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** In the very first volume, chapter 2, Robo gets a letter from the granddaughter of an old friend from the war telling him that her grandfather has died of cancer. This is intercut with a interview where Robo is asked what the hardest part of his life was. He tells the interviewer that the hardest part is that he is 83 and can do a ''great'' [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]], but no one knows to appreciate it anymore. It's pretty obvious what he's actually thinking about.


%%* {{HSQ}}: Volume 8's ending.


--->'''Robo''': '''Yeah.''' We just had different opinions about how much protecting an invincible super robot '''needed.''' It was hard for him, and I never made it any '''easier.''' Hell, we argued about it [[spoiler: the last time we '''spoke.''']] The '''army''' said they'd make my citizenship "happen" if I just did one '''little''' secret mission for them. It was an offer I '''couldn't''' refuse. But Mr. Tesla was a '''pacifist.''' I'd never seen him so '''angry.''' [[spoiler: And then I never saw him '''again.''']]

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--->'''Robo''': '''Yeah.''' We just had different opinions about how much protecting an invincible super robot '''needed.''' It was hard for him, and I never made it any '''easier.''' Hell, we argued about it [[spoiler: the last time we '''spoke.''']] The '''army''' said they'd make my citizenship "happen" if I just did one '''little''' secret mission for them. It was an offer I '''couldn't''' refuse. But Mr. Tesla was a '''pacifist.''' I'd never seen him so '''angry.''' [[spoiler: And then I never saw him '''again.''']]''']] [[spoiler: (This especially hurts when you remember that Robo went on that mission in 1939 and Tesla died in January of 1943.)]]

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** Robo revealing to [[spoiler: ALAN 2.0]] that he and Tesla fought before he went on his mission in ''The Will To Power'' - and that [[spoiler: it was the last time he saw his creator alive.]]
--->'''Robo''': I used to resent '''Mr. Tesla''' for keeping me cooped up.
--->[[spoiler: '''ALAN 2.0:''']] Was it also for your protection?
--->'''Robo''': '''Yeah.''' We just had different opinions about how much protecting an invincible super robot '''needed.''' It was hard for him, and I never made it any '''easier.''' Hell, we argued about it [[spoiler: the last time we '''spoke.''']] The '''army''' said they'd make my citizenship "happen" if I just did one '''little''' secret mission for them. It was an offer I '''couldn't''' refuse. But Mr. Tesla was a '''pacifist.''' I'd never seen him so '''angry.''' [[spoiler: And then I never saw him '''again.''']]

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** There's an undercurrent of melancholy all throughout ''Knights of the Golden Circle''. It starts with Robo [[spoiler: having spent fourteen years alone in a shack in the desert in a time that isn't his]], and then he [[spoiler: reveals to Doc Holliday and Marshal Reeves that he's dying - he barely knows them, but he's got nobody else to tell. He goes down fighting, but it's hard to see his battered head put in a box to unconsciously take TheSlowPath back home]].


** Although, some people [[ViewersAreGeniuses know]] that those [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment has been suggested.]]

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** Although, some people [[ViewersAreGeniuses know]] that those they [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment has have been suggested.]]


** Although, some people [[ViewersAreGeniuses know]] that those [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment actually exist.]]

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** Although, some people [[ViewersAreGeniuses know]] that those [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment actually exist.has been suggested.]]

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Majestic 12 gets one in their {{Splat}}[[{{Sourcebook}} book]] for the ''Atomic Robo'' RPG, pointing out that their goal ''is'' ultimately to protect people from dangerous superscience, and that they sacrifice a lot to do so:
-->Maybe you're used to seeing them as antagonists, but that's in the pages of ''Atomic Robo''! Of course they look like bad guys there. We can't expect a book about Tesla's super robot to have the most nuanced view of a secret branch of the military dedicated to hunting down Tesla's most advanced technology.\\
Majestic's agents are portrayed as a bit faceless, a bit fascist, and a bit trigger-happy. They strike with overwhelming speed, firepower, and numbers. And almost certainly without warning. Because that's what you've got to throw at a super robot if you're going to have any hope of stopping him!\\
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''On the other hand,'' if the idea of playing Majestic from the perspective of Total Science Bastards With Unlimited Gun Budgets sounds like a good time, then guess what, that works too!

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** Robo ultimately [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl as Helen ends up with Chen. He knows it's probably for the best as he is functionally immortal but it still doesn't lessen the blow.]]


* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jenkins, even though he is ''technically'' the main character's sidekick, is an unstoppable OneManArmy with hilariously overblown results and comically feminine interests. Dr. Dinosaur is a hilarious one-off villain created for a free comic book day story who quickly became one of the hero's main antagonists.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jenkins, even though he is ''technically'' the main character's sidekick, is an unstoppable OneManArmy with hilariously overblown results and comically feminine high-culture interests. Dr. Dinosaur is a hilarious one-off villain created for a free comic book day story who quickly became one of the hero's main antagonists.

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**Although, some people [[ViewersAreGeniuses know]] that those [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment actually exist.]]

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* AssPull: Projekt Longinus, a previous unmentioned, still functioning 70-year old Nazi KillSat that ''just happens'' to be what Team Tesla needs to kill a ten kilometer wide Biomega island. While normally there's a fair amount of set up prior to revealing the next CrazyAwesome piece of hidden history in the Atomic Robo universe, there's little hint of this beyond an offhand mention of "the Nazi space program" at the start of ''The Savage Sword of Doctor Dinosaur'' arc.


* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jenkins and Dr. Dinosaur.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jenkins Jenkins, even though he is ''technically'' the main character's sidekick, is an unstoppable OneManArmy with hilariously overblown results and comically feminine interests. Dr. Dinosaur.Dinosaur is a hilarious one-off villain created for a free comic book day story who quickly became one of the hero's main antagonists.


* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Thomas Edison, {{Jerkass}} and WellIntentionedExtremist though he may be, enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in ''The Deadly Art of Science''.
** Also the reason why Edison started messing around with Odinic force in the first place [[spoiler: He was looking for a way the two of them could live together forever.]]
** From the same volume: every time Helen and Robo are together and Robo finally getting his own gun.
** Also: Robo brings Tesla soup. Soup carefully prepared so that Tesla can easily satisfy his compulsion to know the precise volume of his food before he eats it, letting him eat something other than crackers for once. Bonus points for being Robo's way of reconciling after the falling out mentioned below.
* {{HSQ}}: Volume 8's ending.

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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Thomas Edison, {{Jerkass}} and WellIntentionedExtremist though he may be, enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in ''The Deadly Art of Science''.
** Also the reason why Edison started messing around with Odinic force in the first place [[spoiler: He was looking for a way the two of them could live together forever.]]
** From the same volume: every time Helen and Robo are together and Robo finally getting his own gun.
** Also: Robo brings Tesla soup. Soup carefully prepared so that Tesla can easily satisfy his compulsion to know the precise volume of his food before he eats it, letting him eat something other than crackers for once. Bonus points for being Robo's way of reconciling after the falling out mentioned below.
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%%* {{HSQ}}: Volume 8's ending.


* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Thomas Edison, {{Jerkass}} and WellIntentionedExtremist though he may be, enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in ''The Deadly Art of Science''.
** Also the reason why Edison started messing around with Odinic force in the first place [[spoiler: He was looking for a way the two of them could live together forever.]]
** From the same volume: every time Helen and Robo are together and Robo finally getting his own gun.
** Also: Robo brings Tesla soup. Soup carefully prepared so that Tesla can easily satisfy his compulsion to know the precise volume of his food before he eats it, letting him eat something other than crackers for once. Bonus points for being Robo's way of reconciling after the falling out mentioned below.



* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Thomas Edison, {{Jerkass}} and WellIntentionedExtremist though he may be, enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in ''The Deadly Art of Science''.
** Also the reason why Edison started messing around with Odinic force in the first place [[spoiler: He was looking for a way the two of them could live together forever.]]
** From the same volume: every time Helen and Robo are together and Robo finally getting his own gun.
** Also: Robo brings Tesla soup. Soup carefully prepared so that Tesla can easily satisfy his compulsion to know the precise volume of his food before he eats it, letting him eat something other than crackers for once. Bonus points for being Robo's way of reconciling after the falling out mentioned below.
* {{TearJerker}}: Robo and Tesla's falling out in "The Deadly Art Of Science".

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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Thomas Edison, {{Jerkass}} and WellIntentionedExtremist though he may be, enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in ''The Deadly Art of Science''.
** Also the reason why Edison started messing around with Odinic force in the first place [[spoiler: He was looking for a way the two of them could live together forever.]]
** From the same volume: every time Helen and Robo are together and Robo finally getting his own gun.
** Also: Robo brings Tesla soup. Soup carefully prepared so that Tesla can easily satisfy his compulsion to know the precise volume of his food before he eats it, letting him eat something other than crackers for once. Bonus points for being Robo's way of reconciling after the falling out mentioned below.
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{{Tearjerker}}: Robo and Tesla's falling out in "The Deadly Art Of Science".

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