My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American animated television series, produced by Frederator Studios for the Nickelodeon cable channel. Season 3 episodes of the series have bean airing as never before seen episodes on Nicktoons Network that starting on October 4, 2008.
XJ-9 (Jenny as she calls herself) is a highly sophisticated battle robot created by Dr. Norene Wakeman, but Jenny only wants to live the life of a normal teenage girl. Jenny and Wakeman live in the fictional futuristic town of Tremorton, and live next door to Jenny's best friends Brad and Tuck Carbuckle.
At school, Jenny has an ongoing rivalry with the Krust Cousins, Brit and Tiff, the popular girls in school, and puts up with Sheldon, a somewhat stereotypical geek who is completely obsessed with her. Adding to her trouble is that Jenny is constantly being dogged by the all-robotic Cluster Empire, whose queen, Vexus, wants her to join their world of robots (by force if necessary). Despite it all, however, Jenny still struggles to maintain some resemblance of a mostly-human life.
The show often focuses on making lighthearted fun of typical teenage problems and other conventions of the teenage and superhero lives, mixed up with a blend of action and comedy sequences. There are 38 episodes, in total, of the series.
It is currently airing on the US television network Nicktoons Network .
Jennifer "Jenny" Wakeman
) (voiced by Janice Kawaye
) is the main protagonist
and the "teenage robot" to which the title refers, a state-of-the-art automaton created by Dr. Noreen Wakeman five years prior to the series, though she was designed as a 16-year-old girl. Though XJ-9 was designed to be Earth's protector, armed to the teeth with a wide range of weapons, devices, and transformations, she desires to live the life of a normal teenager and often makes this desire quite apparent to her friends and creator.
Jenny's personality is often friendly and optimistic, though this also comes with being rather naïve as to her surroundings. Oftentimes, people like the Krust Cousins and Vexus take advantage of Jenny's friendliness to further their own goals. Jenny can also be somewhat of a sucker for trends, even when her mechanical designs prevent her from using them.
(voiced by Chad Doreck
) is Jenny's best friend and next-door neighbor. He's usually seen as outgoing and adventurous, and is the first actual friend Jenny ever made. Although he usually tends to cause more trouble than he prevents, he means well and tries to help Jenny in any way he can.
Brad likes to think of himself as a "ladies' man", but he's almost anything but that. Nearly every girl Brad hits on rejects him, and it's a rare sight for any girl to truly show any interest in him. Although it's hinted of a possible relationship between him and Jenny, it has never truly been explored.
Brad's 7 year old little brother, Tucker Cornelius Carbunkle
(voiced by Audrey Wasilewski
), is usually tagging along with his brother and Jenny, though his aptitude for adventure is significantly less than Brad's. This can be chalked up to his many childish fears, among them the dark and giant wheels. Despite initial fears of Jenny, Tuck has since warmed up to her as a friend.
Tuck has proven to be more clever than he looks on several occasions, often sweet-talking Jenny into doing favors.
Dr. Norene "Nora" Wakeman
(voiced by Candi Milo
) is an elderly spinster
robotics scientist and the one who built Jenny, who often simply refers to her as "Mother" or "Mom" Though Nora does indeed love her "daughter", she'll often butt into her personal life and is known to call on her at the most awkward moments. She also has a difficult time with modern-day slang and other teenage fads, earning Jenny's annoyance on many occasions.
Despite being only human, Nora shows no reluctance in fighting when necessary. In her youth, Nora was a shining officer of Skyway Patrol before retiring to Tremorton. Even in her advanced years, Nora is still very able, and can even hold her own in a fight against Vexus.
Though not as heavily featured as the rest of the main cast, Sheldon Oswald Lee
(voiced by Quinton Flynn
) arguably qualifies as a core member of the group. Sheldon is Jenny's self-proclaimed romantic admirer. However, no matter what he tries, Jenny still refuses his romantic advances.
Being skilled in robotics, Sheldon has created gadgets and modifications for Jenny, as well as doing minor repair work. He has even done more extreme modifications when requested by XJ9, usually when Dr. Wakeman refuses to do them herself.
