[[caption-width-right:350:The greatest animated comedy ever assembled!]]

''Looking for the trope? See {{Robot}}.''

->''"You can shine no matter what you're made of!"''

Lavish CGI movie from the [[Creator/BlueSkyStudios makers]] of ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' and illustrator Creator/WilliamJoyce.

After getting fired from his father's restaurant, ambitious young robot [[TheHero Rodney Copperbottom]] (voiced by Creator/EwanMcGregor) leaves his hometown for Robot City, hoping to show his inventions to his childhood hero [[BigGood Bigweld]] (Creator/MelBrooks). To his dismay, Bigweld has been displaced by CorruptCorporateExecutive [[TheDragon Ratchet]] (Creator/GregKinnear) who is interested only in selling shiny upgrade parts to robots, leaving anybody who can't afford them to rust.

Rodney finds himself alone and broke in the big city. Luckily (or unluckily) for him, he becomes friends with motormouth and kleptomaniac Fender (Creator/RobinWilliams), who introduces him to his [[TagalongKid little sister Piper]] (Amanda Bynes) and his misfit collection of friends: [[TheBigGuy Lug]], [[SourSupporter Crank Casey]], and Diesel (who needs a new voice chip and is TheUnintelligible for most of the movie.).

Ratchet's factory stops producing spare parts, forcing robots to upgrade worn-out components. For bots like Fender and his friends who can't afford the upgrades, this means being recycled in the chop shop - a nightmare world beneath the city which just happens to be overseen by Ratchet's domineering mother.

Rodney, as TheHero, isn't just going to sit back and let this happen. With the help of [[ActionGirl Cappy]] (Creator/HalleBerry), an employee of Ratchet's who's disgusted by the way things are going, he sets out to reinstate Bigweld and defeat [[BigBad Madame Gasket]] (Creator/JimBroadbent) and her son.

The voice cast also includes Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Coolidge, and Creator/DrewCarey.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub uses [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x11sg5_mawarusora_music "Mawaru Sora"]] written by Hitomi Yaida for its ending theme. The European theme is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOOqpNXdfw0 "From Zero to Hero"]] by Sarah Connor. The United Kingdom release of the film uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Nil76lGEg "See Me"]] by Melanie Blatt. Meanwhile, the Latin American dub uses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu1ruX3JIjo "Un Héroe Real"]] by Aleks Syntek.
* AndShowItToYou: During the repair montage, Rodney takes out a robot's heart, which is still beating and attached by a wire. Fender faints at the sight.
* ArcWords: [[BeYourself "You can shine no matter what you're made of."]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Rodney and Bigweld need to take out a bunch of sweeper robots. Bigweld uses this trope, and Rodney delivers the punchline with a completely insane plan.
-->'''Bigweld:''' This isn't what I was thinking at all!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Ratchet [[spoiler:subdues Bigweld with the intercom, knocking the big guy out]] he orders his guards to [[spoiler: take him to the Chop Shop]] and to "put my name on his parking space."
* ArtDeco: Everything in Robot City is based off this design, bordering on RaygunGothic.
* AssKicksYou: [[MeaningfulName Aunt Fanny]], particularly in the final battle in the Chop Shop.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: where Fender is captured by a dreaded Sweeper.
-->'''Fender''': Help! Open the door! OPEN THE DOOR!\\
''(Doors open to reveal the Chop Shop)''\\
'''Fender''': [[OhCrap WHOA! Close the door! CLOSE THE DOOR!]]
* AWorldwidePunomenon: When the movie isn't tossing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar outmodes past the radar]], it's throwing an ever-more-awful series of puns at the audience.
* BackBlocking: This was played for laughs when Madame Gasket busts into the room where Ratchet was having a massage. When he asked her how she got in, she says that she came up through the air shaft out of concern for Ratchet [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents not liking it when other people see the two of them together.]] When she moves away, Ratchet sees how she got into the room: She made a hole shaped exactly like herself through the back wall.
