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Top40 Best Robots of All Time (Fictional and Real) Read Vote Share!

Everyone Loves A good Robot! Our friends at Pastemagazine.com bring us this awesome list of all the best robots real or otherwise. Here is their opening statement.  (Dont forget if your not so sure about the order of this list you can vote for your favorite  robot and move it up in the rankings!)

This week, the word “robot” celebrates its 90th anniversary, first appearing in Karel Capek’s play R.U.R.. What better way to toast the machines than with a list of our favorite robots—past, present, future; real, fictional and Daft Punk.

We excluded cyborgs that were once humans (sorry Seven of Nine and Robocop) and tried to only use one example from each fictional universe (we cheated with Star Wars). If you have a suggestion not on the list or a nit to pick with our definition of robot (KITT? HAL?), please do so in the comments section. And remember, Rosie may have been sweet to the Jetsons, but that doesn’t mean the Robot Apocalypse isn’t nigh.

#1 Wall-E Created: 2008 Director: Andrew Stanton

Ambitious. Daring. Incredible. A work of art. Pixar’s loftiest film yet happens to be all of those things and more. It also happens to be near-perfect, especially in its near-silent first half. Its deceptively-straightforward tale of two robots in love is shrewdly enmeshed in a environmentally-friendly story with a rather scathing critique of American consumerism and decadence. The pure sense of wonder and level of artistry in WALL-E continues to be nothing short of astonishing.—Jeremy Medina

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#2 Bender Bending Rodriguez (Futurama) Created: 1999 Creator: Matt Groening Voice: John DiMaggio

Made in Mexico, Bender is a sociopath of steel (er, well, iron, titanium, lead, zinc, dolomite and nickel), who has kidnapped Jay Leno’s head and sent his own son to robot hell. But he really just wants to be a folk-singer.—JJ

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#3 R2D2 (Star Wars) Created: 1977 Creator: George Lucas Actor: Kenny Baker (Yes, there was a guy inside) Voice: Ben Burtt

Like Charlie Brown’s teacher, we never knew what the little guy was saying, but you didn’t have to speak R2 to know he had an attitude. Despite C-3PO’s protestations, there were no delusions of grandeur—Luke Skywalker’s astromech droid made a habit of saving the galaxy.

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#4 Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Created: 1987 Creator (real): Gene Roddenberry Creator (fictional): Dr. Noonien Soong Actor: Brent Spiner

The sentient android who wanted to be human, this Pinocchio couldn’t tell a lie—or a joke. Data was the best character from the best Star Trek series, and Spiner was brilliant at giving life to his alter-egos: his evil brother Lore, characters on the Holodeck and, of course, his creator Dr. Soong.

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#5 Sojourner (Mars Rover) Created: 1996 Controllers: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology

Delivered by the Mars Pathfinder on Independence Day 1997, the 23-pound Sojourner studied the Martian surface and atmosphere—a relative bargain at $150 million for the mission. Its name was chosen by a 12-year-old from Connecticut honoring abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth.

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#6 The Final Five (Battlestar Galactica) Created: 2004 Creators: Ronald D. Moore and Glen A. Larson Actors: Well, that’d be giving it away now wouldn’t it.

How to pick a Cylon? Athena? Boomer? Leoben? We’re going to go with the reveal of the final five, particularly…well, you know who. The Cylon’s relationship with humanity grows more complex as disagreement arises within their ranks. And BSG’s “skinjobs” were so real and nuanced, even they didn’t know they were robots.

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#7 HAL 9000 Created: 1968 Creator: Arthur C. Clarke Voice: Douglas Rain

We debated whether HAL belonged on this list. He’s a computer program with artificial intelligence, but his only physical representation is a camera eye, though he does control the Discovery. But he was one of the inaugural inductees in the Robot Hall of Fame, so that kind of settles it.

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#8 GLaDOS (Portal) Created: 2007 Creator: Erik Wolpaw, Kim Swift Voice: Ellen McLain

Everyone’s favorite passive-aggressive robotic tormentor, GLaDOS was the primary antagonist in Valve’s brilliant 2007 puzzle game Portal. The game may have stood strong on its clever physics puzzles and tightly paced gameplay, but it was GLaDOS who stole the show. And thoguh she may have been destroyed in the game’s grand finale, her lovely robotic voice made an encore appearance and sang to us over the credits, “I’m still alive.” Since Portal 2 comes out in but a few months, we’re assuming she was telling the truth.—Kirk Hamilton

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#10 The Maschinenmensch, aka Maria (Metropolis) Created: 1927 Creators: Thea von Harbou (novel), Fritz Lang (film) Creator (fictional): C. A. Rotwang Actor: Brigitte Helm

A machine-man made in the image of a beautiful schoolteacher, the robot of Fritz Lang’s monumental film became an icon for a dystopic vision of the future (which in the Germany of 1927 might not have been pessimistic enough).

