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30 Famous Robots in Pop Culture

Many people’s first exposure to robots comes from pop culture. After Karel Capek’s groundbreaking play R.U.R., Isaac Asimov was the first person to bring robots into prominence with his series of short stories and novels that he began writing in the 1940s.

In 1956, Robby the robot appeared in the movie Forbidden Planet, becoming the world’s most famous mechanical creature to date. About a decade later, Stanley Kubrick’s seminal movie 2001: A Space Odyssey showcased HAL 9000, an artificial entity in charge of running a space station and keeping its occupants alive until he suffered a dangerous breakdown.

Modern examples of robots include the Star Wars movie saga, with R2-D2 and C-3P0 earning a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of fans who looked forward to a day when robots would do our chores and help protect us in battle.

Since then, there have been many now famous robots introduced into pop culture. Obviously the following graphic created by artist Daniel Nyari is not exhaustive, so don’t freak if your favorite pop culture robot icon isn’t included:

[Comics Alliance]


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