* BackToBackBadasses: Cappy and Piper get cornered by Gasket's underlings, and defeat them by hooking their arms together and have Piper kicking away the enemies as Cappy spins around.
* BadassAdorable: Wonder Bot. Just look at his adorable version of ScreamingWarrior as he prepares to attack Madame Gasket.
* BettyAndVeronica: Piper and Cappy, respectively.
* BigAnimeEyes: Invoked. As Fender is taking photos of Rodney, he asks for "big anime eyes".
* BigBad: ''Not'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet]], but his mother.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun In more ways than one.]]
* BigDamnHeroes
--> '''[[TagalongKid Piper]]:''' Did I miss the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar bot]]-whoopin'?\\
'''Group''': Uh...no.\\
'''Crank''': In fact you're a bit early.\\
'''Piper''':''(accompanied by the outmodes Rodney fixed)'' Then let's get started!
* BigGood: Bigweld.
* BlackTieInfiltration: Rodney and Fender infiltrate the Bigweld Ball by pretending to be Count Roderick Von Zipper (formerly Count Velcro) and his valet, respectively.
* BluntYes: When Gasket informs Ratchet that the outmodes are being fixed up:
-->'''Gasket''': Someone's fixing them!
-->'''Ratchet''': What?
-->'''Gasket''': Someone is repairing outmodes! And they are laughing at you!
-->'''Ratchet''': Who? And are you sure they're not laughing ''with'' me?
-->'''Gasket''': Yes.
* BoomerangBigot:
** Ratchet himself, that treats "outmode" robots as trash despite his mother not being the shiniest piece of metal around, god knows why his father is that way, and his mother explicitly says his shining parts were stolen and, considering what she does, much probably not in a non-violent way. It seems to be sincere though, since he keeps that speech even after is revealed to everyone who his mother is.
** Madame Gasket is a subversion. Ratchet's FantasticRacism agenda is only the first part of an implied plan to TakeOverTheWorld, with Ratchet as façade for it, while Gasket rules from the shadows.
* BrickJoke: The dominoes.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Rodney's faith in Bigweld takes a huge hit towards the climax of the film after seeing what he's become in the intervening years between Rodney's childhood and their meeting. Once HesBack, becomes a RebuiltPedestal.]]
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Justified because they're robots, and their eyes have built-in flashlights. It only happens in one scene for about five seconds, though.
* ChainsawGood: No actual chainsaws ''per se'', but Madame Gasket's [[{{Mooks}} minions]] boast pretty impressive sawblade arms.
** Not to mention the giant (and apparently decorative) sawblade that Rodney and Bigweld use to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome knock over all the Super-Sweepers domino-style]], taking them out of the fight.
* ChekhovsGun: The Crosstown Express in Robot City plays a HUGE part after Rodney busts Bigweld out of the penthouse office and tries to get him away from Ratchet.
** Subtle, but Bigweld's domino fixation gives Rodney a really bright way to battle the Super-Sweepers (see above).
* CityOfAdventure: Robot City, in contrast to Rodney's hometown, [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere Rivet Town]].
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The bad robots tend to be chrome (or rust-coated...''things'') while the good ones tend to have chipped paint or a distinctly retro feel.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: When the heroes question how Madame Gasket is going to fight them when there are six of them and only one of her, Madame Gasket reveals the many robots under her employ.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[TheDragon Ratchet]].
* {{Cowboy}}: Diesel during the final battle.
* CranialProcessingUnit
* CraniumChase: Fender's head falls off because he's lost the bolt that keeps it in place. He tries to pick it up but keeps accidentally kicking it away.
* CreationSequence: See InnocentInnuendo.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Fender ends up in a skirt and heels. Fender GenderBender?
** More like an EasySexChange.
** Also, at one point in his adolescence, [[TheHero Rodney's]] hand-me-downs are from his cousin ''[[NeverLiveItDown Veronica]]''. This part of his adolescence is mercifully skipped, and he's only shown wearing it in a single image. At graduation, he throws it away in the air.
