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22nd Jun '17 9:34:41 AM Mhazard
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The Unnecessarily Creepy Robot can take many forms. It may tap into the UncannyValley, being too human-like for comfort. Or it may be vaguely humanoid, but with some addition or subtraction that makes it unsettling. It may also resemble an animal that humans have an instinctive revulsion to, like a insect or a reptile. Or it may have a design so far [[StarfishRobot removed from anything recognizably organic]] that it makes you wonder how anyone could come up with it.

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The Unnecessarily Creepy Robot can take many forms. It may tap into the UncannyValley, being too human-like for comfort. Or it may be vaguely humanoid, but with some addition or subtraction that makes it unsettling. It may also resemble an animal that humans have an instinctive revulsion to, like a insect or a reptile. Or it may have a design so far [[StarfishRobot [[StarfishRobots removed from anything recognizably organic]] that it makes you wonder how anyone could come up with it.
22nd Jun '17 9:34:20 AM Mhazard
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The Unnecessarily Creepy Robot can take many forms. It may tap into the UncannyValley, being too human-like for comfort. Or it may be vaguely humanoid, but with some addition or subtraction that makes it unsettling. It may also resemble an animal that humans have an instinctive revulsion to, like a insect or a reptile. Or it may have a design so far removed from anything recognizably organic that it makes you wonder how anyone could come up with it.

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The Unnecessarily Creepy Robot can take many forms. It may tap into the UncannyValley, being too human-like for comfort. Or it may be vaguely humanoid, but with some addition or subtraction that makes it unsettling. It may also resemble an animal that humans have an instinctive revulsion to, like a insect or a reptile. Or it may have a design so far [[StarfishRobot removed from anything recognizably organic organic]] that it makes you wonder how anyone could come up with it.
16th Jun '17 8:08:52 AM Anarquistador
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* Inverted in the case of the "Cloaca Machines," a series of works designed by Belgian industrial artist [[https://www.wimdelvoye.be/ Wim Delvoye]]. They aren't all that creepy to look at, actually. As to what they do, [[NauseaFuel however...]][[labelnote: What's a "cloaca"?]][[spoiler:A cavity similar to the anus for the release of excretion and genital products.]][[/labelnote]]

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* Inverted in the case of the "Cloaca Machines," a series of works designed by Belgian industrial artist [[https://www.wimdelvoye.be/ Wim Delvoye]]. They aren't all that creepy to look at, actually. As to what they do, [[NauseaFuel however...]][[labelnote: What's a "cloaca"?]][[spoiler:A "cloaca"?]]A cavity similar to the anus for the release of excretion and genital products.]][[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]]
16th Jun '17 8:07:24 AM Anarquistador
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* ''The Phantom Creeps'': in this classic 1939 FilmSerial, the evil Doctor Zorka has a giant robot with sharp claws, glaring eyes, and a monstrous, fang-lined mouth. Zorka doesn't really use it to ''do anything'', other than move heavy objects around his lab. There's really no reason for that robot to look that scary, except to establish that its creator is villainous.

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* ''The Phantom Creeps'': in this classic 1939 FilmSerial, the evil MadScientist Doctor Zorka has a giant robot with sharp claws, glaring eyes, and a monstrous, fang-lined fang-filled mouth. Zorka The robot doesn't really use actually do anything significant over the course of the serial: it opens the door to ''do anything'', other than move Zorka's secret lair, stands guard, and occasionally moves heavy objects around his the lab. There's really no reason for that robot it to look that scary, except to establish that its creator is villainous.
19th Apr '17 5:05:58 PM WillBGood
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** The ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity had the [=C2-R4=] Multipurpose Unit (a hideous thing resembling an R2 unit designed by a ''Mad Max'' villain), which was built from scrap by overenthusiastic aliens and flopped horribly, and the [=J9=] Worker Drone, whose insectoid looks and misleading name meant that it didn't sell well and the people who did buy it ignored its protocol training and sentenced it to move boxes forever.

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** The ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity had the [=C2-R4=] Multipurpose Unit (a ([[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9a/C2-R4.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20091222201214 a hideous thing thing]] resembling an R2 unit designed by a ''Mad Max'' villain), which was built from scrap by overenthusiastic aliens and flopped horribly, and the [=J9=] Worker Drone, whose insectoid looks and misleading name meant that it didn't sell well and the people who did buy it ignored its protocol training and sentenced it to move boxes forever.
14th Apr '17 3:13:26 PM CountDorku
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** The ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity had the [=C2-R4=] Multipurpose Unit (a hideous thing resembling an R2 unit designed by a ''Mad Max'' villain), which was built from scrap by overenthusiastic aliens and flopped horribly, and the [=J9=] Worker Drone, whose insectoid looks and misleading name meant that it didn't sell well and the people who did buy it ignored its protocol training and sentenced it to move boxes forever.
14th Apr '17 3:07:21 PM CountDorku
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** Robots built from Necron tech that are not full Necrons are also designed to be creepy, with most designs being based around [[BigCreepyCrawlies arthropods]] - Tomb Spyders and Scarabs being the most notorious. This overrides function. For example, a Tomb Spyder is a floating machine designed to look after Necron tombs, and Necron tech is some of the most reliable stuff ever, meaning it's not entirely clear why it had to have so many legs when it only rarely touches the ground.


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** Averted with Tau drones, which are flying discs with gadgets hanging underneath and antennae on top. The combat ones are ''slightly'' scary because Tau guns are extremely powerful, but a shield drone is basically ablative protection with minimal offensive capability and about as intimidating as a Roomba.
12th Apr '17 7:41:16 AM Anarquistador
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* ''The Phantom Creeps'': in this classic 1939 FilmSerial, the evil Doctor Zorka has a giant robot with sharp claws, glaring eyes, and a monstrous, fang-lined mouth. Zorka doesn't really use it to ''do anything'', other than move heavy objects around his lab. There's really no reason for that robot to look that scary, except to establish that its creator is villainous.
17th Feb '17 8:12:44 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Holo-Pearl, who's meant to be a simple sparring partner, but very conspicuous shortcuts in its appearance make it fall deep in the UncannyValley, having a one track mind focused on fighting, talks like a robot, and, while in "wait mode", just stares. Also, every time it furrows its brow, its blue eyes turn [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]], which is probably supposed to be scary.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Holo-Pearl, who's [[RobotMe Holo-Pearl]] is a HardLight projection of Pearl meant to be a simple sparring partner, but very conspicuous shortcuts in its appearance make it fall deep in the UncannyValley, having a one track mind focused on fighting, talks talking like a robot, and, while in "wait mode", just stares.staring off into nothing. Also, every time it furrows its brow, its blue eyes turn [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]], which is probably supposed to be scary.
13th Feb '17 5:36:25 AM Chabal2
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* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has a scientist who refuses to create anything that could potentially endanger mankind, and who created a robot to help in stores with claws to stack shelves. It's shaped like a giant scorpion. It doesn't help that his name is Professor Death, leading to things like the Mind-Controlling Death Ants.



** And don't forget the servo-skulls, actual human skulls stuffed with cybernetics and given an anti-gravity drive. Nothing creepy about a skull hovering in a corner with various dangly manipulators just waiting for orders...

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** And don't forget the servo-skulls, actual human skulls stuffed with cybernetics and given an anti-gravity drive. Nothing creepy about a skull hovering in a corner with various dangly manipulators or weapons just waiting for orders...
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