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
Anime and Manga
- 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.
- Prince Robot IV (and several others of his race) from Brian K. Vaughan's Saga. His father, King Robot, is a gigantic flat screen TV robot.
- Walter from Judge Dredd. When he's distressed, his face projects static.
- 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◊.
- 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, 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, and every single one of them does not tolerate broken rules, not even the receptionist.