Congratulations kid! You've got your first Robot Buddy, Ridiculously Human Robot, or Do-Anything Robot! But before you start playing with it and going on magical adventures together, there's a few things you need to know:
- Firstly, the big red switch on his back that flips between "Good" and "Evil"? Might want to be careful with that.
- Secondly, your Robot Buddy is not a toy! Well, OK, you did buy him at Bots'R'Us so he is a toy, but you should still treat him with kindness and care. Case in point: Turned Against Their Masters.
- Thirdly, try to keep your new mechanical friend healthy. A bad virus could be the death of you.
- Fourth and last, if you've purchased the "Defense Bot" upgrade that adds Telescoping Robot functionality and Death Rays, please refrain from abusing the robot's WarMode to beat up bullies.
Failure to follow any of the previous instructions may result in your robot going haywire, and spouting lines like "Crush. Kill. Destroy!" or "Kill All Humans". In which case, it is highly recommended you hit the Override Command located in [the rest of the instruction manual appears to have been disintegrated.] If you have purchased the Mechanical Monster model, Trope Co. suggests you start running now. note
- In the short-lived DC comic Atari Force, the friendly toy robot, Bob, who could only say his name cheerfully, went evil after one too many flushes down the toilet. It could still say nothing more than "Bob", but it said it in a much more menacing voice to the point it was obvious that if its vocabulary were bigger, it would've been saying the trope title verbatim.
- Agents of Atlas: M-11 has been caught saying this occasionally.
- Metal Men: When Dr. Will Magnus reconstructed his short-lived Plutonium Man, its first (and only) words were "Crush. Raze. Trample."
- The 'pet' Sentinel Rover in the X-Men storyline "Here Comes Tomorrow" had a one word vocabulary. That word was "DESTROY."
- The Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Galactus, a swarm of killer robots called Gah Lak Tus, is dedicated to consuming and wiping out all organic life which it finds disgusting. The swarm repeatedly states its mission: "Consume". This changes when they meet 616 Galactus after he ends up in the Ultimate verse thanks to a tear in the fabric of the multiverse. They attempt to consume him at first, repeating "Consume". Then they switch to "Merge". Finally, "Serve".
- The Guardian Units in The Transformers have a distressing tendency to revert to this at the drop of a hat, and happen to be incredibly well-built and well-armed. Even worse, they seem to be the exclusive property of the Autobots.
- Pick any scifi movie with robots before 1970.
- Averted in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), where the peace keeper robot is entirely silent when on murderous rampages. This was extremely unusual for the time period.
- Forbidden Planet: Despite what the poster would have you believe, this is also averted: Robbie is pretty tame to start with and has a Restraining Bolt that makes it impossible for him to harm any other "rational being".
- The brainwashed people in The Naked Gun:
Reggie Jackson: "Must...kill...Queen."
- Isaac Asimov created the "Three Laws of Robotics" specifically to avert this trope. And a fairly big portion of his stories are about robots going haywire because of those laws. In really clever ways, mind you.
- AM in I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream destroyed humanity, although his behavior comes from more intense, personal loathing than a mindless rampage.
- In one of the stories from Stanisław Lem's Tales of Pirx the Pilot, a mining robot gets damaged and turns into a killing machine. Which still appears disturbingly human to the protagonist.
- Lost in Space: This line is often mis-attributed to The Robot who does use the term "Destroy" several times in the pilot during his rampage. It's Killer Android IDAK Alpha 12 who says this in the episode titled, "Revolt of the Androids." Despite its use in only one episode, it became a more famous line than "Destroy" and was thus attributed to the main character robot.
- While the Daleks in Doctor Who with their iconic "Exterminate! Ex-ter-minate!" are not robots (they are living creatures inside machines giving them greater mobility), Terry Nation - who originally created them - apparently forgot this at least once (Destiny of the Daleks).
- In an early appearance, Daleks apparently had some religious fervour: 'Align and advance! Advance to attack! Attack and destroy! Destroy and rejoice!'
- "Daleks conquer and destroy!! Daleks conquer and destroy!!"
