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"Two robots walk into an eating establishment... and destroy all humans!"—Robot Stand-Up Comedian, Fairly Oddparents
A robot or other physically autonomous machine guided by a level of intelligence and a homicidal urge to Kill All Humans. Prone to ending sentences with exclamation points as well as Spock Speak. Killer Robots are so common because AI Is a Crapshoot.
Humanoid killer robots abound, such as the original RUR, or those in Doctor Who's subtly named serial The Robots of Death. However, killing machines come in all shapes and sizes; from robotic dreadnoughts in space to airborne robo-fighters, through small drones and down to microscopic or even nanoscopic killers.
Although the traditional versions of this trope were robots built in a Mad Scientist Laboratory who Turned Against Their Masters, today a more common plot involves the villain finding and turning the switch on a kid's Robot Buddy from "good" to "evil", forcing the cast to
look for a way to restore destroy them. Especially scary because this was a good friend who has become completely heartless and bent on death.
- AI Is a Crapshoot
- Artificial Human
- Crush! Kill! Destroy!
- Cyber Cyclops
- Humongous Mecha
- Mechanical Monster
- Morality Dial
- Robot Girl
- Robotic Psychopath
- Robot War
See Second Law, My Ass for a milder form of this behavior.