigawatt and Armagedroid.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: In "The Legion of Evil".
  • Audible Gleam: After Jenny buffs her nails with an auto-chamois. And after she uses the "vacuum thingie" to capture invading Minusians.
  • Badass Family: The Wakemans, obviously. Nora Wakeman is a Mad Scientist and a former officer of the Skyway Patrol, and can still hold her own in combat at an advanced age; Jenny is a ridiculously powerful crime-fighting robot; and Jenny's sisters (XJ 1 through 8) are single-purpose prototypes who are still pretty strong in their own right (plus, they kick major ass when they join forces).
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Killing the heroes aside, Dr. Locus successfully accomplish his objective in "Bradventure".
  • Balloon Belly: Two literal examples:
    • Jenny for a very brief moment in "Pest Control", where the rats disabling her central wiring system caused her belly to blow up like a balloon.
    • Tuck in "Infectious Personality" after developing a farting problem so severe that he literally becomes a balloon filled with his own gas.
  • Bandage Mummy: Brad in "Tuckered Out" and Tuck in "Indes-tuck-tible".
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: In "Ear No Evil", many of the Lancer's victims end up wearing barrels after he robs them.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Jenny, being a robot, is justified. Less justified is the first episode where she was able to rocket into space, blast away several meteors, get smacked around a bit, and reenter the atmosphere and return safely to Earth... with Tuck clinging onto her every step of the way. And he survived. And thought it was "Cool!" Don't even go into the facts about survival in space.
    • Then there are the scenes where non-robotic characters seem to have no problem breathing in space (though it is Lampshaded very often).
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted in "Stage Fright" as it turns out that the hideous aliens were trying to warn Jenny of the beautiful, but malevolent invaders..
  • Berserk Button: Melody is very mild-mannered and excessively sweet. But don't tell her she's evil like her "father."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Jenny's voice actress is Japanese-American, and in the episode where Jenny lost her English disc had her speaking Japanese for nearly the whole episode.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Mezmers has an interesting front deco-cat sign.
    • Some of the architecture on Cluster Prime, which are apparently giant sentient robots.
  • Bullying The Dragon: The Krust cousins take every opportunity to torment and belittle XJ-9 socially, attempting to guarantee that Jenny never, ever becomes anything close to popular. They never quite seem to grasp that for all that Jenny is a cheerful, sweet-natured girl, she also happens to be a walking, talking, sapient weapons system capable of destroying entire alien battle fleets single-handed. In one episode, with the aid of a more aggressive friend, Jenny finally shows them exactly what she can do to make their lives miserable, yet even after she drives them into a breakdown, they don't learn from the experience.
  • Bungling Inventor: Krakus, despite the fact that one of his inventions worked perfect in the episode he was introduced, it is clear from dialog that it is not a common occurrence.
  • Call-Back: "Minky Momo" (not to be confused with the magical princess of the same name) is an Ear Worm song that Brad sings at the beginning of "I was a Preschool Dropout", which he and Tuck later use to escape in Escape from Cluster Prime.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jenny vs. Gigawatt in "Mind Over Matter", several times over.
  • Curse of Babel: In "Speak No Evil" Jenny is rendered incapable of speaking English after losing that language disk on a mission in Japan. She speaks Japanese for most of the episode after that, which her actress Janice Kawaye is fluent in.
  • Cute Bruiser: Jenny, built like a teenage girl, a super robot that regularly pummels monsters into the crowd.
  • Cut Short: Although Renzetti wanted to make more episodes, which would've included Jenny and Sheldon hooking up and presumably wrapped up the dangling Misty and Melody plotlines, the show ended with only three seasons.
  • Dark Reprise: The theme song's film reel disintegrates in Escape From Cluster Prime, which begins an orchestral arrangement of the song that isn't so cheery.
  • Death Course: The eponymous "Enclosure of Doom". Which is Armagedroid.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable/Harmless Villain: Killgore. Terrifying name, the robot itself...not so much.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Referenced by Dr. Wakeman in the episode "Daydream Believer".
