Mighty Orbots

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"Orbots! UNITE!"
Rob Simmons

Mighty Orbots (originally known as Super Broots) is an American/Japanese animated series co-produced by ABC, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and TMS Entertainment that aired in 1984 on Saturday mornings in the United States.

The 23rd Century is a time of robots and aliens. The people of Earth have banded together along with several other alien races to promote peace throughout the galaxy, forming the United Planets. As part of the United Planets, the Galactic Patrol -- a body of law-enforcers -- works to maintain order, under the leadership of Commander Rondu.

However, a powerful criminal organization called SHADOW is out to destroy both the Galactic Patrol and the U.P. Led by Umbra, a massive cyborg-computer, SHADOW employs sinister agents and incredible schemes to attack and someday rule over all corners of the known galaxy.

There is one thing that helps to fight against SHADOW; ingenious inventor Rob Simmons - secretly a member of the Galactic Patrol - creates six special robots (Boo, Bo, Bort, Crunch, Tor, and Ohno) who can use their unique powers to battle against the forces of Umbra. Together, these robots can unite to form a Humongous Mecha called Mighty Orbots, to fight for truth, justice and peace for all.

Executive Meddling -- that is, a lawsuit from Gobots executives -- put this series on ice after one season.

Tropes used in Mighty Orbots include:
  • Action Girl: Dia, Bo, and Boo.
  • Action-Hogging Opening
  • All Your Powers Combined: Mighty Orbots has all the robots' abilities.
  • Animation Bump: Not a lot, but it did happen from time to time. One of the common manifestations is the shifting appearance of Umbra from ep to ep (Sometimes his lips are friggin' huge).
  • Bad Boss: When a Shadow agent finds himself stranded on an uninhabited planet after completing his mission, Umbra just leaves him there.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ono in "Wish World"
  • Become A Real Girl: This is the result of Ono's wish. Unfortunately, it turns out the Orbots cannot combine without her.
  • Big Bad: Umbra
  • Big Eater: Crunch, naturally.
  • The Big Guy: Tor.
  • Circus of Fear: The Cosmic Circus in the episode of the same name. Agents of Shadow assigned to make duplicates of top GP officers, including Dia, that are to shut down Earth's planetary shield. Dia's scene where she meets her replica is kinda creepy.
  • Clark Kenting: Rob Simmons.
    • Not to mention the Orbots themselves, who had more rounded "civilian" modes and blockier, more angular "Orbots modes".
  • Clear My Name: "Devil's Asteroid".
  • Combining Mecha: Mighty Orbots, natch.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Rondu, literally A Father to His Men since Dia is his daughter.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Rob constructs one of these in the pilot episode, and muses that it's missing something. A moment later, he's pouring mustard down the side of the sandwich and ready to take a bite.

Ono: Oh no! You already had today's lunch!
Rob: I know, this is tomorrow's lunch.