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Questions tagged [robots]

For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]

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Anime movie about space aliens and robots

I watched this anime movie long time ago, but as i remember it goes something like this... There's a huge fight in space between some alien races/robots. As the fight keeps raging on outside, ...
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Story or book with character named “Bird” and homebuilt security robots

This was probably from the 70s or early 80s. It was post-apocalyptic, and featured home built (mostly small) robots that served to protect the character and his living space. The only character name I ...
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80s/90's Robot cartoon, one like a Transformer

I'm pretty sure the show was out in the 80's or maybe even very early 90's but it could also of been an animated movie (If so would most likely of been a straight to VHS effort)... Now all I have is ...
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What's this serialised comic strip about a girl who discovers everyone around her is a robot?

As a kid in the '80s, I found myself often in doctor's waiting rooms. I devoured most of the comic magazines there. In one of those, I read fragments of a story that I would like to find. The story ...
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Short story, child time travels when dreaming, finds another child who believes he was created by robots

I remember reading a story about a kid who lives in an old Frank Lloyd Wright house after mankind has returned to Earth after leaving for a time. He meets another child whenever he sleeps who believes ...
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Children's book: Book of curious machines

I'm looking for a children's book I had as a kid in the late '80s or early '90s (and am fairly certain it was new at that time). I live in Canada, but I can't say if it's a Canadian book or not; ...
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Sci fi movie where a killer robot wears the face of the main character [duplicate]

There's a movie, that I watched in the mid 90's, with a scene where a killer robot wears the face of the friend of the main character. The scene I remember is on a planet e.g. the moon, and that the ...
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TV episode with characters similar to the Smash Martians [duplicate]

I am trying to identify a TV show I watched as a child in the UK. It is rather obscure. The show aired on the ITV network in the late 1970's, I would guess between 1978 to 1973 and definitely shown ...
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Suicidal man is sent to explore a remote planet with a robot to help him [duplicate]

A miserable man who is going to slice his wrists in the bathroom gets an offer to explore a remote planet. He’ll be accompanied by a robot who’s supposed to help him, but instead, as the story ...
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Short stories book, including one where human-looking aliens betray themselves by not pulling up their pants when sitting

There is this one book that I've been looking for for years, my intermediate school teacher would read us a new short story when we had enough time. I know it's an old sci-fi book, it could have been ...
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Has Star Trek ever had any battle droid-like entities?

While Star Trek has had android characters for some time (most notably Data and his Soong-type brethren), and we do see that such androids take part in combat from time to time, I realized that I can'...
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Planet of iron oxide inhabited by robots

I believe this is a pretty old sci-fi short story. As I recall, it takes place on a planet of iron and iron oxide (rust). The only inhabitants are robots. IIRC, a ship lands, or crash lands there, and ...
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What was the first depiction of Robots/Androids performing faster than humans in movies?

In the movie Aliens, there is a scene where Bishop does his "thing with the knife", showing speed and accuracy that no human would have. In Star Trek:TNG we often see Data entering commands/queries ...
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80s Cartoons with three robots with “screen” heads one white, one yellow and one red

I remember watching a cartoon, in the late '80s, for which I can't remember the name. The cartoon was surely American, had a light tone and was clearly aimed at kids. It featured three robots as ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

I checked a list of English sci-fi series of the 1950s and 1960s and found absolutely nothing related to the piece in question. Apparently sci-fi series in that country were few in that time period. ...
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Early 80's cartoon with a robot where a pilot would sit in its head

As a kid I fell in love with a certain cartoon and I just cannot think of the cartoon's or robot's names. It must not have been on very long. It had to be early 80's. I remember the robot having a ...
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Book about girl being raised on an alien planet by a robot. She's been genetically altered to survive but then meets unmodified humans [duplicate]

I remember a book from school where a girl was being raised by a robot on an alien planet. The robot genetically altered the girl to deal with the environment of the planet. She didn't know she was ...
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Anime where character finds buried mech suit [closed]

I’m looking for an anime I remember from many years ago, I want to say it is a Gundam series but I can’t recall. I remember the character finding a mecha suit buried for some reason and when he got ...
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Short story about a man who finds out that he's a robot

Looking for a short story that starts with a man waking up in his bed with his wife beside him. Throughout the whole story keeps thinking that something isn't right, that his life is boring, or ...
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Cartoon/anime about people transforming into giant white robots to fight aliens

Can anyone name this cartoon movie, which may even have been an anime? I saw it in the 80s or 90s. Members of a family are able to turn into giant white mecha-looking robots to fight aliens that come ...
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Cartoon about a young girl who travelled the country with a robot to find her father

It is about a young girl, with short, blond hair, who travelled the country with a strong, yet kind, robot to find her father(?). All the while, they are being followed by an evil organisation. In ...
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Cartoon about a couple that form a shade and then a robot [closed]

I watched this cartoon as a kid; it is about an anime. It's about one couple that together they look into each other and form like a shade, and then it goes into a robot or form a robot.
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Cartoon about manned robots that would drive instead of walk

I used to watch this show in, possibly, the late 90s, about manned robots that were operated by humans. Kind of like the machines in the Avatar movie, however, they didn't really walk but instead ...
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Post Apocalyptic Sci-fi Movie. Female character has her jaw replaced with a cyborg one

I've been trying for a while to find a post-apocalyptic scifi movie from the 90s(?) that had a scene where one of the characters has had her jaw and voice box replaced with cyborg ones (not visible). ...
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Story about robots and their ethics and how they behave on a raft with room for one

Looking for a comic satirical robot-themed story from the 70s or earlier that took place at a British university. An ethics professor built a robot to solve the problem of ethical behavior when you ...
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Cartoon identification: robots in a dark future, protagonist has a cane-like robot

So, this is a late 90's early 2000 cartoon. Set in a dystopian future. We have an evil government that uses robots to control people. Even if set in future, the people kind of live in a medieval/...
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Looking for sci fi novel about autonomous cars that take over from people. Early to mid 1960's

Mankind has mass produced very ostentatious autonomous cars that serve us. Cars rebel and make people serve them. New cars made are square white boxes. It was a spot on satire of mankind's lust for ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear!

