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 The 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 Megazord-y types, piloted by a human or team of humans.  Shows like ‘Teen Titans Go’ and the Teen Titans/Beavis & Butthead crossover on ‘Robot Chicken’ 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 Leopardonian 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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  1. I’m a piloted robot guy all the way. Battletech, Gundam, Macross/Robotech & Voltron were some of my favorite things growing up.

  2. I do like Transformers and idea of sentient mechanical races, but too big of a mecha fan, so with pilot it is! And with pilots, you get at least two characters for a price of one.

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