Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fifteen Favorite Movie Robots

This list was actually really hard to make. I was originally going to have it be my top ten, but it was way to hard to narrow it down, so I made it 15, and even that was hard. I ended up limiting it to two robots per movie (sorry Star Wars and Wall-E), and excluding TV robots (sorry Sarah Connor Chronicles and Jetsons.) Anyways, here is my list of my top 15 favorite movie robots.

15. THX 1138 Guards (THX 1138)
These silver-faced guards are from George Lucas's pre-Star Wars sci-fi dystopia film THX 1138. You better take your anti-emotion drugs, or you'll end up being shocked by one of their little cattle prod thingies. Its not easy to escape either, these fuckers are everywhere!

14. Gort (The Day the Earth Stood Still)
While he may not be the coolest looking robot in the world, Gort is certainly the most obedient. For the majority of The Day the Earth Stood Still, he is just standing in front of the spaceship, awaiting instuctions from his master, Klaatu. I read online that they had two Gort suits made, one with a zipper in the front for shots from behind, and one with the zipper in the back for shots from the front.

13. T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
Whats scarier than an evil cop? An evil cop that is actually a cyborg from the future who can turn to liquid and turn his arm into a giant knife, thats what...

12. Ash (Alien)
You don't find out that Ash is an android until towards the end of the film, but one of the coolest parts of the movie is when his severed robot head is talking on the table.

11. Fembots (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)
Careful...cross mojonation causes their heads to explode...

10. Optimus Prime (Transformers)
I am not the biggest Transformers fan in the world. I've never watched the cartoon, I thought the first movie was okay, and I thought the second movie was stupid. Optimus Prime, however, makes the list because No.1, hes a badass and the best thing about the movies, and No 2, hes got that amazing deep voice....

9. EVE (Wall-E)
 EVE is an awesome robot because she doesn't let anything get in the way of her mission. Eventually, she does soften up a bit, and how could you not with that adorable robot Wall-E around?

8. Machinenmensch (Metropolis)
Metropolis was one of the very first science fictions films, coming out in 1927. Even by todays standards, the design for the machinenmensch is pretty spectacular, and was reportedly an inspiration for C3PO's design.

 7. Sonny (I, Robot)

 I actually read the story that this movie was based on when I was in high school, and I thought that the Three Laws of Robotics thing was very cool. Can a robot break these rules and harm a human?

6. Marvin the Paranoid Android (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
"What are you supposed to do if you are a manically depressed robot?"
"I'd make a suggestion...but you wouldn't listen. No one ever does."

5. HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
 HAL is without a doubt the most evil robot on the list. All he is is a red light and a voice that never changes tone, and yet he is terrifying!

4. Wall-E (Wall-E)
Wall-E is my favorite movie that has been made by Pixar. I think that it is such a great story and that Wall-E is a really great character. If you don't think this movie is absolutely adorable, then you must be a robot yourself...

3. T-800 (Terminator)
 "I'll be back." Arguably the governators greatest role, and certainly my favorite of his...

2. R2-D2 (Star Wars)
You can't have a list of the best movie robots without adding this little astro droid. R2D2 is amazing because he only speaks through beeps and electronic sounds, and yet he has a personality. R2 is a bit of a smartass and a troublemaker, and is always giving C3PO a hard time, and thats why everybody loves him...

1. C3PO (Star Wars)
C3PO is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe, and my favorite movie robot of all-time. C3PO is a protocol droid who was made by Anakin Skywalker, and ironically bought by his brother Owen Lars some years later. He then accompanies Luke Skywalker, his maker's son on many adventures throughout the galaxy along with his trusty sidekick and best friend R2D2.

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