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#11 The Terminator Created: 1984 Creator: James Cameron Actor: Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Governator was completely in his element during the first two great incarnations of The Terminator, giving us action film at its’ best. We know he’ll “be back”—even if its just his CG likeness.—Sean Doyle

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#12 K-9 (Doctor Who) Created: 1977 Creator: Bob Baker Voice: John Leeson, David Brierley

The Daleks were flesh and blood on the inside, and the Cyber-Men were, well, part men. But we’d have picked the good Doctor’s robotic dogs anyway, even though we had no idea Mark III got his own spin-off in 1981 (K-9 and Company!).

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#13 Crow T. Robot/Tom Servo (Mystery Science Theater 3000) Created: 1988 Creator: Joel Hodgson Creator (fictional): Joel Robinson Crow Voices: Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett, Paul Chaplin Tom Voices: Josh Weinstein, Kevin Murphy James Moore, Frank Conniff

Crow and Tom aim is to help their creator Joel (who’s trapped on a spaceship called the Satellite of Love) withstand the torture of watching terrible B-movies by making fun of everything and everything associated with the film, including the credits.—Nathan Spicer

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#15 Cindi Mayweather (Metropolis, The ArchAndroid albums) Created: 2007 Creator: Janelle Monáe

In the year 2719, Platinum 9000 android Cindi Mayweather is mass-produced for the wealthy citizens of Metropolis. Bestowed with a soul, Cindi joins the cyber soul rebellion and falls in love with billionaire Sir Anthony Greendown—a major breaking of the rules. When she’s sentenced to disassembly, she escapes to the wondergound, where her true destiny as the ArchAndroid is revealed. She’s sent back in time to put an end to The Great Divide, a covert operation which suppresses freedom and love

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#16 DJ Roomba (Parks and Recreation) Created: 2010 Creator: Greg Daniels and Michael Schur Creator (fictional): Tom Haverford

What beats a Roomba? A DJ Roomba. The unofficial mascot of the Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation department, DJ Roomba is repurposed by the one and only Tom Haverford to be a robot DJ. “What’s hot, DJ Roomba?” After being accidentally stepped on by the bumbling Jerry, he returned as a ghost to play Black-Eyed Peas on a nonstop looooop.—Kirk Hamilton

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#19 The Iron Giant Created: 1968 (novel) Creator: Ted Hughes Director: Brad Bird Voice: Vin Diesel

Before he was creating masterpieces for Pixar, Brad Bird was directing this 1999 animated film for Warner Bros with a story as compelling as his work to follow. After losing its memory upon crash-landing on earth, The Iron Giant must learn the ways of Earth from a small boy named Hogarth. Despite their difference in size, Hogarth teaches The Iron Giant about the value of friendship and selflessness of sacrifice.—Wyndham Wyeth

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#20 Astro Boy Created: 1952 Creator: Osamu Tezuka Creator (fictional): Doctor Tenma

The hero of early Japanese Manga became an animated TV show in 1963. Living in a future world where robots and humans coexist, Astro Boy was the robot replacement for Dr. Tenma’s dead son—rejected when Tenma realized he wouldn’t be the same. And yes, A.I. pretty much copied that plot.

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#21 Robbie (I, Robot) Created: 1939 Creator: Isaac Asimov

The protagonist of the first short story “Robbie” in Asimov’s I, Robot collection saves the life of a little girl who thinks of him as her best friend. Asimov did as much as anyone to shape the way we think about human-robot interaction.

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#22 Lego Mindstorms NXT Created: 2006 Creator: Lego

I had no idea what my daughter was talking about when she signed up for Lego Robotics at her school, but the Saturday this fall I spent watching her compete in a FIRST Lego League meet was priceless. She and her classmates programmed the NXT to complete tasks and were judged on their success.

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#23 Marvin the Paranoid Android (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Created: 1978 Creator: Douglas Adams Actors: Stephen Moore and Alan Rickman

Bender wasn’t the first robot to struggle with depression. “I didn’t ask to be made: no one consulted me or considered my feelings in the matter. I don’t think it even occurred to them that I might have feelings. After I was made, I was left in a dark room for six months… and me with this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side. I called for succour in my loneliness, but did anyone come? Did they hell. My first and only true friend was a small rat. One day it crawled into a cavity in my right ankle and died. I have a horrible feeling it’s still there…”

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#25 The Robot (Lost in Space) Created: 1965 Creators: Robert Kinoshita and Irwin Allen Actor: Bob May

“Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!” The Robinsons couldn’t even bother naming the Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, even though he could play the guitar. Robert Kinoshita also designed one of the first anthropomorphic machines in film: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.