* DancePartyEnding: The day has been saved. Time for music and dancing. It's played with when [[spoiler:Herb turns out to be a terrible musician]] and Crank claims he ruined the ending, but a marching band picks up the slack.
* DeadpanSnarker: Many characters: Most notably [[MeaningfulName Crank]]. Helps that he's voiced by Creator/DrewCarey!
-->'''Crank''': Hey want my advice?\\
'''Rodney''': Sure.\\
'''Crank''': Forget it. "Never try, never fail." Those are the words I live by.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Cappy]]. That isn't enough to change the mind of the other executives, though.
* DieselPunk: Madame Gasket and the Chop Shop robots were designed to invoke this, rivets and all.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Again, see InnocentInnuendo.
* DoubleJump: The VideoGame has the Wonderbot Trampoline.
* TheDragon: Ratchet to Madame Gasket.
* EasySexChange: Fender. Maybe. He is a robot to begin with, so it's hard to say. Anyway, other characters begin to use feminine pronouns after he accidentally gains a skirt.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted: [[BigBad Madame Gasket]] is even ''more'' villainous than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet]], but she still cares about her son.
* {{Everything Is An iPod In The Future}}: Invoked with Ratchet and his upgraded bots. They're all shiny and smoothly round, not to mention colored bright pretty chrome. It helps give them a sense of style being placed over practicality. Robot City also looks like this, to drive home how much more advanced and well-built it is than other cities.
* {{Expy}}: Bigweld is essentially a mechanical [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] - instead of candy, he (logically) makes spare parts and upgrades.
** The filmmakers said he was actually based on Creator/WaltDisney. His TV show was specifically meant to emulate "TheWonderfulWorldOfDisney."
** Madame Gasket has a lot in common with [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Mrs. Lovett]], [[spoiler: right down to manner of death]].
* FantasticCasteSystem: Thanks to Ratchet's take over of Big Weld Industries and shut down productions on all spare parts for focus towards upgrading, which meant that older and destitute robots are to be turned into newer parts for those who can afford it, the society of Robot City had been relegated between sleeker robots and outdated "Outmodes" older robots into rich and poor strata respectively.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Herb Copperbottom's father had him converted into a dishwasher out of fear that his son would waste his life by pursuing his musical interests. This had the unfortunate effect of trapping him in a dead end career and [[CripplingOverspecialization giving him no other options if he ever lost his job.]]
* {{Fartillery}}: Aunt Fanny has a cannon powerful enough to [[UpToEleven shake the earth]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kill nearby bots]]. It was even lampshaded by Piper:
-->'''Piper:''' She's a little artsy-fartsy. The artsy is fine, but when she gets ''fartsy''...
* FreudianSlip: The whole movie is practically one LONG FreudianSlip.
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Aunt Fanny]]:''' Well, hello there! What's your name?
-->'''[[TheHero Rodney]]:''' (mesmerized by her large derriere) I'm Rodney Bigbottom - [[ThatCameOutWrong No!]] I'm Rodney Copperbottom! Copperbottom.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one scene, [[TheHero Rodney]] asks, "Who wants to get fixed?" to a group of robots. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny A robotic dog then covers up its crotch while whimpering.]]
** The hobo robot [[IncrediblyLamePun (Hobot?)]] towards the beginning has a sign that says "[[IncrediblyLamePun Got screwed]]" with [[VisualPun a real screw]] representing the first five letters of the last word in that sign. The way they hid it from the radar isn't exactly G-rated either: the "screw" in his "got screwed" sign is a giant industrial screw ''[[TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain lodged through his head]]''. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a fake screw novelty headband.]]
** Bigweld himself seems to have a thing for oversized robotic rear ends, as he repeatedly comments in the presence of Aunt Fanny. No secret that they end up together at the end of the film!
