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We do not experience fear. But we understand how it affects you.


That guy's got bearings of chrome steel.

Rhinox, on the subject of Dinobot, Beast Wars

Robots are as varied as their creators. Occasionally, they're allies; in many others the opposite holds true. Regardless of their morality or design, robots often follow the Rule of Cool. Given the opportunity, many tread over the line from being merely "cool" to being completely Badass.

All types of robots are covered under this trope, but an individual who is primarily human but possesses cybernetic or electronic implants doesn't count. The easiest test to determine whether or not a character belongs here is by observing if they have a mechanical "brain". If so, they're an Automaton.

Examples of Badass Automaton include:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • Death's Head
  • In Marvel Comics, the evil Ultron defines Badass Automaton.
  • Also in Marvel, Machine Man, while originally a pacifist and nowadays a humorous cynic, certainly has his badass moments. One of these involved killing Ultron.
  • Transformers comics are made out of this trope for about 98,6% (the rest is fleshies, whining). Wall-to-wall, 24/7 giant robots who have known nothing but cosmic war for millions of years. Not happy but most certainly badass.
  • Atomic Robo goes around fighting mad scientists, giant spiders, ancient Egyptian robots, and a mad scientist dinosaur.
  • Ultron's first creation, The Vision. Ultron designed him to be as Badass as possible, which backfired when Vision defected to the Avengers.
  • The Livewires are a covert group of Badass Automatons.



Live Action TV


  • The original version of Golems.
  • Talos, the guardian of the harbor at Rhodes, was according to legend a colossal example.

Tabletop Games

  • Warhammer 40,000 has the Necrons, an entire race of (mostly) humanoid automatons made of regenerative metal. They carry theoretically impossible molecular flaying energy weapons capable of PEELING TANKS and can put themselves back together after being ripped limb from limb, cut in half with monomolecular weapons, blown apart by tank shells or else something suitably horrific. They, if somehow killed, are teleported back to their underground complexes where they are rebuilt and sent back out. They were once living before having their SOULS placed in robots by SOUL-EATING PURE-ENERGY ELDRITCH ABOMINATIONS, which they now serve.

Web Original

Video Games

Western Animation