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
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- Dr. Will Magnus, creator of the Metal Men.
- The Mad Thinker from Fantastic Four.
- Toyman from Superman.
- Justice League of America's Dr. T.O. Morrow.
- Alistaire Smythe, creator of the Spider-Slayers.
- Also minor Spidey antagonists Armada and Future Max.
- And minor character Mendel Stromm, who actually calls himself "Robot Master".
- Dr. Abel Stack, who built Aaron Stack the Machine Man. He also helped build all the previous robots in Aaron's series, who all went mad. The reason Aaron turned out all right is that Abel actually raised him as a son.
- Bolivar Trask, creator of the X-Men's robot nemeses, the Sentinels.
- The (possible) Trope Namer from Marvel's The Transformers comic is actually an invocation of this trope: failing comic-book writer Donny Finkelberg is enlisted by the government to pose as the "Robot Master" and make threatening speeches on TV taking responsibility for the Decepticons' actions, to keep the population from panicking. Hilarity Ensues when the 'cons found out that some dumb squishy was pretending to be their master. In fact, when Megatron awakens, he decides to keep Finkleberg around to continue the charade, since he could make it look like all robots are under his control, making it harder for the Autobots to enlist human allies. It doesn't quite work in the long run, since it's kind of hard to explain why one guy would have two sets of robots fighting each other, but it becomes moot when Finkleberg manages to escape.
- Despite being a robot himself, Ultron would certainly count. He built the Vision, Jocasta, Victorius,and Alkhema, as well as countless duplicates of himself—usually just replacement bodies for when he inevitably gets destroyed at the end of each appearance, but he has built armies of these duplicates on a couple of occasions (with the predicatable Conservation of Ninjutsu in full effect).
- The Followers of the Light from Marvel's Shogun Warriors comic.
- Tyranik from Archie Comics's ManTech series.
- The Katayanagi twins from the Scott Pilgrim series, though the building itself happens off-screen. In the comics, anyway; the film changed them to techno-themed Musical Assassins
- Baxter Stockman from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics is a computer expert who builds small "Mouser" robots and uses them to commit crimes.
Live Action TV
Manhwa and Korean Animation
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doctor Steel, creating an army of giant robots, and having a robot band. And a lot of robot toys.
- Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown.
- The Quintessons from The Transformers.
- The supercomputer TORQ-III from the episode "Day Of the Machines" is described as a "machine that can build other machines." When Megatron reprograms TORQ to be hostile, TORQ commands all of the robots he's built to go on a rampage.
- Ming's flunky Dr. Tav from the 1970's Flash Gordon cartoon. Dr. Tav invented Ming's army of Mecha-Mooks.
- Though he has many other accomplishments, Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory is constantly building robots.
- Tobey from WordGirl, with his mega-giant-attack robots.
- Transformers Animated's Isaac Sumdac, who reverse engineered technology from Megatron's head, resulting in Detroit being a center of robot production.
- Dr. Von Richter from Cybersix specialized in biological androids.
- DuckTales: Gyro Gearloose. Scrooge McDuck has specifically forbidden Gyro from making robots, because A.I. Is a Crapshoot and his robots always seem to go berserk.
- That said, Gyro often goes ahead and makes robots anyway for one reason or another, with predictable results. This may be a moot point anyway, as at least once he attempted to get around this by building piloted robots to get around the restriction, and rather than causing mayhem on it's own, the Beagle Boys simply stole them and caused mayhem anyway.
- But when your greatest invention is Gizmoduck, erstwhile protector of Duckburg and oft times ally of Darkwing Duck, you get some cred.
- Ziv Zoolander from the appropriately titled The BOTS Master.
- In Bolts And Blip, all the robots on the Moon were built by Dr. Tommy, except the evil Mecha-Mooks who were built by Dr. Blood.
- Nora Wakeman, Jenny's "Mom" from from ''My Life as a Teenage Robot."
- Dr. Nightmare, a Space Ghost villain who built Mechanical Monsters.