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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. An automaton, robot or droid with a television set for a head.

Say the technology for synthetic skin has not yet been perfected and you want to avoid the UncannyValley. Maybe you don't have much but some spare parts, dwindling funds and a TV at your disposal. Maybe it just [[RuleOfCool looks cool]]. For whatever reason, this is a robot or other sentient being with a monitor onto which they project images or outright words that are [[DeadpanSnarker often]] [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick snarky]] [[VisualPun responses]] to people interacting with them.

Not to be confused with a sentient AI or a talking computer. This strictly applies to walking automatons.

Often speaks through a variant of TalkingWithSigns. Compare/contrast SurveillanceDrone and TheBlank. See also ScreensAreCameras, if they possess the television face, but no discernible sensory equipment with which to actually see.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Lord Canti of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''
* ''Anime/DeadLeaves'' has Retro, who may not be all robot.
* The Block bots from ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys''.
* Monimon, Monitamon, [[spoiler:Shonitamon]] & [[spoiler:Hi-Vision Monitamon]] from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Several of the [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/spdrslyr.htm Spider-Slayers]] have this, including the first.
* Telly, the "son" of Tank and Booga, in ''ComicBook/TankGirl''.
* Dr. [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Arnim Zola]], who's preserved himself in a robot body. His face is displayed on a screen in his chest.
* The people of Planet Robot from Creator/BrianKVaughan's ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' all have televisions for heads. How modern and decorative a TV head is denotes wealth, and may be a sort of FantasticCasteSystem. Commoners like Dengo have very boxy heads with grainy monochrome displays. Nobles like Prince Robot IV, his wife, and their son have sleek heads with clear pictures in color. The leader, King Robot, has a flat screen TV for a head that is twice the height of the rest of his body.
* Walter from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. When he's distressed, his face projects static.
* Played from horror in an issue of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': In an alternate universe, the ruling council of Cybertron have replaced the usual means of surgical disfigurement with a new one where the victim's head is replaced with a TV, which they "speak" through. On occasion, it even plays pop-up ads. Eventually it transpires that they're watching people through these screens, and can communicate through them.
* The Comicbook/{{New 52}} ''Comicbook/{{Earth 2}}'' version of Robert Crane (the GoldenAge Robotman) has a head comprising a transparent dome containing his brain, with a flatscreen computer monitor on the front.

* ''Film/RoboCop2'''s BigBad Cain, after he is turned into a cyborg.
** Also in the same film, one of the failed Robo prototypes ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timfETD-N4o&feature=player_detailpage#t=43s]]).
* The Walking TV from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', [[CaptainObvious of course]].
* Ibor, Synonamess Botch's GiantMook, in ''Film/TwiceUponATime''.
* TV from ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', who apparantly has a short, balding man for a face.
* WEEBO in ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', but the monitor flips up; she uses it whenever she needs to [[DeadpanSnarker snark]].
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has the First-Person Shooter in ''[[FictionalVideoGame Hero's Duty]]'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doesn't appear at all to the player]] but is visible as a TV Head Robot to game characters and does have a personality (although not a voice) when the player isn't controlling it.
* ''[[Animation/TheMindsEye Odyssey Into The Mind's Eye]]'' features characters with televisions for heads (although whether they are ''robots'' is up for debate). This is the ''least'' strangest thing that gets used as a head.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sheldon of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' tries to become one of these, controlled from his bedroom, to avoid sickness, danger, etc.
* iTeacher from ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''.
* 790 from ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', whose head mostly consists of three screens.
* Datas from ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' is pretty much an arcade machine with arms and legs. The screen is his face by default but can also show anything (such as communications, or whatever the MonsterOfTheWeek is up to once detected.)
* Holly from ''Series/RedDwarf'' normally appears as just a face on a screen, but has on occasion moved around the ship in the form of a wheeled robot with a television screen for a head (most notably in the episode "Queeg", where Holly is usurped and given the duty of night watchman).

