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.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- The Geneon dub of Lupin III (Red Jacket) once had a mechanical fly serve as a listening device. Jigen describes it as "a flying pun".
- Snooper, Q's experimental robot dog, from A View to a Kill
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: Darth Maul's droids.
- Hymie from Get Smart
- 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.
- The beginning mission of Perfect Dark Zero features one of these.
- In Team Fortress 2, one type of robot that appears in Mann Vs. Machine is a robot version of the Spy.
- The Spy and Advanced Spy from Machines can plant mines and steal enemy research.
- Killer Evil Death Spybot 5000 from Adventurers.
- The eponymous device in the Jonny Quest TOS episode "The Robot Spy".
Dr. Zin: Once inside your laboratory, it gathers information through these antennae and stores it in a memory bank and brings it back to me.
- Clank from the Ratchet & Clank series stars in Secret Agent Clank as one of these.
- The eponymous robot from The Zeta Project, spun off from Batman Beyond. His full name is Infiltration Unit Zeta, which tells you something.
- The various versions of Transformers have had a number of robots on either side of the conflict whose specialties are in espionage, intelligence, and/or surveilance, with personalities and modi operandi spanning the whole gamut, from Prime's Soundwave, an eerily silent hacker and master of surveillance who seems to hear everything to sneaky, snarky Rattrap of Beast Wars, who relies on quick wits, a handful of built-in gadgets, and a distaste for fair play to keep his skidplate intact while behind enemy lines, to the deep-cover spy Shockwave of Animated, a Decepticon double agent who has an Autobot named Longarm as one of his alternate modes, and in that guise rose to be head of Autobot intelligence.
- They exist in Whateley Universe.