Total Recall: Best Movie Robots

We count down our favorite movie mechanoids.

20. C-3PO

Appears in: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars
He's fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, but honestly, he's really irritating. Although 3PO serves as a bit of comic relief in the Star Wars saga, and is actually useful at times, in reality, his incessant whining would get old pretty quickly. Bonus points for being an icon, but major penalties for being so annoying.

19. The Iron Giant

Appears in: The Iron Giant
What do you do when a 50 foot robot crashes near your house? Make friends with it of course! The Iron Giant has a cool retro-future look, and a deep, gravelly voice (thanks to Vin Diesel), and he's probably the single most powerful robot on this list.

18. Marvin, the Paranoid Android

Appears in: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Marvin is likely the most intelligent robot on this list, and he won't hesitate to tell you that. He'd probably then tell you why everything about this list is pointless, and then he'd wonder why he's even bothering to tell you in the first place.

17. The Gunslinger

Appears in: Westworld
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger played an unstoppable robot out for blood, there was Yul Brenner in Westworld. Brenner's gunslinger is supposed to be a fun part of a futuristic robot theme park, but something goes wrong (as it always does), and this gunslinger decides he's tired of letting the guests win the duels, and he's packing live ammo to boot.

16. Bishop

Appears in: Aliens, Aliens
Ellen Ripley hates androids, and rightly so: an android betrayed her and her crew, making Ripley the only survivor of an alien attack. Bishop, on the other hand, is loyal, trustworthy, and capable, and can save lives even after being ripped in half.

15. Bubo

Appears in: Clash of the Titans
In Clash of the Titans, Athena doesn't want to give her pet owl to the hero Perseus, and so she asks Hephaestus to create this mechanical replacement. In reality, Bubo was created by legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, making for an extremely impressive pedigree both on- and off-screen.

14. Mechagodzilla

Appears in: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
How do you fight Godzilla? With a giant robot version! Being a robot version of the King of Monsters earns very high marks, and guarantees a pretty high spot on this list.

13. Maria

Appears in: Metropolis
First! Maria is the first robot in the movies. She's also a major influence on the look of C-3PO. Granted, she gets burned at the stake, but nobody's perfect, right?

12. Major Kusanagi

Appears in: Ghost in the Shell
In our opinion, Trinity from The Matrix owes more than a little bit to Major Kusanagi. They both wear tight clothes and they both are willing to jump through the windows of office towers.

11. Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot

Appears in: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
Another couple of robots that are mostly known for their TV work, Tom and Crow did make one jump to the big screen. In terms of utility, they may not be that great, but these guys are two of the wittiest robots ever to appear in movies.


Castor Troy

Derek Williams

Lol I love this list.

Jun 23 - 08:49 AM


Jonathan Groen

R2 is number 1! It doesn't get any better than that.

Jun 23 - 08:55 AM


'schak Attack

A very fun list, although my personal order would be different. I'd put David MUCH higher up on the list. I loved A.I.

Jun 23 - 09:12 AM

James T.

James Timmer

So you're the one...

Jun 26 - 11:39 AM


Kevin Styp

his list is so true...but I feel like they stuck random robots on to make it 50. One's that aren't deserving...(Red Planet....). They should have made it Top 25

Jun 23 - 09:12 AM


Tommy Savor

This is a great list! Kudos for mentioning SID 6.7. In my opinion, I think Sid and Johnny 5 should have been higher, and of course T-1000 in the top 3. Overall though, a good list!

Jun 23 - 09:13 AM

Draic K.

Draic Kin

How is HAL-9000 not #1 on this list?

Jun 23 - 10:00 AM


Peyton Sloat

Because R2-D2 is better.

Jun 23 - 02:52 PM


Cyneva Dalton-Vazquez

Matter of opinion, of course - as this entire list is!

Jun 23 - 03:27 PM

James T.

James Timmer


Jun 26 - 11:40 AM


Drizzt Reznicek

HAL should be #1 haha

Jun 28 - 01:03 PM

David C.

David Caruso

This list is obviously a matter of opinion, and in mine, the HAL-9000 tops the list! HAL is intellectual, dignified, polite, and but hides a dark shadow to wit.

Jun 28 - 05:34 PM

Andrea R.

Andrea Russo

Agree!!! HAL is number 1 no matter what the list says!!!!!!!

Apr 4 - 02:49 AM

Racer Z

Shannon Potratz

Darn right R2 is #1! Great list. I'd have like to have seen B.E.N. from Treasure Planet make the list though.

Jun 23 - 10:09 AM


Colin Hay

Haha very cool. Wasn't sure if you'd put RoboCop on there or not, but I'm glad you did. Would have been nice to see the ABC robot from Judge Dredd on there though, he was bad-***.

I think a sitcom starring Data and Bishop as roommates would be hilarious.

Jun 23 - 10:23 AM


idle one kenobi

Good list R2-D2 number 1, accept NO substitutes! Its a bucket full of screwdrivers and a midget that cant speak, yet its just so damn authentic! LOVE R2!

Others on the list are in wrong order though.

Jun 23 - 10:23 AM

Bob S.

Bob Saccomano

The T-X ranks higher than Data?? The former was one of the lamest additions to the Terminator franchise, whose signature robots are 2 of the top 8 on your list, while Data was the savior of humanity in FIRST CONTACT. Hate to ***** about a list like this, but T-X should have been closer to 50 than she was.

Jun 23 - 10:36 AM


Dan Holden

But T-X was played by Kristanna Loken!!! That's why! (Data should have been higher yes) Great list though.

Jun 24 - 09:43 AM

Tim L.

Tim Lewis

Yeah I'm surprised the TX even made the list.

Jun 25 - 09:26 PM


Matt Noble

This is the best RT list I've seen in a long time, good job guys!

Jun 23 - 10:49 AM


Sherwood Wise

Great list, very entertaining, but it's all but COMPLETELY invalidated by Gort's embarrassingly low placement! Some other gripes but nothing I'd get up in a knot over, but Gort #29??? Come on people!!

Jun 23 - 11:02 AM


Greg Guro

I like R2 at #1 as well.

This list was great! Brought back lots of good memories. I forgot about that mechanical OWL from Clash of the Titans until now.

Jun 23 - 11:07 AM


Kevin Crawford

I thought GORT from the remake was the best part of that movie. He was an absolute badass, and no robot on this list could even put a scratch on him.

Jun 23 - 11:12 AM

chewie louie


Yep, R2 deserves #1, but the rest of the list is indeed badly out of order.

Jun 23 - 11:25 AM


Greg Guro

I remember now which one I thought was missing.

Mark 13 from HARDWARE. That was one bad mo-fo robot!

Jun 23 - 11:31 AM


Jake Seamark

Where's the robot from Rocky IV? Just kidding, it was good list.

Jun 23 - 11:37 AM


Jonathan Groen

Happy Birthday Paulie.

Jun 23 - 12:00 PM


Greg Guro

Mark13 from Hardware gave me nightmares!

Jun 23 - 11:42 AM


Jonathan Groen

Happy Birthday Paulie.

Jun 23 - 12:00 PM

Matt R.

Matt Ross

As much as I love Bender, the Terminator and Star Wars; I have to say that HAL got cheated.

Jun 23 - 12:11 PM


idle one kenobi

Unless I'm mistaken, HAL wasnt a robot, its just a computer surely.

Jun 23 - 03:08 PM

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