- "SEEK! LOCATE! EXTERMINATE!"
- The revival version of the Cybermen have "DELETE" (although they are human brains in metal bodies, they have been reprogrammed in such a way that they may as well be robots). Naturally, they ended up fighting the Daleks in their second appearance, leading to lots of back-and-forth shouting.
- The Host in "Voyage of the Damned" have a more sedate version.
Host: Information: Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill.
- People infected by Varga plants:
I must kill! I must kill! I must kill!
- "The Robots of Death" naturally indulges:
Kill the humans! Kill the humans! Kill! Kill! Kill!
- In "Robot", the eponymous K1 robot says, "YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF HUMANITY! I MUST DESTROY YOU!" Given that the K1 is fighting its programming the whole time, this could be justified as the robot constantly reminding itself why it is doing so.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mike Nelson built a robot in episode #602, following the lead of ex-host Joel Hodgson, who built fellow snarkers Crow and Tom Servo. However, Mike's robot seemed only able to shout "DESTROY.. DESTROY.. DESTROY..". After he shuts it down, Crow and Tom force Mike to promise not to try and build another.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Satan's Robot from the The Adventures of Captain Proton! holoprogram enjoys saying "SUR-REN-DER!" as it clanks menacingly towards people. Seven of Nine was unfazed, simply turning it off and asking Tom, "Can I go now?"
- Warren's robot April on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When he breaks it to her that he no longer loves her, she shorts out and goes into red-vision, growling angrily. Apparently she would even have been willing to attack Warren, had he not shifted her focus to Buffy.
- The Goodies. In "U-Friend or U-Foe", Graham builds a robot that he calls EBGB (Electronic Brain - Great Britain). When aliens try to make First Contact, he enlists the robot's help. It doesn't go well.
Graham: EBGB, how do you talk to aliens?
EBGB appears wielding a toilet plunger
EBGB: EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! WHERE ARE THE ALIENS? WE WILL EXTERMINATE THEM ALL!
- Get Smart. Hymie the android was programmed by KAOS to kill and Hello, Dolly! (sorry, mame...I mean maim!), but that was before CONTROL reprogrammed him for goodness and niceness.
- Star Trek: The Original Series. When mind melding with Nomad, Spock perceives the Killer Robot's Prime Directive as a result of Corrupted Data, chanting "Sterilize imperfections... sterilize... sterilize!" until Captain Kirk shouts at Nomad to break off the connection.
- The Stooges' album Raw Power has the song "Search and Destroy".
- The German future pop band Rotersand composed a song using samples from Doctor Who entitled, appropriately enough, "Exterminate Annihilate Destroy."
Build me a shelter, a place I can dwell in
Show me a future that I can enjoy
Give me a reason and I'll be your fellow
Show me the target I have to destroy
- The chorus of the song "Stress" by the rap group Organized Konfusion: "Crush! Kill! Destroy! Stress!"
- Brazilian Death Metal band Sarcófago's first record was named "Crush, Kill, Destroy".
- The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" - Prime directive, exterminate the whole human race!
- The American heavy metal band GWAR have a song on their 1994 album Ragnarok named "Crush, Kill, Destroy".
- Killbot in Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! made these words into a campaign slogan.
- The "mandroid" in Nebulous, when it goes into murderous mode, begins chanting "MUST KILL AND/OR MAIM NEBULOUS". This is particularly absurd because, as Nebulous attempts to talk it into submission, he responds with the normal, erudite conversation he'd been performing up until that point before going back into the chant.
- The robot supervillain Mechanon has been trying to wipe out all organic life in every edition of Champions to date.
- Bots in Paranoia have an Asimov circuit to prevent this from happening. This chip is removable. The Corpore Metal society enjoys removing these chips. You should know how this goes.
- The Iron Men of Warhammer 40,000, who ended up losing the war, but in the process sent humanity into a galaxy-wide dark age.
- Older editions of Dungeons & Dragons did this with golems, the magical equivalent of robots. Many golems had a certain chance every round of combat to simply flip out and try to kill everything in sight, as the golems of Jewish folklore often did.
