Maybe it's [[Franchise/StarWars a protocol droid hardwired to be neurotic.]] Maybe it's [[ShortCircuit a malfunctioning AI]] who happens to do a mean [[TheThreeStooges Shem.]] Maybe it's got a few screws loose. However it happened, it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ([[AccidentalPun no pun intended]]).

In works of fiction, a robot can serve as comedy relief because of its basic inability to understand humanity, often ComicallyMissingThePoint or [[LiteralMinded 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 RidiculouslyHumanRobot descending into the UncannyValley.

Often overlaps with RobotBuddy, and can be a subtrope to AmusingAlien.
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!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* Nono, the robotic SmallAnnoyingCreature from ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** In the original series, roughly half of Yugi's deck (when Yami isn't helping him) consists of CuteMachines and funny robots, the most popular ones among players being [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Gadget the]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Yellow_Gadget three]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Green_Gadget Gadgets.]]
** Sho's monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' were called Vehicroids, a bunch of goofy toy vehicles from tricycles to bullet trains to space shuttles. All [[CuteMachines are downright adorable and good for a chuckle...]] Just [[BewareTheSillyOnes don't underestimate them.]]
** They never appeared in the anime, but the Wind-Ups while not Machines (most of them) were an archetype of monsters that you couldn't help but find humor potential in. (Unless you were a victim of [[TierInducedScrappy the Wind-Up Loop]] which fortunately, can no longer be done.)
* Orbital 7, Kaito's RobotBuddy in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' doesn't ''intend'' to be funny, but he often winds up the comic relief anyway, becoming a ButtMonkey 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.)
* R Ichirou Tanaka from the manga and OVA ''Kyuukyoku Choujin R''. He is a robot (or rather, an android) fifteen-year old boy [[RobotBuddy attending a high school alongside human teens]]. He [[TrademarkFavoriteFood only eats rice]], is rather LiteralMinded, and tends to [[ExorcistHead turn his head around 180 degrees]], take off his body parts or get off his bicycle without stopping it first. His backstory is a homage to ''Manga/AstroBoy''.

[[AC:{{Comic Strips}}]]
* More like a "Funny AI System" than a Funny Robot, but {{Garfield}}'s frequent nemesis is his talking bathroom scale, a DeadpanSnarker who constantly makes fun of his weight.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Robbie the Robot from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' was likely the UrExample of this Trope and probably RobotBuddy too. The equivalent of Ariel (seeing as the movie is believed to have been loosely based on Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'') Robbie was one of the first robots in cinema to have a personality of his own, and he was somewhat of a DeadpanSnarker too.
* B.E.N. from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' 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 ''Film/{{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 ''Franchise/StarWars'' 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 ''ShortCircuit'' films is a [[AIIsACrapshoot malfunctioning A.I.]] who reprograms himself in large part by watching late-night television.
* WesternAnimation/WallE's fundamental misunderstanding of human cultures is often as humorous as it is heart-breaking.

[[AC:{{Live Action TV}}]]
* The Robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'' often filled this role. He may have only frantically shouted "Danger, Will Robinson!" ''once'', (in ("The Deadliest of the Species", and the word "danger" was only said once) but it had a lot of other moments, often in his attempts to be serious.
* Data of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is, sadly, [[CannotTellAJoke not programmed with a sense of humor,]] which doesn't stop him from often being [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny the funniest character on the show.]]
* [[RobotBuddy Twiki]] from ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'' was likely cast with comic relief in mind. In fact, even though he can pilot a fighter jet and pick locks, the fact that he can put a smile on the face of almost every member of the overly serious cast (something Buck can rarely do) makes his sense of humor his most valuable trait.
* K9. Originally from classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' and eventually spinning off to [[Series/{{K9}} his own short-lived series]], K9 was plucky, brave, and well-nigh indestructible--a combination that made him both adorable and frequently hilarious.
* [[RobotBuddy Alpha 5]] from the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (and later ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'') was more often than not comic relief for the team. ([[CatchPhrase "Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!"]])
* Crow was no-doubt the funniest ''character'' on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The biggest DeadpanSnarker in a cast full of them, and when HilarityEnsues, he's likely the one who started it.
* Lampshaded that TheDoctor hates funny robots in ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''The Waters of Mars''.
--> '''Funny Robot:''' Gadget Gadget
--> '''The Doctor:''' Does it have to keep saying that?
--> '''Roman Groom:''' I think it's funny.
--> '''The Doctor:''' I hate funny robots.
---> later
--> '''The Doctor:''' I hate robots. Did I say?
--> '''Roman:''' Yeah, and he's not too fond of you. What's wrong with robots?
--> '''The Doctor:''' It's not the robots, it's the people. Dressing them up and giving them silly voices, like you're reducing them.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* The members of the band SteamPoweredGiraffe play as robots onstage. They frequently break into comedy routines between songs.

[[AC:{{Video Games}}]]
* The comic relief from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is Claptrap, a robot shaped like an inverted triangle on one wheel with [[SirSwearsALot a foul mouth]] and a bad attitude. He's annoying, sure, but you can't help but find the guy funny.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''
** In [[VideoGame/PortalTwo the second game]], Wheatley is like this. [[spoiler:Sure, he's trying to kill Chell, but his attempts are so ''dumb'' that he's LaughablyEvil and outright hilarious. (It helps that he's voiced by British comedian Stephen Merchant.)]]
* For that matter, GLaDOS can be rather funny too in both games [[BlackHumor in a rather grim way]], although while the way she taunts and goads Chell may be funny to the player, it's likely not all that funny to Chell.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Fallout 3]]'', one of the amenities in the player's house in Megaton or Tenpenny Tower is a robot butler. In addition to various functions useful to the player, he tells jokes when requested.

[[AC:{{Web Original}}]]
* Lopez from RedVsBlue acts as a comic relief as the OnlySaneMan. This is further pushed by the fact that he can [[LanguageBarrier only speak Spanish]].

[[AC:{{Web Comics}}]]
* Pintsize from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' 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.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', listing the robots ''without'' comedic traits would be easier, given the nature of the show. Still, Bender probably has the most humor potential, being part of the main cast, and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Futurama his entry on the show's character sheet gives numerous reasons why.]]
* Karen from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is Plankton's [[DeadpanSnarker 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 ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' 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 ''TheJetsons''. A domestic-bot in a futuristic world, her humor often came from often being more rational and cool-headed than her human owners.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRobonicStooges''. They're TheThreeStooges as androids, with all the [[HilarityEnsues slapstick humor]] that the originals did, only far more high-tech.