After climbing over our 1.4 millionth site visit at borg.com this month, it’s time to update the borg.com Hall of Fame, with borg in genre fiction from past, present, and future, and from all media. Click here for our “About” page if you need a refresher on what makes a borg a borg.
These new inductees are primarily new additions to the world of fiction this year, but many were borgs we overlooked in prior years. A few may or may not be borg, depending on your point of view. Robots or androids that look perfectly human, for example, that have organic looking material but may not have actual living tissue are not technically cyborgs.
So here is Round 3, the 2015 borg.com Hall of Fame honorees, in no particular order:
Alicia Vikander’s Ava and Sonoya Mizumo’s Kyoko from this year’s critically acclaimed movie Ex Machina were stunning additions to the world of borg. Clearly robots with artificial intelligence but they make our list with what appeared to us to be some kind of replicated organic skin.
AMC’s new TV series Humans introduced the “synths,” robotic servants that permeated the modern world. Five of these had something more than the others, the best of these being Gemma Chan’s synth Anita, and whether you count only these five or all of them as borg, we think they fit right into our Hall of Fame.
Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the year’s biggest hits, with Furiosa on many critic’s lists of kick-ass heroines in 2015. Her mechanical prosthetic arm provides her entry ticket into our list of 2015 borgs.
In this year’s Disney adventure movie Tomorrowland, the girl Athena (Raffey Cassidy)reveals herself o be an “audio-animatronic robot,” but she looks entirely borg to us. Plenty more borg are featured in the film, including the proprietors of the toy shop who are out to keep the secrets of Tomorrowland from humanity.
Adding to the great list of women borg, Sofia Boutella’s Gazelle from Kingsman: The Secret Service hit the ground running with her tech-heavy, killing machine legs.
Adding to the rich world of the Terminator series was this year’s Terminator: Genisys. Arnold Schwarzenegger adds another borg to his repertoire with the superb borg Pops, another variant on his original T-800. Along with Pops we met Byung-hun Lee’s T-1000…
…plus Jason Clarke’s creepy part tech, part biological John Connor.
Somehow we overlooked Sam Worthington’s Marcus Wright from Terminator: Salvation, so we’re including him this year:
Avengers: Age of Ultron gave us a new look at Ultron, already a member of the Hall of Fame, but we also met Paul Bettany’s more advanced Vision:
We have two updates to the Star Wars universe. From the expanded universe’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, if you believe Darth Maul could have survived his quick “split” in The Phantom Menace, then you may have seen this rather arachnid looking Maul:
And although Luke Skywalker is a charter honoree of the borg.com Hall of Fame, we love his new image from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, of Luke decades after the events in Return of the Jedi:
Somehow we forgot to include a borg from the 1987 Martin Short/Dennis Quaid film Innerspace. And that borg is Vernon Wells’ Mr. Igoe:
Last, but not least, we have some pre-2015 borgs from the world of Doctor Who. First up is Bannakaffalatta, revealed to be a borg during the episode:
And here’s Max Capricorn:
Here is the Half-Face Clockwork Man from the 2014 Doctor Who episode “Deep Breath”–
And finally King Hydroflax sneaked in in the final weeks of 2015, airing in the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song”–
So that’s it for now. We’ve added these to the borg.com Hall of Fame at the “Know your borg” link on our home page. Let us know if you find any others we should add next time around.