Left to right: Palmer, Jodi, Sasha, Willie, and Leon
Palmer: Jodi! Check your watch!
Palmer: What time is it?
Jodi: Um, it's about three-forty—
Palmer: TIME TO PUNCH THE FUCK OUT OF IT!
What would happen if the cast of Voltronstarted drinking, went on a binge, and pretty much threw up acid all over the place? Well, that depends on who caught it all on tape — and in the case of Titan Maximum, the fine folks who gave us Robot Chicken ended up doing just that.In the future, mankind has colonized the entire solar system, including Saturn. Saturn's moon, Titan, needed protection during its war against Mars — and to that end, it created Titan Maximum, a Combining Mecha which serves as its last, best line of defense for Titan's capital. While Titan Maximum's pilots (egocentric and narcissisticPalmer; Parody SueJodi; stuck upSasha; plan manGibbs; and The Big Guy, Spuds) never saw eye-to-eye with each other, they always managed to get the job done. After budget cuts, the team — who all but hated each other by the end — went their separate ways.Years later, most of Titan Force Five find themselves failing at civilian life: Palmer hangs out at bars trying to pick up chicks; Jodi fights just a little too hard while juggling charity work; Sasha spends most of her time at dance clubs trying to become a popstar (between bouts of binge drinking and lots of meaningless sex); and Spuds fell off a balcony during a party and died.What happened to Gibbs? During a televised interview, Gibbs reveals what he plans to do: "conquer the Solar System, crush all who oppose [him], and name [himself] 'Super King Big Nuts'."The three remaining members of Titan Force Five reassemble to fight Gibbs and his new evil compatriots — and since they need to replace Spuds and Gibbs, they round out the team with Willie, Palmer's rather overeager yet technically-brilliant younger brother (who graduated as an engineer — from DeVry), and Leon, the surly monkey who worked as janitor of the team's abandoned base. Once the new Titan Force Five manages to get Titan Maximum working again, they become the solar system's best hope of stopping Gibbs — but their dysfunctional teamwork and clashing personalities also make them a danger to pretty much everyone else, including their commanding officer, Admiral Bitchface.Despite powerhouse ratings when it first aired (it often beat out new episodes of The Venture Bros., [adult swim]'s most popular original series), Seth Green halted all production on the show to focus on his self-admittedCash Cow Franchise, Robot Chicken — even though he wasn't a creator or producer, and Matthew Senreich said he had enough material for "maybe ten seasons" of the show in an interview.
Titan Maximum provides examples of the following tropes:
Awesome, yet Impractical: Titan Maximum itself. In theory it's a decent idea, albeit one that's ridiculously expensive. In practice your pilots end up being a team of morons who if not for their skill as pilots would likely have brought death upon Titan faster than Mars ever could have. They are an absolute pain in the ass to deal with for both the President and Bitchface, in both iterations.
As if that weren't enough, Titan Maximum has extremely advanced weapons systems, but what does every fight come down to? Punching the bad guy. Preferably in the crotch.
Ax-Crazy: At least in the hillbilly episode, Sasha. Specifically when she's shooting a guy in the leg over and over while she laughs.
The Bad Guy Wins: The first season ends with Gibbs succeeding in bringing down the solar shield around Mercury, with the team able to do nothing but stand there looking shocked.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Troy and Sasha. Clearly shown where they are dancing romantically, all while insulting each other.
Berserk Button: Sasha may not like Jodi, but she will defend her right to sleep with whoever she wants, whenever she wants.
In the pilot, after Jodi brutally takes apart the students in her martial arts class, one of says he smells pee. She confirms that, if done properly, one of the moves she performed will cause involuntary urination.
In the same episode, the captain of the martian gunship after they realize that Titan Force Five has spotted them.
In the second to last episode, Palmer throws a mechanic on his head, causing him to piss his pants.
In the same episode, the Homeowners Association President gives us this:
General: There's no way he or the bomb could survive those temperatures. Gibbs:[sarcastic] Yes, no way at all. Unless of course he had a robot specifically designed to survive those temperatures, and a bomb outfitted with an insulated coil... [does a dramatic gasp for effect] Oh, wait! He does! You may now commence the utter and total crapping of your drawers. President: He wasn't kidding about those drawers.
Sasha: Gibbs, you motherfucking traitor! When I find you, I'm gonna fuck you in both your eye sockets with your own dick! Do you hear me? I'm gonna make sure your buried with your dick hanging out of your left eye! Do you hear me? Your mom's gonna see it! Gibbs: Don't forget to stab me in the ears, too, darling, so I won't have to listen to another one of your albums. Sasha: You motherfucking cocksucker... [Palmer cuts her mic off, disturbing hand motions continue.]
