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, where the machine fails to be cute, and Mechanical Monster, who doesn't even bother trying.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Tachikomas from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Cutest Spider Tanks ever. Also designated Badass Adorable, given that they're capable of taking down opponents several times their size. Without weapons. With them, they're essentially an urban Act Of God.
  • Some of the robots in Astro Boy and Pluto. Even the more overtly robotic ones, like Anton can be adorable.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Sho's Vehicroid monsters which feature various vehicles from tricycles to bullet trains. All of which are adorable...and badass.
    • In the card game, there is the Gadgets and, while not Machine-type, Wind-Ups are certainly mechanical in appearance.
  • The Haros from Gundam.
    • SD Gundams veer between this and Badass Adorable.
    • The red Haro in Gundam 00 is also quite the Badass Adorable, being able to stop an attempt to steal the O-Raiser by hiding in the cockpit and initiating the Transformation Sequence in the middle of the villain's escape.
    • HARO-BE (usually called Nobell) from Gundam Reconguista In G is as cute as its Haro cousins, of course. However, the G-Self is also much cuter than your typical Gundam, with its wide eyes, oversized head, and "bunny" ears. It was sent to find and guard a pair of lost children on Earth, so that might be deliberate.
    • Don't forget the Beargguy III and Beargguy F from Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try.
  • Aside from the Viewer Gender Confusion, almost all of the doji from Karakuridouji Ultimo are very cute.
  • Eneru's cover story in One Piece has the Spaceys, little robot creatures that live on the moon.
  • Along with Chobits' full size Persocoms, there are smaller, cheaper models like Shinbo's overly-perky Sumomo. Kotoko is a snarkier example.
  • Space Dandy has QT, Dandy's yellow vacuum cleaner and Robot Buddy who serves as a foil of his.
  • Nono from Ulysses 31.
  • The small cockroach-exterminating robot dolls from Ichigeki Sacchu!! Hoihoi-san are made adorable, with childlike proportions, to help them sell better.

    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.
  • Mark VII in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier fanfic ''re: I'm keeping him.'' is a little beeping box on wheels with the personality of a border collie. It functions like a robotic psychiatric service dog.

    Films — Animation 
  • Wall E is probably the Trope Codifier. See image above.
  • The cast of 9. Go ahead, just try and tell me they aren't cute.
  • LaRousse City's block robots from Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys. Not so cute when they malfunction and start flooding the city.
  • Several of the appliances in The Brave Little Toaster, most notably Toaster, Blanky, and Lampy.
  • In Big Hero 6, Baymax is a huge inflatable robot designed to function as a nurse and probably the best example since WALL•E's protagonist bots. His appearance and behavior are intended to make him as gentle and non-threatening as possible, to the point of being completely incapable of hurting anyone without significant modifications. His exterior sits comfortably on the high point before the uncanny valley, being loosely humanoid with only some simple black eyes to hint at a face on his marshmallow head. His personality and voice are as kind and friendly as can be before turning annoying.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Johnny Five from Short Circuit.
  • Star Wars:
    • C-3PO and R2-D2 are the Trope Makers.
    • The Death Star's "Mouse" droids. (Of course, Chewbacca had a different opinion.)
    • BB-8, which is like taking the top of R2-D2 and sticking it onto a sphere that it uses for mobility.
  • Herbie, and 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.
  • 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.
  • Iron Man: 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.
  • Chappie, it's kinda hard to watch a robot that acts like a child, has moral values, and walks around in bling and not find it adorable.
  • Weebo, from Flubber, a small, hovering droid with a flip-up screen that shows pictures and video clips when she's snarking. After her death at the hands of Hoenicker's henchmen, her "daughter," Weebette, proves to be even cuter.

  • 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 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.



