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TL;DR Top Ten Lists: Scariest Movie Robots!

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Maximillian from "The Black Hole."

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

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With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Scariest Movie Robots!

  1. The insect robots from "Runaway." These multi-legged insects could move surprisingly fast when they wanted to, and they could jump pretty far. Also, they had a horrible sting - in the form of a venom-filled syringe. And if that wasn't enough, they were all built by Gene Simmons. Can anything be scarier than that?
  2. Maximillian from "The Black Hole." Long before General Grievous came on the scene, Maximillian was the robot with the multiple arms who haunted our nightmares. It doesn't hurt that he can sort of fly and two of his hands are very sharp and spin. Max even had enough guts to kill Norman Bates. Dang.
  3. The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz." Imagine you're a woodcutter and you just happen to make a witch mad. She curses your axe and it begins to chop your parts off. Each time it chops a part off, you replace it with a tin prosthetic. In the end, you're all metal and, if not a full robot, at least a cyborg. Of course, this back story is glossed over in the movie, but it's still true. And why do we think the Tin Man is scary? Because the original make up almost killed the original actor (Buddy Ebsen). No other of these robots actually almost killed someone.

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?

Take to the comments and help us find the Scariest Movie Robots!

Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

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meaningless icon! Hector from Saturn 3
dragongears said this 1554 days ago.
meaningless icon! My choices for 4-10 are: 4. The Terminator 5. T-1000 in Terminator 2 6. ED-209 from Robocop 7. Eyeborgs (and their larger brethren) 8. Hector in Saturn 3 9. The replicants in Blade Runner 10. I, Robot
Blackarrow98gp said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think HAL-9000 should be the whole list.
Domatron said this 1553 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ted, the John Ritter robot on Buffy.
nerdliness said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Sentinels from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
oracle4 said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Yul Brynners "Gunslinger" robot in Westworld had me transfixed.
Snarkocles said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! No way! I beg to differ. (And, I hope my comment doesn't get eaten again...) #1 - Saturn 3 - Hector. Pure, driven evil. #2 - 2001 - HAL 9000. Eavesdropping on Bowman & Poole and then killing Poole with a pod? Pure, thoughtful evil. #3 - The Black Hole - Maximillian. that was a *Disney* movie, folks! WTH?!
M57Lyra said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! I disagree entirely with #3 because Tin Man is a cyborg, not a robot!
BabyCharmander said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hector Saturn 3!! That sound whenever he arrived...AAAHHH
samiam1013 said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! My list: 1. HAL-9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) 2. T-800 & T-1000 (Terminator Series) 3. Sentinels (Matrix Trilogy) 4.AMEE (Red Planet) 5. ED209 (Robocop) 6. Megatron (Transformers) 7. Hector (Saturn 3) 8. AUTO (WALL-E) 9. General Grievous (Star Wars) 10. The entire Kardashian Family
G4RZ_415 said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Even though he didn't get a ton of screen time, IG-88 was pretty damned creepy looking. Other than that, I'm in agreement that HAL-9000 should fill the entire list (except for #2, Maximillian gave me frickin' nightmares as a kid)
ajollynerd said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Daleks, and Cyberman!
dmcp21 said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Gunslinger in Westworld Do any of the robots in Dr Who qualify! The Krotons are pretty creepy...
AcidD said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Now, would it throw a monkey wrench into this if we ruled out HAL-9000, since he was more straight computer than robot?
Chris M said this 1551 days ago.
meaningless icon! Roy Batty
kebernet said this 1550 days ago.
meaningless icon! amazing
Shaby Maldita said this 1535 days ago.

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