Star Wars Robots Make the Movie List

To coincide with the release of Transformers, the London Times rate the most celebrated “artificial people” in cinema. They selected the 50 most-memorable robots in film and rated them in four different categories:

  • Plausibility (meaning how likely it would be that, with advances on currently existing technology, such a device could be built)
  • Coolness (just how well designed, shiny or generally well-appointed the robot appeared to be)
  • Dangerousness (scoring not only on built-in weaponry, but the robot’s eagerness to use it)
  • Comedy Value (how effective the robot is at providing light relief in the film in which it appears)

Along with robots from such films as Batteries Not Included, Metropolis, Aliens, Terminator and Austin Powers, it should come as no surprise that the metal movie stars from the Star Wars saga and THX 1138 made the cut.

Here are the results:

11: R2-D2 (Star Wars)
“Your droids! We don’t serve their kind here!”
Plausibility:5 Coolness:10 Dangerousness:2 Comedy Value:10

12: Droideka Droids (Star Wars)
The Droideka can fire up to 240 dual blasts a minute (unless their blaster arms get too hot)
Plausibility:8 Coolness:8 Dangerousness:10 Comedy Value:0

31: Battle Droids (Star Wars)
“Roger, roger”
Plausibility:0 Coolness:8 Dangerousness:4 Comedy Value:8

36: Robot police force (THX 1138)
“Everything will be all right. You are in my hands. I am here to protect you. You have nowhere to go. You have nowhere to go”
Plausibility:7 Coolness:6 Dangerousness:7 Comedy Value:0

45: C-3PO (Star Wars)
C-3PO gets his name from the map grid reference of George Lucas’ local Post Office
Plausibility:3 Coolness:3 Dangerousness:0 Comedy Value:9

Read the entire list here:
The 50 best movie robots
Times Online

5 Responses to Star Wars Robots Make the Movie List

  1. A Droideka has a higher plausibility than R2-D2? R2-D2 has a higher comedic value than C2-PO? I think they need to rethink their ratings.

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  3. bonniegrrl says:

    yeah i was pretty disappointed Gonk didn’t make the list. Poor Gonk gets no respect.

  4. jaspal sidhu says:

    i have just watchced the star wars films recently for the first time ever!!
    i was amazed
    and i wish i had liked it in the period of release

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