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Sarcasticool's Lists: My Top 10 Fictional Robots (TV & Film)



Since I was a child of 4 I have loved robots. It all began for me one day when I was in my lounge and I saw re-runs of an episode of the 1966 TV series "Lost In Space" and was in such awe of the robot B-9. I would walk around the house driving my mother crazy, waving my arms around and repeating that classic phrase "Warning, Warning, Danger, Danger Will Robinson..." Of course back then he was known only to us as "Robot". I had to have one. I begged my father to make me one somehow out of this old black and white TV set we had. Though I never got that robot that I wanted back then I certainly have collected a lot of models and figurines of various fictional robots later on down the years. B-9 was and is my favourite robot of all time, though I have him only second on my list to the great Robby the Robot from "The Forbidden Planet" (1956), of course the two robots were both created by Robert Kinoshita. Both robots also met in the two episodes of Lost In Space called "War of the Robots" and "The Condemned of Space".

Since that day B-9 introduced me to the world of robots I have collected, read, watched, sketched, studied and breathed ROBOTS! I am currently writing a large book that I hope to publish as soon as possible called An A-Z guide of Fictional Robots, Androids, Cyborgs, Computers & C G Beings!

I am very much a compiler of lists and enjoy compiling and reading them, however this list is not based on any official list ranked by any source other than myself and is my own personal selection of robots in MY top 10. I have not included Cyborgs, Androids, Computers etc... which I may include in a Top 10 list in another hub at a later date.

What I will say though is any list that does not include the top 5 robots on here somewhere in that list I really can't take seriously. This list is based on what I consider MY idea of a sci-fi robots hall of fame if you like, especially the Top 5.

1. Robby the Robot (Forbidden Planet 1956)


Robby the Robot is number one on my list! For me he is the iconic face of sci-fi robots. He first appeared in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. He also appeared in the less-popular 1957 film The Invisible Boy to bring up his second film appearance. He also made various TV episode appearances including; The Thin Man (1958), The Twilight Zone (1960s), The Adams Family (1966), The Man from U.N.C.L.E (1966), Lost in Space (1966 and 1967), Wonder Woman (1977), Mork & Mindy (1977), The Love Boat (1982) and many more.

At 6 foot , 11 inches Robby the Robot was designed by Robert Kinoshita (who also designed B9, the 'robot' from Lost in Space) as mentioned earlier.

In 2004 Robby the Robot was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame!

2. B9 'Robot' (Lost in Space TV series 1965-1968)


B9 or "Robot" as he was simply referred to in the 1960s TV series Lost in Space is number two on my list. He is to television what Robby is to film. There are few robot fans who would not know of this robot if any. Well known for his waving arms and robotic phrase "Warning, Warning, Danger, Danger Will Robinson". B9 is a Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, which was mentioned a few times on the show.

This is my own personal favourite. When I think of the word 'robot', an image of B9 is what I see. If any robot should be in the Robot Hall of Fame it is definitely this one!

3. Maria (Metropolis 1927)


Maria from Fitz Lang's black & white 1927 film Metropolis. This film is a classic and a must see for any sci-fi fan let alone robot fan and is way ahead of it's time. Robotic Maria was made in the image of a human female in the film with the name of Maria. It is said that George Lucas (creator of the Star Wars films, incase you didn't already know) got his inspiration for C3PO from Maria.

In 2006 Maria was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame!

4. Gort (The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951)


Gort is another classic robot from another classic science fiction film called The Day the Earth Stood Still (1952). Gort was a huge 8 foot tall silver robot who could release beams of energy out of his visor.

Like Maria, in 2006 Gort was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame!

5. & 6. C-3PO & R2-D2 (Star Wars 1977 etc.)


 C-3PO and R2-D2 come into this list at five and six (in no particular order) and  are probably the most popular, well known and famous robots of all. Like most of the 'droids' in the Star Wars franchise they are very well designed and look great. If the earlier robots in this list like Robby and Gort set the standards for fictional robots, these two raised the bar and kept it going.

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They are the ultimate robot duo and both have been inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame!

7. Drones: Huey, Dewey and Louie (Silent Running 1972)


Huey, Dewey and Louie are at number seven. They are the three service robots (called 'drones') on a spacecraft cargo vessel called the 'Valley Forge'. Their roles in the film are the highlight of the whole story for me. I found the destruction of Louie being blown away much more distressing than when the human characters meet their demise. The Drones are: (Huey) Number 01, (Dewey) Number 02 and (Louie) Number 03.

All three drones are in the Robot Hall of Fame! 

8. Optimus Prime (Transformers cartoon TV series 1984, Live action films 2007-2011)


Optimus Prime is the heroic and inspirational leader of the Autobots, the group of Transformers on the side of good as opposed to their evil counterparts the Decepticons. He became the robot icon of the 80s in cartoons and through the Hasbro toy line that is still producing to this day thanks to the recent live action films, though the toy line has spawned it's share of rip-offs and bootlegs trying to cash in on it's fame.

