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The Heroine of the show, saving her "regular" friends. Brad is the one holding on to her left booster while Tucker's the one being held upside-down by the right leg.

"Five o'clock, get a call to go blading at the skate park down by the mall
But my mom says I gotta prevent hostile aliens from annihilating us all ("Hi-ya!")
With the strength of a million-seventy men, I guess I really shouldn't complain
Still, I wish I could go for a walk without rusting in the rain
It's enough to fry my brain!
So welcome to my life (as a teenage robot)
The story of my life (as a teenage robot)
My teenage robot....LIFE!"

My Life as a Teenage Robot is a Nicktoon that aired on Nickelodeon for its first two seasons in the United States from August 1, 2003 to September 9, 2005 (although it first aired in the UK, Australia and Latin America in 2002 and early 2003), before being cancelled in 2005 due to low ratings, leaving a whole season unaired. The completed third and final season (which, again, first aired overseas between 2005 and 2007) eventually aired on the Nicktoons Network from 2008 to 2009, though production ceased in early 2006.

Taking place in a retro-futuristic world in a fictional American town named Tremorton, the show revolves around XJ-9 (Janice Kawaye), also known by her human name Jenny Wakeman, a super-powerful android who was designed by a brilliant roboticist to be Earth's protector, but after meeting her next-door neighbor Brad (Chad Dorek) and his little brother Tucker (Audrey Wasilewski), decides she would rather live a normal adolescent life. Jenny attempts to fit in at school, but usually fails, with hilarious results. Her antics cause friction with her creator and "mother" Dr. Nora Wakeman (Candi Milo), whilst Nora's strict treatment doesn't sit well with Jenny, either. Despite this, they care about each other and eventually accept each other as mother and daughter.

Jenny must also fight various menaces in the series, most notably The Cluster, a race of alien robots bent on conquering Earth, led by the evil Queen Vexus (Eartha Kitt). One of Jenny's friends is a nerd named Sheldon Lee (Quinton Flynn), who has a crush on her after being saved by her from bullies. However, she doesn't like him that way. He adopts the identity of a superhero robot himself (the Silver Shell) by wearing a suit of Powered Armor, but must keep this a secret from Jenny and the rest.

Besides its titular protagonist, the show stood out for its Rubber Hose-era animation and Art Deco influenced backgrounds and title cards, an impressive soundtrack composed by James L. Venable and Peter Lurye, and its quirky, Demographically Inappropriate Humor full of shout-outs to classic science-fiction and pop culture in general. Its success encouraged Nickelodeon to green-lit more action-adventure-oriented cartoons such as Danny Phantom and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The series was created by Rob Renzetti (the man also behind Mina and The Count) and adapted from his short for Frederator Studios Oh Yeah! Cartoons titled My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot, being the third and final short to be adapted from Oh Yeah! Cartoons, with the first two being The Fairly OddParents! and ChalkZone.

Rob Renzetti had expressed interest in continuing the series for many years after its cancellation, but Nickelodeon and its parent company Paramount are not interested in reviving the series at the moment on any of their networksnote  or streaming services like Netflixnote  and Paramount+note , putting the series' fate into a temporarily bleak position.

In 2022 (likely in celebration of its 20th anniversary), the series did receive a small sign of life through appearances in three different video games. Jenny was included as a racer in Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway and as Downloadable Content in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (as a playable character with a Tremorton stage) and Smite (as a skin for Freya). Long prior to these, Jenny was a playable character in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. In nearly all of these, Janice Kawaye reprises her role as Jenny (the only exception being Smite, where Jenny Yokobori voices her instead). The following year Jenny would be one of the first characters confirmed for All-Star Brawl's sequel, creatively named Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, which released that November and also features Candi Milo reprising her role as Nora Wakeman as a campaign mode NPC.

In 2023, Renzetti announced the show would finally be receiving a revival of sorts, in a Web Serial Novel form, via his newsletter, with the first chapter of the new story, called Alternaversity, published on August 1st, with illustrations from original art director Alex Kirwan.

Currently, the entire series can be streamed on Paramount+ and on Nickelodeon's own NickHits service through Amazon Prime Channels and Apple TV Channels in the United States.

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  • Accidental Misnaming: Many characters such as Jenny pronounces the "P" in Pteresa's name, not knowing that the latter doesn't like when people do that.
  • The Ageless: All robots, without exception, can effectively live forever as long as they're well-maintained. They don't grow or change physically outside of being modified by an outside source, and don't mature emotionally other than the ethics they learn. Vexus in particular claims to be over 2,000 years old, and still has 20 years left on her warranty.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Armagedroid was created to destroy and disarm all weapons. He just can't discern between friends and enemies.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The Cluster and several other of the spacegoing creatures Jenny meets. But inverted in an episode where a feline alien only say "Meow"... but Jenny, Brad and Tucker understand them.
  • Alternate Species Counterpart: On Cluster Prime, Vega's group of friends are robot doppelgangers to Jenny's friends. Where Jenny has Brad, Tuck, and Sheldon, Vega has Drab, Tuff, and Shell.
  • Anachronism Stew: Architecture and designs from the 1920s have somehow made it into the 2070s or so.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: A rather extreme example in Todd, at the end of "A Robot For All Seasons". When he learns the true meaning of Christmas, his dour, dark face cracks and falls away revealing a smiling, rosy cheeked face.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: In "Tuckered Out", in order to pass second grade, Tuck has to do a presentation on the person he admires most. Tuck decides to make a movie about Jenny, but he becomes a huge Prima Donna Director towards her, Brad, and Sheldon. On the day of the presentation, Jenny, Brad, and Sheldon get back at Tuck by showing a montage of embarrassing old home movies of him. Fortunately, Tuck passes anyway because his teacher mistakes the home movies for an autobiography.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Brit is dark-skinned but sports a British accent, making her exact ethnicity vague. The accent could be explained either by Brit being an anglophile,note  Black-British,note  or Indian.note 
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Tuck tends to be an annoyance to his older brother Brad.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • From the episode "The Return of Raggedy Ann" when Mexmers explains why he hates robots.
      Mezmers: They're dangerous, they can't be trusted, and they stink too!
    • Another example from "Unlicensed Flying Object":
      Tuck: You're going to blow us up, or vaporize us, or get us grounded! [Brad lifts off the UFO] Or get us un-grounded.
  • Art Deco: The art style of the title cards is meant to invoke this, and the animation as a whole draws heavy influence.
  • Art Shift: In "Daydream Believer", Jenny gets a hold of some software that allows her to dream, which she eventually abuses to work while she's awake. Each of her dream sequences has a rather large art shift, from Greco-Roman style to even more 1920s than the show was to begin with to — of all things — Dr. Seuss.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Plenty of the Monster of the Week fought by Jenny like Gigawatt and Armagedroid.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: In "The Legion of Evil".
  • Audible Gleam: After Jenny buffs her nails with an auto-chamois. And after she uses the "vacuum thingie" to capture invading Minusians.
  • Badass Family: The Wakemans, obviously. Nora Wakeman is a Mad Scientist and a former officer of the Skyway Patrol, and can still hold her own in combat at an advanced age; Jenny is a ridiculously powerful crime-fighting robot; and Jenny's sisters (XJ 1 through 8) are single-purpose prototypes who are still pretty strong in their own right (plus, they kick major ass when they join forces).
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Killing the heroes aside, Dr. Locus successfully accomplish his objective in "Bradventure".
  • Bell-Bottom-Limbed Bots: The show shows Jenny with uniform hose-style arms, but she has bell bottom legs with no feet. Other robots such as some of her sisters also have bell-bottom limbs.
