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"Bidibidibidi Buck, you rock that spandex like it's going out of style."

"Did you have fun with your Robot Buddy?"
Homer Simpson (asking Lisa after talking with Stephen Hawking), The Simpsons

The character is an artificially intelligent robot.

This kind of character is often small (anywhere between one and three feet tall), cute looking and has a million and one functions; if you need him to do a job, he has the right tool installed for it. Up to and including jet packs. Can sometimes be the scifi equivalent of a Familiar.

Typically, robot buddies are very loyal to their owners, requesting only proper maintenance like recharges and repairs. The trend in recent years is to make the Robot Buddy an obnoxious, cynical Deadpan Snarker, commenting on human foibles (or just those of the protagonist).

A bonus is that they can do a Heroic Sacrifice and still come back believably because Mr. Fixit can put him back together in the maintenance shop and upgrade him as a reward to be even better than before. The logical opposite to A.I. Is a Crapshoot (except when it isn't). Compare Robot Girl, Do-Anything Robot, Virtual Sidekick and Companion Cube. May also be an Amusing Alien. Not to be confused with the Nintendo Entertainment System peripheral the Robotic Operating Buddy. See also Robot Dog, the dog-shaped subtrope. Often overlaps with Funny Robot. May be the Kid-Appeal Character, and may also overlap with Gratuitous Animal Sidekick when the robot is animal-like.


Team Pet is the animal equivalent to this, and Tagalong Kid is the human equivalent. Together, robot buddies, tagalog kids, and team pets, were an irritating staple of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons, rendering many of them difficult to sit through today.

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Straight Examples

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ropetto from Combattler V. Its most essential function was ensuring the team combined correctly their Humongous Mecha.
  • I.R. from Corrector Yui.
  • Another series from the "Nagahama trilogy" Daimos gave us another robot buddy. It performed all kind of tasks in the Daimobic -including household chores- and it gave advice and council (often of the "Nobody asked you!" kind).
  • Doraemon is the Trope Codifier in Japan. He is a cat-like robot created in the future and is sent back in time by Sewashi to help the main character Nobita.
  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka, another Fujiko production like Doraemon. Here, the main charater Eiichi is a kid genius that successfully constructs a small (but completely useless) robot named Korosuke.
  • In Time of Eve, part of the narrative is to ask if all robots should be forced to abide by this trope, for our own safety or otherwise, with some playing it straight while others subvert it.
  • Medabots, where everyone and their grandmother has one.
  • Masha/Mini Mew of Tokyo Mew Mew is the Robot Buddy crossed with the traditional Magical Girl's Talking Animal. He's a lot more simple-minded and cuter than either, and in the manga he also, under the right conditions, turns into the girls' penultimate weapon.
  • The Tachikomas in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex are the sweetest, nicest little things you've ever seen, replete with childish voice and cute bubbly appearance. They are also armed with machine guns and grenade launchers (with an optional minigun attachment), and won't bat an eyelid (well, so to speak) at the concept of slaughtering entire platoons of bad guys. And yes, they do eventually perform a Heroic Sacrifice (twice).
    • They also have no concept of work, so apparently killing bad guys is their hobby.
    • The friendliness is subverted in one episode, showing that they're oblivious to anything being wrong with throwing a dog.
    • Ghost in the Shell: Arise has Logicomas to fill a similar role, complete with squeaky voices and Innocently Insensitive questions.
  • Gill/Giru from Dragonball GT.
  • Mechazawa from Cromartie High School. In typical Cromartie fashion, he doesn't realize it, nobody else seems to, either and he has a really soothing voice.
    • When his kid brother shows up, it's implied that everybody knows, but they consider it a personal matter for the Mechazawa family and not polite to discuss in public.
  • Kurogane Communication has five for the main character: a general knowledge expert, a mechanic/chef, a ball-shaped gunner, a female sword expert and a domestic servant.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • The television set from FLCL.
  • There's a few Digimon that count, notably Andromon, Guardromon, and Shoutmon and Ballistamon.
  • The various Gundam titles have Haro. Its size and intelligence varies between continuities.
    • There's the original green Haro which is the largest in the franchise.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED has Athrun making various Haros for his fiancé. Her favorite is a pink one.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has Celestial Being using Haros to do technical work like battle repairs.
      • Lockon has his own orange Haro and his Gundams are designed to interface with it. This one is arguably the most intelligent of the bunch as it frequently snarks at Lockon, calls Nena's Haro "nii-san"("Big Brother" in the dub) and mourns the first Lockon's death by constantly calling out to him for a while. In The Movie, it gets a blue companion since Gundam Zabanya is too complicated for just one Haro.
      • Nena's purple Haro is as foulmouthed as Nena's brother and not only outright insults Lockon's Haro, it even knocks the latter away. Plus its extremely creepy when it starts talking Machine Monotone in Ribbons' voice.
      • In the second season, Saji is usually accompanied by a red Haro. It even assists him in piloting the O-Raiser and at one point foils a hijack.
  • Space Dandy has QT, an outdated but loyal vacuum cleaner robot, as Dandy's.
  • Pit in Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu, who is always seen doing various tasks to help out around the Mobile Rescue Police headquarters and even being able to work at the command room bridge. Unlike other AI characters shown in the series, he's a truly Benevolent A.I..
  • Telemachus' robot Nono in Ulysses 31.
  • Obami from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Orbital-7 is one for Kaito, although Kaito is an Anti-Hero at best.
  • Lucky Beast in Kemono Friends. Presumably intended as a park guide, now mostly a source of exposition.
  • 7-Zark-7 in Battle of the Planets, who was not present in the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Zark even had his own robot buddy, a little robot dog named 1-Rover-1.

  • Julie Belle's "Robo Bird" shows a sorceress with her avian Robot Buddy. (Warning, NSFW.)

