While a lot of robots have simple programming, many are sapient and have personalities, genders, and emotions. Some sapient robots are also known to eat or drink. Sapient robots can also have souls, including Clank who has a Zoni soul, and space pirates which have appeared in undead ghost forms. Sapient robots play different roles in society based on their design and type, with many being civilians with jobs, while others are more specialized soldiers built to wage wars or for use as a security force.
Robots appear to live in harmony with organic lifeforms. The one exception to this was in Up Your Arsenal, in which mad scientist Dr. Nefarious declared a war against organic lifeforms with the goal was of robot domination. During this time, he led an army of robots, and also had some supporters, including the famous pop star, Courtney Gears.
- 1 History
- 2 Types
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Citations
- 5 References
Ratchet & Clank
In the original Ratchet & Clank, infobots were very common throughout the Solana Galaxy during this time, containing recorded videos such as news broadcasts or transmissions. Additionally, many engineers owned roboshacks which repaired and provided upgrades for robots. Big Al had a roboshack in Metropolis, Kerwan, while Bob had a roboshack in the Jowai Resort, Pokitaru, and Edwina had a roboshack on Hoven.
Many blargian robots were used by Drek Industries' forces during the development of Drek's new planet, with many led by the Robot Lieutenant. On Quartu, a major robot factory manufactured sentry-bots, used for blarg security forces. This factory developed a defect, Clank, who fled Chairman Drek after an infobot revealed his plan to attack Novalis. Clank crash landed on Veldin, where he met Ratchet. The factory had a computer, which was Clank's mother.
On the Gadgetron site, Kalebo III, several test dummy robots used by Gadgetron fought Ratchet and Clank, which wielded Gadgetron's weapons. Clank also commanded several Gadgetron robots, known as Gadge-Bots, in the Blarg Tactical Research Station, Nebula G34, and in the Kogor Refinery, Orxon.
Ratchet and Clank also encountered several robots throughout their adventure to defeat Chairman Drek that were not hostile. A Qwark bot greeted them in Captain Qwark's fitness course in Metropolis, and completing the course introduced them to Qwark's fitness trainer, Helga von Streissenburgen, who sold the Swingshot. The two saw robot reporter Darla Gratch on two broadcasts, one for planet Rilgar, and another for Oltanis. Finally, they encountered the HelpDesk Girl in the Gadgetron site.
In Qwark's version of events and the holo-film, Drek Industries deployed its own army of warbots, built in a factory in Skorg City, Quartu, created by Dr. Nefarious and led by Victor Von Ion. This factory produced a warbot defect, Clank, who Victor Von Ion failed to destroy, but managed to damage his ship and cause him to crash land on Veldin, where he was picked up by Qwark.
Throughout the galaxy, many civilian robots were seen with the same model as Gadgetron test dummies. These appeared in the Jowai Resort in the Pokitaru Tiki Longue and Karaoke Bar, as well as in the crowds for hoverboard racing on Rilgar and on Kalebo III. A female robot reporter, Juanita Alvaro, reported on events throughout the galaxy, along with Dallas Wanamaker.
In Going Commando, throughout the Bogon Galaxy, many robots appeared as normal civilians. This was apparent during the tour of the Megacorp Armory of planet Todano with many robot tourists following a robotic replica of Abercrombie Fizzwidget, and also in Allgon City, Damosel, with many robot consumers of the Protopet seen running around the city in terror after the Protopets began to attack them. These civilian robots were also seen in many commercials, and appear to make up a large portion of Bogon's population.
Megacorp also used a large number of robot soldiers for its security forces, which Ratchet and Clank fought throughout their adventure. Clank also commanded Megacorp's microbots in Megapolis, Endako, and in the flying lab, Aranos.
Clank also had a girlfriend, a female infobot, who was repaired by the end of the adventure.
Up Your Arsenal
In Up Your Arsenal, Dr. Nefarious waged a war on organic lifeforms in the Solana Galaxy, using both his tyhrranoid army and a robot force to wage his wars. Nefarious claimed his war to be fought for the cause of liberating, who had suffered under the "bigotry" and "stupidity" of organic lifeforms. However, there is little evidence of tensions between robots and organic lifeforms even during the war, suggesting Nefarious' prejudice came only from himself.
