Coolest Robot Depictions in Cinema
Ever since Metropolis and Star Wars, mechanical companions have become standard science fiction fare. Which of these are the coolest?
The Droideka, first introduced in Star Wars: Phantom Menance, is the most formidable of the new trilogy combat droids. The cleverly designed Droideka rolls up into a disk and locomotes a one large rolling wheel, unfurling itself on three legs to attack. The Droideka's is armed with twin heavy blasters on each arm and a shield generator, making it a threat even to the Jedi.
Who could forget iconic C-3PO, the gold-plated protocol droid and master of human-cyborg relations from the original Star Wars? There's nothing particularly interesting about his abilities or morphology, and he can be quite irritating, but C-3PO is often the first thing that springs to mind when we say Star Wars. C-3PO's design is noticeably adapted from the robotic Maria in Metropolis, one of the first science fiction films.
Judge Dredd may have been a dreadful movie, but its depiction of the ABC Warrior robots, taken from the ABC Warriors comic book, wasn't half bad. ABC stands for Atomic, Bacterial, and Chemical, which are the three threats these hulking brutes are impervious to.
Transforms, the Hasbro toy creation, has go mainstream with the wildly popular Transformers movies, with two groups of alien robots fight for the fate of the world. With many versions of Autobots and Decepticons, the only key feature they all share is their ability to dramatically reshape themselves into various mechanical objects like cars. Fighting with rockets, cannons, jet packs, and brute melee, these colossal robots wreak more collateral damage than a drunk celebrity.
Sentinels from the Matrix series are the large, mechanical, squid-like robot-enforcers of Machine rule outside the Matrix itself. Seemingly mindless in their pursuit, sentinels can rip through a ship's steel hull with razor-sharp clasping appendages. No clear explanation is given for how Sentinels locomote through space, but otherwise, their morphology is quite practical, assuming robots ever evolved to that level of intelligence.
The hostile Borg species, first introduced in the StarTrek: The Next Generation TV show, represent all the evils of collectivism, hive mentality, and technological integration. The Borg modus operandi is simple, assimilate all foreign species and technology into the collective. Individual Borg act as disposable arms of the hivemind, which gives them directive against their individual good. This is no doubt an effective way to run galaxy-conquering totalitarian regime, but where's the humanity? With the much-ridiculed call, "Resistance is futile.", the Borg teach us to be wary of heard mentality and over-reliance on technology. The real question is, can sufficiently advanced societies escape this eventuality?
In Terminator 2, the CyberDyne Systems T1000 is the latest and greatest threat sent by Skynet to eliminate John Connor yet again. Only all the limits we thought robots had are gone. The T1000 is made up of an advanced liquid metal alloy that can take the shape of sharp instruments and mimic other people. Shooting bullets at the T1000 only slows it down for seconds as it refills the holes, and other convention methods of destruction aren't much use. The mind-mending technology behind the T1000 is surely out of our reach for a long time to come, but the ingenuity behind its design captures the imagination.
In the 80's, Robocop become the icon of cinema cyborgs. Robocop was originally Alexander Murphy, a crack-cop who gets gunned down int cold-blood and brought back to life under the auspices of mega-corporation, OCP, as part of an experimental program to fight rampant crime in a dystopian Detroit. Covered in near-impenetrable steel armor, Robocop becomes an unstoppable law enforcement machine.
- The purpose of this list is to admire cool robotic morphology.
- No robotic-powered suits. No aliens. No humans posing as robots.
- Cyborgs are okay if they can be distinguished from humans.