Optimus Prime was one of the first five robots named by Hasbro to be inducted in to the Transformers Hall of Fame at BotCon 2010.

9. Cylons Centurions (Battlestar Galactica TV series 1978)


A Cylon Command Centurion armed and ready for battle. The true Cylons were a reptilian alien race that before becoming extinct, created the robots that became to be known as Cylons, after their creators namesakes. They were at war with the twelve colonies of humanity. They are well known for their robotic catch phrase "By Your Command" and the roving red eye that probed backwards and forwards in their shining silver helmeted head. The Command Centurions had gold armour. A different version of these can be seen in the re-imagined 2004 TV series of the new Battlestar Galactica.

10. "Johnny" Number 5 (Short Circuit 1986)


Before there was WALL-E, there was, SAINT (Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport) Number 5 or 'Johnny' 5 as he eventually renamed himself. After being struck by lightening and developing independent thought patterns the robot spends it's time on the run from the military organization that created it. The plot becomes a type robot ET story.

I am sure I am not the only one who notices that Pixar's WALL-E bears a very uncanny resemblance to Johnny 5.

If I went to 20 I would have probably included...

VINCENT, Bender, K9, Rossie, ED-209, ABC Warrior Robot, Maximillion, Twiki, Hector, Marvin, AMEE, Iron Giant, Metal Mickey and WALL-E and too many others to consider.

Daleks (machines controlled by aliens) and The Terminators (*classified as cyborgs according to the movies) may not technically be robots in the usual Sci-Fi sense I would have included them but I it leaves me material for a cyborg list.

* I could probably place them in 3 different categories; androids (they have a human appearance and machines inside), robots (without their flesh that's all they are.) and cyborgs (as the films designate them.)

Also I would like to do a sci-fi computers list so I can put HAL 9000 at the top and I might create one.

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cbl12 on December 21, 2014:

Definitive Guide to all things Robotic in Science Fiction and other Genres. Well recommended, whether or not You agree with the order of the choices, as this brings out the debate, and allows people to discuss which Robots they like the most, and why. Look also into Kerry's A - Z Book of Robots to come, which is intended as a published Hard Copy work, detailing in alphabetical order all Robotic creatures to date.

Mike on December 17, 2014:

So I already have a FB aocucnt but how essential is it to use FB for "professional purposes"? I have a blog that is linked to my Twitter aocucnt which is how I prefer to keep in touch with my writer/creative friends. My FB page is mainly used for wacky stuff from my family and old college friends and I would like to keep it that way. Otherwise I am loving these challenges. Thanks so much for doing something like this.

Old_Noob on December 16, 2012:

I like your list.

It seems more accurate to me in terms of popularity than others i have found on the Net.

So many lists leave out Robby.

Robby the robot has been in more films than any other robot.

sarcasticool (author) from New Zealand on November 30, 2012:

Huey, Dewey and Louie were named after Donald Ducks Nephews.

Geekdom on November 29, 2012:

Great list. I actually just finish my last top 10 list for robots and saw your Hub underneath it. I have never heard of Huey, Dewey and Louie from silent running. Were they inspired by Donald Duck's nephews or vice versa?

cbl12 on September 11, 2012:

Keep it up, 2.2 lbs, look forward to seeing Your other work. I suspect we like robots, since they have been made to resemble us, and perhaps since most are supposed to do our work without moaning, like a rumba vac, we admire them for the idea there could be someone out there who cares only for our every whim. Some Chauvinists might say it is like having the perfect housewife but without having to listen to her talk. But not I. More interesting than their servant abilities is how they work and the more science related stuff they could accomplish. Thanks.

sarcasticool (author) from New Zealand on January 14, 2012:

There are plenty of androids like Data. There is B4, Lal, Lore (Star Trek: TNG), Ash, Bishop (in the Alien films), Daryl (D.A.R.Y.L), Buffybot and all the androids from the series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David (A.I) and the Androids out of Blade Runner, Austin Powers, Questor Tapes, Not Quite Human, Twilight Zone episodes etc. There is a whole lot more but these are a few I can think of as an example without wrecking my Android top ten list. This list was strictly those 'robots' who were outwardly robotic, metallic in nature, mechanical inwardly and fall in to the only category a robot could be, and besides it gives me another excuse to make more lists based on a subject I love so much. :)

Man from Modesto from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California) on January 13, 2012:

An android isn't a robot, or it's a special category? I think I see your point in distinguishing them apart. I can't think of another android like Data, though.

Marlin 55 from USA on January 13, 2012:

Great hub. This is one of mt favorite subjects. It's amazing how timeless the robots of film remain to be. voted up.

sarcasticool (author) from New Zealand on January 13, 2012:

@ Man from Modesto

This is a Top 10 list of strictly Robots, Data (being an android) will be in my Top 10 list of Androids though. The lists in this series I intend to do are?

Top 10 Robots (as I have just done)

Top 10 Androids

Top 10 Cyborgs

Top 10 Computers

Man from Modesto from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California) on January 12, 2012:

uh-hum, "Data? Hello?"

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