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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Space Bikers run a school in their home planet. They do everything to benefit their society. On weekends, they take their stress out on Earth.
    • Also in regards to the events of "Ball and Chain", where the Space Bikers say that men on their planet are slaves/pets to the women and if a man wants to end the marriage, she eats him, however in "Voyage to the planet of the Bikers", we see that they live in a very peaceful, friendly world and the men don't seem to serve woman as the way they describe. Is it possible that that they lied about this just for kicks and because Tammy wanted to to still bully Brad, and the whole eating thing was another lie and Disproportionate Retribution on their part?.
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    • Sheldon expresses a near-obsessive infatuation for Jenny, but he was quick to fall for Vexus when she swindled him (and even tried to share a romantic dance with a toaster when Jenny wasn't dancing with him at a party). Does Sheldon really love Jenny, or are his feelings solely based on both desperation and robot fetishism?
    • In "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles", Misty claims that the Teen Team has disbanded due to Orion wanting to join ballet, but given how selfish and callous she acts in this episode and her subsequent and final appearance in "Mist Opportunities", it's conceivable that she lied about the Teen Team disbanding and was either kicked out for refusing to help people without getting paid and not caring about avoiding civilian casualties or even killed her teammates Orion and Squish when they tried to confront her on her not-so-heroic attitude.
      • Although, as shown in their debut, Orion and Squish aren't all that better than her, given their cold attitude to "regulars" and how they ignored the giant frog attack (which Misty actually bothered to help Jenny with). It really is possible that they really did disband but for different reasons.
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  • Applicability: "Victim of Fashion" has Jenny competing against Brit and Tiff to see who can be more fashionable. But when it comes to getting slim, being a robot her only option is having her armor and weapons removed leaving her body as just a robot skeleton. She's so weak that even the smallest member of the biker chicks gang kicks her butt easily. Of course this could be seen as An Aesop about function over fashion which can easily apply to technology, but the way Jenny gets slimmer can also read as a metaphor for anorexia.
  • Awesome Art: The art direction is one of the most praised aspects of the show, thanks to its visually pleasing use Art Deco and stylistic use of color shifts for its characters for certain lighting conditions.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Sheldon. Beyond being the cause of the majority of the fandom's shipping arguments (Jenny/Brad vs Jenny/Sheldon), there are those who see him as a shallow creep and those who think he's an absolute sweetheart, especially with him being the only one who actually believes Jenny was innocent in the Christmas episode.
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    • Tuck. Some think he's a hilarious comic relief character with genuine moments of kindness and craftiness ("Future Shock", "Victim of Fashion") while others find him an annoying pest who makes everything worse ("The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "Speak No Evil"), his young age notwithstanding.
    • Some hate The Crust Cousins for being so darn cruel to Jenny but with that being said, there are people who love them and/or just their wardrobe.
    • Killgore has a lot of fans for being a legitimate threat when he wants to be, but some dislike him for his grating voice.
    • Misty is another polarizing character. Some fans like her for having cool powers and an interesting character design, while others are put off by her sudden mean-spirited attitude in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles" and "Mist Opportunities".
    • Jenny herself, albeit to a lesser extent. Many people love her for her cute design and personality and her insecurities can be very relatable, while some find her endless complaining to be annoying, and the fact that a lot of the shit that goes wrong in the show usually is her fault and could of been prevented if she would of just listened to the other characters.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The "Happy Noontime Funtime Song" in The Wonderful World of Wizzly.
    • The random song Brad and Jenny sing in Humiliation 101.
    • The "I am the Robot" bit from I Was a Preschool Dropout.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Cult Classic: While it's nowhere near as well-known as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender or insanely popular as Invader Zim and Danny Phantom, this show has a good-sized amount of fans.
  • Designated Hero: It's not uncommon for Sheldon's detractors to accuse him of being one. Despite being treated as a plucky underdog who is trying his hardest to win Jenny's affection, he actually displays a lot of negative characteristics that he's never called out for. Such as how he purposefully tried to ruin two of Jenny's dates out of jealousy or how he broke into her house to steal her blueprints to figure out how to make her fall in love with him.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Vega (The Special), Misty (three episodes), and Melody (two episodes) have gotten a huge amount of fan art.
    • Smytus, due to being voiced by Steve Blum.
    • Armageddroid is rather popular as well despite only having a role in two episodes, one of which was fairly brief compared to his debut.
    • Jenny herself is this for Nickelodeon, being one of the more popular and recognizable protagonists from the channel.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Some people considered Vexus to be this, thanks to her fairly attractive appearance and her seductive, slutry voice.
    • Tammy, who is a complete Green-Skinned Space Babe, is also this to an extent.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: During the time of the show's run Brad/Jenny was more popular than the one-sided Sheldon/Jenny.
  • Fashionable Evil: Brit and Tiff may be a pair of obnoxious Alpha Bitches, but there's no denying that their fashion game is on point.
  • Foe Yay: Some people ship Jenny with Vexus or the Crust Cousins.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Genius Bonus: In one episode, Jenny finally gets a date with a boy who has a fear of technology. The movie they choose to see? Modern Times.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Japan loves XJ-9 by virtue of being a cute Fembot.
    • The show also has a large fanbases in Latin America and in Germany, especially the former.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: During Brit and Tiff's treatment of Jenny, they acknowledge her as female.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Unlicensed Flying Object" features an alien threatening to swat Jenny, Brad and Tuck with a glorified electric flyswatter. Two years later, real electric flyswatters would gain popularity.