  • Balloon Belly: Two literal examples:
    • Jenny for a very brief moment in "Pest Control", where the rats disabling her central wiring system caused her belly to blow up like a balloon.
    • Tuck in "Infectious Personality" after developing a farting problem so severe that he literally becomes a balloon filled with his own gas.
  • Bandage Mummy:
    • Brad is seen in a full-body cast by the end of "Tuckered Out".
    • Tuck ends up in bandages from getting injured at the end of "Indes-tuck-tible".
  • Bankruptcy Barrel:
    • In "Ear No Evil", many of the Lancer's victims end up wearing barrels after he robs them.
    • Near the end of "Crash Pad Crash", one of Jenny's party guests running amok is a boy wearing a barrel.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Jenny, being a robot, is justified. Less justified is the first episode where she was able to rocket into space, blast away several meteors, get smacked around a bit, and reenter the atmosphere and return safely to Earth... with Tuck clinging onto her every step of the way. And he survived. And thought it was "Cool!" Don't even go into the facts about survival in space.
    • Then there are the scenes where non-robotic characters seem to have no problem breathing in space (though it is Lampshaded very often).
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted in "Stage Fright" as it turns out that the hideous aliens were trying to warn Jenny of the beautiful, but malevolent invaders.
  • Berserk Button: Melody is very mild-mannered and excessively sweet. But don't tell her she's evil like her "father."
  • Be the Ball: Outright defied in "Indes-Tuck-tible": one of Tuck's daredevil stunts was to be the ball for a basketball game, but as with pretty much every attempted stunt, Jenny foils him rather quickly. Jenny's head is instead used as the ball, but she manages to grab it back.
  • Big Bad: The Cluster, a tyrannical galactic empire of bug-like robots, led by Queen Vexus.
  • Big "NO!": The Exo-Skin lets out a long and frustrating one in "The Return of the Raggedy Android" when Jenny destroys it so she can resume her true normal robot self to fight the Space Bikers.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Jenny's voice actress is Japanese-American, and in the episode where Jenny lost her English disc had her speaking Japanese for nearly the whole episode.
  • Bizarrchitecture:
    • Mezmers has an interesting front deco-cat sign.
    • Some of the architecture on Cluster Prime, which are apparently giant sentient robots.
  • Bothering by the Book: In "Last Action Zero", Brad joins the Skyway Patrol, only to discover that any action, no matter how heroic, has to be approved in duplicate and triplicate paperwork. After finally having enough and grabbing the controls away from the Skyway Patrol Captain to rescue Jenny from a sticky situation, he gets lambasted for taking unauthorized action and placed under arrest — after the Captain first fills out the mountains of necessary paperwork in duplicate, triplicate, etc., making sure it's notarized, authorized, and any other kind of "-ized" that deals with redtape bureaucracy.
    Brad: If you follow proceedure, you should be finished in 10 or 20 years. (He and Jenny walk away laughing).
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Implied; As the major Cluster offensive hits Earth, Brad stands silently in horror. Then, Tuck drops down behind him, giving the impression of...well, you get the idea.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The theme song mentions that Jenny has the strength of 1,000,070 men and notes that it's why she shouldn't complain about her mother ordering her to protect the Earth from alien threats.
    • Note that it's almost immediately subverted with the very next line!
      "Still I wish I could go for a walk without rusting in the rain."
  • Bullying the Dragon: The Crust cousins take every opportunity to torment and belittle XJ-9 socially, attempting to guarantee that Jenny never, ever becomes anything close to popular. They never quite seem to grasp that for all that Jenny is a cheerful, sweet-natured girl, she also happens to be a walking, talking, sapient weapons system capable of destroying entire alien battle fleets single-handed. In one episode, with the aid of a more aggressive friend, Jenny finally shows them exactly what she can do to make their lives miserable, yet even after she drives them into a breakdown, they don't learn from the experience.
  • Bungling Inventor: Krakus, despite the fact that one of his inventions worked perfect in the episode he was introduced, it is clear from dialog that it is not a common occurrence.
  • Call-Back: "Minky Momo" (not to be confused with the magical princess of the same name) is a song that Brad sings at the beginning of "I was a Preschool Dropout", which he and Tuck later use to escape in Escape from Cluster Prime.
  • Captain Patriotic: The Silver Shell sometimes evokes this for glorious hammitude.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Killgore, in a somewhat literal sense, seeing that his pricetag states he is a villain.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Depending on the Writer. There was an entire episode devoted to Sheldon's galactic adventures, with a serious case of time dilation. At least one episode shows Tuck and Brad going to other worlds via Jenny's umbilical spacesuit.... thingy and until she's stranded it's treated with all the gravity of a road trip.
  • Circling Birdies: The episode "Puppet Bride" features Jenny getting hit on the head with a cane. Blue stars circle her head for a brief moment before she shakes them away.
  • Chosen One: Jenny is thought of to be the 'chosen one' by tiny aliens in the episode "Teen Idol".
  • Chronoscope: In "Future Shock", Tuck looks into Dr. Wakeman's "future scope" and sees events in which Jenny appears to have turned evil and killed Brad.
  • Clear My Name: The Christmas Episode has Jenny become a menace when Todd Sweeney takes control of her and has her wreak havoc on every holiday for an entire year. It's up to Jenny to fix everything and regain everyone's trust.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Sheldon, more than once, has his undies exposed for comedic effect.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The bodybuilders in "This Time With Feeling" have the heads of The Three Stooges.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: M.J. Bryce from the episode "Labor Day", who runs a corporation that manufactures cereal prizes. He manipulates Jenny into eliminating his company's competition and isn't above stealing from his competitors to continue doing well in business.
  • Crapola Tech: Krackus specializes in building with junk, and it shows.
  • Crowd Song: Parodied in "A Robot For All Seasons", where Tuck asks everyone who they're singing to during the final musical number as well as how they're able to sing the lyrics flawlessly without practice.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jenny vs. Gigawatt in "Mind Over Matter", several times over.
  • Curse of Babel: In "Speak No Evil", Jenny is rendered incapable of speaking English after losing that language disk on a mission in Japan. She speaks Japanese for most of the episode after that, which her actress Janice Kawaye is fluent in.
  • Cute Bruiser: Jenny, built like a teenage girl, a super robot that regularly pummels monsters into the ground.
  • Cut Short: Although Renzetti wanted to make more episodes, the show ended with only three seasons.
  • Dark Reprise: The theme song's film reel disintegrates in Escape From Cluster Prime, which begins an orchestral arrangement of the song that isn't so cheery.
  • Darker and Edgier: The TV-movie Escape From Cluster Prime, while not without his lighthearted moments, is much more serious than any other episode in the show.
  • Death by De-aging: Due to complications involving Time Dilation in "Good Old Sheldon", Sheldon ends up becoming an old man. Dr Wakeman manages to create a de-aging mechanism based on Jenny's movements, however, she's still fighting once he gets back to his normal age. By the time he's an infant, Dr Wakeman warns Jenny not to make any movements lest Sheldon be reduced to a zygote, and has to age another 15 years to get back to normal.
  • Death Course: The eponymous "Enclosure of Doom". Which is Armagedroid.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable/Harmless Villain: Killgore. Terrifying name, the robot itself...not so much.
  • Denser and Wackier: Season 3 is this for the rest of the series, with episodes having much wackier storylines and sense of humor that the ones in the prior two seasons.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: By the end of the series, Sheldon has not become less co-dependant, creepy, or manipulative despite taking several levels in heroism, and Jenny's attitude towards him reflects this. When Brad, Tuck, and her mother all give her a group hug at the end of the last episode, Sheldon is left unsuccessfully looking for a way to even get an arm on her.