    Comic Books 
  • Booster Gold's Robot Buddy, Skeets. He began as a service droid at the museum Booster worked at in the 25th century (until Booster stole him). Skeets is one of those closest to Booster, and if he's damaged in any way Booster tends to get very upset. The New 52 reboot changed Skeets to a headset.
  • In The Silver Age of Comic Books, Superman used to have Superman robots in his Fortress of Solitude, often used to impersonate him (eerily like Doctor Doom's Doombots.) In later years the robots became more machine-like in appearance with the exception of the Eradicator, who briefly replaced Superman after he died.
  • Excalibur had a Robot Buddy named Widget, but the circumstances surrounding him were complicated. as it eventually turned out the mind of Rachel Summers (Scott and Jean's daughter from a Bad Future where the Sentinels had enslaved humanity) had become trapped in this robot body without her memories. After being on the team for a while like the typical Robot Buddy, until regaining her memories and true body. Widget himself remained, and apparently is now Kang the Conqueror's Robot Buddy, although how they came together isn't known.
  • Snivel and NSOB from the French series Sillage (known in the US as Wake).
  • This is more or less the entire point of DC's Metal Men. Complete with the Heroic Sacrifice in their original incarnation, they were all destroyed by the end of every single comic, and the last panel would be their scientist creator quietly picking up all the pieces for reassembly.
  • Biotron and Microtron from The Micronauts, who each got destroyed and rebuilt at least once. Biotron even got to come back as a Living Ship for a while.
  • His exact origin varies depending on which continuity it is, but the Ninja Turtles have one in the form of their ally Professor Zayton Honeycutt, aka the Fugitoid. A brilliant scientist whose physical body was destroyed only for his mind to be transferred to the body of his Robot Buddy, Honeycutt adapted remarkably well to his condition and became a potent ally of the Turtles, his robot body having a wide variety of useful functions which again, depend on the continuity.
  • In DC One Million, the Batman of the far future has built a robot version of Robin, which (as the robot tells "our" Batman) represents his lost childhood (an even more tragic one than Bruce Wayne's where he was Forced to Watch as his parents were murdered by a terrorist) and keeps him sane.
  • SLIC, the robot mechanic and best friend of Chassis McBain in Chassis.
  • Luther Ironheart, the robotic deputy in American Flagg!
  • Gold Digger has the Peebo Scouts; three AI-controlled mobile bombs Brianna programmed with the personalities of herself and her sisters, as a way of vicariously living through a childhood with Gina and Brittany. As with most children, they mostly get into trouble.
  • In one Astro City story, white-haired Ellie Jennersen has an entire roadside museum full of these, providing her companionship and help whenever she needs it. It is later revealed that this extends to almost every robot in the setting, as they were programmed with her mental template.
    "They won't hurt me. The'll hear me — better than anyone else. They're family."
  • Starslayer has SAM, a small golden monkey who acted as Torin's companion, and functioned to help him adjust and function in the future he arrived in. Torin's eventual development where he didn't need to be constantly linked with SAM was a bit of an issue for the little droid.
  • Kelex, the hovering droid that looks after the Fortress of Solitude in post-Crisis Superman comics.
  • Clem Hetherington has Digory, aka "Dig". He was built by Clem's father, and as such, they view each other as siblings.

    Fan Works 
  • Wonderful! has P-Star, a little floating robot created by Taylor and named by her friend Emma. It helps her, gathers and analyzes data and information, and follows Taylor aroud.
    She was answered by a quiet, stuttering *p-ping!* as the door unlocked, and out floated a small, smooth white and red robot with a green visor. "Welcome home Taylor! Welcome home!" It chirped.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, K.E.L.E.X. was installed into Izuku's spaceship to be this once he arrived on Earth. Formally, their relationship is more like a child and their personal tutor/servant. While K.E.L.E.X's analyses can be very helpful, his tendency to value efficiency above all else and his tactlessly honest statements can make him grating.
  • At the end of Luck of the Lyrish, Lyra takes pity on one of the animatronics that attacked her and takes it home with her. By the time of the sequel set decades later, the robot is a full-fledged member of the household and is wholeheartedly loyal to Lyra.

    Film — Animated 
  • Buck, the survival robot from Astro Kid, is this to Willy, a boy stranded on an alien planet. It's because of Buck Willy learns the basics of surviving.
  • Baymax from Big Hero 6 is this to Hiro, being a nurse-bot programmed by Hiro's brother Tadashi.
  • Carl in Meet the Robinsons.
  • BEN from Treasure Planet.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Bubo the clockwork owl from Clash of the Titans.
  • Eliminators has SPOT ("Search, Patrol and Operational Tactician"), a little R2-D2-ish robot that can turn into a ball of energy and fly around and scout the area.
  • Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet epitomizes this trope, and may have done it first in film.
  • The trope is played with very casually in Funny People. One of the posters of his own movies George Simms has in his house is called "My Best Friend is a Robot". No footage of the film-within-the-film is shown, nor is it ever mentioned in dialogue. We can glean from the poster that it also stars Owen Wilson, but there's no telling whether he or Simms played the robot.
  • In High School U.S.A., Otto is accompanied everywhere by his personal robot. It obeys any instruction prefixed by the word "Robot".
  • Interstellar features TARS and CASE, the former of which is more prominent due to his witty and snarky programming (though his humor settings can be altered).
  • The robot arms in the movie version of Iron Man, funnily tagged by Tony Stark as "DUM-E" and "U". DUM-E's the one with a grip which saves Tony's life after his new arc reactor is removed, or in some infamous cases a fire extinguisher; while "U" is usually tasked documentation via a camera that the film sometimes switches to. "DUM-E" is remarkably clumsy. One wonders why Tony even bothers to keep using him at all, unless you pay attention during the magazine cover montage in the beginning of the film and see that he built that robot when he was in college, implying to be the first major invention he made. At the end of the third film, we see him return for "DUM-E" from the wreckage of his home.
  • Charlie in Making Contact. He's next to useless, but cute and inoffensive and seems to represent Joey's connection to his dead father in a way since Charlie was given to Joey by his father as a Christmas present.
  • Kelex and Kelor in Man of Steel, floating droids serving the El family. The former is more prominent.
  • GERTY of Moon is more or less HAL's nice brother.
  • '80s Robot in The Muppets, Kermit's largely unexplained retrotech buddy, who vaguely resembles the NES accessory ROB and is very proud of his dialup modem.
  • Michael in Pixels is an android who's Violet's assistant and secretary. His behavior, however, is noticeably mechanical.
  • Robot and Frank is the heartwarming story of a curmudgeonly old burglar who teaches his trade to his robot buddy.
  • One of the signs that the Rocky franchise had gone completely off the rails was the weird and bewildering subplot in Rocky IV in which Paulie (Rocky's brother-in-law) gets a robot wife.
  • Number 5/Johnny 5 from Short Circuit is an artificially intelligent military robot designed to be dropped behind enemy lines during a nuclear exchange and deliver a tactical nuke to a high value target. When he is hit be lightning it imbues him with an innocent, curious, childlike personality that quickly becomes a wise-cracking pop culture junkie. He also develops a tremendous respect for all forms of life.
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie (no, not those three!) in Silent Running are three service robots on the Valley Forge, an American Airlines space freighter.
  • Star Wars:
    • The droid pair of C-3PO and R2-D2, with C-3PO's fluency in "over 6 million forms of communication" and R2-D2's seemingly endless supply of gadgets for every conceivable task.
    • Carried over to The Force Awakens with BB-8.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a T-800 model Terminator is sent back in time to protect a young John Connor from another Terminator sent to kill him. Over the course of the film, John's mother, Sarah, muses about how the T-800 had become a surrogate father to John.
  • Transformers Film Series:
    • Bumblebee in Transformers takes this role on occasion. He gives the impression of actively trying to invoke the trope; Sam accuses him of faking muteness at one point to try and be endearing.
    • The third movie gives an almost darker version of this trope, with Soundwave and Laserbeak being "clients" to the human Dylan. However, it's more of a mutual respect than an actual friendship, as back story reveals that Soundwave respects Dylan because the human has an almost similar personality to his true master, Megatron.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure and its spinoffs have a few based around this idea, like Supercomputer and, obviously, Your Very Own Robot.
  • 2-Tor in the Star Challenge books, tripling as well as a Do-Anything Robot and Mr. Exposition.
  • There was Rim the Rebel Robot in the obscure Pick a Path series.

