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Common variations of this trope include SpiderTank, TripodTerror, and certain {{Tin Can Robot}}s. Subtrope of {{Robot}}. See also AmbiguousRobots, MechanicalAbomination, EldritchStarship.

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Common variations of this trope include MechanicalInsects, SpiderTank, TripodTerror, and certain {{Tin Can Robot}}s. Subtrope of {{Robot}}. See also AmbiguousRobots, MechanicalAbomination, EldritchStarship.


* The insect-like tracker robots in ''Film/MinorityReport''.
* Many of the droids from ''Franchise/StarWars''. While many come in varieties more akin to the humanoid [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/C-3PO_droid.png C-3PO]], others look like the strange "[[TinCanRobot trash bin on wheels]]" [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/R2-D2_Droid.png R2-D2,]] while others have such surreal designs that it's difficult to compare them to any real life object. For example, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/68/BB8-Fathead.png/revision/latest BB-8]] from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is a rolling ball with a free-moving dome on top. InUniverse, some of the non-humanoid droids that make up the Separatist military are designed after [[StarfishAliens the races that created them]] (the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9d/Droideka-SWE.png/revision/latest?cb=20160910210418 Destroyer Droid]] and [[SchrodingersCanon possibly]] the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/f/f4/Vulture_droid_walk.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090310163219 Vulture Droid's ground mode]]) or some other bizarre creatures from their manufacturers' homeworlds (such as the Techno Union's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1a/Octuptarra_droid.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20060703083253 Octuptarra droids]]).

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* %%* ''Film/MinorityReport'': The insect-like tracker robots in ''Film/MinorityReport''.
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* Many of the droids from ''Franchise/StarWars''. ''Franchise/StarWars'': While many droids come in varieties more akin to the humanoid [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/C-3PO_droid.png C-3PO]], varieties, others look like the strange "[[TinCanRobot astromechs, [[TinCanRobot which resemble trash bin bins on wheels]]" [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/R2-D2_Droid.png R2-D2,]] three wheels]], while others resemble giant arthropods or have such surreal or stylized designs that it's difficult to compare them to any real life object. For example, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/68/BB8-Fathead.png/revision/latest BB-8]] from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is a rolling ball with a free-moving dome on top. InUniverse, some of the non-humanoid droids that make up the Separatist military are designed after [[StarfishAliens the races that created them]] (the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9d/Droideka-SWE.png/revision/latest?cb=20160910210418 Destroyer Droid]] and [[SchrodingersCanon possibly]] the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/f/f4/Vulture_droid_walk.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090310163219 Vulture Droid's ground mode]]) or some other bizarre creatures from their manufacturers' homeworlds (such as the Techno Union's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1a/Octuptarra_droid.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20060703083253 Octuptarra droids]]).



* Only three of the Machine racial portraits in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are humanoid, the rest look like mechanical versions of some of the reptilian, arthropod, avian, fungoid, molluscoid, and even plantoid species in the game. For bonus points, the molluscoid robots look like literal jellyfish, with a glass globe at the top over bionic tentacles.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': Only three of the Machine racial portraits in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are humanoid, the rest look like mechanical versions of some of the reptilian, arthropod, avian, fungoid, molluscoid, and even plantoid species in the game. For bonus points, the molluscoid robots look like literal jellyfish, with a glass globe at the top over bionic tentacles.

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** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriorsAgeOfCalamity'' introduces a diminutive Guardian as an ally of Zelda and the Champions. It basically resembles a smaller, armless version of the Shrine Guardians with the addition of a piston that it moves up and down the top of its "head" to produce vocalizations and even complete melodies.


* Many of the droids from ''Franchise/StarWars''. While many come in varieties more akin to the humanoid [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/C-3PO_droid.png C-3PO]], others look like the strange "[[TinCanRobot trash bin on wheels]]" [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/R2-D2_Droid.png R2-D2,]] while others have such surreal designs that it's difficult to compare them to any real life object. For example, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/68/BB8-Fathead.png/revision/latest BB-8]] from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is a rolling ball with a free-moving dome on top. InUniverse, some of the non-humanoid droids that make up the Separatist military are designed after [[StarfishAlien the races that created them]] (the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9d/Droideka-SWE.png/revision/latest?cb=20160910210418 Destroyer Droid]] and [[SchrodingersCanon possibly]] the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/f/f4/Vulture_droid_walk.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090310163219 Vulture Droid's ground mode]]) or some other bizarre creatures from their manufacturers' homeworlds (such as the Techno Union's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1a/Octuptarra_droid.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20060703083253 Octuptarra droids]]).