    • The Vocaloid crossovers have now become this, now that the folks at Frederator have collaborated with a company known as 1000 Toys to design a figure of Miku.
    • The episode "Daydream Believer", which features several scenes drawn in a Dr. Seuss-esque art style, aired the same day The Cat in the Hat was released.
    • Musiques resemble Air Pods quite a bit.
  • Les Yay: Jenny and Vexus' daughter Vega in the finale. Also Jenny and Misty.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Jenny has caught on as a trans icon due to her character and the way people treat her being symbolically similar to a trans person's.
  • Memetic Badass: Jenny herself; she can fly around the world (or to the moon) in minutes, create weapons from her "organs" and cut down entire armies in the blink of an eye. You know, when she isn't whining about not being "normal", getting punted around by the Crust Cousins or dealing with serious threats like the Cluster. As stated elsewhere, this does not endear her to Tremorton.
  • Memetic Molester: The Crater Critters, a group of one-off antagonists from the season 2 episode "Last Action Zero", are this in spades thank to Zone's infamous porn parody "What What in the Robot", in which they all graphically gang rape Jenny onscreen.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • There are a few photos of Pteresa using a spray can & the spray can is edited to say something else.
    • Any episode in which lines of dialogue have been reused by infamous Rule 34 animator Zone, especially "Last Action Zero".
  • Moe:
    • Jenny, whose insecurities and innocence are very endearing.
    • Let's make room for Melody, shall we?
    • Ditto for Vega, XJ-4, and to a lesser extent, Killgore and Tuck.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, where Jenny is afraid of Killgore popping up and yelling "SURRENDER" near her.
  • Rainbow Lens: Jenny's struggle with trying to be like human girls is often cited as being analogous to Trans Tribulations. For example, the series opens with Jenny reminding her "mum" to call her by her preferred name, she often shows discomfort with her body, and episodes which centre around her wearing a suit which makes her look more human come across as an attempt to "pass".
  • Retroactive Recognition: If you watched the show, chances are you've heard Eartha Kitt for the first time as Vexus.
  • The Scrappy: If there are any characters on the show who act mean toward Jenny, then they're likely to be despised by the fandom. The most notable examples are Vice Principal Razinski for giving Jenny a hard time just for being a robot, Mr. Mezmer for being a complete racist towards her in The Return of the Raggedy Android, and Don Prima and Pteresa for being self-centered bullies.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Oh boy... the amount of sexualized depictions of Jenny is (kinda) astonishing.
    • This also sometimes applies to the Crust Cousins, Vexus, Tammy, Vega, Misty and Melody.
    • Even Brad and Sheldon aren't immune to this.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: During the show's run, Jenny/Brad vs. Jenny/Sheldon debates could get pretty heated. It has died down, though.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: At the end of "The Price of Love", many of the "cool kids" are shown in a Flash Forward as total losers that haven't aged well going to bail out Sebastian (the coolest guy in school) out of jail, all while Brit and Tiff lament that Pteresa should've married Sheldon, who had since become a billionaire.
  • Ugly Cute: Sheldon looks like your standard geek but he's a very kind admirer.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Misty comes off as this during her final appearances in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Troubles" and "Mist Opportunities". The latter episode is especially glaring because she gives the excuse that she has to charge money for her heroics because she's too dirt-poor to live a decent life, but her argument is undercut because she shows a severe Lack of Empathy by not caring about getting people hurt when she's fighting crime and callously refusing to rescue people if she won't get paid for it. However, this might be an Invoked Trope, although more intentionally if anything, as Jenny does call her out on it.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Jenny herself! She may be the so-called "school freak" within the show but in real life, she remains one of the most iconic Nicktoon characters to this day.
    • Ditto with Brad and Sheldon to an extent.
  • Vindicated by History: It premiered during a period when older demographics were still bitter with Nickelodeon's cancellation of Invader Zim and shunned the network, and before Danny Phantom and Avatar: The Last Airbender's debut won them back. Nowadays, it is considered alongside the three mentioned (and SpongeBob SquarePants, of course) as one of the Nick's best animated series during the 2000's.
  • What an Idiot!: In the episode "Ball and Chain" Brad finds himself being abducted by the Space Bikers, much to his surprise it turns out Tammy intends to marry him. While the other Space Bikers are preparing for the wedding, Brad is left in Tammy's custody with no obvious way to escape.
    You'd Expect: Since Values Dissonance is a high risk in weddings. Brad would spend his time in captivity getting to know the customs of Space Bikers and social structure. Sure Tammy would love to tell her husband-to-be all about how she planned for them to live together? Or he could turn to Lenny, the only male member available who for some reason is The Chew Toy. By doing so he'll learn that; 1: Space Bikers live in a strict matriarchy where All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs and 2: If the groom divorces the bride eats him. Knowing this he'd look for any loophole, a taboo, anything that can render a Space Biker wedding null and void.
    Instead: Brad does nothing productive while in captivity and ends up saying "Yes" at the altar. He only catches on after he had put a ring on her only to be treated like a pet. And then dumps her at the altar.
    The result: Jenny has to rescue him during a fight after Tammy tries to eat him. Afterwards Tammy coldly rejects having anything to do with him.
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  • Woolseyism: The Japanese dub reverses the languages in "Speak No Evil", basically having the dub's version of Jenny being stuck speaking Surprisingly Good English in place of Surprisingly Good Japanese. Though that does leave Fridge Logic, regarding Jenny speaking English in a clearly Japanese setting during the episode.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Many newer viewers claimed they started watching the series thanks to the infamous porn parody.

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