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Westernanimation: Robot Boy
Robotboy (2005-2008) is an animated television series. The eponymous protagonist is the latest creation of the world-renowned scientist Professor Moshimo. Due to fears that Robotboy would be stolen by his arch-rival Dr. Kamikazi and his main henchman, Constantine, to be used to take over the world, Professor Moshimo entrusts Robotboy to 10-year-old Tommy Turnbull, his biggest fan. While being protected by Tommy and his two friends, Lola and Gus, or "G-man" as he calls himself, Robotboy learns how to behave and act as if he were a real boy.

This show provides examples of:

  • A Boy And His Robot
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: All other members of Tommy's direct family have names beginning with D.
  • Adorkable: Tommy.
  • Agony of the Feet: Happens to Tommy in "The Return of Robotgirl" when Gus puts on a fake titanium butt and dares him to kick it.
  • Ain't No Rule: Says a monkey can't be the goalkeeper in a kids' soccer game, apparently. Or a robot playing striker. Or a player switching teams halfway through. Or beating up the ref. Or throwing a bowling ball at your opponent. Or playing with five balls at once.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders
  • All of the Other Reindeer: "STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!"
  • Alpha Bitch: Bambi
  • Animals Hate Him: Kamikazi. Dear God.
  • Anti-Hero: Gus is Type III
  • Anti-Villain: Constantine is Type II/IV.
  • Are We There Yet?: In "Traffic Slam" Gus does this to intentionally annoy Mr. Turnbull.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Constantine Rising"
    Tommy: (reading a package) It's from Professor Moshimo. Maybe a new gamma laser for Robotboy.
    Lola: Or a nuclear fusion missile.
    Gus: Or chocolate-covered butterballs. (Lola looks at him funny) What? It could be.
  • Artistic License - Biology:
    • The spider on Robotboy's flashlight in "The Return of Robotgirl" has four eyes instead of eight.
    • The tapeworm situation in "Tummy Trouble" — geez, where do we start? First, tapeworms are several feet long, not one inch. Secondly, tapeworms eat their food by diffusion and active transport, not with a mouth. Third, the doctor's scan near the beginning of the episode shows the tapeworm in Gus's stomach, not his intestines where it should be. Finally, having a tapeworm in your stomach does not make you super-thin in less than a few days.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The titular monster from "Clammadon Rising".
    • Robotboy's growth capacitor thingy makes him this in "Grow No-Mo!"
    • Salvatorei (or however you spell its name), Kamikazi's supersized gerbil, in "Teasebots"
  • Badass Adorable: Robotboy, so very, very much. Ditto Robotgirl.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kurt
  • Bad Boss: Kamikazi to Constantine
  • Bald Woman: Bambi's mom, or a woman that looks like her, in "Runaway Robot!".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Debbie Turnbull.
  • Beehive Hairdo: In "The Revenge of Protoboy" Deb gets one in the salon on the cruise ship.
  • Berserk Button: Felonious Hexx goes into a rage when anyone undermines his magic skills. In his second appearence just seeing Gus makes him turn red.
  • Between My Legs: Used in Bambibot, of the titular bot.
  • Big Brother Bully: Donnie Turnbull.
  • Big Fancy House: Lola lives in one
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Donnie
  • Bilingual Bonus: One of the signs outside Gus's house in "Metal Monster" says "verbotten", which is German for "banned". (It should actually be spelled with only one T, but that's beside the point.)
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Sure, Tommy is blonde - But so is Bjorn, Kurt, and Kurt's father...
  • Blondes Are Evil: Sussie, Bambi and Princess Justine
  • Break the Cutie: Off-screen, implied to have been done to Robotgirl right before "The Return of Robotgirl".
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Just what any school nurse would do...I took [Gus's] temperature, changed his pulse, and then, gave him a brain transplant!"
  • But Not Too Black: Subverted with Lola. You wouldn't mistake her for a white girl, but her eyes are very blue. And then there's her voice...
  • Butt Monkey: Dr. Kamikazi and Gus. Donnie actually calls Tommy one in "I Want That Toy!"
  • Cain and Abel: Protoboy is the Cain to Robotboy's Abel.
