We’ve ended the werewolf fighting (for now), but we’re bringing back a subject matter we’ve hit on again and again – ROBOT WARS!

This week, Major Spoilerite Rich wants to know who would win in a fight between Captain Picard’s greatest foe, The Borg, or Doctor Who’s foe, the Cybermen.

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FIGHT: Borg vs. The Cybermen

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34 Comments

  1. Rob
    August 24, 2010 at 11:48 am — Reply

    As much as I can’t stand Star Trek I have to say Borg. I have seen the same tricked used more than once to defect the Cybermen (disabling their emotion inhibitor). Those very few times I have seen Star Trek with the Borg I haven’t seen them been defeated the same way twice.

  2. Brian G.
    August 24, 2010 at 11:57 am — Reply

    Since I’ve never seen an episode of Dr. Who (here it comes…), I have to vote for the Borg.

    I wonder if this is going to turn into the next franchise poll. Who’s waiting in the wings to take on the winner? Terminators? The Lost in Space Robot? H.A.R.D.A.C.? The Buffy Bot? … Terry Crews doing the Robot Dance? Can’t wait to see where this one goes.

  3. Ken
    August 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I’ve seen and love both and I have to go with the borg. I think that in a battle the Borg would simply adapt their shields to the cybermen lasers and render them useless. Also, the Borg have huge cubes that can rain death down from space and have assimilated tons of technology from countless civilizations. Also, while the borg could potentially assimilate the cybermen, I don’t think cybermen could turn a borg into one of them. Because the borg are for the most part just mindless drones and thus can’t have a chunk of their brain removed and turned into a cyberman. Basically, it’s just not a fair fight.

  4. Ricco
    August 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Borgs all the way, even in Voyager after they get half annihilated by Species 8472 they spring back to life to continue been the Universe’s bogeyman and unlike the Cybermen no matter how bad the setback they suffer they always remain a powerful empire. Also the Borg adapt, while the Cybermen stay the same even if round one goes to the Cybermen the war will always go the Borg.

    P.S- Picard’s greatest foe is hair loss, not the Borg.

  5. August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    I don’t care if the Doctor can trick the Cybermen over and over, he is a freaking timelord! The Cybermen are first, and they look cooler. The Borg are HR Giger leftovers. Cybermen for the win.

    • Ricco
      August 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm — Reply

      The Daleks have similar levels of technology to the Borg and they’ve beaten the living circuits out of the Cybermen, no tricking needed for them to be inferior to the Borg. That been said voting for the character that was first created is as good as any other reason to pick who to vote for and as Stephen has said it is a popularity contest.

      • Scott
        August 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm — Reply

        Yes, but the Daleks were fighting alternate universe Cybermen, who were inferior to the regular ones.

  6. DanJr
    August 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Cybermen Hands down!

    Borgs are mindless solders that follow a common collective. Cybermen are not mindless, they can think for themselves. They can also convert new people onto Cybermen without needing to bring them back to the collective.

    Oh, and they can also Time travel!

    CYBERMEN!

    • Ricco
      August 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm — Reply

      The Borg can time travel aswell, “Star trek: First Contact” is based on that fact.

  7. Slappy
    August 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    The Cybermen were created first and are very terrifying in their own right.
    Unfortunately, the introduction of gold as a weakness explaining that it clogged their ability to breathe wasn’t that bad. Unfortunately the Doctor Who writers under John Nathan Turner made it worse by having them die within seconds of touching gold.
    The Borg on the other hand are usually a force of nature that can always adapt. They steal and then incorporate tech into their own collective for the betterment of society. Kind of like North Korea.
    The Borg would trash the Cybermen. End of story. The Cybermen do not wish to adapt, they wish to remain the same and that is what will get them every time.

  8. Xybec Katta
    August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    The Borg all the way. A better question would be which is sexier, Seven-of-Nine or CyberWoman?

  9. Lizzie
    August 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    Next week it should be the winner versus the Daleks1 :)

  10. saintash
    August 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Cyberman all the way you can come back from being turned by the Borg, you are screwed if you become a Cyberman

    • August 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm — Reply

      Yeah, it’s hard to come back from being a bunch of bones and meat bits. Seven of Nine wouldn’t look to hot then.

  11. Kirby
    August 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    Borg, I’m a fan of both series, but I have to go with my true loyalties. Also because at their worst the Borg never looked like wind-up robot toys.

    May be talking out my butt, but I hear in the first appearnce of the Borg, on a computer screen on the Enterprise the names of the first 7 doctors are listed.

    • August 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm — Reply

      Hmmm…I picked the Cybermen BECAUSE they look like wind-up robot toys…Different strokes for different folks, different lanes for different brains!

  12. August 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    If it’s a question of who’s the creepier concept, I’d say the cybermen. Isn’t the whole idea that the mind of the people in those shells is the same…just without input? At least the people absorbed into the borg aren’t really conscious of themselves in the same way.

    Far creepier to know who you are and just be locked away forever. *shudder*

    • Ricco
      August 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm — Reply

      The Borg drones are fully concious while they are mutilated to have limbs and organs replaced by machinery and while they do the same to friends and familly.

