Robot Master
Not just a badly-dressed dork, but a badly-dressed dork with his own Humongous Mecha

A scientist who specializes in building or maintaining robots.

If he is a Mad Scientist, this skill will probably manifest as an ability to effortlessly manufacture Mecha Mooks in bulk. Robots don't have to be his only area of expertise (as a mad scientist, he's probably also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist), but he's a Robot Master if robot-making is far and away his most commonly displayed skill. For instance, Doctor Doom is a scientist who builds robots periodically, but fellow Fantastic Four enemy the Mad Thinker builds robots virtually every time he appears.

Just building one robot doesn't qualify you for this trope. This is for people whose resumés are more than 50% taken up with robot-building or at least robot-fixing.

Not to be confused with the Mega Man Robot Masters, though this trope does apply to their creators.

May or may not overlap with Marionette Master. Compare with Wicked Toymaker.


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    Tabletop Games 
  • Champions:
    • Robot Gladiators supplement. Dr. Anton Wolcott, Chief Roboticist of the Interstellar Gladiator Authority.
    • Mechanon probably counts: as a robot, he used automated factories to make improved versions of himself.
  • Evil Sorcerer variant: Xin, the High King of ancient Thassilon in Pathfinder, was enamored with powerful clockwork automatons, and in fact was entombed in a "living" clockwork sarcophagus.
    • House Ardoc in the city of Kaer Maga specializes in animating golems and other magical constructs.
  • The wizard Trioband in Forgotten Realms, who created various specialized metal automatons.
  • In Sentinels Of The Multiverse, the villain Omnitron builds Drones to fight the heroes, while the hero Unity creates mechanical golems that do her fighting for her.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Both of Tezzeret's planeswalker cards have abilities that search the player's deck for artifacts and turn them into powerful creatures.

    Video Games 
  • Dr. Wily and Dr. Light from the Mega Man games, whose main robots are coincidentally known as Robot Masters.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's diabolical Doctor Robotnik, whose portfolio includes trying to turn everyone in the world into a robot.
  • Lord Agony from Lock's Quest.
  • In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, we have Bruno, who built ALL of the inhabitants of St. Mystere with the exception of the late Baron Reinhold's daughter, Flora
  • Purge from Space Channel 5 Part 2 makes hundreds of robots to face off against Ulala. Apparently he's so talented, he mass-produced the Peace Carrier 8 times in under a day.
  • Robotics Masterminds in City of Heroes/Villains are playable robot masters.
  • Gaige the Mechromancer and her Killer Robot / Science Fair project D374-TP a.k.a. "Deathtrap" from Borderlands 2.
  • In theory, this is 0's job in Big MT in Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues. In practice, while he's not too bad at the mechanical side of things (his modification of RobCo's Securitrons are more powerful, despite having been in the open seemingly without maintenance for centuries), his software skills are... not quite up to the task (his robots either a) have gone berserk or b) hates their job). Mr. House of New Vegas has elements of this himself — while his skills extended quite a bit beyond robots, it was a major focus of him and the company he created, RobCo, and in the modern day his influence on the outside world mainly occurs through controlled and sometimes modified Securitrons.

    Web Comics 
  • Agatha Heterodyne of Girl Genius.
  • In Homestuck the Troll Equius Zahhak is quite skilled at building robots and cybernetic limbs. He does this so that he can blow off steam by fighting killer robots.
  • Rika, a British example from RPG World
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Sean "Dark Smoke Puncher" McNinja likes to build robot animals with laser vision and stuff. Their main job is to guard the family home, but that's just an excuse—he just likes making the suckers.
  • Molly from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! builds lots of robots, mostly for fun. Only one of them has turned out sentient - the one made out of a milking machine. Two of the others were made of snow; and of those, one could transform into a giant ice ballista. Yes.

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  • Doctor Steel, creating an army of giant robots, and having a robot band. And a lot of robot toys.

    Western Animation