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Hey! I've got a story to tell,
about a roach named Rube with a high-tech shell.
Caught in a trap late one night.
He got away fast, but he didn't feel right.
Nowhere to hide, so he started to run.
Instead of a swat, HE GOT A CHIP ON HIS BUG!!
Now he's the roach with the most. Roboroach. (ROACH!)
He don't like to boast. Roboroach. (ROACH!)
Like his brother Reg (he's got all the edge).
Roboroach and Reg!
Roboroach (and Reg).
"The intro."

Roboroach is a Canadian Animated Series released on Teletoon in 2002 and produced by Portfolio Entertainment.

The show follows Rubin "Rube" Roach, a cockroach living in the city of Vexburg, which is situated inside the walls of a laboratory. One night, Rube was caught by scientists and become a guinea pig for an experiment, wherein he had microchips inserted into his body. He was saved by his brother Reginald ("Reg"), but as they were escaping, Rube jumps into a wall socket and gets a nasty shock, which changes him into a powerful cyborg cockroach called "Roboroach". Now Roboroach uses his powers to defend the city from all sorts of evil, while living with his brother Reg, who doesn't like living in their tiny house and wants to be rich.

The series ran from December 2nd, 2002 to June 22nd, 2004, and had two seasons with a total of 52 episodes.


Roboroach contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Rubin Roach and Reginald Roach.
  • Big Little Brother: Rubin is a lot bigger than his older brother, Reg.
  • Catchphrase: Reg has "Why me? why me? Why all the time me?"
  • Canada, Eh?: In the Christmas Special, Santa Claus has a thick Canadian accent.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sterling Uberbucks.
  • Downer Ending: Pretty much every single episode ends like this.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Nearly every single episode ends with Reg and Rube either losing all their money, getting lost and getting directions back home written in a language they can't understand, not getting any money at all due to Rube's generous idiocy, or with some contrived coincidence causing Reg and Rube to lose everything anyway.
  • Cyborg: Rubin Roach, the titular Roboroach.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mandible Lecter is a wanted bug eater, but he won't eat anyone who has an unhealthy diet, which is why he refused to eat Reg.
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  • Honor Before Reason: Rubin vowed never to use his powers for personal gain. Though he sticks to those guns so much that, as a result, he and Reg live in poverty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Reg can be selfish most of the time, it clearly comes from living in poverty and starvation and he never outright antagonizes anyone. He has also shown on many occasions he cares about Rube deep down.
  • Kick the Dog: Even when Reg does the right thing, he still tends to get screwed over badly for the sake of KafkaComedy.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Rubin's heart is definitely bigger than his brain.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Rubin fitted this in "The Miracle of Girth" episode. Subverted that it was actually bread.
  • Mouse World: Well, Cockroach World is more accurate, but this can apply to the city of Vexburg.
  • Sadist Show: The fact that every episode ends with Reg sobbing and in some cases getting hurt right afterwards should clue you in. Some episodes just end poorly for him out of nowhere for the sole reason of giving him misfortune at the end.

Why me? Why, all the time, me?


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