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One Cool Robot: Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Data (yes, androids are robots)
Approximate size: Exact height of Brent Spiner
Film(s)/Television show(s): Anything dealing with the Next Generation of Star Trek

It’s fortunate that Data plays for the good guys in TNG, because he would be one formidable enemy. And that’s not taking into account his ability to sing opera with Picard. Unfortunately, Data sacrificed himself in Nemesis. As luck would have it,though, ¬†another Data lookalike, B-4 (really?), was found, and at the end of the film seems to have some of Data’s memories. I guess you could say that… wait for it… B-4 you know it, Data will be running around the quadrant once more! Wha-ha! Humor! I love it! Perhaps I should turn off my emotion chip?

One(2) Cool Robot(s): R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars

R2-D2 and C-3PO
Approximate size(s): Down here, and up… here!
Film(s): Star Wars movies (I’m not typing them all here!)

Duh! They’re only the two most famous robots in film history. I do love them, even if 3PO chatters enough to drive a guy nuts. I like how the prequel films added gizmos and abilities to R2-D2 which somehow the little guy forgot to use in the original trilogy. Personal favorite? Spraying oil. It’s like something out of Speed Racer. You have to love that. These are the droids we’re looking for.

One Cool Robot: Mark 13 from Hardware

Robot: Mark 13
Approximate size: However large it makes itself
Film: Hardware (1990)

The lesson of Hardware is this: If you’re a junk artist, don’t use an ex-military project robot head in your art project. If you do, it will come to life, use the junk to rebuilt itself, and go on a killing spree in your apartment complex. You may wish to accept this as fact rather than doubt the logic. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Hardware. The effects are great, but the film itself is an uneasy mix of science fiction, horror and sleaze. It does have an awesome killing machine of a robot, though.

One Cool Robot: Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Approximate size: No matter the answer, it’s still depressing
Film: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

I may as well get everyone upset, and focus on Marvin from the most recent film adaptation of Hitchhiker’s. As voiced by Alan Rickman, I love him. I like the design, as well. I realize I may be alone in this opinion. Indeed, he is one Paranoid Android, and quite a bummer to be around. He’s also One Cool Robot, but don’t tell him that. It wouldn’t cheer him up, anyway.

One Cool Robot: Moto-Terminator from Terminator: Salvation

Approximate size: Street motorcycle
Film: Terminator: Salvation (2009)

Say what you will about Terminator: Salvation. You have to admit that it features some great robots. Moto-Terminators are more than just heavily-armed street motorcycles. They’re nimble, avoid obstacles with ease, and coordinate their attacks. In the film, they’re deployed from the legs of the hulking Harvester robot (which could also be added to this list).

One Cool Robot: Cylon Centurions from Battlestar Galactica

Robot(s): Cylon Centurions
Approximate size: 6.5 ft. tall
Television series: Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

Design was the strength of the original Battlestar Galactica series, including some of the coolest robots ever, Cylon Centurions. From their roving red eyes to their distinctive electronic voices, the Cylons were always buffed and ready to take humanity down.

One Cool Robot: ED-209 from Robocop

Approximate size: 7 to 8 feet tall
Film(s): Robocop (1987), Robocop 2 (1990), Robocop 3 (1993)

ED-209 is a wicked security robot, but also a great source of laughs. Its deep voice and 20mm cannons are enough to intimidate the most hardened of criminals, and yet it thrashes and squeals like a pig when toppled over. It’s no Robocop, but it is one cool robot.