Cute Machines


"I have no idea what they're saying. But I love 'em! Look how cute you are!"
Jinmay (meeting the Super Robot Monkeys for the first time), Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

Sometimes, a robotic character, despite its composition of hard circuits and cold metal, completely melts your heart.

Often just as lovable as their flesh and blood counterparts, these little guys/gals steal the show and the audience's affection.

The name of this trope comes from a song by Scars On Broadway.

Sometimes overlaps with Robot Buddy, Funny Robot, Amusing Alien, Fem Bot, and Robot Girl.

Contrast Uncanny Valley.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Many of the Toymaker's creations in Fall Out Toy Works.
  • The Peebos in the Gold Digger universe.
  • Inventor Gyro Gearloose in the Donald Duck comics had Helper, a tiny robot with a lightbulb for a head.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Abridged Series Friendship is Witchcraft a significant portion of the population are apparently robots, who upon discovering their true nature, will go on a horrible rampage. Before hand, however, they're basically indistinguishable from regular ponies (if one ignores their monotone voices, tendency to spark and glitch out). Somehow, Sweetie-Bot manages to be even more adorable than her canon counterpart.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Servbots and Metools are regarded as adorable even in-universe.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, there's Servbots, Birdbots, and Metools.

  • WALL•E is probably the Trope Codifier. See image above.
  • Johnny Five from Short Circuit.
  • C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars are the Trope Makers.
    • The Death Star's 'Mouse' droids.
  • Herbie.
    • Volkswagen Beetles in general.
  • Bumblebee from Transformers has been accused in-universe of invoking this intentionally.
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Silent Running.
  • *batteries not included. Two Cute Machines spawn three more.
  • The cast of 9. Go ahead, just try and tell me they aren't cute.
  • LaRousse City's block robots from Pokemon Destiny Deoxys
  • Several of the appliances in The Brave Little Toaster, most notably Toaster, Blanky, and Lampy.
  • In the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, they've given Marvin rounded proportions and an oversized head, making him deceptively cuddly-looking.
  • Dummy, the robot that assists Tony in creating his suit, is adorable. This is an interesting case in that the machine has almost no human qualities except for bolts that look like eyes, but it is made cute by its behavior.
  • In Big Hero 6, Baymax is a huge inflatable robot designed to provide medical care to injured people. His appearance and behavior are intended to make him as gentle and non-threatening as possible.

  • Ani-droids in Argo are designed to look like animals so they can be cute instead of threatening to humans who would otherwise be uncomfortable with them.

    Live-Action Television 


  • The Matoran in BIONICLE.
  • Pretty much every toy robot made for small children.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theme Parks 
  • G-bot, the satellite robot in the Universal Studios Japan ride Space Fantasy: The Ride.

  • The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are quite the cuties, what with Rabbit's love of puns, The Spine's attempts to act as the straight man, and Hatchworth's general cluelessness.

