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Top Ten Tuesday: Robots in Sci-Fi

Author: Svanya | Oct-01-2013 8:55 PM

ScifiedGeneral Movie News & Posts ➙ Top Ten Tuesday: Robots in Sci-Fi

For this week’s Scified’s Top 10 Tuesday article we will look at the top 10 Robots in science fiction:

#10-Security Robot: Chopping Mall

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The security robot was part of the high-tech security of Park Plaza Mall. The Robots were designed to apprehend, in a non lethal manor, thieves with tasers and tranquilizer guns. One evening a lightening bolt strikes the mall and damages the computer which controls the robots. Locked inside the Mall are four couples who decided to stay behind and have a party. One by one the malfunctioning robots turn lethal and turn on the locked in employees.

#9-Hector the Robot: Saturn 3

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Hector is the first model in the demi-god robot series and was built by Captain Benson on the small experimental hydroponics research station on Saturn's third moon. Captain Benson built Hector and programmed him using a link to his own brain. Because Captain Benson is a homicidal sociopath, Hector develops some of these traits, and this is where the problems begin.

#8-Teddy: A.I

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Teddy is the very intelligent and highly mobile robotic teddy bear from the movie A.I, who can walk and talk. He is classified as a super-toy, who once belonged to Monica's son Martin. Teddy was given to David by Monica to provide him with companionship. Teddy is very kind and cares about David, often giving him almost parental advice throughout their journey.

#7-Number(Johnny)5: Short Circuit

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Number 5 is part of a series of prototype U.S. military robots built for use in the Cold War by Nova Laboratories. During a demonstration of the robots, ability's number 5 is hit by a lightning-induced power surge. Managing to escape number 5 is unsure of his directive and encounters an animal lover named Stephanie Speck who gives number 5 access to books and television feeding number 5's need for input.

#6-Gort: The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Gort is a fictional humanoid robot in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. The eight-foot metal robot accompanies Klaatu, a visitor to Earth from a distant planet, aboard a flying saucer. He does not speak, but uses a beam weapon projected from beneath a visor to vaporize weapons and obstacles. Klaatu describes him as being part of an interstellar police force. He announces that the people of the universe constructed numerous robots like Gort and gave them irrevocable powers to respond to violent actions in order to "preserve the peace."

#5-Cylon Centurion: Battlestar Galactica reboot

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The Cylon War-era Centurions are the next evolutionary step - or modification - of existing Cylon models created by Graystone Industries of Caprica City. Centurions are distinguished by their iconic chrome armor and sometimes likened to "walking chrome toasters". The Cylons destroy almost the entire human civilization, chasing a few ship-borne survivors into deep space.

Not long after their introduction to Colonial society as cannon fodder and laborers, the Cylons develop their own culture and religion - worshiping the monotheistic God followed by humans aligned with the Soldiers of the One cult. Shortly thereafter, the Cylons inexplicably turn on their human masters, initiating the conflict known as the Cylon War. Alongside other Cylon models - including the military and commercial types - the Centurions become a mainstay in the Cylons' war against humanity.

#4-K9: Doctor Who

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K-9 is a robot dog acquired by Doctor Who in the 1977 serial The Invisible Enemy. The first two incarnations of the character travelled alongside the fourth Doctor (portrayed by Tom Baker) until 1981. In these stories, K-9 proved useful for the powerful laser weapon concealed in his nose, his encyclopaedic knowledge and his vast computer intelligence. By 1981, each of the two models of K-9 which travelled alongside the Doctor had been left with one of the Doctor's female companions. The character subsequently transitioned into spin-off territory, even appearing in the 2006 series.

#3-Megatron: Transformers

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Megatron is the leader of the Decpticons and was once the former Lord High Protector and co-ruler of Cybertron. Once brothers-in-arms with Optimus and student of Sentinel Prime Megatron resented Optimus because he was a Prime and Sentinels favorate. Because of Megatron's anger the fallen used this to make him join them and revive the Decepticons.

#2-Robbie The Robot: Forbidden Planet

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Robby the Robot is a fictional robot and science fiction icon who first appeared in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. He originated as a character in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. He is a 7-foot (2.1 m) tall robot whose "mouth" is a monochromatic blue light organ, synchronized to his synthetic voice, its band of curved tubes located directly below his transparent conical "face" dome. He walks on mechanical legs. He made a number of subsequent appearances in science fiction movies and television programs, usually without specific reference to the original film character.

#1-R2-D2: Star Wars

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R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Deetoo and often referred to as Artoo, is an R2-series astromech droid. R2-D2 is a brave, experienced and resourceful droid which served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. R2 is also a skilled mechanic and fighter pilot assistant. Through Anakin Skywalker R2-D2 would meet his life-long friend and companion C3PO and would endure many adventures together.
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What are your thoughts on this weeks top 10? Are there are any Robots you think should have been included in the list? Let us know below, we would love to hear your input.


(This article is the second installment of a three-part collaboration between Admin Svanya (#2,4,5,6,8.) and Staffmember xeno_alpha_07 (#1,3,7,9,10.)- Part one can be found here: Top 10 Tuesday: Androids in Sci-Fi.)

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Comments

FREEZE! ›

Excellent article peeps! Great job!

Chris Picard ›

Nice list!

testy65 ›

How else are you supposed to pronounce R2D2? You must be blind or unable to read if you cant pronounce R2D2. You went to college? What was your major? You need a shirt that say "Captain Obvious"!! Wow! Really?

xeno_alpha_07 ›

Testy, before going into a rant try contacting these guys to: starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R2-D2- it says: "R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Deetoo and often referred to as Artoo,"

Maybe you can ask them what size shirt they wear for their Captain Obvious tee's

Deltadromeus ›

I think Terminator should be in the list, but other than that great list. (Also MechaGodzilla should have a place)

PRSciFi ›

A fun thank, well done guys.

Sawa ›


All the classic "Battlestar Galactica" Cylons, & also Twiki from "Buck Rogers":

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Battlestar Galactica (1978-79)

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Buck Rogers (1979-81)

Likely a different category of robot, but included:

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Gaiking (1976-77)

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Mazinger Z (1972-74) + all other incarnations

And in hindsight, the actual Japanese toys of these were more amusing than the TV-shows themselves.

Thanks Svanya + xeno_alpha_07. ^_^

S:)

Batchpool ›

I'm sayin nothin' and just keeping my head down on this one.
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While I'm at it, this one was last seen in Tony Starks dads shed, but no one seems to know whats' happened to it.
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Rex Fan 684 ›

Good list. I think my favorite robot is the Droideka(Destroyer Droid) from Star Wars. With rapid fire laser cannons, the ability to roll up into a ball and move at tremendous speed, and a portable shield generator, these things made even the most experienced Jedi and Clone Troopers nervous.

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