Some robots have it easy; these robots have a mission. They are specifically made for spying or espionage missions. They dodge bullets, perform recon, shape-shift, whatever is necessary to find out what someone else doesn't want them to know. While their design can overlap with the Surveillance Drone
, they are more closely related to Androids and Detectives
Anime and Manga
- Truth in Television: Modern scout drones are basically this, except remotely-operated. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine the possibility of autonomous scouting drones - true "spy robots" - in the near future.
- Global Hawk
- Dark Conspiracy supplement Darktek.
- Snoopbot: 200 kg, built like a trashcan with three legs. Has a full detection/analysis suite and an expert system AI.
- Probe Drone: used for exploring hazardous areas. Has brackets for mounting sensor modules.
- Shadowrun: many drones fit this description.
- Robobugs in GURPS: Ultra-Tech are good for this. The much larger nanomorph is basically James Bond with superpowers.