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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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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Anime movie about space aliens and robots

I watched this anime film on tv around 15 years ago, but it is probably older. It was in japanese with sub in my native language. There were few factions fighting each other and one of them tried to ...
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Anime: Teens fighting with little robots in their hands who shoot round bullets

So there's this anime that is about children/teens fighting with little robots in their hands who shoot round bullets. Don't remember anything about the plot. There are also toys like those robots ...
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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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Children's science fiction show with two robots on a planet of junk

I've been trying to remember the name of a British children's science fiction show from (I think) the 80's. The show revolved around two robots who lived on a planet made up of junk. I think the ...
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Identifying an animated TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world where robots have taken over the world

Robots have taken over the world, and there is a small group of dedicated Fighters who are fighting them. All they have is small arms, like pistols and rifles. Very gritty, similar to The Terminator ...
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Is there a violation of the First Law of Robotics in “Robot Visions”?

I'm currently reading Isaac Asimov's Robot Visions. I read I, Robot a while ago, and it was nice to see Susan Calvin, Robbie, and the rest again :) The first and eponymous story of the collection, "...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying' [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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Show with a swarm of self-replicating robot spiders attempting to take over a starship

I don't really remember a lot about this show, other than that there was a swarm of self-replicating robot spiders that tried to take over a starship. I believe at some point several crew members ...
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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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What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?

Looking at R2-D2, I can't think of any robots I've seen in science fiction that vaguely resemble R2D2's design. So, my question is What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?
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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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Does the Robot from Lost in Space undergo a sudden emotional transformation?

At the beginning, the Robot is very much limited to his programming, a wealth of knowledge, but not expressing himself all that well - very logical and law-obeying with simple answers ('A-firm-a-tive',...
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When did the first back-in-time Time-Traveling Robot appear in literature?

Which work of literature, film, or TV (or radio) program was the first to feature a sentient robot from the future that traveled back in time?
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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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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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Horror robot film set in a post-apocalyptic landscape with a killer robot or war against robots

80s or early 90s film set in a post-apocalyptic landscape with a killer robot or war against robots. In the film a robot comes up behind a woman and squeezes her until blood pops out of her mouth and ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Help me identify this BIG Robot Movie from 80s [duplicate]

I can't remember anything about the movie except it giant robots like Pacific Rim but people were inside not sat down but stood up using their arms and legs - I don't know properly but was like some ...
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Scifi horror on spaceship/station with killer robot [closed]

This is going to sound ridiculous because I remember so little of it, but when I was a kid (<10) I remember seeing this movie where these people are stuck on a spaceship or space station and are ...
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What jobs do droids serve in?

Questionable Content comic strip #3088 and the few following strips suggest that some droids believe that droids should not apply to the military, yet Bubbles used to serve there. This makes me ask ...
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Story Identification: 1980s series about four characters who escape a post-apocalyptic city in a bubble

From what I remember the animation style was quite similar to The Mysterious Cities of Gold. I have a feeling it was a Japanese/French collaboration. There was a city in a bubble, somewhat post-...
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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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Little boy with robotic gloves attached to one hand. What's the name of the show?

He was wondering or exploring, I don't know. He came into a place like a crash scene with a big dead robot - not that big, a little bit bigger than a human - and the boy had some kind of pet or robot ...
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Lost In Space Robot self-defense mechanism

In one of the very early Lost in Space episodes, Dr. Smith insults the Robot, and he gives a warning that he is activating his self-defense mechanisms. I can understand the need for this in ...
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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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Are the B1 battle droids in Star Wars self-aware?

They're so stupid and funny, they don't act like the cold-blooded robots in Terminator at all... so I first thought that they must be conscious. But then I realized that the Jedi mercilessly kill ...
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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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Why are there so few robots in Star Trek?

Okay, obviously beyond Data and the Soong-type androids. But seriously, we have more robots in our daily life now than there apparently are on Trek. Is there a canon answer why not? It seems like Star ...
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Story about a dying man on an asteroid, accompanied by a robot/android

Sometime between seventh and eighth grade I stumbled upon a story which stuck with me, even though I forgot the title and the author. As far as I can remember, the story went that this astronaut/...
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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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How long had Box been running amok when Logan discovered him?

Originally, in Logan's Run, the killer robot "Box" was programed to freeze and store sea food. How long had the abandoned "Box" been been running amok when encountered by Logan 5 and Jessica 6 in the ...
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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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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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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?