Palmer:[making beeping noises while aiming some random device] Uh oh, I'm picking up a massive whore approaching, Willie. Set our whore shields to full power! Jodi: Palmer— Palmer: I was talking about you, Jodi; you're the whore! [throws device to Willie] Willie: This isn't even on!
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Gibbs has one such moment at the end of the first season. When the heroes manage to deactivate the timer for his bomb and beat him up, Gibbs just remote-detonates the thing and escapes while they're celebrating.
Gibbs: "Enjoy your teammate friendship asslickin' kum-ba-ya bullshit while I just go ahead and win."
This is even more impressive because the bomb was located inside an energy beam that rendered it virtually inaccessible. The bomb and method of placement were both specially built specifically so it could survive inside the beam. It would have been very easy for Gibbs to assume the bomb would not have been deactivated.
This further pointed out in the pilot as Gibbs reminds Palmer, his brains were the secret to their former success. Thus without him they can't win.
Dating Catwoman: Inverted with Gibbs as the bad guy and Jodi as the good guy. Turned out to be a plot to get Jodi arrested and Titan Maximum decommissioned.
Downer Ending: In the season/series finale, Mercury gets to experience kissing its sister, which is the fucking sun!
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Jodi had one while she was in the running to be the right arm of Titan Maximum. The word "scum" is somewhere in all but one of his lines.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite her being a constant annoyance, Gibbs will not let Clare kill his grandmother. Averted at another point, since his grandmother is still on Mercury when he destroys the heat shield.
Even Evil Has Standards: Sasha is by no means a saint, but she is the most furious at Gibbs for his betrayal, going into a curse-riddled rant when she sees him.
Expy: The Peeper is a clear parody of Marvel's The Watcher.
Face-Heel Turn: Gibbs, though with teammates like his you can't blame him. Palmer actually abandoned him in the middle of a battle rather than miss a date with a hot chick. Later Troy, who's angry that his father left his younger (more competent) sister in charge of their family's megacorporation instead of him.
The Hero: Palmer. Post-Face-Heel Turn Gibbs claims that he was the true hero, since he came up with all the plans and that Palmer's just a glory-hogging prick. Knowing Palmer, this is no doubt completely true.
From the original team, Gibbs was the Token Evil Teammate, whereas Spud was The Heart. Their Establishing Character Moment is Spud saying "I just wanna say that I love you guys!" to break up a fight, which gets a big "Awwwwwww" from Palmer, Jodi and Sasha, while Gibbs groans out "Fat dumbass." To further drive the point home, Gibbs was easily the most valuable man on the team, which is why the tolerated his personality, while Spud was only a mediocre pilot that they kept around because they just enjoyed his company.
The Fun in Funeral: The DVD comes with a mini comic about Spud's funeral — Palmer gives a eulogy mostly about his own sexual conquests and interrupts Gibbs' eulogy to generally brag about how cool he is. He and Gibbs start tussling and accidentally knock over the casket, causing the body to fall out.
Glad I Thought of It: Palmer - Inverted when he comes up with a bad idea and Willie starts to suggest a better one, he tells him that he better not steal his idea; but then played straight immediately afterwards as he immediately starts claiming he thought of the better idea first.
Jodi gets on the action, too, especially when fighting Gibbs in the first season finale.
Practically happens to Gibbs every time he takes a "Dramatic Pose"
When piloting Titan Megamum, he lifts up the atomic bomb in a dramatic pose for the newspapers. Cue Titan Maximum kicking it in the groin from behind, the sound of a photographic flashbulb showing a newspaper of that precise moment.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Titan Force Five, at least after Gibbs became evil. Before that, they were rather well liked despite some embarrassing public displays of drunkenness.
Actually, they were still well liked afterwards, because they were directly opposing Gibbs. It was only when their incompetence became apparent that people started to turn against them, but even then...
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Sasha seems to be approaching this, showing signs of being Ax-Crazy and an über-Alpha Bitch. An good example would her being able to defeat a robot by punching through its crotch to reach its heart. Perhaps best summarized in her establishing character moment in her introduction in the first episode, where she saves a man's life from falling debris by kicking him in the crotch to get him out of the way. Palmer could also be seen as this. Their only saving grace is opposing Gibbs plans.
In fact, anybody who's a fan of Robot Chicken in general will recognize a voice from there in at least one or two episodes. Abraham Benrubi (who voiced William Shatner on RC) appears in a TM episode, for instance. And Red Forman is the Mercury Commander in episodes 8 and 9. Plus, Dan "Skeletor" Milano plays Willie.
Hidden Depths: Believe it or not Gibbs, despite his dislike for his teammates, he was willing to go Spud funeral and was outrage when Palmer gives his eulogy mostly about his own sexual conquests, and in Gibbs own eulogy he was willing to admit that Spud had courage.
