List of fictional cyborgs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

This list is for fictional cyborgs.


Literature[edit]

  • In Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Man That Was Used Up", the narrator visits a heroic General at his home, and discovers that most of his body has been destroyed in a war and replaced by a collection of prostheses, so that his body must be assembled piece by piece.
  • In the story The Ablest Man in the World (1879), by Edward Page Mitchell, a computer (said to be inspired by 'Babbage's calculating machine', presumably the real-life difference engine designed by Charles Babbage) is inserted into a man's head, turning him into a genius.
  • The Tin Woodman from L. Frank Baum's Oz books (at least before he became entirely metal).
  • Gaston Leroux, the author of The Phantom of the Opera, wrote a 1923 story titled La poupée sanglante – La machine à assassiner (translated as The Machine to Kill in the English edition) in which the brain of a guillotined murderer is inserted into a "clockwork man".
  • The Clockwork Man (1923), a novel by E.V. (Edwin Vincent ) Odle. Human in the future have clockwork devices implanted inside their head, which allow them to travel through time and space.
  • "The Machine Man of Ardathia" by George Henry Weiss (published under the name Francis Flagg, a pseudonym for Weiss[1]), which appeared in the November 1927 issue of Amazing Stories, featured a time-traveling descendant of humanity from 28,000 years in the future, who lived inside of a transparent cylinder filled with machinery that had been integrated into his body, and who commented that among his people each embryo is placed inside such a cylinder and "the various tubes and mechanical devices are introduced into the body by our mechanics and become an integral part of it."
  • The Mi-go aliens in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, first appearing in the story "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1931), can transport humans from Earth to Pluto (and beyond) and back again by removing the subject's brain and placing it into a "brain cylinder", which can be attached to external devices to allow it to see, hear, and speak.
  • Deirdre, a famous dancer who was burned nearly completely and whose brain was placed in a faceless but beautiful mechanical body, in C. L. Moore's short story of 1944, "No Woman Born". Collected in "The Best of C. L. Moore" in 1975
  • Jonas the (star) sailor in Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun novels. His near light speed ship had been gone so long that on its return to Urth, there were no space port facilities any more, and it crashed. Other crew members patched him up from available parts. (However, he started out as fully robotic, and was repaired with human parts, rather than the more usual reverse).
  • Molly Millions, Henry Dorsett Case, and Peter Riviera all have some sort of cybernetic augmentation in William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy.[2]
  • Professor Jameson, a cyborg pulp hero by Neil R. Jones, and his allies and benefactors, the Zoromes.
  • Marge Piercy's He, She and It presents a rather feminist view on the cyborg issue with Yod who, however, is provided with some male attributes.
  • Anne McCaffrey wrote short stories and novels known as The Ship Series (1961–) where otherwise crippled humans live on as the brains of starships and large space stations.
  • The genetically engineered and prosthetics-ready warriors of the planet Sauron in the CoDominium series of short stories and novels initiated by Jerry Pournelle and also written by guest authors.
  • In Martin Caidin's novel, Cyborg, a test pilot named Steve Austin is rebuilt after a horrendous crash, given new "bionic" limbs, and becomes a superspy. Followed by several sequel novels and also adapted as the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • Caidin's retelling of the Buck Rogers story, Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future, has Rogers being partially rebuilt as a cyborg after his hibernation, and includes a reference to Steve Austin.
  • Angus Thermopyle, The Gap Cycle.
  • Haberman and Scanners from Scanners Live in Vain by Cordwainer Smith.
  • The Comprise, a computer-mediated hive mind which has taken over Earth, in the novel Vacuum Flowers by Michael Swanwick.
  • Rat Things in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash. They are attack-programmed guard dogs whose long hairless tails make them look less like dogs and more like rats. They are powered by nuclear engines that will fatally over-heat if they stop. Technology invented by Mr. Ng and, evidently, made exclusively for the defense of the franchise Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong.
  • In William C. Dietz's Legion of the Damned the Legion is made up of a combination of humans and heavily armed cyborgs (human brains in mecha forms).
  • Kage Baker has written a series of novels about The Company in which orphans from various eras (who fit certain physical requirements) are recruited by a time-traveling corporation, augmented and turned into immortal cyborgs, and trained to rescue valuable artifacts from history.
  • Shrike in Dan Simmons novel series Hyperion.
  • Hannes Suessi from David Brin's Uplift novels is transformed into a cyborg by the time he re-appears in Infinity's Shore
  • Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire prominently features cyborgs called "Jagernauts", who are empaths or even telepaths, who serve as elite fighter pilots. Many prominent members of the Ruby Dynasty ruling the Skolian Empire are jagernauts.
  • Linda Nagy, a.k.a. Ellen Troy, who has wetware in her brain, spines in her fingers (for linking with computers) and an antenna that lets her shut down machine remotely from the Venus Prime series by Arthur C. Clarke and Paul Preuss
  • Jessamyn 'Krokodil' Bonney, protagonist of Kim Newman's Demon Download series was extensively augmented by Dr. Simon Threadneedle, also a cyborg.
  • The main protagonist of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles, Linh Cinder, is a cyborg.
  • Xris Cyborg, the leader of Mag Force 7 in a series of the same name by Margaret Weis, was "borg'ed" after severe line-of-duty injuries as a galactic Federal (police) agent.

