"My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm... afraid." HAL-9000
Played By: Douglas Rain (voice)
Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Why He's On The List: Stanley Kubrick's epic journey to the stars confuses the hell out of a lot of people, but it essentially boils down to an examination of humankind's place in the universe. HAL (that's Heuristic Algorithmic Computer) comes to represent the problems of perfect logic and the lack of spontaneous, emotional human response. His supreme intelligence is always communicated in the same succinct yet polite tone - it's our own humanity which interprets the supercomputer's voice initially as reassuring, then as rather creepy.
Finest Hour: The only two conscious crew members, Frank Poole and Dave Bowman, take what they believe to be every precaution against HAL overhearing a conversation wherein they decide to disconnect him, but he still manages rumbles the plan - HAL can read lips.