The Galactic Rangers, itself a robotic force affiliated with the Solana galactic government, were deployed by President Phyronix to combat Nefarious. Captain Qwark, appointed by the president, led the Q-Force against them, of which Ratchet and Clank were members. On Nefarious' side, he had many robotic allies to his cause, including Courtney Gears, a famous hotbot pop star who produced propaganda for him in the form of a pop music song "Robots of the Galaxy" that called for the extermination of organic lifeforms, and Lawrence, his butler. Nefarious also created Klunk, an evil robot clone of Clank made to take his place.
Nefarious built the Biobliterator, a superweapon capable of transforming organic lifeforms to robots, with the goal of transforming all life in the galaxy planet-by-planet into robots. Biobliterator technology was tested by Courtney Gears on Skidd McMarx, though Al developed a way to reverse the process. This successfully transformed the population of Metropolis to robots, including the tyhrranoids that were turned into robonoids. President Phyronix became half-robot on his own in order to appeal to the new electorate, though this only lasted one interview.
A popular holo-vision series, Secret Agent Clank, starring Clank in the main role, featured robots as the majority of cast members. This included Secret Agent Clank, his nemesis Maximillian, the gadgebots he commanded, and several female hotbot robots in the casino. Clank also commanded Gadgebots in Nefarious' base on Aquatos, and in Qwark's hideout on the Thran Asteroid Belt.
In the first issue of the Qwark vid-comics, Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder, Qwark fought many robotic pirate ghosts led by Captain Blackstar, which he defeated. However, it was implied by the narrator of the vid-comic that such an event was unbelievable. In other vid-comics, Qwark fought robotic henchmen for Nefarious, and in Deja Q All Over Again, Qwark fought robotic insects known as insectoids that were deployed to attack Metropolis.
During the events of Deadlocked, Ratchet too part in the illegal combat sport DreadZone, and was allied with two combat bots, Merc and Green, veterans of past wars. DreadZone also deployed many robot gladiators created by Vox Industries to fight against contestants. This included two of the Exterminators, namely Shellshock and Reactor. A few orange robots were used as DreadZone staff assisting Gleeman Vox, and one of the two reporters for Vox News was a female robot, Juanita Alvaro, who worked alongside Dallas Wanamaker. Outside of the Exterminators and combat bots, no hero contestants in the tournament appeared to be robots.
In Size Matters, the technomites used their own robot forces which Ratchet and Clank fought. Otto Destruct still wished to replace them with Ratchet clones, because even his most powerful robots were no match for Ratchet. The technomites also operated robots themselves from the inside, as seen with Luna, a robot that was designed to lure Ratchet and Clank into a trap. A notable technomite robot was the Robotic Control Unit, or R.C.U., which were spider-like robots that could move around independently or operate either the guard torso and technomite heavy trooper robot frames. They could also commandeer and control gun turrets.
Secret Agent Clank
During the events of Secret Agent Clank, many of the characters Clank interacted with were robots. The Le Paradis Des Tricheurs Casino and Ivana Lottabolts' Palace on Glaciara were both made up entirely of robot guests, while Clank fought several robotic security guards and villains during his adventure. This included Klunk, who was the mastermind behind the plan. Qwark also told stories about robots he had allegedly fought to B.A.R.N.E.Y., who was writing his biography.
Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty
During Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty, taking place in the Polaris Galaxy, Ratchet and Clank encountered the robotic space pirates, led by Captain Romulus Slag and his first mate Rusty Pete. These robots had been created by Emperor Tachyon in order to gather resources to use in his Imperial Army, before being abandoned. Ratchet fought them on multiple occasions, including in space battles, before finally defeating Slag. Later, after Clank had been kidnapped by the Zoni, Ratchet and Talwyn Apogee found many more space pirates on planet Merdegraw. They also fought the ghosts of many space pirates, including Captain Angstrom Darkwater, but once again defeated them.
Ratchet's ally, Talwyn Apogee, had two robot companions, Cronk and Zephyr, ancient warbots which had fought in the Great War. Cronk and Zephyr accompanied the two on many battles. Ratchet also found Aphelion, an old lombax spaceship, which appeared to be robotic as it was sentient. Additionally, civilian robots appeared on many planets, including Metropolis on Kerwan, and the spaceports of Cobalia and Rykan V.
A Crack in Time
In A Crack in Time, unlike past titles, fewer civilian robots were found, as Ratchet mostly encountered native organic lifeforms. During these events, Dr. Nefarious led his own, entirely new robot army, and allied with one faction of robots, the valkyries from planet Vapedia, whom he allied with by promising them the return of their old colony after he controlled the Great Clock. Nefarious broadly dropped his vendetta against organic lifeforms, choosing to ally with the fongoids and the terachnoids instead when convenient, but intended to reestablish his vendetta upon controlling the Clock.
