With Robocop just released on the big screens, it is easy to remember a series of robots that have made history in theatres. So here are ten robots you surely remember from your favorite movies.
1. T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Among special features of T-1000, we should mention the fact that this metal liquid robot can dissolve and reassemble anyway it wants, it can turn his hands into weapons and it can let bullets pass through it without consequences of any kind.
2. R2D2 from Star Wars (1977)
Just name a feature and surely R2D2 has it. Laser sword port? Checked. Fire extinguisher? Checked. Able to fly? Yes. Human qualities? Aside from the fact that it is able to communicate only through beeps and whistles, there is no doubt that R2D2 is a selfless, brave and reckless robot.
3. Optimus Prime from the Transformers series
Surely you already know Optimus Primes, the alien leader of the friendly Autobots in Transformers (2007) and sequels which came to earth to fight the deadly plans of the Decepticons.
Special feature: the ability to transform into a truck.
4. Gort from The Day the Earth stood Still (1951)
Gort can launch a laser for destroying military equipment, but leaves unharmed living beings.
5. Replica of Mary from Metropolis (1927)
The main feature of this robot is its ability to replicate a real person. It dances rumba and even has sex appeal.
6. WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth–Class) is the last robot left on Earth, programmed to clean up the planet, moving one by one the cubes of compacted trash. However, after 700 years of operation, it has a small flaw: it has a personality. It is extremely curious, highly inquisitive and a little lonely. WALL-E was one of thousands robots sent to clean the planet, while people went on a luxury space cruise.
7. Data, from Star Trek series
An android with a conscience, the right hand of the commander of the USS Enterprise, with a power able to match the sharpness of mind.
8. C-3PO from Star Wars (1977)
The most famous protocol droid in the history of cinema. Among his special features is the fact that it is fluent in over six million forms of communication. It is also a Ewok deity.
9. The Stepford Wives
The submissive women of Stepford, Connecticut, in the 1975 film and the 2004 remake. Features: perfect replicas of real wives, but with their personality completely deleted. Able to have sex and go shopping.
10. Sonny from I, Robot (2004)
Sonny is a special robot, with almost human characteristics. It is capable of a certain innocence and even a certain kind of feelings. The film I, Robot of Alex Proyas brings a future Chicago in 2035, where robots are part of society. Type NS -5 robots, including Sonny, have three characteristics: transparency, similar to the human body, with a special muscle structure and a perfectly symmetrical face. Transparency is meant to reinforce the idea of safety and trust in robots. Something transparent can hide nothing wrong, says the producer. Or at least that is the impression people have.
The head of Sonny the robot is made up of three elements: the mechanical parts of the interior, a skull similar to the human one and an outer layer of skin -like material. Also, the system muscle of NS -5 robots is very similar to that of the human being made with technology and materials used in the prostheses industry today.
The robots, called automated domestic assistant do house cleaning, walk the dog, deliver things and are even babysitters. Every family has at least one, if not more. But what if, suddenly, our confidence in these machines is shaken?
11. The Iron Giant 1999
This robot, which loves to eat metal, learns to speak. In addition, it is strong and friendly, with a childlike curiosity, trying to find out as much about people as possible. Without any trace of selfishness, the iron giant alien will rid people of their own fears and prejudices, proving that in a steel soul can be humanity.
12. Andrew from Bicentennial Man (1999)
This film follows the entire “life” of an android bough in t to help around the house. After a few days of the purchase, the Martin family realizes that they don’t have an ordinary robot in their lives, but a completely unique one. Andrew starts to have emotions and displays creative thinking. In a story that takes place over two centuries, Andrew learns about the complexity of human beings while trying to stop those who want to destroy him.