  • Doppelgänger: A non-hostile example in Escape from Cluster Prime; the high school on Cluster Prime has robotic versions of Brad, Sheldon, and Tuck. "Drab" and "Shell" even share voice actors with their human counterparts, while "Tuff" is voiced by a deep-voiced man in contrast to Tuck's Audrey Wasilewski.
  • Downer Ending/Bittersweet Ending: "No Harmony With Melody" and "Mist Opportunities" end on a tragic note for the relationships between Melody and Brad and Jenny and Misty.
  • Dressed All in Rubber: Jenny tries this to fight Gigawatt, but it backfires badly.
  • Drive-In Theater: Brad wants to go to one in "Future Scope"
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Daydream Believer". It's not hard to imagine it being about psychoactive drugs instead of daydreaming.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The Japanese dub of "Speak No Evil" has Jenny losing her language disc in America and only being able to speak English back in her Japanese-speaking hometown. As a result of the language switch, "America" had many more aspects of Japanese culture than "Japan".
  • Evil Counterpart: The Lonely Hearts Club gang for Sheldon. Both of them cause trouble because they were rejected by the woman they loved. Sheldon was himself brutally rejected by Jenny, and was offered membership, but still chose to save Jenny from them.
  • Evil Laugh: Marty in "Mama Drama" has a suberb evil laugh. Tuck also has a pretty good one... and Vexus... Oh the show is full of them.
  • Expository Theme Tune:
    Five o'clock, get a call to go blading at the skate park down by the mall
    But my mom says I gotta prevent hostile aliens from annihilating us all...
  • Expressive Mask: Sheldon as the Silver Shell, and Tucker as his sidekick, the Tin Can.
  • Expy: Rob Renzetti freely admitted the series was based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and XJ-9 is a pretty clear expy of early (circa season 1) Buffy Summers. Likewise, Brad is pretty obviously Xander, and the Krust Kousins are Cordelia Chase and Harmony Kendall before they were de-clawed.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted in "Attack of the 5 1/2 Foot Geek". The Lonely Hearts Club Gang kidnaps Sheldon in a successful attempt to lure Jenny, who gets offended when they refer to him as her "boyfriend" and promptly chews Sheldon out for being a "crazy, loser, stalker geek." This obviously breaks Sheldon's heart, which so moves the gang that they set him loose and vow to even let him join them when he graduates. However, Sheldon instantly turns on the gang and frees Jenny.
  • Face Palm: This is a trope that the characters on this show seem to really like.
  • Fanservice: It's debatable, but the episode "Victim of Fashion" is rife of this...y'know, if you have a thing for catsuits, Victorian era dresses, sea life, and The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Fantastic Racism: Jenny herself is absolutely no stranger to this trope, being a robot is one of the primary reasons she’s belittled by her peers in school. The episode "The Return of Raggedy Android" goes so far as to have the owner of Mezmer's diner flat out call Jenny a “filthy mechanized nuisance” to her face, and subsequently reveal that he has the right to refuse service to robots when she protests. In addition to this, there are a few moments scattered throughout the series in which Jenny is clearly irritated by humans acting out cheesy robot stereotypes. For example, in the episode “Tuckered Out” a brattier than usual Tucker tells Jenny that she’s not acting “robotic enough” for his shoddy amateur film to which she angrily shouts, “EXCUSE ME?!?”. This stands out as a Truth in Television moment that sadly echoes the experiences of many actors of color.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: In "Escape From Cluster Prime", Vexus is revealed to have disarmed the Cluster by removing microchips that would allow them to transform and keeping them in a vault.
  • Flawed Prototype: Of a sort. XJs 1 through 8 are clearly not as complete as Jenny, although 'flawed' isn't really the right word here, as they all seem to be testbeds for various functions eventually incorporated into Jenny. (Dr. Wakeman herself describes them as "failed" and "incomplete" in successive sentences.) Armagedroid, on the other hand, is something of a Gone Horribly Right...
