R2-KT's Favorite Robots of All Time







1.The Terminator The Terminator (Cyberdyne Systems model 101, also known as a T-800) is a formidable robotic assassin and soldier, designed by the military supercomputer Skynet for infiltration and combat duty, towards the ultimate goal of exterminating the human resistance. It comprises a hyper-alloy battle chassis encased in skin to mimic a human. It can speak naturally, copy the voices of others, read human handwriting, and even genuinely sweat, smell, and bleed. To detect the Terminators, who are otherwise indistinguishable from humans, the human resistance uses dogs to alert humans to their presence. The endoskeleton is actuated by a powerful network of hydraulic servomechanisms, making Terminators superhumanly strong. The power source is two hydrogen fuel cells with an operational life of 120 years.

Appearances:The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009)
Memorable Moments:While pursuing Sarah Connor in the first filme, the Terminator storms a police station and goes unchecked on a killing spree that leaves the station in flames.
Memorable Lines:"I'll be back." ; "Hasta la vista, baby."
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2.Robocop In a dystopian near future in Detroit, Michigan, police officer Alex Murphy is gunned down in the line of duty. Omni Consumer Products (OCP), which controls the police department and most major city functions, cites a release signed by all officers to use their bodies for science. A team salvages Murphy's remains and fuses them to a cyborg armored frame and neural processor, his memory wiped clean (almost) and his programming revolving around crime-fighting directives. Patrolling the streets of Old New Detroit, Robocop was heavy, had a booming, mechanical voice, and advanced targeting optics that helped him nail perps with pin-point precision. His thigh housed a semi-auto, quick-draw side-arm with armor-piercing rounds. A 'neural lance' extended from his right hand, allowing him to interface with larger computers and upload his visual memories as well as research case files. Robocop showed a complete lack of hesitation in carrying out the law as well as a lack of personal concern for the citizens he protected. Eventually Robocop accessed his memories and struggled to embrace his dual life as Robocop and Murphy, but his mission continued.

Appearances: Robocop (1987), Robocop 2 (1990), Robocop 3 (1993), (rumored new movie 2010)
Memorable Moments: Responding to an attempted rape in progress, Robocop solves a hostage situaton by shooting through a woman's skirt to hit the perp where the sun don't shine. The woman, understandably hysterical, sobs her gratitude to the imposing cyborg, who responds coolly: "Madame, you have suffered an emotional shock. I will notify a rape crisis center."
Memorable Lines: "Come with me or there will be trouble." ; "Dead or alive you're coming with me."
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3.Roy Batty A replicant created by the Tyrell Corporation in the year 2021, Roy is a Nexus-6 replicant: described as a combat model, optimum self sufficiency and rated 'A' in both mental and physical conditioning. Roy is hell-bent to find a way to overcome his only real weakness: a three-year lifespan. When he wasn't quoting William Blake to his doomed victims, he was lurking in the shadows wearing an evil grin. Charismatic, manipulative, and physically intimidating Roy ranks as one of the scariest artificial life forms ever created by man.

Appearances: Blade Runner (1982)
Memorable Moments: At the movie's climax and with the hero at his mercy, the replicant has a sudden change of heart and allows Harrison Ford to live. His last moments of life are spent musing over the futility of it all.
Memorable Lines: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those ... moments will be lost in time, like tears...in rain. Time to die."
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4.R2-D2

Appearances: All six Star Wars movies, the Droids cartoon series, Clone Wars animated series
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Memorable Lines: If you can make out what he's saying, by all means enjoy the quote!
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5.Cylon Centurion (classic BSG) Cylons were military droids featuring silver armor, a military crested helmet, a single red eye that oscillated menacingly, and a cold electronic voice. Basic Centurions make up the ground forces and pilots of the Alliance military. Centurions are armed with a powerful energy weapon, often referred to as a blaster rifle. They also have bayonets and swords for close combat and the execution of prisoners. Cylon Centurions form the rank and file of the Cylon forces, but there are Command Centurions that feature gold armor. These are the lower commanders for individual military units, though they can be responsible for entire Basestars and garrisons. Their voices are slightly lower pitched than regular Centurions.

