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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I'd be leery of any beverage they'd offer. It'd probably end up being Diet Mr. Pibb or something.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

I don't want to know...

I don't want to know...

I don't want to know...


Ok, maybe I do. 

John Vertical (tropylium) says:

Excellent, this destroys me back to the days I first found webcomics... :D

 (I'm referring to a Bob & George strip here. Tenured webcomic readers probably wouldn't see the allure without personal history.)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: To Serve Tip
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Is it just me, or do those killer robots look similar to the "Edie In Orbit" floating robot head?  Except that these guys have arms with pointy dangerous things.

Mmmmm ... pointy death.  Breakfast of champions.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Looks like another roboticist cheaped out on vocabulary....  Tip seems to recognize them, so I'd guess these were Unity's prior "clients"...
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: At first I thought gbrious was some sort of vocab word I just hadn't learned, and was feeling sorry for myself until the MOST ADORABLE death robot I'd ever seen showed up and distracted me.  Then I re-read the strip and realized it was a poorly written glorious.  I'd laugh louder if my own handwriting wasn't enough to make a doctor blush.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

"Gbrious" sounds like the kind of adjective one would encounter in a Lovecraft tale.

"New Jersey rose from the stygian waters, gbrious expressways writhing with chthonic power..." 

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: And are those the Pine Barrens in the background? I'm hoping for an appearance by the Jersey Devil.
Kim Brunner (kimbrunner) says: I'm curious to know why robot #2 isn't here...
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Ms. Kim says: I'm curious to know why robot #2 isn't here...

You try exisiting betweenC3PO's dysfuntional cousin and one that can only vocalize DESTROY!

Probably for a similar reason, 9 isn't after 8...

Sorry. "He who would pun would pick a pocket" as the saying goes. 


P.S. I ask you, poorly written or poorly read?

Eric Williamson (nytefyre) says: The Gbrious expressways got robot #2...
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Eeep! Robots robots robots robots ROBOTS!! Bang! Zap! Bam! KRAKATHARAKK!

heee hee hee heee heeee.

*ahem* sorry 'bout that.

I read it out as 'glorious' myself. My own handwriting is. . .   well, Antonio Smith has orders to shoot me on sight.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Excuse me, but I believe it is ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST. And besides, he actually doesn't kill with that gun. The worst harm I've ever actually seen him do is knock a guy out with a hardcover book. He is far and away the best character ever created.
Rockphed (rockphed) says: I take it "Destroy" is much easier for them to say than anything else.  I like these killer robots :)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yieegad.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Like a pair of daleks offering to exterminate you a nice cup of tea and a plate of biscuits.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Unity only had *one* arm shot off?  I'm disappointed ...

Can I buy Killotron-3?  My ex has a birthday coming up.

Of course, if Dr. Narbon bought one of these, she'd be "Helen Of Destroy".  (*rimshot*)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: They've become LOLbots.
John Vertical (tropylium) says:

*Laserdance voice* Dessstroyyyyy...


Actually, there's something to consider: since she has two at the moment, what would exactly constitute "her" arm? Is there more than the usual number of eg. "her left eye" too?

Alyssa Crawford (equus) says:

Tiff, funny you should mention Daleks. When I read yesterday's strip, I first thought of the opening to "The Impossible Planet".

"We must feed..." *taps translator ball* "you. If you are hungry."

mercyfire (mercyfire) says:

 Perhaps they are environmentally conscious? Obediently destroying all who do not prevent forest fires!

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

The greatest f]smackdown ever:

Daleks Vrs Killbots.

Dig Ding! 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Alyssa - I thought of that as well - like To Serve Man in reverse. Have you seen the previews for Season Four yet? The Ood will be back! (BTW, Torchwood season one just came out on DVD.)

Besides, I had to keep up the "dalek" thread from the Russian song ("dalek" is the second-to-last Russian word in the first panel of last Saturday's strip.) Hence 3KCT3PMИHAИTb!!

Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

Awww, just when I thought things couldn't get cuter they threw a "kiss the cook" apron on the angry little deathbot!  Eeep!



Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

After he destroys the apron, he will get a handmade one from the other robots as a gift, which will read "Destroy The Cook" 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Killotron-2 could start his own sandwich chain.  "Destroy your hunger with a Killwich!" (and their mascot could be a deathbot in a little cowbot hat named "Destroy Rogers").
Steve Ford (sford) says:

I also like KT-1's "sad eyes" in panel 4.  That's how you know for sure he really meant "destroy".

Cool!  KT-2 has cool shoulder spikes.  Shoulder spikes are cool. 

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

 "Destroy your hunger with a Killwich!" 

I would eat there, for sure! 

Marvelous Patric (themarvelouspatric) says: okay, i totally want an apron now that says "destroy the cook" with the killbot on it.  best merchandising ever!
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: This is brilliant!
Kim Brunner (kimbrunner) says:

Ditto on the apron!

Shoulder spikes always seemed more dangerous to the wearer than the opponent, in my opinion. The Shredder wore them, and he wasn't too smart.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

The point of spikes on the shoulder is to prevent flanking, and to up the chance of a weapon being wrested from it's users grasp.

