TV Head Robot

Exactly What It Says on the Tin. An automaton, robot or droid with a television set for a head.

Say the technology for synthetic skin has not yet been perfected and you want to avoid the Uncanny Valley. Maybe you don't have much but some spare parts, dwindling funds and a TV at your disposal. Maybe it just looks cool. For whatever reason, this is a robot or other sentient being with a monitor onto which they project images or outright words that are often snarky responses to people interacting with them.

Not to be confused with a sentient AI or a talking computer. This strictly applies to walking automatons.

Often speaks through a variant of Talking with Signs. Compare/contrast Surveillance Drone and The Blank. See also Screens Are Cameras, if they possess the television face, but no discernible sensory equipment with which to actually see.


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  • Several of the Spider-Slayers have this, including the first.
  • Telly, the "son" of Tank and Booga, in Tank Girl.
  • Dr. Arnim Zola, who's preserved himself in a robot body. His face is displayed on a screen in his chest.
  • The people of Planet Robot from Brian K. Vaughan's Saga all have televisions for heads. How modern and decorative a TV head is denotes wealth, and may be a sort of Fantastic Caste System. Commoners like Dengo have very boxy heads with grainy monochrome displays. Nobles like Prince Robot IV, his wife, and their son have sleek heads with clear pictures in color. The leader, King Robot, has a flat screen TV for a head that is twice the height of the rest of his body.
  • Walter from Judge Dredd. When he's distressed, his face projects static.
  • Played from horror in an issue of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: In an alternate universe, the ruling council of Cybertron have replaced the usual means of surgical disfigurement with a new one where the victim's head is replaced with a TV, which they "speak" through. On occasion, it even plays pop-up ads. Eventually it transpires that they're watching people through these screens, and can communicate through them.
  • The New 52 Earth 2 version of Robert Crane (the Golden Age Robotman) has a head comprising a transparent dome containing his brain, with a flatscreen computer monitor on the front.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory tries to become one of these, controlled from his bedroom, to avoid sickness, danger, etc.
  • iTeacher from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
  • 790 from Lexx, whose head mostly consists of three screens.
  • Datas from Tensou Sentai Goseiger is pretty much an arcade machine with arms and legs. The screen is his face by default but can also show anything (such as communications, or whatever the Monster of the Week is up to once detected.)
  • Holly from Red Dwarf normally appears as just a face on a screen, but has on occasion moved around the ship in the form of a wheeled robot with a television screen for a head (most notably in the episode "Queeg", where Holly is usurped and given the duty of night watchman).

  • One of these appears in the music video for the Muse song "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable" from their album The 2nd Law. It's kinda creepy-looking.

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  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: In one first-person area, at the end of a hallway is a Joker mannequin with a TV for a head. It's actually him.
  • In The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, the pentultimate boss has a TV set for a head, and the achievement for beating him is "Smash Your TV".
  • Fallout: New Vegas: The page picture is a Securitron. The face depends on their purpose (and which AI is currently running it). The majority broadcast the picture's bulb-nosed cop, or a soldier if the player takes certain actions, Victor has a stereotypical cowboy, and Yes Man is a smiling face.
  • Everyone (except maybe player character) in Mondo Medicals and Mondo Agency fits this trope.
  • The Bruiser from Doom: Resurrection of Evil has a TV mouth.
  • The Squarians in Level Up.
  • The Drakel Freak enemy from AdventureQuest is a cyborg with a TV for its head, with an organic muzzle protruding from it.
  • One of Metalhead's costumes in Guitar Hero III is one.
  • These show up as an enemy in the N64 South Park game.
  • Robots in Might and Magic III: The Isles of Terra.
  • Telly from Chibi-Robo! is a Robot Buddy that takes his namesake from the fact that he is a tiny flying TV head.
  • The dozens of Vidbots scattered throughout the first dream world of Obsidian. They appear nothing short of televisions on metal poles without any visible means of locomotion, but they can move anyway; their "faces" usually show just the nose and mouth of a human in black and white, some of them have buttons or spindly mechanical arms and hands depending on who does what, and none of them tolerate broken rules, not even the receptionist.
  • Alt from Pop'n Music is a computer monitor-head robot.
  • Undertale:
    • Mettaton is a big metal box on a wheel with a monitor that often shows a big "M". Then you flip his switch, and he ditches this trope.
    • Though he's not really a robot, Photoshop Flowey has a TV for a head, which displays Flowey's crazed face, a real greyscaled human head, and the six human SOULs.
  • Emet from Evolve has a screen for a face with several preset expressions and symbols that he switches between.
  • The enemies in Iron Brigade are the "Tubes", an army of killer TV-headed robots.
  • Dr. Graaff from Iron Marines has a TV face on his torso. It also shows which personality and mode he's currently using — an angry red face for Assault Mode, and a happy green face for Assist Mode.
  • ROBO_Head of Cytus II has a computer monitor for a head.

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