    Video Games 
  • The titular tanks from Metal Slug.
  • Clank from Ratchet & Clank.
  • Dog from Half-Life 2. Hulking great brute, but cute in his behaviour.
  • Portal's robotic gun turrets, as well as GLaDOS' curiosity core.
    • From the sequel, we get the personality core Wheatley, and Atlas and P-body from the new Co-op mode (adapted from a core and turret, respectively). Atlas and P-Body may not be as small and adorable as the others, but make up for it with their mannerisms.
      • The 'different' turret at the beginning of the game fits this trope especially well.
      • So do the remarkably pathetic frankenturrets: they're basically a pair of turrets hastily fused to a cube. They can't stand or talk but crawl along feebly with their two wonky forelimbs, and they'll shiver and retreat into their cube/shell when you pick them up. These things basically behave like scared hermit crabs, and are strangely, sadly adorable for it.
    • The Weighted Companion Cube deserves a mention here, even though he's just that.
  • The small, stage one turret gun in Team Fortress 2 (if you happen to be the engineer who built it).
    • The Gunslinger unlockable weapon replaces the normal upgradeable sentry with an even smaller turret that can't be upgraded but builds faster. It's similarly stinkin' adorable.
  • The depressed/scared looking, little RC robot in Sheep, Dog 'n' Wolf.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 features the Metal Gear Mk. II (eventually replaced by the similar Mk. III), a ridiculously cute miniature version of the titular battle tank that serves as Snake's Robot Buddy, piloted by Otacon. It's also directly based on the Metal Gear Mk. II from Snatcher, which looked exactly like it, and served a similar role to that game's protagonist, Gillian Seed.
  • R.O.B. from Super Smash Bros. qualifies.
  • The Mecha Grunty from .hack//G.U. games.
  • Mega Man and especially Roll, though their cuteness probably fits them into just plain Moe. Some of the enemies as well, such as the Mets.
    • Most of the robot masters qualify to an extent, especially the shorter ones (such as Ice Man and Heat Man).
  • The Badass Adorable bomb-chucking Bomberman with his cute little computer monitor face that becomes (n n) when he's happy.
  • C21 and its sequel Cosmic Break are filled with examples. Running the full spectrum from this trope up to Ridiculously Human Robots.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect has the Sweet Suck PPT Cleaning Robot in the "Breaking and Entering" level (skip to 4:30). Its a chatty little bastard too! Just imagine it saying this in a C3-PO-esque voice ~ "I am the Sweet Suck PPT cleaning robot, I am ideal for both office and domestic use, no job is too small. I love filth, and my full range of accessories ensure no crevice is left untouched. I bring a smile to any owner's lips". It scoots across the floor with a little street sweeping brush on its fanny!
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features Ancient Robots.
  • Floyd!
  • Pipo from Over Blood.
  • Sackbots from LittleBigPlanet.
  • The Gearmos from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • The titular character of Chibi-Robo, along with his various sidekicks.
  • The player character in Drol.
  • The "Cheoptronic" door-opening robot from The Riddle Of The Sphinx is cute, if only because it's dinky-little and so prone to getting hung up on rough surfaces that it's kinda pathetic.
  • The claptrap robots in Borderlands, sure some may find them rather annoying due to they talk too much but some others find them cute, especially with their humorous voice.
  • Though he technically isn't a machine, the eponymous protagonist of Knack is still this in his default (small) form.
  • The titular robot from the game Light-Bot. He's even more cute in the (as of writing in alpha) remake.
  • The AR Bots in the pre-loaded PS4 augmented reality game, The PlayRoom. They seem inspired by EVE, mentioned above.
  • The funky, cross-eyed title character B.O.B..
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies has two robot characters in the fifth case, Ponco and Clonco. Both are short, eager to please, happy to make friends, and get upset if they can't help you. The Judge finds Ponco positively adorable and wants to adopt her as a grandchild. Clonco gets slightly less cute when Aura takes him over. Their personalities were designed by their creator, Metis, who thought that when astronauts go to space, the robots will go with them, and having them as emotional companions will help the astronauts psychologically.
  • Doki-Doki Universe features a number of cute robots, though the most obvious is the main character QT3.
  • In BioShock 1, those little helicopter droids that fly around making farty noises as they go by are kinda smile-inducing when they aren't shooting you.
  • In Virtue's Last Reward, after The Reveal, Luna counts as this.
  • Verrocchio from Nanami no Oshiete English DS series.
  • Many of Dr. Eggman's earliest robots had whimsical, animal-themed designs. They likely should have gotten a little more menacing with Sonic's increasing popularity in America, but they've still remained "cute." The newer Egg Pawns are definitely cute machines.
    • Unrelated to Eggman, we have Q-N-C from Sonic Boom, despite the possible gonk elements of its design by Lyric.
  • Legion from Mass Effect 2. C'mon, admit it.
  • Chronotron from the Web Game of the same name.

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    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Tweenbots, little smiling cardboard robots that can only roll in a straight line, with a flag with its destination written on it. They were created for a social experiment to see whether or not people in busy cities would help the little robots get to their destination. They do.
  • Keepon, the dancing robot.
  • Boxie is a cardboard robot built at MIT. Boxie uses its cute appearance and infantile voice to get people to talk about themselves and take it places. The footage it recorded was made into a short film.
  • The original Apple iMac. So round and friendly-looking, and it came in all kinds of neat colors. It almost looked like a toy, and made you want to collect them all.
  • Do guns count as machines? Regardless, the Smith and Wesson .38 Revolver is one adorable little lead-thrower.
  • Pa Pe Ro [1] functions as the user's companion. Its cuteness is important as it helps ease the user.
  • MEDi, a robot from the University of Calgary, not only looks cute, but is also meant to soothe and interact with children getting vaccines. Also, tai chi.
  • Say hello to T8 the 3D-printed Octoped robot. It's a Cyber Cyclops Giant Spider which is only too happy to dance for you. Even some of those who believe Spiders Are Scary have said that they don't feel threatened by T8, possibly because its very first action after walking into view is eagerly shimmying its abdomen like a dog its wagging its tail.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle, and many other small cars since. Particularly in the era of standard-sized round headlights that gave smaller cars childlike big "eyes".