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* Many of the droids from ''Franchise/StarWars''. While many come in varieties more akin to the humanoid [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/C-3PO_droid.png C-3PO]], others look like the strange "[[TinCanRobot trash bin on wheels]]" [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/R2-D2_Droid.png R2-D2,]] while others have such surreal designs that it's difficult to compare them to any real life object. For example, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/68/BB8-Fathead.png/revision/latest BB-8]] from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is a rolling ball with a free-moving dome on top. InUniverse, some of the non-humanoid droids that make up the Separatist military are designed after [[StarfishAlien [[StarfishAliens the races that created them]] (the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9d/Droideka-SWE.png/revision/latest?cb=20160910210418 Destroyer Droid]] and [[SchrodingersCanon possibly]] the [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/f/f4/Vulture_droid_walk.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090310163219 Vulture Droid's ground mode]]) or some other bizarre creatures from their manufacturers' homeworlds (such as the Techno Union's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1a/Octuptarra_droid.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20060703083253 Octuptarra droids]]).



* Inverted in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' where the Electric Monk is a starfish robot from the perspective of his StarfishAlien creators but looks human by coincidence.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' where the Electric Monk is a starfish robot from the perspective of his StarfishAlien StarfishAliens creators but looks human by coincidence.


* in Literature/RamaII, one of the robots which maintain the space station is built of replaceable segments and looks like a centipede. When it returns to a spare parts point to exchange damaged legs and tools, Nicole jumps on its back and rides it to the top of he pit to escape. Her weight proves almost too heavy for it, and falls backwards a few times, but otherwise continues to go on. In contrast, other bots shaped like crabs, when captured by the crew, mount first a passive and then an aggressive defense, which ends in [[spoiler: one crew member dead]]. The series has more of them; the robotic surgeon the humans bring s not humanoid, and the robots the crew mistakes for fellow cosmonauts at the end of the book are humanoid they are based off Newton crew members - but from the perspective of the Ramans who built them they are starfish robots.

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* in In Literature/RamaII, one of the robots which maintain the space station is built of replaceable segments and looks like a centipede. When it returns to a spare parts point to exchange damaged legs and tools, Nicole jumps on its back and rides it to the top of he pit to escape. Her weight proves almost too heavy for it, and falls backwards a few times, but otherwise continues to go on. In contrast, other bots shaped like crabs, when captured by the crew, mount first a passive and then an aggressive defense, which ends in [[spoiler: one crew member dead]]. The series has more of them; the robotic surgeon the humans bring s is not humanoid, and the robots the crew mistakes for fellow cosmonauts at the end of the book are humanoid they are based off Newton crew members - but from the perspective of the Ramans who built them they are starfish robots.


* While Zearth, the HumongousMecha piloted by the main cast of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is humanoid, albeit with some arthropod-like features, their opponents include things such as Bayonet, a colossal flying spike; Drum, a massive rolling cylinder that can gain traction on anything; and Gunter, an upside-down hazard-striped cup/meatgrinder with two tentacle-shaped clamps. During one battle, the characters figure out that not even their robot necessarily ''has'', it's just how they'd been using it all that time.

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* While Zearth, the HumongousMecha piloted by the main cast of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is humanoid, albeit with some arthropod-like features, their opponents include things such as Bayonet, a colossal flying spike; Drum, a massive rolling cylinder that can gain traction on anything; and Gunter, an upside-down hazard-striped cup/meatgrinder with two tentacle-shaped clamps. During one battle, the characters figure out that not even their robot necessarily ''has'', ''has'' to be humanoid, it's just how they'd been using it all that time.


* While the HumongousMecha piloted by the main cast of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is humanoid, albeit with some arthropod-like features, their opponents include things such as Bayonet, a colossal flying spike; Drum, a massive rolling cylinder that can gain traction on anything; and Gunter, an upside-down hazard-striped cup/meatgrinder with two tentacle-shaped clamps. During one battle, the characters figure out that not even their robot necessarily ''has'', it's just how they'd been using it all that time.

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* While Zearth, the HumongousMecha piloted by the main cast of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is humanoid, albeit with some arthropod-like features, their opponents include things such as Bayonet, a colossal flying spike; Drum, a massive rolling cylinder that can gain traction on anything; and Gunter, an upside-down hazard-striped cup/meatgrinder with two tentacle-shaped clamps. During one battle, the characters figure out that not even their robot necessarily ''has'', it's just how they'd been using it all that time.


* ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic]] VII'' had robots that could be described as 'a box with blaster with four roxxors as legs and dinosaur skull with exposed vertebrae attached to it'. Sixth game had relatively normal robots in comparison, but, them being floating spheres with guns on top, they still qualify.

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* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' is replete with these. Though, since most of them are sentient, they wouldn't be classified as robots in the setting's terminology ('robot' implies non-sentience), they'd be called vecs.

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* ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic]] ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'' had robots that could be described as 'a box with blaster with four roxxors as legs and dinosaur skull with exposed vertebrae attached to it'. Sixth game had relatively normal robots in comparison, but, them being floating spheres with guns on top, they still qualify.

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* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' is replete with these. Though, since most of them are sentient, they wouldn't be classified as robots in the setting's terminology ('robot' implies non-sentience), they'd be called vecs.
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* ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic]] VII'' had robots that could be described as 'a box with blaster with four roxxors as legs and dinosaur skull with exposed vertebrae attached to it'. Sixth game had relatively normal robots in comparison, but, them being floating spheres with guns on top, they still qualify.

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* ''DemonSeed'' has a metal thing that resembles nothing so much as a Rubik's Snake toy.

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* ''DemonSeed'' ''Film/DemonSeed'' has a metal thing that resembles nothing so much as a Rubik's Snake toy.


* in Literature/RamaII, one of the robots which maintain the space station is built of replaceable segments and looks like a centipede. When t returns to a spare parts pt to exchange damaged legs and tools, Nicole jumps on its back and rides t to the top of he pit to escape. Her weight proves almost too heavy for t, and falls backwards a few times,but otherwise continues to go on. In contrast, other bots shaped like crabs, when captured by the crew, mount first a passive and then an aggressive defense, which ends in [[spoiler; one crew member dead]]. The series has more of them; the robotic surgeon the humans bring s not humanoid, and the robots the crew mistakes for fellow cosmonauts at the end of the book are humanoid they are based off newton crew members - but from the perspective of the Ramans who built them they are starfish robots.

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* in Literature/RamaII, one of the robots which maintain the space station is built of replaceable segments and looks like a centipede. When t it returns to a spare parts pt point to exchange damaged legs and tools, Nicole jumps on its back and rides t it to the top of he pit to escape. Her weight proves almost too heavy for t, it, and falls backwards a few times,but times, but otherwise continues to go on. In contrast, other bots shaped like crabs, when captured by the crew, mount first a passive and then an aggressive defense, which ends in [[spoiler; [[spoiler: one crew member dead]]. The series has more of them; the robotic surgeon the humans bring s not humanoid, and the robots the crew mistakes for fellow cosmonauts at the end of the book are humanoid they are based off newton Newton crew members - but from the perspective of the Ramans who built them they are starfish robots.


* The Sentinels from ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' are robots with twice as many tentacles as a squid and twice as many eyes as a spider that fly through the air. One scene from the "Second Renaissance" short from ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' shows an offline humanoid robot being passed over by a Sentinel, which symbolizes how the Machines deliberately abandoned humanoid forms to signal their abandonment of their human creators.

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* The Sentinels from ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' are robots with twice as many tentacles as a squid and twice as many eyes as a spider that fly through the air. One scene from the "Second Renaissance" short from ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' shows an offline humanoid robot being passed over by a Sentinel, which symbolizes how the Machines deliberately abandoned humanoid forms to signal their abandonment of their human creators. The Machine City seen in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' is also filled with many robots that resemble insects and worms, is lined with a defense perimeter of massive, crab-like ships and Neo talks to a HiveMind intelligence [[TheWormThatWalks made up of hundreds of smaller robots]].


* The Beetleworx from ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', especially the Spinners and Tankers. Spinners have tick-like bodies and a wheel at the bottom; if Mickey gets too close, they use the wheel to travel as the legs become spinning blades. Tankers are mobile gatling gun turrets, some of which have paint jobs based on the Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhite''.

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* The Beetleworx from ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', especially the Spinners and Tankers. Spinners have tick-like bodies and a wheel at the bottom; if Mickey gets too close, they use the wheel to travel as the legs become spinning blades. Tankers are mobile gatling gun turrets, some of which have paint jobs based on the Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhite''.''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.


** The iconic Crabmeats and Buzz Bombers in the original game's GreenHillZone, based on crabs and hornets, respectively.

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** The iconic Crabmeats and Buzz Bombers in [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the original game's game's]] GreenHillZone, based on crabs and hornets, respectively.

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