The 1970s were an interesting time for pop culture.  It was a time where everyone suddenly started learning martial arts, where the ‘fro reigned supreme, and (most importantly) when even SPIDER-MAN got a giant robot all his own, the better to crush his enemies and hear the lamentations of their women.  Some may argue the canonicity of Manga Spider-Man, but to those nay-sayers, I respond: Giant Robot wins.  Super Sentai without a giant combining robot is just the original X-Men with snappier costumes.  The Jaegers from ‘Pacific Rim’ allow mere humans to stand toe-to-toe with creatures so powerful as to be likened to forces of nature.  And The Sentinels…

…are probably a terrible example.  Nevermind.  Either way, one has to wonder how much more awesome Han Solo would have been if the Millenium Falcon turned into a sixty-foot mechanical monster and started pounding TIE fighters with it’s massive fists, which leads us to today’s transforming query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) loves any and all giant robots, with the sole exception of Voltron, because of *PIDGE*, that little jerkface, asking: What character from anywhere in the world of pop culture most deserves his/her own giant robot, and WHY?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. October 2, 2014 at 11:56 am — Reply

    I still think 616 Spider-Man needs his own Marveller/Leopardon.

    The pre-TOEI Spider-Man Super Sentai teams need their own giant robots (I don’t count Gorenger’s Varriblune and Varridreen, which were large vehicles rather than robots). Battle Fever J got a giant robot because it was originally conceived as part of the same series as TOEI’s Spider-Man as something loosely based on Captain America before they went in a slightly different direction. Since every Super Sentai team since has had giant robots to some degree, I think the two previous teams need their own, and it wouldn’t be that hard to give it to them. You wouldn’t even need a retcon, just give them movie exclusive mecha in one of the next multi Sentai crossover/team-up movies or in the next anniversary season’s movie. Then they could join those that came after in some giant robot battles against monsters/demons/aliens/other giant robots/etc.

  2. Malone_hasco
    October 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    I would like to see Duel between Optimus Prime and Megatron where Optimus is riding Metroplex and Megatron on board Trypticon made with modern film technology. It would be the most epic robot battle of all time, Giant robots fighting with even more giant robots, tank/city vs. robot Godzilla, kaiju Style. Just becuse, who wouldnt like to see that? All of these should be G1 Transformers, of course. So, my answer will be Optimus Prime & Megatron.

  3. Hannah Jones
    October 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    Lobo, I just want to see what he’d do with it.

    On the other hand, how cool would it be if Agent Colby(of Chew fame) was able to hook up his cyborg equipment to a giant robot! Hopefully a giant representation of Poyo.

  4. Clubberlang6
    October 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm — Reply

    I think Rocky Balboa should have his own robot. After his fight with Drago he could use it to fight all the rest of the heavyweight contenders

  5. Will
    October 3, 2014 at 1:25 am — Reply

    Snoopy would be a good choice in my opinion because he has the imagination to do great or terrible things with a giant robot. But Snoopy probably already has a giant robot; his doghouse probably secretly turns into it.

    • October 3, 2014 at 8:15 am — Reply

      There was a webcomic a friend of mine did years ago where Snoopy’s doghouse landed on a combination of other things from the neighborhood (cars, a swing set, etc) as the “head” and control center of a giant robot. I like to imagine that it is something he actually can/does do.

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