Maybe it's [[Franchise/StarWars a protocol droid hardwired to be neurotic.]] Maybe it's [[Film/ShortCircuit a malfunctioning AI]] who happens to do a mean [[Film/TheThreeStooges Shemp.]] Maybe it's got a few screws loose. However it happened, it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ([[AccidentalPun no pun intended]]).

In works of fiction, a robot can serve as comedy relief because of its basic inability to understand humanity, often ComicallyMissingThePoint or [[LiteralMinded taking things too literally]]. These fundamental misunderstandings can poke fun at the general incomprehensible nature of human interaction in the way only a true outsider can . . . or maybe it's just the funny voice, the clunky walk, or the random gizmos they can sometimes produce. Humor can also soften the risk of a RidiculouslyHumanRobot descending into the UncannyValley.

Often overlaps with RobotBuddy, and can be a subtrope to AmusingAlien. Rarely has anything to do with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', although the show ''is'' funny and often involves robots.


* R Ichirou Tanaka from the manga and OVA ''Kyuukyoku Choujin R''. He is a robot (or rather, an android) fifteen-year old boy [[RobotBuddy attending a high school alongside human teens]]. He [[TrademarkFavoriteFood only eats rice]], is rather LiteralMinded, and tends to [[ExorcistHead turn his head around 180 degrees]], take off his body parts or get off his bicycle without stopping it first. His backstory is a homage to ''Manga/AstroBoy''.
* Nono, the robotic SmallAnnoyingCreature from ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** In the original series, roughly half of Yugi's deck (when Yami isn't helping him) consists of CuteMachines and funny robots, the most popular ones among players being [[ the]] [[ three]] [[ Gadgets.]]
** Sho's monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' were called Vehicroids, a bunch of goofy toy vehicles from tricycles to bullet trains to space shuttles. All [[CuteMachines are downright adorable and good for a chuckle...]] Just [[BewareTheSillyOnes don't underestimate them.]]
** They never appeared in the anime, but the Wind-Ups while not Machines (most of them) were an archetype of monsters that you couldn't help but find humor potential in. (Unless you were a victim of [[TierInducedScrappy the Wind-Up Loop]] which fortunately, can no longer be done.)
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''
** Orbital 7, Kaito's RobotBuddy in doesn't ''intend'' to be funny, but he often winds up the comic relief anyway, becoming a ButtMonkey more often than not. (For example, when he switches to "combat mode", he's a clumsy fighter, getting the drills he uses as weapons jammed and winding up in embarrassing situations more often than not.)
** The Obots are CuteMachines designed to pick up garbage, and are used for comic relief, until the season one finale where [[TheDragon Mr. Hartland]] uses them as MechaMooks.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Mojo has an android named Major Domo as his right-hand-man [[AmoralAttorney (plus his accountant and attorney)]]; Major Domo, while loyal, has [[DeadpanSnarker a sarcastic wit]], and is likely the only one who can get away with criticizing his boss (mostly because Mojo is often too preoccupied to notice). Also, Major Domo has a female android as an assistant called [[PerkyFemaleMinion Minor Domo]]; a [[MotorMouth fast-talking, cheering supporter]] of Mojo's schemes, she tends to be over-exuberant and excitable, so much that she often short circuits from excitement, literally. (Fortunately, she can be restarted quickly via a button on the back of her neck.)

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' in 1984, [[ChildProdigy Oliver Wendell Holmes]] received a Banana Junior 6000 (a parody of the Macintosh, that debuted the same year) for Christmas; it quickly proved able to talk, and had legs. It was a rude, obnoxious wiseass who would "worship" the television and contemplate its existence (badly). It was usually Oliver's [[TheCracker hacking partner]] (only confiscated by the FBI twice) until 1985 when he deemed it obsolete, mostly because of the bankruptcy of the Banana Computer Company (which only sold two units, including Oliver's).
* More like a "Funny AI System" than a Funny Robot, but ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s frequent nemesis is his talking bathroom scale, a DeadpanSnarker who constantly makes fun of his weight.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* B.E.N. from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' is a bit scatterbrained from being marooned on a desert island. He constantly yelling at random moments which gets his friends in trouble in a few cases.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': Wall-E's fundamental misunderstanding of human cultures is often as humorous as it is heart-breaking.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Robbie the Robot from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' was likely the UrExample of this Trope and probably RobotBuddy too. The equivalent of Ariel (seeing as the movie is believed to have been loosely based on Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'') Robbie was one of the first robots in cinema to have a personality of his own, and he was somewhat of a DeadpanSnarker too.
* Johnny 5 of the ''Film/ShortCircuit'' films is a [[AIIsACrapshoot malfunctioning A.I.]] who reprograms himself in large part by watching late-night television.
* [=R2D2=] and [=C3PO=] from ''Franchise/StarWars'' are likely to be Trope Codifiers. [=C3PO=] is somewhat more funny than R2, but they both have a lot of comic relief moments.
* Skids and Mudflap from ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' are two bumbling jiving-talking robots. They're characterized by their cowardice and stupidity in contrast to the other heroic Autobots. Their faces in robot mode look like early 20th century portrayal of African-Americans -- buck teeth, bulging eyes, and large ears. One of them has a gold tooth. They bust out ghetto slang constantly, and even threaten to "pop a cap" in someone's ass.

