The real world is getting closer and closer to making lifelike AIs, indistinguishable from human personalities. However, when it comes to robots, even our most advanced creations are stiff and slow. Like an elderly pensioner, it’s a cause for celebration if they can climb a step or kick a football.
In the movies though, reality can be whatever we want.
Tons of movies feature great robot characters, not held back by technological restrictions, but instead able to do whatever a human can; often much more besides. This opens up new possibilities for the filmmakers, and in some cases are the best thing in their respective films.
Straightforward AIs like HAL in Space Odyssey have been excluded, but otherwise anyone with a body is fair game. Given that some franchises have several great robotic characters who might clog up the upper entries, it’s been restricted to one per franchise to keep things interesting.
That still leaves a whole host of mechanical men, women and things still eligible here. With so many fantastic robotic characters over the years, quite a few unfortunately just missed the cut too. What’s left here though are the cream of the crop.