His skill has led to his creating a robotic alter-ego, The Silver Shell. Sheldon originally created the identity in an attempt to convince Jenny that robot boys were jerks, though this backfired when Jenny's affection for the robot grew even greater. As a hero, the Silver Shell has an imposing appearance, a "smooth" demeanor, and an excess of confidence, all qualities the human Sheldon lacks in his normal guise.
Queen of the all-robotic Cluster Empire, Vexus
(voiced by Eartha Kitt
) is obsessed with the conquest of Earth, under the claim of "liberating robotkind" from the humans. About the only thing that matches her dreams of conquest is her obsession with Jenny, whom Vexus has continuously tried to induct into the Cluster (though with no lasting success).
In addition to her wicked cunning, Vexus is a master manipulator, often appearing in disguise to try and convince Jenny into joining her. This also reflects in her ruling of the Cluster homeworld, Cluster Prime, where she uses fear and propaganda to keep her loving subjects in line with her views while promoting herself as a peace-loving queen.
Vexus also has a daughter, Vega (voiced by Thora Birch) who is also among those blinded to the truth, though she and Jenny eventually expose Vexus for what she truly is.
(voiced by Steven Blum
) is an arrogant Cluster commander with an overinflated ego. As opposed to the manipulative Vexus, Smytus prefers action, and is always quick to jump into battle. However, while he thinks highly of himself, Jenny and her pals often see him as something of a moron.
is a Cluster inventor, though not a very good one at that. Although he is skilled at putting all sorts of nasty devices together, he usually misses the necessary details needed for them to work, which usually results in humiliating defeats for the Cluster.
Dr. Phineas Mogg
Dr. Phineas Mogg
is Nora Wakeman's top scientific rival. Mogg never hesitates to insult Dr. Wakeman and her inventions, which both her and Jenny do not take too kindly to.
He once built his own robotic "child", Kenny, who is fairly smart, but tends to act more like a domesticated dog than a human (ironically, his code number is YK-9). Jenny once had a brief crush on Kenny, but called it off after seeing Kenny's canine habits in action.
Brit and Tiff
(voiced by Moira Quirk
) and Tiff
(voiced by Cree Summer
), collectively known as the Krust Cousins
, are a pair of snooty rich girls who take pleasure in making Jenny's life miserable. Normally, Jenny takes their insults in stride, but she has often competed with the Krusts just to show them up.
(voiced by Audrey Wasilewski) is a roaming teenage ninja-for-hire and Jenny's on-again-off-again friend. Originally appearing with a group of teenage heroes dubbed "The Teen Team", Misty has since come to Earth to work independently. As opposed to Jenny, Misty is more uninhibited by her conscience, and usually fights solely for money instead of the need to do so.
An extremely good-looking teen guy in Tremorton, Don Prima
(voiced by Quinton Flynn
), considers himself the most handsomest guy in town. However, he is obnoxiously shallow, and is more likely to cry over ruined shoes than care for anyone besides himself.
is an intergalactic defense force that serves Earth. However, they tend to waste more time filling out paperwork than actually doing anything to protect the planet, making them more of a hassle to Jenny than she'd like.
The XJ Line
Jenny isn't the only XJ robot in the line. Eight other models preceded her in development. Each one has a specific personality.
- XJ-1 is the baby of the XJ Line, as her design shows. Unable to speak, she communicates in a series of beeps and whistles.
- XJ-2 looks like a small ray gun, and has a nasty habit of hiccupping lasers.
- XJ-3 is a small, crudely-made humanoid robot. As an early prototype, she easily falls apart and lacks some balance.
- XJ-4 is an octopus-like robot who is a notorious neat-freak. All her arms hold cleaning utensils of some sort. She is chronologically the first speech-capable XJ robot.
- XJ-5 is a literal chatterbox, often flying around and yakking everyone's ear off with all sorts of gossip and chatter.
- XJ-6 is one of the more abstract of the XJ series. She looks a bit like Jenny, but her design is more crude. This echoes her constant jealousy towards others for what they have.
- XJ-7 is a mopey, bulky robot with incredibly low self-esteem. To her, life is nothing but one miserable incident after another.
- XJ-8 is the largest XJ robot, and also the most obsessed with her duty. Her speech and attitude is almost all-robotic, compared to the other XJ robots and their human characteristics. She lacks any sort of human emotion.
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