10 robots you secretly have the hots for

Summer Glau
Summer Glau in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sexy is a word that's often abused in technology.

How often do you read in reviews that a new mobile phone is 'sexy'? Or a laptop? Or a router?

But there's an exception: robots. Robots really can be sexy, especially when they're fictional and played by living, breathing, pouting lovelies.

To mark the release of the film Terminator Salvation, here are ten robots that we (and you - go on, admit it) want to rub with WD-40.

Hit page two if man-bots are more your thing.

5. Cherry 2000
Pamela Gidley in Cherry 2000 (1988)

Despite the best efforts of Melanie Griffith and Lawrence Fishburne, this 1988 clunker was no Terminator. Nevertheless, when you're casting someone as a sex robot you're not going to hire a pig-faced horse frightener - so Cherry was played by the rather lovely Pamela Gidley, who's since turned up in CSI and Twin Peaks.

Cherry 2000

[Image: MGM/UA]

4. Number Six
Tricia Helfer in Battlestar Galactica (2003)

In the original TV series, the Cylons looked like Daft Punk - but in the remake, they're much less camp and considerably scarier. Number six is no bag of bolts, though: she's a humanoid infiltrator, designed to mimic the human body perfectly. Luckily for us, the body in question didn't belong to Johnny Vegas.

Number six

[Image: Universal Pictures]

3. Annalee Call
Winona Ryder in Alien Resurrection (1997)

No, it's not the best Alien film. And no, it's not the best haircut Winona Ryder's ever had. But come on, it's Winona Ryder! Everybody in the film fancies her. Even the aliens.

Annalee call

[Image: 20th Century Fox]

2. Terminator X
Kristanna Loken in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

The Terminator X - not to be confused with the Public Enemy DJ - can take any shape it wants, so naturally it decides to be a blonde-haired blue-eyed hottie in red leather. Now that's girl power.

Terminator x

[Image: Warner Bros]

1. Cameron
Summer Glau in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)

How good is Summer Glau? She's so good that we'll happily ignore Sarah Connor's endless moaning and the fact that Glau is so thin her arms couldn't contain a Duracell battery, let alone a robot skeleton. She's gorgeous, and she rocks a short skirt in a way that - thankfully - Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't.


[Image: Fox]

Carrie Marshall

Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, is on sale now and her next book, about pop music, is out in 2025. She is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind.