(More Than) A Handful Of… My Favorite Robot Sidekicks
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:
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:
- BMO (Beemo) from Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Who wouldn’t love to be friends with their video game system?
- Bubo from Clash of the Titans (1981)
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.
- 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…
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.
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?)