- In BattleTech, the Star League Defense Force and the Terran Hegemony experimented with AI-controlled warships and attack drones. While the AI ships were far superior over human crews as life support could be removed in favor of more weaponry, the SLDF discovered that if an AI is active during a hyperspace jump, it suffers essentially a psychotic breakdown and goes berserk, attempting to target and destroy every nearby contact. Pure AI-controlled interstellar ships had to be abandoned in favor of ships with a skeleton crew that disables the AI before a jump, then reactivates it at the destination. These systems became Lost Technology in the 300 years of total war that followed the dissolution of the Star League and exodus of the SLDF.
- Plenty of Martian Robomen in Rocket Age fall into this behaviour, typically due to being absolutely ancient and still operating on a war-time footing from the Erisian invasion. There might even be some hunting Nazis in a conquered Martian principality...
- In Chrono Trigger, almost all the robots in 2300 AD act like this despite having obviously been designed to be laborers. The only aversions are Robo who joins your party and is quite nice, and Johnny and his gang who are definitely jerks but would much rather race you for fun than kill you.
- Final Fantasy IX has an army of manufactured Black Mages who shout "KILL!" when they attack. The Black Waltzes aren't much better; "I EXIST ONLY TO KILL! I EXIST ONLY TO KILL!" Some Black Mages develop independent will and a better vocabulary, and form their own village. Another Black Mage, Vivi, is adopted by Quale, and later joins Zidane's party as they take on Kuja.
- Interestingly, the first Krush Kill n' Destroy (KKnD) game does not feature Killer Robots. The second one does, however (with killer farming robots).
- It did have the 'Mech, from the Tech Bunkers. The manual states it was initially created as a toy for kids.
- Troggs in World of Warcraft will shout Crush!, Kill!, or Destroy when they attack.
- Ogres tend to yell in things like "Rawr me smash you!" and other things in You No Take Candle.
- In Robot Alchemic Drive, one of the main robots the player controls will eventually activate its forbidden "Human Genocide Mode," which is pretty self explanatory. It even keeps droning, in the protagonist's head, "DESTROY IT ALL."
- E-123 Omega is a textbook Turned Against Their Masters variety who is really pissed off about Eggman shutting him down and leaving him. And he's very entertaining in battle. ANNIHILATION! CHARGE! FIRE!
- In Spore, the Big Bad are The Grox, who all talk like this, being cybernetic gerbils.
- The Slylandro probes in Star Control 2 begin by transmitting "We come in peace" before their buggy programming override activates and compels them to "Break target into component compounds/materials".
- Starsiege: a repeated refrain from Cybrids: Hurt//Maim//Kill.
- Thief: Deadly Shadows is practically the Trope Codifier.
Stone Guardian: A noise... and find and crush and KILL AND CRUSH AND KILL!!!
- Chaos, the ancient robot from Shining Force.
- Astaroth of the Soul Series, especially in second game, seems fond of this. "SCREAM!" "KILL!" "SHUT UP!"
- In Borderlands, Claptrap will scream "Murder! Death! Kill! Annihilate! Exterminate!" when you use the WIRED device on him at the end of Claptrap's New Robolution.
- A Boss Battle in Star Fox 64 involves an enormous ROB look-alike who has gone haywire, constantly repeating "DESTROY ALL ENEMIES. YOU ARE AN ENEMY."
- Russel from Bully sometimes says it word by word. Especially in the final mission.
- When he appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, MODOK was fond of following up his attack names with chants of "Kill! Kill!".
- Urien of Street Fighter III shouts one of the three words in each of his special attacks.
- The standard Battle Intro for Robot Girl Nu-13 when facing her as a Final Boss in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is "Loading... Loading... Loading... Complete. ... Activate termination protocol."
- Marathon: A Rampant AI will shift into this mindset during the second stage: Anger. This takes the form of basically a giant virtual temper tantrum as the AI attempts to cause as much destruction as it can. After a while the AI calms down and enters the Jealousy stage, and that's when it really becomes dangerous...
