Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Most Powerful Robots In Movie History

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Robots, cyborgs, and androids, oh no! For years, mechanical automata have captured the imaginations of moviegoers, and they have stunned and amazed with their formidable strength and stoic allure. Whether they're working on behalf of humanity or working diligently to enslave and subjugate us all, robots have been the go-to titans of sci-fi and sci-fi/horror since the dawn of film.

But which of Hollywood's iconic mechanized monstrosities wields the most power? Is it the unstoppable murder-bots, unfazed by machine gun blasts and fire? Or the humanoid guardians of goodness protecting mankind from other robotic threats? Or perhaps it's the extraterrestrial creations who come to Earth with towering proportions and unknowable motivations? There's certainly no shortage of contenders for the title of most powerful movie robot of all time.

Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  • 1
    131 VOTES
    Photo: The Terminator / Orion Pictures

    The Character: In The Terminator, the T-101, created by Cyberdyne Systems, is a T-800 Heavy Combat Model robot - which looks like a terrifying chrome skeleton robot - with synthetic skin, giving it the appearance of a giant, angry Austrian bodybuilder.

    How It’s So Powerful: Unlike the regular T-800 killbots, the T-101 is capable of being sent back in time due to his outer layer of techno-organic skin. Yet underneath, he's still made of the hardened structure that was used to win the war against the humans in the future. The T-101 can take unimaginable amounts of damage from conventional weapons, has an advanced AI targeting system, and will stop at nothing to achieve his programmed goals.

    Its Greatest Weakness: Hydraulic presses. Also, being reprogrammed to be a good guy. Also, huge vats of molten steel.

    131 votes
  • 2
    190 VOTES
    Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The Character: Known as a synthezoid, Vision made his cinematic debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. His body is made entirely of vibranium and his incredible abilities come from advanced artificial intelligence and the awesome powers of the Mind Stone - one of the legendary Infinity Gems - implanted in his forehead.

    How He's So Powerful: Apart from superhuman strength, reflexes, intelligence, and durability, Vision can fly, fire energy blasts from his forehead, manipulate density to allow him to walk through objects, transmute material into other forms, and interact with computers and technology, given his robotic nature.

    His Greatest Weakness: His love and dedication to the protection of humanity, as well as his true love for Wanda "Scarlet Witch" Maximoff. Also, Thanos's surprisingly powerful grabbing fingers.

    190 votes
  • 3
    167 VOTES
    Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The Character: Introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the eponymous robot (voiced by James Spader) is conceived as an automatic defense system for Earth. However, sentience turns him against his creators and all of humankind.

    How He's So Powerful: With a vibranium-infused body, he is incredibly durable. He's a brilliant tactician, maniacally motivated, and controls a massive army of drone bots all sharing a single hive-mind that can make his consciousness be everywhere at once.

    His Greatest Weakness: The entire combined might of the Avengers, as well as direct blasts of energy from Vision. Also, hubris and daddy issues.

    167 votes
  • 4
    177 VOTES
    Optimus Prime
    Photo: Transformers / DreamWorks Pictures

    The Character: In Transformers, Optimus Prime is a Cybertronian - a race of sentient alien robots - who is among the most powerful of his species. He leads the Autobots, a group of altruistic scientists and heroes, against the villainous Decepticons.

    How He's So Powerful: He is super strong, super fast, and super durable, even by Cybertronian standards, and his body is made of living "transformium" metal, which means he can rebuild and heal himself rapidly after sustaining all manner of injuries. He's capable of transforming into different kinds of trucks and is all but invincible to conventional weapons and maneuvers.

    His Greatest Weakness: Damage to his "spark," or his life force that resides inside him, which comes from Primus, the creator-god of the Cybertronian race. (The Transformers franchise has a surprisingly dense mythology.)

    177 votes
  • 5
    129 VOTES
    Photo: Terminator 2: Judgment Day / TriStar Pictures

    The Character: The T-1000 (Robert Patrick) - from Terminator 2: Judgment Day - is a liquid-metal shapeshifting robot that can take on any form. He was sent back from the future to once again try and kill John Connor.

    How It's So Powerful: Since he's made of high-tech liquid metal, he can take on any form and appear as anyone or anything. Furthermore, he's practically indestructible when it comes to conventional weapons and can take any number of blasts and simply re-form itself.

    Its Greatest Weakness: A huge vat of molten steel.

    129 votes
  • 6
    115 VOTES
    Photo: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Character: Also known as the T-X model combat android, the Terminatrix (played by Kristanna Loken) was introduced in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines as an ultimate slaying machine, who - like the other murder-bots in the franchise - is sent back from the future to wipe out the people who will one day serve as resistance fighters in the inevitable conflict between humans and machines.

    How It's So Powerful: The T-X model has a nearly indestructible endoskeleton protected by ceramic-titanium and carbon nano-fiber armor. However, she also has a mimetic polyalloy skin, seemingly made of liquid-metal, which she can use to shape-shift into other people and blend in with society. Apart from her superhuman strength, speed, agility, and combat prowess, she's full of onboard weaponry, including a plasma-cannon hand, a flame-thrower, and just a whole bunch of random guns built into her body. She can also interact with and take over other computers and machine systems.

    Its Greatest Weakness: Overheating, as well as skeletal-crushing through almost impossible forces, and also hydrogen fuel cell explosions at close-range in confined spaces - which, really, are weaknesses for most things, robots or otherwise.

    115 votes