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Vampires and zombies have had their day. Now, it's time robots take their rightful place at center stage. Some are good, some are evil, and some, like Almost Human's Dorian, are, well, almost human. But all of the following make up our favorite robots in pop culture history.
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Number Six and Number Eight, Battlestar Galactica
Right from the start, Six represented just how different Ronald D. Moore's BSG was going to be. While we love the old school toasters, the way skinjobs like Six, Athena and Boomer struggled to find balance between their who they were built to be and who they wanted to be were some of the most inspirational storylines of the series.
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Rosie, The Jetsons
Rosie was really the glue that help the Jetsons together. Not only did she take care of their health and home, but she often proved far more wise than her human employers. If it weren't for Rosie, who knows how Elroy would have turned out?
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Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Much like Pinocchio, Data longed to be human and understand emotions. Though comparisons to Spock are understandable, unlike his Vulcan predecessor, Data gave us the hope of becoming more than what we were made to be.
5 of 23 Warner Bros./Everett Collection
Before Almost Human, there was Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., Joey's short-lived buddy-robocop series. Unlike Michael Ealy's Dorian (and contrary to his name: Computerized Humanoid Electronically Enhanced Secret Enforcer) C.H.E.E.S.E., all flimsy metal and tractor wheels, is anything but state-of-the-art, despite having been in development for two years by Wayne. But you can easily get on C.H.E.E.S.E.'s good side (and get him to stop grabbing your balls) if you teach Wayne how to pick up chicks.
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Buffybot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Before Spike got a soul, he was prone to some questionable decisions, such as enlisting Warren to build him a robot Buffy to use as a sex toy. Thankfully, once the Scooby Gang got hold of it, the Buffybot was put to much better use… before being torn robot limb from limb.
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K-9, Doctor Who
The BBC series is filled with robots, but we hold a special place in our hearts for K-9. Maybe it's the fact he could shoot lasers out of his nose. Or maybe it's simply that, unlike Daleks and Cybermen, he wasn't trying to kill the Doctor. But no matter the reason K-9 remains one of the most delightfully cheesey relics of Who's past.
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Vicki, Small Wonder
Who wouldn't want a robot for a sister? The '80s sitcom offered a fun twist on the traditional family by exaggerating the typical sibling and neighbor antics with the additional task of hiding the fact that the daughter was an android. Given Vicki's superhuman strength and total lack of emotion, that was sometimes a chore, but it was always fun to watch!
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Cameron, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Unlike previous Terminators, Cameron was so much more than just a cyborg. She was funny and graceful, not to mention pretty darn sexy. If she showed up at our door demanding, "Come with me if you want to live," we'd follow in a heartbeat.
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Alpha 5, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Zordon's loyal assistant, Alpha wasn't the most levelheaded or self-assured of robots, often losing his saucer lid over the smallest thing, even though he almost always had the answer. Frankly, we're not sure how the Rangers put up with his constant panic mode for so long. Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi indeed.
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Forget the oil can! This tin dude requires a stiff drink (or eight) to function since he's powered by alcohol. He's known to be quite the liar and womanizer, but has learned to deal with his organic brethren as the roommate of co-worker Philip J. Fry and occasional cook (with varying non-lethal results) to the Planet Express crew.
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C-3P0 and R2D2, Star Wars
Throughout the franchise, C-3P0 and R2-D2 evolved from fairly simple machines to resourceful adventurers. Both robots' bravery and gadgets helped save the galaxy many times, though C-3P0 never quite got used to the danger.
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The Iron Giant, The Iron Giant
He may be made of metal, but this regenerating robot is a big softie at his core. A symbol of pacifism during the Cold War era, the Iron Giant is determined to use his powers for good and not evil. Of course, he also teaches his young human companion Hogarth a few lessons about the value of friendship and bravery, before eventually sacrificing himself to save the town of Rockwell. This is one robot we'd like to have by our side!
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Geoff Peterson, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
With all due respect to Andy Richter and Ed McMahon, Geoff might be our favorite late-night sidekick ever. The robot skeleton, complete with bright bue eyes and a metal mohawk, adds to the semi-absurdist tone of Craig Ferguson's show and is always ready with a quick one-liner. In fact, sometimes Geoff gets more laughs than the host. Rise of the machines!
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Zingbot 3000, Big Brother
The Big Brother contestants do lots of stupid stuff, but for many seasons, they were never called out on it. That all changed on Big Brother 12, when the Zingbot 3000 visited the house to sling insulting one-liners at the houseguests. Though the snarky bot has returned every season since, the cracks have never cut quite as deep as the initial appearance. Of course, none of the houseguests are all that deep anyway. Zzzzzzzing!
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Johnny 5, Short Circuit
With the rise of computers in the '80s, there was a sudden influx of robots in pop culture. One of the first of these android characters was 5, a one time military experiment who escaped and landed in the hands of an animal lover who saw Johnny as a new part of her family. People watched both the original and the sequel to see how Johnny adapted to human world around him.
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Kevin, Saved By the Bell
Sure, Screech was often played as dumb dork, but let's not forget that he was smart of enough to build his own robot! Kevin appeared occasionally in early seasons and was always good for a witty retort or some sage advice. Plus: He even assisted Screech when he tried his hand at being a magician and served as hall monitor. If only Kevin could have made Lisa fall in love with Screech, he'd have been perfect!
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The Robot, Lost in Space
A machine by many names — B-9, G.U.N.T.E.R., etc. — The Robot was incredibly intelligent and intuitive. But not only does he sense danger before it happens, he could even shoot lasers from his claws when it arrived!
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Crow T. Robot, Mystery Science Theater
Who doesn't want a hilarious pal to watch a few bad movies with? Along with Tom Servo, Gypsy and Cambot, Crow never met a B movie he couldn't skewer — though he's also written a few screenplays of his own, including "Earth vs. Soup" and "Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk." Fun fact: According to creator Joel Robinson, Crow stands for Cybernetic Remotely Operated Woman" (it's a joke), and the T in his name stands for "the."
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HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey
HAL may be homicidal, but his decision to go after the human crew was oddly empathetic. When confronted with a fight or flight response to the human's deciding to shut him down, HAL chose to fight. What's more human than that? Hell, if the case had gone to trial he could have argued self-defense! How can you not love a robot like that, even if he is a tad murderous?
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Good things come in small packages. Unassuming and curious, WALL-E is delightfully simple and dutiful, especially when there's garbage to be compacted. But who didn't love it when he mixed business with pleasure, falling for high-tech EVE? Robots have feelings too.
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The Fembots, Austin Powers
These boots are made for walkin', indeed! The Fembots are to most men what kryptonite is to Superman. But rather than being rendered powerless in the presence of these scantily-clad women (who — surprise — are actually allies of Dr. Evil), Austin Powers turns the tables on the 'bots and their machine gun bras. With merely a few dance moves to "I Touch Myself," the sexually-charged spy causes the Fembots to go into system overload and blow up.
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Robby the Robot, Forbidden Planet
In the 1956 film, Robby serves the mysterious Dr. Morbius on the planet Altair IV and is programmed to obey Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, the first of which is to not harm humans. The film is seen as a sci-fi version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with Robby acting as the enslaved spirit Ariel to Prospero. Robby had a mechanical voice and quite the dry artificial intelligence wit. His popularity extended to appearances in many other films and TV shows after Forbidden Planet.