I always found it telling that Joel Robinson, when faced with a life of solitude and torture on the Satellite of Love, chose to build robot friends to keep him company, even though it meant give up what little control he had over the movies with which he was being tortured.  Having pals is important, even if they’re made of steel, and pop culture is full of awesome robotic buddies who serve as companions, protectors and even de facto family members, leading to today’s fully automated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn between KITT and V.I.N.Cent, depending on whether I’m tired of walking or need someone with lasers to eliminate my nuisances, asking: Which of the myriad fictional robot friends would you want as your best pal?


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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.


  1. seems like Atomic Robo would be one of the least annoying robot buddies (certainly in comparison to your Threepios or Twikis, or that weird trend of robots with southern hick voices in the late 70’s). capable, intelligent, witty, strong and durable enough to protect you should you inevitably get into trouble…

    or maybe i’d just wanna chill out with Gonk Droid.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Chibi-Robo from Nintendo games. He’s only about 6 inches tall, quiet and does little household things.

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