  • Forgot About Her Weapon Systems: Jenny seems to forget about weapons and tools of hers that she's used in previous episodes if there's a chance they'll wrap up the plot in about two seconds.
    • In one episode, she forgets that she can fly, claiming her mom is her ride to school.
  • Funny Foreigner: "Around The World In 80 Pieces" has several of them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • Sheldon - nearly on par with Wakeman herself. Mog and some of the others are somewhere between Gadgeteer Genius and Mad Scientist.
    • Played with, with Krakus. He has few problems with building his gadgets, but getting them to stay together, let alone work, is another story entirely...
  • Gasshole: In the episode "Infectious Personality", Tuck develops a severe farting problem after Jenny accidentally infects him with space dust, to the point where his body inflated with his own gas.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Armegedroid. And a few others, but Armagedroid is really the only foe Jenny can't beat in a straight fight.
  • Giant Spider: Jenny pretends to be one to scare Britt and Tiff in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles".
    • "Sibling Tsunami" starts with Jenny having just defeated one, using its severed head as a ventriloquist's dummy.
  • God Guise: In one episode, Jenny is mistaken for a prophesied comet goddess by adorable tiny aliens.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Sheldon's undies in the episode "Saved By the Shell" has what appears to be a kitty-face on it.
    • In the first episode, Jenny causes a baseball to fly so fast it rips off the clothes of everyone it passes, and every single person is wearing polka-dot boxers. Even birds.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: "Around the World in Eighty Pieces" involves Jenny being scattered to pieces and those pieces being sent all over the world. Brad, Tuck and Sheldon all race to reassemble her before the Cluster can invade.
  • Green Thumb: Jenny's cousin, Glenn has this power. Being a swamp monster-like being, he's surprisingly good at fighting with plant powers when he has to (fake-)fight with Jenny to get their moms to stop bickering.
    • Wisteria herself considering she made Glenn the same way Ms. Wakeman made Jenny.
  • Granola Girl: Nora Wakeman's sister, Wisteria, described by her as a flower child.
  • Hammerspace: Jenny can consistently store many, many more giant weapons inside her chassis than could conceivably fit.
  • Handy Remote Control: In "Turncoats" a belligerent scientist invents a remote control that can control any other invention. He uses it to forces all of Nora's inventions to try and kill her.
  • Held Back in School: Jenny is sent to kindergarten because she is technically only 5 years old.
  • 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.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Sorta, when Jenny tries wearing a human suit (one that isn't terrifying to look at) she gets red pigtails... and a lot of attention.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Jenny, when Brad tosses an old calculator for a new one and tells her about Planned Obsolescence. She gets very distressed about the possibility of it happening to her
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Jenny in Escape From Cluster Prime, especially in said place, where she was framed for destroying special defense chips, although there was so much focus on an artist's interpretation, no one knew that Jenny was the enemy until a policeman recognized her.
  • Hive Mind: The Cluster. Amplified with the insectoid appearances of its soldiers and top members.
  • Honor Before Reason: The titular robot vacuum in "Samurai Vac".
  • Hover Mecha: The Lancer in his Mobile-Suit Human.
  • Human Pet: An evil robot bent on enslaving mankind suggests to Brad and Tucker that Jenny might want to keep them as pets.
  • Humongous Mecha: Jenny briefly becomes one in 'Mind Over Matter', using a robot built out of her house.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Jenny's got no chance or real desire to actually be human, but she does want to fit in - in fact, Dr. Wakeman seems to have designed her with this in mind.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted in "Sister Sledgehammer". XJ-5 tries to reach a Cluster-assimilated Jenny with an emotional appeal. She gets assimilated for it. It takes XJ-1 grossing Jenny out by barfing on her face to snap out of it.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In one episode, a cereal box toy company CEO introduces a slide rule as his company's "latest toy".
