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Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 2 E 21 The Robomechabotatron The Flower

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The Robomechabotatron

Wander must convince Sylvia, Hater and Peepers to work together to control an ancient giant robot.

Tropes appearing in The Robomechabotatron

  • Accidental Misnaming: Hater just can't seem to get the Robomechabotatron's name right, all the while convinced he is.
    Wander: The Robomechabotatron—
    Hater: [interrupting smugly] That's not how you say it!
  • Anticlimax: Much to Dominator's disappointment, Wander and his allies accidentally destroy their own mecha, and she doesn't get the giant robot fight she was hoping for.
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  • Big Ball of Violence: Happens several times between Wander and Sylvia, Peepers and Hater, as they try to beat each other to the Robomechabotatron, before they finally admit they can't operate it with just two pilots.
  • Brick Joke: Early on, Lord Hater complains that Wander would just use the Robomechabotatron to "give out giant hugs, or something". Later on, one of the things Wander suggests they could use the Robomechabotatron for instead of fighting is "giving out giant hugs".
    Lord Hater: I KNEW IT! Every time!
  • Enemy Mine: Subverted; Wander tries to convince Peepers, Hater, and Sylvia to work together and pilot the Robomechabotatron, but they can't stop bickering long enough to get anything done (outside of distracting Lord Dominator long enough for the Cluckons to evacuate their homeworld).
  • Honor Before Reason: Wander refuses to participate in the giant robot fight, to the point of refusing to move the leg he's supposed to be piloting and seriously impeding his friends' attempt to save the galaxy.
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  • Humongous Mecha: The eponymous Robomechabotatron. Lord Dominator's ship also turns into one.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As noted under Brick Joke, Lord Hater complains that Wander won't want to fight with the Robomechabotatron. He was right.
  • Key Under the Doormat: Wander suggests that's where the key to the Robomechabotatron is. Sylvia thinks it's ridiculous, until Wander finds it there.
  • Overly Long Gag: Sylvia having to run from the leg of the Robomechabotatron to the arm in order to open the door, then running back to the leg before the door closes.
  • Shout-Out: The Robomechabotatron is one big homage to Combining Mecha shows such as the Super Sentai franchise, while the robot's multi-colored logo, the design of the head, and Sylvia's opening monologue about the Robomechabotatron is heavily inspired by Voltron.
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  • Split Screen: Variations, exactly as seen in team mecha anime/live action shows.
  • Transformation Sequence/Lock-and-Load Montage: Hater, Peepers, Wander and Sylvia get matching uniforms when they finally agree to operate the Robomechabotatron together.
  • Victory Is Boring: Dominator is bored destroying the Cluckons' home planet, so she is primed up for a battle with the Robomechabotatron. She's very disappointed that she didn't get to fight it.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The constant bickering of the heroes and villains impedes any good (or evil) they might do with the Robomechabotatron.
The Flower

Sylvia scours the destroyed galaxy to save a rare flower and cheer up Wander.

Tropes appearing in The Flower

  • Bee Afraid/Big Creepy-Crawlies: Wander and Sylvia keep getting attacked by giant bees.
  • Death World: Wander and Sylvia keep running into these while trying to find a new home for the flower.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sylvia spends the episode desperately trying to keep Wander from falling into despair.
  • Evil Is Petty: Dominator chases Wander and Sylvia across what's left of the galaxy just to kill a flower and crush their hopes once and for all. She even stops to take a selfie of them with tears in their eyes.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Wander: Oh no! Is it another bee?!
    Sylvia: Just the biggest "B" in the galaxy... Dominator!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: According to Wander, the flower used its last ounce of strength to save them from Dominator by giving her hay fever.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Dominator chasing after Wander and Sylvia ends up spreading the spores to multiple dead planets.
  • Ocular Gushers: Teased, but never actually happens. Wander's pupils turn into gushing faucets, that fill up his eyeballs but never quite make it past his eyes because Sylvia is determined not to see him cry.
  • Overly Long Gag: Dominator's hay fever is so severe that well after we've cut away from her to watch Wander and Sylvia Orbble of into a hopeful galaxy...and the last commercial break... we return for the final animatic. Dominator is still sneezing her head off (cutely) as the closing credits roll, and furious about it. She finally accepts a hankie from one of her bots and blows her nose long and loud.
  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: Inverted. Sylvia holds up a map of the galaxy, with all the planets beautiful and alive. She lowers it to reveal the same planets, broken, destroyed and dead.
  • Plot Allergy/Weaksauce Weakness: It turns out Dominator has hay fever when she gets a face full of pollen, which distracts her long enough for Wander and Sylvia to get away.
  • Ray of Hope Ending: The episode ends with the spores and seeds scattered by the flower sprouting into new flowers across the ruined planets of the galaxy.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sylvia has a burst of this while telling Wander if he loses hope she just can't cope.
  • Running Gag: Wander and Sylvia getting attacked by a giant space bees.
  • Scenery Gorn: The establishing shot.

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