Questions tagged [robots]

For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of science-fiction or fantasy; use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]. Also for use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag.

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Anime about a girl and evil robot

It's probably from 80-90s. I remember that a girl probably crashed on some remote planet and was chased / hunting an evil robot that was indestructible. She was fighting with him at some villages. I ...
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Story about a robot that commits suicide when it can't make new memories

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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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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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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Why does Bender need to sleep?

Why does Bender need to sleep? He does this at least in a couple of episodes, like Godfellas, Bendless Love, and The Honking. I believe other robots also sleep, so I don't think this is unique to him? ...
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I'm looking for the title of a sci fi film about a killer robot

I’m desperately trying to find the title of a film, but all of my online searches come up with nothing (it definitely exists though!) The film's set in the future in space. The synopsis seems to be ...
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Identify science fiction novel about ancient machines destroying all sentient planets

I read this in late '90s and thought the premise was fascinatingly haunting: A very ancient alien race created either a single or many "berzerker" (?) machines during a war with another race. The ...
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Cartoon where a little kid controls a huge robot which used to be small toy using glove

I remember a poor kid (main lead) who can't afford that much studies which rich kid. He saw a toy and wants to play with it. The rich kid broke it and threw it away but he took it from the trash tries ...
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80's/90's animated kids show: guy doing somersault to enter his ship

There's a guy that would do a forward/backward somersault off a big rock/cliff (then "morphs" into his armor) into a large body of water to enter his flying ship (like a spaceship but not for space). ...
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Pre-1968 YA science fiction novel: robot with black-and-white vision, later the robot could see in color

A science fiction novel, written before 1968, featured a robot with black-and-white vision. Perhaps halfway through the novel, the robot receives an upgrade, and could see in color for the first time. ...
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What was the first insect-like robot in fiction?

Insect-sized robots which fly on artificial wings or skitter around on multiple mechanical legs are becoming more and more common as subjects of real-world research and development, but they've been a ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

Move over Zanti Misfits! Though I chose Zanti Misfits as the primary reference I think that will have to change after viewing this video: While Mad Ants is a ...
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Movie about robots who can get pregnant and motorcycles throwing their drivers in the air

I believe this is an old movie, since I watched it 10+ years ago. The story is about a robot (female robot) who is pregnant with—I'm not sure, a robot or human baby. The opening sequence is pretty ...
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Series of movies with robots in sync with electronic music

In 4th or 5th grade in America in 2014 or 2015, the teacher showed us a video from a DVD of robots moving (sort of dancing, too) in sync with instrumental electronic music. It was probably from the ...
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Anime/Cartoon with a Giant Police(?) Robot

I remember watching this show around 20 years ago, likely on a children's cartoon channel (probably Cartoon Network, Toonami or Fox Kids) so it could well be a 90s cartoon or a re-run. Don't remember ...
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Data being intimate with Tasha Yar - why was Data built with this capability?

Pardon the inherent ickiness of asking how an android and a human...become intimate, but this has genuinely puzzled me since I watched the Next Generation episode "The Naked Now." The summary for the ...
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Children's illustrated SF book with 2 children forced to flee in an escape pod

I’m looking for a children's book I read when I was aged five or six (we're talking the late 1970's/early 1980's, If I was really pushed I would say 1981 but hey... whatever...). It was a book in the ...
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90's horror movie with a robot living on the ceiling in a house and turns evil

I've been looking to find the title of this horror movie for years. Here's what I know: A family living in a large house decides to install a helper robot. It lives from the ceiling and moves around ...
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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 boy whenever he sleeps, this other ...
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Old robot movie with robots in cages being hurt at a carnival show

This was definitely not a movie I was supposed to be watching for my age. That's the reason this movie is very faint in my memory. I have spent well over 4 hours, on and off, looking for this movie ...
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Story where a 0 - law of robotics is introduced (the good of humanity)

I read a story which should should have been published at least 40 years ago, which was probably (though I'm not absolutely sure) Asimov's. The book tells the story of - beware, spoilers ahead - I ...
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Short story about an obsolete robot

A short story about a wheeled robot that is in turmoil over its apparent obsolescence.But finds a way to go on. I think humans are long extinct at the time this story is set in.
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What is the actual purpose of the monoeyes on Zeon mobile suits?

One of the most recognisable characteristics of a Zeon mobile suit is its monoeye. Typically illuminated magenta, this large circular camera swivels around from side to side, perhaps also up and ...
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Old/retro anime or cartoon with robots (visuals inside)

There is this very vague memory of some kind of anime or cartoon from my childhood and I really want to recall it. Everything I remember about it is the style of environment and surroundings that is ...
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1970s story: man living alone with robot servants on an estate invaded by hoodlums

The setting is during or after the fall of social order, somewhere in England. An old man is holed up on an estate, his only company a robot butler and other robotic assistants. The house is invaded ...
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Webcomic set in a futuristic world reminiscent of early 20th C. visions of future, with Hergé-like ligne claire style, miniature robot character

