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->''"If you are looking for an unstoppable army of killing machines unhampered by such weaknesses as mercy and compassion, robot warriors are for you."''
-->-- '''Neil Zawacki''', ''[[http://evil-guide.tripod.com/ How to Be a Villain]]''

In many American cartoon series, the extraordinary violence is blunted by having the [[FacelessGoons nameless bad guys]] (or {{Mooks}}) be, in fact, robots. This allows the protagonists to [[WhatMeasureIsAMook dismember, mutilate, and otherwise mess-up armies of faceless goons]], in a manner [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence unacceptable if said bad guys were squishy and red on the inside]].

In many of these shows, a common sequence has the heroes fighting the mooks [[ThouShaltNotKill as normal]], until one of them hits one a little ''too'' hard, [[RoboticReveal revealing]] it to be a robot. At which point, things [[NotEvenHuman start to get really]], ''[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman really]]'' [[JustAMachine messy]], as the heroes [[IAmNotLeftHanded decide they don't have to hold back anymore]].

Mecha-Mooks are [[StrongFleshWeakSteel surprisingly fragile]]. In extreme cases the heroes will demolish them with their fists. Mecha-Mooks go to the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, since it would be awkward if the heroes had their brainstems [[GunKata targeted perfectly by Mooks running a predictive kinetic model]] [[ComputersAreFast much faster than real time]]. Expect them to be programmed to march in eerie unison using MarionetteMotion (and in a pinch [[SummonBackupDancers provide back-up for dance numbers]]).

Two governing rules of Mecha-Mooks seem to be:

1) Upon being defeated, [[MadeOfExplodium they will explode]]. Usually into a fireball, leaving nothing behind but a few patches of burning earth. This will usually happen no matter how they were defeated, even if it was something like [[CutTheJuice turning off]] their power source.

2) Said explosions never produce shrapnel. A hero can be five feet from a Mecha Mook, blow him up, and somehow not be cut to pieces by the flying shards of metal. ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is particularly guilty of this, with mooks constantly exploding in Jack's face.

This often is a form of PragmaticAdaptation when the series is based on an earlier source which was more realistically violent, but showing that would invoke the ire of [[MediaWatchdog Media Watchdogs]]. When you've got an action-based children's show where NobodyCanDie, expect Mecha-Mooks to pick up the slack. After all, they're [[JustAMachine Just Machines]]. Should they ''not'' explode, then at the least you will see EyeLightsOut. On a related note, if they should be [[HackingMinigame hacked]] or reprogrammed their GlowingEyesOfDoom will have a ConvenientColorChange.

{{Anime}}, has a second, more [[HumongousMecha literal]] type: RealRobot series' will usually have at least one class of {{mecha}} that basically acts as [[RedshirtArmy the "Grunt" unit]] for the bad guy's army. This mech is usually simply constructed, probably with a basic ranged weapon ([[GatlingGood machinegun]] or [[FrickinLaserBeams energy weapon]] or two, a close-combat weapon, and may have the option of carrying a [[{{BFG}} bigger gun]], depending on how much tougher the hero's armor is.) These will act just like regular Mooks ''or'' Mecha-Mooks, depending on how much the writers want you to empathize with the enemy. There's usually a very good chance that the Hero's Rival will at least start out by riding in an AceCustom version of this mecha. [[TankGoodness Tanks]] usually serve a similar role on the heroes' side, and said grunt will often be the only thing they can reasonably threaten.

If one wants something a bit more up the ladder in terms of "kill-tasticness" and "[[EliteMooks non-suckitude]]", look at MechanicalMonster. If you want the guy ''building'' the mooks, that's the RobotMaster. Contrast with PlantMooks, the vegetative alternative.

