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Allanah Faherty

Some of the most iconic movies of all time feature a duo — Batman and Robin, Thelma and Louise, E.T. and Elliot, etc.

Now, I love a good movie duo, but I believe the best movie companions of all time aren't humans or even Extra Terrestrials, they're ROBOTS. What makes for a more awesome companion than a high-tech fighting machine?!

But it's surprisingly tough to decide which robot sidekick I'd want paired with me when undertaking a mission of extreme peril, so I have analyzed several available robot choices. I've ranked them by:

Niceness - I don't want to be hanging out with a douche-bot.

Techness - If you're going to have a robot companion you KNOW you want one with amazing accessories.

Fightness - Because really, what else are you gonna make your robot companion do?

Teddy - A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Describe this rad bot to me: Robot bear

Why they're awesome: David and Teddy have an unbreakable bond spanning thousands of years, proving sometimes a kid just needs his (robotic) teddy bear.

Niceness: 5/5 - C'mon, he's a TEDDY BEAR robot!

Techness: 2/5 - He's a robot teddy, isn't that enough!?

Fightness: 1/5 - A lover, not a fighter!

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R2D2 - Star Wars Series

Describe this rad bot to me!: astromech droid

Why they're awesome: R2D2 is super smart — he's aided the Rebel Alliance multiple times throughout the Star Wars series, helping Luke attack the Death Star and accompanying him on his Jedi training.

Niceness: 4/5 - A loyal friend (but also a bit sassy)

Techness: 4/5 - He fixed the freakin' Millennium Falcon hyperdrive.

Fightness: 4/5 - Remember when he saved the team from Jabba?!

Number 5/Johnny Five - Short Circuit

Describe this rad bot to me!: Designed as a war bot — but he was too nice!

Why they're awesome: Number 5 was an escapee robot who made his way to the house of Stephanie Speck, who provided him with books and, ultimately, an understanding of life.

Niceness: 3/5 - Points deducted for "disassembling" the grasshopper

Techness: 3/5 - He's a war bot, but still looks kind of lo-tech

Fightness: 3/5 - Those tank-like wheels are made for battle!

T-800 Terminator - Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Describe this rad bot to me!: A robo-killing machine with a conscience

Why they're awesome: The reprogrammed T-800 Terminator was the badass that helped a young John Connor and his mother, Sarah, escape the killer T-1000 Terminator.

Niceness: 3/5 - He sacrifices himself to prevent nuclear war, so pretty nice!

Techness: 5/5 - A robot from the future, he's sure to be fancy!

Fightness: 5/5 - He never gives up — and he'll always be back.

Iron Giant - The Iron Giant

Describe this rad bot to me!: A GIANT robot — from space!

Why they're awesome: When an Army tries to kill the Iron Giant with a missile that would also annihilate a whole town, the Iron Giant makes the ultimate sacrifice by colliding with the missile in mid-air before it can harm anyone else.

Niceness: 4/5 - He literally took a missile to the face to save a town!

Techness: 4/5 - He can reassemble and fix himself.

Fightness: 5/5 - He has a whole arsenal of hidden weapons at his disposal.

C-3PO - Star Wars Series

Describe this rad bot to me!: Protocol droid

Why they're awesome: In addition to helping Anakin Skywalker with his Podracer, C-3PO undertook some riskier missions such as helping to rescue Princess Leia and convincing the Ewoks his human companions should be freed.

Niceness: 3/5 - He's mostly nice, but also kind of a whiner.

Techness: 3/5 - He's a bit clunky and fragile but super smart!

Fightness: 2/5 - He did ask to be shut down due to sensory overload.

Baymax - Big Hero 6

Describe this rad bot to me!: Buddy turned warrior

Why they're awesome: Boy genius Hiro transforms Baymax into a crime fighting warrior, but Baymax is very caring and — with his stellar healing abilities — can treat nearly any ailment!

Niceness: 5/5 - Hiro's best and closest friend.

Techness: 4/5 - He can heal you AND has amazing super-powers.

Fightness: 4/5 - C'mon, he fights on a superhero team!

Weebo - Flubber

Describe this rad bot to me!: Assistant robot

Why they're awesome: Weebo is Professor Philip Brainard's loyal assistant, but she does have a spiteful side, releasing Flubber and allowing it to wreak havoc. She later redeems herself against a bunch of thugs.

Niceness: 3/5 - Loyal to the Professor, but also a bit spiteful.

Techness: 4/5 - She's a hovering super genius robot!

Fightness: 3/5 - She fights to the best of her abilities (it's hard with no arms!).

Bumblebee - Transformers

Describe this rad bot to me!: Fully sentient Autobot

Why they're awesome: Bumblebee helps Sam Witwicky as much as he can, from playing themed music to help him win over Mikaela Barnes, to protecting him from junkyard dogs and evil Decepticons.

Niceness: 4/5 - A true bro and the ultimate wing-man.

Techness: 5/5 - An awesome car that transforms into an awesome robot.

Fightness: 5/5 - Hard to deny he's the ultimate fighter!


Describe this rad bot to me!: Waste Allocation Load Lifter (that's "trash-bot" to you and me).

Why they're awesome: WALL-E is a lonely but kind robot, stuck on Earth after the humans evacuate. He tries to save our planet AND falls in love with the kindly EVE.

Niceness: 5/5 - Saves the planet, falls in love — no biggie.

Techness: 3/5 - He's got the personality but he's essential still a trash-bot.

Fightness: 2/5 - He protects his plant with all his might!

By my calculations that makes Bumblebee the ultimate robot companion! Do you agree? Vote in the poll below.


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