Recently I published an article about forgotten movie robots. Ironically enough, I let a few incredible robots slip my mind (as a thoughtful commenter or two have pointed out). Additionally, too many people remembered the robots I chose. Thankfully, I have a chance to rectify that situation right now. Of course, that means my upcoming articles on cyborgs and sentient computers must wait a few days, but I’m having so much fun with the robots that I don’t mind.
Not only do I believe you won’t remember many of these robots, but I’m willing to bet my entire paycheck from this article (which is zero British Pounds or zero US Dollars, whichever you prefer), that you haven’t even SEEN more than seven of the robots I have listed here. I am throwing down a gauntlet. I’ll even add a rating system for what I believe to be the likelihood of the average person having seen each robot.
Before we get to the robots, let’s review Tim’s Laws for the forgotten movie robots:
Tim’s First Law – Only robots (no cyborgs – that is a separate article)
Tim’s Second Law – Only movie robots (no television – that is a separate article)
Tim’s Third Law – Only robots that are likely to be forgotten by the average movie fan (unforgettable robots are another upcoming article)
Tim’s Fourth Law – Only robots in human form (androids) or robots with obvious human qualities
Tim’s Fifth Law – Only one entry per movie franchise
Let’s get started, shall we?
15. Cherry 2000 (1987)
Sam Treadwell, a successful businessman, unwisely has bubbly sex on the kitchen floor with his android wife, Cherry 2000. Despite the fact that his robot wife dramatically shorts out when partially covered in liquid, and despite the fact that he regularly inserts a very sensitive portion of his body into this easily-shorted-out electrical appliance he calls his wife, he sets off on an adventure to acquire a new Cherry 2000. Unfortunately for Sam, the movie is set in the future world of 2017 where the manufacturing capacity of the USA is severely depleted due to a minor civilizational collapse.
Estimated chance you’ve seen this one: 65%
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