A Timeline Of The Robots In Films

ROFL 01-12-2014

Movies are filled with all kinds of life forms, be them the more traditional humans and animals, or fictional beings like aliens Still Waiting For Half-Life 3? 4 Alien Invasion Dystopic Alternatives What if I told you that Half Life 3 was coming? Well, I could tell you that, for sure, but unfortunately, I'd be lying to you. These other games will fill the void, though. Read More and monsters. Movies are also home to fantastical things that aren’t technically alive like robots. Sure, they seem lifelike in some cases, but they are most definitely artificial.

Who’s your favorite movie robot? Can you even remember all of the most famous movie robots? Check out this awesome timeline of some of the most beloved movie robots ever!

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  1. Johnny A
    December 3, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Sico the robot... aka, "Pauly's Robot"


  2. Adrian
    December 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I believe it was Twiki. On that show there was also Dr. Theopolis and Crichton.

    And let's not forget Peepo from Space Academy and PPA (Perfectly Programmed Android) from Star Fleet.

    But I agree...Arnie's Terminator and Data should be on that graphic.

  3. Hyp3r
    December 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    There are several other robots that come to mind.

    The Replicants (Blade Runner), Twiggy (Buck Rogers), Muffit II (original BSG), Fembots (Austin Powers), etc...

    This list could get huge fast.

  4. Marko
    December 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Wait a minute... you forgot Data from Star Trek! Sorry but you lost points for ignoring that one.

  5. staeff
    December 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    And Andrew?

  6. SAJT
    December 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

    !!!!Bicentennial Man (1999)!!!!

    • Vyom
      December 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Sad to see Bicentennial Man (Robin Williams!!!) not on the list. :(

  7. carl
    December 2, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Baymax is a current favorite in our household.

  8. Deckard
    December 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    You missed Blade Runner (1982) Replicants!!

  9. Greg K.
    December 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Wait a minute....... No Lt. Cmdr. Data?

    and if suits are going to be included, why are Dalek's not up there?

  10. Glenn Zorpette
    December 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    AMEE from Red Planet.

  11. Ken
    December 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    While I like the graphic, I don't really see an evolution here. What exactly is this showing that is evolving?

  12. Kevin
    December 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    @FOx ...Agreed. I think we can easily apply the term "Robot" to all but the Suit "Gipsy Danger". The least robot of them is all is problem Ash from Alien as he's a synthetic life form per say.

    • Doc
      December 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Actually, more than half of these are androids - robots built specifically to look human.
      And the phrase is "per se," not "per say."

  13. dark passenger
    December 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, the Terminator isn't on there? One of the most iconic robots ever! Some Blade Runner androids would be good simply because the whole movie is about what makes a robot human/not human.

  14. Luke
    December 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    What? No Cylons?

  15. Gregory Tipton
    December 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm
  16. dave
    December 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    To be pedantic the pacific rim are suits that weren't able to do anything automatically unless someone went into them. So the definition for robots wouldn't work here at least in that example.

  17. theo
    December 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm


  18. F0x
    December 1, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I haven't seen all of the movies, but in reply to Esteban's comment, here are the definitions of both Robot and Automata for clarity:

    Robot: 1. a machine that resembles a human and does mechanical, routine tasks on command.
    2. any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.

    Automata, plural of automaton: 1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
    2. something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
    (i.e. a coin-operated talking gypsy booth is a perfect example)

    Technically, the wording by LeClair is not incorrect. Even based on the Wikipedia entry for automata, it is highly likely that all of these are robots, even if I haven't seen most of these movies.

  19. Esteban
    December 1, 2014 at 4:57 am

    What nonsense! There are several automata -not robots- there, and one suit.