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.


  • Always Chaotic Evil: All of the Terrakors are bad guys.
  • Big Bad: Nemesis is the leader of the war-loving Terrakors and tries to prevent the Protectons from restoring Skalorr on their terms.
  • Big Good: Argus leads the Protectons in their battles against the evil Terrakors.
  • Brain Uploading: When the Protectons and the Terrakors are put into stasis, some of them end up having their minds transferred into Robotix bodies.
  • Cyborg: The main characters got their minds transferred into Humongous Mecha without their consent.
  • Disney Death: At one point, Nemesis erases Argus' mind from his Robotix body and replaces it with the mind of another Terrakor named Terragar. Fortunately, the humans and the other Protectons are able to bring Argus back when Compucore reveals that a backup copy of Argus' mind exists.
  • Dumb Muscle: Goon is a complete moron, which leads to him being subjected to disparaging remarks about his lack of intelligence from the other Terrakors.
  • 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' goal is to conquer every race that opposes him.
  • 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.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Being a cartoon based on a toyline, this is unavoidable.
  • Not Quite Dead: The series ends with Nemesis being revealed to have survived the destruction of the Terror Star.
  • Outside-Context Villain: When the human characters first appear, they're being pursued by a "battle cruiser" and left for dead on Skalorr. It wasn't explained why they were chasing the humans, or even who they were; they're quickly forgotten about as the Robotix appear.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Narra is the only female Protecton in the series as well as the only female character in general.
  • The Starscream: At one point, Nemesis' minion Tyrannix tries to usurp his position as leader of the Terrakors.