Western Animation: Robotix
Robotix is a 1985 animated series based on the Milton Bradley/Hasbro toy of the same name. The original toy was of the construction type, similar to the Erector Set and K’Nex, that included motors, wheels, and pincers.The series follows the conflict between the peaceful Protectons and the warmongering Terrakors on the alien world of Skalorr, and a group of humans who get caught up in the conflict. It was produced by Sunbow Entertainment and Marvel Productions, and was animated in Japan by Toei Animation, which also animated other cartoons featured on the Super Sunday block.Unlike most animated shows, Robotix was not a 22-minute cartoon, but was rather a series of fifteen six-minute shorts that aired as part of the Super Sunday half-hour with other animated shows, including Jem and the Holograms, Inhumanoids and Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines. While Jem and Inhumanoids had enough success to be turned into full-fledged series, Robotix was cancelled after its debut season (as was Bigfoot).Marvel Comics also produced a single-issue comic book in February 1986, which roughly followed the storyline of the first three episodes of the series.
- Big Bad: Nemesis.
- Big Good: Argus.
- Cyborg: The main characters got their minds transferred into Humongous Mecha without their consent.
- Emergency Transformation: The Protectons and Terrakors intend to survive a solar flare's devastation by going into suspended animation deep underground. Afterward though, their central computer decides there is no way for them to survive on the devastated world after all, and transfers the minds of a few of them into giant construction robots called "robotix." Upon awakening, they don't take it well.Argus: "What has happened? I have become a Robotix! NOOOOOOOOO!!!"
- Galactic Conqueror: Nemesis.
- Left Hanging: At the end, Nemesis was presumed deceased, but the last moments of the series revealed that he was still alive in space. If the episodes had been picked up as a full series, he and the other Terrakors would have most likely returned to Skalorr to get revenge on the Protectons.