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* The Robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'' looked a great deal like Robbie, including the glass-dome-lightshow head and the Talking Lightbulb "mouth."
** At Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum there's a display with Robbie and The Robot next to each other. They converse with each other [[CargoShip on various subjects]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** The ship's computer displayed an oscilloscope display when it spoke (in heavy RoboSpeak). Also, in the famous episode "The Menagerie", the infirm Captain Pike, in a futuristic wheelchair, can only communicate with brainwaves translated by the wheelchair - [[OnceForYesTwiceForNo one beep for 'yes', two for 'no']].
** In the episode "The Changeling", the intelligent space probe Nomad has green flashing lights all the time, as well as yellow and red lights when it speaks.
* KITT, the robotic car from ''Series/KnightRider'', had and has a Talking Lightbulb speech display in both series. The original used a series of LED lights similar to a graphic equalizer, while the new one was an extra-cool plasma display.

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* The Robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'' looked a great deal like Robbie, including the glass-dome-lightshow head and the Talking Lightbulb "mouth."
** At Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum there's a display with Robbie and The Robot next to each other. They converse with each other [[CargoShip on various subjects]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** The ship's computer displayed an oscilloscope display when it spoke (in heavy RoboSpeak). Also, in the famous episode "The Menagerie", the infirm Captain Pike, in a futuristic wheelchair, can only communicate with brainwaves translated by the wheelchair - [[OnceForYesTwiceForNo one beep for 'yes', two for 'no']].
** In the episode "The Changeling", the intelligent space probe Nomad has green flashing lights all the time, as well as yellow and red lights when it speaks.
* KITT, the robotic car from ''Series/KnightRider'', had and has a Talking Lightbulb speech display in both series. The original used a series of LED lights similar to a graphic equalizer, while the new one was an extra-cool plasma display.
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** The Daleks (who are actually aliens in PoweredArmor) have head-lamps that flash with the rhythm of their speech.
** The classic series incarnation of the Silurians.

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** The Daleks (who are actually aliens in PoweredArmor) PoweredArmour) have head-lamps that flash with the rhythm of their speech.
** The classic series incarnation of the Silurians.Silurians, who have a third eye in their foreheads that lights up. (Silurians aren't robots, by the way.)
** Some versions of the Doctor's robot dog K9 have this feature.
** All versions of the Cybermen introduced in the new series have their mouths light up when they speak.



** Most robotic Doctor Who characters have this. The new Cybermen have upgraded to TalkingLightbulb status, and some versions of K9 too.

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** Most * KITT, the robotic Doctor Who characters have this. car from ''Series/KnightRider'', had and has a Talking Lightbulb speech display in both series. The original used a series of LED lights similar to a graphic equalizer, while the new Cybermen have upgraded to TalkingLightbulb status, one was an extra-cool plasma display.
* The Robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'' looked a great deal like Robbie, including the glass-dome-lightshow head
and some versions of K9 too.the Talking Lightbulb "mouth".
** At Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum there's a display with Robbie and The Robot next to each other. They converse with each other [[CargoShip on various subjects]].



* London's identical, sarcastic, talking stand mirrors from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' was ''surrounded'' by Talking Lightbulbs, in the manner of a typical frame-lit vanity mirror.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** The ship's computer displayed an oscilloscope display when it spoke (in heavy RoboSpeak). Also, in the famous episode "The Menagerie", the infirm Captain Pike, in a futuristic wheelchair, can only communicate with brainwaves translated by the wheelchair - [[OnceForYesTwiceForNo one beep for 'yes', two for 'no']].
** In the episode "The Changeling", the intelligent space probe Nomad has green flashing lights all the time, as well as yellow and red lights when it speaks.
* London's identical, sarcastic, talking stand mirrors from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' was were ''surrounded'' by Talking Lightbulbs, in the manner of a typical frame-lit vanity mirror.
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* In ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'', the fuse in No. 3113's frame flashes whenever she speaks.
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* The ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' villain Dr. N-R-Gee is a human being with a lightbulb for a head. In his origin story, he was a scientist who was trying out an electric head scratcher with an experimental power generator that somehow electricuted him, and when he came to, he found out that his head has been replaced with a head-sized lightbulb.