  • Character Tics: Robotboy's ears (or whatever those things on the sides of his head are) droop when he's sad.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "Kami-Chameleon", Gus shows Chupika to Tommy, his new virtual pet. Later, Tommy uses Chupika to charge Robotboy when his batteries fall out.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Subverted in "Vitamin Sucker". Klaus von Affenkugel's Vitamonger sucks all the nutrients out of all the plants, food and people it hits, but Gus is unaffected due to his all junk food diet. Near the end he shows up out of nowhere to attempt a Big Damn Heroes moment, but then quickly retreats.
  • Closer to Earth: Lola, especially in "The Return of Robotgirl" when she is able to help Robotgirl where Tommy, Gus and Robotboy failed.
    Robotgirl: Lola explain. Robotgirl should ignore logic functions. Must get in touch with emotion functions. Trust motherboard. Robotgirl find Moshimo!
  • Creepy Monotone: This is how Protoboy talks.
  • Cute Machines
  • Cute Mute: Miumiu, Moshimo's fiancée, but it's finally subverted at the end of "Grow No-Mo!"
  • Deus ex Machina: At the end of "The Old Switcharobot" Brainy Yak shows up completely out of nowhere to save Moshimo from Protoboy.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Robotgirl.
  • Dumb Blonde: Bambi and her mom.
  • Dumpster Diving: Gus is willing to eat leftovers straight from the garbage.
  • Epic Fail: In "The Old Switcharobot", Robotboy-in-Protoboy's-body Super-Activates and prepares to fight Protoboy-in-Robotboy's-body...and then his arm cannon falls out.
  • Precious Puppies: Subverted in "Dog-Ra", where the lost puppy adopted by Tommy turns out to be a Kamikazi robot
  • Evil Counterpart: Protoboy to Robotboy, Kamikazi to Moshimo, Kurt to Tommy. Especially noticeable in the Robotboy/Protoboy case — Robotboy was turned evil in a couple of episodes by Kamikazi, but it's always reversed by the end, and Protoboy is pretty much what Robotboy would be if Kamikazi turned him evil without Tommy finding a way to switch him back.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Bad Nanny!" aside from getting trying to get revenge on Gus and Tommy, Felonious Hexx (in disguise as their nanny) also orders pizzas for a hundred people all the way from Mexico.
  • Evil Redhead: Gus... well, not that evil.
  • Expy: Gus is basically a child friendly Eric Cartman.
  • Face Palm: Protoboy's reaction to Robotboy stopping Robotgirl from making a Heroic Sacrifice in "The Return of Robotgirl".
    Protoboy: Oh, brother. What a dummy.
  • Faking the Dead: In "The Revenge of Protoboy" Gus gets Donnie to stop assaulting him with oranges by playing dead.
  • Fartillery: In "Christmas Evil" Santa gets back at Gus for attempting to scam him by farting into a box and leaving it for him.
  • Fem Bot: Despite her name, Robotgirl fits more into this category than this.
  • First Name Basis: Gus often addresses Tommy's parents by their first names.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Gus's Freudian Excuse for his obsession with video games and other electronic toys is that his parents are Amish and forbid such things.
  • Forehead of Doom: The IT teacher from "Tween for a Day".
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Averted; In the Halloween episode, Tommy disguises himself as Robotboy in order to give Robotboy a chance to dress up as something else.
  • Four-Fingered Hands
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: Principal Culpepper. It turns out this is because she never had any toys as a child and as a result she is a Woman Child stealing toys so she can keep them for herself.
  • Genki Girl: Robotgirl. Subverted in "The Return of Robotgirl" when she is shown to be very sad and doesn't trust Tommy, Gus or even Robotboy due to choppy memory loss.
    Robotboy: Robotgirl, it me, Robotboy! We friends. Search memory.
    (Robotgirl tries to punch Robotboy but misses and hits Gus instead)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Kamakazi actually got away with calling Constantine a "jackass".
    • In "Kamispazi!" when Constantine disguised as Deb bends over to steal Robotboy from off of Tommy's bed, he's interrupted when Dwight sneaks up on "Deb" and squeezes "her" butt off-screen, complete with honk sound effect.
    • Gus slaps Lola on the butt in "Roughing It".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "The Old Switcharobot"
    Protoboy-in-Robotboy's-body: (talking to Moshimo) You always like Robotboy better than Protoboy! Now get vengeance!
  • Gone Horribly Right: Kamikazi attempted to turn Protoboy evil, but went too far and made Protoboy too evil to the point of being nigh-uncontrollable.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: In "Bowling for Dummies" when Debs thinks she's scored a strike she yells "Homerun!"
