My top 5 best and worst robots

Recently I did some ‘research’ for a short story I’m writing which has a robot as the bad guy: I basically watched some films with robots in and did a bit of online searching to get some ideas together.

The whole process rekindled my love for robot movies and it got me thinking about the best and worst robots/AIs/robotic technology in films and books. After such extensive and backbreaking research I thought it was my duty to post my top 5, best and worst robots that have graced our screens/books… so here they are.

5 Best Robots


Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy holds a special place in my heart, mainly because my dad used to call me Marvin when I was little. But apart from that, there’s something innately funny about a depressed robot with chronic bad luck.   


Sniper from Neal Asher’s novel: ‘The Skinner.’ Which I would highly recommend, is stuffed full with explosions and violence, but all in context with his imaginative vision of the future. He is one of my favourite SF writer of this generation.   


That exoskeleton robot suit that Ripley climbs into in Aliens (seen again more recently in Matrix and Avatar). What can I say? I wanted one then, and I want one now. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting one.   


T-1000 form terminator Judgment Day. The scariest, baddy from the bestTerminator film, the T-1000 was genius, and gets the number 2 spot.




HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I love the story of HAL 9000 so much that I wrote a short story ‘D.A.V.E’. as a tribute. (Click my ‘Published Stories’ tab for a read). I mean, what do you do when you rely on a computer to run every aspect of the ship, and then it goes bananas?   

5 Worst Robots


I love Doctor Who, but frankly speaking the Daleks are rubbish. Not that I wasn’t sufficiently afraid of them as a child. I was. I chose them because they’re useless lumps of metal with high-pitched voices. They could do with trading in their chunky model for something like Ripley’s Robot suit from Aliens. Now that would make for some worrying bad guys. Maybe they would actually exterminate the Doctor with bodies like that…   


Robbie the Robot from Lost in Space is overweight and annoying. A bad example of future technology. 


C3P0 from Star Wars has no backbone and would sell its mother for a can of WD40. Star Wars is great, but I reckon SF has no place for camp robots.   


Rocky 4

Why? Just why?




Johnny 5 from Shot Circuit is so bad it’s funny. I think this image pretty much sums up it up.   
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  1. Hannah

     /  October 21, 2012

    Daleks aren’t robots, they are alien cyborgs.

    • Thanks for your comment. If you read the intro it explains that these choices are made about “the best and worst robots/AIs/robotic technology …” I reckon that covers alien cyborgs ;}


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