The Best Robot in Scifi? Vote!

Terminator - 800 Series
Terminator – 800 Series

Nominate your best robot in a scifi book or film with a comment (or tweet me @Lazlo_F or FB me at so I can add it. Mention the film or book too in case we haven’t heard of the robot. In 2 weeks, we will vote!

Who could forget the menace of Robert Patrick as the T1000 advanced prototype in Terminator 2 or the lovable R2D2 in Star Wars. Then there was Robby, the not quite so innocuous robot in Forbidden Planet, one of the best early scifi films.

But for me, the scariest was the Cybermen in Doctor Who. Sometimes it is the tiniest detail that makes a robot effective in a story and for me, I think the Cybermen’s tiny and inexpressive slot-mouth that seemed most strange. It had me hiding behind the sofa!

The nomination can include cyborgs and androids.

So be creative. Search your memory for a robot that impressed you. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

3CPO – Star Wars (movie)
R2D2 – Star Wars (movie)
Robby – Forbidden Planet (movie)
B9 – Lost in Space (TV)
T1000 – Terminator (movie)
800 Series – Terminator (movie)
The slice-and-dice robots with built in chainsaws in Screamers (movie)


3 thoughts on “The Best Robot in Scifi? Vote!

  1. Gort (The Day the Earth Stood Still – 1951)
    Chappie (Chappie – 2015)
    Ash (Alien – 1979)
    Optimus Prime
    Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime (Transformers the Movie – 1986)
    Roy Batty (Blade Runner – 1982)
    Robot (Lost in Space)
    Marvin (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
    Baymax (Big Hero 6 – 2014)
    Kryten (Red Dwarf – 1988)


    1. Wow! good list Ash – truly a knowledgeable scifi buff! Lost in space robot (B9) was the only one I got there and both Roy Batty and Kryten are good additions. I will add them all


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