** "Honey? What's that extra piece?" "Oh yeah, they always put in an extra... We did want a boy, right?". Wow. Just ''wow''...
** Even the ''Sweepers'' get into the act. The bumper sticker on one that Fender taunts reads "Like my driving? Call 1-855-Eat-Scrap." Yep, the Sweepers were just as [[SarcasmMode subtle as the rest of the movie.]]
** The beginning of the movie, while Rodney is being built, has this: "Oh, I'm sorry, honey, you missed the delivery...but that's okay. Making the baby is the best part." (Cue sexy instrumental.)
** Aunt Fanny's name, at least in the [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage UK]], where the word 'fanny' is a term for a [[CountryMatters woman's genitalia]]. (They did not get that particular piece of crap past the radar for its British release - see MeaningfulName below.)
** When Bigweld is storming the Bigweld Industries, a robot, who just exited the bathroom, panics and accidentally goes into the other door on the left, cue a girl's scream. The sign on the door for the ladies' bathroom is an electric socket, and the one for the gentlemen is a plug. Looks awfully reminiscent of something else entirely...
** Tim gets smacked by Fender and lands upside down on his hat. Since he's wearing a robe, it falls down to reveal his privates, cue an audience gasp and a woman fainting at the sight.
** Madame Gasket telling Ratchet to "grow some bolts".
** This gem from Fender:
-->'''Fender''': ''(to Rodney)'' Come on, you can bunk with me. [[HoYay We'll ignore the gossip.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The sweepers.
* GoodParents: It's very obvious that Rodney's parents raised him well, seen from how they treated him in his childhood.
** However it's also a bit gender-flipped; Lydia is a bit overprotective of Rodney while Herb is more laid back.
-->'''Lydia''': I'd told you I'd find him! It's a mother's instinct!\\
'''Herb''': What "instinct"? ''He left us a note:'' "I'm leaving. I'll be at the train station."
* GRatedSex: When Rodney's Parents 'Make a baby', they're doing so in the most literal use of the phrase. Robots are born from their parents building them with bought parts and spare parts, confirmed in how Rodney was born. Although, during that montage, they put in many, many GettingCrapPastTheRadar jokes. ("Making the baby is the fun part", "They always put in an extra piece. We wanted a boy, right?")
* GratuitousYiddish: Bigweld thanks Rodney for "getting [him] off of [his] [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal titanium tuckus]]." Of course, if you have Creator/MelBrooks playing a character, chances are he'll slip at least one Yiddish word in there.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: [[ActionGirl Cappy]] and [[TheHero Rodney]]. (Only once, and offhand.)
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Cappy, who rescues Rodney when he crashes the Bigweld Ball, and later fights for the Outmodes in the battle in the Chop Shop.]] To be fair, she wasn't approving of Ratchet's plans from the start, and turns to the good side as soon as she finds a solid chance, so she's more of a HalfHeartedHenchman.
* HeldGaze: Rodney and Cappy find themselves staring into each other's eyes after Rodney lands on the table in Bigweld's office. This begins the growing attraction they have for each other.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:[[BigGood Bigweld]]]], of all people. Turns into a ''literal'' BSOD when [[spoiler:Ratchet, out of desperation, brains him with the intercom, knocking him out of action.]]
* {{Homage}}: "I'm ''singing'' in the oil..."
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Bigweld; Ratchet convinces him [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids that way doesn't work]] [[BastardUnderstudy so he can take over]].
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Ratchet ends up being stripped of all his upgrades like his father.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: "''Making'' the baby is the fun part!" [[LiteralMetaphor Rodney's parents then assemble him from a kit.]]
-->'''Herb Copperbottom:''' PUSH!\\
'''Lydia Copperbottom:''' Uggghh!\\
''Cut to them having difficulty putting two pieces of the robot baby together''
** Then again, considering the huge amount of things they got past the radar, it might not have been so unintentional...
* InsultBackfire: Bigweld calls Madame Gasket a "sick, twisted, evil robot." She thanks him.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Aunt Fanny, referring to Cappy, wistfully muses that she once had a figure like hers. All the robots double-take at the revelation.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Tim the Gate Guard.
