Once Upon a Time
Valentine’s Day may be a week away, but our robotic friends get to feel the love early! Today just so happens to be National Love Your Robot Day, and we here at Hypable couldn’t let that pass without a little celebration of our own.
Robots come in all shapes and sizes, with a huge variation of purposes and talents. And we love them all. From old pals to new ones, we’ve seen a million different kinds, and the group below is just a tiny slice of a larger list of famous ‘bots. Each one comes from a different world, but they all have one thing in common: they’re some of the most loveable robots to ever grace our television screens.
Why we love him: Sonny doesn’t accept the status quo. While the Three Laws are built into him, he can choose to ignore them. But he doesn’t. He knows what’s right and what’s wrong, and chooses to help Spooner and Dr. Calvin destroy VIKI because he believes what she is doing is heartless.Coming from a robot, that’s saying something.
Best line: “Do you think we were all created for a purpose? I’d like to think so.”
Why we love him: Though WALL-E is just a hunk of metal and circuitry, his love for EVE, the Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, drives the whole story forward. Because of it, WALL-E leaves his home on planet Earth and travels to the spaceship Axiom, where he tries to rescue EVE from what he believes to be torture. Through the entire film, WALL-E never fails to try and connect with EVE and help the humans return to their planet, even when everything seems to be working against him.
Best line: “Ta-da!”
Why we love him: For a car, Bumblebee sure does have a wicked sense of humor. Even though he doesn’t have a voice box for most of the trilogy, B gets his point across by flipping through the radio channels and stringing together various phrases in order to speak. And it’s always fun to hear him play corny music when Sam’s trying to be cool, or spraying that evil robot chic in the face with lubricant.
Best line: “I wish to stay with the boy.”
Why we love him: Although he was originally rejected by his father, who just couldn’t accept that this new version was his son, Astro forgives him. Feeling like more than a robot, but not quite human, is tough, and Astro must find his place in the world. He does exactly that when he’s confronted by the Peacekeeper robot and learns that the only way to destroy it is to sacrifice himself, which he is willing to do without a moment’s hesitation.
Best line: “What? I got machine guns…in my butt?”
Why we love him: What’s there not to love? He’s man’s best friend on steroids. Intelligent, funny, witty, and full of sass, K-9 is a perfect companion. In “School Reunion” he chose to sacrifice himself to help the Doctor and his friends escape. There’s no greater honor than that, and the Doctor rewarded him by building a brand new model and giving it to Sarah Jane Smith.
Best line: [After Mr. Finch calls him a bad dog] “Affirmative!”
Why we love him: The Iron Giant struggles with his identity and his purpose through the entire movie. He’s equipped with advanced and deadly fire power, capable of defeating an entire army. His defense programming is literally hard wired into him, and he can’t always help his reactions to being threatened – even if the threat is not real. Fortunately, Hogarth is able to talk the Giant down, and everyone realizes that the robot is one of the good guys. It’s at the end of the movie that the Giant makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the town of Rockwell, Maine, overcoming his programmed instincts of self-preservation in order to save the boy that always believed in him from the beginning.
Best line: “No Atomo… I Superman!”
Why we love her: Rosie is a take-no-crap kind of gal, and we’ve always appreciated that about her. Her dry humor and sarcasm regularly results in a good laugh, and is usually at Mr. J’s expense. Sometimes her best efforts take a turn for the worst, but her intentions are always good.
Best line: “I swear on my mother’s rechargeable batteries.”
Why we love him: Though he only talks by way of a series of beeping, R2D2 has a larger than life personality. The playful banter between him and C3PO makes for some hilarious scenes, and his devotion to some of our other favorite characters is heartwarming. Who knew such a little ‘bot could have so much attitude!
Best line: [Random Beeps]
Why we love him: Rodney begins as a naïve and optimistic boy who loves inventing things, even if they don’t always work precisely the way he meant them to. His dreams of becoming an inventor are so big they can’t be contained, so he heads out to Robot City in order to make them come true. Trials and tribulations ensue, but in the end Rodney gets what he wants and helps a whole lot of robots realize they’re more than they ever thought they could be.
Best line: “Not until you give me back my foot, you mugger!”
Why we love him: Number 5 is so endearing because everything is black and white to begin with. And while it does take him a while to understand exactly what life and death mean, the fact that he can understand it is heartwarming. And it’s amazing to see him coming to this conclusion on his own, as something separate from what his software has told him.
Best line: “Not malfunction, Stephanie. Number 5 is alive.”
So, there you have it. There are literally hundreds of other famous and beloved robots out there that have helped the heroes of many films and TV shows in their battle against the forces of evil. This was just a tiny peek at a much larger list in celebration of National Love Your Robot Day!