    • Jenny's own romantic situation is left as a fairly blank slate as the status-quo of the series. The last we see of her longtime crush Don Prima is him disappointed in her for carelessly allowing the town to be wrecked, and at best she'll be back to neutral with him for setting it right.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Jenny sings the show's theme song in "Pajama Party Prankapalooza".
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted in the last episode. Vexus soars off into space after being overpowered by the Cluster rebellion, vowing that the heroes haven't seen the last of her. She's promptly wrecked by the windshield of a passing space-car - clearly and fully deactivated without anyone to rebuild her.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Referenced by Dr. Wakeman in the episode "Daydream Believer".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In "Victim of Fashion"; Jenny having everything removed to become skinny as a beanpole to compete with the Crust Cousins making "Thin" the new trend, even going so far as to say "It's better to be fashionable than functionable", has noticeable parallels to eating disorders.
  • Doppelgänger: A non-hostile example in Escape from Cluster Prime; the high school on Cluster Prime has robotic versions of Brad, Sheldon, and Tuck. "Drab" and "Shell" even share voice actors with their human counterparts, while "Tuff" is voiced by a deep-voiced man in contrast to Tuck's Audrey Wasilewski.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "No Harmony with Melody" has Melody leave Brad over her difficulty in proving that she isn't like her father.
    • "Mist Opportunities" concludes with Jenny having a falling out with Misty after realizing that she's become selfish and only willing to save lives for personal gain.
  • Dressed All in Rubber: Jenny tries this to fight Gigawatt, but it backfires badly.
  • Drive-In Theater: Brad wants to go to one in "Future Shock".
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Daydream Believer". It's not hard to imagine it being about psychoactive drugs instead of daydreaming.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The Japanese dub of "Speak No Evil" has Jenny losing her language disc in America and only being able to speak English back in her Japanese-speaking hometown. As a result of the language switch, "America" had many more aspects of Japanese culture than "Japan".
  • The Eeyore: XJ-7 tends to be pessimistic and depressed.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Lonely Hearts Club gang for Sheldon. Both of them cause trouble because they were rejected by the woman they loved. Sheldon was himself brutally rejected by Jenny, and was offered membership, but still chose to save Jenny from them.
  • Evil Laugh: Marty in "Mama Drama" has a superb evil laugh. Tuck also has a pretty good one... and Vexus... Oh the show is full of them.
  • Expository Theme Tune:
    "Five o'clock, get a call to go blading at the skate park down by the mall
    But my mom says I gotta prevent hostile aliens from annihilating us all..."
  • Expressive Mask: Sheldon as the Silver Shell, and Tucker as his sidekick, the Tin Can.
  • Expy: Rob Renzetti freely admitted the series was based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and XJ-9 is a pretty clear expy of early (circa season 1) Buffy Summers. Likewise, Brad is pretty obviously Xander, and the Crust Cousins are Cordelia Chase and Harmony Kendall before they were de-clawed.
  • Eye Scream:
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted in "Attack of the 5 1/2 Foot Geek". The Lonely Hearts Club Gang kidnaps Sheldon in a successful attempt to lure Jenny, who gets offended when they refer to him as her "boyfriend" and promptly chews Sheldon out for being a "crazy, loser, stalker geek." This obviously breaks Sheldon's heart, which so moves the gang that they set him loose and vow to even let him join them when he graduates. However, Sheldon instantly turns on the gang and frees Jenny.
  • Face Palm: This is a trope that the characters on this show seem to really like.
  • Fanservice: It's debatable, but the episode "Victim of Fashion" is rife of this...y'know, if you have a thing for catsuits, Victorian era dresses, sea life, and The Notorious B.I.G. ....
  • Fantastic Racism: Jenny herself is absolutely no stranger to this trope, being a robot is one of the primary reasons she's belittled by her peers in school. The episode "The Return of Raggedy Android" goes so far as to have the owner of Mezmer's diner flat out call Jenny a "filthy mechanized nuisance" to her face, and subsequently reveal that he has the right to refuse service to robots when she protests. In addition to this, there are a few moments scattered throughout the series in which Jenny is clearly irritated by humans acting out cheesy robot stereotypes. For example, in the episode "Tuckered Out" a brattier than usual Tucker tells Jenny that she's not acting "robotic enough" for his shoddy amateur film to which she angrily shouts, "EXCUSE ME?!?". This stands out as a Truth in Television moment that sadly echoes the experiences of many actors of color.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: In "Escape From Cluster Prime", Vexus is revealed to have disarmed the Cluster by removing microchips that would allow them to transform and keeping them in a vault.
  • Feel No Pain: Being a robot, Jenny is impervious to pain, the only time she's capable of feeling it is when she tries on a set of nerves that Dr. Wakeman scrapped in "This Time With Feeling".
  • First Injury Reaction: In the episode "This Time With Feeling", Jenny, annoyed at her inability to physically feel, reinstalls some old nerve receptors. Their pain setting makes her unable to fight Villain of the Week Himcules, both because of the debilitating effects of pain and because Himcules literally draws strength from hurting people. The problem is solved when the setting gets changed from "pain" to "tickle," and Jenny laughs at him until his strength drains.
  • Flawed Prototype: Of a sort. XJs 1 through 8 are clearly not as complete as Jenny, although 'flawed' isn't really the right word here, as they all seem to be testbeds for various functions eventually incorporated into Jenny. (Dr. Wakeman herself describes them as "failed" and "incomplete" in successive sentences.) Armagedroid, on the other hand, is something of a Gone Horribly Right...
  • Footsie Under the Table: Jenny and YK-9 both have toe-like appendages inside of their shoe-like feet, that they extend and press against each other's during their date at Mezmer's.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Jenny seems to forget about weapons and tools of hers that she's used in previous episodes if there's a chance they'll wrap up the plot in about two seconds. In one episode, she forgets that she can fly, claiming her mom is her ride to school.
  • Funny Foreigner: "Around The World In 80 Pieces" has several of them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • Sheldon — nearly on par with Wakeman herself. Mog and some of the others are somewhere between Gadgeteer Genius and Mad Scientist.
    • Played with, with Krakus. He has few problems with building his gadgets, but getting them to stay together, let alone work, is another story entirely...
  • Gasshole: In the episode "Infectious Personality", Tuck develops a severe farting problem after Jenny accidentally infects him with space dust, to the point where his body inflated with his own gas.
  • Genre Throwback: To the animation stylings of early cartoons from The Silent Age of Animation.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Armegedroid. And a few others, but Armagedroid is really the only foe Jenny can't beat in a straight fight.
  • Giant Spider: Jenny pretends to be one to scare Britt and Tiff in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles".
    • "Sibling Tsunami" starts with Jenny having just defeated one, using its severed head as a ventriloquist's dummy.
  • Glitch Episode: Downplayed; most episodes that feature Jenny's "sister" XJ-3 will have her randomly falling apart as a Running Gag.
  • God Guise: In one episode, Jenny is mistaken for a prophesied comet goddess by adorable tiny aliens.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Sheldon's undies in the episode "Saved By the Shell" has what appears to be a kitty-face on it.
    • In the first episode, Jenny causes a baseball to fly so fast it rips off the clothes of everyone it passes, and every single person is wearing polka-dot boxers. Even birds.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: "Around the World in Eighty Pieces" involves Jenny being scattered to pieces and those pieces being sent all over the world. Brad, Tuck, and Sheldon all race to reassemble her before the Cluster can invade.