Comics and Manga[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

Cybermen Doctor Who The Tenth Planet episode October 29[3][circular reference]1966

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Movies (including television movies)[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Television series[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • ECO 35-2 from Rise of the Robots
  • Brad Fang from Contra: Hard Corps
  • Captain Tobias Bruckner from Turok: Evolution
  • Cap'n Hands from Loaded
  • Experimental Cyber Soldier Program, or Direct Neural Interface, which may cause the death of the test subjects, from Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
  • F.U.B. from Loaded
  • Cyber Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue
  • Dr. Crygor from the WarioWare, Inc. games
  • Bryan Fury from the Tekken games
  • Doctor N. Gin from the Crash Bandicoot games
  • The Electrocutioner from Batman
  • Fulgore from the Killer Instinct series
  • The Grox are a race of cyborg carnivores creatures, that rule most of the Galaxy in Spore and the main antagonists.
  • Hung Lo, Lo Wang's evil brother from Shadow Warrior: Twin Dragon
  • Jake, from Night Slashers
  • Jax, Kano, Cyrax, Sektor, Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero from the Mortal Kombat games
  • Lopers from Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • The Marathon Trilogy's protagonist
  • M. Blaster from The Combatribes
  • Martha from The Combatribes
  • Matthew Kane from Quake 4
  • The Strogg from the Quake series are a warlike cybernetic race. The Strogg systematically replace their ranks with prisoners of war, "stroggified" and assimilated through the modification of their bodies with mechanical weaponry and prosthetics. The games Quake II (1997) and Quake 4 (2005) feature Strogg cyborg enemies in many shapes and variations.
  • Samus Aran from Metroid
  • Symbionts from Supreme Commander
  • Plant Contra from Neo Contra
  • Raiden & Gray Fox from the Metal Gear Solid games
  • R.A.X. Coswell, a kickboxing cyborg from Eternal Champions and Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side
  • Super Soldiers Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Spartans from the Halo games receive extensive physical augmentations, including ceramic plated bones in order to resist the stresses of using their MJOLNIR powered armor that can lethally injure unaugmented humans with a wrong move.
  • Barret from Final Fantasy VII
  • Nathan Spencer From the Bionic Commando series
  • The Masked Man from Mother 3
  • Yoshimitsu from the Tekken and Soulcalibur series
  • Necrons, a race from the Warhammer 40,000 universe, are led by what seem to be intelligent machine organisms. The Obliterators of the Chaos faction fuse their weapons and armor directly into their flesh.
  • Commander Shepard, the protagonist of Mass Effect, is extensively implanted with cybernetics in an effort to bring him/her (Shepard's gender is chosen by the player; as such, there is no canon gender) back from the dead.
  • Gar'Skuther, the villain of Spore Creatures
  • Maxima, a character from The King of Fighters series.
  • Biological Engineering Project 154, the protagonist of the Thing Thing Series.
  • The Combine from Half-Life 2 base the core of their fighting forces on synths, cyborgs made from members of various previously enslaved species. Whenever they subjugate a world, the dominant species of the planet is turned into cyborgs, giving the Combine an army that can be deployed in any kind of planetary environment; the most prominent ones seen are Dropships, Gunships, Striders and Hunters. With Earth as their newest acquisition, an unknown number of humans (mainly dissidents and Civil Protection volunteers) have been cybernetically enhanced into Overwatch Soldiers. Dissidents unsuitable for conversion are instead turned into Stalkers, heavily dismembered torsos with crude metallic limb replacements. Overwatch Elites are implied to have received more augmentations than ordinary Soldiers and various content cut from the game's final version includes even more radical designs such as humans fused into bulky, biomechanical powered armor.
  • Vesper, Ruprecht, Berle, and Shigeo of the Ten Wise Men from Star Ocean: The Second Story.
  • Adam Jensen, Gunther Herrman, Anna Navarre, Jaron Namir, Lawrence Barrett, Yelena Fedorova and several other characters in Deus Ex and its prequel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, are augmented with cybernetics.
  • Starkiller From The Star Wars Series.
  • Iji, the titular character from the indie game Iji.
  • Many of the enemies, along with the protagonist from System Shock and its sequel, System Shock 2.
  • Amber Torrelson, one of the four player characters in Project Eden, is a cyborg Urban Protection Agent; her body has been rebuilt within a giant robotic frame after sustaining fatal injuries in a train accident.
  • Rex a cybordog from Fallout: New Vegas
  • Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt the protagonist from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Cyborg, Cyborg Reaper and Cyborg Commando,cyborg soldiers developed by Brotherhood of Nod in Command and Conquer 2 and its expansion pack Firestorm, who later went rogue with the renegade Nod AI CABAL (Computer Assisted Biologically Augmented Lifeform) ro fulfill its world domination. All of these cyborgs are superior to their human counterparts, and the strongest of them, the Cyborg Commando, can even defeat a Mammoth Mk.2 superheavy walker in a one-on-one showdown.
  • Awakened, Tiberium troopers and Enlightened, cyborg infantry from Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath utilized by Nod subfaction Marked of Kane, which, led by CABAL's reincarnation LEGION, bears a striking resemblance to CABAL's army in the previous war. Awakened serve as Marked of Kane's basic infantry, tiberium troopers as close range anti-infantry/anti-structure support and Enlightened as elite anti-ground troopers.
  • Genji from the game Overwatch.
  • Cyberdemon, a boss in the Doom game franchise
  • CATS, The Main antagonist from the game Zero Wing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bleiler, Everett Franklin, and Bleiler, Richard. Science-fiction: The Gernsback Years (1998), p. 122.
  2. ^ Gibson, William. Neuromancer
  3. ^ Cyberman
  4. ^ TMNT Adventures #36, "Steel Breeze", 1992