The Top Ten Fictional Robots Of All Time

25 May 2011

Since we love building and playing with robots here at Orbotix, we thought that we would compile a list of the ten coolest robots from movies and science fiction. Of course, a list like this will likely leave off someone's favorite automaton. Let us know who we left out in the comments!

10. Optimus Prime

Are there bigger robots out there? Maybe. Are there smarter robots? You betcha. But we defy you to find another robot from an alien planet that can transform into another freaking robot!

Optimus Prime is a leader. He is brave. And he is - at the end of the day - a talking truck that can turn into a giant robot. End. Of. Story.

9. Data from Star Trek TNG

Data has always been one of our favorite robots. Equal parts "I, Robot" and "Pinocchio," Data's innocence is part of what makes him such an appealing character. Well, that and the unitard.

8. Robot B-9 from Lost in Space

Robot B-9 has a full name that is a mouth full: B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. According to Wikipedia, he is sometimes simply called Robot. Also, "Copies of the robot are available commercially from Hammacher Schlemmer for $24,500." For that much coin, you could probably build yourself a robot butler.

7. Robby the Robot

First seen in Forbidden Planet, Robby the Robot quickly became an icon of mid-century science fiction. He plays a pivotal role in the film and inspired many future robot makers to bring robots out of the movies and into real life. FUN FACT: Robbie can be seen in the movie Gremlins.


WALL-E is one little waste allocator with a giant (robot) heart. He is industrious, tenacious and fearless. He also manages to save the human race and get the girl. Not too shabby.

5. Bender from Futurama

We usually like our robots happy and healthy, but there is something completely amusing about a self-destructive, alcoholic robot. Bender smokes, drinks and belches fire. He is also a kleptomaniac and steals his way across the Futurama universe.

4. R2-D2

Forget C-3P0. That timid protocol droid can't hold a candle to his short, squat, foul mouthed companion. R2-D2 gets to ride in an X-Wing and carries the plans to destroy the Death Star in his little hard drive. Solid.

3. The Terminator

So initially the Terminator is a time-traveling robot killing machine (that's bad). But in the second Terminator film, we see a more heroic robot that can protect humanity (that's good).

Now if only the Terminator could go back in time and stop T:3 from ever being made.

2. Rosie the Robot

Rosie is one of our favorite Robots for a number of reasons. For starters, her window cleaner is "radio active mist" and, despite being a robot, she wears an apron around the house. Rosie embodies a vision of the future where machines not only help with day to day tasks, but support humans on an emotional level.

1. Johnny 5 from Short Circuit

Short Circuit came out in a simpler time when lasers still seemed like viable battlefield weapons and Steve Guttenberg seemed like a good choice for a male lead. One thing hasn't changed since then, though: Johnny 5 is ALIVE!

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