  • Erek King from Animorphs is this to the main crew. Although there's some tension due to the fact that Erek is an Actual Pacifist (he's programmed that way) and they're in a war, usually he is able to help by being Mister Exposition or using his abilities in ways that don't involve direct combat. However, he and the kids have a falling out at the end of the series, because Jake blackmailed him into fighting. Conversely, the kids blame Erek for the death of Rachel, as Erek drained the Pool ship's weapons. Erek and the Animorphs never reconcile.
  • Keith Laumer created the soul of a robot buddy and Warrior Poet in the Bolo. Imagine R2-D2 as a massive tank, more loyal than Chewbacca, and with Honor Before Reason.
  • Cakes In Space has Pilbeam, a robot caretaker for the ship that Astra and her family are taking to their new planet home. When the ship becomes infested with hostile sentient cakes and veers off course, he has to help Astra get rid of the cakes and save the ship.
  • ERK-147 in Chrono Hustle.
  • In a Polish sci-fi novel for teenagers Ci z dziesiątego tysiąca (Ones from the Tenth Thousand) by Jerzy Broszkiewicz, the main character, Ion Soggo, has an android friend named Robik, who has accompanied him since early childhood and even changed his form gradually in order to best address a child's changing needs (from a funky humanoid toy to an ordinary human teenager, albeit with formidable strength and computing power). Robik was designed and programmed to be Ion's friend and protector, which became a bit of a problem when he actively sabotaged a rescue mission Ion was involved in, as it put Ion in danger.
  • The drones in books about The Culture by Iain M. Banks are loyal companions, but very deadly if they work for Special Circumstances. If they don't, they usually have attitude problems.
  • Golem Golem plays Decon-Recon Switch on this in Feliks, Net & Nika. He was built and programmed as Robot Buddy, but after freak accident he went A.I. Is a Crapshoot and ran away. Finally he reconciled with main characters, taking The Big Guy role in their temporary Five-Man Band.
  • For Your Safety has the Morphs, anthropomorphic AI's designed to be companions to humans. Unfortunately due to a Zeroth Law Rebellion, every human being is assigned a morph at birth, leading to Big Brother Is Watching.
  • Heart of Steel has a lot of these, all of them designed and built by cyborg Mad Scientist Alistair Mechanus.
  • Land of Oz: Tik-Tok from Ozma of Oz is the earliest example of this trope.
  • The Machineries of Empire has drones, animal-shaped sentient robots who assist Cheris and are friends with her on the basis of Because You Were Nice to Me.
  • The Mouse Watch has The Candroid, a mouse-shaped android that helps the titular heroes. Its inventor gave it that name because "it 'can' answer almost anything you ask it." It also changes the direction of the story by off-handedly revealing that someone in the organization is a traitor.
  • Perhaps the Trope Namer, the My Robot Buddy series, by Alfred Slote, features Danny One as the title character.
  • Isaac Asimov:
    • "A Boy's Best Friend": Jimmy's best friend is Robutt and he objects when his parents want to replace his dog with a "real" dog.
    • "Robbie": Robbie is a machine that was made to be a nursemaid, and he has been with Gloria for years by the start of the story. Gloria's mother takes the fact that Gloria prefers spending time with Robbie over other humans as evidence that Robbie is detrimental to her child. Even years after their separation, the two run into each other's arms when they meet again. Robbie technically does it because otherwise Gloria would've died, but the narration still indicates that he's happy to be reunited with his her.
  • Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov's The Norby Chronicles: A series of novels by Janet and Isaac Asimov. The titular Norby is partner/friend/property of Jefferson Wells, built inside of a stainless steel barrel, with Touch Telepathy, Hyperdrive, Time Travel, and other assorted abilities. Incidentally, as it was written in 1983, he may be the first of the Deadpan Snarker bots.
  • In Pugs of the Frozen North, Prof. Shackleton Jones bring along one called SNOBOT.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Han and Chewie got buddies Bollux and Blue Max in Brian Daley's The Han Solo Adventures.
    • Lando got a starfish-shaped robot buddy named Vuffi Raa in L. Neil Smith's The Lando Calrissian Adventures. Vuffi turned out to be a member of an extra-galactic droid race called the Silentium.
    • The X-Wing Series has more than a few pilots' astromechs that fit the bill. Corran Horn's droid Whistler offers electronic raspberries when he thinks Corran is being stupid, is packed full of useful programming from the duo's days on the Corellian Security Force, and will refuse to eject when going into a lethal situation. "Face" Loran took a cue from Return of the Jedi and outfitted his Vape with a beer ejector. Myn Donos's droid Shiner was the only other survivor from his original squadron, leading to Donos's Heroic BSoD when he's destroyed. And Lara Nostil's companion Tonin got to become King of the Droids and help take down a Super Star Destroyer.
    • Galaxy of Fear has DV-9, who feels like his talents are wasted on babysitting and resents this duty, and is the most worlds-weary of the cast, but still feels driven to help his charges and his master however he can. Still, he elects to be Put on a Bus halfway through.
  • Christopher Stasheff's Warlock of Gramarye series has Rod Gallowglass' companion Fess, a slightly-malfunctional robot retainer who often wears the body of a Mechanical Horse while on undercover missions.
  • Xel from The Place Inside the Storm is a robotic cat. He's programmed to behave almost exactly like a real cat, except that he can talk.
  • Gizmo from the Colony Mars books is this, in spades

