"Two robots walk into an eating establishment... and destroy all humans!"
or other physically autonomous machine guided by a level of intelligence
and a homicidal urge to Kill All Humans
. Prone to ending sentences with exclamation points as well as Spock Speak
. Killer Robots are so common because A.I. Is a Crapshoot
Humanoid killer robots abound, such as the original R.U.R.
, or those in Doctor Who
's subtly named serial The Robots of Death
. However, killing machines come in all shapes and sizes; from robotic dreadnoughts in space to airborne robo-fighters, through small drones and down to microscopic or even nanoscopic killers
Although the traditional versions of this trope were robots built in a Mad Scientist Laboratory
who Turned Against Their Masters
, today a more common plot involves the villain finding and turning the switch
on a kid's Robot Buddy
from "good" to "evil", forcing the cast to destroy them. Especially scary
because this was a good friend who has become completely heartless and bent on death.
are capable of veering into this, but generally tend to skimp on the Spock Speak
in favor of something a bit more colorful.
See Second Law My Ass
for a milder form of this behavior.