|“||So, you dismantled the half of my drones, but we are legion! one day, soon, you will join us, and together, we will enslave the human race!||„|
|~ Vexus to Jenny.|
Vexus (formerly Queen Vexus) is the main antagonist of My Life as a Teenage Robot. She is the former master of The Cluster and the arch enemy of XJ-9/Jenny Wakeman. She has clashed with Jenny many times before, nearly succeding each time but ultimately fails. Her Second-In-Command is Smytus.
She possesses the ability to transform, but typically for means of disguise, compared to the multitude of battle forms that Jenny typically uses. Her known forms are as the photographer in Hostile Makeover, a robotic nurse in "Tradeshow Showdown", another robot girl named "QT2" in "Designing Women", a girl named "Violet", and as "Vicky" in "Queen Bee".
Vexus' physical appearance is that of a green and yellow striped robot. She has long striped legs with high heels, a black bottom and a yellow top. She has large black arms and hands and green sleeves attached to them. Some parts of her body, like her belly and upper arms are not covered by armour but show her robotic body. She has a small insect head with large whimps. She has long green and yellow striped hair that resembles that of an egyptian pharaoh and some sort of crown with an orb on it. She also has red lips and fangs.
Following the events of "Escape From Cluster Prime", Vexus' apperance changed to a more deteriorated and damaged form and as for "Trash Talk", her pattern color changed to a darker tone. In "Queen Bee", Vexus somehow gained a new appearance. She no longer wears her bottom and top, her large whimps and sleeves were reduced and got more curved and her hair got less wide and a bit larger, curved and pointer than her previous one. She also wears some sort of green corset that covers her belly and the whimps are now more alligned with the orb on her head.
Vexus' disguises seem to vary but she always is seen portraying almost the same pattern color as her original appearance such as the green and yellow colors, her most distinguible traits.
Being 2,000 years old, Vexus was the reigning monarch of Cluster Prime and commander of the Cluster, and is still one of XJ-9's most common foes. She rarely gets the upper hand, however.
Vexus makers her first full appearance in "Hostile Makeover". She leads a group of Cluster Drones to fight Jenny but they are ultimately defeated and Vexus escapes releasing a cloud of green gas to distract Jenny, in the same moment a small finds its way inside of her. As the episodes proceeds, Jenny suffers from several changes on her appearance that later turns her into a hideous monster. At the school picture day, Jenny goes berserk when she is photographed by Vexus in a human disguise who then reveals her plans to the rest of the school and orders the monstrous Jenny to destroy the school. Dr. Wakeman and Tucker arrive in time to cure Jenny by short-circuiting her, but they have difficult with the mind-controlled robot. Just when Tucker is about to reach for the power box, Vexus grabs hold of him, causing him to scream. Jenny hears this and remembers the times she's heard Tucker's horrified screams back in the past. This distracts her enough time for for Dr. Wakeman to attach the jumpers onto her. Once the second pair of jumpers were attached to the power box, Jenny then short-circuits, as planned, completely immobilizing her, and releasing the small robot that was taking control of her. Dr. Wakeman recognizes the small robot and what it is capable of doing, just then Jenny reverts back to normal.
A disappointed Vexus expresses how frustrating is to lose a robot like Jenny to human beings, and then says she will have to "play" with Tucker (whom she is still holding hostage) in order to console herself from her failed plan. But then Jenny threatens Vexus that if she dares to touch Tucker, the small robot (who refers Vexus as "mommy") will pay it. Vexus goes sentimental for it and releases Tuck in trade for the small robot and escapes not without taunting Jenny one last time promising that someday she won't have other choice than joining the Cluster.
Jenny and Dr. Wakeman go to a robot convention where Jenny takes the opportunity so she can make robot friends like her who were created by other scientists like Dr. Wakeman. At first she thinks it's going to be a fun time at the convention, but as soon as they get there Jenny's friendship only gets rejected by the other robots, later meets the arrogant Dr. Phineas Mogg who constantly taunts both Jenny and her mother. After accidentally a disorder with dishes, Dr. Wakeman suggests Jenny to bring a teapot robot to the comfort area attended by an innocent nurse robot called "Vee" who presents herself as a caring and noble robot. Vee then asks Jenny if she would like to relax a little just before Dr. Wakeman calls for Jenny, much to Vee's anger who proceeds to implant a small device on the teapot robot that makes it turn berserk. Afterwards, Jenny returns to the comfort area and decides to take a break just before she is called by her mother again but this time Vee forcefully makes Jenny sit on the relaxing seat which traps Jenny and tries to use a gun on her head. Vee reveals that once the proccess is done, Jenny will forget any memory she had with humans and will join the Cluster, and much to Jenny's horror the nurse robot then reveals herself to be Queen Vexus.
