In honor of Paramount’s latest Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the movie that is doing better overseas but could break these July 4th holiday box office records and following our Xomba friends too, we offer you a list of some of the most amazing robots and robettes who’ve entertained us through the years.
It’s been a good long time since the movie A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) was released (2001). Amazing is how Teddy, the robotic teddy bear in the story was made real using motion-capture technology and other ingenious mechanical special effects by the Stan Winston Studios. Charming, soft, and animated, it was a toy that movie-goers wanted to have. Just look at that walk!
Most memorable quote: I am not a toy.
A character in the animated television series Futurama referred to as Bender could be considered as a robot prototype for Homer Simpson. Despite his cold image and his humor that is a little obvious and simple, he’s lovable and it works perfectly with the show.
Most memorable quote: Bite my shiny metal ass!
8. Number 5/Johnny 5
Number 5, the quirky, alert triangular tread-having robot, is indisputably the gold standard in 1980s robot comedies. Short Circuit, 1986 is an old story, robot created for obliteration gains independent thought, becomes “alive”, but this one doesn’t want to hurt anyone. In fact he’s totally against it.
Most memorable quote: Number 5 is alive!
7. Optimus Prime
It’s obvious he had to be in this list. Prime is animated, but no less a robot. He was the honorable leader of the Autobots, and the coolest semi turned warrior bot in existence. Optimus Prime doesn’t make an appearance until almost an hour into the film. And maybe his overall screen-time is extremely short. But he’s still got a keen sense of justice, courage and ethics.
Most memorable quote: Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.
6. R2-D2 and C-3PO
You can’t very well have Threepio without Artoo as they are partner in crime just like Starsky and Hutch. Both of this robot is one of five main character to be appeared in all six Star Wars series. Both of this character provide humor relief in arousing situation. In short, they’re classics.
Most memorable quote: Artoo says the chances of survival are seven hundred seventy-five … to one.
5. HAL 9000
One of the most renowned robot villian in all of movie history, Stanley Kubrick’s HAL is one of the most dangerously enduring enemies a human could ever nightmare about. First appearances might suggest that he’s not much more than a disturbingly weird, inflectionless voice, but HAL shows that, on his ship, he holds in his hands the power of life and death. When the astronauts aboard Discovery One noticed Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer has not been working in certain areas, they decided it would be best to disconnect him completely. But that was wrong. That would not be best at all.
Most memorable quote: It can only be attributable to human error.
4. Roy & Pris
The replicants from Blade Runner are hard. They’re certainly robots, in so much as they’re machines. But they look and act completely like humans. That makes selecting them for this list seem, at least at first look, like a cop out. Deckard is most likely a replicant, but he doesn’t count.
And the evident choice is Rutger Hauer’s scary and nuanced Roy Batty. Batty’s character illuminates a problem that exists in many fictional robots–the thoughts of a child mixed with the ability to kill without batting an eyelash. If you remember, a Nexus 6 model called Roy rallies a small group of his peers, including his lover, Pris, and heads to Earth to find their maker so that he might prolong their lifespans.
Most memorable quote: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time … like tears in rain.
Portrayed by German actress Brigitte Helm, this robot is one of the most popular sci-fi icons of all time. Her blank empty face and lady’s curve made her a subject of fascination and disgust. The Maschinenmensch has many names given her through years: Parodi, Ultima, Futura, Robotrix, (false) Maria and Hel. Posing as a dancer at a night club, her show seduces the audience’s men to such a degree that they’ have been driven to madness to get her.
Since this is a silent film memorable quote is too quiet.
2. T-800/The Terminator
Cold, calculating and unstopping, the Terminator became the worst case scenario of those who considered the advancement of computer automation. Made you think long and hard before cursing at your computer for fear of the uncertainty of the future it might exact revenge. This is definitive a bad guy robot. It has no feelings; you can’t reason with it, you can’t beg, you can’t even hope it will run out of batteries. And then just when you couldn’t be more afraid of it, it says “Come with me if you want to live” There is hope and it is still creepy!
Most memorable quote: It is in your nature to destroy yourselves.
Number Six is a family of fictional characters from the reimagined sci- fi TV series, Battlestar Galactica, played by Canadian actress Tricia Helfer. Of the twelve known Cylon models, she is the sixth of the “Significant Seven”. Like the others of the “Significant Seven”, there are several versions of her, including Caprica Six, Baltar’s “Head Six”, Shelly Godfrey, Gina Inviere, and Natalie Faust. She is the only model that does not use one particular human alias for all copies. On top of that, she’s as strong and agile as a Transformer, accompanied by all the allure a former Victoria’s Secret model should have.
Most memorable quote: Humanity’s children are returning home. Today!