Countdown Science Fiction's 10 Most Murderous Robots

It's one thing to talk about Killer Robots, but which ones have actually managed to really rack up the senseless slaughter? Here are our choices for the ten deadliest robots for you to avoid. » 5/19/09 1:00pm 5/19/09 1:00pm

Could'a Been Contenders...

Wondering where Daleks, Cybermen and the Borg are? They're over in the "Do cyborgs really count as robots?" corner, although it's arguably worth pointing out that Daleks aren't really robots at all, just aliens inside weirdly-shaped suits of armor... that may as well be robots for all we actually care. I'm sure there… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#1: The Manhunters

How deadly are they? They destroyed all life within Space Sector 666 because of a "programming glitch." How big is a Space Sector? Unknown, although the entire universe is split into at least 3601 of them, and Final Crisis claims that there are "thousands of worlds" within Earth's sector. So let's just say that's a… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#2: Unicron

How deadly is he? He eats planets for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. And if they're populated, all the better; it adds texture, apparently.
Who's responsible? It very much depends who you ask; Unicron has been given multiple histories throughout the years, including being a fallen god who somehow became a robot, a… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#3: The Cylons

How deadly are they? They destroyed the twelve colonies of humanity, committing genocide on a scale unimaginable to everyone except Glen A. Larson and Ron Moore.
Who's responsible? It depends on which version you're asking about. The original series had the robots built by a dying alien race also called cylons,… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#4: Separatist Battle Droids

How deadly are they? Apparently, an unstoppable killing machine that continually causes trouble for the Republic and their Jedi forces during the many years of Star Wars' Clone Wars. Despite their apparent ineffectualness, the war continued for many years, therefore the estimated high kill-rate and higher ranking on… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#5: Skynet/The Terminators

How deadly are they? They took over the Earth and are pretty much trying to destroy all human life, starting with a successful nuclear annihilation of three million people. You've seen The Terminator movies, right?
Who's responsible? The military. Sure, you could blame original creators Cyberdyne Systems, but I'm… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#6: Sentinels (The Matrix)

How deadly are they? They took over the Earth and keep humans around only as batteries. Which, you know, is potentially an environmentally solution to the whole need for energy (Although they did start out with solar power.
Who's responsible? Humanity en masse. The robots that ended up taking over the world started… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#7: Sentinels (Marvel Comics)

How deadly are they? They almost eradicated the mutant race, killing millions in one afternoon's work by destroying the island of Genosha. There's also a much-visited future where the Sentinels have taken over the world and killed the X-Men and many other superheroes.
Who's responsible? Humanity's intolerance and… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#8: Ultron

How deadly is he? He singlehandedly slaughtered the inhabitants of the fictional European nation of Slorernia, before enslaving the alien robot race the Phalanx and taking over countless planets as a result, for his own nefarious ends.
Who's responsible? Hank Pym (the superhero known as Ant Man, Giant Man, Goliath,… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#9: ABC Warriors

How deadly are they? As deadly as you want them to be; in the future's Volgan war (When the west goes to war with the fictional Russian-analog "Volgan Republic"), human soldiers are slowly replaced by robots created to fight wars. Slowly enough, in fact, that the ABC Warriors get more than a few kills in before the… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm

#10: Mechagodzilla

How deadly is he? He rampages continually against Japan and fights Godzilla on a regular basis, with his laser eyes and flamethrower breath. I'm guessing there's got to be some level of collateral damage going on there. Also, he kills giant monsters, which can come in handy.
Who's responsible? Originally alien monkeys… » 5/19/09 12:30pm 5/19/09 12:30pm