After President Caylo insists that Titan Force Five is a team to Gibbs:
Palmer:[knocks his teammates aside] Make way for the awesome train. Chuga chuga, chuga chuga, awesome! Willie: Its armor is too strong. Palmer:[after being repelled by the monster] Damnit, people, start acting like a team!
Sasha tries to call Troy on his robot's name:
Sasha: Titan Megamum? "Megamum" isn't even a word. Troy: Neither is "vaginacillin", but that didn't stop you from using it as the title for your third album. [shudders] Or your fragrance line.
Moments later, when the question of Mars breaking its treaty with Titan comes up:
Willie: Wait wait wait, Hammerschmiddtt Motors was barred from building war machines after the Mars/Titan peace treaty. Palmer: Ah ha, you're breaking interplanetary law, ya buttplug. Mercury General: So are you!
Prime Minister: [After giving up codes Gibbs needs and those at the party find out] What?! We voted, show of hands. [whispers] It was this or the volcano, you fools. Gibbs: Ooo, yeah, about that... it's actually gonna be this and the volcano, I'm afraid, so... double cross, enjoy. [Presses a button to have the bot drop them in.]
Impossible Shadow Puppets: "Bunny, horsey, ducky, ten speed bike, Eddie Van Halen, Titanic, Titanic sinking, scene from Titanic where Leo drew Kate."
Insult Backfire: Sasha gives a self-satisfied grin when Palmer calls her a "huge raging bitch" right after noting that "the only person who could hump the starch out of [Jodi's] shorts is a murderous psychopath." This leads Jodi to have an only sane woman moment.
Legal Jailbait: Clare. When Jodi finds out she was the one filming her when she slept with Gibbs, she's notably distressed. Gibb's claims it's okay because Clare's actually 21. Jodi disagrees.
Metaphorgotten: "It'll be like kissing your sister! If your sister was the fucking sun!"
Misfit Mobilization Moment: Happens a few times, particularly in the season finale. Interestingly, it tends to happen much more often when Titan Force Five has to fight off bad guys outside of their cockpits.
The first season ends with them failing to stop Gibbs from completely frying Mercury.
"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the first season finale, Willie goes on about how Clare's sword is made of "Aggregated diamond nanorods; hyperdiamond! The hardest substance there is!" Cue the freeze frame and the disclaimer informing that ADNR's are a real substance, and are every bit as hard as advertised. We don't yet know of anything harder.
Grandmother Palmer: They...they're just wrestling, Willie. Grandfather Palmer: Why don't we wrestle like that? Willie: If they're wrestling, he's really, really trying to tap out. Palmer: ...with his balls.
Older than They Look: The Adult Swim website says that Willie is 19, but he sure doesn't look it. There's also Clare, who looks to be about 8 or so, but according to Gibbs is actually 21.
This likely an intentional Take That to Anime in general, where 15 can mean you look 24, or 10 means having the figure of an 18 year old school girl.
It was 400 stories; it takes a while to fall that far.
Pet the Dog: Palmer has many MANY failings and is a total ass to his team, past and present. However, he refuses to hand over his brother to be sodomized by some rednecks to save his own skin. Nice to know the guy has a shred of brotherly love. He also tried and largely failed to hide being upset about Jodi being arrested by the authorities on Titan for treason.
The same episode features Military Mavericks Bingo and Buzzard, based on Maverick and Goose from Top Gun. A previous episode also had a Top Gun-inspired montage featuring Palmer riding his motorcycle, drunkenly singing in a nightclub, and playing volleyball.
The Martian carrier commander has two in the span of two minutes: "Fuck me in the ass." when Titan Force Five shows up and "Aw, mom's gonna get some bad news..." right before the carrier is destroyed by Titan Maximum.
Another one from a rather unfortunate victim of Gibbs' robot, who was cleaning a statue in front of an "Aviation Disaster Museum" as a damaged Redshirt Air Force plane augers in: "Oh this is ironic as hell!"
In the last episode of the first season, Sasha says, "In retrospect, we really dropped the ball on this one."
Followed by "Look what you DID, Jodi."
Token Evil Teammate: Before he turned on Titan Force Five, Gibbs obviously loathed most of his team.
Too Dumb to Live: Sasha. When Willie brings out a laser gun to fire at the Monster of the Week, her first instinct is to throw it at said monster. She misses and asks Willie for another ("But I only made one!"). When the monster picks the gun up later, she assumes it's going to do the same thing. It doesn't. Massive Damage ensues.
Too Much Information: President Caylo does not want to know about all the weird sexual stuff his daughter Sasha is up to in the public spotlight.
Transformation Sequence: Done three times in the first two episodes, then lampshaded later on by onlookers ("Well, this transformation sequence always takes about 30 seconds.") without actually showing it.