Ah, yes… The robot duplicate.  Superman had an army of them in his Fortress, while The Fourth Doctor’s duplicate was the spearhead of an entire Android Invasion.  Even Commander Data, who is himself an android, had an evil robo-doppelganger, which proves once and for all that there’s a fine line between high concept and dumb idea, and Next Generation parked right on top of it.  Heck, even the King Of Monsters has a mechanical tribute band by the name of Mecha-Godzilla, leading us to today’s clockwork query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) fondly remembers when cartoon Mr. T fought robot cartoon Mr. T, asking: Which robot duplicate do you remember most fondly?

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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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7 Comments

  1. August 28, 2016 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Doombots are always great plot device. You can never best Dr. Doom, it will be his robot clone every time.

    • August 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm — Reply

      Yeah, I wonder if he didn’t make that whole thing up to explain away his failures.

      “Oh, yeah… Doombot. That was totally a Doombot, you guys.”

  2. August 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    Strictly in the robotic/android spectrum: the duplicate robot Buffy that Spike had made for him by the three nerds, and the good robot Bill and Ted (who are the visual inspiration behind the “bad” robot duplicates of some of my original characters, including the duplicate of one of the villains, making the robot a good guy).

    But if we’re allowed to expand this to include any artificial but still somewhat mechanical construct, the one that I like the most is the EMH Doctor from Voyager. I’m not a big fan of Voyager in general, but I absolutely loved the EMH and how he went from being basically just a program to growing into something more.

  3. Ron
    August 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    Tobor, the 8th Man. The mightiest robot in the land!

  4. August 29, 2016 at 8:00 am — Reply

    Urkelbot was played by Boogaloo Shrimp. Mike drop.

  5. Frank
    August 29, 2016 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Beta from Last Starfighter. Didn’t have all the social nuances down pat, but had sarcasm in spades.

  6. August 29, 2016 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Faker from He-Man
    When you removed the armor he even had reel to reel sticker on his chest for that authentic robotic look.

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