Movie Robot Bracket Game: Roy Batty Vs. C-3PO
To celebrate the release of Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history. Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us. Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines. Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days. In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.
Wall-E triumphed over the Iron Giant in our animated robot throw-down. Wall-E captured just over 70% of the vote to advance to the final four. Whoever wins today’s match will be the final robot to advance to the semi-finals.
Today’s match pits a gold-plated protocol droid against a platinum-haired replicant. C-3PO is a human-cyborg relations droid who is fluent in over six million forms of communication. As a robot whose primary function is communication, it’s not surprising that he talks an awful lot. Unfortunately, he’s also prone to being turned off when his chatter gets to be a little much. That did not prevent Threepio from being inducted into the robot hall of fame.
Roy Batty is a bit more sinister. Some may consider the replicant, played by Rutger Hauer in the sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, to be a villain. He is on a murderous rampage, but not without reason. His kind have been created by humans for the sole purpose of serving them. To keep replicants in line, they have been given shortened life spans. Roy and some of his colleagues have decided to try to improve their situation.
Humans don’t take too kindly to rebellious robots, so Harrison Ford is sent to hunt down the replicants and “retire” them. Hunted and slowly dying, Roy understandably goes to some extreme measures to save his life and the lives of his robot friends. *Spoilers* In the end, he proves himself to be more human than most of the non-robot characters by showing mercy in his final moments. And also delivering one hell of a final speech.
Threepio talked a lot. But he never said anything that profound. It’s no wonder Harrison Ford was always turning him off.