The evil queen threatens Jenny to join her or perish to which Jenny mockingly asks if she has even an army to fight, and Vexus replies that she indeed has already one and activates the orb over her head to activate the small devices she put as Vee on the robots she attended on the comfort area, making them all go berserk and orders them all to turn against their creators, the humans. Fortunately, Jenny manages to defeat all the robots after finding out their different weaknesses, much to Vexus' annoyance who claims that she will have Jenny killed for her foiling her plan once more, only to be attacked behind by Dr. Wakeman who says that she will never let Vexus hurt her daughter in response. After defeating all the corrupted robots, Jenny tells Vexus she will be the next, but the evil queen holds a defeated Dr. Wakeman whom refers as "Jenny's weakness" and throws her at distance, giving her the enough time to distract Jenny and escape, but not before taunting Jenny one last time that they will encounter again soon.
Around the World in Eighty Pieces
Toying with Jenny
Escape From Cluster Prime
Vexus is evil, cunning and a cruel robot queen who has also proven to be sneaky and conniving towards her enemies. She has shown to hold a considerable hatred towards humankind to the point she would make plans to destroy all life on earth, as she also considers them to be an obstacle on her goal to make Jenny join her and the Cluster. She also has no problem with using Jenny's loved ones as hostages in order to get away with her goal, going further as threatening to hurt a human child like Tucker so she could "consolate" herself from her failed plan. She also has shown hypocrisy on her actions, as she and the Cluster in general insist humans are unjustly controlling Earth's machines, however, she's the tyrant herself in reality, and gladly uses mind control to force those same machines to join the Cluster, willing or not.
Although Jenny is her nemesis, Vexus and Dr. Wakeman were and still remain enemies for what must have been some time even before the start of the events of the series. She's very good at manipulating others, such as using Sheldon to acquire Jenny's blueprints for herself, so as to predict her weapons and counter them effectively. Vexus even got into her propaganda campaign to keep her subjects ignorant of her true nature, while making Jenny look like the bad guy. After being overthrown for her crimes, Vexus was reduced to a madwoman living on a garbage asteroid and talking to the creatures crawling around it, going as far as trying to use some random scraps of garbage to build a small but useless escape pod and referring to Krackus and Smytus by nonsensical names, although she later got better.
Despite being a cruel being, she is also shown to have a softer and protective side towards her people and genuinely cares about them. This is demonstrated when Vexus had Tucker captured, Jenny forced her to make a hostage exchange for one of her minions. Vexus has clear love and worry her daughter, Vega who despite not being as evil and xenophobic against human in nature like her mother, she will do everything to protect her until she betrayed Vega of giving out the chips especially in "Escape From Cluster Prime" she called Vega to check up on her while Vexus was commencing her plan to take over Earth.
Powers and Abilities
Vexus is a very powerful opponent that is not to be underestimated. She is intelligent, ruthless, and will use any means to get what she wants.
Superhuman Strength: Not much is know about Vexus' strength, it is shown during her fights she possesses strength that allows her physically harm Jenny, hinting that she might as strong if not stronger than her. Also when Vexus was furious at the trouble Jenny caused (she turned all her people against Vexus) she furiously beat Jenny before Wakeman came to her side
Shapeshifting: Vexus also possesses the ability to shape and morph her body in multiple disguises as shown when she posed as a human photographer, a nurse, QT2, Violet and Vicky.
Flight: Much like Jenny, Vexus is capable of flight. Although she uses her wings instead of rocket boosters.
Teleportation/Portal Creation: Vexus is able to create portal that allow her to travel on and off Cluster Prime or away from her foes in the blink of an eye.
Energy Beams: She can emit powerful beams of green energy from her eyes and her hands.
- Vexus' name is likely a pun on "vixen" whose meaning is a spiteful or quarrelsome woman.
- In the film Escape from Cluster Prime, it was revealed that Vexus had a daughter named Vega, but given her evil intentions, she has shown to dislike her own mother and join Jenny and her friends. Vega also serves like a doppelgänger to Jenny.
- Vexus' design may be insipired by Cleopatra VII Philopator of Egypt, the last active Ptolemaic pharaoh of Egypt. Her bee appearance may be reminiscent on the fact she is the queen and ruler of the hive-like Cluster.
- Vexus' diva-like way of speaking and personality is inspired by her voice actress, Eartha Kitt.
- Before she occupied the role, Vexus was voiced by Cree Summer in "Around the World in Eighty Pieces" and her disguises Violet and Vicky in "Queen Bee".
- The episode "Queen Bee" was the only episode where Vexus was less threatening and different than in the other episodes. A possible theory regarding this was that, hadn't the show cancelled, Vexus would progressively regret her errors of the past and redeem herself in future episodes although it's pretty uncertain.