Movies have been obsessed with depicting robots since the very inception of this technology. Robots have been introduced in movies as mercenaries, sidekicks, assistants, rouges, and what not. We have watched them over the years through movies, within twisted plots and wondered what would the world look like if these robots were for real. That’s again the beauty of a movie, it makes you think.
The robots portrayed in the movies have been mostly instrumental to the plot, hilarious at times, dark at few instances, and sometimes menacing too. But, it’s again the remarkable portrayal that makes them memorable. Let’s try to remember some of the robots from Hollywood’s past and present who have etched themselves in our heart.
The robot appeared in the Hugh Jackman starrer movie called Real steel. This sci-fi movie on sports has Atom, a sparring robot, as one of the central characters. The movie was released back in 2011.
A kid finds a dumped robot and turns it into his ring fighter. The kid takes the support of Charlie (played by Hugh Jackman) to teach the robot how to fight in ring. The robot is not that big compared to its counterparts, but it definitely knows how to lend a punch.
This robot was one of the pivotal characters in the 2014 animated blockbuster, Big Hero 6. The plot explores the special bond that develops between a plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and a young prodigy Hiro Hamada.
Baymax was essentially a medical roid, designed by Hiro’s brother, before he died. The robot is funny in its own ways, but Hiro reprograms Baymax with Ninja skills, so that it could protect and fight alongside Hiro.
This is one of the most popular robots to exist in Hollywood, featured in the epic Star Wars. The robot has always projected a nervous, bumbling nature. But surely, does the robot have a heart of gold, and a bod painted in golden.
The robot was created by a young Anakin Skywalker, a central character of the saga. The sole duty of this robot was to just help humans and other living beings.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim, a 2013 movie revolves around a former pilot and a trainee, paired up to drive a special weapon to save the world from the impending apocalypse. The special weapon is a massive robot, which they call Jaegar in the movie.
Gipsy Danger was the name assigned to the Jaegar which the central characters in the movie steer. These robots needed two people to pilot them, but once the pilots would establish full control of these robots, they were indestructible.
HAL 9000 is another trip down the memory lane. The 1968 movie, called 2001: A Space Odyssey was intelligent beyond time and we have Stanley Kubrick to applaud for this amazing marvel of movie.
Humanity undertakes a mission to investigate the lunar surface along with HAL. In the movie, HAL had no physical body unlike others on the list, however, it had been given full authority over every aspect of the ship they were traveling in. Unfortunately, HAL turns rouge towards the end of the movie.
This robot appears as one of the lead protagonist in the movie called Transformers, adopted from an animated series by the same name. There’s a war going on in Earth between two factions of robots, Autobots and Decepticons, who have invaded the planet in search of a powerful source of energy.
Optimus Prime leads the Autobots faction, helping both humankind and robokind co-exist peacefully on earth. This robot is remarkable and realistic in terms of its design, and has left a deep impact on moviegoers of different ages.
The movie which goes by the same title, is about a terminally wounded cop who returns to precinct as a powerful cyborg. The robot faces against a crime-ridden Detroit while being haunted by submerged memories. The movie delves a lot on the the push-pull between RoboCop’s human and robot sides.
RoboCop as darn popular among the kids with its animated spin-off. In 2014, there was a reboot to the original movie. This law enforcement robot has definitely influenced people around the word
The 1984 classic, The Terminator featured this unstoppable and iconic robot. The role for this robot was enacted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The robot was initially tasked with the duty to kill any human that stood in the way of Skynet’s attempt to take over the world.
However, the sequels to the movie witnessed T-800 aberrate from its initial mission, to rather help John and Sarah Connor, the ones whom the robot was originally tasked with eliminating. The robot was reprogrammed for it to reflect a change of heart.
This iconic portrayal by Bill Irwin in the 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar is definitely one of the best on the list. Throughout the movie, the robot goes about his mission with cool efficiency, pausing every so often to gossip.
TARS is a box-shaped robot. TARS had a human personality, and sense of humor was just another attribute the robot could impress humans with. The robot is ever willing to sacrifice itself to help his friends on the mission.
Wall-E is definitely one of the most memorable robots to have featured on the list. This Pixar creation reflected personality and charm like none others. Wall-E was depicted as a complex character, capable of exhibiting heroism and vulnerability.
The robot was capable of falling in love, and did so during the course of the movie. Wall-E finds a female robot, named Eve and leaves the planet to follow her into space. The robot however was depicted as being bored, staying alone for centuries on Earth.
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With a background in Engineering, Amit has assumed the mantle of content analyst at Analytics India Magazine. An audiophile most of the times, with a soul consumed by wanderlust, he strives ahead in the disruptive technology space. In other life, he would invest his time into comics, football, and movies.