The tradition of giant robots and/or transforming mecha is a long and grand one, with dozens of noteworthy examples.  You got your Gundam, your Shogun Warriors, even your Transformers, depending on how you broadly you define the term, but they really break down into two separate camps: The living robots who do what they want, and the Megazordy types, piloted by a human or team of humans.  Teen Titans Go proved that the team-piloting concept can be pretty ridiculous, but then again, there are an awful lot of killer robot stories out there, leading to today’s brobdingnagian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders if the breaking point is somewhere around 1984 or so, asking: Do you prefer your Giant Robots with or without a human pilot?

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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!

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4 Comments

  1. May 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Being the huge Transformers fan I am, I would initially pick without a pilot. But this is a hard one honestly. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have their own giant robot (tiger?) to drive around in? Then combine it with your pals? C’mon! Yes please.

  2. May 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    I like mechas and military looking things with a pilot, but completely humanoid, or creaturoid looking ones without.

  3. May 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    I honestly have no preference. As a fan of Super Sentai, Transformers, Voltron and several other franchises with different variations of giant robots, I’m used to either (or in some cases, both at the same time, such as some Super Sentai series where the robots are intelligent or alive and can act independently OR be piloted).

  4. Frank
    May 20, 2016 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Being inspired by the Macross Saga of Robotech, it would be cool to pilot a robot that could shift from shape to shape. Watching a giant robot stomp around, meh, it wouldn’t be as much fun.

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