Some robots have it easy; these robots have a mission. They are specifically made for spying or espionage missions. They dodge bullets, perform recon, shape-shift, whatever is necessary to find out what someone else doesn't want them to know. While their design can overlap with the SurveillanceDrone, they are more closely related to AndroidsAndDetectives.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The Creator/{{Geneon}} dub of Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket once had a mechanical fly serve as a listening device. Jigen describes it as "[[StealthPun a flying pun]]".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Snooper, Q's experimental robot dog, from ''Film/AViewToAKill''
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'': Darth Maul's droids.
%%* ''Film/MinorityReport''
%%* R.A.L.P.H. in ''SpyKids 2''

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* Hymie from ''Series/GetSmart''

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision: Modern scout drones are basically this, except remotely-operated. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine the possibility of autonomous scouting drones - true "spy robots" - in the near future.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RQ-4_Global_Hawk Global Hawk]]

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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''Dark Conspiracy'' supplement ''Darktek''.
** Snoopbot: 200 kg, built like a trashcan with three legs. Has a full detection/analysis suite and an expert system [=AI=].
** Probe Drone: used for exploring hazardous areas. Has brackets for mounting sensor modules.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': many drones fit this description.
* Robobugs in ''{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' are good for this. The much larger nanomorph is basically Film/JamesBond with superpowers.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The beginning mission of ''PerfectDark Zero'' features one of these.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', one type of robot that appears in [[ManVersusMachine Mann Vs. Machine]] is a robot version of the Spy.
* The Spy and Advanced Spy from {{Machines}} can plant mines and steal enemy research.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Killer Evil Death Spybot 5000 from ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The eponymous device in the ''JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "The Robot Spy".
-->'''Dr. Zin:''' Once inside your laboratory, it gathers information through these antennae and stores it in a memory bank and brings it back to me.
* Clank from the ''RatchetAndClank'' series stars in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Secret Agent Clank]]'' as one of these.
* The eponymous robot from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', spun off from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. His full name is Infiltration Unit Zeta, which tells you something.
* The various versions of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' have had a number of robots on either side of the conflict whose specialties are in espionage, intelligence, and/or surveilance, with personalities and ''modi operandi'' spanning the whole gamut, from [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'s Soundwave, an eerily silent hacker and master of surveillance who seems to hear ''everything'' to sneaky, snarky Rattrap of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', who relies on quick wits, a handful of built-in gadgets, and [[TheCombatPragmatist a distaste for fair play]] to keep his [[UnusualEuphemism skidplate]] intact while behind enemy lines, to the deep-cover spy Shockwave of ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', a Decepticon double agent who has an Autobot named Longarm as one of his alternate modes, and in that guise rose to be ''head of Autobot intelligence''.

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* They exist in ''WhateleyUniverse''.

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