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(More Than) A Handful Of… My Favorite Robot Sidekicks

July 16, 2011

Oh my circuits… this list could have went on and on and on and (you get the point).

Once, while in a very altered state, I admitted to wishing that I was a robot.  I’ve since blamed it on the alteredness of my mind, but I can’t deny one thing:

I love robots.

And I always have, ever since watching this show:

No, the Flying Robot is not trying to get Johnny Sokko. Although I do remember him as being quite annoying...

Please join me and my glorious list of (More Than) A Handful Of My Favorite Robot Sidekicks after the jump…

To begin, R2-D2, Bender, and Johnny 5 were fair game for this list, but they seem a bit bigger than the moniker “sidekick,” so I didn’t include them.  Here are my faves, in no particular order:

Who wouldn’t love to be friends with their video game system?

Who wouldn’t want a pet robot owl granted by the gods?

  • GIR from Invader Zim

GIR, a malfunctioning SIR-unit, is a trip.  Plus, his dog disguise fools everyone, so you could take him in public.  And chances are good that he has cupcakes in case you get a craving…

  • Teddy from A.I.

Teddy’s a sidekick in the truest sense.  That’s mostly due to the fact he’s basically a robot Jiminy Cricket.

  • T-Bob from M.A.S.K.

If I could have a sentient scooter, why wouldn’t I want a sentient scooter?  Unless, of course, the alternative was a Penetrator M.A.S.K., which sounds way worse than what it was…

(SIDENOTE: Apparently, T-Bob was short for Thingamabob.  Also, what’s going on in this picture?)

When I was a kid, I swore his name was Twinkie, like the Hostess snake cake, but alas, it was not.  I still liked Twiki anyway.

  • Muffit II from Battlestar Galactica (1978)

In the future, dogs are known as daggits for some reason, and on this show, when the original Muffit is killed by a Cylon, this robot daggit is made.  You know what’s extra cool about a mechanized dog from the future?  It’s played by a chimp!

  • V.I.N.CENT and Old B.O.B. from The Black Hole

I may not remember much about the 1979 film, but I never forgot these guys.  I also could never forget Maximilian.  He’s still creepy…

I have to admit, I didn’t remember Jinx until I looked up an image of him.  Then I thought, “How could I have forgotten Jinx?”  He’s everything I ever wanted in a robot – round, comical, real.  Well, an actual tangible object, at least.  I haven’t seen this movie since I saw it in grade school the year after the Challenger tragedy, but after reacquainting with Jinx, I’m required to seek out this film again.

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In closing, aside from Johnny Sokko’s Flying Robot, the Omnibot line of toys also got me started on my obsession (at least it wasn’t vacuums):

The closest I ever got to having a robot sidekick was… the Hootbot:

(Who wouldn’t want a pet robot owl granted by a Japanese toy company?)

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