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Robot Buddy Instruction Manual
Congratulations kid! You've got your first Robot Buddy
, Ridiculously Human Robot
, or Do-Anything Robot
! But before you start playing with it and going on magical adventures together
, there's a few things you need to know:
- Firstly, the big red switch on his back that flips between "Good" and "Evil"? Might want to be careful with that.
- Secondly, your Robot Buddy is not a toy! Well, OK, you did buy him at Bots'R'Us so he is a toy, but you should still treat him with kindness and care. Case in point: Turned Against Their Masters.
- Thirdly, do not feed it after midnight. Or at all, for that matter — it'll gum up the gears. (Or worse, give him a taste for meat)
- Fourth and last, if you've purchased the "Defense Bot" upgrade that adds Telescoping Robot functionality and Death Rays, please refrain from abusing the robot's WarMode to beat up bullies.
Failure to follow any of the previous instructions may result in your robot going haywire, and spouting lines like "Crush. Kill. Destroy!" or "Kill All Humans
". In which case, it is highly recommended you hit the Override Command
located in [the rest of the instruction manual appears to have been disintegrated.
] If you have purchased the Mechanical Monster
model, Trope Co.
suggests you start running now. note
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- In the short-lived DC comic Atari Force, the friendly toy robot, Bob, who could only say his name cheerfully, went evil after one too many flushes down the toilet. It could still say nothing more than "Bob", but it said it in a much more menacing voice to the point it was obvious that if its vocabulary were bigger, it would've been saying the trope title verbatim.
- Agents of Atlas: M-11 has been caught saying this occasionally.
- Metal Men: When Dr. Will Magnus reconstructed his short-lived Plutonium Man, its first (and only) words were "Crush. Raze. Trample."
- The 'pet' Sentinel Rover in the X-Men storyline "Here Comes Tomorrow" had a one word vocabulary. That word was "DESTROY."
- The Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Galactus, a swarm of killer robots called Gah Lak Tus, is dedicated to consuming and wiping out all organic life which it finds disgusting. The swarm repeatedly states its mission: "Consume". This changes when they meet 616 Galactus after he ends up in the Ultimate verse thanks to a tear in the fabric of the multiverse. They attempt to consume him at first, repeating "Consume". Then they switch to "Merge". Finally, "Serve".
- The Guardian Units in The Transformers have a distressing tendency to revert to this at the drop of a hat, and happen to be incredibly well-built and well-armed. Even worse, they seem to be the exclusive property of the Autobots.
- Pick any scifi movie with robots before 1970.
- Averted in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), where the peace keeper robot is entirely silent when on murderous rampages. This was extremely unusual for the time period.
- Forbidden Planet: Despite what the poster would have you believe, this is also averted: Robbie is pretty tame to start with and has a Restraining Bolt that makes it impossible for him to harm any other "rational being".
Live Action TV
- While the Daleks in Doctor Who with their iconic "Exterminate! Ex-ter-minate!" are not robots (they are living creatures inside machines giving them greater mobility), Terry Nation - who originally created them - apparently forgot this at least once (Destiny of the Daleks).
- Lost in Space: This line is often mis-attributed to The Robot who does use the term "Destroy" several times in the pilot during his rampage. It's Killer Android IDAK Alpha 12 who says this in the episode titled, "Revolt of the Androids." Despite its use in only one episode, it became a more famous line than "Destroy" and was thus attributed to the main character robot.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mike Nelson built a robot in episode #602, following the lead of ex-host Joel Hodgson, who built fellow snarkers Crow and Tom Servo. However, Mike's robot seemed only able to shout "DESTROY.. DESTROY.. DESTROY..". After he shuts it down, Crow and Tom force Mike to promise not to try and build another.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Satan's Robot from the The Adventures of Captain Proton! holoprogram enjoys saying "SUR-REN-DER!" as it clanks menacingly towards people. Seven of Nine was unfazed, simply turning it off and asking Tom, "Can I go now?"
- Warren's robot April on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When he breaks it to her that he no longer loves her, she shorts out and goes into red-vision, growling angrily. Apparently she would even have been willing to attack Warren, had he not shifted her focus to Buffy.
- The Stooges' album Raw Power has the song "Search and Destroy".
- The German future pop band Rotersand composed a song using samples from Doctor Who entitled, appropriately enough, "Exterminate Annihilate Destroy."
build me a shelter, a place I can dwell in
show me a future that I can enjoy
give me a reason and I'll be your fellow
show me the target I have to destroy
- The chorus of the song "Stress" by the rap group Organized Konfusion: "Crush! Kill! Destroy! Stress!"
- Brazilian Death Metal band Sarcófago's first record was named "Crush, Kill, Destroy".
- The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" - Prime directive, exterminate the whole human race!
- The American heavy metal band GWAR have a song on their 1994 album Ragnarok named "Crush, Kill, Destroy".
- The "mandroid" in Nebulous, when it goes into murderous mode, begins chanting "MUST KILL AND/OR MAIM NEBULOUS". This is particularly absurd because, as Nebulous attempts to talk it into submission, he responds with the normal, erudite conversation he'd been performing up until that point before going back into the chant.
- The robot supervillain Mechanon has been trying to wipe out all organic life in every edition of Champions to date.
- Bots in Paranoia have an Asimov circuit to prevent this from happening. This chip is removable. The Corpore Metal society enjoys removing these chips. You should know how this goes.
- The Iron Men of Warhammer 40,000, who ended up losing the war, but in the process sent humanity into a galaxy-wide dark age.
- The organic robots known as Manglers do this in Mortasheen.