Artemis Zogg had several robots in his forces, which Ratchet and Clank fought, including several Mr. Zurkon synthenoids. Ratchet and Clank also teamed up with old robot allies, Cronk and Zephyr, as well as the Galactic Rangers.
There are several common types of robots that are found throughout the universe. These do not necessarily have the same manufacturers, but have a similar role and model.
Civilian robots appear throughout the Solana, Bogon, and Polaris galaxies. They tend to have humanoid forms with moving spheres for legs, and participate entirely in society. Ratchet and Clank rarely interacted with these robots, but could encounter them on planets they visited.
In Bogon in Going Commando, civilians have a humanoid form, with builds resembling clothing, a sphere for legs, metal skin, and a single green eye. They appear throughout Megacorp commercials, appeared during Fizzwidget's tours, and were victims during the Protopet crisis as many were consumers of the Protopets.
In Tools of Destruction, several robots appeared in Metropolis. This is likely due to Nefarious' use of the Biobliterator a few years prior, which had turned the entire city into robots. These civilian robots were identical to those later found in the Polaris Galaxy, and had large, round shapes with vaguely humanoid upper bodies, otherwise somewhat resembling those found in Bogon outside of their lack of clothing.
Infobots are small robots that contain video recordings and often coordinates to the planet of the recordings' origin. They first appeared in Ratchet & Clank, in which they were required to obtain coordinates to each planet, and these types of infoboxes appeared again in Tools of Destruction and Into the Nexus in a smaller capacity. In Going Commando, a female infobot, Clank's admirer, was introduced.
"Warbot" is a name used to describe robots built for the purpose of combat, serving as soldiers for robotic armed forces. Ratchet and Clank fought many warbots throughout their adventures, including those used by Drek Industries and Dr. Nefarious. Additionally, Tachyon's drophyds in the Imperial Army wore robot suits to fight. However, Ratchet and Clank have also fought alongside warbots as allies, including the Galactic Rangers, Cronk and Zephyr, and also Ratchet's two combat bots assisting him in DreadZone, Merc and Green.
Warbots came in many different builds depending on their manufacturer, and often either carried their own weapons or had weapons built into their make already. Warbot veterans also appeared to replace many of their parts after combat, as seen with both Merc and Green replacing their legs with hovering thrusters, as well as Cronk and Zephyr replacing many of their parts over time.
Several robots are used primarily as security forces, including those deployed by Drek Industries and Megacorp. These robots are similar to warbots, but are used instead to keep out intruders rather than to lead invasion forces on their own. They are often similarly deadly, though some, such as the blargian security-bots, are capable of activating nearby alarms upon detecting intruders to defeat them quickly. Security robots tended to have even more varied models than warbots.
Many security robots had unique forms. For instance, Captain Qwark employed Qwark bot replicas of himself to defend his hideout. Other security bots were deployed by city administrations to deal with infestations, such as the extermibots deployed defend against the amoeboids in Blackwater City.
Gladiator robots were fought during various arena combat challenges that Ratchet and Clank fought in. Many of these were generic robot gladiators fought, as Megacorp's arena battles included its own security bots, while the Annihilation Nation included robot ninjas, and DreadZone used many different robots manufactured by Vox Industries during its challenges.
Several of these gladiators were much larger robotic enemies. In the Galactic Gladiators in the Maktar Resort, Ratchet fought the B2 Brawler, a robot with an organic brain from planet Cerebella, and in the Megacorp Games on Joba, Ratchet fought two gladiator robots based on insects: the Arachnoid and the Megapede. In the Annihilation Nation, Ratchet fought Gary and Helen, two large robots with heavy weaponry, and also Scorpio, a remodeled B2 Brawler. In DreadZone, two of the Exterminators were robots: Shellshock and Reactor. Later, in the Destructapalooza ran by Thugs-4-Less, both the large bosses fought were large robots.
Small helper bots
Small helper bots are found throughout planets in the Solana and Bogon Galaxy to be commanded. These include Gadgetron's Gadge-Bots and Megacorp's Microbots, both of which can be commanded by Clank. These robots are very small, with metal bodies, have small torsos with legs but no arms, and large heads used to attack enemies by biting them. Some microbots instead had different, larger variations to perform different tasks, such as the Bridge Bot, Hammer Bot, and Lifter Bot. Clank commanded these to activate machinery and help him traverse areas.