  • Green Thumb: Jenny's cousin, Glenn has this power. Being a swamp monster-like being, he's surprisingly good at fighting with plant powers when he has to (fake-)fight with Jenny to get their moms to stop bickering.
    • Wisteria herself considering she made Glenn the same way Ms. Wakeman made Jenny.
  • Granola Girl: Nora Wakeman's sister, Wisteria, described by her as a flower child.
  • Hammerspace: Jenny can consistently store many, many more giant weapons inside her chassis than could conceivably fit.
  • Handy Remote Control: In "Turncoats", a belligerent scientist invents a remote control that can control any other invention. He uses it to forces all of Nora's inventions to try and kill her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: In their first appearance, Brit and Tiff actually defended Jenny when the police were planning on bringing her downtown after the science lab caught on fire (which they caused), as thanks for saving their lives. They actually wanted Jenny to start hanging out with them, until Brit shook Jenny's hand too hard and dislodged the hair pin Tiff shot into it. As the two were being led away by the police, they blamed Jenny for it.
  • Held Back in School: In "I Was a Preschool Dropout", Jenny is sent to kindergarten because she is technically only 5 years old.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jenny, when Brad tosses an old calculator for a new one and tells her about Planned Obsolescence. She gets very distressed about the possibility of it happening to her
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Jenny in Escape From Cluster Prime, especially in said place, where she was framed for destroying special defense chips, although there was so much focus on an artist's interpretation, no one knew that Jenny was the enemy until a policeman recognized her.
    • Truth in Television: This actually happened in several countries which attempted to define some phenotype as a scapegoat using monstrous caricatures in propaganda - fugitives successfully eluded capture by simply proving that they didn't have horns, hooved feet, forked tongues, and the like.
  • Hive Mind: The Cluster all have a shared conscience. Amplified with the insectoid appearances of its soldiers and top members.
  • Hoist Hero over Head: In the climax of "Escape from Cluster Prime", Queen Vexus lifts up a beaten-up Jenny over her head and prepared to drop her from a higher place.
  • Hollywood Board Games: In "Queen Bee", Vexus (and most of the school) regards being in the Dungeons & Dragons club as a synonym for being an unpopular loser.
  • Honor Before Reason: The titular robot vacuum in "Samurai Vac".
  • Hover Mecha: The Lancer in his Mobile-Suit Human.
  • Human Pet: An evil robot bent on enslaving mankind suggests to Brad and Tucker that Jenny might want to keep them as pets.
  • Humongous Mecha: Jenny briefly becomes one in "Mind Over Matter", using a robot built out of her house.
  • Hurt Foot Hop: Sheldon kicks the Silver Shell and ends up hopping around his garage.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Explained. Jenny carries dozens of giant weapons inside her arms and legs (including duplicate arms and legs), most of which are larger than the limbs themselves. In "Victim of Fashion", during the long montage of Sheldon removing all of Jenny's weapon systems, Tuck gets his entire head briefly stuck inside a ring taken off of her, no wider than her arm, containing a pocket of hyperbolic space that the weapons are presumably meant to retract into.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles", Brad points out how heroes should never use their powers for personal gain or revenge. He then asks Jenny to use her abilities to superglue Tuck's toys to the ceiling in retaliation to a slight from his younger brother.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Jenny's got no chance or real desire to actually be human, but she does want to fit in — in fact, Dr. Wakeman seems to have designed her with this in mind.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted in "Sister Sledgehammer". XJ-5 tries to reach a Cluster-assimilated Jenny with an emotional appeal. She gets assimilated for it. It takes XJ-1 grossing Jenny out by barfing on her face to snap out of it.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Jenny was built to look and act like a teenager (approximately 16-18 human years), and will likely continue to for centuries to come. The other XJ-series robots are similarly locked into a specific phase of personality, particularly XJ-1 who is functionally a newborn baby.
    • Subverted by Dr. Wakeman, who built a powerful age-reversing device but only uses it to take a year or two off at a time to keep herself in her mid-fifties.
  • Implacable Man: Armagedroid is very hard to stop. No matter what Jenny throws at him, it bounces off and he just rips the weapon off of her.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In one episode, a cereal box toy company CEO introduces a slide rule as his company's "latest toy".
    Jenny: Uh, that's...
    CEO: Exactly; it stinks!
  • Indestructibility Montage: Near the end of "This Time With Feeling". After her mechanical nerve endings set to "PAIN" allow her to get pummeled to near-defeat by Himcules, Jenny is finally able to get them set to "TICKLE". Confused that she can now take a hit and laugh, Himcules tries to crush her with larger and heavier objects, but Jenny is totally undamaged by them and keeps on laughing.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Krakus, a bungling old scientist for the Cluster, who can barely do anything right.
    • The diminutive Killgore, who despite his boasts and threats, is never taken seriously by anyone.
  • Inkblot Cartoon Style: The style is very similar to the original animation style of the Silent Age of Animation, with a slightly modern touch. The episode "Daydream Believer" straight up parodies the art style.
  • Inspector Javert: The Skyway Patrol lieutenant. He is right that Jenny is a vigilante, but he's motivated by jealously over her constantly outdoing him. His efforts to bust her lead to humiliation and getting fired.
  • Insult Backfire
    Nora: Where did you get that idea: a gumball machine?
    Sheldon: I'll have you know that gumball machines hold valuable information!
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Sheldon's crush on Jenny, for one. And Jenny's attraction to Don Prima in the first season.
    • Brad's near-marriage by Tammy. He would've agreed to do it, too, it it wasn't for the clause that would turn him into a domestic slave.
    • Brad seems quite prone to this, considering his short relationship with Melody.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When a jealous Skyway Patrol Lieutenant arrest Dr. Wakeman for Jenny's actions in saving lives, Jenny's first thought is to prove their innocence. However Dr. Wakeman point's out that the Lieutenant is right.
    Dr. Wakeman: Technically we're not innocent, you do work outside the law. Normally Skyway Patrol is too inept to notice, but this Lieutenant has made it personal.
  • Just a Machine: No better way to stab Jenny in the ego!
  • Just Between You and Me: Subverted in "Bradventure". Dr. Locus thinks he told him his secrets though, and proceeds with the Bond Villain Stupidity.
  • Kaiju: Many of the monsters that Jenny fights like Gigawatt and Armagedroid. Bonus points on the missions where Jenny fights these in Japan.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles" has Jenny and Misty get into a series of conflicts with the Crust Cousins. At one point, the two pairs repeatedly put signs with "Kick Me"-type messages on each other's backs.
  • Killer Rabbit: Mist Opportunity reaches its climax when a black and white bunny with super strength and laser eyes attacks the town. He mops the floor with Jenny, who had been slacking off on her training. At the end, an entire herd of them show up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Armagedroid and Gigawatt both share this. Jenny couldn't defeat either of them directly — they curb-stomped her. Not to mention Gigawatt was just unnerving.
    • The puppet Lil' Acorn trumps them all. Ignoring his backstory, he defeated Jenny with ease. And he's a PUPPET. He almost succeeded with his plan, too.
    • Dr. Locus in that unlike the other examples he ultimately success in his debut episode and has come rather close to kill both Jenny and her mother
  • The Lad-ette: The whole Space Biker gang consists of women who act tomboyish.
  • Lampshade Hanging/Better than a Bare Bulb: Tons of this.
  • Language Barrier: One episode had Jenny losing her English disc, making her only speak Japanese through the whole episode. She tried using charades to communicate with mother but she misinterpret "speak" for another. Though it's not stated why she couldn't write things down.
  • Large Ham: Sheldon as The Silver Shell. Though this is done intentionally.
