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?