There were also variants of these robots in the form of the Agents of Doom, deployed from a DoomEgg thrown by Gadgetron's Glove of Doom. These had a similar design, but after being deployed would seek out and destroy nearby enemies by self destructing into them. Upgrading them could also expand their ability set.
Space pirates were fully sentient robotic pirates forming part of a larger crew led by a captain, encountered both in Solana in the Qwark vid-comic Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder led by Captain Blastar, and in Polaris in Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty led by Captain Slag. They pillaged and plundered ships, and fought using relatively primitive weapons such as swords and cannonballs, though they were deadly due to their durability and melee attacks.
Space pirates have personalities of their own and enjoy drinking grog and singing pirate folk songs. They appear loyal to their captain, aside from when committing a mutiny. Space pirates notably have ghosts which can fight when undead, including both in the Qwark vid-comic and in Captain Darkwater's crew on Merdegraw in Quest for Booty.
The most notable hotbots encountered are the HelpDesk Girl, employed by Gadgetron, and Courtney Gears, a pop star who produced propaganda for Dr. Nefarious, along with her backup dancers. Clank was also offered a hotbot providing a robotic masseuse along with his job and apartent and Megacorp, and several hotbots appeared during the Secret Agent Clank series. Juanita Alvaro, reporter for DreadZone, vaguely resembles a hotbot due to her hourglass figure and metal skin.
Hotbots also feature in a magazine, simply titled HotBots, which features the HelpDesk Girl on the front cover.
Another form of female robots, valkyries have large bodies and appear to be strong fighters. The most notable valkyrie was Helga von Streissenburgen, Qwark's personal fitness trainer, though many valkyries allied with Dr. Nefarious, including Cassiopeia, Carina, and Libra. These valkyries had lost their colony, and appeared to reside on Vapedia afterwards.
Ultra-Mech robots are giant robots enlarged with the Ultra-Mech Pads built by the Ultra-Mech Scientist on Quartu, who created the first pad unaware that Chairman Drek was involved. Clank can also enlarge to an Ultra-Mech form himself, Giant Clank, by stepping on such a pad, which allows him to fly in space and to combat much larger threats.
Synthenoids are small, flying robots with a weapon for a hand and slightly humanoid appearances. They are deployed as bodyguards to protect their user by firing at nearby enemies. Ratchet used both Megacorp's own Synthenoids, as well as the more common synthenoid, Mr. Zurkon and the Zurkon family.
Maintenance robots are used to perform cleaning or repairs. These robots come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes depending on the task being formed, and appear to provide no other service. In many cases they are unable to distinguish between Ratchet and dirt to be cleaned, such as in Megapolis, Endako, where they attack Ratchet after wrongly identifying him.
Single purpose robots
Small, single purpose robots can also be found. Infobots used to play back video recordings did not appear capable of performing any other functions or of individual thought, with the exception of the Clank's admirer that was briefly Clank's girlfriend. Battery bots likewise did not appear to have a function outside of operating machinery.
Behind the scenes
Civilian robots were created for the tech demo of Tools of Destruction. In the tech demo they appeared in Metropolis. Though they were not in the final game they did appear in the Insomniac Museum of the 2016 reboot.
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Meet Dr. Nefarious"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Captain Qwark Returns"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Courtney Gears Music Video"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Get to the bridge (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Take Datadisk to Big Al (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Defeat Giant Klunk (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Qwark Has a Big Heart"
- Size Matters script § "Plot Thickens"
- Up Your Arsenal, multiplayer skin name
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), Goodies § "Epilogue"
- Going Commando script § "Behind the Hero, Part I"
- Sony Computer Entertainment 2018 p.183
- Stevenson, Price 2017 45:00
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Hmm... was it pi over infinity or...?"
- Video games
- Insomniac Games (2002). Ratchet & Clank [Game]. PlayStation 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2003). Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. PlayStation 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2004). Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. PlayStation 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2005). Ratchet: Deadlocked. PlayStation 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2007). Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. PlayStation 3. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2009). Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. PlayStation 3. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Insomniac Games (2016). Ratchet & Clank [Game]. PlayStation 4. Sony Interactive Entertainment.
- Sony Computer Entertainment (July 24, 2018). The Art of Ratchet & Clank. Dark Horse Comics. ISBN 1506705723.