A subtrope of RobotSoldier and, [[CaptainObvious obviously]], {{Mooks}}



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Black Shadow uses them in the ''VideoGame/FZero'' Anime. You [[PlayerMooks can actually race as them]] in the anime-based ''F-Zero Climax''.
* [[MadScientist Jail Scaglietti's]] AntiMagic Field protected Gadget Drones in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. There are four types of them. The Type I Gadgets are the {{Mooks}} among the Mecha-Mooks, the Type II Gadgets are the {{Airborne Mook}}s, the Type III Gadgets are the {{Giant Mook}}s, and the [[LostTechnology Type IV Gadgets]] are the EliteMooks.
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Presea]] [[MadScientist Testarossa]] also had her own small army of Mecha-Mooks protecting the Garden of Time in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the Tanaka-sans and the [[SpiderTank Spider-mechs]] and all the other robots that made up [[spoiler:[[MadScientist Chao Lingshen]]'s]] Martian Robot Army in the Mahora Festival StoryArc.
* The Jovians employ millions of the suckers in ''Manga/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', ranging from drone scouts to automated {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, to the point where [[TheReveal we don't see a live Jovian until halfway through the series]]. There are several reasons for this, including some justified OffscreenVillainDarkmatter and how the TeleportersAndTransporters [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] works, but mostly it allows the ship's mostly civilian crew to [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]] indiscriminately, [[spoiler: and allow for drama when actual human enemies appear]].
* Pretty frequent the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' universe. Most of the {{Mook}}s were {{Cyborg}}s, but several of them were RidiculouslyHumanRobots such like the Gamia sisters, [[spoiler:Erika, Lorelei or the Robot posed like Kouji.]] JustAMachine was subverted: When Kouji killed the Gamia, they were so human-looking he felt sickened and disturbed. And he felt sad when some of they died. Also, they were or were not MadeOfExplodium depending on the robot [[spoiler:Erika did not explode; Kouji robot did, though.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' makes this a major plot point with the introduction of Mobile Dolls, mecha controlled by an AI program rather than a human pilot. Its introduction widens the pre-existing ideological fissure within OZ, between [[WorthyOpponent noble-minded soldiers]] who hate them for dehumanizing war, and [[WarForFunAndProfit heartless war profiteers who love them for being good business]], which results in an outright civil war between the supporters of Treize (who is the former) and Duke Dermail (the latter).
* A subversion of this trope are the Pacifistas in ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[spoiler:as they are cyborgs modified to be human weapons by the evil World Government, and they are anything but as it took the Straw Hats everything they had to beat just one of them pre-timeskip.]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Z's Shiro Kumas in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', who seem to be [[PaletteSwap basically white-colored Pacifistas]]]].
* The Grimoire units from the ''Manga/RideBack'' anime.
* The multitude of (live) enemy troopers who would get mowed down in most episodes of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' were [[{{Macekre}} recast]] as RidiculouslyHumanRobots in some of its various US incarnations (e.g., ''Battle of the Planets'').
* ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Star Blazers]]'' was infamous for, as an American adaption of anime, having enemy soldiers who were killed described as "robots".
* A subversion is featured in ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''. The creepy white DeathRay-wielding Shapes appear to be Mecha-Mooks, but are in fact humans who have (voluntarily or otherwise) undergone full-body Texhnolyzation. Their heads, concealed beneath [[CyberCyclops monocular faceplates]], as well as the rest of their organs, stuffed in a green cone in their chest, are all that remains of their original bodies.
* The Bugmechs from the ''Anime/VipersCreed'' anime.
* The American release of the Vehicle Team ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' had just about every enemy unit, and most friendly units, as robots. The number of "robot attack ships" and "android stormtroopeers" was staggering. This was done to follow the "nobody can die in cartoons" standard against animated violence on TV at the time.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', the obots were designed to clean up trash and other menial purposes (although the trash itself is used for darker purposes in Dr. Faker's EvilPlan). However, when the heroes launch their attack on Heartland Tower before the FinalBattle of season one, Mr. Heartland manages to use them as an army of disposable soldiers, much like any other example of this Trope. (Note that at least one obot, Obomi, is at least partially sentient, becoming Yuma's friend and RobotBuddy in one episode.)
* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}''
** Numerous small Zoids, such as the Molga, Godos, Zabat, Scissor Storm and Laser Storm. The most infamous, however, would have to be the Rev Raptor. While the aforementioned Zoids were depicted as being reasonably formidable in their introductory episodes, the Rev Raptor is completely pathetic right from its introduction and is *never* given an opportunity to shine, except for in one episode where Van pilots one... and uses it to destroy ''other Rev Raptors'' before getting quickly shot down himself.
** Subverted and ultimately ignored in ''Zoids Genesis''. The Digald empire uses legions of mass-produced Zoids piloted by robots. However, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the robots are powered by human souls]]. Unfortuntely, this revelation is never explored and appears to be completely forgotten within a few episodes, used only as a cheap plot device for a Heel Face Turn for the rival.
** Rev Raptors get so ripped to shreds in ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'' that they're mostly relegated to ''StockFootage''.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Out of the [[BigBad Marder]] army's entire supply of [[AMechByAnyOtherName Panzers]], the Promaxis -a centaur-like robot armed with a spear, a shield and a ChestBlaster- is the most common one.
* An odd one in ''Anime/TheBraveOfGoldGoldran'': The 'Custom Gear' robots deployed by Serious Walzac are basically [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zakus]]. The purpose-specific [[EliteMooks Walter-use variations thereof]] hew closer to GM-style customizations, and overall are gradually supplanted with Mobile Armor-style robots that stand more of a chance against the [[SuperRobot Legendra Yuushas]].
* The Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' have the Inorganics, ugly animal-like combat robots they use to supplement their depleted numbers. They are only used by the Regent's faction, as the Regess was able to replenish her forces thanks to the resources available once she conquered Earth and the Robotech Expeditionary Force being too busy fighting the Regent and an internal civil war to come back and finish her off.
* The VF-171s in ''Anime/{{Macross Frontier}}'' are this most of the time. They make up the bulk of the NUNS fighter forces and are consistently outmatched by the Vajra. In comparison, the heroes' VF-25s have no trouble cutting through hordes of Vajra.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** The Myr from the ''Mirrodin'' block. They're essentially a ''[[TheSwarm swarm]]'' of Mecha-Mooks with a HiveMind community.
** There's also the terrifying Phyrexians, who are [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie cyborgs]] who want to assimilate everyone.
* ''[[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'': The aptly-named Meklord ''Army'' monsters from ''Extreme Victory'' are these for the Meklords, with the Meklord Emperors being, obviously, [[KingMook Emperor Mooks]].
* In ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'', Andromedans are mentioned to use robots for boarding actions.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Through the law of ConservationOfNinjutsu, The [=OMACs=] from ''Countdown To ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' [[BadassDecay fell from]] KillerRobot to Mecha-Mooks pretty quickly
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom's Doombots -- both the RobotMe Doombots, and the more straightforward purple-and-gray Mecha-Mook Doombots. Oddly, the two designs rarely appear together in a story.
* [[ComicBook/MoonKnight Doug Moench's]] ''Electric Warrior'' has a [[HeelFaceTurn refomed]] Mecha-Mook as the main character.
* Codified in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'', when Mimic reflects that superheroes really, really love fighting robots for the sheer pleasure of unfettered destruction.
* In ''ComicBook/FallOutToyWorks'', Baron has several, including one he changes into a MechanicalMonster [[spoiler:in Toymaker's dream sequence in issue 3.]] In issue 5, the Toymaker combines this trope with CuteMachines to storm Baron's compound.
* Introduced in the comics several months before their TV debut (see the Western Animation entry below), the Cobra B.A.T.s ([[FunWithAcronyms Battle Android Troopers]]) that appeared in ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' were a bit more resilient than their cartoon counterparts. The B.A.T.s' simple yet robust design, while not cheap, was considered a bargain when factoring in the human costs of battle. A human Viper can be knocked out of commission with a single (even if non-fatal) wound, but a B.A.T. can withstand hundreds of bullets, have half its body shot off, [[ImplacableMan and still keep going]], crawling if need be.