  • Happy Birthday to You: In "Everybody Loves Grandma" General Yakitori throws a birthday party for himself and has his robots sing The Birthday Song, but as they're malfunctioning they can only repeat the first verse over and over.
  • Hartman Hips: Tommy's mom
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Tommy's mom is the only member of his family who doesn't treat him like crap.
  • Hippie Teacher: There's one in "Tween for a Day". Ironically she teaches the computer class.
  • Hulk Speak: Robotboy talk somewhat like dees (due to apparently being Japanese).
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Tommy's mom's reaction to the cookies Dr. Kamikazi sold her in "Traffic Slam".
  • I Resemble That Remark: Throughout "Everybody Loves Grandma" Mr. Turnbull complains about his mother treating him like a child while he's acting like a child.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Robotboy uses it on Constantine in "Kamispazi!" to get him to tell where Kamikazi is.
  • Jerkass: Gus.
    • Donnie more so.
  • Jerk Jock: Kurt
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gus.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In "The Revenge of Protoboy" when Donnie thinks he's killed Gus he first appears to show remorse, but it's soon made clear he's more concerned about getting in trouble than having killed someone.
  • Karma Houdini: Donnie. This is lampshaded by Tommy in a few episodes.
  • Kick the Dog: Kurt throwing a ball at some random crippled kid in "Kami-Chameleon".
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Tommy's dad, Kurt's dad, and Constantine all have one.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Robotboy in "Rowho?"
  • Last Name Basis:
    Kurt: Hey, Turnbull. Who told you you could breathe my air? Get him, guys!
  • Latex Perfection: In one episode Constantine is able to squeeze into a flawless Mrs. Turnbull disguise.
  • Leitmotif: Kamikazi has his own.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lola even wears her blue dress when she goes to bed. The only time she's ever been seen wearing a completely different outfit is when she went bowling, oddly enough.
    • She wore a soccer uniform when she was on Tommy's soccer team.
    • She also wore Liederhosen in one ep, but it was for a dance number she was going to do.
  • Large Ham: Dr. Kamikazi
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Being hit by lightning doesn't do any damage to Robotboy, it just recharges him to full.
  • Losing Your Head: Inverted in "Stuck On You", where Klaus von Afoncügel steals Robotboy's body parts and leaves him with just a head.
  • Love Triangle: Lola loves Tommy, who loves Bambi (who dates Kurt). The whole thing was toned down considerably in the third and fourth season, mind you.
  • Mad Scientist: Kamikazi again
  • Magic Pants: Lola's dress, in the episode "Gus' Mix".
  • May-December Romance: Moshimo is much older than his fiancée.
  • Missing Mom: Lola's mother is never shown.
  • Nice Hat: Kurt and one of his cronies have them, and Tommy's dad sports one in "Foot Brawl".
  • Nightmare Sequence: Donnie has a pretty long one in "Donnie Turnbull's Day Off" that involves fish medicine, his mom, and Robotboy's bed.
  • Nobody Calls Me Chicken
    Robotboy: That ice cream. Gus like. Eat much.
    (Robotgirl takes a carton out of the freezer)
    Robotboy: No! Food bad for robots!
    Robotgirl: Robotboy afraid eat ice cream?
    Robotboy: No afraid!
    Robotgirl: Robotgirl sorry scare Robotboy.
    Robotboy: Robotboy no afraid!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Kurt and his dad's voices are based on Jack Nicholson and Christopher Walken respectively.
  • Obliviously Evil: Robotboy pulls this off in "Clammadon Rising" and "Grow No-Mo!"
  • Oblivious to Love: Tommy to Lola.
  • Ocular Gushers: Robotboy in "Crying Time" after he watches the ending of a sad play, and Robotgirl in "The Return of Robotgirl" after Gus tells her she looks terrible. Did we mention they both cry oil instead of water?
  • Panty Shot: Several kids in "The Donnienator"; Lola in "Traffic Slam."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Robotboy puts on a jacket with a giant hood to conceal his ear drums in "Kami-Chameleon" pretending to be a student. Tommy is not amused.
    Tommy: Robotboy, what are you doing here? I told you to go home.
    Robotboy: No-o-o! Robotboy like school!
    • Latex Perfection: His human disguise in "Tween for a Day", however, was quite convincing.
  • Parental Favoritism: Tommy's dad obviously prefers Donnie.