    Jenny: Uh, that's...
    CEO: Exactly; it stinks!
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Krakus, a bungling old scientist for the Cluster, who can barely do anything right.
    • The diminutive Killgore, who despite his boasts and threats, is never taken seriously by anyone.
  • Inspector Javert: The Skyway Patrol lieutenant. He is right that Jenny is a vigilante, but he's motivated by jealously over her constantly outdoing him. His efforts to bust her lead to humiliation and getting fired.
  • Insult Backfire
    Nora: Where did you get that idea: a gumball machine?
    Sheldon: I'll have you know that gumball machines hold valuable information!
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Sheldon's crush on Jenny, for one. And Jenny's attraction to Don Prima in the first season.
    • Brad's near-marriage by Tammy. He would've agreed to do it, too, it it wasn't for the clause that would turn him into a domestic slave.
    • Brad seems quite prone to this, considering his short relationship with Melody and his implied relationship with Misty.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When a jealous Skyway Patrol Lieutenant arrest Dr. Wakeman for Jenny's actions in saving lives, Jenny's first thought is to prove their innocence. However Dr. Wakeman point's out that the Lieutenant is right.
    Dr. Wakeman: "Technically we're not innocent, you do work outside the law. Normally Skyway Patrol is too inept to notice, but this Lieutenant has made it personal.
  • Just a Machine: No better way to stab Jenny in the ego!
  • Just Between You and Me: Subverted in "Bradventure". Dr. Locus thinks he told him his secrets though, and proceeds with the Bond Villain Stupidity.
  • Kaiju: Many of the monsters that Jenny fights like Gigawatt and Armagedroid. Bonus points on the missions where Jenny fights these in Japan.
  • Killer Rabbit: Mist Opportunity reaches it's climax when a black and white bunny with super strength and laser eyes attacks the town. He mops the floor with Jenny, who had been slacking off on her training. At the end an entire herd of them show up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Armagedroid and Gigawatt both share this. Jenny couldn't defeat either of them directly - they curb-stomped her. Not to mention Gigawatt was just unnerving.
    • The puppet Lil' Acorn trumps them all. Ignoring his backstory, he defeated Jenny with ease. And he's a PUPPET. He almost succeeded with his plan, too.
    • Dr. Locus in that unlike the other examples he ultimately success in his debut episode and has come rather close to kill both Jenny and her mother
  • Limited Wardrobe: The trope of appearing in the same clothes all the time is lampshaded for an episode; The Crust cousins point out how Jenny only has one look, forcing her to apply her weapon shapeshifting into constructing new outfits.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Noreen's sister Wisteria and her "son" Glenn.
  • The Men in Black: Ruthlessly parodied in "Agent Double-O Sheldon", which sees Sheldon joining such an organization.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: The entire plot of "Future Shock" is Tuck trying to save Brad from a future where Jenny kills him. Turns out there was a big misconception going on.
  • Mood Motif: The violin of tense suspense.
  • Motherly Scientist: Dr. Wakeman; Jenny calls her "mom".
  • My Nayme Is: Pteresa, who insists to everybody else that, "It's pronounced Teresa!" Only the Crust cousins seem to get it.

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  • Neon Sign Hideout: The Cluster has a recruiting storefront in Tremorton that any old hostile robot can just walk into without fear of the Skyway Patrol.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The majority of Tremorton thinks Nora's a dotty old lady at best and a demented Mad Scientist at worst. But she was once Skyway Patrol, and the asskicking she did then she has not forgotten by the time Escape From Cluster Prime occurs.
  • Never Say "Die": Completely averted. The cast regularly says "kill", "death", "dead" and "die". One episode is called "Dressed to Kill" and there's a character named Killgore.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Generally, Jenny's weapon systems can do anything and everything she wants them to, unless it becomes dramatically inconvenient (see Forgot About His Powers above).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Some of what happens is usually Jenny's fault.
