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Top 10 Worst Movie Robots

by Eric Melin on June 14, 2011

in Top 10s

With “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Real Steel” coming out soon, robots are (pun intended) bigger than ever. This list complies the Top 10 worst robots in movie history, and since I find that people don’t actually read the Top 10s, they just glance at them (you know it’s true, skimmers), I’m just including video of these ‘bots in all their tragic glory. So there. Watch ’em and weep.

Watch these videos and laugh your ass off. There’s actually something kind of awesome about these…Here they are: The Top 10 Worst Movie Robots. If you have a Top 10 you’d like to contribute, email me at Wanna see the Top 10 Coolest Movie Robots?

10. Ro-Man from Robot Monster (1953)

9. Hector from “Saturn 3” (1980) – at 1:19

8. Johnny 5 from “Short Circuit 2” (1988)

7. Battle Droids from “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999)

6. Robot Jox (1990)

5. D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

4. Torg from “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964)

3. Box from “Logan’s Run” (1976) – at :56

2. Bicentennial Man (1999)

1. The Electric Grandmother (1982) – at 1:21

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Will June 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

Honestly I like the commentary more than the picks…


2 Abby June 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

“Saturn 3” has me baffled! Stanley Donen directs Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel in a script by Martin Amis? How on earth did that end up sucking so badly?


3 Randall June 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

Ro-Man and Torg are my sentimental favorites.


4 Eric Melin June 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

It is pretty crazy with that amount of talent, Abby. From “Singin’ in the Rain” to this for Donen. Yikes! Farrah Fawcett looks like a Buck Rogers-style space hooker in that first shot where she’s introduced, which is pretty awesome.

Will, you are kind to say so. Because the videos are so awesome, I kind of thought they spoke for themselves on this one. Did you check out “The Electric Grandmother”?


5 Eric Melin June 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

I wanted to give Torg a little more screentime, but couldn’t find a video that worked to embed!

If you want some fun, check out the other videos of Box from Logan’s Run. He’s quite the cult character, it seems. There weren’t embed codes for the best ones that features his quote: “Fish, plankton, and sea greens and protein from the sea fresh as harvest day,” WTF?


6 Demian June 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

I like DARRYL(Conrad was a worst kid robot) and Electric Grandmother. The other selections are good from what I skimmed over;) You left out the worst robot ever Elle from StarCrash. You can see him here in this clip.


7 sean June 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

How about some honorable mentions for all four robots from Andy Kaufman’s Heartbeeps & Joan River’s annoying portrayl of Dot Matrix in Spaceballs.


8 Tom Jenkins June 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

I have to say that as a kid, Hector from Saturn 3 scared the crap out of me.


9 Eric Melin June 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Demian- Great find on “StarCrash”–wow, that is some awesomely terrible stuff! (Come on though, you LIKE the Electric Grandmother?)

Sean – Ooooh, “Heratbeeps”–nice! I should have had 2 categories: bad robots in comedies and bad robots in action movies, because there’s too many to mention in each…

Tom- He doesn’t even have a head!


10 Kate W June 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I completely agree with Bicentennial Man, except it should have been higher. SO SO BAD.

I’d love a list of best bots. I’d nominate Jude Law as Gigolo Joe in A.I is incredible. I can’t help it, his puppet movements are amazing.


11 CoosCoos June 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

Nice list. And just so you know, I read ALL commentary on EVERY top 10 list. 🙂

I don’t think you should include robots from comedies, such as Spaceballs or Heartbeeps, as in many cases they are purposely bad and annoying.


12 Eric Melin June 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

CoosCoos- Thanks for reading!

Believe it or not — “Heartbeeps” was not purposely bad — as hard as it is to swallow!!!

Kate- Gigolo Joe is amazing and so was Osment himself. I love A.I. unrepentantly.


13 Leroy Grey June 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

Dude, c’mon… people might not order the scrambled eggs because there’s a dash of cilantro, but it still makes it taste better.


14 James June 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

I had totally forgotten about Robot Jox until reading this.

The trailer on youtube is quite simply amazing.


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