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Western Animation: My Life as a Teenage Robot
aka: My Life Asa Teenage Robot
The Hero of the show, saving some of the "regular" people.

"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 evil 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 had aired previously-unaired episodes on Nicktoons network from 2008 until 2009. It is the 18th show in Nickelodeon's popular Nicktoons series.

The show, which takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future, revolved around a Robot Girl 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:

  • Bandage Mummy: Brad in "Tuckered Out" and Tuck in "Indes-tuck-tible".
  • 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".
  • Berserk Button: Melody is very mild-mannered and excessively sweet. But don't tell her she's evil like her "father."
  • Big Ham: Sheldon as The Silver Shell. Though this is done intentionally.
  • Big Little Sister: Played straight with XJ8, Jenny's immediate prototype and her 'little sister', who's twice Jenny's size and about as powerful. They have to fight during a Brainwashed and Crazy episode, and Jenny is ''not'' looking forward to it.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Mezmers has an interesting front deco-cat sign.
    • Some of the architecture on Cluster Prime, which are apparently giant sentient robots.
    • Jenny's pad in "Crash Pad Crash."
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Vega gets a version in "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • Bowel Breaking Bricks: Implied; As the major Cluster offensive hits Earth, Brad stands silently in horror. Then, Tuck drops down behind him, giving the impression of...well, you get the idea.
  • Bragging Theme Tune
  • Bullying a Dragon: Jenny is sweet, gentle, and kind. She wants to fit in with her peers, and is a generally good person. Her tormentors, however, don't ever seem to grasp that she's also a walking, talking, sapient weapons system capable of destroying entire space fleets on her own. As mentioned below, this requires a very special kind of stupidity.
    • However, they're probably fine... given that she probably couldn't get away with using those weapons on even the meanest of bullies who was totally asking for it.
  • Big in Japan: There's a lot of Doujinshi for Jenny in Japan.
    • It's true in-universe, too.
  • 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.
  • Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin': Lancer, almost, in "The Legion of Evil".
  • Captain Patriotic: The Silver Shell sometimes evokes this for glorious hammitude.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Killgore, in a very literal sense (well, technically, it's a pricetag)
  • Catch Phrase
    Killgore: Surrender!
    Jenny: Crikey!
  • Chosen One: Jenny is thought of to be the 'chosen one' by tiny aliens in the episode "Teen Idol."
  • Clear My Name: In the Christmas Episode of all things.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Sheldon, more than once.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: The bodybuilders in "This Time With Feeling" have the heads of The Three Stooges.
  • Competition Coupon Madness: In "Girl of Steal".
  • The Computer Is Your Friend: Armagedroid.
  • Convection Schmonvection
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: In "Enclosure of Doom" and "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • Cooking Duel
  • Cool Loser: Jenny. Brad is also a possibility, but considering that he's somehow able to get invites to Don Prima's parties on his own, it's debatable.
  • Cool Old Lady: Nora Wakeman.
  • Crowd Song: Parodied in "A Robot For All Seasons".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jenny vs. Gigawatt in "Mind Over Matter", several times over.
  • Curse of Babel: "Speak No Evil".
  • Cute Bruiser: Jenny, again.
  • 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.
  • Delegation Relay: In "Mama Drama".
  • Demonization: Deconstructed In-Universe: Queen Vexus of Cluster Prime demonizes XJ9, presenting her like an Always Chaotic Evil, horrible monster robot that wants to destroy her own kind in various propaganda videos showed to the robots. When XJ9 accidentally goes to Cluster Prime, all the robots see her for the cute, normal, heroic robot who wants to help and protect others. Even when someone recognizes her and the Robot police try to catch her, she is helped by her new friends. This leads to Queen Vexus’ downfall.
  • Destructive Saviour: Armagedroid. Jenny actively tries to avoid being this.
  • Distracted By The Shiny: In "Stage Fright".
  • Distressed Dude: You can bet that Brad and Tuck will usually be in danger if they are part of the focus of an episode. Sheldon can fall victim to this often as well, especially in his first appearance.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Lampshaded by Dr. Wakeman in the episode "Daydream Believer".
  • Do-Anything Robot: Jenny. But as a teenager, whether or not she'll actually do anything is related to her mood at the moment.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Jenny has some initial problems fitting in due to this, but eventually gets used to her surroundings.
    • At home, she seems to have either figured out how to lounge around without breaking stuff, or Dr. Wakeman has simply reinforced a lot of the house.
  • 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".
  • The Dragon: Smytus.
  • Dressed All in Rubber: Jenny tries this to fight Gigawatt, but it backfires badly.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In "Last Action Zero". Played by R. Lee Ermey. Of course.
  • Drive-In Theater: "Future Scope"
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Daydream Believer". It's not hard to imagine it being about psychoactive drugs instead of daydreaming.
  • Easy Amnesia: Invoked in "A Pain In My Sidekick".
  • The Eeyore: XJ-7.