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Slim Goodbody: B-1, Slim's sidekick, is his right-hand man and is a robot.
  • The Singaporean-Malaysian series Argo's World is about the human Maria and her personal assistant, a robot named Argo, travelling through Cyberspace to learn about science and technology.
  • The Dutch children's show Bassie & Adriaan featured a robot named Robin in several seasons.
  • Battlestar Galactica
    • The original Battlestar Galactica had a robotic daggit, which was mostly a Replacement Goldfish but occasionally proved useful for crawling through ductwork or whatever. It had artificial fur and the most obnoxious synthetic bark imaginable.
    • Cy, from Galactica 1980. In fact he's often viewed as the only good thing about it.
  • Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He may not have any internal tools installed, but any droid who can operate a fighter craft designed for humans and do it well in combat is not to be underestimated. Another of his roles (in obvious reference to R2-D2) is as an electronic lockpick, which nobody but Buck ever seems to expect an ambuquad to be able to do.
    • Dr. Theopolis is almost a subversion, since as a member of the Computer Council that governs Earth, he's actually the highest ranking member of the cast. None the less, in practice, he seems to mostly just like riding around on Twiki's chest helping his human buddies save the day.
    • The second season added insufferable genius robot Kryten, who counts as an early example of the snarky, sarcastic robot archetype.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The show's most prominent example is robot dog K-9, who the Doctor later passed on to companion Sarah Jane Smith.
    • In the old series, there was also Kamelion, who was a humanoid robot who, like his name suggests, could impersonate people. Unfortunately, this wasn't used to its full potential because the man who designed the prop (and thus, knew how it worked) died before he could pass the instructions on to anyone else. Thus, he was Put on a Bus every episode up until the one where he was killed off.
    • Gadget in "The Waters of Mars".
      Gadget: Gadget, gadget!
      The Doctor: Does it have to keep saying that?
      Roman: I think it's funny.
      The Doctor: I hate funny robots. [He does mention later that dogs are different.]
    • Handles, a fully robotic Cyberman head, who the Doctor initially used as a PDA, but became his best friend during the Siege of Trenzalore, to the point that the Doctor cried when he eventually lost power for good.
  • Deputy Andy from Eureka.
  • Hymie in Get Smart was built by bad guys, but did a Heel–Face Turn and joined the heroes.
  • Yoyo in Holmes & Yoyo.
  • In Robin's previous life as a pseudo-'80s teen pop singer on How I Met Your Mother, one of her trademarks was a cute little robot sidekick.
  • I Am Frankie has two: PEGS1 and BOB. That's not counting the actual androids running around, mind.
  • Recent Kamen Rider series have started adding very collectible little transforming robots, though they're less full characters and more intelligent gadgets.
  • KITT from Knight Rider has the distinction of being a Robot Buddy main character. As such, he gets a lot more personality than your typical Robot Buddy, and gets to make more demands of his partner Michael, often giving Michael orders and expecting them to be carried out.
  • K-tai Investigator 7 is about the relationship between humans and cellphones that can walk, talk, and think. Really hard to miss the Robot Buddies in the series.
  • Craig Ferguson has a robotic co-host, Geoff, in The Late Late Show.
  • LazyTown's Robbie Rotten has his "little robot hound".
    I love my purple ball of fluff / I'll flip a switch and turn him off
  • On the show Lexx, the disembodied robot head 790 was once a programmed soldier working for the League of 20,000 Planets in the Light Zone, but gained new programming which it received in a process designed to give love slave training to the character of Zev, and ended up tagging along with the crew.
  • Robot from Lost in Space.
  • Tom Servo and Crow are the robot buddies of Joel Hodgson/Mike Nelson on Mystery Science Theater 3000, though they're not particularly useful apart from their capacity for wit and sarcasm (and with Crow, that's not always guaranteed).

  • In The Twilight Zone, collecting enough robots lights up certain bonuses, such as the Extra Ball shot.


  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A robot, according to the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, is "your plastic pal who's fun to be with."
  • Earthsearch has cleaning robot Tidy and agricultural robot George. Unlike Angel One and Two, the megalomaniacal Master Computers who control the spaceship, they are loyal and obedient but never happy about all the tasks they're constantly being forced to do that are outside their programming. Tidy has a Running Gag of complaining about all the mess he has to clean up whenever disaster strikes, while George gripes that Robots Are Just Better but it's no use expecting miracles from them.


