Robots have always captured our imaginations. While we don’t quite have robots carrying out our every whim just yet, that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from featuring robots in movies with a range of emotions just as wide as those of a human. Despite the fact that they are computers, they have been depicted as possessing a broad range of motivations: ranging from extremely good to pure evil.
In just a few short weeks we are about to get a glimpse of yet another purely evil robot: Ultron when the latest installment of Marvel’s The Avengers hits theaters. In The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the superhero team battles a robot bent on destroying the world. That sounds pretty evil, and this of course led us to wonder: just who are the most evil robots to be featured in movies up to this point?
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Samantha In “Deadly Friend”
Arguably, Samantha isn’t totally evil because her victims deserve what’s coming to them. However, her methods, and the fact that Samantha actually kills her creator, definitely warrants inclusion on this list.
Vanessa Kensington In “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”
In the sequel to the hit movie Austin Powers, it was revealed that Austin’s companion Vanessa was a “fembot” – an evil robot programmed to do the bidding of Dr. Evil – Austin’s nemesis. She’s definitely evil, but we were sad to see her go when she self-destructed.
David In Prometheus
David is, for some reason since this is a prequel, more advanced than the robots that follow him. That aside, David is evil because he knows he’s superior to humans, bringing a level of self awareness that’s just plain creepy.
Pris In Blade Runner
Despite the fact that she has moved beyond being a simple “pleasure model”, Pris made the unfortunate choice of using her abilities for evil rather than good – not what you want a robot doing.
Auto In Wall-E
Auto is programmed to not let humans return to Earth, no matter what. Despite the fact that Auto isn’t actually making this choice, he’s definitely evil because he almost kills one of the most lovable robots of all time: Wall-E!
ED-209 In RoboCop
Like RoboCop, ED-209 is created to enforce the law but unfortunately lacks the heart that RoboCop brings with his human component. Without the ability to feel, ED-209 simply becomes a ruthless killing machine.
Mechagodzilla In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Mechagodzilla is definitely the bad guy, especially since Godzilla has already made peace with mankind in this movie. If that wasn’t bad enough, Mechagodzilla is controlled by aliens, making him totally evil.
AMEE In Red Planet
AMEE represents our greatest fear of robots: one second they’re helpful and then suddenly they turn against humans. AMEE definitely makes us question buying a robot to help around the house.