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''Robotix'' is a 1985 animated series based on the Creator/MiltonBradley[=/=]Creator/{{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 Creator/SunbowEntertainment and Marvel Productions, and was animated in Japan by Creator/ToeiAnimation, which also animated other cartoons featured on the ''WesternAnimation/SuperSunday'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} and the Holograms'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/BigfootAndTheMuscleMachines''. While ''Jem'' and ''Inhumanoids'' had enough success to be turned into full-fledged series, ''Robotix'' was cancelled after its debut season (as was ''Bigfoot'').

Creator/MarvelComics also produced a single-issue comic book in February 1986, which roughly followed the storyline of the first three episodes of the series.

Years later, the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' feature "Ask Vector Prime" would establish that the world of the Robotix is, in fact, a universe within the Transformers multiverse, and that the Protectons and Terrakors were distant dimensional analogues of the familiar Autobots and Decepticons. The Robotix got their long-awaited due shortly afterwards, starting in a short crossover adventure with the then-concurrent feature "Spacewarp's Log".

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!!Tropes:
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: All of the Terrakors are bad guys.
* AnArmAndALeg: The Robotix lose their body parts on a regular basis, either by fighting each other or in natural / industrial accidents. However, being living machines, they often quickly repair each other.
* BigBad: Nemesis is the leader of the war-loving Terrakors and tries to prevent the Protectons from restoring Skalorr on their terms.
* BigGood: Argus leads the Protectons in their battles against the evil Terrakors.
* BrainUploading: When the Protectons and the Terrakors are put into stasis, some of them end up having their minds transferred into Robotix bodies.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Kanawk. Despite him being absolutely correct that the alien battleship will destroy them (they get shot down), the ship can't be fixed (it can't, at least, not without the help of the locals), and that they shouldn't get involved in the fight between the Terrakors and the Protectons (which they do, leading the Terrakors to take an interest in the human survivors), his concerns are generally ignored.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Terrakors' machines are all purple. Protectons' are white[=/=]silver.
* CrazyPrepared: For some reason, the designers of the Robotix decided that they needed huge weapons and armor, not to mention the ability to fuse with alien life forms to enhance their capabilities... when they were stated to be construction robots. Also, they can transform.
* {{Cyborg}}: The main characters got their minds transferred into HumongousMecha without their consent.
* DisneyDeath: 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.
* DumbMuscle: Goon is a complete moron, which leads to him being subjected to disparaging remarks about his lack of intelligence from the other Terrakors.
* EmergencyTransformation: The Protectons and Terrakors intend to survive a solar flare's devastation by going into [[HumanPopsicle 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 [[HumongousMecha giant construction robots]] called [[TitleDrop "robotix."]] Upon awakening, [[BodyHorror they don't take it well.]]
--> '''Argus''': "What has happened? I have ''become'' a Robotix! ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOO!!!]]''"
* FailedASpotCheck: two humans fail to somehow notice the ten-story tall bipedal Terrakors ''walking up behind them.''
* Fembot: Completely averted with Narra; as a literal face-equipped hockey puck on four legs, she inhabits one of the least humanoid, not to mention feminine, Robotix units in the story.
* GalacticConqueror: Nemesis' goal is to conquer every race that opposes him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kanawk. Not only does he side with the Terrakors and coerces a couple of other humans to join him, but he also steals the already scarce amount of food from the humans allied with the Protectons just to spite them.
** Exeter has a ''wonderful'' moment of this when he says that "the traitors can eat dirt," meaning that he's condemning them to slow death by starvation (or a faster, painful death by trying to eat the poisonous plants on the surface).
* JerkassHasAPoint: Kanawk again. He points out that there's no guarantee that the Protectons can fix their ship, their ship is most likely damaged beyond repair, and that they don't really have an obligation to help the Protectons other than altruism. To make matters worse, the food on Skalorr is toxic to humans, and they only have a few days' worth of it. Does it make sense to try to fix a broken starship, wasting valuable resources while they starve to death, or is it better to go to the Terrakors, who ''do'' have a working ship ready to go, and might prove more amenable to their needs?
* KillerRobot: All cast members with mechanical bodies have a potential of becoming this; Terrakors by default, but a sufficiently upset or excited Protecton can also pose a lethal threat both to humans and Skallorians; as Boltar's, aka. One Robot Army, hero-saving rampage during the factory scene shows.
-->'''Boltar:''' "Terrakors! Now you die!"
* LeftHanging: 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.
* MerchandiseDriven: Being a cartoon based on a toyline, this is unavoidable.
* NoSell: When the Terrakors steal the food from the human snip, one crew member tries to defend it by smacking the Terrakor with a frying pan. [[SarcasmMode For some reason, this fails to have any meaningful effect on the war robot the size of an office building.]]
* NotQuiteDead: The series ends with Nemesis being revealed to have survived the destruction of the Terror Star.
* OneManArmy: While nearly all Robotix units display great combat abilities depending on the circumstances, Boltar is the definite champion of this trope, as he single-handedly rescues the Protectons from certain death when they visit a booby-traped factory controlled by Terrakors. This involves destroying several traps and then severely beating the Terrakors who would all most likely end up as dead scrapmetal if it wasn't for the plot needing them alive later. This is especially noteworthy as A): it is stated several times that Boltar's frame is incomplete when compared to the intended design due to lack of necessary parts, and B) at that time his interface partner is ''Zaru'', a child with no combat training.
* OutsideContextProblem: 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.
* {{Realpolitik}}: The Protectons and Terrakors don't like each other in the slightest, but if they wish to continue surviving, they have to put aside their differences and go into the stasis chambers to survive the Nova of their star.
** Kanawk and Nemesis openly state that they don't trust one another, but their goals align- the humans can boost Terrakor abilities, granting them an edge in their fight, and the humans want access to the spaceship to get them off of the planet.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Terrakors are the bad guys, and they're (well, originally) reptiles. Protectons are ape-like in appearance.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: subverted, as all robotic cast members are actually organic, sentient aliens with their minds forcefully uploaded into mechanical bodies that weren't even ment for this kind of procedure in the first place.
* Squick: Whenever Robotix take damage, small bits such as bolts fall off their frames and the bigger the blow they receive, the squickier the metallic sounds they make become, so, for example, [[spoiler: when Goon rips Jerrock's arm off]], you can almost feel the weight of the injury.
* TelescopingRobot: Many characters do this, varying from expanding limbs to producing tons of weapons from inside their bodies. Bront takes this tropes to the extreme, once fashining peg legs longer than his own height to cross an acid lake and on another occasion transfoming into a very long ladder to allow his teammates avoiding a deathtrap.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Narra is the only female Protecton in the series as well as the only female character in general.
* TheStarscream: At one point, Nemesis' minion Tyrannix tries to usurp his position as leader of the Terrakors.
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