  • No-Harm Requirement: In the episode Shell Game, Jenny lets all the harmless reptiles in a reptile exhibition loose in an attempt to draw ought Silver Shell whose stolen her robotic heart. But in the chaos, a giant deadly python gets loose and begins putting the squeeze on Sheldon. Jenny tries to hold out for Silver but unbeknownst to her, Silver Shell is actually Sheldon in a robot disguise. Fortunately she comes to her senses and engages the reptile. But after she gets Sheldon free and tries to empty her arsenal on the serpent, Sheldon stops her because while he's dangerous, he's a protected species. So instead, Jenny gets the long reptile to chase her around, causing it to tie itself in a knot.
  • Noodle Incident: Skippy the Evil Sock Puppet is referenced three times, but why exactly he is a supervillian, his origins of a sentient sock puppet has never been explained and he has never battled Jenny onscreen.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted - Jenny has "sisters" who are prototypes (it's even played more realistically than is usual). However, this doesn't stop her from being the only one like her, ever. In fact, one of Wakeman's rivals is able to create his own male version of Jenny, which for some reason has dog instincts.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: Pretty much all robots in the show react negatively to water exposure. Well, at least if the plot needs them to have said negative reaction to water.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Exaggerated and Parodied in "Last Action Zero". When Brad joins the Skyway Patrol, he realizes that his dreams weren't all that cracked up to be when any form of a simple action in the line of duty as a Skyway Patrol Officer requires rolls upon rolls of Red Tape with a whole Mount Everest sized amount of paperwork to sign off on. Especially when Jenny is about to be dismantled by a group of Crater Critters, Brad is completely mummified in Red Tape when it comes to paperwork.
    • Subverted and Double-Subverted by the Skyway Captain by initially agreeing with Brad's idea for taking "Rash and Immediate action", only for him to hand Brad more paperwork to sign off in triplicate.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jenny on occasion. One of the drawbacks of a near-human personality.
    • Vexus at the end of Escape From Cluster Prime, when Vega and her friends give Cluster Prime back their golden chips.
  • Older Than They Look: Sheldon after the episode Good Old Sheldon only LOOKS 15. He's now officially 105 years old. Holy cow.
    • Jenny herself is technically 5 years old physically, but was being designed and built a good 11 years before that (so, 16, including a really long gestation period).
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Misty in "Mist Opportunities" stops a Killer Rabbit from finishing off Jenny because she picked a fight with her. She drops that after Jenny invokes We Used to Be Friends.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Sheldon tries this in "The Price of Love" by paying Pteresa to pretend to be his girlfriend, hoping this will make Jenny realize she loves him. The charade ends up costing him everything he owns, even his clothes. And the saddest part is that it actually kind of works! At the end of the episode, Jenny privately admits to herself that she’s missed having him around and that she might actually be interested in a Relationship Up Grade. Of course, her hearing’s been really messed up all episode, so when she goes to talk to Sheldon about it, she thinks she hears him say that he’s too good for her now, when really he was saying exactly the opposite. Cue her storming off in a huff.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Dressed to Kill", monstrous alien warrior Smytus convinces several characters that he's a Ukrainian supermodel by putting on a wig.
    • In "Escape From Cluster Prime", Jenny's superhero costume is the Cluster Prime flag and a pickelhaube.
  • Pie-Eyed: Most of the cast has these eyes, unusual for a modern cartoon.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Averted with Jenny - she's perfectly fine with being a robot, but wants acceptance and assimilation... which sometimes means playing the trope straight.
  • Planet of Hats: Subverted in "Voyage To the Planet of the Bikers". While Tuck and Jenny were expecting a lawless wasteland, they got an Earth-like world that wouldn't be out of place as an 70s sitcom.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Sheldon, every time Jenny kisses him. For that matter, it happens if she hugs him, too.
  • Power Crystal: The Pip crystals in "Dressed To Kill". They turn Brit and Tiff into reality shifting gods.
