Do you think that robots are a modern invention? Think again! Robots have been on the big screen nearly as long as movies have been around, such as in the 1896 film "L’Ève Future." But it wasn't until the 1920s theatrical play by Karel Capek, "R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)" that the term "robot" was coined. Since that time, science fiction has jumped on the use of robots and their popularity. From the 1956 "Forbidden Planet" and Robby the Robot to the arguably most iconic duo C3PO and R2D2, robots make us laugh, make us cry and most importantly they bring us into their world.
So, whether you are terrified of "Terminator's" T-800 or feel a heartfelt and warm feeling every time you watch the animated movie "Wall-E" robots and all their lack of emotion can bring some of the strongest emotions to their viewers. Did you spend your Saturday nights laughing at Tom Servo from "Mystery Science Theater 3000?" Or, catching up on rerun TV with The Robot and Robinsons from "Lost in Space?"
Most people think robots are emotionless, but a true lover of the genre knows that Marvin from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is anything but emotionless, even though he's a little much on the depressed side.
Now it's time to take your love of robots to a new level and see how many of these famous metal inhumans you can name from an image!
Rutger Hauer plays the role of Roy Batty in the 1982 Sci-fi thriller "Blade Runner." Hauer, a Dutch actor, is a veteran of the film industry, having begun his career in 1969. Among the shows, he has appeared in are "Blind Fury" and "Batman Begins."
"The Iron Giant" is based on a book by English poet and children's writer Ted Hughes. The book’s original title was The Iron Man but that name was changed for its US publication so as to not conflict with the Marvel Comics character Iron Man.
The humanoid robot, Gort, appears in both the original 1951 "The Day the Earth Stood Still" film and its 2008 remake, which starred Keanu Reeves. Both are based on the 1940 sci-fi classic short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates.
The astromech droid, R2-D2, appears is all of the movies in the Star Wars franchise, to date. In most of the films, the character is played by English actor Kenny Baker who measured 3 ft 8 in tall, as an adult.
In the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet," Robby the Robot assists the film’s humans and cannot intentionally harm anyone. These facts are purposefully downplayed in the sensationalized poster that accompanied the film: the image on the poster gives the impression that Robby the Robot is a malevolent character.
The T-800 is a cybernetic organism in that it is a robot with an outer layer of living tissue. The T-800 played (mostly) by Arnold Schwarzenegger, starts out as the antagonist in the Terminator franchise but goes on to becomes one of the storyline’s main protagonists.
The android Lance Bishop is portrayed by American actor Lance Henriksen. Apart from his appearance in the Alien film franchise, Henriksen has numerous other movie roles to his credit. As a voice actor, he provides the voice of Kerchak, the gorilla in the animated Disney movie "Tarzan."
The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" is actually named Tin Woodman in the original series of books by American author L. Frank Baum. In the classic 1939 MGM movie, the Tin Man is portrayed by American actor Jack Haley.
Robots were not a regular feature in movies up to the time when Brigitte Helm appeared as the android, Maria, in the 1927 German silent film "Metropolis." While the film is directed by Fritz Lang, the 1925 book on which it is based is written by his wife, Thea von Harbou. Filming of the movie actually began before the book had been published.
The T-1000 is an upgraded version of the T-800 and an antagonist in the Terminator franchise. It is a nanomorph, composed of liquid metal, with the ability to change shape and replicate virtually any other object, living and non-living.
In the 1976 film "Alien," Ash is an android, played by English actor Ian Holm. Holm who is well-known for his appearances in other films such as "The Fifth Element" (as Father Vito Cornelius) and in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" film series (as Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit).
Robotically enhanced police officer Alex Murphy is the titular character in the 1987 film "RoboCop." Murphy is portrayed by American actor Peter Weller who reprises the role in the first sequel, "RoboCop 2." Weller is not the RoboCop of subsequent films in the franchise.
Within the Star Trek franchise, Lt. Commander Data is portrayed by actor Brent Spinner. In the storyline, Data is built to resemblance his creator, Doctor Noonien Soong, who is also played by Spinner.
C-3PO has appeared in every movie of the Star Wars franchise, to date. The humanoid robot is played by English actor Anthony Daniels who holds the distinction of being the only actor to appear in every one of the series’ films.
"Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K)" has had 11 seasons, 211 episodes and one feature film, so far, since its premiere in November 1988. Of all the robots, Cambot is never seen except in a mirror’s reflection in the opening credits as it is through Cambot’s lenses that we are viewing the show.
Mechagodzilla has appeared in a wide collection of movies, television shows, and video games. Its first appearance, however, was in the 1974 film "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla."
"Pacific Rim" is a 2013 creature feature showcasing Jaegers versus Kaijus. Jaegers are huge humanoid machines employed in humanity’s fight against the alien monsters known as Kaijus. As the mental stress of piloting a Jaeger can be too much for one person to bear, they are designed to be piloted by two people.
Rachael, Pris, Leon Kowalski, and Zhora are all replicants (bio-robotic androids). The fact that replicants are given only a four-year lifespan forms the basis of the Blade Runner story as six replicants seek to have their lifespans extended.
This 2008 computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was nominated for a myriad of awards. Among its many wins were the Academy and BAFTA awards for Best Animated Film.
American voice actress Elissa Knight had a small part in the movie "Cars." Her work voicing the character EVE in "WALL-E" was her first major role.
The Borg appear in various films and series within the Star Trek franchise. They are cybernetic organisms, otherwise called drones, who work with a single-minded purpose for “the Hive."