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', ComicBook/LexLuthor's robot enforcers called "Gardeners" execute whoever gets out of line.
* One of Lex Luthor's plans to take over the United States relied upon him unleashing a horde of GI Robots that were technically property of the US army. Since Franchise/{{Superman}} was apparently dealing with Brainiac that week, Franchise/{{Batman}} ended up taking out all except one -- that Bats had reprogrammed with the Geneva Convention. Really.
* Creator/MarvelComics' [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Kree Empire]] uses incredibly tough mecha mooks called Sentries [[ComicBook/TheSentry (no relation).]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}'', the Shock Troopers are intelligent and evil robots.
* The robotic aliens who hunt the title character in ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown''.
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has both Robotnik's Badnik, Troopers and Metallixs.
* A major plot point in ''ComicBook/{{Savage}}'' from about 2007 onwards is the introduction of robot soldiers by both sides in the war. It began with the Allies deploying Hammersteins in Wales, which were so effective that the Volgans had to develop their own robots, the depraved Blackbloods, to compensate. These robots invert the normal rules of mecha-mooks by being much stronger and tougher than human soldiers, what with being made of metal and all.
* The minor Franchise/SpiderMan villain Armada is a RobotMaster who likes to build little flying robots to attack enemies with. The interesting thing is that he ''cares'' about their welfare, and will [[BerserkButton freak out]] when they inevitably start getting destroyed. Because they can't talk and look like little toys, it's never clear to the reader whether they actually are sentient or if they're [[JustAMachine Just Machines]] and Armada is [[CompanionCube crazy for worrying about them.]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} are some of the few ''good guys'' to keep a contingent of Mecha-Mooks, the Superman and Supergirl Robots in the Fortress of Solitude. In the Silver Age, they were mainly used as [[RobotMe decoys]] to preserve their secret identities, and occasionally to pinch hit for one of them when they'd been incapacitated by Kryptonite or some such. A [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge got dropped]] on the bunch of them in UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, but they were reintroduced in the [[ComicBook/PostCrisis modern era]] and occasionally appear in the present day.
* Spoofed in ''ComicBook/TomStrong'', where Timmy Turbo realizes that "We can be as violent as we like with these teachers, because they're just ''robots''!"
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards's]] [[CuteMachines cute little lab assistant H.E.R.B.I.E. robots]] aren't really made for combat, but he's used them to help defend the Baxter Building upon occasion.
* Featured in the two stories involving [[PrivateMilitaryContractors colonel Neopard]] in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''. He, other mercenaries from his world and the factions they're usually involved with use them exclusively because, in Neopard's own words, "Who's stupid enough to make war ''in person''?"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The mechanical soldiers (that are controlled by an AI mainframe) that were being built by the VillainProtagonist in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'' qualify, as well as EliteMooks, as their programming is comparable to a veteran soldier in terms of skill.
* The Trashtors from ''FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld''.
** The [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog Mechanauts]] in ''Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel''.
* In ''FanFic/VigilanteTendency'', the Tomaso Family becomes well-known throughout the Underworld for their robot army (built by Spanner).
* The robotic bats, Crawlers, and Thumpers (respectively, giant robot spiders and flying mallet-handed robots, named thusly by Paul) from the cliff dwelling in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. The flying robot guards at the Border Crossroads Inn probably also count.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Film/MysteryOfTheThirdPlanet'': the mooks look exactly human, but once they're defeated, Zeleony [[RoboticReveal discovers there are hatches in their chests]]. Inside the mooks are full of springs and gears, as if they were clockwork-powered.
* Subverted in the feature-length anime ''Anime/{{Steamboy}}'' -- what appear at first to be combat robots deployed by the O'Hara Foundation turn out, to the horror of the Foundation's 13-year-old heiress, to be men in PowerArmor.
* Lord Business's minions in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Manufactured by Armadyne, these security bots take care of neutralizing any and all threats that arrive down on Earth and in Elysium. Max holds a grudge against these security robots, especially since they end up breaking his left arm when he was resisting their attempts to find out what was in the bag he was carrying.
* The Golden Army in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''. Clockwork Mecha-Mooks that put themselves back together upon being destroyed.
* [[EvilTwin RoboGadget]] from ''Film/InspectorGadget'' would have become this, once the initial prototype hit mass production. Scolex imagines using them as "shock-troops; kamikaze pilots; hitmen," but Kramer chimes in with "international rescue workers and teachers." Amazingly, the idea's darker side is touched upon: these troops "never get tired, never get hungry, and ''[[JustFollowingOrders never say no]]''."
* ''Film/IronMan2'': The problems so averted are threefold: 1. no longer a squishy thing in the middle of the machine, which Hammer's suit design proved it had a problem working with; 2. the recovered space can be used for more processing power and more ammo; 3. there is no cognitive dissonance when our heroes blow them up. Oh, and 4: [[spoiler:they make it easy for Vanko to betray Hammer, since he's the one programming them.]]
-->'''Vanko:''' [[MemeticMutation Dhrone bettuh.]]\\
'''Hammer:''' What, "drone better?" Why is "drone better"? Why is "drone better"?\\
'''Vanko:''' [[FunetikAksent Peppol mek problum. Trhust meh. Dhrone bettuh.]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': The Sentinels, squid-like robots that come in the millions.
* The BigBad in ''Film/SpaceTruckers'' is a CorruptCorporateExecutive who is in the middle of negotiating a deal to privatize the Earth government. However, as a backup, in case the talks don't go his way, he has a MadScientist create an army of killer robots, each of which is capable of easily killing dozens of people and come out without a scratch. Its EyeBeams are capable of vaporizing a person, and it can fire them exremely quickly. When someone throws a grenade at it, the robot catches it, rapidly spins around, and tosses it back. They appear in an embrionic state and grow in waves, with each wave double the previous one. The titular truckers are hired to transport the container filled with these things to Earth. They end up sending the rig into an uncontrolled re-entry, destroying all robots.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Both ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' blew up ''acres'' of battle droids. The kid-friendliness goes away a little when you reflect they still scream as they die. The use of battle droids seems to revolve entirely around the fact that the prequels featured Jedi action scenes. Such scenes involved plenty of decapitation, bisection, and outright mutilation of said battle droids using lightsabers, all of which would have been unacceptable in theaters had the victims been living sentient beings instead.
** Before their predecessors the clones were shown, it was popular to speculate that the Imperial Stormtroopers in the original trilogy were Mecha-Mooks, in spite of the fact that Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were capable of dressing up as them. Talk about FacelessGoons.
** The droids vary highly by model. The basic B1 units (the "roger-roger" droids) are the most harmless and safe to kill, and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' portray them as outright comic relief. The B2 and B3 (the super battle droids, from the page picture) are somewhat more dangerous, qualifying as DoomTroops. And the most advanced models like the Droideka and the [=MagnaGuard=], qualify as {{Mechanical Monster}}s.
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies depict a future where the world has been taken over by Mecha Mook armies. Subverted in that ''these'' robots are incredibly tough and not the least bit fragile.
* The Synthetics in the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake. The movie is somewhat original in that they're used more as bulletproof Elite Mooks rather than guilt-free disposable cannon fodder (although they are used for a couple of the more "gory" kill scenes to get the PG-13 rating).
* ''Film/RoboCop2014'' has the EM-208 humanoid robot soldiers, the ED-209 walking weapon platform and the XT-908 flying assault drone.
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' features mechanical soldiers courtesy of the titular villain that the heroes [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence go about massacring in ways that would be very much unbefitting the PG-13 rating were they flesh-and-blood]], tearing off limbs, cracking skulls, smashing them to pieces…
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' has the Swarm of androids that [[BigBad Krall]] has at his disposal. In fact, his only organic minions are [[TheDragon Manas]] and [[spoiler: [[TheMole Kalara]]]].