** Also Herb Copperbottom's boss, Mr. Gunk, who takes the Main/MeanBoss aspect UpToEleven. He also denounces Rodney as the son of a dish washer. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Herb finally has had enough of Gunk and quits his job by slamming his dishwasher apron on the rude boss' head. As he leaves, Gunk shouts "You'll ''never'' wash in this town again!" before getting hit by the doors that close on him.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Madame Gasket gets tossed into her own incinerator, parts flying out everywhere.]]
* KillThePoor: Madame Gasket is revealed to be melting down lower-class robots into products for her son's company to sell.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Madame Gasket.
* LarynxDissonance: Jim Broadbent, playing [[BigBad Ratchet's mother]]. Fender even thinks she's a man!
* MeaningfulName: Ample-reared Aunt Fanny (who became Aunt Fan in the UK, since 'fanny' in this country refers to a... nearby, yet [[CountryMatters different portion]] of the anatomy).
** Also {{Lampshaded}}:
--->'''[[TheLancer Fender]]:''' Aunt ''Faaaaaaannnnnny!'' We brought someone!\\
'''[[TheHero Rodney]]:''' Are you sure your aunt won't mind?\\
'''Fender:''' Relax, she's not my aunt. She just takes in bots who are...[[{{Pun}} broke]].\\
'''Rodney:''' Well then, why is she called Aunt Fanny?\\
'''Fender:''' *cuts to Aunt Fanny and her large backside* Couldn't call her "Aunt Booty"...
* MechanicalLifeforms: Just like ''Cars'', the only reference to humans seems to be robot equivalents of them. Also, the biggest reference to a system of government seems to be a city.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: For The FinalBattle.
* MrFixit: Rodney is good at keeping outmodes functional even without new parts.
* MyBelovedSmother: [[BigBad Madame Gasket]].
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: On the Bigweld Show Rodney watches in his childhood, Bigweld asks Tim the Gate Guard, "Who closed this gate? You know we never close this gate!" When Rodney meets Tim in real life, years later, he asks this same question--and gets cut off with an irritable "Yeah, yeah."
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: In-universe; On TV, Tim the Gate Guard is a cheerful-sounding puppet-like robot who guards Bigweld's main gate. The real Tim... [[{{Jerkass}} not so much]].
* NGOSuperpower: Bigweld Industries, that all but monopolizes what is basically healthcare on this world and controls the police.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Bigweld is this to Ratchet the moment he decides to step in, rushing up to his office as fast as possible, and firing him on the spot. It's obvious that, as someone who is normally [[BigFun jolly and loving]], he is '''[[RageBreakingPoint MAD]]'''.
-->'''Ratchet''': No! No! Tell him I'm not here! Tell him anything, just don't let him in!\\
'''Bigweld''': (slams doors open) '''''RATCHET!!!'''''\\
'''Ratchet''': AAAAHH!! (cowers in Bigweld's chair)\\
'''Bigweld''': I've come right ''to the point!!''\\
'''Ratchet''': What happened? Ran out of dominoes? I'll send you some more!\\
'''Bigweld''': '''You're FIRED!!!'''\\
'''Ratchet''': Fired?! On what grounds? This company's never been more profitable!\\
'''Bigweld''': Profits Schmofits! (yanks him off of chair) Now '''''GET OUT!!!'''''\\
'''Ratchet''': No wait! Please listen to me! You can't do this to me, this job is my life! It means everything to me! You don't know what I've done to get here! The lies I've told, the lives I've ruined! ...This isn't helping me.\\
'''Bigweld''': (grabs phone) Get me security!!
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Fender'''(nonchalantly}: It (the expressway) used to be a ''lot'' worse. They used to have this ''giant'' hammer, that would...\\
'''Rodney''': ''(Yelps in panic, scrambles to climb out of way of something)''\\
'''Fender''' ''(Looks over shoulder, notices giant hammer barreling down on them, still nonchalant)'': Oh! Looks like they've brought it back!