  • Power Fist: Dr. Wakeman gets a pair of power gloves in "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • The Presents Were Never from Santa: In "Bradventure", Jenny assists Brad in his escape from Dr. Locus in an attempt to make him feel epic and adventurous, but Brad isn't aware of this until he returns to rescue her. Subverted when he appears to do the same stunts again, unassisted, and carrying a 600-pound robot, but no one learns that Dr. Locus's creation, Melody, was helping him that time.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Misty in "Mist Opportunities". Jenny herself will occasionally gripe about having to save the world on a regular basis (=less time for a social life), but is always on duty.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The biker gang, who are only marauding dominatrices on the weekend, and work at an elementary school for the rest of the time.
  • The Quisling: Brit and Tiff in Escape From Cluster Prime. They make a Heel–Face Turn in just the right minute, and get away pretty easily. Unless you count them being riddled with filth as punishment, which was unintentionally caused by the ship Jenny and friends are riding in.
  • Race Against the Clock: "Historionics" has Jenny, Brad, Tuck and Sheldon race to get off of an island which can best be described Jurassic Park BUT WITH ROBOTS OF HISTORICAL FIGURES before Jenny's back-up battery runs out (due to her crash into the ocean ruining her main one). As if to acknowledge this, Jenny's eyes act as a battery meter during the proceedings.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jenny gives a brutal one about Sheldon when she has enough of people calling him her "boyfriend."
    Jenny: He's not my boyfriend! I don't even know him! He's just some crazy, loser, stalker geek! He's not my boyfriend, he's not my friend, he's not my nothing!
  • Red Herring: In "The Boy Who Cried Robot", Tuck befriends a kid named Lon who is hairy and has a fang. There are a few hints that Lon is a werewolf, at one point even telling Tuck that it's time for him to meet the wolf he talked about while the full moon appears, but it ultimately turns out that the wolf in question was just a pet Lon wanted to show Tuck.
  • Retraux: The show's artstyle is reminiscent of an old Disney cartoon with Pie-Eyed pupils and all. Not to mention, the title cards are made to look like Art Deco.
  • Reverse Polarity/Techno Babble: Parodied in "Escape From Cluster Prime". Completely subverted later on:
    Sheldon: We don't have time for sci-fi brinkmanship! My Jenny needs me! * proceeds to hotwire a starship*
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Actually played with throughout the series. Jenny experiments with devices that make her more like a human (she's mostly cool with being a robot), including pleasure/pain sensors. But they're still working out the kinks. Melody takes this Up to 11.
  • Robo Family: Jenny has several "sisters" who are actually failed/incomplete prototypes created by her inventor who have since been shut down and locked up in the basement.
  • Robot Kid: Or teenager, whatever; a couple of her 'sisters' fit this better than she does.
  • Rogues Gallery: Other than the Cluster, we also have Killgore, Armagedroid, and numerous one-off villains.
  • Ronin: Parodied in "Samurai Vac" with a robotic vacuum cleaner of the "Samurai" brand that speaks with an over-the-top Japanese accent.
  • Running Gag: "Hey, look! It's snowing!"
  • Safety Worst: Tuck is almost hit by a car. As a result he shuts himself away from the outside world Jenny tries to reassure him of his safety by showing him at a ripe old age through the "Future Scope", which leads him to believe he will live to old age no matter what, and spends the rest of the episode performing a number of life threatening stunts. He forgets that even if he lives he still could get badly damaged.
  • Scare Chord: Spoofed by Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • * Scooby Stack: Jenny, Sheldon, Brad and Tuck spy on Dr. Wakeman's boyfriend this way in "Mama Drama"
  • Smug Super: The Teen Team. They don't like normal people because they've shunned them.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted in "Ball and Chain" - Jenny bangs on the window and calls Brad's name. Brad tells Jenny he doesn't want to be rescued and marries Tammy anyway. He justifiably begins to regret it because Tammy's species treats spouses as somewhere between slave and house pet and calls the marriage off at the reception, resulting in him needing to be rescued.
