Created By: Ronin on January 7, 2010
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A common trope in Sci fi comedies, this is a robot that is the exact opposite of the typical machine type cast. Crude rude and possibly alcoholic the bad Robot exist for the audacity of the situation. Usually will be the token evil teammate

Examples

  • Bender from Futurama
  • Pintsize from Questionable Content. Especially in the Guest Comics
  • Zeke from Ctrl+Alt+Del He left when he couldn't back it up

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • January 7, 2010
    OmegaMetroid
    Not to be confused with Bad Robot Productions, J.J. Abrams' company.
  • January 7, 2010
    Aminatep
    Anachronox's robot.
  • January 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Suggested page quote:
    Bender: Admit it, you all think robots are just machines built by humans to make their lives easier.
    Fry: Well, aren't they?
    Bender: I've never made anyone's life easier, and you know it!
    -Futurama, "Fear of a Bot Planet"
  • January 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Compare with AI Is A Crap Shoot.
    • HK-47 from Kotor.
  • January 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Also compare Crush Kill Destroy and Killer Robot and Robot Psychopath. Bad robots that can be turned good when the plot demands it have a Morality Dial. See also Sex Bot.
  • January 8, 2010
    GewoonDaan
    This is also Marvin, the paranoid android from the Hitchhikers Guide, right? If this becomes a trope, it might as well be named after him; Paranoid Android
  • January 8, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Needs a better title. You sayed "bad robot" and I immediately thought of a robot going Crush Kill Destroy.

    How about "Naughty Robot?"
  • January 8, 2010
    LickyLindsay
  • January 9, 2010
    Idraena
    I think Naughty Robot would make it seem overly sex-related, because of the connotations of "naughty" these days. But it can be any kind of atypical-morality robot.

    • Abel from Red Dwarf is this: even though he comes from the same model as Kryten, who is logical, intelligent, and does the cleaning, he's addicted to Otrazone, a dangerous chemical, lives in squalor, and doesn't appear to have enough brain left to tell right from wrong. However, he turns out ultimately not to be the evil teammate: he sacrifices himself to save the four regular crew members.
  • January 9, 2010
    LickyLindsay
    Naughty Robot is a pretty good term for Bender.. who in addition to his other vices is oversexed. But I guess if this is supposed to be broader, then it might need a different name.

    Probably related to Ridicuously Human Robots.

  • January 18, 2010
    Ronin
    How did Nextwave not get in here? Aaron Stack is this trope personified.
  • January 18, 2010
    macroscopic
    The Fruit Fucker is an appliance-gone-wrong from Penny Arcade.

    Since Bad Robot is the name of a company it's probably for the best to change it now before someone wants to write up a page for them. Naughty Robot sounds good to me but here are some ideas anyway:

    • Decency Not Found (or manners/morality not found)
    • No Manners Chip
  • January 18, 2010
    Ronin
    Mabye a Character named trope? The Bender?
  • January 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • January 19, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Sure Why Not. N00b Launch!
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