* An unusual example of this trope occurs in A. Lee Martinez's ''The Automatic Detective''. Near the climax of the novel, the protagonist destroys a brigade of robots... but he is ''himself'' a robot, and those he destroys are physically identical to him except for the paint jobs. He doesn't [[RoboticPsychopath care, though.]]
* In ''Liteterature/TheKingdomKeepers'', the Overtakers' mooks are all Audio-Animatronics from [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney World]] rides brought to life. "It's a small world" is a lot less cute when the dolls are trying to kill you.
* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' is an ActualPacifist who would never hit a fellow sentient with anything worse than a stun dart... but against robots he gleefully [[MoreDakka unleashes the dakka]].
** In the ''first page'' of the story that started it all, he drops something heavy on the head of a police robot. The robot isn't actually hurt by this, since as it points out its brain is in its torso. Slippery Jim replies that he knew this, but that he also knows its ''radio'' was in its ''head'', which is now incapacitated ... allowing him a few more precious seconds in which to escape.
* In Franchise/TheDarkTower novel ''Literature/WolvesOfTheCalla'', a town is being threatened by very nasty opponents who steal children and obliterate any who resist. After listening to the one survivor of a direct encounter with them, Roland deduces this trope applies to the opponents. He also deduces how to defeat them but engages in deliberate misdirection so TheMole doesn't know.
* In ''{{Literature/Shadowboy}}'', Doctor Omicron keeps at least a handful of bots around for general utility. He treats them as completely expendable.
-->'''Doctor Omicron:''' ''"That's why I like that model of bot, cheap, durable, and eminently replaceable with a machine shop and a junkyard"''
* ''Literature/IronManSteelTerror'': ComicBook/{{Ultron}}'s clone army.
* In the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' series, robots are commonplace so it's quite frequent for villains to employ mechanical minions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''. The Cylons were originally meant to be aliens in body armor, and were rewritten as robots to appease the censors. The remake calls them Centurions, and actually, they die at the same rate as fellow "skinjobs" a.k.a. the humanoid models. A similar fate seems to be with Raiders, until [[spoiler:it is shown, through Starbuck, that they are biological beings]]. Regarding Centurions, it turns out that [[spoiler:they have a personality and some degree of authority once they are freed from restrictive modules]]. In the end, the Rebels [[spoiler:let them go off and find their own destiny, despite worries that they'll come back and try to destroy humanity. They think not, as they will most likely remember being freed and left to their own devices, rather than fighting their way out of slavery and still living with a plausible threat.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Robot Santas from the episode "The Runaway Bride" were robots under the control of the Queen of the Racnoss. They also appeared in "The Christmas Invasion", although there they were working by themselves.
** Also, while the Doctor might pay lip-service to {{Wangst}} over killing those poor defenseless rampaging armies of death that are Cybermen and Daleks, imagine the difference if organic beings were killed off in similar numbers. [[FridgeLogic Despite the fact that, under the armor, they are organic beings.]] For the record, he ''does'' regret killing even Daleks in some episodes, especially when said Dalek may be the last of its kind. This is in spite of them being AlwaysChaoticEvil by design. The Cybermen, while organic underneath, have had their emotions and feeling removed because of the constant horrific and intense pain their existence entails. It could literally be seen as putting them out of their misery.
** The Second Doctor fought [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators the Dominators]] and their army of Mecha-Mooks, the Quarks. The spiky-faced little dudes seem to have made an impression: when the Time Lords put him [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames on trial]], the Doctor mentions the Quarks alongside the Daleks and Cybermen in his list of cosmic evils who need to be fought.
** Sutekh's robot mummies in "The Pyramids of Mars."
** The Sheriff of Nottingham's robot knights in "Robot of Sherwood".
** It's debatable whether or not Autons fall into this category. Made of a plastic-like substance, they're ''sort of'' alive, but they're part of the Nestene [[HiveMind collective consciousness]] and each individual Auton appears to be expendable.
*** The Nestene Consciousness has the power to control plastic. Its minions are animated by it directly, the limbs of one creature, though they definitely act like your basic robot soldiers.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have several of these. Examples are the Barlo Soldiers (Cogs) from ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' (''Series/PowerRangersZeo''), the Zenitto (Cyclobots) from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' (''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'') and the Ugatz (Grinders) from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger'' (''Series/PowerRangersRPM''). Special mention goes to:
** The Piranhatrons from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and the Quantrons from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' are two sets of robotic mooks specifically created for the ''Power Rangers'' franchise and have no direct Sentai counterparts. In a bit of a retcon, the Piranhatrons appearing in the ''Turbo'' movie were quite clearly humanoids in fish-styled armor (we even see several of them with their faceplates off), but for the series, they've been downgraded to a non-humanoid fishlike race. The "tron" in "Piranhatron" suggests they're Mecha-Mooks, but they make squishy sounds when hit.
** The mooks from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''. There are three types of them, each more powerful than the other. The Anaroids are the typical disposable mooks, the Batsuroids are their slightly stronger commanders and the Igaroids are just as strong as the average MonsterOfTheWeek and able to talk. Adapted in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' as the Krybots, Blue-head Krybots and Orange-head Krybots, with the main difference being that the Blue-heads are also able to talk.
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' combines this trope with GiantMook. [=MegaZord=] Alpha, one of the mecha occasionally deployed by the villains, has the ability to release [=BugZords=], which are essentially its mooks.
* ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' has a strange example in the form of the Mecha-Tsukaima, which is a mechanical version of the series' regular Mooks, the Tsukaima and is used by the mechanical villain Baron Bloody. What makes the Mecha-Tsukaima strange, is that only one of them is seen onscreen during fights and its fighting prowess is more like a MonsterOfTheWeek than a simple Mook. The reason why it's listed here, is because it looks just the same as a normal Mook, but with mechanical parts attached to it.
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' has the Axtos, which are the robotic foot soldiers belonging to Neo-Terra, which is an evil organization led by robots who want to reset the earth to a state before humanity ruled the planet. Their way of doing this, is to cause several disasters, in hopes of destabilizing society. With the heroes being hypermodern rescue workers, the villains send out the Axtos to interfere with their rescue missions.

