When we saw that talented California computer programmer Mike Senna made a functional, moveable Wall-E, we flipped over it. Then, when we learned that he had previously made an R2D2 that he still takes to children’s hospitals, we flipped even further! So we got to thinking: what famous robots would actually be positive forces on this planet (or others!) if they were brought to life for real? Our apologies go out to the Iron Giant and a few of the Transformers, whose hulking presences seemed too cumbersome to deal with, thus keeping them off the list. Here are some robots we think might just be positive forces if they came to life:
Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, Mystery Science Theater 3000
These guys were providing hilarious and sarcastic media analysis way before The Soup or Web Soup started doing it on a weekly basis. How sweet would it be to actually sit down and watch some TV with these two? Or spend a weekend gaming? We know one thing: any time spent with this dented duo would be a laugh fest!
Johnny Five, Short Circuit
This guy, who looks more than a little big like Curiosity’s Mars rover, was a little over-the-top in his cheesiness. But Number Five had a heart bigger than most robots in recent memory, and of all the bots on this list, he’d probably make the best friend. Plus, if you asked him nicely, you might not have to watch him dance.
Data, Star Trek The Next Generation
Other than an episode or two where he went bad, Data was the beyond intelligent good-guy android who held things together on the Enterprise. His grammar was impeccable—he didn’t slur and couldn’t show emotions, but that didn’t stop him from eliciting them from the audience, usually in the form of comic relief or in the moments when we see his desire to be human. Plus, Data actually wanted to be human. That puts him up there in our books!
T-800 in Terminator 2 / Bishop in Aliens
For the contrarian in all of us, we couldn’t resist including a few scary dudes who were technically supposed to be bad guys. But Edward Furlong’s John Connor taught Arnold’s reprogrammed Terminator how to kick ass without killing anyone (anyone human at least), and Bishop earned a place in our hearts when he saved Ripley et. al from certain death. Both guys proved reliable when the chips were down. So to speak.
Sico the Robot, Rocky IV
We know. It’s kind of obscure. And this genderless robot looks and sounds straight up 80s. But for those of us who have dreamed of having our own personal robot pal a la Screech on Saved by the Bell, Sico is it. S/he brings you things, washes cars, and has a stellar demeanor. S/he seems capable of brightening your day and making your life easier, so why not throw Sico a little love?
Conky 2000 Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
If we’re being honest, we chose Conky because of his looks. His chest consists of a boom box and a phonograph. His head looks like the combination of a typewriter and a vintage toaster. His arms resemble dryer hose. But underneath all the literal junk he was made of, Conky was a total logophile, always giving Pee-Wee the word of the day and educating the audience with random factoids. You’d definitely leave a hang out sesh with Conky a little bit smarter.
DJ Roomba, Parks and Recreation
When Aziz Ansari’s always-on Tom Haverford strapped his iPod to his Roomba floor cleaner, a brilliant idea was born. Whether Tom used it at a house party or took it camping, DJ Roomba was always the life of the party. You just have to be careful if you have any large, clumsy friends like Tom’s co-worker Jerry, who tend not to watch where they’re walking.
Come on. If Wall-E has been brought to life, doesn’t he need his soul mate? Wall-E was a lot of things, but above all, it was a love story. Plus, she's the cuter of the two.
Which fictional robots would you like to see brought to life?