I am searching for an animation with 2 partners. They travel around the world, and they have robots suits. I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. The main character has a ...
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Human wanders into robotic farm [duplicate]

This short story was in a collection by one author. It concerns one human in bad condition - hungry, and ill - finding a farm where all the work is being done by machines of varying intelligence. The ...
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Post apocalyptic cartoon about a robot girl who finds a radio in a junkyard

I remember watching a cartoon when I was a young kid probably between years 1998-2004. I don't remember the plot but I think that it was post apocalyptic. The main character (maybe even the only ...
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Which sci-fi movie/episode had bleeding rocks on a planet?

I'm trying to find a long lost movie/series that I saw as a child in the 80s. The only scenes I can remember is that they are on a planet with no vegetation, only dust and rocks. When using their ...
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What is the name of the movie similar to “War of the Worlds” but like vampires?

This movie is similar to “War of the worlds” but it is not war of the worlds! In it there are walkers that have domes underneath (I don’t remember if it was one or two) and go capture humans. They ...
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I am looking for a story about a robot suicide

I remember reading a short story in an old anthology about a robot that has a limited memory that is filling up and will soon stop being able to make new memories. I think I remember that the robot ...
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Looking for a cartoon that has a giant grey robot [closed]

I'm looking for a cartoon probably from 1980s to 2000s that has a giant grey robot. The robot is controlled by 5 people, 1 in each of its hands, 1 in each of its feet, and 1 in its body or maybe the ...
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What happened to the K-Tron in the command center?

Towards the end of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets we see Commander Arün Filitt's K-Tron robots split into two groups. One group is with the soldiers deep down in the space station, while ...
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Does the T-1000 have a name?

The T-800 are called as Uncle Bob and Pops, these are nicknames, but does the T-1000 have a name? Or is ever called in some way other than its model?
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Short story or Novellette about synthetic woman who became self-aware and was trying to break free from her owners [closed]

Looking for short story or long novelette about a created cybernetic or artificial woman who had become self-aware and was trying to get out of the system she was in.
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90s sci-fi cartoon with girl fighting robots on level 11

I'm looking for tips on identifying a cartoon (western animation?) I saw briefly in the 90s at a hotel in Africa (possibly on a European channel?). Here's a description of the scene I remember: A ...
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Blackhawk comic book, moon base, killer robot

I asked this question about a comic book I read back in the 1960s and got a quick answer. Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man1 Another comic book I read back in the 1960s, ...
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Household robot breaks a wall in old HB-like cartoon

This scene happened in a cartoon I watched in Italian (but I think it was American) during the 80s (but it is probably older). A man (*) has a new household robot, a maid/butler/whatever. He orders ...
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Short story about a robot who outlives his humans [duplicate]

Trying to remember the title of a short story about a robot who survives several generations of a family, and at one point stows away on a spaceship. It was an older story — I want to say pre-1970 — ...
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Short story about a process for synthetic diamonds, a robot engineered for escape, and a betrayal

I think I read this somewhere in the 1990s in Ashland, KY, from a book checked out in the library. The basic premise is that two scientists (engineers?) find a way to grow large synthetic diamonds. I ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy short short story translated from French: lovers that turn out to be robots

I'm interested in locating this short short story that was in one of the many collections I devoured as a teenager in the 80s. Sci-fi/ fantasy, translated from French, I think. But the collection as a ...
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Old sci-fi movie: humans on a starship asking robots simple math questions, robots would burn if they didn't know the answer

I watched this film in the early 80's (but may have been from the 60's or 70's) and just remember one scene from it. I don't know if it is color or B&W. The scene I remember is that humans were ...
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Animated movie about a giant metal robot that comes to Earth and befriends a boy

Help me remember the name of an animated movie from the 90's, I think. It was about a giant metal robot who came to Earth and becomes friends with a boy, who tries to hide him from the other people ...
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Looking for a tragic cartoon short about a robot cat seen on British TV in the 80s

A cartoon I saw as a child in the 80s on British TV made a huge impression on me, but I've never been able to track it down online. It was a one-off short about a scientist who creates a robotic black ...
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Anime Identification: The protagonist wears a comma shaped locket which can be used to summon a robot or exo suit

Looking for an anime where the main protagonist wears a white top and a shorts, has a sword on his back with a red grip and summons a robot or some kind of a suit by using a "COMMA" shaped locket ...
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Origin of Robot noises

The "Beep-Boop" noises that are often associated with robots in movies (like R2D2). Do they have an origin? Robots haven't existed for long so I imagine someone started it recently. Are they from an ...
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What were the first robots with alphanumeric designations?

I was thinking the naming of the droids in Star Wars is rather unique, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO, where we have a mixture of letter and numbers and nothing else. Then I thought of K9 from Dr. Who, ...
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Seeking a story where a seducer is accidentally killed by his robot maid

I'm thinking of a short story I read, which was probably in an old anthology from the 1970s or before. I'd like to find it again. The main character was a sleazy seduction artist. At the beginning ...