  • Super Prototype: Zig Zagged, XJ8 is bigger and stronger than Jenny, despite being an earlier model, on the other hand, she's also more reliant on smashing than thinking and doesn't have fifty guns attached to 50 other guns stuffed in her.
  • Super Strength: "The strength of a million-and-seventy men," if the theme song is to be taken literally.
  • Surprisingly Good Japanese: Jenny is voiced by Janice Kawaye, who is Japanese-American.
    • One episode has Jenny lost her Language OS Disc, forcing her to speak Japanese for almost the whole episode.
  • Telescoping Robot: Jenny does this for comedy mostly, with a stretchy neck and even pigtail-antenna (plus "stretchy arms and extendo-fingers", to which an entire episode was devoted), but can use her body as a combination Green Lantern Ring and Shapeshifting.
    • Quickly deconstructed as well, as she is unable to make her self smaller or thinner when the Krust cousins come up with a social situation requiring it. (She settles for completely removing all her external armor, and decides to never do it again.)
  • That Poor Plant: "Girl of Steal"
    Brad: It even reminds you to take a shower! I have mine set for once a week whether I need it or not!
    [the plant Brad has just walked past keels over dead]
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Jenny sings it in "Pajama Party Prankapalooza".
  • The Fashionista: Brit and Tiff.
  • There Was a Door "Daydream Believer" - Jenny rushes through a wall to rescue Tuck from a monster; he advises her she could've used the door.
  • (Oil is) Thicker Than Water: Said word-for-word by Jenny's sisters in their first appearance when they help her after she is incapacitated.
    • "But so much harder to clean out of the carpet!"
  • Thick-Line Animation: Combined with a Retraux artstyle.
  • Third-Person Person: Killgore talks like this.
  • Through a Face Full of Metal: Jenny often blushes.
  • Title Theme Tune: The theme song has several mentions of "My life as a teenage robot".
  • Toilet Teleportation: In "A Pain in my Sidekick" Tuck does this to escape the opera house blowing up.
    I flushed myself down the toilet, like anyone would.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tucker in "Indes-Tuck-tible," and Jenny's tormentors Brit and Tiff pretty much all the time. See the above entry for Bullying a Dragon, and note that more than once, their schemes have backfired with extremely severe consequences.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sheldon was recruited by what we assume was the CIA in "Agent 00Sheldon", who promptly train him. He violently resigns after he finds out they're enacting a thinly-veiled Patriot Act allegory.
  • Totally Radical: "Phat", "Crib", "Badonkadonk"....yeah, this show was definitely made in the early 2000s. And since the show is set in the future, in-universe it's way past its expiration date.
    • The trope is lampshaded to hell and back in the episode "Queen Bee". First Brit and Tiff make fun of Jenny's outdated slang, prompting her to learn some from a slang phrasebook from 1984. Then Queen Vexus shows up talking like she's from the 1920's and is immediately discovered and beaten by Jenny as a result. Moments later Brit and Tiff are trying to teach her to fit in and manage to rattle off every bit of slang they've ever said in about three lines of dialogue. It's quite cringeworthy and hilarious.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Semi-Averted for Escape from Cluster Prime, Vega, or basically any footage Jenny having fun in Cluster Prime, wasn't featured, but we did get to see a policeman taking off Jenny's superhero disguise, and all of Cluster Prime being alerted that Jenny was in their presence. To be honest though, we were expecting that to happen, so not a huge problem.
  • Truly Single Parent: Dr. Wakeman, at least, tries to avoid this.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The set year is never explicitly stated, but one episode mentions that Jenny, being built only 5 years prior, missed Super Bowl 100, which would be 2067 or later.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, the first attempt to disguise Jenny as human was unnerving to pretty much everyone. She looked like a walking rag doll, and only the art style kept the reaction limited to those in the show.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Travis' dad seemed to be perfectly okay despite being maimed by factory machines in a flashback in "Weapons of Mass Distraction". They even say "he got better", dropping the former trope title. Potentially justified since we don't know how long ago the accident was.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The Crust Cousins show up in different outfits on a regular basis.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Thank [Steve] Jobs!" was used once.