- Older editions of Dungeons & Dragons did this with golems, the magical equivalent of robots. Many golems had a certain chance every round of combat to simply flip out and try to kill everything in sight, as the golems of Jewish folklore often did.
- Crush! Kill! Destroy! Dance!
- Blinky. Just... Blinky.
"Ready or not, here I come!"
- MAGIC.MOV: CRUSH! KILL! DESTROY! SWAG. (Done by the RD-5000)
- It even got its way to BronyCon.
- In SWAG.MOV, giant!RD plays on RD-5000's motto in her opening taunt to Discord:
You have ravaged this city, crushed our homes, and destroyed countless lives.
- Now in Stupid Statement Dance Mix form by General Mumble. The lyrics consist mostly of the RD-5000's voice clips and Twilight's hilariously short-sighted suggestion.
- In the Madness Combat series, Hank J. Wimbleton's katana has this written along the blade in Thai script. He certainly does plenty of each.
- In the X-Men franchise - the Sentinels.
- Wolverine and the X-Men has Rover, who still only says "Destroy" no matter what it means. He's capable of saying it in a number of ways to make it highly expressive.
- Arguably, in The Animatrix, the robot that signs the unconditional surrender treaty at the UN, when it calmly says "Hand over your flesh and a new world awaits you. We demand it." Right before it self-destructs in an atomic blast, killing everyone at the UN
- The R.E.G.I.S. Mk. V in Megas XLR tells people to not panic it while destroying most everything in its path.
R.E.G.I.S. Mk. V: "Do not panic. You will all die."
- Also R.E.C.R., in a spoof of 1950's-era panic.
R.E.C.R.: Everything is the enemy!
R.E.C.R.: But I must destroy and protect!
R.E.C.R.: I must destroy all enemies! Because all enemies are MY enemies!
- The Simpsons,
- Mr. Burns orders robot workers, and the box says "100% Loyal." The next scene is Burns and Smithers being chased by the robots, who are droning "Crush, kill, destroy!" over and over.
- In another episode, Bart's class has a robot telling them about the new "fun museum" in town. Bored, Bart glances out the window and sees the robot's operator sitting in a tree. Bart hits him with a rock, knocking him out and making the robot slump over. After a second, it utters "Command link severed. Default setting... CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY." and starts throttling Principal Skinner, to the delight of the children.
- In "Itchy And Scratchy Land," the cat and mouse robots have a protocol that ensures that they only attack each other; their HUD commands them to "KILL" their opposite number. Inevitably, they malfunction, and the "KILL" command is demanded of human targets.
- The Transformers: Used nearly word for word, wherein mad Decepticon leader Galvatron undergoes word association therapy (you know you're Ax-Crazy when the Decepticons send you to a psychiatrist.) and the first things he can think of are "Kill! Smash! Destroy!" Asked to continue, he obliges with "Rend! Mangle! Distort!".
Afterwards he blew up the planet where he got the therapy; it was less than successful. Clearly, he is a bot of his word.
- Roberto was created by a team of engineers who actually wanted to build a criminally insane robot.
Roberto: "AND THEY FAILED!"
Vending Machine Bot: "But doesn't that mean-*Is stabbed*"
- Mostly averted with Bender, who is generally able to suppress his inner desire to kill humans. However, it does sometimes pop out in the form of the occasional Freudian Slip or sleep-talking.
Bender: "Hey sexy mama, wanna kill all humans?"
- Robot Santa is at least willing to restrict his rampages to one night a year. Unfortunately he has much more firepower than Bender or Roberto.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario provides a non-robotic example when Bowser and his son, Kooky (Ludwig von Koopa,) puts him under his control with a mind-control helmet. When Luigi shows up to rescue him, Bowser orders Mario to "Smash! Crush! Pound! Destroy!" him.
- Unfortunately, Kooky get the helmet put upon himself, much to Bowser's chagrin and terror!
- In the Gargoyles episode, "Upgrade," when the Manhattan Clan gang up on the Coyote robot and Goliath rips out and squishes the controlling head, the rest of the robot gets up and blindly flails "Destroy, Destroy..." before being flattened by a subway train.
- The Bat-Bots in Batman: The Brave and the Bold end up chanting Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. when Black Mask's guy Taboo reprograms them for evil.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog had a Monster of the Week that was a cruise-missile-delivered carrot that turned into a bomb. Anyone who ate the carrot began inflating to house-busting proportions before exploding themselves, and Courage had to dive through Murial's body to find the tumor-like carrot growth and shut it down. No, it does not make any more sense in context. However, when Courage gets inside, for some reason the carrot can talk, is wearing an army helmet and badge, and is chanting "Grow! Expand! Explode!" in ever-increasing volume and excitement.
- In an episode of Class of 3000, the kids decided to replace all their teachers with celebrities. Their new dance teacher, a parody of Optimus Prime, kept shouting this phrase as he pirouetted through walls.
- In the Family Guy episode "Hannah Banana", Brian and Stewie find that Miley Cyrus is actually an android. At Brian's suggestion, Stewie tries reprogramming her so Brian can have sex with her, but instead she goes haywire and starts running around saying "MILEY SMASH!"
- In another episode, Peter vies for a promotion by having a robot do paperwork for him, which he assures his boss has no emotions and is programmed never to harm humans. It then proceeds to throttle Peter while shouting "Angry!"
- The GICU 2 from Super Ducktales:
"Intruders! HURT! MAIM! DESTROY!"
- In an episode of CatDog, Winslow has a red robot that shoots lasers from its head while saying "Exterminate and destroy!" In the end, turns out that he controls the robot inside its head.