  • Parental Neglect: While Tommy's dad is neglectful because he's a Jerk Ass, his mom is usually neglectful simply out of obliviousness and is often shown to care about Tommy.
  • People Zoo: Auntie Gravitee's intergalactic freakshow. Apparently, Gus is the only human who's freaky enough to fit in there.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Robotboy and Robotgirl.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Robotboy wanting to become more human is a recurring theme, especially in seasons three and four.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Robotboy and Robotgirl. Averted with Protoboy, since he's a little bigger than both of them.
  • Psycho Prototype: Protoboy. Even before Kamikazi made him evil, he was still one hell of a nutjob — this is seen in a flashback when Moshimo first activated him and Protoboy's immediate reaction was to beat him up.
  • Psychic Powers: Robotboy's probability calculator in "The Soothsayer".
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Subverted in "Kamispazi!" when Donnie gives his mom a cooked squirrel with his dad saying that he trapped and skinned it by himself...but then reveals it was actually roadkill.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Robotboy's Super-Activated form. Protoboy has them 24/7.
  • Retcon: In "Brother," Moshimo says that his first encounter with Kamikazi was when he kidnapped Protoboy. Later, in "The Legend of Brainy Yak," Moshimo relates his childhood as a yak herder in the Alps, and notes that a young Kamikazi made fun of one of his yaks.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Robotboy. He's even passed for a human kid at least twice.
    • Robotgirl even more so.
  • Rogues Gallery: After a while, Robotboy got himself a fairly impressive one. Villains that have appeared in more than one episode includes: Dr. Kamikazi, Klaus von Afoncügel, Bjorn Bjornson, Kurt's father, Felonius Hex, General Yakitori, Principal Culpepper and Protoboy.
  • Robot Buddy: Robotboy.
  • Robot Kid
  • Rummage Fail: In "Traffic Slam" when Dwight needed a spark plug for the car, Debs ironically found one in the glove compartment while frantically looking for more cookies, but since it wasn't cookies she just threw it out the window and it fell off the bridge and into the water.
  • Sadist Teacher: The P.E. teacher. In "Tween for a Day" she picks a boy in crutches as the goalie in soccer practice and just watches as he gets hit with balls.
  • Scarecrow Solution: Used very briefly when Gus pretends to be another Moshimo robot in "The Return of Robotgirl" to distract Protoboy, but it only works for a few seconds.
    Gus: Oops, busted.
  • Secret Keeper: Tommy, Gus and Lola
  • Shaped Like Itself: "Good morning, class. I'm Kurt's father. You can call me...Kurt's father."
  • Shout-Out: One episode is titled "Journey to the Center of the Gus".
    • Gus's virtual pet in "Kami-Chameleon", Chupika, looks a lot like a Tamagotchi.
    • The ending scene of "Donnie Turnbull's Day Off" is straight out of Toy Story.
    • In "Traffic Slam" after Deb gets hooked on cookies she starts talking kind of like Cookie Monster.
    • Protoboy is Robotboy's older brother. Does that ring any bells?
  • Show Within a Show: The Human Fist.
  • Silent Snarker: Miumiu can sometimes be this.
  • Simpleton Voice: One of Kurt's two cronies has one. Ironically, he's the smarter one of the two.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Poor Lola.
  • Sleep Mode Size: Robotboy's deactivated form.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lance Cosgrove, a self-absorbed investigate reporter who keeps making up the most ridiculous tabloid explainations for anything Robotboy is involved in. Both Tommy's and Lola's dads love watching his show because they think he's So Bad He's Good.
    • Also Gus — an example would be when he tries to show Robotboy how to win a girl over and ends up making Robotgirl cry.
  • Smug Snake: Bjorn
  • Spikes of Villainy: On Donnie's wristband.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Lola. Not always that sweet, but she's still a very good friend.
  • Stock Sound Effects: The "wheeeeeeeeee" noise heard in "Clammadon Rising" when Clammadon zaps Robotboy and turns him back to Sleep Mode Size.
  • Stock Footage: Robotboy's transformation sequence.
  • Stop Copying Me: Utilized in "Donnie Turnbull's Day Off" when Robotboy pretends to be an ordinary toy around Donnie when Tommy is out of the house.
    (Donnie picks up Robotboy)
    Donnie: Who are you? What's your deal?
    Robotboy: (mechanically) I robot toy.