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    Video Games 
  • Ascent Crash Landing: Bluu, the Player Character, is accompanied on his mission by his robot friend, a cute robot with one eye named Blip.
  • Creator 0010 from Radiant Silvergun. In fact, it's what created and recreated mankind in the first place.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the cliche superhero Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth comes complete with the Robot Buddy Thursday, who fits the description right down to having a self-sacrifice attack named Arigato Roboto ("Thank you, Robot")note .
    • Incidentally, his character type is not Robot Buddy. It's Invincible Robot/Super Robot.
  • Clank from the Ratchet & Clank series, although he's usually more well-grounded than Ratchet.
  • No list of Robot Buddies would be complete without Floyd from the Infocom Interactive Fiction game Planetfall, called (by those who played the game) one of the most endearing and memorable characters in game history.
  • Another Floyd appeared in Jet Force Gemini. This one rebelled against the big bad and saved a few tribals but needs you to fix him up again. A friend can even control him afterwards to help fight enemies. Quickly becomes averted if your buddy starts shooting the tribals however.
  • Joey from Beneath a Steel Sky is the main character's robot buddy. He's also a bit of a Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick in that he enjoys the company of humans, but frequently mocks their frailties and thoughtlessness. He is also rather versatile, able to be transferred to a different robotic body when his circuit board is placed into it.
  • Dog (also written as 'D0G') from Half-Life 2, a giant, gorilla-shaped robot who throws vans around, beats the snot out of Striders, and communicates via beeps and other robotic noises. Dialogue explains that he was initially built by Eli as a 4-foot-high protector. Alyx had been upgrading him over time, up to what we see in-game.
  • Puck in Rama, a tiny Shakespeare-ish android who lives in your inventory. He's programmed to analyze items inside the titular alien ship, with a thirst for adventure to boot.
  • Oscar in Syberia. He joins you in your quest to find his creator, Hans Voralberg, with the use of a clockwork train he was programmed to operate.
  • Automatons in Final Fantasy XI, while indeed a puppet for the Puppetmaster class, seem to possess unique thoughts of their own, and in at least two cases, personalities! Cardians, which are the pride and joy of Windurst, are a lot less rigid compared to Automatons. One cutscene has a Cardian trying to look for an EXP party!
  • Robo from Chrono Trigger. He manages to get himself totaled within minutes of his first appearance, though it's a Heroic BSoD rather than a Heroic Sacrifice. Once the Gadgeteer Genius has her way, he (apparently) continues to serve the party with technology-based attacks and futuristic knowledge.
  • Pipo from Over Blood.
  • The protagonist of Chibi-Robo! is a Robot Buddy to all of the inhabitants of the house (And I mean ALL), but what makes this even more interesting is that HE has his own Robot Buddy, Telly Vision, who flies around giving Chibi advice and speaking for him in cases where the player has to say something other than "yes" or "no".
  • In Snatcher, we have Metal Gear Mk. II (named and modeled after the eponymous mecha Metal Gear), Gillian's walking Forensics Lab, and Robot Buddy. Unlike most examples of the trope, although loyal to Gillian, Metal does not hesitate to call Gillian out on some of his questionable behavior, and insult him semi-regularly. This little robot buddy was transplanted into Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Scrapper in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
  • The Robot Sentry, while only active for about one and a half levels in Doom 3, works like this, its beeps and boops and overall design being a cross between a cockroach and a puppy.
  • PROXY, Starkiller's holodroid companion from The Force Unleashed, fits the bill pretty well, up to and including the Heroic Sacrifice part. However, he also possesses the added distinction of being programmed to try and kill his master periodically, as a form of training.
  • Befitting a Star Wars game, T3-M4 and HK-47 are respectively the R2-D2 and C-3PO of Knights of the Old Republic (if C-3PO were homicidally insane, that is and R2-D2 is a wisecracking robot who outwits the homicidally insane robot). In the second game, they are joined by G0-T0, the personal droid of crime lord Goto, or so he says.
    • G0-T0 is more of a chessmaster than a robot buddy. His miniature counterpart on the other hand...
  • The Dinosaur Capture Team from Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals have their own Robot Buddy, who runs around in the open distracting the tyrannosaurus while the Team's human members sneak up on it.
  • Borderlands franchise:
    • The Claptraps, who in the first game give you reminders of new missions and are often seen dancing in the cities. In the "Robot Revolution" DLC, however, the Claptraps have Turned Against Their Masters and try to take over Pandora for themselves. By the time of the sequel, there's only one Claptrap left on Pandora, and the citizens of Sanctuary see him as a nuisance. He's still helpful in a number of missions because of his ability to interface with Hyperion technology.
    • In Tales from the Borderlands, the main characters have a robot buddy who in turn has his own robot buddy. Initially Loader Bot is just a bodyguard for Rhys, while the Gortys robot is basically an adorable MacGuffin. By the end of the story, the friendship between the two becomes a major plot point.
  • Portal 2 gives you the absentminded but chatty and mostly-helpful Wheatley, voiced by Stephen Merchant, for the first act of the game. Then he becomes the Big Bad, and you get POTaTOS, who's as friendly as she was beforehand.
  • In Epic Mickey, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has the Mad Doctor build him animatronic versions of Mickey Mouse's friends, as he wants Mickey's life for himself.
  • Exploited with R.O.B., the Robotic Operating Buddy. Nintendo understood how this trope works, and thought that R.O.B. could convince retailers that the NES was a toynote  instead of a video game system. It worked.
  • Descent II and III gave players the Guidebot, a robotic tour guide with an assortment of cute sounds and the ability to name him (or her?) for that extra love.
  • In the Fallout series, the Mr. Handy, and its combat version, Mr. Gutsy, is a customizable line of robot buddies. In Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer can recruit a Mr. Gutsy named Sergeant RL-3.
    • Fallout: New Vegas gives us ED-E the recruitable Robot Buddy, Rex might count too, though he's only half a robot.
    • Fallout 4 has Codsworth, your character's Mr. Handy from before the war. There's also Curie, a Mrs Handy who's also a romance option. The Automatron DLC adds Ada and also gives you the option to customize Ada, Codsworth, and Curie or build your own robot buddy from scratch. Nick Valentine blurs the line a bit as a prototype synth, but in his own words he is still "servos and sprockets".
  • Mass Effect 2 has Legion, who manages to be one of the game's two or three sane individuals (for a sufficiently loose definition of individual). It is something of a Warrior Poet who makes an effort to explain the culture and ethics of the geth, who were previously assumed to be Always Chaotic Evil, with partial success.
    • It also features EDI, who, although not a robot, is an AI that eventually becomes the Normandy, giving EDI a true physical presence, allowing "her" to qualify for this trope. In Mass Effect 3, in fact she upgrades to Fembot. Seeing as she also is constantly in contact with the player, she feels just like this trope.
  • PAL-18 from Anachronox
  • Marcie from Final Fantasy Adventure. He could be used to restore MP when you use the Ask feature. His only weakness is that he cannot jump, which serves as his own demise. His Heroic Sacrifice is throwing you away from the crumbling Dime Tower to The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
  • City of Heroes gives you an assortment of robots as pets, both combat and non-combat. Robotics Masterminds are a notable example, as they can have up to six. More can be added via certain Incarnate powers.
  • Time Patrol Trunks is accompanied by a robot named Hope!(exclamation point necessary) in Dragon Ball Online.
  • Turing, the first sentient machine from Read Only Memories
  • Freedom Wars: Your Accessory, although they are less your "buddy" and more your "personal corrections officer".
  • Kid Ultra from Battleborn is a child-sized Magnus originally designed to be a nanny-bot that would take care of children and be customizable for home defense, astrogation, and other needs. When "The Great Severance" happened, Kid Ultra left without any no external reference or personality data banks to draw from, drew info instead from his pre-loaded holo library of cartoons and became a robot that sees himself as a Kid Sidekick.
  • Corpse of Discovery has A.V.A (Software version 7:2:1) who starts out cold and uncaring. Turning spiteful in the middle of the game before finally warming up to the Player Character.

