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’Bots of the Big Screen
Much to the chagrin of robots’ rights advocates, robotic characters historically have been portrayed in one of a few familiar character roles. From the seductive Fembots of Austin Powers to the evil killing machines in the Terminator series, movies have continuously characterised its robotic protagonists into specific archetypes.
The Seductress. So easy, even a robot could do it? The most scintillating movie robots are the ones that push our buttons, programmed in the science of human seduction.
• Lisa from Weird Science (1985)
• The Fembots from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
• Stepford Wives from The Stepford Wives (1975, 2004)
The Destroyer. Evil twins, assassins from the future and super-criminals: these bots are concerned only with reeking pure havoc.
• Terminator, T-1000, and T-X from the Terminator series (1984, 1991, 2003)
• Evil Maria from Metropolis (1927)
• Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974, 1993)
The Saviour. When preserving the future of the world is no job for mere mortals, we count on the machines to do our dirty work. Can your Droid phone do that?
• Robocop from the Robocop series (1987, 1990, 1993)
• Optimus Prime from the Transformers series (2007, 2009, 2011)
• Gort from Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Woe-bot. Bless their poor little hardwired souls. These hopeless robo-mantics are just like us flesh-and-blood types: looking for a little love.
• Wall-E from Wall-E (2008)
• Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
• Data from Star Trek: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998), and Nemesis (2002)
The Pinocchio Complex. “I’m a real boy!” Sorry, friend, but it turns out you’re not. No matter how hard they try, these bots just don’t quite fit in with the humans.
• David Swinton from A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
• Rick Deckard from Blade Runner (1982)
• Johnny 5 from Short Circuit (1986, 1988)
• HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Lovable Sidekick. Sure, they sometimes get in the way, but we just can’t imagine life in the future without these flighty bot-friends.
• C3PO from the Star Wars series (1977,1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005)
• Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956)
• Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story series (1995, 1999, 2010)
• Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and Gypsy from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
The Humble Handybot. The unsung heroes of robot cinema, our loyal handybots are always there to perform crucial repairs when we need them most.
• R2D2 from the Star Wars series (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005)
• Rosie the Maid from The Jetsons series (1962)
• Jarvis from the Iron Man series (2008, 2010, 2013)
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