Top 10 Coolest Robots from Film & TV

by Michelle Eggers

7 July 2011

In honor of Transformers: Dark of the Moon's release this past weekend, we tip our hats to all the amazing robots and robettes who've entertained us through the years.

(—In honor of Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s release this past weekend, we tip our hats to all the amazing robots and robettes who’ve entertained us through the years. Whether they are adorable, hilarious, terrifying, sultry, humane or just straight-up bad ass, they offer us something that no human counterpart ever could: they can recharge our cell phones.

10. Teddy (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, film, 2001) Voiced by Jack Angel

Who was it that said robots can’t be cuddly? Truth be told, I’d put this character higher on the list, but then most of you would spit at me. In an attempt at objectivity, I’ll recognize that Teddy maybe didn’t have the deepest of roles or character development, but, you know what? He is so adorable he’s in the Top 3 list of Things That Make Me Melt, and he displays the kind of loyalty and simplistic wisdom most of us wish we had in our lives. Also, he’s the most perfect teddy bear I’ve ever seen outside of a teddy bear picnic, and look at that walk, guys! I tear up almost every time I see that lil guy stumble so preciously over his furry paws. OK, you can move on to the next robot. I’m just going to snuggle in a warm blanket with this one for a bit.

Memorable robot quote: “I am not a toy.”

9. Bender (Futurama, animated series, 1999) Voiced by John DiMaggio

A hilarious, foul mouthed, beer-guzzling, womanizing robot of the future? If only they’d made more than one copy! Despite his cold, robotic un-feeling image, he’s as lovable as a puppy, though maybe for different reasons. Sure his humor is a little obvious and simple, but it works perfectly with the show. And, besides, he’s way too machismo to care.

Memorable robot quote: “Bite my shiny metal ass!”

8. Number 5/Johnny 5 (Short Circuit 1 & 2, films, 1986-88) Voiced by Tim Blaney

He’s adorable and funny. He loves books and ‘80s slang—what more could there be to love? He’s also true to his friends and brave beyond all reason: see his “I Need a Hero” montage. All that aside, he’s still a great iconic movie image from my days of building sheet tents in the living room with my little brother and sister. When the pile of VHS’s came out, you can bet this classic flick was always in there.

Memorable robot quote: “Number 5 is ALIVE!”

7. Optimus Prime (Transformers, animated series & film trilogy, 1985-2011) Voiced by Peter Cullen and others

You knew he had to be in this list. One minute he’s nothing but your typical semi-truck, the next he’s deconstructing and reconstructing into a giant alien robot with one arm that’s a mega sword and the other arm a cannon. He’s also got a heightened sense of justice, courage and ethics—and how about that super impressive, booming voice?

Memorable robot quote: “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”

6. R2-D2 and C-3PO (Star Wars, film series, 1977-2005) Voiced by Anthony Daniels

Now I’m sure that you’re already very familiar with this dynamic duo. Sidekicks to a timeless hero and comedic relief as well, they bring a fun and light-hearted element to the Star Wars films. In short, they’re classics. Growing up with these movies gives these two robots a warm place in my 1980s-lovin’ heart, as I imagine it does with most of you too. They’re just wonderful, and the memories they evoke are even more so. How much duller would Star Wars be without these guys?

Memorable robot quote: “Artoo says the chances of survival are seven hundred seventy-five… to one.”

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