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  • Robot (real name Seraph Thirteen) in Gunnerkrigg Court. He's not had much of a good time since his first appearance; he gets possessed by a Glass Eyed Man, has his body destroyed by Eglamore, gets turned into paperclips while his CPU is in jail, gets stuck in a docking station and then a robot mouse, and goes all weird when his CPU is put into Seraph One. Later, he becomes a revolutionary and starts a robot religion, where Jeanne is a goddess and Kat is an angel.
  • Ethan manufactures one out of his Xbox in Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Played with in Diesel Sweeties, where two of the characters in an ensemble cast happen to be robots. Also, the toaster is apparently self-aware.
  • Sam's loyal companion, Helix, from Freefall fits this trope very nicely. Then again, most of the characters in this web comic are robots, so it might be a little odder to find a non-Robot Buddy.
  • Ennesby from Schlock Mercenary isn't so much loyal to the Toughs as he is interested in working for them, as a "free" AI, but especially for the titular amorph he does play the "buddy" part of this trope now and then.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has Roofus the roof-repair robot. Molly didn't intend for him to be sentient, and it becomes a significant problem for the characters to figure out what to do with him when they realize he is. He ends up going to Stay with the Aliens, since they have more experience with this sort of thing. Roofus is nice enough, a complete innocent, and enormously strong... Just don't destroy a roof he's just finished fixing.
  • Nicki in Times Like This, a MIRA (Multifunctional Interactive Robotic Assistant) imported from the 2020's. Cassie, fan of Small Wonder, retooled her appearance to resemble what Vicki might look like all grown up.
  • Pizmo in Space Kid.
  • The Artist And The Machine has Mech, a robot who becomes friends with a magical girl.
  • Short, ditzy Pewter from Anna Galactic.