* Justin Hammer's armored "Hammeroid" drones in Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'', who come in four varieties (land, sea, air, and assault) and must be defeated multiple times throughout the game.

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* [[Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku Robo Michinoku]] and Robo Hayashi in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling.[[/folder]]

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has an interesting variation with the Warforged. They were made to be this, but ended up developing sapience and now have to deal with integrating into a post-war society.
* Unmanned combat drones are ''everywhere'' in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. From spy-cameras disguised as pigeons to robot tanks.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The Necrons aren't really so much {{mooks}}, as they are [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable]] torrent of an ancient [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead robot]] {{determinator}}s, marching at you like [[MadeOfIron unflinching]] metallic death. [[spoiler:Though ''Devourer'' reveals that they do play it straight, since some Necrons are actually artificial intelligence programmed with the memories of truly dead Necrontyr.]]
** Played straight with Tau Gun Drones, though they are only used in a supporting role to the living Tau Fire Caste soldiers.
** Imperial Servitors are this to any Techpriest. Their biological components are more or less used to support their technological ones, rather the other way around for conventional cyborgs.
* These existed, very briefly, during the Word of Blake Jihad in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Revenant Revenant]] was mass produced by the Word of Blake to try and resist Allied Coalition units as they began to attack the Blakists on Earth itself. Being small and not particularly well armored, Revenants were ultimately mass produced cannon fodder rather than a genuine obstacle to the Allies.

* The Vahki robots in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Greg Farshtey, writer of the storyline, has professed a dislike of Vahki. It's extremely common for Vahki to be destroyed in downright cruel and unusual ways, particularly during the '05 arc.

