Top Ten Famous Robotsposted on 4/12/13
1. R2-D2 and C-3PO
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI) [Blu-ray]
In the movie Star Wars these robots served as faithful employees of the Skywalker family for generations. R2-D2 was an excellent starship mechanic who could whip out any necessary tool at a moment’s notice from his infinite artillery. R2-D2’s counterpart C-3PO may not have been as bold and adventurous, but he possessed his own impressive array of skills. C-3PO’s knowledge of intergalactic languages and etiquette allowed him to facilitate many meetings between different cultures.
Futurama: Volume 6 [Blu-ray]
On the television series Futurama, this belligerent robot was constantly boozing and scheming. He enjoys lying, stealing, gambling, and cigar smoking. Bender is extremely self-absorbed and considers all living things to be his inferior.
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3. Marvin the Paranoid Android
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, both a popular television series and movie, features Marvin as a genius robot aboard the starship Heart of Gold. He is a malcontent who suffers from depression because his vast knowledge is rarely utilized. Although he is unhappy and intellectually superior to humans, he is ultimately a benevolent robot.
RoboCop Trilogy [Blu-ray]
The titular character in this action flick was built from a dead cop and top-notch crime fighting technology. He is programmed to protect and serve the law-abiding citizens of Detroit. Things are going as planned for his creators at Omni Consumer Products until this zombie cyborg becomes aware of his past and seeks revenge against the bad guys that robbed him of his human life.
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Wall-E (Single-Disc Edition)
Life as a solitary waste-collecting robot on the polluted, abandoned planet Earth was lonely for Wall-E. But a surprise visit from a lady robot named EVE changes his sad existence. He follows her back to a giant spacecraft that is home to the entirety of the human race. Together with EVE and the spaceship’s captain, WALL-E must save mankind’s future by bringing them back to rebuild the planet they destroyed 700 years ago.
6. Rosey the Robot
The Jetsons – The Complete First Season
On the animated television series The Jetsons, Rosey is the household maid for the Jetson family. She tends to all of their domestic needs and comes equipped with a no-nonsense attitude. While she may be a little outdated and sassy, Rosey is a dutiful housekeeper who is great with kids.
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7. Bicentennial Man
Robin Williams plays a loyal robot servant named Andrew Martin in this cinematic adventure that spans two hundred years. Andrew slowly evolves from a household appliance into a sentient being that is capable of experiencing emotions and creative thought. His internal and external transformation present a challenge to those who would prefer to keep robots as subservient tools.
8. Stepford Wives
The Stepford Wives
Both the 1975 and 2004 film versions of The Stepford Wives take place in the splendid town of Stepford, Connecticut where the wives are the absolute image of feminine submission and beauty. When newcomer Joanna Eberhart arrives she discovers the reason for the docile nature of these effervescent women is that they are in fact robots programmed by their husbands. The term “Stepford Wife” is still used to describe women who demonstrate this unsettling level of domestic perfection.
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Austin Powers 1-3 Collection
The movie Austin Powers introduced nefarious FemBots as sexually enchanting, but lethally dangerous robot weapons. Built by Dr. Evil and tested on his own guards, they shoot bullets and toxic gas out of their strategically placed twin barrels. Not to be confused with the equally alluring female robots in the Stepford Wives, these FemBots are programmed to destroy enemies as opposed to entertaining company.
10. Tin Woodman
The Wizard of Oz
First brought to life in the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodman was a representation of the modern man being consumed by the industrial era. Through the wildly popular 1939 film adaptation, the Tin Man was brought to the masses. His quest to help Dorothy kill the Wicked Witch and get himself a heart earned him a permanent place in pop culture history.