How do you destroy robots that were created to fight wars against other robots? How?!? Gregg Rosenblum’s debut novel, Revolution 19, is set in a not-so-distant future where the human race has been ravaged by a robot revolution. These seemingly indestructible bots were built to fight a war, but one day they stopped fighting each other and turned on their creators. It seems impossible that three teens would even think that they could survive against such a strong enemy. But Kevin, Nick, and Cass are willing to do anything to find their parents and save them from robotic clutches.
They aren’t the first humans to have to fight a mighty bot enemy. Inspired by Revolution 19‘s evil robots, we put together a list of other terrifying robots in pop-culture, and then we smashed all the electronics in our office and slept with the nightlight on for a week.
“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” When HAL learns that he is going to be disconnected (though just for routine maintenance), he decides that jeopardizes his primary objective of completing the spaceship’s mission. The solution? Kill the crew. *Shudder*
Terminators, The Terminator
How do you argue with an artificial being that sees humans as inefficient and useless collateral to completing missions? When you’ve just marathon-watche
Cylons, Battlestar Galactica
Holy. Frak. What could make artificial intelligence bent on destroying humanity more terrifying? If you couldn’t tell who was human and who was robot. Hello, most terrifying reboot ever. Also, ALSO! Some of the cylons don’t even know that they are cylons.
Cybermen, Doctor Who
They’re all for ridding the world of emotions, and will turn you into one of them. Your personality, feelings, memories, and dreams totally wiped as a bunch of metal machines chant, “Delete. Delete. Delete.”? Maybe a fate worse than death.
VIKI, I, Robot
Another instance of Zeroth Law Rebellion (in order to preserve humanity as a whole, single human lives may be forfeit). What makes VIKI so scary, though, is the LEGION of robots she controls. It’s not ten or twenty—it’s a massive hoard. And when their little lights go all HAL red, it’s death time. For humans. ALL humans. Except Will Smith.
Everything in The Matrix
Which of these terrifying robots is the scariest? Vote now! Did we leave a scary robot off the list? Let us know which ones we missed in the comments!