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An American alternative rock and hip-hip group from Denver, Colorado. Had a hit with "Handlebars" in 2008.

Their albums include:

  • Flobots Present:...Platypus (2005-2006)
  • Fight With Tools (2007-2008)
  • Survival Story (2009-2010)
  • The Circle In The Square (2011-2016)
  • Noenemies (2017-Present)

Also, they have a webcomic on their site, entitled Rise of the Flobots: Architects of Change. It is created by member D.J. Coffman (13) and features stories based on the fans and their music with a scifi twist.


Tropes that apply to the band, the music, and the comic:

  • An Aesop: Wouldn't be one of their songs without one or four.
    • Green Aesop: Airplane Mode, Cracks in the Surface, and Defend Atlantis from Survival Story are good examples.
  • Animal Motif:
    • The platypus shows up often in their songs. They even named an album after it.
    • Rats show up a few times as well. Sometimes in a neutral light and sometimes negatively.
    • Vultures show up a few times as well.
  • Apocalypse Wow: Defend Atlantis. By waves and water, not to mention an invasion by starfish.
  • Bad Future: The prediction of several of their songs if humanity doesn't get their shit together and do something. The comic also have a bad future where there was at some point a second civil war, the environment is so degraded that the sky is perpetually smog filled and a weird green color, and the United States of America is lead by a quite oppressive government that isn't opposed to hiring mercenaries to take care of insurgents.
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  • Between A Rock And A Hard Place: the song The Rose and The Thristle.
  • Boastful Rap:
    • Handlebars is about how the narrator can do anything, building up from riding his bike with no handlebars through various political and scientific actions up to ending the planet. It's a subversion of this trope though - it starts out silly, but by the end it's downright terrifying.
    • The Effect plays it straighter: "It's the F-L-O-B-O-T-S/ What did you expect?/ You wanted us to move you from right to left..."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the comic Flobot #69 works for Lt. Farrior. There are hints that he was reprogramed.
  • Code Name: Every member has a numerical one. MC Jonny 5's is obvious. The others are:
    • Stephen Brackett is 0.
    • Jesse Walker is 101.
    • Kenny Ortiz is 69.
    • Mackenzie Gault is 33.
    • Andy Guerrero is 17.
    • Joe Ferrone is 79.
    • Stated earlier D.J. Coffman is 13.
  • Creator Cameo: The comic creator's code number is 13 and the yellow Flobot seen on a mission in the beginning of Architects of Change has a 13 on the lower part of his face.
  • Advertisement:
  • Dead Guy on Display: Lt. Farrior's room is littered with easily dozens of Flobot heads on a shelf.
  • Downer Ending: The end of the music video for Handlebars. Also a prediction from some of their songs if we can't get our shit together in time.
  • Fembot: In the main comic story one of the Flobots in the flashbacks is female and probably #33.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The main character from the song Handlebars goes from being able to ride his bike with no handlebars to a Corrupt Corporate Executive then to an oppressive dictator who can "end the planet in a holocaust!/ in a holocaust!/ in a HOLOCAUST!!". Also, he can ride his bike with no handlebars.
  • La Résistance: In the comic the Flobots and the people at Camp Vulture are this. In the majority of their songs they urge the people to wake up and become pacifist gorillas to fight back against destructive society and media mind control.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the music video for Handlebars at the end there is a riot led by the main character's brother who gets shot when the police put down the riot along with several other rioters the look on the main character's face says it all.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Jonny 5's real name is Jamie Laurie and the other MC Stephen Brackett is also known as Brer Rabbit.
  • Origins Episode: The song, If I, was mostly this.
  • Precision F-Strike: Towards the beginning of Stop the Apocalypse:
    "What the fuck is that barreling towards our metropolis?"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In response to Logan Paul`s ``No Handlebars``. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: In the comics the Flobots are freedom fighting robots originally created to help put an end to the second American Civil War and bring back peace and prosparity. Came in two models the diplomats and defenders to protect the diplomats. The defenders also double as potential killer robots if they have to, but both models prefer to settle things peacefully. Also count as Robot Me since the main comic Flobots are also the band members and the comic creator.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In any song you may have references to current events, politics, pop culture, historical events, religion, and other music.
    • The end of the music video for the song Circle in the Square looks sort of like Hindu holiday, Holi.
  • Take That!:
    • The Effect gives a brief one the the band 3Oh!3.
    • After Logan Paul parodied "Handlebars" in a since-deleted video called "No Handlebars", Flobots bit back with a diss track.
  • Telepathy: The Flobots of the comics have this but they can't exactly control where their messages go. One message ended up going back in time to a Parallel Universe to a doe in the woods another made it to the founding fathers. The strange messages from nowhere that the main characters from the comic stories Vote For Change and Iraq are messages from the Flobots in a parallel universe to try and prevent their Bad Future from happening there as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the comic according to the data logs on the origin of Camp Vulture and the Flobots themselves, Flobot #13 used to be a diplomat model.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: In the comic poor Flobot #13 goes on an effective suicide mission to retrieve vital information and send it back the good guy's in the Vulture and got blown up in the process. Later he gets what is effectively his mind/soul stolen by the Psycho for Hire.


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