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Left to right: Orbit, Ema, Rob, and TK.

Rob the Robot is a 2010 All-CGI Cartoon that airs on TVO Kids.

The series follows Rob, a curious young robot. He and his friends Ema, TK, and Orbit, explore different planets in the Robot Galaxy while learning different lessons along the way.

Do not confuse with Nintendo's R.O.B., or Robby The Robot.

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  • Adorkable: Orbit through and through.
  • Alien Among Us: Ema, an alien among three robots.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Ema speaks perfect English.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Each episode begins with Rob greeting the viewer.
    • During the recap, the URL to the show's website is displayed onscreen.
  • Butt-Monkey: Orbit tends to be one, though it's mild since this is a kids show.
  • Catchphrase: Rob has "It's time for us to pick a planet!", "Hurry, everyone! Get to your stations and buckle your seatbelts!", and "Goodbye, (theme) Planet!"
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  • Color-Coded Characters: Rob is silver, Ema is green/pink, TK is red, and Orbit is orange.
  • Color Failure: A pretty ridiculous example: In "Color Confusion", a paint gun turns everyone (save for Ema) wacky colors.
  • Concussions Get You High: In "Hare-Raising Event", Rob takes a blow to the head and starts acting like a rabbit, complete with floppy "ears".
  • Downer Beginning: At the beginning of the episode "Chill Out", the gang is bummed because it's raining so much.
  • Dub Name Change: In the French dub, Rob is named Robin, TK is named Rikou, and Orbit is named Orbus.
  • Failures on Ice: In "Chill Out", Rob slips on some ice.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: TK is the Phlegmatic, Rob is the Sanguine, Ema is the Choleric, and Orbit is the Melancholic. Sometimes Rob and Ema will switch places.
  • Furry Reminder: A few episodes, such as "Space Virus Blues" and "Tower of Power", remind us that one the kids (usually Rob) is a robot.
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  • Genki Girl: Ema.
  • Green Around the Gills: Played with in "Space Virus Blues":
    Nurse Robot: Oh dear! Your skin has turned green!
    Ema: No, I'm supposed to be green! It's my friends that are sick!
  • Keet: Rob.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The robot characters have yellowish tints in their eyes, while Ema (an alien) doesn't.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: TK. According to the show's website, her full name is Tool Kit.
  • Planet of Hats: This show has a planet for practically every theme.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Ema wears pink clothing.
  • Shout-Out: There is an episode titled "The Big Robowski". And yes, it is about bowling.
  • Shrinking Violet: TK, and to a lesser extent, Orbit.
  • Sick Episode: "Space Virus Blues", where all the kids (save for Ema) come down with a space virus. The symptoms are uncontrollable Sneezes Of Doom, and in Orbit's case, jumbled speech.
  • Sneeze of Doom: The main symptom of the Blue Space Virus. It seems to be worse with Rob than TK and Orbit, as sneezing makes his rocket boots go off.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ema, not Emma.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Ema and TK (female) have eyelashes. Rob and Orbit (male) don't.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: The only words other than the show's title are introducing Rob, Ema, TK, and Orbit, in that exact order.
  • Title Theme Tune: The lyrics are just repeating the show's title. Downplayed, since it's only said/sung about four times.
  • Vocal Evolution: TK's voice got deeper in later episodes.
  • Youthful Freckles: Ema has freckles on her face.


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