I'm trying to remember the name of a webcomic I came across some years ago (2000s to early 2010s). I recall the aesthetic of the world (I don't think it was specified to be Earth) looked like it drew ...
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Comic strip about a human dressing as a robot and trying to infiltrate

A couple of days ago I came across this comic strip. It's about an alternate world where a human dresses up like a bot and tries to infiltrate a bot community or something, then he is blocked by a ...
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90s cartoon series with kids inside robots fighting

I watched this cartoon around 1997. It's about kids who use robots to fight, when they fight they are inside the robots standing and whatever moves they do the robots mimic them. In the last episode ...
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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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Book about a robot in a spaceship that wakes up with the ship failing after having gone through meteoroid rain [duplicate]

The scene that I can remember is the following: A robot/human (not sure) wake up after a lot of time in his spaceship due to an alarm. He went to the control room and started to check all the systems....
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Short story about robots exploring another planet whose inhabitants thought the robots were inferior

The story was about robots exploring another planet. The inhabitants thought the robots were human, and also thought that they were superior to the robots. That is until the robots stirred molten ...
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Book in which humanity is extinct and AI's wage war against each other

The only other detail my friend could remember is that the AI's that looked the most human were considered superior to those who were not humanoid, i.e. a spider mech that performs hull maintenance.
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movie about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity

I am looking for a movie I think I saw in the 90s about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity but found that humanity was its life force and it could never meet a human being unless it ...
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Which was the first story to feature a human manned mecha “robot”?

In the Pacific Rim live action movies (2013 - 2018) they feature human manned mecha "robots". Before this, there were many others live actions / animated series featuring this, Evangelion (1995) , ...
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Old cartoon movie or series: robots walking down a tilting corridor to get “sacrificed”

I just remembered a scene from a somewhat old sci-fi cartoon series or movie but Google only brought me here so I'll give it a try. What I can remember: a lot of robots walking down a tunnel or ...
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Short story about robots and a statue of a child [duplicate]

I read this short story in a Sci-Fi collection when I was in middle school in the early 1980's. My school had a lot of older collections from the 60's and 70's. The setting is a post-war Earth where,...
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Book where the main character's consciousness is transferred to an artificial body

I'm doing a school project which requires me to cite the science-fiction books I've read. I am almost done; I just need the last book, but I can't find the title. I recall it taking place in a future ...
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Short story. Farm equipment & construction robots, post apocalyptic

This was a short story in one the readers we had in grade school. Gist of it was that humans had semi sentient robots for almost all tasks, but humanity has died out and the robots are looking for ...
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Post-apocalyptic webcomic. Hero is a former doctor turned android, named something like Abe or Aron

I've been looking for this one over several months. Webomic was ongoing 2 years ago, I was really hooked up. Thing is I don't remember anything except little details of plot like: Post-apocalyptic (...
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Comic where a robot “takes apart” a man's body while he's alive

I remember seeing a comic book in the early 90's (was it based on a movie like Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt?) where a man (possibly a scientist) finds a cute little robot and, out of curiosity, ...
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Who came up first with the concept of holographic android in sci-fi?

A holographic android is, as I understand it, a robot in humanoid shape, capable of disguising itself as a real human/humanoid being via built-in holographic projectors. I assume the concept of ...
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Mid-80s cartoon with 4-5 robots with “special powers” to zap things; had a scene with a kraken chase on an ice world

Does anyone remember a cartoon with 4-5 humanoid robots on Saturday morning in the mid-80s? As far as I can remember, they had "powers" to zap things and maybe fly but I don't remember much of the ...
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Science fiction story about a giant robot performing simple math problems

I remember reading it about a decade ago in school, I seem to recall the giant robot maybe being angry that he couldn't make 2 numbers add up to each other.
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80's anime with the villains coming back after each defeat with a new animal-based robot

What I remember is that in the same movie every time the villains were defeated they came back in a new machine, I think they were all animal based but robots. They always had the same symbol ...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

So I read this book about 4 years ago in my middle school English class and I haven't been able to find it since. It is titled The Game, but that's not its original title. I cannot remember the ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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80s mecha anime about a boy and a girl with bunny ears

A boy gets a gun and a disc with a star on it from an old man. He shoots it into the ground, the disc makes a circle, and a robot emerges from the ground. The boy is inside a robot and controls it by ...
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80s or 90s cartoon. Alien robots come to Earth to steal our gold to turn into energy. 'World Defense Corps' fight them

Robots from outer space attack Earth, stealing gold to make energy. A high school boy discovers a way to make energy from gold by exposing it to special ray, he joins the 'World Defence Corps' to ...
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Was Bender programmed to be evil?

The character Bender Rodriguez in Futurama is a robot. He was built and programmed by Mom Corp. When he popped off the assembly line, was he programmed to be evil (i.e. his adorably greedy, ...
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Anime about a boy who summons a robot with a sword or a flute

I remember watching a cartoon or an anime as a kid back in 1994 to 1998-ish. Parts that I remember are that a boy could summon a really special rare robot with a sword or a flute. Don't remember if ...