C-3PO and R2-D2 = Wimpy Robots?

Pop culture mag Giant Robot took a look at Asian vs. Western robots and came up with an interesting list of who they deem to be the 10 wimpiest robots.

Sadly, our very own C-3PO (duh) and R2-D2 (hey, no way!) make the list, along with Twiki (“Buck Rogers”), Roboz (“Riptide”), H.E.R.B.I.E. (not the car, but a robot from the Marvel Universe), Muffit the Daggit (old school “Battlestar Galactica”), Johnny 5 (Short Circuit), Vicki (“Small Wonder”), David (A.I.), and V.I.N.CENT (The Black Hole).

Here’s what they had to say:

R2-D2: The Kurosawa-inspired droid is an important character in both Star Wars trilogies, but is still a virtual trashcan, drink cooler and mailbox.

C-3PO: R2-D2’s pal can beat a Wookiee at chess and speak many languages, but is in essencean English butler who walks funny.

Personally, I would have replaced R2-D2 with a mouse droid, or Marvin (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) or Huey and Dewey (Silent Running). Even Data from “Star Trek: Next Gen” was kinda wimpy (though his brother Lore was all kinds of strong). What about singing Tin Man from Wizard of Oz? Lucifer from old school “Battlestar Galactica” was such a wimp too — he even wore a red glittery cape!

Who would you have put on the list?


8 Responses to C-3PO and R2-D2 = Wimpy Robots?

  1. Dan Wallace says:

    Bonnie, the Tin Man is actually a cyborg.

  2. bonniegrrl says:

    Actually Tin Man is more like a robot because of the metal, but he IS whiny like a human. Then again C-3PO is fairly whiny too. Data is more like a Cyborg, but since Vicki from “Small Wonder” made that wussy robot list, I figured Data is far game too….

  3. Dan Wallace says:

    Ah, but you see, a CYBORG is “an organism that is a self-regulating integration of artificial and natural systems).” Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg

    Note that the TIN MAN was born a human, with metallic parts grafted on later: “The enchanted axe chopped off his limbs, one by one. Each time he lost a limb, Nick Chopper replaced it with a prosthetic limb made of tin.” Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Man_%28Oz%29

    A PEDANT is “someone overly concerned with minutiae and detail and whose tone is perceived as condescending.” Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedantic

  4. C-3PO I can understand, although he deserves credit for not bailing out on his various owners altogether. R2-D2 I don’t get at all. He probably saves the day more than any other character in Star Wars!

    I think mouse droids fit the bill quite well.

  5. José Fiúza says:

    I concur with the previous opinion. To put R2 & C3 in the same bag (figuratively…) can only be justified as coming from an inattentive movie-goer who completely missed R2’s MAJOR (yet discreet) role in the whole Saga.

  6. Sharpy says:

    Not Johnny 5?? Say it isn’t so! 😛

  7. JD says:

    I’m sorry, but R2 is not wimpy. Even though he didn’t speak English, I think he was actually a very brave little “tashcan, drink cooler, and (a) mailbox”.

  8. Gabe says:

    I take slight offense to the Marvin the Paranoid Android reference. He is most certainly whiny, but wimpy? The dude was forced to go on so many adventures that he lived to be 37 times older than the universe itself!

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