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Take the robotic idea of a New York Times Bestselling Children's Book author, add the creative juices of some the geniuses behind Superjail!, and make it fit for primetime. What you get is Robotomy, a show about two teenage robots (Thrasher and Blastus) and their attempts to get through high school. Taking place on a robot planet called Insanus, the cast of characters include a Sadist Teacher, a homicidal Spoiled Brat, and a bi-polar Lethal Joke Character. Something is destroyed every other second, and some of the jokes make you wonder if the series would have been better off on [adult swim].

Only lasted one season of ten eleven minute episodes because of high production costs and a lack of foreign investment to balance it out (no one outside of the United States wanted to even touch it because the amount of violence wouldn't make it past the censors). The show now has somewhat of a cult following, and had an unsuccessful Facebook campaign to save the show.

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It aired on Cartoon Network. (Specifically, right after MAD on Monday nights, since you wouldn't know if we didn't tell you.)

The show did reappear on the short-lived revival of Cartoon Planet between 2012 and 2013 and the entire series was on Netflix until early 2015. On Janaury 9, 2015, the series premiered on the Canadian version of Cartoon Network (not Teletoon; a Cartoon Network feed that's available in Canada).

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This show provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: At the beginning of "El Presidente": "I'm starting to think that giving a student body president unchecked power is a bad idea!"
  • Always Save the Girl: In the episode "Bling Thing" Thrasher and Blastus go to Maimy and she is getting attacked by a giant robot that Thrasher tamed, but when losing control of the beast it kills Megawatt.
  • Alpha Bitch: Maimy. One of the most popular girls in school and just as violent and hot-tempered as every other robot. She also has an on-and-off relationship with Rich Bastard Megawatt, sees Thrasher and Blastus as "dorks" for the most part and has taken advantage of Thrasher's crush on her on occasions. In "El Presidente", she even started dating Thrasher when he became student body president, only to reveal that she only did it to become vice president and overthrow him.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The short cartoon showing how plants are dangerous showed a tulip ripping a robot child apart, one tree attacking four robots, another tree eating a dog that was urinating on him, and then Gore-Ax adding at the end of the film, "That tree stole a dog's identity and ruined his credit!"
  • Bears Are Bad News: The credits of the penultimate episode show how the robots establishing a new Insanus on a planet inhabited by Care Bears went. It didn't end well.
  • Berserk Button:
    • While the Sunshine class is known for not liking violence, don't tell them their performance of Mamma Mia! has been canceled.
    • From "El Presidente": Don't take Blastus's pudding cup.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The whole show. Keep in mind, though, that they are robots that don't bleed (though they do leak coolant), so it's sorta justified.
  • Brain Bleach: The class's reaction to Dreadnot doing his stretching exercises while the class takes their No Child Left Benign exams.
  • Child Hater: The Tickle-Me-Psycho doll, whose Catchphrase is "I can't stand kids!" as said with the screechy, grating voice of Gilbert Gottfried.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Pretty much all the characters with the exception of Thrasher and Blastus are violent and maim each other in every episode.
  • Crapsack World: Planet Insanus.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Weenus.
  • Closer to Earth: Thrasher seems to have a little more sense than his best friend Blastus.
  • Combat Tentacles: Frenemy had these.
  • Darker and Edgier/ Lighter and Softer: This was darker and edgier compared to the other shows airing on Cartoon Network at the time, but this show was a more- or less-toned-down version of Superjail!. It had the gratuitous violence and chaotic, trippy animation, but it's robots getting killed and pummelled, not humans, so there's no need for censorship issues over bloodletting, gruesome, imitable violence, and death. However, during production, the crew had to constantly be reminded that the show was airing in primetime, and warned them not to go too much into [adult swim] content. It didn't stop them from trying.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist and Anyone Can Die: A variation; almost all the robots, including the main characters, get destroyed constantly... but are fixed or rebuilt with no harm done a few minutes later.
  • Deranged Animation: The show's director is the co-creator of Superjail! (Christy Karacas), so expect a lot of excessive violence and chaotic sequences that make you wonder if drugs, manic depression, a bad case of attention-deficit disorder, or any combination of the three were involved.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The Sunshine class are a class of robots with "faulty psycho chips" who "get their own bus" and are exempt from taking standardized tests in school. We don't see any parallels between this and a special-ed class, do you? And it gets worse when Mrs. Crunshine reveals that her mission is to dispose of non-violent robots who burden society with their feelings by shooting them all into the sun.