  • Laugh with Me!: Smytus monologues about his evil plan and then lets out an Evil Laugh, while his minions just stare. He gives them an icy glare and says, "You laugh too." The minions all start laughing themselves silly, so much so that they accidentally let the episode's Applied Phlebotinum out of their ship's airlock.
  • Lawful Stupid: The Skyway Patrol. So much so that they need to fill out a mountain of authorization forms (in quintuplet, mind you) to take unauthorized actions.
    • Armagedroid too, although he's just programmed to be extremely single-minded.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "A Robot For All Seasons":
    Tuck: Hey, who are you guys singing to? And how'd you memorize those lyrics with no practice?
  • Legion of Doom: The titular villain team in "The Legion of Evil" consisted of the Lancer, the Mudslinger, and the Mad Hammer Bros., with Russian lab rat Vladimir as the leader.
  • Leitmotif: Several. Sheldon has one, Brit and Tiff have one, the Cluster have a war march, and Jenny has one for when she's in superhero mode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The trope of appearing in the same clothes all the time is lampshaded for an episode; The Crust cousins point out how Jenny only has one look, forcing her to apply her weapon shapeshifting into constructing new outfits.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Noreen's sister Wisteria and her "son" Glenn.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Sheldon created the Silver Shell to hopefully get Jenny turned off from dating robots. However, depending on the episode, Jenny is either still enamored with him or is fed up with his behavior. Played straight with the first episode when the Silver Shell didn’t show up to stop an incident at a zoo and Jenny was still fawning over him.
  • The Men in Black: Ruthlessly parodied in "Agent Double-O Sheldon", which sees Sheldon joining such an organization.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: In "Future Shock", Tuck peeks into the future via a Chronoscope and sees what appears to be Jenny laughing maniacally with blood on her hands in front of Brad's head, severed from the rest of his body. It turns out that when Tuck tried to fight Jenny out of his paranoia, he ended up squirting ketchup on her hands, and in the commotion, Brad ended up landing in a hole with the rest of his body intact. The other body turned out to be Brad's dummy which he brought along to a couples-only drive-in theater as a "date." Jenny was only laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation.
  • Mocky Mouse:
    • Minor character Vladimir is a lab rat who's gained a Mickey Mouse-like appearance from Dr. Wakeman experimenting on him. His debut episode even ends with him upset at Dr. Wakeman offering a familiar-looking pair of red shorts with two buttons on them.
    • The episode "Historionics" shows Wizzly World founder Uncle Wizzly activating an animatronic of Abraham Lincoln who wears white gloves and does a high-pitched laugh.
  • Mood Motif: The violin of tense suspense.
  • Motherly Scientist: Dr. Wakeman; Jenny calls her "mom".
  • My Nayme Is: Pteresa, who insists to everybody else that, "It's pronounced Teresa!" Only the Crust cousins seem to get it.

    Tropes N-Z 
  • Neon Sign Hideout: The Cluster has a recruiting storefront in Tremorton that any old hostile robot can just walk into without fear of the Skyway Patrol.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The majority of Tremorton thinks Nora's a dotty old lady at best and a demented Mad Scientist at worst. But she was once Skyway Patrol, and the asskicking she did then she has not forgotten by the time Escape From Cluster Prime occurs.
  • Never Say "Die": Completely averted. The cast regularly says "kill", "death", "dead", and "die". One episode is called "Dressed to Kill" and there's a character named Killgore.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Generally, Jenny's weapon systems can do anything and everything she wants them to, unless it becomes dramatically inconvenient (see Forgot About His Powers above).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Some of what happens is usually Jenny's fault.
  • No Ending: This cartoon has many episodes that end like this.
  • No-Harm Requirement: In the episode "Shell Game", Jenny lets all the harmless reptiles in a reptile exhibition loose in an attempt to draw ought Silver Shell whose stolen her robotic heart. But in the chaos, a giant deadly python gets loose and begins putting the squeeze on Sheldon. Jenny tries to hold out for Silver but unbeknownst to her, Silver Shell is actually Sheldon in a robot disguise. Fortunately she comes to her senses and engages the reptile. But after she gets Sheldon free and tries to empty her arsenal on the serpent, Sheldon stops her because while he's dangerous, he's a protected species. So instead, Jenny gets the long reptile to chase her around, causing it to tie itself in a knot.
  • Noodle Incident: Skippy the Evil Sock Puppet is referenced three times, but why exactly he is a supervillian, his origins of a sentient sock puppet has never been explained and he has never battled Jenny onscreen.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted — Jenny has "sisters" who are prototypes (it's even played more realistically than is usual). However, this doesn't stop her from being the only one like her, ever. In fact, one of Wakeman's rivals is able to create his own male version of Jenny, which for some reason has dog instincts.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: Pretty much all robots in the show react negatively to water exposure. Well, at least if the plot needs them to have said negative reaction to water.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Exaggerated and Parodied in "Last Action Zero". When Brad joins the Skyway Patrol, he realizes that his dreams weren't all that cracked up to be when any form of a simple action in the line of duty as a Skyway Patrol Officer requires rolls upon rolls of Red Tape with a whole Mount Everest sized amount of paperwork to sign off on. Especially when Jenny is about to be dismantled by a group of Crater Critters, Brad is completely mummified in Red Tape when it comes to paperwork.
    • Subverted and Double-Subverted by the Skyway Captain by initially agreeing with Brad's idea for taking "Rash and Immediate action", only for him to hand Brad more paperwork to sign off in triplicate.
  • Obviously Evil: Triple-subverted in "Mama Drama". Dr. Wakeman's suitor has an evil laugh and looks creepy, which causes Jenny to assume that he has sinister intentions for Dr. Wakeman. The moment Jenny starts accepting that she's overreacting, she finds a creepy collection of photos of Dr. Wakeman. It ultimately turns out that the man had no intention of harming Dr. Wakeman and only wanted to give her two free tickets to Wizzly World.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jenny on occasion reacts in shock to realizing that she's in serious trouble. One of the drawbacks of a near-human personality.
    • Vexus at the end of Escape From Cluster Prime, when Vega and her friends give Cluster Prime back their golden chips.
  • Older Than They Look: Sheldon after the episode Good Old Sheldon only LOOKS 15. He's now officially 105 years old. Holy cow.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Misty in "Mist Opportunities" stops a Killer Rabbit from finishing off Jenny because she picked a fight with her. She drops that after Jenny invokes We Used to Be Friends.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Sheldon tries this in "The Price of Love" by paying Pteresa to pretend to be his girlfriend, hoping this will make Jenny realize she loves him. The charade ends up costing him everything he owns, even his clothes. And the saddest part is that it actually kind of works! At the end of the episode, Jenny privately admits to herself that she's missed having him around and that she might actually be interested in a Relationship Upgrade. Of course, her hearing's been really messed up all episode, so when she goes to talk to Sheldon about it, she thinks she hears him say that he's too good for her now, when really he was saying exactly the opposite. Cue her storming off in a huff.
  • Overly Long Gag: Killgore's debut episode features a lengthy montage of him shouting "Surrender".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Dressed to Kill", monstrous alien warrior Smytus convinces several characters that he's a Ukrainian supermodel by putting on a wig.
    • In "Escape From Cluster Prime", Jenny's superhero costume is the Cluster Prime flag and a pickelhaube.
  • Parody Names: Many episode titles like "Samurai Vac", "Raggedy Android", and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles".
  • Picked Last: Sheldon got picked last for everything.
  • Pie-Eyed: Most of the cast has these eyes, unusual for a modern cartoon.
