Believable human emotion is an integral part of a good film and what makes the cinematic experience so immersive and enjoyable for many of us. When we think about it though, some of cinemas best known and most beloved characters are not in fact human, but made entirely of metal. For a non-human character to still exhibit the range of human emotion it takes to captivate an audience is quite a feat. In the wake of this year’s Oscar nominations announcement we decided to take a look back at some of our favourite metal characters throughout the last few decades.
Made famous by the Star Wars franchise, this lovable humanoid robot character is currently undergoing a revival with the release of the latest instalment Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. First seen on screens in 1977, C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to aid and serve humans. He is most recognisable in his gold plated form but in the earlier episodes he is also seen as semi-finished with either a grey metal covering or no covering at all.
Part of the Transformers series, Optimus Prime is best known as the leader of the Autobots, an organisation of civilized Transformers sworn to protect the Allspark from Megatron, leader of the Decepticons. The Transformers film series has been incredibly popular since the release of the first film in 2007 with the fifth instalment set for release a decade later.
This character might not be instantly recognisable from their true name but if we were to say ‘I’ll be back!’ is one of their most memorable quotes you will probably know them instantly! The Terminator T-800 Model 101 is the assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, more commonly known as simply the Terminator. Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator is a machine that looks like a human and plays both hero and villain in this franchise.
WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-class) is an immensely lovable, animated robot, who managed to capture the hearts of viewers in 2008 when WALL-E was released. Charged with the task of cleaning up an abandoned and waste covered Earth the display of emotions exhibited by this endearing character is truly touching and the scenes are remarkably emotional. The film itself has very little dialogue which leaves viewers to concentrate on the relationship between WALL-E and EVE, the other robot that WALL-E spends much of the film interacting with.