** Whatever happened to Ratchet's dad to end up like....[[BodyHorror that]].
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Bigweld fires Ratchet, Ratchet begs for mercy, claiming, "The lies I've told, the lives I've ruined!...[[LampshadeHanging This isn't helping me!"]]
* TheNotLoveInterest: Piper to Rodney, even if she has a PrecociousCrush on him. It's easy to think from the get-go that she's his LoveInterest, but it turns out to be Cappy later.
* OhCrap: Ratchet gets this [[spoiler:when Bigweld is about to fire him]].
* OneWheeledWonder: Bigweld rides on one giant ball which makes up most of his body.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: Wonder Bot was able to turn their tables around by grabbing Madame Gasket's pipe and swinging her away, and also carry Rodney while he was flying. Unfortunately, he wasn't strong enough to carry Bigweld.
* PluckyComicRelief: Fender.
* PrecociousCrush: Piper has one on Rodney. He either seems oblivious to it or he just brushes it off.
** Most likely he brushes it off. He seems a bit uncomfortable when she calls him "cute."
* PursueTheDreamJob: Rodney's father wants to be a musician. At the end of the movie, he gets his big chance. [[spoiler:Turns out he can't play.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Rusties.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Rodney gives his father an instrument in order for him to achieve his dream as a musician. It's then shown a few seconds later that he can't play it. Fortunately, the town steps in to salvage his performance for the ending.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Bigweld, who helps Rodney achieve his dreams and successfully takes back his company from Ratchet.
* [[HumanResources Recycling]]: [[spoiler:The BigBad is melting down obsolete robots to make new stuff]].
* RetroactiveWish: Rodney states that there should be an angry mob outside--only to turn by the window to see an actual mob running past.
-->'''Rodney''': The idol of millions is gone and no one seems to care! There should be an angry mob out there!
-->(''angry mob runs past the window'')
-->'''Fender''': Wow! That was great, psychic friend! Now say, "Money should be falling from the sky!" ''[{{Beat}}]'' Say it! [''sobbing''] ''Say it!''
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: They start out small and get larger until they reach adult size (albeit by [[JustifiedTrope replacing parts of themselves with larger parts]]), they have genders, and they can make armpit fart noises.
* RoboFamily: Since this is a world of robots, robots can have their own family units and even 'make' their own children.
* SceneryPorn: With much BenevolentArchitecture, like the tracks used at the very beginning.
* ScreenShake: You expect it during explosions and fight scenes. Then there's when Aunty Fanny causes it to happen.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In the UK 'fanny' is a name for a woman's [[CountryMatters lady bits]], making any mention of Fanny's fanny unintentionally hilarious.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Cappy's party outfit; the front is literally bolted to her shoulders.
* ShoutOut: To everything from ''Franchise/StarWars'' to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** To ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
-->'''Bigweld:''' ''(Dazed, and rolling down a gyroscope system while Rodney tries to fix him)'' DAISY, DAISY GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER- [[PercussiveMaintenance *THWACK*]]
** After upgrading for the final battle, Fender can be seen carrying [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The Spear of Longinus]].
** How Wonder Bot defeats Madame Gasket looks like the infamous tail-spin attack from VideoGame/SuperMario64.
** The [[Literature/WizardOfOz Tin Man]] can be seen in the audience at the end. He even comments on something about his heart.
** Fender in the chop shop discovering that the upgrades Ratchet sells are being made out of outmodes is similar to the scene in Film/SoylentGreen where Thorn finds out the Soylent Green crackers are being made of people.
** At the Robot City Train station, Rodney comes across a dancing mime-bot. As he leaves, a mechanical version of [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Sid]] is seen in the crowd. (This ''is'' Blue Sky Studios).