  • Planet of Hats: Subverted in "Voyage To the Planet of the Bikers". While Tuck and Jenny were expecting a lawless wasteland, they got an Earth-like world that wouldn't be out of place as an 70s sitcom.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Sheldon, every time Jenny kisses him. For that matter, it happens if she hugs him, too.
  • Power Crystal: The Pip crystals in "Dressed To Kill". They turn Brit and Tiff into reality shifting gods.
  • Power Fist: Dr. Wakeman gets a pair of power gloves in "Escape From Cluster Prime".
  • The Presents Were Never from Santa: In "Bradventure", Jenny assists Brad in his escape from Dr. Locus in an attempt to make him feel epic and adventurous, but Brad isn't aware of this until he returns to rescue her. Subverted when he appears to do the same stunts again, unassisted, and carrying a 600-pound robot, but no one learns that Dr. Locus' creation, Melody, was helping him that time.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Misty in "Mist Opportunities". Jenny herself will occasionally gripe about having to save the world on a regular basis (=less time for a social life), but is always on duty.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The biker gang, who are only marauding dominatrices on the weekend, and work at an elementary school for the rest of the time.
  • The Quisling: Brit and Tiff in Escape From Cluster Prime. They make a Heel–Face Turn in just the right minute, and get away pretty easily. Unless you count them being riddled with filth as punishment, which was unintentionally caused by the ship Jenny and friends are riding in.
  • Race Against the Clock: "Historionics" has Jenny, Brad, Tuck, and Sheldon race to get off of an island which can best be described Jurassic Park BUT WITH ROBOTS OF HISTORICAL FIGURES before Jenny's back-up battery runs out (due to her crash into the ocean ruining her main one). As if to acknowledge this, Jenny's eyes act as a battery meter during the proceedings.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In "Attack of the 5 1/2 Foot Geek", Jenny gives a brutal one about Sheldon when she has enough of people calling him her "boyfriend."
      Jenny: He's not my boyfriend! I don't even know him! He's just some crazy, loser, stalker geek! He's not my boyfriend, he's not my friend, he's not my nothing!
    • In "Sibling Tsunami", Jenny finds her prototypes, XJ-1 through XJ-8, and reactivates them, making them her sisters. Throughout the episode, Jenny's sisters cause her nothing but trouble, and near the end, Jenny gives this kind of speech to them when XJ-8 destroys a pinata with her laser vision:
      Jenny: What's the matter with you? (groans)
      XJ-8: What's wrong, sis?
      Jenny: What's wrong? I thought it would be great to have sisters, but you guys are terrible! (to XJ-8) You're a thug, (to XJ-4) and you're a neat freak, (to XJ-7) you're a mope, (to XJ-2) and you're just destructive! (to XJ-5) You never shut up, (to XJ-1) and you... (stops herself before XJ-1 can cry) Forget it. You're on your own! I'm back to being an only robot!
  • Red Herring: In "The Boy Who Cried Robot", Tuck befriends a kid named Lon who is hairy and has a fang. There are a few hints that Lon is a werewolf, at one point even telling Tuck that it's time for him to meet the wolf he talked about while the full moon appears, but it ultimately turns out that the wolf in question was just a pet Lon wanted to show Tuck.
  • Retraux: The show's artstyle is reminiscent of both an old Disney/Fleischer-era cartoon with Pie-Eyed pupils and a UPA cartoon with its stylish use of coloring. Not to mention, the title cards and backgrounds are made to look like Art Deco.
  • Reverse Polarity/Techno Babble: Parodied in "Escape From Cluster Prime". Completely subverted later on:
    Sheldon: We don't have time for sci-fi brinkmanship! My Jenny needs me! *proceeds to hotwire a starship*
  • Revolting Rescue: In one episode, Jenny goes insane, but her baby sister manages to get her back to normal by burping up oil all over her.
  • Rhyming Title: "Mama Drama"
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Actually played with throughout the series. Jenny experiments with devices that make her more like a human (she's mostly cool with being a robot), including pleasure/pain sensors. But they're still working out the kinks. Melody takes this up to eleven.
  • Robo Family: Jenny has several "sisters" who are actually failed/incomplete prototypes created by her inventor who have since been shut down and locked up in the basement.
  • Robot Kid: Or teenager, whatever; a couple of her 'sisters' fit this better than she does.
  • Rogues Gallery: Other than the Cluster, we also have Killgore, Armagedroid, and numerous other villains.
  • Rōnin: Parodied in "Samurai Vac" with a robotic vacuum cleaner of the "Samurai" brand that speaks with an over-the-top Japanese accent.
  • Ruder and Cruder: The Alternaversity web novel has swear words that would be unthinkable in the original 2000s show, such as "Sucky", "Bollocks", and "Hell Yeah".
  • Running Gag: "Hey, look! It's snowing!"
  • Safety Worst: Tuck is almost hit by a car. As a result he shuts himself away from the outside world Jenny tries to reassure him of his safety by showing him at a ripe old age through the "Future Scope", which leads him to believe he will live to old age no matter what, and spends the rest of the episode performing a number of life threatening stunts. He forgets that even if he lives he still could get badly damaged.
  • Scare Chord: Spoofed by Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The main warship in "Escape from Cluster Prime". Also used in Armagedroid, for a bomb, and by Killgore in "Enclosure of Doom".
  • Shaking the Rump: Jenny does this as a taunt to provoke a demolition robot into attacking in "Tradeshow Showdown".
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Where on Earth does Jenny keep all those crazy gadgets? Possibly explained in "Victim of Fashion": Tuck is sifting through Jenny's arsenal and discovers an object that opens up into nowhere. Notably the inversion is averted, that episode also makes a plot point of the fact that Jenny can't make herself smaller or thinner.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Spoofed. When Jenny wants to get pretty for a party invite, she visits a garage and gets a full tune-up and new paint job. ...from a bunch of greasy gearheads, at that. The music and Jenny's reaction equate it to a spa day for a human girl.
  • Ship Tease (despite being explicitly platonic, the writers gave Jenny and Brad a few scenes that had shippers squee-ing.)
    • They are also occasionally fond of Jenny and Sheldon, as seen in Ear No Evil.
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page!
  • Shown Their Work Combined with Genius Bonus: While the episode "Puppet Bride" is a fairly faithful parody of the original Frankenstein book by Mary Shelley and its tropes (Parental Abandonment, Uncanny Valley, Calling the Old Man Out, Then Let Me Be Evil, You Need to Get Laid), the episode "Tuckered Out" is a parody of all the Lost in Imitation tropes about Frankenstein in the subsequent movies (The Igor, Mad Scientist, Lightning Can Do Anything:, etc).
  • Sibling Team: XJ-9 and her prototypical "sisters", XJ Mark 1 through 8.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Nora and Wisteria, science VS nature.
  • Slower Than a Snail: After Jenny's failed human disguise in "Raggedy Android" scares the people at the fair, they start an angry mob to chase her out. However, said mob finds chasing after a super-powered robot to be much more taxing on their stamina than they first expect, and their running pace slows down to such a crawl that a snail manages to move faster than them.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Minutians are just another type of Monster of the Week that appear in one episode. They're also the reason Jenny and Nora live in Tremerton, since they always invade in the same location.
  • Smug Super: The Teen Team. They don't like normal people because they've shunned them.
  • Space Pirates: "Good Old Sheldon" saw Earth invaded by a group of space pirates, operating a spaceship that looked like an old galleon, equipped with lasers that look ike old-timey cannons. The pirates themselves dressed like traditional pirates from the 18th century.
