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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.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Lord Canti of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''
* ''DeadLeaves'' has Retro, who may not be all robot.
* The Block bots from ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys''.

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[[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''.
* Arguably, [[MarvelUniverse Arnim Zola]] could qualify. His face is displayed on a screen in his chest.
* Prince Robot IV (and several others of his race) from Creator/BrianKVaughan's ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' .
* Walter from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. When he's distressed, his face projects static.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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 ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', [[CaptainObvious of course]].
* Ibor, Synonamess Botch's GiantMook, in ''TwiceUponATime''.
* TV from ''TheBraveLittleToaster'', who apparantly has a short, balding man for a face.
* WEEBO in ''Flubber'', but the monitor flips up; she uses it whenever she needs to [[DeadpanSnarker snark]].

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[[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.)

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[[folder: Music ]]

* 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]].

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[[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: Aversion, because 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'' Securitrons
* 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.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''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 ''DresdenCodak'' StoryArc ''Dark Science''. As of yet, [[AmbiguousRobots the nature of this creature (robot? cyborg??) isn't clear, though]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TransformersAnimated'' has Tutor Bot, a direct ShoutOut to [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Lord Canti]]. Wreck-Gar's head was specifically designed to resemble a TV set, due to the fact that G1 Junkions were obsessed with Earth TV programming.
* ''ReBoot'' brings us Mike the TV. He's also a {{Cephalothorax}} his head is also his torso.
* In Creator/{{Hanna-Barbera}}'s ''TheLittleRascals'' episode "Science Fair and Foul", Buckwheat's home-built robot has a TV set for its head.
* D-nerd from ''TheBotsMaster''
* Karen from ''SpongebobSquarepants''.
* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has TV Monster.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* [[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.
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