  13. August 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    I’ve always found the Borg rather boring and uninteresting. The only times I’ve ever liked the idea is when there is a twist to it. The Cybermen, on the other hand, are always interesting since the show never really sticks to one thing.

    So I’m voting for the more interesting enemy. I’m also pretty sure that Borg can’t infect the Cybermen.

  14. @lantis
    August 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    I voted Cybermen. The Borg seemed to suffer from the “all powerful force” problem which made them uninteresting. The Cybermen have character and flaws and depth. The Borg are just boogeymen given whatever power is convenient to make them dangerous to the protagonists. Plus, I believe it would be possible for Cybermen to convert Borg, but not vice versa because Borg tend to be more reliant on flesh to complement their “enhancements.”

  15. Scott
    August 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm — Reply

    The Borg as a concept were interesting at first, then totally wrecked in Star Trek: First Contact, largely due to a lack of imagination on the part of the writers. The Borg were the ultimate communist society, and the introduction of the Borg queen turns them into a fascist dictatorship.

    As for Borg vs. Cybermen, if you’re talking one on one, Cybermen all the way. They’re bigger, stronger, and, like others here, I don’t think they’re assimilatible. And as a concept, I think they’re scarier, since, as others have noted, there ain’t any coming back once they’ve put your brain in that shell. But, if you’re talking ships, I probably have to give the edge to the Borg; their ships are dang tough (though they seemed to get easier to destroy as the various series progressed), and, while we don’t really know the capabilities of Cyberships, they seemed to get blown up a lot.

    Of course, this is all moot if the Daleks are brought into this contest, because they’d kick everyone’s ass; after all, they were able to fight the Time Lords to the point of such mutual annihilation that the Time Lords were ready to destroy the entire universe to end it.

    • Ricco
      August 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm — Reply

      No question there, Daleks beat anyone not named Q in the Star trek multiverse.

  16. BORG TRANSMISSION
    August 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    –WE ARE THE BORG. LOWER YOUR SHIELDS AND SURRENDER YOUR SHIPS. WE WILL ADD YOUR BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS TO OUR OWN. YOUR CULTURE WILL ADAPT TO SERVICE US. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.–

  17. tidge
    August 24, 2010 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    I vote Cybermen!

    1) They have cyber-pets

    2) They build steam-punk cyber gundam to trash Victorian era London just because.

    3) It took them 40+ years to lose their nasty sci-fi edge (they were originally nothing more than “humans” that wanted to improve themselves…kinda like we do now), whereas it took the Borg about a year to turn into cyber-pansies (ehem, Hugh…and Lore as Borg leader…)

  18. David
    August 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    I’m gonna go with a write-in on this one.
    The Swedish Chef from the muppets.

  19. Damascus
    August 25, 2010 at 1:58 am — Reply

    I’ll have to vote for the Borg on this one. For one thing, I’ve always thought that Cybermen were clunky horrible looking creations that again could be bested by climbing a bunch of stairs, or you know, running. They’re slow and they can’t show any emotion either, which I know isn’t gonna happen with the Borg either but any one Cyberman is indistinguishable from another. It’s nice for low budget because you can have 5 of them and keep shooting at different angles to make it look like a ton but there’s little character to them. The Borg have a very Cenobite looking appearance and each one is fairly unique, given the different technological enhancements. Hopefully each one is using different tech from different cultures instead of only one single set of powers for everyone. Once the Cybermen’s lasers have been nullified all they have left is what, brute strength? Plus to create more Cybermen you’re going to go through way more resources to build entirely new bodies where the Borg use what’s already there and replace various pieces with advanced technology.

    I guess I could always throw a vote over to K-9 though.

  20. Felix from Oslo
    August 25, 2010 at 3:40 am — Reply

    Oh, the different iterations of the Cybermen, always changing (in theory, if they could afford a costume-revamp). Both “races” stand for the same thing: a fear of technology taking over and removing our human emotions. Both are horrific. Both are analogous to zombies in some ways. They are both the same… but the Cybermen where there first. And frankly, they still scare me more than the Borg ever did. I still have nightmares hearing that old 60’s voicebox-voice from “Tomb of the Cybermen” (with it’s inability to pronounce the letter K): “You will be li*e us. Resistance is useless.”

    And the Cybermen are not even that high on my list of big bads in scifi. Hm, I must like the Borg less than I thought…

  21. Frank
    August 26, 2010 at 9:11 am — Reply

    Another write in for the Swedish Chef and his brussel sprout shooting shotgun.

  22. August 27, 2010 at 1:59 am — Reply

    If it was the ORIGINAL Cybermen they’d win hands down. The ones from the new series are a bunch of pansys.

  23. David
    February 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    I have to say the Cybermen. After all when you become a Borg there still a chance that you become human again (i.e Picard, Seven of Nine, ect) but once you turned into a Cyberman, that’s it. There no going back.

  24. February 21, 2014 at 7:41 am — Reply

    It’s got to be the cybermen for me; if you’ve seen them in their latest appearance, then you know that they can now adapt just as much as the borg.

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