Appearances: Battlestar Galactica (1978 movie) and television series
Memorable Moments: In the episode "The Lost Warrior", there is a Cylon Centurion that remained active after its ship crashed on the planet Equellus and was named "Red Eye" by the humans who found it. "Red Eye" had a damaged processor that left it open to suggestion. The primitive natives of Equellus had convinced "Red Eye" that is was a gunslinger and enforcer for a local tyrant. The climax of the episode featured Colonial pilot Starbuck gunning down "Red Eye" in a classic Western showdown in the street.
Memorable Lines: "By your command"
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6.Data

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7.The Six Million Dollar Man

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8. H.A.L. 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). A huge, massively-intelligent computer that controls every aspect of the space ship Discovery, HAL is the epitome of creepy cybernetic assistants-gone-amok. His calm voice and even tone belied a simmering threat you knew was cooking long before something went wrong. And never mind his garish red eyes staring at you from consoles all over the Discovery - he was always watching you! So as potential room-mates go, HAL would be the bottom of the list. But for cold, quick efficiency and pin-point precision, HAL scores big.

Appearances: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Memorable Moments: Dave, one of the Discovery crew, finds himself stuck outside the ship and at HAL's mercy. Within seconds the viewer learns how far ahead HAL had thought to make sure he'd have the upper hand.
Memorable Lines:"I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."

[HAL won't let Dave into the ship]
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave, I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave Bowman: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL?
HAL: I know you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
[Long pause as Dave considers his options] Dave Bowman: All right, HAL; I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors!
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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9. Maximillian from the Disney movie The Black Hole (1979). The ultimate bad-boy of the robots in film, Maximillian is all but unheard of today. He was tall, dark-red, said nothing but hummed ominously, and glowed menacingly from his single eye-slit. Add to that he could float anywhere he wanted and sported two whirling blades of death for hands. GEEZ, this guy was scary! Little known fact, on a trip to Disney World we spotted the remains of one of this robot's models on the ceiling of the MGM Studio's Back-Lot Tour building. Pretty sad ending for one of the tough guys of robot movie history.

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10.The Borg

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11.Maria

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12. Bender the bending robot, from the television animated series Futurama. Bender runs on alcohol, plays poker, smokes cigars, and loves nothing more than the art of thieving. He's also pretty smooth with the ladies and has even been known to woo a starship computer. He's rude, crude, and socially unacceptable but quick with a snappy come-back and good in a card game. I wouldn't trust him with my extra batteries, but he'd be cool to hang with.

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13.Bishop

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14.C-3PO

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15.V.I.N.CENT. the robot from Disney's Black Hole (1979). V.I.N.CENT's name was an acronym for Vital Information Necessary, CENTralized. He served aboard the Palomino and assisted the human crew by dispensing folksy wisdom. But as cute as he was, he was handy in a clutch situation - able to float, attach magnetically to ship hulls, retract into a hard-to-damage ball, and fire lasers from his hands. He even had a telepathic link to one of the crew members! Handier than a Swiss army knife and packed with wickipedia-like information, V.I.N.CENT was probably the ultimate robot companion (other than an astromech droid, of course!).

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16.Terminator: T-1000 Composed of poly-mimetic metal, allowing it to reshape itself to mimic virtually anything it has come into contact with, though it cannot take on the properties of complex machinery or chemical substances (such as explosives). Being effectively a liquid metal, it can create knives or clubs from it's own body, flow through small gaps, and simple seal over most damage. It can interface with computer systems.

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17.Marvin Built by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, Marvin was built with G.P.P.: Genuine People Personality. Unfortunately, his personality is one of a total downer: endlessly lamenting the misuse of his enormous talents and generally malaising about his place in life. He's a short, slow little fellow with stylish modular body parts and an enormous head, large glowing eyes turned up in a perennial look of dismay, which matches his gloomy voice (reminds me of C-3PO). But he's got a good sense of humor (even if it is a bit dry...).

Appearances: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
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18.Cylon (evolved): Model 6

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19.ED-209

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20.Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class), the titular character and protagonist of the film. WALL-E is a sentient, 700 year old, solar powered mobile trash compactor robot, and is presumably the only functional robot on Earth. He is designed as a small compactor box with all-terrain treads, 3-fingered shovel hands, binocular eyes, and is equipped with a cutting laser between his eyes. He is also capable of transforming into a compact cubelike form which he uses when in rest or to hide. He is a very curious, lonely, innocent looking, and sweet being; and always puts others, namely EVE, before himself on his journey to win her heart.

Appearances: Wall-E (2008)
Memorable Moments: One night while viewing the film "Hello, Dolly!", he becomes fascinated by a scene with a man and a woman holding hands. From this he learns the concept of two life forms falling in love and conveying their feelings for one another through a simple gesture, and yearns to experience it himself.
Memorable Lines: "Directive!"
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