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#27 Daft Punk Created: 1993 Creators: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter

These robot twins have been making us humans dance since their hit debut Homework. Most recently they wrote an entire movie soundtrack, which some would say was the best part of the entire film. Keep up the good work twins.—Sean Doyle

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#28 Clank (Ratchet and Clank) Created: 2002 Creator: Insomniac Games Voice: David Kaye

Ratchet’s robotic companion strives to save the galaxy from evil and such. His charming wit and British accent set him apart from most video game sidekicks, serving as both an engaging character and a valuable part of the game’s mechanics.—Bo Moore

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#29 H.E.L.P.eR. (Venture Bros.) Created: 2003 Creator: Jackson Publick Creator (fictional): Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. Voice: “Soul-Bot”

H.E.L.P.eR. (Humanoid Electric Lab Partner Robot) assists Brock Samson of Team Venture look after Hank and Dean Venture—the sons of Thadeus “Rusty” Venture, an somewhat incompetent scientist and owner of Venture Industries. Even though H.E.L.P.eR. is capable of performing great feats, the Venture family commonly treats him like a broken toaster.—Nathan Spicer

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#30 The Energizer Bunny Created: 1988 Creator: DDB Chicago

Who would have thought that a beat-dropping, robotic pink bunny would become such a recognizable icon? Good work Energizer Bunny. We’re glad you keep going, and going, and going—long after we’ve forgotten the Duracell Bunny you were parodying.—Sean Doyle

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#31 Bishop (Aliens) Created: 1986 Creator: James Cameron Actor: Lance Henriksen

The executive officer of the Sulaco is an android that even Ellen Ripley comes to love. He secures a spot on our list for rescuing Ripley and Newt as the atmospheric processing station explodes only to be ripped in half by the Queen Alien. Not to mention the fact that, despite his reduced state, he still keeps Newt from being sucked out of the airlock along with the Queen. – Wyndham Wyeth

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#32 Beer-Fetching Robot Created: 2010 Creator: Willow Garage

Robot + beer = awesome. The beer-fetching robot was the part of Willow Garage’s third annual Hackathon, concepting on a Monday and demoing on a Friday. Using the web-based Beer Me app, anyone in the office can now order up one of several different bottles of beer that the PR2 can identify, deliver and uncap.

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#33 ED-209 (Robocop) Created: 1987 Creator: Paul Verhoeven, Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner Creator (fictional): Omni Consumer Products Voice: Jon Davison

The ED-209 was modeled after American sports cars and has mounted machine guns for arms. The growl in his voice was created by playing a jaguar’s growl backwards. Just watch out for his “glitch.” ED-209, we comply, we comply!—Sean Doyle

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#34 HK-47 (Knights of the Old Republic) Created: 2003 Creator: James Ohlen and Drew Karpyshyn Voice: Kristoffer Tabori

It may seem impossible for a robot to be aligned to the Dark Side of The Force, but the robotic assassin HK-47 from BioWare’s classic Star Wars RPG Knights of the Old Republic was just that. Equally valuable for his prowess on the battlefield and his hilariously psychotic commentary, HK-47 could always be relied upon to take the piss out of any self-serious Jedi or Bounty Hunter. He saw all organic “meat bags” the same, and had a really hard time figuring out why the main character didn’t just kill everyone in sight. If only he’d been around for the prequel movies, maybe he could’ve done something about Jar-Jar.—Kirk Hamilton

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#35 Awesom-O (South Park) Created: 2004 Creator: Trey Parker Voice: Trey Parker

In “AWESOM-O,” Eric Cartman becomes The A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000, master of pitching Adam Sandler vehicles to film studio execs until he’s, of course, captured by the military. You know, a typical South Park episode.

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#36 Doraemon Created: 1969 Creator: Fujiko F. Fujio

A robot sent from the future to help improve the lives of a man’s ancestors, Doraemon becomes the companion of Nobitakun, a boy who has become accustomed to nothing but misery. Doraemon uses his “fourth-dimensional pocket” to produce gadgets, tools, and medicines from the future. Nobitakun often attempts to use these gadgets for an easy way out of his problems, but his efforts almost always ultimately backfire hilariously, landing him in greater trouble than before.—Bo Moore

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#38 Mega Man Created: 1987 Creators: Akira Kitamura, Capcom Creator (fictional): Dr. Light

Mega Man predated saving. To keep advancing through Dr. Wily’s nefarious plots, you had to leave your console on and play from the last checkpoint. The amount of electricity powering our NES to beat Mega Man 1 and 2 might have powered an actual robot. Mega Man (known as Rock Man outside the U.S.) now has over 50 games to his name and is a staple in gaming history.—Sean Doyle

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