Maybe it's a protocol droid hardwired to be neurotic.
Maybe it's a malfunctioning AI
who happens to do a mean Shem.
Maybe it's got a few screws loose. However it happened, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin
(no pun intended
In works of fiction, a robot can serves as comedy relief because of its basic inability to understand humanity, often Comically Missing the Point
or taking things too literally
. These fundamental misunderstandings can poke fun at the general incomprehensible nature of human interaction in the way only a true outsider can . . . or maybe it's just the funny voice, the clunky walk, or the random gizmos they can sometimes produce. Humor can also soften the risk of a Ridiculously Human Robot
descending into the Uncanny Valley
Often overlaps with Robot Buddy
, and can be a subtrope to Amusing Alien
- Nono, the robotic Small Annoying Creature from Ulysses 31.
- Orbital 7, Kaito's Robot Buddy in Yu Gi Oh Zexal doesn't intend to be funny, but he often winds up the comic relief anyway, becoming a Butt Monkey more often than not. (For example, when he switches to "combat mode", he's a clumsy fighter, getting the drills he uses as weapons jammed and winding up in embarrassing situations more often than not.)
- More like a "Funny AI System" than a Funny Robot, but Garfield's frequent nemesis is his talking bathroom scale, a Deadpan Snarker who constantly makes fun of his weight.
- B.E.N. from Treasure Planet is a bit scatterbrained from being marooned on a desert island. He constantly yelling at random moments which gets his friends in trouble in a few cases.
- Skids and Mudflap from Transformers are two bumbling jiving-talking robots. They're characterized by their cowardice and stupidity in contrast to the other heroic Autobots. Their faces in robot mode look like early 20th century portrayal of African-Americans — buck teeth, bulging eyes, and large ears. One of them has a gold tooth. They bust out ghetto slang constantly, and even threaten to "pop a cap" in someone's ass.
- R2D2 and C3PO from Star Wars are likely to be Trope Codifiers. C3PO is somewhat more funny than R2, but they both have a lot of comic relief moments.
- Johnny 5 of the Short Circuit films is a malfunctioning A.I. who reprograms himself in large part by watching late-night television.
- WALL•E's fundamental misunderstanding of human cultures is often as humorous as it is heart-breaking.
- The members of the band Steam Powered Giraffe play as robots onstage. They frequently break into comedy routines between songs.
- Pintsize from Questionable Content has A.I. advanced enough to have mastered making jokes about body parts he doesn't even possess and spends quite a lot of time lurking in the depths of 4Chan.
- Karen from SpongeBob SquarePants is Plankton's snarky robotic wife, who criticizes and points out flaws in Plankton's schemes (not that it stops him from going through with them).
- GIR from Invader Zim is extremely hyperactive, eats just about anything (edible or not), often spouts out random nonsense, and wears a green dog suit. His behavior isn't normal for a robot of his make since unlike the other SIR Units his brain consists of pocket lint, a paperclip, a penny, and a marble.
- Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons. A domestic-bot in a futuristic world, her humor often came from often being more rational and cool-headed than her human owners.
- The Robonic Stooges. They're The Three Stooges as androids. Self-explanatory.