Most Ridiculous Human Jobs that Robots Have Stolen in Science FictionCharlie Jane Anders and MaryKate Jasper10/10/11 3:18pmFiled to: triviagasmRobotsStar Warsdoctor whoFuturamaBlade RunnerTop1421EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRobots! They're not just our future overlords, they're also our replacements in almost any job you can imagine. America rushed to watch robots duke it out in Real Steel this past weekend — but "robot boxer" is not the most outlandish job a fictional robot has held.AdvertisementHere are all the weirdest human jobs that robots have taken away from us. Top image: Pris from Blade Runner by Misanthropic Bastard on Deviant ArtSex worker Honestly, if we listed all the robot sex workers in science fiction, we'd be here all day. There are so many of them, especially if you lump in all sexbots and the like. The world's oldest profession has a robot army. Blade Runner's Replicants (if they count as robots) include Zhora and Pris. There's also A.I.'s Gigolo Joe. And in Y: The Last Man, the women of the world turn to robotic sex workers when there's only one flesh-and-blood man left. And so on, and so on.Stand-up comic Data attempted to learn this job in one of Star Trek: The Next Generation's most forgettable episodes. But there's also Catskill, the robot comedian in the unjustly forgotten movie Heartbeeps. And HumorBot 5.0 in Futurama.Ren Faire Actor Westworld includes an entire theme park with robots who act like cowboys, Victorian ladies and gentlemen, and medieval knights in armor. There's also the robots who can act out your weird princess/white rabbit fantasies in the Star Trek episode "Shore Leave."Mall Cop The three robots from the movie Chopping Mall (1986) — originally released under the title Killbots — are the enforcers in a state-of-the-art mall security system. They roll around monitoring the stores, just like a human mall cop would. Unfortunately, these robots become murder machines after lightning strikes the mall multiple times and damages the computers that control them.Superhero There are many, many robot superheroes, including Robotman, The Vision, Red Tornado, and many others. Also, when Buffy temporarily dies in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she's replaced with a "Buffybot," which undertakes her superheroic duties with mixed results.Game Show Host On Doctor Who, the Daleks decide the best way to subjugate humanity is by making us take part in tacky game shows, circa 2005, and they go to great trouble and expense to create robot replicas of Anne Robinson from The Weakest Link. Plus Trine-E and Zu-Zuna droids, from What Not to Wear. Why? Because the Daleks are the superior life form in the universe.AdvertisementAdvertisementPsychologist In Frederik Pohl's Gateway, the main character's shrink is a robot. Although, to be fair, he's alternately referred to as a program or a robot, and he doesn't seem to move.Film Critic The robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 join poor Joel Hodgson in watching godawful B-movies. The most famous of these are Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, who actually wisecrack along with Joel. However, Gypsy, usually working in what passes as a cockpit for spaceships, also joins in for one movie.Ballerina One of the earliest creepy-lady robot storylines of all time is Léo Delibes' 1870 ballet Coppélia, about a young ‘swain' who falls in love with the titular incredibly lifelike dancing doll. Coppélia was invented by the mysterious Doctor Coppélius. Frantz the swain eventually realizes the error of his ways as the ballet progresses, and marries a human woman named Swanhilde.Torturer Star Wars is full of torturer robots, and according to some sources Princess Leia gets handed over to one of these during her imprisonment in Episode IV. There were the IT-O interrogators, as well as robot G0-T0 and his lookalikes. (The G0-T0 Robot for torture!) Also, in Transformers 2, which is chock full of torture for the audience, there's also a torturer Decepticon, the Doctor.Celebrities/Actors Futurama pretty much has robots doing every job you can imagine, including Robot Satan and Robot Santa. And HedonismBot. And the robot gangsters. There's also Bender's role as delivery boy. But most notably, there's also the super-celebrity Calculon stars in on the soap opera All My Circuits, and also performs many melodramatic roles in movies. He is also a bit of a Robot Doctor Faust, having supposedly gotten his acting ability from the Robot Devil. Also, in James Tiptree's short story "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," celebrities are robots controlled by human brains.Bartender Futurama has an awesome robot bartender, the iZac. Plus there's a robot airport bartender in The Fifth Element. And I, Robot also has a robot bartender. Thanks to SkippyTheMarine and beercheek for the heads up!Spouses There's the Stepford Wives, of course — followed by the Stepford Husbands and Stepford Children. Everybody wants to marry a robot, as long as he/she is programmed for pleasure. Bonus points if your robot S.O. can make a mean mini-pizza, like Ted (John Ritter) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.Arms Dealer Alpha 5 from Power Rangers deals in arms. He also trains child soldiers. He has some problems.Policeman/Detective Another category where there are almost too many to list. (Although not Robocop. He's a cyborg.) There's Murray, from the TV show Riptide, who helps three Vietnam-vets-turned-private-eyes to solve cases in California. There's Sheriff Andy from Eureka. There's Asimov's R. Daneel Olivaw. And Future Cop with Ernest Borgnine, of course. And Mann and Machine — thanks to CLJohnston108 for the reminder!Hollywood Agent In the South Park episode "A.W.E.S.O.M.-O", Cartman disguises himself as The A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000, a robot whose only talent is being really, really good at pitching Adam Sandler movies to studio executives.Seamstress Robby the Robot (of Forbidden Planet and subsequent fame) is many things, but one of his main talents is as a dressmaker, who made all of Altaira's gowns. Who knew?Musician/DJ DJ Roomba on Parks and Recreation might just be a vacuum with an ipod deck, but he's got a lot of memes centered on him. Meanwhile, there's Major Domo in Michael Jackson's Captain E.O. — he's not just the ship's Security Officer, he's also the Musical Synthesizer.Waste Management That's pretty much Wall-E's whole job in the movie Wall-E. And the same goes for most of the other robots in the movie, especially on the spaceship. There are lots of other cleaning robots and trash robots elsewhere in science fiction, including Rosie the Maid in The Jetsons.Adoptee Celebrities might not need to go back to the Third World next time they want to adopt a random kid — they could just adopt a robot child who never grows up. Like David in A.I.Cabdriver Johnny Cab in Total Recall is a lot more helpful than most human cabdrivers, even if he isn't quite able to interpret Arnie's ultra-precise instructions.Monarch Lots of Kings and Queens have been replaced with robots or androids. There's the shapeshifting android duplicate of King John in Doctor Who, "The King's Demons." There's Princess Strella and Prince Reynart in Doctor Who's "The Androids of Tara." And then in Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, the evil Ratigan forces the toymaker Mr. Flaversham to create a robot queen who can appoint Ratigan to power.Babysitter In I, Robot, Robbie of I, Robot was meant as a mere babysitter for little Gloria Weston, but he saved her life. (Admittedly, the life-saving came after he had been "fired" from babysitting, while he was working at a factory constructing other robots.) And in Rocky IV, Rocky gives his brother-in-law Paulie a robot named Sico, and the robot looks after Rocky Jr. while Rocky is in Russia destroying Communism and single-handedly ending the Cold War.Rabble-Rouser Could Occupy Wall Street be secretly run by robots? It happens in Metropolis, when revolutionary leader Maria is replaced by a robot duplicate. Gives you something to think about.AdvertisementSponsoredAdditional reporting by Gabriel Moore-Topazio and Benjamin Paczak.