  • Enemy Mine: Jenny and Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • Enter Stage Window
  • 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 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 BIG
  • Fantastic Racism
  • 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.
  • Feel No Pain: Only once, when it was relevant to the plot.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Parodied in "Good Old Sheldon."
  • Fruit Cart: A fish cart in "Voyage To the Planet of the Bikers."
  • 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...
  • Genki Girl: Jenny, so very much.
  • 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 ventriliquist'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"
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Green Thumb: Jenny's cousin, Glenn has this power. Being a swamp monster-like being, he's surprsingly 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.
  • Hammerspace: Jenny can consistently store many, many more giant weapons inside her chassis than could conceivably fit.
  • Handy Remote Control: In "Turncoats".
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Invoked in "A Robot For All Seasons".
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Sheldon.
  • Heart Symbol: Sheldon
  • Held Back In School: Jenny is sent to kindergarten because 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.
  • Heel-Face 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.
  • Heroic BSOD: Jenny, when Brad tosses an old calculator for a new one and tells her about Planned Obsolescence.
  • 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
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Samurai Vac".
  • Hover Mecha: The Lancer in his Mobile-Suit Human.
  • Humongous Mecha: Jenny briefly becomes one in 'Mind Over Matter', using a robot built out of her house.
  • I Broke a Nail: Played straight and mocked.
  • 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".
  • I'm Going To Disney World: Used in "Histrionics".
  • Implacable Man: Armagedroid
  • Improvised Armour: Brad in "Humiliation 101".
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In one episode, a 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, Killgore.
  • 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.
  • In with the In Crowd
  • 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: Used and parodied.
  • Keet: Tuck.
  • Killer Rabbit: Literally.
  • The Lad-ette: The whole Space Biker gang
  • Lampshade Hanging: Frequently.
  • Laugh with Me: Smytus monologues about his evil plan and then lets out an Evil Laugh, while his minions just stare. He gives them an icy glare and says, "You laugh too." The minions all start laughing themselves silly, so much so that they accidentally let the episode's Applied Phlebotinum out of their ship's airlock.
  • Lawful Stupid: The Skyway Patrol. So much so that they need to fill out a mountain of authorization forms (in quintuplet, mind you) to take unauthorized actions.
    • Armagedroid too, although he's just programmed to be extremely single-minded.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "A Robot For All Seasons":
    Tuck: Hey, who are you guys singing to? And how'd you memorize those lyrics with no practice?
  • Leitmotif: Several. Sheldon has one, Brit and Tiff have one, the Cluster have a war march, and Jenny has one for when she's in superhero mode.
  • Lilliputian Warriors: The Minutians.
    • The Martians in "The Wonderful World of Wizzly", but are just Lilliputians.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded for an entire episode.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Sheldon -> Jenny -> Silver Shell = Sheldon.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Noreen's sister Wisteria and her "son" Glenn.
  • MacGyvering: Double-subverted.
  • Mad Scientist: Among them, Dr. Wakeman is the sane one.
  • Magical Girlfriend: The components of the fantasy are all there: Sheldon, the Nerd Loser Protagonist, falls in love with the Super Hero Robot Girl who saves him from bullies, and becomes her Dogged Nice Guy. Too bad she's not interested (although Word of God says that she would have become his girlfriend if the series had continued).
  • Magic Skirt: Many times. Best example is the first episode. We see Jenny and Brad looking through a box, and her position clearly shows her in a way that she is showing what she has (if anything) to the world. Next shot of Tuck aiming at her shows differently, though the next shot goes back to the original position.
    • A publicity picture shows Brad and Tuck going through Jenny's drawer and pulling out a pair of her steel panties.
  • Meddling Parents: Nora Wakeman.
  • The Men in Black: Parodied hard.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe. Killgore's squeeing fangirls. Which he will destroy!
  • Mistaken for Murderer: "Future Shock".
  • 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.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Sheldon at the end of "The Price of Love."
  • Nerd Glasses: A few times, but not on Sheldon (the biggest nerd of the show) or Tuck (second-biggest).
  • 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": Although inconsistently.
  • 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 Guy Wants to Be Chased: Invoked.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Sky Patrol when Brad temporarily joins.
    (while filling out papers) Brad: Mother's maiden name. Dentist's name. Dentist's mother's maiden name...
  • Obviously Evil: Triple-subverted in "Mama Drama".
  • 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".
  • Ontological Mystery/You Wake Up in a Room: "Enclosure of Doom".
  • 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.
  • Out-Gambitted: Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • Overly Long Gag
    Killgore: SURRENDER!
  • 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.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Nora Wakeman, again.
  • Parody Names: Dear god, some of the episode titles.
  • Picked Last: Sheldon got picked last for everything.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Vexus.
  • 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: Played straight in "Good Old Sheldon" and subverted in "Voyage To the Planet of the Bikers".
  • Portal Slam: In "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Sheldon, every time Jenny kisses him. For that matter, it happens if she hugs him, too.
