The robot, which is actually a human in a robot costume, is a form of comic relief and offers one line insults ("zingers") to each of the house guests in an annoying, mechanical sounding voice. Each insult is followed by the comment, "Zing!", which has entered the popular lexicon, particularly within the house.
Zingbot 3000 made its first appearance on Big Brother 12 during one of the Power of Veto competitions. The Zingbot 3000 also made a cameo appearance at the Big Brother 12 season finale. During Big Brother 13, its appearance coincided with a veto competition where the house guests raced to build the "Bride of Zingbot". In Big Brother 14, the theme was to build a Zingbot baby during one of the veto competitions. Zingbot 3000 attended Comic Con in 2011. Zingbot re-appeared on August 28th, 2013 during Big Brother 15 and on August 20th, 2014 during Big Brother 16. But on Big Brother 17, he got an upgrade named the "Zingbot 9000" which had much more brutal zings on August 26th, 2015.
- "Zingbot 3000 Returns!". CBS.com. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "Big Brother Recap: Don't Let the Back Door Hit You on the Way Out". The Hollywood Gossip. August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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