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* In the 1960s ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} cartoons from Creator/{{Filmation}}, recurring villain Manta spoke like this, with the eyes of his helmet lighting up. Later averted when he appeared in ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' as Black Manta, where they used a HeadBob instead.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite and the Star Stealer'', ON-X (pronounced like "onyx"), the mechanical flying[[note]]Literally, unlike Starlite, a "flying" horse who runs on the rainbows that Rainbow Brite makes from her Color Belt.[[/note]] horse speaks with a talking electronic mane.


* In ''LyricalNanoha'', if a [[TalkingWeapon Device]] has a prominent PowerCrystal, it will blink and flicker in this manner when it speaks conversationally.

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* In ''LyricalNanoha'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', if a [[TalkingWeapon Device]] has a prominent PowerCrystal, it will blink and flicker in this manner when it speaks conversationally.


* Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho'' (who are actually aliens in PoweredArmor) also speak this way.
** Also the classic series incarnation of the Silurians.
** And the altered Ood, as well.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho'' (who are actually aliens in PoweredArmor) also speak this way.
** Also
have head-lamps that flash with the rhythm of their speech.
** The
classic series incarnation of the Silurians.
** And the The altered Ood, as well.(or "processed") Ood's translation devices light up when they speak.


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* Many of the robots in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' have this effect. Bender is the one exception, he has a panel with a wave similar in appearance to an oscilloscope that is lipsynched to his speech. ''Futurama'' also parodied "The Menagerie"'s wheelchair when the characters had to testify in court in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".
* Karen, Plankton's computer wife in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', uses the oscilloscope version.
* The Thing, in Cosgrove Hall's adaptation of [[Literature/NomesTrilogy Truckers]], zig-zags between this and more complicated light patterns and projections, since a larger model is used for close ups.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Some Transformers without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.
** Also (in at least some series), when a Transformer speaks in vehicle mode, whatever applicable form of headlight will flash in rhythm with the words.
* The Visor Robot from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. An EasterEgg at the end of one cartoon starring it even revealed its voice box to be a red lightbulb after it exploded.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' had the titular character's eyes flash when he spoke.
* [[AnIcePerson Ice Man]] from ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had a white strip on his face, that glowed ice-blue when he spoke.
* [[BigBad Junkman]], and his bumbling lackeys from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleCrashDummies'' had mouth-plates that flashed whenever they talked.

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* Many of the robots in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' have this effect. Bender is the one exception, he has a panel with a wave similar in appearance to an oscilloscope that is lipsynched to his speech. ''Futurama'' also parodied "The Menagerie"'s wheelchair when the characters had to testify in court in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".
* Karen, Plankton's computer wife in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', uses the oscilloscope version.
* The Thing, in Cosgrove Hall's adaptation of [[Literature/NomesTrilogy Truckers]], zig-zags between this and more complicated light patterns and projections, since a larger model is used for close ups.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Some Transformers without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.
** Also (in at least some series), when a Transformer speaks in vehicle mode, whatever applicable form of headlight will flash in rhythm with the words.
* The Visor Robot from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. An EasterEgg at the end of one cartoon starring it even revealed its voice box to be a red lightbulb after it exploded.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' had the titular character's eyes flash when he spoke.
* [[AnIcePerson Ice Man]] from ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had a white strip on his face, that glowed ice-blue when he spoke.
* [[BigBad Junkman]], and his bumbling lackeys from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleCrashDummies'' had mouth-plates that flashed whenever they talked.

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* Some Franchise/{{Transformers}} without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.

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Some Franchise/{{Transformers}} Transformers without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.



* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Tali'Zorah's helmet (and all Quarian suits for that matter) has a light that flashes in sync with her speech. Justified in that Quarian helmets obscure the face and as they wear them near-constantly it would make group conversations highly confusing.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Tali'Zorah's helmet (and all Quarian suits for that matter) has a light that flashes in sync with her speech. Justified in that Quarian helmets obscure the face and as they wear them near-constantly it would make group conversations highly confusing.