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* The main enemy faction of ''Videogame/DragonBallOnline'', the Time Breakers, have mass produced versions of Android #8 and Android 19: Android 8000 and Android 19000. The Red Pants Army meanwhile has hostile copies of Android 16.
* German versions of computer and arcade games, notably in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', where all soldiers are replaced by robots, the ''Probotector'' (''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'') series, ''Space Invasion'' (''VideoGame/{{Commando}}''), ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'', or fighting games, where blood is recoloured green or black. This is because of censorship in Germany (''UCK'' board) disallowing displaying [[NeverSayDie human deaths]].
** In the German version of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', the "real world" GLA soldiers were replaced with cyborg clones that bleed green. Referenced in ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', which has The Germans (a mercenary group of recurring characters) use "Cyborg Robots with Green Blood" as their disposable muscle.
** The same was done with most (probably all) earlier ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games, with soldiers being cyborgs with black "blood" (supposed to be oil) and also cyborg guard dogs... even in the booklets the pictures of these units were crossed with a bar noting "top secret" so you couldn't see the faces... in the GAME itself tho those faces were still used as the build icons, so one must wonder what that was all about.
* Sumeragi Group, the antagonists of ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'', mainly use various robots as their mooks.
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'': The [=MTs=] in any of the games are this with few exceptions, especially if they're the armless "chickenwalker" variety.
* The Loader robots make up most of Handsome Jack's forces in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. Hyperion does have combat-oriented human forces, however those are generally EliteMooks.
* ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'': The mooks in the Fielder's Challenge are robots.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Nuts & Bolts''. Without [[TheIgor Klungo's]] aid to raise her army of monsters, [[BigBad Gruntilda]] resorted to create her own band of Mecha-Mooks with the Gruntbots. Thanksfully, those crud-looking mechanical mischief makers are more a nuisance than a real threat to the bear and bird duo.
* ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'': With the sole exception of [[spoiler:Faye]], you ''never'' fight a single human opponent; opponents are all Mecha-Mooks or {{Mechanical Monster}}s. With the exception of the bosses (excluding the ''Tsar Runner''), all of them explode shortly after being 'killed'.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has Automatons, Mosquitoes, and Motorized Patriots.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsIII'' has bipedal combat robots that are fairly easy to kill, but can do some serious damage close up with their bare hands. [[spoiler:The story is kickstarted when the protagonist has their arm ripped off by one after attacking an enemy base in Ethiopia]].
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' also features robotic mooks that play this trope more strictly. Some are worker drones not originally intended for combat at all, while some are security or combat units that are much more capable but still rely on numbers rather than quality. The Settlement Defense Front pads its ranks out with robotic soldiers to overwhelm the size of all Earth-based fighting forces.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': When your party is in the future, they will encounter a very large number of these, particularly in the optional sidequest [[spoiler:Geno Dome]]. Interestingly, despite destroying large numbers of Mecha-Mooks, you acquire a party member which is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': The game [[NeverSayDie generally uses the ambiguous term "defeated"]] regarding human enemies, but the robots used by various factions all explode spectacularly when defeated. The exception is the Clockwork, who usually just slump over, but that's because [[spoiler:they're not really robots, but metallic constructs animated by a powerful telekinetic BrainInAJar]]. Even some of the cyborg enemies explode upon defeat, most notably the Arachnos Tarantulas.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'': The schtick of the Supremacy faction -- while their human troops are highly augmented with cybernetics, they also field armies of CNDR and CARVR drones. They can easily outproduce either of the other affinities in terms of raw numbers, and most of their troops can be upgraded with bonuses based on having allied units nearby.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'': The [[StarfishAliens Ceph]] use an army of tentacled [[PoweredArmor exosuits]] and small man-sized octopus robots to take over the Lingshan Islands. They all explode upon death (with [[MacGuffin one]] notable exception), but it has more to do with preventing humans from acquiring alien technologies than with dealing damage.
* The hordes of enemies you face in the ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' series consist of mining robots gone renegade.
* ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'': The Alpha Droids, who act as servants and guards for the Alpha Gang in the anime (often carrying out orders which lead to their own destruction), and as RandomEncounter enemies in the DS game.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'': The games feature, as the primary enemy, tons of {{mooks}}. ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'', of course, changes this to use various grunt suits (and some variants) from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]''.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', seen most prominently in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the extinct [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] were a race of {{Robot Master}}s. Known to them as "animunculi", they created these ranging from miniature [[SpiderMech Spider Centurion]] workers to human-sized Sphere Centurion soldiers (who [[RollingAttack roll around as metal balls]] before unfolding into blade and/or crossbow armed humanoid robots) to [[HumongousMecha massive Steam Centurion golems]]. Given that the Dwemer were known to tinker with the "earthbones" (essentially the laws of nature and physics in the ''ES'' universe), their creations were built [[RagnarokProofing to last a long time]], with many still up and running in their old ruins even thousands of years after their disappearance. Plenty of intrepid scholars have attempted to gain control over these Dwemer creations in that time, but usually discover rather quickly that AIIsACrapShoot as the creations have the tendency to go berserk when activated outside of Dwemer ruins.
* ''Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters''. All robots are enemies, and all enemies are robots.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the New Vegas Strip is policed by Mr. House's heavily armed Securitron robots. In the ending where you side with him, as well as the "[[ICanRuleAlone Wild Card]]" ending, [[spoiler:the Securitrons are upgraded to outfit them with gatling lasers and rocket launchers and they proceed to conquer the Mojave Wasteland with almost effortless ease]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Institute utilizes Synth soldiers (mainly Gen 1 synths, which resemble [[Film/TheTerminator Terminator endoskeletons]], and Gen 2 synths, which look more like walking mannequins). In the DLC campaign ''Automatron'', the Mechanist unleashes an army of homemade robots to bring peace to the Commonwealth, chiefly by killing everyone. [[spoiler:This is due to [[AIIsACrapshoot the AI of the Mechanist's Robobrains taking the order to "help the people" to its logical extreme]].]] The DLC also introduces a Raider group known as the Rust Devils, which create robots of their own to terrorize the Commonwealth.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': [[http://fear.wikia.com/wiki/Unmanned_Aerial_Vehicles Unmanned Aerial Vehicles]].
* The UsefulNotes/{{PS1}} remake of ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' features AIs as enemies: [[HumongousMecha Wanzers]] piloted entirely by computers rather than pilots. They are ''far less'' effective than human-pilots as they are less intelligent, can't use pilot skills, and can be immobilized by [[WeaksauceWeakness honest-to-God killing the lights.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Forerunner installations are most commonly guarded by robotic Sentinels; even the basic "Aggressor" variant is armed with a laser capable of cutting through steel. However, they have mostly been replaced from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' onward by the Forerunner Prometheans, robotic units originally created to fight the Flood, with the strongest type being the Knights, which are heavily armed bipedal robots that can teleport anywhere at will. What makes the Knights unique is that most of them are [[spoiler:prehistoric humans who were forcibly converted into machines]].
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'': Has a great deal of robot enemies in the fourth level. They aren't too different from the regular type, but it helps emphasize the level's mechanical theme (as opposed to Western, wasteland, or circus, the themes of the preceding levels). The boss of the level is a mecha GiantMook, Dr. Ion.
* ''VideoGame/HardReset'' is about a robot uprising, so all its enemies are various robots.
* ''VideoGame/HyperPrincessPitch'': Pits the protagonist against Mecha-Santa, his robot Elves, and toys.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer]]'': The WhatMeasureIsANonHuman part got a nice Lampshade Hanging, where Mr. Incredible spots the first robot enemies in the tutorial stage and quips, "I guess that means we don't have to play nice!"
* The mooks in ''VideoGame/INinja'' are mechanized ninjas that bleed green goop, to which Ninja is free to spill and let it soak his blade. The game ''certainly might'' have gotten an MRating if they were human.
* Half, if not more, of the mooks in ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' are mecha-mooks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': "Cyborgs," which were in the scary faceless humanoid monster gig before slenderman was cool. Instead of feet, they have treads, and Bungie refers to them as "Tank Guys." Some of them are weak, others are some of the strongest enemies in the game. All of them self-destruct upon death. According to {{Word of God}}, they used to be human space colonists.
** The humans have some of these of their on their colony ship. They are notable for being possibly the first AI controlled allies in any game. They float above the ground and also explode upon death (Bungie has a thing for that) and are armed with machine pistols. Some of them have grenade launchers, but the ones with grenade launchers go rampant and attack anything in sight, alien or human. Similarly, in the sequels, there are "Hummers," alien-made robots that are used for recon and often [[GoddamnedBats respawn indefinitely]]. When they sight you, they make a very irritating electronic noise before attacking, hence the name. Some of them are taken over by a human-made AI and help you, and are conveniently much stronger, but they only appear twice in the whole trilogy.
** This is not for the normal reasons, though, as the games also feature the [=BOBs=], which are human colonists "Born On Board". They're technically on your side, but they ''can'' be killed either by enemy or friendly fire (in fact, since they tend to get in your way, it can be hard to avoid it). Later on, there are "Android [=BOBs=]" that look almost like the regular ones, but ''are'' trying to kill you (they'll run up to you yelling something like "Frog blast the vent core!" and explode).
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The Geth are an entire race of these throughout the series. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' adds a series of cheap, mass-produced robotic security troops (called "Mechs" in-universe, natch), that are roughly on-par with a B1 Battle Droid in terms of intelligence and accuracy, though the Battle Droids never had robotic dogs and giant missile-firing robots backing them up. Unlike the geth, mechs do not use true AI and so don't think for themselves and lack any self-preservation. They're also are surprisingly resilient - blowing off a limb only slows them down, and they have a taser-like device on their non-gun arm. Even if you take off its legs it'll still crawl towards you with the intent to self-destruct in your face. Usually encountered in hordes.
