In Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander plays Ava, an advanced, possibly dangerous robot who happens to be drop dead gorgeous. Domhnall Gleeson plays a man who's invited by Ava's creator (Oscar Isaac) to test the sophistication of her artificial intelligence—and, of course, he falls for her.
Despite her lack of an actual beating heart, Ava is one of the more crush-worthy artificial beings in movie history. But now that we're on the topic of hot bots, here are eight more big screen cyborgs/androids/robots that we would totally date.
C-3PO (Star Wars)
R2-D2 may get all the love, what with his blooping and bleeping and that puppy-dog zeal, but could he ever carry an in-depth discussion about the collected works of Wordsworth? Not a chance. C-3P0 on the other hand, boasts brains over brawn and is fluent in over six million modes of communication. Now how do you say “be mine” in Wookie?
Perfect date: Day passes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
David (Michael Fassbender, Prometheus)
We know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone want to date a chilly android with a major superiority complex? Oh that’s right: he looks just like Michael Fassbender. Aaaand we rest our case.
Perfect date: Anything. He looks like Michael Fassbender.
Gigolo Joe (Jude Law, AI)
Hey! So we’ve got this friend who’s kind of new to the city, and he’s totally looking to meet someone special. Maybe you guys can grab a drink together some time? Hmm, let’s see. Well, he’s a bit caddish but in a totally charming Jude Law kind of way. He’s also an android who’s been programmed to be really, really good in bed, so there’s that. The one caveat? His first name is Gigolo. Great! Tuesday it is.
Perfect Date: Margaritas and makeouts.
Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
The heroine from the seminal anime title is one of the strongest female characters ever created: highly intelligent, dogged, and cunning—of course you’d date her. The question is, would she date you?
Perfect date: Call of Duty all day, all night.
Pris (Daryl Hannah, Blade Runner)
We never truly got to know Pris, the “basic pleasure model” replicant who bites the dust early in Ridley Scott’s neo-noir nightmare. That’s why a date with Daryl Hannah’s eighties cyberpunk femme fatale is so intriguing: Does she like Blondie? Did she vote for Reagan? Who does she think really shot J.R.? Thank goodness for that sequel.
Perfect date: The Misfits live at CBGB’s.
At first glance, Wall-E has none of the characteristics that one looks for in a potential partner: He’s a loner, a pathological hoarder, and makes his home among steaming piles of garbage. But despite all those serial killer tendencies, Pixar’s beloved Waste Allocation Load Lifter has a heart of gold and is more courageous than your last ten boyfriends combined. Exactly the kind of robot you want to take home to mom.
Perfect date: Douglas Sirk Movie Marathon.
Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, Her)
So what if she can’t hug, kiss, touch or show you any kind of physical affection whatsoever? The titular OS in Spike Jonze’s enchanting rom-com has more worldly knowledge in one kilobyte than you’ve amassed in an entire lifetime. Oh, and that whole “she sounds just like Scarlett Johansson” thing doesn’t hurt either.
Perfect Date: Beach day, obv.
Unless you have a serious fetish for faceless metallic monoliths, you might consider swiping left on Interstellar’s smarmy robot sidekick. But if you give TARS a chance to win you over the same way he did Matthew McConaughey—with an artful mix of ingenuity, loyalty and wit—this unlikely love connection might have lift off.
Perfect Date: Planetarium