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* Bit from ''Film/{{Tron}}'' can fit this. As a bit, he is only capable of two responses--"yes" or "no"--and each response is accompanied by a change of shape: a yellow octahedron for "yes", or a red spiked 3D shape for "no".



* Bit from ''Film/{{Tron}}'' can fit this. As a bit, he is only capable of two responses--"yes" or "no"--and each response is accompanied by a change of shape: a yellow octahedron for "yes", or a red spiked 3D shape for "no".


* Bit from ''{{Tron}}'' can fit this. As a bit, he is only capable of two responses--"yes" or "no"--and each response is accompanied by a change of shape: a yellow octahedron for "yes", or a red spiked 3D shape for "no".
* Some {{Transformers}} without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.

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* Bit from ''{{Tron}}'' ''Film/{{Tron}}'' can fit this. As a bit, he is only capable of two responses--"yes" or "no"--and each response is accompanied by a change of shape: a yellow octahedron for "yes", or a red spiked 3D shape for "no".
* Some {{Transformers}} Franchise/{{Transformers}} without normal mouths are like this. The most notable is Wheeljack.



* WhateverHappenedToRobotJones had the titular character's eyes flash when he spoke.

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* WhateverHappenedToRobotJones ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' had the titular character's eyes flash when he spoke.



* In the ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' computer game ''Stop the Rock!'', when the computer you had to convince humans were worth saving from a giant asteroid spoke, the screen it was using flashed large pixels expanding from the center, with color and number corresponding to volume.

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* In the ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' computer game ''Stop the Rock!'', when the computer you had to convince humans were worth saving from a giant asteroid spoke, the screen it was using flashed large pixels expanding from the center, with color and number corresponding to volume.



* Clanky from ''BackyardSports'' has a lightbulb on his head which flashes in sync whenever Clanky "speaks."

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* Clanky from ''BackyardSports'' ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' has a lightbulb on his head which flashes in sync whenever Clanky "speaks."


** [[FridgeLogic Makes you wonder where he got his "usual" shape from]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke Bits are not supposed to]] [[TakeAThirdOption take a third state]] [[SchroedingersCat apart from "yes" or "no"]] (represented by "current" or "no current" or more simply "on" and "off" on the hardware level -- there ''is'' no "on in reverse" in digital systems).
*** Technically, there are three states. High (1), Low (0), and Hi-Z (indeterminate). It isn't valid for data, which is either High or Low, but for a data register toggle, it is valid. And technically, he does pass data to Flynn via those states.


* The ship's computer in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' displayed an oscilloscope display when it spoke (in heavy RoboSpeak). Also, in the famous episode "The Menagerie", the infirm Captain Pike, in a futuristic wheelchair, can only communicate with brainwaves translated by the wheelchair - [[OnceForYesTwiceForNo one beep for 'yes', two for 'no']].

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The ship's computer in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' displayed an oscilloscope display when it spoke (in heavy RoboSpeak). Also, in the famous episode "The Menagerie", the infirm Captain Pike, in a futuristic wheelchair, can only communicate with brainwaves translated by the wheelchair - [[OnceForYesTwiceForNo one beep for 'yes', two for 'no']].


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* In ''LyricalNanoha'', if a [[TalkingWeapon Device]] has a prominent PowerCrystal, it will blink and flicker in this manner when it speaks conversationally.
* In ''Anime/{{Fireball}}'', Gedächtnis's eye lights up as he speaks.

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* R2-D2 in ''StarWars'' has a light next to his speaker that changes from blue to red as he talks.
* All SAINT robots in ShortCircuit are equipped with a mouth cover. Nr. 5 loses his one early in the film, revealing a series of [=LEDs=] that light up when he talks.

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* R2-D2 in ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' has a light next to his speaker that changes from blue to red as he talks.
* All SAINT robots in ShortCircuit ''Film/ShortCircuit'' are equipped with a mouth cover. Nr. 5 loses his one early in the film, revealing a series of [=LEDs=] that light up when he talks.

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