* General Tik-Tok from the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books, a helpful [[ClockworkCreature a clockwork man]] and RobotBuddy to the other characters. Usually he's very serious, but he can be ''very'' funny when his brain winds down before his voice and movements do; without any actual thinking to govern it, he wanders aimlessly and blabbers nonsensically until someone winds up his thought mechanism.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[RobotBuddy Twiki]] from ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'' was likely cast with comic relief in mind. In fact, even though he can pilot a fighter jet and pick locks, the fact that he can put a smile on the face of almost every member of the overly serious cast (something Buck can rarely do) makes his sense of humor his most valuable trait.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** K9. Originally from classic and eventually spinning off to [[Series/{{K9}} his own short-lived series]], K9 was plucky, brave, and well-nigh indestructible -- a combination that made him both adorable and frequently hilarious.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], the Doctor makes it clear he doesn't like funny robots. He does later say that dogs are different.
-->'''Gadget:''' Gadget Gadget.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Does it have to keep saying that?\\
'''Roman Groom:''' I think it's funny.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I hate funny robots.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I hate robots. Did I say?\\
'''Roman:''' Yeah, and he's not too fond of you. What's wrong with robots?\\
'''The Doctor:''' It's not the robots, it's the people. Dressing them up and giving them silly voices, like you're ''reducing'' them.
* On ''Series/GetSmart'' [[RobotBuddy Hymie]] had NoSenseOfHumor but was a great source of laughs for being too LiteralMinded and [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength not knowing his own strength]]. For more yucks, he tended to malfunction a lot too.
* The Robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'' often filled this role. He may have only frantically shouted "Danger, Will Robinson!" ''once'', (in ("The Deadliest of the Species", and the word "danger" was only said once) but it had a lot of other moments, often in his attempts to be serious.
* [[RobotBuddy Alpha 5]] from the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (and later ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'') was more often than not comic relief for the team. ([[CatchPhrase "Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!"]])
* Crow was no-doubt the funniest ''character'' on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The biggest DeadpanSnarker in a cast full of them, and when HilarityEnsues, he's likely the one who started it.
* Data of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is, sadly, [[CannotTellAJoke not programmed with a sense of humor,]] which doesn't stop him from often being [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny the funniest character on the show.]]

* The members of the band Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe play as robots onstage. They frequently break into comedy routines between songs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The comic relief from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is Claptrap, a robot shaped like an inverted triangle on one wheel with [[SirSwearsALot a foul mouth]] and a bad attitude. He's annoying, sure, but you can't help but find the guy funny.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Fallout 3]]'', one of the amenities in the player's house in Megaton or Tenpenny Tower is a robot butler. In addition to various functions useful to the player, he tells jokes when requested.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''
** [=GLaDOS=] can be rather funny in both games [[BlackHumor in a rather grim way]], although while the way she taunts and goads Chell may be funny to the player, it's likely not all that funny to Chell.
** In [[VideoGame/PortalTwo the second game]], Wheatley is like this. [[spoiler:Sure, he's trying to kill Chell, but his attempts are so ''dumb'' that he's LaughablyEvil and outright hilarious. (It helps that he's voiced by British comedian Stephen Merchant.)]]
* In {{Undertale}}, Mettaton is a robot that people is known to crack a joke here and there. Any scene with Mettaton is bound to have a funny moment.
--> '''Mettaton(After typing a response with swear words):''' Oh my! This is a family-friendly TV show! Now stand still while I murder you.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lopez from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' acts as a comic relief as the OnlySaneMan. This is further pushed by the fact that he can [[LanguageBarrier only speak Spanish]].
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Robo is a robot in a comedy series, its a given.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Pintsize from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has A.I. advanced enough to have mastered making jokes about body parts he doesn't even possess and spends quite a lot of time lurking in the depths of 4Chan.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* XR from ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' was created to be a serious space ranger. However, his HiveMind creators being mentally separated during his first reconstruction resulted in him becoming a PG-rated version of [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender.]] He's conniving, cowardly, and constantly hitting on girls, both organic and mechanical. Nonetheless, he's still a hero when the chips are down.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', listing the robots ''without'' comedic traits would be easier, [[FantasticComedy given the nature of the show]]. Still, Bender probably has the most humor potential, being part of the main cast, and [[Characters/{{Futurama}} his entry on the show's character sheet gives numerous reasons why]].
* GIR from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is extremely hyperactive, eats just about anything (edible or not), often spouts out random nonsense, and wears a green dog suit. His behavior isn't normal for a robot of his make since unlike the other SIR Units his brain consists of pocket lint, a paperclip, a penny, and a marble.
* Rosie the Robot from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''. A domestic-bot in a futuristic world, her humor often came from often being more rational and cool-headed than her human owners.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRobonicStooges''. They're Film/TheThreeStooges as androids, with all the [[HilarityEnsues slapstick humor]] that the originals did, only far more high-tech.
* Karen from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is Plankton's [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] robotic wife, who criticizes and points out flaws in Plankton's schemes (not that it stops him from going through with them).
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. A lot of humor comes from Robot's warped perceptions of human culture and trying too hard to fit in.