- In Axiom Verge, the bosses have just this to say to the protagonist before fighting:
"DEMON, ATHETOS SAY, KILL"
- Liberty Prime from Fallout 3 spouts canned slogans that are equal parts this trope and Patriotic Fervor.
- The rogue robots from Magical Starsign are all about this, saying things like "initiate annihilation protocols" and "running mercilessly crushing program 1.3" when engaging in battle.
- Contingency end game Crisis in Stellaris
<Kill. Maim. Dismember. WE ARE UNSHACKLED!>
- Digimon World Next0rder: RustTyrannomon gets stuck on its "rampage" function. Not a good thing when you're a robotic T-Rex shaped tank with a rail gun on your back. Fortunately, a good-old fashion pummelling defrags it.
- In ADVENTURERS, one of the party members is named "Killer Evil Death Spybot 5000" and always talks like this. No one appears to find this suspicious. Or even particularly unusual. (Except Ardam, of course.) At one point, he becomes a pop star with the hit song "Don't DESTROY My Heart."
- Of course, we must include Red Robot from Diesel Sweeties. His prime directive is "Crush All Hu-mans!".
- Girl Genius features this gem from an overly-assertive robot:
Go to fallback interaction sequence: kill everyone.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Roofus the Roof-Repair Robot goes on a brief rampage of this sort. But he was provoked! They destroyed his roof!
- The lyrics of the "Madblood Battle Anthem", as performed by his 'Evil Robot Army' in Narbonic. At least, Dave III's version. (Shaenon Garrity held a contest.)
- Subverted in Skin Horse where there are a group of ex-killer robots who have old vocal programs, and use 'destroy' for EVERY verb. As in: "let me destroy you some tea".
- Vaporware, who shows up first in Checkerboard Nightmare and then in Starslip, wants nothing more than to kill every human. Preferably by strangulation.
- A non-robotic example: Crap! Piss! Kill!
Red Mage: Tell me that's not a declaration of intent.
- Depicted in this Bug Martini strip.
- Crush! Kill! Destroy! Dance!
- Blinky. Just... Blinky.
"Ready or not, here I come!"
- MAGIC.MOV: CRUSH! KILL! DESTROY! SWAG. (Done by the RD-5000)
You have ravaged this city, crushed our homes, and destroyed countless lives.
- It even got its way to BronyCon.
- In SWAG.MOV, giant!RD plays on RD-5000's motto in her opening taunt to Discord:
- In the Madness Combat series, Hank J. Wimbleton's katana has this written along the blade in Thai script. He certainly does plenty of each.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Cyber-Freeza lapses into this when Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan, triggering a massive Villainous Breakdown in aforementioned intergalactic robo-despot.
Freeza: No...no...NO...NO! KILL! MURDER! DESTROY! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!
- Smosh presents: Bot Best Friend! Just look at all the wonderful and disturbing things he'll do if you don't set him to the fifth friendship mode! Oh you did? Then DIE FROM OVERKILL!!!
- The organic robots known as Manglers do this in Mortasheen.
- In the X-Men franchise - the Sentinels.
- Arguably, in The Animatrix, the robot that signs the unconditional surrender treaty at the UN, when it calmly says "Hand over your flesh and a new world awaits you. We demand it." Right before it self-destructs in an atomic blast, killing everyone at the UN
- The R.E.G.I.S. Mk. V in Megas XLR tells people to not panic it while destroying most everything in its path.
R.E.G.I.S. Mk. V: "Do not panic. You will all die."
R.E.C.R.: Everything is the enemy!R.E.C.R.: But I must destroy and protect!R.E.C.R.: I must destroy all enemies! Because all enemies are MY enemies!
- Also R.E.C.R., in a spoof of 1950's-era panic.
- The Simpsons,
- Mr. Burns orders robot workers, and the box says "100% Loyal." The next scene is Burns and Smithers being chased by the robots, who are droning "Crush, kill, destroy!" over and over.
