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(www.toplessrobot.comThumbnail image for Dog.jpgMuch like zombies, robots can be pretty frightening in mass quantities but unlike zombies, who will simply bite you and turn you into one of their own, robots will pretty much just rip your head clean off. Unless they're the Borg, they don't really have much use for humans.

Terminators, Cylons, Mechagodzilla, you honestly expect them to take over the world. They look menacing and were created to be extremely dangerous. But what about all those other robots? The ones that seem helpful, and look all innocent and cute? I say these are the ones we need to fear most.

These bastards might not be programmed to take over the world, but they could. And we'll be so busy looking for the Matrix robots we'll never notice the Roomba rolling behind us, who could slit our throats at any moment. Or at least sever our Achilles' tendon. The point is: Don't. Trust. Any of them.


9) Tik-Tok from Return to Oz
Left by the Scarecrow to protect Dorothy, should she find her way back to the Emerald City in its devastated state, Tik-Tok is one tough cookie. He took on a whole gang of wheelers with nothing but a lunch pail! He may resemble Wilford Brimley but this chubby fellow won't ever be getting diabetes. The only advantage we have against Tik-Tok is he needs periodic winding up to keep working.


8) Lal from Star Trek: TNG
We all know Data's brother Lore is totally nutso and would take over the universe at the first possible opportunity, but his daughter Lal is really the one to watch out for. Created by Data to experience what it would be like to have a child, Lal, unlike most children, was given the opportunity to choose her own sex and species. 

7) Muffit II from Battlestar Galactica 
 I really don't care how much you loved the original Battlestar Galactica as a child. Muffit II is a freak of nature. I mean, I guess if I were a little kid and my daggit (dog) was killed and there were no more dogs left anywhere I'd settle for a robot equivalent. But not this thing.

6) H.E.L.P.eR from The Venture Bros. 
He was already equipped with advanced weaponry but these days H.E.L.P.eR. (Humanoid Electronic Lab Partner Robot) is even more advanced, now fused with the Walking Eye. Though he doesn't speak English this robot has feelings and is very sensitive, and the Venture clan doesn't take care of him too well which means he's prone to malfunctions.

5) Dog from Half-Life 2 (pictured) 
Yes, upon first glance, Dog looks like your regular, run-of-the-mill scary-type robot but if you've seen him in action you know he's mostly a big softy. Created by her father Eli to protect the games' main character Alyx, Dog knows way too much about firepower for my comfort.

4) R2-D2 
I could have easily put C-3PO in his place because he's similarly innocent looking but really, C-3PO can't even prevent himself from getting disassembled, how is he going to lord over all humanity? (Ewoks maybe. Not us.) No, it's R2-D2 who's the evil genius of that pair.

3) Geoff from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 
 Full name, Geoffrey Peterson. Created by Mythbusters' Grant Imahara for Craig Ferguson, Geoff is something of an odd ball. He's come a long way since his first appearance last year on the show and took a dark turn when Russell Brand got his hands on him. I'm pretty sure he was scarred for life so when the inevitable apocalypse occurs, you can blame Brand.

2) Skeets 
 Skeets contains pretty much all information about everyone, everywhere and in every time. And Skeets has got the best cover -- Booster Gold. A former security robot at the museum Booster stole his costume and equipment from, most of the time he uses that knowledge to help the hero increase his popularity but occasionally he has his own agenda.

1) V.I.C.I. from Small Wonder 
 Like Lal, V.I.C.I., or Voice Input Child Indenticant, has an innocent look that works in her favor. Her television show depicted her in humorous situations leading us to believe she was just a young child/robot who had a lot to learn about humans. She's got superhuman strength and speed; she could easily tear a human apart like fresh bread.

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