There’s a whole genre of animation known as super robot anime, but for my money, a good super-robot doesn’t have to be giant or combining.  The Megazords and Voltrons of the world are great, but I’m also a fan of Aaron “Machine Man” Stack and The Vision, especially as portrayed by Paul Bettany.  You can go all the way back to the Golden Age of comics for Marvex (who looks like William Shatner, right?), Flexo, the various Dynamic Mans and Bozo, The Iron Man, leading to today’s advance-and-be-mechanized query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will almost always choose Robbie The Robot, simply because he starred in multiple Twilight Zone episodes and also Forbidden Planet, asking: Who’s the best, most awesome super robot in all of pop culture?


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  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I will not include piloted robots or mecha in this one, but even then its a tough one. Astro Boy and Iron Giant could be high on the list, but I’ll say Jet Jaguar, especially now that I’ve seen the new one in Godzilla Singular Point.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    H.E.R.B.I.E. was the best friend and straight man that Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, could ask for; the best expression of his father’s love and attention. Also an erstwhile stand-in for Franklin’s uncle (because Johnny Storm is a bad role model, so says Smoky the Bear) the Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics beats all over V. von D.’s janky Doombots.

  3. Commander Data. Other superbots might have him beat with the rocket fists and laser eyes, but you can’t play poker or crack jokes with most of em. Well, maybe Brainiac 5, but i bet Data’s got better jokes in the ol’ SSD.

  4. I would agree with Robbie, as it was the first thing that popped into my tiny little brain.
    But if I had to follow the “not already picked ” rules I am going to throw in ‘Marvin’ from HHGTTG.

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