By M. W. Byrne

The Machines Rise with The 20 Most Famous Robots

From the very beginning of the machine era, the notion of automatons that could act as humans has been the stuff of pulp novels and animation, with the truth lurking behind each work of fiction: The robots are coming.

Join us and be saved by looking at the 20 most famous robots of today and yesteryear.

Optimus Prime – Transformers

The leader of the Autobots against the Decepticons, he’s more human than many, and more machine than all.


R2-D2 – Star Wars

If you haven’t been through a lot with this little droid, then you’re no longer welcome on Earth. Companion to many a Jedi, and a sassy little whirligig, R2 is the buddy you want when going up against a Death Star.


C-3PO – Star Wars

Famously irritating, C-3PO rides R2’s coattails onto this list; but Goldenrod is great to keep around when you need a robot to be hacked to pieces or have its eyes pulled out. Mostly, he’d be fine if he’d stop telling us the odds.


B-9 – Lost in Space

A dying joke that should never be forgotten, this useless scrap heap is famous mostly for yelling “Danger Will Robinson” in Lost in Space (decidedly NOT the Matt LeBlanc movie), and looking utterly preposterous.


Robby the Robot – Forbidden Planet

Making his debut in the 50’s film “Forbidden Planet” Robby was one of the first robots to arrive that wasn’t clearly a man in a suit.


Gort – The Day the Earth Stood Still

A deadly peacekeeper, Gort is thought to be the second robot of cinema, though he did little more than guard a flying saucer.


The Stepford Wives

To this day a Stepford person is anyone who seems so good, they just have to be a robot.



His gentle sweetness, loneliness, and isolation on a world turned to garbage was powerfully human in a way that few people are.