For the metal-eating insect, see Rotek.
The Roteks
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Original Airdate:

October 9, 1985


08 of 65 in Season 1


08 of 75 overall

Previous Episode:

The Ultimate Weapon

Next Episode:

The Oz Effect


Written by:

S.S. Wilson

While on a camping trip with his father and T-Bob, Scott tests a bird caller that he built for a science project. Shortly after, their trailer is destroyed by a swarm of metal eating insects. Matt learns that those insects are called Roteks, a biological weapon for military purposes. One colony of Roteks is missing and the time until they multiply is running out quickly. M.A.S.K. is in for a race against time to find and capture the Roteks before that happens. But of course, V.E.N.O.M. also wants the Roteks...

Plot Synopsis Edit

Safety Tip Edit

Matt Trakker is glad to find Scott Trakker always wears his safety goggles while using tools, unlike T-Bob.

M.A.S.K. agentsEdit

M.A.S.K. vehiclesEdit

V.E.N.O.M. agentsEdit

V.E.N.O.M. vehiclesEdit


Quotes Edit

"This is serious! I could be a bug's dinner any second."

- T-Bob

"Ok Duane, M.A.S.K. is going into the pest exterminator business."

- Matt Trakker

"First one to find a Rotek wins a brass ring... if the Rotek doesn't eat the ring first."

- Matt Trakker

"I say, that doesn't look quite cricket."

"'Course those aren't crickets!"

- Alex Sector and Buddy Hawks

"My holograms never miss. Now lets try this!"

- Brad Turner

"If those Roteks track me down, I'll be m - m-munched for lunch."

- T-Bob

Satoisms Edit

  • "When the small are many, they are stronger than the strongest."

Continuity Edit


  • After Matt Trakker approves the M.A.S.K. computer selection of agents, the computer says 'transmitting M.A.S.K. signal code' but we've already seen each agent receiving the call on their watches individually.
  • During the overhead shot in the M.A.S.K. conference room, Matt Trakker is seen wearing his Rhino uniform. In the next shot it has changed to his Thunderhawk outfit. Hondo's outfit also has the wrong colors in the first shot.
  • When Hondo McLean climbs onto the back of Buddy Hawks' motorcycle, Buddy's jacket is blue instead of purple.
  • After Brad Turner and Condor are forced onto the ground, the ridge on top of his mask is grey instead of black in one shot.

Behind the Scenes Edit

A Golden Books 'Super Adventure' book based on this story was published, also titled The Roteks.

Voice CastEdit

External links Edit

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