Robot Dog

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Dr. Light: Behold! my greatest invention! Rush, the robotic dog!
Mega Man: What? A robotic dog? What's so great about that? Does it transform or something?
Dr. Light: A transforming robotic dog? Of course! Absolutely brilliant!

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Robots are cool. Dogs are cool. Put them them together and you get a Robot Dog!

Unsurprisingly, the best traits a dog could have make for excellent traits in robot companions: loyalty, friendliness, a fierce protective streak... so why not jump to the logical conclusion and combine the two? A Robot Dog has all the good perks of a lovable pooch without (theoretically) any of the bad! Tearing furniture up, hiding your slippers, leaving hidden piles of poop for you to step on in the yard? All a thing of the past should you own one of these metallic mutts!

However, these traits also make them a force to be reckoned with. If you thought a fiercely loyal and aggressive attack dog was scary enough, those traits are so much worse in a more durable, powerful robot than can be armed with all kinds of weapons.

As a rule, Robot Dogs tend to be owned by scientists of both the benevolent and mad varieties, tech geeks, kids with family ties to influential toy and robot companies, as well as evil overlords, CEO's, and any other unscrupulous types with money to burn.

Examples of Robot Dog include:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • Robbie the Robot Dog from The DCU.
  • Spot, Krypto's robotic friend, from an issue of Superboy.
  • Pooch, Manhunter's pet, from Tangent.
  • Blackhawk built a robot dog in his self-titled comic series.
  • Valeria Richards built a robot dog in The Mighty Avengers.
  • Half-Face, from the Marvel Universe, invented several devices including a robot dog.

Fan Works

Film

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Rags: Woof, woof, woof. Hello, I'm Rags.

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Literature

  • The Isaac Asimov story "Robutt" is about a boy and his robot dog.
  • The "rat things" of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash combine actual dogs with robotic parts to create extremely deadly guards.
  • In Yevgeni Veltistov's Ressi - An Elusive Friend, the titular character is a robotic dog built by a child android named Elektronik as a companion. The dog is highly intelligent and, while incapable of human speech, could remotely transmit data directly to Elektronik. Ressi (which is an acronym) can run and swim extremely fast. In fact, it becomes a plot point after Ressi is captured and reprogrammed by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, as there is almost nothing manmade at sea capable of swimming at Ressi's top nautical speed, which equals to that of a swordfish (about 50 mph). Ressi is finally re-captured by the only boat capable of reaching that speed underwater.
  • The Hound in Fahrenheit 451. Interestingly, it may not have actually looked much like a dog since it was built as an octopod, but Bradbury was a little vague on the details.

Live-Action TV

Music

Newspaper Comics

  • There was a Frank and Ernest comic in which a robotic dog was referred to as a "dogmatic".

Card Games

Tabletop RPG

Toys

  • Energy Hounds from Bionicle.
  • The Alphas from Mechatars

Video Games

  • Dog from Half-Life 2. Not too dog-shaped, but it has a dog-like behavior and name. Then again, Alyx said he used to be "yay-high", implying that Dog was more dog-like until Alyx began "adding on to him".
  • The Mecha-Chomps from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga are robotic Chain Chomps with the body of a standard robot dog.
  • K9 in Fallout 2 is a cyborg, but close enough to qualify. Rex from Fallout New Vegas is also an example.
  • Rush is Mega Man's robot dog. There's also the giant, fire-breathing robot dogs in Wood Man's stage. And while he's more wolf-like, Bass's Canine Companion Treble is another example.
    • Sigma has one of his own in the form of Velguarder in the first Mega Man X game. If his dialogue is any indication, he regularly lets him deal with soldiers of his that turn traitor.
  • The K9000 enemy from Mother 3.
  • The FENRIS Mechs from Mass Effect 2. The collector's edition of Mass Effect 3 will include a non-hostile one that follows Shepard around on the Normandy.
  • In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, you can build your very own robot dog. In addition to unlocking new puzzles, he can be used to tell you when there are hidden things in the area.
  • In Secret of Evermore, your dog would change according to the region he was in. Naturally, the "future" world made him a robot (and a toaster).
  • A robotic bulldog is a type of enemy in Secret Agent, described as "not a man's best friend". Curiously, these are always found near tiny little dog houses.
  • In Secret Agent Barbie, one of Barbie’s gadgets is a tiny and rather cute robot dog.
  • MEL from the late 1990s Blaster Series games.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order has Panzerhunds, which are colossal mechanical nightmares created by Deathshead to serve as some of the deadliest killing machines the Nazis have in their arsenal.

Web Comics

Web Original

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"Ugh, a robot dog. Why do video game designers always include dogs? They're one of the most annoying enemies ever!"

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Western Animation

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Robo-Puppy: Robo-Puppy commencing two hour yipping session: YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP!

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Real Life

  • Sony's AIBO series of robots were literal robot dogs, or at least as close as was possible within the limits of artificial intelligence.
  • Hasbro's Furreal Friends included Biscuit, a robot dog for kids.
  • Poo-Chi, a robot dog for kids (followed by Meow-Chi, Chirpie-Chi [bird] and Dino-Chi), which came in various colors. Among the variants were a poodle, a bulldog and three dalmatians (actually Domino, Little Dipper and Oddball, to promote 102 Dalmatians. The toys were made from 2000 to 2002. One of the complaints about them was that they wouldn't shut up!