DnD nerd? Me? never.

On another note, I love  how 'destroy' is quickly becoming an all-purpose term.

Rockphed (rockphed) says: What Happened to the other residents of the safe house?
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

There's only one thing left to do:

Killotrons  Vs. Smurfs

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

"What Happened to the other residents of the safe house?"

Obviously, they were, as they say in the cultural dialect of the Killotrons, destroyed.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: I think you mean they were destroyed.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: Destroy!
John Wells (johnwwells) says:

T. Levy and J. Campbell: No, you're both wrong. They were destroyed.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Get a grip on yourself, Janet.

They're probably foreigners with different ways than our own.

Maybe they'll do some more...folk dancing. 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: It's like dudespeak, only more ominous.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Now my brain is trying to come up with lyrics to "Be Destroyed", sung to the tune of "Be Our Guest".  Darn it, I gotta go to work, and I'll be thinking about that all day.  Productivity will definitely be down for me.  Think my boss will understand if I explain it to him?
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

I had to register for Webcomics Nation, just to ask....

Does it make me a bad person, that today's strip gives me warm fuzzies? 

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

NigaiAmai Yume:  No, it makes you an awesome person.

Rasteen Nowroozi (herandar) says: Were they built by people descended from the Marklars?
Steve Ford (sford) says:

okay, i totally want an apron now that says "destroy the cook" with the killbot on it.

A confession: I don't buy swag.  No tee shirts, no mugs, no mouse pads.  Ok, one mousepad - "T-nuts".  I buy books and that's all.

But if a "destroy the cook" apron came out, I would weaken.  I would waver.  I would get out my credit card. 


ranjit (ranjit) says: ok, I couldn't resist:
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Y'know, why is it that Narbonic is talking about 'destroying the world' today as well?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Destroy it's a good thing!
Steve Ford (sford) says:

Sorry for off-topic, but a co-worker and good friend of mine made a short video that should interest the geekier of Shaenon's readers.


Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
Y'know, why is it that Narbonic is talking about 'destroying the world' today as well?

I have issues.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
P.S. I like that the robots have a "culture" despite the fact that there only appear to be three of them.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Hey! It's not their fault 4-99 git destroyed! And by 'destroyed' I mean destroyed. By which I mean 'went to Iowa'.
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: I find the word 'vocabulator' to be the most amusing part of this strip.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: I wonder how much the cheapest vacbulator that includes the word "vocbulator" costs.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I can't help it, this entire week reminds me of an old "Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers" comic.

I remember getting destroyed on my last trip to Vegas.  Barely.

Kaesa Aurelia (kaesa) says: I desperately want a vocabulator now.  I imagine it to look friendly, like a speak-n-spell with a USB port.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Ohh, Sweetheart has enough responsibility for the bunch of them!  Or maybe he just wants to play a few pranks on the client....  Pink mane? 
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

Okay, the Oz breakdown:

Dorothy (Tip): "Ooh! Those are the cutest ruby slippers I have ever seen!"

Toto (Sweetheart): "What, just because I'm a dog?"

Scarecrow (Unity): "If I only had some braiiiiins!"

Cowardly Lion (Leo): *hides from not-so-flying monkeys* 

Tin Man (Killotron 1): "Perhaps a wizard can destroy a better vocabulator?"


So, who's gonna be the Wicked Witch of the West?

Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: Your Oz breakdown is fatally flawed, because you are unaware of the next book. Tsk, tsk.
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:


 In my defense, I read all the Oz books (up to Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz) years and years ago.

 *goes off to reread The Marvelous Land of OZ*

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: You people are really making me wonder where the heck my library card is. 
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I'm not going  to lie, I had no idea there were more Oz books than the movie before you started referencing them.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Pity the working breeds.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

. . . . is the lion singing Fame? He is?

*sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal!* Sweet heart just made my day.

*hums to self* Mad scientists and show tunes. Life is complete. 

Mats Tusenfot (tusenfot) says: Love the drool.
leslie haynie (leslie) says: i love sweetheart's ears. 
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Sweetheart in this strip reminds me so much of Gaspode in "The Fifth Elephant" ... reluctantly doing what's right even though it's a pain.   Somebody should bring her a snack.

I'd bring her a cookie, if I had one.

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says:

Having a work ethic CAN be a major pain.  I've said that same exact phrase many many times.  It especially hurts when the people around don't seem to have ANY.

In fact, speaking of, I need to get ready for work.  Bleg.  

Andrew Schepler (schep) says: Google Translate says today's Russian is 'Goodbye, friend!'  Not as exciting as last time, but I bet some of you were also curious.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

Thanks Andrew!

Kaesa Aurelia (kaesa) says: Oh, Sweetheart.  I know the feeling.  Oreos and naps help.
Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

Do the Killbots remind anyone else of the Turrets from Portal in reverse?

"Hello? Are you there? There you are!" (sound of machine gun fire)

On a Portal-related message board, someone mentioned a theory that the turret AI was originally meant for something completely different and they might not even realise they're gunning you down when they do so. 

Obviously these Kill-Bots are also suffering from Turret's Syndrome.

(Please don't kill me.)

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