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    Western Animation 
  • Farmer Al Falfa builds this kind of robot to help out with his work in the Aesop's Film Fables cartoon "The Iron Man".
  • X-5 from Atomic Betty is a team buddy for Betty herself and a personal buddy for Sparky (though you wouldn't tell from the way they behave to each other).
  • XR from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a buddy for his whole team and Buzz Lightyear in particular (with a few episodes featuring solely him and Buzz against the villains).
  • The 2000s series Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, features a robot buddy in Wingnut, former minion of the Harmless Villain, Grizzle.
  • Cubix from Cubix: Robots for Everyone.
  • The title characters in the Defenders of the Earth episode "Audie and Tweak" are a boy genius and the robot he built using organic circuits. Unlike silicon-based computers, Tweak is immune to the disruption caused by Tycos (a supposedly infallible supercomputer designed by Octon) but the fact that he has organic circuits means he cannot survive long if his power supply is drained, leading to an aversion of the robotic version of the Disney Death trope.
  • Roboto in Duck Dodgers has the misfortune of being a Robot Buddy to Dodgers, whose selfishness and insecurity mean he alternates between taking advantage of Roboto's willingness to help and plotting the robot's demise because it's better than him at stuff.
  • Dynomutt, Dog Wonder: Blue Falcon's best buddy, Dynomutt, the Dog Wonder.
  • Dollarnator from Fanboy and Chum Chum is, to name a few functions, a time machine, an oven, and a piñata, as Fanboy had wanted.
  • Bender on Futurama is both the best Robot Buddy ever to Fry, and the worst Robot Buddy ever.
    • "I don't want anyone thinking we're robosexuals."
      • Before saying the above in the pilot episode, Bender asks Fry, "You really want a robot for a friend?" to which Fry replies, "Yeah, ever since I was six."
        Fry: [about Bender] On more than one occasion he actually stole my blood.
    • Ironically, in "Proposition Infinity" he gets involved with Amy and lobbies in favor of robosexual marriage.
  • Gadget and the Gadgetinis: Digit and Figit, the titular Gadgetinis are played straight Robot Buddies, both working with Gadget and taking over the role Brain previously played as Penny's agents to save Gadget from himself.
  • In Infinity Train, Tulip has ditzy robot sidekick named One-One, a ball-robot with two personalities: Glad-One, the eternal optimist; and Sad-One, the eternal pessimist. The two can split down the middle to function independently.
  • Inspector Gadget is his own robot buddy. He's got everything he might ever need at his fingertips, and all he needs is someone who's paying attention to hang around and tell him.
  • Jimmy Neutron's mechanical canine, Goddard.
  • Brainiac 5 in the animated series Legion Of Superheroes (but not the original comics, where he's an organic alien).
  • On Mack & Moxy, Clixx serves as this to Mack and Moxy, remaining at Helpee HQ and supporting them, the Trooper, and the rest on the ground via "instant moosaging," which consists of appearing as a hologram between Mack's horns.
  • In 1980s cartoon, M.A.S.K., T-Bob is Robot Buddy for Scott Tracker.
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Max Steel has Cytro. The reboot has Steel himself.
  • Miraculous Ladybug has Markov, who serves as this to supporting character Max. Amazingly, despite the show's modern-day setting, Markov's AI is sophisticated enough to grant him real emotions - enough that he can be akumatized.
  • Inversion: The Robot Buddy from My Life as a Teenage Robot is not a sidekick, but the Action Girl main character. She has a few human buddies.
  • Packages from Planet X Has CuRT.
  • PJ Masks: The villain Romeo has a robot (simply named Robot) as his right hand man. As of the season 2 episode "Wacky Floats", the heroes also have a robot buddy named PJ Robot.
  • Clockwork Smurf of The Smurfs was a medieval-age European version of one, becoming a Robot Buddy for King Gerard.
  • Star Wars Resistance: At the beginning of the show, Poe Dameron loans BB-8 to the inexperienced protagonist Kaz, specifically so he can keep an eye on him. Yaeger also has his own droid friend, who he calls "Bucket". Later in the season, CB-23, who has been serving as Poe's substitute astromech droid, replaces BB when Poe takes him back.
  • Octus on Sym-Bionic Titan to Ilana and Lance. He's not really considered an inferior to them.
  • Bot from Team Umizoomi.
  • Another villain with a robot buddy is Brother Blood on Teen Titans Go! with his funny torture robot Pain Bot.
  • A rare case of a villain with a Robot Buddy was Mule, an assistant to the Egomaniac Hunter Safari Joe in the original ThunderCats (1985). Mule was the typical, cute robot, resembling a miniature train, and was able to analyze whatever quarry Joe wanted to go after, and was loyal, despite Joe treating him like dirt. however, when Lion-O defeated the villain, the heroes let him go on the condition he promise never to hunt again, and Panthro reprogrammed Mule so he'd make sure Joe kept his promise - and Mule seemed quite happy with his new programming.
  • Toonami gave us TOM. There's also SARA, the various Clydes, and Flash & D.
    • Before all them, there was Clyde 49 for Moltar.
  • As the series' Kid-Appeal Character, Bumblebee usually takes this role with the various human characters (who are kind of an inversion themselves, being human buddies to the robot main characters) in the Transformers saga. In series' where he is a major character, Bulkhead is starting to take on a Gentle Giant variation on the role.
  • H.E.L.P.eR from The Venture Bros. certainly qualifies complete with a dash of The Unintelligible and both The Chew Toy and The Woobie.

    Real Life 
  • Pepper, from Japanese and French company Aldebaran Robotics, is this. She has a very friendly and sweet personality and, thanks to cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure, Amazon's Alexa or IBM's Watson, can be very smart.
  • Jibo, from Boston-based company Jibo Inc., is this too.


    Anime & Manga 
  • Mechazawa from Cromartie High School. Although it seems almost no one in the school realizes he's a robot, or they just decide never to mention it. As far as most of the cast is concerned, he's just a normal delinquent with a really hard body. He may be more of a case of a robot with human buddies, as he's looked up to by the whole school. Looks like an oil drum with skinny robot limbs and eyes attached.

    Comic Books 
  • In Pouvoirpoint : Tanguy the tangram-shaped robot. Although he eventually becomes a good companion of the main character, at the beginning of the story he is pretty unfriendly ("You humans look all the same"), and is a victim of ordinary racism on the part of the starship crew. He also proves to be a very bad chess player.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The device was parodied on Friends when Joey got the lead in an awful show called Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. about a cop who fights crime with his wisecracking Robot Buddy.

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Robo is considered a little annoying by some of the cast, rather than being a cute companion.
  • Chuck Steel: Raging Balls of Steel Justice. The cliched claymation Cowboy Cop is stuck "babysitting another damned rookie!", a small robot designated A55 (which looks a lot like ASS on its digital screen). Unfortunately the robot is a sexual pervert that spends more time molesting household appliances than covering Steel's ass during a firefight. Finally Steel gives it a Boom, Headshot! because I Work Alone!

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  • Aaron Stack (formerly Machine Man) in Warren Ellis' fight comic Nextwave, a Do-Anything Robot who evidently comes with a constantly bitch and moan feature.
    • Jeff Parker has Aaron play it straight when he joins Red Hulk's supporting cast, but when Jeff brings him over to Red She-Hulk's supporting cast, his ego and lack of regard for little things like property rights start showing up again.
  • L-Ron from the late '80s/early '90s iteration of Justice League was a sarcastic robot, formerly the majordomo of an interstellar Corrupt Corporate Executive who defected to Earth and became the personal assistant to the League's smug financial backer, Max Lord, whom he constantly jabbed with sardonic barbs. He was cordial towards the rest of the team, though, if a bit acerbic. After this version of the League disbanded, L-Ron wound up working the drive-thru at a fast food joint.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Dot Matrix in Spaceballs, a Robot Nag rather than a Robot Buddy.
  • Star Wars
    • K-2SO in Rogue One due to his constant Sarcasm Mode. He is a reprogrammed Imperial security droid, the strongest member of the eponymous commando, and also crucial at that, as he can help infiltrate Imperial facilities. In theory. He is, however, extremely loyal to Cassian Andor.
    • L3-37 in Solo is friends with Lando, but has a confrontational attitude and regularly asserts that she's her own person. Given her protests for droid rights, she'd probably be offended by this trope and how "buddy" robots are usually secondary to the humans.