** Geth themselves subvert the trope's WhatMeasureIsANonHuman aspect. They have a smooth organic appearance, bleed some sort of white blood-equivalent, give off odd electronic squeals when shot, and don't explode upon death. This doesn't stop the heroes from mowing them down by the score without batting an eyelid, however. The sequel reveals that the Geth are nearly immortal, as they simply upload back into their mainframes when the humanoid frames are disabled. Destroying these mainframes can kill millions of them with a few bullets, however. Their "death screams" are actually them transmitting themselves to a new mainframe.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'': The Sniper Joes are the closest to this trope, but all the enemies are robots (as are the protagonist and bosses). ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' made a distinction between Reploids, which possess human-like intelligence, and mechaniloids, which don't.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The Scarabs, and the raven-like [=UAVs=] accompanying Raging Raven.
* ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'': Many mechanized versions of regular enemies (like the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] or the [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins Pengies]]) appear in the Nimbus region, which houses several EternalEngine sublevels.
* ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'': The evil-looking Machines. Also inverted as the good guys units are also mecha mooks of sorts, except cute-looking.
* Since the domain of the angelic god of Cooperation in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' includes both political and ''literal'' machines, his [[RobotMaster Lightspeaker]] angels summon ClockPunk holy war robots called Judgemasters. They're generally benevolent but can be very dangerous on the occasions when Lightspeakers succumb to BlackAndWhiteInsanity.
* Shadow Okumura's Corporobos from ''VideoGame/Persona5''. Appearing in the Space Station of Greed, they represent how the CEO of Okumura Foods see the employees of his company: disposable machines devoid of emotions whose only duty is to serve as the foundation upon his fast food empire is built. Unlikely most examples of this trope, they elicit sympathy from the protagonists who sees them as over-worked, brainwashed grunts who are ordered to go against impossible odds while working themselves to an early grave.
* The Armada in ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'' consists entirely of these. They were designed as soldiers to win Valencia the Polarian War. While they were very successful, they then took over Valencia and have set sights on claiming the whole spiral.
* The robots of [[AIIsACrapshoot The Malevolent Force]] in ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' come in three different variants--hovering drones, bipedal walkers, and quadrupedal walkers.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' invariably features hordes of robots. While there are usually organic opponents in there as well, they will be vastly outnumbered by robots. In ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'', most of your organic opponents are turned ''into'' robots by [[AWizardDidIt the Biobliterator]], simply to show how severe a threat Dr. Nefarious is.
* In ''VideoGame/RoboArmy'', all the enemies are robots of one kind or another.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' features the Zin's Murderbots. Naturally, they fall squarely into {{Demonic Spider|s}} territory as they have a lot of health and carry either miniguns or proximity mines that can easily whittle down your health, and their torsos can continue to attack you after their legs are destroyed Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style.
* ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher'' gives Gillian a large variety of Metal Creatures to do battle with.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam 2'': The Floaters, Spawners, Rollers, Rhino Cybertoys, Rocket Turrets, Fatso Fighter Planes, Seagull Bombers, and Giant Cyborg Spiders which are usually mixed in with the various other enemy types, primarily zombies, aliens, and bio-machines.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Outside of the occasional fight with Dr. Eggman and a few other choice characters, robot mooks are pretty much Sonic's only enemies.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series: There are quite a few examples, but the Mecha Koopa enemies from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' onwards are the most obvious examples. Some other examples include the entire population of The Factory/Smithy Factory in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Wizzerds in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 2'' and Mechawfuls in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series: Subverted and used, as times goes on, it shifts from fighting human pilots (which most of the time will get a chance to escape) to battling AI versions of robots due to the bad guys sharing AI technology since manpower gets smaller with the huge killcount our men racks up in the battlefield. In the OVA, the ATX and SRX had discovered the shocking revelation of the Bartool's [[PoweredByAForsakenChild ODE system]] and had concerns about killing more innocent captured civilians but during the final push later on, they were unmanned with no human core inside which allowed a more liberal course of destruction.
** The series has several iconic mook mechs of it's own, most notably the [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091120235207/superrobotwars/images/7/7a/Gespenst.gif Gespenst]] series. Mind you, in these games even a regular grunt unit can be pretty badass in the right hands. Watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWBTwDa4Wy4 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB4SP1sqU7g here]] as [[BadassNormal Major Kai]] demonstrates why you don't need no fancy AceCustom to kick ass.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'': Nn entire army of Robotic Operating Buddies in Subspace Emissary, only they're anything but friendly -- arm swipes, missiles, and laser fire are the norm for them. They do have a measure of AI not seen in most Mecha-Mooks, as they are at least capable of expressing sorrow; [[spoiler:this is demonstrated when the Ancient Minister, the alpha R.O.B., looks down with regret before seeing two more disappear into the detonation of a Subspace Bomb.]] Nevertheless, the only one who [[spoiler:doesn't submit to Ganondorf's -- and subsequently Tabuu's -- reprogramming is the alpha himself, who becomes playable after the former villain sees it fit to have him punished for questioning authority.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Mann versus Machine update added a cooperative game mode where the mercenary soldiers face off against hordes of incoming mechanical counterparts of themselves, and depending on server setting, ranging from your usual punchable-weak-toy-soldiers to outright Nightmare fuel.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'', NPC soldiers come in two forms: Grunts and Spectres. Spectres are this.
* ''VideoGame/ToonTownOnline'': Disney's extraordinarily "kid-friendly" {{MMORPG}} solely features an ever-replenishing army of robots as your enemies -- whom you destroy with ''jokes''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Many games have you fighting numerous generic or nameless enemy chassis (the Armada game, called simply "Transformers" in the states, coined them as "Decepti-clones"). Different from the TV shows in that every character shown was given a name.
* ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar: Earth Assault'': The Novus are a heroic example, a race of Mechanical {{Laser Guided Tykebomb}}s working with the [[AncientAstronauts Masari]] against the [[PlanetLooters Hierarchy]].
* The Corpus in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' have a huge robo-fetish, deploying vast armies of robots and always developing newer, more deadly models. Their crews are generally one third human and two third robotic "security proxies", mainly the Moa bipedal turrets and Osprey flying support drones. Heavier models include the Bursa, a 'roided-up Moa with crowd control and [[AntiMagic anti-Tenno]] abilities, the Hyena, a [[ElementalPowers specialized]] robot that hunts in packs and the Raptors, which are essentially flying artillery platforms. The heaviest models are the Jackal, a [[NighInvulnerability nearly-indestructible]] tank-like behemoth and the Razorback, which turns the Jackal's defenses UpToEleven and is ultimately only vulnerable to ForcedFriendlyFire from its supporting Bursas.
** A special mention goes to Alad V's Zanuka robots, which are specialized Tenno hunters built from the [[OrganicTechnology scavenged pieces]] of [[BlackBox captured Warframes]]. They are as agile as Hyenas and much more durable, employ their own [[AntiMagic nullification abilities]] and have the arsenal of the Jackal. Alad V usually deploys them to hunt down and capture [[PriceOnTheirHead particularly troublesome]] Tenno Warframes for [[BodyHorror disassembly]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'': One of the first signs you aren't in Kansas anymore with the last two games is when your sword-and-sorcery party runs into their first Savant robot armed with a laser lance. Fully fledged battle droids also make an appearance towards the very end of ''VII''.
* The player in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games utilizes almost nothing but mecha mooks; despite the end-game having the player fielding flotillas of [[MileLongShip mile long ships]] as their PlayerMooks, there is only one meatbag in control of it all, as each ship uses its own Autopilot AI. However, traders and marines for BoardingParty operations are exceptions to this. ''Videogame/XRebirth'' averts this, where every player-owned ship has a minimum of at least a pilot or captain.
* ''{{Videogame/Xenoblade}}'' has the mechon, though they are certainly not fragile, they take only [[ScratchDamage Scratch Damage]] from conventional weapons, and half damage from magic attacks. Their only weakness is the [[{{BFS}} Mon]][[LaserSword ado]]
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhBAM'', the B!Sec police are robotic holograms programmed to play BAM.
* All your enemies in ''VideoGame/TheSwindle'' are robots, starting with mechanical English bobbies and getting weirder and deadlier from there.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' storyline "Death Volley," Doc is very pleased when he discovers the palace guards are robots, so he can go completely berserkers on them without compunction. Then he learns that one of the guards is actually [[spoiler: his disguised ex-girlfriend, Hortense]].
* Employed by the [[SpacePolice Triple-I]] in ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/04/04/i-can-goes-back-now/ to pilot their fighters]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', when Riboflavin escapes from his prison ship, he destroys a robot guard. He expresses disappointment that the guard was not sentient, and therefore could not feel pain. Riboflavin is not a nice man.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' where the Dig-bots who get bloodlessly massacred are the good guys, and the very human Hereti-Corp agents doing the massacreing are the baddies.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', battle [[CallARabbitASmeerp clanks]] are often the fighting force of a [[MadScientist Spark]] on a warpath. [[JustTheFirstCitizen Baron]] [[AntiVillain Klaus]] [[EmperorScientist Wulfenbach]]'s two mainstays are his [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Air-warship fleet]] and the iconic [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Wulfenbach_clank Wulfenbach Battle Clank]]. He has a myriad of other ground forces (usually co-opted from other sparks he defeated), but the giant toy soldier-esque clanks are the backbone of his armies.
* In the last arc of ''SchlockMercenary'' the Toughs have finally come up against some [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2016-05-16 non-biological enemies]].