  • Snipe Hunt: In "Teen Idol", Jenny/XJ-9 accidentally crash-lands on an alien planet, which causes the inhabitants to treat her as a "Comet Goddess." They then follow her back to her school on Earth, much to her annoyance, but are willing to do anything she says. Jenny then asks them to find a grain of sand shaped exactly like (the head of) Abraham Lincoln. Not only do they accomplish said task, they manage to bring in an entire gymnasium's worth of "Lincoln sand."
  • Space Police: The Skyway Patrol. A combination of Earth's police force and military force that acts as the sole authorized authority on dealing with intergalactic threats. They're also a supreme case of Lawful Stupid that requires paperwork done in quintuplet just to do the simplest tasks. They're also an Obstructive Bureaucrat that tries to stop Jenny's acts of heroism due to it being illegal vigilantism. However, they were at least competent to win an interplanetary war between alien invaders mainly with help from Dr. Wakeman. Wakeman actually built the XJ-series strictly because the Skyway Patrol is so horribly incompetent in protecting the world.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted in "Ball and Chain" — Jenny bangs on the window and calls Brad's name. Brad tells Jenny he doesn't want to be rescued and marries Tammy anyway. He justifiably begins to regret it because Tammy's species treats spouses as somewhere between slave and house pet and calls the marriage off at the reception, resulting in him needing to be rescued.
  • Spoof Aesop: A parody of Comes Great Responsibility in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles". Anvilicious And Knowing Is Half the Battle segments themselves are mocked in "Weapons of Mass Distraction" as well.
  • Squashed Flat: Usually very briefly and possibly outside the domain of Cartoon Physics as she's just a robot.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sheldon. Viewer reaction with him tends to swing between, "Aw, that's kind of cute." and "What the hell is wrong with that boy?"
  • Status Quo Is God: While this trope is normally averted in the show due to just how much continuity it has, there is one pair of episodes in particular that specifically double subverts it. In the end of "Teen Idol", Jenny launches a spaceship full of aliens into orbit...with Sheldon stuck aboard the ship and promptly forgotten by the characters. The very next short, "Good Old Sheldon", brings Sheldon back to Earth as an old man, this having been caused by Jenny launching him into space, and the entire episode is spent trying to reverse this and bring everything back to status quo.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: In one episode, Jenny is mistaken for the Comet Goddess by a group of aliens, and while the worship is nice at first, she eventually gets sick of it.
  • Stripping Snag: In "The Price of Love", Sheldon pays Pteresa to date him to make Jenny jealous so that she will notice him.note  Sheldon ends up having to sell everything but his underwear at a Garage Sale to pay Pteresa back. After Sheldon confesses to Jenny that he paid Pteresa to date him and make her jealous, a furious Jenny walks away from him. Sheldon tries to catch up with her, but his underwear gets caught in the front door, which ends up ripping it off and leaving him naked.
  • Subbing for Santa: "A Robot for All Seasons" begins with Jenny filling in for Santa Claus while he's in a full-body cast.
  • Super Prototype: Zig Zagged, XJ8 is bigger and stronger than Jenny, despite being an earlier model, on the other hand, she's also more reliant on smashing than thinking and doesn't have fifty guns attached to 50 other guns stuffed in her.
  • Super-Strength: "The strength of a million-and-seventy men," if the theme song is to be taken literally.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • The episode "The Return of Raggedy Android" deals with Fantastic Racism when Jenny isn't allowed in a restaurant Brad works at because she's a robot. To combat this, Jenny gets a human suit to disguise her real features so she can hang out at the restaurant. Unfortunately, she's not able to fight the robots that keep breaking into the restaurant because the other half of the outfit pressures Jenny into acting like a regular human girl. Jenny eventually gets fed up with the other half so she destroys the outfit & ends up saving the restaurant. Despite this, the owner of the restaurant still can't stand robots and acts like an Ungrateful Bastard towards Jenny. This disgusts Brad, who quits, and the other teenagers, who were actually grateful Jenny saved them. The moral: no matter how nice you are to racist people and no matter what you do for them, the racism won't go away in a blink of an eye.
      • This goes both ways too as being an ungrateful racist is very bad for business. Not a second later after the above the teenagers walks off in disgust. This left him with no paying customers and a shattered reputation.
    • "Voyage to the Plabet of the Bikers" has a few:
      • Upon finding the Bikers teaching at a primary school, Jenny and Tuck assume they are disguising themselves. The two had only met them when they threatened them and/or Earth, so of course they won't take the idea of their enemies being teachers who love their jobs at face value.
      • Later, when they threaten them to expose their villany to their planet and/or their career to other villains, the Bikers are quick to point out that they won't believe them since they have no evidence... after which reality bites back at them when the two get evidence by taking a picture of them as teachers.
      • The fact that Jenny and Tuck got the evidence by taking a picture on the latter's phone is also a SRO by itself. Given how neither his parents nor his brother were with him by the time the episode started and he seems old enough to have a phone, it makes sense he would carry it with him im case of an emergency.
      • Once the Bikers' villany gets exposed, they not only are shunned by their planet but lose their jobs. No one would want their kids to be around villains even if they were nice to them, given how they could be bad influences.
      • Just the fact that the Bikers' villany was exposed consists of this. All it took was someone who recognized them as villains for the truth to come out. In hindsight, this was bound to happen sooner or later.
  • Take That!: "Last Action Zero" is this towards government agencies who rely on so much paperwork to avoid liability that it takes them forever to get anything done.
  • Telescoping Robot: Jenny does this for comedy mostly, with a stretchy neck and even pigtail-antenna (plus "stretchy arms and extendo-fingers", to which an entire episode was devoted), but can use her body as a combination Combo Platter Powers and Shapeshifting.
    • Quickly deconstructed as well, as she is unable to make her self smaller or thinner when the Crust cousins come up with a social situation requiring it. (She settles for completely removing all her external armor, and decides to never do it again.)
  • That Poor Plant: "Girl of Steal"
    Brad: It even reminds you to take a shower! I have mine set for once a week whether I need it or not!
    [the plant Brad has just walked past keels over dead]
  • The Fashionista: Brit and Tiff.
  • There Was a Door: "Daydream Believer" - Jenny rushes through a wall to rescue Tuck from a monster; he advises her she could've used the door.
  • Thicker Than Water: Said word-for-word by Jenny's sisters in their first appearance when they help her after she is incapacitated.
    • "But so much harder to clean out of the carpet!"
  • Thick-Line Animation: Combined with a Retraux artstyle.
  • Third-Person Person: Killgore talks like this.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Jenny often blushes despite being a robot and lacking human skin.
  • Title Theme Tune: The theme song has several mentions of "My life as a teenage robot".
  • Toilet Teleportation: In "A Pain in my Sidekick" Tuck does this to escape the opera house blowing up.
    "I flushed myself down the toilet, like anyone would."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tucker in "Indes-Tuck-tible", and Jenny's tormentors Brit and Tiff pretty much all the time. See the above entry for Bullying a Dragon, and note that more than once, their schemes have backfired with extremely severe consequences.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sheldon was recruited by what we assume was the CIA in "Agent 00Sheldon", who promptly train him. He violently resigns after he finds out they're enacting a thinly-veiled Patriot Act allegory.
  • Totally Radical: "Phat", "Crib", "Badonkadonk"....yeah, this show was definitely made in 2002.
    • The trope is lampshaded to hell and back in the episode "Queen Bee". First Brit and Tiff make fun of Jenny's outdated slang, prompting her to learn some from a slang phrasebook from 1984. Then Queen Vexus shows up talking like she's from the 1920's and is immediately discovered and beaten by Jenny as a result. Moments later Brit and Tiff are trying to teach her to fit in and manage to rattle off every bit of slang they've ever said in about three lines of dialogue. It's quite cringeworthy and hilarious.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Semi-Averted for Escape from Cluster Prime, Vega, or basically any footage Jenny having fun in Cluster Prime, wasn't featured, but we did get to see a policeman taking off Jenny's superhero disguise, and all of Cluster Prime being alerted that Jenny was in their presence. To be honest though, we were expecting that to happen, so not a huge problem.
