What are cute machines?
Okay, I think between the illustration and title of this post you can figure out what cute machines are, but as I used the website TV Tropes as inspiration when searching for what type of characters I’d like to feature, I feel it’s only appropriate I use their description. According to TV Tropes, this is what can be expected when it comes to cute machines:
Sometimes, a robotic character, despite its composition of hard circuits and cold metal, completely melts your heart. Often just as lovable as their flesh and blood counterparts, these little guys/gals steal the show and the audience’s affection.
That’s right, cute machines are… cute machines.
Why do I love fictional robots?
For me, my love of cute machines stems entirely from their personalities. I love how untainted they usually are. They haven’t been through the horrid experiences that humans go through (or if they have had similar experiences, they don’t take it as personally as we do) so they tend to see the world in a much brighter light. They just seem so genuine. And as someone who has battled depression for many years and tends to have trust issues, I feel like a cute machine is what’s missing from my life.
I can’t deny that I also love how selfless fictional robots tend to be. They are almost always there to help humans in whatever way they can (mainly because they’re programmed to do so) and it’s always tugs at my heart-strings when I read stories or watch movies and see just how far cute machines will go to help those around them.
And, lastly, I think cute machines are funny. Because they don’t look or think like humans, they often choose to say things or go about things in an unusual and/or unexpected way. I love it.
Who are my favorite cute machines?
My top three fictional robots are WALL-E, Baymax, and Iko.
WALL-E is the titular title of WALL-E (duh) and he absolutely owns my heart. The first time I saw him I fell in love, and though I haven’t seen his movie in years I still feel a bit emotional while thinking about him. From his sweet little collection of human treasure to his selfless actions when it came to EVE (the umbrella moment comes instantly to mind), I honestly don’t believe it’s possible for a person to not fall in love with him.
The second cute machine that I absolutely love is Baymax, the big bubbly robot from Big Hero 6. Whereas I sometimes feel a bit sad thinking about WALL-E with those big upturned eyes, I am always filled with a sense of happiness and warmth when thinking about Baymax. I mean, how could I not? He’s a giant squishable robot who wants to take care of people! Between his huggability, special fist bumps, and struggles to get in a power suit, I feel like Baymax is the special robot I never knew I needed in my life. Please world, forget Sophia. Make me a Baymax.
The third robot I’m choosing to round out my top three (and honestly, it was a tough decision, this spot is a bit open in my book) is Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Iko is an android (well, I guess if you narrow it down, she’s a personality chip) that helps Cinder and her friends throughout the events of The Lunar Chronicles and she is hilarious. Whether it’s her inability to contain herself around men or obsession with her looks, Iko is always making comments to lighten up the mood (whether intended or not) and it’s a lot of fun imagining her going around hitting on all the boys. I love it.
Honorable mentions: BB-8 and R2-D2 from Star Wars, Gortys and Claptrap from Tales from the Borderlands, and Bumblebee from the Transformers series.
Your turn! What do you think about cute machines? Do they have any impact on whether you’ll read/watch a story? And which ones are you favorite? Let me know in the comments below!