** When coming up with a signal call for Rodney when the two are under-cover, Fender yodels [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-1ik3S6Ct4 "RRRRRRRIIIIIICOLAAAAAAA!!"]]
* [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Silly Robot, Idealism Is for Kids!]]: Tim the gate guard used to (at least on TV) help promote Bigweld's feel-good office tours, but when Rodney meets him, he makes his opinion of Rodney's idealism [[{{Jerkass}} brutally clear]].
* SitOnTheCamera: Aunt Fanny crushes Rodney with her you-know-what.
* SnakeOilSalesman: When we first see the Chop Shop it's revealed that the "upgrades" Ratchet is selling are just refined scrap metal being sold at inflated prices.
* SpitTake: Ratchet does this when [[spoiler:he sees that Bigweld is about to storm Bigweld Industries]].
* StealthHiBye: Despite her appearance, Madame Gasket can slink in and out of places rather subtly. It gives Ratchet a heart attack every time she pulls this stunt on him. Doubly impressive is that she manages to silently tear her way through an air vent at one point.
* StealthPun: Fanny's immense rear end has a door and sounds like a lot of metal is inside. In other words, she has "junk in her trunk".
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Parodied:
-->'''Rodney's Dad:''' He has your mom's eyes, and my dad's nose. I knew we were smart to save those parts.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Fender claims he was called 'Bumper' before he immigrated.
* ToiletHumor: Accounts for at least half the humor in the movie.
** One notable example is this gem from Crank:
-->'''Crank''': Oh man. This is my third oil change today. Something's wrong with me!
* TriumphantReprise: The film's main {{leitmotif}} makes an appearance in the FinalBattle and after [[spoiler:Ratchet is defeated]].
* UnplannedCrossdressing: While Fender was [[spoiler:trying to escape the chop shop]], his legs fell off. He tried carrying on without them until he found some legs that fit him. Said legs are female.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: During the finale.
-->'''Madame Gasket''' Who are these losers?\\
'''Fender''': We, sir-\\
'''Madame Gasket''' (completely deadpan): I'm a ''woman''.\\
'''Crank''': Ouch.
* UrineTrouble: The fire hydrant is sentient and tells the robotic dog "Don't you dare!"
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Madame Gasket has some funny moments with the other characters but is still portrayed as a straight-up sadist and mass murderer, who's even more evil than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive her son]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Ratchet loses it when Bigweld returns.
* VillainousCrush: Ratchet has one on Cappy.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: No, really, it is. [[spoiler:Our heroes test every other non-lethal option until it gets down to simply kill or be killed.]]
* TheVoiceless: Diesel, and for some inexplicable reason, Fender (who's voiced by an expensive Hollywood star, so go figure) in the short ''Aunt Fanny's Tour Of Booty!''
* VomitDiscretionShot: While on the Crosstown Express, Fender vomits off-screen.
* WideEyedIdealist: [[TheHero Rodney]]
** Lampshaded, and rather nastily, by Tim:
---> Man, when you pick a lost cause, you REALLY commit! Where do they build dreamers like you? ''GET LOST, FREAK!!!''
* WindUpKey
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: One occurs when Rodney and Bigweld are on the run from Ratchet:
-->'''Rodney''': Mr. Bigweld, are you okay?\\
'''Bigweld''': ''(loopy)'' Im the prettiest girl at the Harvest Moon Ball!\\
'''Rodney''': ILL TAKE THAT AS A NO!
* YouWontFeelAThing: After Rodney is assembled, an extra piece is found.
-->'''Mr. Copperbottom''': [chuckles] We did want a boy, right? [He takes the piece and a hammer] This won't hurt a bit, son. [He hammers the piece in, Rodney cries]
* {{Zeerust}}: Invoked. Countless robots have distinctly retro designs.
* ZergRush: The Outmodes all ZergRush the Chop Shop and engage in a pitched battle with the chopper bots. It quickly turns into a CurbStompBattle, until the brand new Sweepers suddenly join the fight...