In The Future, disputes on Earth are resolved by the Lunar League Games — robots competing in sporting events in a robot city on the Moon. All these robots were built by the mysterious Dr. Tommy, except for the malevolent Bloodbots built by Dr. Blood, who wants to conquer the Moon.
Bolts and Blip were best friends stuck in a boring office job, who wanted to take part in the games—then due to a computer error, they got their chance, joining the chronically losing team, the Thunderbolts. To everyone's surprise, including their own, they do well there, and the Thunderbolts start winning.
Blip, meanwhile, starts uncovering evidence of a conspiracy involving Dr. Blood's plans to conquer the Moon.
Bolts and Blip provides examples of:
- Baleful Polymorph: What the Reformatter does to robots, turning them into household appliances.
- Big Bad: Dr. Blood.
- The Chosen One: Blip. Dr. Tommy designed him to manifest super-powers when Dr. Blood makes his move, but not before.
- Cursed with Awesome: Sadie's malfunctions are beneficial almost as often as they are detrimental.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Dr. Blood deconstructs the Only Sane Man. He and Dr. Tommy created world peace by convincing everyone to use the Lunar League Games as a substitute for war. However because Dr. Tommy was a Genius Ditz Manchild who got on Blood's nerves and Blood was afraid that in the long run world peace would make everyone but him become that way he decided to undo what he and Tommy did.
- The Everyman: Blip.
- Evil Twin: Since Sadie is introduced as a buggy prototype, Sadie 2.0 eventually makes her appearance. Of course she's evil.
- Fem Bot: Lunar City has both male and female robots.
- The Fool: Bolts.
- The Ghost: Dr. Tommy until the end of the series.
- Hidden Elf Village: The Land of the Shlepricauns, the little recycling robots that nobody seriously believes in.
- Hunter of Monsters: Helsing-5, a robot who hunts robot vampires.
- The Igor: D-Gor, Dr. Blood's abused assistant.
- Jerk Jock: Tigrr Jaxxon.
- MacGuffin: The Black Box.
- Mecha-Mooks: Unlike Dr. Tommy's robots, Dr. Blood's Bloodbots seem virtually mindless, or at least personality-less.
- Mineral Macguffin: Potofgoldium, which the Shlepicauns make from recycled trash.
- Recycled In Space: Robot leprechauns and robot vampires.
- Red Herring: Tigrr is set up early on as the most likely suspect to be Dr. Blood's sleeper agent, but it's actually Bolts. Not that Bolts has any idea that that's what he is, of course.
- Robot Master: Dr. Tommy and Dr. Blood, who between the two of them built every other character in the series.
- Super Mode: Blip discovers he has one, but can't activate it when he wants to.