  • Truly Single Parent: Dr. Wakeman created Jenny all by herself, though she does occasionally date to try and provide Jenny with a father figure.
  • Trumplica: CEO M. J. Bryce from "Labor Day".
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The set year is never explicitly stated. In the episode I Was a Preschool Dropout, Jenny tells Brad she was only born five years ago (from their time) and Brad then begins to list a number of events that all happened at that time. One of these was "Super Bowl 100". Given that 2002, the year the series and episode were made, was also the year of the 36th Super Bowl, and in-series five years had passed since "Super Bowl 100", this would make the show take place in 2071. Add 64 to 36 to get Super Bowl 100, which makes the year 2066 (2002 + 64), plus five years since Super Bowl 100 makes it 2071.
    • In a tweet by creator Rob Renzetti, he confirmed that the show is set in the present day (I.E. 2002 to 2006, when the show was in production). Albeit in an alternate timeline where the world resembles what people of the 1930’s imagined that time period would look like.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, the first attempt to disguise Jenny as human was unnerving to pretty much everyone. She looked like a walking rag doll, and only the art style kept the reaction limited to those in the show.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Travis' dad seemed to be perfectly okay despite being maimed by factory machines in a flashback in "Weapons of Mass Distraction". They even say "he got better", dropping the former trope title. Potentially justified since we don't know how long ago the accident was.
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: Most of the citizens of Tremorton frequently take Jenny for granted, seeing her as a mindless service droid despite her free will. The Skyway Patrol in particular always tries to arrest Jenny for practically fabricated reasons, and sometimes shows sadistic pleasure in the prospect of taking Jenny in. Even her own friends aren't immune from this, as Tuck in "The Boy Who Cried Robot" has her help him with the most frivolous things imaginable and even emotionally manipulates her to keep her from backing out. This trope comes to a head in "A Robot For All Seasons" when Todd Sweeney has Jenny reprogrammed to act violently on holidays for an entire year. Not a single person in Tremorton, including Dr. Wakeman, the person who created her, believes she isn't acting of her own volition and they try to have her incarcerated, with the exception of Sheldon, who correctly guesses she was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The Crust Cousins show up in different outfits on a regular basis.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Thank [Steve] Jobs!" was used once.
    • "By the Great Cluster Hives! It's XJ9!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The show is about a robot packed with a huge arsenal of incredibly destructive gadgets/weapons attending a local high school. Other people in the show very rarely find this concept, or even Jenny herself, odd, even though she appears to be the only one around. She's not even punished for brandishing weapons towards students or teachers, or smashing through the school's walls and ceilings, unless the damage is both extreme and should have been preventable.
  • Urine Trouble: In "Tradeshow Showdown", a robotic dog lifts its leg after it gets annoyed with Jenny deriding it for not doing anything.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Jenny's arms are plated with a hard metal that's only mildly flexible - but she has a feature called "Stretchy Arm and Extendo-Fingers" that allows each arm to unravel hundreds of meters of extra slack that's fully flexible, with no loss of tensile strength.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the episode "Trash Talk", it's apparent that Vexus has finally lost it after her constant defeats by Jenny. She attempts to blow up the asteroid she, Smytus, and Krackus are stranded on with the intent of escaping in a spaceship made of a coffee can that's too small to hold any of them, for one thing.
  • Villain Team-Up: The episode "The Legion of Evil" has a group of various one-off antagonists returning to fight Jenny.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • In spite of Killgore repeatedly going into diatribes on how evil he is, everyone finds him adorable, to the point that they get mad at Jenny when she tries to destroy him.
    • Vexus in "Queen Bee", even AFTER the school finds out that she's a villain. until Jenny mentions she's over 2000 years old.
  • Visual Pun: While on Cluster Prime, Jenny feeds a robotic squirrel by unscrewing a bolt from her palm: literally, "feeding from the palm of her hand."
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Frequently uttered by Tuck.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Krakus' inventions are prone to this. What do you do when a bunch of them drill beneath the road and boil the asphalt to glue you in place? Take off your shoes! Apparently, bubbling hot asphalt has no affect on socks or bare feet.
  • Volumetric Mouth: Not always, but when someone screams or yells, Jenny included, their mouths will take up their whole face.
  • Weapon of Peace: Armegedroid was initially designed for this purpose, to take out any enemy weapon. However he got restless during peacetime and started destroying the weapons of his own side and anything that even remotely looked dangerous.
  • We Can Rule Together: Jenny gets repeated offers from Queen Vexus to join the Cluster and enslave the human race.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Jenny's effect on Tremorton high. Lampshaded hard in "Humiliation 101".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Armegedroid is on a mission to destroy all "weaponry" (and then presumably himself when he's done - maybe). Jenny doesn't have much of a problem with this, just that he's hurting people in the process.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The exo-suit is last seen taking over Mr. Mezmer at the end of "The Return of Raggedy Android". Mr. Mezmer is shown to be fine in later episodes, but it remains unknown what became of the exo-suit.
    • What Happened to Melody?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Brad's response when Jenny wrongly tries to prove Melody is secretly evil. Also when she attacks one of two groups of alien visitors not realizing Beauty Is Bad.
    • And in "Escape From Cluster Prime" when everybody in Tremerton, including Dr. Wakeman, calls her out for accidentally ruining a parade while stopping a bad guy. It sets off her leaving for Cluster Prime in the first place.
    • The entire town, again including Dr. Wakeman (though mercifully not Sheldon), does it again in the Christmas special where they all believe that she went rogue and started destroying holidays of her own volition. Brad, Tuck, and Dr. Wakeman are even implied to have never investigated why she never came home the last day she remembers.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Generally played straight, although it's usually only Jenny who has the power to invoke this trope at all in the show.
  • What Were You Thinking?: In "Enclosure of Doom", Jenny asks Killgore this ad verbatim upon realizing that he rebuilt Armagedroid.
  • Wheel of Pain: When first informed about the Cluster, we see humans chained to this, apparently to power some kind of Ice Cream Parlor for robots.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Where is Tremorton anyway? Other than being on the eastern coast, and even that has a range of evidence from the states around the Great Lakes to New York or New Jersey to even Louisiana, with the most likely location being in the midwest due to Renzetti being raised in Illinois, and even he stated on his Twitter that the show isn't set in any particular state.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: One of Jenny's love interests had Phobia to Technology.
  • Wild Teen Party: A number of episodes deal with this trope. Most having Jenny try to
  • Wingding Eyes: Wisteria's glasses turn into mod and psychedelic symbols sometimes.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Himcules' speech pattern, which may or may not have been a calculated insult.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jenny looks and thinks like a teenager, but it's been pointed out she was born/made five years ago. In the episode "I Was a Preschool Dropout", she was even required to go to kindergarten because she's technically five years old, which she escapes on a technicality because she was designed to be a teenager.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: The Trope Namer. It comes from the episode "Last Action Zero", where a brain-eating rock monster comments about Brad's brain after he accidentally gets himself and Jenny captured.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: "Enclosure of Doom" begin like this.
  • Zeerust: This show is deliberately drawn in a very old fashioned 1930s futuristic way.


Minky Momo

Brad opens "I Was a Preschool Dropout" by singing an entire verse of a song called "Minky Momo". Immediately upon finishing the song, he grimaces and mentions that he hates that song.

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