The word came from Austin Powers International Man of Mystery. Dr Evil created sexy robots who were supposed to kill and seduce Austin. Instead, he charms them until they self destruct.
It's also a Robynn song.
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No, it originally comes from an episode (Two-Part episode!) of the "Bionic Woman" in the 70's. (Which would be the "Smallville" of it's time.)
It was so scary. Freaked me out!!!
Oh, sorry. they were female robots, but they could take off their faces and there was gizmos and electronic dodads underneath. The were strong like the bionic woman, too. youtube it. It's pretty funny today.
There was also an episode of the original Star Trek. Mudd had three wives, all robots.
Its also used on Futurama.
Bionic Woman. NOT Star Trek.
They were scary because they looked like regular women but if you hit them hard enough, their plastic face popped off revealing transistors and circuits. Awful. Seems corny now but it was scary shit especially since they seemed like nice ladies until their malice was revealed. They were controlled remotely by an evil scientist. Their powers made a scary sound when being activated, even Jamie Summers was freaked out the first time she encountered one.
Never heard of it.
Shockingly fun fact: (Not related) Lindsay Wagner won an emmy for her role as the bionic woman!
They were freaky - kind of "Westworld" meets "Stepford Wives."
Star Trek's episode titled Mudd's Women aired in 1966. The Bionic Woman started in 1976.
R18, did Star Trek use the actual word "fembot"?
Wikipedia (yes, I know) says the first usage of the actual word "fembot" was on the Bionic Woman. The first name for a female robot, coined in the same 1921 movie that first used the term "robot", was Robotess! MARY!
[quote]Star Trek's episode titled Mudd's Women aired in 1966. The Bionic Woman started in 1976.
The word "fembot" was never once used on "Star Trek: The Original Series." There were indeed female androids on one episode of "Star Trek" called "I, Mudd" (but NOT "Mudd's Women"--the latter is the episode with the three woman using the illegal Venus drug), but those women were never called "fembots."
"Fembot" as a term does indeed originate with "The Bionic woman."
Ha! I win! (But you don't have to be a literary genius to combine the words Female and Robot)
Stop being such a Robotess R22.
too, true. (But, I love being validated for my useless reservoir of pop culture.)
My God, but the Fembots scared the shit out of me.
Remember Oscar Goldman's secretary was kidnaped and replaced by a Fembot? The fat evil guy aimed to conquer the world with his Fembots. First, he had to eliminate the Bionic Woman and Oscar Goldman. Jaime Sommers was hot, too.
R22/23 completely misses the point. You must not be gay if you don't understand CAMP.
Just watched the "Kill Oscar" 3 episode arch last night. First time I've seen it in decades.
It was much better in my memory.
True r27 - but it's still bad TV at its very, very best.
I loved that show as a kid - and even though I cringe at times watching the reruns when I come across them on COSI TV - I still enjoy them in a weird way.
I too watched the Kill Oscar episodes last night. Those Fembots creeped me the hell out back in the day...
Oscar Goldman, nee Richard Norman Anderson, is still alive (born 1926).
He seemed so old in the 70s, but he was only 50ish.
Would Robot Oscar have been considered a Fembot also? Was there a term for the robots that replaced male characters?
I thought the robot flying the helicopter that chased Steve on the beach was a 'male' also, but that might have just been a sexist assumption.
The fembots from Austin Powers.
They shoot bullets out their titties.