  • Power Fist: Dr. Wakeman gets a pair of power gloves in "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • Pressure Point: Invoked in "Call Hating" on Jenny.
  • 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.
  • Punctuation Shaker: "Meat's 4 You" and "Vacuum's".
  • 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.
      • Also, in one time travel episode, they were shown to have horrible lives in the future.
  • 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-Headed Hero: 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.
  • 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.
    • Also, Melody.
  • 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
  • Ronin: Referenced in "Samurai Vac".
  • 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"
  • Screams Like a Little Girl:
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Skyway Patrol
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The main warship in "Escape from Cluster Prime." Also used in Armagedroid, for a bomb, and by Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Flat-out abused.
    • Possibly explained in "Victim of Fashion": Tuck is sifting through Jenny's arsenal and discovers an object that opens up into nowhere.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Spoofed. When Jenny wants to get pretty for a party invite, she visits a garage and gets a full tune-up and new paint job. ...from a bunch of greasy gearheads, at that. The music and Jenny's reaction equate it to a spa day for a human girl.
  • Ship Tease (despite being explicitly platonic, the writers gave Jenny and Brad a few scenes that had shippers squee-ing.)
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page!
  • Shown Their Work Combined with Genius Bonus: While the episode “Puppet Bride” is a fairly faithful parody of the original Frankenstein book by Mary Shelley and it’s tropes (Parental Abandonment, Uncanny Valley, Calling the Old Man Out, Then Let Me Be Evil, You Need to Get Laid), the episode “Tuckered Out” is a parody of all the Lost in Imitation tropes about Frankenstein in the subsequent movies (The Igor, Mad Scientist, Lightning Can Do Anything:, etc).
  • Sibling Team: XJ-9 and her prototypical "sisters", XJ Mark 1 through 8.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Nora and Wisteria, science VS nature.
  • Slave Race: Robots; sometimes Played for Laughs. In Cluster, humans.
  • Slow Doors: In "A Robot For All Seasons".
  • Smug Super: The Teen Team. They don't like normal people because they've shunned them.
  • Space Is Cold
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted somewhat 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.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: In "Humiliation 101". Comes out of nowhere.
  • Spoof Aesop: A parody of Comes Great Responsibility in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles". Anvilicious And Knowing Is Half the Battle segments themselves are mocked in "Weapons of Mass Distraction" as well.
  • Squashed Flat: Usually very briefly and possibly outside the domain of Cartoon Physics as she's just a robot.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sheldon. Viewer reaction with him tends to swing between, "Aw, that's kind of cute." and "What the hell is wrong with that boy?"
  • Status Quo Is God: While this trope is normally averted in the show due to just how much continuity it has, there is one pair of episodes in particular that specifically double subverts it. In the end of "Teen Idol", Jenny launches a spaceship full of aliens into orbit...with Sheldon stuck aboard the ship and promptly forgotten by the characters. The very next short, "Good Old Sheldon", brings Sheldon back to Earth as an old man, this having been caused by Jenny launching him into space, and the entire episode is spent trying to reverse this and bring everything back to status quo.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: In one episode, Jenny is mistaken for the Comet Goddess by a group of Adorkable aliens, and while the worship is nice at first, she eventually gets sick of it.
  • Suicide Attack: The Horde in "Humiliation 101" uses this.
  • Super Prototype: Zig Zagged, XJ 8 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 Shape Shifter.
    • 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".
  • 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
  • Third-Person Person: Killgore talks like this.
  • Through a Face Full of Metal: Jenny often blushes.
  • Title Theme Tune
  • 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 slag, prompting her to learn some from a slang phrasebook from 1984. Then Queen Vexus shows up talking like she's from the 1950'ies 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.
  • 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 in "Agent 00Sheldon".
  • 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.
  • Twenty 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 C (100), which would be 2067 or later.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Travis' dad in "Weapons of Mass Distraction".
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The Krust Cousins
  • 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.
  • Very Special Episode: "Victim of Fashion" has Jenny competing against Brit and Tiff to see who can be more fashionable. But when it comes to getting slim, being a robot her only option is having her armor and weapons removed leaving her body as just a robot skeleton, of course an obvious metaphor for anorexia. She's so weak that even the smallest member of the biker chicks gang kicks her butt easily.
  • Villain Team-Up: "The Legion of Evil"
  • 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.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded hard in "Humiliation 101".
  • We Will Meet Again
  • 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?
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Wingding Eyes: Wisteria's glasses turn into mod and psychadelic symbols sometimes.
  • Wire Dilemma: Subverted in "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • Written Sound Effect
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Himcules' speech pattern, which may or may not have been a calculated insult.
  • You and What Army?
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jenny. But she is a robot, so is justified.
  • You Just Had to Say It
  • 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: Trope Namer
  • You Wake Up in a Room: "Enclosure of Doom" begin like this.
  • Zeerust: This show is deliberately drawn in a very old fashioned sixtes futuristic way.


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