* One of these appears in the music video for the Music/{{Muse}} song "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable" from their album ''The 2nd Law''. It's kinda [[http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/heartlight/avatars/gabgbaaeh.jpg creepy-looking]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': In one first-person area, at the end of a hallway is a Joker mannequin with a TV for a head. [[spoiler: It's actually him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheDishwasher: Dead Samurai'', the pentultimate boss has a TV set for a head, and the achievement for beating him is "Smash Your TV".
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': The page picture is a Securitron. The face depends on their purpose (and which AI is currently running it). The majority broadcast the picture's bulb-nosed cop, or a soldier if the player takes certain actions, Victor has a stereotypical cowboy, and Yes Man is a smiling face.
* Everyone (except maybe player character) in ''VideoGame/MondoMedicals'' and ''VideoGame/MondoAgency'' fits this trope.
* The Bruiser from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}: Resurrection of Evil'' has a TV ''mouth''.
* The Squarians in ''VideoGame/LevelUp''.
* The Drakel Freak enemy from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' is a cyborg with a TV for its head, with an organic muzzle protruding from it.
* One of Metalhead's costumes in ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'' is one.
* These show up as an enemy in the N64 ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' game.
* Robots in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic III: The Isles of Terra''.
* Telly from ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo'' is a ''RobotBuddy'' that takes his namesake from the fact that he is a tiny flying TV head.
* The dozens of Vidbots scattered throughout the first dream world of ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}''. They appear nothing short of televisions on metal poles without any visible means of locomotion, but they can move anyway; their "faces" usually show just the nose and mouth of a human in black and white, some of them have buttons or spindly mechanical arms and hands depending on who does what, and none of them [[ObstructiveBureaucrat tolerate broken rules, not even the receptionist.]]
* Alt from ''[[VideoGame/PopNMusic Pop'n Music]]'' is a computer monitor-head robot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Mettaton is a big metal box on a wheel with a monitor that often shows a big "M". [[spoiler:Then you flip his switch, and [[BishonenLine he ditches this trope]].]]
** Though he's not really a robot, [[spoiler:Photoshop Flowey]] has a TV for a head, which displays [[spoiler:Flowey's crazed face, a real greyscaled human head, and the six human [=SOULs=]]].
* Emet from ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' has a screen for a face with several preset expressions and symbols that he switches between.
* The enemies in ''VideoGame/IronBrigade'' are the "Tubes", an army of killer TV-headed robots.
* Dr. Graaff from ''VideoGame/IronMarines'' has a TV face on his torso. It also shows [[CrushKillDestroy which]] [[NiceGuy personality]] and mode he's currently using -- an angry red face for Assault Mode, and a happy green face for Assist Mode.

[[folder:Web Comics}}]]
* ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'' has T.O.E., a bit of an unusual example. Instead of pictures drawn by the author, he projects scenes from movies and television shows much more like, well, an actual TV. [[FridgeLogic He also smokes.]]
* The [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/09/25/dark-science-05/ TV cat]] [[note]]last couple of frames[[/note]] in the ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' StoryArc ''Dark Science''. As of yet, [[AmbiguousRobots the nature of this creature (robot? cyborg??) isn't clear, though]].
* ''Webcomic/ThePropertyOfHate'''s [[NominalHero RGB]] is, if not an actual robot, at least a [[SurrealSymbolicHeads TV-Headed]]... [[MysteriousPast Something]].
* Doctor from ''Webcomic/OnlyHuman''.
* The Objectheads in ''Webcomic/{{Pilot}}'' have electronic devices in place of heads. When it comes to what it is, they run the gambit; Some have old, box televisions, some have flatscreens, while others have phones.
** Jerry, while not an Objecthead, has a monochrome display instead of a face. It displays a question mark most of the time, but can display other things as well.
* Yuven Hubbub and Commander Andrew from ''[[http://mystereobot.smackjeeves.com/thecharacters/ My Stereo Bot]]''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has Tutor Bot, a direct ShoutOut to [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Lord Canti]]. Wreck-Gar's head was specifically designed to resemble a TV set, [[MythologyGag due to the fact]] that G1 Junkions were [[AliensStealCable obsessed with Earth TV programming.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' brings us Mike the TV. He's also a {{Cephalothorax}} his head is also his torso.
* In Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "Science Fair and Foul", Buckwheat's home-built robot has a TV set for its head.
* D-nerd from ''WesternAnimation/TheBotsMaster''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has Karen, Plankton's "computer-wife", sometimes. Most of the time her head's an old computer monitor placed on a thin pole attached to a base with wheels and occasionally she'll have arms as well. One episode has her and Plankton going through a rough patch in their relationship and Plankton upgrades to a newer, [[HartmanHips curvier]] computer bot with a sleeker monitor.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has TV Monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': In "Icy Nights II", Ice Bear's nemesis Barry the Bro-grammer has an army of MechaMooks with smart-phones for heads that emote by displaying various emoji. Near the end of the episode, Ice Bear and his old friend Yana encounter a much larger version with a tablet computer for a head.

* [[http://www.hipsoul.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77&products_id=699&hipid=740afac6f2df4c7b3c95485c95f73745 This T-shirt.]]
* [[http://www.bronze.co.jp/books/9784893093622/ This children's book]] by Taro Gomi is about a robot with a TV head.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://telepresencerobots.com/ Telepresence robots, for people to do work in two places at once]].