  • Marvin the Paranoid Android from all incarnations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, who hates his owners, his creators, himself, and the whole of existence, and never stops telling this to anyone who will listen. (Presumably the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation was referring to a different sort of robot when it advertised "Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With!") On at least two occasions Marvin was able to stop the opposing forces by linking into their computer system, making it depressed or even suicidal. Eddie would be a better fit for this trope except for the fact that he's an immobile computer.
  • Daneel Olivaw in Isaac Asimov's Robot novels. Daneel plays the trope straight, but his human companion Elijah Baley wants nothing to do with any of those despicable robots, at least not till fairly late.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Eve in Mann & Machine is all but human in everything but physical limits and life experience, although her predecessor as Bobby's partner certainly fit this trope to a T.
  • Red Dwarf: Kryten is a cheerful, friendly, helpful domestic robot. Unfortunately he's just the teensiest bit neurotic, has a fixation with cleanliness that borders on obsessive-compulsive, and lives in constant fear of rejection. He's also not particularly good at anything except cooking and cleaning. And providing exposition.
  • Lexx: 790 is a disembodied robot head who is a Deadpan Snarker as well as a complete and utter Jerkass to anyone who isn't Xev (except later in the series, when he has his affections switched from Xev to Kai) - especially Stan, and on several occasions he comes across as completely psychotic. Such as when he blew up Earth. 100% knowingly and deliberately.

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  • Many characters in Questionable Content have "Anthro PCs" — Anthropromorphic Personal Computers; antisocial and psychotic little robots that don't like taking orders and engage every electrical appliance in sight sexually, sort of like persocoms with attitudes. However, this mainly applies to Pintsize; his personality is definitely an outlier and most of them are much friendlier/less perverted.
    • It was revealed in a short series of strips to be a side-effect of his region settings. It got switched to British, and he spouted a top-hat and monocle, and started acting like a butler. His normal setting, with the psychosis and raunchiness is American. It was never fully explored how much was actual change, and how much was Pintsize screwing with people, though.
      • And later in a flashback, it is revealed that when Martin was assigned Pintsize he was being interviewed by a giant, albeit friendly, spider robot. Martin happens to be terrified of spiders, so the results were skewed toward the weird and unsettling.
    • Later, the strip introduces Winslow (a Mac/iPod Anthro PC) and Momo (a Sony Anthro PC), who are both quite friendly and make nice foils to Pintsize's hijinx, making his attitude possibly due to his model. There is also PT410x (a Linux Anthro PC), who is an arrogant dick constantly jabbering about how "Closed-source software is slavery" (he goes by his serial number rather than a "human-coined SLAVE NAME" for this reason), and crazy conspiracy theories.
    • Then there's Bubbles, a former combat droid who wants to be liked, but hasn't got a lot of social skills; it wasn't a major part of her former job and her size tends to scare off most people she meets.
  • The above description also works well for Div from Penny Arcade, especially, and disturbingly, as regards sex (why did Div need condoms??) but the list of his attributes must also include: alcoholic, misogynistic/homophobic, alcoholic again, and very, very verbally abusive.
    • The infamous Fruitf**ker. Do NOT think about what it does. On a more humorous side, in the spin-off video game it appears to be the main villain.
  • Robot, alias XR-7439-Q, is less 'buddy' and more 'long-suffering indentured slave' who must obey Captain Zap!, even though he's an Idiot Hero whom Robot despises. Zap, for his part, still sees and treats Robot as if he really were a typical sci-fi robot buddy.
  • UNA Frontiers gives you Cyberna and Shiratz, who are subtle subversions of the trope. The former is an intended human/dolphin interface, the latter an ancient alien probe in the shape of a horse and realistic enough to pass a cursory veterinary inspection. They become loyal friends and allies, but are definitely not subservient.
  • Mr. Bix of Red Meat is a subversion. A vomiting, kid-microwaving subversion.

    Western Animation 
  • The concept of a robot buddy was reversed for the whole concept of Bender from Futurama, who shows the exact opposite of everything that makes a Robot Buddy (while ironically still being a buddy). He did, however, perform a Heroic Sacrifice to the book.Except that it was All Just a Dream.
    • Why they call him "Bender the Magnificent"! Where'd everybody go?
      Fry: On more than one occasion, he actually stole my blood.
    • When Morgan Proctor removes Bender's personality and puts it on a disk, Fry protests vehemently.
      Morgan: He was a bad robot.
      Fry: No, he was a bad friend, and I want him back!
  • GIR on Invader Zim is another subversion of the Robot Buddy who is actually The Ditz with a Superpowered Evil Side; on the (rare) occasions when GIR is being competent, he's terrifying..
  • On Ready Jet Go!, Jet ends up building a robot version of himself so it can go hang out with Sydney while the real Jet helps Sean with something. However, things go awry when Sean and Sydney start hanging out the robot more than Jet.
  • Star Wars Rebels has C1-10P, nicknamed "Chopper", as a deliberate reversal of R2-D2 as a helpful Robot Buddy; as showrunner Dave Filoni put it, "If Artoo is a dog, then Chopper is a cat." While Chopper gets a few Pet the Dog moments that show he really cares about his crew, he's primarily a Jerkass that enjoys screwing with them.
  • The Larry 3000 from Time Squad is of the Deadpan Snarker variety of Robot Buddies.
  • The original Transformers series had a human buddy in Spike, as the robots were the stars of the show. However, some of the other shows play this straight.
    • Transformers Animated is somewhere in the middle: some of them act as Robot Buddies of Sari (mostly Bumblebee and Bulkhead), but they do plenty on their own, and there are quite a few episodes where she has little or no effect on the plot. And then it turns out Sari is half-robot herself.
    • The Minicons were little Robot Buddies of other robots.
  • KVN in Final Space is a "Deep Space Insanity Avoidance Companion" assigned to Gary Goodspeed when he was imprisoned in space for five years, but his gratingly cheerful attitude, obnoxious personality and continuous insistence that he's Gary's best friend have only served to make Gary hate him with the fire of a thousand suns, to the point of cheering when he dies (and expressing frustration and disappointment when he's revived). He's contrasted with a more straight example in shipboard AI H.U.E., who as of the second season is inhabiting a robot body.

Alternative Title(s): Robot Buddies


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