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* Parodied in ''WebVideo/AskANinja'', where the ninja says that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evkMVb839Lc robots are no fun to kill.]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': ???'s [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Guardromon Mooks]].
** REX is Stephanie's robot dinosaur minion.
* Doctor Infanto of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a hyper-intelligent mutant toddler who commits crimes using remote-controlled Mecha-Mooks (among other high-tech devices).
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: in "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy" and "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", Team Kimba are going through a Team Tactics course. Their first 'pop quiz' is against robots and mechanical weapons. Their big 'invading the supervillain lair' simulation includes an armada of Mecha-Mooks. In neither of these are there tons of exploding robots, except where Tennyo and Fey unleash their powers.
* These are the main troops of the genocidal human civilization Wreathe in ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', all modeled after Pre-Cambrian creatures. In a subversion, these are usually more powerful than lower level characters.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Commonly used by the military of Atlas. They're shown to be rather weaker in combat than actual human soldiers and ''especially'' the superhuman Huntsmen and Huntresses, but they make for this with [[ZergRush sheer numbers]] and they are actually capable of taking down at least basic Grimm unassisted. At least they're on the good guys' side. [[spoiler:Until the finale of Volume 3 when Cinder hacks them and sets them to attack Beacon.]]

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* Averted very subtly in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. The Crown Agents look and sound like robots. However, they take bribes, argue, go rogue, scream and throw up their hands when their plane crashes into a tower, etc. More damning is that the Ranger {{Technopath}} Doc Hartford ''never'' used his powers against them, though he could subvert most any technology with ease. "Lord of the Sands" topped it by having Zach admit "''As far as we know,'' Crown Agents are some kind of robot..."
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Degaton's robotic army in "The Golden Age of Justice!"
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** Although most of the villains in are human, "The Last Laugh" features a robotic henchman to ComicBook/TheJoker, called Captain Clown. In an interview, the producers admitted this was done specifically so that Batman wouldn't have to hold back in the fight.
** Another instance, with better in-universe justification, occurs in the second part of "Heart of Steel."
** In a really twisted take on this trope, Scarface is nothing but a ventriloquist puppet (wires and wood; a very, very primitive definition of the word "Mecha"). Inverted in the sense that while Batman at first has no idea what the hell is going on, Scarface is soon revealed to be the BigBad of his particular gang [[SplitPersonality (It's complicated)]], with the flesh-and-blood DumbMuscle he has working under him are mooks. As with Captain Clown, the creators soon discovered they loved having a villain who wasn't flesh-and-blood, solely so they could give him increasing gruesome, over-the-top deaths.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''. Hornets. Interestingly enough, the RobotBuddy protagonist is the target of more violence than any villain, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal since he's capable of being rebuilt from ridiculous amounts of damage.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', {{Cyborg}} MadScientist Doc Terror had several varieties of mecha-mooks to pit against the titular heroes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'', the "robot" protagonists are actually [[BrainInAJar cyborgs,]] living beings despite their mechanical appearance. However, the villains used nonsentient, inorganic HumongousMecha called Zods which the heroes could destroy without any ethical quibbles.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** XANA's various monsters can count as the virtual version of Mecha-Mooks. They do appears robot-like the two times some are materialized in the real world.
** Then in season 4, the BigBad is busy constructing a whole army of robots to conquer the Earth.
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', a series famous for averting NeverSayDie (at least in the earlier seasons, before ExecutiveMeddling came in full force). In the first season episode "Bearskin Thug", villain Steelbeak's trained bear turns out to be a robot. Upon learning this, Darkwing says "Then I can take off the kid gloves!"
* In ''WEsternAnimation/TheDayMyButtWentPsycho'', the majority of [[BigBad the Great White Butt's]] forces are composed of a seemingly inexhaustable supply of ro-butts.
* Ming's Ice Robots in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth''. Only their leader, Garax, has a distinct personality and, while the Defenders have no qualms about destroying rank-and-file Ice Robots, it seems he is a different story. Indeed, towards the end of ''The Gravity of Ming'', Flash has Garax at his mercy, but declines to shoot him, saying:
-->No, I'm not like you.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''
** The regular Mecha-Mooks, the Martian Centurions, are something of a subversion in any case, being [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human]] {{Punch Clock Villain}}s.
** In an episode, due to AppliedPhlebotinum Cadet is transformed into a gruff, testosterone-fueled, hulking ActionHero and viciously blows up two enemy fighter ships.
-->'''Dodgers:''' Uh..., those were just ''robot''-piloted ships, right?\\
'''Cadet:''' Yeah, "robots". ''(laughs maniacally)''
* Both the 1970s {{Creator/Filmation}} animated ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'' and the 1980s ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' gave [[BigBad Ming the Merciless]] armies of Mecha-Mooks. Interestingly, in the Filmation series, good guy {{Red Shirt}}s would get killed all the time (usually a very tidy and bloodless disintegrator shot, or else an exploding manned vehicle). Presumably because killing people is, after all, what makes the villains ''villains''. The good guys got to fight Mecha-Mooks.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'', when there are B.A.T.s or S.N.A.K.E.s involved, the Sky B.A.T.s in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6'' as well as the Zaps and Skyrenes in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme''. All five kinds of Mecha-Mooks are the only bad guys that the Joes seem to be able to hit [[ATeamFiring on the first try.]] Not that they did them any good since B.A.T.s just keep coming and only anti-tank weapons can take them down. Or in case of the B.A.T. Mark I, a [[AttackItsWeakPoint rifle-shot to the weak spot]] (which on the action figure's [[AllThereInTheManual filecard]] is noted as the back, but inexplicably in the Sunbow cartoon, was the large window in the middle of their chest). Or Sgt. Slaughter's fists, which proved to be the most effective anti-B.A.T. weapon ever seen.
** Flint even used the incompetence of these androids to mock Cobra Commander in one episode, asking the villain if he had programmed them himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''
** The show has perhaps the most famous TV mecha-mook, Dr. Zin's robot spy. It's a spider-like robot that can take an incredible amount of punishment, as the Quest family learns when it makes its escape from a military base. They throw small arms, flamethrowers and tanks at it, and nothing makes it more than momentarily pause.
** A whole army of them appeared in the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "The Robot Spies".
** Modern audiences may remember this as the Walking Eye from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. Walking Eye!
** Though in general the original ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' series [[MoralDissonance didn't have many problems killing off human Mooks]] as long as it wasn't ''too'' graphic, like the two frogmen crushed by the leaping motorboat in the title sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In [[spoiler: the second season finale]], Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat come across an army of robots while [[spoiler: trying to rescue Quack Quack from [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Olaf]]'s clutches.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: [[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', Kim and Ron fought against an invasion of Diablos, mini-robots distributed by Drakken as free toys inside Bueno Nacho's Kids Meals, programmed to grow into giant mecha-robots when triggered by a radio signal.
* In the French animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince'', wind-powered [[ClockPunk clockwork mooks]] are used as police troops by the inhabitants of the Planet of Wind.
* Deuce's robot army in ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''.
* The mass-produced Lin Kuei Cybers featured in ''WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm'' were basically this. Unlike Cyrax, Sektor and Smoke, they were entirely mechanical, which allowed the normally violent Earthrealm Warriors to go to town with them.
* Lord Boxman from ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' runs a factory that builds MechaMooks that he sells to other super villains. His own QuirkyMinibossSquad of robots are regularly destroyed, either by the heroes or by [[BadBoss Boxman]] himself when they fail.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'', Doofenshmirtz-2 has an army of these, based off of Norm. Doofenshmirtz too used to have one... But [[WhatAnIdiot he hid the self-destruct button on the bottom of their feet]].
** An early episode of has the boys construct their own horde of robot clones of themselves to increase productivity, in a rare non-violent use of this trope. [[spoiler: They fulfill this trope better in the movie, where they're used to fight the previously mentioned Normbots.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', when Matrix and Turbo are confronted by some infected Guardians, Matrix asks if their drones "have personality chips". As soon as they heard a No, both of them shot the robots, destroying them easily.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': nearly any opponent Jack ever actually ''harms'' will turn out to be one of Aku's evil robot minions. Regardless of what they looked like before, as soon as they get sliced in half, there will be sparks and an explosion.
** Subverted: although Jack only ever cut the Mecha-Mooks (or DemonicInvaders) with his sword, they always seemed to be RidiculouslyHumanRobots, either outside or internally ("veins" and "bones" in the interior of a roach-robot Jack cut in two, for instance). This allowed the show to get away with the HighPressureBlood trope and other extreme scenes of carnage, because [[SymbolicBlood it was just oil]]. ''Really.''
** Additionally subverted in one episode in which an episode is told through the perspective of a mecha-mook, and his very real, very human emotions are made painfully apparent to the viewer. (Apparently, the scientist who built him gave him emotions because [[ItAmusedMe "he was kind of funny that way".]] Then he fights Jack and gets cut up like any other robotic malcontent.
** Also averted at least once. Jack strikes several people with his sword in the episode where the bounty hunters team up to beat him (and one gets blown up), and they're not revealed to be robots afterwards... ''But'' when fighting organic opponents the fights are noticeably [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]].
** This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Samurai Quack".
--->''(Dodgers jumps at a stranger with his sword raised)''\\
'''Dodgers:''' Robot! Robot!! ROBOT!!!\\
'''Stranger:''': Stop! Not a robot! NOT A ROBOT!!!\\
''(Dodgers pauses)''\\
'''Dodgers:''' You're lucky I didn't cut you to ribbons.\\
'''Stranger:''' [[MediumAwareness Not with a Y-7 rating, you won't.]]
* The army of German robots sent to attack Cassidy Williams in the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "The Midnight Zone".
** The robot ninjas who serve as the BigBad's cannon fodder in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheSamuraiSword''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' was [[DependingOnTheWriter inconsistent about this.]] In some episodes, the Horde Troopers appeared completely sentient, and were defeated non-lethally by the heroes. In other episodes, they didn't get any dialogue, and could be smashed to pieces without any compunction.
* The Brigadiers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Skyland}}''.
* Dr. Robotnik's Swat Bots from ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has the good guys reprogramming a trio of battle droids to aid them in infiltrating a Separatist prison. These droids seemed to [[RuleOfEmpathy live much longer]] than ordinary battle droids by sheer virtue of being on the good side. However once the situation got dicey, these droids were promptly ordered to sacrifice themselves to buy time for their organic masters to escape.
* An early instance is the 1941 [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman cartoon short]] "Mechanical Monsters", which climaxes with Supes whaling on some big ass robots. This may be the UrExample.
* The original ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon turned the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comic's]] Foot Ninja into a robotic army with unlimited numbers. In the Turtles' first battle with the Foot, they were evenly matched with the robot ninjas until one of them was [[RoboticReveal sliced open]]. Then began the dismemberment.
-->'''Michaelangelo:''' Robots? LET'S ROCK!
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has a surprisingly wide variety of Mooks, but some fall into this category.
** Slade's robots from the first two seasons are clearly there just to get blown up (though they serve the dual purpose of allowing him to BreakingSpeech his enemies remotely from the comfort of his own home).
** Brother Blood in the third season uses human soldiers at first, but then switches over to [[EliteMooks Elite]] Mecha-Mooks based on Cyborg, which are quite tough, especially when there's a lot of them.
** In season four, the mooks are [[TheLegionsOfHell demons]], which while not technically robots blow up just as nicely and painlessly.
** The fifth season features [[TheChessmaster the Brain]] using a pretty even mix of mechanical and human Mooks.
** The Trope is Zigzagged in an episode where Mad Mod invades the city with an army of robots modeled after the Coldstream Guards. At first, these robots are incredibly tough, and the Titans are almost overwhelmed; however, as the episode progresses, they seem to get less efficient for some reason, until the end, where the heroes are able to junk them with as much ease as any other example of this Trope. (Of course, this is Mad Mod we're talking about...)
** Very nearly done in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', too. In fact it would have been, had they been robots instead of living ink.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' would often slice an enemy in half or lop off a limb, see the sparks and yell "Ookla! Ariel! They are ma chiiiiiiiines!" Note that lopping first is Thundarr's favored tactic, but he knows it would make a difference to ''Ariel'' -- who arguably packs more firepower than he does, if she doesn't hold herself back.
* A variation on this is in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', where ''every'' character is a robot; this allowed it to do things like, say, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Death kill off]] main characters in TheMovie to [[MerchandiseDriven make place for new ones]]. This didn't keep the scenes where it happens from being quite disturbing to younger viewers who idolized the fallen, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim original Prime]] and [[HeroicSacrifice Dinobot]] being the best examples.
** In episodes that aired before the movie, an important distinction was sometimes made between sentient and nonsentient robots. Several episodes involve the characters encountering armies of identical, literally faceless robots (as opposed to the individualized sentient Transformers) usually described as "drones" or some such, which were mindless and could be blasted to bits with moral impunity. The episode "Sea Change" even went so far as to establish that Transformers have souls like human beings, while the Mecha-Mooks they were fighting in that particular episode did not. The Vehicon drones of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' are the closest to a traditional army of Mecha-Mooks.
** In the case of the aforementioned Vehicons, the common Mecha-Mooks are simply Spark-less drones often under the control of the [[KingMook larger]] Vehicon generals. Naturally, this makes the Vehicon drones the most [[CannonFodder blown-up, dropped, disemembered or crushed]] mooks in Transformers history.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' also has Vehicons, but they are intelligent enough to talk to one another and are just as disposeable as their predecessors. Bulkhead even disembowels one of them (to protect Miko). And tells Miko to look away before he does it (to protect Miko in a different way). She doesn't, but that says more about Miko than it does about the Vehicons.
*** It's probable intention was to lampshade Transformers (ab)use of this trope. From Bulkhead's point of view, ripping out the innards of something that is very much alive is already horrible. Doing so in front of a child is downright barbaric, hence the warning. From Miko's point of view, one machine just tore apart another machine like they always do in Saturday Morning Cartoons... but in real life, which is cool. Also helps to set some subtle context that the same attitude is held in reverse by the Transformers. It's easy to kill something when it's a StarfishAlien.
** There's also the Terrorcons from the five-part pilot, robot zombies whose on purpose in unlife was to get gloriously dismembered by Optimus Prime and Ratchet.
* A number of bad guys from ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' have mechanical minions, from Lord Dominator's [[MagmaMan magma-powered robots]] to the clunky automaton soldiers of elderly super-villain Mandrake the Malfeasant.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Hagen has a guard made up of these in his castle. They're fairly tough, but go down when Bloom destroys their control unit.
* The Jackbots in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' are this. Egregious use of TheHitFlash was deemed necessary anyway.
* The ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series as often as not had the title heroes battling the robotic Sentinels and all manner of mechanical foes, rather than organic bad guys. Indeed, only two characters (good, bad, or background) are directly shown to die at any point in the series, and both eventually come BackFromTheDead.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[AttackDrone Aerial combat drones]] are an example of this that are widely used today. Unlike most fictional Mecha-Mooks, they are actually frighteningly effective.
* Boston Dynamics has developed numerous bipedal and quadrupedal robots for the US military, including [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BigDog BigDog]] and [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(robot) Atlas]].