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  • Adored by the Network: The show was a staple on Nicktoons Network throughout the mid-to-late 2000s, where it used to air pretty much everyday on the network. The show was later aired in mostly watershed hours after the network began shifting to original action-oriented programming and reruns of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Butch Hartman cartoons during the 2010s until it was removed from the network in 2016.
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  • Approval of God: Rob Renzetti is supportive of the transgender community resonating with Jenny's struggles.
  • Author Existence Failure: Averted with Eartha Kitt's death. While the third season started airing/rerunning on Nicktoons channel on October 2008, exactly 2 months before Kitt died, these episodes were produced and completed in 2006, two years before her death.
  • Children Voicing Children: Or a teen in this case. In the Latin American Spanish dub, Jenny's voice actress Leisha Medina was also 16 just like her character when recording for the show began.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Among people unfamiliar with which show was made by which channel, there seems to be a recurring belief that Cartoon Network created My Life as a Teenage Robot rather than Nickelodeon. This may be derived from confusion with that channel's own robot shows, because creator Rob Renzetti was best known for his role in a number of CN productions, and/or the artstyle being reminiscent of said CN series (MLaaTR's Art Deco approach is a cousin to the minimalist UPA-style of Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls), although that animation style was prevalent on many 2000s cartoons in general.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In some episodes of the Russian dub of season 3, Sheldon is voiced by a woman, while XJ-4 through XJ-8 are voiced by a man.
    • In the pilot, Brad is voiced by Melissa Denton, but was Marty'd by Chad Doreck in the series proper.
    • Audrey Wasilewski voices Brad's little brother Tuck.
  • Name's the Same: The song "Minky Momo" from this show shares its' name with a magical girl anime.
  • The Other Darrin: In the episode "Around the World in 50 Pieces", Vexus is voiced by Cree Summer (who also voices Tiff). Eartha Kitt voices her in every episode before and after, so this was probably because they didn't want to contact her for such a brief speaking role.
    • There's also a few episodes where Cree Summer voices Vexus, but only in teenage forms, and would most likely be her replacement had the show continued or had a revival after Kitt's death.
    • In the Russian dub, some of the episodes of season 3 have almost everyone's voice replaced, with Tuck and Nora Wakeman sounding closer to their English voices, while Jenny's voice was made high-pitched and squeaky.
  • The Other Marty: See Cross-Dressing Voices above.
  • Out of Order:
    • Season 2 was supposed to end with the TV movie Escape from Cluster Prime, but was accidentally aired as the 9th episode of the series, resulting in a massive continuity error were Vexus is still the ruler of the Cluster despite Jenny and the residents of Cluster Prime overthrowing Vexus's tyranny, with her daughter Vega taking over her reign.
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    • Averted with Season 3 as, while the episodes were still not in their correct production code, don't have a single continuity error as the prior season.
  • Playing Gertrude: Brad is voiced by Chad Doreck, who is eleven years younger than Audrey Wasilewski, who voices his little brother Tuck.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: When there was a debate on Facebook over some fan-art of Jenny, Rob stepped in and offered his views, saying that while he doesn't find outright porn of his characters as tolerable, simple "sexy" pinups were A-OK.
    Rob Renzetti: "Let me say that this particular piece of art is okay with me. It is 'sexy', which is okay with me. What I object to is 'Sex' images where things range from very suggestive to completely explicit. I hope that is clear enough for everyone but, if you aren't sure whether an image might be appropriate or not, then don't post it."
  • Screwed by the Network: After doing well by the network during it's first season, the show later suffered some of the most horrific treatment in the network's history afterwards.
    • Nickelodeon once ran a poll between this show and Invader Zim to determine what would be shown next. Despite My Life as a Teenage Robot having a clear lead, Nickelodeon declared Invader Zim the winner, even though both shows got screwed over by Nickelodeon, making the entire poll a farce.note 
    • The second season was delayed for many months. A combination of a horribly inconsistent schedule and a lack of adverts all resulted in it's cancellation in 2005. The third season didn't air for years after the show was canceled until 2008 on Nicktoons Network, a channel which less people own, and was only seen on the main Nickelodeon channel on Sundays at 6AM with no advertising, a time where the majority of Nick's target audience are still asleep.
    • The show was treated worse in Canada. On YTV, the show often air in rather shoddy timeslots, complete with the third season not even finishing. (It was replaced without notice and never re-aired). In January 2014, the show would resurface on the Canadian feed on Nickelodeon, albeit after midnight on weekends, but the show was gone again by September, once again screwing over Canadian fans. It currently airs on a daily basis on Nickelodeon, albeit still in an after-midnight time slot, possibly due to the Canadian rights of the show being owned by Nelvana, who are also owned by YTV's parent company Corus Entertainment.
    • Many countries, like the UK and France, never finished the show beyond its first or second season.
  • Short Run in Peru: The entirety of season 3, which aired in America form October 2008 to May 2009, was first aired in Asia and Latin America from 2006 to 2007, resulting in most fans watching the Latin American rips of the episodes on torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and LimeWire without waiting for two years to watch them in America.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Janice Kawaye voices Jenny and Tammy the Space Biker, while Quinton Flynn plays both Don Prima and Sheldon Lee.
    • In the Russian dub, Jenny and Tuck have the same voice actress, even after the voices were replaced in some season 3 episodes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show itself came about as a result of Nickelodeon deciding they didn't want a sixth Mina and The Count short. The original concept was a teenage girl whose boyfriend was a robot, but Renzetti merged the two characters into a teenage robot girl (after Fred Seibert reminded him that unusual male-female relationships was the exact reason why Nick passed on more Mina), and the rest is history.
    • Supposedly, Studio Gainax (of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fame) had interest in creating an anime reboot of the series due to how popular the series is in Japan. Not unlike what happened to The Powerpuff Girls, except the latter became a reality.
    • The show's production blog contains early concepts of the Crust Cousins, XJs 1-8, the Space Bikers, Misty, and Jenny herself.
    • There was originally going to be a character in the show called the Polterguest, a ghost who suffered from the same problems as Jenny, but rejected by Nickelodeon for being too similar to Danny Phantom.
    • There was supposed to be a third "Raggedy Android" episode with the human exoskin kidnapping Brad and threatening to kill him unless Jenny merged with her. It was scrapped because Nickelodeon felt it was too disturbing.
    • One scrapped episode ideas would have seen Jenny travel through time and team up with a young Dr. Wakeman in Skyway Patrol.
  • Word of God: It's probably a great comfort to Jenny/Sheldon shippers that Rob Renzetti said in an interview that he and his team would've loved to see Sheldon and Jenny as a couple. Though this comment may have been taken out of context, as a later Q&A session had Rob clarify that there were no official plans to pair Jenny with anyone in particular.


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