    • The "tonic" note  that the janitor gives Thrasher and Blastus so they can be mutilation ball stars is exactly like steroids or any other performance-enhancing drug (though there is no Drugs Are Bad moral to be learned from this, besides a quick one from Tacklebot about how "Real alpha dogs don't need to drink stuff that comes out of a pipe at the playground").
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Apparently, Insanus explodes daily (for one reason or another), to the point that all of the robots merely get on a spaceship and drive to a new one.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: In "No Child Left Benign"
  • Fat and Skinny: Blastus and Thrasher respectively.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: To put it bluntly, watching this show will make you wonder why the infamous pilot short Joey To The World caused problems with Cartoon Network, but this show got greenlit for 10 episodes...and the censors didn't seem to notice or care that the people they got to do Robotomy are the same ones behind the hyper-violent, hyper-gory, extremely tripped-out [adult swim] show Superjail!.
  • Happily Married: Thrasher's parents.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: In "Trials of Robocles", the robots are being aided by winged tentacled monsters but the robots just kill them off anyways for looking hideous.
  • Here We Go Again!: The end of "Frenemy".
  • Hopeless Suitor: Thrasher to Maimy.
  • Ironic Name: Thrasher and Blastus are not violent or destructive in nature in spite of what their names imply.
  • Jerk Jock: Tacklebot.
  • Love Martyr: Even though Maimy rejects Thrasher and uses weapons on him Thrasher still loves her regardless.
  • The Ludovico Technique: After they find Thrasher helping out a plant, his friends and Gore-Ax use this technique to brainwash him into hating plants but since they cannot find the right video (the one they initially used was a Twilight parody that the Gore-Ax called "[the movie] that makes you stupid"), they use one about "talking trains" instead.
    Thrasher: I'm a steam train and a really useful engine.
  • Mood-Swinger: Weenus. Justified in that he has a faulty psycho-chip. He was one of the members of the Sunshine Class in "No Child Left Benign," meaning that, by Insanus' standards, he's mentally-challenged.
  • My Little Panzer: Tickle Me Psycho. The jingle lampshades this:
    Oh, Tickle Me Psycho is big and bad
    He'll maul your mom and eat your dad
    He's not your friend
    He's a furry foe
    His name is Tickle Me Psycho!
  • Power Trio: Thrasher, Blastus, and Weenus.
  • Recycled In Space: It's Superjail!...WITH ROBOTS!
  • Rescue Romance: Thrasher saves Maimy and they have a small moment until the giant monster falls on top of her.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Subverted; the robots act similar to most human teenagers...when they're not destroying each other, getting pummelled into scrap metal, and blowing everything up.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mr. Dreadnot does not live up to his name. He tortures and sometimes destroys his students to make sure they are ultra-violent drones.
  • Smoke Out: Chief Suckerpunch smokes out after he explains Jockstrap Island but keeps coming back to respond to comments then smoke out again until he only creates a small puff.
    Suckerpunch : Just great, I ran out of magic smoke!
  • Stuff Blowing Up: All too frequent.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: Thrasher's locker.
  • Take That!: "Frenemy" is a merciless parody of Facebook, Twitter, and social networking sites in general.
    • On "No Child Left Benign," Blastus tells Thrasher that books are dangerous because his grandmother died from reading. The book she read before she died was about teenaged vampires.
    • The Twilight Take Thats continue in another episode, where Thrasher is forced to watch a movie that shows the danger of plants. Instead, we get a robot version of Twilight and this line:
      Gore-Ax: No, no, no, no. This isn't the movie that makes you hate plants; it's the one that makes you stupid!
    • Thrasher is forced to watch a video about talking trains. It ends up getting Thrasher thrown into a mental asylum.
  • Temporal Paradox: Occurs in the first episode. Thrasher and Blastus end up having to destroy their past selves in order to protect the "space-time containment".
  • The Teaser: Even though an average episode is only 10 to 11 minutes long, this show does have cold openings.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: A variant on "No Child Left Benign": After Blastus vomits up the books he stuffs in his mouth and eats his own puke, Thrasher says, "Well, this is all kinds of wrong."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "No Child Left Benign", Blastus tries cheating on the titular test by consuming the textbooks, only to vomit it and then he tries to eat his vomit.
  • World of Jerkass: The inhabitants of Planet Insanus are self-centered at best and sociopaths at worst. Though it makes sense since in Planet Insanus culture, robots are actively encouraged to be Ax-Crazy jerkasses. Any robot that is peaceful and kind is treated as clinically insane and ostracized, if not outright exterminated, as the episode "No Child Left Benign" establishes.

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