    Donnie: (laughs) What a stupid voice!
    Robotboy: Ha. What a stupid voice.
    Donnie: Hey! Shut your face!
    Robotboy: Hey. Shut your face.
    Donnie: (shakes Robotboy) I said, zip it, freak!
    Robotboy: Zip it, freak. Zip it, freak. Zip it, freak. Zip it, freak. Zip it —
    (Donnie hits Robotboy and is met with a punch to the face)
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played with. Tommy looks like his mom, but not his dad or Donnie — and Donnie doesn't look like their dad either.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Dr. Kamikazi is a master of this trope. His cameras even managed to tap into Tommy's dreams...
  • Talk to the Fist: Robotgirl punches Gus in the face at least three times in "The Return of Robotgirl".
  • Temporary Bulk Change: A side-effect of the tapeworm living in Gus's stomach in "Tummy Trouble". Of course, Gus becomes his normal fat self again at the end.
  • Third-Person Person: Moshimo's robots.
  • Telescoping Robot
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Robotgirl. Bow? Check. Pink where Ro is blue? Check. Skirt? Check. Eyelashes? Check.
    • Walter the (apparently male) tapeworm from "Tummy Trouble" inverts this with pink coloration, eyelashes and a high voice.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Tommy, Gus and Lola
  • Too Dumb to Live: In "Science Fear" Kurt almost died from heat exhaustion because he got into a mecha without air conditioning and refused to get out because he was having too much fun trying to kill Tommy.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: In "Runaway Robot!" when Robotboy runs away to live with Gus, Kamikazi refuses to go anywhere near Gus' house because Gus' Amish parents creep him out.
  • Transformation Sequence: Robotboy, Robotgirl and Protoboy all get a pretty awesome one.
  • Troll: The function of the Teasebots in "Teasebots".
    "Hello, ugly! You're so ugly, when you entered an ugly contest, they said, 'Sorry, no professionals.' Thank you very much!"
    "You're so ugly you made an onion cry. Thank you!"
    "You're so ugly, when you walk by a toilet, it flushes! Thank you very much!"
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Applies more to Moshimo and his fiancée than to Tommy's parents.
  • Undying Loyalty: Robotboy and Robotgirl to Moshimo, to the point where they (or at least Robotgirl) would willingly sacrifice themselves for him as proven in "The Return of Robotgirl".
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Used by Kurt's team in "Foot Brawl"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the episode "Kami-Chameleon", two of the teachers have weird limbs and different voices (they're actually Kamikazi's cronies in disguise) and Robotboy shows up in gym pretending to be a student.
  • Villain over for Dinner: Subverted in the final episode, when the Turnbull family and the Kamikazi family end up having Thanksgiving dinner (or something resembling that) together after Tommy's mom drops by the house of Kamikazi's mom. Apparently, the two mothers knew each from before on.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tommy and Gus.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Gus in "Traffic Slam", Tommy's mom in "Kamispazi!", and, bizarrely enough, Robotboy in "Gus's Big Mouth".
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tommy with his dad.
  • What Does Tommy See In Bambi?: Seriously, look at how she treated him at the beginning of "Crying Time"! One scene later, Robotboy says what we're all thinking:
    Robotboy: Bambi bad. Robotboy smash Bambi!
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Felonious Hexx has a different job every time he appears. First he was s a magician, then a school nurse, then a dentist and then a nanny.
  • With Friends Like These...: Gus is selfish, self centred, greedy, vane, ego centric, rude and disgusting with no redeeming quallities whatsoever. Yet is Tommy's best friend, despite the boys willingness to take advantage of the young hero whenever possible, and its never explained why that is.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Brian the Yak, aka Brainy Yak. He was born mentally handicapped, making him a laughing stock among other yaks (though he was blissfully unaware of that) and then Moshimo made him super-intelligent, which made him even more of an outcast.
    • Klaus von Affenkugel has been mercilessly bullied his entire life by virtually everyone (even squirrels) because he was too weak to fight back...or do anything else for that matter.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "Foot Brawl" Kurt gives Lola a rough bodycheck.
    • In "The Return of Robotgirl", Protoboy kicks Robotgirl in the chest/stomach hard enough to knock her batteries out.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Averted in "Traffic Slam" when Tommy's mom kicks Lola in the face for trying to take her cookies.
  • X Meets Y: Powerpuff Girls meets Megaman
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Gus' parents talk this way.

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