With just the right mix of human-like personality, freakish strength and metallic good looks, Chappie has all the makings of a cyborg cinema star. Here’s a look back at some of Hollywood’s other loved (and hated) movie robots.
Wall-E From 'Wall-E' (2008)
A love for Earthly things partnered with a simple, beautiful longing for companionship make the titular star of the Disney-Pixar hit more human than many of the actual humans in movies.
The Giant from 'The Iron Giant' (1999)
The titular mech from director Brad Bird’s excellent 1999 film is as sweet as they come. Though he’s as big as a skyscraper and can cause destruction in a step or two, this gentle giant’s biggest concern is a little boy. By the end, our mechanical Hulk is given the chance to emulate his hero, Superman, by hurtling himself at a missile to save the town. If only more humans were this selfless.
R2-D2 and C-3PO From 'Star Wars' (1977)
Of all the great characters (human and droid) in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, these two are most arguably the most beloved. (Although, if we’re being honest, C-3PO is totally hitching his ride to R2-D2, who’s constantly saving the day while C-3PO just freaks out.)
Tom Servo & Crow From 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie' (1996)
Tom Servo and Crow (along with their human pal, Mike Nelson) step out of the shadows of their critics’ chairs and onto the silver screen in the movie adaptation of the cult TV classic ‘MST3K.’ The quick wit and acerbic sense of humor of these robotic reviewers make them a true fan favorite.
Lt. Cmdr. Data From 'Star Trek: First Contact' (1996)
The Enterprise's resident android is the strongest and smartest crew member, constantly endeavoring to be more human in true 'Star Trek' fashion. Andthat cool rapid-fire typing thing he does is pretty impressive too.
T-1000 in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991)
Though the series is named after Arnold’s Terminator, the T-1000 is easily the more preferred futuristic killing machine thanks to his liquid metal everything. Also, the T-1000 evokes more fear by saying nothing, compared to the Terminator, who was built mainly to inject one-liners our pop-culture lovin’ hearts.
David From 'A.I: Artificial Intelligence' (2001)
For something that’s artificial, this poor guy has some very real problems. Haley Joel Osment’s David is tormented by his brother, abandoned in the woods by his human mother and hunted by the police -- all that before he’s frozen at the bottom of the ocean for thousands of years. Seriously, somebody give this android a hug.
Pris From 'Blade Runner' (1982)
With a distinct punk style, super strength and a generous application of eye shadow, it’s easy to see why Pris (Daryl Hannah) became a favorite femme fatale of fanboys (and fangirls) everywhere.
Bishop From 'Aliens' (1986)
Like Ripley herself, we had suspicions about Bishop. Let’s face it, anyone with mad knife skills like that deserves a second look. As the story unfolds, however, the android becomes a trusted friend and savior -- ultimately giving his life to save Ripley. Even when he gets cut in half, Bishop is more whole than many humans we know.
Ash From 'Alien' (1979)
Ash is the reason why Ripley has android trust issues. Sent by The Company to bring back the xenomorph for their weapons division, this medical officer-turned-killer was ultimately responsible for the demise of Ripley’s crew.
Optimus Prime From The 'Transformers' Films (2007 - 2014)
The number one cause of death for guys named "Megatron," the Autobot leader has survived both the 80s and Michael Bay to become one of the biggest robotic heroes in movie history.
Johnny 5 From 'Short Circuit' (1986)
Johnny is your typical military-grade robot who gets zapped with electricity and becomes sentient. He's armed with a voracious reading habbit and a shoulder-mounted lazer canon -- what's not to love?!