    Tabletop Games 
  • Most Myr in Magic: The Gathering. Alloy Myr, Perilous Myr and Brass Squire in particular.
  • Arbiter inevitables in Pathfinder. Little ball-shaped semi-robotic Lawful Neutral outsiders that can serve as familiars.
    • Also from Pathfinder, the Clockwork Spy. Why anyone would WANT them to explode, we have no idea.
  • Some of the illustrations of modrons in Planescape are ridiculously cute, particularly the monodrone flipbook hidden in the corner of one. (Of course, modrons who evolve into the higher levels of the hierarchy aren't cute at all.)

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

    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 it's just that.
  • The small, stage one turret gun in Team Fortress 2 (if you happen to be the engineer who built it). It's about waist high, rounded and pleasantly industrial in construction, team-colored, and makes the most adorable high-pitched beeps.
    • The Gunslinger unlockable weapon replaces the normal upgradeable sentry with an even smaller Mini Sentry- a tinier level 1 sentry that's no more than knee high, has a flashing hazard light taped to the top, and checkerboard paint on its drum magazine. Its beeps are even higher pitched, and its machinegun proportionally smaller and faster-firing. Everything about it is just adorable, which is impressive for a completely non-humanoid tripod gun without any sort of voice.
  • 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.
  • Chibi-Robos are appropriately-named tiny Robot Maids that help people and Living Toys with their problems to earn Happy Points. The Robot Buddies they come with usually count as well.
  • 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 them talking 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.
  • Protoss Probes from StarCraft, like Heroes of the Storm's Probius, can be quite cute.
  • In BioShock, 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. Over the years, the designs got gradually less cutesy and more threatening before settling on a mix of both as of Sonic Unleashed.
    • Sonic Lost World brought back several robots from the classic games and gave them more cartoony designs resembling their original concept arts. Even Egg Pawns, who were already cute to begin with, recieved a redesign!
    • 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.
  • Both Codsworth and Curie from Fallout 4 are the three-armed, three-eyed Mister Handy utility robots, and they are possible companions for the player. They're also both Adorkable in character, with Codsworth being "loyal British butler" adorable and Curie being "cute French scientist" adorable. Even better, the two robots can meet and interact, and they're both so polite and friendly to each other it borders on Tastes Like Diabetes, plus with the way Codsworth's "eyes" widen when he sees Curie it's implied he has something of a crush on her.
  • Most ROMs in Read Only Memories are this, which makes sense given they are mainly consumer products.
  • QQQ from F-Zero GX, the little robotic sidekick to Phoenix.
  • The Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout: New Vegas has ED-E. Unlike its counterpart in the main game, this eyebot has a personality. It communicates with electronic beeps that the Courier is somehow able to understand, it displays emotions like happiness, sadness and fear simply by how it shakes, and it has a taste for old world TV shows.
  • While many of the robots in SOMA can be utterly terrifying, the little mini-sub bot that you rescue early on in the game is definitely this. You quickly fall in love with its adorable little beeps and clicks, and it helps you on numerous occasions.
  • Scavenger 'bots from Dead Space 3 are turtlish little robots that scamper around making beepy noises while looking for scrap to bring you. If you're lucky, you can see them zipping into the nearest Bench. If really lucky, you won't be fighting for your life when it happens.
  • World of Tanks. Yes even Tanks can be cute.
    • The Panzerspahwagen II Luchs features stubby proportions and incredible agility that earn the nicknames Puppy Tank and Murderkitten. And it's 30mm autocannon has good enough penetration to be a terror if gets a free run on the enemies' flank. The M24 Chaffee has similar cute credentials but does not contest the nickname.
    • The hulking T29 American heavy tank boasts basically impenetrable frontal turret armour, a powerful gun and decent mobility that make it a potent, versatile threat. And two little 'ears' (coincidence rangefinders) on the side of the large turret that earn it some cute credentials for many fans.
    • The AMX 40 is a tier 4 light tank with armour that would be good on a tier 5 heavy and bears a resemblance to a rubber duck, which is it's nickname.
    • Overwatch has Snowball, Mei's weather modification drone and Robot Buddy. There's also the Omnic Orisa, given her very emotive eyes and Adorkable personality.

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