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I was watching Iron Man 3 recently and it occurred to me that the robots Tony Starks uses in his workshop look an awful lot like the scutters from Red Dwarf.

Is there any evidence that the Iron Man robots were inspired by Red Dwarf?

Scutter (from Red Dwarf)

A Scutter from Red Dwarf

Tony Stark's Robot Arm

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    They look a lot more like standard industrial arm robots available today. – Ron Beyer Oct 15 at 21:17
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Is there any evidence that the Iron Man robots were inspired by Red Dwarf?

We can't prove a negative but it seems unlikely.

The two "robots" in question are usually referred to a "Dummy" and "U" have a striking resemblance to standard industrial robotic arms in use across the industrialised world.

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Inustrial robots have been in existence for decades, the first "example" per Wikipedia being in 1938.

If anything the Scutters and the Iron Man examples are both based on old standard designs.

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    +1 also reminds me of a toy that I used to have: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armatron – Raj Oct 17 at 14:24
  • Thanks. I knew it wasn't likely, but I really wanted it to be true :-) – Kryten Nov 18 at 21:39

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