YMMV / My Life as a Teenage Robot

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Space Bikers run a school in their home planet. They do everything to benefit their society. On weekends, they take their stress out on Earth.
    • Sheldon expresses a near-obsessive infatuation for Jenny, but he was quick to fall for Vexus when she swindled him (and even tried to share a romantic dance with a toaster when Jenny wasn't dancing with him at a party). Does Sheldon really love Jenny, or are his feelings solely based on both desperation and robot fetishism?
    • In "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles", Misty claims that the Teen Team has disbanded due to Orion wanting to join ballet, but given how selfish and callous she acts in this episode and her subsequent and final appearance in "Mist Opportunities", it's conceivable that she lied about the Teen Team disbanding and was either kicked out for refusing to help people without getting paid and not caring about avoiding civilian casualties or even killed her teammates Orion and Squish when they tried to confront her on her not-so-heroic attitude.
  • Applicability: "Victim of Fashion" has Jenny competing against Brit and Tiff to see who can be more fashionable. But when it comes to getting slim, being a robot her only option is having her armor and weapons removed leaving her body as just a robot skeleton. She's so weak that even the smallest member of the biker chicks gang kicks her butt easily. Of course this could be seen as An Aesop about function over fashion which can easily apply to technology, but the way Jenny gets slimmer can also read as a metaphor for anorexia.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Sheldon. Beyond being the cause of the majority of the fandom's shipping arguments (Jenny/Brad vs Jenny/Sheldon), there are those who see him as a shallow creep and those who think he's an absolute sweetheart, especially with him being the only one who actually believes Jenny was innocent in the Christmas episode.
    • Tuck. Some think he's a hilarious comic relief character with genuine moments of kindness and craftiness ("Future Shock", "Victim of Fashion") while others find him an annoying pest who makes everything worse ("The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "Speak No Evil"), his young age notwithstanding.
    • Some hate The Crust Cousins for being so darn cruel to Jenny but with that being said, there are people who love them and/or just their wardrobe.
    • Killgore can be seen as good and hardcore, but can be disliked for his voice.
    • Misty is another polarizing character. Some fans like her for having cool powers and an interesting character design, while others are put off by her sudden mean-spirited attitude in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles" and "Mist Opportunities".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The "Happy Noontime Funtime Song" in The Wonderful World of Wizzly.
    • The random song Brad and Jenny sing in Humiliation 101.
    • The "I am the Robot" bit from I Was a Preschool Dropout.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Sheldon Lee, in a way, is similar to Philip J. Fry. Both characters have very similar clothing, are friends with robots (Sheldon with Jenny and Fry with Bender) and always try to win the heart of their love interests (Jenny and Leela, respectively), which mostly end up failing.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Cult Classic: While it's nowhere near as well-known as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender or insanely popular as Invader Zim and Danny Phantom, this show has a good-sized amount of fans.
  • Ear Worm: "Oh, Happy Noontime Funtime Song! We love to sing it all day long..."
    • "This is the song that goes on forever 'cause it doesn't ever end, and we will finish singing it never 'cause here we go again"
    • "But-but-I-AM-the ro-bot!"
    • "Ah-mikimikimikimikimomooooooooo!"
    • This is gonna be the grea-test day!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Vega (The Special), Misty (three episodes), and Melody (two episodes) have gotten a huge amount of fan art.
    • Armageddroid is rather popular as well.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: During the time of the show's run Brad/Jenny was more popular than the one-sided and eventually-would-have-been-canon Sheldon/Jenny. Now it appears most of the fans have tilted to Sheldon.
  • Fashionable Evil: Brit and Tiff may be a pair of obnoxious Alpha Bitches, but there's no denying that their fashion game is on point.
  • Friendly Fandoms: To an extent, with Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, The Powerpuff Girls (which makes sense) and when it's not a Fandom Rivalry, with Robotboy. Also in Japan, with Vocaloid, because the well-known resemblance between the two. It also has some Kaiju fans from the Godzilla and Ultraman franchises, since giant monsters were among some of Jenny's regular foes.
  • Genius Bonus: In one episode, Jenny finally gets a date with a boy who has a fear of technology. The movie they choose to see? Modern Times.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: During Brit and Tiff's treatment of Jenny, they acknowledge her as female.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Unlicensed Flying Object" features an alien threatening to swat Jenny, Brad and Tuck with a glorified electric flyswatter. Two years later, real electric flyswatters would gain popularity.
    • The Vocaloid crossovers have now become this, now that the folks at Frederator have collaborated with a company known as 1000 Toys to design a figure of Miku.
    • The episode "Daydream Believer", which features several scenes drawn in a Dr. Seuss-esque art style, aired the same day The Cat in the Hat was released.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Japan loves XJ-9 by virtue of being a cute Fembot.
    • The show also has a large fanbases in Latin America and in Germany, especially the former.
  • Les Yay: Jenny and Vexus' daughter Vega in the finale. Also Jenny and Misty.
  • Memetic Badass: Men have worshipped lesser beings than Jenny; she can fly around the world (or to the moon) in minutes, create weapons from her "organs" and cut down entire armies in the blink of an eye. You know, when she isn't whining about not being "normal", getting punted around by the Crust Cousins or dealing with serious threats like the Cluster. As stated elsewhere, this does not endear her to Tremorton.
  • Moe:
    • Jenny, whose insecurities and innocence are very endearing.
    • Let's make room for Melody, shall we?
  • Most Annoying Sound: Killgore's voice can irritate plenty of ears.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, where Jenny is afraid of Killgore popping up and yelling "SURRENDER" near her.
  • The Scrappy: If there are any characters on the show who act mean toward Jenny, then they're likely to be despised by the fandom. The most notable examples are Vice Principal Razinski for giving Jenny a hard time just for being a robot and Don Prima for being a self-centered bully.
  • Self-Fanservice: Oh boy... the amount of sexualized depictions of Jenny is (kinda) astonishing.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: During the show's run, Jenny/Brad vs. Jenny/Sheldon debates could get pretty heated. It has died down, though.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: At the end of "The Price of Love", many of the "cool kids" are shown in a Flash Forward as total losers that haven't aged well going to bail out Sebastian (the coolest guy in school) out of jail, all while Brit and Tiff lament that Pteresa should've married Sheldon, who had since become a billionaire.
  • Ugly Cute: Sheldon looks like your standard geek but he's a very kind admirer.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Misty comes off as this during her final appearances in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles" and "Mist Opportunities". The latter episode is especially glaring because she gives the excuse that she has to charge money for her heroics because she's too dirt-poor to live a decent life, but her argument is undercut by having a severe Lack of Empathy by not caring about getting people hurt when she's fighting crime and callously refusing to rescue people if she won't get paid for it.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Jenny herself! she may be the so-called "school freak" within the show but in real life, she remains one of the most iconic Nicktoon characters to this day.
    • Ditto with Brad and Sheldon to an extent.
  • Vindicated by History: It premiered with people still bitter with Nickelodeon's cancellation of Invader Zim and before Danny Phantom and Avatar: The Last Airbender's debut won back an older demographic. Nowadays, it is considered, along with pre-Seasonal Rot SpongeBob SquarePants and the three mentioned as one of the Nick's best during the 2000's, especially in light with Nickelodeon's current Dork Age. Its unique premise helps.
  • The Woobie:
  • Woolseyism: The Japanese dub reverses the languages in "Speak No Evil", basically having the dub's version of Jenny being stuck speaking Surprisingly Good English in place of Surprisingly Good Japanese. Though that does leave Fridge Logic, regarding Jenny speaking English in a clearly Japanese setting during the episode.
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