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Mai's family

"What a team we make. A broken robot and a broken little girl."
The main protagonist of this film, a troubled teenage girl who doesn't like robots, at least until she encounters 7723.
  • Action Girl: She fights off robots at one point in the movie.
  • Anti-Hero: The protagonist of the movie... who is also a rebellious, law-breaking teenager who almost kills another girl.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute teenage girl who can fight off robots when she has to.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Mai cut her hair as she became a teenager and she is very much a Tomboy.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Mai has an obvious gap in her front teeth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mai makes some snarky comments every now and then.
  • Delinquent Hair: Mai has short, purple, punk hair.
  • Kid Hero: She's only a teenager and our protagonist.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her father had an argument with her mother that caused him to leave their house, and is implied to have died not long after. And she spent years of being neglected by her grieving mother, and was bullied at school by Greenwood.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mai is moody, cynical, rude, sarcastic, rebellious and a bit violent, but her heart is in the right place and she genuinely cares for her mom and (later) 7723 .
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Mai seems to like soccer and baseball.
  • Tomboy: A rebellious girl who loves sports, painting graffiti, can fight off robots and generally isn't very feminine.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: 7723 finds an origami unicorn in her bag.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had she not come across 7723 accidentally, Dr. Rice may have been able to prevent anyone (specially himself) from getting hurt by Ares or Mai/7723's own actions.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mai has purple hair, and considering that she had it even before she became a rebellious teenager, it's safe to assume that it's her natural hair color, somehow.
  • Youthful Freckles: Mai has freckles on her cheeks and is a teenager.

"The most important parts of me are the memories of you. It hurts when I lose them."
A robot built by Dr. Tanner for an unknown purpose
  • Cute Machines: He is quite lovable for a robot who has weapons implemented into him.
  • Deuteragonist: To Mai's protagonist.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As his battle with Ares shows, he is both agile enough to run rings around him even before his weapon system is restored and strong enough to both witsand and dish out major damage back, then outright curbstomping him when his weapons are fully restored.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: His memory storage unit becomes damaged, forcing him to rely on the much more finite internal storage and thus have to manage which memories he gets to keep as time progresses. As he grows to care for Mai this becomes more difficult as he cherishes all his memories of her too much.
  • Nice Guy: 7723 is a loyal friend to Mai and always tries to avoid conflict whenever he can, even if he isn't always succesful
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It doesn't really amount to much besides comic relief but he can translate Momo's barks.
  • Pacifist: He REALLY doesn't want to fight nor harm anyone. Even against Ares he doesn't really fight back until he realizes just how deranged and insane Ares really is.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being 1/5th of Ares' size he is able to hold his own without his weapon system against the latter, and utterly trashes him once he gets them back.

Mai's mother.
  • Mama Bear: She goes BERSERK on Ares' Justin Pin puppet body, beating it down into the ground senseless while shouting insults in quick succession for trying to kill her daughter.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being saved by Mai, she apologizes over her neglect and promises to be a better mother in the future.
  • Parents as People: She loves her daughter, but her grief over her husband's absence and implied death has made her neglect Mai in favor of finding comfort in the Q-Bots. She comes to realize this and eventually apologizes to Mai, after being rescued from Ares' clutches.

Mai's pet dog. A small, energetic and mean-natured french bulldog who nonetheless cares a lot about Mai and later 7723.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Mai's right-hand pet dog who rarely leaves her side at home.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: And how! His swear words are all bleeped out, however.
  • Team Pet: To Mai and 7723. Though he rarely accompanies them on real dangerous situations.

Mai's Disappeared Dad
  • Posthumous Character: Implied. He is shown leaving in the opening credits and Mai and Molly are shown attending a funeral in an image, implying he died not long after leaving the house due to his' and Molly's argument.


Citizens of Grainland


  • Alpha Bitch: The undisputed one of Grainland's School. At least until Mai shows her how much her bullying damages people. Interestingly enough, she is more tomboyish than the most.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Mai takes her retribution too far, she realizes how wrong she was in bullying her and not only befriends her but also helps her fight against Ares and his minions.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes, after nearly getting killed by a furious Mai, that she was wrong in bullying Mai, and eventually apologizes and teams up with her to stop Ares' plans.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She goes from brutally bullying Mai to seeing her as "cool" and being pretty good friends with her.
  • Traumatic Haircut: During the climax, the Pin imposter tries to shoot her, but he ends up instead burning her ponytail off, leaving her short-haired.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light, grayish-blue to be specific.

     Greenwood's gang 



IQ Robotics

     Justin Pin
"The only robots I want on the news, doctor, are the Q-bots!"
The CEO of IQ Robotics. A charismatic inventor who enjoys cracking jokes.

  • Big Bad: Appears to be this at first, but then it's revealed that the real Justin Pin was killed by Ares before the events of the movie and had his body altered by him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A CEO of IQ Robotics who is obviously planning something nefarious... Subverted, as all of his evil acts come from being controlled by Ares.
  • Dead All Along: Ares altered him with robotic parts prior to the events of the film.
  • Impersonation-Exclusive Character: The real Justin Pin never appears onscreen nor is footage of him ever shown. The one seen in the entirety of the film is a altered version of his original body that Ares controls as a second body.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The real Justin Pin considered Ares to be his greatest creation and thus would flatter Ares by calling him a "perfect machine". This led Ares to legit believe that he was superior to everyone else.
  • Walking Spoiler: You were wondering why there is so many white tags. It because He is dead the whole time and is an altered version of his original body controlled by Ares.

     Dr. Tanner Rice 
A scientist working for Pin. He created 7723 in secret in an attempt to counteract Justin's plans.

  • Butt-Monkey: Both Justin (or rather, Ares) and Alfredo treat him as a joke.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Reduced to cinders by a ray gun.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He tries delivering a speech to Justin Pin/Ares about how he will never succeed in his goals, only to get disintegrated for it.

Dr. Rice's assistant bot.

  • Despair Event Horizon: Briefly (very briefly) enters one upon learning of Rice's death, he gets over it rather quickly due to being a machine.
  • Servile Snarker: He loves taking potshots at Dr. Rice.

"You were ruined by that human child"
Pin's bodyguard, a large black hulking robot that never leaves Justin's side.

  • Dragon-in-Chief: "Justin Pin" is actually a bionic puppet Ares controls remotely, meaning Ares technically fulfills the role of the Big Bad and The Dragon at the same time.
  • Dark Is Evil: Ares has a very dark color scheme and is the Big Bad of the movie.
  • Kill All Humans: He wants all humans dead, and plans on using the Gen 6 Q-Bots to do his job, by getting them in all human residences and blowing them up.
  • Laughably Evil: Enjoys cracking jokes after committing murderous/vile acts.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: Was seemingly a bodyguard to Justin Pin but it's actually the mastermind and using Justin Pin as his puppet.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's almost impossible to talk about Ares with spoiling in fact that he is the real Big Bad not Justin Pin.

     Gen 6 Q-Bots 

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A rather dark example, they're actually suicide bombers in waiting of the order to explode, all while being sold as cute and dutiful Robot Buddies.
  • Mooks: To Ares/Justin Pin, this is made clearer when they are used to Zerg Rush 7723 in the final battle.

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