Stabby the Space Roomba

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Character
Name: Stabby the Space Roomba
Occupation: Cleaning Robot
Title/Rank:
Location: on spaceships
Status: Flag Admiral [1]
Relationships:
Fandom: Space Australia
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Stabby the Space Roomba is a Tumblr character/meme that grew out of the Space Australia/"Humans are Space Orcs" memes. The idea came from sepulchritude[2] in a post that has gained over 140k notes:

imagine an alien stepping onto a human starship and seeing a space roomba™ with a knife duct taped onto it, just wandering around the ship
“what is the point?” asks the alien as another crew member casually steps over the knife-wielding robot. “is it to test your speed and agility?”
“no it doesn’t really go that fast,” replies the captain.
“but then what is its purpose?”
“I don’t know,” the captain says, leaning down to give the space roomba an affectionate pat. “it just seemed cool”
Admiral Stabby - showing general's insignia but with rank corrected manually, by caitthegreatest

Since then, it has become a mainstay in "space Australia" fandom and made an appearance in many crossover ficlet/comments. It has a tag on AO3 (with few fics), and has collected fanart and an "I Lik the Bred" poem[3].

In 2017, Stabby's adventures continued. It was established that Stabby "got to take the rank of the highest ranking crew member it stabbed. The ceremony for Flag Admiral Stabby was beautiful. The captain gave a speech."[4].

References

  1. Stabby the Space Roomba thread screencap at 9gag
  2. on the topic of humans being the intergalactic “hold my beer” species, posted Nov 7, 2016
  3. Poem by radioactivepeasant at Tumblr, Mar 20, 2017
  4. reblog with comments