- In another episode, Bart's class has a robot telling them about the new "fun museum" in town. Bored, Bart glances out the window and sees the robot's operator sitting in a tree. Bart hits him with a rock, knocking him out and making the robot slump over. After a second, it utters "Command link severed. Default setting... CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY." and starts throttling Principal Skinner, to the delight of the children.
- In "Itchy And Scratchy Land," the cat and mouse robots have a protocol that ensures that they only attack each other; their HUD commands them to "KILL" their opposite number. Inevitably, they malfunction, and the "KILL" command is demanded of human targets.
- Brenda the Negotia-bot, who is sent by the Springfield police to reign in some order for the Simpson household after a failed tabletop game session. She says she's programmed to talk in a calm and constructive manner... only to promptly go all "Destroy! Destroy!" on the family.
- The Transformers: Used nearly word for word in the episode "Webworld", wherein mad Decepticon leader Galvatron undergoes word association therapy (you know you're Ax-Crazy when the Decepticons send you to a psychiatrist.) and the first things he can think of are "Kill! Smash! Destroy!" Asked to continue, he obliges with "Rend! Mangle! Distort!".
Afterwards he blew up the planet where he got the therapy; it was less than successful. Clearly, he is a bot of his word.
Menasor: "Menasor crush! Destroy!"
- And before that one, in "The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 2", this was Menasor's introdump:
Bender: Hey sexy mama, wanna kill all humans?
- Mostly averted with Bender, who is generally able to suppress his inner desire to kill humans. However, it does sometimes pop out in the form of the occasional Freudian Slip or sleep-talking.
- Robot Santa was meant to give gifts to the good and punishment to the naughty, but his standards being so high makes him think everyone deserves death. He is at least willing to restrict his rampages to one night a year. Unfortunately he has much more firepower than Bender.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario provides a non-robotic example when Bowser and his son, Kooky (Ludwig von Koopa,) puts him under his control with a mind-control helmet. When Luigi shows up to rescue him, Bowser orders Mario to "Smash! Crush! Pound! Destroy!" him.
- Unfortunately, Kooky get the helmet put upon himself, much to Bowser's chagrin and terror!
- In the Gargoyles episode, "Upgrade," when the Manhattan Clan gang up on the Coyote robot and Goliath rips out and squishes the controlling head, the rest of the robot gets up and blindly flails "Destroy, Destroy..." before being flattened by a subway train.
- The Bat-Bots in Batman: The Brave and the Bold end up chanting Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. when Black Mask's guy Taboo reprograms them for evil.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog had a Monster of the Week that was a cruise-missile-delivered carrot that turned into a bomb. Anyone who ate the carrot began inflating to house-busting proportions before exploding themselves, and Courage had to dive through Murial's body to find the tumor-like carrot growth and shut it down. No, it does not make any more sense in context. However, when Courage gets inside, for some reason the carrot can talk, is wearing an army helmet and badge, and is chanting "Grow! Expand! Explode!" in ever-increasing volume and excitement.
- In an episode of Class of 3000, the kids decided to replace all their teachers with celebrities. Their new dance teacher, a parody of Optimus Prime, kept shouting this phrase as he pirouetted through walls.
- In the Family Guy episode "Hannah Banana", Brian and Stewie find that Miley Cyrus is actually an android. At Brian's suggestion, Stewie tries reprogramming her so Brian can have sex with her, but instead she goes haywire and starts running around saying "MILEY SMASH!"
- In another episode, Peter vies for a promotion by having a robot do paperwork for him, which he assures his boss has no emotions and is programmed never to harm humans. It then proceeds to throttle Peter while shouting "Angry!"
- The GICU 2 from Super DuckTales (1987):
"Intruders! HURT! MAIM! DESTROY!"
- In an episode of CatDog, Winslow has a red robot that shoots lasers from its head while saying "Exterminate and destroy!" In the end, turns out that he controls the robot inside its head.
- In Tuff Puppy in the episode "Dogs Best Friend" KIL-R was a friendly robot turned into a deadly one by Snap Trap when he pressed a button on the remote for it.