    • "By the Great Cluster Hives! It's XJ9!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The show is about a robot packed with a huge arsenal of incredibly destructive gadgets/weapons attending a local high school. Other people in the show very rarely find this concept, or even Jenny herself, odd, even though she appears to be the only one around.
  • Urine Trouble: In "Trade Show Showdown", a robotic dog lifts its leg after it gets annoyed with Jenny deriding it for being a one trick pony puppy.
  • Villain Team-Up: The episode "The Legion of Evil" has a group of various one-off antagonists returning to fight Jenny.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Killgo—the cutest thing ever!
    • Vexus in Queen Bee, even AFTER the school finds out that she's a villain. until Jenny mentions she's over 2000 years old.
  • Visual Pun: While on Cluster Prime, Jenny feeds a robotic squirrel by unscrewing a bolt from her palm: literally, "feeding from the palm of her hand."
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Played straight and lampshaded.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Frequently uttered by Tuck.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Krakus's inventions are prone to this. What do you do when a bunch of them drill beneath the road and boil the asphalt to glue you in place? Take off your shoes! Apparently, bubbling hot asphalt has no affect on socks or bare feet.
    Tuck: (as he's filing his nails) You know, I learned all kinds of interesting things while I was one with the robot. Here's one tiny tidbit: he's got an off button right on his back.
  • We Can Rule Together: Jenny gets repeated offers from Queen Vexus to join the Cluster and enslave the human race.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Jenny's effect on Tremorton high. Lampshaded hard in "Humiliation 101".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Armegedroid is on a mission to destroy all "weaponry" (and then presumably himself when he's done - maybe). Jenny doesn't have much of a problem with this, just that he's hurting people in the process.
  • What Happened to the Exo-Skin?: It just disappears after a final shot of it.
    • What Happened to Melody?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Brad's response when Jenny wrongly tries to prove Melody is secretly evil. Also when she attacks one of two groups of alien visitors not realizing Beauty Is Bad.
    • And in "Escape From Cluster Prime" when everybody in Tremerton, including Dr. Wakeman, calls her out for accidentally ruining a parade while stopping a bad guy. It sets off her leaving for Cluster Prime in the first place.
    • The entire town, again including Dr. Wakeman (though mercifully not Sheldon), does it again in the Christmas special where they all believe that she went rogue and started destroying holidays of her own volition. Brad, Tuck and Dr. Wakeman are even implied to have never investigated why she never came home the last day she remembers.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Generally played straight, although it's usually only Jenny who has the power to invoke this trope at all in the show.
  • Wheel of Pain: When first informed about the Cluster, we see humans chained to this, apparently to power some kind of Ice Cream Parlor for robots.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Tuck.
    Tuck: What? Can't a guy wear pearls and taffeta around here?
    Nora: Strictly speaking, only after 6.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: One of Jenny's love interests had Phobia to Technology.
  • Wild Teen Party: A number of episodes deal with this trope. Most having Jenny try to
  • Wingding Eyes: Wisteria's glasses turn into mod and psychedelic symbols sometimes.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jenny looks and thinks like a teenager, but it's been pointed out she was born/made five years ago.
    • Of course, one episode required her to return to kindergarten because she's technically five years old.
      • ...which she escapes on a technicality because she was designed sixteen years previously.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: The Trope Namer. It comes from an episode where a brain-eating rock monster comments about Brad's brain after his Idiot Ball causes him and Jenny to get captured
  • You Wake Up in a Room: "Enclosure of Doom" begin like this.
  • Zeerust: This show is deliberately drawn in a very old fashioned 1930s futuristic way.