Jet Jaguar first appeared in "Godzilla vs. Megalon," a 1973 Japanese sci-fi film. One of his many abilities is to grow from human size to become immensely tall which he does when fighting alongside Godzilla.
This 1985 American teen comedy film starred Kelly Le Brock in the role of Lisa, a superhuman woman created from a computer program by two teenaged boys. The hugely popular movie is known internationally by various other names including: "Touch Me, I’m Yours (Danish)"; "Dream Woman (Finnish)"; and "Electric Venus (Japan)."
In the 1979 sci-fi film "The Black Hole," the voice of the robot V.I.N.CENT is supplied by Roddy McDowall. McDowall began his career as a child actor with one of his first movie roles being the lead actor in the 1943 classic "Lassie Come Home."
B.O.B. is voiced by Slim Pickens, a veteran television and film actor who was also a rodeo performer. "The Black Hole" was one of Pickens’ last films as he died in 1983.
"The Black Hole" was the first film from Disney Productions to be rated PG. That may have been due, in part, to the Maximillian robot’s ominous nature as well as to the faceless droids who are revealed to be zombie-like lobotomized humans.
James Spader stars as the supervillain robot Ultron in the 2015 film "Avengers: Age of Ultron." For his performance, Spader was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards in the Best Villain and Best Virtual Performance categories.
The 2010 Indian sci-fi film "Enthiran" featured actor Rajinikanth in the dual roles of a scientist and his lookalike robotic creation, Chitti. Rajinikanth received many positive reviews for his work in the film. Among his accolades were two Vijay Awards for Best Villain and Favorite Hero.
Marvin’s complete title is Marvin, the Paranoid Android, although he is more unhappy than scared. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," in which he is featured, is a comedy sci-fi series which began on BBC Radio 4 in 1978. It has had various adaptations including a 1981 TV series and a 2005 feature film.
The alien Kronos machine was cleverly designed to look like exactly what it was – a large capacitor for absorbing and storing all of Earth’s energy. The show opened in 1957 to mixed reviews but has since received more favorable attention.
"The Mechanical Man" is a 1921 Italian sci-fi film which features a battle between two robots as its climax, one of the first ever films to do so. Sadly, over time, some of the footage has been lost so that both the credits and opening scenes are now incomplete.
The 1973 western sci-f thriller "Westworld" starred Yul Brynner in the role of the Gunslinger. He was one of several malfunctioning and homicidal amusement park androids.
"Big Hero 6 "is Disney’s 54th animated feature film. It holds the distinction of being the first animated Disney movie to feature characters from Marvel Comics. It also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Both the original 1975 The Stepford Wives movie and its 2004 remake are based on a 1972 satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The 2004 film, which met with mixed to negative reviews, starred well-known actress Nicole Kidman in the lead role.
"The Incredibles" is a hugely popular 2004 computer-animated superhero film from Disney and Pixar. It won both the Annie Award and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Within the Marvel Universe, the Sentinels are robotic hunters of mutants. They appear briefly in two of the X-Men movies, namely "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men: Apocalypse." They play a much bigger role, however, in the 2014 film "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
The producers of "Interstellar" employed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne as a science consultant. In 2014, he published a book titled "The Science of Interstellar" to explain some of the scientific possibilities explored in the film.
Ghost in the Shell ‘s Major Motoko Kusanagi is a robot described as a synthetic "full-body prosthesis" augmented-cybernetic human. She is the show’s main protagonist and leads a counter-cyberterrorist squad.
The 1971 film "THX 1138" marked the feature film directorial debut of Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator George Lucas. The film did poorly at the box office but has received increased attention with Lucas’ growing fame.
"Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" sees both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles as the titular characters Bill and Ted, respectively. The show is a sequel to the 1989 movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."
The giant mechanical M.O.G.U.E.R.A. monster first appears in the 1957 Japanese sci-fi film "The Mysterians." It has since been featured in several movies, TV shows and video games within the Godzilla franchise.
The 1972 film "Silent Running" is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film. It has had some influence on several other sci-fi films that came after it, including "Mystery Science Theatre 3000."
"Ex Machina" is a 2015 independent sci-fi psychological thriller that was released to much critical acclaim. The show received various award nominations and counts among its wins the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
In "Transformers," both the Autobots and the Decepticons are sentient humanoid robots from the planet Cybertron. They can transform into various types of vehicles and other objects. The Autobots are led by Optimus Prime while the Decepticons are led by Megatron.
The 1987 comic sci-fi film "Spaceballs" is a parody of Star Wars and several other space-themed sci-fi films released in the years prior. While Joan Rivers provided the voice of Dot Matrix, it was Lorene Yarnell, a famous mime, who was in the costume.
The 8-foot tall robot invented by a mad scientist in this series of 1939 films was played by American actor Ed Wolff who was actually 7 feet 4 inches tall. The film serial had 12 chapters for a total of 256 minutes.
In the 1984 film "The Last Starfighter," both Alex Rogan and his robotic replacement Beta Alex are portrayed by actor Lance Guest. The alien, Centauri, who recruits Alex to fight in an intergalactic battle is played by Robert Preston in his last feature film role before his death.
Necron 99 (who later changed his name to Peace) is voiced by American actor David Proval in this 1977 animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film. Decades later, Proval went on to portray Richie Aprile in HBO’s "The Sopranos."
The 1995 film "Screamers" has enjoyed a cult following despite its poor box office performance. It has a 2009 sequel titled "Screamers: The Hunting," which was released on DVD.
Released in 1999, "The Matrix" has gone on to be hailed as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. It has spawned a Matrix franchise which includes 2 sequels: "The Matrix Reloaded" and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003, 6 months apart.